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File ez 1040 free 1. File ez 1040 free   Deducting Business Expenses Table of Contents What's New Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: What Can I Deduct?Cost of Goods Sold Capital Expenses Capital versus Deductible Expenses Personal versus Business Expenses How Much Can I Deduct?Not-for-profit limits. File ez 1040 free At-risk limits. File ez 1040 free Passive activities. File ez 1040 free Net operating loss. File ez 1040 free When Can I Deduct an Expense?Economic performance. File ez 1040 free Not-for-Profit ActivitiesGross Income Limit on Deductions What's New Optional safe harbor method to determine the business use of a home deduction. File ez 1040 free  Beginning in 2013, you can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the deduction for the business use of your home. File ez 1040 free See Optional safe harbor method under Business use of your home , later. File ez 1040 free Introduction This chapter covers the general rules for deducting business expenses. File ez 1040 free Business expenses are the costs of carrying on a trade or business, and they are usually deductible if the business is operated to make a profit. File ez 1040 free Topics - This chapter discusses: What you can deduct How much you can deduct When you can deduct Not-for-profit activities Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 334 Tax Guide for Small Business 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 529 Miscellaneous Deductions 536 Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 542 Corporations 547 Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts 587 Business Use of Your Home 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 5213 Election To Postpone Determination as To Whether the Presumption Applies That an Activity Is Engaged in for Profit See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. File ez 1040 free What Can I Deduct? To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. File ez 1040 free An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your industry. File ez 1040 free A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your trade or business. File ez 1040 free An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary. File ez 1040 free Even though an expense may be ordinary and necessary, you may not be allowed to deduct the expense in the year you paid or incurred it. File ez 1040 free In some cases you may not be allowed to deduct the expense at all. File ez 1040 free Therefore, it is important to distinguish usual business expenses from expenses that include the following. File ez 1040 free The expenses used to figure cost of goods sold, Capital expenses, and Personal expenses. File ez 1040 free Cost of Goods Sold If your business manufactures products or purchases them for resale, you generally must value inventory at the beginning and end of each tax year to determine your cost of goods sold. File ez 1040 free Some of your business expenses may be included in figuring cost of goods sold. File ez 1040 free Cost of goods sold is deducted from your gross receipts to figure your gross profit for the year. File ez 1040 free If you include an expense in the cost of goods sold, you cannot deduct it again as a business expense. File ez 1040 free The following are types of expenses that go into figuring cost of goods sold. File ez 1040 free The cost of products or raw materials, including freight. File ez 1040 free Storage. File ez 1040 free Direct labor (including contributions to pension or annuity plans) for workers who produce the products. File ez 1040 free Factory overhead. File ez 1040 free Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize the direct costs and part of the indirect costs for certain production or resale activities. File ez 1040 free Indirect costs include rent, interest, taxes, storage, purchasing, processing, repackaging, handling, and administrative costs. File ez 1040 free This rule does not apply to personal property you acquire for resale if your average annual gross receipts (or those of your predecessor) for the preceding 3 tax years are not more than $10 million. File ez 1040 free For more information, see the following sources. File ez 1040 free Cost of goods sold—chapter 6 of Publication 334. File ez 1040 free Inventories—Publication 538. File ez 1040 free Uniform capitalization rules—Publication 538 and section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. File ez 1040 free Capital Expenses You must capitalize, rather than deduct, some costs. File ez 1040 free These costs are a part of your investment in your business and are called “capital expenses. File ez 1040 free ” Capital expenses are considered assets in your business. File ez 1040 free In general, you capitalize three types of costs. File ez 1040 free Business start-up costs (See Tip below). File ez 1040 free Business assets. File ez 1040 free Improvements. File ez 1040 free You can elect to deduct or amortize certain business start-up costs. File ez 1040 free See chapters 7 and 8. File ez 1040 free Cost recovery. File ez 1040 free   Although you generally cannot take a current deduction for a capital expense, you may be able to recover the amount you spend through depreciation, amortization, or depletion. File ez 1040 free These recovery methods allow you to deduct part of your cost each year. File ez 1040 free In this way, you are able to recover your capital expense. File ez 1040 free See Amortization (chapter 8) and Depletion (chapter 9) in this publication. File ez 1040 free A taxpayer can elect to deduct a portion of the costs of certain depreciable property as a section 179 deduction. File ez 1040 free A greater portion of these costs can be deducted if the property is qualified disaster assistance property. File ez 1040 free See Publication 946 for details. File ez 1040 free Going Into Business The costs of getting started in business, before you actually begin business operations, are capital expenses. File ez 1040 free These costs may include expenses for advertising, travel, or wages for training employees. File ez 1040 free If you go into business. File ez 1040 free   When you go into business, treat all costs you had to get your business started as capital expenses. File ez 1040 free   Usually you recover costs for a particular asset through depreciation. File ez 1040 free Generally, you cannot recover other costs until you sell the business or otherwise go out of business. File ez 1040 free However, you can choose to amortize certain costs for setting up your business. File ez 1040 free See Starting a Business in chapter 8 for more information on business start-up costs. File ez 1040 free If your attempt to go into business is unsuccessful. File ez 1040 free   If you are an individual and your attempt to go into business is not successful, the expenses you had in trying to establish yourself in business fall into two categories. File ez 1040 free The costs you had before making a decision to acquire or begin a specific business. File ez 1040 free These costs are personal and nondeductible. File ez 1040 free They include any costs incurred during a general search for, or preliminary investigation of, a business or investment possibility. File ez 1040 free The costs you had in your attempt to acquire or begin a specific business. File ez 1040 free These costs are capital expenses and you can deduct them as a capital loss. File ez 1040 free   If you are a corporation and your attempt to go into a new trade or business is not successful, you may be able to deduct all investigatory costs as a loss. File ez 1040 free   The costs of any assets acquired during your unsuccessful attempt to go into business are a part of your basis in the assets. File ez 1040 free You cannot take a deduction for these costs. File ez 1040 free You will recover the costs of these assets when you dispose of them. File ez 1040 free Business Assets There are many different kinds of business assets; for example, land, buildings, machinery, furniture, trucks, patents, and franchise rights. File ez 1040 free You must fully capitalize the cost of these assets, including freight and installation charges. File ez 1040 free Certain property you produce for use in your trade or business must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. File ez 1040 free See Regulations section 1. File ez 1040 free 263A-2 for information on these rules. File ez 1040 free Improvements Improvements are generally major expenditures. File ez 1040 free Some examples are: new electric wiring, a new roof, a new floor, new plumbing, bricking up windows to strengthen a wall, and lighting improvements. File ez 1040 free The costs of making improvements to a business asset are capital expenses if the improvements add to the value of the asset, appreciably lengthen the time you can use it, or adapt it to a different use. File ez 1040 free Beginning in 2014, you must capitalize as improvements costs that are for the betterment of a unit of property, restore the unit of property, or adapt the unit of property to a new or different use. File ez 1040 free Temporary regulations allow you to capitalize costs meeting the above criteria for tax years beginning after 2011. File ez 1040 free However, you can currently deduct repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition as a business expense. File ez 1040 free Treat as repairs amounts paid to replace parts of a machine that only keep it in a normal operating condition. File ez 1040 free Restoration plan. File ez 1040 free   Capitalize the cost of reconditioning, improving, or altering your property as part of a general restoration plan to make it suitable for your business. File ez 1040 free This applies even if some of the work would by itself be classified as repairs. File ez 1040 free Capital versus Deductible Expenses To help you distinguish between capital and deductible expenses, different examples are given below. File ez 1040 free Motor vehicles. File ez 1040 free   You usually capitalize the cost of a motor vehicle you use in your business. File ez 1040 free You can recover its cost through annual deductions for depreciation. File ez 1040 free   There are dollar limits on the depreciation you can claim each year on passenger automobiles used in your business. File ez 1040 free See Publication 463. File ez 1040 free   Generally, repairs you make to your business vehicle are currently deductible. File ez 1040 free However, amounts you pay to recondition and overhaul a business vehicle are capital expenses and are recovered through depreciation. File ez 1040 free Roads and driveways. File ez 1040 free    The cost of building a private road on your business property and the cost of replacing a gravel driveway with a concrete one are capital expenses you may be able to depreciate. File ez 1040 free The cost of maintaining a private road on your business property is a deductible expense. File ez 1040 free Tools. File ez 1040 free   Unless the uniform capitalization rules apply, amounts spent for tools used in your business are deductible expenses if the tools have a life expectancy of less than 1 year or their cost is minor. File ez 1040 free Machinery parts. File ez 1040 free   Unless the uniform capitalization rules apply, the cost of replacing short-lived parts of a machine to keep it in good working condition, but not add to its life, is a deductible expense. File ez 1040 free Heating equipment. File ez 1040 free   The cost of changing from one heating system to another is a capital expense. File ez 1040 free Personal versus Business Expenses Generally, you cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses. File ez 1040 free However, if you have an expense for something that is used partly for business and partly for personal purposes, divide the total cost between the business and personal parts. File ez 1040 free You can deduct the business part. File ez 1040 free For example, if you borrow money and use 70% of it for business and the other 30% for a family vacation, you generally can deduct 70% of the interest as a business expense. File ez 1040 free The remaining 30% is personal interest and generally is not deductible. File ez 1040 free See chapter 4 for information on deducting interest and the allocation rules. File ez 1040 free Business use of your home. File ez 1040 free   If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. File ez 1040 free These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. File ez 1040 free   To qualify to claim expenses for the business use of your home, you must meet both of the following tests. File ez 1040 free The business part of your home must be used exclusively and regularly for your trade or business. File ez 1040 free The business part of your home must be: Your principal place of business, or A place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, or A separate structure (not attached to your home) used in connection with your trade or business. File ez 1040 free   You generally do not have to meet the exclusive use test for the part of your home that you regularly use either for the storage of inventory or product samples, or as a daycare facility. File ez 1040 free   Your home office qualifies as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. File ez 1040 free You use the office exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. File ez 1040 free You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. File ez 1040 free   If you have more than one business location, determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. File ez 1040 free The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. File ez 1040 free If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, consider the time spent at each location. File ez 1040 free Optional safe harbor method. File ez 1040 free   Beginning in 2013, individual taxpayers can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the amount of deductible expenses attributable to certain business use of a residence during the tax year. File ez 1040 free This method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. File ez 1040 free   The deduction under the optional method is limited to $1,500 per year based on $5 a square foot for up to 300 square feet. File ez 1040 free Under this method, you claim your allowable mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses on the home as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). File ez 1040 free You are not required to allocate these deductions between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. File ez 1040 free If you use the optional method, you cannot depreciate the portion of your home used in a trade or business. File ez 1040 free   Business expenses unrelated to the home, such as advertising, supplies, and wages paid to employees, are still fully deductible. File ez 1040 free All of the requirements discussed earlier under Business use of your home still apply. File ez 1040 free   For more information on the deduction for business use of your home, including the optional safe harbor method, see Publication 587. File ez 1040 free    If you were entitled to deduct depreciation on the part of your home used for business, you cannot exclude the part of the gain from the sale of your home that equals any depreciation you deducted (or could have deducted) for periods after May 6, 1997. File ez 1040 free Business use of your car. File ez 1040 free   If you use your car exclusively in your business, you can deduct car expenses. File ez 1040 free If you use your car for both business and personal purposes, you must divide your expenses based on actual mileage. File ez 1040 free Generally, commuting expenses between your home and your business location, within the area of your tax home, are not deductible. File ez 1040 free   You can deduct actual car expenses, which include depreciation (or lease payments), gas and oil, tires, repairs, tune-ups, insurance, and registration fees. File ez 1040 free Or, instead of figuring the business part of these actual expenses, you may be able to use the standard mileage rate to figure your deduction. File ez 1040 free Beginning in 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. File ez 1040 free 5 cents per mile. File ez 1040 free   If you are self-employed, you can also deduct the business part of interest on your car loan, state and local personal property tax on the car, parking fees, and tolls, whether or not you claim the standard mileage rate. File ez 1040 free   For more information on car expenses and the rules for using the standard mileage rate, see Publication 463. File ez 1040 free How Much Can I Deduct? Generally, you can deduct the full amount of a business expense if it meets the criteria of ordinary and necessary and it is not a capital expense. File ez 1040 free Recovery of amount deducted (tax benefit rule). File ez 1040 free   If you recover part of an expense in the same tax year in which you would have claimed a deduction, reduce your current year expense by the amount of the recovery. File ez 1040 free If you have a recovery in a later year, include the recovered amount in income in that year. File ez 1040 free However, if part of the deduction for the expense did not reduce your tax, you do not have to include that part of the recovered amount in income. File ez 1040 free   For more information on recoveries and the tax benefit rule, see Publication 525. File ez 1040 free Payments in kind. File ez 1040 free   If you provide services to pay a business expense, the amount you can deduct is limited to your out-of-pocket costs. File ez 1040 free You cannot deduct the cost of your own labor. File ez 1040 free   Similarly, if you pay a business expense in goods or other property, you can deduct only what the property costs you. File ez 1040 free If these costs are included in the cost of goods sold, do not deduct them again as a business expense. File ez 1040 free Limits on losses. File ez 1040 free   If your deductions for an investment or business activity are more than the income it brings in, you have a loss. File ez 1040 free There may be limits on how much of the loss you can deduct. File ez 1040 free Not-for-profit limits. File ez 1040 free   If you carry on your business activity without the intention of making a profit, you cannot use a loss from it to offset other income. File ez 1040 free See Not-for-Profit Activities , later. File ez 1040 free At-risk limits. File ez 1040 free   Generally, a deductible loss from a trade or business or other income-producing activity is limited to the investment you have “at risk” in the activity. File ez 1040 free You are at risk in any activity for the following. File ez 1040 free The money and adjusted basis of property you contribute to the activity. File ez 1040 free Amounts you borrow for use in the activity if: You are personally liable for repayment, or You pledge property (other than property used in the activity) as security for the loan. File ez 1040 free For more information, see Publication 925. File ez 1040 free Passive activities. File ez 1040 free   Generally, you are in a passive activity if you have a trade or business activity in which you do not materially participate, or a rental activity. File ez 1040 free In general, deductions for losses from passive activities only offset income from passive activities. File ez 1040 free You cannot use any excess deductions to offset other income. File ez 1040 free In addition, passive activity credits can only offset the tax on net passive income. File ez 1040 free Any excess loss or credits are carried over to later years. File ez 1040 free Suspended passive losses are fully deductible in the year you completely dispose of the activity. File ez 1040 free For more information, see Publication 925. File ez 1040 free Net operating loss. File ez 1040 free   If your deductions are more than your income for the year, you may have a “net operating loss. File ez 1040 free ” You can use a net operating loss to lower your taxes in other years. File ez 1040 free See Publication 536 for more information. File ez 1040 free   See Publication 542 for information about net operating losses of corporations. File ez 1040 free When Can I Deduct an Expense? When you can deduct an expense depends on your accounting method. File ez 1040 free An accounting method is a set of rules used to determine when and how income and expenses are reported. File ez 1040 free The two basic methods are the cash method and the accrual method. File ez 1040 free Whichever method you choose must clearly reflect income. File ez 1040 free For more information on accounting methods, see Publication 538. File ez 1040 free Cash method. File ez 1040 free   Under the cash method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses in the tax year you pay them. File ez 1040 free Accrual method. File ez 1040 free   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses when both of the following apply. File ez 1040 free The all-events test has been met. File ez 1040 free The test is met when: All events have occurred that fix the fact of liability, and The liability can be determined with reasonable accuracy. File ez 1040 free Economic performance has occurred. File ez 1040 free Economic performance. File ez 1040 free   You generally cannot deduct or capitalize a business expense until economic performance occurs. File ez 1040 free If your expense is for property or services provided to you, or for your use of property, economic performance occurs as the property or services are provided, or the property is used. File ez 1040 free If your expense is for property or services you provide to others, economic performance occurs as you provide the property or services. File ez 1040 free Example. File ez 1040 free Your tax year is the calendar year. File ez 1040 free In December 2013, the Field Plumbing Company did some repair work at your place of business and sent you a bill for $600. File ez 1040 free You paid it by check in January 2014. File ez 1040 free If you use the accrual method of accounting, deduct the $600 on your tax return for 2013 because all events have occurred to “fix” the fact of liability (in this case the work was completed), the liability can be determined, and economic performance occurred in that year. File ez 1040 free If you use the cash method of accounting, deduct the expense on your 2014 return. File ez 1040 free Prepayment. File ez 1040 free   You generally cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. File ez 1040 free This rule applies to both the cash and accrual methods. File ez 1040 free It applies to prepaid interest, prepaid insurance premiums, and any other expense paid far enough in advance to, in effect, create an asset with a useful life extending substantially beyond the end of the current tax year. File ez 1040 free Example. File ez 1040 free In 2013, you sign a 10-year lease and immediately pay your rent for the first 3 years. File ez 1040 free Even though you paid the rent for 2013, 2014, and 2015, you can only deduct the rent for 2013 on your 2013 tax return. File ez 1040 free You can deduct the rent for 2014 and 2015 on your tax returns for those years. File ez 1040 free Contested liability. File ez 1040 free   Under the cash method, you can deduct a contested liability only in the year you pay the liability. File ez 1040 free Under the accrual method, you can deduct contested liabilities such as taxes (except foreign or U. File ez 1040 free S. File ez 1040 free possession income, war profits, and excess profits taxes) either in the tax year you pay the liability (or transfer money or other property to satisfy the obligation) or in the tax year you settle the contest. File ez 1040 free However, to take the deduction in the year of payment or transfer, you must meet certain conditions. File ez 1040 free See Regulations section 1. File ez 1040 free 461-2. File ez 1040 free Related person. File ez 1040 free   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct expenses when you incur them, even if you have not yet paid them. File ez 1040 free However, if you and the person you owe are related and that person uses the cash method of accounting, you must pay the expense before you can deduct it. File ez 1040 free Your deduction is allowed when the amount is includible in income by the related cash method payee. File ez 1040 free See Related Persons in Publication 538. File ez 1040 free Not-for-Profit Activities If you do not carry on your business or investment activity to make a profit, you cannot use a loss from the activity to offset other income. File ez 1040 free Activities you do as a hobby, or mainly for sport or recreation, are often not entered into for profit. File ez 1040 free The limit on not-for-profit losses applies to individuals, partnerships, estates, trusts, and S corporations. File ez 1040 free It does not apply to corporations other than S corporations. File ez 1040 free In determining whether you are carrying on an activity for profit, several factors are taken into account. File ez 1040 free No one factor alone is decisive. File ez 1040 free Among the factors to consider are whether: You carry on the activity in a businesslike manner, The time and effort you put into the activity indicate you intend to make it profitable, You depend on the income for your livelihood, Your losses are due to circumstances beyond your control (or are normal in the start-up phase of your type of business), You change your methods of operation in an attempt to improve profitability, You (or your advisors) have the knowledge needed to carry on the activity as a successful business, You were successful in making a profit in similar activities in the past, The activity makes a profit in some years, and You can expect to make a future profit from the appreciation of the assets used in the activity. File ez 1040 free Presumption of profit. File ez 1040 free   An activity is presumed carried on for profit if it produced a profit in at least 3 of the last 5 tax years, including the current year. File ez 1040 free Activities that consist primarily of breeding, training, showing, or racing horses are presumed carried on for profit if they produced a profit in at least 2 of the last 7 tax years, including the current year. File ez 1040 free The activity must be substantially the same for each year within this period. File ez 1040 free You have a profit when the gross income from an activity exceeds the deductions. File ez 1040 free   If a taxpayer dies before the end of the 5-year (or 7-year) period, the “test” period ends on the date of the taxpayer's death. File ez 1040 free   If your business or investment activity passes this 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, the IRS will presume it is carried on for profit. File ez 1040 free This means the limits discussed here will not apply. File ez 1040 free You can take all your business deductions from the activity, even for the years that you have a loss. File ez 1040 free You can rely on this presumption unless the IRS later shows it to be invalid. File ez 1040 free Using the presumption later. File ez 1040 free   If you are starting an activity and do not have 3 (or 2) years showing a profit, you can elect to have the presumption made after you have the 5 (or 7) years of experience allowed by the test. File ez 1040 free   You can elect to do this by filing Form 5213. File ez 1040 free Filing this form postpones any determination that your activity is not carried on for profit until 5 (or 7) years have passed since you started the activity. File ez 1040 free   The benefit gained by making this election is that the IRS will not immediately question whether your activity is engaged in for profit. File ez 1040 free Accordingly, it will not restrict your deductions. File ez 1040 free Rather, you will gain time to earn a profit in the required number of years. File ez 1040 free If you show 3 (or 2) years of profit at the end of this period, your deductions are not limited under these rules. File ez 1040 free If you do not have 3 (or 2) years of profit, the limit can be applied retroactively to any year with a loss in the 5-year (or 7-year) period. File ez 1040 free   Filing Form 5213 automatically extends the period of limitations on any year in the 5-year (or 7-year) period to 2 years after the due date of the return for the last year of the period. File ez 1040 free The period is extended only for deductions of the activity and any related deductions that might be affected. File ez 1040 free    You must file Form 5213 within 3 years after the due date of your return (determined without extensions) for the year in which you first carried on the activity, or, if earlier, within 60 days after receiving written notice from the Internal Revenue Service proposing to disallow deductions attributable to the activity. File ez 1040 free Gross Income Gross income from a not-for-profit activity includes the total of all gains from the sale, exchange, or other disposition of property, and all other gross receipts derived from the activity. File ez 1040 free Gross income from the activity also includes capital gains and rents received for the use of property which is held in connection with the activity. File ez 1040 free You can determine gross income from any not-for-profit activity by subtracting the cost of goods sold from your gross receipts. File ez 1040 free However, if you determine gross income by subtracting cost of goods sold from gross receipts, you must do so consistently, and in a manner that follows generally accepted methods of accounting. File ez 1040 free Limit on Deductions If your activity is not carried on for profit, take deductions in the following order and only to the extent stated in the three categories. File ez 1040 free If you are an individual, these deductions may be taken only if you itemize. File ez 1040 free These deductions may be taken on Schedule A (Form 1040). File ez 1040 free Category 1. File ez 1040 free   Deductions you can take for personal as well as for business activities are allowed in full. File ez 1040 free For individuals, all nonbusiness deductions, such as those for home mortgage interest, taxes, and casualty losses, belong in this category. File ez 1040 free Deduct them on the appropriate lines of Schedule A (Form 1040). File ez 1040 free For tax years beginning after December 31, 2008, you can deduct a casualty loss on property you own for personal use only to the extent it is more than $500 and exceeds 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). File ez 1040 free The 10% AGI limitation does not apply to net disaster losses resulting from federally declared disasters in 2008 and 2009, and individuals are allowed to claim the net disaster losses even if they do not itemize their deductions. File ez 1040 free The reduction amount returns to $100 for tax years beginning after December 31, 2009. File ez 1040 free See Publication 547 for more information on casualty losses. File ez 1040 free For the limits that apply to home mortgage interest, see Publication 936. File ez 1040 free Category 2. File ez 1040 free   Deductions that do not result in an adjustment to the basis of property are allowed next, but only to the extent your gross income from the activity is more than your deductions under the first category. File ez 1040 free Most business deductions, such as those for advertising, insurance premiums, interest, utilities, and wages, belong in this category. File ez 1040 free Category 3. File ez 1040 free   Business deductions that decrease the basis of property are allowed last, but only to the extent the gross income from the activity exceeds the deductions you take under the first two categories. File ez 1040 free Deductions for depreciation, amortization, and the part of a casualty loss an individual could not deduct in category (1) belong in this category. File ez 1040 free Where more than one asset is involved, allocate depreciation and these other deductions proportionally. File ez 1040 free    Individuals must claim the amounts in categories (2) and (3) as miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). File ez 1040 free They are subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. File ez 1040 free See Publication 529 for information on this limit. File ez 1040 free Example. File ez 1040 free Adriana is engaged in a not-for-profit activity. File ez 1040 free The income and expenses of the activity are as follows. File ez 1040 free Gross income $3,200 Subtract:     Real estate taxes $700   Home mortgage interest 900   Insurance 400   Utilities 700   Maintenance 200   Depreciation on an automobile 600   Depreciation on a machine 200 3,700 Loss $(500)   Adriana must limit her deductions to $3,200, the gross income she earned from the activity. File ez 1040 free The limit is reached in category (3), as follows. File ez 1040 free Limit on deduction $3,200 Category 1: Taxes and interest $1,600   Category 2: Insurance, utilities, and maintenance 1,300 2,900 Available for Category 3 $ 300   The $800 of depreciation is allocated between the automobile and machine as follows. File ez 1040 free $600 $800 x $300 = $225 depreciation for the automobile             $200 $800 x $300 = $75 depreciation for the machine The basis of each asset is reduced accordingly. File ez 1040 free Adriana includes the $3,200 of gross income on line 21 (other income) of Form 1040. File ez 1040 free The $1,600 for category (1) is deductible in full on the appropriate lines for taxes and interest on Schedule A (Form 1040). File ez 1040 free Adriana deducts the remaining $1,600 ($1,300 for category (2) and $300 for category (3)) as other miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. File ez 1040 free Partnerships and S corporations. File ez 1040 free   If a partnership or S corporation carries on a not-for-profit activity, these limits apply at the partnership or S corporation level. File ez 1040 free They are reflected in the individual shareholder's or partner's distributive shares. File ez 1040 free More than one activity. File ez 1040 free   If you have several undertakings, each may be a separate activity or several undertakings may be combined. File ez 1040 free The following are the most significant facts and circumstances in making this determination. File ez 1040 free The degree of organizational and economic interrelationship of various undertakings. File ez 1040 free The business purpose that is (or might be) served by carrying on the various undertakings separately or together in a business or investment setting. File ez 1040 free The similarity of the undertakings. File ez 1040 free   The IRS will generally accept your characterization if it is supported by facts and circumstances. File ez 1040 free    If you are carrying on two or more different activities, keep the deductions and income from each one separate. File ez 1040 free Figure separately whether each is a not-for-profit activity. File ez 1040 free Then figure the limit on deductions and losses separately for each activity that is not for profit. File ez 1040 free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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File ez 1040 free 3. File ez 1040 free   Reporting Rental Income, Expenses, and Losses Table of Contents Which Forms To UseSchedule E (Form 1040) Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business Qualified Joint Venture Limits on Rental LossesAt-Risk Rules Passive Activity Limits Casualties and Thefts Example Figuring the net income or loss for a residential rental activity may involve more than just listing the income and deductions on Schedule E (Form 1040). File ez 1040 free There are activities which do not qualify to use Schedule E, such as when the activity is not engaged in to make a profit or when you provide substantial services in conjunction with the property. File ez 1040 free There are also the limitations which may need to be applied if you have a net loss on Schedule E. File ez 1040 free There are two: (1) the limitation based on the amount of investment you have at risk in your rental activity, and (2) the special limits imposed on passive activities. File ez 1040 free You may also have a gain or loss related to your rental property from a casualty or theft. File ez 1040 free This is considered separately from the income and expense information you report on Schedule E. File ez 1040 free Which Forms To Use The basic form for reporting residential rental income and expenses is Schedule E (Form 1040). File ez 1040 free However, do not use that schedule to report a not-for-profit activity. File ez 1040 free See Not Rented for Profit , in chapter 4. File ez 1040 free There are also other rental situations in which forms other than Schedule E would be used. File ez 1040 free Schedule E (Form 1040) If you rent buildings, rooms, or apartments, and provide basic services such as heat and light, trash collection, etc. File ez 1040 free , you normally report your rental income and expenses on Schedule E, Part I. File ez 1040 free List your total income, expenses, and depreciation for each rental property. File ez 1040 free Be sure to enter the number of fair rental and personal use days on line 2. File ez 1040 free If you have more than three rental or royalty properties, complete and attach as many Schedules E as are needed to list the properties. File ez 1040 free Complete lines 1 and 2 for each property. File ez 1040 free However, fill in lines 23a through 26 on only one Schedule E. File ez 1040 free On Schedule E, page 1, line 18, enter the depreciation you are claiming for each property. File ez 1040 free To find out if you need to attach Form 4562, see Form 4562 , later. File ez 1040 free If you have a loss from your rental real estate activity, you also may need to complete one or both of the following forms. File ez 1040 free Form 6198, At-Risk Limitations. File ez 1040 free See At-Risk Rules , later. File ez 1040 free Also see Publication 925. File ez 1040 free Form 8582, Passive Activity Loss Limitations. File ez 1040 free See Passive Activity Limits , later. File ez 1040 free Page 2 of Schedule E is used to report income or loss from partnerships, S corporations, estates, trusts, and real estate mortgage investment conduits. File ez 1040 free If you need to use page 2 of Schedule E, be sure to use page 2 of the same Schedule E you used to enter your rental activity on page 1. File ez 1040 free Also, include the amount from line 26 (Part I) in the “Total income or (loss)” on line 41 (Part V). File ez 1040 free Form 4562. File ez 1040 free   You must complete and attach Form 4562 for rental activities only if you are claiming: Depreciation, including the special depreciation allowance, on property placed in service during 2013; Depreciation on listed property (such as a car), regardless of when it was placed in service; or Any other car expenses, including the standard mileage rate or lease expenses. File ez 1040 free Otherwise, figure your depreciation on your own worksheet. File ez 1040 free You do not have to attach these computations to your return, but you should keep them in your records for future reference. File ez 1040 free   See Publication 946 for information on preparing Form 4562. File ez 1040 free Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business Generally, Schedule C is used when you provide substantial services in conjunction with the property or the rental is part of a trade or business as a real estate dealer. File ez 1040 free Providing substantial services. File ez 1040 free   If you provide substantial services that are primarily for your tenant's convenience, such as regular cleaning, changing linen, or maid service, you report your rental income and expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business. File ez 1040 free Use Form 1065, U. File ez 1040 free S. File ez 1040 free Return of Partnership Income, if your rental activity is a partnership (including a partnership with your spouse unless it is a qualified joint venture). File ez 1040 free Substantial services do not include the furnishing of heat and light, cleaning of public areas, trash collection, etc. File ez 1040 free For information, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. File ez 1040 free Also, you may have to pay self-employment tax on your rental income using Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax. File ez 1040 free For a discussion of “substantial services,” see Real Estate Rents in Publication 334, chapter 5. File ez 1040 free Qualified Joint Venture If you and your spouse each materially participate (see Material participation under Passive Activity Limits, later) as the only members of a jointly owned and operated real estate business, and you file a joint return for the tax year, you can make a joint election to be treated as a qualified joint venture instead of a partnership. File ez 1040 free This election, in most cases, will not increase the total tax owed on the joint return, but it does give each of you credit for social security earnings on which retirement benefits are based and for Medicare coverage if your rental income is subject to self-employment tax. File ez 1040 free If you make this election, you must report rental real estate income on Schedule E (or Schedule C if you provide substantial services). File ez 1040 free You will not be required to file Form 1065 for any year the election is in effect. File ez 1040 free Rental real estate income generally is not included in net earnings from self-employment subject to self-employment tax and generally is subject to the passive activity limits. File ez 1040 free If you and your spouse filed a Form 1065 for the year prior to the election, the partnership terminates at the end of the tax year immediately preceding the year the election takes effect. File ez 1040 free For more information on qualified joint ventures, go to IRS. File ez 1040 free gov and enter “qualified joint venture” in the search box. File ez 1040 free Limits on Rental Losses If you have a loss from your rental real estate activity, two sets of rules may limit the amount of loss you can deduct. File ez 1040 free You must consider these rules in the order shown below. File ez 1040 free Both are discussed in this section. File ez 1040 free At-risk rules. File ez 1040 free These rules are applied first if there is investment in your rental real estate activity for which you are not at risk. File ez 1040 free This applies only if the real property was placed in service after 1986. File ez 1040 free Passive activity limits. File ez 1040 free Generally, rental real estate activities are considered passive activities and losses are not deductible unless you have income from other passive activities to offset them. File ez 1040 free However, there are exceptions. File ez 1040 free At-Risk Rules You may be subject to the at-risk rules if you have: A loss from an activity carried on as a trade or business or for the production of income, and Amounts invested in the activity for which you are not fully at risk. File ez 1040 free Losses from holding real property (other than mineral property) placed in service before 1987 are not subject to the at-risk rules. File ez 1040 free In most cases, any loss from an activity subject to the at-risk rules is allowed only to the extent of the total amount you have at risk in the activity at the end of the tax year. File ez 1040 free You are considered at risk in an activity to the extent of cash and the adjusted basis of other property you contributed to the activity and certain amounts borrowed for use in the activity. File ez 1040 free Any loss that is disallowed because of the at-risk limits is treated as a deduction from the same activity in the next tax year. File ez 1040 free See Publication 925 for a discussion of the at-risk rules. File ez 1040 free Form 6198. File ez 1040 free   If you are subject to the at-risk rules, file Form 6198, At-Risk Limitations, with your tax return. File ez 1040 free Passive Activity Limits In most cases, all rental real estate activities (except those of certain real estate professionals, discussed later) are passive activities. File ez 1040 free For this purpose, a rental activity is an activity from which you receive income mainly for the use of tangible property, rather than for services. File ez 1040 free For a discussion of activities that are not considered rental activities, see Rental Activities in Publication 925. File ez 1040 free Deductions or losses from passive activities are limited. File ez 1040 free You generally cannot offset income, other than passive income, with losses from passive activities. File ez 1040 free Nor can you offset taxes on income, other than passive income, with credits resulting from passive activities. File ez 1040 free Any excess loss or credit is carried forward to the next tax year. File ez 1040 free Exceptions to the rules for figuring passive activity limits for personal use of a dwelling unit and for rental real estate with active participation are discussed later. File ez 1040 free For a detailed discussion of these rules, see Publication 925. File ez 1040 free Real estate professionals. File ez 1040 free   If you are a real estate professional, complete line 43 of Schedule E. File ez 1040 free      You qualify as a real estate professional for the tax year if you meet both of the following requirements. File ez 1040 free More than half of the personal services you perform in all trades or businesses during the tax year are performed in real property trades or businesses in which you materially participate. File ez 1040 free You perform more than 750 hours of services during the tax year in real property trades or businesses in which you materially participate. File ez 1040 free If you qualify as a real estate professional, rental real estate activities in which you materially participated are not passive activities. File ez 1040 free For purposes of determining whether you materially participated in your rental real estate activities, each interest in rental real estate is a separate activity unless you elect to treat all your interests in rental real estate as one activity. File ez 1040 free   Do not count personal services you perform as an employee in real property trades or businesses unless you are a 5% owner of your employer. File ez 1040 free You are a 5% owner if you own (or are considered to own) more than 5% of your employer's outstanding stock, or capital or profits interest. File ez 1040 free   Do not count your spouse's personal services to determine whether you met the requirements listed earlier to qualify as a real estate professional. File ez 1040 free However, you can count your spouse's participation in an activity in determining if you materially participated. File ez 1040 free Real property trades or businesses. File ez 1040 free   A real property trade or business is a trade or business that does any of the following with real property. File ez 1040 free Develops or redevelops it. File ez 1040 free Constructs or reconstructs it. File ez 1040 free Acquires it. File ez 1040 free Converts it. File ez 1040 free Rents or leases it. File ez 1040 free Operates or manages it. File ez 1040 free Brokers it. File ez 1040 free Choice to treat all interests as one activity. File ez 1040 free   If you were a real estate professional and had more than one rental real estate interest during the year, you can choose to treat all the interests as one activity. File ez 1040 free You can make this choice for any year that you qualify as a real estate professional. File ez 1040 free If you forgo making the choice for one year, you can still make it for a later year. File ez 1040 free   If you make the choice, it is binding for the tax year you make it and for any later year that you are a real estate professional. File ez 1040 free This is true even if you are not a real estate professional in any intervening year. File ez 1040 free (For that year, the exception for real estate professionals will not apply in determining whether your activity is subject to the passive activity rules. File ez 1040 free )   See the Instructions for Schedule E for information about making this choice. File ez 1040 free Material participation. File ez 1040 free   Generally, you materially participated in an activity for the tax year if you were involved in its operations on a regular, continuous, and substantial basis during the year. File ez 1040 free For details, see Publication 925 or the Instructions for Schedule C. File ez 1040 free Participating spouse. File ez 1040 free   If you are married, determine whether you materially participated in an activity by also counting any participation in the activity by your spouse during the year. File ez 1040 free Do this even if your spouse owns no interest in the activity or files a separate return for the year. File ez 1040 free Form 8582. File ez 1040 free    You may have to complete Form 8582 to figure the amount of any passive activity loss for the current tax year for all activities and the amount of the passive activity loss allowed on your tax return. File ez 1040 free See Form 8582 not required , later in this chapter, to determine if you must complete Form 8582. File ez 1040 free   If you are required to complete Form 8582 and are also subject to the at-risk rules, include the amount from Form 6198, line 21 (deductible loss) in column (b) of Form 8582, Worksheet 1 or 3, as required. File ez 1040 free Exception for Personal Use of Dwelling Unit If you used the rental property as a home during the year, any income, deductions, gain, or loss allocable to such use shall not be taken into account for purposes of the passive activity loss limitation. File ez 1040 free Instead, follow the rules explained in chapter 5, Personal Use of Dwelling Unit (Including Vacation Home). File ez 1040 free Exception for Rental Real Estate With Active Participation If you or your spouse actively participated in a passive rental real estate activity, you may be able to deduct up to $25,000 of loss from the activity from your nonpassive income. File ez 1040 free This special allowance is an exception to the general rule disallowing losses in excess of income from passive activities. File ez 1040 free Similarly, you may be able to offset credits from the activity against the tax on up to $25,000 of nonpassive income after taking into account any losses allowed under this exception. File ez 1040 free Example. File ez 1040 free Jane is single and has $40,000 in wages, $2,000 of passive income from a limited partnership, and $3,500 of passive loss from a rental real estate activity in which she actively participated. File ez 1040 free $2,000 of Jane's $3,500 loss offsets her passive income. File ez 1040 free The remaining $1,500 loss can be deducted from her $40,000 wages. File ez 1040 free The special allowance is not available if you were married, lived with your spouse at any time during the year, and are filing a separate return. File ez 1040 free Active participation. File ez 1040 free   You actively participated in a rental real estate activity if you (and your spouse) owned at least 10% of the rental property and you made management decisions or arranged for others to provide services (such as repairs) in a significant and bona fide sense. File ez 1040 free Management decisions that may count as active participation include approving new tenants, deciding on rental terms, approving expenditures, and other similar decisions. File ez 1040 free Example. File ez 1040 free Mike is single and had the following income and losses during the tax year:   Salary $42,300     Dividends 300     Interest 1,400     Rental loss (4,000)   The rental loss was from the rental of a house Mike owned. File ez 1040 free Mike had advertised and rented the house to the current tenant himself. File ez 1040 free He also collected the rents, which usually came by mail. File ez 1040 free All repairs were either made or contracted out by Mike. File ez 1040 free Although the rental loss is from a passive activity, because Mike actively participated in the rental property management he can use the entire $4,000 loss to offset his other income. File ez 1040 free Maximum special allowance. File ez 1040 free   The maximum special allowance is: $25,000 for single individuals and married individuals filing a joint return for the tax year, $12,500 for married individuals who file separate returns for the tax year and lived apart from their spouses at all times during the tax year, and $25,000 for a qualifying estate reduced by the special allowance for which the surviving spouse qualified. File ez 1040 free   If your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is $100,000 or less ($50,000 or less if married filing separately), you can deduct your loss up to the amount specified above. File ez 1040 free If your MAGI is more than $100,000 (more than $50,000 if married filing separately), your special allowance is limited to 50% of the difference between $150,000 ($75,000 if married filing separately) and your MAGI. File ez 1040 free   Generally, if your MAGI is $150,000 or more ($75,000 or more if you are married filing separately), there is no special allowance. File ez 1040 free Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). File ez 1040 free   This is your adjusted gross income from Form 1040, U. File ez 1040 free S. File ez 1040 free Individual Income Tax Return, line 38, or Form 1040NR, U. File ez 1040 free S. File ez 1040 free Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return, line 37, figured without taking into account: The taxable amount of social security or equivalent tier 1 railroad retirement benefits, The deductible contributions to traditional individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and section 501(c)(18) pension plans, The exclusion from income of interest from Series EE and I U. File ez 1040 free S. File ez 1040 free savings bonds used to pay higher educational expenses, The exclusion of amounts received under an employer's adoption assistance program, Any passive activity income or loss included on Form 8582, Any rental real estate loss allowed to real estate professionals, Any overall loss from a publicly traded partnership (see Publicly Traded Partnerships (PTPs) in the Instructions for Form 8582), The deduction allowed for one-half of self-employment tax, The deduction allowed for interest paid on student loans, The deduction for qualified tuition and related fees, and The domestic production activities deduction (see the Instructions for Form 8903). File ez 1040 free Form 8582 not required. File ez 1040 free   Do not complete Form 8582 if you meet all of the following conditions. File ez 1040 free Your only passive activities were rental real estate activities in which you actively participated. File ez 1040 free Your overall net loss from these activities is $25,000 or less ($12,500 or less if married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse all year). File ez 1040 free If married filing separately, you lived apart from your spouse all year. File ez 1040 free You have no prior year unallowed losses from these (or any other passive) activities. File ez 1040 free You have no current or prior year unallowed credits from passive activities. File ez 1040 free Your MAGI is $100,000 or less ($50,000 or less if married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse all year). File ez 1040 free You do not hold any interest in a rental real estate activity as a limited partner or as a beneficiary of an estate or a trust. File ez 1040 free   If you meet all of the conditions listed above, your rental real estate activities are not limited by the passive activity rules and you do not have to complete Form 8582. File ez 1040 free On lines 23a through 23e of your Schedule E, enter the applicable amounts. File ez 1040 free Casualties and Thefts As a result of a casualty or theft, you may have a loss related to your rental property. File ez 1040 free You may be able to deduct the loss on your income tax return. File ez 1040 free Casualty. File ez 1040 free   This is the damage, destruction, or loss of property resulting from an identifiable event that is sudden, unexpected, or unusual. File ez 1040 free Such events include a storm, fire, or earthquake. File ez 1040 free Theft. File ez 1040 free   This is defined as the unlawful taking and removing of your money or property with the intent to deprive you of it. File ez 1040 free Gain from casualty or theft. File ez 1040 free   It is also possible to have a gain from a casualty or theft if you receive money, including insurance, that is more than your adjusted basis in the property. File ez 1040 free Generally, you must report this gain. File ez 1040 free However, under certain circumstances, you may defer paying tax by choosing to postpone reporting the gain. File ez 1040 free To do this, you generally must buy replacement property within 2 years after the close of the first tax year in which any part of your gain is realized. File ez 1040 free In certain circumstances, the replacement period can be greater than 2 years; see Replacement Period in Publication 547 for more information. File ez 1040 free The cost of the replacement property must be equal to or more than the net insurance or other payment you received. File ez 1040 free More information. File ez 1040 free   For information on business and nonbusiness casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547. File ez 1040 free How to report. File ez 1040 free    If you had a casualty or theft that involved property used in your rental activity, figure the net gain or loss in Section B of Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts. File ez 1040 free Follow the Instructions for Form 4684 for where to carry your net gain or loss. File ez 1040 free Example In February 2008, Marie Pfister bought a rental house for $135,000 (house $120,000 and land $15,000) and immediately began renting it out. File ez 1040 free In 2013, she rented it all 12 months for a monthly rental fee of $1,125. File ez 1040 free In addition to her rental income of $13,500 (12 x $1,125), Marie had the following expenses. File ez 1040 free Mortgage interest $8,000 Fire insurance (1-year policy) 250 Miscellaneous repairs 400 Real estate taxes imposed and paid 500 Maintenance 200 Marie depreciates the residential rental property under MACRS GDS. File ez 1040 free This means using the straight line method over a recovery period of 27. File ez 1040 free 5 years. File ez 1040 free She uses Table 2-2d to find her depreciation percentage. File ez 1040 free Because she placed the property in service in February 2008, she continues to use that row of Table 2-2d. File ez 1040 free For year 6, the rate is 3. File ez 1040 free 636%. File ez 1040 free Marie figures her net rental income or loss for the house as follows: Total rental income received  ($1,125 × 12) $13,500 Minus: Expenses     Mortgage interest $8,000   Fire insurance 250   Miscellaneous repairs 400   Real estate taxes 500   Maintenance 200   Total expenses 9,350 Balance $4,150 Minus: Depreciation ($120,000 x 3. File ez 1040 free 636%) 4,363 Net rental (loss) for house ($213)       Marie had a net loss for the year. File ez 1040 free Because she actively participated in her passive rental real estate activity and her loss was less than $25,000, she can deduct the loss on her return. File ez 1040 free Marie also meets all of the requirements for not having to file Form 8582. File ez 1040 free She uses Schedule E, Part I, to report her rental income and expenses. File ez 1040 free She enters her income, expenses, and depreciation for the house in the column for Property A and enters her loss on line 22. File ez 1040 free Form 4562 is not required. File ez 1040 free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications