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1040 com Publication 51 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders Calendar Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 51 (Circular A), such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. 1040 com irs. 1040 com gov/pub51. 1040 com What's New Social security and Medicare tax for 2014. 1040 com  The social security tax rate is 6. 1040 com 2% each for the employee and employer, unchanged from 2013. 1040 com The social security wage base limit is $117,000. 1040 com The Medicare tax rate is 1. 1040 com 45% each for the employee and employer, unchanged from 2013. 1040 com There is no wage base limit for Medicare tax. 1040 com Social security and Medicare taxes apply to the wages of household workers you pay $1,900 or more in cash or an equivalent form of compensation. 1040 com Withholding allowance. 1040 com  The 2014 amount for one withholding allowance on an annual basis is $3,950. 1040 com Change of responsible party. 1040 com  Beginning January 1, 2014, any entity with an employer identification number (EIN) must file Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party—Business, to report the latest change to its responsible party. 1040 com Form 8822-B must be filed within 60 days of the change. 1040 com If the change in the identity of your responsible party occurred before 2014, and you have not previously notified the IRS of the change, file Form 8822-B before March 1, 2014, reporting only the most recent change. 1040 com For a definition of "responsible party", see the Form 8822-B instructions. 1040 com Same-sex marriage. 1040 com  For federal tax purposes, individuals of the same sex are considered married if they were lawfully married in a state (or foreign country) whose laws authorize the marriage of two individuals of the same sex, even if the state (or foreign country) in which they now live does not recognize same-sex marriage. 1040 com For more information, see Revenue Ruling 2013-17, 2013-38 I. 1040 com R. 1040 com B. 1040 com 201, available at www. 1040 com irs. 1040 com gov/irb/2013-38_IRB/ar07. 1040 com html. 1040 com Notice 2013-61 provides special administrative procedures for employers to make claims for refund or adjustments of overpayments of social security and Medicare taxes with respect to certain same-sex spouse benefits before expiration of the period of limitations. 1040 com Notice 2013-61, 2013-44 I. 1040 com R. 1040 com B. 1040 com 432, is available at www. 1040 com irs. 1040 com gov/irb/2013-44_IRB/ar10. 1040 com html. 1040 com Reminders Additional Medicare Tax withholding. 1040 com  In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. 1040 com 45%, you must withhold a 0. 1040 com 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. 1040 com You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. 1040 com Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. 1040 com There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. 1040 com All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. 1040 com For more information on what wages are subject to Medicare tax, see the chart, Special Rules for Various Types of Services and Payments, in section 15 of Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. 1040 com For more information on Additional Medicare Tax, visit IRS. 1040 com gov and enter “Additional Medicare Tax” in the search box. 1040 com Work opportunity tax credit for qualified tax-exempt organizations hiring qualified veterans. 1040 com  The work opportunity tax credit is available for eligible unemployed veterans who begin work on or after November 22, 2011, and before January 1, 2014. 1040 com Qualified tax-exempt organizations that hire eligible unemployed veterans can claim the work opportunity tax credit against their payroll tax liability using Form 5884-C, Work Opportunity Credit for Qualified Tax-Exempt Organizations Hiring Qualified Veterans. 1040 com For more information, visit IRS. 1040 com gov and enter “work opportunity tax credit” in the search box. 1040 com Outsourcing payroll duties. 1040 com  Employers are responsible to ensure that tax returns are filed and deposits and payments are made, even if the employer contracts with a third party to perform these acts. 1040 com The employer remains responsible if the third party fails to perform any required action. 1040 com If you choose to outsource any of your payroll and related tax duties (that is, withholding, reporting, and paying over social security, Medicare, FUTA, and income taxes) to a third-party payer such as a payroll service provider or reporting agent, visit IRS. 1040 com gov and enter “outsourcing payroll duties” in the search box for helpful information on this topic. 1040 com COBRA premium assistance credit. 1040 com  The credit for COBRA premium assistance payments applies to premiums paid for employees involuntarily terminated between September 1, 2008, and May 31, 2010, and to premiums paid for up to 15 months. 1040 com For more information, see COBRA premium assistance credit under Introduction. 1040 com Compensation paid to H-2A foreign agricultural workers. 1040 com  Report compensation of $600 or more paid to foreign agricultural workers who entered the country on H-2A visas in box 1 of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. 1040 com Compensation paid to H-2A workers for agricultural labor performed in connection with this visa is not subject to social security and Medicare taxes, and therefore should not be reported as wages subject to social security tax (line 2), Medicare tax (line 4), or Additional Medicare Tax withholding (line 6) on Form 943, Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees, and should not be reported as social security wages (box 3) or Medicare wages (box 5) on Form W-2. 1040 com On Form W-2, do not check box 13 (Statutory employee), as H-2A workers are not statutory employees. 1040 com An employer is not required to withhold federal income tax from compensation it pays an H-2A worker for agricultural labor performed in connection with this visa unless the worker asks for withholding and the employer agrees. 1040 com In that case, the worker must give the employer a completed Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. 1040 com Federal income tax withheld should be reported on Form 943, line 8, and in box 2 of Form W-2. 1040 com These reporting rules apply when the H-2A worker provides his or her taxpayer identification number (TIN) to the employer. 1040 com For the rules relating to backup withholding and reporting when the H-2A worker does not provide a TIN, see the Instructions for Form 1099-MISC and the Instructions for Form 945. 1040 com Additional employment tax information. 1040 com  Visit the IRS website at www. 1040 com irs. 1040 com gov/businesses and click on Employment Taxes under Businesses Topics. 1040 com For employment tax information by telephone, call 1-800-829-4933 or 1-800-829-4059 (TDD/TTY for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability) Monday–Friday from 7:00 a. 1040 com m. 1040 com –7:00 p. 1040 com m. 1040 com local time (Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific time). 1040 com Additionally, you can call IRS TeleTax at 1-800-829-4477 for recorded information by topic. 1040 com Disregarded entities and qualified subchapter S subsidiaries (QSubs). 1040 com  Eligible single-owner disregarded entities and QSubs are treated as separate entities for employment tax purposes. 1040 com Eligible single-member entities that have not elected to be taxed as corporations must report and pay employment taxes on wages paid to their employees using the entities' own names and EINs. 1040 com See Regulations sections 1. 1040 com 1361-4(a)(7) and 301. 1040 com 7701-2(c)(2)(iv). 1040 com Differential wage payments. 1040 com  Qualified differential wage payments made by employers to individuals serving in the Armed Forces after 2008 are subject to income tax withholding but not social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes. 1040 com For more information, see Publication 15 (Circular E). 1040 com Federal tax deposits must be made by electronic funds transfer. 1040 com  You must use electronic funds transfer to make all federal tax deposits. 1040 com Generally, electronic fund transfers are made using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). 1040 com If you do not want to use EFTPS, you can arrange for your tax professional, financial institution, payroll service, or other trusted third party to make electronic deposits on your behalf. 1040 com Also, you may arrange for your financial institution to initiate a same-day wire payment on your behalf. 1040 com EFTPS is a free service provided by the Department of Treasury. 1040 com Services provided by your tax professional, financial institution, payroll service, or other third party may have a fee. 1040 com For more information on making federal tax deposits, see How To Deposit in section 7. 1040 com To get more information about EFTPS or to enroll in EFTPS, visit www. 1040 com eftps. 1040 com gov or call 1-800-555-4477 or 1-800-733-4829 (TDD). 1040 com Additional information about EFTPS is also available in Publication 966, Electronic Federal Tax Payment System: A Guide To Getting Started. 1040 com Electronic filing and payment. 1040 com  Now, more than ever before, businesses can enjoy the benefits of filing tax returns and paying their taxes electronically. 1040 com Whether you rely on a tax professional or handle your own taxes, the IRS offers you convenient programs to make it easier. 1040 com Spend less time and worry on taxes and more time running your business. 1040 com Use e-file and the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to your benefit. 1040 com For e-file, visit the IRS website at www. 1040 com irs. 1040 com gov/efile for additional information. 1040 com For EFTPS, visit www. 1040 com eftps. 1040 com gov or call EFTPS Customer Service at 1-800-555-4477 (business), 1-800-316-6541 (individual), or 1-800-733-4829 (TDD) for additional information. 1040 com For electronic filing of Form W-2, visit www. 1040 com socialsecurity. 1040 com gov/employer. 1040 com If you are filing your tax return or paying your federal taxes electronically, a valid EIN is required. 1040 com If a valid EIN is not provided, the return or payment will not be processed. 1040 com This may result in penalties and delays in processing your return or payment. 1040 com Electronic funds withdrawal (EFW). 1040 com  If you file Form 943 electronically, you can e-file and e-pay (electronic funds withdrawal) the balance due in a single step using tax preparation software or through a tax professional. 1040 com However, do not use EFW to make federal tax deposits. 1040 com For more information on paying your taxes using EFW, visit the IRS website at www. 1040 com irs. 1040 com gov/e-pay. 1040 com A fee may be charged to file electronically. 1040 com Credit or debit card payments. 1040 com   Employers can pay the balance due shown on Form 943 by credit or debit card. 1040 com Do not use a credit or debit card to make federal tax deposits. 1040 com For more information on paying your taxes with a credit or debit card, visit the IRS website at www. 1040 com irs. 1040 com gov/e-pay. 1040 com When you hire a new employee. 1040 com  Ask each new employee to complete the 2014 Form W-4 or its Spanish version, Formulario W-4(SP), Certificado de Exención de Retenciones del Empleado. 1040 com Also, ask the employee to show you his or her social security card so that you can record the employee's name and social security number accurately. 1040 com If the employee has lost the card or recently changed names, have the employee apply for a duplicate or corrected card. 1040 com If the employee does not have a card, have the employee apply for one on Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. 1040 com See section 1 for more information. 1040 com Eligibility for employment. 1040 com  You must verify that each new employee is legally eligible to work in the United States. 1040 com This includes completing the U. 1040 com S. 1040 com Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. 1040 com You can get the form from USCIS offices or by calling 1-800-870-3676. 1040 com Contact the USCIS at 1-800-375-5283, or visit the USCIS website at www. 1040 com uscis. 1040 com gov for more information. 1040 com New hire reporting. 1040 com   You are required to report any new employee to a designated state new-hire registry. 1040 com A new employee is an employee who has not previously been employed by you or was previously employed by you but has been separated from such prior employment for at least 60 consecutive days. 1040 com Many states accept a copy of Form W-4 with employer information added. 1040 com Visit the Office of Child Support Enforcement's website at www. 1040 com acf. 1040 com hhs. 1040 com gov/programs/cse/newhire for more information. 1040 com Dishonored payments. 1040 com  Any form of payment that is dishonored and returned from a financial institution is subject to a penalty. 1040 com The penalty is $25 or 2% of the payment, whichever is more. 1040 com However, the penalty on dishonored payments of $24. 1040 com 99 or less is an amount equal to the payment. 1040 com For example, a dishonored payment of $18 is charged a penalty of $18. 1040 com Forms in Spanish. 1040 com  You can provide Formulario W-4(SP) in place of Form W-4 to your Spanish-speaking employees. 1040 com For more information, see Publicación 17(SP), El Impuesto Federal sobre los Ingresos (Para Personas Físicas). 1040 com For nonemployees, Formulario W-9(SP), Solicitud y Certificación del Número de Identificación del Contribuyente, may be used in place of Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. 1040 com References in this publication to Form W-4 or Form W-9 also apply to their equivalent Spanish translations—Formulario W-4(SP) or Formulario W-9(SP). 1040 com Information returns. 1040 com  You may be required to file information returns to report certain types of payments made during the year. 1040 com For example, you must file Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, to report payments of $600 or more to persons not treated as employees (for example, independent contractors) for services performed for your trade or business. 1040 com For details about filing Forms 1099 and for information about required electronic filing, see the General Instructions for Certain Information Returns for general information and the separate, specific instructions for each information return that you file (for example, Instructions for Form 1099-MISC). 1040 com Generally, do not use Forms 1099 to report wages or other compensation that you paid to employees; report these amounts on Form W-2. 1040 com See the General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3 for details about filing Forms W-2 and for information about required electronic filing. 1040 com If you file 250 or more Forms W-2, you must file them electronically. 1040 com SSA will not accept Forms W-2 and W-3 filed on any magnetic media. 1040 com Information reporting customer service site. 1040 com  The IRS operates the Enterprise Computing Center—Martinsburg, a centralized customer service site, to answer questions about reporting on Forms W-2, W-3, 1099, and other information returns. 1040 com If you have questions related to reporting on information returns, you may call 1-866-455-7438 (toll free), 304-263-8700 (toll call), or 304-267-3367 (TDD/TTY for persons who are deaf, heard of hearing, or have a speech disability). 1040 com The call site can also be reached by email at mccirp@irs. 1040 com gov. 1040 com Do not include tax identification numbers (TINs) or attachments in email correspondence because electronic mail is not secure. 1040 com Web-based application for an employer identification number (EIN). 1040 com  You can apply for an employer identification number (EIN) online by visiting IRS. 1040 com gov and clicking on the Apply for an EIN Online link under Tools. 1040 com When a crew leader furnishes workers to you. 1040 com  Record the crew leader's name, address, and EIN. 1040 com See sections 2 and 10. 1040 com Change of address. 1040 com  Use Form 8822-B to notify the IRS of an address change. 1040 com Do not mail form 8822-B with your employment tax return. 1040 com Ordering forms and publications. 1040 com  You can order your 2013 and 2014 employment tax and information return forms, instructions, and publications online at www. 1040 com irs. 1040 com gov/businesses. 1040 com Click on the Online Ordering for Information Returns and Employer Returns. 1040 com You can also visit www. 1040 com irs. 1040 com gov/formspubs to download other forms and publications. 1040 com Instead of ordering paper Forms W-2 and W-3, consider filing them electronically using the Social Security Administration's (SSA) free e-file service. 1040 com Visit the SSA's Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information website at  www. 1040 com socialsecurity. 1040 com gov/employer, to register for Business Services Online. 1040 com You will be able to create and file “fill-in” versions of Forms W-2 with SSA and can print out completed copies of Forms W-2 for filing with state and local governments, distribution to your employees, and for your records. 1040 com Form W-3 will be created for you based on your Forms W-2. 1040 com Tax Questions. 1040 com   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. 1040 com gov or call 1-800-829-4933 (businesses), 1-800-829-1040 (individuals), or 1-800-829-4059 (TDD/TTY for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability) Monday–Friday from 7:00 a. 1040 com m. 1040 com –7:00 p. 1040 com m. 1040 com local time (Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific time). 1040 com We cannot answer tax questions sent to the address provided later for comments and suggestions. 1040 com Recordkeeping. 1040 com  Keep all records of employment taxes for at least 4 years. 1040 com These should be available for IRS review. 1040 com Your records should include the following information. 1040 com Your employer identification number (EIN). 1040 com Amounts and dates of all wage, annuity, and pension payments. 1040 com Names, addresses, social security numbers, and occupations of employees and recipients. 1040 com Any employee copies of Forms W-2 and W-2c returned to you as undeliverable. 1040 com Dates of employment for each employee. 1040 com Periods for which employees and recipients were paid while absent due to sickness or injury and the amount and weekly rate of payments you or third-party payers made to them. 1040 com Copies of employees' and recipients' income tax withholding allowance certificates (Forms W-4, W-4(SP), W-4P, and W-4S). 1040 com Dates and amounts of tax deposits you made and acknowledgment numbers for deposits made by EFTPS. 1040 com Copies of returns filed and confirmation numbers. 1040 com Records of fringe benefits and expense reimbursements provided to your employees, including substantiation. 1040 com If a crew leader furnished you with farmworkers, you must keep a record of the name, permanent mailing address, and EIN of the crew leader. 1040 com If the crew leader has no permanent mailing address, record his or her present address. 1040 com Private delivery services. 1040 com  You can use certain private delivery services designated by the IRS to send tax returns and payments. 1040 com The list includes only the following. 1040 com DHL Express (DHL): DHL Same Day Service. 1040 com Federal Express (FedEx): FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx 2Day, FedEx International Priority, and FedEx International First. 1040 com United Parcel Service (UPS): UPS Next Day Air, UPS Next Day Air Saver, UPS 2nd Day Air, UPS 2nd Day Air A. 1040 com M. 1040 com , UPS Worldwide Express Plus, and UPS Worldwide Express. 1040 com For the IRS mailing address to use if you are using a private delivery service, go to IRS. 1040 com gov and enter "private delivery service" in the search box. 1040 com Your private delivery service can tell you how to get written proof of the mailing date. 1040 com Private delivery services cannot deliver items to P. 1040 com O. 1040 com boxes. 1040 com You must use the U. 1040 com S. 1040 com Postal Service to mail any item to an IRS P. 1040 com O. 1040 com box address. 1040 com Photographs of missing children. 1040 com  The IRS is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 1040 com Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. 1040 com You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. 1040 com Calendar The following are important dates and responsibilities. 1040 com See section 7 for information about depositing taxes reported on Forms 941, 943, 944, and 945. 1040 com Also see Publication 509, Tax Calendars. 1040 com   If any date shown below for filing a return, furnishing a form, or depositing taxes falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the due date is the next business day. 1040 com A statewide legal holiday delays a filing due date only if the IRS office where you are required to file is located in that state. 1040 com However, a statewide legal holiday does not delay the due date of federal tax deposits. 1040 com See Deposits on Business Days Only in section 7. 1040 com For any filing due date, you will meet the “file” or “furnish” requirement if the envelope containing the return or form is properly addressed, contains sufficient postage, and is postmarked by the U. 1040 com S. 1040 com Postal Service on or before the due date, or sent by an IRS-designated delivery service on or before the due date. 1040 com See Private delivery services under Reminders. 1040 com By January 31 . 1040 com   File Form 943. 1040 com See section 8 for more information on Form 943. 1040 com If you deposited all Form 943 taxes when due, you have 10 additional calendar days to file. 1040 com Furnish each employee with a completed Form W-2. 1040 com Furnish each recipient to whom you paid $600 or more in nonemployee compensation with a completed Form 1099 (for example, Form 1099-MISC). 1040 com File Form 940, Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return. 1040 com See section 10 for more information on FUTA. 1040 com If you deposited all the FUTA tax when due, you have 10 additional calendar days to file. 1040 com File Form 945, Annual Return of Withheld Federal Income Tax, to report any nonpayroll federal income tax withheld in 2013. 1040 com If you deposited all Form 945 taxes when due, you have 10 additional calendar days to file. 1040 com By February 15. 1040 com  Ask for a new Form W-4 or Formulario W-4(SP) from each employee who claimed exemption from federal income tax withholding last year. 1040 com On February 16. 1040 com  Any Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding for the previous year has now expired. 1040 com Begin withholding for any employee who previously claimed exemption from withholding but has not given you a new Form W-4 for the current year. 1040 com If the employee does not give you a new Form W-4, withhold tax based on the last valid Form W-4 you have for the employee that does not claim exemption from withholding or, if one does not exist, as if he or she is single with zero withholding allowances. 1040 com See section 5 for more information. 1040 com If the employee furnishes a new Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding after February 15, you may apply the exemption to future wages, but do not refund taxes withheld while the exempt status was not in place. 1040 com By February 28. 1040 com   File paper Forms 1099 and 1096. 1040 com File Copy A of all paper Forms 1099 with Form 1096, Annual Summary and Transmittal of U. 1040 com S. 1040 com Information Returns, with the IRS. 1040 com For electronically filed returns, see By March 31 below. 1040 com File paper Forms W-2 and W-3. 1040 com File Copy A of all paper Forms W-2 with Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, with the SSA. 1040 com For electronically filed returns, see By March 31 next. 1040 com By March 31. 1040 com   File electronic Forms W-2 and 1099. 1040 com File electronic Forms W-2 with the SSA and Forms 1099 with the IRS. 1040 com For more information on reporting Form W-2 information to the SSA electronically, visit the SSA's Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information webpage at www. 1040 com socialsecurity. 1040 com gov/employer. 1040 com For information on filing information returns electronically with the IRS, see Publication 1220, Specifications for Electronic Filing of Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, 8935, and W-2G. 1040 com By April 30, July 31, October 31, and January 31. 1040 com   Deposit FUTA taxes. 1040 com Deposit FUTA tax if the undeposited amount is over $500. 1040 com Before December 1. 1040 com  Remind employees to submit a new Form W-4 if their marital status or withholding allowances have changed or will change for the next year. 1040 com Introduction This publication is for employers of agricultural workers (farmworkers). 1040 com It contains information that you may need to comply with the laws for agricultural labor (farmwork) relating to social security and Medicare taxes, FUTA tax, and withheld federal income tax (employment taxes). 1040 com Agricultural employers report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld federal income tax on Form 943 and report FUTA tax on Form 940. 1040 com If you have nonfarm employees, see Publication 15 (Circular E). 1040 com If you have employees in the U. 1040 com S. 1040 com Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, see Publication 80 (Circular SS). 1040 com Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide, contains more employment-related information, including information about sick pay and pension income. 1040 com Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits, contains information about the employment tax treatment and valuation of various types of noncash compensation. 1040 com Comments and suggestions. 1040 com   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 1040 com   You can write to us at the following address:  Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division  1111 Constitution Ave. 1040 com NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. 1040 com Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 1040 com   You can also send us comments from www. 1040 com irs. 1040 com gov/formspubs. 1040 com Click on More Information and then click on Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. 1040 com   Although we cannot respond individually to each email, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax forms, instructions, and publications. 1040 com COBRA premium assistance credit. 1040 com   The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) provides certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates. 1040 com COBRA generally covers multiemployer health plans and health plans maintained by private-sector employers (other than churches) with 20 or more full and part-time employees. 1040 com Parallel requirements apply to these plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). 1040 com Under the Public Health Service Act, COBRA requirements apply also to health plans covering state or local government employees. 1040 com Similar requirements apply under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and under some state laws. 1040 com For the premium assistance (or subsidy) discussed below, these requirements are all referred to as COBRA requirements. 1040 com   Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), employers are allowed a credit against “payroll taxes” (referred to in this publication as “employment taxes”) for providing COBRA premium assistance to assistance eligible individuals. 1040 com For periods of COBRA continuation coverage beginning after February 16, 2009, a group health plan must treat an assistance eligible individual as having paid the required COBRA continuation coverage premium if the individual elects COBRA coverage and pays 35% of the amount of the premium. 1040 com   An assistance eligible individual is a qualified beneficiary of an employer's group health plan who is eligible for COBRA continuation coverage during the period beginning September 1, 2008, and ending May 31, 2010, due to the involuntarily termination from employment of a covered employee during the period and elects continuation COBRA coverage. 1040 com The assistance for the coverage can last up to 15 months. 1040 com   Employees terminated during the period beginning September 1, 2008, and ending May 31, 2010, who received a severance package that delayed the start of the COBRA continuation coverage, may still be eligible for premium assistance for COBRA continuation coverage. 1040 com For more information, see Notice 2009-27, 2009-16 I. 1040 com R. 1040 com B. 1040 com 838, available at www. 1040 com irs. 1040 com gov/irb/2009-16_irb/ar09. 