Tax Deductions for Actors, Musicians, Performers

tax deductions for actors

The curtain is coming down on job-related expenses for actors, musicians, and other performers with the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). As of the tax year 2018, unreimbursed employee business expenses can no longer be claimed for a tax deduction. That means both Form 2106 and 2106-EZ can no longer be used. It also means actors and musicians classified as employees are going to get hit with a bigger tax bill.

Fortunately, at Sancus Tax and Accounting we're experienced entertainment accountants so we know our way around the TCJA and are able to provide viable options to enable actor-related tax deductions. To learn about how we can save you money on taxes, contact us for a new tax deduction strategy at 323-498-1040 or request a consultation online now.

Musician and Actor Write Offs

Before the new tax code was on the scene, actors, musicians, and performers were able to deduct unreimbursed employee costs, tax preparation fees, and many other routine expenses. The typical tax deductible expenses included:

  • Agent fees
  • Business travel
  • Education
  • Equipment and supplies
  • Legal and professional services
  • Make-up and hair care
  • Manager fees
  • Office expenses
  • Promotional expenses
  • Subscriptions
  • Tickets for viewing films and plays
  • Union dues/SAG dues
  • Wardrobe

Under the new tax code, tax deductions for many job-related expenses are no longer allowed and even SAG dues are out of the picture. What does this mean for you? Without these deductions, your taxable income will increase. But don't worry! Contact Sancus Tax and Accounting and we'll create a plan to minimize tax exposure under the new guidelines.

Call us now at 323-498-1040 or request a consultation online to get started.


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