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H & r block free tax filing Publication 51 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders Calendar Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 51 (Circular A), such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. H & r block free tax filing irs. H & r block free tax filing gov/pub51. H & r block free tax filing What's New Social security and Medicare tax for 2014. H & r block free tax filing  The social security tax rate is 6. H & r block free tax filing 2% each for the employee and employer, unchanged from 2013. H & r block free tax filing The social security wage base limit is $117,000. H & r block free tax filing The Medicare tax rate is 1. H & r block free tax filing 45% each for the employee and employer, unchanged from 2013. H & r block free tax filing There is no wage base limit for Medicare tax. H & r block free tax filing Social security and Medicare taxes apply to the wages of household workers you pay $1,900 or more in cash or an equivalent form of compensation. H & r block free tax filing Withholding allowance. H & r block free tax filing  The 2014 amount for one withholding allowance on an annual basis is $3,950. H & r block free tax filing Change of responsible party. H & r block free tax filing  Beginning January 1, 2014, any entity with an employer identification number (EIN) must file Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party—Business, to report the latest change to its responsible party. H & r block free tax filing Form 8822-B must be filed within 60 days of the change. H & r block free tax filing If the change in the identity of your responsible party occurred before 2014, and you have not previously notified the IRS of the change, file Form 8822-B before March 1, 2014, reporting only the most recent change. H & r block free tax filing For a definition of "responsible party", see the Form 8822-B instructions. H & r block free tax filing Same-sex marriage. H & r block free tax filing  For federal tax purposes, individuals of the same sex are considered married if they were lawfully married in a state (or foreign country) whose laws authorize the marriage of two individuals of the same sex, even if the state (or foreign country) in which they now live does not recognize same-sex marriage. H & r block free tax filing For more information, see Revenue Ruling 2013-17, 2013-38 I. H & r block free tax filing R. H & r block free tax filing B. H & r block free tax filing 201, available at www. H & r block free tax filing irs. H & r block free tax filing gov/irb/2013-38_IRB/ar07. H & r block free tax filing html. H & r block free tax filing Notice 2013-61 provides special administrative procedures for employers to make claims for refund or adjustments of overpayments of social security and Medicare taxes with respect to certain same-sex spouse benefits before expiration of the period of limitations. H & r block free tax filing Notice 2013-61, 2013-44 I. H & r block free tax filing R. H & r block free tax filing B. H & r block free tax filing 432, is available at www. H & r block free tax filing irs. H & r block free tax filing gov/irb/2013-44_IRB/ar10. H & r block free tax filing html. H & r block free tax filing Reminders Additional Medicare Tax withholding. H & r block free tax filing  In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. H & r block free tax filing 45%, you must withhold a 0. H & r block free tax filing 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. H & r block free tax filing You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. H & r block free tax filing Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. H & r block free tax filing There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. H & r block free tax filing All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. H & r block free tax filing For more information on what wages are subject to Medicare tax, see the chart, Special Rules for Various Types of Services and Payments, in section 15 of Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. H & r block free tax filing For more information on Additional Medicare Tax, visit IRS. H & r block free tax filing gov and enter “Additional Medicare Tax” in the search box. H & r block free tax filing Work opportunity tax credit for qualified tax-exempt organizations hiring qualified veterans. H & r block free tax filing  The work opportunity tax credit is available for eligible unemployed veterans who begin work on or after November 22, 2011, and before January 1, 2014. H & r block free tax filing Qualified tax-exempt organizations that hire eligible unemployed veterans can claim the work opportunity tax credit against their payroll tax liability using Form 5884-C, Work Opportunity Credit for Qualified Tax-Exempt Organizations Hiring Qualified Veterans. H & r block free tax filing For more information, visit IRS. H & r block free tax filing gov and enter “work opportunity tax credit” in the search box. H & r block free tax filing Outsourcing payroll duties. H & r block free tax filing  Employers are responsible to ensure that tax returns are filed and deposits and payments are made, even if the employer contracts with a third party to perform these acts. H & r block free tax filing The employer remains responsible if the third party fails to perform any required action. H & r block free tax filing If you choose to outsource any of your payroll and related tax duties (that is, withholding, reporting, and paying over social security, Medicare, FUTA, and income taxes) to a third-party payer such as a payroll service provider or reporting agent, visit IRS. H & r block free tax filing gov and enter “outsourcing payroll duties” in the search box for helpful information on this topic. H & r block free tax filing COBRA premium assistance credit. H & r block free tax filing  The credit for COBRA premium assistance payments applies to premiums paid for employees involuntarily terminated between September 1, 2008, and May 31, 2010, and to premiums paid for up to 15 months. H & r block free tax filing For more information, see COBRA premium assistance credit under Introduction. H & r block free tax filing Compensation paid to H-2A foreign agricultural workers. H & r block free tax filing  Report compensation of $600 or more paid to foreign agricultural workers who entered the country on H-2A visas in box 1 of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. H & r block free tax filing Compensation paid to H-2A workers for agricultural labor performed in connection with this visa is not subject to social security and Medicare taxes, and therefore should not be reported as wages subject to social security tax (line 2), Medicare tax (line 4), or Additional Medicare Tax withholding (line 6) on Form 943, Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees, and should not be reported as social security wages (box 3) or Medicare wages (box 5) on Form W-2. H & r block free tax filing On Form W-2, do not check box 13 (Statutory employee), as H-2A workers are not statutory employees. H & r block free tax filing An employer is not required to withhold federal income tax from compensation it pays an H-2A worker for agricultural labor performed in connection with this visa unless the worker asks for withholding and the employer agrees. H & r block free tax filing In that case, the worker must give the employer a completed Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. H & r block free tax filing Federal income tax withheld should be reported on Form 943, line 8, and in box 2 of Form W-2. H & r block free tax filing These reporting rules apply when the H-2A worker provides his or her taxpayer identification number (TIN) to the employer. H & r block free tax filing For the rules relating to backup withholding and reporting when the H-2A worker does not provide a TIN, see the Instructions for Form 1099-MISC and the Instructions for Form 945. H & r block free tax filing Additional employment tax information. H & r block free tax filing  Visit the IRS website at www. H & r block free tax filing irs. H & r block free tax filing gov/businesses and click on Employment Taxes under Businesses Topics. H & r block free tax filing For employment tax information by telephone, call 1-800-829-4933 or 1-800-829-4059 (TDD/TTY for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability) Monday–Friday from 7:00 a. H & r block free tax filing m. H & r block free tax filing –7:00 p. H & r block free tax filing m. H & r block free tax filing local time (Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific time). H & r block free tax filing Additionally, you can call IRS TeleTax at 1-800-829-4477 for recorded information by topic. H & r block free tax filing Disregarded entities and qualified subchapter S subsidiaries (QSubs). H & r block free tax filing  Eligible single-owner disregarded entities and QSubs are treated as separate entities for employment tax purposes. H & r block free tax filing Eligible single-member entities that have not elected to be taxed as corporations must report and pay employment taxes on wages paid to their employees using the entities' own names and EINs. H & r block free tax filing See Regulations sections 1. H & r block free tax filing 1361-4(a)(7) and 301. H & r block free tax filing 7701-2(c)(2)(iv). H & r block free tax filing Differential wage payments. H & r block free tax filing  Qualified differential wage payments made by employers to individuals serving in the Armed Forces after 2008 are subject to income tax withholding but not social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes. H & r block free tax filing For more information, see Publication 15 (Circular E). H & r block free tax filing Federal tax deposits must be made by electronic funds transfer. H & r block free tax filing  You must use electronic funds transfer to make all federal tax deposits. H & r block free tax filing Generally, electronic fund transfers are made using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). H & r block free tax filing 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 electronic deposits on your behalf. H & r block free tax filing Also, you may arrange for your financial institution to initiate a same-day wire payment on your behalf. H & r block free tax filing EFTPS is a free service provided by the Department of Treasury. H & r block free tax filing Services provided by your tax professional, financial institution, payroll service, or other third party may have a fee. H & r block free tax filing For more information on making federal tax deposits, see How To Deposit in section 7. H & r block free tax filing To get more information about EFTPS or to enroll in EFTPS, visit www. H & r block free tax filing eftps. H & r block free tax filing gov or call 1-800-555-4477 or 1-800-733-4829 (TDD). H & r block free tax filing Additional information about EFTPS is also available in Publication 966, Electronic Federal Tax Payment System: A Guide To Getting Started. H & r block free tax filing Electronic filing and payment. H & r block free tax filing  Now, more than ever before, businesses can enjoy the benefits of filing tax returns and paying their taxes electronically. H & r block free tax filing Whether you rely on a tax professional or handle your own taxes, the IRS offers you convenient programs to make it easier. H & r block free tax filing Spend less time and worry on taxes and more time running your business. H & r block free tax filing Use e-file and the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to your benefit. H & r block free tax filing For e-file, visit the IRS website at www. H & r block free tax filing irs. H & r block free tax filing gov/efile for additional information. H & r block free tax filing For EFTPS, visit www. H & r block free tax filing eftps. H & r block free tax filing gov or call EFTPS Customer Service at 1-800-555-4477 (business), 1-800-316-6541 (individual), or 1-800-733-4829 (TDD) for additional information. H & r block free tax filing For electronic filing of Form W-2, visit www. H & r block free tax filing socialsecurity. H & r block free tax filing gov/employer. H & r block free tax filing If you are filing your tax return or paying your federal taxes electronically, a valid EIN is required. H & r block free tax filing If a valid EIN is not provided, the return or payment will not be processed. H & r block free tax filing This may result in penalties and delays in processing your return or payment. H & r block free tax filing Electronic funds withdrawal (EFW). H & r block free tax filing  If you file Form 943 electronically, you can e-file and e-pay (electronic funds withdrawal) the balance due in a single step using tax preparation software or through a tax professional. H & r block free tax filing However, do not use EFW to make federal tax deposits. H & r block free tax filing For more information on paying your taxes using EFW, visit the IRS website at www. H & r block free tax filing irs. H & r block free tax filing gov/e-pay. H & r block free tax filing A fee may be charged to file electronically. H & r block free tax filing Credit or debit card payments. H & r block free tax filing   Employers can pay the balance due shown on Form 943 by credit or debit card. H & r block free tax filing Do not use a credit or debit card to make federal tax deposits. H & r block free tax filing For more information on paying your taxes with a credit or debit card, visit the IRS website at www. H & r block free tax filing irs. H & r block free tax filing gov/e-pay. H & r block free tax filing When you hire a new employee. H & r block free tax filing  Ask each new employee to complete the 2014 Form W-4 or its Spanish version, Formulario W-4(SP), Certificado de Exención de Retenciones del Empleado. H & r block free tax filing Also, ask the employee to show you his or her social security card so that you can record the employee's name and social security number accurately. H & r block free tax filing If the employee has lost the card or recently changed names, have the employee apply for a duplicate or corrected card. H & r block free tax filing If the employee does not have a card, have the employee apply for one on Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. H & r block free tax filing See section 1 for more information. H & r block free tax filing Eligibility for employment. H & r block free tax filing  You must verify that each new employee is legally eligible to work in the United States. H & r block free tax filing This includes completing the U. H & r block free tax filing S. H & r block free tax filing Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. H & r block free tax filing You can get the form from USCIS offices or by calling 1-800-870-3676. H & r block free tax filing Contact the USCIS at 1-800-375-5283, or visit the USCIS website at www. H & r block free tax filing uscis. H & r block free tax filing gov for more information. H & r block free tax filing New hire reporting. H & r block free tax filing   You are required to report any new employee to a designated state new-hire registry. H & r block free tax filing A new employee is an employee who has not previously been employed by you or was previously employed by you but has been separated from such prior employment for at least 60 consecutive days. H & r block free tax filing Many states accept a copy of Form W-4 with employer information added. H & r block free tax filing Visit the Office of Child Support Enforcement's website at www. H & r block free tax filing acf. H & r block free tax filing hhs. H & r block free tax filing gov/programs/cse/newhire for more information. H & r block free tax filing Dishonored payments. H & r block free tax filing  Any form of payment that is dishonored and returned from a financial institution is subject to a penalty. H & r block free tax filing The penalty is $25 or 2% of the payment, whichever is more. H & r block free tax filing However, the penalty on dishonored payments of $24. H & r block free tax filing 99 or less is an amount equal to the payment. H & r block free tax filing For example, a dishonored payment of $18 is charged a penalty of $18. H & r block free tax filing Forms in Spanish. H & r block free tax filing  You can provide Formulario W-4(SP) in place of Form W-4 to your Spanish-speaking employees. H & r block free tax filing For more information, see Publicación 17(SP), El Impuesto Federal sobre los Ingresos (Para Personas Físicas). H & r block free tax filing For nonemployees, Formulario W-9(SP), Solicitud y Certificación del Número de Identificación del Contribuyente, may be used in place of Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. H & r block free tax filing References in this publication to Form W-4 or Form W-9 also apply to their equivalent Spanish translations—Formulario W-4(SP) or Formulario W-9(SP). H & r block free tax filing Information returns. H & r block free tax filing  You may be required to file information returns to report certain types of payments made during the year. H & r block free tax filing For example, you must file Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, to report payments of $600 or more to persons not treated as employees (for example, independent contractors) for services performed for your trade or business. H & r block free tax filing For details about filing Forms 1099 and for information about required electronic filing, see the General Instructions for Certain Information Returns for general information and the separate, specific instructions for each information return that you file (for example, Instructions for Form 1099-MISC). H & r block free tax filing Generally, do not use Forms 1099 to report wages or other compensation that you paid to employees; report these amounts on Form W-2. H & r block free tax filing See the General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3 for details about filing Forms W-2 and for information about required electronic filing. H & r block free tax filing If you file 250 or more Forms W-2, you must file them electronically. H & r block free tax filing SSA will not accept Forms W-2 and W-3 filed on any magnetic media. H & r block free tax filing Information reporting customer service site. H & r block free tax filing  The IRS operates the Enterprise Computing Center—Martinsburg, a centralized customer service site, to answer questions about reporting on Forms W-2, W-3, 1099, and other information returns. H & r block free tax filing If you have questions related to reporting on information returns, you may call 1-866-455-7438 (toll free), 304-263-8700 (toll call), or 304-267-3367 (TDD/TTY for persons who are deaf, heard of hearing, or have a speech disability). H & r block free tax filing The call site can also be reached by email at mccirp@irs. H & r block free tax filing gov. H & r block free tax filing Do not include tax identification numbers (TINs) or attachments in email correspondence because electronic mail is not secure. H & r block free tax filing Web-based application for an employer identification number (EIN). H & r block free tax filing  You can apply for an employer identification number (EIN) online by visiting IRS. H & r block free tax filing gov and clicking on the Apply for an EIN Online link under Tools. H & r block free tax filing When a crew leader furnishes workers to you. H & r block free tax filing  Record the crew leader's name, address, and EIN. H & r block free tax filing See sections 2 and 10. H & r block free tax filing Change of address. H & r block free tax filing  Use Form 8822-B to notify the IRS of an address change. H & r block free tax filing Do not mail form 8822-B with your employment tax return. H & r block free tax filing Ordering forms and publications. H & r block free tax filing  You can order your 2013 and 2014 employment tax and information return forms, instructions, and publications online at www. H & r block free tax filing irs. H & r block free tax filing gov/businesses. H & r block free tax filing Click on the Online Ordering for Information Returns and Employer Returns. H & r block free tax filing You can also visit www. H & r block free tax filing irs. H & r block free tax filing gov/formspubs to download other forms and publications. H & r block free tax filing Instead of ordering paper Forms W-2 and W-3, consider filing them electronically using the Social Security Administration's (SSA) free e-file service. H & r block free tax filing Visit the SSA's Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information website at  www. H & r block free tax filing socialsecurity. H & r block free tax filing gov/employer, to register for Business Services Online. H & r block free tax filing You will be able to create and file “fill-in” versions of Forms W-2 with SSA and can print out completed copies of Forms W-2 for filing with state and local governments, distribution to your employees, and for your records. H & r block free tax filing Form W-3 will be created for you based on your Forms W-2. H & r block free tax filing Tax Questions. H & r block free tax filing   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. H & r block free tax filing gov or call 1-800-829-4933 (businesses), 1-800-829-1040 (individuals), or 1-800-829-4059 (TDD/TTY for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability) Monday–Friday from 7:00 a. H & r block free tax filing m. H & r block free tax filing –7:00 p. H & r block free tax filing m. H & r block free tax filing local time (Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific time). H & r block free tax filing We cannot answer tax questions sent to the address provided later for comments and suggestions. H & r block free tax filing Recordkeeping. H & r block free tax filing  Keep all records of employment taxes for at least 4 years. H & r block free tax filing These should be available for IRS review. H & r block free tax filing Your records should include the following information. H & r block free tax filing Your employer identification number (EIN). H & r block free tax filing Amounts and dates of all wage, annuity, and pension payments. H & r block free tax filing Names, addresses, social security numbers, and occupations of employees and recipients. H & r block free tax filing Any employee copies of Forms W-2 and W-2c returned to you as undeliverable. H & r block free tax filing Dates of employment for each employee. H & r block free tax filing Periods for which employees and recipients were paid while absent due to sickness or injury and the amount and weekly rate of payments you or third-party payers made to them. H & r block free tax filing Copies of employees' and recipients' income tax withholding allowance certificates (Forms W-4, W-4(SP), W-4P, and W-4S). H & r block free tax filing Dates and amounts of tax deposits you made and acknowledgment numbers for deposits made by EFTPS. H & r block free tax filing Copies of returns filed and confirmation numbers. H & r block free tax filing Records of fringe benefits and expense reimbursements provided to your employees, including substantiation. H & r block free tax filing If a crew leader furnished you with farmworkers, you must keep a record of the name, permanent mailing address, and EIN of the crew leader. H & r block free tax filing If the crew leader has no permanent mailing address, record his or her present address. H & r block free tax filing Private delivery services. H & r block free tax filing  You can use certain private delivery services designated by the IRS to send tax returns and payments. H & r block free tax filing The list includes only the following. H & r block free tax filing DHL Express (DHL): DHL Same Day Service. H & r block free tax filing Federal Express (FedEx): FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx 2Day, FedEx International Priority, and FedEx International First. H & r block free tax filing United Parcel Service (UPS): UPS Next Day Air, UPS Next Day Air Saver, UPS 2nd Day Air, UPS 2nd Day Air A. H & r block free tax filing M. H & r block free tax filing , UPS Worldwide Express Plus, and UPS Worldwide Express. H & r block free tax filing For the IRS mailing address to use if you are using a private delivery service, go to IRS. H & r block free tax filing gov and enter "private delivery service" in the search box. H & r block free tax filing Your private delivery service can tell you how to get written proof of the mailing date. H & r block free tax filing Private delivery services cannot deliver items to P. H & r block free tax filing O. H & r block free tax filing boxes. H & r block free tax filing You must use the U. H & r block free tax filing S. H & r block free tax filing Postal Service to mail any item to an IRS P. H & r block free tax filing O. H & r block free tax filing box address. H & r block free tax filing Photographs of missing children. H & r block free tax filing  The IRS is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. H & r block free tax filing Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. H & r block free tax filing You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. H & r block free tax filing Calendar The following are important dates and responsibilities. H & r block free tax filing See section 7 for information about depositing taxes reported on Forms 941, 943, 944, and 945. H & r block free tax filing Also see Publication 509, Tax Calendars. H & r block free tax filing   If any date shown below for filing a return, furnishing a form, or depositing taxes falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the due date is the next business day. H & r block free tax filing A statewide legal holiday delays a filing due date only if the IRS office where you are required to file is located in that state. H & r block free tax filing However, a statewide legal holiday does not delay the due date of federal tax deposits. H & r block free tax filing See Deposits on Business Days Only in section 7. H & r block free tax filing For any filing due date, you will meet the “file” or “furnish” requirement if the envelope containing the return or form is properly addressed, contains sufficient postage, and is postmarked by the U. H & r block free tax filing S. H & r block free tax filing Postal Service on or before the due date, or sent by an IRS-designated delivery service on or before the due date. H & r block free tax filing See Private delivery services under Reminders. H & r block free tax filing By January 31 . H & r block free tax filing   File Form 943. H & r block free tax filing See section 8 for more information on Form 943. H & r block free tax filing If you deposited all Form 943 taxes when due, you have 10 additional calendar days to file. H & r block free tax filing Furnish each employee with a completed Form W-2. H & r block free tax filing Furnish each recipient to whom you paid $600 or more in nonemployee compensation with a completed Form 1099 (for example, Form 1099-MISC). H & r block free tax filing File Form 940, Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return. H & r block free tax filing See section 10 for more information on FUTA. H & r block free tax filing If you deposited all the FUTA tax when due, you have 10 additional calendar days to file. H & r block free tax filing File Form 945, Annual Return of Withheld Federal Income Tax, to report any nonpayroll federal income tax withheld in 2013. H & r block free tax filing If you deposited all Form 945 taxes when due, you have 10 additional calendar days to file. H & r block free tax filing By February 15. H & r block free tax filing  Ask for a new Form W-4 or Formulario W-4(SP) from each employee who claimed exemption from federal income tax withholding last year. H & r block free tax filing On February 16. H & r block free tax filing  Any Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding for the previous year has now expired. H & r block free tax filing Begin withholding for any employee who previously claimed exemption from withholding but has not given you a new Form W-4 for the current year. H & r block free tax filing If the employee does not give you a new Form W-4, withhold tax based on the last valid Form W-4 you have for the employee that does not claim exemption from withholding or, if one does not exist, as if he or she is single with zero withholding allowances. H & r block free tax filing See section 5 for more information. H & r block free tax filing If the employee furnishes a new Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding after February 15, you may apply the exemption to future wages, but do not refund taxes withheld while the exempt status was not in place. H & r block free tax filing By February 28. H & r block free tax filing   File paper Forms 1099 and 1096. H & r block free tax filing File Copy A of all paper Forms 1099 with Form 1096, Annual Summary and Transmittal of U. H & r block free tax filing S. H & r block free tax filing Information Returns, with the IRS. H & r block free tax filing For electronically filed returns, see By March 31 below. H & r block free tax filing File paper Forms W-2 and W-3. H & r block free tax filing File Copy A of all paper Forms W-2 with Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, with the SSA. H & r block free tax filing For electronically filed returns, see By March 31 next. H & r block free tax filing By March 31. H & r block free tax filing   File electronic Forms W-2 and 1099. H & r block free tax filing File electronic Forms W-2 with the SSA and Forms 1099 with the IRS. H & r block free tax filing For more information on reporting Form W-2 information to the SSA electronically, visit the SSA's Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information webpage at www. H & r block free tax filing socialsecurity. H & r block free tax filing gov/employer. H & r block free tax filing For information on filing information returns electronically with the IRS, see Publication 1220, Specifications for Electronic Filing of Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, 8935, and W-2G. H & r block free tax filing By April 30, July 31, October 31, and January 31. H & r block free tax filing   Deposit FUTA taxes. H & r block free tax filing Deposit FUTA tax if the undeposited amount is over $500. H & r block free tax filing Before December 1. H & r block free tax filing  Remind employees to submit a new Form W-4 if their marital status or withholding allowances have changed or will change for the next year. H & r block free tax filing Introduction This publication is for employers of agricultural workers (farmworkers). H & r block free tax filing It contains information that you may need to comply with the laws for agricultural labor (farmwork) relating to social security and Medicare taxes, FUTA tax, and withheld federal income tax (employment taxes). H & r block free tax filing Agricultural employers report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld federal income tax on Form 943 and report FUTA tax on Form 940. H & r block free tax filing If you have nonfarm employees, see Publication 15 (Circular E). H & r block free tax filing If you have employees in the U. H & r block free tax filing S. H & r block free tax filing Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, see Publication 80 (Circular SS). H & r block free tax filing Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide, contains more employment-related information, including information about sick pay and pension income. H & r block free tax filing Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits, contains information about the employment tax treatment and valuation of various types of noncash compensation. H & r block free tax filing Comments and suggestions. H & r block free tax filing   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. H & r block free tax filing   You can write to us at the following address:  Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division  1111 Constitution Ave. H & r block free tax filing NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. H & r block free tax filing Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. H & r block free tax filing   You can also send us comments from www. H & r block free tax filing irs. H & r block free tax filing gov/formspubs. H & r block free tax filing Click on More Information and then click on Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. H & r block free tax filing   Although we cannot respond individually to each email, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax forms, instructions, and publications. H & r block free tax filing COBRA premium assistance credit. H & r block free tax filing   The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) provides certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates. H & r block free tax filing COBRA generally covers multiemployer health plans and health plans maintained by private-sector employers (other than churches) with 20 or more full and part-time employees. H & r block free tax filing Parallel requirements apply to these plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). H & r block free tax filing Under the Public Health Service Act, COBRA requirements apply also to health plans covering state or local government employees. H & r block free tax filing Similar requirements apply under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and under some state laws. H & r block free tax filing For the premium assistance (or subsidy) discussed below, these requirements are all referred to as COBRA requirements. H & r block free tax filing   Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), employers are allowed a credit against “payroll taxes” (referred to in this publication as “employment taxes”) for providing COBRA premium assistance to assistance eligible individuals. H & r block free tax filing For periods of COBRA continuation coverage beginning after February 16, 2009, a group health plan must treat an assistance eligible individual as having paid the required COBRA continuation coverage premium if the individual elects COBRA coverage and pays 35% of the amount of the premium. H & r block free tax filing   An assistance eligible individual is a qualified beneficiary of an employer's group health plan who is eligible for COBRA continuation coverage during the period beginning September 1, 2008, and ending May 31, 2010, due to the involuntarily termination from employment of a covered employee during the period and elects continuation COBRA coverage. H & r block free tax filing The assistance for the coverage can last up to 15 months. H & r block free tax filing   Employees terminated during the period beginning September 1, 2008, and ending May 31, 2010, who received a severance package that delayed the start of the COBRA continuation coverage, may still be eligible for premium assistance for COBRA continuation coverage. H & r block free tax filing For more information, see Notice 2009-27, 2009-16 I. H & r block free tax filing R. H & r block free tax filing B. H & r block free tax filing 838, available at www. H & r block free tax filing irs. H & r block free tax filing gov/irb/2009-16_irb/ar09. H & r block free tax filing html. H & r block free tax filing   Administrators of the group health plans (or other entities) that provide or administer COBRA continuation coverage must provide notice to assistance eligible individuals of the COBRA premium assistance. H & r block free tax filing   The 65% of the premium not paid by the assistance eligible individual is reimbursed to the employer maintaining the group health plan. H & r block free tax filing The reimbursement is made through a credit against the employer's employment tax liabilities. H & r block free tax filing For information on how to claim the credit, see the Instructions for Form 943. H & r block free tax filing The credit is treated as a deposit made on the first day of the return period. H & r block free tax filing In the case of a multiemployer plan, the credit is claimed by the plan, rather than the employer. H & r block free tax filing In the case of an insured plan subject to state law continuation coverage requirements, the credit is claimed by the insurance company, rather than the employer. H & r block free tax filing   Anyone claiming the credit for COBRA premium assistance payments must maintain the following information to support their claim, including the following. H & r block free tax filing Information on the receipt of the assistance eligible individuals' 35% share of the premium including dates and amounts. H & r block free tax filing In the case of an insurance plan, a copy of invoice or other supporting statement from the insurance carrier and proof of timely payment of the full premium to the insurance carrier required under COBRA. H & r block free tax filing In the case of a self-insured plan, proof of the premium amount and proof of the coverage provided to the assistance eligible individuals. H & r block free tax filing Attestation of involuntary termination, including the date of the involuntary termination for each covered employee whose involuntary termination is the basis for eligibility for the subsidy. H & r block free tax filing Proof of each assistance eligible individual's eligibility for COBRA coverage and the election of COBRA coverage. H & r block free tax filing A record of the social security numbers (SSNs) of all covered employees, the amount of the subsidy reimbursed with respect to each covered employee, and whether the subsidy was for one individual or two or more individuals. H & r block free tax filing   For more information, visit IRS. H & r block free tax filing gov and enter “COBRA” in the search box. H & r block free tax filing Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide 15-A Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide 15-B Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits 225 Farmer's Tax Guide 535 Business Expenses 583 Starting a Business and Keeping Records 1635 Employer Identification Number: Understanding Your EIN Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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H & r block free tax filing Accelerated Cost Recovery System (ACRS) Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: ACRS Defined What Can and Cannot Be Depreciated Under ACRSRecovery Property Nonrecovery Property How To Figure the DeductionUnadjusted Basis Classes of Recovery Property Recovery Periods Alternate ACRS Method (Modified Straight Line Method) ACRS Deduction in Short Tax Year DispositionsEarly dispositions of ACRS property other than 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property. H & r block free tax filing Dispositions — mass asset accounts. H & r block free tax filing Early dispositions — 15-year real property. H & r block free tax filing Early dispositions — 18- and 19-year real property. H & r block free tax filing Depreciation Recapture Topics - This chapter discusses: The definition of ACRS What can and cannot be depreciated under ACRS How to figure the deduction Dispositions Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 551 Basis of Assets 583 Starting a Business and Keeping Records Form (and Instructions) 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4562 Depreciation and Amortization The Accelerated Cost Recovery System (ACRS) applies to property first used before 1987. H & r block free tax filing It is the name given to tax rules for getting back (recovering) through depreciation deductions the cost of property used in a trade or business or to produce income. H & r block free tax filing These rules are mandatory and generally apply to tangible property placed in service after 1980 and before 1987. H & r block free tax filing If you placed property in service during this period, you must continue to figure your depreciation under ACRS. H & r block free tax filing If you used listed property placed in service after June 18, 1984, less than 50% for business in 1995, see Predominant Use Test in chapter 3. H & r block free tax filing Listed property includes cars, other means of transportation, and certain computers. H & r block free tax filing Any additions or improvements placed in service after 1986, including any components of a building (such as plumbing, wiring, storm windows, etc. H & r block free tax filing ), are depreciated using MACRS, discussed in chapter 3 of Publication 946. H & r block free tax filing It does not matter that the underlying property is depreciated under ACRS or one of the other methods. H & r block free tax filing ACRS Defined ACRS consists of accelerated depreciation methods and an alternate ACRS method that could have been elected. H & r block free tax filing The alternate ACRS method used a recovery percentage based on a modified straight line method. H & r block free tax filing The law prescribes fixed percentages to be uses for each class of property. H & r block free tax filing Property depreciable under ACRS is called recovery property. H & r block free tax filing The recovery class of property determines the recovery period. H & r block free tax filing Generally, the class life of property places it in a 3-year, 5-year, 10-year, 15-year, 18-year, or 19-year recovery class. H & r block free tax filing Under ACRS, the prescribed percentages are used to recover the unadjusted basis of recovery property. H & r block free tax filing To figure a depreciation deduction, you multiply the prescribed percentage for the recovery class by the unadjusted basis of the recovery property. H & r block free tax filing You must continue to figure your depreciation under ACRS for property placed in service after 1980 and before 1987. H & r block free tax filing For property you placed in service after 1986, you must use MACRS, discussed in chapter 3 of Publication 946. H & r block free tax filing What Can and Cannot Be Depreciated Under ACRS ACRS applies to most depreciable tangible property placed in service after 1980 and before 1987. H & r block free tax filing It includes new or used and real or personal property. H & r block free tax filing The property must be for use in a trade or business or for the production of income. H & r block free tax filing Property you acquired before 1981 or after 1986 is not ACRS recovery property. H & r block free tax filing For information on depreciating property acquired before 1981, see chapter 2. H & r block free tax filing For information on depreciating property acquired after 1986, see chapter 3 of Publication 946. H & r block free tax filing Recovery Property Recovery property under ACRS is tangible depreciable property placed in service after 1980 and before 1987. H & r block free tax filing It generally includes new or used property that you acquired after 1980 and before 1987 for use in your trade or business or for the production of income. H & r block free tax filing Nonrecovery Property You cannot use ACRS for property you placed in service before 1981 or after 1986. H & r block free tax filing Nonrecovery property also includes: Intangible property, Property you elected to exclude from ACRS that is properly depreciated under a method of depreciation that is not based on a term of years, Certain public utility property, and Certain property acquired and excluded from ACRS because of the antichurning rules. H & r block free tax filing Intangible property. H & r block free tax filing   Intangible property is not depreciated under ACRS. H & r block free tax filing Property depreciated under methods not expressed in a term of years. H & r block free tax filing   Certain property depreciated under a method not expressed in a term of years is not depreciated under ACRS. H & r block free tax filing This included any property: If you made an irrevocable election to exclude such property, and In the first year that you could have claimed depreciation, you properly used the unit-of-production method or any method of depreciation not expressed in a term of years (not including the retirement-replacement-betterment method). H & r block free tax filing Public utility property. H & r block free tax filing   Public utility property for which the taxpayer does not use a normalization method of accounting is excluded from ACRS and is subject to depreciation under a special rule. H & r block free tax filing Additions or improvements to ACRS property after 1986. H & r block free tax filing   Any additions or improvements placed in service after 1986, including any components of a building (plumbing, wiring, storm windows, etc. H & r block free tax filing ) are depreciated using MACRS, discussed in chapter 3 of Publication 946. H & r block free tax filing It does not matter that the underlying property is depreciated under ACRS or one of the other methods. H & r block free tax filing How To Figure the Deduction After you determine that your property can be depreciated under ACRS, you are ready to figure your deduction. H & r block free tax filing Because the conventions are built into the percentage table rates, you only need to know the following: The unadjusted basis of your recovery property, The classes of recovery property, The recovery periods, and Whether to use the prescribed percentages based on accelerated methods or percentages based on using the alternate ACRS method. H & r block free tax filing Unadjusted Basis To figure your ACRS deduction, you multiply the unadjusted basis in your recovery property by its applicable percentage for the year. H & r block free tax filing Unadjusted basis is the same amount you would use to figure gain on a sale, but it is figured without taking into account any depreciation taken in earlier years. H & r block free tax filing However, reduce your original basis by the amount of amortization taken on the property and by any section 179 deduction claimed as discussed in chapter 2 of Publication 946. H & r block free tax filing If you buy property, your unadjusted basis is usually its cost minus any amortized amount and minus any section 179 deduction elected. H & r block free tax filing If you acquire property in some other way, such as by inheriting it, getting it as a gift, or building it yourself, you figure your unadjusted basis under other rules. H & r block free tax filing See Publication 551. H & r block free tax filing Classes of Recovery Property All recovery property under ACRS is in one of the following classes. H & r block free tax filing The class for your property was determined when you began to depreciate it. H & r block free tax filing 3-Year Property 3-year property includes automobiles, light-duty trucks (actual unloaded weight less than 13,000 pounds), and tractor units for use over-the-road. H & r block free tax filing Race horses over 2 years old when placed in service are 3-year property. H & r block free tax filing Any other horses over 12 years old when you placed them in service are also included in the 3-year property class. H & r block free tax filing The ACRS percentages for 3-year recovery property are: Recovery Period Percentage 1st year 25% 2nd year 38% 3rd year 37% If you used the percentages above to depreciate your 3-year recovery property, your property, except for certain passenger automobiles, is fully depreciated. H & r block free tax filing You cannot claim depreciation for this property after 1988. H & r block free tax filing 5-Year Property 5-year property includes computers, copiers, and equipment, such as office furniture and fixtures. H & r block free tax filing It also includes single purpose agricultural or horticultural structures and petroleum storage facilities (other than buildings and their structural components). H & r block free tax filing The ACRS percentages for 5-year recovery property are: Recovery period Percentage 1st year 15% 2nd year 22% 3rd through 5th year 21% If you used the percentages above to depreciate your 5-year recovery property, it is fully depreciated. H & r block free tax filing You cannot claim depreciation for this property after 1990. H & r block free tax filing 10-Year Property 10-year property includes certain real property such as theme-park structures and certain public utility property. H & r block free tax filing Manufactured homes (including mobile homes) and railroad tank cars are also 10-year property. H & r block free tax filing You do not treat a building, and its structural components, as 10-year property by reason of a change in use after you placed the property in service. H & r block free tax filing For example, a building (15-year real property) that was placed in service in 1981 and was converted to a theme-park structure in 1986 remains 15-year real property. H & r block free tax filing The ACRS percentages for 10-year recovery property are: Recovery Period Percentage 1st year 8% 2nd year 14% 3rd year 12% 4th through 6th year 10% 7th through 10th year 9% If you used the percentages above, you cannot claim depreciation for this property after 1995. H & r block free tax filing Example. H & r block free tax filing On April 21, 1986, you bought and placed in service a new mobile home for $26,000 to be used as rental property. H & r block free tax filing You paid $10,000 cash and signed a note for $16,000 giving you an unadjusted basis of $26,000. H & r block free tax filing On June 8, 1986, you bought and placed in service a used mobile home for use as rental property at a total cost of $11,500. H & r block free tax filing The total unadjusted basis of your 10-year recovery property placed in service in 1986 was $37,500 ($26,000 + $11,500). H & r block free tax filing Your ACRS deduction was $3,000 (8% × $37,500). H & r block free tax filing In 1987, your ACRS deduction was $5,250 (14% × $37,500). H & r block free tax filing In 1988, your ACRS deduction was $4,500 (12% × $37,500). H & r block free tax filing In 1989, 1990, and 1991, your ACRS deduction was $3,750 (10% × $37,500). H & r block free tax filing