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File 2012 tax return free 2. File 2012 tax return free   Tax Shelters and Other Reportable Transactions Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Abusive Tax SheltersRules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters Investor Reporting Penalties Whether To Invest Introduction Investments that yield tax benefits are sometimes called “tax shelters. File 2012 tax return free ” In some cases, Congress has concluded that the loss of revenue is an acceptable side effect of special tax provisions designed to encourage taxpayers to make certain types of investments. File 2012 tax return free In many cases, however, losses from tax shelters produce little or no benefit to society, or the tax benefits are exaggerated beyond those intended. File 2012 tax return free Those cases are called “abusive tax shelters. File 2012 tax return free ” An investment that is considered a tax shelter is subject to restrictions, including the requirement that it be disclosed, as discussed later. File 2012 tax return free Topics - This chapter discusses: Abusive Tax Shelters , Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters , Investor Reporting , Penalties , and Whether To Invest . File 2012 tax return free Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 556 Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund 561 Determining the Value of Donated Property 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules Form (and Instructions) 8275 Disclosure Statement 8275-R Regulation Disclosure Statement 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions 8886 Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement See chapter 5, How To Get Tax Help , for information about getting these publications and forms. File 2012 tax return free Abusive Tax Shelters Abusive tax shelters are marketing schemes involving artificial transactions with little or no economic reality. File 2012 tax return free They often make use of unrealistic allocations, inflated appraisals, losses in connection with nonrecourse loans, mismatching of income and deductions, financing techniques that do not conform to standard commercial business practices, or mischaracterization of the substance of the transaction. File 2012 tax return free Despite appearances to the contrary, the taxpayer generally risks little. File 2012 tax return free Abusive tax shelters commonly involve package deals designed from the start to generate losses, deductions, or credits that will be far more than present or future investment. File 2012 tax return free Or, they may promise investors from the start that future inflated appraisals will enable them, for example, to reap charitable contribution deductions based on those appraisals. File 2012 tax return free (But see the appraisal requirements discussed under Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters , later. File 2012 tax return free ) They are commonly marketed in terms of the ratio of tax deductions allegedly available to each dollar invested. File 2012 tax return free This ratio (or “write-off”) is frequently said to be several times greater than one-to-one. File 2012 tax return free Because there are many abusive tax shelters, it is not possible to list all the factors you should consider in determining whether an offering is an abusive tax shelter. File 2012 tax return free However, you should ask the following questions, which might provide a clue to the abusive nature of the plan. File 2012 tax return free Do the tax benefits far outweigh the economic benefits? Is this a transaction you would seriously consider, apart from the tax benefits, if you hoped to make a profit? Do shelter assets really exist and, if so, are they insured for less than their purchase price? Is there a nontax justification for the way profits and losses are allocated to partners? Do the facts and supporting documents make economic sense? In that connection, are there sales and resales of the tax shelter property at ever increasing prices? Does the investment plan involve a gimmick, device, or sham to hide the economic reality of the transaction? Does the promoter offer to backdate documents after the close of the year? Are you instructed to backdate checks covering your investment? Is your debt a real debt or are you assured by the promoter that you will never have to pay it? Does this transaction involve laundering United States source income through foreign corporations incorporated in a tax haven and owned by United States shareholders? Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters Congress has enacted a series of income tax laws designed to halt the growth of abusive tax shelters. File 2012 tax return free These provisions include the following. File 2012 tax return free Disclosure of reportable transactions. File 2012 tax return free   You must disclose information for each reportable transaction in which you participate. File 2012 tax return free See Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement , later. File 2012 tax return free   Material advisors with respect to any reportable transaction must disclose information about the transaction on Form 8918, Material Advisor Disclosure Statement. File 2012 tax return free To determine whether you are a material advisor to a transaction, see the Instructions for Form 8918. File 2012 tax return free   Material advisors will receive a reportable transaction number for the disclosed reportable transaction. File 2012 tax return free They must provide this number to all persons to whom they acted as a material advisor. File 2012 tax return free They must provide the number at the time the transaction is entered into. File 2012 tax return free If they do not have the number at that time, they must provide it within 60 days from the date the number is mailed to them. File 2012 tax return free For information on penalties for failure to disclose and failure to maintain lists, see Internal Revenue Code sections 6707, 6707A, and 6708. File 2012 tax return free Requirement to maintain list. File 2012 tax return free   Material advisors must maintain a list of persons to whom they provide material aid, assistance, or advice on any reportable transaction. File 2012 tax return free The list must be available for inspection by the IRS, and the information required to be included on the list generally must be kept for 7 years. File 2012 tax return free See Regulations section 301. File 2012 tax return free 6112-1 for more information (including what information is required to be included on the list). File 2012 tax return free Confidentiality privilege. File 2012 tax return free   The confidentiality privilege between you and a federally authorized tax practitioner does not apply to written communications made after October 21, 2004, regarding the promotion of your direct or indirect participation in any tax shelter. File 2012 tax return free Appraisal requirement for donated property. File 2012 tax return free   If you claim a deduction of more than $5,000 for an item or group of similar items of donated property, you generally must get a qualified appraisal from a qualified appraiser and complete and attach section B of Form 8283 to your return. File 2012 tax return free If you claim a deduction of more than $500,000 for the donated property, you generally must attach the qualified appraisal to your return. File 2012 tax return free If you file electronically, see Form 8453, U. File 2012 tax return free S. File 2012 tax return free Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-file Return, and its instructions. 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File 2012 tax return free This rule applies to reportable transactions entered into in tax years beginning after October 22, 2004. File 2012 tax return free Authority for Disallowance of Tax Benefits The IRS has published guidance concluding that the claimed tax benefits of various abusive tax shelters should be disallowed. File 2012 tax return free The guidance is the conclusion of the IRS on how the law is applied to a particular set of facts. File 2012 tax return free Guidance is published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin for taxpayers' information and also for use by IRS officials. File 2012 tax return free So, if your return is examined and an abusive tax shelter is identified and challenged, published guidance dealing with that type of shelter, which disallows certain claimed tax shelter benefits, could serve as the basis for the examining official's challenge of the tax benefits you claimed. 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File 2012 tax return free See Penalty for failure to disclose a reportable transaction , later under Penalties. File 2012 tax return free The following discussion briefly describes reportable transactions. File 2012 tax return free For more details, see the Instructions for Form 8886. File 2012 tax return free Reportable transaction. File 2012 tax return free   A reportable transaction is any of the following. File 2012 tax return free A listed transaction. File 2012 tax return free A confidential transaction. File 2012 tax return free A transaction with contractual protection. File 2012 tax return free A loss transaction. File 2012 tax return free A transaction of interest entered into after November 1, 2006. File 2012 tax return free Note. File 2012 tax return free Transactions with a brief asset holding period were removed from the definition of reportable transaction for transactions entered into after August 2, 2007. File 2012 tax return free Listed transaction. 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File 2012 tax return free Except for a transaction lacking economic substance, this penalty will not be imposed if you can show you had reasonable cause for any understatement of tax and that you acted in good faith. File 2012 tax return free Your failure to disclose a reportable transaction is a strong indication that you failed to act in good faith. File 2012 tax return free   If you are charged an accuracy-related penalty, interest will be imposed on the amount of the penalty from the due date of the return (including extensions) to the date you pay the penalty. File 2012 tax return free   The 20% penalties do not apply to any underpayment attributable to a reportable transaction understatement subject to an accuracy-related penalty (discussed later). File 2012 tax return free Negligence or disregard of rules or regulations. File 2012 tax return free   The penalty for negligence or disregard of rules or regulations is imposed only on the part of the underpayment due to negligence or disregard of rules or regulations. File 2012 tax return free The penalty will not be charged if you can show you had reasonable cause for understating your tax and that you acted in good faith. File 2012 tax return free    Negligence includes any failure to make a reasonable attempt to comply with the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. File 2012 tax return free It also includes any failure to keep adequate books and records. File 2012 tax return free A return position that has a reasonable basis is not negligence. File 2012 tax return free   Disregard includes any careless, reckless, or intentional disregard of rules or regulations. File 2012 tax return free   The penalty for disregard of rules and regulations can be avoided if all the following are true. File 2012 tax return free You keep adequate books and records. 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File 2012 tax return free An important factor in establishing reasonable cause and good faith will be the extent of your effort to determine your proper tax liability under the law. File 2012 tax return free Substantial valuation misstatement. File 2012 tax return free   In general, you are liable for a 20% penalty for a substantial valuation misstatement if all the following are true. File 2012 tax return free The value or adjusted basis of any property claimed on the return is 150% or more of the correct amount. File 2012 tax return free You underpaid your tax by more than $5,000 because of the misstatement. File 2012 tax return free You cannot establish that you had reasonable cause for the underpayment and that you acted in good faith. File 2012 tax return free   You may be assessed a penalty of 40% for a gross valuation misstatement. 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