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Trading Business Expenses

Business traders can deduct all reasonable business expenses, whether they have trading gains or losses, saving around $5,000 per year on average. Business-expense deductions hinge on qualifying for trader tax status, of course. Investors, on the other hand, are very limited. Investment managers have business expense treatment, too.

The good news is you can still claim trader tax status for 2013, and even other open tax years (usually up to three years prior). Unlike Section 475 MTM (mark-to-market) accounting, which must be elected by the April 15 deadline, trader tax status can simply be claimed by a taxpayer after the fact, based on facts and circumstances. If you’re just learning about trader tax status, you might still be in luck for tax-year 2013.

INVESTORS VS. BUSINESS TRADERS
Unlike business traders, investors are stuck with restricted itemized deductions. Investors can’t deduct pre-business education including most seminars and travel costs, home-office expenses, start-up costs and many other types of trader expenses.

See our guide for all the different types of trading business expenses and how to deduct them in the best way possible. Included in the guide: how to deduct tricky items like home office, education, start up costs, organization costs, seminars, travel to seminars and much more.

This is an excerpt from Green’s 2014 Trader Tax Guide

Copyright © 2014

Consider a 30-minute consultation with Robert A. Green, CPA or Darren Neuschwander, CPA, co-managing members of Green NFH, LLC.

     

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Highlights (see the full archive):

Aug 19: Foreign partners in a U.S. trading partnership can be tax free Read More

Aug 13: IRS warns Section 475 traders Read More

June 20: Tax treatment for Nadex binary options Read More

June 19: IRS softens its stance for some taxpayers with undeclared offshore accounts Read More

June 12: IRA rollover rule changes Read More

June 6: Bitcoin is not reported on 2013 FBARs Read More

June 5: Tax deadlines in June: U.S. residents abroad and FBAR Read More

June 2: Tax treatment for foreign futures Read More

May 21: Bitcoin tax update: Can business traders apply Section 475 elections to bitcoin trades? Read More

May 13: Puerto Ricoís tax haven status is tailor made for investors, traders and investment managers Read More

May 6: Entities: A key update on trading entities and management companies Read More

Mar 25: IRS guidance on bitcoin transactions will chill its use Read More

Feb 27: Another trader tax court loss (Assaderaghi) Read More

Feb 1: Net investment tax details Read More

Dec 4: IRS final regulations for Net Investment Tax help traders. Read More

Dec 3: Bitcoin is a hot commodity, but is it taxed like commodities, assets, or currencies? Read More

Nov 15: Another non-business trader gets busted in tax court trying to cheat the IRS. Read More

Nov 6: Hedge fund investors depend on ďassuranceĒ from quality independent CPA firms. Read More

Oct 29: ObamaCare taxes are starting to affect traders. Read More

Aug 30: The Tax Court Was Right To Deny Endicott Trader Tax Status Read More

Aug 18: Common trader tax mistakes Read More

July 24: Learn the DOs and DONíTs of using IRAs and other retirement plans in trading activities and alternative investments Read More


GreenTrader blog archive, Forbes blog, Benzinga blog.

 




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