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Deducting Work-related Education

Mark E. Battersby August 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
Deducting Work-related Education

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Many skin care professionals and facility owners fail to take advantage of the programs and benefits created as part of the government’s increasing emphasis on education. Although much of that emphasis is aimed at those entering the workforce or a profession, tax laws continue to offer write-offs for improving existing skills.

It matters little whether a esthetician is self-employed, a team member of her own skin care facility or business, or an employee—tax deductions and unique write-offs abound for anyone willing to look for them. In fact, under tax rules, many educational and training expenses incurred by a skin care business are both tax deductible by the business and, at the same time, tax-free to the recipients.

A skin care facility may deduct the cost of amounts paid for employee education and training—even amounts paid to others. It may also deduct the cost of education for the operation’s owners if the education or training maintains or improves skills required in the trade or business; or if the education is required by law or regulations for maintaining a license, status or job.

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