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LLC investment loss deduction

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Our new LLC entered into a Real Estate Purchase and sale agreement to purchase a parcel for development. We hired contractors and spent money during a feasibility study period. At closing time, the Seller no-showed and has not been heard from since prior. Thus, the Agreement defaulted. Our loss was about $18k. We are now dissolving the LLC. My question is can we take that loss (split equally) on a K-1 and deduct it on our individual tax returns? IRS form 365 (?) seems to indicate so. Basically, we tried a business that didn't succeed during the formation part. We never actually did any business other than spend for the feasibility expenses.

Thank you.

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