Debra A. Zeller


Tax Tips for Photographers

Occasionally I get inquiries where one of the questions folks ask is if I charge tax, and the answer is “yep!”, I unfortunately have no choice. I found¬†this document¬†provided by the California State Board of Equalization to be extremely helpful with regards to charging tax, and thought I’d share in case any of my blog readers happen to be aspiring photographers in California looking to start their own business.


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  1. Mark April 2nd, 2008 1:22 pm

    Thanks for this. It was very helpful. So, here’s my next question? Or rant if you want to read that way.

    If we have to charge tax for service (namely our time spent on a photo session) why is it that we can’t (at least according to my accountant) write off hours or time spent on pro-bono and charity work. Right now I only can count expenses toward that.

    Doesn’t seem fair that the state deems labor to be taxable in one instance but not in another.

    Or am I missing something?

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