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Taxact 2011 login tax return 1. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Overview of Depreciation Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Property Can Be Depreciated?Property You Own Property Used in Your Business or Income-Producing Activity Property Having a Determinable Useful Life Property Lasting More Than One Year What Property Cannot Be Depreciated?Land Excepted Property When Does Depreciation Begin and End?Placed in Service Idle Property Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered Retired From Service What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property?Property You Placed in Service Before 1987 Property Owned or Used in 1986 Intangible Property Corporate or Partnership Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Transfer Election To Exclude Property From MACRS What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property?Cost as Basis Other Basis Adjusted Basis How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements? Do You Have To File Form 4562? How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions?Filing an Amended Return Changing Your Accounting Method Introduction Depreciation is an annual income tax deduction that allows you to recover the cost or other basis of certain property over the time you use the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return It is an allowance for the wear and tear, deterioration, or obsolescence of the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return This chapter discusses the general rules for depreciating property and answers the following questions. Taxact 2011 login tax return What property can be depreciated? What property cannot be depreciated? When does depreciation begin and end? What method can you use to depreciate your property? What is the basis of your depreciable property? How do you treat repairs and improvements? Do you have to file Form 4562? How do you correct depreciation deductions? Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 534 Depreciating Property Placed in Service Before 1987 535 Business Expenses 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 551 Basis of Assets Form (and Instructions) Sch C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business Sch C-EZ (Form 1040) Net Profit From Business 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4562 Depreciation and Amortization See chapter 6 for information about getting publications and forms. Taxact 2011 login tax return What Property Can Be Depreciated? You can depreciate most types of tangible property (except land), such as buildings, machinery, vehicles, furniture, and equipment. Taxact 2011 login tax return You also can depreciate certain intangible property, such as patents, copyrights, and computer software. Taxact 2011 login tax return To be depreciable, the property must meet all the following requirements. Taxact 2011 login tax return It must be property you own. Taxact 2011 login tax return It must be used in your business or income-producing activity. Taxact 2011 login tax return It must have a determinable useful life. Taxact 2011 login tax return It must be expected to last more than one year. Taxact 2011 login tax return The following discussions provide information about these requirements. Taxact 2011 login tax return Property You Own To claim depreciation, you usually must be the owner of the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return You are considered as owning property even if it is subject to a debt. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example 1. Taxact 2011 login tax return You made a down payment to purchase rental property and assumed the previous owner's mortgage. Taxact 2011 login tax return You own the property and you can depreciate it. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example 2. Taxact 2011 login tax return You bought a new van that you will use only for your courier business. Taxact 2011 login tax return You will be making payments on the van over the next 5 years. Taxact 2011 login tax return You own the van and you can depreciate it. Taxact 2011 login tax return Leased property. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You can depreciate leased property only if you retain the incidents of ownership in the property (explained below). Taxact 2011 login tax return This means you bear the burden of exhaustion of the capital investment in the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Therefore, if you lease property from someone to use in your trade or business or for the production of income, you generally cannot depreciate its cost because you do not retain the incidents of ownership. Taxact 2011 login tax return You can, however, depreciate any capital improvements you make to the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return See How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements later in this chapter and Additions and Improvements under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you lease property to someone, you generally can depreciate its cost even if the lessee (the person leasing from you) has agreed to preserve, replace, renew, and maintain the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, if the lease provides that the lessee is to maintain the property and return to you the same property or its equivalent in value at the expiration of the lease in as good condition and value as when leased, you cannot depreciate the cost of the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Incidents of ownership. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Incidents of ownership in property include the following. Taxact 2011 login tax return The legal title to the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return The legal obligation to pay for the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return The responsibility to pay maintenance and operating expenses. Taxact 2011 login tax return The duty to pay any taxes on the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return The risk of loss if the property is destroyed, condemned, or diminished in value through obsolescence or exhaustion. Taxact 2011 login tax return Life tenant. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Generally, if you hold business or investment property as a life tenant, you can depreciate it as if you were the absolute owner of the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, see Certain term interests in property under Excepted Property, later. Taxact 2011 login tax return Cooperative apartments. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you are a tenant-stockholder in a cooperative housing corporation and use your cooperative apartment in your business or for the production of income, you can depreciate your stock in the corporation, even though the corporation owns the apartment. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Figure your depreciation deduction as follows. Taxact 2011 login tax return Figure the depreciation for all the depreciable real property owned by the corporation in which you have a proprietary lease or right of tenancy. Taxact 2011 login tax return If you bought your cooperative stock after its first offering, figure the depreciable basis of this property as follows. Taxact 2011 login tax return Multiply your cost per share by the total number of outstanding shares, including any shares held by the corporation. Taxact 2011 login tax return Add to the amount figured in (a) any mortgage debt on the property on the date you bought the stock. Taxact 2011 login tax return Subtract from the amount figured in (b) any mortgage debt that is not for the depreciable real property, such as the part for the land. Taxact 2011 login tax return Subtract from the amount figured in (1) any depreciation for space owned by the corporation that can be rented but cannot be lived in by tenant-stockholders. Taxact 2011 login tax return Divide the number of your shares of stock by the total number of outstanding shares, including any shares held by the corporation. Taxact 2011 login tax return Multiply the result of (2) by the percentage you figured in (3). Taxact 2011 login tax return This is your depreciation on the stock. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Your depreciation deduction for the year cannot be more than the part of your adjusted basis in the stock of the corporation that is allocable to your business or income-producing property. Taxact 2011 login tax return You must also reduce your depreciation deduction if only a portion of the property is used in a business or for the production of income. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example. Taxact 2011 login tax return You figure your share of the cooperative housing corporation's depreciation to be $30,000. Taxact 2011 login tax return Your adjusted basis in the stock of the corporation is $50,000. Taxact 2011 login tax return You use one half of your apartment solely for business purposes. Taxact 2011 login tax return Your depreciation deduction for the stock for the year cannot be more than $25,000 (½ of $50,000). Taxact 2011 login tax return Change to business use. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you change your cooperative apartment to business use, figure your allowable depreciation as explained earlier. Taxact 2011 login tax return The basis of all the depreciable real property owned by the cooperative housing corporation is the smaller of the following amounts. Taxact 2011 login tax return The fair market value of the property on the date you change your apartment to business use. Taxact 2011 login tax return This is considered to be the same as the corporation's adjusted basis minus straight line depreciation, unless this value is unrealistic. Taxact 2011 login tax return The corporation's adjusted basis in the property on that date. Taxact 2011 login tax return Do not subtract depreciation when figuring the corporation's adjusted basis. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you bought the stock after its first offering, the corporation's adjusted basis in the property is the amount figured in (1), above. Taxact 2011 login tax return The fair market value of the property is considered to be the same as the corporation's adjusted basis figured in this way minus straight line depreciation, unless the value is unrealistic. Taxact 2011 login tax return   For a discussion of fair market value and adjusted basis, see Publication 551. Taxact 2011 login tax return Property Used in Your Business or Income-Producing Activity To claim depreciation on property, you must use it in your business or income-producing activity. Taxact 2011 login tax return If you use property to produce income (investment use), the income must be taxable. Taxact 2011 login tax return You cannot depreciate property that you use solely for personal activities. Taxact 2011 login tax return Partial business or investment use. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you use property for business or investment purposes and for personal purposes, you can deduct depreciation based only on the business or investment use. Taxact 2011 login tax return For example, you cannot deduct depreciation on a car used only for commuting, personal shopping trips, family vacations, driving children to and from school, or similar activities. Taxact 2011 login tax return    You must keep records showing the business, investment, and personal use of your property. Taxact 2011 login tax return For more information on the records you must keep for listed property, such as a car, see What Records Must Be Kept in chapter 5. Taxact 2011 login tax return    Although you can combine business and investment use of property when figuring depreciation deductions, do not treat investment use as qualified business use when determining whether the business-use requirement for listed property is met. Taxact 2011 login tax return For information about qualified business use of listed property, see What Is the Business-Use Requirement in chapter 5. Taxact 2011 login tax return Office in the home. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you use part of your home as an office, you may be able to deduct depreciation on that part based on its business use. Taxact 2011 login tax return For information about depreciating your home office, see Publication 587. Taxact 2011 login tax return Inventory. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You cannot depreciate inventory because it is not held for use in your business. Taxact 2011 login tax return Inventory is any property you hold primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of your business. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you are a rent-to-own dealer, you may be able to treat certain property held in your business as depreciable property rather than as inventory. Taxact 2011 login tax return See Rent-to-own dealer under Which Property Class Applies Under GDS in chapter 4. Taxact 2011 login tax return   In some cases, it is not clear whether property is held for sale (inventory) or for use in your business. Taxact 2011 login tax return If it is unclear, examine carefully all the facts in the operation of the particular business. Taxact 2011 login tax return The following example shows how a careful examination of the facts in two similar situations results in different conclusions. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example. Taxact 2011 login tax return Maple Corporation is in the business of leasing cars. Taxact 2011 login tax return At the end of their useful lives, when the cars are no longer profitable to lease, Maple sells them. Taxact 2011 login tax return Maple does not have a showroom, used car lot, or individuals to sell the cars. Taxact 2011 login tax return Instead, it sells them through wholesalers or by similar arrangements in which a dealer's profit is not intended or considered. Taxact 2011 login tax return Maple can depreciate the leased cars because the cars are not held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business, but are leased. Taxact 2011 login tax return If Maple buys cars at wholesale prices, leases them for a short time, and then sells them at retail prices or in sales in which a dealer's profit is intended, the cars are treated as inventory and are not depreciable property. Taxact 2011 login tax return In this situation, the cars are held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. Taxact 2011 login tax return Containers. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Generally, containers for the products you sell are part of inventory and you cannot depreciate them. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, you can depreciate containers used to ship your products if they have a life longer than one year and meet the following requirements. Taxact 2011 login tax return They qualify as property used in your business. Taxact 2011 login tax return Title to the containers does not pass to the buyer. Taxact 2011 login tax return   To determine if these requirements are met, consider the following questions. Taxact 2011 login tax return Does your sales contract, sales invoice, or other type of order acknowledgment indicate whether you have retained title? Does your invoice treat the containers as separate items? Do any of your records state your basis in the containers? Property Having a Determinable Useful Life To be depreciable, your property must have a determinable useful life. Taxact 2011 login tax return This means that it must be something that wears out, decays, gets used up, becomes obsolete, or loses its value from natural causes. Taxact 2011 login tax return Property Lasting More Than One Year To be depreciable, property must have a useful life that extends substantially beyond the year you place it in service. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example. Taxact 2011 login tax return You maintain a library for use in your profession. Taxact 2011 login tax return You can depreciate it. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, if you buy technical books, journals, or information services for use in your business that have a useful life of one year or less, you cannot depreciate them. Taxact 2011 login tax return Instead, you deduct their cost as a business expense. Taxact 2011 login tax return What Property Cannot Be Depreciated? Certain property cannot be depreciated. Taxact 2011 login tax return This includes land and certain excepted property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Land You cannot depreciate the cost of land because land does not wear out, become obsolete, or get used up. Taxact 2011 login tax return The cost of land generally includes the cost of clearing, grading, planting, and landscaping. Taxact 2011 login tax return Although you cannot depreciate land, you can depreciate certain land preparation costs, such as landscaping costs, incurred in preparing land for business use. Taxact 2011 login tax return These costs must be so closely associated with other depreciable property that you can determine a life for them along with the life of the associated property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example. Taxact 2011 login tax return You constructed a new building for use in your business and paid for grading, clearing, seeding, and planting bushes and trees. Taxact 2011 login tax return Some of the bushes and trees were planted right next to the building, while others were planted around the outer border of the lot. Taxact 2011 login tax return If you replace the building, you would have to destroy the bushes and trees right next to it. Taxact 2011 login tax return These bushes and trees are closely associated with the building, so they have a determinable useful life. Taxact 2011 login tax return Therefore, you can depreciate them. Taxact 2011 login tax return Add your other land preparation costs to the basis of your land because they have no determinable life and you cannot depreciate them. Taxact 2011 login tax return Excepted Property Even if the requirements explained in the preceding discussions are met, you cannot depreciate the following property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Property placed in service and disposed of in the same year. Taxact 2011 login tax return Determining when property is placed in service is explained later. Taxact 2011 login tax return Equipment used to build capital improvements. Taxact 2011 login tax return You must add otherwise allowable depreciation on the equipment during the period of construction to the basis of your improvements. Taxact 2011 login tax return See Uniform Capitalization Rules in Publication 551. Taxact 2011 login tax return Section 197 intangibles. Taxact 2011 login tax return You must amortize these costs. Taxact 2011 login tax return Section 197 intangibles are discussed in detail in Chapter 8 of Publication 535. Taxact 2011 login tax return Intangible property, such as certain computer software, that is not section 197 intangible property, can be depreciated if it meets certain requirements. Taxact 2011 login tax return See Intangible Property , later. Taxact 2011 login tax return Certain term interests. Taxact 2011 login tax return Certain term interests in property. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You cannot depreciate a term interest in property created or acquired after July 27, 1989, for any period during which the remainder interest is held, directly or indirectly, by a person related to you. Taxact 2011 login tax return A term interest in property means a life interest in property, an interest in property for a term of years, or an income interest in a trust. Taxact 2011 login tax return Related persons. Taxact 2011 login tax return   For a description of related persons, see Related Persons, later. Taxact 2011 login tax return For this purpose, however, treat as related persons only the relationships listed in items (1) through (10) of that discussion and substitute “50%” for “10%” each place it appears. Taxact 2011 login tax return Basis adjustments. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you would be allowed a depreciation deduction for a term interest in property except that the holder of the remainder interest is related to you, you generally must reduce your basis in the term interest by any depreciation or amortization not allowed. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you hold the remainder interest, you generally must increase your basis in that interest by the depreciation not allowed to the term interest holder. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, do not increase your basis for depreciation not allowed for periods during which either of the following situations applies. Taxact 2011 login tax return The term interest is held by an organization exempt from tax. Taxact 2011 login tax return The term interest is held by a nonresident alien individual or foreign corporation, and the income from the term interest is not effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States. Taxact 2011 login tax return Exceptions. Taxact 2011 login tax return   The above rules do not apply to the holder of a term interest in property acquired by gift, bequest, or inheritance. Taxact 2011 login tax return They also do not apply to the holder of dividend rights that were separated from any stripped preferred stock if the rights were purchased after April 30, 1993, or to a person whose basis in the stock is determined by reference to the basis in the hands of the purchaser. Taxact 2011 login tax return When Does Depreciation Begin and End? You begin to depreciate your property when you place it in service for use in your trade or business or for the production of income. Taxact 2011 login tax return You stop depreciating property either when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis or when you retire it from service, whichever happens first. Taxact 2011 login tax return Placed in Service You place property in service when it is ready and available for a specific use, whether in a business activity, an income-producing activity, a tax-exempt activity, or a personal activity. Taxact 2011 login tax return Even if you are not using the property, it is in service when it is ready and available for its specific use. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example 1. Taxact 2011 login tax return Donald Steep bought a machine for his business. Taxact 2011 login tax return The machine was delivered last year. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, it was not installed and operational until this year. Taxact 2011 login tax return It is considered placed in service this year. Taxact 2011 login tax return If the machine had been ready and available for use when it was delivered, it would be considered placed in service last year even if it was not actually used until this year. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example 2. Taxact 2011 login tax return On April 6, Sue Thorn bought a house to use as residential rental property. Taxact 2011 login tax return She made several repairs and had it ready for rent on July 5. Taxact 2011 login tax return At that time, she began to advertise it for rent in the local newspaper. Taxact 2011 login tax return The house is considered placed in service in July when it was ready and available for rent. Taxact 2011 login tax return She can begin to depreciate it in July. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example 3. Taxact 2011 login tax return James Elm is a building contractor who specializes in constructing office buildings. Taxact 2011 login tax return He bought a truck last year that had to be modified to lift materials to second-story levels. Taxact 2011 login tax return The installation of the lifting equipment was completed and James accepted delivery of the modified truck on January 10 of this year. Taxact 2011 login tax return The truck was placed in service on January 10, the date it was ready and available to perform the function for which it was bought. Taxact 2011 login tax return Conversion to business use. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you place property in service in a personal activity, you cannot claim depreciation. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, if you change the property's use to use in a business or income-producing activity, then you can begin to depreciate it at the time of the change. Taxact 2011 login tax return You place the property in service in the business or income-producing activity on the date of the change. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example. Taxact 2011 login tax return You bought a home and used it as your personal home several years before you converted it to rental property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Although its specific use was personal and no depreciation was allowable, you placed the home in service when you began using it as your home. Taxact 2011 login tax return You can begin to claim depreciation in the year you converted it to rental property because its use changed to an income-producing use at that time. Taxact 2011 login tax return Idle Property Continue to claim a deduction for depreciation on property used in your business or for the production of income even if it is temporarily idle (not in use). Taxact 2011 login tax return For example, if you stop using a machine because there is a temporary lack of a market for a product made with that machine, continue to deduct depreciation on the machine. Taxact 2011 login tax return Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered You stop depreciating property when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis. Taxact 2011 login tax return You recover your basis when your section 179 and allowed or allowable depreciation deductions equal your cost or investment in the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return See What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property , later. Taxact 2011 login tax return Retired From Service You stop depreciating property when you retire it from service, even if you have not fully recovered its cost or other basis. Taxact 2011 login tax return You retire property from service when you permanently withdraw it from use in a trade or business or from use in the production of income because of any of the following events. Taxact 2011 login tax return You sell or exchange the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return You convert the property to personal use. Taxact 2011 login tax return You abandon the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return You transfer the property to a supplies or scrap account. Taxact 2011 login tax return The property is destroyed. Taxact 2011 login tax return If you included the property in a general asset account, see How Do You Use General Asset Accounts in chapter 4 for the rules that apply when you dispose of that property. Taxact 2011 login tax return What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property? You must use the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) to depreciate most property. Taxact 2011 login tax return MACRS is discussed in chapter 4. Taxact 2011 login tax return You cannot use MACRS to depreciate the following property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Property you placed in service before 1987. Taxact 2011 login tax return Certain property owned or used in 1986. Taxact 2011 login tax return Intangible property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Films, video tapes, and recordings. Taxact 2011 login tax return Certain corporate or partnership property acquired in a nontaxable transfer. Taxact 2011 login tax return Property you elected to exclude from MACRS. Taxact 2011 login tax return The following discussions describe the property listed above and explain what depreciation method should be used. Taxact 2011 login tax return Property You Placed in Service Before 1987 You cannot use MACRS for property you placed in service before 1987 (except property you placed in service after July 31, 1986, if MACRS was elected). Taxact 2011 login tax return Property placed in service before 1987 must be depreciated under the methods discussed in Publication 534. Taxact 2011 login tax return For a discussion of when property is placed in service, see When Does Depreciation Begin and End , earlier. Taxact 2011 login tax return Use of real property changed. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You generally must use MACRS to depreciate real property that you acquired for personal use before 1987 and changed to business or income-producing use after 1986. Taxact 2011 login tax return Improvements made after 1986. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You must treat an improvement made after 1986 to property you placed in service before 1987 as separate depreciable property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Therefore, you can depreciate that improvement as separate property under MACRS if it is the type of property that otherwise qualifies for MACRS depreciation. Taxact 2011 login tax return For more information about improvements, see How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements , later and Additions and Improvements under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4. Taxact 2011 login tax return Property Owned or Used in 1986 You may not be able to use MACRS for property you acquired and placed in service after 1986 if any of the situations described below apply. Taxact 2011 login tax return If you cannot use MACRS, the property must be depreciated under the methods discussed in Publication 534. Taxact 2011 login tax return For the following discussions, do not treat property as owned before you placed it in service. Taxact 2011 login tax return If you owned property in 1986 but did not place it in service until 1987, you do not treat it as owned in 1986. Taxact 2011 login tax return Personal property. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You cannot use MACRS for personal property (section 1245 property) in any of the following situations. Taxact 2011 login tax return You or someone related to you owned or used the property in 1986. Taxact 2011 login tax return You acquired the property from a person who owned it in 1986 and as part of the transaction the user of the property did not change. Taxact 2011 login tax return You lease the property to a person (or someone related to this person) who owned or used the property in 1986. Taxact 2011 login tax return You acquired the property in a transaction in which: The user of the property did not change, and The property was not MACRS property in the hands of the person from whom you acquired it because of (2) or (3) above. Taxact 2011 login tax return Real property. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You generally cannot use MACRS for real property (section 1250 property) in any of the following situations. Taxact 2011 login tax return You or someone related to you owned the property in 1986. Taxact 2011 login tax return You lease the property to a person who owned the property in 1986 (or someone related to that person). Taxact 2011 login tax return You acquired the property in a like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or repossession of property you or someone related to you owned in 1986. Taxact 2011 login tax return MACRS applies only to that part of your basis in the acquired property that represents cash paid or unlike property given up. Taxact 2011 login tax return It does not apply to the carried-over part of the basis. Taxact 2011 login tax return Exceptions. Taxact 2011 login tax return   The rules above do not apply to the following. Taxact 2011 login tax return Residential rental property or nonresidential real property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Any property if, in the first tax year it is placed in service, the deduction under the Accelerated Cost Recovery System (ACRS) is more than the deduction under MACRS using the half-year convention. Taxact 2011 login tax return For information on how to figure depreciation under ACRS, see Publication 534. Taxact 2011 login tax return Property that was MACRS property in the hands of the person from whom you acquired it because of (2) above. Taxact 2011 login tax return Related persons. Taxact 2011 login tax return   For this purpose, the following are related persons. Taxact 2011 login tax return An individual and a member of his or her family, including only a spouse, child, parent, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, ancestor, and lineal descendant. Taxact 2011 login tax return A corporation and an individual who directly or indirectly owns more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of that corporation. Taxact 2011 login tax return Two corporations that are members of the same controlled group. Taxact 2011 login tax return A trust fiduciary and a corporation if more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock is directly or indirectly owned by or for the trust or grantor of the trust. Taxact 2011 login tax return The grantor and fiduciary, and the fiduciary and beneficiary, of any trust. Taxact 2011 login tax return The fiduciaries of two different trusts, and the fiduciaries and beneficiaries of two different trusts, if the same person is the grantor of both trusts. Taxact 2011 login tax return A tax-exempt educational or charitable organization and any person (or, if that person is an individual, a member of that person's family) who directly or indirectly controls the organization. Taxact 2011 login tax return Two S corporations, and an S corporation and a regular corporation, if the same persons own more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. Taxact 2011 login tax return A corporation and a partnership if the same persons own both of the following. Taxact 2011 login tax return More than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of the corporation. Taxact 2011 login tax return More than 10% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership. Taxact 2011 login tax return The executor and beneficiary of any estate. Taxact 2011 login tax return A partnership and a person who directly or indirectly owns more than 10% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership. Taxact 2011 login tax return Two partnerships, if the same persons directly or indirectly own more than 10% of the capital or profits interest in each. Taxact 2011 login tax return The related person and a person who is engaged in trades or businesses under common control. Taxact 2011 login tax return See section 52(a) and 52(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. Taxact 2011 login tax return When to determine relationship. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You must determine whether you are related to another person at the time you acquire the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return   A partnership acquiring property from a terminating partnership must determine whether it is related to the terminating partnership immediately before the event causing the termination. Taxact 2011 login tax return For this rule, a terminating partnership is one that sells or exchanges, within 12 months, 50% or more of its total interest in partnership capital or profits. Taxact 2011 login tax return Constructive ownership of stock or partnership interest. Taxact 2011 login tax return   To determine whether a person directly or indirectly owns any of the outstanding stock of a corporation or an interest in a partnership, apply the following rules. Taxact 2011 login tax return Stock or a partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust is considered owned proportionately by or for its shareholders, partners, or beneficiaries. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, for a partnership interest owned by or for a C corporation, this applies only to shareholders who directly or indirectly own 5% or more of the value of the stock of the corporation. Taxact 2011 login tax return An individual is considered to own the stock or partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for the individual's family. Taxact 2011 login tax return An individual who owns, except by applying rule (2), any stock in a corporation is considered to own the stock directly or indirectly owned by or for the individual's partner. Taxact 2011 login tax return For purposes of rules (1), (2), or (3), stock or a partnership interest considered to be owned by a person under rule (1) is treated as actually owned by that person. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, stock or a partnership interest considered to be owned by an individual under rule (2) or (3) is not treated as owned by that individual for reapplying either rule (2) or (3) to make another person considered to be the owner of the same stock or partnership interest. Taxact 2011 login tax return Intangible Property Generally, if you can depreciate intangible property, you usually use the straight line method of depreciation. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, you can choose to depreciate certain intangible property under the income forecast method (discussed later). Taxact 2011 login tax return You cannot depreciate intangible property that is a section 197 intangible or that otherwise does not meet all the requirements discussed earlier under What Property Can Be Depreciated. Taxact 2011 login tax return Straight Line Method This method lets you deduct the same amount of depreciation each year over the useful life of the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return To figure your deduction, first determine the adjusted basis, salvage value, and estimated useful life of your property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Subtract the salvage value, if any, from the adjusted basis. Taxact 2011 login tax return The balance is the total depreciation you can take over the useful life of the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Divide the balance by the number of years in the useful life. Taxact 2011 login tax return This gives you your yearly depreciation deduction. Taxact 2011 login tax return Unless there is a big change in adjusted basis or useful life, this amount will stay the same throughout the time you depreciate the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return If, in the first year, you use the property for less than a full year, you must prorate your depreciation deduction for the number of months in use. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example. Taxact 2011 login tax return In April, Frank bought a patent for $5,100 that is not a section 197 intangible. Taxact 2011 login tax return He depreciates the patent under the straight line method, using a 17-year useful life and no salvage value. Taxact 2011 login tax return He divides the $5,100 basis by 17 years to get his $300 yearly depreciation deduction. Taxact 2011 login tax return He only used the patent for 9 months during the first year, so he multiplies $300 by 9/12 to get his deduction of $225 for the first year. Taxact 2011 login tax return Next year, Frank can deduct $300 for the full year. Taxact 2011 login tax return Patents and copyrights. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you can depreciate the cost of a patent or copyright, use the straight line method over the useful life. Taxact 2011 login tax return The useful life of a patent or copyright is the lesser of the life granted to it by the government or the remaining life when you acquire it. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, if the patent or copyright becomes valueless before the end of its useful life, you can deduct in that year any of its remaining cost or other basis. Taxact 2011 login tax return Computer software. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Computer software is generally a section 197 intangible and cannot be depreciated if you acquired it in connection with the acquisition of assets constituting a business or a substantial part of a business. Taxact 2011 login tax return   However, computer software is not a section 197 intangible and can be depreciated, even if acquired in connection with the acquisition of a business, if it meets all of the following tests. Taxact 2011 login tax return It is readily available for purchase by the general public. Taxact 2011 login tax return It is subject to a nonexclusive license. Taxact 2011 login tax return It has not been substantially modified. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If the software meets the tests above, it may also qualify for the section 179 deduction and the special depreciation allowance, discussed later. Taxact 2011 login tax return If you can depreciate the cost of computer software, use the straight line method over a useful life of 36 months. Taxact 2011 login tax return    Tax-exempt use property subject to a lease. Taxact 2011 login tax return   The useful life of computer software leased under a lease agreement entered into after March 12, 2004, to a tax-exempt organization, governmental unit, or foreign person or entity (other than a partnership), cannot be less than 125% of the lease term. Taxact 2011 login tax return Certain created intangibles. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You can amortize certain intangibles created on or after December 31, 2003, over a 15-year period using the straight line method and no salvage value, even though they have a useful life that cannot be estimated with reasonable accuracy. Taxact 2011 login tax return For example, amounts paid to acquire memberships or privileges of indefinite duration, such as a trade association membership, are eligible costs. Taxact 2011 login tax return   The following are not eligible. Taxact 2011 login tax return Any intangible asset acquired from another person. Taxact 2011 login tax return Created financial interests. Taxact 2011 login tax return Any intangible asset that has a useful life that can be estimated with reasonable accuracy. Taxact 2011 login tax return Any intangible asset that has an amortization period or limited useful life that is specifically prescribed or prohibited by the Code, regulations, or other published IRS guidance. Taxact 2011 login tax return Any amount paid to facilitate an acquisition of a trade or business, a change in the capital structure of a business entity, and certain other transactions. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You must also increase the 15-year safe harbor amortization period to a 25-year period for certain intangibles related to benefits arising from the provision, production, or improvement of real property. Taxact 2011 login tax return For this purpose, real property includes property that will remain attached to the real property for an indefinite period of time, such as roads, bridges, tunnels, pavements, and pollution control facilities. Taxact 2011 login tax return Income Forecast Method You can choose to use the income forecast method instead of the straight line method to depreciate the following depreciable intangibles. Taxact 2011 login tax return Motion picture films or video tapes. Taxact 2011 login tax return Sound recordings. Taxact 2011 login tax return Copyrights. Taxact 2011 login tax return Books. Taxact 2011 login tax return Patents. Taxact 2011 login tax return Under the income forecast method, each year's depreciation deduction is equal to the cost of the property, multiplied by a fraction. Taxact 2011 login tax return The numerator of the fraction is the current year's net income from the property, and the denominator is the total income anticipated from the property through the end of the 10th taxable year following the taxable year the property is placed in service. Taxact 2011 login tax return For more information, see section 167(g) of the Internal Revenue Code. Taxact 2011 login tax return Films, video tapes, and recordings. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You cannot use MACRS for motion picture films, video tapes, and sound recordings. Taxact 2011 login tax return For this purpose, sound recordings are discs, tapes, or other phonorecordings resulting from the fixation of a series of sounds. Taxact 2011 login tax return You can depreciate this property using either the straight line method or the income forecast method. Taxact 2011 login tax return Participations and residuals. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You can include participations and residuals in the adjusted basis of the property for purposes of computing your depreciation deduction under the income forecast method. Taxact 2011 login tax return The participations and residuals must relate to income to be derived from the property before the end of the 10th taxable year after the property is placed in service. Taxact 2011 login tax return For this purpose, participations and residuals are defined as costs which by contract vary with the amount of income earned in connection with the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Instead of including these amounts in the adjusted basis of the property, you can deduct the costs in the taxable year that they are paid. Taxact 2011 login tax return Videocassettes. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you are in the business of renting videocassettes, you can depreciate only those videocassettes bought for rental. Taxact 2011 login tax return If the videocassette has a useful life of one year or less, you can currently deduct the cost as a business expense. Taxact 2011 login tax return Corporate or Partnership Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Transfer MACRS does not apply to property used before 1987 and transferred after 1986 to a corporation or partnership (except property the transferor placed in service after July 31, 1986, if MACRS was elected) to the extent its basis is carried over from the property's adjusted basis in the transferor's hands. Taxact 2011 login tax return You must continue to use the same depreciation method as the transferor and figure depreciation as if the transfer had not occurred. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, if MACRS would otherwise apply, you can use it to depreciate the part of the property's basis that exceeds the carried-over basis. Taxact 2011 login tax return The nontaxable transfers covered by this rule include the following. Taxact 2011 login tax return A distribution in complete liquidation of a subsidiary. Taxact 2011 login tax return A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. Taxact 2011 login tax return An exchange of property solely for corporate stock or securities in a reorganization. Taxact 2011 login tax return A contribution of property to a partnership in exchange for a partnership interest. Taxact 2011 login tax return A partnership distribution of property to a partner. Taxact 2011 login tax return Election To Exclude Property From MACRS If you can properly depreciate any property under a method not based on a term of years, such as the unit-of-production method, you can elect to exclude that property from MACRS. Taxact 2011 login tax return You make the election by reporting your depreciation for the property on line 15 in Part II of Form 4562 and attaching a statement as described in the instructions for Form 4562. Taxact 2011 login tax return You must make this election by the return due date (including extensions) for the tax year you place your property in service. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within six months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Taxact 2011 login tax return Attach the election to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Taxact 2011 login tax return 9100-2” on the election statement. Taxact 2011 login tax return File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Taxact 2011 login tax return Use of standard mileage rate. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you use the standard mileage rate to figure your tax deduction for your business automobile, you are treated as having made an election to exclude the automobile from MACRS. Taxact 2011 login tax return See Publication 463 for a discussion of the standard mileage rate. Taxact 2011 login tax return What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property? To figure your depreciation deduction, you must determine the basis of your property. Taxact 2011 login tax return To determine basis, you need to know the cost or other basis of your property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Cost as Basis The basis of property you buy is its cost plus amounts you paid for items such as sales tax (see Exception , below), freight charges, and installation and testing fees. Taxact 2011 login tax return The cost includes the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, other property, or services. Taxact 2011 login tax return Exception. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You can elect to deduct state and local general sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Taxact 2011 login tax return If you make that choice, you cannot include those sales taxes as part of your cost basis. Taxact 2011 login tax return Assumed debt. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you buy property and assume (or buy subject to) an existing mortgage or other debt on the property, your basis includes the amount you pay for the property plus the amount of the assumed debt. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example. Taxact 2011 login tax return You make a $20,000 down payment on property and assume the seller's mortgage of $120,000. Taxact 2011 login tax return Your total cost is $140,000, the cash you paid plus the mortgage you assumed. Taxact 2011 login tax return Settlement costs. Taxact 2011 login tax return   The basis of real property also includes certain fees and charges you pay in addition to the purchase price. Taxact 2011 login tax return These generally are shown on your settlement statement and include the following. Taxact 2011 login tax return Legal and recording fees. Taxact 2011 login tax return Abstract fees. Taxact 2011 login tax return Survey charges. Taxact 2011 login tax return Owner's title insurance. Taxact 2011 login tax return Amounts the seller owes that you agree to pay, such as back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, charges for improvements or repairs, and sales commissions. Taxact 2011 login tax return   For fees and charges you cannot include in the basis of property, see Real Property in Publication 551. Taxact 2011 login tax return Property you construct or build. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you construct, build, or otherwise produce property for use in your business, you may have to use the uniform capitalization rules to determine the basis of your property. Taxact 2011 login tax return For information about the uniform capitalization rules, see Publication 551 and the regulations under section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code. Taxact 2011 login tax return Other Basis Other basis usually refers to basis that is determined by the way you received the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return For example, your basis is other than cost if you acquired the property in exchange for other property, as payment for services you performed, as a gift, or as an inheritance. Taxact 2011 login tax return If you acquired property in this or some other way, see Publication 551 to determine your basis. Taxact 2011 login tax return Property changed from personal use. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you held property for personal use and later use it in your business or income-producing activity, your depreciable basis is the lesser of the following. Taxact 2011 login tax return The fair market value (FMV) of the property on the date of the change in use. Taxact 2011 login tax return Your original cost or other basis adjusted as follows. Taxact 2011 login tax return Increased by the cost of any permanent improvements or additions and other costs that must be added to basis. Taxact 2011 login tax return Decreased by any deductions you claimed for casualty and theft losses and other items that reduced your basis. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example. Taxact 2011 login tax return Several years ago, Nia paid $160,000 to have her home built on a lot that cost her $25,000. Taxact 2011 login tax return Before changing the property to rental use last year, she paid $20,000 for permanent improvements to the house and claimed a $2,000 casualty loss deduction for damage to the house. Taxact 2011 login tax return Land is not depreciable, so she includes only the cost of the house when figuring the basis for depreciation. Taxact 2011 login tax return Nia's adjusted basis in the house when she changed its use was $178,000 ($160,000 + $20,000 − $2,000). Taxact 2011 login tax return On the same date, her property had an FMV of $180,000, of which $15,000 was for the land and $165,000 was for the house. Taxact 2011 login tax return The basis for depreciation on the house is the FMV on the date of change ($165,000), because it is less than her adjusted basis ($178,000). Taxact 2011 login tax return Property acquired in a nontaxable transaction. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Generally, if you receive property in a nontaxable exchange, the basis of the property you receive is the same as the adjusted basis of the property you gave up. Taxact 2011 login tax return Special rules apply in determining the basis and figuring the MACRS depreciation deduction and special depreciation allowance for property acquired in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion. Taxact 2011 login tax return See Like-kind exchanges and involuntary conversions. Taxact 2011 login tax return under How Much Can You Deduct? in chapter 3 and Figuring the Deduction for Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Exchange in chapter 4. Taxact 2011 login tax return   There are also special rules for determining the basis of MACRS property involved in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion when the property is contained in a general asset account. Taxact 2011 login tax return See How Do You Use General Asset Accounts in chapter 4. Taxact 2011 login tax return Adjusted Basis To find your property's basis for depreciation, you may have to make certain adjustments (increases and decreases) to the basis of the property for events occurring between the time you acquired the property and the time you placed it in service. Taxact 2011 login tax return These events could include the following. Taxact 2011 login tax return Installing utility lines. Taxact 2011 login tax return Paying legal fees for perfecting the title. Taxact 2011 login tax return Settling zoning issues. Taxact 2011 login tax return Receiving rebates. Taxact 2011 login tax return Incurring a casualty or theft loss. Taxact 2011 login tax return For a discussion of adjustments to the basis of your property, see Adjusted Basis in Publication 551. Taxact 2011 login tax return If you depreciate your property under MACRS, you also may have to reduce your basis by certain deductions and credits with respect to the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return For more information, see What Is the Basis for Depreciation in chapter 4. Taxact 2011 login tax return . Taxact 2011 login tax return Basis adjustment for depreciation allowed or allowable. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You must reduce the basis of property by the depreciation allowed or allowable, whichever is greater. Taxact 2011 login tax return Depreciation allowed is depreciation you actually deducted (from which you received a tax benefit). Taxact 2011 login tax return Depreciation allowable is depreciation you are entitled to deduct. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you do not claim depreciation you are entitled to deduct, you must still reduce the basis of the property by the full amount of depreciation allowable. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you deduct more depreciation than you should, you must reduce your basis by any amount deducted from which you received a tax benefit (the depreciation allowed). Taxact 2011 login tax return How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements? If you improve depreciable property, you must treat the improvement as separate depreciable property. Taxact 2011 login tax return Improvement means an addition to or partial replacement of property that adds to its value, appreciably lengthens the time you can use it, or adapts it to a different use. Taxact 2011 login tax return You generally deduct the cost of repairing business property in the same way as any other business expense. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, if a repair or replacement increases the value of your property, makes it more useful, or lengthens its life, you must treat it as an improvement and depreciate it. Taxact 2011 login tax return Example. Taxact 2011 login tax return You repair a small section on one corner of the roof of a rental house. Taxact 2011 login tax return You deduct the cost of the repair as a rental expense. Taxact 2011 login tax return However, if you completely replace the roof, the new roof is an improvement because it increases the value and lengthens the life of the property. Taxact 2011 login tax return You depreciate the cost of the new roof. Taxact 2011 login tax return Improvements to rented property. Taxact 2011 login tax return   You can depreciate permanent improvements you make to business property you rent from someone else. Taxact 2011 login tax return Do You Have To File Form 4562? Use Form 4562 to figure your deduction for depreciation and amortization. Taxact 2011 login tax return Attach Form 4562 to your tax return for the current tax year if you are claiming any of the following items. Taxact 2011 login tax return A section 179 deduction for the current year or a section 179 carryover from a prior year. Taxact 2011 login tax return See chapter 2 for information on the section 179 deduction. Taxact 2011 login tax return Depreciation for property placed in service during the current year. Taxact 2011 login tax return Depreciation on any vehicle or other listed property, regardless of when it was placed in service. Taxact 2011 login tax return See chapter 5 for information on listed property. Taxact 2011 login tax return A deduction for any vehicle if the deduction is reported on a form other than Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040). Taxact 2011 login tax return Amortization of costs if the current year is the first year of the amortization period. Taxact 2011 login tax return Depreciation or amortization on any asset on a corporate income tax return (other than Form 1120S, U. Taxact 2011 login tax return S. Taxact 2011 login tax return Income Tax Return for an S Corporation) regardless of when it was placed in service. Taxact 2011 login tax return You must submit a separate Form 4562 for each business or activity on your return for which a Form 4562 is required. Taxact 2011 login tax return Table 1-1 presents an overview of the purpose of the various parts of Form 4562. Taxact 2011 login tax return Employee. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Do not use Form 4562 if you are an employee and you deduct job-related vehicle expenses using either actual expenses (including depreciation) or the standard mileage rate. Taxact 2011 login tax return Instead, use either Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Taxact 2011 login tax return Use Form 2106-EZ if you are claiming the standard mileage rate and you are not reimbursed by your employer for any expenses. Taxact 2011 login tax return How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions? If you deducted an incorrect amount of depreciation in any year, you may be able to make a correction by filing an amended return for that year. Taxact 2011 login tax return See Filing an Amended Return , next. Taxact 2011 login tax return If you are not allowed to make the correction on an amended return, you may be able to change your accounting method to claim the correct amount of depreciation. Taxact 2011 login tax return See Changing Your Accounting Method , later. Taxact 2011 login tax return Filing an Amended Return You can file an amended return to correct the amount of depreciation claimed for any property in any of the following situations. Taxact 2011 login tax return You claimed the incorrect amount because of a mathematical error made in any year. Taxact 2011 login tax return You claimed the incorrect amount because of a posting error made in any year. Taxact 2011 login tax return You have not adopted a method of accounting for property placed in service by you in tax years ending after December 29, 2003. Taxact 2011 login tax return You claimed the incorrect amount on property placed in service by you in tax years ending before December 30, 2003. Taxact 2011 login tax return Adoption of accounting method defined. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Generally, you adopt a method of accounting for depreciation by using a permissible method of determining depreciation when you file your first tax return, or by using the same impermissible method of determining depreciation in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. Taxact 2011 login tax return   For an exception to this 2-year rule, see Revenue Procedure 2011-14 on page 330 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-4, available at www. Taxact 2011 login tax return irs. Taxact 2011 login tax return gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb11-04. Taxact 2011 login tax return pdf. Taxact 2011 login tax return (Note. Taxact 2011 login tax return Revenue Procedure 2011-14 is clarified and modified by Revenue Procedure 2012-20. Taxact 2011 login tax return For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2012-20 on page 700 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-14, available at www. Taxact 2011 login tax return irs. Taxact 2011 login tax return gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb12-14. Taxact 2011 login tax return pdf. Taxact 2011 login tax return )   For a safe harbor method of accounting to treat rotable spare parts as depreciable assets and procedures to obtain automatic consent to change to the safe harbor method of accounting, see Revenue Procedure 2007-48 on page 110 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-29, available at www. Taxact 2011 login tax return irs. Taxact 2011 login tax return gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07-29. Taxact 2011 login tax return pdf. Taxact 2011 login tax return When to file. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If an amended return is allowed, you must file it by the later of the following. Taxact 2011 login tax return 3 years from the date you filed your original return for the year in which you did not deduct the correct amount. Taxact 2011 login tax return A return filed before an unextended due date is considered filed on that due date. Taxact 2011 login tax return 2 years from the time you paid your tax for that year. Taxact 2011 login tax return Changing Your Accounting Method Generally, you must get IRS approval to change your method of accounting. Taxact 2011 login tax return You generally must file Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, to request a change in your method of accounting for depreciation. Taxact 2011 login tax return The following are examples of a change in method of accounting for depreciation. Taxact 2011 login tax return A change from an impermissible method of determining depreciation for depreciable property, if the impermissible method was used in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. Taxact 2011 login tax return A change in the treatment of an asset from nondepreciable to depreciable or vice versa. Taxact 2011 login tax return A change in the depreciation method, period of recovery, or convention of a depreciable asset. Taxact 2011 login tax return A change from not claiming to claiming the special depreciation allowance if you did not make the election to not claim any special allowance. Taxact 2011 login tax return A change from claiming a 50% special depreciation allowance to claiming a 30% special depreciation allowance for qualified property (including property that is included in a class of property for which you elected a 30% special allowance instead of a 50% special allowance). Taxact 2011 login tax return Changes in depreciation that are not a change in method of accounting (and may only be made on an amended return) include the following. Taxact 2011 login tax return An adjustment in the useful life of a depreciable asset for which depreciation is determined under section 167. Taxact 2011 login tax return A change in use of an asset in the hands of the same taxpayer. Taxact 2011 login tax return Making a late depreciation election or revoking a timely valid depreciation election (including the election not to deduct the special depreciation allowance). Taxact 2011 login tax return If you elected not to claim any special allowance, a change from not claiming to claiming the special allowance is a revocation of the election and is not an accounting method change. Taxact 2011 login tax return Generally, you must get IRS approval to make a late depreciation election or revoke a depreciation election. Taxact 2011 login tax return You must submit a request for a letter ruling to make a late election or revoke an election. Taxact 2011 login tax return Any change in the placed in service date of a depreciable asset. Taxact 2011 login tax return See section 1. Taxact 2011 login tax return 446-1(e)(2)(ii)(d) of the regulations for more information and examples. Taxact 2011 login tax return IRS approval. Taxact 2011 login tax return   In some instances, you may be able to get approval from the IRS to change your method of accounting for depreciation under the automatic change request procedures generally covered in Revenue Procedure 2011-14. Taxact 2011 login tax return If you do not qualify to use the automatic procedures to get approval, you must use the advance consent request procedures generally covered in Revenue Procedure 97-27, 1997-1 C. Taxact 2011 login tax return B. Taxact 2011 login tax return 680. Taxact 2011 login tax return Also see the Instructions for Form 3115 for more information on getting approval, including lists of scope limitations and automatic accounting method changes. Taxact 2011 login tax return Additional guidance. Taxact 2011 login tax return    For additional guidance and special procedures for changing your accounting method, automatic change procedures, amending your return, and filing Form 3115, see Revenue Procedure 2011-14 on page 330 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-4, available at www. Taxact 2011 login tax return irs. Taxact 2011 login tax return gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb11-04. Taxact 2011 login tax return pdf. Taxact 2011 login tax return (Note. Taxact 2011 login tax return Revenue Procedure 2011-14 is clarified and modified by Revenue Procedure 2012-20. Taxact 2011 login tax return For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2012-20 on page 700 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-14, available at www. Taxact 2011 login tax return irs. Taxact 2011 login tax return gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb12-14. Taxact 2011 login tax return pdf. Taxact 2011 login tax return )   For a safe harbor method of accounting to treat rotable spare parts as depreciable assets, see Revenue Procedure 2007-48 on page 110 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-29, available at www. Taxact 2011 login tax return irs. Taxact 2011 login tax return gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07-29. Taxact 2011 login tax return pdf. Taxact 2011 login tax return Table 1-1. Taxact 2011 login tax return Purpose of Form 4562 This table describes the purpose of the various parts of Form 4562. Taxact 2011 login tax return For more information, see Form 4562 and its instructions. Taxact 2011 login tax return Part Purpose I • Electing the section 179 deduction • Figuring the maximum section 179 deduction for the current year • Figuring any section 179 deduction carryover to the next year II • Reporting the special depreciation allowance for property (other than listed property) placed in service during the tax year • Reporting depreciation deductions on property being depreciated under any method other than Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) III • Reporting MACRS depreciation deductions for property placed in service before this year • Reporting MACRS depreciation deductions for property (other than listed property) placed in service during the current year IV • Summarizing other parts V • Reporting the special depreciation allowance for automobiles and other listed property • Reporting MACRS depreciation on automobiles and other listed property • Reporting the section 179 cost elected for automobiles and other listed property • Reporting information on the use of automobiles and other transportation vehicles VI • Reporting amortization deductions Section 481(a) adjustment. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you file Form 3115 and change from an impermissible method to a permissible method of accounting for depreciation, you can make a section 481(a) adjustment for any unclaimed or excess amount of allowable depreciation. Taxact 2011 login tax return The adjustment is the difference between the total depreciation actually deducted for the property and the total amount allowable prior to the year of change. Taxact 2011 login tax return If no depreciation was deducted, the adjustment is the total depreciation allowable prior to the year of change. Taxact 2011 login tax return A negative section 481(a) adjustment results in a decrease in taxable income. Taxact 2011 login tax return It is taken into account in the year of change and is reported on your business tax returns as “other expenses. Taxact 2011 login tax return ” A positive section 481(a) adjustment results in an increase in taxable income. Taxact 2011 login tax return It is generally taken into account over 4 tax years and is reported on your business tax returns as “other income. Taxact 2011 login tax return ” However, you can elect to use a one-year adjustment period and report the adjustment in the year of change if the total adjustment is less than $25,000. Taxact 2011 login tax return Make the election by completing the appropriate line on Form 3115. Taxact 2011 login tax return   If you file a Form 3115 and change from one permissible method to another permissible method, the section 481(a) adjustment is zero. Taxact 2011 login tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Taxact 2011 login tax return Part Five -   Deducción Estándar y Deducciones Detalladas Después de calcular su ingreso bruto ajustado, entonces puede restar las deducciones utilizadas para calcular los ingresos tributables. Taxact 2011 login tax return Puede restar la deducción estándar o las deducciones detalladas. Taxact 2011 login tax return Las deducciones detalladas son deducciones por determinados gastos enumerados en el Anexo A (Formulario 1040). Taxact 2011 login tax return Los diez capítulos de esta sección tratan sobre la deducción estándar, cada deducción detallada y el límite sobre algunas de sus deducciones detalladas si su ingreso bruto ajustado es mayor que ciertas cantidades. Taxact 2011 login tax return Vea el capítulo 20 para saber qué factores debe tener en cuenta al decidir si debe restar o no la deducción estándar o las deducciones detalladas. Taxact 2011 login tax return Table of Contents 20. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Deducción EstándarQué Hay de Nuevo Introduction Cantidad de la Deducción Estándar Deducción Estándar para DependientesDefinición del ingreso del trabajo. Taxact 2011 login tax return Quién Debe Detallar las DeduccionesCuándo detallar las deducciones. Taxact 2011 login tax return Personas casadas que presentan la declaración por separado. Taxact 2011 login tax return 21. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Gastos Médicos y DentalesQué Hay de Nuevo Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: ¿Qué Son Gastos Médicos? ¿Qué Gastos Puede Incluir Este Año?Estados donde rige la ley de los bienes gananciales. Taxact 2011 login tax return ¿Qué Cantidad de los Gastos Puede Deducir? ¿De Qué Personas Puede Incluir Gastos Médicos?Usted Cónyuge Dependiente Difuntos ¿Qué Gastos Médicos se Pueden Incluir?Primas de Seguros Comidas y Alojamiento Transporte Gastos del Cuidado de un Dependiente Incapacitado ¿Cómo se Tratan los Reembolsos?Reembolso de Seguros Indemnizaciones por Lesiones Personales Cómo Calcular y Reclamar la Deducción en su Declaración de Impuestos¿Qué Formulario Debe Usar para la Declaración? Gastos de Trabajo Relacionados con un Impedimento Costos del Seguro Médico para Personas que Trabajan por Cuenta Propia 22. Taxact 2011 login tax return   ImpuestosIntroductionGobierno tribal de indios estadounidenses. Taxact 2011 login tax return Useful Items - You may want to see: Requisitos para Deducir Todo Impuesto Impuestos sobre los IngresosImpuestos Estatales y Locales sobre los Ingresos Impuestos Extranjeros sobre los Ingresos Impuestos Generales sobre las VentasVehículos de motor. Taxact 2011 login tax return Impuestos sobre Bienes RaícesImpuestos sobre bienes raíces de años anteriores. Taxact 2011 login tax return Ejemplos. Taxact 2011 login tax return Formulario 1099-S. Taxact 2011 login tax return Cantidades Relacionadas con Bienes Raíces que no Puede Deducir Impuestos sobre Bienes Muebles Impuestos y Cargos que no Puede Deducir Dónde se Anotan las Deducciones 23. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Gastos de InteresesIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Intereses Hipotecarios de ViviendaCantidad Deducible Puntos Primas de Seguro Hipotecario Formulario 1098, Estado de Cuenta de los Intereses Hipotecarios Intereses Procedentes de InversionesBienes de Inversión Asignación de Gastos de Intereses Límite sobre la Deducción Cantidades que No Puede DeducirIntereses Personales Asignación de Intereses Cómo Hacer la DeclaraciónMás de un prestatario. Taxact 2011 login tax return Fondos procedentes de una hipoteca utilizados para negocios o inversiones. Taxact 2011 login tax return 24. Taxact 2011 login tax return   DonacionesIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Organizaciones que Reúnen los Requisitos para Recibir Donaciones DeduciblesTipos de Organizaciones Calificadas Donaciones que Puede DeducirDonaciones de las Cuales Usted se Beneficia Gastos Pagados a Nombre de un Estudiante que Vive con Usted Gastos de Bolsillo al Prestar Servicios Donaciones que no Puede DeducirDonaciones Hechas a Personas Físicas Donaciones Hechas a Organizaciones no Calificadas Donaciones de las Cuales Usted se Beneficia Valor de Tiempo o Servicios Gastos Personales Cargos de Tasación Donaciones de BienesExcepción. Taxact 2011 login tax return Artículos domésticos. Taxact 2011 login tax return Deducción de más de $500. Taxact 2011 login tax return Formulario 1098-C. Taxact 2011 login tax return Se acerca el plazo para la presentación de la declaración y aún no tiene el Formulario 1098-C. Taxact 2011 login tax return Excepción 1: vehículo usado o mejorado por la organización. Taxact 2011 login tax return Excepción 2: vehículo donado o vendido a una persona necesitada. Taxact 2011 login tax return Deducción de $500 o menos. Taxact 2011 login tax return Derecho al uso de los bienes. Taxact 2011 login tax return Bienes muebles tangibles. Taxact 2011 login tax return Intereses futuros. Taxact 2011 login tax return Determinación del Valor Justo de Mercado Donación de Bienes Cuyo Valor ha Disminuido Donación de Bienes Cuyo Valor ha Aumentado Cuándo Puede Deducir sus DonacionesCheques. Taxact 2011 login tax return Mensaje de texto. Taxact 2011 login tax return Tarjeta de crédito. Taxact 2011 login tax return Pago telefónico. Taxact 2011 login tax return Título de acciones. Taxact 2011 login tax return Pagaré. Taxact 2011 login tax return Opción. Taxact 2011 login tax return Fondos de un préstamo. Taxact 2011 login tax return Límites sobre DeduccionesCantidades Trasladadas al Año Siguiente Documentación que se Debe MantenerDonaciones en Efectivo Donaciones que no Sean en Efectivo Gastos de Bolsillo Cómo Declarar las Donaciones Caritativas 25. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Pérdidas por Hecho Fortuito y Robo no Relacionadas con los NegociosQué Hay de Nuevo Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Hecho FortuitoMascota de la familia. Taxact 2011 login tax return Deterioro progresivo. Taxact 2011 login tax return Daños ocasionados por paneles de yeso (drywall) corrosivos. Taxact 2011 login tax return Robo Pérdidas de Depósitos Comprobación de las Pérdidas Cómo Calcular una PérdidaDisminución del Valor Justo de Mercado Base Ajustada Seguro y Otros Reembolsos Un Solo Hecho Fortuito en Bienes Múltiples Límites de la DeducciónRegla de los $100 Regla del 10% Cuándo Declarar Ganancias y PérdidasPérdidas en Zonas de Desastre Cómo Declarar Ganancias y Pérdidas 26. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Gastos de Automóvil y Otros Gastos de Negocio del EmpleadoQué Hay de Nuevo Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Gastos de ViajeViajes Lejos de Su Domicilio Domicilio Tributario Trabajo o Asignación Temporal ¿Qué Gastos de Viaje se Pueden Deducir? Viajes en los Estados Unidos Viajes Fuera de los Estados Unidos Convenciones Gastos de EntretenimientoLímite del 50% ¿Qué Gastos de Entretenimiento se Pueden Deducir? ¿Qué Gastos de Entretenimiento no se Pueden Deducir? Gastos por Regalos Gastos de TransportePersonal en Reserva de las Fuerzas Armadas. Taxact 2011 login tax return Cargos de estacionamiento. Taxact 2011 login tax return Publicidad en el automóvil. Taxact 2011 login tax return Uso compartido de automóviles. Taxact 2011 login tax return Transporte de herramientas o instrumentos. Taxact 2011 login tax return Gastos de desplazamiento de sindicalistas desde el centro del sindicato. Taxact 2011 login tax return Gastos de Automóvil Mantenimiento de DocumentaciónCómo Demostrar los Gastos Cuánto Tiempo Tiene que Guardar Documentación y Recibos Cómo Hacer la DeclaraciónRegalos. Taxact 2011 login tax return Empleados estatutarios. Taxact 2011 login tax return Reembolsos Cómo Llenar los Formularios 2106 y 2106-EZ Reglas Especiales 27. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Beneficios Tributarios para Estudios Relacionados con el TrabajoQué Hay de Nuevo Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Estudios Relacionados con el Trabajo que Reúnen los Requisitos de la DeducciónEstudios Requeridos por el Empleador o por Ley Estudios para Mantener o Mejorar Destrezas Estudios para Satisfacer los Requisitos Mínimos Estudios que lo Capacitan para un Nuevo Oficio o Negocio Qué Gastos se Pueden Deducir Reembolso no reclamado. Taxact 2011 login tax return Gastos de Transporte Gastos de Viaje No se Permiten Beneficios Dobles Reembolsos Cómo Deducir Gastos de NegociosPersonas que Trabajan por Cuenta Propia Empleados Artistas del Espectáculo y Funcionarios a los que se les Pagan Honorarios Gastos de Trabajo Relacionados con un Impedimento Documentación 28. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Deducciones MisceláneasQué Hay de Nuevo Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Deducciones Sujetas al Límite del 2%Gastos del Empleado no Reembolsados (Línea 21) Costos de la Preparación de la Declaración de Impuestos (Línea 22) Otros Gastos (Línea 23) Deducciones no Sujetas al Límite del 2%Lista de Deducciones Gastos no DeduciblesLista de Gastos no Deducibles 29. Taxact 2011 login tax return   Límite sobre Deducciones DetalladasIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: ¿Está Usted Sujeto al Límite? ¿Qué Deducciones Detalladas Están Limitadas? ¿Qué Deducciones Detalladas no Están Limitadas? ¿Cómo se Calcula el Límite?Ejemplo Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications