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Old 02.04.2006, 06:06
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branching out professionally

Hello knowledgeable friends who run their own businesses!

I'm currently an independent English teacher. I give lessons in company, then bill the company for the hours. Bookkeeping is a small part of my activity as I must declare earnings and expenses like any taxpayer.

I currently deduct some (not all) English materials if I use them for classes - books, magazines, music CDs, train tickets to cities where the bookshop is where I'm buying the said books for English classes, etc...

I wish I could say I was a "cheater," but I'm too much of a scaredy cat to try to get away with noting all my DVDs and CDs and mags as "English materials." So unless I'm seriously using the main article for a class discussion, "Cat Fancy" would not make it to my expenses list.

I've just recently officially embarked on my next professional activity - writing. That is not to say that I've already been published or sold any writing yet.

My writing buddy lives in Zurich (and this weekend has been damned expensive!). Can I start to include these travel expenses to Zurich when I'm meeting and actively working with my writing buddy? Include many of life's expenses as research? Films, workshops, lunches with friends where there's interesting conversation, etc...? Basically, if there's a genuine link to my writing, can I write it off? Or am I totally hallucinating?

According to the "Service de la population et des migrants," my independent lucrative activity is "language teacher." They used to write it on my B permit every year next to "has Swiss spouse." This year I got my C permit and it doesn't mention either on it!

Project for the coming week: Talk to those guys and ask if I can put "writer" in my file next to "language teacher." In the meantime...

Talk to me, guys! (That means girls, too, in Californian!) Thanks!

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