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Shedding light on your finances

Whether you’re working for a theatre or TV company, are on tour with an orchestra or a rock band you don’t want to hear your hard-earned money slipping down the drain. Our qualified accountants have many years of experience, so with their help, you can be sure that you’re paying the right levels of tax, whether you’re working in your own studio or you’re on tour.

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What can sound or lighting engineers claim for?

Expenses are defined as being necessary for the operation of your business. Here are some examples of typical tax deductions available for sound or lighting engineers:

  • Marketing costs – promoting yourself with flyers
  • Website costs – hosting and maintaining a website to promote your capabilities
  • Travel expenses – train tickets, petrol costs
  • Accommodation – hotels during overnight gig trips
  • Equipment – if you built your own studio it is likely to be treated as capital, Similarly, you may invest in your own lighting rig or specialised lighting equipment, this is likely to be capital expenditure
  • Computing equipment – laptops, specialised audio or lighting control software
  • Equipment repairs – fixing equipment if it becomes damaged
  • Equipment Insurance – protect your livelihood
  • Commissions – fees paid to agents for gigs

If you are self-employed and work from home then we can advise you on household costs which can be offset including heating, using a room as an office and phone services.

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