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Free state tax e-filing Publication 587 - Main Content Table of Contents Qualifying for a DeductionExclusive Use Regular Use Trade or Business Use Principal Place of Business Place To Meet Patients, Clients, or Customers Separate Structure Figuring the DeductionUsing Actual Expenses Using the Simplified Method Daycare Facility Standard meal and snack rates. Free state tax e-filing Sale or Exchange of Your HomeGain on Sale Depreciation Basis Adjustment Reporting the Sale More Information Business Furniture and EquipmentListed Property Property Bought for Business Use Personal Property Converted to Business Use Recordkeeping Where To DeductSelf-Employed Persons Employees Partners How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your HomeInstructions for the Worksheet Worksheets To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home (Simplified Method) Instructions for the Simplified Method Worksheet Instructions for the Daycare Facility Worksheet Instructions for the Area Adjustment Worksheet Qualifying for a Deduction Generally, you cannot deduct items related to your home, such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, utilities, maintenance, rent, depreciation, or property insurance, as business expenses. Free state tax e-filing However, you may be able to deduct expenses related to the business use of part of your home if you meet specific requirements. Free state tax e-filing Even then, the deductible amount of these types of expenses may be limited. Free state tax e-filing Use this section and Figure A, later, to decide if you can deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Free state tax e-filing To qualify to deduct expenses for business use of your home, you must use part of your home: Exclusively and regularly as your principal place of business (defined later), Exclusively and regularly as a place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, In the case of a separate structure which is not attached to your home, in connection with your trade or business, On a regular basis for certain storage use (see Storage of inventory or product samples , later), For rental use (see Publication 527), or As a daycare facility (see Daycare Facility , later). Free state tax e-filing Additional tests for employee use. Free state tax e-filing   If you are an employee and you use a part of your home for business, you may qualify for a deduction for its business use. Free state tax e-filing You must meet the tests discussed earlier plus: Your business use must be for the convenience of your employer, and You must not rent any part of your home to your employer and use the rented portion to perform services as an employee for that employer. Free state tax e-filing If the use of the home office is merely appropriate and helpful, you cannot deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Free state tax e-filing Exclusive Use To qualify under the exclusive use test, you must use a specific area of your home only for your trade or business. Free state tax e-filing The area used for business can be a room or other separately identifiable space. Free state tax e-filing The space does not need to be marked off by a permanent partition. Free state tax e-filing You do not meet the requirements of the exclusive use test if you use the area in question both for business and for personal purposes. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing You are an attorney and use a den in your home to write legal briefs and prepare clients' tax returns. Free state tax e-filing Your family also uses the den for recreation. Free state tax e-filing The den is not used exclusively in your trade or business, so you cannot claim a deduction for the business use of the den. Free state tax e-filing Exceptions to Exclusive Use You do not have to meet the exclusive use test if either of the following applies. Free state tax e-filing You use part of your home for the storage of inventory or product samples (discussed next). Free state tax e-filing You use part of your home as a daycare facility, discussed later under Daycare Facility . Free state tax e-filing Note. Free state tax e-filing With the exception of these two uses, any portion of the home used for business purposes must meet the exclusive use test. Free state tax e-filing Storage of inventory or product samples. Free state tax e-filing    If you use part of your home for storage of inventory or product samples, you can deduct expenses for the business use of your home without meeting the exclusive use test. Free state tax e-filing However, you must meet all the following tests. Free state tax e-filing You sell products at wholesale or retail as your trade or business. Free state tax e-filing You keep the inventory or product samples in your home for use in your trade or business. Free state tax e-filing Your home is the only fixed location of your trade or business. Free state tax e-filing You use the storage space on a regular basis. Free state tax e-filing The space you use is a separately identifiable space suitable for storage. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing Your home is the only fixed location of your business of selling mechanics' tools at retail. Free state tax e-filing You regularly use half of your basement for storage of inventory and product samples. Free state tax e-filing You sometimes use the area for personal purposes. Free state tax e-filing The expenses for the storage space are deductible even though you do not use this part of your basement exclusively for business. Free state tax e-filing Regular Use To qualify under the regular use test, you must use a specific area of your home for business on a regular basis. Free state tax e-filing Incidental or occasional business use is not regular use. Free state tax e-filing You must consider all facts and circumstances in determining whether your use is on a regular basis. Free state tax e-filing Trade or Business Use To qualify under the trade-or-business-use test, you must use part of your home in connection with a trade or business. Free state tax e-filing If you use your home for a profit-seeking activity that is not a trade or business, you cannot take a deduction for its business use. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing You use part of your home exclusively and regularly to read financial periodicals and reports, clip bond coupons, and carry out similar activities related to your own investments. Free state tax e-filing You do not make investments as a broker or dealer. Free state tax e-filing So, your activities are not part of a trade or business and you cannot take a deduction for the business use of your home. Free state tax e-filing Principal Place of Business You can have more than one business location, including your home, for a single trade or business. Free state tax e-filing To qualify to deduct the expenses for the business use of your home under the principal place of business test, your home must be your principal place of business for that trade or business. Free state tax e-filing To determine whether your home is your principal place of business, you must consider: The relative importance of the activities performed at each place where you conduct business, and The amount of time spent at each place where you conduct business. Free state tax e-filing Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. Free state tax e-filing You use it exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Free state tax e-filing You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Free state tax e-filing If, after considering your business locations, your home cannot be identified as your principal place of business, you cannot deduct home office expenses. Free state tax e-filing However, see the later discussions under Place To Meet Patients, Clients, or Customers and Separate Structure for other ways to qualify to deduct home office expenses. Free state tax e-filing Administrative or management activities. Free state tax e-filing   There are many activities that are administrative or managerial in nature. Free state tax e-filing The following are a few examples. Free state tax e-filing Billing customers, clients, or patients. Free state tax e-filing Keeping books and records. Free state tax e-filing Ordering supplies. Free state tax e-filing Setting up appointments. Free state tax e-filing Forwarding orders or writing reports. Free state tax e-filing Administrative or management activities performed at other locations. Free state tax e-filing   The following activities performed by you or others will not disqualify your home office from being your principal place of business. Free state tax e-filing You have others conduct your administrative or management activities at locations other than your home. Free state tax e-filing (For example, another company does your billing from its place of business. Free state tax e-filing ) You conduct administrative or management activities at places that are not fixed locations of your business, such as in a car or a hotel room. Free state tax e-filing You occasionally conduct minimal administrative or management activities at a fixed location outside your home. Free state tax e-filing You conduct substantial nonadministrative or nonmanagement business activities at a fixed location outside your home. Free state tax e-filing (For example, you meet with or provide services to customers, clients, or patients at a fixed location of the business outside your home. Free state tax e-filing ) You have suitable space to conduct administrative or management activities outside your home, but choose to use your home office for those activities instead. Free state tax e-filing Please click here for the text description of the image. Free state tax e-filing Can you deduct business use of the home expenses? Example 1. Free state tax e-filing John is a self-employed plumber. Free state tax e-filing Most of John's time is spent at customers' homes and offices installing and repairing plumbing. Free state tax e-filing He has a small office in his home that he uses exclusively and regularly for the administrative or management activities of his business, such as phoning customers, ordering supplies, and keeping his books. Free state tax e-filing John writes up estimates and records of work completed at his customers' premises. Free state tax e-filing He does not conduct any substantial administrative or management activities at any fixed location other than his home office. Free state tax e-filing John does not do his own billing. Free state tax e-filing He uses a local bookkeeping service to bill his customers. Free state tax e-filing John's home office qualifies as his principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. Free state tax e-filing He uses the home office for the administrative or managerial activities of his plumbing business and he has no other fixed location where he conducts these administrative or managerial activities. Free state tax e-filing His choice to have his billing done by another company does not disqualify his home office from being his principal place of business. Free state tax e-filing He meets all the qualifications, including principal place of business, so he can deduct expenses (subject to certain limitations, explained later) for the business use of his home. Free state tax e-filing Example 2. Free state tax e-filing Pamela is a self-employed sales representative for several different product lines. Free state tax e-filing She has an office in her home that she uses exclusively and regularly to set up appointments and write up orders and other reports for the companies whose products she sells. Free state tax e-filing She occasionally writes up orders and sets up appointments from her hotel room when she is away on business overnight. Free state tax e-filing Pamela's business is selling products to customers at various locations throughout her territory. Free state tax e-filing To make these sales, she regularly visits customers to explain the available products and take orders. Free state tax e-filing Pamela's home office qualifies as her principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. Free state tax e-filing She conducts administrative or management activities there and she has no other fixed location where she conducts substantial administrative or management activities. Free state tax e-filing The fact that she conducts some administrative or management activities in her hotel room (not a fixed location) does not disqualify her home office from being her principal place of business. Free state tax e-filing She meets all the qualifications, including principal place of business, so she can deduct expenses (subject to certain limitations, explained later) for the business use of her home. Free state tax e-filing Example 3. Free state tax e-filing Paul is a self-employed anesthesiologist. Free state tax e-filing He spends the majority of his time administering anesthesia and postoperative care in three local hospitals. Free state tax e-filing One of the hospitals provides him with a small shared office where he could conduct administrative or management activities. Free state tax e-filing Paul very rarely uses the office the hospital provides. Free state tax e-filing He uses a room in his home that he has converted to an office. Free state tax e-filing He uses this room exclusively and regularly to conduct all the following activities. Free state tax e-filing Contacting patients, surgeons, and hospitals regarding scheduling. Free state tax e-filing Preparing for treatments and presentations. Free state tax e-filing Maintaining billing records and patient logs. Free state tax e-filing Satisfying continuing medical education requirements. Free state tax e-filing Reading medical journals and books. Free state tax e-filing Paul's home office qualifies as his principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. Free state tax e-filing He conducts administrative or management activities for his business as an anesthesiologist there and he has no other fixed location where he conducts substantial administrative or management activities for this business. Free state tax e-filing His choice to use his home office instead of the one provided by the hospital does not disqualify his home office from being his principal place of business. Free state tax e-filing His performance of substantial nonadministrative or nonmanagement activities at fixed locations outside his home also does not disqualify his home office from being his principal place of business. Free state tax e-filing He meets all the qualifications, including principal place of business, so he can deduct expenses (subject to certain limitations, explained later) for the business use of his home. Free state tax e-filing Example 4. Free state tax e-filing Kathleen is employed as a teacher. Free state tax e-filing She is required to teach and meet with students at the school and to grade papers and tests. Free state tax e-filing The school provides her with a small office where she can work on her lesson plans, grade papers and tests, and meet with parents and students. Free state tax e-filing The school does not require her to work at home. Free state tax e-filing Kathleen prefers to use the office she has set up in her home and does not use the one provided by the school. Free state tax e-filing She uses this home office exclusively and regularly for the administrative duties of her teaching job. Free state tax e-filing Kathleen must meet the convenience-of-the-employer test, even if her home qualifies as her principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. Free state tax e-filing Her employer provides her with an office and does not require her to work at home, so she does not meet the convenience-of-the-employer test and cannot claim a deduction for the business use of her home. Free state tax e-filing More Than One Trade or Business The same home office can be the principal place of business for two or more separate business activities. Free state tax e-filing Whether your home office is the principal place of business for more than one business activity must be determined separately for each of your trade or business activities. Free state tax e-filing You must use the home office exclusively and regularly for one or more of the following purposes. Free state tax e-filing As the principal place of business for one or more of your trades or businesses. Free state tax e-filing As a place to meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of one or more of your trades or businesses. Free state tax e-filing If your home office is a separate structure, in connection with one or more of your trades or businesses. Free state tax e-filing You can use your home office for more than one business activity, but you cannot use it for any nonbusiness (i. Free state tax e-filing e. Free state tax e-filing , personal) activities. Free state tax e-filing If you are an employee, any use of the home office in connection with your employment must be for the convenience of your employer. Free state tax e-filing See Rental to employer , later, if you rent part of your home to your employer. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing Tracy White is employed as a teacher. Free state tax e-filing Her principal place of work is the school, which provides her office space to do her school work. Free state tax e-filing She also has a mail order jewelry business. Free state tax e-filing All her work in the jewelry business is done in her home office and the office is used exclusively for that business. Free state tax e-filing If she meets all the other tests, she can deduct expenses for the business use of her home for the jewelry business. Free state tax e-filing If Tracy also uses the office for work related to her teaching, she must meet the exclusive use test for both businesses to qualify for the deduction. Free state tax e-filing As an employee, Tracy must also meet the convenience-of-the-employer test to qualify for the deduction. Free state tax e-filing She does not meet this test for her work as a teacher, so she cannot claim a deduction for the business use of her home for either activity. Free state tax e-filing Place To Meet Patients, Clients, or Customers If you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in your home in the normal course of your business, even though you also carry on business at another location, you can deduct your expenses for the part of your home used exclusively and regularly for business if you meet both the following tests. Free state tax e-filing You physically meet with patients, clients, or customers on your premises. Free state tax e-filing Their use of your home is substantial and integral to the conduct of your business. Free state tax e-filing Doctors, dentists, attorneys, and other professionals who maintain offices in their homes generally will meet this requirement. Free state tax e-filing Using your home for occasional meetings and telephone calls will not qualify you to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Free state tax e-filing The part of your home you use exclusively and regularly to meet patients, clients, or customers does not have to be your principal place of business. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing June Quill, a self-employed attorney, works 3 days a week in her city office. Free state tax e-filing She works 2 days a week in her home office used only for business. Free state tax e-filing She regularly meets clients there. Free state tax e-filing Her home office qualifies for a business deduction because she meets clients there in the normal course of her business. Free state tax e-filing Separate Structure You can deduct expenses for a separate free-standing structure, such as a studio, workshop, garage, or barn, if you use it exclusively and regularly for your business. Free state tax e-filing The structure does not have to be your principal place of business or a place where you meet patients, clients, or customers. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing John Berry operates a floral shop in town. Free state tax e-filing He grows the plants for his shop in a greenhouse behind his home. Free state tax e-filing He uses the greenhouse exclusively and regularly in his business, so he can deduct the expenses for its use, subject to certain limitations, explained later. Free state tax e-filing Figuring the Deduction After you determine that you meet the tests under Qualifying for a Deduction , you can begin to figure how much you can deduct. Free state tax e-filing When figuring the amount you can deduct for the business use of your home, you will use either your actual expenses or a simplified method. Free state tax e-filing Electing to use the simplified method. Free state tax e-filing   The simplified method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Free state tax e-filing You choose whether or not to figure your deduction using the simplified method each taxable year. Free state tax e-filing See Using the Simplified Method , later. Free state tax e-filing Rental to employer. Free state tax e-filing   If you rent part of your home to your employer and you use the rented part in performing services for your employer as an employee, your deduction for the business use of your home is limited. Free state tax e-filing You can deduct mortgage interest, qualified mortgage insurance premiums, real estate taxes, and personal casualty losses for the rented part, subject to any limitations. Free state tax e-filing However, you cannot deduct otherwise allowable trade or business expenses, business casualty losses, or depreciation related to the use of your home (or use the simplified method as an alternative to deducting these actual expenses) in performing services for your employer. Free state tax e-filing Using Actual Expenses If you do not or cannot elect to use the simplified method for a home, you will figure your deduction for that home using your actual expenses. Free state tax e-filing You will also need to figure the percentage of your home used for business and the limit on the deduction. Free state tax e-filing If you are an employee or a partner, or you use your home in your farming business and you file Schedule F (Form 1040), you can use the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home, near the end of this publication, to help you figure your deduction. Free state tax e-filing If you use your home in a trade or business and you file Schedule C (Form 1040), you will use Form 8829 to figure your deduction. Free state tax e-filing Part-year use. Free state tax e-filing   You cannot deduct expenses for the business use of your home incurred during any part of the year you did not use your home for business purposes. Free state tax e-filing For example, if you begin using part of your home for business on July 1, and you meet all the tests from that date until the end of the year, consider only your expenses for the last half of the year in figuring your allowable deduction. Free state tax e-filing Expenses related to tax-exempt income. Free state tax e-filing   Generally, you cannot deduct expenses that are related to tax-exempt allowances. Free state tax e-filing However, if you receive a tax-exempt parsonage allowance or a tax-exempt military allowance, your expenses for mortgage interest and real estate taxes are deductible under the normal rules. Free state tax e-filing No deduction is allowed for other expenses related to the tax-exempt allowance. Free state tax e-filing   If your housing is provided free of charge and the value of the housing is tax exempt, you cannot deduct the rental value of any portion of the housing. Free state tax e-filing Actual Expenses You must divide the expenses of operating your home between personal and business use. Free state tax e-filing The part of a home operating expense you can use to figure your deduction depends on both of the following. Free state tax e-filing Whether the expense is direct, indirect, or unrelated. Free state tax e-filing The percentage of your home used for business. Free state tax e-filing Table 1, next, describes the types of expenses you may have and the extent to which they are deductible. Free state tax e-filing Table 1. Free state tax e-filing Types of Expenses  Expense  Description  Deductibility Direct Expenses only for  the business part  of your home. Free state tax e-filing Deductible in full. Free state tax e-filing *   Examples:  Painting or repairs  only in the area  used for business. Free state tax e-filing Exception: May be only partially  deductible in a daycare facility. Free state tax e-filing See Daycare Facility , later. Free state tax e-filing Indirect Expenses for  keeping up and running your  entire home. Free state tax e-filing Deductible based on the percentage of your home used for business. Free state tax e-filing *   Examples:  Insurance, utilities, and  general repairs. Free state tax e-filing   Unrelated Expenses only for  the parts of your  home not used  for business. Free state tax e-filing Not deductible. Free state tax e-filing   Examples:  Lawn care or painting  a room not used  for business. Free state tax e-filing   *Subject to the deduction limit, discussed later. Free state tax e-filing Form 8829 and the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home have separate columns for direct and indirect expenses. Free state tax e-filing Certain expenses are deductible whether or not you use your home for business. Free state tax e-filing If you qualify to deduct business use of the home expenses, use the business percentage of these expenses to figure your total business use of the home deduction. Free state tax e-filing These expenses include the following. Free state tax e-filing Real estate taxes. Free state tax e-filing Qualified mortgage insurance premiums. Free state tax e-filing Deductible mortgage interest. Free state tax e-filing Casualty losses. Free state tax e-filing Other expenses are deductible only if you use your home for business. Free state tax e-filing You can use the business percentage of these expenses to figure your total business use of the home deduction. Free state tax e-filing These expenses generally include (but are not limited to) the following. Free state tax e-filing Depreciation (covered under Depreciating Your Home , later). Free state tax e-filing Insurance. Free state tax e-filing Rent paid for the use of property you do not own but use in your trade or business. Free state tax e-filing Repairs. Free state tax e-filing Security system. Free state tax e-filing Utilities and services. Free state tax e-filing Real estate taxes. Free state tax e-filing   To figure the business part of your real estate taxes, multiply the real estate taxes paid by the percentage of your home used for business. Free state tax e-filing   For more information on the deduction for real estate taxes, see Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. Free state tax e-filing Deductible mortgage interest. Free state tax e-filing   To figure the business part of your deductible mortgage interest, multiply this interest by the percentage of your home used for business. Free state tax e-filing You can include interest on a second mortgage in this computation. Free state tax e-filing If your total mortgage debt is more than $1,000,000 or your home equity debt is more than $100,000, your deduction may be limited. Free state tax e-filing For more information on what interest is deductible, see Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. Free state tax e-filing Qualified mortgage insurance premiums. Free state tax e-filing   To figure the business part of your qualified mortgage insurance premiums, multiply the premiums by the percentage of your home used for business. Free state tax e-filing You can include premiums for insurance on a second mortgage in this computation. Free state tax e-filing If your adjusted gross income is more than $100,000 ($50,000 if your filing status is married filing separately), your deduction may be limited. Free state tax e-filing For more information, see Publication 936, and Line 13 in the Instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040). Free state tax e-filing Casualty losses. Free state tax e-filing    If you have a casualty loss on your home that you use for business, treat the casualty loss as a direct expense, an indirect expense, or an unrelated expense, depending on the property affected. Free state tax e-filing A direct expense is the loss on the portion of the property you use only in your business. Free state tax e-filing Use the entire loss to figure the business use of the home deduction. Free state tax e-filing An indirect expense is the loss on property you use for both business and personal purposes. Free state tax e-filing Use only the business portion to figure the deduction. Free state tax e-filing An unrelated expense is the loss on property you do not use in your business. Free state tax e-filing Do not use any of the loss to figure the deduction. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing You meet the rules to take a deduction for an office in your home that is 10% of the total area of your house. Free state tax e-filing A storm damages your roof. Free state tax e-filing This is an indirect expense as the roof is part of the whole house and is considered to be used both for business and personal purposes. Free state tax e-filing You would complete Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts, to report your loss. Free state tax e-filing You complete both section A (Personal Use Property) and section B (Business and Income-Producing Property) as your home is used both for business and personal purposes. Free state tax e-filing Since you use 90% of your home for personal purposes, use 90% of the cost or adjusted basis of your home, insurance or other reimbursement, and fair market value, both before and after the storm, to figure the amounts to enter on lines 2, 3, 5, and 6 of Form 4684. Free state tax e-filing Since you use 10% of your home for business purposes, use 10% of the cost or adjusted basis of your home, insurance or other reimbursement, and fair market value, both before and after the storm, to figure the amounts to enter on lines 20, 21, 23, and 24 of Form 4684. Free state tax e-filing Forms and worksheets to use. Free state tax e-filing   If you are filing Schedule C (Form 1040), get Form 8829 and follow the instructions for casualty losses. Free state tax e-filing If you are an employee or a partner, or you file Schedule F (Form 1040), use the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home, near the end of this publication. Free state tax e-filing You will also need to get Form 4684. Free state tax e-filing More information. Free state tax e-filing   For more information on casualty losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Free state tax e-filing Insurance. Free state tax e-filing   You can deduct the cost of insurance that covers the business part of your home. Free state tax e-filing However, if your insurance premium gives you coverage for a period that extends past the end of your tax year, you can deduct only the business percentage of the part of the premium that gives you coverage for your tax year. Free state tax e-filing You can deduct the business percentage of the part that applies to the following year in that year. Free state tax e-filing Rent. Free state tax e-filing   If you rent the home you occupy and meet the requirements for business use of the home, you can deduct part of the rent you pay. Free state tax e-filing To figure your deduction, multiply your rent payments by the percentage of your home used for business. Free state tax e-filing   If you own your home, you cannot deduct the fair rental value of your home. Free state tax e-filing However, see Depreciating Your Home , later. Free state tax e-filing Repairs. Free state tax e-filing   The cost of repairs that relate to your business, including labor (other than your own labor), is a deductible expense. Free state tax e-filing For example, a furnace repair benefits the entire home. Free state tax e-filing If you use 10% of your home for business, you can deduct 10% of the cost of the furnace repair. Free state tax e-filing   Repairs keep your home in good working order over its useful life. Free state tax e-filing Examples of common repairs are patching walls and floors, painting, wallpapering, repairing roofs and gutters, and mending leaks. Free state tax e-filing However, repairs are sometimes treated as a permanent improvement and are not deductible. Free state tax e-filing See Permanent improvements , later, under Depreciating Your Home. Free state tax e-filing Security system. Free state tax e-filing   If you install a security system that protects all the doors and windows in your home, you can deduct the business part of the expenses you incur to maintain and monitor the system. Free state tax e-filing You also can take a depreciation deduction for the part of the cost of the security system relating to the business use of your home. Free state tax e-filing Utilities and services. Free state tax e-filing   Expenses for utilities and services, such as electricity, gas, trash removal, and cleaning services, are primarily personal expenses. Free state tax e-filing However, if you use part of your home for business, you can deduct the business part of these expenses. Free state tax e-filing Generally, the business percentage for utilities is the same as the percentage of your home used for business. Free state tax e-filing Telephone. Free state tax e-filing   The basic local telephone service charge, including taxes, for the first telephone line into your home (i. Free state tax e-filing e. Free state tax e-filing , landline) is a nondeductible personal expense. Free state tax e-filing However, charges for business long-distance phone calls on that line, as well as the cost of a second line into your home used exclusively for business, are deductible business expenses. Free state tax e-filing Do not include these expenses as a cost of using your home for business. Free state tax e-filing Deduct these charges separately on the appropriate form or schedule. Free state tax e-filing For example, if you file Schedule C (Form 1040), deduct these expenses on line 25, Utilities (instead of line 30, Expenses for business use of your home). Free state tax e-filing Depreciating Your Home If you own your home and qualify to deduct expenses for its business use, you can claim a deduction for depreciation. Free state tax e-filing Depreciation is an allowance for the wear and tear on the part of your home used for business. Free state tax e-filing You cannot depreciate the cost or value of the land. Free state tax e-filing You recover its cost when you sell or otherwise dispose of the property. Free state tax e-filing Before you figure your depreciation deduction, you need to know the following information. Free state tax e-filing The month and year you started using your home for business. Free state tax e-filing The adjusted basis and fair market value of your home (excluding land) at the time you began using it for business. Free state tax e-filing The cost of any improvements before and after you began using the property for business. Free state tax e-filing The percentage of your home used for business. Free state tax e-filing See Business Percentage , later. Free state tax e-filing Adjusted basis defined. Free state tax e-filing   The adjusted basis of your home is generally its cost, plus the cost of any permanent improvements you made to it, minus any casualty losses or depreciation deducted in earlier tax years. Free state tax e-filing For a discussion of adjusted basis, see Publication 551. Free state tax e-filing Permanent improvements. Free state tax e-filing   A permanent improvement increases the value of property, adds to its life, or gives it a new or different use. Free state tax e-filing Examples of improvements are replacing electric wiring or plumbing, adding a new roof or addition, paneling, or remodeling. Free state tax e-filing    You must carefully distinguish between repairs and improvements. Free state tax e-filing See Repairs , earlier, under Actual Expenses. Free state tax e-filing You also must keep accurate records of these expenses. Free state tax e-filing These records will help you decide whether an expense is a deductible or a capital (added to the basis) expense. Free state tax e-filing However, if you make repairs as part of an extensive remodeling or restoration of your home, the entire job is an improvement. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing You buy an older home and fix up two rooms as a beauty salon. Free state tax e-filing You patch the plaster on the ceilings and walls, paint, repair the floor, install an outside door, and install new wiring, plumbing, and other equipment. Free state tax e-filing Normally, the patching, painting, and floor work are repairs and the other expenses are permanent improvements. Free state tax e-filing However, because the work gives your property a new use, the entire remodeling job is a permanent improvement and its cost is added to the basis of the property. Free state tax e-filing You cannot deduct any portion of it as a repair expense. Free state tax e-filing Adjusting for depreciation deducted in earlier years. Free state tax e-filing   Decrease the basis of your property by the depreciation you deducted, or could have deducted, on your tax returns under the method of depreciation you properly selected. Free state tax e-filing If you deducted less depreciation than you could have under the method you selected, decrease the basis by the amount you could have deducted under that method. Free state tax e-filing If you did not deduct any depreciation, decrease the basis by the amount you could have deducted. Free state tax e-filing   If you deducted more depreciation than you should have, decrease your basis by the amount you should have deducted, plus the part of the excess depreciation you deducted that actually decreased your tax liability for any year. Free state tax e-filing   If you deducted the incorrect amount of depreciation, see Publication 946. Free state tax e-filing Fair market value defined. Free state tax e-filing   The fair market value of your home is the price at which the property would change hands between a buyer and a seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all necessary facts. Free state tax e-filing Sales of similar property, on or about the date you begin using your home for business, may be helpful in determining the property's fair market value. Free state tax e-filing Figuring the depreciation deduction for the current year. Free state tax e-filing   If you began using your home for business before 2013, continue to use the same depreciation method you used in past tax years. Free state tax e-filing   If you began using your home for business for the first time in 2013, depreciate the business part as nonresidential real property under the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS). Free state tax e-filing Under MACRS, nonresidential real property is depreciated using the straight line method over 39 years. Free state tax e-filing For more information on MACRS and other methods of depreciation, see Publication 946. Free state tax e-filing   To figure the depreciation deduction, you must first figure the part of the cost of your home that can be depreciated (depreciable basis). Free state tax e-filing The depreciable basis is figured by multiplying the percentage of your home used for business by the smaller of the following. Free state tax e-filing The adjusted basis of your home (excluding land) on the date you began using your home for business. Free state tax e-filing The fair market value of your home (excluding land) on the date you began using your home for business. Free state tax e-filing Depreciation table. Free state tax e-filing   If 2013 was the first year you used your home for business, you can figure your 2013 depreciation for the business part of your home by using the appropriate percentage from the following table. Free state tax e-filing Table 2. Free state tax e-filing MACRS Percentage Table for 39-Year Nonresidential Real Property Month First Used for Business Percentage To Use 1 2. Free state tax e-filing 461% 2 2. Free state tax e-filing 247% 3 2. Free state tax e-filing 033% 4 1. Free state tax e-filing 819% 5 1. Free state tax e-filing 605% 6 1. Free state tax e-filing 391% 7 1. Free state tax e-filing 177% 8 0. Free state tax e-filing 963% 9 0. Free state tax e-filing 749% 10 0. Free state tax e-filing 535% 11 0. Free state tax e-filing 321% 12 0. Free state tax e-filing 107%   Multiply the depreciable basis of the business part of your home by the percentage from the table for the first month you use your home for business. Free state tax e-filing See Publication 946 for the percentages for the remaining tax years of the recovery period. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing In May, George Miller began to use one room in his home exclusively and regularly to meet clients. Free state tax e-filing This room is 8% of the square footage of his home. Free state tax e-filing He bought the home in 2003 for $125,000. Free state tax e-filing He determined from his property tax records that his adjusted basis in the house (exclusive of land) is $115,000. Free state tax e-filing In May, the house had a fair market value of $165,000. Free state tax e-filing He multiplies his adjusted basis of $115,000 (which is less than the fair market value) by 8%. Free state tax e-filing The result is $9,200, his depreciable basis for the business part of the house. Free state tax e-filing George files his return based on the calendar year. Free state tax e-filing May is the 5th month of his tax year. Free state tax e-filing He multiplies his depreciable basis of $9,200 by 1. Free state tax e-filing 605% (. Free state tax e-filing 01605), the percentage from the table for the 5th month. Free state tax e-filing His depreciation deduction is $147. Free state tax e-filing 66. Free state tax e-filing Depreciating permanent improvements. Free state tax e-filing   Add the costs of permanent improvements made before you began using your home for business to the basis of your property. Free state tax e-filing Depreciate these costs as part of the cost of your home as explained earlier. Free state tax e-filing The costs of improvements made after you begin using your home for business (that affect the business part of your home, such as a new roof) are depreciated separately. Free state tax e-filing Multiply the cost of the improvement by the business-use percentage and depreciate the result over the recovery period that would apply to your home if you began using it for business at the same time as the improvement. Free state tax e-filing For improvements made this year, the recovery period is 39 years. Free state tax e-filing For the percentage to use for the first year, see Table 2, earlier. Free state tax e-filing For more information on recovery periods, see Publication 946. Free state tax e-filing Business Percentage To find the business percentage, compare the size of the part of your home that you use for business to your whole house. Free state tax e-filing Use the resulting percentage to figure the business part of the expenses for operating your entire home. Free state tax e-filing You can use any reasonable method to determine the business percentage. Free state tax e-filing The following are two commonly used methods for figuring the percentage. Free state tax e-filing Divide the area (length multiplied by the width) used for business by the total area of your home. Free state tax e-filing If the rooms in your home are all about the same size, you can divide the number of rooms used for business by the total number of rooms in your home. Free state tax e-filing Example 1. Free state tax e-filing Your office is 240 square feet (12 feet × 20 feet). Free state tax e-filing Your home is 1,200 square feet. Free state tax e-filing Your office is 20% (240 ÷ 1,200) of the total area of your home. Free state tax e-filing Your business percentage is 20%. Free state tax e-filing Example 2. Free state tax e-filing You use one room in your home for business. Free state tax e-filing Your home has 10 rooms, all about equal size. Free state tax e-filing Your office is 10% (1 ÷ 10) of the total area of your home. Free state tax e-filing Your business percentage is 10%. Free state tax e-filing Use lines 1-7 of Form 8829, or lines 1-3 on the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home (near the end of this publication) to figure your business percentage. Free state tax e-filing Deduction Limit If your gross income from the business use of your home equals or exceeds your total business expenses (including depreciation), you can deduct all your business expenses related to the use of your home. Free state tax e-filing If your gross income from the business use of your home is less than your total business expenses, your deduction for certain expenses for the business use of your home is limited. Free state tax e-filing Your deduction of otherwise nondeductible expenses, such as insurance, utilities, and depreciation of your home (with depreciation of your home taken last), that are allocable to the business, is limited to the gross income from the business use of your home minus the sum of the following. Free state tax e-filing The business part of expenses you could deduct even if you did not use your home for business (such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty and theft losses that are allowable as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040)). Free state tax e-filing These expenses are discussed in detail under Actual Expenses , earlier. Free state tax e-filing The business expenses that relate to the business activity in the home (for example, business phone, supplies, and depreciation on equipment), but not to the use of the home itself. Free state tax e-filing If you are self-employed, do not include in (2) above your deduction for one-half of your self-employment tax. Free state tax e-filing Carryover of unallowed expenses. Free state tax e-filing   If your deductions are greater than the current year's limit, you can carry over the excess to the next year in which you use actual expenses. Free state tax e-filing They are subject to the deduction limit for that year, whether or not you live in the same home during that year. Free state tax e-filing Figuring the deduction limit and carryover. Free state tax e-filing   If you are an employee or a partner, or you file Schedule F (Form 1040), use the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home, near the end of this publication. Free state tax e-filing If you file Schedule C (Form 1040), figure your deduction limit and carryover on Form 8829. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing You meet the requirements for deducting expenses for the business use of your home. Free state tax e-filing You use 20% of your home for business. Free state tax e-filing In 2013, your business expenses and the expenses for the business use of your home are deducted from your gross income in the following order. Free state tax e-filing    Gross income from business $6,000 Minus:   Deductible mortgage interest and real estate taxes (20%) 3,000 Business expenses not related to the use of your home (100%) (business phone, supplies, and depreciation on equipment) 2,000 Deduction limit $1,000 Minus other expenses allocable to business use of home:   Maintenance, insurance, and utilities (20%) 800 Depreciation allowed (20% = $1,600 allowable, but subject to balance of deduction limit) 200 Other expenses up to the deduction limit $1,000 Depreciation carryover to 2014 ($1,600 − $200) (subject to deduction limit in 2014) $1,400   You can deduct all of the business part of your deductible mortgage interest and real estate taxes ($3,000). Free state tax e-filing You also can deduct all of your business expenses not related to the use of your home ($2,000). Free state tax e-filing Additionally, you can deduct all of the business part of your expenses for maintenance, insurance, and utilities, because the total ($800) is less than the $1,000 deduction limit. Free state tax e-filing Your deduction for depreciation for the business use of your home is limited to $200 ($1,000 minus $800) because of the deduction limit. Free state tax e-filing You can carry over the $1,400 balance and add it to your depreciation for 2014, subject to your deduction limit in 2014. Free state tax e-filing More than one place of business. Free state tax e-filing   If part of the gross income from your trade or business is from the business use of part of your home and part is from a place other than your home, you must determine the part of your gross income from the business use of your home before you figure the deduction limit. Free state tax e-filing In making this determination, consider the time you spend at each location, the business investment in each location, and any other relevant facts and circumstances. Free state tax e-filing If your home office qualifies as your principal place of business, you can deduct your daily transportation costs between your home and another work location in the same trade or business. Free state tax e-filing For more information on transportation costs, see Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Free state tax e-filing Using the Simplified Method The simplified method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Free state tax e-filing In most cases, you will figure your deduction by multiplying $5, the prescribed rate, by the area of your home used for a qualified business use. Free state tax e-filing The area you use to figure your deduction is limited to 300 square feet. Free state tax e-filing See Simplified Amount , later, for information about figuring the amount of the deduction. Free state tax e-filing For more information about the simplified method, see Revenue Procedure 2013-13, 2013-06 I. Free state tax e-filing R. Free state tax e-filing B. Free state tax e-filing 478, available at www. Free state tax e-filing irs. Free state tax e-filing gov/irb/2013-06_IRB/ar09. Free state tax e-filing html. Free state tax e-filing Actual expenses and depreciation of your home. Free state tax e-filing   If you elect to use the simplified method, you cannot deduct any actual expenses for the business except for business expenses that are not related to the use of the home. Free state tax e-filing You also cannot deduct any depreciation (including any additional first-year depreciation) or section 179 expense for the portion of the home that is used for a qualified business use. Free state tax e-filing The depreciation deduction allowable for that portion of the home is deemed to be zero for a year you use the simplified method. Free state tax e-filing If you figure your deduction for business use of the home using actual expenses in a subsequent year, you will have to use the appropriate optional depreciation table for MACRS to figure your depreciation. Free state tax e-filing More information. Free state tax e-filing   For more information about claiming depreciation in a subsequent year, see Revenue Procedure 2013-13, 2013-06 I. Free state tax e-filing R. Free state tax e-filing B. Free state tax e-filing 478, available at www. Free state tax e-filing irs. Free state tax e-filing gov/irb/2013-06_IRB/ar09. Free state tax e-filing html. Free state tax e-filing See Publication 946 for the optional depreciation tables Although you cannot deduct any depreciation or section 179 expense for the portion of your home used for a qualified business use, you may still claim depreciation or the section 179 expense deduction on other assets used in the business (for example, furniture and equipment). Free state tax e-filing Expenses deductible without regard to business use. Free state tax e-filing   When using the simplified method, treat as personal expenses those business expenses related to the use of the home that are deductible without regard to whether there is a qualified business use of the home. Free state tax e-filing These expenses include mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses, subject to any limitations. Free state tax e-filing See Where To Deduct , later. Free state tax e-filing If you also rent part of your home, you must still allocate these expenses between rental use and personal use (for this purpose, personal use includes business use reported using the simplified method). Free state tax e-filing No deduction of carryover of actual expenses. Free state tax e-filing   If you used actual expenses to figure your deduction for business use of the home in a prior year and your deduction was limited, you cannot deduct the disallowed amount carried over from the prior year during a year you figure your deduction using the simplified method. Free state tax e-filing Instead, you will continue to carry over the disallowed amount to the next year that you use actual expenses to figure your deduction. Free state tax e-filing Electing the Simplified Method You choose whether or not to figure your deduction using the simplified method each taxable year. Free state tax e-filing Make the election for a home by using the simplified method to figure the deduction for the qualified business use of that home on a timely filed, original federal income tax return. Free state tax e-filing An election for a taxable year, once made, is irrevocable. Free state tax e-filing A change from using the simplified method in one year to actual expenses in a succeeding taxable year, or vice-versa, is not a change in method of accounting and does not require the consent of the Commissioner. Free state tax e-filing Shared use. Free state tax e-filing   If you share your home with someone else who also uses the home in a business that qualifies for this deduction, each of you make your own election. Free state tax e-filing More than one qualified business use. Free state tax e-filing   If you conduct more than one business that qualifies for this deduction in your home, your election to use the simplified method applies to all your qualified business uses of that home. Free state tax e-filing More than one home. Free state tax e-filing   If you used more than one home during the year (for example, you moved during the year), you can elect to use the simplified method for only one of the homes. Free state tax e-filing You must figure the deduction for any other home using actual expenses. Free state tax e-filing Simplified Amount Your deduction for the qualified business use of a home is the sum of each amount you figure for a separate qualified business use of your home. Free state tax e-filing To figure your deduction for the business use of a home using the simplified method, you will need to know the following information for each qualified business use of the home. Free state tax e-filing The allowable area of your home used in conducting the business. Free state tax e-filing If you did not conduct the business for the entire year in the home or the area changed during the year, you will need to know the allowable area you used and the number of days you conducted the business for each month. Free state tax e-filing The gross income from the business use of your home. Free state tax e-filing The amount of the business expenses that are not related to the use of your home. Free state tax e-filing If the qualified business use is for a daycare facility that uses space in your home on a regular (but not exclusive) basis, you will also need to know the percentage of time that part of your home is used for daycare. Free state tax e-filing To figure the amount you can deduct for qualified business use of your home using the simplified method, follow these 3 steps. Free state tax e-filing Multiply the allowable area by $5 (or less than $5 if the qualified business use is for a daycare that uses space in your home on a regular, but not exclusive, basis). Free state tax e-filing See Allowable area and Space used regularly for daycare , later. Free state tax e-filing Subtract the expenses from the business that are not related to the use of the home from the gross income related to the business use of the home. Free state tax e-filing If these expenses are greater than the gross income from the business use of the home, then you cannot take a deduction for this business use of the home. Free state tax e-filing See Gross income limitation , later. Free state tax e-filing Take the smaller of the amounts from (1) and (2). Free state tax e-filing This is the amount you can deduct for this qualified business use of your home using the simplified method. Free state tax e-filing If you are an employee or a partner, or you use your home in your farming business and file Schedule F (Form 1040), you can use the Simplified Method Worksheet, near the end of this publication, to help you figure your deduction. Free state tax e-filing If you use your home in a trade or business and you file Schedule C (Form 1040), you will use the Simplified Method Worksheet in your Instructions for Schedule C to figure your deduction. Free state tax e-filing Allowable area. Free state tax e-filing   In most cases, the allowable area is the smaller of the actual area (in square feet) of your home used in conducting the business and 300 square feet. Free state tax e-filing Your allowable area may be smaller if you conducted the business as a qualified joint venture with your spouse, the area used by the business was shared with another qualified business use, you used the home for the business for only part of the year, or the area used by the business changed during the year. Free state tax e-filing You can use the Area Adjustment Worksheet (for simplified method), near the end of this publication, to help you figure your allowable area for a qualified business use. Free state tax e-filing Area used by a qualified joint venture. Free state tax e-filing   If the qualified business use of the home is also a qualified joint venture, you and your spouse will figure the deduction for the business use separately. Free state tax e-filing Split the actual area used in conducting business between you and your spouse in the same manner you split your other tax attributes. Free state tax e-filing Then, each spouse will figure the allowable area separately. Free state tax e-filing For more information about qualified joint ventures, see Qualified Joint Venture in the Instructions for Schedule C. Free state tax e-filing Shared use. Free state tax e-filing   If you share your home with someone else who uses the home to conduct business that also qualifies for this deduction, you may not include the same square feet to figure your deduction as the other person. Free state tax e-filing You must allocate the shared space between you and the other person in a reasonable manner. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing Kristin and Lindsey are roommates. Free state tax e-filing Kristin uses 300 square feet of their home for a qualified business use. Free state tax e-filing Lindsey uses 200 square feet of their home for a separate qualified business use. Free state tax e-filing The qualified business uses share 100 square feet. Free state tax e-filing In addition to the portion that they do not share, Kristin and Lindsey can both claim 50 of the 100 square feet or divide the 100 square feet between them in any reasonable manner. Free state tax e-filing If divided evenly, Kristin could claim 250 square feet using the simplified method and Lindsey could claim 150 square feet. Free state tax e-filing More than one qualified business use. Free state tax e-filing   If you conduct more than one business qualifying for the deduction, you are limited to a maximum of 300 square feet for all of the businesses. Free state tax e-filing Allocate the actual square footage used (up to the maximum of 300 square feet) among your qualified business uses in a reasonable manner. Free state tax e-filing However, do not allocate more square feet to a qualified business use than you actually use for that business. Free state tax e-filing Rental use. Free state tax e-filing   The simplified method does not apply to rental use. Free state tax e-filing A rental use that qualifies for the deduction must be figured using actual expenses. Free state tax e-filing If the rental use and a qualified business use share the same area, you will have to allocate the actual area used between the two uses. Free state tax e-filing You cannot use the same area to figure a deduction for the qualified business use as you are using to figure the deduction for the rental use. Free state tax e-filing Part-year use or area changes. Free state tax e-filing   If your qualified business use was for a portion of the taxable year (for example, a seasonal business or a business that begins during the taxable year) or you changed the square footage of your qualified business use, your deduction is limited to the average monthly allowable square footage. Free state tax e-filing You calculate the average monthly allowable square footage by adding the amount of allowable square feet you used in each month and dividing the sum by 12. Free state tax e-filing When determining the average monthly allowable square footage, you cannot take more than 300 square feet into account for any one month. Free state tax e-filing Additionally, if your qualified business use was less than 15 days in a month, you must use -0- for that month. Free state tax e-filing Example 1. Free state tax e-filing Andy files his federal income tax return on a calendar year basis. Free state tax e-filing On July 20, he began using 420 square feet of his home for a qualified business use. Free state tax e-filing He continued to use the 420 square feet until the end of the year. Free state tax e-filing His average monthly allowable square footage is 125 square feet, which is figured using 300 square feet for each month August through December divided by the number of months in the taxable year ((0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300)/12). Free state tax e-filing Example 2. Free state tax e-filing Amy files her federal income tax return on a calendar year basis. Free state tax e-filing On April 20, she began using 100 square feet of her home for a qualified business use. Free state tax e-filing On August 5, she expanded the area of her qualified use to 330 square feet. Free state tax e-filing Amy continued to use the 330 square feet until the end of the year. Free state tax e-filing Her average monthly allowable square footage is 150 square feet, which is figured using 100 square feet for May through July and 300 square feet for August through December divided by the number of months in the taxable year ((0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 100 + 100 +100 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300)/12). Free state tax e-filing Gross income limitation. Free state tax e-filing   Your deduction for business use of the home is limited to an amount equal to the gross income derived from the qualified business use of the home reduced by the business deductions that are unrelated to the use of your home. Free state tax e-filing If the business deductions that are unrelated to the use of your home are greater than the gross income derived from the qualified business use of your home, then you cannot take a deduction for this qualified business use of your home. Free state tax e-filing Business expenses not related to use of the home. Free state tax e-filing   These expenses relate to the business activity in the home, but not to the use of the home itself. Free state tax e-filing You can still deduct business expenses that are unrelated to the use of the home. Free state tax e-filing See Where To Deduct , later. Free state tax e-filing Examples of business expenses that are unrelated to the use of the home are advertising, wages, supplies, dues, and depreciation for equipment. Free state tax e-filing Space used regularly for daycare. Free state tax e-filing   If you do not use the area of your home exclusively for daycare, you must reduce the prescribed rate (maximum $5 per square foot) before figuring your deduction. Free state tax e-filing The reduced rate will equal the prescribed rate times a fraction. Free state tax e-filing The numerator of the fraction is the number of hours that the space was used during the year for daycare and the denominator is the total number of hours during the year that the space was available for all uses. Free state tax e-filing You can use the Daycare Facility Worksheet (for simplified method), near the end of this publication, to help you figure the reduced rate. Free state tax e-filing    If you used at least 300 square feet for daycare regularly and exclusively during the year, then you do not need to reduce the prescribed rate or complete the Daycare Facility Worksheet. Free state tax e-filing Daycare Facility If you use space in your home on a regular basis for providing daycare, you may be able to claim a deduction for that part of your home even if you use the same space for nonbusiness purposes. Free state tax e-filing To qualify for this exception to the exclusive use rule, you must meet both of the following requirements. Free state tax e-filing You must be in the trade or business of providing daycare for children, persons age 65 or older, or persons who are physically or mentally unable to care for themselves. Free state tax e-filing You must have applied for, been granted, or be exempt from having, a license, certification, registration, or approval as a daycare center or as a family or group daycare home under state law. Free state tax e-filing You do not meet this requirement if your application was rejected or your license or other authorization was revoked. Free state tax e-filing Figuring the deduction. Free state tax e-filing   If you elect to use the simplified method for your home, figure your deduction as described earlier in Using the Simplified Method under Figuring the Deduction. Free state tax e-filing    If you are figuring your deduction using actual expenses and you regularly use part of your home for daycare, figure what part is used for daycare, as explained in Business Percentage , earlier, under Figuring the Deduction. Free state tax e-filing If you also use that part exclusively for daycare, deduct all the allocable expenses, subject to the deduction limit, as explained earlier. Free state tax e-filing   If the use of part of your home as a daycare facility is regular, but not exclusive, you must figure the percentage of time that part of your home is used for daycare. Free state tax e-filing A room that is available for use throughout each business day and that you regularly use in your business is considered to be used for daycare throughout each business day. Free state tax e-filing You do not have to keep records to show the specific hours the area was used for business. Free state tax e-filing You can use the area occasionally for personal reasons. Free state tax e-filing However, a room you use only occasionally for business does not qualify for the deduction. Free state tax e-filing To find the percentage of time you actually use your home for business, compare the total time used for business to the total time that part of your home can be used for all purposes. Free state tax e-filing You can compare the hours of business use in a week with the number of hours in a week (168). Free state tax e-filing Or you can compare the hours of business use for the year with the number of hours in the year (8,760 in 2013). Free state tax e-filing If you started or stopped using your home for daycare in 2013, you must prorate the number of hours based on the number of days the home was available for daycare. Free state tax e-filing Example 1. Free state tax e-filing Mary Lake used her basement to operate a daycare business for children. Free state tax e-filing She figures the business percentage of the basement as follows. Free state tax e-filing Square footage of the basement Square footage of her home = 1,600 3,200 = 50%           She used the basement for daycare an average of 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 50 weeks a year. Free state tax e-filing During the other 12 hours a day, the family could use the basement. Free state tax e-filing She figures the percentage of time the basement was used for daycare as follows. Free state tax e-filing Number of hours used for daycare (12 x 5 x 50) Total number of hours in the year (24 x 365) = 3,000 8,760 = 34. Free state tax e-filing 25%           Mary can deduct 34. Free state tax e-filing 25% of any direct expenses for the basement. Free state tax e-filing However, because her indirect expenses are for the entire house, she can deduct only 17. Free state tax e-filing 13% of the indirect expenses. Free state tax e-filing She figures the percentage for her indirect expenses as follows. Free state tax e-filing Business percentage of the basement 50% Multiplied by: Percentage of time used for daycare × 34. Free state tax e-filing 25% Percentage for indirect expenses 17. Free state tax e-filing 13% Mary completes Form 8829, Part I, figuring the percentage of her home used for business, including the percentage of time the basement was used. Free state tax e-filing In Part II, Mary figures her deductible expenses. Free state tax e-filing She uses the following information to complete Part II. Free state tax e-filing Gross income from her daycare business $50,000 Expenses not related to the business use of the home $25,000 Tentative profit $25,000 Rent $8,400 Utilities $850 Painting the basement $500 Mary enters her tentative profit, $25,000, on line 8. Free state tax e-filing (This figure is the same as the amount on line 29 of her Schedule C (Form 1040). Free state tax e-filing ) The expenses she paid for rent and utilities relate to her entire home. Free state tax e-filing Therefore, she enters the amount paid for rent on line 18, column (b), and the amount paid for utilities on line 20, column (b). Free state tax e-filing She shows the total of these expenses on line 22, column (b). Free state tax e-filing For line 23, she multiplies the amount on line 22, column (b) by the percentage on line 7 and enters the result, $1,585. Free state tax e-filing Mary paid $500 to have the basement painted. Free state tax e-filing The painting is a direct expense. Free state tax e-filing However, because she did not use the basement exclusively for daycare, she must multiply $500 by the percentage of time the basement was used for daycare (34. Free state tax e-filing 25% – line 6). Free state tax e-filing She enters $171 (34. Free state tax e-filing 25% × $500) on line 19, column (a). Free state tax e-filing She adds line 22, column (a), and line 23 and enters $1,756 ($171 + $1,585) on line 25. Free state tax e-filing This is less than her deduction limit (line 15), so she can deduct the entire amount. Free state tax e-filing She follows the instructions to complete the rest of Part II and enters $1,756 on lines 33 and 35. Free state tax e-filing She then carries the $1,756 to line 30 of her Schedule C (Form 1040). Free state tax e-filing Example 2. Free state tax e-filing Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that Mary also has another room that was available each business day for children to take naps in. Free state tax e-filing Although she did not keep a record of the number of hours the room was actually used for naps, it was used for part of each business day. Free state tax e-filing Since the room was available for business use during regular operating hours each business day and was used regularly in the business, it is considered used for daycare throughout each business day. Free state tax e-filing The basement and room are 60% of the total area of her home. Free state tax e-filing In figuring her expenses, 34. Free state tax e-filing 25% of any direct expenses for the basement and room are deductible. Free state tax e-filing In addition, 20. Free state tax e-filing 55% (34. Free state tax e-filing 25% × 60%) of her indirect expenses are deductible. Free state tax e-filing Example 3. Free state tax e-filing Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that Mary stopped using her home for a daycare facility on June 24, 2013. Free state tax e-filing She used the basement for daycare an average of 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, but for only 25 weeks of the year. Free state tax e-filing During the other 12 hours a day, the family could still use the basement. Free state tax e-filing She figures the percentage of time the basement was used for business as follows. Free state tax e-filing Number of hours used for daycare (12 x 5 x 25) Total number of hours during period used (24 x 175) = 1,500 4,200 = 35. Free state tax e-filing 71%           Mary can deduct 35. Free state tax e-filing 71% of any direct expenses for the basement. Free state tax e-filing However, because her indirect expenses are for the entire house, she can deduct only 17. Free state tax e-filing 86% of the indirect expenses. Free state tax e-filing She figures the percentage for her indirect expenses as follows. Free state tax e-filing Business percentage of the basement 50% Multiplied by: Percentage of time used for daycare × 35. Free state tax e-filing 71% Percentage for indirect expenses 17. Free state tax e-filing 86% Meals. Free state tax e-filing   If you provide food for your daycare recipients, do not include the expense as a cost of using your home for business. Free state tax e-filing Claim it as a separate deduction on your Schedule C (Form 1040). Free state tax e-filing You can never deduct the cost of food consumed by you or your family. Free state tax e-filing You can deduct as a business expense 100% of the actual cost of food consumed by your daycare recipients (see Standard meal and snack rates , later, for an optional method for eligible children) and generally only 50% of the cost of food consumed by your employees. Free state tax e-filing However, you can deduct 100% of the cost of food consumed by your employees if its value can be excluded from their wages as a de minimis fringe benefit. Free state tax e-filing For more information on meals that meet these requirements, see Meals in chapter 2 of Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits. Free state tax e-filing   If you deduct the actual cost of food for your daycare business, keep a separate record (with receipts) of your family's food costs. Free state tax e-filing   Reimbursements you receive from a sponsor under the Child and Adult Care Food Program of the Department of Agriculture are taxable only to the extent they exceed your expenses for food for eligible children. Free state tax e-filing If your reimbursements are more than your expenses for food, show the difference as income in Part I of Schedule C (Form 1040). Free state tax e-filing If your food expenses are greater than the reimbursements, show the difference as an expense in Part V of Schedule C (Form 1040). Free state tax e-filing Do not include payments or expenses for your own children if they are eligible for the program. Free state tax e-filing Follow this procedure even if you receive a Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, reporting a payment from the sponsor. Free state tax e-filing Standard meal and snack rates. Free state tax e-filing   If you qualify as a family daycare provider, you can use the standard meal and snack rates, instead of actual costs, to compute the deductible cost of meals and snacks provided to eligible children. Free state tax e-filing For these purposes: A family daycare provider is a person engaged in the business of providing family daycare. Free state tax e-filing Family daycare is childcare provided to eligible children in the home of the family daycare provider. Free state tax e-filing The care must be non-medical, not involve a transfer of legal custody, and generally last less than 24 hours each day. Free state tax e-filing Eligible children are minor children receiving family daycare in the home of the family daycare provider. Free state tax e-filing Eligible children do not include children who are full-time or part-time residents in the home where the childcare is provided or children whose parents or guardians are residents of the same home. Free state tax e-filing Eligible children do not include children who receive daycare services for personal reasons of the provider. Free state tax e-filing For example, if a provider provides daycare services for a relative as a favor to that relative, that child is not an eligible child. Free state tax e-filing   You can compute the deductible cost of each meal and snack you actually purchased and served to an eligible child during the time period you provided family daycare using the standard meal and snack rates shown in Table 3, later. Free state tax e-filing You can use the standard meal and snack rates for a maximum of one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, and three snacks per eligible child per day. Free state tax e-filing If you receive reimbursement for a particular meal or snack, you can deduct only the portion of the applicable standard meal or snack rate that is more than the amount of the reimbursement. Free state tax e-filing   You can use either the standard meal and snack rates or actual costs to calculate the deductible cost of food provided to eligible children in the family daycare for any particular tax year. Free state tax e-filing If you choose to use the standard meal and snack rates for a particular tax year, you must use the rates for all your deductible food costs for eligible children during that tax year. Free state tax e-filing However, if you use the standard meal and snack rates in any tax year, you can use actual costs to compute the deductible cost of food in any other tax year. Free state tax e-filing   If you use the standard meal and snack rates, you must maintain records to substantiate the computation of the total amount deducted for the cost of food provided to eligible children. Free state tax e-filing The records kept should include the name of each child, dates and hours of attendance in the daycare, and the type and quantity of meals and snacks served. Free state tax e-filing This information can be recorded in a log similar to the one shown in Exhibit A, near the end of this publication. Free state tax e-filing   The standard meal and snack rates include beverages, but do not include non-food supplies used for food preparation, service, or storage, such as containers, paper products, or utensils. Free state tax e-filing These expenses can be claimed as a separate deduction on your Schedule C (Form 1040). Free state tax e-filing     Table 3. Free state tax e-filing Standard Meal and Snack Rates1 Location of Family Daycare Provider Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack States other than Alaska an
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Free state tax e-filing 6. Free state tax e-filing   Basis of Assets Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Cost BasisReal Property Allocating the Basis Uniform Capitalization Rules Adjusted BasisIncreases to Basis Decreases to Basis Basis Other Than CostTaxable Exchanges Involuntary Conversions Nontaxable Exchanges Property Received as a Gift Property Transferred From a Spouse Inherited Property Property Distributed From a Partnership or Corporation Introduction Your basis is the amount of your investment in property for tax purposes. Free state tax e-filing Use basis to figure the gain or loss on the sale, exchange, or other disposition of property. Free state tax e-filing Also use basis to figure depreciation, amortization, depletion, and casualty losses. Free state tax e-filing If you use property for both business or investment purposes and for personal purposes, you must allocate the basis based on the use. Free state tax e-filing Only the basis allocated to the business or investment use of the property can be depreciated. Free state tax e-filing Your original basis in property is adjusted (increased or decreased) by certain events. Free state tax e-filing For example, if you make improvements to the property, increase your basis. Free state tax e-filing If you take deductions for depreciation, or casualty losses, or claim certain credits, reduce your basis. Free state tax e-filing Keep accurate records of all items that affect the basis of your assets. Free state tax e-filing For information on keeping records, see chapter 1. Free state tax e-filing Topics - This chapter discusses: Cost basis Adjusted basis Basis other than cost Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 535 Business Expenses 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 551 Basis of Assets 946 How To Depreciate Property See chapter 16 for information about getting publications and forms. Free state tax e-filing Cost Basis The basis of property you buy is usually its cost. Free state tax e-filing Cost is the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, other property, or services. Free state tax e-filing Your cost includes amounts you pay for sales tax, freight, installation, and testing. Free state tax e-filing The basis of real estate and business assets will include other items, discussed later. Free state tax e-filing Basis generally does not include interest payments. Free state tax e-filing However, see Carrying charges and Capitalized interest in chapter 4 of Publication 535. Free state tax e-filing You also may have to capitalize (add to basis) certain other costs related to buying or producing property. Free state tax e-filing Under the uniform capitalization rules, discussed later, you may have to capitalize direct costs and certain indirect costs of producing property. Free state tax e-filing Loans with low or no interest. Free state tax e-filing   If you buy property on a time-payment plan that charges little or no interest, the basis of your property is your stated purchase price minus the amount considered to be unstated interest. Free state tax e-filing You generally have unstated interest if your interest rate is less than the applicable federal rate. Free state tax e-filing See the discussion of unstated interest in Publication 537, Installment Sales. Free state tax e-filing Real Property Real property, also called real estate, is land and generally anything built on, growing on, or attached to land. Free state tax e-filing If you buy real property, certain fees and other expenses you pay are part of your cost basis in the property. Free state tax e-filing Some of these expenses are discussed next. Free state tax e-filing Lump sum purchase. Free state tax e-filing   If you buy improvements, such as buildings, and the land on which they stand for a lump sum, allocate your cost basis between the land and improvements. Free state tax e-filing Allocate the cost basis according to the respective fair market values (FMVs) of the land and improvements at the time of purchase. Free state tax e-filing Figure the basis of each asset by multiplying the lump sum by a fraction. Free state tax e-filing The numerator is the FMV of that asset and the denominator is the FMV of the whole property at the time of purchase. Free state tax e-filing Fair market value (FMV). Free state tax e-filing   FMV is the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all necessary facts. Free state tax e-filing Sales of similar property on or about the same date may help in figuring the FMV of the property. Free state tax e-filing If you are not certain of the FMV of the land and improvements, you can allocate the basis according to their assessed values for real estate tax purposes. Free state tax e-filing Real estate taxes. Free state tax e-filing   If you pay the real estate taxes the seller owed on real property you bought, and the seller did not reimburse you, treat those taxes as part of your basis. Free state tax e-filing   If you reimburse the seller for taxes the seller paid for you, you generally can deduct that amount as a tax expense. Free state tax e-filing Whether or not you reimburse the seller, do not include that amount in the basis of your property. Free state tax e-filing Settlement costs. Free state tax e-filing   Your basis includes the settlement fees and closing costs for buying the property. Free state tax e-filing See Publication 551 for a detailed list of items you can and cannot include in basis. Free state tax e-filing   Do not include fees and costs for getting a loan on the property. Free state tax e-filing Also, do not include amounts placed in escrow for the future payment of items such as taxes and insurance. Free state tax e-filing Points. Free state tax e-filing   If you pay points to get a loan (including a mortgage, second mortgage, or line-of-credit), do not add the points to the basis of the related property. Free state tax e-filing You may be able to deduct the points currently or over the term of the loan. Free state tax e-filing For more information about deducting points, see Points in chapter 4 of Publication 535. Free state tax e-filing Assumption of a mortgage. Free state tax e-filing   If you buy property and assume (or buy the property subject to) an existing mortgage, your basis includes the amount you pay for the property plus the amount you owe on the mortgage. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing If you buy a farm for $100,000 cash and assume a mortgage of $400,000, your basis is $500,000. Free state tax e-filing Constructing assets. Free state tax e-filing   If you build property or have assets built for you, your expenses for this construction are part of your basis. Free state tax e-filing Some of these expenses include the following costs: Land, Labor and materials, Architect's fees, Building permit charges, Payments to contractors, Payments for rental equipment, and Inspection fees. Free state tax e-filing   In addition, if you use your own employees, farm materials, and equipment to build an asset, do not deduct the following expenses. Free state tax e-filing You must capitalize them (include them in the asset's basis). Free state tax e-filing Employee wages paid for the construction work, reduced by any employment credits allowed. Free state tax e-filing Depreciation on equipment you own while it is used in the construction. Free state tax e-filing Operating and maintenance costs for equipment used in the construction. Free state tax e-filing The cost of business supplies and materials used in the construction. Free state tax e-filing    Do not include the value of your own labor, or any other labor you did not pay for, in the basis of any property you construct. Free state tax e-filing Allocating the Basis In some instances, the rules for determining basis apply to a group of assets acquired in the same transaction or to property that consists of separate items. Free state tax e-filing To determine the basis of these assets or separate items, there must be an allocation of basis. Free state tax e-filing Group of assets acquired. Free state tax e-filing   If you buy multiple assets for a lump sum, allocate the amount you pay among the assets. Free state tax e-filing Use this allocation to figure your basis for depreciation and gain or loss on a later disposition of any of these assets. Free state tax e-filing You and the seller may agree in the sales contract to a specific allocation of the purchase price among the assets. Free state tax e-filing If this allocation is based on the value of each asset and you and the seller have adverse tax interests, the allocation generally will be accepted. Free state tax e-filing Farming business acquired. Free state tax e-filing   If you buy a group of assets that makes up a farming business, there are special rules you must use to allocate the purchase price among the assets. Free state tax e-filing Generally, reduce the purchase price by any cash received. Free state tax e-filing Allocate the remaining purchase price to the other business assets received in proportion to (but not more than) their FMV and in a certain order. Free state tax e-filing See Trade or Business Acquired under Allocating the Basis in Publication 551 for more information. Free state tax e-filing Transplanted embryo. Free state tax e-filing   If you buy a cow that is pregnant with a transplanted embryo, allocate to the basis of the cow the part of the purchase price equal to the FMV of the cow without the implant. Free state tax e-filing Allocate the rest of the purchase price to the basis of the calf. Free state tax e-filing Neither the cost allocated to the cow nor the cost allocated to the calf is deductible as a current business expense. Free state tax e-filing Uniform Capitalization Rules Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must include certain direct and indirect costs in the basis of property you produce or in your inventory costs, rather than claim them as a current deduction. Free state tax e-filing You recover these costs through depreciation, amortization, or cost of goods sold when you use, sell, or otherwise dispose of the property. Free state tax e-filing Generally, you are subject to the uniform capitalization rules if you do any of the following: Produce real or tangible personal property, or Acquire property for resale. Free state tax e-filing However, this rule does not apply to personal property if your average annual gross receipts for the 3-tax-year period ending with the year preceding the current tax year are $10 million or less. Free state tax e-filing You produce property if you construct, build, install, manufacture, develop, improve, or create the property. Free state tax e-filing You are not subject to the uniform capitalization rules if the property is produced for personal use. Free state tax e-filing In a farming business, you produce property if you raise or grow any agricultural or horticultural commodity, including plants and animals. Free state tax e-filing Plants. Free state tax e-filing   A plant produced in a farming business includes the following items: A fruit, nut, or other crop-bearing tree; An ornamental tree; A vine; A bush; Sod; and The crop or yield of a plant that will have more than one crop or yield. Free state tax e-filing Animals. Free state tax e-filing   An animal produced in a farming business includes any stock, poultry or other bird, and fish or other sea life. Free state tax e-filing The direct and indirect costs of producing plants or animals include preparatory costs and preproductive period costs. Free state tax e-filing Preparatory costs include the acquisition costs of the seed, seedling, plant, or animal. Free state tax e-filing For plants, preproductive period costs include the costs of items such as irrigation, pruning, frost protection, spraying, and harvesting. Free state tax e-filing For animals, preproductive period costs include the costs of items such as feed, maintaining pasture or pen areas, breeding, veterinary services, and bedding. Free state tax e-filing Exceptions. Free state tax e-filing   In a farming business, the uniform capitalization rules do not apply to: Any animal, Any plant with a preproductive period of 2 years or less, or Any costs of replanting certain plants lost or damaged due to casualty. Free state tax e-filing   Exceptions (1) and (2) do not apply to a corporation, partnership, or tax shelter required to use an accrual method of accounting. Free state tax e-filing See Accrual Method Required under Accounting Methods in chapter 2. Free state tax e-filing   In addition, you can elect not to use the uniform capitalization rules for plants with a preproductive period of more than 2 years. Free state tax e-filing If you make this election, special rules apply. Free state tax e-filing This election cannot be made by a corporation, partnership, or tax shelter required to use an accrual method of accounting. Free state tax e-filing This election also does not apply to any costs incurred for the planting, cultivation, maintenance, or development of any citrus or almond grove (or any part thereof) within the first 4 years the trees were planted. Free state tax e-filing    If you elect not to use the uniform capitalization rules, you must use the alternative depreciation system for all property used in any of your farming businesses and placed in service in any tax year during which the election is in effect. Free state tax e-filing See chapter 7, for additional information on depreciation. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing You grow trees that have a preproductive period of more than 2 years. Free state tax e-filing The trees produce an annual crop. Free state tax e-filing You are an individual and the uniform capitalization rules apply to your farming business. Free state tax e-filing You must capitalize the direct costs and an allocable part of indirect costs incurred due to the production of the trees. Free state tax e-filing You are not required to capitalize the costs of producing the annual crop because its preproductive period is 2 years or less. Free state tax e-filing Preproductive period of more than 2 years. Free state tax e-filing   The preproductive period of plants grown in commercial quantities in the United States is based on their nationwide weighted average preproductive period. Free state tax e-filing Plants producing the crops or yields shown in Table 6-1 have a nationwide weighted average preproductive period of more than 2 years. Free state tax e-filing Other plants (not shown in Table 6-1) may also have a nationwide weighted average preproductive period of more than 2 years. Free state tax e-filing More information. Free state tax e-filing   For more information on the uniform capitalization rules that apply to property produced in a farming business, see Regulations section 1. Free state tax e-filing 263A-4. Free state tax e-filing Table 6-1. Free state tax e-filing Plants With a Preproductive Period of More Than 2 Years Plants producing the following crops or yields have a nationwide weighted average preproductive period of more than 2 years. Free state tax e-filing Almonds Apples Apricots Avocados Blueberries Cherries Chestnuts Coffee beans Currants Dates Figs Grapefruit Grapes Guavas Kiwifruit Kumquats Lemons Limes Macadamia nuts Mangoes Nectarines Olives Oranges Peaches Pears Pecans Persimmons Pistachio nuts Plums Pomegranates Prunes Tangelos Tangerines Tangors Walnuts Adjusted Basis Before figuring gain or loss on a sale, exchange, or other disposition of property or figuring allowable depreciation, depletion, or amortization, you must usually make certain adjustments to the cost basis or basis other than cost (discussed later) of the property. Free state tax e-filing The adjustments to the original basis are increases or decreases to the cost basis or other basis which result in the adjusted basis of the property. Free state tax e-filing Increases to Basis Increase the basis of any property by all items properly added to a capital account. Free state tax e-filing These include the cost of any improvements having a useful life of more than 1 year. Free state tax e-filing The following costs increase the basis of property. Free state tax e-filing The cost of extending utility service lines to property. Free state tax e-filing Legal fees, such as the cost of defending and perfecting title. Free state tax e-filing Legal fees for seeking a decrease in an assessment levied against property to pay for local improvements. Free state tax e-filing Assessments for items such as paving roads and building ditches that increase the value of the property assessed. Free state tax e-filing Do not deduct these expenses as taxes. Free state tax e-filing However, you can deduct as taxes amounts assessed for maintenance or repairs, or for meeting interest charges related to the improvements. Free state tax e-filing If you make additions or improvements to business property, depreciate the basis of each addition or improvement as separate depreciable property using the rules that would apply to the original property if you had placed it in service at the same time you placed the addition or improvement in service. Free state tax e-filing See chapter 7. Free state tax e-filing Deducting vs. Free state tax e-filing capitalizing costs. Free state tax e-filing   Do not add to your basis costs you can deduct as current expenses. Free state tax e-filing For example, amounts paid for incidental repairs or maintenance are deductible as business expenses and are not added to basis. Free state tax e-filing However, you can elect either to deduct or to capitalize certain other costs. Free state tax e-filing See chapter 7 in Publication 535. Free state tax e-filing Decreases to Basis The following are some items that reduce the basis of property. Free state tax e-filing Section 179 deduction. Free state tax e-filing Deductions previously allowed or allowable for amortization, depreciation, and depletion. Free state tax e-filing Alternative motor vehicle credit. Free state tax e-filing See Form 8910. Free state tax e-filing Alternative fuel vehicle refueling property credit. Free state tax e-filing See Form 8911. Free state tax e-filing Residential energy efficient property credits. Free state tax e-filing See Form 5695. Free state tax e-filing Investment credit (part or all) taken. Free state tax e-filing Casualty and theft losses and insurance reimbursements. Free state tax e-filing Payments you receive for granting an easement. Free state tax e-filing Exclusion from income of subsidies for energy conservation measures. Free state tax e-filing Certain canceled debt excluded from income. Free state tax e-filing Rebates from a manufacturer or seller. Free state tax e-filing Patronage dividends received from a cooperative association as a result of a purchase of property. Free state tax e-filing See Patronage Dividends in chapter 3. Free state tax e-filing Gas-guzzler tax. Free state tax e-filing See Form 6197. Free state tax e-filing Some of these items are discussed next. Free state tax e-filing For a more detailed list of items that decrease basis, see section 1016 of the Internal Revenue Code and Publication 551. Free state tax e-filing Depreciation and section 179 deduction. Free state tax e-filing   The adjustments you must make to the basis of the property if you take the section 179 deduction or depreciate the property are explained next. Free state tax e-filing For more information on these deductions, see chapter 7. Free state tax e-filing Section 179 deduction. Free state tax e-filing   If you take the section 179 expense deduction for all or part of the cost of qualifying business property, decrease the basis of the property by the deduction. Free state tax e-filing Depreciation. Free state tax e-filing   Decrease the basis of property by the depreciation you deducted or could have deducted on your tax returns under the method of depreciation you chose. Free state tax e-filing If you took less depreciation than you could have under the method chosen, decrease the basis by the amount you could have taken under that method. Free state tax e-filing If you did not take a depreciation deduction, reduce the basis by the full amount of the depreciation you could have taken. Free state tax e-filing   If you deducted more depreciation than you should have, decrease your basis by the amount you should have deducted plus the part of the excess depreciation you deducted that actually reduced your tax liability for any year. Free state tax e-filing   See chapter 7 for information on figuring the depreciation you should have claimed. Free state tax e-filing   In decreasing your basis for depreciation, take into account the amount deducted on your tax returns as depreciation and any depreciation you must capitalize under the uniform capitalization rules. Free state tax e-filing Casualty and theft losses. Free state tax e-filing   If you have a casualty or theft loss, decrease the basis of the property by any insurance or other reimbursement. Free state tax e-filing Also, decrease it by any deductible loss not covered by insurance. Free state tax e-filing See chapter 11 for information about figuring your casualty or theft loss. Free state tax e-filing   You must increase your basis in the property by the amount you spend on clean-up costs (such as debris removal) and repairs that restore the property to its pre-casualty condition. Free state tax e-filing To make this determination, compare the repaired property to the property before the casualty. Free state tax e-filing Easements. Free state tax e-filing   The amount you receive for granting an easement is usually considered to be proceeds from the sale of an interest in the real property. Free state tax e-filing It reduces the basis of the affected part of the property. Free state tax e-filing If the amount received is more than the basis of the part of the property affected by the easement, reduce your basis in that part to zero and treat the excess as a recognized gain. Free state tax e-filing See Easements and rights-of-way in chapter 3. Free state tax e-filing Exclusion from income of subsidies for energy conservation measures. Free state tax e-filing   You can exclude from gross income any subsidy you received from a public utility company for the purchase or installation of an energy conservation measure for a dwelling unit. Free state tax e-filing Reduce the basis of the property by the excluded amount. Free state tax e-filing Canceled debt excluded from income. Free state tax e-filing   If a debt you owe is canceled or forgiven, other than as a gift or bequest, you generally must include the canceled amount in your gross income for tax purposes. Free state tax e-filing A debt includes any indebtedness for which you are liable or which attaches to property you hold. Free state tax e-filing   You can exclude your canceled debt from income if the debt is any of the following. Free state tax e-filing Debt canceled in a bankruptcy case or when you are insolvent. Free state tax e-filing Qualified farm debt. Free state tax e-filing Qualified real property business debt (provided you are not a C corporation). Free state tax e-filing Qualified principal residence indebtedness. Free state tax e-filing Discharge of certain indebtedness of a qualified individual because of Midwestern disasters. Free state tax e-filing If you exclude canceled debt described in (1) or (2), you may have to reduce the basis of your depreciable and nondepreciable property. Free state tax e-filing If you exclude canceled debt described in (3), you must only reduce the basis of your depreciable property by the excluded amount. Free state tax e-filing   For more information about canceled debt in a bankruptcy case, see Publication 908, Bankruptcy Tax Guide. Free state tax e-filing For more information about insolvency and canceled debt that is qualified farm debt or qualified principal residence indebtedness, see chapter 3. Free state tax e-filing For more information about qualified real property business debt, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. Free state tax e-filing For more information about canceled debt in Midwestern disaster areas, see Publication 4492-B, Information for Affected Taxpayers in the Midwestern Disaster Areas. Free state tax e-filing Basis Other Than Cost There are times when you cannot use cost as basis. Free state tax e-filing In these situations, the fair market value or the adjusted basis of property may be used. Free state tax e-filing Examples are discussed next. Free state tax e-filing Property changed from personal to business or rental use. Free state tax e-filing   When you hold property for personal use and then change it to business use or use it to produce rent, you must figure its basis for depreciation. Free state tax e-filing An example of changing property from personal to business use would be changing the use of your pickup truck that you originally purchased for your personal use to use in your farming business. Free state tax e-filing   The basis for depreciation is the lesser of: The FMV of the property on the date of the change, or Your adjusted basis on the date of the change. Free state tax e-filing   If you later sell or dispose of this property, the basis you use will depend on whether you are figuring a gain or loss. Free state tax e-filing The basis for figuring a gain is your adjusted basis in the property when you sell the property. Free state tax e-filing Figure the basis for a loss starting with the smaller of your adjusted basis or the FMV of the property at the time of the change to business or rental use. Free state tax e-filing Then make adjustments (increases and decreases) for the period after the change in the property's use, as discussed earlier under Adjusted Basis . Free state tax e-filing Property received for services. Free state tax e-filing   If you receive property for services, include the property's FMV in income. Free state tax e-filing The amount you include in income becomes your basis. Free state tax e-filing If the services were performed for a price agreed on beforehand, it will be accepted as the FMV of the property if there is no evidence to the contrary. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing George Smith is an accountant and also operates a farming business. Free state tax e-filing George agreed to do some accounting work for his neighbor in exchange for a dairy cow. Free state tax e-filing The accounting work and the cow are each worth $1,500. Free state tax e-filing George must include $1,500 in income for his accounting services. Free state tax e-filing George's basis in the cow is $1,500. Free state tax e-filing Taxable Exchanges A taxable exchange is one in which the gain is taxable, or the loss is deductible. Free state tax e-filing A taxable gain or deductible loss also is known as a recognized gain or loss. Free state tax e-filing A taxable exchange occurs when you receive cash or get property that is not similar or related in use to the property exchanged. Free state tax e-filing If you receive property in exchange for other property in a taxable exchange, the basis of the property you receive is usually its FMV at the time of the exchange. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing You trade a tract of farmland with an adjusted basis of $2,000 for a tractor that has an FMV of $6,000. Free state tax e-filing You must report a taxable gain of $4,000 for the land. Free state tax e-filing The tractor has a basis of $6,000. Free state tax e-filing Involuntary Conversions If you receive property as a result of an involuntary conversion, such as a casualty, theft, or condemnation, figure the basis of the replacement property you receive using the basis of the converted property. Free state tax e-filing Similar or related property. Free state tax e-filing   If the replacement property is similar or related in service or use to the converted property, the replacement property's basis is the same as the old property's basis on the date of the conversion. Free state tax e-filing However, make the following adjustments. Free state tax e-filing Decrease the basis by the following amounts. Free state tax e-filing Any loss you recognize on the involuntary conversion. Free state tax e-filing Any money you receive that you do not spend on similar property. Free state tax e-filing Increase the basis by the following amounts. Free state tax e-filing Any gain you recognize on the involuntary conversion. Free state tax e-filing Any cost of acquiring the replacement property. Free state tax e-filing Money or property not similar or related. Free state tax e-filing   If you receive money or property not similar or related in service or use to the converted property and you buy replacement property similar or related in service or use to the converted property, the basis of the replacement property is its cost decreased by the gain not recognized on the involuntary conversion. Free state tax e-filing Allocating the basis. Free state tax e-filing   If you buy more than one piece of replacement property, allocate your basis among the properties based on their respective costs. Free state tax e-filing Basis for depreciation. Free state tax e-filing   Special rules apply in determining and depreciating the basis of MACRS property acquired in an involuntary conversion. Free state tax e-filing For information, see Figuring the Deduction for Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Exchange under Figuring Depreciation Under MACRS in chapter 7. Free state tax e-filing For more information about involuntary conversions, see chapter 11. Free state tax e-filing Nontaxable Exchanges A nontaxable exchange is an exchange in which you are not taxed on any gain and you cannot deduct any loss. Free state tax e-filing A nontaxable gain or loss also is known as an unrecognized gain or loss. Free state tax e-filing If you receive property in a nontaxable exchange, its basis is usually the same as the basis of the property you transferred. Free state tax e-filing Like-Kind Exchanges The exchange of property for the same kind of property is the most common type of nontaxable exchange. Free state tax e-filing For an exchange to qualify as a like-kind exchange, you must hold for business or investment purposes both the property you transfer and the property you receive. Free state tax e-filing There must also be an exchange of like-kind property. Free state tax e-filing For more information, see Like-Kind Exchanges in  chapter 8. Free state tax e-filing The basis of the property you receive generally is the same as the adjusted basis of the property you gave up. Free state tax e-filing Example 1. Free state tax e-filing You traded a truck you used in your farming business for a new smaller truck to use in farming. Free state tax e-filing The adjusted basis of the old truck was $10,000. Free state tax e-filing The FMV of the new truck is $30,000. Free state tax e-filing Because this is a nontaxable exchange, you do not recognize any gain, and your basis in the new truck is $10,000, the same as the adjusted basis of the truck you traded. Free state tax e-filing Example 2. Free state tax e-filing You trade a field cultivator (adjusted basis of $8,000) for a planter (FMV of $9,000). Free state tax e-filing You use both the field cultivator and the planter in your farming business. Free state tax e-filing The basis of the planter you receive is $8,000, the same as the field cultivator traded Exchange expenses. Free state tax e-filing   Exchange expenses generally are the closing costs that you pay. Free state tax e-filing They include such items as brokerage commissions, attorney fees, and deed preparation fees. Free state tax e-filing Add them to the basis of the like-kind property you receive. Free state tax e-filing Property plus cash. Free state tax e-filing   If you trade property in a like-kind exchange and also pay money, the basis of the property you receive is the adjusted basis of the property you gave up plus the money you paid. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing You trade in a truck (adjusted basis of $3,000) for another truck (FMV of $7,500) and pay $4,000. Free state tax e-filing Your basis in the new truck is $7,000 (the $3,000 adjusted basis of the old truck plus the $4,000 cash). Free state tax e-filing Special rules for related persons. Free state tax e-filing   If a like-kind exchange takes place directly or indirectly between related persons and either party disposes of the property within 2 years after the exchange, the exchange no longer qualifies for like-kind exchange treatment. Free state tax e-filing Each person must report any gain or loss not recognized on the original exchange unless the loss is not deductible under the related party rules. Free state tax e-filing Each person reports it on the tax return filed for the year in which the later disposition occurred. Free state tax e-filing If this rule applies, the basis of the property received in the original exchange will be its FMV. Free state tax e-filing For more information, see chapter 8. Free state tax e-filing Exchange of business property. Free state tax e-filing   Exchanging the property of one business for the property of another business generally is a multiple property exchange. Free state tax e-filing For information on figuring basis, see Multiple Property Exchanges in chapter 1 of Publication 544. Free state tax e-filing Basis for depreciation. Free state tax e-filing   Special rules apply in determining and depreciating the basis of MACRS property acquired in a like-kind transaction. Free state tax e-filing For information, see Figuring the Deduction for Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Exchange under Figuring Depreciation Under MACRS in chapter 7. Free state tax e-filing Partially Nontaxable Exchanges A partially nontaxable exchange is an exchange in which you receive unlike property or money in addition to like-kind property. Free state tax e-filing The basis of the property you receive is the same as the adjusted basis of the property you gave up with the following adjustments. Free state tax e-filing Decrease the basis by the following amounts. Free state tax e-filing Any money you receive. Free state tax e-filing Any loss you recognize on the exchange. Free state tax e-filing Increase the basis by the following amounts. Free state tax e-filing Any additional costs you incur. Free state tax e-filing Any gain you recognize on the exchange. Free state tax e-filing If the other party to the exchange assumes your liabilities, treat the debt assumption as money you received in the exchange. Free state tax e-filing Example 1. Free state tax e-filing You trade farmland (basis of $100,000) for another tract of farmland (FMV of $110,000) and $30,000 cash. Free state tax e-filing You realize a gain of $40,000. Free state tax e-filing This is the FMV of the land received plus the cash minus the basis of the land you traded ($110,000 + $30,000 − $100,000). Free state tax e-filing Include your gain in income (recognize gain) only to the extent of the cash received. Free state tax e-filing Your basis in the land you received is figured as follows. Free state tax e-filing Basis of land traded $100,000 Minus: Cash received (adjustment 1(a)) − 30,000   $70,000 Plus: Gain recognized (adjustment 2(b)) + 30,000 Basis of land received $100,000 Example 2. Free state tax e-filing You trade a truck (adjusted basis of $22,750) for another truck (FMV of $20,000) and $10,000 cash. Free state tax e-filing You realize a gain of $7,250. Free state tax e-filing This is the FMV of the truck received plus the cash minus the adjusted basis of the truck you traded ($20,000 + $10,000 − $22,750). Free state tax e-filing You include all the gain in your income (recognize gain) because the gain is less than the cash you received. Free state tax e-filing Your basis in the truck you received is figured as follows. Free state tax e-filing Adjusted basis of truck traded $22,750 Minus: Cash received (adjustment 1(a)) −10,000   $12,750 Plus: Gain recognized (adjustment 2(b)) + 7,250 Basis of truck received $20,000 Allocation of basis. Free state tax e-filing   If you receive like-kind and unlike properties in the exchange, allocate the basis first to the unlike property, other than money, up to its FMV on the date of the exchange. Free state tax e-filing The rest is the basis of the like-kind property. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing You traded a tractor with an adjusted basis of $15,000 for another tractor that had an FMV of $12,500. Free state tax e-filing You also received $1,000 cash and a truck that had an FMV of $3,000. Free state tax e-filing The truck is unlike property. Free state tax e-filing You realized a gain of $1,500. Free state tax e-filing This is the FMV of the tractor received plus the FMV of the truck received plus the cash minus the adjusted basis of the tractor you traded ($12,500 + $3,000 + $1,000 − $15,000). Free state tax e-filing You include in income (recognize) all $1,500 of the gain because it is less than the FMV of the unlike property plus the cash received. Free state tax e-filing Your basis in the properties you received is figured as follows. Free state tax e-filing Adjusted basis of old tractor $15,000 Minus: Cash received (adjustment 1(a)) − 1,000   $14,000 Plus: Gain recognized (adjustment 2(b)) + 1,500 Total basis of properties received $15,500 Allocate the total basis of $15,500 first to the unlike property—the truck ($3,000). Free state tax e-filing This is the truck's FMV. Free state tax e-filing The rest ($12,500) is the basis of the tractor. Free state tax e-filing Sale and Purchase If you sell property and buy similar property in two mutually dependent transactions, you may have to treat the sale and purchase as a single nontaxable exchange. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing You used a tractor on your farm for 3 years. Free state tax e-filing Its adjusted basis is $22,000 and its FMV is $40,000. Free state tax e-filing You are interested in a new tractor, which sells for $60,000. Free state tax e-filing Ordinarily, you would trade your old tractor for the new one and pay the dealer $20,000. Free state tax e-filing Your basis for depreciating the new tractor would then be $42,000 ($20,000 + $22,000, the adjusted basis of your old tractor). Free state tax e-filing However, you want a higher basis for depreciating the new tractor, so you agree to pay the dealer $60,000 for the new tractor if he will pay you $40,000 for your old tractor. Free state tax e-filing Because the two transactions are dependent on each other, you are treated as having exchanged your old tractor for the new one and paid $20,000 ($60,000 − $40,000). Free state tax e-filing Your basis for depreciating the new tractor is $42,000, the same as if you traded the old tractor. Free state tax e-filing Property Received as a Gift To figure the basis of property you receive as a gift, you must know its adjusted basis (defined earlier) to the donor just before it was given to you. Free state tax e-filing You also must know its FMV at the time it was given to you and any gift tax paid on it. Free state tax e-filing FMV equal to or greater than donor's adjusted basis. Free state tax e-filing   If the FMV of the property is equal to or greater than the donor's adjusted basis, your basis is the donor's adjusted basis when you received the gift. Free state tax e-filing Increase your basis by all or part of any gift tax paid, depending on the date of the gift. Free state tax e-filing   Also, for figuring gain or loss from a sale or other disposition of the property, or for figuring depreciation, depletion, or amortization deductions on business property, you must increase or decrease your basis (the donor's adjusted basis) by any required adjustments to basis while you held the property. Free state tax e-filing See Adjusted Basis , earlier. Free state tax e-filing   If you received a gift during the tax year, increase your basis in the gift (the donor's adjusted basis) by the part of the gift tax paid on it due to the net increase in value of the gift. Free state tax e-filing Figure the increase by multiplying the gift tax paid by the following fraction. Free state tax e-filing Net increase in value of the gift Amount of the gift   The net increase in value of the gift is the FMV of the gift minus the donor's adjusted basis. Free state tax e-filing The amount of the gift is its value for gift tax purposes after reduction by any annual exclusion and marital or charitable deduction that applies to the gift. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing In 2013, you received a gift of property from your mother that had an FMV of $50,000. Free state tax e-filing Her adjusted basis was $20,000. Free state tax e-filing The amount of the gift for gift tax purposes was $36,000 ($50,000 minus the $14,000 annual exclusion). Free state tax e-filing She paid a gift tax of $7,320. Free state tax e-filing Your basis, $26,076, is figured as follows. Free state tax e-filing Fair market value $50,000 Minus: Adjusted basis −20,000 Net increase in value $30,000 Gift tax paid $7,320 Multiplied by ($30,000 ÷ $36,000) × . Free state tax e-filing 83 Gift tax due to net increase in value $6,076 Adjusted basis of property to your mother +20,000 Your basis in the property $26,076 Note. Free state tax e-filing If you received a gift before 1977, your basis in the gift (the donor's adjusted basis) includes any gift tax paid on it. Free state tax e-filing However, your basis cannot exceed the FMV of the gift when it was given to you. Free state tax e-filing FMV less than donor's adjusted basis. Free state tax e-filing   If the FMV of the property at the time of the gift is less than the donor's adjusted basis, your basis depends on whether you have a gain or a loss when you dispose of the property. Free state tax e-filing Your basis for figuring gain is the donor's adjusted basis plus or minus any required adjustments to basis while you held the property. Free state tax e-filing Your basis for figuring loss is its FMV when you received the gift plus or minus any required adjustments to basis while you held the property. Free state tax e-filing (See Adjusted Basis , earlier. Free state tax e-filing )   If you use the donor's adjusted basis for figuring a gain and get a loss, and then use the FMV for figuring a loss and get a gain, you have neither gain nor loss on the sale or other disposition of the property. Free state tax e-filing Example. Free state tax e-filing You received farmland as a gift from your parents when they retired from farming. Free state tax e-filing At the time of the gift, the land had an FMV of $80,000. Free state tax e-filing Your parents' adjusted basis was $100,000. Free state tax e-filing After you received the land, no events occurred that would increase or decrease your basis. Free state tax e-filing If you sell the land for $120,000, you will have a $20,000 gain because you must use the donor's adjusted basis at the time of the gift ($100,000) as your basis to figure a gain. Free state tax e-filing If you sell the land for $70,000, you will have a $10,000 loss because you must use the FMV at the time of the gift ($80,000) as your basis to figure a loss. Free state tax e-filing If the sales price is between $80,000 and $100,000, you have neither gain nor loss. Free state tax e-filing For instance, if the sales price was $90,000 and you tried to figure a gain using the donor's adjusted basis ($100,000), you would get a $10,000 loss. Free state tax e-filing If you then tried to figure a loss using the FMV ($80,000), you would get a $10,000 gain. Free state tax e-filing Business property. Free state tax e-filing   If you hold the gift as business property, your basis for figuring any depreciation, depletion, or amortization deductions is the same as the donor's adjusted basis plus or minus any required adjustments to basis while you hold the property. Free state tax e-filing Property Transferred From a Spouse The basis of property transferred to you or transferred in trust for your benefit by your spouse is the same as your spouse's adjusted basis. Free state tax e-filing The same rule applies to a transfer by your former spouse if the transfer is incident to divorce. Free state tax e-filing However, for property transferred in trust, adjust your basis for any gain recognized by your spouse or former spouse if the liabilities assumed plus the liabilities to which the property is subject are more than the adjusted basis of the property transferred. Free state tax e-filing The transferor must give you the records needed to determine the adjusted basis and holding period of the property as of the date of the transfer. Free state tax e-filing For more information, see Property Settlements in Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals. Free state tax e-filing Inherited Property Your basis in property you inherited from a decedent, who died before January 1, 2010, or after December 31, 2010, is generally one of the following: The FMV of the property at the date of the decedent's death. Free state tax e-filing If a federal estate return is filed, you can use its appraised value. Free state tax e-filing The FMV on the alternate valuation date, if the personal representative for the estate elects to use alternate valuation. Free state tax e-filing For information on the alternate valuation, see the Instructions for Form 706. Free state tax e-filing The decedent's adjusted basis in land to the extent of the value that is excluded from the decedent's taxable estate as a qualified conservation easement. Free state tax e-filing If a federal estate tax return does not have to be filed, your basis in the inherited property is its appraised value at the date of death for state inheritance or transmission taxes. Free state tax e-filing Special-use valuation method. Free state tax e-filing   Under certain conditions, when a person dies, the executor or personal representative of that person's estate may elect to value qualified real property at other than its FMV. Free state tax e-filing If so, the executor or personal representative values the qualified real property based on its use as a farm or other closely held business. Free state tax e-filing If the executor or personal representative elects this method of valuation for estate tax purposes, this value is the basis of the property for the qualified heirs. Free state tax e-filing The qualified heirs should be able to get the necessary value from the executor or personal representative of the estate. Free state tax e-filing   If you are a qualified heir who received special-use valuation property, increase your basis by any gain recognized by the estate or trust because of post-death appreciation. Free state tax e-filing Post-death appreciation is the property's FMV on the date of distribution minus the property's FMV either on the date of the individual's death or on the alternate valuation date. Free state tax e-filing Figure all FMVs without regard to the special-use valuation. Free state tax e-filing   You may be liable for an additional estate tax if, within 10 years after the death of the decedent, you transfer the property or the property stops being used as a farm. Free state tax e-filing This tax does not apply if you dispose of the property in a like-kind exchange or in an involuntary conversion in which all of the proceeds are reinvested in qualified replacement property. Free state tax e-filing The tax also does not apply if you transfer the property to a member of your family and certain requirements are met. Free state tax e-filing   You can elect to increase your basis in special-use valuation property if it becomes subject to the additional estate tax. Free state tax e-filing To increase your basis, you must make an irrevocable election and pay interest on the additional estate tax figured from the date 9 months after the decedent's death until the date of payment of the additional estate tax. Free state tax e-filing If you meet these requirements, increase your basis in the property to its FMV on the date of the decedent's death or the alternate valuation date. Free state tax e-filing The increase in your basis is considered to have occurred immediately before the event that resulted in the additional estate tax. Free state tax e-filing   You make the election by filing, with Form 706-A, United States Additional Estate Tax Return, a statement that: Contains your (and the estate's) name, address, and taxpayer identification number; Identifies the election as an election under section 1016(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; Specifies the property for which you are making the election; and Provides any additional information required by the Form 706-A instructions. Free state tax e-filing   For more information, see Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, Form 706-A, and the related instructions. Free state tax e-filing Property inherited from a decedent who died in 2010. Free state tax e-filing   If you inherited property from a decedent who died in 2010, different rules may apply. Free state tax e-filing See Publication 4895, Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decendent Dying in 2010, for details. Free state tax e-filing Property Distributed From a Partnership or Corporation The following rules apply to determine a partner's basis and a shareholder's basis in property distributed respectively from a partnership to the partner with respect to the partner's interest in the partnership and from a corporation to the shareholder with respect to the shareholder's ownership of stock in the corporation. Free state tax e-filing Partner's basis. Free state tax e-filing   Unless there is a complete liquidation of a partner's interest, the basis of property (other than money) distributed by a partnership to the partner is its adjusted basis to the partnership immediately before the distribution. Free state tax e-filing However, the basis of the property to the partner cannot be more than the adjusted basis of his or her interest in the partnership reduced by any money received in the same transaction. Free state tax e-filing For more information, see Partner's Basis for Distributed Property in Publication 541, Partnerships. Free state tax e-filing Shareholder's basis. Free state tax e-filing   The basis of property distributed by a corporation to a shareholder is its fair market value. Free state tax e-filing For more information about corporate distributions, see Distributions to Shareholders in Publication 542, Corporations. Free state tax e-filing Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications