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15 Tax Write-Offs for LLC

Tax Deductions for LLC

Running your own business is rewarding, but it can also come with many expenses to grow your LLC. From advertising and startup expenses to employee and legal fees, these costs can add up. Fortunately, there are easy ways to track these expenses and save your hard-earned profits, without having to reduce your essential business spending. Learning how to write off business expenses for LLCs can help you reduce your taxable income by claiming common business expenses as income tax deductions.

Key Takeaways 

  • LLC tax deductions can help you save money without cutting corners on business spending.
  • Some allowable tax deductions for LLCs include self-employment taxes, legal fees, home offices, and other common and necessary business expenses.
  • Some write-off amounts, like vehicles and home expenses, will depend on whether your expenses are exclusive to business or a mix of personal and business use.
  • Keeping accurate records and saving receipts are key to claiming business write-offs.

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15 LLC Tax Deductions

The Internal Revenue Service offers a number of LLC tax write-offs for owners so you can reduce your taxable income and save money.

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1. Self-Employment Tax Deduction  

Minimizing your tax liability through the self-employment tax deduction is one of the most significant ways to reduce taxable income for LLC owners. If you’re the sole owner of a limited liability company, you’re obligated to pay the full cost of the self-employment tax. In 2023 and 2024, that cost is 15.3%, which includes taxes for both Medicare and Social Security. However, you’re able to reduce this income tax burden by declaring and deducting half of that amount, or 7.65%, on your federal income tax return

2. Legal and Professional Fees  

There are a number of professionals you may need to hire to advise you on running your LLC. The professionals may include an accountant or tax professional, notaries, and legal professionals. Whether it’s for bookkeeping, contracts, or document preparation, you can deduct the cost of legal and other professional fees to reduce your tax bill. The deduction applies to everyday business costs like preparing financial documents and records, as well as to things like tax audits and legal cases where you may be required to hire a professional team to manage unique circumstances.

3. Automobile Expenses  

When you use your car or other vehicle for your LLC, you can deduct common auto expenses from your qualified business income. Vehicles that are exclusively for business usage qualify for deducting the full cost of the vehicle, miles driven, parking fees, and fuel. You can also include depreciation since your vehicle qualifies as a business asset. If your vehicle is used for a mix of personal and business transport, you’ll have to calculate what percentage is used for business and write off only that amount. 

4. Bank Fees and Interest  

Running an LLC may come with significant banking fees. You may have to take out startup loans to finance your business, use credit to purchase new equipment or pay fees to maintain a business account at your bank. From interest on purchases made with credit to the interest on business and startup loans, interest payments on your business banking are fully tax deductible. Business owners can also deduct everyday business banking fees for things like money transfers, new checks, and business bank account name fees.

5. Home Office  

If you use a home office for managing your LLC, you can deduct a portion of your home office expenses. This includes a portion of rent for renters or a portion of property taxes and mortgage payments for homeowners. Deductions are based on the square footage of your home office, and the space must be used exclusively for business purposes. Business owners are also able to deduct a portion of relevant costs like the internet, so it’s important to save receipts for all expenses related to your home office.

6. Office Supplies  

Whether you work from home or at an office, you can deduct the cost of office supplies for your LLC on your tax return. Some common office supply deductions include:

  • Printing paper
  • Printer ink
  • Office furniture, including desks and desk chairs
  • Software subscriptions like Microsoft Office
  • Postage costs
  • Office cleaning supplies

Business owners can also deduct the cost of computers, printers, and other office equipment that’s used for business purposes. Eligible supplies include everything from minor purchases of pens and ink to major things like equipment and furniture, so it’s worth saving your receipts for office supply write-offs.

7. Travel Expenses  

When you travel for work, you’re able to deduct almost all of your business travel expenses. These deductible expenses can include:

  • The cost of flights, train tickets, and other modes of transport
  • Hotels and business lodging
  • Car rentals, parking, and fuel
  • Meals
  • Rentals for conference rooms and other business meeting essentials

Save all receipts from your business expenses when you travel so that you have clear proof that your expenses were necessary and related to the work of your LLC. Non-business expenses, such as personal entertainment expenses, don’t qualify for write-offs even if they’re incurred while you’re on a business trip.

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8. Phone and Internet  

As long as your phone and internet are used for business purposes, you can deduct the cost of your cell phone and internet bills. For office phones and internet, you can deduct the full costs, whereas for home phone and internet, you can deduct the portion that you use for business. This also applies to the cost of new phones and internet-related equipment like modems that you need to conduct your business.

9. Business Meals  

You can deduct 50% of the cost of most business meals at restaurants. This includes meals with employees, clients, and other work connections where you actively discuss work during the meal. This applies to your personal food or to your total bill if you’re treating clients to a meal. There are also some food expenses that are 100% tax-deductible, such as snacks for customers, food at events for charitable contributions, or food for employee events like annual parties. You can also deduct 100% of meal costs if they’re directly related to your business—for example, if you work as a restaurant critic or food reviewer.

10. Business Startup Costs  

New LLC business owners can deduct some of the costs of creating a company. Particularly if you’ve invested money to start your new business, this write-off of startup expenses can help reduce financial strain. If your total costs for starting a business are $50,000 or less, you can deduct up to $5,000 of those costs in your first tax year. These deductions decrease dollar by dollar if your startup costs exceed $50,000, and the remainder is deductible over 15 years.

11. Advertising and Promotions  

Starting your LLC can require a significant amount of promotion to attract new clients and grow your business. You can deduct a wide variety of advertising and promotional elements, including:

  • Printing costs for business cards and posters
  • Ads for television, online, and social media
  • The cost of designing and maintaining your website
  • Promotional events
  • Sponsorships of local events, sports teams, etc.

12. Business Insurance  

There are a wide variety of business insurance types, and most of them can be deducted from your taxes since they’re considered ordinary and necessary. Ordinary refers to commonly used in your industry, while necessary is required for your business. You may have liability insurance, property insurance, or even an errors and omissions insurance to protect yourself and your LLC. Some businesses also provide employee health insurance and other employee support. You can deduct these insurance premiums from your taxes as a business expense. Life Insurance is not deductible on your tax return.

13. Education Expenses  

You can deduct continuing educational expenses for yourself and the employees of your LLC. The educational program must be related to your business, meaning it increases your business expertise or adds other value to your LLC. However, it cannot be a new and unrelated degree you’re getting. You can also get a tax deduction for up to $5,250 for your employee’s tuition payments.

14. Healthcare Expenses

You can deduct all the insurance premium payments from your tax return. In addition, if your medical expenses add up to more than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income, you may be able to write some of them off on your taxes. These expenses must be unreimbursed by others, for example, your health insurance. Some qualifying expenses include:

  • Fees for medical practitioners like doctors, surgeons, and dentists
  • Hospital and care home costs
  • Insulin and other prescription drugs
  • Medical devices including dentures, eyeglasses, and hearing aids
  • Travel expenses related to obtaining medical care

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As a small business owner, there are many ways you can use tax deductions for LLC owners to reduce your taxes and save money. There are costs like office supplies and advertising that you can claim completely on your tax return, and other ones like home office deductions and vehicle expenses for business use.

When claiming your tax write-offs for LLCs, it’s essential to document your business expenses and keep track of your receipts. FreshBooks accounting software lets you log and categorize all of your expenses, so it’s easy to find the totals when it’s time to pay taxes. Try FreshBooks free and discover the features that can support your small business today.

Looking for even more information on how the business tax deductions and write-offs work for LLCs? Explore resources on Small Business Tax Deductions to learn even more strategies for saving money.

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FAQs About Tax Write-Offs For LLCs

Learn even more about filing as an LLC and the ways that tax deductions can reduce your taxable income.

Can a single-member LLC write off expenses?  

Yes, single-member LLCs can write off a variety of business expenses. This includes some startup costs, home office expenses, business and health insurance premiums, and other business-related expenses.

Can you write off a car with an LLC?  

If your car is used for business purposes, you can write off some or all of your vehicle expenses as tax deductions for LLCs. If you use your vehicle exclusively for business, you can write off, fuel expenses, insurance car loan interest payments, and include depreciation of the asset if you use the actual expense method. You can also use the Standard Mileage Rate method to deduct a flat amount per driven mile. Parking and toll fees are deductible in addition to either method.

What deductions can I claim without receipts?  

You can claim self-employment insurance and business insurance without receipts, as long as you have a copy of your policy. The IRS will also not ask for expenses below $75.

Can I write off alcohol as a business expense?  

While you can write off some alcohol purchases as business deductions for LLCs, it’s important to be reserved in the spending and careful about reporting. Alcohol and other entertainment must be considered ‘ordinary and necessary,’ meaning some alcohol with dinner may be allowed, but extravagant liquor expenses may be flagged.

How much of your house can you write off for business?  

You can write off the portion of your home that you use for business. For example, the square footage of your home office represents a percentage of your home that’s necessary for business, and you can apply that to deduct your mortgage interest, a portion of rent, home insurance, and other home costs.

Can I write off clothing as a business expense?   

If your clothing is used to promote or run your business, you can write it off as a business expense. This includes things like special uniforms for yourself and your employees or promotional costs like shirts and hats printed with your logo.

Can I write off expenses at LLC with no income?  

Yes, even if your LLC has no income you can still write off expenses and report it as a loss. Since this counts as business activity, you need to clearly report it on your annual taxes. It can later be applied to offset future income once you begin turning business income into a profit.

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Sandra Habiger is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington. Sandra’s areas of focus include advising real estate agents, brokers, and investors. She supports small businesses in growing to their first six figures and beyond. Alongside her accounting practice, Sandra is a Money and Life Coach for women in business.