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Federal tax ez form Publication 587 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Federal tax ez form Tax questions. Federal tax ez form Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 587, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Federal tax ez form irs. Federal tax ez form gov/pub587. Federal tax ez form What's New The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. Federal tax ez form The simplified method is an alternative to calculating and substantiating actual expenses. Federal tax ez form For more information, see Using the Simplified Method under Figuring the Deduction, later. Federal tax ez form Reminders Photographs of missing children. 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Federal tax ez form 4. Federal tax ez form   Interest Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Allocation of InterestOrder of funds spent. Federal tax ez form Payments from checking accounts. Federal tax ez form Amounts paid within 30 days. Federal tax ez form Optional method for determining date of reallocation. Federal tax ez form Interest on a segregated account. Federal tax ez form How to report. Federal tax ez form Interest You Can DeductStatement. Federal tax ez form Expenses paid to obtain a mortgage. Federal tax ez form Prepayment penalty. Federal tax ez form De minimis OID. Federal tax ez form Constant-yield method. Federal tax ez form Loan or mortgage ends. Federal tax ez form Interest You Cannot DeductPenalties. Federal tax ez form Who is a key person? Exceptions for pre-June 1997 contracts. Federal tax ez form Interest allocated to unborrowed policy cash value. Federal tax ez form Capitalization of Interest When To Deduct InterestPrepaid interest. Federal tax ez form Discounted loan. Federal tax ez form Refunds of interest. Federal tax ez form Prepaid interest. Federal tax ez form Discounted loan. Federal tax ez form Tax deficiency. Federal tax ez form Related person. Federal tax ez form Below-Market LoansLimit on forgone interest for gift loans of $100,000 or less. Federal tax ez form Introduction This chapter discusses the tax treatment of business interest expense. Federal tax ez form Business interest expense is an amount charged for the use of money you borrowed for business activities. Federal tax ez form Topics - This chapter discusses: Allocation of interest Interest you can deduct Interest you cannot deduct Capitalization of interest When to deduct interest Below-market loans Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 537 Installment Sales 550 Investment Income and Expenses 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Sch E (Form 1040) Supplemental Income and Loss Sch K-1 (Form 1065) Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. Federal tax ez form Sch K-1 (Form 1120S) Shareholder's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. Federal tax ez form 1098 Mortgage Interest Statement 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4952 Investment Interest Expense Deduction 8582 Passive Activity Loss Limitations See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Federal tax ez form Allocation of Interest The rules for deducting interest vary, depending on whether the loan proceeds are used for business, personal, or investment activities. Federal tax ez form If you use the proceeds of a loan for more than one type of expense, you must allocate the interest based on the use of the loan's proceeds. Federal tax ez form Allocate your interest expense to the following categories. Federal tax ez form Nonpassive trade or business activity interest Passive trade or business activity interest Investment interest Portfolio interest Personal interest In general, you allocate interest on a loan the same way you allocate the loan proceeds. Federal tax ez form You allocate loan proceeds by tracing disbursements to specific uses. Federal tax ez form The easiest way to trace disbursements to specific uses is to keep the proceeds of a particular loan separate from any other funds. Federal tax ez form Secured loan. Federal tax ez form   The allocation of loan proceeds and the related interest is not generally affected by the use of property that secures the loan. Federal tax ez form Example. Federal tax ez form You secure a loan with property used in your business. Federal tax ez form You use the loan proceeds to buy an automobile for personal use. Federal tax ez form You must allocate interest expense on the loan to personal use (purchase of the automobile) even though the loan is secured by business property. Federal tax ez form    If the property that secures the loan is your home, you generally do not allocate the loan proceeds or the related interest. Federal tax ez form The interest is usually deductible as qualified home mortgage interest, regardless of how the loan proceeds are used. Federal tax ez form For more information, see Publication 936. Federal tax ez form Allocation period. Federal tax ez form   The period for which a loan is allocated to a particular use begins on the date the proceeds are used and ends on the earlier of the following dates. Federal tax ez form The date the loan is repaid. Federal tax ez form The date the loan is reallocated to another use. Federal tax ez form Proceeds not disbursed to borrower. Federal tax ez form   Even if the lender disburses the loan proceeds to a third party, the allocation of the loan is still based on your use of the funds. Federal tax ez form This applies whether you pay for property, services, or anything else by incurring a loan, or you take property subject to a debt. Federal tax ez form Proceeds deposited in borrower's account. Federal tax ez form   Treat loan proceeds deposited in an account as property held for investment. Federal tax ez form It does not matter whether the account pays interest. Federal tax ez form Any interest you pay on the loan is investment interest expense. Federal tax ez form If you withdraw the proceeds of the loan, you must reallocate the loan based on the use of the funds. Federal tax ez form Example. Federal tax ez form Celina, a calendar-year taxpayer, borrows $100,000 on January 4 and immediately uses the proceeds to open a checking account. Federal tax ez form No other amounts are deposited in the account during the year and no part of the loan principal is repaid during the year. Federal tax ez form On April 2, Celina uses $20,000 from the checking account for a passive activity expenditure. Federal tax ez form On September 4, Celina uses an additional $40,000 from the account for personal purposes. Federal tax ez form Under the interest allocation rules, the entire $100,000 loan is treated as property held for investment for the period from January 4 through April 1. Federal tax ez form From April 2 through September 3, Celina must treat $20,000 of the loan as used in the passive activity and $80,000 of the loan as property held for investment. Federal tax ez form From September 4 through December 31, she must treat $40,000 of the loan as used for personal purposes, $20,000 as used in the passive activity, and $40,000 as property held for investment. Federal tax ez form Order of funds spent. Federal tax ez form   Generally, you treat loan proceeds deposited in an account as used (spent) before either of the following amounts. Federal tax ez form Any unborrowed amounts held in the same account. Federal tax ez form Any amounts deposited after these loan proceeds. Federal tax ez form Example. Federal tax ez form On January 9, Olena opened a checking account, depositing $500 of the proceeds of Loan A and $1,000 of unborrowed funds. Federal tax ez form The following table shows the transactions in her account during the tax year. Federal tax ez form Date Transaction January 9 $500 proceeds of Loan A and $1,000 unborrowed funds deposited January 14 $500 proceeds of Loan B  deposited February 19 $800 used for personal purposes February 27 $700 used for passive activity June 19 $1,000 proceeds of Loan C  deposited November 20 $800 used for an investment December 18 $600 used for personal purposes Olena treats the $800 used for personal purposes as made from the $500 proceeds of Loan A and $300 of the proceeds of Loan B. Federal tax ez form She treats the $700 used for a passive activity as made from the remaining $200 proceeds of Loan B and $500 of unborrowed funds. Federal tax ez form She treats the $800 used for an investment as made entirely from the proceeds of Loan C. Federal tax ez form She treats the $600 used for personal purposes as made from the remaining $200 proceeds of Loan C and $400 of unborrowed funds. Federal tax ez form For the periods during which loan proceeds are held in the account, Olena treats them as property held for investment. Federal tax ez form Payments from checking accounts. Federal tax ez form   Generally, you treat a payment from a checking or similar account as made at the time the check is written if you mail or deliver it to the payee within a reasonable period after you write it. Federal tax ez form You can treat checks written on the same day as written in any order. Federal tax ez form Amounts paid within 30 days. Federal tax ez form   If you receive loan proceeds in cash or if the loan proceeds are deposited in an account, you can treat any payment (up to the amount of the proceeds) made from any account you own, or from cash, as made from those proceeds. Federal tax ez form This applies to any payment made within 30 days before or after the proceeds are received in cash or deposited in your account. Federal tax ez form   If the loan proceeds are deposited in an account, you can apply this rule even if the rules stated earlier under Order of funds spent would otherwise require you to treat the proceeds as used for other purposes. Federal tax ez form If you apply this rule to any payments, disregard those payments (and the proceeds from which they are made) when applying the rules stated under Order of funds spent. Federal tax ez form   If you received the loan proceeds in cash, you can treat the payment as made on the date you received the cash instead of the date you actually made the payment. Federal tax ez form Example. Federal tax ez form Giovanni gets a loan of $1,000 on August 4 and receives the proceeds in cash. Federal tax ez form Giovanni deposits $1,500 in an account on August 18 and on August 28 writes a check on the account for a passive activity expense. Federal tax ez form Also, Giovanni deposits his paycheck, deposits other loan proceeds, and pays his bills during the same period. Federal tax ez form Regardless of these other transactions, Giovanni can treat $1,000 of the deposit he made on August 18 as being paid on August 4 from the loan proceeds. Federal tax ez form In addition, Giovanni can treat the passive activity expense he paid on August 28 as made from the $1,000 loan proceeds treated as deposited in the account. Federal tax ez form Optional method for determining date of reallocation. Federal tax ez form   You can use the following method to determine the date loan proceeds are reallocated to another use. Federal tax ez form You can treat all payments from loan proceeds in the account during any month as taking place on the later of the following dates. Federal tax ez form The first day of that month. Federal tax ez form The date the loan proceeds are deposited in the account. Federal tax ez form However, you can use this optional method only if you treat all payments from the account during the same calendar month in the same way. Federal tax ez form Interest on a segregated account. Federal tax ez form   If you have an account that contains only loan