Business Expenses

Business expenses are the cost of carrying on a trade or business.

These expenses are usually deductible if the business is operated to

make a profit.

What Can I Deduct?
To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and

necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in

your trade or business. A necessary expense is one that is helpful

and appropriate for your trade or business. An expense does not have

to be indispensable to be considered necessary.

It is important to separate business expenses from the following


The expenses used to figure the cost of goods sold,Capital Expenses,

and Personal Expenses.

Cost of Goods Sold

If your business manufactures products or purchases them for resale,

you generally must value inventory at the beginning and end of each

tax year to determine your cost of goods sold. Some of your expenses

may be included in figuring the cost of goods sold. Cost of goods

sold is deducted from your gross receipts to figure your gross profit

for the year. If you include an expense in the cost of goods sold,

you cannot deduct it again as a business expense.

The following are types of expenses that go into figuring the cost of

goods sold.

The cost of products or raw materials, including freight Storage

Direct labor costs (including contributions to pensions or annuity

plans) for workers who produce the products Factory overhead.

Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize the

direct costs and part of the indirect costs for certain production or

resale activities. Indirect costs include rent, interest, taxes,

storage, purchasing, processing, repackaging, handling, and

administrative costs.

This rule does not apply to personal property you acquire for resale

if your average annual gross receipts (or those of your predecessor)

for the preceding 3 tax years are not more than $10 million.

For additional information, refer to the chapter on Cost of Goods

Sold, Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Businesses and the chapter

on Inventories, Publication 538, Accounting Periods and Methods.

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