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H&r block free file 13. H&r block free file   Payment of Taxes Table of Contents How To Make Deposits When To Make Deposits Amount of DepositsSafe Harbor Rule Generally, semimonthly deposits of excise taxes are required. H&r block free file A semimonthly period is the first 15 days of a month (the first semimonthly period) or the 16th through the last day of a month (the second semimonthly period). H&r block free file However, no deposit is required for the situations listed below; the taxes are payable with Form 720. H&r block free file The net liability for taxes listed in Part I (Form 720) does not exceed $2,500 for the quarter. H&r block free file The gas guzzler tax is being paid on a one-time filing. H&r block free file The liability is for taxes listed in Part II (Form 720), except for the floor stocks tax which generally requires a single deposit. H&r block free file How To Make Deposits Electronic deposit requirement. H&r block free file   You must use electronic funds transfer to make excise tax deposits. H&r block free file Generally, electronic funds transfers are made using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). H&r block free file If you do not want to use EFTPS, you can arrange for your tax professional, financial institution, payroll service, or other trusted third party to make deposits on your behalf. H&r block free file Also, you may arrange for your financial institution to initiate a same-day wire payment on your behalf. H&r block free file   EFTPS is a free service provided by the Department of Treasury. H&r block free file Services provided by your tax professional, financial institution, payroll service, or other third party may have a fee. H&r block free file To get more information about EFTPS or to enroll in EFTPS, visit www. H&r block free file eftps. H&r block free file gov or call 1-800-555-4477. H&r block free file Additional information about EFTPS is also available in Publication 966, Electronic Federal Tax Payment System: A Guide to Getting Started. H&r block free file    Depositing on time. H&r block free file For EFTPS deposits to be on time, you must initiate the transaction at least 1 day before the date the deposit is due (before 8:00 p. H&r block free file m. H&r block free file Eastern time). H&r block free file You will automatically be enrolled in EFTPS when you apply for an EIN. H&r block free file You will receive a separate mailing containing instructions for activating your EFTPS enrollment after you receive your EIN. H&r block free file When To Make Deposits There are two methods for determining deposits: the regular method and the alternative method. H&r block free file The regular method applies to all taxes in Part I of Form 720 except for communications and air transportation taxes if deposits are based on amounts billed or tickets sold, rather than on amounts actually collected. H&r block free file See Alternative method below. H&r block free file If you are depositing more than one tax under a method, combine all the taxes under the method and make one deposit for the semimonthly period. H&r block free file Regular method. H&r block free file   The deposit of tax for a semimonthly period is due by the 14th day following that period. H&r block free file Generally, this is the 29th day of a month for the first semimonthly period and the 14th day of the following month for the second semimonthly period. H&r block free file If the 14th or the 29th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, you must make the deposit by the immediately preceding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. H&r block free file Alternative method (IRS Nos. H&r block free file 22, 26, 27, and 28). H&r block free file   Deposits of communications and air transportation taxes may be based on taxes included in amounts billed or tickets sold during a semimonthly period instead of on taxes actually collected during the period. H&r block free file Under the alternative method, the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during a semimonthly period is considered collected during the first 7 days of the second following semimonthly period. H&r block free file The deposit of tax is due by the 3rd banking day after the 7th day of that period. H&r block free file   For an example of the alternative method, see the Instructions for Form 720. H&r block free file To use the alternative method, you must keep a separate account of the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the month and report on Form 720 the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold and not the amount of tax that is actually collected. H&r block free file For example, amounts billed in December, January, and February are considered collected during January, February, and March and are reported on Form 720 as the tax for the 1st quarter of the calendar year. H&r block free file The separate account for each month must reflect: All items of tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the month, and Other items of adjustment relating to tax for prior months (within the statute of limitations on credits or refunds). H&r block free file The separate account for any month cannot include an adjustment resulting from a refusal to pay or inability to collect unless the refusal has been reported to the IRS. H&r block free file See Uncollected Tax Report in chapter 4. H&r block free file The net amount of tax that is considered collected during the semimonthly period must be either: The net amount of tax reflected in the separate account for the corresponding semimonthly period of the preceding month, or One-half of the net amount of tax reflected in the separate account for the preceding month. H&r block free file Special rule for deposits of taxes in September. H&r block free file   See the Instructions for Form 720 for a special rule on deposits made in September. H&r block free file Amount of Deposits Deposits for a semimonthly period generally must be at least 95% of the net tax liability for that period unless the safe harbor rule (discussed later) applies. H&r block free file Generally, you do not have to make a deposit for a period in which you incurred no tax liability. H&r block free file Net tax liability. H&r block free file   Your net tax liability is your tax liability for the period minus any claims on Schedule C (Form 720) for the period. H&r block free file You may figure your net tax liability for a semimonthly period by dividing your net liability incurred during the calendar month by two. H&r block free file If you use this method, you must use it for all semimonthly periods in the calendar quarter. H&r block free file Do not reduce your liability by any amounts from Form 720X. H&r block free file Safe Harbor Rule The safe harbor rule applies separately to deposits under the regular method and the alternative method. H&r block free file Persons who filed Form 720 for the look-back quarter (the 2nd calendar quarter preceding the current quarter) are considered to meet the semimonthly deposit requirement if the deposit for each semimonthly period in the current quarter is at least 1/6 (16. H&r block free file 67%) of the net tax liability reported for the look-back quarter. 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H&r block free file 67%) of the tax liability you would have had for the look-back quarter if the increased rate of tax had been in effect for that look-back quarter, Any quarter if liability includes any tax not in effect throughout the look-back quarter, or For deposits under the alternative method, any quarter if liability includes any tax not in effect throughout the look-back quarter and the month preceding the look-back quarter. H&r block free file Requirements to be met. H&r block free file   For the safe harbor rule to apply, you must: Make each deposit timely at an authorized financial institution, and Pay any underpayment for the current quarter by the due date of the return. H&r block free file    The IRS may withdraw the right to make deposits of tax using the safe harbor rule from any person not complying with these rules. H&r block free file Tax rate increases. H&r block free file   You must modify the safe harbor rule if there has been an increase in the rate of tax. 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H&r block free file 1. H&r block free file   Overview of Depreciation Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Property Can Be Depreciated?Property You Own Property Used in Your Business or Income-Producing Activity Property Having a Determinable Useful Life Property Lasting More Than One Year What Property Cannot Be Depreciated?Land Excepted Property When Does Depreciation Begin and End?Placed in Service Idle Property Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered Retired From Service What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property?Property You Placed in Service Before 1987 Property Owned or Used in 1986 Intangible Property Corporate or Partnership Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Transfer Election To Exclude Property From MACRS What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property?Cost as Basis Other Basis Adjusted Basis How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements? Do You Have To File Form 4562? How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions?Filing an Amended Return Changing Your Accounting Method Introduction Depreciation is an annual income tax deduction that allows you to recover the cost or other basis of certain property over the time you use the property. H&r block free file It is an allowance for the wear and tear, deterioration, or obsolescence of the property. H&r block free file This chapter discusses the general rules for depreciating property and answers the following questions. H&r block free file What property can be depreciated? What property cannot be depreciated? When does depreciation begin and end? What method can you use to depreciate your property? What is the basis of your depreciable property? How do you treat repairs and improvements? Do you have to file Form 4562? How do you correct depreciation deductions? Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 534 Depreciating Property Placed in Service Before 1987 535 Business Expenses 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 551 Basis of Assets Form (and Instructions) Sch C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business Sch C-EZ (Form 1040) Net Profit From Business 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4562 Depreciation and Amortization See chapter 6 for information about getting publications and forms. H&r block free file What Property Can Be Depreciated? You can depreciate most types of tangible property (except land), such as buildings, machinery, vehicles, furniture, and equipment. H&r block free file You also can depreciate certain intangible property, such as patents, copyrights, and computer software. H&r block free file To be depreciable, the property must meet all the following requirements. H&r block free file It must be property you own. H&r block free file It must be used in your business or income-producing activity. H&r block free file It must have a determinable useful life. H&r block free file It must be expected to last more than one year. H&r block free file The following discussions provide information about these requirements. H&r block free file Property You Own To claim depreciation, you usually must be the owner of the property. H&r block free file You are considered as owning property even if it is subject to a debt. H&r block free file Example 1. H&r block free file You made a down payment to purchase rental property and assumed the previous owner's mortgage. H&r block free file You own the property and you can depreciate it. H&r block free file Example 2. H&r block free file You bought a new van that you will use only for your courier business. H&r block free file You will be making payments on the van over the next 5 years. H&r block free file You own the van and you can depreciate it. H&r block free file Leased property. H&r block free file   You can depreciate leased property only if you retain the incidents of ownership in the property (explained below). H&r block free file This means you bear the burden of exhaustion of the capital investment in the property. H&r block free file Therefore, if you lease property from someone to use in your trade or business or for the production of income, you generally cannot depreciate its cost because you do not retain the incidents of ownership. H&r block free file You can, however, depreciate any capital improvements you make to the property. H&r block free file See How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements later in this chapter and Additions and Improvements under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4. H&r block free file   If you lease property to someone, you generally can depreciate its cost even if the lessee (the person leasing from you) has agreed to preserve, replace, renew, and maintain the property. H&r block free file However, if the lease provides that the lessee is to maintain the property and return to you the same property or its equivalent in value at the expiration of the lease in as good condition and value as when leased, you cannot depreciate the cost of the property. H&r block free file Incidents of ownership. H&r block free file   Incidents of ownership in property include the following. H&r block free file The legal title to the property. H&r block free file The legal obligation to pay for the property. H&r block free file The responsibility to pay maintenance and operating expenses. H&r block free file The duty to pay any taxes on the property. H&r block free file The risk of loss if the property is destroyed, condemned, or diminished in value through obsolescence or exhaustion. H&r block free file Life tenant. H&r block free file   Generally, if you hold business or investment property as a life tenant, you can depreciate it as if you were the absolute owner of the property. H&r block free file However, see Certain term interests in property under Excepted Property, later. H&r block free file Cooperative apartments. H&r block free file   If you are a tenant-stockholder in a cooperative housing corporation and use your cooperative apartment in your business or for the production of income, you can depreciate your stock in the corporation, even though the corporation owns the apartment. H&r block free file   Figure your depreciation deduction as follows. H&r block free file Figure the depreciation for all the depreciable real property owned by the corporation in which you have a proprietary lease or right of tenancy. H&r block free file If you bought your cooperative stock after its first offering, figure the depreciable basis of this property as follows. H&r block free file Multiply your cost per share by the total number of outstanding shares, including any shares held by the corporation. H&r block free file Add to the amount figured in (a) any mortgage debt on the property on the date you bought the stock. H&r block free file Subtract from the amount figured in (b) any mortgage debt that is not for the depreciable real property, such as the part for the land. H&r block free file Subtract from the amount figured in (1) any depreciation for space owned by the corporation that can be rented but cannot be lived in by tenant-stockholders. H&r block free file Divide the number of your shares of stock by the total number of outstanding shares, including any shares held by the corporation. H&r block free file Multiply the result of (2) by the percentage you figured in (3). H&r block free file This is your depreciation on the stock. H&r block free file   Your depreciation deduction for the year cannot be more than the part of your adjusted basis in the stock of the corporation that is allocable to your business or income-producing property. H&r block free file You must also reduce your depreciation deduction if only a portion of the property is used in a business or for the production of income. H&r block free file Example. H&r block free file You figure your share of the cooperative housing corporation's depreciation to be $30,000. H&r block free file Your adjusted basis in the stock of the corporation is $50,000. H&r block free file You use one half of your apartment solely for business purposes. H&r block free file Your depreciation deduction for the stock for the year cannot be more than $25,000 (½ of $50,000). H&r block free file Change to business use. H&r block free file   If you change your cooperative apartment to business use, figure your allowable depreciation as explained earlier. H&r block free file The basis of all the depreciable real property owned by the cooperative housing corporation is the smaller of the following amounts. H&r block free file The fair market value of the property on the date you change your apartment to business use. H&r block free file This is considered to be the same as the corporation's adjusted basis minus straight line depreciation, unless this value is unrealistic. H&r block free file The corporation's adjusted basis in the property on that date. H&r block free file Do not subtract depreciation when figuring the corporation's adjusted basis. H&r block free file   If you bought the stock after its first offering, the corporation's adjusted basis in the property is the amount figured in (1), above. H&r block free file The fair market value of the property is considered to be the same as the corporation's adjusted basis figured in this way minus straight line depreciation, unless the value is unrealistic. H&r block free file   For a discussion of fair market value and adjusted basis, see Publication 551. H&r block free file Property Used in Your Business or Income-Producing Activity To claim depreciation on property, you must use it in your business or income-producing activity. H&r block free file If you use property to produce income (investment use), the income must be taxable. H&r block free file You cannot depreciate property that you use solely for personal activities. H&r block free file Partial business or investment use. H&r block free file   If you use property for business or investment purposes and for personal purposes, you can deduct depreciation based only on the business or investment use. H&r block free file For example, you cannot deduct depreciation on a car used only for commuting, personal shopping trips, family vacations, driving children to and from school, or similar activities. H&r block free file    You must keep records showing the business, investment, and personal use of your property. H&r block free file For more information on the records you must keep for listed property, such as a car, see What Records Must Be Kept in chapter 5. H&r block free file    Although you can combine business and investment use of property when figuring depreciation deductions, do not treat investment use as qualified business use when determining whether the business-use requirement for listed property is met. H&r block free file For information about qualified business use of listed property, see What Is the Business-Use Requirement in chapter 5. H&r block free file Office in the home. H&r block free file   If you use part of your home as an office, you may be able to deduct depreciation on that part based on its business use. H&r block free file For information about depreciating your home office, see Publication 587. H&r block free file Inventory. H&r block free file   You cannot depreciate inventory because it is not held for use in your business. H&r block free file Inventory is any property you hold primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of your business. H&r block free file   If you are a rent-to-own dealer, you may be able to treat certain property held in your business as depreciable property rather than as inventory. H&r block free file See Rent-to-own dealer under Which Property Class Applies Under GDS in chapter 4. H&r block free file   In some cases, it is not clear whether property is held for sale (inventory) or for use in your business. H&r block free file If it is unclear, examine carefully all the facts in the operation of the particular business. H&r block free file The following example shows how a careful examination of the facts in two similar situations results in different conclusions. H&r block free file Example. H&r block free file Maple Corporation is in the business of leasing cars. H&r block free file At the end of their useful lives, when the cars are no longer profitable to lease, Maple sells them. H&r block free file Maple does not have a showroom, used car lot, or individuals to sell the cars. H&r block free file Instead, it sells them through wholesalers or by similar arrangements in which a dealer's profit is not intended or considered. H&r block free file Maple can depreciate the leased cars because the cars are not held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business, but are leased. H&r block free file If Maple buys cars at wholesale prices, leases them for a short time, and then sells them at retail prices or in sales in which a dealer's profit is intended, the cars are treated as inventory and are not depreciable property. H&r block free file In this situation, the cars are held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. H&r block free file Containers. H&r block free file   Generally, containers for the products you sell are part of inventory and you cannot depreciate them. H&r block free file However, you can depreciate containers used to ship your products if they have a life longer than one year and meet the following requirements. H&r block free file They qualify as property used in your business. H&r block free file Title to the containers does not pass to the buyer. H&r block free file   To determine if these requirements are met, consider the following questions. H&r block free file Does your sales contract, sales invoice, or other type of order acknowledgment indicate whether you have retained title? Does your invoice treat the containers as separate items? Do any of your records state your basis in the containers? Property Having a Determinable Useful Life To be depreciable, your property must have a determinable useful life. H&r block free file This means that it must be something that wears out, decays, gets used up, becomes obsolete, or loses its value from natural causes. H&r block free file Property Lasting More Than One Year To be depreciable, property must have a useful life that extends substantially beyond the year you place it in service. H&r block free file Example. H&r block free file You maintain a library for use in your profession. H&r block free file You can depreciate it. H&r block free file However, if you buy technical books, journals, or information services for use in your business that have a useful life of one year or less, you cannot depreciate them. H&r block free file Instead, you deduct their cost as a business expense. H&r block free file What Property Cannot Be Depreciated? Certain property cannot be depreciated. H&r block free file This includes land and certain excepted property. H&r block free file Land You cannot depreciate the cost of land because land does not wear out, become obsolete, or get used up. H&r block free file The cost of land generally includes the cost of clearing, grading, planting, and landscaping. H&r block free file Although you cannot depreciate land, you can depreciate certain land preparation costs, such as landscaping costs, incurred in preparing land for business use. H&r block free file These costs must be so closely associated with other depreciable property that you can determine a life for them along with the life of the associated property. H&r block free file Example. H&r block free file You constructed a new building for use in your business and paid for grading, clearing, seeding, and planting bushes and trees. H&r block free file Some of the bushes and trees were planted right next to the building, while others were planted around the outer border of the lot. H&r block free file If you replace the building, you would have to destroy the bushes and trees right next to it. H&r block free file These bushes and trees are closely associated with the building, so they have a determinable useful life. H&r block free file Therefore, you can depreciate them. H&r block free file Add your other land preparation costs to the basis of your land because they have no determinable life and you cannot depreciate them. H&r block free file Excepted Property Even if the requirements explained in the preceding discussions are met, you cannot depreciate the following property. H&r block free file Property placed in service and disposed of in the same year. H&r block free file Determining when property is placed in service is explained later. H&r block free file Equipment used to build capital improvements. H&r block free file You must add otherwise allowable depreciation on the equipment during the period of construction to the basis of your improvements. H&r block free file See Uniform Capitalization Rules in Publication 551. H&r block free file Section 197 intangibles. H&r block free file You must amortize these costs. H&r block free file Section 197 intangibles are discussed in detail in Chapter 8 of Publication 535. H&r block free file Intangible property, such as certain computer software, that is not section 197 intangible property, can be depreciated if it meets certain requirements. H&r block free file See Intangible Property , later. H&r block free file Certain term interests. H&r block free file Certain term interests in property. H&r block free file   You cannot depreciate a term interest in property created or acquired after July 27, 1989, for any period during which the remainder interest is held, directly or indirectly, by a person related to you. H&r block free file A term interest in property means a life interest in property, an interest in property for a term of years, or an income interest in a trust. H&r block free file Related persons. H&r block free file   For a description of related persons, see Related Persons, later. H&r block free file For this purpose, however, treat as related persons only the relationships listed in items (1) through (10) of that discussion and substitute “50%” for “10%” each place it appears. H&r block free file Basis adjustments. H&r block free file   If you would be allowed a depreciation deduction for a term interest in property except that the holder of the remainder interest is related to you, you generally must reduce your basis in the term interest by any depreciation or amortization not allowed. H&r block free file   If you hold the remainder interest, you generally must increase your basis in that interest by the depreciation not allowed to the term interest holder. H&r block free file However, do not increase your basis for depreciation not allowed for periods during which either of the following situations applies. H&r block free file The term interest is held by an organization exempt from tax. H&r block free file The term interest is held by a nonresident alien individual or foreign corporation, and the income from the term interest is not effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States. H&r block free file Exceptions. H&r block free file   The above rules do not apply to the holder of a term interest in property acquired by gift, bequest, or inheritance. H&r block free file They also do not apply to the holder of dividend rights that were separated from any stripped preferred stock if the rights were purchased after April 30, 1993, or to a person whose basis in the stock is determined by reference to the basis in the hands of the purchaser. H&r block free file When Does Depreciation Begin and End? You begin to depreciate your property when you place it in service for use in your trade or business or for the production of income. H&r block free file You stop depreciating property either when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis or when you retire it from service, whichever happens first. H&r block free file Placed in Service You place property in service when it is ready and available for a specific use, whether in a business activity, an income-producing activity, a tax-exempt activity, or a personal activity. H&r block free file Even if you are not using the property, it is in service when it is ready and available for its specific use. H&r block free file Example 1. H&r block free file Donald Steep bought a machine for his business. H&r block free file The machine was delivered last year. H&r block free file However, it was not installed and operational until this year. H&r block free file It is considered placed in service this year. H&r block free file If the machine had been ready and available for use when it was delivered, it would be considered placed in service last year even if it was not actually used until this year. H&r block free file Example 2. H&r block free file On April 6, Sue Thorn bought a house to use as residential rental property. H&r block free file She made several repairs and had it ready for rent on July 5. H&r block free file At that time, she began to advertise it for rent in the local newspaper. H&r block free file The house is considered placed in service in July when it was ready and available for rent. H&r block free file She can begin to depreciate it in July. H&r block free file Example 3. H&r block free file James Elm is a building contractor who specializes in constructing office buildings. H&r block free file He bought a truck last year that had to be modified to lift materials to second-story levels. H&r block free file The installation of the lifting equipment was completed and James accepted delivery of the modified truck on January 10 of this year. H&r block free file The truck was placed in service on January 10, the date it was ready and available to perform the function for which it was bought. H&r block free file Conversion to business use. H&r block free file   If you place property in service in a personal activity, you cannot claim depreciation. H&r block free file However, if you change the property's use to use in a business or income-producing activity, then you can begin to depreciate it at the time of the change. H&r block free file You place the property in service in the business or income-producing activity on the date of the change. H&r block free file Example. H&r block free file You bought a home and used it as your personal home several years before you converted it to rental property. H&r block free file Although its specific use was personal and no depreciation was allowable, you placed the home in service when you began using it as your home. H&r block free file You can begin to claim depreciation in the year you converted it to rental property because its use changed to an income-producing use at that time. H&r block free file Idle Property Continue to claim a deduction for depreciation on property used in your business or for the production of income even if it is temporarily idle (not in use). H&r block free file For example, if you stop using a machine because there is a temporary lack of a market for a product made with that machine, continue to deduct depreciation on the machine. H&r block free file Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered You stop depreciating property when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis. H&r block free file You recover your basis when your section 179 and allowed or allowable depreciation deductions equal your cost or investment in the property. H&r block free file See What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property , later. H&r block free file Retired From Service You stop depreciating property when you retire it from service, even if you have not fully recovered its cost or other basis. H&r block free file You retire property from service when you permanently withdraw it from use in a trade or business or from use in the production of income because of any of the following events. H&r block free file You sell or exchange the property. H&r block free file You convert the property to personal use. H&r block free file You abandon the property. H&r block free file You transfer the property to a supplies or scrap account. H&r block free file The property is destroyed. H&r block free file If you included the property in a general asset account, see How Do You Use General Asset Accounts in chapter 4 for the rules that apply when you dispose of that property. H&r block free file What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property? You must use the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) to depreciate most property. H&r block free file MACRS is discussed in chapter 4. H&r block free file You cannot use MACRS to depreciate the following property. H&r block free file Property you placed in service before 1987. H&r block free file Certain property owned or used in 1986. H&r block free file Intangible property. H&r block free file Films, video tapes, and recordings. H&r block free file Certain corporate or partnership property acquired in a nontaxable transfer. H&r block free file Property you elected to exclude from MACRS. H&r block free file The following discussions describe the property listed above and explain what depreciation method should be used. H&r block free file Property You Placed in Service Before 1987 You cannot use MACRS for property you placed in service before 1987 (except property you placed in service after July 31, 1986, if MACRS was elected). H&r block free file Property placed in service before 1987 must be depreciated under the methods discussed in Publication 534. H&r block free file For a discussion of when property is placed in service, see When Does Depreciation Begin and End , earlier. H&r block free file Use of real property changed. H&r block free file   You generally must use MACRS to depreciate real property that you acquired for personal use before 1987 and changed to business or income-producing use after 1986. H&r block free file Improvements made after 1986. H&r block free file   You must treat an improvement made after 1986 to property you placed in service before 1987 as separate depreciable property. H&r block free file Therefore, you can depreciate that improvement as separate property under MACRS if it is the type of property that otherwise qualifies for MACRS depreciation. H&r block free file For more information about improvements, see How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements , later and Additions and Improvements under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4. H&r block free file Property Owned or Used in 1986 You may not be able to use MACRS for property you acquired and placed in service after 1986 if any of the situations described below apply. H&r block free file If you cannot use MACRS, the property must be depreciated under the methods discussed in Publication 534. H&r block free file For the following discussions, do not treat property as owned before you placed it in service. H&r block free file If you owned property in 1986 but did not place it in service until 1987, you do not treat it as owned in 1986. H&r block free file Personal property. H&r block free file   You cannot use MACRS for personal property (section 1245 property) in any of the following situations. H&r block free file You or someone related to you owned or used the property in 1986. H&r block free file You acquired the property from a person who owned it in 1986 and as part of the transaction the user of the property did not change. H&r block free file You lease the property to a person (or someone related to this person) who owned or used the property in 1986. H&r block free file You acquired the property in a transaction in which: The user of the property did not change, and The property was not MACRS property in the hands of the person from whom you acquired it because of (2) or (3) above. H&r block free file Real property. H&r block free file   You generally cannot use MACRS for real property (section 1250 property) in any of the following situations. H&r block free file You or someone related to you owned the property in 1986. H&r block free file You lease the property to a person who owned the property in 1986 (or someone related to that person). H&r block free file You acquired the property in a like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or repossession of property you or someone related to you owned in 1986. H&r block free file MACRS applies only to that part of your basis in the acquired property that represents cash paid or unlike property given up. H&r block free file It does not apply to the carried-over part of the basis. H&r block free file Exceptions. H&r block free file   The rules above do not apply to the following. H&r block free file Residential rental property or nonresidential real property. H&r block free file Any property if, in the first tax year it is placed in service, the deduction under the Accelerated Cost Recovery System (ACRS) is more than the deduction under MACRS using the half-year convention. H&r block free file For information on how to figure depreciation under ACRS, see Publication 534. H&r block free file Property that was MACRS property in the hands of the person from whom you acquired it because of (2) above. H&r block free file Related persons. H&r block free file   For this purpose, the following are related persons. H&r block free file An individual and a member of his or her family, including only a spouse, child, parent, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, ancestor, and lineal descendant. H&r block free file A corporation and an individual who directly or indirectly owns more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of that corporation. H&r block free file Two corporations that are members of the same controlled group. H&r block free file A trust fiduciary and a corporation if more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock is directly or indirectly owned by or for the trust or grantor of the trust. H&r block free file The grantor and fiduciary, and the fiduciary and beneficiary, of any trust. H&r block free file The fiduciaries of two different trusts, and the fiduciaries and beneficiaries of two different trusts, if the same person is the grantor of both trusts. H&r block free file A tax-exempt educational or charitable organization and any person (or, if that person is an individual, a member of that person's family) who directly or indirectly controls the organization. H&r block free file Two S corporations, and an S corporation and a regular corporation, if the same persons own more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. H&r block free file A corporation and a partnership if the same persons own both of the following. H&r block free file More than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of the corporation. H&r block free file More than 10% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership. H&r block free file The executor and beneficiary of any estate. H&r block free file A partnership and a person who directly or indirectly owns more than 10% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership. H&r block free file Two partnerships, if the same persons directly or indirectly own more than 10% of the capital or profits interest in each. H&r block free file The related person and a person who is engaged in trades or businesses under common control. H&r block free file See section 52(a) and 52(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. H&r block free file When to determine relationship. H&r block free file   You must determine whether you are related to another person at the time you acquire the property. H&r block free file   A partnership acquiring property from a terminating partnership must determine whether it is related to the terminating partnership immediately before the event causing the termination. H&r block free file For this rule, a terminating partnership is one that sells or exchanges, within 12 months, 50% or more of its total interest in partnership capital or profits. H&r block free file Constructive ownership of stock or partnership interest. H&r block free file   To determine whether a person directly or indirectly owns any of the outstanding stock of a corporation or an interest in a partnership, apply the following rules. H&r block free file Stock or a partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust is considered owned proportionately by or for its shareholders, partners, or beneficiaries. H&r block free file However, for a partnership interest owned by or for a C corporation, this applies only to shareholders who directly or indirectly own 5% or more of the value of the stock of the corporation. H&r block free file An individual is considered to own the stock or partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for the individual's family. H&r block free file An individual who owns, except by applying rule (2), any stock in a corporation is considered to own the stock directly or indirectly owned by or for the individual's partner. H&r block free file For purposes of rules (1), (2), or (3), stock or a partnership interest considered to be owned by a person under rule (1) is treated as actually owned by that person. H&r block free file However, stock or a partnership interest considered to be owned by an individual under rule (2) or (3) is not treated as owned by that individual for reapplying either rule (2) or (3) to make another person considered to be the owner of the same stock or partnership interest. H&r block free file Intangible Property Generally, if you can depreciate intangible property, you usually use the straight line method of depreciation. H&r block free file However, you can choose to depreciate certain intangible property under the income forecast method (discussed later). H&r block free file You cannot depreciate intangible property that is a section 197 intangible or that otherwise does not meet all the requirements discussed earlier under What Property Can Be Depreciated. H&r block free file Straight Line Method This method lets you deduct the same amount of depreciation each year over the useful life of the property. H&r block free file To figure your deduction, first determine the adjusted basis, salvage value, and estimated useful life of your property. H&r block free file Subtract the salvage value, if any, from the adjusted basis. H&r block free file The balance is the total depreciation you can take over the useful life of the property. H&r block free file Divide the balance by the number of years in the useful life. H&r block free file This gives you your yearly depreciation deduction. H&r block free file 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. H&r block free file If, in the first year, you use the property for less than a full year, you must prorate your depreciation deduction for the number of months in use. H&r block free file Example. H&r block free file In April, Frank bought a patent for $5,100 that is not a section 197 intangible. H&r block free file He depreciates the patent under the straight line method, using a 17-year useful life and no salvage value. H&r block free file He divides the $5,100 basis by 17 years to get his $300 yearly depreciation deduction. H&r block free file He only used the patent for 9 months during the first year, so he multiplies $300 by 9/12 to get his deduction of $225 for the first year. H&r block free file Next year, Frank can deduct $300 for the full year. H&r block free file Patents and copyrights. H&r block free file   If you can depreciate the cost of a patent or copyright, use the straight line method over the useful life. H&r block free file The useful life of a patent or copyright is the lesser of the life granted to it by the government or the remaining life when you acquire it. H&r block free file However, if the patent or copyright becomes valueless before the end of its useful life, you can deduct in that year any of its remaining cost or other basis. H&r block free file Computer software. H&r block free file   Computer software is generally a section 197 intangible and cannot be depreciated if you acquired it in connection with the acquisition of assets constituting a business or a substantial part of a business. H&r block free file   However, computer software is not a section 197 intangible and can be depreciated, even if acquired in connection with the acquisition of a business, if it meets all of the following tests. H&r block free file It is readily available for purchase by the general public. H&r block free file It is subject to a nonexclusive license. H&r block free file It has not been substantially modified. H&r block free file   If the software meets the tests above, it may also qualify for the section 179 deduction and the special depreciation allowance, discussed later. H&r block free file If you can depreciate the cost of computer software, use the straight line method over a useful life of 36 months. H&r block free file    Tax-exempt use property subject to a lease. H&r block free file   The useful life of computer software leased under a lease agreement entered into after March 12, 2004, to a tax-exempt organization, governmental unit, or foreign person or entity (other than a partnership), cannot be less than 125% of the lease term. H&r