4 Tax Tips for Travel Agents

Written by: Stephanie on March 25, 2024

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Taxes can be a headache, especially for small business owners like travel agents. What materials do you need to gather? Which forms do you need to complete? How do you know if you have proper documentation? Who do you contact if you have questions? Let’s make your tax season easier than ever with our tax tips for travel agents!

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4 Tax Tips for Travel Agents:

1. Know your deductions

Can I deduct travel expenses for a FAM trip? How about the cost of my work computer? Is there a deduction for my home office space? From the tools you use to run your small business to the space you work from, there are many deductions that travel agents can claim on their tax returns. It’s best to keep track of your business expenses throughout the year so that when tax time comes, you have an organized record of the deductions you may be eligible for.

2. Keep those receipts organized

With any deductions you include on your tax forms, you’ll want to have sufficient documentation as proof. That’s why keeping your receipts organized throughout the year is so important. It’s helpful to file receipts in a dedicated place or folder in your email so that you can easily keep track of them. This helps prevent the deletion of important messages or a lengthy search of your inbox when tax time arrives.

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3. Work with a professional…or at least use professional software

As you begin preparing your tax documents, you may wonder what should or should not be included, or have questions about required information, proper forms, business expenses, and deductions.

Consider working with a local tax professional. A professional can help you during tax time, and can be a resource for your questions throughout the year.

If you intend to file your taxes yourself, use tax software that can walk you through the options for your small business filings. Many of these online programs also offer live support and have professionals available to review your tax returns.

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4. Budget for your taxes

Owning a small business often means that taxes aren’t automatically withheld from the income you receive. That’s why it’s important to understand your business’s financials and plan for tax season all year long. Working with a tax professional or an accountant can help you understand how to budget for tax payments at a federal, state, and local level so you aren’t surprised when filing time comes.

Are you ready to start your own travel business and become a travel agent? KHM Travel Group supports people across the United States as they start and grow their travel businesses. For more information fill out the form to the right or give our team a call at 888.611.1220.

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