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Unemployed and taxes 1. Unemployed and taxes   Deducting Business Expenses Table of Contents What's New Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: What Can I Deduct?Cost of Goods Sold Capital Expenses Capital versus Deductible Expenses Personal versus Business Expenses How Much Can I Deduct?Not-for-profit limits. Unemployed and taxes At-risk limits. Unemployed and taxes Passive activities. Unemployed and taxes Net operating loss. Unemployed and taxes When Can I Deduct an Expense?Economic performance. Unemployed and taxes Not-for-Profit ActivitiesGross Income Limit on Deductions What's New Optional safe harbor method to determine the business use of a home deduction. Unemployed and taxes  Beginning in 2013, you can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the deduction for the business use of your home. Unemployed and taxes See Optional safe harbor method under Business use of your home , later. Unemployed and taxes Introduction This chapter covers the general rules for deducting business expenses. Unemployed and taxes Business expenses are the costs of carrying on a trade or business, and they are usually deductible if the business is operated to make a profit. Unemployed and taxes Topics - This chapter discusses: What you can deduct How much you can deduct When you can deduct Not-for-profit activities Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 334 Tax Guide for Small Business 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 529 Miscellaneous Deductions 536 Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 542 Corporations 547 Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts 587 Business Use of Your Home 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 5213 Election To Postpone Determination as To Whether the Presumption Applies That an Activity Is Engaged in for Profit See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Unemployed and taxes What Can I Deduct? To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. Unemployed and taxes An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your industry. Unemployed and taxes A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your trade or business. Unemployed and taxes An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary. Unemployed and taxes Even though an expense may be ordinary and necessary, you may not be allowed to deduct the expense in the year you paid or incurred it. Unemployed and taxes In some cases you may not be allowed to deduct the expense at all. Unemployed and taxes Therefore, it is important to distinguish usual business expenses from expenses that include the following. Unemployed and taxes The expenses used to figure cost of goods sold, Capital expenses, and Personal expenses. Unemployed and taxes Cost of Goods Sold If your business manufactures products or purchases them for resale, you generally must value inventory at the beginning and end of each tax year to determine your cost of goods sold. Unemployed and taxes Some of your business expenses may be included in figuring cost of goods sold. Unemployed and taxes Cost of goods sold is deducted from your gross receipts to figure your gross profit for the year. Unemployed and taxes If you include an expense in the cost of goods sold, you cannot deduct it again as a business expense. Unemployed and taxes The following are types of expenses that go into figuring cost of goods sold. Unemployed and taxes The cost of products or raw materials, including freight. Unemployed and taxes Storage. Unemployed and taxes Direct labor (including contributions to pension or annuity plans) for workers who produce the products. Unemployed and taxes Factory overhead. Unemployed and taxes Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize the direct costs and part of the indirect costs for certain production or resale activities. Unemployed and taxes Indirect costs include rent, interest, taxes, storage, purchasing, processing, repackaging, handling, and administrative costs. Unemployed and taxes This rule does not apply to personal property you acquire for resale if your average annual gross receipts (or those of your predecessor) for the preceding 3 tax years are not more than $10 million. Unemployed and taxes For more information, see the following sources. Unemployed and taxes Cost of goods sold—chapter 6 of Publication 334. Unemployed and taxes Inventories—Publication 538. Unemployed and taxes Uniform capitalization rules—Publication 538 and section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. Unemployed and taxes Capital Expenses You must capitalize, rather than deduct, some costs. Unemployed and taxes These costs are a part of your investment in your business and are called “capital expenses. Unemployed and taxes ” Capital expenses are considered assets in your business. Unemployed and taxes In general, you capitalize three types of costs. Unemployed and taxes Business start-up costs (See Tip below). Unemployed and taxes Business assets. Unemployed and taxes Improvements. Unemployed and taxes You can elect to deduct or amortize certain business start-up costs. Unemployed and taxes