Tax Deductions for Authors and Editors

Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Authors and Editors

An Author is the originator of any written work. Generally, we think of Authors/Writers writing novels, plays, musicals, manuscripts, texts or multimedia products.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $287.50
  • Employment size: 11,025
  • Future growth: Moderate
  • Skill level: Bachelor degree or higher

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Overnight travel expenses incurred for research-related travel or short writing trips. For example, although Jane Rawlings lives in Edinburgh, when she was having trouble finishing one of the Harry Potter novels, she moved into a local Edinburgh hotel for a month.  The deductible travel expenses will include airfares, accommodation and meals.
  • Writing courses and studies that specifically help maintain or improve writing skills or knowledge or are likely to result in an increase of income from writing.
  • Motor vehicle travel for research trips, meetings, and promotion.
  • Home office occupancy costs if required by the employer to work from home – includes rent, mortgage interest, rates, insurance and repairs.
  • Professional seminars, courses, conferences and workshops.
  • Computers, tools, and equipment.
  • Reference books, technical journals and trade magazines related to work as a writer.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Overseas conferences, courses and study tours.
  • Work-related portion of pay TV access payments if required to access pay TV as part of work.
  • Licences, registrations and subscriptions.
  • Handbags, briefcases and satchels.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Writing courses undertaken before starting work as a writer or making a living from writing.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Self-education expenses
  • Overseas conferences, courses and study tours
  • Computers, tools, equipment and other assets
  • Logbook for motor vehicles
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions
  • Phone and internet
  • Home office running expenses
  • Handbags, briefcases and satchels
  • Overnight travel expenses


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