Bookkeeping and Accounting for Podcasters

Looking for a bookkeeper and accountant for your podcasting venture? We handle your books, so you get more time to focus on creating awesome content. Try us for free.

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How Bench works with podcasters

Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing done by experts—backed by one powerful platform. Bench harmonises with podcasters, so you can focus on producing engaging content.

We get you set up

Our team takes the time to fully grasp your podcasting business, answer your queries, assist you in linking your accounts, and show you how Bench can work seamlessly with your operation.

We do your bookkeeping

Every month, your dedicated bookkeeper sorts out your podcasting transactions and crafts comprehensive financial reports. If they require anything additional from you, they won't hesitate to reach out.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts is well-versed in tax rules relevant to podcasters and will tailor their approach to meet your podcasting business's distinct requirements.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

With Bench Accounting, you'll always be up-to-date with your podcast's financials as we'll continuously provide bookkeeping updates. Have urgent questions? Don't worry, your podcasting venture won't be put on hold - we promise to revert within one business day or less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform empowers you to automate data inputs from top tier providers to avert frequent errors. We team up with industry heavyweights like Anchor, Patreon, Libsyn, and Podbean—ensuring your financial management is always precise as a podcaster.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Forget about the hassle of managing receipts and tedious manual entry—we automate inputs directly from connected accounts for podcasters. With a unified dashboard, you can effortlessly grasp the financial status of your podcast and make calculated 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 podcasters

Podcasters, being digital content creators, often grapple with intricate issues such as royalties, digital taxation, advertising revenue tracking, and more. With Bench Accounting by your side, these challenges are handled with accuracy and efficiency. Our team has a deep understanding of this cutting-edge industry and its related financial complexities. Trust our intuitive software and expert bookkeepers to diligently manage your financial records, track your multi-stream income, and ensure every dollar from your podcasting journey is correctly captured and accounted for.

Industry-specific taxes and laws can be a real headache for podcasters. But with Bench, that’s no longer an element you need to stress over. Our professional bookkeepers are knowledgeable in the nuances of the industry—such as copyright laws, advertising laws, and intricate broadcasting taxes. We will intricately monitor and manage these aspects as part of our all-encompassing service. At Bench, we seamlessly integrate our human expertise with cutting-edge software to deliver the best bookkeeping and tax services for podcasters. Our aim is to help you focus on creating amazing content, leaving the financial intricacies to us.

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 podcaster, what specific expenses can I claim as tax deductions?

As a podcaster, there are numerous specific expenses that may qualify you for a tax deduction. However, always consult with a tax professional or a bookkeeper to ensure you're correctly navigating the regulations. Here are some potential deductions:

  • Equipment Costs: Expenses related to recording equipment such as microphones, headphones, mixers, and computers can be claimed.
  • Software & Subscriptions: Editing software, hosting platforms, and related subscription services can also be deducted.
  • Marketing and advertising: All the money you spend promoting your podcast is deductible.
  • Home Office: If you use part of your home exclusively for podcasting, you may be able to claim a home office deduction.
  • Travel Expenses: If you travel for your podcast - be it for interviews, events, or other podcast-related activities, you can claim travel costs including airfare, accommodation, and meals.
  • Education and Training: Any courses or training you take to improve your podcasting skills can be deducted.

Please remember not all expenses can be claimed - they must be considered an 'ordinary and necessary' cost in your line of work. Thus, consulting with a bookkeeper can be beneficial to optimize your tax deductions.

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How can I best track my earnings from podcast sponsorships and advertising for accounting purposes?

Tracking your earnings from podcast sponsorships and advertising can be efficiently done by using an accounting software. However, if you are using a manual system, make sure to record every transaction promptly. Include all important details like date, amount, sponsor's name, and type of sponsorship or advertisement. Additionally, clarify which podcasts the earnings are related to, if you host more than one. Keep your invoices and proof of transaction for verification. It's also a good idea to use separate business accounts for the finances related to your podcast to simplify tracking and auditing. More importantly, you might want to consider availing the services of a bookkeeper who specializes in handling finances for podcasts. They can help ensure that your records are accurate and updated, freeing up more time for you to focus on creating content.

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What kind of bookkeeping system should I adopt to organize my podcasting revenue streams like subscriptions, donations, and affiliate marketing?

The kind of bookkeeping system you should adopt to organize your podcasting revenue streams like subscriptions, donations, and affiliate marketing would depend upon several factors including the volume of transactions, the complexities involved, and your personal preferences. However, a cloud-based software like Bench is typically a suitable option for most podcasters. These software systems allow you to categorize income and track expenses conveniently.

If your podcasting operations are more extensive and your existing revenue streams also include more complex avenues like sponsorships and ad revenues, a comprehensive bookkeeping system specialized in media and entertainment industries might be more appropriate. Software like Sage Intacct or Netsuite can provide advanced features that cater specifically to your diverse needs.

Remember, it's crucial you consult with a professional bookkeeper or an accountant who understands your business to implement an appropriate system for you.

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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 Podcasters

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