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Filing your state taxes free 3. Filing your state taxes free   Environmental Taxes Table of Contents Oil Spill Liability Tax ODCs Imported Taxable Products Floor Stocks Tax Environmental taxes are imposed on crude oil and petroleum products (oil spill liability), the sale or use of ozone-depleting chemicals (ODCs), and imported products containing or manufactured with ODCs. Filing your state taxes free In addition, a floor stocks tax is imposed on ODCs held on January 1 by any person (other than the manufacturer or importer of the ODCs) for sale or for use in further manufacture. Filing your state taxes free Figure the environmental tax on Form 6627. Filing your state taxes free Enter the tax on the appropriate lines of Form 720 and attach Form 6627 to Form 720. Filing your state taxes free For environmental tax purposes, United States includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any possession of the United States, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the continental shelf areas (applying the principles of section 638), and foreign trade zones. Filing your state taxes free No one is exempt from the environmental taxes, including the federal government, state and local governments, Indian tribal governments, and nonprofit educational organizations. Filing your state taxes free Oil Spill Liability Tax The oil spill liability tax is reported on Form 6627, Environmental Taxes, and Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return (IRS Nos. Filing your state taxes free 18 and 21). Filing your state taxes free The oil spill liability tax rate is $. Filing your state taxes free 08 per barrel and generally applies to crude oil received at a U. Filing your state taxes free S. Filing your state taxes free refinery and to petroleum products entered into the United States for consumption, use, or warehousing. Filing your state taxes free The tax also applies to certain uses and the exportation of domestic crude oil. Filing your state taxes free Crude oil includes crude oil condensates and natural gasoline. Filing your state taxes free Petroleum products include crude oil, refined and residual oil, and other liquid hydrocarbon refinery products. Filing your state taxes free Crude oil. Filing your state taxes free   Tax is imposed on crude oil when it is received at a United Sates refinery. Filing your state taxes free The operator of the refinery is liable for the tax. Filing your state taxes free   Tax is imposed on domestic crude oil used or exported before it is received at a United States refinery. Filing your state taxes free However, the use of crude oil for extracting oil or natural gas on the premises where such crude oil was produced is not taxable. Filing your state taxes free The user or exporter is liable for the tax. Filing your state taxes free Imported petroleum products. Filing your state taxes free   Tax is imposed on petroleum products when they enter the United States for consumption, use, or warehousing. Filing your state taxes free The person entering the petroleum product into the country is liable for the tax, including the tax on imported crude oil, even if it is subsequently received at a U. Filing your state taxes free S. Filing your state taxes free refinery. Filing your state taxes free   Tax is imposed only once on any imported petroleum product. Filing your state taxes free Thus, the operator of a U. Filing your state taxes free S. Filing your state taxes free refinery that receives imported crude oil must establish that the petroleum tax has already been imposed on such crude oil in order not to be liable for the tax. Filing your state taxes free ODCs For a list of the taxable ODCs and tax rates, see the Form 6627 instructions. Filing your state taxes free Taxable event. Filing your state taxes free   Tax is imposed on an ODC when it is first used or sold by its manufacturer or importer. Filing your state taxes free The manufacturer or importer is liable for the tax. Filing your state taxes free Use of ODCs. Filing your state taxes free   You use an ODC if you put it into service in a trade or business or for the production of income. Filing your state taxes free Also, an ODC is used if you use it in the making of an article, including incorporation into the article, chemical transformation, or release into the air. Filing your state taxes free The loss, destruction, packaging, repackaging, or warehousing of ODCs is not a use of the ODC. Filing your state taxes free   The creation of a mixture containing an ODC is treated as a taxable use of the ODC contained in the mixture. Filing your state taxes free An ODC is contained in a mixture only if the chemical identity of the ODC is not changed. Filing your state taxes free Generally, tax is imposed when the mixture is created and not on its sale or use. Filing your state taxes free However, you can choose to have the tax imposed on its sale or use by checking the appropriate box on Form 6627. Filing your state taxes free You can revoke this choice only with IRS consent. Filing your state taxes free   The creation of a mixture for export or for use as a feedstock is not a taxable use of the ODCs contained in the mixture. Filing your state taxes free Exceptions. Filing your state taxes free   The following may be exempt from the tax on ODCs. Filing your state taxes free Metered-dose inhalers. Filing your state taxes free Recycled ODCs. Filing your state taxes free Exported ODCs. Filing your state taxes free ODCs used as feedstock. Filing your state taxes free Metered-dose inhalers. Filing your state taxes free   There is no tax on ODCs used or sold for use as propellants in metered-dose inhalers. Filing your state taxes free For a sale to be nontaxable, you must obtain from the purchaser an exemption certificate that you rely on in good faith. Filing your state taxes free The certificate must be in substantially the form as the sample certificate set forth in Regulations section 52. Filing your state taxes free 4682-2(d)(5). Filing your state taxes free The certificate may be included as part of the sales documentation. Filing your state taxes free Keep the certificate with your records. Filing your state taxes free Recycled ODCs. Filing your state taxes free   There is no tax on any ODC diverted or recovered in the United States as part of a recycling process (and not as part of the original manufacturing or production process). Filing your state taxes free There is no tax on recycled Halon-1301 or recycled Halon-2402 imported from a country that has signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol). Filing your state taxes free   The Montreal Protocol is administered by the United Nations (U. Filing your state taxes free N. Filing your state taxes free ). Filing your state taxes free To determine if a country has signed the Montreal Protocol, contact the U. Filing your state taxes free N. Filing your state taxes free The website is untreaty. Filing your state taxes free un. Filing your state taxes free org. Filing your state taxes free Exported ODCs. Filing your state taxes free   Generally, there is no tax on ODCs sold for export if certain requirements are met. Filing your state taxes free For a sale to be nontaxable, you and the purchaser must be registered. Filing your state taxes free See Form 637, Application for Registration (for Certain Excise Tax Activities). Filing your state taxes free Also, you must obtain from the purchaser an exemption certificate that you rely on in good faith. Filing your state taxes free Keep the certificate with your records. Filing your state taxes free The certificate must be in substantially the form as the sample certificate set forth in Regulations section 52. Filing your state taxes free 4682-5(d)(3). Filing your state taxes free The tax benefit of this exemption is limited. Filing your state taxes free For more information, see Regulations section 52. Filing your state taxes free 4682-5. Filing your state taxes free ODCs used as feedstock. Filing your state taxes free   There is no tax on ODCs sold for use or used as a feedstock. Filing your state taxes free An ODC is used as a feedstock only if the ODC is entirely consumed in the manufacture of another chemical. Filing your state taxes free The transformation of an ODC into one or more new compounds qualifies as use as a feedstock, but use of an ODC in a mixture does not qualify. Filing your state taxes free   For a sale to be nontaxable, you must obtain from the purchaser an exemption certificate that you rely on in good faith. Filing your state taxes free The certificate must be in substantially the form as the sample certificate set forth in Regulations section 52. Filing your state taxes free 4682-2(d)(2). Filing your state taxes free Keep the certificate with your records. Filing your state taxes free Credits or refunds. Filing your state taxes free   A credit or refund (without interest) of tax paid on ODCs may be claimed if a taxed ODC is: Used as a propellant in a metered-dose inhaler (the person who used the ODC as a propellant may file a claim), Exported (the manufacturer may file a claim), or Used as a feedstock (the person who used the ODC may file a claim). Filing your state taxes free For information on how to file for credits or refunds, see the Instructions for Form 720 or Schedule 6 (Form 8849). Filing your state taxes free Conditions to allowance for ODCs exported. Filing your state taxes free   To claim a credit or refund for ODCs that are exported, you must have repaid or agreed to repay the tax to the exporter, or obtained the exporter's written consent to allowance of the credit or refund. Filing your state taxes free You must also have the evidence required by the EPA as proof that the ODCs were exported. Filing your state taxes free Imported Taxable Products An imported product containing or manufactured with ODCs is subject to tax if it is entered into the United States for consumption, use, or warehousing and is listed in the Imported Products Table. Filing your state taxes free The Imported Products Table is listed in Regulations section 52. Filing your state taxes free 4682-3(f)(6). Filing your state taxes free The tax is based on the weight of the ODCs used in the manufacture of the product. Filing your state taxes free Use the following methods to figure the ODC weight. Filing your state taxes free The actual (exact) weight of each ODC used as a material in manufacturing the product. Filing your state taxes free If the actual weight cannot be determined, the ODC weight listed for the product in the Imported Products Table. Filing your state taxes free However, if you cannot determine the actual weight and the table does not list an ODC weight for the product, the rate of tax is 1% of the entry value of the product. Filing your state taxes free Taxable event. Filing your state taxes free   Tax is imposed on an imported taxable product when the product is first sold or used by its importer. Filing your state taxes free The importer is liable for the tax. Filing your state taxes free Use of imported products. Filing your state taxes free   You use an imported product if you put it into service in a trade or business or for the production of income or use it in the making of an article, including incorporation into the article. Filing your state taxes free The loss, destruction, packaging, repackaging, warehousing, or repair of an imported product is not a use of that product. Filing your state taxes free Entry as use. Filing your state taxes free   The importer may choose to treat the entry of a product into the United States as the use of the product. Filing your state taxes free Tax is imposed on the date of entry instead of when the product is sold or used. Filing your state taxes free The choice applies to all imported taxable products that you own and have not used when you make the choice and all later entries. Filing your state taxes free Make the choice by checking the box in Part II of Form 6627. Filing your state taxes free The choice is effective as of the beginning of the calendar quarter to which the Form 6627 applies. Filing your state taxes free You can revoke this choice only with IRS consent. Filing your state taxes free Sale of article incorporating imported product. Filing your state taxes free   The importer may treat the sale of an article manufactured or assembled in the United States as the first sale or use of an imported taxable product incorporated in that article if both the following apply. Filing your state taxes free The importer has consistently treated the sale of similar items as the first sale or use of similar taxable imported products. Filing your state taxes free The importer has not chosen to treat entry into the United States as use of the product. Filing your state taxes free Imported products table. Filing your state taxes free   The table lists all the products that are subject to the tax on imported taxable products and specifies the ODC weight (discussed later) of each product. Filing your state taxes free   Each listing in the table identifies a product by name and includes only products that are described by that name. Filing your state taxes free Most listings identify a product by both name and Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) heading. Filing your state taxes free In those cases, a product is included in that listing only if the product is described by that name and the rate of duty on the product is determined by reference to that HTS heading. Filing your state taxes free A product is included in the listing even if it is manufactured with or contains a different ODC than the one specified in the table. Filing your state taxes free   Part II of the table lists electronic items that are not included within any other list in the table. Filing your state taxes free An imported product is included in this list only if the product meets one of the following tests. Filing your state taxes free It is an electronic component whose operation involves the use of nonmechanical amplification or switching devices such as tubes, transistors, and integrated circuits. Filing your state taxes free It contains components described in (1), which account for more than 15% of the cost of the product. Filing your state taxes free   These components do not include passive electrical devices, such as resistors and capacitors. Filing your state taxes free Items such as screws, nuts, bolts, plastic parts, and similar specially fabricated parts that may be used to construct an electronic item are not themselves included in the listing for electronic items. Filing your state taxes free Rules for listing products. Filing your state taxes free   Products are listed in the table according to the following rules. Filing your state taxes free A product is listed in Part I of the table if it is a mixture containing ODCs. Filing your state taxes free A product is listed in Part II of the table if the Commissioner has determined that the ODCs used as materials in the manufacture of the product under the predominant method are used for purposes of refrigeration or air conditioning, creating an aerosol or foam, or manufacturing electronic components. Filing your state taxes free A product is listed in Part III of the table if the Commissioner has determined that the product meets both the following tests. Filing your state taxes free It is not an imported taxable product. Filing your state taxes free It would otherwise be included within a list in Part II of the table. Filing your state taxes free   For example, floppy disk drive units are listed in Part III because they are not imported taxable products and would have been included in the Part II list for electronic items not specifically identified, but for their listing in Part III. Filing your state taxes free ODC weight. Filing your state taxes free   The Table ODC weight of a product is the weight, determined by the Commissioner, of the ODCs used as materials in the manufacture of the product under the predominant method of manufacturing. Filing your state taxes free The ODC weight is listed in Part II in pounds per single unit of product unless otherwise specified. Filing your state taxes free Modifying the table. Filing your state taxes free   A manufacturer or importer of a product may request the IRS add a product and its ODC weight to the table. Filing your state taxes free They also may request the IRS remove a product from the table, or change or specify the ODC weight of a product. Filing your state taxes free To request a modification, see Regulations section 52. Filing your state taxes free 4682-3(g) for the mailing address and information that must be included in the request. Filing your state taxes free Floor Stocks Tax Tax is imposed on any ODC held (other than by the manufacturer or importer of the ODC) on January 1 for sale or use in further manufacturing. Filing your state taxes free The person holding title (as determined under local law) to the ODC is liable for the tax, whether or not delivery has been made. Filing your state taxes free These chemicals are taxable without regard to the type or size of storage container in which the ODCs are held. Filing your state taxes free The tax may apply to an ODC whether it is in a 14-ounce can or a 30-pound tank. Filing your state taxes free You are liable for the floor stocks tax if you hold any of the following on January 1. Filing your state taxes free At least 400 pounds of ODCs other than halons or methyl chloroform, At least 50 pounds of halons, or At least 1,000 pounds of methyl chloroform. Filing your state taxes free If you are liable for the tax, prepare an inventory on January 1 of the taxable ODCs held on that date for sale or for use in further manufacturing. Filing your state taxes free You must pay this floor stocks tax by June 30 of each year. Filing your state taxes free Report the tax on Form 6627 and Part II of Form 720 for the second calendar quarter. Filing your state taxes free For the tax rates, see the Form 6627 instructions. Filing your state taxes free ODCs not subject to floor stocks tax. Filing your state taxes free   The floor stocks tax is not imposed on any of the following ODCs. Filing your state taxes free ODCs mixed with other ingredients that contribute to achieving the purpose for which the mixture will be used, unless the mixture contains only ODCs and one or more stabilizers. Filing your state taxes free ODCs contained in a manufactured article in which the ODCs will be used for their intended purpose without being released from the article. Filing your state taxes free ODCs that have been reclaimed or recycled. Filing your state taxes free ODCs sold in a qualifying sale for: Use as a feedstock, Export, or Use as a propellant in a metered-dose inhaler. Filing your state taxes free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications

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Filing your state taxes free 1. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free At-risk limits. Filing your state taxes free Passive activities. Filing your state taxes free Net operating loss. Filing your state taxes free When Can I Deduct an Expense?Economic performance. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free  Beginning in 2013, you can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the deduction for the business use of your home. Filing your state taxes free See Optional safe harbor method under Business use of your home , later. Filing your state taxes free Introduction This chapter covers the general rules for deducting business expenses. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free What Can I Deduct? To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. Filing your state taxes free An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your industry. Filing your state taxes free A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your trade or business. Filing your state taxes free An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free In some cases you may not be allowed to deduct the expense at all. Filing your state taxes free Therefore, it is important to distinguish usual business expenses from expenses that include the following. Filing your state taxes free The expenses used to figure cost of goods sold, Capital expenses, and Personal expenses. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Some of your business expenses may be included in figuring cost of goods sold. Filing your state taxes free Cost of goods sold is deducted from your gross receipts to figure your gross profit for the year. Filing your state taxes free If you include an expense in the cost of goods sold, you cannot deduct it again as a business expense. Filing your state taxes free The following are types of expenses that go into figuring cost of goods sold. Filing your state taxes free The cost of products or raw materials, including freight. Filing your state taxes free Storage. Filing your state taxes free Direct labor (including contributions to pension or annuity plans) for workers who produce the products. Filing your state taxes free Factory overhead. Filing your state taxes free Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize the direct costs and part of the indirect costs for certain production or resale activities. Filing your state taxes free Indirect costs include rent, interest, taxes, storage, purchasing, processing, repackaging, handling, and administrative costs. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free For more information, see the following sources. Filing your state taxes free Cost of goods sold—chapter 6 of Publication 334. Filing your state taxes free Inventories—Publication 538. Filing your state taxes free Uniform capitalization rules—Publication 538 and section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. Filing your state taxes free Capital Expenses You must capitalize, rather than deduct, some costs. Filing your state taxes free These costs are a part of your investment in your business and are called “capital expenses. Filing your state taxes free ” Capital expenses are considered assets in your business. Filing your state taxes free In general, you capitalize three types of costs. Filing your state taxes free Business start-up costs (See Tip below). Filing your state taxes free Business assets. Filing your state taxes free Improvements. Filing your state taxes free You can elect to deduct or amortize certain business start-up costs. Filing your state taxes free See chapters 7 and 8. Filing your state taxes free Cost recovery. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free These recovery methods allow you to deduct part of your cost each year. Filing your state taxes free In this way, you are able to recover your capital expense. Filing your state taxes free See Amortization (chapter 8) and Depletion (chapter 9) in this publication. Filing your state taxes free A taxpayer can elect to deduct a portion of the costs of certain depreciable property as a section 179 deduction. Filing your state taxes free A greater portion of these costs can be deducted if the property is qualified disaster assistance property. Filing your state taxes free See Publication 946 for details. Filing your state taxes free Going Into Business The costs of getting started in business, before you actually begin business operations, are capital expenses. Filing your state taxes free These costs may include expenses for advertising, travel, or wages for training employees. Filing your state taxes free If you go into business. Filing your state taxes free   When you go into business, treat all costs you had to get your business started as capital expenses. Filing your state taxes free   Usually you recover costs for a particular asset through depreciation. Filing your state taxes free Generally, you cannot recover other costs until you sell the business or otherwise go out of business. Filing your state taxes free However, you can choose to amortize certain costs for setting up your business. Filing your state taxes free See Starting a Business in chapter 8 for more information on business start-up costs. Filing your state taxes free If your attempt to go into business is unsuccessful. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free The costs you had before making a decision to acquire or begin a specific business. Filing your state taxes free These costs are personal and nondeductible. Filing your state taxes free They include any costs incurred during a general search for, or preliminary investigation of, a business or investment possibility. Filing your state taxes free The costs you had in your attempt to acquire or begin a specific business. Filing your state taxes free These costs are capital expenses and you can deduct them as a capital loss. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free   The costs of any assets acquired during your unsuccessful attempt to go into business are a part of your basis in the assets. Filing your state taxes free You cannot take a deduction for these costs. Filing your state taxes free You will recover the costs of these assets when you dispose of them. Filing your state taxes free Business Assets There are many different kinds of business assets; for example, land, buildings, machinery, furniture, trucks, patents, and franchise rights. Filing your state taxes free You must fully capitalize the cost of these assets, including freight and installation charges. Filing your state taxes free Certain property you produce for use in your trade or business must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. Filing your state taxes free See Regulations section 1. Filing your state taxes free 263A-2 for information on these rules. Filing your state taxes free Improvements Improvements are generally major expenditures. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Temporary regulations allow you to capitalize costs meeting the above criteria for tax years beginning after 2011. Filing your state taxes free However, you can currently deduct repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition as a business expense. Filing your state taxes free Treat as repairs amounts paid to replace parts of a machine that only keep it in a normal operating condition. Filing your state taxes free Restoration plan. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free This applies even if some of the work would by itself be classified as repairs. Filing your state taxes free Capital versus Deductible Expenses To help you distinguish between capital and deductible expenses, different examples are given below. Filing your state taxes free Motor vehicles. Filing your state taxes free   You usually capitalize the cost of a motor vehicle you use in your business. Filing your state taxes free You can recover its cost through annual deductions for depreciation. Filing your state taxes free   There are dollar limits on the depreciation you can claim each year on passenger automobiles used in your business. Filing your state taxes free See Publication 463. Filing your state taxes free   Generally, repairs you make to your business vehicle are currently deductible. Filing your state taxes free However, amounts you pay to recondition and overhaul a business vehicle are capital expenses and are recovered through depreciation. Filing your state taxes free Roads and driveways. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free The cost of maintaining a private road on your business property is a deductible expense. Filing your state taxes free Tools. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Machinery parts. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Heating equipment. Filing your state taxes free   The cost of changing from one heating system to another is a capital expense. Filing your state taxes free Personal versus Business Expenses Generally, you cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free You can deduct the business part. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free The remaining 30% is personal interest and generally is not deductible. Filing your state taxes free See chapter 4 for information on deducting interest and the allocation rules. Filing your state taxes free Business use of your home. Filing your state taxes free   If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Filing your state taxes free These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. Filing your state taxes free   To qualify to claim expenses for the business use of your home, you must meet both of the following tests. Filing your state taxes free The business part of your home must be used exclusively and regularly for your trade or business. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free   Your home office qualifies as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. Filing your state taxes free You use the office exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Filing your state taxes free You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Filing your state taxes free   If you have more than one business location, determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. Filing your state taxes free The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. Filing your state taxes free If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, consider the time spent at each location. Filing your state taxes free Optional safe harbor method. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free This method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes 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). Filing your state taxes free You are not required to allocate these deductions between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. Filing your state taxes free If you use the optional method, you cannot depreciate the portion of your home used in a trade or business. Filing your state taxes free   Business expenses unrelated to the home, such as advertising, supplies, and wages paid to employees, are still fully deductible. Filing your state taxes free All of the requirements discussed earlier under Business use of your home still apply. Filing your state taxes free   For more information on the deduction for business use of your home, including the optional safe harbor method, see Publication 587. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Business use of your car. Filing your state taxes free   If you use your car exclusively in your business, you can deduct car expenses. Filing your state taxes free If you use your car for both business and personal purposes, you must divide your expenses based on actual mileage. Filing your state taxes free Generally, commuting expenses between your home and your business location, within the area of your tax home, are not deductible. Filing your state taxes free   You can deduct actual car expenses, which include depreciation (or lease payments), gas and oil, tires, repairs, tune-ups, insurance, and registration fees. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Beginning in 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. Filing your state taxes free 5 cents per mile. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free   For more information on car expenses and the rules for using the standard mileage rate, see Publication 463. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Recovery of amount deducted (tax benefit rule). Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free If you have a recovery in a later year, include the recovered amount in income in that year. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free   For more information on recoveries and the tax benefit rule, see Publication 525. Filing your state taxes free Payments in kind. Filing your state taxes free   If you provide services to pay a business expense, the amount you can deduct is limited to your out-of-pocket costs. Filing your state taxes free You cannot deduct the cost of your own labor. Filing your state taxes free   Similarly, if you pay a business expense in goods or other property, you can deduct only what the property costs you. Filing your state taxes free If these costs are included in the cost of goods sold, do not deduct them again as a business expense. Filing your state taxes free Limits on losses. Filing your state taxes free   If your deductions for an investment or business activity are more than the income it brings in, you have a loss. Filing your state taxes free There may be limits on how much of the loss you can deduct. Filing your state taxes free Not-for-profit limits. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free See Not-for-Profit Activities , later. Filing your state taxes free At-risk limits. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free You are at risk in any activity for the following. Filing your state taxes free The money and adjusted basis of property you contribute to the activity. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free For more information, see Publication 925. Filing your state taxes free Passive activities. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free In general, deductions for losses from passive activities only offset income from passive activities. Filing your state taxes free You cannot use any excess deductions to offset other income. Filing your state taxes free In addition, passive activity credits can only offset the tax on net passive income. Filing your state taxes free Any excess loss or credits are carried over to later years. Filing your state taxes free Suspended passive losses are fully deductible in the year you completely dispose of the activity. Filing your state taxes free For more information, see Publication 925. Filing your state taxes free Net operating loss. Filing your state taxes free   If your deductions are more than your income for the year, you may have a “net operating loss. Filing your state taxes free ” You can use a net operating loss to lower your taxes in other years. Filing your state taxes free See Publication 536 for more information. Filing your state taxes free   See Publication 542 for information about net operating losses of corporations. Filing your state taxes free When Can I Deduct an Expense? When you can deduct an expense depends on your accounting method. Filing your state taxes free An accounting method is a set of rules used to determine when and how income and expenses are reported. Filing your state taxes free The two basic methods are the cash method and the accrual method. Filing your state taxes free Whichever method you choose must clearly reflect income. Filing your state taxes free For more information on accounting methods, see Publication 538. Filing your state taxes free Cash method. Filing your state taxes free   Under the cash method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses in the tax year you pay them. Filing your state taxes free Accrual method. Filing your state taxes free   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses when both of the following apply. Filing your state taxes free The all-events test has been met. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Economic performance has occurred. Filing your state taxes free Economic performance. Filing your state taxes free   You generally cannot deduct or capitalize a business expense until economic performance occurs. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free If your expense is for property or services you provide to others, economic performance occurs as you provide the property or services. Filing your state taxes free Example. Filing your state taxes free Your tax year is the calendar year. Filing your state taxes free In December 2013, the Field Plumbing Company did some repair work at your place of business and sent you a bill for $600. Filing your state taxes free You paid it by check in January 2014. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free If you use the cash method of accounting, deduct the expense on your 2014 return. Filing your state taxes free Prepayment. Filing your state taxes free   You generally cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. Filing your state taxes free This rule applies to both the cash and accrual methods. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Example. Filing your state taxes free In 2013, you sign a 10-year lease and immediately pay your rent for the first 3 years. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free You can deduct the rent for 2014 and 2015 on your tax returns for those years. Filing your state taxes free Contested liability. Filing your state taxes free   Under the cash method, you can deduct a contested liability only in the year you pay the liability. Filing your state taxes free Under the accrual method, you can deduct contested liabilities such as taxes (except foreign or U. Filing your state taxes free S. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free However, to take the deduction in the year of payment or transfer, you must meet certain conditions. Filing your state taxes free See Regulations section 1. Filing your state taxes free 461-2. Filing your state taxes free Related person. Filing your state taxes free   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct expenses when you incur them, even if you have not yet paid them. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Your deduction is allowed when the amount is includible in income by the related cash method payee. Filing your state taxes free See Related Persons in Publication 538. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Activities you do as a hobby, or mainly for sport or recreation, are often not entered into for profit. Filing your state taxes free The limit on not-for-profit losses applies to individuals, partnerships, estates, trusts, and S corporations. Filing your state taxes free It does not apply to corporations other than S corporations. Filing your state taxes free In determining whether you are carrying on an activity for profit, several factors are taken into account. Filing your state taxes free No one factor alone is decisive. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Presumption of profit. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free The activity must be substantially the same for each year within this period. Filing your state taxes free You have a profit when the gross income from an activity exceeds the deductions. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free This means the limits discussed here will not apply. Filing your state taxes free You can take all your business deductions from the activity, even for the years that you have a loss. Filing your state taxes free You can rely on this presumption unless the IRS later shows it to be invalid. Filing your state taxes free Using the presumption later. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free   You can elect to do this by filing Form 5213. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free   The benefit gained by making this election is that the IRS will not immediately question whether your activity is engaged in for profit. Filing your state taxes free Accordingly, it will not restrict your deductions. Filing your state taxes free Rather, you will gain time to earn a profit in the required number of years. Filing your state taxes free If you show 3 (or 2) years of profit at the end of this period, your deductions are not limited under these rules. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free The period is extended only for deductions of the activity and any related deductions that might be affected. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free You can determine gross income from any not-for-profit activity by subtracting the cost of goods sold from your gross receipts. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free If you are an individual, these deductions may be taken only if you itemize. Filing your state taxes free These deductions may be taken on Schedule A (Form 1040). Filing your state taxes free Category 1. Filing your state taxes free   Deductions you can take for personal as well as for business activities are allowed in full. Filing your state taxes free For individuals, all nonbusiness deductions, such as those for home mortgage interest, taxes, and casualty losses, belong in this category. Filing your state taxes free Deduct them on the appropriate lines of Schedule A (Form 1040). Filing your state taxes 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). Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free The reduction amount returns to $100 for tax years beginning after December 31, 2009. Filing your state taxes free See Publication 547 for more information on casualty losses. Filing your state taxes free For the limits that apply to home mortgage interest, see Publication 936. Filing your state taxes free Category 2. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Most business deductions, such as those for advertising, insurance premiums, interest, utilities, and wages, belong in this category. Filing your state taxes free Category 3. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Deductions for depreciation, amortization, and the part of a casualty loss an individual could not deduct in category (1) belong in this category. Filing your state taxes free Where more than one asset is involved, allocate depreciation and these other deductions proportionally. Filing your state taxes free    Individuals must claim the amounts in categories (2) and (3) as miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Filing your state taxes free They are subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Filing your state taxes free See Publication 529 for information on this limit. Filing your state taxes free Example. Filing your state taxes free Adriana is engaged in a not-for-profit activity. Filing your state taxes free The income and expenses of the activity are as follows. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free The limit is reached in category (3), as follows. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Adriana includes the $3,200 of gross income on line 21 (other income) of Form 1040. Filing your state taxes free The $1,600 for category (1) is deductible in full on the appropriate lines for taxes and interest on Schedule A (Form 1040). Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free Partnerships and S corporations. Filing your state taxes free   If a partnership or S corporation carries on a not-for-profit activity, these limits apply at the partnership or S corporation level. Filing your state taxes free They are reflected in the individual shareholder's or partner's distributive shares. Filing your state taxes free More than one activity. Filing your state taxes free   If you have several undertakings, each may be a separate activity or several undertakings may be combined. Filing your state taxes free The following are the most significant facts and circumstances in making this determination. Filing your state taxes free The degree of organizational and economic interrelationship of various undertakings. Filing your state taxes 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. Filing your state taxes free The similarity of the undertakings. Filing your state taxes free   The IRS will generally accept your characterization if it is supported by facts and circumstances. Filing your state taxes free    If you are carrying on two or more different activities, keep the deductions and income from each one separate. Filing your state taxes free Figure separately whether each is a not-for-profit activity. Filing your state taxes free Then figure the limit on deductions and losses separately for each activity that is not for profit. Filing your state taxes free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications