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Unemployed file taxes 10. Unemployed file taxes   Business Bad Debts Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Definition of Business Bad DebtAccrual method. Unemployed file taxes Cash method. Unemployed file taxes Debt acquired from a decedent. Unemployed file taxes Liquidation. Unemployed file taxes Types of Business Bad Debts When a Debt Becomes Worthless How To Claim a Business Bad DebtSpecific Charge-Off Method Nonaccrual-Experience Method Recovery of a Bad DebtNet operating loss (NOL) carryover. Unemployed file taxes Introduction You have a bad debt if you cannot collect money owed to you. Unemployed file taxes A bad debt is either a business bad debt or a nonbusiness bad debt. Unemployed file taxes This chapter discusses only business bad debts. Unemployed file taxes Generally, a business bad debt is one that comes from operating your trade or business. Unemployed file taxes You can deduct business bad debts on Schedule C (Form 1040) or your applicable business income tax return. Unemployed file taxes All other bad debts are nonbusiness bad debts and are deductible only as short-term capital losses. Unemployed file taxes For more information on nonbusiness bad debts, see Publication 550. Unemployed file taxes Topics - This chapter discusses: Definition of business bad debt When a debt becomes worthless How to claim a business bad debt Recovery of a bad debt Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 536 Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 550 Investment Income and Expenses 556 Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund Form (and Instructions) Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business 1040X Amended U. Unemployed file taxes S. Unemployed file taxes Individual Income Tax Return 1045 Application for Tentative Refund 1139 Corporation Application for Tentative Refund 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Unemployed file taxes Definition of Business Bad Debt A business bad debt is a loss from the worthlessness of a debt that was either: Created or acquired in your trade or business, or Closely related to your trade or business when it became partly or totally worthless. Unemployed file taxes A debt is closely related to your trade or business if your primary motive for incurring the debt is business related. Unemployed file taxes Bad debts of a corporation (other than an S corporation) are always business bad debts. Unemployed file taxes Credit sales. Unemployed file taxes   Business bad debts are mainly the result of credit sales to customers. Unemployed file taxes Goods that have been sold, but not yet paid for, and services that have been performed, but not yet paid for, are recorded in your books as either accounts receivable or notes receivable. Unemployed file taxes After a reasonable period of time, if you have tried to collect the amount due, but are unable to do so, the uncollectible part becomes a business bad debt. Unemployed file taxes   Accounts or notes receivable valued at fair market value (FMV) when received are deductible only at that value, even though the FMV may be less than the face value. Unemployed file taxes If you purchased an account receivable for less than its face value, and the receivable subsequently becomes worthless, the most you are allowed to deduct is the amount you paid to acquire it. Unemployed file taxes    You can claim a business bad debt deduction only if the amount owed to you was previously included in gross income. Unemployed file taxes This applies to amounts owed to you from all sources of taxable income, including sales, services, rents, and interest. Unemployed file taxes Accrual method. Unemployed file taxes   If you use the accrual method of accounting, you generally report income as you earn it. Unemployed file taxes You can only claim a bad debt deduction for an uncollectible receivable if you have previously included the uncollectible amount in income. Unemployed file taxes   If you qualify, you can use the nonaccrual-experience method of accounting discussed later. Unemployed file taxes Under this method, you do not have to accrue income that, based on your experience, you do not expect to collect. Unemployed file taxes Cash method. Unemployed file taxes   If you use the cash method of accounting, you generally report income when you receive payment. Unemployed file taxes You cannot claim a bad debt deduction for amounts owed to you because you never included those amounts in income. Unemployed file taxes For example, a cash basis architect cannot claim a bad debt deduction if a client fails to pay the bill because the architect's fee was never included in income. Unemployed file taxes Debts from a former business. Unemployed file taxes   If you sell your business but retain its receivables, these debts are business debts because they arose out of your trade or business. Unemployed file taxes If any of these receivables subsequently become worthless, the loss is still a business bad debt. Unemployed file taxes Debt acquired from a decedent. Unemployed file taxes   The character of a loss from debts of a business acquired from a decedent is determined in the same way as debts acquired on the purchase of a business. Unemployed file taxes The executor of the decedent's estate treats any loss from the debts as a business bad debt if the debts were closely related to the decedent's trade or business when they became worthless. Unemployed file taxes Otherwise, a loss from these debts becomes a nonbusiness bad debt for the decedent's estate. Unemployed file taxes Liquidation. Unemployed file taxes   If you liquidate your business and some of the accounts receivable that you retain become worthless, they become business bad debts. Unemployed file taxes Types of Business Bad Debts Business bad debts may result from the following. Unemployed file taxes Loans to clients and suppliers. Unemployed file taxes   If you loan money to a client, supplier, employee, or distributor for a business reason and you are unable to collect the loan after attempting to do so, you have a business bad debt. Unemployed file taxes Debts owed by political parties. Unemployed file taxes   If a political party (or other organization that accepts contributions or spends money to influence elections) owes you money and the debt becomes worthless, you can claim a bad debt deduction only if all of the following requirements are met. Unemployed file taxes You use the accrual method of accounting. Unemployed file taxes The debt arose from the sale of goods or services in the ordinary course of your trade or business. Unemployed file taxes More than 30% of your receivables accrued in the year of the sale were from sales to political parties. Unemployed file taxes You made substantial and continuing efforts to collect on the debt. Unemployed file taxes Loan or capital contribution. Unemployed file taxes   You cannot claim a bad debt deduction for a loan you made to a corporation if, based on the facts and circumstances, the loan is actually a contribution to capital. Unemployed file taxes Debts of an insolvent partner. Unemployed file taxes   If your business partnership breaks up and one of your former partners becomes insolvent, you may have to pay more than your pro rata share of the partnership's debts. Unemployed file taxes If you pay any part of the insolvent partner's share of the debts, you can claim a bad debt deduction for the amount you paid that is attributable to the insolvent partner's share. Unemployed file taxes Business loan guarantee. Unemployed file taxes   If you guarantee a debt that subsequently becomes worthless, the debt can qualify as a business bad debt if all the following requirements are met. Unemployed file taxes You made the guarantee in the course of your trade or business. Unemployed file taxes You have a legal duty to pay the debt. Unemployed file taxes You made the guarantee before the debt became worthless. Unemployed file taxes You meet this requirement if you reasonably expected you would not have to pay the debt without full reimbursement from the borrower. Unemployed file taxes You received reasonable consideration for making the guarantee. Unemployed file taxes You meet this requirement if you made the guarantee in accord with normal business practice or for a good faith business purpose. Unemployed file taxes Example. Unemployed file taxes Jane Zayne owns the Zayne Dress Company. Unemployed file taxes She guaranteed payment of a $20,000 note for Elegant Fashions, a dress outlet. Unemployed file taxes Elegant Fashions is one of Zayne's largest clients. Unemployed file taxes Elegant Fashions later defaulted on the loan. Unemployed file taxes As a result, Ms. Unemployed file taxes Zayne paid the remaining balance of the loan in full to the bank. Unemployed file taxes She can claim a business bad debt deduction only for the amount she paid, since her guarantee was made in the course of her trade or business for a good faith business purpose. Unemployed file taxes She was motivated by the desire to retain one of her better clients and keep a sales outlet. Unemployed file taxes Deductible in the year paid. Unemployed file taxes   If you make a payment on a loan you guaranteed, you can deduct it in the year paid, unless you have rights against the borrower. Unemployed file taxes Rights against a borrower. Unemployed file taxes   When you make payment on a loan you guaranteed, you may have the right to take the place of the lender. Unemployed file taxes The debt is then owed to you. Unemployed file taxes If you have this right, or some other right to demand payment from the borrower, you cannot claim a bad debt deduction until these rights become partly or totally worthless. Unemployed file taxes Joint debtor. Unemployed file taxes   If two or more debtors jointly owe you money, your inability to collect from one does not enable you to deduct a proportionate amount as a bad debt. Unemployed file taxes Sale of mortgaged property. Unemployed file taxes   If mortgaged or pledged property is sold for less than the debt, the unpaid, uncollectible balance of the debt is a bad debt. Unemployed file taxes When a Debt Becomes Worthless A debt becomes worthless when there is no longer any chance the amount owed will be paid. Unemployed file taxes This may occur when the debt is due or prior to that date. Unemployed file taxes To demonstrate worthlessness, you must only show that you have taken reasonable steps to collect the debt but were unable to do so. Unemployed file taxes It is not necessary to go to court if you can show that a judgment from the court would be uncollectible. Unemployed file taxes Bankruptcy of your debtor is generally good evidence of the worthlessness of at least a part of an unsecured and unpreferred debt. Unemployed file taxes Property received for debt. Unemployed file taxes   If you receive property in partial settlement of a debt, reduce the debt by the property's FMV, which becomes the property's basis. Unemployed file taxes You can deduct the remaining debt as a bad debt if and when it becomes worthless. Unemployed file taxes   If you later sell the property for more than its basis, any gain on the sale is due to the appreciation of the property. Unemployed file taxes It is not a recovery of a bad debt. Unemployed file taxes For information on the sale of an asset, see Publication 544. Unemployed file taxes How To Claim a Business Bad Debt There are two methods to claim a business bad debt. Unemployed file taxes The specific charge-off method. Unemployed file taxes The nonaccrual-experience method. Unemployed file taxes Generally, you must use the specific charge-off method. Unemployed file taxes However, you may use the nonaccrual-experience method if you meet the requirements discussed later under Nonaccrual-Experience Method . Unemployed file taxes Specific Charge-Off Method If you use the specific charge-off method, you can deduct specific business bad debts that become either partly or totally worthless during the tax year. Unemployed file taxes However, with respect to partly worthless bad debts, your deduction is limited to the amount you charged off on your books during the year. Unemployed file taxes Partly worthless debts. Unemployed file taxes   You can deduct specific bad debts that become partly uncollectible during the tax year. Unemployed file taxes Your tax deduction is limited to the amount you charge off on your books during the year. Unemployed file taxes You do not have to charge off and deduct your partly worthless debts annually. Unemployed file taxes You can delay the charge off until a later year. Unemployed file taxes However, you cannot deduct any part of a debt after the year it becomes totally worthless. Unemployed file taxes Significantly modified debt. Unemployed file taxes   An exception to the charge-off rule exists for debt which has been significantly modified and on which the holder recognized gain. Unemployed file taxes For more information, see Regulations section 1. Unemployed file taxes 166-3(a)(3). Unemployed file taxes Deduction disallowed. Unemployed file taxes   Generally, you can claim a partial bad debt deduction only in the year you make the charge-off on your books. Unemployed file taxes If, under audit, the IRS does not allow your deduction and the debt becomes partly worthless in a later tax year, you can deduct the amount you charged off in that year plus the disallowed amount charged off in the earlier year. Unemployed file taxes The charge-off in the earlier year, unless reversed on your books, fulfills the charge-off requirement for the later year. Unemployed file taxes Totally worthless debts. Unemployed file taxes   If a debt becomes totally worthless in the current tax year, you can deduct the entire amount, less any amount deducted in an earlier tax year when the debt was only partly worthless. Unemployed file taxes   You do not have to make an actual charge-off on your books to claim a bad debt deduction for a totally worthless debt. Unemployed file taxes However, you may want to do so. Unemployed file taxes If you do not and the IRS later rules the debt is only partly worthless, you will not be allowed a deduction for the debt in that tax year because a deduction of a partly worthless bad debt is limited to the amount actually charged off. Unemployed file taxes See Partly worthless debts, earlier. Unemployed file taxes Filing a claim for refund. Unemployed file taxes   If you did not deduct a bad debt on your original return for the year it became worthless, you can file a claim for a credit or refund. Unemployed file taxes If the bad debt was totally worthless, you must file the claim by the later of the following dates. Unemployed file taxes 7 years from the date your original return was due (not including extensions). Unemployed file taxes 2 years from the date you paid the tax. Unemployed file taxes   If the claim is for a partly worthless bad debt, you must file the claim by the later of the following dates. Unemployed file taxes 3 years from the date you filed your original return. Unemployed file taxes 2 years from the date you paid the tax. Unemployed file taxes You may have longer to file the claim if you were unable to manage your financial affairs due to a physical or mental impairment. Unemployed file taxes Such an impairment requires proof of existence. Unemployed file taxes   For details and more information about filing a claim, see Publication 556. Unemployed file taxes Use one of the following forms to file a claim. Unemployed file taxes For more information, see the instructions for the applicable form. Unemployed file taxes Table 10-1. Unemployed file taxes Forms Used To File a Claim IF you filed as a. Unemployed file taxes . Unemployed file taxes . Unemployed file taxes THEN file. Unemployed file taxes . Unemployed file taxes . Unemployed file taxes Sole proprietor or farmer Form 1040X Corporation Form 1120X S corporation Form 1120S and check box H(4) Partnership Form 1065X if filing on paper or  Form 1065 and check box G(5) if filing electronically Nonaccrual-Experience Method If you use an accrual method of accounting and qualify under the rules explained in this section, you can use the nonaccrual-experience method for bad debts. Unemployed file taxes Under this method, you do not accrue service related income you expect to be uncollectible. Unemployed file taxes Because the expected uncollectible amounts are not included in income, these amounts are not later deducted from income. Unemployed file taxes Generally, you can use the nonaccrual-experience method for accounts receivable for services you performed only if: The services are provided in the fields of accounting, actuarial science, architecture, consulting, engineering, health, law, or the performing arts, or You meet the $5 million gross receipts test for all prior years. Unemployed file taxes Service related income. Unemployed file taxes   You can use the nonaccrual-experience method only for amounts earned by performing services. Unemployed file taxes You cannot use this method for amounts owed to you from activities such as lending money, selling goods, or acquiring receivables or other rights to receive payment. Unemployed file taxes Gross receipts test. Unemployed file taxes   To find out if you meet the $5 million gross receipts test for all prior years, you must figure the average annual gross receipts for each prior year. Unemployed file taxes If your average annual gross receipts for any year exceeds $5 million, you cannot use the non-accural experience method. Unemployed file taxes   The average annual gross receipts for any year is the average of gross receipts from the year in question and the 2 previous years. Unemployed file taxes For example, if you were figuring the average annual gross receipts for 2013, you would average your gross receipts for 2011, 2012, and 2013. Unemployed file taxes Interest or penalty charged. Unemployed file taxes   Generally, you cannot use the nonaccrual-experience method for amounts due on which you charge interest or a late payment penalty. Unemployed file taxes However, do not treat a discount offered for early payment as the charging of interest or a penalty if both the following apply. Unemployed file taxes You otherwise accrue the full amount due as gross income at the time you provide the services. Unemployed file taxes You treat the discount allowed for early payment as an adjustment to gross income in the year of payment. Unemployed file taxes Change in accounting method. Unemployed file taxes   Generally, you must obtain consent to change to a nonaccrual-experience method (other than one of the safe harbor methods) or to change from one method to another. Unemployed file taxes See Form 3115 and the Instructions for Form 3115 for more information. Unemployed file taxes Recovery of a Bad Debt If you claim a deduction for a bad debt on your income tax return and later recover (collect) all or part of it, you may have to include all or part of the recovery in gross income. Unemployed file taxes The amount you include is limited to the amount you actually deducted. Unemployed file taxes However, you can exclude the amount deducted that did not reduce your tax. Unemployed file taxes Report the recovery as “Other income” on the appropriate business form or schedule. Unemployed file taxes See Recoveries in Publication 525 for more information. Unemployed file taxes Net operating loss (NOL) carryover. Unemployed file taxes   If a bad debt deduction increases an NOL carryover that has not expired before the beginning of the tax year in which the recovery takes place, you treat the deduction as having reduced your tax. Unemployed file taxes A bad debt deduction that contributes to a NOL helps lower taxes in the year to which you carry the NOL. Unemployed file taxes For more information about NOLs, see Publication 536. Unemployed file taxes Also, see the Instructions for Form 1045, and the Instructions for Form 1139. Unemployed file taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Unemployed file taxes 1. Unemployed file 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 file taxes At-risk limits. Unemployed file taxes Passive activities. Unemployed file taxes Net operating loss. Unemployed file taxes When Can I Deduct an Expense?Economic performance. Unemployed file 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 file taxes  Beginning in 2013, you can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the deduction for the business use of your home. Unemployed file taxes See Optional safe harbor method under Business use of your home , later. Unemployed file taxes Introduction This chapter covers the general rules for deducting business expenses. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes What Can I Deduct? To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. Unemployed file taxes An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your industry. Unemployed file taxes A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your trade or business. Unemployed file taxes An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary. Unemployed file 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 file taxes In some cases you may not be allowed to deduct the expense at all. Unemployed file taxes Therefore, it is important to distinguish usual business expenses from expenses that include the following. Unemployed file taxes The expenses used to figure cost of goods sold, Capital expenses, and Personal expenses. Unemployed file 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 file taxes Some of your business expenses may be included in figuring cost of goods sold. Unemployed file taxes Cost of goods sold is deducted from your gross receipts to figure your gross profit for the year. Unemployed file taxes If you include an expense in the cost of goods sold, you cannot deduct it again as a business expense. Unemployed file taxes The following are types of expenses that go into figuring cost of goods sold. Unemployed file taxes The cost of products or raw materials, including freight. Unemployed file taxes Storage. Unemployed file taxes Direct labor (including contributions to pension or annuity plans) for workers who produce the products. Unemployed file taxes Factory overhead. Unemployed file 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 file taxes Indirect costs include rent, interest, taxes, storage, purchasing, processing, repackaging, handling, and administrative costs. Unemployed file 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 file taxes For more information, see the following sources. Unemployed file taxes Cost of goods sold—chapter 6 of Publication 334. Unemployed file taxes Inventories—Publication 538. Unemployed file taxes Uniform capitalization rules—Publication 538 and section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. Unemployed file taxes Capital Expenses You must capitalize, rather than deduct, some costs. Unemployed file taxes These costs are a part of your investment in your business and are called “capital expenses. Unemployed file taxes ” Capital expenses are considered assets in your business. Unemployed file taxes In general, you capitalize three types of costs. Unemployed file taxes Business start-up costs (See Tip below). Unemployed file taxes Business assets. Unemployed file taxes Improvements. Unemployed file taxes You can elect to deduct or amortize certain business start-up costs. Unemployed file taxes See chapters 7 and 8. Unemployed file taxes Cost recovery. Unemployed file 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 file taxes These recovery methods allow you to deduct part of your cost each year. Unemployed file taxes In this way, you are able to recover your capital expense. Unemployed file taxes See Amortization (chapter 8) and Depletion (chapter 9) in this publication. Unemployed file taxes A taxpayer can elect to deduct a portion of the costs of certain depreciable property as a section 179 deduction. Unemployed file taxes A greater portion of these costs can be deducted if the property is qualified disaster assistance property. Unemployed file taxes See Publication 946 for details. Unemployed file taxes Going Into Business The costs of getting started in business, before you actually begin business operations, are capital expenses. Unemployed file taxes These costs may include expenses for advertising, travel, or wages for training employees. Unemployed file taxes If you go into business. Unemployed file taxes   When you go into business, treat all costs you had to get your business started as capital expenses. Unemployed file taxes   Usually you recover costs for a particular asset through depreciation. Unemployed file taxes Generally, you cannot recover other costs until you sell the business or otherwise go out of business. Unemployed file taxes However, you can choose to amortize certain costs for setting up your business. Unemployed file taxes See Starting a Business in chapter 8 for more information on business start-up costs. Unemployed file taxes If your attempt to go into business is unsuccessful. Unemployed file 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 file taxes The costs you had before making a decision to acquire or begin a specific business. Unemployed file taxes These costs are personal and nondeductible. Unemployed file taxes They include any costs incurred during a general search for, or preliminary investigation of, a business or investment possibility. Unemployed file taxes The costs you had in your attempt to acquire or begin a specific business. Unemployed file taxes These costs are capital expenses and you can deduct them as a capital loss. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes You cannot take a deduction for these costs. Unemployed file taxes You will recover the costs of these assets when you dispose of them. Unemployed file taxes Business Assets There are many different kinds of business assets; for example, land, buildings, machinery, furniture, trucks, patents, and franchise rights. Unemployed file taxes You must fully capitalize the cost of these assets, including freight and installation charges. Unemployed file taxes Certain property you produce for use in your trade or business must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. Unemployed file taxes See Regulations section 1. Unemployed file taxes 263A-2 for information on these rules. Unemployed file taxes Improvements Improvements are generally major expenditures. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file 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 file taxes Temporary regulations allow you to capitalize costs meeting the above criteria for tax years beginning after 2011. Unemployed file taxes However, you can currently deduct repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition as a business expense. Unemployed file taxes Treat as repairs amounts paid to replace parts of a machine that only keep it in a normal operating condition. Unemployed file taxes Restoration plan. Unemployed file 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 file taxes This applies even if some of the work would by itself be classified as repairs. Unemployed file taxes Capital versus Deductible Expenses To help you distinguish between capital and deductible expenses, different examples are given below. Unemployed file taxes Motor vehicles. Unemployed file taxes   You usually capitalize the cost of a motor vehicle you use in your business. Unemployed file taxes You can recover its cost through annual deductions for depreciation. Unemployed file taxes   There are dollar limits on the depreciation you can claim each year on passenger automobiles used in your business. Unemployed file taxes See Publication 463. Unemployed file taxes   Generally, repairs you make to your business vehicle are currently deductible. Unemployed file taxes However, amounts you pay to recondition and overhaul a business vehicle are capital expenses and are recovered through depreciation. Unemployed file taxes Roads and driveways. Unemployed file 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 file taxes The cost of maintaining a private road on your business property is a deductible expense. Unemployed file taxes Tools. Unemployed file 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 file taxes Machinery parts. Unemployed file 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 file taxes Heating equipment. Unemployed file taxes   The cost of changing from one heating system to another is a capital expense. Unemployed file taxes Personal versus Business Expenses Generally, you cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses. Unemployed file 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 file taxes You can deduct the business part. Unemployed file 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 file taxes The remaining 30% is personal interest and generally is not deductible. Unemployed file taxes See chapter 4 for information on deducting interest and the allocation rules. Unemployed file taxes Business use of your home. Unemployed file 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 file taxes These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. Unemployed file taxes   To qualify to claim expenses for the business use of your home, you must meet both of the following tests. Unemployed file taxes The business part of your home must be used exclusively and regularly for your trade or business. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes   Your home office qualifies as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. Unemployed file taxes You use the office exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Unemployed file taxes You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Unemployed file taxes   If you have more than one business location, determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. Unemployed file taxes The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. Unemployed file taxes If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, consider the time spent at each location. Unemployed file taxes Optional safe harbor method. Unemployed file 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 file taxes This method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes You are not required to allocate these deductions between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. Unemployed file taxes If you use the optional method, you cannot depreciate the portion of your home used in a trade or business. Unemployed file taxes   Business expenses unrelated to the home, such as advertising, supplies, and wages paid to employees, are still fully deductible. Unemployed file taxes All of the requirements discussed earlier under Business use of your home still apply. Unemployed file taxes   For more information on the deduction for business use of your home, including the optional safe harbor method, see Publication 587. Unemployed file 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 file taxes Business use of your car. Unemployed file taxes   If you use your car exclusively in your business, you can deduct car expenses. Unemployed file taxes If you use your car for both business and personal purposes, you must divide your expenses based on actual mileage. Unemployed file taxes Generally, commuting expenses between your home and your business location, within the area of your tax home, are not deductible. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes Beginning in 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. Unemployed file taxes 5 cents per mile. Unemployed file 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 file taxes   For more information on car expenses and the rules for using the standard mileage rate, see Publication 463. Unemployed file 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 file taxes Recovery of amount deducted (tax benefit rule). Unemployed file 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 file taxes If you have a recovery in a later year, include the recovered amount in income in that year. Unemployed file 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 file taxes   For more information on recoveries and the tax benefit rule, see Publication 525. Unemployed file taxes Payments in kind. Unemployed file taxes   If you provide services to pay a business expense, the amount you can deduct is limited to your out-of-pocket costs. Unemployed file taxes You cannot deduct the cost of your own labor. Unemployed file taxes   Similarly, if you pay a business expense in goods or other property, you can deduct only what the property costs you. Unemployed file taxes If these costs are included in the cost of goods sold, do not deduct them again as a business expense. Unemployed file taxes Limits on losses. Unemployed file taxes   If your deductions for an investment or business activity are more than the income it brings in, you have a loss. Unemployed file taxes There may be limits on how much of the loss you can deduct. Unemployed file taxes Not-for-profit limits. Unemployed file 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 file taxes See Not-for-Profit Activities , later. Unemployed file taxes At-risk limits. Unemployed file 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 file taxes You are at risk in any activity for the following. Unemployed file taxes The money and adjusted basis of property you contribute to the activity. Unemployed file 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 file taxes For more information, see Publication 925. Unemployed file taxes Passive activities. Unemployed file 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 file taxes In general, deductions for losses from passive activities only offset income from passive activities. Unemployed file taxes You cannot use any excess deductions to offset other income. Unemployed file taxes In addition, passive activity credits can only offset the tax on net passive income. Unemployed file taxes Any excess loss or credits are carried over to later years. Unemployed file taxes Suspended passive losses are fully deductible in the year you completely dispose of the activity. Unemployed file taxes For more information, see Publication 925. Unemployed file taxes Net operating loss. Unemployed file taxes   If your deductions are more than your income for the year, you may have a “net operating loss. Unemployed file taxes ” You can use a net operating loss to lower your taxes in other years. Unemployed file taxes See Publication 536 for more information. Unemployed file taxes   See Publication 542 for information about net operating losses of corporations. Unemployed file taxes When Can I Deduct an Expense? When you can deduct an expense depends on your accounting method. Unemployed file taxes An accounting method is a set of rules used to determine when and how income and expenses are reported. Unemployed file taxes The two basic methods are the cash method and the accrual method. Unemployed file taxes Whichever method you choose must clearly reflect income. Unemployed file taxes For more information on accounting methods, see Publication 538. Unemployed file taxes Cash method. Unemployed file taxes   Under the cash method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses in the tax year you pay them. Unemployed file taxes Accrual method. Unemployed file taxes   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses when both of the following apply. Unemployed file taxes The all-events test has been met. Unemployed file 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 file taxes Economic performance has occurred. Unemployed file taxes Economic performance. Unemployed file taxes   You generally cannot deduct or capitalize a business expense until economic performance occurs. Unemployed file 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 file taxes If your expense is for property or services you provide to others, economic performance occurs as you provide the property or services. Unemployed file taxes Example. Unemployed file taxes Your tax year is the calendar year. Unemployed file 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 file taxes You paid it by check in January 2014. Unemployed file 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 file taxes If you use the cash method of accounting, deduct the expense on your 2014 return. Unemployed file taxes Prepayment. Unemployed file taxes   You generally cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. Unemployed file taxes This rule applies to both the cash and accrual methods. Unemployed file 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 file taxes Example. Unemployed file taxes In 2013, you sign a 10-year lease and immediately pay your rent for the first 3 years. Unemployed file 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 file taxes You can deduct the rent for 2014 and 2015 on your tax returns for those years. Unemployed file taxes Contested liability. Unemployed file taxes   Under the cash method, you can deduct a contested liability only in the year you pay the liability. Unemployed file taxes Under the accrual method, you can deduct contested liabilities such as taxes (except foreign or U. Unemployed file taxes S. Unemployed file 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 file taxes However, to take the deduction in the year of payment or transfer, you must meet certain conditions. Unemployed file taxes See Regulations section 1. Unemployed file taxes 461-2. Unemployed file taxes Related person. Unemployed file taxes   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct expenses when you incur them, even if you have not yet paid them. Unemployed file 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 file taxes Your deduction is allowed when the amount is includible in income by the related cash method payee. Unemployed file taxes See Related Persons in Publication 538. Unemployed file 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 file taxes Activities you do as a hobby, or mainly for sport or recreation, are often not entered into for profit. Unemployed file taxes The limit on not-for-profit losses applies to individuals, partnerships, estates, trusts, and S corporations. Unemployed file taxes It does not apply to corporations other than S corporations. Unemployed file taxes In determining whether you are carrying on an activity for profit, several factors are taken into account. Unemployed file taxes No one factor alone is decisive. Unemployed file 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 file taxes Presumption of profit. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes The activity must be substantially the same for each year within this period. Unemployed file taxes You have a profit when the gross income from an activity exceeds the deductions. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes This means the limits discussed here will not apply. Unemployed file taxes You can take all your business deductions from the activity, even for the years that you have a loss. Unemployed file taxes You can rely on this presumption unless the IRS later shows it to be invalid. Unemployed file taxes Using the presumption later. Unemployed file 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 file taxes   You can elect to do this by filing Form 5213. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes Accordingly, it will not restrict your deductions. Unemployed file taxes Rather, you will gain time to earn a profit in the required number of years. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file 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 file taxes The period is extended only for deductions of the activity and any related deductions that might be affected. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file 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 file taxes You can determine gross income from any not-for-profit activity by subtracting the cost of goods sold from your gross receipts. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes If you are an individual, these deductions may be taken only if you itemize. Unemployed file taxes These deductions may be taken on Schedule A (Form 1040). Unemployed file taxes Category 1. Unemployed file taxes   Deductions you can take for personal as well as for business activities are allowed in full. Unemployed file taxes For individuals, all nonbusiness deductions, such as those for home mortgage interest, taxes, and casualty losses, belong in this category. Unemployed file taxes Deduct them on the appropriate lines of Schedule A (Form 1040). Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes The reduction amount returns to $100 for tax years beginning after December 31, 2009. Unemployed file taxes See Publication 547 for more information on casualty losses. Unemployed file taxes For the limits that apply to home mortgage interest, see Publication 936. Unemployed file taxes Category 2. Unemployed file 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 file taxes Most business deductions, such as those for advertising, insurance premiums, interest, utilities, and wages, belong in this category. Unemployed file taxes Category 3. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes Where more than one asset is involved, allocate depreciation and these other deductions proportionally. Unemployed file taxes    Individuals must claim the amounts in categories (2) and (3) as miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Unemployed file taxes They are subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Unemployed file taxes See Publication 529 for information on this limit. Unemployed file taxes Example. Unemployed file taxes Adriana is engaged in a not-for-profit activity. Unemployed file taxes The income and expenses of the activity are as follows. Unemployed file 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 file taxes The limit is reached in category (3), as follows. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes Adriana includes the $3,200 of gross income on line 21 (other income) of Form 1040. Unemployed file 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 file 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 file taxes Partnerships and S corporations. Unemployed file 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 file taxes They are reflected in the individual shareholder's or partner's distributive shares. Unemployed file taxes More than one activity. Unemployed file taxes   If you have several undertakings, each may be a separate activity or several undertakings may be combined. Unemployed file taxes The following are the most significant facts and circumstances in making this determination. Unemployed file taxes The degree of organizational and economic interrelationship of various undertakings. Unemployed file 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 file taxes The similarity of the undertakings. Unemployed file taxes   The IRS will generally accept your characterization if it is supported by facts and circumstances. Unemployed file taxes    If you are carrying on two or more different activities, keep the deductions and income from each one separate. Unemployed file taxes Figure separately whether each is a not-for-profit activity. Unemployed file taxes Then figure the limit on deductions and losses separately for each activity that is not for profit. Unemployed file taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications