Tax Deductions for Real estate agents

As a self-employed real estate agent, you should claim the below tax deductions to keep more of your hard-earned money.

Mileage you can deduct

Home office to property showing
Unless you have a permanent place of work to which you must commute, all miles driven between your home and a property showing or client meeting are tax deductible.
Between showings and back to home office
Miles driven between showings, and from your last showing to your home office, are tax deductible.
Work-related errands
Miles driven to pick up work supplies, conduct a property inspection, obtain a building permit, attend a conference, or other work-related errands are tax deductible.

Expenses you can deduct

Phone & Service
If you have to use a phone for work, you can deduct the percentage of the purchase price and monthly service bill that reflect your work usage!
Office Supplies
Items that you buy for everyday use in your office, like pens, paper, postage, and notepads, are deductible!
Business Cards
Designing and printing business cards is deductible as a marketing expense. Just be sure to check for typos!
Food & Drink
You can deduct a portion of your meal cost from a restaurant if you are out of town for work purposes. Discussing work with an existing or prospective client? That counts too!
Client Entertainment
If you need to woo clients by taking them to the theater, sporting events, or other forms of entertainment, you can deduct half of the cost of any food and drink expenses that you incur while you're there.
Printing & Copying
Printing and copying expenses for marketing flyers and brochures or for your office records are tax deductible.
The costs of promoting your business, like online ads, signs, print, radio, and video, are all deductible!
Promotional Goodies
Items that you give away to promote your business, like pens and stress balls, are deductible. Bring on the bobble heads!
Any toll fees that you pay while working are tax deductible! Just make sure they're not already being reimbursed.
If you have to pay for parking while you're working, that's tax deductible. Unfortunately, parking tickets, traffic violations, and speeding tickets are not.
Professional Development
Networking and staying up to date on your industry are even more important when you're self-employed. Reading materials and fees for conferences, seminars, and professional events are deductible.
Music & Paid Apps
If you pay for a music service like Spotify or Apple Music to entertain passengers while working, your monthly subscription fee is tax deductible.
Business Travel
If you're traveling for work, you can deduct 100% of your hotel and other travel related expenses if they're entirely business related & necessary.
Licenses & Memberships
Licenses or memberships that help you do your job are deductible. That includes license renewal fees and membership dues to professional organizations.
Roadside Assistance
Staying safe on the road is part of the job. A percentage of the fees for AAA or other roadside assistance programs are tax deductible based on the percentage of miles you drive for work.
Health Insurance
If you're self-employed and don't have the option to buy health insurance through an employer or spouse, you can deduct your monthly health insurance payments!
If you purchase supplies that are needed to run your business, those expenses are deductible! Just make sure these purchases would be considered typical for your industry.
Real Estate Exam
Your real estate exam fees, exam prep courses, and study materials are deductible. Hit the books!
Personal Protective Equipment
Hand sanitizer, gloves, face masks, and other safety items are essential right now for anyone actively working in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any expense that doesn't fit the other categories we've set up for you. Please make sure to add a note to keep track of them!

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Non-Deductible Expenses

Clothing that can be reasonably worn outside of your work environment is considered a personal hygeine expense and is explicitly deemed a non-deductible expense.
A haircut is considered a personal hygiene expense and is explicitly deemed a non-deductible expense for independent workers.
Life Insurance
You can't deduct the cost of premiums for life insurance where you are the beneficiary. This includes taking policies out to secure a loan for your business, or to fund a succession plan.
Parking Fines and Tickets
Misconduct isn't part of your job! Fees for legal violations, such as parking tickets or court fees, are not tax deductible.
If you have a permanent office from which you conduct your business then the miles driven between your home and that office are considered commuting and are not tax deductible.
Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning is considered a personal hygiene expense and is therefore explicitly deemed a non-deductible. Unless you're cleaning a uniform, the expense is considered personal.

Non-Deductible Expenses if You Take the Standard Mileage Deduction

Gas is part of maintaining a vehicle for business and is deductible only if you choose not to take the standard mileage rate.
Oil Change
An oil change is standard car maintenance and is deductible only if you choose not to take the standard mileage rate.
Car Insurance
Car insurance is required for all car owners and thus is deductible only if you choose not to take the standard mileage rate.
Car Repairs
All cars will eventually need a repair. Repairs are deductible only if you choose not to take the standard mileage rate.
Car Lease Payments
If you are leasing a car, you can deduct the lease payments only if you choose not to take the standard mileage rate.
Car Depreciation
Car depreciation is deductible only if you choose not to take the standard mileage rate.

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