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DR. BUKKY KOLAWOLE
As a children's book author, there are several specific expenses you are eligible to deduct from your taxable income. These may include:
<ul><li>Costs related to research, which may include travel expenses</li><li>Expenses for supplies and materials, such as pencils, paper, and computers used for your writing</li><li>Professional services, like costs for editing, illustrating, and self-publishing</li><li>Home office expenses if you use part of your home exclusively for your writing business</li><li>Marketing and advertising costs</li><li>Education expenses related to improving writing skills or literary comprehension</li></li>Membership fees for professional organizations and guilds</li></ul>
It's important to keep detailed records of these expenses for accurate bookkeeping and potential tax audits. Professional bookkeepers, like those at Bench Accounting, can assist with this process to ensure you're maximizing your deductions.
Whether or not you need to charge and pay sales tax for books you sell directly to consumers depends on the specific tax regulations in your area. In some regions, books are considered tax-exempt, whereas in others, they may be subject to sales tax. Always check with your local tax laws or consult a tax professional to ensure you're compliant.
Royalty payments and advances should be accounted for in your bookkeeping as part of your income. Typically, these are accounted for on an accrual basis. This means that their value is recognized when they are earned, not when the actual cash is received. Therefore, if you receive an advance, you would recognize it as a liability until it's earned.
Furthermore, royalty payments are typically dependent on the sales of a product, so they are often recorded as they are accrued. This could mean that you have different amounts of royalty income from month to month. It is important to track these payments accurately not only for bookkeeping purposes but also for understanding your income trends.
As always, it is recommended to work with a professional bookkeeper or accountant for precise recording and reporting of these types of income. They can guide you in the proper treatment of these amounts in your specific context, thereby ensuring that your financial reports are correct and compliant with the accounting standards.
Nope! All bookkeeping is completed in-house.
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.
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.