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vickkie14
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I have a small hobby farm and was wondering if I could deduct my costs for the livestock and I also sold some fresh eggs and canned produce in 2016 at our local farmer's

 
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Carl
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I have a small hobby farm and was wondering if I could deduct my costs for the livestock and I also sold some fresh eggs and canned produce in 2016 at our local farmer's

Cattlerancher
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I have a small hobby farm and was wondering if I could deduct my costs for the livestock and I also sold some fresh eggs and canned produce in 2016 at our local farmer's

As a hobby farm, you can deduct your expenses (up to your gross income) on schedule A, if you itemize.

Your only other option is to operate a for-profit farm business and file a schedule F but the requirements are you must make a profit at least 3 out of 5 years with the full intent to profit annually and have a reasonable potential to do so. Otherwise the IRS may claim your previous business years as a personal use hobby, which could create an unexpected large tax liability.

https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Small-Business-Taxes/When-the-IRS-Classifies-Your-Bus...

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