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Federal 1040x instructions Index Symbols 10% additional tax, Early Distributions Tax, Age 59½ Rule, Additional 10% tax 2-year rule SIMPLE IRAs, Two-year rule. Federal 1040x instructions 20% withholding, Other withholding rules. Federal 1040x instructions 5-year rule, 5-year rule. Federal 1040x instructions , Death before required beginning date. Federal 1040x instructions 6% excise tax on excess contributions to Roth IRAs, What if You Contribute Too Much? 60-day period for rollovers, Time Limit for Making a Rollover Contribution A Account balance, IRA account balance. Federal 1040x instructions Additional taxes, What Acts Result in Penalties or Additional Taxes?, Additional 10% tax (see also Penalties) Reporting, Reporting Additional Taxes Adjusted gross income (AGI), Modified adjusted gross income (AGI). Federal 1040x instructions , Modified AGI. Federal 1040x instructions (see also Modified adjusted gross income (AGI)) Retirement savings contributions credit, Adjusted gross income. Federal 1040x instructions Age 50 Contributions, General Limit Age 59 1/2 rule, Age 59½ Rule Age 70 1/2 rule, Age 70½ rule. Federal 1040x instructions Required minimum distributions, Distributions after the required beginning date. Federal 1040x instructions Age limit Traditional IRA, When Can Contributions Be Made? Airline payments, Rollover of Airline Payments Alimony, Alimony and separate maintenance. Federal 1040x instructions Annuity contracts, Annuity or endowment contracts. Federal 1040x instructions Borrowing on, Borrowing on an annuity contract. Federal 1040x instructions Distribution from insurance company, Annuity distributions from an insurance company. Federal 1040x instructions Distribution from IRA account, Distribution of an annuity contract from your IRA account. Federal 1040x instructions Early distributions, Annuity. Federal 1040x instructions Assistance (see Tax help) B Basis Inherited IRAs, IRA with basis. Federal 1040x instructions Roth IRAs, Basis of distributed property. Federal 1040x instructions Traditional IRAs, Cost basis. Federal 1040x instructions Beginning date, required, Distributions after the required beginning date. Federal 1040x instructions Beneficiaries, IRA Beneficiaries, Death before required beginning date. Federal 1040x instructions Change of, Change of beneficiary. Federal 1040x instructions Death of beneficiary, Death of a beneficiary. Federal 1040x instructions Early distributions to, Beneficiary. Federal 1040x instructions Individual as, Beneficiary an individual. Federal 1040x instructions More than one, More than one beneficiary. Federal 1040x instructions , Multiple individual beneficiaries. Federal 1040x instructions Not an individual, Beneficiary not an individual. Federal 1040x instructions Roth IRAs, Distributions to beneficiaries. Federal 1040x instructions Sole beneficiary spouse more than 10 years younger, Sole beneficiary spouse who is more than 10 years younger. Federal 1040x instructions Bond purchase plans Rollovers from, Rollover from bond purchase plan. Federal 1040x instructions Bonds, retirement (see Individual retirement bonds) Broker's commissions, Brokers' commissions. Federal 1040x instructions , Brokers' commissions. Federal 1040x instructions C Change in marital status, Change in marital status. Federal 1040x instructions Change of beneficiary, Change of beneficiary. Federal 1040x instructions Charitable distributions, qualified, Qualified charitable distributions. Federal 1040x instructions Collectibles, Investment in Collectibles, Collectibles. Federal 1040x instructions Community property, Community property laws. Federal 1040x instructions Compensation Alimony, Alimony and separate maintenance. Federal 1040x instructions Defined, What Is Compensation? Nontaxable combat pay, Nontaxable combat pay. Federal 1040x instructions Self-employment, Self-employment loss. Federal 1040x instructions Wages, salaries, etc. Federal 1040x instructions , Wages, salaries, etc. Federal 1040x instructions Conduit IRAs, IRA as a holding account (conduit IRA) for rollovers to other eligible plans. Federal 1040x instructions Contribution limits More than one IRA, More than one IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Contributions Designating the year, Designating year for which contribution is made. Federal 1040x instructions Distributions in same year as, Both contributions for 2013 and distributions in 2013. Federal 1040x instructions Excess (see Excess contributions) Less than maximum, Less Than Maximum Contributions Matching (SIMPLE), Matching contributions. Federal 1040x instructions Nondeductible (see Nondeductible contributions) Not required, Contributions not required. Federal 1040x instructions Qualified reservist repayments, Qualified reservist repayments. Federal 1040x instructions Recharacterizing (see Recharacterization) Retirement savings contributions credit, Eligible contributions. Federal 1040x instructions Roth IRAs, Can You Contribute to a Roth IRA?, Applying excess contributions. Federal 1040x instructions SIMPLE plans, How Are Contributions Made?, How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf? Traditional IRAs, How Much Can Be Contributed?, More Than Maximum Contributions When to contribute, When Can Contributions Be Made? Withdrawing before due date of return, Contributions Returned Before Due Date of Return Conversions From SIMPLE IRAs, Converting from a SIMPLE IRA. Federal 1040x instructions To Roth IRAs, Conversions Credits Retirement savings contributions credit, Retirement Savings Contributions Credit (Saver's Credit), How to figure and report the credit. Federal 1040x instructions D Death of beneficiary, Death of a beneficiary. Federal 1040x instructions Deductions Figuring reduced IRA deduction, How To Figure Your Reduced IRA Deduction Phaseout, Deduction Phaseout Traditional IRAs, How Much Can You Deduct?, Examples — Worksheet for Reduced IRA Deduction for 2013 Deemed IRAs, Reminders, Reminders Defined benefit plans, Defined benefit plan. Federal 1040x instructions Defined contribution plans, Defined contribution plan. Federal 1040x instructions Disabilities, persons with Early distributions to, Disabled. Federal 1040x instructions Distributions After required beginning date, Distributions after the required beginning date. Federal 1040x instructions Age 59 1/2 rule, Age 59½ Rule Beneficiaries (see Beneficiaries) Contributions in same year as, Both contributions for 2013 and distributions in 2013. Federal 1040x instructions Delivered outside U. Federal 1040x instructions S. Federal 1040x instructions , IRA distributions delivered outside the United States. Federal 1040x instructions Figuring nontaxable and taxable amounts, Figuring the Nontaxable and Taxable Amounts From individual retirement accounts, Distributions from individual retirement account. Federal 1040x instructions From individual retirement annuities, Distributions from individual retirement annuities. Federal 1040x instructions Fully or partly taxable, Distributions Fully or Partly Taxable Income from, Income from IRA distributions. Federal 1040x instructions Inherited IRAs (see Inherited IRAs) Insufficient, Excess Accumulations (Insufficient Distributions) Qualified charitable, Qualified charitable distributions. Federal 1040x instructions Qualified HSA funding, One-time qualified HSA funding distribution. Federal 1040x instructions Qualified reservist, Qualified reservist distributions. Federal 1040x instructions Roth IRAs, Are Distributions Taxable?, How Do You Figure the Taxable Part? Ordering rules for, Ordering Rules for Distributions Recapture amount, Figuring your recapture amount. Federal 1040x instructions SIMPLE IRAs, Are Distributions Taxable? Taxable status of, Are Distributions Taxable? Divorce Rollovers by former spouse, Distributions under divorce or similar proceedings (alternate payees). Federal 1040x instructions Transfers incident to, Transfers Incident To Divorce E Early distributions, What Acts Result in Penalties or Additional Taxes?, Early Distributions, Nondeductible contributions. Federal 1040x instructions (see also Penalties) Age 59 1/2 rule, Age 59½ Rule Defined, Early distributions defined. Federal 1040x instructions Disability exception, Disabled. Federal 1040x instructions First-time homebuyers, exception, First home. Federal 1040x instructions Higher education expenses, exception, Higher education expenses. Federal 1040x instructions Medical insurance, exception, Medical insurance. Federal 1040x instructions Roth IRAs, Additional Tax on Early Distributions SIMPLE IRAs, Additional Tax on Early Distributions Tax, Early Distributions Tax Unreimbursed medical expenses, exception, Unreimbursed medical expenses. Federal 1040x instructions Education expenses, Higher education expenses. Federal 1040x instructions Employer and employee association trust accounts, Employer and Employee Association Trust Accounts Employer plans Covered by, Covered by an employer retirement plan. Federal 1040x instructions Year(s) covered, For Which Year(s) Are You Covered? Employer retirement plans, Are You Covered by an Employer Plan? Defined benefit plans, Defined benefit plan. Federal 1040x instructions Defined contribution plans, Defined contribution plan. Federal 1040x instructions Effect of modified AGI on deduction (Table 1-2), Table 1-2. Federal 1040x instructions Effect of Modified AGI1 on Deduction if You Are Covered by a Retirement Plan at Work Limit if covered by, Limit if Covered by Employer Plan Prohibited transactions, Trust account set up by an employer or an employee association. Federal 1040x instructions Endowment contracts (see Annuity contracts) Estate tax, Estate tax. Federal 1040x instructions Deduction for inherited IRAs, Federal estate tax deduction. Federal 1040x instructions Excess accumulations, Excess Accumulations (Insufficient Distributions), Make up of shortfall in distribution. Federal 1040x instructions Roth IRAs, Distributions After Owner's Death Excess contributions, Excess Contributions Closed tax year, Closed tax year. Federal 1040x instructions Deducted in earlier year, Excess contribution deducted in an earlier year. Federal 1040x instructions Deducting in a later year, Deducting an Excess Contribution in a Later Year Due to incorrect rollover information, Excess due to incorrect rollover information. Federal 1040x instructions Recharacterizing, Recharacterizing excess contributions. Federal 1040x instructions Roth IRAs, What if You Contribute Too Much? Tax, Excess Contributions Tax Withdrawn after due date of return, Excess Contributions Withdrawn After Due Date of Return Withdrawn by due date of return, Excess Contributions Withdrawn by Due Date of Return Exempt transactions, Exempt Transactions Exxon Valdez settlement income, Rollover of Exxon Valdez Settlement Income , Rollover of Exxon Valdez Settlement Income F Failed financial institutions, Failed financial institutions. Federal 1040x instructions Federal judges, Federal judges. Federal 1040x instructions Fiduciaries Prohibited transactions, Fiduciary. Federal 1040x instructions Filing before IRA contribution is made, Filing before a contribution is made. Federal 1040x instructions Filing status, Filing Status Deduction phaseout and, Filing status. Federal 1040x instructions Firefighters, volunteer, Volunteer firefighters. Federal 1040x instructions First-time homebuyers, First home. Federal 1040x instructions Five-year rule (see 5-year rule) Form 1040 Modified AGI calculation from, Form 1040. Federal 1040x instructions , Form 1040NR. Federal 1040x instructions Form 1040A Modified AGI calculation from, Form 1040A. Federal 1040x instructions Form 1099-R, Reporting and Withholding Requirements for Taxable Amounts Distribution code 1 used on, Form 5329 not required. Federal 1040x instructions Letter codes used on, Letter codes. Federal 1040x instructions Number codes used on, Number codes. Federal 1040x instructions Withdrawal of excess contribution, Form 1099-R. Federal 1040x instructions Form 5329, Additional 10% tax, Reporting the tax. Federal 1040x instructions , Reporting Additional Taxes Recapture tax, Recapture tax for changes in distribution method under equal payment exception. Federal 1040x instructions Form 8606, Form 8606. Federal 1040x instructions , Form 8606. Federal 1040x instructions , Reporting your nontaxable distribution on Form 8606. Federal 1040x instructions , Figuring the Nontaxable and Taxable Amounts Failure to file, penalty, Penalty for failure to file Form 8606. Federal 1040x instructions Form 8880, How to figure and report the credit. Federal 1040x instructions Form W-2 Employer retirement plans, Are You Covered by an Employer Plan? Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. Federal 1040x instructions Frozen deposits, Frozen deposit. Federal 1040x instructions Full-time student Retirement savings contributions credit, Full-time student. Federal 1040x instructions H Help (see Tax help) Higher education expenses, Higher education expenses. Federal 1040x instructions How to Set up an IRA, How Can a Traditional IRA Be Opened? Treat withdrawn contributions, How to treat withdrawn contributions. Federal 1040x instructions HSA funding distributions, qualified, One-time qualified HSA funding distribution. Federal 1040x instructions I Individual retirement accounts, Individual Retirement Account Distributions from, Distributions from individual retirement account. Federal 1040x instructions Individual retirement annuities, Individual Retirement Annuity Distributions from, Distributions from individual retirement annuities. Federal 1040x instructions Individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) How to set up, How Can a Traditional IRA Be Opened? When to set up, When Can a Traditional IRA Be Opened? Individual retirement bonds, Individual Retirement Bonds Cashing in, Cashing in retirement bonds. Federal 1040x instructions Inherited IRAs, What if You Inherit an IRA?, More information. Federal 1040x instructions Rollovers, Inherited IRAs. Federal 1040x instructions Insufficient distributions, Excess Accumulations (Insufficient Distributions) Interest on IRA, Reminders Investment in collectibles Collectibles defined, Collectibles. Federal 1040x instructions Exception, Exception. Federal 1040x instructions K Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRAs Contribution limits, Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA Limit Deductions, Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Roth IRA contribution limits, Can you contribute to a Roth IRA for your spouse? Keogh plans Rollovers from, Keogh plans and rollovers. Federal 1040x instructions L Last-in first-out rule, Last-in first-out rule. Federal 1040x instructions Life expectancy, Life expectancy. Federal 1040x instructions Life insurance, Life insurance contract. Federal 1040x instructions Losses Roth IRAs, Recognizing Losses on Investments Traditional IRAs, Recognizing Losses on Traditional IRA Investments M Marital status, change in, Change in marital status. Federal 1040x instructions Matching contributions (SIMPLE), Matching contributions. Federal 1040x instructions Medical expenses, unreimbursed, Unreimbursed medical expenses. Federal 1040x instructions Medical insurance, Medical insurance. Federal 1040x instructions Military death gratuities, Military Death Gratuities and Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Payments Minimum distribution (see Required minimum distribution) Missing children, photographs of, Reminders Modified adjusted gross income (AGI) Employer retirement plan coverage and deduction (Table 1-2), Table 1-2. Federal 1040x instructions Effect of Modified AGI1 on Deduction if You Are Covered by a Retirement Plan at Work Figuring (Worksheet 1-1), Worksheet 1-1. Federal 1040x instructions Figuring Your Modified AGI No employer retirement plan coverage and deduction (Table 1-3), Table 1-3. Federal 1040x instructions Effect of Modified AGI1 on Deduction if You Are NOT Covered by a Retirement Plan at Work Roth IRAs, Modified AGI. Federal 1040x instructions Effect on contribution amount (Table 2-1), Table 2-1. Federal 1040x instructions Effect of Modified AGI on Roth IRA Contribution More than one beneficiary, More than one beneficiary. Federal 1040x instructions More than one IRA, More than one IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Recharacterization, More than one IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Required minimum distribution, More than one IRA. Federal 1040x instructions N Nondeductible contributions, Nondeductible Contributions, Nondeductible contributions. Federal 1040x instructions Failure to report, Failure to report nondeductible contributions. Federal 1040x instructions Overstatement penalty, Penalty for overstatement. Federal 1040x instructions Notice Qualified employer plan to provide prior to rollover distribution, Written explanation to recipients. Federal 1040x instructions Rollovers, Rollover notice. Federal 1040x instructions P Partial rollovers, Partial rollovers. Federal 1040x instructions , Partial rollover. Federal 1040x instructions Penalties, What Acts Result in Penalties or Additional Taxes?, Form 5329 not required. Federal 1040x instructions Early distributions, Early Distributions, Nondeductible contributions. Federal 1040x instructions Excess accumulations, Excess Accumulations (Insufficient Distributions), Make up of shortfall in distribution. Federal 1040x instructions Excess contributions, Excess Contributions Roth IRAs, What if You Contribute Too Much? Exempt transactions, Exempt Transactions, Services received at reduced or no cost. Federal 1040x instructions Failure to file Form 8606, Penalty for failure to file Form 8606. Federal 1040x instructions Overstatement of nondeductible contributions, Penalty for overstatement. Federal 1040x instructions Prohibited transactions, Prohibited Transactions, Services received at reduced or no cost. Federal 1040x instructions Reporting, Reporting Additional Taxes SIMPLE IRAs, Additional Tax on Early Distributions Phaseout of deduction, Deduction Phaseout Pledging account as security, Pledging an account as security. Federal 1040x instructions Prohibited transactions, Prohibited Transactions, Services received at reduced or no cost. Federal 1040x instructions Taxes on, Taxes on prohibited transactions. Federal 1040x instructions Publications (see Tax help) Q Qualified charitable distributions, Qualified charitable distributions. Federal 1040x instructions Qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs), Qualified domestic relations order. Federal 1040x instructions Qualified settlement income, Rollover of Exxon Valdez Settlement Income , Rollover of Exxon Valdez Settlement Income R Recapture tax Changes in distribution method, Recapture tax for changes in distribution method under equal payment exception. Federal 1040x instructions Receivership distributions, Receivership distributions. Federal 1040x instructions Recharacterization, Recharacterizations, More than one IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Determining amount of net income due to contribution and total amount to be recharacterized (Worksheet 1-3), Worksheet 1-3. Federal 1040x instructions Determining the Amount of Net Income Due To an IRA Contribution and Total Amount To Be Recharacterized Reporting, Reporting a Recharacterization SIMPLE employer contributions, Recharacterizing employer contributions. Federal 1040x instructions Timing of, Timing. Federal 1040x instructions Reconversion, Reconversions Recordkeeping requirements Traditional IRAs, Nondeductible Contributions Reporting Additional taxes, Reporting Additional Taxes Deductible contributions, Reporting Deductible Contributions Nontaxable distribution on Form 8606, Reporting your nontaxable distribution on Form 8606. Federal 1040x instructions Recharacterization, Reporting a Recharacterization Rollovers From employer plans, Reporting rollovers from employer plans. Federal 1040x instructions From IRAs, Reporting rollovers from IRAs. Federal 1040x instructions Taxable amounts, Reporting and Withholding Requirements for Taxable Amounts Taxable distributions, Reporting taxable distributions on your return. Federal 1040x instructions Required beginning date, Distributions after the required beginning date. Federal 1040x instructions Required minimum distribution, Reminders, When Must You Withdraw Assets? (Required Minimum Distributions), Annuity distributions from an insurance company. Federal 1040x instructions Distribution period, Distribution period. Federal 1040x instructions During lifetime, Distributions during your lifetime. Federal 1040x instructions Figuring, Figuring the Owner's Required Minimum Distribution For beneficiary, Figuring the Beneficiary's Required Minimum Distribution Table to use, Which Table Do You Use To Determine Your Required Minimum Distribution? In year of owner's death, Distributions in the year of the owner's death. Federal 1040x instructions Installments allowed, Installments allowed. Federal 1040x instructions More than one IRA, More than one IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Sole beneficiary spouse who is more than 10 years younger, Sole beneficiary spouse who is more than 10 years younger. Federal 1040x instructions Reservists, Reservists. Federal 1040x instructions Qualified reservist distribution, Qualified reservist distributions. Federal 1040x instructions Qualified reservist repayments, Qualified reservist repayments. Federal 1040x instructions Retirement bonds (see Individual retirement bonds) Retirement savings contributions credit, Retirement Savings Contributions Credit (Saver's Credit), How to figure and report the credit. Federal 1040x instructions Rollovers, Rollovers, Reporting rollovers from employer plans. Federal 1040x instructions Airline payments, Rollover of Airline Payments Amount, Amount. Federal 1040x instructions Choosing an option (Table 1-5), Table 1-5. Federal 1040x instructions Comparison of Payment to You Versus Direct Rollover Completed after 60-day period, Rollovers completed after the 60-day period. Federal 1040x instructions Conduit IRAs, IRA as a holding account (conduit IRA) for rollovers to other eligible plans. Federal 1040x instructions Direct rollover option, Direct rollover option. Federal 1040x instructions Extension of period, Extension of rollover period. Federal 1040x instructions From bond purchase plan, Rollover from bond purchase plan. Federal 1040x instructions From employer's plan into a Roth IRA, Rollover From Employer's Plan Into a Roth IRA From employer's plan into an IRA, Rollover From Employer's Plan Into an IRA From Keogh plans, Keogh plans and rollovers. Federal 1040x instructions From one IRA into another, Rollover From One IRA Into Another From Roth IRAs, Rollover From a Roth IRA From traditional IRA, Kinds of rollovers from a traditional IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Inherited IRAs, Inherited IRAs. Federal 1040x instructions Nonspouse beneficiary, Rollover by nonspouse beneficiary. Federal 1040x instructions Notice, Rollover notice. Federal 1040x instructions Partial, Partial rollovers. Federal 1040x instructions , Partial rollover. Federal 1040x instructions SIMPLE IRAs, Rollovers and Transfers Exception Tax treatment of rollover from traditional IRA to eligible retirement plan other than an IRA, Tax treatment of a rollover from a traditional IRA to an eligible retirement plan other than an IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Time limit, Time Limit for Making a Rollover Contribution To Roth IRAs, Conversion methods. Federal 1040x instructions To traditional IRA, Kinds of rollovers to a traditional IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Waiting period between, Waiting period between rollovers. Federal 1040x instructions , No waiting period between rollovers. Federal 1040x instructions Withholding (see Withholding) Roth IRAs, Roth IRAs, Distributions After Owner's Death Age limit, Is there an age limit for contributions? Contribution limit reduced, Contribution limit reduced. Federal 1040x instructions Contributions, Can You Contribute to a Roth IRA?, Applying excess contributions. Federal 1040x instructions Timing of, When Can You Make Contributions? To traditional IRAs and to Roth IRAs, Roth IRAs and traditional IRAs. Federal 1040x instructions Conversion, Converting From Any Traditional IRA Into a Roth IRA, Conversion by rollover from traditional to Roth IRA. Federal 1040x instructions , Recharacterizing to a SEP IRA or SIMPLE IRA. Federal 1040x instructions , Conversions Defined, What Is a Roth IRA? Distributions, Are Distributions Taxable?, How Do You Figure the Taxable Part? After death of owner, Distributions After Owner's Death Insufficient, Distributions After Owner's Death Ordering rules for, Ordering Rules for Distributions Early distributions, Additional Tax on Early Distributions Excess accumulations, Distributions After Owner's Death Excess contributions, What if You Contribute Too Much? Figuring taxable part, How Do You Figure the Taxable Part? Losses, Recognizing Losses on Investments Modified AGI Effect on contribution amount (Table 2-1), Table 2-1. Federal 1040x instructions Effect of Modified AGI on Roth IRA Contribution Figuring (Worksheet 2-1), Worksheet 2-1. Federal 1040x instructions Modified Adjusted Gross Income for Roth IRA Purposes Rollovers from, Rollover From a Roth IRA Setting up, When Can a Roth IRA Be Opened? Spouse, Can you contribute to a Roth IRA for your spouse? Traditional IRAs converted into, Converting From Any Traditional IRA Into a Roth IRA Withdrawing or using assets, Must You Withdraw or Use Assets? S Salary reduction arrangement, What Is a SIMPLE Plan? Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees (see SIMPLE IRAs) Section 501(c)(18) plan, General Limit, Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA Limit Self-employed persons Deductible contributions, Self-employed. Federal 1040x instructions Income of, Self-employment income. Federal 1040x instructions SIMPLE plans, Self-employed individual. Federal 1040x instructions SEP IRAs Recharacterizing to, Recharacterizing to a SEP IRA or SIMPLE IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Separated taxpayers Filing status of, Lived apart from spouse. Federal 1040x instructions Servicemembers group life insurance, Military Death Gratuities and Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Payments Services received at reduced or no cost, Services received at reduced or no cost. Federal 1040x instructions SIMPLE IRAs, Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees (SIMPLE), Two-year rule. Federal 1040x instructions Contributions, How Are Contributions Made?, How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf? Conversion from, Converting from a SIMPLE IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Distributions, Are Distributions Taxable? Early distributions, , Additional Tax on Early Distributions Eligible employees, Eligible Employees Penalties, Additional Tax on Early Distributions Recharacterizing to, Recharacterizing to a SEP IRA or SIMPLE IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Rollovers, Rollovers and Transfers Exception Salary reduction contribution limits, Salary reduction contributions limit. Federal 1040x instructions Self-employed persons, Self-employed individual. Federal 1040x instructions SIMPLE plan, defined, What Is a SIMPLE Plan? Traditional IRA, mistakenly moved to, Traditional IRA mistakenly moved to SIMPLE IRA. Federal 1040x instructions , Traditional IRA mistakenly moved to SIMPLE IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Two-year rule, Two-year rule. Federal 1040x instructions Withdrawing or using assets, When Can You Withdraw or Use Assets? Simplified employee pensions (SEPs), Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) Social Security recipients, Social Security Recipients Spousal IRAs (see Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRAs or Inherited IRAs) Students Education expenses, Higher education expenses. Federal 1040x instructions Retirement savings contributions credit, Full-time student. Federal 1040x instructions Surviving spouse, Surviving spouse. Federal 1040x instructions , Surviving spouse. Federal 1040x instructions Rollovers by, Distributions received by a surviving spouse. Federal 1040x instructions T Tables Modified AGI Employer retirement plan coverage and deduction (Table 1-2), Table 1-2. Federal 1040x instructions Effect of Modified AGI1 on Deduction if You Are Covered by a Retirement Plan at Work No employer retirement plan coverage and deduction (Table 1-3), Table 1-3. Federal 1040x instructions Effect of Modified AGI1 on Deduction if You Are NOT Covered by a Retirement Plan at Work Roth IRAs, effect on contribution (Table 2-1), Table 2-1. Federal 1040x instructions Effect of Modified AGI on Roth IRA Contribution Rollover vs. Federal 1040x instructions direct payment to taxpayer (Table 1-5), Table 1-5. Federal 1040x instructions Comparison of Payment to You Versus Direct Rollover Using this publication (Table I-1), Table I-1. Federal 1040x instructions Using This Publication Tax advantages of IRAs, What are some tax advantages of an IRA? Tax credits Retirement savings contributions credit, Retirement Savings Contributions Credit (Saver's Credit), How to figure and report the credit. Federal 1040x instructions Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Tax year, Tax year. Federal 1040x instructions Tax-sheltered annuities Rollovers from, Distribution from a tax-sheltered annuity. Federal 1040x instructions Traditional IRAs, Traditional IRAs, Form 5329 not required. Federal 1040x instructions Age 59 1/2 rule, Age 59½ Rule Contribution limits, How Much Can Be Contributed?, More Than Maximum Contributions Contributions, How Much Can Be Contributed?, More Than Maximum Contributions Due date, Contributions must be made by due date. Federal 1040x instructions To Roth IRAs and to traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs and traditional IRAs. Federal 1040x instructions Converting into Roth IRA, Converting From Any Traditional IRA Into a Roth IRA Cost basis, Cost basis. Federal 1040x instructions Deductions, How Much Can You Deduct?, Examples — Worksheet for Reduced IRA Deduction for 2013 Defined, Introduction Disclosures, Required Disclosures Excess contributions, Excess Contributions Inherited IRAs, What if You Inherit an IRA?, More information. Federal 1040x instructions Loss of IRA status, Loss of IRA status. Federal 1040x instructions Losses, Recognizing Losses on Traditional IRA Investments Mistakenly moved to SIMPLE IRA, Traditional IRA mistakenly moved to SIMPLE IRA. Federal 1040x instructions , Traditional IRA mistakenly moved to SIMPLE IRA. Federal 1040x instructions Recordkeeping, Nondeductible Contributions Reduced IRA deduction for 2013, Examples — Worksheet for Reduced IRA Deduction for 2013 Rollovers (see Rollovers) Setting up, Who Can Open a Traditional IRA?, Required Disclosures Social Security recipients, Social Security Recipients Transfers, Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? Types of, Kinds of traditional IRAs. Federal 1040x instructions Withdrawing or using assets, When Can You Withdraw or Use Assets?, Excess Contributions Tax Transfers, Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? Divorce, Transfers Incident To Divorce To Roth IRAs, Transfers to Roth IRAs. Federal 1040x instructions , Can You Move Amounts Into a Roth IRA? Trustee to trustee, Trustee-to-Trustee Transfer, Conversion methods. Federal 1040x instructions Trustee-to-trustee transfers, Trustee-to-Trustee Transfer To Roth IRAs, Conversion methods. Federal 1040x instructions Trustees' fees, Trustees' fees. Federal 1040x instructions , Trustees' fees. Federal 1040x instructions Trusts As beneficiary, Trust as beneficiary. Federal 1040x instructions TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help Two-year rule SIMPLE IRAs, Two-year rule. Federal 1040x instructions U Unreimbursed medical expenses, Unreimbursed medical expenses. Federal 1040x instructions V Volunteer firefighters, Volunteer firefighters. Federal 1040x instructions W Withdrawing or using assets Contribution withdrawal, before due date of return, Contributions Returned Before Due Date of Return Roth IRAs, Must You Withdraw or Use Assets? SIMPLE IRAs, When Can You Withdraw or Use Assets? Traditional IRAs, When Can You Withdraw or Use Assets?, Excess Contributions Tax Withholding, Reporting and Withholding Requirements for Taxable Amounts, Withholding. Federal 1040x instructions Direct rollover option, Withholding. Federal 1040x instructions Eligible rollover distribution paid to taxpayer, Withholding requirement. Federal 1040x instructions Worksheets Figuring amount of net income due to IRA contribution and total amount to be recharacterized (Worksheet 1-3), Worksheet 1-3. Federal 1040x instructions Determining the Amount of Net Income Due To an IRA Contribution and Total Amount To Be Recharacterized Figuring modified AGI (Worksheet 1-1), Worksheet 1-1. Federal 1040x instructions Figuring Your Modified AGI Roth IRAs Figuring modified AGI (Worksheet 2-1), Worksheet 2-1. Federal 1040x instructions Modified Adjusted Gross Income for Roth IRA Purposes Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications
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The Federal 1040x Instructions

Federal 1040x instructions 1. Federal 1040x instructions   Overview of Depreciation Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Property Can Be Depreciated?Property You Own Property Used in Your Business or Income-Producing Activity Property Having a Determinable Useful Life Property Lasting More Than One Year What Property Cannot Be Depreciated?Land Excepted Property When Does Depreciation Begin and End?Placed in Service Idle Property Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered Retired From Service What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property?Property You Placed in Service Before 1987 Property Owned or Used in 1986 Intangible Property Corporate or Partnership Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Transfer Election To Exclude Property From MACRS What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property?Cost as Basis Other Basis Adjusted Basis How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements? Do You Have To File Form 4562? How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions?Filing an Amended Return Changing Your Accounting Method Introduction Depreciation is an annual income tax deduction that allows you to recover the cost or other basis of certain property over the time you use the property. Federal 1040x instructions It is an allowance for the wear and tear, deterioration, or obsolescence of the property. Federal 1040x instructions This chapter discusses the general rules for depreciating property and answers the following questions. Federal 1040x instructions What property can be depreciated? What property cannot be depreciated? When does depreciation begin and end? What method can you use to depreciate your property? What is the basis of your depreciable property? How do you treat repairs and improvements? Do you have to file Form 4562? How do you correct depreciation deductions? Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 534 Depreciating Property Placed in Service Before 1987 535 Business Expenses 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 551 Basis of Assets Form (and Instructions) Sch C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business Sch C-EZ (Form 1040) Net Profit From Business 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4562 Depreciation and Amortization See chapter 6 for information about getting publications and forms. Federal 1040x instructions What Property Can Be Depreciated? You can depreciate most types of tangible property (except land), such as buildings, machinery, vehicles, furniture, and equipment. Federal 1040x instructions You also can depreciate certain intangible property, such as patents, copyrights, and computer software. Federal 1040x instructions To be depreciable, the property must meet all the following requirements. Federal 1040x instructions It must be property you own. Federal 1040x instructions It must be used in your business or income-producing activity. Federal 1040x instructions It must have a determinable useful life. Federal 1040x instructions It must be expected to last more than one year. Federal 1040x instructions The following discussions provide information about these requirements. Federal 1040x instructions Property You Own To claim depreciation, you usually must be the owner of the property. Federal 1040x instructions You are considered as owning property even if it is subject to a debt. Federal 1040x instructions Example 1. Federal 1040x instructions You made a down payment to purchase rental property and assumed the previous owner's mortgage. Federal 1040x instructions You own the property and you can depreciate it. Federal 1040x instructions Example 2. Federal 1040x instructions You bought a new van that you will use only for your courier business. Federal 1040x instructions You will be making payments on the van over the next 5 years. Federal 1040x instructions You own the van and you can depreciate it. Federal 1040x instructions Leased property. Federal 1040x instructions   You can depreciate leased property only if you retain the incidents of ownership in the property (explained below). Federal 1040x instructions This means you bear the burden of exhaustion of the capital investment in the property. Federal 1040x instructions Therefore, if you lease property from someone to use in your trade or business or for the production of income, you generally cannot depreciate its cost because you do not retain the incidents of ownership. Federal 1040x instructions You can, however, depreciate any capital improvements you make to the property. Federal 1040x instructions See How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements later in this chapter and Additions and Improvements under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4. Federal 1040x instructions   If you lease property to someone, you generally can depreciate its cost even if the lessee (the person leasing from you) has agreed to preserve, replace, renew, and maintain the property. Federal 1040x instructions However, if the lease provides that the lessee is to maintain the property and return to you the same property or its equivalent in value at the expiration of the lease in as good condition and value as when leased, you cannot depreciate the cost of the property. Federal 1040x instructions Incidents of ownership. Federal 1040x instructions   Incidents of ownership in property include the following. Federal 1040x instructions The legal title to the property. Federal 1040x instructions The legal obligation to pay for the property. Federal 1040x instructions The responsibility to pay maintenance and operating expenses. Federal 1040x instructions The duty to pay any taxes on the property. Federal 1040x instructions The risk of loss if the property is destroyed, condemned, or diminished in value through obsolescence or exhaustion. Federal 1040x instructions Life tenant. Federal 1040x instructions   Generally, if you hold business or investment property as a life tenant, you can depreciate it as if you were the absolute owner of the property. Federal 1040x instructions However, see Certain term interests in property under Excepted Property, later. Federal 1040x instructions Cooperative apartments. Federal 1040x instructions   If you are a tenant-stockholder in a cooperative housing corporation and use your cooperative apartment in your business or for the production of income, you can depreciate your stock in the corporation, even though the corporation owns the apartment. Federal 1040x instructions   Figure your depreciation deduction as follows. Federal 1040x instructions Figure the depreciation for all the depreciable real property owned by the corporation in which you have a proprietary lease or right of tenancy. Federal 1040x instructions If you bought your cooperative stock after its first offering, figure the depreciable basis of this property as follows. Federal 1040x instructions Multiply your cost per share by the total number of outstanding shares, including any shares held by the corporation. Federal 1040x instructions Add to the amount figured in (a) any mortgage debt on the property on the date you bought the stock. Federal 1040x instructions Subtract from the amount figured in (b) any mortgage debt that is not for the depreciable real property, such as the part for the land. Federal 1040x instructions Subtract from the amount figured in (1) any depreciation for space owned by the corporation that can be rented but cannot be lived in by tenant-stockholders. Federal 1040x instructions Divide the number of your shares of stock by the total number of outstanding shares, including any shares held by the corporation. Federal 1040x instructions Multiply the result of (2) by the percentage you figured in (3). Federal 1040x instructions This is your depreciation on the stock. Federal 1040x instructions   Your depreciation deduction for the year cannot be more than the part of your adjusted basis in the stock of the corporation that is allocable to your business or income-producing property. Federal 1040x instructions You must also reduce your depreciation deduction if only a portion of the property is used in a business or for the production of income. Federal 1040x instructions Example. Federal 1040x instructions You figure your share of the cooperative housing corporation's depreciation to be $30,000. Federal 1040x instructions Your adjusted basis in the stock of the corporation is $50,000. Federal 1040x instructions You use one half of your apartment solely for business purposes. Federal 1040x instructions Your depreciation deduction for the stock for the year cannot be more than $25,000 (½ of $50,000). Federal 1040x instructions Change to business use. Federal 1040x instructions   If you change your cooperative apartment to business use, figure your allowable depreciation as explained earlier. Federal 1040x instructions The basis of all the depreciable real property owned by the cooperative housing corporation is the smaller of the following amounts. Federal 1040x instructions The fair market value of the property on the date you change your apartment to business use. Federal 1040x instructions This is considered to be the same as the corporation's adjusted basis minus straight line depreciation, unless this value is unrealistic. Federal 1040x instructions The corporation's adjusted basis in the property on that date. Federal 1040x instructions Do not subtract depreciation when figuring the corporation's adjusted basis. Federal 1040x instructions   If you bought the stock after its first offering, the corporation's adjusted basis in the property is the amount figured in (1), above. Federal 1040x instructions The fair market value of the property is considered to be the same as the corporation's adjusted basis figured in this way minus straight line depreciation, unless the value is unrealistic. Federal 1040x instructions   For a discussion of fair market value and adjusted basis, see Publication 551. Federal 1040x instructions Property Used in Your Business or Income-Producing Activity To claim depreciation on property, you must use it in your business or income-producing activity. Federal 1040x instructions If you use property to produce income (investment use), the income must be taxable. Federal 1040x instructions You cannot depreciate property that you use solely for personal activities. Federal 1040x instructions Partial business or investment use. Federal 1040x instructions   If you use property for business or investment purposes and for personal purposes, you can deduct depreciation based only on the business or investment use. Federal 1040x instructions For example, you cannot deduct depreciation on a car used only for commuting, personal shopping trips, family vacations, driving children to and from school, or similar activities. Federal 1040x instructions    You must keep records showing the business, investment, and personal use of your property. Federal 1040x instructions For more information on the records you must keep for listed property, such as a car, see What Records Must Be Kept in chapter 5. Federal 1040x instructions    Although you can combine business and investment use of property when figuring depreciation deductions, do not treat investment use as qualified business use when determining whether the business-use requirement for listed property is met. Federal 1040x instructions For information about qualified business use of listed property, see What Is the Business-Use Requirement in chapter 5. Federal 1040x instructions Office in the home. Federal 1040x instructions   If you use part of your home as an office, you may be able to deduct depreciation on that part based on its business use. Federal 1040x instructions For information about depreciating your home office, see Publication 587. Federal 1040x instructions Inventory. Federal 1040x instructions   You cannot depreciate inventory because it is not held for use in your business. Federal 1040x instructions Inventory is any property you hold primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of your business. Federal 1040x instructions   If you are a rent-to-own dealer, you may be able to treat certain property held in your business as depreciable property rather than as inventory. Federal 1040x instructions See Rent-to-own dealer under Which Property Class Applies Under GDS in chapter 4. Federal 1040x instructions   In some cases, it is not clear whether property is held for sale (inventory) or for use in your business. Federal 1040x instructions If it is unclear, examine carefully all the facts in the operation of the particular business. Federal 1040x instructions The following example shows how a careful examination of the facts in two similar situations results in different conclusions. Federal 1040x instructions Example. Federal 1040x instructions Maple Corporation is in the business of leasing cars. Federal 1040x instructions At the end of their useful lives, when the cars are no longer profitable to lease, Maple sells them. Federal 1040x instructions Maple does not have a showroom, used car lot, or individuals to sell the cars. Federal 1040x instructions Instead, it sells them through wholesalers or by similar arrangements in which a dealer's profit is not intended or considered. Federal 1040x instructions Maple can depreciate the leased cars because the cars are not held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business, but are leased. Federal 1040x instructions If Maple buys cars at wholesale prices, leases them for a short time, and then sells them at retail prices or in sales in which a dealer's profit is intended, the cars are treated as inventory and are not depreciable property. Federal 1040x instructions In this situation, the cars are held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. Federal 1040x instructions Containers. Federal 1040x instructions   Generally, containers for the products you sell are part of inventory and you cannot depreciate them. Federal 1040x instructions However, you can depreciate containers used to ship your products if they have a life longer than one year and meet the following requirements. Federal 1040x instructions They qualify as property used in your business. Federal 1040x instructions Title to the containers does not pass to the buyer. Federal 1040x instructions   To determine if these requirements are met, consider the following questions. Federal 1040x instructions Does your sales contract, sales invoice, or other type of order acknowledgment indicate whether you have retained title? Does your invoice treat the containers as separate items? Do any of your records state your basis in the containers? Property Having a Determinable Useful Life To be depreciable, your property must have a determinable useful life. Federal 1040x instructions This means that it must be something that wears out, decays, gets used up, becomes obsolete, or loses its value from natural causes. Federal 1040x instructions Property Lasting More Than One Year To be depreciable, property must have a useful life that extends substantially beyond the year you place it in service. Federal 1040x instructions Example. Federal 1040x instructions You maintain a library for use in your profession. Federal 1040x instructions You can depreciate it. Federal 1040x instructions However, if you buy technical books, journals, or information services for use in your business that have a useful life of one year or less, you cannot depreciate them. Federal 1040x instructions Instead, you deduct their cost as a business expense. Federal 1040x instructions What Property Cannot Be Depreciated? Certain property cannot be depreciated. Federal 1040x instructions This includes land and certain excepted property. Federal 1040x instructions Land You cannot depreciate the cost of land because land does not wear out, become obsolete, or get used up. Federal 1040x instructions The cost of land generally includes the cost of clearing, grading, planting, and landscaping. Federal 1040x instructions Although you cannot depreciate land, you can depreciate certain land preparation costs, such as landscaping costs, incurred in preparing land for business use. Federal 1040x instructions These costs must be so closely associated with other depreciable property that you can determine a life for them along with the life of the associated property. Federal 1040x instructions Example. Federal 1040x instructions You constructed a new building for use in your business and paid for grading, clearing, seeding, and planting bushes and trees. Federal 1040x instructions Some of the bushes and trees were planted right next to the building, while others were planted around the outer border of the lot. Federal 1040x instructions If you replace the building, you would have to destroy the bushes and trees right next to it. Federal 1040x instructions These bushes and trees are closely associated with the building, so they have a determinable useful life. Federal 1040x instructions Therefore, you can depreciate them. Federal 1040x instructions Add your other land preparation costs to the basis of your land because they have no determinable life and you cannot depreciate them. Federal 1040x instructions Excepted Property Even if the requirements explained in the preceding discussions are met, you cannot depreciate the following property. Federal 1040x instructions Property placed in service and disposed of in the same year. Federal 1040x instructions Determining when property is placed in service is explained later. Federal 1040x instructions Equipment used to build capital improvements. Federal 1040x instructions You must add otherwise allowable depreciation on the equipment during the period of construction to the basis of your improvements. Federal 1040x instructions See Uniform Capitalization Rules in Publication 551. Federal 1040x instructions Section 197 intangibles. Federal 1040x instructions You must amortize these costs. Federal 1040x instructions Section 197 intangibles are discussed in detail in Chapter 8 of Publication 535. Federal 1040x instructions Intangible property, such as certain computer software, that is not section 197 intangible property, can be depreciated if it meets certain requirements. Federal 1040x instructions See Intangible Property , later. Federal 1040x instructions Certain term interests. Federal 1040x instructions Certain term interests in property. Federal 1040x instructions   You cannot depreciate a term interest in property created or acquired after July 27, 1989, for any period during which the remainder interest is held, directly or indirectly, by a person related to you. Federal 1040x instructions A term interest in property means a life interest in property, an interest in property for a term of years, or an income interest in a trust. Federal 1040x instructions Related persons. Federal 1040x instructions   For a description of related persons, see Related Persons, later. Federal 1040x instructions For this purpose, however, treat as related persons only the relationships listed in items (1) through (10) of that discussion and substitute “50%” for “10%” each place it appears. Federal 1040x instructions Basis adjustments. Federal 1040x instructions   If you would be allowed a depreciation deduction for a term interest in property except that the holder of the remainder interest is related to you, you generally must reduce your basis in the term interest by any depreciation or amortization not allowed. Federal 1040x instructions   If you hold the remainder interest, you generally must increase your basis in that interest by the depreciation not allowed to the term interest holder. Federal 1040x instructions However, do not increase your basis for depreciation not allowed for periods during which either of the following situations applies. Federal 1040x instructions The term interest is held by an organization exempt from tax. Federal 1040x instructions The term interest is held by a nonresident alien individual or foreign corporation, and the income from the term interest is not effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States. Federal 1040x instructions Exceptions. Federal 1040x instructions   The above rules do not apply to the holder of a term interest in property acquired by gift, bequest, or inheritance. Federal 1040x instructions They also do not apply to the holder of dividend rights that were separated from any stripped preferred stock if the rights were purchased after April 30, 1993, or to a person whose basis in the stock is determined by reference to the basis in the hands of the purchaser. Federal 1040x instructions When Does Depreciation Begin and End? You begin to depreciate your property when you place it in service for use in your trade or business or for the production of income. Federal 1040x instructions You stop depreciating property either when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis or when you retire it from service, whichever happens first. Federal 1040x instructions Placed in Service You place property in service when it is ready and available for a specific use, whether in a business activity, an income-producing activity, a tax-exempt activity, or a personal activity. Federal 1040x instructions Even if you are not using the property, it is in service when it is ready and available for its specific use. Federal 1040x instructions Example 1. Federal 1040x instructions Donald Steep bought a machine for his business. Federal 1040x instructions The machine was delivered last year. Federal 1040x instructions However, it was not installed and operational until this year. Federal 1040x instructions It is considered placed in service this year. Federal 1040x instructions If the machine had been ready and available for use when it was delivered, it would be considered placed in service last year even if it was not actually used until this year. Federal 1040x instructions Example 2. Federal 1040x instructions On April 6, Sue Thorn bought a house to use as residential rental property. Federal 1040x instructions She made several repairs and had it ready for rent on July 5. Federal 1040x instructions At that time, she began to advertise it for rent in the local newspaper. Federal 1040x instructions The house is considered placed in service in July when it was ready and available for rent. Federal 1040x instructions She can begin to depreciate it in July. Federal 1040x instructions Example 3. Federal 1040x instructions James Elm is a building contractor who specializes in constructing office buildings. Federal 1040x instructions He bought a truck last year that had to be modified to lift materials to second-story levels. Federal 1040x instructions The installation of the lifting equipment was completed and James accepted delivery of the modified truck on January 10 of this year. Federal 1040x instructions The truck was placed in service on January 10, the date it was ready and available to perform the function for which it was bought. Federal 1040x instructions Conversion to business use. Federal 1040x instructions   If you place property in service in a personal activity, you cannot claim depreciation. Federal 1040x instructions However, if you change the property's use to use in a business or income-producing activity, then you can begin to depreciate it at the time of the change. Federal 1040x instructions You place the property in service in the business or income-producing activity on the date of the change. Federal 1040x instructions Example. Federal 1040x instructions You bought a home and used it as your personal home several years before you converted it to rental property. Federal 1040x instructions Although its specific use was personal and no depreciation was allowable, you placed the home in service when you began using it as your home. Federal 1040x instructions You can begin to claim depreciation in the year you converted it to rental property because its use changed to an income-producing use at that time. Federal 1040x instructions Idle Property Continue to claim a deduction for depreciation on property used in your business or for the production of income even if it is temporarily idle (not in use). Federal 1040x instructions For example, if you stop using a machine because there is a temporary lack of a market for a product made with that machine, continue to deduct depreciation on the machine. Federal 1040x instructions Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered You stop depreciating property when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis. Federal 1040x instructions You recover your basis when your section 179 and allowed or allowable depreciation deductions equal your cost or investment in the property. Federal 1040x instructions See What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property , later. Federal 1040x instructions Retired From Service You stop depreciating property when you retire it from service, even if you have not fully recovered its cost or other basis. Federal 1040x instructions You retire property from service when you permanently withdraw it from use in a trade or business or from use in the production of income because of any of the following events. Federal 1040x instructions You sell or exchange the property. Federal 1040x instructions You convert the property to personal use. Federal 1040x instructions You abandon the property. Federal 1040x instructions You transfer the property to a supplies or scrap account. Federal 1040x instructions The property is destroyed. Federal 1040x instructions If you included the property in a general asset account, see How Do You Use General Asset Accounts in chapter 4 for the rules that apply when you dispose of that property. Federal 1040x instructions What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property? You must use the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) to depreciate most property. Federal 1040x instructions MACRS is discussed in chapter 4. Federal 1040x instructions You cannot use MACRS to depreciate the following property. Federal 1040x instructions Property you placed in service before 1987. Federal 1040x instructions Certain property owned or used in 1986. Federal 1040x instructions Intangible property. Federal 1040x instructions Films, video tapes, and recordings. Federal 1040x instructions Certain corporate or partnership property acquired in a nontaxable transfer. Federal 1040x instructions Property you elected to exclude from MACRS. Federal 1040x instructions The following discussions describe the property listed above and explain what depreciation method should be used. Federal 1040x instructions Property You Placed in Service Before 1987 You cannot use MACRS for property you placed in service before 1987 (except property you placed in service after July 31, 1986, if MACRS was elected). Federal 1040x instructions Property placed in service before 1987 must be depreciated under the methods discussed in Publication 534. Federal 1040x instructions For a discussion of when property is placed in service, see When Does Depreciation Begin and End , earlier. Federal 1040x instructions Use of real property changed. Federal 1040x instructions   You generally must use MACRS to depreciate real property that you acquired for personal use before 1987 and changed to business or income-producing use after 1986. Federal 1040x instructions Improvements made after 1986. Federal 1040x instructions   You must treat an improvement made after 1986 to property you placed in service before 1987 as separate depreciable property. Federal 1040x instructions Therefore, you can depreciate that improvement as separate property under MACRS if it is the type of property that otherwise qualifies for MACRS depreciation. Federal 1040x instructions For more information about improvements, see How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements , later and Additions and Improvements under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4. Federal 1040x instructions Property Owned or Used in 1986 You may not be able to use MACRS for property you acquired and placed in service after 1986 if any of the situations described below apply. Federal 1040x instructions If you cannot use MACRS, the property must be depreciated under the methods discussed in Publication 534. Federal 1040x instructions For the following discussions, do not treat property as owned before you placed it in service. Federal 1040x instructions If you owned property in 1986 but did not place it in service until 1987, you do not treat it as owned in 1986. Federal 1040x instructions Personal property. Federal 1040x instructions   You cannot use MACRS for personal property (section 1245 property) in any of the following situations. Federal 1040x instructions You or someone related to you owned or used the property in 1986. Federal 1040x instructions You acquired the property from a person who owned it in 1986 and as part of the transaction the user of the property did not change. Federal 1040x instructions You lease the property to a person (or someone related to this person) who owned or used the property in 1986. Federal 1040x instructions You acquired the property in a transaction in which: The user of the property did not change, and The property was not MACRS property in the hands of the person from whom you acquired it because of (2) or (3) above. Federal 1040x instructions Real property. Federal 1040x instructions   You generally cannot use MACRS for real property (section 1250 property) in any of the following situations. Federal 1040x instructions You or someone related to you owned the property in 1986. Federal 1040x instructions You lease the property to a person who owned the property in 1986 (or someone related to that person). Federal 1040x instructions You acquired the property in a like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or repossession of property you or someone related to you owned in 1986. Federal 1040x instructions MACRS applies only to that part of your basis in the acquired property that represents cash paid or unlike property given up. Federal 1040x instructions It does not apply to the carried-over part of the basis. Federal 1040x instructions Exceptions. Federal 1040x instructions   The rules above do not apply to the following. Federal 1040x instructions Residential rental property or nonresidential real property. Federal 1040x instructions Any property if, in the first tax year it is placed in service, the deduction under the Accelerated Cost Recovery System (ACRS) is more than the deduction under MACRS using the half-year convention. Federal 1040x instructions For information on how to figure depreciation under ACRS, see Publication 534. Federal 1040x instructions Property that was MACRS property in the hands of the person from whom you acquired it because of (2) above. Federal 1040x instructions Related persons. Federal 1040x instructions   For this purpose, the following are related persons. Federal 1040x instructions An individual and a member of his or her family, including only a spouse, child, parent, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, ancestor, and lineal descendant. Federal 1040x instructions A corporation and an individual who directly or indirectly owns more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of that corporation. Federal 1040x instructions Two corporations that are members of the same controlled group. Federal 1040x instructions A trust fiduciary and a corporation if more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock is directly or indirectly owned by or for the trust or grantor of the trust. Federal 1040x instructions The grantor and fiduciary, and the fiduciary and beneficiary, of any trust. Federal 1040x instructions The fiduciaries of two different trusts, and the fiduciaries and beneficiaries of two different trusts, if the same person is the grantor of both trusts. Federal 1040x instructions A tax-exempt educational or charitable organization and any person (or, if that person is an individual, a member of that person's family) who directly or indirectly controls the organization. Federal 1040x instructions Two S corporations, and an S corporation and a regular corporation, if the same persons own more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. Federal 1040x instructions A corporation and a partnership if the same persons own both of the following. Federal 1040x instructions More than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of the corporation. Federal 1040x instructions More than 10% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership. Federal 1040x instructions The executor and beneficiary of any estate. Federal 1040x instructions A partnership and a person who directly or indirectly owns more than 10% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership. Federal 1040x instructions Two partnerships, if the same persons directly or indirectly own more than 10% of the capital or profits interest in each. Federal 1040x instructions The related person and a person who is engaged in trades or businesses under common control. Federal 1040x instructions See section 52(a) and 52(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal 1040x instructions When to determine relationship. Federal 1040x instructions   You must determine whether you are related to another person at the time you acquire the property. Federal 1040x instructions   A partnership acquiring property from a terminating partnership must determine whether it is related to the terminating partnership immediately before the event causing the termination. Federal 1040x instructions For this rule, a terminating partnership is one that sells or exchanges, within 12 months, 50% or more of its total interest in partnership capital or profits. Federal 1040x instructions Constructive ownership of stock or partnership interest. Federal 1040x instructions   To determine whether a person directly or indirectly owns any of the outstanding stock of a corporation or an interest in a partnership, apply the following rules. Federal 1040x instructions Stock or a partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust is considered owned proportionately by or for its shareholders, partners, or beneficiaries. Federal 1040x instructions However, for a partnership interest owned by or for a C corporation, this applies only to shareholders who directly or indirectly own 5% or more of the value of the stock of the corporation. Federal 1040x instructions An individual is considered to own the stock or partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for the individual's family. Federal 1040x instructions An individual who owns, except by applying rule (2), any stock in a corporation is considered to own the stock directly or indirectly owned by or for the individual's partner. Federal 1040x instructions For purposes of rules (1), (2), or (3), stock or a partnership interest considered to be owned by a person under rule (1) is treated as actually owned by that person. Federal 1040x instructions However, stock or a partnership interest considered to be owned by an individual under rule (2) or (3) is not treated as owned by that individual for reapplying either rule (2) or (3) to make another person considered to be the owner of the same stock or partnership interest. Federal 1040x instructions Intangible Property Generally, if you can depreciate intangible property, you usually use the straight line method of depreciation. Federal 1040x instructions However, you can choose to depreciate certain intangible property under the income forecast method (discussed later). Federal 1040x instructions You cannot depreciate intangible property that is a section 197 intangible or that otherwise does not meet all the requirements discussed earlier under What Property Can Be Depreciated. Federal 1040x instructions Straight Line Method This method lets you deduct the same amount of depreciation each year over the useful life of the property. Federal 1040x instructions To figure your deduction, first determine the adjusted basis, salvage value, and estimated useful life of your property. Federal 1040x instructions Subtract the salvage value, if any, from the adjusted basis. Federal 1040x instructions The balance is the total depreciation you can take over the useful life of the property. Federal 1040x instructions Divide the balance by the number of years in the useful life. Federal 1040x instructions This gives you your yearly depreciation deduction. Federal 1040x instructions Unless there is a big change in adjusted basis or useful life, this amount will stay the same throughout the time you depreciate the property. Federal 1040x instructions If, in the first year, you use the property for less than a full year, you must prorate your depreciation deduction for the number of months in use. Federal 1040x instructions Example. Federal 1040x instructions In April, Frank bought a patent for $5,100 that is not a section 197 intangible. Federal 1040x instructions He depreciates the patent under the straight line method, using a 17-year useful life and no salvage value. Federal 1040x instructions He divides the $5,100 basis by 17 years to get his $300 yearly depreciation deduction. Federal 1040x instructions He only used the patent for 9 months during the first year, so he multiplies $300 by 9/12 to get his deduction of $225 for the first year. Federal 1040x instructions Next year, Frank can deduct $300 for the full year. Federal 1040x instructions Patents and copyrights. Federal 1040x instructions   If you can depreciate the cost of a patent or copyright, use the straight line method over the useful life. Federal 1040x instructions The useful life of a patent or copyright is the lesser of the life granted to it by the government or the remaining life when you acquire it. Federal 1040x instructions However, if the patent or copyright becomes valueless before the end of its useful life, you can deduct in that year any of its remaining cost or other basis. Federal 1040x instructions Computer software. Federal 1040x instructions   Computer software is generally a section 197 intangible and cannot be depreciated if you acquired it in connection with the acquisition of assets constituting a business or a substantial part of a business. Federal 1040x instructions   However, computer software is not a section 197 intangible and can be depreciated, even if acquired in connection with the acquisition of a business, if it meets all of the following tests. Federal 1040x instructions It is readily available for purchase by the general public. Federal 1040x instructions It is subject to a nonexclusive license. Federal 1040x instructions It has not been substantially modified. Federal 1040x instructions   If the software meets the tests above, it may also qualify for the section 179 deduction and the special depreciation allowance, discussed later. Federal 1040x instructions If you can depreciate the cost of computer software, use the straight line method over a useful life of 36 months. Federal 1040x instructions    Tax-exempt use property subject to a lease. Federal 1040x instructions   The useful life of computer software leased under a lease agreement entered into after March 12, 2004, to a tax-exempt organization, governmental unit, or foreign person or entity (other than a partnership), cannot be less than 125% of the lease term. Federal 1040x instructions Certain created intangibles. Federal 1040x instructions   You can amortize certain intangibles created on or after December 31, 2003, over a 15-year period using the straight line method and no salvage value, even though they have a useful life that cannot be estimated with reasonable accuracy. Federal 1040x instructions For example, amounts paid to acquire memberships or privileges of indefinite duration, such as a trade association membership, are eligible costs. Federal 1040x instructions   The following are not eligible. Federal 1040x instructions Any intangible asset acquired from another person. Federal 1040x instructions Created financial interests. Federal 1040x instructions Any intangible asset that has a useful life that can be estimated with reasonable accuracy. Federal 1040x instructions Any intangible asset that has an amortization period or limited useful life that is specifically prescribed or prohibited by the Code, regulations, or other published IRS guidance. Federal 1040x instructions Any amount paid to facilitate an acquisition of a trade or business, a change in the capital structure of a business entity, and certain other transactions. Federal 1040x instructions   You must also increase the 15-year safe harbor amortization period to a 25-year period for certain intangibles related to benefits arising from the provision, production, or improvement of real property. Federal 1040x instructions For this purpose, real property includes property that will remain attached to the real property for an indefinite period of time, such as roads, bridges, tunnels, pavements, and pollution control facilities. Federal 1040x instructions Income Forecast Method You can choose to use the income forecast method instead of the straight line method to depreciate the following depreciable intangibles. Federal 1040x instructions Motion picture films or video tapes. Federal 1040x instructions Sound recordings. Federal 1040x instructions Copyrights. Federal 1040x instructions Books. Federal 1040x instructions Patents. Federal 1040x instructions Under the income forecast method, each year's depreciation deduction is equal to the cost of the property, multiplied by a fraction. Federal 1040x instructions The numerator of the fraction is the current year's net income from the property, and the denominator is the total income anticipated from the property through the end of the 10th taxable year following the taxable year the property is placed in service. Federal 1040x instructions For more information, see section 167(g) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal 1040x instructions Films, video tapes, and recordings. Federal 1040x instructions   You cannot use MACRS for motion picture films, video tapes, and sound recordings. Federal 1040x instructions For this purpose, sound recordings are discs, tapes, or other phonorecordings resulting from the fixation of a series of sounds. Federal 1040x instructions You can depreciate this property using either the straight line method or the income forecast method. Federal 1040x instructions Participations and residuals. Federal 1040x instructions   You can include participations and residuals in the adjusted basis of the property for purposes of computing your depreciation deduction under the income forecast method. Federal 1040x instructions The participations and residuals must relate to income to be derived from the property before the end of the 10th taxable year after the property is placed in service. Federal 1040x instructions For this purpose, participations and residuals are defined as costs which by contract vary with the amount of income earned in connection with the property. Federal 1040x instructions   Instead of including these amounts in the adjusted basis of the property, you can deduct the costs in the taxable year that they are paid. Federal 1040x instructions Videocassettes. Federal 1040x instructions   If you are in the business of renting videocassettes, you can depreciate only those videocassettes bought for rental. Federal 1040x instructions If the videocassette has a useful life of one year or less, you can currently deduct the cost as a business expense. Federal 1040x instructions Corporate or Partnership Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Transfer MACRS does not apply to property used before 1987 and transferred after 1986 to a corporation or partnership (except property the transferor placed in service after July 31, 1986, if MACRS was elected) to the extent its basis is carried over from the property's adjusted basis in the transferor's hands. Federal 1040x instructions You must continue to use the same depreciation method as the transferor and figure depreciation as if the transfer had not occurred. Federal 1040x instructions However, if MACRS would otherwise apply, you can use it to depreciate the part of the property's basis that exceeds the carried-over basis. Federal 1040x instructions The nontaxable transfers covered by this rule include the following. Federal 1040x instructions A distribution in complete liquidation of a subsidiary. Federal 1040x instructions A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. Federal 1040x instructions An exchange of property solely for corporate stock or securities in a reorganization. Federal 1040x instructions A contribution of property to a partnership in exchange for a partnership interest. Federal 1040x instructions A partnership distribution of property to a partner. Federal 1040x instructions Election To Exclude Property From MACRS If you can properly depreciate any property under a method not based on a term of years, such as the unit-of-production method, you can elect to exclude that property from MACRS. Federal 1040x instructions You make the election by reporting your depreciation for the property on line 15 in Part II of Form 4562 and attaching a statement as described in the instructions for Form 4562. Federal 1040x instructions You must make this election by the return due date (including extensions) for the tax year you place your property in service. Federal 1040x instructions However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within six months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Federal 1040x instructions Attach the election to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Federal 1040x instructions 9100-2” on the election statement. Federal 1040x instructions File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Federal 1040x instructions Use of standard mileage rate. Federal 1040x instructions   If you use the standard mileage rate to figure your tax deduction for your business automobile, you are treated as having made an election to exclude the automobile from MACRS. Federal 1040x instructions See Publication 463 for a discussion of the standard mileage rate. Federal 1040x instructions What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property? To figure your depreciation deduction, you must determine the basis of your property. Federal 1040x instructions To determine basis, you need to know the cost or other basis of your property. Federal 1040x instructions Cost as Basis The basis of property you buy is its cost plus amounts you paid for items such as sales tax (see Exception , below), freight charges, and installation and testing fees. Federal 1040x instructions The cost includes the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, other property, or services. Federal 1040x instructions Exception. Federal 1040x instructions   You can elect to deduct state and local general sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Federal 1040x instructions If you make that choice, you cannot include those sales taxes as part of your cost basis. Federal 1040x instructions Assumed debt. Federal 1040x instructions   If you buy property and assume (or buy subject to) an existing mortgage or other debt on the property, your basis includes the amount you pay for the property plus the amount of the assumed debt. Federal 1040x instructions Example. Federal 1040x instructions You make a $20,000 down payment on property and assume the seller's mortgage of $120,000. Federal 1040x instructions Your total cost is $140,000, the cash you paid plus the mortgage you assumed. Federal 1040x instructions Settlement costs. Federal 1040x instructions   The basis of real property also includes certain fees and charges you pay in addition to the purchase price. Federal 1040x instructions These generally are shown on your settlement statement and include the following. Federal 1040x instructions Legal and recording fees. Federal 1040x instructions Abstract fees. Federal 1040x instructions Survey charges. Federal 1040x instructions Owner's title insurance. Federal 1040x instructions Amounts the seller owes that you agree to pay, such as back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, charges for improvements or repairs, and sales commissions. Federal 1040x instructions   For fees and charges you cannot include in the basis of property, see Real Property in Publication 551. Federal 1040x instructions Property you construct or build. Federal 1040x instructions   If you construct, build, or otherwise produce property for use in your business, you may have to use the uniform capitalization rules to determine the basis of your property. Federal 1040x instructions For information about the uniform capitalization rules, see Publication 551 and the regulations under section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal 1040x instructions Other Basis Other basis usually refers to basis that is determined by the way you received the property. Federal 1040x instructions For example, your basis is other than cost if you acquired the property in exchange for other property, as payment for services you performed, as a gift, or as an inheritance. Federal 1040x instructions If you acquired property in this or some other way, see Publication 551 to determine your basis. Federal 1040x instructions Property changed from personal use. Federal 1040x instructions   If you held property for personal use and later use it in your business or income-producing activity, your depreciable basis is the lesser of the following. Federal 1040x instructions The fair market value (FMV) of the property on the date of the change in use. Federal 1040x instructions Your original cost or other basis adjusted as follows. Federal 1040x instructions Increased by the cost of any permanent improvements or additions and other costs that must be added to basis. Federal 1040x instructions Decreased by any deductions you claimed for casualty and theft losses and other items that reduced your basis. Federal 1040x instructions Example. Federal 1040x instructions Several years ago, Nia paid $160,000 to have her home built on a lot that cost her $25,000. Federal 1040x instructions Before changing the property to rental use last year, she paid $20,000 for permanent improvements to the house and claimed a $2,000 casualty loss deduction for damage to the house. Federal 1040x instructions Land is not depreciable, so she includes only the cost of the house when figuring the basis for depreciation. Federal 1040x instructions Nia's adjusted basis in the house when she changed its use was $178,000 ($160,000 + $20,000 − $2,000). Federal 1040x instructions On the same date, her property had an FMV of $180,000, of which $15,000 was for the land and $165,000 was for the house. Federal 1040x instructions The basis for depreciation on the house is the FMV on the date of change ($165,000), because it is less than her adjusted basis ($178,000). Federal 1040x instructions Property acquired in a nontaxable transaction. Federal 1040x instructions   Generally, if you receive property in a nontaxable exchange, the basis of the property you receive is the same as the adjusted basis of the property you gave up. Federal 1040x instructions Special rules apply in determining the basis and figuring the MACRS depreciation deduction and special depreciation allowance for property acquired in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion. Federal 1040x instructions See Like-kind exchanges and involuntary conversions. Federal 1040x instructions under How Much Can You Deduct? in chapter 3 and Figuring the Deduction for Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Exchange in chapter 4. Federal 1040x instructions   There are also special rules for determining the basis of MACRS property involved in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion when the property is contained in a general asset account. Federal 1040x instructions See How Do You Use General Asset Accounts in chapter 4. Federal 1040x instructions Adjusted Basis To find your property's basis for depreciation, you may have to make certain adjustments (increases and decreases) to the basis of the property for events occurring between the time you acquired the property and the time you placed it in service. Federal 1040x instructions These events could include the following. Federal 1040x instructions Installing utility lines. Federal 1040x instructions Paying legal fees for perfecting the title. Federal 1040x instructions Settling zoning issues. Federal 1040x instructions Receiving rebates. Federal 1040x instructions Incurring a casualty or theft loss. Federal 1040x instructions For a discussion of adjustments to the basis of your property, see Adjusted Basis in Publication 551. Federal 1040x instructions If you depreciate your property under MACRS, you also may have to reduce your basis by certain deductions and credits with respect to the property. Federal 1040x instructions For more information, see What Is the Basis for Depreciation in chapter 4. Federal 1040x instructions . Federal 1040x instructions Basis adjustment for depreciation allowed or allowable. Federal 1040x instructions   You must reduce the basis of property by the depreciation allowed or allowable, whichever is greater. Federal 1040x instructions Depreciation allowed is depreciation you actually deducted (from which you received a tax benefit). Federal 1040x instructions Depreciation allowable is depreciation you are entitled to deduct. Federal 1040x instructions   If you do not claim depreciation you are entitled to deduct, you must still reduce the basis of the property by the full amount of depreciation allowable. Federal 1040x instructions   If you deduct more depreciation than you should, you must reduce your basis by any amount deducted from which you received a tax benefit (the depreciation allowed). Federal 1040x instructions How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements? If you improve depreciable property, you must treat the improvement as separate depreciable property. Federal 1040x instructions Improvement means an addition to or partial replacement of property that adds to its value, appreciably lengthens the time you can use it, or adapts it to a different use. Federal 1040x instructions You generally deduct the cost of repairing business property in the same way as any other business expense. Federal 1040x instructions However, if a repair or replacement increases the value of your property, makes it more useful, or lengthens its life, you must treat it as an improvement and depreciate it. Federal 1040x instructions Example. Federal 1040x instructions You repair a small section on one corner of the roof of a rental house. Federal 1040x instructions You deduct the cost of the repair as a rental expense. Federal 1040x instructions However, if you completely replace the roof, the new roof is an improvement because it increases the value and lengthens the life of the property. Federal 1040x instructions You depreciate the cost of the new roof. Federal 1040x instructions Improvements to rented property. Federal 1040x instructions   You can depreciate permanent improvements you make to business property you rent from someone else. Federal 1040x instructions Do You Have To File Form 4562? Use Form 4562 to figure your deduction for depreciation and amortization. Federal 1040x instructions Attach Form 4562 to your tax return for the current tax year if you are claiming any of the following items. Federal 1040x instructions A section 179 deduction for the current year or a section 179 carryover from a prior year. Federal 1040x instructions See chapter 2 for information on the section 179 deduction. Federal 1040x instructions Depreciation for property placed in service during the current year. Federal 1040x instructions Depreciation on any vehicle or other listed property, regardless of when it was placed in service. Federal 1040x instructions See chapter 5 for information on listed property. Federal 1040x instructions A deduction for any vehicle if the deduction is reported on a form other than Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040). Federal 1040x instructions Amortization of costs if the current year is the first year of the amortization period. Federal 1040x instructions Depreciation or amortization on any asset on a corporate income tax return (other than Form 1120S, U. Federal 1040x instructions S. Federal 1040x instructions Income Tax Return for an S Corporation) regardless of when it was placed in service. Federal 1040x instructions You must submit a separate Form 4562 for each business or activity on your return for which a Form 4562 is required. Federal 1040x instructions Table 1-1 presents an overview of the purpose of the various parts of Form 4562. Federal 1040x instructions Employee. Federal 1040x instructions   Do not use Form 4562 if you are an employee and you deduct job-related vehicle expenses using either actual expenses (including depreciation) or the standard mileage rate. Federal 1040x instructions Instead, use either Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Federal 1040x instructions Use Form 2106-EZ if you are claiming the standard mileage rate and you are not reimbursed by your employer for any expenses. Federal 1040x instructions How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions? If you deducted an incorrect amount of depreciation in any year, you may be able to make a correction by filing an amended return for that year. Federal 1040x instructions See Filing an Amended Return , next. Federal 1040x instructions If you are not allowed to make the correction on an amended return, you may be able to change your accounting method to claim the correct amount of depreciation. Federal 1040x instructions See Changing Your Accounting Method , later. Federal 1040x instructions Filing an Amended Return You can file an amended return to correct the amount of depreciation claimed for any property in any of the following situations. Federal 1040x instructions You claimed the incorrect amount because of a mathematical error made in any year. Federal 1040x instructions You claimed the incorrect amount because of a posting error made in any year. Federal 1040x instructions You have not adopted a method of accounting for property placed in service by you in tax years ending after December 29, 2003. Federal 1040x instructions You claimed the incorrect amount on property placed in service by you in tax years ending before December 30, 2003. Federal 1040x instructions Adoption of accounting method defined. Federal 1040x instructions   Generally, you adopt a method of accounting for depreciation by using a permissible method of determining depreciation when you file your first tax return, or by using the same impermissible method of determining depreciation in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. Federal 1040x instructions   For an exception to this 2-year rule, see Revenue Procedure 2011-14 on page 330 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-4, available at www. Federal 1040x instructions irs. Federal 1040x instructions gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb11-04. Federal 1040x instructions pdf. Federal 1040x instructions (Note. Federal 1040x instructions Revenue Procedure 2011-14 is clarified and modified by Revenue Procedure 2012-20. Federal 1040x instructions For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2012-20 on page 700 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-14, available at www. Federal 1040x instructions irs. Federal 1040x instructions gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb12-14. Federal 1040x instructions pdf. Federal 1040x instructions )   For a safe harbor method of accounting to treat rotable spare parts as depreciable assets and procedures to obtain automatic consent to change to the safe harbor method of accounting, see Revenue Procedure 2007-48 on page 110 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-29, available at www. Federal 1040x instructions irs. Federal 1040x instructions gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07-29. Federal 1040x instructions pdf. Federal 1040x instructions When to file. Federal 1040x instructions   If an amended return is allowed, you must file it by the later of the following. Federal 1040x instructions 3 years from the date you filed your original return for the year in which you did not deduct the correct amount. Federal 1040x instructions A return filed before an unextended due date is considered filed on that due date. Federal 1040x instructions 2 years from the time you paid your tax for that year. Federal 1040x instructions Changing Your Accounting Method Generally, you must get IRS approval to change your method of accounting. Federal 1040x instructions You generally must file Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, to request a change in your method of accounting for depreciation. Federal 1040x instructions The following are examples of a change in method of accounting for depreciation. Federal 1040x instructions A change from an impermissible method of determining depreciation for depreciable property, if the impermissible method was used in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. Federal 1040x instructions A change in the treatment of an asset from nondepreciable to depreciable or vice versa. Federal 1040x instructions A change in the depreciation method, period of recovery, or convention of a depreciable asset. Federal 1040x instructions A change from not claiming to claiming the special depreciation allowance if you did not make the election to not claim any special allowance. Federal 1040x instructions A change from claiming a 50% special depreciation allowance to claiming a 30% special depreciation allowance for qualified property (including property that is included in a class of property for which you elected a 30% special allowance instead of a 50% special allowance). Federal 1040x instructions Changes in depreciation that are not a change in method of accounting (and may only be made on an amended return) include the following. Federal 1040x instructions An adjustment in the useful life of a depreciable asset for which depreciation is determined under section 167. Federal 1040x instructions A change in use of an asset in the hands of the same taxpayer. Federal 1040x instructions Making a late depreciation election or revoking a timely valid depreciation election (including the election not to deduct the special depreciation allowance). Federal 1040x instructions If you elected not to claim any special allowance, a change from not claiming to claiming the special allowance is a revocation of the election and is not an accounting method change. Federal 1040x instructions Generally, you must get IRS approval to make a late depreciation election or revoke a depreciation election. Federal 1040x instructions You must submit a request for a letter ruling to make a late election or revoke an election. Federal 1040x instructions Any change in the placed in service date of a depreciable asset. Federal 1040x instructions See section 1. Federal 1040x instructions 446-1(e)(2)(ii)(d) of the regulations for more information and examples. Federal 1040x instructions IRS approval. Federal 1040x instructions   In some instances, you may be able to get approval from the IRS to change your method of accounting for depreciation under the automatic change request procedures generally covered in Revenue Procedure 2011-14. Federal 1040x instructions If you do not qualify to use the automatic procedures to get approval, you must use the advance consent request procedures generally covered in Revenue Procedure 97-27, 1997-1 C. Federal 1040x instructions B. Federal 1040x instructions 680. Federal 1040x instructions Also see the Instructions for Form 3115 for more information on getting approval, including lists of scope limitations and automatic accounting method changes. Federal 1040x instructions Additional guidance. Federal 1040x instructions    For additional guidance and special procedures for changing your accounting method, automatic change procedures, amending your return, and filing Form 3115, see Revenue Procedure 2011-14 on page 330 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-4, available at www. Federal 1040x instructions irs. Federal 1040x instructions gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb11-04. Federal 1040x instructions pdf. Federal 1040x instructions (Note. Federal 1040x instructions Revenue Procedure 2011-14 is clarified and modified by Revenue Procedure 2012-20. Federal 1040x instructions For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2012-20 on page 700 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-14, available at www. Federal 1040x instructions irs. Federal 1040x instructions gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb12-14. Federal 1040x instructions pdf. Federal 1040x instructions )   For a safe harbor method of accounting to treat rotable spare parts as depreciable assets, see Revenue Procedure 2007-48 on page 110 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-29, available at www. Federal 1040x instructions irs. Federal 1040x instructions gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07-29. Federal 1040x instructions pdf. Federal 1040x instructions Table 1-1. Federal 1040x instructions Purpose of Form 4562 This table describes the purpose of the various parts of Form 4562. Federal 1040x instructions For more information, see Form 4562 and its instructions. Federal 1040x instructions Part Purpose I • Electing the section 179 deduction • Figuring the maximum section 179 deduction for the current year • Figuring any section 179 deduction carryover to the next year II • Reporting the special depreciation allowance for property (other than listed property) placed in service during the tax year • Reporting depreciation deductions on property being depreciated under any method other than Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) III • Reporting MACRS depreciation deductions for property placed in service before this year • Reporting MACRS depreciation deductions for property (other than listed property) placed in service during the current year IV • Summarizing other parts V • Reporting the special depreciation allowance for automobiles and other listed property • Reporting MACRS depreciation on automobiles and other listed property • Reporting the section 179 cost elected for automobiles and other listed property • Reporting information on the use of automobiles and other transportation vehicles VI • Reporting amortization deductions Section 481(a) adjustment. Federal 1040x instructions   If you file Form 3115 and change from an impermissible method to a permissible method of accounting for depreciation, you can make a section 481(a) adjustment for any unclaimed or excess amount of allowable depreciation. Federal 1040x instructions The adjustment is the difference between the total depreciation actually deducted for the property and the total amount allowable prior to the year of change. Federal 1040x instructions If no depreciation was deducted, the adjustment is the total depreciation allowable prior to the year of change. Federal 1040x instructions A negative section 481(a) adjustment results in a decrease in taxable income. Federal 1040x instructions It is taken into account in the year of change and is reported on your business tax returns as “other expenses. Federal 1040x instructions ” A positive section 481(a) adjustment results in an increase in taxable income. Federal 1040x instructions It is generally taken into account over 4 tax years and is reported on your business tax returns as “other income. Federal 1040x instructions ” However, you can elect to use a one-year adjustment period and report the adjustment in the year of change if the total adjustment is less than $25,000. Federal 1040x instructions Make the election by completing the appropriate line on Form 3115. Federal 1040x instructions   If you file a Form 3115 and change from one permissible method to another permissible method, the section 481(a) adjustment is zero. Federal 1040x instructions Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications