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Old 03-16-2008, 02:37 PM
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A Client stiffed me on an invoice is it tax deductable?

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A client I did quite a bit of work for did not pay his invoices, he has several clients taking him to small claims as it is now, and he has all but said i will not be paid.

Is this considered a business loss? Does it have any tax impact at all? The amount is under $5000

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Old 03-16-2008, 11:38 PM
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When can you write-off a bad deb deductiont?

Well, this is a very common question that is asked by clients. The answer to this question depends whether you are filing as a Cash Basis or Accrual Basis Taxpayer.

For a Cash Basis Taxpayer, you cannot deduct this as a bad debt. This is because you have not recognized this bad debt as income. Hence, there is no basis to deduct the bad debt against the recognized income.

For a Accrual Basis Taxpayer, you would be allowed a write-off of bad debt as you have already recognized the income related to this bad debt. Thus, you have a basis to deduct the bad debt against the recognized income.

So, in order to answer you question, if you are a cash basis taxpayer, then you cannot claim a deduction against this bad debt. Whereas if you are a accrual basis taxpayer, you would be able to claim a bad debt.

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Old 03-17-2008, 08:05 AM
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