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Old 02-15-2010, 03:45 PM
True Green True Green is offline
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Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
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Start-Up Tax Questions

I am planning on starting my own lawn care business next year, and will of course be consulting a CPA before and during the process. At this point, however, I would like to get a very general feel of what I will possibly be able to write-off in terms of the start-up costs I will be encountering. The following is a list of things I will be buying to start the business:

- Used truck (probably 2002-2005 Ford or Chevy) - Used for business purposes only 95% of the time
- Enclosed trailer
- Several lawn mowers, Blower, trimmer, various other tools

Other things which will be needed:

- Advertising (probably around $2,000-2,500 budget, door hangers, direct mail, etc)
- Insurance
- Licenses (each city/town where I will conduct business is roughly $50 for a business license)
- Insurance
- Accounting fees

My question is, in general, which of the above necessities will I be able to deduct from my taxes? The only thing that I know for certain is that I can deduct vehicle use by the mile (at about 45 cents/mile), or for actual expenses (gasoline and maintenance).

I have also heard about "Start-up Cost Deductions" where you are able to deduct up to $5,000 in start-up and $5,000 in organizational costs for the first year of business. Have any of you guys ever heard of this and have any of you ever done it?

Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide.
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