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Hr block military 5. Hr block military   Business Income Table of Contents Introduction Kinds of IncomeBartering for Property or Services Real Estate Rents Personal Property Rents Interest and Dividend Income Canceled Debt Other Income Items That Are Not IncomeAmount you can exclude. Hr block military Short-term lease. Hr block military Retail space. Hr block military Qualified long-term real property. Hr block military Guidelines for Selected Occupations Accounting for Your Income Introduction This chapter primarily explains business income and how to account for it on your tax return, what items are not considered income, and gives guidelines for selected occupations. Hr block military If there is a connection between any income you receive and your business, the income is business income. Hr block military A connection exists if it is clear that the payment of income would not have been made if you did not have the business. Hr block military You can have business income even if you are not involved in the activity on a regular full-time basis. Hr block military Income from work you do on the side in addition to your regular job can be business income. Hr block military You report most business income, such as income from selling your products or services, on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military But you report the income from the sale of business assets, such as land and office buildings, on other forms instead of Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military For information on selling business assets, see chapter 3. Hr block military Nonemployee compensation. Hr block military Business income includes amounts you received in your business that were properly shown on Forms 1099-MISC. Hr block military This includes amounts reported as nonemployee compensation in box 7 of the form. Hr block military You can find more information in the instructions on the back of the Form 1099-MISC you received. Hr block military Kinds of Income You must report on your tax return all income you receive from your business unless it is excluded by law. Hr block military In most cases, your business income will be in the form of cash, checks, and credit card charges. Hr block military But business income can be in other forms, such as property or services. Hr block military These and other types of income are explained next. Hr block military If you are a U. Hr block military S. Hr block military citizen who has business income from sources outside the United States (foreign income), you must report that income on your tax return unless it is exempt from tax under U. Hr block military S. Hr block military law. Hr block military If you live outside the United States, you may be able to exclude part or all of your foreign-source business income. Hr block military For details, see Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. Hr block military S. Hr block military Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. Hr block military Bartering for Property or Services Bartering is an exchange of property or services. Hr block military You must include in your gross receipts, at the time received, the fair market value of property or services you receive in exchange for something else. Hr block military If you exchange services with another person and you both have agreed ahead of time on the value of the services, that value will be accepted as the fair market value unless the value can be shown to be otherwise. Hr block military Example 1. Hr block military You are a self-employed lawyer. Hr block military You perform legal services for a client, a small corporation. Hr block military In payment for your services, you receive shares of stock in the corporation. Hr block military You must include the fair market value of the shares in income. Hr block military Example 2. Hr block military You are an artist and create a work of art to compensate your landlord for the rent-free use of your apartment. Hr block military You must include the fair rental value of the apartment in your gross receipts. Hr block military Your landlord must include the fair market value of the work of art in his or her rental income. Hr block military Example 3. Hr block military You are a self-employed accountant. Hr block military Both you and a house painter are members of a barter club, an organization that each year gives its members a directory of members and the services each member provides. Hr block military Members get in touch with other members directly and bargain for the value of the services to be performed. Hr block military In return for accounting services you provided for the house painter's business, the house painter painted your home. Hr block military You must include in gross receipts the fair market value of the services you received from the house painter. Hr block military The house painter must include the fair market value of your accounting services in his or her gross receipts. Hr block military Example 4. Hr block military You are a member of a barter club that uses credit units to credit or debit members' accounts for goods or services provided or received. Hr block military As soon as units are credited to your account, you can use them to buy goods or services or sell or transfer the units to other members. Hr block military You must include the value of credit units you received in your gross receipts for the tax year in which the units are credited to your account. Hr block military The dollar value of units received for services by an employee of the club, who can use the units in the same manner as other members, must be included in the employee's gross income for the tax year in which received. Hr block military It is wages subject to social security and Medicare taxes (FICA), federal unemployment taxes (FUTA), and income tax withholding. Hr block military See Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. Hr block military Example 5. Hr block military You operate a plumbing business and use the cash method of accounting. Hr block military You join a barter club and agree to provide plumbing services to any member for a specified number of hours. Hr block military Each member has access to a directory that lists the members of the club and the services available. Hr block military Members contact each other directly and request services to be performed. Hr block military You are not required to provide services unless requested by another member, but you can use as many of the offered services as you wish without paying a fee. Hr block military You must include the fair market value of any services you receive from club members in your gross receipts when you receive them even if you have not provided any services to club members. Hr block military Information returns. Hr block military   If you are involved in a bartering transaction, you may have to file either of the following forms. Hr block military Form 1099-B, Proceeds From Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions. Hr block military Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income. Hr block military For information about these forms, see the General Instructions for Certain Information Returns. Hr block military Real Estate Rents If you are a real estate dealer who receives income from renting real property or an owner of a hotel, motel, etc. Hr block military , who provides services (maid services, etc. Hr block military ) for guests, report the rental income and expenses on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military If you are not a real estate dealer or the kind of owner described in the preceding sentence, report the rental income and expenses on Schedule E. Hr block military For more information, see Publication 527, Residential Rental Property (Including Rental of Vacation Homes). Hr block military Real estate dealer. Hr block military   You are a real estate dealer if you are engaged in the business of selling real estate to customers with the purpose of making a profit from those sales. Hr block military Rent you receive from real estate held for sale to customers is subject to SE tax. Hr block military However, rent you receive from real estate held for speculation or investment is not subject to SE tax. Hr block military Trailer park owner. Hr block military   Rental income from a trailer park is subject to SE tax if you are a self-employed trailer park owner who provides trailer lots and facilities and substantial services for the convenience of your tenants. Hr block military    You generally are considered to provide substantial services for tenants if they are primarily for the tenants' convenience and normally are not provided to maintain the lots in a condition for occupancy. Hr block military Services are substantial if the compensation for the services makes up a material part of the tenants' rental payments. Hr block military   Examples of services that are not normally provided for the tenants' convenience include supervising and maintaining a recreational hall provided by the park, distributing a monthly newsletter to tenants, operating a laundry facility, and helping tenants buy or sell their trailers. Hr block military   Examples of services that are normally provided to maintain the lots in a condition for tenant occupancy include city sewerage, electrical connections, and roadways. Hr block military Hotels, boarding houses, and apartments. Hr block military   Rental income you receive for the use or occupancy of hotels, boarding houses, or apartment houses is subject to SE tax if you provide services for the occupants. Hr block military   Generally, you are considered to provide services for the occupants if the services are primarily for their convenience and are not services normally provided with the rental of rooms for occupancy only. Hr block military An example of a service that is not normally provided for the convenience of the occupants is maid service. Hr block military However, providing heat and light, cleaning stairways and lobbies, and collecting trash are services normally provided for the occupants' convenience. Hr block military Prepaid rent. Hr block military   Advance payments received under a lease that does not put any restriction on their use or enjoyment are income in the year you receive them. Hr block military This is true no matter what accounting method or period you use. Hr block military Lease bonus. Hr block military   A bonus you receive from a lessee for granting a lease is an addition to the rent. Hr block military Include it in your gross receipts in the year received. Hr block military Lease cancellation payments. Hr block military   Report payments you receive from your lessee for canceling a lease in your gross receipts in the year received. Hr block military Payments to third parties. Hr block military   If your lessee makes payments to someone else under an agreement to pay your debts or obligations, include the payments in your gross receipts when the lessee makes the payments. Hr block military A common example of this kind of income is a lessee's payment of your property taxes on leased real property. Hr block military Settlement payments. Hr block military   Payments you receive in settlement of a lessee's obligation to restore the leased property to its original condition are income in the amount that the payments exceed the adjusted basis of the leasehold improvements destroyed, damaged, removed, or disconnected by the lessee. Hr block military Personal Property Rents If you are in the business of renting personal property (equipment, vehicles, formal wear, etc. Hr block military ), include the rental amount you receive in your gross receipts on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military Prepaid rent and other payments described in the preceding Real Estate Rents discussion can also be received for renting personal property. Hr