Tax Write-Offs for Social Media Influencers: Maximize Your Savings

Updated: Oct 15, 2023

You’ve built a thriving business as a social media influencer, but how do you keep more of your money and give less to the IRS? As an influencer, you can maximize your savings by mastering tax write-offs.

You’ve built a thriving business as a social media influencer, but how do you keep more of your hard-earned money and give less to the IRS? As an influencer, you can maximize your savings by mastering tax write-offs.

The Role of Tax Write-Offs in Influencer Finance

You spend money to run your business. You regularly pay for things like equipment, clothing, and perhaps even travel. A lot of those costs can be written off on your taxes, allowing you to lower your tax liability. 

The problem is that if you’re unaware of which write-offs you’re entitled to claim, you may leave money on the table, which is never a good thing. We’ll help you understand the most important tax write-offs for social media influencers to ensure you’re able to reduce what you owe and keep more of your income.

Platform-Specific Write-Offs

The costs your business pays to operate are tax deductible. As a social media influencer, that includes those costs associated with your platforms (Instagram, YouTube, etc.). Here’s a quick breakdown of what you should know for each.

  • Instagram and TikTok – You can deduct the costs related to creating posts, such as photography equipment, props, sound licensing or special effects, and premium filters or editing tools.
  • YouTube – You can deduct the costs related to video production, including props. You can also deduct the costs of channel promotion, including analytics and optimization tools like TubeBuddy, and other platform-specific tools.
  • OnlyFans – You can deduct the costs of building a business on OnlyFans, including cameras, lighting, props, editing tools, and premium filters. 

Of course, this doesn’t include all current social networks. The industry is also constantly evolving, with new apps and platforms debuting regularly. The rule of thumb is that if a cost is required to create, build, promote, or maintain your business on a specific platform, it’s usually a write-off.

General Write-Offs for All Influencers

You can deduct platform-specific costs, but you can also write off other costs associated with your business. 

  • Cell Phone and Internet – Social media influencers rely on their cell phones and an Internet connection for their businesses. These costs can be written off.
  • Home Office – Don’t forget to claim your home office deduction. You can do this in a couple of ways. First, make sure you qualify. The space must be exclusively and regularly used for your business (you can’t claim the family room in your home because you also use it regularly for non-business needs). To calculate your deduction, the simplified method is the easiest. You can claim $5 per square foot up to 300 square feet, with a maximum deduction of $1,500.
  • Travel – Do you travel for business? You can deduct the costs of things like airfare, car rentals, accommodations, conferences, brand collaborations, location-specific events, and more. You’ll need to keep your records organized and accurate and make sure to note how the costs are tied into your business, so the IRS doesn’t question the deduction.
  • Meals – Meals related to doing business, such as those eaten while on a business trip or during business meetings, can also be deducted. Again, accurate recordkeeping is essential. 
  • Technology Costs – Influencers rely on technology to power their businesses. That means many of these costs are write-offs. That includes website hosting, data storage, editing apps like Canva or Adobe, and even AI apps like ChatGPT.
  • Equipment – Without the necessary equipment, you cannot operate your business. That means you can deduct the cost of items like cameras, microphones, lighting, and other tools of your trade.
  • Professional Development – Improving current skills and learning new ones makes you more effective in your role. You can deduct the costs of workshops, courses, and consultations that develop your skill set.
  • Promotions and Giveaways – You can write off the costs associated with marketing efforts, audience engagement tools, and partnership promotions.

Documentation and Proper Claiming

We’ve mentioned this a couple of times, but it bears repeating –– you must keep good records. Every deduction must be tied directly back to your business. Track spending, save receipts, and store records to support your deductions. Make notes that help you track how each expense relates to a business activity. 

You don’t have to do this all by hand, however. You can use a wide range of apps and digital tools to help, like QuickBooks, Mint, Xero, and Wave to name just a few. For those just starting, Excel can be a viable option, too, but you’ll need something more robust as your business grows.

Finally, make sure you comply with tax regulations when claiming your write-offs. Your home office deduction is a good example of a frequently claimed deduction that comes with stringent rules business owners must follow. 

Not sure if you comply with tax rules for the write-offs you want to take? Work with a professional who has deep experience in the influencer industry.

By understanding all of the deductions afforded to you, you can minimize your taxes and keep more money in your pocket.

What’s the difference between a tax deduction and a tax credit?

A tax deduction reduces the amount of income that’s subject to taxation, while a tax credit reduces the tax amount owed.

Do I need to keep physical receipts for all my expenses?

While digital records are becoming more accepted, it’s crucial to keep some form of proof (digital or physical) for every expense you plan to write off.

What happens if I get audited?

In an audit, you’ll be asked to provide evidence for the claims you’ve made on your taxes. This is where meticulous documentation becomes invaluable. 


If you want to keep as much of your income as possible while reducing your tax bill, it’s essential to understand and claim the write-offs available to you. However, there’s more to it than just claiming deductions on your taxes. You also need to support those claims with detailed records, which means meticulous recordkeeping is vital.

If you’re unsure you know every deduction available to you, seek professional tax advice from a specialist with experience in the influencer industry. You should also invest in the right documentation tools and continue exploring and learning about tax optimization opportunities.