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Old 01-26-2019, 02:34 AM   #1  
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Longshot but wondering if anyone knows LLC stuff. Here is my scenario:


Military pilot, started a LLC in July 2018 for a small farm operation. Spent/paid ~30k in 2018 to get the crop planted which will produce income in 2019 when it is sold. All that $30k is deductible.


Tax laws say that since I am a single member LLC I must follow the Dec 31, 2018 tax calendar. Tax laws also say I cannot deduct expenses because there has not been "economic performance" in 2018.


So, can I use accrual accounting and just deduct that $30k in 2019 when the crop sale occurs?


Longshot but thanks for any words.
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Longshot but wondering if anyone knows LLC stuff. Here is my scenario:


Military pilot, started a LLC in July 2018 for a small farm operation. Spent/paid ~30k in 2018 to get the crop planted which will produce income in 2019 when it is sold. All that $30k is deductible.


Tax laws say that since I am a single member LLC I must follow the Dec 31, 2018 tax calendar. Tax laws also say I cannot deduct expenses because there has not been "economic performance" in 2018.


So, can I use accrual accounting and just deduct that $30k in 2019 when the crop sale occurs?


Longshot but thanks for any words.
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Longshot but wondering if anyone knows LLC stuff. Here is my scenario:


Military pilot, started a LLC in July 2018 for a small farm operation. Spent/paid ~30k in 2018 to get the crop planted which will produce income in 2019 when it is sold. All that $30k is deductible.


Tax laws say that since I am a single member LLC I must follow the Dec 31, 2018 tax calendar. Tax laws also say I cannot deduct expenses because there has not been "economic performance" in 2018.


So, can I use accrual accounting and just deduct that $30k in 2019 when the crop sale occurs?


Longshot but thanks for any words.

Your are allowed to deduct start up costs up to $50000 for your Llc. Year spent vs year earned doesn’t matter. I would show 30k in expenses for 2018 and then whatever profit for 2019 minus your 2019 expenses.
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di1630,

If you have made a cash basis election, then you may deduct the ~$30K for 2018. However, if you cannot prove that you spent more than 500 hours working on your farm in 2018, it will become a net operating loss carryover and reduce your 2019 taxable income.

Disclaimer: As always, consult a tax professional before accepting advice from a random dude on the message board.
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