proceeds and interest earned on the account, you can treat any payment from that account as being made first from the interest. Federal tax ez form When the interest earned is used up, any remaining payments are from loan proceeds. Federal tax ez form Example. Federal tax ez form You borrowed $20,000 and used the proceeds of this loan to open a new savings account. Federal tax ez form When the account had earned interest of $867, you withdrew $20,000 for personal purposes. Federal tax ez form You can treat the withdrawal as coming first from the interest earned on the account, $867, and then from the loan proceeds, $19,133 ($20,000 − $867). Federal tax ez form All the interest charged on the loan from the time it was deposited in the account until the time of the withdrawal is investment interest expense. Federal tax ez form The interest charged on the part of the proceeds used for personal purposes ($19,133) from the time you withdrew it until you either repay it or reallocate it to another use is personal interest expense. Federal tax ez form The interest charged on the loan proceeds you left in the account ($867) continues to be investment interest expense until you either repay it or reallocate it to another use. Federal tax ez form Loan repayment. Federal tax ez form   When you repay any part of a loan allocated to more than one use, treat it as being repaid in the following order. Federal tax ez form Personal use. Federal tax ez form Investments and passive activities (other than those included in (3)). Federal tax ez form Passive activities in connection with a rental real estate activity in which you actively participate. Federal tax ez form Former passive activities. Federal tax ez form Trade or business use and expenses for certain low-income housing projects. Federal tax ez form Line of credit (continuous borrowings). Federal tax ez form   The following rules apply if you have a line of credit or similar arrangement. Federal tax ez form Treat all borrowed funds on which interest accrues at the same fixed or variable rate as a single loan. Federal tax ez form Treat borrowed funds or parts of borrowed funds on which interest accrues at different fixed or variable rates as different loans. Federal tax ez form Treat these loans as repaid in the order shown on the loan agreement. Federal tax ez form Loan refinancing. Federal tax ez form   Allocate the replacement loan to the same uses to which the repaid loan was allocated. Federal tax ez form Make the allocation only to the extent you use the proceeds of the new loan to repay any part of the original loan. Federal tax ez form Debt-financed distribution. Federal tax ez form   A debt-financed distribution occurs when a partnership or S corporation borrows funds and allocates those funds to distributions made to partners or shareholders. Federal tax ez form The manner in which you report the interest expense associated with the distributed debt proceeds depends on your use of those proceeds. Federal tax ez form How to report. Federal tax ez form   If the proceeds were used in a nonpassive trade or business activity, report the interest on Schedule E (Form 1040), line 28; enter “interest expense” and the name of the partnership or S corporation in column (a) and the amount in column (h). Federal tax ez form If the proceeds were used in a passive activity, follow the Instructions for Form 8582, Passive Activity Loss Limitations, to determine the amount of interest expense that can be reported on Schedule E (Form 1040), line 28; enter “interest expense” and the name of the partnership in column (a) and the amount in column (f). Federal tax ez form If the proceeds were used in an investment activity, enter the interest on Form 4952. Federal tax ez form If the proceeds are used for personal purposes, the interest is generally not deductible. Federal tax ez form Interest You Can Deduct You can generally deduct as a business expense all interest you pay or accrue during the tax year on debts related to your trade or business. Federal tax ez form Interest relates to your trade or business if you use the proceeds of the loan for a trade or business expense. Federal tax ez form It does not matter what type of property secures the loan. Federal tax ez form You can deduct interest on a debt only if you meet all the following requirements. Federal tax ez form You are legally liable for that debt. Federal tax ez form Both you and the lender intend that the debt be repaid. Federal tax ez form You and the lender have a true debtor-creditor relationship. Federal tax ez form Partial liability. Federal tax ez form   If you are liable for part of a business debt, you can deduct only your share of the total interest paid or accrued. Federal tax ez form Example. Federal tax ez form You and your brother borrow money. Federal tax ez form You are liable for 50% of the note. Federal tax ez form You use your half of the loan in your business, and you make one-half of the loan payments. Federal tax ez form You can deduct your half of the total interest payments as a business deduction. Federal tax ez form Mortgage. Federal tax ez form   Generally, mortgage interest paid or accrued on real estate you own legally or equitably is deductible. Federal tax ez form However, rather than deducting the interest currently, you may have to add it to the cost basis of the property as explained later under Capitalization of Interest. Federal tax ez form Statement. Federal tax ez form   If you paid $600 or more of mortgage interest (including certain points) during the year on any one mortgage, you generally will receive a Form 1098 or a similar statement. Federal tax ez form You will receive the statement if you pay interest to a person (including a financial institution or a cooperative housing corporation) in the course of that person's trade or business. Federal tax ez form A governmental unit is a person for purposes of furnishing the statement. Federal tax ez form   If you receive a refund of interest you overpaid in an earlier year, this amount will be reported in box 3 of Form 1098. Federal tax ez form You cannot deduct this amount. Federal tax ez form For information on how to report this refund, see Refunds of interest, later in this chapter. Federal tax ez form Expenses paid to obtain a mortgage. Federal tax ez form   Certain expenses you pay to obtain a mortgage cannot be deducted as interest. Federal tax ez form These expenses, which include mortgage commissions, abstract fees, and recording fees, are capital expenses. Federal tax ez form If the property mortgaged is business or income-producing property, you can amortize the costs over the life of the mortgage. Federal tax ez form Prepayment penalty. Federal tax ez form   If you pay off your mortgage early and pay the lender a penalty for doing this, you can deduct the penalty as interest. Federal tax ez form Interest on employment tax deficiency. Federal tax ez form   Interest charged on employment taxes assessed on your business is deductible. Federal tax ez form Original issue discount (OID). Federal tax ez form   OID is a form of interest. Federal tax ez form A loan (mortgage or other debt) generally has OID when its proceeds are less than its principal amount. Federal tax ez form The OID is the difference between the stated redemption price at maturity and the issue price of the loan. Federal tax ez form   A loan's stated redemption price at maturity is the sum of all amounts (principal and interest) payable on it other than qualified stated interest. Federal tax ez form Qualified stated interest is stated interest that is unconditionally payable in cash or property (other than another loan of the issuer) at least annually over the term of the loan at a single fixed rate. Federal tax ez form You generally deduct OID over the term of the loan. Federal tax ez form Figure the amount to deduct each year using the constant-yield method, unless the OID on the loan is de minimis. Federal tax ez form De minimis OID. Federal tax ez form   The OID is de minimis if it is less than one-fourth of 1% (. Federal tax ez form 0025) of the stated redemption price of the loan at maturity multiplied by the number of full years from the date of original issue to maturity (the term of the loan). Federal tax ez form   If the OID is de minimis, you can choose one of the following ways to figure the amount you can deduct each year. Federal tax ez form On a constant-yield basis over the term of the loan. Federal tax ez form On a straight-line basis over the term of the loan. Federal tax ez form In proportion to stated interest payments. Federal tax ez form In its entirety at maturity of the loan. Federal tax ez form You make this choice by deducting the OID in a manner consistent with the method chosen on your timely filed tax return for the tax year in which the loan is issued. Federal tax ez form Example. Federal tax ez form On January 1, 2013, you took out a $100,000 discounted loan and received $98,500 in proceeds. Federal tax ez form The loan will mature on January 1, 2023 (a 10-year term), and the $100,000 principal is payable on that date. Federal tax ez form Interest of $10,000 is payable on January 1 of each year, beginning January 1, 2014. Federal tax ez form The $1,500 OID on the loan is de minimis because it is less than $2,500 ($100,000 × . Federal tax ez form 0025 × 10). Federal tax ez form You choose to deduct the OID on a straight-line basis over the term of the loan. Federal tax ez form Beginning in 2013, you can deduct $150 each year for 10 years. Federal tax ez form Constant-yield method. Federal tax ez form   If the OID is not de minimis, you must use the constant-yield method to figure how much you can deduct each year. Federal tax ez form You figure your deduction for the first year using the following steps. Federal tax ez form Determine the issue price of the loan. Federal tax ez form Generally, this equals the proceeds of the loan. Federal tax ez form If you paid points on the loan (as discussed later), the issue price generally is the difference between the proceeds and the points. Federal tax ez form Multiply the result in (1) by the yield to maturity. Federal tax ez form Subtract any qualified stated interest payments from the result in (2). Federal tax ez form This is the OID you can deduct in the first year. Federal tax ez form   To figure your deduction in any subsequent year, follow the above steps, except determine the adjusted issue price in step (1). Federal tax ez form To get the adjusted issue price, add to the issue price any OID previously deducted. Federal tax ez form Then follow steps (2) and (3) above. Federal tax ez form   The yield to maturity is generally shown in the literature you receive from your lender. Federal tax ez form If you do not have this information, consult your lender or tax advisor. Federal tax ez form In general, the yield to maturity is the discount rate that, when used in computing the present value of all principal and interest payments, produces an amount equal to the principal amount of the loan. Federal tax ez form Example. Federal tax ez form The facts are the same as in the previous example, except that you deduct the OID on a constant yield basis over the term of the loan. Federal tax ez form The yield to maturity on your loan is 10. Federal tax ez form 2467%, compounded annually. Federal tax ez form For 2013, you can deduct $93 [($98,500 × . Federal tax ez form 102467) − $10,000]. Federal tax ez form For 2014, you can deduct $103 [($98,593 × . Federal tax ez form 102467) − $10,000]. Federal tax ez form Loan or mortgage ends. Federal tax ez form   If your loan or mortgage ends, you may be able to deduct any remaining OID in the tax year in which the loan or mortgage ends. Federal tax ez form A loan or mortgage may end due to a refinancing, prepayment, foreclosure, or similar event. Federal tax ez form If you refinance with the original lender, you generally cannot deduct the remaining OID in the year in which the refinancing occurs, but you may be able to deduct it over the term of the new mortgage or loan. Federal tax ez form See Interest paid with funds borrowed from original lender under Interest You Cannot Deduct, later. Federal tax ez form Points. Federal tax ez form   The term “points” is used to describe certain charges paid, or treated as paid, by a borrower to obtain a loan or a mortgage. Federal tax ez form These charges are also called loan origination fees, maximum loan charges, discount points, or premium charges. Federal tax ez form If any of these charges (points) are solely for the use of money, they are interest. Federal tax ez form   Because points are prepaid interest, you generally cannot deduct the full amount in the year paid. Federal tax ez form However, you can choose to fully deduct points in the year paid if you meet certain tests. Federal tax ez form For exceptions to the general rule, see Publication 936. Federal tax ez form The points reduce the issue price of the loan and result in original issue discount (OID), deductible as explained in the preceding discussion. Federal tax ez form Partial payments on a nontax debt. Federal tax ez form   If you make partial payments on a debt (other than a debt owed the IRS), the payments are applied, in general, first to interest and any remainder to principal. Federal tax ez form You can deduct only the interest. Federal tax ez form This rule does not apply when it can be inferred that the borrower and lender understood that a different allocation of the payments would be made. Federal tax ez form Installment purchase. Federal tax ez form   If you make an installment purchase of business property, the contract between you and the seller generally provides for the payment of interest. Federal tax ez form If no interest or a low rate of interest is charged under the contract, a portion of the stated principal amount payable under the contract may be recharacterized as interest (unstated interest). Federal tax ez form The amount recharacterized as interest reduces your basis in the property and increases your interest expense. Federal tax ez form For more information on installment sales and unstated interest, see Publication 537. Federal tax ez form Interest You Cannot Deduct Certain interest payments cannot be deducted. Federal tax ez form In addition, certain other expenses that may seem to be interest but are not, cannot be deducted as interest. Federal tax ez form You cannot currently deduct interest that must be capitalized, and you generally cannot deduct personal interest. Federal tax ez form Interest paid with funds borrowed from original lender. Federal tax ez form   If you use the cash method of accounting, you cannot deduct interest you pay with funds borrowed from the original lender through a second loan, an advance, or any other arrangement similar to a loan. Federal tax ez form You can deduct the interest expense once you start making payments on the new loan. Federal tax ez form   When you make a payment on the new loan, you first apply the payment to interest and then to the principal. Federal tax ez form All amounts you apply to the interest on the first loan are deductible, along with any interest you pay on the second loan, subject to any limits that apply. Federal tax ez form Capitalized interest. Federal tax ez form   You cannot currently deduct interest you are required to capitalize under the uniform capitalization rules. Federal tax ez form See Capitalization of Interest, later. Federal tax ez form In addition, if you buy property and pay interest owed by the seller (for example, by assuming the debt and any interest accrued on the property), you cannot deduct the interest. Federal tax ez form Add this interest to the basis of the property. Federal tax ez form Commitment fees or standby charges. Federal tax ez form   Fees you incur to have business funds available on a standby basis, but not for the actual use of the funds, are not deductible as interest payments. Federal tax ez form You may be able to deduct them as business expenses. Federal tax ez form   If the funds are for inventory or certain property used in your business, the fees are indirect costs and you generally must capitalize them under the uniform capitalization rules. Federal tax ez form See Capitalization of Interest, later. Federal tax ez form Interest on income tax. Federal tax ez form   Interest charged on income tax assessed on your individual income tax return is not a business deduction even though the tax due is related to income from your trade or business. Federal tax ez form Treat this interest as a business deduction only in figuring a net operating loss deduction. Federal tax ez form Penalties. Federal tax ez form   Penalties on underpaid deficiencies and underpaid estimated tax are not interest. Federal tax ez form You cannot deduct them. Federal tax ez form Generally, you cannot deduct any fines or penalties. Federal tax ez form Interest on loans with respect to life insurance policies. Federal tax ez form   You generally cannot deduct interest on a debt incurred with respect to any life insurance, annuity, or endowment contract that covers any individual unless that individual is a key person. Federal tax ez form   If the policy or contract covers a key person, you can deduct the interest on up to $50,000 of debt for that person. Federal tax ez form However, the deduction for any month cannot be more than the interest figured using Moody's Composite Yield on Seasoned Corporate Bonds (formerly known as Moody's Corporate Bond Yield Average-Monthly Average Corporates) (Moody's rate) for that month. Federal tax ez form Who is a key person?   A key person is an officer or 20% owner. Federal tax ez form However, the number of individuals you can treat as key persons is limited to the greater of the following. Federal tax ez form Five individuals. Federal tax ez form The lesser of 5% of the total officers and employees of the company or 20 individuals. Federal tax ez form Exceptions for pre-June 1997 contracts. Federal tax ez form   You can generally deduct the interest if the contract was issued before June 9, 1997, and the covered individual is someone other than an employee, officer, or someone financially interested in your business. Federal tax ez form If the contract was purchased before June 21, 1986, you can generally deduct the interest no matter who is covered by the contract. Federal tax ez form Interest allocated to unborrowed policy cash value. Federal tax ez form   Corporations and partnerships generally cannot deduct any interest expense allocable to unborrowed cash values of life insurance, annuity, or endowment contracts. Federal tax ez form This rule applies to contracts issued after June 8, 1997, that cover someone other than an officer, director, employee, or 20% owner. Federal tax ez form For more information, see section 264(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal tax ez form Capitalization of Interest Under the uniform capitalization rules, you generally must capitalize interest on debt equal to your expenditures to produce real property or certain tangible personal property. Federal tax ez form The property must be produced by you for use in your trade or business or for sale to customers. Federal tax ez form You cannot capitalize interest related to property that you acquire in any other manner. Federal tax ez form Interest you paid or incurred during the production period must be capitalized if the property produced is designated property. Federal tax ez form Designated property is any of the following. Federal tax ez form Real property. Federal tax ez form Tangible personal property with a class life of 20 years or more. Federal tax ez form Tangible personal property with an estimated production period of more than 2 years. Federal tax ez form Tangible personal property with an estimated production period of more than 1 year if the estimated cost of production is more than $1 million. Federal tax ez form Property you produce. Federal tax ez form   You produce property if you construct, build, install, manufacture, develop, improve, create, raise, or grow it. Federal tax ez form Treat property produced for you under a contract as produced by you up to the amount you pay or incur for the property. Federal tax ez form Carrying charges. Federal tax ez form   Carrying charges include taxes you pay to carry or develop real estate or to carry, transport, or install personal property. Federal tax ez form You can choose to capitalize carrying charges not subject to the uniform capitalization rules if they are otherwise deductible. Federal tax ez form For more information, see chapter 7. Federal tax ez form Capitalized interest. Federal tax ez form   Treat capitalized interest as a cost of the property produced. Federal tax ez form You recover your interest when you sell or use the property. Federal tax ez form If the property is inventory, recover capitalized interest through cost of goods sold. Federal tax ez form If the property is used in your trade or business, recover capitalized interest through an adjustment to basis, depreciation, amortization, or other method. Federal tax ez form Partnerships and S corporations. Federal tax ez form   The interest capitalization rules are applied first at the partnership or S corporation level. Federal tax ez form The rules are then applied at the partners' or shareholders' level to the extent the partnership or S corporation has insufficient debt to support the production or construction costs. Federal tax ez form   If you are a partner or a shareholder, you may have to capitalize interest you incur during the tax year for the production costs of the partnership or S corporation. Federal tax ez form You may also have to capitalize interest incurred by the partnership or S corporation for your own production costs. Federal tax ez form To properly capitalize interest under these rules, you must be given the required information in an attachment to the Schedule K-1 you receive from the partnership or S corporation. Federal tax ez form Additional information. Federal tax ez form   The procedures for applying the uniform capitalization rules are beyond the scope of this publication. Federal tax ez form For more information, see sections 1. Federal tax ez form 263A-8 through 1. Federal tax ez form 263A-15 of the regulations and Notice 88-99. Federal tax ez form Notice 88-99 is in Cumulative Bulletin 1988-2. Federal tax ez form When To Deduct Interest If the uniform capitalization rules, discussed under Capitalization of Interest, earlier, do not apply to you, deduct interest as follows. Federal tax ez form Cash method. Federal tax ez form   Under the cash method, you can generally deduct only the interest you actually paid during the tax year. Federal tax ez form You cannot deduct a promissory note you gave as payment because it is a promise to pay and not an actual payment. Federal tax ez form Prepaid interest. Federal tax ez form   You generally cannot deduct any interest paid before the year it is due. Federal tax ez form Interest paid in advance can be deducted only in the tax year in which it is due. Federal tax ez form Discounted loan. Federal tax ez form   If interest or a discount is subtracted from your loan proceeds, it is not a payment of interest and you cannot deduct it when you get the loan. Federal tax ez form For more information, see Original issue discount (OID) under Interest You Can Deduct, earlier. Federal tax ez form Refunds of interest. Federal tax ez form   If you pay interest and then receive a refund in the same tax year of any part of the interest, reduce your interest deduction by the refund. Federal tax ez form If you receive the refund in a later tax year, include the refund in your income to the extent the deduction for the interest reduced your tax. Federal tax ez form Accrual method. Federal tax ez form   Under an accrual method, you can deduct only interest that has accrued during the tax year. Federal tax ez form Prepaid interest. Federal tax ez form   See Prepaid interest, earlier. Federal tax ez form Discounted loan. Federal tax ez form   See Discounted loan, earlier. Federal tax ez form Tax deficiency. Federal tax ez form   If you contest a federal income tax deficiency, interest does not accrue until the tax year the final determination of liability is made. Federal tax ez form If you do not contest the deficiency, then the interest accrues in the year the tax was asserted and agreed to by you. Federal tax ez form   However, if you contest but pay the proposed tax deficiency and interest, and you do not designate the payment as a cash bond, then the interest is deductible in the year paid. Federal tax ez form Related person. Federal tax ez form   If you use an accrual method, you cannot deduct interest owed to a related person who uses the cash method until payment is made and the interest is includible in the gross income of that person. Federal tax ez form The relationship is determined as of the end of the tax year for which the interest would otherwise be deductible. Federal tax ez form See section 267 of the Internal Revenue Code for more information. Federal tax ez form Below-Market Loans If you receive a below-market gift or demand loan and use the proceeds in your trade or business, you may be able to deduct the forgone interest. Federal tax ez form See Treatment of gift and demand loans, later, in this discussion. Federal tax ez form A below-market loan is a loan on which no interest is charged or on which interest is charged at a rate below the applicable federal rate. Federal tax ez form A gift or demand loan that is a below-market loan generally is considered an arm's-length transaction in which you, the borrower, are considered as having received both the following. Federal tax ez form A loan in exchange for a note that requires the payment of interest at the applicable federal rate. Federal tax ez form An additional payment in an amount equal to the forgone interest. Federal tax ez form The additional payment is treated as a gift, dividend, contribution to capital, payment of compensation, or other payment, depending on the substance of the transaction. Federal tax ez form Forgone interest. Federal tax ez form   For any period, forgone interest is The interest that would be payable for that period if interest accrued on the loan at the applicable federal rate and was payable annually on December 31, minus Any interest actually payable on the loan for the period. Federal tax ez form Applicable federal rates are published by the IRS each month in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. Federal tax ez form Internal Revenue Bulletins are available on the IRS web site at www. Federal tax ez form irs. Federal tax ez form gov/irb. Federal tax ez form You can also contact an IRS office to get these rates. Federal tax ez form Loans subject to the rules. Federal tax ez form   The rules for below-market loans apply to the following. Federal tax ez form Gift loans (below-market loans where the forgone interest is in the nature of a gift). Federal tax ez form Compensation-related loans (below-market loans between an employer and an employee or between an independent contractor and a person for whom the contractor provides services). Federal tax ez form Corporation-shareholder loans. Federal tax ez form Tax avoidance loans (below-market loans where the avoidance of federal tax is one of the main purposes of the interest arrangement). Federal tax ez form Loans to qualified continuing care facilities under a continuing care contract (made after October 11, 1985). Federal tax ez form   Except as noted in (5) above, these rules apply to demand loans (loans payable in full at any time upon the lender's demand) outstanding after June 6, 1984, and to term loans (loans that are not demand loans) made after that date. Federal tax ez form Treatment of gift and demand loans. Federal tax ez form   If you receive a below-market gift loan or demand loan, you are treated as receiving an additional payment (as a gift, dividend, etc. Federal tax ez form ) equal to the forgone interest on the loan. Federal tax ez form You are then treated as transferring this amount back to the lender as interest. Federal tax ez form These transfers are considered to occur annually, generally on December 31. Federal tax ez form If you use the loan proceeds in your trade or business, you can deduct the forgone interest each year as a business interest expense. Federal tax ez form The lender must report it as interest income. Federal tax ez form Limit on forgone interest for gift loans of $100,000 or less. Federal tax ez form   For gift loans between individuals, forgone interest treated as transferred back to the lender is limited to the borrower's net investment income for the year. Federal tax ez form This limit applies if the outstanding loans between the lender and borrower total $100,000 or less. Federal tax ez form If the borrower's net investment income is $1,000 or less, it is treated as zero. Federal tax ez form This limit does not apply to a loan if the avoidance of any federal tax is one of the main purposes of the interest arrangement. Federal tax ez form Treatment of term loans. Federal tax ez form   If you receive a below-market term loan other than a gift or demand loan, you are treated as receiving an additional cash payment (as a dividend, etc. Federal tax ez form ) on the date the loan is made. Federal tax ez form This payment is equal to the loan amount minus the present value, at the applicable federal rate, of all payments due under the loan. Federal tax ez form The same amount is treated as original issue discount on the loan. Federal tax ez form See Original issue discount (OID) under Interest You Can Deduct, earlier. Federal tax ez form Exceptions for loans of $10,000 or less. Federal tax ez form   The rules for below-market loans do not apply to any day on which the total outstanding loans between the borrower and lender is $10,000 or less. Federal tax ez form This exception applies only to the following. Federal tax ez form Gift loans between individuals if the loan is not directly used to buy or carry income-producing assets. Federal tax ez form Compensation-related loans or corporation-shareholder loans if the avoidance of any federal tax is not a principal purpose of the interest arrangement. Federal tax ez form This exception does not apply to a term loan described in (2) above that was previously subject to the below-market loan rules. Federal tax ez form Those rules will continue to apply even if the outstanding balance is reduced to $10,000 or less. Federal tax ez form Exceptions for loans without significant tax effect. Federal tax ez form   The following loans are specifically exempted from the rules for below-market loans because their interest arrangements do not have a significant effect on the federal tax liability of the borrower or the lender. Federal tax ez form Loans made available by lenders to the general public on the same terms and conditions that are consistent with the lender's customary business practices. Federal tax ez form Loans subsidized by a federal, state, or municipal government that are made available under a program of general application to the public. Federal tax ez form Certain employee-relocation loans. Federal tax ez form Certain loans to or from a foreign person, unless the interest income would be effectively connected with the conduct of a U. Federal tax ez form S. Federal tax ez form trade or business and not exempt from U. Federal tax ez form S. Federal tax ez form tax under an income tax treaty. Federal tax ez form Any other loan if the taxpayer can show that the interest arrangement has no significant effect on the federal tax liability of the lender or the borrower. Federal tax ez form Whether an interest arrangement has a significant effect on the federal tax liability of the lender or the borrower will be determined by all the facts and circumstances. Federal tax ez form Consider all the following factors. Federal tax ez form Whether items of income and deduction generated by the loan offset each other. Federal tax ez form The amount of the items. Federal tax ez form The cost of complying with the below-market loan provisions if they were to apply. Federal tax ez form Any reasons, other than taxes, for structuring the transaction as a below-market loan. Federal tax ez form Exception for loans to qualified continuing care facilities. Federal tax ez form   The below-market interest rules do not apply to a loan owed by a qualified continuing care facility under a continuing care contract if the lender or lender's spouse is age 62 or older by the end of the calendar year. Federal tax ez form A qualified continuing care facility is one or more facilities (excluding nursing homes) meeting the requirements listed below. Federal tax ez form Designed to provide services under continuing care contracts (defined below). Federal tax ez form Includes an independent living unit, and either an assisted living or nursing facility, or both. Federal tax ez form Substantially all of the independent living unit residents are covered by continuing care contracts. Federal tax ez form A continuing care contract is a written contract between an individual and a qualified continuing care facility that includes all of the following conditions. Federal tax ez form The individual or individual's spouse must be entitled to use the facility for the rest of their life or lives. Federal tax ez form The individual or individual's spouse will be provided with housing, as appropriate for the health of the individual or individual's spouse in an: independent living unit (which has additional available facilities outside the unit for the provision of meals and other personal care), and assisted living or nursing facility available in the continuing care facility. Federal tax ez form The individual or individual's spouse will be provided with assisted living or nursing care available in the continuing care facility, as required for the health of the individual or the individual's spouse. Federal tax ez form For more information, see section 7872(h) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal tax ez form Sale or exchange of property. Federal tax ez form   Different rules generally apply to a loan connected with the sale or exchange of property. Federal tax ez form If the loan does not provide adequate stated interest, part of the principal payment may be considered interest. Federal tax ez form However, there are exceptions that may require you to apply the below-market interest rate rules to these loans. Federal tax ez form See Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537. Federal tax ez form More information. Federal tax ez form   For more information on below-market loans, see section 7872 of the Internal Revenue Code and section 1. Federal tax ez form 7872-5 of the regulations. Federal tax ez form Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications