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Nail Techs, Hair Stylists & Salons

Understanding Acceptable Deductions

Nail Techs, Hair Stylists and Salons are categorically self-employed. Because of this, they are often targeted for IRS audits. Declaring items that are not part of your salon’s expenses will only trigger an audit.

Typically speaking, your deductions should only consist of items you've purchased in order for your business to make money. It is important to note that these items should be deemed appropriate for business.

Prep Fees Vary*

*Having disorganized tax receipts and records will fetch a higher price as it means the preparer has more work to do. Well organized tax documents call for less summarization and management, therefore bringing tax preparing fees down. A good rule of thumb: The more organized you are, the less work that has to be done, meaning a lower cost in the end. 

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Documents & Forms Needed for Your Appointment:

Documents & Forms Needed for Your Appointment:

Examples of Acceptable Deductions:
  • Furniture and Equipment

    • Chairs, seating, carts and trays

    • Reception/Waiting Area items such as computers, desks, tables, magazines

    • Credit Card Processing Hardware and Software

  • Products and Tools

    • Shampoo, conditioner, styling products, hair color and wax 

    • Styling tools, towels, caps, and clips

  • Continued Education & Training

    • While you can't deduct education expenses “to qualify you for a new trade or business”, you can, however, deduct the cost of courses to improve your job skills or that your employer may require

    • CDs and videos (physical and online)​

    • Trade Shows

    • Certifications

    • Subscriptions to trade magazines

  • Travel Expenses

    • Transportation and mileage

    • Meals

    • Hotel 

    • Only travel to classes or salon-related


  • Along with Employee Expenses,

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