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Irs gov tax return Publication 587 - Main Content Table of Contents Qualifying for a DeductionExclusive Use Regular Use Trade or Business Use Principal Place of Business Place To Meet Patients, Clients, or Customers Separate Structure Figuring the DeductionUsing Actual Expenses Using the Simplified Method Daycare Facility Standard meal and snack rates. Irs gov tax return Sale or Exchange of Your HomeGain on Sale Depreciation Basis Adjustment Reporting the Sale More Information Business Furniture and EquipmentListed Property Property Bought for Business Use Personal Property Converted to Business Use Recordkeeping Where To DeductSelf-Employed Persons Employees Partners How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your HomeInstructions for the Worksheet Worksheets To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home (Simplified Method) Instructions for the Simplified Method Worksheet Instructions for the Daycare Facility Worksheet Instructions for the Area Adjustment Worksheet Qualifying for a Deduction Generally, you cannot deduct items related to your home, such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, utilities, maintenance, rent, depreciation, or property insurance, as business expenses. Irs gov tax return However, you may be able to deduct expenses related to the business use of part of your home if you meet specific requirements. Irs gov tax return Even then, the deductible amount of these types of expenses may be limited. Irs gov tax return Use this section and Figure A, later, to decide if you can deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Irs gov tax return To qualify to deduct expenses for business use of your home, you must use part of your home: Exclusively and regularly as your principal place of business (defined later), Exclusively and regularly as a place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, In the case of a separate structure which is not attached to your home, in connection with your trade or business, On a regular basis for certain storage use (see Storage of inventory or product samples , later), For rental use (see Publication 527), or As a daycare facility (see Daycare Facility , later). Irs gov tax return Additional tests for employee use. Irs gov tax return   If you are an employee and you use a part of your home for business, you may qualify for a deduction for its business use. Irs gov tax return You must meet the tests discussed earlier plus: Your business use must be for the convenience of your employer, and You must not rent any part of your home to your employer and use the rented portion to perform services as an employee for that employer. Irs gov tax return If the use of the home office is merely appropriate and helpful, you cannot deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Irs gov tax return Exclusive Use To qualify under the exclusive use test, you must use a specific area of your home only for your trade or business. Irs gov tax return The area used for business can be a room or other separately identifiable space. Irs gov tax return The space does not need to be marked off by a permanent partition. Irs gov tax return You do not meet the requirements of the exclusive use test if you use the area in question both for business and for personal purposes. Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return You are an attorney and use a den in your home to write legal briefs and prepare clients' tax returns. Irs gov tax return Your family also uses the den for recreation. Irs gov tax return The den is not used exclusively in your trade or business, so you cannot claim a deduction for the business use of the den. Irs gov tax return Exceptions to Exclusive Use You do not have to meet the exclusive use test if either of the following applies. Irs gov tax return You use part of your home for the storage of inventory or product samples (discussed next). Irs gov tax return You use part of your home as a daycare facility, discussed later under Daycare Facility . Irs gov tax return Note. Irs gov tax return With the exception of these two uses, any portion of the home used for business purposes must meet the exclusive use test. Irs gov tax return Storage of inventory or product samples. Irs gov tax return    If you use part of your home for storage of inventory or product samples, you can deduct expenses for the business use of your home without meeting the exclusive use test. Irs gov tax return However, you must meet all the following tests. Irs gov tax return You sell products at wholesale or retail as your trade or business. Irs gov tax return You keep the inventory or product samples in your home for use in your trade or business. Irs gov tax return Your home is the only fixed location of your trade or business. Irs gov tax return You use the storage space on a regular basis. Irs gov tax return The space you use is a separately identifiable space suitable for storage. Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return Your home is the only fixed location of your business of selling mechanics' tools at retail. Irs gov tax return You regularly use half of your basement for storage of inventory and product samples. Irs gov tax return You sometimes use the area for personal purposes. Irs gov tax return The expenses for the storage space are deductible even though you do not use this part of your basement exclusively for business. Irs gov tax return Regular Use To qualify under the regular use test, you must use a specific area of your home for business on a regular basis. Irs gov tax return Incidental or occasional business use is not regular use. Irs gov tax return You must consider all facts and circumstances in determining whether your use is on a regular basis. Irs gov tax return Trade or Business Use To qualify under the trade-or-business-use test, you must use part of your home in connection with a trade or business. Irs gov tax return If you use your home for a profit-seeking activity that is not a trade or business, you cannot take a deduction for its business use. Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return You use part of your home exclusively and regularly to read financial periodicals and reports, clip bond coupons, and carry out similar activities related to your own investments. Irs gov tax return You do not make investments as a broker or dealer. Irs gov tax return So, your activities are not part of a trade or business and you cannot take a deduction for the business use of your home. Irs gov tax return Principal Place of Business You can have more than one business location, including your home, for a single trade or business. Irs gov tax return To qualify to deduct the expenses for the business use of your home under the principal place of business test, your home must be your principal place of business for that trade or business. Irs gov tax return To determine whether your home is your principal place of business, you must consider: The relative importance of the activities performed at each place where you conduct business, and The amount of time spent at each place where you conduct business. Irs gov tax return Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. Irs gov tax return You use it exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Irs gov tax return You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Irs gov tax return If, after considering your business locations, your home cannot be identified as your principal place of business, you cannot deduct home office expenses. Irs gov tax return However, see the later discussions under Place To Meet Patients, Clients, or Customers and Separate Structure for other ways to qualify to deduct home office expenses. Irs gov tax return Administrative or management activities. Irs gov tax return   There are many activities that are administrative or managerial in nature. Irs gov tax return The following are a few examples. Irs gov tax return Billing customers, clients, or patients. Irs gov tax return Keeping books and records. Irs gov tax return Ordering supplies. Irs gov tax return Setting up appointments. Irs gov tax return Forwarding orders or writing reports. Irs gov tax return Administrative or management activities performed at other locations. Irs gov tax return   The following activities performed by you or others will not disqualify your home office from being your principal place of business. Irs gov tax return You have others conduct your administrative or management activities at locations other than your home. Irs gov tax return (For example, another company does your billing from its place of business. Irs gov tax return ) You conduct administrative or management activities at places that are not fixed locations of your business, such as in a car or a hotel room. Irs gov tax return You occasionally conduct minimal administrative or management activities at a fixed location outside your home. Irs gov tax return You conduct substantial nonadministrative or nonmanagement business activities at a fixed location outside your home. Irs gov tax return (For example, you meet with or provide services to customers, clients, or patients at a fixed location of the business outside your home. Irs gov tax return ) You have suitable space to conduct administrative or management activities outside your home, but choose to use your home office for those activities instead. Irs gov tax return Please click here for the text description of the image. Irs gov tax return Can you deduct business use of the home expenses? Example 1. Irs gov tax return John is a self-employed plumber. Irs gov tax return Most of John's time is spent at customers' homes and offices installing and repairing plumbing. Irs gov tax return He has a small office in his home that he uses exclusively and regularly for the administrative or management activities of his business, such as phoning customers, ordering supplies, and keeping his books. Irs gov tax return John writes up estimates and records of work completed at his customers' premises. Irs gov tax return He does not conduct any substantial administrative or management activities at any fixed location other than his home office. Irs gov tax return John does not do his own billing. Irs gov tax return He uses a local bookkeeping service to bill his customers. Irs gov tax return John's home office qualifies as his principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. Irs gov tax return He uses the home office for the administrative or managerial activities of his plumbing business and he has no other fixed location where he conducts these administrative or managerial activities. Irs gov tax return His choice to have his billing done by another company does not disqualify his home office from being his principal place of business. Irs gov tax return He meets all the qualifications, including principal place of business, so he can deduct expenses (subject to certain limitations, explained later) for the business use of his home. Irs gov tax return Example 2. Irs gov tax return Pamela is a self-employed sales representative for several different product lines. Irs gov tax return She has an office in her home that she uses exclusively and regularly to set up appointments and write up orders and other reports for the companies whose products she sells. Irs gov tax return She occasionally writes up orders and sets up appointments from her hotel room when she is away on business overnight. Irs gov tax return Pamela's business is selling products to customers at various locations throughout her territory. Irs gov tax return To make these sales, she regularly visits customers to explain the available products and take orders. Irs gov tax return Pamela's home office qualifies as her principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. Irs gov tax return She conducts administrative or management activities there and she has no other fixed location where she conducts substantial administrative or management activities. Irs gov tax return The fact that she conducts some administrative or management activities in her hotel room (not a fixed location) does not disqualify her home office from being her principal place of business. Irs gov tax return She meets all the qualifications, including principal place of business, so she can deduct expenses (subject to certain limitations, explained later) for the business use of her home. Irs gov tax return Example 3. Irs gov tax return Paul is a self-employed anesthesiologist. Irs gov tax return He spends the majority of his time administering anesthesia and postoperative care in three local hospitals. Irs gov tax return One of the hospitals provides him with a small shared office where he could conduct administrative or management activities. Irs gov tax return Paul very rarely uses the office the hospital provides. Irs gov tax return He uses a room in his home that he has converted to an office. Irs gov tax return He uses this room exclusively and regularly to conduct all the following activities. Irs gov tax return Contacting patients, surgeons, and hospitals regarding scheduling. Irs gov tax return Preparing for treatments and presentations. Irs gov tax return Maintaining billing records and patient logs. Irs gov tax return Satisfying continuing medical education requirements. Irs gov tax return Reading medical journals and books. Irs gov tax return Paul's home office qualifies as his principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. Irs gov tax return He conducts administrative or management activities for his business as an anesthesiologist there and he has no other fixed location where he conducts substantial administrative or management activities for this business. Irs gov tax return His choice to use his home office instead of the one provided by the hospital does not disqualify his home office from being his principal place of business. Irs gov tax return His performance of substantial nonadministrative or nonmanagement activities at fixed locations outside his home also does not disqualify his home office from being his principal place of business. Irs gov tax return He meets all the qualifications, including principal place of business, so he can deduct expenses (subject to certain limitations, explained later) for the business use of his home. Irs gov tax return Example 4. Irs gov tax return Kathleen is employed as a teacher. Irs gov tax return She is required to teach and meet with students at the school and to grade papers and tests. Irs gov tax return The school provides her with a small office where she can work on her lesson plans, grade papers and tests, and meet with parents and students. Irs gov tax return The school does not require her to work at home. Irs gov tax return Kathleen prefers to use the office she has set up in her home and does not use the one provided by the school. Irs gov tax return She uses this home office exclusively and regularly for the administrative duties of her teaching job. Irs gov tax return Kathleen must meet the convenience-of-the-employer test, even if her home qualifies as her principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. Irs gov tax return Her employer provides her with an office and does not require her to work at home, so she does not meet the convenience-of-the-employer test and cannot claim a deduction for the business use of her home. Irs gov tax return More Than One Trade or Business The same home office can be the principal place of business for two or more separate business activities. Irs gov tax return Whether your home office is the principal place of business for more than one business activity must be determined separately for each of your trade or business activities. Irs gov tax return You must use the home office exclusively and regularly for one or more of the following purposes. Irs gov tax return As the principal place of business for one or more of your trades or businesses. Irs gov tax return As a place to meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of one or more of your trades or businesses. Irs gov tax return If your home office is a separate structure, in connection with one or more of your trades or businesses. Irs gov tax return You can use your home office for more than one business activity, but you cannot use it for any nonbusiness (i. Irs gov tax return e. Irs gov tax return , personal) activities. Irs gov tax return If you are an employee, any use of the home office in connection with your employment must be for the convenience of your employer. Irs gov tax return See Rental to employer , later, if you rent part of your home to your employer. Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return Tracy White is employed as a teacher. Irs gov tax return Her principal place of work is the school, which provides her office space to do her school work. Irs gov tax return She also has a mail order jewelry business. Irs gov tax return All her work in the jewelry business is done in her home office and the office is used exclusively for that business. Irs gov tax return If she meets all the other tests, she can deduct expenses for the business use of her home for the jewelry business. Irs gov tax return If Tracy also uses the office for work related to her teaching, she must meet the exclusive use test for both businesses to qualify for the deduction. Irs gov tax return As an employee, Tracy must also meet the convenience-of-the-employer test to qualify for the deduction. Irs gov tax return She does not meet this test for her work as a teacher, so she cannot claim a deduction for the business use of her home for either activity. Irs gov tax return Place To Meet Patients, Clients, or Customers If you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in your home in the normal course of your business, even though you also carry on business at another location, you can deduct your expenses for the part of your home used exclusively and regularly for business if you meet both the following tests. Irs gov tax return You physically meet with patients, clients, or customers on your premises. Irs gov tax return Their use of your home is substantial and integral to the conduct of your business. Irs gov tax return Doctors, dentists, attorneys, and other professionals who maintain offices in their homes generally will meet this requirement. Irs gov tax return Using your home for occasional meetings and telephone calls will not qualify you to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Irs gov tax return The part of your home you use exclusively and regularly to meet patients, clients, or customers does not have to be your principal place of business. Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return June Quill, a self-employed attorney, works 3 days a week in her city office. Irs gov tax return She works 2 days a week in her home office used only for business. Irs gov tax return She regularly meets clients there. Irs gov tax return Her home office qualifies for a business deduction because she meets clients there in the normal course of her business. Irs gov tax return Separate Structure You can deduct expenses for a separate free-standing structure, such as a studio, workshop, garage, or barn, if you use it exclusively and regularly for your business. Irs gov tax return The structure does not have to be your principal place of business or a place where you meet patients, clients, or customers. Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return John Berry operates a floral shop in town. Irs gov tax return He grows the plants for his shop in a greenhouse behind his home. Irs gov tax return He uses the greenhouse exclusively and regularly in his business, so he can deduct the expenses for its use, subject to certain limitations, explained later. Irs gov tax return Figuring the Deduction After you determine that you meet the tests under Qualifying for a Deduction , you can begin to figure how much you can deduct. Irs gov tax return When figuring the amount you can deduct for the business use of your home, you will use either your actual expenses or a simplified method. Irs gov tax return Electing to use the simplified method. Irs gov tax return   The simplified method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Irs gov tax return You choose whether or not to figure your deduction using the simplified method each taxable year. Irs gov tax return See Using the Simplified Method , later. Irs gov tax return Rental to employer. Irs gov tax return   If you rent part of your home to your employer and you use the rented part in performing services for your employer as an employee, your deduction for the business use of your home is limited. Irs gov tax return You can deduct mortgage interest, qualified mortgage insurance premiums, real estate taxes, and personal casualty losses for the rented part, subject to any limitations. Irs gov tax return However, you cannot deduct otherwise allowable trade or business expenses, business casualty losses, or depreciation related to the use of your home (or use the simplified method as an alternative to deducting these actual expenses) in performing services for your employer. Irs gov tax return Using Actual Expenses If you do not or cannot elect to use the simplified method for a home, you will figure your deduction for that home using your actual expenses. Irs gov tax return You will also need to figure the percentage of your home used for business and the limit on the deduction. Irs gov tax return If you are an employee or a partner, or you use your home in your farming business and you file Schedule F (Form 1040), you can use the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home, near the end of this publication, to help you figure your deduction. Irs gov tax return If you use your home in a trade or business and you file Schedule C (Form 1040), you will use Form 8829 to figure your deduction. Irs gov tax return Part-year use. Irs gov tax return   You cannot deduct expenses for the business use of your home incurred during any part of the year you did not use your home for business purposes. Irs gov tax return For example, if you begin using part of your home for business on July 1, and you meet all the tests from that date until the end of the year, consider only your expenses for the last half of the year in figuring your allowable deduction. Irs gov tax return Expenses related to tax-exempt income. Irs gov tax return   Generally, you cannot deduct expenses that are related to tax-exempt allowances. Irs gov tax return However, if you receive a tax-exempt parsonage allowance or a tax-exempt military allowance, your expenses for mortgage interest and real estate taxes are deductible under the normal rules. Irs gov tax return No deduction is allowed for other expenses related to the tax-exempt allowance. Irs gov tax return   If your housing is provided free of charge and the value of the housing is tax exempt, you cannot deduct the rental value of any portion of the housing. Irs gov tax return Actual Expenses You must divide the expenses of operating your home between personal and business use. Irs gov tax return The part of a home operating expense you can use to figure your deduction depends on both of the following. Irs gov tax return Whether the expense is direct, indirect, or unrelated. Irs gov tax return The percentage of your home used for business. Irs gov tax return Table 1, next, describes the types of expenses you may have and the extent to which they are deductible. Irs gov tax return Table 1. Irs gov tax return Types of Expenses  Expense  Description  Deductibility Direct Expenses only for  the business part  of your home. Irs gov tax return Deductible in full. Irs gov tax return *   Examples:  Painting or repairs  only in the area  used for business. Irs gov tax return Exception: May be only partially  deductible in a daycare facility. Irs gov tax return See Daycare Facility , later. Irs gov tax return Indirect Expenses for  keeping up and running your  entire home. Irs gov tax return Deductible based on the percentage of your home used for business. Irs gov tax return *   Examples:  Insurance, utilities, and  general repairs. Irs gov tax return   Unrelated Expenses only for  the parts of your  home not used  for business. Irs gov tax return Not deductible. Irs gov tax return   Examples:  Lawn care or painting  a room not used  for business. Irs gov tax return   *Subject to the deduction limit, discussed later. Irs gov tax return Form 8829 and the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home have separate columns for direct and indirect expenses. Irs gov tax return Certain expenses are deductible whether or not you use your home for business. Irs gov tax return If you qualify to deduct business use of the home expenses, use the business percentage of these expenses to figure your total business use of the home deduction. Irs gov tax return These expenses include the following. Irs gov tax return Real estate taxes. Irs gov tax return Qualified mortgage insurance premiums. Irs gov tax return Deductible mortgage interest. Irs gov tax return Casualty losses. Irs gov tax return Other expenses are deductible only if you use your home for business. Irs gov tax return You can use the business percentage of these expenses to figure your total business use of the home deduction. Irs gov tax return These expenses generally include (but are not limited to) the following. Irs gov tax return Depreciation (covered under Depreciating Your Home , later). Irs gov tax return Insurance. Irs gov tax return Rent paid for the use of property you do not own but use in your trade or business. Irs gov tax return Repairs. Irs gov tax return Security system. Irs gov tax return Utilities and services. Irs gov tax return Real estate taxes. Irs gov tax return   To figure the business part of your real estate taxes, multiply the real estate taxes paid by the percentage of your home used for business. Irs gov tax return   For more information on the deduction for real estate taxes, see Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. Irs gov tax return Deductible mortgage interest. Irs gov tax return   To figure the business part of your deductible mortgage interest, multiply this interest by the percentage of your home used for business. Irs gov tax return You can include interest on a second mortgage in this computation. Irs gov tax return If your total mortgage debt is more than $1,000,000 or your home equity debt is more than $100,000, your deduction may be limited. Irs gov tax return For more information on what interest is deductible, see Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. Irs gov tax return Qualified mortgage insurance premiums. Irs gov tax return   To figure the business part of your qualified mortgage insurance premiums, multiply the premiums by the percentage of your home used for business. Irs gov tax return You can include premiums for insurance on a second mortgage in this computation. Irs gov tax return If your adjusted gross income is more than $100,000 ($50,000 if your filing status is married filing separately), your deduction may be limited. Irs gov tax return For more information, see Publication 936, and Line 13 in the Instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040). Irs gov tax return Casualty losses. Irs gov tax return    If you have a casualty loss on your home that you use for business, treat the casualty loss as a direct expense, an indirect expense, or an unrelated expense, depending on the property affected. Irs gov tax return A direct expense is the loss on the portion of the property you use only in your business. Irs gov tax return Use the entire loss to figure the business use of the home deduction. Irs gov tax return An indirect expense is the loss on property you use for both business and personal purposes. Irs gov tax return Use only the business portion to figure the deduction. Irs gov tax return An unrelated expense is the loss on property you do not use in your business. Irs gov tax return Do not use any of the loss to figure the deduction. Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return You meet the rules to take a deduction for an office in your home that is 10% of the total area of your house. Irs gov tax return A storm damages your roof. Irs gov tax return This is an indirect expense as the roof is part of the whole house and is considered to be used both for business and personal purposes. Irs gov tax return You would complete Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts, to report your loss. Irs gov tax return You complete both section A (Personal Use Property) and section B (Business and Income-Producing Property) as your home is used both for business and personal purposes. Irs gov tax return Since you use 90% of your home for personal purposes, use 90% of the cost or adjusted basis of your home, insurance or other reimbursement, and fair market value, both before and after the storm, to figure the amounts to enter on lines 2, 3, 5, and 6 of Form 4684. Irs gov tax return Since you use 10% of your home for business purposes, use 10% of the cost or adjusted basis of your home, insurance or other reimbursement, and fair market value, both before and after the storm, to figure the amounts to enter on lines 20, 21, 23, and 24 of Form 4684. Irs gov tax return Forms and worksheets to use. Irs gov tax return   If you are filing Schedule C (Form 1040), get Form 8829 and follow the instructions for casualty losses. Irs gov tax return If you are an employee or a partner, or you file Schedule F (Form 1040), use the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home, near the end of this publication. Irs gov tax return You will also need to get Form 4684. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information on casualty losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Irs gov tax return Insurance. Irs gov tax return   You can deduct the cost of insurance that covers the business part of your home. Irs gov tax return However, if your insurance premium gives you coverage for a period that extends past the end of your tax year, you can deduct only the business percentage of the part of the premium that gives you coverage for your tax year. Irs gov tax return You can deduct the business percentage of the part that applies to the following year in that year. Irs gov tax return Rent. Irs gov tax return   If you rent the home you occupy and meet the requirements for business use of the home, you can deduct part of the rent you pay. Irs gov tax return To figure your deduction, multiply your rent payments by the percentage of your home used for business. Irs gov tax return   If you own your home, you cannot deduct the fair rental value of your home. Irs gov tax return However, see Depreciating Your Home , later. Irs gov tax return Repairs. Irs gov tax return   The cost of repairs that relate to your business, including labor (other than your own labor), is a deductible expense. Irs gov tax return For example, a furnace repair benefits the entire home. Irs gov tax return If you use 10% of your home for business, you can deduct 10% of the cost of the furnace repair. Irs gov tax return   Repairs keep your home in good working order over its useful life. Irs gov tax return Examples of common repairs are patching walls and floors, painting, wallpapering, repairing roofs and gutters, and mending leaks. Irs gov tax return However, repairs are sometimes treated as a permanent improvement and are not deductible. Irs gov tax return See Permanent improvements , later, under Depreciating Your Home. Irs gov tax return Security system. Irs gov tax return   If you install a security system that protects all the doors and windows in your home, you can deduct the business part of the expenses you incur to maintain and monitor the system. Irs gov tax return You also can take a depreciation deduction for the part of the cost of the security system relating to the business use of your home. Irs gov tax return Utilities and services. Irs gov tax return   Expenses for utilities and services, such as electricity, gas, trash removal, and cleaning services, are primarily personal expenses. Irs gov tax return However, if you use part of your home for business, you can deduct the business part of these expenses. Irs gov tax return Generally, the business percentage for utilities is the same as the percentage of your home used for business. Irs gov tax return Telephone. Irs gov tax return   The basic local telephone service charge, including taxes, for the first telephone line into your home (i. Irs gov tax return e. Irs gov tax return , landline) is a nondeductible personal expense. Irs gov tax return However, charges for business long-distance phone calls on that line, as well as the cost of a second line into your home used exclusively for business, are deductible business expenses. Irs gov tax return Do not include these expenses as a cost of using your home for business. Irs gov tax return Deduct these charges separately on the appropriate form or schedule. Irs gov tax return For example, if you file Schedule C (Form 1040), deduct these expenses on line 25, Utilities (instead of line 30, Expenses for business use of your home). Irs gov tax return Depreciating Your Home If you own your home and qualify to deduct expenses for its business use, you can claim a deduction for depreciation. Irs gov tax return Depreciation is an allowance for the wear and tear on the part of your home used for business. Irs gov tax return You cannot depreciate the cost or value of the land. Irs gov tax return You recover its cost when you sell or otherwise dispose of the property. Irs gov tax return Before you figure your depreciation deduction, you need to know the following information. Irs gov tax return The month and year you started using your home for business. Irs gov tax return The adjusted basis and fair market value of your home (excluding land) at the time you began using it for business. Irs gov tax return The cost of any improvements before and after you began using the property for business. Irs gov tax return The percentage of your home used for business. Irs gov tax return See Business Percentage , later. Irs gov tax return Adjusted basis defined. Irs gov tax return   The adjusted basis of your home is generally its cost, plus the cost of any permanent improvements you made to it, minus any casualty losses or depreciation deducted in earlier tax years. Irs gov tax return For a discussion of adjusted basis, see Publication 551. Irs gov tax return Permanent improvements. Irs gov tax return   A permanent improvement increases the value of property, adds to its life, or gives it a new or different use. Irs gov tax return Examples of improvements are replacing electric wiring or plumbing, adding a new roof or addition, paneling, or remodeling. Irs gov tax return    You must carefully distinguish between repairs and improvements. Irs gov tax return See Repairs , earlier, under Actual Expenses. Irs gov tax return You also must keep accurate records of these expenses. Irs gov tax return These records will help you decide whether an expense is a deductible or a capital (added to the basis) expense. Irs gov tax return However, if you make repairs as part of an extensive remodeling or restoration of your home, the entire job is an improvement. Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return You buy an older home and fix up two rooms as a beauty salon. Irs gov tax return You patch the plaster on the ceilings and walls, paint, repair the floor, install an outside door, and install new wiring, plumbing, and other equipment. Irs gov tax return Normally, the patching, painting, and floor work are repairs and the other expenses are permanent improvements. Irs gov tax return However, because the work gives your property a new use, the entire remodeling job is a permanent improvement and its cost is added to the basis of the property. Irs gov tax return You cannot deduct any portion of it as a repair expense. Irs gov tax return Adjusting for depreciation deducted in earlier years. Irs gov tax return   Decrease the basis of your property by the depreciation you deducted, or could have deducted, on your tax returns under the method of depreciation you properly selected. Irs gov tax return If you deducted less depreciation than you could have under the method you selected, decrease the basis by the amount you could have deducted under that method. Irs gov tax return If you did not deduct any depreciation, decrease the basis by the amount you could have deducted. Irs gov tax return   If you deducted more depreciation than you should have, decrease your basis by the amount you should have deducted, plus the part of the excess depreciation you deducted that actually decreased your tax liability for any year. Irs gov tax return   If you deducted the incorrect amount of depreciation, see Publication 946. Irs gov tax return Fair market value defined. Irs gov tax return   The fair market value of your home is the price at which the property would change hands between a buyer and a seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all necessary facts. Irs gov tax return Sales of similar property, on or about the date you begin using your home for business, may be helpful in determining the property's fair market value. Irs gov tax return Figuring the depreciation deduction for the current year. Irs gov tax return   If you began using your home for business before 2013, continue to use the same depreciation method you used in past tax years. Irs gov tax return   If you began using your home for business for the first time in 2013, depreciate the business part as nonresidential real property under the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS). Irs gov tax return Under MACRS, nonresidential real property is depreciated using the straight line method over 39 years. Irs gov tax return For more information on MACRS and other methods of depreciation, see Publication 946. Irs gov tax return   To figure the depreciation deduction, you must first figure the part of the cost of your home that can be depreciated (depreciable basis). Irs gov tax return The depreciable basis is figured by multiplying the percentage of your home used for business by the smaller of the following. Irs gov tax return The adjusted basis of your home (excluding land) on the date you began using your home for business. Irs gov tax return The fair market value of your home (excluding land) on the date you began using your home for business. Irs gov tax return Depreciation table. Irs gov tax return   If 2013 was the first year you used your home for business, you can figure your 2013 depreciation for the business part of your home by using the appropriate percentage from the following table. Irs gov tax return Table 2. Irs gov tax return MACRS Percentage Table for 39-Year Nonresidential Real Property Month First Used for Business Percentage To Use 1 2. Irs gov tax return 461% 2 2. Irs gov tax return 247% 3 2. Irs gov tax return 033% 4 1. Irs gov tax return 819% 5 1. Irs gov tax return 605% 6 1. Irs gov tax return 391% 7 1. Irs gov tax return 177% 8 0. Irs gov tax return 963% 9 0. Irs gov tax return 749% 10 0. Irs gov tax return 535% 11 0. Irs gov tax return 321% 12 0. Irs gov tax return 107%   Multiply the depreciable basis of the business part of your home by the percentage from the table for the first month you use your home for business. Irs gov tax return See Publication 946 for the percentages for the remaining tax years of the recovery period. Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return In May, George Miller began to use one room in his home exclusively and regularly to meet clients. Irs gov tax return This room is 8% of the square footage of his home. Irs gov tax return He bought the home in 2003 for $125,000. Irs gov tax return He determined from his property tax records that his adjusted basis in the house (exclusive of land) is $115,000. Irs gov tax return In May, the house had a fair market value of $165,000. Irs gov tax return He multiplies his adjusted basis of $115,000 (which is less than the fair market value) by 8%. Irs gov tax return The result is $9,200, his depreciable basis for the business part of the house. Irs gov tax return George files his return based on the calendar year. Irs gov tax return May is the 5th month of his tax year. Irs gov tax return He multiplies his depreciable basis of $9,200 by 1. Irs gov tax return 605% (. Irs gov tax return 01605), the percentage from the table for the 5th month. Irs gov tax return His depreciation deduction is $147. Irs gov tax return 66. Irs gov tax return Depreciating permanent improvements. Irs gov tax return   Add the costs of permanent improvements made before you began using your home for business to the basis of your property. Irs gov tax return Depreciate these costs as part of the cost of your home as explained earlier. Irs gov tax return The costs of improvements made after you begin using your home for business (that affect the business part of your home, such as a new roof) are depreciated separately. Irs gov tax return Multiply the cost of the improvement by the business-use percentage and depreciate the result over the recovery period that would apply to your home if you began using it for business at the same time as the improvement. Irs gov tax return For improvements made this year, the recovery period is 39 years. Irs gov tax return For the percentage to use for the first year, see Table 2, earlier. Irs gov tax return For more information on recovery periods, see Publication 946. Irs gov tax return Business Percentage To find the business percentage, compare the size of the part of your home that you use for business to your whole house. Irs gov tax return Use the resulting percentage to figure the business part of the expenses for operating your entire home. Irs gov tax return You can use any reasonable method to determine the business percentage. Irs gov tax return The following are two commonly used methods for figuring the percentage. Irs gov tax return Divide the area (length multiplied by the width) used for business by the total area of your home. Irs gov tax return If the rooms in your home are all about the same size, you can divide the number of rooms used for business by the total number of rooms in your home. Irs gov tax return Example 1. Irs gov tax return Your office is 240 square feet (12 feet × 20 feet). Irs gov tax return Your home is 1,200 square feet. Irs gov tax return Your office is 20% (240 ÷ 1,200) of the total area of your home. Irs gov tax return Your business percentage is 20%. Irs gov tax return Example 2. Irs gov tax return You use one room in your home for business. Irs gov tax return Your home has 10 rooms, all about equal size. Irs gov tax return Your office is 10% (1 ÷ 10) of the total area of your home. Irs gov tax return Your business percentage is 10%. Irs gov tax return Use lines 1-7 of Form 8829, or lines 1-3 on the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home (near the end of this publication) to figure your business percentage. Irs gov tax return Deduction Limit If your gross income from the business use of your home equals or exceeds your total business expenses (including depreciation), you can deduct all your business expenses related to the use of your home. Irs gov tax return If your gross income from the business use of your home is less than your total business expenses, your deduction for certain expenses for the business use of your home is limited. Irs gov tax return Your deduction of otherwise nondeductible expenses, such as insurance, utilities, and depreciation of your home (with depreciation of your home taken last), that are allocable to the business, is limited to the gross income from the business use of your home minus the sum of the following. Irs gov tax return The business part of expenses you could deduct even if you did not use your home for business (such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty and theft losses that are allowable as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040)). Irs gov tax return These expenses are discussed in detail under Actual Expenses , earlier. Irs gov tax return The business expenses that relate to the business activity in the home (for example, business phone, supplies, and depreciation on equipment), but not to the use of the home itself. Irs gov tax return If you are self-employed, do not include in (2) above your deduction for one-half of your self-employment tax. Irs gov tax return Carryover of unallowed expenses. Irs gov tax return   If your deductions are greater than the current year's limit, you can carry over the excess to the next year in which you use actual expenses. Irs gov tax return They are subject to the deduction limit for that year, whether or not you live in the same home during that year. Irs gov tax return Figuring the deduction limit and carryover. Irs gov tax return   If you are an employee or a partner, or you file Schedule F (Form 1040), use the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home, near the end of this publication. Irs gov tax return If you file Schedule C (Form 1040), figure your deduction limit and carryover on Form 8829. Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return You meet the requirements for deducting expenses for the business use of your home. Irs gov tax return You use 20% of your home for business. Irs gov tax return In 2013, your business expenses and the expenses for the business use of your home are deducted from your gross income in the following order. Irs gov tax return    Gross income from business $6,000 Minus:   Deductible mortgage interest and real estate taxes (20%) 3,000 Business expenses not related to the use of your home (100%) (business phone, supplies, and depreciation on equipment) 2,000 Deduction limit $1,000 Minus other expenses allocable to business use of home:   Maintenance, insurance, and utilities (20%) 800 Depreciation allowed (20% = $1,600 allowable, but subject to balance of deduction limit) 200 Other expenses up to the deduction limit $1,000 Depreciation carryover to 2014 ($1,600 − $200) (subject to deduction limit in 2014) $1,400   You can deduct all of the business part of your deductible mortgage interest and real estate taxes ($3,000). Irs gov tax return You also can deduct all of your business expenses not related to the use of your home ($2,000). Irs gov tax return Additionally, you can deduct all of the business part of your expenses for maintenance, insurance, and utilities, because the total ($800) is less than the $1,000 deduction limit. Irs gov tax return Your deduction for depreciation for the business use of your home is limited to $200 ($1,000 minus $800) because of the deduction limit. Irs gov tax return You can carry over the $1,400 balance and add it to your depreciation for 2014, subject to your deduction limit in 2014. Irs gov tax return More than one place of business. Irs gov tax return   If part of the gross income from your trade or business is from the business use of part of your home and part is from a place other than your home, you must determine the part of your gross income from the business use of your home before you figure the deduction limit. Irs gov tax return In making this determination, consider the time you spend at each location, the business investment in each location, and any other relevant facts and circumstances. Irs gov tax return If your home office qualifies as your principal place of business, you can deduct your daily transportation costs between your home and another work location in the same trade or business. Irs gov tax return For more information on transportation costs, see Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Irs gov tax return Using the Simplified Method The simplified method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Irs gov tax return In most cases, you will figure your deduction by multiplying $5, the prescribed rate, by the area of your home used for a qualified business use. Irs gov tax return The area you use to figure your deduction is limited to 300 square feet. Irs gov tax return See Simplified Amount , later, for information about figuring the amount of the deduction. Irs gov tax return For more information about the simplified method, see Revenue Procedure 2013-13, 2013-06 I. Irs gov tax return R. Irs gov tax return B. Irs gov tax return 478, available at www. Irs gov tax return irs. Irs gov tax return gov/irb/2013-06_IRB/ar09. Irs gov tax return html. Irs gov tax return Actual expenses and depreciation of your home. Irs gov tax return   If you elect to use the simplified method, you cannot deduct any actual expenses for the business except for business expenses that are not related to the use of the home. Irs gov tax return You also cannot deduct any depreciation (including any additional first-year depreciation) or section 179 expense for the portion of the home that is used for a qualified business use. Irs gov tax return The depreciation deduction allowable for that portion of the home is deemed to be zero for a year you use the simplified method. Irs gov tax return If you figure your deduction for business use of the home using actual expenses in a subsequent year, you will have to use the appropriate optional depreciation table for MACRS to figure your depreciation. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information about claiming depreciation in a subsequent year, see Revenue Procedure 2013-13, 2013-06 I. Irs gov tax return R. Irs gov tax return B. Irs gov tax return 478, available at www. Irs gov tax return irs. Irs gov tax return gov/irb/2013-06_IRB/ar09. Irs gov tax return html. Irs gov tax return See Publication 946 for the optional depreciation tables Although you cannot deduct any depreciation or section 179 expense for the portion of your home used for a qualified business use, you may still claim depreciation or the section 179 expense deduction on other assets used in the business (for example, furniture and equipment). Irs gov tax return Expenses deductible without regard to business use. Irs gov tax return   When using the simplified method, treat as personal expenses those business expenses related to the use of the home that are deductible without regard to whether there is a qualified business use of the home. Irs gov tax return These expenses include mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses, subject to any limitations. Irs gov tax return See Where To Deduct , later. Irs gov tax return If you also rent part of your home, you must still allocate these expenses between rental use and personal use (for this purpose, personal use includes business use reported using the simplified method). Irs gov tax return No deduction of carryover of actual expenses. Irs gov tax return   If you used actual expenses to figure your deduction for business use of the home in a prior year and your deduction was limited, you cannot deduct the disallowed amount carried over from the prior year during a year you figure your deduction using the simplified method. Irs gov tax return Instead, you will continue to carry over the disallowed amount to the next year that you use actual expenses to figure your deduction. Irs gov tax return Electing the Simplified Method You choose whether or not to figure your deduction using the simplified method each taxable year. Irs gov tax return Make the election for a home by using the simplified method to figure the deduction for the qualified business use of that home on a timely filed, original federal income tax return. Irs gov tax return An election for a taxable year, once made, is irrevocable. Irs gov tax return A change from using the simplified method in one year to actual expenses in a succeeding taxable year, or vice-versa, is not a change in method of accounting and does not require the consent of the Commissioner. Irs gov tax return Shared use. Irs gov tax return   If you share your home with someone else who also uses the home in a business that qualifies for this deduction, each of you make your own election. Irs gov tax return More than one qualified business use. Irs gov tax return   If you conduct more than one business that qualifies for this deduction in your home, your election to use the simplified method applies to all your qualified business uses of that home. Irs gov tax return More than one home. Irs gov tax return   If you used more than one home during the year (for example, you moved during the year), you can elect to use the simplified method for only one of the homes. Irs gov tax return You must figure the deduction for any other home using actual expenses. Irs gov tax return Simplified Amount Your deduction for the qualified business use of a home is the sum of each amount you figure for a separate qualified business use of your home. Irs gov tax return To figure your deduction for the business use of a home using the simplified method, you will need to know the following information for each qualified business use of the home. Irs gov tax return The allowable area of your home used in conducting the business. Irs gov tax return If you did not conduct the business for the entire year in the home or the area changed during the year, you will need to know the allowable area you used and the number of days you conducted the business for each month. Irs gov tax return The gross income from the business use of your home. Irs gov tax return The amount of the business expenses that are not related to the use of your home. Irs gov tax return If the qualified business use is for a daycare facility that uses space in your home on a regular (but not exclusive) basis, you will also need to know the percentage of time that part of your home is used for daycare. Irs gov tax return To figure the amount you can deduct for qualified business use of your home using the simplified method, follow these 3 steps. Irs gov tax return Multiply the allowable area by $5 (or less than $5 if the qualified business use is for a daycare that uses space in your home on a regular, but not exclusive, basis). Irs gov tax return See Allowable area and Space used regularly for daycare , later. Irs gov tax return Subtract the expenses from the business that are not related to the use of the home from the gross income related to the business use of the home. Irs gov tax return If these expenses are greater than the gross income from the business use of the home, then you cannot take a deduction for this business use of the home. Irs gov tax return See Gross income limitation , later. Irs gov tax return Take the smaller of the amounts from (1) and (2). Irs gov tax return This is the amount you can deduct for this qualified business use of your home using the simplified method. Irs gov tax return If you are an employee or a partner, or you use your home in your farming business and file Schedule F (Form 1040), you can use the Simplified Method Worksheet, near the end of this publication, to help you figure your deduction. Irs gov tax return If you use your home in a trade or business and you file Schedule C (Form 1040), you will use the Simplified Method Worksheet in your Instructions for Schedule C to figure your deduction. Irs gov tax return Allowable area. Irs gov tax return   In most cases, the allowable area is the smaller of the actual area (in square feet) of your home used in conducting the business and 300 square feet. Irs gov tax return Your allowable area may be smaller if you conducted the business as a qualified joint venture with your spouse, the area used by the business was shared with another qualified business use, you used the home for the business for only part of the year, or the area used by the business changed during the year. Irs gov tax return You can use the Area Adjustment Worksheet (for simplified method), near the end of this publication, to help you figure your allowable area for a qualified business use. Irs gov tax return Area used by a qualified joint venture. Irs gov tax return   If the qualified business use of the home is also a qualified joint venture, you and your spouse will figure the deduction for the business use separately. Irs gov tax return Split the actual area used in conducting business between you and your spouse in the same manner you split your other tax attributes. Irs gov tax return Then, each spouse will figure the allowable area separately. Irs gov tax return For more information about qualified joint ventures, see Qualified Joint Venture in the Instructions for Schedule C. Irs gov tax return Shared use. Irs gov tax return   If you share your home with someone else who uses the home to conduct business that also qualifies for this deduction, you may not include the same square feet to figure your deduction as the other person. Irs gov tax return You must allocate the shared space between you and the other person in a reasonable manner. Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return Kristin and Lindsey are roommates. Irs gov tax return Kristin uses 300 square feet of their home for a qualified business use. Irs gov tax return Lindsey uses 200 square feet of their home for a separate qualified business use. Irs gov tax return The qualified business uses share 100 square feet. Irs gov tax return In addition to the portion that they do not share, Kristin and Lindsey can both claim 50 of the 100 square feet or divide the 100 square feet between them in any reasonable manner. Irs gov tax return If divided evenly, Kristin could claim 250 square feet using the simplified method and Lindsey could claim 150 square feet. Irs gov tax return More than one qualified business use. Irs gov tax return   If you conduct more than one business qualifying for the deduction, you are limited to a maximum of 300 square feet for all of the businesses. Irs gov tax return Allocate the actual square footage used (up to the maximum of 300 square feet) among your qualified business uses in a reasonable manner. Irs gov tax return However, do not allocate more square feet to a qualified business use than you actually use for that business. Irs gov tax return Rental use. Irs gov tax return   The simplified method does not apply to rental use. Irs gov tax return A rental use that qualifies for the deduction must be figured using actual expenses. Irs gov tax return If the rental use and a qualified business use share the same area, you will have to allocate the actual area used between the two uses. Irs gov tax return You cannot use the same area to figure a deduction for the qualified business use as you are using to figure the deduction for the rental use. Irs gov tax return Part-year use or area changes. Irs gov tax return   If your qualified business use was for a portion of the taxable year (for example, a seasonal business or a business that begins during the taxable year) or you changed the square footage of your qualified business use, your deduction is limited to the average monthly allowable square footage. Irs gov tax return You calculate the average monthly allowable square footage by adding the amount of allowable square feet you used in each month and dividing the sum by 12. Irs gov tax return When determining the average monthly allowable square footage, you cannot take more than 300 square feet into account for any one month. Irs gov tax return Additionally, if your qualified business use was less than 15 days in a month, you must use -0- for that month. Irs gov tax return Example 1. Irs gov tax return Andy files his federal income tax return on a calendar year basis. Irs gov tax return On July 20, he began using 420 square feet of his home for a qualified business use. Irs gov tax return He continued to use the 420 square feet until the end of the year. Irs gov tax return His average monthly allowable square footage is 125 square feet, which is figured using 300 square feet for each month August through December divided by the number of months in the taxable year ((0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300)/12). Irs gov tax return Example 2. Irs gov tax return Amy files her federal income tax return on a calendar year basis. Irs gov tax return On April 20, she began using 100 square feet of her home for a qualified business use. Irs gov tax return On August 5, she expanded the area of her qualified use to 330 square feet. Irs gov tax return Amy continued to use the 330 square feet until the end of the year. Irs gov tax return Her average monthly allowable square footage is 150 square feet, which is figured using 100 square feet for May through July and 300 square feet for August through December divided by the number of months in the taxable year ((0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 100 + 100 +100 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300)/12). Irs gov tax return Gross income limitation. Irs gov tax return   Your deduction for business use of the home is limited to an amount equal to the gross income derived from the qualified business use of the home reduced by the business deductions that are unrelated to the use of your home. Irs gov tax return If the business deductions that are unrelated to the use of your home are greater than the gross income derived from the qualified business use of your home, then you cannot take a deduction for this qualified business use of your home. Irs gov tax return Business expenses not related to use of the home. Irs gov tax return   These expenses relate to the business activity in the home, but not to the use of the home itself. Irs gov tax return You can still deduct business expenses that are unrelated to the use of the home. Irs gov tax return See Where To Deduct , later. Irs gov tax return Examples of business expenses that are unrelated to the use of the home are advertising, wages, supplies, dues, and depreciation for equipment. Irs gov tax return Space used regularly for daycare. Irs gov tax return   If you do not use the area of your home exclusively for daycare, you must reduce the prescribed rate (maximum $5 per square foot) before figuring your deduction. Irs gov tax return The reduced rate will equal the prescribed rate times a fraction. Irs gov tax return The numerator of the fraction is the number of hours that the space was used during the year for daycare and the denominator is the total number of hours during the year that the space was available for all uses. Irs gov tax return You can use the Daycare Facility Worksheet (for simplified method), near the end of this publication, to help you figure the reduced rate. Irs gov tax return    If you used at least 300 square feet for daycare regularly and exclusively during the year, then you do not need to reduce the prescribed rate or complete the Daycare Facility Worksheet. Irs gov tax return Daycare Facility If you use space in your home on a regular basis for providing daycare, you may be able to claim a deduction for that part of your home even if you use the same space for nonbusiness purposes. Irs gov tax return To qualify for this exception to the exclusive use rule, you must meet both of the following requirements. Irs gov tax return You must be in the trade or business of providing daycare for children, persons age 65 or older, or persons who are physically or mentally unable to care for themselves. Irs gov tax return You must have applied for, been granted, or be exempt from having, a license, certification, registration, or approval as a daycare center or as a family or group daycare home under state law. Irs gov tax return You do not meet this requirement if your application was rejected or your license or other authorization was revoked. Irs gov tax return Figuring the deduction. Irs gov tax return   If you elect to use the simplified method for your home, figure your deduction as described earlier in Using the Simplified Method under Figuring the Deduction. Irs gov tax return    If you are figuring your deduction using actual expenses and you regularly use part of your home for daycare, figure what part is used for daycare, as explained in Business Percentage , earlier, under Figuring the Deduction. Irs gov tax return If you also use that part exclusively for daycare, deduct all the allocable expenses, subject to the deduction limit, as explained earlier. Irs gov tax return   If the use of part of your home as a daycare facility is regular, but not exclusive, you must figure the percentage of time that part of your home is used for daycare. Irs gov tax return A room that is available for use throughout each business day and that you regularly use in your business is considered to be used for daycare throughout each business day. Irs gov tax return You do not have to keep records to show the specific hours the area was used for business. Irs gov tax return You can use the area occasionally for personal reasons. Irs gov tax return However, a room you use only occasionally for business does not qualify for the deduction. Irs gov tax return To find the percentage of time you actually use your home for business, compare the total time used for business to the total time that part of your home can be used for all purposes. Irs gov tax return You can compare the hours of business use in a week with the number of hours in a week (168). Irs gov tax return Or you can compare the hours of business use for the year with the number of hours in the year (8,760 in 2013). Irs gov tax return If you started or stopped using your home for daycare in 2013, you must prorate the number of hours based on the number of days the home was available for daycare. Irs gov tax return Example 1. Irs gov tax return Mary Lake used her basement to operate a daycare business for children. Irs gov tax return She figures the business percentage of the basement as follows. Irs gov tax return Square footage of the basement Square footage of her home = 1,600 3,200 = 50%           She used the basement for daycare an average of 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 50 weeks a year. Irs gov tax return During the other 12 hours a day, the family could use the basement. Irs gov tax return She figures the percentage of time the basement was used for daycare as follows. Irs gov tax return Number of hours used for daycare (12 x 5 x 50) Total number of hours in the year (24 x 365) = 3,000 8,760 = 34. Irs gov tax return 25%           Mary can deduct 34. Irs gov tax return 25% of any direct expenses for the basement. Irs gov tax return However, because her indirect expenses are for the entire house, she can deduct only 17. Irs gov tax return 13% of the indirect expenses. Irs gov tax return She figures the percentage for her indirect expenses as follows. Irs gov tax return Business percentage of the basement 50% Multiplied by: Percentage of time used for daycare × 34. Irs gov tax return 25% Percentage for indirect expenses 17. Irs gov tax return 13% Mary completes Form 8829, Part I, figuring the percentage of her home used for business, including the percentage of time the basement was used. Irs gov tax return In Part II, Mary figures her deductible expenses. Irs gov tax return She uses the following information to complete Part II. Irs gov tax return Gross income from her daycare business $50,000 Expenses not related to the business use of the home $25,000 Tentative profit $25,000 Rent $8,400 Utilities $850 Painting the basement $500 Mary enters her tentative profit, $25,000, on line 8. Irs gov tax return (This figure is the same as the amount on line 29 of her Schedule C (Form 1040). Irs gov tax return ) The expenses she paid for rent and utilities relate to her entire home. Irs gov tax return Therefore, she enters the amount paid for rent on line 18, column (b), and the amount paid for utilities on line 20, column (b). Irs gov tax return She shows the total of these expenses on line 22, column (b). Irs gov tax return For line 23, she multiplies the amount on line 22, column (b) by the percentage on line 7 and enters the result, $1,585. Irs gov tax return Mary paid $500 to have the basement painted. Irs gov tax return The painting is a direct expense. Irs gov tax return However, because she did not use the basement exclusively for daycare, she must multiply $500 by the percentage of time the basement was used for daycare (34. Irs gov tax return 25% – line 6). Irs gov tax return She enters $171 (34. Irs gov tax return 25% × $500) on line 19, column (a). Irs gov tax return She adds line 22, column (a), and line 23 and enters $1,756 ($171 + $1,585) on line 25. Irs gov tax return This is less than her deduction limit (line 15), so she can deduct the entire amount. Irs gov tax return She follows the instructions to complete the rest of Part II and enters $1,756 on lines 33 and 35. Irs gov tax return She then carries the $1,756 to line 30 of her Schedule C (Form 1040). Irs gov tax return Example 2. Irs gov tax return Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that Mary also has another room that was available each business day for children to take naps in. Irs gov tax return Although she did not keep a record of the number of hours the room was actually used for naps, it was used for part of each business day. Irs gov tax return Since the room was available for business use during regular operating hours each business day and was used regularly in the business, it is considered used for daycare throughout each business day. Irs gov tax return The basement and room are 60% of the total area of her home. Irs gov tax return In figuring her expenses, 34. Irs gov tax return 25% of any direct expenses for the basement and room are deductible. Irs gov tax return In addition, 20. Irs gov tax return 55% (34. Irs gov tax return 25% × 60%) of her indirect expenses are deductible. Irs gov tax return Example 3. Irs gov tax return Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that Mary stopped using her home for a daycare facility on June 24, 2013. Irs gov tax return She used the basement for daycare an average of 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, but for only 25 weeks of the year. Irs gov tax return During the other 12 hours a day, the family could still use the basement. Irs gov tax return She figures the percentage of time the basement was used for business as follows. Irs gov tax return Number of hours used for daycare (12 x 5 x 25) Total number of hours during period used (24 x 175) = 1,500 4,200 = 35. Irs gov tax return 71%           Mary can deduct 35. Irs gov tax return 71% of any direct expenses for the basement. Irs gov tax return However, because her indirect expenses are for the entire house, she can deduct only 17. Irs gov tax return 86% of the indirect expenses. Irs gov tax return She figures the percentage for her indirect expenses as follows. Irs gov tax return Business percentage of the basement 50% Multiplied by: Percentage of time used for daycare × 35. Irs gov tax return 71% Percentage for indirect expenses 17. Irs gov tax return 86% Meals. Irs gov tax return   If you provide food for your daycare recipients, do not include the expense as a cost of using your home for business. Irs gov tax return Claim it as a separate deduction on your Schedule C (Form 1040). Irs gov tax return You can never deduct the cost of food consumed by you or your family. Irs gov tax return You can deduct as a business expense 100% of the actual cost of food consumed by your daycare recipients (see Standard meal and snack rates , later, for an optional method for eligible children) and generally only 50% of the cost of food consumed by your employees. Irs gov tax return However, you can deduct 100% of the cost of food consumed by your employees if its value can be excluded from their wages as a de minimis fringe benefit. Irs gov tax return For more information on meals that meet these requirements, see Meals in chapter 2 of Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits. Irs gov tax return   If you deduct the actual cost of food for your daycare business, keep a separate record (with receipts) of your family's food costs. Irs gov tax return   Reimbursements you receive from a sponsor under the Child and Adult Care Food Program of the Department of Agriculture are taxable only to the extent they exceed your expenses for food for eligible children. Irs gov tax return If your reimbursements are more than your expenses for food, show the difference as income in Part I of Schedule C (Form 1040). Irs gov tax return If your food expenses are greater than the reimbursements, show the difference as an expense in Part V of Schedule C (Form 1040). Irs gov tax return Do not include payments or expenses for your own children if they are eligible for the program. Irs gov tax return Follow this procedure even if you receive a Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, reporting a payment from the sponsor. Irs gov tax return Standard meal and snack rates. Irs gov tax return   If you qualify as a family daycare provider, you can use the standard meal and snack rates, instead of actual costs, to compute the deductible cost of meals and snacks provided to eligible children. Irs gov tax return For these purposes: A family daycare provider is a person engaged in the business of providing family daycare. Irs gov tax return Family daycare is childcare provided to eligible children in the home of the family daycare provider. Irs gov tax return The care must be non-medical, not involve a transfer of legal custody, and generally last less than 24 hours each day. Irs gov tax return Eligible children are minor children receiving family daycare in the home of the family daycare provider. Irs gov tax return Eligible children do not include children who are full-time or part-time residents in the home where the childcare is provided or children whose parents or guardians are residents of the same home. Irs gov tax return Eligible children do not include children who receive daycare services for personal reasons of the provider. Irs gov tax return For example, if a provider provides daycare services for a relative as a favor to that relative, that child is not an eligible child. Irs gov tax return   You can compute the deductible cost of each meal and snack you actually purchased and served to an eligible child during the time period you provided family daycare using the standard meal and snack rates shown in Table 3, later. Irs gov tax return You can use the standard meal and snack rates for a maximum of one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, and three snacks per eligible child per day. Irs gov tax return If you receive reimbursement for a particular meal or snack, you can deduct only the portion of the applicable standard meal or snack rate that is more than the amount of the reimbursement. Irs gov tax return   You can use either the standard meal and snack rates or actual costs to calculate the deductible cost of food provided to eligible children in the family daycare for any particular tax year. Irs gov tax return If you choose to use the standard meal and snack rates for a particular tax year, you must use the rates for all your deductible food costs for eligible children during that tax year. Irs gov tax return However, if you use the standard meal and snack rates in any tax year, you can use actual costs to compute the deductible cost of food in any other tax year. Irs gov tax return   If you use the standard meal and snack rates, you must maintain records to substantiate the computation of the total amount deducted for the cost of food provided to eligible children. Irs gov tax return The records kept should include the name of each child, dates and hours of attendance in the daycare, and the type and quantity of meals and snacks served. Irs gov tax return This information can be recorded in a log similar to the one shown in Exhibit A, near the end of this publication. Irs gov tax return   The standard meal and snack rates include beverages, but do not include non-food supplies used for food preparation, service, or storage, such as containers, paper products, or utensils. Irs gov tax return These expenses can be claimed as a separate deduction on your Schedule C (Form 1040). Irs gov tax return     Table 3. Irs gov tax return Standard Meal and Snack Rates1 Location of Family Daycare Provider Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack States other than Alaska an
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Irs gov tax return 37. Irs gov tax return   Other Credits Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Nonrefundable CreditsAdoption Credit Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit Credit to Holders of Tax Credit Bonds Foreign Tax Credit Mortgage Interest Credit Nonrefundable Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit Residential Energy Credits Retirement Savings Contributions Credit (Saver's Credit) Refundable CreditsCredit for Tax on Undistributed Capital Gain Health Coverage Tax Credit Credit for Excess Social Security Tax or Railroad Retirement Tax Withheld What's New Adoption credit. Irs gov tax return  The maximum adoption credit is $12,970 for 2013. Irs gov tax return See Adoption Credit . Irs gov tax return Plug-in electric vehicle credit. Irs gov tax return  This credit has expired. Irs gov tax return Credit for prior year minimum tax. Irs gov tax return  The refundable portion of the credit for prior year minimum tax has expired. Irs gov tax return Excess withholding of social security and railroad retirement tax. Irs gov tax return  Social security tax and tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) tax were both withheld during 2013 at a rate of 6. Irs gov tax return 2% of wages up to $113,700. Irs gov tax return If you worked for more than one employer and had too much social security or RRTA tax withheld during 2013, you may be entitled to a credit for the excess withholding. Irs gov tax return See Credit for Excess Social Security Tax or Railroad Retirement Tax Withheld . Irs gov tax return Introduction This chapter discusses the following nonrefundable credits. Irs gov tax return Adoption credit. Irs gov tax return Alternative motor vehicle credit. Irs gov tax return Alternative fuel vehicle refueling property credit. Irs gov tax return Credit to holders of tax credit bonds. Irs gov tax return Foreign tax credit. Irs gov tax return Mortgage interest credit. Irs gov tax return Nonrefundable credit for prior year minimum tax. Irs gov tax return Plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit. Irs gov tax return Residential energy credits. Irs gov tax return Retirement savings contributions credit. Irs gov tax return This chapter also discusses the following refundable credits. Irs gov tax return Credit for tax on undistributed capital gain. Irs gov tax return Health coverage tax credit. Irs gov tax return Credit for excess social security tax or railroad retirement tax withheld. Irs gov tax return Several other credits are discussed in other chapters in this publication. Irs gov tax return Child and dependent care credit (chapter 32). Irs gov tax return Credit for the elderly or the disabled (chapter 33). Irs gov tax return Child tax credit (chapter 34). Irs gov tax return Education credits (chapter 35). Irs gov tax return Earned income credit (chapter 36). Irs gov tax return Nonrefundable credits. Irs gov tax return   The first part of this chapter, Nonrefundable Credits , covers ten credits that you subtract from your tax. Irs gov tax return These credits may reduce your tax to zero. Irs gov tax return If these credits are more than your tax, the excess is not refunded to you. Irs gov tax return Refundable credits. Irs gov tax return   The second part of this chapter, Refundable Credits , covers three credits that are treated as payments and are refundable to you. Irs gov tax return These credits are added to the federal income tax withheld and any estimated tax payments you made. Irs gov tax return If this total is more than your total tax, the excess will be refunded to you. Irs gov tax return Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 502 Medical and Dental Expenses 514 Foreign Tax Credit for  Individuals 530 Tax Information for Homeowners 590 Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) Form (and Instructions) 1116 Foreign Tax Credit 2439 Notice to Shareholder of Undistributed Long-Term Capital Gains 5695 Residential Energy Credits 8396 Mortgage Interest Credit 8801 Credit For Prior Year Minimum Tax — Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 8828 Recapture of Federal Mortgage Subsidy 8839 Qualified Adoption Expenses 8880 Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions 8885 Health Coverage Tax Credit 8910 Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit 8911 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit 8912 Credit to Holders of Tax Credit Bonds 8936 Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit Nonrefundable Credits The credits discussed in this part of the chapter can reduce your tax. Irs gov tax return However, if the total of these credits is more than your tax, the excess is not refunded to you. Irs gov tax return Adoption Credit You may be able to take a tax credit of up to $12,970 for qualified expenses paid to adopt an eligible child. Irs gov tax return The credit may be allowed for the adoption of a child with special needs even if you do not have any qualified expenses. Irs gov tax return If your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than $194,580, your credit is reduced. Irs gov tax return If your modified AGI is $234,580 or more, you cannot take the credit. Irs gov tax return Qualified adoption expenses. Irs gov tax return   Qualified adoption expenses are reasonable and necessary expenses directly related to, and whose principal purpose is for, the legal adoption of an eligible child. Irs gov tax return These expenses include: Adoption fees, Court costs, Attorney fees, Travel expenses (including amounts spent for meals and lodging) while away from home, and Re-adoption expenses to adopt a foreign child. Irs gov tax return Nonqualified expenses. Irs gov tax return   Qualified adoption expenses do not include expenses: That violate state or federal law, For carrying out any surrogate parenting arrangement, For the adoption of your spouse's child, For which you received funds under any federal, state, or local program, Allowed as a credit or deduction under any other federal income tax rule, or Paid or reimbursed by your employer or any other person or organization. Irs gov tax return Eligible child. Irs gov tax return   The term “eligible child” means any individual: Under 18 years old, or Physically or mentally incapable of caring for himself or herself. Irs gov tax return Child with special needs. Irs gov tax return   An eligible child is a child with special needs if all three of the following apply. Irs gov tax return The child was a citizen or resident of the United States (including U. Irs gov tax return S. Irs gov tax return possessions) at the time the adoption process began. Irs gov tax return A state (including the District of Columbia) has determined that the child cannot or should not be returned to his or her parents' home. Irs gov tax return The state has determined that the child will not be adopted unless assistance is provided to the adoptive parents. Irs gov tax return Factors used by states to make this determination include: The child's ethnic background, The child's age, Whether the child is a member of a minority or sibling group, and Whether the child has a medical condition or a physical, mental, or emotional handicap. Irs gov tax return When to take the credit. Irs gov tax return   Generally, until the adoption becomes final, you take the credit in the year after your qualified expenses were paid or incurred. Irs gov tax return If the adoption becomes final, you take the credit in the year your expenses were paid or incurred. Irs gov tax return See the Instructions for Form 8839 for more specific information on when to take the credit. Irs gov tax return Foreign child. Irs gov tax return   If the child is not a U. Irs gov tax return S. Irs gov tax return citizen or resident at the time the adoption process began, you cannot take the credit unless the adoption becomes final. Irs gov tax return You treat all adoption expenses paid or incurred in years before the adoption becomes final as paid or incurred in the year it becomes final. Irs gov tax return How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return   Figure your 2013 nonrefundable credit and any carryforward to 2014 on Form 8839 and attach it to your Form 1040. Irs gov tax return Include the credit in your total for Form 1040, line 53. Irs gov tax return Check box c and enter “8839” on the line next to that box. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information, see the Instructions for Form 8839. Irs gov tax return Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit You may be able to take this credit if you place a qualified fuel cell vehicle in service in 2013. Irs gov tax return Amount of credit. Irs gov tax return   Generally, you can rely on the manufacturer's certification to the IRS that a specific make, model, and model year vehicle qualifies for the credit and the amount of the credit for which it qualifies. Irs gov tax return In the case of a foreign manufacturer, you generally can rely on its domestic distributor's certification to the IRS. Irs gov tax return   Ordinarily the amount of the credit is 100% of the manufacturer's (or domestic distributor's) certification to the IRS of the maximum credit allowable. Irs gov tax return How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return   To take the credit, you must complete Form 8910 and attach it to your Form 1040. Irs gov tax return Include the credit in your total for Form 1040, line 53. Irs gov tax return Check box c and enter “8910” on the line next to that box. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information on the credit, see the Instructions for Form 8910. Irs gov tax return Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit You may be able to take a credit if you place qualified alternative fuel vehicle refueling property in service in 2013. Irs gov tax return Qualified alternative fuel vehicle refueling property. Irs gov tax return   Qualified alternative fuel vehicle refueling property is any property (other than a building or its structural components) used for either of the following. Irs gov tax return To store or dispense alternative fuel into the fuel tank of a motor vehicle propelled by the fuel, but only if the storage or dispensing is at the point where the fuel is delivered into that tank. Irs gov tax return To recharge an electric vehicle, but only if the recharging property is located at the point where the vehicle is recharged. Irs gov tax return   The following are alternative fuels. Irs gov tax return Any fuel at least 85% of the volume of which consists of one or more of the following: ethanol, natural gas, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, or hydrogen. Irs gov tax return Any mixture which consists of two or more of the following: biodiesel, diesel fuel, or kerosene, and at least 20% of the volume of which consists of biodiesel determined without regard to any kerosene. Irs gov tax return Electricity. Irs gov tax return Amount of the credit. Irs gov tax return   For personal use property, the credit is generally the smaller of 30% of the property's cost or $1,000. Irs gov tax return For business use property, the credit is generally the smaller of 30% of the property's cost or $30,000. Irs gov tax return How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return   To take the credit, you must complete Form 8911 and attach it to your Form 1040. Irs gov tax return Include the credit in your total for Form 1040, line 53. Irs gov tax return Check box c and enter “8911” on the line next to that box. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information on the credit, see the Form 8911 instructions. Irs gov tax return Credit to Holders of Tax Credit Bonds Tax credit bonds are bonds in which the holder receives a tax credit in lieu of some or all of the interest on the bond. Irs gov tax return You may be able to take a credit if you are a holder of one of the following bonds. Irs gov tax return Clean renewable energy bonds (issued before 2010). Irs gov tax return New clean renewable energy bonds. Irs gov tax return Qualified energy conservation bonds. Irs gov tax return Qualified school construction bonds. Irs gov tax return Qualified zone academy bonds. Irs gov tax return Build America bonds. Irs gov tax return In some instances, an issuer may elect to receive a credit for interest paid on the bond. Irs gov tax return If the issuer makes this election, you cannot also claim a credit. Irs gov tax return Interest income. Irs gov tax return   The amount of any tax credit allowed (figured before applying tax liability limits) must be included as interest income on your tax return. Irs gov tax return How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return   Complete Form 8912 and attach it to your Form 1040. Irs gov tax return Include the credit in your total for Form 1040, line 53. Irs gov tax return Check box c and enter “8912” on the line next to that box. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information, see the Instructions for Form 8912. Irs gov tax return Foreign Tax Credit You generally can choose to take income taxes you paid or accrued during the year to a foreign country or U. Irs gov tax return S. Irs gov tax return possession as a credit against your U. Irs gov tax return S. Irs gov tax return income tax. Irs gov tax return Or, you can deduct them as an itemized deduction (see chapter 22). Irs gov tax return You cannot take a credit (or deduction) for foreign income taxes paid on income that you exclude from U. Irs gov tax return S. Irs gov tax return tax under any of the following. Irs gov tax return Foreign earned income exclusion. Irs gov tax return Foreign housing exclusion. Irs gov tax return Income from Puerto Rico exempt from U. Irs gov tax return S. Irs gov tax return tax. Irs gov tax return Possession exclusion. Irs gov tax return Limit on the credit. Irs gov tax return   Unless you can elect not to file Form 1116 (see Exception , later), your foreign tax credit cannot be more than your U. Irs gov tax return S. Irs gov tax return tax liability (Form 1040, line 44), multiplied by a fraction. Irs gov tax return The numerator of the fraction is your taxable income from sources outside the United States. Irs gov tax return The denominator is your total taxable income from U. Irs gov tax return S. Irs gov tax return and foreign sources. Irs gov tax return See Publication 514 for more information. Irs gov tax return How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return   Complete Form 1116 and attach it to your Form 1040. Irs gov tax return Enter the credit on Form 1040, line 47. Irs gov tax return Exception. Irs gov tax return   You do not have to complete Form 1116 to take the credit if all of the following apply. Irs gov tax return All of your gross foreign source income was from interest and dividends and all of that income and the foreign tax paid on it were reported to you on Form 1099-INT, Form 1099-DIV, or Schedule K-1 (or substitute statement). Irs gov tax return If you had dividend income from shares of stock, you held those shares for at least 16 days. Irs gov tax return You are not filing Form 4563 or excluding income from sources within Puerto Rico. Irs gov tax return The total of your foreign taxes was not more than $300 (not more than $600 if married filing jointly). Irs gov tax return All of your foreign taxes were: Legally owed and not eligible for a refund, and Paid to countries that are recognized by the United States and do not support terrorism. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information on the credit and these requirements, see the Instructions for Form 1116. Irs gov tax return Mortgage Interest Credit The mortgage interest credit is intended to help lower-income individuals own a home. Irs gov tax return If you qualify, you can take the credit each year for part of the home mortgage interest you pay. Irs gov tax return Who qualifies. Irs gov tax return   You may be eligible for the credit if you were issued a qualified mortgage credit certificate (MCC) from your state or local government. Irs gov tax return Generally, an MCC is issued only in connection with a new mortgage for the purchase of your main home. Irs gov tax return Amount of credit. Irs gov tax return   Figure your credit on Form 8396. Irs gov tax return If your mortgage loan amount is equal to (or smaller than) the certified indebtedness (loan) amount shown on your MCC, enter on Form 8396, line 1, all the interest you paid on your mortgage during the year. Irs gov tax return   If your mortgage loan amount is larger than the certified indebtedness amount shown on your MCC, you can figure the credit on only part of the interest you paid. Irs gov tax return To find the amount to enter on line 1, multiply the total interest you paid during the year on your mortgage by the following fraction. Irs gov tax return      Certified indebtedness amount on your MCC     Original amount of your mortgage   Limit based on credit rate. Irs gov tax return   If the certificate credit rate is more than 20%, the credit you are allowed cannot be more than $2,000. Irs gov tax return If two or more persons (other than a married couple filing a joint return) hold an interest in the home to which the MCC relates, this $2,000 limit must be divided based on the interest held by each person. Irs gov tax return See Publication 530 for more information. Irs gov tax return Carryforward. Irs gov tax return   Your credit (after applying the limit based on the credit rate) is also subject to a limit based on your tax that is figured using Form 8396. Irs gov tax return If your allowable credit is reduced because of this tax liability limit, you can carry forward the unused portion of the credit to the next 3 years or until used, whichever comes first. Irs gov tax return   If you are subject to the $2,000 limit because your certificate credit rate is more than 20%, you cannot carry forward any amount more than $2,000 (or your share of the $2,000 if you must divide the credit). Irs gov tax return How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return    Figure your 2013 credit and any carryforward to 2014 on Form 8396, and attach it to your Form 1040. Irs gov tax return Be sure to include any credit carryforward from 2010, 2011, and 2012. Irs gov tax return   Include the credit in your total for Form 1040, line 53. Irs gov tax return Check box c and enter “8396” on the line next to that box. Irs gov tax return Reduced home mortgage interest deduction. Irs gov tax return   If you itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), you must reduce your home mortgage interest deduction by the amount of the mortgage interest credit shown on Form 8396, line 3. Irs gov tax return You must do this even if part of that amount is to be carried forward to 2014. Irs gov tax return For more information about the home mortgage interest deduction, see chapter 23. Irs gov tax return Recapture of federal mortgage subsidy. Irs gov tax return   If you received an MCC with your mortgage loan, you may have to recapture (pay back) all or part of the benefit you received from that program. Irs gov tax return The recapture may be required if you sell or dispose of your home at a gain during the first 9 years after the date you closed your mortgage loan. Irs gov tax return See the Instructions for Form 8828 and chapter 15 for more information. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information on the credit, see the Form 8396 instructions. Irs gov tax return Nonrefundable Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax The tax laws give special treatment to some kinds of income and allow special deductions and credits for some kinds of expenses. Irs gov tax return If you benefit from these laws, you may have to pay at least a minimum amount of tax in addition to any other tax on these items. Irs gov tax return This is called the alternative minimum tax. Irs gov tax return The special treatment of some items of income and expenses only allows you to postpone paying tax until a later year. Irs gov tax return If in prior years you paid alternative minimum tax because of these tax postponement items, you may be able to take a credit for prior year minimum tax against your current year's regular tax. Irs gov tax return You may be able to take a credit against your regular tax if for 2012 you had: An alternative minimum tax liability and adjustments or preferences other than exclusion items, A minimum tax credit that you are carrying forward to 2013, or An unallowed qualified electric vehicle credit. Irs gov tax return How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return    Figure your 2013 nonrefundable credit (if any), and any carryforward to 2014 on Form 8801, and attach it to your Form 1040. Irs gov tax return Include the credit in your total for Form 1040, line 53, and check box b. Irs gov tax return You can carry forward any unused credit for prior year minimum tax to later years until it is completely used. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information on the credit, see the Instructions for Form 8801. Irs gov tax return Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit You may be able to take this credit if you placed in service for business or personal use a qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle or a qualified two- or three-wheeled plug-in electric vehicle in 2013 and you meet some other requirements. Irs gov tax return Qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle. Irs gov tax return   This is a new vehicle with at least four wheels that: Is propelled to a significant extent by an electric motor that draws electricity from a battery that has a capacity of not less than 4 kilowatt hours and is capable of being recharged from an external source of electricity, and Has a gross vehicle weight of less than 14,000 pounds. Irs gov tax return Qualified two- or three-wheeled plug-in electric vehicle. Irs gov tax return   This is a new vehicle with two or three wheels that: Is capable of achieving a speed of 45 miles per hour or greater, Is propelled to a significant extent by an electric motor that draws electricity from a battery that has a capacity of not less than 2. Irs gov tax return 5 kilowatt hours and is capable of being recharged from an external source of electricity, and Has a gross vehicle weight of less than 14,000 pounds. Irs gov tax return Certification and other requirements. Irs gov tax return   Generally, you can rely on the manufacturer's (or, in the case of a foreign manufacturer, its domestic distributor's) certification to the IRS that a specific make, model, and model year vehicle qualifies for the credit and, if applicable, the amount of the credit for which it qualifies. Irs gov tax return However, if the IRS publishes an announcement that the certification for any specific make, model, and model year vehicle has been withdrawn, you cannot rely on the certification for such a vehicle purchased after the date of publication of the withdrawal announcement. Irs gov tax return   The following requirements must also be met to qualify for the credit. Irs gov tax return You are the owner of the vehicle. Irs gov tax return If the vehicle is leased, only the lessor, and not the lessee, is entitled to the credit. Irs gov tax return You placed the vehicle in service during 2013. Irs gov tax return The vehicle is manufactured primarily for use on public streets, roads, and highways. Irs gov tax return The original use of the vehicle began with you. Irs gov tax return You acquired the vehicle for your use or to lease to others, and not for resale. Irs gov tax return In the case of the qualified two- or three-wheeled plug-in electric vehicle, the vehicle is acquired after 2011 and before 2014. Irs gov tax return You use the vehicle primarily in the United States. Irs gov tax return How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return   To take the credit, you must complete Form 8936 and attach it to your Form 1040. Irs gov tax return Include the credit in your total for Form 1040, line 53. Irs gov tax return Check box c and enter “8936” on the line next to that box. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information on the credit, see the Form 8936 instructions. Irs gov tax return Residential Energy Credits You may be able to take one or both of the following credits if you made energy saving improvements to your home located in the United States in 2013. Irs gov tax return Nonbusiness energy property credit. Irs gov tax return Residential energy efficient property credit. Irs gov tax return If you are a member of a condominium management association for a condominium you own or a tenant-stockholder in a cooperative housing corporation, you are treated as having paid your proportionate share of any costs of the association or corporation for purposes of these credits. Irs gov tax return Nonbusiness energy property credit. Irs gov tax return   You may be able to take a credit equal to the sum of: 10% of the amount paid or incurred for qualified energy efficiency improvements installed during 2013, and Any residential energy property costs paid or incurred in 2013. Irs gov tax return   There is a lifetime limit of $500 for all years after 2005, of which only $200 can be for windows; $50 for any advanced main air circulating fan; $150 for any qualified natural gas, propane, or oil furnace or hot water boiler; and $300 for any item of energy efficient building property. Irs gov tax return    If the total of nonbusiness energy property credits you have taken in previous years (after 2005) is more than $500, you cannot take this credit in 2013. Irs gov tax return   Qualified energy efficiency improvements are the following improvements that are new, can be expected to remain in use at least 5 years, and meet certain requirements for energy efficiency. Irs gov tax return Any insulation material or system that is specifically and primarily designed to reduce heat loss or gain of a home. Irs gov tax return Exterior window (including skylights). Irs gov tax return Exterior doors. Irs gov tax return Any metal or asphalt roof that has appropriate pigmented coatings or cooling granules specifically and primarily designed to reduce heat gain of the home. Irs gov tax return   Residential energy property is any of the following. Irs gov tax return Certain electric heat pump water heaters; electric heat pumps; central air conditioners; natural gas, propane, or oil water heater; and stoves that use biomass fuel. Irs gov tax return Qualified natural gas, propane, or oil furnaces; and qualified natural gas, propane, or oil hot water boilers. Irs gov tax return Certain advanced main air circulating fans used in natural gas, propane, or oil furnaces. Irs gov tax return Residential energy efficient property credit. Irs gov tax return   You may be able to take a credit of 30% of your costs of qualified solar electric property, solar water heating property, fuel cell property, small wind energy property, and geothermal heat pump property. Irs gov tax return The credit amount for costs paid for qualified fuel cell property is limited to $500 for each one-half kilowatt of capacity of the property. Irs gov tax return Basis reduction. Irs gov tax return   You must reduce the basis of your home by the amount of any credit allowed. Irs gov tax return How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return   Complete Form 5695 and attach it to your Form 1040. Irs gov tax return Enter the credit on Form 1040, line 52. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information on these credits, see the Form 5695 instructions. Irs gov tax return Retirement Savings Contributions Credit (Saver's Credit) You may be able to take this credit if you, or your spouse if filing jointly, made: Contributions (other than rollover contributions) to a traditional or Roth IRA, Elective deferrals to a 401(k) or 403(b) plan (including designated Roth contributions) or to a governmental 457, SEP, or SIMPLE plan, Voluntary employee contributions to a qualified retirement plan (including the federal Thrift Savings Plan), or Contributions to a 501(c)(18)(D) plan. Irs gov tax return However, you cannot take the credit if either of the following applies. Irs gov tax return The amount on Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040A, line 22, is more than $29,500 ($44,250 if head of household; $59,000 if married filing jointly). Irs gov tax return The person(s) who made the qualified contribution or elective deferral (a) was born after January 1, 1996, (b) is claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2013 tax return, or (c) was a student (defined next). Irs gov tax return Student. Irs gov tax return   You were a student if during any part of 5 calendar months of 2013 you: Were enrolled as a full-time student at a school, or Took a full-time, on-farm training course given by a school or a state, county, or local government agency. Irs gov tax return School. Irs gov tax return   A school includes a technical, trade, or mechanical school. Irs gov tax return It does not include an on-the-job training course, correspondence school, or school offering courses only through the Internet. Irs gov tax return How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return   Figure the credit on Form 8880. Irs gov tax return Enter the credit on your Form 1040, line 50, or your Form 1040A, line 32, and attach Form 8880 to your return. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information on the credit, see the Form 8880 instructions. Irs gov tax return Refundable Credits The credits discussed in this part of the chapter are treated as payments of tax. Irs gov tax return If the total of these credits, withheld federal income tax, and estimated tax payments is more than your total tax, the excess can be refunded to you. Irs gov tax return Credit for Tax on Undistributed Capital Gain You must include in your income any amounts that regulated investment companies (commonly called mutual funds) or real estate investment trusts (REITs) allocated to you as capital gain distributions, even if you did not actually receive them. Irs gov tax return If the mutual fund or REIT paid a tax on the capital gain, you are allowed a credit for the tax since it is considered paid by you. Irs gov tax return The mutual fund or REIT will send you Form 2439 showing your share of the undistributed capital gains and the tax paid, if any. Irs gov tax return How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return   To take the credit, attach Copy B of Form 2439 to your Form 1040. Irs gov tax return Include the amount from box 2 of your Form 2439 in the total for Form 1040, line 71, and check box a. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   See Capital Gain Distributions in chapter 8 for more information on undistributed capital gains. Irs gov tax return Health Coverage Tax Credit You may be able to take this credit for any month in which all the following statements were true on the first day of the month. Irs gov tax return You were an eligible trade adjustment assistance (TAA) recipient, alternative TAA (ATAA) recipient, reemployment TAA (RTAA) recipient, or Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) pension recipient (defined later); or you were a qualified family member of one of these individuals when the individual died or you finalized a divorce with one of these individuals. Irs gov tax return You and/or your family members were covered by a qualified health insurance plan for which you paid the entire premiums, or your portion of the premiums, directly to your health plan or to “U. Irs gov tax return S. Irs gov tax return Treasury–HCTC. Irs gov tax return ” You were not enrolled in Medicare Part A, B, or C, or you were enrolled in Medicare but your family member(s) qualified for the HCTC. Irs gov tax return You were not enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Irs gov tax return You were not enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHBP) or eligible to receive benefits under the U. Irs gov tax return S. Irs gov tax return military health system (TRICARE). Irs gov tax return You were not imprisoned under federal, state, or local authority. Irs gov tax return Your employer did not pay 50% or more of the cost of coverage. Irs gov tax return You did not receive a 65% COBRA premium reduction from your former employer or COBRA administrator. Irs gov tax return But, you cannot take the credit if you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2013 tax return. Irs gov tax return If you meet all of these conditions, you may be able to take a credit of up to 72. Irs gov tax return 5% of the amount you paid directly to a qualified health plan for you and any qualifying family members. Irs gov tax return You cannot take the credit for insurance premiums on coverage that was actually paid for with a National Emergency Grant. Irs gov tax return The amount you paid for qualified health insurance coverage must be reduced by any Archer MSA and health savings account distributions used to pay for the coverage. Irs gov tax return You can take this credit on your tax return or have it paid on your behalf in advance to your insurance company. Irs gov tax return If the credit is paid on your behalf in advance, that amount will reduce the amount of the credit you can take on your tax return. Irs gov tax return TAA recipient. Irs gov tax return   You were an eligible TAA recipient on the first day of the month if, for any day in that month or the prior month, you: Received a trade readjustment allowance, or Would have been entitled to receive such an allowance except that you had not exhausted all rights to any unemployment insurance (except additional compensation that is funded by a state and is not reimbursed from any federal funds) to which you were entitled (or would be entitled if you applied). Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return You received a trade adjustment allowance for January 2013. Irs gov tax return You were an eligible TAA recipient on the first day of January and February. Irs gov tax return Alternative TAA recipient. Irs gov tax return   You were an eligible alternative TAA recipient on the first day of the month if, for that month or the prior month, you received benefits under an alternative trade adjustment assistance program for older workers established by the Department of Labor. Irs gov tax return Example. Irs gov tax return You received benefits under an alternative trade adjustment assistance program for older workers for October 2013. Irs gov tax return The program was established by the Department of Labor. Irs gov tax return You were an eligible alternative TAA recipient on the first day of October and November. Irs gov tax return RTAA recipient. Irs gov tax return   You were an eligible RTAA recipient on the first day of the month if, for that month or the prior month, you received benefits under a reemployment trade adjustment assistance program for older workers established by the Department of Labor. Irs gov tax return PBGC pension recipient. Irs gov tax return   You were an eligible PBGC pension recipient on the first day of the month, if both of the following apply. Irs gov tax return You were age 55 or older on the first day of the month. Irs gov tax return You received a benefit for that month paid by the PBGC under title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Irs gov tax return If you received a lump-sum payment from the PBGC after August 5, 2002, you meet item (2) above for any month that you would have received a PBGC benefit if you had not received the lump-sum payment. Irs gov tax return How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return   To take the credit, complete Form 8885 and attach it to your Form 1040. Irs gov tax return Include your credit in the total for Form 1040, line 71, and check box c. Irs gov tax return   You must attach health insurance bills (or COBRA payment coupons) and proof of payment for any amounts you include on Form 8885, line 2. Irs gov tax return For details, see Publication 502 or Form 8885. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For definitions and special rules, including those relating to qualified health insurance plans, qualifying family members, the effect of certain life events, and employer-sponsored health insurance plans, see Publication 502 and the Form 8885 instructions. Irs gov tax return Credit for Excess Social Security Tax or Railroad Retirement Tax Withheld Most employers must withhold social security tax from your wages. Irs gov tax return If you work for a railroad employer, that employer must withhold tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) tax and tier 2 RRTA tax. Irs gov tax return If you worked for two or more employers in 2013, you may have had too much social security tax withheld from your pay. Irs gov tax return If one or more of those employers was a railroad employer, too much tier 1 RRTA tax may also have been withheld at the 6. Irs gov tax return 2% rate. Irs gov tax return You can claim the excess social security or tier 1 RRTA tax as a credit against your income tax when you file your return. Irs gov tax return For the tier 1 RRTA tax, only use the portion of the tier 1 RRTA tax that was taxed at the 6. Irs gov tax return 2% rate when figuring if excess tier 1 RRTA tax was withheld; do not include any portion of the tier 1 RRTA tax that was withheld at the Medicare tax rate (1. Irs gov tax return 45%) or the Additional Medicare Tax rate (. Irs gov tax return 9%). Irs gov tax return The following table shows the maximum amount of wages subject to tax and the maximum amount of tax that should have been withheld for 2013. Irs gov tax return Type of tax Maximum  wages subject to tax Maximum tax that should have been withheld Social security or RRTA tier 1 $113,700 $7,049. Irs gov tax return 40 RRTA tier 2 $84,300 $3,709. Irs gov tax return 20 All wages are subject to Medicare tax withholding. Irs gov tax return   Use Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement, to claim a refund of excess tier 2 RRTA tax. Irs gov tax return Be sure to attach a copy of all of your W-2 forms. Irs gov tax return Use Worksheet 3-3 in Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, to help you figure the excess amount. Irs gov tax return Employer's error. Irs gov tax return   If any one employer withheld too much social security or tier 1 RRTA tax, you cannot take the excess as a credit against your income tax. Irs gov tax return The employer should adjust the tax for you. Irs gov tax return If the employer does not adjust the overcollection, you can file a claim for refund using Form 843. Irs gov tax return Joint return. Irs gov tax return   If you are filing a joint return, you cannot add the social security or tier 1 RRTA tax withheld from your spouse's wages to the amount withheld from your wages. Irs gov tax return Figure the withholding separately for you and your spouse to determine if either of you has excess withholding. Irs gov tax return How to figure the credit if you did not work for a railroad. Irs gov tax return   If you did not work for a railroad during 2013, figure the credit as follows: 1. Irs gov tax return Add all social security tax withheld (but not more than $7,049. Irs gov tax return 40 for each employer). Irs gov tax return Enter the total here   2. Irs gov tax return Enter any uncollected social security tax on tips or group-term life insurance included in the total on Form 1040, line 60, identified by “UT”   3. Irs gov tax return Add lines 1 and 2. Irs gov tax return If $7,049. Irs gov tax return 40 or less, stop here. Irs gov tax return You cannot take  the credit   4. Irs gov tax return Social security tax limit 7,049. Irs gov tax return 40 5. Irs gov tax return Credit. Irs gov tax return Subtract line 4 from line 3. Irs gov tax return Enter the result here and on Form 1040, line 69 (or Form 1040A, line 41) $ Example. Irs gov tax return You are married and file a joint return with your spouse who had no gross income in 2013. Irs gov tax return During 2013, you worked for the Brown Technology Company and earned $60,000 in wages. Irs gov tax return Social security tax of $3,720 was withheld. Irs gov tax return You also worked for another employer in 2013 and earned $55,000 in wages. Irs gov tax return $3,410 of social security tax was withheld from these wages. Irs gov tax return Because you worked for more than one employer and your total wages were more than $113,700, you can take a credit of $80. Irs gov tax return 60 for the excess social security tax withheld. Irs gov tax return 1. Irs gov tax return Add all social security tax withheld (but not more than $7,049. Irs gov tax return 40 for each employer). Irs gov tax return Enter the total here $7,130. Irs gov tax return 00 2. Irs gov tax return Enter any uncollected social security tax on tips or group-term life insurance included in the total on Form 1040, line 60, identified by “UT” -0- 3. Irs gov tax return Add lines 1 and 2. Irs gov tax return If $7,049. Irs gov tax return 40 or less, stop here. Irs gov tax return You cannot take the credit 7,130. Irs gov tax return 00 4. Irs gov tax return Social security tax limit 7,049. Irs gov tax return 40 5. Irs gov tax return Credit. Irs gov tax return Subtract line 4 from line 3. Irs gov tax return Enter the result here and on Form 1040, line 69 (or Form 1040A, line 41) $80. Irs gov tax return 60 How to figure the credit if you worked for a railroad. Irs gov tax return   If you were a railroad employee at any time during 2013, figure the credit as follows: 1. Irs gov tax return Add all social security and tier 1 RRTA tax withheld at the 6. Irs gov tax return 2% rate (but not more than $7,049. Irs gov tax return 40 for each employer). Irs gov tax return Enter the total here   2. Irs gov tax return Enter any uncollected social security and tier 1 RRTA tax on tips or group-term life insurance included in the total on Form 1040, line 60, identified by “UT”   3. Irs gov tax return Add lines 1 and 2. Irs gov tax return If $7,049. Irs gov tax return 40 or less, stop here. Irs gov tax return You cannot take  the credit   4. Irs gov tax return Social security and tier 1 RRTA  tax limit 7,049. Irs gov tax return 40 5. Irs gov tax return Credit. Irs gov tax return Subtract line 4 from line 3. Irs gov tax return Enter the result here and on Form 1040, line 69 (or Form 1040A, line 41) $ How to take the credit. Irs gov tax return   Enter the credit on Form 1040, line 69, or include it in the total for Form 1040A, line 41. Irs gov tax return More information. Irs gov tax return   For more information on the credit, see Publication 505. Irs gov tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications