I am a resident of California (Green Card holder), and started a new business in 2018 to evaluate an idea I had. It was not registered in state of CA as I was not sure how far the idea can go. Anyway, I spent some money paid in cash to consultants in India by transfering money to a family member and route them to the consultants.This was to help develop an app and I was going for speed. I have the receipts from the Indian consultants in Indian currency but they are small group, so are not able to help much in providing any additional documentation.
Can I claim these expenses as business loss for 2018 and if so, what form should I file? What documentation will I need to keep in case IRS decides to audit and request documentation? This is new to me and as I am bootstrapping with my own savings, any help is appreciated.