Friday, March 4, 2011

TLS/Repost: Death and Taxes

I am fried from staying up to read The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker in one awesome, tension filled sitting.

Can I just say that I was so into it, my legs actually hurt? All the running through woods, climbing stairs, and sprinting through tunnels, (not to mention the sword fight) left me physically exhausted. In like a good way. If you haven't read this book yet...what are you waiting for? It's awesomeness knows no bounds.

Moving on: This is a blog post from January of 2010. It's a little later than I would have liked and some of you may no longer need this information but just in case, here you go. Have a great weekend!

Death and Taxes

The two inevitable things in life. It is 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:

Reference/Writing Books
Writing Group Fees/Dues
Mileage to and from conferences
Paper/Ink/office supplies
Computer software/hardware
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.


  1. That trip to Maui was research. I swear.

  2. They've done a whole lot of marketing of that book because I'm seeing reviews of it everywhere. It really has me curious!

  3. I'm reading it right now! I'm on chapter three and the interuption I had to endure was my children's science fair. Now I'm back to reading and cannot wait to finish it! Are they good or what? I think the bar just went a little higher. (ooh I think I'll put that in my review!)

  4. Great tax tips! Thanks for the repost.

    All right, I have to see what all the fuss is about (plus I'm drawn to the pink hair). I just ordered a copy of The Liar Society.

  5. Tax tips? Awesome. :)
    And I can't wait to read Liar Society. You know, when life returns to normal. If it ever does!


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