How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Could Affect Massage Therapists

This excerpt is from Lisa Bakewell’s article “The Tax Rules, They Are A-Changin’” in Massage & Bodywork magazine. You can read the full article at ABMP echoes Lisa’s advice: this article is a guide, and you should seek the advice of a financial professional to obtain optimal tax benefits for you, your family, and your business. ABMP members save with H&R Block at

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), marking the first significant reform of the US federal tax code for individuals, small businesses, and corporations since the 1986 Tax Reform Act.

Beginning in 2018, the TCJA provides several taxsaving opportunities for businesses of all shapes and sizes and—most notably—a new tax deduction for small business owners (pass-through entities).

In this article, highlights of the TCJA are discussed; however, always seek the advice of a financial advisor to obtain optimal tax benefits for you, your family, and your business.

The full text of the article is available here, and includes:

  • An overview of the seven individual tax brackets and rates for 2018.
  • A review of Section 179, the deduction allowing small businesses an immediate break on purchases of equipment.
  • An overview of phased-out deductions and other changes as a result of the TCJA.


Florida Extends License Renewal Date

Due to Hurricane Idalia’s devastating impact, license renewal deadlines have been pushed back for some professionals, including massage therapists and their businesses. Practitioners now have until October 2, 2023, to renew their professional and establishment licenses.

New Jersey, New Rules? Comment Before October 6!

The New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy issued proposed rules that would impact clinical education, continuing education, and devices that cause percussions or vibrations.



Podcast: Smart Phone, Dumb Biomechanics

In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Kristin and Darren speak with David Lesondak about how smartphones affect the biomechanics of neck tilt and ergonomic considerations people can take to avoid excessive smartphone-related neck tilt.

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