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Myfreetaxes com tucson 2. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Depreciation of Rental Property Table of Contents The BasicsWhat Rental Property Can Be Depreciated? When Does Depreciation Begin and End? Depreciation Methods Basis of Depreciable Property Claiming the Special Depreciation Allowance MACRS DepreciationDepreciation Systems Property Classes Under GDS Recovery Periods Under GDS Conventions Figuring Your Depreciation Deduction Figuring MACRS Depreciation Under ADS Claiming the Correct Amount of Depreciation You recover the cost of income producing property through yearly tax deductions. Myfreetaxes com tucson You do this by depreciating the property; that is, by deducting some of the cost each year on your tax return. Myfreetaxes com tucson Three factors determine how much depreciation you can deduct each year: (1) your basis in the property, (2) the recovery period for the property, and (3) the depreciation method used. Myfreetaxes com tucson You cannot simply deduct your mortgage or principal payments, or the cost of furniture, fixtures and equipment, as an expense. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can deduct depreciation only on the part of your property used for rental purposes. Myfreetaxes com tucson Depreciation reduces your basis for figuring gain or loss on a later sale or exchange. Myfreetaxes com tucson You may have to use Form 4562 to figure and report your depreciation. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Which Forms To Use in chapter 3. Myfreetaxes com tucson Also see Publication 946. Myfreetaxes com tucson Section 179 deduction. Myfreetaxes com tucson   The section 179 deduction is a means of recovering part or all of the cost of certain qualifying property in the year you place the property in service. Myfreetaxes com tucson This deduction is not allowed for property used in connection with residential rental property. Myfreetaxes com tucson See chapter 2 of Publication 946. Myfreetaxes com tucson Alternative minimum tax (AMT). Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you use accelerated depreciation, you may be subject to the AMT. Myfreetaxes com tucson Accelerated depreciation allows you to deduct more depreciation earlier in the recovery period than you could deduct using a straight line method (same deduction each year). Myfreetaxes com tucson   The prescribed depreciation methods for rental real estate are not accelerated, so the depreciation deduction is not adjusted for the AMT. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, accelerated methods are generally used for other property connected with rental activities (for example, appliances and wall-to-wall carpeting). Myfreetaxes com tucson   To find out if you are subject to the AMT, see the Instructions for Form 6251. Myfreetaxes com tucson The Basics The following section discusses the information you will need to have about the rental property and the decisions to be made before figuring your depreciation deduction. Myfreetaxes com tucson What Rental Property Can Be Depreciated? You can depreciate your property if it meets all the following requirements. Myfreetaxes com tucson You own the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson You use the property in your business or income-producing activity (such as rental property). Myfreetaxes com tucson The property has a determinable useful life. Myfreetaxes com tucson The property is expected to last more than one year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Property you own. Myfreetaxes com tucson   To claim depreciation, you usually must be the owner of the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson You are considered as owning property even if it is subject to a debt. Myfreetaxes com tucson Rented property. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Generally, if you pay rent for property, you cannot depreciate that property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Usually, only the owner can depreciate it. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, if you make permanent improvements to leased property, you may be able to depreciate the improvements. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Additions or improvements to property , later in this chapter, under Recovery Periods Under GDS. Myfreetaxes com tucson Cooperative apartments. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you are a tenant-stockholder in a cooperative housing corporation and rent your cooperative apartment to others, you can deduct depreciation on your stock in the corporation. Myfreetaxes com tucson See chapter 4, Special Situations. Myfreetaxes com tucson Property having a determinable useful life. Myfreetaxes com tucson   To be depreciable, your property must have a determinable useful life. Myfreetaxes com tucson This means that it must be something that wears out, decays, gets used up, becomes obsolete, or loses its value from natural causes. Myfreetaxes com tucson What Rental Property Cannot Be Depreciated? Certain property cannot be depreciated. Myfreetaxes com tucson This includes land and certain excepted property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Land. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You cannot depreciate the cost of land because land generally does not wear out, become obsolete, or get used up. Myfreetaxes com tucson But if it does, the loss is accounted for upon disposition. Myfreetaxes com tucson The costs of clearing, grading, planting, and landscaping are usually all part of the cost of land and cannot be depreciated. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Although you cannot depreciate land, you can depreciate certain land preparation costs, such as landscaping costs, incurred in preparing land for business use. Myfreetaxes com tucson These costs must be so closely associated with other depreciable property that you can determine a life for them along with the life of the associated property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson You built a new house to use as a rental and paid for grading, clearing, seeding, and planting bushes and trees. Myfreetaxes com tucson Some of the bushes and trees were planted right next to the house, while others were planted around the outer border of the lot. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you replace the house, you would have to destroy the bushes and trees right next to it. Myfreetaxes com tucson These bushes and trees are closely associated with the house, so they have a determinable useful life. Myfreetaxes com tucson Therefore, you can depreciate them. Myfreetaxes com tucson Add your other land preparation costs to the basis of your land because they have no determinable life and you cannot depreciate them. Myfreetaxes com tucson Excepted property. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Even if the property meets all the requirements listed earlier under What Rental Property Can Be Depreciated , you cannot depreciate the following property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Property placed in service and disposed of (or taken out of business use) in the same year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Equipment used to build capital improvements. Myfreetaxes com tucson You must add otherwise allowable depreciation on the equipment during the period of construction to the basis of your improvements. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information, see chapter 1 of Publication 946. Myfreetaxes com tucson When Does Depreciation Begin and End? You begin to depreciate your rental property when you place it in service for the production of income. Myfreetaxes com tucson You stop depreciating it either when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis, or when you retire it from service, whichever happens first. Myfreetaxes com tucson Placed in Service You place property in service in a rental activity when it is ready and available for a specific use in that activity. 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Myfreetaxes com tucson You made extensive repairs to the house and had it ready for rent on July 5. Myfreetaxes com tucson You began to advertise the house for rent in July and actually rented it beginning September 1. Myfreetaxes com tucson The house is considered placed in service in July when it was ready and available for rent. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can begin to depreciate the house in July. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example 3. Myfreetaxes com tucson You moved from your home in July. Myfreetaxes com tucson During August and September you made several repairs to the house. Myfreetaxes com tucson On October 1, you listed the property for rent with a real estate company, which rented it on December 1. Myfreetaxes com tucson The property is considered placed in service on October 1, the date when it was available for rent. Myfreetaxes com tucson Conversion to business use. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you place property in service in a personal activity, you cannot claim depreciation. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, if you change the property's use to business or the production of income, you can begin to depreciate it at the time of the change. Myfreetaxes com tucson You place the property in service for business or income-producing use on the date of the change. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson You bought a house and used it as your personal home several years before you converted it to rental property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Although its specific use was personal and no depreciation was allowable, you placed the home in service when you began using it as your home. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can begin to claim depreciation in the year you converted it to rental property because at that time its use changed to the production of income. Myfreetaxes com tucson Idle Property Continue to claim a deduction for depreciation on property used in your rental activity even if it is temporarily idle (not in use). Myfreetaxes com tucson For example, if you must make repairs after a tenant moves out, you still depreciate the rental property during the time it is not available for rent. Myfreetaxes com tucson Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered You must stop depreciating property when the total of your yearly depreciation deductions equals your cost or other basis of your property. Myfreetaxes com tucson For this purpose, your yearly depreciation deductions include any depreciation that you were allowed to claim, even if you did not claim it. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Basis of Depreciable Property , later. Myfreetaxes com tucson Retired From Service You stop depreciating property when you retire it from service, even if you have not fully recovered its cost or other basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson You retire property from service when you permanently withdraw it from use in a trade or business or from use in the production of income because of any of the following events. Myfreetaxes com tucson You sell or exchange the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson You convert the property to personal use. Myfreetaxes com tucson You abandon the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson The property is destroyed. Myfreetaxes com tucson Depreciation Methods Generally, you must use the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) to depreciate residential rental property placed in service after 1986. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you placed rental property in service before 1987, you are using one of the following methods. Myfreetaxes com tucson ACRS (Accelerated Cost Recovery System) for property placed in service after 1980 but before 1987. Myfreetaxes com tucson Straight line or declining balance method over the useful life of property placed in service before 1981. Myfreetaxes com tucson See MACRS Depreciation , later, for more information. Myfreetaxes com tucson Rental property placed in service before 2013. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Continue to use the same method of figuring depreciation that you used in the past. Myfreetaxes com tucson Use of real property changed. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Generally, you must use MACRS to depreciate real property that you acquired for personal use before 1987 and changed to business or income-producing use after 1986. Myfreetaxes com tucson This includes your residence that you changed to rental use. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Property Owned or Used in 1986 in Publication 946, chapter 1, for those situations in which MACRS is not allowed. Myfreetaxes com tucson Improvements made after 1986. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Treat an improvement made after 1986 to property you placed in service before 1987 as separate depreciable property. Myfreetaxes com tucson As a result, you can depreciate that improvement as separate property under MACRS if it is the type of property that otherwise qualifies for MACRS depreciation. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information about improvements, see Additions or improvements to property , later in this chapter under Recovery Periods Under GDS. Myfreetaxes com tucson This publication discusses MACRS depreciation only. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you need information about depreciating property placed in service before 1987, see Publication 534. Myfreetaxes com tucson Basis of Depreciable Property The basis of property used in a rental activity is generally its adjusted basis when you place it in service in that activity. Myfreetaxes com tucson This is its cost or other basis when you acquired it, adjusted for certain items occurring before you place it in service in the rental activity. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you depreciate your property under MACRS, you may also have to reduce your basis by certain deductions and credits with respect to the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Basis and adjusted basis are explained in the following discussions. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you used the property for personal purposes before changing it to rental use, its basis for depreciation is the lesser of its adjusted basis or its fair market value when you change it to rental use. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Basis of Property Changed to Rental Use in chapter 4. Myfreetaxes com tucson Cost Basis The basis of property you buy is usually its cost. Myfreetaxes com tucson The cost is the amount you pay for it in cash, in debt obligation, in other property, or in services. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your cost also includes amounts you pay for: Sales tax charged on the purchase (but see Exception next), Freight charges to obtain the property, and Installation and testing charges. Myfreetaxes com tucson Exception. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you deducted state and local general sales taxes as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), do not include those sales taxes as part of your cost basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson Such taxes were deductible before 1987 and after 2003. Myfreetaxes com tucson Loans with low or no interest. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you buy property on any time-payment plan that charges little or no interest, the basis of your property is your stated purchase price, less the amount considered to be unstated interest. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537, Installment Sales. Myfreetaxes com tucson Real property. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you buy real property, such as a building and land, certain fees and other expenses you pay are part of your cost basis in the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Real estate taxes. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you buy real property and agree to pay real estate taxes on it that were owed by the seller and the seller does not reimburse you, the taxes you pay are treated as part of your basis in the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson You cannot deduct them as taxes paid. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you reimburse the seller for real estate taxes the seller paid for you, you can usually deduct that amount. Myfreetaxes com tucson Do not include that amount in your basis in the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Settlement fees and other costs. Myfreetaxes com tucson   The following settlement fees and closing costs for buying the property are part of your basis in the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Abstract fees. Myfreetaxes com tucson Charges for installing utility services. Myfreetaxes com tucson Legal fees. Myfreetaxes com tucson Recording fees. Myfreetaxes com tucson Surveys. Myfreetaxes com tucson Transfer taxes. Myfreetaxes com tucson Title insurance. Myfreetaxes com tucson Any amounts the seller owes that you agree to pay, such as back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, charges for improvements or repairs, and sales commissions. Myfreetaxes com tucson   The following are settlement fees and closing costs you cannot include in your basis in the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Fire insurance premiums. Myfreetaxes com tucson Rent or other charges relating to occupancy of the property before closing. Myfreetaxes com tucson Charges connected with getting or refinancing a loan, such as: Points (discount points, loan origination fees), Mortgage insurance premiums, Loan assumption fees, Cost of a credit report, and Fees for an appraisal required by a lender. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Also, do not include amounts placed in escrow for the future payment of items such as taxes and insurance. Myfreetaxes com tucson Assumption of a mortgage. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you buy property and become liable for an existing mortgage on the property, your basis is the amount you pay for the property plus the amount remaining to be paid on the mortgage. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson You buy a building for $60,000 cash and assume a mortgage of $240,000 on it. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your basis is $300,000. Myfreetaxes com tucson Separating cost of land and buildings. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you buy buildings and your cost includes the cost of the land on which they stand, you must divide the cost between the land and the buildings to figure the basis for depreciation of the buildings. Myfreetaxes com tucson The part of the cost that you allocate to each asset is the ratio of the fair market value of that asset to the fair market value of the whole property at the time you buy it. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you are not certain of the fair market values of the land and the buildings, you can divide the cost between them based on their assessed values for real estate tax purposes. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson You buy a house and land for $200,000. Myfreetaxes com tucson The purchase contract does not specify how much of the purchase price is for the house and how much is for the land. Myfreetaxes com tucson The latest real estate tax assessment on the property was based on an assessed value of $160,000, of which $136,000 was for the house and $24,000 was for the land. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can allocate 85% ($136,000 ÷ $160,000) of the purchase price to the house and 15% ($24,000 ÷ $160,000) of the purchase price to the land. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your basis in the house is $170,000 (85% of $200,000) and your basis in the land is $30,000 (15% of $200,000). Myfreetaxes com tucson Basis Other Than Cost You cannot use cost as a basis for property that you received: In return for services you performed; In an exchange for other property; As a gift; From your spouse, or from your former spouse as the result of a divorce; or As an inheritance. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you received property in one of these ways, see Publication 551 for information on how to figure your basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson Adjusted Basis To figure your property's basis for depreciation, you may have to make certain adjustments (increases and decreases) to the basis of the property for events occurring between the time you acquired the property and the time you placed it in service for business or the production of income. Myfreetaxes com tucson The result of these adjustments to the basis is the adjusted basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson Increases to basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You must increase the basis of any property by the cost of all items properly added to a capital account. Myfreetaxes com tucson These include the following. Myfreetaxes com tucson The cost of any additions or improvements made before placing your property into service as a rental that have a useful life of more than 1 year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Amounts spent after a casualty to restore the damaged property. Myfreetaxes com tucson The cost of extending utility service lines to the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Legal fees, such as the cost of defending and perfecting title, or settling zoning issues. Myfreetaxes com tucson Additions or improvements. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Add to the basis of your property the amount an addition or improvement actually cost you, including any amount you borrowed to make the addition or improvement. Myfreetaxes com tucson This includes all direct costs, such as material and labor, but does not include your own labor. Myfreetaxes com tucson It also includes all expenses related to the addition or improvement. Myfreetaxes com tucson   For example, if you had an architect draw up plans for remodeling your property, the architect's fee is a part of the cost of the remodeling. Myfreetaxes com tucson Or, if you had your lot surveyed to put up a fence, the cost of the survey is a part of the cost of the fence. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Keep separate accounts for depreciable additions or improvements made after you place the property in service in your rental activity. Myfreetaxes com tucson For information on depreciating additions or improvements, see Additions or improvements to property , later in this chapter, under Recovery Periods Under GDS. Myfreetaxes com tucson    The cost of landscaping improvements is usually treated as an addition to the basis of the land, which is not depreciable. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, see What Rental Property Cannot Be Depreciated, earlier. Myfreetaxes com tucson Assessments for local improvements. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Assessments for items which tend to increase the value of property, such as streets and sidewalks, must be added to the basis of the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson For example, if your city installs curbing on the street in front of your house, and assesses you and your neighbors for its cost, you must add the assessment to the basis of your property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Also add the cost of legal fees paid to obtain a decrease in an assessment levied against property to pay for local improvements. Myfreetaxes com tucson You cannot deduct these items as taxes or depreciate them. Myfreetaxes com tucson    However, you can deduct as taxes, charges or assessments for maintenance, repairs, or interest charges related to the improvements. Myfreetaxes com tucson Do not add them to your basis in the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Deducting vs. Myfreetaxes com tucson capitalizing costs. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Do not add to your basis costs you can deduct as current expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, there are certain costs you can choose either to deduct or to capitalize. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you capitalize these costs, include them in your basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you deduct them, do not include them in your basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson   The costs you may choose to deduct or capitalize include carrying charges, such as interest and taxes, that you must pay to own property. Myfreetaxes com tucson   For more information about deducting or capitalizing costs and how to make the election, see Carrying Charges in Publication 535, chapter 7. Myfreetaxes com tucson Decreases to basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You must decrease the basis of your property by any items that represent a return of your cost. Myfreetaxes com tucson These include the following. Myfreetaxes com tucson Insurance or other payment you receive as the result of a casualty or theft loss. Myfreetaxes com tucson Casualty loss not covered by insurance for which you took a deduction. Myfreetaxes com tucson Amount(s) you receive for granting an easement. Myfreetaxes com tucson Residential energy credits you were allowed before 1986, or after 2005, if you added the cost of the energy items to the basis of your home. Myfreetaxes com tucson Exclusion from income of subsidies for energy conservation measures. Myfreetaxes com tucson Special depreciation allowance claimed on qualified property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Depreciation you deducted, or could have deducted, on your tax returns under the method of depreciation you chose. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you did not deduct enough or deducted too much in any year, see Depreciation under Decreases to Basis in Publication 551. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If your rental property was previously used as your main home, you must also decrease the basis by the following. Myfreetaxes com tucson Gain you postponed from the sale of your main home before May 7, 1997, if the replacement home was converted to your rental property. Myfreetaxes com tucson District of Columbia first-time homebuyer credit allowed on the purchase of your main home after August 4, 1997 and before January 1, 2012. Myfreetaxes com tucson Amount of qualified principal residence indebtedness discharged on or after January 1, 2007. Myfreetaxes com tucson Claiming the Special Depreciation Allowance For 2013, your residential rental property may qualify for a special depreciation allowance. Myfreetaxes com tucson This allowance is figured before you figure your regular depreciation deduction. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Publication 946, chapter 3, for details. Myfreetaxes com tucson Also see the Instructions for Form 4562, Line 14. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you qualify for, but choose not to take, a special depreciation allowance, you must attach a statement to your return. Myfreetaxes com tucson The details of this election are in Publication 946, chapter 3, and the Instructions for Form 4562, Line 14. Myfreetaxes com tucson MACRS Depreciation Most business and investment property placed in service after 1986 is depreciated using MACRS. Myfreetaxes com tucson This section explains how to determine which MACRS depreciation system applies to your property. Myfreetaxes com tucson It also discusses other information you need to know before you can figure depreciation under MACRS. Myfreetaxes com tucson This information includes the property's: Recovery class, Applicable recovery period, Convention, Placed-in-service date, Basis for depreciation, and Depreciation method. Myfreetaxes com tucson Depreciation Systems MACRS consists of two systems that determine how you depreciate your property—the General Depreciation System (GDS) and the Alternative Depreciation System (ADS). Myfreetaxes com tucson You must use GDS unless you are specifically required by law to use ADS or you elect to use ADS. Myfreetaxes com tucson Excluded Property You cannot use MACRS for certain personal property (such as furniture or appliances) placed in service in your rental property in 2013 if it had been previously placed in service before 1987 when MACRS became effective. Myfreetaxes com tucson In most cases, personal property is excluded from MACRS if you (or a person related to you) owned or used it in 1986 or if your tenant is a person (or someone related to the person) who owned or used it in 1986. 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Myfreetaxes com tucson If you choose to use ADS for your residential rental property, the election must be made in the first year the property is placed in service. Myfreetaxes com tucson Once you make this election, you can never revoke it. Myfreetaxes com tucson For property placed in service during 2013, you make the election to use ADS by entering the depreciation on Form 4562, Part III, Section C, line 20c. Myfreetaxes com tucson Property Classes Under GDS Each item of property that can be depreciated under MACRS is assigned to a property class, determined by its class life. Myfreetaxes com tucson The property class generally determines the depreciation method, recovery period, and convention. Myfreetaxes com tucson The property classes under GDS are: 3-year property, 5-year property, 7-year property, 10-year property, 15-year property, 20-year property, Nonresidential real property, and Residential rental property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Under MACRS, property that you placed in service during 2013 in your rental activities generally falls into one of the following classes. Myfreetaxes com tucson 5-year property. Myfreetaxes com tucson This class includes computers and peripheral equipment, office machinery (typewriters, calculators, copiers, etc. Myfreetaxes com tucson ), automobiles, and light trucks. Myfreetaxes com tucson This class also includes appliances, carpeting, furniture, etc. Myfreetaxes com tucson , used in a residential rental real estate activity. Myfreetaxes com tucson Depreciation on automobiles, other property used for transportation, computers and related peripheral equipment, and property of a type generally used for entertainment, recreation, or amusement is limited. Myfreetaxes com tucson See chapter 5 of Publication 946. Myfreetaxes com tucson 7-year property. Myfreetaxes com tucson This class includes office furniture and equipment (desks, file cabinets, etc. Myfreetaxes com tucson ). Myfreetaxes com tucson This class also includes any property that does not have a class life and that has not been designated by law as being in any other class. Myfreetaxes com tucson 15-year property. Myfreetaxes com tucson This class includes roads, fences, and shrubbery (if depreciable). Myfreetaxes com tucson Residential rental property. Myfreetaxes com tucson This class includes any real property that is a rental building or structure (including a mobile home) for which 80% or more of the gross rental income for the tax year is from dwelling units. Myfreetaxes com tucson It does not include a unit in a hotel, motel, inn, or other establishment where more than half of the units are used on a transient basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you live in any part of the building or structure, the gross rental income includes the fair rental value of the part you live in. Myfreetaxes com tucson The other property classes do not generally apply to property used in rental activities. Myfreetaxes com tucson These classes are not discussed in this publication. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Publication 946 for more information. Myfreetaxes com tucson Recovery Periods Under GDS The recovery period of property is the number of years over which you recover its cost or other basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson The recovery periods are generally longer under ADS than GDS. Myfreetaxes com tucson The recovery period of property depends on its property class. Myfreetaxes com tucson Under GDS, the recovery period of an asset is generally the same as its property class. Myfreetaxes com tucson Class lives and recovery periods for most assets are listed in Appendix B of Publication 946. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Table 2-1 for recovery periods of property commonly used in residential rental activities. Myfreetaxes com tucson Qualified Indian reservation property. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Shorter recovery periods are provided under MACRS for qualified Indian reservation property placed in service on Indian reservations. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information, see chapter 4 of Publication 946. Myfreetaxes com tucson Additions or improvements to property. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Treat additions or improvements you make to your depreciable rental property as separate property items for depreciation purposes. Myfreetaxes com tucson   The property class and recovery period of the addition or improvement is the one that would apply to the original property if you had placed it in service at the same time as the addition or improvement. Myfreetaxes com tucson   The recovery period for an addition or improvement to property begins on the later of: The date the addition or improvement is placed in service, or The date the property to which the addition or improvement was made is placed in service. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson You own a residential rental house that you have been renting since 1986 and depreciating under ACRS. Myfreetaxes com tucson You built an addition onto the house and placed it in service in 2013. Myfreetaxes com tucson You must use MACRS for the addition. Myfreetaxes com tucson Under GDS, the addition is depreciated as residential rental property over 27. Myfreetaxes com tucson 5 years. Myfreetaxes com tucson Table 2-1. Myfreetaxes com tucson MACRS Recovery Periods for Property Used in Rental Activities   MACRS Recovery Period   Type of Property General Depreciation System Alternative Depreciation System   Computers and their peripheral equipment 5 years 5 years   Office machinery, such as: Typewriters Calculators Copiers 5 years 6 years   Automobiles 5 years 5 years   Light trucks 5 years 5 years   Appliances, such as: Stoves Refrigerators 5 years 9 years   Carpets 5 years 9 years   Furniture used in rental property 5 years 9 years   Office furniture and equipment, such as: Desks Files 7 years 10 years   Any property that does not have a class life and that has not been designated by law as being in any other class 7 years 12 years   Roads 15 years 20 years   Shrubbery 15 years 20 years   Fences 15 years 20 years   Residential rental property (buildings or structures) and structural components such as furnaces, waterpipes, venting, etc. Myfreetaxes com tucson 27. Myfreetaxes com tucson 5 years 40 years   Additions and improvements, such as a new roof The same recovery period as that of the property to which the addition or improvement is made, determined as if the property were placed in service at the same time as the addition or improvement. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Conventions A convention is a method established under MACRS to set the beginning and end of the recovery period. Myfreetaxes com tucson The convention you use determines the number of months for which you can claim depreciation in the year you place property in service and in the year you dispose of the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Mid-month convention. Myfreetaxes com tucson    A mid-month convention is used for all residential rental property and nonresidential real property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Under this convention, you treat all property placed in service, or disposed of, during any month as placed in service, or disposed of, at the midpoint of that month. Myfreetaxes com tucson Mid-quarter convention. Myfreetaxes com tucson   A mid-quarter convention must be used if the mid-month convention does not apply and the total depreciable basis of MACRS property placed in service in the last 3 months of a tax year (excluding nonresidential real property, residential rental property, and property placed in service and disposed of in the same year) is more than 40% of the total basis of all such property you place in service during the year. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Under this convention, you treat all property placed in service, or disposed of, during any quarter of a tax year as placed in service, or disposed of, at the midpoint of the quarter. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson During the tax year, Tom Martin purchased the following items to use in his rental property. Myfreetaxes com tucson He elects not to claim the special depreciation allowance discussed earlier. Myfreetaxes com tucson A dishwasher for $400 that he placed in service in January. Myfreetaxes com tucson Used furniture for $100 that he placed in service in September. Myfreetaxes com tucson A refrigerator for $800 that he placed in service in October. Myfreetaxes com tucson Tom uses the calendar year as his tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson The total basis of all property placed in service that year is $1,300. Myfreetaxes com tucson The $800 basis of the refrigerator placed in service during the last 3 months of his tax year exceeds $520 (40% × $1,300). Myfreetaxes com tucson Tom must use the mid-quarter convention instead of the half-year convention for all three items. Myfreetaxes com tucson Half-year convention. Myfreetaxes com tucson    The half-year convention is used if neither the mid-quarter convention nor the mid-month convention applies. Myfreetaxes com tucson Under this convention, you treat all property placed in service, or disposed of, during a tax year as placed in service, or disposed of, at the midpoint of that tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If this convention applies, you deduct a half year of depreciation for the first year and the last year that you depreciate the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson You deduct a full year of depreciation for any other year during the recovery period. Myfreetaxes com tucson Figuring Your Depreciation Deduction You can figure your MACRS depreciation deduction in one of two ways. Myfreetaxes com tucson The deduction is substantially the same both ways. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can either: Actually compute the deduction using the depreciation method and convention that apply over the recovery period of the property, or Use the percentage from the MACRS percentage tables. Myfreetaxes com tucson In this publication we will use the percentage tables. Myfreetaxes com tucson For instructions on how to compute the deduction, see chapter 4 of Publication 946. Myfreetaxes com tucson Residential rental property. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You must use the straight line method and a mid-month convention for residential rental property. Myfreetaxes com tucson In the first year that you claim depreciation for residential rental property, you can claim depreciation only for the number of months the property is in use, and you must use the mid-month convention (explained under Conventions , earlier). Myfreetaxes com tucson 5-, 7-, or 15-year property. Myfreetaxes com tucson   For property in the 5- or 7-year class, use the 200% declining balance method and a half-year convention. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, in limited cases you must use the mid-quarter convention, if it applies. Myfreetaxes com tucson For property in the 15-year class, use the 150% declining balance method and a half-year convention. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can also choose to use the 150% declining balance method for property in the 5- or 7-year class. Myfreetaxes com tucson The choice to use the 150% method for one item in a class of property applies to all property in that class that is placed in service during the tax year of the election. Myfreetaxes com tucson You make this election on Form 4562. Myfreetaxes com tucson In Part III, column (f), enter “150 DB. Myfreetaxes com tucson ” Once you make this election, you cannot change to another method. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you use either the 200% or 150% declining balance method, you figure your deduction using the straight line method in the first tax year that the straight line method gives you an equal or larger deduction. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can also choose to use the straight line method with a half-year or mid-quarter convention for 5-, 7-, or 15-year property. Myfreetaxes com tucson The choice to use the straight line method for one item in a class of property applies to all property in that class that is placed in service during the tax year of the election. Myfreetaxes com tucson You elect the straight line method on Form 4562. Myfreetaxes com tucson In Part III, column (f), enter “S/L. Myfreetaxes com tucson ” Once you make this election, you cannot change to another method. Myfreetaxes com tucson MACRS Percentage Tables You can use the percentages in Table 2-2, earlier, to compute annual depreciation under MACRS. Myfreetaxes com tucson The tables show the percentages for the first few years or until the change to the straight line method is made. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Appendix A of Publication 946 for complete tables. Myfreetaxes com tucson The percentages in Tables 2-2a, 2-2b, and 2-2c make the change from declining balance to straight line in the year that straight line will give a larger deduction. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you elect to use the straight line method for 5-, 7-, or 15-year property, or the 150% declining balance method for 5- or 7-year property, use the tables in Appendix A of Publication 946. Myfreetaxes com tucson How to use the percentage tables. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You must apply the table rates to your property's unadjusted basis (defined below) each year of the recovery period. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Once you begin using a percentage table to figure depreciation, you must continue to use it for the entire recovery period unless there is an adjustment to the basis of your property for a reason other than: Depreciation allowed or allowable, or An addition or improvement that is depreciated as a separate item of property. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If there is an adjustment for any reason other than (1) or (2), for example, because of a deductible casualty loss, you can no longer use the table. Myfreetaxes com tucson For the year of the adjustment and for the remaining recovery period, figure depreciation using the property's adjusted basis at the end of the year and the appropriate depreciation method, as explained earlier under Figuring Your Depreciation Deduction . Myfreetaxes com tucson See Figuring the Deduction Without Using the Tables in Publication 946, chapter 4. Myfreetaxes com tucson Unadjusted basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson   This is the same basis you would use to figure gain on a sale (see Basis of Depreciable Property , earlier), but without reducing your original basis by any MACRS depreciation taken in earlier years. Myfreetaxes com tucson   However, you do reduce your original basis by other amounts claimed on the property, including: Any amortization, Any section 179 deduction, and Any special depreciation allowance. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information, see chapter 4 of Publication 946. Myfreetaxes com tucson Please click here for the text description of the image. Myfreetaxes com tucson Table 2-2 Tables 2-2a, 2-2b, and 2-2c. Myfreetaxes com tucson   The percentages in these tables take into account the half-year and mid-quarter conventions. Myfreetaxes com tucson Use Table 2-2a for 5-year property, Table 2-2b for 7-year property, and Table 2-2c for 15-year property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Use the percentage in the second column (half-year convention) unless you are required to use the mid-quarter convention (explained earlier). Myfreetaxes com tucson If you must use the mid-quarter convention, use the column that corresponds to the calendar year quarter in which you placed the property in service. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example 1. Myfreetaxes com tucson You purchased a stove and refrigerator and placed them in service in June. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your basis in the stove is $600 and your basis in the refrigerator is $1,000. Myfreetaxes com tucson Both are 5-year property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Using the half-year convention column in Table 2-2a, the depreciation percentage for Year 1 is 20%. Myfreetaxes com tucson For that year your depreciation deduction is $120 ($600 × . Myfreetaxes com tucson 20) for the stove and $200 ($1,000 × . Myfreetaxes com tucson 20) for the refrigerator. Myfreetaxes com tucson For Year 2, the depreciation percentage is 32%. Myfreetaxes com tucson That year's depreciation deduction will be $192 ($600 × . Myfreetaxes com tucson 32) for the stove and $320 ($1,000 × . Myfreetaxes com tucson 32) for the refrigerator. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example 2. Myfreetaxes com tucson Assume the same facts as in Example 1, except you buy the refrigerator in October instead of June. Myfreetaxes com tucson Since the refrigerator was placed in service in the last 3 months of the tax year, and its basis ($1,000) is more than 40% of the total basis of all property placed in service during the year ($1,600 × . Myfreetaxes com tucson 40 = $640), you are required to use the mid-quarter convention to figure depreciation on both the stove and refrigerator. Myfreetaxes com tucson Because you placed the refrigerator in service in October, you use the fourth quarter column of Table 2-2a and find the depreciation percentage for Year 1 is 5%. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your depreciation deduction for the refrigerator is $50 ($1,000 x . Myfreetaxes com tucson 05). Myfreetaxes com tucson Because you placed the stove in service in June, you use the second quarter column of Table 2-2a and find the depreciation percentage for Year 1 is 25%. Myfreetaxes com tucson For that year, your depreciation deduction for the stove is $150 ($600 x . Myfreetaxes com tucson 25). Myfreetaxes com tucson Table 2-2d. Myfreetaxes com tucson    Use this table when you are using the GDS 27. Myfreetaxes com tucson 5 year option for residential rental property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Find the row for the month that you placed the property in service. Myfreetaxes com tucson Use the percentages listed for that month to figure your depreciation deduction. Myfreetaxes com tucson The mid-month convention is taken into account in the percentages shown in the table. Myfreetaxes com tucson Continue to use the same row (month) under the column for the appropriate year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson You purchased a single family rental house for $185,000 and placed it in service on February 8. Myfreetaxes com tucson The sales contract showed that the building cost $160,000 and the land cost $25,000. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your basis for depreciation is its original cost, $160,000. Myfreetaxes com tucson This is the first year of service for your residential rental property and you decide to use GDS which has a recovery period of 27. Myfreetaxes com tucson 5 years. Myfreetaxes com tucson Using Table 2-2d, you find that the percentage for property placed in service in February of Year 1 is 3. Myfreetaxes com tucson 182%. Myfreetaxes com tucson That year's depreciation deduction is $5,091 ($160,000 x . Myfreetaxes com tucson 03182). Myfreetaxes com tucson Figuring MACRS Depreciation Under ADS Table 2–1, earlier, shows the ADS recovery periods for property used in rental activities. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Appendix B in Publication 946 for other property. Myfreetaxes com tucson If your property is not listed in Appendix B, it is considered to have no class life. Myfreetaxes com tucson Under ADS, personal property with no class life is depreciated using a recovery period of 12 years. Myfreetaxes com tucson Use the mid-month convention for residential rental property and nonresidential real property. Myfreetaxes com tucson For all other property, use the half-year or mid-quarter convention, as appropriate. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Publication 946 for ADS depreciation tables. Myfreetaxes com tucson Claiming the Correct Amount of Depreciation You should claim the correct amount of depreciation each tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you did not claim all the depreciation you were entitled to deduct, you must still reduce your basis in the property by the full amount of depreciation that you could have deducted. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information, see Depreciation under Decreases to Basis in Publication 551. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you deducted an incorrect amount of depreciation for property in any year, you may be able to make a correction by filing Form 1040X, Amended U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson Individual Income Tax Return. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you are not allowed to make the correction on an amended return, you can change your accounting method to claim the correct amount of depreciation. Myfreetaxes com tucson Filing an amended return. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can file an amended return to correct the amount of depreciation claimed for any property in any of the following situations. Myfreetaxes com tucson You claimed the incorrect amount because of a mathematical error made in any year. Myfreetaxes com tucson You claimed the incorrect amount because of a posting error made in any year. Myfreetaxes com tucson You have not adopted a method of accounting for property placed in service by you in tax years ending after December 29, 2003. Myfreetaxes com tucson You claimed the incorrect amount on property placed in service by you in tax years ending before December 30, 2003. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Generally, you adopt a method of accounting for depreciation by using a permissible method of determining depreciation when you file your first tax return for the property used in your rental activity. Myfreetaxes com tucson This also occurs when you use the same impermissible method of determining depreciation (for example, using the wrong MACRS recovery period) in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If an amended return is allowed, you must file it by the later of the following dates. Myfreetaxes com tucson 3 years from the date you filed your original return for the year in which you did not deduct the correct amount. Myfreetaxes com tucson A return filed before an unextended due date is considered filed on that due date. Myfreetaxes com tucson 2 years from the time you paid your tax for that year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Changing your accounting method. 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Myfreetaxes com tucson 1. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Bona Fide Residence Table of Contents Presence TestDays of Presence in the United States or Relevant Possession Significant Connection Tax HomeExceptions Closer ConnectionException for Year of Move Special Rules in the Year of a MoveYear of Moving to a Possession Year of Moving From a Possession Reporting a Change in Bona Fide ResidenceWho Must File Penalty for Not Filing Form 8898 In order to qualify for certain tax benefits (see chapter 3), you must be a bona fide resident of American Samoa, the CNMI, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the USVI for the entire tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Generally, you are a bona fide resident of one of these possessions (the relevant possession) if, during the tax year, you: Meet the presence test, Do not have a tax home outside the relevant possession, and Do not have a closer connection to the United States or to a foreign country than to the relevant possession. Myfreetaxes com tucson Special rule for members of the U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson Armed Forces. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you are a member of the U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson Armed Forces who qualified as a bona fide resident of the relevant possession in an earlier tax year, your absence from that possession during the current tax year in compliance with military orders will not affect your status as a bona fide resident. Myfreetaxes com tucson Likewise, being in a possession solely in compliance with military orders will not qualify you for bona fide residency. Myfreetaxes com tucson Also see the special income source rule for members of the U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson Armed Forces in chapter 2, under Compensation for Labor or Personal Services . Myfreetaxes com tucson Special rule for civilian spouse of active duty member of the U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson Armed Forces. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you are the civilian spouse of an active duty servicemember, under Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) you can choose to keep your prior residence or domicile for tax purposes (tax residence) when accompanying the servicemember spouse, who is relocating under military orders, to a new military duty station in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson possession. Myfreetaxes com tucson Before relocating, you and your spouse must have the same tax residence. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you are a civilian spouse and choose to keep your prior tax residence after such relocation, the source of income for services performed (for example, wages, salaries, tips, or self-employment) by you is considered to be (the jurisdiction of) the prior tax residence. Myfreetaxes com tucson As a result, the amount of income tax withholding (from Form(s) W-2, Wage and Tax Statement) that you are able to claim on your federal return, as well as the need to file a state or U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson possession return, may be affected. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information, consult with state, local, or U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson possession tax authorities regarding your tax obligations under MSRRA. Myfreetaxes com tucson Presence Test If you are a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson citizen or resident alien, you will satisfy the presence test for the entire tax year if you meet one of the following conditions. Myfreetaxes com tucson You were present in the relevant possession for at least 183 days during the tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson You were present in the relevant possession for at least 549 days during the 3-year period that includes the current tax year and the 2 immediately preceding tax years. Myfreetaxes com tucson During each year of the 3-year period, you must be present in the relevant possession for at least 60 days. Myfreetaxes com tucson You were present in the United States for no more than 90 days during the tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson You had earned income in the United States of no more than a total of $3,000 and were present for more days in the relevant possession than in the United States during the tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Earned income is pay for personal services performed, such as wages, salaries, or professional fees. Myfreetaxes com tucson You had no significant connection to the United States during the tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Special rule for nonresident aliens. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Conditions (1) through (5) above do not apply to nonresident aliens of the United States. Myfreetaxes com tucson Instead, nonresident aliens must meet the substantial presence test discussed in chapter 1 of Publication 519. Myfreetaxes com tucson In that discussion, substitute the name of the possession for “United States” and “U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson ” wherever they appear. Myfreetaxes com tucson Disregard the discussion in that chapter about a Closer Connection to a Foreign Country. Myfreetaxes com tucson Days of Presence in the United States or Relevant Possession Generally, you are treated as being present in the United States or in the relevant possession on any day that you are physically present in that location at any time during the day. Myfreetaxes com tucson Days of presence in a possession. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You are considered to be present in the relevant possession on any of the following days. Myfreetaxes com tucson Any day you are physically present in that possession at any time during the day. Myfreetaxes com tucson Any day you are outside of the relevant possession in order to receive, or to accompany any of the following family members to receive, qualifying medical treatment (see Qualifying Medical Treatment , later). Myfreetaxes com tucson Your parent. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your spouse. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your child, who is your son, daughter, stepson, or stepdaughter. Myfreetaxes com tucson This includes an adopted child or child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. Myfreetaxes com tucson This also includes a foster child who is placed with you by an authorized placement agency or by judgment, decree, or other order of any court of competent jurisdiction. Myfreetaxes com tucson Any day you are outside the relevant possession because you leave or are unable to return to the relevant possession during any: 14-day period within which a major disaster occurs in the relevant possession for which a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notice of a federal declaration of a major disaster is issued in the Federal Register, or Period for which a mandatory evacuation order is in effect for the geographic area in the relevant possession in which your main home is located. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If, during a single day, you are physically present: In the United States and in the relevant possession, that day is considered a day of presence in the relevant possession; or In two possessions, that day is considered a day of presence in the possession where your tax home is located (see Tax Home , later). Myfreetaxes com tucson Days of presence in the United States. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You are considered to be present in the United States on any day that you are physically present in the United States at any time during the day. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, do not count the following days as days of presence in the United States. Myfreetaxes com tucson Any day you are temporarily present in the United States in order to receive, or to accompany a parent, spouse, or child who is receiving, qualifying medical treatment. Myfreetaxes com tucson “Child” is defined under item 2c earlier. Myfreetaxes com tucson “Qualifying medical treatment” is defined later. Myfreetaxes com tucson Any day you are temporarily present in the United States because you leave or are unable to return to the relevant possession during any: 14-day period within which a major disaster occurs in the relevant possession for which a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notice of a federal declaration of a major disaster is issued in the Federal Register, or Period for which a mandatory evacuation order is in effect for the geographic area in the relevant possession in which your main home is located. Myfreetaxes com tucson Any day you are in the United States for less than 24 hours when you are traveling between two places outside the United States. Myfreetaxes com tucson Any day you are temporarily present in the United States as a professional athlete to compete in a charitable sports event (defined later). Myfreetaxes com tucson Any day you are temporarily in the United States as a student (defined later). Myfreetaxes com tucson Any day you are in the United States serving as an elected representative of the relevant possession, or serving full time as an elected or appointed official or employee of the government of that possession (or any of its political subdivisions). Myfreetaxes com tucson Qualifying Medical Treatment Such treatment is generally provided by (or under the supervision of) a physician for an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition. Myfreetaxes com tucson The treatment generally involves: Any period of inpatient care that requires an overnight stay in a hospital or hospice, and any period immediately before or after that inpatient care to the extent it is medically necessary, or Any temporary period of inpatient care in a residential medical care facility for medically necessary rehabilitation services. Myfreetaxes com tucson With respect to each qualifying medical treatment, you must prepare (or obtain) and maintain documentation supporting your claim that such treatment meets the criteria to be considered days of presence in the relevant possession. Myfreetaxes com tucson You must be able to produce this documentation within 30 days if requested by the IRS or tax administrator for the relevant possession. Myfreetaxes com tucson You must keep the following documentation. Myfreetaxes com tucson Records that provide: The patient's name and relationship to you (if the medical treatment is provided to a person you accompany); The name and address of the hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility where the medical treatment was provided; The name, address, and telephone number of the physician who provided the medical treatment; The date(s) on which the medical treatment was provided; and Receipt(s) of payment for the medical treatment. Myfreetaxes com tucson Signed certification by the providing or supervising physician that the medical treatment met the requirements for being qualified medical treatment, and setting forth: The patient's name, A reasonably detailed description of the medical treatment provided by (or under the supervision of) the physician, The dates on which the medical treatment was provided, and The medical facts that support the physician's certification and determination that the treatment was medically necessary. Myfreetaxes com tucson Charitable Sports Event A charitable sports event is one that meets all of the following conditions. Myfreetaxes com tucson The main purpose is to benefit a qualified charitable organization. Myfreetaxes com tucson The entire net proceeds go to charity. Myfreetaxes com tucson Volunteers perform substantially all the work. Myfreetaxes com tucson In figuring the days of presence in the United States, you can exclude only the days on which you actually competed in the charitable sports event. Myfreetaxes com tucson You cannot exclude the days on which you were in the United States to practice for the event, to perform promotional or other activities related to the event, or to travel between events. Myfreetaxes com tucson Student To qualify as a student, you must be, during some part of each of any 5 calendar months during the calendar year: A full-time student at a school that has a regular teaching staff, course of study, and regularly enrolled body of students in attendance, or A student taking a full-time, on-farm training course given by a school described in (1) above or by a state, county, or local government agency. Myfreetaxes com tucson The 5 calendar months do not have to be consecutive. Myfreetaxes com tucson Full-time student. Myfreetaxes com tucson   A full-time student is a person who is enrolled for the number of hours or courses the school considers to be full-time attendance. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, school attendance exclusively at night is not considered full-time attendance. Myfreetaxes com tucson School. Myfreetaxes com tucson   The term “school” includes elementary schools, middle schools, junior and senior high schools, colleges, universities, and technical, trade, and mechanical schools. Myfreetaxes com tucson It does not include on-the-job training courses, correspondence schools, and schools offering courses only through the Internet. Myfreetaxes com tucson Significant Connection One way in which you can meet the presence test is to have no significant connection to the United States during the tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson This section looks at the factors that determine if a significant connection exists. Myfreetaxes com tucson You are treated as having a significant connection to the United States if you: Have a permanent home in the United States, Are currently registered to vote in any political subdivision of the United States, or Have a spouse or child (see item 2c under Days of presence in a possession , earlier) who is under age 18 whose main home is in the United States, other than: A child who is in the United States because he or she is the child of divorced or legally separated parents and is living with a custodial parent under a custodial decree or multiple support agreement, or A child who is in the United States as a student. Myfreetaxes com tucson For the purpose of determining if you have a significant connection to the United States, the term “spouse” does not include a spouse from whom you are legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. Myfreetaxes com tucson Permanent home. Myfreetaxes com tucson   A permanent home generally includes an accommodation such as a house, an apartment, or a furnished room that is either owned or rented by you or your spouse. Myfreetaxes com tucson The dwelling unit must be available at all times, continuously, not only for short stays. Myfreetaxes com tucson Exception for rental property. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you or your spouse own the dwelling unit and at any time during the tax year it is rented to someone else at fair rental value, it will be considered your permanent home only if you or your spouse use that property for personal purposes for more than the greater of: 14 days, or 10% of the number of days during that tax year that the property is rented to others at a fair rental value. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You are treated as using rental property for personal purposes on any day the property is not being rented to someone else at fair rental value for the entire day. Myfreetaxes com tucson   A day of personal use of a dwelling unit is also any day that the unit is used by any of the following persons. Myfreetaxes com tucson You or any other person who has an interest in it, unless you rent it to another owner as his or her main home under a shared equity financing agreement. Myfreetaxes com tucson A member of your family or a member of the family of any other person who has an interest in it, unless the family member uses the dwelling unit as his or her main home and pays a fair rental price. Myfreetaxes com tucson Family includes only brothers and sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters, spouses, ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc. Myfreetaxes com tucson ), and lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, etc. Myfreetaxes com tucson ). Myfreetaxes com tucson Anyone under an arrangement that lets you use some other dwelling unit. Myfreetaxes com tucson Anyone at less than a fair rental price. Myfreetaxes com tucson   However, any day you spend working substantially full time repairing and maintaining (not improving) your property is not counted as a day of personal use. Myfreetaxes com tucson Whether your property is used mainly for this purpose is determined in light of all the facts and circumstances, such as: The amount of time you devote to repair and maintenance work, How often during the tax year you perform repair and maintenance work on this property, and The presence and activities of companions. Myfreetaxes com tucson   See Publication 527, Residential Rental Property, for more information about personal use of a dwelling unit. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example—significant connection. Myfreetaxes com tucson Ann Green, a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson citizen, is a sales representative for a company based in Guam. Myfreetaxes com tucson Ann lives with her spouse and young children in their house in Guam, where she is also registered to vote. Myfreetaxes com tucson Her business travel requires her to spend 120 days in the United States and another 120 days in foreign countries. Myfreetaxes com tucson When traveling on business, Ann generally stays at hotels but sometimes stays with her brother, who lives in the United States. Myfreetaxes com tucson Ann's stays are always of short duration and she asks her brother's permission to stay with him. Myfreetaxes com tucson Her brother's house is not her permanent home, nor does she have any other accommodations in the United States that would be considered her permanent home. Myfreetaxes com tucson Ann satisfies the presence test because she has no significant connection to the United States. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example—presence test. Myfreetaxes com tucson Eric and Wanda Brown live for part of the year in a condominium, which they own, in the CNMI. Myfreetaxes com tucson They also own a house in Maine where they live for 120 days every year to be near their grown children and grandchildren. Myfreetaxes com tucson The Browns are retired and their only income is from pension payments, dividends, interest, and social security benefits. Myfreetaxes com tucson In 2013, they spent only 175 days in the CNMI because of a 70-day vacation to Europe and Asia. Myfreetaxes com tucson Thus, in 2013, the Browns were not present in the CNMI for at least 183 days, were present in the United States for more than 90 days, and had a significant connection to the United States because of their permanent home. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, the Browns still satisfied the presence test with respect to the CNMI because they had no earned income in the United States and were physically present for more days in the CNMI than in the United States. Myfreetaxes com tucson Tax Home You will have met the tax home test if you did not have a tax home outside the relevant possession during any part of the tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your tax home is your regular or main place of business, employment, or post of duty regardless of where you maintain your family home. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you do not have a regular or main place of business because of the nature of your work, then your tax home is the place where you regularly live. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you do not fit either of these categories, you are considered an itinerant and your tax home is wherever you work. Myfreetaxes com tucson Exceptions There are some special rules regarding tax home that provide exceptions to the general rule stated above. Myfreetaxes com tucson Students and Government Officials Disregard the following days when determining whether you have a tax home outside the relevant possession. Myfreetaxes com tucson Days you were temporarily in the United States as a student (see Student under Days of Presence in the United States or Relevant Possession, earlier). Myfreetaxes com tucson Days you were in the United States serving as an elected representative of the relevant possession, or serving full time as an elected or appointed official or employee of the government of that possession (or any of its political subdivisions). Myfreetaxes com tucson Seafarers You will not be considered to have a tax home outside the relevant possession solely because you are employed on a ship or other seafaring vessel that is predominantly used in local and international waters. Myfreetaxes com tucson For this purpose, a vessel is considered to be predominantly used in local and international waters if, during the tax year, the total amount of time it is used in international waters and in the waters within 3 miles of the relevant possession exceeds the total amount of time it is used in the territorial waters of the United States, another possession, or any foreign country. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson In 2013, Sean Silverman, a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson citizen, was employed by a fishery and spent 250 days at sea on a fishing vessel. Myfreetaxes com tucson When not at sea, Sean lived with his spouse at a house they own in American Samoa. Myfreetaxes com tucson The fishing vessel on which Sean works departs and arrives at various ports in American Samoa, other possessions, and foreign countries, but was in international or American Samoa's local waters for 225 days. Myfreetaxes com tucson For purposes of determining bona fide residency of American Samoa, Sean will not be considered to have a tax home outside that possession solely because of his employment on board the fishing vessel. Myfreetaxes com tucson Year of Move If you are moving to or from a possession during the year, you may still be able to meet the tax home test for that year. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Special Rules in the Year of a Move , later in this chapter. Myfreetaxes com tucson Closer Connection You will have met the closer connection test if, during any part of the tax year, you do not have a closer connection to the United States or a foreign country than to the relevant U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson possession. Myfreetaxes com tucson You will be considered to have a closer connection to a possession than to the United States or to a foreign country if you have maintained more significant contacts with the possession(s) than with the United States or foreign country. Myfreetaxes com tucson In determining if you have maintained more significant contacts with the relevant possession, the facts and circumstances to be considered include, but are not limited to, the following. Myfreetaxes com tucson The location of your permanent home. Myfreetaxes com tucson The location of your family. Myfreetaxes com tucson The location of personal belongings, such as automobiles, furniture, clothing, and jewelry owned by you and your family. Myfreetaxes com tucson The location of social, political, cultural, professional, or religious organizations with which you have a current relationship. Myfreetaxes com tucson The location where you conduct your routine personal banking activities. Myfreetaxes com tucson The location where you conduct business activities (other than those that go into determining your tax home). Myfreetaxes com tucson The location of the jurisdiction in which you hold a driver's license. Myfreetaxes com tucson The location of the jurisdiction in which you vote. Myfreetaxes com tucson The location of charitable organizations to which you contribute. Myfreetaxes com tucson The country of residence you designate on forms and documents. Myfreetaxes com tucson The types of official forms and documents you file, such as Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting (Individuals), or Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your connections to the relevant possession will be compared to the total of your connections with the United States and foreign countries. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your answers to the questions on Form 8898, Part III, will help establish the jurisdiction to which you have a closer connection. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example—closer connection to the United States. Myfreetaxes com tucson Marcos Reyes, a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson citizen, moved to Puerto Rico in 2013 to start an investment consulting and venture capital business. Myfreetaxes com tucson His spouse and two teenage children remained in California to allow the children to complete high school. Myfreetaxes com tucson He traveled back to the United States regularly to see his spouse and children, to engage in business activities, and to take vacations. Myfreetaxes com tucson Marcos had an apartment available for his full-time use in Puerto Rico, but remained a joint owner of the residence in California where his spouse and children lived. Myfreetaxes com tucson Marcos and his family had automobiles and personal belongings such as furniture, clothing, and jewelry located at both residences. Myfreetaxes com tucson Although Marcos was a member of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce, he also belonged to and had current relationships with social, political, cultural, and religious organizations in California. Myfreetaxes com tucson Marcos received mail in California, including bank and brokerage statements and credit card bills. Myfreetaxes com tucson He conducted his personal banking activities in California. Myfreetaxes com tucson He held a California driver's license and was also registered to vote there. Myfreetaxes com tucson Based on all of the particular facts and circumstances pertaining to Marcos, he was not a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico in 2013 because he had a closer connection to the United States than to Puerto Rico. Myfreetaxes com tucson Closer connection to another possession. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Generally, possessions are not treated as foreign countries. Myfreetaxes com tucson Therefore, a closer connection to a possession other than the relevant possession will not be treated as a closer connection to a foreign country. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example—tax home and closer connection to possession. Myfreetaxes com tucson Pearl Blackmon, a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson citizen, is a permanent employee of a hotel in Guam, but works only during the tourist season. Myfreetaxes com tucson For the remainder of each year, Pearl lives with her spouse and children in the CNMI, where she has no outside employment. Myfreetaxes com tucson Most of Pearl's personal belongings, including her automobile, are located in the CNMI. Myfreetaxes com tucson She is registered to vote in, and has a driver's license issued by, the CNMI. Myfreetaxes com tucson She does her personal banking in the CNMI and routinely lists her CNMI address as her permanent address on forms and documents. Myfreetaxes com tucson Pearl satisfies the presence test with respect to both Guam and the CNMI. Myfreetaxes com tucson She satisfies the tax home test with respect to Guam, because her regular place of business is in Guam. Myfreetaxes com tucson Pearl satisfies the closer connection test with respect to both Guam and the CNMI, because she does not have a closer connection to the United States or to any foreign country. Myfreetaxes com tucson Pearl is considered a bona fide resident of Guam, the location of her tax home. Myfreetaxes com tucson Exception for Year of Move If you are moving to or from a possession during the year, you may still be able to meet the closer connection test for that year. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Special Rules in the Year of a Move , next. Myfreetaxes com tucson Special Rules in the Year of a Move If you are moving to or from a possession during the year, you may still be able to meet the tax home and closer connection tests for that year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Year of Moving to a Possession You will satisfy the tax home and closer connection tests in the tax year of changing your residence to the relevant possession if you meet all of the following. Myfreetaxes com tucson You have not been a bona fide resident of the relevant possession in any of the 3 tax years immediately preceding your move. Myfreetaxes com tucson In the year of the move, you do not have a tax home outside the relevant possession or a closer connection to the United States or a foreign country than to the relevant possession during any of the last 183 days of the tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson You are a bona fide resident of the relevant possession for each of the 3 tax years immediately following your move. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson Dwight Wood, a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson citizen, files returns on a calendar year basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson He lived in the United States from January 2007 through May 2013. Myfreetaxes com tucson In June 2013 he moved to the USVI, purchased a house, and accepted a permanent job with a local employer. Myfreetaxes com tucson From July 1 through December 31, 2013 (more than 183 days), Dwight's principal place of business was in the USVI and, during that time, he did not have a closer connection to the United States or a foreign country than to the USVI. Myfreetaxes com tucson If he is a bona fide resident of the USVI during all of 2014 through 2016, he will satisfy the tax home and closer connection tests for 2013. Myfreetaxes com tucson If Dwight also satisfies the presence test in 2013, he will be considered a bona fide resident of the USVI for the entire 2013 tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Year of Moving From a Possession In the year you cease to be a bona fide resident of American Samoa, the CNMI, Guam, or the USVI, you will satisfy the tax home and closer connection tests with respect to the relevant possession if you meet all of the following. Myfreetaxes com tucson You have been a bona fide resident of the relevant possession for each of the 3 tax years immediately preceding your change of residence. Myfreetaxes com tucson In the year of the move, you do not have a tax home outside the relevant possession or a closer connection to the United States or a foreign country than to the relevant possession during any of the first 183 days of the tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson You are not a bona fide resident of the relevant possession for any of the 3 tax years immediately following your move. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson Jean Aspen, a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson citizen, files returns on a calendar year basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson From January 2010 through December 2012, Jean was a bona fide resident of American Samoa. Myfreetaxes com tucson Jean continued to live there until September 6, 2013, when she accepted new employment and moved to Hawaii. Myfreetaxes com tucson Jean's principal place of business from January 1 through September 5, 2013 (more than 183 days), was in American Samoa, and during that period Jean did not have a closer connection to the United States or a foreign country than to American Samoa. Myfreetaxes com tucson If Jean continues to live and work in Hawaii for the rest of 2013 and throughout years 2014 through 2016, she will satisfy the tax home and closer connection tests for 2013 with respect to American Samoa. Myfreetaxes com tucson If Jean also satisfies the presence test in 2013, she will be considered a bona fide resident for the entire 2013 tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Puerto Rico You will be considered a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico for the part of the tax year preceding the date on which you move if you: Are a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson citizen, Are a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico for at least 2 tax years immediately preceding the tax year of the move, Cease to be a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico during the tax year, Cease to have a tax home in Puerto Rico during the tax year, and Have a closer connection to Puerto Rico than to the United States or a foreign country throughout the part of the tax year preceding the date on which you cease to have a tax home in Puerto Rico. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson Randy White, a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson citizen, files returns on a calendar year basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson For all of 2011 and 2012, Randy was a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico. Myfreetaxes com tucson From January through April 2013, Randy continued to reside and maintain his principal place of business in and closer connection to Puerto Rico. Myfreetaxes com tucson On May 5, 2013, Randy moved and changed his tax home to Nevada. Myfreetaxes com tucson Later that year he established a closer connection to the United States than to Puerto Rico. Myfreetaxes com tucson Randy did not satisfy the presence test for 2013 with respect to Puerto Rico, nor the tax home or closer connection tests. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, because Randy was a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico for at least 2 tax years before he moved to Nevada in 2013, he was a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico from January 1 through May 4, 2013. Myfreetaxes com tucson Reporting a Change in Bona Fide Residence If you became or ceased to be a bona fide resident of a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson possession, you may need to file Form 8898. Myfreetaxes com tucson This applies to the U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson possessions of American Samoa, the CNMI, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the USVI. Myfreetaxes com tucson Who Must File You must file Form 8898 for the tax year in which you meet both of the following conditions. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your worldwide gross income (defined below) in that tax year is more than $75,000. Myfreetaxes com tucson You meet one of the following. Myfreetaxes com tucson You take a position for U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson tax purposes that you became a bona fide resident of a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson possession after a tax year for which you filed a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson income tax return as a citizen or resident alien of the United States but not as a bona fide resident of the possession. Myfreetaxes com tucson You are a citizen or resident alien of the United States who takes the position for U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson tax purposes that you ceased to be a bona fide resident of a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson possession after a tax year for which you filed an income tax return (with the IRS, the possession tax authority, or both) as a bona fide resident of the possession. Myfreetaxes com tucson You take the position for U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson tax purposes that you became a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico or American Samoa after a tax year for which you were required to file an income tax return as a bona fide resident of the CNMI, Guam, or the USVI. Myfreetaxes com tucson Worldwide gross income. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Worldwide gross income means all income you received in the form of money, goods, property, and services, including any income from sources outside the United States (even if you can exclude part or all of it) and before any deductions, credits, or rebates. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson You are a U. Myfreetaxes com tucson S. Myfreetaxes com tucson citizen who moved to the CNMI in December 2012, but did not become a bona fide resident of that possession until the 2013 tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson You must file Form 8898 for the 2013 tax year if your worldwide gross income for that year was more than $75,000. Myfreetaxes com tucson Penalty for Not Filing Form 8898 If you are required to file Form 8898 for any tax year and you fail to file it, you may owe a penalty of $1,000. Myfreetaxes com tucson You may also owe this penalty if you do not include all the information required by the form or the form includes incorrect information. Myfreetaxes com tucson In either case, you will not owe this penalty if you can show that such failure is due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. Myfreetaxes com tucson This is in addition to any criminal penalty that may be imposed. 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