Bookkeeping and Accounting for Screenwriters

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How Bench works with screenwriters

Seamlessly manage your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing with experts backed by one powerful platform—tailored for screenwriters. Let Bench be your unsung hero behind the scenes.

We get you set up

Our team dedicates time to thoroughly understand the specific needs of your screenwriting business, answer any queries you may have, assist you in linking your accounts, and guide you through the functionalities of Bench.

We do your bookkeeping

Every month, your dedicated bookkeeper consolidates your screenwriting business transactions and compiles financial reports. If they require any further details from you, they will promptly reach out.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of professionals understands the specific tax requirements for screenwriters and will tailor their approach to your individual needs.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

We'll consistently provide you with bookkeeping updates tailored for your screenwriting business. Got urgent inquiries that require immediate action? Rest assured, our team at Bench Accounting will respond within one business day or even less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our software lets you automate data entries from the major providers, dodging frequent errors in bookkeeping. We collaborate with major channels used by screenwriters such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square. This means your financial records are always spot-on, leaving you more time to focus on creating your scripts.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Wave goodbye to mounds of scripts and tedious manual tallying—our services automate inputs directly from your linked accounts. Gain insights from one central dashboard so you can easily understand the financial standings of your screenplay ventures 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 screenwriters

For screenwriters, managing your finance, balancing books, and keeping track of industry-specific taxes can be a challenge, especially when you’re juggling multi-faceted projects. This is where Bench steps in, providing premier online bookkeeping services for screenwriters. We understand the nuances of your industry - be it understanding the implications of taxes on royalty payments, or keeping track of expenses for tax deductions pertaining to independent contractors - we've got it covered. Our team of experienced bookkeepers are aware of the constantly changing laws and ordinances related to the entertainment industry and help you stay on top of it, allowing you to focus on your scripts rather than spreadsheets.

Bench's innovative approach to bookkeeping combines powerful software with real human expertise. Our intuitive platform compiles your financial data and provides you with clean, straightforward financial reporting. This means no more sifting through complicated spreadsheets or attempting to decode convoluted tax laws. Your dedicated Bench team takes care of all the bookkeeping tasks, ensuring that your accounts are updated, organized and ready for tax season. We also assist with tax filing, ensuring you claim every write-off you're entitled to as a screenwriter. With Bench, your financial records are as clear and concise as your best screenplays.

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 screenwriter, what specific expenses can I claim for tax deductions?

As a screenwriter, the expenses that are specific to your profession and can be claimed for tax deductions typically fall under the umbrella of 'ordinary and necessary' expenses. These can include but aren't limited to:

  • Screenwriting software or subscriptions (like Final Draft or Scrivener)
  • Office supplies and equipment necessary for your work, such as computers or printers
  • Research materials and resources related to your scripts
  • Professional dues for writers' guilds or associations
  • Business travel expenses
  • Continuing education or courses to continue to hone your craft
  • Marketing and promotion expenses, such as website maintenance, advertising, or entering screenwriting competitions

This list is not exhaustive and the specific expenses that may be deductible can change. It's best to consult with a tax advisor to confirm what expenses can be deducted for your specific situation.

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What type of accounting is necessary for screenwriters dealing with income from multiple sources such as royalties, script sales, and speaking fees?

The type of accounting necessary for screenwriters dealing with income from multiple sources such as royalties, script sales, and speaking fees is typically known as creative accounting or entertainment accounting. This specialized form of accounting caters specifically to the nuances of the entertainment industry and helps screenwriters manage their unique income streams, deduct industry-specific expenses, and comply with various tax laws. It's highly recommended for screenwriters to consider hiring a professional bookkeeper or accounting service that has experience in this field to ensure the most accurate financial management and reporting.

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Is there a specific way I should structured my accounts to handle international payments for scriptwriting services?

Yes, there is a specific method for structuring your accounts to handle international payments for scriptwriting services. First, you should establish a separate bank account for international transactions to simplify the management and tracking of these payments. Additionally, you should set up corresponding columns or categories in your bookkeeping system for international payments and expenses. Sanction the use of an International Payment Provider like PayPal, Stripe, or Wise to handle exchange rates and provide an additional layer of security.

Please note that international business can have complicated tax implications, so it's always recommended to consult a tax professional who can guide you towards the best practices for your business. You may also consider using an accounting service like Bench, which specializes in providing expert bookkeeping services tailored to individual business needs and complexities.

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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 Screenwriters

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