The horse industry has faced multiple challenges over the past few years and now, we’re seeing more of another potential threat to our industry. Like everyone else, the Internal Revenue Service is looking for money and due to the nature of the industry, horse activities are a prime target. When it comes to proving to the IRS that your equine activity is indeed a business and not just a hobby, certain things need to be taken into consideration and well documented. There are nine specific areas that need to be properly addressed to beat the “hobby” classification. The one area that most horse operations fail to document to the satisfaction of the IRS is the manner of conduct by the taxpayer. We willexpand on that to include:
Manner of conduct by taxpayer - What does that really mean?
What constitutes a complete and accurate set of books and records?
How to establish and maintain separate bank accounts
Business plan construction
Documenting monitoring and adapting
What records to give to your tax preparer?
This presentation will start with a review of the nine areas the IRS looks at during the course of an audit and what the participant can do to circumvent the activity being classified as a “hobby” and therefore not deductible.
Speaker: Victoria Long is a CPA and accountant and an avid horsewoman and working cow dog owner.
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