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H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file However, you may be able to deduct expenses related to the business use of part of your home if you meet specific requirements. H and r block free file Even then, the deductible amount of these types of expenses may be limited. H and r block free file Use this section and Figure A, later, to decide if you can deduct expenses for the business use of your home. H and r block free file 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). H and r block free file Additional tests for employee use. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file If the use of the home office is merely appropriate and helpful, you cannot deduct expenses for the business use of your home. H and r block free file Exclusive Use To qualify under the exclusive use test, you must use a specific area of your home only for your trade or business. H and r block free file The area used for business can be a room or other separately identifiable space. H and r block free file The space does not need to be marked off by a permanent partition. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Example. H and r block free file You are an attorney and use a den in your home to write legal briefs and prepare clients' tax returns. H and r block free file Your family also uses the den for recreation. H and r block free file The den is not used exclusively in your trade or business, so you cannot claim a deduction for the business use of the den. H and r block free file Exceptions to Exclusive Use You do not have to meet the exclusive use test if either of the following applies. H and r block free file You use part of your home for the storage of inventory or product samples (discussed next). H and r block free file You use part of your home as a daycare facility, discussed later under Daycare Facility . H and r block free file Note. H and r block free file With the exception of these two uses, any portion of the home used for business purposes must meet the exclusive use test. H and r block free file Storage of inventory or product samples. H and r block free file    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. H and r block free file However, you must meet all the following tests. H and r block free file You sell products at wholesale or retail as your trade or business. H and r block free file You keep the inventory or product samples in your home for use in your trade or business. H and r block free file Your home is the only fixed location of your trade or business. H and r block free file You use the storage space on a regular basis. H and r block free file The space you use is a separately identifiable space suitable for storage. H and r block free file Example. H and r block free file Your home is the only fixed location of your business of selling mechanics' tools at retail. H and r block free file You regularly use half of your basement for storage of inventory and product samples. H and r block free file You sometimes use the area for personal purposes. H and r block free file The expenses for the storage space are deductible even though you do not use this part of your basement exclusively for business. H and r block free file Regular Use To qualify under the regular use test, you must use a specific area of your home for business on a regular basis. H and r block free file Incidental or occasional business use is not regular use. H and r block free file You must consider all facts and circumstances in determining whether your use is on a regular basis. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Example. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file You do not make investments as a broker or dealer. H and r block free file So, your activities are not part of a trade or business and you cannot take a deduction for the business use of your home. H and r block free file Principal Place of Business You can have more than one business location, including your home, for a single trade or business. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. H and r block free file You use it exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. H and r block free file You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. H and r block free file If, after considering your business locations, your home cannot be identified as your principal place of business, you cannot deduct home office expenses. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Administrative or management activities. H and r block free file   There are many activities that are administrative or managerial in nature. H and r block free file The following are a few examples. H and r block free file Billing customers, clients, or patients. H and r block free file Keeping books and records. H and r block free file Ordering supplies. H and r block free file Setting up appointments. H and r block free file Forwarding orders or writing reports. H and r block free file Administrative or management activities performed at other locations. H and r block free file   The following activities performed by you or others will not disqualify your home office from being your principal place of business. H and r block free file You have others conduct your administrative or management activities at locations other than your home. H and r block free file (For example, another company does your billing from its place of business. H and r block free file ) 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. H and r block free file You occasionally conduct minimal administrative or management activities at a fixed location outside your home. H and r block free file You conduct substantial nonadministrative or nonmanagement business activities at a fixed location outside your home. H and r block free file (For example, you meet with or provide services to customers, clients, or patients at a fixed location of the business outside your home. H and r block free file ) You have suitable space to conduct administrative or management activities outside your home, but choose to use your home office for those activities instead. H and r block free file Please click here for the text description of the image. H and r block free file Can you deduct business use of the home expenses? Example 1. H and r block free file John is a self-employed plumber. H and r block free file Most of John's time is spent at customers' homes and offices installing and repairing plumbing. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file John writes up estimates and records of work completed at his customers' premises. H and r block free file He does not conduct any substantial administrative or management activities at any fixed location other than his home office. H and r block free file John does not do his own billing. H and r block free file He uses a local bookkeeping service to bill his customers. H and r block free file John's home office qualifies as his principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file His choice to have his billing done by another company does not disqualify his home office from being his principal place of business. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Example 2. H and r block free file Pamela is a self-employed sales representative for several different product lines. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file She occasionally writes up orders and sets up appointments from her hotel room when she is away on business overnight. H and r block free file Pamela's business is selling products to customers at various locations throughout her territory. H and r block free file To make these sales, she regularly visits customers to explain the available products and take orders. H and r block free file Pamela's home office qualifies as her principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. H and r block free file She conducts administrative or management activities there and she has no other fixed location where she conducts substantial administrative or management activities. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Example 3. H and r block free file Paul is a self-employed anesthesiologist. H and r block free file He spends the majority of his time administering anesthesia and postoperative care in three local hospitals. H and r block free file One of the hospitals provides him with a small shared office where he could conduct administrative or management activities. H and r block free file Paul very rarely uses the office the hospital provides. H and r block free file He uses a room in his home that he has converted to an office. H and r block free file He uses this room exclusively and regularly to conduct all the following activities. H and r block free file Contacting patients, surgeons, and hospitals regarding scheduling. H and r block free file Preparing for treatments and presentations. H and r block free file Maintaining billing records and patient logs. H and r block free file Satisfying continuing medical education requirements. H and r block free file Reading medical journals and books. H and r block free file Paul's home office qualifies as his principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Example 4. H and r block free file Kathleen is employed as a teacher. H and r block free file She is required to teach and meet with students at the school and to grade papers and tests. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file The school does not require her to work at home. H and r block free file Kathleen prefers to use the office she has set up in her home and does not use the one provided by the school. H and r block free file She uses this home office exclusively and regularly for the administrative duties of her teaching job. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file More Than One Trade or Business The same home office can be the principal place of business for two or more separate business activities. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file You must use the home office exclusively and regularly for one or more of the following purposes. H and r block free file As the principal place of business for one or more of your trades or businesses. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file If your home office is a separate structure, in connection with one or more of your trades or businesses. H and r block free file You can use your home office for more than one business activity, but you cannot use it for any nonbusiness (i. H and r block free file e. H and r block free file , personal) activities. H and r block free file If you are an employee, any use of the home office in connection with your employment must be for the convenience of your employer. H and r block free file See Rental to employer , later, if you rent part of your home to your employer. H and r block free file Example. H and r block free file Tracy White is employed as a teacher. H and r block free file Her principal place of work is the school, which provides her office space to do her school work. H and r block free file She also has a mail order jewelry business. H and r block free file All her work in the jewelry business is done in her home office and the office is used exclusively for that business. H and r block free file If she meets all the other tests, she can deduct expenses for the business use of her home for the jewelry business. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file As an employee, Tracy must also meet the convenience-of-the-employer test to qualify for the deduction. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file You physically meet with patients, clients, or customers on your premises. H and r block free file Their use of your home is substantial and integral to the conduct of your business. H and r block free file Doctors, dentists, attorneys, and other professionals who maintain offices in their homes generally will meet this requirement. H and r block free file Using your home for occasional meetings and telephone calls will not qualify you to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Example. H and r block free file June Quill, a self-employed attorney, works 3 days a week in her city office. H and r block free file She works 2 days a week in her home office used only for business. H and r block free file She regularly meets clients there. H and r block free file Her home office qualifies for a business deduction because she meets clients there in the normal course of her business. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file The structure does not have to be your principal place of business or a place where you meet patients, clients, or customers. H and r block free file Example. H and r block free file John Berry operates a floral shop in town. H and r block free file He grows the plants for his shop in a greenhouse behind his home. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Electing to use the simplified method. H and r block free file   The simplified method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. H and r block free file You choose whether or not to figure your deduction using the simplified method each taxable year. H and r block free file See Using the Simplified Method , later. H and r block free file Rental to employer. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file You can deduct mortgage interest, qualified mortgage insurance premiums, real estate taxes, and personal casualty losses for the rented part, subject to any limitations. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file You will also need to figure the percentage of your home used for business and the limit on the deduction. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Part-year use. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Expenses related to tax-exempt income. H and r block free file   Generally, you cannot deduct expenses that are related to tax-exempt allowances. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file No deduction is allowed for other expenses related to the tax-exempt allowance. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file Actual Expenses You must divide the expenses of operating your home between personal and business use. H and r block free file The part of a home operating expense you can use to figure your deduction depends on both of the following. H and r block free file Whether the expense is direct, indirect, or unrelated. H and r block free file The percentage of your home used for business. H and r block free file Table 1, next, describes the types of expenses you may have and the extent to which they are deductible. H and r block free file Table 1. H and r block free file Types of Expenses  Expense  Description  Deductibility Direct Expenses only for  the business part  of your home. H and r block free file Deductible in full. H and r block free file *   Examples:  Painting or repairs  only in the area  used for business. H and r block free file Exception: May be only partially  deductible in a daycare facility. H and r block free file See Daycare Facility , later. H and r block free file Indirect Expenses for  keeping up and running your  entire home. H and r block free file Deductible based on the percentage of your home used for business. H and r block free file *   Examples:  Insurance, utilities, and  general repairs. H and r block free file   Unrelated Expenses only for  the parts of your  home not used  for business. H and r block free file Not deductible. H and r block free file   Examples:  Lawn care or painting  a room not used  for business. H and r block free file   *Subject to the deduction limit, discussed later. H and r block free file Form 8829 and the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home have separate columns for direct and indirect expenses. H and r block free file Certain expenses are deductible whether or not you use your home for business. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file These expenses include the following. H and r block free file Real estate taxes. H and r block free file Qualified mortgage insurance premiums. H and r block free file Deductible mortgage interest. H and r block free file Casualty losses. H and r block free file Other expenses are deductible only if you use your home for business. H and r block free file You can use the business percentage of these expenses to figure your total business use of the home deduction. H and r block free file These expenses generally include (but are not limited to) the following. H and r block free file Depreciation (covered under Depreciating Your Home , later). H and r block free file Insurance. H and r block free file Rent paid for the use of property you do not own but use in your trade or business. H and r block free file Repairs. H and r block free file Security system. H and r block free file Utilities and services. H and r block free file Real estate taxes. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file   For more information on the deduction for real estate taxes, see Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. H and r block free file Deductible mortgage interest. H and r block free file   To figure the business part of your deductible mortgage interest, multiply this interest by the percentage of your home used for business. H and r block free file You can include interest on a second mortgage in this computation. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file For more information on what interest is deductible, see Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. H and r block free file Qualified mortgage insurance premiums. H and r block free file   To figure the business part of your qualified mortgage insurance premiums, multiply the premiums by the percentage of your home used for business. H and r block free file You can include premiums for insurance on a second mortgage in this computation. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file For more information, see Publication 936, and Line 13 in the Instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040). H and r block free file Casualty losses. H and r block free file    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. H and r block free file A direct expense is the loss on the portion of the property you use only in your business. H and r block free file Use the entire loss to figure the business use of the home deduction. H and r block free file An indirect expense is the loss on property you use for both business and personal purposes. H and r block free file Use only the business portion to figure the deduction. H and r block free file An unrelated expense is the loss on property you do not use in your business. H and r block free file Do not use any of the loss to figure the deduction. H and r block free file Example. H and r block free file You meet the rules to take a deduction for an office in your home that is 10% of the total area of your house. H and r block free file A storm damages your roof. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file You would complete Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts, to report your loss. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Forms and worksheets to use. H and r block free file   If you are filing Schedule C (Form 1040), get Form 8829 and follow the instructions for casualty losses. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file You will also need to get Form 4684. H and r block free file More information. H and r block free file   For more information on casualty losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. H and r block free file Insurance. H and r block free file   You can deduct the cost of insurance that covers the business part of your home. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file You can deduct the business percentage of the part that applies to the following year in that year. H and r block free file Rent. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file To figure your deduction, multiply your rent payments by the percentage of your home used for business. H and r block free file   If you own your home, you cannot deduct the fair rental value of your home. H and r block free file However, see Depreciating Your Home , later. H and r block free file Repairs. H and r block free file   The cost of repairs that relate to your business, including labor (other than your own labor), is a deductible expense. H and r block free file For example, a furnace repair benefits the entire home. H and r block free file If you use 10% of your home for business, you can deduct 10% of the cost of the furnace repair. H and r block free file   Repairs keep your home in good working order over its useful life. H and r block free file Examples of common repairs are patching walls and floors, painting, wallpapering, repairing roofs and gutters, and mending leaks. H and r block free file However, repairs are sometimes treated as a permanent improvement and are not deductible. H and r block free file See Permanent improvements , later, under Depreciating Your Home. H and r block free file Security system. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Utilities and services. H and r block free file   Expenses for utilities and services, such as electricity, gas, trash removal, and cleaning services, are primarily personal expenses. H and r block free file However, if you use part of your home for business, you can deduct the business part of these expenses. H and r block free file Generally, the business percentage for utilities is the same as the percentage of your home used for business. H and r block free file Telephone. H and r block free file   The basic local telephone service charge, including taxes, for the first telephone line into your home (i. H and r block free file e. H and r block free file , landline) is a nondeductible personal expense. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Do not include these expenses as a cost of using your home for business. H and r block free file Deduct these charges separately on the appropriate form or schedule. H and r block free file 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). H and r block free file Depreciating Your Home If you own your home and qualify to deduct expenses for its business use, you can claim a deduction for depreciation. H and r block free file Depreciation is an allowance for the wear and tear on the part of your home used for business. H and r block free file You cannot depreciate the cost or value of the land. H and r block free file You recover its cost when you sell or otherwise dispose of the property. H and r block free file Before you figure your depreciation deduction, you need to know the following information. H and r block free file The month and year you started using your home for business. H and r block free file The adjusted basis and fair market value of your home (excluding land) at the time you began using it for business. H and r block free file The cost of any improvements before and after you began using the property for business. H and r block free file The percentage of your home used for business. H and r block free file See Business Percentage , later. H and r block free file Adjusted basis defined. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file For a discussion of adjusted basis, see Publication 551. H and r block free file Permanent improvements. H and r block free file   A permanent improvement increases the value of property, adds to its life, or gives it a new or different use. H and r block free file Examples of improvements are replacing electric wiring or plumbing, adding a new roof or addition, paneling, or remodeling. H and r block free file    You must carefully distinguish between repairs and improvements. H and r block free file See Repairs , earlier, under Actual Expenses. H and r block free file You also must keep accurate records of these expenses. H and r block free file These records will help you decide whether an expense is a deductible or a capital (added to the basis) expense. H and r block free file However, if you make repairs as part of an extensive remodeling or restoration of your home, the entire job is an improvement. H and r block free file Example. H and r block free file You buy an older home and fix up two rooms as a beauty salon. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Normally, the patching, painting, and floor work are repairs and the other expenses are permanent improvements. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file You cannot deduct any portion of it as a repair expense. H and r block free file Adjusting for depreciation deducted in earlier years. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file If you did not deduct any depreciation, decrease the basis by the amount you could have deducted. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file   If you deducted the incorrect amount of depreciation, see Publication 946. H and r block free file Fair market value defined. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Figuring the depreciation deduction for the current year. H and r block free file   If you began using your home for business before 2013, continue to use the same depreciation method you used in past tax years. H and r block free file   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). H and r block free file Under MACRS, nonresidential real property is depreciated using the straight line method over 39 years. H and r block free file For more information on MACRS and other methods of depreciation, see Publication 946. H and r block free file   To figure the depreciation deduction, you must first figure the part of the cost of your home that can be depreciated (depreciable basis). H and r block free file The depreciable basis is figured by multiplying the percentage of your home used for business by the smaller of the following. H and r block free file The adjusted basis of your home (excluding land) on the date you began using your home for business. H and r block free file The fair market value of your home (excluding land) on the date you began using your home for business. H and r block free file Depreciation table. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file Table 2. H and r block free file MACRS Percentage Table for 39-Year Nonresidential Real Property Month First Used for Business Percentage To Use 1 2. H and r block free file 461% 2 2. H and r block free file 247% 3 2. H and r block free file 033% 4 1. H and r block free file 819% 5 1. H and r block free file 605% 6 1. H and r block free file 391% 7 1. H and r block free file 177% 8 0. H and r block free file 963% 9 0. H and r block free file 749% 10 0. H and r block free file 535% 11 0. H and r block free file 321% 12 0. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file See Publication 946 for the percentages for the remaining tax years of the recovery period. H and r block free file Example. H and r block free file In May, George Miller began to use one room in his home exclusively and regularly to meet clients. H and r block free file This room is 8% of the square footage of his home. H and r block free file He bought the home in 2003 for $125,000. H and r block free file He determined from his property tax records that his adjusted basis in the house (exclusive of land) is $115,000. H and r block free file In May, the house had a fair market value of $165,000. H and r block free file He multiplies his adjusted basis of $115,000 (which is less than the fair market value) by 8%. H and r block free file The result is $9,200, his depreciable basis for the business part of the house. H and r block free file George files his return based on the calendar year. H and r block free file May is the 5th month of his tax year. H and r block free file He multiplies his depreciable basis of $9,200 by 1. H and r block free file 605% (. H and r block free file 01605), the percentage from the table for the 5th month. H and r block free file His depreciation deduction is $147. H and r block free file 66. H and r block free file Depreciating permanent improvements. H and r block free file   Add the costs of permanent improvements made before you began using your home for business to the basis of your property. H and r block free file Depreciate these costs as part of the cost of your home as explained earlier. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file For improvements made this year, the recovery period is 39 years. H and r block free file For the percentage to use for the first year, see Table 2, earlier. H and r block free file For more information on recovery periods, see Publication 946. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Use the resulting percentage to figure the business part of the expenses for operating your entire home. H and r block free file You can use any reasonable method to determine the business percentage. H and r block free file The following are two commonly used methods for figuring the percentage. H and r block free file Divide the area (length multiplied by the width) used for business by the total area of your home. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Example 1. H and r block free file Your office is 240 square feet (12 feet × 20 feet). H and r block free file Your home is 1,200 square feet. H and r block free file Your office is 20% (240 ÷ 1,200) of the total area of your home. H and r block free file Your business percentage is 20%. H and r block free file Example 2. H and r block free file You use one room in your home for business. H and r block free file Your home has 10 rooms, all about equal size. H and r block free file Your office is 10% (1 ÷ 10) of the total area of your home. H and r block free file Your business percentage is 10%. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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)). H and r block free file These expenses are discussed in detail under Actual Expenses , earlier. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file If you are self-employed, do not include in (2) above your deduction for one-half of your self-employment tax. H and r block free file Carryover of unallowed expenses. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file They are subject to the deduction limit for that year, whether or not you live in the same home during that year. H and r block free file Figuring the deduction limit and carryover. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file If you file Schedule C (Form 1040), figure your deduction limit and carryover on Form 8829. H and r block free file Example. H and r block free file You meet the requirements for deducting expenses for the business use of your home. H and r block free file You use 20% of your home for business. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file    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). H and r block free file You also can deduct all of your business expenses not related to the use of your home ($2,000). H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Your deduction for depreciation for the business use of your home is limited to $200 ($1,000 minus $800) because of the deduction limit. H and r block free file You can carry over the $1,400 balance and add it to your depreciation for 2014, subject to your deduction limit in 2014. H and r block free file More than one place of business. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file For more information on transportation costs, see Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. H and r block free file Using the Simplified Method The simplified method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file The area you use to figure your deduction is limited to 300 square feet. H and r block free file See Simplified Amount , later, for information about figuring the amount of the deduction. H and r block free file For more information about the simplified method, see Revenue Procedure 2013-13, 2013-06 I. H and r block free file R. H and r block free file B. H and r block free file 478, available at www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov/irb/2013-06_IRB/ar09. H and r block free file html. H and r block free file Actual expenses and depreciation of your home. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file The depreciation deduction allowable for that portion of the home is deemed to be zero for a year you use the simplified method. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file More information. H and r block free file   For more information about claiming depreciation in a subsequent year, see Revenue Procedure 2013-13, 2013-06 I. H and r block free file R. H and r block free file B. H and r block free file 478, available at www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov/irb/2013-06_IRB/ar09. H and r block free file html. H and r block free file 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). H and r block free file Expenses deductible without regard to business use. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file These expenses include mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses, subject to any limitations. H and r block free file See Where To Deduct , later. H and r block free file 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). H and r block free file No deduction of carryover of actual expenses. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file Instead, you will continue to carry over the disallowed amount to the next year that you use actual expenses to figure your deduction. H and r block free file Electing the Simplified Method You choose whether or not to figure your deduction using the simplified method each taxable year. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file An election for a taxable year, once made, is irrevocable. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Shared use. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file More than one qualified business use. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file More than one home. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file You must figure the deduction for any other home using actual expenses. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file The allowable area of your home used in conducting the business. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file The gross income from the business use of your home. H and r block free file The amount of the business expenses that are not related to the use of your home. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file To figure the amount you can deduct for qualified business use of your home using the simplified method, follow these 3 steps. H and r block free file 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). H and r block free file See Allowable area and Space used regularly for daycare , later. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file See Gross income limitation , later. H and r block free file Take the smaller of the amounts from (1) and (2). H and r block free file This is the amount you can deduct for this qualified business use of your home using the simplified method. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Allowable area. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Area used by a qualified joint venture. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file Split the actual area used in conducting business between you and your spouse in the same manner you split your other tax attributes. H and r block free file Then, each spouse will figure the allowable area separately. H and r block free file For more information about qualified joint ventures, see Qualified Joint Venture in the Instructions for Schedule C. H and r block free file Shared use. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file You must allocate the shared space between you and the other person in a reasonable manner. H and r block free file Example. H and r block free file Kristin and Lindsey are roommates. H and r block free file Kristin uses 300 square feet of their home for a qualified business use. H and r block free file Lindsey uses 200 square feet of their home for a separate qualified business use. H and r block free file The qualified business uses share 100 square feet. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file If divided evenly, Kristin could claim 250 square feet using the simplified method and Lindsey could claim 150 square feet. H and r block free file More than one qualified business use. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file Allocate the actual square footage used (up to the maximum of 300 square feet) among your qualified business uses in a reasonable manner. H and r block free file However, do not allocate more square feet to a qualified business use than you actually use for that business. H and r block free file Rental use. H and r block free file   The simplified method does not apply to rental use. H and r block free file A rental use that qualifies for the deduction must be figured using actual expenses. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Part-year use or area changes. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file When determining the average monthly allowable square footage, you cannot take more than 300 square feet into account for any one month. H and r block free file Additionally, if your qualified business use was less than 15 days in a month, you must use -0- for that month. H and r block free file Example 1. H and r block free file Andy files his federal income tax return on a calendar year basis. H and r block free file On July 20, he began using 420 square feet of his home for a qualified business use. H and r block free file He continued to use the 420 square feet until the end of the year. H and r block free file 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). H and r block free file Example 2. H and r block free file Amy files her federal income tax return on a calendar year basis. H and r block free file On April 20, she began using 100 square feet of her home for a qualified business use. H and r block free file On August 5, she expanded the area of her qualified use to 330 square feet. H and r block free file Amy continued to use the 330 square feet until the end of the year. H and r block free file 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). H and r block free file Gross income limitation. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Business expenses not related to use of the home. H and r block free file   These expenses relate to the business activity in the home, but not to the use of the home itself. H and r block free file You can still deduct business expenses that are unrelated to the use of the home. H and r block free file See Where To Deduct , later. H and r block free file Examples of business expenses that are unrelated to the use of the home are advertising, wages, supplies, dues, and depreciation for equipment. H and r block free file Space used regularly for daycare. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file The reduced rate will equal the prescribed rate times a fraction. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file You can use the Daycare Facility Worksheet (for simplified method), near the end of this publication, to help you figure the reduced rate. H and r block free file    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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file To qualify for this exception to the exclusive use rule, you must meet both of the following requirements. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file You do not meet this requirement if your application was rejected or your license or other authorization was revoked. H and r block free file Figuring the deduction. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file    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. H and r block free file If you also use that part exclusively for daycare, deduct all the allocable expenses, subject to the deduction limit, as explained earlier. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file You do not have to keep records to show the specific hours the area was used for business. H and r block free file You can use the area occasionally for personal reasons. H and r block free file However, a room you use only occasionally for business does not qualify for the deduction. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file You can compare the hours of business use in a week with the number of hours in a week (168). H and r block free file Or you can compare the hours of business use for the year with the number of hours in the year (8,760 in 2013). H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Example 1. H and r block free file Mary Lake used her basement to operate a daycare business for children. H and r block free file She figures the business percentage of the basement as follows. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file During the other 12 hours a day, the family could use the basement. H and r block free file She figures the percentage of time the basement was used for daycare as follows. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 25%           Mary can deduct 34. H and r block free file 25% of any direct expenses for the basement. H and r block free file However, because her indirect expenses are for the entire house, she can deduct only 17. H and r block free file 13% of the indirect expenses. H and r block free file She figures the percentage for her indirect expenses as follows. H and r block free file Business percentage of the basement 50% Multiplied by: Percentage of time used for daycare × 34. H and r block free file 25% Percentage for indirect expenses 17. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file In Part II, Mary figures her deductible expenses. H and r block free file She uses the following information to complete Part II. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file (This figure is the same as the amount on line 29 of her Schedule C (Form 1040). H and r block free file ) The expenses she paid for rent and utilities relate to her entire home. H and r block free file Therefore, she enters the amount paid for rent on line 18, column (b), and the amount paid for utilities on line 20, column (b). H and r block free file She shows the total of these expenses on line 22, column (b). H and r block free file For line 23, she multiplies the amount on line 22, column (b) by the percentage on line 7 and enters the result, $1,585. H and r block free file Mary paid $500 to have the basement painted. H and r block free file The painting is a direct expense. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 25% – line 6). H and r block free file She enters $171 (34. H and r block free file 25% × $500) on line 19, column (a). H and r block free file She adds line 22, column (a), and line 23 and enters $1,756 ($171 + $1,585) on line 25. H and r block free file This is less than her deduction limit (line 15), so she can deduct the entire amount. H and r block free file She follows the instructions to complete the rest of Part II and enters $1,756 on lines 33 and 35. H and r block free file She then carries the $1,756 to line 30 of her Schedule C (Form 1040). H and r block free file Example 2. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file The basement and room are 60% of the total area of her home. H and r block free file In figuring her expenses, 34. H and r block free file 25% of any direct expenses for the basement and room are deductible. H and r block free file In addition, 20. H and r block free file 55% (34. H and r block free file 25% × 60%) of her indirect expenses are deductible. H and r block free file Example 3. H and r block free file Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that Mary stopped using her home for a daycare facility on June 24, 2013. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file During the other 12 hours a day, the family could still use the basement. H and r block free file She figures the percentage of time the basement was used for business as follows. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 71%           Mary can deduct 35. H and r block free file 71% of any direct expenses for the basement. H and r block free file However, because her indirect expenses are for the entire house, she can deduct only 17. H and r block free file 86% of the indirect expenses. H and r block free file She figures the percentage for her indirect expenses as follows. H and r block free file Business percentage of the basement 50% Multiplied by: Percentage of time used for daycare × 35. H and r block free file 71% Percentage for indirect expenses 17. H and r block free file 86% Meals. H and r block free file   If you provide food for your daycare recipients, do not include the expense as a cost of using your home for business. H and r block free file Claim it as a separate deduction on your Schedule C (Form 1040). H and r block free file You can never deduct the cost of food consumed by you or your family. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file   If you deduct the actual cost of food for your daycare business, keep a separate record (with receipts) of your family's food costs. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file If your reimbursements are more than your expenses for food, show the difference as income in Part I of Schedule C (Form 1040). H and r block free file If your food expenses are greater than the reimbursements, show the difference as an expense in Part V of Schedule C (Form 1040). H and r block free file Do not include payments or expenses for your own children if they are eligible for the program. H and r block free file Follow this procedure even if you receive a Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, reporting a payment from the sponsor. H and r block free file Standard meal and snack rates. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file For these purposes: A family daycare provider is a person engaged in the business of providing family daycare. H and r block free file Family daycare is childcare provided to eligible children in the home of the family daycare provider. H and r block free file The care must be non-medical, not involve a transfer of legal custody, and generally last less than 24 hours each day. H and r block free file Eligible children are minor children receiving family daycare in the home of the family daycare provider. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file Eligible children do not include children who receive daycare services for personal reasons of the provider. H and r block free file For example, if a provider provides daycare services for a relative as a favor to that relative, that child is not an eligible child. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file 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. H and r block free file This information can be recorded in a log similar to the one shown in Exhibit A, near the end of this publication. H and r block free file   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. H and r block free file These expenses can be claimed as a separate deduction on your Schedule C (Form 1040). H and r block free file     Table 3. H and r block free file Standard Meal and Snack Rates1 Location of Family Daycare Provider Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack States other than Alaska an
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H and r block free file Publication 3402 - Main Content Table of Contents What is a Limited Liability Company? Classification of an LLC LLCs Classified as Partnerships LLCs Classified as Disregarded Entities LLCs Classified as Corporations Subsequent Elections How To Get More InformationInternal Revenue Service Small Business Administration Other Federal Agencies What is a Limited Liability Company? For purposes of this publication, a limited liability company (LLC) is a business entity organized in the United States under state law. H and r block free file Unlike a partnership, all of the members of an LLC have limited personal liability for its debts. H and r block free file An LLC may be classified for federal income tax purposes as a partnership, corporation, or an entity disregarded as separate from its owner by applying the rules in Regulations section 301. H and r block free file 7701-3. H and r block free file The information in this publication applies to LLCs in general, and different rules may apply to special situations, including banks, insurance companies, or nonprofit organizations that are LLCs or that own LLCs. H and r block free file Check your state's requirements and the federal tax regulations for further information. H and r block free file Classification of an LLC Default classification rules. H and r block free file   An LLC with at least two members is classified as a partnership for federal income tax purposes. H and r block free file An LLC with only one member is treated as an entity disregarded as separate from its owner for income tax purposes (but as a separate entity for purposes of employment tax and certain excise taxes). H and r block free file Also, an LLC's federal tax classification can subsequently change under certain default rules discussed later. H and r block free file Elected classification. H and r block free file   If an LLC does not choose to be classified under the above default classifications, it can elect to be classified as an association taxable as a corporation or as an S corporation. H and r block free file After an LLC has determined its federal tax classification, it can later elect to change that classification. H and r block free file For details, see Subsequent Elections, later. H and r block free file LLCs Classified as Partnerships If an LLC has at least two members and is classified as a partnership, it generally must file Form 1065, U. H and r block free file S. H and r block free file Return of Partnership Income. H and r block free file Generally, an LLC classified as a partnership is subject to the same filing and reporting requirements as partnerships. H and r block free file For certain purposes, members of an LLC are treated as limited partners in a limited partnership. H and r block free file For example, LLC members are treated as limited partners for purposes of material participation under the passive activity limitation rules (see Temporary Regulation section 1. H and r block free file 469-5T(e)). H and r block free file See the Instructions for Form 1065 for reporting rules that apply specifically to LLCs. H and r block free file Member manager. H and r block free file   Only a member manager of an LLC can sign the partnership tax return. H and r block free file And only a member manager can represent the LLC as the tax matters partner under the consolidated audit proceedings in sections 6221 through 6234. H and r block free file A member manager is any owner of an interest in the LLC who, alone or together with others, has the continuing authority to make the management decisions necessary to conduct the business for which the LLC was formed. H and r block free file If there are no elected or designated member managers, each owner is treated as a member manager. H and r block free file Change in default classification. H and r block free file   If the number of members in an LLC classified as a partnership is reduced to only one member, it becomes an entity disregarded as separate from its owner under Regulations section 301. H and r block free file 7701-3(f)(2). H and r block free file However, if the LLC has made an election to be classified as a corporation (discussed later) and that elective classification is in effect at the time of the change in membership, the default classification as a disregarded entity will not apply. H and r block free file   Other tax consequences of a change in membership, such as recognition of gain or loss, are determined by the transactions through which an interest in the LLC is acquired or disposed of. H and r block free file If a partnership that becomes a disregarded entity as a result of a decrease in the number of members makes an election to be classified as a corporation, the applicable deemed transactions discussed under Subsequent Elections, later, apply. H and r block free file Example 1. H and r block free file Ethel and Francis are members of an LLC classified as a partnership for federal tax purposes. H and r block free file Each holds an equal membership interest. H and r block free file The LLC does not hold any unrealized receivables or substantially appreciated inventory. H and r block free file Ethel sells her entire interest in the LLC to Francis for $10,000. H and r block free file After the sale, the business is continued by the LLC, which is owned solely by Francis. H and r block free file No entity classification election is made after the sale to treat the LLC as a corporation for federal tax purposes. H and r block free file The partnership terminates when Francis buys Ethel's entire interest. H and r block free file Ethel must treat the transaction as the sale of a partnership interest and must report gain or loss, if any, resulting from the sale of her partnership interest. H and r block free file For purposes of determining the tax treatment of Francis, the partnership is deemed to make a liquidating distribution of all of its assets to Ethel and Francis, and after this distribution, Francis is treated as acquiring the assets deemed to have been distributed to Ethel in liquidation of Ethel's partnership interest. H and r block free file Francis's basis in the assets attributable to Ethel's one-half interest in the partnership is $10,000, the purchase price for Ethel's partnership interest. H and r block free file Upon the termination of the partnership, Francis is considered to receive a distribution of those assets attributable to Francis's former interest in the partnership. H and r block free file Francis must recognize gain or loss, if any, on the deemed distribution of the assets to the extent required by Internal Revenue Code section 731(a). H and r block free file See Partnership Distributions in Publication 541. H and r block free file Example 2. H and r block free file George and Henrietta are members of an LLC classified as a partnership for federal tax purposes. H and r block free file Each holds an equal membership interest. H and r block free file The LLC does not hold any unrealized receivables or substantially appreciated inventory. H and r block free file George and Henrietta each sell their entire interests in the LLC to Ian, an unrelated person, in exchange for $10,000. H and r block free file After the sale, the business is continued by the LLC, which is owned solely by Ian. H and r block free file No entity classification election is made after the sale to treat the LLC as a corporation for federal tax purposes. H and r block free file The partnership terminates when Ian purchases the entire interests of George and Henrietta in the LLC. H and r block free file George and Henrietta must report gain or loss, if any, resulting from the sale of their partnership interests. H and r block free file For purposes of classifying the acquisition by Ian, the partnership is deemed to make a liquidating distribution of its assets to George and Henrietta. H and r block free file Immediately following this distribution, Ian is deemed to acquire, by purchase, all of the former partnership's assets. H and r block free file   For more details on the preceding two examples, see Revenue Ruling 99-6, 1999-6 I. H and r block free file R. H and r block free file B. H and r block free file 6. H and r block free file You can find Revenue Ruling 99-6 at www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb99-06. H and r block free file pdf. H and r block free file LLCs Classified as Disregarded Entities If an LLC has only one member and is classified as an entity disregarded as separate from its owner, its income, deductions, gains, losses, and credits are reported on the owner's income tax return. H and r block free file For example, if the owner of the LLC is an individual, the LLC's income and expenses would be reported on the following schedules filed with the owner's Form 1040: Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business (Sole Proprietorship); Schedule C-EZ, Net Profit From Business (Sole Proprietorship); Schedule E, Supplemental Income and Loss; or Schedule F, Profit or Loss From Farming. H and r block free file Employment tax and certain excise taxes. H and r block free file   A single-member LLC that is classified as a disregarded entity for income tax purposes is treated as a separate entity for purposes of employment tax and certain excise taxes. H and r block free file For wages paid after January 1, 2009, the single-member LLC is required to use its name and employer identification number (EIN) for reporting and payment of employment taxes. H and r block free file A single-member LLC is also required to use its name and EIN to register for excise tax activities on Form 637; pay and report excise taxes reported on Forms 720, 730, 2290, and 11-C; and claim any refunds, credits, and payments on Form 8849. H and r block free file See the employment and excise tax returns for more information. H and r block free file Self-employment tax rule for disregarded entity LLCs. H and r block free file   An individual owner of a single-member LLC classified as a disregarded entity is not an employee of the LLC. H and r block free file Instead, the owner is subject to tax on the net earnings from self-employment of the LLC which is treated in the same manner as a sole-proprietorship. H and r block free file Example 3. H and r block free file LLC is a disregarded entity owned by Irene. H and r block free file LLC has three employees (Kent, Patricia, and Tex) and pays wages. H and r block free file LLC is treated as an entity separate from its owner for purposes of employment taxes. H and r block free file For the wages paid to Kent, Patricia, and Tex, LLC is liable for income tax withholding, Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes, and Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) taxes. H and r block free file In addition, LLC must file under its name and EIN the applicable employment tax returns; make timely employment tax deposits; and file with the Social Security Administration and furnish to LLC's employees (Kent, Patricia, and Tex) Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. H and r block free file Irene is self-employed for purposes of the self-employment tax. H and r block free file Thus, Irene is subject to self-employment tax on her net earnings from self-employment with respect to LLC's activities. H and r block free file Irene is not an employee of LLC for purposes of employment taxes. H and r block free file Because LLC is treated as a sole proprietorship of Irene for income tax purposes, Irene must report the income and expenses from LLC on her Schedule C. H and r block free file Irene will figure the tax due on her net earnings from self-employment on Schedule SE. H and r block free file Irene can also deduct one-half of her self-employment tax on line 27 of her Form 1040. H and r block free file Taxpayer identification number. H and r block free file   For all income tax purposes, a single-member LLC classified as a disregarded entity must use the owner's social security number (SSN) or EIN. H and r block free file This includes all information returns and reporting related to income tax. H and r block free file For example, if a disregarded entity LLC that is owned by an individual is required to provide a Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, the LLC must provide the owner's SSN or EIN, not the LLC's EIN. H and r block free file   However, most new single-member LLCs classified as a disregarded entity will need to obtain an EIN for the LLC. H and r block free file An LLC will need an EIN if it has any employees or if it will be required to file any of the excise tax forms listed above (see Employment tax and certain excise taxes earlier). H and r block free file See Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, for information on applying for an EIN. H and r block free file Change in default classification. H and r block free file   If a single-member LLC classified as a disregarded entity for income tax purposes acquires an additional member, it becomes a partnership under Regulations section 301. H and r block free file 7701-3(f)(2). H and r block free file However, if the LLC has made an election to be classified as a corporation (discussed later) and that elective classification is in effect at the time of the change in membership, the default classification as a partnership will not apply. H and r block free file   Other tax consequences of a change in membership, such as recognition of gain or loss, are determined by the transactions through which an interest in the LLC is acquired or disposed of. H and r block free file If a disregarded entity that becomes a partnership as a result of an increase in the number of members makes an election to be classified as a corporation, the applicable deemed transactions discussed in Subsequent Elections, later, apply. H and r block free file Example 4. H and r block free file Bart, who is not related to Alain, buys 50% of Alain's interest in an LLC that is a disregarded entity for $5,000. H and r block free file Alain does not contribute any portion of the $5,000 to the LLC. H and r block free file Alain and Bart continue to operate the business of the LLC as co-owners of the LLC. H and r block free file The LLC is converted to a partnership when the new member, Bart, buys an interest in the disregarded entity from the owner, Alain. H and r block free file Bart's buying a 50% interest in Alain's ownership interest in the LLC is treated as Bart's buying a 50% interest in each of the LLC's assets, which are treated as owned directly by Alain for federal income tax purposes. H and r block free file Immediately thereafter, Alain and Bart are treated as contributing their respective interests in those assets to a partnership in exchange for ownership interests in the partnership. H and r block free file Alain recognizes gain or loss from the deemed sale to Bart of the 50% interest in the assets. H and r block free file Neither Alain nor Bart recognizes any gain or loss as a result of the deemed contribution of the assets to the partnership. H and r block free file Example 5. H and r block free file Charles, who is not related to Danielle, contributes $10,000 to an LLC owned by Danielle for a 50% ownership interest in the LLC. H and r block free file The LLC uses all of the contributed cash in its business. H and r block free file Charles and Danielle continue to operate the business of the LLC as co-owners of the LLC. H and r block free file The LLC is converted from a disregarded entity to a partnership when Charles contributes cash to the LLC. H and r block free file Charles's contribution is treated as a contribution to a partnership in exchange for an ownership interest in the partnership. H and r block free file Danielle is treated as contributing all of the assets of the LLC to the partnership in exchange for a partnership interest. H and r block free file Neither Charles nor Danielle recognizes gain or loss as a result of the conversion of the disregarded entity to a partnership. H and r block free file   For more details on the preceding two examples, see Revenue Ruling 99-5, 1999-6 I. H and r block free file R. H and r block free file B. H and r block free file 8. H and r block free file You can find Revenue Ruling 99-5 at www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb99-06. H and r block free file pdf. H and r block free file LLCs Classified as Corporations An LLC with either a single member or more than one member can elect to be classified as a corporation rather than be classified as a partnership or disregarded entity under the default rules discussed earlier. H and r block free file File Form 8832, Entity Classification Election, to elect classification as a C corporation. H and r block free file File Form 2553, Election by a Small Business Corporation, to elect classification as an S corporation. H and r block free file LLCs electing classification as an S corporation are not required to file Form 8832 to elect classification as a corporation before filing Form 2553. H and r block free file By filing Form 2553, an LLC is deemed to have elected classification as a corporation in addition to the S corporation classification. H and r block free file If the LLC elects to be classified as a corporation by filing Form 8832, a copy of the LLC's Form 8832 must be attached to the federal income tax return of each direct and indirect owner of the LLC for the tax year of the owner that includes the date on which the election took effect. H and r block free file Example 6. H and r block free file Classification as a corporation without an S election. H and r block free file Wanda and Sylvester are members of an LLC. H and r block free file They agree that the LLC should be classified as a corporation but do not want to elect to have the LLC be treated as an S corporation. H and r block free file The LLC must file Form 8832. H and r block free file Example 7. H and r block free file Classification as a corporation with an S election. H and r block free file Evelyn and Carol are members of an LLC. H and r block free file They agree that the LLC should be classified as an S corporation. H and r block free file The LLC must file Form 2553 instead of Form 8832. H and r block free file If the LLC is classified as a corporation, it must file a corporation income tax return. H and r block free file If it is a C corporation, it is taxed on its taxable income and distributions to the members are includible in the members' gross income to the extent of the corporation's earnings and profits (double taxation). H and r block free file If it is an S corporation, the corporation is generally not subject to any income tax and the income, deductions, gains, losses, and credits of the corporation “pass through” to the members. H and r block free file Corporations generally file either: Form 1120, U. H and r block free file S. H and r block free file Corporation Income Tax Return; or Form 1120S, U. H and r block free file S. H and r block free file Income Tax Return for an S Corporation. H and r block free file For more information on the income taxation of corporations and their shareholders, see Publication 542, Corporations. H and r block free file For more information on the income taxation of S corporations and their shareholders, see the Instructions for Form 1120S, U. H and r block free file S. H and r block free file Income Tax Return for an S Corporation. H and r block free file Subsequent Elections An LLC can elect to change its classification. H and r block free file Generally, once an LLC has elected to change its classification, it cannot elect again to change it classification during the 60 months after the effective date of the election. H and r block free file An election by a newly formed LLC that is effective on the date of formation is not considered a change for purposes of this limitation. H and r block free file For more information and exceptions, see Regulations section 301. H and r block free file 7701-3(c) and the Form 8832 instructions. H and r block free file An election to change classification can have significant tax consequences based on the following transactions that are deemed to occur as a result of the election. H and r block free file Partnership to corporation. H and r block free file   An election to change classification from a partnership to a corporation will be treated as if the partnership contributed all of its assets and liabilities to the corporation in exchange for stock and the partnership then immediately liquidated by distributing the stock to its partners. H and r block free file   For more information, see Partnership Distributions in Publication 541 and Property Exchanged for Stock in Publication 542. H and r block free file Corporation to partnership. H and r block free file   An election to change classification from a corporation to a partnership will be treated as if the corporation distributed all of its assets and liabilities to its shareholders in liquidation and the shareholders then immediately contributed all of the distributed assets and liabilities to a new partnership. H and r block free file   For more information, see Contribution of Property in Publication 541 and Distributions to Shareholders in Publication 542. H and r block free file Corporation to disregarded entity. H and r block free file   An election to change classification from a corporation to a disregarded entity will be treated as if the corporation distributed all of its assets and liabilities to its single owner in liquidation. H and r block free file   For more information, see Distributions to Shareholders in Publication 542. H and r block free file Disregarded entity to corporation. H and r block free file   An election to change classification from a disregarded entity to a corporation will be treated as if the owner of the disregarded entity contributed all of the assets and liabilities to the corporation in exchange for stock. H and r block free file   For more information, see Property Exchanged for Stock in Publication 542. H and r block free file How To Get More Information This section describes the help the IRS and other federal agencies offer to taxpayers who operate their own businesses. H and r block free file Internal Revenue Service You can get help with unresolved tax issues, order free publications and forms, ask tax questions, and get information from the IRS in several ways. H and r block free file By selecting the method that is best for you, you will have quick and easy access to tax help. H and r block free file Contacting your Taxpayer Advocate. H and r block free file   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS whose employees assist taxpayers who are experiencing economic harm, who are seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, or who believe that an IRS system or procedure is not working as it should. H and r block free file   You can contact the TAS by calling the TAS toll-free case intake line at 1-877-777-4778 or TTY/TDD 1-800-829-4059 to see if you are eligible for assistance. H and r block free file You can also call or write to your local taxpayer advocate, whose phone number and address are listed in your local telephone directory and in Publication 1546, Taxpayer Advocate Service — Your Voice at the IRS. H and r block free file You can file Form 911, Request for Taxpayer Advocate Service Assistance (And Application for Taxpayer Assistance Order), or ask an IRS employee to complete it on your behalf. H and r block free file For more information, go to www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov/advocate. H and r block free file Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). H and r block free file   LITCs are independent organizations that provide low income taxpayers with representation in federal tax controversies with the IRS for free or for a nominal charge. H and r block free file The clinics also provide tax education and outreach for taxpayers with limited English proficiency or who speak English as a second language. H and r block free file Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List, provides information on clinics in your area. H and r block free file It is available at www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov or at your local IRS office. H and r block free file Small business workshops. H and r block free file   Small business workshops are designed to help the small business owner understand and fulfill their federal tax responsibilities. H and r block free file Workshops are sponsored and presented by IRS partners who are federal tax specialists. H and r block free file Workshop topics vary from a general overview of taxes to more specific topics such as recordkeeping and retirement plans. H and r block free file Although most are free, some workshops have fees associated with them. H and r block free file Any fees charged for a workshop are paid to the sponsoring organization, not the IRS. H and r block free file   For more information, visit www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov/businesses/small. H and r block free file Subscribe to e-news for small businesses. H and r block free file   Join the e-News for Small Businesses mailing list to receive updates, reminders, and other information useful to small business owners and self employed individuals. H and r block free file Visit the website at www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov/businesses/small and click on “Subscribe to e-News. H and r block free file ” Free tax services. H and r block free file   To find out what services are available, get Publication 910, IRS Guide to Free Tax Services. H and r block free file It contains a list of free tax publications and describes other free tax information services, including tax education and assistance programs and a list of TeleTax topics. H and r block free file   Accessible versions of IRS published products are available on request in a variety of alternative formats for people with disabilities. H and r block free file Internet. H and r block free file You can access the IRS website at www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to: E-file your return. H and r block free file Find out about commercial tax preparation and e-file services available free to eligible taxpayers. H and r block free file Check the status of your refund. H and r block free file Go to www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov and click on Where's My Refund. H and r block free file Wait at least 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return, or 3 to 4 weeks after mailing a paper return. H and r block free file If you filed Form 8379 with your return, wait 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically). H and r block free file Have your tax return available so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. H and r block free file Download forms, instructions, and publications. H and r block free file Order IRS products online. H and r block free file Research your tax questions online. H and r block free file Search publications online by topic or keyword. H and r block free file View Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRBs) published in the last few years. H and r block free file Figure your withholding allowances using the withholding calculator online at www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov/individuals. H and r block free file Determine if Form 6251 must be filed using our Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Assistant. H and r block free file Sign up to receive local and national tax news by email. H and r block free file Get information on starting and operating a small business. H and r block free file Phone. H and r block free file Many services are available by phone. H and r block free file Ordering forms, instructions, and publications. H and r block free file Call 1-800-829-3676 to order current-year forms, instructions, and publications, and prior-year forms and instructions. H and r block free file You should receive your order within 10 days. H and r block free file Asking tax questions. H and r block free file Call the IRS with your tax questions at 1-800-829-1040. H and r block free file Solving problems. H and r block free file You can get face-to-face help solving tax problems every business day in IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers. H and r block free file An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your account, or help you set up a payment plan. H and r block free file Call your local Taxpayer Assistance Center for an appointment. H and r block free file To find the number, go to www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov/localcontacts or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. H and r block free file TTY/TDD equipment. H and r block free file If you have access to TTY/TDD equipment, call 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or to order forms and publications. H and r block free file TeleTax topics. H and r block free file Call 1-800-829-4477 to listen to pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics. H and r block free file Refund information. H and r block free file To check the status of your 2009 refund, call 1-800-829-1954 during business hours or 1-800-829-4477 (automated refund information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). H and r block free file Wait at least 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return, or 3 to 4 weeks after mailing a paper return. H and r block free file If you filed Form 8379 with your return, wait 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically). H and r block free file Have your 2009 tax return available so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. H and r block free file Refunds are sent out weekly on Fridays. H and r block free file If you check the status of your refund and are not given the date it will be issued, please wait until the next week before checking back. H and r block free file Evaluating the quality of our telephone services. H and r block free file To ensure IRS representatives give accurate, courteous, and professional answers, we use several methods to evaluate the quality of our telephone services. H and r block free file One method is for a second IRS representative to listen in on or record random telephone calls. H and r block free file Another is to ask some callers to complete a short survey at the end of the call. H and r block free file Walk-in. H and r block free file Many products and services are available on a walk-in basis. H and r block free file Products. H and r block free file You can walk in to many post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. H and r block free file Some IRS offices, libraries, grocery stores, copy centers, city and county government offices, credit unions, and office supply stores have a collection of products available to print from a CD or photocopy from reproducible proofs. H and r block free file Also, some IRS offices and libraries have the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, Internal Revenue Bulletins, and Cumulative Bulletins available for research purposes. H and r block free file Services. H and r block free file You can walk in to your local Taxpayer Assistance Center every business day for personal, face-to-face tax help. H and r block free file An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. H and r block free file If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local Taxpayer Assistance Center where you can spread out your records and talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. H and r block free file No appointment is necessary—just walk in. H and r block free file If you prefer, you can call your local Center and leave a message requesting an appointment to resolve a tax account issue. H and r block free file A representative will call you back within 2 business days to schedule an in-person appointment at your convenience. H and r block free file If you have an ongoing, complex tax account problem or a special need, such as a disability, an appointment can be requested. H and r block free file All other issues will be handled without an appointment. H and r block free file To find the number of your local office, go to www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov/localcontacts or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. H and r block free file Mail. H and r block free file You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. H and r block free file You should receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. H and r block free file Internal Revenue Service1201 N. H and r block free file Mitsubishi MotorwayBloomington, IL 61705–6613 DVD for tax products. H and r block free file You can order Publication 1796, IRS Tax Products DVD, and obtain: Current-year forms, instructions, and publications. H and r block free file Prior-year forms, instructions, and publications. H and r block free file Tax Map: an electronic research tool and finding aid. H and r block free file Tax law frequently asked questions. H and r block free file Tax Topics from the IRS telephone response system. H and r block free file Internal Revenue Code—Title 26 of the U. H and r block free file S. H and r block free file Code. H and r block free file Fill-in, print, and save features for most tax forms. H and r block free file Internal Revenue Bulletins. H and r block free file Toll-free and email technical support. H and r block free file Two releases during the year. H and r block free file – The first release will ship the beginning of January. H and r block free file – The final release will ship the beginning of March. H and r block free file Purchase the DVD from National Technical Information Service (NTIS) at www. H and r block free file irs. H and r block free file gov/cdorders for $30 (no handling fee) or call 1-877-CDFORMS (1-877-233-6767) toll free to buy the DVD for $30 (plus a $6 handling fee). H and r block free file Small Business Administration The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers training and educational programs, counseling services, financial programs, and contract assistance for small business owners. H and r block free file The SBA also has publications and videos on a variety of business topics. H and r block free file The following briefly describes assistance provided by the SBA. H and r block free file Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). H and r block free file   SBDCs provide counseling, training, and technical services to current and prospective small business owners who cannot afford the services of a private consultant. H and r block free file Help is available when beginning, improving, or expanding a small business. H and r block free file Business Information Centers (BICs). H and r block free file   BICs offer a small business reference library, management video tapes, and computer technology to help plan a business. H and r block free file BICs also offer one-on-one assistance. H and r block free file Individuals who are in business or are interested in starting a business can use BICs as often as they wish at no charge. H and r block free file Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). H and r block free file   SCORE provides small business counseling and training to current and prospective small business owners. H and r block free file SCORE is made up of current and former business people who offer their expertise and knowledge to help people start, manage, and expand a small business. H and r block free file SCORE also offers a variety of small business workshops. H and r block free file    Internet. H and r block free file You can visit the SBA website at www. H and r block free file sba. H and r block free file gov. H and r block free file While visiting the SBA website, you can find a variety of information of interest to small business owners. H and r block free file    Phone. H and r block free file Call the SBA Answer Desk at 1-800-UASK-SBA (1-800-827-5722) for general information about programs available to assist small business owners. H and r block free file    Walk-in. H and r block free file You can walk in to a Small Business Development Center or Business Information Center to request assistance with your small business. H and r block free file To find the location nearest you, visit the SBA website or call the SBA Answer Desk. H and r block free file Other Federal Agencies Other federal agencies also publish publications and pamphlets to assist small businesses. H and r block free file Most of these are available from the Superintendent of Documents at the Government Printing Office. H and r block free file You can get information and order these publications and pamphlets in several ways. H and r block free file Internet. H and r block free file You can visit the GPO website at www. H and r block free file access. H and r block free file gpo. H and r block free file gov. H and r block free file Mail. H and r block free file Write to the GPO at the following address. H and r block free file Superintendent of DocumentsU. H and r block free file S. H and r block free file Government Printing OfficeP. H and r block free file O. H and r block free file Box 979050St. H and r block free file Louis, MO 63917-9000 Phone. H and r block free file Call the GPO toll-free at 1-866-512-1800 or at 202-512-1800 from the Washington, DC area. H and r block free file Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications