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Turbotax for military Publication 557 - Additional Material Table of Contents Appendix. Turbotax for military Sample Articles of Organization, continued Organization Reference Chart Section of 1986 Code Description of organization General nature of activities Application  Form Annual return required to be  filed Contributions  allowable 501(c)(1) Corporations Organized under Act of Congress (including Federal Credit Unions) Instrumentalities of the  United States No Form None Yes, if made for exclusively public purposes 501(c)(2) Title Holding Corporation For Exempt Organization Holding title to property of an  exempt organization 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 No2 501(c)(3) Religious, Educational, Charitable, Scientific, Literary, Testing for Public Safety, to Foster National or International Amateur Sports Competition, or Prevention of Cruelty to Children or Animals Organizations Activities of nature implied by description of class of organization 1023 9901 or 990-EZ8, or 990-PF Yes, generally 501(c)(4) Civic Leagues, Social Welfare Organizations, and Local Associations of Employees Promotion of community welfare; charitable, educational, or recreational 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 No, generally 2, 3 501(c)(5) Labor, Agricultural, and Horticultural Organizations Educational or instructive, the  purpose being to improve conditions of work, and to improve products of efficiency 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 No2 501(c)(6) Business Leagues, Chambers of Commerce, Real Estate Boards, etc. Turbotax for military Improvement of business  conditions of one or more lines of business 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 No2 501(c)(7) Social and Recreational Clubs Pleasure, recreation, social activities 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 No2 501(c)(8) Fraternal Beneficiary Societies  and Associations Lodge providing for payment of life, sickness, accident or other benefits  to members 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 Yes, if for certain Sec. Turbotax for military 501(c)(3) purposes 501(c)(9) Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Associations Providing for payment of life, sickness, accident, or other benefits to members 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 No2 501(c)(10) Domestic Fraternal Societies  and Associations Lodge devoting its net earnings to charitable, fraternal, and other  specified purposes. Turbotax for military No life, sickness, or accident benefits to members 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 Yes, if for certain Sec. Turbotax for military 501(c)(3) purposes 501(c)(11) Teachers' Retirement Fund Associations Teachers' association for payment of retirement benefits Letter6 9901 or 990-EZ8 No2 501(c)(12) Benevolent Life Insurance Associations, Mutual Ditch or  Irrigation Companies, Mutual or Cooperative Telephone Companies, etc. Turbotax for military Activities of a mutually beneficial  nature similar to those implied by the description of class of organization 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 No2 501(c)(13) Cemetery Companies Burials and incidental activities 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 Yes, generally 501(c)(14) State-Chartered Credit Unions,  Mutual Reserve Funds Loans to members Letter6 9901 or 990-EZ8 No2 501(c)(15) Mutual Insurance Companies or Associations Providing insurance to members substantially at cost 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 No2 501(c)(16) Cooperative Organizations to  Finance Crop Operations Financing crop operations in  conjunction with activities of a marketing  or purchasing association Form 1120-C6 9901 or 990-EZ8 No2 501(c)(17) Supplemental Unemployment  Benefit Trusts Provides for payment of  supplemental unemployment compensation benefits 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 No2 501(c)(18) Employee Funded Pension Trust (created before June 25, 1959) Payment of benefits under a  pension plan funded by employees Letter6 9901 or 990-EZ8 No2 501(c)(19) Post or Organization of Past or  Present Members of the Armed Forces Activities implied by nature of organization 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 No, generally7 501(c)(21) Black Lung Benefit Trusts Funded by coal mine operators to satisfy their liability for disability or  death due to black lung diseases Letter6 990-BL No4 501(c)(22) Withdrawal Liability Payment Fund To provide funds to meet the  liability of employers withdrawing from  a multi-employer pension fund Letter6 9901 or 990-EZ8 No5 501(c)(23) Veterans' Organization (created before 1880) To provide insurance and other  benefits to veterans Letter6 9901 or 990-EZ8 No, generally7 501(c)(25) Title Holding Corporations or Trusts with Multiple Parent Corporations Holding title and paying over  income from property to 35 or fewer parents or beneficiaries 1024 9901 or 990-EZ8 No 501(c)(26) State-Sponsored Organization Providing Health Coverage for High-Risk Individuals Provides health care coverage to high-risk individuals Letter6 9901 or 990-EZ8 No 501(c)(27) State-Sponsored Workers' Compensation Reinsurance Organization Reimburses members for losses  under workers' compensation acts Letter6 9901 or 990-EZ8 No 501(c)(28) National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust Manages and invests the assets of the Railroad Retirement Account No Form 99011 No11 501(c)(29) CO-OP health insurance issuers A qualified health insurance issuer which has received a loan or grant under the CO-OP program Letter and Form 871814 9901 No13 501(d) Religious and Apostolic Associations Regular business activities;  Communal religious community No Form 10659 No2 501(e) Cooperative Hospital Service Organizations Performs cooperative services for hospitals 1023 9901 or 990-EZ8 Yes 501(f) Cooperative Service Organizations  of Operating Educational Organizations Performs collective investment  services for educational organizations 1023 9901 or 990-EZ8 Yes 501(k) Child Care Organizations Provides care for children 1023 9901 or 990-EZ8 Yes 501(n) Charitable Risk Pools Pools certain insurance risks of sec. Turbotax for military 501(c)(3) organizations 1023 9901 or 990-EZ8 Yes 501(q) Credit Counseling Organization Credit counseling services 1023 102312 No 521(a) Farmers' Cooperative Associations Cooperative marketing and  purchasing for agricultural procedures 1028 1120-C No 527 Political organizations A party, committee, fund,  association, etc. Turbotax for military , that directly or indirectly accepts contributions or makes expenditures for political campaigns 8871 1120-POL10 9901 or 990-EZ8 No 1For exceptions to the filing requirement, see chapter 2 and the form instructions. Turbotax for military Note: For annual tax periods beginning after 2006, most tax-exempt organizations, other than churches, are required to file an annual Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF with the IRS or to submit an annual electronic notice, Form 990-N (e-Postcard), to the IRS. Turbotax for military Tax-exempt organizations failing to file an annual return or submit an annual notice as required for 3 consecutive years will automatically lose their tax-exempt status. Turbotax for military    2An organization exempt under a subsection of section 501 other than 501(c)(3) can establish a charitable fund, contributions to which are deductible. Turbotax for military Such a fund must itself meet the requirements of section 501(c)(3) and the related notice requirements of section 508(a). Turbotax for military    3Contributions to volunteer fire companies and similar organizations are deductible, but only if made for exclusively public purposes. Turbotax for military    4Deductible as a business expense to the extent allowed by section 192. Turbotax for military    5Deductible as a business expense to the extent allowed by section 194A. Turbotax for military 6Application is by letter to the address shown on Form 8718. Turbotax for military A copy of the organizing document should be attached and the letter should be signed by an officer. Turbotax for military    7Contributions to these organizations are deductible only if 90% or more of the organization's members are war veterans. Turbotax for military    8For limits on the use of Form 990-EZ, see chapter 2 and the general instructions for Form 990-EZ (or Form 990). Turbotax for military    9Although the organization files a partnership return, all distributions are deemed dividends. Turbotax for military The members are not entitled to pass through treatment of the organization's income or expenses. Turbotax for military    10Form 1120-POL is required only if the organization has taxable income as defined in section 527(c). Turbotax for military    11Only required to annually file so much of the Form 990 that relates to the names and addresses of the officers, directors, trustees, and key employees, and their titles, compensation, and hours devoted to their positions (Part VII of Form 990), and to complete Item I in the Heading of Form 990 to confirm its tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(28). Turbotax for military    12See section 501(q) if the organization provides credit counseling services and seeks recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(4). Turbotax for military Use Form 1024 if applying for recognition under section 501(c)(4). Turbotax for military    13See section 501(c)(29) for details. Turbotax for military    14See Revenue Procedure 2012-11, sec. Turbotax for military 4. Turbotax for military 01, 2012-7 I. Turbotax for military R. Turbotax for military B. Turbotax for military 368, for details. Turbotax for military Appendix. Turbotax for military Sample Articles of Organization The following are examples of Articles of Incorporation (Draft A) and a declaration of trust (Draft B) that contain the required information as to purposes and powers of an organization and disposition of its assets upon dissolution. Turbotax for military You should bear in mind that requirements for these instruments may vary under applicable state law. Turbotax for military See Private Foundations and Public Charities , earlier for the special provisions required in a private foundation's governing instrument in order for it to qualify for exemption. Turbotax for military DRAFT A  Articles of Incorporation of the undersigned, a majority of whom are citizens of the United States, desiring to form a Non-Profit Corporation under the Non-Profit Corporation Law of , do hereby certify: First: The name of the Corporation shall be . Turbotax for military Second: The place in this state where the principal office of the Corporation is to be located is the City of , County. Turbotax for military Third: Said corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Turbotax for military Fourth: The names and addresses of the persons who are the initial trustees of the corporation are as follows: Name , Address Fifth: No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article Third hereof. Turbotax for military No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Turbotax for military Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Turbotax for military   If reference to federal law in articles of incorporation imposes a limitation that is invalid in your state, you may wish to substitute the following for the last sentence of the preceding paragraph: “Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, this corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the purposes of this corporation. Turbotax for military ” Sixth: Upon the dissolution of the corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Turbotax for military Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes. Turbotax for military   In witness whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names this day of , 20. Turbotax for military Appendix. Turbotax for military Sample Articles of Organization, continued Draft B The Charitable Trust. Turbotax for military Declaration of Trust made as of the day of , 20 , by , of , and , of , who hereby declare and agree that they have received this day from , as Donor, the sum of Ten Dollars ($10) and that they will hold and manage the same, and any additions to it, in trust, as follows: First: This trust shall be called “The Charitable Trust. Turbotax for military ” Second: The trustees may receive and accept property, whether real, personal, or mixed, by way of gift, bequest, or devise, from any person, firm, trust, or corporation, to be held, administered, and disposed of in accordance with and pursuant to the provisions of this Declaration of Trust; but no gift, bequest, or devise of any such property shall be received and accepted if it is conditioned or limited in such manner as to require the disposition of the income or its principal to any person or organization other than a “charitable organization” or for other than “charitable purposes” within the meaning of such terms as defined in Article Third of this Declaration of Trust, or as shall, in the opinion of the trustees, jeopardize the federal income tax exemption of this trust pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Turbotax for military Third: a) The principal and income of all property received and accepted by the trustees to be administered under this Declaration of Trust shall be held in trust by them, and the trustees may make payments or distributions from income or principal, or both, to or for the use of such charitable organizations, within the meaning of that term as defined in paragraph C, in such amounts and for such charitable purposes of the trust as the trustees shall from time to time select and determine; and the trustees may make payments or distributions from income or principal, or both, directly for such charitable purposes, within the meaning of that term as defined in paragraph D, in such amounts as the trustees shall from time to time select and determine without making use of any other charitable organization. Turbotax for military The trustees may also make payments or distributions of all or any part of the income or principal to states, territories, or possessions of the United States, any political subdivision of any of the foregoing, or to the United States or the District of Columbia but only for charitable purposes within the meaning of that term as defined in paragraph D. Turbotax for military Income or principal derived from contributions by corporations shall be distributed by the trustees for use solely within the United States or its possessions. Turbotax for military No part of the net earnings of this trust shall inure or be payable to or for the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, and no substantial part of the activities of this trust shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. Turbotax for military No part of the activities of this trust shall be the participation in, or intervention in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Turbotax for military b) The trust shall continue forever unless the trustees terminate it and distribute all of the principal and income, which action may be taken by the trustees in their discretion at any time. Turbotax for military On such termination, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Turbotax for military The donor authorizes and empowers the trustees to form and organize a nonprofit corporation limited to the uses and purposes provided for in this Declaration of Trust, such corporation to be organized under the laws of any state or under the laws of the United States as may be determined by the trustees; such corporation when organized to have power to administer and control the affairs and property and to carry out the uses, objects, and purposes of this trust. Turbotax for military Upon the creation and organization of such corporation, the trustees are authorized and empowered to convey, transfer, and deliver to such corporation all the property and assets to which this trust may be or become entitled. Turbotax for military The charter, bylaws, and other provisions for the organization and management of such corporation and its affairs and property shall be such as the trustees shall determine, consistent with the provisions of this paragraph. Turbotax for military c) In this Declaration of Trust and in any amendments to it, references to “charitable organizations” or “charitable organization” mean corporations, trusts, funds, foundations, or community chests created or organized in the United States or in any of its possessions, whether under the laws of the United States, any state or territory, the District of Columbia, or any possession of the United States, organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes, no part of the net earnings of which inures or is payable to or for the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, and no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and which do not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Turbotax for military It is intended that the organization described in this paragraph C shall be entitled to exemption from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Turbotax for military d) In this Declaration of Trust and in any amendments to it, the term “charitable purposes” shall be limited to and shall include only religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes within the meaning of those terms as used in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, but only such purposes as also constitute public charitable purposes under the law of trusts of the State of. Turbotax for military Fourth: This Declaration of Trust may be amended at any time or times by written instrument or instruments signed and sealed by the trustees, and acknowledged by any of the trustees, provided that no amendment shall authorize the trustees to conduct the affairs of this trust in any manner or for any purpose contrary to the provisions of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Turbotax for military An amendment of the provisions of this Article Fourth (or any amendment to it) shall be valid only if and to the extent that such amendment further restricts the trustees' amending power. Turbotax for military All instruments amending this Declaration of Trust shall be noted upon or kept attached to the executed original of this Declaration of Trust held by the trustees. Turbotax for military Fifth: Any trustee under this Declaration of Trust may, by written instrument, signed and acknowledged, resign his office. Turbotax for military The number of trustees shall be at all times not less than two, and whenever for any reason the number is reduced to one, there shall be, and at any other time there may be, appointed one or more additional trustees. Turbotax for military Appointments shall be made by the trustee or trustees for the time in office by written instruments signed and acknowledged. Turbotax for military Any succeeding or additional trustee shall, upon his or her acceptance of the office by written instrument signed and acknowledged, have the same powers, rights, and duties, and the same title to the trust estate jointly with the surviving or remaining trustee or trustees as if originally appointed. Turbotax for military  None of the trustees shall be required to furnish any bond or surety. Turbotax for military None of them shall be responsible or liable for the acts or omissions of any other of the trustees or of any predecessor or of a custodian, agent, depositary, or counsel selected with reasonable care. Turbotax for military  The one or more trustees, whether original or successor, for the time being in office, shall have full authority to act even though one or more vacancies may exist. Turbotax for military A trustee may, by appropriate written instrument, delegate all or any part of his or her powers to another or others of the trustees for such periods and subject to such conditions as such delegating trustee may determine. Turbotax for military  The trustees serving under this Declaration of Trust are authorized to pay to themselves amounts for reasonable expenses incurred and reasonable compensation for services rendered in the administration of this trust, but in no event shall any trustee who has made a contribution to this trust ever receive any compensation thereafter. Turbotax for military Sixth: In extension and not in limitation of the common law and statutory powers of trustees and other powers granted in this Declaration of Trust, the trustees shall have the following discretionary powers. Turbotax for military a) To invest and reinvest the principal and income of the trust in such property, real, personal, or mixed, and in such manner as they shall deem proper, and from time to time to change investments as they shall deem advisable; to invest in or retain any stocks, shares, bonds, notes, obligations, or personal or real property (including without limitation any interests in or obligations of any corporation, association, business trust, investment trust, common trust fund, or investment company) although some or all of the property so acquired or retained is of a kind or size which but for this express authority would not be considered proper and although all of the trust funds are invested in the securities of one company. Turbotax for military No principal or income, however, shall be loaned, directly or indirectly, to any trustee or to anyone else, corporate or otherwise, who has at any time made a contribution to this trust, nor to anyone except on the basis of an adequate interest charge and with adequate security. Turbotax for military b) To sell, lease, or exchange any personal, mixed, or real property, at public auction or by private contract, for such consideration and on such terms as to credit or otherwise, and to make such contracts and enter into such undertakings relating to the trust property, as they consider advisable, whether or not such leases or contracts may extend beyond the duration of the trust. Turbotax for military c) To borrow money for such periods, at such rates of interest, and upon such terms as the trustees consider advisable, and as security for such loans to mortgage or pledge any real or personal property with or without power of sale; to acquire or hold any real or personal property, subject to any mortgage or pledge on or of property acquired or held by this trust. Turbotax for military d) To execute and deliver deeds, assignments, transfers, mortgages, pledges, leases, covenants, contracts, promissory notes, releases, and other instruments, sealed or unsealed, incident to any transaction in which they engage. Turbotax for military e) To vote, to give proxies, to participate in the reorganization, merger, or consolidation of any concern, or in the sale, lease, disposition, or distribution of its assets; to join with other security holders in acting through a committee, depositary, voting trustees, or otherwise, and in this connection to delegate authority to such committee, depositary, or trustees and to deposit securities with them or transfer securities to them; to pay assessments levied on securities or to exercise subscription rights in respect of securities. Turbotax for military f) To employ a bank or trust company as custodian of any funds or securities and to delegate to it such powers as they deem appropriate; to hold trust property without indication of fiduciary capacity but only in the name of a registered nominee, provided the trust property is at all times identified as such on the books of the trust; to keep any or all of the trust property or funds in any place or places in the United States of America; to employ clerks, accountants, investment counsel, investment agents, and any special services, and to pay the reasonable compensation and expenses of all such services in addition to the compensation of the trustees. Turbotax for military Seventh: The trustees' powers are exercisable solely in the fiduciary capacity consistent with and in furtherance of the charitable purposes of this trust as specified in Article Third and not otherwise. Turbotax for military Eighth: In this Declaration of Trust and in any amendment to it, references to “trustees” mean the one or more trustees, whether original or successor, for the time being in office. Turbotax for military Ninth: Any person may rely on a copy, certified by a notary public, of the executed original of this Declaration of Trust held by the trustees, and of any of the notations on it and writings attached to it, as fully as he might rely on the original documents themselves. Turbotax for military Any such person may rely fully on any statements of fact certified by anyone who appears from such original documents or from such certified copy to be a trustee under this Declaration of Trust. Turbotax for military No one dealing with the trustees need inquire concerning the validity of anything the trustees purport to do. Turbotax for military No one dealing with the trustees need see to the application of anything paid or transferred to or upon the order of the trustees of the trust. Turbotax for military Tenth: This Declaration of Trust is to be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of . Turbotax for military Trustee Trustee Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Turbotax for military 2. Turbotax for military   Depreciation of Rental Property Table of Contents The BasicsWhat Rental Property Can Be Depreciated? When Does Depreciation Begin and End? Depreciation Methods Basis of Depreciable Property Claiming the Special Depreciation Allowance MACRS DepreciationDepreciation Systems Property Classes Under GDS Recovery Periods Under GDS Conventions Figuring Your Depreciation Deduction Figuring MACRS Depreciation Under ADS Claiming the Correct Amount of Depreciation You recover the cost of income producing property through yearly tax deductions. Turbotax for military You do this by depreciating the property; that is, by deducting some of the cost each year on your tax return. Turbotax for military Three factors determine how much depreciation you can deduct each year: (1) your basis in the property, (2) the recovery period for the property, and (3) the depreciation method used. Turbotax for military You cannot simply deduct your mortgage or principal payments, or the cost of furniture, fixtures and equipment, as an expense. Turbotax for military You can deduct depreciation only on the part of your property used for rental purposes. Turbotax for military Depreciation reduces your basis for figuring gain or loss on a later sale or exchange. Turbotax for military You may have to use Form 4562 to figure and report your depreciation. Turbotax for military See Which Forms To Use in chapter 3. Turbotax for military Also see Publication 946. Turbotax for military Section 179 deduction. Turbotax for military   The section 179 deduction is a means of recovering part or all of the cost of certain qualifying property in the year you place the property in service. Turbotax for military This deduction is not allowed for property used in connection with residential rental property. Turbotax for military See chapter 2 of Publication 946. Turbotax for military Alternative minimum tax (AMT). Turbotax for military   If you use accelerated depreciation, you may be subject to the AMT. Turbotax for military Accelerated depreciation allows you to deduct more depreciation earlier in the recovery period than you could deduct using a straight line method (same deduction each year). Turbotax for military   The prescribed depreciation methods for rental real estate are not accelerated, so the depreciation deduction is not adjusted for the AMT. Turbotax for military However, accelerated methods are generally used for other property connected with rental activities (for example, appliances and wall-to-wall carpeting). Turbotax for military   To find out if you are subject to the AMT, see the Instructions for Form 6251. Turbotax for military The Basics The following section discusses the information you will need to have about the rental property and the decisions to be made before figuring your depreciation deduction. Turbotax for military What Rental Property Can Be Depreciated? You can depreciate your property if it meets all the following requirements. Turbotax for military You own the property. Turbotax for military You use the property in your business or income-producing activity (such as rental property). Turbotax for military The property has a determinable useful life. Turbotax for military The property is expected to last more than one year. Turbotax for military Property you own. Turbotax for military   To claim depreciation, you usually must be the owner of the property. Turbotax for military You are considered as owning property even if it is subject to a debt. Turbotax for military Rented property. Turbotax for military   Generally, if you pay rent for property, you cannot depreciate that property. Turbotax for military Usually, only the owner can depreciate it. Turbotax for military However, if you make permanent improvements to leased property, you may be able to depreciate the improvements. Turbotax for military See Additions or improvements to property , later in this chapter, under Recovery Periods Under GDS. Turbotax for military Cooperative apartments. Turbotax for military   If you are a tenant-stockholder in a cooperative housing corporation and rent your cooperative apartment to others, you can deduct depreciation on your stock in the corporation. Turbotax for military See chapter 4, Special Situations. Turbotax for military Property having a determinable useful life. Turbotax for military   To be depreciable, your property must have a determinable useful life. Turbotax for military This means that it must be something that wears out, decays, gets used up, becomes obsolete, or loses its value from natural causes. Turbotax for military What Rental Property Cannot Be Depreciated? Certain property cannot be depreciated. Turbotax for military This includes land and certain excepted property. Turbotax for military Land. Turbotax for military   You cannot depreciate the cost of land because land generally does not wear out, become obsolete, or get used up. Turbotax for military But if it does, the loss is accounted for upon disposition. Turbotax for military The costs of clearing, grading, planting, and landscaping are usually all part of the cost of land and cannot be depreciated. Turbotax for military   Although you cannot depreciate land, you can depreciate certain land preparation costs, such as landscaping costs, incurred in preparing land for business use. Turbotax for military 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. Turbotax for military Example. Turbotax for military You built a new house to use as a rental and paid for grading, clearing, seeding, and planting bushes and trees. Turbotax for military Some of the bushes and trees were planted right next to the house, while others were planted around the outer border of the lot. Turbotax for military If you replace the house, you would have to destroy the bushes and trees right next to it. Turbotax for military These bushes and trees are closely associated with the house, so they have a determinable useful life. Turbotax for military Therefore, you can depreciate them. Turbotax for military Add your other land preparation costs to the basis of your land because they have no determinable life and you cannot depreciate them. Turbotax for military Excepted property. Turbotax for military   Even if the property meets all the requirements listed earlier under What Rental Property Can Be Depreciated , you cannot depreciate the following property. Turbotax for military Property placed in service and disposed of (or taken out of business use) in the same year. Turbotax for military Equipment used to build capital improvements. Turbotax for military You must add otherwise allowable depreciation on the equipment during the period of construction to the basis of your improvements. Turbotax for military For more information, see chapter 1 of Publication 946. Turbotax for military When Does Depreciation Begin and End? You begin to depreciate your rental property when you place it in service for the production of income. Turbotax for military You stop depreciating it either when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis, or when you retire it from service, whichever happens first. Turbotax for military Placed in Service You place property in service in a rental activity when it is ready and available for a specific use in that activity. Turbotax for military Even if you are not using the property, it is in service when it is ready and available for its specific use. Turbotax for military Example 1. Turbotax for military On November 22 of last year, you purchased a dishwasher for your rental property. Turbotax for military The appliance was delivered on December 7, but was not installed and ready for use until January 3 of this year. Turbotax for military Because the dishwasher was not ready for use last year, it is not considered placed in service until this year. Turbotax for military If the appliance had been installed and ready for use when it was delivered in December of last year, it would have been considered placed in service in December, even if it was not actually used until this year. Turbotax for military Example 2. Turbotax for military On April 6, you purchased a house to use as residential rental property. Turbotax for military You made extensive repairs to the house and had it ready for rent on July 5. Turbotax for military You began to advertise the house for rent in July and actually rented it beginning September 1. Turbotax for military The house is considered placed in service in July when it was ready and available for rent. Turbotax for military You can begin to depreciate the house in July. Turbotax for military Example 3. Turbotax for military You moved from your home in July. Turbotax for military During August and September you made several repairs to the house. Turbotax for military On October 1, you listed the property for rent with a real estate company, which rented it on December 1. Turbotax for military The property is considered placed in service on October 1, the date when it was available for rent. Turbotax for military Conversion to business use. Turbotax for military   If you place property in service in a personal activity, you cannot claim depreciation. Turbotax for military However, if you change the property's use to business or the production of income, you can begin to depreciate it at the time of the change. Turbotax for military You place the property in service for business or income-producing use on the date of the change. Turbotax for military Example. Turbotax for military You bought a house and used it as your personal home several years before you converted it to rental property. Turbotax for military 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. Turbotax for military You can begin to claim depreciation in the year you converted it to rental property because at that time its use changed to the production of income. Turbotax for military Idle Property Continue to claim a deduction for depreciation on property used in your rental activity even if it is temporarily idle (not in use). Turbotax for military For example, if you must make repairs after a tenant moves out, you still depreciate the rental property during the time it is not available for rent. Turbotax for military Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered You must stop depreciating property when the total of your yearly depreciation deductions equals your cost or other basis of your property. Turbotax for military For this purpose, your yearly depreciation deductions include any depreciation that you were allowed to claim, even if you did not claim it. Turbotax for military See Basis of Depreciable Property , later. Turbotax for military 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. Turbotax for military 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. Turbotax for military You sell or exchange the property. Turbotax for military You convert the property to personal use. Turbotax for military You abandon the property. Turbotax for military The property is destroyed. Turbotax for military Depreciation Methods Generally, you must use the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) to depreciate residential rental property placed in service after 1986. Turbotax for military If you placed rental property in service before 1987, you are using one of the following methods. Turbotax for military ACRS (Accelerated Cost Recovery System) for property placed in service after 1980 but before 1987. Turbotax for military Straight line or declining balance method over the useful life of property placed in service before 1981. Turbotax for military See MACRS Depreciation , later, for more information. Turbotax for military Rental property placed in service before 2013. Turbotax for military   Continue to use the same method of figuring depreciation that you used in the past. Turbotax for military Use of real property changed. Turbotax for military   Generally, you 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. Turbotax for military This includes your residence that you changed to rental use. Turbotax for military See Property Owned or Used in 1986 in Publication 946, chapter 1, for those situations in which MACRS is not allowed. Turbotax for military Improvements made after 1986. Turbotax for military   Treat an improvement made after 1986 to property you placed in service before 1987 as separate depreciable property. Turbotax for military As a result, you can depreciate that improvement as separate property under MACRS if it is the type of property that otherwise qualifies for MACRS depreciation. Turbotax for military For more information about improvements, see Additions or improvements to property , later in this chapter under Recovery Periods Under GDS. Turbotax for military This publication discusses MACRS depreciation only. Turbotax for military If you need information about depreciating property placed in service before 1987, see Publication 534. Turbotax for military Basis of Depreciable Property The basis of property used in a rental activity is generally its adjusted basis when you place it in service in that activity. Turbotax for military This is its cost or other basis when you acquired it, adjusted for certain items occurring before you place it in service in the rental activity. Turbotax for military If you depreciate your property under MACRS, you may also have to reduce your basis by certain deductions and credits with respect to the property. Turbotax for military Basis and adjusted basis are explained in the following discussions. Turbotax for military If you used the property for personal purposes before changing it to rental use, its basis for depreciation is the lesser of its adjusted basis or its fair market value when you change it to rental use. Turbotax for military See Basis of Property Changed to Rental Use in chapter 4. Turbotax for military Cost Basis The basis of property you buy is usually its cost. Turbotax for military The cost is the amount you pay for it in cash, in debt obligation, in other property, or in services. Turbotax for military Your cost also includes amounts you pay for: Sales tax charged on the purchase (but see Exception next), Freight charges to obtain the property, and Installation and testing charges. Turbotax for military Exception. Turbotax for military   If you deducted state and local general sales taxes as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), do not include those sales taxes as part of your cost basis. Turbotax for military Such taxes were deductible before 1987 and after 2003. Turbotax for military Loans with low or no interest. Turbotax for military   If you buy property on any time-payment plan that charges little or no interest, the basis of your property is your stated purchase price, less the amount considered to be unstated interest. Turbotax for military See Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537, Installment Sales. Turbotax for military Real property. Turbotax for military   If you buy real property, such as a building and land, certain fees and other expenses you pay are part of your cost basis in the property. Turbotax for military Real estate taxes. Turbotax for military   If you buy real property and agree to pay real estate taxes on it that were owed by the seller and the seller does not reimburse you, the taxes you pay are treated as part of your basis in the property. Turbotax for military You cannot deduct them as taxes paid. Turbotax for military   If you reimburse the seller for real estate taxes the seller paid for you, you can usually deduct that amount. Turbotax for military Do not include that amount in your basis in the property. Turbotax for military Settlement fees and other costs. Turbotax for military   The following settlement fees and closing costs for buying the property are part of your basis in the property. Turbotax for military Abstract fees. Turbotax for military Charges for installing utility services. Turbotax for military Legal fees. Turbotax for military Recording fees. Turbotax for military Surveys. Turbotax for military Transfer taxes. Turbotax for military Title insurance. Turbotax for military Any 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. Turbotax for military   The following are settlement fees and closing costs you cannot include in your basis in the property. Turbotax for military Fire insurance premiums. Turbotax for military Rent or other charges relating to occupancy of the property before closing. Turbotax for military Charges connected with getting or refinancing a loan, such as: Points (discount points, loan origination fees), Mortgage insurance premiums, Loan assumption fees, Cost of a credit report, and Fees for an appraisal required by a lender. Turbotax for military   Also, do not include amounts placed in escrow for the future payment of items such as taxes and insurance. Turbotax for military Assumption of a mortgage. Turbotax for military   If you buy property and become liable for an existing mortgage on the property, your basis is the amount you pay for the property plus the amount remaining to be paid on the mortgage. Turbotax for military Example. Turbotax for military You buy a building for $60,000 cash and assume a mortgage of $240,000 on it. Turbotax for military Your basis is $300,000. Turbotax for military Separating cost of land and buildings. Turbotax for military   If you buy buildings and your cost includes the cost of the land on which they stand, you must divide the cost between the land and the buildings to figure the basis for depreciation of the buildings. Turbotax for military The part of the cost that you allocate to each asset is the ratio of the fair market value of that asset to the fair market value of the whole property at the time you buy it. Turbotax for military   If you are not certain of the fair market values of the land and the buildings, you can divide the cost between them based on their assessed values for real estate tax purposes. Turbotax for military Example. Turbotax for military You buy a house and land for $200,000. Turbotax for military The purchase contract does not specify how much of the purchase price is for the house and how much is for the land. Turbotax for military The latest real estate tax assessment on the property was based on an assessed value of $160,000, of which $136,000 was for the house and $24,000 was for the land. Turbotax for military You can allocate 85% ($136,000 ÷ $160,000) of the purchase price to the house and 15% ($24,000 ÷ $160,000) of the purchase price to the land. Turbotax for military Your basis in the house is $170,000 (85% of $200,000) and your basis in the land is $30,000 (15% of $200,000). Turbotax for military Basis Other Than Cost You cannot use cost as a basis for property that you received: In return for services you performed; In an exchange for other property; As a gift; From your spouse, or from your former spouse as the result of a divorce; or As an inheritance. Turbotax for military If you received property in one of these ways, see Publication 551 for information on how to figure your basis. Turbotax for military Adjusted Basis To figure 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 for business or the production of income. Turbotax for military The result of these adjustments to the basis is the adjusted basis. Turbotax for military Increases to basis. Turbotax for military   You must increase the basis of any property by the cost of all items properly added to a capital account. Turbotax for military These include the following. Turbotax for military The cost of any additions or improvements made before placing your property into service as a rental that have a useful life of more than 1 year. Turbotax for military Amounts spent after a casualty to restore the damaged property. Turbotax for military The cost of extending utility service lines to the property. Turbotax for military Legal fees, such as the cost of defending and perfecting title, or settling zoning issues. Turbotax for military Additions or improvements. Turbotax for military   Add to the basis of your property the amount an addition or improvement actually cost you, including any amount you borrowed to make the addition or improvement. Turbotax for military This includes all direct costs, such as material and labor, but does not include your own labor. Turbotax for military It also includes all expenses related to the addition or improvement. Turbotax for military   For example, if you had an architect draw up plans for remodeling your property, the architect's fee is a part of the cost of the remodeling. Turbotax for military Or, if you had your lot surveyed to put up a fence, the cost of the survey is a part of the cost of the fence. Turbotax for military   Keep separate accounts for depreciable additions or improvements made after you place the property in service in your rental activity. Turbotax for military For information on depreciating additions or improvements, see Additions or improvements to property , later in this chapter, under Recovery Periods Under GDS. Turbotax for military    The cost of landscaping improvements is usually treated as an addition to the basis of the land, which is not depreciable. Turbotax for military However, see What Rental Property Cannot Be Depreciated, earlier. Turbotax for military Assessments for local improvements. Turbotax for military   Assessments for items which tend to increase the value of property, such as streets and