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Amendment for taxes 8. Amendment for taxes   Business Expenses Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Bad DebtsAccrual method. Amendment for taxes Cash method. Amendment for taxes Car and Truck ExpensesOffice in the home. Amendment for taxes Methods for Deducting Car and Truck Expenses Reimbursing Your Employees for Expenses Depreciation Employees' PayFringe benefits. Amendment for taxes InsuranceHow to figure the deduction. Amendment for taxes Interest Legal and Professional FeesTax preparation fees. Amendment for taxes Pension Plans Rent Expense Taxes Travel, Meals, and EntertainmentTransportation. Amendment for taxes Taxi, commuter bus, and limousine. Amendment for taxes Baggage and shipping. Amendment for taxes Car or truck. Amendment for taxes Meals and lodging. Amendment for taxes Cleaning. Amendment for taxes Telephone. Amendment for taxes Tips. Amendment for taxes More information. Amendment for taxes Business Use of Your HomeExceptions to exclusive use. Amendment for taxes Other Expenses You Can Deduct Expenses You Cannot Deduct Introduction You can deduct the costs of operating your business. Amendment for taxes These costs are known as business expenses. Amendment for taxes These are costs you do not have to capitalize or include in the cost of goods sold but can deduct in the current year. Amendment for taxes To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. Amendment for taxes An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business. Amendment for taxes A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your business. Amendment for taxes An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary. Amendment for taxes For more information about the general rules for deducting business expenses, see chapter 1 in Publication 535, Business Expenses. Amendment for taxes If you have an expense that is partly for business and partly personal, separate the personal part from the business part. Amendment for taxes The personal part is not deductible. Amendment for taxes Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 535 Business Expenses 946 How To Depreciate Property See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Amendment for taxes Bad Debts If someone owes you money you cannot collect, you have a bad debt. Amendment for taxes There are two kinds of bad debts, business bad debts and nonbusiness bad debts. Amendment for taxes A business bad debt is generally one that comes from operating your trade or business. Amendment for taxes You may be able to deduct business bad debts as an expense on your business tax return. Amendment for taxes Business bad debt. Amendment for taxes   A business bad debt is a loss from the worthlessness of a debt that was either of the following. Amendment for taxes Created or acquired in your business. Amendment for taxes Closely related to your business when it became partly or totally worthless. Amendment for taxes A debt is closely related to your business if your primary motive for incurring the debt is a business reason. Amendment for taxes   Business bad debts are mainly the result of credit sales to customers. Amendment for taxes They can also be the result of loans to suppliers, clients, employees, or distributors. Amendment for taxes Goods and services customers have not paid for are shown in your books as either accounts receivable or notes receivable. Amendment for taxes If you are unable to collect any part of these accounts or notes receivable, the uncollectible part is a business bad debt. Amendment for taxes    You can take a bad debt deduction for these accounts and notes receivable only if the amount you were owed was included in your gross income either for the year the deduction is claimed or for a prior year. Amendment for taxes Accrual method. Amendment for taxes   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you normally report income as you earn it. Amendment for taxes You can take a bad debt deduction for an uncollectible receivable if you have included the uncollectible amount in income. Amendment for taxes Cash method. Amendment for taxes   If you use the cash method of accounting, you normally report income when you receive payment. Amendment for taxes You cannot take a bad debt deduction for amounts owed to you that you have not received and cannot collect if you never included those amounts in income. Amendment for taxes More information. Amendment for taxes   For more information about business bad debts, see chapter 10 in Publication 535. Amendment for taxes Nonbusiness bad debts. Amendment for taxes   All other bad debts are nonbusiness bad debts and are deductible as short-term capital losses on Form 8949 and Schedule D (Form 1040). Amendment for taxes For more information on nonbusiness bad debts, see Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. Amendment for taxes Car and Truck Expenses If you use your car or truck in your business, you may be able to deduct the costs of operating and maintaining your vehicle. Amendment for taxes You also may be able to deduct other costs of local transportation and traveling away from home overnight on business. Amendment for taxes You may qualify for a tax credit for qualified plug-in electric vehicles, qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles, and alternative motor vehicles you place in service during the year. Amendment for taxes See Form 8936 and Form 8910 for more information. Amendment for taxes Local transportation expenses. Amendment for taxes   Local transportation expenses include the ordinary and necessary costs of all the following. Amendment for taxes Getting from one workplace to another in the course of your business or profession when you are traveling within the city or general area that is your tax home. Amendment for taxes Tax home is defined later. Amendment for taxes Visiting clients or customers. Amendment for taxes Going to a business meeting away from your regular workplace. Amendment for taxes Getting from your home to a temporary workplace when you have one or more regular places of work. Amendment for taxes These temporary workplaces can be either within the area of your tax home or outside that area. Amendment for taxes Local business transportation does not include expenses you have while traveling away from home overnight. Amendment for taxes Those expenses are deductible as travel expenses and are discussed later under Travel, Meals, and Entertainment. Amendment for taxes However, if you use your car while traveling away from home overnight, use the rules in this section to figure your car expense deduction. Amendment for taxes   Generally, your tax home is your regular place of business, regardless of where you maintain your family home. Amendment for taxes It includes the entire city or general area in which your business or work is located. Amendment for taxes Example. Amendment for taxes You operate a printing business out of rented office space. Amendment for taxes You use your van to deliver completed jobs to your customers. Amendment for taxes You can deduct the cost of round-trip transportation between your customers and your print shop. Amendment for taxes    You cannot deduct the costs of driving your car or truck between your home and your main or regular workplace. Amendment for taxes These costs are personal commuting expenses. Amendment for taxes Office in the home. Amendment for taxes   Your workplace can be your home if you have an office in your home that qualifies as your principal place of business. Amendment for taxes For more information, see Business Use of Your Home, later. Amendment for taxes Example. Amendment for taxes You are a graphics designer. Amendment for taxes You operate your business out of your home. Amendment for taxes Your home qualifies as your principal place of business. Amendment for taxes You occasionally have to drive to your clients to deliver your completed work. Amendment for taxes You can deduct the cost of the round-trip transportation between your home and your clients. Amendment for taxes Methods for Deducting Car and Truck Expenses For local transportation or overnight travel by car or truck, you generally can use one of the following methods to figure your expenses. Amendment for taxes Standard mileage rate. Amendment for taxes Actual expenses. Amendment for taxes Standard mileage rate. Amendment for taxes   You may be able to use the standard mileage rate to figure the deductible costs of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for business purposes. Amendment for taxes For 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. Amendment for taxes 5 cents per mile. Amendment for taxes    If you choose to use the standard mileage rate for a year, you cannot deduct your actual expenses for that year except for business-related parking fees and tolls. Amendment for taxes Choosing the standard mileage rate. Amendment for taxes   If you want to use the standard mileage rate for a car or truck you own, you must choose to use it in the first year the car is available for use in your business. Amendment for taxes In later years, you can choose to use either the standard mileage rate or actual expenses. Amendment for taxes   If you use the standard mileage rate for a car you lease, you must choose to use it for the entire lease period (including renewals). Amendment for taxes Standard mileage rate not allowed. Amendment for taxes   You cannot use the standard mileage rate if you: Operate five or more cars at the same time, Claimed a depreciation deduction using any method other than straight line, for example, ACRS or MACRS, Claimed a section 179 deduction on the car, Claimed the special depreciation allowance on the car, Claimed actual car expenses for a car you leased, or Are a rural mail carrier who received a qualified reimbursement. Amendment for taxes Parking fees and tolls. Amendment for taxes   In addition to using the standard mileage rate, you can deduct any business-related parking fees and tolls. Amendment for taxes (Parking fees you pay to park your car at your place of work are nondeductible commuting expenses. Amendment for taxes ) Actual expenses. Amendment for taxes   If you do not choose to use the standard mileage rate, you may be able to deduct your actual car or truck expenses. Amendment for taxes    If you qualify to use both methods, figure your deduction both ways to see which gives you a larger deduction. Amendment for taxes   Actual car expenses include the costs of the following items. Amendment for taxes Depreciation Lease payments Registration Garage rent Licenses Repairs Gas Oil Tires Insurance Parking fees Tolls   If you use your vehicle for both business and personal purposes, you must divide your expenses between business and personal use. Amendment for taxes You can divide your expenses based on the miles driven for each purpose. Amendment for taxes Example. Amendment for taxes You are the sole proprietor of a flower shop. Amendment for taxes You drove your van 20,000 miles during the year. Amendment for taxes 16,000 miles were for delivering flowers to customers and 4,000 miles were for personal use (including commuting miles). Amendment for taxes You can claim only 80% (16,000 ÷ 20,000) of the cost of operating your van as a business expense. Amendment for taxes More information. Amendment for taxes   For more information about the rules for claiming car and truck expenses, see Publication 463. Amendment for taxes Reimbursing Your Employees for Expenses You generally can deduct the amount you reimburse your employees for car and truck expenses. Amendment for taxes The reimbursement you deduct and the manner in which you deduct it depend in part on whether you reimburse the expenses under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. Amendment for taxes For details, see chapter 11 in Publication 535. Amendment for taxes That chapter explains accountable and nonaccountable plans and tells you whether to report the reimbursement on your employee's Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Amendment for taxes Depreciation If property you acquire to use in your business is expected to last more than 1 year, you generally cannot deduct the entire cost as a business expense in the year you acquire it. Amendment for taxes You must spread the cost over more than 1 tax year and deduct part of it each year on Schedule C. Amendment for taxes This method of deducting the cost of business property is called depreciation. Amendment for taxes The discussion here is brief. Amendment for taxes You will find more information about depreciation in Publication 946. Amendment for taxes What property can be depreciated?   You can depreciate property if it meets all the following requirements. Amendment for taxes It must be property you own. Amendment for taxes It must be used in business or held to produce income. Amendment for taxes You never can depreciate inventory (explained in chapter 2) because it is not held for use in your business. Amendment for taxes It must have a useful life that extends substantially beyond the year it is placed in service. Amendment for taxes It must have a determinable useful life, which means that it must be something that wears out, decays, gets used up, becomes obsolete, or loses its value from natural causes. Amendment for taxes You never can depreciate the cost of land because land does not wear out, become obsolete, or get used up. Amendment for taxes It must not be excepted property. Amendment for taxes This includes property placed in service and disposed of in the same year. Amendment for taxes Repairs. Amendment for taxes    You cannot depreciate repairs and replacements that do not increase the value of your property, make it more useful, or lengthen its useful life. Amendment for taxes You can deduct these amounts on line 21 of Schedule C or line 2 of Schedule C-EZ. Amendment for taxes Depreciation method. Amendment for taxes   The method for depreciating most business and investment property placed in service after 1986 is called the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS). Amendment for taxes MACRS is discussed in detail in Publication 946. Amendment for taxes Section 179 deduction. Amendment for taxes   You can elect to deduct a limited amount of the cost of certain depreciable property in the year you place the property in service. Amendment for taxes This deduction is known as the “section 179 deduction. Amendment for taxes ” The maximum amount you can elect to deduct during 2013 is generally $500,000 (higher limits apply to certain property). Amendment for taxes See IRC 179(e). Amendment for taxes   This limit is generally reduced by the amount by which the cost of the property placed in service during the tax year exceeds $2 million. Amendment for taxes The total amount of depreciation (including the section 179 deduction) you can take for a passenger automobile you use in your business and first place in service in 2013 is $3,160 ($11,160 if you take the special depreciation allowance for qualified passenger automobiles placed in service in 2013). Amendment for taxes Special rules apply to trucks and vans. Amendment for taxes For more information, see Publication 946. Amendment for taxes It explains what property qualifies for the deduction, what limits apply to the deduction, and when and how to recapture the deduction. Amendment for taxes    Your section 179 election for the cost of any sport utility vehicle (SUV) and certain other vehicles is limited to $25,000. Amendment for taxes For more information, see the Instructions for Form 4562 or Publication 946. Amendment for taxes Listed property. Amendment for taxes   You must follow special rules and recordkeeping requirements when depreciating listed property. Amendment for taxes Listed property is any of the following. Amendment for taxes Most passenger automobiles. Amendment for taxes Most other property used for transportation. Amendment for taxes Any property of a type generally used for entertainment, recreation, or amusement. Amendment for taxes Certain computers and related peripheral equipment. Amendment for taxes   For more information about listed property, see Publication 946. Amendment for taxes Form 4562. Amendment for taxes   Use Form 4562, Depreciation and Amortization, if you are claiming any of the following. Amendment for taxes Depreciation on property placed in service during the current tax year. Amendment for taxes A section 179 deduction. Amendment for taxes Depreciation on any listed property (regardless of when it was placed in service). Amendment for taxes    If you have to use Form 4562, you must file Schedule C. Amendment for taxes You cannot use Schedule C-EZ. Amendment for taxes   Employees' Pay You can generally deduct on Schedule C the pay you give your employees for the services they perform for your business. Amendment for taxes The pay may be in cash, property, or services. Amendment for taxes To be deductible, your employees' pay must be an ordinary and necessary expense and you must pay or incur it in the tax year. Amendment for taxes In addition, the pay must meet both the following tests. Amendment for taxes The pay must be reasonable. Amendment for taxes The pay must be for services performed. Amendment for taxes Chapter 2 in Publication 535 explains and defines these requirements. Amendment for taxes You cannot deduct your own salary or any personal withdrawals you make from your business. Amendment for taxes As a sole proprietor, you are not an employee of the business. Amendment for taxes If you had employees during the year, you must use Schedule C. Amendment for taxes You cannot use Schedule C-EZ. Amendment for taxes Kinds of pay. Amendment for taxes   Some of the ways you may provide pay to your employees are listed below. Amendment for taxes For an explanation of each of these items, see chapter 2 in Publication 535. Amendment for taxes Awards. Amendment for taxes Bonuses. Amendment for taxes Education expenses. Amendment for taxes Fringe benefits (discussed later). Amendment for taxes Loans or advances you do not expect the employee to repay if they are for personal services actually performed. Amendment for taxes Property you transfer to an employee as payment for services. Amendment for taxes Reimbursements for employee business expenses. Amendment for taxes Sick pay. Amendment for taxes Vacation pay. Amendment for taxes Fringe benefits. Amendment for taxes   A fringe benefit is a form of pay for the performance of services. Amendment for taxes The following are examples of fringe benefits. Amendment for taxes Benefits under qualified employee benefit programs. Amendment for taxes Meals and lodging. Amendment for taxes The use of a car. Amendment for taxes Flights on airplanes. Amendment for taxes Discounts on property or services. Amendment for taxes Memberships in country clubs or other social clubs. Amendment for taxes Tickets to entertainment or sporting events. Amendment for taxes   Employee benefit programs include the following. Amendment for taxes Accident and health plans. Amendment for taxes Adoption assistance. Amendment for taxes Cafeteria plans. Amendment for taxes Dependent care assistance. Amendment for taxes Educational assistance. Amendment for taxes Group-term life insurance coverage. Amendment for taxes Welfare benefit funds. Amendment for taxes   You can generally deduct the cost of fringe benefits you provide on your Schedule C in whatever category the cost falls. Amendment for taxes For example, if you allow an employee to use a car or other property you lease, deduct the cost of the lease as a rent or lease expense. Amendment for taxes If you own the property, include your deduction for its cost or other basis as a section 179 deduction or a depreciation deduction. Amendment for taxes    You may be able to exclude all or part of the fringe benefits you provide from your employees' wages. Amendment for taxes For more information about fringe benefits and the exclusion of benefits, see Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits. Amendment for taxes Insurance You can generally deduct premiums you pay for the following kinds of insurance related to your business. Amendment for taxes Fire, theft, flood, or similar insurance. Amendment for taxes Credit insurance that covers losses from business bad debts. Amendment for taxes Group hospitalization and medical insurance for employees, including long-term care insurance. Amendment for taxes Liability insurance. Amendment for taxes Malpractice insurance that covers your personal liability for professional negligence resulting in injury or damage to patients or clients. Amendment for taxes Workers' compensation insurance set by state law that covers any claims for bodily injuries or job-related diseases suffered by employees in your business, regardless of fault. Amendment for taxes Contributions to a state unemployment insurance fund are deductible as taxes if they are considered taxes under state law. Amendment for taxes Overhead insurance that pays for business overhead expenses you have during long periods of disability caused by your injury or sickness. Amendment for taxes Car and other vehicle insurance that covers vehicles used in your business for liability, damages, and other losses. Amendment for taxes If you operate a vehicle partly for personal use, deduct only the part of the insurance premium that applies to the business use of the vehicle. Amendment for taxes If you use the standard mileage rate to figure your car expenses, you cannot deduct any car insurance premiums. Amendment for taxes Life insurance covering your employees if you are not directly or indirectly the beneficiary under the contract. Amendment for taxes Business interruption insurance that pays for lost profits if your business is shut down due to a fire or other cause. Amendment for taxes Nondeductible premiums. Amendment for taxes   You cannot deduct premiums on the following kinds of insurance. Amendment for taxes Self-insurance reserve funds. Amendment for taxes You cannot deduct amounts credited to a reserve set up for self-insurance. Amendment for taxes This applies even if you cannot get business insurance coverage for certain business risks. Amendment for taxes However, your actual losses may be deductible. Amendment for taxes For more information, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Amendment for taxes Loss of earnings. Amendment for taxes You cannot deduct premiums for a policy that pays for your lost earnings due to sickness or disability. Amendment for taxes However, see item (8) in the previous list. Amendment for taxes Certain life insurance and annuities. Amendment for taxes For contracts issued before June 9, 1997, you cannot deduct the premiums on a life insurance policy covering you, an employee, or any person with a financial interest in your business if you are directly or indirectly a beneficiary of the policy. Amendment for taxes You are included among possible beneficiaries of the policy if the policy owner is obligated to repay a loan from you using the proceeds of the policy. Amendment for taxes A person has a financial interest in your business if the person is an owner or part owner of the business or has lent money to the business. Amendment for taxes For contracts issued after June 8, 1997, you generally cannot deduct the premiums on any life insurance policy, endowment contract, or annuity contract if you are directly or indirectly a beneficiary. Amendment for taxes The disallowance applies without regard to whom the policy covers. Amendment for taxes Insurance to secure a loan. Amendment for taxes If you take out a policy on your life or on the life of another person with a financial interest in your business to get or protect a business loan, you cannot deduct the premiums as a business expense. Amendment for taxes Nor can you deduct the premiums as interest on business loans or as an expense of financing loans. Amendment for taxes In the event of death, the proceeds of the policy are not taxed as income even if they are used to liquidate the debt. Amendment for taxes Self-employed health insurance deduction. Amendment for taxes   You may be able to deduct the amount you paid for medical and dental insurance and qualified long-term care insurance for you and your family. Amendment for taxes How to figure the deduction. Amendment for taxes   Generally, you can use the worksheet in the Form 1040 instructions to figure your deduction. Amendment for taxes However, if any of the following apply, you must use the worksheet in chapter 6 of Publication 535. Amendment for taxes You have more than one source of income subject to self-employment tax. Amendment for taxes You file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income). Amendment for taxes You are using amounts paid for qualified long-term care insurance to figure the deduction. Amendment for taxes Prepayment. Amendment for taxes   You cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. Amendment for taxes This rule applies to any expense paid far enough in advance to, in effect, create an asset with a useful life extending substantially beyond the end of the current tax year. Amendment for taxes Example. Amendment for taxes In 2013, you signed a 3-year insurance contract. Amendment for taxes Even though you paid the premiums for 2013, 2014, and 2015 when you signed the contract, you can only deduct the premium for 2013 on your 2013 tax return. Amendment for taxes You can deduct in 2014 and 2015 the premium allocable to those years. Amendment for taxes More information. Amendment for taxes   For more information about deducting insurance, see chapter 6 in Publication 535. Amendment for taxes Interest You can generally deduct as a business expense all interest you pay or accrue during the tax year on debts related to your business. Amendment for taxes Interest relates to your business if you use the proceeds of the loan for a business expense. Amendment for taxes It does not matter what type of property secures the loan. Amendment for taxes You can deduct interest on a debt only if you meet all of the following requirements. Amendment for taxes You are legally liable for that debt. Amendment for taxes Both you and the lender intend that the debt be repaid. Amendment for taxes You and the lender have a true debtor-creditor relationship. Amendment for taxes You cannot deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the interest you paid on personal loans. Amendment for taxes If a loan is part business and part personal, you must divide the interest between the personal part and the business part. Amendment for taxes Example. Amendment for taxes In 2013, you paid $600 interest on a car loan. Amendment for taxes During 2013, you used the car 60% for business and 40% for personal purposes. Amendment for taxes You are claiming actual expenses on the car. Amendment for taxes You can only deduct $360 (60% × $600) for 2013 on Schedule C or C-EZ. Amendment for taxes The remaining interest of $240 is a nondeductible personal expense. Amendment for taxes More information. Amendment for taxes   For more information about deducting interest, see chapter 4 in Publication 535. Amendment for taxes That chapter explains the following items. Amendment for taxes Interest you can deduct. Amendment for taxes Interest you cannot deduct. Amendment for taxes How to allocate interest between personal and business use. Amendment for taxes When to deduct interest. Amendment for taxes The rules for a below-market interest rate loan. Amendment for taxes (This is generally a loan on which no interest is charged or on which interest is charged at a rate below the applicable federal rate. Amendment for taxes ) Legal and Professional Fees Legal and professional fees, such as fees charged by accountants, that are ordinary and necessary expenses directly related to operating your business are deductible on Schedule C or C-EZ. Amendment for taxes However, you usually cannot deduct legal fees you pay to acquire business assets. Amendment for taxes Add them to the basis of the property. Amendment for taxes If the fees include payments for work of a personal nature (such as making a will), you can take a business deduction only for the part of the fee related to your business. Amendment for taxes The personal part of legal fees for producing or collecting taxable income, doing or keeping your job, or for tax advice may be deductible on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize deductions. Amendment for taxes For more information, see Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. Amendment for taxes Tax preparation fees. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the cost of preparing that part of your tax return relating to your business as a sole proprietor or statutory employee. Amendment for taxes You can deduct the remaining cost on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. Amendment for taxes   You can also deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the amount you pay or incur in resolving asserted tax deficiencies for your business as a sole proprietor or statutory employee. Amendment for taxes Pension Plans You can set up and maintain the following small business retirement plans for yourself and your employees. Amendment for taxes SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) plans. Amendment for taxes SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) plans. Amendment for taxes Qualified plans (including Keogh or H. Amendment for taxes R. Amendment for taxes 10 plans). Amendment for taxes SEP, SIMPLE, and qualified plans offer you and your employees a tax favored way to save for retirement. Amendment for taxes You can deduct contributions you make to the plan for your employees on line 19 of Schedule C. Amendment for taxes If you are a sole proprietor, you can deduct contributions you make to the plan for yourself on line 28 of Form 1040. Amendment for taxes You can also deduct trustees' fees if contributions to the plan do not cover them. Amendment for taxes Earnings on the contributions are generally tax free until you or your employees receive distributions from the plan. Amendment for taxes You may also be able to claim a tax credit of 50% of the first $1,000 of qualified startup costs if you begin a new qualified defined benefit or defined contribution plan (including a 401(k) plan), SIMPLE plan, or simplified employee pension. Amendment for taxes Under certain plans, employees can have you contribute limited amounts of their before-tax pay to a plan. Amendment for taxes These amounts (and earnings on them) are generally tax free until your employees receive distributions from the plan. Amendment for taxes For more information on retirement plans for small business, see Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business (SEP, SIMPLE, and Qualified Plans). Amendment for taxes Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), discusses other tax favored ways to save for retirement. Amendment for taxes Rent Expense Rent is any amount you pay for the use of property you do not own. Amendment for taxes In general, you can deduct rent as a business expense only if the rent is for property you use in your business. Amendment for taxes If you have or will receive equity in or title to the property, you cannot deduct the rent. Amendment for taxes Unreasonable rent. Amendment for taxes   You cannot take a rental deduction for unreasonable rents. Amendment for taxes Ordinarily, the issue of reasonableness arises only if you and the lessor are related. Amendment for taxes Rent paid to a related person is reasonable if it is the same amount you would pay to a stranger for use of the same property. Amendment for taxes Rent is not unreasonable just because it is figured as a percentage of gross receipts. Amendment for taxes   Related persons include members of your immediate family, including only brothers and sisters (either whole or half), your spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. Amendment for taxes For a list of the other related persons, see section 267 of the Internal Revenue Code. Amendment for taxes Rent on your home. Amendment for taxes   If you rent your home and use part of it as your place of business, you may be able to deduct the rent you pay for that part. Amendment for taxes You must meet the requirements for business use of your home. Amendment for taxes For more information, see Business Use of Your Home , later. Amendment for taxes Rent paid in advance. Amendment for taxes   Generally, rent paid in your business is deductible in the year paid or accrued. Amendment for taxes If you pay rent in advance, you can deduct only the amount that applies to your use of the rented property during the tax year. Amendment for taxes You can deduct the rest of your payment only over the period to which it applies. Amendment for taxes More information. Amendment for taxes   For more information about rent, see chapter 3 in Publication 535. Amendment for taxes Taxes You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ various federal, state, local, and foreign taxes directly attributable to your business. Amendment for taxes Income taxes. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ a state tax on gross income (as distinguished from net income) directly attributable to your business. Amendment for taxes You can deduct other state and local income taxes on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. Amendment for taxes Do not deduct federal income tax. Amendment for taxes Employment taxes. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct the social security, Medicare, and federal unemployment (FUTA) taxes you paid out of your own funds as an employer. Amendment for taxes Employment taxes are discussed briefly in chapter 1. Amendment for taxes You can also deduct payments you made as an employer to a state unemployment compensation fund or to a state disability benefit fund. Amendment for taxes Deduct these payments as taxes. Amendment for taxes Self-employment tax. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct one-half of your self-employment tax on line 27 of Form 1040. Amendment for taxes Self-employment tax is discussed in chapters 1 and 10. Amendment for taxes Personal property tax. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ any tax imposed by a state or local government on personal property used in your business. Amendment for taxes   You can also deduct registration fees for the right to use property within a state or local area. Amendment for taxes Example. Amendment for taxes May and Julius Winter drove their car 7,000 business miles out of a total of 10,000 miles. Amendment for taxes They had to pay $25 for their annual state license tags and $20 for their city registration sticker. Amendment for taxes They also paid $235 in city personal property tax on the car, for a total of $280. Amendment for taxes They are claiming their actual car expenses. Amendment for taxes Because they used the car 70% for business, they can deduct 70% of the $280, or $196, as a business expense. Amendment for taxes Real estate taxes. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the real estate taxes you pay on your business property. Amendment for taxes Deductible real estate taxes are any state, local, or foreign taxes on real estate levied for the general public welfare. Amendment for taxes The taxing authority must base the taxes on the assessed value of the real estate and charge them uniformly against all property under its jurisdiction. Amendment for taxes   For more information about real estate taxes, see chapter 5 in Publication 535. Amendment for taxes That chapter explains special rules for deducting the following items. Amendment for taxes Taxes for local benefits, such as those for sidewalks, streets, water mains, and sewer lines. Amendment for taxes Real estate taxes when you buy or sell property during the year. Amendment for taxes Real estate taxes if you use an accrual method of accounting and choose to accrue real estate tax related to a definite period ratably over that period. Amendment for taxes Sales tax. Amendment for taxes   Treat any sales tax you pay on a service or on the purchase or use of property as part of the cost of the service or property. Amendment for taxes If the service or the cost or use of the property is a deductible business expense, you can deduct the tax as part of that service or cost. Amendment for taxes If the property is merchandise bought for resale, the sales tax is part of the cost of the merchandise. Amendment for taxes If the property is depreciable, add the sales tax to the basis for depreciation. Amendment for taxes For information on the basis of property, see Publication 551, Basis of Assets. Amendment for taxes    Do not deduct state and local sales taxes imposed on the buyer that you must collect and pay over to the state or local government. Amendment for taxes Do not include these taxes in gross receipts or sales. Amendment for taxes Excise taxes. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ all excise taxes that are ordinary and necessary expenses of carrying on your business. Amendment for taxes Excise taxes are discussed briefly in chapter 1. Amendment for taxes Fuel taxes. Amendment for taxes   Taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel, and other motor fuels you use in your business are usually included as part of the cost of the fuel. Amendment for taxes Do not deduct these taxes as a separate item. Amendment for taxes   You may be entitled to a credit or refund for federal excise tax you paid on fuels used for certain purposes. Amendment for taxes For more information, see Publication 510, Excise Taxes. Amendment for taxes Travel, Meals, and Entertainment This section briefly explains the kinds of travel and entertainment expenses you can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ. Amendment for taxes Table 8-1. Amendment for taxes When Are Entertainment Expenses Deductible? (Note. Amendment for taxes The following is a summary of the rules for deducting entertainment expenses. Amendment for taxes For more details about these rules, see Publication 463. Amendment for taxes ) General rule You can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses to entertain a client, customer, or employee if the expenses meet the directly-related test or the associated test. Amendment for taxes Definitions Entertainment includes any activity generally considered to provide entertainment, amusement, or recreation, and includes meals provided to a customer or client. Amendment for taxes An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business, trade, or profession. Amendment for taxes A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate, although not necessarily required, for your business. Amendment for taxes Tests to be met Directly-related test Entertainment took place in a clear business setting, or Main purpose of entertainment was the active conduct of business, and You did engage in business with the person during the entertainment period, and You had more than a general expectation of getting income or some other specific business benefit. Amendment for taxes   Associated test Entertainment is associated with your trade or business, and Entertainment directly precedes or follows a substantial business discussion. Amendment for taxes Other rules You cannot deduct the cost of your meal as an entertainment expense if you are claiming the meal as a travel expense. Amendment for taxes You cannot deduct expenses that are lavish or extravagant under the circumstances. Amendment for taxes You generally can deduct only 50% of your unreimbursed entertainment expenses. Amendment for taxes Travel expenses. Amendment for taxes   These are the ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home for your business. Amendment for taxes You are traveling away from home if both the following conditions are met. Amendment for taxes Your duties require you to be away from the general area of your tax home (defined later) substantially longer than an ordinary day's work. Amendment for taxes You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. Amendment for taxes Generally, your tax home is your regular place of business, regardless of where you maintain your family home. Amendment for taxes It includes the entire city or general area in which your business is located. Amendment for taxes See Publication 463 for more information. Amendment for taxes   The following is a brief discussion of the expenses you can deduct. Amendment for taxes Transportation. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct the cost of travel by airplane, train, bus, or car between your home and your business destination. Amendment for taxes Taxi, commuter bus, and limousine. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct fares for these and other types of transportation between the airport or station and your hotel, or between the hotel and your work location away from home. Amendment for taxes Baggage and shipping. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct the cost of sending baggage and sample or display material between your regular and temporary work locations. Amendment for taxes Car or truck. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct the costs of operating and maintaining your vehicle when traveling away from home on business. Amendment for taxes You can deduct actual expenses or the standard mileage rate (discussed earlier under Car and Truck Expenses), as well as business-related tolls and parking. Amendment for taxes If you rent a car while away from home on business, you can deduct only the business-use portion of the expenses. Amendment for taxes Meals and lodging. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct the cost of meals and lodging if your business trip is overnight or long enough that you need to stop for sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. Amendment for taxes In most cases, you can deduct only 50% of your meal expenses. Amendment for taxes Cleaning. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct the costs of dry cleaning and laundry while on your business trip. Amendment for taxes Telephone. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct the cost of business calls while on your business trip, including business communication by fax machine or other communication devices. Amendment for taxes Tips. Amendment for taxes   You can deduct the tips you pay for any expense in this list. Amendment for taxes More information. Amendment for taxes   For more information about travel expenses, see Publication 463. Amendment for taxes Entertainment expenses. Amendment for taxes   You may be able to deduct business-related entertainment expenses for entertaining a client, customer, or employee. Amendment for taxes In most cases, you can deduct only 50% of these expenses. Amendment for taxes   The following are examples of entertainment expenses. Amendment for taxes Entertaining guests at nightclubs, athletic clubs, theaters, or sporting events. Amendment for taxes Providing meals, a hotel suite, or a car to business customers or their families. Amendment for taxes To be deductible, the expenses must meet the rules listed in Table 8-1. Amendment for taxes For details about these rules, see Publication 463. Amendment for taxes Reimbursing your employees for expenses. Amendment for taxes   You generally can deduct the amount you reimburse your employees for travel and entertainment expenses. Amendment for taxes The reimbursement you deduct and the manner in which you deduct it depend in part on whether you reimburse the expenses under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. Amendment for taxes For details, see chapter 11 in Publication 535. Amendment for taxes That chapter explains accountable and nonaccountable plans and tells you whether to report the reimbursement on your employee's Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Amendment for taxes Business Use of Your Home To deduct expenses related to the part of your home used for business, you must meet specific requirements. Amendment for taxes Even then, your deduction may be limited. Amendment for taxes To qualify to claim expenses for business use of your home, you must meet the following tests. Amendment for taxes Your use of the business part of your home must be: Exclusive (however, see Exceptions to exclusive use , later), Regular, For your business, and The business part of your home must be one of the following: Your principal place of business (defined later), A place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your business, or A separate structure (not attached to your home) you use in connection with your business. Amendment for taxes Exclusive use. Amendment for taxes   To qualify under the exclusive use test, you must use a specific area of your home only for your trade or business. Amendment for taxes The area used for business can be a room or other separately identifiable space. Amendment for taxes The space does not need to be marked off by a permanent partition. Amendment for taxes   You do not meet the requirements of the exclusive use test if you use the area in question both for business and for personal purposes. Amendment for taxes Example. Amendment for taxes You are an attorney and use a den in your home to write legal briefs and prepare clients' tax returns. Amendment for taxes Your family also uses the den for recreation. Amendment for taxes The den is not used exclusively in your profession, so you cannot claim a business deduction for its use. Amendment for taxes Exceptions to exclusive use. Amendment for taxes   You do not have to meet the exclusive use test if you use part of your home in either of the following ways. Amendment for taxes For the storage of inventory or product samples. Amendment for taxes As a daycare facility. Amendment for taxes For an explanation of these exceptions, see Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers). Amendment for taxes Regular use. Amendment for taxes   To qualify under the regular use test, you must use a specific area of your home for business on a continuing basis. Amendment for taxes You do not meet the test if your business use of the area is only occasional or incidental, even if you do not use that area for any other purpose. Amendment for taxes Principal place of business. Amendment for taxes   You can have more than one business location, including your home, for a single trade or business. Amendment for taxes To qualify to deduct the expenses for the business use of your home under the principal place of business test, your home must be your principal place of business for that business. Amendment for taxes To determine your principal place of business, you must consider all the facts and circumstances. Amendment for taxes   Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use if you meet the following requirements. Amendment for taxes You use it exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your business. Amendment for taxes You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your business. Amendment for taxes   Alternatively, if you use your home exclusively and regularly for your business, but your home office does not qualify as your principal place of business based on the previous rules, you determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. Amendment for taxes The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. Amendment for taxes If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, you can also consider the time spent at each location. Amendment for taxes   If, after considering your business locations, your home cannot be identified as your principal place of business, you cannot deduct home office expenses. Amendment for taxes However, for other ways to qualify to deduct home office expenses, see Publication 587. Amendment for taxes Deduction limit. Amendment for taxes   If your gross income from the business use of your home equals or exceeds your total business expenses (including depreciation), you can deduct all your business expenses related to the use of your home. Amendment for taxes If your gross income from the business use is less than your total business expenses, your deduction for certain expenses for the business use of your home is limited. Amendment for taxes   Your deduction of otherwise nondeductible expenses, such as insurance, utilities, and depreciation (with depreciation taken last), allocable to the business is limited to the gross income from the business use of your home minus the sum of the following. Amendment for taxes The business part of expenses you could deduct even if you did not use your home for business (such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty and theft losses that are allowable as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040)). Amendment for taxes The business expenses that relate to the business activity in the home (for example, business phone, supplies, and depreciation on equipment), but not to the use of the home itself. Amendment for taxes Do not include in (2) above your deduction for one-half of your self-employment tax. Amendment for taxes   Use Form 8829, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home, to figure your deduction. Amendment for taxes New simplified method. Amendment for taxes    The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. Amendment for taxes The simplified method is an alternative to calculating and substantiating actual expenses. Amendment for taxes In most cases, you will figure your deduction by multiplying $5 by the area of your home used for a qualified business use. Amendment for taxes The area you use to figure your deduction is limited to 300 square feet. Amendment for taxes For more information, see the Instructions for Schedule C. Amendment for taxes More information. Amendment for taxes   For more information on deducting expenses for the business use of your home, see Publication 587. Amendment for taxes Other Expenses You Can Deduct You may also be able to deduct the following expenses. Amendment for taxes See Publication 535 to find out whether you can deduct them. Amendment for taxes Advertising. Amendment for taxes Bank fees. 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