1040 com html. 1040 com   Administrators of the group health plans (or other entities) that provide or administer COBRA continuation coverage must provide notice to assistance eligible individuals of the COBRA premium assistance. 1040 com   The 65% of the premium not paid by the assistance eligible individual is reimbursed to the employer maintaining the group health plan. 1040 com The reimbursement is made through a credit against the employer's employment tax liabilities. 1040 com For information on how to claim the credit, see the Instructions for Form 943. 1040 com The credit is treated as a deposit made on the first day of the return period. 1040 com In the case of a multiemployer plan, the credit is claimed by the plan, rather than the employer. 1040 com In the case of an insured plan subject to state law continuation coverage requirements, the credit is claimed by the insurance company, rather than the employer. 1040 com   Anyone claiming the credit for COBRA premium assistance payments must maintain the following information to support their claim, including the following. 1040 com Information on the receipt of the assistance eligible individuals' 35% share of the premium including dates and amounts. 1040 com In the case of an insurance plan, a copy of invoice or other supporting statement from the insurance carrier and proof of timely payment of the full premium to the insurance carrier required under COBRA. 1040 com In the case of a self-insured plan, proof of the premium amount and proof of the coverage provided to the assistance eligible individuals. 1040 com Attestation of involuntary termination, including the date of the involuntary termination for each covered employee whose involuntary termination is the basis for eligibility for the subsidy. 1040 com Proof of each assistance eligible individual's eligibility for COBRA coverage and the election of COBRA coverage. 1040 com A record of the social security numbers (SSNs) of all covered employees, the amount of the subsidy reimbursed with respect to each covered employee, and whether the subsidy was for one individual or two or more individuals. 1040 com   For more information, visit IRS. 1040 com gov and enter “COBRA” in the search box. 1040 com Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide 15-A Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide 15-B Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits 225 Farmer's Tax Guide 535 Business Expenses 583 Starting a Business and Keeping Records 1635 Employer Identification Number: Understanding Your EIN Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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1040 com 2. 1040 com   Electing the Section 179 Deduction Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Property Qualifies?Eligible Property Property Acquired for Business Use Property Acquired by Purchase What Property Does Not Qualify?Land and Improvements Excepted Property How Much Can You Deduct?Dollar Limits Business Income Limit Partnerships and Partners S Corporations Other Corporations How Do You Elect the Deduction? When Must You Recapture the Deduction? Introduction You can elect to recover all or part of the cost of certain qualifying property, up to a limit, by deducting it in the year you place the property in service. 1040 com This is the section 179 deduction. 1040 com You can elect the section 179 deduction instead of recovering the cost by taking depreciation deductions. 1040 com Estates and trusts cannot elect the section 179 deduction. 1040 com This chapter explains what property does and does not qualify for the section 179 deduction, what limits apply to the deduction (including special rules for partnerships and corporations), and how to elect it. 1040 com It also explains when and how to recapture the deduction. 1040 com Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 537 Installment Sales 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 954 Tax Incentives for Distressed Communities Form (and Instructions) 4562 Depreciation and Amortization 4797 Sales of Business Property See chapter 6 for information about getting publications and forms. 1040 com What Property Qualifies? To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must meet all the following requirements. 1040 com It must be eligible property. 1040 com It must be acquired for business use. 1040 com It must have been acquired by purchase. 1040 com It must not be property described later under What Property Does Not Qualify . 1040 com The following discussions provide information about these requirements and exceptions. 1040 com Eligible Property To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must be one of the following types of depreciable property. 1040 com Tangible personal property. 1040 com Other tangible property (except buildings and their structural components) used as: An integral part of manufacturing, production, or extraction or of furnishing transportation, communications, electricity, gas, water, or sewage disposal services, A research facility used in connection with any of the activities in (a) above, or A facility used in connection with any of the activities in (a) for the bulk storage of fungible commodities. 1040 com Single purpose agricultural (livestock) or horticultural structures. 1040 com See chapter 7 of Publication 225 for definitions and information regarding the use requirements that apply to these structures. 1040 com Storage facilities (except buildings and their structural components) used in connection with distributing petroleum or any primary product of petroleum. 1040 com Off-the-shelf computer software. 1040 com Qualified real property (described below). 1040 com Tangible personal property. 1040 com   Tangible personal property is any tangible property that is not real property. 1040 com It includes the following property. 1040 com Machinery and equipment. 1040 com Property contained in or attached to a building (other than structural components), such as refrigerators, grocery store counters, office equipment, printing presses, testing equipment, and signs. 1040 com Gasoline storage tanks and pumps at retail service stations. 1040 com Livestock, including horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, and mink and other furbearing animals. 1040 com   The treatment of property as tangible personal property for the section 179 deduction is not controlled by its treatment under local law. 1040 com For example, property may not be tangible personal property for the deduction even if treated so under local law, and some property (such as fixtures) may be tangible personal property for the deduction even if treated as real property under local law. 1040 com Off-the-shelf computer software. 1040 com   Off-the-shelf computer software placed in service during the tax year is qualifying property for purposes of the section 179 deduction. 1040 com This is computer software that is readily available for purchase by the general public, is subject to a nonexclusive license, and has not been substantially modified. 1040 com It includes any program designed to cause a computer to perform a desired function. 1040 com However, a database or similar item is not considered computer software unless it is in the public domain and is incidental to the operation of otherwise qualifying software. 1040 com Qualified real property. 1040 com   You can elect to treat certain qualified real property you placed in service as section 179 property for tax years beginning in 2013. 1040 com If this election is made, the term “section 179 property” will include any qualified real property that is: Qualified leasehold improvement property, Qualified restaurant property, or Qualified retail improvement property. 1040 com The maximum section 179 expense deduction that can be elected for qualified section 179 real property is $250,000 of the maximum section 179 deduction of $500,000 in 2013. 1040 com For more information, see Special rules for qualified section 179 real property, later. 1040 com Also, see Election for certain qualified section 179 real property, later, for information on how to make this election. 1040 com Qualified leasehold improvement property. 1040 com   Generally, this is any improvement to an interior part of a building (placed in service before January 1, 2014) that is nonresidential real property, provided all of the requirements discussed in chapter 3 under Qualified leasehold improvement property are met. 1040 com   In addition, an improvement made by the lessor does not qualify as qualified leasehold improvement property to any subsequent owner unless it is acquired from the original lessor by reason of the lessor’s death or in any of the following types of transactions. 1040 com A transaction to which section 381(a) applies, A mere change in the form of conducting the trade or business so long as the property is retained in the trade or business as qualified leasehold improvement property and the taxpayer retains a substantial interest in the trade or business, A like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or re-acquisition of real property to the extent that the basis in the property represents the carryover basis, or Certain nonrecognition transactions to the extent that your basis in the property is determined by reference to the transferor’s or distributor’s basis in the property. 1040 com Examples include the following. 1040 com A complete liquidation of a subsidiary. 1040 com A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. 1040 com An exchange of property by a corporation solely for stock or securities in another corporation in a reorganization. 1040 com Qualified restaurant property. 1040 com   Qualified restaurant property is any section 1250 property that is a building or an improvement to a building placed in service after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2014. 1040 com Also, more than 50% of the building’s square footage must be devoted to preparation of meals and seating for on-premise consumption of prepared meals. 1040 com Qualified retail improvement property. 1040 com   Generally, this is any improvement (placed in service after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2014) to an interior portion of nonresidential real property if it meets the following requirements. 1040 com The portion is open to the general public and is used in the retail trade or business of selling tangible property to the general public. 1040 com The improvement is placed in service more than 3 years after the date the building was first placed in service. 1040 com The expenses are not for the enlargement of the building, any elevator or escalator, any structural components benefiting a common area, or the internal structural framework of the building. 1040 com In addition, an improvement made by the lessor does not qualify as qualified retail improvement property to any subsequent owner unless it is acquired from the original lessor by reason of the lessor’s death or in any of the following types of transactions. 1040 com A transaction to which section 381(a) applies, A mere change in the form of conducting the trade or business so long as the property is retained in the trade or business as qualified leasehold improvement property and the taxpayer retains a substantial interest in the trade or business, A like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or re-acquisition of real property to the extent that the basis in the property represents the carryover basis, or Certain nonrecognition transactions to the extent that your basis in the property is determined by reference to the transferor’s or distributor’s basis in the property. 1040 com Examples include the following. 1040 com A complete liquidation of a subsidiary. 1040 com A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. 1040 com An exchange of property by a corporation solely for stock or securities in another corporation in a reorganization. 1040 com Property Acquired for Business Use To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must have been acquired for use in your trade or business. 1040 com Property you acquire only for the production of income, such as investment property, rental property (if renting property is not your trade or business), and property that produces royalties, does not qualify. 1040 com Partial business use. 1040 com   When you use property for both business and nonbusiness purposes, you can elect the section 179 deduction only if you use the property more than 50% for business in the year you place it in service. 1040 com If you use the property more than 50% for business, multiply the cost of the property by the percentage of business use. 1040 com Use the resulting business cost to figure your section 179 deduction. 1040 com Example. 1040 com May Oak bought and placed in service an item of section 179 property costing $11,000. 1040 com She used the property 80% for her business and 20% for personal purposes. 1040 com The business part of the cost of the property is $8,800 (80% × $11,000). 1040 com Property Acquired by Purchase To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must have been acquired by purchase. 1040 com For example, property acquired by gift or inheritance does not qualify. 1040 com Property is not considered acquired by purchase in the following situations. 1040 com It is acquired by one component member of a controlled group from another component member of the same group. 1040 com Its basis is determined either— In whole or in part by its adjusted basis in the hands of the person from whom it was acquired, or Under the stepped-up basis rules for property acquired from a decedent. 1040 com It is acquired from a related person. 1040 com Related persons. 1040 com   Related persons are described under Related persons earlier. 1040 com However, to determine whether property qualifies for the section 179 deduction, treat as an individual's family only his or her spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants and substitute "50%" for "10%" each place it appears. 1040 com Example. 1040 com Ken Larch is a tailor. 1040 com He bought two industrial sewing machines from his father. 1040 com He placed both machines in service in the same year he bought them. 1040 com They do not qualify as section 179 property because Ken and his father are related persons. 1040 com He cannot claim a section 179 deduction for the cost of these machines. 1040 com What Property Does Not Qualify? Certain property does not qualify for the section 179 deduction. 1040 com This includes the following. 1040 com Land and Improvements Land and land improvements do not qualify as section 179 property. 1040 com Land improvements include swimming pools, paved parking areas, wharves, docks, bridges, and fences. 1040 com Excepted Property Even if the requirements explained earlier under What Property Qualifies are met, you cannot elect the section 179 deduction for the following property. 1040 com Certain property you lease to others (if you are a noncorporate lessor). 1040 com Certain property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with the furnishing of lodging. 1040 com Air conditioning or heating units. 1040 com Property used predominantly outside the United States, except property described in section 168(g)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. 1040 com Property used by certain tax-exempt organizations, except property used in connection with the production of income subject to the tax on unrelated trade or business income. 1040 com Property used by governmental units or foreign persons or entities, except property used under a lease with a term of less than 6 months. 1040 com Leased property. 1040 com   Generally, you cannot claim a section 179 deduction based on the cost of property you lease to someone else. 1040 com This rule does not apply to corporations. 1040 com However, you can claim a section 179 deduction for the cost of the following property. 1040 com Property you manufacture or produce and lease to others. 1040 com Property you purchase and lease to others if both the following tests are met. 1040 com The term of the lease (including options to renew) is less than 50% of the property's class life. 1040 com For the first 12 months after the property is transferred to the lessee, the total business deductions you are allowed on the property (other than rents and reimbursed amounts) are more than 15% of the rental income from the property. 1040 com Property used for lodging. 1040 com   Generally, you cannot claim a section 179 deduction for property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with the furnishing of lodging. 1040 com However, this does not apply to the following types of property. 1040 com Nonlodging commercial facilities that are available to those not using the lodging facilities on the same basis as they are available to those using the lodging facilities. 1040 com Property used by a hotel or motel in connection with the trade or business of furnishing lodging where the predominant portion of the accommodations is used by transients. 1040 com Any certified historic structure to the extent its basis is due to qualified rehabilitation expenditures. 1040 com Any energy property. 1040 com Energy property. 1040 com   Energy property is property that meets the following requirements. 1040 com It is one of the following types of property. 1040 com Equipment that uses solar energy to generate electricity, to heat or cool a structure, to provide hot water for use in a structure, or to provide solar process heat, except for equipment used to generate energy to heat a swimming pool. 1040 com Equipment placed in service after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2017, that uses solar energy to illuminate the inside of a structure using fiber-optic distributed sunlight. 1040 com Equipment used to produce, distribute, or use energy derived from a geothermal deposit. 1040 com For electricity generated by geothermal power, this includes equipment up to (but not including) the electrical transmission stage. 1040 com Qualified fuel cell property or qualified microturbine property placed in service after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2017. 1040 com The construction, reconstruction, or erection of the property must be completed by you. 1040 com For property you acquire, the original use of the property must begin with you. 1040 com The property must meet the performance and quality standards, if any, prescribed by Income Tax Regulations in effect at the time you get the property. 1040 com   For periods before February 14, 2008, energy property does not include any property that is public utility property as defined by section 46(f)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code (as in effect on November 4, 1990). 1040 com How Much Can You Deduct? Your section 179 deduction is generally the cost of the qualifying property. 1040 com However, the total amount you can elect to deduct under section 179 is subject to a dollar limit and a business income limit. 1040 com These limits apply to each taxpayer, not to each business. 1040 com However, see Married Individuals under Dollar Limits , later. 1040 com For a passenger automobile, the total section 179 deduction and depreciation deduction are limited. 1040 com See Do the Passenger Automobile Limits Apply in chapter 5 . 1040 com If you deduct only part of the cost of qualifying property as a section 179 deduction, you can generally depreciate the cost you do not deduct. 1040 com Trade-in of other property. 1040 com   If you buy qualifying property with cash and a trade-in, its cost for purposes of the section 179 deduction includes only the cash you paid. 1040 com Example. 1040 com Silver Leaf, a retail bakery, traded two ovens having a total adjusted basis of $680 for a new oven costing $1,320. 1040 com They received an $800 trade-in allowance for the old ovens and paid $520 in cash for the new oven. 1040 com The bakery also traded a used van with an adjusted basis of $4,500 for a new van costing $9,000. 1040 com They received a $4,800 trade-in allowance on the used van and paid $4,200 in cash for the new van. 1040 com Only the portion of the new property's basis paid by cash qualifies for the section 179 deduction. 1040 com Therefore, Silver Leaf's qualifying costs for the section 179 deduction are $4,720 ($520 + $4,200). 1040 com Dollar Limits The total amount you can elect to deduct under section 179 for most property placed in service in 2013 generally cannot be more than $500,000. 1040 com If you acquire and place in service more than one item of qualifying property during the year, you can allocate the section 179 deduction among the items in any way, as long as the total deduction is not more than $500,000. 1040 com You do not have to claim the full $500,000. 1040 com Qualified real property (described earlier) that you elected to treat as section 179 real property is limited to $250,000 of the maximum deduction of $500,000 for 2013. 1040 com The amount you can elect to deduct is not affected if you place qualifying property in service in a short tax year or if you place qualifying property in service for only a part of a 12-month tax year. 1040 com After you apply the dollar limit to determine a tentative deduction, you must apply the business income limit (described later) to determine your actual section 179 deduction. 1040 com Example. 1040 com In 2013, you bought and placed in service $500,000 in machinery and a $25,000 circular saw for your business. 1040 com You elect to deduct $475,000 for the machinery and the entire $25,000 for the saw, a total of $500,000. 1040 com This is the maximum amount you can deduct. 1040 com Your $25,000 deduction for the saw completely recovered its cost. 1040 com Your basis for depreciation is zero. 1040 com The basis for depreciation of your machinery is $25,000. 1040 com You figure this by subtracting your $475,000 section 179 deduction for the machinery from the $500,000 cost of the machinery. 1040 com Situations affecting dollar limit. 1040 com   Under certain circumstances, the general dollar limits on the section 179 deduction may be reduced or increased or there may be additional dollar limits. 1040 com The general dollar limit is affected by any of the following situations. 1040 com The cost of your section 179 property placed in service exceeds $2,000,000. 1040 com Your business is an enterprise zone business. 1040 com You placed in service a sport utility or certain other vehicles. 1040 com You are married filing a joint or separate return. 1040 com Costs exceeding $2,000,000 If the cost of your qualifying section 179 property placed in service in a year is more than $2,000,000, you generally must reduce the dollar limit (but not below zero) by the amount of cost over $2,000,000. 1040 com If the cost of your section 179 property placed in service during 2013 is $2,500,000 or more, you cannot take a section 179 deduction. 1040 com Example. 1040 com In 2013, Jane Ash placed in service machinery costing $2,100,000. 1040 com This cost is $100,000 more than $2,000,000, so she must reduce her dollar limit to $400,000 ($500,000 − $100,000). 1040 com Enterprise Zone Businesses An increased section 179 deduction is available to enterprise zone businesses for qualified zone property placed in service during the tax year, in an empowerment zone. 1040 com For more information including the definitions of “enterprise zone business” and “qualified zone property,” see sections 1397A, 1397C, and 1397D of the Internal Revenue Code. 1040 com The dollar limit on the section 179 deduction is increased by the smaller of: $35,000, or The cost of section 179 property that is also qualified zone property placed in service before January 1, 2014 (including such property placed in service by your spouse, even if you are filing a separate return). 1040 com Note. 1040 com   You take into account only 50% (instead of 100%) of the cost of qualified zone property placed in service in a year when figuring the reduced dollar limit for costs exceeding $2,000,000 (explained earlier). 1040 com Sport Utility and Certain Other Vehicles You cannot elect to expense more than $25,000 of the cost of any heavy sport utility vehicle (SUV) and certain other vehicles placed in service during the tax year. 1040 com This rule applies to any 4-wheeled vehicle primarily designed or used to carry passengers over public streets, roads, or highways, that is rated at more than 6,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and not more than 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. 1040 com However, the $25,000 limit does not apply to any vehicle: Designed to seat more than nine passengers behind the driver's seat, Equipped with a cargo area (either open or enclosed by a cap) of at least six feet in interior length that is not readily accessible from the passenger compartment, or That has an integral enclosure fully enclosing the driver compartment and load carrying device, does not have seating rearward of the driver's seat, and has no body section protruding more than 30 inches ahead of the leading edge of the windshield. 1040 com Married Individuals If you are married, how you figure your section 179 deduction depends on whether you file jointly or separately. 1040 com If you file a joint return, you and your spouse are treated as one taxpayer in determining any reduction to the dollar limit, regardless of which of you purchased the property or placed it in service. 1040 com If you and your spouse file separate returns, you are treated as one taxpayer for the dollar limit, including the reduction for costs over $2,000,000. 1040 com You must allocate the dollar limit (after any reduction) between you equally, unless you both elect a different allocation. 1040 com If the percentages elected by each of you do not total 100%, 50% will be allocated to each of you. 1040 com Example. 1040 com Jack Elm is married. 1040 com He and his wife file separate returns. 1040 com Jack bought and placed in service $2,000,000 of qualified farm machinery in 2013. 1040 com His wife has her own business, and she bought and placed in service $30,000 of qualified business equipment. 1040 com Their combined dollar limit is $470,000. 1040 com This is because they must figure the limit as if they were one taxpayer. 1040 com They reduce the $500,000 dollar limit by the $30,000 excess of their costs over $2,000,000. 1040 com They elect to allocate the $470,000 dollar limit as follows. 1040 com $446,500 ($470,000 x 95%) to Mr. 1040 com Elm's machinery. 1040 com $23,500 ($470,000 x 5%) to Mrs. 1040 com Elm's equipment. 1040 com If they did not make an election to allocate their costs in this way, they would have to allocate $235,000 ($470,000 × 50%) to each of them. 1040 com Joint return after filing separate returns. 1040 com   If you and your spouse elect to amend your separate returns by filing a joint return after the due date for filing your return, the dollar limit on the joint return is the lesser of the following amounts. 1040 com The dollar limit (after reduction for any cost of section 179 property over $2,000,000). 1040 com The total cost of section 179 property you and your spouse elected to expense on your separate returns. 1040 com Example. 1040 com The facts are the same as in the previous example except that Jack elected to deduct $30,000 of the cost of section 179 property on his separate return and his wife elected to deduct $2,000. 1040 com After the due date of their returns, they file a joint return. 1040 com Their dollar limit for the section 179 deduction is $32,000. 1040 com This is the lesser of the following amounts. 1040 com $470,000—The dollar limit less the cost of section 179 property over $2,000,000. 1040 com $32,000—The total they elected to expense on their separate returns. 1040 com Business Income Limit The total cost you can deduct each year after you apply the dollar limit is limited to the taxable income from the active conduct of any trade or business during the year. 1040 com Generally, you are considered to actively conduct a trade or business if you meaningfully participate in the management or operations of the trade or business. 1040 com Any cost not deductible in one year under section 179 because of this limit can be carried to the next year. 1040 com Special rules apply to a 2013 deduction of qualified section 179 real property that is disallowed because of the business income limit. 1040 com See Special rules for qualified section 179 property under Carryover of disallowed deduction, later. 1040 com Taxable income. 1040 com   In general, figure taxable income for this purpose by totaling the net income and losses from all trades and businesses you actively conducted during the year. 1040 com Net income or loss from a trade or business includes the following items. 1040 com Section 1231 gains (or losses). 1040 com Interest from working capital of your trade or business. 1040 com Wages, salaries, tips, or other pay earned as an employee. 1040 com For information about section 1231 gains and losses, see chapter 3 in Publication 544. 1040 com   In addition, figure taxable income without regard to any of the following. 1040 com The section 179 deduction. 1040 com The self-employment tax deduction. 1040 com Any net operating loss carryback or carryforward. 1040 com Any unreimbursed employee business expenses. 1040 com Two different taxable income limits. 1040 com   In addition to the business income limit for your section 179 deduction, you may have a taxable income limit for some other deduction. 1040 com You may have to figure the limit for this other deduction taking into account the section 179 deduction. 1040 com If so, complete the following steps. 1040 com Step Action 1 Figure taxable income without the section 179 deduction or the other deduction. 1040 com 2 Figure a hypothetical section 179 deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 1. 1040 com 3 Subtract the hypothetical section 179 deduction figured in Step 2 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. 1040 com 4 Figure a hypothetical amount for the other deduction using the amount figured in Step 3 as taxable income. 1040 com 5 Subtract the hypothetical other deduction figured in Step 4 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. 1040 com 6 Figure your actual section 179 deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 5. 1040 com 7 Subtract your actual section 179 deduction figured in Step 6 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. 1040 com 8 Figure your actual other deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 7. 1040 com Example. 1040 com On February 1, 2013, the XYZ corporation purchased and placed in service qualifying section 179 property that cost $500,000. 1040 com It elects to expense the entire $500,000 cost under section 179. 1040 com In June, the corporation gave a charitable contribution of $10,000. 1040 com A corporation's limit on charitable contributions is figured after subtracting any section 179 deduction. 1040 com The business income limit for the section 179 deduction is figured after subtracting any allowable charitable contributions. 1040 com XYZ's taxable income figured without the section 179 deduction or the deduction for charitable contributions is $520,000. 1040 com XYZ figures its section 179 deduction and its deduction for charitable contributions as follows. 1040 com Step 1– Taxable income figured without either deduction is $520,000. 1040 com Step 2– Using $520,000 as taxable income, XYZ's hypothetical section 179 deduction is $500,000. 1040 com Step 3– $20,000 ($520,000 − $500,000). 1040 com Step 4– Using $20,000 (from Step 3) as taxable income, XYZ's hypothetical charitable contribution (limited to 10% of taxable income) is $2,000. 1040 com Step 5– $518,000 ($520,000 − $2,000). 1040 com Step 6– Using $518,000 (from Step 5) as taxable income, XYZ figures the actual section 179 deduction. 1040 com Because the taxable income is at least $500,000, XYZ can take a $500,000 section 179 deduction. 1040 com Step 7– $20,000 ($520,000 − $500,000). 1040 com Step 8– Using $20,000 (from Step 7) as taxable income, XYZ's actual charitable contribution (limited to 10% of taxable income) is $2,000. 1040 com Carryover of disallowed deduction. 1040 com   You can carry over for an unlimited number of years the cost of any section 179 property you elected to expense but were unable to because of the business income limit. 1040 com This disallowed deduction amount is shown on line 13 of Form 4562. 1040 com You use the amount you carry over to determine your section 179 deduction in the next year. 1040 com Enter that amount on line 10 of your Form 4562 for the next year. 1040 com   If you place more than one property in service in a year, you can select the properties for which all or a part of the costs will be carried forward. 1040 com Your selections must be shown in your books and records. 1040 com For this purpose, treat section 179 costs allocated from a partnership or an S corporation as one item of section 179 property. 1040 com If you do not make a selection, the total carryover will be allocated equally among the properties you elected to expense for the year. 1040 com   If costs from more than one year are carried forward to a subsequent year in which only part of the total carryover can be deducted, you must deduct the costs being carried forward from the earliest year first. 1040 com Special rules for qualified section 179 real property. 1040 com   You can carry over to 2013 a 2012 deduction attributable to qualified section 179 real property that you elected to expense but were unable to take because of the business income limitation. 1040 com Any such 2012 carryover amounts that are not deducted in 2013, plus any 2013 disallowed section 179 expense deductions attributable to qualified real property, are not carried over to 2014. 1040 com Instead these amounts are treated as property placed in service on the first day of 2013 for purposes of computing depreciation (including the special depreciation allowance, if applicable). 1040 com See section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code and Notice 2013-59 for more information. 1040 com If there is a sale or other disposition of your property (including a transfer at death) before you can use the full amount of any outstanding carryover of your disallowed section 179 deduction, neither you nor the new owner can deduct any of the unused amount. 1040 com Instead, you must add it back to the property's basis. 1040 com Partnerships and Partners The section 179 deduction limits apply both to the partnership and to each partner. 1040 com The partnership determines its section 179 deduction subject to the limits. 1040 com It then allocates the deduction among its partners. 1040 com Each partner adds the amount allocated from partnerships (shown on Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. 1040 com ) to his or her nonpartnership section 179 costs and then applies the dollar limit to this total. 1040 com To determine any reduction in the dollar limit for costs over $2,000,000, the partner does not include any of the cost of section 179 property placed in service by the partnership. 1040 com After the dollar limit (reduced for any nonpartnership section 179 costs over $2,000,000) is applied, any remaining cost of the partnership and nonpartnership section 179 property is subject to the business income limit. 1040 com Partnership's taxable income. 1040 com   For purposes of the business income limit, figure the partnership's taxable income by adding together the net income and losses from all trades or businesses actively conducted by the partnership during the year. 1040 com See the Instructions for Form 1065 for information on how to figure partnership net income (or loss). 1040 com However, figure taxable income without regard to credits, tax-exempt income, the section 179 deduction, and guaranteed payments under section 707(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. 1040 com Partner's share of partnership's taxable income. 1040 com   For purposes of the business income limit, the taxable income of a partner engaged in the active conduct of one or more of a partnership's trades or businesses includes his or her allocable share of taxable income derived from the partnership's active conduct of any trade or business. 1040 com Example. 1040 com In 2013, Beech Partnership placed in service section 179 property with a total cost of $2,025,000. 1040 com The partnership must reduce its dollar limit by $25,000 ($2,025,000 − $2,000,000). 1040 com Its maximum section 179 deduction is $475,000 ($500,000 − $25,000), and it elects to expense that amount. 1040 com The partnership's taxable income from the active conduct of all its trades or businesses for the year was $600,000, so it can deduct the full $475,000. 1040 com It allocates $40,000 of its section 179 deduction and $50,000 of its taxable income to Dean, one of its partners. 1040 com In addition to being a partner in Beech Partnership, Dean is also a partner in the Cedar Partnership, which allocated to him a $30,000 section 179 deduction and $35,000 of its taxable income from the active conduct of its business. 1040 com He also conducts a business as a sole proprietor and, in 2013, placed in service in that business qualifying section 179 property costing $55,000. 1040 com He had a net loss of $5,000 from that business for the year. 1040 com Dean does not have to include section 179 partnership costs to figure any reduction in his dollar limit, so his total section 179 costs for the year are not more than $2,000,000 and his dollar limit is not reduced. 1040 com His maximum section 179 deduction is $500,000. 1040 com He elects to expense all of the $70,000 in section 179 deductions allocated from the partnerships ($40,000 from Beech Partnership plus $30,000 from Cedar Partnership), plus $55,000 of his sole proprietorship's section 179 costs, and notes that information in his books and records. 1040 com However, his deduction is limited to his business taxable income of $80,000 ($50,000 from Beech Partnership, plus $35,000 from Cedar Partnership minus $5,000 loss from his sole proprietorship). 1040 com He carries over $45,000 ($125,000 − $80,000) of the elected section 179 costs to 2014. 1040 com He allocates the carryover amount to the cost of section 179 property placed in service in his sole proprietorship, and notes that allocation in his books and records. 1040 com Different tax years. 1040 com   For purposes of the business income limit, if the partner's tax year and that of the partnership differ, the partner's share of the partnership's taxable income for a tax year is generally the partner's distributive share for the partnership tax year that ends with or within the partner's tax year. 1040 com Example. 1040 com John and James Oak are equal partners in Oak Partnership. 1040 com Oak Partnership uses a tax year ending January 31. 1040 com John and James both use a tax year ending December 31. 1040 com For its tax year ending January 31, 2013, Oak Partnership's taxable income from the active conduct of its business is $80,000, of which $70,000 was earned during 2012. 1040 com John and James each include $40,000 (each partner's entire share) of partnership taxable income in computing their business income limit for the 2013 tax year. 1040 com Adjustment of partner's basis in partnership. 1040 com   A partner must reduce the basis of his or her partnership interest by the total amount of section 179 expenses allocated from the partnership even if the partner cannot currently deduct the total amount. 1040 com If the partner disposes of his or her partnership interest, the partner's basis for determining gain or loss is increased by any outstanding carryover of disallowed section 179 expenses allocated from the partnership. 1040 com Adjustment of partnership's basis in section 179 property. 1040 com   The basis of a partnership's section 179 property must be reduced by the section 179 deduction elected by the partnership. 1040 com This reduction of basis must be made even if a partner cannot deduct all or part of the section 179 deduction allocated to that partner by the partnership because of the limits. 1040 com S Corporations Generally, the rules that apply to a partnership and its partners also apply to an S corporation and its shareholders. 1040 com The deduction limits apply to an S corporation and to each shareholder. 1040 com The S corporation allocates its deduction to the shareholders who then take their section 179 deduction subject to the limits. 1040 com Figuring taxable income for an S corporation. 1040 com   To figure taxable income (or loss) from the active conduct by an S corporation of any trade or business, you total the net income and losses from all trades or businesses actively conducted by the S corporation during the year. 1040 com   To figure the net income (or loss) from a trade or business actively conducted by an S corporation, you take into account the items from that trade or business that are passed through to the shareholders and used in determining each shareholder's tax liability. 1040 com However, you do not take into account any credits, tax-exempt income, the section 179 deduction, and deductions for compensation paid to shareholder-employees. 1040 com For purposes of determining the total amount of S corporation items, treat deductions and losses as negative income. 1040 com In figuring the taxable income of an S corporation, disregard any limits on the amount of an S corporation item that must be taken into account when figuring a shareholder's taxable income. 1040 com Other Corporations A corporation's taxable income from its active conduct of any trade or business is its taxable income figured with the following changes. 1040 com It is figured before deducting the section 179 deduction, any net operating loss deduction, and special deductions (as reported on the corporation's income tax return). 1040 com It is adjusted for items of income or deduction included in the amount figured in 1, above, not derived from a trade or business actively conducted by the corporation during the tax year. 1040 com How Do You Elect the Deduction? You elect to take the section 179 deduction by completing Part I of Form 4562. 1040 com If you elect the deduction for listed property (described in chapter 5), complete Part V of Form 4562 before completing Part I. 1040 com For property placed in service in 2013, file Form 4562 with either of the following. 1040 com Your original 2013 tax return, whether or not you file it timely. 1040 com An amended return for 2013 filed within the time prescribed by law. 1040 com An election made on an amended return must specify the item of section 179 property to which the election applies and the part of the cost of each such item to be taken into account. 1040 com The amended return must also include any resulting adjustments to taxable income. 1040 com You must keep records that show the specific identification of each piece of qualifying section 179 property. 1040 com These records must show how you acquired the property, the person you acquired it from, and when you placed it in service. 1040 com Election for certain qualified section 179 real property. 1040 com   You can elect to expense certain qualified real property that you placed in service as section 179 property for tax years beginning in 2013. 1040 com If you elect to treat this property as section 179 property, you must elect the application of the special rules for qualified real property described in section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. 1040 com   To make the election, attach a statement indicating you are “electing the application of section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code” with either of the following. 1040 com Your original 2013 tax return, whether or not you file it timely. 1040 com An amended return for 2013 filed within the time prescribed by law. 1040 com The amended return must also include any adjustments to taxable income. 1040 com   The statement should indicate your election to expense certain qualified real property under section 179(f) on your return. 1040 com It must specify one or more of the three types of qualified property (described under Qualified real property ) to which the election applies, the cost of each such type, and the portion of the cost of each such property to be taken into account. 1040 com Also, report this on line 6 of Form 4562. 1040 com    The maximum section 179 expense deduction that can be taken for qualified section 179 real property is limited to $250,000. 1040 com Revoking an election. 1040 com   An election (or any specification made in the election) to take a section 179 deduction for 2013 can be revoked without IRS approval by filing an amended return. 1040 com The amended return must be filed within the time prescribed by law. 1040 com The amended return must also include any resulting adjustments to taxable income. 1040 com Once made, the revocation is irrevocable. 1040 com When Must You Recapture the Deduction? You may have to recapture the section 179 deduction if, in any year during the property's recovery period, the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less. 1040 com In the year the business use drops to 50% or less, you include the recapture amount as ordinary income in Part IV of Form 4797. 1040 com You also increase the basis of the property by the recapture amount. 1040 com Recovery periods for property are discussed under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4 . 1040 com If you sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of the property, do not figure the recapture amount under the rules explained in this discussion. 1040 com Instead, use the rules for recapturing depreciation explained in chapter 3 of Publication 544 under Section 1245 Property. 1040 com For qualified real property (described earlier), see Notice 2013-59 for determining the portion of the gain that is attributable to section 1245 property upon the sale or other disposition of qualified real property. 1040 com If the property is listed property (described in chapter 5 ), do not figure the recapture amount under the rules explained in this discussion when the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less. 1040 com Instead, use the rules for recapturing excess depreciation in chapter 5 under What Is the Business-Use Requirement. 1040 com Figuring the recapture amount. 1040 com   To figure the amount to recapture, take the following steps. 1040 com Figure the depreciation that would have been allowable on the section 179 deduction you claimed. 1040 com Begin with the year you placed the property in service and include the year of recapture. 1040 com Subtract the depreciation figured in (1) from the section 179 deduction you claimed. 1040 com The result is the amount you must recapture. 1040 com Example. 1040 com In January 2011, Paul Lamb, a calendar year taxpayer, bought and placed in service section 179 property costing $10,000. 1040 com The property is not listed property. 1040 com The property is 3-year property. 1040 com He elected a $5,000 section 179 deduction for the property and also elected not to claim a special depreciation allowance. 1040 com He used the property only for business in 2011 and 2012. 1040 com In 2013, he used the property 40% for business and 60% for personal use. 1040 com He figures his recapture amount as follows. 1040 com Section 179 deduction claimed (2011) $5,000. 1040 com 00 Minus: Allowable depreciation using Table A-1 (instead of section 179 deduction):   2011 $1,666. 1040 com 50   2012 2,222. 1040 com 50   2013 ($740. 1040 com 50 × 40% (business)) 296. 1040 com 20 4,185. 1040 com 20 2013 — Recapture amount $ 814. 1040 com 80 Paul must include $814. 1040 com 80 in income for 2013. 1040 com If any qualified zone property placed in service during the year ceases to be used in an empowerment zone by an enterprise zone business in a later year, the benefit of the increased section 179 deduction must be reported as other income on your return. 1040 com Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications