For those of who are making money online, I'm kind of looking into ways to make next year's tax season a little less painful. Basically, I know that you can write off your expenses, but that only adds up to so much. Simply because I like to keep overhead costs low in order to maximize profits (unless of course there comes time to reinvesting, but that's another topic). As I'm working on a spreadsheet, a bell rings in my head. "What if I were to pay myself?" What I'm thinking here is, whatever it is I can't write off, I should be able to write it off as payroll or something of that sort. I'm not exactly sure how this works, hence why I'm asking you guys. So my questions are: Is this something that can be worked out? If so, how so? What other measures of lubing up during the tax season can I take?