In 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 your deduction for each year is $3,375 (9% × $37,500). H & r block free tax filing 15-Year Real Property 15-year real property is real property that is recovery property placed in service before March 16, 1984. H & r block free tax filing It includes all real property, such as buildings, other than that designated as 5-year or 10-year property. H & r block free tax filing Unlike the 3-, 5-, or 10-year classes of property, the percentages for 15-year real property depend on when you placed the property in service during your tax year. H & r block free tax filing You could group 15-year real property by month and year placed in service. H & r block free tax filing In Table 1, at the end of this publication in the Appendix, find the month in your tax year that you placed the property in service in your trade or business or for the production of income. H & r block free tax filing You use the percentages listed under that month for each year of the recovery period to determine your depreciation deduction each year. H & r block free tax filing Example. H & r block free tax filing On March 5, 1984, you placed an apartment building in service in your business. H & r block free tax filing It is 15-year real property. H & r block free tax filing After subtracting the value of the land, your unadjusted basis in the building is $250,000. H & r block free tax filing You use the calendar year as your tax year. H & r block free tax filing March is the third month of your tax year. H & r block free tax filing Your ACRS deduction for 1984 was $25,000 (10% × $250,000). H & r block free tax filing For 1985, the percentage for the third month of the second year of the recovery period is 11%. H & r block free tax filing Your deduction was $27,500 (11% × $250,000). H & r block free tax filing For the third, fourth, and fifth years of the recovery period (1986, 1987, and 1988), the percentages are 9%, 8%, and 7%. H & r block free tax filing For 1989 through 1992, the percentage for the third month is 6%. H & r block free tax filing Your deduction each year is $15,000 (6% × $250,000). H & r block free tax filing For 1993, 1994, and 1995, the percentage for the third month is 5%. H & r block free tax filing Your depreciation deduction is $12,500 (5% × $250,000) for 1993, 1994, and 1995. H & r block free tax filing Low-Income Housing Low-income housing that was assigned a 15-year recovery period under ACRS includes the following types of property: Federally assisted housing projects where the mortgage is insured under section 221(d)(3) or 236 of the National Housing Act, or housing financed or assisted by direct loan or tax abatement under similar provisions of state or local laws. H & r block free tax filing Low-income rental housing for which a depreciation deduction for rehabilitation expenditures is allowed. H & r block free tax filing Low-income rental housing held for occupancy by families or individuals eligible to receive subsidies under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, or under the provisions of state or local laws that authorize similar subsidies for low-income families. H & r block free tax filing Housing financed or assisted by direct loan or insured under Title V of the Housing Act of 1949. H & r block free tax filing The ACRS percentages for low-income housing real property, like the regular 15-year real property percentages, depend on when you placed the property in service. H & r block free tax filing Find the month in your tax year in Table 2 or 3 at the end of this publication in the Appendix that you first placed the property in service as rental housing. H & r block free tax filing Use the percentages listed under that month for each year of the recovery period. H & r block free tax filing Table 2 shows percentages for low-income housing placed in service before May 9, 1985. H & r block free tax filing Table 3 shows percentages for low-income housing placed in service after May 8, 1985, and before 1987. H & r block free tax filing Example. H & r block free tax filing In May 1986, you acquired and placed in service a house that qualified as low-income rental housing under item 3) of the above listing. H & r block free tax filing You use the calendar year as your tax year. H & r block free tax filing You use Table C–3 because the property was placed in service after May 8, 1985. H & r block free tax filing Your unadjusted basis for the property, not including the land, was $59,000. H & r block free tax filing Your deduction for 1986 through 2001 is shown in the following table. H & r block free tax filing Year Rate Deduction 1986 8. H & r block free tax filing 9% $5,251 1987 12. H & r block free tax filing 1% 7,139 1988 10. H & r block free tax filing 5% 6,195 1989 9. H & r block free tax filing 1% 5,369 1990 7. H & r block free tax filing 9% 4,661 1991 6. H & r block free tax filing 9% 4,071 1992 5. H & r block free tax filing 9% 3,481 1993 5. H & r block free tax filing 2% 3,068 1994 4. H & r block free tax filing 6% 2,714 1995 4. H & r block free tax filing 6% 2,714 1996 4. H & r block free tax filing 6% 2,714 1997 4. H & r block free tax filing 6% 2,714 1998 4. H & r block free tax filing 6% 2,714 1999 4. H & r block free tax filing 5% 2,655 2000 4. H & r block free tax filing 5% 2,655 2001 1. H & r block free tax filing 5% 885 18-Year Real Property 18-year real property is real property that is recovery property placed in service after March 15, 1984, and before May 9, 1985. H & r block free tax filing It includes real property, such as buildings, other than that designated as 5-year, 10-year, 15-year real property, or low-income housing. H & r block free tax filing The ACRS percentages for 18-year real property depend on when you placed the property in service in your trade or business or for the production of income during your tax year. H & r block free tax filing There are also tables for 18-year real property in the Appendix. H & r block free tax filing Table 4 shows the percentages for 18-year real property you placed in service after June 22, 1984, and before May 9, 1985. H & r block free tax filing Table 5 is for 18-year real property placed in service after March 15, 1984, and before June 23, 1984. H & r block free tax filing Find the month in your tax year that you placed the property in service in a trade or business or for the production of income. H & r block free tax filing Use the percentages listed under that month for each year of the recovery period. H & r block free tax filing Example. H & r block free tax filing On April 28, 1985, you bought and placed in service a rental house. H & r block free tax filing The house, not including the land, cost $95,000. H & r block free tax filing This is your unadjusted basis for the house. H & r block free tax filing You use the calendar year as your tax year. H & r block free tax filing Because the house was placed in service after June 22, 1984, and before May 9, 1985, it is 18-year real property. H & r block free tax filing You use Table 4 to figure your deduction for the house. H & r block free tax filing April is the fourth month of your tax year. H & r block free tax filing Your deduction for 1985 through 2003 is shown in the following table. H & r block free tax filing Year Rate Deduction 1985 7. H & r block free tax filing 0% $6,650 1986 9. H & r block free tax filing 0% 8,550 1987 8. H & r block free tax filing 0% 7,600 1988 7. H & r block free tax filing 0% 6,650 1989 7. H & r block free tax filing 0% 6,650 1990 6. H & r block free tax filing 0% 5,700 1991 5. H & r block free tax filing 0% 4,750 1992 5. H & r block free tax filing 0% 4,750 1993 5. H & r block free tax filing 0% 4,750 1994 5. H & r block free tax filing 0% 4,750 1995 5. H & r block free tax filing 0% 4,750 1996 5. H & r block free tax filing 0% 4,750 1997 5. H & r block free tax filing 0% 4,750 1998 4. H & r block free tax filing 0% 3,800 1999 4. H & r block free tax filing 0% 3,800 2000 4. H & r block free tax filing 0% 3,800 2001 4. H & r block free tax filing 0% 3,800 2002 4. H & r block free tax filing 0% 3,800 2003 1. H & r block free tax filing 0% 950 19-Year Real Property 19-year real property is real property that is recovery property placed in service after May 8, 1985, and before 1987. H & r block free tax filing It includes all real property, other than that designated as 5-year, 10-year, 15-year, or 18-year real property, or low-income housing. H & r block free tax filing The ACRS percentages for 19-year real property depend on when you placed the property in service in a trade or business or for the production of income during your tax year. H & r block free tax filing Table 6 shows the percentages for 19-year real property. H & r block free tax filing You find the month in your tax year that you placed the property in service. H & r block free tax filing You use the percentages listed under that month for each year of the recovery period. H & r block free tax filing Recovery Periods Each item of recovery property is assigned to a class of property. H & r block free tax filing The classes of recovery property establish the recovery periods over which the unadjusted basis of items in a class is recovered. H & r block free tax filing The classes of property are: 3-Year property 5-Year property 10-Year property 15-Year real property Low-income housing 18-Year real property 19-Year real property Alternate ACRS Method (Modified Straight Line Method) ACRS provides an alternate ACRS method that could be elected. H & r block free tax filing This alternate ACRS method uses a recovery percentage based on a modified straight line method. H & r block free tax filing This alternate ACRS method generally uses percentages other than those from the tables. H & r block free tax filing If you elected the alternate ACRS method, you determine the recovery period by using the following schedule. H & r block free tax filing This schedule is for other than 18- and 19-year real property and low-income housing: In the case of: You could have elected a recovery period of: 3-year property 3, 5, or 12 years 5-year property 5, 12, or 25 years 15-year real property 15, 35, or 45 years Percentages. H & r block free tax filing   The straight-line percentages for the alternate ACRS method are: Recovery Period Percentage 5 years 20. H & r block free tax filing 00% 10 years 10. H & r block free tax filing 00% 12 years 8. H & r block free tax filing 333% 15 years 6. H & r block free tax filing 667% 25 years 4. H & r block free tax filing 00% 35 years 2. H & r block free tax filing 857%   You apply the percentage to the unadjusted basis(defined earlier) of the property to figure your ACRS deduction. H & r block free tax filing There are tables for 18- and 19-year real property later in this publication in the Appendix. H & r block free tax filing For 15-year real property, see 15-year real property, later. H & r block free tax filing 3-, 5-, and 10-year property. H & r block free tax filing   If you elected to use an alternate recovery percentage, you have to use the same recovery percentage for all property in that class that you placed in service in that tax year. H & r block free tax filing This applies throughout the recovery period you selected. H & r block free tax filing Half-year convention. H & r block free tax filing   If you elected the alternate method, only a half-year of depreciation was deducted for the year you placed the property in service. H & r block free tax filing This applied regardless of when in the tax year you placed the property in service. H & r block free tax filing For each of the remaining years in the recovery period, you take a full year's deduction. H & r block free tax filing If you hold the property for the entire recovery period, a half-year of depreciation is allowable for the year following the end of the recovery period. H & r block free tax filing Example. H & r block free tax filing You operate a small upholstery business. H & r block free tax filing On March 19, 1986, you bought and placed in service a $13,000 light-duty panel truck to be used in your business and a $500 electric saw. H & r block free tax filing You elected to use the alternate ACRS method. H & r block free tax filing You did not elect to take a section 179 deduction. H & r block free tax filing You decided to recover the cost of the truck, which is 3-year recovery property, over 5 years. H & r block free tax filing The saw is 5-year property, but you decided to recover its cost over 12 years. H & r block free tax filing For 1986, your ACRS deduction reflected the half-year convention. H & r block free tax filing In the first year, you deducted half of the amount determined for a full year. H & r block free tax filing Your ACRS deduction for 1986 is as follows: Light-duty truck   5 years straight line = 20% 20% ÷ $13,000 = $2,600 Half-year convention -½ of $2,600= $1,300. H & r block free tax filing 00     Electric saw   12 years straight line = 8. H & r block free tax filing 333% 8. H & r block free tax filing 333% ÷ $500 = $41. H & r block free tax filing 67 Half-year convention -½ of $41. H & r block free tax filing 67= 20. H & r block free tax filing 84 Total ACRS deduction for 1986 $1,320. H & r block free tax filing 84       You take a full year of depreciation for both the truck and the saw for the years 1987 through 1990. H & r block free tax filing Your ACRS deduction for each of those years is as follows: Light-duty truck   5 years straight line = 20% 20% ÷ $13,000 = $2,600     Electric saw     12 years straight line = 8. H & r block free tax filing 333% 8. H & r block free tax filing 333% ÷ $500 = $41. H & r block free tax filing 67 Total annual ACRS deduction for 1987 through 1990 $2,641. H & r block free tax filing 67       In 1991, you take a half-year of depreciation for the truck and a full year of depreciation for the saw. H & r block free tax filing Your ACRS deduction for 1991 is as follows: Light-duty truck   5 years straight line = 20% 20% ÷ $13,000 = $2,600 Half-year convention -½ of $2,600= $1,300. H & r block free tax filing 00     Electric saw   12 years straight line = 8. H & r block free tax filing 333% 8. H & r block free tax filing 333% ÷ $500 = $41. H & r block free tax filing 67 Total ACRS deduction for 1991 $1,341. H & r block free tax filing 67       The truck is fully depreciated after 1991. H & r block free tax filing You take a full year of depreciation for the saw for the years 1992 through 1997. H & r block free tax filing Your ACRS deduction for each of those years is as follows: Electric saw     12 years straight line = 8. H & r block free tax filing 333% 8. H & r block free tax filing 333% ÷ $500 = $41. H & r block free tax filing 67 Total annual ACRS deduction for 1992 through 1997 $41. H & r block free tax filing 67       You take a half-year of depreciation for the saw for 1998. H & r block free tax filing Your ACRS deduction for 1998 is as follows: Electric saw   12 years straight line = 8. H & r block free tax filing 333% 8. H & r block free tax filing 333% ÷ $500 = $41. H & r block free tax filing 67 Half-year convention -½ of $41. H & r block free tax filing 67= 20. H & r block free tax filing 84 Total ACRS deduction for 1998 $20. H & r block free tax filing 84       The saw is fully depreciated after 1998. H & r block free tax filing 15-year real property. H & r block free tax filing   Under ACRS, you could also elect to use the alternate ACRS method for 15-year real property. H & r block free tax filing The alternate ACRS method allows you to depreciate your 15-year real property using the straight line ACRS method over the alternate recovery periods of 15, 35, or 45 years. H & r block free tax filing If you selected a 15-year recovery period, you use the percentage (6. H & r block free tax filing 667%) from the schedule above. H & r block free tax filing You prorate this percentage for the number of months the property was in service in the first year. H & r block free tax filing If you selected a 35- or 45-year recovery period, you use either Table 11 or 15. H & r block free tax filing Alternate periods for 18-year real property. H & r block free tax filing   For 18-year real property, the alternate recovery periods are 18, 35, or 45 years. H & r block free tax filing The percentages for 18-year real property under the alternate method are in Tables 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, and 15 in the Appendix. H & r block free tax filing There are two tables for each alternate recovery period. H & r block free tax filing One table shows the percentage for property placed in service after June 22, 1984. H & r block free tax filing The other table has the percentages for property placed in service after March 15, 1984, and before June 23, 1984. H & r block free tax filing Alternate periods for 19-year real property. H & r block free tax filing   For 19-year real property, the alternate recovery periods are 19, 35, or 45 years. H & r block free tax filing If you selected a 19-year recovery period, use Table 9 to determine your deduction. H & r block free tax filing If you select a 35- or 45-year recovery period, use either Table 13 or 14. H & r block free tax filing Example. H & r block free tax filing You placed in service an apartment building on August 3, 1986. H & r block free tax filing The building is 19-year real property. H & r block free tax filing The sales contract allocated $300,000 to the building and $100,000 to the land. H & r block free tax filing You use the calendar year as your tax year. H & r block free tax filing You chose the alternate ACRS method over a recovery period of 35 years. H & r block free tax filing For 1986, you figure your ACRS deduction usingTable 13. H & r block free tax filing August is the eighth month of your tax year. H & r block free tax filing The percentage from Table 13 for the eighth month is 1. H & r block free tax filing 1%. H & r block free tax filing Your deduction was $3,300 ($300,000 ÷ 1. H & r block free tax filing 1%). H & r block free tax filing The deduction rate from ACRS Table 13 for years 2 through 20 is 2. H & r block free tax filing 9% so that your deduction in 1987 through 2005 is $8,700 ($300,000 ÷ 2. H & r block free tax filing 9%). H & r block free tax filing Alternate periods for low-income housing. H & r block free tax filing   For low-income housing, the alternate recovery periods are 15, 35, or 45 years. H & r block free tax filing If you selected a 15-year period for this property, use 6. H & r block free tax filing 667% as the percentage. H & r block free tax filing If you selected a 35- or 45-year period, use either Table 11, 12, or 15. H & r block free tax filing Election. H & r block free tax filing   You had to make the election to use the alternate ACRS method by the return due date (including extensions) for the tax year you placed the property in service. H & r block free tax filing Revocation of election. H & r block free tax filing   Your election to use an alternate ACRS method, once made, can be changed only with the consent of the Commissioner. H & r block free tax filing The Commissioner grants consent only in extraordinary circumstances. H & r block free tax filing Any request for a revocation will be considered a request for a ruling. H & r block free tax filing ACRS Deduction in Short Tax Year For a tax year that is less than 12 months, the ACRS deduction is prorated on a 12-month basis. H & r block free tax filing Figure the amount of the ACRS deduction for a short tax year as follows: First, you figure the ACRS deduction for a full year. H & r block free tax filing You figure this by multiplying the unadjusted basis by the recovery percentage. H & r block free tax filing You then multiply the ACRS deduction determined for a full tax year by a fraction. H & r block free tax filing The numerator (top number) of the fraction is the number of months in the short tax year and the denominator (bottom number) is 12. H & r block free tax filing For example, a corporation placed in service in June 1986 an item of 3-year property with an unadjusted basis of $10,000. H & r block free tax filing The corporation files a tax return, because of a change in its accounting period, for the 6-month short tax year ending June 30, 1986. H & r block free tax filing The full year's ACRS deduction for this item is $2,500 ($10,000 ÷ 25%), the first year percentage from the 3-year table. H & r block free tax filing The ACRS deduction for the short tax year is $1,250 ($2,500 ÷ 6/12). H & r block free tax filing You use the full ACRS percentages during the remaining years of the recovery period. H & r block free tax filing For the first tax year after the recovery period, the unrecovered basis will be deductible. H & r block free tax filing Exception. H & r block free tax filing   For the tax year in which you placed 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property in service or in the tax year you dispose of it, you compute the ACRS deduction for the number of months that the property is in service during that tax year. H & r block free tax filing You compute the number of months using either a full month or mid-month convention. H & r block free tax filing This is true regardless of the number of months in the tax year and the recovery period and method used. H & r block free tax filing Dispositions A disposition is the permanent withdrawal of property from use in your trade or business or in the production of income. H & r block free tax filing You can make a withdrawal by sale, exchange, retirement, abandonment, or destruction. H & r block free tax filing You generally recognize gain or loss on the disposition of an asset by sale. H & r block free tax filing However, nonrecognition rules can allow you to postpone some gain. H & r block free tax filing See Publication 544. H & r block free tax filing If you physically abandon property, you can deduct as a loss the adjusted basis of the asset at the time of its abandonment. H & r block free tax filing Your intent must be to discard the asset so that you will not use it again or retrieve it for sale, exchange, or other disposition. H & r block free tax filing Early dispositions. H & r block free tax filing   The disposal of an asset before the end of its specified recovery period, is referred to as an early disposition. H & r block free tax filing When an early disposition occurs, the depreciation deduction in the year of disposition depends on the class of property involved. H & r block free tax filing Early dispositions of ACRS property other than 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property. H & r block free tax filing   Generally, you get no ACRS deduction for the tax year in which you dispose of or retire recovery property, except for 15-, 18-, and 19-year real property. H & r block free tax filing This means there is no depreciation deduction under ACRS in the year you dispose of or retire any of your 3-, 5-, or 10-year recovery property. H & r block free tax filing Dispositions — mass asset accounts. H & r block free tax filing   The law provides a special rule to avoid the calculation of gain on the disposition of assets from mass asset accounts. H & r block free tax filing A mass asset account includes items usually minor in value in relation to the group, numerous in quantity, impractical to separately identify, and not usually accounted for on a separate basis, but on a total dollar value. H & r block free tax filing Examples of mass assets include minor items of office, plant, and store furniture and fixtures. H & r block free tax filing   Under the special rule, if you elected to use a mass asset account, you recognize gain to the extent of the proceeds from the disposition of the asset. H & r block free tax filing You leave the unadjusted basis of the property in the account until recovered in future years. H & r block free tax filing If you did this, include the total proceeds realized from the disposition in income on the tax return for the year of disposition. H & r block free tax filing Early dispositions — 15-year real property. H & r block free tax filing   If you dispose of 15-year real property, you base your ACRS deduction for the year of disposition on the number of months in use. H & r block free tax filing You use a full-month convention. H & r block free tax filing For a disposition at any time during a particular month before the end of the recovery period, no deduction is allowed for the month of disposition. H & r block free tax filing This applies whether you use the regular ACRS method or elected the alternate ACRS method. H & r block free tax filing Example. H & r block free tax filing You purchased and placed in service a rental house on March 2, 1984, for $98,000 (not including the cost of land). H & r block free tax filing You file your return based on a calendar year. H & r block free tax filing Your rate from Table 1 for the third month is 10%. H & r block free tax filing Your ACRS deduction for 1984 was $9,800 ($98. H & r block free tax filing 000 ÷ 10%). H & r block free tax filing For 1985 through 1988, you figured your ACRS deductions using 11%, 9%, 8%, and 7% ÷ $98,000. H & r block free tax filing For 1989 through 1992, you figured your ACRS deductions using 6% for each year. H & r block free tax filing The deduction each year was $98,000 ÷ 6%. H & r block free tax filing For 1993 and 1994, the ACRS deduction is ($98,000 ÷ 5%) $4,900 for each year. H & r block free tax filing You sell the house on June 1, 1995. H & r block free tax filing You figure your ACRS deduction for 1995 for the full year and then prorate that amount for the months of use. H & r block free tax filing The full ACRS deduction for 1995 is $4,900 ($98,000 ÷ 5%). H & r block free tax filing You then prorate this amount to the 5 months in 1995 during which it was rented. H & r block free tax filing Your ACRS deduction for 1995 is $2,042 ($4,900 ÷ 5/12). H & r block free tax filing Early dispositions — 18- and 19-year real property. H & r block free tax filing   If you dispose of 18- or 19-year real property, you base your ACRS deduction for the year of disposition on the number of months in use. H & r block free tax filing For 18-year property placed in service before June 23, 1984, use a full-month convention on a disposition. H & r block free tax filing For 18-year property placed in service after June 22, 1984, and for 19-year property, determine the number of months in use by using the mid-month convention. H & r block free tax filing Under the mid-month convention,treat real property disposed of any time during a month as disposed of in the middle of that month. H & r block free tax filing Count the month of disposition as half a month of use. H & r block free tax filing Example. H & r block free tax filing You purchased and placed in service a rental house on July 2, 1984, for $100,000 (not including the cost of land). H & r block free tax filing You file your return based on a calendar year. H & r block free tax filing Your rate from Table 4 for the seventh month is 4%. H & r block free tax filing You figured your ACRS deduction for 1984 was $4,000 ($100,000 ÷ 4%). H & r block free tax filing In 1985 through 1994, your ACRS deductions were 9%, 8%, 8%, 7%, 6%, 6%, 5%, 5%, and 5% ÷ $100,000. H & r block free tax filing You sell the house on September 24, 1995. H & r block free tax filing Figure your ACRS deduction for 1995 for the months of use. H & r block free tax filing The full ACRS deduction for 1995 is $5,000 ($100,000 ÷ 5%). H & r block free tax filing Prorate this amount for the 8. H & r block free tax filing 5 months in 1995 that you held the property. H & r block free tax filing Under the mid-month convention, you count September as half a month. H & r block free tax filing Your ACRS deduction for 1995 is $3,542 ($5,000 ÷ 8. H & r block free tax filing 5/12). H & r block free tax filing Depreciation Recapture If you dispose of property depreciated under ACRS that is section 1245 recovery property, you will generally recognize gain or loss. H & r block free tax filing Gain recognized on a disposition is ordinary income to the extent of prior depreciation deductions taken. H & r block free tax filing This recapture rule applies to all personal property in the 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year classes. H & r block free tax filing You recapture gain on manufactured homes and theme park structures in the 10-year class as section 1245 property. H & r block free tax filing Section 1245 property generally includes all personal property. H & r block free tax filing See Section 1245 property in chapter 4 of Publication 544 for more information. H & r block free tax filing You treat dispositions of section 1250 real property on which you have a gain as section 1245 recovery property. H & r block free tax filing You recognize gain on this property as ordinary income to the extent of prior depreciation deductions taken. H & r block free tax filing Section 1250 property includes most real property. H & r block free tax filing See Section 1250 property in chapter 4 of Publication 544 for more information. H & r block free tax filing This rule applies to all section 1250 real property except the following property: Any 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property that is residential rental property. H & r block free tax filing Any 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property that you elected to depreciate using the alternate ACRS method. H & r block free tax filing Any 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property that is subsidized low-income housing. H & r block free tax filing For these recapture rules, you treat the section 179 deduction and 50% of the investment credit that reduced your basis as depreciation. H & r block free tax filing See Publication 544 for further discussion of dispositions of section 1245 and 1250 property. H & r block free tax filing Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications