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1040ez online free 12. 1040ez online free   Business Deduction for Work-Related Education Table of Contents What's New Introduction Qualifying Work-Related EducationEducation Required by Employer or by Law Education To Maintain or Improve Skills Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business What Expenses Can Be DeductedUnclaimed reimbursement. 1040ez online free Transportation Expenses Travel Expenses No Double Benefit Allowed How To Treat ReimbursementsAccountable Plans Nonaccountable Plans Deducting Business ExpensesSelf-Employed Persons Employees Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials Impairment-Related Work Expenses Recordkeeping Illustrated Example What's New Standard mileage rate. 1040ez online free  Generally, if you claim a business deduction for work-related education and you drive your car to and from school, the amount you can deduct for miles driven from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, is 56. 1040ez online free 5 cents per mile. 1040ez online free For more information, see Transportation Expenses under What Expenses Can Be Deducted, later. 1040ez online free Introduction This chapter discusses work-related education expenses that you may be able to deduct as business expenses. 1040ez online free To claim such a deduction, you must: Itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or 1040NR) if you are an employee, File Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business, or Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Farming if you are self-employed, and Have expenses for education that meet the requirements discussed under Qualifying Work-Related Education , later. 1040ez online free What is the tax benefit of taking a business deduction for work-related education. 1040ez online free   If you are an employee and can itemize your deductions, you may be able to claim a deduction for the expenses you pay for your work-related education. 1040ez online free Your deduction will be the amount by which your qualifying work-related education expenses plus other job and certain miscellaneous expenses (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is greater than 2% of your adjusted gross income. 1040ez online free An itemized deduction reduces the amount of your income subject to tax. 1040ez online free   If you are self-employed, you deduct your expenses for qualifying work-related education directly from your self-employment income. 1040ez online free This reduces the amount of your income subject to both income tax and self-employment tax. 1040ez online free   Your work-related education expenses may also qualify you for other tax benefits, such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits. 1040ez online free You may qualify for these other benefits even if you do not meet the requirements listed above. 1040ez online free   Also, your work-related education expenses may qualify you to claim more than one tax benefit. 1040ez online free Generally, you may claim any number of benefits as long as you use different expenses to figure each one. 1040ez online free Qualifying Work-Related Education You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as business expenses. 1040ez online free This is education that meets at least one of the following two tests. 1040ez online free The education is required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job. 1040ez online free The required education must serve a bona fide business purpose of your employer. 1040ez online free The education maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. 1040ez online free However, even if the education meets one or both of the above tests, it is not qualifying work-related education if it: Is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements of your present trade or business, or Is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040ez online free You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as a business expense even if the education could lead to a degree. 1040ez online free Use Figure 12-1, Does Your Work-Related Education Qualify as a quick check to see if your education qualifies. 1040ez online free Education Required by Employer or by Law Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for your job, your employer or the law may require you to get more education. 1040ez online free This additional education is qualifying work-related education if all three of the following requirements are met. 1040ez online free It is required for you to keep your present salary, status, or job, The requirement serves a bona fide business purpose of your employer, and The education is not part of a program that will qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040ez online free When you get more education than your employer or the law requires, the additional education can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills required in your present work. 1040ez online free See Education To Maintain or Improve Skills , later. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free You are a teacher who has satisfied the minimum requirements for teaching. 1040ez online free Your employer requires you to take an additional college course each year to keep your teaching job. 1040ez online free If the courses will not qualify you for a new trade or business, they are qualifying work-related education even if you eventually receive a master's degree and an increase in salary because of this extra education. 1040ez online free This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 1040ez online free Please click the link to view the image. 1040ez online free Figure 12-1 Education To Maintain or Improve Skills If your education is not required by your employer or the law, it can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. 1040ez online free This could include refresher courses, courses on current developments, and academic or vocational courses. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free You repair televisions, radios, and stereo systems for XYZ Store. 1040ez online free To keep up with the latest changes, you take special courses in radio and stereo service. 1040ez online free These courses maintain and improve skills required in your work. 1040ez online free Maintaining skills vs. 1040ez online free qualifying for new job. 1040ez online free   Education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work is not qualifying education if it will also qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040ez online free Education during temporary absence. 1040ez online free   If you stop working for a year or less in order to get education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work and then return to the same general type of work, your absence is considered temporary. 1040ez online free Education that you get during a temporary absence is qualifying work-related education if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free You quit your biology research job to become a full-time biology graduate student for 1 year. 1040ez online free If you return to work in biology research after completing the courses, the education is related to your present work even if you do not go back to work with the same employer. 1040ez online free Education during indefinite absence. 1040ez online free   If you stop work for more than a year, your absence from your job is considered indefinite. 1040ez online free Education during an indefinite absence, even if it maintains or improves skills needed in the work from which you are absent, is considered to qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040ez online free Therefore, it is not qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education you need to meet the minimum educational requirements for your present trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free The minimum educational requirements are determined by: Laws and regulations, Standards of your profession, trade, or business, and Your employer. 1040ez online free Once you have met the minimum educational requirements that were in effect when you were hired, you do not have to meet any new minimum educational requirements. 1040ez online free This means that if the minimum requirements change after you were hired, any education you need to meet the new requirements can be qualifying education. 1040ez online free You have not necessarily met the minimum educational requirements of your trade or business simply because you are already doing the work. 1040ez online free Example 1. 1040ez online free You are a full-time engineering student. 1040ez online free Although you have not received your degree or certification, you work part time as an engineer for a firm that will employ you as a full-time engineer after you finish college. 1040ez online free Although your college engineering courses improve your skills in your present job, they are also needed to meet the minimum job requirements for a full-time engineer. 1040ez online free The education is not qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free Example 2. 1040ez online free You are an accountant and you have met the minimum educational requirements of your employer. 1040ez online free Your employer later changes the minimum educational requirements and requires you to take college courses to keep your job. 1040ez online free These additional courses can be qualifying work-related education because you have already satisfied the minimum requirements that were in effect when you were hired. 1040ez online free Requirements for Teachers States or school districts usually set the minimum educational requirements for teachers. 1040ez online free The requirement is the college degree or the minimum number of college hours usually required of a person hired for that position. 1040ez online free If there are no requirements, you will have met the minimum educational requirements when you become a faculty member. 1040ez online free The determination of whether you are a faculty member of an educational institution must be made on the basis of the particular practices of the institution. 1040ez online free You generally will be considered a faculty member when one or more of the following occurs. 1040ez online free You have tenure. 1040ez online free Your years of service count toward obtaining tenure. 1040ez online free You have a vote in faculty decisions. 1040ez online free Your school makes contributions for you to a retirement plan other than social security or a similar program. 1040ez online free Example 1. 1040ez online free The law in your state requires beginning secondary school teachers to have a bachelor's degree, including 10 professional education courses. 1040ez online free In addition, to keep the job a teacher must complete a fifth year of training within 10 years from the date of hire. 1040ez online free If the employing school certifies to the state Department of Education that qualified teachers cannot be found, the school can hire persons with only 3 years of college. 1040ez online free However, to keep their jobs, these teachers must get a bachelor's degree and the required professional education courses within 3 years. 1040ez online free Under these facts, the bachelor's degree, whether or not it includes the 10 professional education courses, is considered the minimum educational requirement for qualification as a teacher in your state. 1040ez online free If you have all the required education except the fifth year, you have met the minimum educational requirements. 1040ez online free The fifth year of training is qualifying work-related education unless it is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040ez online free Example 2. 1040ez online free Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you have a bachelor's degree and only six professional education courses. 1040ez online free The additional four education courses can be qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free Although you do not have all the required courses, you have already met the minimum educational requirements. 1040ez online free Example 3. 1040ez online free Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you are hired with only 3 years of college. 1040ez online free The courses you take that lead to a bachelor's degree (including those in education) are not qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free They are needed to meet the minimum educational requirements for employment as a teacher. 1040ez online free Example 4. 1040ez online free You have a bachelor's degree and you work as a temporary instructor at a university. 1040ez online free At the same time, you take graduate courses toward an advanced degree. 1040ez online free The rules of the university state that you can become a faculty member only if you get a graduate degree. 1040ez online free Also, you can keep your job as an instructor only as long as you show satisfactory progress toward getting this degree. 1040ez online free You have not met the minimum educational requirements to qualify you as a faculty member. 1040ez online free The graduate courses are not qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free Certification in a new state. 1040ez online free   Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for teachers for your state, you are considered to have met the minimum educational requirements in all states. 1040ez online free This is true even if you must get additional education to be certified in another state. 1040ez online free Any additional education you need is qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free You have already met the minimum requirements for teaching. 1040ez online free Teaching in another state is not a new trade or business. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free You hold a permanent teaching certificate in State A and are employed as a teacher in that state for several years. 1040ez online free You move to State B and are promptly hired as a teacher. 1040ez online free You are required, however, to complete certain prescribed courses to get a permanent teaching certificate in State B. 1040ez online free These additional courses are qualifying work-related education because the teaching position in State B involves the same general kind of work for which you were qualified in State A. 1040ez online free Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business Education that is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free This is true even if you do not plan to enter that trade or business. 1040ez online free If you are an employee, a change of duties that involves the same general kind of work is not a new trade or business. 1040ez online free Example 1. 1040ez online free You are an accountant. 1040ez online free Your employer requires you to get a law degree at your own expense. 1040ez online free You register at a law school for the regular curriculum that leads to a law degree. 1040ez online free Even if you do not intend to become a lawyer, the education is not qualifying because the law degree will qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040ez online free Example 2. 1040ez online free You are a general practitioner of medicine. 1040ez online free You take a 2-week course to review developments in several specialized fields of medicine. 1040ez online free The course does not qualify you for a new profession. 1040ez online free It is qualifying work- related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. 1040ez online free Example 3. 1040ez online free While working in the private practice of psychiatry, you enter a program to study and train at an accredited psychoanalytic institute. 1040ez online free The program will lead to qualifying you to practice psychoanalysis. 1040ez online free The psychoanalytic training does not qualify you for a new profession. 1040ez online free It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. 1040ez online free Bar or CPA Review Course Review courses to prepare for the bar examination or the certified public accountant (CPA) examination are not qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free They are part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new profession. 1040ez online free Teaching and Related Duties All teaching and related duties are considered the same general kind of work. 1040ez online free A change in duties in any of the following ways is not considered a change to a new business. 1040ez online free Elementary school teacher to secondary school teacher. 1040ez online free Teacher of one subject, such as biology, to teacher of another subject, such as art. 1040ez online free Classroom teacher to guidance counselor. 1040ez online free Classroom teacher to school administrator. 1040ez online free What Expenses Can Be Deducted If your education meets the requirements described earlier under Qualifying Work-Related Education you can generally deduct your education expenses as business expenses. 1040ez online free If you are not self-employed, you can deduct business expenses only if you itemize your deductions. 1040ez online free You cannot deduct expenses related to tax-exempt and excluded income. 1040ez online free Deductible expenses. 1040ez online free   The following education expenses can be deducted. 1040ez online free Tuition, books, supplies, lab fees, and similar items. 1040ez online free Certain transportation and travel costs. 1040ez online free Other education expenses, such as costs of research and typing when writing a paper as part of an educational program. 1040ez online free Nondeductible expenses. 1040ez online free   You cannot deduct personal or capital expenses. 1040ez online free For example, you cannot deduct the dollar value of vacation time or annual leave you take to attend classes. 1040ez online free This amount is a personal expense. 1040ez online free Unclaimed reimbursement. 1040ez online free   If you do not claim reimbursement that you are entitled to receive from your employer, you cannot deduct the expenses that apply to that unclaimed reimbursement. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free Your employer agrees to pay your education expenses if you file a voucher showing your expenses. 1040ez online free You do not file a voucher and you do not get reimbursed. 1040ez online free Because you did not file a voucher, you cannot deduct the expenses on your tax return. 1040ez online free Transportation Expenses If your education qualifies, you can deduct local transportation costs of going directly from work to school. 1040ez online free If you are regularly employed and go to school on a temporary basis, you can also deduct the costs of returning from school to home. 1040ez online free Temporary basis. 1040ez online free   You go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations applies to you. 1040ez online free Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less and does indeed last for 1 year or less. 1040ez online free Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. 1040ez online free Your attendance is temporary up to the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. 1040ez online free If you are in either situation (1) or (2) above, your attendance is not temporary if facts and circumstances indicate otherwise. 1040ez online free Attendance not on a temporary basis. 1040ez online free   You do not go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations apply to you. 1040ez online free Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last more than 1 year. 1040ez online free It does not matter how long you actually attend. 1040ez online free Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. 1040ez online free Your attendance is not temporary after the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. 1040ez online free Deductible Transportation Expenses If you are regularly employed and go directly from home to school on a temporary basis, you can deduct the round-trip costs of transportation between your home and school. 1040ez online free This is true regardless of the location of the school, the distance traveled, or whether you attend school on nonwork days. 1040ez online free Transportation expenses include the actual costs of bus, subway, cab, or other fares, as well as the costs of using your car. 1040ez online free Transportation expenses do not include amounts spent for travel, meals, or lodging while you are away from home overnight. 1040ez online free Example 1. 1040ez online free You regularly work in a nearby town, and go directly from work to home. 1040ez online free You also attend school every work night for 3 months to take a course that improves your job skills. 1040ez online free Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your daily round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. 1040ez online free This is true regardless of the distance traveled. 1040ez online free Example 2. 1040ez online free Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that on certain nights you go directly from work to school and then home. 1040ez 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than if you had gone directly from work to school. 1040ez online free Using your car. 1040ez online free    If you use your car (whether you own or lease it) for transportation to school, you can deduct your actual expenses or use the standard mileage rate to figure the amount you can deduct. 1040ez online free The standard mileage rate for miles driven from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, is 56. 1040ez online free 5 cents per mile. 1040ez online free Whichever method you use, you can also deduct parking fees and tolls. 1040ez online free See Publication 463, chapter 4, for information on deducting your actual expenses of using a car. 1040ez online free Travel Expenses You can deduct expenses for travel, meals (see 50% limit on meals , later), and lodging if you travel overnight mainly to obtain qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free Travel expenses for qualifying work-related education are treated the same as travel expenses for other employee business purposes. 1040ez online free For more information, see chapter 1 of Publication 463. 1040ez online free You cannot deduct expenses for personal activities such as sightseeing, visiting, or entertaining. 1040ez online free Mainly personal travel. 1040ez online free   If your travel away from home is mainly personal, you cannot deduct all of your expenses for travel, meals, and lodging. 1040ez online free You can deduct only your expenses for lodging and 50% of your expenses for meals during the time you attend the qualified educational activities. 1040ez online free   Whether a trip's purpose is mainly personal or educational depends upon the facts and circumstances. 1040ez online free An important factor is the comparison of time spent on personal activities with time spent on educational activities. 1040ez online free If you spend more time on personal activities, the trip is considered mainly educational only if you can show a substantial nonpersonal reason for traveling to a particular location. 1040ez online free Example 1. 1040ez online free John works in Newark, New Jersey. 1040ez online free He traveled to Chicago to take a deductible 1-week course at the request of his employer. 1040ez online free His main reason for going to Chicago was to take the course. 1040ez online free While there, he took a sightseeing trip, entertained some friends, and took a side trip to Pleasantville for a day. 1040ez online free Since the trip was mainly for business, John can deduct his round-trip airfare to Chicago. 1040ez online free He cannot deduct his transportation expenses of going to Pleasantville. 1040ez online free He can deduct only the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging connected with his educational activities. 1040ez online free Example 2. 1040ez online free Sue works in Boston. 1040ez online free She went to a university in Michigan to take a course for work. 1040ez online free The course is qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free She took one course, which is one-fourth of a full course load of study. 1040ez online free She spent the rest of the time on personal activities. 1040ez online free Her reasons for taking the course in Michigan were all personal. 1040ez online free Sue's trip is mainly personal because three-fourths of her time is considered personal time. 1040ez online free She cannot deduct the cost of her round-trip train ticket to Michigan. 1040ez online free She can deduct one-fourth of the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging costs for the time she attended the university. 1040ez online free Example 3. 1040ez online free Dave works in Nashville and recently traveled to California to take a 2-week seminar. 1040ez online free The seminar is qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free While there, he spent an extra 8 weeks on personal activities. 1040ez online free The facts, including the extra 8-week stay, show that his main purpose was to take a vacation. 1040ez online free Dave cannot deduct his round-trip airfare or his meals and lodging for the 8 weeks. 1040ez online free He can deduct only his expenses for meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging for the 2 weeks he attended the seminar. 1040ez online free Cruises and conventions. 1040ez online free   Certain cruises and conventions offer seminars or courses as part of their itinerary. 1040ez online free Even if the seminars or courses are work related, your deduction for travel may be limited. 1040ez online free This applies to: Travel by ocean liner, cruise ship, or other form of luxury water transportation, and Conventions outside the North American area. 1040ez online free   For a discussion of the limits on travel expense deductions that apply to cruises and conventions, see Luxury Water Travel and Conventions in chapter 1 of Publication 463. 1040ez online free 50% limit on meals. 1040ez online free   You can deduct only 50% of the cost of your meals while traveling away from home to obtain qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free If you were reimbursed for the meals, see How To Treat Reimbursements , later. 1040ez online free   Employees must use Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ to apply the 50% limit. 1040ez online free Travel as Education You cannot deduct the cost of travel as a form of education even if it is directly related to your duties in your work or business. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free You are a French language teacher. 1040ez online free While on sabbatical leave granted for travel, you traveled through France to improve your knowledge of the French language. 1040ez online free You chose your itinerary and most of your activities to improve your French language skills. 1040ez online free You cannot deduct your travel expenses as education expenses. 1040ez online free This is true even if you spent most of your time learning French by visiting French schools and families, attending movies or plays, and engaging in similar activities. 1040ez online free No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do either of the following. 1040ez online free Deduct work-related education expenses as business expenses if you benefit from these expenses under any other provision of the law, for example, as a tuition and fees deduction. 1040ez online free Deduct work-related education expenses paid with tax-free scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. 1040ez online free See Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses, next. 1040ez online free Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses If you pay qualifying work-related education expenses with certain tax-free funds, you cannot claim a deduction for those amounts. 1040ez online free You must reduce the qualifying expenses by the amount of such expenses allocable to the tax-free educational assistance. 1040ez online free Tax-free educational assistance. 1040ez online free   This includes: The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see Tax-Free Scholarships and Fellowships in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), Pell grants (see Pell Grants and Other Title IV Need-Based Education Grants in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions). 1040ez online free Employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11, Employer-Provided Educational Assistance ), Veterans' educational assistance (see Veterans' Benefits in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance. 1040ez online free Amounts that do not reduce qualifying work-related education expenses. 1040ez online free   Do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as: Payment for services, such as wages, A loan, A gift, An inheritance, or A withdrawal from the student's personal savings. 1040ez online free Also, do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by any scholarship or fellowship reported as income on the student's return or any scholarship which, by its terms, cannot be applied to qualifying work-related education expenses. 1040ez online free How To Treat Reimbursements How you treat reimbursements depends on the arrangement you have with your employer. 1040ez online free There are two basic types of reimbursement arrangements—accountable plans and nonaccountable plans. 1040ez online free You can tell the type of plan you are reimbursed under by the way the reimbursement is reported on your Form W-2. 1040ez online free Note. 1040ez online free The following rules about reimbursement arrangements also apply to expense allowances received from your employer. 1040ez online free Accountable Plans To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement arrangement must require you to meet all three of the following rules. 1040ez online free Your expenses must have a 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that fail to meet the three rules are treated as having been reimbursed under a Nonaccountable Plan (discussed later). 1040ez online free Expenses equal reimbursement. 1040ez online free   Under an accountable plan, if your expenses equal your reimbursement, you do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. 1040ez online free Because your expenses and reimbursements are equal, you do not have a deduction. 1040ez online free Excess expenses. 1040ez online free   If your expenses are more than your reimbursement, you can deduct your excess expenses. 1040ez online free This is discussed later, under Deducting Business Expenses . 1040ez online free Allocating your reimbursements for meals. 1040ez online free   Because your excess meal expenses are subject to the 50% limit, you must figure them separately from your other expenses. 1040ez online free If your employer paid you a single amount to cover both meals and other expenses, you must allocate the reimbursement so that you can figure your excess meal expenses separately. 1040ez online free Make the allocation as follows. 1040ez online free Divide your meal expenses by your total expenses. 1040ez online free Multiply your total reimbursement by the result from (1). 1040ez online free This is the allocated reimbursement for your meal expenses. 1040ez online free Subtract the amount figured in (2) from your total reimbursement. 1040ez online free The difference is the allocated reimbursement for your other expenses of qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free Your employer paid you an expense allowance of $2,000 under an accountable plan. 1040ez online free The allowance was to cover all of your expenses of traveling away from home to take a 2-week training course for work. 1040ez online free There was no indication of how much of the reimbursement was for each type of expense. 1040ez online free Your actual expenses equal $2,500 ($425 for meals + $700 lodging + $150 transportation expenses + $1,225 for books and tuition). 1040ez online free Using the steps listed above, allocate the reimbursement between the $425 meal expenses and the $2,075 other expenses. 1040ez online free   1. 1040ez online free $425 meal expenses  $2,500 total expenses = . 1040ez online free 17   2. 1040ez online free $2,000 (reimbursement)×. 1040ez online free 17     =$340 (allocated reimbursement for meal expenses)   3. 1040ez online free $2,000 (reimbursement)−$340 (meals)     = $1,660 (allocated reimbursement for other qualifying work-related education expenses) Your excess meal expenses are $85 ($425 − $340) and your excess other expenses are $415 ($2,075 − $1,660). 1040ez online free After you apply the 50% limit to your meals, you have a deduction for work-related education expenses of $458 (($85 × 50%) + $415). 1040ez online free Nonaccountable Plans Your employer will combine the amount of any reimbursement or other expense allowance paid to you under a nonaccountable plan with your wages, salary, or other pay and report the total in box 1 of your Form W-2. 1040ez online free You can deduct your expenses regardless of whether they are more than, less than, or equal to your reimbursement. 1040ez online free This is discussed later under Deducting Business Expenses . 1040ez online free An illustrated example of a nonaccountable plan, using Form 2106-EZ, is shown at the end of this chapter. 1040ez online free Reimbursements for nondeductible expenses. 1040ez online free   Reimbursements you received for nondeductible expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. 1040ez online free You must include them in your income. 1040ez online free For example, you must include in your income reimbursements your employer gave you for expenses of education that: You need to meet the minimum educational requirements for your job, or Is part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040ez online free   For more information on accountable and nonaccountable plans, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. 1040ez online free Deducting Business Expenses Self-employed persons and employees report their business expenses differently. 1040ez online free The following information explains what forms you must use to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense. 1040ez online free Self-Employed Persons If you are self-employed, you must report the cost of your qualifying work-related education on the appropriate form used to report your business income and expenses (generally Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040)). 1040ez online free If your education expenses include expenses for a car or truck, travel, or meals, report those expenses the same way you report other business expenses for those items. 1040ez online free See the instructions for the form you file for information on how to complete it. 1040ez online free Employees If you are an employee, you can deduct the cost of qualifying work-related education only if you: Did not receive (and were not entitled to receive) any reimbursement from your employer, Were reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (amount is included in box 1 of Form W-2), or Received reimbursement under an accountable plan, but the amount received was less than your expenses for which you claimed reimbursement. 1040ez online free If either (1) or (2) applies, you can deduct the total qualifying cost. 1040ez online free If (3) applies, you can deduct only the qualifying costs that were more than your reimbursement. 1040ez online free In order to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense, include the amount with your deduction for any other employee business expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7. 1040ez online free (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. 1040ez online free ) This deduction (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most miscellaneous itemized deductions. 1040ez online free Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. 1040ez online free   To figure your deduction for employee business expenses, including qualifying work-related education, you generally must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. 1040ez online free Form not required. 1040ez online free   Do not complete either Form 2106 or 2106-EZ if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are not claiming travel, transportation, meal, or entertainment expenses. 1040ez online free   If you meet both of these requirements, enter the expenses directly on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7. 1040ez online free (Special rules for expenses of certain Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials and for Impairment-Related Work Expenses are explained later. 1040ez online free ) Using Form 2106-EZ. 1040ez online free   This form is shorter and easier to use than Form 2106. 1040ez online free Generally, you can use this form if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are using the standard mileage rate if you are claiming vehicle expenses. 1040ez online free   If you do not meet both of these requirements, use Form 2106. 1040ez online free Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials If you are a qualified performing artist, or a state (or local) government official who is paid in whole or in part on a fee basis, you can deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as an adjustment to gross income rather than as an itemized deduction. 1040ez online free Include the cost of your qualifying work-related education with any other employee business expenses on Form 1040, line 24, or Form 1040NR, line 35. 1040ez online free You do not have to itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or 1040NR), and, therefore, the deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. 1040ez online free You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to figure your deduction even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . 1040ez online free For more information on qualified performing artists, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. 1040ez online free Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you are disabled and have impairment-related work expenses that are necessary for you to be able to get qualifying work-related education, you can deduct these expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 14. 1040ez online free They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. 1040ez online free To deduct these expenses, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . 1040ez online free For more information on impairment-related work expenses, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. 1040ez online free Recordkeeping You must keep records as proof of any deduction claimed on your tax return. 1040ez online free Generally, you should keep your records for 3 years from the date of filing the tax return and claiming the deduction. 1040ez online free If you are an employee who is reimbursed for expenses and you give your records and documentation to your employer, you do not have to keep duplicate copies of this information. 1040ez online free However, you should keep your records for a 3-year period if: You claim deductions for expenses that are more than your reimbursement, Your employer does not use adequate accounting procedures to verify expense accounts, You are related to your employer, or Your expenses are reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan. 1040ez online free Examples of records to keep. 1040ez online free   If any of the above cases apply to you, you must be able to prove that your expenses are deductible. 1040ez online free You should keep adequate records or have sufficient evidence that will support your expenses. 1040ez online free Estimates or approximations do not qualify as proof of an expense. 1040ez online free Some examples of what can be used to help prove your expenses are: Documents, such as transcripts, course descriptions, catalogs, etc. 1040ez online free , showing periods of enrollment in educational institutions, principal subjects studied, and descriptions of educational activity. 1040ez online free Canceled checks and receipts to verify amounts you spent for: Tuition and books, Meals and lodging while away from home overnight for educational purposes, Travel and transportation, and Other education expenses. 1040ez online free Statements from your employer explaining whether the education was necessary for you to keep your job, salary, or status; how the education helped maintain or improve skills needed in your job; how much reimbursement you received; and, if you are a teacher, the type of certificate and subjects taught. 1040ez online free Complete information about any scholarship or fellowship grants, including amounts you received during the year. 1040ez online free Illustrated Example Victor Jones teaches math at a private high school in North Carolina. 1040ez online free He was selected to attend a 3-week math seminar at a university in California. 1040ez online free The seminar will improve his skills in his current job and is qualifying work-related education. 1040ez online free He was reimbursed for his expenses under his employer's nonaccountable plan, so his reimbursement of $2,100 is included in the wages shown in box 1 of his Form W-2. 1040ez online free Victor will file Form 1040. 1040ez online free His actual expenses for the seminar are as follows:   Lodging   $1,050     Meals   526     Airfare   550     Taxi fares   50     Tuition and books   400     Total Expenses   $2,576   Victor files Form 2106-EZ with his tax return. 1040ez online free He shows his expenses for the seminar in Part I of the form. 1040ez online free He enters $1,650 ($1,050 + $550 + $50) on line 3 to account for his lodging, airfare, and taxi fares. 1040ez online free He enters $400 on line 4 for his tuition and books. 1040ez online free On the line provided for total meals and entertainment expenses, Victor enters $526 for meal expenses. 1040ez online free He multiplies that amount by 50% and enters the result, $263, on line 5. 1040ez online free On line 6, Victor totals the amounts from lines 3 through 5. 1040ez online free He carries the total, $2,313, to Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. 1040ez online free Since he does not claim any vehicle expenses, Victor leaves Part II blank. 1040ez online free His filled-in form is shown on the next page. 1040ez online free This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 1040ez online free Please click the link to view the image. 1040ez online free Form 2106-EZ for V. 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1040ez online free 8. 1040ez online free   Amortization Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: How To Deduct Amortization Starting a BusinessBusiness Start-Up Costs Costs of Organizing a Corporation Costs of Organizing a Partnership How To Amortize Getting a Lease Section 197 IntangiblesSection 197 Intangibles Defined Assets That Are Not Section 197 Intangibles Safe Harbor for Creative Property Costs Anti-Churning Rules Incorrect Amount of Amortization Deducted Disposition of Section 197 Intangibles Reforestation Costs Geological and Geophysical Costs Pollution Control FacilitiesNew identifiable treatment facility. 1040ez online free Research and Experimental Costs Optional Write-off of Certain Tax Preferences Introduction Amortization is a method of recovering (deducting) certain capital costs over a fixed period of time. 1040ez online free It is similar to the straight line method of depreciation. 1040ez online free The various amortizable costs covered in this chapter are included in the list below. 1040ez online free However, this chapter does not discuss amortization of bond premium. 1040ez online free For information on that topic, see chapter 3 of Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. 1040ez online free Topics - This chapter discusses: Deducting amortization Amortizing costs of starting a business Amortizing costs of getting a lease Amortizing costs of section 197 intangibles Amortizing reforestation costs Amortizing costs of geological and geophysical costs Amortizing costs of pollution control facilities Amortizing costs of research and experimentation Amortizing costs of certain tax preferences Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 550 Investment Income and Expenses 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) 4562 Depreciation and Amortization 4626 Alternative Minimum Tax—Corporations 6251 Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. 1040ez online free How To Deduct Amortization To deduct amortization that begins during the current tax year, complete Part VI of Form 4562 and attach it to your income tax return. 1040ez online free To report amortization from previous years, in addition to amortization that begins in the current year, list on Form 4562 each item separately. 1040ez online free For example, in 2012, you began to amortize a lease. 1040ez online free In 2013, you began to amortize a second lease. 1040ez online free Report amortization from the new lease on line 42 of your 2013 Form 4562. 1040ez online free Report amortization from the 2012 lease on line 43 of your 2013 Form 4562. 1040ez online free If you do not have any new amortizable expenses for the current year, you are not required to complete Form 4562 (unless you are claiming depreciation). 1040ez online free Report the current year's deduction for amortization that began in a prior year directly on the “Other deduction” or “Other expense line” of your return. 1040ez online free Starting a Business When you start a business, treat all eligible costs you incur before you begin operating the business as capital expenditures which are part of your basis in the business. 1040ez online free Generally, you recover costs for particular assets through depreciation deductions. 1040ez online free However, you generally cannot recover other costs until you sell the business or otherwise go out of business. 1040ez online free For a discussion on how to treat these costs, see If your attempt to go into business is unsuccessful under Capital Expenses in chapter 1. 1040ez online free For costs paid or incurred after September 8, 2008, you can deduct a limited amount of start-up and organizational costs. 1040ez online free The costs that are not deducted currently can be amortized ratably over a 180-month period. 1040ez online free The amortization period starts with the month you begin operating your active trade or business. 1040ez online free You are not required to attach a statement to make this election. 1040ez online free You can choose to forgo this election by affirmatively electing to capitalize your start-up costs on your 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 Once made, the election to either amortize or capitalize start-up costs is irrevocable and applies to all start-up costs that are related to your trade or business. 1040ez online free See Regulations sections 1. 1040ez online free 195-1, 1. 1040ez online free 248-1, and 1. 1040ez online free 709-1. 1040ez online free For costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004, and before September 9, 2008, you can elect to deduct a limited amount of business start-up and organizational costs in the year your active trade or business begins. 1040ez online free Any costs not deducted can be amortized ratably over a 180-month period, beginning with the month you begin business. 1040ez online free If the election is made, you must attach any statement required by Regulations sections 1. 1040ez online free 195-1(b), 1. 1040ez online free 248-1(c), and 1. 1040ez online free 709-1(c), as in effect before September 9, 2008. 1040ez online free Note. 1040ez online free You can apply the provisions of Regulations sections 1. 1040ez online free 195-1, 1. 1040ez online free 248-1, and 1. 1040ez online free 709-1 to all business start-up and organizational costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004, provided the period of limitations on assessment has not expired for the year of the election. 1040ez online free Otherwise, the provisions under Regulations sections 1. 1040ez online free 195-1(b), 1. 1040ez online free 248-1(c), and 1. 1040ez online free 709-1(c), as in effect before September 9, 2008, will apply. 1040ez online free For costs paid or incurred before October 23, 2004, you can elect to amortize business start-up and organization costs over an amortization period of 60 months or more. 1040ez online free See How To Make the Election , later. 1040ez online free The cost must qualify as one of the following. 1040ez online free A business start-up cost. 1040ez online free An organizational cost for a corporation. 1040ez online free An organizational cost for a partnership. 1040ez online free Business Start-Up Costs Start-up costs are amounts paid or incurred for: (a) creating an active trade or business; or (b) investigating the creation or acquisition of an active trade or business. 1040ez online free Start-up costs include amounts paid or incurred in connection with an existing activity engaged in for profit; and for the production of income in anticipation of the activity becoming an active trade or business. 1040ez online free Qualifying costs. 1040ez online free   A start-up cost is amortizable if it meets both of the following tests. 1040ez online free It is a cost you could deduct if you paid or incurred it to operate an existing active trade or business (in the same field as the one you entered into). 1040ez online free It is a cost you pay or incur before the day your active trade or business begins. 1040ez online free   Start-up costs include amounts paid for the following: An analysis or survey of potential markets, products, labor supply, transportation facilities, etc. 1040ez online free Advertisements for the opening of the business. 1040ez online free Salaries and wages for employees who are being trained and their instructors. 1040ez online free Travel and other necessary costs for securing prospective distributors, suppliers, or customers. 1040ez online free Salaries and fees for executives and consultants, or for similar professional services. 1040ez online free Nonqualifying costs. 1040ez online free   Start-up costs do not include deductible interest, taxes, or research and experimental costs. 1040ez online free See Research and Experimental Costs , later. 1040ez online free Purchasing an active trade or business. 1040ez online free   Amortizable start-up costs for purchasing an active trade or business include only investigative costs incurred in the course of a general search for or preliminary investigation of the business. 1040ez online free These are costs that help you decide whether to purchase a business. 1040ez online free Costs you incur in an attempt to purchase a specific business are capital expenses that you cannot amortize. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free On June 1st, you hired an accounting firm and a law firm to assist you in the potential purchase of XYZ, Inc. 1040ez online free They researched XYZ's industry and analyzed the financial projections of XYZ, Inc. 1040ez online free In September, the law firm prepared and submitted a letter of intent to XYZ, Inc. 1040ez online free The letter stated that a binding commitment would result only after a purchase agreement was signed. 1040ez online free The law firm and accounting firm continued to provide services including a review of XYZ's books and records and the preparation of a purchase agreement. 1040ez online free On October 22nd, you signed a purchase agreement with XYZ, Inc. 1040ez online free All amounts paid or incurred to investigate the business before October 22nd are amortizable investigative costs. 1040ez online free Amounts paid on or after that date relate to the attempt to purchase the business and therefore must be capitalized. 1040ez online free Disposition of business. 1040ez online free   If you completely dispose of your business before the end of the amortization period, you can deduct any remaining deferred start-up costs. 1040ez online free However, you can deduct these deferred start-up costs only to the extent they qualify as a loss from a business. 1040ez online free Costs of Organizing a Corporation Amounts paid to organize a corporation are the direct costs of creating the corporation. 1040ez online free Qualifying costs. 1040ez online free   To qualify as an organizational cost, it must be: For the creation of the corporation, Chargeable to a capital account (see chapter 1), Amortized over the life of the corporation if the corporation had a fixed life, and Incurred before the end of the first tax year in which the corporation is in business. 1040ez online free   A corporation using the cash method of accounting can amortize organizational costs incurred within the first tax year, even if it does not pay them in that year. 1040ez online free   Examples of organizational costs include: The cost of temporary directors. 1040ez online free The cost of organizational meetings. 1040ez online free State incorporation fees. 1040ez online free The cost of legal services. 1040ez online free Nonqualifying costs. 1040ez online free   The following items are capital expenses that cannot be amortized: Costs for issuing and selling stock or securities, such as commissions, professional fees, and printing costs. 1040ez online free Costs associated with the transfer of assets to the corporation. 1040ez online free Costs of Organizing a Partnership The costs to organize a partnership are the direct costs of creating the partnership. 1040ez online free Qualifying costs. 1040ez online free   A partnership can amortize an organizational cost only if it meets all the following tests. 1040ez online free It is for the creation of the partnership and not for starting or operating the partnership trade or business. 1040ez online free It is chargeable to a capital account (see chapter 1). 1040ez online free It could be amortized over the life of the partnership if the partnership had a fixed life. 1040ez online free It is incurred by the due date of the partnership return (excluding extensions) for the first tax year in which the partnership is in business. 1040ez online free However, if the partnership uses the cash method of accounting and pays the cost after the end of its first tax year, see Cash method partnership under How To Amortize, later. 1040ez online free It is for a type of item normally expected to benefit the partnership throughout its entire life. 1040ez online free   Organizational costs include the following fees. 1040ez online free Legal fees for services incident to the organization of the partnership, such as negotiation and preparation of the partnership agreement. 1040ez online free Accounting fees for services incident to the organization of the partnership. 1040ez online free Filing fees. 1040ez online free Nonqualifying costs. 1040ez online free   The following costs cannot be amortized. 1040ez online free The cost of acquiring assets for the partnership or transferring assets to the partnership. 1040ez online free The cost of admitting or removing partners, other than at the time the partnership is first organized. 1040ez online free The cost of making a contract concerning the operation of the partnership trade or business including a contract between a partner and the partnership. 1040ez online free The costs for issuing and marketing interests in the partnership such as brokerage, registration, and legal fees and printing costs. 1040ez online free These “syndication fees” are capital expenses that cannot be depreciated or amortized. 1040ez online free Liquidation of partnership. 1040ez online free   If a partnership is liquidated before the end of the amortization period, the unamortized amount of qualifying organizational costs can be deducted in the partnership's final tax year. 1040ez online free However, these costs can be deducted only to the extent they qualify as a loss from a business. 1040ez online free How To Amortize Deduct start-up and organizational costs in equal amounts over the applicable amortization period (discussed earlier). 1040ez online free You can choose an amortization period for start-up costs that is different from the period you choose for organizational costs, as long as both are not less than the applicable amortization period. 1040ez online free Once you choose an amortization period, you cannot change it. 1040ez online free To figure your deduction, divide your total start-up or organizational costs by the months in the amortization period. 1040ez online free The result is the amount you can deduct for each month. 1040ez online free Cash method partnership. 1040ez online free   A partnership using the cash method of accounting can deduct an organizational cost only if it has been paid by the end of the tax year. 1040ez online free However, any cost the partnership could have deducted as an organizational cost in an earlier tax year (if it had been paid that year) can be deducted in the tax year of payment. 1040ez online free How To Make the Election To elect to amortize start-up or organizational costs, you must complete and attach Form 4562 to your return for the first tax year you are in business. 1040ez online free You may also be required to attach an accompanying statement (described later) to your return. 1040ez online free For start-up or organizational costs paid or incurred after September 8, 2008, an accompanying statement is not required. 1040ez online free Generally, for start-up or organizational costs paid or incurred before September 9, 2008, and after October 22, 2004, unless you choose to apply Regulations sections 1. 1040ez online free 195-1, 1. 1040ez online free 248-1, and 1. 1040ez online free 709-1, you must also attach an accompanying statement to elect to amortize the costs. 1040ez online free If you have both start-up and organizational costs, attach a separate statement (if required) to your return for each type of cost. 1040ez online free See Starting a Business , earlier, for more information. 1040ez online free Generally, you must file the return by the due date (including any extensions). 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 For more information, see the instructions for Part VI of Form 4562. 1040ez online free You can choose to forgo the election to amortize by affirmatively electing to capitalize your start-up or organizational costs on your 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 Note. 1040ez online free The election to either amortize or capitalize start-up or organizational costs is irrevocable and applies to all start-up and organizational costs that are related to the trade or business. 1040ez online free If your business is organized as a corporation or partnership, only the corporation or partnership can elect to amortize its start-up or organizational costs. 1040ez online free A shareholder or partner cannot make this election. 1040ez online free You, as a shareholder or partner, cannot amortize any costs you incur in setting up your corporation or partnership. 1040ez online free Only the corporation or partnership can amortize these costs. 1040ez online free However, you, as an individual, can elect to amortize costs you incur to investigate an interest in an existing partnership. 1040ez online free These costs qualify as business start-up costs if you acquire the partnership interest. 1040ez online free Start-up costs election statement. 1040ez online free   If you elect to amortize your start-up costs, attach a separate statement (if required) that contains the following information. 1040ez online free A description of the business to which the start-up costs relate. 1040ez online free A description of each start-up cost incurred. 1040ez online free The month your active business began (or was acquired). 1040ez online free The number of months in your amortization period (which is generally 180 months). 1040ez online free Filing the statement early. 1040ez online free   You can elect to amortize your start-up costs by filing the statement with a return for any tax year before the year your active business begins. 1040ez online free If you file the statement early, the election becomes effective in the month of the tax year your active business begins. 1040ez online free Revised statement. 1040ez online free   You can file a revised statement to include any start-up costs not included in your original statement. 1040ez online free However, you cannot include on the revised statement any cost you previously treated on your return as a cost other than a start-up cost. 1040ez online free You can file the revised statement with a return filed after the return on which you elected to amortize your start-up costs. 1040ez online free Organizational costs election statement. 1040ez online free   If you elect to amortize your corporation's or partnership's organizational costs, attach a separate statement (if required) that contains the following information. 1040ez online free A description of each cost. 1040ez online free The amount of each cost. 1040ez online free The date each cost was incurred. 1040ez online free The month your corporation or partnership began active business (or acquired the business). 1040ez online free The number of months in your amortization period (which is generally 180 months). 1040ez online free Partnerships. 1040ez online free   The statement prepared for a cash basis partnership must also indicate the amount paid before the end of the year for each cost. 1040ez online free   You do not need to separately list any partnership organizational cost that is less than $10. 1040ez online free Instead, you can list the total amount of these costs with the dates the first and last costs were incurred. 1040ez online free   After a partnership makes the election to amortize organizational costs, it can later file an amended return to include additional organizational costs not included in the partnership's original return and statement. 1040ez online free Getting a Lease If you get a lease for business property, you may recover the cost of acquiring the lease by amortizing it over the term of the lease. 1040ez online free The term of the lease for amortization purposes generally includes all renewal options (and any other period for which you and the lessor reasonably expect the lease to be renewed). 1040ez online free However, renewal periods are not included if 75% or more of the cost of acquiring the lease is for the term of the lease remaining on the acquisition date (not including any period for which you may choose to renew, extend, or continue the lease). 1040ez online free For more information on the costs of getting a lease, see Cost of Getting a Lease in  chapter 3. 1040ez online free How to amortize. 1040ez online free   Enter your deduction in Part VI of Form 4562 if you are deducting amortization that begins during the current year, or on the appropriate line of your tax return if you are not otherwise required to file Form 4562. 1040ez online free Section 197 Intangibles Generally, you may amortize the capitalized costs of “section 197 intangibles” (defined later) ratably over a 15-year period. 1040ez online free You must amortize these costs if you hold the section 197 intangibles in connection with your trade or business or in an activity engaged in for the production of income. 1040ez online free You may not be able to amortize section 197 intangibles acquired in a transaction that did not result in a significant change in ownership or use. 1040ez online free See Anti-Churning Rules, later. 1040ez online free Your amortization deduction each year is the applicable part of the intangible's adjusted basis (for purposes of determining gain), figured by amortizing it ratably over 15 years (180 months). 1040ez online free The 15-year period begins with the later of: The month the intangible is acquired, or The month the trade or business or activity engaged in for the production of income begins. 1040ez online free You cannot deduct amortization for the month you dispose of the intangible. 1040ez online free If you pay or incur an amount that increases the basis of an amortizable section 197 intangible after the 15-year period begins, amortize it over the remainder of the 15-year period beginning with the month the basis increase occurs. 1040ez online free You are not allowed any other depreciation or amortization deduction for an amortizable section 197 intangible. 1040ez online free Tax-exempt use property subject to a lease. 1040ez online free   The amortization period for any section 197 intangible leased under a lease agreement entered into after March 12, 2004, to a tax-exempt organization, governmental unit, or foreign person or entity (other than a partnership), shall not be less than 125 percent of the lease term. 1040ez online free Cost attributable to other property. 1040ez online free   The rules for section 197 intangibles do not apply to any amount that is included in determining the cost of property that is not a section 197 intangible. 1040ez online free For example, if the cost of computer software is not separately stated from the cost of hardware or other tangible property and you consistently treat it as part of the cost of the hardware or other tangible property, these rules do not apply. 1040ez online free Similarly, none of the cost of acquiring real property held for the production of rental income is considered the cost of goodwill, going concern value, or any other section 197 intangible. 1040ez online free Section 197 Intangibles Defined The following assets are section 197 intangibles and must be amortized over 180 months: Goodwill; Going concern value; Workforce in place; Business books and records, operating systems, or any other information base, including lists or other information concerning current or prospective customers; A patent, copyright, formula, process, design, pattern, know-how, format, or similar item; A customer-based intangible; A supplier-based intangible; Any item similar to items (3) through (7); A license, permit, or other right granted by a governmental unit or agency (including issuances and renewals); A covenant not to compete entered into in connection with the acquisition of an interest in a trade or business; Any franchise, trademark, or trade name; and A contract for the use of, or a term interest in, any item in this list. 1040ez online free You cannot amortize any of the intangibles listed in items (1) through (8) that you created rather than acquired unless you created them in acquiring assets that make up a trade or business or a substantial part of a trade or business. 1040ez online free Goodwill. 1040ez online free   This is the value of a trade or business based on expected continued customer patronage due to its name, reputation, or any other factor. 1040ez online free Going concern value. 1040ez online free   This is the additional value of a trade or business that attaches to property because the property is an integral part of an ongoing business activity. 1040ez online free It includes value based on the ability of a business to continue to function and generate income even though there is a change in ownership (but does not include any other section 197 intangible). 1040ez online free It also includes value based on the immediate use or availability of an acquired trade or business, such as the use of earnings during any period in which the business would not otherwise be available or operational. 1040ez online free Workforce in place, etc. 1040ez online free   This includes the composition of a workforce (for example, its experience, education, or training). 1040ez online free It also includes the terms and conditions of employment, whether contractual or otherwise, and any other value placed on employees or any of their attributes. 1040ez online free   For example, you must amortize the part of the purchase price of a business that is for the existence of a highly skilled workforce. 1040ez online free Also, you must amortize the cost of acquiring an existing employment contract or relationship with employees or consultants. 1040ez online free Business books and records, etc. 1040ez online free   This includes the intangible value of technical manuals, training manuals or programs, data files, and accounting or inventory control systems. 1040ez online free It also includes the cost of customer lists, subscription lists, insurance expirations, patient or client files, and lists of newspaper, magazine, radio, and television advertisers. 1040ez online free Patents, copyrights, etc. 1040ez online free   This includes package design, computer software, and any interest in a film, sound recording, videotape, book, or other similar property, except as discussed later under Assets That Are Not Section 197 Intangibles . 1040ez online free Customer-based intangible. 1040ez online free   This is the composition of market, market share, and any other value resulting from the future provision of goods or services because of relationships with customers in the ordinary course of business. 1040ez online free For example, you must amortize the part of the purchase price of a business that is for the existence of the following intangibles. 1040ez online free A customer base. 1040ez online free A circulation base. 1040ez online free An undeveloped market or market growth. 1040ez online free Insurance in force. 1040ez online free A mortgage servicing contract. 1040ez online free An investment management contract. 1040ez online free Any other relationship with customers involving the future provision of goods or services. 1040ez online free   Accounts receivable or other similar rights to income for goods or services provided to customers before the acquisition of a trade or business are not section 197 intangibles. 1040ez online free Supplier-based intangible. 1040ez online free   A supplier-based intangible is the value resulting from the future acquisitions, (through contract or other relationships with suppliers in the ordinary course of business) of goods or services that you will sell or use. 1040ez online free The amount you pay or incur for supplier-based intangibles includes, for example, any portion of the purchase price of an acquired trade or business that is attributable to the existence of a favorable relationship with persons providing distribution services (such as a favorable shelf or display space or a retail outlet), or the existence of favorable supply contracts. 1040ez online free Do not include any amount required to be paid for the goods or services to honor the terms of the agreement or other relationship. 1040ez online free Also, see Assets That Are Not Section 197 Intangibles below. 1040ez online free Government-granted license, permit, etc. 1040ez online free   This is any right granted by a governmental unit or an agency or instrumentality of a governmental unit. 1040ez online free For example, you must amortize the capitalized costs of acquiring (including issuing or renewing) a liquor license, a taxicab medallion or license, or a television or radio broadcasting license. 1040ez online free Covenant not to compete. 1040ez online free   Section 197 intangibles include a covenant not to compete (or similar arrangement) entered into in connection with the acquisition of an interest in a trade or business, or a substantial portion of a trade or business. 1040ez online free An interest in a trade or business includes an interest in a partnership or a corporation engaged in a trade or business. 1040ez online free   An arrangement that requires the former owner to perform services (or to provide property or the use of property) is not similar to a covenant not to compete to the extent the amount paid under the arrangement represents reasonable compensation for those services or for that property or its use. 1040ez online free Franchise, trademark, or trade name. 1040ez online free   A franchise, trademark, or trade name is a section 197 intangible. 1040ez online free You must amortize its purchase or renewal costs, other than certain contingent payments that you can deduct currently. 1040ez online free For information on currently deductible contingent payments, see chapter 11. 1040ez online free Professional sports franchise. 1040ez online free   A franchise engaged in professional sports and any intangible assets acquired in connection with acquiring the franchise (including player contracts) is a section 197 intangible amortizable over a 15-year period. 1040ez online free Contract for the use of, or a term interest in, a section 197 intangible. 1040ez online free   Section 197 intangibles include any right under a license, contract, or other arrangement providing for the use of any section 197 intangible. 1040ez online free It also includes any term interest in any section 197 intangible, whether the interest is outright or in trust. 1040ez online free Assets That Are Not Section 197 Intangibles The following assets are not section 197 intangibles. 1040ez online free Any interest in a corporation, partnership, trust, or estate. 1040ez online free Any interest under an existing futures contract, foreign currency contract, notional principal contract, interest rate swap, or similar financial contract. 1040ez online free Any interest in land. 1040ez online free Most computer software. 1040ez online free (See Computer software , later. 1040ez online free ) Any of the following assets not acquired in connection with the acquisition of a trade or business or a substantial part of a trade or business. 1040ez online free An interest in a film, sound recording, video tape, book, or similar property. 1040ez online free A right to receive tangible property or services under a contract or from a governmental agency. 1040ez online free An interest in a patent or copyright. 1040ez online free Certain rights that have a fixed duration or amount. 1040ez online free (See Rights of fixed duration or amount , later. 1040ez online free ) An interest under either of the following. 1040ez online free An existing lease or sublease of tangible property. 1040ez online free A debt that was in existence when the interest was acquired. 1040ez online free A right to service residential mortgages unless the right is acquired in connection with the acquisition of a trade or business or a substantial part of a trade or business. 1040ez online free Certain transaction costs incurred by parties to a corporate organization or reorganization in which any part of a gain or loss is not recognized. 1040ez online free Intangible property that is not amortizable under the rules for section 197 intangibles can be depreciated if it meets certain requirements. 1040ez online free You generally must use the straight line method over its useful life. 1040ez online free For certain intangibles, the depreciation period is specified in the law and regulations. 1040ez online free For example, the depreciation period for computer software that is not a section 197 intangible is generally 36 months. 1040ez online free For more information on depreciating intangible property, see Intangible Property under What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property? in chapter 1 of Publication 946. 1040ez online free Computer software. 1040ez online free   Section 197 intangibles do not include the following types of computer software. 1040ez online free Software that meets all the following requirements. 1040ez online free It is, or has been, readily available for purchase by the general public. 1040ez online free It is subject to a nonexclusive license. 1040ez online free It has not been substantially modified. 1040ez online free This requirement is considered met if the cost of all modifications is not more than the greater of 25% of the price of the publicly available unmodified software or $2,000. 1040ez online free Software that is not acquired in connection with the acquisition of a trade or business or a substantial part of a trade or business. 1040ez online free Computer software defined. 1040ez online free   Computer software includes all programs designed to cause a computer to perform a desired function. 1040ez online free It also includes any database or similar item that is in the public domain and is incidental to the operation of qualifying software. 1040ez online free Rights of fixed duration or amount. 1040ez online free   Section 197 intangibles do not include any right under a contract or from a governmental agency if the right is acquired in the ordinary course of a trade or business (or in an activity engaged in for the production of income) but not as part of a purchase of a trade or business and either: Has a fixed life of less than 15 years, or Is of a fixed amount that, except for the rules for section 197 intangibles, would be recovered under a method similar to the unit-of-production method of cost recovery. 1040ez online free However, this does not apply to the following intangibles. 1040ez online free Goodwill. 1040ez online free Going concern value. 1040ez online free A covenant not to compete. 1040ez online free A franchise, trademark, or trade name. 1040ez online free A customer-related information base, customer-based intangible, or similar item. 1040ez online free Safe Harbor for Creative Property Costs If you are engaged in the trade or business of film production, you may be able to amortize the creative property costs for properties not set for production within 3 years of the first capitalized transaction. 1040ez online free You may amortize these costs ratably over a 15-year period beginning on the first day of the second half of the tax year in which you properly write off the costs for financial accounting purposes. 1040ez online free If, during the 15-year period, you dispose of the creative property rights, you must continue to amortize the costs over the remainder of the 15-year period. 1040ez online free Creative property costs include costs paid or incurred to acquire and develop screenplays, scripts, story outlines, motion picture production rights to books and plays, and other similar properties for purposes of potential future film development, production, and exploitation. 1040ez online free Amortize these costs using the rules of Revenue Procedure 2004-36. 1040ez online free For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2004-36, 2004-24 I. 1040ez online free R. 1040ez online free B. 1040ez online free 1063, available at  www. 1040ez online free irs. 1040ez online free gov/irb/2004-24_IRB/ar16. 1040ez online free html. 1040ez online free A change in the treatment of creative property costs is a change in method of accounting. 1040ez online free Anti-Churning Rules Anti-churning rules prevent you from amortizing most section 197 intangibles if the transaction in which you acquired them did not result in a significant change in ownership or use. 1040ez online free These rules apply to goodwill and going concern value, and to any other section 197 intangible that is not otherwise depreciable or amortizable. 1040ez online free Under the anti-churning rules, you cannot use 15-year amortization for the intangible if any of the following conditions apply. 1040ez online free You or a related person (defined later) held or used the intangible at any time from July 25, 1991, through August 10, 1993. 1040ez online free You acquired the intangible from a person who held it at any time during the period in (1) and, as part of the transaction, the user did not change. 1040ez online free You granted the right to use the intangible to a person (or a person related to that person) who held or used it at any time during the period in (1). 1040ez online free This applies only if the transaction in which you granted the right and the transaction in which you acquired the intangible are part of a series of related transactions. 1040ez online free See Related person , later, for more information. 1040ez online free Exceptions. 1040ez online free   The anti-churning rules do not apply in the following situations. 1040ez online free You acquired the intangible from a decedent and its basis was stepped up to its fair market value. 1040ez online free The intangible was amortizable as a section 197 intangible by the seller or transferor you acquired it from. 1040ez online free This exception does not apply if the transaction in which you acquired the intangible and the transaction in which the seller or transferor acquired it are part of a series of related transactions. 1040ez online free The gain-recognition exception, discussed later, applies. 1040ez online free Related person. 1040ez online free   For purposes of the anti-churning rules, the following are related persons. 1040ez online free An individual and his or her brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, spouse, ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc. 1040ez online free ), and lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, etc. 1040ez online free ). 1040ez online free A corporation and an individual who owns, directly or indirectly, more than 20% of the value of the corporation's outstanding stock. 1040ez online free Two corporations that are members of the same controlled group as defined in section 1563(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, except that “more than 20%” is substituted for “at least 80%” in that definition and the determination is made without regard to subsections (a)(4) and (e)(3)(C) of section 1563. 1040ez online free (For an exception, see section 1. 1040ez online free 197-2(h)(6)(iv) of the regulations. 1040ez online free ) A trust fiduciary and a corporation if more than 20% of the value of the corporation's outstanding stock is owned, directly or indirectly, by or for the trust or grantor of the trust. 1040ez online free The grantor and fiduciary, and the fiduciary and beneficiary, of any trust. 1040ez online free The fiduciaries of two different trusts, and the fiduciaries and beneficiaries of two different trusts, if the same person is the grantor of both trusts. 1040ez online free The executor and beneficiary of an estate. 1040ez online free A tax-exempt educational or charitable organization and a person who directly or indirectly controls the organization (or whose family members control it). 1040ez online free A corporation and a partnership if the same persons own more than 20% of the value of the outstanding stock of the corporation and more than 20% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership. 1040ez online free Two S corporations, and an S corporation and a regular corporation, if the same persons own more than 20% of the value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. 1040ez online free Two partnerships if the same persons own, directly or indirectly, more than 20% of the capital or profits interests in both partnerships. 1040ez online free A partnership and a person who owns, directly or indirectly, more than 20% of the capital or profits interests in the partnership. 1040ez online free Two persons who are engaged in trades or businesses under common control (as described in section 41(f)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code). 1040ez online free When to determine relationship. 1040ez online free   Persons are treated as related if the relationship existed at the following time. 1040ez online free In the case of a single transaction, immediately before or immediately after the transaction in which the intangible was acquired. 1040ez online free In the case of a series of related transactions (or a series of transactions that comprise a qualified stock purchase under section 338(d)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code), immediately before the earliest transaction or immediately after the last transaction. 1040ez online free Ownership of stock. 1040ez online free   In determining whether an individual directly or indirectly owns any of the outstanding stock of a corporation, the following rules apply. 1040ez online free Rule 1. 1040ez online free   Stock directly or indirectly owned by or for a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust is considered owned proportionately by or for its shareholders, partners, or beneficiaries. 1040ez online free Rule 2. 1040ez online free   An individual is considered to own the stock directly or indirectly owned by or for his or her family. 1040ez online free Family includes only brothers and sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters, spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. 1040ez online free Rule 3. 1040ez online free   An individual owning (other than by applying Rule 2) any stock in a corporation is considered to own the stock directly or indirectly owned by or for his or her partner. 1040ez online free Rule 4. 1040ez online free   For purposes of applying Rule 1, 2, or 3, treat stock constructively owned by a person under Rule 1 as actually owned by that person. 1040ez online free Do not treat stock constructively owned by an individual under Rule 2 or 3 as owned by the individual for reapplying Rule 2 or 3 to make another person the constructive owner of the stock. 1040ez online free Gain-recognition exception. 1040ez online free   This exception to the anti-churning rules applies if the person you acquired the intangible from (the transferor) meets both of the following requirements. 1040ez online free That person would not be related to you (as described under Related person , earlier) if the 20% test for ownership of stock and partnership interests were replaced by a 50% test. 1040ez online free That person chose to recognize gain on the disposition of the intangible and pay income tax on the gain at the highest tax rate. 1040ez online free See chapter 2 in Publication 544 for information on making this choice. 1040ez online free   If this exception applies, the anti-churning rules apply only to the amount of your adjusted basis in the intangible that is more than the gain recognized by the transferor. 1040ez online free Notification. 1040ez online free   If the person you acquired the intangible from chooses to recognize gain under the rules for this exception, that person must notify you in writing by the due date of the return on which the choice is made. 1040ez online free Anti-abuse rule. 1040ez online free   You cannot amortize any section 197 intangible acquired in a transaction for which the principal purpose was either of the following. 1040ez online free To avoid the requirement that the intangible be acquired after August 10, 1993. 1040ez online free To avoid any of the anti-churning rules. 1040ez online free More information. 1040ez online free   For more information about the anti-churning rules, including additional rules for partnerships, see Regulations section 1. 1040ez online free 197-2(h). 1040ez online free Incorrect Amount of Amortization Deducted If you later discover that you deducted an incorrect amount for amortization for a section 197 intangible in any year, you may be able to make a correction for that year by filing an amended return. 1040ez online free See Amended Return , next. 1040ez online free If you are not allowed to make the correction on an amended return, you can change your accounting method to claim the correct amortization. 1040ez online free See Changing Your Accounting Method , later. 1040ez online free Amended Return If you deducted an incorrect amount for amortization, you can file an amended return to correct the following. 1040ez online free A mathematical error made in any year. 1040ez online free A posting error made in any year. 1040ez online free An amortization deduction for a section 197 intangible for which you have not adopted a method of accounting. 1040ez online free When to file. 1040ez online free   If an amended return is allowed, you must file it by the later of the following dates. 1040ez online free 3 years from the date you filed your original return for the year in which you did not deduct the correct amount. 1040ez online free (A return filed early is considered filed on the due date. 1040ez online free ) 2 years from the time you paid your tax for that year. 1040ez online free Changing Your Accounting Method Generally, you must get IRS approval to change your method of accounting. 1040ez online free File Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, to request a change to a permissible method of accounting for amortization. 1040ez online free The following are examples of a change in method of accounting for amortization. 1040ez online free A change in the amortization method, period of recovery, or convention of an amortizable asset. 1040ez online free A change in the accounting for amortizable assets from a single asset account to a multiple asset account (pooling), or vice versa. 1040ez online free A change in the accounting for amortizable assets from one type of multiple asset account to a different type of multiple asset account. 1040ez online free Changes in amortization that are not a change in method of accounting include the following: A change in computing amortization in the tax year in which your use of the asset changes. 1040ez online free An adjustment in the useful life of an amortizable asset. 1040ez online free Generally, the making of a late amortization election or the revocation of a timely valid amortization election. 1040ez online free Any change in the placed-in-service date of an amortizable asset. 1040ez online free See Regulations section 1. 1040ez online free 446-1(e)(2)(ii)(a) for more information and examples. 1040ez online free Automatic approval. 1040ez online free   In some instances, you may be able to get automatic approval from the IRS to change your method of accounting for amortization. 1040ez online free For a list of automatic accounting method changes, see the Instructions for Form 3115. 1040ez online free Also see the Instructions for Form 3115 for more information on getting approval, automatic approval procedures, and a list of exceptions to the automatic approval process. 1040ez online free For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2006-12, as modified by Revenue Procedure 2006-37, and Revenue Procedure 2008-52, as amplified, clarified, and modified by Revenue Procedure 2009-39, as clarified and modified by Revenue Procedure 2011-14, as modified and amplified by Revenue Procedure 2011-22, as modified by Revenue Procedure 2012-39, or any successor. 1040ez online free See Revenue Procedure 2006-12, 2006-3 I. 1040ez online free R. 1040ez online free B. 1040ez online free 310, available at  www. 1040ez online free irs. 1040ez online free gov/irb/2006-03_IRB/ar14. 1040ez online free html. 1040ez online free  See Revenue Procedure 2006-37, 2006-38 I. 1040ez online free R. 1040ez online free B. 1040ez online free 499, available at  www. 1040ez online free irs. 1040ez online free gov/irb/2006-38_IRB/ar10. 1040ez online free html. 1040ez online free  See Revenue Procedure 2008-52, 2008-36 I. 1040ez online free R. 1040ez online free B. 1040ez online free 587, available at www. 1040ez online free irs. 1040ez online free gov/irb/2008-36_IRB/ar09. 1040ez online free html. 1040ez online free  See Revenue Procedure 2009-39, 2009-38 I. 1040ez online free R. 1040ez online free B. 1040ez online free 371, available at  www. 1040ez online free irs. 1040ez online free gov/irb/2009-38_IRB/ar08. 1040ez online free html. 1040ez online free  See Revenue Procedure 2011-14, 2011-4 I. 1040ez online free R. 1040ez online free B. 1040ez online free 330, available at  www. 1040ez online free irs. 1040ez online free gov/irb/2011-04_IRB/ar08. 1040ez online free html. 1040ez online free  See Revenue Procedure 2011-22, 2011-18 I. 1040ez online free R. 1040ez online free B. 1040ez online free 737, available at  www. 1040ez online free irs. 1040ez online free gov/irb/2011-18_IRB/ar08. 1040ez online free html. 1040ez online free Also, see Revenue Procedure 2012-39, 2012-41 I. 1040ez online free R. 1040ez online free B. 1040ez online free 470 available at www. 1040ez online free irs. 1040ez online free gov/irb/2012-41_IRB/index. 1040ez online free html. 1040ez online free Disposition of Section 197 Intangibles A section 197 intangible is treated as depreciable property used in your trade or business. 1040ez online free If you held the intangible for more than 1 year, any gain on its disposition, up to the amount of allowable amortization, is ordinary income (section 1245 gain). 1040ez online free If multiple section 197 intangibles are disposed of in a single transaction or a series of related transactions, treat all of the section 197 intangibles as if they were a single asset for purposes of determining the amount of gain that is ordinary income. 1040ez online free Any remaining gain, or any loss, is a section 1231 gain or loss. 1040ez online free If you held the intangible 1 year or less, any gain or loss on its disposition is an ordinary gain or loss. 1040ez online free For more information on ordinary or capital gain or loss on business property, see chapter 3 in Publication 544. 1040ez online free Nondeductible loss. 1040ez online free   You cannot deduct any loss on the disposition or worthlessness of a section 197 intangible that you acquired in the same transaction (or series of related transactions) as other section 197 intangibles you still have. 1040ez online free Instead, increase the adjusted basis of each remaining amortizable section 197 intangible by a proportionate part of the nondeductible loss. 1040ez online free Figure the increase by multiplying the nondeductible loss on the disposition of the intangible by the following fraction. 1040ez online free The numerator is the adjusted basis of each remaining intangible on the date of the disposition. 1040ez online free The denominator is the total adjusted bases of all remaining amortizable section 197 intangibles on the date of the disposition. 1040ez online free Covenant not to compete. 1040ez online free   A covenant not to compete, or similar arrangement, is not considered disposed of or worthless before you dispose of your entire interest in the trade or business for which you entered into the covenant. 1040ez online free Nonrecognition transfers. 1040ez online free   If you acquire a section 197 intangible in a nonrecognition transfer, you are treated as the transferor with respect to the part of your adjusted basis in the intangible that is not more than the transferor's adjusted basis. 1040ez online free You amortize this part of the adjusted basis over the intangible's remaining amortization period in the hands of the transferor. 1040ez online free Nonrecognition transfers include transfers to a corporation, partnership contributions and distributions, like-kind exchanges, and involuntary conversions. 1040ez online free   In a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion of a section 197 intangible, you must continue to amortize the part of your adjusted basis in the acquired intangible that is not more than your adjusted basis in the exchanged or converted intangible over the remaining amortization period of the exchanged or converted intangible. 1040ez online free Amortize over a new 15-year period the part of your adjusted basis in the acquired intangible that is more than your adjusted basis in the exchanged or converted intangible. 1040ez online free Example. 1040ez online free You own a section 197 intangible you have amortized for 4 full years. 1040ez online free It has a remaining unamortized basis of $30,000. 1040ez online free You exchange the asset plus $10,000 for a like-kind section 197 intangible. 1040ez online free The nonrecognition provisions of like-kind exchanges apply. 1040ez online free You amortize $30,000 of the $40,000 adjusted basis of the acquired intangible over the 11 years remaining in the original 15-year amortization period for the transferred asset. 1040ez online free You amortize the other $10,000 of adjusted basis over a new 15-year period. 1040ez online free For more information, see Regulations section 1. 1040ez online free 197-2(g). 1040ez online free Reforestation Costs You can elect to deduct a limited amount of reforestation costs paid or incurred during the tax year. 1040ez online free See Reforestation Costs in chapter 7. 1040ez online free You can elect to amortize the qualifying costs that are not deducted currently over an 84-month period. 1040ez online free There is no limit on the amount of your amortization deduction for reforestation costs paid or incurred during the tax year. 1040ez online free The election to amortize reforestation costs incurred by a partnership, S corporation, or estate must be made by the partnership, corporation, or estate. 1040ez online free A partner, shareholder, or beneficiary cannot make that election. 1040ez online free A partner's or shareholder's share of amortizable costs is figured under the general rules for allocating items of income, loss, deduction, etc. 1040ez online free , of a partnership or S corporation. 1040ez online free The amortizable costs of an estate are divided between the estate and the income beneficiary based on the income of the estate allocable to each. 1040ez online free Qualifying costs. 1040ez online free   Reforestation costs are the direct costs of planting or seeding for forestation or reforestation. 1040ez online free Qualifying costs include only those costs you must capitalize and include in the adjusted basis of the property. 1040ez online free They include costs for the following items. 1040ez online free Site preparation. 1040ez online free Seeds or seedlings. 1040ez online free Labor. 1040ez online free Tools. 1040ez online free Depreciation on equipment used in planting and seeding. 1040ez online free Qualifying costs do not include costs for which the government reimburses you under a cost-sharing program, unless you include the reimbursement in your income. 1040ez online free Qualified timber property. 1040ez online free   Qualified timber property is property that contains trees in significant commercial quantities. 1040ez online free It can be a woodlot or other site that you own or lease. 1040ez online free The property qualifies only if it meets all of the following requirements. 1040ez online free It is located in the United States. 1040ez online free It is held for the growing and cutting of timber you will either use in, or sell for use in, the commercial production of timber products. 1040ez online free It consists of at least one acre planted with tree seedlings in the manner normally used in forestation or reforestation. 1040ez online free Qualified timber property does not include property on which you have planted shelter belts or ornamental trees, such as Christmas trees. 1040ez online free Amortization period. 1040ez online free   The 84-month amortization period starts on the first day of the first month of the second half of the tax year you incur the costs (July 1 for a calendar year taxpayer), regardless of the month you actually incur the costs. 1040ez online free You can claim amortization deductions for no more than 6 months of the first and last (eighth) tax years of the period. 1040ez online free Life tenant and remainderman. 1040ez online free   If one person holds the property for life with the remainder going to another person, the life tenant is entitled to the full amortization for qualifying reforestation costs incurred by the life tenant. 1040ez online free Any remainder interest in the property is ignored for amortization purposes. 1040ez online free Recapture. 1040ez online free   If you dispose of qualified timber property within 10 years after the tax year you incur qualifying reforestation expenses, report any gain as ordinary income up to the amortization you took. 1040ez online free See chapter 3 of Publication 544 for more information. 1040ez online free How to make the election. 1040ez online free   To elect to amortize qualifying reforestation costs, complete Part VI of Form 4562 and attach a statement that contains the following information. 1040ez online free A description of the costs and the dates you incurred them. 1040ez online free A description of the type of timber being grown and the purpose for which it is grown. 1040ez online free Attach a separate statement for each property for which you amortize reforestation costs. 1040ez online free   Generally, you must make the election on a timely filed return (including extensions) for the tax year in which you incurred the costs. 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 Attach Form 4562 and the statement to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. 1040ez online free 9100-2” on Form 4562. 1040ez online free File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. 1040ez online free Revoking the election. 1040ez online free   You must get IRS approval to revoke your election to amortize qualifying reforestation costs. 1040ez online free Your application to revoke the election must include your name, address, the years for which your election was in effect, and your reason for revoking it. 1040ez online free Please provide your daytime telephone number (optional), in case we need to contact you. 1040ez online free You, or your duly authorized representative, must sign the application and file it at least 90 days before the due date (without extensions) for filing your income tax return for the first tax year for which your election is to end. 1040ez online free    Send the application to: Internal Revenue Service Associate Chief Counsel Passthroughs and Special Industries CC:PSI:6 1111 Constitution Ave. 1040ez online free NW, IR-5300 Washington, DC 20224 Geological and Geophysical Costs You can amortize the cost of geological and geophysical expenses paid or incurred in connection with oil and gas exploration or development within the United States. 1040ez online free These costs can be amortized ratably over a 24-month period beginning on the mid-point of the tax year in which the expenses were paid or incurred. 1040ez online free For major integrated oil companies (as defined in section 167(h)(5)), these costs must be amortized ratably over a 5-year period for costs paid or incurred after May 17, 2006 (a 7-year period for costs paid or incurred after December 19, 2007). 1040ez online free If you retire or abandon the property during the amortization period, no amortization deduction is allowed in the year of retirement or abandonment. 1040ez online free Pollution Control Facilities You can elect to amortize the cost of a certified pollution control facility over 60 months. 1040ez online free However, see Atmospheric pollution control facilities for an exception. 1040ez online free The cost of a pollution control facility that is not eligible for amortization can be depreciated under the regular rules for depreciation. 1040ez online free Also, you can claim a special depreciation allowance on a certified pollution control facility that is qualified property even if you elect to amortize its cost. 1040ez online free You must reduce its cost (amortizable basis) by the amount of any special allowance you claim. 1040ez online free See chapter 3 of Publication 946. 1040ez online free A certified pollution control facility is a new identifiable treatment facility used in connection with a plant or other property in operation before 1976, to reduce or control water or atmospheric pollution or contamination. 1040ez online free The facility must do so by removing, changing, disposing, storing, or preventing the creation or emission of pollutants, contaminants, wastes, or heat. 1040ez online free The facility must be certified by state and federal certifying authorities. 1040ez online free The facility must not significantly increase the output or capacity, extend the useful life, or reduce the total operating costs of the plant or other property. 1040ez online free Also, it must not significantly change the nature of the manufacturing or production process or facility. 1040ez online free The federal certifying authority will not certify your property to the extent it appears you will recover (over the property's useful life) all or part of its cost from the profit based on its operation (such as through sales of recovered wastes). 1040ez online free The federal certifying authority will describe the nature of the potential cost recovery. 1040ez online free You must then reduce the amortizable basis of the facility by this potential recovery. 1040ez online free New identifiable treatment facility. 1040ez online free   A new identifiable treatment facility is tangible depreciable property that is identifiable as a treatment facility. 1040ez online free It does not include a building and its structural components unless the building is exclusively a treatment facility. 1040ez online free Atmospheric pollution control facilities. 1040ez online free   Certain atmospheric pollution control facilities can be amortized over 84 months. 1040ez online free To qualify, the following must apply. 1040ez online free The facility must be acquired and placed in service after April 11, 2005. 1040ez online free If acquired, the original use must begin with you after April 11, 2005. 1040ez online free The facility must be used in connection with an electric generation plant or other property placed in operation after December 31, 1975, that is primarily coal fired. 1040ez online free If you construct, reconstruct, or erect the facility, only the basis attributable to the construction, reconstruction, or erection completed after April 11, 2005, qualifies. 1040ez online free Basis reduction for corporations. 1040ez online free   A corporation must reduce the amortizable basis of a pollution control facility by 20% before figuring the amortization deduction. 1040ez online free More information. 1040ez online free   For more information on the amortization of pollution control facilities, see Code sections 169 and 291(c) and the related regulations. 1040ez online free Research and Experimental Costs You can elect to amortize your research and experimental costs, deduct them as current business expenses, or write them off over a 10-year period (see Optional write-off method below). 1040ez online free If you elect to amortize these costs, deduct them in equal amounts over 60 months or more. 1040ez online free The amortization period begins the month you first receive an economic benefit from the costs. 1040ez online free For a definition of “research and experimental costs” and information on deducting them as current business expenses, see chapter 7. 1040ez online free Optional write-off method. 1040ez online free   Rather than amortize these costs or deduct them as a current expense, you have the option of deducting (writing off) research and experimental costs ratably over a 10-year period beginning with the tax year in which you incurred the costs. 1040ez online free For more information, see Optional Write-off of Certain Tax Preferences , later, and section 59(e) of the Internal Revenue Code. 1040ez online free Costs you can amortize. 1040ez online free   You can amortize costs chargeable to a capital account (see chapter 1) if you meet both of the following requirements. 1040ez online free You paid or incurred the costs in your trade or business. 1040ez online free You are not deducting the costs currently. 1040ez online free How to make the election. 1040ez online free   To elect to amortize research and experimental costs, complete Part VI of Form 4562 and attach it to your income tax return. 1040ez online free Generally, you must file the return by the due date (including extensions). 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 Attach Form 4562 to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. 1040ez online free 9100-2” on Form 4562. 1040ez online free File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. 1040ez online free   Your election is binding for the year it is made and for all later years unless you obtain approval from the IRS to change to a different method. 1040ez online free Optional Write-off of Certain Tax Preferences You can elect to amortize certain tax preference items over an optional period beginning in the tax year in which you incurred the costs. 1040ez online free If you make this election, there is no AMT adjustment. 1040ez online free The applicable costs and the optional recovery periods are as follows: Circulation costs — 3 years, Intangible drilling and development costs — 60 months, Mining exploration and development costs — 10 years, and Research and experimental costs — 10 years. 1040ez online free How to make the election. 1040ez online free   To elect to amortize qualifying costs over the optional recovery period, complete Part VI of Form 4562 and attach a statement containing the following information to your return for the tax year in which the election begins: Your name, address, and taxpayer identification number; and The type of cost and the specific amount of the cost for which you are making the election. 1040ez online free   Generally, the election must be made on a timely filed return (including extensions) for the tax year in which you incurred the costs. 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 Attach Form 4562 to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. 1040ez online free 9100-2” on Form 4562. 1040ez online free File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. 1040ez online free Revoking the election. 1040ez online free   You must obtain consent from the IRS to revoke your election. 1040ez online free Your request to revoke the election must be submitted to the IRS in the form of a letter ruling before the end of the tax year in which the optional recovery period ends. 1040ez online free The request must contain all of the information necessary to demonstrate the rare and unusual circumstances that would justify granting revocation. 1040ez online free If the request for revocation is approved, any unamortized costs are deductible in the year the revocation is effective. 1040ez online free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications