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What Are Ordinary and Necessary Expenses?

Ordinary and necessary expenses are expenses incurred by individuals as the cost of owning a business or carrying on a trade. “Ordinary and necessary” expenses are categorized as such for Idaho income tax purposes, and these expenses are generally considered tax Idaho 

The two biggest reasons why you might lose a business expense deduction are that you didn’t keep good tax records to prove your decision or you didn’t capitalize the expense 

You could also lose deductions if the IRS thinks you aren’t operating the business to make a profit. This is commonly referred to as a “hobby business,” and its sole purpose is to create losses to offset income elsewhere. 

Some ordinary business expenses include:
  • General business expenses
  • Labor costs, including a salary or other compensation you receive as the owner-employee of your own corporation
  • Repairs
  • Inventory
  • Mileage
  • Office supplies
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Phone, internet and office utilities
  • Travel Expenses

 

Idaho Business Expenses Defined

Expenses represent the cost of doing business. There no limits to what this includes as long as it is an expense that relates to your Idaho business and is necessary. Idaho Business expenses are the costs of running your business day-to-day. On your income statement, your business expenses are subtracted from your revenue. What’s left is your net taxable income. These “ordinary and necessary” expenses that keep your Idaho o business running can be deducted from your taxes.

Example of cost include: 
  • Accounting expenditures
  • Depreciation of fixed assets assigned to non-production areas
  • Insurance costs
  • Legal fees
  • Office supplies
  • Property taxes
  • Rent costs for non-production facilities
  • Repair costs for non-production facilities
  • Utility costs