Bookkeeping and Accounting for Sound Engineers

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How Bench works with sound engineers

Sound perfectly balanced? That's how your books should be, too. Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing done by experts—supported by one powerful platform. Bench harmonizes with sound engineers.

We get you set up

Our team devotes the necessary time to thoroughly understand your sound engineering business, resolve your inquiries, assist you in connecting your accounts, and illustrate how Bench can work for you.

We do your bookkeeping

Each month, your dedicated bookkeeper systemizes your sound engineering transactions and compiles financial statements. Should they require anything further from you, they'll promptly reach out.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our expert team is well-versed in the financial intricacies of the sound engineering industry and will personalize their approach to suit your business' special needs.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

At Bench, we're committed to providing consistent bookkeeping updates tailored for sound engineers. If you have urgent concerns that can't be delayed, rest assured we'll get back to you in less than one business day.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform enables you to streamline data inputs from primary providers to sidestep typical errors. We collaborate with partners such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square—ensuring your financial records as a sound engineer are always precise.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Wave farewell to mountains of audio receipts and the hassle of manual financial tracking—we automate inputs directly from your linked accounts. Gain insights from one unified dashboard, empowering you to easily comprehend the financial standing of your sound engineering business and confidently 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 sound engineers

At Bench Accounting, we understand that sound engineers often grapple with their own unique set of financial management challenges—from determining what equipment expenses can be deducted as business expenses, to handling complex copyright royalty payments, and keeping track of fluctuating income due to irregular job contracts. These industry-specific complexities require an efficient, yet flexible online bookkeeping service. That’s exactly where Bench comes in. We have seasoned human bookkeepers at the helm of our intelligent software, well-versed in the specific tax laws and financial guidelines that sound engineers must adhere to.

Moreover, Bench's bookkeeping and tax services are specifically designed to let you focus on your craft while we handle your finances. We know that tracking royalty revenue streams or managing fluctuating income can be complicated, but our seasoned bookkeepers can effortlessly navigate these tasks, ensuring your books are always accurate and up to date. They have a deep understanding of the profession and the ability to handle complex income and tax scenarios that are often seen in the sound engineering industry. At Bench, we do much more than bookkeeping, we help you optimize your business financials, ensuring you stay compliant while maximizing industry-specific tax benefits.

Simple, straightforward pricing for everything your business needs.

Get bookkeeping, tax prep, advisory, and filing with Bench's powerful, easy-to-use platform.

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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 sound engineer, what specific tax deductions can I claim in my accounting?

As a sound engineer, there are specific tax deductions that you can claim, which vary depending on current tax laws and regulations. Generally, you may be able to deduct expenses related to:

  • Equipment: The cost of materials and equipment such as microphones, speakers, sound boards, and software can potentially be deducted.
  • Home studio: If you have a home studio, portions of your rent or mortgage, utilities, and home repair costs may qualify as deductions.
  • Professional development: Fees related to training courses, workshops, and professional meetings can potentially be deducted.
  • Travel Expenses: If you have to travel as part of your work, you may be able to deduct transportation, meals, and lodging expenses.
  • Self-employment Taxes: Sound engineers who work as freelancers or contractors can deduct a portion of the self-employment tax.

Please note, tax laws frequently change, so it's crucial to consult a professional who can provide accurate, up-to-date advice.

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How can a bookkeeper help me manage my finances as a freelance sound engineer?

As a freelance sound engineer, a bookkeeper can help you manage your finances in several significant ways. A competent bookkeeper will track your incomes, expenses, and manage your invoices and receipts. They can also help you avoid late fees by ensuring that bills and invoices are paid on time.

Additionally, bookkeepers can facilitate accurate and timely tax filing by maintaining thorough and organized records of financial transactions throughout the year. They can assist you in determining the categories of expenses that are tax-exempt, reducing your overall tax obligations.

Crucially, a bookkeeper can provide comprehensive reports about your financial status, allowing you to make informed decisions. By understanding your earnings and expenditures, you can strategize adequately, pave the way for business growth, and better comply with legal standards.

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What aspects of income and expenses in the sound engineering field require special attention in bookkeeping?

Bookkeeping in the field of sound engineering involves intricate details and some aspects requiring special attention include:

  • Equipment Costs: Sound engineers often invest in costly equipment and their maintenance. Accurate records of these purchases, depreciation, and repair costs are very important.
  • Project-Based Income: Sound engineers often work on a project-basis which comes with variable income. Keeping track of who owes what and ensuring payment is received can be a complex process.
  • Contractor Expenses: If contractors are hired, it's vital to accurately document payments and deductions as per tax laws.
  • Travel Expenses: Sound engineering often involves travelling. It is crucial to maintain correct records of all these expenses as they often qualify for deductions.
  • Subscription and Royalties: Many sound engineers use paid software subscriptions, and may also receive royalties from work. These need to be accurately captured to ensure tax compliance.

Due to these unique considerations, a bookkeeper experienced in the sound engineering industry can be beneficial.

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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 Sound engineers

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