Good question John.
Clearly, they can on the state return. But since marijuana is illegal on a federal scale?
Typically the IRS does not permit deductions on illegal income. Do some searching of the Tax Court cases to see if anything has come before them. Well, I did some searching.
While I was answering, Lori Thompson, EA of KTJTax.com was also looking up the same information – and we both conclude – based on Tax Court cases, under IRC Section 280E, you may not deduct expenses related to trafficking of a controlled substance.
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