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agent fees and entertainment no longer deductible, and others...

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hey yall

the new tax reform means a lot has been taken off of our list of deductions. this includes entertainment (cant write off movie tickets nor meals anymore), even when they are a part of business.

however the one that is really getting to me is agent fees are no longer deductible. i have an LLC but that really only means something for my rentals, as we are basically always hired as employees on a show. my agent does negotiate my kit rental, though they dont take a penny from it, only from what I earn hourly, ie as an employee. i feel that i can make the argument that my agent is representing my company as well as myself and maybe can write off the fees that way, but curious to know if anyone has other ideas that are legitimate.

the only other thought is to form an S corp and have the production company hire my company and then I am an employee of my company, for which I can then write off the fees. However, that requires me to have workman's comp and I highly doubt that any production is going to want to work with me on that.

 

i guess this isnt necessarily a huge change from 2017 because it was always associated with my as an employee and not my LLC, but the deductions are now so slim and down to 2% so it seems like a significant change.

just curious about yalls thoughts. maybe i just gotta eat this cost. but its a big ass cost, especially when so much else is being slashed.

 

brett.

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Very hard to get any of the studios to pay you through a corporation. Reserved for DP's, Production Designers, Actors, not lowly camera operators. Just write yourself a check foo reimburse Agent's fees and Union Dues from your LLC and deduct them in the LLC tax return. Or get rid of the agent.

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