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Freetaxusa 2006 Index A Acknowledgment, Acknowledgment. Freetaxusa 2006 Adoption expenses, Personal Expenses Airplanes, donations of, Cars, Boats, and Airplanes Appraisal fees, Appraisal Fees Assistance (see Tax help) Athletic events, Athletic events. Freetaxusa 2006 B Bargain sales, Bargain Sales Blood donated, Value of Time or Services Boats, donations of, Cars, Boats, and Airplanes Boats, fair market value, Cars, boats, and airplanes. Freetaxusa 2006 C Canadian charity, Canadian charities. Freetaxusa 2006 Capital gain property, Capital Gain Property Car expenses, Car expenses. Freetaxusa 2006 , Car expenses. Freetaxusa 2006 Carryovers, Carryovers Cars, donations of, Cars, Boats, and Airplanes Cash contributions, records to keep, Cash Contributions Charity benefit events, Charity benefit events. Freetaxusa 2006 Church deacon, Church deacon. Freetaxusa 2006 Clothing Fair market value of, Used clothing. Freetaxusa 2006 Conservation contribution, Special 50% Limit for Qualified Conservation Contributions Contributions from which you benefit, Contributions From Which You Benefit, Contributions From Which You Benefit Contributions of property, Contributions of Property Contributions subject to special rules Car, boat, or airplane, 1098–C, Contributions Subject to Special Rules Clothing, Contributions Subject to Special Rules Fractional interest in tangible personal property, Contributions Subject to Special Rules Future interest in tangible personal property, Contributions Subject to Special Rules Household items, Contributions Subject to Special Rules Inventory from your business, Contributions Subject to Special Rules Partial interest in property, Contributions Subject to Special Rules Patent or other intellectual property, Contributions Subject to Special Rules Property subject to a debt, Contributions Subject to Special Rules Qualified conservation contribution, Contributions Subject to Special Rules Taxidermy property, Contributions Subject to Special Rules Contributions to nonqualified organizations Foreign organizations, Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations Contributions you can deduct, Contributions You Can Deduct Conventions of a qualified organization, Conventions. Freetaxusa 2006 D Daily allowance (per diem) from a charitable organization, Daily allowance (per diem). Freetaxusa 2006 Deduction limits, Limits on Deductions Determining fair market value, Determining Fair Market Value Disaster relief, Reminders Donor-advised funds, Contributions to Donor-Advised Funds E Easement, Building in registered historic district. Freetaxusa 2006 F Farmer, Qualified farmer or rancher. Freetaxusa 2006 Food inventory, Food Inventory Foreign organizations Canadian, Canadian charities. Freetaxusa 2006 Israeli, Israeli charities. Freetaxusa 2006 Mexican, Mexican charities. Freetaxusa 2006 Form 8282, Form 8282. Freetaxusa 2006 8283, Total deduction over $500. Freetaxusa 2006 Foster parents, Foster parents. Freetaxusa 2006 Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. Freetaxusa 2006 Future interests in property, Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property H Help (see Tax help) Historic building, Building in registered historic district. Freetaxusa 2006 Household items Fair market value of, Household items. Freetaxusa 2006 How to report, How To Report Noncash contributions, Reporting expenses for student living with you. Freetaxusa 2006 I Introduction, Introduction Inventory, Food Inventory Israeli charity, Israeli charities. Freetaxusa 2006 L Legislation, influencing, Contributions From Which You Benefit Limit on itemized deductions, What's New Limits on deductions, Limits on Deductions 20% limit, 20% Limit 30% limit, 30% Limit 50% limit, 50% Limit Calculation, How To Figure Your Deduction When Limits Apply Capital gain property, Special 30% Limit for Capital Gain Property Qualified conservation contributions, Special 50% Limit for Qualified Conservation Contributions M Meals, Personal Expenses Membership fees or dues, Membership fees or dues. Freetaxusa 2006 Mexican charity, Mexican charities. Freetaxusa 2006 Motor vehicles, donations of, Cars, Boats, and Airplanes Motor vehicles, fair market value, Cars, boats, and airplanes. Freetaxusa 2006 N Noncash contributions, Noncash Contributions How to report, Reporting expenses for student living with you. Freetaxusa 2006 Records to keep, Noncash Contributions Nondeductible contributions, Contributions You Cannot Deduct O Ordinary income property, Ordinary Income Property Out-of-pocket expenses, Out-of-pocket expenses. Freetaxusa 2006 Out-of-pocket expenses in giving services, Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services P Payroll deductions, Payroll deductions. Freetaxusa 2006 , Payroll deductions. Freetaxusa 2006 Penalty, valuation overstatement, Penalty Personal expenses, Personal Expenses Private foundation, 50% Limit Organizations Private nonoperating foundation, Contributions to private nonoperating foundations. Freetaxusa 2006 , 50% Limit Organizations Private operating foundation, 50% Limit Organizations Property Bargain sales, Bargain Sales Basis, Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value Capital gain, Capital Gain Property Capital gain election, Capital gain property election. Freetaxusa 2006 Decreased in value, Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value Future interests, Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property Increased in value, Giving Property That Has Increased in Value Inventory, Food Inventory Ordinary income, Ordinary Income Property Unrelated use, Tangible personal property put to unrelated use. Freetaxusa 2006 Publications (see Tax help) Q Qualified charitable distributions, Qualified Charitable Distributions Qualified conservation contribution, Special 50% Limit for Qualified Conservation Contributions Qualified organizations Foreign qualified organizations Canadian, Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions Israeli, Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions Mexican, Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions Types, Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions R Raffle or bingo, Contributions From Which You Benefit Recapture No exempt use, Recapture if no exempt use. Freetaxusa 2006 Recapture of deduction of fractional interest in tangible personal property Additional tax, Recapture of deduction. Freetaxusa 2006 Records to keep, Records To Keep Reminders Disaster relief, Reminders Reporting, How To Report Retirement home, Contributions From Which You Benefit S Services, value of, Value of Time or Services Split-dollar insurance arrangements, Contributions From Which You Benefit Student, Mutual exchange program. Freetaxusa 2006 Exchange program, Mutual exchange program. Freetaxusa 2006 Living with you, Student living with you. Freetaxusa 2006 Student living with you, Expenses Paid for Student Living With You, Reporting expenses for student living with you. Freetaxusa 2006 T Tangible personal property Future interest in, Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Time, value of, Value of Time or Services Token items, Certain membership benefits can be disregarded. Freetaxusa 2006 Travel expenses, Travel. Freetaxusa 2006 Travel expenses for charitable services, Deductible travel expenses. 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Freetaxusa 2006 Publication 4492 - Main Contents Table of Contents DefinitionsHurricane Katrina Disaster Area Katrina Covered Disaster Area Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone (Core Disaster Area) Hurricane Rita Disaster Area (Rita Covered Disaster Area) Rita GO Zone Hurricane Wilma Disaster Area Wilma Covered Disaster Area Wilma GO Zone Extended Tax Deadlines Charitable Giving IncentivesTemporary Suspension of Limits on Charitable Contributions Standard Mileage Rate for Charitable Use of Vehicles Mileage Reimbursements to Charitable Volunteers Charitable Deduction for Contributions of Food Inventory Charitable Deduction for Contributions of Book Inventories to Public Schools Casualty and Theft LossesTime limit for making election. Freetaxusa 2006 Replacement Period for Nonrecognition of Gain Net Operating Losses IRAs and Other Retirement PlansDefinitions Taxation of Qualified Hurricane Distributions Repayment of Qualified Hurricane Distributions Repayment of Qualified Distributions for the Purchase or Construction of a Main Home Loans From Qualified Plans Additional Tax Relief for IndividualsEarned Income Credit and Child Tax Credit Additional Exemption for Housing Individuals Displaced by Hurricane Katrina Education Credits Recapture of Federal Mortgage Subsidy Exclusion of Certain Cancellations of Indebtedness by Reason of Hurricane Katrina Tax Relief for Temporary Relocation Additional Tax Relief for BusinessesSpecial Depreciation Allowance Increased Section 179 Deduction Work Opportunity Credit Employee Retention Credit Hurricane Katrina Housing Credit Reforestation Costs Demolition and Clean-up Costs Increase in Rehabilitation Tax Credit Request for Copy or Transcript of Tax Return How To Get Tax Help Definitions The following definitions are used throughout this publication. Freetaxusa 2006 Hurricane Katrina Disaster Area The Hurricane Katrina disaster area covers the area for which the President declared a major disaster before September 14, 2005, because of Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 The Hurricane Katrina disaster area covers the entire states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Freetaxusa 2006 Katrina Covered Disaster Area A portion of the Hurricane Katrina disaster area has been designated by the IRS as a covered disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 The Katrina covered disaster area covers the following areas in four states. Freetaxusa 2006 Alabama. Freetaxusa 2006   The counties of Baldwin, Bibb, Choctaw, Clarke, Colbert, Cullman, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Marengo, Marion, Mobile, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Washington, Wilcox, and Winston. Freetaxusa 2006 Florida. Freetaxusa 2006   The counties of Bay, Broward, Collier, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton. Freetaxusa 2006 Louisiana. Freetaxusa 2006   All parishes. Freetaxusa 2006 Mississippi. Freetaxusa 2006   All counties. Freetaxusa 2006 Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone (Core Disaster Area) The GO Zone (also called the core disaster area) covers the portion of the Hurricane Katrina disaster area determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be eligible for either individual only or both individual and public assistance from the Federal Government. Freetaxusa 2006 The GO Zone covers the following areas in three states. Freetaxusa 2006 Alabama. Freetaxusa 2006   The counties of Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Mobile, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Washington. Freetaxusa 2006 Louisiana. Freetaxusa 2006   The parishes of Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Freetaxusa 2006 Bernard, St. Freetaxusa 2006 Charles, St. Freetaxusa 2006 Helena, St. Freetaxusa 2006 James, St. Freetaxusa 2006 John the Baptist, St. Freetaxusa 2006 Martin, St. Freetaxusa 2006 Mary, St. Freetaxusa 2006 Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. Freetaxusa 2006 Mississippi. Freetaxusa 2006   The counties of Adams, Amite, Attala, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Walthall, Warren, Wayne, Wilkinson, Winston, and Yazoo. Freetaxusa 2006 Hurricane Rita Disaster Area (Rita Covered Disaster Area) The Hurricane Rita disaster area (also designated by the IRS as the Rita covered disaster area) covers the area for which the President declared a major disaster before October 6, 2005, because of Hurricane Rita. Freetaxusa 2006 This area covers the entire states of Louisiana and Texas. Freetaxusa 2006 Rita GO Zone The Rita GO Zone covers the portion of the Hurricane Rita disaster area determined by FEMA to be eligible for either individual only or both individual and public assistance from the Federal Government. Freetaxusa 2006 The Rita GO Zone covers the following areas in two states. Freetaxusa 2006 Louisiana. Freetaxusa 2006   The parishes of Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Plaquemines, Sabine, St. Freetaxusa 2006 Landry, St. Freetaxusa 2006 Martin, St. Freetaxusa 2006 Mary, St. Freetaxusa 2006 Tammany, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Vernon, and West Baton Rouge. Freetaxusa 2006 Texas. Freetaxusa 2006   The counties of Angelina, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler, and Walker. Freetaxusa 2006 Hurricane Wilma Disaster Area The Hurricane Wilma disaster area covers the area for which the President declared a major disaster before November 14, 2005, because of Hurricane Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 The Hurricane Wilma disaster area covers the entire state of Florida. Freetaxusa 2006 Wilma Covered Disaster Area A portion of the Hurricane Wilma disaster area has been designated by the IRS as a covered disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 The Wilma covered disaster area covers the following counties. Freetaxusa 2006 Florida. Freetaxusa 2006   Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, St. Freetaxusa 2006 Lucie, and Sarasota. Freetaxusa 2006 Wilma GO Zone The Wilma GO Zone covers the portion of the Hurricane Wilma disaster area determined by FEMA to be eligible for either individual only or both individual and public assistance from the Federal Government. Freetaxusa 2006 The Wilma GO Zone covers the following counties. Freetaxusa 2006 Florida. Freetaxusa 2006   Brevard, Broward, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Freetaxusa 2006 Lucie. Freetaxusa 2006 Extended Tax Deadlines The IRS has extended deadlines that apply to filing returns, paying taxes, and performing certain other time-sensitive acts for certain taxpayers affected by Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma, until February 28, 2006. Freetaxusa 2006 The extension applies to deadlines (either an original or extended due date) that occur during the following periods. Freetaxusa 2006 After August 28, 2005 (August 23, 2005, for Florida affected taxpayers), and before February 28, 2006, for taxpayers affected by Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 After September 22, 2005, and before February 28, 2006, for taxpayers affected by Hurricane Rita. Freetaxusa 2006 After October 22, 2005, and before February 28, 2006, for taxpayers affected by Hurricane Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 Affected taxpayer. Freetaxusa 2006   The following taxpayers are eligible for the extension. Freetaxusa 2006 Any individual whose main home is located in a covered disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 Any business entity or sole proprietor whose principal place of business is located in a covered disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 Any individual, business entity, or sole proprietor whose records needed to meet a postponed deadline are maintained or whose tax professional's office is in a covered disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 The main home or principal place of business does not have to be located in the covered area. Freetaxusa 2006 Any individual visiting a county or parish in the Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Rita covered disaster area that was injured or killed (and the estate of an individual killed) as a result of the hurricane or its aftermath. Freetaxusa 2006 Any estate or trust whose tax records needed to meet a filing or payment deadline are maintained in a covered disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 Generally, any individual who is a worker assisting in the relief activities in a covered disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 However, a relief worker assisting in the Wilma covered disaster area is not an affected taxpayer unless the worker is affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization assisting in the relief activities. Freetaxusa 2006 The spouse of an affected taxpayer, solely with regard to a joint income tax return with that taxpayer. Freetaxusa 2006   To ensure correct processing, affected taxpayers should write the assigned disaster designation (for example, “Hurricane Katrina”) in red ink at the top of any forms or documents filed with the IRS. Freetaxusa 2006 Affected taxpayers can also identify themselves to the IRS or ask hurricane-related questions by calling the special IRS disaster hotline at 1-866-562-5227. Freetaxusa 2006 Acts extended. Freetaxusa 2006   Deadlines for performing the following acts are extended. Freetaxusa 2006 Filing any return of income, estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer, excise, or employment tax. Freetaxusa 2006 Paying any income, estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer, excise, or employment tax. Freetaxusa 2006 This includes making estimated tax payments. Freetaxusa 2006 Making certain contributions, distributions, recharacterizing contributions, or making a rollover to or from a qualified retirement plan. Freetaxusa 2006 Filing certain petitions with the Tax Court. Freetaxusa 2006 Filing a claim for credit or refund of any tax. Freetaxusa 2006 Bringing suit upon a claim for credit or refund. Freetaxusa 2006 Certain other acts described in Revenue Procedure 2005-27. Freetaxusa 2006 You can find Revenue Procedure 2005-27 on page 1050 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2005-20 at www. Freetaxusa 2006 irs. Freetaxusa 2006 gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb05-20. Freetaxusa 2006 pdf. Freetaxusa 2006 Forgiveness of interest and penalties. Freetaxusa 2006   The IRS may forgive the interest and penalties on any underpaid income, estate, gift, employment, or excise tax for the length of any extension. Freetaxusa 2006 Charitable Giving Incentives Temporary Suspension of Limits on Charitable Contributions Individuals. Freetaxusa 2006   Qualified contributions are not subject to the overall limit on itemized deductions or the 50% adjusted gross income (AGI) limit. Freetaxusa 2006 A qualified contribution is a charitable contribution paid in cash or by check after August 27, 2005, and before January 1, 2006, to a 50% limit organization (other than certain private foundations described in section 509(a)(3)) if you make an election to have the 50% limit not apply to these contributions. Freetaxusa 2006   Your deduction for qualified contributions is limited to your AGI minus your deduction for all other charitable contributions. Freetaxusa 2006 You can carry over any contributions you are not able to deduct for 2005 because of this limit. Freetaxusa 2006 In 2006, treat the carryover of your unused qualified contributions as a carryover of contributions subject to the 50% limit. Freetaxusa 2006 Exception. Freetaxusa 2006   Qualified contributions do not include a contribution to a segregated fund or account for which you (or any person you appoint or designate) have or expect to have advisory privileges with respect to distributions or investments based on your contribution. Freetaxusa 2006 Corporations. Freetaxusa 2006   A corporation may elect to deduct qualified cash contributions without regard to the 10% taxable income limit if the contributions were made after August 27, 2005, and before January 1, 2006, to a qualified charitable organization (other than certain private foundations described in section 509(a)(3)), for Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma relief efforts. Freetaxusa 2006 The corporation's deduction for these qualified contributions is limited to 100% of taxable income (as modified for the 10% limit) minus the corporation's deduction for all other charitable contributions. Freetaxusa 2006 Any qualified contributions over this limit can be carried over to the next 5 years, subject to the 10% limit. Freetaxusa 2006 Partners and shareholders. Freetaxusa 2006   Each partner in a partnership and each shareholder in an S corporation makes a separate election to have the appropriate limit not apply. Freetaxusa 2006 More information. Freetaxusa 2006   For more information, see Publication 526 or Publication 542, Corporations. Freetaxusa 2006 Publication 526 includes a worksheet you can use to figure your deduction if any limits apply to your charitable contributions. Freetaxusa 2006 Standard Mileage Rate for Charitable Use of Vehicles The following are special standard mileage rates in effect in 2005 and 2006 for the cost of operating your automobile for providing charitable services solely related to Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 29 cents per mile for the period August 25 through August 31, 2005. Freetaxusa 2006 34 cents per mile for the period September 1 through December 31, 2005. Freetaxusa 2006 32 cents per mile for the period January 1 through December 31, 2006. Freetaxusa 2006 Mileage Reimbursements to Charitable Volunteers You can exclude from income amounts you receive as mileage reimbursements for the use of a private passenger automobile for the benefit of a qualified charitable organization in providing relief related to Hurricane Katrina during the period beginning on August 25, 2005, and ending on December 31, 2006. Freetaxusa 2006 You cannot claim a deduction or credit for amounts you receive as a mileage reimbursement. Freetaxusa 2006 You must keep records of miles driven, time, place (or use), and purpose of the mileage. Freetaxusa 2006 The amount you can exclude from income cannot exceed the standard business mileage rate (shown below) for expenses incurred during the following periods. Freetaxusa 2006 40. Freetaxusa 2006 5 cents per mile for the period August 25 through August 31, 2005. Freetaxusa 2006 48. Freetaxusa 2006 5 cents per mile for the period September 1 through December 31, 2005. Freetaxusa 2006 44. Freetaxusa 2006 5 cents per mile for the period January 1 through December 31, 2006. Freetaxusa 2006 Charitable Deduction for Contributions of Food Inventory Any taxpayer engaged in a trade or business is eligible to claim a deduction for a contribution of “apparently wholesome food” inventory to a qualified charitable organization described in section 501(c)(3) (except for private nonoperating foundations) after August 27, 2005, and before January 1, 2006. Freetaxusa 2006 “Apparently wholesome food” is food that meets all quality and labeling standards imposed by federal, state, and local laws and regulations even though the food may not be readily marketable due to appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, surplus, or other conditions. Freetaxusa 2006 The deduction is equal to the lesser of: The basis of the donated food plus one-half of the gain that would have been realized if the donated food had been sold at fair market value on the date of the donation, or Two times the basis of the donated food. Freetaxusa 2006 The taxpayer must receive written certification from the donee stating: The donated food is related to the purpose or function of the donee's basis for exemption under section 501(c)(3) and is to be used solely for the care of the ill, the needy, or infants; and The food was not given in exchange for money, other property, or services. Freetaxusa 2006 For a taxpayer other than a C corporation, the deduction is limited to 10% of the taxpayer's total net income from all trades or businesses from which the food contributions were made (figured without regard to the deduction for charitable contributions). Freetaxusa 2006 For example, if a taxpayer is a sole proprietor, a shareholder in an S corporation, and a partner in a partnership, and each made a contribution of apparently wholesome food inventory, the taxpayer's deduction is limited to 10% of the taxpayer's total net income from the sole proprietorship, S corporation, and partnership (figured without regard to the deduction for charitable contributions). Freetaxusa 2006 Charitable Deduction for Contributions of Book Inventories to Public Schools A corporation (other than an S corporation) may be allowed a charitable deduction for a qualified book contribution made after August 27, 2005, and before January 1, 2006, to a public school that: Provides elementary or secondary education (kindergarten through grade 12), and Normally maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and has a regular enrolled body of pupils or students in attendance at the place where its educational activities are regularly carried on. Freetaxusa 2006 . Freetaxusa 2006 The deduction is equal to the lesser of: The basis of the donated books plus one-half of the gain that would have been realized if the donated books had been sold at fair market value on the date of the donation, or Two times the basis of the donated books. Freetaxusa 2006 The corporation must receive written certification from the school stating that the donated books are suitable for the organization's educational programs and will be used for such programs. Freetaxusa 2006 Casualty and Theft Losses The following paragraphs explain changes to casualty and theft losses that were caused by Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 For more information, see Publication 547. Freetaxusa 2006 Limits on personal casualty or theft losses caused by Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006   The following losses to personal use property are not subject to the $100 or 10% of adjusted gross income limits. Freetaxusa 2006 Losses that arose in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area after August 24, 2005, and that were caused by Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 Losses that arose in the Hurricane Rita disaster area after September 22, 2005, and that were caused by Hurricane Rita. Freetaxusa 2006 Losses that arose in the Hurricane Wilma disaster area after October 22, 2005, and that were caused by Hurricane Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 Qualifying losses include losses from flooding or other casualty, and from theft, that arose in the hurricane disaster area and that were caused by the hurricane. Freetaxusa 2006 Special instructions for individuals who elect to claim a Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma casualty or theft loss for 2004. Freetaxusa 2006   Casualty and theft losses are generally deductible only in the year the casualty occurred or theft was discovered. Freetaxusa 2006 However, Hurricane Katrina, Rita, and Wilma are Presidentially declared disasters. Freetaxusa 2006 Therefore, you can elect to deduct losses from these hurricanes on your tax return for the previous year. Freetaxusa 2006 If you make this election, use the following additional instructions to complete your forms. Freetaxusa 2006   Individuals filing or amending their 2004 tax return whose only casualty or theft losses to personal use property claimed on that return were caused by Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma should write “Hurricane Katrina,” “Hurricane Rita,” or “Hurricane Wilma” at the top of Form 1040 or 1040X. Freetaxusa 2006 They must also complete and attach the 2004 Form 4684 and write “Hurricane Katrina,”“Hurricane Rita,” or “Hurricane Wilma” on the dotted line next to line 11 and enter -0- on lines 11 and 17. Freetaxusa 2006   Individuals filing or amending their 2004 tax return who also have casualty or theft losses to personal use property not related to Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma should disregard the caution directing taxpayers to use only one Form 4684, located above line 13, and complete lines 13 through 18 on two Forms 4684. Freetaxusa 2006 The Form 1040 or 1040X and the first Form 4684 should be prepared as explained above for Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma losses only. Freetaxusa 2006 The second Form 4684 should be prepared in the normal manner for all gains and non-Hurricane Katrina, Rita or Wilma losses. Freetaxusa 2006 If both Forms 4684 have a loss on line 18, they should carry the combined losses from that line to Schedule A (Form 1040), line 19. Freetaxusa 2006 If there is a gain on line 15 of the second Form 4684, disregard the instruction to enter it on Schedule D (Form 1040), and instead enter on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 19, the excess of the loss from the first Form 4684 over the gain on line 15 of the second Form 4684. Freetaxusa 2006 , Time limit for making election. Freetaxusa 2006   You must make this election to claim your casualty or theft loss in 2004 by the later of the following dates. Freetaxusa 2006 The due date (without extensions) for filing your 2005 income tax return. Freetaxusa 2006 The due date (with extensions) for filing your 2004 income tax return. Freetaxusa 2006 Example. Freetaxusa 2006 If you are a calendar year individual taxpayer, you have until April 17, 2006, to amend your 2004 tax return to claim a casualty or theft loss that occurred during 2005. Freetaxusa 2006 Replacement Period for Nonrecognition of Gain Generally, an involuntary conversion occurs when property is damaged, destroyed, stolen, seized, requisitioned, or condemned, and you receive other property or money in payment, such as insurance or a condemnation award. Freetaxusa 2006 Generally, you do not have to report a gain (if any) if you replace the property within 2 years (4 years for a main home in a Presidentially declared disaster area). Freetaxusa 2006 However, for property that was involuntarily converted after August 24, 2005, as a result of Hurricane Katrina, a 5-year replacement period applies if substantially all of the use of the replacement property is in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 For more information, see the Instructions for Form 4684. Freetaxusa 2006 Net Operating Losses Qualified GO Zone loss. Freetaxusa 2006   Generally, you can carry a net operating loss (NOL) back to the 2 tax years before the NOL year. Freetaxusa 2006 However, the portion of an NOL that is a qualified GO Zone loss can be carried back to the 5 tax years before the NOL year. Freetaxusa 2006 In addition, the 90% limit on the alternative tax NOL deduction (ATNOLD) does not apply to such portion of the ATNOLD. Freetaxusa 2006   A qualified GO Zone loss is the smaller of: The excess of the NOL for the year over the specified liability loss for the year to which a 10-year carryback applies, or The total of the following deductions (to the extent they are taken into account in computing the NOL for the tax year): Qualified GO Zone casualty loss (as defined below), Moving expenses paid or incurred after August 27, 2005, and before January 1, 2008, for the employment of an individual whose main home was in the GO Zone before August 28, 2005, who was unable to remain in that home because of Hurricane Katrina, and whose main job location (after the move) is in the GO Zone, Temporary housing expenses paid or incurred after August 27, 2005, and before January 1, 2008, to house employees of the taxpayer whose main job location is in the GO Zone, Depreciation or amortization allowable for any qualified GO Zone property (even if you elected not to claim the special GO Zone depreciation allowance for such property) for the year placed in service, and Repair expenses (including expenses for the removal of debris) paid or incurred after August 27, 2005, and before January 1, 2008, for any damage from Hurricane Katrina to property located in the GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 Qualified GO Zone casualty loss. Freetaxusa 2006   A qualified GO Zone casualty loss is any deductible section 1231 loss of property located in the GO Zone if the loss was caused by Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 For this purpose, the amount of the loss is reduced by any recognized gain from an involuntary conversion caused by Hurricane Katrina of property located in the GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 Any such loss taken into account in figuring your qualified GO Zone loss is not eligible for the election to be treated as having occurred in the previous tax year. Freetaxusa 2006 5-year NOL carryback of certain timber losses. Freetaxusa 2006   Generally, you can carry the portion of an NOL due to income and deductions attributable to a farming business back to the 5 tax years before the NOL year. Freetaxusa 2006 You can treat income and deductions attributable to qualified timber property as attributable to a farming business if any portion of the property is located in the GO Zone, Rita GO Zone, or Wilma GO Zone, and the income and deductions are allocable to the part of your tax year which is after the applicable date below. Freetaxusa 2006 August 27, 2005, if any portion of the property is located in the GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 September 22, 2005, if any portion of the property is located in the Rita GO Zone (but not in the GO Zone). Freetaxusa 2006 October 22, 2005, if any portion of the property is located in the Wilma GO Zone (but not in the GO Zone or the RITA GO Zone). Freetaxusa 2006   These rules will not apply after 2006. Freetaxusa 2006   However, these rules apply only to a timber producer who: Held qualified timber property (defined in Publication 535, Business Expenses) on the applicable date below: August 28, 2005, if any portion of the property is located in the GO Zone, September 23, 2005, if any portion of the property is located in the Rita GO Zone (but not in the GO Zone), or October 23, 2005, if any portion of the property is located in the Wilma GO Zone (but not in the GO Zone or the Rita GO Zone); Is not a corporation with stock publicly traded on an established securities market; Is not a real estate investment trust; and Did not hold more than 500 acres of qualified timber property on the applicable date above. Freetaxusa 2006 More information. Freetaxusa 2006   For more information on NOLs, see Publication 536 or Publication 542, Corporations. Freetaxusa 2006 IRAs and Other Retirement Plans New rules provide for tax-favored withdrawals, repayments, and loans from certain retirement plans for taxpayers who suffered economic losses as a result of Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 Definitions Qualified hurricane distribution. Freetaxusa 2006   A qualified hurricane distribution is any distribution you received from an eligible retirement plan if all of the following apply. Freetaxusa 2006 The distribution was made: After August 24, 2005, and before January 1, 2007, for Hurricane Katrina; After September 22, 2005, and before January 1, 2007, for Hurricane Rita; or After October 22, 2005, and before January 1, 2007, for Hurricane Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 Your main home was located in a hurricane disaster area listed below on the date shown for that area. Freetaxusa 2006 August 28, 2005, for the Hurricane Katrina disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 September 23, 2005, for the Hurricane Rita disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 October 23, 2005, for the Hurricane Wilma disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 You sustained an economic loss because of Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma and your main home was in that hurricane disaster area on the date shown in (2) above for that hurricane. Freetaxusa 2006 Examples of an economic loss include, but are not limited to: Loss, damage to, or destruction of real or personal property from fire, flooding, looting, vandalism, theft, wind, or other cause; Loss related to displacement from your home; or Loss of livelihood due to temporary or permanent layoffs. Freetaxusa 2006   If (1) through (3) above apply, you can generally designate any distribution (including periodic payments and required minimum distributions) from an eligible retirement plan as a qualified hurricane distribution, regardless of whether the distribution was made on account of Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 Qualified hurricane distributions are permitted without regard to your need or the actual amount of your economic loss. Freetaxusa 2006   The total of your qualified hurricane distributions from all plans is limited to $100,000. Freetaxusa 2006 If you have distributions in excess of $100,000 from more than one type of plan, such as a 401(k) plan and an IRA, you may allocate the $100,000 limit among the plans any way you choose. Freetaxusa 2006   A reduction or offset (after August 24, 2005, for Katrina; after September 22, 2005, for Rita; or after October 22, 2005, for Wilma) of your account balance in an eligible retirement plan in order to repay a loan can also be designated as a qualified hurricane distribution. Freetaxusa 2006 Eligible retirement plan. Freetaxusa 2006   An eligible retirement plan can be any of the following. Freetaxusa 2006 A qualified pension, profit-sharing, or stock bonus plan (including a 401(k) plan). Freetaxusa 2006 A qualified annuity plan. Freetaxusa 2006 A tax-sheltered annuity contract. Freetaxusa 2006 A governmental section 457 deferred compensation plan. Freetaxusa 2006 A traditional, SEP, SIMPLE, or Roth IRA. Freetaxusa 2006 Main home. Freetaxusa 2006   Generally, your main home is the home where you live most of the time. Freetaxusa 2006 A temporary absence due to special circumstances, such as illness, education, business, military service, evacuation, or vacation, will not change your main home. Freetaxusa 2006 Taxation of Qualified Hurricane Distributions Qualified hurricane distributions are included in income in equal amounts over three years. Freetaxusa 2006 However, if you elect, you can include the entire distribution in your income in the year it was received. Freetaxusa 2006 Qualified hurricane distributions are not subject to the additional 10% tax (or the additional 25% tax for certain distributions from SIMPLE IRAs) on early distributions from qualified retirement plans (including IRAs). Freetaxusa 2006 However, any distributions you receive in excess of the $100,000 qualified hurricane distribution limit may be subject to the additional tax on early distributions. Freetaxusa 2006 For more information, see Form 8915. Freetaxusa 2006 Repayment of Qualified Hurricane Distributions If you choose, you generally can repay any portion of a qualified hurricane distribution that is eligible for tax-free rollover treatment to an eligible retirement plan. Freetaxusa 2006 Also, you can repay a qualified hurricane distribution made on account of a hardship from a retirement plan. Freetaxusa 2006 However, see Exceptions below for qualified hurricane distributions you cannot repay. Freetaxusa 2006 You have three years from the day after the date you received the distribution to make a repayment. Freetaxusa 2006 Amounts that are repaid are treated as a qualified rollover and are not included in income. Freetaxusa 2006 Also, for purposes of the one-rollover-per-year limitation for IRAs, a repayment to an IRA is not considered a qualified rollover. Freetaxusa 2006 See Form 8915 for more information on how to report repayments. Freetaxusa 2006 Exceptions. Freetaxusa 2006   You cannot repay the following types of distributions. Freetaxusa 2006 Qualified hurricane distributions received as a beneficiary (other than a surviving spouse). Freetaxusa 2006 Required minimum distributions. Freetaxusa 2006 Periodic payments (other than from an IRA) that are for: A period of 10 years or more, Your life or life expectancy, or The joint lives or joint life expectancies of you and your beneficiary. Freetaxusa 2006 Repayment of Qualified Distributions for the Purchase or Construction of a Main Home If you received a qualified distribution to purchase or construct a main home in the Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma disaster area, you can repay that distribution before March 1, 2006, to an eligible retirement plan after August 24, 2005 (Katrina); after September 22, 2005 (Rita); or after October 22, 2005 (Wilma). Freetaxusa 2006 For this purpose, an eligible retirement plan is any plan, annuity, or IRA to which a qualified rollover can be made. Freetaxusa 2006 To be a qualified distribution, the distribution must meet all of the following requirements. Freetaxusa 2006 The distribution is a hardship distribution from a 401(k) plan, a hardship distribution from a tax-sheltered annuity contract, or a qualified first-time homebuyer distribution from an IRA. Freetaxusa 2006 The distribution was received in 2005 after February 28 and before: August 29 for Hurricane Katrina; September 24 for Hurricane Rita; or October 24 for Hurricane Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 The distribution was to be used to purchase or construct a main home in the Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma disaster area that was not purchased or constructed because of Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 Amounts that are repaid before March 1, 2006, are treated as a qualified rollover and are not included in income. Freetaxusa 2006 Also, for purposes of the one-rollover-per-year limitation for IRAs, a repayment to an IRA is not considered a qualified rollover. Freetaxusa 2006 A qualified distribution not repaid before March 1, 2006, may be taxable for 2005 and subject to the additional 10% tax (or the additional 25% tax for certain SIMPLE IRAs) on early distributions. Freetaxusa 2006 You must file Form 8915 if you received a qualified distribution that you repaid, in whole or in part, before March 1, 2006. Freetaxusa 2006 Loans From Qualified Plans The following benefits are available to qualified individuals. Freetaxusa 2006 Increases to the limits for distributions treated as loans from employer plans. Freetaxusa 2006 A 1-year suspension for payments due on plan loans. Freetaxusa 2006 Qualified individual. Freetaxusa 2006   You are a qualified individual if any of the following apply. Freetaxusa 2006 Your main home on August 28, 2005, was located in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area and you had an economic loss because of Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 Your main home on September 23, 2005, was located in the Hurricane Rita disaster area and you had an economic loss because of Hurricane Rita. Freetaxusa 2006 Your main home on October 23, 2005, was located in the Hurricane Wilma disaster area and you had an economic loss because of Hurricane Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 Examples of an economic loss include, but are not limited to: Loss, damage to, or destruction of real or personal property from fire, flooding, looting, vandalism, theft, wind, or other cause; Loss related to displacement from your home; or Loss of livelihood due to temporary or permanent layoffs. Freetaxusa 2006 Limits on plan loans. Freetaxusa 2006   The $50,000 limit for distributions treated as plan loans is increased to $100,000. Freetaxusa 2006 In addition, the limit based on 50% of your vested accrued benefit is increased to 100% of that benefit. Freetaxusa 2006 The higher limits apply only to loans received during the following period. Freetaxusa 2006 If your main home was located in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area, the period began on September 24, 2005, and ends on December 31, 2006. Freetaxusa 2006 If your main home was located in the Hurricane Rita or Wilma disaster area, the period began on December 21, 2005, and ends on December 31, 2006. Freetaxusa 2006 If you are a qualified individual based on Hurricane Katrina and another hurricane, use the period based on Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 One-year suspension of loan payments. Freetaxusa 2006   Payments on plan loans due before 2007 may be suspended for 1 year by the plan administrator. Freetaxusa 2006 To qualify for the suspension, the due date for any loan payment must occur during the period beginning on: August 28, 2005, if your main home was located in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 September 23, 2005, if your main home was located in the Hurricane Rita disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 October 23, 2005, if your main home was located in the Hurricane Wilma disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 If you are a qualified individual based on more than one hurricane, use the period with the earliest beginning date. Freetaxusa 2006 Additional Tax Relief for Individuals Earned Income Credit and Child Tax Credit You can elect to use your 2004 earned income to figure your earned income credit (EIC) and additional child tax credit for 2005 if: Your 2005 earned income is less than your 2004 earned income, and At least one of the following statements is true. Freetaxusa 2006 Your main home on August 25, 2005, was in the Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 Your main home on August 25, 2005, was in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area and you were displaced from that home because of Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 Your main home on September 23, 2005, was in the Rita GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 Your main home on September 23, 2005, was in the Hurricane Rita disaster area and you were displaced from that home because of Hurricane Rita. Freetaxusa 2006 Your main home on October 23, 2005, was in the Wilma GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 Your main home on October 23, 2005, was in the Hurricane Wilma disaster area and you were displaced from that home because of Hurricane Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 Earned income. Freetaxusa 2006    For the purpose of this election, your earned income for both the EIC and the additional child tax credit is the amount of earned income used to figure your EIC, even if you did not take the EIC and even if that amount is different than your earned income for the additional child tax credit. Freetaxusa 2006 If you are claiming only the additional child tax credit, you must figure the amount of your earned income for EIC purposes to determine your eligibility to make the election and the amount of the credit. Freetaxusa 2006 Joint returns. Freetaxusa 2006   If you file a joint return, you qualify to make this election even if only one spouse meets the requirements. Freetaxusa 2006 If you make the election, your 2004 earned income is the sum of your 2004 earned income and your spouse's 2004 earned income. Freetaxusa 2006 Making the election. Freetaxusa 2006   If you make the election to use your 2004 earned income, the election applies for figuring both the EIC and the additional child tax credit. Freetaxusa 2006 However, you can make the election for the additional child tax credit even if you do not take the EIC. Freetaxusa 2006   Electing to use your 2004 earned income may increase or decrease your EIC. Freetaxusa 2006 Take the following steps to decide whether to make the election. Freetaxusa 2006 Figure your 2005 EIC using your 2004 earned income. Freetaxusa 2006 Figure your 2005 additional child tax credit using your 2004 earned income for EIC purposes. Freetaxusa 2006 Add the results of (1) and (2). Freetaxusa 2006 Figure your 2005 EIC using your 2005 earned income. Freetaxusa 2006 Figure your 2005 additional child tax credit using your 2005 earned income for additional child tax credit purposes. Freetaxusa 2006 Add the results of (4) and (5). Freetaxusa 2006 Compare the results of (3) and (6). Freetaxusa 2006 If (3) is larger than (6), it is to your benefit to make the election. Freetaxusa 2006 If (3) is equal to or smaller than (6), making the election will not help you. Freetaxusa 2006   If you elect to use your 2004 earned income and you are claiming the EIC, enter “PYEI” and the amount of your 2004 earned income on the dotted line next to line 66a of Form 1040, on the line next to line 41a of Form 1040A, or in the space to the left of line 8a of Form 1040EZ. Freetaxusa 2006   If you elect to use your 2004 earned income and you are claiming the additional child tax credit, enter your 2004 earned income for EIC purposes (even if you did not claim the EIC) on Form 8812, Additional Child Tax Credit, line 4a, and check the box on that line. Freetaxusa 2006   Because Form 8812 was released before the GO Zone legislation was enacted, the instructions refer only to individuals whose main home was in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 When completing Form 8812, line 4a, use the above rules to determine your eligibility to make the election (instead of the Form 8812 instructions). Freetaxusa 2006 Getting your 2004 tax return information. Freetaxusa 2006   If you do not have your 2004 tax records, you can get the amount of earned income used to figure your 2004 EIC by calling 1-866-562-5227. Freetaxusa 2006 You can also get this information by visiting the IRS website at www. Freetaxusa 2006 irs. Freetaxusa 2006 gov. Freetaxusa 2006   If you prefer to figure your 2004 earned income yourself, copies or transcripts of your filed and processed tax returns can help you reconstruct your tax records. Freetaxusa 2006 See Request for Copy or Transcript of Tax Return on page 16. Freetaxusa 2006 Additional Exemption for Housing Individuals Displaced by Hurricane Katrina You may be able to claim an additional exemption amount of $500 for providing housing in your main home for each individual displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 The additional exemption amount is claimed on new Form 8914. Freetaxusa 2006 The additional exemption amount is allowable once per taxpayer for a specific individual in 2005 or 2006, but not in both years. Freetaxusa 2006 The maximum additional exemption amount you can claim for all displaced individuals is $2,000 ($1,000 if married filing separately). Freetaxusa 2006 The additional exemption amount you claim for displaced individuals in 2005 will reduce the $2,000 maximum for 2006. Freetaxusa 2006 If two or more taxpayers share the same main home, only one taxpayer in that main home can claim the additional exemption amount for a specific displaced individual. Freetaxusa 2006 If married filing separately, only one spouse may claim the additional exemption amount for a specific displaced individual. Freetaxusa 2006 In order for you to be considered to have provided housing, you must have a legal interest in the main home (that is, own or rent the home). Freetaxusa 2006 To qualify as a displaced individual, the individual: Must have had his or her main home in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area on August 28, 2005, and he or she must have been displaced from that home. Freetaxusa 2006 If the individual's main home was located outside the core disaster area, that home must have been damaged by Hurricane Katrina or the individual must have been evacuated from that home because of Hurricane Katrina, Must have been provided housing in your main home for a period of at least 60 consecutive days ending in the tax year in which the exemption is claimed, and Cannot be your spouse or dependent. Freetaxusa 2006 You cannot claim the additional exemption amount if you received rent (or any other amount) from any source for providing the housing. Freetaxusa 2006 You are permitted to receive payments or reimbursements that do not relate to normal housing costs, including the following. Freetaxusa 2006 Food, clothing, or personal items consumed or used by the displaced individual. Freetaxusa 2006 Reimbursement for the cost of any long distance telephone calls made by the displaced individual. Freetaxusa 2006 Reimbursement for the cost of gasoline for the displaced individual's use of your vehicle. Freetaxusa 2006 However, you cannot claim the additional exemption amount if you received any reimbursement for the extra costs of heat, electricity, or water used by the displaced individual. Freetaxusa 2006 Also, you must report on Form 8914 the displaced individual's social security number or individual taxpayer identification number to claim an additional exemption amount. Freetaxusa 2006 For more information, see Form 8914. Freetaxusa 2006 Education Credits The education credits have been expanded for students attending an eligible educational institution located in the Gulf Opportunity Zone (GOZ students) for any tax year beginning in 2005 or 2006. Freetaxusa 2006 The Hope credit for a GOZ student is increased to 100% of the first $2,000 in qualified education expenses and 50% of the next $2,000 of qualified education expenses for a maximum credit of $3,000 per student. Freetaxusa 2006 The lifetime learning credit rate for a GOZ student is increased from 20% to 40%. Freetaxusa 2006 The definition of qualified education expenses for a GOZ student also has been expanded. Freetaxusa 2006 In addition to tuition and fees required for the student's enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution, qualified education expenses for a GOZ student include the following. Freetaxusa 2006 Books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. Freetaxusa 2006 For a special needs student, expenses that are necessary for that person's enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. Freetaxusa 2006 For a student who is at least a half-time student, the reasonable costs of room and board, but only to the extent that the costs are not more than the greater of the following two amounts. Freetaxusa 2006 The allowance for room and board, as determined by the eligible educational institution, that was included in the cost of attendance (for federal financial aid purposes) for a particular academic period and living arrangement of the student. Freetaxusa 2006 The actual amount charged if the student is residing in housing owned or operated by the eligible educational institution. Freetaxusa 2006 You will need to contact the eligible educational institution for qualified room and board costs. Freetaxusa 2006 For more information, see Form 8863. Freetaxusa 2006 Recapture of Federal Mortgage Subsidy Generally, if you financed your home under a federally subsidized program (loans from tax-exempt qualified mortgage bonds or loans with mortgage credit certificates), you may have to recapture all or part of the benefit you received from that program when you sell or otherwise dispose of your home. Freetaxusa 2006 However, you do not have to recapture any benefit if your mortgage loan was a qualified home improvement loan of not more than $15,000. Freetaxusa 2006 This amount is increased to $150,000 if the loan was provided before 2011 and was used to: Repair damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to a residence in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area, or Alter, repair, or improve an existing owner-occupied residence in the GO Zone, Rita GO Zone, or Wilma GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 Exclusion of Certain Cancellations of Indebtedness by Reason of Hurricane Katrina Generally, discharges of nonbusiness debts (such as mortgages) made after August 24, 2005, and before January 1, 2007, are excluded from income for individuals whose main home was in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area on August 25, 2005. Freetaxusa 2006 If the individual's main home was located outside the core disaster area, the individual also must have had an economic loss because of Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 Examples of an economic loss include, but are not limited to: Loss, damage to, or destruction of real or personal property from fire, flooding, looting, vandalism, theft, wind, or other cause; Loss related to displacement from your home; or Loss of livelihood due to temporary or permanent layoffs. Freetaxusa 2006 This relief does not apply to any debt secured by real property located outside the Hurricane Katrina disaster area. Freetaxusa 2006 You may also have to reduce certain tax attributes by the amount excluded. Freetaxusa 2006 For more information, see Form 982, Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness (and Section 1082 Basis Adjustment). Freetaxusa 2006 Tax Relief for Temporary Relocation Under the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005, the IRS may adjust the internal revenue laws to ensure that taxpayers do not lose a deduction or credit or experience a change of filing status in 2005 or 2006 as a result of a temporary relocation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 However, any such adjustment must ensure that an individual is not taken into account by more than one taxpayer for the same tax benefit. Freetaxusa 2006 The IRS has exercised this authority as follows. Freetaxusa 2006 In determining whether you furnished over one-half of the cost of maintaining a household, you can exclude from total household costs any assistance received from the government or charitable organizations because you were temporarily relocated as a result of Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 In determining whether you provided more than one-half of an individual's support, you can disregard any assistance received from the government or charitable organizations because you were temporarily relocated as a result of Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 You can treat as a student an individual who enrolled in school before August 25, 2005, and who is unable to attend classes because of Hurricane Katrina, for each month of the enrollment period that individual is prevented by Hurricane Katrina from attending school as planned. Freetaxusa 2006 You can treat as a student an individual who enrolled in school before September 23, 2005, and who is unable to attend classes because of Hurricane Rita, for each month of the enrollment period that individual is prevented by Hurricane Rita from attending school as planned. Freetaxusa 2006 You can treat as a student an individual who enrolled in school before October 23, 2005, and who is unable to attend classes because of Hurricane Wilma, for each month of the enrollment period that individual is prevented by Hurricane Wilma from attending school as planned. Freetaxusa 2006 Additional Tax Relief for Businesses Special Depreciation Allowance You can take a special depreciation allowance for qualified Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone property (as defined below) you place in service after August 27, 2005. Freetaxusa 2006 The allowance is an additional deduction of 50% of the property's depreciable basis (after any section 179 deduction and before figuring your regular depreciation deduction). Freetaxusa 2006 The special allowance applies only for the first year the property is placed in service. Freetaxusa 2006 The allowance is deductible for both the regular tax and the alternative minimum tax (AMT). Freetaxusa 2006 There is no AMT adjustment required for any depreciation figured on the remaining basis of the property. Freetaxusa 2006 You can elect not to deduct the special GO Zone depreciation allowance for qualified property. Freetaxusa 2006 If you make this election for any property, it applies to all property in the same class placed in service during the year. Freetaxusa 2006 Qualified GO Zone property. Freetaxusa 2006   Property that qualifies for the special GO Zone depreciation allowance includes the following. Freetaxusa 2006 Tangible property depreciated under the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS) with a recovery period of 20 years or less. Freetaxusa 2006 Water utility property. Freetaxusa 2006 Computer software that is readily available for purchase by the general public, is subject to a nonexclusive license, and has not been substantially modified. Freetaxusa 2006 (The cost of some computer software is treated as part of the cost of hardware and is depreciated under MACRS. Freetaxusa 2006 ) Qualified leasehold improvement property. Freetaxusa 2006 Nonresidential real property and residential rental property. Freetaxusa 2006   For more information on this property, see Publication 946. Freetaxusa 2006 Other tests to be met. Freetaxusa 2006   To be qualified GO Zone property, the property must also meet all of the following tests. Freetaxusa 2006 You must have acquired the property, by purchase, after August 27, 2005, but only if no binding written contract for the acquisition was in effect before August 28, 2005. Freetaxusa 2006 The property must be placed in service before 2008 (2009 in the case of nonresidential real property and residential rental property). Freetaxusa 2006 Substantially all of the use of the property must be in the GO Zone and in the active conduct of your trade or business in the GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 The original use of the property in the GO Zone must begin with you after August 27, 2005. Freetaxusa 2006 Used property can be qualified GO Zone property if it has not previously been used within the GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 Also, additional capital expenditures you incurred after August 27, 2005, to recondition or rebuild your property meet the original use test if the original use of the property in the GO Zone began with you. Freetaxusa 2006 Excepted property. Freetaxusa 2006   Qualified GO Zone property does not include any of the following. Freetaxusa 2006 Property required to be depreciated using the Alternative Depreciation System (ADS). Freetaxusa 2006 Property any portion of which is financed with the proceeds of a tax-exempt obligation under section 103. Freetaxusa 2006 Property for which you are claiming a commercial revitalization deduction. Freetaxusa 2006 Any property used in connection with any private or commercial golf course, country club, massage parlor, hot tub facility, suntan facility, or any store, the principal business of which is the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises. Freetaxusa 2006 Any gambling or animal racing property (as defined below). Freetaxusa 2006 Property in the same class as that for which you elected not to claim the special GO Zone depreciation allowance. Freetaxusa 2006   Gambling or animal racing property is: Any equipment, furniture, software, or other property used directly in connection with gambling, the racing of animals, or the on-site viewing of such racing, and The portion of any real property (determined by square footage) that is dedicated to gambling, the racing of animals, or the on-site viewing of such racing, unless this portion is less than 100 square feet. Freetaxusa 2006 Recapture of special allowance. Freetaxusa 2006   If, in any year after the year you claim the special allowance, the property ceases to be qualified GO Zone property, you may have to recapture as ordinary income any excess benefit you received from claiming the special allowance. Freetaxusa 2006 Increased Section 179 Deduction An increased section 179 deduction is allowable for qualified section 179 Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone property (as defined later) placed in service in the GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 Increased dollar limit. Freetaxusa 2006   The limit on the section 179 deduction ($105,000 for 2005, $108,000 for 2006) for qualified section 179 GO Zone property acquired after August 27, 2005, is increased by the smaller of: $100,000, or The cost of qualified section 179 GO Zone property placed in service during the year (including such property placed in service by your spouse, even if you are filing a separate return). Freetaxusa 2006   The amount for which you can make the election is reduced if the cost of all qualified section 179 GO Zone property you placed in service during the year exceeds $420,000 for 2005 ($430,000 for 2006) increased by the smaller of: $600,000, or The cost of qualified section 179 GO Zone property placed in service during the year. Freetaxusa 2006 Qualified section 179 GO Zone property. Freetaxusa 2006   Qualified section 179 GO Zone property is section 179 property that is qualified GO Zone property (explained earlier under Special Depreciation Allowance). Freetaxusa 2006 Section 179 property does not include nonresidential real property or residential rental property. Freetaxusa 2006 For more information, including the requirements that must be met for property to qualify for the section 179 deduction, see chapter 2 of Publication 946. Freetaxusa 2006 Work Opportunity Credit For the work opportunity credit, the definition of “targeted group employee” has been expanded to include a Hurricane Katrina employee. Freetaxusa 2006 Hurricane Katrina employee. Freetaxusa 2006   A Hurricane Katrina employee is: A person who, on August 28, 2005, had a main home in the core disaster area and, within a two-year period beginning on that date, is hired to perform services principally in the core disaster area; or A person who, on August 28, 2005, had a main home in the core disaster area, was displaced from that main home as a result of Hurricane Katrina, and was hired during the period beginning on August 28, 2005, and ending on December 31, 2005. Freetaxusa 2006 Qualified wages. Freetaxusa 2006   Generally, qualified wages do not include wages you paid to a targeted group employee who worked for you previously. Freetaxusa 2006 However, wages will qualify if: You paid them to an employee who is a Hurricane Katrina employee, The employee was not in your employment on August 28, 2005, and This is your first hire of the employee as a Hurricane Katrina employee after August 28, 2005. Freetaxusa 2006   For more information, see Form 5884. Freetaxusa 2006 Certification requirements. Freetaxusa 2006   An employee must provide to the employer reasonable evidence that he or she is a Hurricane Katrina employee. Freetaxusa 2006 An employer may accept a completed Form 8850, Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity and Welfare-to-Work Credits, as such evidence. Freetaxusa 2006 The certification requirements described in Form 8850 do not apply to a Hurricane Katrina employee. Freetaxusa 2006 Do not send any Forms 8850 that have only box 1 checked to the state employment security agency. Freetaxusa 2006 Instead, the employer should keep these Forms 8850 with the employer's other records. Freetaxusa 2006 For more information, see Form 8850 and its instructions. Freetaxusa 2006 Employee Retention Credit An eligible employer who conducted an active trade or business in the Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone, the Rita GO Zone, or the Wilma GO Zone can claim the employee retention credit. Freetaxusa 2006 The credit is 40% of qualified wages for each eligible employee (up to a maximum of $6,000 in qualified wages per employee). Freetaxusa 2006 Generally, you must reduce your deduction for salaries and wages by the amount of this credit (before the tax liability limit). Freetaxusa 2006 Use Form 5884-A to claim the credit. Freetaxusa 2006 See the following rules and definitions for each hurricane. Freetaxusa 2006 Employers affected by Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006   The following definitions apply to employers affected by Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 Eligible employer. Freetaxusa 2006   For this purpose, an eligible employer is any employer who conducted an active trade or business on August 28, 2005, in the GO Zone and whose trade or business was inoperable on any day after August 28, 2005, and before January 1, 2006, because of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 Eligible employee. Freetaxusa 2006   For this purpose, an eligible employee is an employee whose principal place of employment on August 28, 2005, with such eligible employer was in the GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 An employee is not an eligible employee for purposes of Hurricane Katrina if the employee is treated as an eligible employee for the work opportunity credit. Freetaxusa 2006 Employers affected by Hurricane Rita. Freetaxusa 2006   The following definitions apply to employers affected by Hurricane Rita. Freetaxusa 2006 Eligible employer. Freetaxusa 2006   For this purpose, an eligible employer is any employer who conducted an active trade or business on September 23, 2005, in the Rita GO Zone and whose trade or business was inoperable on any day after September 23, 2005, and before January 1, 2006, because of damage caused by Hurricane Rita. Freetaxusa 2006 Eligible employee. Freetaxusa 2006   For this purpose, an eligible employee is an employee whose principal place of employment on September 23, 2005, with such eligible employer was in the Rita GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 An employee is not an eligible employee for purposes of Hurricane Rita if the employee is treated as an eligible employee for the work opportunity credit or the Hurricane Katrina employee retention credit. Freetaxusa 2006 Employers affected by Hurricane Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006   The following definitions apply to employers affected by Hurricane Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 Eligible employer. Freetaxusa 2006   For this purpose, an eligible employer is any employer who conducted an active trade or business on October 23, 2005, in the Wilma GO Zone and whose trade or business was inoperable on any day after October 23, 2005, and before January 1, 2006, because of damage caused by Hurricane Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006 Eligible employee. Freetaxusa 2006   For this purpose, an eligible employee is an employee whose principal place of employment on October 23, 2005, with such eligible employer was in the Wilma GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 An employee is not an eligible employee for purposes of Hurricane Wilma if the employee is treated as an eligible employee for the work opportunity credit or the Hurricane Katrina or Rita employee retention credit. Freetaxusa 2006 Qualified wages. Freetaxusa 2006   Qualified wages are wages you paid or incurred before January 1, 2006, (up to $6,000 per employee) for an eligible employee beginning on the date your trade or business first became inoperable at the employee's principal place of employment immediately before the applicable hurricane, and ending on the date your trade or business resumed significant operations at that place. Freetaxusa 2006 In addition, the wages must have been paid or incurred after the following date. Freetaxusa 2006 August 28, 2005, for Hurricane Katrina. Freetaxusa 2006 September 23, 2005, for Hurricane Rita. Freetaxusa 2006 October 23, 2005, for Hurricane Wilma. Freetaxusa 2006    This includes wages paid even if the employee performed no services, performed services at a place of employment other than the principal place of employment, or performed services at the principal place of employment before significant operations resumed. Freetaxusa 2006    Wages qualifying for the credit generally have the same meaning as wages subject to the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). Freetaxusa 2006 Qualified wages also include amounts you paid for medical or hospitalization expenses in connection with sickness or accident disability. Freetaxusa 2006 Qualified wages for any employee must be reduced by the amount of any work supplementation payment you received under the Social Security Act. Freetaxusa 2006   For agricultural employees, if the work performed by any employee during more than half of any pay period qualified under FUTA as agricultural labor, that employee's wages subject to social security and Medicare taxes are qualified wages. Freetaxusa 2006 For a special rule that applies to railroad employees, see section 51(h)(1)(B). Freetaxusa 2006   Qualified wages do not include the following. Freetaxusa 2006 Wages paid to your dependent or a related individual. Freetaxusa 2006 See section 51(i)(1). Freetaxusa 2006 Wages paid to any employee during the period for which you received payment for the employee from a federally funded on-the-job training program. Freetaxusa 2006 Wages for services of replacement workers during a strike or lockout. Freetaxusa 2006   For more information, see Form 5884-A. Freetaxusa 2006 Hurricane Katrina Housing Credit An employer who conducted an active trade or business in the Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone can claim the Hurricane Katrina housing credit. Freetaxusa 2006 The credit is equal to 30% of the value (up to $600 per month per employee) of in-kind lodging furnished to a qualified employee (and the employee's spouse or dependents) from January 1, 2006, through July 1, 2006. Freetaxusa 2006 The value of the lodging is excluded from the income of the qualified employee but is treated as wages for purposes of taxes imposed under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). Freetaxusa 2006 Generally, you must reduce your deduction for salaries and wages by the amount of this credit (before the tax liability limit). Freetaxusa 2006 The employer must use Form 5884-A to claim the credit. Freetaxusa 2006 A qualified employee is an individual who had a main home in the GO Zone on August 28, 2005, and who performs substantially all employment services in the GO Zone for the employer furnishing the lodging. Freetaxusa 2006 The employee cannot be your dependent or a related individual. Freetaxusa 2006 See section 51(i)(1). Freetaxusa 2006 For more information, see Form 5884-A. Freetaxusa 2006 Reforestation Costs You may be able to elect to deduct a limited amount of reforestation costs for each qualified timber property. Freetaxusa 2006 The deduction for any tax year generally is limited to $10,000 ($5,000 if married filing separately, $0 for a trust). Freetaxusa 2006 However, this limit is increased if you paid or incurred reforestation costs after the applicable date below and any portion of the qualified timber property is located in one of the following areas. Freetaxusa 2006 August 27, 2005, if any portion of the property is located in the GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 September 22, 2005, if any portion of the property is located in the Rita GO Zone (but not in the GO Zone). Freetaxusa 2006 October 22, 2005, if any portion of the property is located in the Wilma GO Zone. Freetaxusa 2006 The limit for each qualified timber property is increased by the smaller of: $10,000 ($5,000 if married filing separately, $0 for a trust), or The amount of reforestation costs you paid or incurred after the applicable date for the qualified timber property, any portion of which is located in the zone described above. Freetaxusa 2006 The increase in the limit applies only to costs paid or incurred before 2008. Freetaxusa 2006 However, these rules do not apply to any timber producer who: Held more than 500 acres of qualified timber property at any time during the tax year, Is a corporation with stock publicly traded on an established securities market, or Is a real estate investment trust. Freetaxusa 2006 For more information about the election to deduct reforestation costs, see chapter 8 in Publication 535, Business Expenses. Freetaxusa 2006 Demolition and Clean-up Costs You can elect to deduct 50% of any qualified GO Zone clean-up costs for the tax year in which the costs are paid or incurred, instead of capitalizing them. Freetaxusa 2006 Qualified GO Zone clean-up costs are any amounts paid or incurred after August 27, 2005, and before January 1, 2008, for the removal of debris from, or the demolition of structures on, real property located in the GO Zone that is: Held by you for use in a trade or business or for the production of income, or Inventory or other property held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of your trade or business. Freetaxusa 2006 Increase in Rehabilitation Tax Credit The rehabilitation credit is increased for qualified rehabilitation expenditures paid or incurred after August 27, 2005, and before January 1, 2009, on buildings located in the GO Zone as follows. Freetaxusa 2006 For pre-1936 buildings (other than certified historic structures), the credit percentage is increased from 10% to 13%. Freetaxusa 2006 For certified historic structures, the credit percentage is increased from 20% to 26%. Freetaxusa 2006 For more information, see Form 3468, Investment Credit. Freetaxusa 2006 Request for Copy or Transcript of Tax Return Request for copy of tax return. Freetaxusa 2006   You can use Form 4506 to order a copy of your tax return. Freetaxusa 2006 Generally, there is a $39. Freetaxusa 2006 00 fee for requesting each copy of a tax return. Freetaxusa 2006 If your main home, principal place of business, or tax records are located in a Presidentially declared disaster area, the fee will be waived if the assigned disaster designation (for example, “Hurricane Katrina”) is written in red across the top of the form when filed. Freetaxusa 2006 Request for transcript of tax return. Freetaxusa 2006   You can use Form 4506-T to order a free transcript of your tax return. Freetaxusa 2006 A transcript provides most of the line entries from a tax return and usually contains the information that a third party requires. Freetaxusa 2006 You can also call 1-800-829-1040 to order a transcript. Freetaxusa 2006 How To Get Tax Help Special IRS assistance. Freetaxusa 2006   The IRS is providing special help for those affected by Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma, as well as survivors and personal representatives of the victims. Freetaxusa 2006 We have set up a special toll-free number for people who may have trouble filing or paying their taxes because they were affected by Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma, or who have other tax issues related to the hurricanes. Freetaxusa 2006 Call 1-866-562-5227 Monday through Friday In English-7 a. Freetaxusa 2006 m. Freetaxusa 2006 to 10 p. Freetaxusa 2006 m. Freetaxusa 2006 local time In Spanish-8 a. Freetaxusa 2006 m. Freetaxusa 2006 to 9:30 p. Freetaxusa 2006 m. Freetaxusa 2006 local time   The IRS website at www. Freetaxusa 2006 irs. Freetaxusa 2006 gov has notices and other tax relief information. Freetaxusa 2006 Check it periodically for any new guidance. Freetaxusa 2006 Other help from the IRS. Freetaxusa 2006   You can get help with unresolved tax issues, order free publications and forms, ask tax questions, and get more information from the IRS in several ways. Freetaxusa 2006 By selecting the method that is best for you, you will have quick and easy access to tax help. Freetaxusa 2006 Contacting your Taxpayer Advocate. Freetaxusa 2006   If you have attempted to deal with an IRS problem unsuccessfully, you should contact your Taxpayer Advocate. Freetaxusa 2006   The Taxpayer Advocate independently represents your interests and concerns within the IRS by protecting your rights and resolving problems that have not been fixed through normal channels. Freetaxusa 2006 While Taxpayer Advocates cannot change the tax law or make a technical tax decision, they can clear up problems that resulted from previous contacts and ensure that your case is given a complete and impartial review. Freetaxusa 2006   To contact your Taxpayer Advocate: Call the Taxpayer Advocate toll free at 1-877-777-4778. Freetaxusa 2006 Call, write, or fax the Taxpayer Advocate office in your area. Freetaxusa 2006 Call 1-800-829-4059 if you are a TTY/TDD user. Freetaxusa 2006 Visit www. Freetaxusa 2006 irs. Freetaxusa 2006 gov/advocate. Freetaxusa 2006   For more information, see Publication 1546, How To Get Help With Unresolved Tax Problems (now available in Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese, in addition to English and Spanish). Freetaxusa 2006 Free tax services. Freetaxusa 2006   To find out what services are available, get Publication 910, IRS Guide to Free Tax Services. Freetaxusa 2006 It contains a list of free tax publications and an index of tax topics. Freetaxusa 2006 It also describes other free tax information services, including tax education and assistance programs and a list of TeleTax topics. Freetaxusa 2006 Internet. Freetaxusa 2006 You can access the IRS website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at www. Freetaxusa 2006 irs. Freetaxusa 2006 gov to: E-file your return. Freetaxusa 2006 Find out about commercial tax preparation and e-file services available free to eligible taxpayers. Freetaxusa 2006 Check the status of your refund. Freetaxusa 2006 Click on Where's My Refund. Freetaxusa 2006 Be sure to wait at least 6 weeks from the date you filed your return (3 weeks if you filed electronically). Freetaxusa 2006 Have your tax return available because you will need to know your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Freetaxusa 2006 Download forms, instructions, and publications. Freetaxusa 2006 Order IRS products online. Freetaxusa 2006 Research your tax questions online. Freetaxusa 2006 Search publications online by topic or keyword. Freetaxusa 2006 View Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRBs) published in the last few years. 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