Bookkeeping and Accounting for Film Editors

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How Bench works with film editors

Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing done by experts—backed by one powerful platform. Bench works seamlessly with film editors, so you can focus on perfecting your craft.

We get you set up

Our dedicated team takes the time to truly comprehend your film editing business, answer any queries you may have, assist you in connecting your accounts, and guide you through how Bench effectively works with your unique needs.

We do your bookkeeping

Every month, your personal bookkeeper will organize your film editing business transactions and prepare financial documents. If additional information is needed from your side, they’ll directly reach out to you.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts is well-versed in the specific tax nuances of the film editing industry and will tailor their approach to the distinctive needs of your business.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

We'll keep in touch consistently with your bookkeeping insights, customized for film editors. Got urgent queries that can't sit on the shelf? Expect our reply within one business day or less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform enables you to automate data inputs from leading providers to circumvent typical errors. We collaborate with industry-specific partners like Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square— ensuring your financials in the film editing industry are always precise.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Wave farewell to mountains of editing notes and hours spent manually tracking expenses—we automate inputs directly from your linked accounts. With Bench Accounting, you'll gain insights from a single, centralized dashboard enabling you to easily comprehend the financial health of your editing projects and make strategic 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 film editors

Whether you're a freelance editor or a film production company, Bench understands the intricate financial ins and outs of your industry. From the ever-changing film production costs, fees related to software licensing and hardware updates, to industry-specific taxes, we are specially equipped to manage your bookkeeping needs. Being in the movie business means dealing with irregular income streams, various tax write-offs and multilayered payroll scenarios, often from project to project. Bench doesn't just keep track of these financial complexities, we deftly navigate through them, ensuring that they're accurately accounted for in real time.

Our game-changing hybrid of stellar software and real, human bookkeepers take care of your bookkeeping and tax procedures so you can focus on crafting the perfect cut. Our seasoned team effortlessly tackles areas like film tax credit, production expense allocation, payroll management amongst other industry-specific requisites. Our bookkeepers are always up-to-date with the latest regulations and tax laws related to the film and editing profession, and work diligently to optimize your tax deductions while keeping your financials compliant. With Bench on your team, you will never be caught off guard during tax season and you will have a crystal clear view of your financial position at all times. Let Bench take the stress out of your bookkeeping, so you can get back to the editing room where your magic happens.

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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What specific tax deductions can I claim as a film editor?

The specific tax deductions you may be eligible to claim as a film editor could include:

  • Costs related to buying or replacing necessary equipment, like computers, software, or editing tools.
  • Studio or home office expenses including rent, utilities, and insurance.
  • Professional development costs related to workshops, courses, or seminars.
  • Subscriptions to professional film editing magazines or journals.
  • Travel expenses for work, such as fuel, parking, flights, and accommodation.

It's crucial to note that tax laws change often, and also may vary based on your location. Therefore, it is always a good idea to consult with a bookkeeper or tax professional to ensure you are making the most out of your eligible deductions.

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How do I manage my finances when my income as a film editor is irregular?

Managing finances with an irregular income can be challenging, but it's completely doable with some planning and discipline. Here are some tips:

  • Create a budget: Base your budget on a conservative estimate of your income. Use your lowest-earning month in the previous year as a guideline.
  • Build an emergency fund: Having a safety net can be a lifesaver during lean months. Aim to put away at least three to six months' worth of living expenses.
  • Monitor your spending: Keep track of all your expenses, however small, and analyze your spending habits. This will help you identify areas where you can cut back and save more.
  • Work with professionals: Consider working with a professional bookkeeper or accountant who understands the specifics of the film industry. They can provide valuable advice on tax deductions and financial planning.

At Bench Accounting, we provide expert bookkeeping services catering to film editors and other professionals with irregular incomes. We can help you navigate your unique financial challenges and ensure you always have a clear picture of your financial situation.

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How should I account for equipment expenses in my bookkeeping as a freelance film editor?

As a freelance film editor, accounting for equipment expenses in your bookkeeping is essential. Generally, equipment is considered a capital expense and can be depreciated over its useful life according to IRS guidelines. You can usually deduct the entire cost of business equipment in the year you purchase it, or depreciate it over time. Remember, it's important to keep track of these expenses and consult with a professional bookkeeper to ensure you're correctly accounting for equipment costs. They can assist you in setting up a proper system and ensuring you take full advantage of equipment deductions.

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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 Film editors

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