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Potpreneurs face another legal hurdle: The IRS

Pot may be illegal in the eyes of the federal government. But the people selling it legally still have to pay their taxes.

Owners of recreational “adult use” marijuana operations in Colorado and Washington are preparing to file their first federal tax returns, and they’re learning some hard lessons. The IRS is not allowing all the usual business deductions under what’s called section 280E. The cost of growing marijuana is deductible under the federal tax code, but not the cost of selling it.

“Labor for rolling joints is deductible,” said Denver CPA Jim Marty of Bridge West, who adds that retail rent, labor and advertising are not deductible. Why does the IRS differentiate the two? “They just are making it up,” he said. [Read More at CNBC]

 

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Rob Meagher, CBE’s Founder, President and Editor-in-Chief is a 30 year veteran of the media world. His career has spanned from stints representing the Washington Post, USA Weekend, Reader’s Digest, Financial World & Corporate Finance to the technology world where he worked at International Data Group and Ziff Davis where he was part of the launch team for The Web Magazine, Yahoo Internet Life, Smart Business and Expedia Travels before starting his own marketing and Publisher’s Representative Firm. He also ran all print and online media sales and marketing for the Society for Human Resource Management before partnering with Forbes and then Fortune to create Special Sections covering a variety of topics. Rob, who started CBE Press in 2014, can be contacted at [email protected]

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