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This is in a gray area and you and your partner will need to decide if you want to take the risk.
According to IRS:
From what you are describing, you had operating expenses that should be treated as deductions. I believe I know your CPA is proposing; roll all the expenses into start up cost and deduct it next year. But the issue I see is that you and your partner are already running the business, so those expenses will not qualify as star up and there's 5K limit on start up expenses, the rest will have to be depreciated.
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