Deductions for Business and Investment Expenses

Deductions for Business and Investment Expenses

Learn about allowed deductions for the costs of doing business or producing income.

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In this lesson, we'll survey the deduction for ordinary business expenses under Section 162(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, or IRC.

Section 162(a) allows a deduction for, quote, "ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the taxable year in carrying on a trade or business," unquote. This language gives us five discrete elements.

First, the expense must be ordinary. Primarily, ordinary means the expense must not be a capital expenditure. See Comm'r of Internal Revenue v....