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Turbotax military members 5. Turbotax military members   Taxes Table of Contents What's New Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: When To Deduct Taxes Real Estate TaxesSeparate elections. Turbotax military members Making the election. Turbotax military members Form 3115. Turbotax military members Income TaxesAccrual of contested income taxes. Turbotax military members Employment Taxes Other TaxesAdditional Medicare Tax. Turbotax military members What's New Additional Medicare Tax. Turbotax military members  Beginning in 2013, you must withhold a 0. Turbotax military members 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Turbotax military members Also, self-employed individuals may be required to pay Additional Medicare Tax on self-employment income. Turbotax military members See Employment Taxes , and Self-employment tax , later. Turbotax military members Introduction You can deduct various federal, state, local, and foreign taxes directly attributable to your trade or business as business expenses. Turbotax military members You cannot deduct federal income taxes, estate and gift taxes, or state inheritance, legacy, and succession taxes. Turbotax military members Topics - This chapter discusses: When to deduct taxes Real estate taxes Income taxes Employment taxes Other taxes Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide 334 Tax Guide for Small Business 510 Excise Taxes 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 551 Basis of Assets Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Sch SE (Form 1040) Self-Employment Tax 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 8959 Additional Medicare Tax See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Turbotax military members When To Deduct Taxes Generally, you can only deduct taxes in the year you pay them. Turbotax military members This applies whether you use the cash method or an accrual method of accounting. Turbotax military members Under an accrual method, you can deduct a tax before you pay it if you meet the exception for recurring items discussed under Economic Performance in Publication 538. Turbotax military members You can also elect to ratably accrue real estate taxes as discussed later under Real Estate Taxes . Turbotax military members Limit on accrual of taxes. Turbotax military members   A taxing jurisdiction can require the use of a date for accruing taxes that is earlier than the date it originally required. Turbotax military members However, if you use an accrual method, and can deduct the tax before you pay it, use the original accrual date for the year of change and all future years to determine when you can deduct the tax. Turbotax military members Example. Turbotax military members Your state imposes a tax on personal property used in a trade or business conducted in the state. Turbotax military members This tax is assessed and becomes a lien as of July 1 (accrual date). Turbotax military members In 2013, the state changed the assessment and lien dates from July 1, 2014, to December 31, 2013, for property tax year 2014. Turbotax military members Use the original accrual date (July 1, 2014) to determine when you can deduct the tax. Turbotax military members You must also use the July 1 accrual date for all future years to determine when you can deduct the tax. Turbotax military members Uniform capitalization rules. Turbotax military members   Uniform capitalization rules apply to certain taxpayers who produce real property or tangible personal property for use in a trade or business or for sale to customers. Turbotax military members They also apply to certain taxpayers who acquire property for resale. Turbotax military members Under these rules, you either include certain costs in inventory or capitalize certain expenses related to the property, such as taxes. Turbotax military members For more information, see chapter 1. Turbotax military members Carrying charges. Turbotax military members   Carrying charges include taxes you pay to carry or develop real estate or to carry, transport, or install personal property. Turbotax military members You can elect to capitalize carrying charges not subject to the uniform capitalization rules if they are otherwise deductible. Turbotax military members For more information, see chapter 7. Turbotax military members Refunds of taxes. Turbotax military members   If you receive a refund for any taxes you deducted in an earlier year, include the refund in income to the extent the deduction reduced your federal income tax in the earlier year. Turbotax military members For more information, see Recovery of amount deducted (tax benefit rule) in chapter 1. Turbotax military members    You must include in income any interest you receive on tax refunds. Turbotax military members Real Estate Taxes Deductible real estate taxes are any state, local, or foreign taxes on real estate levied for the general public welfare. Turbotax military members The taxing authority must base the taxes on the assessed value of the real estate and charge them uniformly against all property under its jurisdiction. Turbotax military members Deductible real estate taxes generally do not include taxes charged for local benefits and improvements that increase the value of the property. Turbotax military members See Taxes for local benefits , later. Turbotax military members If you use an accrual method, you generally cannot accrue real estate taxes until you pay them to the government authority. Turbotax military members However, you can elect to ratably accrue the taxes during the year. Turbotax military members See Electing to ratably accrue , later. Turbotax military members Taxes for local benefits. Turbotax military members   Generally, you cannot deduct taxes charged for local benefits and improvements that tend to increase the value of your property. Turbotax military members These include assessments for streets, sidewalks, water mains, sewer lines, and public parking facilities. Turbotax military members You should increase the basis of your property by the amount of the assessment. Turbotax military members   You can deduct taxes for these local benefits only if the taxes are for maintenance, repairs, or interest charges related to those benefits. Turbotax military members If part of the tax is for maintenance, repairs, or interest, you must be able to show how much of the tax is for these expenses to claim a deduction for that part of the tax. Turbotax military members Example. Turbotax military members To improve downtown commercial business, Waterfront City converted a downtown business area street into an enclosed pedestrian mall. Turbotax military members The city assessed the full cost of construction, financed with 10-year bonds, against the affected properties. Turbotax military members The city is paying the principal and interest with the annual payments made by the property owners. Turbotax military members The assessments for construction costs are not deductible as taxes or as business expenses, but are depreciable capital expenses. Turbotax military members The part of the payments used to pay the interest charges on the bonds is deductible as taxes. Turbotax military members Charges for services. Turbotax military members   Water bills, sewerage, and other service charges assessed against your business property are not real estate taxes, but are deductible as business expenses. Turbotax military members Purchase or sale of real estate. Turbotax military members   If real estate is sold, the real estate taxes must be allocated between the buyer and the seller. Turbotax military members   The buyer and seller must allocate the real estate taxes according to the number of days in the real property tax year (the period to which the tax imposed relates) that each owned the property. Turbotax military members Treat the seller as paying the taxes up to but not including the date of sale. Turbotax military members Treat the buyer as paying the taxes beginning with the date of sale. Turbotax military members You can usually find this information on the settlement statement you received at closing. Turbotax military members   If you (the seller) use an accrual method and have not elected to ratably accrue real estate taxes, you are considered to have accrued your part of the tax on the date you sell the property. Turbotax military members Example. Turbotax military members Alberto Verde, a calendar year accrual method taxpayer, owns real estate in Olmo County. Turbotax military members He has not elected to ratably accrue property taxes. Turbotax military members November 30 of each year is the assessment and lien date for the current real property tax year, which is the calendar year. Turbotax military members He sold the property on June 30, 2013. Turbotax military members Under his accounting method he would not be able to claim a deduction for the taxes because the sale occurred before November 30. Turbotax military members He is treated as having accrued his part of the tax, 181/366  (January 1–June 29), on June 30, and he can deduct it for 2013. Turbotax military members Electing to ratably accrue. Turbotax military members   If you use an accrual method, you can elect to accrue real estate tax related to a definite period ratably over that period. Turbotax military members Example. Turbotax military members Juan Sanchez is a calendar year taxpayer who uses an accrual method. Turbotax military members His real estate taxes for the real property tax year, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, are $1,200. Turbotax military members July 1 is the assessment and lien date. Turbotax military members If Juan elects to ratably accrue the taxes, $600 will accrue in 2013 ($1,200 × 6/12, July 1–December 31) and the balance will accrue in 2014. Turbotax military members Separate elections. Turbotax military members   You can elect to ratably accrue the taxes for each separate trade or business and for nonbusiness activities if you account for them separately. Turbotax military members Once you elect to ratably accrue real estate taxes, you must use that method unless you get permission from the IRS to change. Turbotax military members See Form 3115 , later. Turbotax military members Making the election. Turbotax military members   If you elect to ratably accrue the taxes for the first year in which you incur real estate taxes, attach a statement to your income tax return for that year. Turbotax military members The statement should show all the following items. Turbotax military members The trades or businesses to which the election applies and the accounting method or methods used. Turbotax military members The period to which the taxes relate. Turbotax military members The computation of the real estate tax deduction for that first year. Turbotax military members   Generally, you must file your return by the due date (including extensions). Turbotax military members However, if you timely filed your return for the year without electing to ratably accrue, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months after the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Turbotax military members Attach the statement to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Turbotax military members 9100-2” on the statement. Turbotax military members File the amended return at the same address where you filed the original return. Turbotax military members Form 3115. Turbotax military members    If you elect to ratably accrue real estate taxes for a year after the first year in which you incur real estate taxes, or if you want to revoke your election to ratably accrue real estate taxes, file Form 3115. Turbotax military members For more information, including applicable time frames for filing, see the Instructions for Form 3115. Turbotax military members Note. Turbotax military members If you are filing an application for a change in accounting method filed after January 9, 2011, for a year of change ending after April 29, 2010, see Revenue Procedure 2011-14, 2011-4 I. Turbotax military members R. Turbotax military members B. Turbotax military members 330, as modified and clarified by Revenue Procedure 2012-19, 2012-14 I. Turbotax military members R. Turbotax military members B. Turbotax military members 689, and Revenue Procedure 2012-20, 2012-14 I. Turbotax military members R. Turbotax military members B. Turbotax military members 700, or any successor. Turbotax military members Revenue Procedure 2011-14 is available at  www. Turbotax military members irs. Turbotax military members gov/irb/2011-04IRB/ar08. Turbotax military members html. Turbotax military members Income Taxes This section discusses federal, state, local, and foreign income taxes. Turbotax military members Federal income taxes. Turbotax military members   You cannot deduct federal income taxes. Turbotax military members State and local income taxes. Turbotax military members   A corporation or partnership can deduct state and local income taxes imposed on the corporation or partnership as business expenses. Turbotax military members An individual can deduct state and local income taxes only as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Turbotax military members   However, an individual can deduct a state tax on gross income (as distinguished from net income) directly attributable to a trade or business as a business expense. Turbotax military members Accrual of contested income taxes. Turbotax military members   If you use an accrual method, and you contest a state or local income tax liability, you must accrue and deduct any contested amount in the tax year in which the liability is finally determined. Turbotax military members   If additional state or local income taxes for a prior year are assessed in a later year, you can deduct the taxes in the year in which they were originally imposed (the prior year) if the tax liability is not contested. Turbotax military members You cannot deduct them in the year in which the liability is finally determined. Turbotax military members    The filing of an income tax return is not considered a contest and, in the absence of an overt act of protest, you can deduct the tax in the prior year. Turbotax military members Also, you can deduct any additional taxes in the prior year if you do not show some affirmative evidence of denial of the liability. Turbotax military members   However, if you consistently deduct additional assessments in the year they are paid or finally determined (including those for which there was no contest), you must continue to do so. Turbotax military members You cannot take a deduction in the earlier year unless you receive permission to change your method of accounting. Turbotax military members For more information on accounting methods, see When Can I Deduct an Expense in chapter 1. Turbotax military members Foreign income taxes. Turbotax military members   Generally, you can take either a deduction or a credit for income taxes imposed on you by a foreign country or a U. Turbotax military members S. Turbotax military members possession. Turbotax military members However, an individual cannot take a deduction or credit for foreign income taxes paid on income that is exempt from U. Turbotax military members S. Turbotax military members tax under the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion. Turbotax military members For information on these exclusions, see Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. Turbotax military members S. Turbotax military members Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. Turbotax military members For information on the foreign tax credit, see Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals. Turbotax military members Employment Taxes If you have employees, you must withhold various taxes from your employees' pay. Turbotax military members Most employers must withhold their employees' share of social security, Medicare taxes, and Additional Medicare Tax (if applicable) along with state and federal income taxes. Turbotax military members You may also need to pay certain employment taxes from your own funds. Turbotax military members These include your share of social security and Medicare taxes as an employer, along with unemployment taxes. Turbotax military members Note. Turbotax military members Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. Turbotax military members There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. Turbotax military members Your deduction for wages paid is not reduced by the social security and Medicare taxes, Additional Medicare Tax, and income taxes you withhold from your employees. Turbotax military members You can deduct the employment taxes you must pay from your own funds as taxes. Turbotax military members Example. Turbotax military members You pay your employee $18,000 a year. Turbotax military members However, after you withhold various taxes, your employee receives $14,500. Turbotax military members You also pay an additional $1,500 in employment taxes. Turbotax military members You should deduct the full $18,000 as wages. Turbotax military members You can deduct the $1,500 you pay from your own funds as taxes. Turbotax military members For more information on employment taxes, see Publication 15 (Circular E). Turbotax military members Unemployment fund taxes. Turbotax military members   As an employer, you may have to make payments to a state unemployment compensation fund or to a state disability benefit fund. Turbotax military members Deduct these payments as taxes. Turbotax military members Other Taxes The following are other taxes you can deduct if you incur them in the ordinary course of your trade or business. Turbotax military members Excise taxes. Turbotax military members   Generally, you can deduct as a business expense all excise taxes that are ordinary and necessary expenses of carrying on your trade or business. Turbotax military members However, see Fuel taxes , later. Turbotax military members   For more information on excise taxes, see Publication 510. Turbotax military members Franchise taxes. Turbotax military members   You can deduct corporate franchise taxes as a business expense. Turbotax military members Fuel taxes. Turbotax military members   Generally, taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel, and other motor fuels that you use in your business are included as part of the cost of the fuel. Turbotax military members Do not deduct these taxes as a separate item. Turbotax military members   You may be entitled to a credit or refund for federal excise tax you paid on fuels used for certain purposes. Turbotax military members For more information, see Publication 510. Turbotax military members Occupational taxes. Turbotax military members   You can deduct as a business expense an occupational tax charged at a flat rate by a locality for the privilege of working or conducting a business in the locality. Turbotax military members Personal property tax. Turbotax military members   You can deduct any tax imposed by a state or local government on personal property used in your trade or business. Turbotax military members Sales tax. Turbotax military members   Treat any sales tax you pay on a service or on the purchase or use of property as part of the cost of the service or property. Turbotax military members If the service or the cost or use of the property is a deductible business expense, you can deduct the tax as part of that service or cost. Turbotax military members If the property is merchandise bought for resale, the sales tax is part of the cost of the merchandise. Turbotax military members If the property is depreciable, add the sales tax to the basis for depreciation. 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