A few years ago, it became clear my author career had reached the point that I could no longer manage my taxes by counting toes and fingers (mine or anyone else’s) and studying receipts glued to the inside of my purse with bubblegum.
At least I hope that was gum.
So, I got myself a tax accountant. A tax accountant with expertise managing creative professionals. It soon became clear he was unaccustomed to having a romance author on his client list.
ME: Since most of my books have a shower sex scenes, can I claim our shower remodel as a tax write-off?
HIM: (long pause) Not unless you have extensive documentation of how you’ve used it for…um…research?
He declined to see the documentation in video form, so I let it drop.
But he did have some questions about a few line items appearing as write-offs on last year’s tax worksheets. Among them:
- One bottle of Sliquid sex lube (transportation maintenance)
- Wartenberg wheel (office supplies)
- One roll of bondage tape (gift-wrapping)
- Tickle & whip toy (entertainment)
- Personal vibrator (meals)
This time, I insisted on providing video documentation in the form of this promotional piece my husband and I created for my erotic romantic comedy THE HOOK UP:
“This is…uh…a first,” he told me on the phone. “Can’t say I’ve seen anything like this before.”
“So, can I write it off?” I persisted.
The answer was yes.
And since THE HOOK UP is only 99-cents right now as part of a special promotion, don’t you owe it to yourself to nab it fast and then check with your tax guy to see if you can write it off?
Let me know how that goes.
Ellie Sanders is over the fairytale, thank you very much. Content with her booming career as a purveyor of Madame Butterfly pleasure aids, she doesn’t need a man for anything—except maybe marketing tips. And, okay, a few fun nights with something that doesn’t require batteries.
Love, marriage, and family aren’t in the cards for Tyler Hendrix. Period. The Navy helped Ty put his tumultuous childhood behind him, but when a sexy single mom walks through the First Impressions door looking to take her business to the next level, he feels his carefully constructed “never-get-attached” walls crack.
As Ty and Ellie maneuver through a minefield of wardrobe malfunctions, plumbing mishaps, and the world’s most awkward accidental dirty talk, discovering they have more in common than scorching sexual attraction threatens to crumble Ty’s walls for good…
Tawna Fenske is a USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risque romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Her offbeat brand of romance has received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, one of which noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.” Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To learn more about all of Tawna’s books, visit www.tawnafenske.com
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