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2009 tax Publication 969 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. 2009 tax Tax questions. 2009 tax What's New Federal tax benefits for same-sex married couples. 2009 tax For federal tax purposes, individuals of the same sex are considered married if they were lawfully married in a state (or foreign country) whose laws authorize the marriage of two individuals of the same sex, even if the state (or foreign country) in which they now live does not recognize same-sex marriage. 2009 tax For more information, see Publication 501. 2009 tax Health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs). 2009 tax The following rules apply to health FSAs for plan years beginning after December 31, 2012. 2009 tax Salary reduction contributions to your health FSA cannot be more than $2,500 a year (indexed for inflation). 2009 tax Your employer may choose to change your cafeteria plan to allow you to carry over up to $500 of unused amounts remaining at the end of the plan year in a health FSA to be paid or reimbursed for qualified medical expenses incurred during the following plan year. 2009 tax For more information, see Balance in an FSA under Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSAs), later. 2009 tax Reminders Future Developments. 2009 tax For the latest information about developments related to Publication 969, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. 2009 tax IRS. 2009 tax gov/pub969. 2009 tax Photographs of missing children. 2009 tax The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 2009 tax Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. 2009 tax You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. 2009 tax Introduction Various programs are designed to give individuals tax advantages to offset health care costs. 2009 tax This publication explains the following programs. 2009 tax Health savings accounts (HSAs). 2009 tax Medical savings accounts (Archer MSAs and Medicare Advantage MSAs). 2009 tax Health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs). 2009 tax Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). 2009 tax An HSA may receive contributions from an eligible individual or any other person, including an employer or a family member, on behalf of an eligible individual. 2009 tax Contributions, other than employer contributions, are deductible on the eligible individual's return whether or not the individual itemizes deductions. 2009 tax Employer contributions are not included in income. 2009 tax Distributions from an HSA that are used to pay qualified medical expenses are not taxed. 2009 tax An Archer MSA may receive contributions from an eligible individual and his or her employer, but not both in the same year. 2009 tax Contributions by the individual are deductible whether or not the individual itemizes deductions. 2009 tax Employer contributions are not included in income. 2009 tax Distributions from an Archer MSA that are used to pay qualified medical expenses are not taxed. 2009 tax A Medicare Advantage MSA is an Archer MSA designated by Medicare to be used solely to pay the qualified medical expenses of the account holder who is enrolled in Medicare. 2009 tax Contributions can only be made by Medicare. 2009 tax The contributions are not included in your income. 2009 tax Distributions from a Medicare Advantage MSA that are used to pay qualified medical expenses are not taxed. 2009 tax A health FSA may receive contributions from an eligible individual. 2009 tax Employers may also contribute. 2009 tax Contributions are not includible in income. 2009 tax Reimbursements from an FSA that are used to pay qualified medical expenses are not taxed. 2009 tax An HRA must receive contributions from the employer only. 2009 tax Employees may not contribute. 2009 tax Contributions are not includible in income. 2009 tax Reimbursements from an HRA that are used to pay qualified medical expenses are not taxed. 2009 tax Comments and suggestions. 2009 tax We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 2009 tax You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. 2009 tax NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224 We respond to many letters by telephone. 2009 tax Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 2009 tax You can send your comments from www. 2009 tax irs. 2009 tax gov/formspubs. 2009 tax Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. 2009 tax ” Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. 2009 tax Ordering 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Tax Relief in Disaster Situations
Recent Tax Relief
- Colorado victims of September 2013 floods, see news release
- Illinois victims of November 2013 storms and flooding, see news release
- Colorado victims of September 2013 storms and flooding, see news release
- Alaska victims of May 2013 flooding, see news release
- Oklahoma victims of May 2013 tornado see news release
- Illinois victims of April 16, 2013 storms, tornadoes and flooding, see news release
- Mississippi victims of February 10, 2013 storms, tornadoes and flooding, see news release
- West Virginia victims of June 2012 storms and straight-line winds, see news release
- Oklahoma victims of Freedom Wildfire that began on Aug. 3, 2012, see news release
- Florida victims of June 2012 Tropical Storm Debby, see news release
- West Virginia victims of March 2012 storms, see news release
- Tennessee victims of February 2012 storms, see news release
- West Virginia victims of February 2012 storms, see news release
- Indiana victims of February 2012 storms, see news release
- Kentucky victims of February 2012 storms, see news release
- Alabama victims of January 2012 storms, see news release
- Virginia victims of August 2011 earthquake, see news release
- Puerto Rico victims of September 2011 Tropical Storm Maria, see news release
- Iowa victims of May 2011 flooding, see news release
- New York victims of September 2011 remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, see news release
- Pennsylvania victims of September 2011 Tropical Storm Lee, see news release
- Texas victims of August 2011 wildfires, see news release
- Kentucky victims of June 2011 severe storms, see news release
- South Dakota victims of March 2011 flooding, see news release
- Missouri victims of June flooding, see news release
- Nebraska victims of May flooding, see news release
- Montana victims of April 2011 storms and flooding, see news release
Relief for Victims of Hurricane Sandy
The IRS is in the process of providing tax relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. So far, IRS filing and payment relief applies to the following localities:
- Tax Relief in Connecticut: Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Mohegan Tribal Nation located within New London County;
- Tax Relief in Maryland: Somerset County;
- Tax Relief in New Jersey: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties;
- Tax Relief in New York: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Sullivan, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties;
- Tax Relief in Rhode Island: Newport and Washington counties.
The IRS also announced additional tax relief to certain affected individuals and businesses, further extending tax deadlines of that relief until April 1 for the following localities:
In New Jersey: Monmouth and Ocean counties.
In New York: Nassau, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk counties.
The IRS filing and payment relief will be updated based on FEMA's declarations of individual assistance. Visit the page Help for Victims of Hurricane Sandy for additional information on IRS relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Relief for Victims of Hurricane Isaac
The IRS has provided tax relief to victims of Hurricane Isaac. Relief for taxpayers in various locations, including postponement of filing and payment deadlines, is listed here.
For information on disaster recovery, visit disasterassistance.gov.
Relief for Victims of Hurricane Irene
The IRS is in the process of providing tax relief to victims of Hurricane Irene. Relief for taxpayers in various locations, including postponement of filing and payment deadlines, will be listed here as it is announced. Watch this page for updates.
Update: IRS e-File, Free File to Remain Available to Victims of Irene, Lee and Texas Wildfires through Oct. 31.
Tax Relief for Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Wilma Victims
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 offers a new option to homeowners who previously claimed a casualty loss deduction resulting from hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. See the news release, notice and questions and answers for further details.
The IRS offers tax assistance to victims of the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.
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The 2009 Tax
2009 tax Publication 534 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Important Change for 1995 Introduction How To Use This Publication Important Change for 1995 Major changes to Publications 534 and 946. 2009 tax This publication, as well as Publication 946,How To Depreciate Property, has been changed. 2009 tax Publication 534 has been shortened. 2009 tax It no longer contains general information on MACRS and the section 179 deduction. 2009 tax It contains a discussion of the accelerated cost recovery system (ACRS), the ACRS Percentage Tables, a discussion of other methods of depreciation, and a limited discussion of listed property. 2009 tax We expanded Publication 946 by adding material taken from Publication 534. 2009 tax We added more detail to the discussions of the section 179 deduction, the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS), and listed property. 2009 tax We replaced the partialMACRS Percentage Tables with the complete ones from Publication 534. 2009 tax We also added the Table of Class Lives and Recovery Periods from Publication 534. 2009 tax We made these changes to eliminate most of the duplication that existed in the two publications. 2009 tax This will save money and make it easier for you to decide which publication you need. 2009 tax Use this publication to figure depreciation on property you placed in service before 1987; use Publication 946 to figure depreciation on property you placed in service after 1986. 2009 tax Introduction The law allows you to recover your cost in business or income-producing property through yearly tax deductions. 2009 tax You do this by depreciating your property, that is, by deducting some of your cost on your tax return each year. 2009 tax You can depreciate both tangible property, such as a car, building, or machinery, and certain intangible property, such as a copyright or a patent. 2009 tax The amount you can deduct depends on: How much the property cost, When you began using it, How long it will take to recover your cost, and Which of several depreciation methods you use. 2009 tax Depreciation defined. 2009 tax Depreciation is a loss in the value of property over the time the property is being used. 2009 tax Events that can cause property to depreciate include wear and tear, age, deterioration, and obsolescence. 2009 tax You can get back your cost of certain property, such as equipment you use in your business or property used for the production of income by taking deductions for depreciation. 2009 tax Black's Law Dictionary Amortization. 2009 tax Amortization is similar to depreciation. 2009 tax Using amortization, you can recover your cost or basis in certain property proportionately over a specific number of years or months. 2009 tax Examples of costs you can amortize are the costs of starting a business, reforestation, and pollution control facilities. 2009 tax You can find information on amortization inchapter 12 of Publication 535, Business Expenses. 2009 tax Alternative minimum tax. 2009 tax If you use accelerated depreciation for real property, or personal property that is leased to others, you may be liable for the alternative minimum tax. 2009 tax Accelerated depreciation is any method, that allows recovery at a faster rate in the earlier years than the straight line method. 2009 tax For more information, you may wish to see the following: Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax-Individuals, and Publication 542, Tax Information on Corporations. 2009 tax Ordering publications and forms. 2009 tax To order free publications and forms, 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). 2009 tax You can also write to the IRS Forms Distribution Center nearest you. 2009 tax Check your income tax package for the address. 2009 tax If you have access to a personal computer and a modem, you can also get many forms and publications electronically. 2009 tax See How To Get Forms and Publications in your income tax package for details. 2009 tax Telephone help. 2009 tax You can call the IRS with your tax question Monday through Friday during regular business hours. 2009 tax Check your telephone book for the local number or you can call1-800-829-1040. 2009 tax Telephone help for hearing-impaired persons. 2009 tax If you have access to TDD equipment, you can call 1-800-829-4059 with your tax question or to order forms and publications. 2009 tax See your tax package for the hours of operation. 2009 tax How To Use This Publication This publication describes the kinds of property that can be depreciated and the methods used to figure depreciation on property placed in service before 1987. 2009 tax It is divided into three chapters and contains an appendix. 2009 tax Chapter 1 explains the rules for depreciating property under the Accelerated Cost Recovery System (ACRS). 2009 tax Chapter 2 explains the rules for depreciating property first used before 1981. 2009 tax Chapter 3 explains the rules for listed property. 2009 tax Also this chapter defines listed property. 2009 tax The appendix contains the ACRS Percentage Tables. 2009 tax Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications