No receipts for yardsale or fleamarket items

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  1. Kathrin

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    If I buy items on yardsales and flea markets, I will
    ususally not get a receipt. So when I resell those items,
    can I still claim whatever I paid for it as expenses and how
    would I do that? I remember years ago in Germany you could
    wright a "self-receipt" which indicated all the details of
    the purchase, and it was a valid receipt. I would also like
    to claim the mileage for driving from yardsale to yardsale.
    Thanks.

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    Kathrin, Jun 21, 2005
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  2. Kathrin wrote:

    >
    > If I buy items on yardsales and flea markets, I will
    > ususally not get a receipt. So when I resell those items,
    > can I still claim whatever I paid for it as expenses and how
    > would I do that? I remember years ago in Germany you could
    > wright a "self-receipt" which indicated all the details of
    > the purchase, and it was a valid receipt. I would also like
    > to claim the mileage for driving from yardsale to yardsale.


    Since I have a client in just such a situation, I could only advise
    him to make a record in a little book of every item purchased and
    amount paid and date. AND somewhere on same page, record the
    business mileage. It's what's called a contemporaneous record,
    and IRS does accept such IF of course they feel that the general
    trustworthiness of the taxpayer is not called into question.

    ChEAr$,
    Harlan Lunsford, EA n LA

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    Harlan Lunsford, Jun 22, 2005
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