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2010 1040 tax forms 4. 2010 1040 tax forms   Underpayment Penalty for 2013 Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: General RuleFarmers and fishermen. 2010 1040 tax forms Higher income taxpayers. 2010 1040 tax forms Minimum required for higher income taxpayers. 2010 1040 tax forms Estate or trust payments of estimated tax. 2010 1040 tax forms Lowering or eliminating the penalty. 2010 1040 tax forms ExceptionsLess Than $1,000 Due No Tax Liability Last Year Figuring Your Required Annual Payment (Part I) Short Method for Figuring the Penalty (Part III) Regular Method for Figuring the Penalty (Part IV)Figuring Your Underpayment (Part IV, Section A) Worksheet for Form 2210, Part IV, Section B—Figuring the Penalty Annualized Income Installment Method (Schedule AI) Farmers and Fishermen Waiver of PenaltyFarmers and fishermen. 2010 1040 tax forms Introduction If you did not pay enough tax, either through withholding or by making timely estimated tax payments, you will have underpaid your estimated tax and may have to pay a penalty. 2010 1040 tax forms You may understand this chapter better if you can refer to a copy of your latest federal income tax return. 2010 1040 tax forms No penalty. 2010 1040 tax forms   Generally, you will not have to pay a penalty for 2013 if any of the following apply. 2010 1040 tax forms The total of your withholding and timely estimated tax payments was at least as much as your 2012 tax. 2010 1040 tax forms (See Special rules for certain individuals for higher income taxpayers and farmers and fishermen. 2010 1040 tax forms ) The tax balance due on your 2013 return is no more than 10% of your total 2013 tax, and you paid all required estimated tax payments on time. 2010 1040 tax forms Your total tax for 2013 (defined later) minus your withholding is less than $1,000. 2010 1040 tax forms You did not have a tax liability for 2012. 2010 1040 tax forms You did not have any withholding taxes and your current year tax (less any household employment taxes) is less than $1,000. 2010 1040 tax forms IRS can figure the penalty for you. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you think you owe the penalty, but you do not want to figure it yourself when you file your tax return, you may not have to. 2010 1040 tax forms Generally, the IRS will figure the penalty for you and send you a bill. 2010 1040 tax forms   You only need to figure your penalty in the following three situations. 2010 1040 tax forms You are requesting a waiver of part, but not all, of the penalty. 2010 1040 tax forms You are using the annualized income installment method to figure the penalty. 2010 1040 tax forms You are treating the federal income tax withheld from your income as paid on the dates actually withheld. 2010 1040 tax forms However, if these situations do not apply to you, and you think you can lower or eliminate your penalty, complete Form 2210 or Form 2210-F and attach it to your return. 2010 1040 tax forms See Form 2210 , later. 2010 1040 tax forms Topics - This chapter discusses: The general rule for the underpayment penalty, Special rules for certain individuals, Exceptions to the underpayment penalty, How to figure your underpayment and the amount of your penalty on Form 2210, and How to ask the IRS to waive the penalty. 2010 1040 tax forms Useful Items - You may want to see: Form (and Instructions) 2210 Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 2210-F Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Farmers and Fishermen See chapter 5 for information about getting these forms. 2010 1040 tax forms General Rule In general, you may owe a penalty for 2013 if the total of your withholding and timely estimated tax payments did not equal at least the smaller of: 90% of your 2013 tax, or 100% of your 2012 tax. 2010 1040 tax forms (Your 2012 tax return must cover a 12-month period. 2010 1040 tax forms ) Your 2013 tax, for this purpose, is defined under Total tax for 2013 , later. 2010 1040 tax forms Special rules for certain individuals. 2010 1040 tax forms   There are special rules for farmers and fishermen and certain higher income taxpayers. 2010 1040 tax forms Farmers and fishermen. 2010 1040 tax forms   If at least two-thirds of your gross income for 2012 or 2013 is from farming or fishing, substitute  662/3% for 90% in (1) above. 2010 1040 tax forms   See Farmers and Fishermen , later. 2010 1040 tax forms Higher income taxpayers. 2010 1040 tax forms   If your AGI for 2012 was more than $150,000 ($75,000 if your 2013 filing status is married filing a separate return), substitute 110% for 100% in (2) under General Rule . 2010 1040 tax forms This rule does not apply to farmers or fishermen. 2010 1040 tax forms   For 2012, AGI is the amount shown on Form 1040, line 37; Form 1040A, line 21; and Form 1040EZ, line 4. 2010 1040 tax forms Penalty figured separately for each period. 2010 1040 tax forms   Because the penalty is figured separately for each payment period, you may owe a penalty for an earlier payment period even if you later paid enough to make up the underpayment. 2010 1040 tax forms This is true even if you are due a refund when you file your income tax return. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms You did not make estimated tax payments for 2013 because you thought you had enough tax withheld from your wages. 2010 1040 tax forms Early in January 2014, you made an estimate of your total 2013 tax. 2010 1040 tax forms Then you realized that your withholding was $2,000 less than the amount needed to avoid a penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. 2010 1040 tax forms On January 10, you made an estimated tax payment of $3,000, which is the difference between your withholding and your estimate of your total tax. 2010 1040 tax forms Your final return shows your total tax to be $50 less than your estimate, so you are due a refund. 2010 1040 tax forms You do not owe a penalty for your payment due January 15, 2014. 2010 1040 tax forms However, you may owe a penalty through January 10, 2014, the day you made the $3,000 payment, for your underpayments for the earlier payment periods. 2010 1040 tax forms Minimum required each period. 2010 1040 tax forms   You will owe a penalty for any 2013 payment period for which your estimated tax payment plus your withholding for the period and overpayments applied from previous periods was less than the smaller of: 22. 2010 1040 tax forms 5% of your 2013 tax, or 25% of your 2012 tax. 2010 1040 tax forms (Your 2012 tax return must cover a 12-month period. 2010 1040 tax forms ) Minimum required for higher income taxpayers. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you are subject to the rule for higher income taxpayers, discussed above, substitute 27. 2010 1040 tax forms 5% for 25% in (2) under General Rule . 2010 1040 tax forms When penalty is charged. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you miss a payment or you paid less than the minimum required in a period, you may be charged an underpayment penalty from the date the amount was due to the date the payment is made. 2010 1040 tax forms If a payment is mailed, the date of the U. 2010 1040 tax forms S. 2010 1040 tax forms postmark is considered the date of payment. 2010 1040 tax forms   If a payment is made electronically, the date the payment is shown on your payment account (checking, savings, etc. 2010 1040 tax forms ) is considered to be the date of payment. 2010 1040 tax forms Estate or trust payments of estimated tax. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you have estimated taxes credited to you from an estate or trust (Schedule K-1 (Form 1041)), treat the payment as made by you on January 15, 2014. 2010 1040 tax forms Amended returns. 2010 1040 tax forms    If you file an amended return by the due date of your original return, use the tax shown on your amended return to figure your required estimated tax payments. 2010 1040 tax forms If you file an amended return after the due date of the original return, use the tax shown on the original return. 2010 1040 tax forms   However, if you and your spouse file a joint return after the due date to replace separate returns you originally filed by the due date, use the tax shown on the joint return to figure your required estimated tax payments. 2010 1040 tax forms This rule applies only if both original separate returns were filed on time. 2010 1040 tax forms 2012 separate returns and 2013 joint return. 2010 1040 tax forms    If you file a joint return with your spouse for 2013, but you filed separate returns for 2012, your 2012 tax is the total of the tax shown on your separate returns. 2010 1040 tax forms You filed a separate return if you filed as single, head of household, or married filing separately. 2010 1040 tax forms 2012 joint return and 2013 separate returns. 2010 1040 tax forms    If you file a separate return for 2013, but you filed a joint return with your spouse for 2012, your 2012 tax is your share of the tax on the joint return. 2010 1040 tax forms You are filing a separate return if you file as single, head of household, or married filing separately. 2010 1040 tax forms   To figure your share of the taxes on a joint return, first figure the tax both you and your spouse would have paid had you filed separate returns for 2012 using the same filing status as for 2013. 2010 1040 tax forms Then multiply the tax on the joint return by the following fraction. 2010 1040 tax forms   The tax you would have paid had you filed a separate return   The total tax you and your spouse would have paid had you filed separate returns Example. 2010 1040 tax forms Lisa and Paul filed a joint return for 2012 showing taxable income of $49,000 and a tax of $6,484. 2010 1040 tax forms Of the $49,000 taxable income, $41,000 was Lisa's and the rest was Paul's. 2010 1040 tax forms For 2013, they file married filing separately. 2010 1040 tax forms Lisa figures her share of the tax on the 2012 joint return as follows. 2010 1040 tax forms 2012 tax on $41,000 based on a separate return $ 6,286 2012 tax on $8,000 based on a  separate return 803 Total $ 7,089 Lisa's percentage of total tax  ($6,286 ÷ $ 7,089) 88. 2010 1040 tax forms 67% Lisa's part of tax on joint return ($6,484 × 88. 2010 1040 tax forms 67%) $ 5,749 Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms   In most cases, you do not need to file Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms The IRS will figure the penalty for you and send you a bill. 2010 1040 tax forms If you want us to figure the penalty for you, leave the penalty line on your return blank. 2010 1040 tax forms Do not file Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms   To determine if you should file Form 2210, see Part II of Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms If you decide to figure your penalty, complete Part I, Part II, and either Part III or Part IV of the form and the Penalty Worksheet in the Instructions for Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms If you use Form 2210, you cannot file Form 1040EZ. 2010 1040 tax forms   On Form 1040, enter the amount of your penalty on line 77. 2010 1040 tax forms If you owe tax on line 76, add the penalty to your tax due and show your total payment on line 76. 2010 1040 tax forms If you are due a refund, subtract the penalty from the overpayment and enter the result on line 73. 2010 1040 tax forms   On Form 1040A, enter the amount of your penalty on line 46. 2010 1040 tax forms If you owe tax on line 45, add the penalty to your tax due and show your total payment on line 45. 2010 1040 tax forms If you are due a refund, subtract the penalty from the overpayment and enter the result on line 42. 2010 1040 tax forms Lowering or eliminating the penalty. 2010 1040 tax forms    You may be able to lower or eliminate your penalty if you file Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms You must file Form 2210 with your return if any of the following applies. 2010 1040 tax forms You request a waiver. 2010 1040 tax forms See Waiver of Penalty , later. 2010 1040 tax forms You use the annualized income installment method. 2010 1040 tax forms See the explanation of this method under Annualized Income Installment Method (Schedule AI) . 2010 1040 tax forms You use your actual withholding for each payment period for estimated tax purposes. 2010 1040 tax forms See Actual withholding method under Figuring Your Underpayment (Part IV, Section A). 2010 1040 tax forms You base any of your required installments on the tax shown on your 2012 return and you filed or are filing a joint return for either 2012 or 2013, but not for both years. 2010 1040 tax forms Exceptions Generally, you do not have to pay an underpayment penalty if either: Your total tax is less than $1,000, or You had no tax liability last year. 2010 1040 tax forms Less Than $1,000 Due You do not owe a penalty if the total tax shown on your return minus the amount you paid through withholding (including excess social security and tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) tax withholding) is less than $1,000. 2010 1040 tax forms Total tax for 2013. 2010 1040 tax forms   For 2013, your total tax on Form 1040 is the amount on line 61 reduced by the following. 2010 1040 tax forms    Unreported social security and Medicare tax or RRTA tax from Forms 4137 or 8919 (line 57). 2010 1040 tax forms Any tax included on line 58 for excess contributions to IRAs, Archer MSAs, Coverdell education savings accounts, and health savings accounts, or any tax on excess accumulations in qualified retirement plans. 2010 1040 tax forms The following write-ins on line 60: Uncollected social security and Medicare tax or RRTA tax on tips or group-term life insurance, Tax on excess golden parachute payments, Excise tax on insider stock compensation from an expatriated corporation, Look-back interest due under section 167(g), Look-back interest due under section 460(b), Recapture of federal mortgage subsidy, and Additional tax on advance payments of health coverage tax credit when not eligible. 2010 1040 tax forms Any refundable credit amounts listed on lines 64a, 65, 66, 70, and any credit from Form 8885 included on line 71. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you filed Form 1040A, your 2013 total tax is the amount on line 35 reduced by any refundable credits on lines 38a, 39, and 40. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you filed Form 1040EZ, your 2013 total tax is the amount on line 10 reduced by the amount on line 8a. 2010 1040 tax forms Note. 2010 1040 tax forms When figuring the amount on line 60, include household employment taxes only if you had federal income tax withheld from your income or you would owe the penalty even if you did not include those taxes. 2010 1040 tax forms Paid through withholding. 2010 1040 tax forms    For 2013, the amount you paid through withholding on Form 1040 is the amount on line 62 plus any excess social security or tier 1 RRTA tax withholding on line 69. 2010 1040 tax forms Add to that any write-in amount on line 72 identified as “Form 8689. 2010 1040 tax forms ” On Form 1040A, the amount you paid through withholding is the amount on line 36 plus any excess social security or tier 1 RRTA tax withholding included on line 41. 2010 1040 tax forms On Form 1040EZ, it is the amount on line 7. 2010 1040 tax forms No Tax Liability Last Year You do not owe a penalty if you had no tax liability last year and you were a U. 2010 1040 tax forms S. 2010 1040 tax forms citizen or resident for the whole year. 2010 1040 tax forms For this rule to apply, your tax year must have included all 12 months of the year. 2010 1040 tax forms You had no tax liability for 2012 if your total tax was zero or you were not required to file an income tax return. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms Ray, who is single and 22 years old, was unemployed for a few months during 2012. 2010 1040 tax forms He earned $6,700 in wages before he was laid off, and he received $1,400 in unemployment compensation afterwards. 2010 1040 tax forms He had no other income. 2010 1040 tax forms Even though he had gross income of $8,100, he did not have to pay income tax because his gross income was less than the filing requirement for a single person under age 65 ($9,750 for 2012). 2010 1040 tax forms He filed a return only to have his withheld income tax refunded to him. 2010 1040 tax forms In 2013, Ray began regular work as an independent contractor. 2010 1040 tax forms Ray made no estimated tax payments in 2013. 2010 1040 tax forms Even though he did owe tax at the end of the year, Ray does not owe the underpayment penalty for 2013 because he had no tax liability in 2012. 2010 1040 tax forms Total tax for 2012. 2010 1040 tax forms   For 2012, your total tax on Form 1040 is the amount on line 61 reduced by the following. 2010 1040 tax forms    Unreported social security and Medicare tax or RRTA tax from Forms 4137 or 8919 (line 57). 2010 1040 tax forms Any tax included on line 58 for excess contributions to IRAs, Archer MSAs, Coverdell education savings accounts, and health savings accounts, or any tax on excess accumulations in qualified retirement plans. 2010 1040 tax forms The following write-ins on line 60: Uncollected social security and Medicare tax or RRTA tax on tips or group-term life insurance, Tax on excess golden parachute payments, Excise tax on insider stock compensation from an expatriated corporation, Look-back interest due under section 167(g), Look-back interest due under section 460(b), Recapture of federal mortgage subsidy, and Additional tax on advance payments of health coverage tax credit when not eligible. 2010 1040 tax forms Any refundable credit amounts listed on lines 64a, 65, 66, 70, and credits from Forms 8801 (line 27 only), and 8885 included on line 71. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you filed Form 1040A, your 2012 total tax is the amount on line 35 reduced by any refundable credits on lines 38a, 39, and 40. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you filed Form 1040EZ, your 2012 total tax is the amount on line 11 reduced by the amount on line 8a. 2010 1040 tax forms Figuring Your Required Annual Payment (Part I) Figure your required annual payment in Part I of Form 2210, following the line-by-line instructions. 2010 1040 tax forms If you rounded the entries on your tax return to whole dollars, you can round on Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms The tax on Lori Lane's 2012 return was $12,400. 2010 1040 tax forms Her AGI was not more than $150,000 for either 2012 or 2013. 2010 1040 tax forms The tax on her 2013 return (Form 1040, line 55) is $13,044. 2010 1040 tax forms Line 56 (self-employment tax) is $8,902. 2010 1040 tax forms Her 2013 total tax is $21,946. 2010 1040 tax forms For 2013, Lori had $1,600 income tax withheld and made four equal estimated tax payments ($1,000 each). 2010 1040 tax forms 90% of her 2013 tax is $19,751. 2010 1040 tax forms Because she paid less than her 2012 tax ($12,400) and less than 90% of her 2013 tax ($19,751), and does not meet an exception, Lori knows that she owes a penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. 2010 1040 tax forms The IRS will figure the penalty for Lori, but she decides to figure it herself on Form 2210 and pay it with her taxes when she files her tax return. 2010 1040 tax forms Lori's required annual payment is $12,400 (100% of 2012 tax) because that is smaller than 90% of her 2013 tax. 2010 1040 tax forms Different 2012 filing status. 2010 1040 tax forms    If you file a separate return for 2013, but you filed a joint return with your spouse for 2012, see 2012 joint return and 2013 separate returns , earlier, to figure the amount to enter as your 2012 tax on line 8 of Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms Short Method for Figuring the Penalty (Part III) You may be able to use the short method in Part III of Form 2210 to figure your penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. 2010 1040 tax forms If you qualify to use this method, it will result in the same penalty amount as the regular method. 2010 1040 tax forms However, either the annualized income installment method or the actual withholding method, explained later, may result in a smaller penalty. 2010 1040 tax forms You can use the short method only if you meet one of the following requirements. 2010 1040 tax forms You made no estimated tax payments for 2013 (it does not matter whether you had income tax withholding). 2010 1040 tax forms You paid the same amount of estimated tax on each of the four payment due dates. 2010 1040 tax forms If you do not meet either requirement, figure your penalty using the regular method in Part IV of Form 2210 and the Penalty Worksheet in the instructions. 2010 1040 tax forms Note. 2010 1040 tax forms If any payment was made before the due date, you can use the short method, but the penalty may be less if you use the regular method. 2010 1040 tax forms However, if the payment was only a few days early, the difference is likely to be small. 2010 1040 tax forms You cannot use the short method if any of the following apply. 2010 1040 tax forms You made any estimated tax payments late. 2010 1040 tax forms You checked box C or D in Part II of Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms You are filing Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ and you did not receive wages as an employee subject to U. 2010 1040 tax forms S. 2010 1040 tax forms income tax withholding. 2010 1040 tax forms If you use the short method, you cannot use the annualized income installment method to figure your underpayment for each payment period. 2010 1040 tax forms Also, you cannot use your actual withholding during each period to figure your payments for each period. 2010 1040 tax forms These methods, which may give you a smaller penalty amount, are explained under Figuring Your Underpayment (Part IV, Section A). 2010 1040 tax forms Complete Part III of Form 2210 following the line-by-line instructions in the Instructions for Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms Regular Method for Figuring the Penalty (Part IV) You can use the regular method in Part IV of Form 2210 to figure your penalty for underpayment of estimated tax if you paid one or more estimated tax payments earlier than the due date. 2010 1040 tax forms You must use the regular method in Part IV of Form 2210 to figure your penalty for underpayment of estimated tax if any of the following apply to you. 2010 1040 tax forms You paid one or more estimated tax payments on a date after the due date. 2010 1040 tax forms You paid at least one, but less than four, installments of estimated tax. 2010 1040 tax forms You paid estimated tax payments in un- equal amounts. 2010 1040 tax forms You use the annualized income installment method to figure your underpayment for each payment period. 2010 1040 tax forms You use your actual withholding during each payment period to figure your payments. 2010 1040 tax forms Under the regular method, figure your underpayment for each payment period in Section A, then figure your penalty using the Penalty Worksheet in the Instructions for Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter the results on line 27 of Section B. 2010 1040 tax forms Figuring Your Underpayment (Part IV, Section A) Figure your underpayment of estimated tax for each payment period in Section A following the line-by-line instructions in the Instructions for Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms Complete lines 20 through 26 of the first column before going to line 20 of the next column. 2010 1040 tax forms Required installments—line 18. 2010 1040 tax forms   Your required payment for each payment period (line 18) is usually one-fourth of your required annual payment (Part I, line 9). 2010 1040 tax forms This method—the regular method—is the one to use if you received your income evenly throughout the year. 2010 1040 tax forms   However, if you did not receive your income evenly throughout the year, you may be able to lower or eliminate your penalty by figuring your underpayment using the annualized income installment method. 2010 1040 tax forms First complete Schedule AI (Form 2210), then enter the amounts from line 25 of that schedule on line 18 of Form 2210, Part IV. 2010 1040 tax forms See Annualized Income Installment Method (Schedule AI), later. 2010 1040 tax forms Payments made—line 19. 2010 1040 tax forms   Enter in each column the total of: Your estimated tax paid after the due date for the previous column and by the due date shown at the top of the column, and One-fourth of your withholding. 2010 1040 tax forms For special rules for figuring your payments, see Form 2210 instructions for line 19. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you file Form 1040, your withholding is the amount on line 62, plus any excess social security or tier 1 RRTA tax withholding on line 69. 2010 1040 tax forms If you file Form 1040A, your withholding is the amount on line 36 plus any excess social security or tier 1 RRTA tax withholding included in line 41. 2010 1040 tax forms Actual withholding method. 2010 1040 tax forms    Instead of using one-fourth of your withholding for each quarter, you can choose to use the amounts actually withheld by each due date. 2010 1040 tax forms You can make this choice separately for the tax withheld from your wages and for all other withholding. 2010 1040 tax forms This includes any excess social security and tier 1 RRTA tax withheld. 2010 1040 tax forms   Using your actual withholding may result in a smaller penalty if most of your withholding occurred early in the year. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you use your actual withholding, you must check box D in Form 2210, Part II. 2010 1040 tax forms Then complete Form 2210 using the regular method (Part IV) and file it with your return. 2010 1040 tax forms Worksheet for Form 2210, Part IV, Section B—Figuring the Penalty Figure the amount of your penalty for Section B using the Penalty Worksheet in the Form 2210 instructions. 2010 1040 tax forms The penalty is imposed on each underpayment amount shown on Form 2210, Section A, line 25, for the number of days that it remained unpaid. 2010 1040 tax forms For 2013, there are four rate periods—April 16 through June 30, July 1 through September 30, October 1 through December 31, and January 1, 2014 through April 15, 2014. 2010 1040 tax forms A 3% rate applies to all four periods. 2010 1040 tax forms Payments. 2010 1040 tax forms    Before completing the Penalty Worksheet, it may be helpful to make a list of the payments you made and income tax withheld after the due date (or the last day payments could be made on time) for the earliest payment period an underpayment occurred. 2010 1040 tax forms For example, if you had an underpayment for the first payment period, list your payments after April 15, 2013. 2010 1040 tax forms You can use the table in the Form 2210 instructions to make your list. 2010 1040 tax forms Follow those instructions for listing income tax withheld and payments made with your return. 2010 1040 tax forms Use the list to determine when each underpayment was paid. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you mail your estimated tax payments, use the date of the U. 2010 1040 tax forms S. 2010 1040 tax forms postmark as the date of payment. 2010 1040 tax forms Line 1b. 2010 1040 tax forms   Apply the payments listed to underpayment balance in the first column until it is fully paid. 2010 1040 tax forms Apply payments in the order made. 2010 1040 tax forms Figuring the penalty. 2010 1040 tax forms   If an underpayment was paid in two or more payments on different dates, you must figure the penalty separately for each payment. 2010 1040 tax forms On line 3 of the Penalty Worksheet enter the number of days between the due date (line 2) and the date of each payment on line 1b. 2010 1040 tax forms On line 4 figure the penalty for the amount of each payment applied on line 1b or the amount remaining unpaid. 2010 1040 tax forms If no payments are applied, figure the penalty on the amount on line 1a. 2010 1040 tax forms Aid for counting days. 2010 1040 tax forms    Table 4-1 provides a simple method for counting the number of days between a due date and a payment date. 2010 1040 tax forms Find the number for the date the payment was due by going across to the column of the month the payment was due and moving down the column to the due date. 2010 1040 tax forms In the same manner, find the number for the date the payment was made. 2010 1040 tax forms Subtract the due date “number” from the payment date “number. 2010 1040 tax forms ”   For example, if a payment was due on June 15 (61), but was not paid until September 1 (139), the payment was 78 (139 – 61) days late. 2010 1040 tax forms Table 4-1. 2010 1040 tax forms Calendar To Determine the Number of Days a Payment Is Late Instructions. 2010 1040 tax forms Use this table with Form 2210 if you are completing Part IV, Section B. 2010 1040 tax forms First, find the number for the payment due date by going across to the column of the month the payment was due and moving down the column to the due date. 2010 1040 tax forms Then, in the same manner, find the number for the date the payment was made. 2010 1040 tax forms Finally, subtract the due date number from the payment date number. 2010 1040 tax forms The result is the number of days the payment is late. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms The payment due date is June 15 (61). 2010 1040 tax forms The payment was made on November 4 (203). 2010 1040 tax forms The payment is 142 days late (203 – 61). 2010 1040 tax forms Tax Year 2013 Day of 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2014 2014 2014 2014 Month April May June July Aug. 2010 1040 tax forms Sept. 2010 1040 tax forms Oct. 2010 1040 tax forms Nov. 2010 1040 tax forms Dec. 2010 1040 tax forms Jan. 2010 1040 tax forms Feb. 2010 1040 tax forms Mar. 2010 1040 tax forms Apr. 2010 1040 tax forms 1   16 47 77 108 139 169 200 230 261 292 320 351 2   17 48 78 109 140 170 201 231 262 293 321 352 3   18 49 79 110 141 171 202 232 263 294 322 353 4   19 50 80 111 142 172 203 233 264 295 323 354 5   20 51 81 112 143 173 204 234 265 296 324 355 6   21 52 82 113 144 174 205 235 266 297 325 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134 165 195 226 256 287 318 346   28 13 43 74 104 135 166 196 227 257 288 319 347   29 14 44 75 105 136 167 197 228 258 289   348   30 15 45 76 106 137 168 198 229 259 290   349   31   46   107 138   199   260 291   350   Annualized Income Installment Method (Schedule AI) If you did not receive your income evenly throughout the year (for example, your income from a shop you operated at a marina was much larger in the summer than it was during the rest of the year), you may be able to lower or eliminate your penalty by figuring your underpayment using the annualized income installment method. 2010 1040 tax forms Under this method, your required installment (Part IV, line 18) for one or more payment periods may be less than one-fourth of your required annual payment. 2010 1040 tax forms To figure your underpayment using this method, complete Form 2210, Schedule AI. 2010 1040 tax forms Schedule AI annualizes your tax at the end of each payment period based on your income, deductions, and other items relating to events that occurred from the beginning of the tax year through the end of the period. 2010 1040 tax forms If you use the annualized income installment method, you must check box C in Part II of Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms Also, you must attach Form 2210 and Schedule AI to your return. 2010 1040 tax forms If you use Schedule AI for any payment due date, you must use it for all payment due dates. 2010 1040 tax forms Completing Schedule AI. 2010 1040 tax forms   Follow the Form 2210 instructions to complete Schedule AI. 2010 1040 tax forms For each period shown on Schedule AI, figure your income and deductions based on your method of accounting. 2010 1040 tax forms If you use the cash method of accounting (used by most people), include all income actually or constructively received during the period and all deductions actually paid during the period. 2010 1040 tax forms Note. 2010 1040 tax forms Each period includes amounts from the previous period(s). 2010 1040 tax forms Period (a) includes items for January 1 through March 31. 2010 1040 tax forms Period (b) includes items for January 1 through May 31. 2010 1040 tax forms Period (c) includes items for January 1 through August 31. 2010 1040 tax forms Period (d) includes items for the entire year. 2010 1040 tax forms Farmers and Fishermen If you are a farmer or fisherman, the following special rules for underpayment of estimated tax apply to you. 2010 1040 tax forms The penalty for underpaying your 2013 estimated tax will not apply if you file your return and pay all the tax due by March 3, 2014. 2010 1040 tax forms If you are a fiscal year taxpayer, the penalty will not apply if you file your return and pay the tax due by the first day of the third month after the end of your tax year. 2010 1040 tax forms Any penalty you owe for underpaying your 2013 estimated tax will be figured from one payment due date, January 15, 2014. 2010 1040 tax forms The underpayment penalty for 2013 is figured on the difference between the amount of 2013 withholding plus estimated tax paid by the due date and the smaller of: 662/3% (rather than 90%) of your 2013 tax, or 100% of the tax shown on your 2012 return. 2010 1040 tax forms Even if these special rules apply to you, you will not owe the penalty if you meet either of the two conditions discussed under Exceptions . 2010 1040 tax forms See Who Must Pay Estimated Tax in chapter 2 for the definition of a farmer or fisherman who is eligible for these special rules. 2010 1040 tax forms Form 2210-F. 2010 1040 tax forms   Use Form 2210-F to figure any underpayment penalty. 2010 1040 tax forms Do not attach it to your return unless you check a box in Part I. 2010 1040 tax forms However, if none of the boxes apply to you and you owe a penalty, you do not need to attach Form 2210-F. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter the amount from line 16 on Form 1040, line 77 and add the penalty to any balance due on your return or subtract it from your refund. 2010 1040 tax forms Keep your filled-in Form 2210-F for your records. 2010 1040 tax forms    If none of the boxes on Form 2210-F apply to you and you owe a penalty, the IRS can figure your penalty and send you a bill. 2010 1040 tax forms Waiver of Penalty The IRS can waive the penalty for underpayment if either of the following applies. 2010 1040 tax forms You did not make a payment because of a casualty, disaster, or other unusual circumstance and it would be inequitable to impose the penalty. 2010 1040 tax forms You retired (after reaching age 62) or became disabled in 2012 or 2013 and both the following requirements are met. 2010 1040 tax forms You had a reasonable cause for not making the payment. 2010 1040 tax forms Your underpayment was not due to willful neglect. 2010 1040 tax forms How to request a waiver. 2010 1040 tax forms   To request a waiver, see the Instructions for Form 2210. 2010 1040 tax forms Farmers and fishermen. 2010 1040 tax forms   To request a waiver, see the Instructions for Form 2210-F. 2010 1040 tax forms Federally declared disaster. 2010 1040 tax forms   Certain estimated tax payment deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in a federally declared disaster area are postponed for a period during and after the disaster. 2010 1040 tax forms During the processing of your tax return, the IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in a covered disaster area (by county or parish) and applies the appropriate penalty relief. 2010 1040 tax forms Do not file Form 2210 or 2210-F if your underpayment was due to a federally declared disaster. 2010 1040 tax forms If you still owe a penalty after the automatic waiver is applied, we will send you a bill. 2010 1040 tax forms   Individuals, estates, and trusts not in a covered disaster area but whose books, records, or tax professionals' offices are in a covered area are also entitled to relief. 2010 1040 tax forms Also eligible are relief workers affiliated with a recognized government or charitable organization assisting in the relief activities in a covered disaster area. 2010 1040 tax forms If you meet either of these eligibility requirements, you must call the IRS disaster hotline at 1-866-562-5227 and identify yourself as eligible for this relief. 2010 1040 tax forms   Details on the applicable disaster postponement period can be found at IRS. 2010 1040 tax forms gov. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter Tax Relief in Disaster Situations. 2010 1040 tax forms Select the federally declared disaster that affected you. 2010 1040 tax forms    Worksheet 4-1. 2010 1040 tax forms 2013 Form 2210, Schedule AI—Line 12 Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet Note. 2010 1040 tax forms To figure the annualized entries for lines 2, 3, and 5 below, multiply the expected amount for the period by the  annualization amount on line 2 of Schedule AI for the same period. 2010 1040 tax forms                   1. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter line 11 of your Schedule AI, or line 3 from Worksheet 4-2 1. 2010 1040 tax forms       2. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter your annualized qualified dividends for the period 2. 2010 1040 tax forms           3. 2010 1040 tax forms Are you filing Schedule D?               □ Yes. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter the smaller of your annualized amount from line 15 or line 16 of Schedule D. 2010 1040 tax forms If either line 15 or line 16 is blank or a loss, enter -0-. 2010 1040 tax forms 3. 2010 1040 tax forms             □ No. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter your annualized capital gain distributions from Form 1040, line 13             4. 2010 1040 tax forms Add lines 2 and 3   4. 2010 1040 tax forms           5. 2010 1040 tax forms If you are claiming investment interest expense on Form 4952, enter your annualized amount from line 4g of that form. 2010 1040 tax forms Otherwise, enter -0-   5. 2010 1040 tax forms           6. 2010 1040 tax forms Subtract line 5 from line 4. 2010 1040 tax forms If zero or less, enter -0- 6. 2010 1040 tax forms       7. 2010 1040 tax forms Subtract line 6 from line 1. 2010 1040 tax forms If zero or less, enter -0- 7. 2010 1040 tax forms       8. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter: $36,900 if single or married filing separately, $73,800 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), $49,400 if head of household. 2010 1040 tax forms 8. 2010 1040 tax forms       9. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter the smaller of line 1 or line 8 9. 2010 1040 tax forms       10. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter the smaller of line 7 or line 9 10. 2010 1040 tax forms       11. 2010 1040 tax forms Subtract line 10 from line 9. 2010 1040 tax forms This amount is taxed at 0% 11. 2010 1040 tax forms       12. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter the smaller of line 1 or line 6 12. 2010 1040 tax forms       13. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter the amount from line 11 13. 2010 1040 tax forms       14. 2010 1040 tax forms Subtract line 13 from line 12 14. 2010 1040 tax forms       15. 2010 1040 tax forms Multiply line 14 by 15% (. 2010 1040 tax forms 15) 15. 2010 1040 tax forms   16. 2010 1040 tax forms Figure the tax on the amount on line 7. 2010 1040 tax forms If the amount on line 7 is less than $100,000, use the Tax Table in the 2013 Form 1040 instructions to figure this tax. 2010 1040 tax forms If the amount on line 7 is $100,000 or more, use the Tax Computation Worksheet in the 2013 Form 1040 instructions 16. 2010 1040 tax forms   17. 2010 1040 tax forms Add lines 15 and 16 17. 2010 1040 tax forms   18. 2010 1040 tax forms Figure the tax on the amount on line 1. 2010 1040 tax forms If the amount on line 1 is less than $100,000, use the Tax Table in the 2013 Form 1040 instructions to figure this tax. 2010 1040 tax forms If the amount on line 1 is $100,000 or more, use the Tax Computation Worksheet in the 2013 Form 1040 instructions 18. 2010 1040 tax forms   19. 2010 1040 tax forms Tax on all taxable income. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter the smaller of line 17 or line 18. 2010 1040 tax forms Also enter this amount on line 12 of Schedule AI in the appropriate column. 2010 1040 tax forms However, if you are using this worksheet to figure the tax on the amount on line 3 of Worksheet 4-2, enter the amount from line 19 on Worksheet 4-2, line 4 19. 2010 1040 tax forms   Worksheet 4-2. 2010 1040 tax forms 2013 Form 2210, Schedule AI—Line 12 Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet Before you begin:If Schedule AI, line 11, is zero for the period, do not complete this worksheet. 2010 1040 tax forms             1. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter the amount from line 11 of Schedule AI for the period 1. 2010 1040 tax forms   2. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter the annualized amount* of foreign earned income and housing amount excluded or deducted (from  Form 2555, lines 45 and 50, or Form 2555-EZ, line 18) in figuring the amount entered for the period on line 1  of Schedule AI 2. 2010 1040 tax forms   3. 2010 1040 tax forms Add lines 1 and 2 3. 2010 1040 tax forms   4. 2010 1040 tax forms Tax on the amount on line 3. 2010 1040 tax forms Use the Tax Table, Tax Computation Worksheet, Form 8615**, Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet***, or Schedule D Tax Worksheet***, whichever applies. 2010 1040 tax forms See the 2013 Instructions for Form 1040, line 44, to find out which tax computation method to use. 2010 1040 tax forms (Note. 2010 1040 tax forms You do not have to use the same method for each period on Schedule AI. 2010 1040 tax forms ) 4. 2010 1040 tax forms   5. 2010 1040 tax forms Tax on the amount on line 2. 2010 1040 tax forms If the amount on line 2 is less than $100,000, use the Tax Table in the 2013 Form 1040 instructions to figure this tax. 2010 1040 tax forms If the amount on line 7 is $100,000 or more, use the Tax Computation Worksheet in the 2013 Form 1040 instructions 5. 2010 1040 tax forms   6. 2010 1040 tax forms Subtract line 5 from line 4. 2010 1040 tax forms Enter the result here and on line 12 of Schedule AI. 2010 1040 tax forms If zero or less,  enter -0- 6. 2010 1040 tax forms             * To figure the annualized amount for line 2, multiply the exclusion or deduction for the period by the annualization amount on line 2 of Schedule AI for the same period. 2010 1040 tax forms     ** If you use Form 8615 to figure the tax on line 4 above, enter the amount from line 3 above on line 4 of Form 8615. 2010 1040 tax forms If the child's parent files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ, enter the amounts from lines 3 and 4 of the parent's Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet on lines 6 and 10, respectively, of Form 8615. 2010 1040 tax forms Complete the rest of Form 8615 according to its instructions. 2010 1040 tax forms Then complete lines 5 and 6 above. 2010 1040 tax forms     *** Enter the amount from line 3 above on line 1 of the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet (or Worksheet 4-1 in this chapter) or the Schedule D Tax Worksheet, whichever worksheet you use to figure the tax on line 4 above. 2010 1040 tax forms Complete that worksheet through line 6 (line 10 if you use the Schedule D Tax Worksheet). 2010 1040 tax forms Next, determine if you have a capital gain excess. 2010 1040 tax forms     Figuring capital gain excess. 2010 1040 tax forms To find out if you have a capital gain excess for the appropriate period, subtract line 11 of Schedule AI from line 6 of Worksheet 4-1 or your Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet (line 10 of your Schedule D Tax Worksheet). 2010 1040 tax forms If the result is more than zero, that amount is your capital gain excess. 2010 1040 tax forms     No capital gain excess. 2010 1040 tax forms If you do not have a capital gain excess, complete the rest of Worksheet 4-1, Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet, or the Schedule D Tax Worksheet according to the worksheet's instructions. 2010 1040 tax forms Then complete lines 5 and 6 above. 2010 1040 tax forms     Capital gain excess. 2010 1040 tax forms If you have a capital gain excess, complete a second Worksheet 4-1, Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet, or Schedule D Tax Worksheet (whichever applies) as instructed above but in its entirety and with the following additional modifications. 2010 1040 tax forms Then complete lines 5 and 6 above. 2010 1040 tax forms     Make the modifications below only for purposes of filling out Worksheet 4-2 above. 2010 1040 tax forms     a. 2010 1040 tax forms Reduce (but not below zero) the amount you otherwise would enter on line 3 of your Worksheet 4-1, line 3 of your Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet, or line 9 of your Schedule D Tax Worksheet by your capital gain excess. 2010 1040 tax forms     b. 2010 1040 tax forms Reduce (but not below zero) the amount you otherwise would enter on line 2 of your Worksheet 4-1, line 2 of your Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet, or line 6 of your Schedule D Tax Worksheet by any of your capital gain excess not used in (a) above. 2010 1040 tax forms     c. 2010 1040 tax forms Reduce (but not below zero) the amount on your Schedule D (Form 1040), line 18, by your capital gain excess. 2010 1040 tax forms     d. 2010 1040 tax forms Include your capital gain excess as a loss on line 16 of your Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain Worksheet in the 2013 Instructions for Schedule D (Form 1040). 2010 1040 tax forms   Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Responsible Parties and Nominees

Responsible Parties

All EIN applications (mail, fax, electronic) must disclose the name and Taxpayer Identification Number (SSN, ITIN, or EIN) of the true principal officer, general partner, grantor, owner or trustor. This individual or entity, which the IRS will call the “responsible party,” controls, manages, or directs the applicant entity and the disposition of its funds and assets. If there is more than one responsible party, the entity may list whichever party the entity wants the IRS to recognize as the responsible party. 

According to the Instructions for the current revision of the application, the “responsible party” is defined as follows:

For entities with shares or interests traded on a public exchange, or which are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, “responsible party” is (a) the principal officer, if the business is a corporation, (b) a general partner, if a partnership, (c) the owner of an entity that is disregarded as separate from its owner (disregarded entities owned by a corporation enter the corporation’s name and EIN), or (d) a grantor, owner, or trustor if a trust.

For all other entities, “responsible party” is  the person who has a level of control over, or entitlement to, the funds or assets in the entity that, as a practical matter, enables the individual, directly or indirectly, to control, manage or direct the entity and the disposition of its funds and assets. The ability to fund the entity or the entitlement to the property of the entity alone, however, without any corresponding authority to control, manage, or direct the entity (such as in the case of a minor child beneficiary), does not cause the individual to be a responsible party.

Nominees

A “nominee” is someone who is given limited authority to act on behalf of an entity, usually for a limited period of time, and usually during the formation of the entity.  The “principal officer, general partner,” etc., as defined by the IRS, is the true “responsible party” for the entity, instead of a nominee. The “responsible party” is the individual or entity that controls, manages, or directs the entity and the disposition of the entity’s funds and assets, unlike a nominee, who is given little or no authority over the entity’s assets. 

The Internal Revenue Service has become aware that nominee individuals are being listed as principal officers, general partners, grantors, owners, and trustors in the Employer Identification Number (EIN) application process. A nominee is not one of these people. Rather, nominees are temporarily authorized to act on behalf of entities during the formation process. The use of nominees in the EIN application process prevents the IRS from gathering appropriate information on entity ownership, and has been found to facilitate tax non-compliance by entities and their owners.

The IRS does not authorize the use of nominees to obtain EINs. All EIN applications (mail, fax, electronic) must disclose the name and Taxpayer Identification Number (SSN, ITIN, or EIN) of the true principal officer, general partner, grantor, owner or trustor. This individual or entity, which the IRS will call the “responsible party,” controls, manages, or directs the applicant entity and the disposition of its funds and assets.

To properly submit a Form SS-4, the form and authorization should include the name, Taxpayer Identification Number and signature of the responsible party. Third party designees filing online applications are reminded of their obligation to retain a complete signed copy of the paper Form SS-4 and signed authorization statement for each entity application filed with the IRS. Nominees do not have the authority to authorize third party designees to file Forms SS-4, and should not be listed on the Form SS-4.

If a nominee is used in the state formation process and the true responsible party has not yet been identified, the entity must identify that individual before applying for an EIN.

The IRS will continue to pursue enforcement actions to prevent the misuse of EIN applications.

If you used a nominee for the EIN Application process, visit Correcting Business Information Where a Nominee Was Used to learn how to correct your information.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 03-Jan-2014

The 2010 1040 Tax Forms

2010 1040 tax forms Publication 551 - Main Content Table of Contents Cost BasisStocks and Bonds Real Property Business Assets Allocating the Basis Adjusted BasisIncreases to Basis Decreases to Basis Adjustments to Basis Example Basis Other Than CostProperty Received for Services Taxable Exchanges Nontaxable Exchanges Property Transferred From a Spouse Property Received as a Gift Inherited Property Property Changed to Business or Rental Use How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). 2010 1040 tax forms Cost Basis The basis of property you buy is usually its cost. 2010 1040 tax forms The cost is the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, other property, or services. 2010 1040 tax forms Your cost also includes amounts you pay for the following items. 2010 1040 tax forms Sales tax, Freight, Installation and testing, Excise taxes, Legal and accounting fees (when they must be capitalized), Revenue stamps, Recording fees, and Real estate taxes (if assumed for the seller). 2010 1040 tax forms  You may also have to capitalize (add to basis) certain other costs related to buying or producing property. 2010 1040 tax forms Loans with low or no interest. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you buy property on a time-payment plan that charges little or no interest, the basis of your property is your stated purchase price, minus the amount considered to be unstated interest. 2010 1040 tax forms You generally have unstated interest if your interest rate is less than the applicable federal rate. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information, see Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount in Publication 537. 2010 1040 tax forms Purchase of a business. 2010 1040 tax forms   When you purchase a trade or business, you generally purchase all assets used in the business operations, such as land, buildings, and machinery. 2010 1040 tax forms Allocate the price among the various assets, including any section 197 intangibles. 2010 1040 tax forms See Allocating the Basis, later. 2010 1040 tax forms Stocks and Bonds The basis of stocks or bonds you buy is generally the purchase price plus any costs of purchase, such as commissions and recording or transfer fees. 2010 1040 tax forms If you get stocks or bonds other than by purchase, your basis is usually determined by the fair market value (FMV) or the previous owner's adjusted basis of the stock. 2010 1040 tax forms You must adjust the basis of stocks for certain events that occur after purchase. 2010 1040 tax forms See Stocks and Bonds in chapter 4 of Publication 550 for more information on the basis of stock. 2010 1040 tax forms Identifying stock or bonds sold. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you can adequately identify the shares of stock or the bonds you sold, their basis is the cost or other basis of the particular shares of stock or bonds. 2010 1040 tax forms If you buy and sell securities at various times in varying quantities and you cannot adequately identify the shares you sell, the basis of the securities you sell is the basis of the securities you acquired first. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information about identifying securities you sell, see Stocks and Bonds under Basis of Investment Property in chapter 4 of Publication 550. 2010 1040 tax forms Mutual fund shares. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you sell mutual fund shares acquired at different times and prices, you can choose to use an average basis. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information, see Publication 550. 2010 1040 tax forms Real Property Real property, also called real estate, is land and generally anything built on or attached to it. 2010 1040 tax forms If you buy real property, certain fees and other expenses become part of your cost basis in the property. 2010 1040 tax forms Real estate taxes. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you pay real estate taxes the seller owed on real property you bought, and the seller did not reimburse you, treat those taxes as part of your basis. 2010 1040 tax forms You cannot deduct them as taxes. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you reimburse the seller for taxes the seller paid for you, you can usually deduct that amount as an expense in the year of purchase. 2010 1040 tax forms Do not include that amount in the basis of the property. 2010 1040 tax forms If you did not reimburse the seller, you must reduce your basis by the amount of those taxes. 2010 1040 tax forms Settlement costs. 2010 1040 tax forms   Your basis includes the settlement fees and closing costs for buying property. 2010 1040 tax forms You cannot include in your basis the fees and costs for getting a loan on property. 2010 1040 tax forms A fee for buying property is a cost that must be paid even if you bought the property for cash. 2010 1040 tax forms   The following items are some of the settlement fees or closing costs you can include in the basis of your property. 2010 1040 tax forms Abstract fees (abstract of title fees); Charges for installing utility services; Legal fees (including title search and preparation of the sales contract and deed); Recording fees; Surveys; Transfer taxes; Owner's title insurance; and Any amounts the seller owes that you agree to pay, such as back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, charges for improvements or repairs, and sales commissions. 2010 1040 tax forms   Settlement costs do not include amounts placed in escrow for the future payment of items such as taxes and insurance. 2010 1040 tax forms   The following items are some settlement fees and closing costs you cannot include in the basis of the property. 2010 1040 tax forms Casualty insurance premiums. 2010 1040 tax forms Rent for occupancy of the property before closing. 2010 1040 tax forms Charges for utilities or other services related to occupancy of the property before closing. 2010 1040 tax forms Charges connected with getting a loan. 2010 1040 tax forms The following are examples of these charges. 2010 1040 tax forms Points (discount points, loan origination fees). 2010 1040 tax forms Mortgage insurance premiums. 2010 1040 tax forms Loan assumption fees. 2010 1040 tax forms Cost of a credit report. 2010 1040 tax forms Fees for an appraisal required by a lender. 2010 1040 tax forms Fees for refinancing a mortgage. 2010 1040 tax forms If these costs relate to business property, items (1) through (3) are deductible as business expenses. 2010 1040 tax forms Items (4) and (5) must be capitalized as costs of getting a loan and can be deducted over the period of the loan. 2010 1040 tax forms Points. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you pay points to obtain a loan (including a mortgage, second mortgage, line of credit, or a home equity loan), do not add the points to the basis of the related property. 2010 1040 tax forms Generally, you deduct the points over the term of the loan. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information on how to deduct points, see Points in chapter 4 of Publication 535. 2010 1040 tax forms Points on home mortgage. 2010 1040 tax forms   Special rules may apply to points you and the seller pay when you obtain a mortgage to purchase your main home. 2010 1040 tax forms If certain requirements are met, you can deduct the points in full for the year in which they are paid. 2010 1040 tax forms Reduce the basis of your home by any seller-paid points. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information, see Points in Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. 2010 1040 tax forms Assumption of mortgage. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you buy property and assume (or buy subject to) an existing mortgage on the property, your basis includes the amount you pay for the property plus the amount to be paid on the mortgage. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms If you buy a building for $20,000 cash and assume a mortgage of $80,000 on it, your basis is $100,000. 2010 1040 tax forms Constructing assets. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you build property or have assets built for you, your expenses for this construction are part of your basis. 2010 1040 tax forms Some of these expenses include the following costs. 2010 1040 tax forms Land, Labor and materials, Architect's fees, Building permit charges, Payments to contractors, Payments for rental equipment, and Inspection fees. 2010 1040 tax forms In addition, if you own a business and use your employees, material, and equipment to build an asset, do not deduct the following expenses. 2010 1040 tax forms You must include them in the asset's basis. 2010 1040 tax forms Employee wages paid for the construction work, reduced by any employment credits allowed; Depreciation on equipment you own while it is used in the construction; Operating and maintenance costs for equipment used in the construction; and The cost of business supplies and materials used in the construction. 2010 1040 tax forms    Do not include the value of your own labor, or any other labor you did not pay for, in the basis of any property you construct. 2010 1040 tax forms Business Assets If you purchase property to use in your business, your basis is usually its actual cost to you. 2010 1040 tax forms If you construct, create, or otherwise produce property, you must capitalize the costs as your basis. 2010 1040 tax forms In certain circumstances, you may be subject to the uniform capitalization rules, next. 2010 1040 tax forms Uniform Capitalization Rules The uniform capitalization rules specify the costs you add to basis in certain circumstances. 2010 1040 tax forms Activities subject to the rules. 2010 1040 tax forms   You must use the uniform capitalization rules if you do any of the following in your trade or business or activity carried on for profit. 2010 1040 tax forms Produce real or tangible personal property for use in the business or activity, Produce real or tangible personal property for sale to customers, or Acquire property for resale. 2010 1040 tax forms However, this rule does not apply to personal property if your average annual gross receipts for the 3 previous tax years are $10 million or less. 2010 1040 tax forms   You produce property if you construct, build, install, manufacture, develop, improve, create, raise, or grow the property. 2010 1040 tax forms Treat property produced for you under a contract as produced by you up to the amount you pay or costs you otherwise incur for the property. 2010 1040 tax forms Tangible personal property includes films, sound recordings, video tapes, books, or similar property. 2010 1040 tax forms    Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize all direct costs and an allocable part of most indirect costs you incur due to your production or resale activities. 2010 1040 tax forms To capitalize means to include certain expenses in the basis of property you produce or in your inventory costs rather than deduct them as a current expense. 2010 1040 tax forms You recover these costs through deductions for depreciation, amortization, or cost of goods sold when you use, sell, or otherwise dispose of the property. 2010 1040 tax forms   Any cost you cannot use to figure your taxable income for any tax year is not subject to the uniform capitalization rules. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms If you incur a business meal expense for which your deduction would be limited to 50% of the cost of the meal, that amount is subject to the uniform capitalization rules. 2010 1040 tax forms The nondeductible part of the cost is not subject to the uniform capitalization rules. 2010 1040 tax forms More information. 2010 1040 tax forms   For more information about these rules, see the regulations under section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code and Publication 538, Accounting Periods and Methods. 2010 1040 tax forms Exceptions. 2010 1040 tax forms   The following are not subject to the uniform capitalization rules. 2010 1040 tax forms Property you produce that you do not use in your trade, business, or activity conducted for profit; Qualified creative expenses you pay or incur as a free-lance (self-employed) writer, photographer, or artist that are otherwise deductible on your tax return; Property you produce under a long-term contract, except for certain home construction contracts; Research and experimental expenses deductible under section 174 of the Internal Revenue Code; and Costs for personal property acquired for resale if your (or your predecessor's) average annual gross receipts for the 3 previous tax years do not exceed $10 million. 2010 1040 tax forms For other exceptions to the uniform capitalization rules, see section 1. 2010 1040 tax forms 263A-1(b) of the regulations. 2010 1040 tax forms   For information on the special rules that apply to costs incurred in the business of farming, see chapter 6 of Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide. 2010 1040 tax forms Intangible Assets Intangible assets include goodwill, patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade names, and franchises. 2010 1040 tax forms The basis of an intangible asset is usually the cost to buy or create it. 2010 1040 tax forms If you acquire multiple assets, for example a going business for a lump sum, see Allocating the Basis below to figure the basis of the individual assets. 2010 1040 tax forms The basis of certain intangibles can be amortized. 2010 1040 tax forms See chapter 8 of Publication 535 for information on the amortization of these costs. 2010 1040 tax forms Patents. 2010 1040 tax forms   The basis of a patent you get for an invention is the cost of development, such as research and experimental expenditures, drawings, working models, and attorneys' and governmental fees. 2010 1040 tax forms If you deduct the research and experimental expenditures as current business expenses, you cannot include them in the basis of the patent. 2010 1040 tax forms The value of the inventor's time spent on an invention is not part of the basis. 2010 1040 tax forms Copyrights. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you are an author, the basis of a copyright will usually be the cost of getting the copyright plus copyright fees, attorneys' fees, clerical assistance, and the cost of plates that remain in your possession. 2010 1040 tax forms Do not include the value of your time as the author, or any other person's time you did not pay for. 2010 1040 tax forms Franchises, trademarks, and trade names. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you buy a franchise, trademark, or trade name, the basis is its cost, unless you can deduct your payments as a business expense. 2010 1040 tax forms Allocating the Basis If you buy multiple assets for a lump sum, allocate the amount you pay among the assets you receive. 2010 1040 tax forms You must make this allocation to figure your basis for depreciation and gain or loss on a later disposition of any of these assets. 2010 1040 tax forms See Trade or Business Acquired below. 2010 1040 tax forms Group of Assets Acquired If you buy multiple assets for a lump sum, you and the seller may agree to a specific allocation of the purchase price among the assets in the sales contract. 2010 1040 tax forms If this allocation is based on the value of each asset and you and the seller have adverse tax interests, the allocation generally will be accepted. 2010 1040 tax forms However, see Trade or Business Acquired, next. 2010 1040 tax forms Trade or Business Acquired If you acquire a trade or business, allocate the consideration paid to the various assets acquired. 2010 1040 tax forms Generally, reduce the consideration paid by any cash and general deposit accounts (including checking and savings accounts) received. 2010 1040 tax forms Allocate the remaining consideration to the other business assets received in proportion to (but not more than) their fair market value in the following order. 2010 1040 tax forms Certificates of deposit, U. 2010 1040 tax forms S. 2010 1040 tax forms Government securities, foreign currency, and actively traded personal property, including stock and securities. 2010 1040 tax forms Accounts receivable, other debt instruments, and assets you mark to market at least annually for federal income tax purposes. 2010 1040 tax forms Property of a kind that would properly be included in inventory if on hand at the end of the tax year or property held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. 2010 1040 tax forms All other assets except section 197 intangibles, goodwill, and going concern value. 2010 1040 tax forms Section 197 intangibles except goodwill and going concern value. 2010 1040 tax forms Goodwill and going concern value (whether or not they qualify as section 197 intangibles). 2010 1040 tax forms Agreement. 2010 1040 tax forms   The buyer and seller may enter into a written agreement as to the allocation of any consideration or the fair market value (FMV) of any of the assets. 2010 1040 tax forms This agreement is binding on both parties unless the IRS determines the amounts are not appropriate. 2010 1040 tax forms Reporting requirement. 2010 1040 tax forms   Both the buyer and seller involved in the sale of business assets must report to the IRS the allocation of the sales price among section 197 intangibles and the other business assets. 2010 1040 tax forms Use Form 8594 to provide this information. 2010 1040 tax forms The buyer and seller should each attach Form 8594 to their federal income tax return for the year in which the sale occurred. 2010 1040 tax forms More information. 2010 1040 tax forms   See Sale of a Business in chapter 2 of Publication 544 for more information. 2010 1040 tax forms Land and Buildings If you buy buildings and the land on which they stand for a lump sum, allocate the basis of the property among the land and the buildings so you can figure the depreciation allowable on the buildings. 2010 1040 tax forms Figure the basis of each asset by multiplying the lump sum by a fraction. 2010 1040 tax forms The numerator is the FMV of that asset and the denominator is the FMV of the whole property at the time of purchase. 2010 1040 tax forms If you are not certain of the FMV of the land and buildings, you can allocate the basis based on their assessed values for real estate tax purposes. 2010 1040 tax forms Demolition of building. 2010 1040 tax forms   Add demolition costs and other losses incurred for the demolition of any building to the basis of the land on which the demolished building was located. 2010 1040 tax forms Do not claim the costs as a current deduction. 2010 1040 tax forms Modification of building. 2010 1040 tax forms   A modification of a building will not be treated as a demolition if the following conditions are satisfied. 2010 1040 tax forms 75 percent or more of the existing external walls of the building are retained in place as internal or external walls, and 75 percent or more of the existing internal structural framework of the building is retained in place. 2010 1040 tax forms   If the building is a certified historic structure, the modification must also be part of a certified rehabilitation. 2010 1040 tax forms   If these conditions are met, add the costs of the modifications to the basis of the building. 2010 1040 tax forms Subdivided lots. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you buy a tract of land and subdivide it, you must determine the basis of each lot. 2010 1040 tax forms This is necessary because you must figure the gain or loss on the sale of each individual lot. 2010 1040 tax forms As a result, you do not recover your entire cost in the tract until you have sold all of the lots. 2010 1040 tax forms   To determine the basis of an individual lot, multiply the total cost of the tract by a fraction. 2010 1040 tax forms The numerator is the FMV of the lot and the denominator is the FMV of the entire tract. 2010 1040 tax forms Future improvement costs. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you are a developer and sell subdivided lots before the development work is completed, you can (with IRS consent) include in the basis of the properties sold an allocation of the estimated future cost for common improvements. 2010 1040 tax forms See Revenue Procedure 92–29 for more information, including an explanation of the procedures for getting consent from the IRS. 2010 1040 tax forms Use of erroneous cost basis. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you made a mistake in figuring the cost basis of subdivided lots sold in previous years, you cannot correct the mistake for years for which the statute of limitations (generally 3 tax years) has expired. 2010 1040 tax forms Figure the basis of any remaining lots by allocating the correct original cost basis of the entire tract among the original lots. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms You bought a tract of land to which you assigned a cost of $15,000. 2010 1040 tax forms You subdivided the land into 15 building lots of equal size and equitably divided your basis so that each lot had a basis of $1,000. 2010 1040 tax forms You treated the sale of each lot as a separate transaction and figured gain or loss separately on each sale. 2010 1040 tax forms Several years later you determine that your original basis in the tract was $22,500 and not $15,000. 2010 1040 tax forms You sold eight lots using $8,000 of basis in years for which the statute of limitations has expired. 2010 1040 tax forms You now can take $1,500 of basis into account for figuring gain or loss only on the sale of each of the remaining seven lots ($22,500 basis divided among all 15 lots). 2010 1040 tax forms You cannot refigure the basis of the eight lots sold in tax years barred by the statute of limitations. 2010 1040 tax forms Adjusted Basis Before figuring gain or loss on a sale, exchange, or other disposition of property or figuring allowable depreciation, depletion, or amortization, you must usually make certain adjustments to the basis of the property. 2010 1040 tax forms The result of these adjustments to the basis is the adjusted basis. 2010 1040 tax forms Increases to Basis Increase the basis of any property by all items properly added to a capital account. 2010 1040 tax forms These include the cost of any improvements having a useful life of more than 1 year. 2010 1040 tax forms Rehabilitation expenses also increase basis. 2010 1040 tax forms However, you must subtract any rehabilitation credit allowed for these expenses before you add them to your basis. 2010 1040 tax forms If you have to recapture any of the credit, increase your basis by the recaptured amount. 2010 1040 tax forms If you make additions or improvements to business property, keep separate accounts for them. 2010 1040 tax forms Also, you must depreciate the basis of each according to the depreciation rules that would apply to the underlying property if you had placed it in service at the same time you placed the addition or improvement in service. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information, see Publication 946. 2010 1040 tax forms The following items increase the basis of property. 2010 1040 tax forms The cost of extending utility service lines to the property; Impact fees; Legal fees, such as the cost of defending and perfecting title; Legal fees for obtaining a decrease in an assessment levied against property to pay for local improvements; Zoning costs; and The capitalized value of a redeemable ground rent. 2010 1040 tax forms Assessments for Local Improvements Increase the basis of property by assessments for items such as paving roads and building ditches that increase the value of the property assessed. 2010 1040 tax forms Do not deduct them as taxes. 2010 1040 tax forms However, you can deduct as taxes charges for maintenance, repairs, or interest charges related to the improvements. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms Your city changes the street in front of your store into an enclosed pedestrian mall and assesses you and other affected landowners for the cost of the conversion. 2010 1040 tax forms Add the assessment to your property's basis. 2010 1040 tax forms In this example, the assessment is a depreciable asset. 2010 1040 tax forms Deducting vs. 2010 1040 tax forms Capitalizing Costs Do not add to your basis costs you can deduct as current expenses. 2010 1040 tax forms For example, amounts paid for incidental repairs or maintenance that are deductible as business expenses cannot be added to basis. 2010 1040 tax forms However, you can choose either to deduct or to capitalize certain other costs. 2010 1040 tax forms If you capitalize these costs, include them in your basis. 2010 1040 tax forms If you deduct them, do not include them in your basis. 2010 1040 tax forms See Uniform Capitalization Rules earlier. 2010 1040 tax forms The costs you can choose to deduct or to capitalize include the following. 2010 1040 tax forms Carrying charges, such as interest and taxes, that you pay to own property, except carrying charges that must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules; Research and experimentation costs; Intangible drilling and development costs for oil, gas, and geothermal wells; Exploration costs for new mineral deposits; Mining development costs for a new mineral deposit; Costs of establishing, maintaining, or increasing the circulation of a newspaper or other periodical; and Costs of removing architectural and transportation barriers to people with disabilities and the elderly. 2010 1040 tax forms If you claim the disabled access credit, you must reduce the amount you deduct or capitalize by the amount of the credit. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information about deducting or capitalizing costs, see chapter 7 in Publication 535. 2010 1040 tax forms Table 1. 2010 1040 tax forms Examples of Increases and Decreases to Basis Increases to Basis Decreases to Basis Capital improvements:   Putting an addition on your home   Replacing an entire roof  Paving your driveway  Installing central air conditioning Rewiring your home Exclusion from income of subsidies for energy conservation measures  Casualty or theft loss deductions and insurance reimbursements  Vehicle credits Assessments for local improvements: Water connections Sidewalks Roads Section 179 deduction  Casualty losses: Restoring damaged property Depreciation  Nontaxable corporate distributions Legal fees:  Cost of defending and perfecting a title   Zoning costs   Decreases to Basis The following are some items that reduce the basis of property. 2010 1040 tax forms Section 179 deduction; Nontaxable corporate distributions; Deductions previously allowed (or allowable) for amortization, depreciation, and depletion; Exclusion of subsidies for energy conservation measures; Vehicle credits; Residential energy credits; Postponed gain from sale of home; Investment credit (part or all) taken; Casualty and theft losses and insurance reimbursement; Certain canceled debt excluded from income; Rebates from a manufacturer or seller; Easements; Gas-guzzler tax; Adoption tax benefits; and Credit for employer-provided child care. 2010 1040 tax forms Some of these items are discussed next. 2010 1040 tax forms Casualties and Thefts If you have a casualty or theft loss, decrease the basis in your property by any insurance or other reimbursement and by any deductible loss not covered by insurance. 2010 1040 tax forms You must increase your basis in the property by the amount you spend on repairs that substantially prolong the life of the property, increase its value, or adapt it to a different use. 2010 1040 tax forms To make this determination, compare the repaired property to the property before the casualty. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information on casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. 2010 1040 tax forms Easements The amount you receive for granting an easement is generally considered to be a sale of an interest in real property. 2010 1040 tax forms It reduces the basis of the affected part of the property. 2010 1040 tax forms If the amount received is more than the basis of the part of the property affected by the easement, reduce your basis in that part to zero and treat the excess as a recognized gain. 2010 1040 tax forms Vehicle Credits Unless you elect not to claim the qualified plug-in electric vehicle credit, the alternative motor vehicle credit, or the qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit, you may have to reduce the basis of each qualified vehicle by certain amounts reported. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information, see Form 8834, Qualified Plug-in Electric and Electric Vehicle Credit; Form 8910, Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit; Form 8936, Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit;and the related instructions. 2010 1040 tax forms Gas-Guzzler Tax Decrease the basis in your car by the gas-guzzler (fuel economy) tax if you begin using the car within 1 year of the date of its first sale for ultimate use. 2010 1040 tax forms This rule also applies to someone who later buys the car and begins using it not more than 1 year after the original sale for ultimate use. 2010 1040 tax forms If the car is imported, the one-year period begins on the date of entry or withdrawal of the car from the warehouse if that date is later than the date of the first sale for ultimate use. 2010 1040 tax forms Section 179 Deduction If you take the section 179 deduction for all or part of the cost of qualifying business property, decrease the basis of the property by the deduction. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information about the section 179 deduction, see Publication 946. 2010 1040 tax forms Exclusion of Subsidies for Energy Conservation Measures You can exclude from gross income any subsidy you received from a public utility company for the purchase or installation of any energy conservation measure for a dwelling unit. 2010 1040 tax forms Reduce the basis of the property for which you received the subsidy by the excluded amount. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information on this subsidy, see Publication 525. 2010 1040 tax forms Depreciation Decrease the basis of property by the depreciation you deducted, or could have deducted, on your tax returns under the method of depreciation you chose. 2010 1040 tax forms If you took less depreciation than you could have under the method chosen, decrease the basis by the amount you could have taken under that method. 2010 1040 tax forms If you did not take a depreciation deduction, reduce the basis by the full amount of the depreciation you could have taken. 2010 1040 tax forms Unless a timely election is made not to deduct the special depreciation allowance for property placed in service after September 10, 2001, decrease the property's basis by the special depreciation allowance you deducted or could have deducted. 2010 1040 tax forms If you deducted more depreciation than you should have, decrease your basis by the amount equal to the depreciation you should have deducted plus the part of the excess depreciation you deducted that actually reduced your tax liability for the year. 2010 1040 tax forms In decreasing your basis for depreciation, take into account the amount deducted on your tax returns as depreciation and any depreciation capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. 2010 1040 tax forms For information on figuring depreciation, see Publication 946. 2010 1040 tax forms If you are claiming depreciation on a business vehicle, see Publication 463. 2010 1040 tax forms If the car is not used more than 50% for business during the tax year, you may have to recapture excess depreciation. 2010 1040 tax forms Include the excess depreciation in your gross income and add it to your basis in the property. 2010 1040 tax forms For information on the computation of excess depreciation, see chapter 4 in Publication 463. 2010 1040 tax forms Canceled Debt Excluded From Income If a debt you owe is canceled or forgiven, other than as a gift or bequest, you generally must include the canceled amount in your gross income for tax purposes. 2010 1040 tax forms A debt includes any indebtedness for which you are liable or which attaches to property you hold. 2010 1040 tax forms You can exclude canceled debt from income in the following situations. 2010 1040 tax forms Debt canceled in a bankruptcy case or when you are insolvent, Qualified farm debt, and Qualified real property business debt (provided you are not a C corporation). 2010 1040 tax forms If you exclude from income canceled debt under situation (1) or (2), you may have to reduce the basis of your depreciable and nondepreciable property. 2010 1040 tax forms However, in situation (3), you must reduce the basis of your depreciable property by the excluded amount. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information about canceled debt in a bankruptcy case or during insolvency, see Publication 908, Bankruptcy Tax Guide. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information about canceled debt that is qualified farm debt, see chapter 3 in Publication 225. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information about qualified real property business debt, see chapter 5 in Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. 2010 1040 tax forms Postponed Gain From Sale of Home If you postponed gain from the sale of your main home before May 7, 1997, you must reduce the basis of your new home by the postponed gain. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information on the rules for the sale of a home, see Publication 523. 2010 1040 tax forms Adoption Tax Benefits If you claim an adoption credit for the cost of improvements you added to the basis of your home, decrease the basis of your home by the credit allowed. 2010 1040 tax forms This also applies to amounts you received under an employer's adoption assistance program and excluded from income. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses. 2010 1040 tax forms Employer-Provided Child Care If you are an employer, you can claim the employer-provided child care credit on amounts you paid or incurred to acquire, construct, rehabilitate, or expand property used as part of your qualified child care facility. 2010 1040 tax forms You must reduce your basis in that property by the credit claimed. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information, see Form 8882, Credit for Employer-Provided Child Care Facilities and Services. 2010 1040 tax forms Adjustments to Basis Example In January 2005, you paid $80,000 for real property to be used as a factory. 2010 1040 tax forms You also paid commissions of $2,000 and title search and legal fees of $600. 2010 1040 tax forms You allocated the total cost of $82,600 between the land and the building—$10,325 for the land and $72,275 for the building. 2010 1040 tax forms Immediately you spent $20,000 in remodeling the building before you placed it in service. 2010 1040 tax forms You were allowed depreciation of $14,526 for the years 2005 through 2009. 2010 1040 tax forms In 2008 you had a $5,000 casualty loss from a that was not covered by insurance on the building. 2010 1040 tax forms You claimed a deduction for this loss. 2010 1040 tax forms You spent $5,500 to repair the damages and extend the useful life of the building. 2010 1040 tax forms The adjusted basis of the building on January 1, 2010, is figured as follows: Original cost of building including fees and commissions $72,275 Adjustments to basis:     Add:         Improvements 20,000   Repair of damages 5,500       $97,775 Subtract:       Depreciation $14,526     Deducted casualty loss 5,000 19,526 Adjusted basis on January 1, 2010 $78,249 The basis of the land, $10,325, remains unchanged. 2010 1040 tax forms It is not affected by any of the above adjustments. 2010 1040 tax forms Basis Other Than Cost There are many times when you cannot use cost as basis. 2010 1040 tax forms In these cases, the fair market value or the adjusted basis of property may be used. 2010 1040 tax forms Adjusted basis is discussed earlier. 2010 1040 tax forms Fair market value (FMV). 2010 1040 tax forms   FMV is the price at which property would change hands between a buyer and a seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all necessary facts. 2010 1040 tax forms Sales of similar property on or about the same date may be helpful in figuring the property's FMV. 2010 1040 tax forms Property Received for Services If you receive property for services, include the property's FMV in income. 2010 1040 tax forms The amount you include in income becomes your basis. 2010 1040 tax forms If the services were performed for a price agreed on beforehand, it will be accepted as the FMV of the property if there is no evidence to the contrary. 2010 1040 tax forms Bargain Purchases A bargain purchase is a purchase of an item for less than its FMV. 2010 1040 tax forms If, as compensation for services, you purchase goods or other property at less than FMV, include the difference between the purchase price and the property's FMV in your income. 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis in the property is its FMV (your purchase price plus the amount you include in income). 2010 1040 tax forms If the difference between your purchase price and the FMV represents a qualified employee discount, do not include the difference in income. 2010 1040 tax forms However, your basis in the property is still its FMV. 2010 1040 tax forms See Employee Discounts in Publication 15-B. 2010 1040 tax forms Restricted Property If you receive property for your services and the property is subject to certain restrictions, your basis in the property is its FMV when it becomes substantially vested unless you make the election discussed later. 2010 1040 tax forms Property becomes substantially vested when your rights in the property or the rights of any person to whom you transfer the property are not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. 2010 1040 tax forms There is substantial risk of forfeiture when the rights to full enjoyment of the property depend on the future performance of substantial services by any person. 2010 1040 tax forms When the property becomes substantially vested, include the FMV, less any amount you paid for the property, in income. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms Your employer gives you stock for services performed under the condition that you will have to return the stock unless you complete 5 years of service. 2010 1040 tax forms The stock is under a substantial risk of forfeiture and is not substantially vested when you receive it. 2010 1040 tax forms You do not report any income until you have completed the 5 years of service that satisfy the condition. 2010 1040 tax forms Fair market value. 2010 1040 tax forms   Figure the FMV of property you received without considering any restriction except one that by its terms will never end. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms You received stock from your employer for services you performed. 2010 1040 tax forms If you want to sell the stock while you are still employed, you must sell the stock to your employer at book value. 2010 1040 tax forms At your retirement or death, you or your estate must offer to sell the stock to your employer at its book value. 2010 1040 tax forms This is a restriction that by its terms will never end and you must consider it when you figure the FMV. 2010 1040 tax forms Election. 2010 1040 tax forms   You can choose to include in your gross income the FMV of the property at the time of transfer, less any amount you paid for it. 2010 1040 tax forms If you make this choice, the substantially vested rules do not apply. 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis is the amount you paid plus the amount you included in income. 2010 1040 tax forms   See the discussion of Restricted Property in Publication 525 for more information. 2010 1040 tax forms Taxable Exchanges A taxable exchange is one in which the gain is taxable or the loss is deductible. 2010 1040 tax forms A taxable gain or deductible loss is also known as a recognized gain or loss. 2010 1040 tax forms If you receive property in exchange for other property in a taxable exchange, the basis of property you receive is usually its FMV at the time of the exchange. 2010 1040 tax forms A taxable exchange occurs when you receive cash or property not similar or related in use to the property exchanged. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms You trade a tract of farm land with an adjusted basis of $3,000 for a tractor that has an FMV of $6,000. 2010 1040 tax forms You must report a taxable gain of $3,000 for the land. 2010 1040 tax forms The tractor has a basis of $6,000. 2010 1040 tax forms Involuntary Conversions If you receive property as a result of an involuntary conversion, such as a casualty, theft, or condemnation, you can figure the basis of the replacement property you receive using the basis of the converted property. 2010 1040 tax forms Similar or related property. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you receive replacement property similar or related in service or use to the converted property, the replacement property's basis is the old property's basis on the date of the conversion. 2010 1040 tax forms However, make the following adjustments. 2010 1040 tax forms Decrease the basis by the following. 2010 1040 tax forms Any loss you recognize on the conversion, and Any money you receive that you do not spend on similar property. 2010 1040 tax forms Increase the basis by the following. 2010 1040 tax forms Any gain you recognize on the conversion, and Any cost of acquiring the replacement property. 2010 1040 tax forms Money or property not similar or related. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you receive money or property not similar or related in service or use to the converted property, and you buy replacement property similar or related in service or use to the converted property, the basis of the new property is its cost decreased by the gain not recognized on the conversion. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms The state condemned your property. 2010 1040 tax forms The property had an adjusted basis of $26,000 and the state paid you $31,000 for it. 2010 1040 tax forms You realized a gain of $5,000 ($31,000 − $26,000). 2010 1040 tax forms You bought replacement property similar in use to the converted property for $29,000. 2010 1040 tax forms You recognize a gain of $2,000 ($31,000 − $29,000), the unspent part of the payment from the state. 2010 1040 tax forms Your gain not recognized is $3,000, the difference between the $5,000 realized gain and the $2,000 recognized gain. 2010 1040 tax forms The basis of the new property is figured as follows: Cost of replacement property $29,000 Minus: Gain not recognized 3,000 Basis of the replacement property $26,000 Allocating the basis. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you buy more than one piece of replacement property, allocate your basis among the properties based on their respective costs. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms The state in the previous example condemned your unimproved real property and the replacement property you bought was improved real property with both land and buildings. 2010 1040 tax forms Allocate the replacement property's $26,000 basis between land and buildings based on their respective costs. 2010 1040 tax forms More information. 2010 1040 tax forms   For more information about condemnations, see Involuntary Conversions in Publication 544. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information about casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547. 2010 1040 tax forms Nontaxable Exchanges A nontaxable exchange is an exchange in which you are not taxed on any gain and you cannot deduct any loss. 2010 1040 tax forms If you receive property in a nontaxable exchange, its basis is usually the same as the basis of the property you transferred. 2010 1040 tax forms A nontaxable gain or loss is also known as an unrecognized gain or loss. 2010 1040 tax forms Like-Kind Exchanges The exchange of property for the same kind of property is the most common type of nontaxable exchange. 2010 1040 tax forms To qualify as a like-kind exchange, you must hold for business or investment purposes both the property you transfer and the property you receive. 2010 1040 tax forms There must also be an exchange of like-kind property. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information, see Like-Kind Exchanges in Publication 544. 2010 1040 tax forms The basis of the property you receive is the same as the basis of the property you gave up. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms You exchange real estate (adjusted basis $50,000, FMV $80,000) held for investment for other real estate (FMV $80,000) held for investment. 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis in the new property is the same as the basis of the old ($50,000). 2010 1040 tax forms Exchange expenses. 2010 1040 tax forms   Exchange expenses are generally the closing costs you pay. 2010 1040 tax forms They include such items as brokerage commissions, attorney fees, deed preparation fees, etc. 2010 1040 tax forms Add them to the basis of the like-kind property received. 2010 1040 tax forms Property plus cash. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you trade property in a like-kind exchange and also pay money, the basis of the property received is the basis of the property you gave up increased by the money you paid. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms You trade in a truck (adjusted basis $3,000) for another truck (FMV $7,500) and pay $4,000. 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis in the new truck is $7,000 (the $3,000 basis of the old truck plus the $4,000 paid). 2010 1040 tax forms Special rules for related persons. 2010 1040 tax forms   If a like-kind exchange takes place directly or indirectly between related persons and either party disposes of the property within 2 years after the exchange, the exchange no longer qualifies for like-kind exchange treatment. 2010 1040 tax forms Each person must report any gain or loss not recognized on the original exchange. 2010 1040 tax forms Each person reports it on the tax return filed for the year in which the later disposition occurs. 2010 1040 tax forms If this rule applies, the basis of the property received in the original exchange will be its fair market value. 2010 1040 tax forms   These rules generally do not apply to the following kinds of property dispositions. 2010 1040 tax forms Dispositions due to the death of either related person, Involuntary conversions, and Dispositions in which neither the original exchange nor the subsequent disposition had as a main purpose the avoidance of federal income tax. 2010 1040 tax forms Related persons. 2010 1040 tax forms   Generally, related persons are ancestors, lineal descendants, brothers and sisters (whole or half), and a spouse. 2010 1040 tax forms   For other related persons (for example, two corporations, an individual and a corporation, a grantor and fiduciary, etc. 2010 1040 tax forms ), see Nondeductible Loss in chapter 2 of Publication 544. 2010 1040 tax forms Exchange of business property. 2010 1040 tax forms   Exchanging the assets of one business for the assets of another business is a multiple property exchange. 2010 1040 tax forms For information on figuring basis, see Multiple Property Exchanges in chapter 1 of Publication 544. 2010 1040 tax forms Partially Nontaxable Exchange A partially nontaxable exchange is an exchange in which you receive unlike property or money in addition to like property. 2010 1040 tax forms The basis of the property you receive is the same as the basis of the property you gave up, with the following adjustments. 2010 1040 tax forms Decrease the basis by the following amounts. 2010 1040 tax forms Any money you receive, and Any loss you recognize on the exchange. 2010 1040 tax forms Increase the basis by the following amounts. 2010 1040 tax forms Any additional costs you incur, and Any gain you recognize on the exchange. 2010 1040 tax forms If the other party to the exchange assumes your liabilities, treat the debt assumption as money you received in the exchange. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms You traded a truck (adjusted basis $6,000) for a new truck (FMV $5,200) and $1,000 cash. 2010 1040 tax forms You realized a gain of $200 ($6,200 − $6,000). 2010 1040 tax forms This is the FMV of the truck received plus the cash minus the adjusted basis of the truck you traded ($5,200 + $1,000 – $6,000). 2010 1040 tax forms You include all the gain in income (recognized gain) because the gain is less than the cash received. 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis in the new truck is: Adjusted basis of old truck $6,000 Minus: Cash received (adjustment 1(a)) 1,000   $5,000 Plus: Gain recognized (adjustment 2(b)) 200 Basis of new truck $5,200 Allocation of basis. 2010 1040 tax forms   Allocate the basis first to the unlike property, other than money, up to its FMV on the date of the exchange. 2010 1040 tax forms The rest is the basis of the like property. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms You had an adjusted basis of $15,000 in real estate you held for investment. 2010 1040 tax forms You exchanged it for other real estate to be held for investment with an FMV of $12,500, a truck with an FMV of $3,000, and $1,000 cash. 2010 1040 tax forms The truck is unlike property. 2010 1040 tax forms You realized a gain of $1,500 ($16,500 − $15,000). 2010 1040 tax forms This is the FMV of the real estate received plus the FMV of the truck received plus the cash minus the adjusted basis of the real estate you traded ($12,500 + $3,000 + $1,000 – $15,000). 2010 1040 tax forms You include in income (recognize) all $1,500 of the gain because it is less than the FMV of the unlike property plus the cash received. 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis in the properties you received is figured as follows. 2010 1040 tax forms Adjusted basis of real estate transferred $15,000 Minus: Cash received (adjustment 1(a)) 1,000   $14,000 Plus: Gain recognized (adjustment 2(b)) 1,500 Total basis of properties received $15,500 Allocate the total basis of $15,500 first to the unlike property — the truck ($3,000). 2010 1040 tax forms This is the truck's FMV. 2010 1040 tax forms The rest ($12,500) is the basis of the real estate. 2010 1040 tax forms Sale and Purchase If you sell property and buy similar property in two mutually dependent transactions, you may have to treat the sale and purchase as a single nontaxable exchange. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms You are a salesperson and you use one of your cars 100% for business. 2010 1040 tax forms You have used this car in your sales activities for 2 years and have depreciated it. 2010 1040 tax forms Your adjusted basis in the car is $22,600 and its FMV is $23,100. 2010 1040 tax forms You are interested in a new car, which sells for $28,000. 2010 1040 tax forms If you trade your old car and pay $4,900 for the new one, your basis for depreciation for the new car would be $27,500 ($4,900 plus the $22,600 basis of your old car). 2010 1040 tax forms However, you want a higher basis for depreciating the new car, so you agree to pay the dealer $28,000 for the new car if he will pay you $23,100 for your old car. 2010 1040 tax forms Because the two transactions are dependent on each other, you are treated as having exchanged your old car for the new one and paid $4,900 ($28,000 − $23,100). 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis for depreciating the new car is $27,500, the same as if you traded the old car. 2010 1040 tax forms Partial Business Use of Property If you have property used partly for business and partly for personal use, and you exchange it in a nontaxable exchange for property to be used wholly or partly in your business, the basis of the property you receive is figured as if you had exchanged two properties. 2010 1040 tax forms The first is an exchange of like-kind property. 2010 1040 tax forms The second is personal-use property on which gain is recognized and loss is not recognized. 2010 1040 tax forms First, figure your adjusted basis in the property as if you transferred two separate properties. 2010 1040 tax forms Figure the adjusted basis of each part of the property by taking into account any adjustments to basis. 2010 1040 tax forms Deduct the depreciation you took or could have taken from the adjusted basis of the business part. 2010 1040 tax forms Then figure the amount realized for your property and allocate it to the business and nonbusiness parts of the property. 2010 1040 tax forms The business part of the property is permitted to be exchanged tax free. 2010 1040 tax forms However, you must recognize any gain from the exchange of the nonbusiness part. 2010 1040 tax forms You are deemed to have received, in exchange for the nonbusiness part, an amount equal to its FMV on the date of the exchange. 2010 1040 tax forms The basis of the property you acquired is the total basis of the property transferred (adjusted to the date of the exchange), increased by any gain recognized on the nonbusiness part. 2010 1040 tax forms If the nonbusiness part of the property transferred is your main home, you may qualify to exclude from income all or part of the gain on that part. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information, see Publication 523. 2010 1040 tax forms Trade of car used partly in business. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you trade in a car you used partly in your business for another car you will use in your business, your basis for depreciation of the new car is not the same as your basis for figuring a gain or loss on its sale. 2010 1040 tax forms   For information on figuring your basis for depreciation, see Publication 463. 2010 1040 tax forms Property Transferred From a Spouse The basis of property transferred to you or transferred in trust for your benefit by your spouse (or former spouse if the transfer is incident to divorce), is the same as your spouse's adjusted basis. 2010 1040 tax forms However, adjust your basis for any gain recognized by your spouse or former spouse on property transferred in trust. 2010 1040 tax forms This rule applies only to a transfer of property in trust in which the liabilities assumed, plus the liabilities to which the property is subject, are more than the adjusted basis of the property transferred. 2010 1040 tax forms If the property transferred to you is a series E, series EE, or series I United States savings bond, the transferor must include in income the interest accrued to the date of transfer. 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis in the bond immediately after the transfer is equal to the transferor's basis increased by the interest income includible in the transferor's income. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information on these bonds, see Publication 550. 2010 1040 tax forms At the time of the transfer, the transferor must give you the records necessary to determine the adjusted basis and holding period of the property as of the date of transfer. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information, see Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals. 2010 1040 tax forms Property Received as a Gift To figure the basis of property you receive as a gift, you must know its adjusted basis (defined earlier) to the donor just before it was given to you, its FMV at the time it was given to you, and any gift tax paid on it. 2010 1040 tax forms FMV Less Than Donor's Adjusted Basis If the FMV of the property at the time of the gift is less than the donor's adjusted basis, your basis depends on whether you have a gain or a loss when you dispose of the property. 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis for figuring gain is the same as the donor's adjusted basis plus or minus any required adjustment to basis while you held the property. 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis for figuring loss is its FMV when you received the gift plus or minus any required adjustment to basis while you held the property (see Adjusted Basis earlier). 2010 1040 tax forms If you use the donor's adjusted basis for figuring a gain and get a loss, and then use the FMV for figuring a loss and have a gain, you have neither gain nor loss on the sale or disposition of the property. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms You received an acre of land as a gift. 2010 1040 tax forms At the time of the gift, the land had an FMV of $8,000. 2010 1040 tax forms The donor's adjusted basis was $10,000. 2010 1040 tax forms After you received the land, no events occurred to increase or decrease your basis. 2010 1040 tax forms If you sell the land for $12,000, you will have a $2,000 gain because you must use the donor's adjusted basis ($10,000) at the time of the gift as your basis to figure gain. 2010 1040 tax forms If you sell the land for $7,000, you will have a $1,000 loss because you must use the FMV ($8,000) at the time of the gift as your basis to figure a loss. 2010 1040 tax forms If the sales price is between $8,000 and $10,000, you have neither gain nor loss. 2010 1040 tax forms For instance, if the sales price was $9,000 and you tried to figure a gain using the donor's adjusted basis ($10,000), you would get a $1,000 loss. 2010 1040 tax forms If you then tried to figure a loss using the FMV ($8,000), you would get a $1,000 gain. 2010 1040 tax forms Business property. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you hold the gift as business property, your basis for figuring any depreciation, depletion, or amortization deduction is the same as the donor's adjusted basis plus or minus any required adjustments to basis while you hold the property. 2010 1040 tax forms FMV Equal to or More Than Donor's Adjusted Basis If the FMV of the property is equal to or greater than the donor's adjusted basis, your basis is the donor's adjusted basis at the time you received the gift. 2010 1040 tax forms Increase your basis by all or part of any gift tax paid, depending on the date of the gift. 2010 1040 tax forms Also, for figuring gain or loss from a sale or other disposition of the property, or for figuring depreciation, depletion, or amortization deductions on business property, you must increase or decrease your basis by any required adjustments to basis while you held the property. 2010 1040 tax forms See Adjusted Basis earlier. 2010 1040 tax forms Gift received before 1977. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you received a gift before 1977, increase your basis in the gift (the donor's adjusted basis) by any gift tax paid on it. 2010 1040 tax forms However, do not increase your basis above the FMV of the gift at the time it was given to you. 2010 1040 tax forms Example 1. 2010 1040 tax forms You were given a house in 1976 with an FMV of $21,000. 2010 1040 tax forms The donor's adjusted basis was $20,000. 2010 1040 tax forms The donor paid a gift tax of $500. 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis is $20,500, the donor's adjusted basis plus the gift tax paid. 2010 1040 tax forms Example 2. 2010 1040 tax forms If, in Example 1, the gift tax paid had been $1,500, your basis would be $21,000. 2010 1040 tax forms This is the donor's adjusted basis plus the gift tax paid, limited to the FMV of the house at the time you received the gift. 2010 1040 tax forms Gift received after 1976. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you received a gift after 1976, increase your basis in the gift (the donor's adjusted basis) by the part of the gift tax paid on it that is due to the net increase in value of the gift. 2010 1040 tax forms Figure the increase by multiplying the gift tax paid by a fraction. 2010 1040 tax forms The numerator of the fraction is the net increase in value of the gift and the denominator is the amount of the gift. 2010 1040 tax forms   The net increase in value of the gift is the FMV of the gift less the donor's adjusted basis. 2010 1040 tax forms The amount of the gift is its value for gift tax purposes after reduction by any annual exclusion and marital or charitable deduction that applies to the gift. 2010 1040 tax forms For information on the gift tax, see Publication 950, Introduction to Estate and Gift Taxes. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms In 2010, you received a gift of property from your mother that had an FMV of $50,000. 2010 1040 tax forms Her adjusted basis was $20,000. 2010 1040 tax forms The amount of the gift for gift tax purposes was $37,000 ($50,000 minus the $13,000 annual exclusion). 2010 1040 tax forms She paid a gift tax of $9,000. 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis, $27,290, is figured as follows: Fair market value $50,000 Minus: Adjusted basis 20,000 Net increase in value $30,000 Gift tax paid $9,000 Multiplied by ($30,000 ÷ $37,000) . 2010 1040 tax forms 81 Gift tax due to net increase in value $7,290 Adjusted basis of property to your mother 20,000 Your basis in the property $27,290 Inherited Property Special rules apply to property acquired from a decedent who died in 2010. 2010 1040 tax forms See Publication 4895, Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decedent Dying in 2010, for details. 2010 1040 tax forms If you inherited property from a decedent who died before 2010, your basis in property you inherit from a decedent is generally one of the following. 2010 1040 tax forms The FMV of the property at the date of the individual's death. 2010 1040 tax forms The FMV on the alternate valuation date if the personal representative for the estate chooses to use alternate valuation. 2010 1040 tax forms For information on the alternate valuation date, see the Instructions for Form 706. 2010 1040 tax forms The value under the special-use valuation method for real property used in farming or a closely held business if chosen for estate tax purposes. 2010 1040 tax forms This method is discussed later. 2010 1040 tax forms The decedent's adjusted basis in land to the extent of the value excluded from the decedent's taxable estate as a qualified conservation easement. 2010 1040 tax forms For information on a qualified conservation easement, see the Instructions for Form 706. 2010 1040 tax forms If a federal estate tax return does not have to be filed, your basis in the inherited property is its appraised value at the date of death for state inheritance or transmission taxes. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information, see the Instructions for Form 706. 2010 1040 tax forms Appreciated property. 2010 1040 tax forms   The above rule does not apply to appreciated property you receive from a decedent if you or your spouse originally gave the property to the decedent within 1 year before the decedent's death. 2010 1040 tax forms Your basis in this property is the same as the decedent's adjusted basis in the property immediately before his or her death, rather than its FMV. 2010 1040 tax forms Appreciated property is any property whose FMV on the day it was given to the decedent is more than its adjusted basis. 2010 1040 tax forms Community Property In community property states (Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin), husband and wife are each usually considered to own half the community property. 2010 1040 tax forms When either spouse dies, the total value of the community property, even the part belonging to the surviving spouse, generally becomes the basis of the entire property. 2010 1040 tax forms For this rule to apply, at least half the value of the community property interest must be includable in the decedent's gross estate, whether or not the estate must file a return. 2010 1040 tax forms For example, you and your spouse owned community property that had a basis of $80,000. 2010 1040 tax forms When your spouse died, half the FMV of the community interest was includible in your spouse's estate. 2010 1040 tax forms The FMV of the community interest was $100,000. 2010 1040 tax forms The basis of your half of the property after the death of your spouse is $50,000 (half of the $100,000 FMV). 2010 1040 tax forms The basis of the other half to your spouse's heirs is also $50,000. 2010 1040 tax forms For more information on community property, see Publication 555, Community Property. 2010 1040 tax forms Property Held by Surviving Tenant The following example explains the rule for the basis of property held by a surviving tenant in joint tenancy or tenancy by the entirety. 2010 1040 tax forms Example. 2010 1040 tax forms John and Jim owned, as joint tenants with right of survivorship, business property they purchased for $30,000. 2010 1040 tax forms John furnished two-thirds of the purchase price and Jim furnished one-third. 2010 1040 tax forms Depreciation deductions allowed before John's death were $12,000. 2010 1040 tax forms Under local law, each had a half interest in the income from the property. 2010 1040 tax forms At the date of John's death, the property had an FMV of $60,000, two-thirds of which is includable in John's estate. 2010 1040 tax forms Jim figures his basis in the property at the date of John's death as follows: Interest Jim bought with his own funds—1/3 of $30,000 cost $10,000   Interest Jim received on John's death—2/3 of $60,000 FMV 40,000 $50,000 Minus: ½ of $12,000 depreciation before John's death 6,000 Jim's basis at the date of John's death $44,000 If Jim had not contributed any part of the purchase price, his basis at the date of John's death would be $54,000. 2010 1040 tax forms This is figured by subtracting from the $60,000 FMV, the $6,000 depreciation allocated to Jim's half interest before the date of death. 2010 1040 tax forms If under local law Jim had no interest in the income from the property and he contributed no part of the purchase price, his basis at John's death would be $60,000, the FMV of the property. 2010 1040 tax forms Qualified Joint Interest Include one-half of the value of a qualified joint interest in the decedent's gross estate. 2010 1040 tax forms It does not matter how much each spouse contributed to the purchase price. 2010 1040 tax forms Also, it does not matter which spouse dies first. 2010 1040 tax forms A qualified joint interest is any interest in property held by husband and wife as either of the following. 2010 1040 tax forms Tenants by the entirety, or Joint tenants with right of survivorship if husband and wife are the only joint tenants. 2010 1040 tax forms Basis. 2010 1040 tax forms   As the surviving spouse, your basis in property you owned with your spouse as a qualified joint interest is the cost of your half of the property with certain adjustments. 2010 1040 tax forms Decrease the cost by any deductions allowed to you for depreciation and depletion. 2010 1040 tax forms Increase the reduced cost by your basis in the half you inherited. 2010 1040 tax forms Farm or Closely Held Business Under certain conditions, when a person dies the executor or personal representative of that person's estate can choose to value the qualified real property on other than its FMV. 2010 1040 tax forms If so, the executor or personal representative values the qualified real property based on its use as a farm or its use in a closely held business. 2010 1040 tax forms If the executor or personal representative chooses this method of valuation for estate tax purposes, that value is the basis of the property for the heirs. 2010 1040 tax forms Qualified heirs should be able to get the necessary value from the executor or personal representative of the estate. 2010 1040 tax forms Special-use valuation. 2010 1040 tax forms   If you are a qualified heir who received special-use valuation property, your basis in the property is the estate's or trust's basis in that property immediately before the distribution. 2010 1040 tax forms Increase your basis by any gain recognized by the estate or trust because of post-death appreciation. 2010 1040 tax forms Post-death appreciation is the property's FMV on the date of distribution minus the property's FMV either on the date of the individual's death or the alternate valuation date. 2010 1040 tax forms Figure all FMVs without regard to the special-use valuation. 2010 1040 tax forms   You can elect to increase your basis in special-use valuation property if it becomes subject to the additional estate tax. 2010 1040 tax forms This tax is assessed if, within 10 years after the death of the decedent, you transfer the property to a person who is not a member of your family or the property stops being used as a farm or in a closely held business. 2010 1040 tax forms   To increase your basis in the property, you must make an irrevocable election and pay interest on the additional estate tax figured from the date 9 months after the decedent's death until the date of the payment of the additional estate tax. 2010 1040 tax forms If you meet these requirements, increase your basis in the property to its FMV on the date of the decedent's death or the alternate valuation date. 2010 1040 tax forms The increase in your basis is considered to have occurred immediately before the event that results in the additional estate tax. 2010 1040 tax forms   You make the election by filing with Form 706-A a statement that does all of the following. 2010 1040 tax forms Contains your name, address, and taxpayer identification number and those of the estate; Identifies the election as an election under section 1016(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; Specifies the property for which the election is made; and Provides any additional information required by the Instructions for Form 706-A. 2010 1040 tax forms   For more information, see the Instructions for Form 706 and the Instructions for Form 706-A. 2010 1040 tax forms Property Changed to Business or Rental Use If you hold property for personal use and then change it to business use or use it to produce rent, you must figure its basis for depreciation. 2010 1040 tax forms An example of changing property held for personal use to business use would be renting out your former main home. 2010 1040 tax forms Basis for depreciation. 2010 1040 tax forms   The basis for depreciation is the lesser of the following amounts. 2010 1040 tax forms The FMV of the property on the date of the change, or Your adjusted basis on the date 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