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2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Publication 551 - Main Content Table of Contents Cost BasisStocks and Bonds Real Property Business Assets Allocating the Basis Adjusted BasisIncreases to Basis Decreases to Basis Adjustments to Basis Example Basis Other Than CostProperty Received for Services Taxable Exchanges Nontaxable Exchanges Property Transferred From a Spouse Property Received as a Gift Inherited Property Property Changed to Business or Rental Use How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Cost Basis The basis of property you buy is usually its cost. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The cost is the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, other property, or services. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your cost also includes amounts you pay for the following items. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Sales tax, Freight, Installation and testing, Excise taxes, Legal and accounting fees (when they must be capitalized), Revenue stamps, Recording fees, and Real estate taxes (if assumed for the seller). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040  You may also have to capitalize (add to basis) certain other costs related to buying or producing property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Loans with low or no interest. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you buy property on a time-payment plan that charges little or no interest, the basis of your property is your stated purchase price, minus the amount considered to be unstated interest. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You generally have unstated interest if your interest rate is less than the applicable federal rate. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information, see Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount in Publication 537. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Purchase of a business. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   When you purchase a trade or business, you generally purchase all assets used in the business operations, such as land, buildings, and machinery. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Allocate the price among the various assets, including any section 197 intangibles. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 See Allocating the Basis, later. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Stocks and Bonds The basis of stocks or bonds you buy is generally the purchase price plus any costs of purchase, such as commissions and recording or transfer fees. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you get stocks or bonds other than by purchase, your basis is usually determined by the fair market value (FMV) or the previous owner's adjusted basis of the stock. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You must adjust the basis of stocks for certain events that occur after purchase. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 See Stocks and Bonds in chapter 4 of Publication 550 for more information on the basis of stock. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Identifying stock or bonds sold. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you can adequately identify the shares of stock or the bonds you sold, their basis is the cost or other basis of the particular shares of stock or bonds. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you buy and sell securities at various times in varying quantities and you cannot adequately identify the shares you sell, the basis of the securities you sell is the basis of the securities you acquired first. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information about identifying securities you sell, see Stocks and Bonds under Basis of Investment Property in chapter 4 of Publication 550. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Mutual fund shares. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you sell mutual fund shares acquired at different times and prices, you can choose to use an average basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information, see Publication 550. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Real Property Real property, also called real estate, is land and generally anything built on or attached to it. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you buy real property, certain fees and other expenses become part of your cost basis in the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Real estate taxes. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you pay real estate taxes the seller owed on real property you bought, and the seller did not reimburse you, treat those taxes as part of your basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You cannot deduct them as taxes. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you reimburse the seller for taxes the seller paid for you, you can usually deduct that amount as an expense in the year of purchase. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Do not include that amount in the basis of the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you did not reimburse the seller, you must reduce your basis by the amount of those taxes. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Settlement costs. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   Your basis includes the settlement fees and closing costs for buying property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You cannot include in your basis the fees and costs for getting a loan on property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 A fee for buying property is a cost that must be paid even if you bought the property for cash. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   The following items are some of the settlement fees or closing costs you can include in the basis of your property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Abstract fees (abstract of title fees); Charges for installing utility services; Legal fees (including title search and preparation of the sales contract and deed); Recording fees; Surveys; Transfer taxes; Owner's title insurance; and 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. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   Settlement costs do not include amounts placed in escrow for the future payment of items such as taxes and insurance. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   The following items are some settlement fees and closing costs you cannot include in the basis of the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Casualty insurance premiums. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Rent for occupancy of the property before closing. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Charges for utilities or other services related to occupancy of the property before closing. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Charges connected with getting a loan. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The following are examples of these charges. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Points (discount points, loan origination fees). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Mortgage insurance premiums. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Loan assumption fees. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Cost of a credit report. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Fees for an appraisal required by a lender. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Fees for refinancing a mortgage. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If these costs relate to business property, items (1) through (3) are deductible as business expenses. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Items (4) and (5) must be capitalized as costs of getting a loan and can be deducted over the period of the loan. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Points. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you pay points to obtain a loan (including a mortgage, second mortgage, line of credit, or a home equity loan), do not add the points to the basis of the related property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Generally, you deduct the points over the term of the loan. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information on how to deduct points, see Points in chapter 4 of Publication 535. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Points on home mortgage. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   Special rules may apply to points you and the seller pay when you obtain a mortgage to purchase your main home. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If certain requirements are met, you can deduct the points in full for the year in which they are paid. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Reduce the basis of your home by any seller-paid points. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information, see Points in Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Assumption of mortgage. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you buy property and assume (or buy subject to) an existing mortgage on the property, your basis includes the amount you pay for the property plus the amount to be paid on the mortgage. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you buy a building for $20,000 cash and assume a mortgage of $80,000 on it, your basis is $100,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Constructing assets. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you build property or have assets built for you, your expenses for this construction are part of your basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Some of these expenses include the following costs. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Land, Labor and materials, Architect's fees, Building permit charges, Payments to contractors, Payments for rental equipment, and Inspection fees. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 In addition, if you own a business and use your employees, material, and equipment to build an asset, do not deduct the following expenses. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You must include them in the asset's basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Employee wages paid for the construction work, reduced by any employment credits allowed; Depreciation on equipment you own while it is used in the construction; Operating and maintenance costs for equipment used in the construction; and The cost of business supplies and materials used in the construction. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040    Do not include the value of your own labor, or any other labor you did not pay for, in the basis of any property you construct. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Business Assets If you purchase property to use in your business, your basis is usually its actual cost to you. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you construct, create, or otherwise produce property, you must capitalize the costs as your basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 In certain circumstances, you may be subject to the uniform capitalization rules, next. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Uniform Capitalization Rules The uniform capitalization rules specify the costs you add to basis in certain circumstances. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Activities subject to the rules. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   You must use the uniform capitalization rules if you do any of the following in your trade or business or activity carried on for profit. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Produce real or tangible personal property for use in the business or activity, Produce real or tangible personal property for sale to customers, or Acquire property for resale. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 However, this rule does not apply to personal property if your average annual gross receipts for the 3 previous tax years are $10 million or less. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   You produce property if you construct, build, install, manufacture, develop, improve, create, raise, or grow the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Treat property produced for you under a contract as produced by you up to the amount you pay or costs you otherwise incur for the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Tangible personal property includes films, sound recordings, video tapes, books, or similar property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040    Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize all direct costs and an allocable part of most indirect costs you incur due to your production or resale activities. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 To capitalize means to include certain expenses in the basis of property you produce or in your inventory costs rather than deduct them as a current expense. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You recover these costs through deductions for depreciation, amortization, or cost of goods sold when you use, sell, or otherwise dispose of the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   Any cost you cannot use to figure your taxable income for any tax year is not subject to the uniform capitalization rules. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you incur a business meal expense for which your deduction would be limited to 50% of the cost of the meal, that amount is subject to the uniform capitalization rules. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The nondeductible part of the cost is not subject to the uniform capitalization rules. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 More information. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   For more information about these rules, see the regulations under section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code and Publication 538, Accounting Periods and Methods. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Exceptions. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   The following are not subject to the uniform capitalization rules. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Property you produce that you do not use in your trade, business, or activity conducted for profit; Qualified creative expenses you pay or incur as a free-lance (self-employed) writer, photographer, or artist that are otherwise deductible on your tax return; Property you produce under a long-term contract, except for certain home construction contracts; Research and experimental expenses deductible under section 174 of the Internal Revenue Code; and Costs for personal property acquired for resale if your (or your predecessor's) average annual gross receipts for the 3 previous tax years do not exceed $10 million. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For other exceptions to the uniform capitalization rules, see section 1. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 263A-1(b) of the regulations. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   For information on the special rules that apply to costs incurred in the business of farming, see chapter 6 of Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Intangible Assets Intangible assets include goodwill, patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade names, and franchises. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The basis of an intangible asset is usually the cost to buy or create it. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you acquire multiple assets, for example a going business for a lump sum, see Allocating the Basis below to figure the basis of the individual assets. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The basis of certain intangibles can be amortized. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 See chapter 8 of Publication 535 for information on the amortization of these costs. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Patents. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   The basis of a patent you get for an invention is the cost of development, such as research and experimental expenditures, drawings, working models, and attorneys' and governmental fees. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you deduct the research and experimental expenditures as current business expenses, you cannot include them in the basis of the patent. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The value of the inventor's time spent on an invention is not part of the basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Copyrights. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you are an author, the basis of a copyright will usually be the cost of getting the copyright plus copyright fees, attorneys' fees, clerical assistance, and the cost of plates that remain in your possession. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Do not include the value of your time as the author, or any other person's time you did not pay for. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Franchises, trademarks, and trade names. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you buy a franchise, trademark, or trade name, the basis is its cost, unless you can deduct your payments as a business expense. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Allocating the Basis If you buy multiple assets for a lump sum, allocate the amount you pay among the assets you receive. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You must make this allocation to figure your basis for depreciation and gain or loss on a later disposition of any of these assets. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 See Trade or Business Acquired below. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Group of Assets Acquired If you buy multiple assets for a lump sum, you and the seller may agree to a specific allocation of the purchase price among the assets in the sales contract. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If this allocation is based on the value of each asset and you and the seller have adverse tax interests, the allocation generally will be accepted. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 However, see Trade or Business Acquired, next. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Trade or Business Acquired If you acquire a trade or business, allocate the consideration paid to the various assets acquired. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Generally, reduce the consideration paid by any cash and general deposit accounts (including checking and savings accounts) received. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Allocate the remaining consideration to the other business assets received in proportion to (but not more than) their fair market value in the following order. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Certificates of deposit, U. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 S. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Government securities, foreign currency, and actively traded personal property, including stock and securities. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Accounts receivable, other debt instruments, and assets you mark to market at least annually for federal income tax purposes. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Property of a kind that would properly be included in inventory if on hand at the end of the tax year or property held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 All other assets except section 197 intangibles, goodwill, and going concern value. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Section 197 intangibles except goodwill and going concern value. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Goodwill and going concern value (whether or not they qualify as section 197 intangibles). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Agreement. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   The buyer and seller may enter into a written agreement as to the allocation of any consideration or the fair market value (FMV) of any of the assets. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This agreement is binding on both parties unless the IRS determines the amounts are not appropriate. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Reporting requirement. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   Both the buyer and seller involved in the sale of business assets must report to the IRS the allocation of the sales price among section 197 intangibles and the other business assets. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Use Form 8594 to provide this information. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The buyer and seller should each attach Form 8594 to their federal income tax return for the year in which the sale occurred. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 More information. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   See Sale of a Business in chapter 2 of Publication 544 for more information. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Land and Buildings If you buy buildings and the land on which they stand for a lump sum, allocate the basis of the property among the land and the buildings so you can figure the depreciation allowable on the buildings. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Figure the basis of each asset by multiplying the lump sum by a fraction. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The numerator is the FMV of that asset and the denominator is the FMV of the whole property at the time of purchase. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you are not certain of the FMV of the land and buildings, you can allocate the basis based on their assessed values for real estate tax purposes. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Demolition of building. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   Add demolition costs and other losses incurred for the demolition of any building to the basis of the land on which the demolished building was located. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Do not claim the costs as a current deduction. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Modification of building. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   A modification of a building will not be treated as a demolition if the following conditions are satisfied. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 75 percent or more of the existing external walls of the building are retained in place as internal or external walls, and 75 percent or more of the existing internal structural framework of the building is retained in place. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If the building is a certified historic structure, the modification must also be part of a certified rehabilitation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If these conditions are met, add the costs of the modifications to the basis of the building. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Subdivided lots. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you buy a tract of land and subdivide it, you must determine the basis of each lot. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This is necessary because you must figure the gain or loss on the sale of each individual lot. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 As a result, you do not recover your entire cost in the tract until you have sold all of the lots. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   To determine the basis of an individual lot, multiply the total cost of the tract by a fraction. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The numerator is the FMV of the lot and the denominator is the FMV of the entire tract. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Future improvement costs. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you are a developer and sell subdivided lots before the development work is completed, you can (with IRS consent) include in the basis of the properties sold an allocation of the estimated future cost for common improvements. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 See Revenue Procedure 92–29 for more information, including an explanation of the procedures for getting consent from the IRS. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Use of erroneous cost basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you made a mistake in figuring the cost basis of subdivided lots sold in previous years, you cannot correct the mistake for years for which the statute of limitations (generally 3 tax years) has expired. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Figure the basis of any remaining lots by allocating the correct original cost basis of the entire tract among the original lots. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You bought a tract of land to which you assigned a cost of $15,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You subdivided the land into 15 building lots of equal size and equitably divided your basis so that each lot had a basis of $1,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You treated the sale of each lot as a separate transaction and figured gain or loss separately on each sale. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Several years later you determine that your original basis in the tract was $22,500 and not $15,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You sold eight lots using $8,000 of basis in years for which the statute of limitations has expired. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You now can take $1,500 of basis into account for figuring gain or loss only on the sale of each of the remaining seven lots ($22,500 basis divided among all 15 lots). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You cannot refigure the basis of the eight lots sold in tax years barred by the statute of limitations. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Adjusted Basis Before figuring gain or loss on a sale, exchange, or other disposition of property or figuring allowable depreciation, depletion, or amortization, you must usually make certain adjustments to the basis of the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The result of these adjustments to the basis is the adjusted basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Increases to Basis Increase the basis of any property by all items properly added to a capital account. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 These include the cost of any improvements having a useful life of more than 1 year. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Rehabilitation expenses also increase basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 However, you must subtract any rehabilitation credit allowed for these expenses before you add them to your basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you have to recapture any of the credit, increase your basis by the recaptured amount. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you make additions or improvements to business property, keep separate accounts for them. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Also, you must depreciate the basis of each according to the depreciation rules that would apply to the underlying property if you had placed it in service at the same time you placed the addition or improvement in service. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information, see Publication 946. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The following items increase the basis of property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The cost of extending utility service lines to the property; Impact fees; Legal fees, such as the cost of defending and perfecting title; Legal fees for obtaining a decrease in an assessment levied against property to pay for local improvements; Zoning costs; and The capitalized value of a redeemable ground rent. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Assessments for Local Improvements Increase the basis of property by assessments for items such as paving roads and building ditches that increase the value of the property assessed. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Do not deduct them as taxes. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 However, you can deduct as taxes charges for maintenance, repairs, or interest charges related to the improvements. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your city changes the street in front of your store into an enclosed pedestrian mall and assesses you and other affected landowners for the cost of the conversion. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Add the assessment to your property's basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 In this example, the assessment is a depreciable asset. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Deducting vs. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Capitalizing Costs Do not add to your basis costs you can deduct as current expenses. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For example, amounts paid for incidental repairs or maintenance that are deductible as business expenses cannot be added to basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 However, you can choose either to deduct or to capitalize certain other costs. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you capitalize these costs, include them in your basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you deduct them, do not include them in your basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 See Uniform Capitalization Rules earlier. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The costs you can choose to deduct or to capitalize include the following. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Carrying charges, such as interest and taxes, that you pay to own property, except carrying charges that must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules; Research and experimentation costs; Intangible drilling and development costs for oil, gas, and geothermal wells; Exploration costs for new mineral deposits; Mining development costs for a new mineral deposit; Costs of establishing, maintaining, or increasing the circulation of a newspaper or other periodical; and Costs of removing architectural and transportation barriers to people with disabilities and the elderly. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you claim the disabled access credit, you must reduce the amount you deduct or capitalize by the amount of the credit. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information about deducting or capitalizing costs, see chapter 7 in Publication 535. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Table 1. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Examples of Increases and Decreases to Basis Increases to Basis Decreases to Basis Capital improvements:   Putting an addition on your home   Replacing an entire roof  Paving your driveway  Installing central air conditioning Rewiring your home Exclusion from income of subsidies for energy conservation measures  Casualty or theft loss deductions and insurance reimbursements  Vehicle credits Assessments for local improvements: Water connections Sidewalks Roads Section 179 deduction  Casualty losses: Restoring damaged property Depreciation  Nontaxable corporate distributions Legal fees:  Cost of defending and perfecting a title   Zoning costs   Decreases to Basis The following are some items that reduce the basis of property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Section 179 deduction; Nontaxable corporate distributions; Deductions previously allowed (or allowable) for amortization, depreciation, and depletion; Exclusion of subsidies for energy conservation measures; Vehicle credits; Residential energy credits; Postponed gain from sale of home; Investment credit (part or all) taken; Casualty and theft losses and insurance reimbursement; Certain canceled debt excluded from income; Rebates from a manufacturer or seller; Easements; Gas-guzzler tax; Adoption tax benefits; and Credit for employer-provided child care. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Some of these items are discussed next. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Casualties and Thefts If you have a casualty or theft loss, decrease the basis in your property by any insurance or other reimbursement and by any deductible loss not covered by insurance. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You must increase your basis in the property by the amount you spend on repairs that substantially prolong the life of the property, increase its value, or adapt it to a different use. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 To make this determination, compare the repaired property to the property before the casualty. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information on casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Easements The amount you receive for granting an easement is generally considered to be a sale of an interest in real property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 It reduces the basis of the affected part of the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If the amount received is more than the basis of the part of the property affected by the easement, reduce your basis in that part to zero and treat the excess as a recognized gain. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Vehicle Credits Unless you elect not to claim the qualified plug-in electric vehicle credit, the alternative motor vehicle credit, or the qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit, you may have to reduce the basis of each qualified vehicle by certain amounts reported. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information, see Form 8834, Qualified Plug-in Electric and Electric Vehicle Credit; Form 8910, Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit; Form 8936, Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit;and the related instructions. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Gas-Guzzler Tax Decrease the basis in your car by the gas-guzzler (fuel economy) tax if you begin using the car within 1 year of the date of its first sale for ultimate use. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This rule also applies to someone who later buys the car and begins using it not more than 1 year after the original sale for ultimate use. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If the car is imported, the one-year period begins on the date of entry or withdrawal of the car from the warehouse if that date is later than the date of the first sale for ultimate use. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Section 179 Deduction If you take the section 179 deduction for all or part of the cost of qualifying business property, decrease the basis of the property by the deduction. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information about the section 179 deduction, see Publication 946. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Exclusion of Subsidies for Energy Conservation Measures You can exclude from gross income any subsidy you received from a public utility company for the purchase or installation of any energy conservation measure for a dwelling unit. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Reduce the basis of the property for which you received the subsidy by the excluded amount. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information on this subsidy, see Publication 525. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Depreciation Decrease the basis of property by the depreciation you deducted, or could have deducted, on your tax returns under the method of depreciation you chose. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you took less depreciation than you could have under the method chosen, decrease the basis by the amount you could have taken under that method. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you did not take a depreciation deduction, reduce the basis by the full amount of the depreciation you could have taken. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Unless a timely election is made not to deduct the special depreciation allowance for property placed in service after September 10, 2001, decrease the property's basis by the special depreciation allowance you deducted or could have deducted. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you deducted more depreciation than you should have, decrease your basis by the amount equal to the depreciation you should have deducted plus the part of the excess depreciation you deducted that actually reduced your tax liability for the year. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 In decreasing your basis for depreciation, take into account the amount deducted on your tax returns as depreciation and any depreciation capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For information on figuring depreciation, see Publication 946. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you are claiming depreciation on a business vehicle, see Publication 463. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If the car is not used more than 50% for business during the tax year, you may have to recapture excess depreciation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Include the excess depreciation in your gross income and add it to your basis in the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For information on the computation of excess depreciation, see chapter 4 in Publication 463. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Canceled Debt Excluded From Income If a debt you owe is canceled or forgiven, other than as a gift or bequest, you generally must include the canceled amount in your gross income for tax purposes. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 A debt includes any indebtedness for which you are liable or which attaches to property you hold. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You can exclude canceled debt from income in the following situations. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Debt canceled in a bankruptcy case or when you are insolvent, Qualified farm debt, and Qualified real property business debt (provided you are not a C corporation). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you exclude from income canceled debt under situation (1) or (2), you may have to reduce the basis of your depreciable and nondepreciable property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 However, in situation (3), you must reduce the basis of your depreciable property by the excluded amount. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information about canceled debt in a bankruptcy case or during insolvency, see Publication 908, Bankruptcy Tax Guide. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information about canceled debt that is qualified farm debt, see chapter 3 in Publication 225. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information about qualified real property business debt, see chapter 5 in Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Postponed Gain From Sale of Home If you postponed gain from the sale of your main home before May 7, 1997, you must reduce the basis of your new home by the postponed gain. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information on the rules for the sale of a home, see Publication 523. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Adoption Tax Benefits If you claim an adoption credit for the cost of improvements you added to the basis of your home, decrease the basis of your home by the credit allowed. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This also applies to amounts you received under an employer's adoption assistance program and excluded from income. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Employer-Provided Child Care If you are an employer, you can claim the employer-provided child care credit on amounts you paid or incurred to acquire, construct, rehabilitate, or expand property used as part of your qualified child care facility. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You must reduce your basis in that property by the credit claimed. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information, see Form 8882, Credit for Employer-Provided Child Care Facilities and Services. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Adjustments to Basis Example In January 2005, you paid $80,000 for real property to be used as a factory. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You also paid commissions of $2,000 and title search and legal fees of $600. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You allocated the total cost of $82,600 between the land and the building—$10,325 for the land and $72,275 for the building. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Immediately you spent $20,000 in remodeling the building before you placed it in service. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You were allowed depreciation of $14,526 for the years 2005 through 2009. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 In 2008 you had a $5,000 casualty loss from a that was not covered by insurance on the building. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You claimed a deduction for this loss. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You spent $5,500 to repair the damages and extend the useful life of the building. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The adjusted basis of the building on January 1, 2010, is figured as follows: Original cost of building including fees and commissions $72,275 Adjustments to basis:     Add:         Improvements 20,000   Repair of damages 5,500       $97,775 Subtract:       Depreciation $14,526     Deducted casualty loss 5,000 19,526 Adjusted basis on January 1, 2010 $78,249 The basis of the land, $10,325, remains unchanged. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 It is not affected by any of the above adjustments. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Basis Other Than Cost There are many times when you cannot use cost as basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 In these cases, the fair market value or the adjusted basis of property may be used. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Adjusted basis is discussed earlier. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Fair market value (FMV). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   FMV is the price at which property would change hands between a buyer and a seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all necessary facts. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Sales of similar property on or about the same date may be helpful in figuring the property's FMV. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Property Received for Services If you receive property for services, include the property's FMV in income. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The amount you include in income becomes your basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If the services were performed for a price agreed on beforehand, it will be accepted as the FMV of the property if there is no evidence to the contrary. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Bargain Purchases A bargain purchase is a purchase of an item for less than its FMV. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If, as compensation for services, you purchase goods or other property at less than FMV, include the difference between the purchase price and the property's FMV in your income. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis in the property is its FMV (your purchase price plus the amount you include in income). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If the difference between your purchase price and the FMV represents a qualified employee discount, do not include the difference in income. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 However, your basis in the property is still its FMV. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 See Employee Discounts in Publication 15-B. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Restricted Property If you receive property for your services and the property is subject to certain restrictions, your basis in the property is its FMV when it becomes substantially vested unless you make the election discussed later. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Property becomes substantially vested when your rights in the property or the rights of any person to whom you transfer the property are not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 There is substantial risk of forfeiture when the rights to full enjoyment of the property depend on the future performance of substantial services by any person. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 When the property becomes substantially vested, include the FMV, less any amount you paid for the property, in income. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your employer gives you stock for services performed under the condition that you will have to return the stock unless you complete 5 years of service. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The stock is under a substantial risk of forfeiture and is not substantially vested when you receive it. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You do not report any income until you have completed the 5 years of service that satisfy the condition. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Fair market value. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   Figure the FMV of property you received without considering any restriction except one that by its terms will never end. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You received stock from your employer for services you performed. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you want to sell the stock while you are still employed, you must sell the stock to your employer at book value. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 At your retirement or death, you or your estate must offer to sell the stock to your employer at its book value. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This is a restriction that by its terms will never end and you must consider it when you figure the FMV. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Election. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   You can choose to include in your gross income the FMV of the property at the time of transfer, less any amount you paid for it. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you make this choice, the substantially vested rules do not apply. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis is the amount you paid plus the amount you included in income. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   See the discussion of Restricted Property in Publication 525 for more information. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Taxable Exchanges A taxable exchange is one in which the gain is taxable or the loss is deductible. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 A taxable gain or deductible loss is also known as a recognized gain or loss. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you receive property in exchange for other property in a taxable exchange, the basis of property you receive is usually its FMV at the time of the exchange. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 A taxable exchange occurs when you receive cash or property not similar or related in use to the property exchanged. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You trade a tract of farm land with an adjusted basis of $3,000 for a tractor that has an FMV of $6,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You must report a taxable gain of $3,000 for the land. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The tractor has a basis of $6,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Involuntary Conversions If you receive property as a result of an involuntary conversion, such as a casualty, theft, or condemnation, you can figure the basis of the replacement property you receive using the basis of the converted property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Similar or related property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you receive replacement property similar or related in service or use to the converted property, the replacement property's basis is the old property's basis on the date of the conversion. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 However, make the following adjustments. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Decrease the basis by the following. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Any loss you recognize on the conversion, and Any money you receive that you do not spend on similar property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Increase the basis by the following. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Any gain you recognize on the conversion, and Any cost of acquiring the replacement property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Money or property not similar or related. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you receive money or property not similar or related in service or use to the converted property, and you buy replacement property similar or related in service or use to the converted property, the basis of the new property is its cost decreased by the gain not recognized on the conversion. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The state condemned your property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The property had an adjusted basis of $26,000 and the state paid you $31,000 for it. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You realized a gain of $5,000 ($31,000 − $26,000). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You bought replacement property similar in use to the converted property for $29,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You recognize a gain of $2,000 ($31,000 − $29,000), the unspent part of the payment from the state. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your gain not recognized is $3,000, the difference between the $5,000 realized gain and the $2,000 recognized gain. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The basis of the new property is figured as follows: Cost of replacement property $29,000 Minus: Gain not recognized 3,000 Basis of the replacement property $26,000 Allocating the basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you buy more than one piece of replacement property, allocate your basis among the properties based on their respective costs. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The state in the previous example condemned your unimproved real property and the replacement property you bought was improved real property with both land and buildings. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Allocate the replacement property's $26,000 basis between land and buildings based on their respective costs. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 More information. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   For more information about condemnations, see Involuntary Conversions in Publication 544. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information about casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Nontaxable Exchanges A nontaxable exchange is an exchange in which you are not taxed on any gain and you cannot deduct any loss. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you receive property in a nontaxable exchange, its basis is usually the same as the basis of the property you transferred. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 A nontaxable gain or loss is also known as an unrecognized gain or loss. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Like-Kind Exchanges The exchange of property for the same kind of property is the most common type of nontaxable exchange. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 To qualify as a like-kind exchange, you must hold for business or investment purposes both the property you transfer and the property you receive. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 There must also be an exchange of like-kind property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information, see Like-Kind Exchanges in Publication 544. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The basis of the property you receive is the same as the basis of the property you gave up. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You exchange real estate (adjusted basis $50,000, FMV $80,000) held for investment for other real estate (FMV $80,000) held for investment. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis in the new property is the same as the basis of the old ($50,000). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Exchange expenses. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   Exchange expenses are generally the closing costs you pay. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 They include such items as brokerage commissions, attorney fees, deed preparation fees, etc. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Add them to the basis of the like-kind property received. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Property plus cash. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you trade property in a like-kind exchange and also pay money, the basis of the property received is the basis of the property you gave up increased by the money you paid. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You trade in a truck (adjusted basis $3,000) for another truck (FMV $7,500) and pay $4,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis in the new truck is $7,000 (the $3,000 basis of the old truck plus the $4,000 paid). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Special rules for related persons. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If a like-kind exchange takes place directly or indirectly between related persons and either party disposes of the property within 2 years after the exchange, the exchange no longer qualifies for like-kind exchange treatment. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Each person must report any gain or loss not recognized on the original exchange. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Each person reports it on the tax return filed for the year in which the later disposition occurs. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If this rule applies, the basis of the property received in the original exchange will be its fair market value. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   These rules generally do not apply to the following kinds of property dispositions. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Dispositions due to the death of either related person, Involuntary conversions, and Dispositions in which neither the original exchange nor the subsequent disposition had as a main purpose the avoidance of federal income tax. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Related persons. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   Generally, related persons are ancestors, lineal descendants, brothers and sisters (whole or half), and a spouse. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   For other related persons (for example, two corporations, an individual and a corporation, a grantor and fiduciary, etc. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 ), see Nondeductible Loss in chapter 2 of Publication 544. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Exchange of business property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   Exchanging the assets of one business for the assets of another business is a multiple property exchange. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For information on figuring basis, see Multiple Property Exchanges in chapter 1 of Publication 544. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Partially Nontaxable Exchange A partially nontaxable exchange is an exchange in which you receive unlike property or money in addition to like property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The basis of the property you receive is the same as the basis of the property you gave up, with the following adjustments. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Decrease the basis by the following amounts. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Any money you receive, and Any loss you recognize on the exchange. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Increase the basis by the following amounts. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Any additional costs you incur, and Any gain you recognize on the exchange. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If the other party to the exchange assumes your liabilities, treat the debt assumption as money you received in the exchange. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You traded a truck (adjusted basis $6,000) for a new truck (FMV $5,200) and $1,000 cash. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You realized a gain of $200 ($6,200 − $6,000). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This is the FMV of the truck received plus the cash minus the adjusted basis of the truck you traded ($5,200 + $1,000 – $6,000). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You include all the gain in income (recognized gain) because the gain is less than the cash received. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis in the new truck is: Adjusted basis of old truck $6,000 Minus: Cash received (adjustment 1(a)) 1,000   $5,000 Plus: Gain recognized (adjustment 2(b)) 200 Basis of new truck $5,200 Allocation of basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   Allocate the basis first to the unlike property, other than money, up to its FMV on the date of the exchange. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The rest is the basis of the like property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You had an adjusted basis of $15,000 in real estate you held for investment. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You exchanged it for other real estate to be held for investment with an FMV of $12,500, a truck with an FMV of $3,000, and $1,000 cash. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The truck is unlike property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You realized a gain of $1,500 ($16,500 − $15,000). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This is the FMV of the real estate received plus the FMV of the truck received plus the cash minus the adjusted basis of the real estate you traded ($12,500 + $3,000 + $1,000 – $15,000). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You include in income (recognize) all $1,500 of the gain because it is less than the FMV of the unlike property plus the cash received. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis in the properties you received is figured as follows. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Adjusted basis of real estate transferred $15,000 Minus: Cash received (adjustment 1(a)) 1,000   $14,000 Plus: Gain recognized (adjustment 2(b)) 1,500 Total basis of properties received $15,500 Allocate the total basis of $15,500 first to the unlike property — the truck ($3,000). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This is the truck's FMV. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The rest ($12,500) is the basis of the real estate. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Sale and Purchase If you sell property and buy similar property in two mutually dependent transactions, you may have to treat the sale and purchase as a single nontaxable exchange. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You are a salesperson and you use one of your cars 100% for business. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You have used this car in your sales activities for 2 years and have depreciated it. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your adjusted basis in the car is $22,600 and its FMV is $23,100. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You are interested in a new car, which sells for $28,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you trade your old car and pay $4,900 for the new one, your basis for depreciation for the new car would be $27,500 ($4,900 plus the $22,600 basis of your old car). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 However, you want a higher basis for depreciating the new car, so you agree to pay the dealer $28,000 for the new car if he will pay you $23,100 for your old car. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Because the two transactions are dependent on each other, you are treated as having exchanged your old car for the new one and paid $4,900 ($28,000 − $23,100). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis for depreciating the new car is $27,500, the same as if you traded the old car. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Partial Business Use of Property If you have property used partly for business and partly for personal use, and you exchange it in a nontaxable exchange for property to be used wholly or partly in your business, the basis of the property you receive is figured as if you had exchanged two properties. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The first is an exchange of like-kind property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The second is personal-use property on which gain is recognized and loss is not recognized. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 First, figure your adjusted basis in the property as if you transferred two separate properties. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Figure the adjusted basis of each part of the property by taking into account any adjustments to basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Deduct the depreciation you took or could have taken from the adjusted basis of the business part. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Then figure the amount realized for your property and allocate it to the business and nonbusiness parts of the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The business part of the property is permitted to be exchanged tax free. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 However, you must recognize any gain from the exchange of the nonbusiness part. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You are deemed to have received, in exchange for the nonbusiness part, an amount equal to its FMV on the date of the exchange. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The basis of the property you acquired is the total basis of the property transferred (adjusted to the date of the exchange), increased by any gain recognized on the nonbusiness part. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If the nonbusiness part of the property transferred is your main home, you may qualify to exclude from income all or part of the gain on that part. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information, see Publication 523. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Trade of car used partly in business. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you trade in a car you used partly in your business for another car you will use in your business, your basis for depreciation of the new car is not the same as your basis for figuring a gain or loss on its sale. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   For information on figuring your basis for depreciation, see Publication 463. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Property Transferred From a Spouse The basis of property transferred to you or transferred in trust for your benefit by your spouse (or former spouse if the transfer is incident to divorce), is the same as your spouse's adjusted basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 However, adjust your basis for any gain recognized by your spouse or former spouse on property transferred in trust. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This rule applies only to a transfer of property in trust in which the liabilities assumed, plus the liabilities to which the property is subject, are more than the adjusted basis of the property transferred. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If the property transferred to you is a series E, series EE, or series I United States savings bond, the transferor must include in income the interest accrued to the date of transfer. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis in the bond immediately after the transfer is equal to the transferor's basis increased by the interest income includible in the transferor's income. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information on these bonds, see Publication 550. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 At the time of the transfer, the transferor must give you the records necessary to determine the adjusted basis and holding period of the property as of the date of transfer. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information, see Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Property Received as a Gift To figure the basis of property you receive as a gift, you must know its adjusted basis (defined earlier) to the donor just before it was given to you, its FMV at the time it was given to you, and any gift tax paid on it. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 FMV Less Than Donor's Adjusted Basis If the FMV of the property at the time of the gift is less than the donor's adjusted basis, your basis depends on whether you have a gain or a loss when you dispose of the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis for figuring gain is the same as the donor's adjusted basis plus or minus any required adjustment to basis while you held the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis for figuring loss is its FMV when you received the gift plus or minus any required adjustment to basis while you held the property (see Adjusted Basis earlier). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you use the donor's adjusted basis for figuring a gain and get a loss, and then use the FMV for figuring a loss and have a gain, you have neither gain nor loss on the sale or disposition of the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You received an acre of land as a gift. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 At the time of the gift, the land had an FMV of $8,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The donor's adjusted basis was $10,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 After you received the land, no events occurred to increase or decrease your basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you sell the land for $12,000, you will have a $2,000 gain because you must use the donor's adjusted basis ($10,000) at the time of the gift as your basis to figure gain. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you sell the land for $7,000, you will have a $1,000 loss because you must use the FMV ($8,000) at the time of the gift as your basis to figure a loss. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If the sales price is between $8,000 and $10,000, you have neither gain nor loss. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For instance, if the sales price was $9,000 and you tried to figure a gain using the donor's adjusted basis ($10,000), you would get a $1,000 loss. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you then tried to figure a loss using the FMV ($8,000), you would get a $1,000 gain. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Business property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you hold the gift as business property, your basis for figuring any depreciation, depletion, or amortization deduction is the same as the donor's adjusted basis plus or minus any required adjustments to basis while you hold the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 FMV Equal to or More Than Donor's Adjusted Basis If the FMV of the property is equal to or greater than the donor's adjusted basis, your basis is the donor's adjusted basis at the time you received the gift. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Increase your basis by all or part of any gift tax paid, depending on the date of the gift. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Also, for figuring gain or loss from a sale or other disposition of the property, or for figuring depreciation, depletion, or amortization deductions on business property, you must increase or decrease your basis by any required adjustments to basis while you held the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 See Adjusted Basis earlier. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Gift received before 1977. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you received a gift before 1977, increase your basis in the gift (the donor's adjusted basis) by any gift tax paid on it. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 However, do not increase your basis above the FMV of the gift at the time it was given to you. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example 1. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You were given a house in 1976 with an FMV of $21,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The donor's adjusted basis was $20,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The donor paid a gift tax of $500. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis is $20,500, the donor's adjusted basis plus the gift tax paid. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example 2. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If, in Example 1, the gift tax paid had been $1,500, your basis would be $21,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This is the donor's adjusted basis plus the gift tax paid, limited to the FMV of the house at the time you received the gift. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Gift received after 1976. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you received a gift after 1976, increase your basis in the gift (the donor's adjusted basis) by the part of the gift tax paid on it that is due to the net increase in value of the gift. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Figure the increase by multiplying the gift tax paid by a fraction. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The numerator of the fraction is the net increase in value of the gift and the denominator is the amount of the gift. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   The net increase in value of the gift is the FMV of the gift less the donor's adjusted basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The amount of the gift is its value for gift tax purposes after reduction by any annual exclusion and marital or charitable deduction that applies to the gift. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For information on the gift tax, see Publication 950, Introduction to Estate and Gift Taxes. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 In 2010, you received a gift of property from your mother that had an FMV of $50,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Her adjusted basis was $20,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The amount of the gift for gift tax purposes was $37,000 ($50,000 minus the $13,000 annual exclusion). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 She paid a gift tax of $9,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis, $27,290, is figured as follows: Fair market value $50,000 Minus: Adjusted basis 20,000 Net increase in value $30,000 Gift tax paid $9,000 Multiplied by ($30,000 ÷ $37,000) . 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 81 Gift tax due to net increase in value $7,290 Adjusted basis of property to your mother 20,000 Your basis in the property $27,290 Inherited Property Special rules apply to property acquired from a decedent who died in 2010. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 See Publication 4895, Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decedent Dying in 2010, for details. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you inherited property from a decedent who died before 2010, your basis in property you inherit from a decedent is generally one of the following. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The FMV of the property at the date of the individual's death. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The FMV on the alternate valuation date if the personal representative for the estate chooses to use alternate valuation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For information on the alternate valuation date, see the Instructions for Form 706. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The value under the special-use valuation method for real property used in farming or a closely held business if chosen for estate tax purposes. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This method is discussed later. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The decedent's adjusted basis in land to the extent of the value excluded from the decedent's taxable estate as a qualified conservation easement. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For information on a qualified conservation easement, see the Instructions for Form 706. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If a federal estate tax return does not have to be filed, your basis in the inherited property is its appraised value at the date of death for state inheritance or transmission taxes. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information, see the Instructions for Form 706. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Appreciated property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   The above rule does not apply to appreciated property you receive from a decedent if you or your spouse originally gave the property to the decedent within 1 year before the decedent's death. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your basis in this property is the same as the decedent's adjusted basis in the property immediately before his or her death, rather than its FMV. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Appreciated property is any property whose FMV on the day it was given to the decedent is more than its adjusted basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Community Property In community property states (Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin), husband and wife are each usually considered to own half the community property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 When either spouse dies, the total value of the community property, even the part belonging to the surviving spouse, generally becomes the basis of the entire property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For this rule to apply, at least half the value of the community property interest must be includable in the decedent's gross estate, whether or not the estate must file a return. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For example, you and your spouse owned community property that had a basis of $80,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 When your spouse died, half the FMV of the community interest was includible in your spouse's estate. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The FMV of the community interest was $100,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The basis of your half of the property after the death of your spouse is $50,000 (half of the $100,000 FMV). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The basis of the other half to your spouse's heirs is also $50,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 For more information on community property, see Publication 555, Community Property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Property Held by Surviving Tenant The following example explains the rule for the basis of property held by a surviving tenant in joint tenancy or tenancy by the entirety. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 John and Jim owned, as joint tenants with right of survivorship, business property they purchased for $30,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 John furnished two-thirds of the purchase price and Jim furnished one-third. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Depreciation deductions allowed before John's death were $12,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Under local law, each had a half interest in the income from the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 At the date of John's death, the property had an FMV of $60,000, two-thirds of which is includable in John's estate. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Jim figures his basis in the property at the date of John's death as follows: Interest Jim bought with his own funds—1/3 of $30,000 cost $10,000   Interest Jim received on John's death—2/3 of $60,000 FMV 40,000 $50,000 Minus: ½ of $12,000 depreciation before John's death 6,000 Jim's basis at the date of John's death $44,000 If Jim had not contributed any part of the purchase price, his basis at the date of John's death would be $54,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This is figured by subtracting from the $60,000 FMV, the $6,000 depreciation allocated to Jim's half interest before the date of death. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If under local law Jim had no interest in the income from the property and he contributed no part of the purchase price, his basis at John's death would be $60,000, the FMV of the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Qualified Joint Interest Include one-half of the value of a qualified joint interest in the decedent's gross estate. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 It does not matter how much each spouse contributed to the purchase price. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Also, it does not matter which spouse dies first. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 A qualified joint interest is any interest in property held by husband and wife as either of the following. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Tenants by the entirety, or Joint tenants with right of survivorship if husband and wife are the only joint tenants. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Basis. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   As the surviving spouse, your basis in property you owned with your spouse as a qualified joint interest is the cost of your half of the property with certain adjustments. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Decrease the cost by any deductions allowed to you for depreciation and depletion. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Increase the reduced cost by your basis in the half you inherited. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Farm or Closely Held Business Under certain conditions, when a person dies the executor or personal representative of that person's estate can choose to value the qualified real property on other than its FMV. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If so, the executor or personal representative values the qualified real property based on its use as a farm or its use in a closely held business. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If the executor or personal representative chooses this method of valuation for estate tax purposes, that value is the basis of the property for the heirs. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Qualified heirs should be able to get the necessary value from the executor or personal representative of the estate. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Special-use valuation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you are a qualified heir who received special-use valuation property, your basis in the property is the estate's or trust's basis in that property immediately before the distribution. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Increase your basis by any gain recognized by the estate or trust because of post-death appreciation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Post-death appreciation is the property's FMV on the date of distribution minus the property's FMV either on the date of the individual's death or the alternate valuation date. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Figure all FMVs without regard to the special-use valuation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   You can elect to increase your basis in special-use valuation property if it becomes subject to the additional estate tax. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 This tax is assessed if, within 10 years after the death of the decedent, you transfer the property to a person who is not a member of your family or the property stops being used as a farm or in a closely held business. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   To increase your basis in the property, you must make an irrevocable election and pay interest on the additional estate tax figured from the date 9 months after the decedent's death until the date of the payment of the additional estate tax. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 If you meet these requirements, increase your basis in the property to its FMV on the date of the decedent's death or the alternate valuation date. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The increase in your basis is considered to have occurred immediately before the event that results in the additional estate tax. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   You make the election by filing with Form 706-A a statement that does all of the following. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Contains your name, address, and taxpayer identification number and those of the estate; Identifies the election as an election under section 1016(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; Specifies the property for which the election is made; and Provides any additional information required by the Instructions for Form 706-A. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   For more information, see the Instructions for Form 706 and the Instructions for Form 706-A. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Property Changed to Business or Rental Use If you hold property for personal use and then change it to business use or use it to produce rent, you must figure its basis for depreciation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 An example of changing property held for personal use to business use would be renting out your former main home. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Basis for depreciation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   The basis for depreciation is the lesser of the following amounts. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The FMV of the property on the date of the change, or Your adjusted basis on the date of the change. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Several years ago you paid $160,000 to have your home built on a lot that cost $25,000. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 You paid $20,000 for permanent improvements to the house and claimed a $2,000 casualty loss deduction for damage to the house before changing the property to rental use last year. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Because land is not depreciable, you include only the cost of the house when figuring the basis for depreciation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your adjusted basis in the house when you changed its use was $178,000 ($160,000 + $20,000 − $2,000). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 On the same date, your property had an FMV of $180,000, of which $15,000 was for the land and $165,000 was for the house. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 The basis for figuring depreciation on the house is its FMV on the date of change ($165,000) because it is less than your adjusted basis ($178,000). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Sale of property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   If you later sell or dispose of property changed to business or rental use, the basis of the property you use will depend on whether you are figuring gain or loss. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Gain. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   The basis for figuring a gain is your adjusted basis when you sell the property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Assume the same facts as in the previous example except that you sell the property at a gain after being allowed depreciation deductions of $37,500. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Your adjusted basis for figuring gain is $165,500 ($178,000 + $25,000 (land) − $37,500). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Loss. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040   Figure the basis for a loss starting with the smaller of your adjusted basis or the FMV of the property at the time of the change to business or rental use. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Then adjust this amount for the period after the change in the property's use, as discussed earlier under Adjusted Basis, to arrive at a basis for loss. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Example. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Assume the same facts as in the previous example, except that you sell the property at a loss after being allowed depreciation deductions of $37,500. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 In this case, you would start with the FMV on the date of the change to rental use ($180,000) because it is less than the adjusted basis of $203,000 ($178,000 + $25,000) on that date. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Reduce that amount ($180,000) by the depreciation deductions to arrive at a basis for 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Wills

It's unfortunate how many people believe that estate planning is only for wealthy people. People at all economic levels benefit from an estate plan. Upon death, an estate plan legally protects and distributes property based on your wishes and the needs of your family and/or survivors with as little tax as possible.

A will is the most practical first step in estate planning; it makes clear how you want your property to be distributed after you die.

Writing a will can be as simple as typing out how you want your assets to be transferred to loved ones or charitable organizations after your death. If you don't have a will when you die, your estate will be handled in probate, and your property could be distributed differently than what you would like.

It may help to get legal advice when writing a will, particularly when it comes to understanding all the rules of the estate disposition process in your state. Some states, for instance, have community-property laws that entitle your surviving spouse to keep half of your wealth after you die no matter what percentage you leave him or her. Fees for the execution of a will vary according to its complexity.

Rules To Remember When Writing A Will

  • In most states, you must be 18 years of age or older.
  • A will must be written in sound judgment and mental capacity to be valid.
  • The document must clearly state that it is your will.
  • An executor of your will, who ensures your estate is distributed according to your wishes, must be named.
  • It is not necessary to notarize or record your will but these can safeguard against any claims that your will is invalid. To be valid, you must sign a will in the presence of at least two witnesses.

Choose an Executor

An executor is the person who is responsible for settling the estate after death. Duties of an executor include:

  • Taking inventory of property and belongings
  • Appraising and distributing assets
  • Paying taxes
  • Settling debts owed by the deceased

Most important, the executor is legally obligated to act in the interests of the deceased, following the wishes provided by the will. Here again, it could be helpful to consult an attorney to help with the probate process or offer legal guidance. Any person over the age of 18, who hasn't been convicted of a felony, can be named executor of a will. Some people choose a lawyer, accountant or financial consultant based on their experience. Others choose a spouse, adult child, relative or friend. Since the role of executor can be demanding, it's often a good idea to ask the person being named in a will if he or she is willing to serve.

If you've been named executor in someone's will but are not able or do not want to serve, you need to file a declination, which is a legal document that declines your designation as an executor. The contingent executor named in the will then assumes responsibility. If no contingent executor is named, the court will appoint one.

Review Your Estate Plan

Once you've completed a will, it's a good idea to review it from time to time, and consider changes if:

  • The value of your assets change
  • You marry, divorce or remarry
  • You have a child
  • You move to a different state
  • The executor of your will dies or becomes incapacitated or your relationship changes
  • One of your heirs dies
  • The laws affecting your estate change

Write a Social Media Will

Social media is a part of daily life, so what happens to the online content that you created once you die? If you are active online you should consider creating a statement of how you would like your online identity to be handled, like a social media will. You should appoint someone you trust as an online executor. This person will be responsible for the closure of your email addresses, social media profiles, and blogs after you are deceased. Take these steps to help you write a social media will (download a social media will template in Excel format):

  • Review the privacy policies and the terms and conditions of each website where you have a presence.
  • State how you would like your profiles to be handled. You may want to completely cancel your profile or keep it up for friends and family to visit. Some sites allow users to create a memorial profile where other users can still see your profile but can’t post anything new.
  • Give the social media executor a document that lists all the websites where you have a profile, along with your usernames and passwords.
  • Stipulate in your will that the online executor should have a copy of your death certificate. The online executor may need this as proof in order for websites to take any actions on your behalf.
  • Check to see if the social media platforms have account management features to let you proactively manage what happens to your accounts after you die. For example, Google's Inactive Account Manager allows you to manage how you want your online content to be saved or deleted. This feature also lets you give permission for your family or close friends to access the content you saved on Google websites after you die.

The 2011 Tax Forms And Instructions 1040

2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Index A Active participation, Active participation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Activity Appropriate economic unit, Appropriate Economic Units Nonpassive, Activities That Are Not Passive Activities Trade or business, Passive Activities Amounts borrowed, Amounts borrowed. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Amounts not at risk, Amounts Not At Risk, Other loss limiting arrangements. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Appropriate economic unit, Appropriate Economic Units Assistance (see Tax help) At-risk activities Aggregation of, Aggregation of Activities Separation of, Separation of Activities At-risk amounts, At-Risk Amounts Government price support programs, Effect of government price support programs. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Increasing amounts, Effect of increasing amounts at risk in subsequent years. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Nonrecourse financing, Nonrecourse financing. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 At-risk limits, At-Risk Limits Closely held corporation, Closely held C corporation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Loss defined, Loss defined. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Partners, Loss limits for partners and S corporation shareholders. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 S corporation shareholders, Loss limits for partners and S corporation shareholders. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Who is affected, Who Is Affected? At-risk rules Activities covered by, Activities Covered by the At-Risk Rules Exceptions to, Exception for holding real property placed in service before 1987. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Excluded business, Qualifying business. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Qualified corporation, Qualified corporation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Qualifying business, Qualifying business. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Recapture rule, Recapture Rule B Borrowed amounts, Amounts borrowed. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 C Closely held corporation, Closely held C corporation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Commercial revitalization deduction, Commercial revitalization deduction (CRD). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Corporations Closely held, Corporations. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 , Corporations. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Controlled group of, Controlled group of corporations. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Personal service, Corporations. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 , Corporations. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Qualified, Qualified corporation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 CRD, Commercial revitalization deduction (CRD). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 D Deductions, passive activity, Passive Activity Deductions Disabled farmer, Retired or disabled farmer and surviving spouse of a farmer. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Disclosure requirement, Appropriate Economic Units Dispositions Death, Dispositions by death. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Gift, Dispositions by gift. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Installment sale, Installment sale of an entire interest. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Partial, Partial dispositions. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 E Excluded business, definition of, Qualifying business. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 F Farm loss, Excess Farm Loss Farmer, Retired or disabled farmer and surviving spouse of a farmer. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Form 6198, Form 6198. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 8582, Step Three—Completing Form 8582 8810, Who Must Use These Rules? Former passive activity, Treatment of former passive activities. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 G Grouping passive activities, Grouping Your Activities H Help (see Tax help) I Income, passive activity, Passive Activity Income L Limited entrepreneur, Limited entrepreneur. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Limited partners, Limited partners. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 M Material participation, Material Participation, Corporations. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Modified adjusted gross income, Phaseout rule. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 N Nonrecourse loan, Nonrecourse financing. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 P Participation, Participation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Active, Active participation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Material, Material Participation Passive activity, Passive Activity Limits Comprehensive example, How To Report Your Passive Activity Loss Disposition, Dispositions Former, Treatment of former passive activities. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Grouping, Grouping Your Activities Limits, Passive Activity Limits Material participation, Material Participation Rental, Rental Activities Rules, Passive Activities, Grouping Your Activities Who must use these rules, Who Must Use These Rules? Passive activity deductions, Passive Activity Deductions Passive activity income, Passive Activity Income Passive income, recharacterization of, Recharacterization of Passive Income Publications (see Tax help) Publicly traded partnership, Publicly Traded Partnership, Publicly traded partnership (PTP). 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Q Qualified person, nonrecourse financing, Qualified person. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Qualifying business, at-risk rules, Qualifying business. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 R Real estate professional, Real Estate Professional Recapture rule under at-risk limits, Recapture Rule Recharacterization of passive income, Recharacterization of Passive Income Reductions of amounts at risk, Reductions of Amounts At Risk Related persons, Related persons. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Rental activity $25,000 offset, Special $25,000 allowance. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Active participation, Active participation. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Exceptions, Exceptions. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Phaseout rule, Phaseout rule. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Real estate professional, Real Estate Professional Retired farmer, Retired or disabled farmer and surviving spouse of a farmer. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 S Section 1245 property, Section 1245 property. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Self-charged interest, Self-charged interest. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Separate activity, Separation of Activities Significant participation passive activities, Significant Participation Passive Activities Special $25,000 allowance, Special $25,000 allowance. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Surviving spouse of farmer, Retired or disabled farmer and surviving spouse of a farmer. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 T Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Trade or business activities Definition of, Trade or Business Activities Real property, Real property trades or businesses. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 W Worksheet 1, Worksheet 1. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Worksheet 3, Worksheet 3. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Worksheet 4, Step Four—Completing Worksheet 4 Worksheet 5, Step Five—Completing Worksheet 5 Worksheet 6, Step Six—Using Worksheets 6 and 7 Worksheet 7, Step Six—Using Worksheets 6 and 7 Worksheet A, Worksheet A. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 , Worksheet A. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Significant Participation Passive Activities Worksheet B, Worksheet B. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 , Worksheet B. 2011 tax forms and instructions 1040 Significant Participation Activities With Net Income Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications