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File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Cost Basis The basis of property you buy is usually its cost. File past year taxes The cost is the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, other property, or services. File past year taxes Your cost also includes amounts you pay for the following items. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes  You may also have to capitalize (add to basis) certain other costs related to buying or producing property. File past year taxes Loans with low or no interest. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes You generally have unstated interest if your interest rate is less than the applicable federal rate. File past year taxes For more information, see Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount in Publication 537. File past year taxes Purchase of a business. File past year taxes   When you purchase a trade or business, you generally purchase all assets used in the business operations, such as land, buildings, and machinery. File past year taxes Allocate the price among the various assets, including any section 197 intangibles. File past year taxes See Allocating the Basis, later. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes You must adjust the basis of stocks for certain events that occur after purchase. File past year taxes See Stocks and Bonds in chapter 4 of Publication 550 for more information on the basis of stock. File past year taxes Identifying stock or bonds sold. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes For more information about identifying securities you sell, see Stocks and Bonds under Basis of Investment Property in chapter 4 of Publication 550. File past year taxes Mutual fund shares. File past year taxes   If you sell mutual fund shares acquired at different times and prices, you can choose to use an average basis. File past year taxes For more information, see Publication 550. File past year taxes Real Property Real property, also called real estate, is land and generally anything built on or attached to it. File past year taxes If you buy real property, certain fees and other expenses become part of your cost basis in the property. File past year taxes Real estate taxes. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes You cannot deduct them as taxes. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes Do not include that amount in the basis of the property. File past year taxes If you did not reimburse the seller, you must reduce your basis by the amount of those taxes. File past year taxes Settlement costs. File past year taxes   Your basis includes the settlement fees and closing costs for buying property. File past year taxes You cannot include in your basis the fees and costs for getting a loan on property. File past year taxes A fee for buying property is a cost that must be paid even if you bought the property for cash. File past year taxes   The following items are some of the settlement fees or closing costs you can include in the basis of your property. File past year taxes Abstract fees (abstract of title fees); Charges for installing utility services; Legal fees (including title search and preparation of the sales contract and deed); Recording fees; Surveys; Transfer taxes; Owner's title insurance; and Any amounts the seller owes that you agree to pay, such as back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, charges for improvements or repairs, and sales commissions. File past year taxes   Settlement costs do not include amounts placed in escrow for the future payment of items such as taxes and insurance. File past year taxes   The following items are some settlement fees and closing costs you cannot include in the basis of the property. File past year taxes Casualty insurance premiums. File past year taxes Rent for occupancy of the property before closing. File past year taxes Charges for utilities or other services related to occupancy of the property before closing. File past year taxes Charges connected with getting a loan. File past year taxes The following are examples of these charges. File past year taxes Points (discount points, loan origination fees). File past year taxes Mortgage insurance premiums. File past year taxes Loan assumption fees. File past year taxes Cost of a credit report. File past year taxes Fees for an appraisal required by a lender. File past year taxes Fees for refinancing a mortgage. File past year taxes If these costs relate to business property, items (1) through (3) are deductible as business expenses. File past year taxes Items (4) and (5) must be capitalized as costs of getting a loan and can be deducted over the period of the loan. File past year taxes Points. File past year taxes   If you pay points to obtain a loan (including a mortgage, second mortgage, line of credit, or a home equity loan), do not add the points to the basis of the related property. File past year taxes Generally, you deduct the points over the term of the loan. File past year taxes For more information on how to deduct points, see Points in chapter 4 of Publication 535. File past year taxes Points on home mortgage. File past year taxes   Special rules may apply to points you and the seller pay when you obtain a mortgage to purchase your main home. File past year taxes If certain requirements are met, you can deduct the points in full for the year in which they are paid. File past year taxes Reduce the basis of your home by any seller-paid points. File past year taxes For more information, see Points in Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. File past year taxes Assumption of mortgage. File past year taxes   If you buy property and assume (or buy subject to) an existing mortgage on the property, your basis includes the amount you pay for the property plus the amount to be paid on the mortgage. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes If you buy a building for $20,000 cash and assume a mortgage of $80,000 on it, your basis is $100,000. File past year taxes Constructing assets. File past year taxes   If you build property or have assets built for you, your expenses for this construction are part of your basis. File past year taxes Some of these expenses include the following costs. File past year taxes Land, Labor and materials, Architect's fees, Building permit charges, Payments to contractors, Payments for rental equipment, and Inspection fees. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes You must include them in the asset's basis. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes    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 past year taxes Business Assets If you purchase property to use in your business, your basis is usually its actual cost to you. File past year taxes If you construct, create, or otherwise produce property, you must capitalize the costs as your basis. File past year taxes In certain circumstances, you may be subject to the uniform capitalization rules, next. File past year taxes Uniform Capitalization Rules The uniform capitalization rules specify the costs you add to basis in certain circumstances. File past year taxes Activities subject to the rules. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes   You produce property if you construct, build, install, manufacture, develop, improve, create, raise, or grow the property. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Tangible personal property includes films, sound recordings, video tapes, books, or similar property. File past year taxes    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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes   Any cost you cannot use to figure your taxable income for any tax year is not subject to the uniform capitalization rules. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes The nondeductible part of the cost is not subject to the uniform capitalization rules. File past year taxes More information. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes Exceptions. File past year taxes   The following are not subject to the uniform capitalization rules. File past year taxes Property you produce that you do not use in your trade, business, or activity conducted for profit; Qualified creative expenses you pay or incur as a free-lance (self-employed) writer, photographer, or artist that are otherwise deductible on your tax return; Property you produce under a long-term contract, except for certain home construction contracts; Research and experimental expenses deductible under section 174 of the Internal Revenue Code; and Costs for personal property acquired for resale if your (or your predecessor's) average annual gross receipts for the 3 previous tax years do not exceed $10 million. File past year taxes For other exceptions to the uniform capitalization rules, see section 1. File past year taxes 263A-1(b) of the regulations. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes Intangible Assets Intangible assets include goodwill, patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade names, and franchises. File past year taxes The basis of an intangible asset is usually the cost to buy or create it. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes The basis of certain intangibles can be amortized. File past year taxes See chapter 8 of Publication 535 for information on the amortization of these costs. File past year taxes Patents. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes If you deduct the research and experimental expenditures as current business expenses, you cannot include them in the basis of the patent. File past year taxes The value of the inventor's time spent on an invention is not part of the basis. File past year taxes Copyrights. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes Do not include the value of your time as the author, or any other person's time you did not pay for. File past year taxes Franchises, trademarks, and trade names. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes Allocating the Basis If you buy multiple assets for a lump sum, allocate the amount you pay among the assets you receive. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes See Trade or Business Acquired below. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes However, see Trade or Business Acquired, next. File past year taxes Trade or Business Acquired If you acquire a trade or business, allocate the consideration paid to the various assets acquired. File past year taxes Generally, reduce the consideration paid by any cash and general deposit accounts (including checking and savings accounts) received. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Certificates of deposit, U. File past year taxes S. File past year taxes Government securities, foreign currency, and actively traded personal property, including stock and securities. File past year taxes Accounts receivable, other debt instruments, and assets you mark to market at least annually for federal income tax purposes. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes All other assets except section 197 intangibles, goodwill, and going concern value. File past year taxes Section 197 intangibles except goodwill and going concern value. File past year taxes Goodwill and going concern value (whether or not they qualify as section 197 intangibles). File past year taxes Agreement. File past year taxes   The buyer and seller may enter into a written agreement as to the allocation of any consideration or the fair market value (FMV) of any of the assets. File past year taxes This agreement is binding on both parties unless the IRS determines the amounts are not appropriate. File past year taxes Reporting requirement. File past year taxes   Both the buyer and seller involved in the sale of business assets must report to the IRS the allocation of the sales price among section 197 intangibles and the other business assets. File past year taxes Use Form 8594 to provide this information. File past year taxes The buyer and seller should each attach Form 8594 to their federal income tax return for the year in which the sale occurred. File past year taxes More information. File past year taxes   See Sale of a Business in chapter 2 of Publication 544 for more information. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Figure the basis of each asset by multiplying the lump sum by a fraction. File past year taxes The numerator is the FMV of that asset and the denominator is the FMV of the whole property at the time of purchase. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Demolition of building. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes Do not claim the costs as a current deduction. File past year taxes Modification of building. File past year taxes   A modification of a building will not be treated as a demolition if the following conditions are satisfied. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes   If the building is a certified historic structure, the modification must also be part of a certified rehabilitation. File past year taxes   If these conditions are met, add the costs of the modifications to the basis of the building. File past year taxes Subdivided lots. File past year taxes   If you buy a tract of land and subdivide it, you must determine the basis of each lot. File past year taxes This is necessary because you must figure the gain or loss on the sale of each individual lot. File past year taxes As a result, you do not recover your entire cost in the tract until you have sold all of the lots. File past year taxes   To determine the basis of an individual lot, multiply the total cost of the tract by a fraction. File past year taxes The numerator is the FMV of the lot and the denominator is the FMV of the entire tract. File past year taxes Future improvement costs. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes See Revenue Procedure 92–29 for more information, including an explanation of the procedures for getting consent from the IRS. File past year taxes Use of erroneous cost basis. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes Figure the basis of any remaining lots by allocating the correct original cost basis of the entire tract among the original lots. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes You bought a tract of land to which you assigned a cost of $15,000. File past year taxes You subdivided the land into 15 building lots of equal size and equitably divided your basis so that each lot had a basis of $1,000. File past year taxes You treated the sale of each lot as a separate transaction and figured gain or loss separately on each sale. File past year taxes Several years later you determine that your original basis in the tract was $22,500 and not $15,000. File past year taxes You sold eight lots using $8,000 of basis in years for which the statute of limitations has expired. File past year taxes You now can take $1,500 of basis into account for figuring gain or loss only on the sale of each of the remaining seven lots ($22,500 basis divided among all 15 lots). File past year taxes You cannot refigure the basis of the eight lots sold in tax years barred by the statute of limitations. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes The result of these adjustments to the basis is the adjusted basis. File past year taxes Increases to Basis Increase the basis of any property by all items properly added to a capital account. File past year taxes These include the cost of any improvements having a useful life of more than 1 year. File past year taxes Rehabilitation expenses also increase basis. File past year taxes However, you must subtract any rehabilitation credit allowed for these expenses before you add them to your basis. File past year taxes If you have to recapture any of the credit, increase your basis by the recaptured amount. File past year taxes If you make additions or improvements to business property, keep separate accounts for them. File past year taxes Also, you must depreciate the basis of each according to the depreciation rules that would apply to the underlying property if you had placed it in service at the same time you placed the addition or improvement in service. File past year taxes For more information, see Publication 946. File past year taxes The following items increase the basis of property. File past year taxes The cost of extending utility service lines to the property; Impact fees; Legal fees, such as the cost of defending and perfecting title; Legal fees for obtaining a decrease in an assessment levied against property to pay for local improvements; Zoning costs; and The capitalized value of a redeemable ground rent. File past year taxes Assessments for Local Improvements Increase the basis of property by assessments for items such as paving roads and building ditches that increase the value of the property assessed. File past year taxes Do not deduct them as taxes. File past year taxes However, you can deduct as taxes charges for maintenance, repairs, or interest charges related to the improvements. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes Your city changes the street in front of your store into an enclosed pedestrian mall and assesses you and other affected landowners for the cost of the conversion. File past year taxes Add the assessment to your property's basis. File past year taxes In this example, the assessment is a depreciable asset. File past year taxes Deducting vs. File past year taxes Capitalizing Costs Do not add to your basis costs you can deduct as current expenses. File past year taxes For example, amounts paid for incidental repairs or maintenance that are deductible as business expenses cannot be added to basis. File past year taxes However, you can choose either to deduct or to capitalize certain other costs. File past year taxes If you capitalize these costs, include them in your basis. File past year taxes If you deduct them, do not include them in your basis. File past year taxes See Uniform Capitalization Rules earlier. File past year taxes The costs you can choose to deduct or to capitalize include the following. File past year taxes Carrying charges, such as interest and taxes, that you pay to own property, except carrying charges that must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules; Research and experimentation costs; Intangible drilling and development costs for oil, gas, and geothermal wells; Exploration costs for new mineral deposits; Mining development costs for a new mineral deposit; Costs of establishing, maintaining, or increasing the circulation of a newspaper or other periodical; and Costs of removing architectural and transportation barriers to people with disabilities and the elderly. File past year taxes If you claim the disabled access credit, you must reduce the amount you deduct or capitalize by the amount of the credit. File past year taxes For more information about deducting or capitalizing costs, see chapter 7 in Publication 535. File past year taxes Table 1. File past year taxes Examples of Increases and Decreases to Basis Increases to Basis Decreases to Basis Capital improvements:   Putting an addition on your home   Replacing an entire roof  Paving your driveway  Installing central air conditioning Rewiring your home Exclusion from income of subsidies for energy conservation measures  Casualty or theft loss deductions and insurance reimbursements  Vehicle credits Assessments for local improvements: Water connections Sidewalks Roads Section 179 deduction  Casualty losses: Restoring damaged property Depreciation  Nontaxable corporate distributions Legal fees:  Cost of defending and perfecting a title   Zoning costs   Decreases to Basis The following are some items that reduce the basis of property. File past year taxes Section 179 deduction; Nontaxable corporate distributions; Deductions previously allowed (or allowable) for amortization, depreciation, and depletion; Exclusion of subsidies for energy conservation measures; Vehicle credits; Residential energy credits; Postponed gain from sale of home; Investment credit (part or all) taken; Casualty and theft losses and insurance reimbursement; Certain canceled debt excluded from income; Rebates from a manufacturer or seller; Easements; Gas-guzzler tax; Adoption tax benefits; and Credit for employer-provided child care. File past year taxes Some of these items are discussed next. File past year taxes Casualties and Thefts If you have a casualty or theft loss, decrease the basis in your property by any insurance or other reimbursement and by any deductible loss not covered by insurance. File past year taxes You must increase your basis in the property by the amount you spend on repairs that substantially prolong the life of the property, increase its value, or adapt it to a different use. File past year taxes To make this determination, compare the repaired property to the property before the casualty. File past year taxes For more information on casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. File past year taxes Easements The amount you receive for granting an easement is generally considered to be a sale of an interest in real property. File past year taxes It reduces the basis of the affected part of the property. File past year taxes If the amount received is more than the basis of the part of the property affected by the easement, reduce your basis in that part to zero and treat the excess as a recognized gain. File past year taxes Vehicle Credits Unless you elect not to claim the qualified plug-in electric vehicle credit, the alternative motor vehicle credit, or the qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit, you may have to reduce the basis of each qualified vehicle by certain amounts reported. File past year taxes For more information, see Form 8834, Qualified Plug-in Electric and Electric Vehicle Credit; Form 8910, Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit; Form 8936, Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit;and the related instructions. File past year taxes Gas-Guzzler Tax Decrease the basis in your car by the gas-guzzler (fuel economy) tax if you begin using the car within 1 year of the date of its first sale for ultimate use. File past year taxes This rule also applies to someone who later buys the car and begins using it not more than 1 year after the original sale for ultimate use. File past year taxes If the car is imported, the one-year period begins on the date of entry or withdrawal of the car from the warehouse if that date is later than the date of the first sale for ultimate use. File past year taxes Section 179 Deduction If you take the section 179 deduction for all or part of the cost of qualifying business property, decrease the basis of the property by the deduction. File past year taxes For more information about the section 179 deduction, see Publication 946. File past year taxes Exclusion of Subsidies for Energy Conservation Measures You can exclude from gross income any subsidy you received from a public utility company for the purchase or installation of any energy conservation measure for a dwelling unit. File past year taxes Reduce the basis of the property for which you received the subsidy by the excluded amount. File past year taxes For more information on this subsidy, see Publication 525. File past year taxes Depreciation Decrease the basis of property by the depreciation you deducted, or could have deducted, on your tax returns under the method of depreciation you chose. File past year taxes If you took less depreciation than you could have under the method chosen, decrease the basis by the amount you could have taken under that method. File past year taxes If you did not take a depreciation deduction, reduce the basis by the full amount of the depreciation you could have taken. File past year taxes Unless a timely election is made not to deduct the special depreciation allowance for property placed in service after September 10, 2001, decrease the property's basis by the special depreciation allowance you deducted or could have deducted. File past year taxes If you deducted more depreciation than you should have, decrease your basis by the amount equal to the depreciation you should have deducted plus the part of the excess depreciation you deducted that actually reduced your tax liability for the year. File past year taxes In decreasing your basis for depreciation, take into account the amount deducted on your tax returns as depreciation and any depreciation capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. File past year taxes For information on figuring depreciation, see Publication 946. File past year taxes If you are claiming depreciation on a business vehicle, see Publication 463. File past year taxes If the car is not used more than 50% for business during the tax year, you may have to recapture excess depreciation. File past year taxes Include the excess depreciation in your gross income and add it to your basis in the property. File past year taxes For information on the computation of excess depreciation, see chapter 4 in Publication 463. File past year taxes Canceled Debt Excluded From Income If a debt you owe is canceled or forgiven, other than as a gift or bequest, you generally must include the canceled amount in your gross income for tax purposes. File past year taxes A debt includes any indebtedness for which you are liable or which attaches to property you hold. File past year taxes You can exclude canceled debt from income in the following situations. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes However, in situation (3), you must reduce the basis of your depreciable property by the excluded amount. File past year taxes For more information about canceled debt in a bankruptcy case or during insolvency, see Publication 908, Bankruptcy Tax Guide. File past year taxes For more information about canceled debt that is qualified farm debt, see chapter 3 in Publication 225. File past year taxes For more information about qualified real property business debt, see chapter 5 in Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes For more information on the rules for the sale of a home, see Publication 523. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes This also applies to amounts you received under an employer's adoption assistance program and excluded from income. File past year taxes For more information Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes You must reduce your basis in that property by the credit claimed. File past year taxes For more information, see Form 8882, Credit for Employer-Provided Child Care Facilities and Services. File past year taxes Adjustments to Basis Example In January 2005, you paid $80,000 for real property to be used as a factory. File past year taxes You also paid commissions of $2,000 and title search and legal fees of $600. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Immediately you spent $20,000 in remodeling the building before you placed it in service. File past year taxes You were allowed depreciation of $14,526 for the years 2005 through 2009. File past year taxes In 2008 you had a $5,000 casualty loss from a that was not covered by insurance on the building. File past year taxes You claimed a deduction for this loss. File past year taxes You spent $5,500 to repair the damages and extend the useful life of the building. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes It is not affected by any of the above adjustments. File past year taxes Basis Other Than Cost There are many times when you cannot use cost as basis. File past year taxes In these cases, the fair market value or the adjusted basis of property may be used. File past year taxes Adjusted basis is discussed earlier. File past year taxes Fair market value (FMV). File past year taxes   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 past year taxes Sales of similar property on or about the same date may be helpful in figuring the property's FMV. File past year taxes Property Received for Services If you receive property for services, include the property's FMV in income. File past year taxes The amount you include in income becomes your basis. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Bargain Purchases A bargain purchase is a purchase of an item for less than its FMV. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Your basis in the property is its FMV (your purchase price plus the amount you include in income). File past year taxes If the difference between your purchase price and the FMV represents a qualified employee discount, do not include the difference in income. File past year taxes However, your basis in the property is still its FMV. File past year taxes See Employee Discounts in Publication 15-B. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes When the property becomes substantially vested, include the FMV, less any amount you paid for the property, in income. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes The stock is under a substantial risk of forfeiture and is not substantially vested when you receive it. File past year taxes You do not report any income until you have completed the 5 years of service that satisfy the condition. File past year taxes Fair market value. File past year taxes   Figure the FMV of property you received without considering any restriction except one that by its terms will never end. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes You received stock from your employer for services you performed. File past year taxes If you want to sell the stock while you are still employed, you must sell the stock to your employer at book value. File past year taxes At your retirement or death, you or your estate must offer to sell the stock to your employer at its book value. File past year taxes This is a restriction that by its terms will never end and you must consider it when you figure the FMV. File past year taxes Election. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes If you make this choice, the substantially vested rules do not apply. File past year taxes Your basis is the amount you paid plus the amount you included in income. File past year taxes   See the discussion of Restricted Property in Publication 525 for more information. File past year taxes Taxable Exchanges A taxable exchange is one in which the gain is taxable or the loss is deductible. File past year taxes A taxable gain or deductible loss is also known as a recognized gain or loss. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes A taxable exchange occurs when you receive cash or property not similar or related in use to the property exchanged. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes You must report a taxable gain of $3,000 for the land. File past year taxes The tractor has a basis of $6,000. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Similar or related property. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes However, make the following adjustments. File past year taxes Decrease the basis by the following. File past year taxes Any loss you recognize on the conversion, and Any money you receive that you do not spend on similar property. File past year taxes Increase the basis by the following. File past year taxes Any gain you recognize on the conversion, and Any cost of acquiring the replacement property. File past year taxes Money or property not similar or related. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes Example. File past year taxes The state condemned your property. File past year taxes The property had an adjusted basis of $26,000 and the state paid you $31,000 for it. File past year taxes You realized a gain of $5,000 ($31,000 − $26,000). File past year taxes You bought replacement property similar in use to the converted property for $29,000. File past year taxes You recognize a gain of $2,000 ($31,000 − $29,000), the unspent part of the payment from the state. File past year taxes Your gain not recognized is $3,000, the difference between the $5,000 realized gain and the $2,000 recognized gain. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes   If you buy more than one piece of replacement property, allocate your basis among the properties based on their respective costs. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Allocate the replacement property's $26,000 basis between land and buildings based on their respective costs. File past year taxes More information. File past year taxes   For more information about condemnations, see Involuntary Conversions in Publication 544. File past year taxes For more information about casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547. File past year taxes Nontaxable Exchanges A nontaxable exchange is an exchange in which you are not taxed on any gain and you cannot deduct any loss. File past year taxes If you receive property in a nontaxable exchange, its basis is usually the same as the basis of the property you transferred. File past year taxes A nontaxable gain or loss is also known as an unrecognized gain or loss. File past year taxes Like-Kind Exchanges The exchange of property for the same kind of property is the most common type of nontaxable exchange. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes There must also be an exchange of like-kind property. File past year taxes For more information, see Like-Kind Exchanges in Publication 544. File past year taxes The basis of the property you receive is the same as the basis of the property you gave up. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Your basis in the new property is the same as the basis of the old ($50,000). File past year taxes Exchange expenses. File past year taxes   Exchange expenses are generally the closing costs you pay. File past year taxes They include such items as brokerage commissions, attorney fees, deed preparation fees, etc. File past year taxes Add them to the basis of the like-kind property received. File past year taxes Property plus cash. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes Example. File past year taxes You trade in a truck (adjusted basis $3,000) for another truck (FMV $7,500) and pay $4,000. File past year taxes Your basis in the new truck is $7,000 (the $3,000 basis of the old truck plus the $4,000 paid). File past year taxes Special rules for related persons. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes Each person must report any gain or loss not recognized on the original exchange. File past year taxes Each person reports it on the tax return filed for the year in which the later disposition occurs. File past year taxes If this rule applies, the basis of the property received in the original exchange will be its fair market value. File past year taxes   These rules generally do not apply to the following kinds of property dispositions. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Related persons. File past year taxes   Generally, related persons are ancestors, lineal descendants, brothers and sisters (whole or half), and a spouse. File past year taxes   For other related persons (for example, two corporations, an individual and a corporation, a grantor and fiduciary, etc. File past year taxes ), see Nondeductible Loss in chapter 2 of Publication 544. File past year taxes Exchange of business property. File past year taxes   Exchanging the assets of one business for the assets of another business is a multiple property exchange. File past year taxes For information on figuring basis, see Multiple Property Exchanges in chapter 1 of Publication 544. File past year taxes Partially Nontaxable Exchange A partially nontaxable exchange is an exchange in which you receive unlike property or money in addition to like property. File past year taxes The basis of the property you receive is the same as the basis of the property you gave up, with the following adjustments. File past year taxes Decrease the basis by the following amounts. File past year taxes Any money you receive, and Any loss you recognize on the exchange. File past year taxes Increase the basis by the following amounts. File past year taxes Any additional costs you incur, and Any gain you recognize on the exchange. File past year taxes If the other party to the exchange assumes your liabilities, treat the debt assumption as money you received in the exchange. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes You traded a truck (adjusted basis $6,000) for a new truck (FMV $5,200) and $1,000 cash. File past year taxes You realized a gain of $200 ($6,200 − $6,000). File past year taxes 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 past year taxes You include all the gain in income (recognized gain) because the gain is less than the cash received. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes   Allocate the basis first to the unlike property, other than money, up to its FMV on the date of the exchange. File past year taxes The rest is the basis of the like property. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes You had an adjusted basis of $15,000 in real estate you held for investment. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes The truck is unlike property. File past year taxes You realized a gain of $1,500 ($16,500 − $15,000). File past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes Your basis in the properties you received is figured as follows. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes This is the truck's FMV. File past year taxes The rest ($12,500) is the basis of the real estate. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Example. File past year taxes You are a salesperson and you use one of your cars 100% for business. File past year taxes You have used this car in your sales activities for 2 years and have depreciated it. File past year taxes Your adjusted basis in the car is $22,600 and its FMV is $23,100. File past year taxes You are interested in a new car, which sells for $28,000. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes Your basis for depreciating the new car is $27,500, the same as if you traded the old car. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes The first is an exchange of like-kind property. File past year taxes The second is personal-use property on which gain is recognized and loss is not recognized. File past year taxes First, figure your adjusted basis in the property as if you transferred two separate properties. File past year taxes Figure the adjusted basis of each part of the property by taking into account any adjustments to basis. File past year taxes Deduct the depreciation you took or could have taken from the adjusted basis of the business part. File past year taxes Then figure the amount realized for your property and allocate it to the business and nonbusiness parts of the property. File past year taxes The business part of the property is permitted to be exchanged tax free. File past year taxes However, you must recognize any gain from the exchange of the nonbusiness part. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes For more information, see Publication 523. File past year taxes Trade of car used partly in business. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes   For information on figuring your basis for depreciation, see Publication 463. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes However, adjust your basis for any gain recognized by your spouse or former spouse on property transferred in trust. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes For more information on these bonds, see Publication 550. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes For more information, see Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes Example. File past year taxes You received an acre of land as a gift. File past year taxes At the time of the gift, the land had an FMV of $8,000. File past year taxes The donor's adjusted basis was $10,000. File past year taxes After you received the land, no events occurred to increase or decrease your basis. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes If the sales price is between $8,000 and $10,000, you have neither gain nor loss. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes If you then tried to figure a loss using the FMV ($8,000), you would get a $1,000 gain. File past year taxes Business property. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes Increase your basis by all or part of any gift tax paid, depending on the date of the gift. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes See Adjusted Basis earlier. File past year taxes Gift received before 1977. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes However, do not increase your basis above the FMV of the gift at the time it was given to you. File past year taxes Example 1. File past year taxes You were given a house in 1976 with an FMV of $21,000. File past year taxes The donor's adjusted basis was $20,000. File past year taxes The donor paid a gift tax of $500. File past year taxes Your basis is $20,500, the donor's adjusted basis plus the gift tax paid. File past year taxes Example 2. File past year taxes If, in Example 1, the gift tax paid had been $1,500, your basis would be $21,000. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Gift received after 1976. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes Figure the increase by multiplying the gift tax paid by a fraction. File past year taxes The numerator of the fraction is the net increase in value of the gift and the denominator is the amount of the gift. File past year taxes   The net increase in value of the gift is the FMV of the gift less the donor's adjusted basis. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes For information on the gift tax, see Publication 950, Introduction to Estate and Gift Taxes. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes In 2010, you received a gift of property from your mother that had an FMV of $50,000. File past year taxes Her adjusted basis was $20,000. File past year taxes The amount of the gift for gift tax purposes was $37,000 ($50,000 minus the $13,000 annual exclusion). File past year taxes She paid a gift tax of $9,000. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes See Publication 4895, Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decedent Dying in 2010, for details. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes The FMV of the property at the date of the individual's death. File past year taxes The FMV on the alternate valuation date if the personal representative for the estate chooses to use alternate valuation. File past year taxes For information on the alternate valuation date, see the Instructions for Form 706. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes This method is discussed later. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes For information on a qualified conservation easement, see the Instructions for Form 706. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes For more information, see the Instructions for Form 706. File past year taxes Appreciated property. File past year taxes   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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes Appreciated property is any property whose FMV on the day it was given to the decedent is more than its adjusted basis. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes 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 past year taxes For example, you and your spouse owned community property that had a basis of $80,000. File past year taxes When your spouse died, half the FMV of the community interest was includible in your spouse's estate. File past year taxes The FMV of the community interest was $100,000. File past year taxes The basis of your half of the property after the death of your spouse is $50,000 (half of the $100,000 FMV). File past year taxes The basis of the other half to your spouse's heirs is also $50,000. File past year taxes For more information on community property, see Publication 555, Community Property. File past year taxes 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 past year taxes Example. File past year taxes John and Jim owned, as joint tenants with right of survivorship, business property they purchased for $30,000. File past year taxes John furnished two-thirds of the purchase price and Jim furnished one-third. File past year taxes Depreciation deductions allowed before John's death were $12,000. File past year taxes Under local law, each had a half interest in the income from the property. File past year taxes At the date of John's death, the property had an FMV of $60,000, two-thirds of which is includable in John's estate. File past year taxes Jim figures his basis in the property at the date of John's death as follows: Interest Jim bought with his own funds—1/3 of $30,000 cost $10,000   Interest Jim received on John's death—2/3 of $60,000 FMV 40,000 $50,000 Minus: ½ of $12,000 depreciation before John's death 6,000 Jim's basis at the date of John's death $44,000 If Jim had not contributed any part of the purchase price, his basis at the date of John's death would be $54,000. File past year taxes This is figured by subtracting from the $60,000 FMV, the $6,000 depreciation allocated to Jim's half interest before the date of death. File past year taxes If under local law Jim had no interest in the income from the property and he contributed no part of the purchase price, his basis at John's death would be $60,000, the FMV of the property. File past year taxes Qualified Joint Interest Include one-half of the value of a qualified joint interest in the decedent's gross estate. File past year taxes It does not matter how much each spouse contributed to the purchase price. File past year taxes Also, it does not matter which spouse dies first. File past year taxes A qualified joint interest is any interest in property held by husband and wife as either of the following. File past year taxes Tenants by the entirety, or Joint tenants with right of survivorship if husband and wife are the only joint tenants. File past year taxes Basis. File past year taxes   As the surviving spouse, your basis in property you owned with your spouse as a qualified joint interest is the cost of your half of the property with certain adjustments. File past year taxes Decrease the cost by any deductions allowed to you for depreciation and depletion. File past year taxes Increase the reduced cost by your basis in the half you inherited. File past year taxes Farm or Closely Held Business Under certain conditions, when a person dies the executor or personal representative of that person's estate can choose to value the qualified real property on other than its FMV. File past year taxes If so, the executor or personal representative values the qualified real property based on its use as a farm or its use in a closely held business. File past year taxes If the executor or personal representative chooses this method of valuation for estate tax purposes, that value is the basis of the property for the heirs. File past year taxes Qualified heirs should be able to get the necessary value from the executor or personal representative of the estate. File past year taxes Special-use valuation. File past year taxes   If you are a qualified heir who received special-use valuation property, your basis in the property is the estate's or trust's basis in that property immediately before the distribution. File past year taxes Increase your basis by any gain recognized by the estate or trust because of post-death appreciation. File past year taxes Post-death appreciation is the property's FMV on the date of distribution minus the property's FMV either on the date of the individual's death or the alternate valuation date. File past year taxes Figure all FMVs without regard to the special-use valuation. File past year taxes   You can elect to increase your basis in special-use valuation property if it becomes subject to the additional estate tax. File past year taxes This tax is assessed if, within 10 years after the death of the decedent, you transfer the property to a person who is not a member of your family or the property stops being used as a farm or in a closely held business. File past year taxes   To increase your basis in the property, you must make an irrevocable election and pay interest on the additional estate tax figured from the date 9 months after the decedent's death until the date of the payment of the additional estate tax. File past year taxes If you meet these requirements, increase your basis in the property to its FMV on the date of the decedent's death or the alternate valuation date. File past year taxes The increase in your basis is considered to have occurred immediately before the event that results in the additional estate tax. File past year taxes   You make the election by filing with Form 706-A a statement that does all of the following. File past year taxes Contains your name, address, and taxpayer identification number and those of the estate; Identifies the election as an election under section 1016(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; Specifies the property for which the election is made; and Provides any additional information required by the Instructions for Form 706-A. File past year taxes   For more information, see the Instructions for Form 706 and the Instructions for Form 706-A. File past year taxes Property Changed to Business or Rental Use If you hold property for personal use and then change it to business use or use it to produce rent, you must figure its basis for depreciation. File past year taxes An example of changing property held for personal use to business use would be renting out your former main home. File past year taxes Basis for depreciation. File past year taxes   The basis for depreciation is the lesser of the following amounts. File past year taxes The FMV of the property on the date of the change, or Your adjusted basis on the date of the change. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes Several years ago you paid $160,000 to have your home built on a lot that cost $25,000. File past year taxes You paid $20,000 for permanent improvements to the house and claimed a $2,000 casualty loss deduction for damage to the house before changing the property to rental use last year. File past year taxes Because land is not depreciable, you include only the cost of the house when figuring the basis for depreciation. File past year taxes Your adjusted basis in the house when you changed its use was $178,000 ($160,000 + $20,000 − $2,000). File past year taxes On the same date, your property had an FMV of $180,000, of which $15,000 was for the land and $165,000 was for the house. File past year taxes The basis for figuring depreciation on the house is its FMV on the date of change ($165,000) because it is less than your adjusted basis ($178,000). File past year taxes Sale of property. File past year taxes   If you later sell or dispose of property changed to business or rental use, the basis of the property you use will depend on whether you are figuring gain or loss. File past year taxes Gain. File past year taxes   The basis for figuring a gain is your adjusted basis when you sell the property. File past year taxes Example. File past year taxes Assume the same facts as in the previous example except that you sell the property at a gain after being allowed depreciation deductions of $37,500. File past year taxes Your adjusted basis for figuring gain is $165,500 ($178,000 + $25,000 (land) − $37,500). File past year taxes Loss. 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Letter 2318C Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the letter telling me?

This letter is a result of your oral or written request to pay your tax liability through Payroll Deductions. It also explains the necessary fees charged for paying monthly.

What do I have to do?

Provide us with your employer's signature which agrees to deducting a specific amount from your pay check and sending that amount to the IRS.

How much time do I have?

The letter provides you a specific time frame to respond.

What happens if I don't take any action?

If you fail to make the payments, enforced collection action may be taken to collect the amount you owe, including the filing of a Notice of Federal Tax Lien, or garnishment of your wages and/or bank accounts.

Who should I contact?

The letter will provide you a toll free number. The person who answers the phone will assist you.

What if I don't agree or have already taken corrective action?

You should contact us immediately. You can also contact us to verify that your payroll deduction has been established.

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File past year taxes Index A Actividades Pasivas , Requisito 6 —Tiene que tener ingresos de inversiones de $3,300 o menos Adopción, hijo de, Hijo adoptivo. File past year taxes Anexos C, Empleado estatutario. File past year taxes , Hoja de Trabajo B del Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo. File past year taxes C-EZ, Empleado estatutario. File past year taxes , Hoja de Trabajo B del Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo. File past year taxes EIC, Se acerca el plazo para la presentación de la declaración y aún no tiene un número de Seguro Social. File past year taxes , Anexo EIC SE, Miembro del clero. File past year taxes , Hoja de Trabajo B del Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo. File past year taxes Anualidades, Cálculo del ingreso del trabajo. File past year taxes Asignación básica para el sustento (BAS), Paga militar no tributable. File past year taxes Asignación básica para la vivienda (BAH), Paga militar no tributable. File past year taxes Asistente EITC , ¿Hay Ayuda Disponible en Internet? Ayuda tributaria (see Impuestos, ayuda con) B Beneficios a los veteranos, Ingresos que no se Consideran Ingresos del Trabajo Beneficios de bienestar social, Ingresos que no se Consideran Ingresos del Trabajo Beneficios de la jubilación ferroviaria, Ingresos que no se Consideran Ingresos del Trabajo Beneficios del Seguro Social, Ingresos que no se Consideran Ingresos del Trabajo Beneficios por desempleo, Ingresos que no se Consideran Ingresos del Trabajo Beneficios por Incapacidad, Beneficios por Incapacidad Beneficios sindicales por huelga, Beneficios sindicales por huelga. File past year taxes Bienes gananciales, Bienes gananciales. File past year taxes , Bienes gananciales. File past year taxes C Casado que presenta una declaración conjunta, Requisito 1 —Límites del ingreso bruto ajustado (AGI, por sus siglas en inglés), Requisito de Declaración Conjunta Casado, hijo, Hijo casado. File past year taxes Clero, Miembro del clero. File past year taxes Cómo calcular usted mismo el EIC , Cómo Calcular Usted Mismo el EIC Compensación del Seguro Social, Ingresos que no se Consideran Ingresos del Trabajo Crianza, hijo de, Hijo de crianza. File past year taxes D Denegación del EIC , Capítulo 5 —Denegación del EIC Divorciados, requisito especial para padres, Requisito especial para padres divorciados o separados (o que viven aparte). File past year taxes E Ejemplos detallados, Capítulo 6 —Ejemplos Detallados El IRS le calculará el Crédito (EIC), El IRS le Calculará el Crédito (EIC) Empleado de una iglesia, Empleados de una iglesia. File past year taxes Empleado estatutario, Empleado estatutario. File past year taxes , Empleados estatutarios. File past year taxes Escuela, Definición de escuela. File past year taxes Estado civil Cabeza de familia, Requisito 3 —Su estado civil para efectos de la declaración no puede ser casado que presenta la declaración por separado Casado que presenta la declaración por separado, Requisito 3 —Su estado civil para efectos de la declaración no puede ser casado que presenta la declaración por separado Estados Unidos, Estados Unidos. File past year taxes , Estados Unidos. File past year taxes Estudiante, Definición de estudiante. File past year taxes Extranjero no residente, Requisito 4 —Tiene que ser ciudadano de los Estados Unidos o extranjero residente durante todo el año F Formularios 1040, ¿Necesito esta Publicación?, Ingreso bruto ajustado (AGI). File past year taxes , Si no tiene un número de Seguro Social (SSN). File past year taxes , Requisito 4 —Tiene que ser ciudadano de los Estados Unidos o extranjero residente durante todo el año, Requisito 6 —Tiene que tener ingresos de inversiones de $3,300 o menos, Salarios, sueldos y propinas. File past year taxes , Beneficios por Incapacidad 1040A, Ingreso bruto ajustado (AGI). File past year taxes , Si no tiene un número de Seguro Social (SSN). File past year taxes , Requisito 4 —Tiene que ser ciudadano de los Estados Unidos o extranjero residente durante todo el año, Requisito 6 —Tiene que tener ingresos de inversiones de $3,300 o menos, Salarios, sueldos y propinas. File past year taxes , Beneficios por Incapacidad 1040EZ, Ingreso bruto ajustado (AGI). File past year taxes , Si no tiene un número de Seguro Social (SSN). File past year taxes , Requisito 6 —Tiene que tener ingresos de inversiones de $3,300 o menos, Salarios, sueldos y propinas. File past year taxes 1040X, Si no tiene un número de Seguro Social (SSN). File past year taxes , Se acerca el plazo para la presentación de la declaración y aún no tiene un número de Seguro Social. File past year taxes 2555, Requisito 5 —No puede presentar el Formulario 2555 ni el Formulario 2555-EZ 2555–EZ, Requisito 5 —No puede presentar el Formulario 2555 ni el Formulario 2555-EZ 4029, Formulario 4361 ó 4029 Aprobado 4361, Formulario 4361 ó 4029 Aprobado 4797, ¿Necesito esta Publicación? 4868, Si no tiene un número de Seguro Social (SSN). File past year taxes , Se acerca el plazo para la presentación de la declaración y aún no tiene un número de Seguro Social. File past year taxes 4868(SP), Si no tiene un número de Seguro Social (SSN). File past year taxes , Se acerca el plazo para la presentación de la declaración y aún no tiene un número de Seguro Social. File past year taxes 8332, Requisito especial para padres divorciados o separados (o que viven aparte). File past year taxes 8814, ¿Necesito esta Publicación?, Requisito 6 —Tiene que tener ingresos de inversiones de $3,300 o menos 8862(SP), Capítulo 5 —Denegación del EIC , Formulario 8862(SP) Fraude, Excepción 2. File past year taxes , ¿Se le ha Prohibido Reclamar el Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo por Cierto Número de Años? Fuerzas Armadas, Opción de incluir la paga no tributable por combate. File past year taxes , Paga militar no tributable. File past year taxes , Servicio activo prolongado. File past year taxes H Hijo Hijo adoptivo, Hijo adoptivo. File past year taxes Hijo casado, Hijo casado. File past year taxes Hijo de crianza, Hijo de crianza. File past year taxes Hijo secuestrado, Hijo secuestrado. File past year taxes Nacimiento o fallecimiento de, Nacimiento o fallecimiento de un hijo. File past year taxes Hijo calificado, ¿Hay que Tener un Hijo para Tener Derecho al Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo (EIC)?, Requisito 1 —Límites del ingreso bruto ajustado (AGI, por sus siglas en inglés), Capítulo 2 —Requisitos que Tiene que Cumplir si Tiene un Hijo Calificado, Requisito 8 —Su hijo tiene que cumplir los requisitos de parentesco, edad, residencia y declaración conjunta Estados Unidos, Requisito de Residencia Hogar, Requisito de Residencia Requisito de Declaración Conjunta, Declaraciones conjuntas. File past year taxes Requisito de Edad, Requisito de Edad Requisito de Parentesco, Requisito de Parentesco Requisito de Residencia, Requisito de Residencia Total y permanentemente incapacitado, Total y permanentemente incapacitado. File past year taxes Hogar Albergues para personas sin hogar, Albergues para personas sin hogar. File past year taxes Estados Unidos, Estados Unidos. File past year taxes Militar, Personal militar destacado fuera de los Estados Unidos. File past year taxes , Personal militar destacado fuera de los Estados Unidos. File past year taxes Hoja de Trabajo 2, Hoja de Trabajo 2: Hoja de Trabajo para la Línea 4 de la Hoja de Trabajo 1 I Impuestos, ayuda con, Cómo Obtener Ayuda con los Impuestos Información TTY/TDD , Teléfono. File past year taxes Ingreso del trabajo, Ingresos del Trabajo Empleado estatutario, Ingreso del Trabajo, Empleado estatutario. File past year taxes Trabajo por cuenta propia, Ingreso del Trabajo Ingresos de dividendos, Ingresos que no se Consideran Ingresos del Trabajo Ingresos de inversiones, Qué Hay de Nuevo para el año 2013, Requisito 6 —Tiene que tener ingresos de inversiones de $3,300 o menos Ingresos netos del trabajo por cuenta propia, Ingresos netos del trabajo por cuenta propia. File past year taxes , Ingresos netos del trabajo por cuenta propia de $400 o más. File past year taxes Ingresos que no se Consideran Ingresos de Trabajo, Ingresos que no se Consideran Ingresos del Trabajo Intereses, Ingresos que no se Consideran Ingresos del Trabajo Internet, ayuda por Asistente EITC , ¿Hay Ayuda Disponible en Internet? M Miembro del clero, Miembro del clero. File past year taxes Militar Fuera de los Estados Unidos, Personal militar destacado fuera de los Estados Unidos. File past year taxes , Personal militar destacado fuera de los Estados Unidos. File past year taxes Paga no tributable, Paga militar no tributable. File past year taxes Paga no tributable por combate, Opción de incluir la paga no tributable por combate. File past year taxes , Paga no tributable por combate. File past year taxes Paga por combate, Opción de incluir la paga no tributable por combate. File past year taxes , Paga militar no tributable. File past year taxes Ministro, Vivienda de un ministro de una orden religiosa. File past year taxes N Número de identificación del contribuyente en proceso de adopción (ATIN), Hijo casado. File past year taxes Número de identificación del contribuyente individual (ITIN), Otro número de identificación del contribuyente. File past year taxes , Hijo casado. File past year taxes Número de Seguro Social (SSN), Requisito 2 —Tiene que tener un número de Seguro Social (SSN) válido, Hijo casado. File past year taxes P Padres, divorciados o separados, Requisito especial para padres divorciados o separados (o que viven aparte). File past year taxes Pagos de bienestar socia a cambio de actividades laborales, Pagos de bienestar social a cambio de actividades laborales. File past year taxes Pareja doméstica, Pareja o sociedad doméstica en Nevada, Washington y California. File past year taxes Pensión alimenticia, Ingresos que no se Consideran Ingresos del Trabajo Pensiones, Cálculo del ingreso del trabajo. File past year taxes Personas que trabajan por cuenta propia, Hoja de Trabajo B del Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo. File past year taxes Propinas, sueldos y salarios, Salarios, sueldos y propinas. File past year taxes Publicaciones (see Impuestos, ayuda con) R Recluso, Ingresos recibidos como recluso en una institución penal. File past year taxes , Cálculo del ingreso del trabajo. File past year taxes Recordatorios, Recordatorios Reglas del desempate, Reglas del desempate. File past year taxes , Cómo aplicar el Requisito 9 a padres divorciados o separados (o que viven aparte). File past year taxes Requisito de Declaración Conjunta (see Hijo calificado) Requisito de Edad (see Hijo calificado) Requisito de Parentesco (see Hijo calificado) Requisito de Residencia (see Hijo calificado) Requisito especial para padres divorciados o separados, Requisito especial para padres divorciados o separados (o que viven aparte). File past year taxes S Salarios, sueldos y propinas, Salarios, sueldos y propinas. File past year taxes Secuestro, hijo, Hijo secuestrado. File past year taxes Separados, requisito especial para padres, Requisito especial para padres divorciados o separados (o que viven aparte). File past year taxes Servicio activo prolongado, Servicio activo prolongado. File past year taxes Servicio del Defensor del Contribuyente, El Servicio del Defensor del Contribuyente está aquí para ayudarlo a usted. File past year taxes Servicios gratis de impuestos, Ayuda gratuita con la preparación de su declaración de impuestos. File past year taxes Sin Hogar, albergues para personas, Albergues para personas sin hogar. File past year taxes T Tabla del Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo (EIC) , EIC Table Total y permanentemente incapacitado, Total y permanentemente incapacitado. 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