Bookkeeping and Accounting for Esports Athletes

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How Bench works with esports athletes

Level up your financial game with Bench Accounting. Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and winning strategies all done by experts—backed by one powerful platform. Bench vigorously works with Esports Athletes.

We get you set up

Our team makes the effort to fully comprehend your requirements as an Esports Athlete, respond to your inquiries, assist you in connecting your accounts, and demonstrate how Bench can be an asset to your profession.

We do your bookkeeping

Each month, your dedicated bookkeeper tidies up your esports transactions and prepares your financial reports. If they require any details from you, they'll make sure to reach out.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our squad of experts knows the ins and outs of tax rules related to Esports earnings and will tailor their strategy to the specific requirements of your gaming career.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

At Bench, we'll keep you posted with constant bookkeeping updates fitting your fast-paced esports lifestyle. Got urgent financial questions that need immediate answers? Rely on us for a response within one business day or less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Bench Accounting caters specifically to the needs of Esports Athletes, delivering automated data input from key providers to sidestep typical errors. We align with major partners such as Stripe, Gusto, Shopify, and Square—ensuring your financial matters are consistently precise.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Say farewell to the stress of managing receipts and the tedious task of manual transaction recording—we streamline it all by automating inputs directly from your connected accounts. As Esports Athletes, access all your financial insights from a single, comprehensive dashboard which allows you to effortlessly gauge your financial position and make informed strategic decisions.

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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 esports athletes

Being an Esports Athlete calls for laser focus and high-level performance both in the digital world and the real-world matters. At Bench, we understand that the complexities of the gaming industry, including industry-specific taxes, potential earnings from international sources, and unique bookkeeping issues, require a specialized approach. Leveraging intuitive software and real, human experience, Bench's expert team of bookkeepers is well-versed in understanding the laws and regulations the Esports Athletes face. This includes categorizing all your income streams, from tournament winnings to partnership deals correctly, thus ensuring accurate and compliant financial records.

The Esports industry operates on a global scale, exposing participants to variable tax regulations in different regions, with the potential for multiple international transactions, income sources and potential taxing requirements, Bench's services prove to be crucial. We tackle these complexities by providing a comprehensive bookkeeping solution that takes care of all your tax obligations. We alleviate the stress of understanding and complying with diverse tax systems, allowing you to focus on honing your competitive edge in the ever-growing Esports industry. With Bench, you get more than just a standard bookkeeping service; we offer peace of mind, freeing you to give your best in the digital arena.

Simple, straightforward pricing for everything your business needs.

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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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How can esports athletes manage their income from various sources such as prizes, sponsorships, and streaming?

Esports athletes can manage their income from various sources like prizes, sponsorships, and streaming by employing the services of professional bookkeepers. A capable bookkeeper provides a clear and detailed record of all income and expenses, making it easier to track cash flow and understand financial health. Further, they ensure all taxes and dues are paid on time, and provide valuable insights for financially sound decision-making. With an expert bookkeeper, esports athletes can focus on improving their skills and performance while having peace of mind about their financial affairs.

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What specific expenses can esports athletes deduct for a tax benefit?

Esports athletes, much like traditional athletes, have certain specific expenses they can deduct for tax benefits. Some of these include:

  • Travel expenses: If travel is necessary for tournaments, practices, or promotions, these costs may be deductible.
  • Training expenses: The costs of coaching, fitness training, diet plans, etc. may be deductable.
  • Equipment costs: The cost of purchasing and maintaining gaming equipment, including computers, peripherals, and game licenses.
  • Home office costs: If a specific area of your home is used exclusively for training or participating in esports, you may be able to deduct associated costs, such as a portion of your rent, mortgage interest, and utility bills.
  • Professional fees: Legal and professional services such as accountants, agents, or lawyers that are necessary for your esports career can potentially be deducted.

Please note that tax laws are complex and subject to change, so it's recommended to consult a tax professional or CPA familiar with the specific tax circumstances for esports athletes.

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How does international income work for esports athletes competing in events around the world?

International income for esports athletes who compete around the world can be quite complex. It is often subject to multiple taxation laws depending on the countries where the tournaments are held. In many cases, this income is considered as earned income in the country where the event took place and hence, subject to that country's tax regulations. Esports athletes may be required to pay withholding tax or income tax to that country before they even receive the winnings. Upon return to their home country, it might again be liable for taxation. However, many tax systems have mechanisms to avoid double taxation. It’s crucial to work with an experienced bookkeeper who has expertise in international tax law and can help manage and plan for these concerns.

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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 Esports Athletes

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