First question, can I amortize legal fees?
If so, what is the recovery period? is it the fixed time frame of 15 years or can I pick something different?
and what is the IRC section code that I would need to use ? code 197?
Legal fees are deductible, IF ALLOWED, in the year that they are paid.
Legal settlement for discrimination: deducted from the settlement income, above the line.
Not for discrimination: on Sch A Miscellaneous before 2018. After 2017, no longer allowed on the federal Sch A, but might be on certain states.
IOW, we need more information to help you.
I initially fully expensed out the legal fees due to a settlement of $120000 on the 1120 return Once looking at the bottom line I would like to see if I can amortize these expenses out as they are not needed in full for 2019
The corporation took out a loan for $75000 over a 15 year period to help pay off the $120000 legal fees
Is there a way to spread these out for the future?
I don't see where you are answering the question regarding the Settlement Reason.
Taking a loan is how they are paying for something; that doesn't change the "thing" (tangible or not) that was purchased or being paid for. The Loan isn't the Fees; it's the Money for the banking part.
Without more details, no one can help you with specifics. In general, you described it as a "decade" long settlement. Without knowing what that means or is, the point is the Fees incurred are not the Loan or Settlement Terms. The Fees might be deductible or not, based on what the suit related to. The Terms are a fulfillment process, for the loser. None of this paragraph is Tax Treatment of the fees.
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