How to Deduct Expenses During Newspaper Delivery

Gather all records. You will need any IRS Form 1099 MISCs you may have received from the newspaper or distributor for your services. You will also need to consolidate the receipts or records of all your business expenses. In addition, you will need your mileage records for the car you use to deliver papers.

Download and fill out a Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business. You can do so using the link in resources. This is the form the IRS uses to document everything coming in or out of a closely-held small business, such as a newspaper delivery route. You will not need to pay income taxes on every dollar that came in your business last year -- only on profits, after your expenses are taken into account. You can take a deduction for rubber bands, plastic bags, mileage on your vehicle, money paid to hire people to help you, and any other reasonable and necessary business expense.

Download and fill out an IRS Form 1040. This is your individual tax return. You cannot file Form 1040EZ if you are claiming a profit or loss from your business on Schedule C.