Category Archives: Start up Costs

In Business Yet?

Today TaxMama® hears from sh1207 in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “In 2011, my wife started a home-run Montessori school in October. We spent about $2,000 in setting up the Montessori (supplies, furniture, license, etc.). We only got $600 in income from one child, who was with us for 3 hrs a day starting […]

TaxMama’s Tax Roundtable – July 2011 Session

TaxMama’s Tax Roundtable is a monthly live discussion open to all TaxMama Family Members and above, and all TaxMama’s EA Exam and Solving the Tax Puzzle Students. REPLAY today’s session below – you can listen and SEE the session and forms.

Small Business Jobs Act of 2010

New Jobs Act brings tax benefits (9-23-2010) On  September 23, the House passed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (H.R. 5297). It is expected to be signed by the President. Among its provisions:

Business Standard Deduction

Today TaxMama hears from Marty in Wisconsin who is upset with her tax pro, “Is there a standard deduction of $,5000.00 for the first year that you open a small business? I was told there was and know someone who used it. My accountant will not redo my taxes or tell me if this deduction […]

Start Up Costs

Today TaxMama hears from Doug, an Enrolled Agent in Northridge, CA who insists that, “The special $5,000 deduction for start-up costs spent by businesses after 10/22/2004 only applies to companies who’ve already started doing business. They can’t take the deduction the year before the business opens their doors.” TaxMama disagreed with Doug, so, it was […]

Internet Marketing

Today TaxMama hears from Jim in California who tells us. “I’m an affiliate marketer and have spent a lot more money on ebooks and courses than the amount of income I have generated. Are the ebooks/courses tax deductible? Under what category should I put these expenses?” Dear Jim, Making a fortune on the Internet looked […]