See chapters 7 and 8. Unemployed and taxes Cost recovery. Unemployed and taxes   Although you generally cannot take a current deduction for a capital expense, you may be able to recover the amount you spend through depreciation, amortization, or depletion. Unemployed and taxes These recovery methods allow you to deduct part of your cost each year. Unemployed and taxes In this way, you are able to recover your capital expense. Unemployed and taxes See Amortization (chapter 8) and Depletion (chapter 9) in this publication. Unemployed and taxes A taxpayer can elect to deduct a portion of the costs of certain depreciable property as a section 179 deduction. Unemployed and taxes A greater portion of these costs can be deducted if the property is qualified disaster assistance property. Unemployed and taxes See Publication 946 for details. Unemployed and taxes Going Into Business The costs of getting started in business, before you actually begin business operations, are capital expenses. Unemployed and taxes These costs may include expenses for advertising, travel, or wages for training employees. Unemployed and taxes If you go into business. Unemployed and taxes   When you go into business, treat all costs you had to get your business started as capital expenses. Unemployed and taxes   Usually you recover costs for a particular asset through depreciation. Unemployed and taxes Generally, you cannot recover other costs until you sell the business or otherwise go out of business. Unemployed and taxes However, you can choose to amortize certain costs for setting up your business. Unemployed and taxes See Starting a Business in chapter 8 for more information on business start-up costs. Unemployed and taxes If your attempt to go into business is unsuccessful. Unemployed and taxes   If you are an individual and your attempt to go into business is not successful, the expenses you had in trying to establish yourself in business fall into two categories. Unemployed and taxes The costs you had before making a decision to acquire or begin a specific business. Unemployed and taxes These costs are personal and nondeductible. Unemployed and taxes They include any costs incurred during a general search for, or preliminary investigation of, a business or investment possibility. Unemployed and taxes The costs you had in your attempt to acquire or begin a specific business. Unemployed and taxes These costs are capital expenses and you can deduct them as a capital loss. Unemployed and taxes   If you are a corporation and your attempt to go into a new trade or business is not successful, you may be able to deduct all investigatory costs as a loss. Unemployed and taxes   The costs of any assets acquired during your unsuccessful attempt to go into business are a part of your basis in the assets. Unemployed and taxes You cannot take a deduction for these costs. Unemployed and taxes You will recover the costs of these assets when you dispose of them. Unemployed and taxes Business Assets There are many different kinds of business assets; for example, land, buildings, machinery, furniture, trucks, patents, and franchise rights. Unemployed and taxes You must fully capitalize the cost of these assets, including freight and installation charges. Unemployed and taxes Certain property you produce for use in your trade or business must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. Unemployed and taxes See Regulations section 1. Unemployed and taxes 263A-2 for information on these rules. Unemployed and taxes Improvements Improvements are generally major expenditures. Unemployed and taxes Some examples are: new electric wiring, a new roof, a new floor, new plumbing, bricking up windows to strengthen a wall, and lighting improvements. Unemployed and taxes The costs of making improvements to a business asset are capital expenses if the improvements add to the value of the asset, appreciably lengthen the time you can use it, or adapt it to a different use. Unemployed and taxes Beginning in 2014, you must capitalize as improvements costs that are for the betterment of a unit of property, restore the unit of property, or adapt the unit of property to a new or different use. Unemployed and taxes Temporary regulations allow you to capitalize costs meeting the above criteria for tax years beginning after 2011. Unemployed and taxes However, you can currently deduct repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition as a business expense. Unemployed and taxes Treat as repairs amounts paid to replace parts of a machine that only keep it in a normal operating condition. Unemployed and taxes Restoration plan. Unemployed and taxes   Capitalize the cost of reconditioning, improving, or altering your property as part of a general restoration plan to make it suitable for your business. Unemployed and taxes This applies even if some of the work would by itself be classified as repairs. Unemployed and taxes Capital versus Deductible Expenses To help you distinguish between capital and deductible expenses, different examples are given below. Unemployed and taxes Motor vehicles. Unemployed and taxes   You usually capitalize the cost of a motor vehicle you use in your business. Unemployed and taxes You can recover its cost through annual deductions for depreciation. Unemployed and taxes   There are dollar limits on the depreciation you can claim each year on passenger automobiles used in your business. Unemployed and taxes See Publication 463. Unemployed and taxes   Generally, repairs you make to your business vehicle are currently deductible. Unemployed and taxes However, amounts you pay to recondition and overhaul a business vehicle are capital expenses and are recovered through depreciation. Unemployed and taxes Roads and driveways. Unemployed and taxes    The cost of building a private road on your business property and the cost of replacing a gravel driveway with a concrete one are capital expenses you may be able to depreciate. Unemployed and taxes The cost of maintaining a private road on your business property is a deductible expense. Unemployed and taxes Tools. Unemployed and taxes   Unless the uniform capitalization rules apply, amounts spent for tools used in your business are deductible expenses if the tools have a life expectancy of less than 1 year or their cost is minor. Unemployed and taxes Machinery parts. Unemployed and taxes   Unless the uniform capitalization rules apply, the cost of replacing short-lived parts of a machine to keep it in good working condition, but not add to its life, is a deductible expense. Unemployed and taxes Heating equipment. Unemployed and taxes   The cost of changing from one heating system to another is a capital expense. Unemployed and taxes Personal versus Business Expenses Generally, you cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses. Unemployed and taxes However, if you have an expense for something that is used partly for business and partly for personal purposes, divide the total cost between the business and personal parts. Unemployed and taxes You can deduct the business part. Unemployed and taxes For example, if you borrow money and use 70% of it for business and the other 30% for a family vacation, you generally can deduct 70% of the interest as a business expense. Unemployed and taxes The remaining 30% is personal interest and generally is not deductible. Unemployed and taxes See chapter 4 for information on deducting interest and the allocation rules. Unemployed and taxes Business use of your home. Unemployed and taxes   If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Unemployed and taxes These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. Unemployed and taxes   To qualify to claim expenses for the business use of your home, you must meet both of the following tests. Unemployed and taxes The business part of your home must be used exclusively and regularly for your trade or business. Unemployed and taxes The business part of your home must be: Your principal place of business, or A place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, or A separate structure (not attached to your home) used in connection with your trade or business. Unemployed and taxes   You generally do not have to meet the exclusive use test for the part of your home that you regularly use either for the storage of inventory or product samples, or as a daycare facility. Unemployed and taxes   Your home office qualifies as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. Unemployed and taxes You use the office exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Unemployed and taxes You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Unemployed and taxes   If you have more than one business location, determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. Unemployed and taxes The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. Unemployed and taxes If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, consider the time spent at each location. Unemployed and taxes Optional safe harbor method. Unemployed and taxes   Beginning in 2013, individual taxpayers can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the amount of deductible expenses attributable to certain business use of a residence during the tax year. Unemployed and taxes This method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Unemployed and taxes   The deduction under the optional method is limited to $1,500 per year based on $5 a square foot for up to 300 square feet. Unemployed and taxes Under this method, you claim your allowable mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses on the home as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Unemployed and taxes You are not required to allocate these deductions between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. Unemployed and taxes If you use the optional method, you cannot depreciate the portion of your home used in a trade or business. Unemployed and taxes   Business expenses unrelated to the home, such as advertising, supplies, and wages paid to employees, are still fully deductible. Unemployed and taxes All of the requirements discussed earlier under Business use of your home still apply. Unemployed and taxes   For more information on the deduction for business use of your home, including the optional safe harbor method, see Publication 587. Unemployed and taxes    If you were entitled to deduct depreciation on the part of your home used for business, you cannot exclude the part of the gain from the sale of your home that equals any depreciation you deducted (or could have deducted) for periods after May 6, 1997. Unemployed and taxes Business use of your car. Unemployed and taxes   If you use your car exclusively in your business, you can deduct car expenses. Unemployed and taxes If you use your car for both business and personal purposes, you must divide your expenses based on actual mileage. Unemployed and taxes Generally, commuting expenses between your home and your business location, within the area of your tax home, are not deductible. Unemployed and taxes   You can deduct actual car expenses, which include depreciation (or lease payments), gas and oil, tires, repairs, tune-ups, insurance, and registration fees. Unemployed and taxes Or, instead of figuring the business part of these actual expenses, you may be able to use the standard mileage rate to figure your deduction. Unemployed and taxes Beginning in 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. Unemployed and taxes 5 cents per mile. Unemployed and taxes   If you are self-employed, you can also deduct the business part of interest on your car loan, state and local personal property tax on the car, parking fees, and tolls, whether or not you claim the standard mileage rate. Unemployed and taxes   For more information on car expenses and the rules for using the standard mileage rate, see Publication 463. Unemployed and taxes How Much Can I Deduct? Generally, you can deduct the full amount of a business expense if it meets the criteria of ordinary and necessary and it is not a capital expense. Unemployed and taxes Recovery of amount deducted (tax benefit rule). Unemployed and taxes   If you recover part of an expense in the same tax year in which you would have claimed a deduction, reduce your current year expense by the amount of the recovery. Unemployed and taxes If you have a recovery in a later year, include the recovered amount in income in that year. Unemployed and taxes However, if part of the deduction for the expense did not reduce your tax, you do not have to include that part of the recovered amount in income. Unemployed and taxes   For more information on recoveries and the tax benefit rule, see Publication 525. Unemployed and taxes Payments in kind. Unemployed and taxes   If you provide services to pay a business expense, the amount you can deduct is limited to your out-of-pocket costs. Unemployed and taxes You cannot deduct the cost of your own labor. Unemployed and taxes   Similarly, if you pay a business expense in goods or other property, you can deduct only what the property costs you. Unemployed and taxes If these costs are included in the cost of goods sold, do not deduct them again as a business expense. Unemployed and taxes Limits on losses. Unemployed and taxes   If your deductions for an investment or business activity are more than the income it brings in, you have a loss. Unemployed and taxes There may be limits on how much of the loss you can deduct. Unemployed and taxes Not-for-profit limits. Unemployed and taxes   If you carry on your business activity without the intention of making a profit, you cannot use a loss from it to offset other income. Unemployed and taxes See Not-for-Profit Activities , later. Unemployed and taxes At-risk limits. Unemployed and taxes   Generally, a deductible loss from a trade or business or other income-producing activity is limited to the investment you have “at risk” in the activity. Unemployed and taxes You are at risk in any activity for the following. Unemployed and taxes The money and adjusted basis of property you contribute to the activity. Unemployed and taxes Amounts you borrow for use in the activity if: You are personally liable for repayment, or You pledge property (other than property used in the activity) as security for the loan. Unemployed and taxes For more information, see Publication 925. Unemployed and taxes Passive activities. Unemployed and taxes   Generally, you are in a passive activity if you have a trade or business activity in which you do not materially participate, or a rental activity. Unemployed and taxes In general, deductions for losses from passive activities only offset income from passive activities. Unemployed and taxes You cannot use any excess deductions to offset other income. Unemployed and taxes In addition, passive activity credits can only offset the tax on net passive income. Unemployed and taxes Any excess loss or credits are carried over to later years. Unemployed and taxes Suspended passive losses are fully deductible in the year you completely dispose of the activity. Unemployed and taxes For more information, see Publication 925. Unemployed and taxes Net operating loss. Unemployed and taxes   If your deductions are more than your income for the year, you may have a “net operating loss. Unemployed and taxes ” You can use a net operating loss to lower your taxes in other years. Unemployed and taxes See Publication 536 for more information. Unemployed and taxes   See Publication 542 for information about net operating losses of corporations. Unemployed and taxes When Can I Deduct an Expense? When you can deduct an expense depends on your accounting method. Unemployed and taxes An accounting method is a set of rules used to determine when and how income and expenses are reported. Unemployed and taxes The two basic methods are the cash method and the accrual method. Unemployed and taxes Whichever method you choose must clearly reflect income. Unemployed and taxes For more information on accounting methods, see Publication 538. Unemployed and taxes Cash method. Unemployed and taxes   Under the cash method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses in the tax year you pay them. Unemployed and taxes Accrual method. Unemployed and taxes   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses when both of the following apply. Unemployed and taxes The all-events test has been met. Unemployed and taxes The test is met when: All events have occurred that fix the fact of liability, and The liability can be determined with reasonable accuracy. Unemployed and taxes Economic performance has occurred. Unemployed and taxes Economic performance. Unemployed and taxes   You generally cannot deduct or capitalize a business expense until economic performance occurs. Unemployed and taxes If your expense is for property or services provided to you, or for your use of property, economic performance occurs as the property or services are provided, or the property is used. Unemployed and taxes If your expense is for property or services you provide to others, economic performance occurs as you provide the property or services. Unemployed and taxes Example. Unemployed and taxes Your tax year is the calendar year. Unemployed and taxes In December 2013, the Field Plumbing Company did some repair work at your place of business and sent you a bill for $600. Unemployed and taxes You paid it by check in January 2014. Unemployed and taxes If you use the accrual method of accounting, deduct the $600 on your tax return for 2013 because all events have occurred to “fix” the fact of liability (in this case the work was completed), the liability can be determined, and economic performance occurred in that year. Unemployed and taxes If you use the cash method of accounting, deduct the expense on your 2014 return. Unemployed and taxes Prepayment. Unemployed and taxes   You generally cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. Unemployed and taxes This rule applies to both the cash and accrual methods. Unemployed and taxes It applies to prepaid interest, prepaid insurance premiums, and any other expense paid far enough in advance to, in effect, create an asset with a useful life extending substantially beyond the end of the current tax year. Unemployed and taxes Example. Unemployed and taxes In 2013, you sign a 10-year lease and immediately pay your rent for the first 3 years. Unemployed and taxes Even though you paid the rent for 2013, 2014, and 2015, you can only deduct the rent for 2013 on your 2013 tax return. Unemployed and taxes You can deduct the rent for 2014 and 2015 on your tax returns for those years. Unemployed and taxes Contested liability. Unemployed and taxes   Under the cash method, you can deduct a contested liability only in the year you pay the liability. Unemployed and taxes Under the accrual method, you can deduct contested liabilities such as taxes (except foreign or U. Unemployed and taxes S. Unemployed and taxes possession income, war profits, and excess profits taxes) either in the tax year you pay the liability (or transfer money or other property to satisfy the obligation) or in the tax year you settle the contest. Unemployed and taxes However, to take the deduction in the year of payment or transfer, you must meet certain conditions. Unemployed and taxes See Regulations section 1. Unemployed and taxes 461-2. Unemployed and taxes Related person. Unemployed and taxes   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct expenses when you incur them, even if you have not yet paid them. Unemployed and taxes However, if you and the person you owe are related and that person uses the cash method of accounting, you must pay the expense before you can deduct it. Unemployed and taxes Your deduction is allowed when the amount is includible in income by the related cash method payee. Unemployed and taxes See Related Persons in Publication 538. Unemployed and taxes Not-for-Profit Activities If you do not carry on your business or investment activity to make a profit, you cannot use a loss from the activity to offset other income. Unemployed and taxes Activities you do as a hobby, or mainly for sport or recreation, are often not entered into for profit. Unemployed and taxes The limit on not-for-profit losses applies to individuals, partnerships, estates, trusts, and S corporations. Unemployed and taxes It does not apply to corporations other than S corporations. Unemployed and taxes In determining whether you are carrying on an activity for profit, several factors are taken into account. Unemployed and taxes No one factor alone is decisive. Unemployed and taxes Among the factors to consider are whether: You carry on the activity in a businesslike manner, The time and effort you put into the activity indicate you intend to make it profitable, You depend on the income for your livelihood, Your losses are due to circumstances beyond your control (or are normal in the start-up phase of your type of business), You change your methods of operation in an attempt to improve profitability, You (or your advisors) have the knowledge needed to carry on the activity as a successful business, You were successful in making a profit in similar activities in the past, The activity makes a profit in some years, and You can expect to make a future profit from the appreciation of the assets used in the activity. Unemployed and taxes Presumption of profit. Unemployed and taxes   An activity is presumed carried on for profit if it produced a profit in at least 3 of the last 5 tax years, including the current year. Unemployed and taxes Activities that consist primarily of breeding, training, showing, or racing horses are presumed carried on for profit if they produced a profit in at least 2 of the last 7 tax years, including the current year. Unemployed and taxes The activity must be substantially the same for each year within this period. Unemployed and taxes You have a profit when the gross income from an activity exceeds the deductions. Unemployed and taxes   If a taxpayer dies before the end of the 5-year (or 7-year) period, the “test” period ends on the date of the taxpayer's death. Unemployed and taxes   If your business or investment activity passes this 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, the IRS will presume it is carried on for profit. Unemployed and taxes This means the limits discussed here will not apply. Unemployed and taxes You can take all your business deductions from the activity, even for the years that you have a loss. Unemployed and taxes You can rely on this presumption unless the IRS later shows it to be invalid. Unemployed and taxes Using the presumption later. Unemployed and taxes   If you are starting an activity and do not have 3 (or 2) years showing a profit, you can elect to have the presumption made after you have the 5 (or 7) years of experience allowed by the test. Unemployed and taxes   You can elect to do this by filing Form 5213. Unemployed and taxes Filing this form postpones any determination that your activity is not carried on for profit until 5 (or 7) years have passed since you started the activity. Unemployed and taxes   The benefit gained by making this election is that the IRS will not immediately question whether your activity is engaged in for profit. Unemployed and taxes Accordingly, it will not restrict your deductions. Unemployed and taxes Rather, you will gain time to earn a profit in the required number of years. Unemployed and taxes If you show 3 (or 2) years of profit at the end of this period, your deductions are not limited under these rules. Unemployed and taxes If you do not have 3 (or 2) years of profit, the limit can be applied retroactively to any year with a loss in the 5-year (or 7-year) period. Unemployed and taxes   Filing Form 5213 automatically extends the period of limitations on any year in the 5-year (or 7-year) period to 2 years after the due date of the return for the last year of the period. Unemployed and taxes The period is extended only for deductions of the activity and any related deductions that might be affected. Unemployed and taxes    You must file Form 5213 within 3 years after the due date of your return (determined without extensions) for the year in which you first carried on the activity, or, if earlier, within 60 days after receiving written notice from the Internal Revenue Service proposing to disallow deductions attributable to the activity. Unemployed and taxes Gross Income Gross income from a not-for-profit activity includes the total of all gains from the sale, exchange, or other disposition of property, and all other gross receipts derived from the activity. Unemployed and taxes Gross income from the activity also includes capital gains and rents received for the use of property which is held in connection with the activity. Unemployed and taxes You can determine gross income from any not-for-profit activity by subtracting the cost of goods sold from your gross receipts. Unemployed and taxes However, if you determine gross income by subtracting cost of goods sold from gross receipts, you must do so consistently, and in a manner that follows generally accepted methods of accounting. Unemployed and taxes Limit on Deductions If your activity is not carried on for profit, take deductions in the following order and only to the extent stated in the three categories. Unemployed and taxes If you are an individual, these deductions may be taken only if you itemize. Unemployed and taxes These deductions may be taken on Schedule A (Form 1040). Unemployed and taxes Category 1. Unemployed and taxes   Deductions you can take for personal as well as for business activities are allowed in full. Unemployed and taxes For individuals, all nonbusiness deductions, such as those for home mortgage interest, taxes, and casualty losses, belong in this category. Unemployed and taxes Deduct them on the appropriate lines of Schedule A (Form 1040). Unemployed and taxes For tax years beginning after December 31, 2008, you can deduct a casualty loss on property you own for personal use only to the extent it is more than $500 and exceeds 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Unemployed and taxes The 10% AGI limitation does not apply to net disaster losses resulting from federally declared disasters in 2008 and 2009, and individuals are allowed to claim the net disaster losses even if they do not itemize their deductions. Unemployed and taxes The reduction amount returns to $100 for tax years beginning after December 31, 2009. Unemployed and taxes See Publication 547 for more information on casualty losses. Unemployed and taxes For the limits that apply to home mortgage interest, see Publication 936. Unemployed and taxes Category 2. Unemployed and taxes   Deductions that do not result in an adjustment to the basis of property are allowed next, but only to the extent your gross income from the activity is more than your deductions under the first category. Unemployed and taxes Most business deductions, such as those for advertising, insurance premiums, interest, utilities, and wages, belong in this category. Unemployed and taxes Category 3. Unemployed and taxes   Business deductions that decrease the basis of property are allowed last, but only to the extent the gross income from the activity exceeds the deductions you take under the first two categories. Unemployed and taxes Deductions for depreciation, amortization, and the part of a casualty loss an individual could not deduct in category (1) belong in this category. Unemployed and taxes Where more than one asset is involved, allocate depreciation and these other deductions proportionally. Unemployed and taxes    Individuals must claim the amounts in categories (2) and (3) as miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Unemployed and taxes They are subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Unemployed and taxes See Publication 529 for information on this limit. Unemployed and taxes Example. Unemployed and taxes Adriana is engaged in a not-for-profit activity. Unemployed and taxes The income and expenses of the activity are as follows. Unemployed and taxes Gross income $3,200 Subtract:     Real estate taxes $700   Home mortgage interest 900   Insurance 400   Utilities 700   Maintenance 200   Depreciation on an automobile 600   Depreciation on a machine 200 3,700 Loss $(500)   Adriana must limit her deductions to $3,200, the gross income she earned from the activity. Unemployed and taxes The limit is reached in category (3), as follows. Unemployed and taxes Limit on deduction $3,200 Category 1: Taxes and interest $1,600   Category 2: Insurance, utilities, and maintenance 1,300 2,900 Available for Category 3 $ 300   The $800 of depreciation is allocated between the automobile and machine as follows. Unemployed and taxes $600 $800 x $300 = $225 depreciation for the automobile             $200 $800 x $300 = $75 depreciation for the machine The basis of each asset is reduced accordingly. Unemployed and taxes Adriana includes the $3,200 of gross income on line 21 (other income) of Form 1040. Unemployed and taxes The $1,600 for category (1) is deductible in full on the appropriate lines for taxes and interest on Schedule A (Form 1040). Unemployed and taxes Adriana deducts the remaining $1,600 ($1,300 for category (2) and $300 for category (3)) as other miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Unemployed and taxes Partnerships and S corporations. Unemployed and taxes   If a partnership or S corporation carries on a not-for-profit activity, these limits apply at the partnership or S corporation level. Unemployed and taxes They are reflected in the individual shareholder's or partner's distributive shares. Unemployed and taxes More than one activity. Unemployed and taxes   If you have several undertakings, each may be a separate activity or several undertakings may be combined. Unemployed and taxes The following are the most significant facts and circumstances in making this determination. Unemployed and taxes The degree of organizational and economic interrelationship of various undertakings. Unemployed and taxes The business purpose that is (or might be) served by carrying on the various undertakings separately or together in a business or investment setting. Unemployed and taxes The similarity of the undertakings. Unemployed and taxes   The IRS will generally accept your characterization if it is supported by facts and circumstances. Unemployed and taxes    If you are carrying on two or more different activities, keep the deductions and income from each one separate. Unemployed and taxes Figure separately whether each is a not-for-profit activity. Unemployed and taxes Then figure the limit on deductions and losses separately for each activity that is not for profit. Unemployed and taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Address: Washington Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
PO Box 40100
1125 Washington St., SE
Olympia, WA 98504-0100

Phone Number: 206-464-6684

Toll-free: 1-800-551-4636 (WA)

TTY: 1-800-833-6388

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Regional Consumer Protection Offices

Tacoma Office of the Attorney General

Website: Tacoma Office of the Attorney General

Address: Tacoma Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
1250 Pacific Ave., Suite 105
Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone Number: 253-593-5243

Toll-free: 1-800-551-4636 (WA)

TTY: 1-800-833-6388

Vancouver Office of the Attorney General

Website: Vancouver Office of the Attorney General

Address: Vancouver Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
1220 Main St., Suite 510
Vancouver, WA 98660

Phone Number: 360-759-2100

Toll-free: 1-800-551-4636 (WA)

TTY: 1-800-833-6388

Bellingham Office of the Attorney General

Website: Bellingham Office of the Attorney General

Address: Bellingham Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
103 E. Holly St., Suite 310
Bellingham, WA 98225

Phone Number: 360-676-2037

Toll-free: 1-800-551-4636 (WA)

TTY: 1-800-833-6388

Seattle Office of the Attorney General

Website: Seattle Office of the Attorney General

Address: Seattle Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
800 5th Ave., Suite 2000
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone Number: 206-464-7744

Toll-free: 1-800-551-4636 (WA)

TTY: 1-800-833-6388

Spokane Office of the Attorney General

Website: Spokane Office of the Attorney General

Address: Spokane Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division (Eastern Washington)
1116 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201-1194

Phone Number: 509-456-3123

Toll-free: 1-800-551-4636 (WA)

TTY: 1-800-833-6388

Kennewick Office of the Attorney General

Website: Kennewick Office of the Attorney General

Address: Kennewick Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
8127 W. Klamath Ct.
Kennewick, WA 99336-2607

Phone Number: 509-734-7285

Toll-free: 1-800-551-4636 (WA)

TTY: 1-800-833-6388

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Banking Authorities

The officials listed in this section regulate and supervise state-chartered banks. Many of them handle or refer problems and complaints about other types of financial institutions as well. Some also answer general questions about banking and consumer credit. If you are dealing with a federally chartered bank, check Federal Agencies.

Department of Financial Institutions

Website: Department of Financial Institutions

Address: Department of Financial Institutions
Division of Banks
PO Box 41200
Olympia, WA 98504-1200

Phone Number: 360-902-8704

Toll-free: 1-877-746-4334
1-888-976-4422 (in Spanish) 1-888-976-4422 (in Spanish)

TTY: 360-664-8126

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Insurance Regulators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for each type of insurance. The officials listed in this section enforce these laws. Many of these offices can also provide you with information to help you make informed insurance buying decisions.

Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Website: Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Address: Office of the Insurance Commissioner
Consumer Protection
PO Box 40256
Olympia, WA 98504-0256

Phone Number: 360-725-7080

Toll-free: 1-800-562-6900 (WA)

TTY: 360-586-0241

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Securities Administrators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for securities brokers and securities - including stocks, mutual funds, commodities, real estate, etc. The officials and agencies listed in this section enforce these laws and regulations. Many of these offices can also provide information to help you make informed investment decisions.

Department of Financial Institutions

Website: Department of Financial Institutions

Address: Department of Financial Institutions
Division of Securities
PO Box 9033
Olympia, WA 98507-9033

Phone Number: 360-902-8760

Toll-free: 1-877-746-4334

TTY: 360-664-8126

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Utility Commissions

State Utility Commissions regulate services and rates for gas, electricity and telephones within your state. In some states, the utility commissions regulate other services such as water, transportation, and the moving of household goods. Many utility commissions handle consumer complaints. Sometimes, if a number of complaints are received about the same utility matter, they will conduct investigations.

Utilities and Transportation Commission

Website: Utilities and Transportation Commission

Address: Utilities and Transportation Commission
Consumer Protection
PO Box 47250
Olympia, WA 98504

Phone Number: 360-664-1160

Toll-free: 1-888-333-9882

TTY: 1-800-416-5289

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The Unemployed And Taxes

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