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Old 02-14-2008, 06:53 PM
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Franchise fee

I bought a franchise and was unable to work the franchise since they sold me a territory that had previously been sold to another individual. Am I able to write off the franchise fee and related expenses?



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Old 02-17-2008, 10:42 AM
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Is Franchise Fee deductible?

In general, the IRS has specifically allowed "Franchise fees and related acquistion expenses related to a new business venture" as an allowable business deduction.

The Franchise fees are considered a "Section 197 intangible asset" and must be amortized over 180 months or 15 years. The IRS tax code states that a taxpayer "must amortize these costs if you hold the section 197 intangibles in connection with your trade or business or in an activity engaged in for the production of income".

I think a bigger question is whether or not you can deduct the entire franchise fee in the year incurred as the business did not materialise! From the various research that I have done I think you may have a case to write-off the entire costs in the year incurred.

I think it is worth discussing with your CPA and let him make a determination whether or not the facts and circumstances of the franchise fees paid in connection with the failed business can be deducted in year incurred.

By the way, I would try and recover your franchise fee paid and it might be worth hiring an attorney to look into this case, assuming the amount paid is in excess of $10-15,000.

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