Years of Losses Leading the IRS to View a Company Differently

Many aspiring entrepreneurs know that breaking out of regular losses and into positive cash flow can often take a few years.

As if that wasn’t daunting enough, the profits gained up until the fifth year in business are usually needed to keep the venture afloat. But soon after, business owners can begin to draw regular, and sometimes large, salaries with which they can claim their independence as they continue to grow their companies.

Unfortunately, most businesses do not last long enough, and some who operate in low overhead industries, such as on the web and in network marketing, continue on although they can no longer deduct losses.

Business cannot continue thriving on losses and listing it as tax deductionsTax Law Disallows Continued Deductions for Failed Businesses

Some young entrepreneurs do not understand that getting a tax deduction is not a good thing unless it pertains to a necessary expense. For this reason, they may decide to increase costs when they should be trimming them in order to maximize profit.

This could be done by leasing a nice car for the company when the one they were driving previously still had some life left in it, or by moving a home office out into an office building.

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This is commonly seen in the network marketing industry. Even though building a network is done through the act of networking, many MLM-ers insist, through the guidance of their business associates, that every dollar of their overhead spent on continually flowing educational materials is necessary, even if it means that their business is really just a hobby.

Now, while the typical business venture falls under this law, real estate does not.

Exceptions to This Law Involve Real Estate

Rental properties do not fall under the threat of being labeled as a hobby even after years of continuous losses. In fact, a rental home can offer yearly deductions or have all losses counted against the sale of the property, if there is one.

One reason for this is because property can still bring a net profit after years of perceived losses, and losses can be claimed despite a property having positive cash flow.

Other reasons for this are because depreciation is being counted against income as well as the expenses of mortgage interest, insurance, and property tax. A good rental property will have all of this covered by the renter, which is why the cash flow would be positive from one month to another, but once depreciation is counted against this profit, the property may show a paper loss for the year, year after year.

Owning a business, be it real estate, personalized wedding invitations, or a fast food franchise can be great for making money, and helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals, but when losses mount year after year, and deductions are no longer legally allowed, it may be time to put well-intended hobbies away for investments that may be more profitable.