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Reply To: Hello,I am running a small bed & breakfast with two rooms, quit a stressful job as a chef in October last year and welcomed my first guests end of January this year. It is a lot of work, with cleaning, preparing breakfasts, picking up and dropping off guests from airport and town.i am doing this as a sole trader as it was advised by my accountant and you can read the same on IRD’s website. But IRD told me now it is not a business and I have passive income. Well, at the end of a day it doesn’t feel like being passive. Why is this now not considered a business? My accountant told me, that I can claim costs against my business income which wouldn’t be possible if it is not a business.

Hi. Accommodation rental can be passive income, but when provided as part of a B&B would typically be a business. Either way, you are entitled to claim a deduction for expenses incurred in earning your B&B income. Operating as a sole trader doesn’t alter this and is a perfectly fine and normal way to operate. Are you a member of the association?, which has lots of good guidance on operational considerations and relief measures under COVID—19 http://www.bandbassociation.co.nz