1. Are you carrying on the activity in a businesslike manner, including the maintenance of complete and accurate books and records:
2. Does the time and effort you are putting into the business indicate an intention to make a profit?
3. Do you depend on income from the business for your livelihood?
4. Are the losses due to circumstances beyond your control?
5. Are losses normal in the start-up phase of this type of business?
6. Have you changed the way you operate the business in order to improve profitability?
7. Do you (or your advisors) have the knowledge or expertise to carry on the activity as a successful business?
8. Have you made a profit with a similar activity in the past?
9. Do you make a profit in some years?
10. Do you expect to make a profit in the future from the increased value of the assets you use in your business?
11. How significant is the element of personal pleasure or recreation in your business?
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