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Form 1040x Turbotax

Form 1040x turbotax 1. Form 1040x turbotax   Overview of Depreciation Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Property Can Be Depreciated?Property You Own Property Used in Your Business or Income-Producing Activity Property Having a Determinable Useful Life Property Lasting More Than One Year What Property Cannot Be Depreciated?Land Excepted Property When Does Depreciation Begin and End?Placed in Service Idle Property Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered Retired From Service What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property?Property You Placed in Service Before 1987 Property Owned or Used in 1986 Intangible Property Corporate or Partnership Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Transfer Election To Exclude Property From MACRS What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property?Cost as Basis Other Basis Adjusted Basis How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements? Do You Have To File Form 4562? How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions?Filing an Amended Return Changing Your Accounting Method Introduction Depreciation is an annual income tax deduction that allows you to recover the cost or other basis of certain property over the time you use the property. Form 1040x turbotax It is an allowance for the wear and tear, deterioration, or obsolescence of the property. Form 1040x turbotax This chapter discusses the general rules for depreciating property and answers the following questions. Form 1040x turbotax What property can be depreciated? What property cannot be depreciated? When does depreciation begin and end? What method can you use to depreciate your property? What is the basis of your depreciable property? How do you treat repairs and improvements? Do you have to file Form 4562? How do you correct depreciation deductions? Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 534 Depreciating Property Placed in Service Before 1987 535 Business Expenses 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 551 Basis of Assets Form (and Instructions) Sch C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business Sch C-EZ (Form 1040) Net Profit From Business 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4562 Depreciation and Amortization See chapter 6 for information about getting publications and forms. Form 1040x turbotax What Property Can Be Depreciated? You can depreciate most types of tangible property (except land), such as buildings, machinery, vehicles, furniture, and equipment. Form 1040x turbotax You also can depreciate certain intangible property, such as patents, copyrights, and computer software. Form 1040x turbotax To be depreciable, the property must meet all the following requirements. Form 1040x turbotax It must be property you own. Form 1040x turbotax It must be used in your business or income-producing activity. Form 1040x turbotax It must have a determinable useful life. Form 1040x turbotax It must be expected to last more than one year. Form 1040x turbotax The following discussions provide information about these requirements. Form 1040x turbotax Property You Own To claim depreciation, you usually must be the owner of the property. Form 1040x turbotax You are considered as owning property even if it is subject to a debt. Form 1040x turbotax Example 1. Form 1040x turbotax You made a down payment to purchase rental property and assumed the previous owner's mortgage. Form 1040x turbotax You own the property and you can depreciate it. Form 1040x turbotax Example 2. Form 1040x turbotax You bought a new van that you will use only for your courier business. Form 1040x turbotax You will be making payments on the van over the next 5 years. Form 1040x turbotax You own the van and you can depreciate it. Form 1040x turbotax Leased property. Form 1040x turbotax   You can depreciate leased property only if you retain the incidents of ownership in the property (explained below). Form 1040x turbotax This means you bear the burden of exhaustion of the capital investment in the property. Form 1040x turbotax Therefore, if you lease property from someone to use in your trade or business or for the production of income, you generally cannot depreciate its cost because you do not retain the incidents of ownership. Form 1040x turbotax You can, however, depreciate any capital improvements you make to the property. Form 1040x turbotax See How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements later in this chapter and Additions and Improvements under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4. Form 1040x turbotax   If you lease property to someone, you generally can depreciate its cost even if the lessee (the person leasing from you) has agreed to preserve, replace, renew, and maintain the property. Form 1040x turbotax However, if the lease provides that the lessee is to maintain the property and return to you the same property or its equivalent in value at the expiration of the lease in as good condition and value as when leased, you cannot depreciate the cost of the property. Form 1040x turbotax Incidents of ownership. Form 1040x turbotax   Incidents of ownership in property include the following. Form 1040x turbotax The legal title to the property. Form 1040x turbotax The legal obligation to pay for the property. Form 1040x turbotax The responsibility to pay maintenance and operating expenses. Form 1040x turbotax The duty to pay any taxes on the property. Form 1040x turbotax The risk of loss if the property is destroyed, condemned, or diminished in value through obsolescence or exhaustion. Form 1040x turbotax Life tenant. Form 1040x turbotax   Generally, if you hold business or investment property as a life tenant, you can depreciate it as if you were the absolute owner of the property. Form 1040x turbotax However, see Certain term interests in property under Excepted Property, later. Form 1040x turbotax Cooperative apartments. Form 1040x turbotax   If you are a tenant-stockholder in a cooperative housing corporation and use your cooperative apartment in your business or for the production of income, you can depreciate your stock in the corporation, even though the corporation owns the apartment. Form 1040x turbotax   Figure your depreciation deduction as follows. Form 1040x turbotax Figure the depreciation for all the depreciable real property owned by the corporation in which you have a proprietary lease or right of tenancy. Form 1040x turbotax If you bought your cooperative stock after its first offering, figure the depreciable basis of this property as follows. Form 1040x turbotax Multiply your cost per share by the total number of outstanding shares, including any shares held by the corporation. Form 1040x turbotax Add to the amount figured in (a) any mortgage debt on the property on the date you bought the stock. Form 1040x turbotax Subtract from the amount figured in (b) any mortgage debt that is not for the depreciable real property, such as the part for the land. Form 1040x turbotax Subtract from the amount figured in (1) any depreciation for space owned by the corporation that can be rented but cannot be lived in by tenant-stockholders. Form 1040x turbotax Divide the number of your shares of stock by the total number of outstanding shares, including any shares held by the corporation. Form 1040x turbotax Multiply the result of (2) by the percentage you figured in (3). Form 1040x turbotax This is your depreciation on the stock. Form 1040x turbotax   Your depreciation deduction for the year cannot be more than the part of your adjusted basis in the stock of the corporation that is allocable to your business or income-producing property. Form 1040x turbotax You must also reduce your depreciation deduction if only a portion of the property is used in a business or for the production of income. Form 1040x turbotax Example. Form 1040x turbotax You figure your share of the cooperative housing corporation's depreciation to be $30,000. Form 1040x turbotax Your adjusted basis in the stock of the corporation is $50,000. Form 1040x turbotax You use one half of your apartment solely for business purposes. Form 1040x turbotax Your depreciation deduction for the stock for the year cannot be more than $25,000 (½ of $50,000). Form 1040x turbotax Change to business use. Form 1040x turbotax   If you change your cooperative apartment to business use, figure your allowable depreciation as explained earlier. Form 1040x turbotax The basis of all the depreciable real property owned by the cooperative housing corporation is the smaller of the following amounts. Form 1040x turbotax The fair market value of the property on the date you change your apartment to business use. Form 1040x turbotax This is considered to be the same as the corporation's adjusted basis minus straight line depreciation, unless this value is unrealistic. Form 1040x turbotax The corporation's adjusted basis in the property on that date. Form 1040x turbotax Do not subtract depreciation when figuring the corporation's adjusted basis. Form 1040x turbotax   If you bought the stock after its first offering, the corporation's adjusted basis in the property is the amount figured in (1), above. Form 1040x turbotax The fair market value of the property is considered to be the same as the corporation's adjusted basis figured in this way minus straight line depreciation, unless the value is unrealistic. Form 1040x turbotax   For a discussion of fair market value and adjusted basis, see Publication 551. Form 1040x turbotax Property Used in Your Business or Income-Producing Activity To claim depreciation on property, you must use it in your business or income-producing activity. Form 1040x turbotax If you use property to produce income (investment use), the income must be taxable. Form 1040x turbotax You cannot depreciate property that you use solely for personal activities. Form 1040x turbotax Partial business or investment use. Form 1040x turbotax   If you use property for business or investment purposes and for personal purposes, you can deduct depreciation based only on the business or investment use. Form 1040x turbotax For example, you cannot deduct depreciation on a car used only for commuting, personal shopping trips, family vacations, driving children to and from school, or similar activities. Form 1040x turbotax    You must keep records showing the business, investment, and personal use of your property. Form 1040x turbotax For more information on the records you must keep for listed property, such as a car, see What Records Must Be Kept in chapter 5. Form 1040x turbotax    Although you can combine business and investment use of property when figuring depreciation deductions, do not treat investment use as qualified business use when determining whether the business-use requirement for listed property is met. Form 1040x turbotax For information about qualified business use of listed property, see What Is the Business-Use Requirement in chapter 5. Form 1040x turbotax Office in the home. Form 1040x turbotax   If you use part of your home as an office, you may be able to deduct depreciation on that part based on its business use. Form 1040x turbotax For information about depreciating your home office, see Publication 587. Form 1040x turbotax Inventory. Form 1040x turbotax   You cannot depreciate inventory because it is not held for use in your business. Form 1040x turbotax Inventory is any property you hold primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of your business. Form 1040x turbotax   If you are a rent-to-own dealer, you may be able to treat certain property held in your business as depreciable property rather than as inventory. Form 1040x turbotax See Rent-to-own dealer under Which Property Class Applies Under GDS in chapter 4. Form 1040x turbotax   In some cases, it is not clear whether property is held for sale (inventory) or for use in your business. Form 1040x turbotax If it is unclear, examine carefully all the facts in the operation of the particular business. Form 1040x turbotax The following example shows how a careful examination of the facts in two similar situations results in different conclusions. Form 1040x turbotax Example. Form 1040x turbotax Maple Corporation is in the business of leasing cars. Form 1040x turbotax At the end of their useful lives, when the cars are no longer profitable to lease, Maple sells them. Form 1040x turbotax Maple does not have a showroom, used car lot, or individuals to sell the cars. Form 1040x turbotax Instead, it sells them through wholesalers or by similar arrangements in which a dealer's profit is not intended or considered. Form 1040x turbotax Maple can depreciate the leased cars because the cars are not held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business, but are leased. Form 1040x turbotax If Maple buys cars at wholesale prices, leases them for a short time, and then sells them at retail prices or in sales in which a dealer's profit is intended, the cars are treated as inventory and are not depreciable property. Form 1040x turbotax In this situation, the cars are held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. Form 1040x turbotax Containers. Form 1040x turbotax   Generally, containers for the products you sell are part of inventory and you cannot depreciate them. Form 1040x turbotax However, you can depreciate containers used to ship your products if they have a life longer than one year and meet the following requirements. Form 1040x turbotax They qualify as property used in your business. Form 1040x turbotax Title to the containers does not pass to the buyer. Form 1040x turbotax   To determine if these requirements are met, consider the following questions. Form 1040x turbotax Does your sales contract, sales invoice, or other type of order acknowledgment indicate whether you have retained title? Does your invoice treat the containers as separate items? Do any of your records state your basis in the containers? Property Having a Determinable Useful Life To be depreciable, your property must have a determinable useful life. Form 1040x turbotax This means that it must be something that wears out, decays, gets used up, becomes obsolete, or loses its value from natural causes. Form 1040x turbotax Property Lasting More Than One Year To be depreciable, property must have a useful life that extends substantially beyond the year you place it in service. Form 1040x turbotax Example. Form 1040x turbotax You maintain a library for use in your profession. Form 1040x turbotax You can depreciate it. Form 1040x turbotax However, if you buy technical books, journals, or information services for use in your business that have a useful life of one year or less, you cannot depreciate them. Form 1040x turbotax Instead, you deduct their cost as a business expense. Form 1040x turbotax What Property Cannot Be Depreciated? Certain property cannot be depreciated. Form 1040x turbotax This includes land and certain excepted property. Form 1040x turbotax Land You cannot depreciate the cost of land because land does not wear out, become obsolete, or get used up. Form 1040x turbotax The cost of land generally includes the cost of clearing, grading, planting, and landscaping. Form 1040x turbotax Although you cannot depreciate land, you can depreciate certain land preparation costs, such as landscaping costs, incurred in preparing land for business use. Form 1040x turbotax These costs must be so closely associated with other depreciable property that you can determine a life for them along with the life of the associated property. Form 1040x turbotax Example. Form 1040x turbotax You constructed a new building for use in your business and paid for grading, clearing, seeding, and planting bushes and trees. Form 1040x turbotax Some of the bushes and trees were planted right next to the building, while others were planted around the outer border of the lot. Form 1040x turbotax If you replace the building, you would have to destroy the bushes and trees right next to it. Form 1040x turbotax These bushes and trees are closely associated with the building, so they have a determinable useful life. Form 1040x turbotax Therefore, you can depreciate them. Form 1040x turbotax Add your other land preparation costs to the basis of your land because they have no determinable life and you cannot depreciate them. Form 1040x turbotax Excepted Property Even if the requirements explained in the preceding discussions are met, you cannot depreciate the following property. Form 1040x turbotax Property placed in service and disposed of in the same year. Form 1040x turbotax Determining when property is placed in service is explained later. Form 1040x turbotax Equipment used to build capital improvements. Form 1040x turbotax You must add otherwise allowable depreciation on the equipment during the period of construction to the basis of your improvements. Form 1040x turbotax See Uniform Capitalization Rules in Publication 551. Form 1040x turbotax Section 197 intangibles. Form 1040x turbotax You must amortize these costs. Form 1040x turbotax Section 197 intangibles are discussed in detail in Chapter 8 of Publication 535. Form 1040x turbotax Intangible property, such as certain computer software, that is not section 197 intangible property, can be depreciated if it meets certain requirements. Form 1040x turbotax See Intangible Property , later. Form 1040x turbotax Certain term interests. Form 1040x turbotax Certain term interests in property. Form 1040x turbotax   You cannot depreciate a term interest in property created or acquired after July 27, 1989, for any period during which the remainder interest is held, directly or indirectly, by a person related to you. Form 1040x turbotax A term interest in property means a life interest in property, an interest in property for a term of years, or an income interest in a trust. Form 1040x turbotax Related persons. Form 1040x turbotax   For a description of related persons, see Related Persons, later. Form 1040x turbotax For this purpose, however, treat as related persons only the relationships listed in items (1) through (10) of that discussion and substitute “50%” for “10%” each place it appears. Form 1040x turbotax Basis adjustments. Form 1040x turbotax   If you would be allowed a depreciation deduction for a term interest in property except that the holder of the remainder interest is related to you, you generally must reduce your basis in the term interest by any depreciation or amortization not allowed. Form 1040x turbotax   If you hold the remainder interest, you generally must increase your basis in that interest by the depreciation not allowed to the term interest holder. Form 1040x turbotax However, do not increase your basis for depreciation not allowed for periods during which either of the following situations applies. Form 1040x turbotax The term interest is held by an organization exempt from tax. Form 1040x turbotax The term interest is held by a nonresident alien individual or foreign corporation, and the income from the term interest is not effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States. Form 1040x turbotax Exceptions. Form 1040x turbotax   The above rules do not apply to the holder of a term interest in property acquired by gift, bequest, or inheritance. Form 1040x turbotax They also do not apply to the holder of dividend rights that were separated from any stripped preferred stock if the rights were purchased after April 30, 1993, or to a person whose basis in the stock is determined by reference to the basis in the hands of the purchaser. Form 1040x turbotax When Does Depreciation Begin and End? You begin to depreciate your property when you place it in service for use in your trade or business or for the production of income. Form 1040x turbotax You stop depreciating property either when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis or when you retire it from service, whichever happens first. Form 1040x turbotax Placed in Service You place property in service when it is ready and available for a specific use, whether in a business activity, an income-producing activity, a tax-exempt activity, or a personal activity. Form 1040x turbotax Even if you are not using the property, it is in service when it is ready and available for its specific use. Form 1040x turbotax Example 1. Form 1040x turbotax Donald Steep bought a machine for his business. Form 1040x turbotax The machine was delivered last year. Form 1040x turbotax However, it was not installed and operational until this year. Form 1040x turbotax It is considered placed in service this year. Form 1040x turbotax If the machine had been ready and available for use when it was delivered, it would be considered placed in service last year even if it was not actually used until this year. Form 1040x turbotax Example 2. Form 1040x turbotax On April 6, Sue Thorn bought a house to use as residential rental property. Form 1040x turbotax She made several repairs and had it ready for rent on July 5. Form 1040x turbotax At that time, she began to advertise it for rent in the local newspaper. Form 1040x turbotax The house is considered placed in service in July when it was ready and available for rent. Form 1040x turbotax She can begin to depreciate it in July. Form 1040x turbotax Example 3. Form 1040x turbotax James Elm is a building contractor who specializes in constructing office buildings. Form 1040x turbotax He bought a truck last year that had to be modified to lift materials to second-story levels. Form 1040x turbotax The installation of the lifting equipment was completed and James accepted delivery of the modified truck on January 10 of this year. Form 1040x turbotax The truck was placed in service on January 10, the date it was ready and available to perform the function for which it was bought. Form 1040x turbotax Conversion to business use. Form 1040x turbotax   If you place property in service in a personal activity, you cannot claim depreciation. Form 1040x turbotax However, if you change the property's use to use in a business or income-producing activity, then you can begin to depreciate it at the time of the change. Form 1040x turbotax You place the property in service in the business or income-producing activity on the date of the change. Form 1040x turbotax Example. Form 1040x turbotax You bought a home and used it as your personal home several years before you converted it to rental property. Form 1040x turbotax Although its specific use was personal and no depreciation was allowable, you placed the home in service when you began using it as your home. Form 1040x turbotax You can begin to claim depreciation in the year you converted it to rental property because its use changed to an income-producing use at that time. Form 1040x turbotax Idle Property Continue to claim a deduction for depreciation on property used in your business or for the production of income even if it is temporarily idle (not in use). Form 1040x turbotax For example, if you stop using a machine because there is a temporary lack of a market for a product made with that machine, continue to deduct depreciation on the machine. Form 1040x turbotax Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered You stop depreciating property when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis. Form 1040x turbotax You recover your basis when your section 179 and allowed or allowable depreciation deductions equal your cost or investment in the property. Form 1040x turbotax See What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property , later. Form 1040x turbotax Retired From Service You stop depreciating property when you retire it from service, even if you have not fully recovered its cost or other basis. Form 1040x turbotax You retire property from service when you permanently withdraw it from use in a trade or business or from use in the production of income because of any of the following events. Form 1040x turbotax You sell or exchange the property. Form 1040x turbotax You convert the property to personal use. Form 1040x turbotax You abandon the property. Form 1040x turbotax You transfer the property to a supplies or scrap account. Form 1040x turbotax The property is destroyed. Form 1040x turbotax If you included the property in a general asset account, see How Do You Use General Asset Accounts in chapter 4 for the rules that apply when you dispose of that property. Form 1040x turbotax What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property? You must use the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) to depreciate most property. Form 1040x turbotax MACRS is discussed in chapter 4. Form 1040x turbotax You cannot use MACRS to depreciate the following property. Form 1040x turbotax Property you placed in service before 1987. Form 1040x turbotax Certain property owned or used in 1986. Form 1040x turbotax Intangible property. Form 1040x turbotax Films, video tapes, and recordings. Form 1040x turbotax Certain corporate or partnership property acquired in a nontaxable transfer. Form 1040x turbotax Property you elected to exclude from MACRS. Form 1040x turbotax The following discussions describe the property listed above and explain what depreciation method should be used. Form 1040x turbotax Property You Placed in Service Before 1987 You cannot use MACRS for property you placed in service before 1987 (except property you placed in service after July 31, 1986, if MACRS was elected). Form 1040x turbotax Property placed in service before 1987 must be depreciated under the methods discussed in Publication 534. Form 1040x turbotax For a discussion of when property is placed in service, see When Does Depreciation Begin and End , earlier. Form 1040x turbotax Use of real property changed. Form 1040x turbotax   You generally must use MACRS to depreciate real property that you acquired for personal use before 1987 and changed to business or income-producing use after 1986. Form 1040x turbotax Improvements made after 1986. Form 1040x turbotax   You must treat an improvement made after 1986 to property you placed in service before 1987 as separate depreciable property. Form 1040x turbotax Therefore, you can depreciate that improvement as separate property under MACRS if it is the type of property that otherwise qualifies for MACRS depreciation. Form 1040x turbotax For more information about improvements, see How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements , later and Additions and Improvements under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4. Form 1040x turbotax Property Owned or Used in 1986 You may not be able to use MACRS for property you acquired and placed in service after 1986 if any of the situations described below apply. Form 1040x turbotax If you cannot use MACRS, the property must be depreciated under the methods discussed in Publication 534. Form 1040x turbotax For the following discussions, do not treat property as owned before you placed it in service. Form 1040x turbotax If you owned property in 1986 but did not place it in service until 1987, you do not treat it as owned in 1986. Form 1040x turbotax Personal property. Form 1040x turbotax   You cannot use MACRS for personal property (section 1245 property) in any of the following situations. Form 1040x turbotax You or someone related to you owned or used the property in 1986. Form 1040x turbotax You acquired the property from a person who owned it in 1986 and as part of the transaction the user of the property did not change. Form 1040x turbotax You lease the property to a person (or someone related to this person) who owned or used the property in 1986. Form 1040x turbotax You acquired the property in a transaction in which: The user of the property did not change, and The property was not MACRS property in the hands of the person from whom you acquired it because of (2) or (3) above. Form 1040x turbotax Real property. Form 1040x turbotax   You generally cannot use MACRS for real property (section 1250 property) in any of the following situations. Form 1040x turbotax You or someone related to you owned the property in 1986. Form 1040x turbotax You lease the property to a person who owned the property in 1986 (or someone related to that person). Form 1040x turbotax You acquired the property in a like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or repossession of property you or someone related to you owned in 1986. Form 1040x turbotax MACRS applies only to that part of your basis in the acquired property that represents cash paid or unlike property given up. Form 1040x turbotax It does not apply to the carried-over part of the basis. Form 1040x turbotax Exceptions. Form 1040x turbotax   The rules above do not apply to the following. Form 1040x turbotax Residential rental property or nonresidential real property. Form 1040x turbotax Any property if, in the first tax year it is placed in service, the deduction under the Accelerated Cost Recovery System (ACRS) is more than the deduction under MACRS using the half-year convention. Form 1040x turbotax For information on how to figure depreciation under ACRS, see Publication 534. Form 1040x turbotax Property that was MACRS property in the hands of the person from whom you acquired it because of (2) above. Form 1040x turbotax Related persons. Form 1040x turbotax   For this purpose, the following are related persons. Form 1040x turbotax An individual and a member of his or her family, including only a spouse, child, parent, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, ancestor, and lineal descendant. Form 1040x turbotax A corporation and an individual who directly or indirectly owns more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of that corporation. Form 1040x turbotax Two corporations that are members of the same controlled group. Form 1040x turbotax A trust fiduciary and a corporation if more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock is directly or indirectly owned by or for the trust or grantor of the trust. Form 1040x turbotax The grantor and fiduciary, and the fiduciary and beneficiary, of any trust. Form 1040x turbotax The fiduciaries of two different trusts, and the fiduciaries and beneficiaries of two different trusts, if the same person is the grantor of both trusts. Form 1040x turbotax A tax-exempt educational or charitable organization and any person (or, if that person is an individual, a member of that person's family) who directly or indirectly controls the organization. Form 1040x turbotax Two S corporations, and an S corporation and a regular corporation, if the same persons own more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. Form 1040x turbotax A corporation and a partnership if the same persons own both of the following. Form 1040x turbotax More than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of the corporation. Form 1040x turbotax More than 10% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership. Form 1040x turbotax The executor and beneficiary of any estate. Form 1040x turbotax A partnership and a person who directly or indirectly owns more than 10% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership. Form 1040x turbotax Two partnerships, if the same persons directly or indirectly own more than 10% of the capital or profits interest in each. Form 1040x turbotax The related person and a person who is engaged in trades or businesses under common control. Form 1040x turbotax See section 52(a) and 52(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. Form 1040x turbotax When to determine relationship. Form 1040x turbotax   You must determine whether you are related to another person at the time you acquire the property. Form 1040x turbotax   A partnership acquiring property from a terminating partnership must determine whether it is related to the terminating partnership immediately before the event causing the termination. Form 1040x turbotax For this rule, a terminating partnership is one that sells or exchanges, within 12 months, 50% or more of its total interest in partnership capital or profits. Form 1040x turbotax Constructive ownership of stock or partnership interest. Form 1040x turbotax   To determine whether a person directly or indirectly owns any of the outstanding stock of a corporation or an interest in a partnership, apply the following rules. Form 1040x turbotax Stock or a partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust is considered owned proportionately by or for its shareholders, partners, or beneficiaries. Form 1040x turbotax However, for a partnership interest owned by or for a C corporation, this applies only to shareholders who directly or indirectly own 5% or more of the value of the stock of the corporation. Form 1040x turbotax An individual is considered to own the stock or partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for the individual's family. Form 1040x turbotax An individual who owns, except by applying rule (2), any stock in a corporation is considered to own the stock directly or indirectly owned by or for the individual's partner. Form 1040x turbotax For purposes of rules (1), (2), or (3), stock or a partnership interest considered to be owned by a person under rule (1) is treated as actually owned by that person. Form 1040x turbotax However, stock or a partnership interest considered to be owned by an individual under rule (2) or (3) is not treated as owned by that individual for reapplying either rule (2) or (3) to make another person considered to be the owner of the same stock or partnership interest. Form 1040x turbotax Intangible Property Generally, if you can depreciate intangible property, you usually use the straight line method of depreciation. Form 1040x turbotax However, you can choose to depreciate certain intangible property under the income forecast method (discussed later). Form 1040x turbotax You cannot depreciate intangible property that is a section 197 intangible or that otherwise does not meet all the requirements discussed earlier under What Property Can Be Depreciated. Form 1040x turbotax Straight Line Method This method lets you deduct the same amount of depreciation each year over the useful life of the property. Form 1040x turbotax To figure your deduction, first determine the adjusted basis, salvage value, and estimated useful life of your property. Form 1040x turbotax Subtract the salvage value, if any, from the adjusted basis. Form 1040x turbotax The balance is the total depreciation you can take over the useful life of the property. Form 1040x turbotax Divide the balance by the number of years in the useful life. Form 1040x turbotax This gives you your yearly depreciation deduction. Form 1040x turbotax Unless there is a big change in adjusted basis or useful life, this amount will stay the same throughout the time you depreciate the property. Form 1040x turbotax If, in the first year, you use the property for less than a full year, you must prorate your depreciation deduction for the number of months in use. Form 1040x turbotax Example. Form 1040x turbotax In April, Frank bought a patent for $5,100 that is not a section 197 intangible. Form 1040x turbotax He depreciates the patent under the straight line method, using a 17-year useful life and no salvage value. Form 1040x turbotax He divides the $5,100 basis by 17 years to get his $300 yearly depreciation deduction. Form 1040x turbotax He only used the patent for 9 months during the first year, so he multiplies $300 by 9/12 to get his deduction of $225 for the first year. Form 1040x turbotax Next year, Frank can deduct $300 for the full year. Form 1040x turbotax Patents and copyrights. Form 1040x turbotax   If you can depreciate the cost of a patent or copyright, use the straight line method over the useful life. Form 1040x turbotax The useful life of a patent or copyright is the lesser of the life granted to it by the government or the remaining life when you acquire it. Form 1040x turbotax However, if the patent or copyright becomes valueless before the end of its useful life, you can deduct in that year any of its remaining cost or other basis. Form 1040x turbotax Computer software. Form 1040x turbotax   Computer software is generally a section 197 intangible and cannot be depreciated if you acquired it in connection with the acquisition of assets constituting a business or a substantial part of a business. Form 1040x turbotax   However, computer software is not a section 197 intangible and can be depreciated, even if acquired in connection with the acquisition of a business, if it meets all of the following tests. Form 1040x turbotax It is readily available for purchase by the general public. Form 1040x turbotax It is subject to a nonexclusive license. Form 1040x turbotax It has not been substantially modified. Form 1040x turbotax   If the software meets the tests above, it may also qualify for the section 179 deduction and the special depreciation allowance, discussed later. Form 1040x turbotax If you can depreciate the cost of computer software, use the straight line method over a useful life of 36 months. Form 1040x turbotax    Tax-exempt use property subject to a lease. Form 1040x turbotax   The useful life of computer software leased under a lease agreement entered into after March 12, 2004, to a tax-exempt organization, governmental unit, or foreign person or entity (other than a partnership), cannot be less than 125% of the lease term. Form 1040x turbotax Certain created intangibles. Form 1040x turbotax   You can amortize certain intangibles created on or after December 31, 2003, over a 15-year period using the straight line method and no salvage value, even though they have a useful life that cannot be estimated with reasonable accuracy. Form 1040x turbotax For example, amounts paid to acquire memberships or privileges of indefinite duration, such as a trade association membership, are eligible costs. Form 1040x turbotax   The following are not eligible. Form 1040x turbotax Any intangible asset acquired from another person. Form 1040x turbotax Created financial interests. Form 1040x turbotax Any intangible asset that has a useful life that can be estimated with reasonable accuracy. Form 1040x turbotax Any intangible asset that has an amortization period or limited useful life that is specifically prescribed or prohibited by the Code, regulations, or other published IRS guidance. Form 1040x turbotax Any amount paid to facilitate an acquisition of a trade or business, a change in the capital structure of a business entity, and certain other transactions. Form 1040x turbotax   You must also increase the 15-year safe harbor amortization period to a 25-year period for certain intangibles related to benefits arising from the provision, production, or improvement of real property. Form 1040x turbotax For this purpose, real property includes property that will remain attached to the real property for an indefinite period of time, such as roads, bridges, tunnels, pavements, and pollution control facilities. Form 1040x turbotax Income Forecast Method You can choose to use the income forecast method instead of the straight line method to depreciate the following depreciable intangibles. Form 1040x turbotax Motion picture films or video tapes. Form 1040x turbotax Sound recordings. Form 1040x turbotax Copyrights. Form 1040x turbotax Books. Form 1040x turbotax Patents. Form 1040x turbotax Under the income forecast method, each year's depreciation deduction is equal to the cost of the property, multiplied by a fraction. Form 1040x turbotax The numerator of the fraction is the current year's net income from the property, and the denominator is the total income anticipated from the property through the end of the 10th taxable year following the taxable year the property is placed in service. Form 1040x turbotax For more information, see section 167(g) of the Internal Revenue Code. Form 1040x turbotax Films, video tapes, and recordings. Form 1040x turbotax   You cannot use MACRS for motion picture films, video tapes, and sound recordings. Form 1040x turbotax For this purpose, sound recordings are discs, tapes, or other phonorecordings resulting from the fixation of a series of sounds. Form 1040x turbotax You can depreciate this property using either the straight line method or the income forecast method. Form 1040x turbotax Participations and residuals. Form 1040x turbotax   You can include participations and residuals in the adjusted basis of the property for purposes of computing your depreciation deduction under the income forecast method. Form 1040x turbotax The participations and residuals must relate to income to be derived from the property before the end of the 10th taxable year after the property is placed in service. Form 1040x turbotax For this purpose, participations and residuals are defined as costs which by contract vary with the amount of income earned in connection with the property. Form 1040x turbotax   Instead of including these amounts in the adjusted basis of the property, you can deduct the costs in the taxable year that they are paid. Form 1040x turbotax Videocassettes. Form 1040x turbotax   If you are in the business of renting videocassettes, you can depreciate only those videocassettes bought for rental. Form 1040x turbotax If the videocassette has a useful life of one year or less, you can currently deduct the cost as a business expense. Form 1040x turbotax Corporate or Partnership Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Transfer MACRS does not apply to property used before 1987 and transferred after 1986 to a corporation or partnership (except property the transferor placed in service after July 31, 1986, if MACRS was elected) to the extent its basis is carried over from the property's adjusted basis in the transferor's hands. Form 1040x turbotax You must continue to use the same depreciation method as the transferor and figure depreciation as if the transfer had not occurred. Form 1040x turbotax However, if MACRS would otherwise apply, you can use it to depreciate the part of the property's basis that exceeds the carried-over basis. Form 1040x turbotax The nontaxable transfers covered by this rule include the following. Form 1040x turbotax A distribution in complete liquidation of a subsidiary. Form 1040x turbotax A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. Form 1040x turbotax An exchange of property solely for corporate stock or securities in a reorganization. Form 1040x turbotax A contribution of property to a partnership in exchange for a partnership interest. Form 1040x turbotax A partnership distribution of property to a partner. Form 1040x turbotax Election To Exclude Property From MACRS If you can properly depreciate any property under a method not based on a term of years, such as the unit-of-production method, you can elect to exclude that property from MACRS. Form 1040x turbotax You make the election by reporting your depreciation for the property on line 15 in Part II of Form 4562 and attaching a statement as described in the instructions for Form 4562. Form 1040x turbotax You must make this election by the return due date (including extensions) for the tax year you place your property in service. Form 1040x turbotax However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within six months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Form 1040x turbotax Attach the election to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Form 1040x turbotax 9100-2” on the election statement. Form 1040x turbotax File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Form 1040x turbotax Use of standard mileage rate. Form 1040x turbotax   If you use the standard mileage rate to figure your tax deduction for your business automobile, you are treated as having made an election to exclude the automobile from MACRS. Form 1040x turbotax See Publication 463 for a discussion of the standard mileage rate. Form 1040x turbotax What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property? To figure your depreciation deduction, you must determine the basis of your property. Form 1040x turbotax To determine basis, you need to know the cost or other basis of your property. Form 1040x turbotax Cost as Basis The basis of property you buy is its cost plus amounts you paid for items such as sales tax (see Exception , below), freight charges, and installation and testing fees. Form 1040x turbotax The cost includes the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, other property, or services. Form 1040x turbotax Exception. Form 1040x turbotax   You can elect to deduct state and local general sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Form 1040x turbotax If you make that choice, you cannot include those sales taxes as part of your cost basis. Form 1040x turbotax Assumed debt. Form 1040x turbotax   If you buy property and assume (or buy subject to) an existing mortgage or other debt on the property, your basis includes the amount you pay for the property plus the amount of the assumed debt. Form 1040x turbotax Example. Form 1040x turbotax You make a $20,000 down payment on property and assume the seller's mortgage of $120,000. Form 1040x turbotax Your total cost is $140,000, the cash you paid plus the mortgage you assumed. Form 1040x turbotax Settlement costs. Form 1040x turbotax   The basis of real property also includes certain fees and charges you pay in addition to the purchase price. Form 1040x turbotax These generally are shown on your settlement statement and include the following. Form 1040x turbotax Legal and recording fees. Form 1040x turbotax Abstract fees. Form 1040x turbotax Survey charges. Form 1040x turbotax Owner's title insurance. Form 1040x turbotax 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. Form 1040x turbotax   For fees and charges you cannot include in the basis of property, see Real Property in Publication 551. Form 1040x turbotax Property you construct or build. Form 1040x turbotax   If you construct, build, or otherwise produce property for use in your business, you may have to use the uniform capitalization rules to determine the basis of your property. Form 1040x turbotax For information about the uniform capitalization rules, see Publication 551 and the regulations under section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code. Form 1040x turbotax Other Basis Other basis usually refers to basis that is determined by the way you received the property. Form 1040x turbotax For example, your basis is other than cost if you acquired the property in exchange for other property, as payment for services you performed, as a gift, or as an inheritance. Form 1040x turbotax If you acquired property in this or some other way, see Publication 551 to determine your basis. Form 1040x turbotax Property changed from personal use. Form 1040x turbotax   If you held property for personal use and later use it in your business or income-producing activity, your depreciable basis is the lesser of the following. Form 1040x turbotax The fair market value (FMV) of the property on the date of the change in use. Form 1040x turbotax Your original cost or other basis adjusted as follows. Form 1040x turbotax Increased by the cost of any permanent improvements or additions and other costs that must be added to basis. Form 1040x turbotax Decreased by any deductions you claimed for casualty and theft losses and other items that reduced your basis. Form 1040x turbotax Example. Form 1040x turbotax Several years ago, Nia paid $160,000 to have her home built on a lot that cost her $25,000. Form 1040x turbotax Before changing the property to rental use last year, she paid $20,000 for permanent improvements to the house and claimed a $2,000 casualty loss deduction for damage to the house. Form 1040x turbotax Land is not depreciable, so she includes only the cost of the house when figuring the basis for depreciation. Form 1040x turbotax Nia's adjusted basis in the house when she changed its use was $178,000 ($160,000 + $20,000 − $2,000). Form 1040x turbotax On the same date, her property had an FMV of $180,000, of which $15,000 was for the land and $165,000 was for the house. Form 1040x turbotax The basis for depreciation on the house is the FMV on the date of change ($165,000), because it is less than her adjusted basis ($178,000). Form 1040x turbotax Property acquired in a nontaxable transaction. Form 1040x turbotax   Generally, if you receive property in a nontaxable exchange, the basis of the property you receive is the same as the adjusted basis of the property you gave up. Form 1040x turbotax Special rules apply in determining the basis and figuring the MACRS depreciation deduction and special depreciation allowance for property acquired in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion. Form 1040x turbotax See Like-kind exchanges and involuntary conversions. Form 1040x turbotax under How Much Can You Deduct? in chapter 3 and Figuring the Deduction for Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Exchange in chapter 4. Form 1040x turbotax   There are also special rules for determining the basis of MACRS property involved in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion when the property is contained in a general asset account. Form 1040x turbotax See How Do You Use General Asset Accounts in chapter 4. Form 1040x turbotax Adjusted Basis To find your property's basis for depreciation, you may have to make certain adjustments (increases and decreases) to the basis of the property for events occurring between the time you acquired the property and the time you placed it in service. Form 1040x turbotax These events could include the following. Form 1040x turbotax Installing utility lines. Form 1040x turbotax Paying legal fees for perfecting the title. Form 1040x turbotax Settling zoning issues. Form 1040x turbotax Receiving rebates. Form 1040x turbotax Incurring a casualty or theft loss. Form 1040x turbotax For a discussion of adjustments to the basis of your property, see Adjusted Basis in Publication 551. Form 1040x turbotax If you depreciate your property under MACRS, you also may have to reduce your basis by certain deductions and credits with respect to the property. Form 1040x turbotax For more information, see What Is the Basis for Depreciation in chapter 4. Form 1040x turbotax . Form 1040x turbotax Basis adjustment for depreciation allowed or allowable. Form 1040x turbotax   You must reduce the basis of property by the depreciation allowed or allowable, whichever is greater. Form 1040x turbotax Depreciation allowed is depreciation you actually deducted (from which you received a tax benefit). Form 1040x turbotax Depreciation allowable is depreciation you are entitled to deduct. Form 1040x turbotax   If you do not claim depreciation you are entitled to deduct, you must still reduce the basis of the property by the full amount of depreciation allowable. Form 1040x turbotax   If you deduct more depreciation than you should, you must reduce your basis by any amount deducted from which you received a tax benefit (the depreciation allowed). Form 1040x turbotax How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements? If you improve depreciable property, you must treat the improvement as separate depreciable property. Form 1040x turbotax Improvement means an addition to or partial replacement of property that adds to its value, appreciably lengthens the time you can use it, or adapts it to a different use. Form 1040x turbotax You generally deduct the cost of repairing business property in the same way as any other business expense. Form 1040x turbotax However, if a repair or replacement increases the value of your property, makes it more useful, or lengthens its life, you must treat it as an improvement and depreciate it. Form 1040x turbotax Example. Form 1040x turbotax You repair a small section on one corner of the roof of a rental house. Form 1040x turbotax You deduct the cost of the repair as a rental expense. Form 1040x turbotax However, if you completely replace the roof, the new roof is an improvement because it increases the value and lengthens the life of the property. Form 1040x turbotax You depreciate the cost of the new roof. Form 1040x turbotax Improvements to rented property. Form 1040x turbotax   You can depreciate permanent improvements you make to business property you rent from someone else. Form 1040x turbotax Do You Have To File Form 4562? Use Form 4562 to figure your deduction for depreciation and amortization. Form 1040x turbotax Attach Form 4562 to your tax return for the current tax year if you are claiming any of the following items. Form 1040x turbotax A section 179 deduction for the current year or a section 179 carryover from a prior year. Form 1040x turbotax See chapter 2 for information on the section 179 deduction. Form 1040x turbotax Depreciation for property placed in service during the current year. Form 1040x turbotax Depreciation on any vehicle or other listed property, regardless of when it was placed in service. Form 1040x turbotax See chapter 5 for information on listed property. Form 1040x turbotax A deduction for any vehicle if the deduction is reported on a form other than Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040). Form 1040x turbotax Amortization of costs if the current year is the first year of the amortization period. Form 1040x turbotax Depreciation or amortization on any asset on a corporate income tax return (other than Form 1120S, U. Form 1040x turbotax S. Form 1040x turbotax Income Tax Return for an S Corporation) regardless of when it was placed in service. Form 1040x turbotax You must submit a separate Form 4562 for each business or activity on your return for which a Form 4562 is required. Form 1040x turbotax Table 1-1 presents an overview of the purpose of the various parts of Form 4562. Form 1040x turbotax Employee. Form 1040x turbotax   Do not use Form 4562 if you are an employee and you deduct job-related vehicle expenses using either actual expenses (including depreciation) or the standard mileage rate. Form 1040x turbotax Instead, use either Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Form 1040x turbotax Use Form 2106-EZ if you are claiming the standard mileage rate and you are not reimbursed by your employer for any expenses. Form 1040x turbotax How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions? If you deducted an incorrect amount of depreciation in any year, you may be able to make a correction by filing an amended return for that year. Form 1040x turbotax See Filing an Amended Return , next. Form 1040x turbotax If you are not allowed to make the correction on an amended return, you may be able to change your accounting method to claim the correct amount of depreciation. Form 1040x turbotax See Changing Your Accounting Method , later. Form 1040x turbotax Filing an Amended Return You can file an amended return to correct the amount of depreciation claimed for any property in any of the following situations. Form 1040x turbotax You claimed the incorrect amount because of a mathematical error made in any year. Form 1040x turbotax You claimed the incorrect amount because of a posting error made in any year. Form 1040x turbotax You have not adopted a method of accounting for property placed in service by you in tax years ending after December 29, 2003. Form 1040x turbotax You claimed the incorrect amount on property placed in service by you in tax years ending before December 30, 2003. Form 1040x turbotax Adoption of accounting method defined. Form 1040x turbotax   Generally, you adopt a method of accounting for depreciation by using a permissible method of determining depreciation when you file your first tax return, or by using the same impermissible method of determining depreciation in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. Form 1040x turbotax   For an exception to this 2-year rule, see Revenue Procedure 2011-14 on page 330 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-4, available at www. Form 1040x turbotax irs. Form 1040x turbotax gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb11-04. Form 1040x turbotax pdf. Form 1040x turbotax (Note. Form 1040x turbotax Revenue Procedure 2011-14 is clarified and modified by Revenue Procedure 2012-20. Form 1040x turbotax For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2012-20 on page 700 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-14, available at www. Form 1040x turbotax irs. Form 1040x turbotax gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb12-14. Form 1040x turbotax pdf. Form 1040x turbotax )   For a safe harbor method of accounting to treat rotable spare parts as depreciable assets and procedures to obtain automatic consent to change to the safe harbor method of accounting, see Revenue Procedure 2007-48 on page 110 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-29, available at www. Form 1040x turbotax irs. Form 1040x turbotax gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07-29. Form 1040x turbotax pdf. Form 1040x turbotax When to file. Form 1040x turbotax   If an amended return is allowed, you must file it by the later of the following. Form 1040x turbotax 3 years from the date you filed your original return for the year in which you did not deduct the correct amount. Form 1040x turbotax A return filed before an unextended due date is considered filed on that due date. Form 1040x turbotax 2 years from the time you paid your tax for that year. Form 1040x turbotax Changing Your Accounting Method Generally, you must get IRS approval to change your method of accounting. Form 1040x turbotax You generally must file Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, to request a change in your method of accounting for depreciation. Form 1040x turbotax The following are examples of a change in method of accounting for depreciation. Form 1040x turbotax A change from an impermissible method of determining depreciation for depreciable property, if the impermissible method was used in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. Form 1040x turbotax A change in the treatment of an asset from nondepreciable to depreciable or vice versa. Form 1040x turbotax A change in the depreciation method, period of recovery, or convention of a depreciable asset. Form 1040x turbotax A change from not claiming to claiming the special depreciation allowance if you did not make the election to not claim any special allowance. Form 1040x turbotax A change from claiming a 50% special depreciation allowance to claiming a 30% special depreciation allowance for qualified property (including property that is included in a class of property for which you elected a 30% special allowance instead of a 50% special allowance). Form 1040x turbotax Changes in depreciation that are not a change in method of accounting (and may only be made on an amended return) include the following. Form 1040x turbotax An adjustment in the useful life of a depreciable asset for which depreciation is determined under section 167. Form 1040x turbotax A change in use of an asset in the hands of the same taxpayer. Form 1040x turbotax Making a late depreciation election or revoking a timely valid depreciation election (including the election not to deduct the special depreciation allowance). Form 1040x turbotax If you elected not to claim any special allowance, a change from not claiming to claiming the special allowance is a revocation of the election and is not an accounting method change. Form 1040x turbotax Generally, you must get IRS approval to make a late depreciation election or revoke a depreciation election. Form 1040x turbotax You must submit a request for a letter ruling to make a late election or revoke an election. Form 1040x turbotax Any change in the placed in service date of a depreciable asset. Form 1040x turbotax See section 1. Form 1040x turbotax 446-1(e)(2)(ii)(d) of the regulations for more information and examples. Form 1040x turbotax IRS approval. Form 1040x turbotax   In some instances, you may be able to get approval from the IRS to change your method of accounting for depreciation under the automatic change request procedures generally covered in Revenue Procedure 2011-14. Form 1040x turbotax If you do not qualify to use the automatic procedures to get approval, you must use the advance consent request procedures generally covered in Revenue Procedure 97-27, 1997-1 C. Form 1040x turbotax B. Form 1040x turbotax 680. Form 1040x turbotax Also see the Instructions for Form 3115 for more information on getting approval, including lists of scope limitations and automatic accounting method changes. Form 1040x turbotax Additional guidance. Form 1040x turbotax    For additional guidance and special procedures for changing your accounting method, automatic change procedures, amending your return, and filing Form 3115, see Revenue Procedure 2011-14 on page 330 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-4, available at www. Form 1040x turbotax irs. Form 1040x turbotax gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb11-04. Form 1040x turbotax pdf. Form 1040x turbotax (Note. Form 1040x turbotax Revenue Procedure 2011-14 is clarified and modified by Revenue Procedure 2012-20. Form 1040x turbotax For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2012-20 on page 700 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-14, available at www. Form 1040x turbotax irs. Form 1040x turbotax gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb12-14. Form 1040x turbotax pdf. Form 1040x turbotax )   For a safe harbor method of accounting to treat rotable spare parts as depreciable assets, see Revenue Procedure 2007-48 on page 110 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-29, available at www. Form 1040x turbotax irs. Form 1040x turbotax gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07-29. Form 1040x turbotax pdf. Form 1040x turbotax Table 1-1. Form 1040x turbotax Purpose of Form 4562 This table describes the purpose of the various parts of Form 4562. Form 1040x turbotax For more information, see Form 4562 and its instructions. Form 1040x turbotax Part Purpose I • Electing the section 179 deduction • Figuring the maximum section 179 deduction for the current year • Figuring any section 179 deduction carryover to the next year II • Reporting the special depreciation allowance for property (other than listed property) placed in service during the tax year • Reporting depreciation deductions on property being depreciated under any method other than Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) III • Reporting MACRS depreciation deductions for property placed in service before this year • Reporting MACRS depreciation deductions for property (other than listed property) placed in service during the current year IV • Summarizing other parts V • Reporting the special depreciation allowance for automobiles and other listed property • Reporting MACRS depreciation on automobiles and other listed property • Reporting the section 179 cost elected for automobiles and other listed property • Reporting information on the use of automobiles and other transportation vehicles VI • Reporting amortization deductions Section 481(a) adjustment. Form 1040x turbotax   If you file Form 3115 and change from an impermissible method to a permissible method of accounting for depreciation, you can make a section 481(a) adjustment for any unclaimed or excess amount of allowable depreciation. Form 1040x turbotax The adjustment is the difference between the total depreciation actually deducted for the property and the total amount allowable prior to the year of change. Form 1040x turbotax If no depreciation was deducted, the adjustment is the total depreciation allowable prior to the year of change. Form 1040x turbotax A negative section 481(a) adjustment results in a decrease in taxable income. Form 1040x turbotax It is taken into account in the year of change and is reported on your business tax returns as “other expenses. Form 1040x turbotax ” A positive section 481(a) adjustment results in an increase in taxable income. Form 1040x turbotax It is generally taken into account over 4 tax years and is reported on your business tax returns as “other income. Form 1040x turbotax ” However, you can elect to use a one-year adjustment period and report the adjustment in the year of change if the total adjustment is less than $25,000. Form 1040x turbotax Make the election by completing the appropriate line on Form 3115. Form 1040x turbotax   If you file a Form 3115 and change from one permissible method to another permissible method, the section 481(a) adjustment is zero. Form 1040x turbotax Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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(732) 572-9752
Freehold 4 Paragon Way
Freehold, NJ 07728

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 

Services Provided

(732) 660-0063
Mays Landing 5218 Atlantic Ave.
Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)


Services Provided

(609) 625-0678 
Mountainside  200 Sheffield St.
Mountainside, NJ 07092 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Services Provided

(908) 301-2112 
Newark  20 Washington Place
Newark, NJ 07102 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 

Services Provided

(973) 645-6690 
Paramus  1 Kalisa Way
Paramus, NJ 07652 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**


Services Provided

(201) 634-7052 
Parsippany  1719-C Rte. 10
Parsippany, NJ 07054 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Services Provided

(973) 808-0821 
Paterson  200 Federal Plaza
Paterson, NJ 07505 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Services Provided

(973) 357-4114 
Trenton  One State St. Square
50 West State St. 
Trenton, NJ 08608 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Services Provided

(609) 989-0533 

* Note: The phone numbers in the chart above are not toll-free for all locations. When you call, you will reach a recorded business message with information about office hours, locations and services provided in that office. If face-to-face assistance is not a priority for you, you may also get help with IRS letters or resolve tax account issues by phone, toll free at 1-800-829-1040 (individuals) or 1-800-829-4933 (businesses).


For information on where to file your tax return please see Where to File Addresses.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service: Call (973) 921-4043 in Springfield or 1-877-777-4778 elsewhere, or see Publication 1546, The Taxpayer Advocate Service of the IRS.

For further information, see Tax Topic 104.

Partnerships

IRS and organizations all over the country are partnering to assist taxpayers. Through these partnerships, organizations are also achieving their own goals. These mutually beneficial partnerships are strengthening outreach efforts and bringing education and assistance to millions.

For more information about these programs for individuals and families, contact the Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication Office at:

Internal Revenue Service
20 Washington Place
First Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

For more information about these programs for businesses, your local Stakeholder Liaison office establishes relationships with organizations representing small business and self-employed taxpayers. They provide information about the policies, practices and procedures the IRS uses to ensure compliance with the tax laws. To establish a relationship with us, use this list to find a contact in your state:

Stakeholder Liaison (SL) Phone Numbers for Organizations Representing Small Businesses and Self-employed Taxpayers.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 28-Mar-2014

The Form 1040x Turbotax

Form 1040x turbotax 35. Form 1040x turbotax   Education Credits Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Who Can Claim an Education Credit Qualified Education ExpensesNo Double Benefit Allowed Adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses Introduction For 2013, there are two tax credits available to persons who pay expenses for higher (postsecondary) education. Form 1040x turbotax They are: The American opportunity credit, and The lifetime learning credit. Form 1040x turbotax The chapter will present an overview of these education credits. Form 1040x turbotax To get the detailed information you will need to claim either of the credits, and for examples illustrating that information, see chapters 2 and 3 of Publication 970. Form 1040x turbotax Can you claim more than one education credit this year?   For each student, you can choose for any year only one of the credits. Form 1040x turbotax For example, if you choose to take the American opportunity credit for a child on your 2013 tax return, you cannot, for that same child, also claim the lifetime learning credit for 2013. Form 1040x turbotax   If you are eligible to claim the American opportunity credit and you are also eligible to claim the lifetime learning credit for the same student in the same year, you can choose to claim either credit, but not both. Form 1040x turbotax   If you pay qualified education expenses for more than one student in the same year, you can choose to take the American opportunity and the lifetime learning credits on a per-student, per-year basis. Form 1040x turbotax This means that, for example, you can claim the American opportunity credit for one student and the lifetime learning credit for another student in the same year. Form 1040x turbotax Table 35-1. Form 1040x turbotax Comparison of Education Credits Caution. Form 1040x turbotax You can claim both the American opportunity credit and the lifetime learning credit on the same return—but not for the same student. Form 1040x turbotax   American Opportunity Credit Lifetime Learning Credit Maximum credit Up to $2,500 credit per eligible student Up to $2,000 credit per return Limit on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) $180,000 if married filing jointly;  $90,000 if single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) $127,000 if married filing jointly;  $63,000 if single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) Refundable or nonrefundable 40% of credit may be refundable Credit limited to the amount of tax you must pay on your taxable income Number of years of postsecondary education Available ONLY if the student had not completed the first 4 years of postsecondary education before 2013 Available for all years of postsecondary education and for courses to acquire or improve job skills Number of tax years credit available Available ONLY for 4 tax years per eligible student (including any year(s) the Hope credit was claimed) Available for an unlimited number of years Type of program required Student must be pursuing a program leading to a degree or other recognized education credential Student does not need to be pursuing a program leading to a degree or other recognized education credential Number of courses Student must be enrolled at least half time for at least one academic period beginning during the tax year Available for one or more courses Felony drug conviction At the end of 2013, the student had not been convicted of a felony for possessing or distributing a controlled substance Felony drug convictions do not make the student ineligible Qualified expenses Tuition, required enrollment fees, and course materials that the student needs for a course of study whether or not the materials are bought at the educational institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance Tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance (including amounts required to be paid to the institution for course-related books, supplies, and equipment) Payments for academic periods Payments made in 2013 for academic periods beginning in 2013 or beginning in the first 3 months of 2014 Differences between the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits. Form 1040x turbotax   There are several differences between these two credits. Form 1040x turbotax These differences are summarized in Table 35-1, later. Form 1040x turbotax Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education Form (and Instructions) 8863 Education Credits (American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Credits) Who Can Claim an Education Credit You may be able to claim an education credit if you, your spouse, or a dependent you claim on your tax return was a student enrolled at or attending an eligible educational institution. Form 1040x turbotax The credits are based on the amount of qualified education expenses paid for the student in 2013 for academic periods beginning in 2013 and in the first 3 months of 2014. Form 1040x turbotax For example, if you paid $1,500 in December 2013 for qualified tuition for the spring 2014 semester beginning in January 2014, you may be able to use that $1,500 in figuring your 2013 education credit(s). Form 1040x turbotax Academic period. Form 1040x turbotax   An academic period includes a semester, trimester, quarter, or other period of study (such as a summer school session) as reasonably determined by an educational institution. Form 1040x turbotax In the case of an educational institution that uses credit hours or clock hours and does not have academic terms, each payment period can be treated as an academic period. Form 1040x turbotax Eligible educational institution. Form 1040x turbotax   An eligible educational institution is any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U. Form 1040x turbotax S. Form 1040x turbotax Department of Education. Form 1040x turbotax It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. Form 1040x turbotax The educational institution should be able to tell you if it is an eligible educational institution. Form 1040x turbotax   Certain educational institutions located outside the United States also participate in the U. Form 1040x turbotax S. Form 1040x turbotax Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. Form 1040x turbotax Who can claim a dependent's expenses. Form 1040x turbotax   If an exemption is allowed as a deduction for any person who claims the student as a dependent, all qualified education expenses of the student are treated as having been paid by that person. Form 1040x turbotax Therefore, only that person can claim an education credit for the student. Form 1040x turbotax If a student is not claimed as a dependent on another person's tax return, only the student can claim a credit. Form 1040x turbotax Expenses paid by a third party. Form 1040x turbotax   Qualified education expenses paid on behalf of the student by someone other than the student (such as a relative) are treated as paid by the student. Form 1040x turbotax However, qualified education expenses paid (or treated as paid) by a student who is claimed as a dependent on your tax return are treated as paid by you. Form 1040x turbotax Therefore, you are treated as having paid expenses that were paid by the third party. Form 1040x turbotax For more information and an example see Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses in Pub. Form 1040x turbotax 970, chapter 2 or 3. Form 1040x turbotax Who cannot claim a credit. Form 1040x turbotax   You cannot take an education credit if any of the following apply. Form 1040x turbotax You are claimed as a dependent on another person's tax return, such as your parent's return. Form 1040x turbotax Your filing status is married filing separately. Form 1040x turbotax You (or your spouse) were a nonresident alien for any part of 2013 and did not elect to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. Form 1040x turbotax Your MAGI is one of the following. Form 1040x turbotax American opportunity credit: $180,000 or more if married filing jointly, or $90,000 or more if single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er). Form 1040x turbotax Lifetime learning credit: $127,000 or more if married filing jointly, or $63,000 or more if single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) . Form 1040x turbotax   Generally, your MAGI is the amount on your Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040A, line 22. Form 1040x turbotax However, if you are filing Form 2555, Form 2555–EZ, or Form 4563, or are excluding income from Puerto RIco, add to the amount on your Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040A, line 22, the amount of income you excluded. Form 1040x turbotax For details, see Pub. Form 1040x turbotax 970. Form 1040x turbotax    Figure 35-A may be helpful in determining if you can claim an education credit on your tax return. Form 1040x turbotax The American opportunity credit will always be greater than or equal to the lifetime learning credit for any student who is eligible for both credits. Form 1040x turbotax However, if any of the conditions for the American opportunity credit, listed in Table 35-1 earlier, are not met for any student, you cannot take the American opportunity credit for that student. Form 1040x turbotax You may be able to take the lifetime learning credit for part or all of that student's qualified education expenses instead. Form 1040x turbotax See Pub. Form 1040x turbotax 970 for information on other education benefits. Form 1040x turbotax Qualified Education Expenses Generally, qualified education expenses are amounts paid in 2013 for tuition and fees required for the student's enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. Form 1040x turbotax It does not matter whether the expenses were paid in cash, by check, by credit or debit card, or with borrowed funds. Form 1040x turbotax For course-related books, supplies, and equipment, only certain expenses qualify. Form 1040x turbotax American opportunity credit: Qualified education expenses include amounts spent on books, supplies, and equipment needed for a course of study, whether or not the materials are purchased from the educational institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. Form 1040x turbotax Lifetime learning credit: Qualified education expenses include amounts for books, supplies, and equipment only if required to be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. Form 1040x turbotax Qualified education expenses include nonacademic fees, such as student activity fees, athletic fees, or other expenses unrelated to the academic course of instruction, only if the fee must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. Form 1040x turbotax However, fees for personal expenses (described below) are never qualified education expenses. Form 1040x turbotax Qualified education expenses for either credit do not include amounts paid for: Personal expenses. Form 1040x turbotax This means room and board, insurance, medical expenses (including student health fees), transportation, and other similar personal, living, or family expenses. Form 1040x turbotax Any course or other education involving sports, games, or hobbies, or any noncredit course, unless such course or other education is part of the student's degree program or (for the lifetime learning credit only) helps the student acquire or improve job skills. Form 1040x turbotax You should receive Form 1098–T, Tuition Statement, from the institution reporting either payments received in 2013 (box 1) or amounts billed in 2013 (box 2). Form 1040x turbotax However, the amount in box 1 or 2 of Form 1098–T may be different from the amount you paid (or are treated as having paid). Form 1040x turbotax In completing Form 8863, use only the amounts you actually paid (plus any amounts you are treated as having paid) in 2013, reduced as necessary, as described in Adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses , later. Form 1040x turbotax Qualified education expenses paid on behalf of the student by someone other than the student (such as a relative) are treated as paid by the student. Form 1040x turbotax Qualified education expenses paid (or treated as paid) by a student who is claimed as a dependent on your tax return are treated as paid by you. Form 1040x turbotax If you or the student takes a deduction for higher education expenses, such as on Schedule A or C (Form 1040), you cannot use those expenses in your qualified education expenses when figuring your education credits. Form 1040x turbotax Qualified education expenses for any academic period must be reduced by any tax-free educational assistance allocable to that academic period. Form 1040x turbotax See Adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses, later. Form 1040x turbotax Prepaid Expenses. Form 1040x turbotax   Qualified education expenses paid in 2013 for an academic period that begins in the first 3 months of 2014 can be used in figuring an education credit for 2013 only. Form 1040x turbotax See Academic period , earlier. Form 1040x turbotax For example, if you pay $2,000 in December 2013 for qualified tuition for the 2014 winter quarter that begins in January 2014, you can use that $2,000 in figuring an education credit for 2013 only (if you meet all the other requirements). Form 1040x turbotax    You cannot use any amount you paid in 2012 or 2014 to figure the qualified education expenses you use to figure your 2013 education credit(s). Form 1040x turbotax Paid with borrowed funds. Form 1040x turbotax   You can claim an education credit for qualified education expenses paid with the proceeds of a loan. Form 1040x turbotax Use the expenses to figure the credit for the year in which the expenses are paid, not the year in which the loan is repaid. Form 1040x turbotax Treat loan payments sent directly to the educational institution as paid on the date the institution credits the student's account. Form 1040x turbotax Student withdraws from class(es). Form 1040x turbotax   You can claim an education credit for qualified education expenses not refunded when a student withdraws. Form 1040x turbotax No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do any of the following. Form 1040x turbotax Deduct higher education expenses on your income tax return (as, for example, a business expense) and also claim an education credit based on those same expenses. Form 1040x turbotax Claim more than one education credit based on the same qualified education expenses. Form 1040x turbotax Claim an education credit based on the same expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of a distribution from a Coverdell education savings account (ESA) or qualified tuition program (QTP). Form 1040x turbotax Claim an education credit based on qualified education expenses paid with educational assistance, such as a tax-free scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. Form 1040x turbotax See Adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses, next. Form 1040x turbotax Adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses For each student, reduce the qualified education expenses paid in 2013 by or on behalf of that student under the following rules. Form 1040x turbotax The result is the amount of adjusted qualified education expenses for each student. Form 1040x turbotax Tax-free educational assistance. Form 1040x turbotax   For tax-free educational assistance received in 2013, reduce the qualified educational expenses for each academic period by the amount of tax-free educational assistance allocable to that academic period. Form 1040x turbotax See Academic period , earlier. Form 1040x turbotax      Tax-free educational assistance includes:    Tax-free parts of scholarships and fellowships (see chapter 12 of this publication and chapter 1 of Pub. Form 1040x turbotax 970), The tax-free part of Pell grants (see chapter 1 of Pub. Form 1040x turbotax 970), The tax-free part of employer-provided educational assistance (see Pub. Form 1040x turbotax 970), Veterans' educational assistance (see chapter 1 of Pub. Form 1040x turbotax 970), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance. Form 1040x turbotax Generally, any scholarship or fellowship is treated as tax-free educational assistance. Form 1040x turbotax However, a scholarship or fellowship is not treated as tax-free educational assistance to the extent the student includes it in gross income (if the student is required to file a tax return) for the year the scholarship or fellowship is received and either: The scholarship or fellowship (or any part of it) must be applied (by its terms) to expenses (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses as defined in Qualified education expenses in Pub. Form 1040x turbotax 970, chapter 1; or The scholarship or fellowship (or any part of it) may be applied (by its terms) to expenses (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses as defined in Qualified education expenses in Pub. Form 1040x turbotax 970, chapter 1. Form 1040x turbotax You may be able to increase the combined value of an education credit and certain educational assistance if the student includes some or all of the educational assistance in income in the year received. Form 1040x turbotax For details, see Adjustments of Qualified Education Expenses, in chapters 2 and 3 of Pub. Form 1040x turbotax 970. Form 1040x turbotax Some tax-free educational assistance received after 2013 may be treated as a refund of qualified education expenses paid in 2013. Form 1040x turbotax This tax-free educational assistance is any tax-free educational assistance received by you or anyone else after 2013 for qualified education expenses paid on behalf of a student in 2013 (or attributable to enrollment at an eligible educational institution during 2013). Form 1040x turbotax If this tax-free educational assistance is received after 2013 but before you file your 2013 income tax return, see Refunds received after 2013 but before your income tax return is filed, later. Form 1040x turbotax If this tax-free educational assistance is received after 2013 and after you file your 2013 income tax return, see Refunds received after 2013 and after your income tax return is filed, later. Form 1040x turbotax Refunds. Form 1040x turbotax   A refund of qualified education expenses may reduce qualified education expenses for the tax year or may require you to repay (recapture) the credit that you claimed in an earlier year. Form 1040x turbotax Some tax-free educational assistance received after 2013 may be treated as a refund. Form 1040x turbotax See Tax-free educational assistance, earlier. Form 1040x turbotax Refunds received in 2013. Form 1040x turbotax   For each student, figure the adjusted qualified education expenses for 2013 by adding all the qualified education expenses paid in 2013 and subtracting any refunds of those expenses received from the eligible educational institution during 2013. Form 1040x turbotax Refunds received after 2013 but before your income tax return is filed. Form 1040x turbotax   If anyone receives a refund after 2013 of qualified education expenses paid on behalf of a student in 2013 and the refund is received before you file your 2013 income tax return, reduce the amount of qualified education expenses for 2013 by the amount of the refund. Form 1040x turbotax Refunds received after 2013 and after your income tax return is filed. Form 1040x turbotax   If anyone receives a refund after 2013 of qualified education expenses paid on behalf of a student in 2013 and the refund is received after you file your 2013 income tax return, you may need to repay some or all of the credit that you claimed. Form 1040x turbotax See Credit recapture, next. Form 1040x turbotax Credit recapture. Form 1040x turbotax    If any tax-free educational assistance for the qualified education expenses paid in 2013, or any refund of your qualified education expenses paid in 2013, is received after you file your 2013 income tax return, you must recapture (repay) any excess credit. Form 1040x turbotax You do this by refiguring the amount of your adjusted qualified education expenses for 2013 by reducing the expenses by the amount of the refund or tax-free educational assistance. Form 1040x turbotax You then refigure your education credit(s) for 2013 and figure the amount by which your 2013 tax liability would have increased if you had claimed the refigured credit(s). Form 1040x turbotax Include that amount as an additional tax for the year the refund or tax-free assistance was received. Form 1040x turbotax Example. Form 1040x turbotax    You paid $8,000 tuition and fees in December 2013 for your child's Spring semester beginning in January 2014. Form 1040x turbotax You filed your 2013 tax return on February 3, 2014, and claimed a lifetime learning credit of $1,600 ($8,000 qualified education expense paid x . Form 1040x turbotax 20). Form 1040x turbotax You claimed no other tax credits. Form 1040x turbotax After you filed your return, your child withdrew from two courses and you received a refund of $1,400. Form 1040x turbotax You must refigure your 2013 lifetime learning credit using $6,600 ($8,000 qualified education expenses − $1,400 refund). Form 1040x turbotax The refigured credit is $1,320 and your tax liability increased by $280. Form 1040x turbotax You must include the difference of $280 ($1,600 credit originally claimed − $1,320 refigured credit) as additional tax on your 2014 income tax return. Form 1040x turbotax See the instructions for your 2014 income tax return to determine where to include this tax. Form 1040x turbotax If you also pay qualified education expenses in 2014 for an academic period that begins in the first 3 months of 2014 and you receive tax-free educational assistance, or a refund, as described above, you may choose to reduce your qualified education expenses for 2014 instead of reducing your expenses for 2013. Form 1040x turbotax Amounts that do not reduce qualified education expenses. Form 1040x turbotax   Do not reduce qualified education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as: Payment for services, such as wages, A loan, A gift, An inheritance, or A withdrawal from the student's personal savings. Form 1040x turbotax   Do not reduce the qualified education expenses by any scholarship or fellowship reported as income on the student's tax return in the following situations. Form 1040x turbotax The use of the money is restricted, by the terms of the scholarship or fellowship, to costs of attendance (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses, as defined in Chapter 1 of Pub. Form 1040x turbotax 970. Form 1040x turbotax The use of the money is not restricted. Form 1040x turbotax   For examples, see chapter 2 in Pub. Form 1040x turbotax 970. Form 1040x turbotax Figure 35-A. Form 1040x turbotax Can You Claim an Education Credit for 2013? This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 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