Income Tax Planning for Musicians
If you’re in the business of creating, performing, or recording music, there are steps you can take to make the most of your year-end gear purchases and potential tax deductions. But you need to wrap these up by December 31 to be able to claim them on your tax return, so you’ll want to plan your purchases now.
Take a look at the links below; they offer lots of useful information.
If you’re new to the issues related to tax deductions for recording and performing musicians, this article from 2014 by our friends at Disc Makers does a great job of summing up the main points. And this article about what the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Mean for Working Musicians explains the impact tax code changes may have on you. This article explains travel, meal, vehicle, and equipment expenses (for both gigging and studio musicians), and helps you determine whether or not you can deduct them on your tax return.
Here’s a “nuts and bolts” explanation of Section 179 (first-year depreciation allowance for equipment) and how to take advantage of it. It’s important to know that the deduction limit for Section 179 increased to $1,000,000 for 2019 and beyond.
Of course, you should definitely discuss these issues with your professional tax adviser. Each individual’s situation is different, and these links are for educational and informational purposes only.