Outdoor Deductions for the Summer


For family child care providers, summer means spending a lot of time outside with children.

Here are some possible outdoor business deductions:

Children’s toys: baseball, basketball, soccer ball, Frisbee, skateboard, tricycles, bicycles, wagon, bike helmet, jump rope, riding toys, roller skates, scooters, etc.

Children’s activities: admission charges for museum/zoo/recreation center/swimming pool, camera/film/development, burn spray or lotion, picnics, etc.

Children’s equipment: swing set, picnic table, playhouse, wading pool (if allowed by licensing rules), water toys, sandbox/sand, etc.

Outdoor items: lawn mower, lawn/deck furniture, lawn maintenance service, lawn sprinkler, hedge trimmer, garden hose, gloves, tools (rake, shovel, etc.), wheelbarrow, plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, flower pots, mulch, etc.

This is the beginning of an article I’ve posted on childcareinfo.com. In the rest of the article I identify other outdoor expenses and how to claim them.

Childcareinfo.com is a community for family child care providers and parents that offers a wide variety of resources including recipes, a blog, and a newsletter.  It serves as a clearinghouse for many online resources (children’s activities, training opportunities, equipment, and more).

Childcareinfo.com was created by Minute Menu (now KidKare) to offer free assistance that will help the family child care community grow.

Tom Copeland – www.tomcopelandblog.com

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Categories: Deductions, Record Keeping & Taxes

2 replies

  1. Question on deduction, our front sidewalks to the house and city walk are being replaced this summer due to them being broken uneven. Is this something that would be ts% or could it be 100%.?

    • Since your are using the sidewalks for both business and personal purposes, use your time-space %. You can deduct the cost in one year if it costs less than $2,500.

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