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Hi all,

How does the IRS distinguish between a hobby and legitimate self-employment? Here's the situation: In 1998 my husband, the golfer, quit his law enforcement job to take a stab at becoming a touring pro. We have never written off his expenses (which are many) because he has not yet earned any income from this line of work. I always figured the IRS would consider this a hobby. Is it possible for us to declare this to be self-employment and write off his losses for the last 2.5 years? That sounds too good to be true.

the golfer's wife
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