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Hr block free state taxes Publication 970 - Additional Material Table of Contents AppendicesAppendix A. Hr block free state taxes Illustrated Example of Education Credits Glossary Appendices The following appendices are provided to help you claim the education benefits that will give you the lowest tax. Hr block free state taxes Appendix A—An illustrated example of education credits, including a filled-in Form 8863 showing how to claim both the American opportunity credit and lifetime learning credit for 2013. Hr block free state taxes Appendix B—A chart summarizing some of the major differences between the education tax benefits discussed in this publication. Hr block free state taxes It is intended only as a guide. Hr block free state taxes Look in this publication for more complete information. Hr block free state taxes   Appendix A. Hr block free state taxes Illustrated Example of Education Credits Dave and Valerie Jones are married and on their 2013 joint tax return they claim exemptions for their two dependent children, Sean (age 21, social security number: 000-00-0001) and Carey (age 18, social security number: 000–00–0002). Hr block free state taxes Their modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) on Form 1040, line 38 is $110,000. Hr block free state taxes Because Dave and Valerie have unusually high itemized deductions, their taxable income is $10,000 and their tax before credits is $1,000. Hr block free state taxes Sean enrolled as a full-time graduate student in August 2013 at California State College. Hr block free state taxes He graduated with his bachelor's degree in 2012 and did not attend school from January 2013 through July 2013. Hr block free state taxes His parents claimed the Hope Scholarship Credit for Sean for 2008 and the American opportunity credit for Sean for 2010, 2011, and 2012. Hr block free state taxes Carey enrolled full time as a freshman at the same college in January 2013 to begin working on her bachelor's degree. Hr block free state taxes In 2013, Dave and Valerie paid $7,000 in tuition for Sean and $8,500 in tuition for Carey. Hr block free state taxes California State College issued two Forms 1098-T, one for Sean and one for Carey, and sent them to the Joneses' residence. Hr block free state taxes California State College reports amounts billed in 2013 instead of amounts paid during 2013. Hr block free state taxes In completing Form 8863, the Joneses use the amounts they paid. Hr block free state taxes Neither Sean nor Carey has been convicted of a felony for possession or distribution of a controlled substance before the end of 2013. Hr block free state taxes Dave and Valerie figure their education credits by completing Form 8863. Hr block free state taxes They begin Form 8863 on page 2 before completing Part I on page 1. Hr block free state taxes Because the Joneses have two eligible students, they will complete page 2 twice, once for their son, Sean, and once for their daughter, Carey. Hr block free state taxes The Joneses decide to complete Part III for Carey first, as shown later. Hr block free state taxes They carry over the amount of $2,500 entered on Part III, line 30, to Part I, line 1. Hr block free state taxes The Joneses complete a separate Part III for their son Sean. Hr block free state taxes They check the “Yes” box on line 23, determine that Sean is not eligible for the American opportunity credit, and go to line 31 as instructed. Hr block free state taxes They figure their line 31 adjusted qualified education expenses for Sean to be $7,000. Hr block free state taxes Once they have completed Part III for each student, they figure their credits. Hr block free state taxes The Joneses figure their refundable American opportunity credit of $1,000 by completing Form 8863, Part I, lines 1 through 8. Hr block free state taxes They enter the amount from line 8, $1,000, on line 66 of their Form 1040. Hr block free state taxes The Joneses enter $7,000 on Part II, line 10, of Form 8863 and figure their tentative lifetime learning credit for 2013 to be $1,400 (line 12). Hr block free state taxes They cannot claim the full amount because their MAGI of $110,000 is greater than $107,000. Hr block free state taxes They enter the reduced amount of $1,190 (figured on Part II, line 18) on the Credit Limit Worksheet, line 1. Hr block free state taxes The $1,190 is added to their nonrefundable American opportunity credit ($1,500 on line 2 of the Credit Limit Worksheet) for a total nonrefundable credit of $2,690. Hr block free state taxes The Joneses enter $1,000 on line 7 of the Credit Limit Worksheet, which is the smaller of their tax from line 46 of their Form 1040 (which is $1,000) or the $2,690 on line 3 of the Credit Limit Worksheet. Hr block free state taxes They enter $1,000 on line 19, Part II of Form 8863 and on line 49 of Form 1040. Hr block free state taxes This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Hr block free state taxes Please click the link to view the image. Hr block free state taxes Form 1098-T Adjusted Qualified Education Expenses Worksheet (Form 8863 instructions) 1. Hr block free state taxes Total qualified education expenses paid for or on behalf of the student in 2013 for the academic period 8,500 2. Hr block free state taxes Less adjustments:     a. Hr block free state taxes Tax-free educational assistance received in 2013 allocable to the academic period   0     b. Hr block free state taxes Tax-free educational assistance received in 2014 (and before you file your 2013 tax return) allocable to the academic period   0     c. Hr block free state taxes Refunds of qualified education expenses paid in 2013 if the refund is received in 2013 or in 2014 before you file your 2013 tax return   0   3. Hr block free state taxes Total adjustments (add lines 2a, 2b, and 2c) 0 4. Hr block free state taxes Adjusted qualified education expenses. Hr block free state taxes Subtract line 3 from line 1. Hr block free state taxes If zero or less, enter -0- 8,500 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Hr block free state taxes Please click the link to view the image. Hr block free state taxes Form 1098-T Adjusted Qualified Education Expenses Worksheet (Form 8863 instructions) 1. Hr block free state taxes Total qualified education expenses paid for or on behalf of the student in 2013 for the academic period 7,000 2. Hr block free state taxes Less adjustments:     a. Hr block free state taxes Tax-free educational assistance received in 2013 allocable to the academic period   0     b. Hr block free state taxes Tax-free educational assistance received in 2014 (and before you file your 2013 tax return) allocable to the academic period   0     c. Hr block free state taxes Refunds of qualified education expenses paid in 2013 if the refund is received in 2013 or in 2014 before you file your 2013 tax return   0   3. Hr block free state taxes Total adjustments (add lines 2a, 2b, and 2c) 0 4. Hr block free state taxes Adjusted qualified education expenses. Hr block free state taxes Subtract line 3 from line 1. Hr block free state taxes If zero or less, enter -0- 7,000 Credit Limit Worksheet (Form 8863 instructions) Nonrefundable Credit Worksheet 1. Hr block free state taxes Enter the amount from Form 8863, line 18 1. Hr block free state taxes 1,190 2. Hr block free state taxes Enter the amount from Form 8863, line 9 2. Hr block free state taxes 1,500 3. Hr block free state taxes Add lines 1 and 2 3. Hr block free state taxes 2,690 4. Hr block free state taxes Enter the amount from: Form 1040, line 46; or Form 1040A, line 28 4. Hr block free state taxes 1,000 5. Hr block free state taxes Enter the amount from either: Form 1040, lines 47 and 48, and the amount from Schedule R included on Form 1040, line 53; or Form 1040A, lines 29 and 30 5. Hr block free state taxes 0 6. Hr block free state taxes Subtract line 5 from line 4 6. Hr block free state taxes 1,000 7. Hr block free state taxes   Enter the smaller of line 3 or line 6 here and on Form 8863, line 19 7. Hr block free state taxes 1,000 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Hr block free state taxes Please click the link to view the image. Hr block free state taxes Form 8863 for Dave and Valerie Jones This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Hr block free state taxes Please click the link to view the image. Hr block free state taxes Carey Jones page 2 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Hr block free state taxes Please click the link to view the image. Hr block free state taxes Filled-in Form 8863 Jones page 2 Appendix B. Hr block free state taxes Highlights of Education Tax Benefits for Tax Year 2013 This chart highlights some differences among the benefits discussed in this publication. Hr block free state taxes See the text for definitions and details. Hr block free state taxes Do not rely on this chart alone. Hr block free state taxes    Caution:You generally cannot claim more than one benefit for the same education expense. Hr block free state taxes   Scholarships,  Fellowships, Grants, and  Tuition  Reductions American Opportunity Credit Lifetime Learning Credit Student Loan Interest Deduction Tuition and Fees Deduction Coverdell ESA† Qualified Tuition Program (QTP)† Education Exception to Additional Tax on Early IRA Distributions† Education Savings Bond Program† Employer- Provided Educational Assistance† Business Deduction for Work-Related Education What is your  benefit? Amounts received may not be taxable   Credits can reduce the amount of tax you have to pay. Hr block free state taxes    40% of the credit may be refundable (limited to $1,000 per student). Hr block free state taxes Credits can reduce amount of tax you must pay Can deduct interest paid Can deduct expenses Earnings not  taxed Earnings not taxed No 10%  additional tax on early distribution Interest not taxed Employer benefits not taxed Can deduct expenses What is the annual limit? None $2,500 credit per student $2,000 credit per tax return     $2,500 deduction $4,000 deduction $2,000 contribution per beneficiary None Amount of qualified  education expenses Amount of qualified  education expenses $5,250 exclusion Amount of qualifying work-related education expenses What expenses  qualify besides  tuition and required enrollment fees? Course-related expenses such as fees, books, supplies, and equipment Course-related books, supplies, and equipment Amounts paid for required books, etc. Hr block free state taxes , that must be paid to the educational institution, etc. Hr block free state taxes , are required fees Books Supplies Equipment  Room & board  Transportation  Other necessary expenses  None Books Supplies Equipment  Expenses for special needs services  Payments to QTP  Higher education: Room & board if  at least half-time  student  Elem/sec (K–12) education: Tutoring Room & board Uniforms Transportation Computer  access Supplementary expenses Books Supplies Equipment  Room & board if  at least half-time student  Expenses for special needs services Books Supplies Equipment  Room & board if  at least half-time student  Expenses for special needs services Payments to Coverdell ESA  Payments to QTP Books Supplies Equipment Transportation  Travel  Other necessary expenses   Scholarships,  Fellowships, Grants, and  Tuition  Reductions American Opportunity Credit Lifetime Learning Credit Student Loan Interest Deduction Tuition and Fees Deduction Coverdell ESA† Qualified Tuition Program (QTP)† Education Exception to Additional Tax on Early IRA Distributions† Education Savings Bond Program† Employer- Provided Educational Assistance† Business Deduction for Work-Related Education What education qualifies? Undergraduate & graduate  K–12 Undergraduate & graduate Undergraduate & graduate  Courses to acquire or improve job skills    Undergraduate & graduate Undergraduate & graduate Undergraduate & graduate  K–12 Undergraduate & graduate Undergraduate & graduate Undergraduate & graduate Undergraduate & graduate Required by employer or law to keep present job, salary, status  Maintain or improve job skills What are some of the other  conditions that  apply? Must be in degree or vocational program  Payment of tuition and required fees must be allowed under the grant Can be claimed for only 4 tax years (which includes years Hope Scholarship Credit claimed)  Must be enrolled at least half-time in degree program  No felony drug conviction(s)  Must not have completed first 4 years of postsecondary education before end of preceding tax year. Hr block free state taxes   No other conditions Must have been at least half-time  student in degree program Cannot claim both deduction & education credit for same student in same year Assets must be distributed at age 30 unless special  needs beneficiary No other conditions No other conditions Applies only to qualified series  EE bonds issued after 1989 or series I bonds No other conditions Cannot be to  meet minimum educational requirements of present trade/business  Cannot qualify  you for new trade/business   In what income  range do benefits  phase out? No phaseout $80,000 – $90,000  $160,000 – $180,000 for joint returns $53,000 – $63,000  $107,000 – $127,000 for joint returns $60,000 – $75,000  $125,000 –  $155,000 for  joint returns  $60,000 – $80,000  $130,000 –  $160,000 for  joint returns  $95,000 – $110,000  $190,000 – $220,000 for  joint returns No phaseout No phaseout   No phaseout No phaseout † Any nontaxable distribution is limited to the amount that does not exceed qualified education expenses. Hr block free state taxes Glossary The education benefits included in this publication were enacted over many years, leading to a number of common terms being defined differently from one benefit to the next. Hr block free state taxes For example, an eligible educational institution means one thing when determining if earnings from a Coverdell education savings account are not taxable and something else when determining if a scholarship or fellowship is not taxable. Hr block free state taxes For each term listed below that has more than one definition, the definition for each education benefit is listed. Hr block free state taxes Academic period:   A semester, trimester, quarter, or other period of study (such as a summer school session) as reasonably determined by an educational institution. Hr block free state taxes If an educational institution uses credit hours or clock hours and does not have academic terms, each payment period can be treated as an academic period. Hr block free state taxes Adjusted qualified education expenses (AQEE):    Qualified education expenses (defined later) reduced by any tax-free educational assistance, such as a tax-free scholarship or employer-provided educational assistance. Hr block free state taxes They must also be reduced by any qualified education expenses deducted elsewhere on your return, used to determine an education credit or other benefit, or used to determine a tax-free distribution. Hr block free state taxes For information on a specific benefit, see the appropriate chapter in this publication. Hr block free state taxes Candidate for a degree:   A student who meets either of the following requirements. Hr block free state taxes Attends a primary or secondary school or pursues a degree at a college or university, or Attends an accredited educational institution that is authorized to provide: A program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's or higher degree, or A program of training to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Hr block free state taxes Designated beneficiary:   The individual named in the document creating the account/plan who is to receive the benefit of the funds in the account/plan. Hr block free state taxes Eligible educational institution:    American opportunity credit. Hr block free state taxes Any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the Department of Education. Hr block free state taxes It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. Hr block free state taxes Coverdell education savings account (ESA). Hr block free state taxes Any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the Department of Education. Hr block free state taxes It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. Hr block free state taxes Also included is any public, private, or religious school that provides elementary or secondary education (kindergarten through grade 12), as determined under state law. Hr block free state taxes Education savings bond program. Hr block free state taxes Same as American opportunity credit in this category. Hr block free state taxes IRA, early distributions from. Hr block free state taxes Same as American opportunity credit in this category. Hr block free state taxes Lifetime learning credit. Hr block free state taxes Same as American opportunity credit in this category. Hr block free state taxes Qualified tuition program (QTP). Hr block free state taxes Same as American opportunity credit in this category. Hr block free state taxes Scholarships and fellowships. Hr block free state taxes An institution that maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regularly enrolled body of students in attendance at the place where it carries on its educational activities. Hr block free state taxes Student loan, cancellation of. Hr block free state taxes Same as Scholarships and fellowships in this category. Hr block free state taxes Student loan interest deduction. Hr block free state taxes Any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the Department of Education. Hr block free state taxes It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. Hr block free state taxes Also included is an institution that conducts an internship or residency program leading to a degree or certificate from an institution of higher education, a hospital, or a health care facility that offers postgraduate training. Hr block free state taxes Tuition and fees deduction. Hr block free state taxes Same as American opportunity credit in this category. Hr block free state taxes Eligible student:    American opportunity credit. Hr block free state taxes A student who meets all of the following requirements for the tax year for which the credit is being determined. Hr block free state taxes Did not have expenses that were used to figure an American opportunity or Hope Scholarship Credit in any 4 earlier tax years. Hr block free state taxes Had not completed the first 4 years of postsecondary education (generally the freshman through senior years). Hr block free state taxes For at least one academic period beginning in the tax year, was enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential at an eligible educational institution. Hr block free state taxes Was free of any federal or state felony conviction for possessing or distributing a controlled substance as of the end of the tax year. Hr block free state taxes Lifetime learning credit. Hr block free state taxes A student who is enrolled in one or more courses at an eligible educational institution. Hr block free state taxes Student loan interest deduction. Hr block free state taxes A student who was enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to a postsecondary degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential at an eligible educational institution. Hr block free state taxes Tuition and fees deduction. Hr block free state taxes A student who is enrolled in one or more courses at an eligible educational institution. Hr block free state taxes Half-time student:   A student who is enrolled for at least half the full-time academic work load for the course of study the student is pursuing, as determined under the standards of the school where the student is enrolled. Hr block free state taxes Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI):    American opportunity credit. Hr block free state taxes Adjusted gross income (AGI) as figured on the federal income tax return, modified by adding back any: Foreign earned income exclusion, Foreign housing exclusion, Foreign housing deduction, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of American Samoa, and Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of Puerto Rico. Hr block free state taxes Coverdell education savings account (ESA). Hr block free state taxes Same as American opportunity credit in this category. Hr block free state taxes Education savings bond program. Hr block free state taxes Adjusted gross income (AGI) as figured on the federal income tax return without taking into account any savings bond interest exclusion and modified by adding back any: Foreign earned income exclusion, Foreign housing exclusion, Foreign housing deduction, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of American Samoa, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of Puerto Rico, Exclusion for adoption benefits received under an employer's adoption assistance program, Deduction for student loan interest, Deduction for tuition and fees, and Deduction for domestic production activities. Hr block free state taxes Lifetime learning credit. Hr block free state taxes Same as American opportunity credit in this category. Hr block free state taxes Student loan interest deduction. Hr block free state taxes Adjusted gross income (AGI) as figured on the federal income tax return without taking into account any student loan interest deduction, tuition and fees deduction, or domestic production activities deduction, and modified by adding back any: Foreign earned income exclusion, Foreign housing exclusion, Foreign housing deduction, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of American Samoa, and Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of Puerto Rico. Hr block free state taxes Tuition and fees deduction. Hr block free state taxes Adjusted gross income (AGI) as figured on the federal income tax return without taking into account any tuition and fees deduction, or domestic production activities deduction, and modified by adding back any: Foreign earned income exclusion, Foreign housing exclusion, Foreign housing deduction, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of American Samoa, and Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of Puerto Rico. Hr block free state taxes Phaseout:   The amount of credit or deduction allowed is reduced when modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is greater than a specified amount of income. Hr block free state taxes Qualified education expenses:   See pertinent chapter for specific items. Hr block free state taxes    American opportunity credit. Hr block free state taxes Tuition and certain related expenses (including student activity fees) required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. Hr block free state taxes Books, supplies, and equipment needed for a course of study are included even if not purchased from the educational institution. Hr block free state taxes Does not include expenses for room and board. Hr block free state taxes Does not include expenses for courses involving sports, games, or hobbies (including noncredit courses) that are not part of the student's postsecondary degree program. Hr block free state taxes Coverdell education savings account (ESA). Hr block free state taxes Expenses related to or required for enrollment or attendance of the designated beneficiary at an eligible elementary, secondary, or postsecondary school. Hr block free state taxes Many specialized expenses included for K–12. Hr block free state taxes Also includes expenses for special needs services and contribution to qualified tuition program (QTP). Hr block free state taxes Education savings bond program. Hr block free state taxes Tuition and fees required to enroll at or attend an eligible educational institution. Hr block free state taxes Also includes contributions to a qualified tuition program (QTP) or Coverdell education savings account (ESA). Hr block free state taxes Does not include expenses for room and board. Hr block free state taxes Does not include expenses for courses involving sports, games, or hobbies that are not part of a degree or certificate granting program. Hr block free state taxes IRA, early distributions from. Hr block free state taxes Tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution, plus certain limited costs of room and board for students who are enrolled at least half-time. Hr block free state taxes Also includes expenses for special needs services incurred by or for special needs students in connection with their enrollment or attendance. Hr block free state taxes Lifetime learning credit. Hr block free state taxes Tuition and certain related expenses required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. Hr block free state taxes Student-activity fees and expenses for course-related books, supplies, and equipment are included only if the fees and expenses must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. Hr block free state taxes Does not include expenses for room and board. Hr block free state taxes Does not include expenses for courses involving sports, games, or hobbies (including noncredit courses) that are not part of the student's postsecondary degree program, unless taken by the student to acquire or improve job skills. Hr block free state taxes Qualified tuition program (QTP). Hr block free state taxes Tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution, plus certain limited costs of room and board for students who are enrolled at least half-time. Hr block free state taxes Includes expenses for special needs services and computer access. Hr block free state taxes Scholarships and fellowships. Hr block free state taxes Expenses for tuition and fees required to enroll at or attend an eligible educational institution, and course-related expenses, such as fees, books, supplies, and equipment that are required for the courses at the eligible educational institution. Hr block free state taxes Course-related items must be required of all students in the course of instruction. Hr block free state taxes Student loan interest deduction. Hr block free state taxes Total costs of attending an eligible educational institution, including graduate school (however, limitations may apply to the cost of room and board allowed). Hr block free state taxes Tuition and fees deduction. Hr block free state taxes Tuition and certain related expenses required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. Hr block free state taxes Student-activity fees and expenses for course-related books, supplies, and equipment are included only if the fees and expenses must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. Hr block free state taxes Recapture:   To include as income on your current year's return an amount allowed as a deduction in a prior year. Hr block free state taxes To include as tax on your current year's return an amount allowed as a credit in a prior year. Hr block free state taxes Rollover:   A tax-free distribution to you of cash or other assets from a tax-favored plan that you contribute to another tax-favored plan. Hr block free state taxes Transfer:   A movement of funds in a tax-favored plan from one trustee directly to another, either at your request or at the trustee's request. Hr block free state taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Hr block free state taxes 1. Hr block free state taxes   Deducting Business Expenses Table of Contents What's New Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: What Can I Deduct?Cost of Goods Sold Capital Expenses Capital versus Deductible Expenses Personal versus Business Expenses How Much Can I Deduct?Not-for-profit limits. Hr block free state taxes At-risk limits. Hr block free state taxes Passive activities. Hr block free state taxes Net operating loss. Hr block free state taxes When Can I Deduct an Expense?Economic performance. Hr block free state taxes Not-for-Profit ActivitiesGross Income Limit on Deductions What's New Optional safe harbor method to determine the business use of a home deduction. Hr block free state taxes  Beginning in 2013, you can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the deduction for the business use of your home. Hr block free state taxes See Optional safe harbor method under Business use of your home , later. Hr block free state taxes Introduction This chapter covers the general rules for deducting business expenses. Hr block free state taxes Business expenses are the costs of carrying on a trade or business, and they are usually deductible if the business is operated to make a profit. Hr block free state taxes Topics - This chapter discusses: What you can deduct How much you can deduct When you can deduct Not-for-profit activities Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 334 Tax Guide for Small Business 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 529 Miscellaneous Deductions 536 Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 542 Corporations 547 Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts 587 Business Use of Your Home 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 5213 Election To Postpone Determination as To Whether the Presumption Applies That an Activity Is Engaged in for Profit See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Hr block free state taxes What Can I Deduct? To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. Hr block free state taxes An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your industry. Hr block free state taxes A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your trade or business. Hr block free state taxes An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary. Hr block free state taxes Even though an expense may be ordinary and necessary, you may not be allowed to deduct the expense in the year you paid or incurred it. Hr block free state taxes In some cases you may not be allowed to deduct the expense at all. Hr block free state taxes Therefore, it is important to distinguish usual business expenses from expenses that include the following. Hr block free state taxes The expenses used to figure cost of goods sold, Capital expenses, and Personal expenses. Hr block free state taxes Cost of Goods Sold If your business manufactures products or purchases them for resale, you generally must value inventory at the beginning and end of each tax year to determine your cost of goods sold. Hr block free state taxes Some of your business expenses may be included in figuring cost of goods sold. Hr block free state taxes Cost of goods sold is deducted from your gross receipts to figure your gross profit for the year. Hr block free state taxes If you include an expense in the cost of goods sold, you cannot deduct it again as a business expense. Hr block free state taxes The following are types of expenses that go into figuring cost of goods sold. Hr block free state taxes The cost of products or raw materials, including freight. Hr block free state taxes Storage. Hr block free state taxes Direct labor (including contributions to pension or annuity plans) for workers who produce the products. Hr block free state taxes Factory overhead. Hr block free state taxes Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize the direct costs and part of the indirect costs for certain production or resale activities. Hr block free state taxes Indirect costs include rent, interest, taxes, storage, purchasing, processing, repackaging, handling, and administrative costs. Hr block free state taxes This rule does not apply to personal property you acquire for resale if your average annual gross receipts (or those of your predecessor) for the preceding 3 tax years are not more than $10 million. Hr block free state taxes For more information, see the following sources. Hr block free state taxes Cost of goods sold—chapter 6 of Publication 334. Hr block free state taxes Inventories—Publication 538. Hr block free state taxes Uniform capitalization rules—Publication 538 and section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. Hr block free state taxes Capital Expenses You must capitalize, rather than deduct, some costs. Hr block free state taxes These costs are a part of your investment in your business and are called “capital expenses. Hr block free state taxes ” Capital expenses are considered assets in your business. Hr block free state taxes In general, you capitalize three types of costs. Hr block free state taxes Business start-up costs (See Tip below). Hr block free state taxes Business assets. Hr block free state taxes Improvements. Hr block free state taxes You can elect to deduct or amortize certain business start-up costs. Hr block free state taxes See chapters 7 and 8. Hr block free state taxes Cost recovery. Hr block free state taxes   Although you generally cannot take a current deduction for a capital expense, you may be able to recover the amount you spend through depreciation, amortization, or depletion. Hr block free state taxes These recovery methods allow you to deduct part of your cost each year. Hr block free state taxes In this way, you are able to recover your capital expense. Hr block free state taxes See Amortization (chapter 8) and Depletion (chapter 9) in this publication. Hr block free state taxes A taxpayer can elect to deduct a portion of the costs of certain depreciable property as a section 179 deduction. Hr block free state taxes A greater portion of these costs can be deducted if the property is qualified disaster assistance property. Hr block free state taxes See Publication 946 for details. Hr block free state taxes Going Into Business The costs of getting started in business, before you actually begin business operations, are capital expenses. Hr block free state taxes These costs may include expenses for advertising, travel, or wages for training employees. Hr block free state taxes If you go into business. Hr block free state taxes   When you go into business, treat all costs you had to get your business started as capital expenses. Hr block free state taxes   Usually you recover costs for a particular asset through depreciation. Hr block free state taxes Generally, you cannot recover other costs until you sell the business or otherwise go out of business. Hr block free state taxes However, you can choose to amortize certain costs for setting up your business. Hr block free state taxes See Starting a Business in chapter 8 for more information on business start-up costs. Hr block free state taxes If your attempt to go into business is unsuccessful. Hr block free state taxes   If you are an individual and your attempt to go into business is not successful, the expenses you had in trying to establish yourself in business fall into two categories. Hr block free state taxes The costs you had before making a decision to acquire or begin a specific business. Hr block free state taxes These costs are personal and nondeductible. Hr block free state taxes They include any costs incurred during a general search for, or preliminary investigation of, a business or investment possibility. Hr block free state taxes The costs you had in your attempt to acquire or begin a specific business. Hr block free state taxes These costs are capital expenses and you can deduct them as a capital loss. Hr block free state taxes   If you are a corporation and your attempt to go into a new trade or business is not successful, you may be able to deduct all investigatory costs as a loss. Hr block free state taxes   The costs of any assets acquired during your unsuccessful attempt to go into business are a part of your basis in the assets. Hr block free state taxes You cannot take a deduction for these costs. Hr block free state taxes You will recover the costs of these assets when you dispose of them. Hr block free state taxes Business Assets There are many different kinds of business assets; for example, land, buildings, machinery, furniture, trucks, patents, and franchise rights. Hr block free state taxes You must fully capitalize the cost of these assets, including freight and installation charges. Hr block free state taxes Certain property you produce for use in your trade or business must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. Hr block free state taxes See Regulations section 1. Hr block free state taxes 263A-2 for information on these rules. Hr block free state taxes Improvements Improvements are generally major expenditures. Hr block free state taxes Some examples are: new electric wiring, a new roof, a new floor, new plumbing, bricking up windows to strengthen a wall, and lighting improvements. Hr block free state taxes The costs of making improvements to a business asset are capital expenses if the improvements add to the value of the asset, appreciably lengthen the time you can use it, or adapt it to a different use. Hr block free state taxes Beginning in 2014, you must capitalize as improvements costs that are for the betterment of a unit of property, restore the unit of property, or adapt the unit of property to a new or different use. Hr block free state taxes Temporary regulations allow you to capitalize costs meeting the above criteria for tax years beginning after 2011. Hr block free state taxes However, you can currently deduct repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition as a business expense. Hr block free state taxes Treat as repairs amounts paid to replace parts of a machine that only keep it in a normal operating condition. Hr block free state taxes Restoration plan. Hr block free state taxes   Capitalize the cost of reconditioning, improving, or altering your property as part of a general restoration plan to make it suitable for your business. Hr block free state taxes This applies even if some of the work would by itself be classified as repairs. Hr block free state taxes Capital versus Deductible Expenses To help you distinguish between capital and deductible expenses, different examples are given below. Hr block free state taxes Motor vehicles. Hr block free state taxes   You usually capitalize the cost of a motor vehicle you use in your business. Hr block free state taxes You can recover its cost through annual deductions for depreciation. Hr block free state taxes   There are dollar limits on the depreciation you can claim each year on passenger automobiles used in your business. Hr block free state taxes See Publication 463. Hr block free state taxes   Generally, repairs you make to your business vehicle are currently deductible. Hr block free state taxes However, amounts you pay to recondition and overhaul a business vehicle are capital expenses and are recovered through depreciation. Hr block free state taxes Roads and driveways. Hr block free state taxes    The cost of building a private road on your business property and the cost of replacing a gravel driveway with a concrete one are capital expenses you may be able to depreciate. Hr block free state taxes The cost of maintaining a private road on your business property is a deductible expense. Hr block free state taxes Tools. Hr block free state taxes   Unless the uniform capitalization rules apply, amounts spent for tools used in your business are deductible expenses if the tools have a life expectancy of less than 1 year or their cost is minor. Hr block free state taxes Machinery parts. Hr block free state taxes   Unless the uniform capitalization rules apply, the cost of replacing short-lived parts of a machine to keep it in good working condition, but not add to its life, is a deductible expense. Hr block free state taxes Heating equipment. Hr block free state taxes   The cost of changing from one heating system to another is a capital expense. Hr block free state taxes Personal versus Business Expenses Generally, you cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses. Hr block free state taxes However, if you have an expense for something that is used partly for business and partly for personal purposes, divide the total cost between the business and personal parts. Hr block free state taxes You can deduct the business part. Hr block free state taxes For example, if you borrow money and use 70% of it for business and the other 30% for a family vacation, you generally can deduct 70% of the interest as a business expense. Hr block free state taxes The remaining 30% is personal interest and generally is not deductible. Hr block free state taxes See chapter 4 for information on deducting interest and the allocation rules. Hr block free state taxes Business use of your home. Hr block free state taxes   If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Hr block free state taxes These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. Hr block free state taxes   To qualify to claim expenses for the business use of your home, you must meet both of the following tests. Hr block free state taxes The business part of your home must be used exclusively and regularly for your trade or business. Hr block free state taxes The business part of your home must be: Your principal place of business, or A place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, or A separate structure (not attached to your home) used in connection with your trade or business. Hr block free state taxes   You generally do not have to meet the exclusive use test for the part of your home that you regularly use either for the storage of inventory or product samples, or as a daycare facility. Hr block free state taxes   Your home office qualifies as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. Hr block free state taxes You use the office exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Hr block free state taxes You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Hr block free state taxes   If you have more than one business location, determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. Hr block free state taxes The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. Hr block free state taxes If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, consider the time spent at each location. Hr block free state taxes Optional safe harbor method. Hr block free state taxes   Beginning in 2013, individual taxpayers can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the amount of deductible expenses attributable to certain business use of a residence during the tax year. Hr block free state taxes This method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Hr block free state taxes   The deduction under the optional method is limited to $1,500 per year based on $5 a square foot for up to 300 square feet. Hr block free state taxes Under this method, you claim your allowable mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses on the home as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free state taxes You are not required to allocate these deductions between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. Hr block free state taxes If you use the optional method, you cannot depreciate the portion of your home used in a trade or business. Hr block free state taxes   Business expenses unrelated to the home, such as advertising, supplies, and wages paid to employees, are still fully deductible. Hr block free state taxes All of the requirements discussed earlier under Business use of your home still apply. Hr block free state taxes   For more information on the deduction for business use of your home, including the optional safe harbor method, see Publication 587. Hr block free state taxes    If you were entitled to deduct depreciation on the part of your home used for business, you cannot exclude the part of the gain from the sale of your home that equals any depreciation you deducted (or could have deducted) for periods after May 6, 1997. Hr block free state taxes Business use of your car. Hr block free state taxes   If you use your car exclusively in your business, you can deduct car expenses. Hr block free state taxes If you use your car for both business and personal purposes, you must divide your expenses based on actual mileage. Hr block free state taxes Generally, commuting expenses between your home and your business location, within the area of your tax home, are not deductible. Hr block free state taxes   You can deduct actual car expenses, which include depreciation (or lease payments), gas and oil, tires, repairs, tune-ups, insurance, and registration fees. Hr block free state taxes Or, instead of figuring the business part of these actual expenses, you may be able to use the standard mileage rate to figure your deduction. Hr block free state taxes Beginning in 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. Hr block free state taxes 5 cents per mile. Hr block free state taxes   If you are self-employed, you can also deduct the business part of interest on your car loan, state and local personal property tax on the car, parking fees, and tolls, whether or not you claim the standard mileage rate. Hr block free state taxes   For more information on car expenses and the rules for using the standard mileage rate, see Publication 463. Hr block free state taxes How Much Can I Deduct? Generally, you can deduct the full amount of a business expense if it meets the criteria of ordinary and necessary and it is not a capital expense. Hr block free state taxes Recovery of amount deducted (tax benefit rule). Hr block free state taxes   If you recover part of an expense in the same tax year in which you would have claimed a deduction, reduce your current year expense by the amount of the recovery. Hr block free state taxes If you have a recovery in a later year, include the recovered amount in income in that year. Hr block free state taxes However, if part of the deduction for the expense did not reduce your tax, you do not have to include that part of the recovered amount in income. Hr block free state taxes   For more information on recoveries and the tax benefit rule, see Publication 525. Hr block free state taxes Payments in kind. Hr block free state taxes   If you provide services to pay a business expense, the amount you can deduct is limited to your out-of-pocket costs. Hr block free state taxes You cannot deduct the cost of your own labor. Hr block free state taxes   Similarly, if you pay a business expense in goods or other property, you can deduct only what the property costs you. Hr block free state taxes If these costs are included in the cost of goods sold, do not deduct them again as a business expense. Hr block free state taxes Limits on losses. Hr block free state taxes   If your deductions for an investment or business activity are more than the income it brings in, you have a loss. Hr block free state taxes There may be limits on how much of the loss you can deduct. Hr block free state taxes Not-for-profit limits. Hr block free state taxes   If you carry on your business activity without the intention of making a profit, you cannot use a loss from it to offset other income. Hr block free state taxes See Not-for-Profit Activities , later. Hr block free state taxes At-risk limits. Hr block free state taxes   Generally, a deductible loss from a trade or business or other income-producing activity is limited to the investment you have “at risk” in the activity. Hr block free state taxes You are at risk in any activity for the following. Hr block free state taxes The money and adjusted basis of property you contribute to the activity. Hr block free state taxes Amounts you borrow for use in the activity if: You are personally liable for repayment, or You pledge property (other than property used in the activity) as security for the loan. Hr block free state taxes For more information, see Publication 925. Hr block free state taxes Passive activities. Hr block free state taxes   Generally, you are in a passive activity if you have a trade or business activity in which you do not materially participate, or a rental activity. Hr block free state taxes In general, deductions for losses from passive activities only offset income from passive activities. Hr block free state taxes You cannot use any excess deductions to offset other income. Hr block free state taxes In addition, passive activity credits can only offset the tax on net passive income. Hr block free state taxes Any excess loss or credits are carried over to later years. Hr block free state taxes Suspended passive losses are fully deductible in the year you completely dispose of the activity. Hr block free state taxes For more information, see Publication 925. Hr block free state taxes Net operating loss. Hr block free state taxes   If your deductions are more than your income for the year, you may have a “net operating loss. Hr block free state taxes ” You can use a net operating loss to lower your taxes in other years. Hr block free state taxes See Publication 536 for more information. Hr block free state taxes   See Publication 542 for information about net operating losses of corporations. Hr block free state taxes When Can I Deduct an Expense? When you can deduct an expense depends on your accounting method. Hr block free state taxes An accounting method is a set of rules used to determine when and how income and expenses are reported. Hr block free state taxes The two basic methods are the cash method and the accrual method. Hr block free state taxes Whichever method you choose must clearly reflect income. Hr block free state taxes For more information on accounting methods, see Publication 538. Hr block free state taxes Cash method. Hr block free state taxes   Under the cash method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses in the tax year you pay them. Hr block free state taxes Accrual method. Hr block free state taxes   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses when both of the following apply. Hr block free state taxes The all-events test has been met. Hr block free state taxes The test is met when: All events have occurred that fix the fact of liability, and The liability can be determined with reasonable accuracy. Hr block free state taxes Economic performance has occurred. Hr block free state taxes Economic performance. Hr block free state taxes   You generally cannot deduct or capitalize a business expense until economic performance occurs. Hr block free state taxes If your expense is for property or services provided to you, or for your use of property, economic performance occurs as the property or services are provided, or the property is used. Hr block free state taxes If your expense is for property or services you provide to others, economic performance occurs as you provide the property or services. Hr block free state taxes Example. Hr block free state taxes Your tax year is the calendar year. Hr block free state taxes In December 2013, the Field Plumbing Company did some repair work at your place of business and sent you a bill for $600. Hr block free state taxes You paid it by check in January 2014. Hr block free state taxes If you use the accrual method of accounting, deduct the $600 on your tax return for 2013 because all events have occurred to “fix” the fact of liability (in this case the work was completed), the liability can be determined, and economic performance occurred in that year. Hr block free state taxes If you use the cash method of accounting, deduct the expense on your 2014 return. Hr block free state taxes Prepayment. Hr block free state taxes   You generally cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. Hr block free state taxes This rule applies to both the cash and accrual methods. Hr block free state taxes It applies to prepaid interest, prepaid insurance premiums, and any other expense paid far enough in advance to, in effect, create an asset with a useful life extending substantially beyond the end of the current tax year. Hr block free state taxes Example. Hr block free state taxes In 2013, you sign a 10-year lease and immediately pay your rent for the first 3 years. Hr block free state taxes Even though you paid the rent for 2013, 2014, and 2015, you can only deduct the rent for 2013 on your 2013 tax return. Hr block free state taxes You can deduct the rent for 2014 and 2015 on your tax returns for those years. Hr block free state taxes Contested liability. Hr block free state taxes   Under the cash method, you can deduct a contested liability only in the year you pay the liability. Hr block free state taxes Under the accrual method, you can deduct contested liabilities such as taxes (except foreign or U. Hr block free state taxes S. Hr block free state taxes possession income, war profits, and excess profits taxes) either in the tax year you pay the liability (or transfer money or other property to satisfy the obligation) or in the tax year you settle the contest. Hr block free state taxes However, to take the deduction in the year of payment or transfer, you must meet certain conditions. Hr block free state taxes See Regulations section 1. Hr block free state taxes 461-2. Hr block free state taxes Related person. Hr block free state taxes   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct expenses when you incur them, even if you have not yet paid them. Hr block free state taxes However, if you and the person you owe are related and that person uses the cash method of accounting, you must pay the expense before you can deduct it. Hr block free state taxes Your deduction is allowed when the amount is includible in income by the related cash method payee. Hr block free state taxes See Related Persons in Publication 538. Hr block free state taxes Not-for-Profit Activities If you do not carry on your business or investment activity to make a profit, you cannot use a loss from the activity to offset other income. Hr block free state taxes Activities you do as a hobby, or mainly for sport or recreation, are often not entered into for profit. Hr block free state taxes The limit on not-for-profit losses applies to individuals, partnerships, estates, trusts, and S corporations. Hr block free state taxes It does not apply to corporations other than S corporations. Hr block free state taxes In determining whether you are carrying on an activity for profit, several factors are taken into account. Hr block free state taxes No one factor alone is decisive. Hr block free state taxes Among the factors to consider are whether: You carry on the activity in a businesslike manner, The time and effort you put into the activity indicate you intend to make it profitable, You depend on the income for your livelihood, Your losses are due to circumstances beyond your control (or are normal in the start-up phase of your type of business), You change your methods of operation in an attempt to improve profitability, You (or your advisors) have the knowledge needed to carry on the activity as a successful business, You were successful in making a profit in similar activities in the past, The activity makes a profit in some years, and You can expect to make a future profit from the appreciation of the assets used in the activity. Hr block free state taxes Presumption of profit. Hr block free state taxes   An activity is presumed carried on for profit if it produced a profit in at least 3 of the last 5 tax years, including the current year. Hr block free state taxes Activities that consist primarily of breeding, training, showing, or racing horses are presumed carried on for profit if they produced a profit in at least 2 of the last 7 tax years, including the current year. Hr block free state taxes The activity must be substantially the same for each year within this period. Hr block free state taxes You have a profit when the gross income from an activity exceeds the deductions. Hr block free state taxes   If a taxpayer dies before the end of the 5-year (or 7-year) period, the “test” period ends on the date of the taxpayer's death. Hr block free state taxes   If your business or investment activity passes this 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, the IRS will presume it is carried on for profit. Hr block free state taxes This means the limits discussed here will not apply. Hr block free state taxes You can take all your business deductions from the activity, even for the years that you have a loss. Hr block free state taxes You can rely on this presumption unless the IRS later shows it to be invalid. Hr block free state taxes Using the presumption later. Hr block free state taxes   If you are starting an activity and do not have 3 (or 2) years showing a profit, you can elect to have the presumption made after you have the 5 (or 7) years of experience allowed by the test. Hr block free state taxes   You can elect to do this by filing Form 5213. Hr block free state taxes Filing this form postpones any determination that your activity is not carried on for profit until 5 (or 7) years have passed since you started the activity. Hr block free state taxes   The benefit gained by making this election is that the IRS will not immediately question whether your activity is engaged in for profit. Hr block free state taxes Accordingly, it will not restrict your deductions. Hr block free state taxes Rather, you will gain time to earn a profit in the required number of years. Hr block free state taxes If you show 3 (or 2) years of profit at the end of this period, your deductions are not limited under these rules. Hr block free state taxes If you do not have 3 (or 2) years of profit, the limit can be applied retroactively to any year with a loss in the 5-year (or 7-year) period. Hr block free state taxes   Filing Form 5213 automatically extends the period of limitations on any year in the 5-year (or 7-year) period to 2 years after the due date of the return for the last year of the period. Hr block free state taxes The period is extended only for deductions of the activity and any related deductions that might be affected. Hr block free state taxes    You must file Form 5213 within 3 years after the due date of your return (determined without extensions) for the year in which you first carried on the activity, or, if earlier, within 60 days after receiving written notice from the Internal Revenue Service proposing to disallow deductions attributable to the activity. Hr block free state taxes Gross Income Gross income from a not-for-profit activity includes the total of all gains from the sale, exchange, or other disposition of property, and all other gross receipts derived from the activity. Hr block free state taxes Gross income from the activity also includes capital gains and rents received for the use of property which is held in connection with the activity. Hr block free state taxes You can determine gross income from any not-for-profit activity by subtracting the cost of goods sold from your gross receipts. Hr block free state taxes However, if you determine gross income by subtracting cost of goods sold from gross receipts, you must do so consistently, and in a manner that follows generally accepted methods of accounting. Hr block free state taxes Limit on Deductions If your activity is not carried on for profit, take deductions in the following order and only to the extent stated in the three categories. Hr block free state taxes If you are an individual, these deductions may be taken only if you itemize. Hr block free state taxes These deductions may be taken on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free state taxes Category 1. Hr block free state taxes   Deductions you can take for personal as well as for business activities are allowed in full. Hr block free state taxes For individuals, all nonbusiness deductions, such as those for home mortgage interest, taxes, and casualty losses, belong in this category. Hr block free state taxes Deduct them on the appropriate lines of Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free state taxes For tax years beginning after December 31, 2008, you can deduct a casualty loss on property you own for personal use only to the extent it is more than $500 and exceeds 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Hr block free state taxes The 10% AGI limitation does not apply to net disaster losses resulting from federally declared disasters in 2008 and 2009, and individuals are allowed to claim the net disaster losses even if they do not itemize their deductions. Hr block free state taxes The reduction amount returns to $100 for tax years beginning after December 31, 2009. Hr block free state taxes See Publication 547 for more information on casualty losses. Hr block free state taxes For the limits that apply to home mortgage interest, see Publication 936. Hr block free state taxes Category 2. Hr block free state taxes   Deductions that do not result in an adjustment to the basis of property are allowed next, but only to the extent your gross income from the activity is more than your deductions under the first category. Hr block free state taxes Most business deductions, such as those for advertising, insurance premiums, interest, utilities, and wages, belong in this category. Hr block free state taxes Category 3. Hr block free state taxes   Business deductions that decrease the basis of property are allowed last, but only to the extent the gross income from the activity exceeds the deductions you take under the first two categories. Hr block free state taxes Deductions for depreciation, amortization, and the part of a casualty loss an individual could not deduct in category (1) belong in this category. Hr block free state taxes Where more than one asset is involved, allocate depreciation and these other deductions proportionally. Hr block free state taxes    Individuals must claim the amounts in categories (2) and (3) as miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free state taxes They are subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Hr block free state taxes See Publication 529 for information on this limit. Hr block free state taxes Example. Hr block free state taxes Adriana is engaged in a not-for-profit activity. Hr block free state taxes The income and expenses of the activity are as follows. Hr block free state taxes Gross income $3,200 Subtract:     Real estate taxes $700   Home mortgage interest 900   Insurance 400   Utilities 700   Maintenance 200   Depreciation on an automobile 600   Depreciation on a machine 200 3,700 Loss $(500)   Adriana must limit her deductions to $3,200, the gross income she earned from the activity. Hr block free state taxes The limit is reached in category (3), as follows. Hr block free state taxes Limit on deduction $3,200 Category 1: Taxes and interest $1,600   Category 2: Insurance, utilities, and maintenance 1,300 2,900 Available for Category 3 $ 300   The $800 of depreciation is allocated between the automobile and machine as follows. Hr block free state taxes $600 $800 x $300 = $225 depreciation for the automobile             $200 $800 x $300 = $75 depreciation for the machine The basis of each asset is reduced accordingly. Hr block free state taxes Adriana includes the $3,200 of gross income on line 21 (other income) of Form 1040. Hr block free state taxes The $1,600 for category (1) is deductible in full on the appropriate lines for taxes and interest on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free state taxes Adriana deducts the remaining $1,600 ($1,300 for category (2) and $300 for category (3)) as other miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Hr block free state taxes Partnerships and S corporations. Hr block free state taxes   If a partnership or S corporation carries on a not-for-profit activity, these limits apply at the partnership or S corporation level. Hr block free state taxes They are reflected in the individual shareholder's or partner's distributive shares. Hr block free state taxes More than one activity. Hr block free state taxes   If you have several undertakings, each may be a separate activity or several undertakings may be combined. Hr block free state taxes The following are the most significant facts and circumstances in making this determination. Hr block free state taxes The degree of organizational and economic interrelationship of various undertakings. Hr block free state taxes The business purpose that is (or might be) served by carrying on the various undertakings separately or together in a business or investment setting. Hr block free state taxes The similarity of the undertakings. Hr block free state taxes   The IRS will generally accept your characterization if it is supported by facts and circumstances. Hr block free state taxes    If you are carrying on two or more different activities, keep the deductions and income from each one separate. Hr block free state taxes Figure separately whether each is a not-for-profit activity. Hr block free state taxes Then figure the limit on deductions and losses separately for each activity that is not for profit. Hr block free state taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications