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Free tax filing for federal and state Publication 526 - Main Content Table of Contents Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible ContributionsTypes of Qualified Organizations Contributions You Can DeductContributions From Which You Benefit Expenses Paid for Student Living With You Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Expenses of Whaling Captains Contributions You Cannot DeductContributions to Individuals Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations Contributions From Which You Benefit Value of Time or Services Personal Expenses Appraisal Fees Contributions to Donor-Advised Funds Partial Interest in Property Contributions of PropertyContributions Subject to Special Rules Determining Fair Market Value Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value Giving Property That Has Increased in Value Penalty When To DeductChecks. Free tax filing for federal and state Text message. Free tax filing for federal and state Credit card. 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Yes, you can deduct the costs of gas and oil that are directly related to getting to and from the place where you volunteer. Free tax filing for federal and state If you do not want to figure your actual costs, you can deduct 14 cents for each mile. Free tax filing for federal and state I volunteer as a Red Cross nurse's aide at a hospital. Free tax filing for federal and state Can I deduct the cost of the uniforms I must wear? Yes, you can deduct the cost of buying and cleaning your uniforms if the hospital is a qualified organization, the uniforms are not suitable for everyday use, and you must wear them when volunteering. Free tax filing for federal and state I pay a babysitter to watch my children while I volunteer for a qualified organization. Free tax filing for federal and state Can I deduct these costs? No, you cannot deduct payments for childcare expenses as a charitable contribution, even if you would be unable to volunteer without childcare. 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Free tax filing for federal and state In the evening you go to the theater. Free tax filing for federal and state You can claim your travel expenses as charitable contributions, but you cannot claim the cost of your evening at the theater. Free tax filing for federal and state Daily allowance (per diem). Free tax filing for federal and state   If you provide services for a charitable organization and receive a daily allowance to cover reasonable travel expenses, including meals and lodging while away from home overnight, you must include in income any part of the allowance that is more than your deductible travel expenses. Free tax filing for federal and state You may be able to deduct any necessary travel expenses that are more than the allowance. Free tax filing for federal and state Deductible travel expenses. Free tax filing for federal and state   These include: Air, rail, and bus transportation, Out-of-pocket expenses for your car, Taxi fares or other costs of transportation between the airport or station and your hotel, Lodging costs, and The cost of meals. Free tax filing for federal and state Because these travel expenses are not business-related, they are not subject to the same limits as business related expenses. Free tax filing for federal and state For information on business travel expenses, see Travel in Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Free tax filing for federal and state Expenses of Whaling Captains You may be able to deduct as a charitable contribution any reasonable and necessary whaling expenses you pay during the year to carry out sanctioned whaling activities. Free tax filing for federal and state The deduction is limited to $10,000 a year. Free tax filing for federal and state To claim the deduction, you must be recognized by the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission as a whaling captain charged with the responsibility of maintaining and carrying out sanctioned whaling activities. Free tax filing for federal and state Sanctioned whaling activities are subsistence bowhead whale hunting activities conducted under the management plan of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. Free tax filing for federal and state Whaling expenses include expenses for: Acquiring and maintaining whaling boats, weapons, and gear used in sanctioned whaling activities, Supplying food for the crew and other provisions for carrying out these activities, and Storing and distributing the catch from these activities. Free tax filing for federal and state You must keep records showing the time, place, date, amount, and nature of the expenses. Free tax filing for federal and state For details, see Revenue Procedure 2006-50, which is on page 944 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2006-47 at www. Free tax filing for federal and state irs. Free tax filing for federal and state gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb06-47. Free tax filing for federal and state pdf. Free tax filing for federal and state Contributions You Cannot Deduct There are some contributions you cannot deduct and others you can deduct only in part. Free tax filing for federal and state You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution: A contribution to a specific individual, A contribution to a nonqualified organization, The part of a contribution from which you receive or expect to receive a benefit, The value of your time or services, Your personal expenses, A qualified charitable distribution from an individual retirement arrangement (IRA), Appraisal fees, Certain contributions to donor-advised funds, or Certain contributions of partial interests in property. Free tax filing for federal and state Detailed discussions of these items follow. Free tax filing for federal and state Contributions to Individuals You cannot deduct contributions to specific individuals, including the following. Free tax filing for federal and state Contributions to fraternal societies made for the purpose of paying medical or burial expenses of members. Free tax filing for federal and state Contributions to individuals who are needy or worthy. Free tax filing for federal and state You cannot deduct these contributions even if you make them to a qualified organization for the benefit of a specific person. Free tax filing for federal and state But you can deduct a contribution to a qualified organization that helps needy or worthy individuals if you do not indicate that your contribution is for a specific person. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state You can deduct contributions to a qualified organization for flood relief, hurricane relief, or other disaster relief. Free tax filing for federal and state However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a particular individual or family. Free tax filing for federal and state Payments to a member of the clergy that can be spent as he or she wishes, such as for personal expenses. Free tax filing for federal and state Expenses you paid for another person who provided services to a qualified organization. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state Your son does missionary work. Free tax filing for federal and state You pay his expenses. Free tax filing for federal and state You cannot claim a deduction for your son's unreimbursed expenses related to his contribution of services. Free tax filing for federal and state Payments to a hospital that are for a specific patient's care or for services for a specific patient. Free tax filing for federal and state You cannot deduct these payments even if the hospital is operated by a city, state, or other qualified organization. Free tax filing for federal and state Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations You cannot deduct contributions to organizations that are not qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions, including the following. Free tax filing for federal and state Certain state bar associations if: The bar is not a political subdivision of a state, The bar has private, as well as public, purposes, such as promoting the professional interests of members, and Your contribution is unrestricted and can be used for private purposes. Free tax filing for federal and state Chambers of commerce and other business leagues or organizations. Free tax filing for federal and state Civic leagues and associations. Free tax filing for federal and state Communist organizations. Free tax filing for federal and state Country clubs and other social clubs. Free tax filing for federal and state Foreign organizations other than certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations. Free tax filing for federal and state (See Canadian charities , Mexican charities , and Israeli charities under Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions, earlier. Free tax filing for federal and state ) Also, you cannot deduct a contribution you made to any qualifying organization if the contribution is earmarked to go to a foreign organization. Free tax filing for federal and state However, certain contributions to a qualified organization for use in a program conducted by a foreign charity may be deductible as long as they are not earmarked to go to the foreign charity. Free tax filing for federal and state For the contribution to be deductible, the qualified organization must approve the program as furthering its own exempt purposes and must keep control over the use of the contributed funds. Free tax filing for federal and state The contribution is also deductible if the foreign charity is only an administrative arm of the qualified organization. Free tax filing for federal and state Homeowners' associations. Free tax filing for federal and state Labor unions. Free tax filing for federal and state But you may be able to deduct union dues as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, on Schedule A (Form 1040). Free tax filing for federal and state See Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. Free tax filing for federal and state Political organizations and candidates. Free tax filing for federal and state Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive or expect to receive a financial or economic benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you cannot deduct the part of the contribution that represents the value of the benefit you receive. Free tax filing for federal and state See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. Free tax filing for federal and state These contributions include the following. Free tax filing for federal and state Contributions for lobbying. Free tax filing for federal and state This includes amounts you earmark for use in, or in connection with, influencing specific legislation. Free tax filing for federal and state Contributions to a retirement home for room, board, maintenance, or admittance. Free tax filing for federal and state Also, if the amount of your contribution depends on the type or size of apartment you will occupy, it is not a charitable contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state Costs of raffles, bingo, lottery, etc. Free tax filing for federal and state You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay to buy raffle or lottery tickets or to play bingo or other games of chance. Free tax filing for federal and state For information on how to report gambling winnings and losses, see Deductions Not Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529. Free tax filing for federal and state Dues to fraternal orders and similar groups. Free tax filing for federal and state However, see Membership fees or dues under Contributions From Which You Benefit, earlier. Free tax filing for federal and state Tuition, or amounts you pay instead of tuition. Free tax filing for federal and state You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay as tuition even if you pay them for children to attend parochial schools or qualifying nonprofit daycare centers. Free tax filing for federal and state You also cannot deduct any fixed amount you must pay in addition to, or instead of, tuition to enroll in a private school, even if it is designated as a “donation. Free tax filing for federal and state ” Contributions connected with split-dollar insurance arrangements. Free tax filing for federal and state You cannot deduct any part of a contribution to a charitable organization if, in connection with the contribution, the organization directly or indirectly pays, has paid, or is expected to pay any premium on any life insurance, annuity, or endowment contract for which you, any member of your family, or any other person chosen by you (other than a qualified charitable organization) is a beneficiary. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state You donate money to a charitable organization. Free tax filing for federal and state The charity uses the money to purchase a cash value life insurance policy. Free tax filing for federal and state The beneficiaries under the insurance policy include members of your family. Free tax filing for federal and state Even though the charity may eventually get some benefit out of the insurance policy, you cannot deduct any part of the donation. Free tax filing for federal and state Qualified Charitable Distributions A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a distribution made directly by the trustee of your individual retirement arrangement (IRA), other than a SEP or SIMPLE IRA, to certain qualified organizations. Free tax filing for federal and state You must have been at least age 70½ when the distribution was made. Free tax filing for federal and state Your total QCDs for the year cannot be more than $100,000. Free tax filing for federal and state If all the requirements are met, a QCD is nontaxable, but you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction for a QCD. Free tax filing for federal and state See Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), for more information about QCDs. Free tax filing for federal and state Value of Time or Services You cannot deduct the value of your time or services, including: Blood donations to the American Red Cross or to blood banks, and The value of income lost while you work as an unpaid volunteer for a qualified organization. Free tax filing for federal and state Personal Expenses You cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses, such as the following items. Free tax filing for federal and state The cost of meals you eat while you perform services for a qualified organization, unless it is necessary for you to be away from home overnight while performing the services. Free tax filing for federal and state Adoption expenses, including fees paid to an adoption agency and the costs of keeping a child in your home before adoption is final. Free tax filing for federal and state However, you may be able to claim a tax credit for these expenses. Free tax filing for federal and state Also, you may be able to exclude from your gross income amounts paid or reimbursed by your employer for your adoption expenses. Free tax filing for federal and state See Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, and its instructions, for more information. Free tax filing for federal and state You also may be able to claim an exemption for the child. Free tax filing for federal and state See Exemptions for Dependents in Publication 501 for more information. Free tax filing for federal and state Appraisal Fees You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution any fees you pay to find the fair market value of donated property. Free tax filing for federal and state But you can claim them, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Free tax filing for federal and state See Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529 for more information. Free tax filing for federal and state Contributions to Donor-Advised Funds You cannot deduct a contribution to a donor-advised fund if: The qualified organization that sponsors the fund is a war veterans' organization, a fraternal society, or a nonprofit cemetery company, or You do not have an acknowledgment from that sponsoring organization that it has exclusive legal control over the assets contributed. Free tax filing for federal and state There are also other circumstances in which you cannot deduct your contribution to a donor-advised fund. Free tax filing for federal and state Generally, a donor-advised fund is a fund or account in which a donor can, because of being a donor, advise the fund how to distribute or invest amounts held in the fund. Free tax filing for federal and state For details, see Internal Revenue Code section 170(f)(18). Free tax filing for federal and state Partial Interest in Property Generally, you cannot deduct a contribution of less than your entire interest in property. Free tax filing for federal and state For details, see Partial Interest in Property under Contributions of Property, later. Free tax filing for federal and state Contributions of Property If you contribute property to a qualified organization, the amount of your charitable contribution is generally the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state However, if the property has increased in value, you may have to make some adjustments to the amount of your deduction. Free tax filing for federal and state See Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Free tax filing for federal and state For information about the records you must keep and the information you must furnish with your return if you donate property, see Records To Keep and How To Report , later. Free tax filing for federal and state Contributions Subject to Special Rules Special rules apply if you contribute: Clothing or household items, A car, boat, or airplane, Taxidermy property, Property subject to a debt, A partial interest in property, A fractional interest in tangible personal property, A qualified conservation contribution, A future interest in tangible personal property, Inventory from your business, or A patent or other intellectual property. Free tax filing for federal and state These special rules are described next. Free tax filing for federal and state Clothing and Household Items You cannot take a deduction for clothing or household items you donate unless the clothing or household items are in good used condition or better. Free tax filing for federal and state Exception. Free tax filing for federal and state   You can take a deduction for a contribution of an item of clothing or a household item that is not in good used condition or better if you deduct more than $500 for it and include a qualified appraisal of it with your return. Free tax filing for federal and state Household items. Free tax filing for federal and state   Household items include: Furniture and furnishings, Electronics, Appliances, Linens, and Other similar items. Free tax filing for federal and state   Household items do not include: Food, Paintings, antiques, and other objects of art, Jewelry and gems, and Collections. Free tax filing for federal and state Fair market value. Free tax filing for federal and state   To determine the fair market value of these items, use the rules under Determining Fair Market Value , later. Free tax filing for federal and state Cars, Boats, and Airplanes The following rules apply to any donation of a qualified vehicle. Free tax filing for federal and state A qualified vehicle is: A car or any motor vehicle manufactured mainly for use on public streets, roads, and highways, A boat, or An airplane. Free tax filing for federal and state Deduction more than $500. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you donate a qualified vehicle with a claimed fair market value of more than $500, you can deduct the smaller of: The gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle by the organization, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state If the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to figure the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Free tax filing for federal and state Form 1098-C. Free tax filing for federal and state   You must attach to your return Copy B of the Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes, (or other statement containing the same information as Form 1098-C) you received from the organization. Free tax filing for federal and state The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show the gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you e-file your return, you must: Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C to Form 8453, U. Free tax filing for federal and state S. Free tax filing for federal and state Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-file Return, and mail the forms to the IRS, or Include Copy B of Form 1098-C as a pdf attachment if your software program allows it. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you do not attach Form 1098-C (or other statement), you cannot deduct your contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state    You must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle. Free tax filing for federal and state But if exception 1 or 2 (described later) applies, you must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of your donation. Free tax filing for federal and state Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. Free tax filing for federal and state   If the filing deadline is approaching and you still do not have a Form 1098-C, you have two choices. Free tax filing for federal and state Request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your return. Free tax filing for federal and state You can get this extension by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U. Free tax filing for federal and state S. Free tax filing for federal and state Individual Income Tax Return. Free tax filing for federal and state For more information, see the instructions for Form 4868. Free tax filing for federal and state File the return on time without claiming the deduction for the qualified vehicle. Free tax filing for federal and state After receiving the Form 1098-C, file an amended return, Form 1040X, Amended U. Free tax filing for federal and state S. Free tax filing for federal and state Individual Income Tax Return, claiming the deduction. Free tax filing for federal and state Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C (or other statement) to the amended return. Free tax filing for federal and state Exceptions. Free tax filing for federal and state   There are two exceptions to the rules just described for deductions of more than $500. Free tax filing for federal and state Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. Free tax filing for federal and state   If the qualified organization makes a significant intervening use of or material improvement to the vehicle before transferring it, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Free tax filing for federal and state The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. Free tax filing for federal and state    Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. Free tax filing for federal and state   If the qualified organization will give the vehicle, or sell it for a price well below fair market value, to a needy individual to further the organization's charitable purpose, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Free tax filing for federal and state The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. Free tax filing for federal and state   This exception does not apply if the organization sells the vehicle at auction. Free tax filing for federal and state In that case, you cannot deduct the vehicle's fair market value. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state Anita donates a used car to a qualified organization. Free tax filing for federal and state She bought it 3 years ago for $9,000. Free tax filing for federal and state A used car guide shows the fair market value for this type of car is $6,000. Free tax filing for federal and state However, Anita gets a Form 1098-C from the organization showing the car was sold for $2,900. Free tax filing for federal and state Neither exception 1 nor exception 2 applies. Free tax filing for federal and state If Anita itemizes her deductions, she can deduct $2,900 for her donation. Free tax filing for federal and state She must attach Form 1098-C and Form 8283 to her return. Free tax filing for federal and state Deduction $500 or less. Free tax filing for federal and state   If the qualified organization sells the vehicle for $500 or less and exceptions 1 and 2 do not apply, you can deduct the smaller of: $500, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Free tax filing for federal and state   If the vehicle's fair market value is at least $250 but not more than $500, you must have a written statement from the qualified organization acknowledging your donation. Free tax filing for federal and state The statement must contain the information and meet the tests for an acknowledgment described under Contributions of $250 or More under Records To Keep, later. Free tax filing for federal and state Fair market value. Free tax filing for federal and state   To determine a vehicle's fair market value, use the rules described under Determining Fair Market Value , later. Free tax filing for federal and state Donations of inventory. Free tax filing for federal and state   The vehicle donation rules just described do not apply to donations of inventory. Free tax filing for federal and state For example, these rules do not apply if you are a car dealer who donates a car you had been holding for sale to customers. Free tax filing for federal and state See Inventory , later. Free tax filing for federal and state Taxidermy Property If you donate taxidermy property to a qualified organization, your deduction is limited to your basis in the property or its fair market value, whichever is less. Free tax filing for federal and state This applies if you prepared, stuffed, or mounted the property or paid or incurred the cost of preparing, stuffing, or mounting the property. Free tax filing for federal and state Your basis for this purpose includes only the cost of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the property. Free tax filing for federal and state Your basis does not include transportation or travel costs. Free tax filing for federal and state It also does not include the direct or indirect costs for hunting or killing an animal, such as equipment costs. Free tax filing for federal and state In addition, it does not include the value of your time. Free tax filing for federal and state Taxidermy property means any work of art that: Is the reproduction or preservation of an animal, in whole or in part, Is prepared, stuffed, or mounted to recreate one or more characteristics of the animal, and Contains a part of the body of the dead animal. Free tax filing for federal and state Property Subject to a Debt If you contribute property subject to a debt (such as a mortgage), you must reduce the fair market value of the property by: Any allowable deduction for interest you paid (or will pay) that is attributable to any period after the contribution, and If the property is a bond, the lesser of: Any allowable deduction for interest you paid (or will pay) to buy or carry the bond that is attributable to any period before the contribution, or The interest, including bond discount, receivable on the bond that is attributable to any period before the contribution, and that is not includible in your income due to your accounting method. Free tax filing for federal and state This prevents you from deducting the same amount as both investment interest and a charitable contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state If the recipient (or another person) assumes the debt, you must also reduce the fair market value of the property by the amount of the outstanding debt assumed. Free tax filing for federal and state The amount of the debt is also treated as an amount realized on the sale or exchange of property for purposes of figuring your taxable gain (if any). Free tax filing for federal and state For more information, see Bargain Sales under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value, later. Free tax filing for federal and state Partial Interest in Property Generally, you cannot deduct a charitable contribution of less than your entire interest in property. Free tax filing for federal and state Right to use property. Free tax filing for federal and state   A contribution of the right to use property is a contribution of less than your entire interest in that property and is not deductible. Free tax filing for federal and state Example 1. Free tax filing for federal and state You own a 10-story office building and donate rent-free use of the top floor to a charitable organization. Free tax filing for federal and state Because you still own the building, you have contributed a partial interest in the property and cannot take a deduction for the contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state Example 2. Free tax filing for federal and state Mandy White owns a vacation home at the beach that she sometimes rents to others. Free tax filing for federal and state For a fund-raising auction at her church, she donated the right to use the vacation home for 1 week. Free tax filing for federal and state At the auction, the church received and accepted a bid from Lauren Green equal to the fair rental value of the home for 1 week. Free tax filing for federal and state Mandy cannot claim a deduction because of the partial interest rule. Free tax filing for federal and state Lauren cannot claim a deduction either, because she received a benefit equal to the amount of her payment. Free tax filing for federal and state See Contributions From Which You Benefit , earlier. Free tax filing for federal and state Exceptions. Free tax filing for federal and state   You can deduct a charitable contribution of a partial interest in property only if that interest represents one of the following items. Free tax filing for federal and state A remainder interest in your personal home or farm. Free tax filing for federal and state A remainder interest is one that passes to a beneficiary after the end of an earlier interest in the property. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state You keep the right to live in your home during your lifetime and give your church a remainder interest that begins upon your death. Free tax filing for federal and state You can deduct the value of the remainder interest. Free tax filing for federal and state An undivided part of your entire interest. Free tax filing for federal and state This must consist of a part of every substantial interest or right you own in the property and must last as long as your interest in the property lasts. Free tax filing for federal and state But see Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property , later. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state You contribute voting stock to a qualified organization but keep the right to vote the stock. Free tax filing for federal and state The right to vote is a substantial right in the stock. Free tax filing for federal and state You have not contributed an undivided part of your entire interest and cannot deduct your contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state A partial interest that would be deductible if transferred to certain types of trusts. Free tax filing for federal and state A qualified conservation contribution (defined later). Free tax filing for federal and state For information about how to figure the value of a contribution of a partial interest in property, see Partial Interest in Property Not in Trust in Publication 561. Free tax filing for federal and state Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property You cannot deduct a charitable contribution of a fractional interest in tangible personal property unless all interests in the property are held immediately before the contribution by: You, or You and the qualifying organization receiving the contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state If you make an additional contribution later, the fair market value of that contribution will be determined by using the smaller of: The fair market value of the property at the time of the initial contribution, or The fair market value of the property at the time of the additional contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state Tangible personal property is defined later under Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property . Free tax filing for federal and state A fractional interest in property is an undivided portion of your entire interest in the property. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state An undivided one-quarter interest in a painting that entitles an art museum to possession of the painting for 3 months of each year is a fractional interest in the property. Free tax filing for federal and state Recapture of deduction. Free tax filing for federal and state   You must recapture your charitable contribution deduction by including it in your income if both of the following statements are true. Free tax filing for federal and state You contributed a fractional interest in tangible personal property after August 17, 2006. Free tax filing for federal and state You do not contribute the rest of your interests in the property to the original recipient or, if it no longer exists, another qualified organization on or before the earlier of: The date that is 10 years after the date of the initial contribution, or The date of your death. Free tax filing for federal and state   Recapture is also required if the qualified organization has not taken substantial physical possession of the property and used it in a way related to the organization's purpose during the period beginning on the date of the initial contribution and ending on the earlier of: The date that is 10 years after the date of the initial contribution, or The date of your death. Free tax filing for federal and state Additional tax. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you must recapture your deduction, you must also pay interest and an additional tax equal to 10% of the amount recaptured. Free tax filing for federal and state Qualified Conservation Contribution A qualified conservation contribution is a contribution of a qualified real property interest to a qualified organization to be used only for conservation purposes. Free tax filing for federal and state Qualified organization. Free tax filing for federal and state   For purposes of a qualified conservation contribution, a qualified organization is: A governmental unit, A publicly supported charity, or An organization controlled by, and operated for the exclusive benefit of, a governmental unit or a publicly supported charity. Free tax filing for federal and state The organization also must have a commitment to protect the conservation purposes of the donation and must have the resources to enforce the restrictions. Free tax filing for federal and state   A publicly supported charity is an organization of the type described in (1) under Types of Qualified Organizations , earlier, that normally receives a substantial part of its support, other than income from its exempt activities, from direct or indirect contributions from the general public or from governmental units. Free tax filing for federal and state Qualified real property interest. Free tax filing for federal and state   This is any of the following interests in real property. Free tax filing for federal and state Your entire interest in real estate other than a mineral interest (subsurface oil, gas, or other minerals, and the right of access to these minerals). Free tax filing for federal and state A remainder interest. Free tax filing for federal and state A restriction (granted in perpetuity) on the use that may be made of the real property. Free tax filing for federal and state Conservation purposes. Free tax filing for federal and state   Your contribution must be made only for one of the following conservation purposes. Free tax filing for federal and state Preserving land areas for outdoor recreation by, or for the education of, the general public. Free tax filing for federal and state Protecting a relatively natural habitat of fish, wildlife, or plants, or a similar ecosystem. Free tax filing for federal and state Preserving open space, including farmland and forest land, if it yields a significant public benefit. Free tax filing for federal and state The open space must be preserved either for the scenic enjoyment of the general public or under a clearly defined federal, state, or local governmental conservation policy. Free tax filing for federal and state Preserving a historically important land area or a certified historic structure. Free tax filing for federal and state Building in registered historic district. Free tax filing for federal and state   If a building in a registered historic district is a certified historic structure, a contribution of a qualified real property interest that is an easement or other restriction on the exterior of the building is deductible only if it meets all of the following conditions. Free tax filing for federal and state The restriction must preserve the entire exterior of the building (including its front, sides, rear, and height) and must prohibit any change to the exterior of the building that is inconsistent with its historical character. Free tax filing for federal and state You and the organization receiving the contribution must enter into a written agreement certifying, under penalty of perjury, that the organization: Is a qualified organization with a purpose of environmental protection, land conservation, open space preservation, or historic preservation, and Has the resources to manage and enforce the restriction and a commitment to do so. Free tax filing for federal and state You must include with your return: A qualified appraisal, Photographs of the building's entire exterior, and A description of all restrictions on development of the building, such as zoning laws and restrictive covenants. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you claimed the rehabilitation credit for the building for any of the 5 years before the year of the contribution, your charitable deduction is reduced. Free tax filing for federal and state For more information, see Form 3468, Investment Credit, and Internal Revenue Code section 170(f)(14). Free tax filing for federal and state   If you claim a deduction of more than $10,000, your deduction will not be allowed unless you pay a $500 filing fee. Free tax filing for federal and state See Form 8283-V, Payment Voucher for Filing Fee Under Section 170(f)(13), and its instructions. Free tax filing for federal and state You may be able to deduct the filing fee as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, on Schedule A (Form 1040). Free tax filing for federal and state See Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529 for more information. Free tax filing for federal and state More information. Free tax filing for federal and state   For information about determining the fair market value of qualified conservation contributions, see Publication 561. Free tax filing for federal and state For information about the limits that apply to deductions for this type of contribution, see Limits on Deductions , later. Free tax filing for federal and state For more information about qualified conservation contributions, see Regulations section 1. Free tax filing for federal and state 170A-14. Free tax filing for federal and state Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property You cannot deduct the value of a charitable contribution of a future interest in tangible personal property until all intervening interests in and rights to the actual possession or enjoyment of the property have either expired or been turned over to someone other than yourself, a related person, or a related organization. Free tax filing for federal and state But see Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property , earlier, and Tangible personal property put to unrelated use , later. Free tax filing for federal and state Related persons include your spouse, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and parents. Free tax filing for federal and state Related organizations may include a partnership or corporation in which you have an interest, or an estate or trust with which you have a connection. Free tax filing for federal and state Tangible personal property. Free tax filing for federal and state   This is any property, other than land or buildings, that can be seen or touched. Free tax filing for federal and state It includes furniture, books, jewelry, paintings, and cars. Free tax filing for federal and state Future interest. Free tax filing for federal and state   This is any interest that is to begin at some future time, regardless of whether it is designated as a future interest under state law. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state You own an antique car that you contribute to a museum. Free tax filing for federal and state You give up ownership, but retain the right to keep the car in your garage with your personal collection. Free tax filing for federal and state Because you keep an interest in the property, you cannot deduct the contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state If you turn the car over to the museum in a later year, giving up all rights to its use, possession, and enjoyment, you can take a deduction for the contribution in that later year. Free tax filing for federal and state Inventory If you contribute inventory (property you sell in the course of your business), the amount you can deduct is the smaller of its fair market value on the day you contributed it or its basis. Free tax filing for federal and state The basis of contributed inventory is any cost incurred for the inventory in an earlier year that you would otherwise include in your opening inventory for the year of the contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state You must remove the amount of your charitable contribution deduction from your opening inventory. Free tax filing for federal and state It is not part of the cost of goods sold. Free tax filing for federal and state If the cost of donated inventory is not included in your opening inventory, the inventory's basis is zero and you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction. Free tax filing for federal and state Treat the inventory's cost as you would ordinarily treat it under your method of accounting. Free tax filing for federal and state For example, include the purchase price of inventory bought and donated in the same year in the cost of goods sold for that year. Free tax filing for federal and state A special rule applies to certain donations of food inventory. Free tax filing for federal and state See Food Inventory, later. Free tax filing for federal and state Patents and Other Intellectual Property If you donate intellectual property to a qualified organization, your deduction is limited to the basis of the property or the fair market value of the property, whichever is smaller. Free tax filing for federal and state Intellectual property means any of the following: Patents. Free tax filing for federal and state Copyrights (other than a copyright described in Internal Revenue Code sections 1221(a)(3) or 1231(b)(1)(C)). Free tax filing for federal and state Trademarks. Free tax filing for federal and state Trade names. Free tax filing for federal and state Trade secrets. Free tax filing for federal and state Know-how. Free tax filing for federal and state Software (other than software described in Internal Revenue Code section 197(e)(3)(A)(i)). Free tax filing for federal and state Other similar property or applications or registrations of such property. Free tax filing for federal and state Additional deduction based on income. Free tax filing for federal and state   You may be able to claim additional charitable contribution deductions in the year of the contribution and years following, based on the income, if any, from the donated property. Free tax filing for federal and state   The following table shows the percentage of income from the property that you can deduct for each of your tax years ending on or after the date of the contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state In the table, “tax year 1,” for example, means your first tax year ending on or after the date of the contribution. Free tax filing for federal and state However, you can take the additional deduction only to the extent the total of the amounts figured using this table is more than the amount of the deduction claimed for the original donation of the property. Free tax filing for federal and state   After the legal life of the intellectual property ends, or after the 10th anniversary of the donation, whichever is earlier, no additional deduction is allowed. Free tax filing for federal and state The additional deductions cannot be taken for intellectual property donated to certain private foundations. Free tax filing for federal and state Tax year Deductible percentage 1 100% 2 100% 3 90% 4 80% 5 70% 6 60% 7 50% 8 40% 9 30% 10 20% 11 10% 12 10% Reporting requirements. Free tax filing for federal and state   You must inform the organization at the time of the donation that you intend to treat the donation as a contribution subject to the provisions just discussed. Free tax filing for federal and state   The organization is required to file an information return showing the income from the property, with a copy to you. Free tax filing for federal and state This is done on Form 8899, Notice of Income From Donated Intellectual Property. Free tax filing for federal and state Determining Fair Market Value This section discusses general guidelines for determining the fair market value of various types of donated property. Free tax filing for federal and state Publication 561 contains a more complete discussion. Free tax filing for federal and state Fair market value is the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. Free tax filing for federal and state Used clothing. Free tax filing for federal and state   The fair market value of used clothing and other personal items is usually far less than the price you paid for them. Free tax filing for federal and state There are no fixed formulas or methods for finding the value of items of clothing. Free tax filing for federal and state   You should claim as the value the price that buyers of used items actually pay in used clothing stores, such as consignment or thrift shops. Free tax filing for federal and state      Also see Clothing and Household Items , earlier. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state    Kristin donated a coat to a thrift store operated by her church. Free tax filing for federal and state She paid $300 for the coat 3 years ago. Free tax filing for federal and state Similar coats in the thrift store sell for $50. Free tax filing for federal and state The fair market value of the coat is $50. Free tax filing for federal and state Kristin's donation is limited to $50. Free tax filing for federal and state Household items. Free tax filing for federal and state   The fair market value of used household items, such as furniture, appliances, and linens, is usually much lower than the price paid when new. Free tax filing for federal and state These items may have little or no market value because they are in a worn condition, out of style, or no longer useful. Free tax filing for federal and state For these reasons, formulas (such as using a percentage of the cost to buy a new replacement item) are not acceptable in determining value. Free tax filing for federal and state   You should support your valuation with photographs, canceled checks, receipts from your purchase of the items, or other evidence. Free tax filing for federal and state Magazine or newspaper articles and photographs that describe the items and statements by the recipients of the items are also useful. Free tax filing for federal and state Do not include any of this evidence with your tax return. Free tax filing for federal and state   If the property is valuable because it is old or unique, see the discussion under Paintings, Antiques, and Other Objects of Art in Publication 561. Free tax filing for federal and state   Also see Clothing and Household Items , earlier. Free tax filing for federal and state Cars, boats, and airplanes. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you contribute a car, boat, or airplane to a charitable organization, you must determine its fair market value. Free tax filing for federal and state Boats. Free tax filing for federal and state   Except for small, inexpensive boats, the valuation of boats should be based on an appraisal by a marine surveyor or appraiser because the physical condition is critical to the value. Free tax filing for federal and state Cars. Free tax filing for federal and state   Certain commercial firms and trade organizations publish used car pricing guides, commonly called “blue books,” containing complete dealer sale prices or dealer average prices for recent model years. Free tax filing for federal and state The guides may be published monthly or seasonally, and for different regions of the country. Free tax filing for federal and state These guides also provide estimates for adjusting for unusual equipment, unusual mileage, and physical condition. Free tax filing for federal and state The prices are not “official” and these publications are not considered an appraisal of any specific donated property. Free tax filing for federal and state But they do provide clues for making an appraisal and suggest relative prices for comparison with current sales and offerings in your area. Free tax filing for federal and state   These publications are sometimes available from public libraries, or from the loan officer at a bank, credit union, or finance company. Free tax filing for federal and state You can also find used car pricing information on the Internet. Free tax filing for federal and state   To find the fair market value of a donated car, use the price listed in a used car guide for a private party sale, not the dealer retail value. Free tax filing for federal and state However, the fair market value may be less if the car has engine trouble, body damage, high mileage, or any type of excessive wear. Free tax filing for federal and state The fair market value of a donated car is the same as the price listed in a used car guide for a private party sale only if the guide lists a sales price for a car that is the same make, model, and year, sold in the same area, in the same condition, with the same or similar options or accessories, and with the same or similar warranties as the donated car. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state You donate a used car in poor condition to a local high school for use by students studying car repair. Free tax filing for federal and state A used car guide shows the dealer retail value for this type of car in poor condition is $1,600. Free tax filing for federal and state However, the guide shows the price for a private party sale of the car is only $750. Free tax filing for federal and state The fair market value of the car is considered to be $750. Free tax filing for federal and state Large quantities. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you contribute a large number of the same item, fair market value is the price at which comparable numbers of the item are being sold. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state You purchase 500 bibles for $1,000. Free tax filing for federal and state The person who sells them to you says the retail value of these bibles is $3,000. Free tax filing for federal and state If you contribute the bibles to a qualified organization, you can claim a deduction only for the price at which similar numbers of the same bible are currently being sold. Free tax filing for federal and state Your charitable contribution is $1,000, unless you can show that similar numbers of that bible wer
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Free tax filing for federal and state Publication 600 - Main Contents Table of Contents Actual Expenses Optional Sales Tax Tables Instructions for the State and Local General Sales Tax Deduction WorksheetWhat if you lived in more than one state? What if you lived in more than one locality? What if your local general sales tax rate changed during 2006? What if you lived in more than one locality in the same state during 2006? Actual Expenses Generally, you can deduct the actual state and local general sales taxes (including compensating use taxes) you paid in 2006 if the tax rate was the same as the general sales tax rate. Free tax filing for federal and state However, sales taxes on food, clothing, medical supplies, and motor vehicles are deductible as a general sales tax even if the tax rate was less than the general sales tax rate. Free tax filing for federal and state If you paid sales tax on a motor vehicle at a rate higher than the general sales tax rate, you can deduct only the amount of tax that you would have paid at the general sales tax rate on that vehicle. Free tax filing for federal and state Motor vehicles include cars, motorcycles, motor homes, recreational vehicles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, vans, and off-road vehicles. Free tax filing for federal and state Also include any state and local general sales taxes paid for a leased motor vehicle. Free tax filing for federal and state Do not include sales taxes paid on items used in your trade or business. Free tax filing for federal and state To deduct your actual expenses, enter the amount on Schedule A, line 5, and enter “ST” on the dotted line to the left of the line 5 entry space. Free tax filing for federal and state You must keep your actual receipts showing general sales taxes paid to use this method. Free tax filing for federal and state Refund of general sales taxes. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you received a refund of state or local general sales taxes in 2006 for amounts paid in 2006, reduce your actual 2006 state and local general sales taxes by this amount. Free tax filing for federal and state If you received a refund of state or local general sales taxes in 2006 for prior year purchases, do not reduce your 2006 state and local general sales taxes by this amount. Free tax filing for federal and state But if you deducted your actual state and local general sales taxes in the earlier year and the deduction reduced your tax, you may have to include the refund in income on Form 1040, line 21. Free tax filing for federal and state See Recoveries in Pub. Free tax filing for federal and state 525 for details. Free tax filing for federal and state Optional Sales Tax Tables Instead of using your actual expenses, you can use the tables on pages 5 through 7 to figure your state and local general sales tax deduction. Free tax filing for federal and state You may also be able to add the state and local general sales taxes paid on certain specified items. Free tax filing for federal and state To figure your state and local general sales tax deduction using the tables, complete the worksheet below. Free tax filing for federal and state If your filing status is married filing separately, both you and your spouse elect to deduct sales taxes, and your spouse elects to use the optional sales tax tables, you also must use the tables to figure your state and local general sales tax deduction. Free tax filing for federal and state State and Local General Sales Tax Deduction Worksheet (See the instructions that begin on page 3. Free tax filing for federal and state ) Before you begin: See the instructions for line 1 on page 3 if: You lived in more than one state during 2006, or You had any nontaxable income in 2006. Free tax filing for federal and state   1. Free tax filing for federal and state Enter your state general sales taxes from the applicable table on page 5 or 6 (see page 3 of the instructions) 1. Free tax filing for federal and state $     Next. Free tax filing for federal and state If, for all of 2006, you lived only in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, or West Virginia, skip lines 2 through 5, enter -0- on line 6, and go to line 7. Free tax filing for federal and state Otherwise, go to line 2       2. Free tax filing for federal and state Did you live in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas (Texarkana only), California (Los Angeles County only), Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York State, or North Carolina in 2006?         No. Free tax filing for federal and state Enter -0-                   Yes. Free tax filing for federal and state Enter your local general sales taxes from the applicable table on page 7 (see page 3 of the instructions)     2. Free tax filing for federal and state $       3. Free tax filing for federal and state Did your locality impose a local general sales tax in 2006? Residents of California, Nevada, and Texarkana, Arkansas, see page 3 of the instructions             No. Free tax filing for federal and state Skip lines 3 through 5, enter -0- on line 6, and go to line 7             Yes. Free tax filing for federal and state Enter your local general sales tax rate, but omit the percentage sign. Free tax filing for federal and state For example, if your local general sales tax rate was 2. Free tax filing for federal and state 5%, enter 2. Free tax filing for federal and state 5. Free tax filing for federal and state If your local general sales tax rate changed or you lived in more than one locality in the same state during 2006, see page 3 of the instructions. Free tax filing for federal and state (If you do not know your local general sales tax rate, contact your local government. Free tax filing for federal and state ) 3. Free tax filing for federal and state . Free tax filing for federal and state       4. Free tax filing for federal and state Did you enter -0- on line 2 above?             No. Free tax filing for federal and state Skip lines 4 and 5 and go to line 6             Yes. Free tax filing for federal and state Enter your state general sales tax rate (shown in the table heading for your state), but omit the percentage sign. Free tax filing for federal and state For example, if your state general sales tax rate is 6%, enter 6. Free tax filing for federal and state 0 4. Free tax filing for federal and state . Free tax filing for federal and state       5. Free tax filing for federal and state Divide line 3 by line 4. Free tax filing for federal and state Enter the result as a decimal (rounded to at least three places) 5. Free tax filing for federal and state . Free tax filing for federal and state       6. Free tax filing for federal and state Did you enter -0- on line 2 above?             No. Free tax filing for federal and state Multiply line 2 by line 3   6. Free tax filing for federal and state $     Yes. Free tax filing for federal and state Multiply line 1 by line 5. Free tax filing for federal and state If you lived in more than one locality in the same state during 2006, see page 4 of the instructions           7. Free tax filing for federal and state Enter your state and local general sales taxes paid on specified items, if any (see page 4 of the instructions) 7. Free tax filing for federal and state $   8. Free tax filing for federal and state Deduction for general sales taxes. Free tax filing for federal and state Add lines 1, 6, and 7. Free tax filing for federal and state Enter the result here and the total from all your state and local general sales tax deduction worksheets, if you completed more than one, on Schedule A, line 5. Free tax filing for federal and state Be sure to enter “ST” on the dotted line to the left of the entry space 8. Free tax filing for federal and state $     Instructions for the State and Local General Sales Tax Deduction Worksheet Line 1. Free tax filing for federal and state    If you lived in the same state for all of 2006, enter the applicable amount, based on your 2006 income and exemptions, from the optional state sales tax table for your state on page 5 or 6. Free tax filing for federal and state Read down the “At least-But less than” columns for your state and find the line that includes your 2006 income. Free tax filing for federal and state If married filing separately, do not include your spouse's income. Free tax filing for federal and state Your 2006 income is the amount shown on your Form 1040, line 38, plus any nontaxable items, such as the following. Free tax filing for federal and state Tax-exempt interest. Free tax filing for federal and state Veterans' benefits. Free tax filing for federal and state Nontaxable combat pay. Free tax filing for federal and state Workers' compensation. Free tax filing for federal and state Nontaxable part of social security and railroad retirement benefits. Free tax filing for federal and state Nontaxable part of IRA, pension, or annuity distributions. Free tax filing for federal and state Do not include rollovers. Free tax filing for federal and state Public assistance payments. Free tax filing for federal and state The exemptions column refers to the number of exemptions claimed on Form 1040, line 6d. Free tax filing for federal and state Do not include any additional exemptions you listed on Form 8914 for individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Free tax filing for federal and state What if you lived in more than one state?    If you lived in more than one state during 2006, look up the table amount for each state using the above rules. Free tax filing for federal and state If there is no table for your state, the table amount is considered to be zero. Free tax filing for federal and state Multiply the table amount for each state you lived in by a fraction. Free tax filing for federal and state The numerator of the fraction is the number of days you lived in the state during 2006 and the denominator is the total number of days in the year (365). Free tax filing for federal and state Enter the total of the prorated table amounts for each state on line 1. Free tax filing for federal and state However, if you also lived in a locality during 2006 that imposed a local general sales tax, do not enter the total on line 1. Free tax filing for federal and state Instead, complete a separate worksheet for each state you lived in and enter the prorated amount for that state on line 1. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state You lived in State A from January 1 through August 31, 2006 (243 days), and in State B from September 1 through December 31, 2006 (122 days). Free tax filing for federal and state The table amount for State A is $500. Free tax filing for federal and state The table amount for State B is $400. Free tax filing for federal and state You would figure your state general sales tax as follows. Free tax filing for federal and state State A: $500 x 243/365 = $333   State B: $400 x 122/365 = 134   Total = $467   If none of the localities in which you lived during 2006 imposed a local general sales tax, enter $467 on line 1 of your worksheet. Free tax filing for federal and state Otherwise, complete a separate worksheet for State A and State B. Free tax filing for federal and state Enter $333 on line 1 of the State A worksheet and $134 on line 1 of the State B worksheet. Free tax filing for federal and state Line 2. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you checked the “No” box, enter -0- on line 2, and go to line 3. Free tax filing for federal and state If you checked the “Yes” box and lived in the same locality for all of 2006, enter the applicable amount, based on your 2006 income and exemptions, from the optional local sales tax table for your locality on page 7. Free tax filing for federal and state Read down the “At least-But less than” columns for your locality and find the line that includes your 2006 income. Free tax filing for federal and state See the line 1 instructions on this page to figure your 2006 income. Free tax filing for federal and state The exemptions column refers to the number of exemptions claimed on Form 1040, line 6d. Free tax filing for federal and state Do not include any additional exemptions you listed on Form 8914 for individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Free tax filing for federal and state What if you lived in more than one locality?   If you lived in more than one locality during 2006, look up the table amount for each locality using the above rules. Free tax filing for federal and state If there is no table for your locality, the table amount is considered to be zero. Free tax filing for federal and state Multiply the table amount for each locality you lived in by a fraction. Free tax filing for federal and state The numerator of the fraction is the number of days you lived in the locality during 2006 and the denominator is the total number of days in the year (365). Free tax filing for federal and state If you lived in more than one locality in the same state and the local general sales tax rate was the same for each locality, enter the total of the prorated table amounts for each locality in that state on line 2. Free tax filing for federal and state Otherwise, complete a separate worksheet for lines 2 through 6 for each locality and enter each prorated table amount on line 2 of the applicable worksheet. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state You lived in Locality 1 from January 1 through August 31, 2006 (243 days), and in Locality 2 from September 1 through December 31, 2006 (122 days). Free tax filing for federal and state The table amount for Locality 1 is $100. Free tax filing for federal and state The table amount for Locality 2 is $150. Free tax filing for federal and state You would figure the amount to enter on line 2 as follows. Free tax filing for federal and state Note that this amount may not equal your local sales tax deduction, which is figured on line 6 of the worksheet. Free tax filing for federal and state Locality 1: $100 x 243/365 = $67   Locality 2: $150 x 122/365 = 50   Total = $117   Line 3. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you lived in California, check the “No” box if your combined state and local general sales tax rate is 7. Free tax filing for federal and state 25%. Free tax filing for federal and state Otherwise, check the “Yes” box and include on line 3 only the part of the combined rate that is more than 7. Free tax filing for federal and state 25%. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you lived in Nevada, check the “No” box if your combined state and local general sales tax rate is 6. Free tax filing for federal and state 5%. Free tax filing for federal and state Otherwise, check the “Yes” box and include on line 3 only the part of the combined rate that is more than 6. Free tax filing for federal and state 5%. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you lived in Texarkana, Arkansas, check the “Yes” box and enter “4. Free tax filing for federal and state 0” on line 3. Free tax filing for federal and state Your local general sales tax rate of 4. Free tax filing for federal and state 0% includes the additional 1. Free tax filing for federal and state 0% Arkansas state sales tax rate for Texarkana and the 1. Free tax filing for federal and state 5% sales tax rate for Miller County. Free tax filing for federal and state What if your local general sales tax rate changed during 2006?    If you checked the “Yes” box and your local general sales tax rate changed during 2006, figure the rate to enter on line 3 as follows. Free tax filing for federal and state Multiply each tax rate for the period it was in effect by a fraction. Free tax filing for federal and state The numerator of the fraction is the number of days the rate was in effect during 2006 and the denominator is the total number of days in the year (365). Free tax filing for federal and state Enter the total of the prorated tax rates on line 3. Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state Locality 1 imposed a 1% local general sales tax from January 1 through September 30, 2006 (273 days). Free tax filing for federal and state The rate increased to 1. Free tax filing for federal and state 75% for the period from October 1 through December 31, 2006 (92 days). Free tax filing for federal and state You would enter “1. Free tax filing for federal and state 189” on line 3, figured as follows. Free tax filing for federal and state January 1 - September 30: 1. Free tax filing for federal and state 00 x 273/365 = 0. Free tax filing for federal and state 748   October 1 - December 31: 1. Free tax filing for federal and state 75 x 92/365 = 0. Free tax filing for federal and state 441   Total = 1. Free tax filing for federal and state 189   What if you lived in more than one locality in the same state during 2006?    Complete a separate worksheet for lines 2 through 6 for each locality in your state if you lived in more than one locality in the same state during 2006 and either of the following applies. Free tax filing for federal and state Each locality did not have the same local general sales tax rate. Free tax filing for federal and state You lived in Texarkana, AR, or Los Angeles County, CA. Free tax filing for federal and state   To figure the amount to enter on line 3 of the worksheet for each locality in which you lived (except a locality for which you used the table on page 7 to figure your local general sales tax deduction), multiply the local general sales tax rate by a fraction. Free tax filing for federal and state The numerator of the fraction is the number of days you lived in the locality during 2006 and the denominator is the total number of days in the year (365). Free tax filing for federal and state Example. Free tax filing for federal and state You lived in Locality 1 from January 1 through August 31, 2006 (243 days), and in Locality 2 from September 1 through December 31, 2006 (122 days). Free tax filing for federal and state The local general sales tax rate for Locality 1 is 1%. Free tax filing for federal and state The rate for Locality 2 is 1. Free tax filing for federal and state 75%. Free tax filing for federal and state You would enter “0. Free tax filing for federal and state 666” on line 3 for the Locality 1 worksheet and “0. Free tax filing for federal and state 585” for the Locality 2 worksheet, figured as follows. Free tax filing for federal and state Locality 1: 1. Free tax filing for federal and state 00 x 243/365 = 0. Free tax filing for federal and state 666   Locality 2: 1. Free tax filing for federal and state 75 x 122/365 = 0. Free tax filing for federal and state 585   Line 6. Free tax filing for federal and state   If you lived in more than one locality in the same state during 2006, you should have completed line 1 only on the first worksheet for that state and separate worksheets for lines 2 through 6 for any other locality within that state in which you lived during 2006. Free tax filing for federal and state If you checked the “Yes” box on line 6 of any of those worksheets, multiply line 5 of that worksheet by the amount that you entered on line 1 for that state on the first worksheet. Free tax filing for federal and state Line 7. Free tax filing for federal and state    Enter on line 7 any state and local general sales taxes paid on the following specified items. Free tax filing for federal and state If you are completing more than one worksheet, include the total for line 7 on only one of the worksheets. Free tax filing for federal and state A motor vehicle (including a car, motorcycle, motor home, recreational vehicle, sport utility vehicle, truck, van, and off-road vehicle). Free tax filing for federal and state Also include any state and local general sales taxes paid for a leased motor vehicle. Free tax filing for federal and state If the state sales tax rate on these items is higher than the general sales tax rate, only include the amount of tax you would have paid at the general sales tax rate. Free tax filing for federal and state An aircraft or boat, if the tax rate was the same as the general sales tax rate. Free tax filing for federal and state A home (including a mobile home or prefabricated home) or substantial addition to or major renovation of a home, but only if the tax rate was the same as the general sales tax rate and any of the following applies. Free tax filing for federal and state Your state or locality imposes a general sales tax directly on the sale of a home or on the cost of a substantial addition or major renovation. Free tax filing for federal and state You purchased the materials to build a home or substantial addition or to perform a major renovation and paid the sales tax directly. Free tax filing for federal and state Under your state law, your contractor is considered your agent in the construction of the home or substantial addition or the performance of a major renovation. Free tax filing for federal and state The contract must state that the contractor is authorized to act in your name and must follow your directions on construction decisions. Free tax filing for federal and state In this case, you will be considered to have purchased any items subject to a sales tax and to have paid the sales tax directly. Free tax filing for federal and state   Do not include sales taxes paid on items used in your trade or business. Free tax filing for federal and state If you received a refund of state or local general sales taxes in 2006, see Refund of general sales taxes on page 1. Free tax filing for federal and state Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications