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How to file 1040ez Publication 538 - Main Content Table of Contents Accounting PeriodsCalendar Year Fiscal Year Short Tax Year Improper Tax Year Change in Tax Year Individuals Partnerships, S Corporations, and Personal Service Corporations (PSCs) Corporations (Other Than S Corporations and PSCs) Accounting MethodsSpecial methods. How to file 1040ez Hybrid method. How to file 1040ez Cash Method Accrual Method Inventories Change in Accounting Method How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). How to file 1040ez Accounting Periods You must use a tax year to figure your taxable income. How to file 1040ez A tax year is an annual accounting period for keeping records and reporting income and expenses. How to file 1040ez An annual accounting period does not include a short tax year (discussed later). How to file 1040ez You can use the following tax years: A calendar year; or A fiscal year (including a 52-53-week tax year). How to file 1040ez Unless you have a required tax year, you adopt a tax year by filing your first income tax return using that tax year. How to file 1040ez A required tax year is a tax year required under the Internal Revenue Code or the Income Tax Regulations. How to file 1040ez You cannot adopt a tax year by merely: Filing an application for an extension of time to file an income tax return; Filing an application for an employer identification number (Form SS-4); or Paying estimated taxes. How to file 1040ez This section discusses: A calendar year. How to file 1040ez A fiscal year (including a period of 52 or 53 weeks). How to file 1040ez A short tax year. How to file 1040ez An improper tax year. How to file 1040ez A change in tax year. How to file 1040ez Special situations that apply to individuals. How to file 1040ez Restrictions that apply to the accounting period of a partnership, S corporation, or personal service corporation. How to file 1040ez Special situations that apply to corporations. How to file 1040ez Calendar Year A calendar year is 12 consecutive months beginning on January 1st and ending on December 31st. How to file 1040ez If you adopt the calendar year, you must maintain your books and records and report your income and expenses from January 1st through December 31st of each year. How to file 1040ez If you file your first tax return using the calendar tax year and you later begin business as a sole proprietor, become a partner in a partnership, or become a shareholder in an S corporation, you must continue to use the calendar year unless you obtain approval from the IRS to change it, or are otherwise allowed to change it without IRS approval. How to file 1040ez See Change in Tax Year, later. How to file 1040ez Generally, anyone can adopt the calendar year. How to file 1040ez However, you must adopt the calendar year if: You keep no books or records; You have no annual accounting period; Your present tax year does not qualify as a fiscal year; or You are required to use a calendar year by a provision in the Internal Revenue Code or the Income Tax Regulations. How to file 1040ez Fiscal Year A fiscal year is 12 consecutive months ending on the last day of any month except December 31st. How to file 1040ez If you are allowed to adopt a fiscal year, you must consistently maintain your books and records and report your income and expenses using the time period adopted. How to file 1040ez 52-53-Week Tax Year You can elect to use a 52-53-week tax year if you keep your books and records and report your income and expenses on that basis. How to file 1040ez If you make this election, your 52-53-week tax year must always end on the same day of the week. How to file 1040ez Your 52-53-week tax year must always end on: Whatever date this same day of the week last occurs in a calendar month, or Whatever date this same day of the week falls that is nearest to the last day of the calendar month. How to file 1040ez For example, if you elect a tax year that always ends on the last Monday in March, your 2012 tax year will end on March 25, 2013. How to file 1040ez Election. How to file 1040ez   To make the election for the 52-53-week tax year, attach a statement with the following information to your tax return. How to file 1040ez The month in which the new 52-53-week tax year ends. How to file 1040ez The day of the week on which the tax year always ends. How to file 1040ez The date the tax year ends. How to file 1040ez It can be either of the following dates on which the chosen day: Last occurs in the month in (1), above, or Occurs nearest to the last day of the month in (1), above. How to file 1040ez   When you figure depreciation or amortization, a 52-53-week tax year is generally considered a year of 12 calendar months. How to file 1040ez   To determine an effective date (or apply provisions of any law) expressed in terms of tax years beginning, including, or ending on the first or last day of a specified calendar month, a 52-53-week tax year is considered to: Begin on the first day of the calendar month beginning nearest to the first day of the 52-53-week tax year, and End on the last day of the calendar month ending nearest to the last day of the 52-53-week tax year. How to file 1040ez Example. How to file 1040ez Assume a tax provision applies to tax years beginning on or after July 1, 2012, which happens to be a Sunday. How to file 1040ez For this purpose, a 52-53-week tax year that begins on the last Tuesday of June, which falls on June 26, 2012, is treated as beginning on July 1, 2012. How to file 1040ez Short Tax Year A short tax year is a tax year of less than 12 months. How to file 1040ez A short period tax return may be required when you (as a taxable entity): Are not in existence for an entire tax year, or Change your accounting period. How to file 1040ez Tax on a short period tax return is figured differently for each situation. How to file 1040ez Not in Existence Entire Year Even if a taxable entity was not in existence for the entire year, a tax return is required for the time it was in existence. How to file 1040ez Requirements for filing the return and figuring the tax are generally the same as the requirements for a return for a full tax year (12 months) ending on the last day of the short tax year. How to file 1040ez Example 1. How to file 1040ez XYZ Corporation was organized on July 1, 2012. How to file 1040ez It elected the calendar year as its tax year. How to file 1040ez Therefore, its first tax return was due March 15, 2013. How to file 1040ez This short period return will cover the period from July 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. How to file 1040ez Example 2. How to file 1040ez A calendar year corporation dissolved on July 23, 2012. How to file 1040ez Its final return is due by October 15, 2012. How to file 1040ez It will cover the short period from January 1, 2012, through July 23, 2012. How to file 1040ez Death of individual. How to file 1040ez   When an individual dies, a tax return must be filed for the decedent by the 15th day of the 4th month after the close of the individual's regular tax year. How to file 1040ez The decedent's final return will be a short period tax return that begins on January 1st, and ends on the date of death. How to file 1040ez In the case of a decedent who dies on December 31st, the last day of the regular tax year, a full calendar-year tax return is required. How to file 1040ez Example. How to file 1040ez   Agnes Green was a single, calendar year taxpayer. How to file 1040ez She died on March 6, 2012. How to file 1040ez Her final income tax return must be filed by April 15, 2013. How to file 1040ez It will cover the short period from January 1, 2012, to March 6, 2012. How to file 1040ez Figuring Tax for Short Year If the IRS approves a change in your tax year or you are required to change your tax year, you must figure the tax and file your return for the short tax period. How to file 1040ez The short tax period begins on the first day after the close of your old tax year and ends on the day before the first day of your new tax year. How to file 1040ez Figure tax for a short year under the general rule, explained below. How to file 1040ez You may then be able to use a relief procedure, explained later, and claim a refund of part of the tax you paid. How to file 1040ez General rule. How to file 1040ez   Income tax for a short tax year must be annualized. How to file 1040ez However, self-employment tax is figured on the actual self-employment income for the short period. How to file 1040ez Individuals. How to file 1040ez   An individual must figure income tax for the short tax year as follows. How to file 1040ez Determine your adjusted gross income (AGI) for the short tax year and then subtract your actual itemized deductions for the short tax year. How to file 1040ez You must itemize deductions when you file a short period tax return. How to file 1040ez Multiply the dollar amount of your exemptions by the number of months in the short tax year and divide the result by 12. How to file 1040ez Subtract the amount in (2) from the amount in (1). How to file 1040ez The result is your modified taxable income. How to file 1040ez Multiply the modified taxable income in (3) by 12, then divide the result by the number of months in the short tax year. How to file 1040ez The result is your annualized income. 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How to file 1040ez   To figure the alternative minimum tax (AMT) due for a short tax year: Figure the annualized alternative minimum taxable income (AMTI) for the short tax period by completing the following steps. How to file 1040ez Multiply the AMTI by 12. How to file 1040ez Divide the result by the number of months in the short tax year. How to file 1040ez Multiply the annualized AMTI by the appropriate rate of tax under section 55(b)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. How to file 1040ez The result is the annualized AMT. How to file 1040ez Multiply the annualized AMT by the number of months in the short tax year and divide the result by 12. How to file 1040ez   For information on the AMT for individuals, see the Instructions for Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax–Individuals. How to file 1040ez For information on the AMT for corporations, see the Instructions to Form 4626, Alternative Minimum Tax–Corporations. How to file 1040ez Tax withheld from wages. How to file 1040ez   You can claim a credit against your income tax liability for federal income tax withheld from your wages. How to file 1040ez Federal income tax is withheld on a calendar year basis. How to file 1040ez The amount withheld in any calendar year is allowed as a credit for the tax year beginning in the calendar year. How to file 1040ez Improper Tax Year Taxpayers that have adopted an improper tax year must change to a proper tax year. How to file 1040ez For example, if a taxpayer began business on March 15 and adopted a tax year ending on March 14 (a period of exactly 12 months), this would be an improper tax year. How to file 1040ez See Accounting Periods, earlier, for a description of permissible tax years. How to file 1040ez To change to a proper tax year, you must do one of the following. How to file 1040ez If you are requesting a change to a calendar tax year, file an amended income tax return based on a calendar tax year that corrects the most recently filed tax return that was filed on the basis of an improper tax year. How to file 1040ez Attach a completed Form 1128 to the amended tax return. How to file 1040ez Write “FILED UNDER REV. How to file 1040ez PROC. How to file 1040ez 85-15” at the top of Form 1128 and file the forms with the Internal Revenue Service Center where you filed your original return. How to file 1040ez If you are requesting a change to a fiscal tax year, file Form 1128 in accordance with the form instructions to request IRS approval for the change. How to file 1040ez Change in Tax Year Generally, you must file Form 1128 to request IRS approval to change your tax year. How to file 1040ez See the Instructions for Form 1128 for exceptions. How to file 1040ez If you qualify for an automatic approval request, a user fee is not required. How to file 1040ez Individuals Generally, individuals must adopt the calendar year as their tax year. How to file 1040ez An individual can adopt a fiscal year provided that the individual maintains his or her books and records on the basis of the adopted fiscal year. How to file 1040ez Partnerships, S Corporations, and Personal Service Corporations (PSCs) Generally, partnerships, S corporations (including electing S corporations), and PSCs must use a required tax year. How to file 1040ez A required tax year is a tax year that is required under the Internal Revenue Code and Income Tax Regulations. How to file 1040ez The entity does not have to use the required tax year if it receives IRS approval to use another permitted tax year or makes an election under section 444 of the Internal Revenue Code (discussed later). How to file 1040ez The following discussions provide the rules for partnerships, S corporations, and PSCs. How to file 1040ez Partnership A partnership must conform its tax year to its partners' tax years unless any of the following apply. How to file 1040ez The partnership makes an election under section 444 of the Internal Revenue Code to have a tax year other than a required tax year by filing Form 8716. How to file 1040ez The partnership elects to use a 52-53-week tax year that ends with reference to either its required tax year or a tax year elected under section 444. How to file 1040ez The partnership can establish a business purpose for a different tax year. How to file 1040ez The rules for the required tax year for partnerships are as follows. How to file 1040ez If one or more partners having the same tax year own a majority interest (more than 50%) in partnership profits and capital, the partnership must use the tax year of those partners. How to file 1040ez If there is no majority interest tax year, the partnership must use the tax year of all its principal partners. 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How to file 1040ez Multiply each partner's months of deferral figured in step (1) by that partner's share of interest in the partnership profits for the year used in step (1). How to file 1040ez Add the amounts in step (2) to get the aggregate (total) deferral for the tax year used in step (1). How to file 1040ez Repeat steps (1) through (3) for each partner's tax year that is different from the other partners' years. How to file 1040ez   The partner's tax year that results in the lowest aggregate (total) number is the tax year that must be used by the partnership. How to file 1040ez If the calculation results in more than one tax year qualifying as the tax year with the least aggregate deferral, the partnership can choose any one of those tax years as its tax year. How to file 1040ez However, if one of the tax years that qualifies is the partnership's existing tax year, the partnership must retain that tax year. How to file 1040ez Example. How to file 1040ez A and B each have a 50% interest in partnership P, which uses a fiscal year ending June 30. How to file 1040ez A uses the calendar year and B uses a fiscal year ending November 30. How to file 1040ez P must change its tax year to a fiscal year ending November 30 because this results in the least aggregate deferral of income to the partners, as shown in the following table. How to file 1040ez Year End 12/31: Year End Profits Interest Months of Deferral Interest × Deferral A 12/31 0. How to file 1040ez 5 -0- -0- B 11/30 0. How to file 1040ez 5 11 5. How to file 1040ez 5 Total Deferral 5. How to file 1040ez 5 Year End 11/30: Year End Profits Interest Months of Deferral Interest × Deferral A 12/31 0. How to file 1040ez 5 1 0. How to file 1040ez 5 B 11/30 0. How to file 1040ez 5 -0- -0- Total Deferral 0. How to file 1040ez 5 When determination is made. How to file 1040ez   The determination of the tax year under the least aggregate deferral rules must generally be made at the beginning of the partnership's current tax year. How to file 1040ez However, the IRS can require the partnership to use another day or period that will more accurately reflect the ownership of the partnership. How to file 1040ez This could occur, for example, if a partnership interest was transferred for the purpose of qualifying for a particular tax year. How to file 1040ez Short period return. How to file 1040ez   When a partnership changes its tax year, a short period return must be filed. How to file 1040ez The short period return covers the months between the end of the partnership's prior tax year and the beginning of its new tax year. How to file 1040ez   If a partnership changes to the tax year resulting in the least aggregate deferral, it must file a Form 1128 with the short period return showing the computations used to determine that tax year. How to file 1040ez The short period return must indicate at the top of page 1, “FILED UNDER SECTION 1. How to file 1040ez 706-1. How to file 1040ez ” More information. How to file 1040ez   For more information about changing a partnership's tax year, and information about ruling requests, see the Instructions for Form 1128. How to file 1040ez S Corporation All S corporations, regardless of when they became an S corporation, must use a permitted tax year. How to file 1040ez A permitted tax year is any of the following. How to file 1040ez The calendar year. How to file 1040ez A tax year elected under section 444 of the Internal Revenue Code. How to file 1040ez See Section 444 Election, below for details. How to file 1040ez A 52-53-week tax year ending with reference to the calendar year or a tax year elected under section 444. How to file 1040ez Any other tax year for which the corporation establishes a business purpose. How to file 1040ez If an electing S corporation wishes to adopt a tax year other than a calendar year, it must request IRS approval using Form 2553, instead of filing Form 1128. How to file 1040ez For information about changing an S corporation's tax year and information about ruling requests, see the Instructions for Form 1128. How to file 1040ez Personal Service Corporation (PSC) A PSC must use a calendar tax year unless any of the following apply. How to file 1040ez The corporation makes an election under section 444 of the Internal Revenue Code. How to file 1040ez See Section 444 Election, below for details. How to file 1040ez The corporation elects to use a 52-53-week tax year ending with reference to the calendar year or a tax year elected under section 444. How to file 1040ez The corporation establishes a business purpose for a fiscal year. How to file 1040ez See the Instructions for Form 1120 for general information about PSCs. 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How to file 1040ez It is not a member of a tiered structure (defined in section 1. How to file 1040ez 444-2T of the regulations). How to file 1040ez It has not previously had a section 444 election in effect. How to file 1040ez It elects a year that meets the deferral period requirement. How to file 1040ez Deferral period. How to file 1040ez   The determination of the deferral period depends on whether the partnership, S corporation, or PSC is retaining its tax year or adopting or changing its tax year with a section 444 election. How to file 1040ez Retaining tax year. How to file 1040ez   Generally, a partnership, S corporation, or PSC can make a section 444 election to retain its tax year only if the deferral period of the new tax year is 3 months or less. How to file 1040ez This deferral period is the number of months between the beginning of the retained year and the close of the first required tax year. How to file 1040ez Adopting or changing tax year. How to file 1040ez   If the partnership, S corporation, or PSC is adopting or changing to a tax year other than its required year, the deferral period is the number of months from the end of the new tax year to the end of the required tax year. How to file 1040ez The IRS will allow a section 444 election only if the deferral period of the new tax year is less than the shorter of: Three months, or The deferral period of the tax year being changed. How to file 1040ez This is the tax year immediately preceding the year for which the partnership, S corporation, or PSC wishes to make the section 444 election. How to file 1040ez If the partnership, S corporation, or PSC's tax year is the same as its required tax year, the deferral period is zero. How to file 1040ez Example 1. How to file 1040ez BD Partnership uses a calendar year, which is also its required tax year. How to file 1040ez BD cannot make a section 444 election because the deferral period is zero. How to file 1040ez Example 2. How to file 1040ez E, a newly formed partnership, began operations on December 1. How to file 1040ez E is owned by calendar year partners. How to file 1040ez E wants to make a section 444 election to adopt a September 30 tax year. How to file 1040ez E's deferral period for the tax year beginning December 1 is 3 months, the number of months between September 30 and December 31. How to file 1040ez Making the election. How to file 1040ez   Make a section 444 election by filing Form 8716 with the Internal Revenue Service Center where the entity will file its tax return. How to file 1040ez Form 8716 must be filed by the earlier of: The due date (not including extensions) of the income tax return for the tax year resulting from the section 444 election, or The 15th day of the 6th month of the tax year for which the election will be effective. How to file 1040ez For this purpose, count the month in which the tax year begins, even if it begins after the first day of that month. How to file 1040ez Note. How to file 1040ez If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, file on the next business day. How to file 1040ez   Attach a copy of Form 8716 to Form 1065, Form 1120S, or Form 1120 for the first tax year for which the election is made. How to file 1040ez Example 1. How to file 1040ez AB, a partnership, begins operations on September 13, 2012, and is qualified to make a section 444 election to use a September 30 tax year for its tax year beginning September 13, 2012. How to file 1040ez AB must file Form 8716 by January 15, 2013, which is the due date of the partnership's tax return for the period from September 13, 2012, to September 30, 2012. How to file 1040ez Example 2. How to file 1040ez The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that AB begins operations on October 21, 2012. How to file 1040ez AB must file Form 8716 by March 17, 2013. How to file 1040ez Example 3. How to file 1040ez B is a corporation that first becomes a PSC for its tax year beginning September 1, 2012. How to file 1040ez B qualifies to make a section 444 election to use a September 30 tax year for its tax year beginning September 1, 2012. How to file 1040ez B must file Form 8716 by December 17, 2012, the due date of the income tax return for the short period from September 1, 2012, to September 30, 2012. How to file 1040ez Note. How to file 1040ez The due dates in Examples 2 and 3 are adjusted because the dates fall on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday. How to file 1040ez Extension of time for filing. How to file 1040ez   There is an automatic extension of 12 months to make this election. How to file 1040ez See the Form 8716 instructions for more information. How to file 1040ez Terminating the election. How to file 1040ez   The section 444 election remains in effect until it is terminated. How to file 1040ez If the election is terminated, another section 444 election cannot be made for any tax year. How to file 1040ez   The election ends when any of the following applies to the partnership, S corporation, or PSC. How to file 1040ez The entity changes to its required tax year. How to file 1040ez The entity liquidates. How to file 1040ez The entity becomes a member of a tiered structure. How to file 1040ez The IRS determines that the entity willfully failed to comply with the required payments or distributions. How to file 1040ez   The election will also end if either of the following events occur. How to file 1040ez An S corporation's S election is terminated. How to file 1040ez However, if the S corporation immediately becomes a PSC, the PSC can continue the section 444 election of the S corporation. How to file 1040ez A PSC ceases to be a PSC. How to file 1040ez If the PSC elects to be an S corporation, the S corporation can continue the election of the PSC. How to file 1040ez Required payment for partnership or S corporation. How to file 1040ez   A partnership or an S corporation must make a required payment for any tax year: The section 444 election is in effect. How to file 1040ez The required payment for that year (or any preceding tax year) is more than $500. How to file 1040ez    This payment represents the value of the tax deferral the owners receive by using a tax year different from the required tax year. How to file 1040ez   Form 8752, Required Payment or Refund Under Section 7519, must be filed each year the section 444 election is in effect, even if no payment is due. How to file 1040ez If the required payment is more than $500 (or the required payment for any prior year was more than $500), the payment must be made when Form 8752 is filed. How to file 1040ez If the required payment is $500 or less and no payment was required in a prior year, Form 8752 must be filed showing a zero amount. How to file 1040ez Applicable election year. How to file 1040ez   Any tax year a section 444 election is in effect, including the first year, is called an applicable election year. How to file 1040ez Form 8752 must be filed and the required payment made (or zero amount reported) by May 15th of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the applicable election year begins. How to file 1040ez Required distribution for PSC. How to file 1040ez   A PSC with a section 444 election in effect must distribute certain amounts to employee-owners by December 31 of each applicable year. How to file 1040ez If it fails to make these distributions, it may be required to defer certain deductions for amounts paid to owner-employees. How to file 1040ez The amount deferred is treated as paid or incurred in the following tax year. How to file 1040ez   For information on the minimum distribution, see the instructions for Part I of Schedule H (Form 1120), Section 280H Limitations for a Personal Service Corporation (PSC). How to file 1040ez Back-up election. How to file 1040ez   A partnership, S corporation, or PSC can file a back-up section 444 election if it requests (or plans to request) permission to use a business purpose tax year, discussed later. How to file 1040ez If the request is denied, the back-up section 444 election must be activated (if the partnership, S corporation, or PSC otherwise qualifies). How to file 1040ez Making back-up election. How to file 1040ez   The general rules for making a section 444 election, as discussed earlier, apply. How to file 1040ez When filing Form 8716, type or print “BACK-UP ELECTION” at the top of the form. How to file 1040ez However, if Form 8716 is filed on or after the date Form 1128 (or Form 2553) is filed, type or print “FORM 1128 (or FORM 2553) BACK-UP ELECTION” at the top of Form 8716. How to file 1040ez Activating election. How to file 1040ez   A partnership or S corporation activates its back-up election by filing the return required and making the required payment with Form 8752. How to file 1040ez The due date for filing Form 8752 and making the payment is the later of the following dates. How to file 1040ez May 15 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the applicable election year begins. How to file 1040ez 60 days after the partnership or S corporation has been notified by the IRS that the business year request has been denied. How to file 1040ez   A PSC activates its back-up election by filing Form 8716 with its original or amended income tax return for the tax year in which the election is first effective and printing on the top of the income tax return, “ACTIVATING BACK-UP ELECTION. How to file 1040ez ” 52-53-Week Tax Year A partnership, S corporation, or PSC can use a tax year other than its required tax year if it elects a 52-53-week tax year (discussed earlier) that ends with reference to either its required tax year or a tax year elected under section 444 (discussed earlier). How to file 1040ez A newly formed partnership, S corporation, or PSC can adopt a 52-53-week tax year ending with reference to either its required tax year or a tax year elected under section 444 without IRS approval. How to file 1040ez However, if the entity wishes to change to a 52-53-week tax year or change from a 52-53-week tax year that references a particular month to a non-52-53-week tax year that ends on the last day of that month, it must request IRS approval by filing Form 1128. How to file 1040ez Business Purpose Tax Year A partnership, S corporation, or PSC establishes the business purpose for a tax year by filing Form 1128. How to file 1040ez See the Instructions for Form 1128 for details. How to file 1040ez Corporations (Other Than S Corporations and PSCs) A new corporation establishes its tax year when it files its first tax return. How to file 1040ez A newly reactivated corporation that has been inactive for a number of years is treated as a new taxpayer for the purpose of adopting a tax year. How to file 1040ez An S corporation or a PSC must use the required tax year rules, discussed earlier, to establish a tax year. How to file 1040ez Generally, a corporation that wants to change its tax year must obtain approval from the IRS under either the: (a) automatic approval procedures; or (b) ruling request procedures. How to file 1040ez See the Instructions for Form 1128 for details. How to file 1040ez Accounting Methods An accounting method is a set of rules used to determine when income and expenses are reported on your tax return. How to file 1040ez Your accounting method includes not only your overall method of accounting, but also the accounting treatment you use for any material item. How to file 1040ez You choose an accounting method when you file your first tax return. How to file 1040ez If you later want to change your accounting method, you must get IRS approval. How to file 1040ez See Change