He’s your not-so-typical game designer and illustrator from Prahran, Melbourne. And he uses POP to max his tax back.
Tell us about your work, Camden
“My day gig is working for a video game design firm. I’m only just starting out, but I love it. In my own time, I’m also a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. I take commissions through my website and a few agency hook-ups. I also do a bit of stand-up comedy on the side.”
Come tax-time, what used to go through your brain?
“Yikes… not much, probably. On my wage, and certainly when I was still a student, I couldn’t afford an accountant, so I usually just filed it online through the government site or got my mum to do it (thanks Mum!). I just wanted to get it out of the way. Tax was probably the most boring, brain-numbing thing I could think of.”
But not since you started using POP to file your tax return?
“That’s a fair assessment. I mean, tax isn’t exactly Game of Thrones, is it? You’re never going to be hanging out to dive into it every week, are you? But still, my awareness of how to properly claim expenses for everything I outlay as a game designer has improved exponentially. Plus, the POP site is really well-designed, super-heuristic and easy to use. Consequently, this year my bank account got a nice little cash-injection, all thanks to Mr Taxman.”
How did POP’s intuitive Max-Deductibles system work for someone like you who in employed in the creative industries?
“Well, the reason POP impressed me was the way it walked me through everything I could claim. I mean, as a game designer, part of my job is consuming a lot of popular culture. That means streaming subscriptions, my books, my graphic novels, my comics, the films I go to see, etc. Sure, I love all those things, but prior to POP I had no idea I could also list them as my expenses. POP’s AI prompted me to discover those deductibles, and it was super-helpful. I got an excellent tax return this year, much to the jealousy of my fellow gaming fraternity, ha ha!”
Would you recommend POP to other game designers and creatives?
“Indeed, I would. In fact, I have. Sadly, it was too late for most of them, as they had already filed… ha ha! But once they saw what I reaped back from Mr Taxman this year, I suspect they’ll be climbing on board with POP next time around.”
Are you working in the creative industries like Camden? Would you like to know:
– The most common tax deductions that someone in your line of work can claim?
– How much tradies can successfully claim for each of their deductions?
– A foolproof checklist of everything you’ll need ready for POP to max your tax back?