Can I Use Schedule E for My Campground? A Story of Taxes, Tents, and a Whole Lot of Confusion

Introducing Your Guide through the Financial Wilderness

Hello, fellow entrepreneurs, legacy-builders, and stewards of family businesses! Ever looked at your tax return with the same look you’d give an alien spaceship if it landed in your campground? You’re not alone. When it comes to the wild world of campground accounting, things can get as messy as a marshmallow fight around the campfire.

The Problem: Schedule E Misconceptions

Now, let’s dive into today’s topic: Schedule E. If you’ve looked at your tax return recently and your campground is being taxed on a Schedule E for supplemental income like a rental property, you may want to reassess how you’re preparing your taxes.

The IRS Clarification: Campgrounds are Not Rental Properties

The IRS, in their infinite wisdom, has clarified that you cannot treat an operating campground like a rental property. A rental property is typically a passive investment where you sit back, relax, and wait for the money to roll in. But we all know a campground is nothing like that; it’s an operating business and cannot be taxed on a Schedule E.

Risks of Treating a Campground as a Schedule E

So, if your tax return has shown your campground treated as a Schedule E instead of a Schedule C (like Charlie), then you’ve got some risks that need to be mitigated. And that’s where I come in. Together, we can straighten out this situation faster than you can set up a tent.

The Solution: Working with a Specialist

Working with a specialist can save you a lot of money by not making the wrong moves and taking excessive risks. If you find yourself in this situation, reach out to us at, and we’ll be happy to help breathe life into your campground ownership.

Conclusion: Your Journey towards a Profitable Campground Business

Press play on your bigger ideas. Let’s turn your tax confusion into a well-organized, profit-generating business strategy. Because there’s more to life than business, and there’s certainly more to business than paying more taxes than you should!

Stay tuned for more tax tales from the great outdoors, and remember: Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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Donna Bordeaux, CPA with Campground Accounting

Creativity and CPAs don’t generally go together. Most people think of CPAs as nerdy accountants who can’t talk with people. Well, it’s time to break that stereotype. Lively, friendly, and knowledgeable can be a part of your relationship with your CPA, as demonstrated by Donna and Chad Bordeaux. They have over 50 years of combined experience as entrepreneurial CPAs. They’ve owned businesses and helped business owners exceed their wildest dreams. They have been able to help businesses earn many times more profit than the average business in the same industry and are passionate about helping industries that help families build great memories.

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