IRS found that due to poor record-keeping, lack of check registers, no physical inventory counts, incorrect Cost of good sold allocations and much more caused $78k in penalties
The Tax Court in Alterman upheld the imposition of a 20% tax penalty on the taxpayer for the underpayment of the tax liability resulting from the deductions taken. Various medical and recreational marijuana practices have been legalized in the majority of the states but the last major hurdle, the Section 280E prohibition, still keeps marijuana ultimately classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law.
Attorney Henry Wykowski explains, “Nevertheless, it’s a disappointing case and illustrative of the difficulties the industry faces with many – but not all – of the judges in tax court.”
What does this mean?
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Under most States cannabis licensing requirements, thorough financial accounting and record keeping is part of State Law. A number of states have very high penalties for not keeping accurate books and financials. Under IRS codes sections 280E and 471, accrual accounting (as opposed to cash accounting) is required to maximize allowable allocations of certain costs into Cost of Goods Sold (“COGS”) and Inventory. See more information on 280e here: http://thecannabisindustry.org/federal-policy/
Below is an example of state accounting requirements (Oregon guidelines):
845-025-1200Financial and Business RecordsIn addition to any other recordkeeping requirements in these rules, a marijuana licensee must have and maintain records that clearly reflect all financial transactions and the financial condition of the business. The following records must be kept and maintained for a three-year period and must be made...