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File 2012 taxes free 7. File 2012 taxes free   Costs You Can Deduct or Capitalize Table of Contents What's New Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Carrying Charges Research and Experimental CostsProduct. File 2012 taxes free Costs not included. File 2012 taxes free Intangible Drilling Costs Exploration CostsPartnerships and S corporations. File 2012 taxes free Development Costs Circulation Costs Business Start-Up and Organizational Costs Reforestation Costs Retired Asset Removal Costs Barrier Removal CostsOther barrier removals. File 2012 taxes free Film and Television Production Costs What's New Film and television productions costs. File 2012 taxes free  The election to expense film and television production costs does not apply to productions that begin after December 31, 2013. File 2012 taxes free See Film and Television Production Costs , later. File 2012 taxes free Introduction This chapter discusses costs you can elect to deduct or capitalize. File 2012 taxes free You generally deduct a cost as a current business expense by subtracting it from your income in either the year you incur it or the year you pay it. File 2012 taxes free If you capitalize a cost, you may be able to recover it over a period of years through periodic deductions for amortization, depletion, or depreciation. File 2012 taxes free When you capitalize a cost, you add it to the basis of property to which it relates. File 2012 taxes free A partnership, corporation, estate, or trust makes the election to deduct or capitalize the costs discussed in this chapter except for exploration costs for mineral deposits. File 2012 taxes free Each individual partner, shareholder, or beneficiary elects whether to deduct or capitalize exploration costs. File 2012 taxes free You may be subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT) if you deduct research and experimental, intangible drilling, exploration, development, circulation, or business organizational costs. File 2012 taxes free For more information on the alternative minimum tax, see the instructions for the following forms. File 2012 taxes free Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals. File 2012 taxes free Form 4626, Alternative Minimum Tax—Corporations. File 2012 taxes free Topics - This chapter discusses: Carrying charges Research and experimental costs Intangible drilling costs Exploration costs Development costs Circulation costs Qualified disaster expenses Business start-up and organizational costs Reforestation costs Retired asset removal costs Barrier removal costs Film and television production costs Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets Form (and Instructions) 3468 Investment Credit 8826 Disabled Access Credit See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. File 2012 taxes free Carrying Charges Carrying charges include the taxes and interest you pay to carry or develop real property or to carry, transport, or install personal property. File 2012 taxes free Certain carrying charges must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. File 2012 taxes free (For information on capitalization of interest, see chapter 4 . File 2012 taxes free ) You can elect to capitalize carrying charges not subject to the uniform capitalization rules, but only if they are otherwise deductible. File 2012 taxes free You can elect to capitalize carrying charges separately for each project you have and for each type of carrying charge. File 2012 taxes free For unimproved and unproductive real property, your election is good for only 1 year. File 2012 taxes free You must decide whether to capitalize carrying charges each year the property remains unimproved and unproductive. File 2012 taxes free For other real property, your election to capitalize carrying charges remains in effect until construction or development is completed. File 2012 taxes free For personal property, your election is effective until the date you install or first use it, whichever is later. File 2012 taxes free How to make the election. File 2012 taxes free   To make the election to capitalize a carrying charge, attach a statement to your original tax return for the year the election is to be effective indicating which charges you are electing to capitalize. File 2012 taxes free However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). File 2012 taxes free Attach the statement to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. File 2012 taxes free 9100-2” on the statement. File 2012 taxes free File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. File 2012 taxes free Research and Experimental Costs The costs of research and experimentation are generally capital expenses. File 2012 taxes free However, you can elect to deduct these costs as a current business expense. File 2012 taxes free Your election to deduct these costs is binding for the year it is made and for all later years unless you get IRS approval to make a change. File 2012 taxes free If you meet certain requirements, you may elect to defer and amortize research and experimental costs. File 2012 taxes free For information on electing to defer and amortize these costs, see Research and Experimental Costs in chapter 8. File 2012 taxes free Research and experimental costs defined. File 2012 taxes free   Research and experimental costs are reasonable costs you incur in your trade or business for activities intended to provide information that would eliminate uncertainty about the development or improvement of a product. File 2012 taxes free Uncertainty exists if the information available to you does not establish how to develop or improve a product or the appropriate design of a product. File 2012 taxes free Whether costs qualify as research and experimental costs depends on the nature of the activity to which the costs relate rather than on the nature of the product or improvement being developed or the level of technological advancement. File 2012 taxes free      The costs of obtaining a patent, including attorneys' fees paid or incurred in making and perfecting a patent application, are research and experimental costs. File 2012 taxes free However, costs paid or incurred to obtain another's patent are not research and experimental costs. File 2012 taxes free Product. File 2012 taxes free   The term “product” includes any of the following items. File 2012 taxes free Formula. File 2012 taxes free Invention. File 2012 taxes free Patent. File 2012 taxes free Pilot model. File 2012 taxes free Process. File 2012 taxes free Technique. File 2012 taxes free Property similar to the items listed above. File 2012 taxes free It also includes products used by you in your trade or business or held for sale, lease, or license. File 2012 taxes free Costs not included. File 2012 taxes free   Research and experimental costs do not include expenses for any of the following activities. File 2012 taxes free Advertising or promotions. File 2012 taxes free Consumer surveys. File 2012 taxes free Efficiency surveys. File 2012 taxes free Management studies. File 2012 taxes free Quality control testing. File 2012 taxes free Research in connection with literary, historical, or similar projects. File 2012 taxes free The acquisition of another's patent, model, production, or process. File 2012 taxes free When and how to elect. File 2012 taxes free   You make the election to deduct research and experimental costs by deducting them on your tax return for the year in which you first pay or incur research and experimental costs. File 2012 taxes free If you do not make the election to deduct research and experimental costs in the first year in which you pay or incur the costs, you can deduct the costs in a later year only with approval from the IRS. File 2012 taxes free Deducting or Amortizing Research and Experimentation Costs IF you . File 2012 taxes free . File 2012 taxes free . File 2012 taxes free THEN . File 2012 taxes free . File 2012 taxes free . File 2012 taxes free Elect to deduct research and experimental costs as a current business expense Deduct all research and experimental costs in the first year you pay or incur the costs and all later years. File 2012 taxes free Do not deduct research and experimental costs as a current business expense If you meet the requirements, amortize them over at least 60 months, starting with the month you first receive an economic benefit from the research. File 2012 taxes free See Research and Experimental Costs in chapter 8. File 2012 taxes free Research credit. File 2012 taxes free   If you pay or incur qualified research expenses, you may be able to take the research credit. File 2012 taxes free For more information see Form 6765, Credit for Increasing Research Activities and its instructions. File 2012 taxes free Intangible Drilling Costs The costs of developing oil, gas, or geothermal wells are ordinarily capital expenditures. File 2012 taxes free You can usually recover them through depreciation or depletion. File 2012 taxes free However, you can elect to deduct intangible drilling costs (IDCs) as a current business expense. File 2012 taxes free These are certain drilling and development costs for wells in the United States in which you hold an operating or working interest. File 2012 taxes free You can deduct only costs for drilling or preparing a well for the production of oil, gas, or geothermal steam or hot water. File 2012 taxes free You can elect to deduct only the costs of items with no salvage value. File 2012 taxes free These include wages, fuel, repairs, hauling, and supplies related to drilling wells and preparing them for production. File 2012 taxes free Your cost for any drilling or development work done by contractors under any form of contract is also an IDC. File 2012 taxes free However, see Amounts paid to contractor that must be capitalized , later. File 2012 taxes free You can also elect to deduct the cost of drilling exploratory bore holes to determine the location and delineation of offshore hydrocarbon deposits if the shaft is capable of conducting hydrocarbons to the surface on completion. File 2012 taxes free It does not matter whether there is any intent to produce hydrocarbons. File 2012 taxes free If you do not elect to deduct your IDCs as a current business expense, you can elect to deduct them over the 60-month period beginning with the month they were paid or incurred. File 2012 taxes free Amounts paid to contractor that must be capitalized. File 2012 taxes free   Amounts paid to a contractor must be capitalized if they are either: Amounts properly allocable to the cost of depreciable property, or Amounts paid only out of production or proceeds from production if these amounts are depletable income to the recipient. File 2012 taxes free How to make the election. File 2012 taxes free   You elect to deduct IDCs as a current business expense by taking the deduction on your income tax return for the first tax year you have eligible costs. File 2012 taxes free No formal statement is required. File 2012 taxes free If you file Schedule C (Form 1040), enter these costs under “Other expenses. File 2012 taxes free ”   For oil and gas wells, your election is binding for the year it is made and for all later years. File 2012 taxes free For geothermal wells, your election can be revoked by the filing of an amended return on which you do not take the deduction. File 2012 taxes free You can file the amended return for the year up to the normal time of expiration for filing a claim for credit or refund, generally, within 3 years after the date you filed the original return or within 2 years after the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. File 2012 taxes free Energy credit for costs of geothermal wells. File 2012 taxes free   If you capitalize the drilling and development costs of geothermal wells that you place in service during the tax year, you may be able to claim a business energy credit. File 2012 taxes free See the Instructions for Form 3468 for more information. File 2012 taxes free Nonproductive well. File 2012 taxes free   If you capitalize your IDCs, you have another option if the well is nonproductive. File 2012 taxes free You can deduct the IDCs of the nonproductive well as an ordinary loss. File 2012 taxes free You must indicate and clearly state your election on your tax return for the year the well is completed. File 2012 taxes free Once made, the election for oil and gas wells is binding for all later years. File 2012 taxes free You can revoke your election for a geothermal well by filing an amended return that does not claim the loss. File 2012 taxes free Costs incurred outside the United States. File 2012 taxes free   You cannot deduct as a current business expense all the IDCs paid or incurred for an oil, gas, or geothermal well located outside the United States. File 2012 taxes free However, you can elect to include the costs in the adjusted basis of the well to figure depletion or depreciation. File 2012 taxes free If you do not make this election, you can deduct the costs over the 10-year period beginning with the tax year in which you paid or incurred them. File 2012 taxes free These rules do not apply to a nonproductive well. File 2012 taxes free Exploration Costs The costs of determining the existence, location, extent, or quality of any mineral deposit are ordinarily capital expenditures if the costs lead to the development of a mine. File 2012 taxes free You recover these costs through depletion as the mineral is removed from the ground. File 2012 taxes free However, you can elect to deduct domestic exploration costs paid or incurred before the beginning of the development stage of the mine (except those for oil and gas wells). File 2012 taxes free How to make the election. File 2012 taxes free   You elect to deduct exploration costs by taking the deduction on your income tax return, or on an amended income tax return, for the first tax year for which you wish to deduct the costs paid or incurred during the tax year. File 2012 taxes free Your return must adequately describe and identify each property or mine, and clearly state how much is being deducted for each one. File 2012 taxes free The election applies to the tax year you make this election and all later tax years. File 2012 taxes free Partnerships and S corporations. File 2012 taxes free   Each partner, not the partnership, elects whether to capitalize or to deduct that partner's share of exploration costs. File 2012 taxes free Each shareholder, not the S corporation, elects whether to capitalize or to deduct that shareholder's share of exploration costs. File 2012 taxes free Reduced corporate deductions for exploration costs. File 2012 taxes free   A corporation (other than an S corporation) can deduct only 70% of its domestic exploration costs. File 2012 taxes free It must capitalize the remaining 30% of costs and amortize them over the 60-month period starting with the month the exploration costs are paid or incurred. File 2012 taxes free A corporation may also elect to capitalize and amortize mining exploration costs over a 10-year period. File 2012 taxes free For more information on this method of amortization, see Internal Revenue Code section 59(e). File 2012 taxes free   The 30% the corporation capitalizes cannot be added to its basis in the property to figure cost depletion. File 2012 taxes free However, the amount amortized is treated as additional depreciation and is subject to recapture as ordinary income on a disposition of the property. File 2012 taxes free See Section 1250 Property under Depreciation Recapture in chapter 3 of Publication 544. File 2012 taxes free   These rules also apply to the deduction of development costs by corporations. File 2012 taxes free See Development Costs , later. File 2012 taxes free Recapture of exploration expenses. File 2012 taxes free   When your mine reaches the producing stage, you must recapture any exploration costs you elected to deduct. File 2012 taxes free Use either of the following methods. File 2012 taxes free Method 1—Include the deducted costs in gross income for the tax year the mine reaches the producing stage. File 2012 taxes free Your election must be clearly indicated on the return. File 2012 taxes free Increase your adjusted basis in the mine by the amount included in income. File 2012 taxes free Generally, you must elect this recapture method by the due date (including extensions) of your return. File 2012 taxes free However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). File 2012 taxes free Make the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. File 2012 taxes free 9100-2” on the form where you are including the income. File 2012 taxes free File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. File 2012 taxes free Method 2—Do not claim any depletion deduction for the tax year the mine reaches the producing stage and any later tax years until the depletion you would have deducted equals the exploration costs you deducted. File 2012 taxes free   You also must recapture deducted exploration costs if you receive a bonus or royalty from mine property before it reaches the producing stage. File 2012 taxes free Do not claim any depletion deduction for the tax year you receive the bonus or royalty and any later tax years until the depletion you would have deducted equals the exploration costs you deducted. File 2012 taxes free   Generally, if you dispose of the mine before you have fully recaptured the exploration costs you deducted, recapture the balance by treating all or part of your gain as ordinary income. File 2012 taxes free Under these circumstances, you generally treat as ordinary income all of your gain if it is less than your adjusted exploration costs with respect to the mine. File 2012 taxes free If your gain is more than your adjusted exploration costs, treat as ordinary income only a part of your gain, up to the amount of your adjusted exploration costs. File 2012 taxes free Foreign exploration costs. File 2012 taxes free   If you pay or incur exploration costs for a mine or other natural deposit located outside the United States, you cannot deduct all the costs in the current year. File 2012 taxes free You can elect to include the costs (other than for an oil, gas, or geothermal well) in the adjusted basis of the mineral property to figure cost depletion. File 2012 taxes free (Cost depletion is discussed in chapter 9 . File 2012 taxes free ) If you do not make this election, you must deduct the costs over the 10-year period beginning with the tax year in which you pay or incur them. File 2012 taxes free These rules also apply to foreign development costs. File 2012 taxes free Development Costs You can deduct costs paid or incurred during the tax year for developing a mine or any other natural deposit (other than an oil or gas well) located in the United States. File 2012 taxes free These costs must be paid or incurred after the discovery of ores or minerals in commercially marketable quantities. File 2012 taxes free Development costs also include depreciation on improvements used in the development of ores or minerals and costs incurred for you by a contractor. File 2012 taxes free Development costs do not include the costs for the acquisition or improvement of depreciable property. File 2012 taxes free Instead of deducting development costs in the year paid or incurred, you can elect to treat the cost as deferred expenses and deduct them ratably as the units of produced ores or minerals benefited by the expenses are sold. File 2012 taxes free This election applies each tax year to expenses paid or incurred in that year. File 2012 taxes free Once made, the election is binding for the year and cannot be revoked for any reason. File 2012 taxes free How to make the election. File 2012 taxes free   The election to deduct development costs ratably as the ores or minerals are sold must be made for each mine or other natural deposit by a clear indication on your return or by a statement filed with the IRS office where you file your return. File 2012 taxes free Generally, you must make the election by the due date of the return (including extensions). File 2012 taxes free However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). File 2012 taxes free Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. File 2012 taxes free 9100-2. File 2012 taxes free ” File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. File 2012 taxes free Foreign development costs. File 2012 taxes free   The rules discussed earlier for foreign exploration costs apply to foreign development costs. File 2012 taxes free Reduced corporate deductions for development costs. File 2012 taxes free   The rules discussed earlier for reduced corporate deductions for exploration costs also apply to corporate deductions for development costs. File 2012 taxes free Circulation Costs A publisher can deduct as a current business expense the costs of establishing, maintaining, or increasing the circulation of a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical. File 2012 taxes free For example, a publisher can deduct the cost of hiring extra employees for a limited time to get new subscriptions through telephone calls. File 2012 taxes free Circulation costs are deductible even if they normally would be capitalized. File 2012 taxes free This rule does not apply to the following costs that must be capitalized. File 2012 taxes free The purchase of land or depreciable property. File 2012 taxes free The acquisition of circulation through the purchase of any part of the business of another publisher of a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical, including the purchase of another publisher's list of subscribers. File 2012 taxes free Other treatment of circulation costs. File 2012 taxes free   If you do not want to deduct circulation costs as a current business expense, you can elect one of the following ways to recover these costs. File 2012 taxes free Capitalize all circulation costs that are properly chargeable to a capital account (see chapter 1 ). File 2012 taxes free Amortize circulation costs over the 3-year period beginning with the tax year they were paid or incurred. File 2012 taxes free How to make the election. File 2012 taxes free   You elect to capitalize circulation costs by attaching a statement to your return for the first tax year the election applies. File 2012 taxes free Your election is binding for the year it is made and for all later years, unless you get IRS approval to revoke it. File 2012 taxes free Business Start-Up and Organizational Costs Business start-up and organizational costs are generally capital expenditures. File 2012 taxes free However, you can elect to deduct up to $5,000 of business start-up and $5,000 of organizational costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004. File 2012 taxes free The $5,000 deduction is reduced by the amount your total start-up or organizational costs exceed $50,000. File 2012 taxes free Any remaining costs must be amortized. File 2012 taxes free For information about amortizing start-up and organizational costs, see chapter 8 . File 2012 taxes free Start-up costs include any amounts paid or incurred in connection with creating an active trade or business or investigating the creation or acquisition of an active trade or business. File 2012 taxes free Organizational costs include the costs of creating a corporation. File 2012 taxes free For more information on start-up and organizational costs, see chapter 8 . File 2012 taxes free How to make the election. File 2012 taxes free   You elect to deduct the start-up or organizational costs by claiming the deduction on your income tax return (filed by the due date including extensions) for the tax year in which the active trade or business begins. File 2012 taxes free However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). File 2012 taxes free Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. File 2012 taxes free 9100-2. File 2012 taxes free ” File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. File 2012 taxes free The election applies when computing taxable income for the current tax year and all subsequent years. File 2012 taxes free Reforestation Costs Reforestation costs are generally capital expenditures. File 2012 taxes free However, you can elect to deduct up to $10,000 ($5,000 if married filing separately; $0 for a trust) of qualifying reforestation costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004, for each qualified timber property. File 2012 taxes free The remaining costs can be amortized over an 84-month period. File 2012 taxes free For information about amortizing reforestation costs, see chapter 8 . File 2012 taxes free Qualifying reforestation costs are the direct costs of planting or seeding for forestation or reforestation. File 2012 taxes free Qualified timber property is property that contains trees in significant commercial quantities. File 2012 taxes free See chapter 8 for more information on qualifying reforestation costs and qualified timber property. File 2012 taxes free If you elect to deduct qualified reforestation costs, create and maintain separate timber accounts for each qualified timber property and include all reforestation costs and the dates each was applied. File 2012 taxes free Do not include this qualified timber property in any account (for example, depletion block) for which depletion is allowed. File 2012 taxes free How to make the election. File 2012 taxes free   You elect to deduct qualifying reforestation costs by claiming the deduction on your timely filed income tax return (including extensions) for the tax year the expenses were paid or incurred. File 2012 taxes free If Form T (Timber), Forest Activities Schedule, is required, complete Part IV of Form T. File 2012 taxes free If Form T is not required, attach a statement containing the following information for each qualified timber property for which an election is being made. File 2012 taxes free The unique stand identification numbers. File 2012 taxes free The total number of acres reforested during the tax year. File 2012 taxes free The nature of the reforestation treatments. File 2012 taxes free The total amounts of qualified reforestation expenditures eligible to be amortized or deducted. File 2012 taxes free   If you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). File 2012 taxes free Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. File 2012 taxes free 9100-2. File 2012 taxes free ” File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. File 2012 taxes free The election applies when computing taxable income for the current tax year and all subsequent years. File 2012 taxes free   For additional information on reforestation costs, see chapter 8 . File 2012 taxes free Recapture. File 2012 taxes free   This deduction may have to be recaptured as ordinary income under section 1245 when you sell or otherwise dispose of the property that would have received an addition to basis if you had not elected to deduct the expenditure. File 2012 taxes free For more information on recapturing the deduction, see Depreciation Recapture in Publication 544. File 2012 taxes free Retired Asset Removal Costs If you retire and remove a depreciable asset in connection with the installation or production of a replacement asset, you can deduct the costs of removing the retired asset. File 2012 taxes free However, if you replace a component (part) of a depreciable asset, capitalize the removal costs if the replacement is an improvement and deduct the costs if the replacement is a repair. File 2012 taxes free Barrier Removal Costs The cost of an improvement to a business asset is normally a capital expense. File 2012 taxes free However, you can elect to deduct the costs of making a facility or public transportation vehicle more accessible to and usable by those who are disabled or elderly. File 2012 taxes free You must own or lease the facility or vehicle for use in connection with your trade or business. File 2012 taxes free A facility is all or any part of buildings, structures, equipment, roads, walks, parking lots, or similar real or personal property. File 2012 taxes free A public transportation vehicle is a vehicle, such as a bus or railroad car, that provides transportation service to the public (including service for your customers, even if you are not in the business of providing transportation services). File 2012 taxes free You cannot deduct any costs that you paid or incurred to completely renovate or build a facility or public transportation vehicle or to replace depreciable property in the normal course of business. File 2012 taxes free Deduction limit. File 2012 taxes free   The most you can deduct as a cost of removing barriers to the disabled and the elderly for any tax year is $15,000. File 2012 taxes free However, you can add any costs over this limit to the basis of the property and depreciate these excess costs. File 2012 taxes free Partners and partnerships. File 2012 taxes free   The $15,000 limit applies to a partnership and also to each partner in the partnership. File 2012 taxes free A partner can allocate the $15,000 limit in any manner among the partner's individually incurred costs and the partner's distributive share of partnership costs. File 2012 taxes free If the partner cannot deduct the entire share of partnership costs, the partnership can add any costs not deducted to the basis of the improved property. File 2012 taxes free   A partnership must be able to show that any amount added to basis was not deducted by the partner and that it was over a partner's $15,000 limit (as determined by the partner). File 2012 taxes free If the partnership cannot show this, it is presumed that the partner was able to deduct the distributive share of the partnership's costs in full. File 2012 taxes free Example. File 2012 taxes free Emilio Azul's distributive share of ABC partnership's deductible expenses for the removal of architectural barriers was $14,000. File 2012 taxes free Emilio had $12,000 of similar expenses in his sole proprietorship. File 2012 taxes free He elected to deduct $7,000 of them. File 2012 taxes free Emilio allocated the remaining $8,000 of the $15,000 limit to his share of ABC's expenses. File 2012 taxes free Emilio can add the excess $5,000 of his own expenses to the basis of the property used in his business. File 2012 taxes free Also, if ABC can show that Emilio could not deduct $6,000 ($14,000 – $8,000) of his share of the partnership's expenses because of how Emilio applied the limit, ABC can add $6,000 to the basis of its property. File 2012 taxes free Qualification standards. File 2012 taxes free   You can deduct your costs as a current expense only if the barrier removal meets the guidelines and requirements issued by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. File 2012 taxes free You can view the Americans with Disabilities Act at www. File 2012 taxes free ada. File 2012 taxes free gov/pubs/ada. File 2012 taxes free htm. File 2012 taxes free   The following is a list of some architectural barrier removal costs that can be deducted. File 2012 taxes free Ground and floor surfaces. File 2012 taxes free Walks. File 2012 taxes free Parking lots. File 2012 taxes free Ramps. File 2012 taxes free Entrances. File 2012 taxes free Doors and doorways. File 2012 taxes free Stairs. File 2012 taxes free Floors. File 2012 taxes free Toilet rooms. File 2012 taxes free Water fountains. File 2012 taxes free Public telephones. File 2012 taxes free Elevators. File 2012 taxes free Controls. File 2012 taxes free Signage. File 2012 taxes free Alarms. File 2012 taxes free Protruding objects. File 2012 taxes free Symbols of accessibility. File 2012 taxes free You can find the ADA guidelines and requirements for architectural barrier removal at www. File 2012 taxes free usdoj. File 2012 taxes free gov/crt/ada/reg3a. File 2012 taxes free html. File 2012 taxes free   The costs for removal of transportation barriers from rail facilities, buses, and rapid and light rail vehicles are deductible. File 2012 taxes free You can find the guidelines and requirements for transportation barrier removal at www. File 2012 taxes free fta. File 2012 taxes free dot. File 2012 taxes free gov. File 2012 taxes free   Also, you can access the ADA website at www. File 2012 taxes free ada. File 2012 taxes free gov for additional information. File 2012 taxes free Other barrier removals. File 2012 taxes free   To be deductible, expenses of removing any barrier not covered by the above standards must meet all three of the following tests. File 2012 taxes free The removed barrier must be a substantial barrier to access or use of a facility or public transportation vehicle by persons who have a disability or are elderly. File 2012 taxes free The removed barrier must have been a barrier for at least one major group of persons who have a disability or are elderly (such as people who are blind, deaf, or wheelchair users). File 2012 taxes free The barrier must be removed without creating any new barrier that significantly impairs access to or use of the facility or vehicle by a major group of persons who have a disability or are elderly. File 2012 taxes free How to make the election. File 2012 taxes free   If you elect to deduct your costs for removing barriers to the disabled or the elderly, claim the deduction on your income tax return (partnership return for partnerships) for the tax year the expenses were paid or incurred. File 2012 taxes free Identify the deduction as a separate item. File 2012 taxes free The election applies to all the qualifying costs you have during the year, up to the $15,000 limit. File 2012 taxes free If you make this election, you must maintain adequate records to support your deduction. File 2012 taxes free   For your election to be valid, you generally must file your return by its due date, including extensions. File 2012 taxes free However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). File 2012 taxes free Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. File 2012 taxes free 9100-2. File 2012 taxes free ” File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. File 2012 taxes free Your election is irrevocable after the due date, including extensions, of your return. File 2012 taxes free Disabled access credit. File 2012 taxes free   If you make your business accessible to persons with disabilities and your business is an eligible small business, you may be able to claim the disabled access credit. File 2012 taxes free If you choose to claim the credit, you must reduce the amount you deduct or capitalize by the amount of the credit. File 2012 taxes free   For more information, see Form 8826, Disabled Access Credit. File 2012 taxes free Film and Television Production Costs Film and television production costs are generally capital expenses. 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