Legal and professional services include fees paid for short-term professional advice (including lawyers and accountants) regarding specific deals, sales transactions, or yearly taxes.

Heads up: If you consulted an accountant or lawyer for both personal and business advice, ask for a bill that separates the fees, so you can appropriately deduct the expenses.

Examples include:

  • Professional association membership fees
  • Organization dues (including state bar dues)
  • Legal fees for business matters
  • Accountant fees
  • Short-term consulting fees
  • One-time management consultation fees
  • One-time marketing consultation fees
  • One-time engineering consultation fees
  • One-time technical consultation fees
  • Fees paid for Web site analysis
  • Other outside consulting fees for short-term advice on specific deals
  • One-time logo and web design fees
  • Fees paid to talent agents and business and personal managers who are not paid as employees