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Tax considerations for working on cookbook and food blog

I have spent hours in a rabbit hole trying to figure out how to appropriately determine filing taxes for this year based on expenses.


I decided this year to work on a cookbook (in earnest) and have bought photography equipment, taken courses in food photography, have experimented with recipes and done recipe building etc. But I have not sold anything and I haven't made a "publishing" deal or anything yet. All of those expenses were out-of-ocket, so can I deduct them if I am in the process of being a cookbook author with the intention of making eventual sales from it?


I don't want to make any errors with filing, but I also don't want all of those (in my opinion) business expenses to not be deducted if they are eligible. Does anyone have guidance on this for people making a cookbook?

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Tax considerations for working on cookbook and food blog

Your issue is the deduction of start up costs for a business. This is a link to IRS information. 




Tax considerations for working on cookbook and food blog

I don't think you deduct your startup costs until your business is actually operational.   They would be a deduction against the business, not a personal deduction.

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