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Can you file state taxes for free Publication 560 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionSEP plans. Can you file state taxes for free SIMPLE plans. Can you file state taxes for free Qualified plans. Can you file state taxes for free Ordering forms and publications. Can you file state taxes for free Tax questions. Can you file state taxes for free Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 560, such as legislation enacted after we release it, go to www. Can you file state taxes for free irs. Can you file state taxes for free gov/pub560. Can you file state taxes for free What's New Compensation limit increased for 2013 and 2014. Can you file state taxes for free  For 2013 the maximum compensation used for figuring contributions and benefits increases to $255,000. Can you file state taxes for free This limit increases to $260,000 for 2014. Can you file state taxes for free Elective deferral limit for 2013 and 2014. Can you file state taxes for free  The limit on elective deferrals, other than catch-up contributions, increases to $17,500 for 2013 and remains at $17,500 for 2014. Can you file state taxes for free These limits apply for participants in SARSEPs, 401(k) plans (excluding SIMPLE plans), section 403(b) plans and section 457(b) plans. Can you file state taxes for free Defined contribution limit increased for 2013 and 2014. Can you file state taxes for free  The limit on contributions, other than catch-up contributions, for a participant in a defined contribution plan increases to $51,000 for 2013. Can you file state taxes for free This limit increases to $52,000 for 2014. Can you file state taxes for free SIMPLE plan salary reduction contribution limit for 2013 and 2014. Can you file state taxes for free  The limit on salary reduction contributions, other than catch-up contributions, increases to $12,000 for 2013 and remains at $12,000 for 2014. Can you file state taxes for free Catch-up contribution limit remains unchanged for 2013 and 2014. Can you file state taxes for free  A plan can permit participants who are age 50 or over at the end of the calendar year to make catch-up contributions in addition to elective deferrals and SIMPLE plan salary reduction contributions. Can you file state taxes for free The catch-up contribution limitation for defined contribution plans other than SIMPLE plans remains unchanged at $5,500 for 2013 and 2014. Can you file state taxes for free The catch-up contribution limitation for SIMPLE plans remains unchanged at $2,500 for 2013 and 2014. Can you file state taxes for free The catch-up contributions a participant can make for a year cannot exceed the lesser of the following amounts. Can you file state taxes for free The catch-up contribution limit. Can you file state taxes for free The excess of the participant's compensation over the elective deferrals that are not catch-up contributions. Can you file state taxes for free See “Catch-up contributions” under Contribution Limits and Limit on Elective Deferrals in chapters 3 and 4, respectively, for more information. Can you file state taxes for free All section references are to the Internal Revenue Code, unless otherwise stated. Can you file state taxes for free Reminders In-plan Roth rollovers. Can you file state taxes for free  Section 402A(c)(4) provides for a distribution from an individual's account in a 401(k) plan, other than from a designated Roth account, that is rolled over to the individual's designated Roth account in the same plan. Can you file state taxes for free An in-plan Roth rollover is not treated as a distribution for most purposes. Can you file state taxes for free Section 402A(c)(4) was added by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and applies to distributions made after September 27, 2010. Can you file state taxes for free For additional guidance on in-plan Roth rollovers, see Notice 2010-84, 2010-51 I. Can you file state taxes for free R. Can you file state taxes for free B. Can you file state taxes for free 872, available at  www. Can you file state taxes for free irs. Can you file state taxes for free gov/irb/2010-51_IRB/ar11. Can you file state taxes for free html. Can you file state taxes for free In-plan Roth rollovers expanded. Can you file state taxes for free  Beginning in 2013, a plan with designated Roth accounts can permit a participant to roll over amounts into a designated Roth account from his or her other accounts in the same plan, regardless of whether the participant is eligible for a distribution from the other accounts. Can you file state taxes for free Section 402A(c)(4) was amended by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Can you file state taxes for free For more information, see Notice 2013-74, 2013-52 I. Can you file state taxes for free R. Can you file state taxes for free B. Can you file state taxes for free 819, available at www. Can you file state taxes for free irs. Can you file state taxes for free gov/irb/2013-52_IRB/ar11. Can you file state taxes for free html. Can you file state taxes for free Credit for startup costs. Can you file state taxes for free  You may be able to claim a tax credit for part of the ordinary and necessary costs of starting a SEP, SIMPLE, or qualified plan. Can you file state taxes for free The credit equals 50% of the cost to set up and administer the plan and educate employees about the plan, up to a maximum of $500 per year for each of the first 3 years of the plan. Can you file state taxes for free You can choose to start claiming the credit in the tax year before the tax year in which the plan becomes effective. Can you file state taxes for free You must have had 100 or fewer employees who received at least $5,000 in compensation from you for the preceding year. Can you file state taxes for free At least one participant must be a non-highly compensated employee. Can you file state taxes for free The employees generally cannot be substantially the same employees for whom contributions were made or benefits accrued under a plan of any of the following employers in the 3-tax-year period immediately before the first year to which the credit applies. Can you file state taxes for free You. Can you file state taxes for free A member of a controlled group that includes you. Can you file state taxes for free A predecessor of (1) or (2). Can you file state taxes for free The credit is part of the general business credit, which can be carried back or forward to other tax years if it cannot be used in the current year. Can you file state taxes for free However, the part of the general business credit attributable to the small employer pension plan startup cost credit cannot be carried back to a tax year beginning before January 1, 2002. Can you file state taxes for free You cannot deduct the part of the startup costs equal to the credit claimed for a tax year, but you can choose not to claim the allowable credit for a tax year. Can you file state taxes for free To take the credit, use Form 8881, Credit for Small Employer Pension Plan Startup Costs. Can you file state taxes for free Retirement savings contributions credit. Can you file state taxes for free  Retirement plan participants (including self-employed individuals) who make contributions to their plan may qualify for the retirement savings contribution credit. Can you file state taxes for free The maximum contribution eligible for the credit is $2,000. Can you file state taxes for free To take the credit, use Form 8880, Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions. Can you file state taxes for free For more information on who is eligible for the credit, retirement plan contributions eligible for the credit and how to figure the credit, see Form 8880 and its instructions or go to the IRS website and search Retirement Topics-Retirement Savings Contributions Credit (Saver's Credit). Can you file state taxes for free Photographs of missing children. Can you file state taxes for free  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Can you file state taxes for free Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Can you file state taxes for free You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Can you file state taxes for free Introduction This publication discusses retirement plans you can set up and maintain for yourself and your employees. Can you file state taxes for free In this publication, “you” refers to the employer. Can you file state taxes for free See chapter 1 for the definition of the term employer and the definitions of other terms used in this publication. Can you file state taxes for free This publication covers the following types of retirement plans. Can you file state taxes for free SEP (simplified employee pension) plans. Can you file state taxes for free SIMPLE (savings incentive match plan for employees) plans. Can you file state taxes for free Qualified plans (also called H. Can you file state taxes for free R. Can you file state taxes for free 10 plans or Keogh plans when covering self-employed individuals), including 401(k) plans. Can you file state taxes for free SEP, SIMPLE, and qualified plans offer you and your employees a tax-favored way to save for retirement. Can you file state taxes for free You can deduct contributions you make to the plan for your employees. Can you file state taxes for free If you are a sole proprietor, you can deduct contributions you make to the plan for yourself. Can you file state taxes for free You can also deduct trustees' fees if contributions to the plan do not cover them. Can you file state taxes for free Earnings on the contributions are generally tax free until you or your employees receive distributions from the plan. Can you file state taxes for free Under a 401(k) plan, employees can have you contribute limited amounts of their before-tax (after-tax, in the case of a qualified Roth contribution program) pay to the plan. Can you file state taxes for free These amounts (and the earnings on them) are generally tax free until your employees receive distributions from the plan or, in the case of a qualified distribution from a designated Roth account, completely tax free. Can you file state taxes for free What this publication covers. Can you file state taxes for free   This publication contains the information you need to understand the following topics. Can you file state taxes for free What type of plan to set up. Can you file state taxes for free How to set up a plan. Can you file state taxes for free How much you can contribute to a plan. Can you file state taxes for free How much of your contribution is deductible. Can you file state taxes for free How to treat certain distributions. Can you file state taxes for free How to report information about the plan to the IRS and your employees. Can you file state taxes for free Basic features of SEP, SIMPLE, and qualified plans. Can you file state taxes for free The key rules for SEP, SIMPLE, and qualified plans are outlined in Table 1. Can you file state taxes for free SEP plans. Can you file state taxes for free   SEPs provide a simplified method for you to make contributions to a retirement plan for yourself and your employees. Can you file state taxes for free Instead of setting up a profit-sharing or money purchase plan with a trust, you can adopt a SEP agreement and make contributions directly to a traditional individual retirement account or a traditional individual retirement annuity (SEP-IRA) set up for yourself and each eligible employee. Can you file state taxes for free SIMPLE plans. Can you file state taxes for free   Generally, if you had 100 or fewer employees who received at least $5,000 in compensation last year, you can set up a SIMPLE plan. Can you file state taxes for free Under a SIMPLE plan, employees can choose to make salary reduction contributions rather than receiving these amounts as part of their regular pay. Can you file state taxes for free In addition, you will contribute matching or nonelective contributions. Can you file state taxes for free The two types of SIMPLE plans are the SIMPLE IRA plan and the SIMPLE 401(k) plan. Can you file state taxes for free Qualified plans. Can you file state taxes for free   The qualified plan rules are more complex than the SEP plan and SIMPLE plan rules. Can you file state taxes for free However, there are advantages to qualified plans, such as increased flexibility in designing plans and increased contribution and deduction limits in some cases. Can you file state taxes for free Table 1. Can you file state taxes for free Key Retirement Plan Rules for 2013 Type  of  Plan Last Date for Contribution Maximum Contribution Maximum Deduction When To Set Up Plan SEP Due date of employer's return (including extensions). Can you file state taxes for free Smaller of $51,000 or 25%1 of participant's compensation. Can you file state taxes for free 2 25%1 of all participants' compensation. Can you file state taxes for free 2 Any time up to the due date of employer's return (including extensions). Can you file state taxes for free SIMPLE IRA and SIMPLE 401(k) Salary reduction contributions: 30 days after the end of the month for which the contributions are to be made. Can you file state taxes for free 4  Matching or nonelective contributions: Due date of employer's return (including extensions). Can you file state taxes for free Employee contribution: Salary reduction contribution up to $12,000, $14,500 if age 50 or over. Can you file state taxes for free   Employer contribution:  Either dollar-for-dollar matching contributions, up to 3% of employee's compensation,3 or fixed nonelective contributions of 2% of compensation. Can you file state taxes for free 2 Same as maximum contribution. Can you file state taxes for free Any time between 1/1 and 10/1 of the calendar year. Can you file state taxes for free   For a new employer coming into existence after 10/1, as soon as administratively feasible. Can you file state taxes for free Qualified Plan: Defined Contribution Plan  Elective deferral: Due date of employer's return (including extensions). Can you file state taxes for free 4   Employer contribution: Money Purchase or Profit-Sharing: Due date of employer's return (including extensions). Can you file state taxes for free  Employee contribution: Elective deferral up to $17,500, $23,000 if age 50 or over. Can you file state taxes for free   Employer contribution: Money Purchase: Smaller of $51,000 or 100%1 of participant's compensation. Can you file state taxes for free 2  Profit-Sharing: Smaller of $51,000 or 100%1 of participant's compensation. Can you file state taxes for free 2  25%1 of all participants' compensation2, plus amount of elective deferrals made. Can you file state taxes for free   By the end of the tax year. Can you file state taxes for free Qualified Plan: Defined Benefit Plan Contributions generally must be paid in quarterly installments, due 15 days after the end of each quarter. Can you file state taxes for free See Minimum Funding Requirement in chapter 4. Can you file state taxes for free Amount needed to provide an annual benefit no larger than the smaller of $205,000 or 100% of the participant's average compensation for his or her highest 3 consecutive calendar years. Can you file state taxes for free Based on actuarial assumptions and computations. Can you file state taxes for free By the end of the tax year. Can you file state taxes for free 1Net earnings from self-employment must take the contribution into account. Can you file state taxes for free See Deduction Limit for Self-Employed Individuals in chapters 2 and 4 . Can you file state taxes for free  2Compensation is generally limited to $255,000 in 2013. Can you file state taxes for free  3Under a SIMPLE 401(k) plan, compensation is generally limited to $255,000 in 2013. Can you file state taxes for free  4Certain plans subject to Department of Labor rules may have an earlier due date for salary reduction contributions and elective deferrals. Can you file state taxes for free What this publication does not cover. Can you file state taxes for free   Although the purpose of this publication is to provide general information about retirement plans you can set up for your employees, it does not contain all the rules and exceptions that apply to these plans. Can you file state taxes for free You may also need professional help and guidance. Can you file state taxes for free   Also, this publication does not cover all the rules that may be of interest to employees. Can you file state taxes for free For example, it does not cover the following topics. Can you file state taxes for free The comprehensive IRA rules an employee needs to know. Can you file state taxes for free These rules are covered in Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs). Can you file state taxes for free The comprehensive rules that apply to distributions from retirement plans. Can you file state taxes for free These rules are covered in Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income. Can you file state taxes for free The comprehensive rules that apply to section 403(b) plans. Can you file state taxes for free These rules are covered in Publication 571, Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plans (403(b) Plans). Can you file state taxes for free Comments and suggestions. 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Can you file state taxes for free 8. Can you file state taxes for free   Business Expenses Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Bad DebtsAccrual method. Can you file state taxes for free Cash method. Can you file state taxes for free Car and Truck ExpensesOffice in the home. Can you file state taxes for free Methods for Deducting Car and Truck Expenses Reimbursing Your Employees for Expenses Depreciation Employees' PayFringe benefits. Can you file state taxes for free InsuranceHow to figure the deduction. Can you file state taxes for free Interest Legal and Professional FeesTax preparation fees. Can you file state taxes for free Pension Plans Rent Expense Taxes Travel, Meals, and EntertainmentTransportation. Can you file state taxes for free Taxi, commuter bus, and limousine. Can you file state taxes for free Baggage and shipping. Can you file state taxes for free Car or truck. Can you file state taxes for free Meals and lodging. Can you file state taxes for free Cleaning. Can you file state taxes for free Telephone. Can you file state taxes for free Tips. Can you file state taxes for free More information. Can you file state taxes for free Business Use of Your HomeExceptions to exclusive use. Can you file state taxes for free Other Expenses You Can Deduct Expenses You Cannot Deduct Introduction You can deduct the costs of operating your business. Can you file state taxes for free These costs are known as business expenses. Can you file state taxes for free These are costs you do not have to capitalize or include in the cost of goods sold but can deduct in the current year. Can you file state taxes for free To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. Can you file state taxes for free An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business. Can you file state taxes for free A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your business. Can you file state taxes for free An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary. Can you file state taxes for free For more information about the general rules for deducting business expenses, see chapter 1 in Publication 535, Business Expenses. Can you file state taxes for free If you have an expense that is partly for business and partly personal, separate the personal part from the business part. Can you file state taxes for free The personal part is not deductible. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Bad Debts If someone owes you money you cannot collect, you have a bad debt. Can you file state taxes for free There are two kinds of bad debts, business bad debts and nonbusiness bad debts. Can you file state taxes for free A business bad debt is generally one that comes from operating your trade or business. Can you file state taxes for free You may be able to deduct business bad debts as an expense on your business tax return. Can you file state taxes for free Business bad debt. Can you file state taxes for free   A business bad debt is a loss from the worthlessness of a debt that was either of the following. Can you file state taxes for free Created or acquired in your business. Can you file state taxes for free Closely related to your business when it became partly or totally worthless. Can you file state taxes for free A debt is closely related to your business if your primary motive for incurring the debt is a business reason. Can you file state taxes for free   Business bad debts are mainly the result of credit sales to customers. Can you file state taxes for free They can also be the result of loans to suppliers, clients, employees, or distributors. Can you file state taxes for free Goods and services customers have not paid for are shown in your books as either accounts receivable or notes receivable. Can you file state taxes for free If you are unable to collect any part of these accounts or notes receivable, the uncollectible part is a business bad debt. Can you file state taxes for free    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. Can you file state taxes for free Accrual method. Can you file state taxes for free   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you normally report income as you earn it. Can you file state taxes for free You can take a bad debt deduction for an uncollectible receivable if you have included the uncollectible amount in income. Can you file state taxes for free Cash method. Can you file state taxes for free   If you use the cash method of accounting, you normally report income when you receive payment. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free More information. Can you file state taxes for free   For more information about business bad debts, see chapter 10 in Publication 535. Can you file state taxes for free Nonbusiness bad debts. Can you file state taxes for free   All other bad debts are nonbusiness bad debts and are deductible as short-term capital losses on Form 8949 and Schedule D (Form 1040). Can you file state taxes for free For more information on nonbusiness bad debts, see Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free You also may be able to deduct other costs of local transportation and traveling away from home overnight on business. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free See Form 8936 and Form 8910 for more information. Can you file state taxes for free Local transportation expenses. Can you file state taxes for free   Local transportation expenses include the ordinary and necessary costs of all the following. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Tax home is defined later. Can you file state taxes for free Visiting clients or customers. Can you file state taxes for free Going to a business meeting away from your regular workplace. Can you file state taxes for free Getting from your home to a temporary workplace when you have one or more regular places of work. Can you file state taxes for free These temporary workplaces can be either within the area of your tax home or outside that area. Can you file state taxes for free Local business transportation does not include expenses you have while traveling away from home overnight. Can you file state taxes for free Those expenses are deductible as travel expenses and are discussed later under Travel, Meals, and Entertainment. Can you file state taxes for free However, if you use your car while traveling away from home overnight, use the rules in this section to figure your car expense deduction. Can you file state taxes for free   Generally, your tax home is your regular place of business, regardless of where you maintain your family home. Can you file state taxes for free It includes the entire city or general area in which your business or work is located. Can you file state taxes for free Example. Can you file state taxes for free You operate a printing business out of rented office space. Can you file state taxes for free You use your van to deliver completed jobs to your customers. Can you file state taxes for free You can deduct the cost of round-trip transportation between your customers and your print shop. Can you file state taxes for free    You cannot deduct the costs of driving your car or truck between your home and your main or regular workplace. Can you file state taxes for free These costs are personal commuting expenses. Can you file state taxes for free Office in the home. Can you file state taxes for free   Your workplace can be your home if you have an office in your home that qualifies as your principal place of business. Can you file state taxes for free For more information, see Business Use of Your Home, later. Can you file state taxes for free Example. Can you file state taxes for free You are a graphics designer. Can you file state taxes for free You operate your business out of your home. Can you file state taxes for free Your home qualifies as your principal place of business. Can you file state taxes for free You occasionally have to drive to your clients to deliver your completed work. Can you file state taxes for free You can deduct the cost of the round-trip transportation between your home and your clients. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Standard mileage rate. Can you file state taxes for free Actual expenses. Can you file state taxes for free Standard mileage rate. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free For 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. Can you file state taxes for free 5 cents per mile. Can you file state taxes for free    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. Can you file state taxes for free Choosing the standard mileage rate. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free In later years, you can choose to use either the standard mileage rate or actual expenses. Can you file state taxes for free   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). Can you file state taxes for free Standard mileage rate not allowed. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free Parking fees and tolls. Can you file state taxes for free   In addition to using the standard mileage rate, you can deduct any business-related parking fees and tolls. Can you file state taxes for free (Parking fees you pay to park your car at your place of work are nondeductible commuting expenses. Can you file state taxes for free ) Actual expenses. Can you file state taxes for free   If you do not choose to use the standard mileage rate, you may be able to deduct your actual car or truck expenses. Can you file state taxes for free    If you qualify to use both methods, figure your deduction both ways to see which gives you a larger deduction. Can you file state taxes for free   Actual car expenses include the costs of the following items. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free You can divide your expenses based on the miles driven for each purpose. Can you file state taxes for free Example. Can you file state taxes for free You are the sole proprietor of a flower shop. Can you file state taxes for free You drove your van 20,000 miles during the year. Can you file state taxes for free 16,000 miles were for delivering flowers to customers and 4,000 miles were for personal use (including commuting miles). Can you file state taxes for free You can claim only 80% (16,000 ÷ 20,000) of the cost of operating your van as a business expense. Can you file state taxes for free More information. Can you file state taxes for free   For more information about the rules for claiming car and truck expenses, see Publication 463. Can you file state taxes for free Reimbursing Your Employees for Expenses You generally can deduct the amount you reimburse your employees for car and truck expenses. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free For details, see chapter 11 in Publication 535. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free You must spread the cost over more than 1 tax year and deduct part of it each year on Schedule C. Can you file state taxes for free This method of deducting the cost of business property is called depreciation. Can you file state taxes for free The discussion here is brief. Can you file state taxes for free You will find more information about depreciation in Publication 946. Can you file state taxes for free What property can be depreciated?   You can depreciate property if it meets all the following requirements. Can you file state taxes for free It must be property you own. Can you file state taxes for free It must be used in business or held to produce income. Can you file state taxes for free You never can depreciate inventory (explained in chapter 2) because it is not held for use in your business. Can you file state taxes for free It must have a useful life that extends substantially beyond the year it is placed in service. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free You never can depreciate the cost of land because land does not wear out, become obsolete, or get used up. Can you file state taxes for free It must not be excepted property. Can you file state taxes for free This includes property placed in service and disposed of in the same year. Can you file state taxes for free Repairs. Can you file state taxes for free    You cannot depreciate repairs and replacements that do not increase the value of your property, make it more useful, or lengthen its useful life. Can you file state taxes for free You can deduct these amounts on line 21 of Schedule C or line 2 of Schedule C-EZ. Can you file state taxes for free Depreciation method. Can you file state taxes for free   The method for depreciating most business and investment property placed in service after 1986 is called the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS). Can you file state taxes for free MACRS is discussed in detail in Publication 946. Can you file state taxes for free Section 179 deduction. Can you file state taxes for free   You can elect to deduct a limited amount of the cost of certain depreciable property in the year you place the property in service. Can you file state taxes for free This deduction is known as the “section 179 deduction. Can you file state taxes for free ” The maximum amount you can elect to deduct during 2013 is generally $500,000 (higher limits apply to certain property). Can you file state taxes for free See IRC 179(e). Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free 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). Can you file state taxes for free Special rules apply to trucks and vans. Can you file state taxes for free For more information, see Publication 946. Can you file state taxes for free It explains what property qualifies for the deduction, what limits apply to the deduction, and when and how to recapture the deduction. Can you file state taxes for free    Your section 179 election for the cost of any sport utility vehicle (SUV) and certain other vehicles is limited to $25,000. Can you file state taxes for free For more information, see the Instructions for Form 4562 or Publication 946. Can you file state taxes for free Listed property. Can you file state taxes for free   You must follow special rules and recordkeeping requirements when depreciating listed property. Can you file state taxes for free Listed property is any of the following. Can you file state taxes for free Most passenger automobiles. Can you file state taxes for free Most other property used for transportation. Can you file state taxes for free Any property of a type generally used for entertainment, recreation, or amusement. Can you file state taxes for free Certain computers and related peripheral equipment. Can you file state taxes for free   For more information about listed property, see Publication 946. Can you file state taxes for free Form 4562. Can you file state taxes for free   Use Form 4562, Depreciation and Amortization, if you are claiming any of the following. Can you file state taxes for free Depreciation on property placed in service during the current tax year. Can you file state taxes for free A section 179 deduction. Can you file state taxes for free Depreciation on any listed property (regardless of when it was placed in service). Can you file state taxes for free    If you have to use Form 4562, you must file Schedule C. Can you file state taxes for free You cannot use Schedule C-EZ. Can you file state taxes for free   Employees' Pay You can generally deduct on Schedule C the pay you give your employees for the services they perform for your business. Can you file state taxes for free The pay may be in cash, property, or services. Can you file state taxes for free To be deductible, your employees' pay must be an ordinary and necessary expense and you must pay or incur it in the tax year. Can you file state taxes for free In addition, the pay must meet both the following tests. Can you file state taxes for free The pay must be reasonable. Can you file state taxes for free The pay must be for services performed. Can you file state taxes for free Chapter 2 in Publication 535 explains and defines these requirements. Can you file state taxes for free You cannot deduct your own salary or any personal withdrawals you make from your business. Can you file state taxes for free As a sole proprietor, you are not an employee of the business. Can you file state taxes for free If you had employees during the year, you must use Schedule C. Can you file state taxes for free You cannot use Schedule C-EZ. Can you file state taxes for free Kinds of pay. Can you file state taxes for free   Some of the ways you may provide pay to your employees are listed below. Can you file state taxes for free For an explanation of each of these items, see chapter 2 in Publication 535. Can you file state taxes for free Awards. Can you file state taxes for free Bonuses. Can you file state taxes for free Education expenses. Can you file state taxes for free Fringe benefits (discussed later). Can you file state taxes for free Loans or advances you do not expect the employee to repay if they are for personal services actually performed. Can you file state taxes for free Property you transfer to an employee as payment for services. Can you file state taxes for free Reimbursements for employee business expenses. Can you file state taxes for free Sick pay. Can you file state taxes for free Vacation pay. Can you file state taxes for free Fringe benefits. Can you file state taxes for free   A fringe benefit is a form of pay for the performance of services. Can you file state taxes for free The following are examples of fringe benefits. Can you file state taxes for free Benefits under qualified employee benefit programs. Can you file state taxes for free Meals and lodging. Can you file state taxes for free The use of a car. Can you file state taxes for free Flights on airplanes. Can you file state taxes for free Discounts on property or services. Can you file state taxes for free Memberships in country clubs or other social clubs. Can you file state taxes for free Tickets to entertainment or sporting events. Can you file state taxes for free   Employee benefit programs include the following. Can you file state taxes for free Accident and health plans. Can you file state taxes for free Adoption assistance. Can you file state taxes for free Cafeteria plans. Can you file state taxes for free Dependent care assistance. Can you file state taxes for free Educational assistance. Can you file state taxes for free Group-term life insurance coverage. Can you file state taxes for free Welfare benefit funds. Can you file state taxes for free   You can generally deduct the cost of fringe benefits you provide on your Schedule C in whatever category the cost falls. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free If you own the property, include your deduction for its cost or other basis as a section 179 deduction or a depreciation deduction. Can you file state taxes for free    You may be able to exclude all or part of the fringe benefits you provide from your employees' wages. Can you file state taxes for free For more information about fringe benefits and the exclusion of benefits, see Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits. Can you file state taxes for free Insurance You can generally deduct premiums you pay for the following kinds of insurance related to your business. Can you file state taxes for free Fire, theft, flood, or similar insurance. Can you file state taxes for free Credit insurance that covers losses from business bad debts. Can you file state taxes for free Group hospitalization and medical insurance for employees, including long-term care insurance. Can you file state taxes for free Liability insurance. Can you file state taxes for free Malpractice insurance that covers your personal liability for professional negligence resulting in injury or damage to patients or clients. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Contributions to a state unemployment insurance fund are deductible as taxes if they are considered taxes under state law. Can you file state taxes for free Overhead insurance that pays for business overhead expenses you have during long periods of disability caused by your injury or sickness. Can you file state taxes for free Car and other vehicle insurance that covers vehicles used in your business for liability, damages, and other losses. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free If you use the standard mileage rate to figure your car expenses, you cannot deduct any car insurance premiums. Can you file state taxes for free Life insurance covering your employees if you are not directly or indirectly the beneficiary under the contract. Can you file state taxes for free Business interruption insurance that pays for lost profits if your business is shut down due to a fire or other cause. Can you file state taxes for free Nondeductible premiums. Can you file state taxes for free   You cannot deduct premiums on the following kinds of insurance. Can you file state taxes for free Self-insurance reserve funds. Can you file state taxes for free You cannot deduct amounts credited to a reserve set up for self-insurance. Can you file state taxes for free This applies even if you cannot get business insurance coverage for certain business risks. Can you file state taxes for free However, your actual losses may be deductible. Can you file state taxes for free For more information, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Can you file state taxes for free Loss of earnings. Can you file state taxes for free You cannot deduct premiums for a policy that pays for your lost earnings due to sickness or disability. Can you file state taxes for free However, see item (8) in the previous list. Can you file state taxes for free Certain life insurance and annuities. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free The disallowance applies without regard to whom the policy covers. Can you file state taxes for free Insurance to secure a loan. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Nor can you deduct the premiums as interest on business loans or as an expense of financing loans. Can you file state taxes for free In the event of death, the proceeds of the policy are not taxed as income even if they are used to liquidate the debt. Can you file state taxes for free Self-employed health insurance deduction. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free How to figure the deduction. Can you file state taxes for free   Generally, you can use the worksheet in the Form 1040 instructions to figure your deduction. Can you file state taxes for free However, if any of the following apply, you must use the worksheet in chapter 6 of Publication 535. Can you file state taxes for free You have more than one source of income subject to self-employment tax. Can you file state taxes for free You file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income). Can you file state taxes for free You are using amounts paid for qualified long-term care insurance to figure the deduction. Can you file state taxes for free Prepayment. Can you file state taxes for free   You cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Example. Can you file state taxes for free In 2013, you signed a 3-year insurance contract. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free You can deduct in 2014 and 2015 the premium allocable to those years. Can you file state taxes for free More information. Can you file state taxes for free   For more information about deducting insurance, see chapter 6 in Publication 535. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Interest relates to your business if you use the proceeds of the loan for a business expense. Can you file state taxes for free It does not matter what type of property secures the loan. Can you file state taxes for free You can deduct interest on a debt only if you meet all of the following requirements. Can you file state taxes for free You are legally liable for that debt. Can you file state taxes for free Both you and the lender intend that the debt be repaid. Can you file state taxes for free You and the lender have a true debtor-creditor relationship. Can you file state taxes for free You cannot deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the interest you paid on personal loans. Can you file state taxes for free If a loan is part business and part personal, you must divide the interest between the personal part and the business part. Can you file state taxes for free Example. Can you file state taxes for free In 2013, you paid $600 interest on a car loan. Can you file state taxes for free During 2013, you used the car 60% for business and 40% for personal purposes. Can you file state taxes for free You are claiming actual expenses on the car. Can you file state taxes for free You can only deduct $360 (60% × $600) for 2013 on Schedule C or C-EZ. Can you file state taxes for free The remaining interest of $240 is a nondeductible personal expense. Can you file state taxes for free More information. Can you file state taxes for free   For more information about deducting interest, see chapter 4 in Publication 535. Can you file state taxes for free That chapter explains the following items. Can you file state taxes for free Interest you can deduct. Can you file state taxes for free Interest you cannot deduct. Can you file state taxes for free How to allocate interest between personal and business use. Can you file state taxes for free When to deduct interest. Can you file state taxes for free The rules for a below-market interest rate loan. Can you file state taxes for free (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. Can you file state taxes for free ) 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. Can you file state taxes for free However, you usually cannot deduct legal fees you pay to acquire business assets. Can you file state taxes for free Add them to the basis of the property. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free For more information, see Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. Can you file state taxes for free Tax preparation fees. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free You can deduct the remaining cost on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free Pension Plans You can set up and maintain the following small business retirement plans for yourself and your employees. Can you file state taxes for free SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) plans. Can you file state taxes for free SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) plans. Can you file state taxes for free Qualified plans (including Keogh or H. Can you file state taxes for free R. Can you file state taxes for free 10 plans). Can you file state taxes for free SEP, SIMPLE, and qualified plans offer you and your employees a tax favored way to save for retirement. Can you file state taxes for free You can deduct contributions you make to the plan for your employees on line 19 of Schedule C. Can you file state taxes for free If you are a sole proprietor, you can deduct contributions you make to the plan for yourself on line 28 of Form 1040. Can you file state taxes for free You can also deduct trustees' fees if contributions to the plan do not cover them. Can you file state taxes for free Earnings on the contributions are generally tax free until you or your employees receive distributions from the plan. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Under certain plans, employees can have you contribute limited amounts of their before-tax pay to a plan. Can you file state taxes for free These amounts (and earnings on them) are generally tax free until your employees receive distributions from the plan. Can you file state taxes for free For more information on retirement plans for small business, see Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business (SEP, SIMPLE, and Qualified Plans). Can you file state taxes for free Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), discusses other tax favored ways to save for retirement. Can you file state taxes for free Rent Expense Rent is any amount you pay for the use of property you do not own. Can you file state taxes for free In general, you can deduct rent as a business expense only if the rent is for property you use in your business. Can you file state taxes for free If you have or will receive equity in or title to the property, you cannot deduct the rent. Can you file state taxes for free Unreasonable rent. Can you file state taxes for free   You cannot take a rental deduction for unreasonable rents. Can you file state taxes for free Ordinarily, the issue of reasonableness arises only if you and the lessor are related. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Rent is not unreasonable just because it is figured as a percentage of gross receipts. Can you file state taxes for free   Related persons include members of your immediate family, including only brothers and sisters (either whole or half), your spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. Can you file state taxes for free For a list of the other related persons, see section 267 of the Internal Revenue Code. Can you file state taxes for free Rent on your home. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free You must meet the requirements for business use of your home. Can you file state taxes for free For more information, see Business Use of Your Home , later. Can you file state taxes for free Rent paid in advance. Can you file state taxes for free   Generally, rent paid in your business is deductible in the year paid or accrued. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free You can deduct the rest of your payment only over the period to which it applies. Can you file state taxes for free More information. Can you file state taxes for free   For more information about rent, see chapter 3 in Publication 535. Can you file state taxes for free Taxes You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ various federal, state, local, and foreign taxes directly attributable to your business. Can you file state taxes for free Income taxes. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free You can deduct other state and local income taxes on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. Can you file state taxes for free Do not deduct federal income tax. Can you file state taxes for free Employment taxes. Can you file state taxes for free   You can deduct the social security, Medicare, and federal unemployment (FUTA) taxes you paid out of your own funds as an employer. Can you file state taxes for free Employment taxes are discussed briefly in chapter 1. Can you file state taxes for free You can also deduct payments you made as an employer to a state unemployment compensation fund or to a state disability benefit fund. Can you file state taxes for free Deduct these payments as taxes. Can you file state taxes for free Self-employment tax. Can you file state taxes for free   You can deduct one-half of your self-employment tax on line 27 of Form 1040. Can you file state taxes for free Self-employment tax is discussed in chapters 1 and 10. Can you file state taxes for free Personal property tax. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free   You can also deduct registration fees for the right to use property within a state or local area. Can you file state taxes for free Example. Can you file state taxes for free May and Julius Winter drove their car 7,000 business miles out of a total of 10,000 miles. Can you file state taxes for free They had to pay $25 for their annual state license tags and $20 for their city registration sticker. Can you file state taxes for free They also paid $235 in city personal property tax on the car, for a total of $280. Can you file state taxes for free They are claiming their actual car expenses. Can you file state taxes for free Because they used the car 70% for business, they can deduct 70% of the $280, or $196, as a business expense. Can you file state taxes for free Real estate taxes. Can you file state taxes for free   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the real estate taxes you pay on your business property. Can you file state taxes for free Deductible real estate taxes are any state, local, or foreign taxes on real estate levied for the general public welfare. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free   For more information about real estate taxes, see chapter 5 in Publication 535. Can you file state taxes for free That chapter explains special rules for deducting the following items. Can you file state taxes for free Taxes for local benefits, such as those for sidewalks, streets, water mains, and sewer lines. Can you file state taxes for free Real estate taxes when you buy or sell property during the year. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Sales tax. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free If the property is merchandise bought for resale, the sales tax is part of the cost of the merchandise. Can you file state taxes for free If the property is depreciable, add the sales tax to the basis for depreciation. Can you file state taxes for free For information on the basis of property, see Publication 551, Basis of Assets. Can you file state taxes for free    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. Can you file state taxes for free Do not include these taxes in gross receipts or sales. Can you file state taxes for free Excise taxes. Can you file state taxes for free   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ all excise taxes that are ordinary and necessary expenses of carrying on your business. Can you file state taxes for free Excise taxes are discussed briefly in chapter 1. Can you file state taxes for free Fuel taxes. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free Do not deduct these taxes as a separate item. Can you file state taxes for free   You may be entitled to a credit or refund for federal excise tax you paid on fuels used for certain purposes. Can you file state taxes for free For more information, see Publication 510, Excise Taxes. Can you file state taxes for free Travel, Meals, and Entertainment This section briefly explains the kinds of travel and entertainment expenses you can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ. Can you file state taxes for free Table 8-1. Can you file state taxes for free When Are Entertainment Expenses Deductible? (Note. Can you file state taxes for free The following is a summary of the rules for deducting entertainment expenses. Can you file state taxes for free For more details about these rules, see Publication 463. Can you file state taxes for free ) 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. Can you file state taxes for free Definitions Entertainment includes any activity generally considered to provide entertainment, amusement, or recreation, and includes meals provided to a customer or client. Can you file state taxes for free An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business, trade, or profession. Can you file state taxes for free A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate, although not necessarily required, for your business. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free   Associated test Entertainment is associated with your trade or business, and Entertainment directly precedes or follows a substantial business discussion. Can you file state taxes for free Other rules You cannot deduct the cost of your meal as an entertainment expense if you are claiming the meal as a travel expense. Can you file state taxes for free You cannot deduct expenses that are lavish or extravagant under the circumstances. Can you file state taxes for free You generally can deduct only 50% of your unreimbursed entertainment expenses. Can you file state taxes for free Travel expenses. Can you file state taxes for free   These are the ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home for your business. Can you file state taxes for free You are traveling away from home if both the following conditions are met. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. Can you file state taxes for free Generally, your tax home is your regular place of business, regardless of where you maintain your family home. Can you file state taxes for free It includes the entire city or general area in which your business is located. Can you file state taxes for free See Publication 463 for more information. Can you file state taxes for free   The following is a brief discussion of the expenses you can deduct. Can you file state taxes for free Transportation. Can you file state taxes for free   You can deduct the cost of travel by airplane, train, bus, or car between your home and your business destination. Can you file state taxes for free Taxi, commuter bus, and limousine. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free Baggage and shipping. Can you file state taxes for free   You can deduct the cost of sending baggage and sample or display material between your regular and temporary work locations. Can you file state taxes for free Car or truck. Can you file state taxes for free   You can deduct the costs of operating and maintaining your vehicle when traveling away from home on business. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free If you rent a car while away from home on business, you can deduct only the business-use portion of the expenses. Can you file state taxes for free Meals and lodging. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free In most cases, you can deduct only 50% of your meal expenses. Can you file state taxes for free Cleaning. Can you file state taxes for free   You can deduct the costs of dry cleaning and laundry while on your business trip. Can you file state taxes for free Telephone. Can you file state taxes for free   You can deduct the cost of business calls while on your business trip, including business communication by fax machine or other communication devices. Can you file state taxes for free Tips. Can you file state taxes for free   You can deduct the tips you pay for any expense in this list. Can you file state taxes for free More information. Can you file state taxes for free   For more information about travel expenses, see Publication 463. Can you file state taxes for free Entertainment expenses. Can you file state taxes for free   You may be able to deduct business-related entertainment expenses for entertaining a client, customer, or employee. Can you file state taxes for free In most cases, you can deduct only 50% of these expenses. Can you file state taxes for free   The following are examples of entertainment expenses. Can you file state taxes for free Entertaining guests at nightclubs, athletic clubs, theaters, or sporting events. Can you file state taxes for free Providing meals, a hotel suite, or a car to business customers or their families. Can you file state taxes for free To be deductible, the expenses must meet the rules listed in Table 8-1. Can you file state taxes for free For details about these rules, see Publication 463. Can you file state taxes for free Reimbursing your employees for expenses. Can you file state taxes for free   You generally can deduct the amount you reimburse your employees for travel and entertainment expenses. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free For details, see chapter 11 in Publication 535. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Business Use of Your Home To deduct expenses related to the part of your home used for business, you must meet specific requirements. Can you file state taxes for free Even then, your deduction may be limited. Can you file state taxes for free To qualify to claim expenses for business use of your home, you must meet the following tests. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Exclusive use. Can you file state taxes for free   To qualify under the exclusive use test, you must use a specific area of your home only for your trade or business. Can you file state taxes for free The area used for business can be a room or other separately identifiable space. Can you file state taxes for free The space does not need to be marked off by a permanent partition. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free Example. Can you file state taxes for free You are an attorney and use a den in your home to write legal briefs and prepare clients' tax returns. Can you file state taxes for free Your family also uses the den for recreation. Can you file state taxes for free The den is not used exclusively in your profession, so you cannot claim a business deduction for its use. Can you file state taxes for free Exceptions to exclusive use. Can you file state taxes for free   You do not have to meet the exclusive use test if you use part of your home in either of the following ways. Can you file state taxes for free For the storage of inventory or product samples. Can you file state taxes for free As a daycare facility. Can you file state taxes for free For an explanation of these exceptions, see Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers). Can you file state taxes for free Regular use. Can you file state taxes for free   To qualify under the regular use test, you must use a specific area of your home for business on a continuing basis. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Principal place of business. Can you file state taxes for free   You can have more than one business location, including your home, for a single trade or business. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free To determine your principal place of business, you must consider all the facts and circumstances. Can you file state taxes for free   Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use if you meet the following requirements. Can you file state taxes for free You use it exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your business. Can you file state taxes for free You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your business. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. Can you file state taxes for free If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, you can also consider the time spent at each location. Can you file state taxes for free   If, after considering your business locations, your home cannot be identified as your principal place of business, you cannot deduct home office expenses. Can you file state taxes for free However, for other ways to qualify to deduct home office expenses, see Publication 587. Can you file state taxes for free Deduction limit. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free   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. Can you file state taxes for free 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)). Can you file state taxes for free 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. Can you file state taxes for free Do not include in (2) above your deduction for one-half of your self-employment tax. Can you file state taxes for free   Use Form 8829, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home, to figure your deduction. Can you file state taxes for free New simplified method. Can you file state taxes for free    The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. Can you file state taxes for free The simplified method is an alternative to calculating and substantiating actual expenses. Can you file state taxes for free In most cases, you will figure your deduction by multiplying $5 by the area of your home used for a qualified business use. Can you file state taxes for free The area you use to figure your deduction is limited to 300 square feet. Can you file state taxes for free For more information, see the Instructions for Schedule C. Can you file state taxes for free More information. Can you file state taxes for free   For more information on deducting expenses for the business use of your home, see Publication 587. Can you file state taxes for free Other Expenses You Can Deduct You may also be able to deduct the following expenses. Can you file state taxes for free See Publication 535 to find out whether you can deduct them. Can you file state taxes for free Advertising. Can you file state taxes for free Bank fees. Can you file state taxes for free Donations to business organizations. Can you file state taxes for free Education expenses. Can you file state taxes for free Energy efficient commercial buildings deduction expenses. Can you file state taxes for free Impairment-related expenses. Can you file state taxes for free Interview expense allowances. Can you file state taxes for free Licenses and regulatory fees. Can you file state taxes for free Moving machinery. Can you file state taxes for free Outplacement services. Can you file state taxes for free Penalties and fines you pay for late performance or nonperformance of a contract. Can you file state taxes for free Repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition. Can you file state taxes for free Repayments of income. Can you file state taxes for free Subscriptions to trade or professional publications. Can you file state taxes for free Supplies and materials. Can you file state taxes for free Utilities. Can you file state taxes for free Expenses You Cannot Deduct You usually cannot deduct the following as business expenses. Can you file state taxes for free For more information, see Publication 535. Can you file state taxes for free Bribes and kickbacks. Can you file state taxes for free Charitable contributions. Can you file state taxes for free Demolition expenses or losses. Can you file state taxes for free Dues to business, social, athletic, luncheon, sporting, airline, and hotel clubs. Can you file state taxes for free Lobbying expenses. 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