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1040ez online free 4. 1040ez online free   Farm Business Expenses Table of Contents What's New for 2013 Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Deductible ExpensesReasonable allocation. 1040ez online free Prepaid Farm Supplies Prepaid Livestock Feed Labor Hired Repairs and Maintenance Interest Breeding Fees Fertilizer and Lime Taxes Insurance Rent and Leasing Depreciation Business Use of Your Home Truck and Car Expenses Travel Expenses Marketing Quota Penalties Tenant House Expenses Items Purchased for Resale Other Expenses Domestic Production Activities Deduction Capital ExpensesForestation and reforestation costs. 1040ez online free Nondeductible ExpensesPersonal, Living, and Family Expenses Other Nondeductible Items Losses From Operating a FarmAt-Risk Limits Passive Activity Limits Excess Farm Loss Limit Not-for-Profit FarmingUsing the presumption later. 1040ez online free Category 1. 1040ez online free Category 2. 1040ez online free Category 3. 1040ez online free What's New for 2013 Standard mileage rate. 1040ez online free  For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for each mile of business use is 56. 1040ez online free 5 cents. 1040ez online free See Truck and Car Expenses , later. 1040ez online free Simplified method for business use of home deduction. 1040ez online free  The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. 1040ez online free For more information, see Schedule C (Form 1040), Part II, and its instructions. 1040ez online free Introduction You can generally deduct the current costs of operating your farm. 1040ez online free Current costs are expenses you do not have to capitalize or include in inventory costs. 1040ez online free However, your deduction for the cost of livestock feed and certain other supplies may be limited. 1040ez online free If you have an operating loss, you may not be able to deduct all of it. 1040ez online free Topics - This chapter discusses: Deductible expenses Domestic production activities deduction Capital expenses Nondeductible expenses Losses from operating a farm Not-for-profit farming Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 535 Business Expenses 587 Business Use of Your Home 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Sch F (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Farming 1045 Application for Tentative Refund 5213 Election To Postpone Determination as To Whether the Presumption Applies That an Activity Is Engaged in for Profit 8903 Domestic Production Activities Deduction See chapter 16 for information about getting publications and forms. 1040ez online free Deductible Expenses The ordinary and necessary costs of operating a farm for profit are deductible business expenses. 1040ez online free “Ordinary” means what most farmers do and “necessary” means what is useful and helpful in farming. 1040ez online free Schedule F, Part II, lists some common farm expenses that are typically deductible. 1040ez online free This chapter discusses many of these expenses, as well as others not listed on Schedule F. 1040ez online free Reimbursed expenses. 1040ez online free   If the reimbursement is received in the same year that the expense is claimed, reduce the expense by the amount of the reimbursement. 1040ez online free If the reimbursement is received in a year after the expense is claimed, include the reimbursement amount in income. 1040ez online free See Refund or reimbursement under Income From Other Sources in chapter 3. 1040ez online free Personal and business expenses. 1040ez online free   Some expenses you pay during the tax year may be part personal and part business. 1040ez online free These may include expenses for gasoline, oil, fuel, water, rent, electricity, telephone, automobile upkeep, repairs, insurance, interest, and taxes. 1040ez online free   You must allocate these mixed expenses between their business and personal parts. 1040ez online free Generally, the personal part of these expenses is not deductible. 1040ez online free The business portion of the expenses is deductible on Schedule F. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free You paid $1,500 for electricity during the tax year. 1040ez online free You used 1/3 of the electricity for personal purposes and 2/3 for farming. 1040ez online free Under these circumstances, you can deduct $1,000 (2/3 of $1,500) of your electricity expense as a farm business expense. 1040ez online free Reasonable allocation. 1040ez online free   It is not always easy to determine the business and nonbusiness parts of an expense. 1040ez online free There is no method of allocation that applies to all mixed expenses. 1040ez online free Any reasonable allocation is acceptable. 1040ez online free What is reasonable depends on the circumstances in each case. 1040ez online free Prepaid Farm Supplies Prepaid farm supplies include the following items if paid for during the year. 1040ez online free Feed, seed, fertilizer, and similar farm supplies not used or consumed during the year, but not including farm supplies that you would have consumed during the year if not for a fire, storm, flood, other casualty, disease, or drought. 1040ez online free Poultry (including egg-laying hens and baby chicks) bought for use (or for both use and resale) in your farm business. 1040ez online free However, include only the amount that would be deductible in the following year if you had capitalized the cost and deducted it ratably over the lesser of 12 months or the useful life of the poultry. 1040ez online free Poultry bought for resale and not resold during the year. 1040ez online free Deduction limit. 1040ez online free   If you use the cash method of accounting to report your income and expenses, your deduction for prepaid farm supplies in the year you pay for them may be limited to 50% of your other deductible farm expenses for the year (all Schedule F deductions except prepaid farm supplies). 1040ez online free This limit does not apply if you meet one of the exceptions described later. 1040ez online free See Chapter 2 for a discussion of the cash method of accounting. 1040ez online free   If the limit applies, you can deduct the excess cost of farm supplies other than poultry in the year you use or consume the supplies. 1040ez online free The excess cost of poultry bought for use (or for both use and resale) in your farm business is deductible in the year following the year you pay for it. 1040ez online free The excess cost of poultry bought for resale is deductible in the year you sell or otherwise dispose of that poultry. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free You may not qualify for the exception described next. 1040ez online free During 2013, you bought fertilizer ($4,000), feed ($1,000), and seed ($500) for use on your farm in the following year. 1040ez online free Your total prepaid farm supplies expense for 2013 is $5,500. 1040ez online free Your other deductible farm expenses totaled $10,000 for 2013. 1040ez online free Therefore, your deduction for prepaid farm supplies cannot be more than $5,000 (50% of $10,000) for 2013. 1040ez online free The excess prepaid farm supplies expense of $500 ($5,500 − $5,000) is deductible in a later tax year when you use or consume the supplies. 1040ez online free Exceptions. 1040ez online free   This limit on the deduction for prepaid farm supplies expense does not apply if you are a farm-related taxpayer and either of the following apply. 1040ez online free Your prepaid farm supplies expense is more than 50% of your other deductible farm expenses because of a change in business operations caused by unusual circumstances. 1040ez online free Your total prepaid farm supplies expense for the preceding 3 tax years is less than 50% of your total other deductible farm expenses for those 3 tax years. 1040ez online free   You are a farm-related taxpayer if any of the following tests apply. 1040ez online free Your main home is on a farm. 1040ez online free Your principal business is farming. 1040ez online free A member of your family meets (1) or (2). 1040ez online free For this purpose, your family includes your brothers and sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters, spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, and aunts and uncles and their children. 1040ez online free    Whether or not the deduction limit for prepaid farm supplies applies, your expenses for prepaid livestock feed may be subject to the rules for advance payment of livestock feed, discussed next. 1040ez online free Prepaid Livestock Feed If you report your income and expenses under the cash method of accounting, you cannot deduct in the year paid the cost of feed your livestock will consume in a later year unless you meet all the following tests. 1040ez online free The payment is for the purchase of feed rather than a deposit. 1040ez online free The prepayment has a business purpose and is not merely for tax avoidance. 1040ez online free Deducting the prepayment does not result in a material distortion of your income. 1040ez online free If you meet all three tests, you can deduct the prepaid feed, subject to the limit on prepaid farm supplies discussed earlier. 1040ez online free If you fail any of these tests, you can deduct the prepaid feed only in the year it is consumed. 1040ez online free This rule does not apply to the purchase of commodity futures contracts. 1040ez online free Payment for the purchase of feed. 1040ez online free   Whether a payment is for the purchase of feed or a deposit depends on the facts and circumstances in each case. 1040ez online free It is for the purchase of feed if you can show you made it under a binding commitment to accept delivery of a specific quantity of feed at a fixed price and you are not entitled, by contract or business custom, to a refund or repurchase. 1040ez online free   The following are some factors that show a payment is a deposit rather than for the purchase of feed. 1040ez online free The absence of specific quantity terms. 1040ez online free The right to a refund of any unapplied payment credit at the end of the contract. 1040ez online free The seller's treatment of the payment as a deposit. 