I probably get more questions related to income and deductions for blogging than any other job or hobby. Maybe that’s because I am a blogger – but I suspect that it has more to do with the fact that there are a lot of questions about how to treat new media when it comes to classifications of workers, income and deductions.

Have no fear. I’ve written quite a bit on this subject and rather than rehash the old info, I thought I’d put together a handy list of articles for you to reference.

Check out:

Ask the Taxgirl: When Is It Income (about affiliates and advertising)

Problogger guest post: 46 Tax Deductions that Bloggers Often Overlook

Ask the Taxgirl: Deductions (also addresses hobby versus business)

Problogger guest post: 7 Things that Every Blogger Should Know About Tax

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, be sure and ask the taxgirl!

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Kelly Erb is a tax attorney and tax writer.


  1. Joey Badall Reply

    I have a question about Life Insurance and tax deductions. I work as an insurance agent for Bankers Life. We are getting 10.7 % on our whole Life policies right now and many people are asking if they can dump some of there savings into a Life Policy. I’m aware that if you over fund a Life Policy it becomes a Modified Endowment Contract (MEC). My question is what are the tax concequences of a MEC?

    Thank you,

    jbadall9@gmail.com or

  2. I am establishing partnership firm in India, it’s between me and my foreign friend who is Canadian citizen, we will deal in real estate in buying, selling, developing townships etc.
    In partnership firm, the taxes are 30% on the profit as we all know, remaining will be distributed among both of us.
    On the other hand, Because of trust factor and finding some investors for my foreign partner for their business we have reached to this level where my partner is even ready to transfer the amount in my personal bank account so no 30% taxes will be given in case if we buy property through my name using the money which w’d come in my personal account rather buying through firm name. We also know that foreigners can’t buy Property in India on their names so my partner is even ready if I buy property on my name.
    So is it possible that i receive huge amount in my own SBI bank account so major properties can be buy using my name and rest in partnership firm name, at time of giving back the profit to my partner, i use my own bank account to transfer the funds to my partner so 30% taxes will be given only on those properties what w’d have been bought using firm name,
    what documents can i show to the income tax department at time of receiving the huge amount from my partner and sending the profit money to my partner at the time of selling the properties?
    Can i show my partnership deed not only just for the prove of firm existence BUT also at the time of doing transaction from personal account, to prove we are genuine and doing these transactions for business purposes.
    Partnership deed has got all partnership clauses, also included my name, my partner name, Addresses and signature of both.
    Also, my real brother is NRI who is in Qatar (I am not NRI) who also has SBI NRI account, w’d it be ok to use his NRI account for receiving and sending money for my business transactions AND showing the same partnership deed which is on the stamp paper in case if i or my brother w’d be questioned, but problem is, NRI account belongs to my brother and partnership deed is between me and my foreign friend, Please suggest what to do?
    Looking forward to see reply, Thank you.

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