Lesser known tax deductions for creative freelancers

What are some of the tax deductions creatives can and can't claim?

As the end of the financial year approaches, specialist accountancy Hnry has revealed that the average sole trader misses out on over $5500 in unclaimed expenses every year. Research from Hnry, which services contractors, freelancers and the self-employed, shows only 64% of sole traders – including freelance photographers, graphic designers and TV/film production crew members – claim all of the business expenses to which they’re entitled.

Of those that don’t claim, 33% said it was because they are unsure of what they can/can’t claim, and 35% explained that it’s due to the hassle of having to deal with financial administration.

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Thuy On is the Reviews and Literary Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her debut, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was released by University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). Her second collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Her third book, Essence, will be published in 2025. Twitter: @thuy_on Instagram: poemsbythuy