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Irs e file 2011 7. Irs e file 2011   Costs You Can Deduct or Capitalize Table of Contents What's New Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Carrying Charges Research and Experimental CostsProduct. Irs e file 2011 Costs not included. Irs e file 2011 Intangible Drilling Costs Exploration CostsPartnerships and S corporations. Irs e file 2011 Development Costs Circulation Costs Business Start-Up and Organizational Costs Reforestation Costs Retired Asset Removal Costs Barrier Removal CostsOther barrier removals. Irs e file 2011 Film and Television Production Costs What's New Film and television productions costs. Irs e file 2011  The election to expense film and television production costs does not apply to productions that begin after December 31, 2013. Irs e file 2011 See Film and Television Production Costs , later. Irs e file 2011 Introduction This chapter discusses costs you can elect to deduct or capitalize. Irs e file 2011 You generally deduct a cost as a current business expense by subtracting it from your income in either the year you incur it or the year you pay it. Irs e file 2011 If you capitalize a cost, you may be able to recover it over a period of years through periodic deductions for amortization, depletion, or depreciation. Irs e file 2011 When you capitalize a cost, you add it to the basis of property to which it relates. Irs e file 2011 A partnership, corporation, estate, or trust makes the election to deduct or capitalize the costs discussed in this chapter except for exploration costs for mineral deposits. Irs e file 2011 Each individual partner, shareholder, or beneficiary elects whether to deduct or capitalize exploration costs. Irs e file 2011 You may be subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT) if you deduct research and experimental, intangible drilling, exploration, development, circulation, or business organizational costs. Irs e file 2011 For more information on the alternative minimum tax, see the instructions for the following forms. Irs e file 2011 Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals. Irs e file 2011 Form 4626, Alternative Minimum Tax—Corporations. Irs e file 2011 Topics - This chapter discusses: Carrying charges Research and experimental costs Intangible drilling costs Exploration costs Development costs Circulation costs Qualified disaster expenses Business start-up and organizational costs Reforestation costs Retired asset removal costs Barrier removal costs Film and television production costs Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets Form (and Instructions) 3468 Investment Credit 8826 Disabled Access Credit See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Irs e file 2011 Carrying Charges Carrying charges include the taxes and interest you pay to carry or develop real property or to carry, transport, or install personal property. Irs e file 2011 Certain carrying charges must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. Irs e file 2011 (For information on capitalization of interest, see chapter 4 . Irs e file 2011 ) You can elect to capitalize carrying charges not subject to the uniform capitalization rules, but only if they are otherwise deductible. Irs e file 2011 You can elect to capitalize carrying charges separately for each project you have and for each type of carrying charge. Irs e file 2011 For unimproved and unproductive real property, your election is good for only 1 year. Irs e file 2011 You must decide whether to capitalize carrying charges each year the property remains unimproved and unproductive. Irs e file 2011 For other real property, your election to capitalize carrying charges remains in effect until construction or development is completed. Irs e file 2011 For personal property, your election is effective until the date you install or first use it, whichever is later. Irs e file 2011 How to make the election. Irs e file 2011   To make the election to capitalize a carrying charge, attach a statement to your original tax return for the year the election is to be effective indicating which charges you are electing to capitalize. Irs e file 2011 However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Irs e file 2011 Attach the statement to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Irs e file 2011 9100-2” on the statement. Irs e file 2011 File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Irs e file 2011 Research and Experimental Costs The costs of research and experimentation are generally capital expenses. Irs e file 2011 However, you can elect to deduct these costs as a current business expense. Irs e file 2011 Your election to deduct these costs is binding for the year it is made and for all later years unless you get IRS approval to make a change. Irs e file 2011 If you meet certain requirements, you may elect to defer and amortize research and experimental costs. Irs e file 2011 For information on electing to defer and amortize these costs, see Research and Experimental Costs in chapter 8. Irs e file 2011 Research and experimental costs defined. Irs e file 2011   Research and experimental costs are reasonable costs you incur in your trade or business for activities intended to provide information that would eliminate uncertainty about the development or improvement of a product. Irs e file 2011 Uncertainty exists if the information available to you does not establish how to develop or improve a product or the appropriate design of a product. Irs e file 2011 Whether costs qualify as research and experimental costs depends on the nature of the activity to which the costs relate rather than on the nature of the product or improvement being developed or the level of technological advancement. Irs e file 2011      The costs of obtaining a patent, including attorneys' fees paid or incurred in making and perfecting a patent application, are research and experimental costs. Irs e file 2011 However, costs paid or incurred to obtain another's patent are not research and experimental costs. Irs e file 2011 Product. Irs e file 2011   The term “product” includes any of the following items. Irs e file 2011 Formula. Irs e file 2011 Invention. Irs e file 2011 Patent. Irs e file 2011 Pilot model. Irs e file 2011 Process. Irs e file 2011 Technique. Irs e file 2011 Property similar to the items listed above. Irs e file 2011 It also includes products used by you in your trade or business or held for sale, lease, or license. Irs e file 2011 Costs not included. Irs e file 2011   Research and experimental costs do not include expenses for any of the following activities. Irs e file 2011 Advertising or promotions. Irs e file 2011 Consumer surveys. Irs e file 2011 Efficiency surveys. Irs e file 2011 Management studies. Irs e file 2011 Quality control testing. Irs e file 2011 Research in connection with literary, historical, or similar projects. Irs e file 2011 The acquisition of another's patent, model, production, or process. Irs e file 2011 When and how to elect. Irs e file 2011   You make the election to deduct research and experimental costs by deducting them on your tax return for the year in which you first pay or incur research and experimental costs. Irs e file 2011 If you do not make the election to deduct research and experimental costs in the first year in which you pay or incur the costs, you can deduct the costs in a later year only with approval from the IRS. Irs e file 2011 Deducting or Amortizing Research and Experimentation Costs IF you . Irs e file 2011 . Irs e file 2011 . Irs e file 2011 THEN . Irs e file 2011 . Irs e file 2011 . Irs e file 2011 Elect to deduct research and experimental costs as a current business expense Deduct all research and experimental costs in the first year you pay or incur the costs and all later years. Irs e file 2011 Do not deduct research and experimental costs as a current business expense If you meet the requirements, amortize them over at least 60 months, starting with the month you first receive an economic benefit from the research. Irs e file 2011 See Research and Experimental Costs in chapter 8. Irs e file 2011 Research credit. Irs e file 2011   If you pay or incur qualified research expenses, you may be able to take the research credit. Irs e file 2011 For more information see Form 6765, Credit for Increasing Research Activities and its instructions. Irs e file 2011 Intangible Drilling Costs The costs of developing oil, gas, or geothermal wells are ordinarily capital expenditures. Irs e file 2011 You can usually recover them through depreciation or depletion. Irs e file 2011 However, you can elect to deduct intangible drilling costs (IDCs) as a current business expense. Irs e file 2011 These are certain drilling and development costs for wells in the United States in which you hold an operating or working interest. Irs e file 2011 You can deduct only costs for drilling or preparing a well for the production of oil, gas, or geothermal steam or hot water. Irs e file 2011 You can elect to deduct only the costs of items with no salvage value. Irs e file 2011 These include wages, fuel, repairs, hauling, and supplies related to drilling wells and preparing them for production. Irs e file 2011 Your cost for any drilling or development work done by contractors under any form of contract is also an IDC. Irs e file 2011 However, see Amounts paid to contractor that must be capitalized , later. Irs e file 2011 You can also elect to deduct the cost of drilling exploratory bore holes to determine the location and delineation of offshore hydrocarbon deposits if the shaft is capable of conducting hydrocarbons to the surface on completion. Irs e file 2011 It does not matter whether there is any intent to produce hydrocarbons. Irs e file 2011 If you do not elect to deduct your IDCs as a current business expense, you can elect to deduct them over the 60-month period beginning with the month they were paid or incurred. Irs e file 2011 Amounts paid to contractor that must be capitalized. Irs e file 2011   Amounts paid to a contractor must be capitalized if they are either: Amounts properly allocable to the cost of depreciable property, or Amounts paid only out of production or proceeds from production if these amounts are depletable income to the recipient. Irs e file 2011 How to make the election. Irs e file 2011   You elect to deduct IDCs as a current business expense by taking the deduction on your income tax return for the first tax year you have eligible costs. Irs e file 2011 No formal statement is required. Irs e file 2011 If you file Schedule C (Form 1040), enter these costs under “Other expenses. Irs e file 2011 ”   For oil and gas wells, your election is binding for the year it is made and for all later years. Irs e file 2011 For geothermal wells, your election can be revoked by the filing of an amended return on which you do not take the deduction. Irs e file 2011 You can file the amended return for the year up to the normal time of expiration for filing a claim for credit or refund, generally, within 3 years after the date you filed the original return or within 2 years after the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. Irs e file 2011 Energy credit for costs of geothermal wells. Irs e file 2011   If you capitalize the drilling and development costs of geothermal wells that you place in service during the tax year, you may be able to claim a business energy credit. Irs e file 2011 See the Instructions for Form 3468 for more information. Irs e file 2011 Nonproductive well. Irs e file 2011   If you capitalize your IDCs, you have another option if the well is nonproductive. Irs e file 2011 You can deduct the IDCs of the nonproductive well as an ordinary loss. Irs e file 2011 You must indicate and clearly state your election on your tax return for the year the well is completed. Irs e file 2011 Once made, the election for oil and gas wells is binding for all later years. Irs e file 2011 You can revoke your election for a geothermal well by filing an amended return that does not claim the loss. Irs e file 2011 Costs incurred outside the United States. Irs e file 2011   You cannot deduct as a current business expense all the IDCs paid or incurred for an oil, gas, or geothermal well located outside the United States. Irs e file 2011 However, you can elect to include the costs in the adjusted basis of the well to figure depletion or depreciation. Irs e file 2011 If you do not make this election, you can deduct the costs over the 10-year period beginning with the tax year in which you paid or incurred them. Irs e file 2011 These rules do not apply to a nonproductive well. Irs e file 2011 Exploration Costs The costs of determining the existence, location, extent, or quality of any mineral deposit are ordinarily capital expenditures if the costs lead to the development of a mine. Irs e file 2011 You recover these costs through depletion as the mineral is removed from the ground. Irs e file 2011 However, you can elect to deduct domestic exploration costs paid or incurred before the beginning of the development stage of the mine (except those for oil and gas wells). Irs e file 2011 How to make the election. Irs e file 2011   You elect to deduct exploration costs by taking the deduction on your income tax return, or on an amended income tax return, for the first tax year for which you wish to deduct the costs paid or incurred during the tax year. Irs e file 2011 Your return must adequately describe and identify each property or mine, and clearly state how much is being deducted for each one. Irs e file 2011 The election applies to the tax year you make this election and all later tax years. Irs e file 2011 Partnerships and S corporations. Irs e file 2011   Each partner, not the partnership, elects whether to capitalize or to deduct that partner's share of exploration costs. Irs e file 2011 Each shareholder, not the S corporation, elects whether to capitalize or to deduct that shareholder's share of exploration costs. Irs e file 2011 Reduced corporate deductions for exploration costs. Irs e file 2011   A corporation (other than an S corporation) can deduct only 70% of its domestic exploration costs. Irs e file 2011 It must capitalize the remaining 30% of costs and amortize them over the 60-month period starting with the month the exploration costs are paid or incurred. Irs e file 2011 A corporation may also elect to capitalize and amortize mining exploration costs over a 10-year period. Irs e file 2011 For more information on this method of amortization, see Internal Revenue Code section 59(e). Irs e file 2011   The 30% the corporation capitalizes cannot be added to its basis in the property to figure cost depletion. Irs e file 2011 However, the amount amortized is treated as additional depreciation and is subject to recapture as ordinary income on a disposition of the property. Irs e file 2011 See Section 1250 Property under Depreciation Recapture in chapter 3 of Publication 544. Irs e file 2011   These rules also apply to the deduction of development costs by corporations. Irs e file 2011 See Development Costs , later. Irs e file 2011 Recapture of exploration expenses. Irs e file 2011   When your mine reaches the producing stage, you must recapture any exploration costs you elected to deduct. Irs e file 2011 Use either of the following methods. Irs e file 2011 Method 1—Include the deducted costs in gross income for the tax year the mine reaches the producing stage. Irs e file 2011 Your election must be clearly indicated on the return. Irs e file 2011 Increase your adjusted basis in the mine by the amount included in income. Irs e file 2011 Generally, you must elect this recapture method by the due date (including extensions) of your return. Irs e file 2011 However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Irs e file 2011 Make the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Irs e file 2011 9100-2” on the form where you are including the income. Irs e file 2011 File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Irs e file 2011 Method 2—Do not claim any depletion deduction for the tax year the mine reaches the producing stage and any later tax years until the depletion you would have deducted equals the exploration costs you deducted. Irs e file 2011   You also must recapture deducted exploration costs if you receive a bonus or royalty from mine property before it reaches the producing stage. Irs e file 2011 Do not claim any depletion deduction for the tax year you receive the bonus or royalty and any later tax years until the depletion you would have deducted equals the exploration costs you deducted. Irs e file 2011   Generally, if you dispose of the mine before you have fully recaptured the exploration costs you deducted, recapture the balance by treating all or part of your gain as ordinary income. Irs e file 2011 Under these circumstances, you generally treat as ordinary income all of your gain if it is less than your adjusted exploration costs with respect to the mine. Irs e file 2011 If your gain is more than your adjusted exploration costs, treat as ordinary income only a part of your gain, up to the amount of your adjusted exploration costs. Irs e file 2011 Foreign exploration costs. Irs e file 2011   If you pay or incur exploration costs for a mine or other natural deposit located outside the United States, you cannot deduct all the costs in the current year. Irs e file 2011 You can elect to include the costs (other than for an oil, gas, or geothermal well) in the adjusted basis of the mineral property to figure cost depletion. Irs e file 2011 (Cost depletion is discussed in chapter 9 . Irs e file 2011 ) If you do not make this election, you must deduct the costs over the 10-year period beginning with the tax year in which you pay or incur them. Irs e file 2011 These rules also apply to foreign development costs. Irs e file 2011 Development Costs You can deduct costs paid or incurred during the tax year for developing a mine or any other natural deposit (other than an oil or gas well) located in the United States. Irs e file 2011 These costs must be paid or incurred after the discovery of ores or minerals in commercially marketable quantities. Irs e file 2011 Development costs also include depreciation on improvements used in the development of ores or minerals and costs incurred for you by a contractor. Irs e file 2011 Development costs do not include the costs for the acquisition or improvement of depreciable property. Irs e file 2011 Instead of deducting development costs in the year paid or incurred, you can elect to treat the cost as deferred expenses and deduct them ratably as the units of produced ores or minerals benefited by the expenses are sold. Irs e file 2011 This election applies each tax year to expenses paid or incurred in that year. Irs e file 2011 Once made, the election is binding for the year and cannot be revoked for any reason. Irs e file 2011 How to make the election. Irs e file 2011   The election to deduct development costs ratably as the ores or minerals are sold must be made for each mine or other natural deposit by a clear indication on your return or by a statement filed with the IRS office where you file your return. Irs e file 2011 Generally, you must make the election by the due date of the return (including extensions). Irs e file 2011 However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Irs e file 2011 Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Irs e file 2011 9100-2. Irs e file 2011 ” File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Irs e file 2011 Foreign development costs. Irs e file 2011   The rules discussed earlier for foreign exploration costs apply to foreign development costs. Irs e file 2011 Reduced corporate deductions for development costs. Irs e file 2011   The rules discussed earlier for reduced corporate deductions for exploration costs also apply to corporate deductions for development costs. Irs e file 2011 Circulation Costs A publisher can deduct as a current business expense the costs of establishing, maintaining, or increasing the circulation of a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical. Irs e file 2011 For example, a publisher can deduct the cost of hiring extra employees for a limited time to get new subscriptions through telephone calls. Irs e file 2011 Circulation costs are deductible even if they normally would be capitalized. Irs e file 2011 This rule does not apply to the following costs that must be capitalized. Irs e file 2011 The purchase of land or depreciable property. Irs e file 2011 The acquisition of circulation through the purchase of any part of the business of another publisher of a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical, including the purchase of another publisher's list of subscribers. Irs e file 2011 Other treatment of circulation costs. Irs e file 2011   If you do not want to deduct circulation costs as a current business expense, you can elect one of the following ways to recover these costs. Irs e file 2011 Capitalize all circulation costs that are properly chargeable to a capital account (see chapter 1 ). Irs e file 2011 Amortize circulation costs over the 3-year period beginning with the tax year they were paid or incurred. Irs e file 2011 How to make the election. Irs e file 2011   You elect to capitalize circulation costs by attaching a statement to your return for the first tax year the election applies. Irs e file 2011 Your election is binding for the year it is made and for all later years, unless you get IRS approval to revoke it. Irs e file 2011 Business Start-Up and Organizational Costs Business start-up and organizational costs are generally capital expenditures. Irs e file 2011 However, you can elect to deduct up to $5,000 of business start-up and $5,000 of organizational costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004. Irs e file 2011 The $5,000 deduction is reduced by the amount your total start-up or organizational costs exceed $50,000. Irs e file 2011 Any remaining costs must be amortized. Irs e file 2011 For information about amortizing start-up and organizational costs, see chapter 8 . Irs e file 2011 Start-up costs include any amounts paid or incurred in connection with creating an active trade or business or investigating the creation or acquisition of an active trade or business. Irs e file 2011 Organizational costs include the costs of creating a corporation. Irs e file 2011 For more information on start-up and organizational costs, see chapter 8 . Irs e file 2011 How to make the election. Irs e file 2011   You elect to deduct the start-up or organizational costs by claiming the deduction on your income tax return (filed by the due date including extensions) for the tax year in which the active trade or business begins. Irs e file 2011 However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Irs e file 2011 Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Irs e file 2011 9100-2. Irs e file 2011 ” File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Irs e file 2011 The election applies when computing taxable income for the current tax year and all subsequent years. Irs e file 2011 Reforestation Costs Reforestation costs are generally capital expenditures. Irs e file 2011 However, you can elect to deduct up to $10,000 ($5,000 if married filing separately; $0 for a trust) of qualifying reforestation costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004, for each qualified timber property. Irs e file 2011 The remaining costs can be amortized over an 84-month period. Irs e file 2011 For information about amortizing reforestation costs, see chapter 8 . Irs e file 2011 Qualifying reforestation costs are the direct costs of planting or seeding for forestation or reforestation. Irs e file 2011 Qualified timber property is property that contains trees in significant commercial quantities. Irs e file 2011 See chapter 8 for more information on qualifying reforestation costs and qualified timber property. Irs e file 2011 If you elect to deduct qualified reforestation costs, create and maintain separate timber accounts for each qualified timber property and include all reforestation costs and the dates each was applied. Irs e file 2011 Do not include this qualified timber property in any account (for example, depletion block) for which depletion is allowed. Irs e file 2011 How to make the election. Irs e file 2011   You elect to deduct qualifying reforestation costs by claiming the deduction on your timely filed income tax return (including extensions) for the tax year the expenses were paid or incurred. Irs e file 2011 If Form T (Timber), Forest Activities Schedule, is required, complete Part IV of Form T. Irs e file 2011 If Form T is not required, attach a statement containing the following information for each qualified timber property for which an election is being made. Irs e file 2011 The unique stand identification numbers. Irs e file 2011 The total number of acres reforested during the tax year. Irs e file 2011 The nature of the reforestation treatments. Irs e file 2011 The total amounts of qualified reforestation expenditures eligible to be amortized or deducted. Irs e file 2011   If you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Irs e file 2011 Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Irs e file 2011 9100-2. Irs e file 2011 ” File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Irs e file 2011 The election applies when computing taxable income for the current tax year and all subsequent years. Irs e file 2011   For additional information on reforestation costs, see chapter 8 . Irs e file 2011 Recapture. Irs e file 2011   This deduction may have to be recaptured as ordinary income under section 1245 when you sell or otherwise dispose of the property that would have received an addition to basis if you had not elected to deduct the expenditure. Irs e file 2011 For more information on recapturing the deduction, see Depreciation Recapture in Publication 544. Irs e file 2011 Retired Asset Removal Costs If you retire and remove a depreciable asset in connection with the installation or production of a replacement asset, you can deduct the costs of removing the retired asset. Irs e file 2011 However, if you replace a component (part) of a depreciable asset, capitalize the removal costs if the replacement is an improvement and deduct the costs if the replacement is a repair. Irs e file 2011 Barrier Removal Costs The cost of an improvement to a business asset is normally a capital expense. Irs e file 2011 However, you can elect to deduct the costs of making a facility or public transportation vehicle more accessible to and usable by those who are disabled or elderly. Irs e file 2011 You must own or lease the facility or vehicle for use in connection with your trade or business. Irs e file 2011 A facility is all or any part of buildings, structures, equipment, roads, walks, parking lots, or similar real or personal property. Irs e file 2011 A public transportation vehicle is a vehicle, such as a bus or railroad car, that provides transportation service to the public (including service for your customers, even if you are not in the business of providing transportation services). Irs e file 2011 You cannot deduct any costs that you paid or incurred to completely renovate or build a facility or public transportation vehicle or to replace depreciable property in the normal course of business. Irs e file 2011 Deduction limit. Irs e file 2011   The most you can deduct as a cost of removing barriers to the disabled and the elderly for any tax year is $15,000. Irs e file 2011 However, you can add any costs over this limit to the basis of the property and depreciate these excess costs. Irs e file 2011 Partners and partnerships. Irs e file 2011   The $15,000 limit applies to a partnership and also to each partner in the partnership. Irs e file 2011 A partner can allocate the $15,000 limit in any manner among the partner's individually incurred costs and the partner's distributive share of partnership costs. Irs e file 2011 If the partner cannot deduct the entire share of partnership costs, the partnership can add any costs not deducted to the basis of the improved property. Irs e file 2011   A partnership must be able to show that any amount added to basis was not deducted by the partner and that it was over a partner's $15,000 limit (as determined by the partner). Irs e file 2011 If the partnership cannot show this, it is presumed that the partner was able to deduct the distributive share of the partnership's costs in full. Irs e file 2011 Example. Irs e file 2011 Emilio Azul's distributive share of ABC partnership's deductible expenses for the removal of architectural barriers was $14,000. Irs e file 2011 Emilio had $12,000 of similar expenses in his sole proprietorship. Irs e file 2011 He elected to deduct $7,000 of them. Irs e file 2011 Emilio allocated the remaining $8,000 of the $15,000 limit to his share of ABC's expenses. Irs e file 2011 Emilio can add the excess $5,000 of his own expenses to the basis of the property used in his business. Irs e file 2011 Also, if ABC can show that Emilio could not deduct $6,000 ($14,000 – $8,000) of his share of the partnership's expenses because of how Emilio applied the limit, ABC can add $6,000 to the basis of its property. Irs e file 2011 Qualification standards. Irs e file 2011   You can deduct your costs as a current expense only if the barrier removal meets the guidelines and requirements issued by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Irs e file 2011 You can view the Americans with Disabilities Act at www. Irs e file 2011 ada. Irs e file 2011 gov/pubs/ada. Irs e file 2011 htm. Irs e file 2011   The following is a list of some architectural barrier removal costs that can be deducted. Irs e file 2011 Ground and floor surfaces. Irs e file 2011 Walks. Irs e file 2011 Parking lots. Irs e file 2011 Ramps. Irs e file 2011 Entrances. Irs e file 2011 Doors and doorways. Irs e file 2011 Stairs. Irs e file 2011 Floors. Irs e file 2011 Toilet rooms. Irs e file 2011 Water fountains. Irs e file 2011 Public telephones. Irs e file 2011 Elevators. Irs e file 2011 Controls. Irs e file 2011 Signage. Irs e file 2011 Alarms. Irs e file 2011 Protruding objects. Irs e file 2011 Symbols of accessibility. Irs e file 2011 You can find the ADA guidelines and requirements for architectural barrier removal at www. Irs e file 2011 usdoj. Irs e file 2011 gov/crt/ada/reg3a. Irs e file 2011 html. Irs e file 2011   The costs for removal of transportation barriers from rail facilities, buses, and rapid and light rail vehicles are deductible. Irs e file 2011 You can find the guidelines and requirements for transportation barrier removal at www. Irs e file 2011 fta. Irs e file 2011 dot. Irs e file 2011 gov. Irs e file 2011   Also, you can access the ADA website at www. Irs e file 2011 ada. Irs e file 2011 gov for additional information. Irs e file 2011 Other barrier removals. Irs e file 2011   To be deductible, expenses of removing any barrier not covered by the above standards must meet all three of the following tests. Irs e file 2011 The removed barrier must be a substantial barrier to access or use of a facility or public transportation vehicle by persons who have a disability or are elderly. Irs e file 2011 The removed barrier must have been a barrier for at least one major group of persons who have a disability or are elderly (such as people who are blind, deaf, or wheelchair users). Irs e file 2011 The barrier must be removed without creating any new barrier that significantly impairs access to or use of the facility or vehicle by a major group of persons who have a disability or are elderly. Irs e file 2011 How to make the election. Irs e file 2011   If you elect to deduct your costs for removing barriers to the disabled or the elderly, claim the deduction on your income tax return (partnership return for partnerships) for the tax year the expenses were paid or incurred. Irs e file 2011 Identify the deduction as a separate item. Irs e file 2011 The election applies to all the qualifying costs you have during the year, up to the $15,000 limit. Irs e file 2011 If you make this election, you must maintain adequate records to support your deduction. Irs e file 2011   For your election to be valid, you generally must file your return by its due date, including extensions. Irs e file 2011 However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Irs e file 2011 Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Irs e file 2011 9100-2. Irs e file 2011 ” File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Irs e file 2011 Your election is irrevocable after the due date, including extensions, of your return. Irs e file 2011 Disabled access credit. Irs e file 2011   If you make your business accessible to persons with disabilities and your business is an eligible small business, you may be able to claim the disabled access credit. Irs e file 2011 If you choose to claim the credit, you must reduce the amount you deduct or capitalize by the amount of the credit. Irs e file 2011   For more information, see Form 8826, Disabled Access Credit. Irs e file 2011 Film and Television Production Costs Film and television production costs are generally capital expenses. Irs e file 2011 However, you can elect to deduct costs paid or incurred for certain productions commencing before January 1, 2014. Irs e file 2011 For more information, see section 181 of the Internal Revenue Code and the related Treasury Regulations. Irs e file 2011 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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The Irs E File 2011

Irs e file 2011 5. Irs e file 2011   Exemptions, Deductions, and Credits Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Items Related to Excluded Income Exemptions Contributions to Foreign Charitable Organizations Moving ExpensesAllocation of Moving Expenses Forms To File Contributions to Individual Retirement Arrangements Taxes of Foreign Countries and U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 PossessionsCredit for Foreign Income Taxes Deduction for Foreign Income Taxes Deduction for Other Foreign Taxes How To Report Deductions Topics - This chapter discusses: The rules concerning items related to excluded income, Exemptions, Contributions to foreign charitable organizations, Moving expenses, Contributions to individual retirement arrangements (IRAs), Taxes of foreign countries and U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 possessions, and How to report deductions. Irs e file 2011 Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 501 Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information 514 Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals 521 Moving Expenses 523 Selling Your Home 590 Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) 597 Information on the United States—Canada Income Tax Treaty Form (and Instructions) 1116 Foreign Tax Credit 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2555 Foreign Earned Income 2555-EZ Foreign Earned Income Exclusion 3903 Moving Expenses Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business SS-5 Application for a Social Security Card W-7 Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number See chapter 7 for information about getting these publications and forms. Irs e file 2011 Items Related to Excluded Income U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 citizens and resident aliens living outside the United States generally are allowed the same deductions as citizens and residents living in the United States. Irs e file 2011 If you choose to exclude foreign earned income or housing amounts, you cannot deduct, exclude, or claim a credit for any item that can be allocated to or charged against the excluded amounts. Irs e file 2011 This includes any expenses, losses, and other normally deductible items that are allocable to the excluded income. Irs e file 2011 You can deduct only those expenses connected with earning includible income. Irs e file 2011 These rules apply only to items definitely related to the excluded earned income and they do not apply to other items that are not definitely related to any particular type of gross income. Irs e file 2011 These rules do not apply to items such as: Personal exemptions, Qualified retirement contributions, Alimony payments, Charitable contributions, Medical expenses, Mortgage interest, or Real estate taxes on your personal residence. Irs e file 2011 For purposes of these rules, your housing deduction is not treated as allocable to your excluded income, but the deduction for self- employment tax is. Irs e file 2011 If you receive foreign earned income in a tax year after the year in which you earned it, you may have to file an amended return for the earlier year to properly adjust the amounts of deductions, credits, or exclusions allocable to your foreign earned income and housing exclusions. Irs e file 2011 Example. Irs e file 2011 In 2012, you had $90,400 of foreign earned income and $9,500 of deductions allocable to your foreign earned income. Irs e file 2011 You did not have a housing exclusion. Irs e file 2011 Because you excluded all of your foreign earned income, you would not have been able to claim any of the deductions on your 2012 return. Irs e file 2011 In 2013, you received a $12,000 bonus for work you did abroad in 2012. Irs e file 2011 You can exclude $4,700 of the bonus because the limit on the foreign earned income exclusion for 2012 was $95,100 and you have already excluded $90,400. Irs e file 2011 Since you must include $7,300 of the bonus ($12,000 − $4,700) for work you did in 2012 in income, you can file an amended return for 2012 to claim $677 of the deductions. Irs e file 2011 This is the deductions allocable to the foreign earned income ($9,500) multiplied by the includible portion of the foreign earned income ($7,300) and divided by the total foreign earned income for 2012 ($102,400). Irs e file 2011 Exemptions You can claim an exemption for your nonresident alien spouse on your separate return, provided your spouse has no gross income for U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 tax purposes and is not the dependent of another U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 taxpayer. Irs e file 2011 You also can claim exemptions for individuals who qualify as your dependents. Irs e file 2011 To be your dependent, the individual must be a U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 citizen, U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 national, U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 resident alien, or a resident of Canada or Mexico for some part of the calendar year in which your tax year begins. Irs e file 2011 Children. Irs e file 2011   Children usually are citizens or residents of the same country as their parents. Irs e file 2011 If you were a U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 citizen when your child was born, your child generally is a U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 citizen. Irs e file 2011 This is true even if the child's other parent is a nonresident alien, the child was born in a foreign country, and the child lives abroad with the other parent. Irs e file 2011   If you have a legally adopted child who is not a U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 citizen, U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 resident, or U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 national, the child meets the citizen requirement if you are a U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 citizen or U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 national and the child lived with you as a member of your household all year. Irs e file 2011 Social security number. Irs e file 2011   You must include on your return the social security number (SSN) of each dependent for whom you claim an exemption. Irs e file 2011 To get a social security number for a dependent, apply at a Social Security office or U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 consulate. Irs e file 2011 You must provide original or certified copies of documents to verify the dependent's age, identity, and citizenship, and complete Form SS-5. Irs e file 2011   If you do not have an SSN for a child who was born in 2013 and died in 2013, attach a copy of the child's birth certificate to your tax return. Irs e file 2011 Print “Died” in column (2) of line 6c of your Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Irs e file 2011   If your dependent is a nonresident alien who is not eligible to get a social security number, you must list the dependent's individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) instead of an SSN. Irs e file 2011 To apply for an ITIN, file Form W-7 with the IRS. Irs e file 2011 It usually takes 6 to 10 weeks to get an ITIN. Irs e file 2011 Enter your dependent's ITIN wherever an SSN is requested on your tax return. Irs e file 2011 More information. Irs e file 2011   For more information about exemptions, see Publication 501. Irs e file 2011 Contributions to Foreign Charitable Organizations If you make contributions directly to a foreign church or other foreign charitable organization, you generally cannot deduct them. Irs e file 2011 Exceptions are explained under Canadian, Mexican, and Israeli charities, later. Irs e file 2011 You can deduct contributions to a U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 organization that transfers funds to a charitable foreign organization if the U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 organization controls the use of the funds by the foreign organization or if the foreign organization is just an administrative arm of the U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 organization. Irs e file 2011 Canadian, Mexican, and Israeli charities. Irs e file 2011   Under the income tax treaties with Canada, Mexico and Israel, you may be able to deduct contributions to certain Canadian, Mexican, and Israeli charitable organizations. Irs e file 2011 Generally, you must have income from sources in Canada, Mexico, or Israel, and the organization must meet certain requirements. Irs e file 2011 See Publication 597, Information on the United States-Canada Income Tax Treaty, and Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, for more information. Irs e file 2011 Moving Expenses If you moved to a new home in 2013 because of your job or business, you may be able to deduct the expenses of your move. Irs e file 2011 Generally, to be deductible, the moving expenses must have been paid or incurred in connection with starting work at a new job location. Irs e file 2011 See Publication 521 for a complete discussion of the deduction for moving expenses and information about moves within the United States. Irs e file 2011 Foreign moves. Irs e file 2011   A foreign move is a move in connection with the start of work at a new job location outside the United States and its possessions. Irs e file 2011 A foreign move does not include a move back to the United States or its possessions. Irs e file 2011 Allocation of Moving Expenses When your new place of work is in a foreign country, your moving expenses are directly connected with the income earned in that foreign country. Irs e file 2011 If you exclude all or part of the income that you earn at the new location under the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion, you cannot deduct the part of your moving expense that is allocable to the excluded income. Irs e file 2011 Also, you cannot deduct the part of the moving expense related to the excluded income for a move from a foreign country to the United States if you receive a reimbursement that you are able to treat as compensation for services performed in the foreign country. Irs e file 2011 Year to which expense is connected. Irs e file 2011   The moving expense is connected with earning the income (including reimbursements, as discussed in chapter 4 under Reimbursement of moving expenses ) either entirely in the year of the move or in 2 years. Irs e file 2011 It is connected with earning the income entirely in the year of the move if you qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion under the bona fide residence test or physical presence test for at least 120 days during that tax year. Irs e file 2011   If you do not qualify under either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test for at least 120 days during the year of the move, the expense is connected with earning the income in 2 years. Irs e file 2011 The moving expense is connected with the year of the move and the following year if the move is from the United States to a foreign country. Irs e file 2011 The moving expense is connected with the year of the move and the preceding year if the move is from a foreign country to the United States. Irs e file 2011 Amount allocable to excluded income. Irs e file 2011   To figure the amount of your moving expense that is allocable to your excluded foreign earned income (and not deductible), you must multiply your total moving expense deduction by a fraction. Irs e file 2011 The numerator (top number) of the fraction is the total of your excluded foreign earned income and housing amounts for both years and the denominator (bottom number) of the fraction is your total foreign earned income for both years. Irs e file 2011 Example. Irs e file 2011 On November 1, 2012, you transfer to Monaco. Irs e file 2011 Your tax home is in Monaco, and you are a bona fide resident of Monaco for the entire tax year 2013. Irs e file 2011 In 2012, you paid $6,000 for allowable moving expenses for your move from the United States to Monaco. Irs e file 2011 You were fully reimbursed (under a nonaccountable plan) for these expenses in the same year. Irs e file 2011 The reimbursement is included in your income. Irs e file 2011 Your only other income consists of $16,000 wages earned in 2012 after the date of your move, and $100,100 wages earned in Monaco for 2013. Irs e file 2011 Because you did not meet the bona fide residence test for at least 120 days during 2012, the year of the move, the moving expenses are for services you performed in both 2012 and the following year, 2013. Irs e file 2011 Your total foreign earned income for both years is $122,100, consisting of $16,000 wages for 2012, $100,100 wages for 2013, and $6,000 moving expense reimbursement for both years. Irs e file 2011 You have no housing exclusion. Irs e file 2011 The total amount you can exclude is $113,190, consisting of the $97,600 full-year exclusion for 2013 and a $15,590 part-year exclusion for 2012 ($95,100 times the fraction of 60 qualifying bona fide residence days over 366 total days in the year). Irs e file 2011 To find the part of your moving expenses that is not deductible, multiply your $6,000 total expenses by the fraction $113,190 over $122,100. Irs e file 2011 The result, $5,562, is your nondeductible amount. Irs e file 2011    You must report the full amount of the moving expense reimbursement in the year in which you received the reimbursement. Irs e file 2011 In the preceding example, this year was 2012. Irs e file 2011 You attribute the reimbursement to both 2012 and 2013 only to figure the amount of foreign earned income eligible for exclusion for each year. Irs e file 2011 Move between foreign countries. Irs e file 2011   If you move between foreign countries, your moving expense is allocable to income earned in the year of the move if you qualified under either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test for a period that includes at least 120 days in the year of the move. Irs e file 2011 New place of work in U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011   If your new place of work is in the United States, the deductible moving expenses are directly connected with the income earned in the United States. Irs e file 2011 If you treat a reimbursement from your employer as foreign earned income (see the discussion in chapter 4), you must allocate deductible moving expenses to foreign earned income. Irs e file 2011 Storage expenses. Irs e file 2011   These expenses are attributable to work you do during the year in which you incur the storage expenses. Irs e file 2011 You cannot deduct the amount allocable to excluded income. Irs e file 2011 Moving Expense Attributable to Foreign Earnings in 2 Years If your moving expense deduction is attributable to your foreign earnings in 2 years (the year of the move and the following year), you should request an extension of time to file your return for the year of the move until after the end of the second year. Irs e file 2011 By then, you should have all the information needed to properly figure the moving expense deduction. Irs e file 2011 See Extensions under When To File and Pay in chapter 1. Irs e file 2011 If you do not request an extension, you should figure the part of the moving expense that you cannot deduct because it is allocable to the foreign earned income you are excluding. Irs e file 2011 You do this by multiplying the moving expense by a fraction, the numerator (top number) of which is your excluded foreign earned income for the year of the move, and the denominator (bottom number) of which is your total foreign earned income for the year of the move. Irs e file 2011 Once you know your foreign earnings and exclusion for the following year, you must either: Adjust the moving expense deduction by filing an amended return for the year of the move, or Recapture any additional unallowable amount as income on your return for the following year. Irs e file 2011 If, after you make the final computation, you have an additional amount of allowable moving expense deduction, you can claim this only on an amended return for the year of the move. Irs e file 2011 You cannot claim it on the return for the second year. Irs e file 2011 Forms To File Report your moving expenses on Form 3903. Irs e file 2011 Report your moving expense deduction on line 26 of Form 1040. Irs e file 2011 If you must reduce your moving expenses by the amount allocable to excluded income (as explained later under How To Report Deductions ), attach a statement to your return showing how you figured this amount. Irs e file 2011 For more information about figuring moving expenses, see Publication 521. Irs e file 2011 Contributions to Individual Retirement Arrangements Contributions to your individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) that are traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs are generally limited to the lesser of $5,500 ($6,500 if 50 or older) or your compensation that is includible in your gross income for the tax year. Irs e file 2011 In determining compensation for this purpose, do not take into account amounts you exclude under either the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion. Irs e file 2011 Do not reduce your compensation by the foreign housing deduction. Irs e file 2011 If you are covered by an employer retirement plan at work, your deduction for your contributions to your traditional IRAs is generally limited based on your modified adjusted gross income. Irs e file 2011 This is your adjusted gross income figured without taking into account the foreign earned income exclusion, the foreign housing exclusion, or the foreign housing deduction. Irs e file 2011 Other modifications are also required. Irs e file 2011 For more information on IRAs, see Publication 590. Irs e file 2011 Taxes of Foreign Countries and U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 Possessions You can take either a credit or a deduction for income taxes paid to a foreign country or a U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 possession. Irs e file 2011 Taken as a deduction, foreign income taxes reduce your taxable income. Irs e file 2011 Taken as a credit, foreign income taxes reduce your tax liability. Irs e file 2011 You must treat all foreign income taxes the same way. Irs e file 2011 If you take a credit for any foreign income taxes, you cannot deduct any foreign income taxes. Irs e file 2011 However, you may be able to deduct other foreign taxes. Irs e file 2011 See Deduction for Other Foreign Taxes, later. Irs e file 2011 There is no rule to determine whether it is to your advantage to take a deduction or a credit for foreign income taxes. Irs e file 2011 In most cases, it is to your advantage to take foreign income taxes as a tax credit, which you subtract directly from your U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 tax liability, rather than as a deduction in figuring taxable income. Irs e file 2011 However, if foreign income taxes were imposed at a high rate and the proportion of foreign income to U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 income is small, a lower final tax may result from deducting the foreign income taxes. Irs e file 2011 In any event, you should figure your tax liability both ways and then use the one that is better for you. Irs e file 2011 You can make or change your choice within 10 years from the due date for filing the tax return on which you are entitled to take either the deduction or the credit. Irs e file 2011 Foreign income taxes. Irs e file 2011   These are generally income taxes you pay to any foreign country or possession of the United States. Irs e file 2011 Foreign income taxes on U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 return. Irs e file 2011   Foreign income taxes can only be taken as a credit on Form 1040, line 47, or as an itemized deduction on Schedule A. Irs e file 2011 These amounts cannot be included as withheld income taxes on Form 1040, line 62. Irs e file 2011 Foreign taxes paid on excluded income. Irs e file 2011   You cannot take a credit or deduction for foreign income taxes paid on earnings you exclude from tax under any of the following. Irs e file 2011 Foreign earned income exclusion. Irs e file 2011 Foreign housing exclusion. Irs e file 2011 Possession exclusion. Irs e file 2011 If your wages are completely excluded, you cannot deduct or take a credit for any of the foreign taxes paid on your wages. Irs e file 2011   If only part of your wages is excluded, you cannot deduct or take a credit for the foreign income taxes allocable to the excluded part. Irs e file 2011 You find the taxes allocable to your excluded wages by applying a fraction to the foreign taxes paid on foreign earned income received during the tax year. Irs e file 2011 The numerator (top number) of the fraction is your excluded foreign earned income received during the tax year minus deductible expenses allocable to that income (not including the foreign housing deduction). Irs e file 2011 The denominator (bottom number) of the fraction is your total foreign earned income received during the tax year minus all deductible expenses allocable to that income (including the foreign housing deduction). Irs e file 2011   If foreign law taxes both earned income and some other type of income and the taxes on the other type cannot be separated, the denominator of the fraction is the total amount of income subject to foreign tax minus deductible expenses allocable to that income. Irs e file 2011    If you take a foreign tax credit for tax on income you could have excluded under your choice to exclude foreign earned income or your choice to exclude foreign housing costs, one or both of the choices may be considered revoked. Irs e file 2011 Credit for Foreign Income Taxes If you take the foreign tax credit, you may have to file Form 1116 with Form 1040. Irs e file 2011 Form 1116 is used to figure the amount of foreign tax paid or accrued that can be claimed as a foreign tax credit. Irs e file 2011 Do not include the amount of foreign tax paid or accrued as withheld federal income taxes on Form 1040, line 62. Irs e file 2011 The foreign income tax for which you can claim a credit is the amount of legal and actual tax liability you pay or accrue during the year. Irs e file 2011 The amount for which you can claim a credit is not necessarily the amount withheld by the foreign country. Irs e file 2011 You cannot take a foreign tax credit for income tax you paid to a foreign country that would be refunded by the foreign country if you made a claim for refund. Irs e file 2011 Subsidies. Irs e file 2011   If a foreign country returns your foreign tax payments to you in the form of a subsidy, you cannot claim a foreign tax credit based on these payments. Irs e file 2011 This rule applies to a subsidy provided by any means that is determined, directly or indirectly, by reference to the amount of tax, or to the base used to figure the tax. Irs e file 2011   Some ways of providing a subsidy are refunds, credits, deductions, payments, or discharges of obligations. Irs e file 2011 A credit is also not allowed if the subsidy is given to a person related to you, or persons who participated in a transaction or a related transaction with you. Irs e file 2011 Limit The foreign tax credit is limited to the part of your total U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 tax that is in proportion to your taxable income from sources outside the United States compared to your total taxable income. Irs e file 2011 The allowable foreign tax credit cannot be more than your actual foreign tax liability. Irs e file 2011 Exemption from limit. Irs e file 2011   You will not be subject to this limit and will not have to file Form 1116 if you meet all three of the following requirements. Irs e file 2011 Your only foreign source income for the year is passive income (dividends, interest, royalties, etc. Irs e file 2011 ) that is reported to you on a payee statement (such as a Form 1099-DIV or 1099-INT). Irs e file 2011 Your foreign taxes for the year that qualify for the credit are not more than $300 ($600 if you are filing a joint return) and are reported on a payee statement. Irs e file 2011 You elect this procedure. Irs e file 2011 If you make this election, you cannot carry back or carry over any unused foreign tax to or from this year. Irs e file 2011 Separate limit. Irs e file 2011   You must figure the limit on a separate basis with regard to “passive category income” and “general category income” (see the instructions for Form 1116). Irs e file 2011 Figuring the limit. Irs e file 2011   In figuring taxable income in each category, you take into account only the amount that you must include in income on your federal tax return. Irs e file 2011 Do not take any excluded amount into account. Irs e file 2011   To determine your taxable income in each category, deduct expenses and losses that are definitely related to that income. Irs e file 2011   Other expenses (such as itemized deductions or the standard deduction) not definitely related to specific items of income must be apportioned to the foreign income in each category by multiplying them by a fraction. Irs e file 2011 The numerator (top number) of the fraction is your gross foreign income in the separate limit category. Irs e file 2011 The denominator (bottom number) of the fraction is your gross income from all sources. Irs e file 2011 For this purpose, gross income includes income that is excluded under the foreign earned income provisions but does not include any other exempt income. Irs e file 2011 You must use special rules for deducting interest expenses. Irs e file 2011 For more information on allocating and apportioning your deductions, see Publication 514. Irs e file 2011 Exemptions. Irs e file 2011   Do not take the deduction for exemptions for yourself, your spouse, or your dependents in figuring taxable income for purposes of the limit. Irs e file 2011 Recapture of foreign losses. Irs e file 2011   If you have an overall foreign loss and the loss reduces your U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 source income (resulting in a reduction of your U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 tax liability), you must recapture the loss in later years when you have taxable income from foreign sources. Irs e file 2011 This is done by treating a part of your taxable income from foreign sources in later years as U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 source income. Irs e file 2011 This reduces the numerator of the limiting fraction and the resulting foreign tax credit limit. Irs e file 2011 Recapture of domestic losses. Irs e file 2011   If you have an overall domestic loss (resulting in no U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 tax liability), you cannot claim a foreign tax credit for taxes paid during that year. Irs e file 2011 You must recapture the loss in later years when you have U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 source taxable income. Irs e file 2011 This is done by treating a part of your taxable income from U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 sources in later years as foreign source income. Irs e file 2011 This increases the numerator of the limiting fraction and the resulting foreign tax credit limit. Irs e file 2011 Foreign tax credit carryback and carryover. Irs e file 2011   The amount of foreign income tax not allowed as a credit because of the limit can be carried back 1 year and carried forward 10 years. Irs e file 2011   More information on figuring the foreign tax credit can be found in Publication 514. Irs e file 2011 Deduction for Foreign Income Taxes Instead of taking the foreign tax credit, you can deduct foreign income taxes as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Irs e file 2011 You can deduct only foreign income taxes paid on income that is subject to U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 tax. Irs e file 2011 You cannot deduct foreign taxes paid on earnings you exclude from tax under any of the following. Irs e file 2011 Foreign earned income exclusion. Irs e file 2011 Foreign housing exclusion. Irs e file 2011 Possession exclusion. Irs e file 2011 Example. Irs e file 2011 You are a U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 citizen and qualify to exclude your foreign earned income. Irs e file 2011 Your excluded wages in Country X are $70,000 on which you paid income tax of $10,000. Irs e file 2011 You received dividends from Country X of $2,000 on which you paid income tax of $600. Irs e file 2011 You can deduct the $600 tax payment because the dividends relating to it are subject to U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 tax. Irs e file 2011 Because you exclude your wages, you cannot deduct the income tax of $10,000. Irs e file 2011 If you exclude only a part of your wages, see the earlier discussion under Foreign taxes paid on excluded income. Irs e file 2011 Deduction for Other Foreign Taxes You can deduct real property taxes you pay that are imposed on you by a foreign country. Irs e file 2011 You take this deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Irs e file 2011 You cannot deduct other foreign taxes, such as personal property taxes, unless you incurred the expenses in a trade or business or in the production of income. Irs e file 2011 On the other hand, you generally can deduct personal property taxes when you pay them to U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 possessions. Irs e file 2011 But if you claim the possession exclusion, see Publication 570. Irs e file 2011 The deduction for foreign taxes other than foreign income taxes is not related to the foreign tax credit. Irs e file 2011 You can take deductions for these miscellaneous foreign taxes and also claim the foreign tax credit for income taxes imposed by a foreign country. Irs e file 2011 How To Report Deductions If you exclude foreign earned income or housing amounts, how you show your deductions on your tax return and how you figure the amount allocable to your excluded income depends on whether the expenses are used in figuring adjusted gross income (Form 1040, line 38) or are itemized deductions. Irs e file 2011 If you have deductions used in figuring adjusted gross income, enter the total amount for each of these items on the appropriate lines and schedules of Form 1040. Irs e file 2011 Generally, you figure the amount of a deduction related to the excluded income by multiplying the deduction by a fraction, the numerator of which is your foreign earned income exclusion and the denominator of which is your foreign earned income. Irs e file 2011 Enter the amount of the deduction(s) related to excluded income on line 44 of Form 2555. Irs e file 2011 If you have itemized deductions related to excluded income, enter on Schedule A (Form 1040) only the part not related to excluded income. Irs e file 2011 You figure that amount by subtracting from the total deduction the amount related to excluded income. Irs e file 2011 Generally, you figure the amount that is related to the excluded income by multiplying the total deduction by a fraction, the numerator of which is your foreign earned income exclusion and the denominator of which is your foreign earned income. Irs e file 2011 Attach a statement to your return showing how you figured the deductible amount. Irs e file 2011 Example 1. Irs e file 2011 You are a U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 citizen employed as an accountant. Irs e file 2011 Your tax home is in Germany for the entire tax year. Irs e file 2011 You meet the physical presence test. Irs e file 2011 Your foreign earned income for the year was $122,000 and your investment income was $10,380. Irs e file 2011 After excluding $97,600, your AGI is $34,780. Irs e file 2011 You had unreimbursed business expenses of $2,500 for travel and entertainment in earning your foreign income, of which $500 was for meals and entertainment. Irs e file 2011 These expenses are deductible only as miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Irs e file 2011 You also have $500 of miscellaneous expenses that are not related to your foreign income that you enter on line 23 of Schedule A. Irs e file 2011 You must fill out Form 2106. Irs e file 2011 On that form, reduce your deductible meal and entertainment expenses by 50% ($250). Irs e file 2011 You must reduce the remaining $2,250 of travel and entertainment expenses by 80% ($1,800) because you excluded 80% ($97,600/$122,000) of your foreign earned income. Irs e file 2011 You carry the remaining total of $450 to line 21 of Schedule A. Irs e file 2011 Add the $450 to the $500 that you have on line 23 and enter the total ($950) on line 24. Irs e file 2011 On line 26 of Schedule A, enter $696, which is 2% of your adjusted gross income of $34,780 (line 38, Form 1040) and subtract it from the amount on line 24. Irs e file 2011 Enter $254 on line 27 of Schedule A. Irs e file 2011 Example 2. Irs e file 2011 You are a U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 citizen, have a tax home in Spain, and meet the physical presence test. Irs e file 2011 You are self-employed and personal services produce the business income. Irs e file 2011 Your gross income was $116,931, business expenses $66,895, and net income (profit) $50,036. Irs e file 2011 You choose the foreign earned income exclusion and exclude $97,600 of your gross income. Irs e file 2011 Since your excluded income is 83. Irs e file 2011 47% of your total income, 83. Irs e file 2011 47% of your business expenses are not deductible. Irs e file 2011 Report your total income and expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040). Irs e file 2011 On Form 2555 you will show the following: Line 20a, $116,931, gross income, Lines 42 and 43, $97,600, foreign earned income exclusion, and Line 44, $55,837 (83. Irs e file 2011 47% × $66,895) business expenses attributable to the exclusion. Irs e file 2011 In this situation (Example 2), you cannot use Form 2555-EZ since you had self-employment income and business expenses. Irs e file 2011 Example 3. Irs e file 2011 Assume in Example 2 that both capital and personal services combine to produce the business income. Irs e file 2011 No more than 30% of your net income, or $15,011, assuming that this amount is a reasonable allowance for your services, is considered earned and can be excluded. Irs e file 2011 Your exclusion of $15,011 is 12. Irs e file 2011 84% of your gross income ($15,011 ÷ $116,931). Irs e file 2011 Because you excluded 12. Irs e file 2011 84% of your total income, $8,589 (. Irs e file 2011 1284 x $66,895) of your business expenses is attributable to the excluded income and is not deductible. Irs e file 2011 Example 4. Irs e file 2011 You are a U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 citizen, have a tax home in Brazil, and meet the physical presence test. Irs e file 2011 You are self-employed and both capital and personal services combine to produce business income. Irs e file 2011 Your gross income was $146,000, business expenses were $172,000, and your net loss was $26,000. Irs e file 2011 A reasonable allowance for the services you performed for the business is $77,000. Irs e file 2011 Because you incurred a net loss, the earned income limit of 30% of your net profit does not apply. Irs e file 2011 The $77,000 is foreign earned income. Irs e file 2011 If you choose to exclude the $77,000, you exclude 52. Irs e file 2011 74% of your gross income ($77,000 ÷ $146,000), and 52. Irs e file 2011 74% of your business expenses ($90,713) is attributable to that income and is not deductible. Irs e file 2011 Show your total income and expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040). Irs e file 2011 On Form 2555, exclude $77,000 and show $90,713 on line 44. Irs e file 2011 Subtract line 44 from line 43, and enter the difference as a negative (in parentheses) on line 45. Irs e file 2011 Because this amount is negative, enter it as a positive (no parentheses) on line 21, Form 1040, and combine it with your other income to arrive at total income on line 22 of Form 1040. Irs e file 2011 In this situation (Example 4), you would probably not want to choose the foreign earned income exclusion if this was the first year you were eligible. Irs e file 2011 If you had chosen the exclusion in an earlier year, you might want to revoke the choice for this year. Irs e file 2011 To do so would mean that you could not claim the exclusion again for the next 5 tax years without IRS approval. Irs e file 2011 See Choosing the Exclusion in chapter 4. Irs e file 2011 Example 5. Irs e file 2011 You are a U. Irs e file 2011 S. Irs e file 2011 citizen, have a tax home in Panama, and meet the bona fide residence test. Irs e file 2011 You have been performing services for clients as a partner in a firm that provides services exclusively in Panama. Irs e file 2011 Capital investment is not material in producing the partnership's income. Irs e file 2011 Under the terms of the partnership agreement, you are to receive 50% of the net profits. Irs e file 2011 The partnership received gross income of $244,000 and incurred operating expenses of $98,250. Irs e file 2011 Of the net profits of $145,750, you received $72,875 as your distributive share. Irs e file 2011 You choose to exclude $97,600 of your share of the gross income. Irs e file 2011 Because you exclude 80% ($97,600 ÷ $122,000) of your share of the gross income, you cannot deduct $39,300, 80% of your share of the operating expenses (. Irs e file 2011 80 × $49,125). Irs e file 2011 Report $72,875, your distributive share of the partnership net profit, on Schedule E (Form 1040), Supplemental Income and Loss. Irs e file 2011 On Form 2555, show $97,600 on line 42 and show $39,300 on line 44. Irs e file 2011 Your exclusion on Form 2555 is $58,300. Irs e file 2011 In this situation (Example 5), you cannot use Form 2555-EZ since you had earned income other than salaries and wages and you had business expenses. Irs e file 2011 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications