This is a re-vamped post from last year. Most sole proprietor or independent contractor teachers are knee-deep in tax paperwork right now, and I wanted to put out these helpful links again. I added a couple more tax-related links to the list.
(Originally from 3/10/14 – edits are in bold.)
It’s almost that time again. Whether you’re a seasoned private teacher with years of tax experience under your belt, or if you’re brand new to the scene and are sitting in a pile of unorganized receipts, you’re probably staring down those confusing tax documents and wishing that they would magically complete themselves.
nine ten (!!) years of teaching private lessons, I’m still learning about tax deductions and how to make the most of my tax return. I’ve learned to become very organized. Every week I enter my receipts into an excel sheet, which I’ve divided into categories for tax purposes. I keep a close eye on my business bank account to make sure that I remember to enter any monthly fees, such as Dropbox or Tonic Tutor games.
… and most importantly, I let a professional file my taxes.
Remember – the money that you’ll pay for someone to look over your well-organized (or not-s0-well-organized) taxes is tax deductible. You know what isn’t tax deductible? Doing your own taxes and running the risk of missing tax deductions and possibly making a mistake.
Here are a few great resources that I’ve run across in music blogs and music teacher websites. If you’re just starting out as a Sole Proprietor or LLC, and you want to get familiar various deductions, I hope these will prove very helpful. Even if you’re a seasoned veteran, you might find something that you missed over the years.
Making Music Fun – 10 Tax Saving Tips for Private Music Teachers
NAMTA – A Few Tax Tips for Teachers
The Melodeon – Tax Advice for Piano Teachers
The Washington Post – Tax Time: Small Business Tax Advice
WenJen Piano Blog – Tax Tips for Piano Teachers
(New) Sonic Bids Blog: Taxes 101: What Self-Employed Musicians Need to Know
(New) Music Teacher’s Helper: Specifics on Musicians’ Tax Deductions
(New) June Walker: Newly self-employed can be so confusing