to Your Tax Questions
By Wayne M. Davies
Article Date: 03.11.03
I'm starting a home business.
Although I haven't made money yet, what can I deduct at tax time?
Where can I find the answers w/out searching all over the web.
Have a nice week, Mary Rushing
Your question is common one. When it comes to business expenses, the tax
code is quite generous -- you can deduct any expense that is "ordinary and
necessary" to your business. Here's how the IRS defines these 2
By "ordinary", the tax code simply means an expense that is "common and
accepted" in your type of business.
By "necessary", the tax code means an expense that is appropriate and
helpful for your business. And here's a key concept: An expense does not
have to be indispensable to be considered necessary.
For more specific examples of typical expenses, get a copy of Schedule C,
the form that you'll use to report your Sole Proprietorship on your personal
income tax return. There's plenty of categories listed here -- some are
obvious, others are not.
To get more small biz tax info than you'll know what to do with, here's a
couple of free resources:
1. My bi-weekly ezine, "Make My Life Less Taxing." To subscribe,
-- for subscribing, you'll get a free ebook on taxes that includes a chapter on
"How To Make Sense Out Of Nonsense: The Small Business Owner's Guide To The Wild
& Wacky World of Taxes" (and whether you realize it or not, in the eyes of the
IRS, a person like yourself who has just started a home business is considered
a "small business owner.")
2. Check out http://www.taxmama.com
-- without a doubt, the best website on taxes I've ever seen.
About the Author:
Wayne M. Davies is
author of the new eBook, "The Tax Reduction Toolkit: 29 Little-Known Legal Loopholes
That Will Reduce Your Taxes By Thousands (For Small Business Owners and Self-Employed
People Only!) Don't file another tax return until you visit: http://www.YouSaveOnTaxes.com/toolkit.html