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Free tax return calculator 8. Free tax return calculator   Paying Tax Through Withholding or Estimated Tax Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Notification of Alien Status Withholding From CompensationWithholding on Wages Withholding on Pensions Withholding on Tip Income Independent Contractors Withholding From Other IncomeTax Withheld on Partnership Income Withholding on Scholarships and Fellowship Grants Income Entitled to Tax Treaty BenefitsStudents, teachers, and researchers. Free tax return calculator Tax Withheld on Real Property Sales Social Security and Medicare TaxesStudents and Exchange Visitors Agricultural Workers Self-Employment Tax International Social Security Agreements Estimated Tax Form 1040-ES (NR)Fiscal year. Free tax return calculator Introduction This chapter discusses how to pay your U. Free tax return calculator S. Free tax return calculator income tax as you earn or receive income during the year. 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Free tax return calculator You may have to pay estimated tax if you receive income such as dividends, interest, rent, and royalties. Free tax return calculator Estimated tax is used to pay not only income tax, but self-employment tax and alternative minimum tax as well. Free tax return calculator Topics - This chapter discusses: How to notify your employer of your alien status, Income subject to withholding of income tax, Exemptions from withholding, Social security and Medicare taxes, and Estimated tax rules. Free tax return calculator Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 515 Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities 901 U. Free tax return calculator S. Free tax return calculator Tax Treaties Form (and Instructions) W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate W-8BEN Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting (Individuals) W-8ECI Certificate of Foreign Person's Claim That Income Is Effectively Connected With the Conduct of a Trade or Business in the United States W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification 1040-ES (NR) U. Free tax return calculator S. Free tax return calculator Estimated Tax for Nonresident Alien Individuals 8233 Exemption From Withholding on Compensation for Independent (and Certain Dependent) Personal Services of a Nonresident Alien Individual 8288-B Application for Withholding Certificate for Dispositions by Foreign Persons of U. Free tax return calculator S. Free tax return calculator Real Property Interests 13930 Application for Central Withholding Agreement See chapter 12 for information about getting these publications and forms. 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Free tax return calculator Other Methods of Depreciation Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: How To Figure the DeductionBasis Useful Life Salvage Value Methods To UseStraight Line Method Declining Balance Method Income Forecast Method How To Change Methods DispositionsSale or exchange. Free tax return calculator Property not disposed of or abandoned. Free tax return calculator Special rule for normal retirements from item accounts. Free tax return calculator Abandoned property. Free tax return calculator Single item accounts. Free tax return calculator Multiple property account. Free tax return calculator Topics - This chapter discusses: How to figure the deduction Methods to use How to change methods Dispositions Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 551 Basis of Assets 583 Starting a Business and Keeping Records 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4562 Depreciation and Amortization Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business If your property is being depreciated under ACRS, you must continue to use rules for depreciation that applied when you placed the property in service. Free tax return calculator If your property qualified for MACRS, you must depreciate it under MACRS. Free tax return calculator See Publication 946. Free tax return calculator However, you cannot use MACRS for certain property because of special rules that exclude it from MACRS. 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Free tax return calculator For more information, see chapter 12 of Publication 535. Free tax return calculator Public utility property. Free tax return calculator   The law excludes from MACRS any public utility property for which the taxpayer does not use a normalization method of accounting. Free tax return calculator This type of property is subject to depreciation under a special rule. Free tax return calculator Videocassettes. Free tax return calculator   If you are in the videocassette rental business, you can depreciate those videocassettes purchased for rental. Free tax return calculator You can depreciate the cost less salvage value of those videocassettes that have a useful life over one year using either: The straight line method, or The income forecast method. Free tax return calculator The straight line method, salvage value, and useful life are discussed later under Methods To Use. Free tax return calculator You can deduct in the year of purchase as a business expense the cost of any cassette that has a useful life of one year or less. Free tax return calculator How To Figure the Deduction Two other reasonable methods can be used to figure your deduction for property not covered under ACRS or MACRS. Free tax return calculator These methods are straight line and declining balance. Free tax return calculator To figure depreciation using these methods, you must generally determine three things about the property you intend to depreciate. Free tax return calculator They are: The basis, The useful life, and The estimated salvage value at the end of its useful life. Free tax return calculator The amount of the deduction in any year also depends on which method of depreciation you choose. Free tax return calculator Basis To deduct the proper amount of depreciation each year, first determine your basis in the property you intend to depreciate. Free tax return calculator The basis used for figuring depreciation is the same as the basis that would be used for figuring the gain on a sale. Free tax return calculator Your original basis is usually the purchase price. Free tax return calculator However, if you acquire property in some other way, such as inheriting it, getting it as a gift, or building it yourself, you have to figure your original basis in a different way. Free tax return calculator Adjusted basis. Free tax return calculator   Events will often change the basis of property. Free tax return calculator When this occurs, the changed basis is called the adjusted basis. Free tax return calculator Some events, such as improvements you make, increase basis. Free tax return calculator Events such as deducting casualty losses and depreciation decrease basis. Free tax return calculator If basis is adjusted, the depreciation deduction may also have to be changed, depending on the reason for the adjustment and the method of depreciation you are using. Free tax return calculator   Publication 551 explains how to figure basis for property acquired in different ways. Free tax return calculator It also discusses what items increase and decrease basis, how to figure adjusted basis, and how to allocate cost if you buy several pieces of property at one time. Free tax return calculator Useful Life The useful life of a piece of property is an estimate of how long you can expect to use it in your trade or business, or to produce income. Free tax return calculator It is the length of time over which you will make yearly depreciation deductions of your basis in the property. Free tax return calculator It is how long it will continue to be useful to you, not how long the property will last. Free tax return calculator Many things affect the useful life of property, such as: Frequency of use, Age when acquired, Your repair policy, and Environmental conditions. Free tax return calculator The useful life can also be affected by technological improvements, progress in the arts, reasonably foreseeable economic changes, shifting of business centers, prohibitory laws, and other causes. Free tax return calculator Consider all these factors before you arrive at a useful life for your property. Free tax return calculator The useful life of the same type of property varies from user to user. Free tax return calculator When you determine the useful life of your property, keep in mind your own experience with similar property. Free tax return calculator You can use the general experience of the industry you are in until you are able to determine a useful life of your property from your own experience. Free tax return calculator Change in useful life. Free tax return calculator   You base your estimate of useful life on certain facts. Free tax return calculator If these facts change significantly, you can adjust your estimate of the remaining useful life. Free tax return calculator However, you redetermine the estimated useful life only when the change is substantial and there is a clear reason for making the change. Free tax return calculator Salvage Value It is important for you to accurately determine the correct salvage value of the property you want to depreciate. Free tax return calculator You generally cannot depreciate property below a reasonable salvage value. Free tax return calculator Determining salvage value. Free tax return calculator   Salvage value is the estimated value of property at the end of its useful life. Free tax return calculator It is what you expect to get for the property if you sell it after you can no longer use it productively. Free tax return calculator You must estimate the salvage value of a piece of property when you first acquire it. Free tax return calculator   Salvage value is affected both by how you use the property and how long you use it. Free tax return calculator If it is your policy to dispose of property that is still in good operating condition, the salvage value can be relatively large. Free tax return calculator However, if your policy is to use property until it is no longer usable, its salvage value can be its junk value. Free tax return calculator Changing salvage value. Free tax return calculator   Once you determine the salvage value for property, you should not change it merely because prices have changed. Free tax return calculator However, if you redetermine the useful life of property, as discussed earlier under Change in useful life, you can also redetermine the salvage value. 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Free tax return calculator   If you acquire personal property that has a useful life of 3 years or more, you can use an amount for salvage value that is less than your actual estimate. Free tax return calculator You can subtract from your estimate of salvage value an amount equal to 10% of your basis in the property. Free tax return calculator If salvage value is less than 10% of basis, you can ignore salvage value when you figure depreciation. Free tax return calculator Methods To Use Two methods of depreciation are the straight line and declining balance methods. Free tax return calculator If ACRS or MACRS does not apply, you can use one of these methods. Free tax return calculator The straight line and declining balance methods discussed in this section are not figured in the same way as straight line or declining balance methods under MACRS. Free tax return calculator Straight Line Method Before 1981, you could use any reasonable method for every kind of depreciable property. Free tax return calculator One of these methods was the straight line method. Free tax return calculator This method was also used for intangible property. Free tax return calculator It lets you deduct the same amount of depreciation each year. Free tax return calculator To figure your deduction, determine the adjusted basis of your property, its salvage value, and its estimated useful life. Free tax return calculator Subtract the salvage value, if any, from the adjusted basis. Free tax return calculator The balance is the total amount of depreciation you can take over the useful life of the property. Free tax return calculator Divide the balance by the number of years remaining in the useful life. Free tax return calculator This gives you the amount of your yearly depreciation deduction. Free tax return calculator 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. 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Free tax return calculator Unless there is a change in the useful life during the time you depreciate the property, the rate of depreciation generally will not change. Free tax return calculator Depreciation deductions. Free tax return calculator   After you determine the rate of depreciation, multiply the adjusted basis of the property by it. Free tax return calculator This gives you the amount of your deduction. Free tax return calculator For example, if your adjusted basis at the beginning of the first year is $10,000, and your declining balance rate is 20%, your depreciation deduction for the first year is $2,000 ($10,000 ÷ 20%). Free tax return calculator To figure your depreciation deduction in the second year, you must first adjust the basis for the amount of depreciation you deducted in the first year. Free tax return calculator Subtract the previous year's depreciation from your basis ($10,000 - $2,000 = $8,000). Free tax return calculator Multiply this amount by the rate of depreciation ($8,000 ÷ 20% = $1,600). Free tax return calculator Your depreciation deduction for the second year is $1,600. Free tax return calculator   As you can see from this example, your adjusted basis in the property gets smaller each year. Free tax return calculator Also, under this method, deductions are larger in the earlier years and smaller in the later years. Free tax return calculator You can make a change to the straight line method without consent. Free tax return calculator Salvage value. Free tax return calculator   Do not subtract salvage value when you figure your yearly depreciation deductions under the declining balance method. Free tax return calculator However, you cannot depreciate the property below its reasonable salvage value. Free tax return calculator Determine salvage value using the rules discussed earlier, including the special 10% rule. Free tax return calculator Example. Free tax return calculator If your adjusted basis has been decreased to $1,000 and the rate of depreciation is 20%, your depreciation deduction should be $200. Free tax return calculator But if your estimate of salvage value was $900, you can only deduct $100. Free tax return calculator This is because $100 is the amount that would lower your adjusted basis to equal salvage value. Free tax return calculator Income Forecast Method The income forecast method requires income projections for each videocassette or group of videocassettes. Free tax return calculator You can group the videocassettes by title for making this projection. Free tax return calculator You determine the depreciation by applying a fraction to the cost less salvage value of the cassette. Free tax return calculator The numerator is the income from the videocassette for the tax year and the denominator is the total projected income for the cassette. Free tax return calculator For more information on the income forecast method, see Revenue Ruling 60-358 in Cumulative Bulletin 1960, Volume 2, on page 68. Free tax return calculator How To Change Methods In some cases, you may change your method of depreciation for property depreciated under a reasonable method. Free tax return calculator If you change your method of depreciation, it is generally a change in your method of accounting. Free tax return calculator You must get IRS consent before making the change. Free tax return calculator However, you do not need permission for certain changes in your method of depreciation. Free tax return calculator The rules discussed in this section do not apply to property depreciated under ACRS or MACRS. Free tax return calculator For information on ACRS elections,see Revocation of election, in chapter 1 under Alternate ACRS Method. Free tax return calculator Change to the straight line method. Free tax return calculator   You can change from the declining balance method to the straight line method at any time during the useful life of your property without IRS consent. Free tax return calculator However, if you have a written agreement with the IRS that prohibits a change, you must first get IRS permission. Free tax return calculator When the change is made, figure depreciation based on your adjusted basis in the property at that time. Free tax return calculator Your adjusted basis takes into account all previous depreciation deductions. Free tax return calculator Use the estimated remaining useful life of your property at the time of change and its estimated salvage value. Free tax return calculator   You can change from the declining balance method to straight line only on the original tax return for the year you first use the straight line method. Free tax return calculator You cannot make the change on an amended return filed after the due date of the original return (including extensions). Free tax return calculator   When you make the change, attach a statement to your tax return showing: When you acquired the property, Its original cost or other original basis, The total amount claimed for depreciation and other allowances since you acquired it, Its salvage value and remaining useful life, and A description of the property and its use. Free tax return calculator   After you change to straight line, you cannot change back to the declining balance method or to any other method for a period of 10 years without written permission from the IRS. Free tax return calculator Changes that require permission. Free tax return calculator   For most other changes in method of depreciation, you must get permission from the IRS. Free tax return calculator To request a change in method of depreciation, file Form 3115. Free tax return calculator File the application within the first 180 days of the tax year the change is to become effective. Free tax return calculator In most cases, there is a user fee that must accompany Form 3115. Free tax return calculator See the instructions for Form 3115 to determine if a fee is required. Free tax return calculator Changes granted automatically. Free tax return calculator   The IRS automatically approves certain changes of a method of depreciation. Free tax return calculator But, you must file Form 3115 for these automatic changes. Free tax return calculator   However, IRS can deny permission if Form 3115 is not filed on time. Free tax return calculator For more information on automatic changes, see Revenue Procedure 74-11, 1974-1 C. Free tax return calculator B. Free tax return calculator 420. Free tax return calculator Changes for which approval is not automatic. Free tax return calculator   The automatic change procedures do not apply to: Property or an account where you made a change in depreciation within the last 10 tax years (unless the change was made under the Class Life System), Class Life Asset Depreciation Range System, and Public utility property. Free tax return calculator   You must request and receive permission for these changes. Free tax return calculator To make the request, file Form 3115 during the first 180 days of the tax year for which you want the change to be effective. Free tax return calculator Change from an improper method. Free tax return calculator   If the IRS disallows the method you are using, you do not need permission to change to a proper method. Free tax return calculator You can adopt the straight line method, or any other method that would have been permitted if you had used it from the beginning. 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Free tax return calculator Normal retirement. Free tax return calculator   A normal retirement is a permanent withdrawal of depreciable property from use if the following apply: The retirement is made within the useful life you estimated originally, and The property has reached a condition at which you customarily retire or would retire similar property from use. Free tax return calculator A retirement is generally considered normal unless you can show that you retired the property because of a reason you did not consider when you originally estimated the useful life of the property. Free tax return calculator Abnormal retirement. Free tax return calculator   A retirement can be abnormal if you withdraw the property early or under other circumstances. Free tax return calculator For example, if the property is damaged by a fire or suddenly becomes obsolete and is now useless. Free tax return calculator Gain or loss on retirement. Free tax return calculator   There are special rules for figuring the gain or loss on retirement of property. Free tax return calculator The gain or loss will depend on several factors. Free tax return calculator These include the type of withdrawal, if the withdrawal was from a single property or multiple property account, and if the retirement was normal or abnormal. Free tax return calculator A single property account contains only one item of property. Free tax return calculator A multiple property account is one in which several items have been combined with a single rate of depreciation assigned to the entire account. Free tax return calculator Sale or exchange. Free tax return calculator   If property is retired by sale or exchange, you figure gain or loss by the usual rules that apply to sales or other dispositions of property. Free tax return calculator See Publication 544. Free tax return calculator Property not disposed of or abandoned. Free tax return calculator   If property is retired permanently, but not disposed of or physically abandoned, you do not recognize gain. Free tax return calculator You are allowed a loss in such a case, but only if the retirement is: An abnormal retirement, A normal retirement from a single property account in which you determined the life of each item of property separately, or A normal retirement from a multiple property account in which the depreciation rate is based on the maximum expected life of the longest lived item of property and the loss occurs before the expiration of the full useful life. Free tax return calculator However, you are not allowed a loss if the depreciation rate is based on the average useful life of the items of property in the account. Free tax return calculator   To figure your loss, subtract the estimated salvage or fair market value of the property at the date of retirement, whichever is more, from its adjusted basis. Free tax return calculator Special rule for normal retirements from item accounts. Free tax return calculator   You can generally deduct losses upon retirement of a few depreciable items of property with similar useful lives, if: You account for each one in a separate account, and You use the average useful life to figure depreciation. Free tax return calculator However, you cannot deduct losses if you use the average useful life to figure depreciation and they have a wide range of useful lives. Free tax return calculator   If you have a large number of depreciable property items and use average useful lives to figure depreciation, you cannot deduct the losses upon normal retirements from these accounts. Free tax return calculator Abandoned property. Free tax return calculator   If you physically abandon property, you can deduct as a loss the adjusted basis of the property at the time of its abandonment. 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Free tax return calculator   For a normal retirement from a multiple property account, if you figured depreciation using the average expected useful life, the adjusted basis is the salvage value estimated for the item of property when it was originally acquired. Free tax return calculator If you figured depreciation using the maximum expected useful life of the longest lived item of property in the account, you must use the depreciation method used for the multiple property account and a rate based on the maximum expected useful life of the item of property retired. Free tax return calculator   You make the adjustment for depreciation for an abnormal retirement from a multiple property account at the rate that would be proper if the item of property was depreciated in a single property account. Free tax return calculator The method of depreciation used for the multiple property account is used. 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