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Student income tax return Publication 901 - Additional Material Table of Contents How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Student income tax return How To Get Tax Help You can get help with unresolved tax issues, order free publications and forms, ask tax questions, and get information from the IRS in several ways. Student income tax return By selecting the method that is best for you, you will have quick and easy access to tax help. Student income tax return Free help with your tax return. Student income tax return   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Student income tax return The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-moderate income, elderly, disabled, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Student income tax return The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Student income tax return Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Student income tax return Some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. Student income tax return To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. Student income tax return gov or call 1-800-906-9887 or 1-800-829-1040. Student income tax return   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Student income tax return To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Student income tax return aarp. Student income tax return org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Student income tax return   For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Student income tax return gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Student income tax return Internet. Student income tax return You can access the IRS website at IRS. Student income tax return gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to: E-file your return. Student income tax return Find out about commercial tax preparation and e-file services available free to eligible taxpayers. Student income tax return Check the status of your 2012 refund. Student income tax return Go to IRS. Student income tax return gov and click on Where’s My Refund. Student income tax return Information about your return will generally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-filed return, or 4 weeks after you mail your paper return. Student income tax return If you filed Form 8379 with your return, wait 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically). Student income tax return Have your 2012 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Student income tax return Where's My Refund? has a new look this year! The tool will include a tracker that displays progress through three stages: (1) return received, (2) refund approved, and (3) refund sent. Student income tax return Where's My Refund? will provide an actual personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Student income tax return So in a change from previous filing seasons, you won't get an estimated refund date right away. Student income tax return Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. Student income tax return You can obtain a free transcript online at IRS. Student income tax return gov by clicking on Order a Return or Account Transcript under “Tools. Student income tax return ” For a transcript by phone, call 1-800-908-9946 and follow the prompts in the recorded message. Student income tax return You will be prompted to provide your SSN or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), date of birth, street address and ZIP code. Student income tax return Download forms, including talking tax forms, instructions, and publications. Student income tax return Order IRS products. Student income tax return Research your tax questions. Student income tax return Search publications by topic or keyword. Student income tax return Use the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Student income tax return View Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRBs) published in the last few years. Student income tax return Figure your withholding allowances using the IRS Withholding Calculator at www. Student income tax return irs. Student income tax return gov/individuals. Student income tax return Determine if Form 6251 (Alternative Minimum Tax— Individuals), must be filed by using our Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Assistant available at IRS. 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Student income tax return You can get face-to-face help solving tax problems most business days in IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC). Student income tax return An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your account, or help you set up a payment plan. Student income tax return Call your local Taxpayer Assistance Center for an appointment. Student income tax return To find the number, go to www. Student income tax return irs. Student income tax return gov/localcontacts or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Student income tax return TTY/TDD equipment. Student income tax return If you have access to TTY/TDD equipment, call 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or to order forms and publications. Student income tax return The TTY/TDD telephone number is for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. 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Student income tax return Have your 2012 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Student income tax return Where's My Refund? will provide an actual personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Student income tax return Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. Student income tax return Evaluating the quality of our telephone services. Student income tax return To ensure IRS representatives give accurate, courteous, and professional answers, we use several methods to evaluate the quality of our telephone services. Student income tax return One method is for a second IRS representative to listen in on or record random telephone calls. Student income tax return Another is to ask some callers to complete a short survey at the end of the call. Student income tax return Walk-in. Student income tax return Some products and services are available on a walk-in basis. Student income tax return   Products. Student income tax return You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Student income tax return Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Student income tax return Also, some IRS offices and libraries have the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, Internal Revenue Bulletins, and Cumulative Bulletins available for research purposes. Student income tax return Services. Student income tax return You can walk in to your local TAC most business days for personal, face-to-face tax help. Student income tax return An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. Student income tax return If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local TAC where you can talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. Student income tax return No appointment is necessary—just walk in. Student income tax return Before visiting, check www. Student income tax return irs. Student income tax return gov/localcontacts for hours of operation and services provided. Student income tax return If you have an ongoing, complex tax account problem or a special need, such as a disability, an appointment can be requested by calling your local TAC. Student income tax return You can leave a message and a representative will call you back within 2 business days. Student income tax return All other issues will be handled without an appointment. Student income tax return To call your local TAC, go to  www. Student income tax return irs. Student income tax return gov/localcontacts or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Student income tax return Mail. Student income tax return You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Student income tax return You should receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Student income tax return  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Student income tax return Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Taxpayer Advocate Service. Student income tax return   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Student income tax return Its job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly, and that you know and understand your rights. Student income tax return TAS offers free help to guide you through the often-confusing process of resolving tax problems that you haven’t been able to solve on your own. Student income tax return Remember, the worst thing you can do is nothing at all. Student income tax return   TAS can help if you can’t resolve your problem with the IRS and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Student income tax return You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Student income tax return You have tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS has not responded to you by the date promised. Student income tax return   If you qualify for help, they will do everything they can to get your problem resolved. Student income tax return You will be assigned to one advocate who will be with you at every turn. Student income tax return TAS has offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Student income tax return Although TAS is independent within the IRS, their advocates know how to work with the IRS to get your problems resolved. Student income tax return And its services are always free. Student income tax return   As a taxpayer, you have rights that the IRS must abide by in its dealings with you. Student income tax return The TAS tax toolkit at www. Student income tax return TaxpayerAdvocate. Student income tax return irs. Student income tax return gov can help you understand these rights. Student income tax return   If you think TAS might be able to help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your phone book and on our website at www. Student income tax return irs. Student income tax return gov/advocate. Student income tax return You can also call the toll-free number at 1-877-777-4778. Student income tax return Deaf and hard of hearing individuals who have access to TTY/TDD equipment can call 1-800-829-4059. Student income tax return These individuals can also access the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. Student income tax return gsa. Student income tax return gov/fedrelay. Student income tax return   TAS also handles large-scale or systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Student income tax return If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it through the Systemic Advocacy Management System at www. Student income tax return irs. Student income tax return gov/advocate. Student income tax return Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Student income tax return   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) are independent from the IRS. Student income tax return Some clinics serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and who need to resolve a tax problem. Student income tax return These clinics provide professional representation before the IRS or in court on audits, appeals, tax collection disputes, and other issues for free or for a small fee. Student income tax return Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in many different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Student income tax return For more information and to find a clinic near you, see the LITC page on www. Student income tax return irs. Student income tax return gov/advocate or IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Student income tax return This publication is also available by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) or at your local IRS office. Student income tax return Free tax services. Student income tax return   Publication 910, IRS Guide to Free Tax Services, is your guide to IRS services and resources. 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The Student Income Tax Return

Student income tax return 5. Student income tax return   Business Income Table of Contents Introduction Kinds of IncomeBartering for Property or Services Real Estate Rents Personal Property Rents Interest and Dividend Income Canceled Debt Other Income Items That Are Not IncomeAmount you can exclude. Student income tax return Short-term lease. Student income tax return Retail space. Student income tax return Qualified long-term real property. Student income tax return Guidelines for Selected Occupations Accounting for Your Income Introduction This chapter primarily explains business income and how to account for it on your tax return, what items are not considered income, and gives guidelines for selected occupations. Student income tax return If there is a connection between any income you receive and your business, the income is business income. Student income tax return A connection exists if it is clear that the payment of income would not have been made if you did not have the business. Student income tax return You can have business income even if you are not involved in the activity on a regular full-time basis. Student income tax return Income from work you do on the side in addition to your regular job can be business income. Student income tax return You report most business income, such as income from selling your products or services, on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return But you report the income from the sale of business assets, such as land and office buildings, on other forms instead of Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return For information on selling business assets, see chapter 3. Student income tax return Nonemployee compensation. Student income tax return Business income includes amounts you received in your business that were properly shown on Forms 1099-MISC. Student income tax return This includes amounts reported as nonemployee compensation in box 7 of the form. Student income tax return You can find more information in the instructions on the back of the Form 1099-MISC you received. Student income tax return Kinds of Income You must report on your tax return all income you receive from your business unless it is excluded by law. Student income tax return In most cases, your business income will be in the form of cash, checks, and credit card charges. Student income tax return But business income can be in other forms, such as property or services. Student income tax return These and other types of income are explained next. Student income tax return If you are a U. Student income tax return S. Student income tax return citizen who has business income from sources outside the United States (foreign income), you must report that income on your tax return unless it is exempt from tax under U. Student income tax return S. Student income tax return law. Student income tax return If you live outside the United States, you may be able to exclude part or all of your foreign-source business income. Student income tax return For details, see Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. Student income tax return S. Student income tax return Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. Student income tax return Bartering for Property or Services Bartering is an exchange of property or services. Student income tax return You must include in your gross receipts, at the time received, the fair market value of property or services you receive in exchange for something else. Student income tax return If you exchange services with another person and you both have agreed ahead of time on the value of the services, that value will be accepted as the fair market value unless the value can be shown to be otherwise. Student income tax return Example 1. Student income tax return You are a self-employed lawyer. Student income tax return You perform legal services for a client, a small corporation. Student income tax return In payment for your services, you receive shares of stock in the corporation. Student income tax return You must include the fair market value of the shares in income. Student income tax return Example 2. Student income tax return You are an artist and create a work of art to compensate your landlord for the rent-free use of your apartment. Student income tax return You must include the fair rental value of the apartment in your gross receipts. Student income tax return Your landlord must include the fair market value of the work of art in his or her rental income. Student income tax return Example 3. Student income tax return You are a self-employed accountant. Student income tax return Both you and a house painter are members of a barter club, an organization that each year gives its members a directory of members and the services each member provides. Student income tax return Members get in touch with other members directly and bargain for the value of the services to be performed. Student income tax return In return for accounting services you provided for the house painter's business, the house painter painted your home. Student income tax return You must include in gross receipts the fair market value of the services you received from the house painter. Student income tax return The house painter must include the fair market value of your accounting services in his or her gross receipts. Student income tax return Example 4. Student income tax return You are a member of a barter club that uses credit units to credit or debit members' accounts for goods or services provided or received. Student income tax return As soon as units are credited to your account, you can use them to buy goods or services or sell or transfer the units to other members. Student income tax return You must include the value of credit units you received in your gross receipts for the tax year in which the units are credited to your account. Student income tax return The dollar value of units received for services by an employee of the club, who can use the units in the same manner as other members, must be included in the employee's gross income for the tax year in which received. Student income tax return It is wages subject to social security and Medicare taxes (FICA), federal unemployment taxes (FUTA), and income tax withholding. Student income tax return See Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. Student income tax return Example 5. Student income tax return You operate a plumbing business and use the cash method of accounting. Student income tax return You join a barter club and agree to provide plumbing services to any member for a specified number of hours. Student income tax return Each member has access to a directory that lists the members of the club and the services available. Student income tax return Members contact each other directly and request services to be performed. Student income tax return You are not required to provide services unless requested by another member, but you can use as many of the offered services as you wish without paying a fee. Student income tax return You must include the fair market value of any services you receive from club members in your gross receipts when you receive them even if you have not provided any services to club members. Student income tax return Information returns. Student income tax return   If you are involved in a bartering transaction, you may have to file either of the following forms. Student income tax return Form 1099-B, Proceeds From Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions. Student income tax return Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income. Student income tax return For information about these forms, see the General Instructions for Certain Information Returns. Student income tax return Real Estate Rents If you are a real estate dealer who receives income from renting real property or an owner of a hotel, motel, etc. Student income tax return , who provides services (maid services, etc. Student income tax return ) for guests, report the rental income and expenses on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return If you are not a real estate dealer or the kind of owner described in the preceding sentence, report the rental income and expenses on Schedule E. Student income tax return For more information, see Publication 527, Residential Rental Property (Including Rental of Vacation Homes). Student income tax return Real estate dealer. Student income tax return   You are a real estate dealer if you are engaged in the business of selling real estate to customers with the purpose of making a profit from those sales. Student income tax return Rent you receive from real estate held for sale to customers is subject to SE tax. Student income tax return However, rent you receive from real estate held for speculation or investment is not subject to SE tax. Student income tax return Trailer park owner. Student income tax return   Rental income from a trailer park is subject to SE tax if you are a self-employed trailer park owner who provides trailer lots and facilities and substantial services for the convenience of your tenants. Student income tax return    You generally are considered to provide substantial services for tenants if they are primarily for the tenants' convenience and normally are not provided to maintain the lots in a condition for occupancy. Student income tax return Services are substantial if the compensation for the services makes up a material part of the tenants' rental payments. Student income tax return   Examples of services that are not normally provided for the tenants' convenience include supervising and maintaining a recreational hall provided by the park, distributing a monthly newsletter to tenants, operating a laundry facility, and helping tenants buy or sell their trailers. Student income tax return   Examples of services that are normally provided to maintain the lots in a condition for tenant occupancy include city sewerage, electrical connections, and roadways. Student income tax return Hotels, boarding houses, and apartments. Student income tax return   Rental income you receive for the use or occupancy of hotels, boarding houses, or apartment houses is subject to SE tax if you provide services for the occupants. Student income tax return   Generally, you are considered to provide services for the occupants if the services are primarily for their convenience and are not services normally provided with the rental of rooms for occupancy only. Student income tax return An example of a service that is not normally provided for the convenience of the occupants is maid service. Student income tax return However, providing heat and light, cleaning stairways and lobbies, and collecting trash are services normally provided for the occupants' convenience. Student income tax return Prepaid rent. Student income tax return   Advance payments received under a lease that does not put any restriction on their use or enjoyment are income in the year you receive them. Student income tax return This is true no matter what accounting method or period you use. Student income tax return Lease bonus. Student income tax return   A bonus you receive from a lessee for granting a lease is an addition to the rent. Student income tax return Include it in your gross receipts in the year received. Student income tax return Lease cancellation payments. Student income tax return   Report payments you receive from your lessee for canceling a lease in your gross receipts in the year received. Student income tax return Payments to third parties. Student income tax return   If your lessee makes payments to someone else under an agreement to pay your debts or obligations, include the payments in your gross receipts when the lessee makes the payments. Student income tax return A common example of this kind of income is a lessee's payment of your property taxes on leased real property. Student income tax return Settlement payments. Student income tax return   Payments you receive in settlement of a lessee's obligation to restore the leased property to its original condition are income in the amount that the payments exceed the adjusted basis of the leasehold improvements destroyed, damaged, removed, or disconnected by the lessee. Student income tax return Personal Property Rents If you are in the business of renting personal property (equipment, vehicles, formal wear, etc. Student income tax return ), include the rental amount you receive in your gross receipts on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return Prepaid rent and other payments described in the preceding Real Estate Rents discussion can also be received for renting personal property. Student income tax return If you receive any of those payments, include them in your gross receipts as explained in that discussion. Student income tax return Interest and Dividend Income Interest and dividends may be considered business income. Student income tax return Interest. Student income tax return   Interest received on notes receivable that you have accepted in the ordinary course of business is business income. Student income tax return Interest received on loans is business income if you are in the business of lending money. Student income tax return Uncollectible loans. Student income tax return   If a loan payable to you becomes uncollectible during the tax year and you use an accrual method of accounting, you must include in gross income interest accrued up to the time the loan became uncollectible. Student income tax return If the accrued interest later becomes uncollectible, you may be able to take a bad debt deduction. Student income tax return See Bad Debts in chapter 8. Student income tax return Unstated interest. Student income tax return   If little or no interest is charged on an installment sale, you may have to treat a part of each payment as unstated interest. Student income tax return See Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537, Installment Sales. Student income tax return Dividends. Student income tax return   Generally, dividends are business income to dealers in securities. Student income tax return For most sole proprietors and statutory employees, however, dividends are nonbusiness income. Student income tax return If you hold stock as a personal investment separately from your business activity, the dividends from the stock are nonbusiness income. Student income tax return   If you receive dividends from business insurance premiums you deducted in an earlier year, you must report all or part of the dividend as business income on your return. Student income tax return To find out how much you have to report, see   Recovery of items previously deducted under Other Income, later. Student income tax return Canceled Debt The following explains the general rule for including canceled debt in income and the exceptions to the general rule. Student income tax return General Rule Generally, if your debt is canceled or forgiven, other than as a gift or bequest to you, you must include the canceled amount in your gross income for tax purposes. Student income tax return Report the canceled amount on line 6 of Schedule C if you incurred the debt in your business. Student income tax return If the debt is a nonbusiness debt, report the canceled amount on line 21 of Form 1040. Student income tax return Exceptions The following discussion covers some exceptions to the general rule for canceled debt. Student income tax return Price reduced after purchase. Student income tax return   If you owe a debt to the seller for property you bought and the seller reduces the amount you owe, you generally do not have income from the reduction. Student income tax return Unless you are bankrupt or insolvent, treat the amount of the reduction as a purchase price adjustment and reduce your basis in the property. Student income tax return Deductible debt. Student income tax return   You do not realize income from a canceled debt to the extent the payment of the debt would have led to a deduction. Student income tax return Example. Student income tax return You get accounting services for your business on credit. Student income tax return Later, you have trouble paying your business debts, but you are not bankrupt or insolvent. Student income tax return Your accountant forgives part of the amount you owe for the accounting services. Student income tax return How you treat the canceled debt depends on your method of accounting. Student income tax return Cash method — You do not include the canceled debt in income because payment of the debt would have been deductible as a business expense. Student income tax return Accrual method — You include the canceled debt in income because the expense was deductible when you incurred the debt. Student income tax return   For information on the cash and accrual methods of accounting, see chapter 2. Student income tax return Exclusions Do not include canceled debt in income in the following situations. Student income tax return However, you may be required to file Form 982, Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness. Student income tax return For more information, see Form 982. Student income tax return The cancellation takes place in a bankruptcy case under title 11 of the U. Student income tax return S. Student income tax return Code (relating to bankruptcy). Student income tax return See Publication 908, Bankruptcy Tax Guide. Student income tax return The cancellation takes place when you are insolvent. Student income tax return You can exclude the canceled debt to the extent you are insolvent. Student income tax return See Publication 908. Student income tax return The canceled debt is a qualified farm debt owed to a qualified person. Student income tax return See chapter 3 in Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide. Student income tax return The canceled debt is a qualified real property business debt. Student income tax return This situation is explained later. Student income tax return The canceled debt is qualified principal residence indebtedness which is discharged after 2006. Student income tax return See Form 982. Student income tax return If a canceled debt is excluded from income because it takes place in a bankruptcy case, the exclusions in situations 2 through 5 do not apply. Student income tax return If it takes place when you are insolvent, the exclusions in situations 3 and 4 do not apply to the extent you are insolvent. Student income tax return Debt. Student income tax return   For purposes of this discussion, debt includes any debt for which you are liable or which attaches to property you hold. Student income tax return Qualified real property business debt. Student income tax return   You can elect to exclude (up to certain limits) the cancellation of qualified real property business debt. Student income tax return If you make the election, you must reduce the basis of your depreciable real property by the amount excluded. Student income tax return Make this reduction at the beginning of your tax year following the tax year in which the cancellation occurs. Student income tax return However, if you dispose of the property before that time, you must reduce its basis immediately before the disposition. Student income tax return Cancellation of qualified real property business debt. Student income tax return   Qualified real property business debt is debt (other than qualified farm debt) that meets all the following conditions. Student income tax return It was incurred or assumed in connection with real property used in a trade or business. Student income tax return It was secured by such real property. Student income tax return It was incurred or assumed at either of the following times. Student income tax return Before January 1, 1993. Student income tax return After December 31, 1992, if incurred or assumed to acquire, construct, or substantially improve the real property. Student income tax return It is debt to which you choose to apply these rules. Student income tax return   Qualified real property business debt includes refinancing of debt described in (3) earlier, but only to the extent it does not exceed the debt being refinanced. Student income tax return   You cannot exclude more than either of the following amounts. Student income tax return The excess (if any) of: The outstanding principal of qualified real property business debt (immediately before the cancellation), over The fair market value (immediately before the cancellation) of the business real property that is security for the debt, reduced by the outstanding principal amount of any other qualified real property business debt secured by this property immediately before the cancellation. Student income tax return The total adjusted bases of depreciable real property held by you immediately before the cancellation. Student income tax return These adjusted bases are determined after any basis reduction due to a cancellation in bankruptcy, insolvency, or of qualified farm debt. Student income tax return Do not take into account depreciable real property acquired in contemplation of the cancellation. Student income tax return Election. Student income tax return   To make this election, complete Form 982 and attach it to your income tax return for the tax year in which the cancellation occurs. Student income tax return You must file your return by the due date (including extensions). Student income tax return If you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Student income tax return For more information, see When To File in the form instructions. Student income tax return Other Income The following discussion explains how to treat other types of business income you may receive. Student income tax return Restricted property. Student income tax return   Restricted property is property that has certain restrictions that affect its value. Student income tax return If you receive restricted stock or other property for services performed, the fair market value of the property in excess of your cost is included in your income on Schedule C or C-EZ when the restriction is lifted. Student income tax return However, you can choose to be taxed in the year you receive the property. Student income tax return For more information on including restricted property in income, see Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income. Student income tax return Gains and losses. Student income tax return   Do not report on Schedule C or C-EZ a gain or loss from the disposition of property that is neither stock in trade nor held primarily for sale to customers. Student income tax return Instead, you must report these gains and losses on other forms. Student income tax return For more information, see chapter 3. Student income tax return Promissory notes. Student income tax return   Report promissory notes and other evidences of debt issued to you in a sale or exchange of property that is stock in trade or held primarily for sale to customers on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return In general, you report them at their stated principal amount (minus any unstated interest) when you receive them. Student income tax return Lost income payments. Student income tax return   If you reduce or stop your business activities, report on Schedule C or C-EZ any payment you receive for the lost income of your business from insurance or other sources. Student income tax return Report it on Schedule C or C-EZ even if your business is inactive when you receive the payment. Student income tax return Damages. Student income tax return   You must include in gross income compensation you receive during the tax year as a result of any of the following injuries connected with your business. Student income tax return Patent infringement. Student income tax return Breach of contract or fiduciary duty. Student income tax return Antitrust injury. Student income tax return Economic injury. Student income tax return   You may be entitled to a deduction against the income if it compensates you for actual economic injury. Student income tax return Your deduction is the smaller of the following amounts. Student income tax return The amount you receive or accrue for damages in the tax year reduced by the amount you pay or incur in the tax year to recover that amount. Student income tax return Your loss from the injury that you have not yet deducted. Student income tax return Punitive damages. Student income tax return   You must also include punitive damages in income. Student income tax return Kickbacks. Student income tax return   If you receive any kickbacks, include them in your income on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return However, do not include them if you properly treat them as a reduction of a related expense item, a capital expenditure, or cost of goods sold. Student income tax return Recovery of items previously deducted. Student income tax return   If you recover a bad debt or any other item deducted in a previous year, include the recovery in income on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return However, if all or part of the deduction in earlier years did not reduce your tax, you can exclude the part that did not reduce your tax. Student income tax return If you exclude part of the recovery from income, you must include with your return a computation showing how you figured the exclusion. Student income tax return Example. Student income tax return Joe Smith, a sole proprietor, had gross income of $8,000, a bad debt deduction of $300, and other allowable deductions of $7,700. Student income tax return He also had 2 personal exemptions for a total of $7,800. Student income tax return He would not pay income tax even if he did not deduct the bad debt. Student income tax return Therefore, he will not report as income any part of the $300 he may recover in any future year. Student income tax return Exception for depreciation. Student income tax return   This rule does not apply to depreciation. Student income tax return You recover depreciation using the rules explained next. Student income tax return Recapture of depreciation. Student income tax return   In the following situations, you have to recapture the depreciation deduction. Student income tax return This means you include in income part or all of the depreciation you deducted in previous years. Student income tax return Listed property. Student income tax return   If your business use of listed property (explained in chapter 8 under Depreciation ) falls to 50% or less in a tax year after the tax year you placed the property in service, you may have to recapture part of the depreciation deduction. Student income tax return You do this by including in income on Schedule C part of the depreciation you deducted in previous years. Student income tax return Use Part IV of Form 4797, Sales of Business Property, to figure the amount to include on Schedule C. Student income tax return For more information, see What is the Business-Use Requirement? in chapter 5 of Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property. Student income tax return That chapter explains how to determine whether property is used more than 50% in your business. Student income tax return Section 179 property. Student income tax return   If you take a section 179 deduction (explained in chapter 8 under Depreciation ) for an asset and before the end of the asset's recovery period the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less, you must recapture part of the section 179 deduction. Student income tax return You do this by including in income on Schedule C part of the deduction you took. Student income tax return Use Part IV of Form 4797 to figure the amount to include on Schedule C. Student income tax return See chapter 2 in Publication 946 to find out when you recapture the deduction. Student income tax return Sale or exchange of depreciable property. Student income tax return   If you sell or exchange depreciable property at a gain, you may have to treat all or part of the gain due to depreciation as ordinary income. Student income tax return You figure the income due to depreciation recapture in Part III of Form 4797. Student income tax return For more information, see chapter 4 in Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets. Student income tax return Items That Are Not Income In some cases the property or money you receive is not income. Student income tax return Appreciation. Student income tax return   Increases in value of your property are not income until you realize the increases through a sale or other taxable disposition. Student income tax return Consignments. Student income tax return   Consignments of merchandise to others to sell for you are not sales. Student income tax return The title of merchandise remains with you, the consignor, even after the consignee possesses the merchandise. Student income tax return Therefore, if you ship goods on consignment, you have no profit or loss until the consignee sells the merchandise. Student income tax return Merchandise you have shipped out on consignment is included in your inventory until it is sold. Student income tax return   Do not include merchandise you receive on consignment in your inventory. Student income tax return Include your profit or commission on merchandise consigned to you in your income when you sell the merchandise or when you receive your profit or commission, depending upon the method of accounting you use. Student income tax return Construction allowances. Student income tax return   If you enter into a lease after August 5, 1997, you can exclude from income the construction allowance you receive (in cash or as a rent reduction) from your landlord if you receive it under both the following conditions. Student income tax return Under a short-term lease of retail space. Student income tax return For the purpose of constructing or improving qualified long-term real property for use in your business at that retail space. Student income tax return Amount you can exclude. Student income tax return   You can exclude the construction allowance to the extent it does not exceed the amount you spent for construction or improvements. Student income tax return Short-term lease. Student income tax return   A short-term lease is a lease (or other agreement for occupancy or use) of retail space for 15 years or less. Student income tax return The following rules apply in determining whether the lease is for 15 years or less. Student income tax return Take into account options to renew when figuring whether the lease is for 15 years or less. Student income tax return But do not take into account any option to renew at fair market value determined at the time of renewal. Student income tax return Two or more successive leases that are part of the same transaction (or a series of related transactions) for the same or substantially similar retail space are treated as one lease. Student income tax return Retail space. Student income tax return   Retail space is real property leased, occupied, or otherwise used by you as a tenant in your business of selling tangible personal property or services to the general public. Student income tax return Qualified long-term real property. Student income tax return   Qualified long-term real property is nonresidential real property that is part of, or otherwise present at, your retail space and that reverts to the landlord when the lease ends. Student income tax return Exchange of like-kind property. Student income tax return   If you exchange your business property or property you hold for investment solely for property of a like kind to be used in your business or to be held for investment, no gain or loss is recognized. Student income tax return This means that the gain is not taxable and the loss is not deductible. Student income tax return A common type of nontaxable exchange is the trade-in of a business automobile for another business automobile. Student income tax return For more information, see Form 8824. Student income tax return Leasehold improvements. Student income tax return   If a tenant erects buildings or makes improvements to your property, the increase in the value of the property due to the improvements is not income to you. Student income tax return However, if the facts indicate that the improvements are a payment of rent to you, then the increase in value would be income. Student income tax return Loans. Student income tax return   Money borrowed through a bona fide loan is not income. Student income tax return Sales tax. Student income tax return   State and local sales taxes imposed on the buyer, which you were required to collect and pay over to state or local governments, are not income. Student income tax return Guidelines for Selected Occupations This section provides information to determine whether your earnings should be reported on Schedule C (Form 1040) or C-EZ (Form 1040). Student income tax return Direct seller. Student income tax return   You must report all income you receive as a direct seller on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return This includes any of the following. Student income tax return Income from sales—payments you receive from customers for products they buy from you. Student income tax return Commissions, bonuses, or percentages you receive for sales and the sales of others who work under you. Student income tax return Prizes, awards, and gifts you receive from your selling business. Student income tax return You must report this income regardless of whether it is reported to you on an information return. Student income tax return   You are a direct seller if you meet all the following conditions. Student income tax return You are engaged in one of the following trades or businesses. Student income tax return Selling or soliciting the sale of consumer products either in a home or other place that is not a permanent retail establishment, or to any buyer on a buy-sell basis or a deposit-commission basis for resale in a home or other place of business that is not a permanent retail establishment. Student income tax return Delivering or distributing newspapers or shopping news (including any services directly related to that trade or business). Student income tax return Substantially all your pay (whether paid in cash or not) for services described above is directly related to sales or other output (including performance of services) rather than to the number of hours worked. Student income tax return Your services are performed under a written contract between you and the person for whom you perform the services, and the contract provides that you will not be treated as an employee for federal tax purposes. Student income tax return Executor or administrator. Student income tax return   If you administer a deceased person's estate, your fees are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if you are one of the following: A professional fiduciary. Student income tax return A nonprofessional fiduciary (personal representative) and both of the following apply. Student income tax return The estate includes an active trade or business in which you actively participate. Student income tax return Your fees are related to the operation of that trade or business. Student income tax return A nonprofessional fiduciary of a single estate that requires extensive managerial activities on your part for a long period of time, provided these activities are enough to be considered a trade or business. Student income tax return    If the fees do not meet the above requirements, report them on line 21 of Form 1040. Student income tax return Fishing crew member. Student income tax return    If you are a member of the crew that catches fish or other water life, your earnings are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if you meet all the requirements shown in chapter 10 under Fishing crew member . Student income tax return Insurance agent, former. Student income tax return   Termination payments you receive as a former self-employed insurance agent from an insurance company because of services you performed for that company are not reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if all the following conditions are met. Student income tax return You received payments after your agreement to perform services for the company ended. Student income tax return You did not perform any services for the company after your service agreement ended and before the end of the year in which you received the payment. Student income tax return You entered into a covenant not to compete against the company for at least a 1-year period beginning on the date your service agreement ended. Student income tax return The amount of the payments depended primarily on policies sold by you or credited to your account during the last year of your service agreement or the extent to which those policies remain in force for some period after your service agreement ended, or both. Student income tax return The amount of the payment did not depend to any extent on length of service or overall earnings from services performed for the company (regardless of whether eligibility for the payments depended on length of service). Student income tax return Insurance agent, retired. Student income tax return   Income paid by an insurance company to a retired self-employed insurance agent based on a percentage of commissions received before retirement is reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return Also, renewal commissions and deferred commissions for sales made before retirement are generally reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return   However, renewal commissions paid to the survivor of an insurance agent are not reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return Newspaper carrier or distributor. Student income tax return   You are a direct seller and your earnings are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if all the following conditions apply. Student income tax return You are in the business of delivering or distributing newspapers or shopping news (including directly related services such as soliciting customers and collecting receipts). Student income tax return Substantially all your pay for these services directly relates to your sales or other output rather than to the number of hours you work. Student income tax return You perform the services under a written contract that says you will not be treated as an employee for federal tax purposes. Student income tax return   This rule applies whether or not you hire others to help you make deliveries. Student income tax return It also applies whether you buy the papers from the publisher or are paid based on the number of papers you deliver. Student income tax return Newspaper or magazine vendor. Student income tax return   If you are 18 or older and you sell newspapers or magazines, your earnings are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if all the following conditions apply. Student income tax return You sell newspapers or magazines to ultimate consumers. Student income tax return You sell them at a fixed price. Student income tax return Your earnings are based on the difference between the sales price and your cost of goods sold. Student income tax return   This rule applies whether or not you are guaranteed a minimum amount of earnings. Student income tax return It also applies whether or not you receive credit for unsold newspapers or magazines you return to your supplier. Student income tax return Notary public. Student income tax return   Fees you receive for services you perform as a notary public are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return These payments are not subject to self-employment tax (see the instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040)). Student income tax return Public official. Student income tax return   Public officials generally do not report what they earn for serving in public office on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return This rule applies to payments received by an elected tax collector from state funds on the basis of a fixed percentage of the taxes collected. Student income tax return Public office includes any elective or appointive office of the United States or its possessions, the District of Columbia, a state or its political subdivisions, or a wholly owned instrumentality of any of these. Student income tax return   Public officials of state or local governments report their fees on Schedule C or C-EZ if they are paid solely on a fee basis and if their services are eligible for, but not covered by, social security under a federal-state agreement. Student income tax return Real estate agent or direct seller. Student income tax return   If you are a licensed real estate agent or a direct seller, your earnings are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if both the following apply. Student income tax return Substantially all your pay for services as a real estate agent or direct seller directly relates to your sales or other output rather than to the number of hours you work. Student income tax return You perform the services under a written contract that says you will not be treated as an employee for federal tax purposes. Student income tax return Securities dealer. Student income tax return   If you are a dealer in options or commodities, your gains and losses from dealing or trading in section 1256 contracts (regulated futures contracts, foreign currency contracts, nonequity options, dealer equity options, and dealer securities futures contracts) or property related to those contracts (such as stock used to hedge options) are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return For more information, see sections 1256 and 1402(i). Student income tax return Securities trader. Student income tax return   You are a trader in securities if you are engaged in the business of buying and selling securities for your own account. Student income tax return As a trader in securities, your gain or loss from the disposition of securities is not reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. Student income tax return However, see Securities dealer , earlier, for an exception that applies to section 1256 contracts. Student income tax return For more information about securities traders, see Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. Student income tax return Accounting for Your Income Accounting for your income for income tax purposes differs at times from accounting for financial purposes. Student income tax return This section discusses some of the more common differences that may affect business transactions. Student income tax return Figure your business income on the basis of a tax year and according to your regular method of accounting (see chapter 2). Student income tax return If the sale of a product is an income-producing factor in your business, you usually have to use inventories to clearly show your income. Student income tax return Dealers in real estate are not allowed to use inventories. Student income tax return For more information on inventories, see chapter 2. Student income tax return Income paid to a third party. Student income tax return   All income you earn is taxable to you. Student income tax return You cannot avoid tax by having the income paid to a third party. Student income tax return Example. Student income tax return You rent out your property and the rental agreement directs the lessee to pay the rent to your son. Student income tax return The amount paid to your son is gross income to you. Student income tax return Cash discounts. Student income tax return   These are amounts the seller permits you to deduct from the invoice price for prompt payment. Student income tax return For income tax purposes, you can use either of the following two methods to account for cash discounts. Student income tax return Deduct the cash discount from purchases (see Line 36, Purchases Less Cost of Items Withdrawn for Personal Use in chapter 6). Student income tax return Credit the cash discount to a discount income account. Student income tax return You must use the chosen method every year for all your purchase discounts. Student income tax return   If you use the second method, the credit balance in the account at the end of your tax year is business income. Student income tax return Under this method, you do not reduce the cost of goods sold by the cash discounts you received. Student income tax return When valuing your closing inventory, you cannot reduce the invoice price of merchandise on hand at the close of the tax year by the average or estimated discounts received on the merchandise. Student income tax return Trade discounts. Student income tax return   These are reductions from list or catalog prices and usually are not written into the invoice or charged to the customer. Student income tax return Do not enter these discounts on your books of account. Student income tax return Instead, use only the net amount as the cost of the merchandise purchased. Student income tax return For more information, see Trade discounts in chapter 6. Student income tax return Payment placed in escrow. Student income tax return   If the buyer of your property places part or all of the purchase price in escrow, you do not include any part of it in gross sales until you actually or constructively receive it. Student income tax return However, upon completion of the terms of the contract and the escrow agreement, you will have taxable income, even if you do not accept the money until the next year. Student income tax return Sales returns and allowances. Student income tax return   Credits you allow customers for returned merchandise and any other allowances you make on sales are deductions from gross sales in figuring net sales. Student income tax return Advance payments. Student income tax return   Special rules dealing with an accrual method of accounting for payments received in advance are discussed in chapter 2 under Accrual Method. Student income tax return Insurance proceeds. Student income tax return   If you receive insurance or another type of reimbursement for a casualty or theft loss, you must subtract it from the loss when you figure your deduction. Student income tax return You cannot deduct the reimbursed part of a casualty or theft loss. Student income tax return   For information on casualty or theft losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Student income tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications