The Small Business Jobs Act doubled the amount that could be written off for 2010 to $10,000 and increased the phaseout threshold from $50,000 to $60,000. It is important to note that this increased deduction is temporary, and only applies to tax years beginning in 2010.
Start-up expenses include, with a few exceptions, all expenses incurred to investigate the creation or acquisition of a business, to actually create the business, or to engage in a for-profit activity in anticipation of that activity becoming an active business. To be eligible for the election, an expense also must be one that would be deductible if it were incurred after the business actually began. An example of a start-up expense is the cost of analyzing the potential market for a new product.
As you can see, it’s important to keep a record of these start-up expenses, and to make the appropriate decision regarding the write-off election. As mentioned above, if you opt out of the election, there is no current tax benefit derived for the eligible expenses covered by the election. Also, you should be aware that an election either to deduct or to amortize start-up expenditures, once made, is irrevocable.
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