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W4 ez form 6. W4 ez form   Tax Treaty Benefits Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Purpose of Tax Treaties Common Benefits Competent Authority AssistanceAdditional filing. W4 ez form Obtaining Copies of Tax Treaties Topics - This chapter discusses: Some common tax treaty benefits, How to get help in certain situations, and How to get copies of tax treaties. W4 ez form Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 597 Information on the United States—Canada Income Tax Treaty 901 U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form Tax Treaties See chapter 7 for information about getting these publications. W4 ez form Purpose of Tax Treaties The United States has tax treaties or conventions with many countries. W4 ez form See Table 6-1 at the end of this chapter for a list of these countries. W4 ez form Under these treaties and conventions, citizens and residents of the United States who are subject to taxes imposed by the foreign countries are entitled to certain credits, deductions, exemptions, and reductions in the rate of taxes of those foreign countries. W4 ez form If a foreign country with which the United States has a treaty imposes a tax on you, you may be entitled to benefits under the treaty. W4 ez form Treaty benefits generally are available to residents of the United States. W4 ez form They generally are not available to U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form citizens who do not reside in the United States. W4 ez form However, certain treaty benefits and safeguards, such as the nondiscrimination provisions, are available to U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form citizens residing in the treaty countries. W4 ez form U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form citizens residing in a foreign country also may be entitled to benefits under that country's tax treaties with third countries. W4 ez form Certification of U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form residency. W4 ez form   Use Form 8802, Application for United States Residency Certification, to request certification of U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form residency for purposes of claiming benefits under a tax treaty. W4 ez form Certification can be requested for the current and any prior calendar years. W4 ez form You should examine the specific treaty articles to find if you are entitled to a tax credit, tax exemption, reduced rate of tax, or other treaty benefit or safeguard. W4 ez form Common Benefits Some common tax treaty benefits are explained below. W4 ez form The credits, deductions, exemptions, reductions in rate, and other benefits provided by tax treaties are subject to conditions and various restrictions. W4 ez form Benefits provided by certain treaties are not provided by others. W4 ez form Personal service income. W4 ez form If you are a U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form resident who is in a treaty country for a limited number of days in the tax year and you meet certain other requirements, the payment you receive for personal services performed in that country may be exempt from that country's income tax. W4 ez form Professors and teachers. W4 ez form If you are a U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form resident, the payment you receive for the first 2 or 3 years that you are teaching or doing research in a treaty country may be exempt from that country's income tax. W4 ez form Students, trainees, and apprentices. W4 ez form If you are a U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form resident, amounts you receive from the United States for study, research, or business, professional and technical training may be exempt from a treaty country's income tax. W4 ez form Some treaties exempt grants, allowances, and awards received from governmental and certain nonprofit organizations. W4 ez form Also, under certain circumstances, a limited amount of pay received by students, trainees, and apprentices may be exempt from the income tax of many treaty countries. W4 ez form Pensions and annuities. W4 ez form If you are a U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form resident, nongovernment pensions and annuities you receive may be exempt from the income tax of treaty countries. W4 ez form Most treaties contain separate provisions for exempting government pensions and annuities from treaty country income tax, and some treaties provide exemption from the treaty country's income tax for social security payments. W4 ez form Investment income. W4 ez form If you are a U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form resident, investment income, such as interest and dividends, that you receive from sources in a treaty country may be exempt from that country's income tax or taxed at a reduced rate. W4 ez form Several treaties provide exemption for capital gains (other than from sales of real property in most cases) if specified requirements are met. W4 ez form Tax credit provisions. W4 ez form If you are a U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form resident who receives income from or owns capital in a foreign country, you may be taxed on that income or capital by both the United States and the treaty country. W4 ez form Most treaties allow you to take a credit against or deduction from the treaty country's taxes based on the U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form tax on the income. W4 ez form Nondiscrimination provisions. W4 ez form Most U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form tax treaties provide that the treaty country cannot discriminate by imposing more burdensome taxes on U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form citizens who are residents of the treaty country than it imposes on its own citizens in the same circumstances. W4 ez form Saving clauses. W4 ez form U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form treaties contain saving clauses that provide that the treaties do not affect the U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form taxation of its own citizens and residents. W4 ez form As a result, U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form citizens and residents generally cannot use the treaty to reduce their U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form tax liability. W4 ez form However, most treaties provide exceptions to saving clauses that allow certain provisions of the treaty to be claimed by U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form citizens or residents. W4 ez form It is important that you examine the applicable saving clause to determine if an exception applies. W4 ez form More information on treaties. W4 ez form   Publication 901 contains an explanation of treaty provisions that apply to amounts received by teachers, students, workers, and government employees and pensioners who are alien nonresidents or residents of the United States. W4 ez form Since treaty provisions generally are reciprocal, you usually can substitute “United States” for the name of the treaty country whenever it appears, and vice versa when “U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form ” appears in the treaty exemption discussions in Publication 901. W4 ez form   Publication 597 contains an explanation of a number of frequently-used provisions of the United States–Canada income tax treaty. W4 ez form Competent Authority Assistance If you are a U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form citizen or resident alien, you can request assistance from the U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form competent authority if you think that the actions of the United States, a treaty country, or both, cause or will cause a tax situation not intended by the treaty between the two countries. W4 ez form You should read any treaty articles, including the mutual agreement procedure article, that apply in your situation. W4 ez form The U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form competent authority cannot consider requests involving countries with which the United States does not have a tax treaty. W4 ez form Effect of request for assistance. W4 ez form   If your request provides a basis for competent authority assistance, the U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form competent authority generally will consult with the treaty country competent authority on how to resolve the situation. W4 ez form How to make your request. W4 ez form   It is important that you make your request for competent authority consideration as soon as either of the following occurs. W4 ez form You are denied treaty benefits. W4 ez form Actions taken by both the United States and the foreign country result in double taxation or will result in taxation not intended by the treaty. W4 ez form   In addition to making a request for assistance, you should take steps so that any agreement reached by the competent authorities is not barred by administrative, legal, or procedural barriers. W4 ez form Some of the steps you should consider taking include the following. W4 ez form Filing a protective claim for credit or refund of U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form taxes. W4 ez form Delaying the expiration of any period of limitations on the making of a refund or other tax adjustment. W4 ez form Avoiding the lapse or termination of your right to appeal any tax determination. W4 ez form Complying with all applicable procedures for invoking competent authority consideration. W4 ez form Contesting an adjustment or seeking an appropriate correlative adjustment with respect to the U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form or treaty country tax. W4 ez form Taxpayers can consult with the U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form competent authority to determine whether they need to take protective steps and when any required steps need to be taken. W4 ez form   The request should contain all essential items of information, including the following items. W4 ez form A reference to the treaty and the treaty provisions on which the request is based. W4 ez form The years and amounts involved in both U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form dollars and foreign currency. W4 ez form A brief description of the issues for which competent authority assistance is requested. W4 ez form   A complete listing of the information that must be included with the request can be found in Revenue Procedure 2006-54, or its successor. W4 ez form Revenue Procedure 2006-54 is available at www. W4 ez form irs. W4 ez form gov/irb/2006-49_IRB/ar13. W4 ez form html. W4 ez form   Also, see Notice 2013-78, which provides proposed updates to the procedures for requesting U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form competent authority assistance under tax treaties. W4 ez form As noted, Revenue Procedure 2006-54 will be superseded by a revenue procedure to be published in the future. W4 ez form    Your request for competent authority consideration