…the record was incomplete, without evidence of an organized, businesslike attempt by [the taxpayer] to engage in an activity for profit. [He] did not introduce evidence of long-range planning or of organized recordkeeping. Nor did he introduce evidence to prove that he had regular customers and receipts— normal attributes of a profit-making enterprise.
Moreover, in many instances the evidence which appears in the record tends to indicate that [the taxpayer]'s activities were motivated by pleasure rather than by a desire to make a profit. At no time through the end of the taxable year in question did [taxpayer] hold himself out to the general public as being engaged in business. Indeed, [the taxpayer] did not even carry on his recording activities during the year in question.So be certain that your records—financial and non-financial—present a clear picture and the exact nature of your expression activity. Integrate financial and non-financial records into your dynamic business plan.