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Irs amendment Publication 531 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminder IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Irs amendment Tax questions. Irs amendment Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 531, such as legislation enacted after this publication was published, go to www. Irs amendment irs. Irs amendment gov/pub531. Irs amendment What's New Additional Medicare Tax. Irs amendment Beginning in 2013, a 0. Irs amendment 9% Additional Medicare Tax applies to Medicare wages, Railroad Retirement Tax Act (RRTA) compensation, and self-employment income that are more than: $125,000 if married filing separately, $250,000 if married filing jointly, or $200,000 for any other filing status. Irs amendment An employer is required to withhold Additional Medicare Tax on any Medicare wages or RRTA compensation it pays to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year without regard to the employee's filing status. Irs amendment An employer is required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which it pays wages or compensation in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it until the end of the calendar year. Irs amendment Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. Irs amendment There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. Irs amendment All wages and compensation that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. Irs amendment Tips are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding, if, in combination with other wages paid by the employer, they exceed the $200,000 withholding threshold. Irs amendment Similarly, tips are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding, if, in combination with other RRTA compensation paid by the employer, they exceed the $200,000 withholding threshold. Irs amendment For more information on Additional Medicare Tax, go to www. Irs amendment irs. Irs amendment gov and enter “Additional Medicare Tax” in the search box. Irs amendment Reminder Photographs of missing children. Irs amendment The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Irs amendment Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Irs amendment You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Irs amendment Introduction This publication is for employees who receive tips. Irs amendment All tips you receive are income and are subject to federal income tax. Irs amendment You must include in gross income all tips you receive directly, charged tips paid to you by your employer, and your share of any tips you receive under a tip-splitting or tip-pooling arrangement. Irs amendment The value of noncash tips, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value, is also income and subject to tax. Irs amendment Reporting your tip income correctly is not difficult. Irs amendment You must do three things. Irs amendment Keep a daily tip record. Irs amendment Report tips to your employer. Irs amendment Report all your tips on your income tax return. Irs amendment This publication will explain these three things and show you what to do on your tax return if you have not done the first two. Irs amendment This publication will also show you how to treat allocated tips. Irs amendment Comments and suggestions. 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Irs amendment 3. Irs amendment Reporting Rental Income, Expenses, and Losses Table of Contents Which Forms To UseSchedule E (Form 1040) Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business Qualified Joint Venture Limits on Rental LossesAt-Risk Rules Passive Activity Limits Casualties and Thefts Example Figuring the net income or loss for a residential rental activity may involve more than just listing the income and deductions on Schedule E (Form 1040). Irs amendment There are activities which do not qualify to use Schedule E, such as when the activity is not engaged in to make a profit or when you provide substantial services in conjunction with the property. Irs amendment There are also the limitations which may need to be applied if you have a net loss on Schedule E. Irs amendment There are two: (1) the limitation based on the amount of investment you have at risk in your rental activity, and (2) the special limits imposed on passive activities. Irs amendment You may also have a gain or loss related to your rental property from a casualty or theft. Irs amendment This is considered separately from the income and expense information you report on Schedule E. Irs amendment Which Forms To Use The basic form for reporting residential rental income and expenses is Schedule E (Form 1040). Irs amendment However, do not use that schedule to report a not-for-profit activity. Irs amendment See Not Rented for Profit , in chapter 4. Irs amendment There are also other rental situations in which forms other than Schedule E would be used. Irs amendment Schedule E (Form 1040) If you rent buildings, rooms, or apartments, and provide basic services such as heat and light, trash collection, etc. Irs amendment , you normally report your rental income and expenses on Schedule E, Part I. Irs amendment List your total income, expenses, and depreciation for each rental property. Irs amendment Be sure to enter the number of fair rental and personal use days on line 2. Irs amendment If you have more than three rental or royalty properties, complete and attach as many Schedules E as are needed to list the properties. Irs amendment Complete lines 1 and 2 for each property. Irs amendment However, fill in lines 23a through 26 on only one Schedule E. Irs amendment On Schedule E, page 1, line 18, enter the depreciation you are claiming for each property. Irs amendment To find out if you need to attach Form 4562, see Form 4562 , later. Irs amendment If you have a loss from your rental real estate activity, you also may need to complete one or both of the following forms. Irs amendment Form 6198, At-Risk Limitations. Irs amendment See At-Risk Rules , later. Irs amendment Also see Publication 925. Irs amendment Form 8582, Passive Activity Loss Limitations. Irs amendment See Passive Activity Limits , later. Irs amendment Page 2 of Schedule E is used to report income or loss from partnerships, S corporations, estates, trusts, and real estate mortgage investment conduits. Irs amendment If you need to use page 2 of Schedule E, be sure to use page 2 of the same Schedule E you used to enter your rental activity on page 1. Irs amendment Also, include the amount from line 26 (Part I) in the “Total income or (loss)” on line 41 (Part V). Irs amendment Form 4562. Irs amendment You must complete and attach Form 4562 for rental activities only if you are claiming: Depreciation, including the special depreciation allowance, on property placed in service during 2013; Depreciation on listed property (such as a car), regardless of when it was placed in service; or Any other car expenses, including the standard mileage rate or lease expenses. Irs amendment Otherwise, figure your depreciation on your own worksheet. Irs amendment You do not have to attach these computations to your return, but you should keep them in your records for future reference. Irs amendment See Publication 946 for information on preparing Form 4562. Irs amendment Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business Generally, Schedule C is used when you provide substantial services in conjunction with the property or the rental is part of a trade or business as a real estate dealer. Irs amendment Providing substantial services. Irs amendment If you provide substantial services that are primarily for your tenant's convenience, such as regular cleaning, changing linen, or maid service, you report your rental income and expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business. Irs amendment Use Form 1065, U. Irs amendment S. Irs amendment Return of Partnership Income, if your rental activity is a partnership (including a partnership with your spouse unless it is a qualified joint venture). Irs amendment Substantial services do not include the furnishing of heat and light, cleaning of public areas, trash collection, etc. Irs amendment For information, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. Irs amendment Also, you may have to pay self-employment tax on your rental income using Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax. Irs amendment For a discussion of “substantial services,” see Real Estate Rents in Publication 334, chapter 5. Irs amendment Qualified Joint Venture If you and your spouse each materially participate (see Material participation under Passive Activity Limits, later) as the only members of a jointly owned and operated real estate business, and you file a joint return for the tax year, you can make a joint election to be treated as a qualified joint venture instead of a partnership. Irs amendment This election, in most cases, will not increase the total tax owed on the joint return, but it does give each of you credit for social security earnings on which retirement benefits are based and for Medicare coverage if your rental income is subject to self-employment tax. Irs amendment If you make this election, you must report rental real estate income on Schedule E (or Schedule C if you provide substantial services). Irs amendment You will not be required to file Form 1065 for any year the election is in effect. Irs amendment Rental real estate income generally is not included in net earnings from self-employment subject to self-employment tax and generally is subject to the passive activity limits. Irs amendment If you and your spouse filed a Form 1065 for the year prior to the election, the partnership terminates at the end of the tax year immediately preceding the year the election takes effect. Irs amendment For more information on qualified joint ventures, go to IRS. Irs amendment gov and enter “qualified joint venture” in the search box. Irs amendment Limits on Rental Losses If you have a loss from your rental real estate activity, two sets of rules may limit the amount of loss you can deduct. Irs amendment You must consider these rules in the order shown below. Irs amendment Both are discussed in this section. Irs amendment At-risk rules. Irs amendment These rules are applied first if there is investment in your rental real estate activity for which you are not at risk. Irs amendment This applies only if the real property was placed in service after 1986. Irs amendment Passive activity limits. Irs amendment Generally, rental real estate activities are considered passive activities and losses are not deductible unless you have income from other passive activities to offset them. Irs amendment However, there are exceptions. Irs amendment At-Risk Rules You may be subject to the at-risk rules if you have: A loss from an activity carried on as a trade or business or for the production of income, and Amounts invested in the activity for which you are not fully at risk. Irs amendment Losses from holding real property (other than mineral property) placed in service before 1987 are not subject to the at-risk rules. Irs amendment In most cases, any loss from an activity subject to the at-risk rules is allowed only to the extent of the total amount you have at risk in the activity at the end of the tax year. Irs amendment You are considered at risk in an activity to the extent of cash and the adjusted basis of other property you contributed to the activity and certain amounts borrowed for use in the activity. Irs amendment Any loss that is disallowed because of the at-risk limits is treated as a deduction from the same activity in the next tax year. Irs amendment See Publication 925 for a discussion of the at-risk rules. Irs amendment Form 6198. Irs amendment If you are subject to the at-risk rules, file Form 6198, At-Risk Limitations, with your tax return. Irs amendment Passive Activity Limits In most cases, all rental real estate activities (except those of certain real estate professionals, discussed later) are passive activities. Irs amendment For this purpose, a rental activity is an activity from which you receive income mainly for the use of tangible property, rather than for services. Irs amendment For a discussion of activities that are not considered rental activities, see Rental Activities in Publication 925. Irs amendment Deductions or losses from passive activities are limited. Irs amendment You generally cannot offset income, other than passive income, with losses from passive activities. Irs amendment Nor can you offset taxes on income, other than passive income, with credits resulting from passive activities. Irs amendment Any excess loss or credit is carried forward to the next tax year. Irs amendment Exceptions to the rules for figuring passive activity limits for personal use of a dwelling unit and for rental real estate with active participation are discussed later. Irs amendment For a detailed discussion of these rules, see Publication 925. Irs amendment Real estate professionals. Irs amendment If you are a real estate professional, complete line 43 of Schedule E. Irs amendment You qualify as a real estate professional for the tax year if you meet both of the following requirements. Irs amendment More than half of the personal services you perform in all trades or businesses during the tax year are performed in real property trades or businesses in which you materially participate. Irs amendment You perform more than 750 hours of services during the tax year in real property trades or businesses in which you materially participate. Irs amendment If you qualify as a real estate professional, rental real estate activities in which you materially participated are not passive activities. Irs amendment For purposes of determining whether you materially participated in your rental real estate activities, each interest in rental real estate is a separate activity unless you elect to treat all your interests in rental real estate as one activity. Irs amendment Do not count personal services you perform as an employee in real property trades or businesses unless you are a 5% owner of your employer. Irs amendment You are a 5% owner if you own (or are considered to own) more than 5% of your employer's outstanding stock, or capital or profits interest. Irs amendment Do not count your spouse's personal services to determine whether you met the requirements listed earlier to qualify as a real estate professional. Irs amendment However, you can count your spouse's participation in an activity in determining if you materially participated. Irs amendment Real property trades or businesses. Irs amendment A real property trade or business is a trade or business that does any of the following with real property. Irs amendment Develops or redevelops it. Irs amendment Constructs or reconstructs it. Irs amendment Acquires it. Irs amendment Converts it. Irs amendment Rents or leases it. Irs amendment Operates or manages it. Irs amendment Brokers it. Irs amendment Choice to treat all interests as one activity. Irs amendment If you were a real estate professional and had more than one rental real estate interest during the year, you can choose to treat all the interests as one activity. Irs amendment You can make this choice for any year that you qualify as a real estate professional. Irs amendment If you forgo making the choice for one year, you can still make it for a later year. Irs amendment If you make the choice, it is binding for the tax year you make it and for any later year that you are a real estate professional. Irs amendment This is true even if you are not a real estate professional in any intervening year. Irs amendment (For that year, the exception for real estate professionals will not apply in determining whether your activity is subject to the passive activity rules. Irs amendment ) See the Instructions for Schedule E for information about making this choice. Irs amendment Material participation. Irs amendment Generally, you materially participated in an activity for the tax year if you were involved in its operations on a regular, continuous, and substantial basis during the year. Irs amendment For details, see Publication 925 or the Instructions for Schedule C. Irs amendment Participating spouse. Irs amendment If you are married, determine whether you materially participated in an activity by also counting any participation in the activity by your spouse during the year. Irs amendment Do this even if your spouse owns no interest in the activity or files a separate return for the year. Irs amendment Form 8582. Irs amendment You may have to complete Form 8582 to figure the amount of any passive activity loss for the current tax year for all activities and the amount of the passive activity loss allowed on your tax return. Irs amendment See Form 8582 not required , later in this chapter, to determine if you must complete Form 8582. Irs amendment If you are required to complete Form 8582 and are also subject to the at-risk rules, include the amount from Form 6198, line 21 (deductible loss) in column (b) of Form 8582, Worksheet 1 or 3, as required. Irs amendment Exception for Personal Use of Dwelling Unit If you used the rental property as a home during the year, any income, deductions, gain, or loss allocable to such use shall not be taken into account for purposes of the passive activity loss limitation. Irs amendment Instead, follow the rules explained in chapter 5, Personal Use of Dwelling Unit (Including Vacation Home). Irs amendment Exception for Rental Real Estate With Active Participation If you or your spouse actively participated in a passive rental real estate activity, you may be able to deduct up to $25,000 of loss from the activity from your nonpassive income. Irs amendment This special allowance is an exception to the general rule disallowing losses in excess of income from passive activities. Irs amendment Similarly, you may be able to offset credits from the activity against the tax on up to $25,000 of nonpassive income after taking into account any losses allowed under this exception. Irs amendment Example. Irs amendment Jane is single and has $40,000 in wages, $2,000 of passive income from a limited partnership, and $3,500 of passive loss from a rental real estate activity in which she actively participated. Irs amendment $2,000 of Jane's $3,500 loss offsets her passive income. Irs amendment The remaining $1,500 loss can be deducted from her $40,000 wages. Irs amendment The special allowance is not available if you were married, lived with your spouse at any time during the year, and are filing a separate return. Irs amendment Active participation. Irs amendment You actively participated in a rental real estate activity if you (and your spouse) owned at least 10% of the rental property and you made management decisions or arranged for others to provide services (such as repairs) in a significant and bona fide sense. Irs amendment Management decisions that may count as active participation include approving new tenants, deciding on rental terms, approving expenditures, and other similar decisions. Irs amendment Example. Irs amendment Mike is single and had the following income and losses during the tax year: Salary $42,300 Dividends 300 Interest 1,400 Rental loss (4,000) The rental loss was from the rental of a house Mike owned. Irs amendment Mike had advertised and rented the house to the current tenant himself. Irs amendment He also collected the rents, which usually came by mail. Irs amendment All repairs were either made or contracted out by Mike. Irs amendment Although the rental loss is from a passive activity, because Mike actively participated in the rental property management he can use the entire $4,000 loss to offset his other income. Irs amendment Maximum special allowance. Irs amendment The maximum special allowance is: $25,000 for single individuals and married individuals filing a joint return for the tax year, $12,500 for married individuals who file separate returns for the tax year and lived apart from their spouses at all times during the tax year, and $25,000 for a qualifying estate reduced by the special allowance for which the surviving spouse qualified. Irs amendment If your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is $100,000 or less ($50,000 or less if married filing separately), you can deduct your loss up to the amount specified above. Irs amendment If your MAGI is more than $100,000 (more than $50,000 if married filing separately), your special allowance is limited to 50% of the difference between $150,000 ($75,000 if married filing separately) and your MAGI. Irs amendment Generally, if your MAGI is $150,000 or more ($75,000 or more if you are married filing separately), there is no special allowance. Irs amendment Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). Irs amendment This is your adjusted gross income from Form 1040, U. Irs amendment S. Irs amendment Individual Income Tax Return, line 38, or Form 1040NR, U. Irs amendment S. Irs amendment Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return, line 37, figured without taking into account: The taxable amount of social security or equivalent tier 1 railroad retirement benefits, The deductible contributions to traditional individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and section 501(c)(18) pension plans, The exclusion from income of interest from Series EE and I U. Irs amendment S. Irs amendment savings bonds used to pay higher educational expenses, The exclusion of amounts received under an employer's adoption assistance program, Any passive activity income or loss included on Form 8582, Any rental real estate loss allowed to real estate professionals, Any overall loss from a publicly traded partnership (see Publicly Traded Partnerships (PTPs) in the Instructions for Form 8582), The deduction allowed for one-half of self-employment tax, The deduction allowed for interest paid on student loans, The deduction for qualified tuition and related fees, and The domestic production activities deduction (see the Instructions for Form 8903). Irs amendment Form 8582 not required. Irs amendment Do not complete Form 8582 if you meet all of the following conditions. Irs amendment Your only passive activities were rental real estate activities in which you actively participated. Irs amendment Your overall net loss from these activities is $25,000 or less ($12,500 or less if married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse all year). Irs amendment If married filing separately, you lived apart from your spouse all year. Irs amendment You have no prior year unallowed losses from these (or any other passive) activities. Irs amendment You have no current or prior year unallowed credits from passive activities. Irs amendment Your MAGI is $100,000 or less ($50,000 or less if married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse all year). Irs amendment You do not hold any interest in a rental real estate activity as a limited partner or as a beneficiary of an estate or a trust. Irs amendment If you meet all of the conditions listed above, your rental real estate activities are not limited by the passive activity rules and you do not have to complete Form 8582. Irs amendment On lines 23a through 23e of your Schedule E, enter the applicable amounts. Irs amendment Casualties and Thefts As a result of a casualty or theft, you may have a loss related to your rental property. Irs amendment You may be able to deduct the loss on your income tax return. Irs amendment Casualty. Irs amendment This is the damage, destruction, or loss of property resulting from an identifiable event that is sudden, unexpected, or unusual. Irs amendment Such events include a storm, fire, or earthquake. Irs amendment Theft. Irs amendment This is defined as the unlawful taking and removing of your money or property with the intent to deprive you of it. Irs amendment Gain from casualty or theft. Irs amendment It is also possible to have a gain from a casualty or theft if you receive money, including insurance, that is more than your adjusted basis in the property. Irs amendment Generally, you must report this gain. Irs amendment However, under certain circumstances, you may defer paying tax by choosing to postpone reporting the gain. Irs amendment To do this, you generally must buy replacement property within 2 years after the close of the first tax year in which any part of your gain is realized. Irs amendment In certain circumstances, the replacement period can be greater than 2 years; see Replacement Period in Publication 547 for more information. Irs amendment The cost of the replacement property must be equal to or more than the net insurance or other payment you received. Irs amendment More information. Irs amendment For information on business and nonbusiness casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547. Irs amendment How to report. Irs amendment If you had a casualty or theft that involved property used in your rental activity, figure the net gain or loss in Section B of Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts. Irs amendment Follow the Instructions for Form 4684 for where to carry your net gain or loss. Irs amendment Example In February 2008, Marie Pfister bought a rental house for $135,000 (house $120,000 and land $15,000) and immediately began renting it out. Irs amendment In 2013, she rented it all 12 months for a monthly rental fee of $1,125. Irs amendment In addition to her rental income of $13,500 (12 x $1,125), Marie had the following expenses. Irs amendment Mortgage interest $8,000 Fire insurance (1-year policy) 250 Miscellaneous repairs 400 Real estate taxes imposed and paid 500 Maintenance 200 Marie depreciates the residential rental property under MACRS GDS. Irs amendment This means using the straight line method over a recovery period of 27. Irs amendment 5 years. Irs amendment She uses Table 2-2d to find her depreciation percentage. Irs amendment Because she placed the property in service in February 2008, she continues to use that row of Table 2-2d. Irs amendment For year 6, the rate is 3. Irs amendment 636%. Irs amendment Marie figures her net rental income or loss for the house as follows: Total rental income received ($1,125 × 12) $13,500 Minus: Expenses Mortgage interest $8,000 Fire insurance 250 Miscellaneous repairs 400 Real estate taxes 500 Maintenance 200 Total expenses 9,350 Balance $4,150 Minus: Depreciation ($120,000 x 3. Irs amendment 636%) 4,363 Net rental (loss) for house ($213) Marie had a net loss for the year. Irs amendment Because she actively participated in her passive rental real estate activity and her loss was less than $25,000, she can deduct the loss on her return. Irs amendment Marie also meets all of the requirements for not having to file Form 8582. Irs amendment She uses Schedule E, Part I, to report her rental income and expenses. Irs amendment She enters her income, expenses, and depreciation for the house in the column for Property A and enters her loss on line 22. 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