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Small business Tax Deductions You Might Not Know About

Small business tax deductions

Numerous entrepreneurs fail to fully capitalize on the array of tax deductions that are readily accessible. Presented below are a few deductions that you should not overlook.


Certain businesses that rely on inventory may engage in manufacturing or purchasing products for resale. In such cases, it is permissible to deduct the expenses associated with inventory or the cost of goods sold. It is typically required to assess the value of inventory at the start and conclusion of each fiscal year in order to ascertain the cost of goods sold. The subsequent expenses are taken into account when calculating the cost of goods sold: 1. The cost of products or raw materials, including any associated freight charges. 2. Expenses related to storage. 3. Direct labor costs, which encompass contributions made to pension or annuity plans, for employees involved in the production of goods. 4. Factory overhead expenses.


All utility expenses incurred for business purposes are eligible for full deduction. This encompasses essential services such as water, electricity, waste management, and telephone bills. It is important to note that if you operate a home office and utilize a landline, the initial cost of the landline is not deductible. However, any additional landlines subsequently acquired can be claimed as deductible expenses.

Rental and depreciation of equipment and machinery

If your business engages in equipment or machinery leasing, you are eligible to avail full deductions for these expenses. This encompasses a wide range of items, including printers, copiers, vans, and trucks. Additionally, you have the opportunity to claim depreciation on the leased equipment and machinery. It is important to note, however, that these costs must be deducted over a span of multiple years, in accordance with the provisions outlined in Section 179.

Software Subscriptions

If you have purchased or acquired software for your business, it is eligible for a deduction. Such expenses can be claimed under the category of “Other Miscellaneous Expenses” in the Schedule C tax form, which covers common business expenses.

Loan Interest

If an individual has obtained a small-business loan, they will be required to make interest payments on the borrowed amount to the lending institution. It is important to note that these interest payments are typically eligible for full tax deduction, provided that the loan is utilized for business-related expenditures. To qualify for this deduction, the business owner must bear legal responsibility for the debt, and a formal “debtor/creditor” relationship must exist between the business owner and the lender. Consequently, it is imperative that the loan is obtained from a conventional financial institution rather than from a personal connection such as a friend or family member.

Legal Fees

If you require the services of a legal or accounting professional for your business, it is noteworthy that you are eligible to claim a full deduction of 100% on their fees.


Tax deductions are a crucial means of reducing tax liability, and maintaining accurate records is imperative to retain these deductions in the event of an IRS audit.


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