in Accounting Method, later. How to file 1040ez No single accounting method is required of all taxpayers. How to file 1040ez You must use a system that clearly reflects your income and expenses and you must maintain records that will enable you to file a correct return. How to file 1040ez In addition to your permanent accounting books, you must keep any other records necessary to support the entries on your books and tax returns. How to file 1040ez You must use the same accounting method from year to year. How to file 1040ez An accounting method clearly reflects income only if all items of gross income and expenses are treated the same from year to year. How to file 1040ez If you do not regularly use an accounting method that clearly reflects your income, your income will be refigured under the method that, in the opinion of the IRS, does clearly reflect income. How to file 1040ez Methods you can use. How to file 1040ez   In general, you can compute your taxable income under any of the following accounting methods. How to file 1040ez Cash method. How to file 1040ez Accrual method. How to file 1040ez Special methods of accounting for certain items of income and expenses. How to file 1040ez A hybrid method which combines elements of two or more of the above accounting methods. How to file 1040ez The cash and accrual methods of accounting are explained later. How to file 1040ez Special methods. How to file 1040ez   This publication does not discuss special methods of accounting for certain items of income or expenses. How to file 1040ez For information on reporting income using one of the long-term contract methods, see section 460 of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. How to file 1040ez The following publications also discuss special methods of reporting income or expenses. How to file 1040ez Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide. How to file 1040ez Publication 535, Business Expenses. How to file 1040ez Publication 537, Installment Sales. How to file 1040ez Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property. How to file 1040ez Hybrid method. How to file 1040ez   Generally, you can use any combination of cash, accrual, and special methods of accounting if the combination clearly reflects your income and you use it consistently. How to file 1040ez However, the following restrictions apply. How to file 1040ez If an inventory is necessary to account for your income, you must use an accrual method for purchases and sales. How to file 1040ez See Exceptions under Inventories, later. How to file 1040ez Generally, you can use the cash method for all other items of income and expenses. How to file 1040ez See Inventories, later. How to file 1040ez If you use the cash method for reporting your income, you must use the cash method for reporting your expenses. How to file 1040ez If you use an accrual method for reporting your expenses, you must use an accrual method for figuring your income. How to file 1040ez Any combination that includes the cash method is treated as the cash method for purposes of section 448 of the Internal Revenue Code. How to file 1040ez Business and personal items. How to file 1040ez   You can account for business and personal items using different accounting methods. How to file 1040ez For example, you can determine your business income and expenses under an accrual method, even if you use the cash method to figure personal items. How to file 1040ez Two or more businesses. How to file 1040ez   If you operate two or more separate and distinct businesses, you can use a different accounting method for each business. How to file 1040ez No business is separate and distinct, unless a complete and separate set of books and records is maintained for each business. How to file 1040ez Note. How to file 1040ez If you use different accounting methods to create or shift profits or losses between businesses (for example, through inventory adjustments, sales, purchases, or expenses) so that income is not clearly reflected, the businesses will not be considered separate and distinct. How to file 1040ez Cash Method Most individuals and many small businesses use the cash method of accounting. How to file 1040ez Generally, if you produce, purchase, or sell merchandise, you must keep an inventory and use an accrual method for sales and purchases of merchandise. How to file 1040ez See Inventories, later, for exceptions to this rule. How to file 1040ez Income Under the cash method, you include in your gross income all items of income you actually or constructively receive during the tax year. How to file 1040ez If you receive property and services, you must include their fair market value (FMV) in income. How to file 1040ez Constructive receipt. How to file 1040ez   Income is constructively received when an amount is credited to your account or made available to you without restriction. How to file 1040ez You need not have possession of it. How to file 1040ez If you authorize someone to be your agent and receive income for you, you are considered to have received it when your agent receives it. How to file 1040ez Income is not constructively received if your control of its receipt is subject to substantial restrictions or limitations. How to file 1040ez Example. How to file 1040ez You are a calendar year taxpayer. How to file 1040ez Your bank credited, and made available, interest to your bank account in December 2012. How to file 1040ez You did not withdraw it or enter it into your books until 2013. How to file 1040ez You must include the amount in gross income for 2012, the year you constructively received it. How to file 1040ez You cannot hold checks or postpone taking possession of similar property from one tax year to another to postpone paying tax on the income. How to file 1040ez You must report the income in the year the property is received or made available to you without restriction. How to file 1040ez Expenses Under the cash method, generally, you deduct expenses in the tax year in which you actually pay them. How to file 1040ez This includes business expenses for which you contest liability. How to file 1040ez However, you may not be able to deduct an expense paid in advance. How to file 1040ez Instead, you may be required to capitalize certain costs, as explained later under Uniform Capitalization Rules. How to file 1040ez Expense paid in advance. How to file 1040ez   An expense you pay in advance is deductible only in the year to which it applies, unless the expense qualifies for the 12-month rule. How to file 1040ez   Under the 12-month rule, a taxpayer is not required to capitalize amounts paid to create certain rights or benefits for the taxpayer that do not extend beyond the earlier of the following. How to file 1040ez 12 months after the right or benefit begins, or The end of the tax year after the tax year in which payment is made. How to file 1040ez   If you have not been applying the general rule (an expense paid in advance is deductible only in the year to which it applies) and/or the 12-month rule to the expenses you paid in advance, you must obtain approval from the IRS before using the general rule and/or the 12-month rule. How to file 1040ez See Change in Accounting Method, later. How to file 1040ez Example 1. How to file 1040ez You are a calendar year taxpayer and pay $3,000 in 2012 for a business insurance policy that is effective for three years (36 months), beginning on July 1, 2012. How to file 1040ez The general rule that an expense paid in advance is deductible only in the year to which it applies is applicable to this payment because the payment does not qualify for the 12-month rule. How to file 1040ez Therefore, only $500 (6/36 x $3,000) is deductible in 2012, $1,000 (12/36 x $3,000) is deductible in 2013, $1,000 (12/36 x $3,000) is deductible in 2014, and the remaining $500 is deductible in 2015. How to file 1040ez Example 2. How to file 1040ez You are a calendar year taxpayer and pay $10,000 on July 1, 2012, for a business insurance policy that is effective for only one year beginning on July 1, 2012. How to file 1040ez The 12-month rule applies. How to file 1040ez Therefore, the full $10,000 is deductible in 2012. How to file 1040ez Excluded Entities The following entities cannot use the cash method, including any combination of methods that includes the cash method. How to file 1040ez (See Special rules for farming businesses, later. How to file 1040ez ) A corporation (other than an S corporation) with average annual gross receipts exceeding $5 million. How to file 1040ez See Gross receipts test, below. How to file 1040ez A partnership with a corporation (other than an S corporation) as a partner, and with the partnership having average annual gross receipts exceeding $5 million. How to file 1040ez See Gross receipts test, below. How to file 1040ez A tax shelter. How to file 1040ez Exceptions The following entities are not prohibited from using the cash method of accounting. How to file 1040ez Any corporation or partnership, other than a tax shelter, that meets the gross receipts test for all tax years after 1985. How to file 1040ez A qualified personal service corporation (PSC). How to file 1040ez Gross receipts test. How to file 1040ez   A corporation or partnership, other than a tax shelter, that meets the gross receipts test can generally use the cash method. How to file 1040ez A corporation or a partnership meets the test if, for each prior tax year beginning after 1985, its average annual gross receipts are $5 million or less. How to file 1040ez    An entity's average annual gross receipts for a prior tax year is determined by: Adding the gross receipts for that tax year and the 2 preceding tax years; and Dividing the total by 3. How to file 1040ez See Gross receipts test for qualifying taxpayers, for more information. How to file 1040ez Generally, a partnership applies the test at the partnership level. How to file 1040ez Gross receipts for a short tax year are annualized. How to file 1040ez Aggregation rules. How to file 1040ez   Organizations that are members of an affiliated service group or a controlled group of corporations treated as a single employer for tax purposes are required to aggregate their gross receipts to determine whether the gross receipts test is met. How to file 1040ez Change to accrual method. How to file 1040ez   A corporation or partnership that fails to meet the gross receipts test for any tax year is prohibited from using the cash method and must change to an accrual method of accounting, effective for the tax year in which the entity fails to meet this test. How to file 1040ez Special rules for farming businesses. How to file 1040ez   Generally, a taxpayer engaged in the trade or business of farming is allowed to use the cash method for its farming business. How to file 1040ez However, certain corporations (other than S corporations) and partnerships that have a partner that is a corporation must use an accrual method for their farming business. How to file 1040ez For this purpose, farming does not include the operation of a nursery or sod farm or the raising or harvesting of trees (other than fruit and nut trees). How to file 1040ez   There is an exception to the requirement to use an accrual method for corporations with gross receipts of $1 million or less for each prior tax year after 1975. How to file 1040ez For family corporations engaged in farming, the exception applies if gross receipts were $25 million or less for each prior tax year after 1985. How to file 1040ez See chapter 2 of Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide, for more information. How to file 1040ez Qualified PSC. How to file 1040ez   A PSC that meets the following function and ownership tests can use the cash method. How to file 1040ez Function test. How to file 1040ez   A corporation meets the function test if at least 95% of its activities are in the performance of services in the fields of health, veterinary services, law, engineering (including surveying and mapping), architecture, accounting, actuarial science, performing arts, or consulting. How to file 1040ez Ownership test. How to file 1040ez   A corporation meets the ownership test if at least 95% of its stock is owned, directly or indirectly, at all times during the year by one or more of the following. How to file 1040ez Employees performing services for the corporation in a field qualifying under the function test. How to file 1040ez Retired employees who had performed services in those fields. How to file 1040ez The estate of an employee described in (1) or (2). How to file 1040ez Any other person who acquired the stock by reason of the death of an employee referred to in (1) or (2), but only for the 2-year period beginning on the date of death. How to file 1040ez   Indirect ownership is generally taken into account if the stock is owned indirectly through one or more partnerships, S corporations, or qualified PSCs. How to file 1040ez Stock owned by one of these entities is considered owned by the entity's owners in proportion to their ownership interest in that entity. How to file 1040ez Other forms of indirect stock ownership, such as stock owned by family members, are generally not considered when determining if the ownership test is met. How to file 1040ez   For purposes of the ownership test, a person is not considered an employee of a corporation unless that person performs more than minimal services for the corporation. How to file 1040ez Change to accrual method. How to file 1040ez   A corporation that fails to meet the function test for any tax year; or fails to meet the ownership test at any time during any tax year must change to an accrual method of accounting, effective for the year in which the corporation fails to meet either test. How to file 1040ez A corporation that fails to meet the function test or the ownership test is not treated as a qualified PSC for any part of that tax year. How to file 1040ez Accrual Method Under the accrual method of accounting, generally you report income in the year it is earned and deduct or capitalize expenses in the year incurred. How to file 1040ez The purpose of an accrual method of accounting is to match income and expenses in the correct year. How to file 1040ez Income Generally, you include an amount in gross income for the tax year in which all events that fix your right to receive the income have occurred and you can determine the amount with reasonable accuracy. How to file 1040ez Under this rule, you report an amount in your gross income on the earliest of the following dates. How to file 1040ez When you receive payment. How to file 1040ez When the income amount is due to you. How to file 1040ez When you earn the income. How to file 1040ez When title has passed. How to file 1040ez Estimated income. How to file 1040ez   If you include a reasonably estimated amount in gross income and later determine the exact amount is different, take the difference into account in the tax year you make that determination. How to file 1040ez Change in payment schedule. How to file 1040ez   If you perform services for a basic rate specified in a contract, you must accrue the income at the basic rate, even if you agree to receive payments at a reduced rate. How to file 1040ez Continue this procedure until you complete the services, then account for the difference. How to file 1040ez Advance Payment for Services Generally, you report an advance payment for services to be performed in a later tax year as income in the year you receive the payment. How to file 1040ez However, if you receive an advance payment for services you agree to perform by the end of the next tax year, you can elect to postpone including the advance payment in income until the next tax year. How to file 1040ez However, you cannot postpone including any payment beyond that tax year. How to file 1040ez Service agreement. How to file 1040ez   You can postpone reporting income from an advance payment you receive for a service agreement on property you sell, lease, build, install, or construct. How to file 1040ez This includes an agreement providing for incidental replacement of parts or materials. How to file 1040ez However, this applies only if you offer the property without a service agreement in the normal course of business. How to file 1040ez Postponement not allowed. How to file 1040ez   Generally, one cannot postpone including an advance payment in income for services if either of the following applies. How to file 1040ez You are to perform any part of the service after the end of the tax year immediately following the year you receive the advance payment. How to file 1040ez You are to perform any part of the service at any unspecified future date that may be after the end of the tax year immediately following the year you receive the advance payment. How to file 1040ez Examples. How to file 1040ez   In each of the following examples, assume the tax year is a calendar year and that the accrual method of accounting is used. How to file 1040ez Example 1. How to file 1040ez You manufacture, sell, and service computers. How to file 1040ez You received payment in 2012 for a one-year contingent service contract on a computer you sold. How to file 1040ez You can postpone including in income the part of the payment you did not earn in 2012 if, in the normal course of your business, you offer computers for sale without a contingent service contract. How to file 1040ez Example 2. How to file 1040ez You are in the television repair business. How to file 1040ez You received payments in 2012 for one-year contracts under which you agree to repair or replace certain parts that fail to function properly in television sets manufactured and sold by unrelated parties. How to file 1040ez You include the payments in gross income as you earn them. How to file 1040ez Example 3. How to file 1040ez You own a dance studio. How to file 1040ez On October 1, 2012, you receive payment for a one-year contract for 48 one-hour lessons beginning on that date. How to file 1040ez You give eight lessons in 2012. How to file 1040ez Under this method of including advance payments, you must include one-sixth (8/48) of the payment in income for 2012, and five-sixths (40/48) of the payment in 2013, even if you do not give all the lessons by the end of 2013. How to file 1040ez Example 4. How to file 1040ez Assume the same facts as in Example 3, except the payment is for a two-year contract for 96 lessons. How to file 1040ez You must include the entire payment in income in 2012 since part of the services may be performed after the following year. How to file 1040ez Guarantee or warranty. How to file 1040ez   Generally, you cannot postpone reporting income you receive under a guarantee or warranty contract. How to file 1040ez Prepaid rent. How to file 1040ez   You cannot postpone reporting income from prepaid rent. How to file 1040ez Prepaid rent does not include payment for the use of a room or other space when significant service is also provided for the occupant. How to file 1040ez You provide significant service when you supply space in a hotel, boarding house, tourist home, motor court, motel, or apartment house that furnishes hotel services. How to file 1040ez Books and records. How to file 1040ez   Any advance payment you include in gross receipts on your tax return for the year you receive payment must not be less than the payment you include in income for financial reports under the method of accounting used for those reports. How to file 1040ez Financial reports include reports to shareholders, partners, beneficiaries, and other proprietors for credit purposes and consolidated financial statements. How to file 1040ez IRS approval. How to file 1040ez   You must file Form 3115 to obtain IRS approval to change your method of accounting for advance payment for services. How to file 1040ez Advance Payment for Sales Special rules apply to including income from advance payments on agreements for future sales or other dispositions of goods held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of your trade or business. How to file 1040ez However, the rules do not apply to a payment (or part of a payment) for services that are not an integral part of the main activities covered under the agreement. How to file 1040ez An agreement includes a gift certificate that can be redeemed for goods. How to file 1040ez Amounts due and payable are considered received. How to file 1040ez How to report payments. How to file 1040ez   Generally, include an advance payment in income in the year in which you receive it. How to file 1040ez However, you can use the alternative method, discussed next. How to file 1040ez Alternative method of reporting. How to file 1040ez   Under the alternative method, generally include an advance payment in income in the earlier tax year in which you: Include advance payments in gross receipts under the method of accounting you use for tax purposes, or Include any part of advance payments in income for financial reports under the method of accounting used for those reports. How to file 1040ez Financial reports include reports to shareholders, partners, beneficiaries, and other proprietors for credit purposes and consolidated financial statements. How to file 1040ez Example 1. How to file 1040ez You are a retailer. How to file 1040ez You use an accrual method of accounting and account for the sale of goods when you ship the goods. How to file 1040ez You use this method for both tax and financial reporting purposes. How to file 1040ez You can include advance payments in gross receipts for tax purposes in either: (a) the tax year in which you receive the payments; or (b) the tax year in which you ship the goods. How to file 1040ez However, see Exception for inventory goods, later. How to file 1040ez Example 2. How to file 1040ez You are a calendar year taxpayer. How to file 1040ez You manufacture household furniture and use an accrual method of accounting. How to file 1040ez Under this method, you accrue income for your financial reports when you ship the furniture. How to file 1040ez For tax purposes, you do not accrue income until the furniture has been delivered and accepted. How to file 1040ez In 2012, you received an advance payment of $8,000 for an order of furniture to be manufactured for a total price of $20,000. How to file 1040ez You shipped the furniture to the customer in December 2012, but it was not delivered and accepted until January 2013. How to file 1040ez For tax purposes, you include the $8,000 advance payment in gross income for 2012; and include the remaining $12,000 of the contract price in gross income for 2013. How to file 1040ez Information schedule. How to file 1040ez   If you use the alternative method of reporting advance payments, you must attach a statement with the following information to your tax return each year. How to file 1040ez Total advance payments received in the current tax year. How to file 1040ez Total advance payments received in earlier tax years and not included in income before the current tax year. How to file 1040ez Total payments received in earlier tax years included in income for the current tax year. How to file 1040ez Exception for inventory goods. How to file 1040ez   If you have an agreement to sell goods properly included in inventory, you can postpone including the advance payment in income until the end of the second tax year following the year you receive an advance payment if, on the last day of the tax year, you meet the following requirements. How to file 1040ez You account for the advance payment under the alternative method (discussed earlier). How to file 1040ez You have received a substantial advance payment on the agreement (discussed next). How to file 1040ez You have enough substantially similar goods on hand, or available through your normal source of supply, to satisfy the agreement. How to file 1040ez These rules also apply to an agreement, such as a gift certificate, that can be satisfied with goods that cannot be identified in the tax year you receive an advance payment. How to file 1040ez   If you meet these conditions, all advance payments you receive by the end of the second tax year, including payments received in prior years but not reported, must be included in income by the second tax year following the tax year of receipt of substantial advance payments. How to file 1040ez You must also deduct in that second year all actual or estimated costs for the goods required to satisfy the agreement. How to file 1040ez If you estimated the cost, you must take into account any difference between the estimate and the actual cost when the goods are delivered. How to file 1040ez Note. How to file 1040ez You must report any advance payments you receive after the second year in the year received. How to file 1040ez No further deferral is allowed. How to file 1040ez Substantial advance payments. How to file 1040ez   Under an agreement for a future sale, you have substantial advance payments if, by the end of the tax year, the total advance payments received during that year and preceding tax years are equal to or more than the total costs reasonably estimated to be includible in inventory because of the agreement. How to file 1040ez Example. How to file 1040ez You are a calendar year, accrual method taxpayer who accounts for advance payments under the alternative method. How to file 1040ez In 2008, you entered into a contract for the sale of goods properly includible in your inventory. How to file 1040ez The total contract price is $50,000 and you estimate that your total inventoriable costs for the goods will be $25,000. How to file 1040ez You receive the following advance payments under the contract. How to file 1040ez 2009 $17,500 2010 10,000 2011 7,500 2012 5,000 2013 5,000 2014 5,000 Total contract price $50,000   Your customer asked you to deliver the goods in 2015. How to file 1040ez In your 2010 closing inventory, you had on hand enough of the type of goods specified in the contract to satisfy the contract. How to file 1040ez Since the advance payments you had received by the end of 2010 were more than the costs you estimated, the payments are substantial advance payments. How to file 1040ez   For 2012, include in income all payments you received by the end of 2012, the second tax year following the tax year in which you received substantial advance payments. How to file 1040ez You must include $40,000 in sales for 2012 (the total amounts received from 2009 through 2012) and include in inventory the cost of the goods (or similar goods) on hand. How to file 1040ez If no such goods are on hand, then estimate the cost necessary to satisfy the contract. How to file 1040ez   No further deferral is allowed. How to file 1040ez You must include in gross income the advance payment you receive each remaining year of the contract. How to file 1040ez Take into account the difference between any estimated cost of goods sold and the actual cost when you deliver the goods in 2015. How to file 1040ez IRS approval. How to file 1040ez   You must file Form 3115 to obtain IRS approval to change your method of accounting for advance payments for sales. How to file 1040ez Expenses Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct or capitalize a business expense when both the following apply. How to file 1040ez The all-events test has been met. How to file 1040ez The test is met when: All events have occurred that fix the fact of liability, and The liability can be determined with reasonable accuracy. How to file 1040ez Economic performance has occurred. How to file 1040ez Economic Performance Generally, you cannot deduct or capitalize a business expense until economic performance occurs. How to file 1040ez If your expense is for property or services provided to you, or for your use of property, economic performance occurs as the property or services are provided or the property is used. How to file 1040ez If your expense is for property or services you provide to others, economic performance occurs as you provide the property or services. How to file 1040ez Example. How to file 1040ez You are a calendar year taxpayer. How to file 1040ez You buy office supplies in December 2012. How to file 1040ez You receive the supplies and the bill in December, but you pay the bill in January 2013. How to file 1040ez You can deduct the expense in 2012 because all events have occurred to fix the liability, the amount of the liability can be determined, and economic performance occurred in 2012. How to file 1040ez Your office supplies may qualify as a recurring item, discussed later. How to file 1040ez If so, you can deduct them in 2012, even if the supplies are not delivered until 2013 (when economic performance occurs). How to file 1040ez Workers' compensation and tort liability. How to file 1040ez   If you are required to make payments under workers' compensation laws or in satisfaction of any tort liability, economic performance occurs as you make the payments. How to file 1040ez If you are required to make payments to a special designated settlement fund established by court order for a tort liability, economic performance occurs as you make the payments. How to file 1040ez Taxes. How to file 1040ez   Economic performance generally occurs as estimated income tax, property taxes, employment taxes, etc. How to file 1040ez are paid. How to file 1040ez However, you can elect to treat taxes as a recurring item, discussed later. How to file 1040ez You can also elect to ratably accrue real estate taxes. How to file 1040ez See chapter 5 of Publication 535 for information about real estate taxes. How to file 1040ez Other liabilities. How to file 1040ez   Other liabilities for which economic performance occurs as you make payments include liabilities for breach of contract (to the extent of incidental, consequential, and liquidated damages), violation of law, rebates and refunds, awards, prizes, jackpots, insurance, and warranty and service contracts. How to file 1040ez Interest. How to file 1040ez   Economic performance occurs with the passage of time (as the borrower uses, and the lender forgoes use of, the lender's money) rather than as payments are made. How to file 1040ez Compensation for services. How to file 1040ez   Generally, economic performance occurs as an employee renders service to the employer. How to file 1040ez However, deductions for compensation or other benefits paid to an employee in a year subsequent to economic performance are subject to the rules governing deferred compensation, deferred benefits, and funded welfare benefit plans. How to file 1040ez For information on employee benefit programs, see Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits. How to file 1040ez Vacation pay. How to file 1040ez   You can take a current deduction for vacation pay earned by your employees if you pay it during the year or, if the amount is vested, within 2½ months after the end of the year. How to file 1040ez If you pay it later than this, you must deduct it in the year actually paid. How to file 1040ez An amount is vested if your right to it cannot be nullified or cancelled. How to file 1040ez Exception for recurring items. How to file 1040ez   An exception to the economic performance rule allows certain recurring items to be treated as incurred during the tax year even though economic performance has not occurred. How to file 1040ez The exception applies if all the following requirements are met. How to file 1040ez The all-events test, discussed earlier, is met. How to file 1040ez Economic performance occurs by the earlier of the following dates. How to file 1040ez 8½ months after the close of the year. How to file 1040ez The date you file a timely return (including extensions) for the year. How to file 1040ez The item is recurring in nature and you consistently treat similar items as incurred in the tax year in which the all-events test is met. How to file 1040ez Either: The item is not material, or Accruing the item in the year in which the all-events test is met results in a better match against income than accruing the item in the year of economic performance. How to file 1040ez This exception does not apply to workers' compensation or tort liabilities. How to file 1040ez Amended return. How to file 1040ez   You may be able to file an amended return and treat a liability as incurred under the recurring item exception. How to file 1040ez You can do so if economic performance for the liability occurs after you file your tax return for the year, but within 8½ months after the close of the tax year. How to file 1040ez Recurrence and consistency. How to file 1040ez   To determine whether an item is recurring and consistently reported, consider the frequency with which the item and similar items are incurred (or expected to be incurred) and how you report these items for tax purposes. How to file 1040ez A new expense or an expense not incurred every year can be treated as recurring if it is reasonable to expect that it will be incurred regularly in the future. How to file 1040ez Materiality. How to file 1040ez   Factors to consider in determining the materiality of a recurring item include the size of the item (both in absolute terms and in relation to your income and other expenses) and the treatment of the item on your financial statements. How to file 1040ez   An item considered material for financial statement purposes is also considered material for tax purposes. How to file 1040ez However, in certain situations an immaterial item for financial accounting purposes is treated as material for purposes of economic performance. How to file 1040ez Matching expenses with income. How to file 1040ez   Costs directly associated with the revenue of a period are properly allocable to that period. How to file 1040ez To determine whether the accrual of an expense in a particular year results in a better match with the income to which it relates, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP; visit www. How to file 1040ez fasab. How to file 1040ez gov/accepted. How to file 1040ez html) are an important factor. How to file 1040ez   For example, if you report sales income in the year of sale, but you do not ship the goods until the following year, the shipping costs are more properly matched to income in the year of sale than the year the goods are shipped. How to file 1040ez Expenses that cannot be practically associated with income of a particular period, such as advertising costs, should be assigned to the period the costs are incurred. How to file 1040ez However, the matching requirement is considered met for certain types of expenses. How to file 1040ez These expenses include taxes, payments under insurance, warranty, and service contracts, rebates, refunds, awards, prizes, and jackpots. How to file 1040ez Expenses Paid in Advance An expense you pay in advance is deductible only in the year to which it applies, unless the expense qualifies for the 12-month rule. How to file 1040ez Under the 12-month rule, a taxpayer is not required to capitalize amounts paid to create certain rights or benefits for the taxpayer that do not extend beyond the earlier of the following. How to file 1040ez 12 months after the right or benefit begins, or The end of the tax year after the tax year in which payment is made. How to file 1040ez If you have not been applying the general rule (an expense paid in advance is deductible only in the year to which it applies) and/or the 12-month rule to the expenses you paid in advance, you must get IRS approval before using the general rule and/or the 12-month rule. How to file 1040ez See Change in Accounting Method, later, for information on how to get IRS approval. How to file 1040ez See Expense paid in advance under Cash Method, earlier, for examples illustrating the application of the general and 12-month rules. How to file 1040ez Related Persons Business expenses and interest owed to a related person who uses the cash method of accounting are not deductible until you make the payment and the corresponding amount is includible in the related person's gross income. How to file 1040ez Determine the relationship for this rule as of the end of the tax year for which the expense or interest would otherwise be deductible. How to file 1040ez See section 267 of the Internal Revenue Code and Publication 542, Corporations, for the definition of related person. How to file 1040ez Inventories An inventory is necessary to clearly show income when the production, purchase, or sale of merchandise is an income-producing factor. How to file 1040ez If you must account for an inventory in your business, you must use an accrual method of accounting for your purchases and sales. How to file 1040ez However, see Exceptions, next. How to file 1040ez See also Accrual Method, earlier. How to file 1040ez To figure taxable income, you must value your inventory at the beginning and end of each tax year. How to file 1040ez To determine the value, you need a method for identifying the items in your inventory and a method for valuing these items. How to file 1040ez See Identifying Cost and Valuing Inventory, later. How to file 1040ez The rules for valuing inventory are not the same for all businesses. How to file 1040ez The method you use must conform to generally accepted accounting principles for similar businesses and must clearly reflect income. How to file 1040ez Your inventory practices must be consistent from year to year. How to file 1040ez The rules discussed here apply only if they do not conflict with the uniform capitalization rules of section 263A and the mark-to-market rules of section 475. How to file 1040ez Exceptions The following taxpayers can use the cash method of accounting even if they produce, purchase, or sell merchandise. How to file 1040ez These taxpayers can also account for inventoriable items as materials and supplies that are not incidental (discussed later). How to file 1040ez A qualifying taxpayer under Revenue Procedure 2001-10 on page 272 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2001-2, available at www. How to file 1040ez irs. How to file 1040ez gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb01–02. How to file 1040ez pdf. How to file 1040ez A qualifying small business taxpayer under Revenue Procedure 2002-28, on page 815 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2002-18, available at www. How to file 1040ez irs. How to file 1040ez gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb02–18. How to file 1040ez pdf. How to file 1040ez In addition to the information provided in this publication, you should see the revenue procedures referenced in the list, above, and the instructions for Form 3115 for information you will need to adopt or change to these accounting methods (see Changing methods, later). How to file 1040ez Qualifying taxpayer. How to file 1040ez   You are a qualifying taxpayer under Revenue Procedure 2001-10 only if: You satisfy the gross receipts test for each prior tax year ending on or after December 17, 1998 (see Gross receipts test for qualifying taxpayers, next). How to file 1040ez Your average annual gross receipts for each test year (explained in Step 1, listed next) must be $1 million or less. How to file 1040ez You are not a tax shelter as defined under section 448(d)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. How to file 1040ez Gross receipts test for qualifying taxpayers. How to file 1040ez   To determine if you meet the gross receipts test for qualifying taxpayers, use the following steps: Step 1. How to file 1040ez List each of the test years. How to file 1040ez For qualifying taxpayers under Revenue Procedure 2001-10, the test years are each prior tax year ending on or after December 17, 1998. How to file 1040ez Step 2. How to file 1040ez Determine your average annual gross receipts for each test year listed in Step 1. How to file 1040ez Your average annual gross receipts for a tax year is determined by adding the gross receipts for that tax year and the 2 preceding tax years and dividing the total by 3. How to file 1040ez Step 3. How to file 1040ez You meet the gross receipts test for qualifying taxpayers if your average annual gross receipts for each test year listed in Step 1 is $1 million or less. How to file 1040ez Qualifying small business taxpayer. How to file 1040ez   You are a qualifying small business taxpayer under Revenue Procedure 2002-28 only if: You satisfy the gross receipts test for each prior tax year ending on or after December 31, 2000 (see Gross receipts test for qualifying small business taxpayers, next). How to file 1040ez Your average annual gross receipts for each test year (explained in Step 1, listed next) must be $10 million or less. How to file 1040ez You are not prohibited from using the cash method under section 448 of the Internal Revenue Code. How to file 1040ez Your principle business activity is an eligible business. How to file 1040ez See Eligible business, later. How to file 1040ez You have not changed (or have not been required to change) from the cash method because you became ineligible to use the cash method under Revenue Procedure 2002-28. How to file 1040ez Note. How to file 1040ez Revenue Procedure 2002-28 does not apply to a farming business of a qualifying small business taxpayer. How to file 1040ez A taxpayer engaged in the trade or business of farming generally is allowed to use the cash method for any farming business. How to file 1040ez See Special rules for farming businesses under Cash Method, earlier. How to file 1040ez Gross receipts test for qualifying small business taxpayers. How to file 1040ez   To determine if you meet the gross receipts test for qualifying small business taxpayers, use the following steps: Step 1. How to file 1040ez List each of the test years. How to file 1040ez For qualifying small business taxpayers under Revenue Procedure 2002-28, the test years are each prior tax year ending on or after December 31, 2000. How to file 1040ez Step 2. How to file 1040ez Determine your average annual gross receipts for each test year listed in Step 1. How to file 1040ez Your average annual gross receipts for a tax year is determined by adding the gross receipts for that tax year and the 2 preceding tax years and dividing the total by 3. How to file 1040ez Step 3. How to file 1040ez You meet the gross receipts test for qualifying small business taxpayers if your average annual gross receipts for each test year listed in Step 1 is $10 million or less. How to file 1040ez Eligible business. How to file 1040ez   An eligible business is any business for which a qualified small business taxpayer can use the cash method and choose to not keep an inventory. How to file 1040ez You have an eligible business if you meet any of the following requirements. How to file 1040ez Your principal business activity is described in a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code other than any of the following NAICS subsector codes: NAICS codes 211 and 212 (mining activities). How to file 1040ez NAICS codes 31-33 (manufacturing). How to file 1040ez NAICS code 42 (wholesale trade). How to file 1040ez NAICS codes 44-45 (retail trade). How to file 1040ez NAICS codes 5111 and 5122 (information industries). How to file 1040ez Your principal business activity is the provision of services, including the provision of property incident to those services. How to file 1040ez Your principal business activity is the fabrication or modification of tangible personal property upon demand in accordance with customer design or specifications. How to file 1040ez   Information about the NAICS codes can be found at http://www. How to file 1040ez census. How to file 1040ez gov/naics or in the instructions for your federal income tax return. How to file 1040ez Gross receipts. How to file 1040ez   In general, gross receipts must include all receipts from all your trades or businesses that must be recognized under the method of accounting you used for that tax year for federal income tax purposes. How to file 1040ez See the definit
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How to file 1040ez Part Six -   Cómo Calcular los Impuestos y Créditos Los ocho capítulos de esta sección explican cómo calcular sus impuestos y cómo calcular los impuestos de determinados hijos con ingresos no derivados del trabajo de $2,000 o más. How to file 1040ez Explican también créditos tributarios que, a diferencia de las deducciones, se restan directamente de los impuestos y los disminuyen, dólar por dólar. How to file 1040ez El capítulo 36 trata sobre el crédito por ingreso del trabajo y el capítulo 37 abarca una amplia gama de otros créditos, como por ejemplo, el crédito por adopción. How to file 1040ez Table of Contents 30. How to file 1040ez   Cómo Calcular los ImpuestosIntroduction Cómo Calcular los Impuestos Impuesto Mínimo Alternativo (AMT) Impuestos Calculados por el IRS Cómo Presentar la Declaración 31. How to file 1040ez   Impuesto sobre Ingresos No Derivados del Trabajo de Determinados Hijos¿Que Hay de Nuevo? Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Cómo Saber si se Tiene que Utilizar la Declaración del Padre o de la MadrePadres que no Presentan la Declaración Conjunta Elección de los Padres de Declarar los Intereses y Dividendos del HijoConsecuencias de Incluir los Ingresos del Hijo Cómo Calcular los Ingresos del Hijo Cómo Calcular el Impuesto Adicional Impuesto para Determinados Hijos con Ingresos No Derivados del TrabajoCómo Facilitar Información sobre los Padres (líneas A-C del Formulario 8615) Paso 1. How to file 1040ez Cómo Calcular los Ingresos Netos No Derivados del Trabajo del Hijo (Parte I del Formulario 8615) Paso 2. How to file 1040ez Cómo Calcular el Impuesto Provisional a la Tasa Impositiva de los Padres (Parte II del Formulario 8615) Paso 3. How to file 1040ez Cómo Calcular el Impuesto del Hijo (Parte III del Formulario 8615) 32. How to file 1040ez   Crédito por Gastos del Cuidado de Menores y DependientesRecordatorios Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Requisitos Para Reclamar el CréditoRequisitos de la Persona Calificada Requisito del Ingreso del Trabajo Requisito de Gastos Relacionados con el Trabajo Requisito de la Declaración Conjunta Requisito de Identificación del Proveedor de Cuidados Cómo Calcular el CréditoCómo Calcular el Total de los Gastos Relacionados con el Trabajo Límite del Ingreso del Trabajo Límite de Dinero Cantidad de Crédito Cómo Reclamar el CréditoCrédito tributario no reembolsable. How to file 1040ez Impuestos sobre la Nómina para Empleadores de Empleados Domésticos 33. How to file 1040ez   Crédito para Ancianos o Personas IncapacitadasIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: ¿Reúne los Requisitos del Crédito?Persona que Reúne los Requisitos Límites sobre los Ingresos Cómo Reclamar el CréditoEl Crédito Calculado por el IRS El Crédito Calculado por Usted Mismo 34. How to file 1040ez   Crédito Tributario por HijosIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Hijo Calificado Cantidad de CréditoLímites del Crédito Cómo Reclamar el Crédito Crédito Tributario Adicional por Hijos Cómo Completar el Anexo 8812 (Formulario 1040A o Formulario 1040)Parte I Partes II a IV 35. How to file 1040ez   Créditos Tributarios por EstudiosIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: ¿Quién Puede Reclamar un Crédito Tributario por Estudios? Gastos de Estudios CalificadosNo se Permite Beneficio Doble Ajustes a los Gastos de Estudios Calificados 36. How to file 1040ez   Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo (EIC) Qué Hay de Nuevo Recordatorios Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: ¿Reúne los Requisitos para el Crédito?Si se Hizo una Solicitud Indebida del Crédito en un Año Anterior Parte A. How to file 1040ez Requisitos para TodosRequisito 1. How to file 1040ez Tiene que Tener Ingresos Brutos Ajustados Inferiores a: Requisito 2. How to file 1040ez Tiene que tener un número de Seguro Social válido Requisito 3. How to file 1040ez Su Estado Civil para Efectos de la Declaración no Puede Ser Casado que Presenta la Declaración por Separado Requisito 4. How to file 1040ez Tiene que Ser Ciudadano o Extranjero Residente de los Estados Unidos Durante Todo el Año Requisito 5. How to file 1040ez No Puede Presentar el Formulario 2555 ni el Formulario 2555-EZ Requisito 6. How to file 1040ez Tiene que Tener Ingresos de Inversiones de $3,300 o Menos Requisito 7. How to file 1040ez Tiene que Haber Recibido Ingresos del Trabajo Parte B. How to file 1040ez Requisitos si Tiene un Hijo CalificadoRequisito 8. How to file 1040ez Su Hijo Tiene que Cumplir los Requisitos de Parentesco, Edad, Residencia y de la Declaración Conjunta Requisito 9. How to file 1040ez Para Reclamar el Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo, Sólo una Persona Puede Basarse en el Hijo Calificado de Usted Requisito 10. How to file 1040ez Otro Contribuyente no Puede Reclamarlo a Usted como Hijo Calificado Parte C. How to file 1040ez Requisitos si no Tiene un Hijo CalificadoRequisito 11. How to file 1040ez Tiene que Tener por lo Menos 25 Años pero Menos de 65 Años Requisito 12. How to file 1040ez No Puede Ser el Dependiente de Otra Persona Requisito 13. How to file 1040ez Otro Contribuyente no Puede Reclamarlo a Usted como Hijo Calificado Requisito 14. How to file 1040ez Tiene que Haber Vivido en los Estados Unidos durante más de la Mitad del Año Parte D. How to file 1040ez Cómo Calcular y Reclamar el Crédito por Ingreso del TrabajoRequisito 15. How to file 1040ez Su Ingreso del Trabajo Tiene que Ser Menos de: El IRS Puede Calcularle el Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo Cómo Calcular Usted Mismo el Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo EjemplosEjemplo 1. How to file 1040ez Juan y Julia Martínez (Formulario 1040A) Ejemplo 2. How to file 1040ez Carla Robles (Formulario 1040EZ) 37. How to file 1040ez   Otros CréditosQué Hay de Nuevo Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Créditos no ReembolsablesCrédito por Adopción Crédito por Vehículo Motorizado Alternativo Crédito por Bienes de Reabastecimiento de Vehículos con Combustible Alternativo Crédito para Titulares de Bonos de Crédito Tributario Crédito por Impuestos Extranjeros Crédito por Intereses Hipotecarios Crédito no Reembolsable del Impuesto Mínimo de Años Anteriores Crédito por Vehículos Enchufables con Motor de Dirección Eléctrica Créditos por Energía de la Propiedad Residencial Crédito por Aportaciones a Cuentas de Ahorro para la Jubilación (Crédito del Ahorrador) Créditos ReembolsablesCrédito por el Impuesto sobre Ganancias de Capital no Distribuidas Crédito Tributario por Cobertura del Seguro Médico Crédito por Retención en Exceso del Impuesto del Seguro Social o del Impuesto de la Jubilación Ferroviaria Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications