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Tax Relief for Victims of Tropical Storm Maria in Puerto Rico

SP-FL-2011-15, Oct. 19, 2011

MIAMI — Victims of Tropical Storm Maria that began on Sept. 8, 2011 in parts of Puerto Rico may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.

The President has declared the following municipalities a federal disaster area: Juana Díaz, Naguabo and Yabucoa. Individuals who reside or have a business in these municipalities may qualify for tax relief.

The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after Sept. 8, and on or before Nov. 7, have been postponed to Nov. 7, 2011. This includes previously obtained extensions to file 2010 returns and the estimated tax payment for the third quarter, normally due Sept. 15.  

In addition, the IRS is waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after Sept. 8, and on or before Sept. 23, as long as the deposits are made by Sept. 23, 2011.

If an affected taxpayer receives a penalty notice from the IRS, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate any interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply. Penalties or interest will be abated only for taxpayers who have an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date, including an extended filing or payment due date, that falls within the postponement period.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 1-866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

Covered Disaster Area

The municipalities listed above constitute a covered disaster area for purposes of Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(2) and are entitled to the relief detailed below.

Affected Taxpayers

Taxpayers considered to be affected taxpayers eligible for the postponement of time to file returns, pay taxes and perform other time-sensitive acts are those taxpayers listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(1), and include individuals who live, and businesses whose principal place of business is located, in the covered disaster area. Taxpayers not in the covered disaster area, but whose records necessary to meet a deadline listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(c) are in the covered disaster area, are also entitled to relief. In addition, all relief workers affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization assisting in the relief activities in the covered disaster area and any individual visiting the covered disaster area who was killed or injured as a result of the disaster are entitled to relief.

Grant of Relief

Under section 7508A, the IRS gives affected taxpayers until Nov. 7 to file most tax returns (including individual, corporate, and estate and trust income tax returns; partnership returns, S corporation returns, and trust returns; estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns; and employment and certain excise tax returns), or to make tax payments, including estimated tax payments, that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after Sept. 8 and on or before Nov. 7.

The IRS also gives affected taxpayers until Nov. 7 to perform other time-sensitive actions described in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(c)(1) and Rev. Proc. 2007-56, 2007-34 I.R.B. 388 (Aug. 20, 2007), that are due to be performed on or after Sept. 8 and on or before Nov. 7.

This relief also includes the filing of Form 5500 series returns, in the manner described in section 8 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56. The relief described in section 17 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56, pertaining to like-kind exchanges of property, also applies to certain taxpayers who are not otherwise affected taxpayers and may include acts required to be performed before or after the period above.

The postponement of time to file and pay does not apply to information returns in the W-2, 1098, 1099 series, or to Forms 1042-S or 8027. Penalties for failure to timely file information returns can be waived under existing procedures for reasonable cause. Likewise, the postponement does not apply to employment and excise tax deposits. The IRS, however, will abate penalties for failure to make timely employment and excise tax deposits due on or after Sept. 8 and on or before Sept. 23 provided the taxpayer makes these deposits by Sept. 23.

Casualty Losses

Affected taxpayers in a federally declared disaster area have the option of claiming disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax return for either this year or last year. Claiming the loss on an original or amended return for last year will get the taxpayer an earlier refund, but waiting to claim the loss on this year’s return could result in a greater tax saving, depending on other income factors.

Individuals may deduct personal property losses that are not covered by insurance or other reimbursements. For details, see Form 4684 and its instructions.

Affected taxpayers claiming the disaster loss on last year’s return should put the Disaster Designation “Puerto Rico/Tropical Storm Maria” at the top of the form so that the IRS can expedite the processing of the refund.

Other Relief

The IRS will waive the usual fees and expedite requests for copies of previously filed tax returns for affected taxpayers. Taxpayers should put the assigned Disaster Designation in red ink at the top of Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, as appropriate, and submit it to the IRS.

Affected taxpayers who are contacted by the IRS on a collection or examination matter should explain how the disaster impacts them so that the IRS can provide appropriate consideration to their case.

Taxpayers may download forms and publications from the official IRS website, irs.gov, or order them by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). The IRS toll-free number for general tax questions is 1-800-829-1040.

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Turbotax 2010 free   If you are a corporation and your attempt to go into a new trade or business is not successful, you may be able to deduct all investigatory costs as a loss. Turbotax 2010 free   The costs of any assets acquired during your unsuccessful attempt to go into business are a part of your basis in the assets. Turbotax 2010 free You cannot take a deduction for these costs. Turbotax 2010 free You will recover the costs of these assets when you dispose of them. Turbotax 2010 free Business Assets There are many different kinds of business assets; for example, land, buildings, machinery, furniture, trucks, patents, and franchise rights. Turbotax 2010 free You must fully capitalize the cost of these assets, including freight and installation charges. Turbotax 2010 free Certain property you produce for use in your trade or business must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. Turbotax 2010 free See Regulations section 1. Turbotax 2010 free 263A-2 for information on these rules. Turbotax 2010 free Improvements Improvements are generally major expenditures. Turbotax 2010 free Some examples are: new electric wiring, a new roof, a new floor, new plumbing, bricking up windows to strengthen a wall, and lighting improvements. Turbotax 2010 free The costs of making improvements to a business asset are capital expenses if the improvements add to the value of the asset, appreciably lengthen the time you can use it, or adapt it to a different use. Turbotax 2010 free Beginning in 2014, you must capitalize as improvements costs that are for the betterment of a unit of property, restore the unit of property, or adapt the unit of property to a new or different use. Turbotax 2010 free Temporary regulations allow you to capitalize costs meeting the above criteria for tax years beginning after 2011. Turbotax 2010 free However, you can currently deduct repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition as a business expense. Turbotax 2010 free Treat as repairs amounts paid to replace parts of a machine that only keep it in a normal operating condition. Turbotax 2010 free Restoration plan. Turbotax 2010 free   Capitalize the cost of reconditioning, improving, or altering your property as part of a general restoration plan to make it suitable for your business. Turbotax 2010 free This applies even if some of the work would by itself be classified as repairs. Turbotax 2010 free Capital versus Deductible Expenses To help you distinguish between capital and deductible expenses, different examples are given below. Turbotax 2010 free Motor vehicles. Turbotax 2010 free   You usually capitalize the cost of a motor vehicle you use in your business. Turbotax 2010 free You can recover its cost through annual deductions for depreciation. Turbotax 2010 free   There are dollar limits on the depreciation you can claim each year on passenger automobiles used in your business. Turbotax 2010 free See Publication 463. Turbotax 2010 free   Generally, repairs you make to your business vehicle are currently deductible. Turbotax 2010 free However, amounts you pay to recondition and overhaul a business vehicle are capital expenses and are recovered through depreciation. Turbotax 2010 free Roads and driveways. Turbotax 2010 free    The cost of building a private road on your business property and the cost of replacing a gravel driveway with a concrete one are capital expenses you may be able to depreciate. Turbotax 2010 free The cost of maintaining a private road on your business property is a deductible expense. Turbotax 2010 free Tools. Turbotax 2010 free   Unless the uniform capitalization rules apply, amounts spent for tools used in your business are deductible expenses if the tools have a life expectancy of less than 1 year or their cost is minor. Turbotax 2010 free Machinery parts. Turbotax 2010 free   Unless the uniform capitalization rules apply, the cost of replacing short-lived parts of a machine to keep it in good working condition, but not add to its life, is a deductible expense. Turbotax 2010 free Heating equipment. Turbotax 2010 free   The cost of changing from one heating system to another is a capital expense. Turbotax 2010 free Personal versus Business Expenses Generally, you cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses. Turbotax 2010 free However, if you have an expense for something that is used partly for business and partly for personal purposes, divide the total cost between the business and personal parts. Turbotax 2010 free You can deduct the business part. Turbotax 2010 free For example, if you borrow money and use 70% of it for business and the other 30% for a family vacation, you generally can deduct 70% of the interest as a business expense. Turbotax 2010 free The remaining 30% is personal interest and generally is not deductible. Turbotax 2010 free See chapter 4 for information on deducting interest and the allocation rules. Turbotax 2010 free Business use of your home. Turbotax 2010 free   If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Turbotax 2010 free These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. Turbotax 2010 free   To qualify to claim expenses for the business use of your home, you must meet both of the following tests. Turbotax 2010 free The business part of your home must be used exclusively and regularly for your trade or business. Turbotax 2010 free The business part of your home must be: Your principal place of business, or A place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, or A separate structure (not attached to your home) used in connection with your trade or business. Turbotax 2010 free   You generally do not have to meet the exclusive use test for the part of your home that you regularly use either for the storage of inventory or product samples, or as a daycare facility. Turbotax 2010 free   Your home office qualifies as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. Turbotax 2010 free You use the office exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Turbotax 2010 free You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Turbotax 2010 free   If you have more than one business location, determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. Turbotax 2010 free The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. Turbotax 2010 free If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, consider the time spent at each location. Turbotax 2010 free Optional safe harbor method. Turbotax 2010 free   Beginning in 2013, individual taxpayers can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the amount of deductible expenses attributable to certain business use of a residence during the tax year. Turbotax 2010 free This method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Turbotax 2010 free   The deduction under the optional method is limited to $1,500 per year based on $5 a square foot for up to 300 square feet. Turbotax 2010 free Under this method, you claim your allowable mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses on the home as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Turbotax 2010 free You are not required to allocate these deductions between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. Turbotax 2010 free If you use the optional method, you cannot depreciate the portion of your home used in a trade or business. Turbotax 2010 free   Business expenses unrelated to the home, such as advertising, supplies, and wages paid to employees, are still fully deductible. Turbotax 2010 free All of the requirements discussed earlier under Business use of your home still apply. Turbotax 2010 free   For more information on the deduction for business use of your home, including the optional safe harbor method, see Publication 587. Turbotax 2010 free    If you were entitled to deduct depreciation on the part of your home used for business, you cannot exclude the part of the gain from the sale of your home that equals any depreciation you deducted (or could have deducted) for periods after May 6, 1997. Turbotax 2010 free Business use of your car. Turbotax 2010 free   If you use your car exclusively in your business, you can deduct car expenses. Turbotax 2010 free If you use your car for both business and personal purposes, you must divide your expenses based on actual mileage. Turbotax 2010 free Generally, commuting expenses between your home and your business location, within the area of your tax home, are not deductible. Turbotax 2010 free   You can deduct actual car expenses, which include depreciation (or lease payments), gas and oil, tires, repairs, tune-ups, insurance, and registration fees. Turbotax 2010 free Or, instead of figuring the business part of these actual expenses, you may be able to use the standard mileage rate to figure your deduction. Turbotax 2010 free Beginning in 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. Turbotax 2010 free 5 cents per mile. Turbotax 2010 free   If you are self-employed, you can also deduct the business part of interest on your car loan, state and local personal property tax on the car, parking fees, and tolls, whether or not you claim the standard mileage rate. Turbotax 2010 free   For more information on car expenses and the rules for using the standard mileage rate, see Publication 463. Turbotax 2010 free How Much Can I Deduct? Generally, you can deduct the full amount of a business expense if it meets the criteria of ordinary and necessary and it is not a capital expense. Turbotax 2010 free Recovery of amount deducted (tax benefit rule). Turbotax 2010 free   If you recover part of an expense in the same tax year in which you would have claimed a deduction, reduce your current year expense by the amount of the recovery. Turbotax 2010 free If you have a recovery in a later year, include the recovered amount in income in that year. Turbotax 2010 free However, if part of the deduction for the expense did not reduce your tax, you do not have to include that part of the recovered amount in income. Turbotax 2010 free   For more information on recoveries and the tax benefit rule, see Publication 525. Turbotax 2010 free Payments in kind. Turbotax 2010 free   If you provide services to pay a business expense, the amount you can deduct is limited to your out-of-pocket costs. Turbotax 2010 free You cannot deduct the cost of your own labor. Turbotax 2010 free   Similarly, if you pay a business expense in goods or other property, you can deduct only what the property costs you. Turbotax 2010 free If these costs are included in the cost of goods sold, do not deduct them again as a business expense. Turbotax 2010 free Limits on losses. Turbotax 2010 free   If your deductions for an investment or business activity are more than the income it brings in, you have a loss. Turbotax 2010 free There may be limits on how much of the loss you can deduct. Turbotax 2010 free Not-for-profit limits. Turbotax 2010 free   If you carry on your business activity without the intention of making a profit, you cannot use a loss from it to offset other income. Turbotax 2010 free See Not-for-Profit Activities , later. Turbotax 2010 free At-risk limits. Turbotax 2010 free   Generally, a deductible loss from a trade or business or other income-producing activity is limited to the investment you have “at risk” in the activity. Turbotax 2010 free You are at risk in any activity for the following. Turbotax 2010 free The money and adjusted basis of property you contribute to the activity. Turbotax 2010 free Amounts you borrow for use in the activity if: You are personally liable for repayment, or You pledge property (other than property used in the activity) as security for the loan. Turbotax 2010 free For more information, see Publication 925. Turbotax 2010 free Passive activities. Turbotax 2010 free   Generally, you are in a passive activity if you have a trade or business activity in which you do not materially participate, or a rental activity. Turbotax 2010 free In general, deductions for losses from passive activities only offset income from passive activities. Turbotax 2010 free You cannot use any excess deductions to offset other income. Turbotax 2010 free In addition, passive activity credits can only offset the tax on net passive income. Turbotax 2010 free Any excess loss or credits are carried over to later years. Turbotax 2010 free Suspended passive losses are fully deductible in the year you completely dispose of the activity. Turbotax 2010 free For more information, see Publication 925. Turbotax 2010 free Net operating loss. Turbotax 2010 free   If your deductions are more than your income for the year, you may have a “net operating loss. Turbotax 2010 free ” You can use a net operating loss to lower your taxes in other years. Turbotax 2010 free See Publication 536 for more information. Turbotax 2010 free   See Publication 542 for information about net operating losses of corporations. Turbotax 2010 free When Can I Deduct an Expense? When you can deduct an expense depends on your accounting method. Turbotax 2010 free An accounting method is a set of rules used to determine when and how income and expenses are reported. Turbotax 2010 free The two basic methods are the cash method and the accrual method. Turbotax 2010 free Whichever method you choose must clearly reflect income. Turbotax 2010 free For more information on accounting methods, see Publication 538. Turbotax 2010 free Cash method. Turbotax 2010 free   Under the cash method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses in the tax year you pay them. Turbotax 2010 free Accrual method. Turbotax 2010 free   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses when both of the following apply. Turbotax 2010 free The all-events test has been met. Turbotax 2010 free The test is met when: All events have occurred that fix the fact of liability, and The liability can be determined with reasonable accuracy. Turbotax 2010 free Economic performance has occurred. Turbotax 2010 free Economic performance. Turbotax 2010 free   You generally cannot deduct or capitalize a business expense until economic performance occurs. Turbotax 2010 free If your expense is for property or services provided to you, or for your use of property, economic performance occurs as the property or services are provided, or the property is used. Turbotax 2010 free If your expense is for property or services you provide to others, economic performance occurs as you provide the property or services. Turbotax 2010 free Example. Turbotax 2010 free Your tax year is the calendar year. Turbotax 2010 free In December 2013, the Field Plumbing Company did some repair work at your place of business and sent you a bill for $600. Turbotax 2010 free You paid it by check in January 2014. Turbotax 2010 free If you use the accrual method of accounting, deduct the $600 on your tax return for 2013 because all events have occurred to “fix” the fact of liability (in this case the work was completed), the liability can be determined, and economic performance occurred in that year. Turbotax 2010 free If you use the cash method of accounting, deduct the expense on your 2014 return. Turbotax 2010 free Prepayment. Turbotax 2010 free   You generally cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. Turbotax 2010 free This rule applies to both the cash and accrual methods. Turbotax 2010 free It applies to prepaid interest, prepaid insurance premiums, and any other expense paid far enough in advance to, in effect, create an asset with a useful life extending substantially beyond the end of the current tax year. Turbotax 2010 free Example. Turbotax 2010 free In 2013, you sign a 10-year lease and immediately pay your rent for the first 3 years. Turbotax 2010 free Even though you paid the rent for 2013, 2014, and 2015, you can only deduct the rent for 2013 on your 2013 tax return. Turbotax 2010 free You can deduct the rent for 2014 and 2015 on your tax returns for those years. Turbotax 2010 free Contested liability. Turbotax 2010 free   Under the cash method, you can deduct a contested liability only in the year you pay the liability. Turbotax 2010 free Under the accrual method, you can deduct contested liabilities such as taxes (except foreign or U. Turbotax 2010 free S. Turbotax 2010 free possession income, war profits, and excess profits taxes) either in the tax year you pay the liability (or transfer money or other property to satisfy the obligation) or in the tax year you settle the contest. Turbotax 2010 free However, to take the deduction in the year of payment or transfer, you must meet certain conditions. Turbotax 2010 free See Regulations section 1. Turbotax 2010 free 461-2. Turbotax 2010 free Related person. Turbotax 2010 free   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct expenses when you incur them, even if you have not yet paid them. Turbotax 2010 free However, if you and the person you owe are related and that person uses the cash method of accounting, you must pay the expense before you can deduct it. Turbotax 2010 free Your deduction is allowed when the amount is includible in income by the related cash method payee. Turbotax 2010 free See Related Persons in Publication 538. Turbotax 2010 free Not-for-Profit Activities If you do not carry on your business or investment activity to make a profit, you cannot use a loss from the activity to offset other income. Turbotax 2010 free Activities you do as a hobby, or mainly for sport or recreation, are often not entered into for profit. Turbotax 2010 free The limit on not-for-profit losses applies to individuals, partnerships, estates, trusts, and S corporations. Turbotax 2010 free It does not apply to corporations other than S corporations. Turbotax 2010 free In determining whether you are carrying on an activity for profit, several factors are taken into account. Turbotax 2010 free No one factor alone is decisive. Turbotax 2010 free Among the factors to consider are whether: You carry on the activity in a businesslike manner, The time and effort you put into the activity indicate you intend to make it profitable, You depend on the income for your livelihood, Your losses are due to circumstances beyond your control (or are normal in the start-up phase of your type of business), You change your methods of operation in an attempt to improve profitability, You (or your advisors) have the knowledge needed to carry on the activity as a successful business, You were successful in making a profit in similar activities in the past, The activity makes a profit in some years, and You can expect to make a future profit from the appreciation of the assets used in the activity. Turbotax 2010 free Presumption of profit. Turbotax 2010 free   An activity is presumed carried on for profit if it produced a profit in at least 3 of the last 5 tax years, including the current year. Turbotax 2010 free Activities that consist primarily of breeding, training, showing, or racing horses are presumed carried on for profit if they produced a profit in at least 2 of the last 7 tax years, including the current year. Turbotax 2010 free The activity must be substantially the same for each year within this period. Turbotax 2010 free You have a profit when the gross income from an activity exceeds the deductions. Turbotax 2010 free   If a taxpayer dies before the end of the 5-year (or 7-year) period, the “test” period ends on the date of the taxpayer's death. Turbotax 2010 free   If your business or investment activity passes this 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, the IRS will presume it is carried on for profit. Turbotax 2010 free This means the limits discussed here will not apply. Turbotax 2010 free You can take all your business deductions from the activity, even for the years that you have a loss. Turbotax 2010 free You can rely on this presumption unless the IRS later shows it to be invalid. Turbotax 2010 free Using the presumption later. Turbotax 2010 free   If you are starting an activity and do not have 3 (or 2) years showing a profit, you can elect to have the presumption made after you have the 5 (or 7) years of experience allowed by the test. Turbotax 2010 free   You can elect to do this by filing Form 5213. Turbotax 2010 free Filing this form postpones any determination that your activity is not carried on for profit until 5 (or 7) years have passed since you started the activity. Turbotax 2010 free   The benefit gained by making this election is that the IRS will not immediately question whether your activity is engaged in for profit. Turbotax 2010 free Accordingly, it will not restrict your deductions. Turbotax 2010 free Rather, you will gain time to earn a profit in the required number of years. Turbotax 2010 free If you show 3 (or 2) years of profit at the end of this period, your deductions are not limited under these rules. Turbotax 2010 free If you do not have 3 (or 2) years of profit, the limit can be applied retroactively to any year with a loss in the 5-year (or 7-year) period. Turbotax 2010 free   Filing Form 5213 automatically extends the period of limitations on any year in the 5-year (or 7-year) period to 2 years after the due date of the return for the last year of the period. Turbotax 2010 free The period is extended only for deductions of the activity and any related deductions that might be affected. Turbotax 2010 free    You must file Form 5213 within 3 years after the due date of your return (determined without extensions) for the year in which you first carried on the activity, or, if earlier, within 60 days after receiving written notice from the Internal Revenue Service proposing to disallow deductions attributable to the activity. Turbotax 2010 free Gross Income Gross income from a not-for-profit activity includes the total of all gains from the sale, exchange, or other disposition of property, and all other gross receipts derived from the activity. Turbotax 2010 free Gross income from the activity also includes capital gains and rents received for the use of property which is held in connection with the activity. Turbotax 2010 free You can determine gross income from any not-for-profit activity by subtracting the cost of goods sold from your gross receipts. Turbotax 2010 free However, if you determine gross income by subtracting cost of goods sold from gross receipts, you must do so consistently, and in a manner that follows generally accepted methods of accounting. Turbotax 2010 free Limit on Deductions If your activity is not carried on for profit, take deductions in the following order and only to the extent stated in the three categories. Turbotax 2010 free If you are an individual, these deductions may be taken only if you itemize. Turbotax 2010 free These deductions may be taken on Schedule A (Form 1040). Turbotax 2010 free Category 1. Turbotax 2010 free   Deductions you can take for personal as well as for business activities are allowed in full. Turbotax 2010 free For individuals, all nonbusiness deductions, such as those for home mortgage interest, taxes, and casualty losses, belong in this category. Turbotax 2010 free Deduct them on the appropriate lines of Schedule A (Form 1040). Turbotax 2010 free For tax years beginning after December 31, 2008, you can deduct a casualty loss on property you own for personal use only to the extent it is more than $500 and exceeds 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Turbotax 2010 free The 10% AGI limitation does not apply to net disaster losses resulting from federally declared disasters in 2008 and 2009, and individuals are allowed to claim the net disaster losses even if they do not itemize their deductions. Turbotax 2010 free The reduction amount returns to $100 for tax years beginning after December 31, 2009. Turbotax 2010 free See Publication 547 for more information on casualty losses. Turbotax 2010 free For the limits that apply to home mortgage interest, see Publication 936. Turbotax 2010 free Category 2. Turbotax 2010 free   Deductions that do not result in an adjustment to the basis of property are allowed next, but only to the extent your gross income from the activity is more than your deductions under the first category. Turbotax 2010 free Most business deductions, such as those for advertising, insurance premiums, interest, utilities, and wages, belong in this category. Turbotax 2010 free Category 3. Turbotax 2010 free   Business deductions that decrease the basis of property are allowed last, but only to the extent the gross income from the activity exceeds the deductions you take under the first two categories. Turbotax 2010 free Deductions for depreciation, amortization, and the part of a casualty loss an individual could not deduct in category (1) belong in this category. Turbotax 2010 free Where more than one asset is involved, allocate depreciation and these other deductions proportionally. Turbotax 2010 free    Individuals must claim the amounts in categories (2) and (3) as miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Turbotax 2010 free They are subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Turbotax 2010 free See Publication 529 for information on this limit. Turbotax 2010 free Example. Turbotax 2010 free Adriana is engaged in a not-for-profit activity. Turbotax 2010 free The income and expenses of the activity are as follows. Turbotax 2010 free Gross income $3,200 Subtract:     Real estate taxes $700   Home mortgage interest 900   Insurance 400   Utilities 700   Maintenance 200   Depreciation on an automobile 600   Depreciation on a machine 200 3,700 Loss $(500)   Adriana must limit her deductions to $3,200, the gross income she earned from the activity. Turbotax 2010 free The limit is reached in category (3), as follows. Turbotax 2010 free Limit on deduction $3,200 Category 1: Taxes and interest $1,600   Category 2: Insurance, utilities, and maintenance 1,300 2,900 Available for Category 3 $ 300   The $800 of depreciation is allocated between the automobile and machine as follows. Turbotax 2010 free $600 $800 x $300 = $225 depreciation for the automobile             $200 $800 x $300 = $75 depreciation for the machine The basis of each asset is reduced accordingly. Turbotax 2010 free Adriana includes the $3,200 of gross income on line 21 (other income) of Form 1040. Turbotax 2010 free The $1,600 for category (1) is deductible in full on the appropriate lines for taxes and interest on Schedule A (Form 1040). Turbotax 2010 free Adriana deducts the remaining $1,600 ($1,300 for category (2) and $300 for category (3)) as other miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Turbotax 2010 free Partnerships and S corporations. Turbotax 2010 free   If a partnership or S corporation carries on a not-for-profit activity, these limits apply at the partnership or S corporation level. Turbotax 2010 free They are reflected in the individual shareholder's or partner's distributive shares. Turbotax 2010 free More than one activity. Turbotax 2010 free   If you have several undertakings, each may be a separate activity or several undertakings may be combined. Turbotax 2010 free The following are the most significant facts and circumstances in making this determination. Turbotax 2010 free The degree of organizational and economic interrelationship of various undertakings. Turbotax 2010 free The business purpose that is (or might be) served by carrying on the various undertakings separately or together in a business or investment setting. Turbotax 2010 free The similarity of the undertakings. Turbotax 2010 free   The IRS will generally accept your characterization if it is supported by facts and circumstances. Turbotax 2010 free    If you are carrying on two or more different activities, keep the deductions and income from each one separate. Turbotax 2010 free Figure separately whether each is a not-for-profit activity. Turbotax 2010 free Then figure the limit on deductions and losses separately for each activity that is not for profit. Turbotax 2010 free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications