In part two of our series regarding Beachbody Coaching Tax Write Offs, we want to talk about what doesn’t count in terms of a tax write off. We also want to talk about the gray area that exists. In part one of the series; we talked about what you could write off. But just as important if you are considering getting into coaching is what you can’t write off come tax season. After all, no one wants the IRS knocking.
Again, let me remind you, I am not a tax professional and for detailed questions, you should consult a tax professional. However, I am a Beachbody coach and have been completing my freelance taxes now for nearly two years. I understand what I can write off on my itemized deductions and want to share what I know with you as I do with all of my coaches.
What doesn’t count as a Beachbody Coaching Tax Write Off?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to write off that miracle formula? But sadly, this is considered a personal use item even when you use it in your social media.
The exception to this is if you are promoting a recipe in a video or blog!
No, you can’t write off your liquid gold that gets you going in the morning before your workout. Wouldn’t it be nice if the government rewarded you for getting up early and showing enthusiasm in those Instagram stories?
Ahhh again, wouldn’t it be great if the government wanted to pay you for working out? Sadly, this is not the case. Every time you shop at Nike or Under Armour or even LuLu, don’t plan on writing it down on your taxes. These are personal use items even when they appear in your Beachbody Advertising.
The exception to this is if you are purchasing something with the Beachbody logo on it and using it in a public way for advertising!
The Grey Area of Beachbody Coaching Tax Write Offs
The Home Office
Probably the trickiest area when it comes to tax write offs is a home office. Now, this is not exclusive to Beachbody Coaches. Many freelancers have trouble with this. Ask too much, you can trigger an audit and ask too little, you might be missing out on a huge deduction.
When it comes to your Home Office, this needs to be an exclusive area in your home to your business. Meaning, you are meeting your clients in the office or you are doing your business from this area. If you are working out from your basement, this probably will not fly with the IRS as your home office even though you are in the health and fitness world.
Why may you ask? They may see this as an office space; however, it will probably not be exclusively used. If there is a couch or pool table or other items that appear in those sweaty selfies you are hashtagging, remember that is all public information!
But if your office is a dedicated workspace exclusive to your home and business, this is the perfect case and point for a tax write off. My coaching business takes place in our smallest bedroom and I have been careful to document my office on my social media posts. There is also no other purpose it serves other than for my contracting business (both Beachbody Coaching and Social Media Consulting). Since both businesses are filed on the same tax form, I am able to write off the office as one.
Beachbody On Demand
This is a question you are going to want to ask your tax professional if you can write off your annual subscription. Why is this in the gray area? You are using it for personal use and personal gain. However, the other piece of this is that you are probably showcasing it in your social media, so wouldn’t that be considered promotion just like Beachbody clothing?
Hence, the gray area!
These are by no means all the things you can’t write-off when it comes to coaching but this is a list to help you get started in the crazy world known as tax season. As always, if you have a question about Beachbody coaching tax write offs consult a tax professional.
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You will make a great Beachbody Coach if:
- You have a passion for helping others
- Have a passion for health and fitness
- You are hardworking
- You are a self-starter
Things you don’t need to be to be a great Beachbody Coach:
- In supermodel shape
- In fact, some of the best coaches in the business are experiencing their own transformations
- An expert at Health and Fitness
- You do not have to have ever tried Beachbody products to be a coach; however, you should be willing to give them a try. After all, you need to be a product of the product.
Does this sound like you?