The two inevitable things in life. It is closing in on tax season and if you're like me, you want to get a jump on it. So I thought I would impart a little wisdom to the masses.
Aspiring writers...listen up. You can claim your writing expenses on your taxes even if you are NOT published. If you have actively been pursuing a writing career, and can show query letters (via post or email) with the replies you have received, then this is proof that your writing is not a hobby. You can write off all expenses that you have incurred in pursuit of your dream.
A few examples are:
Writing Group Fees/Dues
Mileage to and from conferences
A portion of mortgage/utilities (if you have home office)
Check into it. If you have your taxes done by a service, make sure to bring all of this up. If you do them yourself, you can fill out a Schedule C to send with your 1040 tax form.
In this economy, every little bit helps. I hope this helps you.