Unlike applying to a writers’ colony, everyone is automatically accepted. However, the IRS then calls in 1% of the applicants for an interview–also known as an audit–to decide who cuts the mustard. Writers who pass get to keep their deductions; the IRS brands the rest mere hobbyists.
Fortunately, advice for writers abounds in the Internal Revenue Code, the IRS’s regulations and the Tax Court’s case law. Heeding this advice will greatly increase your chances of writing off your expenses. What’s more, the guidelines resemble the tips your writing coach might give you.
Uncle Sam’s Writing Tips
* Write more. The more time you spend writing, the more serious you appear to the IRS, regardless of genre or content. Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining, even though he only typed and retyped the …