This may not be in keeping with the patriotic nature of this site, but I just had to tell everyone – writers in Ireland live tax free!!
Yes, the home of James Joyce, Guiness, and Boxty also does not charge you any tax to be a writer. Unless you make over 250,000 euros a year doing so. Quite frankly, if I am making half a million dollars a year, I don’t mind sharing so much with the politicians.
Realistically, writers living in Canada probably make on average about $35,000 to $60,000 per year, with most falling in the lower end of that bracket. Then we have our tax rate which readily shaves a bunch off of that, even with the writeoffs that we enjoy having our own businesses in Canada.
What I am saying is, you could emigrate to Ireland and thereby automatically give yourself a raise of thousands of dollars per year. Personally, I would probably end up spending those thousands of dollars flying back to see my family a couple of times a year, so it wouldn’t be worth it. But for younger writers starting out – is this such a bad option? I think not…