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File federal and state taxes online free Publication 551 - Main Content Table of Contents Cost BasisStocks and Bonds Real Property Business Assets Allocating the Basis Adjusted BasisIncreases to Basis Decreases to Basis Adjustments to Basis Example Basis Other Than CostProperty Received for Services Taxable Exchanges Nontaxable Exchanges Property Transferred From a Spouse Property Received as a Gift Inherited Property Property Changed to Business or Rental Use How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). File federal and state taxes online free Cost Basis The basis of property you buy is usually its cost. File federal and state taxes online free The cost is the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, other property, or services. File federal and state taxes online free Your cost also includes amounts you pay for the following items. File federal and state taxes online free Sales tax, Freight, Installation and testing, Excise taxes, Legal and accounting fees (when they must be capitalized), Revenue stamps, Recording fees, and Real estate taxes (if assumed for the seller). File federal and state taxes online free  You may also have to capitalize (add to basis) certain other costs related to buying or producing property. File federal and state taxes online free Loans with low or no interest. File federal and state taxes online free   If you buy property on a time-payment plan that charges little or no interest, the basis of your property is your stated purchase price, minus the amount considered to be unstated interest. File federal and state taxes online free You generally have unstated interest if your interest rate is less than the applicable federal rate. File federal and state taxes online free For more information, see Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount in Publication 537. File federal and state taxes online free Purchase of a business. File federal and state taxes online free   When you purchase a trade or business, you generally purchase all assets used in the business operations, such as land, buildings, and machinery. File federal and state taxes online free Allocate the price among the various assets, including any section 197 intangibles. File federal and state taxes online free See Allocating the Basis, later. File federal and state taxes online free Stocks and Bonds The basis of stocks or bonds you buy is generally the purchase price plus any costs of purchase, such as commissions and recording or transfer fees. File federal and state taxes online free If you get stocks or bonds other than by purchase, your basis is usually determined by the fair market value (FMV) or the previous owner's adjusted basis of the stock. File federal and state taxes online free You must adjust the basis of stocks for certain events that occur after purchase. File federal and state taxes online free See Stocks and Bonds in chapter 4 of Publication 550 for more information on the basis of stock. File federal and state taxes online free Identifying stock or bonds sold. File federal and state taxes online free   If you can adequately identify the shares of stock or the bonds you sold, their basis is the cost or other basis of the particular shares of stock or bonds. File federal and state taxes online free If you buy and sell securities at various times in varying quantities and you cannot adequately identify the shares you sell, the basis of the securities you sell is the basis of the securities you acquired first. File federal and state taxes online free For more information about identifying securities you sell, see Stocks and Bonds under Basis of Investment Property in chapter 4 of Publication 550. File federal and state taxes online free Mutual fund shares. File federal and state taxes online free   If you sell mutual fund shares acquired at different times and prices, you can choose to use an average basis. File federal and state taxes online free For more information, see Publication 550. File federal and state taxes online free Real Property Real property, also called real estate, is land and generally anything built on or attached to it. File federal and state taxes online free If you buy real property, certain fees and other expenses become part of your cost basis in the property. File federal and state taxes online free Real estate taxes. File federal and state taxes online free   If you pay real estate taxes the seller owed on real property you bought, and the seller did not reimburse you, treat those taxes as part of your basis. File federal and state taxes online free You cannot deduct them as taxes. File federal and state taxes online free   If you reimburse the seller for taxes the seller paid for you, you can usually deduct that amount as an expense in the year of purchase. File federal and state taxes online free Do not include that amount in the basis of the property. File federal and state taxes online free If you did not reimburse the seller, you must reduce your basis by the amount of those taxes. File federal and state taxes online free Settlement costs. File federal and state taxes online free   Your basis includes the settlement fees and closing costs for buying property. File federal and state taxes online free You cannot include in your basis the fees and costs for getting a loan on property. File federal and state taxes online free A fee for buying property is a cost that must be paid even if you bought the property for cash. 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File federal and state taxes online free   If you build property or have assets built for you, your expenses for this construction are part of your basis. File federal and state taxes online free Some of these expenses include the following costs. File federal and state taxes online free Land, Labor and materials, Architect's fees, Building permit charges, Payments to contractors, Payments for rental equipment, and Inspection fees. File federal and state taxes online free In addition, if you own a business and use your employees, material, and equipment to build an asset, do not deduct the following expenses. File federal and state taxes online free You must include them in the asset's basis. File federal and state taxes online free Employee wages paid for the construction work, reduced by any employment credits allowed; Depreciation on equipment you own while it is used in the construction; Operating and maintenance costs for equipment used in the construction; and The cost of business supplies and materials used in the construction. File federal and state taxes online free    Do not include the value of your own labor, or any other labor you did not pay for, in the basis of any property you construct. File federal and state taxes online free Business Assets If you purchase property to use in your business, your basis is usually its actual cost to you. File federal and state taxes online free If you construct, create, or otherwise produce property, you must capitalize the costs as your basis. File federal and state taxes online free In certain circumstances, you may be subject to the uniform capitalization rules, next. File federal and state taxes online free Uniform Capitalization Rules The uniform capitalization rules specify the costs you add to basis in certain circumstances. File federal and state taxes online free Activities subject to the rules. File federal and state taxes online free   You must use the uniform capitalization rules if you do any of the following in your trade or business or activity carried on for profit. File federal and state taxes online free Produce real or tangible personal property for use in the business or activity, Produce real or tangible personal property for sale to customers, or Acquire property for resale. File federal and state taxes online free However, this rule does not apply to personal property if your average annual gross receipts for the 3 previous tax years are $10 million or less. File federal and state taxes online free   You produce property if you construct, build, install, manufacture, develop, improve, create, raise, or grow the property. File federal and state taxes online free Treat property produced for you under a contract as produced by you up to the amount you pay or costs you otherwise incur for the property. File federal and state taxes online free Tangible personal property includes films, sound recordings, video tapes, books, or similar property. File federal and state taxes online free    Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize all direct costs and an allocable part of most indirect costs you incur due to your production or resale activities. File federal and state taxes online free To capitalize means to include certain expenses in the basis of property you produce or in your inventory costs rather than deduct them as a current expense. File federal and state taxes online free You recover these costs through deductions for depreciation, amortization, or cost of goods sold when you use, sell, or otherwise dispose of the property. File federal and state taxes online free   Any cost you cannot use to figure your taxable income for any tax year is not subject to the uniform capitalization rules. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free If you incur a business meal expense for which your deduction would be limited to 50% of the cost of the meal, that amount is subject to the uniform capitalization rules. File federal and state taxes online free The nondeductible part of the cost is not subject to the uniform capitalization rules. File federal and state taxes online free More information. File federal and state taxes online free   For more information about these rules, see the regulations under section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code and Publication 538, Accounting Periods and Methods. File federal and state taxes online free Exceptions. File federal and state taxes online free   The following are not subject to the uniform capitalization rules. 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File federal and state taxes online free   For information on the special rules that apply to costs incurred in the business of farming, see chapter 6 of Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide. File federal and state taxes online free Intangible Assets Intangible assets include goodwill, patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade names, and franchises. File federal and state taxes online free The basis of an intangible asset is usually the cost to buy or create it. File federal and state taxes online free If you acquire multiple assets, for example a going business for a lump sum, see Allocating the Basis below to figure the basis of the individual assets. File federal and state taxes online free The basis of certain intangibles can be amortized. File federal and state taxes online free See chapter 8 of Publication 535 for information on the amortization of these costs. File federal and state taxes online free Patents. File federal and state taxes online free   The basis of a patent you get for an invention is the cost of development, such as research and experimental expenditures, drawings, working models, and attorneys' and governmental fees. File federal and state taxes online free If you deduct the research and experimental expenditures as current business expenses, you cannot include them in the basis of the patent. File federal and state taxes online free The value of the inventor's time spent on an invention is not part of the basis. File federal and state taxes online free Copyrights. File federal and state taxes online free   If you are an author, the basis of a copyright will usually be the cost of getting the copyright plus copyright fees, attorneys' fees, clerical assistance, and the cost of plates that remain in your possession. File federal and state taxes online free Do not include the value of your time as the author, or any other person's time you did not pay for. File federal and state taxes online free Franchises, trademarks, and trade names. File federal and state taxes online free   If you buy a franchise, trademark, or trade name, the basis is its cost, unless you can deduct your payments as a business expense. File federal and state taxes online free Allocating the Basis If you buy multiple assets for a lump sum, allocate the amount you pay among the assets you receive. File federal and state taxes online free You must make this allocation to figure your basis for depreciation and gain or loss on a later disposition of any of these assets. File federal and state taxes online free See Trade or Business Acquired below. File federal and state taxes online free Group of Assets Acquired If you buy multiple assets for a lump sum, you and the seller may agree to a specific allocation of the purchase price among the assets in the sales contract. File federal and state taxes online free If this allocation is based on the value of each asset and you and the seller have adverse tax interests, the allocation generally will be accepted. File federal and state taxes online free However, see Trade or Business Acquired, next. File federal and state taxes online free Trade or Business Acquired If you acquire a trade or business, allocate the consideration paid to the various assets acquired. File federal and state taxes online free Generally, reduce the consideration paid by any cash and general deposit accounts (including checking and savings accounts) received. File federal and state taxes online free Allocate the remaining consideration to the other business assets received in proportion to (but not more than) their fair market value in the following order. File federal and state taxes online free Certificates of deposit, U. File federal and state taxes online free S. File federal and state taxes online free Government securities, foreign currency, and actively traded personal property, including stock and securities. File federal and state taxes online free Accounts receivable, other debt instruments, and assets you mark to market at least annually for federal income tax purposes. File federal and state taxes online free Property of a kind that would properly be included in inventory if on hand at the end of the tax year or property held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. File federal and state taxes online free All other assets except section 197 intangibles, goodwill, and going concern value. File federal and state taxes online free Section 197 intangibles except goodwill and going concern value. File federal and state taxes online free Goodwill and going concern value (whether or not they qualify as section 197 intangibles). File federal and state taxes online free Agreement. 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File federal and state taxes online free   See Sale of a Business in chapter 2 of Publication 544 for more information. File federal and state taxes online free Land and Buildings If you buy buildings and the land on which they stand for a lump sum, allocate the basis of the property among the land and the buildings so you can figure the depreciation allowable on the buildings. File federal and state taxes online free Figure the basis of each asset by multiplying the lump sum by a fraction. File federal and state taxes online free The numerator is the FMV of that asset and the denominator is the FMV of the whole property at the time of purchase. File federal and state taxes online free If you are not certain of the FMV of the land and buildings, you can allocate the basis based on their assessed values for real estate tax purposes. File federal and state taxes online free Demolition of building. File federal and state taxes online free   Add demolition costs and other losses incurred for the demolition of any building to the basis of the land on which the demolished building was located. File federal and state taxes online free Do not claim the costs as a current deduction. File federal and state taxes online free Modification of building. File federal and state taxes online free   A modification of a building will not be treated as a demolition if the following conditions are satisfied. File federal and state taxes online free 75 percent or more of the existing external walls of the building are retained in place as internal or external walls, and 75 percent or more of the existing internal structural framework of the building is retained in place. File federal and state taxes online free   If the building is a certified historic structure, the modification must also be part of a certified rehabilitation. 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File federal and state taxes online free   If you are a developer and sell subdivided lots before the development work is completed, you can (with IRS consent) include in the basis of the properties sold an allocation of the estimated future cost for common improvements. File federal and state taxes online free See Revenue Procedure 92–29 for more information, including an explanation of the procedures for getting consent from the IRS. File federal and state taxes online free Use of erroneous cost basis. File federal and state taxes online free   If you made a mistake in figuring the cost basis of subdivided lots sold in previous years, you cannot correct the mistake for years for which the statute of limitations (generally 3 tax years) has expired. File federal and state taxes online free Figure the basis of any remaining lots by allocating the correct original cost basis of the entire tract among the original lots. File federal and state taxes online free Example. 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File federal and state taxes online free You cannot refigure the basis of the eight lots sold in tax years barred by the statute of limitations. File federal and state taxes online free Adjusted Basis Before figuring gain or loss on a sale, exchange, or other disposition of property or figuring allowable depreciation, depletion, or amortization, you must usually make certain adjustments to the basis of the property. File federal and state taxes online free The result of these adjustments to the basis is the adjusted basis. File federal and state taxes online free Increases to Basis Increase the basis of any property by all items properly added to a capital account. File federal and state taxes online free These include the cost of any improvements having a useful life of more than 1 year. File federal and state taxes online free Rehabilitation expenses also increase basis. 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File federal and state taxes online free A debt includes any indebtedness for which you are liable or which attaches to property you hold. File federal and state taxes online free You can exclude canceled debt from income in the following situations. File federal and state taxes online free Debt canceled in a bankruptcy case or when you are insolvent, Qualified farm debt, and Qualified real property business debt (provided you are not a C corporation). File federal and state taxes online free If you exclude from income canceled debt under situation (1) or (2), you may have to reduce the basis of your depreciable and nondepreciable property. File federal and state taxes online free However, in situation (3), you must reduce the basis of your depreciable property by the excluded amount. File federal and state taxes online free For more information about canceled debt in a bankruptcy case or during insolvency, see Publication 908, Bankruptcy Tax Guide. File federal and state taxes online free For more information about canceled debt that is qualified farm debt, see chapter 3 in Publication 225. File federal and state taxes online free For more information about qualified real property business debt, see chapter 5 in Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. File federal and state taxes online free Postponed Gain From Sale of Home If you postponed gain from the sale of your main home before May 7, 1997, you must reduce the basis of your new home by the postponed gain. File federal and state taxes online free For more information on the rules for the sale of a home, see Publication 523. File federal and state taxes online free Adoption Tax Benefits If you claim an adoption credit for the cost of improvements you added to the basis of your home, decrease the basis of your home by the credit allowed. File federal and state taxes online free This also applies to amounts you received under an employer's adoption assistance program and excluded from income. File federal and state taxes online free For more information Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses. File federal and state taxes online free Employer-Provided Child Care If you are an employer, you can claim the employer-provided child care credit on amounts you paid or incurred to acquire, construct, rehabilitate, or expand property used as part of your qualified child care facility. File federal and state taxes online free You must reduce your basis in that property by the credit claimed. File federal and state taxes online free For more information, see Form 8882, Credit for Employer-Provided Child Care Facilities and Services. File federal and state taxes online free Adjustments to Basis Example In January 2005, you paid $80,000 for real property to be used as a factory. File federal and state taxes online free You also paid commissions of $2,000 and title search and legal fees of $600. File federal and state taxes online free You allocated the total cost of $82,600 between the land and the building—$10,325 for the land and $72,275 for the building. File federal and state taxes online free Immediately you spent $20,000 in remodeling the building before you placed it in service. File federal and state taxes online free You were allowed depreciation of $14,526 for the years 2005 through 2009. File federal and state taxes online free In 2008 you had a $5,000 casualty loss from a that was not covered by insurance on the building. File federal and state taxes online free You claimed a deduction for this loss. File federal and state taxes online free You spent $5,500 to repair the damages and extend the useful life of the building. File federal and state taxes online free The adjusted basis of the building on January 1, 2010, is figured as follows: Original cost of building including fees and commissions $72,275 Adjustments to basis:     Add:         Improvements 20,000   Repair of damages 5,500       $97,775 Subtract:       Depreciation $14,526     Deducted casualty loss 5,000 19,526 Adjusted basis on January 1, 2010 $78,249 The basis of the land, $10,325, remains unchanged. File federal and state taxes online free It is not affected by any of the above adjustments. File federal and state taxes online free Basis Other Than Cost There are many times when you cannot use cost as basis. File federal and state taxes online free In these cases, the fair market value or the adjusted basis of property may be used. File federal and state taxes online free Adjusted basis is discussed earlier. File federal and state taxes online free Fair market value (FMV). File federal and state taxes online free   FMV is the price at which property would change hands between a buyer and a seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all necessary facts. File federal and state taxes online free Sales of similar property on or about the same date may be helpful in figuring the property's FMV. File federal and state taxes online free Property Received for Services If you receive property for services, include the property's FMV in income. File federal and state taxes online free The amount you include in income becomes your basis. File federal and state taxes online free If the services were performed for a price agreed on beforehand, it will be accepted as the FMV of the property if there is no evidence to the contrary. File federal and state taxes online free Bargain Purchases A bargain purchase is a purchase of an item for less than its FMV. File federal and state taxes online free If, as compensation for services, you purchase goods or other property at less than FMV, include the difference between the purchase price and the property's FMV in your income. File federal and state taxes online free Your basis in the property is its FMV (your purchase price plus the amount you include in income). File federal and state taxes online free If the difference between your purchase price and the FMV represents a qualified employee discount, do not include the difference in income. File federal and state taxes online free However, your basis in the property is still its FMV. File federal and state taxes online free See Employee Discounts in Publication 15-B. File federal and state taxes online free Restricted Property If you receive property for your services and the property is subject to certain restrictions, your basis in the property is its FMV when it becomes substantially vested unless you make the election discussed later. File federal and state taxes online free Property becomes substantially vested when your rights in the property or the rights of any person to whom you transfer the property are not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. File federal and state taxes online free There is substantial risk of forfeiture when the rights to full enjoyment of the property depend on the future performance of substantial services by any person. File federal and state taxes online free When the property becomes substantially vested, include the FMV, less any amount you paid for the property, in income. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free Your employer gives you stock for services performed under the condition that you will have to return the stock unless you complete 5 years of service. File federal and state taxes online free The stock is under a substantial risk of forfeiture and is not substantially vested when you receive it. File federal and state taxes online free You do not report any income until you have completed the 5 years of service that satisfy the condition. File federal and state taxes online free Fair market value. File federal and state taxes online free   Figure the FMV of property you received without considering any restriction except one that by its terms will never end. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free You received stock from your employer for services you performed. File federal and state taxes online free If you want to sell the stock while you are still employed, you must sell the stock to your employer at book value. File federal and state taxes online free At your retirement or death, you or your estate must offer to sell the stock to your employer at its book value. File federal and state taxes online free This is a restriction that by its terms will never end and you must consider it when you figure the FMV. File federal and state taxes online free Election. File federal and state taxes online free   You can choose to include in your gross income the FMV of the property at the time of transfer, less any amount you paid for it. File federal and state taxes online free If you make this choice, the substantially vested rules do not apply. File federal and state taxes online free Your basis is the amount you paid plus the amount you included in income. File federal and state taxes online free   See the discussion of Restricted Property in Publication 525 for more information. File federal and state taxes online free Taxable Exchanges A taxable exchange is one in which the gain is taxable or the loss is deductible. File federal and state taxes online free A taxable gain or deductible loss is also known as a recognized gain or loss. File federal and state taxes online free If you receive property in exchange for other property in a taxable exchange, the basis of property you receive is usually its FMV at the time of the exchange. File federal and state taxes online free A taxable exchange occurs when you receive cash or property not similar or related in use to the property exchanged. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free You trade a tract of farm land with an adjusted basis of $3,000 for a tractor that has an FMV of $6,000. File federal and state taxes online free You must report a taxable gain of $3,000 for the land. File federal and state taxes online free The tractor has a basis of $6,000. File federal and state taxes online free Involuntary Conversions If you receive property as a result of an involuntary conversion, such as a casualty, theft, or condemnation, you can figure the basis of the replacement property you receive using the basis of the converted property. File federal and state taxes online free Similar or related property. File federal and state taxes online free   If you receive replacement property similar or related in service or use to the converted property, the replacement property's basis is the old property's basis on the date of the conversion. File federal and state taxes online free However, make the following adjustments. File federal and state taxes online free Decrease the basis by the following. File federal and state taxes online free Any loss you recognize on the conversion, and Any money you receive that you do not spend on similar property. File federal and state taxes online free Increase the basis by the following. File federal and state taxes online free Any gain you recognize on the conversion, and Any cost of acquiring the replacement property. File federal and state taxes online free Money or property not similar or related. File federal and state taxes online free   If you receive money or property not similar or related in service or use to the converted property, and you buy replacement property similar or related in service or use to the converted property, the basis of the new property is its cost decreased by the gain not recognized on the conversion. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free The state condemned your property. File federal and state taxes online free The property had an adjusted basis of $26,000 and the state paid you $31,000 for it. File federal and state taxes online free You realized a gain of $5,000 ($31,000 − $26,000). File federal and state taxes online free You bought replacement property similar in use to the converted property for $29,000. File federal and state taxes online free You recognize a gain of $2,000 ($31,000 − $29,000), the unspent part of the payment from the state. File federal and state taxes online free Your gain not recognized is $3,000, the difference between the $5,000 realized gain and the $2,000 recognized gain. File federal and state taxes online free The basis of the new property is figured as follows: Cost of replacement property $29,000 Minus: Gain not recognized 3,000 Basis of the replacement property $26,000 Allocating the basis. File federal and state taxes online free   If you buy more than one piece of replacement property, allocate your basis among the properties based on their respective costs. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free The state in the previous example condemned your unimproved real property and the replacement property you bought was improved real property with both land and buildings. File federal and state taxes online free Allocate the replacement property's $26,000 basis between land and buildings based on their respective costs. File federal and state taxes online free More information. File federal and state taxes online free   For more information about condemnations, see Involuntary Conversions in Publication 544. File federal and state taxes online free For more information about casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547. File federal and state taxes online free Nontaxable Exchanges A nontaxable exchange is an exchange in which you are not taxed on any gain and you cannot deduct any loss. File federal and state taxes online free If you receive property in a nontaxable exchange, its basis is usually the same as the basis of the property you transferred. File federal and state taxes online free A nontaxable gain or loss is also known as an unrecognized gain or loss. File federal and state taxes online free Like-Kind Exchanges The exchange of property for the same kind of property is the most common type of nontaxable exchange. File federal and state taxes online free To qualify as a like-kind exchange, you must hold for business or investment purposes both the property you transfer and the property you receive. File federal and state taxes online free There must also be an exchange of like-kind property. File federal and state taxes online free For more information, see Like-Kind Exchanges in Publication 544. File federal and state taxes online free The basis of the property you receive is the same as the basis of the property you gave up. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free You exchange real estate (adjusted basis $50,000, FMV $80,000) held for investment for other real estate (FMV $80,000) held for investment. File federal and state taxes online free Your basis in the new property is the same as the basis of the old ($50,000). File federal and state taxes online free Exchange expenses. File federal and state taxes online free   Exchange expenses are generally the closing costs you pay. File federal and state taxes online free They include such items as brokerage commissions, attorney fees, deed preparation fees, etc. File federal and state taxes online free Add them to the basis of the like-kind property received. File federal and state taxes online free Property plus cash. File federal and state taxes online free   If you trade property in a like-kind exchange and also pay money, the basis of the property received is the basis of the property you gave up increased by the money you paid. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free You trade in a truck (adjusted basis $3,000) for another truck (FMV $7,500) and pay $4,000. File federal and state taxes online free Your basis in the new truck is $7,000 (the $3,000 basis of the old truck plus the $4,000 paid). File federal and state taxes online free Special rules for related persons. File federal and state taxes online free   If a like-kind exchange takes place directly or indirectly between related persons and either party disposes of the property within 2 years after the exchange, the exchange no longer qualifies for like-kind exchange treatment. File federal and state taxes online free Each person must report any gain or loss not recognized on the original exchange. File federal and state taxes online free Each person reports it on the tax return filed for the year in which the later disposition occurs. File federal and state taxes online free If this rule applies, the basis of the property received in the original exchange will be its fair market value. File federal and state taxes online free   These rules generally do not apply to the following kinds of property dispositions. File federal and state taxes online free Dispositions due to the death of either related person, Involuntary conversions, and Dispositions in which neither the original exchange nor the subsequent disposition had as a main purpose the avoidance of federal income tax. File federal and state taxes online free Related persons. File federal and state taxes online free   Generally, related persons are ancestors, lineal descendants, brothers and sisters (whole or half), and a spouse. File federal and state taxes online free   For other related persons (for example, two corporations, an individual and a corporation, a grantor and fiduciary, etc. File federal and state taxes online free ), see Nondeductible Loss in chapter 2 of Publication 544. File federal and state taxes online free Exchange of business property. File federal and state taxes online free   Exchanging the assets of one business for the assets of another business is a multiple property exchange. File federal and state taxes online free For information on figuring basis, see Multiple Property Exchanges in chapter 1 of Publication 544. File federal and state taxes online free Partially Nontaxable Exchange A partially nontaxable exchange is an exchange in which you receive unlike property or money in addition to like property. File federal and state taxes online free The basis of the property you receive is the same as the basis of the property you gave up, with the following adjustments. File federal and state taxes online free Decrease the basis by the following amounts. File federal and state taxes online free Any money you receive, and Any loss you recognize on the exchange. File federal and state taxes online free Increase the basis by the following amounts. File federal and state taxes online free Any additional costs you incur, and Any gain you recognize on the exchange. File federal and state taxes online free If the other party to the exchange assumes your liabilities, treat the debt assumption as money you received in the exchange. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free You traded a truck (adjusted basis $6,000) for a new truck (FMV $5,200) and $1,000 cash. File federal and state taxes online free You realized a gain of $200 ($6,200 − $6,000). File federal and state taxes online free This is the FMV of the truck received plus the cash minus the adjusted basis of the truck you traded ($5,200 + $1,000 – $6,000). File federal and state taxes online free You include all the gain in income (recognized gain) because the gain is less than the cash received. File federal and state taxes online free Your basis in the new truck is: Adjusted basis of old truck $6,000 Minus: Cash received (adjustment 1(a)) 1,000   $5,000 Plus: Gain recognized (adjustment 2(b)) 200 Basis of new truck $5,200 Allocation of basis. File federal and state taxes online free   Allocate the basis first to the unlike property, other than money, up to its FMV on the date of the exchange. File federal and state taxes online free The rest is the basis of the like property. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free You had an adjusted basis of $15,000 in real estate you held for investment. File federal and state taxes online free You exchanged it for other real estate to be held for investment with an FMV of $12,500, a truck with an FMV of $3,000, and $1,000 cash. File federal and state taxes online free The truck is unlike property. File federal and state taxes online free You realized a gain of $1,500 ($16,500 − $15,000). File federal and state taxes online free This is the FMV of the real estate received plus the FMV of the truck received plus the cash minus the adjusted basis of the real estate you traded ($12,500 + $3,000 + $1,000 – $15,000). File federal and state taxes online free You include in income (recognize) all $1,500 of the gain because it is less than the FMV of the unlike property plus the cash received. File federal and state taxes online free Your basis in the properties you received is figured as follows. File federal and state taxes online free Adjusted basis of real estate transferred $15,000 Minus: Cash received (adjustment 1(a)) 1,000   $14,000 Plus: Gain recognized (adjustment 2(b)) 1,500 Total basis of properties received $15,500 Allocate the total basis of $15,500 first to the unlike property — the truck ($3,000). File federal and state taxes online free This is the truck's FMV. File federal and state taxes online free The rest ($12,500) is the basis of the real estate. File federal and state taxes online free Sale and Purchase If you sell property and buy similar property in two mutually dependent transactions, you may have to treat the sale and purchase as a single nontaxable exchange. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free You are a salesperson and you use one of your cars 100% for business. File federal and state taxes online free You have used this car in your sales activities for 2 years and have depreciated it. File federal and state taxes online free Your adjusted basis in the car is $22,600 and its FMV is $23,100. File federal and state taxes online free You are interested in a new car, which sells for $28,000. File federal and state taxes online free If you trade your old car and pay $4,900 for the new one, your basis for depreciation for the new car would be $27,500 ($4,900 plus the $22,600 basis of your old car). File federal and state taxes online free However, you want a higher basis for depreciating the new car, so you agree to pay the dealer $28,000 for the new car if he will pay you $23,100 for your old car. File federal and state taxes online free Because the two transactions are dependent on each other, you are treated as having exchanged your old car for the new one and paid $4,900 ($28,000 − $23,100). File federal and state taxes online free Your basis for depreciating the new car is $27,500, the same as if you traded the old car. File federal and state taxes online free Partial Business Use of Property If you have property used partly for business and partly for personal use, and you exchange it in a nontaxable exchange for property to be used wholly or partly in your business, the basis of the property you receive is figured as if you had exchanged two properties. File federal and state taxes online free The first is an exchange of like-kind property. File federal and state taxes online free The second is personal-use property on which gain is recognized and loss is not recognized. File federal and state taxes online free First, figure your adjusted basis in the property as if you transferred two separate properties. File federal and state taxes online free Figure the adjusted basis of each part of the property by taking into account any adjustments to basis. File federal and state taxes online free Deduct the depreciation you took or could have taken from the adjusted basis of the business part. File federal and state taxes online free Then figure the amount realized for your property and allocate it to the business and nonbusiness parts of the property. File federal and state taxes online free The business part of the property is permitted to be exchanged tax free. File federal and state taxes online free However, you must recognize any gain from the exchange of the nonbusiness part. File federal and state taxes online free You are deemed to have received, in exchange for the nonbusiness part, an amount equal to its FMV on the date of the exchange. File federal and state taxes online free The basis of the property you acquired is the total basis of the property transferred (adjusted to the date of the exchange), increased by any gain recognized on the nonbusiness part. File federal and state taxes online free If the nonbusiness part of the property transferred is your main home, you may qualify to exclude from income all or part of the gain on that part. File federal and state taxes online free For more information, see Publication 523. File federal and state taxes online free Trade of car used partly in business. File federal and state taxes online free   If you trade in a car you used partly in your business for another car you will use in your business, your basis for depreciation of the new car is not the same as your basis for figuring a gain or loss on its sale. File federal and state taxes online free   For information on figuring your basis for depreciation, see Publication 463. File federal and state taxes online free Property Transferred From a Spouse The basis of property transferred to you or transferred in trust for your benefit by your spouse (or former spouse if the transfer is incident to divorce), is the same as your spouse's adjusted basis. File federal and state taxes online free However, adjust your basis for any gain recognized by your spouse or former spouse on property transferred in trust. File federal and state taxes online free This rule applies only to a transfer of property in trust in which the liabilities assumed, plus the liabilities to which the property is subject, are more than the adjusted basis of the property transferred. File federal and state taxes online free If the property transferred to you is a series E, series EE, or series I United States savings bond, the transferor must include in income the interest accrued to the date of transfer. File federal and state taxes online free Your basis in the bond immediately after the transfer is equal to the transferor's basis increased by the interest income includible in the transferor's income. File federal and state taxes online free For more information on these bonds, see Publication 550. File federal and state taxes online free At the time of the transfer, the transferor must give you the records necessary to determine the adjusted basis and holding period of the property as of the date of transfer. File federal and state taxes online free For more information, see Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals. File federal and state taxes online free Property Received as a Gift To figure the basis of property you receive as a gift, you must know its adjusted basis (defined earlier) to the donor just before it was given to you, its FMV at the time it was given to you, and any gift tax paid on it. File federal and state taxes online free FMV Less Than Donor's Adjusted Basis If the FMV of the property at the time of the gift is less than the donor's adjusted basis, your basis depends on whether you have a gain or a loss when you dispose of the property. File federal and state taxes online free Your basis for figuring gain is the same as the donor's adjusted basis plus or minus any required adjustment to basis while you held the property. File federal and state taxes online free Your basis for figuring loss is its FMV when you received the gift plus or minus any required adjustment to basis while you held the property (see Adjusted Basis earlier). File federal and state taxes online free If you use the donor's adjusted basis for figuring a gain and get a loss, and then use the FMV for figuring a loss and have a gain, you have neither gain nor loss on the sale or disposition of the property. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free You received an acre of land as a gift. File federal and state taxes online free At the time of the gift, the land had an FMV of $8,000. File federal and state taxes online free The donor's adjusted basis was $10,000. File federal and state taxes online free After you received the land, no events occurred to increase or decrease your basis. File federal and state taxes online free If you sell the land for $12,000, you will have a $2,000 gain because you must use the donor's adjusted basis ($10,000) at the time of the gift as your basis to figure gain. File federal and state taxes online free If you sell the land for $7,000, you will have a $1,000 loss because you must use the FMV ($8,000) at the time of the gift as your basis to figure a loss. File federal and state taxes online free If the sales price is between $8,000 and $10,000, you have neither gain nor loss. File federal and state taxes online free For instance, if the sales price was $9,000 and you tried to figure a gain using the donor's adjusted basis ($10,000), you would get a $1,000 loss. File federal and state taxes online free If you then tried to figure a loss using the FMV ($8,000), you would get a $1,000 gain. File federal and state taxes online free Business property. File federal and state taxes online free   If you hold the gift as business property, your basis for figuring any depreciation, depletion, or amortization deduction is the same as the donor's adjusted basis plus or minus any required adjustments to basis while you hold the property. File federal and state taxes online free FMV Equal to or More Than Donor's Adjusted Basis If the FMV of the property is equal to or greater than the donor's adjusted basis, your basis is the donor's adjusted basis at the time you received the gift. File federal and state taxes online free Increase your basis by all or part of any gift tax paid, depending on the date of the gift. File federal and state taxes online free Also, for figuring gain or loss from a sale or other disposition of the property, or for figuring depreciation, depletion, or amortization deductions on business property, you must increase or decrease your basis by any required adjustments to basis while you held the property. File federal and state taxes online free See Adjusted Basis earlier. File federal and state taxes online free Gift received before 1977. File federal and state taxes online free   If you received a gift before 1977, increase your basis in the gift (the donor's adjusted basis) by any gift tax paid on it. File federal and state taxes online free However, do not increase your basis above the FMV of the gift at the time it was given to you. File federal and state taxes online free Example 1. File federal and state taxes online free You were given a house in 1976 with an FMV of $21,000. File federal and state taxes online free The donor's adjusted basis was $20,000. File federal and state taxes online free The donor paid a gift tax of $500. File federal and state taxes online free Your basis is $20,500, the donor's adjusted basis plus the gift tax paid. File federal and state taxes online free Example 2. File federal and state taxes online free If, in Example 1, the gift tax paid had been $1,500, your basis would be $21,000. File federal and state taxes online free This is the donor's adjusted basis plus the gift tax paid, limited to the FMV of the house at the time you received the gift. File federal and state taxes online free Gift received after 1976. File federal and state taxes online free   If you received a gift after 1976, increase your basis in the gift (the donor's adjusted basis) by the part of the gift tax paid on it that is due to the net increase in value of the gift. File federal and state taxes online free Figure the increase by multiplying the gift tax paid by a fraction. File federal and state taxes online free The numerator of the fraction is the net increase in value of the gift and the denominator is the amount of the gift. File federal and state taxes online free   The net increase in value of the gift is the FMV of the gift less the donor's adjusted basis. File federal and state taxes online free The amount of the gift is its value for gift tax purposes after reduction by any annual exclusion and marital or charitable deduction that applies to the gift. File federal and state taxes online free For information on the gift tax, see Publication 950, Introduction to Estate and Gift Taxes. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free In 2010, you received a gift of property from your mother that had an FMV of $50,000. File federal and state taxes online free Her adjusted basis was $20,000. File federal and state taxes online free The amount of the gift for gift tax purposes was $37,000 ($50,000 minus the $13,000 annual exclusion). File federal and state taxes online free She paid a gift tax of $9,000. File federal and state taxes online free Your basis, $27,290, is figured as follows: Fair market value $50,000 Minus: Adjusted basis 20,000 Net increase in value $30,000 Gift tax paid $9,000 Multiplied by ($30,000 ÷ $37,000) . File federal and state taxes online free 81 Gift tax due to net increase in value $7,290 Adjusted basis of property to your mother 20,000 Your basis in the property $27,290 Inherited Property Special rules apply to property acquired from a decedent who died in 2010. File federal and state taxes online free See Publication 4895, Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decedent Dying in 2010, for details. File federal and state taxes online free If you inherited property from a decedent who died before 2010, your basis in property you inherit from a decedent is generally one of the following. File federal and state taxes online free The FMV of the property at the date of the individual's death. File federal and state taxes online free The FMV on the alternate valuation date if the personal representative for the estate chooses to use alternate valuation. File federal and state taxes online free For information on the alternate valuation date, see the Instructions for Form 706. File federal and state taxes online free The value under the special-use valuation method for real property used in farming or a closely held business if chosen for estate tax purposes. File federal and state taxes online free This method is discussed later. File federal and state taxes online free The decedent's adjusted basis in land to the extent of the value excluded from the decedent's taxable estate as a qualified conservation easement. File federal and state taxes online free For information on a qualified conservation easement, see the Instructions for Form 706. File federal and state taxes online free If a federal estate tax return does not have to be filed, your basis in the inherited property is its appraised value at the date of death for state inheritance or transmission taxes. File federal and state taxes online free For more information, see the Instructions for Form 706. File federal and state taxes online free Appreciated property. File federal and state taxes online free   The above rule does not apply to appreciated property you receive from a decedent if you or your spouse originally gave the property to the decedent within 1 year before the decedent's death. File federal and state taxes online free Your basis in this property is the same as the decedent's adjusted basis in the property immediately before his or her death, rather than its FMV. File federal and state taxes online free Appreciated property is any property whose FMV on the day it was given to the decedent is more than its adjusted basis. File federal and state taxes online free Community Property In community property states (Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin), husband and wife are each usually considered to own half the community property. File federal and state taxes online free When either spouse dies, the total value of the community property, even the part belonging to the surviving spouse, generally becomes the basis of the entire property. File federal and state taxes online free For this rule to apply, at least half the value of the community property interest must be includable in the decedent's gross estate, whether or not the estate must file a return. File federal and state taxes online free For example, you and your spouse owned community property that had a basis of $80,000. File federal and state taxes online free When your spouse died, half the FMV of the community interest was includible in your spouse's estate. File federal and state taxes online free The FMV of the community interest was $100,000. File federal and state taxes online free The basis of your half of the property after the death of your spouse is $50,000 (half of the $100,000 FMV). File federal and state taxes online free The basis of the other half to your spouse's heirs is also $50,000. File federal and state taxes online free For more information on community property, see Publication 555, Community Property. File federal and state taxes online free Property Held by Surviving Tenant The following example explains the rule for the basis of property held by a surviving tenant in joint tenancy or tenancy by the entirety. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free John and Jim owned, as joint tenants with right of survivorship, business property they purchased for $30,000. 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File federal and state taxes online free Publication 587 - Main Content Table of Contents Qualifying for a DeductionExclusive Use Regular Use Trade or Business Use Principal Place of Business Place To Meet Patients, Clients, or Customers Separate Structure Figuring the DeductionUsing Actual Expenses Using the Simplified Method Daycare Facility Standard meal and snack rates. File federal and state taxes online free Sale or Exchange of Your HomeGain on Sale Depreciation Basis Adjustment Reporting the Sale More Information Business Furniture and EquipmentListed Property Property Bought for Business Use Personal Property Converted to Business Use Recordkeeping Where To DeductSelf-Employed Persons Employees Partners How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your HomeInstructions for the Worksheet Worksheets To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home (Simplified Method) Instructions for the Simplified Method Worksheet Instructions for the Daycare Facility Worksheet Instructions for the Area Adjustment Worksheet Qualifying for a Deduction Generally, you cannot deduct items related to your home, such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, utilities, maintenance, rent, depreciation, or property insurance, as business expenses. File federal and state taxes online free However, you may be able to deduct expenses related to the business use of part of your home if you meet specific requirements. File federal and state taxes online free Even then, the deductible amount of these types of expenses may be limited. File federal and state taxes online free Use this section and Figure A, later, to decide if you can deduct expenses for the business use of your home. File federal and state taxes online free To qualify to deduct expenses for business use of your home, you must use part of your home: Exclusively and regularly as your principal place of business (defined later), Exclusively and regularly as a place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, In the case of a separate structure which is not attached to your home, in connection with your trade or business, On a regular basis for certain storage use (see Storage of inventory or product samples , later), For rental use (see Publication 527), or As a daycare facility (see Daycare Facility , later). File federal and state taxes online free Additional tests for employee use. File federal and state taxes online free   If you are an employee and you use a part of your home for business, you may qualify for a deduction for its business use. 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File federal and state taxes online free You use part of your home as a daycare facility, discussed later under Daycare Facility . File federal and state taxes online free Note. File federal and state taxes online free With the exception of these two uses, any portion of the home used for business purposes must meet the exclusive use test. File federal and state taxes online free Storage of inventory or product samples. File federal and state taxes online free    If you use part of your home for storage of inventory or product samples, you can deduct expenses for the business use of your home without meeting the exclusive use test. File federal and state taxes online free However, you must meet all the following tests. File federal and state taxes online free You sell products at wholesale or retail as your trade or business. File federal and state taxes online free You keep the inventory or product samples in your home for use in your trade or business. 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File federal and state taxes online free (For example, you meet with or provide services to customers, clients, or patients at a fixed location of the business outside your home. File federal and state taxes online free ) You have suitable space to conduct administrative or management activities outside your home, but choose to use your home office for those activities instead. File federal and state taxes online free Please click here for the text description of the image. File federal and state taxes online free Can you deduct business use of the home expenses? Example 1. File federal and state taxes online free John is a self-employed plumber. File federal and state taxes online free Most of John's time is spent at customers' homes and offices installing and repairing plumbing. 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File federal and state taxes online free You must use the home office exclusively and regularly for one or more of the following purposes. File federal and state taxes online free As the principal place of business for one or more of your trades or businesses. File federal and state taxes online free As a place to meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of one or more of your trades or businesses. File federal and state taxes online free If your home office is a separate structure, in connection with one or more of your trades or businesses. File federal and state taxes online free You can use your home office for more than one business activity, but you cannot use it for any nonbusiness (i. File federal and state taxes online free e. File federal and state taxes online free , personal) activities. File federal and state taxes online free If you are an employee, any use of the home office in connection with your employment must be for the convenience of your employer. File federal and state taxes online free See Rental to employer , later, if you rent part of your home to your employer. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free Tracy White is employed as a teacher. File federal and state taxes online free Her principal place of work is the school, which provides her office space to do her school work. File federal and state taxes online free She also has a mail order jewelry business. File federal and state taxes online free All her work in the jewelry business is done in her home office and the office is used exclusively for that business. File federal and state taxes online free If she meets all the other tests, she can deduct expenses for the business use of her home for the jewelry business. 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File federal and state taxes online free He uses the greenhouse exclusively and regularly in his business, so he can deduct the expenses for its use, subject to certain limitations, explained later. File federal and state taxes online free Figuring the Deduction After you determine that you meet the tests under Qualifying for a Deduction , you can begin to figure how much you can deduct. File federal and state taxes online free When figuring the amount you can deduct for the business use of your home, you will use either your actual expenses or a simplified method. File federal and state taxes online free Electing to use the simplified method. File federal and state taxes online free   The simplified method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. File federal and state taxes online free You choose whether or not to figure your deduction using the simplified method each taxable year. File federal and state taxes online free See Using the Simplified Method , later. File federal and state taxes online free Rental to employer. File federal and state taxes online free   If you rent part of your home to your employer and you use the rented part in performing services for your employer as an employee, your deduction for the business use of your home is limited. File federal and state taxes online free You can deduct mortgage interest, qualified mortgage insurance premiums, real estate taxes, and personal casualty losses for the rented part, subject to any limitations. File federal and state taxes online free However, you cannot deduct otherwise allowable trade or business expenses, business casualty losses, or depreciation related to the use of your home (or use the simplified method as an alternative to deducting these actual expenses) in performing services for your employer. 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File federal and state taxes online free   You cannot deduct expenses for the business use of your home incurred during any part of the year you did not use your home for business purposes. File federal and state taxes online free For example, if you begin using part of your home for business on July 1, and you meet all the tests from that date until the end of the year, consider only your expenses for the last half of the year in figuring your allowable deduction. File federal and state taxes online free Expenses related to tax-exempt income. File federal and state taxes online free   Generally, you cannot deduct expenses that are related to tax-exempt allowances. File federal and state taxes online free However, if you receive a tax-exempt parsonage allowance or a tax-exempt military allowance, your expenses for mortgage interest and real estate taxes are deductible under the normal rules. File federal and state taxes online free No deduction is allowed for other expenses related to the tax-exempt allowance. File federal and state taxes online free   If your housing is provided free of charge and the value of the housing is tax exempt, you cannot deduct the rental value of any portion of the housing. File federal and state taxes online free Actual Expenses You must divide the expenses of operating your home between personal and business use. File federal and state taxes online free The part of a home operating expense you can use to figure your deduction depends on both of the following. File federal and state taxes online free Whether the expense is direct, indirect, or unrelated. File federal and state taxes online free The percentage of your home used for business. File federal and state taxes online free Table 1, next, describes the types of expenses you may have and the extent to which they are deductible. File federal and state taxes online free Table 1. File federal and state taxes online free Types of Expenses  Expense  Description  Deductibility Direct Expenses only for  the business part  of your home. File federal and state taxes online free Deductible in full. File federal and state taxes online free *   Examples:  Painting or repairs  only in the area  used for business. File federal and state taxes online free Exception: May be only partially  deductible in a daycare facility. File federal and state taxes online free See Daycare Facility , later. File federal and state taxes online free Indirect Expenses for  keeping up and running your  entire home. File federal and state taxes online free Deductible based on the percentage of your home used for business. File federal and state taxes online free *   Examples:  Insurance, utilities, and  general repairs. File federal and state taxes online free   Unrelated Expenses only for  the parts of your  home not used  for business. File federal and state taxes online free Not deductible. File federal and state taxes online free   Examples:  Lawn care or painting  a room not used  for business. File federal and state taxes online free   *Subject to the deduction limit, discussed later. File federal and state taxes online free Form 8829 and the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home have separate columns for direct and indirect expenses. File federal and state taxes online free Certain expenses are deductible whether or not you use your home for business. File federal and state taxes online free If you qualify to deduct business use of the home expenses, use the business percentage of these expenses to figure your total business use of the home deduction. File federal and state taxes online free These expenses include the following. File federal and state taxes online free Real estate taxes. File federal and state taxes online free Qualified mortgage insurance premiums. File federal and state taxes online free Deductible mortgage interest. File federal and state taxes online free Casualty losses. File federal and state taxes online free Other expenses are deductible only if you use your home for business. File federal and state taxes online free You can use the business percentage of these expenses to figure your total business use of the home deduction. File federal and state taxes online free These expenses generally include (but are not limited to) the following. File federal and state taxes online free Depreciation (covered under Depreciating Your Home , later). File federal and state taxes online free Insurance. File federal and state taxes online free Rent paid for the use of property you do not own but use in your trade or business. File federal and state taxes online free Repairs. File federal and state taxes online free Security system. File federal and state taxes online free Utilities and services. File federal and state taxes online free Real estate taxes. File federal and state taxes online free   To figure the business part of your real estate taxes, multiply the real estate taxes paid by the percentage of your home used for business. File federal and state taxes online free   For more information on the deduction for real estate taxes, see Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. File federal and state taxes online free Deductible mortgage interest. File federal and state taxes online free   To figure the business part of your deductible mortgage interest, multiply this interest by the percentage of your home used for business. File federal and state taxes online free You can include interest on a second mortgage in this computation. File federal and state taxes online free If your total mortgage debt is more than $1,000,000 or your home equity debt is more than $100,000, your deduction may be limited. File federal and state taxes online free For more information on what interest is deductible, see Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. File federal and state taxes online free Qualified mortgage insurance premiums. File federal and state taxes online free   To figure the business part of your qualified mortgage insurance premiums, multiply the premiums by the percentage of your home used for business. File federal and state taxes online free You can include premiums for insurance on a second mortgage in this computation. File federal and state taxes online free If your adjusted gross income is more than $100,000 ($50,000 if your filing status is married filing separately), your deduction may be limited. File federal and state taxes online free For more information, see Publication 936, and Line 13 in the Instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040). File federal and state taxes online free Casualty losses. File federal and state taxes online free    If you have a casualty loss on your home that you use for business, treat the casualty loss as a direct expense, an indirect expense, or an unrelated expense, depending on the property affected. File federal and state taxes online free A direct expense is the loss on the portion of the property you use only in your business. File federal and state taxes online free Use the entire loss to figure the business use of the home deduction. File federal and state taxes online free An indirect expense is the loss on property you use for both business and personal purposes. File federal and state taxes online free Use only the business portion to figure the deduction. File federal and state taxes online free An unrelated expense is the loss on property you do not use in your business. File federal and state taxes online free Do not use any of the loss to figure the deduction. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free You meet the rules to take a deduction for an office in your home that is 10% of the total area of your house. File federal and state taxes online free A storm damages your roof. File federal and state taxes online free This is an indirect expense as the roof is part of the whole house and is considered to be used both for business and personal purposes. File federal and state taxes online free You would complete Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts, to report your loss. File federal and state taxes online free You complete both section A (Personal Use Property) and section B (Business and Income-Producing Property) as your home is used both for business and personal purposes. File federal and state taxes online free Since you use 90% of your home for personal purposes, use 90% of the cost or adjusted basis of your home, insurance or other reimbursement, and fair market value, both before and after the storm, to figure the amounts to enter on lines 2, 3, 5, and 6 of Form 4684. File federal and state taxes online free Since you use 10% of your home for business purposes, use 10% of the cost or adjusted basis of your home, insurance or other reimbursement, and fair market value, both before and after the storm, to figure the amounts to enter on lines 20, 21, 23, and 24 of Form 4684. File federal and state taxes online free Forms and worksheets to use. File federal and state taxes online free   If you are filing Schedule C (Form 1040), get Form 8829 and follow the instructions for casualty losses. File federal and state taxes online free If you are an employee or a partner, or you file Schedule F (Form 1040), use the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home, near the end of this publication. File federal and state taxes online free You will also need to get Form 4684. File federal and state taxes online free More information. File federal and state taxes online free   For more information on casualty losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. File federal and state taxes online free Insurance. File federal and state taxes online free   You can deduct the cost of insurance that covers the business part of your home. File federal and state taxes online free However, if your insurance premium gives you coverage for a period that extends past the end of your tax year, you can deduct only the business percentage of the part of the premium that gives you coverage for your tax year. File federal and state taxes online free You can deduct the business percentage of the part that applies to the following year in that year. File federal and state taxes online free Rent. File federal and state taxes online free   If you rent the home you occupy and meet the requirements for business use of the home, you can deduct part of the rent you pay. File federal and state taxes online free To figure your deduction, multiply your rent payments by the percentage of your home used for business. File federal and state taxes online free   If you own your home, you cannot deduct the fair rental value of your home. File federal and state taxes online free However, see Depreciating Your Home , later. File federal and state taxes online free Repairs. File federal and state taxes online free   The cost of repairs that relate to your business, including labor (other than your own labor), is a deductible expense. File federal and state taxes online free For example, a furnace repair benefits the entire home. File federal and state taxes online free If you use 10% of your home for business, you can deduct 10% of the cost of the furnace repair. File federal and state taxes online free   Repairs keep your home in good working order over its useful life. File federal and state taxes online free Examples of common repairs are patching walls and floors, painting, wallpapering, repairing roofs and gutters, and mending leaks. File federal and state taxes online free However, repairs are sometimes treated as a permanent improvement and are not deductible. File federal and state taxes online free See Permanent improvements , later, under Depreciating Your Home. File federal and state taxes online free Security system. File federal and state taxes online free   If you install a security system that protects all the doors and windows in your home, you can deduct the business part of the expenses you incur to maintain and monitor the system. File federal and state taxes online free You also can take a depreciation deduction for the part of the cost of the security system relating to the business use of your home. File federal and state taxes online free Utilities and services. File federal and state taxes online free   Expenses for utilities and services, such as electricity, gas, trash removal, and cleaning services, are primarily personal expenses. File federal and state taxes online free However, if you use part of your home for business, you can deduct the business part of these expenses. File federal and state taxes online free Generally, the business percentage for utilities is the same as the percentage of your home used for business. File federal and state taxes online free Telephone. File federal and state taxes online free   The basic local telephone service charge, including taxes, for the first telephone line into your home (i. File federal and state taxes online free e. File federal and state taxes online free , landline) is a nondeductible personal expense. File federal and state taxes online free However, charges for business long-distance phone calls on that line, as well as the cost of a second line into your home used exclusively for business, are deductible business expenses. File federal and state taxes online free Do not include these expenses as a cost of using your home for business. File federal and state taxes online free Deduct these charges separately on the appropriate form or schedule. File federal and state taxes online free For example, if you file Schedule C (Form 1040), deduct these expenses on line 25, Utilities (instead of line 30, Expenses for business use of your home). File federal and state taxes online free Depreciating Your Home If you own your home and qualify to deduct expenses for its business use, you can claim a deduction for depreciation. File federal and state taxes online free Depreciation is an allowance for the wear and tear on the part of your home used for business. File federal and state taxes online free You cannot depreciate the cost or value of the land. File federal and state taxes online free You recover its cost when you sell or otherwise dispose of the property. File federal and state taxes online free Before you figure your depreciation deduction, you need to know the following information. File federal and state taxes online free The month and year you started using your home for business. File federal and state taxes online free The adjusted basis and fair market value of your home (excluding land) at the time you began using it for business. File federal and state taxes online free The cost of any improvements before and after you began using the property for business. File federal and state taxes online free The percentage of your home used for business. File federal and state taxes online free See Business Percentage , later. File federal and state taxes online free Adjusted basis defined. File federal and state taxes online free   The adjusted basis of your home is generally its cost, plus the cost of any permanent improvements you made to it, minus any casualty losses or depreciation deducted in earlier tax years. File federal and state taxes online free For a discussion of adjusted basis, see Publication 551. File federal and state taxes online free Permanent improvements. File federal and state taxes online free   A permanent improvement increases the value of property, adds to its life, or gives it a new or different use. File federal and state taxes online free Examples of improvements are replacing electric wiring or plumbing, adding a new roof or addition, paneling, or remodeling. File federal and state taxes online free    You must carefully distinguish between repairs and improvements. File federal and state taxes online free See Repairs , earlier, under Actual Expenses. File federal and state taxes online free You also must keep accurate records of these expenses. File federal and state taxes online free These records will help you decide whether an expense is a deductible or a capital (added to the basis) expense. File federal and state taxes online free However, if you make repairs as part of an extensive remodeling or restoration of your home, the entire job is an improvement. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free You buy an older home and fix up two rooms as a beauty salon. 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File federal and state taxes online free If you deducted less depreciation than you could have under the method you selected, decrease the basis by the amount you could have deducted under that method. File federal and state taxes online free If you did not deduct any depreciation, decrease the basis by the amount you could have deducted. File federal and state taxes online free   If you deducted more depreciation than you should have, decrease your basis by the amount you should have deducted, plus the part of the excess depreciation you deducted that actually decreased your tax liability for any year. File federal and state taxes online free   If you deducted the incorrect amount of depreciation, see Publication 946. File federal and state taxes online free Fair market value defined. File federal and state taxes online free   The fair market value of your home is the price at which the property would change hands between a buyer and a seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all necessary facts. File federal and state taxes online free Sales of similar property, on or about the date you begin using your home for business, may be helpful in determining the property's fair market value. File federal and state taxes online free Figuring the depreciation deduction for the current year. File federal and state taxes online free   If you began using your home for business before 2013, continue to use the same depreciation method you used in past tax years. File federal and state taxes online free   If you began using your home for business for the first time in 2013, depreciate the business part as nonresidential real property under the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS). File federal and state taxes online free Under MACRS, nonresidential real property is depreciated using the straight line method over 39 years. File federal and state taxes online free For more information on MACRS and other methods of depreciation, see Publication 946. File federal and state taxes online free   To figure the depreciation deduction, you must first figure the part of the cost of your home that can be depreciated (depreciable basis). File federal and state taxes online free The depreciable basis is figured by multiplying the percentage of your home used for business by the smaller of the following. File federal and state taxes online free The adjusted basis of your home (excluding land) on the date you began using your home for business. File federal and state taxes online free The fair market value of your home (excluding land) on the date you began using your home for business. File federal and state taxes online free Depreciation table. File federal and state taxes online free   If 2013 was the first year you used your home for business, you can figure your 2013 depreciation for the business part of your home by using the appropriate percentage from the following table. File federal and state taxes online free Table 2. File federal and state taxes online free MACRS Percentage Table for 39-Year Nonresidential Real Property Month First Used for Business Percentage To Use 1 2. File federal and state taxes online free 461% 2 2. File federal and state taxes online free 247% 3 2. File federal and state taxes online free 033% 4 1. File federal and state taxes online free 819% 5 1. File federal and state taxes online free 605% 6 1. File federal and state taxes online free 391% 7 1. File federal and state taxes online free 177% 8 0. File federal and state taxes online free 963% 9 0. File federal and state taxes online free 749% 10 0. File federal and state taxes online free 535% 11 0. File federal and state taxes online free 321% 12 0. File federal and state taxes online free 107%   Multiply the depreciable basis of the business part of your home by the percentage from the table for the first month you use your home for business. File federal and state taxes online free See Publication 946 for the percentages for the remaining tax years of the recovery period. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free In May, George Miller began to use one room in his home exclusively and regularly to meet clients. File federal and state taxes online free This room is 8% of the square footage of his home. File federal and state taxes online free He bought the home in 2003 for $125,000. File federal and state taxes online free He determined from his property tax records that his adjusted basis in the house (exclusive of land) is $115,000. File federal and state taxes online free In May, the house had a fair market value of $165,000. File federal and state taxes online free He multiplies his adjusted basis of $115,000 (which is less than the fair market value) by 8%. File federal and state taxes online free The result is $9,200, his depreciable basis for the business part of the house. File federal and state taxes online free George files his return based on the calendar year. File federal and state taxes online free May is the 5th month of his tax year. File federal and state taxes online free He multiplies his depreciable basis of $9,200 by 1. File federal and state taxes online free 605% (. File federal and state taxes online free 01605), the percentage from the table for the 5th month. File federal and state taxes online free His depreciation deduction is $147. File federal and state taxes online free 66. File federal and state taxes online free Depreciating permanent improvements. File federal and state taxes online free   Add the costs of permanent improvements made before you began using your home for business to the basis of your property. File federal and state taxes online free Depreciate these costs as part of the cost of your home as explained earlier. File federal and state taxes online free The costs of improvements made after you begin using your home for business (that affect the business part of your home, such as a new roof) are depreciated separately. File federal and state taxes online free Multiply the cost of the improvement by the business-use percentage and depreciate the result over the recovery period that would apply to your home if you began using it for business at the same time as the improvement. File federal and state taxes online free For improvements made this year, the recovery period is 39 years. File federal and state taxes online free For the percentage to use for the first year, see Table 2, earlier. File federal and state taxes online free For more information on recovery periods, see Publication 946. File federal and state taxes online free Business Percentage To find the business percentage, compare the size of the part of your home that you use for business to your whole house. File federal and state taxes online free Use the resulting percentage to figure the business part of the expenses for operating your entire home. File federal and state taxes online free You can use any reasonable method to determine the business percentage. File federal and state taxes online free The following are two commonly used methods for figuring the percentage. File federal and state taxes online free Divide the area (length multiplied by the width) used for business by the total area of your home. File federal and state taxes online free If the rooms in your home are all about the same size, you can divide the number of rooms used for business by the total number of rooms in your home. 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File federal and state taxes online free Use lines 1-7 of Form 8829, or lines 1-3 on the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home (near the end of this publication) to figure your business percentage. File federal and state taxes online free Deduction Limit 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. File federal and state taxes online free If your gross income from the business use of your home is less than your total business expenses, your deduction for certain expenses for the business use of your home is limited. File federal and state taxes online free Your deduction of otherwise nondeductible expenses, such as insurance, utilities, and depreciation of your home (with depreciation of your home taken last), that are allocable to the business, is limited to the gross income from the business use of your home minus the sum of the following. File federal and state taxes online 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)). File federal and state taxes online free These expenses are discussed in detail under Actual Expenses , earlier. File federal and state taxes online 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. File federal and state taxes online free If you are self-employed, do not include in (2) above your deduction for one-half of your self-employment tax. File federal and state taxes online free Carryover of unallowed expenses. File federal and state taxes online free   If your deductions are greater than the current year's limit, you can carry over the excess to the next year in which you use actual expenses. File federal and state taxes online free They are subject to the deduction limit for that year, whether or not you live in the same home during that year. File federal and state taxes online free Figuring the deduction limit and carryover. File federal and state taxes online free   If you are an employee or a partner, or you file Schedule F (Form 1040), use the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home, near the end of this publication. File federal and state taxes online free If you file Schedule C (Form 1040), figure your deduction limit and carryover on Form 8829. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free You meet the requirements for deducting expenses for the business use of your home. File federal and state taxes online free You use 20% of your home for business. File federal and state taxes online free In 2013, your business expenses and the expenses for the business use of your home are deducted from your gross income in the following order. File federal and state taxes online free    Gross income from business $6,000 Minus:   Deductible mortgage interest and real estate taxes (20%) 3,000 Business expenses not related to the use of your home (100%) (business phone, supplies, and depreciation on equipment) 2,000 Deduction limit $1,000 Minus other expenses allocable to business use of home:   Maintenance, insurance, and utilities (20%) 800 Depreciation allowed (20% = $1,600 allowable, but subject to balance of deduction limit) 200 Other expenses up to the deduction limit $1,000 Depreciation carryover to 2014 ($1,600 − $200) (subject to deduction limit in 2014) $1,400   You can deduct all of the business part of your deductible mortgage interest and real estate taxes ($3,000). File federal and state taxes online free You also can deduct all of your business expenses not related to the use of your home ($2,000). File federal and state taxes online free Additionally, you can deduct all of the business part of your expenses for maintenance, insurance, and utilities, because the total ($800) is less than the $1,000 deduction limit. File federal and state taxes online free Your deduction for depreciation for the business use of your home is limited to $200 ($1,000 minus $800) because of the deduction limit. File federal and state taxes online free You can carry over the $1,400 balance and add it to your depreciation for 2014, subject to your deduction limit in 2014. File federal and state taxes online free More than one place of business. File federal and state taxes online free   If part of the gross income from your trade or business is from the business use of part of your home and part is from a place other than your home, you must determine the part of your gross income from the business use of your home before you figure the deduction limit. File federal and state taxes online free In making this determination, consider the time you spend at each location, the business investment in each location, and any other relevant facts and circumstances. File federal and state taxes online free If your home office qualifies as your principal place of business, you can deduct your daily transportation costs between your home and another work location in the same trade or business. File federal and state taxes online free For more information on transportation costs, see Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. File federal and state taxes online free Using the Simplified Method The simplified method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. File federal and state taxes online free In most cases, you will figure your deduction by multiplying $5, the prescribed rate, by the area of your home used for a qualified business use. File federal and state taxes online free The area you use to figure your deduction is limited to 300 square feet. File federal and state taxes online free See Simplified Amount , later, for information about figuring the amount of the deduction. File federal and state taxes online free For more information about the simplified method, see Revenue Procedure 2013-13, 2013-06 I. File federal and state taxes online free R. File federal and state taxes online free B. File federal and state taxes online free 478, available at www. File federal and state taxes online free irs. File federal and state taxes online free gov/irb/2013-06_IRB/ar09. File federal and state taxes online free html. File federal and state taxes online free Actual expenses and depreciation of your home. File federal and state taxes online free   If you elect to use the simplified method, you cannot deduct any actual expenses for the business except for business expenses that are not related to the use of the home. File federal and state taxes online free You also cannot deduct any depreciation (including any additional first-year depreciation) or section 179 expense for the portion of the home that is used for a qualified business use. File federal and state taxes online free The depreciation deduction allowable for that portion of the home is deemed to be zero for a year you use the simplified method. File federal and state taxes online free If you figure your deduction for business use of the home using actual expenses in a subsequent year, you will have to use the appropriate optional depreciation table for MACRS to figure your depreciation. File federal and state taxes online free More information. File federal and state taxes online free   For more information about claiming depreciation in a subsequent year, see Revenue Procedure 2013-13, 2013-06 I. File federal and state taxes online free R. File federal and state taxes online free B. File federal and state taxes online free 478, available at www. File federal and state taxes online free irs. File federal and state taxes online free gov/irb/2013-06_IRB/ar09. File federal and state taxes online free html. File federal and state taxes online free See Publication 946 for the optional depreciation tables Although you cannot deduct any depreciation or section 179 expense for the portion of your home used for a qualified business use, you may still claim depreciation or the section 179 expense deduction on other assets used in the business (for example, furniture and equipment). File federal and state taxes online free Expenses deductible without regard to business use. File federal and state taxes online free   When using the simplified method, treat as personal expenses those business expenses related to the use of the home that are deductible without regard to whether there is a qualified business use of the home. File federal and state taxes online free These expenses include mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses, subject to any limitations. File federal and state taxes online free See Where To Deduct , later. File federal and state taxes online free If you also rent part of your home, you must still allocate these expenses between rental use and personal use (for this purpose, personal use includes business use reported using the simplified method). File federal and state taxes online free No deduction of carryover of actual expenses. File federal and state taxes online free   If you used actual expenses to figure your deduction for business use of the home in a prior year and your deduction was limited, you cannot deduct the disallowed amount carried over from the prior year during a year you figure your deduction using the simplified method. File federal and state taxes online free Instead, you will continue to carry over the disallowed amount to the next year that you use actual expenses to figure your deduction. File federal and state taxes online free Electing the Simplified Method You choose whether or not to figure your deduction using the simplified method each taxable year. File federal and state taxes online free Make the election for a home by using the simplified method to figure the deduction for the qualified business use of that home on a timely filed, original federal income tax return. File federal and state taxes online free An election for a taxable year, once made, is irrevocable. File federal and state taxes online free A change from using the simplified method in one year to actual expenses in a succeeding taxable year, or vice-versa, is not a change in method of accounting and does not require the consent of the Commissioner. File federal and state taxes online free Shared use. File federal and state taxes online free   If you share your home with someone else who also uses the home in a business that qualifies for this deduction, each of you make your own election. File federal and state taxes online free More than one qualified business use. File federal and state taxes online free   If you conduct more than one business that qualifies for this deduction in your home, your election to use the simplified method applies to all your qualified business uses of that home. File federal and state taxes online free More than one home. File federal and state taxes online free   If you used more than one home during the year (for example, you moved during the year), you can elect to use the simplified method for only one of the homes. File federal and state taxes online free You must figure the deduction for any other home using actual expenses. File federal and state taxes online free Simplified Amount Your deduction for the qualified business use of a home is the sum of each amount you figure for a separate qualified business use of your home. File federal and state taxes online free To figure your deduction for the business use of a home using the simplified method, you will need to know the following information for each qualified business use of the home. File federal and state taxes online free The allowable area of your home used in conducting the business. File federal and state taxes online free If you did not conduct the business for the entire year in the home or the area changed during the year, you will need to know the allowable area you used and the number of days you conducted the business for each month. File federal and state taxes online free The gross income from the business use of your home. File federal and state taxes online free The amount of the business expenses that are not related to the use of your home. File federal and state taxes online free If the qualified business use is for a daycare facility that uses space in your home on a regular (but not exclusive) basis, you will also need to know the percentage of time that part of your home is used for daycare. File federal and state taxes online free To figure the amount you can deduct for qualified business use of your home using the simplified method, follow these 3 steps. File federal and state taxes online free Multiply the allowable area by $5 (or less than $5 if the qualified business use is for a daycare that uses space in your home on a regular, but not exclusive, basis). File federal and state taxes online free See Allowable area and Space used regularly for daycare , later. File federal and state taxes online free Subtract the expenses from the business that are not related to the use of the home from the gross income related to the business use of the home. File federal and state taxes online free If these expenses are greater than the gross income from the business use of the home, then you cannot take a deduction for this business use of the home. File federal and state taxes online free See Gross income limitation , later. File federal and state taxes online free Take the smaller of the amounts from (1) and (2). File federal and state taxes online free This is the amount you can deduct for this qualified business use of your home using the simplified method. File federal and state taxes online free If you are an employee or a partner, or you use your home in your farming business and file Schedule F (Form 1040), you can use the Simplified Method Worksheet, near the end of this publication, to help you figure your deduction. File federal and state taxes online free If you use your home in a trade or business and you file Schedule C (Form 1040), you will use the Simplified Method Worksheet in your Instructions for Schedule C to figure your deduction. File federal and state taxes online free Allowable area. File federal and state taxes online free   In most cases, the allowable area is the smaller of the actual area (in square feet) of your home used in conducting the business and 300 square feet. File federal and state taxes online free Your allowable area may be smaller if you conducted the business as a qualified joint venture with your spouse, the area used by the business was shared with another qualified business use, you used the home for the business for only part of the year, or the area used by the business changed during the year. File federal and state taxes online free You can use the Area Adjustment Worksheet (for simplified method), near the end of this publication, to help you figure your allowable area for a qualified business use. File federal and state taxes online free Area used by a qualified joint venture. File federal and state taxes online free   If the qualified business use of the home is also a qualified joint venture, you and your spouse will figure the deduction for the business use separately. File federal and state taxes online free Split the actual area used in conducting business between you and your spouse in the same manner you split your other tax attributes. File federal and state taxes online free Then, each spouse will figure the allowable area separately. File federal and state taxes online free For more information about qualified joint ventures, see Qualified Joint Venture in the Instructions for Schedule C. File federal and state taxes online free Shared use. File federal and state taxes online free   If you share your home with someone else who uses the home to conduct business that also qualifies for this deduction, you may not include the same square feet to figure your deduction as the other person. File federal and state taxes online free You must allocate the shared space between you and the other person in a reasonable manner. File federal and state taxes online free Example. File federal and state taxes online free Kristin and Lindsey are roommates. File federal and state taxes online free Kristin uses 300 square feet of their home for a qualified business use. File federal and state taxes online free Lindsey uses 200 square feet of their home for a separate qualified business use. File federal and state taxes online free The qualified business uses share 100 square feet. File federal and state taxes online free In addition to the portion that they do not share, Kristin and Lindsey can both claim 50 of the 100 square feet or divide the 100 square feet between them in any reasonable manner. File federal and state taxes online free If divided evenly, Kristin could claim 250 square feet using the simplified method and Lindsey could claim 150 square feet. File federal and state taxes online free More than one qualified business use. File federal and state taxes online free   If you conduct more than one business qualifying for the deduction, you are limited to a maximum of 300 square feet for all of the businesses. File federal and state taxes online free Allocate the actual square footage used (up to the maximum of 300 square feet) among your qualified business uses in a reasonable manner. File federal and state taxes online free However, do not allocate more square feet to a qualified business use than you actually use for that business. File federal and state taxes online free Rental use. File federal and state taxes online free   The simplified method does not apply to rental use. File federal and state taxes online free A rental use that qualifies for the deduction must be figured using actual expenses. File federal and state taxes online free If the rental use and a qualified business use share the same area, you will have to allocate the actual area used between the two uses. File federal and state taxes online free You cannot use the same area to figure a deduction for the qualified business use as you are using to figure the deduction for the rental use. File federal and state taxes online free Part-year use or area changes. File federal and state taxes online free   If your qualified business use was for a portion of the taxable year (for example, a seasonal business or a business that begins during the taxable year) or you changed the square footage of your qualified business use, your deduction is limited to the average monthly allowable square footage. File federal and state taxes online free You calculate the average monthly allowable square footage by adding the amount of allowable square feet you used in each month and dividing the sum by 12. File federal and state taxes online free When determining the average monthly allowable square footage, you cannot take more than 300 square feet into account for any one month. File federal and state taxes online free Additionally, if your qualified business use was less than 15 days in a month, you must use -0- for that month. File federal and state taxes online free Example 1. File federal and state taxes online free Andy files his federal income tax return on a calendar year basis. File federal and state taxes online free On July 20, he began using 420 square feet of his home for a qualified business use. File federal and state taxes online free He continued to use the 420 square feet until the end of the year. File federal and state taxes online free His average monthly allowable square footage is 125 square feet, which is figured using 300 square feet for each month August through December divided by the number of months in the taxable year ((0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300)/12). File federal and state taxes online free Example 2. File federal and state taxes online free Amy files her federal income tax return on a calendar year basis. File federal and state taxes online free On April 20, she began using 100 square feet of her home for a qualified business use. File federal and state taxes online free On August 5, she expanded the area of her qualified use to 330 square feet. File federal and state taxes online free Amy continued to use the 330 square feet until the end of the year. File federal and state taxes online free Her average monthly allowable square footage is 150 square feet, which is figured using 100 square feet for May through July and 300 square feet for August through December divided by the number of months in the taxable year ((0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 100 + 100 +100 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300)/12). File federal and state taxes online free Gross income limitation. File federal and state taxes online free   Your deduction for business use of the home is limited to an amount equal to the gross income derived from the qualified business use of the home reduced by the business deductions that are unrelated to the use of your home. File federal and state taxes online free If the business deductions that are unrelated to the use of your home are greater than the gross income derived from the qualified business use of your home, then you cannot take a deduction for this qualified business use of your home. File federal and state taxes online free Business expenses not related to use of the home. File federal and state taxes online free   These expenses relate to the business activity in the home, but not to the use of the home itself. File federal and state taxes online free You can still deduct business expenses that are unrelated to the use of the home. File federal and state taxes online free See Where To Deduct , later. File federal and state taxes online free Examples of business expenses that are unrelated to the use of the home are advertising, wages, supplies, dues, and depreciation for equipment. File federal and state taxes online free Space used regularly for daycare. File federal and state taxes online free   If you do not use the area of your home exclusively for daycare, you must reduce the prescribed rate (maximum $5 per square foot) before figuring your deduction. File federal and state taxes online free The reduced rate will equal the prescribed rate times a fraction. File federal and state taxes online free The numerator of the fraction is the number of hours that the space was used during the year for daycare and the denominator is the total number of hours during the year that the space was available for all uses. File federal and state taxes online free You can use the Daycare Facility Worksheet (for simplified method), near the end of this publication, to help you figure the reduced rate. File federal and state taxes online free    If you used at least 300 square feet for daycare regularly and exclusively during the year, then you do not need to reduce the prescribed rate or complete the Daycare Facility Worksheet. File federal and state taxes online free Daycare Facility If you use space in your home on a regular basis for providing daycare, you may be able to claim a deduction for that part of your home even if you use the same space for nonbusiness purposes. File federal and state taxes online free To qualify for this exception to the exclusive use rule, you must meet both of the following requirements. File federal and state taxes online free You must be in the trade or business of providing daycare for children, persons age 65 or older, or persons who are physically or mentally unable to care for themselves. File federal and state taxes online free You must have applied for, been granted, or be exempt from having, a license, certification, registration, or approval as a daycare center or as a family or group daycare home under state law. File federal and state taxes online free You do not meet this requirement if your application was rejected or your license or other authorization was revoked. File federal and state taxes online free Figuring the deduction. File federal and state taxes online free   If you elect to use the simplified method for your home, figure your deduction as described earlier in Using the Simplified Method under Figuring the Deduction. File federal and state taxes online free    If you are figuring your deduction using actual expenses and you regularly use part of your home for daycare, figure what part is used for daycare, as explained in Business Percentage , earlier, under Figuring the Deduction. File federal and state taxes online free If you also use that part exclusively for daycare, deduct all the allocable expenses, subject to the deduction limit, as explained earlier. File federal and state taxes online free   If the use of part of your home as a daycare facility is regular, but not exclusive, you must figure the percentage of time that part of your home is used for daycare. File federal and state taxes online free A room that is available for use throughout each business day and that you regularly use in your business is considered to be used for daycare throughout each business day. File federal and state taxes online free You do not have to keep records to show the specific hours the area was used for business. File federal and state taxes online free You can use the area occasionally for personal reasons. File federal and state taxes online free However, a room you use only occasionally for business does not qualify for the deduction. File federal and state taxes online free To find the percentage of time you actually use your home for business, compare the total time used for business to the total time that part of your home can be used for all purposes. File federal and state taxes online free You can compare the hours of business use in a week with the number of hours in a week (168). File federal and state taxes online free Or you can compare the hours of business use for the year with the number of hours in the year (8,760 in 2013). File federal and state taxes online free If you started or stopped using your home for daycare in 2013, you must prorate the number of hours based on the number of days the home was available for daycare. File federal and state taxes online free Example 1. File federal and state taxes online free Mary Lake used her basement to operate a daycare business for children. File federal and state taxes online free She figures the business percentage of the basement as follows. File federal and state taxes online free Square footage of the basement Square footage of her home = 1,600 3,200 = 50%           She used the basement for daycare an average of 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 50 weeks a year. File federal and state taxes online free During the other 12 hours a day, the family could use the basement. File federal and state taxes online free She figures the percentage of time the basement was used for daycare as follows. File federal and state taxes online free Number of hours used for daycare (12 x 5 x 50) Total number of hours in the year (24 x 365) = 3,000 8,760 = 34. File federal and state taxes online free 25%           Mary can deduct 34. File federal and state taxes online free 25% of any direct expenses for the basement. File federal and state taxes online free However, because her indirect expenses are for the entire house, she can deduct only 17. File federal and state taxes online free 13% of the indirect expenses. File federal and state taxes online free She figures the percentage for her indirect expenses as follows. File federal and state taxes online free Business percentage of the basement 50% Multiplied by: Percentage of time used for daycare × 34. File federal and state taxes online free 25% Percentage for indirect expenses 17. File federal and state taxes online free 13% Mary completes Form 8829, Part I, figuring the percentage of her home used for business, including the percentage of time the basement was used. File federal and state taxes online free In Part II, Mary figures her deductible expenses. File federal and state taxes online free She uses the following information to complete Part II. File federal and state taxes online free Gross income from her daycare business $50,000 Expenses not related to the business use of the home $25,000 Tentative profit $25,000 Rent $8,400 Utilities $850 Painting the basement $500 Mary enters her tentative profit, $25,000, on line 8. File federal and state taxes online free (This figure is the same as the amount on line 29 of her Schedule C (Form 1040). File federal and state taxes online free ) The expenses she paid for rent and utilities relate to her entire home. File federal and state taxes online free Therefore, she enters the amount paid for rent on line 18, column (b), and the amount paid for utilities on line 20, column (b). File federal and state taxes online free She shows the total of these expenses on line 22, column (b). File federal and state taxes online free For line 23, she multiplies the amount on line 22, column (b) by the percentage on line 7 and enters the result, $1,585. File federal and state taxes online free Mary paid $500 to have the basement painted. File federal and state taxes online free The painting is a direct expense. File federal and state taxes online free However, because she did not use the basement exclusively for daycare, she must multiply $500 by the percentage of time the basement was used for daycare (34. File federal and state taxes online free 25% – line 6). File federal and state taxes online free She enters $171 (34. File federal and state taxes online free 25% × $500) on line 19, column (a). File federal and state taxes online free She adds line 22, column (a), and line 23 and enters $1,756 ($171 + $1,585) on line 25. File federal and state taxes online free This is less than her deduction limit (line 15), so she can deduct the entire amount. File federal and state taxes online free She follows the instructions to complete the rest of Part II and enters $1,756 on lines 33 and 35. File federal and state taxes online free She then carries the $1,756 to line 30 of her Schedule C (Form 1040). File federal and state taxes online free Example 2. File federal and state taxes online free Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that Mary also has another room that was available each business day for children to take naps in. File federal and state taxes online free Although she did not keep a record of the number of hours the room was actually used for naps, it was used for part of each business day. File federal and state taxes online free Since the room was available for business use during regular operating hours each business day and was used regularly in the business, it is considered used for daycare throughout each business day. File federal and state taxes online free The basement and room are 60% of the total area of her home. File federal and state taxes online free In figuring her expenses, 34. File federal and state taxes online free 25% of any direct expenses for the basement and room are deductible. File federal and state taxes online free In addition, 20. File federal and state taxes online free 55% (34. File federal and state taxes online free 25% × 60%) of her indirect expenses are deductible. File federal and state taxes online free Example 3. File federal and state taxes online free Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that Mary stopped using her home for a daycare facility on June 24, 2013. File federal and state taxes online free She used the basement for daycare an average of 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, but for only 25 weeks of the year. File federal and state taxes online free During the other 12 hours a day, the family could still use the basement. File federal and state taxes online free She figures the percentage of time the basement was used for business as follows. File federal and state taxes online free Number of hours used for daycare (12 x 5 x 25) Total number of hours during period used (24 x 175) = 1,500 4,200 = 35. File federal and state taxes online free 71%           Mary can deduct 35. File federal and state taxes online free 71% of any direct expenses for the basement. File federal and state taxes online free However, because her indirect expenses are for the entire house, she can deduct only 17. File federal and state taxes online free 86% of the indirect expenses. File federal and state taxes online free She figures the percentage for her indirect expenses as follows. File federal and state taxes online free Business percentage of the basement 50% Multiplied by: Percentage of time used for daycare × 35. File federal and state taxes online free 71% Percentage for indirect expenses 17. File federal and state taxes online free 86% Meals. File federal and state taxes online free   If you provide food for your daycare recipients, do not include the expense as a cost of using your home for business. File federal and state taxes online free Claim it as a separate deduction on your Schedule C (Form 1040). File federal and state taxes online free You can never deduct the cost of food consumed by you or your family. File federal and state taxes online free You can deduct as a business expense 100% of the actual cost of food consumed by your daycare recipients (see Standard meal and snack rates , later, for an optional method for eligible children) and generally only 50% of the cost of food consumed by your employees. File federal and state taxes online free However, you can deduct 100% of the cost of food consumed by your employees if its value can be excluded from their wages as a de minimis fringe benefit. File federal and state taxes online free For more information on meals that meet these requirements, see Meals in chapter 2 of Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits. File federal and state taxes online free   If you deduct the actual cost of food for your daycare business, keep a separate record (with receipts) of your family's food costs. File federal and state taxes online free   Reimbursements you receive from a sponsor under the Child and Adult Care Food Program of the Department of Agriculture are taxable only to the extent they exceed your expenses for food for eligible children. File federal and state taxes online free If your reimbursements are more than your expenses for food, show the difference as income in Part I of Schedule C (Form 1040). File federal and state taxes online free If your food expenses are greater than the reimbursements, show the difference as an expense in Part V of Schedule C (Form 1040). File federal and state taxes online free Do not include payments or expenses for your own children if they are eligible for the program. File federal and state taxes online free Follow this procedure even if you receive a Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, reporting a payment from the sponsor. File federal and state taxes online free Standard meal and snack rates. File federal and state taxes online free   If you qualify as a family daycare provider, you can use the standard meal and snack rates, instead of actual costs, to compute the deductible cost of meals and snacks provided to eligible children. File federal and state taxes online free For these purposes: A family daycare provider is a person engaged in the business of providing family daycare. File federal and state taxes online free Family daycare is childcare provided to eligible children in the home of the family daycare provider. File federal and state taxes online free The care must be non-medical, not involve a transfer of legal custody, and generally last less than 24 hours each day. File federal and state taxes online free Eligible children are minor children receiving family daycare in the home of the family daycare provider. File federal and state taxes online free Eligible children do not include children who are full-time or part-time residents in the home where the childcare is provided or children whose parents or guardians are residents of the same home. File federal and state taxes online free Eligible children do not include children who receive daycare services for personal reasons of the provider. File federal and state taxes online free For example, if a provider provides daycare services for a relative as a favor to that relative, that child is not an eligible child. File federal and state taxes online free   You can compute the deductible cost of each meal and snack you actually purchased and served to an eligible child during the time period you provided family daycare using the standard meal and snack rates shown in Table 3, later. File federal and state taxes online free You can use the standard meal and snack rates for a maximum of one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, and three snacks per eligible child per day. File federal and state taxes online free If you receive reimbursement for a particular meal or snack, you can deduct only the portion of the applicable standard meal or snack rate that is more than the amount of the reimbursement. File federal and state taxes online free   You can use either the standard meal and snack rates or actual costs to calculate the deductible cost of food provided to eligible children in the family daycare for any particular tax year. File federal and state taxes online free If you choose to use the standard meal and snack rates for a particular tax year, you must use the rates for all your deductible food costs for eligible children during that tax year. File federal and state taxes online free However, if you use the standard meal and snack rates in any tax year, you can use actual costs to compute the deductible cost of food in any other tax year. File federal and state taxes online free   If you use the standard meal and snack rates, you must maintain records to substantiate the computation of the total amount deducted for the cost of food provided to eligible children. File federal and state taxes online free The records kept should include the name of each child, dates and hours of attendance in the daycare, and the type and quantity of meals and snacks served. File federal and state taxes online free This information can be recorded in a log similar to the one shown in Exhibit A, near the end of this publication. File federal and state taxes online free   The standard meal and snack rates include beverages, but do not include non-food supplies used for food preparation, service, or storage, such as containers, paper products, or utensils. File federal and state taxes online free These expenses can be claimed as a separate deduction on your Schedule C (Form 1040). File federal and state taxes online free     Table 3. File federal and state taxes online free Standard Meal and Snack Rates1 Location of Family Daycare Provider Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack States other than Alaska an