Tax Help for Writers

Writers: Prepare Your Taxes Properly

NAIWE’s CPA in residence, Carol Topp, is offering a free webinar Thursday, January 19, 2017. Carol claims she can explain federal income tax in clear English. Come hear her try!
Get the link to the webinar on Carol’s Facebook page

  • Tax deductions
  • Special tax rules for authors and publishers
  • Record keeping tips

This webinar is loaded with examples to make your writing business less taxing.

Here’s the announcement for “Writers: Prepare Your Taxes Properly.”

Join me for a free webinar for writers on Prepare Your Taxes Properly.

Thursday Jan 19, 

6 pm ET. http://tinyurl.com/j9tm8ks

This webinar will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent to all who register. 

20 Secrets of Blogging Success with Carol Tice

Carol Tice, professional blogger.If you’ve wondered what to put on your blog, how often to post, and just what it’s all for, you’ll love this special members-only teleclass with NAIWE member and professional blogger, Carol Tice. Carol’s own blog, Make a Living Writing was chosen as one of the Top Ten Blogs for Writers at the well-known Write to Done site, so it’s apparent that she really understands the world of blogging.

In her bio, Carol states, “I started Make a Living Writing because I wanted to share what I’ve learned about successful freelancing and help writers support themselves with their craft. This blog is my give-back to the profession that allows me to pay my bills doing something I truly enjoy.” She’s providing a handout of the 20 Secrets that you’ll doubtless find helpful as you apply the things you learn. Carol is an engaging speaker with a lot to teach, so don’t miss this!


3:30 pm EST on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. You’ll find it by logging in on any page of the site, then going to the Library link, then to the Expert Teleclasses link. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).
If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass page. We hope you’ll join us!

Bring your questions and concerns, and be ready to boost your career with your very own blog!

Taxes and the Freelance Writer or Editor

Congress was busy with tax changes in 2010. Do any affect you as a writer?

Carol Topp, CPA: Taxes and the Freelance Writer or Editor

Carol Topp, CPA

Author and NAIWE’s tax expert Carol Topp, CPA will discuss the important tax legislation that Congress passed in 2010 and how it affects writers and other freelancers.

This members-only program will air on February 2, 2010 at 3:30 EST

She will cover:

  • Important tax changes from several new bills that passed Congress in 2010 including “ObamaCare,” the small business bills and the extension of the Bush tax credits.
  • All employees and self employed freelancers get a 2% raise in 2011. Carol will explain how.
  • A new 1099MISC reporting requirement that affects freelancers.
  • What tax breaks exist for writers.
  • Tips to make taxes and record keeping simpler.

Carol Topp, CPA makes unclear topics clear as she shares her tax and business knowledge with writers, authors and micro business owners. Her website is CarolToppCPA.com or http://caroltopp.naiwe.com/ and her upcoming book is Information in a Nutshell: Business Tips and Taxes for Writers.

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. You’ll find it by logging in on any page of the site, then going to the Library link, then to the Expert Teleclasses link. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).
If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass page. We hope you’ll join us!

Tom Copeland of Bullworthy: Member Success Story on The Freelance Life

Tom Copeland of Bullworthy & member of NAIWEAre you thinking of making the leap into full-time freelancing?

Do you struggle with the connection between your creative work and the necessity for being a competent entrepreneur?

Join us for The Freelance Life on Wednesday, December 8, at 3:30 p.m. EST as we interview Tom Copeland of Bullworthy on how he’s gone from zero to “more than enough to survive” while doing something he loves. Tom will share the Top Five Things You Need To Do in Order to Make It as a Freelance Writer or Editor, and he’d love to answer any questions you’d like to ask. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Tom is a freelance writer, Web developer, and founder of Bullworthy, an online content management firm for small business. Tom’s work has been published on Equities.com, The Business Insider, The Working Writer’s Coach, and more. You can read more about him and his work at his member website, TomCopeland.naiwe.com.

Here’s the recording of Tom’s interview:

Three Myths of Publishing with Jerry Simmons

The Freelance Life Online Radio ShowNAIWE Publishing Expert Jerry D. Simmons will be on The Freelance Life online radio show this Wednesday. His topic will be:

Three Myths of Publishing

1)     Self-publishing eliminates any chance at landing a traditional contract

2)     You always need an agent to land a traditional contract

3)     Your publisher will always take care of you

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the program. Join us!

  • The Freelance Life
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2010
  • 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
  • Call ID: 38165

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Words Matter: Understanding the IRS, Your Tax Return and Your Accountant

Carol Topp, CPA

Carol Topp, CPA

In honor of Words Matter Week, NAIWE’s resident Tax Information Expert, Carol Topp, CPA, will be chatting with us on The Freelance Life. We’ll talk a bit about why words matter in financial areas, and Carol will talk about what writers and editors need to know about the IRS, tax returns, and accounting. Remember, access to Carol for tax information question is one the NAIWE benefits, and this is a great time to get acquainted with her and even ask a few questions if you would like. I hope you’ll join us!

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Time: 3:30 pm EST

Listen online: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/38165 (You can listen live or listen later.)

Listen on the phone (and ask questions, if you like): Phone Number: (724) 444-7444 Call ID: 38165

Understanding the IRS

Does the IRS consider my writing a hobby or a profession?
Net Income. Why don’t they just call  it profit?
EIN, SSN, PIN: What’s with all the acronyms?

Understanding Your Tax Return

Deduction or Credit? What’s the difference?
Tax loopholes. Anything special for writers?

Understanding Your Accountant

LLC, S Corp, C Corp: What’s the difference? What’s best for me?
How to interview a CPA

Teleclass- Tapping into Your Creative Wisdom: Journaling Techniques for Writers

Tina Games, Journaling Expert

Tina Games, Journaling Expert

NAIWE Member Teleclass

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. EST

We’re excited to host Tina Games, the NAIWE expert on the art of journaling. She has focused her writing and coaching career on working with women through the power of focused journaling, and she’ll be sharing some very specific techniques writers can use to power up creativity and defuse stress.

In this one-hour teleclass, Tina will discuss:

  • – How journaling is helpful to a writer
  • – Setting the stage for journal writing
  • – What types of journals are best for writers?
  • – What are some journaling techniques for capturing the best ideas?
  • – How can journaling help with writers block?
  • – How to use journal writing to map out a story, article or book

Members will receive call-in information for the class via a member mailing. Be sure that you’ve whitelisted *@naiwe.com (an asterisk, followed by @naiwe.com) in your e-mail program so that you receive the message.

If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for Tina’s teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so for $27 by visiting the Teleclass page.


Tina Games is a freelance writer, a creativity and life purpose coach, and a journaling workshop facilitator. She works with mothers who desire a more authentic life filled with purpose, passion, and creative expression. Her book, Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother’s Path to Self-Discovery (and its accompanying deck of 54 journaling prompt cards) are based on the phases of the moon and are scheduled for release in mid-February.
To learn more about the book or Tina’s signature coaching programs, please visit: www.JournalingMoms.com and www.MoonlightMomsCircle.com. ~ Tina lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and their two children.

Earn More in 2010- Two Ways Freelance Writers Can Increase Income

Don't put all your eggs in one basket!

Don't put all your eggs in one basket!

A no-whiners-allowed guest article by freelance writer, Carol Tice.

As we wind down the year, I find myself looking forward to next year and the strengthening economy. But first, I wanted to look back at why 2009 was my best-earning year ever. This analysis pointed the way to a couple of key strategies for earning more in ’10 that any writer can use.

To sum up:

1) I diversified. Like mad.

2) I was open to offers to write in new formats I hadn’t yet tried yet.

In 2010, I plan to stick with this strategy, diversifying and staying open to new writing concepts as they emerge in the fast-changing world of freelance writing.

Many writers complain on my online forums about how awful particular markets are right now. I’d say they’re particularly awful for people who have all their eggs in one of them. One writer on one of my forums recently sniffed, “I write non-fiction only for magazines, and I’ve seen that market dry up this year.”

Well, boo-hoo, but are you going to just sit around and watch your sole income stream evaporate? Or are you going to market your business and secure your income by diversifying what you write, and for whom?

When I look over my client list for 2009, it has a lot of new names and projects in entirely new formats for me, including online-only exclusive pieces for print magazines, online-only magazines, “learning centers” for corporations, articles for major search portals, even articles for the Facebook fan page of an international conglomerate. I leapt from just writing my own blog to blogging for a national magazine, to blogging for corporations.

Recently, I’ve heard from writers who say their 2010 goal is to write only for print publications, or do only copywriting, or only blogging. I say that limiting your vision isn’t a good strategy right now. Successful writers in 2010 will remain open to all the possibilities.

Don’t be scared to take a flier on a new writing format. When I got back into freelancing in 2005, I got a call from a startup CEO whose company I’d previously reported on. He wanted to know if I would ghost-blog for him and write a few advertorial articles for his company Web site. Well, I had never done either of those things, and back then I hardly knew what a blog was, but I said, “Sure!” That tiny start in corporate copywriting has led to well more than $100,000 in copywriting earnings since. If I’d said no there, I likely would have earned a lot less over the past five years. Being open and diversifying works wonders for your bottom line.

Personally, I am a platform-agnostic when it comes to publishing. If a market pays well and I think I’d enjoy the writing and can deliver top-quality work on the topics, I’m game. If I had committed to only writing for print publications — which is where I started in my career — I would have passed on the majority of my 2009 income. So far, I’ve already booked some interesting new clients for January, including my first project that includes doing social media for a business.

What new markets do you plan to explore in 2010? What new clients will you find? I think writers with a diverse client list and an openness to new formats are going to see massive success next year. Hope that describes you.

Carol Tice is an award-winning freelancer for Entrepreneur magazine, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Monthly, Yahoo! Hotjobs, and the Seattle Times, among others. You can read more at www.CarolTice.com.