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Re: Deductibility of Costs incurred in establishing a business

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Megastar

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I have a client who is trying to establish a business in Australia, and has incurred overseas travel costs which include flights, accomodation and commercial trade visas in a number of countries, which enable him to conduct business/transact in these countries (importing etc).

 

It is a slow process, however, has and is incurring costs.

 

My question is ... Is he entitled to claim deductions for (i) travel expenses and (ii) cost of obtaining commercial trade visas?

 

I understand that these expenses may need to be quarantined as part of the non-commercial losses rules until he satisfies the criteria, however, i am tryinh to determine what if any of the costs are deductible in his cisrcumstances.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Megastar

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Ok, I have conducted further research on this issue, and it appears the deductibility of these expenses falls under section 40-880 of the Act (ie Blackhole Expenditure in relation to a business proposed to be carried on, to the extent it is for a taxable purpose). Such deductions are claimable over 5 years.

 

As these expenses do not qualify for immediate deduction and the business has not commenced by 30 June 2019, the deduction amount will need to be deferred until the year in which the business activity commences.

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Megastar

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Ok, I have conducted further research on this issue, and it appears the deductibility of these expenses falls under section 40-880 of the Act (ie Blackhole Expenditure in relation to a business proposed to be carried on, to the extent it is for a taxable purpose). Such deductions are claimable over 5 years.

 

As these expenses do not qualify for immediate deduction and the business has not commenced by 30 June 2019, the deduction amount will need to be deferred until the year in which the business activity commences.