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I’m out of town and a piece of equipment has become available that I need. A friend of mine, who owns another business, has offered to buy that equipment and then sell it to me for the exact same price. Does my friend suffer any tax liabilities?
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Nope! There shouldn't be any tax ramifications to this. Your friend can either report the expense and sale on their return so that they "wash out," or they can skip reporting it altogether. If it's a large piece of equipment, I recommend creating a transaction receipt for your own records.

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Sarah York, EA

Sarah is a staff writer at Keeper Tax and has her Enrolled Agent license with the IRS. Her work has been featured in Business Insider, Money Under 30, Best Life, GOBankingRates, and Shopify. She has nearly a decade of public accounting experience, and has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, manufacturing, real estate, wholesale and retail, finance, and ecommerce. Sarah has extensive experience offering strategic tax planning at the state and federal level. During her time in industry, she handled tax returns for C Corps, S corps, partnerships, nonprofits, and sole proprietorships. Sarah is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) and maintains her continuing education requirements by completing over 30 hours of tax training every year. In her spare time, she is a devoted cat mom and enjoys hiking, baking, and overwatering her houseplants.

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