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2005 tax return software free Publication 547 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. 2005 tax return software free Tax questions. 2005 tax return software free Useful Items - You may want to see: What's New Section C of Form 4684 for Ponzi-type investment schemes. 2005 tax return software free  Section C of Form 4684 is new for 2013. 2005 tax return software free You must complete Section C if you are claiming a theft loss deduction due to a Ponzi-type investment scheme and are using Revenue Procedure 2009-20, as modified by Revenue Procedure 2011-58. 2005 tax return software free Section C of Form 4684 replaces Appendix A in Revenue Procedure 2009-20. 2005 tax return software free You do not need to complete Appendix A. 2005 tax return software free For details, see Losses from Ponzi-type investment schemes , later. 2005 tax return software free Reminders Future developments. 2005 tax return software free   For the 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accident, or similar event. 2005 tax return software free A theft occurs when someone steals your property. 2005 tax return software free A loss on deposits occurs when your financial institution becomes insolvent or bankrupt. 2005 tax return software free This publication discusses the following topics. 2005 tax return software free Definitions of a casualty, theft, and loss on deposits. 2005 tax return software free How to figure the amount of your gain or loss. 2005 tax return software free How to treat insurance and other reimbursements you receive. 2005 tax return software free The deduction limits. 2005 tax return software free When and how to report a casualty or theft. 2005 tax return software free The special rules for disaster area losses. 2005 tax return software free Forms to file. 2005 tax return software free   Generally, when you have a casualty or theft, you have to file Form 4684. 2005 tax return software free You may also have to file one or more of the following forms. 2005 tax return software free Schedule A (Form 1040). 2005 tax return software free Form 1040NR, Schedule A (for nonresident aliens). 2005 tax return software free Schedule D. 2005 tax return software free Form 4797. 2005 tax return software free For details on which form to use, see How To Report Gains and Losses , later. 2005 tax return software free Condemnations. 2005 tax return software free   For information on condemnations of property, see Involuntary Conversions in chapter 1 of Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets. 2005 tax return software free Workbooks for casualties and thefts. 2005 tax return software free   Publication 584, Casualty, Disaster, and Theft Loss Workbook (Personal-Use Property), is available to help you make a list of your stolen or damaged personal-use property and figure your loss. 2005 tax return software free It includes schedules to help you figure the loss on your home and its contents, and your motor vehicles. 2005 tax return 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2005 tax return software free 8. 2005 tax return software free   Business Expenses Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Bad DebtsAccrual method. 2005 tax return software free Cash method. 2005 tax return software free Car and Truck ExpensesOffice in the home. 2005 tax return software free Methods for Deducting Car and Truck Expenses Reimbursing Your Employees for Expenses Depreciation Employees' PayFringe benefits. 2005 tax return software free InsuranceHow to figure the deduction. 2005 tax return software free Interest Legal and Professional FeesTax preparation fees. 2005 tax return software free Pension Plans Rent Expense Taxes Travel, Meals, and EntertainmentTransportation. 2005 tax return software free Taxi, commuter bus, and limousine. 2005 tax return software free Baggage and shipping. 2005 tax return software free Car or truck. 2005 tax return software free Meals and lodging. 2005 tax return software free Cleaning. 2005 tax return software free Telephone. 2005 tax return software free Tips. 2005 tax return software free More information. 2005 tax return software free Business Use of Your HomeExceptions to exclusive use. 2005 tax return software free Other Expenses You Can Deduct Expenses You Cannot Deduct Introduction You can deduct the costs of operating your business. 2005 tax return software free These costs are known as business expenses. 2005 tax return software free These are costs you do not have to capitalize or include in the cost of goods sold but can deduct in the current year. 2005 tax return software free To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. 2005 tax return software free An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business. 2005 tax return software free A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your business. 2005 tax return software free An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary. 2005 tax return software free For more information about the general rules for deducting business expenses, see chapter 1 in Publication 535, Business Expenses. 2005 tax return software free If you have an expense that is partly for business and partly personal, separate the personal part from the business part. 2005 tax return software free The personal part is not deductible. 2005 tax return software free Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 535 Business Expenses 946 How To Depreciate Property See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. 2005 tax return software free Bad Debts If someone owes you money you cannot collect, you have a bad debt. 2005 tax return software free There are two kinds of bad debts, business bad debts and nonbusiness bad debts. 2005 tax return software free A business bad debt is generally one that comes from operating your trade or business. 2005 tax return software free You may be able to deduct business bad debts as an expense on your business tax return. 2005 tax return software free Business bad debt. 2005 tax return software free   A business bad debt is a loss from the worthlessness of a debt that was either of the following. 2005 tax return software free Created or acquired in your business. 2005 tax return software free Closely related to your business when it became partly or totally worthless. 2005 tax return software free A debt is closely related to your business if your primary motive for incurring the debt is a business reason. 2005 tax return software free   Business bad debts are mainly the result of credit sales to customers. 2005 tax return software free They can also be the result of loans to suppliers, clients, employees, or distributors. 2005 tax return software free Goods and services customers have not paid for are shown in your books as either accounts receivable or notes receivable. 2005 tax return software free If you are unable to collect any part of these accounts or notes receivable, the uncollectible part is a business bad debt. 2005 tax return software free    You can take a bad debt deduction for these accounts and notes receivable only if the amount you were owed was included in your gross income either for the year the deduction is claimed or for a prior year. 2005 tax return software free Accrual method. 2005 tax return software free   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you normally report income as you earn it. 2005 tax return software free You can take a bad debt deduction for an uncollectible receivable if you have included the uncollectible amount in income. 2005 tax return software free Cash method. 2005 tax return software free   If you use the cash method of accounting, you normally report income when you receive payment. 2005 tax return software free You cannot take a bad debt deduction for amounts owed to you that you have not received and cannot collect if you never included those amounts in income. 2005 tax return software free More information. 2005 tax return software free   For more information about business bad debts, see chapter 10 in Publication 535. 2005 tax return software free Nonbusiness bad debts. 2005 tax return software free   All other bad debts are nonbusiness bad debts and are deductible as short-term capital losses on Form 8949 and Schedule D (Form 1040). 2005 tax return software free For more information on nonbusiness bad debts, see Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. 2005 tax return software free Car and Truck Expenses If you use your car or truck in your business, you may be able to deduct the costs of operating and maintaining your vehicle. 2005 tax return software free You also may be able to deduct other costs of local transportation and traveling away from home overnight on business. 2005 tax return software free You may qualify for a tax credit for qualified plug-in electric vehicles, qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles, and alternative motor vehicles you place in service during the year. 2005 tax return software free See Form 8936 and Form 8910 for more information. 2005 tax return software free Local transportation expenses. 2005 tax return software free   Local transportation expenses include the ordinary and necessary costs of all the following. 2005 tax return software free Getting from one workplace to another in the course of your business or profession when you are traveling within the city or general area that is your tax home. 2005 tax return software free Tax home is defined later. 2005 tax return software free Visiting clients or customers. 2005 tax return software free Going to a business meeting away from your regular workplace. 2005 tax return software free Getting from your home to a temporary workplace when you have one or more regular places of work. 2005 tax return software free These temporary workplaces can be either within the area of your tax home or outside that area. 2005 tax return software free Local business transportation does not include expenses you have while traveling away from home overnight. 2005 tax return software free Those expenses are deductible as travel expenses and are discussed later under Travel, Meals, and Entertainment. 2005 tax return software free However, if you use your car while traveling away from home overnight, use the rules in this section to figure your car expense deduction. 2005 tax return software free   Generally, your tax home is your regular place of business, regardless of where you maintain your family home. 2005 tax return software free It includes the entire city or general area in which your business or work is located. 2005 tax return software free Example. 2005 tax return software free You operate a printing business out of rented office space. 2005 tax return software free You use your van to deliver completed jobs to your customers. 2005 tax return software free You can deduct the cost of round-trip transportation between your customers and your print shop. 2005 tax return software free    You cannot deduct the costs of driving your car or truck between your home and your main or regular workplace. 2005 tax return software free These costs are personal commuting expenses. 2005 tax return software free Office in the home. 2005 tax return software free   Your workplace can be your home if you have an office in your home that qualifies as your principal place of business. 2005 tax return software free For more information, see Business Use of Your Home, later. 2005 tax return software free Example. 2005 tax return software free You are a graphics designer. 2005 tax return software free You operate your business out of your home. 2005 tax return software free Your home qualifies as your principal place of business. 2005 tax return software free You occasionally have to drive to your clients to deliver your completed work. 2005 tax return software free You can deduct the cost of the round-trip transportation between your home and your clients. 2005 tax return software free Methods for Deducting Car and Truck Expenses For local transportation or overnight travel by car or truck, you generally can use one of the following methods to figure your expenses. 2005 tax return software free Standard mileage rate. 2005 tax return software free Actual expenses. 2005 tax return software free Standard mileage rate. 2005 tax return software free   You may be able to use the standard mileage rate to figure the deductible costs of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for business purposes. 2005 tax return software free For 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. 2005 tax return software free 5 cents per mile. 2005 tax return software free    If you choose to use the standard mileage rate for a year, you cannot deduct your actual expenses for that year except for business-related parking fees and tolls. 2005 tax return software free Choosing the standard mileage rate. 2005 tax return software free   If you want to use the standard mileage rate for a car or truck you own, you must choose to use it in the first year the car is available for use in your business. 2005 tax return software free In later years, you can choose to use either the standard mileage rate or actual expenses. 2005 tax return software free   If you use the standard mileage rate for a car you lease, you must choose to use it for the entire lease period (including renewals). 2005 tax return software free Standard mileage rate not allowed. 2005 tax return software free   You cannot use the standard mileage rate if you: Operate five or more cars at the same time, Claimed a depreciation deduction using any method other than straight line, for example, ACRS or MACRS, Claimed a section 179 deduction on the car, Claimed the special depreciation allowance on the car, Claimed actual car expenses for a car you leased, or Are a rural mail carrier who received a qualified reimbursement. 2005 tax return software free Parking fees and tolls. 2005 tax return software free   In addition to using the standard mileage rate, you can deduct any business-related parking fees and tolls. 2005 tax return software free (Parking fees you pay to park your car at your place of work are nondeductible commuting expenses. 2005 tax return software free ) Actual expenses. 2005 tax return software free   If you do not choose to use the standard mileage rate, you may be able to deduct your actual car or truck expenses. 2005 tax return software free    If you qualify to use both methods, figure your deduction both ways to see which gives you a larger deduction. 2005 tax return software free   Actual car expenses include the costs of the following items. 2005 tax return software free Depreciation Lease payments Registration Garage rent Licenses Repairs Gas Oil Tires Insurance Parking fees Tolls   If you use your vehicle for both business and personal purposes, you must divide your expenses between business and personal use. 2005 tax return software free You can divide your expenses based on the miles driven for each purpose. 2005 tax return software free Example. 2005 tax return software free You are the sole proprietor of a flower shop. 2005 tax return software free You drove your van 20,000 miles during the year. 2005 tax return software free 16,000 miles were for delivering flowers to customers and 4,000 miles were for personal use (including commuting miles). 2005 tax return software free You can claim only 80% (16,000 ÷ 20,000) of the cost of operating your van as a business expense. 2005 tax return software free More information. 2005 tax return software free   For more information about the rules for claiming car and truck expenses, see Publication 463. 2005 tax return software free Reimbursing Your Employees for Expenses You generally can deduct the amount you reimburse your employees for car and truck expenses. 2005 tax return software free The reimbursement you deduct and the manner in which you deduct it depend in part on whether you reimburse the expenses under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. 2005 tax return software free For details, see chapter 11 in Publication 535. 2005 tax return software free That chapter explains accountable and nonaccountable plans and tells you whether to report the reimbursement on your employee's Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. 2005 tax return software free Depreciation If property you acquire to use in your business is expected to last more than 1 year, you generally cannot deduct the entire cost as a business expense in the year you acquire it. 2005 tax return software free You must spread the cost over more than 1 tax year and deduct part of it each year on Schedule C. 2005 tax return software free This method of deducting the cost of business property is called depreciation. 2005 tax return software free The discussion here is brief. 2005 tax return software free You will find more information about depreciation in Publication 946. 2005 tax return software free What property can be depreciated?   You can depreciate property if it meets all the following requirements. 2005 tax return software free It must be property you own. 2005 tax return software free It must be used in business or held to produce income. 2005 tax return software free You never can depreciate inventory (explained in chapter 2) because it is not held for use in your business. 2005 tax return software free It must have a useful life that extends substantially beyond the year it is placed in service. 2005 tax return software free It must have a determinable useful life, which means that it must be something that wears out, decays, gets used up, becomes obsolete, or loses its value from natural causes. 2005 tax return software free You never can depreciate the cost of land because land does not wear out, become obsolete, or get used up. 2005 tax return software free It must not be excepted property. 2005 tax return software free This includes property placed in service and disposed of in the same year. 2005 tax return software free Repairs. 2005 tax return software free    You cannot depreciate repairs and replacements that do not increase the value of your property, make it more useful, or lengthen its useful life. 2005 tax return software free You can deduct these amounts on line 21 of Schedule C or line 2 of Schedule C-EZ. 2005 tax return software free Depreciation method. 2005 tax return software free   The method for depreciating most business and investment property placed in service after 1986 is called the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS). 2005 tax return software free MACRS is discussed in detail in Publication 946. 2005 tax return software free Section 179 deduction. 2005 tax return software free   You can elect to deduct a limited amount of the cost of certain depreciable property in the year you place the property in service. 2005 tax return software free This deduction is known as the “section 179 deduction. 2005 tax return software free ” The maximum amount you can elect to deduct during 2013 is generally $500,000 (higher limits apply to certain property). 2005 tax return software free See IRC 179(e). 2005 tax return software free   This limit is generally reduced by the amount by which the cost of the property placed in service during the tax year exceeds $2 million. 2005 tax return software free The total amount of depreciation (including the section 179 deduction) you can take for a passenger automobile you use in your business and first place in service in 2013 is $3,160 ($11,160 if you take the special depreciation allowance for qualified passenger automobiles placed in service in 2013). 2005 tax return software free Special rules apply to trucks and vans. 2005 tax return software free For more information, see Publication 946. 2005 tax return software free It explains what property qualifies for the deduction, what limits apply to the deduction, and when and how to recapture the deduction. 2005 tax return software free    Your section 179 election for the cost of any sport utility vehicle (SUV) and certain other vehicles is limited to $25,000. 2005 tax return software free For more information, see the Instructions for Form 4562 or Publication 946. 2005 tax return software free Listed property. 2005 tax return software free   You must follow special rules and recordkeeping requirements when depreciating listed property. 2005 tax return software free Listed property is any of the following. 2005 tax return software free Most passenger automobiles. 2005 tax return software free Most other property used for transportation. 2005 tax return software free Any property of a type generally used for entertainment, recreation, or amusement. 2005 tax return software free Certain computers and related peripheral equipment. 2005 tax return software free   For more information about listed property, see Publication 946. 2005 tax return software free Form 4562. 2005 tax return software free   Use Form 4562, Depreciation and Amortization, if you are claiming any of the following. 2005 tax return software free Depreciation on property placed in service during the current tax year. 2005 tax return software free A section 179 deduction. 2005 tax return software free Depreciation on any listed property (regardless of when it was placed in service). 2005 tax return software free    If you have to use Form 4562, you must file Schedule C. 2005 tax return software free You cannot use Schedule C-EZ. 2005 tax return software free   Employees' Pay You can generally deduct on Schedule C the pay you give your employees for the services they perform for your business. 2005 tax return software free The pay may be in cash, property, or services. 2005 tax return software free To be deductible, your employees' pay must be an ordinary and necessary expense and you must pay or incur it in the tax year. 2005 tax return software free In addition, the pay must meet both the following tests. 2005 tax return software free The pay must be reasonable. 2005 tax return software free The pay must be for services performed. 2005 tax return software free Chapter 2 in Publication 535 explains and defines these requirements. 2005 tax return software free You cannot deduct your own salary or any personal withdrawals you make from your business. 2005 tax return software free As a sole proprietor, you are not an employee of the business. 2005 tax return software free If you had employees during the year, you must use Schedule C. 2005 tax return software free You cannot use Schedule C-EZ. 2005 tax return software free Kinds of pay. 2005 tax return software free   Some of the ways you may provide pay to your employees are listed below. 2005 tax return software free For an explanation of each of these items, see chapter 2 in Publication 535. 2005 tax return software free Awards. 2005 tax return software free Bonuses. 2005 tax return software free Education expenses. 2005 tax return software free Fringe benefits (discussed later). 2005 tax return software free Loans or advances you do not expect the employee to repay if they are for personal services actually performed. 2005 tax return software free Property you transfer to an employee as payment for services. 2005 tax return software free Reimbursements for employee business expenses. 2005 tax return software free Sick pay. 2005 tax return software free Vacation pay. 2005 tax return software free Fringe benefits. 2005 tax return software free   A fringe benefit is a form of pay for the performance of services. 2005 tax return software free The following are examples of fringe benefits. 2005 tax return software free Benefits under qualified employee benefit programs. 2005 tax return software free Meals and lodging. 2005 tax return software free The use of a car. 2005 tax return software free Flights on airplanes. 2005 tax return software free Discounts on property or services. 2005 tax return software free Memberships in country clubs or other social clubs. 2005 tax return software free Tickets to entertainment or sporting events. 2005 tax return software free   Employee benefit programs include the following. 2005 tax return software free Accident and health plans. 2005 tax return software free Adoption assistance. 2005 tax return software free Cafeteria plans. 2005 tax return software free Dependent care assistance. 2005 tax return software free Educational assistance. 2005 tax return software free Group-term life insurance coverage. 2005 tax return software free Welfare benefit funds. 2005 tax return software free   You can generally deduct the cost of fringe benefits you provide on your Schedule C in whatever category the cost falls. 2005 tax return software free For example, if you allow an employee to use a car or other property you lease, deduct the cost of the lease as a rent or lease expense. 2005 tax return software free If you own the property, include your deduction for its cost or other basis as a section 179 deduction or a depreciation deduction. 2005 tax return software free    You may be able to exclude all or part of the fringe benefits you provide from your employees' wages. 2005 tax return software free For more information about fringe benefits and the exclusion of benefits, see Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits. 2005 tax return software free Insurance You can generally deduct premiums you pay for the following kinds of insurance related to your business. 2005 tax return software free Fire, theft, flood, or similar insurance. 2005 tax return software free Credit insurance that covers losses from business bad debts. 2005 tax return software free Group hospitalization and medical insurance for employees, including long-term care insurance. 2005 tax return software free Liability insurance. 2005 tax return software free Malpractice insurance that covers your personal liability for professional negligence resulting in injury or damage to patients or clients. 2005 tax return software free Workers' compensation insurance set by state law that covers any claims for bodily injuries or job-related diseases suffered by employees in your business, regardless of fault. 2005 tax return software free Contributions to a state unemployment insurance fund are deductible as taxes if they are considered taxes under state law. 2005 tax return software free Overhead insurance that pays for business overhead expenses you have during long periods of disability caused by your injury or sickness. 2005 tax return software free Car and other vehicle insurance that covers vehicles used in your business for liability, damages, and other losses. 2005 tax return software free If you operate a vehicle partly for personal use, deduct only the part of the insurance premium that applies to the business use of the vehicle. 2005 tax return software free If you use the standard mileage rate to figure your car expenses, you cannot deduct any car insurance premiums. 2005 tax return software free Life insurance covering your employees if you are not directly or indirectly the beneficiary under the contract. 2005 tax return software free Business interruption insurance that pays for lost profits if your business is shut down due to a fire or other cause. 2005 tax return software free Nondeductible premiums. 2005 tax return software free   You cannot deduct premiums on the following kinds of insurance. 2005 tax return software free Self-insurance reserve funds. 2005 tax return software free You cannot deduct amounts credited to a reserve set up for self-insurance. 2005 tax return software free This applies even if you cannot get business insurance coverage for certain business risks. 2005 tax return software free However, your actual losses may be deductible. 2005 tax return software free For more information, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. 2005 tax return software free Loss of earnings. 2005 tax return software free You cannot deduct premiums for a policy that pays for your lost earnings due to sickness or disability. 2005 tax return software free However, see item (8) in the previous list. 2005 tax return software free Certain life insurance and annuities. 2005 tax return software free For contracts issued before June 9, 1997, you cannot deduct the premiums on a life insurance policy covering you, an employee, or any person with a financial interest in your business if you are directly or indirectly a beneficiary of the policy. 2005 tax return software free You are included among possible beneficiaries of the policy if the policy owner is obligated to repay a loan from you using the proceeds of the policy. 2005 tax return software free A person has a financial interest in your business if the person is an owner or part owner of the business or has lent money to the business. 2005 tax return software free For contracts issued after June 8, 1997, you generally cannot deduct the premiums on any life insurance policy, endowment contract, or annuity contract if you are directly or indirectly a beneficiary. 2005 tax return software free The disallowance applies without regard to whom the policy covers. 2005 tax return software free Insurance to secure a loan. 2005 tax return software free If you take out a policy on your life or on the life of another person with a financial interest in your business to get or protect a business loan, you cannot deduct the premiums as a business expense. 2005 tax return software free Nor can you deduct the premiums as interest on business loans or as an expense of financing loans. 2005 tax return software free In the event of death, the proceeds of the policy are not taxed as income even if they are used to liquidate the debt. 2005 tax return software free Self-employed health insurance deduction. 2005 tax return software free   You may be able to deduct the amount you paid for medical and dental insurance and qualified long-term care insurance for you and your family. 2005 tax return software free How to figure the deduction. 2005 tax return software free   Generally, you can use the worksheet in the Form 1040 instructions to figure your deduction. 2005 tax return software free However, if any of the following apply, you must use the worksheet in chapter 6 of Publication 535. 2005 tax return software free You have more than one source of income subject to self-employment tax. 2005 tax return software free You file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income). 2005 tax return software free You are using amounts paid for qualified long-term care insurance to figure the deduction. 2005 tax return software free Prepayment. 2005 tax return software free   You cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. 2005 tax return software free This rule applies to any expense paid far enough in advance to, in effect, create an asset with a useful life extending substantially beyond the end of the current tax year. 2005 tax return software free Example. 2005 tax return software free In 2013, you signed a 3-year insurance contract. 2005 tax return software free Even though you paid the premiums for 2013, 2014, and 2015 when you signed the contract, you can only deduct the premium for 2013 on your 2013 tax return. 2005 tax return software free You can deduct in 2014 and 2015 the premium allocable to those years. 2005 tax return software free More information. 2005 tax return software free   For more information about deducting insurance, see chapter 6 in Publication 535. 2005 tax return software free Interest You can generally deduct as a business expense all interest you pay or accrue during the tax year on debts related to your business. 2005 tax return software free Interest relates to your business if you use the proceeds of the loan for a business expense. 2005 tax return software free It does not matter what type of property secures the loan. 2005 tax return software free You can deduct interest on a debt only if you meet all of the following requirements. 2005 tax return software free You are legally liable for that debt. 2005 tax return software free Both you and the lender intend that the debt be repaid. 2005 tax return software free You and the lender have a true debtor-creditor relationship. 2005 tax return software free You cannot deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the interest you paid on personal loans. 2005 tax return software free If a loan is part business and part personal, you must divide the interest between the personal part and the business part. 2005 tax return software free Example. 2005 tax return software free In 2013, you paid $600 interest on a car loan. 2005 tax return software free During 2013, you used the car 60% for business and 40% for personal purposes. 2005 tax return software free You are claiming actual expenses on the car. 2005 tax return software free You can only deduct $360 (60% × $600) for 2013 on Schedule C or C-EZ. 2005 tax return software free The remaining interest of $240 is a nondeductible personal expense. 2005 tax return software free More information. 2005 tax return software free   For more information about deducting interest, see chapter 4 in Publication 535. 2005 tax return software free That chapter explains the following items. 2005 tax return software free Interest you can deduct. 2005 tax return software free Interest you cannot deduct. 2005 tax return software free How to allocate interest between personal and business use. 2005 tax return software free When to deduct interest. 2005 tax return software free The rules for a below-market interest rate loan. 2005 tax return software free (This is generally a loan on which no interest is charged or on which interest is charged at a rate below the applicable federal rate. 2005 tax return software free ) Legal and Professional Fees Legal and professional fees, such as fees charged by accountants, that are ordinary and necessary expenses directly related to operating your business are deductible on Schedule C or C-EZ. 2005 tax return software free However, you usually cannot deduct legal fees you pay to acquire business assets. 2005 tax return software free Add them to the basis of the property. 2005 tax return software free If the fees include payments for work of a personal nature (such as making a will), you can take a business deduction only for the part of the fee related to your business. 2005 tax return software free The personal part of legal fees for producing or collecting taxable income, doing or keeping your job, or for tax advice may be deductible on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize deductions. 2005 tax return software free For more information, see Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. 2005 tax return software free Tax preparation fees. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the cost of preparing that part of your tax return relating to your business as a sole proprietor or statutory employee. 2005 tax return software free You can deduct the remaining cost on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. 2005 tax return software free   You can also deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the amount you pay or incur in resolving asserted tax deficiencies for your business as a sole proprietor or statutory employee. 2005 tax return software free Pension Plans You can set up and maintain the following small business retirement plans for yourself and your employees. 2005 tax return software free SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) plans. 2005 tax return software free SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) plans. 2005 tax return software free Qualified plans (including Keogh or H. 2005 tax return software free R. 2005 tax return software free 10 plans). 2005 tax return software free SEP, SIMPLE, and qualified plans offer you and your employees a tax favored way to save for retirement. 2005 tax return software free You can deduct contributions you make to the plan for your employees on line 19 of Schedule C. 2005 tax return software free If you are a sole proprietor, you can deduct contributions you make to the plan for yourself on line 28 of Form 1040. 2005 tax return software free You can also deduct trustees' fees if contributions to the plan do not cover them. 2005 tax return software free Earnings on the contributions are generally tax free until you or your employees receive distributions from the plan. 2005 tax return software free You may also be able to claim a tax credit of 50% of the first $1,000 of qualified startup costs if you begin a new qualified defined benefit or defined contribution plan (including a 401(k) plan), SIMPLE plan, or simplified employee pension. 2005 tax return software free Under certain plans, employees can have you contribute limited amounts of their before-tax pay to a plan. 2005 tax return software free These amounts (and earnings on them) are generally tax free until your employees receive distributions from the plan. 2005 tax return software free For more information on retirement plans for small business, see Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business (SEP, SIMPLE, and Qualified Plans). 2005 tax return software free Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), discusses other tax favored ways to save for retirement. 2005 tax return software free Rent Expense Rent is any amount you pay for the use of property you do not own. 2005 tax return software free In general, you can deduct rent as a business expense only if the rent is for property you use in your business. 2005 tax return software free If you have or will receive equity in or title to the property, you cannot deduct the rent. 2005 tax return software free Unreasonable rent. 2005 tax return software free   You cannot take a rental deduction for unreasonable rents. 2005 tax return software free Ordinarily, the issue of reasonableness arises only if you and the lessor are related. 2005 tax return software free Rent paid to a related person is reasonable if it is the same amount you would pay to a stranger for use of the same property. 2005 tax return software free Rent is not unreasonable just because it is figured as a percentage of gross receipts. 2005 tax return software free   Related persons include members of your immediate family, including only brothers and sisters (either whole or half), your spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. 2005 tax return software free For a list of the other related persons, see section 267 of the Internal Revenue Code. 2005 tax return software free Rent on your home. 2005 tax return software free   If you rent your home and use part of it as your place of business, you may be able to deduct the rent you pay for that part. 2005 tax return software free You must meet the requirements for business use of your home. 2005 tax return software free For more information, see Business Use of Your Home , later. 2005 tax return software free Rent paid in advance. 2005 tax return software free   Generally, rent paid in your business is deductible in the year paid or accrued. 2005 tax return software free If you pay rent in advance, you can deduct only the amount that applies to your use of the rented property during the tax year. 2005 tax return software free You can deduct the rest of your payment only over the period to which it applies. 2005 tax return software free More information. 2005 tax return software free   For more information about rent, see chapter 3 in Publication 535. 2005 tax return software free Taxes You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ various federal, state, local, and foreign taxes directly attributable to your business. 2005 tax return software free Income taxes. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ a state tax on gross income (as distinguished from net income) directly attributable to your business. 2005 tax return software free You can deduct other state and local income taxes on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. 2005 tax return software free Do not deduct federal income tax. 2005 tax return software free Employment taxes. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct the social security, Medicare, and federal unemployment (FUTA) taxes you paid out of your own funds as an employer. 2005 tax return software free Employment taxes are discussed briefly in chapter 1. 2005 tax return software free You can also deduct payments you made as an employer to a state unemployment compensation fund or to a state disability benefit fund. 2005 tax return software free Deduct these payments as taxes. 2005 tax return software free Self-employment tax. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct one-half of your self-employment tax on line 27 of Form 1040. 2005 tax return software free Self-employment tax is discussed in chapters 1 and 10. 2005 tax return software free Personal property tax. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ any tax imposed by a state or local government on personal property used in your business. 2005 tax return software free   You can also deduct registration fees for the right to use property within a state or local area. 2005 tax return software free Example. 2005 tax return software free May and Julius Winter drove their car 7,000 business miles out of a total of 10,000 miles. 2005 tax return software free They had to pay $25 for their annual state license tags and $20 for their city registration sticker. 2005 tax return software free They also paid $235 in city personal property tax on the car, for a total of $280. 2005 tax return software free They are claiming their actual car expenses. 2005 tax return software free Because they used the car 70% for business, they can deduct 70% of the $280, or $196, as a business expense. 2005 tax return software free Real estate taxes. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the real estate taxes you pay on your business property. 2005 tax return software free Deductible real estate taxes are any state, local, or foreign taxes on real estate levied for the general public welfare. 2005 tax return software free The taxing authority must base the taxes on the assessed value of the real estate and charge them uniformly against all property under its jurisdiction. 2005 tax return software free   For more information about real estate taxes, see chapter 5 in Publication 535. 2005 tax return software free That chapter explains special rules for deducting the following items. 2005 tax return software free Taxes for local benefits, such as those for sidewalks, streets, water mains, and sewer lines. 2005 tax return software free Real estate taxes when you buy or sell property during the year. 2005 tax return software free Real estate taxes if you use an accrual method of accounting and choose to accrue real estate tax related to a definite period ratably over that period. 2005 tax return software free Sales tax. 2005 tax return software free   Treat any sales tax you pay on a service or on the purchase or use of property as part of the cost of the service or property. 2005 tax return software free If the service or the cost or use of the property is a deductible business expense, you can deduct the tax as part of that service or cost. 2005 tax return software free If the property is merchandise bought for resale, the sales tax is part of the cost of the merchandise. 2005 tax return software free If the property is depreciable, add the sales tax to the basis for depreciation. 2005 tax return software free For information on the basis of property, see Publication 551, Basis of Assets. 2005 tax return software free    Do not deduct state and local sales taxes imposed on the buyer that you must collect and pay over to the state or local government. 2005 tax return software free Do not include these taxes in gross receipts or sales. 2005 tax return software free Excise taxes. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ all excise taxes that are ordinary and necessary expenses of carrying on your business. 2005 tax return software free Excise taxes are discussed briefly in chapter 1. 2005 tax return software free Fuel taxes. 2005 tax return software free   Taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel, and other motor fuels you use in your business are usually included as part of the cost of the fuel. 2005 tax return software free Do not deduct these taxes as a separate item. 2005 tax return software free   You may be entitled to a credit or refund for federal excise tax you paid on fuels used for certain purposes. 2005 tax return software free For more information, see Publication 510, Excise Taxes. 2005 tax return software free Travel, Meals, and Entertainment This section briefly explains the kinds of travel and entertainment expenses you can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ. 2005 tax return software free Table 8-1. 2005 tax return software free When Are Entertainment Expenses Deductible? (Note. 2005 tax return software free The following is a summary of the rules for deducting entertainment expenses. 2005 tax return software free For more details about these rules, see Publication 463. 2005 tax return software free ) General rule You can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses to entertain a client, customer, or employee if the expenses meet the directly-related test or the associated test. 2005 tax return software free Definitions Entertainment includes any activity generally considered to provide entertainment, amusement, or recreation, and includes meals provided to a customer or client. 2005 tax return software free An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business, trade, or profession. 2005 tax return software free A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate, although not necessarily required, for your business. 2005 tax return software free Tests to be met Directly-related test Entertainment took place in a clear business setting, or Main purpose of entertainment was the active conduct of business, and You did engage in business with the person during the entertainment period, and You had more than a general expectation of getting income or some other specific business benefit. 2005 tax return software free   Associated test Entertainment is associated with your trade or business, and Entertainment directly precedes or follows a substantial business discussion. 2005 tax return software free Other rules You cannot deduct the cost of your meal as an entertainment expense if you are claiming the meal as a travel expense. 2005 tax return software free You cannot deduct expenses that are lavish or extravagant under the circumstances. 2005 tax return software free You generally can deduct only 50% of your unreimbursed entertainment expenses. 2005 tax return software free Travel expenses. 2005 tax return software free   These are the ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home for your business. 2005 tax return software free You are traveling away from home if both the following conditions are met. 2005 tax return software free Your duties require you to be away from the general area of your tax home (defined later) substantially longer than an ordinary day's work. 2005 tax return software free You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. 2005 tax return software free Generally, your tax home is your regular place of business, regardless of where you maintain your family home. 2005 tax return software free It includes the entire city or general area in which your business is located. 2005 tax return software free See Publication 463 for more information. 2005 tax return software free   The following is a brief discussion of the expenses you can deduct. 2005 tax return software free Transportation. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct the cost of travel by airplane, train, bus, or car between your home and your business destination. 2005 tax return software free Taxi, commuter bus, and limousine. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct fares for these and other types of transportation between the airport or station and your hotel, or between the hotel and your work location away from home. 2005 tax return software free Baggage and shipping. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct the cost of sending baggage and sample or display material between your regular and temporary work locations. 2005 tax return software free Car or truck. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct the costs of operating and maintaining your vehicle when traveling away from home on business. 2005 tax return software free You can deduct actual expenses or the standard mileage rate (discussed earlier under Car and Truck Expenses), as well as business-related tolls and parking. 2005 tax return software free If you rent a car while away from home on business, you can deduct only the business-use portion of the expenses. 2005 tax return software free Meals and lodging. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct the cost of meals and lodging if your business trip is overnight or long enough that you need to stop for sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. 2005 tax return software free In most cases, you can deduct only 50% of your meal expenses. 2005 tax return software free Cleaning. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct the costs of dry cleaning and laundry while on your business trip. 2005 tax return software free Telephone. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct the cost of business calls while on your business trip, including business communication by fax machine or other communication devices. 2005 tax return software free Tips. 2005 tax return software free   You can deduct the tips you pay for any expense in this list. 2005 tax return software free More information. 2005 tax return software free   For more information about travel expenses, see Publication 463. 2005 tax return software free Entertainment expenses. 2005 tax return software free   You may be able to deduct business-related entertainment expenses for entertaining a client, customer, or employee. 2005 tax return software free In most cases, you can deduct only 50% of these expenses. 2005 tax return software free   The following are examples of entertainment expenses. 2005 tax return software free Entertaining guests at nightclubs, athletic clubs, theaters, or sporting events. 2005 tax return software free Providing meals, a hotel suite, or a car to business customers or their families. 2005 tax return software free To be deductible, the expenses must meet the rules listed in Table 8-1. 2005 tax return software free For details about these rules, see Publication 463. 2005 tax return software free Reimbursing your employees for expenses. 2005 tax return software free   You generally can deduct the amount you reimburse your employees for travel and entertainment expenses. 2005 tax return software free The reimbursement you deduct and the manner in which you deduct it depend in part on whether you reimburse the expenses under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. 2005 tax return software free For details, see chapter 11 in Publication 535. 2005 tax return software free That chapter explains accountable and nonaccountable plans and tells you whether to report the reimbursement on your employee's Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. 2005 tax return software free Business Use of Your Home To deduct expenses related to the part of your home used for business, you must meet specific requirements. 2005 tax return software free Even then, your deduction may be limited. 2005 tax return software free To qualify to claim expenses for business use of your home, you must meet the following tests. 2005 tax return software free Your use of the business part of your home must be: Exclusive (however, see Exceptions to exclusive use , later), Regular, For your business, and The business part of your home must be one of the following: Your principal place of business (defined later), A place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your business, or A separate structure (not attached to your home) you use in connection with your business. 2005 tax return software free Exclusive use. 2005 tax return software free   To qualify under the exclusive use test, you must use a specific area of your home only for your trade or business. 2005 tax return software free The area used for business can be a room or other separately identifiable space. 2005 tax return software free The space does not need to be marked off by a permanent partition. 2005 tax return software free   You do not meet the requirements of the exclusive use test if you use the area in question both for business and for personal purposes. 2005 tax return software free Example. 2005 tax return software free You are an attorney and use a den in your home to write legal briefs and prepare clients' tax returns. 2005 tax return software free Your family also uses the den for recreation. 2005 tax return software free The den is not used exclusively in your profession, so you cannot claim a business deduction for its use. 2005 tax return software free Exceptions to exclusive use. 2005 tax return software free   You do not have to meet the exclusive use test if you use part of your home in either of the following ways. 2005 tax return software free For the storage of inventory or product samples. 2005 tax return software free As a daycare facility. 2005 tax return software free For an explanation of these exceptions, see Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers). 2005 tax return software free Regular use. 2005 tax return software free   To qualify under the regular use test, you must use a specific area of your home for business on a continuing basis. 2005 tax return software free You do not meet the test if your business use of the area is only occasional or incidental, even if you do not use that area for any other purpose. 2005 tax return software free Principal place of business. 2005 tax return software free   You can have more than one business location, including your home, for a single trade or business. 2005 tax return software free To qualify to deduct the expenses for the business use of your home under the principal place of business test, your home must be your principal place of business for that business. 2005 tax return software free To determine your principal place of business, you must consider all the facts and circumstances. 2005 tax return software free   Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use if you meet the following requirements. 2005 tax return software free You use it exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your business. 2005 tax return software free You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your business. 2005 tax return software free   Alternatively, if you use your home exclusively and regularly for your business, but your home office does not qualify as your principal place of business based on the previous rules, you determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. 2005 tax return software free The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. 2005 tax return software free If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, you can also consider the time spent at each location. 2005 tax return software free   If, after considering your business locations, your home cannot be identified as your principal place of business, you cannot deduct home office expenses. 2005 tax return software free However, for other ways to qualify to deduct home office expenses, see Publication 587. 2005 tax return software free Deduction limit. 2005 tax return software free   If your gross income from the business use of your home equals or exceeds your total business expenses (including depreciation), you can deduct all your business expenses related to the use of your home. 2005 tax return software free If your gross income from the business use is less than your total business expenses, your deduction for certain expenses for the business use of your home is limited. 2005 tax return software free   Your deduction of otherwise nondeductible expenses, such as insurance, utilities, and depreciation (with depreciation taken last), allocable to the business is limited to the gross income from the business use of your home minus the sum of the following. 2005 tax return software free The business part of expenses you could deduct even if you did not use your home for business (such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty and theft losses that are allowable as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040)). 2005 tax return software free The business expenses that relate to the business activity in the home (for example, business phone, supplies, and depreciation on equipment), but not to the use of the home itself. 2005 tax return software free Do not include in (2) above your deduction for one-half of your self-employment tax. 2005 tax return software free   Use Form 8829, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home, to figure your deduction. 2005 tax return software free New simplified method. 2005 tax return software free    The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. 2005 tax return software free The simplified method is an alternative to calculating and substantiating actual expenses. 2005 tax return software free In most cases, you will figure your deduction by multiplying $5 by the area of your home used for a qualified business use. 2005 tax return software free The area you use to figure your deduction is limited to 300 square feet. 2005 tax return software free For more information, see the Instructions for Schedule C. 2005 tax return software free More information. 2005 tax return software free   For more information on deducting expenses for the business use of your home, see Publication 587. 2005 tax return software free Other Expenses You Can Deduct You may also be able to deduct the following expenses. 2005 tax return software free See Publication 535 to find out whether you can deduct them. 2005 tax return software free Advertising. 2005 tax return software free Bank fees. 2005 tax return software free Donations to business organizations. 2005 tax return software free Education expenses. 2005 tax return software free Energy efficient commercial buildings deduction expenses. 2005 tax return software free Impairment-related expenses. 2005 tax return software free Interview expense allowances. 2005 tax return software free Licenses and regulatory fees. 2005 tax return software free Moving machinery. 2005 tax return software free Outplacement services. 2005 tax return software free Penalties and fines you pay for late performance or nonperformance of a contract. 2005 tax return software free Repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition. 2005 tax return software free Repayments of income. 2005 tax return software free Subscriptions to trade or professional publications. 2005 tax return software free Supplies and materials. 2005 tax return software free Utilities. 2005 tax return software free Expenses You Cannot Deduct You usually cannot deduct the following as business expenses. 2005 tax return software free For more information, see Publication 535. 2005 tax return software free Bribes and kickbacks. 2005 tax return software free Charitable contributions. 2005 tax return software free Demolition expenses or losses. 2005 tax return software free Dues to business, social, athletic, luncheon, sporting, airline, and hotel clubs. 2005 tax return software free Lobbying expenses. 2005 tax return software free Penalties and fines you pay to a governmental agency or instrumentality because you broke the law. 2005 tax return software free Personal, living, and family expenses. 2005 tax return software free Political contributions. 2005 tax return software free Repairs that add to the value of your property or significantly increase its life. 2005 tax return software free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications