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Thanks, perez2000, for all that info.

It doesn't surprise me that the IRS is taking that position. I, too, did a little net exploration just now, and it seems that the "established under your business" phrase really hasn't been adequately explained anywhere. Congress apparently raised the allowable deduction to 100% to put the self-employed on an equal footing with other business forms, so it seems pretty unfair to exclude us small-time Schedule C'ers.

I just got notice that my health insurance rates are going up 31% this month, so ANY little help, even a small deduction, is worthwhile.

I'm probably going to take the chance of an audit and deduct it, because I believe the intent was to allow me to do so, regardless of the IRS interpretation.

Ken (hoping he doesn't regret that decision)
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