Bookkeeping and Accounting for Animators

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How Bench works with animators

Bring life to your balance sheets, not just your animations. Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing done by experts—backed by one powerful platform. Bench works seamlessly with animators.

We get you set up

Our team devotes their time to comprehensively understand your animation business, answers your inquiries, assists you in connecting your accounts, and demonstrates how Bench can streamline your financial operations.

We do your bookkeeping

Every month, your bookkeeper categorizes your animation project expenditures and prepares your financial statements. If they need any additional information from you, they'll promptly contact you.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of specialists understands the nuances of tax laws relevant to the animation industry and will tailor their methods according to your animation business's specific needs.

Here’s why animators like you trust Bench with their bookkeeping and accounting

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

At Bench Accounting, we provide our animation clients with regular bookkeeping updates. Have a financial concern that needs immediate attention? Rest assured, our quick response time means we'll get back to you in one business day or less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform enables you to automate data inputs from most major industry-standard software, circumventing typical errors. We collaborate with tech giants like Adobe, Autodesk, Toon Boom, and Wacom—ensuring your finances are precise and up-to-date in the animation sector.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Wave farewell to heaps of sketches and labor-intensive manual cataloging—we automate inputs directly from linked accounts. Gain insights from one central dashboard to have a clear view of your animation projects and make intelligent creative and business decisions.

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Bench integrates with your favorite small business tools

We sync seamlessly with your financial accounts and tools to keep your books up-to-date and save you the time and effort of manually uploading documents.

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We know bookkeeping for animators

As an animator, your priority lies in bringing characters, stories, and ideas to life, rather than spending endless hours sorting through spreadsheets and financial data. Whether you're a freelance animator, manage a small animation studio, or work in CGI, Bench's online bookkeeping services can significantly lighten your administrative burden. We understand the specific complexities of the animation industry, from job-specific write-offs such as software subscriptions and specialty hardware, to managing irregular income patterns due to the project-based nature of your work. Our adept team is well-versed in these industry-specific taxes, laws, and bookkeeping challenges, making us the perfect partner for your animation business.

Bench brings a revolutionary approach to bookkeeping and tax to small business owners by seamlessly integrating intuitive software with real, human bookkeepers. This combination enables you to have a comprehensive, yet simplified financial overview at your fingertips. We handle all forms of revenue, be it from licensing deals, merchandising, or direct sales from your creations, and ensure they are correctly accounted for and taxed. More importantly, we continually stay updated with the ever-changing tax laws and regulations that are specific to the animation industry. Hence, leaving you more time to focus on what you do best - creating unforgettable animated experiences.

Simple, straightforward pricing for everything your business needs.

Get bookkeeping, tax prep, advisory, and filing with Bench's powerful, easy-to-use platform.

Choose Plan

Essential

Best for those looking for peace of mind and accurate financials done by professional bookkeepers.
$249/mo

billed annually

Dedicated bookkeeping experts
Accurate monthly books and year-end tax-ready financial packages
P&L, balance sheet and 1099 reporting
Unlimited communication with your bookkeeping team

Premium

Best for those looking for an all-in-one bookkeeping, tax advisory and income tax filing service.
$399/mo

billed annually

Everything in Essential plan
Dedicated team of licensed tax professionals to file your income tax return on time
Annual income tax filing for businesses (partnerships, S corps, C corps)
Annual income tax filing for individuals (sole proprietors, contractors)

Essential

Best for those looking for peace of mind and accurate financials done by professional bookkeepers.
$299/mo

billed monthly

Dedicated bookkeeping experts
Accurate monthly books and year-end tax-ready financial packages
P&L, balance sheet and 1099 reporting
Unlimited communication with your bookkeeping team

Premium

Best for those looking for an all-in-one bookkeeping, tax advisory and income tax filing service.
$499/mo

billed monthly

Everything in Essential plan
Dedicated team of licensed tax professionals to file your income tax return on time
Annual income tax filing for businesses (partnerships, S corps, C corps)
Annual income tax filing for individuals (sole proprietors, contractors)

Frequently Asked Questions

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What specific tax deductions can animators take advantage of due to their unique profession?

As an animator, you have several specific tax deductions that you can take advantage of, due to the unique nature of your profession. These may include:

  • Software and Equipment: Animators often need specialized software, hardware, and other equipment to do their job. The cost of these tools can often be deducted from your taxes.
  • Home Office: If you use part of your home exclusively for your animation work, you may be able to deduct a portion of your home-related expenses, such as mortgage interest, utilities, and repairs.
  • Professional Development: If you attend workshops, courses, or seminars to enhance your skills, these costs can often be deducted.
  • Travel Expenses: If your work requires travel, you may be able to deduct these expenses, including airfare, accommodations, and meals.
  • Business Expenses: All money spent during the course of doing business, including phone bills, internet charges, advertising costs, professional services fees, and any other costs associated with running your independent business can be deducted.
  • Industry Association Fees: If you are a member of an animation industry association, your membership dues might be tax-deductible.

Keep in mind that tax laws vary and change frequently, so always consult with a professional to ensure you’re maximizing your deductions and staying within the rules.

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How should I manage and record my income and expenses as a freelance animator?

As a freelance animator, you should manage and record your income and expenses by regularly tracking and categorizing your financial transactions. This includes understanding the nature of your expenses such as software subscriptions, equipment purchases, and drawing materials which are tax-deductible. You should also keep a good record of your income from various clients and projects. Key steps include:

<ul><li>Invest in accounting software specifically designed for freelancers, such as Bench.</li><li>Save and categorize all receipts related to your business expenses.</li><li>Issue invoices for your work and track payments received.</li><li>Set aside money for tax payments.</li><li>Consider hiring a bookkeeper or accountant who specializes in freelance businesses.</li></ul>

With Bench Accounting, you gain access to real humans who understand your business needs, assist you with your bookkeeping, and provide on-time financial reports. This equips you to focus more on your creativity and less on managing finances.

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What are important financial strategies or considerations for an animation studio?

There are several financial strategies and considerations for an animation studio to maximize profitability and sustainability:

  • Budget Management: Animations can be expensive to produce. Therefore, effective budget management is crucial to control costs and ensure profitability.
  • Investment in Technology: The animation industry requires the latest technology to stay competitive. Studios need to consider the cost of regular upgrades and new software in their financial plans.
  • Hiring and Talent Retention: Talent is an integral part of the animation industry. Proper financial planning is required to hire highly skilled and creative individuals and keep them motivated.
  • Project Financing: Large animation projects often require substantial upfront investment. It is important to secure the necessary funding before embarking on such projects.
  • Revenue Diversification: Animation studios should not solely rely on income from film releases. They should consider other sources such as merchandise, licensing deals, and online streaming rights to diversify their revenue.
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Does Bench outsource bookkeeping?

Nope! All bookkeeping is completed in-house.

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Will I have one point of contact?

Your bookkeeper will be your main point of contact, but at times you might hear from another member of your team. This is usually when your bookkeeper goes on vacation, is sick, or otherwise unavailable.

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How much time each month will I have to spend managing my Bench account?

We handle the bookkeeping for you but sometimes we’ll need your input, especially at year-end. On average, expect to spend 15 minutes each month answering questions for your bookkeeper, or uploading supporting docs.

Bookkeeping Services for Animators

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