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Need amend my 2009 taxes Publication 947 - Main Content Table of Contents Practice Before the IRSWhat Is Practice Before the IRS? Who Can Practice Before the IRS? Who Cannot Practice Before the IRS? How Does an Individual Become Enrolled? What Are the Rules of Practice? Authorizing a RepresentativeWhat Is a Power of Attorney? When Is a Power of Attorney Required? When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required? How Do I Fill Out Form 2848? What Happens to the Power of Attorney When Filed? How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Need amend my 2009 taxes Practice Before the IRS The Office of Professional Responsibility and the Return Preparer Office generally are responsible for administering and enforcing the regulations governing practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes The Office of Professional Responsibility generally has responsibility for matters related to practitioner conduct and exclusive responsibility for discipline, including disciplinary proceedings and sanctions. Need amend my 2009 taxes The Return Preparer Office is responsible for matters related to the authority to practice, including acting on applications for enrollment and administering competency testing and continuing education. Need amend my 2009 taxes What Is Practice Before the IRS? Practice before the IRS covers all matters relating to any of the following. Need amend my 2009 taxes Communicating with the IRS for a taxpayer regarding the taxpayer's rights, privileges, or liabilities under laws and regulations administered by the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Representing a taxpayer at conferences, hearings, or meetings with the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Preparing and filing documents, including tax returns, with the IRS for a taxpayer. Need amend my 2009 taxes Providing a client with written advice which has a potential for tax avoidance or evasion. Need amend my 2009 taxes Furnishing information at the request of the IRS or appearing as a witness for the taxpayer is not practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Who Can Practice Before the IRS? The following individuals can practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, any individual who is recognized to practice (a recognized representative) must be designated as the taxpayer's representative and file a written declaration with the IRS stating that he or she is authorized and qualified to represent a particular taxpayer. Need amend my 2009 taxes Form 2848 can be used for this purpose. Need amend my 2009 taxes Attorneys. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Any attorney who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS and who is a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, possession, territory, commonwealth, or the District of Columbia may practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Certified public accountants (CPAs). Need amend my 2009 taxes   Any CPA who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS and who is duly qualified to practice as a CPA in any state, possession, territory, commonwealth, or the District of Columbia may practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enrolled agents. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Any enrolled agent in active status who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS may practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enrolled retirement plan agents. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Any enrolled retirement plan agent in active status who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS may practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes The practice of enrolled retirement plan agents is limited to certain Internal Revenue Code sections that relate to their area of expertise, principally those sections governing employee retirement plans. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enrolled actuaries. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Any individual who is enrolled as an actuary by the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS may practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes The practice of enrolled actuaries is limited to certain Internal Revenue Code sections that relate to their area of expertise, principally those sections governing employee retirement plans. Need amend my 2009 taxes Student. Need amend my 2009 taxes    Under certain circumstances, a student who is supervised by a practitioner may request permission to represent another person before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes For more information, see Authorization for special appearances, later. Need amend my 2009 taxes Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers. Need amend my 2009 taxes   A registered tax return preparer is an individual who has passed an IRS competency test and is authorized to prepare and sign tax returns as the preparer. Need amend my 2009 taxes An unenrolled return preparer is an individual other than an attorney, CPA, enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, or enrolled actuary who prepares and signs a taxpayer's return as the preparer, or who prepares a return but is not required (by the instructions to the return or regulations) to sign the return. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers may only represent taxpayers before revenue agents, customer service representatives, or similar officers and employees of the Internal Revenue Service (including the Taxpayer Advocate Service) during an examination of the taxable year or period covered by the tax return they prepared and signed. Need amend my 2009 taxes Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers cannot represent taxpayers, regardless of the circumstances requiring representation, before appeals officers, revenue officers, counsel or similar officers or employees of the Internal Revenue Service or the Department of Treasury. Need amend my 2009 taxes Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers cannot execute closing agreements, extend the statutory period for tax assessments or collection of tax, execute waivers, execute claims for refund, or sign any document on behalf of a taxpayer. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the unenrolled return preparer does not meet the requirements for limited representation, you may file Form 8821 to allow the preparer to inspect your tax information and receive copies of notices sent to you by the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Form 8821. Need amend my 2009 taxes Practice denied. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Any individual engaged in limited practice before the IRS who is involved in disreputable conduct is subject to disciplinary action. Need amend my 2009 taxes Disreputable conduct includes, but is not limited to, the list of items under Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct shown later under What Are the Rules of Practice. Need amend my 2009 taxes Other individuals who may serve as representatives. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Because of their special relationship with a taxpayer, the following individuals can represent the specified taxpayers before the IRS, provided they present satisfactory identification and, except in the case of an individual described in (1) below, proof of authority to represent the taxpayer. Need amend my 2009 taxes An individual. Need amend my 2009 taxes An individual can represent himself or herself before the IRS and does not have to file a written declaration of qualification and authority. Need amend my 2009 taxes A family member. Need amend my 2009 taxes An individual can represent members of his or her immediate family. Need amend my 2009 taxes Immediate family includes a spouse, child, parent, brother, or sister of the individual. Need amend my 2009 taxes An officer. Need amend my 2009 taxes A bona fide officer of a corporation (including a parent, subsidiary, or other affiliated corporation), association, or organized group can represent the corporation, association, or organized group. Need amend my 2009 taxes An officer of a governmental unit, agency, or authority, in the course of his or her official duties, can represent the organization before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes A partner. Need amend my 2009 taxes A general partner may represent the partnership before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes An employee. Need amend my 2009 taxes A regular full-time employee can represent his or her employer. Need amend my 2009 taxes An employer can be, but is not limited to, an individual, partnership, corporation (including a parent, subsidiary, or other affiliated corporation), association, trust, receivership, guardianship, estate, organized group, governmental unit, agency, or authority. Need amend my 2009 taxes A fiduciary. Need amend my 2009 taxes A fiduciary (trustee, executor, personal representative, administrator, receiver, or guardian) stands in the position of a taxpayer and acts as the taxpayer, not as a representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Fiduciary under When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required, later. Need amend my 2009 taxes Representation Outside the United States Any individual may represent an individual or entity, who is outside the United States, before personnel of the IRS when such representation occurs outside the United States. Need amend my 2009 taxes See section 10. Need amend my 2009 taxes 7(c)(1)(vii) of Circular 230. Need amend my 2009 taxes Authorization for Special Appearances The Commissioner of Internal Revenue, or delegate, can authorize an individual who is not otherwise eligible to practice before the IRS to represent another person for a particular matter. Need amend my 2009 taxes The prospective representative must request this authorization in writing from the Office of Professional Responsibility. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, it is granted only when extremely compelling circumstances exist. Need amend my 2009 taxes If granted, the Commissioner, or delegate, will issue a letter that details the conditions related to the appearance and the particular tax matter for which the authorization is granted. Need amend my 2009 taxes The authorization letter should not be confused with a letter from an IRS center advising an individual that he or she has been assigned a Centralized Authorization File (CAF) number. Need amend my 2009 taxes The issuance of a CAF number does not indicate that an individual is either recognized or authorized to practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes It merely confirms that a centralized file for authorizations has been established for the individual under that number. Need amend my 2009 taxes Students in LITCs and the STCP. Need amend my 2009 taxes   A student who works in a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) or Student Tax Clinic Program (STCP) who is supervised by a practitioner may request permission to represent another person before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Authorization requests must be made to the Office of Professional Responsibility. Need amend my 2009 taxes If granted, a letter authorizing the student's special appearance and detailing any conditions related to the appearance will be issued. Need amend my 2009 taxes Students receiving an authorization letter generally can represent taxpayers before any IRS function or office subject to any conditions in the authorization letter. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you intend to have a student represent you, review the authorization letter and ask your student, your student's supervisor, or the Office of Professional Responsibility if you have questions about the terms of the authorization. Need amend my 2009 taxes Who Cannot Practice Before the IRS? In general, individuals who are not eligible or who have lost the privilege as a result of certain actions cannot practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes If an individual loses eligibility to practice, the IRS will not recognize a power of attorney that names the individual as a representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes Corporations, associations, partnerships, and other persons that are not individuals. Need amend my 2009 taxes   These organizations (or persons) are not eligible to practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Loss of Eligibility Generally, individuals lose their eligibility to practice before the IRS in the following ways. Need amend my 2009 taxes Not meeting the requirements for renewal of enrollment (such as continuing professional education). Need amend my 2009 taxes Requesting to be placed in inactive retirement status. Need amend my 2009 taxes Being suspended or disbarred by the Office of Professional Responsibility for violating the regulations governing practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Failure to meet requirements. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Individuals who fail to comply with the requirements for eligibility for renewal of enrollment will be notified by the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes The notice will explain the reason for noncompliance and provide the individual with an opportunity to furnish information for reconsideration. Need amend my 2009 taxes The individual has 60 days from the date of the notice to respond. Need amend my 2009 taxes Inactive roster. Need amend my 2009 taxes   An individual will be placed on the roster of inactive individuals for a period of three years, if he or she: Fails to respond timely to the notice of noncompliance with the renewal requirements, Fails to file timely the application for renewal, or Does not satisfy the requirements of eligibility for renewal. Need amend my 2009 taxes The individual must file an application for renewal and satisfy all requirements for renewal after being placed in inactive status. Need amend my 2009 taxes Otherwise, at the conclusion of the next renewal cycle, he or she will be removed from the roster and the enrollment or registration terminated. Need amend my 2009 taxes Inactive retirement status. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Individuals who request to be placed in an inactive retirement status will be ineligible to practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes They must continue to adhere to all renewal requirements. Need amend my 2009 taxes They can be reinstated to an active enrollment status by filing an application for renewal and providing evidence that they have completed the required continuing professional education hours for the enrollment cycle or registration year. Need amend my 2009 taxes Suspension and disbarment. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Individuals authorized to practice before the IRS are subject to disciplinary proceedings and may be suspended or disbarred for violating any regulation governing practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes This includes engaging in acts of disreputable conduct. Need amend my 2009 taxes For more information, see Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct under What are the Rules of Practice, later. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Practitioners who are suspended in a disciplinary proceeding are not allowed to practice before the IRS during the period of suspension. Need amend my 2009 taxes See What Is Practice Before the IRS, earlier. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Practitioners who are disbarred in a disciplinary proceeding are not allowed to practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, a practitioner can seek reinstatement from the Office of Professional Responsibility five years after disbarment. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the practitioner seeks reinstatement, he or she may not practice before the IRS until the Office of Professional Responsibility authorizes reinstatement. Need amend my 2009 taxes The Office of Professional Responsibility may reinstate the practitioner if it is determined that: The practitioner's future conduct is not likely to be in violation of the regulations, and Granting the reinstatement would not be contrary to the public interest. Need amend my 2009 taxes How Does an Individual Become Enrolled? The Return Preparer Office can grant enrollment to practice before the IRS to an applicant who demonstrates special competence in tax matters by passing a written examination administered by the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enrollment also can be granted to an applicant who qualifies because of past service and technical experience in the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes In either case, certain application forms, discussed next, must be filed. Need amend my 2009 taxes Additionally, an applicant must not have engaged in any conduct that would justify suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct, later. Need amend my 2009 taxes Form 2587. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Applicants can apply to take the special enrollment examination by filing Form 2587, Application for Special Enrollment Examination. Need amend my 2009 taxes Form 2587 can be filed online, by mail, or by fax. Need amend my 2009 taxes For more information, see instructions and fees listed on the form. Need amend my 2009 taxes To get Form 2587, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Need amend my 2009 taxes Form 23 and Form 23-EP. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Individuals who have passed the examination or are applying on the basis of past service and technical experience with the IRS can apply for enrollment by filing Form 23, Application for Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service, or Form 23-EP, Application for Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent. Need amend my 2009 taxes The application must include a check or money order in the amount of the fee shown on Form 23 or Form 23-EP. Need amend my 2009 taxes Alternatively, payment may be made electronically pursuant to instructions on the forms. Need amend my 2009 taxes To get Form 23 or Form 23-EP, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Need amend my 2009 taxes Form 5434. Need amend my 2009 taxes   An individual may apply as an enrolled actuary on the basis of past employment with the IRS and technical experience by filing Form 5434, Application for Enrollment, with the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries. Need amend my 2009 taxes The application must include a check or money order in the amount of the fee shown on Form 5434. Need amend my 2009 taxes To get Form 5434, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Need amend my 2009 taxes Period of enrollment. Need amend my 2009 taxes   An enrollment card will be issued to each individual whose enrollment application is approved. Need amend my 2009 taxes The individual is enrolled until the expiration date shown on the enrollment card or certificate. Need amend my 2009 taxes To continue practicing beyond the expiration date, the individual must request renewal of the enrollment by filing Form 8554, Application for Renewal of Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service, or Form 8554-EP, Application for Renewal of Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA). Need amend my 2009 taxes What Are the Rules of Practice? The rules governing practice before the IRS are published in the Code of Federal Regulations at 31 C. Need amend my 2009 taxes F. Need amend my 2009 taxes R. Need amend my 2009 taxes part 10 and reprinted in Treasury Department Circular No. Need amend my 2009 taxes 230 (Circular 230). Need amend my 2009 taxes An attorney, CPA, enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, registered tax return preparer, or enrolled actuary authorized to practice before the IRS (referred to hereafter as a practitioner) has the duty to perform certain acts and is restricted from performing other acts. Need amend my 2009 taxes In addition, a practitioner cannot engage in disreputable conduct (discussed later). Need amend my 2009 taxes Any practitioner who does not comply with the rules of practice or engages in disreputable conduct is subject to disciplinary action. Need amend my 2009 taxes Also, unenrolled preparers must comply with the rules of practice and conduct to exercise the privilege of limited practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Publication 470 for a discussion of the special rules for limited practice by unenrolled preparers. Need amend my 2009 taxes Duties Practitioners must promptly submit records or information requested by officers or employees of the IRS, except when the practitioner believes on reasonable belief and good faith that the information is privileged. Need amend my 2009 taxes Communications with respect to tax advice between a federally authorized tax practitioner and a taxpayer generally are confidential to the same extent that communication would be privileged if it were between a taxpayer and an attorney if the advice relates to: Noncriminal tax matters before the IRS, or Noncriminal tax proceedings brought in federal court by or against the United States. Need amend my 2009 taxes Communications regarding corporate tax shelters. Need amend my 2009 taxes   This protection of tax advice communications does not apply to any written communications between a federally authorized tax practitioner and any person, including a director, shareholder, officer, employee, agent, or representative of a corporation if the communication involves the promotion of the direct or indirect participation of the corporation in any tax shelter. Need amend my 2009 taxes Duty to advise. Need amend my 2009 taxes   A practitioner who knows that his or her client has not complied with the revenue laws or has made an error or omission in any return, document, affidavit, or other required paper, has the responsibility to advise the client promptly of the noncompliance, error, or omission, and the consequences of the noncompliance, error, or omission. Need amend my 2009 taxes Due diligence. Need amend my 2009 taxes   A practitioner must exercise due diligence when performing the following duties. Need amend my 2009 taxes Preparing or assisting in the preparing, approving, and filing of returns, documents, affidavits, and other papers relating to IRS matters. Need amend my 2009 taxes Determining the correctness of oral or written representations made by him or her to the Department of the Treasury. Need amend my 2009 taxes Determining the correctness of oral or written representations made by him or her to clients with reference to any matter administered by the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Restrictions Practitioners are restricted from engaging in certain practices. Need amend my 2009 taxes The following paragraphs discuss some of these restricted practices. Need amend my 2009 taxes Delays. Need amend my 2009 taxes   A practitioner must not unreasonably delay the prompt disposition of any matter before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Assistance from disbarred or suspended persons and former IRS employees. Need amend my 2009 taxes   A practitioner must not knowingly, directly or indirectly, do the following. Need amend my 2009 taxes Accept assistance from, or assist, any person who is under disbarment or suspension from practice before the IRS if the assistance relates to matters considered practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Accept assistance from any former government employee where provisions of Circular 230 or any federal law would be violated. Need amend my 2009 taxes Performance as a notary. Need amend my 2009 taxes   A practitioner who is a notary public and is employed as counsel, attorney, or agent in a matter before the IRS, or has a material interest in the matter, cannot engage in any notary activities related to that matter. Need amend my 2009 taxes Negotiations of taxpayer refund checks. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Practitioners must not endorse or otherwise negotiate (cash) any refund check (including directing or accepting payment by any means, electronic or otherwise, in an account owned or controlled by the practitioner or any firm or other entity with whom the practitioner is associated) issued to the taxpayer. Need amend my 2009 taxes Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct Any practitioner or unenrolled return preparer may be disbarred or suspended from practice before the IRS, or censured, for incompetence or disreputable conduct. Need amend my 2009 taxes The following list contains examples of conduct that is considered disreputable. Need amend my 2009 taxes Being convicted of any criminal offense under the revenue laws or of any offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust. Need amend my 2009 taxes Knowingly giving false or misleading information in connection with federal tax matters, or participating in such activity. Need amend my 2009 taxes Soliciting employment by prohibited means as discussed in section 10. Need amend my 2009 taxes 30 of Circular 230. Need amend my 2009 taxes Willfully failing to file a federal tax return, evading or attempting to evade any federal tax or payment, or participating in such actions. Need amend my 2009 taxes Misappropriating, or failing to properly and promptly remit, funds received from clients for payment of taxes or other obligations due the United States. Need amend my 2009 taxes Directly or indirectly attempting to influence the official action of IRS employees by the use of threats, false accusations, duress, or coercion, or by offering gifts, favors, or any special inducements. Need amend my 2009 taxes Being disbarred or suspended from practice as an attorney, CPA, public accountant, or actuary, by the District of Columbia or any state, possession, territory, commonwealth, or any federal court, or any federal agency, body, or board. Need amend my 2009 taxes Knowingly aiding and abetting another person to practice before the IRS during a period of suspension, disbarment, or ineligibility of that other person. Need amend my 2009 taxes Using abusive language, making false accusations and statements knowing them to be false, circulating or publishing malicious or libelous matter, or engaging in any contemptuous conduct in connection with practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Giving a false opinion knowingly, recklessly, or through gross incompetence; or following a pattern of providing incompetent opinions in questions arising under the federal tax laws. Need amend my 2009 taxes Censure, Disbarments, and Suspensions The Office of Professional Responsibility may censure or institute proceedings to censure, suspend or disbar any attorney, CPA, or enrolled agent who has violated Circular 230. Need amend my 2009 taxes A practitioner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate compliance with the rules before any disciplinary action is taken. Need amend my 2009 taxes Authorizing a Representative You may either represent yourself, or you may authorize an individual to represent you before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you chose to have someone represent you, your representative must be a person eligible to practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Who Can Practice Before the IRS, earlier. Need amend my 2009 taxes What Is a Power of Attorney? A power of attorney is your written authorization for an individual to act on your behalf. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the authorization is not limited, the individual generally can perform all acts that you can perform. Need amend my 2009 taxes The authority granted to a registered tax return preparer or an unenrolled preparer is limited. Need amend my 2009 taxes For information on the limits regarding registered tax return preparers, see Circular 230 §10. Need amend my 2009 taxes 3(f). Need amend my 2009 taxes For information on the limits regarding unenrolled preparers, see Publication 470. Need amend my 2009 taxes Acts performed. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Any representative, other than a registered tax return preparer or an unenrolled return preparer, can usually perform the following acts. Need amend my 2009 taxes Represent you before any office of the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Sign an offer or a waiver of restriction on assessment or collection of a tax deficiency, or a waiver of notice of disallowance of claim for credit or refund. Need amend my 2009 taxes Sign a consent to extend the statutory time period for assessment or collection of a tax. Need amend my 2009 taxes Sign a closing agreement. Need amend my 2009 taxes Signing your return. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The representative named under a power of attorney is not permitted to sign your income tax return unless: The signature is permitted under the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations (see Regulations section 1. Need amend my 2009 taxes 6012-1(a)(5)). Need amend my 2009 taxes You specifically authorize this in your power of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes For example, the regulation permits a representative to sign your return if you are unable to sign the return due to: Disease or injury. Need amend my 2009 taxes Continuous absence from the United States (including Puerto Rico) for a period of at least 60 days prior to the date required by law for filing the return. Need amend my 2009 taxes Other good cause if specific permission is requested of and granted by the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes When a return is signed by a representative, it must be accompanied by a power of attorney (or copy) authorizing the representative to sign the return. Need amend my 2009 taxes For more information, see the Form 2848 instructions. Need amend my 2009 taxes Limitation on substitution or delegation. Need amend my 2009 taxes   A recognized representative can substitute or delegate authority under the power of attorney to another recognized representative only if the act is specifically authorized by you on the power of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes   After a substitution has been made, only the newly recognized representative will be recognized as the taxpayer's representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes If a delegation of power has been made, both the original and the delegated representative will be recognized by the IRS to represent you. Need amend my 2009 taxes Disclosure of returns to a third party. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Your representative cannot execute consents that will allow the IRS to disclose tax return or return information to a third party unless you specifically delegate this authority to your representative on line 5 of Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes Incapacity or incompetency. Need amend my 2009 taxes   A power of attorney is generally terminated if you become incapacitated or incompetent. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The power of attorney can continue, however, in the case of your incapacity or incompetency if you authorize this on line 5 “Other” of the Form 2848 and if your non-IRS durable power of attorney meets all the requirements for acceptance by the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Non-IRS powers of attorney, later. Need amend my 2009 taxes When Is a Power of Attorney Required? Submit a power of attorney when you want to authorize an individual to represent you before the IRS, whether or not the representative performs any of the other acts cited earlier under What Is a Power of Attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes A power of attorney is most often required when you want to authorize another individual to perform at least one of the following acts on your behalf. Need amend my 2009 taxes Represent you at a meeting with the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Prepare and file a written response to the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Form Required Use Form 2848 to appoint a recognized representative to act on your behalf before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Individuals recognized to practice before the IRS are listed under Part II, Declaration of Representative, of Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your representative must complete that part of the form. Need amend my 2009 taxes Non-IRS powers of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The IRS will accept a non-IRS power of attorney, but a completed Form 2848 must be attached in order for the power of attorney to be entered on the Centralized Authorization File (CAF) system. Need amend my 2009 taxes For more information, see Processing a non-IRS power of attorney, later. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If you want to use a power of attorney document other than Form 2848, it must contain the following information. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your name and mailing address. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your social security number and/or employer identification number. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your employee plan number, if applicable. Need amend my 2009 taxes The name and mailing address of your representative(s). Need amend my 2009 taxes The types of tax involved. Need amend my 2009 taxes The federal tax form number. Need amend my 2009 taxes The specific year(s) or period(s) involved. Need amend my 2009 taxes For estate tax matters, the decedent's date of death. Need amend my 2009 taxes A clear expression of your intention concerning the scope of authority granted to your representative(s). Need amend my 2009 taxes Your signature and date. Need amend my 2009 taxes You also must attach to the non-IRS power of attorney a signed and dated statement made by your representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes This statement, which is referred to as the Declaration of Representative, is contained in Part II of Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes The statement should read: I am not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the Internal Revenue Service or other practice of my profession by any other authority, I am aware of the regulations contained in Circular 230, I am authorized to represent the taxpayer(s) identified in the power of attorney, and I am an individual described in 26 CFR 601. Need amend my 2009 taxes 502(b). Need amend my 2009 taxes Required information missing. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The IRS will not accept your non-IRS power of attorney if it does not contain all the information listed above. Need amend my 2009 taxes You can sign and submit a completed Form 2848 or a new non-IRS power of attorney that contains all the information. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you cannot sign an acceptable replacement document, your attorney-in-fact may be able to perfect (make acceptable to the IRS) your non-IRS power of attorney by using the procedure described next. Need amend my 2009 taxes Procedure for perfecting a non-IRS power of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Under the following conditions, the attorney-in-fact named in your non-IRS power of attorney can sign a Form 2848 on your behalf. Need amend my 2009 taxes The original non-IRS power of attorney grants authority to handle federal tax matters (for example, general authority to perform any acts). Need amend my 2009 taxes The attorney-in-fact attaches a statement (signed under penalty of perjury) to the Form 2848 stating that the original non-IRS power of attorney is valid under the laws of the governing jurisdiction. Need amend my 2009 taxes Example. Need amend my 2009 taxes John Elm, a taxpayer, signs a non-IRS durable power of attorney that names his neighbor and CPA, Ed Larch, as his attorney-in-fact. Need amend my 2009 taxes The power of attorney grants Ed the authority to perform any and all acts on John's behalf. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, it does not list specific tax-related information such as types of tax or tax form numbers. Need amend my 2009 taxes Shortly after John signs the power of attorney, he is declared incompetent. Need amend my 2009 taxes Later, a federal tax matter arises concerning a prior year return filed by John. Need amend my 2009 taxes Ed attempts to represent John before the IRS but is rejected because the durable power of attorney does not contain required information. Need amend my 2009 taxes If Ed attaches a statement (signed under the penalty of perjury) that the durable power of attorney is valid under the laws of the governing jurisdiction, he can sign a completed Form 2848 and submit it on John's behalf. Need amend my 2009 taxes If Ed can practice before the IRS (see Who Can Practice Before the IRS, earlier), he can name himself as representative on Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes Otherwise, he must name another individual who can practice before the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Processing a non-IRS power of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The IRS has a centralized computer database system called the CAF system. Need amend my 2009 taxes This system contains information on the authority of taxpayer representatives. Need amend my 2009 taxes Generally, when you submit a power of attorney document to the IRS, it is processed for inclusion on the CAF system. Need amend my 2009 taxes Entry of your power of attorney on the CAF system enables IRS personnel, who do not have a copy of your power of attorney, to verify the authority of your representative by accessing the CAF. Need amend my 2009 taxes It also enables the IRS to automatically send copies of notices and other IRS communications to your representative if you specify that your representative should receive those communications. Need amend my 2009 taxes   You can have your non-IRS power of attorney entered on the CAF system by attaching it to a completed Form 2848 and submitting it to the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your signature is not required; however, your attorney-in-fact must sign the Declaration of Representative (see Part II of Form 2848). Need amend my 2009 taxes Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints The preparation of Form 2848 is illustrated by an example, later under How Do I Fill Out Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, the following will also assist you in preparing the form. Need amend my 2009 taxes Line-by-line hints. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The following hints are summaries of some of the line-by-line instructions for Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes Line 1—Taxpayer information. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If a joint return is involved, the husband and wife each file a separate Form 2848 if they both want to be represented. Need amend my 2009 taxes If only one spouse wants to be represented in the matter, that spouse files a Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes Line 2—Representative(s). Need amend my 2009 taxes   Only individuals may be named as representatives. Need amend my 2009 taxes If your representative has not been assigned a CAF number, enter “None” on that line and the IRS will issue one to your representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the representative's address or phone number has changed since the CAF number was issued, you should check the appropriate box. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter your representative's fax number if available. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If you want to name more than three representatives, attach additional Form(s) 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes The IRS can send copies of notices and communications to two of your representatives. Need amend my 2009 taxes You must, however, check the boxes on line 2 of the Form 2848 if you want the IRS to routinely send copies of notices and communications to your representatives. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you do not check the boxes, your representatives will not routinely receive copies of notices and communications. Need amend my 2009 taxes Line 3—Tax matters. Need amend my 2009 taxes   You may list any tax years or periods that have already ended as of the date you sign the power of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, you may include on a power of attorney only future tax periods that end no later than 3 years after the date the power of attorney is received by the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes The 3 future periods are determined starting after December 31 of the year the power of attorney is received by the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, avoid general references such as “all years” or “all taxes. Need amend my 2009 taxes ” Any Form 2848 with general references will be returned. Need amend my 2009 taxes Line 4—Specific use not recorded on Centralized Authorization File (CAF). Need amend my 2009 taxes   Certain matters cannot be recorded on the CAF system. Need amend my 2009 taxes Examples of such matters include, but are not limited to, the following. Need amend my 2009 taxes Requests for a private letter ruling or technical advice. Need amend my 2009 taxes Applications for an employer identification number (EIN). Need amend my 2009 taxes Claims filed on Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement. Need amend my 2009 taxes Corporate dissolutions. Need amend my 2009 taxes Requests for change of accounting method. Need amend my 2009 taxes Requests for change of accounting period. Need amend my 2009 taxes Applications for recognition of exemption under sections 501(c)(3), 501(a), or 521 (Forms 1023, 1034, or 1028). Need amend my 2009 taxes Request for a determination of the qualified status of an employee benefit plan (Forms 5300, 5307, or 5310). Need amend my 2009 taxes Application for Award for Original Information under section 7623. Need amend my 2009 taxes Voluntary submissions under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). Need amend my 2009 taxes Freedom of Information Act requests. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the tax matter described on line 3 of Form 2848 concerns one of these matters specifically, check the box on line 4. Need amend my 2009 taxes If this box is checked, the representative should mail or fax the power of attorney to the IRS office handling the matter. Need amend my 2009 taxes Otherwise, the representative should bring a copy of the power of attorney to each meeting with the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Where To File a Power of Attorney Generally, you can mail or fax a paper Form 2848 directly to the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes To determine where you should file Form 2848, see Where To File in the instructions for Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes If Form 2848 is for a specific use, mail or fax it to the office handling that matter. Need amend my 2009 taxes For more information on specific use, see the Instructions for Form 2848, line 4. Need amend my 2009 taxes FAX copies. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The IRS will accept a copy of a power of attorney that is submitted by facsimile transmission (fax). Need amend my 2009 taxes If you choose to file a power of attorney by fax, be sure the appropriate IRS office is equipped to accept this type of transmission. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your representative may be able to file Form 2848 electronically via the IRS website. Need amend my 2009 taxes For more information, your representative can go to www. Need amend my 2009 taxes irs. Need amend my 2009 taxes gov and under the Tax Professionals tab, click on e-services–Online Tools for Tax Professionals. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you complete Form 2848 for electronic signature authorization, do not file Form 2848 with the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Instead, give it to your representative, who will retain the document. Need amend my 2009 taxes Updating a power of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Submit any update or modification to an existing power of attorney in writing. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your signature (or the signature of the individual(s) authorized to sign on your behalf) is required. Need amend my 2009 taxes Do this by sending the updated Form 2848 or non-IRS power of attorney to the IRS office(s) where you previously sent the original(s), including the center where the related return was, or will be filed. Need amend my 2009 taxes   A recognized representative may substitute or delegate authority if you specifically authorize your representative to substitute or delegate representation in the original power of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes To make a substitution or delegation, the representative must file the following items with the IRS office(s) where the power of attorney was filed. Need amend my 2009 taxes A written notice of substitution or delegation signed by the recognized representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes A written declaration of representative made by the new representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes A copy of the power of attorney that specifically authorizes the substitution or delegation. Need amend my 2009 taxes Retention/Revocation of Prior Power(s) of Attorney A newly filed power of attorney concerning the same matter will revoke a previously filed power of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, the new power of attorney will not revoke the prior power of attorney if it specifically states it does not revoke such prior power of attorney and either of the following are attached to the new power of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes A copy of the unrevoked prior power of attorney, or A statement signed by the taxpayer listing the name and address of each representative authorized under the prior unrevoked power of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes Note. Need amend my 2009 taxes The filing of Form 2848 will not revoke any  Form 8821 that is in effect. Need amend my 2009 taxes Revocation of Power of Attorney/Withdrawal of Representative If you want to revoke an existing power of attorney and do not want to name a new representative, or if a representative wants to withdraw from representation, mail or fax a copy of the previously executed power of attorney to the IRS, or if the power of attorney is for a specific matter, to the IRS office handling the matter. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the taxpayer is revoking the power of attorney, the taxpayer must write “REVOKE” across the top of the first page with a current signature and date below this annotation. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the representative is withdrawing from the representation, the representative must write “WITHDRAW” across the top of the first page with a current signature and date below this annotation. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you do not have a copy of the power of attorney you want to revoke or withdraw, send a statement to the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes The statement of revocation or withdrawal must indicate that the authority of the power of attorney is revoked or withdrawn, list the matters and periods, and must be signed and dated by the taxpayer or representative as applicable. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the taxpayer is revoking, list the name and address of each recognized representative whose authority is revoked. Need amend my 2009 taxes When the taxpayer is completely revoking authority, the form should state “remove all years/periods” instead of listing the specific tax matter, years, or periods. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the representative is withdrawing, list the name, TIN, and address (if known) of the taxpayer. Need amend my 2009 taxes To revoke a specific use power of attorney, send the power of attorney or statement of revocation to the IRS office handling your case, using the above instructions. Need amend my 2009 taxes A power of attorney held by a student will be recorded on the CAF system for 130 days from the receipt date. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you are authorizing a student to represent you after that time, you will need to submit a current and valid Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required? A power of attorney is not required when the third party is not dealing with the IRS as your representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes The following situations do not require a power of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes Providing information to the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Authorizing the disclosure of tax return information through Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization, or other written or oral disclosure consent. Need amend my 2009 taxes Allowing the IRS to discuss return information with a third party via the checkbox provided on a tax return or other document. Need amend my 2009 taxes Allowing a tax matters partner or person (TMP) to perform acts for the partnership. Need amend my 2009 taxes Allowing the IRS to discuss return information with a fiduciary. Need amend my 2009 taxes How Do I Fill Out Form 2848? The following example illustrates how to complete Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes The two completed forms for this example are shown on the next pages. Need amend my 2009 taxes Example. Need amend my 2009 taxes Stan and Mary Doe have been notified that their joint tax returns (Forms 1040) for 2009, 2010, and 2011 are being examined. Need amend my 2009 taxes They have decided to appoint Jim Smith, an enrolled agent, to represent them in this matter and any future matters concerning these returns. Need amend my 2009 taxes Jim, who has prepared returns at the same location for years, already has a Centralized Authorization File (CAF) number assigned to him. Need amend my 2009 taxes Mary does not want Jim to sign any agreements on her behalf, but Stan is willing to have Jim do so. Need amend my 2009 taxes They want copies of all notices and written communications sent to Jim. Need amend my 2009 taxes This is the first time Stan and Mary have given power of attorney to anyone. Need amend my 2009 taxes They should each complete a Form 2848 as follows. Need amend my 2009 taxes Line 1—Taxpayer information. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Stan and Mary must each file a separate Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes On his separate Form 2848, Stan enters his name, street address, and social security number in the spaces provided. Need amend my 2009 taxes Mary does likewise on her separate Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes Line 2—Representative(s). Need amend my 2009 taxes   On their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary each enters the name and current address of their chosen representative, Jim Smith. Need amend my 2009 taxes Both Stan and Mary want Jim Smith to receive notices and communications concerning the matters identified in line 3, so on their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary each checks the box in the first column of line 2. Need amend my 2009 taxes They also enter Mr. Need amend my 2009 taxes Smith's CAF number, his telephone number, and his fax number. Need amend my 2009 taxes Mr. Need amend my 2009 taxes Smith's address, telephone number, and fax number have not changed since the IRS issued his CAF number, so Stan and Mary do not check the boxes in the second column. Need amend my 2009 taxes Line 3—Tax Matters. Need amend my 2009 taxes   On their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary each enters “income” for the type of tax, “1040” for the form number, and “2009, 2010, and 2011” for the tax years. Need amend my 2009 taxes Line 4—Specific use not recorded on Centralized Authorization File (CAF). Need amend my 2009 taxes   On their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary make no entry on this line because they do not want to restrict the use of their powers of attorney to a specific use that is not recorded on the CAF. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints, earlier. Need amend my 2009 taxes Line 5—Acts authorized. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Mary wants to sign any agreement that reflects changes to her and Stan's joint 2009, 2010, and 2011 income tax liability, so she writes “Taxpayer must sign any agreement form” on line 5 of her Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes Stan does not wish to restrict the authority of Jim Smith in this regard, so he leaves line 5 of his Form 2848 blank. Need amend my 2009 taxes If either Mary or Stan had chosen, they could have listed other restrictions on line 5 of their separate Forms 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes Line 6—Retention/revocation of prior power(s) of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Stan and Mary are each filing their first powers of attorney, so they make no entry on this line. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, if they had filed prior powers of attorney, the filing of this current power would revoke any earlier ones for the same tax matter(s) unless they checked the box on line 6 and attached a copy of the prior power of attorney that they wanted to remain in effect. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If Mary later decides that she can handle the examination on her own, she can revoke her power of attorney even though Stan does not revoke his power of attorney. Need amend my 2009 taxes (See Revocation of Power of Attorney/Withdrawal of Representative, earlier, for the special rules that apply. Need amend my 2009 taxes ) Line 7—Signature of taxpayer. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Stan and Mary each signs and dates his or her Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes If a taxpayer does not sign, the IRS cannot accept the form. Need amend my 2009 taxes Part II—Declaration of Representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Jim Smith must complete this part of Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes If he does not sign this part, the IRS cannot accept the form. Need amend my 2009 taxes What Happens to the Power of Attorney When Filed? A power of attorney will be recognized after it is received, reviewed, and determined by the IRS to contain the required information. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, until a power of attorney is entered on the CAF system, IRS personnel may be unaware of the authority of the person you have named to represent you. Need amend my 2009 taxes Therefore, during this interim period, IRS personnel may request that you or your representative bring a copy to any meeting with the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Need amend my 2009 taxes Please click the link to view the image. Need amend my 2009 taxes Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Need amend my 2009 taxes Please click the link to view the image. Need amend my 2009 taxes Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 2 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Need amend my 2009 taxes Please click the link to view the image. Need amend my 2009 taxes Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Need amend my 2009 taxes Please click the link to view the image. Need amend my 2009 taxes Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 2 Processing and Handling How the power of attorney is processed and handled depends on whether it is a complete or incomplete document. Need amend my 2009 taxes Incomplete document. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If Form 2848 is incomplete, the IRS will attempt to secure the missing information either by writing or telephoning you or your representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes For example, if your signature or signature date is missing, the IRS will contact you. Need amend my 2009 taxes If information concerning your representative is missing and information sufficient to make a contact (such as an address and/or a telephone number) is on the document, the IRS will try to contact your representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes   In either case, the power of attorney is not considered valid until all required information is entered on the document. Need amend my 2009 taxes The individual(s) named as representative(s) will not be recognized to practice before the IRS, on your behalf, until the document is complete and accepted by the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Complete document. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the power of attorney is complete and valid, the IRS will take action to recognize the representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes In most instances, this includes processing the document on the CAF system. Need amend my 2009 taxes Recording the data on the CAF system enables the IRS to direct copies of mailings to authorized representatives and to readily recognize the scope of authority granted. Need amend my 2009 taxes Documents not processed on CAF. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Specific-use powers of attorney are not processed on the CAF system (see Preparation of Form – Helpful Hints, earlier). Need amend my 2009 taxes For example, a power of attorney that is a one-time or specific-issue grant of authority is not processed on the CAF system. Need amend my 2009 taxes These documents remain with the related case files. Need amend my 2009 taxes In this situation, you should check the box on line 4 of Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes In these situations, the representative should bring a copy of the power of attorney to each meeting with the IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes Dealing With the Representative After a valid power of attorney is filed, the IRS will recognize your representative. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, if it appears the representative is responsible for unreasonably delaying or hindering the prompt disposition of an IRS matter by failing to furnish, after repeated requests, nonprivileged information, the IRS can contact you directly. Need amend my 2009 taxes For example, in most instances in which a power of attorney is recognized, the IRS will contact the representative to set up appointments and to provide lists of required items. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, if the representative is unavailable, does not respond to repeated requests, and does not provide required items (other than items considered privileged), the IRS can bypass your representative and contact you directly. Need amend my 2009 taxes If a representative engages in conduct described above, the matter can be referred to the Office of Professional Responsibility for consideration of possible disciplinary action. Need amend my 2009 taxes Notices and other correspondence. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If you have a recognized representative, you and the representative will routinely receive notices and other correspondence from the IRS (either the original or a copy) if you checked the box in the left column of line 2 of Form 2848. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the power of attorney is processed on the CAF system, the IRS will send your representative(s) a duplicate of all computer-generated correspondence that is sent to you. Need amend my 2009 taxes This includes notices and letters produced either at the Martinsburg Computing Center, or other IRS centers. 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Need amend my 2009 taxes 10. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Installment Sales Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Installment Sale of a Farm Installment MethodWhen to elect out. Need amend my 2009 taxes Revoking the election. Need amend my 2009 taxes More information. Need amend my 2009 taxes Figuring Installment Sale Income Payments Received or Considered Received ExampleSection 1231 gains. Need amend my 2009 taxes Summary. Need amend my 2009 taxes Introduction An installment sale is a sale of property where you receive at least one payment after the tax year of the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you realize a gain on an installment sale, you may be able to report part of your gain when you receive each payment. Need amend my 2009 taxes This method of reporting gain is called the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes You cannot use the installment method to report a loss. Need amend my 2009 taxes You can choose to report all of your gain in the year of sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes Installment obligation. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The buyer's obligation to make future payments to you can be in the form of a deed of trust, note, land contract, mortgage, or other evidence of the buyer's debt to you. Need amend my 2009 taxes Topics - This chapter discusses: The general rules that apply to using the installment method Installment sale of a farm Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 523 Selling Your Home 535 Business Expenses 537 Installment Sales 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets Form (and Instructions) 4797 Sales of Business Property 6252 Installment Sale Income See chapter 16 for information about getting publications and forms. Need amend my 2009 taxes Installment Sale of a Farm The installment sale of a farm for one overall price under a single contract is not the sale of a single asset. Need amend my 2009 taxes It generally includes the sale of real property and personal property reportable on the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes It may also include the sale of property for which you must maintain an inventory, which cannot be reported on the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Inventory , later. Need amend my 2009 taxes The selling price must be allocated to determine the amount received for each class of asset. Need amend my 2009 taxes The tax treatment of the gain or loss on the sale of each class of assets is determined by its classification as a capital asset, as property used in the business, or as property held for sale and by the length of time the asset was held. Need amend my 2009 taxes (See chapter 8 for a discussion of capital assets and chapter 9 for a discussion of property used in the business. Need amend my 2009 taxes ) Separate computations must be made to figure the gain or loss for each class of asset sold. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Sale of a Farm in chapter 8. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you report the sale of property on the installment method, any depreciation recapture under section 1245 or 1250 of the Internal Revenue Code is generally taxable as ordinary income in the year of sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Depreciation recapture , later. Need amend my 2009 taxes This applies even if no payments are received in that year. Need amend my 2009 taxes Installment Method An installment sale is a sale of property where you receive at least one payment after the tax year of the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes A farmer who is not required to maintain an inventory can use the installment method to report gain from the sale of property used or produced in farming. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Inventory , later, for information on the sale of farm property where inventory items are included in the assets sold. Need amend my 2009 taxes If a sale qualifies as an installment sale, the gain must be reported under the installment method unless you elect out of using the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes Electing out of the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If you elect not to use the installment method, you generally report the entire gain in the year of sale, even though you do not receive all the sale proceeds in that year. Need amend my 2009 taxes   To make this election, do not report your sale on Form 6252. Need amend my 2009 taxes Instead, report it on Schedule D (Form 1040), Form 4797, or both. Need amend my 2009 taxes When to elect out. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Make this election by the due date, including extensions, for filing your tax return for the year the sale takes place. Need amend my 2009 taxes   However, if you timely file your tax return for the year the sale takes place without making the election, you still can make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Need amend my 2009 taxes Write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Need amend my 2009 taxes 9100-2” at the top of the amended return and file it where the original return was filed. Need amend my 2009 taxes Revoking the election. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Once made, the election can be revoked only with IRS approval. Need amend my 2009 taxes A revocation is retroactive. Need amend my 2009 taxes More information. Need amend my 2009 taxes   See Electing Out of the Installment Method in Publication 537 for more information. Need amend my 2009 taxes Inventory. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The sale of farm inventory items cannot be reported on the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes All gain or loss on their sale must be reported in the year of sale, even if you receive payment in later years. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If inventory items are included in an installment sale, you may have an agreement stating which payments are for inventory and which are for the other assets being sold. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you do not, each payment must be allocated between the inventory and the other assets sold. Need amend my 2009 taxes Sale at a loss. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If your sale results in a loss, you cannot use the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the loss is on an installment sale of business assets, you can deduct it only in the tax year of sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes Figuring Installment Sale Income Each payment on an installment sale usually consists of the following three parts. Need amend my 2009 taxes Interest income. Need amend my 2009 taxes Return of your adjusted basis in the property. Need amend my 2009 taxes Gain on the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes In each year you receive a payment, you must include in income both the interest part and the part that is your gain on the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes You do not include in income the part that is the return of your basis in the property. Need amend my 2009 taxes Basis is the amount of your investment in the property for installment sale purposes. Need amend my 2009 taxes Interest income. Need amend my 2009 taxes   You must report interest as ordinary income. Need amend my 2009 taxes Interest is generally not included in a down payment. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, you may have to treat part of each later payment as interest, even if it is not called interest in your agreement with the buyer. Need amend my 2009 taxes Interest provided in the agreement is called stated interest. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the agreement does not provide for enough stated interest, there may be unstated interest or original issue discount. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Unstated interest , later. Need amend my 2009 taxes    You must continue to report the interest income on payments you receive in subsequent years as interest income. Need amend my 2009 taxes Adjusted basis and installment sale income (gain on sale). Need amend my 2009 taxes   After you have determined how much of each payment to treat as interest, you treat the rest of each payment as if it were made up of two parts. Need amend my 2009 taxes A tax-free return of your adjusted basis in the property, and Your gain (referred to as “installment sale income” on Form 6252). Need amend my 2009 taxes Figuring adjusted basis for installment sale purposes. Need amend my 2009 taxes   You can use Worksheet 10-1 to figure your adjusted basis in the property for installment sale purposes. Need amend my 2009 taxes When you have completed the worksheet, you will also have determined the gross profit percentage necessary to figure your installment sale income (gain) for this year. Need amend my 2009 taxes    Worksheet 10-1. Need amend my 2009 taxes Figuring Adjusted Basis and Gross Profit Percentage 1. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter the selling price for the property   2. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter your adjusted basis for the property     3. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter your selling expenses     4. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter any depreciation recapture     5. Need amend my 2009 taxes Add lines 2, 3, and 4. Need amend my 2009 taxes  This is your adjusted basis  for installment sale purposes   6. Need amend my 2009 taxes Subtract line 5 from line 1. Need amend my 2009 taxes If zero or less, enter -0-. Need amend my 2009 taxes  This is your gross profit     If the amount entered on line 6 is zero, Stop here. Need amend my 2009 taxes You cannot use the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes   7. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter the contract price for the property   8. Need amend my 2009 taxes Divide line 6 by line 7. Need amend my 2009 taxes This is your gross profit percentage   Selling price. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The selling price is the total cost of the property to the buyer and includes the following. Need amend my 2009 taxes Any money you are to receive. Need amend my 2009 taxes The fair market value (FMV) of any property you are to receive (FMV is discussed at Property used as a payment under Payments Received or Considered Received ). Need amend my 2009 taxes Any existing mortgage or other debt the buyer pays, assumes, or takes (a note, mortgage, or any other liability, such as a lien, accrued interest, or taxes you owe on the property). Need amend my 2009 taxes Any of your selling expenses the buyer pays. Need amend my 2009 taxes Do not include stated interest, unstated interest, any amount recomputed or recharacterized as interest, or original issue discount. Need amend my 2009 taxes Adjusted basis for installment sale purposes. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Your adjusted basis is the total of the following three items. Need amend my 2009 taxes Adjusted basis. Need amend my 2009 taxes Selling expenses. Need amend my 2009 taxes Depreciation recapture. Need amend my 2009 taxes Adjusted basis. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Basis is your investment in the property for installment sale purposes. Need amend my 2009 taxes The way you figure basis depends on how you acquire the property. Need amend my 2009 taxes The basis of property you buy is generally its cost. Need amend my 2009 taxes The basis of property you inherit, receive as a gift, build yourself, or receive in a tax-free exchange is figured differently. Need amend my 2009 taxes   While you own property, various events may change your original basis. Need amend my 2009 taxes Some events, such as adding rooms or making permanent improvements, increase basis. Need amend my 2009 taxes Others, such as deductible casualty losses or depreciation previously allowed or allowable, decrease basis. Need amend my 2009 taxes The result is adjusted basis. Need amend my 2009 taxes See chapter 6 and Publication 551, Basis of Assets, for more information. Need amend my 2009 taxes Selling expenses. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Selling expenses relate to the sale of the property. Need amend my 2009 taxes They include commissions, attorney fees, and any other expenses paid on the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes Selling expenses are added to the basis of the sold property. Need amend my 2009 taxes Depreciation recapture. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the property you sold was depreciable property, you may need to recapture part of the gain on the sale as ordinary income. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Depreciation Recapture in chapter 9 and Depreciation Recapture Income in Publication 537. Need amend my 2009 taxes Gross profit. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Gross profit is the total gain you report on the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes   To figure your gross profit, subtract your adjusted basis for installment sale purposes from the selling price. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the property you sold was your home, subtract from the gross profit any gain you can exclude. Need amend my 2009 taxes Contract price. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Contract price equals: The selling price, minus The mortgages, debts, and other liabilities assumed or taken by the buyer, plus The amount by which the mortgages, debts, and other liabilities assumed or taken by the buyer exceed your adjusted basis for installment sale purposes. Need amend my 2009 taxes Gross profit percentage. Need amend my 2009 taxes   A certain percentage of each payment (after subtracting interest) is reported as installment sale income. Need amend my 2009 taxes This percentage is called the gross profit percentage and is figured by dividing your gross profit from the sale by the contract price. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The gross profit percentage generally remains the same for each payment you receive. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, see the example under Selling price reduced , later, for a situation where the gross profit percentage changes. Need amend my 2009 taxes Amount to report as installment sale income. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Multiply the payments you receive each year (less interest) by the gross profit percentage. Need amend my 2009 taxes The result is your installment sales income for the tax year. Need amend my 2009 taxes In certain circumstances, you may be treated as having received a payment, even though you received nothing directly. Need amend my 2009 taxes A receipt of property or the assumption of a mortgage on the property sold may be treated as a payment. Need amend my 2009 taxes For a detailed discussion, see Payments Received or Considered Received , later. Need amend my 2009 taxes Selling price reduced. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the selling price is reduced at a later date, the gross profit on the sale also will change. Need amend my 2009 taxes You then must refigure the gross profit percentage for the remaining payments. Need amend my 2009 taxes Refigure your gross profit using Worksheet 10-2. Need amend my 2009 taxes New Gross Profit Percentage — Selling Price Reduced. Need amend my 2009 taxes You will spread any remaining gain over future installments. Need amend my 2009 taxes    Worksheet 10-2. Need amend my 2009 taxes New Gross Profit Percentage — Selling Price Reduced 1. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter the reduced selling  price for the property   2. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter your adjusted  basis for the  property     3. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter your selling  expenses     4. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter any depreciation  recapture     5. Need amend my 2009 taxes Add lines 2, 3, and 4. Need amend my 2009 taxes   6. Need amend my 2009 taxes Subtract line 5 from line 1. Need amend my 2009 taxes  This is your adjusted  gross profit   7. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter any installment sale  income reported in  prior year(s)   8. Need amend my 2009 taxes Subtract line 7 from line 6   9. Need amend my 2009 taxes Future installments     10. Need amend my 2009 taxes Divide line 8 by line 9. Need amend my 2009 taxes  This is your new  gross profit percentage*. Need amend my 2009 taxes   * Apply this percentage to all future payments to determine how much of each of those payments is installment sale income. Need amend my 2009 taxes Example. Need amend my 2009 taxes In 2011, you sold land with a basis of $40,000 for $100,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your gross profit was $60,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes You received a $20,000 down payment and the buyer's note for $80,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes The note provides for monthly payments of $1,953 each, figured at 8% interest, amortized over four years, beginning in January 2012. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your gross profit percentage was 60%. Need amend my 2009 taxes You received the down payment of $20,000 in 2011 and total payments of $23,436 in 2012, of which $17,675 was principal and $5,761 was interest according to the amortization schedule. Need amend my 2009 taxes You reported a gain of $12,000 on the down payment received in 2011 and $10,605 ($17,675 X 60% (. Need amend my 2009 taxes 60)) in 2012. Need amend my 2009 taxes In January 2013, you and the buyer agreed to reduce the purchase price to $85,000 and payments during 2013, 2014, and 2015 are reduced to $1,483 a month amortized over the remaining three years. Need amend my 2009 taxes The new gross profit percentage, 47. Need amend my 2009 taxes 32%, is figured in Example — Worksheet 10-2. Need amend my 2009 taxes Example — Worksheet 10-2. Need amend my 2009 taxes New Gross Profit Percentage — Selling Price Reduced 1. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter the reduced selling  price for the property 85,000 2. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter your adjusted  basis for the  property 40,000   3. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter your selling  expenses -0-   4. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter any depreciation  recapture -0-   5. Need amend my 2009 taxes Add lines 2, 3, and 4. Need amend my 2009 taxes 40,000 6. Need amend my 2009 taxes Subtract line 5 from line 1. Need amend my 2009 taxes  This is your adjusted  gross profit 45,000 7. Need amend my 2009 taxes Enter any installment sale  income reported in  prior year(s) 22,605 8. Need amend my 2009 taxes Subtract line 7 from line 6 22,395 9. Need amend my 2009 taxes Future installments   47,325 10. Need amend my 2009 taxes Divide line 8 by line 9. Need amend my 2009 taxes  This is your new  gross profit percentage*. Need amend my 2009 taxes 47. Need amend my 2009 taxes 32% * Apply this percentage to all future payments to determine how much of each of those payments is installment sale income. Need amend my 2009 taxes You will report installment sale income of $6,878 (47. Need amend my 2009 taxes 32% of $14,535) in 2013, $7,449 (47. Need amend my 2009 taxes 32% of $15,742) in 2014, and $8,067 (47. Need amend my 2009 taxes 32% of $17,048) in 2015. Need amend my 2009 taxes Form 6252. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Use Form 6252 to report an installment sale in the year it takes place and to report payments received, or considered received because of related party resales, in later years. Need amend my 2009 taxes Attach it to your tax return for each year. Need amend my 2009 taxes Disposition of Installment Obligation If you are using the installment method and you dispose of the installment obligation, generally you will have a gain or loss to report. Need amend my 2009 taxes It is considered gain or loss on the sale of the property for which you received the installment obligation. Need amend my 2009 taxes Cancellation. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If an installment obligation is canceled or otherwise becomes unenforceable, it is treated as a disposition other than a sale or exchange. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your gain or loss is the difference between your basis in the obligation and its fair market value (FMV) at the time you cancel it. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the parties are related, the FMV of the obligation is considered to be no less than its full face value. Need amend my 2009 taxes Transfer due to death. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The transfer of an installment obligation (other than to a buyer) as a result of the death of the seller is not a disposition. Need amend my 2009 taxes Any unreported gain from the installment obligation is not treated as gross income to the decedent. Need amend my 2009 taxes No income is reported on the decedent's return due to the transfer. Need amend my 2009 taxes Whoever receives the installment obligation as a result of the seller's death is taxed on the installment payments the same as the seller would have been had the seller lived to receive the payments. Need amend my 2009 taxes   However, if the installment obligation is canceled, becomes unenforceable, or is transferred to the buyer because of the death of the holder of the obligation, it is a disposition. Need amend my 2009 taxes The estate must figure its gain or loss on the disposition. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the holder and the buyer were related, the FMV of the installment obligation is considered to be no less than its full face value. Need amend my 2009 taxes More information. Need amend my 2009 taxes   For more information on the disposition of an installment obligation, see Publication 537. Need amend my 2009 taxes Sale of depreciable property. Need amend my 2009 taxes   You generally cannot report gain from the sale of depreciable property to a related person on the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Sale to a Related Person in Publication 537. Need amend my 2009 taxes   You cannot use the installment method to report any depreciation recapture income up to the gain on the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, report any gain greater than the recapture income on the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The recapture income reported in the year of sale is included in your installment sale basis to determine your gross profit on the installment sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Figure your depreciation recapture income (including the section 179 deduction and the section 179A deduction recapture) in Part III of Form 4797. Need amend my 2009 taxes Report the depreciation recapture income in Part II of Form 4797 as ordinary income in the year of sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes    If you sell depreciable business property, prepare Form 4797 first in order to figure the amount to enter on line 12 of Part I, Form 6252. Need amend my 2009 taxes See the Form 6252 instructions for details. Need amend my 2009 taxes   For more information on the section 179 deduction, see Section 179 Expense Deduction in chapter 7. Need amend my 2009 taxes For more information on depreciation recapture, see Depreciation Recapture in  chapter 9. Need amend my 2009 taxes Payments Received or Considered Received You must figure your gain each year on the payments you receive, or are treated as receiving, from an installment sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes In certain situations, you are considered to have received a payment, even though the buyer does not pay you directly. Need amend my 2009 taxes These situations occur when the buyer assumes or pays any of your debts, such as a loan, or pays any of your expenses, such as a sales commission. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, as discussed later, the buyer's assumption of your debt is treated as a recovery of basis, rather than as a payment, in many cases. Need amend my 2009 taxes Buyer pays seller's expenses. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the buyer pays any of your expenses related to the sale of your property, it is considered a payment to you in the year of sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes Include these expenses in the selling and contract prices when figuring the gross profit percentage. Need amend my 2009 taxes Buyer assumes mortgage. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the buyer assumes or pays off your mortgage, or otherwise takes the property subject to the mortgage, the following rules apply. Need amend my 2009 taxes Mortgage less than basis. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the buyer assumes a mortgage that is not more than your installment sale basis in the property, it is not considered a payment to you. Need amend my 2009 taxes It is considered a recovery of your basis. Need amend my 2009 taxes The contract price is the selling price minus the mortgage. Need amend my 2009 taxes Example. Need amend my 2009 taxes You sell property with an adjusted basis of $19,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes You have selling expenses of $1,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes The buyer assumes your existing mortgage of $15,000 and agrees to pay you $10,000 (a cash down payment of $2,000 and $2,000 (plus 8% interest) in each of the next 4 years). Need amend my 2009 taxes The selling price is $25,000 ($15,000 + $10,000). Need amend my 2009 taxes Your gross profit is $5,000 ($25,000 − $20,000 installment sale basis). Need amend my 2009 taxes The contract price is $10,000 ($25,000 − $15,000 mortgage). Need amend my 2009 taxes Your gross profit percentage is 50% ($5,000 ÷ $10,000). Need amend my 2009 taxes You report half of each $2,000 payment received as gain from the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes You also report all interest you receive as ordinary income. Need amend my 2009 taxes Mortgage more than basis. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the buyer assumes a mortgage that is more than your installment sale basis in the property, you recover your entire basis. Need amend my 2009 taxes The part of the mortgage greater than your basis is treated as a payment received in the year of sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes   To figure the contract price, subtract the mortgage from the selling price. Need amend my 2009 taxes This is the total amount (other than interest) you will receive directly from the buyer. Need amend my 2009 taxes Add to this amount the payment you are considered to have received (the difference between the mortgage and your installment sale basis). Need amend my 2009 taxes The contract price is then the same as your gross profit from the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes    If the mortgage the buyer assumes is equal to or more than your installment sale basis, the gross profit percentage always will be 100%. Need amend my 2009 taxes Example. Need amend my 2009 taxes The selling price for your property is $9,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes The buyer will pay you $1,000 annually (plus 8% interest) over the next 3 years and assume an existing mortgage of $6,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your adjusted basis in the property is $4,400. Need amend my 2009 taxes You have selling expenses of $600, for a total installment sale basis of $5,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes The part of the mortgage that is more than your installment sale basis is $1,000 ($6,000 − $5,000). Need amend my 2009 taxes This amount is included in the contract price and treated as a payment received in the year of sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes The contract price is $4,000: Selling price $9,000 Minus: Mortgage (6,000) Amount actually received $3,000 Add difference:   Mortgage $6,000   Minus: Installment sale basis 5,000 1,000 Contract price $4,000   Your gross profit on the sale is also $4,000: Selling price $9,000 Minus: Installment sale basis (5,000) Gross profit $4,000   Your gross profit percentage is 100%. Need amend my 2009 taxes Report 100% of each payment (less interest) as gain from the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes Treat the $1,000 difference between the mortgage and your installment sale basis as a payment and report 100% of it as gain in the year of sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes Buyer assumes other debts. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the buyer assumes any other debts, such as a loan or back taxes, it may be considered a payment to you in the year of sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the buyer assumes the debt instead of paying it off, only part of it may have to be treated as a payment. Need amend my 2009 taxes Compare the debt to your installment sale basis in the property being sold. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the debt is less than your installment sale basis, none of it is treated as a payment. Need amend my 2009 taxes If it is more, only the difference is treated as a payment. Need amend my 2009 taxes If the buyer assumes more than one debt, any part of the total that is more than your installment sale basis is considered a payment. Need amend my 2009 taxes These rules are the same as the rules discussed earlier under Buyer assumes mortgage . Need amend my 2009 taxes However, they apply only to the following types of debt the buyer assumes. Need amend my 2009 taxes Those acquired from ownership of the property you are selling, such as a mortgage, lien, overdue interest, or back taxes. Need amend my 2009 taxes Those acquired in the ordinary course of your business, such as a balance due for inventory you purchased. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the buyer assumes any other type of debt, such as a personal loan or your legal fees relating to the sale, it is treated as if the buyer had paid off the debt at the time of the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes The value of the assumed debt is then considered a payment to you in the year of sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes Property used as a payment. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If you receive property rather than money from the buyer, it is still considered a payment in the year received. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, see Trading property for like-kind property , later. Need amend my 2009 taxes Generally, the amount of the payment is the property's FMV on the date you receive it. Need amend my 2009 taxes Exception. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the property the buyer gives you is payable on demand or readily tradable (see examples later), the amount you should consider as payment in the year received is: The FMV of the property on the date you receive it if you use the cash method of accounting, The face amount of the obligation on the date you receive it if you use an accrual method of accounting, or The stated redemption price at maturity less any original issue discount (OID) or, if there is no OID, the stated redemption price at maturity appropriately discounted to reflect total unstated interest. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Unstated interest , later. Need amend my 2009 taxes Examples. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you receive a note from the buyer as payment, and the note stipulates that you can demand payment from the buyer at any time, the note is payable on demand. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you receive marketable securities from the buyer as payment, and you can sell the securities on an established securities market (such as the New York Stock Exchange) at any time, the securities are readily tradable. Need amend my 2009 taxes In these examples, use the above rules to determine the amount you should consider as payment in the year received. Need amend my 2009 taxes Debt not payable on demand. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Any evidence of debt you receive from the buyer that is not payable on demand is not considered a payment. Need amend my 2009 taxes This is true even if the debt is guaranteed by a third party, including a government agency. Need amend my 2009 taxes Fair market value (FMV). Need amend my 2009 taxes   This is the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or sell and both having a reasonable knowledge of all the necessary facts. Need amend my 2009 taxes Third-party note. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the property the buyer gives you is a third-party note (or other obligation of a third party), you are considered to have received a payment equal to the note's FMV. Need amend my 2009 taxes Because the FMV of the note is itself a payment on your installment sale, any payments you later receive from the third party are not considered payments on the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes The excess of the note's face value over its FMV is interest. Need amend my 2009 taxes Exclude this interest in determining the selling price of the property. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, see Exception under Property used as a payment , earlier. Need amend my 2009 taxes Example. Need amend my 2009 taxes You sold real estate in an installment sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes As part of the down payment, the buyer assigned to you a $50,000, 8% third-party note. Need amend my 2009 taxes The FMV of the third-party note at the time of the sale was $30,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes This amount, not $50,000, is a payment to you in the year of sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes The third-party note had an FMV equal to 60% of its face value ($30,000 ÷ $50,000), so 60% of each principal payment you receive on this note is a nontaxable return of capital. Need amend my 2009 taxes The remaining 40% is interest taxed as ordinary income. Need amend my 2009 taxes Bond. Need amend my 2009 taxes   A bond or other evidence of debt you receive from the buyer that is payable on demand or readily tradable in an established securities market is treated as a payment in the year you receive it. Need amend my 2009 taxes For more information on the amount you should treat as a payment, see Exception under Property used as a payment , earlier. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If you receive a government or corporate bond for a sale before October 22, 2004, and the bond has interest coupons attached or can be readily traded in an established securities market, you are considered to have received payment equal to the bond's FMV. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, see Exception under Property used as a payment , earlier. Need amend my 2009 taxes Buyer's note. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The buyer's note (unless payable on demand) is not considered payment on the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes However, its full face value is included when figuring the selling price and the contract price. Need amend my 2009 taxes Payments you receive on the note are used to figure your gain in the year received. Need amend my 2009 taxes Sale to a related person. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If you sell depreciable property to a related person and the sale is an installment sale, you may not be able to report the sale using the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes For information on these rules, see the Instructions for Form 6252 and Sale to a Related Person in Publication 537. Need amend my 2009 taxes Trading property for like-kind property. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If you trade business or investment property solely for the same kind of property to be held as business or investment property, you can postpone reporting the gain. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Like-Kind Exchanges in chapter 8 for a discussion of like-kind property. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If, in addition to like-kind property, you receive an installment obligation in the exchange, the following rules apply to determine installment sale income each year. Need amend my 2009 taxes The contract price is reduced by the FMV of the like-kind property received in the trade. Need amend my 2009 taxes The gross profit is reduced by any gain on the trade that can be postponed. Need amend my 2009 taxes Like-kind property received in the trade is not considered payment on the installment obligation. Need amend my 2009 taxes Unstated interest. Need amend my 2009 taxes   An installment sale contract may provide that each deferred payment on the sale will include interest or that there will be an interest payment in addition to the principal payment. Need amend my 2009 taxes Interest provided in the contract is called stated interest. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If an installment sale contract does not provide for adequate stated interest, part of the stated principal amount of the contract may be recharacterized as interest. Need amend my 2009 taxes If Internal Revenue Code section 483 applies to the contract, this interest is called unstated interest. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If Internal Revenue Code section 1274 applies to the contract, this interest is called original issue discount (OID). Need amend my 2009 taxes   Generally, if a buyer gives a debt in consideration for personal use property, the unstated interest rules do not apply. Need amend my 2009 taxes Therefore, the buyer cannot deduct the unstated interest. Need amend my 2009 taxes The seller must report the unstated interest as income. Need amend my 2009 taxes Personal-use property is any property in which substantially all of its use by the buyer is not in connection with a trade or business or an investment activity. Need amend my 2009 taxes   If the debt is subject to the Internal Revenue Code section 483 rules and is also subject to the below-market loan rules, such as a gift loan, compensation-related loan or corporation-shareholder loan, then both parties are subject to the below-market loan rules rather than the unstated interest rules. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Unstated interest reduces the stated selling price of the property and the buyer's basis in the property. Need amend my 2009 taxes It increases the seller's interest income and the buyer's interest expense. Need amend my 2009 taxes   In general, an installment sale contract provides for adequate stated interest if the stated interest rate (based on an appropriate compounding period) is at least equal to the applicable federal rate (AFR). Need amend my 2009 taxes    The AFRs are published monthly in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB). Need amend my 2009 taxes You can get this information by contacting an IRS office. Need amend my 2009 taxes IRBs are also available at IRS. Need amend my 2009 taxes gov. Need amend my 2009 taxes More information. Need amend my 2009 taxes   For more information, see Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537. Need amend my 2009 taxes Example. Need amend my 2009 taxes You sell property at a contract price of $6,000 and your gross profit is $1,500. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your gross profit percentage is 25% ($1,500 ÷ $6,000). Need amend my 2009 taxes After subtracting interest, you report 25% of each payment, including the down payment, as installment sale income from the sale for the tax year you receive the payment. Need amend my 2009 taxes The remainder (balance) of each payment is the tax-free return of your adjusted basis. Need amend my 2009 taxes Example On January 3, 2013, you sold your farm, including the home, farm land and buildings. Need amend my 2009 taxes You received $50,000 down and the buyer's note for $200,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes In addition, the buyer assumed an outstanding $50,000 mortgage on the farm land. Need amend my 2009 taxes The total selling price was $300,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes The note payments of $25,000 each, plus adequate interest, are due every July 1 and January 1, beginning in July 2013. Need amend my 2009 taxes Your selling expenses were $15,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes Adjusted basis and depreciation. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The adjusted basis and depreciation claimed on each asset sold are as follows:   Depreciation Adjusted Asset Claimed Basis Home* -0- $33,743 Farm land -0- 73,610 Buildings $31,500 35,130 * Owned and used as main home for at least 2 of the 5 years prior to the sale Gain on each asset. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The following schedule shows the assets included in the sale, each asset's selling price based on its respective value, the selling expense allocated to each asset, the adjusted basis of each asset, and the gain on each asset. Need amend my 2009 taxes The selling expense for each asset is 5% of the selling price ($15,000 selling expense ÷ $300,000 selling price). Need amend my 2009 taxes   Selling Selling Adjusted     Price Expense Basis Gain Home* $60,000 $3,000 $33,743 $23,257 Farm land  165,000  8,250  73,610  83,140 Buildings 75,000 3,750 35,130 36,120   $300,000 $15,000 $142,483 $142,517 * Owned and used as main home for at least 2 of the 5 years prior to the sale Depreciation recapture. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The buildings are section 1250 property. Need amend my 2009 taxes There is no depreciation recapture income for them because they were depreciated using the straight line method. Need amend my 2009 taxes See chapter 9 for more information on depreciation recapture. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Special rules may apply when you sell section 1250 assets depreciated under the straight line method. Need amend my 2009 taxes See the Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain Worksheet in the Instructions for Schedule D (Form 1040). Need amend my 2009 taxes See chapter 3 of Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets, for more information on section 1250 assets. Need amend my 2009 taxes Installment sale basis and gross profit. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The following table shows each asset reported on the installment method, its selling price, installment sale basis, and gross profit. Need amend my 2009 taxes     Installment     Selling Sale Gross   Price Basis Profit Farm land $165,000 $73,610 $83,140 Buildings 75,000 35,130 36,120   $240,000 $108,740 $119,260 Section 1231 gains. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The gain on the farm land and buildings is reported as section 1231 gains. Need amend my 2009 taxes See Section 1231 Gains and Losses in chapter 9. Need amend my 2009 taxes Contract price and gross profit percentage. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The contract price is $250,000 for the part of the sale reported on the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes This is the selling price ($300,000) minus the mortgage assumed ($50,000). Need amend my 2009 taxes   Gross profit percentage for the sale is 47. Need amend my 2009 taxes 70% ($119,260 gross profit ÷ $250,000 contract price). Need amend my 2009 taxes The gross profit percentage for each asset is figured as follows:   Percent Farm land ($83,140 ÷ $250,000) 33. Need amend my 2009 taxes 256 Buildings ($36,120 ÷ $250,000) 14. Need amend my 2009 taxes 448 Total 47. Need amend my 2009 taxes 70 Figuring the gain to report on the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes   One hundred percent (100%) of each payment is reported on the installment method. Need amend my 2009 taxes The total amount received on the sale in 2013 is $75,000 ($50,000 down payment + $25,000 payment on July 1). Need amend my 2009 taxes The installment sale part of the total payments received in 2013 is also $75,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes Figure the gain to report for each asset by multiplying its gross profit percentage times $75,000. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Income Farm land—33. Need amend my 2009 taxes 256% × $75,000 $24,942 Buildings—14. Need amend my 2009 taxes 448% × $75,000 10,836 Total installment income for 2013 $35,778 Reporting the sale. Need amend my 2009 taxes   Report the installment sale on Form 6252. Need amend my 2009 taxes Then report the amounts from Form 6252 on Form 4797 and Schedule D (Form 1040). Need amend my 2009 taxes Attach a separate page to Form 6252 that shows the computations in the example. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you sell depreciable business property, prepare Form 4797 first in order to figure the amount to enter on line 12 of Part I, Form 6252. Need amend my 2009 taxes Section 1231 gains. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The gains on the farm land and buildings are section 1231 gains. Need amend my 2009 taxes They may be reported as either capital or ordinary gain depending on the net balance when combined with other section 1231 losses. Need amend my 2009 taxes A net 1231 gain is capital gain and a net 1231 loss is an ordinary loss. Need amend my 2009 taxes Installment income for years after 2013. Need amend my 2009 taxes   You figure installment income for the years after 2013 by applying the same gross profit percentages to the payments you receive each year. Need amend my 2009 taxes If you receive $50,000 during the year, the entire $50,000 is considered received on the installment sale (100% × $50,000). Need amend my 2009 taxes You realize income as follows:   Income Farm land—33. Need amend my 2009 taxes 256% × $50,000 $16,628 Buildings—14. Need amend my 2009 taxes 448% × $50,000 7,224 Total installment income $23,852   In this example, no gain ever is recognized from the sale of your home. Need amend my 2009 taxes You will combine your section 1231 gains from this sale with section 1231 gains and losses from other sales in each of the later years to determine whether to report them as ordinary or capital gains. Need amend my 2009 taxes The interest received with each payment will be included in full as ordinary income. Need amend my 2009 taxes Summary. Need amend my 2009 taxes   The installment income (rounded to the nearest dollar) from the sale of the farm is reported as follows: Selling price $190,000 Minus: Installment basis (108,740) Gross profit $81,260     Gain reported in 2012 (year of sale) $35,778 Gain reported in 2013:   $50,000 × 47. Need amend my 2009 taxes 70% 23,850 Gain reported in 2014:   $50,000 × 47. Need amend my 2009 taxes 70% 23,850 Gain reported in 2015:   $50,000 × 47. Need amend my 2009 taxes 70% 23,850 Gain reported in 2016:   $25,000 × 47. 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