1040ez online free The right to substitute other goods or products for those specified in the contract. 1040ez online free   A provision permitting substitution of ingredients to vary the particular feed mix to meet your livestock's current diet requirements will not suggest a deposit. 1040ez online free Further, a price adjustment to reflect market value at the date of delivery is not, by itself, proof of a deposit. 1040ez online free Business purpose. 1040ez online free   The prepayment has a business purpose only if you have a reasonable expectation of receiving some business benefit from prepaying the cost of livestock feed. 1040ez online free The following are some examples of business benefits. 1040ez online free Fixing maximum prices and securing an assured feed supply. 1040ez online free Securing preferential treatment in anticipation of a feed shortage. 1040ez online free   Other factors considered in determining the existence of a business purpose are whether the prepayment was a condition imposed by the seller and whether that condition was meaningful. 1040ez online free No material distortion of income. 1040ez online free   The following are some factors considered in determining whether deducting prepaid livestock feed materially distorts income. 1040ez online free Your customary business practice in conducting your livestock operations. 1040ez online free The expense in relation to past purchases. 1040ez online free The time of year you made the purchase. 1040ez online free The expense in relation to your income for the year. 1040ez online free Labor Hired You can deduct reasonable wages paid for regular farm labor, piecework, contract labor, and other forms of labor hired to perform your farming operations. 1040ez online free You can pay wages in cash or in noncash items such as inventory, capital assets, or assets used in your business. 1040ez online free The cost of boarding farm labor is a deductible labor cost. 1040ez online free Other deductible costs you incur for farm labor include health insurance, workers' compensation insurance, and other benefits. 1040ez online free If you must withhold social security, Medicare, and income taxes from your employees' cash wages, you can still deduct the full amount of wages before withholding. 1040ez online free See chapter 13 for more information on employment taxes. 1040ez online free Also, deduct the employer's share of the social security and Medicare taxes you must pay on your employees' wages as a farm business expense on Schedule F, line 29. 1040ez online free See Taxes , later. 1040ez online free Property for services. 1040ez online free   If you transfer property to an employee in payment for services, you can deduct as wages paid the fair market value of the property on the date of transfer. 1040ez online free If the employee pays you anything for the property, deduct as wages the fair market value of the property minus the payment by the employee for the property. 1040ez online free   Treat the wages deducted as an amount received for the property. 1040ez online free You may have a gain or loss to report if the property's adjusted basis on the date of transfer is different from its fair market value. 1040ez online free Any gain or loss has the same character the exchanged property had in your hands. 1040ez online free For more information, see chapter 8. 1040ez online free Child as an employee. 1040ez online free   You can deduct reasonable wages or other compensation you pay to your child for doing farmwork if a true employer-employee relationship exists between you and your child. 1040ez online free Include these wages in the child's income. 1040ez online free The child may have to file an income tax return. 1040ez online free These wages may also be subject to social security and Medicare taxes if your child is age 18 or older. 1040ez online free For more information, see Family Employees in chapter 13. 1040ez online free    A Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, should be issued to the child employee. 1040ez online free   The fact that your child spends the wages to buy clothes or other necessities you normally furnish does not prevent you from deducting your child's wages as a farm expense. 1040ez online free The amount of wages paid to the child could cause a loss of the dependency exemption depending on how the child uses the money. 1040ez online free Spouse as an employee. 1040ez online free   You can deduct reasonable wages or other compensation you pay to your spouse if a true employer-employee relationship exists between you and your spouse. 1040ez online free Wages you pay to your spouse are subject to social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez online free For more information, see Family Employees in chapter 13. 1040ez online free Nondeductible Pay You cannot deduct wages paid for certain household work, construction work, and maintenance of your home. 1040ez online free However, those wages may be subject to the employment taxes discussed in chapter 13. 1040ez online free Household workers. 1040ez online free   Do not deduct amounts paid to persons engaged in household work, except to the extent their services are used in boarding or otherwise caring for farm laborers. 1040ez online free Construction labor. 1040ez online free   Do not deduct wages paid to hired help for the construction of new buildings or other improvements. 1040ez online free These wages are part of the cost of the building or other improvement. 1040ez online free You must capitalize them. 1040ez online free Maintaining your home. 1040ez online free   If your farm employee spends time maintaining or repairing your home, the wages and employment taxes you pay for that work are nondeductible personal expenses. 1040ez online free For example, assume you have a farm employee for the entire tax year and the employee spends 5% of the time maintaining your home. 1040ez online free The employee devotes the remaining time to work on your farm. 1040ez online free You cannot deduct 5% of the wages and employment taxes you pay for that employee. 1040ez online free Employment Credits Reduce your deduction for wages by the amount of any employment credits you claim such as the work opportunity credit for qualified tax-exempt organizations hiring qualified veterans (Form 5884-C). 1040ez online free Repairs and Maintenance You can deduct most expenses for the repair and maintenance of your farm property. 1040ez online free Common items of repair and maintenance are repainting, replacing shingles and supports on farm buildings, and periodic or routine maintenance of trucks, tractors, and other farm machinery. 1040ez online free However, repairs to, or overhauls of, depreciable property that substantially prolong the life of the property, increase its value, or adapt it to a different use are capital expenses. 1040ez online free For example, if you repair the barn roof, the cost is deductible. 1040ez online free But if you replace the roof, it is a capital expense. 1040ez online free For more information, see Capital Expenses , later. 1040ez online free Interest You can deduct as a farm business expense interest paid on farm mortgages and other obligations you incur in your farm business. 1040ez online free Cash method. 1040ez online free   If you use the cash method of accounting, you can generally deduct interest paid during the tax year. 1040ez online free You cannot deduct interest paid with funds received from the original lender through another loan, advance, or other arrangement similar to a loan. 1040ez online free You can, however, deduct the interest when you start making payments on the new loan. 1040ez online free For more information, see Cash Method in chapter 2. 1040ez online free Prepaid interest. 1040ez online free   Under the cash method, you generally cannot deduct any interest paid before the year it is due. 1040ez online free Interest paid in advance may be deducted only in the tax year in which it is due. 1040ez online free Accrual method. 1040ez online free   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you can deduct only interest that has accrued during the tax year. 1040ez online free However, you cannot deduct interest owed to a related person who uses the cash method until payment is made and the interest is includible in the gross income of that person. 1040ez online free For more information, see Accrual Method in chapter 2. 1040ez online free Allocation of interest. 1040ez online free   If you use the proceeds of a loan for more than one purpose, you must allocate the interest on that loan to each use. 1040ez online free Allocate the interest to the following categories. 1040ez online free Trade or business interest. 1040ez online free Passive activity interest. 1040ez online free Investment interest. 1040ez online free Portfolio interest. 1040ez online free Personal interest. 1040ez online free   You generally allocate interest on a loan the same way you allocate the loan proceeds. 1040ez online free You allocate loan proceeds by tracing disbursements to specific uses. 1040ez online free The easiest way to trace disbursements to specific uses is to keep the proceeds of a particular loan separate from any other funds. 1040ez online free Secured loan. 1040ez online free   The allocation of loan proceeds and the related interest is generally not affected by the use of property that secures the loan. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free You secure a loan with property used in your farming business. 1040ez online free You use the loan proceeds to buy a car for personal use. 1040ez online free You must allocate interest expense on the loan to personal use (purchase of the car) even though the loan is secured by farm business property. 1040ez online free If the property that secures the loan is your home, you generally do not allocate the loan proceeds or the related interest. 1040ez online free The interest is usually deductible as qualified home mortgage interest, regardless of how the loan proceeds are used. 1040ez online free However, you can choose to treat the loan as not secured by your home. 1040ez online free For more information, see Publication 936. 1040ez online free Allocation period. 1040ez online free   The period for which a loan is allocated to a particular use begins on the date the proceeds are used and ends on the earlier of the following dates. 1040ez online free The date the loan is repaid. 1040ez online free The date the loan is reallocated to another use. 1040ez online free More information. 1040ez online free   For more information on interest, see chapter 4 in Publication 535. 1040ez online free Breeding Fees You can deduct breeding fees as a farm business expense. 1040ez online free However, if you use an accrual method of accounting, you must capitalize breeding fees and allocate them to the cost basis of the calf, foal, etc. 1040ez online free For more information on who must use an accrual method of accounting, see Accrual Method Required under Accounting Methods in chapter 2. 1040ez online free Fertilizer and Lime You can deduct in the year paid or incurred the cost of fertilizer, lime, and other materials applied to farmland to enrich, neutralize, or condition it if the benefits last a year or less. 1040ez online free You can also deduct the cost of applying these materials in the year you pay or incur it. 1040ez online free However, see Prepaid Farm Supplies , earlier, for a rule that may limit your deduction for these materials. 1040ez online free If the benefits of the fertilizer, lime, or other materials last substantially more than one year, you generally capitalize their cost and deduct a part each year the benefits last. 1040ez online free However, you can choose to deduct these expenses in the year paid or incurred. 1040ez online free If you make this choice, you will need IRS approval if you later decide to capitalize the cost of previously deducted items. 1040ez online free If you sell farmland on which fertilizer or lime has been applied and if the selling price of the land includes part or all of the cost of the fertilizer or lime, you report the sale amount attributable to the fertilizer or lime as ordinary income. 1040ez online free Farmland, for these purposes, is land used for producing crops, fruits, or other agricultural products or for sustaining livestock. 1040ez online free It does not include land you have never used previously for producing crops or sustaining livestock. 1040ez online free You cannot deduct initial land preparation costs. 1040ez online free (See Capital Expenses , later. 1040ez online free ) Include government payments you receive for lime or fertilizer in income. 1040ez online free See Fertilizer and Lime under Agricultural Program Payments in chapter 3. 1040ez online free Taxes You can deduct as a farm business expense the real estate and personal property taxes on farm business assets, such as farm equipment, animals, farmland, and farm buildings. 1040ez online free You also can deduct the social security and Medicare taxes you pay to match the amount withheld from the wages of farm employees and any federal unemployment tax you pay. 1040ez online free For information on employment taxes, see chapter 13. 1040ez online free Allocation of taxes. 1040ez online free   The taxes on the part of your farm you use as your home (including the furnishings and surrounding land not used for farming) are nonbusiness taxes. 1040ez online free You may be able to deduct these nonbusiness taxes as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). 1040ez online free To determine the nonbusiness part, allocate the taxes between the farm assets and nonbusiness assets. 1040ez online free The allocation can be done from the assessed valuations. 1040ez online free If your tax statement does not show the assessed valuations, you can usually get them from the tax assessor. 1040ez online free State and local general sales taxes. 1040ez online free   State and local general sales taxes on nondepreciable farm business expense items are deductible as part of the cost of those items. 1040ez online free Include state and local general sales taxes imposed on the purchase of assets for use in your farm business as part of the cost you depreciate. 1040ez online free Also treat the taxes as part of your cost if they are imposed on the seller and passed on to you. 1040ez online free State and federal income taxes. 1040ez online free   Individuals cannot deduct state and federal income taxes as farm business expenses. 1040ez online free Individuals can deduct state and local income taxes only as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). 1040ez online free However, you cannot deduct federal income tax. 1040ez online free Highway use tax. 1040ez online free   You can deduct the federal use tax on highway motor vehicles paid on a truck or truck tractor used in your farm business. 1040ez online free For information on the tax itself, including information on vehicles subject to the tax, see the Instructions for Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return. 1040ez online free Self-employment tax deduction. 1040ez online free   You can deduct as an adjustment to income on Form 1040 one-half of your self-employment tax in figuring your adjusted gross income. 1040ez online free For more information, see chapter 12. 1040ez online free Insurance You generally can deduct the ordinary and necessary cost of insurance for your farm business as a business expense. 1040ez online free This includes premiums you pay for the following types of insurance. 1040ez online free Fire, storm, crop, theft, liability, and other insurance on farm business assets. 1040ez online free Health and accident insurance on your farm employees. 1040ez online free Workers' compensation insurance set by state law that covers any claims for job-related bodily injuries or diseases suffered by employees on your farm, regardless of fault. 1040ez online free Business interruption insurance. 1040ez online free State unemployment insurance on your farm employees (deductible as taxes if they are considered taxes under state law). 1040ez online free Insurance to secure a loan. 1040ez online free   If you take out a policy on your life or on the life of another person with a financial interest in your farm business to get or protect a business loan, you cannot deduct the premiums as a business expense. 1040ez online free In the event of death, the proceeds of the policy are not taxed as income even if they are used to liquidate the debt. 1040ez online free Advance premiums. 1040ez online free   Deduct advance payments of insurance premiums only in the year to which they apply, regardless of your accounting method. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free On June 28, 2013, you paid a premium of $3,000 for fire insurance on your barn. 1040ez online free The policy will cover a period of 3 years beginning on July 1, 2013. 1040ez online free Only the cost for the 6 months in 2013 is deductible as an insurance expense on your 2013 calendar year tax return. 1040ez online free Deduct $500, which is the premium for 6 months of the 36-month premium period, or 6/36 of $3,000. 1040ez online free In both 2014 and 2015, deduct $1,000 (12/36 of $3,000). 1040ez online free Deduct the remaining $500 in 2016. 1040ez online free Had the policy been effective on January 1, 2013, the deductible expense would have been $1,000 for each of the years 2013, 2014, and 2015, based on one-third of the premium used each year. 1040ez online free Business interruption insurance. 1040ez online free   Use and occupancy and business interruption insurance premiums are deductible as a business expense. 1040ez online free This insurance pays for lost profits if your business is shut down due to a fire or other cause. 1040ez online free Report any proceeds in full on Schedule F, Part I. 1040ez online free Self-employed health insurance deduction. 1040ez online free   If you are self-employed, you can deduct as an adjustment to income on Form 1040 your payments for medical, dental, and qualified long-term care insurance coverage for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents when figuring your adjusted gross income on your Form 1040. 1040ez online free Effective March 30, 2010, the insurance can also cover any child of yours under age 27 at the end of 2013, even if the child was not your dependent. 1040ez online free Generally, this deduction cannot be more than the net profit from the business under which the plan was established. 1040ez online free   If you or your spouse is also an employee of another person, you cannot take the deduction for any month in which you are eligible to participate in a subsidized health plan maintained by your employer or your spouse's employer. 1040ez online free   Generally, use the Self-Employed Health Insurance Deduction Worksheet in the Instructions for Form 1040 to figure your deduction. 1040ez online free Include the remaining part of the insurance payment in your medical expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. 1040ez online free   For more information, see Deductible Premiums in Publication 535, chapter 6. 1040ez online free Rent and Leasing If you lease property for use in your farm business, you can generally deduct the rent you pay on Schedule F. 1040ez online free However, you cannot deduct rent you pay in crop shares if you deduct the cost of raising the crops as farm expenses. 1040ez online free Advance payments. 1040ez online free   Deduct advance payments of rent only in the year to which they apply, regardless of your accounting method. 1040ez online free Farm home. 1040ez online free   If you rent a farm, do not deduct the part of the rental expense that represents the fair rental value of the farm home in which you live. 1040ez online free Lease or Purchase If you lease a farm building or equipment, you must determine whether or not the agreement must be treated as a conditional sales contract rather than a lease. 1040ez online free If the agreement is treated as a conditional sales contract, the payments under the agreement (so far as they do not represent interest or other charges) are payments for the purchase of the property. 1040ez online free Do not deduct these payments as rent, but capitalize the cost of the property and recover this cost through depreciation. 1040ez online free Conditional sales contract. 