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Do I need a business to deduct Adwords cost?

Discussion in 'Adwords' started by JJohn, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. JJohn

    JJohn Junior Member

    Nov 2, 2009
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    I live in Canada. Say I want to use adwords to market some clickbank products.
    Do I need to register a business to deduct my adwords cost from my affiliate sales? Or can I just deduct advertising costs for my year end internet profits, but just as a person, not a business?
  2. spag

    spag Newbie Premium Member

    Sep 16, 2008
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    not sure about canada law, but for a US tax return you can deduct all your expenses related to your internet income (including adwords expenses) on a simple schedule C which does not require any business filing, you can do it as a sole proprietor.
  3. CenTex Hosting

    CenTex Hosting Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Nov 8, 2009
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    I am not sure about Canada. But here in the US I would set up an LLC or a sole proprietor. Both can be filled on your personal taxes as a schedule C. I would recommend getting QuickBooks Pro to help set everything up. My accountant put my ad words as marketing expense. I have done this now for 5 years in a row. Been audited once and I was all good. That was only because I went from working for someone else to working for myself and let's just say I more than tripled my income.
    But if you want to do this full time I would call and talk to a local accountant and lawyer and they will let you know what the best options for you are. I traded services when I first started out. I built both of them a web site. I say it's better to play it safe.

    And yes if I miss spelled any words that's cool with me because I know I can't spell. I am not paid to spell. Lmao.