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year end inventory count

Right around the end of the year, you may start hearing a lot about counting your inventory. Today I’m hosting an Inventory Crash Course Workshop, which is my fancy way of saying I filmed a video answering the big questions I see about year-end inventory. This is my attempt to explain inventory, cost of goods sold, and the dreaded year end count in about 20 minutes (which is hard y’all!). Think of it as a “quick and dirty” summary of dealing with your inventory.

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • What is inventory
  • Whether you have inventory
  • What is cost of goods sold
  • How & where cost of goods sold is calculated on your tax return
  • What inventory amounts you should be prepared to report on your tax return
  • How to calculate your total inventory purchases for the year
  • How to perform an end of year inventory count

I’ve got some more blog posts in the library to help you learn about inventory, COGS, and taxes:

And don’t forget – if you need more detailed help with your inventory count, check out our Inventory Cost & Pricing spreadsheet.

If you need a little extra help & hand-holding getting caught up for 2017 and getting prepared to do your business taxes, check out the 2017 Bite-Sized Bookkeeping Bootcamp right here.

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This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Ok, so let’s say I make purses, and I have all my supplies for making purses, and that is a part of the inventory. But I decide to create a new type of bag, and I need to make samples. I buy supplies to create these samples (fabric, zippers, etc) and I use some of the same supplies in my inventory (rivets, more fabric). I’m using these supplies with no intention of ever reselling them, because these samples are simply a tool to get to the final product. Are these supplies still considered inventory? Or can I call them business expenses and deduct them?

    1. Great question Madeline. I say either way, it does not matter. If you inventory all those supplies and use them in a purse you use as a display or sample prototype, I’d still say you should deduct the cost of those items. Whether you deduct it as part of COGS or as something like an advertising expense, it all ends up as a deduction.

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