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.


Gainful Employment Rules Compliance Updates

Over the past two weeks, the US Department of Education issued updates to the new “Gainful Employment” (GE) regulations for vocational programs published last fall. This web post addresses the updates to prepare school owners and educators ahead of the July 1, 2024, new GE rule effective date.

New Study Reconfirms the Benefits of Touch

A recent study found that touch interventions were effective in helping regulate cortisol levels, reducing feelings of depression in adults, and having other significant benefits.

Louisiana Bill Proposes Massage Program Hour Increase

Effective October 1, 2024, Louisiana massage students will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid because massage programs are limited by Louisiana law. But there is a solution: Senate Bill 353 will increase the required education hours for massage licensure from 500 to 625. ABMP fully supports this bill, and we explain why you should too.


ABMP CE Summit: Headaches


Join us online Tuesday, April 30, 2024, for the ABMP CE Summit: Headaches, which take learners on a journey from understanding headaches to working with clients with headache pain using multiple modalities and techniques.


Podcast: Cancer, Clots, and COVID—A Complicated Client

A client was recently treated for colon cancer—and it didn’t go well. She had surgical complications, a bout of sepsis, and more. Is massage therapy safe? We discuss on this episode of “I Have a Client Who . . .” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner.

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