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Free military turbotax Depreciation Table of Contents Introduction Special Depreciation AllowanceQualified Property Election Not To Claim the Allowance Rules for Returns Filed Before June 1, 2002 Passenger Automobiles New York Liberty Zone BenefitsSpecial Liberty Zone Depreciation Allowance Increased Section 179 Deduction Liberty Zone Leasehold Improvement Property If you depreciate business property that you acquired and placed in service after September 10, 2001, new law contains provisions that may affect your depreciation deduction for that property. Free military turbotax Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property, contains information on depreciation. Free military turbotax However, Publication 946 does not contain the new provisions because it was printed before the law was enacted. Free military turbotax The new provisions are in the Supplement to Publication 946, which is reprinted below. Free military turbotax Supplement to Publication 946 How To Depreciate Property   Introduction After Publication 946 was printed, the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 was signed into law by the President. Free military turbotax The new law made several changes in the tax rules explained in the publication. Free military turbotax Some of the changes apply to property placed in service during 2001. Free military turbotax This supplemental publication describes those changes and explains what you should do if you are affected by them. Free military turbotax The situations and examples in Publication 946 do not reflect any of the changes made by the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002. Free military turbotax The new law contains the following provisions. Free military turbotax 30% depreciation deductions (special depreciation allowance and special New York Liberty Zone (Liberty Zone) depreciation allowance) for the year qualified property is placed in service after September 10, 2001. Free military turbotax An increased dollar limit on the section 179 deduction for qualified Liberty Zone property purchased after September 10, 2001. Free military turbotax A shorter recovery period for qualified Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property placed in service after September 10, 2001. Free military turbotax An increase in the maximum depreciation deduction for 2001 for a qualified passenger automobile placed in service after September 10, 2001. Free military turbotax If you believe you qualify for an increased deduction under any of these new rules, you must file the revised 2001 Form 4562 (dated March 2002) for 2001 calendar or fiscal years and 2000 fiscal years ending after September 10, 2001. Free military turbotax If you have already filed a tax return, this supplemental publication explains how to claim these benefits and how to elect not to claim the special depreciation allowance or special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance. Free military turbotax See Table 2 at the end of the supplement for an overview of the rules that apply if you filed your return before June 1, 2002. Free military turbotax Special Depreciation Allowance You can take a special depreciation allowance for qualified property you place in service after September 10, 2001. Free military turbotax The allowance is an additional deduction of 30% of the property's depreciable basis. Free military turbotax To figure the depreciable basis, you must first multiply the property's cost or other basis by the percentage of business/investment use and then reduce that amount by any section 179 deduction and certain other deductions and credits for the property. Free military turbotax See What Is the Basis for Depreciation? on page 23 in Publication 946 for more information on figuring depreciable basis. Free military turbotax The allowance is deductible for both regular tax and alternative minimum tax (AMT) purposes. Free military turbotax There is no AMT adjustment required for any depreciation figured on the remaining basis of the property. Free military turbotax In the year you claim the allowance (generally the year you place the property in service), you must reduce the depreciable basis of the property by the allowance before figuring your regular depreciation deduction. Free military turbotax Example 1. Free military turbotax On November 1, 2001, you bought and placed in service in your business qualified property that cost $100,000. Free military turbotax You did not elect to claim a section 179 deduction. Free military turbotax You can deduct 30% of the cost ($30,000) as a special depreciation allowance for 2001. Free military turbotax You use the remaining $70,000 of cost to figure your regular depreciation deduction for 2001 and later years. Free military turbotax Example 2. Free military turbotax The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that you choose to deduct $24,000 of the property's cost as a section 179 deduction. Free military turbotax You use the remaining $76,000 of cost to figure your special depreciation allowance of $22,800 ($76,000 × 30%). Free military turbotax You use the remaining $53,200 of cost to figure your regular depreciation deduction for 2001 and later years. Free military turbotax Qualified Property To qualify for the special depreciation allowance, your property must meet the following requirements. Free military turbotax It is new property of one of the following types. Free military turbotax Property depreciated under the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS) with a recovery period of 20 years or less. Free military turbotax See Can You Use MACRS To Depreciate Your Property and Which Recovery Period Applies? on pages 7 and 23, respectively, in Publication 946. Free military turbotax Water utility property. Free military turbotax See 25-year property on page 22 in Publication 946. Free military turbotax Computer software that is not a section 197 intangible as described in Computer software on page 5 in Publication 946. Free military turbotax (The cost of some computer software is treated as part of the cost of hardware and is depreciated under MACRS. Free military turbotax ) Qualified leasehold improvement property (defined later). Free military turbotax It meets the following tests (explained later under Tests To Be Met). Free military turbotax Acquisition date test. Free military turbotax Placed in service date test. Free military turbotax Original use test. Free military turbotax It is not excepted property (explained later under Excepted Property). Free military turbotax Qualified leasehold improvement property. Free military turbotax    Generally, this is any improvement to an interior part of a building that is nonresidential real property, provided all of the following requirements are met. Free military turbotax The improvement is made under or pursuant to a lease by the lessee (or any sublessee) or the lessor of that part of the building. Free military turbotax That part of the building is to be occupied exclusively by the lessee (or any sublessee) of that part. Free military turbotax The improvement is placed in service more than 3 years after the date the building was first placed in service. Free military turbotax   However, a qualified leasehold improvement does not include any improvement for which the expenditure is attributable to any of the following. Free military turbotax The enlargement of the building. Free military turbotax Any elevator or escalator. Free military turbotax Any structural component benefiting a common area. Free military turbotax The internal structural framework of the building. Free military turbotax   Generally, a binding commitment to enter into a lease is treated as a lease and the parties to the commitment are treated as the lessor and lessee. Free military turbotax However, a binding commitment between related persons is not treated as a lease. Free military turbotax Related persons. Free military turbotax   For this purpose, the following are related persons. Free military turbotax Members of an affiliated group. Free military turbotax The persons listed in items (1) through (9) under Related persons on page 8 of Publication 946 (except that “80% or more” should be substituted for “more than 10%” each place it appears). Free military turbotax An executor and a beneficiary of the same estate. Free military turbotax Tests To Be Met To qualify for the special depreciation allowance, the property must meet all of the following tests. Free military turbotax Acquisition date test. Free military turbotax    Generally, you must have acquired the property either: After September 10, 2001, and before September 11, 2004, but only if no written binding contract for the acquisition was in effect before September 11, 2001, or Pursuant to a written binding contract entered into after September 10, 2001, and before September 11, 2004. Free military turbotax   Property you manufacture, construct, or produce for your own use meets this test if you began the manufacture, construction, or production of the property after September 10, 2001, and before September 11, 2004. Free military turbotax Placed in service date test. Free military turbotax   Generally, the property must be placed in service for use in your trade or business or for the production of income after September 10, 2001, and before January 1, 2005. Free military turbotax   If you sold property you placed in service after September 10, 2001, and you leased it back within 3 months after the property was originally placed in service, the property is treated as placed in service no earlier than the date it is used under the leaseback. Free military turbotax Original use test. Free military turbotax   The original use of the property must have begun with you after September 10, 2001. Free military turbotax “Original use” means the first use to which the property is put, whether or not by you. Free military turbotax Additional capital expenditures you incurred after September 10, 2001, to recondition or rebuild your property meet the original use test. Free military turbotax Excepted Property The following property does not qualify for the special depreciation allowance. Free military turbotax Property used by any person before September 11, 2001. Free military turbotax Property required to be depreciated using ADS. Free military turbotax This includes listed property used 50% or less in a qualified business use. Free military turbotax Qualified New York Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property (defined next). Free military turbotax Qualified New York Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property. Free military turbotax   This is any qualified leasehold improvement property (as defined earlier) if all of the following requirements are met. Free military turbotax The improvement is to a building located in the New York Liberty Zone (defined later under New York Liberty Zone Benefits). Free military turbotax The improvement is placed in service after September 10, 2001, and before January 1, 2007. Free military turbotax No written binding contract for the improvement was in effect before September 11, 2001. Free military turbotax Election Not To Claim the Allowance You can elect not to claim the special depreciation allowance for qualified property. Free military turbotax If you make this election for any property, it applies to all property in the same property class placed in service during the year. Free military turbotax To make this election, attach a statement to your return indicating you elect not to claim the allowance and the class of property for which you are making the election. Free military turbotax When to make election. Free military turbotax   Generally, you must make the election on a timely filed tax return (including extensions) for the year in which you place the property in service. Free military turbotax   However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the original return (not including extensions). Free military turbotax Attach the election statement to the amended return. Free military turbotax At the top of the election statement, write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Free military turbotax 9100–2. Free military turbotax ” Revoking an election. Free military turbotax   Once you elect not to deduct the special depreciation allowance for a class of property, you cannot revoke the election without IRS consent. Free military turbotax A request to revoke the election is subject to a user fee. Free military turbotax Rules for Returns Filed Before June 1, 2002 The following rules apply if you placed qualified property in service after September 10, 2001, and filed your return before June 1, 2002. Free military turbotax The rules apply to returns for the following years. Free military turbotax 2000 fiscal years that end after September 10, 2001. Free military turbotax 2001 calendar and fiscal years. Free military turbotax Claiming the allowance. Free military turbotax   If you did not claim the allowance on your return and did not make the election not to claim the allowance, you can do either of the following to claim the allowance. Free military turbotax File an amended return by the due date (not including extensions) of your return for the year following the year the property was placed in service. Free military turbotax Write “Filed Pursuant to Rev. Free military turbotax Proc. Free military turbotax 2002–33” at the top of the amended return. Free military turbotax File Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, with your return for the year following the year the property was placed in service. Free military turbotax Your return must be filed by the due date (including extensions). Free military turbotax Write “Automatic Change Filed Under Rev. Free military turbotax Proc. Free military turbotax 2002–33” on the appropriate line of Form 3115. Free military turbotax You must also file a copy (with signature) of the completed Form 3115 with the IRS National Office no later than when you file the original with your return. Free military turbotax For more information about filing Form 3115, including the address to send it to, see Revenue Procedure 2002–9, Revenue Procedure 2002–19, and Revenue Procedure 2002–33. Free military turbotax Example 1. Free military turbotax You are an individual and you use the calendar year. Free military turbotax You placed qualified property in service for your business in December 2001. Free military turbotax You filed your 2001 income tax return before April 15, 2002. Free military turbotax You did not claim the special depreciation allowance for the property and did not make the election not to claim the allowance. Free military turbotax You can claim the special allowance by filing an amended 2001 return by April 15, 2003, with “Filed Pursuant to Rev. Free military turbotax Proc. Free military turbotax 2002–33” at the top of the amended return. Free military turbotax You must file an amended return by April 15, 2003, even if you get an extension of time to file your 2002 tax return. Free military turbotax Example 2. Free military turbotax The facts concerning your 2001 return are the same as in Example 1. Free military turbotax In addition, you got an automatic 4-month extension of time (to August 15, 2003) to file your 2002 return. Free military turbotax You can claim the special allowance by filing a Form 3115 (with “Filed Pursuant to Rev. Free military turbotax Proc. Free military turbotax 2002–33” on the appropriate line) with your 2002 return by August 15, 2003. Free military turbotax You must also file a copy of this Form 3115 with the IRS National Office no later than when you file your 2002 return. Free military turbotax Electing not to claim the allowance. Free military turbotax   Generally, you have elected not to claim the special depreciation allowance for a class of property if you: Filed your return timely (including extensions) for the year you placed qualified property in service and indicated on a statement with the return that you are not claiming the allowance, or Filed your return timely and filed an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the original return (not including extensions) and indicated on a statement with the amended return that you are not claiming the allowance. Free military turbotax The statement must indicate that you are not deducting the special depreciation allowance and the class of property to which the election applies. Free military turbotax The statement can be either attached to or written on the return. Free military turbotax You can, for example, write “not deducting 30%” on Form 4562. Free military turbotax Deemed election. Free military turbotax   If you have not followed either of the procedures described above to elect not to claim the allowance, you may still be treated as making the election. Free military turbotax You will be treated as making the election if you meet both of the following conditions. Free military turbotax You filed your return for the year you placed the property in service and claimed depreciation, but not the special allowance, for any class of property. Free military turbotax You do not file an amended return or a Form 3115 within the time prescribed for claiming the special allowance. Free military turbotax See Claiming the allowance, earlier. Free military turbotax Passenger Automobiles The limit on your depreciation deduction (including any section 179 deduction) for any passenger automobile that is qualified property (defined earlier) placed in service after September 10, 2001, and for which you claim the special depreciation allowance is increased. Free military turbotax Generally, the limit is increased from $3,060 to $7,660. Free military turbotax However, if the automobile is a qualified electric car, the limit is increased from $9,280 to $23,080 ($22,980 if placed in service in 2002). Free military turbotax Table 1 shows the maximum deduction amounts for 2001. Free military turbotax Table 1. Free military turbotax Maximum Deduction for 2001 Qualified Vehicle Placed in Service Before Sept. Free military turbotax 11 Placed in Service After Sept. Free military turbotax 10 Passenger automobile $3,060 $7,660 Electric car 9,280 23,080 1 1$22,980 if you place an electric car in service in 2002. Free military turbotax Election not to claim the allowance. Free military turbotax   The increased maximum depreciation deduction does not apply if you elected not to claim the special depreciation allowance as explained earlier under Election Not To Claim the Allowance and Rules for Returns Filed Before June 1, 2002. Free military turbotax New York Liberty Zone Benefits Several benefits are available for property you place in service in the New York Liberty Zone (Liberty Zone). Free military turbotax They include a special depreciation allowance for the year you place the property in service, an increased section 179 deduction, and the classification of certain leasehold improvement property as 5-year property. Free military turbotax Area defined. Free military turbotax   The New York Liberty Zone is the area located on or south of Canal Street, East Broadway (east of its intersection with Canal Street), or Grand Street (east of its intersection with East Broadway) in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York, New York. Free military turbotax Special Liberty Zone Depreciation Allowance You can take a special depreciation allowance for qualified Liberty Zone property you place in service after September 10, 2001. Free military turbotax The allowance is an additional deduction of 30% of the property's depreciable basis. Free military turbotax To figure the depreciable basis, you must first multiply the property's cost or other basis by the percentage of business/investment use and then reduce that amount by any section 179 deduction and certain other deductions and credits for the property. Free military turbotax See What Is the Basis for Depreciation? on page 23 in Publication 946 for more information on figuring depreciable basis. Free military turbotax The allowance is deductible for both regular tax and alternative minimum tax (AMT) purposes. Free military turbotax There is no AMT adjustment required for any depreciation figured on the remaining basis of the property. Free military turbotax In the year you claim the allowance (generally the year you place the property in service), you must reduce the depreciable basis of the property by the allowance before figuring your regular depreciation deduction. Free military turbotax You cannot claim the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance for property eligible for the special depreciation allowance explained earlier in Qualified Property under Special Depreciation Allowance. Free military turbotax Qualified property is eligible for only one special depreciation allowance. Free military turbotax Example 1. Free military turbotax On November 1, 2001, you bought and placed in service in your business, which is in the Liberty Zone, qualified Liberty Zone property that cost $200,000. Free military turbotax You did not elect to claim a section 179 deduction. Free military turbotax You can deduct 30% of the cost ($60,000) as a special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance for 2001. Free military turbotax You use the remaining $140,000 of cost to figure your regular depreciation deduction for 2001 and later years. Free military turbotax Example 2. Free military turbotax The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that you choose to deduct $59,000 of the property's cost as a section 179 deduction. Free military turbotax (See Increased Section 179 Deduction, later, for information concerning how this section 179 deduction amount is figured). Free military turbotax You use the remaining $141,000 of cost to figure your special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance of $42,300 ($141,000 × 30%). Free military turbotax You use the remaining $98,700 of cost to figure your regular depreciation deduction for 2001 and later years. Free military turbotax Qualified Liberty Zone Property For a 2001 calendar or fiscal year and a 2000 fiscal year that ends after September 10, 2001, property qualifies for the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance if it meets the following requirements. Free military turbotax It is one of the following types of property. Free military turbotax Used property depreciated under MACRS with a recovery period of 20 years or less. Free military turbotax See Can You Use MACRS To Depreciate Your Property and Which Recovery Period Applies? on pages 7 and 23, respectively, in Publication 946. Free military turbotax Used water utility property. Free military turbotax See 25-year property on page 22 in Publication 946. Free military turbotax Used computer software that is not a section 197 intangible as described in Computer software on page 5 in Publication 946. Free military turbotax (The cost of some computer software is treated as part of the cost of hardware and is depreciated under MACRS. Free military turbotax ) Certain nonresidential real property and residential rental property (defined later). Free military turbotax It meets the following tests (explained later under Tests to be met). Free military turbotax Acquisition date test. Free military turbotax Placed in service date test. Free military turbotax Substantial use test. Free military turbotax Original use test. Free military turbotax It is not excepted property (explained later under Excepted property). Free military turbotax Nonresidential real property and residential rental property. Free military turbotax   This property is qualifying property only to the extent it rehabilitates real property damaged, or replaces real property destroyed or condemned, as a result of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Free military turbotax Property is treated as replacing destroyed or condemned property if, as part of an integrated plan, such property replaces real property included in a continuous area that includes real property destroyed or condemned. Free military turbotax   For these purposes, real property is considered destroyed (or condemned) only if an entire building or structure was destroyed (or condemned) as a result of the terrorist attack. Free military turbotax Otherwise, the property is considered damaged real property. Free military turbotax For example, if certain structural components of a building (such as walls, floors, or plumbing fixtures) are damaged or destroyed as a result of the terrorist attack, but the building is not destroyed (or condemned), then only costs related to replacing the damaged or destroyed structural components qualify for the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance. Free military turbotax Tests to be met. Free military turbotax   To qualify for the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance, your property must meet all of the following tests. Free military turbotax Acquisition date test. Free military turbotax   You must have acquired the property by purchase after September 10, 2001, and there must not have been a binding written contract for the acquisition in effect before September 11, 2001. Free military turbotax   For information on the acquisition of property by purchase, see Property Acquired by Purchase on page 15 of Publication 946. Free military turbotax   Property you manufacture, construct, or produce for your own use meets this test if you began the manufacture, construction, or production of the property after September 10, 2001. Free military turbotax Placed in service date test. Free military turbotax   Generally, the property must be placed in service for use in your trade or business or for the production of income before January 1, 2007 (January 1, 2010, in the case of qualifying nonresidential real property and residential rental property). Free military turbotax   If you sold property you placed in service after September 10, 2001, and you leased it back within 3 months after the property was originally placed in service, the property is treated as placed in service no earlier than the date it is used under the leaseback. Free military turbotax Substantial use test. Free military turbotax   Substantially all use of the property must be in the Liberty Zone and in the active conduct of your trade or business in the Liberty Zone. Free military turbotax Original use test. Free military turbotax   The original use of the property in the Liberty Zone must have begun with you after September 10, 2001. Free military turbotax   Used property can be qualified Liberty Zone property if it has not previously been used within the Liberty Zone. Free military turbotax Also, additional capital expenditures you incurred after September 10, 2001, to recondition or rebuild your property meet the original use test if the original use of the property in the Liberty Zone began with you. Free military turbotax Excepted property. Free military turbotax   The following property does not qualify for the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance. Free military turbotax Property eligible for the special depreciation allowance explained earlier in Qualified Property under Special Depreciation Allowance. Free military turbotax Property required to be depreciated using ADS. Free military turbotax This includes listed property used 50% or less in a qualified business use. Free military turbotax Qualified New York Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property (defined earlier in Excepted Property under Special Depreciation Allowance). Free military turbotax Example. Free military turbotax In December 2001, you bought and placed in service in your business in the Liberty Zone the following property. Free military turbotax New office furniture with a MACRS recovery period of 7 years. Free military turbotax A used computer with a MACRS recovery period of 5 years. Free military turbotax The computer had not previously been used within the Liberty Zone. Free military turbotax Because the office furniture is new property, it qualifies for the special depreciation allowance, but not the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance. Free military turbotax Because the computer is used property that had not previously been used in the Liberty Zone, it qualifies for the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance, but not the special depreciation allowance. Free military turbotax Election Not To Claim the Liberty Zone Allowance You can elect not to claim the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance for qualified property. Free military turbotax If you make this election for any property, it applies to all property in the same property class placed in service during the year. Free military turbotax To make this election, attach a statement to your return indicating you elect not to claim the allowance and the class of property for which you are making the election. Free military turbotax When to make the election. Free military turbotax   Generally, you must make the election on a timely filed tax return (including extensions) for the year in which you place the property in service. Free military turbotax   However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the original return (not including extensions). Free military turbotax Attach the election statement to the amended return. Free military turbotax At the top of the election statement, write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Free military turbotax 9100–2. Free military turbotax ” Revoking an election. Free military turbotax   Once you elect not to deduct the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance for a class of property, you cannot revoke the election without IRS consent. Free military turbotax A request to revoke the election is subject to a user fee. Free military turbotax Returns filed before June 1, 2002. Free military turbotax   The rules that apply to the special depreciation allowance discussed earlier in Rules for Returns Filed Before June 1, 2002 under Special Depreciation Allowance also apply to the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance. Free military turbotax Increased Section 179 Deduction Under section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code, you can choose to recover all or part of the cost of certain qualifying property, up to a limit, by deducting it in the year you place the property in service. Free military turbotax For tax years beginning in 2000, that limit was $20,000. Free military turbotax For tax years beginning in 2001 and 2002, that limit is generally $24,000. Free military turbotax If the cost of qualifying section 179 property placed in service in a year is over $200,000, you must reduce the dollar limit (but not below zero) by the amount of the cost over $200,000. Free military turbotax Increased Dollar Limit The dollar limit on the section 179 deduction is increased for certain property placed in service in the Liberty Zone. Free military turbotax The increase is the smaller of the following amounts. Free military turbotax $35,000. Free military turbotax The cost of section 179 property that is qualified Liberty Zone property placed in service during the year. Free military turbotax If you use the revised 2001 Form 4562 (dated March 2002) for a tax year beginning in 2000, you must reduce the section 179 dollar limit to $20,000 before adding the additional amount for qualified property. Free military turbotax Qualified property. Free military turbotax   To qualify for the increased section 179 deduction, your property must be section 179 property that is either: Qualified Liberty Zone property, or Property that would be qualified Liberty Zone property except that it is eligible for the special depreciation allowance. Free military turbotax Qualified Liberty Zone property is explained earlier in Qualified Liberty Zone Property under Special Liberty Zone Depreciation Allowance. Free military turbotax Property eligible for the special depreciation allowance is explained earlier in Qualified Property under Special Depreciation Allowance. Free military turbotax For information on the requirements that must be met for property to qualify for the section 179 deduction, see What Property Qualifies? on page 14 of Publication 946. Free military turbotax Example 1. Free military turbotax In 2002, you place in service in your business, which is in the Liberty Zone, qualified property (defined earlier) costing $25,000. Free military turbotax Because this cost is less than $35,000, the dollar limit on the section 179 deduction is increased by $25,000 to $49,000 ($24,000 + $25,000). Free military turbotax Example 2. Free military turbotax In 2002, you place in service in your business, which is in the Liberty Zone, qualified property (defined earlier) costing $75,000. Free military turbotax Because $35,000 is less than the cost of the property you place in service, the dollar limit on the section 179 deduction you can claim is increased by $35,000 to $59,000 ($24,000 + $35,000). Free military turbotax Reduced Dollar Limit Generally, you must reduce the dollar limit for a year by the cost of qualifying section 179 property placed in service in the year that is more than $200,000. Free military turbotax However, if the cost of your Liberty Zone property exceeds $200,000, you take into account only 50% (instead of 100%) of the cost of qualified property placed in service in a year. Free military turbotax Example. Free military turbotax In 2002, you place in service in your business, which is in the Liberty Zone, qualified property costing $460,000. Free military turbotax Your increased dollar limit is $59,000 ($35,000 + $24,000). Free military turbotax Because 50% of the cost of the property you place in service ($230,000) is $30,000 more than $200,000, you must reduce your $59,000 dollar limit to $29,000 ($59,000 - $30,000). Free military turbotax Recapture Rules Rules similar to those explained on page 20 of Publication 946 under When Must You Recapture the Deduction? apply with respect to any qualified property you stop using in the Liberty Zone. Free military turbotax Returns Filed Before June 1, 2002 If you filed a return before June 1, 2002, and did not deduct the increased section 179 amount for qualified property placed in service after September 10, 2001, you can deduct the increased amount by filing an amended return by the due date (not including extensions) of the return for the year after the year the property was placed in service. Free military turbotax This rule applies to returns for the following years. Free military turbotax 2000 fiscal years that end after September 10, 2001. Free military turbotax 2001 calendar and fiscal years. Free military turbotax On the amended return, write “Filed Pursuant to Rev. Free military turbotax Proc. Free military turbotax 2002–33. Free military turbotax ” Liberty Zone Leasehold Improvement Property Qualified Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property (described earlier in Qualified Property under Special Depreciation Allowance) is 5-year property. Free military turbotax This means that it is depreciated over a recovery period of 5 years. Free military turbotax For information about recovery periods, see Which Recovery Period Applies? on page 23 of Publication 946. Free military turbotax The straight-line method must be used with respect to qualified Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property. Free military turbotax Under ADS, the recovery period for qualified Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property is 9 years. Free military turbotax Returns Filed Before June 1, 2002 If you filed either of the following returns before June 1, 2002, and did not depreciate qualified Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property placed in service during the tax year as 5-year property using the straight line method, you should file an amended return before you file your return for the year after the year the property was placed in service. Free military turbotax Your 2000 fiscal year return (for a 2000 fiscal year that ends after September 10, 2001). Free military turbotax Your 2001 calendar or fiscal year return. Free military turbotax On the amended return, write “Filed Pursuant to Rev. Free military turbotax Proc. Free military turbotax 2002–33. Free military turbotax ” Table 2. Free military turbotax Rules for Returns Filed Before June 1, 2002 Note:This chart highlights the rules for returns affected by the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 that were filed before June 1, 2002, without accounting for any of the new benefits under the law. Free military turbotax See the text for definitions and examples. Free military turbotax Do not rely on this chart alone. Free military turbotax IF you want to. Free military turbotax . Free military turbotax . Free military turbotax THEN you. Free military turbotax . Free military turbotax . Free military turbotax BY. Free military turbotax . Free military turbotax . Free military turbotax claim the special depreciation allowance or special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance • must file an amended return • the due date (not including extensions) of your return for the year after the year the property was placed in service, or • must file Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, with your return for the year after the year the property was placed in service • the due date (including extensions) of your return for the year after the year the property was placed in service, and • must file a copy of your completed Form 3115 with the IRS National Office • the date you file the original Form 3115 with your return for the year after the year the property was placed in service. Free military turbotax elect not to claim the special depreciation allowance or the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance 1 • must have filed your return timely for the year the property was placed in service, and   • must file an amended return stating you are not claiming the allowance • the date that is 6 months after the due date of the original return (not including extensions). Free military turbotax deduct the increased section 179 amount • must file an amended return • the due date (not including extensions) of your return for the year after the year the property was placed in service. Free military turbotax use a 5-year recovery period for depreciating qualified Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property • should file an amended return • the date you file your return for the year after the year the property was placed in service. Free military turbotax 1See also Deemed election under Rules for Returns Filed Before June 1, 2002, earlier. 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IRS Provides Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Irene

IRS e-File, Free File to Remain Available to Irene Victims through Oct. 31

Updated 10/11, 9/29, 9/15, 9/14, 9/13, 9/12, 9/9, 9/8,  9/7, 9/2 2011 with expanded federal disaster area.

IR-2011-87, Sept. 1, 2011

WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service is providing tax relief to individual and business taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Irene.

The IRS announced today that certain taxpayers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Vermont will receive tax relief, and other locations are expected to be added in coming days following additional damage assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The tax relief postpones certain tax filing and payment deadlines to Oct. 31, 2011. It includes corporations and businesses that previously obtained an extension until Sept. 15, 2011, to file their 2010 returns and individuals and businesses that received a similar extension until Oct. 17. It also includes the estimated tax payment for the third quarter of 2011, which would normally be due Sept. 15.

Full details, including the start date for the relief in various locations and information on how to claim a disaster loss by amending a prior-year tax return, can be found in tax relief announcements for individual states on this website.

The tax relief is part of a coordinated federal response to the damage caused by the hurricane and is based on local damage assessments by FEMA. For information on disaster recovery, individuals should visit disasterassistance.gov.

Tax Relief Available So Far

Filing and payment relief is currently available to taxpayers in federal disaster areas declared in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Vermont. The IRS expects to announce tax relief for taxpayers in other areas as damage assessments continue. The IRS encourages taxpayers and tax practitioners to monitor Tax Relief in Disaster Situations on this website for updates.

So far, IRS filing and payment relief applies to the following counties and municipalities:

  • In Connecticut: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham;
  • In Massachusetts: Berkshire and Franklin;
  • In New Hampshire: Carroll and Grafton;
  • In New Jersey: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren;
  • In New York: Albany, Bronx, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Herkimer, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington and Westchester; 
  • In North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Sampson, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Wilson;
  • In Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Sullivan and Wyoming;
  • In Puerto Rico: Adjuntas, Arroyo, Aguas Buenas, Caguas, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cayey, Cidra, Ciales, Coamo, Comerío, Fajardo, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Humacao, Jayuya, Juncos, Las Piedras, Loíza, Luquillo, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce, Río Grande,  San Juan, San Lorenzo, Trujillo Alto, Vega Baja, Vieques and Villalba;
  • In Vermont: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor;

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