block military If you receive any of those payments, include them in your gross receipts as explained in that discussion. Hr block military Interest and Dividend Income Interest and dividends may be considered business income. Hr block military Interest. Hr block military   Interest received on notes receivable that you have accepted in the ordinary course of business is business income. Hr block military Interest received on loans is business income if you are in the business of lending money. Hr block military Uncollectible loans. Hr block military   If a loan payable to you becomes uncollectible during the tax year and you use an accrual method of accounting, you must include in gross income interest accrued up to the time the loan became uncollectible. Hr block military If the accrued interest later becomes uncollectible, you may be able to take a bad debt deduction. Hr block military See Bad Debts in chapter 8. Hr block military Unstated interest. Hr block military   If little or no interest is charged on an installment sale, you may have to treat a part of each payment as unstated interest. Hr block military See Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537, Installment Sales. Hr block military Dividends. Hr block military   Generally, dividends are business income to dealers in securities. Hr block military For most sole proprietors and statutory employees, however, dividends are nonbusiness income. Hr block military If you hold stock as a personal investment separately from your business activity, the dividends from the stock are nonbusiness income. Hr block military   If you receive dividends from business insurance premiums you deducted in an earlier year, you must report all or part of the dividend as business income on your return. Hr block military To find out how much you have to report, see   Recovery of items previously deducted under Other Income, later. Hr block military Canceled Debt The following explains the general rule for including canceled debt in income and the exceptions to the general rule. Hr block military General Rule Generally, if your debt is canceled or forgiven, other than as a gift or bequest to you, you must include the canceled amount in your gross income for tax purposes. Hr block military Report the canceled amount on line 6 of Schedule C if you incurred the debt in your business. Hr block military If the debt is a nonbusiness debt, report the canceled amount on line 21 of Form 1040. Hr block military Exceptions The following discussion covers some exceptions to the general rule for canceled debt. Hr block military Price reduced after purchase. Hr block military   If you owe a debt to the seller for property you bought and the seller reduces the amount you owe, you generally do not have income from the reduction. Hr block military Unless you are bankrupt or insolvent, treat the amount of the reduction as a purchase price adjustment and reduce your basis in the property. Hr block military Deductible debt. Hr block military   You do not realize income from a canceled debt to the extent the payment of the debt would have led to a deduction. Hr block military Example. Hr block military You get accounting services for your business on credit. Hr block military Later, you have trouble paying your business debts, but you are not bankrupt or insolvent. Hr block military Your accountant forgives part of the amount you owe for the accounting services. Hr block military How you treat the canceled debt depends on your method of accounting. Hr block military Cash method — You do not include the canceled debt in income because payment of the debt would have been deductible as a business expense. Hr block military Accrual method — You include the canceled debt in income because the expense was deductible when you incurred the debt. Hr block military   For information on the cash and accrual methods of accounting, see chapter 2. Hr block military Exclusions Do not include canceled debt in income in the following situations. Hr block military However, you may be required to file Form 982, Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness. Hr block military For more information, see Form 982. Hr block military The cancellation takes place in a bankruptcy case under title 11 of the U. Hr block military S. Hr block military Code (relating to bankruptcy). Hr block military See Publication 908, Bankruptcy Tax Guide. Hr block military The cancellation takes place when you are insolvent. Hr block military You can exclude the canceled debt to the extent you are insolvent. Hr block military See Publication 908. Hr block military The canceled debt is a qualified farm debt owed to a qualified person. Hr block military See chapter 3 in Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide. Hr block military The canceled debt is a qualified real property business debt. Hr block military This situation is explained later. Hr block military The canceled debt is qualified principal residence indebtedness which is discharged after 2006. Hr block military See Form 982. Hr block military If a canceled debt is excluded from income because it takes place in a bankruptcy case, the exclusions in situations 2 through 5 do not apply. Hr block military If it takes place when you are insolvent, the exclusions in situations 3 and 4 do not apply to the extent you are insolvent. Hr block military Debt. Hr block military   For purposes of this discussion, debt includes any debt for which you are liable or which attaches to property you hold. Hr block military Qualified real property business debt. Hr block military   You can elect to exclude (up to certain limits) the cancellation of qualified real property business debt. Hr block military If you make the election, you must reduce the basis of your depreciable real property by the amount excluded. Hr block military Make this reduction at the beginning of your tax year following the tax year in which the cancellation occurs. Hr block military However, if you dispose of the property before that time, you must reduce its basis immediately before the disposition. Hr block military Cancellation of qualified real property business debt. Hr block military   Qualified real property business debt is debt (other than qualified farm debt) that meets all the following conditions. Hr block military It was incurred or assumed in connection with real property used in a trade or business. Hr block military It was secured by such real property. Hr block military It was incurred or assumed at either of the following times. Hr block military Before January 1, 1993. Hr block military After December 31, 1992, if incurred or assumed to acquire, construct, or substantially improve the real property. Hr block military It is debt to which you choose to apply these rules. Hr block military   Qualified real property business debt includes refinancing of debt described in (3) earlier, but only to the extent it does not exceed the debt being refinanced. Hr block military   You cannot exclude more than either of the following amounts. Hr block military The excess (if any) of: The outstanding principal of qualified real property business debt (immediately before the cancellation), over The fair market value (immediately before the cancellation) of the business real property that is security for the debt, reduced by the outstanding principal amount of any other qualified real property business debt secured by this property immediately before the cancellation. Hr block military The total adjusted bases of depreciable real property held by you immediately before the cancellation. Hr block military These adjusted bases are determined after any basis reduction due to a cancellation in bankruptcy, insolvency, or of qualified farm debt. Hr block military Do not take into account depreciable real property acquired in contemplation of the cancellation. Hr block military Election. Hr block military   To make this election, complete Form 982 and attach it to your income tax return for the tax year in which the cancellation occurs. Hr block military You must file your return by the due date (including extensions). Hr block military If you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Hr block military For more information, see When To File in the form instructions. Hr block military Other Income The following discussion explains how to treat other types of business income you may receive. Hr block military Restricted property. Hr block military   Restricted property is property that has certain restrictions that affect its value. Hr block military If you receive restricted stock or other property for services performed, the fair market value of the property in excess of your cost is included in your income on Schedule C or C-EZ when the restriction is lifted. Hr block military However, you can choose to be taxed in the year you receive the property. Hr block military For more information on including restricted property in income, see Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income. Hr block military Gains and losses. Hr block military   Do not report on Schedule C or C-EZ a gain or loss from the disposition of property that is neither stock in trade nor held primarily for sale to customers. Hr block military Instead, you must report these gains and losses on other forms. Hr block military For more information, see chapter 3. Hr block military Promissory notes. Hr block military   Report promissory notes and other evidences of debt issued to you in a sale or exchange of property that is stock in trade or held primarily for sale to customers on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military In general, you report them at their stated principal amount (minus any unstated interest) when you receive them. Hr block military Lost income payments. Hr block military   If you reduce or stop your business activities, report on Schedule C or C-EZ any payment you receive for the lost income of your business from insurance or other sources. Hr block military Report it on Schedule C or C-EZ even if your business is inactive when you receive the payment. Hr block military Damages. Hr block military   You must include in gross income compensation you receive during the tax year as a result of any of the following injuries connected with your business. Hr block military Patent infringement. Hr block military Breach of contract or fiduciary duty. Hr block military Antitrust injury. Hr block military Economic injury. Hr block military   You may be entitled to a deduction against the income if it compensates you for actual economic injury. Hr block military Your deduction is the smaller of the following amounts. Hr block military The amount you receive or accrue for damages in the tax year reduced by the amount you pay or incur in the tax year to recover that amount. Hr block military Your loss from the injury that you have not yet deducted. Hr block military Punitive damages. Hr block military   You must also include punitive damages in income. Hr block military Kickbacks. Hr block military   If you receive any kickbacks, include them in your income on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military However, do not include them if you properly treat them as a reduction of a related expense item, a capital expenditure, or cost of goods sold. Hr block military Recovery of items previously deducted. Hr block military   If you recover a bad debt or any other item deducted in a previous year, include the recovery in income on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military However, if all or part of the deduction in earlier years did not reduce your tax, you can exclude the part that did not reduce your tax. Hr block military If you exclude part of the recovery from income, you must include with your return a computation showing how you figured the exclusion. Hr block military Example. Hr block military Joe Smith, a sole proprietor, had gross income of $8,000, a bad debt deduction of $300, and other allowable deductions of $7,700. Hr block military He also had 2 personal exemptions for a total of $7,800. Hr block military He would not pay income tax even if he did not deduct the bad debt. Hr block military Therefore, he will not report as income any part of the $300 he may recover in any future year. Hr block military Exception for depreciation. Hr block military   This rule does not apply to depreciation. Hr block military You recover depreciation using the rules explained next. Hr block military Recapture of depreciation. Hr block military   In the following situations, you have to recapture the depreciation deduction. Hr block military This means you include in income part or all of the depreciation you deducted in previous years. Hr block military Listed property. Hr block military   If your business use of listed property (explained in chapter 8 under Depreciation ) falls to 50% or less in a tax year after the tax year you placed the property in service, you may have to recapture part of the depreciation deduction. Hr block military You do this by including in income on Schedule C part of the depreciation you deducted in previous years. Hr block military Use Part IV of Form 4797, Sales of Business Property, to figure the amount to include on Schedule C. Hr block military For more information, see What is the Business-Use Requirement? in chapter 5 of Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property. Hr block military That chapter explains how to determine whether property is used more than 50% in your business. Hr block military Section 179 property. Hr block military   If you take a section 179 deduction (explained in chapter 8 under Depreciation ) for an asset and before the end of the asset's recovery period the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less, you must recapture part of the section 179 deduction. Hr block military You do this by including in income on Schedule C part of the deduction you took. Hr block military Use Part IV of Form 4797 to figure the amount to include on Schedule C. Hr block military See chapter 2 in Publication 946 to find out when you recapture the deduction. Hr block military Sale or exchange of depreciable property. Hr block military   If you sell or exchange depreciable property at a gain, you may have to treat all or part of the gain due to depreciation as ordinary income. Hr block military You figure the income due to depreciation recapture in Part III of Form 4797. Hr block military For more information, see chapter 4 in Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets. Hr block military Items That Are Not Income In some cases the property or money you receive is not income. Hr block military Appreciation. Hr block military   Increases in value of your property are not income until you realize the increases through a sale or other taxable disposition. Hr block military Consignments. Hr block military   Consignments of merchandise to others to sell for you are not sales. Hr block military The title of merchandise remains with you, the consignor, even after the consignee possesses the merchandise. Hr block military Therefore, if you ship goods on consignment, you have no profit or loss until the consignee sells the merchandise. Hr block military Merchandise you have shipped out on consignment is included in your inventory until it is sold. Hr block military   Do not include merchandise you receive on consignment in your inventory. Hr block military Include your profit or commission on merchandise consigned to you in your income when you sell the merchandise or when you receive your profit or commission, depending upon the method of accounting you use. Hr block military Construction allowances. Hr block military   If you enter into a lease after August 5, 1997, you can exclude from income the construction allowance you receive (in cash or as a rent reduction) from your landlord if you receive it under both the following conditions. Hr block military Under a short-term lease of retail space. Hr block military For the purpose of constructing or improving qualified long-term real property for use in your business at that retail space. Hr block military Amount you can exclude. Hr block military   You can exclude the construction allowance to the extent it does not exceed the amount you spent for construction or improvements. Hr block military Short-term lease. Hr block military   A short-term lease is a lease (or other agreement for occupancy or use) of retail space for 15 years or less. Hr block military The following rules apply in determining whether the lease is for 15 years or less. Hr block military Take into account options to renew when figuring whether the lease is for 15 years or less. Hr block military But do not take into account any option to renew at fair market value determined at the time of renewal. Hr block military Two or more successive leases that are part of the same transaction (or a series of related transactions) for the same or substantially similar retail space are treated as one lease. Hr block military Retail space. Hr block military   Retail space is real property leased, occupied, or otherwise used by you as a tenant in your business of selling tangible personal property or services to the general public. Hr block military Qualified long-term real property. Hr block military   Qualified long-term real property is nonresidential real property that is part of, or otherwise present at, your retail space and that reverts to the landlord when the lease ends. Hr block military Exchange of like-kind property. Hr block military   If you exchange your business property or property you hold for investment solely for property of a like kind to be used in your business or to be held for investment, no gain or loss is recognized. Hr block military This means that the gain is not taxable and the loss is not deductible. Hr block military A common type of nontaxable exchange is the trade-in of a business automobile for another business automobile. Hr block military For more information, see Form 8824. Hr block military Leasehold improvements. Hr block military   If a tenant erects buildings or makes improvements to your property, the increase in the value of the property due to the improvements is not income to you. Hr block military However, if the facts indicate that the improvements are a payment of rent to you, then the increase in value would be income. Hr block military Loans. Hr block military   Money borrowed through a bona fide loan is not income. Hr block military Sales tax. Hr block military   State and local sales taxes imposed on the buyer, which you were required to collect and pay over to state or local governments, are not income. Hr block military Guidelines for Selected Occupations This section provides information to determine whether your earnings should be reported on Schedule C (Form 1040) or C-EZ (Form 1040). Hr block military Direct seller. Hr block military   You must report all income you receive as a direct seller on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military This includes any of the following. Hr block military Income from sales—payments you receive from customers for products they buy from you. Hr block military Commissions, bonuses, or percentages you receive for sales and the sales of others who work under you. Hr block military Prizes, awards, and gifts you receive from your selling business. Hr block military You must report this income regardless of whether it is reported to you on an information return. Hr block military   You are a direct seller if you meet all the following conditions. Hr block military You are engaged in one of the following trades or businesses. Hr block military Selling or soliciting the sale of consumer products either in a home or other place that is not a permanent retail establishment, or to any buyer on a buy-sell basis or a deposit-commission basis for resale in a home or other place of business that is not a permanent retail establishment. Hr block military Delivering or distributing newspapers or shopping news (including any services directly related to that trade or business). Hr block military Substantially all your pay (whether paid in cash or not) for services described above is directly related to sales or other output (including performance of services) rather than to the number of hours worked. Hr block military Your services are performed under a written contract between you and the person for whom you perform the services, and the contract provides that you will not be treated as an employee for federal tax purposes. Hr block military Executor or administrator. Hr block military   If you administer a deceased person's estate, your fees are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if you are one of the following: A professional fiduciary. Hr block military A nonprofessional fiduciary (personal representative) and both of the following apply. Hr block military The estate includes an active trade or business in which you actively participate. Hr block military Your fees are related to the operation of that trade or business. Hr block military A nonprofessional fiduciary of a single estate that requires extensive managerial activities on your part for a long period of time, provided these activities are enough to be considered a trade or business. Hr block military    If the fees do not meet the above requirements, report them on line 21 of Form 1040. Hr block military Fishing crew member. Hr block military    If you are a member of the crew that catches fish or other water life, your earnings are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if you meet all the requirements shown in chapter 10 under Fishing crew member . Hr block military Insurance agent, former. Hr block military   Termination payments you receive as a former self-employed insurance agent from an insurance company because of services you performed for that company are not reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if all the following conditions are met. Hr block military You received payments after your agreement to perform services for the company ended. Hr block military You did not perform any services for the company after your service agreement ended and before the end of the year in which you received the payment. Hr block military You entered into a covenant not to compete against the company for at least a 1-year period beginning on the date your service agreement ended. Hr block military The amount of the payments depended primarily on policies sold by you or credited to your account during the last year of your service agreement or the extent to which those policies remain in force for some period after your service agreement ended, or both. Hr block military The amount of the payment did not depend to any extent on length of service or overall earnings from services performed for the company (regardless of whether eligibility for the payments depended on length of service). Hr block military Insurance agent, retired. Hr block military   Income paid by an insurance company to a retired self-employed insurance agent based on a percentage of commissions received before retirement is reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military Also, renewal commissions and deferred commissions for sales made before retirement are generally reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military   However, renewal commissions paid to the survivor of an insurance agent are not reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military Newspaper carrier or distributor. Hr block military   You are a direct seller and your earnings are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if all the following conditions apply. Hr block military You are in the business of delivering or distributing newspapers or shopping news (including directly related services such as soliciting customers and collecting receipts). Hr block military Substantially all your pay for these services directly relates to your sales or other output rather than to the number of hours you work. Hr block military You perform the services under a written contract that says you will not be treated as an employee for federal tax purposes. Hr block military   This rule applies whether or not you hire others to help you make deliveries. Hr block military It also applies whether you buy the papers from the publisher or are paid based on the number of papers you deliver. Hr block military Newspaper or magazine vendor. Hr block military   If you are 18 or older and you sell newspapers or magazines, your earnings are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if all the following conditions apply. Hr block military You sell newspapers or magazines to ultimate consumers. Hr block military You sell them at a fixed price. Hr block military Your earnings are based on the difference between the sales price and your cost of goods sold. Hr block military   This rule applies whether or not you are guaranteed a minimum amount of earnings. Hr block military It also applies whether or not you receive credit for unsold newspapers or magazines you return to your supplier. Hr block military Notary public. Hr block military   Fees you receive for services you perform as a notary public are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military These payments are not subject to self-employment tax (see the instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040)). Hr block military Public official. Hr block military   Public officials generally do not report what they earn for serving in public office on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military This rule applies to payments received by an elected tax collector from state funds on the basis of a fixed percentage of the taxes collected. Hr block military Public office includes any elective or appointive office of the United States or its possessions, the District of Columbia, a state or its political subdivisions, or a wholly owned instrumentality of any of these. Hr block military   Public officials of state or local governments report their fees on Schedule C or C-EZ if they are paid solely on a fee basis and if their services are eligible for, but not covered by, social security under a federal-state agreement. Hr block military Real estate agent or direct seller. Hr block military   If you are a licensed real estate agent or a direct seller, your earnings are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if both the following apply. Hr block military Substantially all your pay for services as a real estate agent or direct seller directly relates to your sales or other output rather than to the number of hours you work. Hr block military You perform the services under a written contract that says you will not be treated as an employee for federal tax purposes. Hr block military Securities dealer. Hr block military   If you are a dealer in options or commodities, your gains and losses from dealing or trading in section 1256 contracts (regulated futures contracts, foreign currency contracts, nonequity options, dealer equity options, and dealer securities futures contracts) or property related to those contracts (such as stock used to hedge options) are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military For more information, see sections 1256 and 1402(i). Hr block military Securities trader. Hr block military   You are a trader in securities if you are engaged in the business of buying and selling securities for your own account. Hr block military As a trader in securities, your gain or loss from the disposition of securities is not reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block military However, see Securities dealer , earlier, for an exception that applies to section 1256 contracts. Hr block military For more information about securities traders, see Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. Hr block military Accounting for Your Income Accounting for your income for income tax purposes differs at times from accounting for financial purposes. Hr block military This section discusses some of the more common differences that may affect business transactions. Hr block military Figure your business income on the basis of a tax year and according to your regular method of accounting (see chapter 2). Hr block military If the sale of a product is an income-producing factor in your business, you usually have to use inventories to clearly show your income. Hr block military Dealers in real estate are not allowed to use inventories. Hr block military For more information on inventories, see chapter 2. Hr block military Income paid to a third party. Hr block military   All income you earn is taxable to you. Hr block military You cannot avoid tax by having the income paid to a third party. Hr block military Example. Hr block military You rent out your property and the rental agreement directs the lessee to pay the rent to your son. Hr block military The amount paid to your son is gross income to you. Hr block military Cash discounts. Hr block military   These are amounts the seller permits you to deduct from the invoice price for prompt payment. Hr block military For income tax purposes, you can use either of the following two methods to account for cash discounts. Hr block military Deduct the cash discount from purchases (see Line 36, Purchases Less Cost of Items Withdrawn for Personal Use in chapter 6). Hr block military Credit the cash discount to a discount income account. Hr block military You must use the chosen method every year for all your purchase discounts. Hr block military   If you use the second method, the credit balance in the account at the end of your tax year is business income. Hr block military Under this method, you do not reduce the cost of goods sold by the cash discounts you received. Hr block military When valuing your closing inventory, you cannot reduce the invoice price of merchandise on hand at the close of the tax year by the average or estimated discounts received on the merchandise. Hr block military Trade discounts. Hr block military   These are reductions from list or catalog prices and usually are not written into the invoice or charged to the customer. Hr block military Do not enter these discounts on your books of account. Hr block military Instead, use only the net amount as the cost of the merchandise purchased. Hr block military For more information, see Trade discounts in chapter 6. Hr block military Payment placed in escrow. Hr block military   If the buyer of your property places part or all of the purchase price in escrow, you do not include any part of it in gross sales until you actually or constructively receive it. Hr block military However, upon completion of the terms of the contract and the escrow agreement, you will have taxable income, even if you do not accept the money until the next year. Hr block military Sales returns and allowances. Hr block military   Credits you allow customers for returned merchandise and any other allowances you make on sales are deductions from gross sales in figuring net sales. Hr block military Advance payments. Hr block military   Special rules dealing with an accrual method of accounting for payments received in advance are discussed in chapter 2 under Accrual Method. Hr block military Insurance proceeds. Hr block military   If you receive insurance or another type of reimbursement for a casualty or theft loss, you must subtract it from the loss when you figure your deduction. Hr block military You cannot deduct the reimbursed part of a casualty or theft loss. Hr block military   For information on casualty or theft losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Hr block military Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Hr block military 1. Hr block military   Application, Approval, and Appeal Procedures Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Application ProceduresForms Required Required Inclusions Miscellaneous Procedures Rulings and Determination LettersEffective Date of Exemption Revocation or Modification of Exemption Appeal ProceduresAppeals Office Consideration EO Technical Consideration Administrative Remedies Appeal to Courts Group Exemption LetterCentral Organization Application Procedure Keeping the Group Exemption Letter in Force Events Causing Loss of Group Exemption Introduction If your organization is one of the organizations described in this publication and is seeking recognition of tax-exempt status from the IRS, you should follow the procedures described in this chapter and the instructions that accompany the appropriate application forms. Hr block military For information on section 501(c)(3) organizations, go to Section 501(c)(3) Organizations chapter 3. Hr block military If your organization is seeking exemption under one of the other paragraphs of section 501(c), see chapter 4. Hr block military Topics - This chapter discusses: Application procedures that generally apply to all organizations discussed in this publication, including the application forms; Rulings and determination letters (approvals/disapprovals); Appeal procedures available if an adverse determination letter is proposed; and Group exemption letters. Hr block military Application Procedures Oral requests for recognition of exemption will not be considered by the IRS. Hr block military Your application for tax-exempt status must be in writing using the appropriate forms as discussed below. Hr block military Forms Required If your organization is seeking recognition of exemption from federal income tax, it must use a specific application prescribed by the IRS in Revenue Procedure 2013–9, sec. Hr block military 3. Hr block military If your organization is a central organization with exempt status, see Group Exemption Letter , later. Hr block military All applications must be signed by an authorized individual. Hr block military Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption. Hr block military   File Form 1023 if you are seeking recognition of exemption under section: 501(c)(3) Corporations, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports, or prevention of cruelty for children or animals, 501(e) Cooperative hospital service organization, 501(f) Cooperative service organization of operating educational organizations, 501(k) Certain organizations providing child care, 501(n) Charitable risk pools, and 501(q) Credit counseling organizations. Hr block military Form 1024, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(a). Hr block military    File Form 1024 if you are seeking recognition of exemption under section: 501(c)(2) Title holding corporations, 501(c)(4) Civic leagues, social welfare organizations, 501(c)(5) Labor, agricultural, or horticultural organizations, 501(c)(6) Business leagues, chambers of commerce, etc. Hr block military , 501(c)(7) Social clubs, 501(c)(8) Fraternal beneficiary societies, orders, or associations, 501(c)(9) Voluntary employees’ beneficiary associations, 501(c)(10) Domestic fraternal societies, orders, etc. Hr block military , 501(c)(12) Benevolent life insurance associations, mutual ditch or irrigation companies, mutual or cooperative telephone companies, 501(c)(13) Cemetery companies, 501(c)(15) Mutual insurance companies or associations, 501(c)(17) Trusts providing for the payment of supplemental unemployment compensation benefits, 501(c)(19) A post, organization, auxiliary unit, etc. Hr block military of past or present members of the Armed Forces of the United States, and 501(c)(25) Title holding corporations or trusts. Hr block military  Form 8718, User Fee for Exempt Organization Determination Letter Request, must also be sent along with Form 1024. Hr block military Letter application. Hr block military   If your organization is seeking recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(11), (14), (16), (18), (21), (22), (23), (26), (27), (28), or (29), submit a letter application with Form 8718. Hr block military See Required Inclusions for the information to include with the letter application. Hr block military Form 1028. Hr block military   Use Form 1028 if your organization is a farmers’ cooperative seeking recognition of exemption under section 521. Hr block military You must also submit Form 8718. Hr block military Form 8871. Hr block military    Use Form 8871 if you are a political party or campaign committee for a candidate for federal, state or local office seeking to be treated as tax-exempt under section 527. Hr block military See Political Organization Income Tax Return , later. Hr block military    Some organizations do not have to use specific application forms. Hr block military The application your organization must use is specified in the chapter in this publication dealing with your kind of organization. Hr block military It is also shown in the Organization Reference Chart, later. Hr block military Power of attorney. Hr block military   If your organization expects to be represented by an individual such as an attorney, CPA, officer or other person authorized to practice before the IRS, whether in person or by correspondence, you must file a Form 2848 with your exemption application. Hr block military The power of attorney must specifically authorize an individual to represent your organization. Hr block military You cannot name an organization, firm, etc. Hr block military as your representative. Hr block military Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative, can be used for this purpose. Hr block military The categories of individuals who can represent you before the IRS are listed on the form. Hr block military Non-exemption for terrorist organizations. Hr block military   An organization that is identified or designated as a terrorist organization within the meaning of section 501(p)(2) is not eligible to apply for recognition of exemption. Hr block military User fee. Hr block military   The law requires the payment of a user fee for determination letter requests such as your application for recognition of tax-exempt status. Hr block military If you are filing Form 1023, user fee information is included in Part XI. Hr block military If you are required to apply for recognition of exemption by submitting Form 1024, a letter application, etc. Hr block military and you must pay a user fee, you should use Form 8718 to figure the amount of your user fee and to pay it. Hr block military Your payment must accompany your request. Hr block military The IRS will not process a request unless the fee has been paid. Hr block military    For the current user fee amount and processing time for applications go to IRS. Hr block military gov and select “Charities and Non-Profits” from the buttons near the top. Hr block military Then select the underlined link “How to Apply To Be Tax-Exempt” for the latest user fees or I want to check the status of my application for more information. Hr block military You can also call 1-877-829-5500. Hr block military Required Inclusions Employer identification number (EIN). Hr block military   Every exempt organization must have an EIN, whether or not it has any employees. Hr block military An EIN is required before an exemption application is submitted. Hr block military Information on how to apply for an EIN by using one of the following methods can be found at Employer ID Numbers (EIN): Online— This is the preferred method for requesting an EIN. Hr block military The EIN is issued immediately once the application information is validated. Hr block military By telephone at 1-800-829-4933, from 7:00 a. Hr block military m. Hr block military to 7:00 p. Hr block military m. Hr block military local time, Monday through Friday. Hr block military The EIN is provided over the phone to an authorized individual. Hr block military By mailing or faxing Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. Hr block military If the faxed Form SS-4 includes the taxpayer's fax number, a fax will be sent back with the EIN within four (4) business days. Hr block military    Use only one method for each entity so you do not receive more than one EIN for an entity. Hr block military   If you previously applied for an EIN and have not yet received it, or you are unsure whether you have an EIN, please call our toll-free customer account services number, 1-877-829-5500, for assistance. Hr block military Organizing documents. Hr block military   Your application should include a copy of the organizing or enabling document that is signed by a principal officer or is accompanied by a written declaration signed by an authorized individual certifying that the document is a complete and accurate copy of the original or meets the requirements of a conformed copy. Hr block military   If your organizing or enabling document are articles of incorporation, include evidence that it was filed and approved by a state official. Hr block military (For example, a stamped “Filed” copy dated by the Secretary of State is prima facie evidence that it was filed and approved by a state official. Hr block military ) A copy of the articles of incorporation can also be submitted with a written declaration signed by an authorized individual indicating the copy is complete and was filed and approved by the state, including the date filed. Hr block military Bylaws. Hr block military   Bylaws alone are not organizing documents. Hr block military However, if your organization has adopted bylaws, include a current copy. Hr block military The bylaws need not be signed if submitted as an attachment. Hr block military   If your organization's name has been officially changed by an amendment to your organizing instruments, you should also attach a conformed copy of that amendment to your application. Hr block military    Bylaws may be considered an organizing document only if they are properly structured (includes name, purpose, signatures, and intent to form an organization). Hr block military Conformed copy. Hr block military   A conformed copy is a copy that agrees with the original and all amendments to it. Hr block military If the original document required a signature, the copy should either be signed by a principal officer or, if not signed, be accompanied by a written declaration signed by an authorized officer of the organization. Hr block military With either option, the officer must certify that the document is a complete and accurate copy of the original. Hr block military A certificate of incorporation should be approved and dated by an appropriate state official. Hr block military Attachments. Hr block military    When submitting attachments, every attachment should show your organization's name and EIN. Hr block military It should also state that it is an attachment to your application form and identify the part and line item number to which it applies. Hr block military Original documents. Hr block military   Do not submit original documents because they become part of the IRS file and cannot be returned. Hr block military Description of activities. Hr block military   Your application must include a full description of the proposed activities of your organization, including each of the fundraising activities of a section 501(c)(3) organization and a narrative description of anticipated receipts and contemplated expenditures. Hr block military When describing the activities in which your organization expects to engage, you must include the standards, criteria, procedures, or other means that your organization adopted or planned for carrying out those activities. Hr block military   To determine the information you need to provide, you should study the part of this publication that applies to your organization. Hr block military The appropriate chapter will describe the purposes and activities that your organization must pursue, engage in, and include in your application in order to achieve exempt status. Hr block military   Often, your organization's articles of organization (or other organizing instruments) contain descriptions of your organization's purposes and activities. Hr block military   Your application should describe completely and in detail your past, present, and planned activities. Hr block military Financial data. Hr block military   You must include in your application financial statements showing your receipts and expenditures and a balance sheet for the current year and the 3 preceding years (or for the number of years your organization was in existence, if less than 4 years). Hr block military For each accounting period, you must describe the sources of your receipts and the nature of your expenditures. Hr block military   If you have not yet begun operations, or have operated for less than 1 year, a proposed budget for 2 full accounting periods and a current statement of assets and liabilities will be acceptable. Hr block military Exempt status established in application. Hr block military   If your application and its supporting documents show that your organization meets the requirements for tax-exempt status under the Code section you applied, the IRS will issue a favorable determination letter or ruling. Hr block military Miscellaneous Procedures To help in processing your application, be sure to attach all schedules, statements, and other documents required by the application form. Hr block military If you do not attach them, you may have to resubmit your application or you may otherwise encounter a delay in processing your application. Hr block military Incomplete application. Hr block military   If an application is not complete and does not contain all the required attachments found under Required Inclusions, the IRS may return it to you for completion. Hr block military The IRS may keep the application and send a letter requesting the missing information if most of the information has been received. Hr block military   If the IRS returns the application or requests additional information from you, that application will be considered filed on the date the substantially completed application is postmarked, or if no postmark, received at the IRS. Hr block military   Generally, the user fee will not be refunded if an incomplete application is filed. Hr block military   Additional information may be requested if necessary to clarify the nature of your organization. Hr block military Application made under wrong paragraph of section 501(c). Hr block military   Occasionally, an organization appears to qualify for exemption under a paragraph of section 501(c) that is different from the one for which the organization applied. Hr block military If the application was made on Form 1024, which applies to more than one paragraph of section 501(c), the organization can be recognized as exempt under any paragraph to which the form applies if the organization has agreed to have its application considered under that paragraph. Hr block military It must also supply any additional information required for the application under the new paragraph. Hr block military Different application form needed. Hr block military   If a different application form is required for your organization, the IRS will so advise your organization and will provide the appropriate application form for your convenience in reapplying under that paragraph, if you wish to do so. Hr block military Although supporting information previously furnished need not be duplicated, you must provide any necessary additional information required for the application. Hr block military If your reply is not received within a limited time, your application will be processed only for the paragraph under which you originally applied. Hr block military   When a specific application form is needed for the paragraph under which your organization qualifies, that form is required before a letter recognizing exemption can be issued. Hr block military This includes cases in which a determination letter is modified to recognize an organization's exempt status under a paragraph other than the paragraph under which it originally established exemption. Hr block military IRS responses. Hr block military   Organizations that submit a complete application will receive an acknowledgment from the IRS. Hr block military Others will receive a letter requesting more information or returning an incomplete application. Hr block military Applicants also will be notified if the application is forwarded to EO Technical Office for consideration. Hr block military These letters will be sent out as soon as possible after receipt of the organization's application. Hr block military Withdrawal of application. Hr block military   An application may be withdrawn at any time before the issuance of a ruling or determination letter upon the written request of a principal officer or authorized representative of your organization. Hr block military However, the withdrawal will not prevent the information contained in the application from being used by the IRS in any subsequent examination of your organization's returns. Hr block military The information forwarded with an application will not be returned to your organization and, generally, when an application is withdrawn, the user fee paid will not be refunded. Hr block military Requests for withholding of information from the public. Hr block military   The law requires many exempt organizations and private foundations to make their application forms and annual information returns available for public inspection. Hr block military The law also requires the IRS to make available for public inspection, in accordance with section 6104 and the related regulations, your approved application for recognition of exemption (including any papers submitted in support of the application) and the ruling or determination letter (discussed later, under Rulings and Determination Letters . Hr block military )   Any information submitted in the application or in support of it that relates to any trade secret, patent, process, style of work, or apparatus, upon request, can be withheld from public inspection if the IRS determines that the disclosure of such information would adversely affect the organization. Hr block military Your request must: Identify the material to be withheld (the document, page, paragraph, and line) by clearly marking it “Not Subject To Public Inspection. Hr block military ” Include the reasons for your organization's position that the information is of the type that can be withheld from public inspection. Hr block military Be filed with the office where your organization files the documents in which the material to be withheld is contained. Hr block military Where to file. Hr block military   Send your application for exempt status and Form 8718, (if required) to: Internal Revenue Service PO Box 12192 Covington, KY 41012-0192   Your application will be considered by EO Determinations, who will either issue a favorable determination letter to your organization, issue an adverse determination letter denying the exempt status claimed in the application, or refer the case to the Exempt Organizations Technical Office (EO Technical). Hr block military    Form 8940, Request for Miscellaneous Determination. Hr block military You can request miscellaneous determinations under sections 507, 509(a), 4940, 4942, 4945, and 6033 with Form 8940. Hr block military Nonexempt charitable trusts also file Form 8940 for an initial determination of section 509(a)(3) status or change to their type. Hr block military See Form 8940 and instructions for more information. Hr block military Requests other than applications. Hr block military Requests other than applications for recognition of exemption or Form 8940 (for example, requests for rulings involving feeder organizations, application of excise taxes to activities of private foundations, taxation of unrelated business income, etc. Hr block military ) should be sent to: Internal Revenue Service  Attention: EO Letter Rulings PO Box 27720 McPherson Station Washington, DC 20038 These requests, similar to applications for recognition of exemption previously discussed, must be accompanied by the appropriate user fee. Hr block military The schedule for user fees, including those for requests other than applications, can be found in Revenue Procedure 2013-8, 2013-1 I. Hr block military R. Hr block military B. Hr block military 237. Hr block military Referral to EO Technical. Hr block military   EO Determinations will refer to EO Technical any exempt organization issue concerning qualification for exemption or foundation status for which there is no published precedent or for which there is reason to believe that nonuniformity exists. Hr block military EO Determinations can request technical advice on any technical or procedural question that cannot be resolved on the basis of law, regulations, or a clearly applicable revenue ruling or other published precedent. Hr block military An organization can request that an issue be referred to EO Technical for technical advice if it feels that a lack of uniformity exists as to the disposition of the issue or if an issue is so unusual or complex as to warrant consideration by EO Technical. Hr block military If a determination letter is issued based on technical advice from EO Technical regarding qualification for exemption or foundation status, no further administrative appeal is available on the issue that was the subject of technical advice. Hr block military Reminder. Hr block military   The law requires payment of a user fee for determination letter requests. Hr block military Go to IRS. Hr block military gov/Charities and select Current User Fees-Exempt Organizations to find the required payment. Hr block military Payment must accompany each request. Hr block military Rulings and Determination Letters Elimination of the advance public charity status. Hr block military   New regulations eliminate the advance ruling process for a section 501(c)(3) organization. Hr block military Under the new regulations, a new section 501(c)(3) organization will be classified as a publicly supported organization and not a private foundation if it can show when it applies for tax-exempt status that it reasonably can be expected to be publicly supported. Hr block military The new rules no longer require the organization to file Form 8734, Support Schedule for Advance Ruling Period, after completing its first 5 tax years. Hr block military See Elimination of the Advance Ruling Process . Hr block military An organization must describe fully the activities in which it expects to engage. Hr block military This includes standards, procedures, or other means adopted or planned by the organization for carrying out its activities, expected sources of funds, and the nature of its contemplated expenses. Hr block military When an organization does not supply the information previously mentioned under Application Procedures , or fails to furnish a sufficiently detailed description of its proposed activities to permit a conclusion that it will clearly be exempt, a proposed adverse determination letter or ruling may be issued. Hr block military Adverse determination. Hr block military   A proposed adverse ruling or determination letter will be issued to an organization that has not provided sufficiently detailed information to establish that it qualifies for exemption or if the information provided establishes that it does not qualify for exemption. Hr block military An organization can appeal a proposed adverse ruling or determination letter. Hr block military See Appeal Procedures , later. Hr block military Effective Date of Exemption A ruling or determination letter recognizing exemption is usually effective as of the date of formation of an organization if, during the period before the date of the ruling or determination letter, its purposes and activities were those required by the law. Hr block military (See Application for Recognition of Exemption in chapter 3 for the special rule for organizations applying for recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(3). Hr block military ) Upon obtaining recognition of exemption, the organization can file a claim for a refund of income taxes paid for the period for which its exempt status is recognized. Hr block military If an organization is required to alter its activities or substantially amend its charter to qualify, the ruling or determination letter recognizing exemption will be effective as of the date specified in the letter. Hr block military If a nonsubstantive amendment is made, such as correction of a clerical error in the enabling instrument or the addition of a dissolution clause, exemption will ordinarily be recognized as of the date of formation if the activities of the organization before the ruling or determination are consistent with the exemption requirements. Hr block military A ruling or determination letter recognizing exemption cannot be relied on if there is a material change, inconsistent with exemption, in the character, the purpose, or the method of operation of the organization. Hr block military Also, a ruling or determination letter cannot be relied on if it is based on any inaccurate material factual representations. Hr block military Revocation or Modification of Exemption A ruling or determination letter recognizing exemption may be revoked or modified by: A notice to the organization to which the ruling or determination letter originally was issued, Enactment of legislation or ratification of a tax treaty, A decision of the United States Supreme Court, Issuance of temporary or final regulations, or Issuance of a revenue ruling, a revenue procedure, or other statement published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin or Cumulative Bulletin. Hr block military When revocation takes effect. Hr block military   If the organization omitted or misstated a material fact, operated in a manner materially different from that originally represented, or, with regard to organizations to which section 503 applies, engaged in a prohibited transaction (such as diverting corpus or income from its exempt purpose), the revocation or modification may be retroactive. Hr block military Material change in organization. Hr block military   If there is a material change, inconsistent with exemption, in the character, purpose, or method of operation of the organization, revocation or modification will ordinarily take effect as of the date of that material change. Hr block military Relief from retroactivity. Hr block military   If a ruling or determination letter was issued in error or the IRS changed its position after issuing a letter or ruling, and if section 7805(b) relief is granted, retroactivity of the revocation or modification ordinarily will be limited to a date not earlier than that on which the original ruling or determination letter was modified or revoked. Hr block military For more information on requesting section 7805(b) relief, see Revenue Procedure 2013-4, 2013-1 I. Hr block military R. Hr block military B. Hr block military 126, sec. Hr block military 13 (or later update). Hr block military Foundations. Hr block military   The determination of the effective date is the same for the revocation or modification of foundation status or operating foundation status unless the effective date is expressly covered by statute or regulations. Hr block military Written notice. Hr block military   If an EO area manager concludes, as a result of examining an information return or considering information from any other source, that a ruling or determination letter should be revoked or modified, the organization will be advised in writing of the proposed action and the reasons for it. Hr block military   The organization will also be advised of its right to protest the proposed action by requesting Appeals Office consideration. Hr block military The appeal procedures are discussed next. Hr block military Appeal Procedures If your organization applies for tax-exempt status and EO Determination decides your organization does not qualify, your organization will be advised of its rights to protest the determination by requesting Appeals Office consideration. Hr block military This process does not apply to determinations issued by EO Technical. Hr block military Your organization must submit a statement of its views fully explaining its reasoning. Hr block military The statement must be submitted within 30 days from the date of the adverse determination letter and must state whether it wishes Appeals Office consideration. Hr block military Representation. Hr block military   A principal officer or trustee can represent an organization at any level of appeal within the IRS. Hr block military Also, an attorney, certified public accountant, or individual enrolled to practice before the IRS can represent the organization. Hr block military   If the organization's representative attends a conference without a principal officer or trustee, the representative must file a proper power of attorney or a tax information authorization before receiving or inspecting confidential information. Hr block military Form 2848 or Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization, as appropriate (or any other properly written power of attorney or authorization), can be used for this purpose. Hr block military These forms can be obtained from the IRS. Hr block military For more information, see Publication 947, Practice Before the IRS and Power of Attorney. Hr block military Appeals Office Consideration EO Determinations will consider the statement protesting and appealing (hereinafter appealing) the adverse determination and decide if the information affects its determination. Hr block military If the appeal does not provide a basis to reconsider its adverse determination, it will forward the appeal and case file to the Appeals Office. Hr block military For more information about the role of the Appeals Office, see Publication 892, Exempt Organization Appeal Procedures for Unagreed Issues. Hr block military The appeal should include the following information. Hr block military The organization's name, address, daytime telephone number, and employer identification number. Hr block military A statement that the organization wants to protest the determination. Hr block military A copy of the letter showing the determination you disagree with, or the date and symbols on the determination letter. Hr block military A statement of facts supporting the organization's position in any contested factual issue. Hr block military A statement outlining the law or other authority the organization is relying on. Hr block military A statement as to whether a conference at the Appeals Office is desired. Hr block military The statement of facts in item 4 must be declared true under penalties of perjury. Hr block military This may be done by adding to the protest the following signed declaration:   “Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined the statement of facts presented in this protest and in any accompanying schedules and statements and, to the best of my knowledge and belief, it is true, correct, and complete. Hr block military ”           Signature. Hr block military   If the organization's representative submits the appeal, a substitute declaration must be included, stating: That the representative prepared the appeal and accompanying documents, and Whether the representative knows personally that the statements of fact contained in the appeal and accompanying documents are true and correct. Hr block military Be sure the appeal contains all of the information requested. Hr block military Incomplete appeals will be returned for completion. Hr block military If a conference is requested, it will be held at the Appeals Office, unless the organization requests that the meeting be held at a field office convenient to both parties. Hr block military The Appeals Office, after considering the organization's appeal as well as information presented in any conference held, will notify the organization of its decision and issue an appropriate determination letter. Hr block military An adverse decision can be appealed to the courts (discussed later). Hr block military The Appeals Office must request technical advice from EO Technical on any exempt organization issue concerning qualification for exemption or foundation status for which there is no published precedent or for which there is reason to believe that nonuniformity exists. Hr block military If an organization believes that its case involves such an issue, it should ask the Appeals Office to request technical advice. Hr block military Any determination letter issued on the basis of technical advice from EO Technical cannot be appealed to the Appeals Office for those issues that were the subject of the technical advice from EO Technical. Hr block military EO Technical Consideration If an application is referred to EO Technical for issuance of a ruling and an adverse ruling is issued, the organization will be informed of the basis for the conclusion, its right to file a protest within 30 days, and its right to have a conference with EO Technical. Hr block military Administrative Remedies In the case of an application under section 501(c)(3), all of the following actions, called administrative remedies, must be completed by your organization before an unfavorable ruling or determination letter from the IRS can be appealed to the courts. Hr block military The filing of a substantially completed application Form 1023 or group exemption request under section 501(c)(3) (described earlier in this chapter) or the filing of a request for a determination of foundation status (see Private Foundations and Public Charities in chapter 3). Hr block military In the case of a late-filed application, requesting relief under Regulations section 301. Hr block military 9100 regarding applications for extensions of time for making an election or application for relief from tax (see Application for Recognition of Exemption in chapter 3). Hr block military The timely submission of all additional information requested to perfect an exemption application or request for determination of private foundation status. Hr block military Exhaustion of all administrative appeals available within the IRS, including protest of an adverse ruling issued by EO Technical in the case of an exemption application. Hr block military The actions just described will not be considered completed until the IRS has had a reasonable time to act upon the appeal or protest, as the case may be. Hr block military An organization will not be considered to have exhausted its administrative remedies before the earlier of: The completion of the steps just listed and the sending by certified or registered mail of a notice of final determination, or The expiration of the 270-day period in which the IRS has not issued a notice of final determination and the organization has taken, in a timely manner, all reasonable steps to secure a ruling or determination. Hr block military 270-day period. Hr block military   The 270-day period will be considered by the IRS to begin on the date a substantially completed Form 1023 or group exemption request is sent to the IRS. Hr block military See Application Procedures , earlier, for information needed to complete Form 1023. Hr block military   If the application does not contain all of the required items, it will not be further processed and may be returned to the applicant for completion. Hr block military The 270-day period, in this event, will not be considered as starting until the date the application is remailed to the IRS with the requested information, or, if a postmark is not evident, on the date the IRS receives a substantially completed application. Hr block military Appeal to Courts If the IRS issues an unfavorable determination letter or ruling to your organization and you have exhausted all the administrative remedies just discussed, your organization can seek judicial remedies. Hr block military For example, if your organization has paid the tax resulting from the adverse determination and met all other statutory prerequisites, it can file suit for a refund in a U. Hr block military S. Hr block military District Court or the U. Hr block military S. Hr block military Court of Federal Claims. Hr block military Or, if your organization elected not to pay the tax deficiency resulting from the adverse determination and met all other statutory prerequisites, it can file suit for a redetermination of the tax deficiencies in the United States Tax Court. Hr block military For more information on these types of suits, get Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund. Hr block military In certain situations, your organization can file suit for a declaratory judgment in the U. Hr block military S. Hr block military District Court for the District of Columbia, the U. Hr block military S. Hr block military Court of Federal Claims, or the U. Hr block military S. Hr block military Tax Court. Hr block military This remedy is available if your organization received an adverse notice of final determination, or if the IRS failed to make a timely determination on your initial or continuing qualification or classification as an exempt organization. Hr block military However, your exempt status claim must be as: An organization qualifying under section 501(c)(3), An organization to which a deduction for a contribution is allowed under section 170(c)(2), An organization that is a private foundation under section 509(a), A private operating foundation under section 4942(j)(3), or A cooperative organization that is exempt from tax under section 521. Hr block military Adverse notice of final determination. Hr block military   The adverse notice of final determination referred to above is a ruling or determination letter sent by certified or registered mail holding that your organization: Is not described in section 501(c)(3) or section 170(c)(2), Is a private foundation as defined in section 4942(j)(3), or Is a public charity described in a part of section 509(a) or section 170(b)(1)(A) other than the part under which your organization requested classification. Hr block military Favorable court rulings - IRS procedure. Hr block military   If a suit results in a final determination that your organization is exempt from tax, the IRS will issue a favorable ruling or determination letter, provided your organization has filed an application for exemption and submitted a statement that the underlying facts and applicable law are the same as in the period considered by the court. Hr block military Group Exemption Letter A group exemption letter is a ruling or determination letter issued to a central organization recognizing on a group basis the exemption under section 501(c) of subordinate organizations on whose behalf the central organization has applied for recognition of exemption. Hr block military A central organization is an organization that has one or more subordinates under its general supervision or control. Hr block military A subordinate organization is a chapter, local, post, or unit of a central organization. Hr block military A central organization may be a subordinate itself, such as a state organization that has subordinate units and is itself affiliated with a national (central) organization. Hr block military A subordinate organization may or may not be incorporated, but it must have an organizing document. Hr block military A subordinate that is organized and operated in a foreign country cannot be included in a group exemption letter. Hr block military A subordinate described in section 501(c)(3) cannot be included in a group exemption letter if it is a private foundation described in section 509(a). Hr block military If your organization is a subordinate controlled by a central organization (for example, a church, a veterans' organization, or a fraternal organization), you should check with the central organization to see if it has been issued a group exemption letter that covers your organization. Hr block military If it has, you do not have to file a separate application unless your organization no longer wants to be included in the group exemption letter. Hr block military If the group exemption letter does not cover your organization, ask your central organization about being included in the next annual group ruling update that it submits to the IRS. Hr block military Central Organization Application Procedure If your organization is a central organization with affiliated subordinates under its control, it can apply for a group exemption letter for its subordinates, provided it has obtained recognition of its own exemption before or concurrently with the group exemption. Hr block military You should make the application for such subordinates by letter instead of submitting either Form 1023 or 1024. Hr block military This procedure relieves each of the subordinates covered by a group exemption letter from filing its own application. Hr block military A central organization obtains its own recognition of exemption by sending its application to the IRS address shown on Form 8718 or Form 1023. Hr block military If the central organization has previously obtained recognition of its own exemption, it must indicate its employer identification number and the date of the letter recognizing its exemption. Hr block military It need not forward documents already submitted. Hr block military However, if it has not already done so, the central organization must submit a copy of any amendment to its governing instruments or internal regulations as well as any information about changes in its character, purposes, or method of operation. Hr block military Employer identification number. Hr block military   The central organization must have an EIN before it submits a completed exemption or group exemption application. Hr block military Each subordinate must have its own EIN, even if it has no employees. Hr block military When submitting its group exemption application, the central organization must provide an EIN for each subordinate organization. Hr block military Information required for subordinate organizations. Hr block military   In addition to the information required to obtain recognition of its own exemption, the central organization must submit information for those subordinates to be included in the group exemption letter. Hr block military The information should be forwarded in a letter signed by a principal officer of the central organization setting forth or including as attachments the following. Hr block military Information verifying that the subordinates: Are affiliated with the central organization at the close of its annual accounting period; Are subject to its general supervision or control; Are all eligible to qualify for exemption under the same paragraph of section 501(c), though not necessarily the paragraph under which the central organization itself is exempt; Are not private foundations if the application for a group exemption letter involves section 501(c)(3); Are all on the same accounting period as the central organization if they are to be included in group returns; and Are organizations that have been formed within the 15-month period preceding the date of submission of the group exemption application if they are claiming section 501(c)(3) status and are subject to the requirements of section 508(a) and wish to be recognized as exempt from their dates of creation (a group exemption letter may be issued covering subordinates, one or more of which have not been organized within the 15-month period preceding the date of submission, if all subordinates are willing to be recognized as exempt only from the date of application). Hr block military A detailed description of the purposes and activities of the subordinates, including the sources of receipts and the nature of expenditures. Hr block military A sample copy of a uniform governing instrument (such as a charter or articles of association) adopted by the subordinates, or, in its absence, copies of representative instruments. Hr block military An affirmation to the effect that, to the best of the officer's knowledge, the purposes and activities of the subordinates are as stated in (2) and (3), above. Hr block military A statement that each of the subordinates has provided a written authorization to the central organization, signed by an authorized officer of the subordinate, agreeing to be included in the group exemption (see also New 501(c)(3) organizations that want to be included , later in this section). Hr block military A list of subordinates to be included in the group exemption letter to which the IRS has issued an outstanding ruling or determination letter relating to exemption. Hr block military If the application for a group exemption letter involves section 501(c)(3) and is subject to the provisions of the Code requiring that it give timely notice that it is not a private foundation (see Private Foundations in chapter 3), an affirmation to the effect that, to the best of the officer's knowledge and belief, no subordinate to be included in the group exemption letter is a private foundation as defined in section 509(a). Hr block military For each subordinate that is a school claiming exemption under section 501(c)(3), the information required by Revenue Ruling 71-447, 1971-2 C. Hr block military B. Hr block military 230 and Revenue Procedure 75-50, 1975-2 C. Hr block military B. Hr block military 587 (these requirements are fully described in chapter 3, under Private Schools ; see also Schedule B, Form 1023). Hr block military For any school affiliated with a church, the information to show that the provisions of Revenue Ruling 75-231, 1975-1 C. Hr block military B. Hr block military 158, have been met. Hr block military A list of the names, mailing addresses, actual addresses if different, and EINs of subordinates to be included in the group exemption letter. Hr block military A current directory of subordinates may be furnished instead of the list if it includes the required information and if the subordinates not to be included in the group exemption letter are identified. Hr block military New 501(c)(3) organizations that want to be included. Hr block military   A new organization, described in section 501(c)(3), that wants to be included in a group exemption letter must submit its authorization (as explained in item number 5, earlier, under Information required for subordinate organizations ) to the central organization before the end of the 15th month after it was formed in order to satisfy the requirement of section 508(a). Hr block military The central organization must also include this subordinate in its next annual submission of information, as discussed later, under Information Required Annually . Hr block military Keeping the Group Exemption Letter in Force Continued effectiveness of a group exemption letter is based on the following conditions. Hr block military The continued existence of the central organization. Hr block military The continued qualification of the central organization for exemption under section 501(c). Hr block military The submission by the central organization of the information regarding its subordinate organizations that is required annually (described under Information Required Annually). Hr block military The annual filing of an information return (Form 990, for example) by the central organization if required. Hr block military The continued effectiveness of a group exemption letter as to a particular subordinate is based on these four conditions, as well as on the continued conformity by the subordinate to the requirements for inclusion in a group exemption letter, the authorization for inclusion, and the annual filing of any required information return for the subordinate. Hr block military Information Required Annually To maintain a group exemption letter, the central organization must submit annually, at least 90 days before the close of its annual accounting period, all of the following information. Hr block military Information about all changes in the purposes, character, or method of operation of the subordinates included in the group exemption letter. Hr block military A separate list (that includes the names, mailing addresses, actual addresses if different, and EINs of the affected subordinates) for each of the three following categories. Hr block military Subordinates that have changed their names or addresses during the year. Hr block military Subordinates no longer to be included in the group exemption letter because they no longer exist or have disaffiliated from or withdrawn their authorization to the central organization. Hr block military Subordinates to be added to the group exemption letter because they are newly organized or affiliated or because they have recently authorized the central organization to include them. Hr block military An annotated directory of subordinates will not be accepted for this purpose. Hr block military If there were none of the above changes, the central organization must submit a statement to that effect. Hr block military The same information about new subordinates that was required in the initial application for group exemption. Hr block military (This information is listed in items 1 through 10, under Information required for subordinate organizations. Hr block military , earlier. Hr block military ) If a new subordinate does not differ in any material respects from the subordinates included in the application for group exemption, however, a statement to this effect may be submitted in lieu of detailed information. Hr block military The organization should send this information to:   Ogden Service Center  Mail Stop 6271 Ogden, UT 84404-4749 Submitting the required information annually does not relieve the central organization or any of its subordinates of the duty to submit any other information that may be required by an EO area manager to determine whether the conditions for continued exemption are being met. Hr block military Events Causing Loss of Group Exemption A group exemption letter no longer has effect, for either a particular subordinate or the group as a whole, when: The central organization notifies the IRS that it is going out of existence, The central organization notifies the IRS, by its annual submission or otherwise, that any of its subordinates will no longer fulfill the conditions for continued effectiveness, explained earlier, or The IRS notifies the central organization or the affected subordinate that the group exemption letter will no longer have effect for some or all of the group because the conditions for continued effectiveness of a group exemption letter have not been fulfilled. Hr block military When notice is given under any of these three conditions, the IRS will no longer recognize the exempt status of the affected subordinates until they file separate applications on their own behalf or the central organization files complete supporting information for their reinclusion in the group exemption at the time of its annual submission. Hr block military However, when the notice is given by the IRS and the withdrawal of recognition is based on the failure of the organization to comply with the requirements for recognition of tax-exempt status under the particular subsection of section 501(c), the revocation will ordinarily take effect as of the date of that failure. Hr block military The notice, however, will be given only after the appeal procedures described earlier in this chapter are completed. Hr block military Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications