So, I have a variety of types of expenses associated with my small business. But, I am unsure where to list these in TurboTax.
I have recorded monthly profit and expense reports spreadsheets. However, I did not categorize the expenses.
The reason why I ask is I am currently using TurboTax to enter business expenses. I see a category for "Supplies" - but the examples indicate things such as pens and pencils and perhaps printers. There is also "Office Expenses" - would I list my tools, cables, engineering documents and very expensive software that I purchased in this category?
In my notes I have these categories (thus far)
- Office Supply - pens, pencils, paper
- Advertising - flyers I create and mail
- Lab Tools - screwdrivers, pliers, soldering irons
- Lab Equipment - bench-top laboratory equipment - and related cables
- Engineering Documents - some document are hundreds of dollars to buy
- Engineering Software - about $10,000 this year (two sub categories - yearly software maintanece and license purchase of new software)
Any help with guiding me where to place these deductions would be most appreciated.
If you are new to being self employed, are not incorporated or in a partnership and are acting as your own bookkeeper and tax preparer you need to get educated ....
If you have net self employment income of $400 or more you have to file a schedule C in your personal 1040 return for self employment business income. You may get a 1099-Misc for some of your income but you need to report all your income. So you need to keep your own good records. Here is some reading material……
IRS information on Self Employment….
Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business
Publication 535 Business Expenses
Home Office Expenses … Business Use of the Home
There are 17 unique categories for entering business expenses in the TurboTax Home and Business program for a Schedule C. If you have a particular expense that does not fit in the other 16 categories listed use Other Miscellaneous Expenses at the bottom of the list.
- Click on Business
- Click on Business Income and Expenses
- Click on I'll choose what I work on
- On Profit or Loss from Business, click on the start or update button
On the next screen, click on Edit for your business listed.
On the next screen scroll down to Business Expenses
On Other Common Business Expenses, click on the start or update button
I've purchased software for my business just under $6000 in 2019.
Also, all my software for my business costs about $3000 per year - I have to pay this to stay up to date.
So, it sounds like both of these are an asset.
Is there someone I could just call and ask these questions? I feel that I have a more unusual cause with my business - being that I purchase both lab equipment and highly specialized software. Not only is the software VERY expensive - but the software also has non-trivial yearly renewal costs.
I hope someone can answer this for me.
Where to I put the $1900 renewal cost for my software? Office Expenses? Or, a 179 asset?
And, it sounds like I'd put the $6000 software that I purchased this year in the 179 asset area of Turbotax (I hope I can find it!)
Well, I guess it is time to call an accountant. I need VERY FAST answers. I need to respond to Medi-Cal with my "wage" - the catch 22 is that I need to do my taxes to know what my "wage" is. Otherwise I'll unfairly report my wage as being too high.
I purchased TurboTax this morning and got through most of the deductions
I still need to put about $8000 spent on software into the 179 form (asset area of TurboTax) - BUT - I can't due that for about a month - TurboTax says they expect forms on 1/29/2020 - which is not in a few days (when I need to inform Medi-Cal of my so called wage). Oy vey!
Since I'm only making an estimate - how would I calculate this on my own?
Yeah, I know - pay an accountant. Ouch.