Tax Deductions / Expenses

As far as deductions. Can I deduct a portion of my cell phone bill since I use it for business to.

Also, I pay for alot of things in cash such as office supplies. I keep all my reciepts. However, can cash deductions be deducted. What other deductions can I make?

I’ve been keeping a mileage log… can I deduct driving I do to put up bandit signs, as well as trips to the title company, and anything else business related?

And, how do deductions work If i gross 80,000k and spend 20k on expenses etc (hypothetically) is my taxable gross income then 60k?


Yes. Keep your receipts.

Yes. Keep as much detail as possible in your log - date, places you went, mileage you drove, reason for the trip, etc.


Thank you for all the answers. Much appreciated. :beer

I received this information from one of my treasury subscription services.

Keeping Good Tax Records

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* IRS Publication 552, Recordkeeping for Individuals (PDF)
* IRS Publication 583, Starting a Business and Keeping Records (PDF)
* IRS Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses (PDF)

Excellent information. Thanks.

As far as employees, if you are paying bird-dogs and or assitants finders and marketing fees do you deduct these as expenses or do you need to claim them as some sort of payroll etc?

expenses. send them a 1099.

business miles are deductible. keep a log as described.

mcwagner - actually this is a good question… can a birddog sue you if he gets injured while searching for house for you? Could he claim he was your ‘employee’? I understand that anyone can sue anyone else for anything… I guess my question is could he build a case?

And if the answer is yes - should we consider worker’s comp insurance?

Thank you for any insight you may have on this. Have a good evening!

Bird dogs would have a hard time proving they are an employee. The “employer” would have to provide the tools to conduct business, manage the day to day activities of the bird dog, and the bird dog would not be able to “work” for anyone else.

BLL - thank you. Makes sense. Have a good weekend! :O)