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Extention 5. Extention   Taxes Table of Contents What's New Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: When To Deduct Taxes Real Estate TaxesSeparate elections. Extention Making the election. Extention Form 3115. Extention Income TaxesAccrual of contested income taxes. Extention Employment Taxes Other TaxesAdditional Medicare Tax. Extention What's New Additional Medicare Tax. Extention  Beginning in 2013, you must withhold a 0. Extention 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Extention Also, self-employed individuals may be required to pay Additional Medicare Tax on self-employment income. Extention See Employment Taxes , and Self-employment tax , later. Extention Introduction You can deduct various federal, state, local, and foreign taxes directly attributable to your trade or business as business expenses. Extention You cannot deduct federal income taxes, estate and gift taxes, or state inheritance, legacy, and succession taxes. Extention Topics - This chapter discusses: When to deduct taxes Real estate taxes Income taxes Employment taxes Other taxes Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide 334 Tax Guide for Small Business 510 Excise Taxes 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 551 Basis of Assets Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Sch SE (Form 1040) Self-Employment Tax 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 8959 Additional Medicare Tax See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Extention When To Deduct Taxes Generally, you can only deduct taxes in the year you pay them. Extention This applies whether you use the cash method or an accrual method of accounting. Extention Under an accrual method, you can deduct a tax before you pay it if you meet the exception for recurring items discussed under Economic Performance in Publication 538. Extention You can also elect to ratably accrue real estate taxes as discussed later under Real Estate Taxes . Extention Limit on accrual of taxes. Extention   A taxing jurisdiction can require the use of a date for accruing taxes that is earlier than the date it originally required. Extention However, if you use an accrual method, and can deduct the tax before you pay it, use the original accrual date for the year of change and all future years to determine when you can deduct the tax. Extention Example. Extention Your state imposes a tax on personal property used in a trade or business conducted in the state. Extention This tax is assessed and becomes a lien as of July 1 (accrual date). Extention In 2013, the state changed the assessment and lien dates from July 1, 2014, to December 31, 2013, for property tax year 2014. Extention Use the original accrual date (July 1, 2014) to determine when you can deduct the tax. Extention You must also use the July 1 accrual date for all future years to determine when you can deduct the tax. Extention Uniform capitalization rules. Extention   Uniform capitalization rules apply to certain taxpayers who produce real property or tangible personal property for use in a trade or business or for sale to customers. Extention They also apply to certain taxpayers who acquire property for resale. Extention Under these rules, you either include certain costs in inventory or capitalize certain expenses related to the property, such as taxes. Extention For more information, see chapter 1. Extention Carrying charges. Extention   Carrying charges include taxes you pay to carry or develop real estate or to carry, transport, or install personal property. Extention You can elect to capitalize carrying charges not subject to the uniform capitalization rules if they are otherwise deductible. Extention For more information, see chapter 7. Extention Refunds of taxes. Extention   If you receive a refund for any taxes you deducted in an earlier year, include the refund in income to the extent the deduction reduced your federal income tax in the earlier year. Extention For more information, see Recovery of amount deducted (tax benefit rule) in chapter 1. Extention    You must include in income any interest you receive on tax refunds. Extention Real Estate Taxes Deductible real estate taxes are any state, local, or foreign taxes on real estate levied for the general public welfare. Extention 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. Extention Deductible real estate taxes generally do not include taxes charged for local benefits and improvements that increase the value of the property. Extention See Taxes for local benefits , later. Extention If you use an accrual method, you generally cannot accrue real estate taxes until you pay them to the government authority. Extention However, you can elect to ratably accrue the taxes during the year. Extention See Electing to ratably accrue , later. Extention Taxes for local benefits. Extention   Generally, you cannot deduct taxes charged for local benefits and improvements that tend to increase the value of your property. Extention These include assessments for streets, sidewalks, water mains, sewer lines, and public parking facilities. Extention You should increase the basis of your property by the amount of the assessment. Extention   You can deduct taxes for these local benefits only if the taxes are for maintenance, repairs, or interest charges related to those benefits. Extention If part of the tax is for maintenance, repairs, or interest, you must be able to show how much of the tax is for these expenses to claim a deduction for that part of the tax. Extention Example. Extention To improve downtown commercial business, Waterfront City converted a downtown business area street into an enclosed pedestrian mall. Extention The city assessed the full cost of construction, financed with 10-year bonds, against the affected properties. Extention The city is paying the principal and interest with the annual payments made by the property owners. Extention The assessments for construction costs are not deductible as taxes or as business expenses, but are depreciable capital expenses. Extention The part of the payments used to pay the interest charges on the bonds is deductible as taxes. Extention Charges for services. Extention   Water bills, sewerage, and other service charges assessed against your business property are not real estate taxes, but are deductible as business expenses. Extention Purchase or sale of real estate. Extention   If real estate is sold, the real estate taxes must be allocated between the buyer and the seller. Extention   The buyer and seller must allocate the real estate taxes according to the number of days in the real property tax year (the period to which the tax imposed relates) that each owned the property. Extention Treat the seller as paying the taxes up to but not including the date of sale. Extention Treat the buyer as paying the taxes beginning with the date of sale. Extention You can usually find this information on the settlement statement you received at closing. Extention   If you (the seller) use an accrual method and have not elected to ratably accrue real estate taxes, you are considered to have accrued your part of the tax on the date you sell the property. Extention Example. Extention Alberto Verde, a calendar year accrual method taxpayer, owns real estate in Olmo County. Extention He has not elected to ratably accrue property taxes. Extention November 30 of each year is the assessment and lien date for the current real property tax year, which is the calendar year. Extention He sold the property on June 30, 2013. Extention Under his accounting method he would not be able to claim a deduction for the taxes because the sale occurred before November 30. Extention He is treated as having accrued his part of the tax, 181/366  (January 1–June 29), on June 30, and he can deduct it for 2013. Extention Electing to ratably accrue. Extention   If you use an accrual method, you can elect to accrue real estate tax related to a definite period ratably over that period. Extention Example. Extention Juan Sanchez is a calendar year taxpayer who uses an accrual method. Extention His real estate taxes for the real property tax year, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, are $1,200. Extention July 1 is the assessment and lien date. Extention If Juan elects to ratably accrue the taxes, $600 will accrue in 2013 ($1,200 × 6/12, July 1–December 31) and the balance will accrue in 2014. Extention Separate elections. Extention   You can elect to ratably accrue the taxes for each separate trade or business and for nonbusiness activities if you account for them separately. Extention Once you elect to ratably accrue real estate taxes, you must use that method unless you get permission from the IRS to change. Extention See Form 3115 , later. Extention Making the election. Extention   If you elect to ratably accrue the taxes for the first year in which you incur real estate taxes, attach a statement to your income tax return for that year. Extention The statement should show all the following items. Extention The trades or businesses to which the election applies and the accounting method or methods used. Extention The period to which the taxes relate. Extention The computation of the real estate tax deduction for that first year. Extention   Generally, you must file your return by the due date (including extensions). Extention However, if you timely filed your return for the year without electing to ratably accrue, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months after the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Extention Attach the statement to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Extention 9100-2” on the statement. Extention File the amended return at the same address where you filed the original return. Extention Form 3115. Extention    If you elect to ratably accrue real estate taxes for a year after the first year in which you incur real estate taxes, or if you want to revoke your election to ratably accrue real estate taxes, file Form 3115. Extention For more information, including applicable time frames for filing, see the Instructions for Form 3115. Extention Note. Extention If you are filing an application for a change in accounting method filed after January 9, 2011, for a year of change ending after April 29, 2010, see Revenue Procedure 2011-14, 2011-4 I. Extention R. Extention B. Extention 330, as modified and clarified by Revenue Procedure 2012-19, 2012-14 I. Extention R. Extention B. Extention 689, and Revenue Procedure 2012-20, 2012-14 I. Extention R. Extention B. Extention 700, or any successor. Extention Revenue Procedure 2011-14 is available at  www. Extention irs. Extention gov/irb/2011-04IRB/ar08. Extention html. Extention Income Taxes This section discusses federal, state, local, and foreign income taxes. Extention Federal income taxes. Extention   You cannot deduct federal income taxes. Extention State and local income taxes. Extention   A corporation or partnership can deduct state and local income taxes imposed on the corporation or partnership as business expenses. Extention An individual can deduct state and local income taxes only as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Extention   However, an individual can deduct a state tax on gross income (as distinguished from net income) directly attributable to a trade or business as a business expense. Extention Accrual of contested income taxes. Extention   If you use an accrual method, and you contest a state or local income tax liability, you must accrue and deduct any contested amount in the tax year in which the liability is finally determined. Extention   If additional state or local income taxes for a prior year are assessed in a later year, you can deduct the taxes in the year in which they were originally imposed (the prior year) if the tax liability is not contested. Extention You cannot deduct them in the year in which the liability is finally determined. Extention    The filing of an income tax return is not considered a contest and, in the absence of an overt act of protest, you can deduct the tax in the prior year. Extention Also, you can deduct any additional taxes in the prior year if you do not show some affirmative evidence of denial of the liability. Extention   However, if you consistently deduct additional assessments in the year they are paid or finally determined (including those for which there was no contest), you must continue to do so. Extention You cannot take a deduction in the earlier year unless you receive permission to change your method of accounting. Extention For more information on accounting methods, see When Can I Deduct an Expense in chapter 1. Extention Foreign income taxes. Extention   Generally, you can take either a deduction or a credit for income taxes imposed on you by a foreign country or a U. Extention S. Extention possession. Extention However, an individual cannot take a deduction or credit for foreign income taxes paid on income that is exempt from U. Extention S. Extention tax under the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion. Extention For information on these exclusions, see Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. Extention S. Extention Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. Extention For information on the foreign tax credit, see Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals. Extention Employment Taxes If you have employees, you must withhold various taxes from your employees' pay. Extention Most employers must withhold their employees' share of social security, Medicare taxes, and Additional Medicare Tax (if applicable) along with state and federal income taxes. Extention You may also need to pay certain employment taxes from your own funds. Extention These include your share of social security and Medicare taxes as an employer, along with unemployment taxes. Extention Note. Extention Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. Extention There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. Extention Your deduction for wages paid is not reduced by the social security and Medicare taxes, Additional Medicare Tax, and income taxes you withhold from your employees. Extention You can deduct the employment taxes you must pay from your own funds as taxes. Extention Example. Extention You pay your employee $18,000 a year. Extention However, after you withhold various taxes, your employee receives $14,500. Extention You also pay an additional $1,500 in employment taxes. Extention You should deduct the full $18,000 as wages. Extention You can deduct the $1,500 you pay from your own funds as taxes. Extention For more information on employment taxes, see Publication 15 (Circular E). Extention Unemployment fund taxes. Extention   As an employer, you may have to make payments to a state unemployment compensation fund or to a state disability benefit fund. Extention Deduct these payments as taxes. Extention Other Taxes The following are other taxes you can deduct if you incur them in the ordinary course of your trade or business. Extention Excise taxes. Extention   Generally, you can deduct as a business expense all excise taxes that are ordinary and necessary expenses of carrying on your trade or business. Extention However, see Fuel taxes , later. Extention   For more information on excise taxes, see Publication 510. Extention Franchise taxes. Extention   You can deduct corporate franchise taxes as a business expense. Extention Fuel taxes. Extention   Generally, taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel, and other motor fuels that you use in your business are included as part of the cost of the fuel. Extention Do not deduct these taxes as a separate item. Extention   You may be entitled to a credit or refund for federal excise tax you paid on fuels used for certain purposes. Extention For more information, see Publication 510. Extention Occupational taxes. Extention   You can deduct as a business expense an occupational tax charged at a flat rate by a locality for the privilege of working or conducting a business in the locality. Extention Personal property tax. Extention   You can deduct any tax imposed by a state or local government on personal property used in your trade or business. Extention Sales tax. Extention   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. Extention 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. Extention If the property is merchandise bought for resale, the sales tax is part of the cost of the merchandise. Extention If the property is depreciable, add the sales tax to the basis for depreciation. Extention For more information on basis, see Publication 551. Extention    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. Extention Also, do not include these taxes in gross receipts or sales. Extention Self-employment tax. Extention   You can deduct part of your self-employment tax as a business expense in figuring your adjusted gross income. Extention This deduction only affects your income tax. Extention It does not affect your net earnings from self-employment or your self-employment tax. Extention   To deduct the tax, enter on Form 1040, line 27, the amount shown on the Deduction for one-half of self-employment tax line of Schedule SE (Form 1040). Extention   For more information on self-employment tax, see Publication 334. Extention Additional Medicare Tax. Extention   Beginning in 2013, you may be required to pay Additional Medicare Tax on self-employment income. Extention See Form 8959 and the Instructions for Form 8959 for more information on the Additional Medicare Tax. Extention Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications