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Taxact com 2. Taxact com   Electing the Section 179 Deduction Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Property Qualifies?Eligible Property Property Acquired for Business Use Property Acquired by Purchase What Property Does Not Qualify?Land and Improvements Excepted Property How Much Can You Deduct?Dollar Limits Business Income Limit Partnerships and Partners S Corporations Other Corporations How Do You Elect the Deduction? When Must You Recapture the Deduction? Introduction You can elect to recover all or part of the cost of certain qualifying property, up to a limit, by deducting it in the year you place the property in service. Taxact com This is the section 179 deduction. Taxact com You can elect the section 179 deduction instead of recovering the cost by taking depreciation deductions. Taxact com Estates and trusts cannot elect the section 179 deduction. Taxact com This chapter explains what property does and does not qualify for the section 179 deduction, what limits apply to the deduction (including special rules for partnerships and corporations), and how to elect it. Taxact com It also explains when and how to recapture the deduction. Taxact com Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 537 Installment Sales 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 954 Tax Incentives for Distressed Communities Form (and Instructions) 4562 Depreciation and Amortization 4797 Sales of Business Property See chapter 6 for information about getting publications and forms. Taxact com What Property Qualifies? To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must meet all the following requirements. Taxact com It must be eligible property. Taxact com It must be acquired for business use. Taxact com It must have been acquired by purchase. Taxact com It must not be property described later under What Property Does Not Qualify . Taxact com The following discussions provide information about these requirements and exceptions. Taxact com Eligible Property To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must be one of the following types of depreciable property. Taxact com Tangible personal property. Taxact com Other tangible property (except buildings and their structural components) used as: An integral part of manufacturing, production, or extraction or of furnishing transportation, communications, electricity, gas, water, or sewage disposal services, A research facility used in connection with any of the activities in (a) above, or A facility used in connection with any of the activities in (a) for the bulk storage of fungible commodities. Taxact com Single purpose agricultural (livestock) or horticultural structures. Taxact com See chapter 7 of Publication 225 for definitions and information regarding the use requirements that apply to these structures. Taxact com Storage facilities (except buildings and their structural components) used in connection with distributing petroleum or any primary product of petroleum. Taxact com Off-the-shelf computer software. Taxact com Qualified real property (described below). Taxact com Tangible personal property. Taxact com   Tangible personal property is any tangible property that is not real property. Taxact com It includes the following property. Taxact com Machinery and equipment. Taxact com Property contained in or attached to a building (other than structural components), such as refrigerators, grocery store counters, office equipment, printing presses, testing equipment, and signs. Taxact com Gasoline storage tanks and pumps at retail service stations. Taxact com Livestock, including horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, and mink and other furbearing animals. Taxact com   The treatment of property as tangible personal property for the section 179 deduction is not controlled by its treatment under local law. Taxact com For example, property may not be tangible personal property for the deduction even if treated so under local law, and some property (such as fixtures) may be tangible personal property for the deduction even if treated as real property under local law. Taxact com Off-the-shelf computer software. Taxact com   Off-the-shelf computer software placed in service during the tax year is qualifying property for purposes of the section 179 deduction. Taxact com This is computer software that is readily available for purchase by the general public, is subject to a nonexclusive license, and has not been substantially modified. Taxact com It includes any program designed to cause a computer to perform a desired function. Taxact com However, a database or similar item is not considered computer software unless it is in the public domain and is incidental to the operation of otherwise qualifying software. Taxact com Qualified real property. Taxact com   You can elect to treat certain qualified real property you placed in service as section 179 property for tax years beginning in 2013. Taxact com If this election is made, the term “section 179 property” will include any qualified real property that is: Qualified leasehold improvement property, Qualified restaurant property, or Qualified retail improvement property. Taxact com The maximum section 179 expense deduction that can be elected for qualified section 179 real property is $250,000 of the maximum section 179 deduction of $500,000 in 2013. Taxact com For more information, see Special rules for qualified section 179 real property, later. Taxact com Also, see Election for certain qualified section 179 real property, later, for information on how to make this election. Taxact com Qualified leasehold improvement property. Taxact com   Generally, this is any improvement to an interior part of a building (placed in service before January 1, 2014) that is nonresidential real property, provided all of the requirements discussed in chapter 3 under Qualified leasehold improvement property are met. Taxact com   In addition, an improvement made by the lessor does not qualify as qualified leasehold improvement property to any subsequent owner unless it is acquired from the original lessor by reason of the lessor’s death or in any of the following types of transactions. Taxact com A transaction to which section 381(a) applies, A mere change in the form of conducting the trade or business so long as the property is retained in the trade or business as qualified leasehold improvement property and the taxpayer retains a substantial interest in the trade or business, A like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or re-acquisition of real property to the extent that the basis in the property represents the carryover basis, or Certain nonrecognition transactions to the extent that your basis in the property is determined by reference to the transferor’s or distributor’s basis in the property. Taxact com Examples include the following. Taxact com A complete liquidation of a subsidiary. Taxact com A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. Taxact com An exchange of property by a corporation solely for stock or securities in another corporation in a reorganization. Taxact com Qualified restaurant property. Taxact com   Qualified restaurant property is any section 1250 property that is a building or an improvement to a building placed in service after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2014. Taxact com Also, more than 50% of the building’s square footage must be devoted to preparation of meals and seating for on-premise consumption of prepared meals. Taxact com Qualified retail improvement property. Taxact com   Generally, this is any improvement (placed in service after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2014) to an interior portion of nonresidential real property if it meets the following requirements. Taxact com The portion is open to the general public and is used in the retail trade or business of selling tangible property to the general public. Taxact com The improvement is placed in service more than 3 years after the date the building was first placed in service. Taxact com The expenses are not for the enlargement of the building, any elevator or escalator, any structural components benefiting a common area, or the internal structural framework of the building. Taxact com In addition, an improvement made by the lessor does not qualify as qualified retail improvement property to any subsequent owner unless it is acquired from the original lessor by reason of the lessor’s death or in any of the following types of transactions. Taxact com A transaction to which section 381(a) applies, A mere change in the form of conducting the trade or business so long as the property is retained in the trade or business as qualified leasehold improvement property and the taxpayer retains a substantial interest in the trade or business, A like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or re-acquisition of real property to the extent that the basis in the property represents the carryover basis, or Certain nonrecognition transactions to the extent that your basis in the property is determined by reference to the transferor’s or distributor’s basis in the property. Taxact com Examples include the following. Taxact com A complete liquidation of a subsidiary. Taxact com A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. Taxact com An exchange of property by a corporation solely for stock or securities in another corporation in a reorganization. Taxact com Property Acquired for Business Use To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must have been acquired for use in your trade or business. Taxact com Property you acquire only for the production of income, such as investment property, rental property (if renting property is not your trade or business), and property that produces royalties, does not qualify. Taxact com Partial business use. Taxact com   When you use property for both business and nonbusiness purposes, you can elect the section 179 deduction only if you use the property more than 50% for business in the year you place it in service. Taxact com If you use the property more than 50% for business, multiply the cost of the property by the percentage of business use. Taxact com Use the resulting business cost to figure your section 179 deduction. Taxact com Example. Taxact com May Oak bought and placed in service an item of section 179 property costing $11,000. Taxact com She used the property 80% for her business and 20% for personal purposes. Taxact com The business part of the cost of the property is $8,800 (80% × $11,000). Taxact com Property Acquired by Purchase To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must have been acquired by purchase. Taxact com For example, property acquired by gift or inheritance does not qualify. Taxact com Property is not considered acquired by purchase in the following situations. Taxact com It is acquired by one component member of a controlled group from another component member of the same group. Taxact com Its basis is determined either— In whole or in part by its adjusted basis in the hands of the person from whom it was acquired, or Under the stepped-up basis rules for property acquired from a decedent. Taxact com It is acquired from a related person. Taxact com Related persons. Taxact com   Related persons are described under Related persons earlier. Taxact com However, to determine whether property qualifies for the section 179 deduction, treat as an individual's family only his or her spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants and substitute "50%" for "10%" each place it appears. Taxact com Example. Taxact com Ken Larch is a tailor. Taxact com He bought two industrial sewing machines from his father. Taxact com He placed both machines in service in the same year he bought them. Taxact com They do not qualify as section 179 property because Ken and his father are related persons. Taxact com He cannot claim a section 179 deduction for the cost of these machines. Taxact com What Property Does Not Qualify? Certain property does not qualify for the section 179 deduction. Taxact com This includes the following. Taxact com Land and Improvements Land and land improvements do not qualify as section 179 property. Taxact com Land improvements include swimming pools, paved parking areas, wharves, docks, bridges, and fences. Taxact com Excepted Property Even if the requirements explained earlier under What Property Qualifies are met, you cannot elect the section 179 deduction for the following property. Taxact com Certain property you lease to others (if you are a noncorporate lessor). Taxact com Certain property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with the furnishing of lodging. Taxact com Air conditioning or heating units. Taxact com Property used predominantly outside the United States, except property described in section 168(g)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Taxact com Property used by certain tax-exempt organizations, except property used in connection with the production of income subject to the tax on unrelated trade or business income. Taxact com Property used by governmental units or foreign persons or entities, except property used under a lease with a term of less than 6 months. Taxact com Leased property. Taxact com   Generally, you cannot claim a section 179 deduction based on the cost of property you lease to someone else. Taxact com This rule does not apply to corporations. Taxact com However, you can claim a section 179 deduction for the cost of the following property. Taxact com Property you manufacture or produce and lease to others. Taxact com Property you purchase and lease to others if both the following tests are met. Taxact com The term of the lease (including options to renew) is less than 50% of the property's class life. Taxact com For the first 12 months after the property is transferred to the lessee, the total business deductions you are allowed on the property (other than rents and reimbursed amounts) are more than 15% of the rental income from the property. Taxact com Property used for lodging. Taxact com   Generally, you cannot claim a section 179 deduction for property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with the furnishing of lodging. Taxact com However, this does not apply to the following types of property. Taxact com Nonlodging commercial facilities that are available to those not using the lodging facilities on the same basis as they are available to those using the lodging facilities. Taxact com Property used by a hotel or motel in connection with the trade or business of furnishing lodging where the predominant portion of the accommodations is used by transients. Taxact com Any certified historic structure to the extent its basis is due to qualified rehabilitation expenditures. Taxact com Any energy property. Taxact com Energy property. Taxact com   Energy property is property that meets the following requirements. Taxact com It is one of the following types of property. Taxact com Equipment that uses solar energy to generate electricity, to heat or cool a structure, to provide hot water for use in a structure, or to provide solar process heat, except for equipment used to generate energy to heat a swimming pool. Taxact com Equipment placed in service after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2017, that uses solar energy to illuminate the inside of a structure using fiber-optic distributed sunlight. Taxact com Equipment used to produce, distribute, or use energy derived from a geothermal deposit. Taxact com For electricity generated by geothermal power, this includes equipment up to (but not including) the electrical transmission stage. Taxact com Qualified fuel cell property or qualified microturbine property placed in service after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2017. Taxact com The construction, reconstruction, or erection of the property must be completed by you. Taxact com For property you acquire, the original use of the property must begin with you. Taxact com The property must meet the performance and quality standards, if any, prescribed by Income Tax Regulations in effect at the time you get the property. Taxact com   For periods before February 14, 2008, energy property does not include any property that is public utility property as defined by section 46(f)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code (as in effect on November 4, 1990). Taxact com How Much Can You Deduct? Your section 179 deduction is generally the cost of the qualifying property. Taxact com However, the total amount you can elect to deduct under section 179 is subject to a dollar limit and a business income limit. Taxact com These limits apply to each taxpayer, not to each business. Taxact com However, see Married Individuals under Dollar Limits , later. Taxact com For a passenger automobile, the total section 179 deduction and depreciation deduction are limited. Taxact com See Do the Passenger Automobile Limits Apply in chapter 5 . Taxact com If you deduct only part of the cost of qualifying property as a section 179 deduction, you can generally depreciate the cost you do not deduct. Taxact com Trade-in of other property. Taxact com   If you buy qualifying property with cash and a trade-in, its cost for purposes of the section 179 deduction includes only the cash you paid. Taxact com Example. Taxact com Silver Leaf, a retail bakery, traded two ovens having a total adjusted basis of $680 for a new oven costing $1,320. Taxact com They received an $800 trade-in allowance for the old ovens and paid $520 in cash for the new oven. Taxact com The bakery also traded a used van with an adjusted basis of $4,500 for a new van costing $9,000. Taxact com They received a $4,800 trade-in allowance on the used van and paid $4,200 in cash for the new van. Taxact com Only the portion of the new property's basis paid by cash qualifies for the section 179 deduction. Taxact com Therefore, Silver Leaf's qualifying costs for the section 179 deduction are $4,720 ($520 + $4,200). Taxact com Dollar Limits The total amount you can elect to deduct under section 179 for most property placed in service in 2013 generally cannot be more than $500,000. Taxact com If you acquire and place in service more than one item of qualifying property during the year, you can allocate the section 179 deduction among the items in any way, as long as the total deduction is not more than $500,000. Taxact com You do not have to claim the full $500,000. Taxact com Qualified real property (described earlier) that you elected to treat as section 179 real property is limited to $250,000 of the maximum deduction of $500,000 for 2013. Taxact com The amount you can elect to deduct is not affected if you place qualifying property in service in a short tax year or if you place qualifying property in service for only a part of a 12-month tax year. Taxact com After you apply the dollar limit to determine a tentative deduction, you must apply the business income limit (described later) to determine your actual section 179 deduction. Taxact com Example. Taxact com In 2013, you bought and placed in service $500,000 in machinery and a $25,000 circular saw for your business. Taxact com You elect to deduct $475,000 for the machinery and the entire $25,000 for the saw, a total of $500,000. Taxact com This is the maximum amount you can deduct. Taxact com Your $25,000 deduction for the saw completely recovered its cost. Taxact com Your basis for depreciation is zero. Taxact com The basis for depreciation of your machinery is $25,000. Taxact com You figure this by subtracting your $475,000 section 179 deduction for the machinery from the $500,000 cost of the machinery. Taxact com Situations affecting dollar limit. Taxact com   Under certain circumstances, the general dollar limits on the section 179 deduction may be reduced or increased or there may be additional dollar limits. Taxact com The general dollar limit is affected by any of the following situations. Taxact com The cost of your section 179 property placed in service exceeds $2,000,000. Taxact com Your business is an enterprise zone business. Taxact com You placed in service a sport utility or certain other vehicles. Taxact com You are married filing a joint or separate return. Taxact com Costs exceeding $2,000,000 If the cost of your qualifying section 179 property placed in service in a year is more than $2,000,000, you generally must reduce the dollar limit (but not below zero) by the amount of cost over $2,000,000. Taxact com If the cost of your section 179 property placed in service during 2013 is $2,500,000 or more, you cannot take a section 179 deduction. Taxact com Example. Taxact com In 2013, Jane Ash placed in service machinery costing $2,100,000. Taxact com This cost is $100,000 more than $2,000,000, so she must reduce her dollar limit to $400,000 ($500,000 − $100,000). Taxact com Enterprise Zone Businesses An increased section 179 deduction is available to enterprise zone businesses for qualified zone property placed in service during the tax year, in an empowerment zone. Taxact com For more information including the definitions of “enterprise zone business” and “qualified zone property,” see sections 1397A, 1397C, and 1397D of the Internal Revenue Code. Taxact com The dollar limit on the section 179 deduction is increased by the smaller of: $35,000, or The cost of section 179 property that is also qualified zone property placed in service before January 1, 2014 (including such property placed in service by your spouse, even if you are filing a separate return). Taxact com Note. Taxact com   You take into account only 50% (instead of 100%) of the cost of qualified zone property placed in service in a year when figuring the reduced dollar limit for costs exceeding $2,000,000 (explained earlier). Taxact com Sport Utility and Certain Other Vehicles You cannot elect to expense more than $25,000 of the cost of any heavy sport utility vehicle (SUV) and certain other vehicles placed in service during the tax year. Taxact com This rule applies to any 4-wheeled vehicle primarily designed or used to carry passengers over public streets, roads, or highways, that is rated at more than 6,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and not more than 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Taxact com However, the $25,000 limit does not apply to any vehicle: Designed to seat more than nine passengers behind the driver's seat, Equipped with a cargo area (either open or enclosed by a cap) of at least six feet in interior length that is not readily accessible from the passenger compartment, or That has an integral enclosure fully enclosing the driver compartment and load carrying device, does not have seating rearward of the driver's seat, and has no body section protruding more than 30 inches ahead of the leading edge of the windshield. Taxact com Married Individuals If you are married, how you figure your section 179 deduction depends on whether you file jointly or separately. Taxact com If you file a joint return, you and your spouse are treated as one taxpayer in determining any reduction to the dollar limit, regardless of which of you purchased the property or placed it in service. Taxact com If you and your spouse file separate returns, you are treated as one taxpayer for the dollar limit, including the reduction for costs over $2,000,000. Taxact com You must allocate the dollar limit (after any reduction) between you equally, unless you both elect a different allocation. Taxact com If the percentages elected by each of you do not total 100%, 50% will be allocated to each of you. Taxact com Example. Taxact com Jack Elm is married. Taxact com He and his wife file separate returns. Taxact com Jack bought and placed in service $2,000,000 of qualified farm machinery in 2013. Taxact com His wife has her own business, and she bought and placed in service $30,000 of qualified business equipment. Taxact com Their combined dollar limit is $470,000. Taxact com This is because they must figure the limit as if they were one taxpayer. Taxact com They reduce the $500,000 dollar limit by the $30,000 excess of their costs over $2,000,000. Taxact com They elect to allocate the $470,000 dollar limit as follows. Taxact com $446,500 ($470,000 x 95%) to Mr. Taxact com Elm's machinery. Taxact com $23,500 ($470,000 x 5%) to Mrs. Taxact com Elm's equipment. Taxact com If they did not make an election to allocate their costs in this way, they would have to allocate $235,000 ($470,000 × 50%) to each of them. Taxact com Joint return after filing separate returns. Taxact com   If you and your spouse elect to amend your separate returns by filing a joint return after the due date for filing your return, the dollar limit on the joint return is the lesser of the following amounts. Taxact com The dollar limit (after reduction for any cost of section 179 property over $2,000,000). Taxact com The total cost of section 179 property you and your spouse elected to expense on your separate returns. Taxact com Example. Taxact com The facts are the same as in the previous example except that Jack elected to deduct $30,000 of the cost of section 179 property on his separate return and his wife elected to deduct $2,000. Taxact com After the due date of their returns, they file a joint return. Taxact com Their dollar limit for the section 179 deduction is $32,000. Taxact com This is the lesser of the following amounts. Taxact com $470,000—The dollar limit less the cost of section 179 property over $2,000,000. Taxact com $32,000—The total they elected to expense on their separate returns. Taxact com Business Income Limit The total cost you can deduct each year after you apply the dollar limit is limited to the taxable income from the active conduct of any trade or business during the year. Taxact com Generally, you are considered to actively conduct a trade or business if you meaningfully participate in the management or operations of the trade or business. Taxact com Any cost not deductible in one year under section 179 because of this limit can be carried to the next year. Taxact com Special rules apply to a 2013 deduction of qualified section 179 real property that is disallowed because of the business income limit. Taxact com See Special rules for qualified section 179 property under Carryover of disallowed deduction, later. Taxact com Taxable income. Taxact com   In general, figure taxable income for this purpose by totaling the net income and losses from all trades and businesses you actively conducted during the year. Taxact com Net income or loss from a trade or business includes the following items. Taxact com Section 1231 gains (or losses). Taxact com Interest from working capital of your trade or business. Taxact com Wages, salaries, tips, or other pay earned as an employee. Taxact com For information about section 1231 gains and losses, see chapter 3 in Publication 544. Taxact com   In addition, figure taxable income without regard to any of the following. Taxact com The section 179 deduction. Taxact com The self-employment tax deduction. Taxact com Any net operating loss carryback or carryforward. Taxact com Any unreimbursed employee business expenses. Taxact com Two different taxable income limits. Taxact com   In addition to the business income limit for your section 179 deduction, you may have a taxable income limit for some other deduction. Taxact com You may have to figure the limit for this other deduction taking into account the section 179 deduction. Taxact com If so, complete the following steps. Taxact com Step Action 1 Figure taxable income without the section 179 deduction or the other deduction. Taxact com 2 Figure a hypothetical section 179 deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 1. Taxact com 3 Subtract the hypothetical section 179 deduction figured in Step 2 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. Taxact com 4 Figure a hypothetical amount for the other deduction using the amount figured in Step 3 as taxable income. Taxact com 5 Subtract the hypothetical other deduction figured in Step 4 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. Taxact com 6 Figure your actual section 179 deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 5. Taxact com 7 Subtract your actual section 179 deduction figured in Step 6 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. Taxact com 8 Figure your actual other deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 7. Taxact com Example. Taxact com On February 1, 2013, the XYZ corporation purchased and placed in service qualifying section 179 property that cost $500,000. Taxact com It elects to expense the entire $500,000 cost under section 179. Taxact com In June, the corporation gave a charitable contribution of $10,000. Taxact com A corporation's limit on charitable contributions is figured after subtracting any section 179 deduction. Taxact com The business income limit for the section 179 deduction is figured after subtracting any allowable charitable contributions. Taxact com XYZ's taxable income figured without the section 179 deduction or the deduction for charitable contributions is $520,000. Taxact com XYZ figures its section 179 deduction and its deduction for charitable contributions as follows. Taxact com Step 1– Taxable income figured without either deduction is $520,000. Taxact com Step 2– Using $520,000 as taxable income, XYZ's hypothetical section 179 deduction is $500,000. Taxact com Step 3– $20,000 ($520,000 − $500,000). Taxact com Step 4– Using $20,000 (from Step 3) as taxable income, XYZ's hypothetical charitable contribution (limited to 10% of taxable income) is $2,000. Taxact com Step 5– $518,000 ($520,000 − $2,000). Taxact com Step 6– Using $518,000 (from Step 5) as taxable income, XYZ figures the actual section 179 deduction. Taxact com Because the taxable income is at least $500,000, XYZ can take a $500,000 section 179 deduction. Taxact com Step 7– $20,000 ($520,000 − $500,000). Taxact com Step 8– Using $20,000 (from Step 7) as taxable income, XYZ's actual charitable contribution (limited to 10% of taxable income) is $2,000. Taxact com Carryover of disallowed deduction. Taxact com   You can carry over for an unlimited number of years the cost of any section 179 property you elected to expense but were unable to because of the business income limit. Taxact com This disallowed deduction amount is shown on line 13 of Form 4562. Taxact com You use the amount you carry over to determine your section 179 deduction in the next year. Taxact com Enter that amount on line 10 of your Form 4562 for the next year. Taxact com   If you place more than one property in service in a year, you can select the properties for which all or a part of the costs will be carried forward. Taxact com Your selections must be shown in your books and records. Taxact com For this purpose, treat section 179 costs allocated from a partnership or an S corporation as one item of section 179 property. Taxact com If you do not make a selection, the total carryover will be allocated equally among the properties you elected to expense for the year. Taxact com   If costs from more than one year are carried forward to a subsequent year in which only part of the total carryover can be deducted, you must deduct the costs being carried forward from the earliest year first. Taxact com Special rules for qualified section 179 real property. Taxact com   You can carry over to 2013 a 2012 deduction attributable to qualified section 179 real property that you elected to expense but were unable to take because of the business income limitation. Taxact com Any such 2012 carryover amounts that are not deducted in 2013, plus any 2013 disallowed section 179 expense deductions attributable to qualified real property, are not carried over to 2014. Taxact com Instead these amounts are treated as property placed in service on the first day of 2013 for purposes of computing depreciation (including the special depreciation allowance, if applicable). Taxact com See section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code and Notice 2013-59 for more information. Taxact com If there is a sale or other disposition of your property (including a transfer at death) before you can use the full amount of any outstanding carryover of your disallowed section 179 deduction, neither you nor the new owner can deduct any of the unused amount. Taxact com Instead, you must add it back to the property's basis. Taxact com Partnerships and Partners The section 179 deduction limits apply both to the partnership and to each partner. Taxact com The partnership determines its section 179 deduction subject to the limits. Taxact com It then allocates the deduction among its partners. Taxact com Each partner adds the amount allocated from partnerships (shown on Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. Taxact com ) to his or her nonpartnership section 179 costs and then applies the dollar limit to this total. Taxact com To determine any reduction in the dollar limit for costs over $2,000,000, the partner does not include any of the cost of section 179 property placed in service by the partnership. Taxact com After the dollar limit (reduced for any nonpartnership section 179 costs over $2,000,000) is applied, any remaining cost of the partnership and nonpartnership section 179 property is subject to the business income limit. Taxact com Partnership's taxable income. Taxact com   For purposes of the business income limit, figure the partnership's taxable income by adding together the net income and losses from all trades or businesses actively conducted by the partnership during the year. Taxact com See the Instructions for Form 1065 for information on how to figure partnership net income (or loss). Taxact com However, figure taxable income without regard to credits, tax-exempt income, the section 179 deduction, and guaranteed payments under section 707(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Taxact com Partner's share of partnership's taxable income. Taxact com   For purposes of the business income limit, the taxable income of a partner engaged in the active conduct of one or more of a partnership's trades or businesses includes his or her allocable share of taxable income derived from the partnership's active conduct of any trade or business. Taxact com Example. Taxact com In 2013, Beech Partnership placed in service section 179 property with a total cost of $2,025,000. Taxact com The partnership must reduce its dollar limit by $25,000 ($2,025,000 − $2,000,000). Taxact com Its maximum section 179 deduction is $475,000 ($500,000 − $25,000), and it elects to expense that amount. Taxact com The partnership's taxable income from the active conduct of all its trades or businesses for the year was $600,000, so it can deduct the full $475,000. Taxact com It allocates $40,000 of its section 179 deduction and $50,000 of its taxable income to Dean, one of its partners. Taxact com In addition to being a partner in Beech Partnership, Dean is also a partner in the Cedar Partnership, which allocated to him a $30,000 section 179 deduction and $35,000 of its taxable income from the active conduct of its business. Taxact com He also conducts a business as a sole proprietor and, in 2013, placed in service in that business qualifying section 179 property costing $55,000. Taxact com He had a net loss of $5,000 from that business for the year. Taxact com Dean does not have to include section 179 partnership costs to figure any reduction in his dollar limit, so his total section 179 costs for the year are not more than $2,000,000 and his dollar limit is not reduced. Taxact com His maximum section 179 deduction is $500,000. Taxact com He elects to expense all of the $70,000 in section 179 deductions allocated from the partnerships ($40,000 from Beech Partnership plus $30,000 from Cedar Partnership), plus $55,000 of his sole proprietorship's section 179 costs, and notes that information in his books and records. Taxact com However, his deduction is limited to his business taxable income of $80,000 ($50,000 from Beech Partnership, plus $35,000 from Cedar Partnership minus $5,000 loss from his sole proprietorship). Taxact com He carries over $45,000 ($125,000 − $80,000) of the elected section 179 costs to 2014. Taxact com He allocates the carryover amount to the cost of section 179 property placed in service in his sole proprietorship, and notes that allocation in his books and records. Taxact com Different tax years. Taxact com   For purposes of the business income limit, if the partner's tax year and that of the partnership differ, the partner's share of the partnership's taxable income for a tax year is generally the partner's distributive share for the partnership tax year that ends with or within the partner's tax year. Taxact com Example. Taxact com John and James Oak are equal partners in Oak Partnership. Taxact com Oak Partnership uses a tax year ending January 31. Taxact com John and James both use a tax year ending December 31. Taxact com For its tax year ending January 31, 2013, Oak Partnership's taxable income from the active conduct of its business is $80,000, of which $70,000 was earned during 2012. Taxact com John and James each include $40,000 (each partner's entire share) of partnership taxable income in computing their business income limit for the 2013 tax year. Taxact com Adjustment of partner's basis in partnership. Taxact com   A partner must reduce the basis of his or her partnership interest by the total amount of section 179 expenses allocated from the partnership even if the partner cannot currently deduct the total amount. Taxact com If the partner disposes of his or her partnership interest, the partner's basis for determining gain or loss is increased by any outstanding carryover of disallowed section 179 expenses allocated from the partnership. Taxact com Adjustment of partnership's basis in section 179 property. Taxact com   The basis of a partnership's section 179 property must be reduced by the section 179 deduction elected by the partnership. Taxact com This reduction of basis must be made even if a partner cannot deduct all or part of the section 179 deduction allocated to that partner by the partnership because of the limits. Taxact com S Corporations Generally, the rules that apply to a partnership and its partners also apply to an S corporation and its shareholders. Taxact com The deduction limits apply to an S corporation and to each shareholder. Taxact com The S corporation allocates its deduction to the shareholders who then take their section 179 deduction subject to the limits. Taxact com Figuring taxable income for an S corporation. Taxact com   To figure taxable income (or loss) from the active conduct by an S corporation of any trade or business, you total the net income and losses from all trades or businesses actively conducted by the S corporation during the year. Taxact com   To figure the net income (or loss) from a trade or business actively conducted by an S corporation, you take into account the items from that trade or business that are passed through to the shareholders and used in determining each shareholder's tax liability. Taxact com However, you do not take into account any credits, tax-exempt income, the section 179 deduction, and deductions for compensation paid to shareholder-employees. Taxact com For purposes of determining the total amount of S corporation items, treat deductions and losses as negative income. Taxact com In figuring the taxable income of an S corporation, disregard any limits on the amount of an S corporation item that must be taken into account when figuring a shareholder's taxable income. Taxact com Other Corporations A corporation's taxable income from its active conduct of any trade or business is its taxable income figured with the following changes. Taxact com It is figured before deducting the section 179 deduction, any net operating loss deduction, and special deductions (as reported on the corporation's income tax return). Taxact com It is adjusted for items of income or deduction included in the amount figured in 1, above, not derived from a trade or business actively conducted by the corporation during the tax year. Taxact com How Do You Elect the Deduction? You elect to take the section 179 deduction by completing Part I of Form 4562. Taxact com If you elect the deduction for listed property (described in chapter 5), complete Part V of Form 4562 before completing Part I. Taxact com For property placed in service in 2013, file Form 4562 with either of the following. Taxact com Your original 2013 tax return, whether or not you file it timely. Taxact com An amended return for 2013 filed within the time prescribed by law. Taxact com An election made on an amended return must specify the item of section 179 property to which the election applies and the part of the cost of each such item to be taken into account. Taxact com The amended return must also include any resulting adjustments to taxable income. Taxact com You must keep records that show the specific identification of each piece of qualifying section 179 property. Taxact com These records must show how you acquired the property, the person you acquired it from, and when you placed it in service. Taxact com Election for certain qualified section 179 real property. Taxact com   You can elect to expense certain qualified real property that you placed in service as section 179 property for tax years beginning in 2013. Taxact com If you elect to treat this property as section 179 property, you must elect the application of the special rules for qualified real property described in section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. Taxact com   To make the election, attach a statement indicating you are “electing the application of section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code” with either of the following. Taxact com Your original 2013 tax return, whether or not you file it timely. Taxact com An amended return for 2013 filed within the time prescribed by law. Taxact com The amended return must also include any adjustments to taxable income. Taxact com   The statement should indicate your election to expense certain qualified real property under section 179(f) on your return. Taxact com It must specify one or more of the three types of qualified property (described under Qualified real property ) to which the election applies, the cost of each such type, and the portion of the cost of each such property to be taken into account. Taxact com Also, report this on line 6 of Form 4562. Taxact com    The maximum section 179 expense deduction that can be taken for qualified section 179 real property is limited to $250,000. Taxact com Revoking an election. Taxact com   An election (or any specification made in the election) to take a section 179 deduction for 2013 can be revoked without IRS approval by filing an amended return. Taxact com The amended return must be filed within the time prescribed by law. Taxact com The amended return must also include any resulting adjustments to taxable income. Taxact com Once made, the revocation is irrevocable. Taxact com When Must You Recapture the Deduction? You may have to recapture the section 179 deduction if, in any year during the property's recovery period, the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less. Taxact com In the year the business use drops to 50% or less, you include the recapture amount as ordinary income in Part IV of Form 4797. Taxact com You also increase the basis of the property by the recapture amount. Taxact com Recovery periods for property are discussed under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4 . Taxact com If you sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of the property, do not figure the recapture amount under the rules explained in this discussion. Taxact com Instead, use the rules for recapturing depreciation explained in chapter 3 of Publication 544 under Section 1245 Property. Taxact com For qualified real property (described earlier), see Notice 2013-59 for determining the portion of the gain that is attributable to section 1245 property upon the sale or other disposition of qualified real property. Taxact com If the property is listed property (described in chapter 5 ), do not figure the recapture amount under the rules explained in this discussion when the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less. Taxact com Instead, use the rules for recapturing excess depreciation in chapter 5 under What Is the Business-Use Requirement. Taxact com Figuring the recapture amount. Taxact com   To figure the amount to recapture, take the following steps. Taxact com Figure the depreciation that would have been allowable on the section 179 deduction you claimed. Taxact com Begin with the year you placed the property in service and include the year of recapture. Taxact com Subtract the depreciation figured in (1) from the section 179 deduction you claimed. Taxact com The result is the amount you must recapture. Taxact com Example. Taxact com In January 2011, Paul Lamb, a calendar year taxpayer, bought and placed in service section 179 property costing $10,000. Taxact com The property is not listed property. Taxact com The property is 3-year property. Taxact com He elected a $5,000 section 179 deduction for the property and also elected not to claim a special depreciation allowance. Taxact com He used the property only for business in 2011 and 2012. Taxact com In 2013, he used the property 40% for business and 60% for personal use. Taxact com He figures his recapture amount as follows. Taxact com Section 179 deduction claimed (2011) $5,000. Taxact com 00 Minus: Allowable depreciation using Table A-1 (instead of section 179 deduction):   2011 $1,666. Taxact com 50   2012 2,222. Taxact com 50   2013 ($740. Taxact com 50 × 40% (business)) 296. Taxact com 20 4,185. Taxact com 20 2013 — Recapture amount $ 814. Taxact com 80 Paul must include $814. Taxact com 80 in income for 2013. 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Taxact com Publication 463 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminder IntroductionUsers of employer-provided vehicles. Taxact com Volunteers. Taxact com Ordering forms and publications. Taxact com Tax questions. Taxact com Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 463, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Taxact com irs. Taxact com gov/pub463. Taxact com What's New Standard mileage rate. Taxact com  For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car for business use is 56½ cents per mile. Taxact com Car expenses and use of the standard mileage rate are explained in chapter 4. Taxact com Depreciation limits on cars, trucks, and vans. Taxact com  For 2013, the first-year limit on the total depreciation deduction for cars remains at $11,160 ($3,160 if you elect not to claim the special depreciation allowance). Taxact com For trucks and vans the first-year limit remains at $11,360 ($3,360 if you elect not to claim the special depreciation allowance). Taxact com Depreciation limits are explained in chapter 4. Taxact com Section 179 deduction. Taxact com  For 2013, the section 179 deduction limit on qualifying property purchases (including cars, trucks, and vans) is a total of $500,000 and the limit on those purchases at which the deduction begins to be phased out is $2,000,000. Taxact com Section 179 Deduction is explained in chapter 4. Taxact com Special depreciation allowance. Taxact com  For 2013, the special (“bonus”) depreciation allowance on qualified property (including cars, trucks, and vans) remains at 50%. Taxact com Special Depreciation Allowance is explained in chapter 4. Taxact com Reminder Photographs of missing children. Taxact com  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Taxact com Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Taxact com You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Taxact com Per diem rates. Taxact com  The IRS no longer updates Publication 1542, Per Diem Rates (For Travel Within the Continental United States). Taxact com Instead, current per diem rates may be found on the U. Taxact com S. Taxact com General Services Administration (GSA) website at www. Taxact com gsa. Taxact com gov/perdiem. Taxact com Introduction You may be able to deduct the ordinary and necessary business-related expenses you have for: Travel, Entertainment, Gifts, or Transportation. Taxact com An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your trade or business. Taxact com A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your business. Taxact com An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. Taxact com This publication explains: What expenses are deductible, How to report them on your return, What records you need to prove your expenses, and How to treat any expense reimbursements you may receive. Taxact com Who should use this publication. Taxact com   You should read this publication if you are an employee or a sole proprietor who has business-related travel, entertainment, gift, or transportation expenses. Taxact com Users of employer-provided vehicles. Taxact com   If an employer-provided vehicle was available for your use, you received a fringe benefit. Taxact com Generally, your employer must include the value of the use or availability of the vehicle in your income. Taxact com However, there are exceptions if the use of the vehicle qualifies as a working condition fringe benefit (such as the use of a qualified nonpersonal use vehicle). Taxact com   A working condition fringe benefit is any property or service provided to you by your employer for which you could deduct the cost as an employee business expense if you had paid for it. Taxact com   A qualified nonpersonal use vehicle is one that is not likely to be used more than minimally for personal purposes because of its design. Taxact com See Qualified nonpersonal use vehicles under Actual Car Expenses in chapter 4. Taxact com   For information on how to report your car expenses that your employer did not provide or reimburse you for (such as when you pay for gas and maintenance for a car your employer provides), see Vehicle Provided by Your Employer in chapter 6. Taxact com Who does not need to use this publication. Taxact com   Partnerships, corporations, trusts, and employers who reimburse their employees for business expenses should refer to their tax form instructions and chapter 11 of Publication 535, Business Expenses, for information on deducting travel, meals, and entertainment expenses. Taxact com   If you are an employee, you will not need to read this publication if all of the following are true. Taxact com You fully accounted to your employer for your work-related expenses. Taxact com You received full reimbursement for your expenses. Taxact com Your employer required you to return any excess reimbursement and you did so. Taxact com There is no amount shown with a code “L” in box 12 of your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Taxact com If you meet all of these conditions, there is no need to show the expenses or the reimbursements on your return. Taxact com If you would like more information on reimbursements and accounting to your employer, see chapter 6 . Taxact com    If you meet these conditions and your employer included reimbursements on your Form W-2 in error, ask your employer for a corrected Form W-2. Taxact com Volunteers. Taxact com   If you perform services as a volunteer worker for a qualified charity, you may be able to deduct some of your costs as a charitable contribution. Taxact com See Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services in Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, for information on the expenses you can deduct. Taxact com Comments and suggestions. Taxact com   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Taxact com   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. Taxact com NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Taxact com Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Taxact com   You can send your comments from www. Taxact com irs. Taxact com gov/formspubs/. Taxact com Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. Taxact com ”   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. Taxact com Ordering forms and publications. Taxact com   Visit www. Taxact com irs. Taxact com gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Taxact com Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Taxact com Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. Taxact com   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. Taxact com gov or call 1-800-829-1040. Taxact com We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. Taxact com Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 225 Farmer's Tax Guide 529 Miscellaneous Deductions 535 Business Expenses 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) Net Profit From Business Schedule F (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Farming 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses 4562 Depreciation and Amortization See chapter 7, How To Get Tax Help , for information about getting these publications and forms. Taxact com Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications