Paying and filing a federal tax return is one of the more painful aspects of any type of self-employment. Writing is no different. Tax law is confusing and seems to contradict itself at times. There are so many exceptions to the rules, that one begins to wonder why there was a rule in the first place. Unfortunately, once you’re self-employed, you’re responsible for paying taxes on your business. I always recommend making a one-hour appointment with a tax professional to help you understand the ins and outs of taxation for writers, but I know not everyone has the funds to do so, especially before writing begins to make them money. Hopefully, the articles here will help address some of the questions writers have about filing a tax return.