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Turbo tax free military 2. Turbo tax free military   Depreciation of Rental Property Table of Contents The BasicsWhat Rental Property Can Be Depreciated? When Does Depreciation Begin and End? Depreciation Methods Basis of Depreciable Property Claiming the Special Depreciation Allowance MACRS DepreciationDepreciation Systems Property Classes Under GDS Recovery Periods Under GDS Conventions Figuring Your Depreciation Deduction Figuring MACRS Depreciation Under ADS Claiming the Correct Amount of Depreciation You recover the cost of income producing property through yearly tax deductions. Turbo tax free military You do this by depreciating the property; that is, by deducting some of the cost each year on your tax return. Turbo tax free military Three factors determine how much depreciation you can deduct each year: (1) your basis in the property, (2) the recovery period for the property, and (3) the depreciation method used. Turbo tax free military You cannot simply deduct your mortgage or principal payments, or the cost of furniture, fixtures and equipment, as an expense. Turbo tax free military You can deduct depreciation only on the part of your property used for rental purposes. Turbo tax free military Depreciation reduces your basis for figuring gain or loss on a later sale or exchange. Turbo tax free military You may have to use Form 4562 to figure and report your depreciation. Turbo tax free military See Which Forms To Use in chapter 3. Turbo tax free military Also see Publication 946. Turbo tax free military Section 179 deduction. Turbo tax free military   The section 179 deduction is a means of recovering part or all of the cost of certain qualifying property in the year you place the property in service. Turbo tax free military This deduction is not allowed for property used in connection with residential rental property. Turbo tax free military See chapter 2 of Publication 946. Turbo tax free military Alternative minimum tax (AMT). Turbo tax free military   If you use accelerated depreciation, you may be subject to the AMT. Turbo tax free military Accelerated depreciation allows you to deduct more depreciation earlier in the recovery period than you could deduct using a straight line method (same deduction each year). Turbo tax free military   The prescribed depreciation methods for rental real estate are not accelerated, so the depreciation deduction is not adjusted for the AMT. Turbo tax free military However, accelerated methods are generally used for other property connected with rental activities (for example, appliances and wall-to-wall carpeting). Turbo tax free military   To find out if you are subject to the AMT, see the Instructions for Form 6251. Turbo tax free military The Basics The following section discusses the information you will need to have about the rental property and the decisions to be made before figuring your depreciation deduction. Turbo tax free military What Rental Property Can Be Depreciated? You can depreciate your property if it meets all the following requirements. Turbo tax free military You own the property. Turbo tax free military You use the property in your business or income-producing activity (such as rental property). Turbo tax free military The property has a determinable useful life. Turbo tax free military The property is expected to last more than one year. Turbo tax free military Property you own. Turbo tax free military   To claim depreciation, you usually must be the owner of the property. Turbo tax free military You are considered as owning property even if it is subject to a debt. Turbo tax free military Rented property. Turbo tax free military   Generally, if you pay rent for property, you cannot depreciate that property. Turbo tax free military Usually, only the owner can depreciate it. Turbo tax free military However, if you make permanent improvements to leased property, you may be able to depreciate the improvements. Turbo tax free military See Additions or improvements to property , later in this chapter, under Recovery Periods Under GDS. Turbo tax free military Cooperative apartments. Turbo tax free military   If you are a tenant-stockholder in a cooperative housing corporation and rent your cooperative apartment to others, you can deduct depreciation on your stock in the corporation. Turbo tax free military See chapter 4, Special Situations. Turbo tax free military Property having a determinable useful life. Turbo tax free military   To be depreciable, your property must have a determinable useful life. Turbo tax free military This means that it must be something that wears out, decays, gets used up, becomes obsolete, or loses its value from natural causes. Turbo tax free military What Rental Property Cannot Be Depreciated? Certain property cannot be depreciated. Turbo tax free military This includes land and certain excepted property. Turbo tax free military Land. Turbo tax free military   You cannot depreciate the cost of land because land generally does not wear out, become obsolete, or get used up. Turbo tax free military But if it does, the loss is accounted for upon disposition. Turbo tax free military The costs of clearing, grading, planting, and landscaping are usually all part of the cost of land and cannot be depreciated. Turbo tax free military   Although you cannot depreciate land, you can depreciate certain land preparation costs, such as landscaping costs, incurred in preparing land for business use. Turbo tax free military These costs must be so closely associated with other depreciable property that you can determine a life for them along with the life of the associated property. Turbo tax free military Example. Turbo tax free military You built a new house to use as a rental and paid for grading, clearing, seeding, and planting bushes and trees. Turbo tax free military Some of the bushes and trees were planted right next to the house, while others were planted around the outer border of the lot. Turbo tax free military If you replace the house, you would have to destroy the bushes and trees right next to it. Turbo tax free military These bushes and trees are closely associated with the house, so they have a determinable useful life. Turbo tax free military Therefore, you can depreciate them. Turbo tax free military Add your other land preparation costs to the basis of your land because they have no determinable life and you cannot depreciate them. Turbo tax free military Excepted property. Turbo tax free military   Even if the property meets all the requirements listed earlier under What Rental Property Can Be Depreciated , you cannot depreciate the following property. Turbo tax free military Property placed in service and disposed of (or taken out of business use) in the same year. Turbo tax free military Equipment used to build capital improvements. Turbo tax free military You must add otherwise allowable depreciation on the equipment during the period of construction to the basis of your improvements. Turbo tax free military For more information, see chapter 1 of Publication 946. Turbo tax free military When Does Depreciation Begin and End? You begin to depreciate your rental property when you place it in service for the production of income. Turbo tax free military You stop depreciating it either when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis, or when you retire it from service, whichever happens first. Turbo tax free military Placed in Service You place property in service in a rental activity when it is ready and available for a specific use in that activity. Turbo tax free military Even if you are not using the property, it is in service when it is ready and available for its specific use. Turbo tax free military Example 1. Turbo tax free military On November 22 of last year, you purchased a dishwasher for your rental property. Turbo tax free military The appliance was delivered on December 7, but was not installed and ready for use until January 3 of this year. Turbo tax free military Because the dishwasher was not ready for use last year, it is not considered placed in service until this year. Turbo tax free military If the appliance had been installed and ready for use when it was delivered in December of last year, it would have been considered placed in service in December, even if it was not actually used until this year. Turbo tax free military Example 2. Turbo tax free military On April 6, you purchased a house to use as residential rental property. Turbo tax free military You made extensive repairs to the house and had it ready for rent on July 5. Turbo tax free military You began to advertise the house for rent in July and actually rented it beginning September 1. Turbo tax free military The house is considered placed in service in July when it was ready and available for rent. Turbo tax free military You can begin to depreciate the house in July. Turbo tax free military Example 3. Turbo tax free military You moved from your home in July. Turbo tax free military During August and September you made several repairs to the house. Turbo tax free military On October 1, you listed the property for rent with a real estate company, which rented it on December 1. Turbo tax free military The property is considered placed in service on October 1, the date when it was available for rent. Turbo tax free military Conversion to business use. Turbo tax free military   If you place property in service in a personal activity, you cannot claim depreciation. Turbo tax free military However, if you change the property's use to business or the production of income, you can begin to depreciate it at the time of the change. Turbo tax free military You place the property in service for business or income-producing use on the date of the change. Turbo tax free military Example. Turbo tax free military You bought a house and used it as your personal home several years before you converted it to rental property. Turbo tax free military Although its specific use was personal and no depreciation was allowable, you placed the home in service when you began using it as your home. Turbo tax free military You can begin to claim depreciation in the year you converted it to rental property because at that time its use changed to the production of income. Turbo tax free military Idle Property Continue to claim a deduction for depreciation on property used in your rental activity even if it is temporarily idle (not in use). Turbo tax free military For example, if you must make repairs after a tenant moves out, you still depreciate the rental property during the time it is not available for rent. Turbo tax free military Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered You must stop depreciating property when the total of your yearly depreciation deductions equals your cost or other basis of your property. Turbo tax free military For this purpose, your yearly depreciation deductions include any depreciation that you were allowed to claim, even if you did not claim it. Turbo tax free military See Basis of Depreciable Property , later. Turbo tax free military Retired From Service You stop depreciating property when you retire it from service, even if you have not fully recovered its cost or other basis. Turbo tax free military You retire property from service when you permanently withdraw it from use in a trade or business or from use in the production of income because of any of the following events. Turbo tax free military You sell or exchange the property. Turbo tax free military You convert the property to personal use. Turbo tax free military You abandon the property. Turbo tax free military The property is destroyed. Turbo tax free military Depreciation Methods Generally, you must use the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) to depreciate residential rental property placed in service after 1986. Turbo tax free military If you placed rental property in service before 1987, you are using one of the following methods. Turbo tax free military ACRS (Accelerated Cost Recovery System) for property placed in service after 1980 but before 1987. Turbo tax free military Straight line or declining balance method over the useful life of property placed in service before 1981. Turbo tax free military See MACRS Depreciation , later, for more information. Turbo tax free military Rental property placed in service before 2013. Turbo tax free military   Continue to use the same method of figuring depreciation that you used in the past. Turbo tax free military Use of real property changed. Turbo tax free military   Generally, you must use MACRS to depreciate real property that you acquired for personal use before 1987 and changed to business or income-producing use after 1986. Turbo tax free military This includes your residence that you changed to rental use. Turbo tax free military See Property Owned or Used in 1986 in Publication 946, chapter 1, for those situations in which MACRS is not allowed. Turbo tax free military Improvements made after 1986. Turbo tax free military   Treat an improvement made after 1986 to property you placed in service before 1987 as separate depreciable property. Turbo tax free military As a result, you can depreciate that improvement as separate property under MACRS if it is the type of property that otherwise qualifies for MACRS depreciation. Turbo tax free military For more information about improvements, see Additions or improvements to property , later in this chapter under Recovery Periods Under GDS. Turbo tax free military This publication discusses MACRS depreciation only. Turbo tax free military If you need information about depreciating property placed in service before 1987, see Publication 534. Turbo tax free military Basis of Depreciable Property The basis of property used in a rental activity is generally its adjusted basis when you place it in service in that activity. Turbo tax free military This is its cost or other basis when you acquired it, adjusted for certain items occurring before you place it in service in the rental activity. Turbo tax free military If you depreciate your property under MACRS, you may also have to reduce your basis by certain deductions and credits with respect to the property. Turbo tax free military Basis and adjusted basis are explained in the following discussions. Turbo tax free military If you used the property for personal purposes before changing it to rental use, its basis for depreciation is the lesser of its adjusted basis or its fair market value when you change it to rental use. Turbo tax free military See Basis of Property Changed to Rental Use in chapter 4. Turbo tax free military Cost Basis The basis of property you buy is usually its cost. Turbo tax free military The cost is the amount you pay for it in cash, in debt obligation, in other property, or in services. Turbo tax free military Your cost also includes amounts you pay for: Sales tax charged on the purchase (but see Exception next), Freight charges to obtain the property, and Installation and testing charges. Turbo tax free military Exception. Turbo tax free military   If you deducted state and local general sales taxes as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), do not include those sales taxes as part of your cost basis. Turbo tax free military Such taxes were deductible before 1987 and after 2003. Turbo tax free military Loans with low or no interest. Turbo tax free military   If you buy property on any time-payment plan that charges little or no interest, the basis of your property is your stated purchase price, less the amount considered to be unstated interest. Turbo tax free military See Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537, Installment Sales. Turbo tax free military Real property. Turbo tax free military   If you buy real property, such as a building and land, certain fees and other expenses you pay are part of your cost basis in the property. Turbo tax free military Real estate taxes. Turbo tax free military   If you buy real property and agree to pay real estate taxes on it that were owed by the seller and the seller does not reimburse you, the taxes you pay are treated as part of your basis in the property. Turbo tax free military You cannot deduct them as taxes paid. Turbo tax free military   If you reimburse the seller for real estate taxes the seller paid for you, you can usually deduct that amount. Turbo tax free military Do not include that amount in your basis in the property. Turbo tax free military Settlement fees and other costs. Turbo tax free military   The following settlement fees and closing costs for buying the property are part of your basis in the property. Turbo tax free military Abstract fees. Turbo tax free military Charges for installing utility services. Turbo tax free military Legal fees. Turbo tax free military Recording fees. Turbo tax free military Surveys. Turbo tax free military Transfer taxes. Turbo tax free military Title insurance. Turbo tax free military Any amounts the seller owes that you agree to pay, such as back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, charges for improvements or repairs, and sales commissions. Turbo tax free military   The following are settlement fees and closing costs you cannot include in your basis in the property. Turbo tax free military Fire insurance premiums. Turbo tax free military Rent or other charges relating to occupancy of the property before closing. Turbo tax free military Charges connected with getting or refinancing a loan, such as: Points (discount points, loan origination fees), Mortgage insurance premiums, Loan assumption fees, Cost of a credit report, and Fees for an appraisal required by a lender. Turbo tax free military   Also, do not include amounts placed in escrow for the future payment of items such as taxes and insurance. Turbo tax free military Assumption of a mortgage. Turbo tax free military   If you buy property and become liable for an existing mortgage on the property, your basis is the amount you pay for the property plus the amount remaining to be paid on the mortgage. Turbo tax free military Example. Turbo tax free military You buy a building for $60,000 cash and assume a mortgage of $240,000 on it. Turbo tax free military Your basis is $300,000. Turbo tax free military Separating cost of land and buildings. Turbo tax free military   If you buy buildings and your cost includes the cost of the land on which they stand, you must divide the cost between the land and the buildings to figure the basis for depreciation of the buildings. Turbo tax free military The part of the cost that you allocate to each asset is the ratio of the fair market value of that asset to the fair market value of the whole property at the time you buy it. Turbo tax free military   If you are not certain of the fair market values of the land and the buildings, you can divide the cost between them based on their assessed values for real estate tax purposes. Turbo tax free military Example. Turbo tax free military You buy a house and land for $200,000. Turbo tax free military The purchase contract does not specify how much of the purchase price is for the house and how much is for the land. Turbo tax free military The latest real estate tax assessment on the property was based on an assessed value of $160,000, of which $136,000 was for the house and $24,000 was for the land. Turbo tax free military You can allocate 85% ($136,000 ÷ $160,000) of the purchase price to the house and 15% ($24,000 ÷ $160,000) of the purchase price to the land. Turbo tax free military Your basis in the house is $170,000 (85% of $200,000) and your basis in the land is $30,000 (15% of $200,000). Turbo tax free military Basis Other Than Cost You cannot use cost as a basis for property that you received: In return for services you performed; In an exchange for other property; As a gift; From your spouse, or from your former spouse as the result of a divorce; or As an inheritance. Turbo tax free military If you received property in one of these ways, see Publication 551 for information on how to figure your basis. Turbo tax free military Adjusted Basis To figure your property's basis for depreciation, you may have to make certain adjustments (increases and decreases) to the basis of the property for events occurring between the time you acquired the property and the time you placed it in service for business or the production of income. Turbo tax free military The result of these adjustments to the basis is the adjusted basis. Turbo tax free military Increases to basis. Turbo tax free military   You must increase the basis of any property by the cost of all items properly added to a capital account. Turbo tax free military These include the following. Turbo tax free military The cost of any additions or improvements made before placing your property into service as a rental that have a useful life of more than 1 year. Turbo tax free military Amounts spent after a casualty to restore the damaged property. Turbo tax free military The cost of extending utility service lines to the property. Turbo tax free military Legal fees, such as the cost of defending and perfecting title, or settling zoning issues. Turbo tax free military Additions or improvements. Turbo tax free military   Add to the basis of your property the amount an addition or improvement actually cost you, including any amount you borrowed to make the addition or improvement. Turbo tax free military This includes all direct costs, such as material and labor, but does not include your own labor. Turbo tax free military It also includes all expenses related to the addition or improvement. Turbo tax free military   For example, if you had an architect draw up plans for remodeling your property, the architect's fee is a part of the cost of the remodeling. Turbo tax free military Or, if you had your lot surveyed to put up a fence, the cost of the survey is a part of the cost of the fence. Turbo tax free military   Keep separate accounts for depreciable additions or improvements made after you place the property in service in your rental activity. Turbo tax free military For information on depreciating additions or improvements, see Additions or improvements to property , later in this chapter, under Recovery Periods Under GDS. Turbo tax free military    The cost of landscaping improvements is usually treated as an addition to the basis of the land, which is not depreciable. Turbo tax free military However, see What Rental Property Cannot Be Depreciated, earlier. Turbo tax free military Assessments for local improvements. Turbo tax free military   Assessments for items which tend to increase the value of property, such as streets and sidewalks, must be added to the basis of the property. Turbo tax free military For example, if your city installs curbing on the street in front of your house, and assesses you and your neighbors for its cost, you must add the assessment to the basis of your property. Turbo tax free military Also add the cost of legal fees paid to obtain a decrease in an assessment levied against property to pay for local improvements. Turbo tax free military You cannot deduct these items as taxes or depreciate them. Turbo tax free military    However, you can deduct as taxes, charges or assessments for maintenance, repairs, or interest charges related to the improvements. Turbo tax free military Do not add them to your basis in the property. Turbo tax free military Deducting vs. Turbo tax free military capitalizing costs. Turbo tax free military   Do not add to your basis costs you can deduct as current expenses. Turbo tax free military However, there are certain costs you can choose either to deduct or to capitalize. Turbo tax free military If you capitalize these costs, include them in your basis. Turbo tax free military If you deduct them, do not include them in your basis. Turbo tax free military   The costs you may choose to deduct or capitalize include carrying charges, such as interest and taxes, that you must pay to own property. Turbo tax free military   For more information about deducting or capitalizing costs and how to make the election, see Carrying Charges in Publication 535, chapter 7. Turbo tax free military Decreases to basis. Turbo tax free military   You must decrease the basis of your property by any items that represent a return of your cost. Turbo tax free military These include the following. Turbo tax free military Insurance or other payment you receive as the result of a casualty or theft loss. Turbo tax free military Casualty loss not covered by insurance for which you took a deduction. Turbo tax free military Amount(s) you receive for granting an easement. Turbo tax free military Residential energy credits you were allowed before 1986, or after 2005, if you added the cost of the energy items to the basis of your home. Turbo tax free military Exclusion from income of subsidies for energy conservation measures. Turbo tax free military Special depreciation allowance claimed on qualified property. Turbo tax free military Depreciation you deducted, or could have deducted, on your tax returns under the method of depreciation you chose. Turbo tax free military If you did not deduct enough or deducted too much in any year, see Depreciation under Decreases to Basis in Publication 551. Turbo tax free military   If your rental property was previously used as your main home, you must also decrease the basis by the following. Turbo tax free military Gain you postponed from the sale of your main home before May 7, 1997, if the replacement home was converted to your rental property. Turbo tax free military District of Columbia first-time homebuyer credit allowed on the purchase of your main home after August 4, 1997 and before January 1, 2012. Turbo tax free military Amount of qualified principal residence indebtedness discharged on or after January 1, 2007. Turbo tax free military Claiming the Special Depreciation Allowance For 2013, your residential rental property may qualify for a special depreciation allowance. Turbo tax free military This allowance is figured before you figure your regular depreciation deduction. Turbo tax free military See Publication 946, chapter 3, for details. Turbo tax free military Also see the Instructions for Form 4562, Line 14. Turbo tax free military If you qualify for, but choose not to take, a special depreciation allowance, you must attach a statement to your return. Turbo tax free military The details of this election are in Publication 946, chapter 3, and the Instructions for Form 4562, Line 14. Turbo tax free military MACRS Depreciation Most business and investment property placed in service after 1986 is depreciated using MACRS. Turbo tax free military This section explains how to determine which MACRS depreciation system applies to your property. Turbo tax free military It also discusses other information you need to know before you can figure depreciation under MACRS. Turbo tax free military This information includes the property's: Recovery class, Applicable recovery period, Convention, Placed-in-service date, Basis for depreciation, and Depreciation method. Turbo tax free military Depreciation Systems MACRS consists of two systems that determine how you depreciate your property—the General Depreciation System (GDS) and the Alternative Depreciation System (ADS). Turbo tax free military You must use GDS unless you are specifically required by law to use ADS or you elect to use ADS. Turbo tax free military Excluded Property You cannot use MACRS for certain personal property (such as furniture or appliances) placed in service in your rental property in 2013 if it had been previously placed in service before 1987 when MACRS became effective. Turbo tax free military In most cases, personal property is excluded from MACRS if you (or a person related to you) owned or used it in 1986 or if your tenant is a person (or someone related to the person) who owned or used it in 1986. Turbo tax free military However, the property is not excluded if your 2013 deduction under MACRS (using a half-year convention) is less than the deduction you would have under ACRS. Turbo tax free military For more information, see What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property? in Publication 946, chapter 1. Turbo tax free military Electing ADS If you choose, you can use the ADS method for most property. Turbo tax free military Under ADS, you use the straight line method of depreciation. Turbo tax free military The election of ADS for one item in a class of property generally applies to all property in that class that is placed in service during the tax year of the election. Turbo tax free military However, the election applies on a property-by-property basis for residential rental property and nonresidential real property. Turbo tax free military If you choose to use ADS for your residential rental property, the election must be made in the first year the property is placed in service. Turbo tax free military Once you make this election, you can never revoke it. Turbo tax free military For property placed in service during 2013, you make the election to use ADS by entering the depreciation on Form 4562, Part III, Section C, line 20c. Turbo tax free military Property Classes Under GDS Each item of property that can be depreciated under MACRS is assigned to a property class, determined by its class life. Turbo tax free military The property class generally determines the depreciation method, recovery period, and convention. Turbo tax free military The property classes under GDS are: 3-year property, 5-year property, 7-year property, 10-year property, 15-year property, 20-year property, Nonresidential real property, and Residential rental property. Turbo tax free military Under MACRS, property that you placed in service during 2013 in your rental activities generally falls into one of the following classes. Turbo tax free military 5-year property. Turbo tax free military This class includes computers and peripheral equipment, office machinery (typewriters, calculators, copiers, etc. Turbo tax free military ), automobiles, and light trucks. Turbo tax free military This class also includes appliances, carpeting, furniture, etc. Turbo tax free military , used in a residential rental real estate activity. Turbo tax free military Depreciation on automobiles, other property used for transportation, computers and related peripheral equipment, and property of a type generally used for entertainment, recreation, or amusement is limited. Turbo tax free military See chapter 5 of Publication 946. Turbo tax free military 7-year property. Turbo tax free military This class includes office furniture and equipment (desks, file cabinets, etc. Turbo tax free military ). Turbo tax free military This class also includes any property that does not have a class life and that has not been designated by law as being in any other class. Turbo tax free military 15-year property. Turbo tax free military This class includes roads, fences, and shrubbery (if depreciable). Turbo tax free military Residential rental property. Turbo tax free military This class includes any real property that is a rental building or structure (including a mobile home) for which 80% or more of the gross rental income for the tax year is from dwelling units. Turbo tax free military It does not include a unit in a hotel, motel, inn, or other establishment where more than half of the units are used on a transient basis. Turbo tax free military If you live in any part of the building or structure, the gross rental income includes the fair rental value of the part you live in. Turbo tax free military The other property classes do not generally apply to property used in rental activities. Turbo tax free military These classes are not discussed in this publication. Turbo tax free military See Publication 946 for more information. Turbo tax free military Recovery Periods Under GDS The recovery period of property is the number of years over which you recover its cost or other basis. Turbo tax free military The recovery periods are generally longer under ADS than GDS. Turbo tax free military The recovery period of property depends on its property class. Turbo tax free military Under GDS, the recovery period of an asset is generally the same as its property class. Turbo tax free military Class lives and recovery periods for most assets are listed in Appendix B of Publication 946. Turbo tax free military See Table 2-1 for recovery periods of property commonly used in residential rental activities. Turbo tax free military Qualified Indian reservation property. Turbo tax free military   Shorter recovery periods are provided under MACRS for qualified Indian reservation property placed in service on Indian reservations. Turbo tax free military For more information, see chapter 4 of Publication 946. Turbo tax free military Additions or improvements to property. Turbo tax free military   Treat additions or improvements you make to your depreciable rental property as separate property items for depreciation purposes. Turbo tax free military   The property class and recovery period of the addition or improvement is the one that would apply to the original property if you had placed it in service at the same time as the addition or improvement. Turbo tax free military   The recovery period for an addition or improvement to property begins on the later of: The date the addition or improvement is placed in service, or The date the property to which the addition or improvement was made is placed in service. Turbo tax free military Example. Turbo tax free military You own a residential rental house that you have been renting since 1986 and depreciating under ACRS. Turbo tax free military You built an addition onto the house and placed it in service in 2013. Turbo tax free military You must use MACRS for the addition. Turbo tax free military Under GDS, the addition is depreciated as residential rental property over 27. Turbo tax free military 5 years. Turbo tax free military Table 2-1. Turbo tax free military MACRS Recovery Periods for Property Used in Rental Activities   MACRS Recovery Period   Type of Property General Depreciation System Alternative Depreciation System   Computers and their peripheral equipment 5 years 5 years   Office machinery, such as: Typewriters Calculators Copiers 5 years 6 years   Automobiles 5 years 5 years   Light trucks 5 years 5 years   Appliances, such as: Stoves Refrigerators 5 years 9 years   Carpets 5 years 9 years   Furniture used in rental property 5 years 9 years   Office furniture and equipment, such as: Desks Files 7 years 10 years   Any property that does not have a class life and that has not been designated by law as being in any other class 7 years 12 years   Roads 15 years 20 years   Shrubbery 15 years 20 years   Fences 15 years 20 years   Residential rental property (buildings or structures) and structural components such as furnaces, waterpipes, venting, etc. Turbo tax free military 27. Turbo tax free military 5 years 40 years   Additions and improvements, such as a new roof The same recovery period as that of the property to which the addition or improvement is made, determined as if the property were placed in service at the same time as the addition or improvement. Turbo tax free military   Conventions A convention is a method established under MACRS to set the beginning and end of the recovery period. Turbo tax free military The convention you use determines the number of months for which you can claim depreciation in the year you place property in service and in the year you dispose of the property. Turbo tax free military Mid-month convention. Turbo tax free military    A mid-month convention is used for all residential rental property and nonresidential real property. Turbo tax free military Under this convention, you treat all property placed in service, or disposed of, during any month as placed in service, or disposed of, at the midpoint of that month. Turbo tax free military Mid-quarter convention. Turbo tax free military   A mid-quarter convention must be used if the mid-month convention does not apply and the total depreciable basis of MACRS property placed in service in the last 3 months of a tax year (excluding nonresidential real property, residential rental property, and property placed in service and disposed of in the same year) is more than 40% of the total basis of all such property you place in service during the year. Turbo tax free military   Under this convention, you treat all property placed in service, or disposed of, during any quarter of a tax year as placed in service, or disposed of, at the midpoint of the quarter. Turbo tax free military Example. Turbo tax free military During the tax year, Tom Martin purchased the following items to use in his rental property. Turbo tax free military He elects not to claim the special depreciation allowance discussed earlier. Turbo tax free military A dishwasher for $400 that he placed in service in January. Turbo tax free military Used furniture for $100 that he placed in service in September. Turbo tax free military A refrigerator for $800 that he placed in service in October. Turbo tax free military Tom uses the calendar year as his tax year. Turbo tax free military The total basis of all property placed in service that year is $1,300. Turbo tax free military The $800 basis of the refrigerator placed in service during the last 3 months of his tax year exceeds $520 (40% × $1,300). Turbo tax free military Tom must use the mid-quarter convention instead of the half-year convention for all three items. Turbo tax free military Half-year convention. Turbo tax free military    The half-year convention is used if neither the mid-quarter convention nor the mid-month convention applies. Turbo tax free military Under this convention, you treat all property placed in service, or disposed of, during a tax year as placed in service, or disposed of, at the midpoint of that tax year. Turbo tax free military   If this convention applies, you deduct a half year of depreciation for the first year and the last year that you depreciate the property. Turbo tax free military You deduct a full year of depreciation for any other year during the recovery period. Turbo tax free military Figuring Your Depreciation Deduction You can figure your MACRS depreciation deduction in one of two ways. Turbo tax free military The deduction is substantially the same both ways. Turbo tax free military You can either: Actually compute the deduction using the depreciation method and convention that apply over the recovery period of the property, or Use the percentage from the MACRS percentage tables. Turbo tax free military In this publication we will use the percentage tables. Turbo tax free military For instructions on how to compute the deduction, see chapter 4 of Publication 946. Turbo tax free military Residential rental property. Turbo tax free military   You must use the straight line method and a mid-month convention for residential rental property. Turbo tax free military In the first year that you claim depreciation for residential rental property, you can claim depreciation only for the number of months the property is in use, and you must use the mid-month convention (explained under Conventions , earlier). Turbo tax free military 5-, 7-, or 15-year property. Turbo tax free military   For property in the 5- or 7-year class, use the 200% declining balance method and a half-year convention. Turbo tax free military However, in limited cases you must use the mid-quarter convention, if it applies. Turbo tax free military For property in the 15-year class, use the 150% declining balance method and a half-year convention. Turbo tax free military   You can also choose to use the 150% declining balance method for property in the 5- or 7-year class. Turbo tax free military The choice to use the 150% method for one item in a class of property applies to all property in that class that is placed in service during the tax year of the election. Turbo tax free military You make this election on Form 4562. Turbo tax free military In Part III, column (f), enter “150 DB. Turbo tax free military ” Once you make this election, you cannot change to another method. Turbo tax free military   If you use either the 200% or 150% declining balance method, you figure your deduction using the straight line method in the first tax year that the straight line method gives you an equal or larger deduction. Turbo tax free military   You can also choose to use the straight line method with a half-year or mid-quarter convention for 5-, 7-, or 15-year property. Turbo tax free military The choice to use the straight line method for one item in a class of property applies to all property in that class that is placed in service during the tax year of the election. Turbo tax free military You elect the straight line method on Form 4562. Turbo tax free military In Part III, column (f), enter “S/L. Turbo tax free military ” Once you make this election, you cannot change to another method. Turbo tax free military MACRS Percentage Tables You can use the percentages in Table 2-2, earlier, to compute annual depreciation under MACRS. Turbo tax free military The tables show the percentages for the first few years or until the change to the straight line method is made. Turbo tax free military See Appendix A of Publication 946 for complete tables. Turbo tax free military The percentages in Tables 2-2a, 2-2b, and 2-2c make the change from declining balance to straight line in the year that straight line will give a larger deduction. Turbo tax free military If you elect to use the straight line method for 5-, 7-, or 15-year property, or the 150% declining balance method for 5- or 7-year property, use the tables in Appendix A of Publication 946. Turbo tax free military How to use the percentage tables. Turbo tax free military   You must apply the table rates to your property's unadjusted basis (defined below) each year of the recovery period. Turbo tax free military   Once you begin using a percentage table to figure depreciation, you must continue to use it for the entire recovery period unless there is an adjustment to the basis of your property for a reason other than: Depreciation allowed or allowable, or An addition or improvement that is depreciated as a separate item of property. Turbo tax free military   If there is an adjustment for any reason other than (1) or (2), for example, because of a deductible casualty loss, you can no longer use the table. Turbo tax free military For the year of the adjustment and for the remaining recovery period, figure depreciation using the property's adjusted basis at the end of the year and the appropriate depreciation method, as explained earlier under Figuring Your Depreciation Deduction . Turbo tax free military See Figuring the Deduction Without Using the Tables in Publication 946, chapter 4. Turbo tax free military Unadjusted basis. Turbo tax free military   This is the same basis you would use to figure gain on a sale (see Basis of Depreciable Property , earlier), but without reducing your original basis by any MACRS depreciation taken in earlier years. Turbo tax free military   However, you do reduce your original basis by other amounts claimed on the property, including: Any amortization, Any section 179 deduction, and Any special depreciation allowance. Turbo tax free military For more information, see chapter 4 of Publication 946. Turbo tax free military Please click here for the text description of the image. Turbo tax free military Table 2-2 Tables 2-2a, 2-2b, and 2-2c. Turbo tax free military   The percentages in these tables take into account the half-year and mid-quarter conventions. Turbo tax free military Use Table 2-2a for 5-year property, Table 2-2b for 7-year property, and Table 2-2c for 15-year property. Turbo tax free military Use the percentage in the second column (half-year convention) unless you are required to use the mid-quarter convention (explained earlier). Turbo tax free military If you must use the mid-quarter convention, use the column that corresponds to the calendar year quarter in which you placed the property in service. Turbo tax free military Example 1. Turbo tax free military You purchased a stove and refrigerator and placed them in service in June. Turbo tax free military Your basis in the stove is $600 and your basis in the refrigerator is $1,000. Turbo tax free military Both are 5-year property. Turbo tax free military Using the half-year convention column in Table 2-2a, the depreciation percentage for Year 1 is 20%. Turbo tax free military For that year your depreciation deduction is $120 ($600 × . Turbo tax free military 20) for the stove and $200 ($1,000 × . Turbo tax free military 20) for the refrigerator. Turbo tax free military For Year 2, the depreciation percentage is 32%. Turbo tax free military That year's depreciation deduction will be $192 ($600 × . Turbo tax free military 32) for the stove and $320 ($1,000 × . Turbo tax free military 32) for the refrigerator. Turbo tax free military Example 2. Turbo tax free military Assume the same facts as in Example 1, except you buy the refrigerator in October instead of June. Turbo tax free military Since the refrigerator was placed in service in the last 3 months of the tax year, and its basis ($1,000) is more than 40% of the total basis of all property placed in service during the year ($1,600 × . Turbo tax free military 40 = $640), you are required to use the mid-quarter convention to figure depreciation on both the stove and refrigerator. Turbo tax free military Because you placed the refrigerator in service in October, you use the fourth quarter column of Table 2-2a and find the depreciation percentage for Year 1 is 5%. Turbo tax free military Your depreciation deduction for the refrigerator is $50 ($1,000 x . Turbo tax free military 05). Turbo tax free military Because you placed the stove in service in June, you use the second quarter column of Table 2-2a and find the depreciation percentage for Year 1 is 25%. Turbo tax free military For that year, your depreciation deduction for the stove is $150 ($600 x . Turbo tax free military 25). Turbo tax free military Table 2-2d. Turbo tax free military    Use this table when you are using the GDS 27. Turbo tax free military 5 year option for residential rental property. Turbo tax free military Find the row for the month that you placed the property in service. Turbo tax free military Use the percentages listed for that month to figure your depreciation deduction. Turbo tax free military The mid-month convention is taken into account in the percentages shown in the table. Turbo tax free military Continue to use the same row (month) under the column for the appropriate year. Turbo tax free military Example. Turbo tax free military You purchased a single family rental house for $185,000 and placed it in service on February 8. Turbo tax free military The sales contract showed that the building cost $160,000 and the land cost $25,000. Turbo tax free military Your basis for depreciation is its original cost, $160,000. Turbo tax free military This is the first year of service for your residential rental property and you decide to use GDS which has a recovery period of 27. Turbo tax free military 5 years. Turbo tax free military Using Table 2-2d, you find that the percentage for property placed in service in February of Year 1 is 3. Turbo tax free military 182%. Turbo tax free military That year's depreciation deduction is $5,091 ($160,000 x . Turbo tax free military 03182). Turbo tax free military Figuring MACRS Depreciation Under ADS Table 2–1, earlier, shows the ADS recovery periods for property used in rental activities. Turbo tax free military See Appendix B in Publication 946 for other property. Turbo tax free military If your property is not listed in Appendix B, it is considered to have no class life. Turbo tax free military Under ADS, personal property with no class life is depreciated using a recovery period of 12 years. Turbo tax free military Use the mid-month convention for residential rental property and nonresidential real property. Turbo tax free military For all other property, use the half-year or mid-quarter convention, as appropriate. Turbo tax free military See Publication 946 for ADS depreciation tables. Turbo tax free military Claiming the Correct Amount of Depreciation You should claim the correct amount of depreciation each tax year. Turbo tax free military If you did not claim all the depreciation you were entitled to deduct, you must still reduce your basis in the property by the full amount of depreciation that you could have deducted. Turbo tax free military For more information, see Depreciation under Decreases to Basis in Publication 551. Turbo tax free military If you deducted an incorrect amount of depreciation for property in any year, you may be able to make a correction by filing Form 1040X, Amended U. Turbo tax free military S. Turbo tax free military Individual Income Tax Return. Turbo tax free military If you are not allowed to make the correction on an amended return, you can change your accounting method to claim the correct amount of depreciation. Turbo tax free military Filing an amended return. Turbo tax free military   You can file an amended return to correct the amount of depreciation claimed for any property in any of the following situations. Turbo tax free military You claimed the incorrect amount because of a mathematical error made in any year. Turbo tax free military You claimed the incorrect amount because of a posting error made in any year. Turbo tax free military You have not adopted a method of accounting for property placed in service by you in tax years ending after December 29, 2003. Turbo tax free military You claimed the incorrect amount on property placed in service by you in tax years ending before December 30, 2003. Turbo tax free military   Generally, you adopt a method of accounting for depreciation by using a permissible method of determining depreciation when you file your first tax return for the property used in your rental activity. Turbo tax free military This also occurs when you use the same impermissible method of determining depreciation (for example, using the wrong MACRS recovery period) in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. Turbo tax free military   If an amended return is allowed, you must file it by the later of the following dates. Turbo tax free military 3 years from the date you filed your original return for the year in which you did not deduct the correct amount. Turbo tax free military A return filed before an unextended due date is considered filed on that due date. Turbo tax free military 2 years from the time you paid your tax for that year. Turbo tax free military Changing your accounting method. Turbo tax free military   To change your accounting method, you generally must file Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, to get the consent of the IRS. Turbo tax free military In some instances, that consent is automatic. Turbo tax free military For more information, see Changing Your Accounting Method in Publication 946,  chapter 1. Turbo tax free military Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Turbo tax free military Index A Additional Medicare Tax, Reminder, Social Security and Medicare Taxes, Withholding the employee's share. Turbo tax free military Assistance (see Tax help) B Baby sitters (see Household employee) Baby-sitting costs (see Child and dependent care expenses) Business employers, employment tax payment option, Payment option for business employers. Turbo tax free military C Caretakers (see Household employee) Child and dependent care expenses, credit for, Can You Claim a Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses? Comments on publication, Comments and suggestions. Turbo tax free military Correcting Schedule H Schedule H attached to another form, How Can You Correct Schedule H? Schedule H filed by itself, How Can You Correct Schedule H? D Dependent care expenses, Can You Claim a Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses? Disability payments, state, State disability payments treated as wages. Turbo tax free military Domestic worker (see Household employee) Drivers (see Household employee) E Earned income credit (EIC), What Do You Need To Know About the Earned Income Credit? EIC notice, Notice about the EIC. Turbo tax free military Employer identification number (EIN), Employer identification number (EIN). Turbo tax free military Employing an alien legally (see Legal employee) Employment eligibility verification form, Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States? Employment taxes Need to pay, Do You Need To Pay Employment Taxes? Payment options, Payment option for business employers. Turbo tax free military Tax returns, Business employment tax returns. Turbo tax free military Estimated tax, paying, Paying estimated tax. Turbo tax free military F Federal income tax withholding, increasing (see How to increase withholding) Federal unemployment (FUTA) tax, Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Form 1040-ES, Paying estimated tax. Turbo tax free military 940, Business employment tax returns. Turbo tax free military 941, Business employment tax returns. Turbo tax free military 943, Business employment tax returns. Turbo tax free military 944, Business employment tax returns. Turbo tax free military I-9, Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States? M-274, Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States? SS-4, Employer identification number (EIN). Turbo tax free military SS-5, Employee's social security number. Turbo tax free military W-2, Notice about the EIC. Turbo tax free military , Form W-2. Turbo tax free military W-4, Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax?, Asking for more federal income tax withholding. Turbo tax free military W-4P, Asking for more federal income tax withholding. Turbo tax free military Forms you must file, What Forms Must You File? Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. Turbo tax free military FUTA (see Federal Unemployment (FUTA)Tax) H Handbook for Employers, Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States? Health aides (see Household employee) Help (see Tax help) House cleaning workers (see Household employee) Household employee, Do You Have a Household Employee? Housekeepers (see Household employee) How to increase withholding, Asking for more federal income tax withholding. Turbo tax free military How to pay estimated tax, Paying estimated tax. Turbo tax free military I Income tax withholding, increasing (see How to increase withholding) L Legal employee, Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States? M Maids (see Household employee) Medicare (see Social security and Medicare taxes) N Nannies (see Household employee) Nonemployees, Workers who are not your employees. Turbo tax free military Nurses, private (see Household employee) P Publications (see Tax help) R Records you must keep, What Records Must You Keep? S Schedule H (Form 1040), How Do You Make Tax Payments?, Schedule H. Turbo tax free military Self-employed workers (see Nonemployees) Social security and Medicare Taxes, Social Security and Medicare Taxes Wages, Social security and Medicare wages. Turbo tax free military Social security number, employee's, Employee's social security number. Turbo tax free military State Disability payments, State disability payments treated as wages. Turbo tax free military Employment taxes, State employment taxes. Turbo tax free military Suggestions for publication, Comments and suggestions. Turbo tax free military T Tax credits Child and dependent care expenses, Can You Claim a Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses? Earned income, What Do You Need To Know About the Earned Income Credit? FUTA, Credit for 2013. Turbo tax free military Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Taxes How to make payments, How Do You Make Tax Payments? Medicare, Social Security and Medicare Taxes Social security, Social Security and Medicare Taxes U Unemployment taxes Federal, Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax State, State employment taxes. Turbo tax free military USCIS website, Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States? W Wages Cash, Cash wages. Turbo tax free military FUTA, FUTA wages. Turbo tax free military Medicare, Social security and Medicare wages. Turbo tax free military Social security, Social security and Medicare wages. Turbo tax free military State disability payments, State disability payments treated as wages. Turbo tax free military Withholding Employee's share, Withholding the employee's share. Turbo tax free military Federal income tax, Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax? How to increase, Asking for more federal income tax withholding. Turbo tax free military Wages, Wages. Turbo tax free military Y Yard workers (see Household employee) Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications