Bookkeeping and Accounting for Painters

Looking for a bookkeeper and accountant specifically for your painting business? We tackle your books, so you can focus more on creating your next masterpiece. Try us for free.

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How Bench works with painters

Bring color to your books with Bench! Experience professional bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing—done by experts and supported by one robust platform. Bench seamlessly integrates with painters' businesses.

We get you set up

Our team invests the effort to truly comprehend your painting business, address your queries, assist you in linking your accounts, and demonstrate how Bench can optimize your bookkeeping process.

We do your bookkeeping

Every month, your dedicated bookkeeper categorizes your painting business transactions and compiles detailed financial reports. Should they require any additional information from you, they'll promptly reach out.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts is well-versed with tax regulations specific to the painting industry and will tailor their strategy according to your painting business' distinctive necessities.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

We'll keep in touch consistently with accounting updates tailored for your painting business. Have urgent queries that simply can't wait? We'll respond to you within one business day or less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform enables painters to automate data inputs from most major suppliers, helping to prevent common errors. We collaborate with vendors like Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square—ensuring your financial records are always precise.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Say goodbye to disorganized invoices and time-consuming manual financial tracking—we streamline inputs directly from your linked painting business accounts. Gain insights from one central dashboard allowing you to swiftly understand the financial status of your painting business 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 painters

Bench is well-versed in the nuances of the painting industry—making it an ideal partner for painters looking to focus more on their craft and less on managing their books. We grasp the complexities of income from contracts and the proper categorization of materials and labor costs—allowing you to rest easy knowing you're compliant with IRS guidelines. Painters, like other small businesses, need accurate profit and loss statements, balance sheet reports, and other types of financial statements to steer their businesses, particulary in the off-season. Consequently, we manage those bookkeeping tasks meticulously delivering easy-to-understand, detailed reports using our intuitive software and expert human bookkeepers.

Whether you're an independent painting contractor or own a growing painting business, industry-specific taxes and laws can be daunting. Our experienced team at Bench is aware of the common bookkeeping issues in the painting industry, including dealing with client deposits, tax deductions for home-based businesses, and managing out-of-state projects with different tax requirements that may apply. We also ensure that your expenses are categorized properly to maximize your tax deductions—ultimately aiding you save money. We make painting business bookkeeping and tax stress-free, leaving you with ample time to focus on bringing an added pop of color into your clients' lives.

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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As a professional painter, what specific expenses can I deduct on my tax returns?

As a professional painter, there are several specific expenses you can deduct on your tax returns.

  • Materials: Paints, brushes, ladders, tarps, and other equipment necessary for your painting jobs can be deducted.
  • Vehicle Expenses: If you use your vehicle for your painting business, you can deduct expenses like gas, oil changes, repairs, and even depreciation.
  • Insurance: Any insurance premiums that you pay for coverage on your business can be deducted.
  • Home Office: If you use a portion of your home exclusively for your painting business, you may be able to deduct part of your rent or mortgage, as well as utilities.
  • Marketing and Advertising: Money spent on business cards, website design, online ads, and other advertising can be deducted.
  • Professional Development: If you take classes or purchase books to improve your painting skills or business knowledge, those costs can be deducted.

Please consult with a tax professional or bookkeeper to make sure you are taking advantage of all possible deductions.

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How should I keep track of my income and expenses in the painting industry to simplify the bookkeeping process?

Keeping track of income and expenses in the painting industry for simplified bookkeeping can be made easier by following a few steps:

  • Income Tracking: Ensure all income from clients, sales, and contracts are recorded correctly. This includes details about the client, project specifics, the amount received, and the payment date. Digital invoicing and accounting software can automate this process.
  • Expense Tracking: Keep records of all business expenses. This includes the cost of painting supplies, equipment rental or purchase, business insurance, advertising costs, and vehicle expenses. Each receipt should include details on the payee, expense category, amount, and date.
  • Regular Reconciliation: Regularly, usually monthly, compare your business bank statements and credit card statements with your income and expense records to ensure everything matches up.
  • Use Accounting Software: There are many reliable accounting software options that can streamline this process. They allow you to link bank accounts, automate expense tracking, provide digital invoices, and produce necessary financial reports.

Seeking professional bookkeeping services from firms like Bench Accounting can further ensure the accuracy and efficiency of your painting business bookkeeping process.

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How does accounting for my painting business differ if I work as a freelancer versus owning a painting company?

Accounting for a painting business can vastly differ based on whether you work as a freelancer or own a company.

Freelancer: As a freelancer, you're generally considered as self-employed. This means you would have to manage all business expenses and revenues independently. You'll need to track your income, business costs (supplies, travel, etc.), and save a portion of your earnings for taxes as they're not automatically deducted. You should also be keeping track of your expenses meticulously for tax deductions.

Painting Company Owner: If you own a painting company, your accounting might be more complicated due to a greater number of financial transactions. This could include employee salaries, business licenses, insurance costs, materials and equipment costs, office expenses etc. You will also need to keep track of more complicated things like incorporating your business, payroll taxes, VAT taxes, and more.

Regardless of your business structure, a bookkeeper can help keep your finances in order. A bookkeeper will track of all your expenses and income, manage your invoices, help with your tax preparation and more financial tasks that help you focus more on painting.

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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 Painters

Discover how we can help you have better finances with a personalized demo from a Bench expert, ready to answer all your questions. Sign up as a customer today and get a free month of bookkeeping, valued at $299.

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