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From: pamelalv
Date: 05-04-2003, 09:53 PM (1 of 3)
I am just getting started with this idea of prairie skirts and have purchased some fabric for samples and some fabric swatches. I am going to sew up some skirts and aprons, have my daughters wear them while I photograph them, and use the pictures on my web site so people can see what I make. Then we will wear the skirts and aprons as part of our wardrobes. I wanted to know if I should keep records of the fabric purchased to make the samples for part of my cusiness records or does the fact that we will be wearing them after we use them for samples negate the ability to use them as business expenses? I figured that we could also pass out business cards to anybody who ever comments on the skirts (and we belong to groups where people will comment), thereby using them as advertising. But I am new at all of this and want to make sure that I am not doing something quite right.
User: pamelalv
Member since: 04-27-2003
Total posts: 4
From: fr8rain
Date: 07-25-2003, 09:15 AM (2 of 3)
Hi Pamela
The question you've asked, about being able to use what you and your daughters wear as a business expense is best talked over with someone who does taxes to be on the safe side. I used to be an office manager (lots of bookkeeping) and I would think that it would be a justifiable business expense as advertising. Kind of like the signs people put on their cars so that they can deduct the car as an expense. Always keep all records of purchases if they're for your business. Even mileage to and from wherever you purchase supplies, lunch if have it, motel bills if you have to stay over night, and mileage if you deliver your products. If you have any more quetions, you can email me at
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User: fr8rain
Member since: 05-17-2003
Total posts: 4
From: lou-dezynz
Date: 09-13-2003, 11:23 PM (3 of 3)
Hi pamelala,

As a general rule of thumb, any consumable/ durable good which has dual- purpose is only partially deductible as a business expense.

For example, if your business makes a $100.00 donation to a NFP charity, you can write the entire amount. However, if you buy [2] $50.00 tickets to an event hosted by a business/ NFP, you can only write [deduct] $10.00 since the amount covered a consumable [dinner, in this case], tho still offset the expense pof another's business or benefitted a charity.

I'm NO accountant, but I fully endorse the maintenance of record keeping. The best thing to do would be for you to record all of your costs, including your photos- ads- your girls' time if paid- as well as the actual materials, your time in manufacturing, et al, and al ancillary expenses. Take these records [or the log of the records kept] to an accountant. Alternately, check out your local library or community college to see if they offer free tax seminars. attend one, and ask questions.

Good luck and SEW forth!
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User: lou-dezynz
Member since: 02-02-2002
Total posts: 61
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