If you’re a freelancer and you’re NOT filing a Schedule C, you’re leaving money on the table. Learn what you can (and cannot) deduct as business expenses, and how to best work within your rights as a taxpayer. Many freelancers don’t take advantage of the deductions available to them, and some take advantage of things they shouldn’t! I have not only worked for a tax accountant for 10+ years, but also came through an IRS audit of my own with shining colors. Good record keeping and an understanding of how the IRS views freelancers, their history of profit and loss, and their legitimate expenses made the difference. You owe it to yourself to learn how to pay the least possible tax within the scope of the current tax law.
Ellen Zachos is a Harvard graduate and the author of seven books including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat, and The Wildcrafted Cocktail. Her Backyard Forager calendar (for 2021) has just been published, and she writes a regular foraging column for Edible New Mexico magazine. Ellen also shares recipes and foraging tips on her website: www.backyardforager.com, and offers several online foraging courses at https://backyard-forager.thinkific.com/. A former Broadway performer (cast of Les Miz), Ellen was named a Great American Gardener by the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. She has worked with The Botanist gin since 2014, teaching foraged mixology workshops across the US. Ellen is passionate about showing people how to use their wild harvests. She is currently working on a wild foods cookbook, and teaches wild cooking classes at foraging workshops and retreats across the United States. A long-time instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, she recently moved to Santa Fe, NM, and now splits her time between the desert southwest and the lush northeast. Ellen is also the co-host of the Plantrama podcast, with C.L. Fornari.