Generally, your startup costs are deductible, even if you don't make sales or turn a profit immediately. However, the time frame for deducting expenses (and the amount you can deduct) can depend on the form of legal entity you have chosen. This really is a tax question, and you should be sure to speak to an accountant who understands small business tax issues.
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