Typical Business Expenses

Are you about to start your own business and wondering what the typical business expenses that you might encounter are? Business expenses typically mean the operating cost of a firm which is supposed to be tax deductible. These expenses must be ordinary- general and established in the trade and necessary- suitable and practical in operating the business.

We will provide you with useful information on the different types of business expenses.

There are some typical business expenses that a businessman starting out a business can only expect. Business expenses are defined as definite costs that are practical for a particular type of business that are made for the purposes of earning profits. Business expenses can be deducted for tax purposes as opposed to personal or other expenses that are not at all related to business and hence cannot be deducted for tax reasons.

As a businessman, it is therefore sensible for you to distinguish between business expenses and personal expenses within the year. It is therefore a wise move to keep a separate bank account for business purposes and good accounting will help you with this goal. All business expenses also that you plan to deduct from your income tax should be properly documented with receipts.
There are two types of business expenses for a company. The first type is the tax deductible business expenses and the second type is the non-deductible business expenses. Deductible expenses include the cost of goods sold. All goods that have been manufactured by the company as well as the any products bought and resold should be inventoried at the beginning and at the end of each year to determine the cost of goods sold. The cost of goods is determined in turn by the following expenses: The cost of products or the raw materials they are made of including cargo costs. Storage costs are also part of cost of goods. Direct labor costs like payments to pensions and factory overhead comprise the cost of goods. Factory overhead is the total cost for operating production facilities of the business. It generally includes all indirect labor and indirect costs and excludes the cost of raw materials and direct labor costs.

On the other hand the ordinary and typical business expenses are expenses that are considered common and suitable for your type of business and are tax deductible. The typical business expenses include:

  • Business use of home – if you intend to use your home for business, all costs that include mortgage interests, utilities and repairs.
  • Business use of car – the expenses incurred with the use of your personal car.
  • Employees’ salaries – payment for the employees for the services they render for the company.
  • Retirement plans – money you set aside intended for you and your employees’ retirement.
  • Rent expenses for the usage of any properties that you do not own.
  • Interest for any amount that you borrowed for use in the business operations.
  • Taxes – you can deduct all the federal, state, local and foreign taxes incurred in your business operations.
  • Insurance – all necessary and common insurance directly incurred by the business.


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