Bookkeeping and Accounting for Tattoo Artists

Looking for a bookkeeper and accountant for your tattoo studio? We handle your books, so you have more time to focus on perfecting your ink mastery. Try us for free.

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How Bench works with tattoo artists

Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing done by experts—tailored specifically for the creative flair of your tattoo business. Bench seamlessly synchronizes with tattoo artists.

We get you set up

Our team invests the time to thoroughly comprehend your tattoo artistry business, respond to your inquiries, assist you in connecting your accounts, and demonstrate how Bench can streamline your operations.

We do your bookkeeping

Each month, your dedicated bookkeeper categorizes your tattoo studio transactions and prepares detailed financial statements. If they require further information from you, they'll promptly reach out.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts are well-versed in tattoo industry tax regulations and will adapt their approach based on your tattoo business' specific requirements.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

Stay focused on your artwork, we'll handle the numbers. We'll provide periodic bookkeeping updates tailored to tattoo artists so you can easily monitor your financing. Have urgent queries that can't wait? We're committed to responding within one business day or less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform is designed to streamline data inputs from top-tier sources, ensuring error-free bookkeeping for your tattoo studio. We collaborate with leading commerce platforms such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square—guaranteeing that your financials are consistently precise.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Say goodbye to heaps of paperwork and laborious manual record-keeping—we handle the automation directly from your linked accounts. Get insights from one consolidated dashboard so you can effortlessly understand the state of your tattoo studio and make informed 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 tattoo artists

Working in the tattoo industry comes with its own unique set of financial challenges. Keeping track of flash creation, equipment expenses, studio rent, and other operational costs can be overwhelming. Coupled with the complexity of industry-specific tax laws, the importance of having an expert bookkeeping service becomes apparent. Bench Accounting understands the intricacies of the tattoo industry, our team is ready to manage these challenges, ensuring your finances align with the unique laws and tax regulations of your trade.

Bench pairs intuitive software with real, human bookkeepers to make your business financials simpler and understandable. We do more than just keep your books. We also assist with tax filing, help you understand your business' financial health, and plan better for your future. Our expert team will handle everything from cataloging your income and expenses, managing receipts for your supplies and tools, to preparing your tax documents. Instead of worrying about bookkeeping and taxes, tattoo artists can focus on what they do best – creating art. At Bench, we're not just your bookkeepers, we're your financial partners in the art world.

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 tattoo artist, what specific expenses can I claim to help reduce my tax liabilities?

As a tattoo artist, there are numerous specific expenses you can claim to help reduce your tax liabilities. These include:

  • Tattoo Supplies: These are considered necessary business expenses. They include inks, needles, gloves, cleaning supplies, tattoo machines, etc.
  • Rent: If you rent a space for your tattoo parlor, you can deduct that expense. If you are a home-based artist, you may also be able to claim home office deductions.
  • Professional Development: Workshops, trade shows, books, and other resources to improve your skills can generally be deducted.
  • Marketing and Advertising: Expenses on business cards, flyers, ads, website maintenance, and other advertising methods are deductible.
  • Insurance: Business insurance premiums can be deducted.
  • Equipment: Larger equipment purchases, such as tattoo chairs or specialized lighting, can often be depreciated over several years.

This is not an exhaustive list and many more expenses may apply depending on your specific situation. Always consult with a bookkeeper or a tax advisor to ensure you are claiming all allowable deductions.

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How can I organize my income from different sources like tattoo services, art sales, and merchandise?

Organizing income from different sources doesn't have to be a challenge. One option is to create different categories or accounts in your bookkeeping software for each income source, such as tattoo services, art sales, and merchandise. You can then record the respective income under each category. Our team at Bench Accounting can also assist with this. We can setup and manage a comprehensive bookkeeping system designed specifically for your business, making it easy for you to keep track of your income sources and giving you more time to focus on growing your business. If you want to learn more or need help getting started, feel free to contact us.

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What type of accounting method should I use when tracking my income and expenses?

The type of accounting method you should use largely depends on your business model and the specific requirements of your industry. As a general rule, most businesses use either the cash-based accounting method or the accrual accounting method.

Cash-based accounting: This is the simplest method and is ideal for small businesses. In this method, income is recorded when you receive it and expenses are recorded when they're paid.

Accrual accounting: This is a more complex method generally used by larger businesses and corporations. In accrual accounting, income and expenses are recorded when they're billed and earned, rather than when money changes hands.

It's crucial to consult with a professional bookkeeper or accountant to determine the best method for your particular business needs.

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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 Tattoo artists

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