sidewalks, must be added to the basis of the property. Turbotax for military For example, if your city installs curbing on the street in front of your house, and assesses you and your neighbors for its cost, you must add the assessment to the basis of your property. Turbotax for military Also add the cost of legal fees paid to obtain a decrease in an assessment levied against property to pay for local improvements. Turbotax for military You cannot deduct these items as taxes or depreciate them. Turbotax for military    However, you can deduct as taxes, charges or assessments for maintenance, repairs, or interest charges related to the improvements. Turbotax for military Do not add them to your basis in the property. Turbotax for military Deducting vs. Turbotax for military capitalizing costs. Turbotax for military   Do not add to your basis costs you can deduct as current expenses. Turbotax for military However, there are certain costs you can choose either to deduct or to capitalize. Turbotax for military If you capitalize these costs, include them in your basis. Turbotax for military If you deduct them, do not include them in your basis. Turbotax for military   The costs you may choose to deduct or capitalize include carrying charges, such as interest and taxes, that you must pay to own property. Turbotax for military   For more information about deducting or capitalizing costs and how to make the election, see Carrying Charges in Publication 535, chapter 7. Turbotax for military Decreases to basis. Turbotax for military   You must decrease the basis of your property by any items that represent a return of your cost. Turbotax for military These include the following. Turbotax for military Insurance or other payment you receive as the result of a casualty or theft loss. Turbotax for military Casualty loss not covered by insurance for which you took a deduction. Turbotax for military Amount(s) you receive for granting an easement. Turbotax for military Residential energy credits you were allowed before 1986, or after 2005, if you added the cost of the energy items to the basis of your home. Turbotax for military Exclusion from income of subsidies for energy conservation measures. Turbotax for military Special depreciation allowance claimed on qualified property. Turbotax for military Depreciation you deducted, or could have deducted, on your tax returns under the method of depreciation you chose. Turbotax for military If you did not deduct enough or deducted too much in any year, see Depreciation under Decreases to Basis in Publication 551. Turbotax for military   If your rental property was previously used as your main home, you must also decrease the basis by the following. Turbotax for military Gain you postponed from the sale of your main home before May 7, 1997, if the replacement home was converted to your rental property. Turbotax for military District of Columbia first-time homebuyer credit allowed on the purchase of your main home after August 4, 1997 and before January 1, 2012. Turbotax for military Amount of qualified principal residence indebtedness discharged on or after January 1, 2007. Turbotax for military Claiming the Special Depreciation Allowance For 2013, your residential rental property may qualify for a special depreciation allowance. Turbotax for military This allowance is figured before you figure your regular depreciation deduction. Turbotax for military See Publication 946, chapter 3, for details. Turbotax for military Also see the Instructions for Form 4562, Line 14. Turbotax for military If you qualify for, but choose not to take, a special depreciation allowance, you must attach a statement to your return. Turbotax for military The details of this election are in Publication 946, chapter 3, and the Instructions for Form 4562, Line 14. Turbotax for military MACRS Depreciation Most business and investment property placed in service after 1986 is depreciated using MACRS. Turbotax for military This section explains how to determine which MACRS depreciation system applies to your property. Turbotax for military It also discusses other information you need to know before you can figure depreciation under MACRS. Turbotax for military This information includes the property's: Recovery class, Applicable recovery period, Convention, Placed-in-service date, Basis for depreciation, and Depreciation method. Turbotax for military Depreciation Systems MACRS consists of two systems that determine how you depreciate your property—the General Depreciation System (GDS) and the Alternative Depreciation System (ADS). Turbotax for military You must use GDS unless you are specifically required by law to use ADS or you elect to use ADS. Turbotax for military Excluded Property You cannot use MACRS for certain personal property (such as furniture or appliances) placed in service in your rental property in 2013 if it had been previously placed in service before 1987 when MACRS became effective. Turbotax for military In most cases, personal property is excluded from MACRS if you (or a person related to you) owned or used it in 1986 or if your tenant is a person (or someone related to the person) who owned or used it in 1986. Turbotax for military However, the property is not excluded if your 2013 deduction under MACRS (using a half-year convention) is less than the deduction you would have under ACRS. Turbotax for military For more information, see What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property? in Publication 946, chapter 1. Turbotax for military Electing ADS If you choose, you can use the ADS method for most property. Turbotax for military Under ADS, you use the straight line method of depreciation. Turbotax for military The election of ADS for one item in a class of property generally applies to all property in that class that is placed in service during the tax year of the election. Turbotax for military However, the election applies on a property-by-property basis for residential rental property and nonresidential real property. Turbotax for military If you choose to use ADS for your residential rental property, the election must be made in the first year the property is placed in service. Turbotax for military Once you make this election, you can never revoke it. Turbotax for military For property placed in service during 2013, you make the election to use ADS by entering the depreciation on Form 4562, Part III, Section C, line 20c. Turbotax for military Property Classes Under GDS Each item of property that can be depreciated under MACRS is assigned to a property class, determined by its class life. Turbotax for military The property class generally determines the depreciation method, recovery period, and convention. Turbotax for military The property classes under GDS are: 3-year property, 5-year property, 7-year property, 10-year property, 15-year property, 20-year property, Nonresidential real property, and Residential rental property. Turbotax for military Under MACRS, property that you placed in service during 2013 in your rental activities generally falls into one of the following classes. Turbotax for military 5-year property. Turbotax for military This class includes computers and peripheral equipment, office machinery (typewriters, calculators, copiers, etc. Turbotax for military ), automobiles, and light trucks. Turbotax for military This class also includes appliances, carpeting, furniture, etc. Turbotax for military , used in a residential rental real estate activity. Turbotax for military Depreciation on automobiles, other property used for transportation, computers and related peripheral equipment, and property of a type generally used for entertainment, recreation, or amusement is limited. Turbotax for military See chapter 5 of Publication 946. Turbotax for military 7-year property. Turbotax for military This class includes office furniture and equipment (desks, file cabinets, etc. Turbotax for military ). Turbotax for military This class also includes any property that does not have a class life and that has not been designated by law as being in any other class. Turbotax for military 15-year property. Turbotax for military This class includes roads, fences, and shrubbery (if depreciable). Turbotax for military Residential rental property. Turbotax for military This class includes any real property that is a rental building or structure (including a mobile home) for which 80% or more of the gross rental income for the tax year is from dwelling units. Turbotax for military It does not include a unit in a hotel, motel, inn, or other establishment where more than half of the units are used on a transient basis. Turbotax for military If you live in any part of the building or structure, the gross rental income includes the fair rental value of the part you live in. Turbotax for military The other property classes do not generally apply to property used in rental activities. Turbotax for military These classes are not discussed in this publication. Turbotax for military See Publication 946 for more information. Turbotax for military Recovery Periods Under GDS The recovery period of property is the number of years over which you recover its cost or other basis. Turbotax for military The recovery periods are generally longer under ADS than GDS. Turbotax for military The recovery period of property depends on its property class. Turbotax for military Under GDS, the recovery period of an asset is generally the same as its property class. Turbotax for military Class lives and recovery periods for most assets are listed in Appendix B of Publication 946. Turbotax for military See Table 2-1 for recovery periods of property commonly used in residential rental activities. Turbotax for military Qualified Indian reservation property. Turbotax for military   Shorter recovery periods are provided under MACRS for qualified Indian reservation property placed in service on Indian reservations. Turbotax for military For more information, see chapter 4 of Publication 946. Turbotax for military Additions or improvements to property. Turbotax for military   Treat additions or improvements you make to your depreciable rental property as separate property items for depreciation purposes. Turbotax for military   The property class and recovery period of the addition or improvement is the one that would apply to the original property if you had placed it in service at the same time as the addition or improvement. Turbotax for military   The recovery period for an addition or improvement to property begins on the later of: The date the addition or improvement is placed in service, or The date the property to which the addition or improvement was made is placed in service. Turbotax for military Example. Turbotax for military You own a residential rental house that you have been renting since 1986 and depreciating under ACRS. Turbotax for military You built an addition onto the house and placed it in service in 2013. Turbotax for military You must use MACRS for the addition. Turbotax for military Under GDS, the addition is depreciated as residential rental property over 27. Turbotax for military 5 years. Turbotax for military Table 2-1. Turbotax for military MACRS Recovery Periods for Property Used in Rental Activities   MACRS Recovery Period   Type of Property General Depreciation System Alternative Depreciation System   Computers and their peripheral equipment 5 years 5 years   Office machinery, such as: Typewriters Calculators Copiers 5 years 6 years   Automobiles 5 years 5 years   Light trucks 5 years 5 years   Appliances, such as: Stoves Refrigerators 5 years 9 years   Carpets 5 years 9 years   Furniture used in rental property 5 years 9 years   Office furniture and equipment, such as: Desks Files 7 years 10 years   Any property that does not have a class life and that has not been designated by law as being in any other class 7 years 12 years   Roads 15 years 20 years   Shrubbery 15 years 20 years   Fences 15 years 20 years   Residential rental property (buildings or structures) and structural components such as furnaces, waterpipes, venting, etc. Turbotax for military 27. Turbotax for military 5 years 40 years   Additions and improvements, such as a new roof The same recovery period as that of the property to which the addition or improvement is made, determined as if the property were placed in service at the same time as the addition or improvement. Turbotax for military   Conventions A convention is a method established under MACRS to set the beginning and end of the recovery period. Turbotax for military The convention you use determines the number of months for which you can claim depreciation in the year you place property in service and in the year you dispose of the property. Turbotax for military Mid-month convention. Turbotax for military    A mid-month convention is used for all residential rental property and nonresidential real property. Turbotax for military Under this convention, you treat all property placed in service, or disposed of, during any month as placed in service, or disposed of, at the midpoint of that month. Turbotax for military Mid-quarter convention. Turbotax for military   A mid-quarter convention must be used if the mid-month convention does not apply and the total depreciable basis of MACRS property placed in service in the last 3 months of a tax year (excluding nonresidential real property, residential rental property, and property placed in service and disposed of in the same year) is more than 40% of the total basis of all such property you place in service during the year. Turbotax for military   Under this convention, you treat all property placed in service, or disposed of, during any quarter of a tax year as placed in service, or disposed of, at the midpoint of the quarter. Turbotax for military Example. Turbotax for military During the tax year, Tom Martin purchased the following items to use in his rental property. Turbotax for military He elects not to claim the special depreciation allowance discussed earlier. Turbotax for military A dishwasher for $400 that he placed in service in January. Turbotax for military Used furniture for $100 that he placed in service in September. Turbotax for military A refrigerator for $800 that he placed in service in October. Turbotax for military Tom uses the calendar year as his tax year. Turbotax for military The total basis of all property placed in service that year is $1,300. Turbotax for military The $800 basis of the refrigerator placed in service during the last 3 months of his tax year exceeds $520 (40% × $1,300). Turbotax for military Tom must use the mid-quarter convention instead of the half-year convention for all three items. Turbotax for military Half-year convention. Turbotax for military    The half-year convention is used if neither the mid-quarter convention nor the mid-month convention applies. Turbotax for military Under this convention, you treat all property placed in service, or disposed of, during a tax year as placed in service, or disposed of, at the midpoint of that tax year. Turbotax for military   If this convention applies, you deduct a half year of depreciation for the first year and the last year that you depreciate the property. Turbotax for military You deduct a full year of depreciation for any other year during the recovery period. Turbotax for military Figuring Your Depreciation Deduction You can figure your MACRS depreciation deduction in one of two ways. Turbotax for military The deduction is substantially the same both ways. Turbotax for military You can either: Actually compute the deduction using the depreciation method and convention that apply over the recovery period of the property, or Use the percentage from the MACRS percentage tables. Turbotax for military In this publication we will use the percentage tables. Turbotax for military For instructions on how to compute the deduction, see chapter 4 of Publication 946. Turbotax for military Residential rental property. Turbotax for military   You must use the straight line method and a mid-month convention for residential rental property. Turbotax for military In the first year that you claim depreciation for residential rental property, you can claim depreciation only for the number of months the property is in use, and you must use the mid-month convention (explained under Conventions , earlier). Turbotax for military 5-, 7-, or 15-year property. Turbotax for military   For property in the 5- or 7-year class, use the 200% declining balance method and a half-year convention. Turbotax for military However, in limited cases you must use the mid-quarter convention, if it applies. Turbotax for military For property in the 15-year class, use the 150% declining balance method and a half-year convention. Turbotax for military   You can also choose to use the 150% declining balance method for property in the 5- or 7-year class. Turbotax for military The choice to use the 150% method for one item in a class of property applies to all property in that class that is placed in service during the tax year of the election. Turbotax for military You make this election on Form 4562. Turbotax for military In Part III, column (f), enter “150 DB. Turbotax for military ” Once you make this election, you cannot change to another method. Turbotax for military   If you use either the 200% or 150% declining balance method, you figure your deduction using the straight line method in the first tax year that the straight line method gives you an equal or larger deduction. Turbotax for military   You can also choose to use the straight line method with a half-year or mid-quarter convention for 5-, 7-, or 15-year property. Turbotax for military The choice to use the straight line method for one item in a class of property applies to all property in that class that is placed in service during the tax year of the election. Turbotax for military You elect the straight line method on Form 4562. Turbotax for military In Part III, column (f), enter “S/L. Turbotax for military ” Once you make this election, you cannot change to another method. Turbotax for military MACRS Percentage Tables You can use the percentages in Table 2-2, earlier, to compute annual depreciation under MACRS. Turbotax for military The tables show the percentages for the first few years or until the change to the straight line method is made. Turbotax for military See Appendix A of Publication 946 for complete tables. Turbotax for military The percentages in Tables 2-2a, 2-2b, and 2-2c make the change from declining balance to straight line in the year that straight line will give a larger deduction. Turbotax for military If you elect to use the straight line method for 5-, 7-, or 15-year property, or the 150% declining balance method for 5- or 7-year property, use the tables in Appendix A of Publication 946. Turbotax for military How to use the percentage tables. Turbotax for military   You must apply the table rates to your property's unadjusted basis (defined below) each year of the recovery period. Turbotax for military   Once you begin using a percentage table to figure depreciation, you must continue to use it for the entire recovery period unless there is an adjustment to the basis of your property for a reason other than: Depreciation allowed or allowable, or An addition or improvement that is depreciated as a separate item of property. Turbotax for military   If there is an adjustment for any reason other than (1) or (2), for example, because of a deductible casualty loss, you can no longer use the table. Turbotax for military For the year of the adjustment and for the remaining recovery period, figure depreciation using the property's adjusted basis at the end of the year and the appropriate depreciation method, as explained earlier under Figuring Your Depreciation Deduction . Turbotax for military See Figuring the Deduction Without Using the Tables in Publication 946, chapter 4. Turbotax for military Unadjusted basis. Turbotax for military   This is the same basis you would use to figure gain on a sale (see Basis of Depreciable Property , earlier), but without reducing your original basis by any MACRS depreciation taken in earlier years. Turbotax for military   However, you do reduce your original basis by other amounts claimed on the property, including: Any amortization, Any section 179 deduction, and Any special depreciation allowance. Turbotax for military For more information, see chapter 4 of Publication 946. Turbotax for military Please click here for the text description of the image. Turbotax for military Table 2-2 Tables 2-2a, 2-2b, and 2-2c. Turbotax for military   The percentages in these tables take into account the half-year and mid-quarter conventions. Turbotax for military Use Table 2-2a for 5-year property, Table 2-2b for 7-year property, and Table 2-2c for 15-year property. Turbotax for military Use the percentage in the second column (half-year convention) unless you are required to use the mid-quarter convention (explained earlier). Turbotax for military If you must use the mid-quarter convention, use the column that corresponds to the calendar year quarter in which you placed the property in service. Turbotax for military Example 1. Turbotax for military You purchased a stove and refrigerator and placed them in service in June. Turbotax for military Your basis in the stove is $600 and your basis in the refrigerator is $1,000. Turbotax for military Both are 5-year property. Turbotax for military Using the half-year convention column in Table 2-2a, the depreciation percentage for Year 1 is 20%. Turbotax for military For that year your depreciation deduction is $120 ($600 × . Turbotax for military 20) for the stove and $200 ($1,000 × . Turbotax for military 20) for the refrigerator. Turbotax for military For Year 2, the depreciation percentage is 32%. Turbotax for military That year's depreciation deduction will be $192 ($600 × . Turbotax for military 32) for the stove and $320 ($1,000 × . Turbotax for military 32) for the refrigerator. Turbotax for military Example 2. Turbotax for military Assume the same facts as in Example 1, except you buy the refrigerator in October instead of June. Turbotax for military Since the refrigerator was placed in service in the last 3 months of the tax year, and its basis ($1,000) is more than 40% of the total basis of all property placed in service during the year ($1,600 × . Turbotax for military 40 = $640), you are required to use the mid-quarter convention to figure depreciation on both the stove and refrigerator. Turbotax for military Because you placed the refrigerator in service in October, you use the fourth quarter column of Table 2-2a and find the depreciation percentage for Year 1 is 5%. Turbotax for military Your depreciation deduction for the refrigerator is $50 ($1,000 x . Turbotax for military 05). Turbotax for military Because you placed the stove in service in June, you use the second quarter column of Table 2-2a and find the depreciation percentage for Year 1 is 25%. Turbotax for military For that year, your depreciation deduction for the stove is $150 ($600 x . Turbotax for military 25). Turbotax for military Table 2-2d. Turbotax for military    Use this table when you are using the GDS 27. Turbotax for military 5 year option for residential rental property. Turbotax for military Find the row for the month that you placed the property in service. Turbotax for military Use the percentages listed for that month to figure your depreciation deduction. Turbotax for military The mid-month convention is taken into account in the percentages shown in the table. Turbotax for military Continue to use the same row (month) under the column for the appropriate year. Turbotax for military Example. Turbotax for military You purchased a single family rental house for $185,000 and placed it in service on February 8. Turbotax for military The sales contract showed that the building cost $160,000 and the land cost $25,000. Turbotax for military Your basis for depreciation is its original cost, $160,000. Turbotax for military This is the first year of service for your residential rental property and you decide to use GDS which has a recovery period of 27. Turbotax for military 5 years. Turbotax for military Using Table 2-2d, you find that the percentage for property placed in service in February of Year 1 is 3. Turbotax for military 182%. Turbotax for military That year's depreciation deduction is $5,091 ($160,000 x . Turbotax for military 03182). Turbotax for military Figuring MACRS Depreciation Under ADS Table 2–1, earlier, shows the ADS recovery periods for property used in rental activities. Turbotax for military See Appendix B in Publication 946 for other property. Turbotax for military If your property is not listed in Appendix B, it is considered to have no class life. Turbotax for military Under ADS, personal property with no class life is depreciated using a recovery period of 12 years. Turbotax for military Use the mid-month convention for residential rental property and nonresidential real property. Turbotax for military For all other property, use the half-year or mid-quarter convention, as appropriate. Turbotax for military See Publication 946 for ADS depreciation tables. Turbotax for military Claiming the Correct Amount of Depreciation You should claim the correct amount of depreciation each tax year. Turbotax for military If you did not claim all the depreciation you were entitled to deduct, you must still reduce your basis in the property by the full amount of depreciation that you could have deducted. Turbotax for military For more information, see Depreciation under Decreases to Basis in Publication 551. Turbotax for military If you deducted an incorrect amount of depreciation for property in any year, you may be able to make a correction by filing Form 1040X, Amended U. Turbotax for military S. Turbotax for military Individual Income Tax Return. Turbotax for military If you are not allowed to make the correction on an amended return, you can change your accounting method to claim the correct amount of depreciation. Turbotax for military Filing an amended return. Turbotax for military   You can file an amended return to correct the amount of depreciation claimed for any property in any of the following situations. Turbotax for military You claimed the incorrect amount because of a mathematical error made in any year. Turbotax for military You claimed the incorrect amount because of a posting error made in any year. Turbotax for military You have not adopted a method of accounting for property placed in service by you in tax years ending after December 29, 2003. Turbotax for military You claimed the incorrect amount on property placed in service by you in tax years ending before December 30, 2003. Turbotax for military   Generally, you adopt a method of accounting for depreciation by using a permissible method of determining depreciation when you file your first tax return for the property used in your rental activity. Turbotax for military This also occurs when you use the same impermissible method of determining depreciation (for example, using the wrong MACRS recovery period) in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. Turbotax for military   If an amended return is allowed, you must file it by the later of the following dates. Turbotax for military 3 years from the date you filed your original return for the year in which you did not deduct the correct amount. Turbotax for military A return filed before an unextended due date is considered filed on that due date. Turbotax for military 2 years from the time you paid your tax for that year. Turbotax for military Changing your accounting method. Turbotax for military   To change your accounting method, you generally must file Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, to get the consent of the IRS. Turbotax for military In some instances, that consent is automatic. Turbotax for military For more information, see Changing Your Accounting Method in Publication 946,  chapter 1. Turbotax for military Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications