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Filing amended federal tax return 2. Filing amended federal tax return   Electing the Section 179 Deduction Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Property Qualifies?Eligible Property Property Acquired for Business Use Property Acquired by Purchase What Property Does Not Qualify?Land and Improvements Excepted Property How Much Can You Deduct?Dollar Limits Business Income Limit Partnerships and Partners S Corporations Other Corporations How Do You Elect the Deduction? When Must You Recapture the Deduction? Introduction You can elect to recover all or part of the cost of certain qualifying property, up to a limit, by deducting it in the year you place the property in service. Filing amended federal tax return This is the section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return You can elect the section 179 deduction instead of recovering the cost by taking depreciation deductions. Filing amended federal tax return Estates and trusts cannot elect the section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return This chapter explains what property does and does not qualify for the section 179 deduction, what limits apply to the deduction (including special rules for partnerships and corporations), and how to elect it. Filing amended federal tax return It also explains when and how to recapture the deduction. Filing amended federal tax return Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 537 Installment Sales 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 954 Tax Incentives for Distressed Communities Form (and Instructions) 4562 Depreciation and Amortization 4797 Sales of Business Property See chapter 6 for information about getting publications and forms. Filing amended federal tax return What Property Qualifies? To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must meet all the following requirements. Filing amended federal tax return It must be eligible property. Filing amended federal tax return It must be acquired for business use. Filing amended federal tax return It must have been acquired by purchase. Filing amended federal tax return It must not be property described later under What Property Does Not Qualify . Filing amended federal tax return The following discussions provide information about these requirements and exceptions. Filing amended federal tax return Eligible Property To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must be one of the following types of depreciable property. Filing amended federal tax return Tangible personal property. Filing amended federal tax return Other tangible property (except buildings and their structural components) used as: An integral part of manufacturing, production, or extraction or of furnishing transportation, communications, electricity, gas, water, or sewage disposal services, A research facility used in connection with any of the activities in (a) above, or A facility used in connection with any of the activities in (a) for the bulk storage of fungible commodities. Filing amended federal tax return Single purpose agricultural (livestock) or horticultural structures. Filing amended federal tax return See chapter 7 of Publication 225 for definitions and information regarding the use requirements that apply to these structures. Filing amended federal tax return Storage facilities (except buildings and their structural components) used in connection with distributing petroleum or any primary product of petroleum. Filing amended federal tax return Off-the-shelf computer software. Filing amended federal tax return Qualified real property (described below). Filing amended federal tax return Tangible personal property. Filing amended federal tax return   Tangible personal property is any tangible property that is not real property. Filing amended federal tax return It includes the following property. Filing amended federal tax return Machinery and equipment. Filing amended federal tax return Property contained in or attached to a building (other than structural components), such as refrigerators, grocery store counters, office equipment, printing presses, testing equipment, and signs. Filing amended federal tax return Gasoline storage tanks and pumps at retail service stations. Filing amended federal tax return Livestock, including horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, and mink and other furbearing animals. Filing amended federal tax return   The treatment of property as tangible personal property for the section 179 deduction is not controlled by its treatment under local law. Filing amended federal tax return For example, property may not be tangible personal property for the deduction even if treated so under local law, and some property (such as fixtures) may be tangible personal property for the deduction even if treated as real property under local law. Filing amended federal tax return Off-the-shelf computer software. Filing amended federal tax return   Off-the-shelf computer software placed in service during the tax year is qualifying property for purposes of the section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return This is computer software that is readily available for purchase by the general public, is subject to a nonexclusive license, and has not been substantially modified. Filing amended federal tax return It includes any program designed to cause a computer to perform a desired function. Filing amended federal tax return However, a database or similar item is not considered computer software unless it is in the public domain and is incidental to the operation of otherwise qualifying software. Filing amended federal tax return Qualified real property. Filing amended federal tax return   You can elect to treat certain qualified real property you placed in service as section 179 property for tax years beginning in 2013. Filing amended federal tax return If this election is made, the term “section 179 property” will include any qualified real property that is: Qualified leasehold improvement property, Qualified restaurant property, or Qualified retail improvement property. Filing amended federal tax return The maximum section 179 expense deduction that can be elected for qualified section 179 real property is $250,000 of the maximum section 179 deduction of $500,000 in 2013. Filing amended federal tax return For more information, see Special rules for qualified section 179 real property, later. Filing amended federal tax return Also, see Election for certain qualified section 179 real property, later, for information on how to make this election. Filing amended federal tax return Qualified leasehold improvement property. Filing amended federal tax return   Generally, this is any improvement to an interior part of a building (placed in service before January 1, 2014) that is nonresidential real property, provided all of the requirements discussed in chapter 3 under Qualified leasehold improvement property are met. Filing amended federal tax return   In addition, an improvement made by the lessor does not qualify as qualified leasehold improvement property to any subsequent owner unless it is acquired from the original lessor by reason of the lessor’s death or in any of the following types of transactions. Filing amended federal tax return A transaction to which section 381(a) applies, A mere change in the form of conducting the trade or business so long as the property is retained in the trade or business as qualified leasehold improvement property and the taxpayer retains a substantial interest in the trade or business, A like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or re-acquisition of real property to the extent that the basis in the property represents the carryover basis, or Certain nonrecognition transactions to the extent that your basis in the property is determined by reference to the transferor’s or distributor’s basis in the property. Filing amended federal tax return Examples include the following. Filing amended federal tax return A complete liquidation of a subsidiary. Filing amended federal tax return A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. Filing amended federal tax return An exchange of property by a corporation solely for stock or securities in another corporation in a reorganization. Filing amended federal tax return Qualified restaurant property. Filing amended federal tax return   Qualified restaurant property is any section 1250 property that is a building or an improvement to a building placed in service after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2014. Filing amended federal tax return Also, more than 50% of the building’s square footage must be devoted to preparation of meals and seating for on-premise consumption of prepared meals. Filing amended federal tax return Qualified retail improvement property. Filing amended federal tax return   Generally, this is any improvement (placed in service after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2014) to an interior portion of nonresidential real property if it meets the following requirements. Filing amended federal tax return The portion is open to the general public and is used in the retail trade or business of selling tangible property to the general public. Filing amended federal tax return The improvement is placed in service more than 3 years after the date the building was first placed in service. Filing amended federal tax return The expenses are not for the enlargement of the building, any elevator or escalator, any structural components benefiting a common area, or the internal structural framework of the building. Filing amended federal tax return In addition, an improvement made by the lessor does not qualify as qualified retail improvement property to any subsequent owner unless it is acquired from the original lessor by reason of the lessor’s death or in any of the following types of transactions. Filing amended federal tax return A transaction to which section 381(a) applies, A mere change in the form of conducting the trade or business so long as the property is retained in the trade or business as qualified leasehold improvement property and the taxpayer retains a substantial interest in the trade or business, A like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or re-acquisition of real property to the extent that the basis in the property represents the carryover basis, or Certain nonrecognition transactions to the extent that your basis in the property is determined by reference to the transferor’s or distributor’s basis in the property. Filing amended federal tax return Examples include the following. Filing amended federal tax return A complete liquidation of a subsidiary. Filing amended federal tax return A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. Filing amended federal tax return An exchange of property by a corporation solely for stock or securities in another corporation in a reorganization. Filing amended federal tax return Property Acquired for Business Use To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must have been acquired for use in your trade or business. Filing amended federal tax return Property you acquire only for the production of income, such as investment property, rental property (if renting property is not your trade or business), and property that produces royalties, does not qualify. Filing amended federal tax return Partial business use. Filing amended federal tax return   When you use property for both business and nonbusiness purposes, you can elect the section 179 deduction only if you use the property more than 50% for business in the year you place it in service. Filing amended federal tax return If you use the property more than 50% for business, multiply the cost of the property by the percentage of business use. Filing amended federal tax return Use the resulting business cost to figure your section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return May Oak bought and placed in service an item of section 179 property costing $11,000. Filing amended federal tax return She used the property 80% for her business and 20% for personal purposes. Filing amended federal tax return The business part of the cost of the property is $8,800 (80% × $11,000). Filing amended federal tax return Property Acquired by Purchase To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must have been acquired by purchase. Filing amended federal tax return For example, property acquired by gift or inheritance does not qualify. Filing amended federal tax return Property is not considered acquired by purchase in the following situations. Filing amended federal tax return It is acquired by one component member of a controlled group from another component member of the same group. Filing amended federal tax return Its basis is determined either— In whole or in part by its adjusted basis in the hands of the person from whom it was acquired, or Under the stepped-up basis rules for property acquired from a decedent. Filing amended federal tax return It is acquired from a related person. Filing amended federal tax return Related persons. Filing amended federal tax return   Related persons are described under Related persons earlier. Filing amended federal tax return However, to determine whether property qualifies for the section 179 deduction, treat as an individual's family only his or her spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants and substitute "50%" for "10%" each place it appears. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return Ken Larch is a tailor. Filing amended federal tax return He bought two industrial sewing machines from his father. Filing amended federal tax return He placed both machines in service in the same year he bought them. Filing amended federal tax return They do not qualify as section 179 property because Ken and his father are related persons. Filing amended federal tax return He cannot claim a section 179 deduction for the cost of these machines. Filing amended federal tax return What Property Does Not Qualify? Certain property does not qualify for the section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return This includes the following. Filing amended federal tax return Land and Improvements Land and land improvements do not qualify as section 179 property. Filing amended federal tax return Land improvements include swimming pools, paved parking areas, wharves, docks, bridges, and fences. Filing amended federal tax return Excepted Property Even if the requirements explained earlier under What Property Qualifies are met, you cannot elect the section 179 deduction for the following property. Filing amended federal tax return Certain property you lease to others (if you are a noncorporate lessor). Filing amended federal tax return Certain property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with the furnishing of lodging. Filing amended federal tax return Air conditioning or heating units. Filing amended federal tax return Property used predominantly outside the United States, except property described in section 168(g)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Filing amended federal tax return Property used by certain tax-exempt organizations, except property used in connection with the production of income subject to the tax on unrelated trade or business income. Filing amended federal tax return Property used by governmental units or foreign persons or entities, except property used under a lease with a term of less than 6 months. Filing amended federal tax return Leased property. Filing amended federal tax return   Generally, you cannot claim a section 179 deduction based on the cost of property you lease to someone else. Filing amended federal tax return This rule does not apply to corporations. Filing amended federal tax return However, you can claim a section 179 deduction for the cost of the following property. Filing amended federal tax return Property you manufacture or produce and lease to others. Filing amended federal tax return Property you purchase and lease to others if both the following tests are met. Filing amended federal tax return The term of the lease (including options to renew) is less than 50% of the property's class life. Filing amended federal tax return For the first 12 months after the property is transferred to the lessee, the total business deductions you are allowed on the property (other than rents and reimbursed amounts) are more than 15% of the rental income from the property. Filing amended federal tax return Property used for lodging. Filing amended federal tax return   Generally, you cannot claim a section 179 deduction for property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with the furnishing of lodging. Filing amended federal tax return However, this does not apply to the following types of property. Filing amended federal tax return Nonlodging commercial facilities that are available to those not using the lodging facilities on the same basis as they are available to those using the lodging facilities. Filing amended federal tax return Property used by a hotel or motel in connection with the trade or business of furnishing lodging where the predominant portion of the accommodations is used by transients. Filing amended federal tax return Any certified historic structure to the extent its basis is due to qualified rehabilitation expenditures. Filing amended federal tax return Any energy property. Filing amended federal tax return Energy property. Filing amended federal tax return   Energy property is property that meets the following requirements. Filing amended federal tax return It is one of the following types of property. Filing amended federal tax return Equipment that uses solar energy to generate electricity, to heat or cool a structure, to provide hot water for use in a structure, or to provide solar process heat, except for equipment used to generate energy to heat a swimming pool. Filing amended federal tax return Equipment placed in service after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2017, that uses solar energy to illuminate the inside of a structure using fiber-optic distributed sunlight. Filing amended federal tax return Equipment used to produce, distribute, or use energy derived from a geothermal deposit. Filing amended federal tax return For electricity generated by geothermal power, this includes equipment up to (but not including) the electrical transmission stage. Filing amended federal tax return Qualified fuel cell property or qualified microturbine property placed in service after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2017. Filing amended federal tax return The construction, reconstruction, or erection of the property must be completed by you. Filing amended federal tax return For property you acquire, the original use of the property must begin with you. Filing amended federal tax return The property must meet the performance and quality standards, if any, prescribed by Income Tax Regulations in effect at the time you get the property. Filing amended federal tax return   For periods before February 14, 2008, energy property does not include any property that is public utility property as defined by section 46(f)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code (as in effect on November 4, 1990). Filing amended federal tax return How Much Can You Deduct? Your section 179 deduction is generally the cost of the qualifying property. Filing amended federal tax return However, the total amount you can elect to deduct under section 179 is subject to a dollar limit and a business income limit. Filing amended federal tax return These limits apply to each taxpayer, not to each business. Filing amended federal tax return However, see Married Individuals under Dollar Limits , later. Filing amended federal tax return For a passenger automobile, the total section 179 deduction and depreciation deduction are limited. Filing amended federal tax return See Do the Passenger Automobile Limits Apply in chapter 5 . Filing amended federal tax return If you deduct only part of the cost of qualifying property as a section 179 deduction, you can generally depreciate the cost you do not deduct. Filing amended federal tax return Trade-in of other property. Filing amended federal tax return   If you buy qualifying property with cash and a trade-in, its cost for purposes of the section 179 deduction includes only the cash you paid. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return Silver Leaf, a retail bakery, traded two ovens having a total adjusted basis of $680 for a new oven costing $1,320. Filing amended federal tax return They received an $800 trade-in allowance for the old ovens and paid $520 in cash for the new oven. Filing amended federal tax return The bakery also traded a used van with an adjusted basis of $4,500 for a new van costing $9,000. Filing amended federal tax return They received a $4,800 trade-in allowance on the used van and paid $4,200 in cash for the new van. Filing amended federal tax return Only the portion of the new property's basis paid by cash qualifies for the section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return Therefore, Silver Leaf's qualifying costs for the section 179 deduction are $4,720 ($520 + $4,200). Filing amended federal tax return Dollar Limits The total amount you can elect to deduct under section 179 for most property placed in service in 2013 generally cannot be more than $500,000. Filing amended federal tax return If you acquire and place in service more than one item of qualifying property during the year, you can allocate the section 179 deduction among the items in any way, as long as the total deduction is not more than $500,000. Filing amended federal tax return You do not have to claim the full $500,000. Filing amended federal tax return Qualified real property (described earlier) that you elected to treat as section 179 real property is limited to $250,000 of the maximum deduction of $500,000 for 2013. Filing amended federal tax return The amount you can elect to deduct is not affected if you place qualifying property in service in a short tax year or if you place qualifying property in service for only a part of a 12-month tax year. Filing amended federal tax return After you apply the dollar limit to determine a tentative deduction, you must apply the business income limit (described later) to determine your actual section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return In 2013, you bought and placed in service $500,000 in machinery and a $25,000 circular saw for your business. Filing amended federal tax return You elect to deduct $475,000 for the machinery and the entire $25,000 for the saw, a total of $500,000. Filing amended federal tax return This is the maximum amount you can deduct. Filing amended federal tax return Your $25,000 deduction for the saw completely recovered its cost. Filing amended federal tax return Your basis for depreciation is zero. Filing amended federal tax return The basis for depreciation of your machinery is $25,000. Filing amended federal tax return You figure this by subtracting your $475,000 section 179 deduction for the machinery from the $500,000 cost of the machinery. Filing amended federal tax return Situations affecting dollar limit. Filing amended federal tax return   Under certain circumstances, the general dollar limits on the section 179 deduction may be reduced or increased or there may be additional dollar limits. Filing amended federal tax return The general dollar limit is affected by any of the following situations. Filing amended federal tax return The cost of your section 179 property placed in service exceeds $2,000,000. Filing amended federal tax return Your business is an enterprise zone business. Filing amended federal tax return You placed in service a sport utility or certain other vehicles. Filing amended federal tax return You are married filing a joint or separate return. Filing amended federal tax return Costs exceeding $2,000,000 If the cost of your qualifying section 179 property placed in service in a year is more than $2,000,000, you generally must reduce the dollar limit (but not below zero) by the amount of cost over $2,000,000. Filing amended federal tax return If the cost of your section 179 property placed in service during 2013 is $2,500,000 or more, you cannot take a section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return In 2013, Jane Ash placed in service machinery costing $2,100,000. Filing amended federal tax return This cost is $100,000 more than $2,000,000, so she must reduce her dollar limit to $400,000 ($500,000 − $100,000). Filing amended federal tax return Enterprise Zone Businesses An increased section 179 deduction is available to enterprise zone businesses for qualified zone property placed in service during the tax year, in an empowerment zone. Filing amended federal tax return For more information including the definitions of “enterprise zone business” and “qualified zone property,” see sections 1397A, 1397C, and 1397D of the Internal Revenue Code. Filing amended federal tax return The dollar limit on the section 179 deduction is increased by the smaller of: $35,000, or The cost of section 179 property that is also qualified zone property placed in service before January 1, 2014 (including such property placed in service by your spouse, even if you are filing a separate return). Filing amended federal tax return Note. Filing amended federal tax return   You take into account only 50% (instead of 100%) of the cost of qualified zone property placed in service in a year when figuring the reduced dollar limit for costs exceeding $2,000,000 (explained earlier). Filing amended federal tax return Sport Utility and Certain Other Vehicles You cannot elect to expense more than $25,000 of the cost of any heavy sport utility vehicle (SUV) and certain other vehicles placed in service during the tax year. Filing amended federal tax return This rule applies to any 4-wheeled vehicle primarily designed or used to carry passengers over public streets, roads, or highways, that is rated at more than 6,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and not more than 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Filing amended federal tax return However, the $25,000 limit does not apply to any vehicle: Designed to seat more than nine passengers behind the driver's seat, Equipped with a cargo area (either open or enclosed by a cap) of at least six feet in interior length that is not readily accessible from the passenger compartment, or That has an integral enclosure fully enclosing the driver compartment and load carrying device, does not have seating rearward of the driver's seat, and has no body section protruding more than 30 inches ahead of the leading edge of the windshield. Filing amended federal tax return Married Individuals If you are married, how you figure your section 179 deduction depends on whether you file jointly or separately. Filing amended federal tax return If you file a joint return, you and your spouse are treated as one taxpayer in determining any reduction to the dollar limit, regardless of which of you purchased the property or placed it in service. Filing amended federal tax return If you and your spouse file separate returns, you are treated as one taxpayer for the dollar limit, including the reduction for costs over $2,000,000. Filing amended federal tax return You must allocate the dollar limit (after any reduction) between you equally, unless you both elect a different allocation. Filing amended federal tax return If the percentages elected by each of you do not total 100%, 50% will be allocated to each of you. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return Jack Elm is married. Filing amended federal tax return He and his wife file separate returns. Filing amended federal tax return Jack bought and placed in service $2,000,000 of qualified farm machinery in 2013. Filing amended federal tax return His wife has her own business, and she bought and placed in service $30,000 of qualified business equipment. Filing amended federal tax return Their combined dollar limit is $470,000. Filing amended federal tax return This is because they must figure the limit as if they were one taxpayer. Filing amended federal tax return They reduce the $500,000 dollar limit by the $30,000 excess of their costs over $2,000,000. Filing amended federal tax return They elect to allocate the $470,000 dollar limit as follows. Filing amended federal tax return $446,500 ($470,000 x 95%) to Mr. Filing amended federal tax return Elm's machinery. Filing amended federal tax return $23,500 ($470,000 x 5%) to Mrs. Filing amended federal tax return Elm's equipment. Filing amended federal tax return If they did not make an election to allocate their costs in this way, they would have to allocate $235,000 ($470,000 × 50%) to each of them. Filing amended federal tax return Joint return after filing separate returns. Filing amended federal tax return   If you and your spouse elect to amend your separate returns by filing a joint return after the due date for filing your return, the dollar limit on the joint return is the lesser of the following amounts. Filing amended federal tax return The dollar limit (after reduction for any cost of section 179 property over $2,000,000). Filing amended federal tax return The total cost of section 179 property you and your spouse elected to expense on your separate returns. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return The facts are the same as in the previous example except that Jack elected to deduct $30,000 of the cost of section 179 property on his separate return and his wife elected to deduct $2,000. Filing amended federal tax return After the due date of their returns, they file a joint return. Filing amended federal tax return Their dollar limit for the section 179 deduction is $32,000. Filing amended federal tax return This is the lesser of the following amounts. Filing amended federal tax return $470,000—The dollar limit less the cost of section 179 property over $2,000,000. Filing amended federal tax return $32,000—The total they elected to expense on their separate returns. Filing amended federal tax return Business Income Limit The total cost you can deduct each year after you apply the dollar limit is limited to the taxable income from the active conduct of any trade or business during the year. Filing amended federal tax return Generally, you are considered to actively conduct a trade or business if you meaningfully participate in the management or operations of the trade or business. Filing amended federal tax return Any cost not deductible in one year under section 179 because of this limit can be carried to the next year. Filing amended federal tax return Special rules apply to a 2013 deduction of qualified section 179 real property that is disallowed because of the business income limit. Filing amended federal tax return See Special rules for qualified section 179 property under Carryover of disallowed deduction, later. Filing amended federal tax return Taxable income. Filing amended federal tax return   In general, figure taxable income for this purpose by totaling the net income and losses from all trades and businesses you actively conducted during the year. Filing amended federal tax return Net income or loss from a trade or business includes the following items. Filing amended federal tax return Section 1231 gains (or losses). Filing amended federal tax return Interest from working capital of your trade or business. Filing amended federal tax return Wages, salaries, tips, or other pay earned as an employee. Filing amended federal tax return For information about section 1231 gains and losses, see chapter 3 in Publication 544. Filing amended federal tax return   In addition, figure taxable income without regard to any of the following. Filing amended federal tax return The section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return The self-employment tax deduction. Filing amended federal tax return Any net operating loss carryback or carryforward. Filing amended federal tax return Any unreimbursed employee business expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Two different taxable income limits. Filing amended federal tax return   In addition to the business income limit for your section 179 deduction, you may have a taxable income limit for some other deduction. Filing amended federal tax return You may have to figure the limit for this other deduction taking into account the section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return If so, complete the following steps. Filing amended federal tax return Step Action 1 Figure taxable income without the section 179 deduction or the other deduction. Filing amended federal tax return 2 Figure a hypothetical section 179 deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 1. Filing amended federal tax return 3 Subtract the hypothetical section 179 deduction figured in Step 2 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. Filing amended federal tax return 4 Figure a hypothetical amount for the other deduction using the amount figured in Step 3 as taxable income. Filing amended federal tax return 5 Subtract the hypothetical other deduction figured in Step 4 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. Filing amended federal tax return 6 Figure your actual section 179 deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 5. Filing amended federal tax return 7 Subtract your actual section 179 deduction figured in Step 6 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. Filing amended federal tax return 8 Figure your actual other deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 7. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return On February 1, 2013, the XYZ corporation purchased and placed in service qualifying section 179 property that cost $500,000. Filing amended federal tax return It elects to expense the entire $500,000 cost under section 179. Filing amended federal tax return In June, the corporation gave a charitable contribution of $10,000. Filing amended federal tax return A corporation's limit on charitable contributions is figured after subtracting any section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return The business income limit for the section 179 deduction is figured after subtracting any allowable charitable contributions. Filing amended federal tax return XYZ's taxable income figured without the section 179 deduction or the deduction for charitable contributions is $520,000. Filing amended federal tax return XYZ figures its section 179 deduction and its deduction for charitable contributions as follows. Filing amended federal tax return Step 1– Taxable income figured without either deduction is $520,000. Filing amended federal tax return Step 2– Using $520,000 as taxable income, XYZ's hypothetical section 179 deduction is $500,000. Filing amended federal tax return Step 3– $20,000 ($520,000 − $500,000). Filing amended federal tax return Step 4– Using $20,000 (from Step 3) as taxable income, XYZ's hypothetical charitable contribution (limited to 10% of taxable income) is $2,000. Filing amended federal tax return Step 5– $518,000 ($520,000 − $2,000). Filing amended federal tax return Step 6– Using $518,000 (from Step 5) as taxable income, XYZ figures the actual section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return Because the taxable income is at least $500,000, XYZ can take a $500,000 section 179 deduction. Filing amended federal tax return Step 7– $20,000 ($520,000 − $500,000). Filing amended federal tax return Step 8– Using $20,000 (from Step 7) as taxable income, XYZ's actual charitable contribution (limited to 10% of taxable income) is $2,000. Filing amended federal tax return Carryover of disallowed deduction. Filing amended federal tax return   You can carry over for an unlimited number of years the cost of any section 179 property you elected to expense but were unable to because of the business income limit. Filing amended federal tax return This disallowed deduction amount is shown on line 13 of Form 4562. Filing amended federal tax return You use the amount you carry over to determine your section 179 deduction in the next year. Filing amended federal tax return Enter that amount on line 10 of your Form 4562 for the next year. Filing amended federal tax return   If you place more than one property in service in a year, you can select the properties for which all or a part of the costs will be carried forward. Filing amended federal tax return Your selections must be shown in your books and records. Filing amended federal tax return For this purpose, treat section 179 costs allocated from a partnership or an S corporation as one item of section 179 property. Filing amended federal tax return If you do not make a selection, the total carryover will be allocated equally among the properties you elected to expense for the year. Filing amended federal tax return   If costs from more than one year are carried forward to a subsequent year in which only part of the total carryover can be deducted, you must deduct the costs being carried forward from the earliest year first. Filing amended federal tax return Special rules for qualified section 179 real property. Filing amended federal tax return   You can carry over to 2013 a 2012 deduction attributable to qualified section 179 real property that you elected to expense but were unable to take because of the business income limitation. Filing amended federal tax return Any such 2012 carryover amounts that are not deducted in 2013, plus any 2013 disallowed section 179 expense deductions attributable to qualified real property, are not carried over to 2014. Filing amended federal tax return Instead these amounts are treated as property placed in service on the first day of 2013 for purposes of computing depreciation (including the special depreciation allowance, if applicable). Filing amended federal tax return See section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code and Notice 2013-59 for more information. Filing amended federal tax return If there is a sale or other disposition of your property (including a transfer at death) before you can use the full amount of any outstanding carryover of your disallowed section 179 deduction, neither you nor the new owner can deduct any of the unused amount. Filing amended federal tax return Instead, you must add it back to the property's basis. Filing amended federal tax return Partnerships and Partners The section 179 deduction limits apply both to the partnership and to each partner. Filing amended federal tax return The partnership determines its section 179 deduction subject to the limits. Filing amended federal tax return It then allocates the deduction among its partners. Filing amended federal tax return Each partner adds the amount allocated from partnerships (shown on Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. Filing amended federal tax return ) to his or her nonpartnership section 179 costs and then applies the dollar limit to this total. Filing amended federal tax return To determine any reduction in the dollar limit for costs over $2,000,000, the partner does not include any of the cost of section 179 property placed in service by the partnership. Filing amended federal tax return After the dollar limit (reduced for any nonpartnership section 179 costs over $2,000,000) is applied, any remaining cost of the partnership and nonpartnership section 179 property is subject to the business income limit. Filing amended federal tax return Partnership's taxable income. Filing amended federal tax return   For purposes of the business income limit, figure the partnership's taxable income by adding together the net income and losses from all trades or businesses actively conducted by the partnership during the year. Filing amended federal tax return See the Instructions for Form 1065 for information on how to figure partnership net income (or loss). Filing amended federal tax return However, figure taxable income without regard to credits, tax-exempt income, the section 179 deduction, and guaranteed payments under section 707(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Filing amended federal tax return Partner's share of partnership's taxable income. Filing amended federal tax return   For purposes of the business income limit, the taxable income of a partner engaged in the active conduct of one or more of a partnership's trades or businesses includes his or her allocable share of taxable income derived from the partnership's active conduct of any trade or business. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return In 2013, Beech Partnership placed in service section 179 property with a total cost of $2,025,000. Filing amended federal tax return The partnership must reduce its dollar limit by $25,000 ($2,025,000 − $2,000,000). Filing amended federal tax return Its maximum section 179 deduction is $475,000 ($500,000 − $25,000), and it elects to expense that amount. Filing amended federal tax return The partnership's taxable income from the active conduct of all its trades or businesses for the year was $600,000, so it can deduct the full $475,000. Filing amended federal tax return It allocates $40,000 of its section 179 deduction and $50,000 of its taxable income to Dean, one of its partners. Filing amended federal tax return In addition to being a partner in Beech Partnership, Dean is also a partner in the Cedar Partnership, which allocated to him a $30,000 section 179 deduction and $35,000 of its taxable income from the active conduct of its business. Filing amended federal tax return He also conducts a business as a sole proprietor and, in 2013, placed in service in that business qualifying section 179 property costing $55,000. Filing amended federal tax return He had a net loss of $5,000 from that business for the year. Filing amended federal tax return Dean does not have to include section 179 partnership costs to figure any reduction in his dollar limit, so his total section 179 costs for the year are not more than $2,000,000 and his dollar limit is not reduced. Filing amended federal tax return His maximum section 179 deduction is $500,000. Filing amended federal tax return He elects to expense all of the $70,000 in section 179 deductions allocated from the partnerships ($40,000 from Beech Partnership plus $30,000 from Cedar Partnership), plus $55,000 of his sole proprietorship's section 179 costs, and notes that information in his books and records. Filing amended federal tax return However, his deduction is limited to his business taxable income of $80,000 ($50,000 from Beech Partnership, plus $35,000 from Cedar Partnership minus $5,000 loss from his sole proprietorship). Filing amended federal tax return He carries over $45,000 ($125,000 − $80,000) of the elected section 179 costs to 2014. Filing amended federal tax return He allocates the carryover amount to the cost of section 179 property placed in service in his sole proprietorship, and notes that allocation in his books and records. Filing amended federal tax return Different tax years. Filing amended federal tax return   For purposes of the business income limit, if the partner's tax year and that of the partnership differ, the partner's share of the partnership's taxable income for a tax year is generally the partner's distributive share for the partnership tax year that ends with or within the partner's tax year. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return John and James Oak are equal partners in Oak Partnership. Filing amended federal tax return Oak Partnership uses a tax year ending January 31. Filing amended federal tax return John and James both use a tax year ending December 31. Filing amended federal tax return For its tax year ending January 31, 2013, Oak Partnership's taxable income from the active conduct of its business is $80,000, of which $70,000 was earned during 2012. Filing amended federal tax return John and James each include $40,000 (each partner's entire share) of partnership taxable income in computing their business income limit for the 2013 tax year. Filing amended federal tax return Adjustment of partner's basis in partnership. Filing amended federal tax return   A partner must reduce the basis of his or her partnership interest by the total amount of section 179 expenses allocated from the partnership even if the partner cannot currently deduct the total amount. Filing amended federal tax return If the partner disposes of his or her partnership interest, the partner's basis for determining gain or loss is increased by any outstanding carryover of disallowed section 179 expenses allocated from the partnership. Filing amended federal tax return Adjustment of partnership's basis in section 179 property. Filing amended federal tax return   The basis of a partnership's section 179 property must be reduced by the section 179 deduction elected by the partnership. Filing amended federal tax return This reduction of basis must be made even if a partner cannot deduct all or part of the section 179 deduction allocated to that partner by the partnership because of the limits. Filing amended federal tax return S Corporations Generally, the rules that apply to a partnership and its partners also apply to an S corporation and its shareholders. Filing amended federal tax return The deduction limits apply to an S corporation and to each shareholder. Filing amended federal tax return The S corporation allocates its deduction to the shareholders who then take their section 179 deduction subject to the limits. Filing amended federal tax return Figuring taxable income for an S corporation. Filing amended federal tax return   To figure taxable income (or loss) from the active conduct by an S corporation of any trade or business, you total the net income and losses from all trades or businesses actively conducted by the S corporation during the year. Filing amended federal tax return   To figure the net income (or loss) from a trade or business actively conducted by an S corporation, you take into account the items from that trade or business that are passed through to the shareholders and used in determining each shareholder's tax liability. Filing amended federal tax return However, you do not take into account any credits, tax-exempt income, the section 179 deduction, and deductions for compensation paid to shareholder-employees. Filing amended federal tax return For purposes of determining the total amount of S corporation items, treat deductions and losses as negative income. Filing amended federal tax return In figuring the taxable income of an S corporation, disregard any limits on the amount of an S corporation item that must be taken into account when figuring a shareholder's taxable income. Filing amended federal tax return Other Corporations A corporation's taxable income from its active conduct of any trade or business is its taxable income figured with the following changes. Filing amended federal tax return It is figured before deducting the section 179 deduction, any net operating loss deduction, and special deductions (as reported on the corporation's income tax return). Filing amended federal tax return It is adjusted for items of income or deduction included in the amount figured in 1, above, not derived from a trade or business actively conducted by the corporation during the tax year. Filing amended federal tax return How Do You Elect the Deduction? You elect to take the section 179 deduction by completing Part I of Form 4562. Filing amended federal tax return If you elect the deduction for listed property (described in chapter 5), complete Part V of Form 4562 before completing Part I. Filing amended federal tax return For property placed in service in 2013, file Form 4562 with either of the following. Filing amended federal tax return Your original 2013 tax return, whether or not you file it timely. Filing amended federal tax return An amended return for 2013 filed within the time prescribed by law. Filing amended federal tax return An election made on an amended return must specify the item of section 179 property to which the election applies and the part of the cost of each such item to be taken into account. Filing amended federal tax return The amended return must also include any resulting adjustments to taxable income. Filing amended federal tax return You must keep records that show the specific identification of each piece of qualifying section 179 property. Filing amended federal tax return These records must show how you acquired the property, the person you acquired it from, and when you placed it in service. Filing amended federal tax return Election for certain qualified section 179 real property. Filing amended federal tax return   You can elect to expense certain qualified real property that you placed in service as section 179 property for tax years beginning in 2013. Filing amended federal tax return If you elect to treat this property as section 179 property, you must elect the application of the special rules for qualified real property described in section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. Filing amended federal tax return   To make the election, attach a statement indicating you are “electing the application of section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code” with either of the following. Filing amended federal tax return Your original 2013 tax return, whether or not you file it timely. Filing amended federal tax return An amended return for 2013 filed within the time prescribed by law. Filing amended federal tax return The amended return must also include any adjustments to taxable income. Filing amended federal tax return   The statement should indicate your election to expense certain qualified real property under section 179(f) on your return. Filing amended federal tax return It must specify one or more of the three types of qualified property (described under Qualified real property ) to which the election applies, the cost of each such type, and the portion of the cost of each such property to be taken into account. Filing amended federal tax return Also, report this on line 6 of Form 4562. Filing amended federal tax return    The maximum section 179 expense deduction that can be taken for qualified section 179 real property is limited to $250,000. Filing amended federal tax return Revoking an election. Filing amended federal tax return   An election (or any specification made in the election) to take a section 179 deduction for 2013 can be revoked without IRS approval by filing an amended return. Filing amended federal tax return The amended return must be filed within the time prescribed by law. Filing amended federal tax return The amended return must also include any resulting adjustments to taxable income. Filing amended federal tax return Once made, the revocation is irrevocable. Filing amended federal tax return When Must You Recapture the Deduction? You may have to recapture the section 179 deduction if, in any year during the property's recovery period, the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less. Filing amended federal tax return In the year the business use drops to 50% or less, you include the recapture amount as ordinary income in Part IV of Form 4797. Filing amended federal tax return You also increase the basis of the property by the recapture amount. Filing amended federal tax return Recovery periods for property are discussed under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4 . Filing amended federal tax return If you sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of the property, do not figure the recapture amount under the rules explained in this discussion. Filing amended federal tax return Instead, use the rules for recapturing depreciation explained in chapter 3 of Publication 544 under Section 1245 Property. Filing amended federal tax return For qualified real property (described earlier), see Notice 2013-59 for determining the portion of the gain that is attributable to section 1245 property upon the sale or other disposition of qualified real property. Filing amended federal tax return If the property is listed property (described in chapter 5 ), do not figure the recapture amount under the rules explained in this discussion when the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less. Filing amended federal tax return Instead, use the rules for recapturing excess depreciation in chapter 5 under What Is the Business-Use Requirement. Filing amended federal tax return Figuring the recapture amount. Filing amended federal tax return   To figure the amount to recapture, take the following steps. Filing amended federal tax return Figure the depreciation that would have been allowable on the section 179 deduction you claimed. Filing amended federal tax return Begin with the year you placed the property in service and include the year of recapture. Filing amended federal tax return Subtract the depreciation figured in (1) from the section 179 deduction you claimed. Filing amended federal tax return The result is the amount you must recapture. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return In January 2011, Paul Lamb, a calendar year taxpayer, bought and placed in service section 179 property costing $10,000. Filing amended federal tax return The property is not listed property. Filing amended federal tax return The property is 3-year property. Filing amended federal tax return He elected a $5,000 section 179 deduction for the property and also elected not to claim a special depreciation allowance. Filing amended federal tax return He used the property only for business in 2011 and 2012. Filing amended federal tax return In 2013, he used the property 40% for business and 60% for personal use. Filing amended federal tax return He figures his recapture amount as follows. Filing amended federal tax return Section 179 deduction claimed (2011) $5,000. Filing amended federal tax return 00 Minus: Allowable depreciation using Table A-1 (instead of section 179 deduction):   2011 $1,666. Filing amended federal tax return 50   2012 2,222. Filing amended federal tax return 50   2013 ($740. Filing amended federal tax return 50 × 40% (business)) 296. Filing amended federal tax return 20 4,185. Filing amended federal tax return 20 2013 — Recapture amount $ 814. Filing amended federal tax return 80 Paul must include $814. Filing amended federal tax return 80 in income for 2013. Filing amended federal tax return If any qualified zone property placed in service during the year ceases to be used in an empowerment zone by an enterprise zone business in a later year, the benefit of the increased section 179 deduction must be reported as other income on your return. Filing amended federal tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Filing amended federal tax return 26. Filing amended federal tax return   Car Expenses and Other Employee Business Expenses Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Travel ExpensesTraveling Away From Home Tax Home Temporary Assignment or Job What Travel Expenses Are Deductible? Travel in the United States Travel Outside the United States Conventions Entertainment Expenses50% Limit What Entertainment Expenses Are Deductible? What Entertainment Expenses Are Not Deductible? Gift Expenses Transportation ExpensesArmed Forces reservists. Filing amended federal tax return Parking fees. Filing amended federal tax return Advertising display on car. Filing amended federal tax return Car pools. Filing amended federal tax return Hauling tools or instruments. Filing amended federal tax return Union members' trips from a union hall. Filing amended federal tax return Car Expenses RecordkeepingHow To Prove Expenses How Long To Keep Records and Receipts How To ReportGifts. Filing amended federal tax return Statutory employees. Filing amended federal tax return Reimbursements Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ Special Rules What's New Standard mileage rate. Filing amended federal tax return  For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car for business use is 56½ cents per mile. Filing amended federal tax return Car expenses and use of the standard mileage rate are explained under Transportation Expenses , later. Filing amended federal tax return Depreciation limits on cars, trucks, and vans. Filing amended federal tax return  For 2013, the first-year limit on the total section 179 deduction, special depreciation allowance, and depreciation deduction for cars remains at $11,160 ($3,160 if you elect not to claim the special depreciation allowance). Filing amended federal tax return For trucks and vans the first-year limit remains at $11,360 ($3,360 if you elect not to claim the special depreciation allowance). Filing amended federal tax return For more information, see Depreciation limits in Publication 463. Filing amended federal tax return Introduction You may be able to deduct the ordinary and necessary business-related expenses you have for: Travel, Entertainment, Gifts, or Transportation. Filing amended federal tax return An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your trade or business. Filing amended federal tax return A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your business. Filing amended federal tax return An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. Filing amended federal tax return This chapter explains the following. Filing amended federal tax return What expenses are deductible. Filing amended federal tax return How to report your expenses on your return. Filing amended federal tax return What records you need to prove your expenses. Filing amended federal tax return How to treat any expense reimbursements you may receive. Filing amended federal tax return Who does not need to use this chapter. Filing amended federal tax return   If you are an employee, you will not need to read this chapter if all of the following are true. Filing amended federal tax return You fully accounted to your employer for your work-related expenses. Filing amended federal tax return You received full reimbursement for your expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Your employer required you to return any excess reimbursement and you did so. Filing amended federal tax return There is no amount shown with a code “L” in box 12 of your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Filing amended federal tax return If you meet all of these conditions, there is no need to show the expenses or the reimbursements on your return. Filing amended federal tax return See Reimbursements , later, if you would like more information on reimbursements and accounting to your employer. Filing amended federal tax return    If you meet these conditions and your employer included reimbursements on your Form W-2 in error, ask your employer for a corrected Form W-2. Filing amended federal tax return Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 535 Business Expenses Form (and Instructions) Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) Net Profit From Business Schedule F (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Farming Form 2106 Employee Business Expenses Form 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses Travel Expenses If you temporarily travel away from your tax home, you can use this section to determine if you have deductible travel expenses. Filing amended federal tax return This section discusses: Traveling away from home, Tax home, Temporary assignment or job, and What travel expenses are deductible. Filing amended federal tax return It also discusses the standard meal allowance, rules for travel inside and outside the United States, and deductible convention expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Travel expenses defined. Filing amended federal tax return   For tax purposes, travel expenses are the ordinary and necessary expenses (defined earlier) of traveling away from home for your business, profession, or job. Filing amended federal tax return   You will find examples of deductible travel expenses in Table 26-1 . Filing amended federal tax return Traveling Away From Home You are traveling away from home if: Your duties require you to be away from the general area of your tax home (defined later) substantially longer than an ordinary day's work, and You need to sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. Filing amended federal tax return This rest requirement is not satisfied by merely napping in your car. Filing amended federal tax return You do not have to be away from your tax home for a whole day or from dusk to dawn as long as your relief from duty is long enough to get necessary sleep or rest. Filing amended federal tax return Example 1. Filing amended federal tax return You are a railroad conductor. Filing amended federal tax return You leave your home terminal on a regularly scheduled round-trip run between two cities and return home 16 hours later. Filing amended federal tax return During the run, you have 6 hours off at your turnaround point where you eat two meals and rent a hotel room to get necessary sleep before starting the return trip. Filing amended federal tax return You are considered to be away from home. Filing amended federal tax return Example 2. Filing amended federal tax return You are a truck driver. Filing amended federal tax return You leave your terminal and return to it later the same day. Filing amended federal tax return You get an hour off at your turnaround point to eat. Filing amended federal tax return Because you are not off to get necessary sleep and the brief time off is not an adequate rest period, you are not traveling away from home. Filing amended federal tax return Members of the Armed Forces. Filing amended federal tax return   If you are a member of the U. Filing amended federal tax return S. Filing amended federal tax return Armed Forces on a permanent duty assignment overseas, you are not traveling away from home. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot deduct your expenses for meals and lodging. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot deduct these expenses even if you have to maintain a home in the United States for your family members who are not allowed to accompany you overseas. Filing amended federal tax return If you are transferred from one permanent duty station to another, you may have deductible moving expenses, which are explained in Publication 521, Moving Expenses. Filing amended federal tax return    A naval officer assigned to permanent duty aboard a ship that has regular eating and living facilities has a tax home aboard ship for travel expense purposes. Filing amended federal tax return Tax Home To determine whether you are traveling away from home, you must first determine the location of your tax home. Filing amended federal tax return Generally, your tax home is your regular place of business or post of duty, regardless of where you maintain your family home. Filing amended federal tax return It includes the entire city or general area in which your business or work is located. Filing amended federal tax return If you have more than one regular place of business, your tax home is your main place of business. Filing amended federal tax return See Main place of business or work , later. Filing amended federal tax return If you do not have a regular or a main place of business because of the nature of your work, then your tax home may be the place where you regularly live. Filing amended federal tax return See No main place of business or work , later. Filing amended federal tax return If you do not have a regular or a main place of business or post of duty and there is no place where you regularly live, you are considered an itinerant (a transient) and your tax home is wherever you work. Filing amended federal tax return As an itinerant, you cannot claim a travel expense deduction because you are never considered to be traveling away from home. Filing amended federal tax return Main place of business or work. Filing amended federal tax return   If you have more than one place of business or work, consider the following when determining which one is your main place of business or work. Filing amended federal tax return The total time you ordinarily spend in each place. Filing amended federal tax return The level of your business activity in each place. Filing amended federal tax return Whether your income from each place is significant or insignificant. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return You live in Cincinnati where you have a seasonal job for 8 months each year and earn $40,000. Filing amended federal tax return You work the other 4 months in Miami, also at a seasonal job, and earn $15,000. Filing amended federal tax return Cincinnati is your main place of work because you spend most of your time there and earn most of your income there. Filing amended federal tax return No main place of business or work. Filing amended federal tax return   You may have a tax home even if you do not have a regular or main place of business or work. Filing amended federal tax return Your tax home may be the home where you regularly live. Filing amended federal tax return Factors used to determine tax home. Filing amended federal tax return   If you do not have a regular or main place of business or work, use the following three factors to determine where your tax home is. Filing amended federal tax return You perform part of your business in the area of your main home and use that home for lodging while doing business in the area. Filing amended federal tax return You have living expenses at your main home that you duplicate because your business requires you to be away from that home. Filing amended federal tax return You have not abandoned the area in which both your historical place of lodging and your claimed main home are located; you have a member or members of your family living at your main home; or you often use that home for lodging. Filing amended federal tax return   If you satisfy all three factors, your tax home is the home where you regularly live. Filing amended federal tax return If you satisfy only two factors, you may have a tax home depending on all the facts and circumstances. Filing amended federal tax return If you satisfy only one factor, you are an itinerant; your tax home is wherever you work and you cannot deduct travel expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return You are single and live in Boston in an apartment you rent. Filing amended federal tax return You have worked for your employer in Boston for a number of years. Filing amended federal tax return Your employer enrolls you in a 12-month executive training program. Filing amended federal tax return You do not expect to return to work in Boston after you complete your training. Filing amended federal tax return During your training, you do not do any work in Boston. Filing amended federal tax return Instead, you receive classroom and on-the-job training throughout the United States. Filing amended federal tax return You keep your apartment in Boston and return to it frequently. Filing amended federal tax return You use your apartment to conduct your personal business. Filing amended federal tax return You also keep up your community contacts in Boston. Filing amended federal tax return When you complete your training, you are transferred to Los Angeles. Filing amended federal tax return You do not satisfy factor (1) because you did not work in Boston. Filing amended federal tax return You satisfy factor (2) because you had duplicate living expenses. Filing amended federal tax return You also satisfy factor (3) because you did not abandon your apartment in Boston as your main home, you kept your community contacts, and you frequently returned to live in your apartment. Filing amended federal tax return Therefore, you have a tax home in Boston. Filing amended federal tax return Tax home different from family home. Filing amended federal tax return   If you (and your family) do not live at your tax home (defined earlier), you cannot deduct the cost of traveling between your tax home and your family home. Filing amended federal tax return You also cannot deduct the cost of meals and lodging while at your tax home. Filing amended federal tax return See Example 1 . Filing amended federal tax return   If you are working temporarily in the same city where you and your family live, you may be considered as traveling away from home. Filing amended federal tax return See Example 2 . Filing amended federal tax return Example 1. Filing amended federal tax return You are a truck driver and you and your family live in Tucson. Filing amended federal tax return You are employed by a trucking firm that has its terminal in Phoenix. Filing amended federal tax return At the end of your long runs, you return to your home terminal in Phoenix and spend one night there before returning home. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot deduct any expenses you have for meals and lodging in Phoenix or the cost of traveling from Phoenix to Tucson. Filing amended federal tax return This is because Phoenix is your tax home. Filing amended federal tax return Example 2. Filing amended federal tax return Your family home is in Pittsburgh, where you work 12 weeks a year. Filing amended federal tax return The rest of the year you work for the same employer in Baltimore. Filing amended federal tax return In Baltimore, you eat in restaurants and sleep in a rooming house. Filing amended federal tax return Your salary is the same whether you are in Pittsburgh or Baltimore. Filing amended federal tax return Because you spend most of your working time and earn most of your salary in Baltimore, that city is your tax home. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot deduct any expenses you have for meals and lodging there. Filing amended federal tax return However, when you return to work in Pittsburgh, you are away from your tax home even though you stay at your family home. Filing amended federal tax return You can deduct the cost of your round trip between Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Filing amended federal tax return You can also deduct your part of your family's living expenses for meals and lodging while you are living and working in Pittsburgh. Filing amended federal tax return Temporary Assignment or Job You may regularly work at your tax home and also work at another location. Filing amended federal tax return It may not be practical to return to your tax home from this other location at the end of each work day. Filing amended federal tax return Temporary assignment vs. Filing amended federal tax return indefinite assignment. Filing amended federal tax return   If your assignment or job away from your main place of work is temporary, your tax home does not change. Filing amended federal tax return You are considered to be away from home for the whole period you are away from your main place of work. Filing amended federal tax return You can deduct your travel expenses if they otherwise qualify for deduction. Filing amended federal tax return Generally, a temporary assignment in a single location is one that is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for 1 year or less. Filing amended federal tax return   However, if your assignment or job is indefinite, the location of the assignment or job becomes your new tax home and you cannot deduct your travel expenses while there. Filing amended federal tax return An assignment or job in a single location is considered indefinite if it is realistically expected to last for more than 1 year, whether or not it actually lasts for more than 1 year. Filing amended federal tax return   If your assignment is indefinite, you must include in your income any amounts you receive from your employer for living expenses, even if they are called travel allowances and you account to your employer for them. Filing amended federal tax return You may be able to deduct the cost of relocating to your new tax home as a moving expense. Filing amended federal tax return See Publication 521 for more information. Filing amended federal tax return Exception for federal crime investigations or prosecutions. Filing amended federal tax return   If you are a federal employee participating in a federal crime investigation or prosecution, you are not subject to the 1-year rule. Filing amended federal tax return This means you may be able to deduct travel expenses even if you are away from your tax home for more than 1 year, provided you meet the other requirements for deductibility. Filing amended federal tax return   For you to qualify, the Attorney General (or his or her designee) must certify that you are traveling: For the federal government, In a temporary duty status, and To investigate or prosecute, or provide support services for the investigation or prosecution of a federal crime. Filing amended federal tax return Determining temporary or indefinite. Filing amended federal tax return   You must determine whether your assignment is temporary or indefinite when you start work. Filing amended federal tax return If you expect an assignment or job to last for 1 year or less, it is temporary unless there are facts and circumstances that indicate otherwise. Filing amended federal tax return An assignment or job that is initially temporary may become indefinite due to changed circumstances. Filing amended federal tax return A series of assignments to the same location, all for short periods but that together cover a long period, may be considered an indefinite assignment. Filing amended federal tax return Going home on days off. Filing amended federal tax return   If you go back to your tax home from a temporary assignment on your days off, you are not considered away from home while you are in your hometown. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot deduct the cost of your meals and lodging there. Filing amended federal tax return However, you can deduct your travel expenses, including meals and lodging, while traveling between your temporary place of work and your tax home. Filing amended federal tax return You can claim these expenses up to the amount it would have cost you to stay at your temporary place of work. Filing amended federal tax return   If you keep your hotel room during your visit home, you can deduct the cost of your hotel room. Filing amended federal tax return In addition, you can deduct your expenses of returning home up to the amount you would have spent for meals had you stayed at your temporary place of work. Filing amended federal tax return Probationary work period. Filing amended federal tax return   If you take a job that requires you to move, with the understanding that you will keep the job if your work is satisfactory during a probationary period, the job is indefinite. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot deduct any of your expenses for meals and lodging during the probationary period. Filing amended federal tax return What Travel Expenses Are Deductible? Once you have determined that you are traveling away from your tax home, you can determine what travel expenses are deductible. Filing amended federal tax return You can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses you have when you travel away from home on business. Filing amended federal tax return The type of expense you can deduct depends on the facts and your circumstances. Filing amended federal tax return Table 26-1 summarizes travel expenses you may be able to deduct. Filing amended federal tax return You may have other deductible travel expenses that are not covered there, depending on the facts and your circumstances. Filing amended federal tax return When you travel away from home on business, you should keep records of all the expenses you have and any advances you receive from your employer. Filing amended federal tax return You can use a log, diary, notebook, or any other written record to keep track of your expenses. Filing amended federal tax return The types of expenses you need to record, along with supporting documentation, are described in Table 26-2 , later. Filing amended federal tax return Separating costs. Filing amended federal tax return   If you have one expense that includes the costs of meals, entertainment, and other services (such as lodging or transportation), you must allocate that expense between the cost of meals and entertainment and the cost of other services. Filing amended federal tax return You must have a reasonable basis for making this allocation. Filing amended federal tax return For example, you must allocate your expenses if a hotel includes one or more meals in its room charge. Filing amended federal tax return Travel expenses for another individual. Filing amended federal tax return   If a spouse, dependent, or other individual goes with you (or your employee) on a business trip or to a business convention, you generally cannot deduct his or her travel expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Employee. Filing amended federal tax return   You can deduct the travel expenses of someone who goes with you if that person: Is your employee, Has a bona fide business purpose for the travel, and Would otherwise be allowed to deduct the travel expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Business associate. Filing amended federal tax return   If a business associate travels with you and meets the conditions in (2) and (3) above, you can deduct the travel expenses you have for that person. Filing amended federal tax return A business associate is someone with whom you could reasonably expect to engage or deal in the active conduct of your business. Filing amended federal tax return A business associate can be a current or prospective (likely to become) customer, client, supplier, employee, agent, partner, or professional advisor. Filing amended federal tax return Bona fide business purpose. Filing amended federal tax return   A bona fide business purpose exists if you can prove a real business purpose for the individual's presence. Filing amended federal tax return Incidental services, such as typing notes or assisting in entertaining customers, are not enough to make the expenses deductible. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return Jerry drives to Chicago on business and takes his wife, Linda, with him. Filing amended federal tax return Linda is not Jerry's employee. Filing amended federal tax return Linda occasionally types notes, performs similar services, and accompanies Jerry to luncheons and dinners. Filing amended federal tax return The performance of these services does not establish that her presence on the trip is necessary to the conduct of Jerry's business. Filing amended federal tax return Her expenses are not deductible. Filing amended federal tax return Jerry pays $199 a day for a double room. Filing amended federal tax return A single room costs $149 a day. Filing amended federal tax return He can deduct the total cost of driving his car to and from Chicago, but only $149 a day for his hotel room. Filing amended federal tax return If he uses public transportation, he can deduct only his fare. Filing amended federal tax return Table 26-1. Filing amended federal tax return Travel Expenses You Can Deduct This chart summarizes expenses you can deduct when you travel away from home for business purposes. Filing amended federal tax return IF you have expenses for. Filing amended federal tax return . Filing amended federal tax return . Filing amended federal tax return THEN you can deduct the cost of. Filing amended federal tax return . Filing amended federal tax return . Filing amended federal tax return transportation travel by airplane, train, bus, or car between your home and your business destination. Filing amended federal tax return If you were provided with a ticket or you are riding free as a result of a frequent traveler or similar program, your cost is zero. Filing amended federal tax return If you travel by ship, see Luxury Water Travel and Cruise ships (under Conventions) in Publication 463 for additional rules and limits. Filing amended federal tax return taxi, commuter bus, and airport limousine fares for these and other types of transportation that take you between: The airport or station and your hotel, and The hotel and the work location of your customers or clients, your business meeting place, or your temporary work location. Filing amended federal tax return baggage and shipping sending baggage and sample or display material between your regular and temporary work locations. Filing amended federal tax return car operating and maintaining your car when traveling away from home on business. Filing amended federal tax return You can deduct actual expenses or the standard mileage rate as well as business-related tolls and parking. Filing amended federal tax return If you rent a car while away from home on business, you can deduct only the business-use portion of the expenses. Filing amended federal tax return lodging and meals your lodging and meals if your business trip is overnight or long enough that you need to stop for sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. Filing amended federal tax return Meals include amounts spent for food, beverages, taxes, and related tips. Filing amended federal tax return See Meals and Incidental Expenses for additional rules and limits. Filing amended federal tax return cleaning dry cleaning and laundry. Filing amended federal tax return telephone business calls while on your business trip. Filing amended federal tax return This includes business communication by fax machine or other communication devices. Filing amended federal tax return tips tips you pay for any expenses in this chart. Filing amended federal tax return other other similar ordinary and necessary expenses related to your business travel. Filing amended federal tax return These expenses might include transportation to or from a business meal, public stenographer's fees, computer rental fees, and operating and maintaining a house trailer. Filing amended federal tax return Meals and Incidental Expenses You can deduct the cost of meals in either of the following situations. Filing amended federal tax return It is necessary for you to stop for substantial sleep or rest to properly perform your duties while traveling away from home on business. Filing amended federal tax return The meal is business-related entertainment. Filing amended federal tax return Business-related entertainment is discussed under Entertainment Expenses , later. Filing amended federal tax return The following discussion deals only with meals (and incidental expenses) that are not business-related entertainment. Filing amended federal tax return Lavish or extravagant. Filing amended federal tax return   You cannot deduct expenses for meals that are lavish or extravagant. Filing amended federal tax return An expense is not considered lavish or extravagant if it is reasonable based on the facts and circumstances. Filing amended federal tax return Expenses will not be disallowed merely because they are more than a fixed dollar amount or take place at deluxe restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, or resorts. Filing amended federal tax return 50% limit on meals. Filing amended federal tax return   You can figure your meal expenses using either of the following methods. Filing amended federal tax return Actual cost. Filing amended federal tax return The standard meal allowance. Filing amended federal tax return Both of these methods are explained below. Filing amended federal tax return But, regardless of the method you use, you generally can deduct only 50% of the unreimbursed cost of your meals. Filing amended federal tax return   If you are reimbursed for the cost of your meals, how you apply the 50% limit depends on whether your employer's reimbursement plan was accountable or nonaccountable. Filing amended federal tax return If you are not reimbursed, the 50% limit applies whether the unreimbursed meal expense is for business travel or business entertainment. Filing amended federal tax return The 50% limit is explained later under Entertainment Expenses . Filing amended federal tax return Accountable and nonaccountable plans are discussed later under Reimbursements . Filing amended federal tax return Actual cost. Filing amended federal tax return   You can use the actual cost of your meals to figure the amount of your expense before reimbursement and application of the 50% deduction limit. Filing amended federal tax return If you use this method, you must keep records of your actual cost. Filing amended federal tax return Standard meal allowance. Filing amended federal tax return   Generally, you can use the “standard meal allowance” method as an alternative to the actual cost method. Filing amended federal tax return It allows you to use a set amount for your daily meals and incidental expenses (M&IE), instead of keeping records of your actual costs. Filing amended federal tax return The set amount varies depending on where and when you travel. Filing amended federal tax return In this chapter, “standard meal allowance” refers to the federal rate for M&IE, discussed later under Amount of standard meal allowance . Filing amended federal tax return If you use the standard meal allowance, you still must keep records to prove the time, place, and business purpose of your travel. Filing amended federal tax return See Recordkeeping , later. Filing amended federal tax return Incidental expenses. Filing amended federal tax return   The term “incidental expenses” means fees and tips given to porters, baggage carriers, hotel staff, and staff on ships. Filing amended federal tax return Incidental expenses do not include expenses for laundry, cleaning and pressing of clothing, lodging taxes, costs of telegrams or telephone calls, transportation between places of lodging or business and places where meals are taken, or the mailing cost of filing travel vouchers and paying employer-sponsored charge card billings. Filing amended federal tax return Incidental expenses only method. Filing amended federal tax return   You can use an optional method (instead of actual cost) for deducting incidental expenses only. Filing amended federal tax return The amount of the deduction is $5 a day. Filing amended federal tax return You can use this method only if you did not pay or incur any meal expenses. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot use this method on any day that you use the standard meal allowance. Filing amended federal tax return    Federal employees should refer to the Federal Travel Regulations at  www. Filing amended federal tax return gsa. Filing amended federal tax return gov. Filing amended federal tax return Find “What GSA Offers” and click on “Regulations: FMR, FTR, & FAR” for Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) for changes affecting claims for reimbursement. Filing amended federal tax return 50% limit may apply. Filing amended federal tax return   If you use the standard meal allowance method for meal expenses and you are not reimbursed or you are reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan, you can generally deduct only 50% of the standard meal allowance. Filing amended federal tax return If you are reimbursed under an accountable plan and you are deducting amounts that are more than your reimbursements, you can deduct only 50% of the excess amount. Filing amended federal tax return The 50% limit is explained later under Entertainment Expenses . Filing amended federal tax return Accountable and nonaccountable plans are discussed later under Reimbursements . Filing amended federal tax return There is no optional standard lodging amount similar to the standard meal allowance. Filing amended federal tax return Your allowable lodging expense deduction is your actual cost. Filing amended federal tax return Who can use the standard meal allowance. Filing amended federal tax return   You can use the standard meal allowance whether you are an employee or self-employed, and whether or not you are reimbursed for your traveling expenses. Filing amended federal tax return   Use of the standard meal allowance for other travel. Filing amended federal tax return    You can use the standard meal allowance to figure your meal expenses when you travel in connection with investment and other income-producing property. Filing amended federal tax return You can also use it to figure your meal expenses when you travel for qualifying educational purposes. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot use the standard meal allowance to figure the cost of your meals when you travel for medical or charitable purposes. Filing amended federal tax return Amount of standard meal allowance. Filing amended federal tax return   The standard meal allowance is the federal M&IE rate. Filing amended federal tax return For travel in 2013, the daily rate for most small localities in the United States is $46. Filing amended federal tax return   Most major cities and many other localities in the United States are designated as high-cost areas, qualifying for higher standard meal allowances. Filing amended federal tax return You can find this information (organized by state) on the Internet at www. Filing amended federal tax return gsa. Filing amended federal tax return gov. Filing amended federal tax return Click on “Per Diem Rates,” then select “2013” for the period January 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013, and select “2014” for the period October 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013. Filing amended federal tax return However, you can apply the rates in effect before October 1, 2013, for expenses of all travel within the United States for 2013 instead of the updated rates. Filing amended federal tax return You must consistently use either the rates for the first 9 months for all of 2013 or the updated rates for the period of October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013. Filing amended federal tax return   If you travel to more than one location in one day, use the rate in effect for the area where you stop for sleep or rest. Filing amended federal tax return If you work in the transportation industry, however, see Special rate for transportation workers , later. Filing amended federal tax return Standard meal allowance for areas outside the continental United States. Filing amended federal tax return    The standard meal allowance rates above do not apply to travel in Alaska, Hawaii, or any other location outside the continental United States. Filing amended federal tax return The Department of Defense establishes per diem rates for Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Midway, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U. Filing amended federal tax return S. Filing amended federal tax return Virgin Islands, Wake Island, and other non-foreign areas outside the continental United States. Filing amended federal tax return The Department of State establishes per diem rates for all other foreign areas. Filing amended federal tax return    You can access per diem rates for non-foreign areas outside the continental United States at: www. Filing amended federal tax return defensetravel. Filing amended federal tax return dod. Filing amended federal tax return mil/site/perdiemCalc. Filing amended federal tax return cfm. Filing amended federal tax return You can access all other foreign per diem rates at www. Filing amended federal tax return state. Filing amended federal tax return gov/travel/. Filing amended federal tax return Click on “Travel Per Diem Allowances for Foreign Areas” under “Foreign Per Diem Rates,” to obtain the latest foreign per diem rates. Filing amended federal tax return Special rate for transportation workers. Filing amended federal tax return   You can use a special standard meal allowance if you work in the transportation industry. Filing amended federal tax return You are in the transportation industry if your work: Directly involves moving people or goods by airplane, barge, bus, ship, train, or truck, and Regularly requires you to travel away from home and, during any single trip, usually involves travel to areas eligible for different standard meal allowance rates. Filing amended federal tax return If this applies to you, you can claim a standard daily meal allowance of $59 ($65 for travel outside the continental United States). Filing amended federal tax return   Using the special rate for transportation workers eliminates the need for you to determine the standard meal allowance for every area where you stop for sleep or rest. Filing amended federal tax return If you choose to use the special rate for any trip, you must use the special rate (and not use the regular standard meal allowance rates) for all trips you take that year. Filing amended federal tax return Travel for days you depart and return. Filing amended federal tax return   For both the day you depart for and the day you return from a business trip, you must prorate the standard meal allowance (figure a reduced amount for each day). Filing amended federal tax return You can do so by one of two methods. Filing amended federal tax return Method 1: You can claim 3/4 of the standard meal allowance. Filing amended federal tax return Method 2: You can prorate using any method that you consistently apply and that is in accordance with reasonable business practice. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return Jen is employed in New Orleans as a convention planner. Filing amended federal tax return In March, her employer sent her on a 3-day trip to Washington, DC, to attend a planning seminar. Filing amended federal tax return She left her home in New Orleans at 10 a. Filing amended federal tax return m. Filing amended federal tax return on Wednesday and arrived in Washington, DC, at 5:30 p. Filing amended federal tax return m. Filing amended federal tax return After spending two nights there, she flew back to New Orleans on Friday and arrived back home at 8:00 p. Filing amended federal tax return m. Filing amended federal tax return Jen's employer gave her a flat amount to cover her expenses and included it with her wages. Filing amended federal tax return Under Method 1, Jen can claim 2½ days of the standard meal allowance for Washington, DC: 3/4 of the daily rate for Wednesday and Friday (the days she departed and returned), and the full daily rate for Thursday. Filing amended federal tax return Under Method 2, Jen could also use any method that she applies consistently and that is in accordance with reasonable business practice. Filing amended federal tax return For example, she could claim 3 days of the standard meal allowance even though a federal employee would have to use Method 1 and be limited to only 2½ days. Filing amended federal tax return Travel in the United States The following discussion applies to travel in the United States. Filing amended federal tax return For this purpose, the United States includes only the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Filing amended federal tax return The treatment of your travel expenses depends on how much of your trip was business related and on how much of your trip occurred within the United States. Filing amended federal tax return See Part of Trip Outside the United States , later. Filing amended federal tax return Trip Primarily for Business You can deduct all your travel expenses if your trip was entirely business related. Filing amended federal tax return If your trip was primarily for business and, while at your business destination, you extended your stay for a vacation, made a personal side trip, or had other personal activities, you can deduct your business-related travel expenses. Filing amended federal tax return These expenses include the travel costs of getting to and from your business destination and any business-related expenses at your business destination. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return You work in Atlanta and take a business trip to New Orleans in May. Filing amended federal tax return On your way home, you stop in Mobile to visit your parents. Filing amended federal tax return You spend $1,996 for the 9 days you are away from home for travel, meals, lodging, and other travel expenses. Filing amended federal tax return If you had not stopped in Mobile, you would have been gone only 6 days, and your total cost would have been $1,696. Filing amended federal tax return You can deduct $1,696 for your trip, including the cost of round-trip transportation to and from New Orleans. Filing amended federal tax return The deduction for your meals is subject to the 50% limit on meals mentioned earlier. Filing amended federal tax return Trip Primarily for Personal Reasons If your trip was primarily for personal reasons, such as a vacation, the entire cost of the trip is a nondeductible personal expense. Filing amended federal tax return However, you can deduct any expenses you have while at your destination that are directly related to your business. Filing amended federal tax return A trip to a resort or on a cruise ship may be a vacation even if the promoter advertises that it is primarily for business. Filing amended federal tax return The scheduling of incidental business activities during a trip, such as viewing videotapes or attending lectures dealing with general subjects, will not change what is really a vacation into a business trip. Filing amended federal tax return Part of Trip Outside the United States If part of your trip is outside the United States, use the rules described later under Travel Outside the United States for that part of the trip. Filing amended federal tax return For the part of your trip that is inside the United States, use the rules for travel in the United States. Filing amended federal tax return Travel outside the United States does not include travel from one point in the United States to another point in the United States. Filing amended federal tax return The following discussion can help you determine whether your trip was entirely within the United States. Filing amended federal tax return Public transportation. Filing amended federal tax return   If you travel by public transportation, any place in the United States where that vehicle makes a scheduled stop is a point in the United States. Filing amended federal tax return Once the vehicle leaves the last scheduled stop in the United States on its way to a point outside the United States, you apply the rules under Travel Outside the United States . Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return You fly from New York to Puerto Rico with a scheduled stop in Miami. Filing amended federal tax return You return to New York nonstop. Filing amended federal tax return The flight from New York to Miami is in the United States, so only the flight from Miami to Puerto Rico is outside the United States. Filing amended federal tax return Because there are no scheduled stops between Puerto Rico and New York, all of the return trip is outside the United States. Filing amended federal tax return Private car. Filing amended federal tax return   Travel by private car in the United States is travel between points in the United States, even when you are on your way to a destination outside the United States. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return You travel by car from Denver to Mexico City and return. Filing amended federal tax return Your travel from Denver to the border and from the border back to Denver is travel in the United States, and the rules in this section apply. Filing amended federal tax return The rules under Travel Outside the United States apply to your trip from the border to Mexico City and back to the border. Filing amended federal tax return Travel Outside the United States If any part of your business travel is outside the United States, some of your deductions for the cost of getting to and from your destination may be limited. Filing amended federal tax return For this purpose, the United States includes only the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Filing amended federal tax return How much of your travel expenses you can deduct depends in part upon how much of your trip outside the United States was business related. Filing amended federal tax return See chapter 1 of Publication 463 for information on luxury water travel. Filing amended federal tax return Travel Entirely for Business or Considered Entirely for Business You can deduct all your travel expenses of getting to and from your business destination if your trip is entirely for business or considered entirely for business. Filing amended federal tax return Travel entirely for business. Filing amended federal tax return   If you travel outside the United States and you spend the entire time on business activities, you can deduct all of your travel expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Travel considered entirely for business. Filing amended federal tax return   Even if you did not spend your entire time on business activities, your trip is considered entirely for business if you meet at least one of the following four exceptions. Filing amended federal tax return Exception 1 - No substantial control. Filing amended federal tax return   Your trip is considered entirely for business if you did not have substantial control over arranging the trip. Filing amended federal tax return The fact that you control the timing of your trip does not, by itself, mean that you have substantial control over arranging your trip. Filing amended federal tax return   You do not have substantial control over your trip if you: Are an employee who was reimbursed or paid a travel expense allowance, Are not related to your employer, and Are not a managing executive. Filing amended federal tax return    “Related to your employer” is defined later in this chapter under Per Diem and Car Allowances . Filing amended federal tax return   A “managing executive” is an employee who has the authority and responsibility, without being subject to the veto of another, to decide on the need for the business travel. Filing amended federal tax return    A self-employed person generally has substantial control over arranging business trips. Filing amended federal tax return Exception 2 - Outside United States no more than a week. Filing amended federal tax return   Your trip is considered entirely for business if you were outside the United States for a week or less, combining business and nonbusiness activities. Filing amended federal tax return One week means 7 consecutive days. Filing amended federal tax return In counting the days, do not count the day you leave the United States, but do count the day you return to the United States. Filing amended federal tax return Exception 3 - Less than 25% of time on personal activities. Filing amended federal tax return   Your trip is considered entirely for business if: You were outside the United States for more than a week, and You spent less than 25% of the total time you were outside the United States on nonbusiness activities. Filing amended federal tax return For this purpose, count both the day your trip began and the day it ended. Filing amended federal tax return Exception 4 - Vacation not a major consideration. Filing amended federal tax return   Your trip is considered entirely for business if you can establish that a personal vacation was not a major consideration, even if you have substantial control over arranging the trip. Filing amended federal tax return Travel Primarily for Business If you travel outside the United States primarily for business but spend some of your time on nonbusiness activities, you generally cannot deduct all of your travel expenses. Filing amended federal tax return You can only deduct the business portion of your cost of getting to and from your destination. Filing amended federal tax return You must allocate the costs between your business and nonbusiness activities to determine your deductible amount. Filing amended federal tax return These travel allocation rules are discussed in chapter 1 of Publication 463. Filing amended federal tax return You do not have to allocate your travel expense deduction if you meet one of the four exceptions listed earlier under Travel considered entirely for business. Filing amended federal tax return In those cases, you can deduct the total cost of getting to and from your destination. Filing amended federal tax return Travel Primarily for Personal Reasons If you travel outside the United States primarily for vacation or for investment purposes, the entire cost of the trip is a nondeductible personal expense. Filing amended federal tax return If you spend some time attending brief professional seminars or a continuing education program, you can deduct your registration fees and other expenses you have that are directly related to your business. Filing amended federal tax return Conventions You can deduct your travel expenses when you attend a convention if you can show that your attendance benefits your trade or business. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot deduct the travel expenses for your family. Filing amended federal tax return If the convention is for investment, political, social, or other purposes unrelated to your trade or business, you cannot deduct the expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Your appointment or election as a delegate does not, in itself, determine whether you can deduct travel expenses. Filing amended federal tax return You can deduct your travel expenses only if your attendance is connected to your own trade or business. Filing amended federal tax return Convention agenda. Filing amended federal tax return   The convention agenda or program generally shows the purpose of the convention. Filing amended federal tax return You can show your attendance at the convention benefits your trade or business by comparing the agenda with the official duties and responsibilities of your position. Filing amended federal tax return The agenda does not have to deal specifically with your official duties and responsibilities; it will be enough if the agenda is so related to your position that it shows your attendance was for business purposes. Filing amended federal tax return Conventions held outside the North American area. Filing amended federal tax return    See chapter 1 of Publication 463 for information on conventions held outside the North American area. Filing amended federal tax return Entertainment Expenses You may be able to deduct business-related entertainment expenses you have for entertaining a client, customer, or employee. Filing amended federal tax return You can deduct entertainment expenses only if they are both ordinary and necessary (defined earlier in the Introduction ) and meet one of the following tests. Filing amended federal tax return Directly-related test. Filing amended federal tax return Associated test. Filing amended federal tax return Both of these tests are explained in chapter 2 of Publication 463. Filing amended federal tax return The amount you can deduct for entertainment expenses may be limited. Filing amended federal tax return Generally, you can deduct only 50% of your unreimbursed entertainment expenses. Filing amended federal tax return This limit is discussed next. Filing amended federal tax return 50% Limit In general, you can deduct only 50% of your business-related meal and entertainment expenses. Filing amended federal tax return (If you are subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits, you can deduct 80% of your business-related meal and entertainment expenses. Filing amended federal tax return See Individuals subject to “hours of service” limits , later. Filing amended federal tax return ) The 50% limit applies to employees or their employers, and to self-employed persons (including independent contractors) or their clients, depending on whether the expenses are reimbursed. Filing amended federal tax return Figure 26-A summarizes the general rules explained in this section. Filing amended federal tax return The 50% limit applies to business meals or entertainment expenses you have while: Traveling away from home (whether eating alone or with others) on business, Entertaining customers at your place of business, a restaurant, or other location, or Attending a business convention or reception, business meeting, or business luncheon at a club. Filing amended federal tax return Included expenses. Filing amended federal tax return   Expenses subject to the 50% limit include: Taxes and tips relating to a business meal or entertainment activity, Cover charges for admission to a nightclub, Rent paid for a room in which you hold a dinner or cocktail party, and Amounts paid for parking at a sports arena. Filing amended federal tax return However, the cost of transportation to and from a business meal or a business-related entertainment activity is not subject to the 50% limit. Filing amended federal tax return Application of 50% limit. Filing amended federal tax return   The 50% limit on meal and entertainment expenses applies if the expense is otherwise deductible and is not covered by one of the exceptions discussed later in this section. Filing amended federal tax return   The 50% limit also applies to certain meal and entertainment expenses that are not business related. Filing amended federal tax return It applies to meal and entertainment expenses incurred for the production of income, including rental or royalty income. Filing amended federal tax return It also applies to the cost of meals included in deductible educational expenses. Filing amended federal tax return When to apply the 50% limit. Filing amended federal tax return   You apply the 50% limit after determining the amount that would otherwise qualify for a deduction. Filing amended federal tax return You first have to determine the amount of meal and entertainment expenses that would be deductible under the other rules discussed in this chapter. Filing amended federal tax return Example 1. Filing amended federal tax return You spend $200 for a business-related meal. Filing amended federal tax return If $110 of that amount is not allowable because it is lavish and extravagant, the remaining $90 is subject to the 50% limit. Filing amended federal tax return Your deduction cannot be more than $45 (. Filing amended federal tax return 50 × $90). Filing amended federal tax return Example 2. Filing amended federal tax return You purchase two tickets to a concert and give them to a client. Filing amended federal tax return You purchased the tickets through a ticket agent. Filing amended federal tax return You paid $200 for the two tickets, which had a face value of $80 each ($160 total). Filing amended federal tax return Your deduction cannot be more than $80 (. Filing amended federal tax return 50 × $160). Filing amended federal tax return Exceptions to the 50% Limit Generally, business-related meal and entertainment expenses are subject to the 50% limit. Filing amended federal tax return Figure 26-A can help you determine if the 50% limit applies to you. Filing amended federal tax return Your meal or entertainment expense is not subject to the 50% limit if the expense meets one of the following exceptions. Filing amended federal tax return Employee's reimbursed expenses. Filing amended federal tax return   If you are an employee, you are not subject to the 50% limit on expenses for which your employer reimburses you under an accountable plan. Filing amended federal tax return Accountable plans are discussed later under Reimbursements . Filing amended federal tax return Individuals subject to “hours of service” limits. Filing amended federal tax return   You can deduct a higher percentage of your meal expenses while traveling away from your tax home if the meals take place during or incident to any period subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits. Filing amended federal tax return The percentage is 80%. Filing amended federal tax return   Individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits include the following persons. Filing amended federal tax return Certain air transportation workers (such as pilots, crew, dispatchers, mechanics, and control tower operators) who are under Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Filing amended federal tax return Interstate truck operators and bus drivers who are under Department of Transportation regulations. Filing amended federal tax return Certain railroad employees (such as engineers, conductors, train crews, dispatchers, and control operations personnel) who are under Federal Railroad Administration regulations. Filing amended federal tax return Certain merchant mariners who are under Coast Guard regulations. Filing amended federal tax return Other exceptions. Filing amended federal tax return   There are also exceptions for the self-employed, advertising expenses, selling meals or entertainment, and charitable sports events. Filing amended federal tax return These are discussed in Publication 463. Filing amended federal tax return Figure 26-A. Filing amended federal tax return Does the 50% Limit Apply to Your Expenses? There are exceptions to these rules. Filing amended federal tax return See Exceptions to the 50% Limit . Filing amended federal tax return Please click here for the text description of the image. Filing amended federal tax return Entertainment expenses: 50% limit What Entertainment Expenses Are Deductible? This section explains different types of entertainment expenses you may be able to deduct. Filing amended federal tax return Entertainment. Filing amended federal tax return    Entertainment includes any activity generally considered to provide entertainment, amusement, or recreation. Filing amended federal tax return Examples include entertaining guests at nightclubs; at social, athletic, and sporting clubs; at theaters; at sporting events; or on hunting, fishing, vacation, and similar trips. Filing amended federal tax return A meal as a form of entertainment. Filing amended federal tax return   Entertainment includes the cost of a meal you provide to a customer or client, whether the meal is a part of other entertainment or by itself. Filing amended federal tax return A meal expense includes the cost of food, beverages, taxes, and tips for the meal. Filing amended federal tax return To deduct an entertainment-related meal, you or your employee must be present when the food or beverages are provided. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot claim the cost of your meal both as an entertainment expense and as a travel expense. Filing amended federal tax return Separating costs. Filing amended federal tax return   If you have one expense that includes the costs of entertainment and other services (such as lodging or transportation), you must allocate that expense between the cost of entertainment and the cost of other services. Filing amended federal tax return You must have a reasonable basis for making this allocation. Filing amended federal tax return For example, you must allocate your expenses if a hotel includes entertainment in its lounge on the same bill with your room charge. Filing amended federal tax return Taking turns paying for meals or entertainment. Filing amended federal tax return   If a group of business acquaintances take turns picking up each others' meal or entertainment checks without regard to whether any business purposes are served, no member of the group can deduct any part of the expense. Filing amended federal tax return Lavish or extravagant expenses. Filing amended federal tax return   You cannot deduct expenses for entertainment that are lavish or extravagant. Filing amended federal tax return An expense is not considered lavish or extravagant if it is reasonable considering the facts and circumstances. Filing amended federal tax return Expenses will not be disallowed just because they are more than a fixed dollar amount or take place at deluxe restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, or resorts. Filing amended federal tax return Trade association meetings. Filing amended federal tax return    You can deduct entertainment expenses that are directly related to, and necessary for, attending business meetings or conventions of certain exempt organizations if the expenses of your attendance are related to your active trade or business. Filing amended federal tax return These organizations include business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, trade associations, and professional associations. Filing amended federal tax return Entertainment tickets. Filing amended federal tax return   Generally, you cannot deduct more than the face value of an entertainment ticket, even if you paid a higher price. Filing amended federal tax return For example, you cannot deduct service fees you pay to ticket agencies or brokers or any amount over the face value of the tickets you pay to scalpers. Filing amended federal tax return What Entertainment Expenses Are Not Deductible? This section explains different types of entertainment expenses you generally may not be able to deduct. Filing amended federal tax return Club dues and membership fees. Filing amended federal tax return   You cannot deduct dues (including initiation fees) for membership in any club organized for: Business, Pleasure, Recreation, or Other social purpose. Filing amended federal tax return This rule applies to any membership organization if one of its principal purposes is either: To conduct entertainment activities for members or their guests, or To provide members or their guests with access to entertainment facilities. Filing amended federal tax return   The purposes and activities of a club, not its name, will determine whether or not you can deduct the dues. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot deduct dues paid to: Country clubs, Golf and athletic clubs, Airline clubs, Hotel clubs, and Clubs operated to provide meals under circumstances generally considered to be conducive to business discussions. Filing amended federal tax return Entertainment facilities. Filing amended federal tax return   Generally, you cannot deduct any expense for the use of an entertainment facility. Filing amended federal tax return This includes expenses for depreciation and operating costs such as rent, utilities, maintenance, and protection. Filing amended federal tax return   An entertainment facility is any property you own, rent, or use for entertainment. Filing amended federal tax return Examples include a yacht, hunting lodge, fishing camp, swimming pool, tennis court, bowling alley, car, airplane, apartment, hotel suite, or home in a vacation resort. Filing amended federal tax return Out-of-pocket expenses. Filing amended federal tax return   You can deduct out-of-pocket expenses, such as for food and beverages, catering, gas, and fishing bait, that you provided during entertainment at a facility. Filing amended federal tax return These are not expenses for the use of an entertainment facility. Filing amended federal tax return However, these expenses are subject to the directly-related and associated tests and to the 50% Limit discussed earlier. Filing amended federal tax return Additional information. Filing amended federal tax return   For more information on entertainment expenses, including discussions of the directly-related and associated tests, see chapter 2 of Publication 463. Filing amended federal tax return Gift Expenses If you give gifts in the course of your trade or business, you can deduct all or part of the cost. Filing amended federal tax return This section explains the limits and rules for deducting the costs of gifts. Filing amended federal tax return $25 limit. Filing amended federal tax return   You can deduct no more than $25 for business gifts you give directly or indirectly to each person during your tax year. Filing amended federal tax return A gift to a company that is intended for the eventual personal use or benefit of a particular person or a limited class of people will be considered an indirect gift to that particular person or to the individuals within that class of people who receive the gift. Filing amended federal tax return   If you give a gift to a member of a customer's family, the gift is generally considered to be an indirect gift to the customer. Filing amended federal tax return This rule does not apply if you have a bona fide, independent business connection with that family member and the gift is not intended for the customer's eventual use or benefit. Filing amended federal tax return   If you and your spouse both give gifts, both of you are treated as one taxpayer. Filing amended federal tax return It does not matter whether you have separate businesses, are separately employed, or whether each of you has an independent connection with the recipient. Filing amended federal tax return If a partnership gives gifts, the partnership and the partners are treated as one taxpayer. Filing amended federal tax return Incidental costs. Filing amended federal tax return   Incidental costs, such as engraving on jewelry, or packaging, insuring, and mailing, are generally not included in determining the cost of a gift for purposes of the $25 limit. Filing amended federal tax return   A cost is incidental only if it does not add substantial value to the gift. Filing amended federal tax return For example, the cost of customary gift wrapping is an incidental cost. Filing amended federal tax return However, the purchase of an ornamental basket for packaging fruit is not an incidental cost if the value of the basket is substantial compared to the value of the fruit. Filing amended federal tax return Exceptions. Filing amended federal tax return   The following items are not considered gifts for purposes of the $25 limit. Filing amended federal tax return An item that costs $4 or less and: Has your name clearly and permanently imprinted on the gift, and Is one of a number of identical items you widely distribute. Filing amended federal tax return Examples include pens, desk sets, and plastic bags and cases. Filing amended federal tax return Signs, display racks, or other promotional material to be used on the business premises of the recipient. Filing amended federal tax return Gift or entertainment. Filing amended federal tax return   Any item that might be considered either a gift or entertainment generally will be considered entertainment. Filing amended federal tax return However, if you give a customer packaged food or beverages you intend the customer to use at a later date, treat it as a gift. Filing amended federal tax return    If you give a customer tickets to a theater performance or sporting event and you do not go with the customer to the performance or event, you have a choice. Filing amended federal tax return You can treat the cost of the tickets as either a gift expense or an entertainment expense, whichever is to your advantage. Filing amended federal tax return    If you go with the customer to the event, you must treat the cost of the tickets as an entertainment expense. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot choose, in this case, to treat the cost of the tickets as a gift expense. Filing amended federal tax return Transportation Expenses This section discusses expenses you can deduct for business transportation when you are not traveling away from home as defined earlier under Travel Expenses . Filing amended federal tax return These expenses include the cost of transportation by air, rail, bus, taxi, etc. Filing amended federal tax return , and the cost of driving and maintaining your car. Filing amended federal tax return Transportation expenses include the ordinary and necessary costs of all of the following. Filing amended federal tax return Getting from one workplace to another in the course of your business or profession when you are traveling within the area of your tax home. Filing amended federal tax return (Tax home is defined earlier under Travel Expenses . Filing amended federal tax return ) Visiting clients or customers. Filing amended federal tax return Going to a business meeting away from your regular workplace. Filing amended federal tax return Getting from your home to a temporary workplace when you have one or more regular places of work. Filing amended federal tax return These temporary workplaces can be either within the area of your tax home or outside that area. Filing amended federal tax return Transportation expenses do not include expenses you have while traveling away from home overnight. Filing amended federal tax return Those expenses are travel expenses, discussed earlier. Filing amended federal tax return However, if you use your car while traveling away from home overnight, use the rules in this section to figure your car expense deduction. Filing amended federal tax return See Car Expenses , later. Filing amended federal tax return Illustration of transportation expenses. Filing amended federal tax return    Figure 26-B illustrates the rules for when you can deduct transportation expenses when you have a regular or main job away from your home. Filing amended federal tax return You may want to refer to it when deciding whether you can deduct your transportation expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Daily transportation expenses you incur while traveling from home to one or more regular places of business are generally nondeductible commuting expenses. Filing amended federal tax return However, there are many exceptions for deducting transportation expenses, like whether your work location is temporary (inside or outside the metropolitan area), traveling for same trade or business, or if you have a home office. Filing amended federal tax return Temporary work location. Filing amended federal tax return   If you have one or more regular work locations away from your home and you commute to a temporary work location in the same trade or business, you can deduct the expenses of the daily round-trip transportation between your home and the temporary location, regardless of distance. Filing amended federal tax return   If your employment at a work location is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for 1 year or less, the employment is temporary unless there are facts and circumstances that would indicate otherwise. Filing amended federal tax return   If your employment at a work location is realistically expected to last for more than 1 year or if there is no realistic expectation that the employment will last for 1 year or less, the employment is not temporary, regardless of whether it actually lasts for more than 1 year. Filing amended federal tax return   If employment at a work location initially is realistically expected to last for 1 year or less, but at some later date the employment is realistically expected to last more than 1 year, that employment will be treated as temporary (unless there are facts and circumstances that would indicate otherwise) until your expectation changes. Filing amended federal tax return It will not be treated as temporary after the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Filing amended federal tax return   If the temporary work location is beyond the general area of your regular place of work and you stay overnight, you are traveling away from home. Filing amended federal tax return You may have deductible travel expenses as discussed earlier in this chapter. Filing amended federal tax return No regular place of work. Filing amended federal tax return   If you have no regular place of work but ordinarily work in the metropolitan area where you live, you can deduct daily transportation costs between home and a temporary work site outside that metropolitan area. Filing amended federal tax return   Generally, a metropolitan area includes the area within the city limits and the suburbs that are considered part of that metropolitan area. Filing amended federal tax return   You cannot deduct daily transportation costs between your home and temporary work sites within your metropolitan area. Filing amended federal tax return These are nondeductible commuting expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Two places of work. Filing amended federal tax return   If you work at two places in one day, whether or not for the same employer, you can deduct the expense of getting from one workplace to the other. Filing amended federal tax return However, if for some personal reason you do not go directly from one location to the other, you cannot deduct more than the amount it would have cost you to go directly from the first location to the second. Filing amended federal tax return   Transportation expenses you have in going between home and a part-time job on a day off from your main job are commuting expenses. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot deduct them. Filing amended federal tax return Armed Forces reservists. Filing amended federal tax return   A meeting of an Armed Forces reserve unit is a second place of business if the meeting is held on a day on which you work at your regular job. Filing amended federal tax return You can deduct the expense of getting from one workplace to the other as just discussed under Two places of work , earlier. Filing amended federal tax return   You usually cannot deduct the expense if the reserve meeting is held on a day on which you do not work at your regular job. Filing amended federal tax return In this case, your transportation generally is a nondeductible commuting expense. Filing amended federal tax return However, you can deduct your transportation expenses if the location of the meeting is temporary and you have one or more regular places of work. Filing amended federal tax return   If you ordinarily work in a particular metropolitan area but not at any specific location and the reserve meeting is held at a temporary location outside that metropolitan area, you can deduct your transportation expenses. Filing amended federal tax return   If you travel away from home overnight to attend a guard or reserve meeting, you can deduct your travel expenses. Filing amended federal tax return These expenses are discussed earlier under Travel Expenses . Filing amended federal tax return   If you travel more than 100 miles away from home in connection with your performance of services as a member of the reserves, you may be able to deduct some of your reserve-related travel costs as an adjustment to income rather than as an itemized deduction. Filing amended federal tax return See Armed Forces reservists traveling more than 100 miles from home under Special Rules, later. Filing amended federal tax return Commuting expenses. Filing amended federal tax return   You cannot deduct the costs of taking a bus, trolley, subway, or taxi, or of driving a car between your home and your main or regular place of work. Filing amended federal tax return These costs are personal commuting expenses. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot deduct commuting expenses no matter how far your home is from your regular place of work. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot deduct commuting expenses even if you work during the commuting trip. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return You sometimes use your cell phone to make business calls while commuting to and from work. Filing amended federal tax return Sometimes business associates ride with you to and from work, and you have a business discussion in the car. Filing amended federal tax return These activities do not change the trip from personal to business. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot deduct your commuting expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Parking fees. Filing amended federal tax return   Fees you pay to park your car at your place of business are nondeductible commuting expenses. Filing amended federal tax return You can, however, deduct business-related parking fees when visiting a customer or client. Filing amended federal tax return Advertising display on car. Filing amended federal tax return   Putting display material that advertises your business on your car does not change the use of your car from personal use to business use. Filing amended federal tax return If you use this car for commuting or other personal uses, you still cannot deduct your expenses for those uses. Filing amended federal tax return Car pools. Filing amended federal tax return   You cannot deduct the cost of using your car in a nonprofit car pool. Filing amended federal tax return Do not include payments you receive from the passengers in your income. Filing amended federal tax return These payments are considered reimbursements of your expenses. Filing amended federal tax return However, if you operate a car pool for a profit, you must include payments from passengers in your income. Filing amended federal tax return You can then deduct your car expenses (using the rules in this chapter). Filing amended federal tax return Hauling tools or instruments. Filing amended federal tax return   Hauling tools or instruments in your car while commuting to and from work does not make your car expenses deductible. Filing amended federal tax return However, you can deduct any additional costs you have for hauling tools or instruments (such as for renting a trailer you tow with your car). Filing amended federal tax return Union members' trips from a union hall. Filing amended federal tax return   If you get your work assignments at a union hall and then go to your place of work, the costs of getting from the union hall to your place of work are nondeductible commuting expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Although you need the union to get your work assignments, you are employed where you work, not where the union hall is located. Filing amended federal tax return Office in the home. Filing amended federal tax return   If you have an office in your home that qualifies as a principal place of business, you can deduct your daily transportation costs between your home and another work location in the same trade or business. Filing amended federal tax return (See chapter 28 for information on determining if your home office qualifies as a principal place of business. Filing amended federal tax return ) Figure 26-B. Filing amended federal tax return When Are Transportation Expenses Deductible? Most employees and self-employed persons can use this chart. Filing amended federal tax return (Do not use this chart if your home is your principal place of business. Filing amended federal tax return See Office in the home . Filing amended federal tax return ) Please click here for the text description of the image. Filing amended federal tax return Figure 26-B. Filing amended federal tax return Local Transportation Examples of deductible transportation. Filing amended federal tax return   The following examples show when you can deduct transportation expenses based on the location of your work and your home. Filing amended federal tax return Example 1. Filing amended federal tax return You regularly work in an office in the city where you live. Filing amended federal tax return Your employer sends you to a 1-week training session at a different office in the same city. Filing amended federal tax return You travel directly from your home to the training location and return each day. Filing amended federal tax return You can deduct the cost of your daily round-trip transportation between your home and the training location. Filing amended federal tax return Example 2. Filing amended federal tax return Your principal place of business is in your home. Filing amended federal tax return You can deduct the cost of round-trip transportation between your qualifying home office and your client's or customer's place of business. Filing amended federal tax return Example 3. Filing amended federal tax return You have no regular office, and you do not have an office in your home. Filing amended federal tax return In this case, the location of your first business contact inside the metropolitan area is considered your office. Filing amended federal tax return Transportation expenses between your home and this first contact are nondeductible commuting expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Transportation expenses between your last business contact and your home are also nondeductible commuting expenses. Filing amended federal tax return While you cannot deduct the costs of these first and last trips, you can deduct the costs of going from one client or customer to another. Filing amended federal tax return With no regular or home office, the costs of travel between two or more business contacts in a metropolitan area are deductible while the costs of travel between the home to (and from) business contacts are not deductible. Filing amended federal tax return Car Expenses If you use your car for business purposes, you may be able to deduct car expenses. Filing amended federal tax return You generally can use one of the two following methods to figure your deductible expenses. Filing amended federal tax return Standard mileage rate. Filing amended federal tax return Actual car expenses. Filing amended federal tax return If you use actual car expenses to figure your deduction for a car you lease, there are rules that affect the amount of your lease payments you can deduct. Filing amended federal tax return See Leasing a car under Actual Car Expenses, later. Filing amended federal tax return In this chapter, “car” includes a van, pickup, or panel truck. Filing amended federal tax return Rural mail carriers. Filing amended federal tax return   If you are a rural mail carrier, you may be able to treat the amount of qualified reimbursement you received as the amount of your allowable expense. Filing amended federal tax return Because the qualified reimbursement is treated as paid under an accountable plan, your employer should not include the amount of reimbursement in your income. Filing amended federal tax return   If your vehicle expenses are more than the amount of your reimbursement, you can deduct the unreimbursed expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Filing amended federal tax return You must complete Form 2106 and attach it to your Form 1040. Filing amended federal tax return   A “qualified reimbursement” is the reimbursement you receive that meets both of the following conditions. Filing amended federal tax return It is given as an equipment maintenance allowance (EMA) to employees of the U. Filing amended federal tax return S. Filing amended federal tax return Postal Service. Filing amended federal tax return It is at the rate contained in the 1991 collective bargaining agreement. Filing amended federal tax return Any later agreement cannot increase the qualified reimbursement amount by more than the rate of inflation. Filing amended federal tax return See your employer for information on your reimbursement. Filing amended federal tax return If you are a rural mail carrier and received a qualified reimbursement, you cannot use the standard mileage rate. Filing amended federal tax return Standard Mileage Rate You may be able to use the standard mileage rate to figure the deductible costs of operating your car for business purposes. Filing amended federal tax return For 2013, the standard mileage rate for business use is 56½ cents per mile. Filing amended federal tax return If you use the standard mileage rate for a year, you cannot deduct your actual car expenses for that year, but see Parking fees and tolls, later. Filing amended federal tax return You generally can use the standard mileage rate whether or not you are reimbursed and whether or not any reimbursement is more or less than the amount figured using the standard mileage rate. Filing amended federal tax return See Reimbursements under How To Report, later. Filing amended federal tax return Choosing the standard mileage rate. Filing amended federal tax return   If you want to use the standard mileage rate for a car you own, you must choose to use it in the first year the car is available for use in your business. Filing amended federal tax return Then in later years, you can choose to use either the standard mileage rate or actual expenses. Filing amended federal tax return   If you want to use the standard mileage rate for a car you lease, you must use it for the entire lease period. Filing amended federal tax return   You must make the choice to use the standard mileage rate by the due date (including extensions) of your return. Filing amended federal tax return You cannot revoke the choice. Filing amended federal tax return However, in a later year, you can switch from the standard mileage rate to the actual expenses method. Filing amended federal tax return If you change to the actual expenses method in a later year, but before your car is fully depreciated, you have to estimate the remaining useful life of the car and use straight line depreciation. Filing amended federal tax return Example. Filing amended federal tax return Larry is an employee who occasionally uses his own car for business purposes. Filing amended federal tax return He purchased the car in 2011, but he did not claim any unreimburse