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Hr block free state file Publication 526 - Main Content Table of Contents Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible ContributionsTypes of Qualified Organizations Contributions You Can DeductContributions From Which You Benefit Expenses Paid for Student Living With You Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Expenses of Whaling Captains Contributions You Cannot DeductContributions to Individuals Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations Contributions From Which You Benefit Value of Time or Services Personal Expenses Appraisal Fees Contributions to Donor-Advised Funds Partial Interest in Property Contributions of PropertyContributions Subject to Special Rules Determining Fair Market Value Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value Giving Property That Has Increased in Value Penalty When To DeductChecks. Hr block free state file Text message. Hr block free state file Credit card. Hr block free state file Pay-by-phone account. Hr block free state file Stock certificate. Hr block free state file Promissory note. Hr block free state file Option. Hr block free state file Borrowed funds. Hr block free state file Conditional gift. Hr block free state file Limits on Deductions50% Limit 30% Limit Special 30% Limit for Capital Gain Property 20% Limit Special 50% Limit for Qualified Conservation Contributions How To Figure Your Deduction When Limits Apply Records To KeepCash Contributions Noncash Contributions Out-of-Pocket Expenses How To ReportReporting expenses for student living with you. Hr block free state file Total deduction over $500. Hr block free state file Deduction over $5,000 for one item. Hr block free state file Vehicle donations. Hr block free state file Clothing and household items not in good used condition. Hr block free state file Easement on building in historic district. Hr block free state file Deduction over $500,000. Hr block free state file How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions You can deduct your contributions only if you make them to a qualified organization. Hr block free state file Most organizations, other than churches and governments, must apply to the IRS to become a qualified organization. Hr block free state file How to check whether an organization can receive deductible charitable contributions. Hr block free state file   You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization, and most will be able to tell you. Hr block free state file Or go to IRS. Hr block free state file gov. Hr block free state file Click on “Tools” and then on “Exempt Organizations Select Check” (www. Hr block free state file irs. Hr block free state file gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check). Hr block free state file This online tool will enable you to search for qualified organizations. Hr block free state file You can also call the IRS to find out if an organization is qualified. Hr block free state file Call 1-877-829-5500. Hr block free state file People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and who have access to TTY/TDD equipment can call 1-800-829-4059. Hr block free state file Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. Hr block free state file gsa. Hr block free state file gov/fedrelay. Hr block free state file Types of Qualified Organizations Generally, only the following types of organizations can be qualified organizations. Hr block free state file A community chest, corporation, trust, fund, or foundation organized or created in or under the laws of the United States, any state, the District of Columbia, or any possession of the United States (including Puerto Rico). Hr block free state file It must, however, be organized and operated only for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Hr block free state file Certain organizations that foster national or international amateur sports competition also qualify. Hr block free state file War veterans' organizations, including posts, auxiliaries, trusts, or foundations, organized in the United States or any of its possessions (including Puerto Rico). Hr block free state file Domestic fraternal societies, orders, and associations operating under the lodge system. Hr block free state file (Your contribution to this type of organization is deductible only if it is to be used solely for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Hr block free state file ) Certain nonprofit cemetery companies or corporations. Hr block free state file (Your contribution to this type of organization is not deductible if it can be used for the care of a specific lot or mausoleum crypt. Hr block free state file ) The United States or any state, the District of Columbia, a U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file possession (including Puerto Rico), a political subdivision of a state or U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file possession, or an Indian tribal government or any of its subdivisions that perform substantial government functions. Hr block free state file (Your contribution to this type of organization is deductible only if it is to be used solely for public purposes. Hr block free state file ) Example 1. Hr block free state file You contribute cash to your city's police department to be used as a reward for information about a crime. Hr block free state file The city police department is a qualified organization, and your contribution is for a public purpose. Hr block free state file You can deduct your contribution. Hr block free state file Example 2. Hr block free state file You make a voluntary contribution to the social security trust fund, not earmarked for a specific account. Hr block free state file Because the trust fund is part of the U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file Government, you contributed to a qualified organization. Hr block free state file You can deduct your contribution. Hr block free state file Examples. Hr block free state file   The following list gives some examples of qualified organizations. Hr block free state file Churches, a convention or association of churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other religious organizations. Hr block free state file Most nonprofit charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross and the United Way. Hr block free state file Most nonprofit educational organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, colleges, and museums. Hr block free state file This also includes nonprofit daycare centers that provide childcare to the general public if substantially all the childcare is provided to enable parents and guardians to be gainfully employed. Hr block free state file However, if your contribution is a substitute for tuition or other enrollment fee, it is not deductible as a charitable contribution, as explained later under Contributions You Cannot Deduct . Hr block free state file Nonprofit hospitals and medical research organizations. Hr block free state file Utility company emergency energy programs, if the utility company is an agent for a charitable organization that assists individuals with emergency energy needs. Hr block free state file Nonprofit volunteer fire companies. Hr block free state file Nonprofit organizations that develop and maintain public parks and recreation facilities. Hr block free state file Civil defense organizations. Hr block free state file Canadian charities. Hr block free state file   You may be able to deduct contributions to certain Canadian charitable organizations covered under an income tax treaty with Canada. Hr block free state file To deduct your contribution to a Canadian charity, you generally must have income from sources in Canada. Hr block free state file See Publication 597, Information on the United States-Canada Income Tax Treaty, for information on how to figure your deduction. Hr block free state file Mexican charities. Hr block free state file   Under the U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file -Mexico income tax treaty, a contribution to a Mexican charitable organization may be deductible, but only if and to the extent the contribution would have been treated as a charitable contribution to a public charity created or organized under U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file law. Hr block free state file To deduct your contribution to a Mexican charity, you must have income from sources in Mexico. Hr block free state file The limits described in Limits on Deductions , later, apply and are figured using your income from Mexican sources. Hr block free state file Israeli charities. Hr block free state file   Under the U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file -Israel income tax treaty, a contribution to an Israeli charitable organization is deductible if and to the extent the contribution would have been treated as a charitable contribution if the organization had been created or organized under U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file law. Hr block free state file To deduct your contribution to an Israeli charity, you must have income from sources in Israel. Hr block free state file The limits described in Limits on Deductions , later, apply. Hr block free state file The deduction is also limited to 25% of your adjusted gross income from Israeli sources. Hr block free state file Contributions You Can Deduct Generally, you can deduct contributions of money or property you make to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. Hr block free state file A contribution is “for the use of” a qualified organization when it is held in a legally enforceable trust for the qualified organization or in a similar legal arrangement. Hr block free state file The contributions must be made to a qualified organization and not set aside for use by a specific person. Hr block free state file If you give property to a qualified organization, you generally can deduct the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. Hr block free state file See Contributions of Property , later. Hr block free state file Your deduction for charitable contributions generally cannot be more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI), but in some cases 20% and 30% limits may apply. Hr block free state file In addition, the total of your charitable contributions deduction and certain other itemized deductions may be limited. Hr block free state file See Limits on Deductions , later. Hr block free state file Table 1 in this publication gives examples of contributions you can and cannot deduct. Hr block free state file Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive a benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you can deduct only the amount of your contribution that is more than the value of the benefit you receive. Hr block free state file Also see Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Cannot Deduct, later. Hr block free state file If you pay more than fair market value to a qualified organization for goods or services, the excess may be a charitable contribution. Hr block free state file For the excess amount to qualify, you must pay it with the intent to make a charitable contribution. Hr block free state file Example 1. Hr block free state file You pay $65 for a ticket to a dinner-dance at a church. Hr block free state file Your entire $65 payment goes to the church. Hr block free state file The ticket to the dinner-dance has a fair market value of $25. Hr block free state file When you buy your ticket, you know its value is less than your payment. Hr block free state file To figure the amount of your charitable contribution, subtract the value of the benefit you receive ($25) from your total payment ($65). Hr block free state file You can deduct $40 as a charitable contribution to the church. Hr block free state file Example 2. Hr block free state file At a fundraising auction conducted by a charity, you pay $600 for a week's stay at a beach house. Hr block free state file The amount you pay is no more than the fair rental value. Hr block free state file You have not made a deductible charitable contribution. Hr block free state file Athletic events. Hr block free state file   If you make a payment to, or for the benefit of, a college or university and, as a result, you receive the right to buy tickets to an athletic event in the athletic stadium of the college or university, you can deduct 80% of the payment as a charitable contribution. Hr block free state file   If any part of your payment is for tickets (rather than the right to buy tickets), that part is not deductible. Hr block free state file Subtract the price of the tickets from your payment. Hr block free state file You can deduct 80% of the remaining amount as a charitable contribution. Hr block free state file Example 1. Hr block free state file You pay $300 a year for membership in a university's athletic scholarship program. Hr block free state file The only benefit of membership is that you have the right to buy one season ticket for a seat in a designated area of the stadium at the university's home football games. Hr block free state file You can deduct $240 (80% of $300) as a charitable contribution. Hr block free state file Example 2. Hr block free state file The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your $300 payment includes the purchase of one season ticket for the stated ticket price of $120. Hr block free state file You must subtract the usual price of a ticket ($120) from your $300 payment. Hr block free state file The result is $180. Hr block free state file Your deductible charitable contribution is $144 (80% of $180). Hr block free state file Charity benefit events. Hr block free state file   If you pay a qualified organization more than fair market value for the right to attend a charity ball, banquet, show, sporting event, or other benefit event, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the privileges or other benefits you receive. Hr block free state file   If there is an established charge for the event, that charge is the value of your benefit. Hr block free state file If there is no established charge, the reasonable value of the right to attend the event is the value of your benefit. Hr block free state file Whether you use the tickets or other privileges has no effect on the amount you can deduct. Hr block free state file However, if you return the ticket to the qualified organization for resale, you can deduct the entire amount you paid for the ticket. Hr block free state file    Even if the ticket or other evidence of payment indicates that the payment is a “contribution,” this does not mean you can deduct the entire amount. Hr block free state file If the ticket shows the price of admission and the amount of the contribution, you can deduct the contribution amount. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file You pay $40 to see a special showing of a movie for the benefit of a qualified organization. Hr block free state file Printed on the ticket is “Contribution–$40. Hr block free state file ” If the regular price for the movie is $8, your contribution is $32 ($40 payment − $8 regular price). Hr block free state file Membership fees or dues. Hr block free state file   You may be able to deduct membership fees or dues you pay to a qualified organization. Hr block free state file However, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the benefits you receive. Hr block free state file   You cannot deduct dues, fees, or assessments paid to country clubs and other social organizations. Hr block free state file They are not qualified organizations. Hr block free state file Certain membership benefits can be disregarded. Hr block free state file   Both you and the organization can disregard the following membership benefits if you get them in return for an annual payment of $75 or less. Hr block free state file Any rights or privileges, other than those discussed under Athletic events , earlier, that you can use frequently while you are a member, such as: Free or discounted admission to the organization's facilities or events, Free or discounted parking, Preferred access to goods or services, and Discounts on the purchase of goods and services. Hr block free state file Admission, while you are a member, to events open only to members of the organization if the organization reasonably projects that the cost per person (excluding any allocated overhead) is not more than $10. Hr block free state file 20. Hr block free state file Token items. Hr block free state file   You do not have to reduce your contribution by the value of any benefit you receive if both of the following are true. Hr block free state file You receive only a small item or other benefit of token value. Hr block free state file The qualified organization correctly determines that the value of the item or benefit you received is not substantial and informs you that you can deduct your payment in full. Hr block free state file The organization determines whether the value of an item or benefit is substantial by using Revenue Procedures 90-12 and 92-49 and the inflation adjustment in Revenue Procedure 2012–41. Hr block free state file Written statement. Hr block free state file   A qualified organization must give you a written statement if you make a payment of more than $75 that is partly a contribution and partly for goods or services. Hr block free state file The statement must say you can deduct only the amount of your payment that is more than the value of the goods or services you received. Hr block free state file It must also give you a good faith estimate of the value of those goods or services. Hr block free state file   The organization can give you the statement either when it solicits or when it receives the payment from you. Hr block free state file Exception. Hr block free state file   An organization will not have to give you this statement if one of the following is true. Hr block free state file The organization is: A governmental organization described in (5) under Types of Qualified Organizations , earlier, or An organization formed only for religious purposes, and the only benefit you receive is an intangible religious benefit (such as admission to a religious ceremony) that generally is not sold in commercial transactions outside the donative context. Hr block free state file You receive only items whose value is not substantial as described under Token items , earlier. Hr block free state file You receive only membership benefits that can be disregarded, as described under Membership fees or dues , earlier. Hr block free state file Expenses Paid for Student Living With You You may be able to deduct some expenses of having a student live with you. Hr block free state file You can deduct qualifying expenses for a foreign or American student who: Lives in your home under a written agreement between you and a qualified organization (defined later) as part of a program of the organization to provide educational opportunities for the student, Is not your relative (defined later) or dependent (also defined later), and Is a full-time student in the twelfth or any lower grade at a school in the United States. Hr block free state file You can deduct up to $50 a month for each full calendar month the student lives with you. Hr block free state file Any month when conditions (1) through (3) above are met for 15 or more days counts as a full month. Hr block free state file Qualified organization. Hr block free state file   For these purposes, a qualified organization can be any of the organizations described earlier under Types of Qualified Organizations , except those in (4) and (5). Hr block free state file For example, if you are providing a home for a student as part of a state or local government program, you cannot deduct your expenses as charitable contributions. Hr block free state file But see Foster parents under Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services, later, if you provide the home as a foster parent. Hr block free state file Relative. Hr block free state file   The term “relative” means any of the following persons. Hr block free state file Your child, stepchild, foster child, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild). Hr block free state file A legally adopted child is considered your child. Hr block free state file Your brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, or stepsister. Hr block free state file Your father, mother, grandparent, or other direct ancestor. Hr block free state file Your stepfather or stepmother. Hr block free state file A son or daughter of your brother or sister. Hr block free state file A brother or sister of your father or mother. Hr block free state file Your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law. Hr block free state file Dependent. Hr block free state file   For this purpose, the term “dependent” means: A person you can claim as a dependent, or A person you could have claimed as a dependent except that: He or she received gross income of $3,900 or more, He or she filed a joint return, or You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2013 return. Hr block free state file    Foreign students brought to this country under a qualified international education exchange program and placed in American homes for a temporary period generally are not U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file residents and cannot be claimed as dependents. Hr block free state file Qualifying expenses. Hr block free state file   You may be able to deduct the cost of books, tuition, food, clothing, transportation, medical and dental care, entertainment, and other amounts you actually spend for the well-being of the student. Hr block free state file Expenses that do not qualify. Hr block free state file   You cannot deduct depreciation on your home, the fair market value of lodging, and similar items not considered amounts actually spent by you. Hr block free state file Nor can you deduct general household expenses, such as taxes, insurance, and repairs. Hr block free state file Reimbursed expenses. Hr block free state file   In most cases, you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction if you are compensated or reimbursed for any part of the costs of having a student live with you. Hr block free state file However, you may be able to claim a charitable contribution deduction for the unreimbursed portion of your expenses if you are reimbursed only for an extraordinary or one-time item, such as a hospital bill or vacation trip, you paid in advance at the request of the student's parents or the sponsoring organization. Hr block free state file Mutual exchange program. Hr block free state file   You cannot deduct the costs of a foreign student living in your home under a mutual exchange program through which your child will live with a family in a foreign country. Hr block free state file Reporting expenses. Hr block free state file   For a list of what you must file with your return if you deduct expenses for a student living with you, see Reporting expenses for student living with you under How To Report, later. Hr block free state file Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Table 2. Hr block free state file Volunteers' Questions and Answers If you volunteer for a qualified organization, the following questions and answers may apply to you. Hr block free state file All of the rules explained in this publication also apply. Hr block free state file See, in particular, Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services . Hr block free state file Question Answer I volunteer 6 hours a week in the office of a qualified organization. Hr block free state file The receptionist is paid $10 an hour for the same work. Hr block free state file Can I deduct $60 a week for my time? No, you cannot deduct the value of your time or services. Hr block free state file  The office is 30 miles from my home. Hr block free state file Can I deduct any of my car expenses for these trips? Yes, you can deduct the costs of gas and oil that are directly related to getting to and from the place where you volunteer. Hr block free state file If you do not want to figure your actual costs, you can deduct 14 cents for each mile. Hr block free state file I volunteer as a Red Cross nurse's aide at a hospital. Hr block free state file Can I deduct the cost of the uniforms I must wear? Yes, you can deduct the cost of buying and cleaning your uniforms if the hospital is a qualified organization, the uniforms are not suitable for everyday use, and you must wear them when volunteering. Hr block free state file I pay a babysitter to watch my children while I volunteer for a qualified organization. Hr block free state file Can I deduct these costs? No, you cannot deduct payments for childcare expenses as a charitable contribution, even if you would be unable to volunteer without childcare. Hr block free state file (If you have childcare expenses so you can work for pay, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Hr block free state file ) Although you cannot deduct the value of your services given to a qualified organization, you may be able to deduct some amounts you pay in giving services to a qualified organization. Hr block free state file The amounts must be: Unreimbursed, Directly connected with the services, Expenses you had only because of the services you gave, and Not personal, living, or family expenses. Hr block free state file Table 2 contains questions and answers that apply to some individuals who volunteer their services. Hr block free state file Underprivileged youths selected by charity. Hr block free state file   You can deduct reasonable unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses you pay to allow underprivileged youths to attend athletic events, movies, or dinners. Hr block free state file The youths must be selected by a charitable organization whose goal is to reduce juvenile delinquency. Hr block free state file Your own similar expenses in accompanying the youths are not deductible. Hr block free state file Conventions. Hr block free state file   If a qualified organization selects you to attend a convention as its representative, you can deduct your unreimbursed expenses for travel, including reasonable amounts for meals and lodging, while away from home overnight for the convention. Hr block free state file However, see Travel , later. Hr block free state file   You cannot deduct personal expenses for sightseeing, fishing parties, theater tickets, or nightclubs. Hr block free state file You also cannot deduct travel, meals and lodging, and other expenses for your spouse or children. Hr block free state file   You cannot deduct your travel expenses in attending a church convention if you go only as a member of your church rather than as a chosen representative. Hr block free state file You can, however, deduct unreimbursed expenses that are directly connected with giving services for your church during the convention. Hr block free state file Uniforms. Hr block free state file   You can deduct the cost and upkeep of uniforms that are not suitable for everyday use and that you must wear while performing donated services for a charitable organization. Hr block free state file Foster parents. Hr block free state file   You may be able to deduct as a charitable contribution some of the costs of being a foster parent (foster care provider) if you have no profit motive in providing the foster care and are not, in fact, making a profit. Hr block free state file A qualified organization must select the individuals you take into your home for foster care. Hr block free state file   You can deduct expenses that meet both of the following requirements. Hr block free state file They are unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses to feed, clothe, and care for the foster child. Hr block free state file They are incurred primarily to benefit the qualified organization. Hr block free state file   Unreimbursed expenses that you cannot deduct as charitable contributions may be considered support provided by you in determining whether you can claim the foster child as a dependent. Hr block free state file For details, see Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file You cared for a foster child because you wanted to adopt her, not to benefit the agency that placed her in your home. Hr block free state file Your unreimbursed expenses are not deductible as charitable contributions. Hr block free state file Church deacon. Hr block free state file   You can deduct as a charitable contribution any unreimbursed expenses you have while in a permanent diaconate program established by your church. Hr block free state file These expenses include the cost of vestments, books, and transportation required in order to serve in the program as either a deacon candidate or an ordained deacon. Hr block free state file Car expenses. Hr block free state file   You can deduct as a charitable contribution any unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of gas and oil, directly related to the use of your car in giving services to a charitable organization. Hr block free state file You cannot deduct general repair and maintenance expenses, depreciation, registration fees, or the costs of tires or insurance. Hr block free state file   If you do not want to deduct your actual expenses, you can use a standard mileage rate of 14 cents a mile to figure your contribution. Hr block free state file   You can deduct parking fees and tolls whether you use your actual expenses or the standard mileage rate. Hr block free state file   You must keep reliable written records of your car expenses. Hr block free state file For more information, see Car expenses under Records To Keep, later. Hr block free state file Travel. Hr block free state file   Generally, you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for travel expenses necessarily incurred while you are away from home performing services for a charitable organization only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel. Hr block free state file This applies whether you pay the expenses directly or indirectly. Hr block free state file You are paying the expenses indirectly if you make a payment to the charitable organization and the organization pays for your travel expenses. Hr block free state file   The deduction for travel expenses will not be denied simply because you enjoy providing services to the charitable organization. Hr block free state file Even if you enjoy the trip, you can take a charitable contribution deduction for your travel expenses if you are on duty in a genuine and substantial sense throughout the trip. Hr block free state file However, if you have only nominal duties, or if for significant parts of the trip you do not have any duties, you cannot deduct your travel expenses. Hr block free state file Example 1. Hr block free state file You are a troop leader for a tax-exempt youth group and you take the group on a camping trip. Hr block free state file You are responsible for overseeing the setup of the camp and for providing adult supervision for other activities during the entire trip. Hr block free state file You participate in the activities of the group and enjoy your time with them. Hr block free state file You oversee the breaking of camp and you transport the group home. Hr block free state file You can deduct your travel expenses. Hr block free state file Example 2. Hr block free state file You sail from one island to another and spend 8 hours a day counting whales and other forms of marine life. Hr block free state file The project is sponsored by a charitable organization. Hr block free state file In most circumstances, you cannot deduct your expenses. Hr block free state file Example 3. Hr block free state file You work for several hours each morning on an archeological dig sponsored by a charitable organization. Hr block free state file The rest of the day is free for recreation and sightseeing. Hr block free state file You cannot take a charitable contribution deduction even though you work very hard during those few hours. Hr block free state file Example 4. Hr block free state file You spend the entire day attending a charitable organization's regional meeting as a chosen representative. Hr block free state file In the evening you go to the theater. Hr block free state file You can claim your travel expenses as charitable contributions, but you cannot claim the cost of your evening at the theater. Hr block free state file Daily allowance (per diem). Hr block free state file   If you provide services for a charitable organization and receive a daily allowance to cover reasonable travel expenses, including meals and lodging while away from home overnight, you must include in income any part of the allowance that is more than your deductible travel expenses. Hr block free state file You may be able to deduct any necessary travel expenses that are more than the allowance. Hr block free state file Deductible travel expenses. Hr block free state file   These include: Air, rail, and bus transportation, Out-of-pocket expenses for your car, Taxi fares or other costs of transportation between the airport or station and your hotel, Lodging costs, and The cost of meals. Hr block free state file Because these travel expenses are not business-related, they are not subject to the same limits as business related expenses. Hr block free state file For information on business travel expenses, see Travel in Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Hr block free state file Expenses of Whaling Captains You may be able to deduct as a charitable contribution any reasonable and necessary whaling expenses you pay during the year to carry out sanctioned whaling activities. Hr block free state file The deduction is limited to $10,000 a year. Hr block free state file To claim the deduction, you must be recognized by the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission as a whaling captain charged with the responsibility of maintaining and carrying out sanctioned whaling activities. Hr block free state file Sanctioned whaling activities are subsistence bowhead whale hunting activities conducted under the management plan of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. Hr block free state file Whaling expenses include expenses for: Acquiring and maintaining whaling boats, weapons, and gear used in sanctioned whaling activities, Supplying food for the crew and other provisions for carrying out these activities, and Storing and distributing the catch from these activities. Hr block free state file You must keep records showing the time, place, date, amount, and nature of the expenses. Hr block free state file For details, see Revenue Procedure 2006-50, which is on page 944 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2006-47 at www. Hr block free state file irs. Hr block free state file gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb06-47. Hr block free state file pdf. Hr block free state file Contributions You Cannot Deduct There are some contributions you cannot deduct and others you can deduct only in part. Hr block free state file You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution: A contribution to a specific individual, A contribution to a nonqualified organization, The part of a contribution from which you receive or expect to receive a benefit, The value of your time or services, Your personal expenses, A qualified charitable distribution from an individual retirement arrangement (IRA), Appraisal fees, Certain contributions to donor-advised funds, or Certain contributions of partial interests in property. Hr block free state file Detailed discussions of these items follow. Hr block free state file Contributions to Individuals You cannot deduct contributions to specific individuals, including the following. Hr block free state file Contributions to fraternal societies made for the purpose of paying medical or burial expenses of members. Hr block free state file Contributions to individuals who are needy or worthy. Hr block free state file You cannot deduct these contributions even if you make them to a qualified organization for the benefit of a specific person. Hr block free state file But you can deduct a contribution to a qualified organization that helps needy or worthy individuals if you do not indicate that your contribution is for a specific person. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file You can deduct contributions to a qualified organization for flood relief, hurricane relief, or other disaster relief. Hr block free state file However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a particular individual or family. Hr block free state file Payments to a member of the clergy that can be spent as he or she wishes, such as for personal expenses. Hr block free state file Expenses you paid for another person who provided services to a qualified organization. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file Your son does missionary work. Hr block free state file You pay his expenses. Hr block free state file You cannot claim a deduction for your son's unreimbursed expenses related to his contribution of services. Hr block free state file Payments to a hospital that are for a specific patient's care or for services for a specific patient. Hr block free state file You cannot deduct these payments even if the hospital is operated by a city, state, or other qualified organization. Hr block free state file Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations You cannot deduct contributions to organizations that are not qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions, including the following. Hr block free state file Certain state bar associations if: The bar is not a political subdivision of a state, The bar has private, as well as public, purposes, such as promoting the professional interests of members, and Your contribution is unrestricted and can be used for private purposes. Hr block free state file Chambers of commerce and other business leagues or organizations. Hr block free state file Civic leagues and associations. Hr block free state file Communist organizations. Hr block free state file Country clubs and other social clubs. Hr block free state file Foreign organizations other than certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations. Hr block free state file (See Canadian charities , Mexican charities , and Israeli charities under Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions, earlier. Hr block free state file ) Also, you cannot deduct a contribution you made to any qualifying organization if the contribution is earmarked to go to a foreign organization. Hr block free state file However, certain contributions to a qualified organization for use in a program conducted by a foreign charity may be deductible as long as they are not earmarked to go to the foreign charity. Hr block free state file For the contribution to be deductible, the qualified organization must approve the program as furthering its own exempt purposes and must keep control over the use of the contributed funds. Hr block free state file The contribution is also deductible if the foreign charity is only an administrative arm of the qualified organization. Hr block free state file Homeowners' associations. Hr block free state file Labor unions. Hr block free state file But you may be able to deduct union dues as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free state file See Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. Hr block free state file Political organizations and candidates. Hr block free state file Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive or expect to receive a financial or economic benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you cannot deduct the part of the contribution that represents the value of the benefit you receive. Hr block free state file See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. Hr block free state file These contributions include the following. Hr block free state file Contributions for lobbying. Hr block free state file This includes amounts you earmark for use in, or in connection with, influencing specific legislation. Hr block free state file Contributions to a retirement home for room, board, maintenance, or admittance. Hr block free state file Also, if the amount of your contribution depends on the type or size of apartment you will occupy, it is not a charitable contribution. Hr block free state file Costs of raffles, bingo, lottery, etc. Hr block free state file You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay to buy raffle or lottery tickets or to play bingo or other games of chance. Hr block free state file For information on how to report gambling winnings and losses, see Deductions Not Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529. Hr block free state file Dues to fraternal orders and similar groups. Hr block free state file However, see Membership fees or dues under Contributions From Which You Benefit, earlier. Hr block free state file Tuition, or amounts you pay instead of tuition. Hr block free state file You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay as tuition even if you pay them for children to attend parochial schools or qualifying nonprofit daycare centers. Hr block free state file You also cannot deduct any fixed amount you must pay in addition to, or instead of, tuition to enroll in a private school, even if it is designated as a “donation. Hr block free state file ” Contributions connected with split-dollar insurance arrangements. Hr block free state file You cannot deduct any part of a contribution to a charitable organization if, in connection with the contribution, the organization directly or indirectly pays, has paid, or is expected to pay any premium on any life insurance, annuity, or endowment contract for which you, any member of your family, or any other person chosen by you (other than a qualified charitable organization) is a beneficiary. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file You donate money to a charitable organization. Hr block free state file The charity uses the money to purchase a cash value life insurance policy. Hr block free state file The beneficiaries under the insurance policy include members of your family. Hr block free state file Even though the charity may eventually get some benefit out of the insurance policy, you cannot deduct any part of the donation. Hr block free state file Qualified Charitable Distributions A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a distribution made directly by the trustee of your individual retirement arrangement (IRA), other than a SEP or SIMPLE IRA, to certain qualified organizations. Hr block free state file You must have been at least age 70½ when the distribution was made. Hr block free state file Your total QCDs for the year cannot be more than $100,000. Hr block free state file If all the requirements are met, a QCD is nontaxable, but you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction for a QCD. Hr block free state file See Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), for more information about QCDs. Hr block free state file Value of Time or Services You cannot deduct the value of your time or services, including: Blood donations to the American Red Cross or to blood banks, and The value of income lost while you work as an unpaid volunteer for a qualified organization. Hr block free state file Personal Expenses You cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses, such as the following items. Hr block free state file The cost of meals you eat while you perform services for a qualified organization, unless it is necessary for you to be away from home overnight while performing the services. Hr block free state file Adoption expenses, including fees paid to an adoption agency and the costs of keeping a child in your home before adoption is final. Hr block free state file However, you may be able to claim a tax credit for these expenses. Hr block free state file Also, you may be able to exclude from your gross income amounts paid or reimbursed by your employer for your adoption expenses. Hr block free state file See Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, and its instructions, for more information. Hr block free state file You also may be able to claim an exemption for the child. Hr block free state file See Exemptions for Dependents in Publication 501 for more information. Hr block free state file Appraisal Fees You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution any fees you pay to find the fair market value of donated property. Hr block free state file But you can claim them, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free state file See Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529 for more information. Hr block free state file Contributions to Donor-Advised Funds You cannot deduct a contribution to a donor-advised fund if: The qualified organization that sponsors the fund is a war veterans' organization, a fraternal society, or a nonprofit cemetery company, or You do not have an acknowledgment from that sponsoring organization that it has exclusive legal control over the assets contributed. Hr block free state file There are also other circumstances in which you cannot deduct your contribution to a donor-advised fund. Hr block free state file Generally, a donor-advised fund is a fund or account in which a donor can, because of being a donor, advise the fund how to distribute or invest amounts held in the fund. Hr block free state file For details, see Internal Revenue Code section 170(f)(18). Hr block free state file Partial Interest in Property Generally, you cannot deduct a contribution of less than your entire interest in property. Hr block free state file For details, see Partial Interest in Property under Contributions of Property, later. Hr block free state file Contributions of Property If you contribute property to a qualified organization, the amount of your charitable contribution is generally the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. Hr block free state file However, if the property has increased in value, you may have to make some adjustments to the amount of your deduction. Hr block free state file See Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Hr block free state file For information about the records you must keep and the information you must furnish with your return if you donate property, see Records To Keep and How To Report , later. Hr block free state file Contributions Subject to Special Rules Special rules apply if you contribute: Clothing or household items, A car, boat, or airplane, Taxidermy property, Property subject to a debt, A partial interest in property, A fractional interest in tangible personal property, A qualified conservation contribution, A future interest in tangible personal property, Inventory from your business, or A patent or other intellectual property. Hr block free state file These special rules are described next. Hr block free state file Clothing and Household Items You cannot take a deduction for clothing or household items you donate unless the clothing or household items are in good used condition or better. Hr block free state file Exception. Hr block free state file   You can take a deduction for a contribution of an item of clothing or a household item that is not in good used condition or better if you deduct more than $500 for it and include a qualified appraisal of it with your return. Hr block free state file Household items. Hr block free state file   Household items include: Furniture and furnishings, Electronics, Appliances, Linens, and Other similar items. Hr block free state file   Household items do not include: Food, Paintings, antiques, and other objects of art, Jewelry and gems, and Collections. Hr block free state file Fair market value. Hr block free state file   To determine the fair market value of these items, use the rules under Determining Fair Market Value , later. Hr block free state file Cars, Boats, and Airplanes The following rules apply to any donation of a qualified vehicle. Hr block free state file A qualified vehicle is: A car or any motor vehicle manufactured mainly for use on public streets, roads, and highways, A boat, or An airplane. Hr block free state file Deduction more than $500. Hr block free state file   If you donate a qualified vehicle with a claimed fair market value of more than $500, you can deduct the smaller of: The gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle by the organization, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. Hr block free state file If the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to figure the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Hr block free state file Form 1098-C. Hr block free state file   You must attach to your return Copy B of the Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes, (or other statement containing the same information as Form 1098-C) you received from the organization. Hr block free state file The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show the gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle. Hr block free state file   If you e-file your return, you must: Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C to Form 8453, U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-file Return, and mail the forms to the IRS, or Include Copy B of Form 1098-C as a pdf attachment if your software program allows it. Hr block free state file   If you do not attach Form 1098-C (or other statement), you cannot deduct your contribution. Hr block free state file    You must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle. Hr block free state file But if exception 1 or 2 (described later) applies, you must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of your donation. Hr block free state file Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. Hr block free state file   If the filing deadline is approaching and you still do not have a Form 1098-C, you have two choices. Hr block free state file Request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your return. Hr block free state file You can get this extension by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file Individual Income Tax Return. Hr block free state file For more information, see the instructions for Form 4868. Hr block free state file File the return on time without claiming the deduction for the qualified vehicle. Hr block free state file After receiving the Form 1098-C, file an amended return, Form 1040X, Amended U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file Individual Income Tax Return, claiming the deduction. Hr block free state file Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C (or other statement) to the amended return. Hr block free state file Exceptions. Hr block free state file   There are two exceptions to the rules just described for deductions of more than $500. Hr block free state file Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. Hr block free state file   If the qualified organization makes a significant intervening use of or material improvement to the vehicle before transferring it, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. Hr block free state file But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Hr block free state file The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. Hr block free state file    Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. Hr block free state file   If the qualified organization will give the vehicle, or sell it for a price well below fair market value, to a needy individual to further the organization's charitable purpose, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. Hr block free state file But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Hr block free state file The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. Hr block free state file   This exception does not apply if the organization sells the vehicle at auction. Hr block free state file In that case, you cannot deduct the vehicle's fair market value. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file Anita donates a used car to a qualified organization. Hr block free state file She bought it 3 years ago for $9,000. Hr block free state file A used car guide shows the fair market value for this type of car is $6,000. Hr block free state file However, Anita gets a Form 1098-C from the organization showing the car was sold for $2,900. Hr block free state file Neither exception 1 nor exception 2 applies. Hr block free state file If Anita itemizes her deductions, she can deduct $2,900 for her donation. Hr block free state file She must attach Form 1098-C and Form 8283 to her return. Hr block free state file Deduction $500 or less. Hr block free state file   If the qualified organization sells the vehicle for $500 or less and exceptions 1 and 2 do not apply, you can deduct the smaller of: $500, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. Hr block free state file But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Hr block free state file   If the vehicle's fair market value is at least $250 but not more than $500, you must have a written statement from the qualified organization acknowledging your donation. Hr block free state file The statement must contain the information and meet the tests for an acknowledgment described under Contributions of $250 or More under Records To Keep, later. Hr block free state file Fair market value. Hr block free state file   To determine a vehicle's fair market value, use the rules described under Determining Fair Market Value , later. Hr block free state file Donations of inventory. Hr block free state file   The vehicle donation rules just described do not apply to donations of inventory. Hr block free state file For example, these rules do not apply if you are a car dealer who donates a car you had been holding for sale to customers. Hr block free state file See Inventory , later. Hr block free state file Taxidermy Property If you donate taxidermy property to a qualified organization, your deduction is limited to your basis in the property or its fair market value, whichever is less. Hr block free state file This applies if you prepared, stuffed, or mounted the property or paid or incurred the cost of preparing, stuffing, or mounting the property. Hr block free state file Your basis for this purpose includes only the cost of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the property. Hr block free state file Your basis does not include transportation or travel costs. Hr block free state file It also does not include the direct or indirect costs for hunting or killing an animal, such as equipment costs. Hr block free state file In addition, it does not include the value of your time. Hr block free state file Taxidermy property means any work of art that: Is the reproduction or preservation of an animal, in whole or in part, Is prepared, stuffed, or mounted to recreate one or more characteristics of the animal, and Contains a part of the body of the dead animal. Hr block free state file Property Subject to a Debt If you contribute property subject to a debt (such as a mortgage), you must reduce the fair market value of the property by: Any allowable deduction for interest you paid (or will pay) that is attributable to any period after the contribution, and If the property is a bond, the lesser of: Any allowable deduction for interest you paid (or will pay) to buy or carry the bond that is attributable to any period before the contribution, or The interest, including bond discount, receivable on the bond that is attributable to any period before the contribution, and that is not includible in your income due to your accounting method. Hr block free state file This prevents you from deducting the same amount as both investment interest and a charitable contribution. Hr block free state file If the recipient (or another person) assumes the debt, you must also reduce the fair market value of the property by the amount of the outstanding debt assumed. Hr block free state file The amount of the debt is also treated as an amount realized on the sale or exchange of property for purposes of figuring your taxable gain (if any). Hr block free state file For more information, see Bargain Sales under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value, later. Hr block free state file Partial Interest in Property Generally, you cannot deduct a charitable contribution of less than your entire interest in property. Hr block free state file Right to use property. Hr block free state file   A contribution of the right to use property is a contribution of less than your entire interest in that property and is not deductible. Hr block free state file Example 1. Hr block free state file You own a 10-story office building and donate rent-free use of the top floor to a charitable organization. Hr block free state file Because you still own the building, you have contributed a partial interest in the property and cannot take a deduction for the contribution. Hr block free state file Example 2. Hr block free state file Mandy White owns a vacation home at the beach that she sometimes rents to others. Hr block free state file For a fund-raising auction at her church, she donated the right to use the vacation home for 1 week. Hr block free state file At the auction, the church received and accepted a bid from Lauren Green equal to the fair rental value of the home for 1 week. Hr block free state file Mandy cannot claim a deduction because of the partial interest rule. Hr block free state file Lauren cannot claim a deduction either, because she received a benefit equal to the amount of her payment. Hr block free state file See Contributions From Which You Benefit , earlier. Hr block free state file Exceptions. Hr block free state file   You can deduct a charitable contribution of a partial interest in property only if that interest represents one of the following items. Hr block free state file A remainder interest in your personal home or farm. Hr block free state file A remainder interest is one that passes to a beneficiary after the end of an earlier interest in the property. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file You keep the right to live in your home during your lifetime and give your church a remainder interest that begins upon your death. Hr block free state file You can deduct the value of the remainder interest. Hr block free state file An undivided part of your entire interest. Hr block free state file This must consist of a part of every substantial interest or right you own in the property and must last as long as your interest in the property lasts. Hr block free state file But see Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property , later. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file You contribute voting stock to a qualified organization but keep the right to vote the stock. Hr block free state file The right to vote is a substantial right in the stock. Hr block free state file You have not contributed an undivided part of your entire interest and cannot deduct your contribution. Hr block free state file A partial interest that would be deductible if transferred to certain types of trusts. Hr block free state file A qualified conservation contribution (defined later). Hr block free state file For information about how to figure the value of a contribution of a partial interest in property, see Partial Interest in Property Not in Trust in Publication 561. Hr block free state file Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property You cannot deduct a charitable contribution of a fractional interest in tangible personal property unless all interests in the property are held immediately before the contribution by: You, or You and the qualifying organization receiving the contribution. Hr block free state file If you make an additional contribution later, the fair market value of that contribution will be determined by using the smaller of: The fair market value of the property at the time of the initial contribution, or The fair market value of the property at the time of the additional contribution. Hr block free state file Tangible personal property is defined later under Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property . Hr block free state file A fractional interest in property is an undivided portion of your entire interest in the property. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file An undivided one-quarter interest in a painting that entitles an art museum to possession of the painting for 3 months of each year is a fractional interest in the property. Hr block free state file Recapture of deduction. Hr block free state file   You must recapture your charitable contribution deduction by including it in your income if both of the following statements are true. Hr block free state file You contributed a fractional interest in tangible personal property after August 17, 2006. Hr block free state file You do not contribute the rest of your interests in the property to the original recipient or, if it no longer exists, another qualified organization on or before the earlier of: The date that is 10 years after the date of the initial contribution, or The date of your death. Hr block free state file   Recapture is also required if the qualified organization has not taken substantial physical possession of the property and used it in a way related to the organization's purpose during the period beginning on the date of the initial contribution and ending on the earlier of: The date that is 10 years after the date of the initial contribution, or The date of your death. Hr block free state file Additional tax. Hr block free state file   If you must recapture your deduction, you must also pay interest and an additional tax equal to 10% of the amount recaptured. Hr block free state file Qualified Conservation Contribution A qualified conservation contribution is a contribution of a qualified real property interest to a qualified organization to be used only for conservation purposes. Hr block free state file Qualified organization. Hr block free state file   For purposes of a qualified conservation contribution, a qualified organization is: A governmental unit, A publicly supported charity, or An organization controlled by, and operated for the exclusive benefit of, a governmental unit or a publicly supported charity. Hr block free state file The organization also must have a commitment to protect the conservation purposes of the donation and must have the resources to enforce the restrictions. Hr block free state file   A publicly supported charity is an organization of the type described in (1) under Types of Qualified Organizations , earlier, that normally receives a substantial part of its support, other than income from its exempt activities, from direct or indirect contributions from the general public or from governmental units. Hr block free state file Qualified real property interest. Hr block free state file   This is any of the following interests in real property. Hr block free state file Your entire interest in real estate other than a mineral interest (subsurface oil, gas, or other minerals, and the right of access to these minerals). Hr block free state file A remainder interest. Hr block free state file A restriction (granted in perpetuity) on the use that may be made of the real property. Hr block free state file Conservation purposes. Hr block free state file   Your contribution must be made only for one of the following conservation purposes. Hr block free state file Preserving land areas for outdoor recreation by, or for the education of, the general public. Hr block free state file Protecting a relatively natural habitat of fish, wildlife, or plants, or a similar ecosystem. Hr block free state file Preserving open space, including farmland and forest land, if it yields a significant public benefit. Hr block free state file The open space must be preserved either for the scenic enjoyment of the general public or under a clearly defined federal, state, or local governmental conservation policy. Hr block free state file Preserving a historically important land area or a certified historic structure. Hr block free state file Building in registered historic district. Hr block free state file   If a building in a registered historic district is a certified historic structure, a contribution of a qualified real property interest that is an easement or other restriction on the exterior of the building is deductible only if it meets all of the following conditions. Hr block free state file The restriction must preserve the entire exterior of the building (including its front, sides, rear, and height) and must prohibit any change to the exterior of the building that is inconsistent with its historical character. Hr block free state file You and the organization receiving the contribution must enter into a written agreement certifying, under penalty of perjury, that the organization: Is a qualified organization with a purpose of environmental protection, land conservation, open space preservation, or historic preservation, and Has the resources to manage and enforce the restriction and a commitment to do so. Hr block free state file You must include with your return: A qualified appraisal, Photographs of the building's entire exterior, and A description of all restrictions on development of the building, such as zoning laws and restrictive covenants. Hr block free state file   If you claimed the rehabilitation credit for the building for any of the 5 years before the year of the contribution, your charitable deduction is reduced. Hr block free state file For more information, see Form 3468, Investment Credit, and Internal Revenue Code section 170(f)(14). Hr block free state file   If you claim a deduction of more than $10,000, your deduction will not be allowed unless you pay a $500 filing fee. Hr block free state file See Form 8283-V, Payment Voucher for Filing Fee Under Section 170(f)(13), and its instructions. Hr block free state file You may be able to deduct the filing fee as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free state file See Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529 for more information. Hr block free state file More information. Hr block free state file   For information about determining the fair market value of qualified conservation contributions, see Publication 561. Hr block free state file For information about the limits that apply to deductions for this type of contribution, see Limits on Deductions , later. Hr block free state file For more information about qualified conservation contributions, see Regulations section 1. Hr block free state file 170A-14. Hr block free state file Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property You cannot deduct the value of a charitable contribution of a future interest in tangible personal property until all intervening interests in and rights to the actual possession or enjoyment of the property have either expired or been turned over to someone other than yourself, a related person, or a related organization. Hr block free state file But see Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property , earlier, and Tangible personal property put to unrelated use , later. Hr block free state file Related persons include your spouse, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and parents. Hr block free state file Related organizations may include a partnership or corporation in which you have an interest, or an estate or trust with which you have a connection. Hr block free state file Tangible personal property. Hr block free state file   This is any property, other than land or buildings, that can be seen or touched. Hr block free state file It includes furniture, books, jewelry, paintings, and cars. Hr block free state file Future interest. Hr block free state file   This is any interest that is to begin at some future time, regardless of whether it is designated as a future interest under state law. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file You own an antique car that you contribute to a museum. Hr block free state file You give up ownership, but retain the right to keep the car in your garage with your personal collection. Hr block free state file Because you keep an interest in the property, you cannot deduct the contribution. Hr block free state file If you turn the car over to the museum in a later year, giving up all rights to its use, possession, and enjoyment, you can take a deduction for the contribution in that later year. Hr block free state file Inventory If you contribute inventory (property you sell in the course of your business), the amount you can deduct is the smaller of its fair market value on the day you contributed it or its basis. Hr block free state file The basis of contributed inventory is any cost incurred for the inventory in an earlier year that you would otherwise include in your opening inventory for the year of the contribution. Hr block free state file You must remove the amount of your charitable contribution deduction from your opening inventory. Hr block free state file It is not part of the cost of goods sold. Hr block free state file If the cost of donated inventory is not included in your opening inventory, the inventory's basis is zero and you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction. Hr block free state file Treat the inventory's cost as you would ordinarily treat it under your method of accounting. Hr block free state file For example, include the purchase price of inventory bought and donated in the same year in the cost of goods sold for that year. Hr block free state file A special rule applies to certain donations of food inventory. Hr block free state file See Food Inventory, later. Hr block free state file Patents and Other Intellectual Property If you donate intellectual property to a qualified organization, your deduction is limited to the basis of the property or the fair market value of the property, whichever is smaller. Hr block free state file Intellectual property means any of the following: Patents. Hr block free state file Copyrights (other than a copyright described in Internal Revenue Code sections 1221(a)(3) or 1231(b)(1)(C)). Hr block free state file Trademarks. Hr block free state file Trade names. Hr block free state file Trade secrets. Hr block free state file Know-how. Hr block free state file Software (other than software described in Internal Revenue Code section 197(e)(3)(A)(i)). Hr block free state file Other similar property or applications or registrations of such property. Hr block free state file Additional deduction based on income. Hr block free state file   You may be able to claim additional charitable contribution deductions in the year of the contribution and years following, based on the income, if any, from the donated property. Hr block free state file   The following table shows the percentage of income from the property that you can deduct for each of your tax years ending on or after the date of the contribution. Hr block free state file In the table, “tax year 1,” for example, means your first tax year ending on or after the date of the contribution. Hr block free state file However, you can take the additional deduction only to the extent the total of the amounts figured using this table is more than the amount of the deduction claimed for the original donation of the property. Hr block free state file   After the legal life of the intellectual property ends, or after the 10th anniversary of the donation, whichever is earlier, no additional deduction is allowed. Hr block free state file The additional deductions cannot be taken for intellectual property donated to certain private foundations. Hr block free state file Tax year Deductible percentage 1 100% 2 100% 3 90% 4 80% 5 70% 6 60% 7 50% 8 40% 9 30% 10 20% 11 10% 12 10% Reporting requirements. Hr block free state file   You must inform the organization at the time of the donation that you intend to treat the donation as a contribution subject to the provisions just discussed. Hr block free state file   The organization is required to file an information return showing the income from the property, with a copy to you. Hr block free state file This is done on Form 8899, Notice of Income From Donated Intellectual Property. Hr block free state file Determining Fair Market Value This section discusses general guidelines for determining the fair market value of various types of donated property. Hr block free state file Publication 561 contains a more complete discussion. Hr block free state file Fair market value is the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. Hr block free state file Used clothing. Hr block free state file   The fair market value of used clothing and other personal items is usually far less than the price you paid for them. Hr block free state file There are no fixed formulas or methods for finding the value of items of clothing. Hr block free state file   You should claim as the value the price that buyers of used items actually pay in used clothing stores, such as consignment or thrift shops. Hr block free state file      Also see Clothing and Household Items , earlier. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file    Kristin donated a coat to a thrift store operated by her church. Hr block free state file She paid $300 for the coat 3 years ago. Hr block free state file Similar coats in the thrift store sell for $50. Hr block free state file The fair market value of the coat is $50. Hr block free state file Kristin's donation is limited to $50. Hr block free state file Household items. Hr block free state file   The fair market value of used household items, such as furniture, appliances, and linens, is usually much lower than the price paid when new. Hr block free state file These items may have little or no market value because they are in a worn condition, out of style, or no longer useful. Hr block free state file For these reasons, formulas (such as using a percentage of the cost to buy a new replacement item) are not acceptable in determining value. Hr block free state file   You should support your valuation with photographs, canceled checks, receipts from your purchase of the items, or other evidence. Hr block free state file Magazine or newspaper articles and photographs that describe the items and statements by the recipients of the items are also useful. Hr block free state file Do not include any of this evidence with your tax return. Hr block free state file   If the property is valuable because it is old or unique, see the discussion under Paintings, Antiques, and Other Objects of Art in Publication 561. Hr block free state file   Also see Clothing and Household Items , earlier. Hr block free state file Cars, boats, and airplanes. Hr block free state file   If you contribute a car, boat, or airplane to a charitable organization, you must determine its fair market value. Hr block free state file Boats. Hr block free state file   Except for small, inexpensive boats, the valuation of boats should be based on an appraisal by a marine surveyor or appraiser because the physical condition is critical to the value. Hr block free state file Cars. Hr block free state file   Certain commercial firms and trade organizations publish used car pricing guides, commonly called “blue books,” containing complete dealer sale prices or dealer average prices for recent model years. Hr block free state file The guides may be published monthly or seasonally, and for different regions of the country. Hr block free state file These guides also provide estimates for adjusting for unusual equipment, unusual mileage, and physical condition. Hr block free state file The prices are not “official” and these publications are not considered an appraisal of any specific donated property. Hr block free state file But they do provide clues for making an appraisal and suggest relative prices for comparison with current sales and offerings in your area. Hr block free state file   These publications are sometimes available from public libraries, or from the loan officer at a bank, credit union, or finance company. Hr block free state file You can also find used car pricing information on the Internet. Hr block free state file   To find the fair market value of a donated car, use the price listed in a used car guide for a private party sale, not the dealer retail value. Hr block free state file However, the fair market value may be less if the car has engine trouble, body damage, high mileage, or any type of excessive wear. Hr block free state file The fair market value of a donated car is the same as the price listed in a used car guide for a private party sale only if the guide lists a sales price for a car that is the same make, model, and year, sold in the same area, in the same condition, with the same or similar options or accessories, and with the same or similar warranties as the donated car. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file You donate a used car in poor condition to a local high school for use by students studying car repair. Hr block free state file A used car guide shows the dealer retail value for this type of car in poor condition is $1,600. Hr block free state file However, the guide shows the price for a private party sale of the car is only $750. Hr block free state file The fair market value of the car is considered to be $750. Hr block free state file Large quantities. Hr block free state file   If you contribute a large number of the same item, fair market value is the price at which comparable numbers of the item are being sold. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file You purchase 500 bibles for $1,000. Hr block free state file The person who sells them to you says the retail value of these bibles is $3,000. Hr block free state file If you contribute the bibles to a qualified organization, you can claim a deduction only for the price at which similar numbers of the same bible are currently being sold. Hr block free state file Your charitable contribution is $1,000, unless you can show that similar numbers of that bible wer
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Hr block free state file Publication 559 - Main Content Table of Contents Personal RepresentativeDuties Fees Received by Personal Representatives Final Income Tax Return for Decedent—Form 1040Name, Address, and Signature When and Where To File Filing Requirements Income To Include Exemptions and Deductions Credits, Other Taxes, and Payments Tax Forgiveness for Armed Forces Members, Victims of Terrorism, and Astronauts Filing Reminders Other Tax InformationTax Benefits for Survivors Income in Respect of a Decedent Deductions in Respect of a Decedent Estate Tax Deduction Gifts, Insurance, and Inheritances Other Items of Income Income Tax Return of an Estate— Form 1041Filing Requirements Income To Include Exemption and Deductions Credits, Tax, and Payments Name, Address, and Signature When and Where To File Distributions to BeneficiariesIncome That Must Be Distributed Currently Other Amounts Distributed Discharge of a Legal Obligation Character of Distributions How and When To Report Bequest Termination of Estate Estate and Gift TaxesApplicable Credit Amount Gift Tax Estate Tax Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Comprehensive ExampleFinal Return for Decedent—Form 1040 Income Tax Return of an Estate—Form 1041 How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Personal Representative A personal representative of an estate is an executor, administrator, or anyone who is in charge of the decedent's property. Hr block free state file Generally, an executor (or executrix) is named in a decedent's will to administer the estate and distribute properties as the decedent has directed. Hr block free state file An administrator (or administratrix) is usually appointed by the court if no will exists, if no executor was named in the will, or if the named executor cannot or will not serve. Hr block free state file In general, an executor and an administrator perform the same duties and have the same responsibilities. Hr block free state file For estate tax purposes, if there is no executor or administrator appointed, qualified, and acting within the United States, the term “executor” includes anyone in actual or constructive possession of any property of the decedent. Hr block free state file It includes, among others, the decedent's agents and representatives; safe-deposit companies, warehouse companies, and other custodians of property in this country; brokers holding securities of the decedent as collateral; and the debtors of the decedent who are in this country. Hr block free state file Duties The primary duties of a personal representative are to collect all the decedent's assets, pay his or her creditors, and distribute the remaining assets to the heirs or other beneficiaries. Hr block free state file The personal representative also must perform the following duties. Hr block free state file Apply for an employer identification number (EIN) for the estate. Hr block free state file File all tax returns, including income, estate and gift tax returns, when due. Hr block free state file Pay the tax determined up to the date of discharge from duties. Hr block free state file Other duties of the personal representative in federal tax matters are discussed in other sections of this publication. Hr block free state file If any beneficiary is a nonresident alien, see Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities, for information on the personal representative's duties as a withholding agent. Hr block free state file Penalty. Hr block free state file   There is a penalty for failure to file a tax return when due unless the failure is due to reasonable cause. Hr block free state file Reliance on an agent (attorney, accountant, etc. Hr block free state file ) is not reasonable cause for late filing. Hr block free state file It is the personal representative's duty to file the returns for the decedent and the estate when due. Hr block free state file Identification number. Hr block free state file   The first action you should take if you are the personal representative for the decedent is to apply for an EIN for the estate. Hr block free state file You should apply for this number as soon as possible because you need to enter it on returns, statements, and other documents you file concerning the estate. Hr block free state file You also must give the number to payers of interest and dividends and other payers who must file a return concerning the estate. Hr block free state file   You can get an EIN by applying online at www. Hr block free state file irs. Hr block free state file gov (click on "Apply for an EIN Online" under the Tools heading). Hr block free state file Generally, if you apply online, you will receive your EIN immediately upon completing the application. Hr block free state file You can also apply using Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. Hr block free state file Generally, if you apply by mail, it takes about 4 weeks to get your EIN. Hr block free state file See the form instructions for other ways to apply. Hr block free state file   Payers of interest and dividends report amounts on Forms 1099 using the identification number of the person to whom the account is payable. Hr block free state file After a decedent's death, Forms 1099 must reflect the identification number of the estate or beneficiary to whom the amounts are payable. Hr block free state file As the personal representative handling the estate, you must furnish this identification number to the payer. Hr block free state file For example, if interest is payable to the estate, the estate's EIN must be provided to the payer and used to report the interest on Form 1099-INT, Interest Income. Hr block free state file If the interest is payable to a surviving joint owner, the survivor's identification number, such as an SSN or ITIN, must be provided to the payer and used to report the interest. Hr block free state file   If the estate or a survivor may receive interest or dividends after you inform the payer of the decedent's death, the payer should give you (or the survivor) a Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (or a similar substitute form). Hr block free state file Complete this form to inform the payer of the estate's (or if completed by the survivor, the survivor's) identification number and return it to the payer. Hr block free state file    Do not use the deceased individual's identifying number to file an individual income tax return after the decedent's final tax return. Hr block free state file Also do not use it to make estimated tax payments for a tax year after the year of death. Hr block free state file Penalty. Hr block free state file   If you do not include the EIN or the taxpayer identification number of another person where it is required on a return, statement, or other document, you are liable for a penalty for each failure, unless you can show reasonable cause. Hr block free state file You also are liable for a penalty if you do not give the taxpayer identification number of another person when required on a return, statement, or other document. Hr block free state file Notice of fiduciary relationship. Hr block free state file   The term fiduciary means any person acting for another person. Hr block free state file It applies to persons who have positions of trust on behalf of others. Hr block free state file A personal representative for a decedent's estate is a fiduciary. Hr block free state file Form 56. Hr block free state file   If you are appointed to act in a fiduciary capacity for another, you must file a written notice with the IRS stating this. Hr block free state file Form 56, Notice Concerning Fiduciary Relationship, is used for this purpose. Hr block free state file See the Instructions for Form 56 for filing requirements and other information. Hr block free state file   File Form 56 as soon as all the necessary information (including the EIN) is available. Hr block free state file It notifies the IRS that you, as the fiduciary, are assuming the powers, rights, duties, and privileges of the decedent. Hr block free state file The notice remains in effect until you notify the IRS (by filing another Form 56) that your fiduciary relationship with the estate has terminated. Hr block free state file Termination of fiduciary relationship. Hr block free state file   Form 56 should also be filed to notify the IRS if your fiduciary relationship is terminated or when a successor fiduciary is appointed if the estate has not been terminated. Hr block free state file See Form 56 and its instructions for more information. Hr block free state file   At the time of termination of the fiduciary relationship, you may want to file Form 4810, Request for Prompt Assessment Under Internal Revenue Code Section 6501(d), and Form 5495, Request for Discharge From Personal Liability Under Internal Revenue Code Section 2204 or 6905, to wind up your duties as fiduciary. Hr block free state file See below for a discussion of these forms. Hr block free state file Request for prompt assessment (charge) of tax. Hr block free state file   The IRS ordinarily has 3 years from the date an income tax return is filed, or its due date, whichever is later, to charge any additional tax due. Hr block free state file However, as a personal representative, you may request a prompt assessment of tax after the return has been filed. Hr block free state file This reduces the time for making the assessment to 18 months from the date the written request for prompt assessment was received. Hr block free state file This request can be made for any tax return (except the estate tax return) of the decedent or the decedent's estate. Hr block free state file This may permit a quicker settlement of the tax liability of the estate and an earlier final distribution of the assets to the beneficiaries. Hr block free state file Form 4810. Hr block free state file   Form 4810 can be used for making this request. Hr block free state file It must be filed separately from any other document. Hr block free state file   As the personal representative for the decedent's estate, you are responsible for any additional taxes that may be due. Hr block free state file You can request prompt assessment of any of the decedent's taxes (other than federal estate taxes) for any years for which the statutory period for assessment is open. Hr block free state file This applies even though the returns were filed before the decedent's death. Hr block free state file Failure to report income. Hr block free state file   If you or the decedent failed to report substantial amounts of gross income (more than 25% of the gross income reported on the return) or filed a false or fraudulent return, your request for prompt assessment will not shorten the period during which the IRS may assess the additional tax. Hr block free state file However, such a request may relieve you of personal liability for the tax if you did not have knowledge of the unpaid tax. Hr block free state file Request for discharge from personal liability for tax. Hr block free state file   An executor can make a request for discharge from personal liability for a decedent's income, gift, and estate taxes. Hr block free state file The request must be made after the returns for those taxes are filed. Hr block free state file To make the request, file Form 5495. Hr block free state file For this purpose, an executor is an executor or administrator that is appointed, qualified, and acting within the United States. Hr block free state file   Within 9 months after receipt of the request, the IRS will notify the executor of the amount of taxes due. Hr block free state file If this amount is paid, the executor will be discharged from personal liability for any future deficiencies. Hr block free state file If the IRS has not notified the executor, he or she will be discharged from personal liability at the end of the 9-month period. Hr block free state file    Even if the executor is discharged from personal liability, the IRS will still be able to assess tax deficiencies against the executor to the extent he or she still has any of the decedent's property. Hr block free state file Insolvent estate. Hr block free state file   Generally, if a decedent's estate is insufficient to pay all the decedent's debts, the debts due to the United States must be paid first. Hr block free state file Both the decedent's federal income tax liabilities at the time of death and the estate's income tax liability are debts due to the United States. Hr block free state file The personal representative of an insolvent estate is personally responsible for any tax liability of the decedent or of the estate if he or she had notice of such tax obligations or failed to exercise due care in determining if such obligations existed before distribution of the estate's assets and before being discharged from duties. Hr block free state file The extent of such personal responsibility is the amount of any other payments made before paying the debts due to the United States, except where such other debt paid has priority over the debts due to the United States. Hr block free state file Income tax liabilities need not be formally assessed for the personal representative to be liable if he or she was aware or should have been aware of their existence. Hr block free state file Fees Received by Personal Representatives All personal representatives must include fees paid to them from an estate in their gross income. Hr block free state file If you are not in the trade or business of being an executor (for instance, you are the executor of a friend's or relative's estate), report these fees on your Form 1040, line 21. Hr block free state file If you are in the trade or business of being an executor, report fees received from the estate as self-employment income on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ of your Form 1040. Hr block free state file If the estate operates a trade or business and you, as executor, actively participate in the trade or business while fulfilling your duties, any fees you receive related to the operation of the trade or business must be reported as self-employment income on Schedule C (or Schedule C-EZ) of your Form 1040. Hr block free state file Final Income Tax Return for Decedent—Form 1040 The personal representative (defined earlier) must file the final income tax return (Form 1040) of the decedent for the year of death and any returns not filed for preceding years. Hr block free state file A surviving spouse, under certain circumstances, may have to file the returns for the decedent. Hr block free state file See Joint Return, later. Hr block free state file Return for preceding year. Hr block free state file   If an individual died after the close of the tax year, but before the return for that year was filed, the return for the year just closed will not be the final return. Hr block free state file The return for that year will be a regular return and the personal representative must file it. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file Samantha Smith died on March 21, 2013, before filing her 2012 tax return. Hr block free state file Her personal representative must file her 2012 return by April 15, 2013. Hr block free state file Her final tax return covering the period from January 1, 2013, to March 20, 2013, is due April 15, 2014. Hr block free state file Name, Address, and Signature Write the word “DECEASED,” the decedent's name, and the date of death across the top of the tax return. Hr block free state file If filing a joint return, write the name and address of the decedent and the surviving spouse in the name and address fields. Hr block free state file If a joint return is not being filed, write the decedent's name in the name field and the personal representative's name and address in the address field. Hr block free state file Third party designee. Hr block free state file   You can check the “Yes” box in the Third Party Designee area on page 2 of the return to authorize the IRS to discuss the return with a friend, family member, or any other person you choose. Hr block free state file This allows the IRS to call the person you identified as the designee to answer any questions that may arise during the processing of the return. Hr block free state file It also allows the designee to perform certain actions. Hr block free state file See the Instructions for Form 1040 for details. Hr block free state file Signature. Hr block free state file   If a personal representative has been appointed, that person must sign the return. Hr block free state file If it is a joint return, the surviving spouse must also sign it. Hr block free state file If no personal representative has been appointed, the surviving spouse (on a joint return) signs the return and writes in the signature area “Filing as surviving spouse. Hr block free state file ” If no personal representative has been appointed and if there is no surviving spouse, the person in charge of the decedent's property must file and sign the return as “personal representative. Hr block free state file ” Paid preparer. Hr block free state file   If you pay someone to prepare, assist in preparing, or review the tax return, that person must sign the return and fill in the other blanks in the Paid Preparer Use Only area of the return. Hr block free state file See the Form 1040 instructions for details. Hr block free state file When and Where To File The final income tax return is due at the same time the decedent's return would have been due had death not occurred. Hr block free state file A final return for a decedent who was a calendar year taxpayer is generally due on April 15 following the year of death, regardless of when during that year death occurred. Hr block free state file However, when the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the return is filed timely if filed by the next business day. Hr block free state file The tax return must be prepared for the year of death regardless of when during the year death occurred. Hr block free state file Generally, you must file the final income tax return of the decedent with the Internal Revenue Service Center for the place where you live. Hr block free state file A tax return for a decedent can be electronically filed. Hr block free state file A personal representative may also obtain an income tax filing extension on behalf of a decedent. Hr block free state file Filing Requirements The gross income, age, and filing status of a decedent generally determine whether a return must be filed. Hr block free state file Gross income is all income received by an individual from any source in the form of money, goods, property, and services that is not tax-exempt. Hr block free state file It includes gross receipts from self-employment, but if the business involves manufacturing, merchandising, or mining, subtract any cost of goods sold. Hr block free state file In general, filing status depends on whether the decedent was considered single or married at the time of death. Hr block free state file See the income tax return instructions or Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Hr block free state file Refund A return must be filed to obtain a refund if tax was withheld from salaries, wages, pensions, or annuities, or if estimated tax was paid, even if a return is not otherwise required to be filed. Hr block free state file Also, the decedent may be entitled to other credits that result in a refund. Hr block free state file These advance payments of tax and credits are discussed later under Credits, Other Taxes, and Payments. Hr block free state file Form 1310, Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer. Hr block free state file   Form 1310 does not have to be filed if you are claiming a refund and you are: A surviving spouse filing an original or amended joint return with the decedent, or A court-appointed or certified personal representative filing the decedent’s original return and a copy of the court certificate showing your appointment is attached to the return. Hr block free state file   If the personal representative is filing a claim for refund on Form 1040X, Amended U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file Individual Income Tax Return, or Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement, and the court certificate has already been filed with the IRS, attach Form 1310 and write “Certificate Previously Filed” at the bottom of the form. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file Edward Green died before filing his tax return. Hr block free state file You were appointed the personal representative for Edward's estate, and you file his Form 1040 showing a refund due. Hr block free state file You do not need Form 1310 to claim the refund if you attach a copy of the court certificate showing you were appointed the personal representative. Hr block free state file    If you are a surviving spouse and you receive a tax refund check in both your name and your deceased spouse's name, you can have the check reissued in your name alone. Hr block free state file Return the joint-name check marked “VOID” to your local IRS office or the service center where you mailed your return, along with a written request for reissuance of the refund check. Hr block free state file A new check will be issued in your name and mailed to you. Hr block free state file Death certificate. Hr block free state file   When filing the decedent's final income tax return, do not attach the death certificate or other proof of death to the final return. Hr block free state file Instead, keep it for your records and provide it if requested. Hr block free state file Nonresident Alien If the decedent was a nonresident alien who would have had to file Form 1040NR, U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return, you must file that form for the decedent's final tax year. Hr block free state file See the Instructions for Form 1040NR for the filing requirements, due date, and where to file. Hr block free state file Joint Return Generally, the personal representative and the surviving spouse can file a joint return for the decedent and the surviving spouse. Hr block free state file However, the surviving spouse alone can file the joint return if no personal representative has been appointed before the due date for filing the final joint return for the year of death. Hr block free state file This also applies to the return for the preceding year if the decedent died after the close of the preceding tax year and before filing the return for that year. Hr block free state file The income of the decedent that was includible on his or her return for the year up to the date of death (see Income To Include, later) and the income of the surviving spouse for the entire year must be included in the final joint return. Hr block free state file A final joint return with the decedent cannot be filed if the surviving spouse remarried before the end of the year of the decedent's death. Hr block free state file The filing status of the decedent in this instance is married filing a separate return. Hr block free state file For information about tax benefits to which a surviving spouse may be entitled, see Tax Benefits for Survivors, later, under Other Tax Information. Hr block free state file Personal representative may revoke joint return election. Hr block free state file   A court-appointed personal representative may revoke an election to file a joint return previously made by the surviving spouse alone. Hr block free state file This is done by filing a separate return for the decedent within one year from the due date of the return (including any extensions). Hr block free state file The joint return made by the surviving spouse will then be regarded as the separate return of that spouse by excluding the decedent's items and refiguring the tax liability. Hr block free state file Relief from joint liability. Hr block free state file   In some cases, one spouse may be relieved of joint liability for tax, interest, and penalties on a joint return for items of the other spouse that were incorrectly reported on the joint return. Hr block free state file If the decedent qualified for this relief while alive, the personal representative can pursue an existing request, or file a request, for relief from joint liability. Hr block free state file For information on requesting this relief, see Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief. Hr block free state file Income To Include The decedent's income includible on the final return is generally determined as if the person were still alive except that the taxable period is usually shorter because it ends on the date of death. Hr block free state file The method of accounting regularly used by the decedent before death also determines the income includible on the final return. Hr block free state file This section explains how some types of income are reported on the final return. Hr block free state file For more information about accounting methods, see Publication 538, Accounting Periods and Methods. Hr block free state file Cash Method If the decedent accounted for income under the cash method, only those items actually or constructively received before death are included on the final return. Hr block free state file Constructive receipt of income. Hr block free state file   Interest from coupons on the decedent's bonds is constructively received by the decedent if the coupons matured in the decedent's final tax year, but had not been cashed. Hr block free state file Include the interest income on the final return. Hr block free state file   Generally, a dividend is considered constructively received if it was available for use by the decedent without restriction. Hr block free state file If the corporation customarily mailed its dividend checks, the dividend was includible when received. Hr block free state file If the individual died between the time the dividend was declared and the time it was received in the mail, the decedent did not constructively receive it before death. Hr block free state file Do not include the dividend in the final return. Hr block free state file Accrual Method Generally, under an accrual method of accounting, income is reported when earned. Hr block free state file If the decedent used an accrual method, only the income items normally accrued before death are included on the final return. Hr block free state file Interest and Dividend Income (Forms 1099) Form(s) 1099 reporting interest and dividends earned by the decedent before death should be received and the amounts included on the decedent's final return. Hr block free state file A separate Form 1099 should show the interest and dividends earned after the date of the decedent's death and paid to the estate or other recipient that must include those amounts on its return. Hr block free state file You can request corrected Forms 1099 if these forms do not properly reflect the right recipient or amounts. Hr block free state file For example, a Form 1099-INT, reporting interest payable to the decedent, may include income that should be reported on the final income tax return of the decedent, as well as income that the estate or other recipient should report, either as income earned after death or as income in respect of the decedent (discussed later). Hr block free state file For income earned after death, you should ask the payer for a Form 1099 that properly identifies the recipient (by name and identification number) and the proper amount. Hr block free state file If that is not possible, or if the form includes an amount that represents income in respect of the decedent, report the interest as shown next under How to report. Hr block free state file See U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file savings bonds acquired from decedent under Income in Respect of a Decedent, later, for information on savings bond interest that may have to be reported on the final return. Hr block free state file How to report. Hr block free state file   If you are preparing the decedent's final return and you have received a Form 1099-INT for the decedent that includes amounts belonging to the decedent and to another recipient (the decedent's estate or another beneficiary), report the total interest shown on Form 1099-INT on Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040), Interest and Ordinary Dividends. Hr block free state file Next, enter a subtotal of the interest shown on Forms 1099, and the interest reportable from other sources for which you did not receive Forms 1099. Hr block free state file Then, show any interest (including any interest you receive as a nominee) belonging to another recipient separately and subtract it from the subtotal. Hr block free state file Identify the amount of this adjustment as “Nominee Distribution” or other appropriate designation. Hr block free state file   Report dividend income for which you received a Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions, on the appropriate schedule using the same procedure. Hr block free state file    Note. Hr block free state file If the decedent received amounts as a nominee, you must give the actual owner a Form 1099, unless the owner is the decedent's spouse. Hr block free state file See General Instructions for Certain Information Returns (Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, and W-2G) for more information on filing Forms 1099. Hr block free state file Partnership Income The death of a partner closes the partnership's tax year for that partner. Hr block free state file Generally, it does not close the partnership's tax year for the remaining partners. Hr block free state file The decedent's distributive share of partnership items must be figured as if the partnership's tax year ended on the date the partner died. Hr block free state file To avoid an interim closing of the partnership books, the partners can agree to estimate the decedent's distributive share by prorating the amounts the partner would have included for the entire partnership tax year. Hr block free state file On the decedent's final return, include the decedent's distributive share of partnership items for the following periods. Hr block free state file The partnership's tax year that ended within or with the decedent's final tax year (the year ending on the date of death). Hr block free state file The period, if any, from the end of the partnership's tax year in (1) to the decedent's date of death. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file Mary Smith was a partner in XYZ partnership and reported her income on a tax year ending December 31. Hr block free state file The partnership uses a tax year ending June 30. Hr block free state file Mary died August 31, 2013, and her estate established its tax year through August 31. Hr block free state file The distributive share of partnership items based on the decedent's partnership interest is reported as follows. Hr block free state file Final Return for the Decedent—January 1 through August 31, 2013, includes XYZ partnership items from (a) the partnership tax year ending June 30, 2013, and (b) the partnership tax year beginning July 1, 2013, and ending August 31, 2013 (the date of death). Hr block free state file Income Tax Return of the Estate—September 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014, includes XYZ partnership items for the period September 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. Hr block free state file S Corporation Income If the decedent was a shareholder in an S corporation, include on the final return the decedent's share of the S corporation's items of income, loss, deduction, and credit for the following periods. Hr block free state file The corporation's tax year that ended within or with the decedent's final tax year (the year ending on the date of death). Hr block free state file The period, if any, from the end of the corporation's tax year in (1) to the decedent's date of death. Hr block free state file Self-Employment Income Include self-employment income actually or constructively received or accrued, depending on the decedent's accounting method. Hr block free state file For self-employment tax purposes only, the decedent's self-employment income will include the decedent's distributive share of a partnership's income or loss through the end of the month in which death occurred. Hr block free state file For this purpose, the partnership's income or loss is considered to be earned ratably over the partnership's tax year. Hr block free state file Community Income If the decedent was married and domiciled in a community property state, half of the income received and half of the expenses paid during the decedent's tax year by either the decedent or spouse may be considered to be the income and expenses of the other. Hr block free state file For more information, see Publication 555, Community Property. Hr block free state file HSA, Archer MSA, or Medicare Advantage MSA The treatment of an HSA (health savings account), an Archer MSA (medical savings account), or a Medicare Advantage MSA at the death of the account holder, depends on who acquires the interest in the account. Hr block free state file If the decedent's estate acquires the interest, the fair market value (FMV) of the assets in the account on the date of death is included in income on the decedent's final return. Hr block free state file The estate tax deduction, discussed later, does not apply to this amount. Hr block free state file If a beneficiary acquires the interest, see the discussion under Income in Respect of a Decedent, later. Hr block free state file For other information on HSAs, Archer MSAs, or Medicare Advantage MSAs, see Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans. Hr block free state file Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) Generally, the balance in a Coverdell ESA must be distributed within 30 days after the individual for whom the account was established reaches age 30, or dies, whichever is earlier. Hr block free state file The treatment of the Coverdell ESA at the death of an individual under age 30 depends on who acquires the interest in the account. Hr block free state file If the decedent's estate acquires the interest, the earnings on the account must be included on the final income tax return of the decedent. Hr block free state file The estate tax deduction, discussed later, does not apply to this amount. Hr block free state file If a beneficiary acquires the interest, see the discussion under Income in Respect of a Decedent, later. Hr block free state file The age 30 limitation does not apply if the individual for whom the account was established or the beneficiary that acquires the account is an individual with special needs. Hr block free state file This includes an individual who, because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition (including a learning disability), requires additional time to complete his or her education. Hr block free state file For more information on Coverdell ESAs, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Hr block free state file Accelerated Death Benefits Accelerated death benefits are amounts received under a life insurance contract before the death of the insured individual. Hr block free state file These benefits also include amounts received on the sale or assignment of the contract to a viatical settlement provider. Hr block free state file Generally, if the decedent received accelerated death benefits on the life of a terminally or chronically ill individual, whether on his or her own life or on the life of another person, those benefits are not included in the decedent's income. Hr block free state file For more information, see the discussion under Gifts, Insurance, and Inheritances under Other Tax Information, later. Hr block free state file Exemptions and Deductions Generally, the rules for exemptions and deductions allowed to an individual also apply to the decedent's final income tax return. Hr block free state file Show on the final return deductible items the decedent paid (or accrued, if the decedent reported deductions on an accrual method) before death. Hr block free state file This section contains a detailed discussion of medical expenses because the tax treatment of the decedent's medical expenses can be different. Hr block free state file See Medical Expenses, later. Hr block free state file Exemptions You can claim the decedent's personal exemption on the final income tax return. Hr block free state file If the decedent was another person's dependent (for example, a parent's), you cannot claim the personal exemption on the decedent's final return. Hr block free state file Standard Deduction If you do not itemize deductions on the final return, the full amount of the appropriate standard deduction is allowed regardless of the date of death. Hr block free state file For information on the appropriate standard deduction, see the Form 1040 income tax return instructions or Publication 501. Hr block free state file Medical Expenses Medical expenses paid before death by the decedent are deductible, subject to limits, on the final income tax return if deductions are itemized. Hr block free state file This includes expenses for the decedent, as well as for the decedent's spouse and dependents. Hr block free state file Beginning in 2013, medical expenses exceeding 10% of adjusted gross income (AGI) may be deducted, unless the decedent or their spouse is age 65 or older. Hr block free state file In that case medical expenses exceeding 7. Hr block free state file 5% of AGI may be deducted. Hr block free state file Qualified medical expenses are not deductible if paid with a tax-free distribution from an HSA or an Archer MSA. Hr block free state file Election for decedent's expenses. Hr block free state file   Medical expenses not paid before death are liabilities of the estate and are shown on the federal estate tax return (Form 706). Hr block free state file However, if medical expenses for the decedent are paid out of the estate during the 1-year period beginning with the day after death, you can elect to treat all or part of the expenses as paid by the decedent at the time they were incurred. Hr block free state file   If you make the election, you can claim all or part of the expenses on the decedent's income tax return (if deductions are itemized) rather than on the federal estate tax return (Form 706). Hr block free state file You can deduct expenses incurred in the year of death on the final income tax return. Hr block free state file You should file an amended return (Form 1040X) for medical expenses incurred in an earlier year, unless the statutory period for filing a claim for that year has expired. Hr block free state file   The amount you can deduct on the income tax return is the amount above 10% of adjusted gross income (or 7. Hr block free state file 5% of adjusted gross income if the decedent or the decedent's spouse was born before January 2, 1949). Hr block free state file Amounts not deductible because of this percentage cannot be claimed on the federal estate tax return. Hr block free state file Making the election. Hr block free state file   You make the election by attaching a statement, in duplicate, to the decedent's income tax return or amended return. Hr block free state file The statement must state that you have not claimed the amount as an estate tax deduction, and that the estate waives the right to claim the amount as a deduction. Hr block free state file This election applies only to expenses incurred for the decedent, not to expenses incurred to provide medical care for dependents. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file Richard Brown used the cash method of accounting and filed his income tax return on a calendar year basis. Hr block free state file Richard died on June 1, 2013, at the age of 78, after incurring $800 in medical expenses. Hr block free state file Of that amount, $500 was incurred in 2012 and $300 was incurred in 2013. Hr block free state file Richard itemized his deductions when he filed his 2012 income tax return. Hr block free state file The personal representative of the estate paid the entire $800 liability in August 2013. Hr block free state file The personal representative may file an amended return (Form 1040X) for 2012 claiming the $500 medical expense as a deduction, subject to the 7. Hr block free state file 5% limit. Hr block free state file The $300 of expenses incurred in 2013 can be deducted on the final income tax return if deductions are itemized, subject to the 7. Hr block free state file 5% limit. Hr block free state file The personal representative must file a statement in duplicate with each return stating that these amounts have not been claimed on the federal estate tax return (Form 706), and waiving the right to claim such a deduction on Form 706 in the future. Hr block free state file Medical expenses not paid by estate. Hr block free state file   If you paid medical expenses for your deceased spouse or dependent, claim the expenses on your tax return for the year in which you paid them, whether they are paid before or after the decedent's death. Hr block free state file If the decedent was a child of divorced or separated parents, the medical expenses can usually be claimed by both the custodial and noncustodial parent to the extent paid by that parent during the year. Hr block free state file Insurance reimbursements. Hr block free state file   Insurance reimbursements of previously deducted medical expenses due a decedent at the time of death and later received by the decedent's estate are includible in the income tax return of the estate (Form 1041) for the year the reimbursements are received. Hr block free state file The reimbursements are also includible in the decedent's gross estate. Hr block free state file No deduction for funeral expenses can be taken on the final Form 1040 of a decedent. Hr block free state file These expenses may be deductible for estate tax purposes on Form 706. Hr block free state file Deduction for Losses A decedent's net operating loss deduction from a prior year and any capital losses (including capital loss carryovers) can be deducted only on the decedent's final income tax return. Hr block free state file A net operating loss on the decedent's final income tax return can be carried back to prior years. Hr block free state file (See Publication 536, Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts. Hr block free state file ) You cannot deduct any unused net operating loss or capital loss on the estate's income tax return. Hr block free state file At-risk loss limits. Hr block free state file   Special at-risk rules apply to most activities that are engaged in as a trade or business or for the production of income. Hr block free state file   These rules limit the deductible loss to the amount which the individual was considered at-risk in the activity. Hr block free state file An individual generally will be considered at-risk to the extent of the money and the adjusted basis of property that he or she contributed to the activity and certain amounts the individual borrowed for use in the activity. Hr block free state file An individual will be considered at-risk for amounts borrowed only if he or she was personally liable for the repayment or if the amounts borrowed were secured by property other than that used in the activity. Hr block free state file The individual is not considered at-risk for borrowed amounts if the lender has an interest in the activity or if the lender is related to a person who has an interest in the activity. Hr block free state file For more information, see Publication 925, Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules. Hr block free state file Passive activity rules. Hr block free state file   A passive activity is any trade or business activity in which the taxpayer does not materially participate. Hr block free state file To determine material participation, see Publication 925. Hr block free state file Rental activities are passive activities regardless of the taxpayer's participation, unless the taxpayer meets certain eligibility requirements. Hr block free state file   Individuals, estates, and trusts can offset passive activity losses only against passive activity income. Hr block free state file Passive activity losses or credits not allowed in one tax year can be carried forward to the next year. Hr block free state file   If a passive activity interest is transferred because a taxpayer dies, the accumulated unused passive activity losses are allowed as a deduction against the decedent's income in the year of death. Hr block free state file Losses are allowed only to the extent they are greater than the excess of the transferee's (recipient of the interest transferred) basis in the property over the decedent's adjusted basis in the property immediately before death. Hr block free state file The part of the accumulated losses equal to the excess is not allowed as a deduction for any tax year. Hr block free state file   Use Form 8582, Passive Activity Loss Limitations, to summarize losses and income from passive activities and to figure the amounts allowed. Hr block free state file For more information, see Publication 925. Hr block free state file Credits, Other Taxes, and Payments Discussed below are some of the tax credits, types of taxes that may be owed, income tax withheld, and estimated tax payments reported on the final return of a decedent. Hr block free state file Credits On the final income tax return, you can claim any tax credits that applied to the decedent before death. Hr block free state file Some of these credits are discussed next. Hr block free state file Earned income credit. Hr block free state file   If the decedent was an eligible individual, you can claim the earned income credit on the decedent's final return even though the return covers less than 12 months. Hr block free state file If the allowable credit is more than the tax liability for the year, the excess is refunded. Hr block free state file   For more information, see Publication 596, Earned Income Credit (EIC). Hr block free state file Credit for the elderly or the disabled. Hr block free state file   This credit is allowable on a decedent's final income tax return if the decedent met both of the following requirements in the year of death. Hr block free state file The decedent: Was a “qualified individual,” and Had income (adjusted gross income (AGI) and nontaxable social security and pensions) less than certain limits. Hr block free state file   For details on qualifying for or figuring the credit, see Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Hr block free state file Child tax credit. Hr block free state file   If the decedent had a qualifying child, you may be able to claim the child tax credit on the decedent's final return even though the return covers less than 12 months. Hr block free state file You may be able to claim the additional child tax credit and get a refund if the credit is more than the decedent's liability. Hr block free state file For more information, see the Instructions for Form 1040. Hr block free state file Adoption credit. Hr block free state file   Depending upon when the adoption was finalized, this credit may be taken on a decedent's final income tax return if the decedent: Adopted an eligible child and paid qualified adoption expenses, or Has a carryforward of an adoption credit from a prior year. Hr block free state file   Also, if the decedent is survived by a spouse who meets the filing status of qualifying widow(er), unused adoption credit may be carried forward and used following the death of the decedent. Hr block free state file See Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, and its instructions for more details. Hr block free state file General business tax credit. Hr block free state file   The general business credit available to a taxpayer is limited. Hr block free state file Any credit arising in a tax year beginning before 1998 that has not been used up can be carried forward for up to 15 years. Hr block free state file Any unused credit arising in a tax year beginning after 1997 has a 1-year carryback and a 20-year carryforward period. Hr block free state file   After the carryforward period, a deduction may be allowed for any unused business credit. Hr block free state file If the taxpayer dies before the end of the carryforward period, the deduction generally is allowed in the year of death. Hr block free state file   For more information on the general business credit, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. Hr block free state file Other Taxes Taxes other than income tax that may be owed on the final return of a decedent include self-employment tax and alternative minimum tax, which are reported on Form 1040. Hr block free state file Self-employment tax. Hr block free state file   Self-employment tax may be owed on the final return if either of the following applied to the decedent in the year of death: Net earnings from self-employment (excluding income described in (2)) were $400 or more; or Wages from services performed as a church employee were $108. Hr block free state file 28 or more. Hr block free state file Alternative minimum tax (AMT). Hr block free state file   The tax laws give special treatment to certain types of income and allow special deductions and credits for certain types of expenses. Hr block free state file The alternative minimum tax (AMT) was enacted so taxpayers who benefit from these laws still pay at least a minimum amount of tax. Hr block free state file In general, the AMT is the excess of the tentative minimum tax over the regular tax shown on the return. Hr block free state file Form 6251. Hr block free state file    Use Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals, to determine if this tax applies to the decedent. Hr block free state file See the form instructions for information on when you must attach Form 6251 to Form 1040. Hr block free state file Form 8801. Hr block free state file   If the decedent paid AMT in a previous year or had a credit carryforward, the decedent may be eligible for a minimum tax credit. Hr block free state file See Form 8801, Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax—Individuals, Estates, and Trusts. Hr block free state file Payments of Tax The income tax withheld from the decedent's salary, wages, pensions, or annuities, and the amount paid as estimated tax are credits (advance payments of tax) that must be claimed on the final return. Hr block free state file Tax Forgiveness for Armed Forces Members, Victims of Terrorism, and Astronauts Income tax liability may be forgiven for a decedent who dies due to service in a combat zone, due to military or terrorist actions, as a result of a terrorist attack, or while serving in the line of duty as an astronaut. Hr block free state file Combat Zone If a member of the Armed Forces of the United States dies while in active service in a combat zone or from wounds, disease, or injury incurred in a combat zone, the decedent's income tax liability is abated (forgiven) for the entire year in which death occurred and for any prior tax year ending on or after the first day the person served in a combat zone in active service. Hr block free state file For this purpose, a qualified hazardous duty area is treated as a combat zone. Hr block free state file If the tax (including interest, additions to the tax, and additional amounts) for these years has been assessed, the assessment will be forgiven. Hr block free state file If the tax has been collected (regardless of the date of collection), that tax will be credited or refunded. Hr block free state file Any of the decedent's income tax for tax years before those mentioned above that remains unpaid as of the actual (or presumptive) date of death will not be assessed. Hr block free state file If any unpaid tax (including interest, additions to the tax, and additional amounts) has been assessed, this assessment will be forgiven. Hr block free state file Also, if any tax was collected after the date of death, that amount will be credited or refunded. Hr block free state file The date of death of a member of the Armed Forces reported as missing in action or as a prisoner of war is the date his or her name is removed from missing status for military pay purposes. Hr block free state file This is true even if death actually occurred earlier. Hr block free state file For other tax information for members of the Armed Forces, see Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide. Hr block free state file Military or Terrorist Actions The decedent's income tax liability is forgiven if, at death, he or she was a military or civilian employee of the United States who died because of wounds or injury incurred: While a U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file employee, and In a military or terrorist action. Hr block free state file The forgiveness applies to the tax year in which death occurred and for any earlier tax year, beginning with the year before the year in which the wounds or injury occurred. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file The income tax liability of a civilian employee of the United States who died in 2013 because of wounds incurred while a U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file employee in a terrorist attack that occurred in 2008 will be forgiven for 2013 and for all prior tax years in the period 2007 through 2012. Hr block free state file Refunds are allowed for the tax years for which the period for filing a claim for refund has not ended, as discussed later. Hr block free state file Military or terrorist action defined. Hr block free state file   A military or terrorist action means the following. Hr block free state file Any terrorist activity that most of the evidence indicates was directed against the United States or any of its allies. Hr block free state file Any military action involving the U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file Armed Forces and resulting from violence or aggression against the United States or any of its allies, or the threat of such violence or aggression. Hr block free state file   Terrorist activity includes criminal offenses intended to coerce, intimidate, or retaliate against the government or civilian population. Hr block free state file Military action does not include training exercises. Hr block free state file Any multinational force in which the United States is participating is treated as an ally of the United States. Hr block free state file Determining if a terrorist activity or military action has occurred. Hr block free state file   You may rely on published guidance from the IRS to determine if a particular event is considered a terrorist activity or military action. Hr block free state file Specified Terrorist Victim The Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001 (the Act) provides tax relief for those injured or killed as a result of terrorist attacks, certain survivors of those killed as a result of terrorist attacks, and others who were affected by terrorist attacks. Hr block free state file Under the Act, the federal income tax liability of those killed in the following attacks (specified terrorist victim) is forgiven for certain tax years. Hr block free state file The April 19, 1995, terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Hr block free state file Murrah Federal Building (Oklahoma City). Hr block free state file The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Hr block free state file The terrorist attacks involving anthrax occurring after September 10, 2001, and before January 1, 2002. Hr block free state file The Act also exempts from federal income tax the following types of income. Hr block free state file Qualified disaster relief payments made after September 10, 2001, to cover personal, family, living, or funeral expenses incurred because of a terrorist attack. Hr block free state file Certain disability payments received in tax years ending after September 10, 2001, for injuries sustained in a terrorist attack. Hr block free state file Certain death benefits paid by an employer to the survivor of an employee because the employee died as a result of a terrorist attack. Hr block free state file Payments from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund 2001. Hr block free state file The Act also reduces the estate tax of individuals who die as a result of a terrorist attack. Hr block free state file See Publication 3920, Tax Relief for Victims of Terrorist Attacks, for more information. Hr block free state file Astronauts Legislation extended the tax relief available under the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001 (the Act) to astronauts who died in the line of duty after December 31, 2002. Hr block free state file The decedent's income tax liability is forgiven for the tax year in which death occurs, and for the tax year prior to death. Hr block free state file For information on death benefit payments and the reduction of federal estate taxes, see Publication 3920. Hr block free state file However, the discussions in that publication under Death Benefits and Estate Tax Reduction should be modified for astronauts (for example, by using the date of death of the astronaut instead of September 11, 2001). Hr block free state file For more information on the Act, see Publication 3920. Hr block free state file Claim for Credit or Refund If any of these tax-forgiveness situations applies to a prior year tax, any tax paid for which the period for filing a claim has not ended will be credited or refunded. Hr block free state file If any tax is still due, it will be canceled. Hr block free state file The normal period for filing a claim for credit or refund is 3 years after the return was filed or 2 years after the tax was paid, whichever is later. Hr block free state file If death occurred in a combat zone or from wounds, disease, or injury incurred in a combat zone, the period for filing the claim is extended by: The amount of time served in the combat zone (including any period in which the individual was in missing status), plus The period of continuous qualified hospitalization for injury from service in the combat zone, if any, plus The next 180 days. Hr block free state file Qualified hospitalization means any hospitalization outside the United States and any hospitalization in the United States of not more than 5 years. Hr block free state file This extended period for filing the claim also applies to a member of the Armed Forces who was deployed outside the United States in a designated contingency operation. Hr block free state file Filing a claim. Hr block free state file   Use the following procedures to file a claim. Hr block free state file If a U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file individual income tax return (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) has not been filed, you should make a claim for refund of any withheld income tax or estimated tax payments by filing Form 1040. Hr block free state file Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, must accompany all returns. Hr block free state file If a U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file individual income tax return has been filed, you should make a claim for refund by filing Form 1040X. Hr block free state file You must file a separate Form 1040X for each year in question. Hr block free state file   You must file these returns and claims at the following address for regular mail (U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file Postal Service). Hr block free state file    Internal Revenue Service 333 W. Hr block free state file Pershing, P5–6503 Kansas City, MO 64108   Identify all returns and claims for refund by writing “Iraq—KIA,” “Enduring Freedom—KIA,” “Kosovo Operation—KIA,” “Desert Storm—KIA,” or “Former Yugoslavia—KIA” in bold letters on the top of page 1 of the return or claim. Hr block free state file On the applicable return, write the same phrase on the line for total tax. Hr block free state file If the individual was killed in a terrorist or military action, put “KITA” on the front of the return and on the line for total tax. Hr block free state file   Include an attachment showing the computation of the decedent's tax liability and a computation of the amount to be forgiven. Hr block free state file On joint returns, make an allocation of the tax as described below under Joint returns. Hr block free state file If you cannot make a proper allocation, attach a statement of all income and deductions allocable to each spouse and the IRS will make the proper allocation. Hr block free state file   You must attach Form 1310 to all returns and claims for refund. Hr block free state file However, for exceptions to filing Form 1310, see Form 1310. Hr block free state file Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer, under Refund, earlier. Hr block free state file   You must also attach proof of death that includes a statement that the individual was a U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file employee on the date of injury and on the date of death and died as the result of a military or terrorist action. Hr block free state file For military and civilian employees of the Department of Defense, attach DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty. Hr block free state file For other U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file civilian employees killed in the United States, attach a death certificate and a certification (letter) from the federal employer. Hr block free state file For other U. Hr block free state file S. Hr block free state file civilian employees killed overseas, attach a certification from the Department of State. Hr block free state file   If you do not have enough tax information to file a timely claim for refund, you can suspend the period for filing a claim by filing Form 1040X. Hr block free state file Attach Form 1310, any required documentation currently available, and a statement that you will file an amended claim as soon as you have the required tax information. Hr block free state file Joint returns. Hr block free state file   If a joint return was filed, only the decedent's part of the income tax liability is eligible for forgiveness. Hr block free state file Determine the decedent's tax liability as follows. Hr block free state file Figure the income tax for which the decedent would have been liable if a separate return had been filed. Hr block free state file Figure the income tax for which the spouse would have been liable if a separate return had been filed. Hr block free state file Multiply the joint tax liability by a fraction. Hr block free state file The numerator of the fraction is the amount in (1), above. Hr block free state file The denominator of the fraction is the total of (1) and (2). Hr block free state file   The resulting amount from (3) above is the decedent's tax liability eligible for forgiveness. Hr block free state file Filing Reminders To minimize the time needed to process the decedent's final return and issue any refund, be sure to follow these procedures. Hr block free state file Write “DECEASED,” the decedent's name, and the date of death across the top of the tax return. Hr block free state file If a personal representative has been appointed, the personal representative must sign the return. Hr block free state file If it is a joint return, the surviving spouse must also sign it. Hr block free state file If you are the decedent's spouse filing a joint return with the decedent and no personal representative has been appointed, write “Filing as surviving spouse” in the area where you sign the return. Hr block free state file If no personal representative has been appointed and if there is no surviving spouse, the person in charge of the decedent's property must file and sign the return as “personal representative. Hr block free state file ” To claim a refund for the decedent, do the following. Hr block free state file If you are the decedent's spouse filing a joint return with the decedent, file only the tax return to claim the refund. Hr block free state file If you are the personal representative and the return is not a joint return filed with the decedent's surviving spouse, file the return and attach a copy of the certificate that shows your appointment by the court. Hr block free state file (A power of attorney or a copy of the decedent's will is not acceptable evidence of your appointment as the personal representative. Hr block free state file ) If you are filing an amended return, attach Form 1310 and a copy of the certificate of appointment (or, if you have already sent the certificate of appointment to IRS, write “Certificate Previously Filed” at the bottom of Form 1310). Hr block free state file If you are not filing a joint return as the surviving spouse and a personal representative has not been appointed, file the return and attach Form 1310. Hr block free state file Other Tax Information Discussed below is information about the effect of an individual's death on the income tax liability of the survivors (including widows and widowers), the beneficiaries, and the estate. Hr block free state file Tax Benefits for Survivors Survivors can qualify for certain benefits when filing their own income tax returns. Hr block free state file Joint return by surviving spouse. Hr block free state file   A surviving spouse can file a joint return for the year of death and may qualify for special tax rates for the following 2 years, as explained under Qualifying widows and widowers, later. Hr block free state file Decedent as your dependent. Hr block free state file   If the decedent qualified as your dependent for a part of the year before death, you can claim the exemption for the dependent on your tax return, regardless of when death occurred during the year. Hr block free state file   If the decedent was your qualifying child, you may be able to claim the child tax credit or the earned income credit. Hr block free state file To determine if you qualify for the child tax credit, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 51; Form 1040A, line 33; or Form 1040NR, line 48. Hr block free state file To determine if you qualify for the earned income credit, see the instructions for Form 1040, lines 64a and 64b or Form 1040A, lines 38a and 38b. Hr block free state file Qualifying widows and widowers. Hr block free state file   If your spouse died within the 2 tax years preceding the year for which your return is being filed, you may be eligible to claim the filing status of qualifying widow(er) with dependent child and qualify to use the married-filing-jointly tax rates. Hr block free state file Requirements. Hr block free state file   Generally, you qualify for this special benefit if you meet all of the following requirements. Hr block free state file You were entitled to file a joint return with your spouse for the year of death—whether or not you actually filed jointly. Hr block free state file You did not remarry before the end of the current tax year. Hr block free state file You have a child, stepchild, or foster child who qualifies as your dependent for the tax year. Hr block free state file You provide more than half the cost of maintaining your home, which is the principal residence of that child for the entire year except for temporary absences. Hr block free state file Example. Hr block free state file William Burns' wife died in 2010. Hr block free state file William has not remarried and continued throughout 2011 and 2012 to maintain a home for himself and his dependent child. Hr block free state file For 2010, he was entitled to file a joint return for himself and his deceased wife. Hr block free state file For 2011 and 2012, he qualifies to file as a qualifying widower with dependent child. Hr block free state file For later years, he may qualify to file as a head of household. Hr block free state file Figuring your tax. Hr block free state file   Check the box on line 5 (Form 1040 or 1040A) under Filing Status on your tax return. Hr block free state file Use the Tax Rate Schedule or the column in the Tax Table for Married filing jointly, which gives you the split-income benefits. Hr block free state file   The last year you can file jointly with, or claim an exemption for, your deceased spouse is the year of death. Hr block free state file Joint return filing rules. Hr block free state file   If you are the surviving spouse and a personal representative is handling the estate for the decedent, you should coordinate filing your return for the year of death with this personal representative. Hr block free state file See Joint Return under Final Income Tax Return for Decedent—Form 1040, earlier. Hr block free state file Income in Respect of a Decedent All income the decedent would have received had death not occurred that was not properly includible on the final return, discussed earlier, is income in respect of a decedent. Hr block free state file If the decedent is a specified terrorist victim (see Specified Terrorist Victim, earlier), income received after the date of death and before the end of the decedent's tax year (determined without regard to death) is excluded from the recipient's gross income. Hr block free state file This exclusion does not apply to certain income. Hr block free state file For more information, see Publication 3920. Hr block free state file How To Report Income in respect of a decedent must be included in the income of one of the following. Hr block free state file The decedent's estate, if the estate receives it. Hr block free state file The beneficiary, if the right to income is passed directly to the beneficiary and the beneficiary receives it. Hr block free state file Any person to whom the estate properly distributes the right to receive it. Hr block free state file If you have to include income in respect of a decedent in your gross income and an estate tax return (Form 706) was filed for the decedent, you may be able to claim a deduction for the estate tax paid on that income. Hr block free state file See Estate Tax Deduction, later. Hr block free state file Example 1. Hr block free state file Frank Johnson owned and operated an apple orchard. Hr block free state file He used the cash method of accounting. Hr block free state file He sold and delivered 1,000 bushels of apples to a canning factory for $2,000, but did not receive payment before his death. Hr block free state file The proceeds from the sale are income in respect of a decedent. Hr block free state file When the estate was settled, payment had not been made and the estate transferred the right to the payment to his widow. Hr block free state file When Frank's widow collects the $2,000, she must include that amount in her return. Hr block free state file It is not reported on the final return of the decedent or on the return of the estate. Hr block free state file Example 2. Hr block free state file Assume the same facts as in Example 1, except that Frank used the accrual method of accounting. Hr block free state file The amount accrued from the sale of the apples would be included on his final return. Hr block free state file Neither the estate nor the widow would realize income in respect of a decedent when the money is later paid. Hr block free state file Example 3. Hr block free state file On February 1, George High, a cash method taxpayer, sold his tractor for $3,000, payable March 1 of the same year. Hr block free state file His adjusted basis in the tractor was $2,000. Hr block free state file George died on February 15, before receiving payment. Hr block free state file The gain to be reported as income in respect of a decedent is the $1,000 difference between the decedent's basis in the property and the sale proceeds. Hr block free state file In other words, the income in respect of a decedent is the gain the decedent would have realized had he lived. Hr block free state file Example 4. Hr block free state file Cathy O'Neil was entitled to a large salary payment at the date of her death. Hr block free state file The amount was to be paid in five annual installments. Hr block free state file The estate, after collecting two installments, distributed the right to the remaining installments to you, the beneficiary. Hr block free state file The payments are income in respect of a decedent. Hr block free state file None of the payments were includible on Cathy's final return. Hr block free state file The estate must include in its income the two installments it received, and you must include in your income each of the three installments as you receive them. Hr block free state file Example 5. Hr block free state file You inherited the right to receive renewal commissions on life insurance sold by your father before his death. Hr block free state file You inherited the right from your mother, who acquired it by bequest from your father. Hr block free state file Your mother died before she received all the commissions she had the right to receive, so you received the rest. Hr block free state file The commissions are income in respect of a decedent. Hr block free state file None of these commissions were includible in your father's final return. Hr block free state file The commissions received by your mother were included in her income. Hr block free state file The commissions you received are not includible in your mother's income, even on her final return. Hr block free state file You must include them in your income. Hr block free state file Character of income. Hr block free state file   The character of the income you receive in respect of a decedent remains the same as it would have been to the decedent if he or she were alive. Hr block free state file If the income would have been a capital gain to the decedent, it will be a capital gain to you. Hr block free state file Transfer of right to income. Hr block free state file   If you transfer your right to income in respect of a decedent, you must include in your income the greater of: The amount you receive for the right, or The fair market value of the right you transfer. Hr block free state file   If you make a gift of such a right, you must include in your income the fair market value of the right at the time of the gift. Hr block free state file   If the right to income from an installment obligation is transferred, the amount you must include in income is reduced by the basis of the obligation. Hr block free state file See Installment obligations, later. Hr block free state file Transfer defined. Hr block free state file   A transfer for this purpose includes a sale, exchange, or other disposition, the satisfaction of an installment obligation at other than face value, or the cancellation of an installment obligation. Hr block free state file Installment obligations. Hr block free state file   If the decedent sold property using the installment method and you are collecting payments on an installment obligation acquired from the decedent, use the same gross profit percentage the decedent used to figure the part of each payment that represents profit. Hr block free state file Include in your income the same profit the decedent would have included had death not occurred. Hr block free state file For more information, see Publication 537, Installment Sales. Hr block free state file   If you dispose of an installment obligation acquired from a decedent (other than by transfer to the obligor), the rules explained in Publication 537 for figuring gain or loss on the disposition apply to you. Hr block free state file Transfer to obligor. Hr block free state file   A transfer of a right to income, discussed earlier, has occurred if the decedent (seller) sold property using the installment method and the installment obligation was transferred to the obligor (buyer or person legally obligated to pay the installments). Hr block free state file A transfer also occurs if the obligation was canceled either at death or by the estate or person receiving the obligation from the decedent. Hr block free state file An obligation that becomes unenforceable is treated as having been canceled. Hr block free state file   If such a transfer occurs, the amount included in the income of the transferor (the estate or beneficiary) is the greater of the amount received or the fair market value of the installment obligation at the time of transfer, reduced by the basis of the obligation. Hr block free state file The basis of the obligation is the decedent's basis, adjusted for all installment payments received after the decedent's death and before the transfer. Hr block free state file   If the decedent and obligor were related persons, the fair market value of the obligation cannot be less than its face value. Hr block free state file Specific Types of Income in Respect of a Decedent This section explains and provides examples of some specific types of income in respect of a decedent. Hr block free state file Wages. Hr block free state file   The entire amount of wages or other employee compensation earned by the decedent but unpaid at the time of death is income in respect of a decedent. Hr block free state file The income is not reduced by any amounts withheld by the employer. Hr block free state file If the income is $600 or more, the employer should report it in box 3 of Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and give the recipient a copy of the form or a similar statement. Hr block free state file   Wages paid as income in respect of a decedent are not subject to federal income tax withholding. Hr block free state file However, if paid during the calendar year of death, they are subject to withholding for social security and Medicare taxes. Hr block free state file These taxes should be included on the decedent's Form W-2 along with the taxes withheld before death. Hr block free state file These wages are not included in box 1 of Form W-2. Hr block free state file   Wages paid as income in respect of a decedent after the year of death generally are not subject to withholding for any federal taxe