You can always claim the expenses associated with pursuing your freelance business, even if you plan on taking the standard deduction. These expenses reduce your taxable income and your self-employment taxes, potentially saving you a lot of money. You only pay tax on the PROFIT left over AFTER expenses, not how much you made, so untaxed/freelance/1099-misc expenses are always going to be valuable and used on your taxes!
We've created a helpful expense tracker that you can download! This will help you stay on top of keeping track of all of your expenses throughout the year so that you don't have to do a bunch of last minute math! Click here to download.
Want more info? Check out our helpful freelancer 101 packet!