47 Sweet Tax Deductions for Ambitious Affiliates in 2017

In 2017, don’t give away your hard earned moula, dosh, bread and butter!

Legitimise your Affiliate Tax Deductions with good receipts.

Tax deduction is a reduction of income that is able to be taxed, and is commonly a result of expenses, particularly those incurred to produce additional income.

Affiliate Marketing is a global pursuit. Please note that each Country has it own set of rules about taxation and deductions. Always check with the Tax Office in your country or your friendly Accountant.

Here are 47 expenses you could have incurred as an Affiliate Marketer. Which ones slipped your memory?

Virtual (but real) Expenses;

  1. Premises rent (or if you have a home office it can be a percentage of the rent, mortgage or house value.)
  2. Anti virus software and Malware Protection Services
  3. Internet Data Service
  4. Mobile Service
  5. Cloud Storage *
  6. Hosting *
  7. Domain Name Registrations
  8. SSL *
  9. Software Upgrades *
  10. Keyword Tools *
  11. Plugins *
  12. Themes *
  13. Images *
  14. Analytics *
  15. Tracking *
  16. Paid Ads
  17. Paid Traffic
  18. Paid Social Media Shares
  19. BookKeeping Software
  20. Outsourcing (logo designs, content, keyword packs, websites)
  21. IT Support Services *
  22. Mentor fees *
  23. Office Contents Insurance
  24. Accountant fees
  25. Bank fees

Hardware Purchases or Depreciables;

  1. Computer and accessories
  2. Laptop and accessories
  3. Office Chair
  4. Stand/sit desk and desk furnishings
  5. External Hard Drive
  6. Mobile Phone
  7. Routers and Boosters
  8. Surge Protectors
  9. Printer
  10. Camera
  11. GoPro
  12. Ear Phones
  13. Microphone
  14. Items Purchased to Review
  15. Reading Glasses
  16. Assorted Memory Sticks and SD Cards
  17. Coffee Machine!

Training and Certification;

  1. WordPress Coach *
  2. PPC course *
  3. SEO and CRO Training *
  4. Writing/ Author Coaching *
  5. I.T. and Technical Training *
  6. Keyword Research and SERPs Training *
  7. Copyright Advices *
  8. Social Media Management course *


  1. Computer Repairs
  2. Office supplies
  3. Electricity
  4. Coffee!

Important Note;

Members of the Wealthy Affiliate Open Learning School get all of the green items on this list for one monthly fee of $49. First 10 Lessons Free. Plus 2 Free Websites to play with. You can’t lose.

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In Other 2017 Tax News for Affiliates;

What to do about protection from double taxation by two countries?

Question;  I earn in US Dollars from Amazon and other American based Affiliate Programs, but I live in another country. How can affiliates like me avoid paying tax to both Governments?

Answer; There is a wonderful agreement between certain, not all, countries known as treaties and conventions that also apply to taxes. Find out if your country is participating in the Treaty Agreement by searching the index in

 The A to Z of Tax Treaties. Yes, it’s written by the IRS, but it’s not as painful as you might think!


If you can tellW us more costs that are likely Want yo Learn How to Make Money Online With Affiliate Marketing?to be acceptable tax deductions please do so below in the comments. I will add your suggestions to the post with a credit (and link if you like).

Thanks for the additional costs, I left out …

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  1. James Denny said:

    Thank,thank,thank, no seriously I was not aware that you could include all the items you mentioned in you website as possible tax claim back.

    I was truly shocked that we can, in certain countries claim back some money on the basis that all the stuff you had contained in you lists were eligible to be included as a possible tax reduction/claim back option.

    I am also really interested in looking at Wealthy Affiliate.

    Thank you so much for making me aware of the tax option.

    February 11, 2017
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Affiliate Marketing is a business, usually run by individuals who outsource some of their work. In business, the costs you incur to earn your money can be deducted before tax is accounted. (in most countries).

      Affiliates are often so busy working on their website projects, they forget about the little expenses that have cropped up through the year. This is just a reminder. Thanks for your comment.

      Click on this link to Wealthy Affiliate and you can trial the first ten lessons for free. No Credit Card. No obligation.

      February 12, 2017
  2. Riaz Shah said:

    Hey Janelle,
    Wow so happy to know that I don’t have to apply tax on my affiliate offers. However I think some programs do require us to fill in the tax form right? Even when we are not subject to it?

    It sounds like its not fair though that some people have to pay tax whereas others don’t what do you think of it though.

    February 11, 2017
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Yes Riaz. Even if your country is on the list of participants in the Tax Treaty agreement you still must go through the motions with the IRS tax interview. Also Canada, Japan and al European countries will ask you about residency and ID.

      Mostly this will happen when you are setting up a new affiliate account with, lets say Amazon. They won’t process your application without verifying tax details and tax exemption status. It’s an easy form. Just do it.

      Thanks for stopping by again. Great to see you here. J

      February 12, 2017
  3. fernglow said:

    First looks at the website: Colour not very suitable maybe you might want to switch that bright yellow to something more suitable.
    But for this post, I was truly taken aback when I saw the amount of expenses that I had forgot being an affiliate marketer. Can you explain about the taxes and how you go about claiming it back because I didn’t really understand that reading your post.

    Wish you all the best in your future endeavours!

    Kai Ferng

    February 14, 2017
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Hi Kai. Tax laws are different in every country. I am in Australia where at the end of each financial year (30 June) every one who earns an annual income over a certain level ($18,000) pays tax.

      Affiliates are considered self employed, small business, for tax purposes. Small Business owners are allowed to apply for reductions on their taxable income calculations.

      Most costs associated with running a small business are considered in the deductions. So if I bought a new laptop to run my websites on I could claim that expense as a deduction. I still must pay for the laptop, but at the end of the financial year that expense will reduce the amount of tax I have to pay.

      February 15, 2017

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