block free file Certain created intangibles. H&r block free file   You can amortize certain intangibles created on or after December 31, 2003, over a 15-year period using the straight line method and no salvage value, even though they have a useful life that cannot be estimated with reasonable accuracy. H&r block free file For example, amounts paid to acquire memberships or privileges of indefinite duration, such as a trade association membership, are eligible costs. H&r block free file   The following are not eligible. H&r block free file Any intangible asset acquired from another person. H&r block free file Created financial interests. H&r block free file Any intangible asset that has a useful life that can be estimated with reasonable accuracy. H&r block free file Any intangible asset that has an amortization period or limited useful life that is specifically prescribed or prohibited by the Code, regulations, or other published IRS guidance. H&r block free file Any amount paid to facilitate an acquisition of a trade or business, a change in the capital structure of a business entity, and certain other transactions. H&r block free file   You must also increase the 15-year safe harbor amortization period to a 25-year period for certain intangibles related to benefits arising from the provision, production, or improvement of real property. H&r block free file For this purpose, real property includes property that will remain attached to the real property for an indefinite period of time, such as roads, bridges, tunnels, pavements, and pollution control facilities. H&r block free file Income Forecast Method You can choose to use the income forecast method instead of the straight line method to depreciate the following depreciable intangibles. H&r block free file Motion picture films or video tapes. H&r block free file Sound recordings. H&r block free file Copyrights. H&r block free file Books. H&r block free file Patents. H&r block free file Under the income forecast method, each year's depreciation deduction is equal to the cost of the property, multiplied by a fraction. H&r block free file The numerator of the fraction is the current year's net income from the property, and the denominator is the total income anticipated from the property through the end of the 10th taxable year following the taxable year the property is placed in service. H&r block free file For more information, see section 167(g) of the Internal Revenue Code. H&r block free file Films, video tapes, and recordings. H&r block free file   You cannot use MACRS for motion picture films, video tapes, and sound recordings. H&r block free file For this purpose, sound recordings are discs, tapes, or other phonorecordings resulting from the fixation of a series of sounds. H&r block free file You can depreciate this property using either the straight line method or the income forecast method. H&r block free file Participations and residuals. H&r block free file   You can include participations and residuals in the adjusted basis of the property for purposes of computing your depreciation deduction under the income forecast method. H&r block free file The participations and residuals must relate to income to be derived from the property before the end of the 10th taxable year after the property is placed in service. H&r block free file For this purpose, participations and residuals are defined as costs which by contract vary with the amount of income earned in connection with the property. H&r block free file   Instead of including these amounts in the adjusted basis of the property, you can deduct the costs in the taxable year that they are paid. H&r block free file Videocassettes. H&r block free file   If you are in the business of renting videocassettes, you can depreciate only those videocassettes bought for rental. H&r block free file If the videocassette has a useful life of one year or less, you can currently deduct the cost as a business expense. H&r block free file Corporate or Partnership Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Transfer MACRS does not apply to property used before 1987 and transferred after 1986 to a corporation or partnership (except property the transferor placed in service after July 31, 1986, if MACRS was elected) to the extent its basis is carried over from the property's adjusted basis in the transferor's hands. H&r block free file You must continue to use the same depreciation method as the transferor and figure depreciation as if the transfer had not occurred. H&r block free file However, if MACRS would otherwise apply, you can use it to depreciate the part of the property's basis that exceeds the carried-over basis. H&r block free file The nontaxable transfers covered by this rule include the following. H&r block free file A distribution in complete liquidation of a subsidiary. H&r block free file A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. H&r block free file An exchange of property solely for corporate stock or securities in a reorganization. H&r block free file A contribution of property to a partnership in exchange for a partnership interest. H&r block free file A partnership distribution of property to a partner. H&r block free file Election To Exclude Property From MACRS If you can properly depreciate any property under a method not based on a term of years, such as the unit-of-production method, you can elect to exclude that property from MACRS. H&r block free file You make the election by reporting your depreciation for the property on line 15 in Part II of Form 4562 and attaching a statement as described in the instructions for Form 4562. H&r block free file You must make this election by the return due date (including extensions) for the tax year you place your property in service. H&r block free file However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within six months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). H&r block free file Attach the election to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. H&r block free file 9100-2” on the election statement. H&r block free file File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. H&r block free file Use of standard mileage rate. H&r block free file   If you use the standard mileage rate to figure your tax deduction for your business automobile, you are treated as having made an election to exclude the automobile from MACRS. H&r block free file See Publication 463 for a discussion of the standard mileage rate. H&r block free file What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property? To figure your depreciation deduction, you must determine the basis of your property. H&r block free file To determine basis, you need to know the cost or other basis of your property. H&r block free file Cost as Basis The basis of property you buy is its cost plus amounts you paid for items such as sales tax (see Exception , below), freight charges, and installation and testing fees. H&r block free file The cost includes the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, other property, or services. H&r block free file Exception. H&r block free file   You can elect to deduct state and local general sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). H&r block free file If you make that choice, you cannot include those sales taxes as part of your cost basis. H&r block free file Assumed debt. H&r block free file   If you buy property and assume (or buy subject to) an existing mortgage or other debt on the property, your basis includes the amount you pay for the property plus the amount of the assumed debt. H&r block free file Example. H&r block free file You make a $20,000 down payment on property and assume the seller's mortgage of $120,000. H&r block free file Your total cost is $140,000, the cash you paid plus the mortgage you assumed. H&r block free file Settlement costs. H&r block free file   The basis of real property also includes certain fees and charges you pay in addition to the purchase price. H&r block free file These generally are shown on your settlement statement and include the following. H&r block free file Legal and recording fees. H&r block free file Abstract fees. H&r block free file Survey charges. H&r block free file Owner's title insurance. H&r block free file Amounts the seller owes that you agree to pay, such as back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, charges for improvements or repairs, and sales commissions. H&r block free file   For fees and charges you cannot include in the basis of property, see Real Property in Publication 551. H&r block free file Property you construct or build. H&r block free file   If you construct, build, or otherwise produce property for use in your business, you may have to use the uniform capitalization rules to determine the basis of your property. H&r block free file For information about the uniform capitalization rules, see Publication 551 and the regulations under section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code. H&r block free file Other Basis Other basis usually refers to basis that is determined by the way you received the property. H&r block free file For example, your basis is other than cost if you acquired the property in exchange for other property, as payment for services you performed, as a gift, or as an inheritance. H&r block free file If you acquired property in this or some other way, see Publication 551 to determine your basis. H&r block free file Property changed from personal use. H&r block free file   If you held property for personal use and later use it in your business or income-producing activity, your depreciable basis is the lesser of the following. H&r block free file The fair market value (FMV) of the property on the date of the change in use. H&r block free file Your original cost or other basis adjusted as follows. H&r block free file Increased by the cost of any permanent improvements or additions and other costs that must be added to basis. H&r block free file Decreased by any deductions you claimed for casualty and theft losses and other items that reduced your basis. H&r block free file Example. H&r block free file Several years ago, Nia paid $160,000 to have her home built on a lot that cost her $25,000. H&r block free file Before changing the property to rental use last year, she paid $20,000 for permanent improvements to the house and claimed a $2,000 casualty loss deduction for damage to the house. H&r block free file Land is not depreciable, so she includes only the cost of the house when figuring the basis for depreciation. H&r block free file Nia's adjusted basis in the house when she changed its use was $178,000 ($160,000 + $20,000 − $2,000). H&r block free file On the same date, her property had an FMV of $180,000, of which $15,000 was for the land and $165,000 was for the house. H&r block free file The basis for depreciation on the house is the FMV on the date of change ($165,000), because it is less than her adjusted basis ($178,000). H&r block free file Property acquired in a nontaxable transaction. H&r block free file   Generally, if you receive property in a nontaxable exchange, the basis of the property you receive is the same as the adjusted basis of the property you gave up. H&r block free file Special rules apply in determining the basis and figuring the MACRS depreciation deduction and special depreciation allowance for property acquired in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion. H&r block free file See Like-kind exchanges and involuntary conversions. H&r block free file under How Much Can You Deduct? in chapter 3 and Figuring the Deduction for Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Exchange in chapter 4. H&r block free file   There are also special rules for determining the basis of MACRS property involved in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion when the property is contained in a general asset account. H&r block free file See How Do You Use General Asset Accounts in chapter 4. H&r block free file Adjusted Basis To find your property's basis for depreciation, you may have to make certain adjustments (increases and decreases) to the basis of the property for events occurring between the time you acquired the property and the time you placed it in service. H&r block free file These events could include the following. H&r block free file Installing utility lines. H&r block free file Paying legal fees for perfecting the title. H&r block free file Settling zoning issues. H&r block free file Receiving rebates. H&r block free file Incurring a casualty or theft loss. H&r block free file For a discussion of adjustments to the basis of your property, see Adjusted Basis in Publication 551. H&r block free file If you depreciate your property under MACRS, you also may have to reduce your basis by certain deductions and credits with respect to the property. H&r block free file For more information, see What Is the Basis for Depreciation in chapter 4. H&r block free file . H&r block free file Basis adjustment for depreciation allowed or allowable. H&r block free file   You must reduce the basis of property by the depreciation allowed or allowable, whichever is greater. H&r block free file Depreciation allowed is depreciation you actually deducted (from which you received a tax benefit). H&r block free file Depreciation allowable is depreciation you are entitled to deduct. H&r block free file   If you do not claim depreciation you are entitled to deduct, you must still reduce the basis of the property by the full amount of depreciation allowable. H&r block free file   If you deduct more depreciation than you should, you must reduce your basis by any amount deducted from which you received a tax benefit (the depreciation allowed). H&r block free file How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements? If you improve depreciable property, you must treat the improvement as separate depreciable property. H&r block free file Improvement means an addition to or partial replacement of property that adds to its value, appreciably lengthens the time you can use it, or adapts it to a different use. H&r block free file You generally deduct the cost of repairing business property in the same way as any other business expense. H&r block free file However, if a repair or replacement increases the value of your property, makes it more useful, or lengthens its life, you must treat it as an improvement and depreciate it. H&r block free file Example. H&r block free file You repair a small section on one corner of the roof of a rental house. H&r block free file You deduct the cost of the repair as a rental expense. H&r block free file However, if you completely replace the roof, the new roof is an improvement because it increases the value and lengthens the life of the property. H&r block free file You depreciate the cost of the new roof. H&r block free file Improvements to rented property. H&r block free file   You can depreciate permanent improvements you make to business property you rent from someone else. H&r block free file Do You Have To File Form 4562? Use Form 4562 to figure your deduction for depreciation and amortization. H&r block free file Attach Form 4562 to your tax return for the current tax year if you are claiming any of the following items. H&r block free file A section 179 deduction for the current year or a section 179 carryover from a prior year. H&r block free file See chapter 2 for information on the section 179 deduction. H&r block free file Depreciation for property placed in service during the current year. H&r block free file Depreciation on any vehicle or other listed property, regardless of when it was placed in service. H&r block free file See chapter 5 for information on listed property. H&r block free file A deduction for any vehicle if the deduction is reported on a form other than Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040). H&r block free file Amortization of costs if the current year is the first year of the amortization period. H&r block free file Depreciation or amortization on any asset on a corporate income tax return (other than Form 1120S, U. H&r block free file S. H&r block free file Income Tax Return for an S Corporation) regardless of when it was placed in service. H&r block free file You must submit a separate Form 4562 for each business or activity on your return for which a Form 4562 is required. H&r block free file Table 1-1 presents an overview of the purpose of the various parts of Form 4562. H&r block free file Employee. H&r block free file   Do not use Form 4562 if you are an employee and you deduct job-related vehicle expenses using either actual expenses (including depreciation) or the standard mileage rate. H&r block free file Instead, use either Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. H&r block free file Use Form 2106-EZ if you are claiming the standard mileage rate and you are not reimbursed by your employer for any expenses. H&r block free file How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions? If you deducted an incorrect amount of depreciation in any year, you may be able to make a correction by filing an amended return for that year. H&r block free file See Filing an Amended Return , next. H&r block free file If you are not allowed to make the correction on an amended return, you may be able to change your accounting method to claim the correct amount of depreciation. H&r block free file See Changing Your Accounting Method , later. H&r block free file Filing an Amended Return You can file an amended return to correct the amount of depreciation claimed for any property in any of the following situations. H&r block free file You claimed the incorrect amount because of a mathematical error made in any year. H&r block free file You claimed the incorrect amount because of a posting error made in any year. H&r block free file You have not adopted a method of accounting for property placed in service by you in tax years ending after December 29, 2003. H&r block free file You claimed the incorrect amount on property placed in service by you in tax years ending before December 30, 2003. H&r block free file Adoption of accounting method defined. H&r block free file   Generally, you adopt a method of accounting for depreciation by using a permissible method of determining depreciation when you file your first tax return, or by using the same impermissible method of determining depreciation in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. H&r block free file   For an exception to this 2-year rule, see Revenue Procedure 2011-14 on page 330 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-4, available at www. H&r block free file irs. H&r block free file gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb11-04. H&r block free file pdf. H&r block free file (Note. H&r block free file Revenue Procedure 2011-14 is clarified and modified by Revenue Procedure 2012-20. H&r block free file For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2012-20 on page 700 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-14, available at www. H&r block free file irs. H&r block free file gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb12-14. H&r block free file pdf. H&r block free file )   For a safe harbor method of accounting to treat rotable spare parts as depreciable assets and procedures to obtain automatic consent to change to the safe harbor method of accounting, see Revenue Procedure 2007-48 on page 110 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-29, available at www. H&r block free file irs. H&r block free file gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07-29. H&r block free file pdf. H&r block free file When to file. H&r block free file   If an amended return is allowed, you must file it by the later of the following. H&r block free file 3 years from the date you filed your original return for the year in which you did not deduct the correct amount. H&r block free file A return filed before an unextended due date is considered filed on that due date. H&r block free file 2 years from the time you paid your tax for that year. H&r block free file Changing Your Accounting Method Generally, you must get IRS approval to change your method of accounting. H&r block free file You generally must file Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, to request a change in your method of accounting for depreciation. H&r block free file The following are examples of a change in method of accounting for depreciation. H&r block free file A change from an impermissible method of determining depreciation for depreciable property, if the impermissible method was used in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. H&r block free file A change in the treatment of an asset from nondepreciable to depreciable or vice versa. H&r block free file A change in the depreciation method, period of recovery, or convention of a depreciable asset. H&r block free file A change from not claiming to claiming the special depreciation allowance if you did not make the election to not claim any special allowance. H&r block free file A change from claiming a 50% special depreciation allowance to claiming a 30% special depreciation allowance for qualified property (including property that is included in a class of property for which you elected a 30% special allowance instead of a 50% special allowance). H&r block free file Changes in depreciation that are not a change in method of accounting (and may only be made on an amended return) include the following. H&r block free file An adjustment in the useful life of a depreciable asset for which depreciation is determined under section 167. H&r block free file A change in use of an asset in the hands of the same taxpayer. H&r block free file Making a late depreciation election or revoking a timely valid depreciation election (including the election not to deduct the special depreciation allowance). H&r block free file If you elected not to claim any special allowance, a change from not claiming to claiming the special allowance is a revocation of the election and is not an accounting method change. H&r block free file Generally, you must get IRS approval to make a late depreciation election or revoke a depreciation election. H&r block free file You must submit a request for a letter ruling to make a late election or revoke an election. H&r block free file Any change in the placed in service date of a depreciable asset. H&r block free file See section 1. H&r block free file 446-1(e)(2)(ii)(d) of the regulations for more information and examples. H&r block free file IRS approval. H&r block free file   In some instances, you may be able to get approval from the IRS to change your method of accounting for depreciation under the automatic change request procedures generally covered in Revenue Procedure 2011-14. H&r block free file If you do not qualify to use the automatic procedures to get approval, you must use the advance consent request procedures generally covered in Revenue Procedure 97-27, 1997-1 C. H&r block free file B. H&r block free file 680. H&r block free file Also see the Instructions for Form 3115 for more information on getting approval, including lists of scope limitations and automatic accounting method changes. H&r block free file Additional guidance. H&r block free file    For additional guidance and special procedures for changing your accounting method, automatic change procedures, amending your return, and filing Form 3115, see Revenue Procedure 2011-14 on page 330 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-4, available at www. H&r block free file irs. H&r block free file gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb11-04. H&r block free file pdf. H&r block free file (Note. H&r block free file Revenue Procedure 2011-14 is clarified and modified by Revenue Procedure 2012-20. H&r block free file For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2012-20 on page 700 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-14, available at www. H&r block free file irs. H&r block free file gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb12-14. H&r block free file pdf. H&r block free file )   For a safe harbor method of accounting to treat rotable spare parts as depreciable assets, see Revenue Procedure 2007-48 on page 110 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-29, available at www. H&r block free file irs. H&r block free file gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07-29. H&r block free file pdf. H&r block free file Table 1-1. H&r block free file Purpose of Form 4562 This table describes the purpose of the various parts of Form 4562. H&r block free file For more information, see Form 4562 and its instructions. H&r block free file Part Purpose I • Electing the section 179 deduction • Figuring the maximum section 179 deduction for the current year • Figuring any section 179 deduction carryover to the next year II • Reporting the special depreciation allowance for property (other than listed property) placed in service during the tax year • Reporting depreciation deductions on property being depreciated under any method other than Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) III • Reporting MACRS depreciation deductions for property placed in service before this year • Reporting MACRS depreciation deductions for property (other than listed property) placed in service during the current year IV • Summarizing other parts V • Reporting the special depreciation allowance for automobiles and other listed property • Reporting MACRS depreciation on automobiles and other listed property • Reporting the section 179 cost elected for automobiles and other listed property • Reporting information on the use of automobiles and other transportation vehicles VI • Reporting amortization deductions Section 481(a) adjustment. H&r block free file   If you file Form 3115 and change from an impermissible method to a permissible method of accounting for depreciation, you can make a section 481(a) adjustment for any unclaimed or excess amount of allowable depreciation. H&r block free file The adjustment is the difference between the total depreciation actually deducted for the property and the total amount allowable prior to the year of change. H&r block free file If no depreciation was deducted, the adjustment is the total depreciation allowable prior to the year of change. H&r block free file A negative section 481(a) adjustment results in a decrease in taxable income. H&r block free file It is taken into account in the year of change and is reported on your business tax returns as “other expenses. H&r block free file ” A positive section 481(a) adjustment results in an increase in taxable income. H&r block free file It is generally taken into account over 4 tax years and is reported on your business tax returns as “other income. H&r block free file ” However, you can elect to use a one-year adjustment period and report the adjustment in the year of change if the total adjustment is less than $25,000. H&r block free file Make the election by completing the appropriate line on Form 3115. H&r block free file   If you file a Form 3115 and change from one permissible method to another permissible method, the section 481(a) adjustment is zero. H&r block free file Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications