Legal and professional fees, such as fees charged by accountants,
that are ordinary and necessary expenses directly related to operating
your business are deductible on Schedule C or C-EZ. However, you
usually cannot deduct legal fees you pay to acquire business assets.
Add them to the basis of the property.
If the fees include payments for work of a personal nature (such as
making a will), you can take a business deduction only for the part of
the fee related to your business. The personal portion of legal fees
for producing or collecting taxable income, doing or keeping your job,
or for tax advice may be deductible on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you
itemize deductions. For more information, see Publication 529,
Tax preparation fees.
You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the cost of preparing
that part of your tax return relating to your business as a sole
proprietor. You can deduct the remaining cost on Schedule A (Form
1040) if you itemize your deductions.
You can also deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the amount you pay
or incur in resolving asserted tax deficiencies for your business as a
sole proprietor or statutory employee.
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