A self-employed business that services the entertainment industry was denied several of the deductions claimed on its Schedule C because of lack of proof. When the matter was taken to court, the ruling was made in favor of the IRS.
Why was the business unable to claim these deductions for work expenses? The business owner himself admitted that he did not have thorough records for these purchases, although they were qualifying expenses. He could only supply PayPal receipts for his advertising, depreciation, legal and professional expenses, and “other expenses.” He did not have records of supporting invoices or receipts.
Although he could prove how much he paid, who he paid, and when he paid it, he could not provide records about what was purchased and why it was a legitimate business expense. As a result, he did not receive the deductions and was charged a fine for illegitimately claiming tax deductions.
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