Few industries are more fast moving than the entertainment industry. While there may be downtime between jobs, when you’re on set you want to keep up with the pace and ensure your creativity is flowing. If there’s one thing that’s certain to stifle your creativity, it’s paperwork. However, it’s important to keep on top of it to avoid catastrophe on your way to stardom.
Whether you’re just starting out in the industry, or already have an impressive IMDB profile, Dead Simple Accounting can help stay on top of your finances.
Why Use Dead Simple Accounting
Keeping on top of your finances is no easy feat considering the amount of paperwork and legalities involved. It can be confusing with all the hoops you have to jump through, especially when you’re just starting out. Dead Simple Accounting leaves you to take care of your performances, while we take care of the boring stuff.
We work with lots of different creative industries, such as musicians, photographers, tattooists and more and know the challenges they may face, as well as all the possible expenses you could claim. We can guide you through the entire process, from registering as self-employed to completing your self-assessment and filing them with HMRC.
We also offer services that help to forecast any risks that stand in the way of your goals, mapping out a fool proof plan to help you go from strength to strength.
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What Expenses can Actors, Entertainers and Celebrities Claim?
There are lots of expenses associated with being an actor, entertainer or celebrity that you may be able to claim, such as:
- If used for a performance
- If you’re preparing for a new role, lots of research is often required. This can include attending theatre, opera, purchasing a film and more.
- If used solely for business use
- For example photography costs associated with headshots, creating a showreel, personal website design/development and hosting
- When business related, such as train tickets, hotel costs etc.
- Gym membership
- Industry subscriptions
- Such as magazines or membership to governing bodies and organisations
- Agent and booking fees
- Costs associated with working from home
- Accountant fees
- Such as workshops and classes
- And more
Generally speaking, if something is solely for business use then it’s likely it can be claimed as an expense. It’s important that you keep on top of your paperwork, so ensure you save all receipts and invoices and snap a picture of them as a backup.
These days there’s an abundance of tools and resources at your disposal, software that handles your invoices and expenses, to mobile based banks that cut the boring paperwork.
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