Smutlancer Monthly Income Report: August 2018

Kayla Lords

I am an erotic author, sex blogger, podcaster, freelance writer, an opinionated marketer, and a speaker with a focus on BDSM and D/s. Here at The Smutlancer, I help people who want to create content or products about sex get paid to do it. I'm sharing what I've learned as a freelancer and a sex blogger to build a career. You can find me online sharing my innermost sexual thoughts and experiences and helping kinksters have healthy BDSM relationships. I'm also a masochistic babygirl submissive with an amazing and sadistic Daddy Dom and business partner, John Brownstone.

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  1. Mrs Fever says:

    So I’m just curious…

    I know you receive products in exchange for reviews. In the US, any “gift” that is given in exchange for services, that is valued at over $40, is taxable, regardless of whether it comes from a W-2 employer or a 1099 service/contract. (I have been running my own business as a freelancer in another field for a great many years; I know from taxes, natch. 😉 )

    I don’t see “products” listed on your income info above. So I’m just wondering how you categorize products-as-compensation, and how you report them, both (1) in a general, “this is what I made” way, and (2) for tax purposes.

    • Kayla Lords says:

      To be completely honest, until this year, I didn’t report sex toys like we’re supposed to. No excuses, just didn’t.

      This year, I’ll be reporting them because 1) I finally have an actual tax guy now who’s keeping me on the straight and narrow, and 2) I need my income to be reported as high as possible (beyond cash) because we’re buying a house in a couple of years. That being said, while I recognize that the government considers it to be “taxable income” and I recognize my legal obligation, sex toys that I receive don’t pay the bills, so in terms of *this* income report, it’s not something I plan to include. If I requested monetary compensation in exchange for a review (actual cash to do the review, not just the product), I *would* include that because I can spend that. I don’t necessarily have any clear reason why I don’t consider it income for this report other than 1) even after all this time, I don’t consider myself a “real” sex toy reviewer (yes, the tax man would say otherwise) and 2) that number is deceptive at best because it looks like you’re rolling in cash when, in fact, you’re rolling in vibrators (not a bad place to be, but it doesn’t keep the lights on). I want this report to focus on actual income that you can spend and use to pay the bills.

      What I’d love is someone who understands the tax obligations of bloggers and freelancers to talk about it on this website (through blog post or podcast interview) because I’m in no way qualified to do that. But it’s definitely something we all need to be aware of.

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