1040ez online free   Whether an agreement is a conditional sales contract depends on the intent of the parties. 1040ez online free Determine intent based on the provisions of the agreement and the facts and circumstances that exist when you make the agreement. 1040ez online free No single test, or special combination of tests, always applies. 1040ez online free However, in general, an agreement may be considered a conditional sales contract rather than a lease if any of the following is true. 1040ez online free The agreement applies part of each payment toward an equity interest you will receive. 1040ez online free You get title to the property after you make a stated amount of required payments. 1040ez online free The amount you must pay to use the property for a short time is a large part of the amount you would pay to get title to the property. 1040ez online free You pay much more than the current fair rental value of the property. 1040ez online free You have an option to buy the property at a nominal price compared to the value of the property when you may exercise the option. 1040ez online free Determine this value when you make the agreement. 1040ez online free You have an option to buy the property at a nominal price compared to the total amount you have to pay under the agreement. 1040ez online free The agreement designates part of the payments as interest, or part of the payments can be easily recognized as interest. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free You lease new farm equipment from a dealer who both sells and leases. 1040ez online free The agreement includes an option to purchase the equipment for a specified price. 1040ez online free The lease payments and the specified option price equal the sales price of the equipment plus interest. 1040ez online free Under the agreement, you are responsible for maintenance, repairs, and the risk of loss. 1040ez online free For federal income tax purposes, the agreement is a conditional sales contract. 1040ez online free You cannot deduct any of the lease payments as rent. 1040ez online free You can deduct interest, repairs, insurance, depreciation, and other expenses related to the equipment. 1040ez online free Motor vehicle leases. 1040ez online free   Special rules apply to lease agreements that have a terminal rental adjustment clause. 1040ez online free In general, this is a clause that provides for a rental price adjustment based on the amount the lessor is able to sell the vehicle for at the end of the lease. 1040ez online free If your rental agreement contains a terminal rental adjustment clause, treat the agreement as a lease if the agreement otherwise qualifies as a lease. 1040ez online free For more information, see Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 7701(h). 1040ez online free Leveraged leases. 1040ez online free   Special rules apply to leveraged leases of equipment (arrangements in which the equipment is financed by a nonrecourse loan from a third party). 1040ez online free For more information, see Publication 535, chapter 3, and Revenue Procedure 2001-28, which begins on page 1156 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2001-19 at www. 1040ez online free irs. 1040ez online free gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb01-19. 1040ez online free pdf. 1040ez online free Depreciation If property you acquire to use in your farm business is expected to last more than one year, you generally cannot deduct the entire cost in the year you acquire it. 1040ez online free You must recover the cost over more than one year and deduct part of it each year on Schedule F as depreciation or amortization. 1040ez online free However, you can choose to deduct part or all of the cost of certain qualifying property, up to a limit, as a section 179 deduction in the year you place it in service. 1040ez online free Depreciation, amortization, and the section 179 deduction are discussed in chapter 7. 1040ez online free Business Use of Your Home You can deduct expenses for the business use of your home if you use part of your home exclusively and regularly: As the principal place of business for any trade or business in which you engage, As a place to meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, or In connection with your trade or business, if you are using a separate structure that is not attached to your home. 1040ez online free Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use if you meet both of the following requirements. 1040ez online free You use it exclusively and regularly for the administrative or management activities of your trade or business. 1040ez online free You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. 1040ez online free If you use part of your home for business, you must divide the expenses of operating your home between personal and business use. 1040ez online free The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. 1040ez online free For more information, see Schedule C (Form 1040), Part II, and its instructions. 1040ez online free Deduction limit. 1040ez online free   If your gross income from farming equals or exceeds your total farm expenses (including expenses for the business use of your home), you can deduct all your farm expenses. 1040ez online free But if your gross income from farming is less than your total farm expenses, your deduction for certain expenses for the use of your home in your farming business is limited. 1040ez online free   Your deduction for otherwise nondeductible expenses, such as utilities, insurance, and depreciation (with depreciation taken last), cannot be more than the gross income from farming minus the following expenses. 1040ez online free The business part of expenses you could deduct even if you did not use your home for business (such as deductible mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty and theft losses). 1040ez online free Farm expenses other than expenses that relate to the use of your home. 1040ez online free If you are self-employed, do not include your deduction for half of your self-employment tax. 1040ez online free   Deductions over the current year's limit can be carried over to your next tax year. 1040ez online free They are subject to the deduction limit for the next tax year. 1040ez online free More information. 1040ez online free   See Publication 587 for more information on deducting expenses for the business use of your home. 1040ez online free Telephone expense. 1040ez online free   You cannot deduct the cost of basic local telephone service (including any taxes) for the first telephone line you have in your home, even if you have an office in your home. 1040ez online free However, charges for business long-distance phone calls on that line, as well as the cost of a second line into your home used exclusively for your farm business, are deductible business expenses. 1040ez online free Cell phone charges for calls relating to your farm business are deductible. 1040ez online free If the cell phone you use for your farm business is part of a family cell phone plan, you must allocate and deduct only the portion of the charges attributable to farm business calls. 1040ez online free Truck and Car Expenses You can deduct the actual cost of operating a truck or car in your farm business. 1040ez online free Only expenses for business use are deductible. 1040ez online free These include such items as gasoline, oil, repairs, license tags, insurance, and depreciation (subject to certain limits). 1040ez online free Standard mileage rate. 1040ez online free   Instead of using actual costs, under certain conditions you can use the standard mileage rate. 1040ez online free The standard mileage rate for each mile of business use is 56. 1040ez online free 5 cents in 2013. 1040ez online free You can use the standard mileage rate for a car or a light truck, such as a van, pickup, or panel truck, you own or lease. 1040ez online free   You cannot use the standard mileage rate if you operate five or more cars or light trucks at the same time. 1040ez online free You are not using five or more vehicles at the same time if you alternate using the vehicles (you use them at different times) for business. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free Maureen owns a car and four pickup trucks that are used in her farm business. 1040ez online free Her farm employees use the trucks and she uses the car for business. 1040ez online free Maureen cannot use the standard mileage rate for the car or the trucks. 1040ez online free This is because all five vehicles are used in Maureen's farm business at the same time. 1040ez online free She must use actual expenses for all vehicles. 1040ez online free Business use percentage. 1040ez online free   You can claim 75% of the use of a car or light truck as business use without any records if you used the vehicle during most of the normal business day directly in connection with the business of farming. 1040ez online free You choose this method of substantiating business use the first year the vehicle is placed in service. 1040ez online free Once you make this choice, you may not change to another method later. 1040ez online free The following are uses directly connected with the business of farming. 1040ez online free Cultivating land. 1040ez online free Raising or harvesting any agricultural or horticultural commodity. 1040ez online free Raising, shearing, feeding, caring for, training, and managing animals. 1040ez online free Driving to the feed or supply store. 1040ez online free   If you keep records and they show that your business use was more than 75%, you may be able to claim more. 1040ez online free See Recordkeeping requirements under Travel Expenses , below. 1040ez online free More information. 1040ez online free   For more information on deductible truck and car expenses, see Publication 463, chapter 4. 1040ez online free If you pay your employees for the use of their truck or car in your farm business, see Reimbursements to employees under Travel Expenses next. 1040ez online free Travel Expenses You can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses you incur while traveling away from home for your farm business. 1040ez online free You cannot deduct lavish or extravagant expenses. 1040ez online free Usually, the location of your farm business is considered your home for tax purposes. 1040ez online free You are traveling away from home if: Your duties require you to be absent from your farm substantially longer than an ordinary work day, and You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. 1040ez online free If you meet these requirements and can prove the time, place, and business purpose of your travel, you can deduct your ordinary and necessary travel expenses. 1040ez online free The following are some types of deductible travel expenses. 1040ez online free Air, rail, bus, and car transportation; Meals and lodging; Dry cleaning and laundry; Telephone and fax; Transportation between your hotel and your temporary work or business meeting location; and Tips for any of the above expenses. 1040ez online free Meals. 1040ez online free   You ordinarily can deduct only 50% of your business-related meals expenses. 1040ez online free You can deduct the cost of your meals while traveling on business only if your business trip is overnight or long enough to require you to stop for sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. 1040ez online free You cannot deduct any of the cost of meals if it is not necessary for you to rest, unless you meet the rules for business entertainment. 1040ez online free For information on entertainment expenses, see Publication 463, chapter 2. 1040ez online free   The expense of a meal includes amounts you spend for your food, beverages, taxes, and tips relating to the meal. 1040ez online free You can deduct either 50% of the actual cost or 50% of a standard meal allowance that covers your daily meal and incidental expenses. 1040ez online free    Recordkeeping requirements. 1040ez online free You must be able to prove your deductions for travel by adequate records or other evidence that will support your own statement. 1040ez online free Estimates or approximations do not qualify as proof of an expense. 1040ez online free   You should keep an account book or similar record, supported by adequate documentary evidence, such as receipts, that together support each element of an expense. 1040ez online free Generally, it is best to record the expense and get documentation of it at the time you pay it. 1040ez online free   If you choose to deduct a standard meal allowance rather than the actual expense, you do not have to keep records to prove amounts spent for meals and incidental items. 1040ez online free However, you must still keep records to prove the actual amount of other travel expenses, and the time, place, and business purpose of your travel. 1040ez online free More information. 1040ez online free   For detailed information on travel, recordkeeping, and the standard meal allowance, see Publication 463. 1040ez online free Reimbursements to employees. 1040ez online free   You generally can deduct reimbursements you pay to your employees for travel and transportation expenses they incur in the conduct of your business. 1040ez online free Employees may be reimbursed under an accountable or nonaccountable plan. 1040ez online free Under an accountable plan, the employee must provide evidence of expenses. 1040ez online free Under a nonaccountable plan, no evidence of expenses is required. 1040ez online free If you reimburse expenses under an accountable plan, deduct them as travel and transportation expenses. 1040ez online free If you reimburse expenses under a nonaccountable plan, you must report the reimbursements as wages on Form W-2 and deduct them as wages. 1040ez online free For more information, see Publication 535, chapter 11. 1040ez online free Marketing Quota Penalties You can deduct as Other expenses on Schedule F penalties you pay for marketing crops in excess of farm marketing quotas. 1040ez online free However, if you do not pay the penalty, but instead the purchaser of your crop deducts it from the payment to you, include in gross income only the amount you received. 1040ez online free Do not take a separate deduction for the penalty. 1040ez online free Tenant House Expenses You can deduct the costs of maintaining houses and their furnishings for tenants or hired help as farm business expenses. 1040ez online free These costs include repairs, utilities, insurance, and depreciation. 1040ez online free The value of a dwelling you furnish to a tenant under the usual tenant-farmer arrangement is not taxable income to the tenant. 1040ez online free Items Purchased for Resale If you use the cash method of accounting, you ordinarily deduct the cost of livestock and other items purchased for resale only in the year of sale. 1040ez online free You deduct this cost, including freight charges for transporting the livestock to the farm, on Schedule F, Part I. 1040ez online free However, see Chickens, seeds, and young plants , below. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free You use the cash method of accounting. 1040ez online free In 2013, you buy 50 steers you will sell in 2014. 1040ez online free You cannot deduct the cost of the steers on your 2013 tax return. 1040ez online free You deduct their cost on your 2014 Schedule F, Part I. 1040ez online free Chickens, seeds, and young plants. 1040ez online free   If you are a cash method farmer, you can deduct the cost of hens and baby chicks bought for commercial egg production, or for raising and resale, as an expense on Schedule F, Part I, in the year paid if you do it consistently and it does not distort income. 1040ez online free You also can deduct the cost of seeds and young plants bought for further development and cultivation before sale as an expense on Schedule F, Part I, when paid if you do this consistently and you do not figure your income on the crop method. 1040ez online free However, see Prepaid Farm Supplies , earlier, for a rule that may limit your deduction for these items. 1040ez online free   If you deduct the cost of chickens, seeds, and young plants as an expense, report their entire selling price as income. 1040ez online free You cannot also deduct the cost from the selling price. 1040ez online free   You cannot deduct the cost of seeds and young plants for Christmas trees and timber as an expense. 1040ez online free Deduct the cost of these seeds and plants through depletion allowances. 1040ez online free For more information, see Depletion in chapter 7. 1040ez online free   The cost of chickens and plants used as food for your family is never deductible. 1040ez online free   Capitalize the cost of plants with a preproductive period of more than 2 years, unless you can elect out of the uniform capitalization rules. 1040ez online free These rules are discussed in chapter 6. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free You use the cash method of accounting. 1040ez online free In 2013, you buy 500 baby chicks to raise for resale in 2014. 1040ez online free You also buy 50 bushels of winter wheat seed in 2013 that you sow in the fall. 1040ez online free Unless you previously adopted the method of deducting these costs in the year you sell the chickens or the harvested crops, you can deduct the cost of both the baby chicks and the seed wheat in 2013. 1040ez online free Election to use crop method. 1040ez online free   If you use the crop method, you can delay deducting the cost of seeds and young plants until you sell them. 1040ez online free You must get IRS approval to use the crop method. 1040ez online free If you follow this method, deduct the cost from the selling price to determine your profit on Schedule F, Part I. 1040ez online free For more information, see Crop method under Special Methods of Accounting in chapter 2. 1040ez online free Choosing a method. 1040ez online free   You can adopt either the crop method or the cash method for deducting the cost in the first year you buy egg-laying hens, pullets, chicks, or seeds and young plants. 1040ez online free   Although you must use the same method for egg-laying hens, pullets, and chicks, you can use a different method for seeds and young plants. 1040ez online free Once you use a particular method for any of these items, use it for those items until you get IRS approval to change your method. 1040ez online free For more information, see Change in Accounting Method in chapter 2. 1040ez online free Other Expenses The following list, while not all-inclusive, shows some expenses you can deduct as other farm expenses on Schedule F, Part II. 1040ez online free These expenses must be for business purposes and  (1) paid, if you use the cash method of accounting, or (2) incurred, if you use an accrual method of accounting. 1040ez online free Accounting fees. 1040ez online free Advertising. 1040ez online free Business travel and meals. 1040ez online free Commissions. 1040ez online free Consultant fees. 1040ez online free Crop scouting expenses. 1040ez online free Dues to cooperatives. 1040ez online free Educational expenses (to maintain and improve farming skills). 1040ez online free Farm-related attorney fees. 1040ez online free Farm magazines. 1040ez online free Ginning. 1040ez online free Insect sprays and dusts. 1040ez online free Litter and bedding. 1040ez online free Livestock fees. 1040ez online free Marketing fees. 1040ez online free Milk assessment. 1040ez online free Recordkeeping expenses. 1040ez online free Service charges. 1040ez online free Small tools expected to last one year or less. 1040ez online free Stamps and stationery. 1040ez online free Subscriptions to professional, technical, and trade journals that deal with farming. 1040ez online free Tying material and containers. 1040ez online free Loan expenses. 1040ez online free   You prorate and deduct loan expenses, such as legal fees and commissions, you pay to get a farm loan over the term of the loan. 1040ez online free Tax preparation fees. 1040ez online free   You can deduct as a farm business expense on Schedule F the cost of preparing that part of your tax return relating to your farm business. 1040ez online free You may be able to deduct the remaining cost on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. 1040ez online free   You also can deduct on Schedule F the amount you pay or incur in resolving tax issues relating to your farm business. 1040ez online free Domestic Production Activities Deduction Generally, you are allowed a deduction for income attributable to domestic production activities. 1040ez online free You can deduct 9% of the lesser of your qualified production activities income or your taxable income (adjusted gross income for individuals) for the tax year. 1040ez online free Your deduction is limited to 50% of the Form W-2 wages you paid for the tax year that are properly allocable to domestic production gross receipts. 1040ez online free For this purpose, Form W-2 wages do not include noncash wages paid for agricultural labor, such as compensation paid as commodities. 1040ez online free Also, excluded from Form W-2 wages are wages paid to your children under age 18 and nontaxable fringe benefits. 1040ez online free Income from cooperatives. 1040ez online free   If you receive a patronage dividend or qualified per-unit retain allocation from a cooperative which is engaged in the manufacturing, production, growth, or extraction in whole or in significant part of any agricultural or horticultural product or in the marketing of agricultural or horticultural products, your income from the cooperative can give rise to a domestic production activities deduction. 1040ez online free This deduction amount is reported on Form 1099-PATR, box 6. 1040ez online free In order for you to qualify for the deduction, the cooperative is required to send you a written notice designating your portion of the domestic production activities deduction. 1040ez online free More information. 1040ez online free   For more information on the domestic production activities deduction, see the Instructions for Form 8903. 1040ez online free Capital Expenses A capital expense is a payment, or a debt incurred, for the acquisition, improvement, or restoration of an asset that is expected to last more than one year. 1040ez online free You include the expense in the basis of the asset. 1040ez online free Uniform capitalization rules also require you to capitalize or include in inventory certain other expenses. 1040ez online free See chapters 2  and 6. 1040ez online free Capital expenses are generally not deductible, but they may be depreciable. 1040ez online free However, you can elect to deduct certain capital expenses, such as the following. 1040ez online free The cost of fertilizer, lime, etc. 1040ez online free (See Fertilizer and Lime under Deductible Expenses , earlier. 1040ez online free ) Soil and water conservation expenses. 1040ez online free (See chapter 5. 1040ez online free ) The cost of property that qualifies for a deduction under section 179. 1040ez online free (See chapter 7. 1040ez online free ) Business start-up costs. 1040ez online free (See Business start-up and organizational costs , later. 1040ez online free ) Forestation and reforestation costs. 1040ez online free (See Forestation and reforestation costs , later. 1040ez online free ) Generally, the costs of the following items, including the costs of material, hired labor, and installation, are capital expenses. 1040ez online free Land and buildings. 1040ez online free Additions, alterations, and improvements to buildings, etc. 1040ez online free Cars and trucks. 1040ez online free Equipment and machinery. 1040ez online free Fences. 1040ez online free Draft, breeding, sport, and dairy livestock. 1040ez online free Repairs to machinery, equipment, trucks, and cars that prolong their useful life, increase their value, or adapt them to different use. 1040ez online free Water wells, including drilling and equipping costs. 1040ez online free Land preparation costs, such as: Clearing land for farming, Leveling and conditioning land, Purchasing and planting trees, Building irrigation canals and ditches, Laying irrigation pipes, Installing drain tile, Modifying channels or streams, Constructing earthen, masonry, or concrete tanks, reservoirs, or dams, and Building roads. 1040ez online free Business start-up and organizational costs. 1040ez online free   You can elect to deduct up to $5,000 of business start-up costs and $5,000 of organizational costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004. 1040ez online free The $5,000 deduction is reduced by the amount your total start-up or organizational costs exceed $50,000. 1040ez online free Any remaining costs must be amortized. 1040ez online free See chapter 7. 1040ez online free   You elect to deduct start-up or organizational costs by claiming the deduction on the income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the active trade or business begins. 1040ez online free However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). 1040ez online free Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. 1040ez online free 9100-2” at the top of the amended return. 1040ez online free File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. 1040ez online free The election applies when figuring taxable income for the current tax year and all subsequent years. 1040ez online free   You can choose to forgo the election by clearly electing to capitalize your start-up or organizational costs on an income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the active trade or business begins. 1040ez online free For more information about start-up and organizational costs, see chapter 7. 1040ez online free Crop production expenses. 1040ez online free   The uniform capitalization rules generally require you to capitalize expenses incurred in producing plants. 1040ez online free However, except for certain taxpayers required to use an accrual method of accounting, the capitalization rules do not apply to plants with a preproductive period of 2 years or less. 1040ez online free For more information, see Uniform Capitalization Rules in chapter 6. 1040ez online free Timber. 1040ez online free   Capitalize the cost of acquiring timber. 1040ez online free Do not include the cost of land in the cost of the timber. 1040ez online free You must generally capitalize direct costs incurred in reforestation. 1040ez online free However, you can elect to deduct some forestation and reforestation costs. 1040ez online free See Forestation and reforestation costs next. 1040ez online free Reforestation costs include the following. 1040ez online free Site preparation costs, such as: Girdling, Applying herbicide, Baiting rodents, and Clearing and controlling brush. 1040ez online free The cost of seed or seedlings. 1040ez online free Labor and tool expenses. 1040ez online free Depreciation on equipment used in planting or seeding. 1040ez online free Costs incurred in replanting to replace lost seedlings. 1040ez online free You can choose to capitalize certain indirect reforestation costs. 1040ez online free   These capitalized amounts are your basis for the timber. 1040ez online free Recover your basis when you sell the timber or take depletion allowances when you cut the timber. 1040ez online free See Depletion in chapter 7. 1040ez online free Forestation and reforestation costs. 1040ez online free   You can elect to deduct up to $10,000 ($5,000 if married filing separately; $0 for a trust) of qualifying reforestation costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004, for each qualified timber property. 1040ez online free Any remaining costs can be amortized over an 84-month period. 1040ez online free See chapter 7. 1040ez online free If you make an election to deduct or amortize qualifying reforestation costs, you should create and maintain separate timber accounts for each qualified timber property. 1040ez online free The accounts should include all reforestation treatments and the dates they were applied. 1040ez online free Any qualified timber property that is subject to the deduction or amortization election cannot be included in any other timber account for which depletion is allowed. 1040ez online free The timber account should be maintained until the timber is disposed of. 1040ez online free For more information, see Notice 2006-47, 2006-20 I. 1040ez online free R. 1040ez online free B. 1040ez online free 892, available at  www. 1040ez online free irs. 1040ez online free gov/irb/2006-20_IRB/ar11. 1040ez online free html. 1040ez online free   You elect to deduct forestation and reforestation costs by claiming the deduction on the income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the expenses were paid or incurred. 1040ez online free If you are filing Form T (Timber), Forest Activities Schedule, also complete Form T (Timber), Part IV. 1040ez online free If you are not filing Form T (Timber), attach a statement to your return with the following information. 1040ez online free The unique stand identification numbers. 1040ez online free The total number of acres reforested during the tax year. 1040ez online free The nature of the reforestation treatments. 1040ez online free The total amounts of the qualified reforestation expenditures eligible to be amortized or deducted. 1040ez online free   However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). 1040ez online free Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. 1040ez online free 9100-2” at the top of the amended return. 1040ez online free File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. 1040ez online free    For more information about forestation and reforestation costs, see chapter 7. 1040ez online free    For more information about timber, see Agriculture Handbook Number 731, Forest Landowners' Guide to the Federal Income Tax. 1040ez online free You can view this publication on the Internet at  www. 1040ez online free fs. 1040ez online free fed. 1040ez online free us/publications. 1040ez online free Christmas tree cultivation. 1040ez online free   If you are in the business of planting and cultivating Christmas trees to sell when they are more than 6 years old, capitalize expenses incurred for planting and stump culture and add them to the basis of the standing trees. 1040ez online free Recover these expenses as part of your adjusted basis when you sell the standing trees or as depletion allowances when you cut the trees. 1040ez online free For more information, see Timber Depletion under Depletion in chapter 7. 1040ez online free   You can deduct as business expenses the costs incurred for shearing and basal pruning of these trees. 1040ez online free Expenses incurred for silvicultural practices, such as weeding or cleaning, and noncommercial thinning are also deductible as business expenses. 1040ez online free   Capitalize the cost of land improvements, such as road grading, ditching, and fire breaks, that have a useful life beyond the tax year. 1040ez online free If the improvements do not have a determinable useful life, add their cost to the basis of the land. 1040ez online free The cost is recovered when you sell or otherwise dispose of it. 1040ez online free If the improvements have a determinable useful life, recover their cost through depreciation. 1040ez online free Capitalize the cost of equipment and other depreciable assets, such as culverts and fences, to the extent you do not use them in planting Christmas trees. 1040ez online free Recover these costs through depreciation. 1040ez online free Nondeductible Expenses You cannot deduct personal expenses and certain other items on your tax return even if they relate to your farm. 1040ez online free Personal, Living, and Family Expenses You cannot deduct certain personal, living, and family expenses as business expenses. 1040ez online free These include rent and insurance premiums paid on property used as your home, life insurance premiums on yourself or your family, the cost of maintaining cars, trucks, or horses for personal use, allowances to minor children, attorneys' fees and legal expenses incurred in personal matters, and household expenses. 1040ez online free Likewise, the cost of purchasing or raising produce or livestock consumed by you or your family is not deductible. 1040ez online free Other Nondeductible Items You cannot deduct the following items on your tax return. 1040ez online free Loss of growing plants, produce, and crops. 1040ez online free   Losses of plants, produce, and crops raised for sale are generally not deductible. 1040ez online free However, you may have a deductible loss on plants with a preproductive period of more than 2 years. 1040ez online free See chapter 11 for more information. 1040ez online free Repayment of loans. 1040ez online free   You cannot deduct the repayment of a loan. 1040ez online free However, if you use the proceeds of a loan for farm business expenses, you can deduct the interest on the loan. 1040ez online free See Interest , earlier. 1040ez online free Estate, inheritance, legacy, succession, and gift taxes. 1040ez online free   You cannot deduct estate, inheritance, legacy, succession, and gift taxes. 1040ez online free Loss of livestock. 1040ez online free   You cannot deduct as a loss the value of raised livestock that die if you deducted the cost of raising them as an expense. 1040ez online free Losses from sales or exchanges between related persons. 1040ez online free   You cannot deduct losses from sales or exchanges of property between you and certain related persons, including your spouse, brother, sister, ancestor, or lineal descendant. 1040ez online free For more information, see chapter 2 of Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets. 1040ez online free Cost of raising unharvested crops. 1040ez online free   You cannot deduct the cost of raising unharvested crops sold with land owned more than one year if you sell both at the same time and to the same person. 1040ez online free Add these costs to the basis of the land to determine the gain or loss on the sale. 1040ez online free For more information, see Section 1231 Gains and Losses in chapter 9. 1040ez online free Cost of unharvested crops bought with land. 1040ez online free   Capitalize the purchase price of land, including the cost allocable to unharvested crops. 1040ez online free You cannot deduct the cost of the crops at the time of purchase. 1040ez online free However, you can deduct this cost in figuring net profit or loss in the tax year you sell the crops. 1040ez online free Cost related to gifts. 1040ez online free   You cannot deduct costs related to your gifts of agricultural products or property held for sale in the ordinary course of your business. 1040ez online free The costs are not deductible in the year of the gift or any later year. 1040ez online free For example, you cannot deduct the cost of raising cattle or the cost of planting and raising unharvested wheat on parcels of land given as a gift to your children. 1040ez online free Club dues and membership fees. 1040ez online free   Generally, you cannot deduct amounts you pay or incur for membership in any club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or any other social purpose. 1040ez online free This includes country clubs, golf and athletic clubs, hotel clubs, sporting clubs, airline clubs, and clubs operated to provide meals under circumstances generally considered to be conducive to business discussions. 1040ez online free Exception. 1040ez online free   The following organizations will not be treated as a club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or other social purposes, unless one of its main purposes is to conduct entertainment activities for members or their guests or to provide members or their guests with access to entertainment facilities. 1040ez online free Boards of trade. 1040ez online free Business leagues. 1040ez online free Chambers of commerce. 1040ez online free Civic or public service organizations. 1040ez online free Professional associations. 1040ez online free Trade associations. 1040ez online free Real estate boards. 1040ez online free Fines and penalties. 1040ez online free   You cannot deduct fines and penalties, except penalties for exceeding marketing quotas, discussed earlier. 1040ez online free Losses From Operating a Farm If your deductible farm expenses are more than your farm income, you have a loss from the operation of your farm. 1040ez online free The amount of the loss you can deduct when figuring your taxable income may be limited. 1040ez online free To figure your deductible loss, you must apply the following limits. 1040ez online free The at-risk limits. 1040ez online free The passive activity limits. 1040ez online free The following discussions explain these limits. 1040ez online free If your deductible loss after applying these limits is more than your other income for the year, you may have a net operating loss. 1040ez online free See Publication 536, Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts. 1040ez online free If you do not carry on your farming activity to make a profit, your loss deduction may be limited by the not-for-profit rules. 1040ez online free See Not-for-Profit Farming, later. 1040ez online free At-Risk Limits The at-risk rules limit your deduction for losses from most business or income-producing activities, including farming. 1040ez online free These rules limit the losses you can deduct when figuring your taxable income. 1040ez online free The deductible loss from an activity is limited to the amount you have at risk in the activity. 1040ez online free You are at risk in any activity for: The money and adjusted basis of property you contribute to the activity, and 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 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profit if it produced a profit in at least 3 of the last 5 tax years, including the current year. 1040ez online free 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. 1040ez online free The activity must be substantially the same for each year within this period. 1040ez online free You have a profit when the gross income from an activity is more than the deductions for it. 1040ez online free   If a taxpayer dies before the end of the 5-year (or 7-year) period, the period ends on the date of the taxpayer's death. 1040ez online free   If your business or investment activity passes this 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, presume it is carried on for profit. 1040ez online free This means the limits discussed here do not apply. 1040ez online free You can take all your business deductions from the activity on Schedule F, even for the years that you have a loss. 1040ez online free You can rely on this presumption in every case, unless the IRS shows it is not valid. 1040ez online free   If you fail the 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, you still may be considered to operate your farm for profit by considering the factors listed earlier. 1040ez online free Using the presumption later. 1040ez online free   If you are starting out in farming and do not have 3 (or 2) years showing a profit, you may want to take advantage of this presumption later, after you have had the 5 (or 7) years of experience allowed by the test. 1040ez online free   You can choose to do this by filing Form 5213. 1040ez online free Filing this form postpones any determination that your farming activity is not carried on for profit until 5 (or 7) years have passed since you first started farming. 1040ez online free You must file Form 5213 within 3 years after the due date of your return for the year in which you first carried on the activity, or, if earlier, within 60 days after receiving a written notice from the IRS proposing to disallow deductions attributable to the activity. 1040ez online free   The benefit gained by making this choice is that the IRS will not immediately question whether your farming activity is engaged in for profit. 1040ez online free Accordingly, it will not limit your deductions. 1040ez online free Rather, you will gain time to earn a profit in 3 (or 2) out of the first 5 (or 7) years you carry on the farming activity. 1040ez online free If you show 3 (or 2) years of profit at the end of this period, your deductions are not limited under these rules. 1040ez online free If you do not have 3 (or 2) years of profit (and cannot otherwise show that you operated your farm for profit), the limit applies retroactively to any year in the 5-year (or 7-year) period with a loss. 1040ez online free   Filing Form 5213 automatically extends the period of limitations on any year
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Buy Safe Toys

If you plan to buy toys for the kids in your life, choose age-appropriate toys and look for labels with safety advice. For young children, avoid toys with small parts, sharp edges, and electric toys that can heat up. Always purchase safety gear in addition to sports-related gifts or ride-on toys, such as bicycles or skateboards. Get additional toy safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (PDF).

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Celebrate on a Budget

The holidays can be expensive, but you don't have to break the bank to celebrate. Take a few minutes to decide how much you can afford to spend on gifts, travel, parties, decorations, and other holiday expenses. Once you've created a spending plan, keep track of your purchases. 

Shopping online can help you stick to a budget as you'll avoid the temptation of store displays and may be able to use coupons and promotion codes. Before you buy, look for free shipping offers; check ordering deadlines to ensure that your gifts will arrive on time; and read the return policy.

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Give the Gift of Service

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give to others is service. Studies show that reading to a child just three hours a week significantly improves his or her reading skills. If you help out at a local soup kitchen or food bank, you are directly providing meals to hungry individuals.

Find volunteer opportunities in your area, or create your own and recruit others.

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Find Seasonal Employment

Even in a tough economy, businesses need extra help around the holidays. Seasonal employment can help supplement your income and potentially lead to a permanent position. If you need to update your resume, check out resume and interview tips to help you stand out in the job market. Get online tools and resources to help with your job search.

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Get Through the Holiday Blues

The holidays aren't joyous for everyone. This time of year can bring stress and feelings of loneliness. Exercise, focusing on positive relationships, and doing things that you find rewarding can help with depression. Get tips on what to do if you feel depressed. Keep in mind that winter depression could be a sign of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which may be caused by the lack of sunlight. Treatment for SAD is much like other forms of depression, but also involves light therapy.

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Be Safe and Save Money with LED Lights

Electricity bills can grow during the holidays if you decorate with strings of lights. Consider switching to LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights to save energy and money. In addition to the energy and cost savings, LED lights are much cooler than incandescent bulbs, reducing the risk of fires.

Every holiday season, fires claim lives and cost millions in damage. To prevent holiday fires in your home, use nonflammable decorations; do not overload electrical sockets; regularly water Christmas trees; and avoid the use of lit candles. As you should do year-round, ensure that your smoke alarms are working.

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Pay Attention to Food Portions and Exercise

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends, but celebrations sometimes involve over-indulging in sweet treats and heavy foods. Even if you only gain one or two pounds during the holidays, these gains can add up over the years. The holidays are probably not the ideal time to try to lose weight, but you can take steps to maintain your weight.

Read 10 tips on how to enjoy your food, but eat less of it (PDF) and learn how to make exercise and physical activity a regular part of your day.

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Pack for Hassle-Free Air Travel

You can get through the airport security line faster by traveling with unwrapped gifts and following the "3-1-1 rule" when carrying on liquids. You may have favorite liquid food items (like cranberry sauce or special dips) that you want to share during the holidays, but it's best to put such items in your checked bag or ship them ahead of time. If you need last-minute information about what you can and can't bring through security, use the My TSA app or mobile website. Get more helpful hints for holiday travelers.

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Reduce Holiday Waste

The holiday season includes many opportunities to reduce waste, recycle, and reuse items. Did you know that about 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season? Consider buying rechargeable batteries (and a charger) for electronic gifts to help reduce the amount of harmful materials thrown away. After the holidays, look for ways to recycle your tree instead of sending it to a landfill. If you plan to send greeting cards, consider purchasing ones that are made of recycled paper or sending electronic greetings.

Get more ideas on how to reduce waste, save money, and help the environment.

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Keep Food Safe

Holiday buffets are convenient ways to entertain a crowd, but leaving food out for long periods of time can invite bacteria that cause foodborne illness. To keep your holiday foods safe, cook them thoroughly; use shallow containers; never leave them sitting out for more than two hours; and keep them at the appropriate temperature. Get more food safety tips to help keep your guests healthy.

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1040ez online free Publication 515 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. 1040ez online free Tax questions. 1040ez online free Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 515, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. 1040ez online free irs. 1040ez online free gov/pub515. 1040ez online free What's New Deposit interest paid to certain nonresident alien individuals. 1040ez online free  New rules apply to reporting of deposit interest paid to certain nonresident alien individuals on or after January 1, 2013. 1040ez online free Deposit interest of $10 or more paid to certain nonresident alien individuals must be reported on Form 1042–S. 1040ez online free See Deposit interest paid to certain nonresident alien individuals in 2013. 1040ez online free Portfolio interest. 1040ez online free . 1040ez online 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Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. 1040ez online free You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. 1040ez online free Introduction This publication is for withholding agents who pay income to foreign persons, including nonresident aliens, foreign corporations, foreign partnerships, foreign trusts, foreign estates, foreign governments, and international organizations. 1040ez online free Specifically, it describes the persons responsible for withholding (withholding agents), the types of income subject to withholding, and the information return and tax return filing obligations of withholding agents. 1040ez online free In addition to discussing the rules that apply generally to payments of U. 1040ez online free S. 1040ez online free source income to foreign persons, it also contains sections on the 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