should be addressed to:   Deputy Commissioner (International) Large Business and International Division Internal Revenue Service 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW Routing M4-365 Washington, DC 20224 Attn: TAIT Additional filing. W4 ez form   In the case of U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form - initiated adjustments, you also must file a copy of the request with the IRS office where your case is pending. W4 ez form If the request is filed after the matter has been designated for litigation or while a suit contesting your relevant tax liability is pending in a United States court, a copy of the request, with a separate statement attached identifying the court where the suit is pending and the docket number of the action, also must be filed with the: Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) Internal Revenue Service 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20224 Additional details on the procedures for requesting competent authority assistance are included in Revenue Procedure 2006-54, or its successor. W4 ez form Obtaining Copies of Tax Treaties Table 6-1 lists those countries with which the United States has income tax treaties. W4 ez form This table is updated through October 31, 2013. W4 ez form You can get complete information about treaty provisions from the taxing authority in the country from which you receive income or from the treaty itself. W4 ez form You can obtain the text of most U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form treaties at IRS. W4 ez form gov. W4 ez form You also can request the text of treaties from the Department of Treasury at the following address. W4 ez form Department of Treasury Office of Business and Public Liaison Rm. W4 ez form 3411 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW  Washington, DC 20220 If you have questions about a treaty and you are in the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form Virgin Islands, you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. W4 ez form Table 6–1. W4 ez form List of Tax Treaties (Updated through October 31, 2013) Country Official Text  Symbol1 General  Effective Date Citation Applicable Treasury Explanations  or Treasury Decision (T. W4 ez form D. W4 ez form ) Australia TIAS 10773 Dec. W4 ez form 1, 1983 1986-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 220 1986-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 246 Protocol TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2004     Austria TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1999     Bangladesh TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2007     Barbados TIAS 11090 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1984 1991-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 436 1991-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 466 Protocol TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2005     Belgium TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2008     Bulgaria TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2009     Canada2 TIAS 11087 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1985 1986-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 258 1987-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 298 Protocol TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2009     China, People's Republic of TIAS 12065 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1987 1988-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 414 1988-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 447 Commonwealth of Independent States3 TIAS 8225 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1976 1976-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 463 1976-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 475 Cyprus TIAS 10965 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1986 1989-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 280 1989-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 314 Czech Republic TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1993     Denmark TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2001     Protocol TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2008     Egypt TIAS 10149 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1982 1982-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 219 1982-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 243 Estonia TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2000     Finland TIAS 12101 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1991     Protocol TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2008     France TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1996     Protocol TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2009     Germany TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1990     Protocol TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2008     Greece TIAS 2902 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1953 1958-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 1054 T. W4 ez form D. W4 ez form 6109, 1954-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 638 Hungary TIAS 9560 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1980 1980-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 333 1980-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 354 Iceland TIAS 8151 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2009     India TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1991     Indonesia TIAS 11593 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1990     Ireland TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1998     Israel TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1995     Italy TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2010     Jamaica TIAS 10207 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1982 1982-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 257 1982-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 291 Japan TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2005     Kazakhstan TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1996     Korea, South TIAS 9506 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1980 1979-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 435 1979-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 458 Latvia TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2000     Lithuania TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2000     Luxembourg TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2001     Malta TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2011     Mexico TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1,1994     Protocol TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2004               Table 6–1 (continued). W4 ez form Country Official Text  Symbol1 General  Effective Date Citation Applicable Treasury Explanations  or Treasury Decision (T. W4 ez form D. W4 ez form ) Morocco TIAS 10195 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1981 1982-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 405 1982-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 427 Netherlands TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1994     Protocol TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2005     New Zealand TIAS 10772 Nov. W4 ez form 2, 1983 1990-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 274 1990-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 303 Protocol TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2011     Norway TIAS 7474 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1971 1973-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 669 1973-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 693 Protocol TIAS 10205 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1982 1982-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 440 1982-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 454 Pakistan TIAS 4232 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1959 1960-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 646 T. W4 ez form D. W4 ez form 6431, 1960-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 755 Philippines TIAS 10417 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1983 1984-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 384 1984-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 412 Poland TIAS 8486 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1974 1977-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 416 1977-1 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 427 Portugal TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1996     Romania TIAS 8228 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1974 1976-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 492 1976-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 504 Russia TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1994     Slovak Republic TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1993     Slovenia TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2002     South Africa TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1998     Spain TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1991     Sri Lanka TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2004     Sweden TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1996     Protocol TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2007     Switzerland TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1998     Thailand TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1998     Trinidad and Tobago TIAS 7047 Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1970 1971-2 C. W4 ez form B. W4 ez form 479   Tunisia TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1990     Turkey TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 1998     Ukraine TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2001     United Kingdom TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2004     Venezuela TIAS Jan. W4 ez form 1, 2000      1(TIAS) — Treaties and Other International Act Series. W4 ez form  2Information on the treaty can be found in Publication 597, Information on the United States—Canada Income Tax Treaty. W4 ez form 3The U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form -U. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form S. W4 ez form R. 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W4 ez form 5. W4 ez form   Soil and Water Conservation Expenses Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Business of Farming Plan Certification Conservation ExpensesWater well. W4 ez form Assessment by Conservation DistrictAssessment for Depreciable Property 25% Limit on DeductionNet operating loss. W4 ez form When to Deduct or Capitalize Sale of a Farm Introduction If you are in the business of farming, you can choose to deduct certain expenses for: Soil or water conservation, Prevention of erosion of land used in farming, or Endangered species recovery. W4 ez form Otherwise, these are capital expenses that must be added to the basis of the land. W4 ez form (See chapter 6 for information on determining basis. W4 ez form ) Conservation expenses for land in a foreign country do not qualify for this special treatment. W4 ez form The deduction for conservation expenses cannot be more than 25% of your gross income from farming. W4 ez form See 25% Limit on Deduction , later. W4 ez form Although some expenses are not deductible as soil and water conservation expenses, they may be deductible as ordinary and necessary farm expenses. W4 ez form These include interest and taxes, the cost of periodically clearing brush from productive land, the regular removal of sediment from a drainage ditch, and expenses paid or incurred primarily to produce an agricultural crop that may also conserve soil. W4 ez form You must include in income most government payments for approved conservation practices. W4 ez form However, you can exclude some payments you receive under certain cost-sharing conservation programs. W4 ez form For more information, see Agricultural Program Payments in chapter 3. W4 ez form To get the full deduction to which you are entitled, you should maintain your records to clearly distinguish between your ordinary and necessary farm business expenses and your soil and water conservation expenses. W4 ez form Topics - This chapter discusses: Business of farming Plan certification Conservation expenses Assessment by conservation district 25% limit on deduction When to deduct or capitalize Sale of a farm Business of Farming For purposes of soil and water conservation expenses, you are in the business of farming if you cultivate, operate, or manage a farm for profit, either as an owner or a tenant. W4 ez form You are not in the business of farming if you cultivate or operate a farm for recreation or pleasure, rather than for profit. W4 ez form You are not farming if you are engaged only in forestry or the growing of timber. W4 ez form Farm defined. W4 ez form   A farm includes livestock, dairy, poultry, fish, fruit, and truck farms. W4 ez form It also includes plantations, ranches, ranges, and orchards. W4 ez form A fish farm is an area where fish and other marine animals are grown or raised and artificially fed, protected, etc. W4 ez form It does not include an area where they are merely caught or harvested. W4 ez form A plant nursery is a farm for purposes of deducting soil and water conservation expenses. W4 ez form Farm rental. W4 ez form   If you own a farm and receive farm rental payments based on farm production, either in cash or crop shares, you are in the business of farming. W4 ez form If you get cash rental for a farm you own that is not used in farm production, you cannot deduct soil and water conservation expenses for that farm. W4 ez form   If you receive a fixed rental payment that is not based on farm production, you are in the business of farming only if you materially participate in operating or managing the farm. W4 ez form Example. W4 ez form You own a farm in Iowa and live in California. W4 ez form You rent the farm for $175 in cash per acre and do not materially participate in producing or managing production of the crops grown on the farm. W4 ez form You cannot deduct your soil conservation expenses for this farm. W4 ez form You must capitalize the expenses and add them to the basis of the land. W4 ez form     For more information, see Material participation for landlords under Landlord Participation in Farming in chapter 12. W4 ez form Plan Certification You can deduct soil and water conservation expenses only if they are consistent with a plan approved by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the Department of Agriculture. W4 ez form If no such plan exists, the expenses must be consistent with a soil conservation plan of a comparable state agency. W4 ez form Keep a copy of the plan with your books and records to support your deductions. W4 ez form Conservation plan. W4 ez form   A conservation plan includes the farming conservation practices approved for the area where your farmland is located. W4 ez form There are three types of approved plans. W4 ez form NRCS individual site plans. W4 ez form These plans are issued individually to farmers who request assistance from NRCS to develop a conservation plan designed specifically for their farmland. W4 ez form NRCS county plans. W4 ez form These plans include a listing of farm conservation practices approved for the county where the farmland is located. W4 ez form You can deduct expenses for conservation practices not included on the NRCS county plans only if the practice is a part of an individual site plan. W4 ez form Comparable state agency plans. W4 ez form These plans are approved by state agencies and can be approved individual site plans or county plans. W4 ez form   A list of NRCS conservation programs is available at www. W4 ez form nrcs. W4 ez form usda. W4 ez form gov/programs. W4 ez form Individual site plans can be obtained from NRCS offices and the comparable state agencies. W4 ez form Conservation Expenses You can deduct conservation expenses only for land you or your tenant are using, or have used in the past, for farming. W4 ez form These expenses include, but are not limited to, the following. W4 ez form The treatment or movement of earth, such as: Leveling, Conditioning, Grading, Terracing, Contour furrowing, and Restoration of soil fertility. W4 ez form The construction, control, and protection of: Diversion channels, Drainage ditches, Irrigation ditches, Earthen dams, and Watercourses, outlets, and ponds. W4 ez form The eradication of brush. W4 ez form The planting of windbreaks. W4 ez form You cannot deduct expenses to drain or fill wetlands, or to prepare land for center pivot irrigation systems, as soil and water conservation expenses. W4 ez form These expenses are added to the basis of the land. W4 ez form If you choose to deduct soil and water conservation expenses, you cannot exclude from gross income any cost-sharing payments you receive for those expenses. W4 ez form See chapter 3 for information about payments eligible for the cost-sharing exclusion. W4 ez form New farm or farmland. W4 ez form   If you acquire a new farm or new farmland from someone who was using it in farming immediately before you acquired the land, soil and water conservation expenses you incur on it will be treated as made on land used in farming at the time the expenses were paid or incurred. W4 ez form You can deduct soil and water conservation expenses for this land if your use of it is substantially a continuation of its use in farming. W4 ez form The new farming activity does not have to be the same as the old farming activity. W4 ez form For example, if you buy land that was used for grazing cattle and then prepare it for use as an apple orchard, you can deduct your conservation expenses. W4 ez form Land not used for farming. W4 ez form   If your conservation expenses benefit both land that does not qualify as land used for farming and land that does qualify, you must allocate the expenses between the two types of land. W4 ez form For example, if the expenses benefit 200 acres of your land, but only 120 acres of this land are used for farming, then you can deduct 60% (120 ÷ 200) of the expenses. W4 ez form You can use another method to allocate these expenses if you can clearly show that your method is more reasonable. W4 ez form Depreciable conservation assets. W4 ez form   You generally cannot deduct your expenses for depreciable conservation assets. W4 ez form However, you can deduct certain amounts you pay or incur for an assessment for depreciable property that a soil and water conservation or drainage district levies against your farm. W4 ez form See Assessment for Depreciable Property , later. W4 ez form   You must capitalize expenses to buy, build, install, or improve depreciable structures or facilities. W4 ez form These expenses include those for materials, supplies, wages, fuel, hauling, and moving dirt when making structures such as tanks, reservoirs, pipes, culverts, canals, dams, wells, or pumps composed of masonry, concrete, tile, metal, or wood. W4 ez form You recover your capital investment through annual allowances for depreciation. W4 ez form   You can deduct soil and water conservation expenses for nondepreciable earthen items. W4 ez form Nondepreciable earthen items include certain dams, ponds, and terraces described under Property Having a Determinable Useful Life in chapter 7. W4 ez form Water well. W4 ez form   You cannot deduct the cost of drilling a water well for irrigation and other agricultural purposes as a soil and water conservation expense. W4 ez form It is a capital expense. W4 ez form You recover your cost through depreciation. W4 ez form You also must capitalize your cost for drilling a test hole. W4 ez form If the test hole produces no water and you continue drilling, the cost of the test hole is added to the cost of the producing well. W4 ez form You can recover the total cost through depreciation deductions. W4 ez form   If a test hole, dry hole, or dried-up well (resulting from prolonged lack of rain, for instance) is abandoned, you can deduct your unrecovered cost in the year of abandonment. W4 ez form Abandonment means that all economic benefits from the well are terminated. W4 ez form For example, filling or sealing a well excavation or casing so that all economic benefits from the well are terminated constitutes an abandonment. W4 ez form Endangered species recovery expenses. W4 ez form   If you are in the business of farming and meet other specific requirements, you can choose to deduct the conservation expenses discussed earlier as endangered species recovery expenses. W4 ez form Otherwise, these are capital expenses that must be added to the basis of the land. W4 ez form   The expenses must be paid or incurred for the purpose of achieving site-specific management actions recommended in a recovery plan approved under section 4(f) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. W4 ez form See Internal Revenue Code section 175 for more information. W4 ez form Assessment by Conservation District In some localities, a soil or water conservation or drainage district incurs expenses for soil or water conservation and levies an assessment against the farmers who benefit from the expenses. W4 ez form You can deduct as a conservation expense amounts you pay or incur for the part of an assessment that: Covers expenses you could deduct if you had paid them directly, or Covers expenses for depreciable property used in the district's business. W4 ez form Assessment for Depreciable Property You generally can deduct as a conservation expense amounts you pay or incur for the part of a conservation or drainage district assessment that covers expenses for depreciable property. W4 ez form This includes items such as pumps, locks, concrete structures (including dams and weir gates), draglines, and similar equipment. W4 ez form The depreciable property must be used in the district's soil and water conservation activities. W4 ez form However, the following limits apply to these assessments. W4 ez form The total assessment limit. W4 ez form The yearly assessment limit. W4 ez form After you apply these limits, the amount you can deduct is added to your other conservation expenses for the year. W4 ez form The total for these expenses is then subject to the 25% of gross income from farming limit on the deduction, discussed later. W4 ez form See Table 5-1 for a brief summary of these limits. W4 ez form Table 5-1. W4 ez form Limits on Deducting an Assessment by a Conservation District for Depreciable Property Total Limit on Deduction for Assessment for Depreciable Property Yearly Limit on Deduction for Assessment for Depreciable Property Yearly Limit for All Conservation Expenses 10% of: $500 + 10% of: 25% of: Total assessment against all members of the district for the property. W4 ez form Your deductible share of the cost to the district for the property. W4 ez form Your gross income from farming. W4 ez form No one taxpayer can deduct more than 10% of the total assessment. W4 ez form Any amount over 10% is a capital expense and is added to the basis of your land. W4 ez form If an assessment is paid in installments, each payment must be prorated between the conservation expense and the capital expense. W4 ez form If the amount you pay or incur for any year is more than the limit, you can deduct for that year only 10% of your deductible share of the cost. W4 ez form You can deduct the remainder in equal amounts over the next 9 tax years. W4 ez form Limit for all conservation expenses, including assessments for depreciable property. W4 ez form Amounts greater than 25% can be carried to the following year and added to that year's expenses. W4 ez form The total is then subject to the 25% of gross income from farming limit in that year. W4 ez form To ensure your deduction is within the deduction limits, keep records to show the following. W4 ez form The total assessment against all members of the district for the depreciable property. W4 ez form Your deductible share of the cost to the district for the depreciable property. W4 ez form Your gross income from farming. W4 ez form Total assessment limit. W4 ez form   You cannot deduct more than 10% of the total amount assessed to all members of the conservation or drainage district for the depreciable property. W4 ez form This applies whether you pay the assessment in one payment or in installments. W4 ez form If your assessment is more than 10% of the total amount assessed, both the following rules apply. W4 ez form The amount over 10% is a capital expense and is added to the basis of your land. W4 ez form If the assessment is paid in installments, each payment must be prorated between the conservation expense and the capital expense. W4 ez form Yearly assessment limit. W4 ez form   The maximum amount you can deduct in any one year is the total of 10% of your deductible share of the cost as explained earlier, plus $500. W4 ez form If the amount you pay or incur is equal to or less than the maximum amount, you can deduct it in the year it is paid or incurred. W4 ez form If the amount you pay or incur is more, you can deduct in that year only 10% of your deductible share of the cost. W4 ez form You can deduct the remainder in equal amounts over the next 9 tax years. W4 ez form Your total conservation expense deduction for each year is also subject to the 25% of gross income from farming limit on the deduction, discussed later. W4 ez form Example 1. W4 ez form This year, the soil conservation district levies and you pay an assessment of $2,400 against your farm. W4 ez form Of the assessment, $1,500 is for digging drainage ditches. W4 ez form You can deduct this part as a soil or conservation expense as if you had paid it directly. W4 ez form The remaining $900 is for depreciable equipment to be used in the district's irrigation activities. W4 ez form The total amount assessed by the district against all its members for the depreciable equipment is $7,000. W4 ez form The total amount you can deduct for the depreciable equipment is limited to 10% of the total amount assessed by the district against all its members for depreciable equipment, or $700. W4 ez form The $200 excess ($900 − $700) is a capital expense you must add to the basis of your farm. W4 ez form To figure the maximum amount you can deduct for the depreciable equipment this year, multiply your deductible share of the total assessment ($700) by 10%. W4 ez form Add $500 to the result for a total of $570. W4 ez form Your deductible share, $700, is greater than the maximum amount deductible in one year, so you can deduct only $70 of the amount you paid or incurred for depreciable property this year (10% of $700). W4 ez form You can deduct the balance at the rate of $70 a year over the next 9 years. W4 ez form You add $70 to the $1,500 portion of the assessment for drainage ditches. W4 ez form You can deduct $1,570 of the $2,400 assessment as a soil and water conservation expense this year, subject to the 25% of gross income from farming limit on the deduction, discussed later. W4 ez form Example 2. W4 ez form Assume the same facts in Example 1 except that $1,850 of the $2,400 assessment is for digging drainage ditches and $550 is for depreciable equipment. W4 ez form The total amount assessed by the district against all its members for depreciable equipment is $5,500. W4 ez form The total amount you can deduct for the depreciable equipment is limited to 10% of this amount, or $550. W4 ez form The maximum amount you can deduct this year for the depreciable equipment is $555 (10% of your deductible share of the total assessment, $55, plus $500). W4 ez form Since your deductible share is less than the maximum amount deductible in one year, you can deduct the entire $550 this year. W4 ez form You can deduct the entire assessment, $2,400, as a soil and water conservation expense this year, subject to the 25% of gross income from farming limit on the deduction, discussed below. W4 ez form Sale or other disposal of land during 9-year period. W4 ez form   If you dispose of the land during the 9-year period for deducting conservation expenses subject to the yearly limit, any amounts you have not yet deducted because of this limit are added to the basis of the property. W4 ez form Death of farmer during 9-year period. W4 ez form   If a farmer dies during the 9-year period, any remaining amounts not yet deducted are deducted in the year of death. W4 ez form 25% Limit on Deduction The total deduction for conservation expenses in any tax year is limited to 25% of your gross income from farming for the year. W4 ez form Gross income from farming. W4 ez form   Gross income from farming is the income you derive in the business of farming from the production of crops, fish, fruits, other agricultural products, or livestock. W4 ez form Gains from sales of draft, breeding, or dairy livestock are included. W4 ez form Gains from sales of assets such as farm machinery, or from the disposition of land, are not included. W4 ez form Carryover of deduction. W4 ez form   If your deductible conservation expenses in any year are more than 25% of your gross income from farming for that year, you can carry the unused deduction over to later years. W4 ez form However, the deduction in any later year is limited to 25% of the gross income from farming for that year as well. W4 ez form Example. W4 ez form In 2012, you have gross income of $32,000 from two farms. W4 ez form During the year, you incurred $10,000 of deductible soil and water conservation expenses for one of the farms. W4 ez form However, your deduction is limited to 25% of $32,000, or $8,000. W4 ez form The $2,000 excess ($10,000 − $8,000) is carried over to 2013 and added to deductible soil and water conservation expenses made in that year. W4 ez form The total of the 2012 carryover plus 2013 expenses is deductible in 2013, subject to the limit of 25% of your gross income from farming in 2013. W4 ez form Any expenses over the limit in that year are carried to 2014 and later years. W4 ez form Net operating loss. W4 ez form   The deduction for soil and water conservation expenses, after applying the 25% limit, is included when figuring a net operating loss (NOL) for the year. W4 ez form If the NOL is carried to another year, the soil and water conservation deduction included in the NOL is not subject to the 25% limit in the year to which it is carried. W4 ez form When to Deduct or Capitalize If you choose to deduct soil and water conservation expenses, you must deduct the total allowable amount on your tax return for the first year you pay or incur these expenses. W4 ez form If you do not choose to deduct the expenses, you must capitalize them. W4 ez form Change of method. W4 ez form   If you want to change your method for the treatment of soil and water conservation expenses, or you want to treat the expenses for a particular project or a single farm in a different manner, you must get the approval of the IRS. W4 ez form To get this approval, submit a written request by the due date of your return for the first tax year you want the new method to apply. W4 ez form You or your authorized representative must sign the request. W4 ez form   The request must include the following information. W4 ez form Your name and address. W4 ez form The first tax year the method or change of method is to apply. W4 ez form Whether the method or change of method applies to all your soil and water conservation expenses or only to those for a particular project or farm. W4 ez form If the method or change of method does not apply to all your expenses, identify the project or farm to which the expenses apply. W4 ez form The total expenses you paid or incurred in the first tax year the method or change of method is to apply. W4 ez form A statement that you will account separately in your books for the expenses to which this method or change of method relates. W4 ez form Send your request to the following  address. W4 ez form  Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Center Cincinnati, OH 45999  For more information, see Change in  Accounting Method in chapter 2. W4 ez form Sale of a Farm If you sell your farm, you cannot adjust the basis of the land at the time of the sale for any unused carryover of soil and water conservation expenses (except for deductions of assessments for depreciable property, discussed earlier). W4 ez form However, if you acquire another farm and return to the business of farming, you can start taking deductions again for the unused carryovers. W4 ez form Gain on sale of farmland. W4 ez form   If you held the land 5 years or less before you sold it, gain on the sale of the land is treated as ordinary income up to the amount you previously deducted for soil and water conservation expenses. W4 ez form If you held the land less than 10 but more than 5 years, the gain is treated as ordinary income up to a specified percentage of the previous deductions. W4 ez form See Section 1252 property under Other Gains in chapter 9. W4 ez form Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications