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1040ez 2012 form Publication 535 - Introductory Material Table of Contents IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. 1040ez 2012 form Tax questions. 1040ez 2012 form Future Developments What's New for 2013 What's New for 2014 Reminders Introduction This publication discusses common business expenses and explains what is and is not deductible. 1040ez 2012 form The general rules for deducting business expenses are discussed in the opening chapter. 1040ez 2012 form The chapters that follow cover specific expenses and list other publications and forms you may need. 1040ez 2012 form Comments and suggestions. 1040ez 2012 form   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 1040ez 2012 form   You can send your comments to: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications SE:W:CAR:MP:TFP 1111 Constitution Ave. 1040ez 2012 form NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. 1040ez 2012 form Therefore, it would be 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address. 1040ez 2012 form Tax questions. 1040ez 2012 form   If you have a tax-related question, please go to Help With Tax Questions on IRS. 1040ez 2012 form gov. 1040ez 2012 form If you've looked around our site and still didn't find the answer to your general tax question, please call our toll-free tax assistance line at 1-800-829-1040 for individual tax questions or 1-800-829-4933 for business tax questions. 1040ez 2012 form Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 535, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. 1040ez 2012 form irs. 1040ez 2012 form gov/pub535. 1040ez 2012 form What's New for 2013 The following items highlight some changes in the tax law for 2013. 1040ez 2012 form Optional safe harbor method to determine the business use of a home deduction. 1040ez 2012 form  Beginning in 2013, you can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the deduction for the business use of your home. 1040ez 2012 form For more information, see chapter 1. 1040ez 2012 form Standard mileage rate. 1040ez 2012 form  Beginning in 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for each mile of business use is 56. 1040ez 2012 form 5 cents per mile. 1040ez 2012 form For more information, see chapter 11. 1040ez 2012 form Additional Medicare Tax. 1040ez 2012 form  Beginning in 2013, a 0. 1040ez 2012 form 9% Additional Medicare Tax applies to Medicare wages, railroad retirement (RRTA) compensation, and self-employment income that are more than: $125,000 if married filing separately, $250,000 if married filing jointly, or $200,000 if single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. 1040ez 2012 form Medicare wages and self-employment income are combined to determine if your income exceeds the threshold. 1040ez 2012 form RRTA compensation should be separately compared to the threshold. 1040ez 2012 form For more information, see chapter 5 or visit www. 1040ez 2012 form irs. 1040ez 2012 form gov and enter the following words in the search box: Additional Medicare Tax. 1040ez 2012 form Retiree drug subsidy. 1040ez 2012 form  Beginning in 2013, sponsors of certain qualified retiree prescription drug plans must account for the subsidy received by reducing the amount of qualified retiree prescription drug plans expense by the subsidy received (taking into account the taxpayer's accounting method). 1040ez 2012 form For more information, visit www. 1040ez 2012 form irs. 1040ez 2012 form gov and enter the following words in the search box: Retiree drug subsidy. 1040ez 2012 form What's New for 2014 The following item highlights a change in the tax law for 2014. 1040ez 2012 form Standard mileage rate. 1040ez 2012 form  Beginning in 2014, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for each mile of business use is 56 cents per mile. 1040ez 2012 form Film and television productions costs. 1040ez 2012 form  The election to expense film and television production costs does not apply to productions that begin in 2014. 1040ez 2012 form For more information, see chapter 7. 1040ez 2012 form Reminders The following reminders and other items may help you file your tax return. 1040ez 2012 form IRS e-file (Electronic Filing) You can file your tax returns electronically using an IRS e-file option. 1040ez 2012 form The benefits of IRS e-file include faster refunds, increased accuracy, and acknowledgment of IRS receipt of your return. 1040ez 2012 form You can use one of the following IRS e-file options. 1040ez 2012 form Use an authorized IRS e-file provider. 1040ez 2012 form Use a personal computer. 1040ez 2012 form Visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site. 1040ez 2012 form For details on these fast filing methods, see your income tax package. 1040ez 2012 form Form 1099 MISC. 1040ez 2012 form  File Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous 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The 1040ez 2012 Form

1040ez 2012 form 3. 1040ez 2012 form   Investment Expenses Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Limits on DeductionsPassive activity. 1040ez 2012 form Other income (nonpassive income). 1040ez 2012 form Expenses. 1040ez 2012 form Additional information. 1040ez 2012 form Interest ExpensesInvestment Interest Limit on Deduction Bond Premium AmortizationSpecial rules to determine amounts payable on a bond. 1040ez 2012 form Basis. 1040ez 2012 form How To Figure Amortization Choosing To Amortize How To Report Amortization Expenses of Producing IncomeFees to buy or sell. 1040ez 2012 form Including mutual fund or REMIC expenses in income. 1040ez 2012 form Nondeductible ExpensesUsed as collateral. 1040ez 2012 form Short-sale expenses. 1040ez 2012 form Expenses for both tax-exempt and taxable income. 1040ez 2012 form State income taxes. 1040ez 2012 form Nondeductible amount. 1040ez 2012 form Basis adjustment. 1040ez 2012 form How To Report Investment Expenses When To Report Investment Expenses Topics - This chapter discusses: Limits on Deductions , Interest Expenses , Bond Premium Amortization , Expenses of Producing Income , Nondeductible Expenses , How To Report Investment Expenses , and When To Report Investment Expenses . 1040ez 2012 form Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 535 Business Expenses 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules 929 Tax Rules for Children and Dependents Form (and Instructions) Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 4952 Investment Interest Expense Deduction See chapter 5, How To Get Tax Help , for information about getting these publications and forms. 1040ez 2012 form Limits on Deductions Your deductions for investment expenses may be limited by: The at-risk rules, The passive activity loss limits, The limit on investment interest, or The 2% limit on certain miscellaneous itemized deductions. 1040ez 2012 form The at-risk rules and passive activity rules are explained briefly in this section. 1040ez 2012 form The limit on investment interest is explained later in this chapter under Interest Expenses . 1040ez 2012 form The 2% limit is explained later in this chapter under Expenses of Producing Income . 1040ez 2012 form At-risk rules. 1040ez 2012 form   Special at-risk rules apply to most income-producing activities. 1040ez 2012 form These rules limit the amount of loss you can deduct to the amount you risk losing in the activity. 1040ez 2012 form Generally, this is the cash and the adjusted basis of property you contribute to the activity. 1040ez 2012 form It also includes money you borrow for use in the activity if you are personally liable for repayment or if you use property not used in the activity as security for the loan. 1040ez 2012 form For more information, see Publication 925. 1040ez 2012 form Passive activity losses and credits. 1040ez 2012 form   The amount of losses and tax credits you can claim from passive activities is limited. 1040ez 2012 form Generally, you are allowed to deduct passive activity losses only up to the amount of your passive activity income. 1040ez 2012 form Also, you can use credits from passive activities only against tax on the income from passive activities. 1040ez 2012 form There are exceptions for certain activities, such as rental real estate activities. 1040ez 2012 form Passive activity. 1040ez 2012 form   A passive activity generally is any activity involving the conduct of any trade or business in which you do not materially participate and any rental activity. 1040ez 2012 form However, if you are involved in renting real estate, the activity is not a passive activity if both of the following are true. 1040ez 2012 form More than one-half of the personal services you perform during the year in all trades or businesses are performed in real property trades or businesses in which you materially participate. 1040ez 2012 form You perform more than 750 hours of services during the year in real property trades or businesses in which you materially participate. 1040ez 2012 form  The term “trade or business” generally means any activity that involves the conduct of a trade or business, is conducted in anticipation of starting a trade or business, or involves certain research or experimental expenditures. 1040ez 2012 form However, it does not include rental activities or certain activities treated as incidental to holding property for investment. 1040ez 2012 form   You are considered to materially participate in an activity if you are involved on a regular, continuous, and substantial basis in the operations of the activity. 1040ez 2012 form Other income (nonpassive income). 1040ez 2012 form    Generally, you can use losses from passive activities only to offset income from passive activities. 1040ez 2012 form You cannot use passive activity losses to offset your other income, such as your wages or your portfolio income. 1040ez 2012 form Portfolio income includes gross income from interest, dividends, annuities, or royalties that is not derived in the ordinary course of a trade or business. 1040ez 2012 form It also includes gains or losses (not derived in the ordinary course of a trade or business) from the sale or trade of property (other than an interest in a passive activity) producing portfolio income or held for investment. 1040ez 2012 form This includes capital gain distributions from mutual funds (and other regulated investment companies) and real estate investment trusts. 1040ez 2012 form   You cannot use passive activity losses to offset Alaska Permanent Fund dividends. 1040ez 2012 form Expenses. 1040ez 2012 form   Do not include in the computation of your passive activity income or loss: Expenses (other than interest) that are clearly and directly allocable to your portfolio income, or Interest expense properly allocable to portfolio income. 1040ez 2012 form However, this interest and other expenses may be subject to other limits. 1040ez 2012 form These limits are explained in the rest of this chapter. 1040ez 2012 form Additional information. 1040ez 2012 form   For more information about determining and reporting income and losses from passive activities, see Publication 925. 1040ez 2012 form Interest Expenses This section discusses interest expenses you may be able to deduct as an investor. 1040ez 2012 form For information on business interest, see chapter 4 of Publication 535. 1040ez 2012 form You cannot deduct personal interest expenses other than qualified home mortgage interest, as explained in Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction, and interest on certain student loans, as explained in Publication 970. 1040ez 2012 form Investment Interest If you borrow money to buy property you hold for investment, the interest you pay is investment interest. 1040ez 2012 form You can deduct investment interest subject to the limit discussed later. 1040ez 2012 form However, you cannot deduct interest you incurred to produce tax-exempt income. 1040ez 2012 form See Tax-exempt income under Nondeductible Expenses, later. 1040ez 2012 form You also cannot deduct interest expenses on straddles discussed under Interest expense and carrying charges on straddles , later. 1040ez 2012 form Investment interest does not include any qualified home mortgage interest or any interest taken into account in computing income or loss from a passive activity. 1040ez 2012 form Investment property. 1040ez 2012 form   Property held for investment includes property that produces interest, dividends, annuities, or royalties not derived in the ordinary course of a trade or business. 1040ez 2012 form It also includes property that produces gain or loss (not derived in the ordinary course of a trade or business) from the sale or trade of property producing these types of income or held for investment (other than an interest in a passive activity). 1040ez 2012 form Investment property also includes an interest in a trade or business activity in which you did not materially participate (other than a passive activity). 1040ez 2012 form Partners, shareholders, and beneficiaries. 1040ez 2012 form   To determine your investment interest, combine your share of investment interest from a partnership, S corporation, estate, or trust with your other investment interest. 1040ez 2012 form Allocation of Interest Expense If you borrow money for business or personal purposes as well as for investment, you must allocate the debt among those purposes. 1040ez 2012 form Only the interest expense on the part of the debt used for investment purposes is treated as investment interest. 1040ez 2012 form The allocation is not affected by the use of property that secures the debt. 1040ez 2012 form Example 1. 1040ez 2012 form You borrow $10,000 and use $8,000 to buy stock. 1040ez 2012 form You use the other $2,000 to buy items for your home. 1040ez 2012 form Since 80% of the debt is used for, and allocated to, investment purposes, 80% of the interest on that debt is investment interest. 1040ez 2012 form The other 20% is nondeductible personal interest. 1040ez 2012 form Debt proceeds received in cash. 1040ez 2012 form   If you receive debt proceeds in cash, the proceeds are generally not treated as investment property. 1040ez 2012 form Debt proceeds deposited in account. 1040ez 2012 form   If you deposit debt proceeds in an account, that deposit is treated as investment property, regardless of whether the account bears interest. 1040ez 2012 form But, if you withdraw the funds and use them for another purpose, you must reallocate the debt to determine the amount considered to be for investment purposes. 1040ez 2012 form Example 2. 1040ez 2012 form Assume in Example 1 that you borrowed the money on March 1 and immediately bought the stock for $8,000. 1040ez 2012 form You did not buy the household items until June 1. 1040ez 2012 form You had deposited the $2,000 in the bank. 1040ez 2012 form You had no other transactions on the bank account until June. 1040ez 2012 form You did not sell the stock, and you made no principal payments on the debt. 1040ez 2012 form You paid interest from another account. 1040ez 2012 form The $8,000 is treated as being used for an investment purpose. 1040ez 2012 form The $2,000 is treated as being used for an investment purpose for the 3-month period. 1040ez 2012 form Your total interest expense for 3 months on this debt is investment interest. 1040ez 2012 form In June, when you spend the $2,000 for household items, you must begin to allocate 80% of the debt and the interest expense to investment purposes and 20% to personal purposes. 1040ez 2012 form Amounts paid within 30 days. 1040ez 2012 form   If you receive loan proceeds in cash or if the loan proceeds are deposited in an account, you can treat any payment (up to the amount of the proceeds) made from any account you own, or from cash, as made from those proceeds. 1040ez 2012 form This applies to any payment made within 30 days before or after the proceeds are received in cash or deposited in your account. 1040ez 2012 form   If you received the loan proceeds in cash, you can treat the payment as made on the date you received the cash instead of the date you actually made the payment. 1040ez 2012 form Payments on debt may require new allocation. 1040ez 2012 form   As you repay a debt used for more than one purpose, you must reallocate the balance. 1040ez 2012 form You must first reduce the amount allocated to personal purposes by the repayment. 1040ez 2012 form You then reallocate the rest of the debt to find what part is for investment purposes. 1040ez 2012 form Example 3. 1040ez 2012 form If, in Example 2 , you repay $500 on November 1, the entire repayment is applied against the amount allocated to personal purposes. 1040ez 2012 form The debt balance is now allocated as $8,000 for investment purposes and $1,500 for personal purposes. 1040ez 2012 form Until the next reallocation is necessary, 84% ($8,000 ÷ $9,500) of the debt and the interest expense is allocated to investment. 1040ez 2012 form Pass-through entities. 1040ez 2012 form   If you use borrowed funds to buy an interest in a partnership or S corporation, then the interest on those funds must be allocated based on the assets of the entity. 1040ez 2012 form If you contribute to the capital of the entity, you can make the allocation using any reasonable method. 1040ez 2012 form Additional allocation rules. 1040ez 2012 form   For more information about allocating interest expense, see chapter 4 of Publication 535. 1040ez 2012 form When To Deduct Investment Interest If you use the cash method of accounting, you must pay the interest before you can deduct it. 1040ez 2012 form If you use an accrual method of accounting, you can deduct interest over the period it accrues, regardless of when you pay it. 1040ez 2012 form For an exception, see Unpaid expenses owed to related party under When To Report Investment Expenses, later in this chapter. 1040ez 2012 form Example. 1040ez 2012 form You borrowed $1,000 on August 26, 2013, payable in 90 days at 12% interest. 1040ez 2012 form On November 26, 2013, you paid this with a new note for $1,030, due on February 26, 2014. 1040ez 2012 form If you use the cash method of accounting, you cannot deduct any part of the $30 interest on your return for 2013 because you did not actually pay it. 1040ez 2012 form If you use an accrual method, you may be able to deduct a portion of the interest on the loans through December 31, 2013, on your return for 2013. 1040ez 2012 form Interest paid in advance. 1040ez 2012 form   Generally, if you pay interest in advance for a period that goes beyond the end of the tax year, you must spread the interest over the tax years to which it belongs under the OID rules discussed in chapter 1. 1040ez 2012 form You can deduct in each year only the interest for that year. 1040ez 2012 form Interest on margin accounts. 1040ez 2012 form   If you are a cash method taxpayer, you can deduct interest on margin accounts to buy taxable securities as investment interest in the year you paid it. 1040ez 2012 form You are considered to have paid interest on these accounts only when you actually pay the broker or when payment becomes available to the broker through your account. 1040ez 2012 form Payment may become available to the broker through your account when the broker collects dividends or interest for your account, or sells securities held for you or received from you. 1040ez 2012 form   You cannot deduct any interest on money borrowed for personal reasons. 1040ez 2012 form Limit on interest deduction for market discount bonds. 1040ez 2012 form   The amount you can deduct for interest expense you paid or accrued during the year to buy or carry a market discount bond may be limited. 1040ez 2012 form This limit does not apply if you accrue the market discount and include it in your income currently. 1040ez 2012 form   Under this limit, the interest is deductible only to the extent it is more than: The total interest and OID includible in gross income for the bond for the year, plus The market discount for the number of days you held the bond during the year. 1040ez 2012 form Figure the amount in (2) above using the rules for figuring accrued market discount in chapter 1 under Market Discount Bonds . 1040ez 2012 form Interest not deducted due to limit. 1040ez 2012 form   In the year you dispose of the bond, you can deduct any interest expense you were not allowed to deduct in earlier years because of the limit. 1040ez 2012 form Choosing to deduct disallowed interest expense before the year of disposition. 1040ez 2012 form   You can choose to deduct disallowed interest expense in any year before the year you dispose of the bond, up to your net interest income from the bond during the year. 1040ez 2012 form The rest of the disallowed interest expense remains deductible in the year you dispose of the bond. 1040ez 2012 form Net interest income. 1040ez 2012 form   This is the interest income (including OID) from the bond that you include in income for the year, minus the interest expense paid or accrued during the year to purchase or carry the bond. 1040ez 2012 form Limit on interest deduction for short-term obligations. 1040ez 2012 form   If the current income inclusion rules discussed in chapter 1 under Discount on Short-Term Obligations do not apply to you, the amount you can deduct for interest expense you paid or accrued during the year to buy or carry a short-term obligation is limited. 1040ez 2012 form   The interest is deductible only to the extent it is more than: The amount of acquisition discount or OID on the obligation for the tax year, plus The amount of any interest payable on the obligation for the year that is not included in income because of your accounting method (other than interest taken into account in determining the amount of acquisition discount or OID). 1040ez 2012 form The method of determining acquisition discount and OID for short-term obligations is discussed in chapter 1 under Discount on Short-Term Obligations . 1040ez 2012 form Interest not deducted due to limit. 1040ez 2012 form   In the year you dispose of the obligation, or, if you choose, in another year in which you have net interest income from the obligation, you can deduct any interest expense you were not allowed to deduct for an earlier year because of the limit. 1040ez 2012 form Follow the same rules provided in the earlier discussion under Limit on interest deduction for market discount bonds , earlier. 1040ez 2012 form Limit on Deduction Generally, your deduction for investment interest expense is limited to your net investment income. 1040ez 2012 form You can carry over the amount of investment interest you could not deduct because of this limit to the next tax year. 1040ez 2012 form The interest carried over is treated as investment interest paid or accrued in that next year. 1040ez 2012 form You can carry over disallowed investment interest to the next tax year even if it is more than your taxable income in the year the interest was paid or accrued. 1040ez 2012 form Net Investment Income Determine the amount of your net investment income by subtracting your investment expenses (other than interest expense) from your investment income. 1040ez 2012 form Investment income. 1040ez 2012 form   This generally includes your gross income from property held for investment (such as interest, dividends, annuities, and royalties). 1040ez 2012 form Investment income does not include Alaska Permanent Fund dividends. 1040ez 2012 form It also does not include qualified dividends or net capital gain unless you choose to include them. 1040ez 2012 form Choosing to include qualified dividends. 1040ez 2012 form   Investment income generally does not include qualified dividends, discussed in chapter 1. 1040ez 2012 form However, you can choose to include all or part of your qualified dividends in investment income. 1040ez 2012 form   You make this choice by completing Form 4952, line 4g, according to its instructions. 1040ez 2012 form   If you choose to include any of your qualified dividends in investment income, you must reduce your qualified dividends that are eligible for the lower capital gains tax rates by the same amount. 1040ez 2012 form Choosing to include net capital gain. 1040ez 2012 form    Investment income generally does not include net capital gain from disposing of investment property (including capital gain distributions from mutual funds). 1040ez 2012 form However, you can choose to include all or part of your net capital gain in investment income. 1040ez 2012 form   You make this choice by completing Form 4952, line 4g, according to its instructions. 1040ez 2012 form   If you choose to include any of your net capital gain in investment income, you must reduce your net capital gain that is eligible for the lower capital gains tax rates by the same amount. 1040ez 2012 form   For more information about the capital gains rates, see Capital Gain Tax Rates in chapter 4. 1040ez 2012 form    Before making either choice, consider the overall effect on your tax liability. 1040ez 2012 form Compare your tax if you make one or both of these choices with your tax if you do not. 1040ez 2012 form Investment income of child reported on parent's return. 1040ez 2012 form   Investment income includes the part of your child's interest and dividend income you choose to report on your return. 1040ez 2012 form If the child does not have qualified dividends, Alaska Permanent Fund dividends, or capital gain distributions, this is the amount on line 6 of Form 8814. 1040ez 2012 form Include it on line 4a of Form 4952. 1040ez 2012 form Example. 1040ez 2012 form Your 8-year-old son has interest income of $2,200, which you choose to report on your own return. 1040ez 2012 form You enter $2,200 on Form 8814, lines 1a and 4, and $200 on lines 6 and 12 and complete Part II. 1040ez 2012 form Also enter $200 on Form 1040, line 21. 1040ez 2012 form Your investment income includes this $200. 1040ez 2012 form Child's qualified dividends. 1040ez 2012 form   If part of the amount you report is your child's qualified dividends, that part (which is reported on Form 1040, line 9b) generally does not count as investment income. 1040ez 2012 form However, you can choose to include all or part of it in investment income, as explained under Choosing to include qualified dividends , earlier. 1040ez 2012 form   Your investment income also includes the amount on Form 8814, line 12 (or, if applicable, the reduced amount figured next under Child's Alaska Permanent Fund dividends). 1040ez 2012 form Child's Alaska Permanent Fund dividends. 1040ez 2012 form   If part of the amount you report is your child's Alaska Permanent Fund dividends, that part does not count as investment income. 1040ez 2012 form To figure the amount of your child's income that you can consider your investment income, start with the amount on Form 8814, line 6. 1040ez 2012 form Multiply that amount by a percentage that is equal to the Alaska Permanent Fund dividends divided by the total amount on Form 8814, line 4. 1040ez 2012 form Subtract the result from the amount on Form 8814, line 12. 1040ez 2012 form Example. 1040ez 2012 form Your 10-year-old child has taxable interest income of $4,000 and Alaska Permanent Fund dividends of $2,000. 1040ez 2012 form You choose to report this on your return. 1040ez 2012 form You enter $4,000 on Form 8814, line 1a, $2,000 on line 2a, and $6,000 on line 4. 1040ez 2012 form You then enter $4,000 on Form 8814, lines 6 and 12, and Form 1040, line 21. 1040ez 2012 form You figure the amount of your child's income that you can consider your investment income as follows: $4,000 − ($4,000 × ($2,000 ÷ $6,000)) = $2,667 You include the result, $2,667, on Form 4952, line 4a. 1040ez 2012 form Child's capital gain distributions. 1040ez 2012 form   If part of the amount you report is your child's capital gain distributions, that part (which is reported on Schedule D (Form 1040), line 13, or Form 1040, line 13) generally does not count as investment income. 1040ez 2012 form However, you can choose to include all or part of it in investment income, as explained in Choosing to include net capital gain , earlier. 1040ez 2012 form   Your investment income also includes the amount on Form 8814, line 12 (or, if applicable, the reduced amount figured under Child's Alaska Permanent Fund dividends , earlier). 1040ez 2012 form Investment expenses. 1040ez 2012 form   Investment expenses are your allowed deductions (other than interest expense) directly connected with the production of investment income. 1040ez 2012 form Investment expenses that are included as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040) are allowable deductions after applying the 2% limit that applies to miscellaneous itemized deductions. 1040ez 2012 form Use the smaller of: The investment expenses included on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23, or The amount on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 27. 1040ez 2012 form See Expenses of Producing Income , later, for a discussion of the 2% limit. 1040ez 2012 form Losses from passive activities. 1040ez 2012 form   Income or expenses that you used in computing income or loss from a passive activity are not included in determining your investment income or investment expenses (including investment interest expense). 1040ez 2012 form See Publication 925 for information about passive activities. 1040ez 2012 form Example. 1040ez 2012 form Ted is a partner in a partnership that operates a business. 1040ez 2012 form However, he does not materially participate in the partnership's business. 1040ez 2012 form Ted's interest in the partnership is considered a passive activity. 1040ez 2012 form Ted's investment income from interest and dividends (other than qualified dividends) is $10,000. 1040ez 2012 form His investment expenses (other than interest) are $3,200 after taking into account the 2% limit on miscellaneous itemized deductions. 1040ez 2012 form His investment interest expense is $8,000. 1040ez 2012 form Ted also has income from the partnership of $2,000. 1040ez 2012 form Ted figures his net investment income and the limit on his investment interest expense deduction in the following way: Total investment income $10,000 Minus: Investment expenses (other than interest) 3,200 Net investment income $6,800 Deductible investment interest expense for the year $6,800 The $2,000 of income from the passive activity is not used in determining Ted's net investment income. 1040ez 2012 form His investment interest deduction for the year is limited to $6,800, the amount of his net investment income. 1040ez 2012 form Form 4952 Use Form 4952 to figure your deduction for investment interest. 1040ez 2012 form See Form 4952 for more information. 1040ez 2012 form Exception to use of Form 4952. 1040ez 2012 form   You do not have to complete Form 4952 or attach it to your return if you meet all of the following tests. 1040ez 2012 form Your investment interest expense is not more than your investment income from interest and ordinary dividends minus any qualified dividends. 1040ez 2012 form You do not have any other deductible investment expenses. 1040ez 2012 form You have no carryover of investment interest expense from 2012. 1040ez 2012 form   If you meet all of these tests, you can deduct all of your investment interest. 1040ez 2012 form    Bond Premium Amortization If you pay a premium to buy a bond, the premium is part of your basis in the bond. 1040ez 2012 form If the bond yields taxable interest, you can choose to amortize the premium. 1040ez 2012 form This generally means that each year, over the life of the bond, you use a part of the premium to reduce the amount of interest includible in your income. 1040ez 2012 form If you make this choice, you must reduce your basis in the bond by the amortization for the year. 1040ez 2012 form If the bond yields tax-exempt interest, you must amortize the premium. 1040ez 2012 form This amortized amount is not deductible in determining taxable income. 1040ez 2012 form However, each year you must reduce your basis in the bond (and tax-exempt interest otherwise reportable on Form 1040, line 8b) by the amortization for the year. 1040ez 2012 form Bond premium. 1040ez 2012 form   Bond premium is the amount by which your basis in the bond right after you get it is more than the total of all amounts payable on the bond after you get it (other than payments of qualified stated interest). 1040ez 2012 form For example, a bond with a maturity value of $1,000 generally would have a $50 premium if you buy it for $1,050. 1040ez 2012 form Special rules to determine amounts payable on a bond. 1040ez 2012 form   For special rules that apply to determine the amounts payable on a variable rate bond, an inflation-indexed debt instrument, a bond that provides for certain alternative payment schedules (for example, a bond callable prior to the stated maturity date of the bond), or a bond that provides for remote or incidental contingencies, see Regulations section 1. 1040ez 2012 form 171-3. 1040ez 2012 form Basis. 1040ez 2012 form   In general, your basis for figuring bond premium amortization is the same as your basis for figuring any loss on the sale of the bond. 1040ez 2012 form However, you may need to use a different basis for: Convertible bonds, Bonds you got in a trade, and Bonds whose basis has to be determined using the basis of the person who transferred the bond to you. 1040ez 2012 form See Regulations section 1. 1040ez 2012 form 171-1(e). 1040ez 2012 form Dealers. 1040ez 2012 form   A dealer in taxable bonds (or anyone who holds them mainly for sale to customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business or who would properly include bonds in inventory at the close of the tax year) cannot claim a deduction for amortizable bond premium. 1040ez 2012 form   See section 75 of the Internal Revenue Code for the treatment of bond premium by a dealer in tax-exempt bonds. 1040ez 2012 form How To Figure Amortization For bonds issued after September 27, 1985, you must amortize bond premium using a constant yield method on the basis of the bond's yield to maturity, determined by using the bond's basis and compounding at the close of each accrual period. 1040ez 2012 form Constant yield method. 1040ez 2012 form   Figure the bond premium amortization for each accrual period as follows. 1040ez 2012 form Step 1: Determine your yield. 1040ez 2012 form   Your yield is the discount rate that, when used in figuring the present value of all remaining payments to be made on the bond (including payments of qualified stated interest), produces an amount equal to your basis in the bond. 1040ez 2012 form Figure the yield as of the date you got the bond. 1040ez 2012 form It must be constant over the term of the bond and must be figured to at least two decimal places when expressed as a percentage. 1040ez 2012 form   If you do not know the yield, consult your broker or tax advisor. 1040ez 2012 form Databases available to them are likely to show the yield at the date of purchase. 1040ez 2012 form Step 2: Determine the accrual periods. 1040ez 2012 form   You can choose the accrual periods to use. 1040ez 2012 form They may be of any length and may vary in length over the term of the bond, but each accrual period can be no longer than 1 year and each scheduled payment of principal or interest must occur either on the first or the final day of an accrual period. 1040ez 2012 form The computation is simplest if accrual periods are the same as the intervals between interest payment dates. 1040ez 2012 form Step 3: Determine the bond premium for the accrual period. 1040ez 2012 form   To do this, multiply your adjusted acquisition price at the beginning of the accrual period by your yield. 1040ez 2012 form Then subtract the result from the qualified stated interest for the period. 1040ez 2012 form   Your adjusted acquisition price at the beginning of the first accrual period is the same as your basis. 1040ez 2012 form After that, it is your basis decreased by the amount of bond premium amortized for earlier periods and the amount of any payment previously made on the bond other than a payment of qualified stated interest. 1040ez 2012 form Example. 1040ez 2012 form On February 1, 2012, you bought a taxable bond for $110,000. 1040ez 2012 form The bond has a stated principal amount of $100,000, payable at maturity on February 1, 2019, making your premium $10,000 ($110,000 − $100,000). 1040ez 2012 form The bond pays qualified stated interest of $10,000 on February 1 of each year. 1040ez 2012 form Your yield is 8. 1040ez 2012 form 07439% compounded annually. 1040ez 2012 form You choose to use annual accrual periods ending on February 1 of each year. 1040ez 2012 form To find your bond premium amortization for the accrual period ending on February 1, 2013, you multiply the adjusted acquisition price at the beginning of the period ($110,000) by your yield. 1040ez 2012 form When you subtract the result ($8,881. 1040ez 2012 form 83) from the qualified stated interest for the period ($10,000), you find that your bond premium amortization for the period is $1,118. 1040ez 2012 form 17. 1040ez 2012 form Special rules to figure amortization. 1040ez 2012 form   For special rules to figure the bond premium amortization on a variable rate bond, an inflation-indexed debt instrument, a bond that provides for certain alternative payment schedules (for example, a bond callable prior to the stated maturity date of the bond), or a bond that provides for remote or incidental contingencies, see Regulations section 1. 1040ez 2012 form 171-3. 1040ez 2012 form Bonds Issued Before September 28, 1985 For these bonds, you can amortize bond premium using any reasonable method. 1040ez 2012 form Reasonable methods include: The straight-line method, and The Revenue Ruling 82-10 method. 1040ez 2012 form Straight-line method. 1040ez 2012 form   Under this method, the amount of your bond premium amortization is the same each month. 1040ez 2012 form Divide the number of months you held the bond during the year by the number of months from the beginning of the tax year (or, if later, the date of acquisition) to the date of maturity or earlier call date. 1040ez 2012 form Then multiply the result by the bond premium (reduced by any bond premium amortization claimed in earlier years). 1040ez 2012 form This gives you your bond premium amortization for the year. 1040ez 2012 form Revenue Ruling 82-10 method. 1040ez 2012 form   Under this method, the amount of your bond premium amortization increases each month over the life of the bond. 1040ez 2012 form This method is explained in Revenue Ruling 82-10, 1982-1 C. 1040ez 2012 form B. 1040ez 2012 form 46. 1040ez 2012 form Choosing To Amortize You choose to amortize the premium on taxable bonds by reporting the amortization for the year on your income tax return for the first tax year you want the choice to apply. 1040ez 2012 form You should attach a statement to your return that you are making this choice under section 171. 1040ez 2012 form See How To Report Amortization, next. 1040ez 2012 form This choice is binding for the year you make it and for later tax years. 1040ez 2012 form It applies to all taxable bonds you own in the year you make the choice and also to those you acquire in later years. 1040ez 2012 form You can change your decision to amortize bond premium only with the written approval of the IRS. 1040ez 2012 form To request approval, use Form 3115. 1040ez 2012 form For more information on requesting approval, see section 5 of the Appendix to Revenue Procedure 2011-14 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-4. 1040ez 2012 form You can find Revenue Procedure 2011-14 at www. 1040ez 2012 form irs. 1040ez 2012 form gov/irb/2011-04_IRB/ar08. 1040ez 2012 form html. 1040ez 2012 form How To Report Amortization Subtract the bond premium amortization from your interest income from these bonds. 1040ez 2012 form Report the bond's interest on Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040), line 1. 1040ez 2012 form Under your last entry on line 1, put a subtotal of all interest listed on line 1. 1040ez 2012 form Below this subtotal, print “ABP Adjustment,” and the total interest you received. 1040ez 2012 form Subtract this amount from the subtotal, and enter the result on line 2. 1040ez 2012 form Bond premium amortization more than interest. 1040ez 2012 form   If the amount of your bond premium amortization for an accrual period is more than the qualified stated interest for the period, you can deduct the difference as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. 1040ez 2012 form    But your deduction is limited to the amount by which your total interest inclusions on the bond in prior accrual periods is more than your total bond premium deductions on the bond in prior periods. 1040ez 2012 form Any amount you cannot deduct because of this limit can be carried forward to the next accrual period. 1040ez 2012 form Pre-1998 election to amortize bond premium. 1040ez 2012 form   Generally, if you first elected to amortize bond premium before 1998, the above treatment of the premium does not apply to bonds you acquired before 1988. 1040ez 2012 form Bonds acquired before October 23, 1986. 1040ez 2012 form   The amortization of the premium on these bonds is a miscellaneous itemized deduction not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. 1040ez 2012 form Bonds acquired after October 22, 1986, but before 1988. 1040ez 2012 form    The amortization of the premium on these bonds is investment interest expense subject to the investment interest limit, unless you choose to treat it as an offset to interest income on the bond. 1040ez 2012 form Expenses of Producing Income You deduct investment expenses (other than interest expenses) as miscellaneous itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). 1040ez 2012 form To be deductible, these expenses must be ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred: To produce or collect income, or To manage property held for producing income. 1040ez 2012 form The expenses must be directly related to the income or income-producing property, and the income must be taxable to you. 1040ez 2012 form The deduction for most income-producing expenses is subject to a 2% limit that also applies to certain other miscellaneous itemized deductions. 1040ez 2012 form The amount deductible is limited to the total of these miscellaneous deductions that is more than 2% of your adjusted gross income. 1040ez 2012 form For information on how to report expenses of producing income, see How To Report Investment Expenses , later. 1040ez 2012 form Attorney or accounting fees. 1040ez 2012 form   You can deduct attorney or accounting fees that are necessary to produce or collect taxable income. 1040ez 2012 form However, in some cases, attorney or accounting fees are part of the basis of property. 1040ez 2012 form See Basis of Investment Property in chapter 4. 1040ez 2012 form Automatic investment service and dividend reinvestment plans. 1040ez 2012 form   A bank may offer its checking account customers an automatic investment service so that, for a charge, each customer can choose to invest a part of the checking account each month in common stock. 1040ez 2012 form Or a bank that is a dividend disbursing agent for a number of publicly-owned corporations may set up an automatic dividend reinvestment service. 1040ez 2012 form Through that service, cash dividends are reinvested in more shares of stock after the bank deducts a service charge. 1040ez 2012 form   A corporation in which you own stock also may have a dividend reinvestment plan. 1040ez 2012 form This plan lets you choose to use your dividends to buy more shares of stock in the corporation instead of receiving the dividends in cash. 1040ez 2012 form   You can deduct the monthly service charge you pay to a bank to participate in an automatic investment service. 1040ez 2012 form If you participate in a dividend reinvestment plan, you can deduct any service charge subtracted from your cash dividends before the dividends are used to buy more shares of stock. 1040ez 2012 form Deduct the charges in the year you pay them. 1040ez 2012 form Clerical help and office rent. 1040ez 2012 form   You can deduct office expenses, such as rent and clerical help, you incurred in connection with your investments and collecting the taxable income on your investments. 1040ez 2012 form Cost of replacing missing securities. 1040ez 2012 form   To replace your taxable securities that are mislaid, lost, stolen, or destroyed, you may have to post an indemnity bond. 1040ez 2012 form You can deduct the premium you pay to buy the indemnity bond and the related incidental expenses. 1040ez 2012 form   You may, however, get a refund of part of the bond premium if the missing securities are recovered within a specified time. 1040ez 2012 form Under certain types of insurance policies, you can recover some of the expenses. 1040ez 2012 form   If you receive the refund in the tax year you pay the amounts, you can deduct only the difference between the expenses paid and the amount refunded. 1040ez 2012 form If the refund is made in a later tax year, you must include the refund in income in the year you received it, but only to the extent that the expenses decreased your tax in the year you deducted them. 1040ez 2012 form Fees to collect income. 1040ez 2012 form   You can deduct fees you pay to a broker, bank, trustee, or similar agent to collect investment income, such as your taxable bond or mortgage interest, or your dividends on shares of stock. 1040ez 2012 form Fees to buy or sell. 1040ez 2012 form   You cannot deduct a fee you pay to a broker to acquire investment property, such as stocks or bonds. 1040ez 2012 form You must add the fee to the cost of the property. 1040ez 2012 form See Basis of Investment Property in chapter 4. 1040ez 2012 form    You cannot deduct any broker's fees, commissions, or option premiums you pay (or that were netted out) in connection with the sale of investment property. 1040ez 2012 form They can be used only to figure gain or loss from the sale. 1040ez 2012 form See Reporting Capital Gains and Losses , in chapter 4, for more information about the treatment of these sale expenses. 1040ez 2012 form Investment counsel and advice. 1040ez 2012 form   You can deduct fees you pay for counsel and advice about investments that produce taxable income. 1040ez 2012 form This includes amounts you pay for investment advisory services. 1040ez 2012 form Safe deposit box rent. 1040ez 2012 form   You can deduct rent you pay for a safe deposit box if you use the box to store taxable income-producing stocks, bonds, or other investment-related papers and documents. 1040ez 2012 form If you also use the box to store tax-exempt securities or personal items, you can deduct only part of the rent. 1040ez 2012 form See Tax-exempt income under Nondeductible Expenses, later, to figure what part you can deduct. 1040ez 2012 form State and local transfer taxes. 1040ez 2012 form   You cannot deduct the state and local transfer taxes you pay when you buy or sell securities. 1040ez 2012 form If you pay these transfer taxes when you buy securities, you must treat them as part of the cost of the property. 1040ez 2012 form If you pay these transfer taxes when you sell securities, you must treat them as a reduction in the amount realized. 1040ez 2012 form Trustee's commissions for revocable trust. 1040ez 2012 form   If you set up a revocable trust and have its income distributed to you, you can deduct the commission you pay the trustee for managing the trust to the extent it is to produce or collect taxable income or to manage property. 1040ez 2012 form However, you cannot deduct any part of the commission used for producing or collecting tax-exempt income or for managing property that produces tax-exempt income. 1040ez 2012 form   If you are a cash-basis taxpayer and pay the commissions for several years in advance, you must deduct a part of the commission each year. 1040ez 2012 form You cannot deduct the entire amount in the year you pay it. 1040ez 2012 form Investment expenses from pass-through entities. 1040ez 2012 form   If you hold an interest in a partnership, S corporation, real estate mortgage investment conduit (REMIC), or a nonpublicly offered mutual fund, you can deduct your share of that entity's investment expenses. 1040ez 2012 form A partnership or S corporation will show your share of these expenses on your Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) or Schedule K-1 (Form 1120S). 1040ez 2012 form A nonpublicly offered mutual fund will indicate your share of these expenses in box 5 of Form 1099-DIV (or substitute statement). 1040ez 2012 form Publicly-offered mutual funds are discussed later. 1040ez 2012 form   If you hold an interest in a REMIC, any expenses relating to your residual interest investment will be shown on Schedule Q (Form 1066), line 3b. 1040ez 2012 form Any expenses relating to your regular interest investment will appear in box 5 of Form 1099-INT (or substitute statement) or box 9 of Form 1099-OID (or substitute statement). 1040ez 2012 form   Report your share of these investment expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), subject to the 2% limit, in the same manner as your other investment expenses. 1040ez 2012 form Including mutual fund or REMIC expenses in income. 1040ez 2012 form   Your share of the investment expenses of a REMIC or a nonpublicly offered mutual fund, as described above, are considered to be indirect deductions through that pass-through entity. 1040ez 2012 form You must include in your gross income an amount equal to the expenses allocated to you, whether or not you are able to claim a deduction for those expenses. 1040ez 2012 form If you are a shareholder in a nonpublicly offered mutual fund, you must include on your return the full amount of ordinary dividends or other distributions of stock, as shown in box 1a of Form 1099-DIV (or substitute statement). 1040ez 2012 form If you are a residual interest holder in a REMIC, you must report as ordinary income on Schedule E (Form 1040) the total amounts shown on Schedule Q (Form 1066), lines 1b and 3b. 1040ez 2012 form If you are a REMIC regular interest holder, you must include the amount of any expense allocation you received on Form 1040, line 8a. 1040ez 2012 form Publicly-offered mutual funds. 1040ez 2012 form   Most mutual funds are publicly offered. 1040ez 2012 form These mutual funds, generally, are traded on an established securities exchange. 1040ez 2012 form These funds do not pass investment expenses through to you. 1040ez 2012 form Instead, the dividend income they report to you in box 1a of Form 1099-DIV (or substitute statement) is already reduced by your share of investment expenses. 1040ez 2012 form As a result, you cannot deduct the expenses on your return. 1040ez 2012 form   Include the amount from box 1a of Form 1099-DIV (or substitute statement) in your income. 1040ez 2012 form    A publicly offered mutual fund is one that: Is continuously offered pursuant to a public offering, Is regularly traded on an established securities market, and Is held by or for no fewer than 500 persons at any time during the year. 1040ez 2012 form Contact your mutual fund if you are not sure whether it is publicly offered. 1040ez 2012 form Nondeductible Expenses Some expenses that you incur as an investor are not deductible. 1040ez 2012 form Stockholders' meetings. 1040ez 2012 form   You cannot deduct transportation and other expenses you pay to attend stockholders' meetings of companies in which you have no interest other than owning stock. 1040ez 2012 form This is true even if your purpose in attending is to get information that would be useful in making further investments. 1040ez 2012 form Investment-related seminar. 1040ez 2012 form   You cannot deduct expenses for attending a convention, seminar, or similar meeting for investment purposes. 1040ez 2012 form Single-premium life insurance, endowment, and annuity contracts. 1040ez 2012 form   You cannot deduct interest on money you borrow to buy or carry a single-premium life insurance, endowment, or annuity contract. 1040ez 2012 form Used as collateral. 1040ez 2012 form   If you use a single premium annuity contract as collateral to obtain or continue a mortgage loan, you cannot deduct any interest on the loan that is collateralized by the annuity contract. 1040ez 2012 form Figure the amount of interest expense disallowed by multiplying the current interest rate on the mortgage loan by the lesser of the amount of the annuity contract used as collateral or the amount of the loan. 1040ez 2012 form Borrowing on insurance. 1040ez 2012 form   Generally, you cannot deduct interest on money you borrow to buy or carry a life insurance, endowment, or annuity contract if you plan to systematically borrow part or all of the increases in the cash value of the contract. 1040ez 2012 form This rule applies to the interest on the total amount borrowed to buy or carry the contract, not just the interest on the borrowed increases in the cash value. 1040ez 2012 form Tax-exempt income. 1040ez 2012 form   You cannot deduct expenses you incur to produce tax-exempt income. 1040ez 2012 form Nor can you deduct interest on money you borrow to buy tax-exempt securities or shares in a mutual fund or other regulated investment company that distributes only exempt-interest dividends. 1040ez 2012 form Short-sale expenses. 1040ez 2012 form   The rule disallowing a deduction for interest expenses on tax-exempt securities applies to amounts you pay in connection with personal property used in a short sale or amounts paid by others for the use of any collateral in connection with the short sale. 1040ez 2012 form However, it does not apply to the expenses you incur if you deposit cash as collateral for the property used in the short sale and the cash does not earn a material return during the period of the sale. 1040ez 2012 form Short sales are discussed in Short Sales in chapter 4. 1040ez 2012 form Expenses for both tax-exempt and taxable income. 1040ez 2012 form   You may have expenses that are for both tax-exempt and taxable income. 1040ez 2012 form If you cannot specifically identify what part of the expenses is for each type of income, you can divide the expenses, using reasonable proportions based on facts and circumstances. 1040ez 2012 form You must attach a statement to your return showing how you divided the expenses and stating that each deduction claimed is not based on tax-exempt income. 1040ez 2012 form   One accepted method for dividing expenses is to do it in the same proportion that each type of income is to the total income. 1040ez 2012 form If the expenses relate in part to capital gains and losses, include the gains, but not the losses, in figuring this proportion. 1040ez 2012 form To find the part of the expenses that is for the tax-exempt income, divide your tax-exempt income by the total income and multiply your expenses by the result. 1040ez 2012 form Example. 1040ez 2012 form You received $6,000 interest; $4,800 was tax-exempt and $1,200 was taxable. 1040ez 2012 form In earning this income, you had $500 of expenses. 1040ez 2012 form You cannot specifically identify the amount of each expense item that is for each income item, so you must divide your expenses. 1040ez 2012 form 80% ($4,800 tax-exempt interest divided by $6,000 total interest) of your expenses is for the tax-exempt income. 1040ez 2012 form You cannot deduct $400 (80% of $500) of the expenses. 1040ez 2012 form You can deduct $100 (the rest of the expenses) because they are for the taxable interest. 1040ez 2012 form State income taxes. 1040ez 2012 form   If you itemize your deductions, you can deduct, as taxes, state income taxes on interest income that is exempt from federal income tax. 1040ez 2012 form But you cannot deduct, as either taxes or investment expenses, state income taxes on other exempt income. 1040ez 2012 form Interest expense and carrying charges on straddles. 1040ez 2012 form   You cannot deduct interest and carrying charges allocable to personal property that is part of a straddle. 1040ez 2012 form The nondeductible interest and carrying charges are added to the basis of the straddle property. 1040ez 2012 form However, this treatment does not apply if: All the offsetting positions making up the straddle either consist of one or more qualified covered call options and the optioned stock, or consist of section 1256 contracts (and the straddle is not part of a larger straddle); or The straddle is a hedging transaction. 1040ez 2012 form  For information about straddles, including definitions of the terms used in this discussion, see Straddles in chapter 4. 1040ez 2012 form   Interest includes any amount you pay or incur in connection with personal property used in a short sale. 1040ez 2012 form However, you must first apply the rules discussed in Payments in lieu of dividends under Short Sales in chapter 4. 1040ez 2012 form   To determine the interest on market discount bonds and short-term obligations that are part of a straddle, you must first apply the rules discussed under Limit on interest deduction for market discount bonds and Limit on interest deduction for short-term obligations (both under Interest Expenses, earlier). 1040ez 2012 form Nondeductible amount. 1040ez 2012 form   Figure the nondeductible interest and carrying charges on straddle property as follows. 1040ez 2012 form Add: Interest on indebtedness incurred or continued to buy or carry the personal property, and All other amounts (including charges to insure, store, or transport the personal property) paid or incurred to carry the personal property. 1040ez 2012 form Subtract from the amount in (1): Interest (including OID) includible in gross income for the year on the personal property, Any income from the personal property treated as ordinary income on the disposition of short-term government obligations or as ordinary income under the market discount and short-term bond provisions — see Discount on Debt Instruments in chapter 1, The dividends includible in gross income for the year from the personal property, and Any payment on a loan of the personal property for use in a short sale that is includible in gross income. 1040ez 2012 form Basis adjustment. 1040ez 2012 form   Add the nondeductible amount to the basis of your straddle property. 1040ez 2012 form How To Report Investment Expenses To deduct your investment expenses, you must itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). 1040ez 2012 form Enter your deductible investment interest expense on Schedule A (Form1040), line 14. 1040ez 2012 form Include any deductible short sale expenses. 1040ez 2012 form (See Short Sales in chapter 4 for information on these expenses. 1040ez 2012 form ) Also attach a completed Form 4952 if you used that form to figure your investment interest expense. 1040ez 2012 form Enter the total amount of your other investment expenses (other than interest expenses) on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23. 1040ez 2012 form List the type and amount of each expense on the dotted lines next to line 23. 1040ez 2012 form (If necessary, you can show the required information on an attached statement. 1040ez 2012 form ) For information on how to report amortizable bond premium, see Bond Premium Amortization , earlier in this chapter. 1040ez 2012 form When To Report Investment Expenses If you use the cash method to report income and expenses, you generally deduct your expenses, except for certain prepaid interest, in the year you pay them. 1040ez 2012 form If you use an accrual method, you generally deduct your expenses when you incur a liability for them, rather than when you pay them. 1040ez 2012 form Also see When To Deduct Investment Interest , earlier in this chapter. 1040ez 2012 form Unpaid expenses owed to related party. 1040ez 2012 form   If you use an accrual method, you cannot deduct interest and other expenses owed to a related cash-basis person until payment is made and the amount is includible in the gross income of that person. 1040ez 2012 form The relationship, for purposes of this rule, is determined as of the end of the tax year for which the interest or expense would otherwise be deductible. 1040ez 2012 form If a deduction is denied under this rule, this rule will continue to apply even if your relationship with the person ceases to exist before the amount is includible in the gross income of that person. 1040ez 2012 form   This rule generally applies to those relationships listed in chapter 4 under Related Party Transactions . 1040ez 2012 form It also applies to accruals by partnerships to partners, partners to partnerships, shareholders to S corporations, and S corporations to shareholders. 1040ez 2012 form   The postponement of deductions for unpaid expenses and interest under the related party rule does not apply to OID, regardless of when payment is made. 1040ez 2012 form This rule also does not apply to loans with below-market interest rates or to certain payments for the use of property and services when the lender or recipient has to include payments periodically in income, even if a payment has not been made. 1040ez 2012 form Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications