Launching a new business takes hard work — and money. Costs for market surveys, travel to line up potential distributors and suppliers, advertising, hiring employees, training, and other expenses incurred before a business is officially launched can add up to a substantial amount. Rikard & Neal CPAs, PLLC, a Memphis area CPA, works with new and developing businesses throughout the Memphis area to help simplify business formation and incorporation procedures.
The tax law places certain limitations on tax deductions for start-up expenses. Let’s cover them.
- No deduction is available until the business becomes active.
- Up to $5,000 of accumulated start-up expenses may be deducted in the tax year in which the active business begins. This $5,000 limit is reduced (but not below zero) by the excess of total start-up costs over $50,000.
- Any remaining start-up expenses may be deducted ratably over the 180-month period beginning with the month in which the active business begins.
Instead of deducting start-up costs, a business may elect to capitalize them (treat them as an asset on the balance sheet). Deductions for “organization expenses” — such as legal and accounting fees for services related to forming a corporation or partnership — are subject to similar rules.
Whether you need individual or business tax advice, give us a call at 901-685-9411, our Memphis CPA Firm can help. We’ve got the answers you’re looking for on tax preparation, tax planning, and incorporation services.