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Free tax filing for military 11. Free tax filing for military   Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Are Any of Your Benefits Taxable? How To Report Your BenefitsHow Much Is Taxable? Examples Deductions Related to Your BenefitsRepayments More Than Gross Benefits Introduction This chapter explains the federal income tax rules for social security benefits and equivalent tier 1 railroad retirement benefits. Free tax filing for military It explains the following topics. Free tax filing for military How to figure whether your benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military How to use the social security benefits worksheet (with examples). Free tax filing for military How to report your taxable benefits. Free tax filing for military How to treat repayments that are more than the benefits you received during the year. Free tax filing for military Social security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. Free tax filing for military They do not include supplemental security income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable. Free tax filing for military Equivalent tier 1 railroad retirement benefits are the part of tier 1 benefits that a railroad employee or beneficiary would have been entitled to receive under the social security system. Free tax filing for military They are commonly called the social security equivalent benefit (SSEB) portion of tier 1 benefits. Free tax filing for military If you received these benefits during 2013, you should have received a Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, or Form RRB-1099, Payments by the Railroad Retirement Board. Free tax filing for military These forms show the amounts received and repaid, and taxes withheld for the year. Free tax filing for military You may receive more than one of these forms for the same year. Free tax filing for military You should add the amounts shown on all the Forms SSA-1099 and Forms RRB-1099 you receive for the year to determine the total amounts received and repaid, and taxes withheld for that year. Free tax filing for military See the Appendix at the end of Publication 915 for more information. Free tax filing for military Note. Free tax filing for military When the term “benefits” is used in this chapter, it applies to both social security benefits and the SSEB portion of tier 1 railroad retirement benefits. Free tax filing for military What is not covered in this chapter. Free tax filing for military   This chapter does not cover the tax rules for the following railroad retirement benefits. Free tax filing for military Non-social security equivalent benefit (NSSEB) portion of tier 1 benefits. Free tax filing for military Tier 2 benefits. Free tax filing for military Vested dual benefits. Free tax filing for military Supplemental annuity benefits. Free tax filing for military For information on these benefits, see Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income. Free tax filing for military   This chapter does not cover the tax rules for social security benefits reported on Form SSA-1042S, Social Security Benefit Statement, or Form RRB-1042S, Statement for Nonresident Alien Recipients of: Payments by the Railroad Retirement Board. Free tax filing for military For information about these benefits, see Publication 519, U. Free tax filing for military S. Free tax filing for military Tax Guide for Aliens, and Publication 915, Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits. Free tax filing for military   This chapter also does not cover the tax rules for foreign social security benefits. Free tax filing for military These benefits are taxable as annuities, unless they are exempt from U. Free tax filing for military S. Free tax filing for military tax or treated as a U. Free tax filing for military S. Free tax filing for military social security benefit under a tax treaty. Free tax filing for military Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 505 Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax 575 Pension and Annuity Income 590 Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) 915 Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits Forms (and Instructions) 1040-ES Estimated Tax for Individuals SSA-1099 Social Security Benefit Statement RRB-1099 Payments by the Railroad Retirement Board W-4V Voluntary Withholding Request Are Any of Your Benefits Taxable? To find out whether any of your benefits may be taxable, compare the base amount for your filing status with the total of: One-half of your benefits, plus All your other income, including tax-exempt interest. Free tax filing for military When making this comparison, do not reduce your other income by any exclusions for: Interest from qualified U. Free tax filing for military S. Free tax filing for military savings bonds, Employer-provided adoption benefits, Foreign earned income or foreign housing, or Income earned by bona fide residents of American Samoa or Puerto Rico. Free tax filing for military Children's benefits. Free tax filing for military   The rules in this chapter apply to benefits received by children. Free tax filing for military See Who is taxed , later. Free tax filing for military Figuring total income. Free tax filing for military   To figure the total of one-half of your benefits plus your other income, use Worksheet 11-1 later in this discussion. Free tax filing for military If the total is more than your base amount, part of your benefits may be taxable. Free tax filing for military    If you are married and file a joint return for 2013, you and your spouse must combine your incomes and your benefits to figure whether any of your combined benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military Even if your spouse did not receive any benefits, you must add your spouse's income to yours to figure whether any of your benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military    If the only income you received during 2013 was your social security or the SSEB portion of tier 1 railroad retirement benefits, your benefits generally are not taxable and you probably do not have to file a return. Free tax filing for military If you have income in addition to your benefits, you may have to file a return even if none of your benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military Base amount. Free tax filing for military   Your base amount is: $25,000 if you are single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er), $25,000 if you are married filing separately and lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, $32,000 if you are married filing jointly, or $-0- if you are married filing separately and lived with your spouse at any time during 2013. Free tax filing for military Worksheet 11-1. Free tax filing for military   You can use Worksheet 11-1 to figure the amount of income to compare with your base amount. Free tax filing for military This is a quick way to check whether some of your benefits may be taxable. Free tax filing for military Worksheet 11-1. Free tax filing for military A Quick Way To Check if Your Benefits May Be Taxable A. Free tax filing for military Enter the amount from box 5 of all your Forms SSA-1099 and RRB-1099. Free tax filing for military Include the full amount of any lump-sum benefit payments received in 2013, for 2013 and earlier years. Free tax filing for military (If you received more than one form, combine the amounts from box 5 and enter the total. Free tax filing for military ) A. Free tax filing for military   Note. Free tax filing for military If the amount on line A is zero or less, stop here; none of your benefits are taxable this year. Free tax filing for military B. Free tax filing for military Enter one-half of the amount on line A B. Free tax filing for military   C. Free tax filing for military Enter your taxable pensions, wages, interest, dividends, and other taxable income C. Free tax filing for military   D. Free tax filing for military Enter any tax-exempt interest income (such as interest on municipal bonds) plus any exclusions from income (listed earlier) D. Free tax filing for military   E. Free tax filing for military Add lines B, C, and D E. Free tax filing for military   Note. Free tax filing for military Compare the amount on line E to your base amount for your filing status. Free tax filing for military If the amount on line E equals or is less than the base amount for your filing status, none of your benefits are taxable this year. Free tax filing for military If the amount on line E is more than your base amount, some of your benefits may be taxable. Free tax filing for military You need to complete Worksheet 1 in Publication 915 (or the Social Security Benefits Worksheet in your tax form instructions). Free tax filing for military If none of your benefits are taxable, but you otherwise must file a tax return, see Benefits not taxable , later, under How To Report Your Benefits. Free tax filing for military Example. Free tax filing for military You and your spouse (both over 65) are filing a joint return for 2013 and you both received social security benefits during the year. Free tax filing for military In January 2014, you received a Form SSA-1099 showing net benefits of $7,500 in box 5. Free tax filing for military Your spouse received a Form SSA-1099 showing net benefits of $3,500 in box 5. Free tax filing for military You also received a taxable pension of $22,800 and interest income of $500. Free tax filing for military You did not have any tax-exempt interest income. Free tax filing for military Your benefits are not taxable for 2013 because your income, as figured in Worksheet 11-1, is not more than your base amount ($32,000) for married filing jointly. Free tax filing for military Even though none of your benefits are taxable, you must file a return for 2013 because your taxable gross income ($23,300) exceeds the minimum filing requirement amount for your filing status. Free tax filing for military Filled-in Worksheet 11-1. Free tax filing for military A Quick Way To Check if Your Benefits May Be Taxable A. Free tax filing for military Enter the amount from box 5 of all your Forms SSA-1099 and RRB-1099. Free tax filing for military Include the full amount of any lump-sum benefit payments received in 2013, for 2013 and earlier years. Free tax filing for military (If you received more than one form, combine the amounts from box 5 and enter the total. Free tax filing for military ) A. Free tax filing for military $11,000 Note. Free tax filing for military If the amount on line A is zero or less, stop here; none of your benefits are taxable this year. Free tax filing for military B. Free tax filing for military Enter one-half of the amount on line A B. Free tax filing for military 5,500 C. Free tax filing for military Enter your taxable pensions, wages, interest, dividends, and other taxable income C. Free tax filing for military 23,300 D. Free tax filing for military Enter any tax-exempt interest income (such as interest on municipal bonds) plus any exclusions from income (listed earlier) D. Free tax filing for military -0- E. Free tax filing for military Add lines B, C, and D E. Free tax filing for military $28,800 Note. Free tax filing for military Compare the amount on line E to your base amount for your filing status. Free tax filing for military If the amount on line E equals or is less than the base amount for your filing status, none of your benefits are taxable this year. Free tax filing for military If the amount on line E is more than your base amount, some of your benefits may be taxable. Free tax filing for military You need to complete Worksheet 1 in Publication 915 (or the Social Security Benefits Worksheet in your tax form instructions). Free tax filing for military If none of your benefits are taxable, but you otherwise must file a tax return, see Benefits not taxable , later, under How To Report Your Benefits. Free tax filing for military Who is taxed. Free tax filing for military   Benefits are included in the taxable income (to the extent they are taxable) of the person who has the legal right to receive the benefits. Free tax filing for military For example, if you and your child receive benefits, but the check for your child is made out in your name, you must use only your part of the benefits to see whether any benefits are taxable to you. Free tax filing for military One-half of the part that belongs to your child must be added to your child's other income to see whether any of those benefits are taxable to your child. Free tax filing for military Repayment of benefits. Free tax filing for military   Any repayment of benefits you made during 2013 must be subtracted from the gross benefits you received in 2013. Free tax filing for military It does not matter whether the repayment was for a benefit you received in 2013 or in an earlier year. Free tax filing for military If you repaid more than the gross benefits you received in 2013, see Repayments More Than Gross Benefits , later. Free tax filing for military   Your gross benefits are shown in box 3 of Form SSA-1099 or RRB-1099. Free tax filing for military Your repayments are shown in box 4. Free tax filing for military The amount in box 5 shows your net benefits for 2013 (box 3 minus box 4). Free tax filing for military Use the amount in box 5 to figure whether any of your benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military Tax withholding and estimated tax. Free tax filing for military   You can choose to have federal income tax withheld from your social security benefits and/or the SSEB portion of your tier 1 railroad retirement benefits. Free tax filing for military If you choose to do this, you must complete a Form W-4V. Free tax filing for military   If you do not choose to have income tax withheld, you may have to request additional withholding from other income or pay estimated tax during the year. Free tax filing for military For details, see Publication 505 or the instructions for Form 1040-ES. Free tax filing for military How To Report Your Benefits If part of your benefits are taxable, you must use Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Free tax filing for military You cannot use Form 1040EZ. Free tax filing for military Reporting on Form 1040. Free tax filing for military   Report your net benefits (the total amount from box 5 of all your Forms SSA-1099 and Forms RRB-1099) on line 20a and the taxable part on line 20b. Free tax filing for military If you are married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, also enter “D” to the right of the word “benefits” on line 20a. Free tax filing for military Reporting on Form 1040A. Free tax filing for military   Report your net benefits (the total amount from box 5 of all your Forms SSA-1099 and Forms RRB-1099) on line 14a and the taxable part on line 14b. Free tax filing for military If you are married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, also enter “D” to the right of the word “benefits” on line 14a. Free tax filing for military Benefits not taxable. Free tax filing for military   If you are filing Form 1040EZ, do not report any benefits on your tax return. Free tax filing for military If you are filing Form 1040 or Form 1040A, report your net benefits (the total amount from box 5 of all your Forms SSA-1099 and Forms RRB-1099) on Form 1040, line 20a, or Form 1040A, line 14a. Free tax filing for military Enter -0- on Form 1040, line 20b, or Form 1040A, line 14b. Free tax filing for military If you are married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, also enter “D” to the right of the word “benefits” on Form 1040, line 20a, or Form 1040A, line 14a. Free tax filing for military How Much Is Taxable? If part of your benefits are taxable, how much is taxable depends on the total amount of your benefits and other income. Free tax filing for military Generally, the higher that total amount, the greater the taxable part of your benefits. Free tax filing for military Maximum taxable part. Free tax filing for military   Generally, up to 50% of your benefits will be taxable. Free tax filing for military However, up to 85% of your benefits can be taxable if either of the following situations applies to you. Free tax filing for military The total of one-half of your benefits and all your other income is more than $34,000 ($44,000 if you are married filing jointly). Free tax filing for military You are married filing separately and lived with your spouse at any time during 2013. Free tax filing for military Which worksheet to use. Free tax filing for military   A worksheet you can use to figure your taxable benefits is in the instructions for your Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Free tax filing for military You can use either that worksheet or Worksheet 1 in Publication 915, unless any of the following situations applies to you. Free tax filing for military You contributed to a traditional individual retirement arrangement (IRA) and you or your spouse is covered by a retirement plan at work. Free tax filing for military In this situation, you must use the special worksheets in Appendix B of Publication 590 to figure both your IRA deduction and your taxable benefits. Free tax filing for military Situation (1) does not apply and you take an exclusion for interest from qualified U. Free tax filing for military S. Free tax filing for military savings bonds (Form 8815), for adoption benefits (Form 8839), for foreign earned income or housing (Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ), or for income earned in American Samoa (Form 4563) or Puerto Rico by bona fide residents. Free tax filing for military In this situation, you must use Worksheet 1 in Publication 915 to figure your taxable benefits. Free tax filing for military You received a lump-sum payment for an earlier year. Free tax filing for military In this situation, also complete Worksheet 2 or 3 and Worksheet 4 in Publication 915. Free tax filing for military See Lump-sum election next. Free tax filing for military Lump-sum election. Free tax filing for military   You must include the taxable part of a lump-sum (retroactive) payment of benefits received in 2013 in your 2013 income, even if the payment includes benefits for an earlier year. Free tax filing for military    This type of lump-sum benefit payment should not be confused with the lump-sum death benefit that both the SSA and RRB pay to many of their beneficiaries. Free tax filing for military No part of the lump-sum death benefit is subject to tax. Free tax filing for military   Generally, you use your 2013 income to figure the taxable part of the total benefits received in 2013. Free tax filing for military However, you may be able to figure the taxable part of a lump-sum payment for an earlier year separately, using your income for the earlier year. Free tax filing for military You can elect this method if it lowers your taxable benefits. Free tax filing for military Making the election. Free tax filing for military   If you received a lump-sum benefit payment in 2013 that includes benefits for one or more earlier years, follow the instructions in Publication 915 under Lump-Sum Election to see whether making the election will lower your taxable benefits. Free tax filing for military That discussion also explains how to make the election. Free tax filing for military    Because the earlier year's taxable benefits are included in your 2013 income, no adjustment is made to the earlier year's return. Free tax filing for military Do not file an amended return for the earlier year. Free tax filing for military Examples The following are a few examples you can use as a guide to figure the taxable part of your benefits. Free tax filing for military Example 1. Free tax filing for military George White is single and files Form 1040 for 2013. Free tax filing for military He received the following income in 2013: Fully taxable pension $18,600 Wages from part-time job 9,400 Taxable interest income 990 Total $28,990 George also received social security benefits during 2013. Free tax filing for military The Form SSA-1099 he received in January 2014 shows $5,980 in box 5. Free tax filing for military To figure his taxable benefits, George completes the worksheet shown here. Free tax filing for military Filled-in Worksheet 1. Free tax filing for military Figuring Your Taxable Benefits 1. Free tax filing for military Enter the total amount from box 5 of ALL your Forms SSA-1099 and RRB-1099. Free tax filing for military Also enter this amount on Form 1040, line 20a, or Form 1040A, line 14a $5,980 2. Free tax filing for military Enter one-half of line 1 2,990 3. Free tax filing for military Combine the amounts from:     Form 1040: Lines 7, 8a, 9a, 10 through 14, 15b, 16b, 17 through 19, and 21. Free tax filing for military     Form 1040A: Lines 7, 8a, 9a, 10, 11b, 12b, and 13 28,990 4. Free tax filing for military Enter the amount, if any, from Form 1040 or 1040A, line 8b -0-       5. Free tax filing for military Enter the total of any exclusions/adjustments for: Adoption benefits (Form 8839, line 28), Foreign earned income or housing (Form 2555, lines 45 and 50, or Form 2555-EZ, line 18), and Certain income of bona fide residents of American Samoa (Form 4563, line 15) or Puerto Rico -0-       6. Free tax filing for military Combine lines 2, 3, 4, and 5 31,980 7. Free tax filing for military Form 1040 filers: Enter the amount from Form 1040, lines 23 through 32, and any write-in adjustments you entered on the dotted line next to line 36. Free tax filing for military     Form 1040A filers: Enter the amount from Form 1040A, lines 16 and 17 -0- 8. Free tax filing for military Is the amount on line 7 less than the amount on line 6?     No. Free tax filing for military None of your social security benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military Enter -0- on Form 1040, line 20b, or Form 1040A, line 14b. Free tax filing for military   Yes. Free tax filing for military Subtract line 7 from line 6 31,980 9. Free tax filing for military If you are: Married filing jointly, enter $32,000 Single, head of household, qualifying widow(er), or married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, enter $25,000 25,000   Note. Free tax filing for military If you are married filing separately and you lived with your spouse at any time in 2013, skip lines 9 through 16; multiply line 8 by 85% (. Free tax filing for military 85) and enter the result on line 17. Free tax filing for military Then go to line 18. Free tax filing for military   10. Free tax filing for military Is the amount on line 9 less than the amount on line 8?     No. Free tax filing for military None of your benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military Enter -0- on Form 1040, line 20b, or on Form 1040A, line 14b. Free tax filing for military If you are married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, be sure you entered “D” to the right of the word “benefits” on Form 1040, line 20a, or on Form 1040A, line 14a. Free tax filing for military     Yes. Free tax filing for military Subtract line 9 from line 8 6,980 11. Free tax filing for military Enter $12,000 if married filing jointly; $9,000 if single, head of household, qualifying widow(er), or married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013 9,000 12. Free tax filing for military Subtract line 11 from line 10. Free tax filing for military If zero or less, enter -0- -0- 13. Free tax filing for military Enter the smaller of line 10 or line 11 6,980 14. Free tax filing for military Enter one-half of line 13 3,490 15. Free tax filing for military Enter the smaller of line 2 or line 14 2,990 16. Free tax filing for military Multiply line 12 by 85% (. Free tax filing for military 85). Free tax filing for military If line 12 is zero, enter -0- -0- 17. Free tax filing for military Add lines 15 and 16 2,990 18. Free tax filing for military Multiply line 1 by 85% (. Free tax filing for military 85) 5,083 19. Free tax filing for military Taxable benefits. Free tax filing for military Enter the smaller of line 17 or line 18. Free tax filing for military Also enter this amount on Form 1040, line 20b, or Form 1040A, line 14b $2,990 The amount on line 19 of George's worksheet shows that $2,990 of his social security benefits is taxable. Free tax filing for military On line 20a of his Form 1040, George enters his net benefits of $5,980. Free tax filing for military On line 20b, he enters his taxable benefits of $2,990. Free tax filing for military Example 2. Free tax filing for military Ray and Alice Hopkins file a joint return on Form 1040A for 2013. Free tax filing for military Ray is retired and received a fully taxable pension of $15,500. Free tax filing for military He also received social security benefits, and his Form SSA-1099 for 2013 shows net benefits of $5,600 in box 5. Free tax filing for military Alice worked during the year and had wages of $14,000. Free tax filing for military She made a deductible payment to her IRA account of $1,000. Free tax filing for military Ray and Alice have two savings accounts with a total of $250 in taxable interest income. Free tax filing for military They complete Worksheet 1, entering $29,750 ($15,500 + $14,000 + $250) on line 3. Free tax filing for military They find none of Ray's social security benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military On Form 1040A, they enter $5,600 on line 14a and -0- on line 14b. Free tax filing for military Filled-in Worksheet 1. Free tax filing for military Figuring Your Taxable Benefits 1. Free tax filing for military Enter the total amount from box 5 of ALL your Forms SSA-1099 and RRB-1099. Free tax filing for military Also enter this amount on Form 1040, line 20a, or Form 1040A, line 14a $5,600 2. Free tax filing for military Enter one-half of line 1 2,800 3. Free tax filing for military Combine the amounts from:     Form 1040: Lines 7, 8a, 9a, 10 through 14, 15b, 16b, 17 through 19, and 21. Free tax filing for military     Form 1040A: Lines 7, 8a, 9a, 10, 11b, 12b, and 13 29,750 4. Free tax filing for military Enter the amount, if any, from Form 1040 or 1040A, line 8b -0-       5. Free tax filing for military Enter the total of any exclusions/adjustments for: Adoption benefits (Form 8839, line 28), Foreign earned income or housing (Form 2555, lines 45 and 50, or Form 2555-EZ, line 18), and Certain income of bona fide residents of American Samoa (Form 4563, line 15) or Puerto Rico -0-       6. Free tax filing for military Combine lines 2, 3, 4, and 5 32,550 7. Free tax filing for military Form 1040 filers: Enter the amount from Form 1040, lines 23 through 32, and any write-in adjustments you entered on the dotted line next to line 36. Free tax filing for military     Form 1040A filers: Enter the amount from Form 1040A, lines 16 and 17 1,000 8. Free tax filing for military Is the amount on line 7 less than the amount on line 6?     No. Free tax filing for military None of your social security benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military Enter -0- on Form 1040, line 20b, or Form 1040A, line 14b. Free tax filing for military   Yes. Free tax filing for military Subtract line 7 from line 6 31,550 9. Free tax filing for military If you are: Married filing jointly, enter $32,000 Single, head of household, qualifying widow(er), or married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, enter $25,000 32,000   Note. Free tax filing for military If you are married filing separately and you lived with your spouse at any time in 2013, skip lines 9 through 16; multiply line 8 by 85% (. Free tax filing for military 85) and enter the result on line 17. Free tax filing for military Then go to line 18. Free tax filing for military   10. Free tax filing for military Is the amount on line 9 less than the amount on line 8?     No. Free tax filing for military None of your benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military Enter -0- on Form 1040, line 20b, or on Form 1040A, line 14b. Free tax filing for military If you are married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, be sure you entered “D” to the right of the word “benefits” on Form 1040, line 20a, or on Form 1040A, line 14a. Free tax filing for military     Yes. Free tax filing for military Subtract line 9 from line 8   11. Free tax filing for military Enter $12,000 if married filing jointly; $9,000 if single, head of household, qualifying widow(er), or married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013   12. Free tax filing for military Subtract line 11 from line 10. Free tax filing for military If zero or less, enter -0-   13. Free tax filing for military Enter the smaller of line 10 or line 11   14. Free tax filing for military Enter one-half of line 13   15. Free tax filing for military Enter the smaller of line 2 or line 14   16. Free tax filing for military Multiply line 12 by 85% (. Free tax filing for military 85). Free tax filing for military If line 12 is zero, enter -0-   17. Free tax filing for military Add lines 15 and 16   18. Free tax filing for military Multiply line 1 by 85% (. Free tax filing for military 85)   19. Free tax filing for military Taxable benefits. Free tax filing for military Enter the smaller of line 17 or line 18. Free tax filing for military Also enter this amount on Form 1040, line 20b, or Form 1040A, line 14b   Example 3. Free tax filing for military Joe and Betty Johnson file a joint return on Form 1040 for 2013. Free tax filing for military Joe is a retired railroad worker and in 2013 received the social security equivalent benefit (SSEB) portion of tier 1 railroad retirement benefits. Free tax filing for military Joe's Form RRB-1099 shows $10,000 in box 5. Free tax filing for military Betty is a retired government worker and receives a fully taxable pension of $38,000. 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Free tax filing for military Figuring Your Taxable Benefits Before you begin: • If you are married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, enter “D” to the right of the word “benefits” on Form 1040, line 20a, or Form 1040A, line 14a. Free tax filing for military • Do not use this worksheet if you repaid benefits in 2013 and your total repayments (box 4 of Forms SSA-1099 and RRB-1099) were more than your gross benefits for 2013 (box 3 of Forms SSA-1099 and RRB-1099). Free tax filing for military None of your benefits are taxable for 2013. Free tax filing for military For more information, see Repayments More Than Gross Benefits. Free tax filing for military • If you are filing Form 8815, Exclusion of Interest From Series EE and I U. Free tax filing for military S. Free tax filing for military Savings Bonds Issued After 1989, do not include the amount from line 8a of Form 1040 or Form 1040A on line 3 of this worksheet. Free tax filing for military Instead, include the amount from Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040), line 2. Free tax filing for military 1. Free tax filing for military Enter the total amount from box 5 of ALL your Forms SSA-1099 and RRB-1099. Free tax filing for military Also enter this amount on Form 1040, line 20a, or Form 1040A, line 14a $10,000 2. Free tax filing for military Enter one-half of line 1 5,000 3. Free tax filing for military Combine the amounts from:     Form 1040: Lines 7, 8a, 9a, 10 through 14, 15b, 16b, 17 through 19, and 21. Free tax filing for military     Form 1040A: Lines 7, 8a, 9a, 10, 11b, 12b, and 13 40,500 4. Free tax filing for military Enter the amount, if any, from Form 1040 or 1040A, line 8b -0-       5. Free tax filing for military Enter the total of any exclusions/adjustments for: Adoption benefits (Form 8839, line 28), Foreign earned income or housing (Form 2555, lines 45 and 50, or Form 2555-EZ, line 18), and Certain income of bona fide residents of American Samoa (Form 4563, line 15) or Puerto Rico -0-       6. Free tax filing for military Combine lines 2, 3, 4, and 5 45,500 7. Free tax filing for military Form 1040 filers: Enter the amount from Form 1040, lines 23 through 32, and any write-in adjustments you entered on the dotted line next to line 36. Free tax filing for military     Form 1040A filers: Enter the amount from Form 1040A, lines 16 and 17 -0- 8. Free tax filing for military Is the amount on line 7 less than the amount on line 6?     No. Free tax filing for military None of your social security benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military Enter -0- on Form 1040, line 20b, or Form 1040A, line 14b. Free tax filing for military   Yes. Free tax filing for military Subtract line 7 from line 6 45,500 9. Free tax filing for military If you are: Married filing jointly, enter $32,000 Single, head of household, qualifying widow(er), or married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, enter $25,000 32,000   Note. Free tax filing for military If you are married filing separately and you lived with your spouse at any time in 2013, skip lines 9 through 16; multiply line 8 by 85% (. Free tax filing for military 85) and enter the result on line 17. Free tax filing for military Then go to line 18. Free tax filing for military   10. Free tax filing for military Is the amount on line 9 less than the amount on line 8?     No. Free tax filing for military None of your benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military Enter -0- on Form 1040, line 20b, or on Form 1040A, line 14b. Free tax filing for military If you are married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, be sure you entered “D” to the right of the word “benefits” on Form 1040, line 20a, or on Form 1040A, line 14a. Free tax filing for military     Yes. Free tax filing for military Subtract line 9 from line 8 13,500 11. Free tax filing for military Enter $12,000 if married filing jointly; $9,000 if single, head of household, qualifying widow(er), or married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013 12,000 12. Free tax filing for military Subtract line 11 from line 10. Free tax filing for military If zero or less, enter -0- 1,500 13. Free tax filing for military Enter the smaller of line 10 or line 11 12,000 14. Free tax filing for military Enter one-half of line 13 6,000 15. Free tax filing for military Enter the smaller of line 2 or line 14 5,000 16. Free tax filing for military Multiply line 12 by 85% (. Free tax filing for military 85). Free tax filing for military If line 12 is zero, enter -0- 1,275 17. Free tax filing for military Add lines 15 and 16 6,275 18. Free tax filing for military Multiply line 1 by 85% (. Free tax filing for military 85) 8,500 19. Free tax filing for military Taxable benefits. Free tax filing for military Enter the smaller of line 17 or line 18. Free tax filing for military Also enter this amount on Form 1040, line 20b, or Form 1040A, line 14b $6,275 More than 50% of Joe's net benefits are taxable because the income on line 8 of the worksheet ($45,500) is more than $44,000. Free tax filing for military Joe and Betty enter $10,000 on Form 1040, line 20a, and $6,275 on Form 1040, line 20b. Free tax filing for military Deductions Related to Your Benefits You may be entitled to deduct certain amounts related to the benefits you receive. Free tax filing for military Disability payments. Free tax filing for military   You may have received disability payments from your employer or an insurance company that you included as income on your tax return in an earlier year. Free tax filing for military If you received a lump-sum payment from SSA or RRB, and you had to repay the employer or insurance company for the disability payments, you can take an itemized deduction for the part of the payments you included in gross income in the earlier year. Free tax filing for military If the amount you repay is more than $3,000, you may be able to claim a tax credit instead. Free tax filing for military Claim the deduction or credit in the same way explained under Repayments More Than Gross Benefits , later. Free tax filing for military Legal expenses. Free tax filing for military   You can usually deduct legal expenses that you pay or incur to produce or collect taxable income or in connection with the determination, collection, or refund of any tax. Free tax filing for military   Legal expenses for collecting the taxable part of your benefits are deductible as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23. Free tax filing for military Repayments More Than Gross Benefits In some situations, your Form SSA-1099 or Form RRB-1099 will show that the total benefits you repaid (box 4) are more than the gross benefits (box 3) you received. Free tax filing for military If this occurred, your net benefits in box 5 will be a negative figure (a figure in parentheses) and none of your benefits will be taxable. Free tax filing for military Do not use a worksheet in this case. Free tax filing for military If you receive more than one form, a negative figure in box 5 of one form is used to offset a positive figure in box 5 of another form for that same year. Free tax filing for military If you have any questions about this negative figure, contact your local SSA office or your local RRB field office. Free tax filing for military Joint return. Free tax filing for military   If you and your spouse file a joint return, and your Form SSA-1099 or RRB-1099 has a negative figure in box 5, but your spouse's does not, subtract the amount in box 5 of your form from the amount in box 5 of your spouse's form. Free tax filing for military You do this to get your net benefits when figuring if your combined benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military Example. Free tax filing for military John and Mary file a joint return for 2013. Free tax filing for military John received Form SSA-1099 showing $3,000 in box 5. Free tax filing for military Mary also received Form SSA-1099 and the amount in box 5 was ($500). Free tax filing for military John and Mary will use $2,500 ($3,000 minus $500) as the amount of their net benefits when figuring if any of their combined benefits are taxable. Free tax filing for military Repayment of benefits received in an earlier year. Free tax filing for military   If the total amount shown in box 5 of all of your Forms SSA-1099 and RRB-1099 is a negative figure, you can take an itemized deduction for the part of this negative figure that represents benefits you included in gross income in an earlier year. Free tax filing for military Deduction $3,000 or less. Free tax filing for military   If this deduction is $3,000 or less, it is subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to certain miscellaneous itemized deductions. Free tax filing for military Claim it on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23. Free tax filing for military Deduction more than $3,000. Free tax filing for military    If this deduction is more than $3,000, you should figure your tax two ways: Figure your tax for 2013 with the itemized deduction included on Schedule A, line 28. Free tax filing for military Figure your tax for 2013 in the following steps. Free tax filing for military Figure the tax without the itemized deduction included on Schedule A, line 28. Free tax filing for military For each year after 1983 for which part of the negative figure represents a repayment of benefits, refigure your taxable benefits as if your total benefits for the year were reduced by that part of the negative figure. Free tax filing for military Then refigure the tax for that year. Free tax filing for military Subtract the total of the refigured tax amounts in (b) from the total of your actual tax amounts. Free tax filing for military Subtract the result in (c) from the result in (a). Free tax filing for military Compare the tax figured in methods (1) and (2). Free tax filing for military Your tax for 2013 is the smaller of the two amounts. Free tax filing for military If method (1) results in less tax, take the itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. 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Free tax filing for military 8. Free tax filing for military   Amortization Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: How To Deduct Amortization Starting a BusinessBusiness Start-Up Costs Costs of Organizing a Corporation Costs of Organizing a Partnership How To Amortize Getting a Lease Section 197 IntangiblesSection 197 Intangibles Defined Assets That Are Not Section 197 Intangibles Safe Harbor for Creative Property Costs Anti-Churning Rules Incorrect Amount of Amortization Deducted Disposition of Section 197 Intangibles Reforestation Costs Geological and Geophysical Costs Pollution Control FacilitiesNew identifiable treatment facility. Free tax filing for military Research and Experimental Costs Optional Write-off of Certain Tax Preferences Introduction Amortization is a method of recovering (deducting) certain capital costs over a fixed period of time. Free tax filing for military It is similar to the straight line method of depreciation. Free tax filing for military The various amortizable costs covered in this chapter are included in the list below. Free tax filing for military However, this chapter does not discuss amortization of bond premium. Free tax filing for military For information on that topic, see chapter 3 of Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. Free tax filing for military Topics - This chapter discusses: Deducting amortization Amortizing costs of starting a business Amortizing costs of getting a lease Amortizing costs of section 197 intangibles Amortizing reforestation costs Amortizing costs of geological and geophysical costs Amortizing costs of pollution control facilities Amortizing costs of research and experimentation Amortizing costs of certain tax preferences Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 550 Investment Income and Expenses 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) 4562 Depreciation and Amortization 4626 Alternative Minimum Tax—Corporations 6251 Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Free tax filing for military How To Deduct Amortization To deduct amortization that begins during the current tax year, complete Part VI of Form 4562 and attach it to your income tax return. Free tax filing for military To report amortization from previous years, in addition to amortization that begins in the current year, list on Form 4562 each item separately. Free tax filing for military For example, in 2012, you began to amortize a lease. Free tax filing for military In 2013, you began to amortize a second lease. Free tax filing for military Report amortization from the new lease on line 42 of your 2013 Form 4562. Free tax filing for military Report amortization from the 2012 lease on line 43 of your 2013 Form 4562. Free tax filing for military If you do not have any new amortizable expenses for the current year, you are not required to complete Form 4562 (unless you are claiming depreciation). Free tax filing for military Report the current year's deduction for amortization that began in a prior year directly on the “Other deduction” or “Other expense line” of your return. Free tax filing for military Starting a Business When you start a business, treat all eligible costs you incur before you begin operating the business as capital expenditures which are part of your basis in the business. Free tax filing for military Generally, you recover costs for particular assets through depreciation deductions. Free tax filing for military However, you generally cannot recover other costs until you sell the business or otherwise go out of business. Free tax filing for military For a discussion on how to treat these costs, see If your attempt to go into business is unsuccessful under Capital Expenses in chapter 1. Free tax filing for military For costs paid or incurred after September 8, 2008, you can deduct a limited amount of start-up and organizational costs. Free tax filing for military The costs that are not deducted currently can be amortized ratably over a 180-month period. Free tax filing for military The amortization period starts with the month you begin operating your active trade or business. Free tax filing for military You are not required to attach a statement to make this election. Free tax filing for military You can choose to forgo this election by affirmatively electing to capitalize your start-up costs on your income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the active trade or business begins. Free tax filing for military Once made, the election to either amortize or capitalize start-up costs is irrevocable and applies to all start-up costs that are related to your trade or business. Free tax filing for military See Regulations sections 1. Free tax filing for military 195-1, 1. Free tax filing for military 248-1, and 1. Free tax filing for military 709-1. Free tax filing for military For costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004, and before September 9, 2008, you can elect to deduct a limited amount of business start-up and organizational costs in the year your active trade or business begins. Free tax filing for military Any costs not deducted can be amortized ratably over a 180-month period, beginning with the month you begin business. Free tax filing for military If the election is made, you must attach any statement required by Regulations sections 1. Free tax filing for military 195-1(b), 1. Free tax filing for military 248-1(c), and 1. Free tax filing for military 709-1(c), as in effect before September 9, 2008. Free tax filing for military Note. Free tax filing for military You can apply the provisions of Regulations sections 1. Free tax filing for military 195-1, 1. Free tax filing for military 248-1, and 1. Free tax filing for military 709-1 to all business start-up and organizational costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004, provided the period of limitations on assessment has not expired for the year of the election. Free tax filing for military Otherwise, the provisions under Regulations sections 1. Free tax filing for military 195-1(b), 1. Free tax filing for military 248-1(c), and 1. Free tax filing for military 709-1(c), as in effect before September 9, 2008, will apply. Free tax filing for military For costs paid or incurred before October 23, 2004, you can elect to amortize business start-up and organization costs over an amortization period of 60 months or more. Free tax filing for military See How To Make the Election , later. Free tax filing for military The cost must qualify as one of the following. Free tax filing for military A business start-up cost. Free tax filing for military An organizational cost for a corporation. Free tax filing for military An organizational cost for a partnership. Free tax filing for military Business Start-Up Costs Start-up costs are amounts paid or incurred for: (a) creating an active trade or business; or (b) investigating the creation or acquisition of an active trade or business. Free tax filing for military Start-up costs include amounts paid or incurred in connection with an existing activity engaged in for profit; and for the production of income in anticipation of the activity becoming an active trade or business. Free tax filing for military Qualifying costs. Free tax filing for military   A start-up cost is amortizable if it meets both of the following tests. Free tax filing for military It is a cost you could deduct if you paid or incurred it to operate an existing active trade or business (in the same field as the one you entered into). Free tax filing for military It is a cost you pay or incur before the day your active trade or business begins. Free tax filing for military   Start-up costs include amounts paid for the following: An analysis or survey of potential markets, products, labor supply, transportation facilities, etc. Free tax filing for military Advertisements for the opening of the business. Free tax filing for military Salaries and wages for employees who are being trained and their instructors. Free tax filing for military Travel and other necessary costs for securing prospective distributors, suppliers, or customers. Free tax filing for military Salaries and fees for executives and consultants, or for similar professional services. Free tax filing for military Nonqualifying costs. Free tax filing for military   Start-up costs do not include deductible interest, taxes, or research and experimental costs. Free tax filing for military See Research and Experimental Costs , later. Free tax filing for military Purchasing an active trade or business. Free tax filing for military   Amortizable start-up costs for purchasing an active trade or business include only investigative costs incurred in the course of a general search for or preliminary investigation of the business. Free tax filing for military These are costs that help you decide whether to purchase a business. Free tax filing for military Costs you incur in an attempt to purchase a specific business are capital expenses that you cannot amortize. Free tax filing for military Example. Free tax filing for military On June 1st, you hired an accounting firm and a law firm to assist you in the potential purchase of XYZ, Inc. Free tax filing for military They researched XYZ's industry and analyzed the financial projections of XYZ, Inc. Free tax filing for military In September, the law firm prepared and submitted a letter of intent to XYZ, Inc. Free tax filing for military The letter stated that a binding commitment would result only after a purchase agreement was signed. Free tax filing for military The law firm and accounting firm continued to provide services including a review of XYZ's books and records and the preparation of a purchase agreement. Free tax filing for military On October 22nd, you signed a purchase agreement with XYZ, Inc. Free tax filing for military All amounts paid or incurred to investigate the business before October 22nd are amortizable investigative costs. Free tax filing for military Amounts paid on or after that date relate to the attempt to purchase the business and therefore must be capitalized. Free tax filing for military Disposition of business. Free tax filing for military   If you completely dispose of your business before the end of the amortization period, you can deduct any remaining deferred start-up costs. Free tax filing for military However, you can deduct these deferred start-up costs only to the extent they qualify as a loss from a business. Free tax filing for military Costs of Organizing a Corporation Amounts paid to organize a corporation are the direct costs of creating the corporation. Free tax filing for military Qualifying costs. Free tax filing for military   To qualify as an organizational cost, it must be: For the creation of the corporation, Chargeable to a capital account (see chapter 1), Amortized over the life of the corporation if the corporation had a fixed life, and Incurred before the end of the first tax year in which the corporation is in business. Free tax filing for military   A corporation using the cash method of accounting can amortize organizational costs incurred within the first tax year, even if it does not pay them in that year. Free tax filing for military   Examples of organizational costs include: The cost of temporary directors. Free tax filing for military The cost of organizational meetings. Free tax filing for military State incorporation fees. Free tax filing for military The cost of legal services. Free tax filing for military Nonqualifying costs. Free tax filing for military   The following items are capital expenses that cannot be amortized: Costs for issuing and selling stock or securities, such as commissions, professional fees, and printing costs. Free tax filing for military Costs associated with the transfer of assets to the corporation. Free tax filing for military Costs of Organizing a Partnership The costs to organize a partnership are the direct costs of creating the partnership. Free tax filing for military Qualifying costs. Free tax filing for military   A partnership can amortize an organizational cost only if it meets all the following tests. Free tax filing for military It is for the creation of the partnership and not for starting or operating the partnership trade or business. Free tax filing for military It is chargeable to a capital account (see chapter 1). Free tax filing for military It could be amortized over the life of the partnership if the partnership had a fixed life. Free tax filing for military It is incurred by the due date of the partnership return (excluding extensions) for the first tax year in which the partnership is in business. Free tax filing for military However, if the partnership uses the cash method of accounting and pays the cost after the end of its first tax year, see Cash method partnership under How To Amortize, later. Free tax filing for military It is for a type of item normally expected to benefit the partnership throughout its entire life. Free tax filing for military   Organizational costs include the following fees. Free tax filing for military Legal fees for services incident to the organization of the partnership, such as negotiation and preparation of the partnership agreement. Free tax filing for military Accounting fees for services incident to the organization of the partnership. Free tax filing for military Filing fees. Free tax filing for military Nonqualifying costs. Free tax filing for military   The following costs cannot be amortized. Free tax filing for military The cost of acquiring assets for the partnership or transferring assets to the partnership. Free tax filing for military The cost of admitting or removing partners, other than at the time the partnership is first organized. Free tax filing for military The cost of making a contract concerning the operation of the partnership trade or business including a contract between a partner and the partnership. Free tax filing for military The costs for issuing and marketing interests in the partnership such as brokerage, registration, and legal fees and printing costs. Free tax filing for military These “syndication fees” are capital expenses that cannot be depreciated or amortized. Free tax filing for military Liquidation of partnership. Free tax filing for military   If a partnership is liquidated before the end of the amortization period, the unamortized amount of qualifying organizational costs can be deducted in the partnership's final tax year. Free tax filing for military However, these costs can be deducted only to the extent they qualify as a loss from a business. Free tax filing for military How To Amortize Deduct start-up and organizational costs in equal amounts over the applicable amortization period (discussed earlier). Free tax filing for military You can choose an amortization period for start-up costs that is different from the period you choose for organizational costs, as long as both are not less than the applicable amortization period. Free tax filing for military Once you choose an amortization period, you cannot change it. Free tax filing for military To figure your deduction, divide your total start-up or organizational costs by the months in the amortization period. Free tax filing for military The result is the amount you can deduct for each month. Free tax filing for military Cash method partnership. Free tax filing for military   A partnership using the cash method of accounting can deduct an organizational cost only if it has been paid by the end of the tax year. Free tax filing for military However, any cost the partnership could have deducted as an organizational cost in an earlier tax year (if it had been paid that year) can be deducted in the tax year of payment. Free tax filing for military How To Make the Election To elect to amortize start-up or organizational costs, you must complete and attach Form 4562 to your return for the first tax year you are in business. Free tax filing for military You may also be required to attach an accompanying statement (described later) to your return. Free tax filing for military For start-up or organizational costs paid or incurred after September 8, 2008, an accompanying statement is not required. Free tax filing for military Generally, for start-up or organizational costs paid or incurred before September 9, 2008, and after October 22, 2004, unless you choose to apply Regulations sections 1. Free tax filing for military 195-1, 1. Free tax filing for military 248-1, and 1. Free tax filing for military 709-1, you must also attach an accompanying statement to elect to amortize the costs. Free tax filing for military If you have both start-up and organizational costs, attach a separate statement (if required) to your return for each type of cost. Free tax filing for military See Starting a Business , earlier, for more information. Free tax filing for military Generally, you must file the return by the due date (including any extensions). Free tax filing for military However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Free tax filing for military For more information, see the instructions for Part VI of Form 4562. Free tax filing for military You can choose to forgo the election to amortize by affirmatively electing to capitalize your start-up or organizational costs on your income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the active trade or business begins. Free tax filing for military Note. Free tax filing for military The election to either amortize or capitalize start-up or organizational costs is irrevocable and applies to all start-up and organizational costs that are related to the trade or business. Free tax filing for military If your business is organized as a corporation or partnership, only the corporation or partnership can elect to amortize its start-up or organizational costs. Free tax filing for military A shareholder or partner cannot make this election. Free tax filing for military You, as a shareholder or partner, cannot amortize any costs you incur in setting up your corporation or partnership. Free tax filing for military Only the corporation or partnership can amortize these costs. Free tax filing for military However, you, as an individual, can elect to amortize costs you incur to investigate an interest in an existing partnership. Free tax filing for military These costs qualify as business start-up costs if you acquire the partnership interest. Free tax filing for military Start-up costs election statement. Free tax filing for military   If you elect to amortize your start-up costs, attach a separate statement (if required) that contains the following information. Free tax filing for military A description of the business to which the start-up costs relate. Free tax filing for military A description of each start-up cost incurred. Free tax filing for military The month your active business began (or was acquired). Free tax filing for military The number of months in your amortization period (which is generally 180 months). Free tax filing for military Filing the statement early. Free tax filing for military   You can elect to amortize your start-up costs by filing the statement with a return for any tax year before the year your active business begins. Free tax filing for military If you file the statement early, the election becomes effective in the month of the tax year your active business begins. Free tax filing for military Revised statement. Free tax filing for military   You can file a revised statement to include any start-up costs not included in your original statement. Free tax filing for military However, you cannot include on the revised statement any cost you previously treated on your return as a cost other than a start-up cost. Free tax filing for military You can file the revised statement with a return filed after the return on which you elected to amortize your start-up costs. Free tax filing for military Organizational costs election statement. Free tax filing for military   If you elect to amortize your corporation's or partnership's organizational costs, attach a separate statement (if required) that contains the following information. Free tax filing for military A description of each cost. Free tax filing for military The amount of each cost. Free tax filing for military The date each cost was incurred. Free tax filing for military The month your corporation or partnership began active business (or acquired the business). Free tax filing for military The number of months in your amortization period (which is generally 180 months). Free tax filing for military Partnerships. Free tax filing for military   The statement prepared for a cash basis partnership must also indicate the amount paid before the end of the year for each cost. Free tax filing for military   You do not need to separately list any partnership organizational cost that is less than $10. Free tax filing for military Instead, you can list the total amount of these costs with the dates the first and last costs were incurred. Free tax filing for military   After a partnership makes the election to amortize organizational costs, it can later file an amended return to include additional organizational costs not included in the partnership's original return and statement. Free tax filing for military Getting a Lease If you get a lease for business property, you may recover the cost of acquiring the lease by amortizing it over the term of the lease. Free tax filing for military The term of the lease for amortization purposes generally includes all renewal options (and any other period for which you and the lessor reasonably expect the lease to be renewed). Free tax filing for military However, renewal periods are not included if 75% or more of the cost of acquiring the lease is for the term of the lease remaining on the acquisition date (not including any period for which you may choose to renew, extend, or continue the lease). Free tax filing for military For more information on the costs of getting a lease, see Cost of Getting a Lease in  chapter 3. Free tax filing for military How to amortize. Free tax filing for military   Enter your deduction in Part VI of Form 4562 if you are deducting amortization that begins during the current year, or on the appropriate line of your tax return if you are not otherwise required to file Form 4562. Free tax filing for military Section 197 Intangibles Generally, you may amortize the capitalized costs of “section 197 intangibles” (defined later) ratably over a 15-year period. Free tax filing for military You must amortize these costs if you hold the section 197 intangibles in connection with your trade or business or in an activity engaged in for the production of income. Free tax filing for military You may not be able to amortize section 197 intangibles acquired in a transaction that did not result in a significant change in ownership or use. Free tax filing for military See Anti-Churning Rules, later. Free tax filing for military Your amortization deduction each year is the applicable part of the intangible's adjusted basis (for purposes of determining gain), figured by amortizing it ratably over 15 years (180 months). Free tax filing for military The 15-year period begins with the later of: The month the intangible is acquired, or The month the trade or business or activity engaged in for the production of income begins. Free tax filing for military You cannot deduct amortization for the month you dispose of the intangible. Free tax filing for military If you pay or incur an amount that increases the basis of an amortizable section 197 intangible after the 15-year period begins, amortize it over the remainder of the 15-year period beginning with the month the basis increase occurs. Free tax filing for military You are not allowed any other depreciation or amortization deduction for an amortizable section 197 intangible. Free tax filing for military Tax-exempt use property subject to a lease. Free tax filing for military   The amortization period for any section 197 intangible leased under a lease agreement entered into after March 12, 2004, to a tax-exempt organization, governmental unit, or foreign person or entity (other than a partnership), shall not be less than 125 percent of the lease term. Free tax filing for military Cost attributable to other property. Free tax filing for military   The rules for section 197 intangibles do not apply to any amount that is included in determining the cost of property that is not a section 197 intangible. Free tax filing for military For example, if the cost of computer software is not separately stated from the cost of hardware or other tangible property and you consistently treat it as part of the cost of the hardware or other tangible property, these rules do not apply. Free tax filing for military Similarly, none of the cost of acquiring real property held for the production of rental income is considered the cost of goodwill, going concern value, or any other section 197 intangible. Free tax filing for military Section 197 Intangibles Defined The following assets are section 197 intangibles and must be amortized over 180 months: Goodwill; Going concern value; Workforce in place; Business books and records, operating systems, or any other information base, including lists or other information concerning current or prospective customers; A patent, copyright, formula, process, design, pattern, know-how, format, or similar item; A customer-based intangible; A supplier-based intangible; Any item similar to items (3) through (7); A license, permit, or other right granted by a governmental unit or agency (including issuances and renewals); A covenant not to compete entered into in connection with the acquisition of an interest in a trade or business; Any franchise, trademark, or trade name; and A contract for the use of, or a term interest in, any item in this list. Free tax filing for military You cannot amortize any of the intangibles listed in items (1) through (8) that you created rather than acquired unless you created them in acquiring assets that make up a trade or business or a substantial part of a trade or business. Free tax filing for military Goodwill. Free tax filing for military   This is the value of a trade or business based on expected continued customer patronage due to its name, reputation, or any other factor. Free tax filing for military Going concern value. Free tax filing for military   This is the additional value of a trade or business that attaches to property because the property is an integral part of an ongoing business activity. Free tax filing for military It includes value based on the ability of a business to continue to function and generate income even though there is a change in ownership (but does not include any other section 197 intangible). Free tax filing for military It also includes value based on the immediate use or availability of an acquired trade or business, such as the use of earnings during any period in which the business would not otherwise be available or operational. Free tax filing for military Workforce in place, etc. Free tax filing for military   This includes the composition of a workforce (for example, its experience, education, or training). Free tax filing for military It also includes the terms and conditions of employment, whether contractual or otherwise, and any other value placed on employees or any of their attributes. Free tax filing for military   For example, you must amortize the part of the purchase price of a business that is for the existence of a highly skilled workforce. Free tax filing for military Also, you must amortize the cost of acquiring an existing employment contract or relationship with employees or consultants. Free tax filing for military Business books and records, etc. Free tax filing for military   This includes the intangible value of technical manuals, training manuals or programs, data files, and accounting or inventory control systems. Free tax filing for military It also includes the cost of customer lists, subscription lists, insurance expirations, patient or client files, and lists of newspaper, magazine, radio, and television advertisers. Free tax filing for military Patents, copyrights, etc. Free tax filing for military   This includes package design, computer software, and any interest in a film, sound recording, videotape, book, or other similar property, except as discussed later under Assets That Are Not Section 197 Intangibles . Free tax filing for military Customer-based intangible. Free tax filing for military   This is the composition of market, market share, and any other value resulting from the future provision of goods or services because of relationships with customers in the ordinary course of business. Free tax filing for military For example, you must amortize the part of the purchase price of a business that is for the existence of the following intangibles. Free tax filing for military A customer base. Free tax filing for military A circulation base. Free tax filing for military An undeveloped market or market growth. Free tax filing for military Insurance in force. Free tax filing for military A mortgage servicing contract. Free tax filing for military An investment management contract. Free tax filing for military Any other relationship with customers involving the future provision of goods or services. Free tax filing for military   Accounts receivable or other similar rights to income for goods or services provided to customers before the acquisition of a trade or business are not section 197 intangibles. Free tax filing for military Supplier-based intangible. Free tax filing for military   A supplier-based intangible is the value resulting from the future acquisitions, (through contract or other relationships with suppliers in the ordinary course of business) of goods or services that you will sell or use. Free tax filing for military The amount you pay or incur for supplier-based intangibles includes, for example, any portion of the purchase price of an acquired trade or business that is attributable to the existence of a favorable relationship with persons providing distribution services (such as a favorable shelf or display space or a retail outlet), or the existence of favorable supply contracts. Free tax filing for military Do not include any amount required to be paid for the goods or services to honor the terms of the agreement or other relationship. Free tax filing for military Also, see Assets That Are Not Section 197 Intangibles below. Free tax filing for military Government-granted license, permit, etc. Free tax filing for military   This is any right granted by a governmental unit or an agency or instrumentality of a governmental unit. Free tax filing for military For example, you must amortize the capitalized costs of acquiring (including issuing or renewing) a liquor license, a taxicab medallion or license, or a television or radio broadcasting license. Free tax filing for military Covenant not to compete. Free tax filing for military   Section 197 intangibles include a covenant not to compete (or similar arrangement) entered into in connection with the acquisition of an interest in a trade or business, or a substantial portion of a trade or business. Free tax filing for military An interest in a trade or business includes an interest in a partnership or a corporation engaged in a trade or business. Free tax filing for military   An arrangement that requires the former owner to perform services (or to provide property or the use of property) is not similar to a covenant not to compete to the extent the amount paid under the arrangement represents reasonable compensation for those services or for that property or its use. Free tax filing for military Franchise, trademark, or trade name. Free tax filing for military   A franchise, trademark, or trade name is a section 197 intangible. Free tax filing for military You must amortize its purchase or renewal costs, other than certain contingent payments that you can deduct currently. Free tax filing for military For information on currently deductible contingent payments, see chapter 11. Free tax filing for military Professional sports franchise. Free tax filing for military   A franchise engaged in professional sports and any intangible assets acquired in connection with acquiring the franchise (including player contracts) is a section 197 intangible amortizable over a 15-year period. Free tax filing for military Contract for the use of, or a term interest in, a section 197 intangible. Free tax filing for military   Section 197 intangibles include any right under a license, contract, or other arrangement providing for the use of any section 197 intangible. Free tax filing for military It also includes any term interest in any section 197 intangible, whether the interest is outright or in trust. Free tax filing for military Assets That Are Not Section 197 Intangibles The following assets are not section 197 intangibles. Free tax filing for military Any interest in a corporation, partnership, trust, or estate. Free tax filing for military Any interest under an existing futures contract, foreign currency contract, notional principal contract, interest rate swap, or similar financial contract. Free tax filing for military Any interest in land. Free tax filing for military Most computer software. Free tax filing for military (See Computer software , later. Free tax filing for military ) Any of the following assets not acquired in connection with the acquisition of a trade or business or a substantial part of a trade or business. Free tax filing for military An interest in a film, sound recording, video tape, book, or similar property. Free tax filing for military A right to receive tangible property or services under a contract or from a governmental agency. Free tax filing for military An interest in a patent or copyright. Free tax filing for military Certain rights that have a fixed duration or amount. Free tax filing for military (See Rights of fixed duration or amount , later. Free tax filing for military ) An interest under either of the following. Free tax filing for military An existing lease or sublease of tangible property. Free tax filing for military A debt that was in existence when the interest was acquired. Free tax filing for military A right to service residential mortgages unless the right is acquired in connection with the acquisition of a trade or business or a substantial part of a trade or business. Free tax filing for military Certain transaction costs incurred by parties to a corporate organization or reorganization in which any part of a gain or loss is not recognized. Free tax filing for military Intangible property that is not amortizable under the rules for section 197 intangibles can be depreciated if it meets certain requirements. Free tax filing for military You generally must use the straight line method over its useful life. Free tax filing for military For certain intangibles, the depreciation period is specified in the law and regulations. Free tax filing for military For example, the depreciation period for computer software that is not a section 197 intangible is generally 36 months. Free tax filing for military For more information on depreciating intangible property, see Intangible Property under What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property? in chapter 1 of Publication 946. Free tax filing for military Computer software. Free tax filing for military   Section 197 intangibles do not include the following types of computer software. Free tax filing for military Software that meets all the following requirements. Free tax filing for military It is, or has been, readily available for purchase by the general public. Free tax filing for military It is subject to a nonexclusive license. Free tax filing for military It has not been substantially modified. Free tax filing for military This requirement is considered met if the cost of all modifications is not more than the greater of 25% of the price of the publicly available unmodified software or $2,000. Free tax filing for military Software that is not acquired in connection with the acquisition of a trade or business or a substantial part of a trade or business. Free tax filing for military Computer software defined. Free tax filing for military   Computer software includes all programs designed to cause a computer to perform a desired function. Free tax filing for military It also includes any database or similar item that is in the public domain and is incidental to the operation of qualifying software. Free tax filing for military Rights of fixed duration or amount. Free tax filing for military   Section 197 intangibles do not include any right under a contract or from a governmental agency if the right is acquired in the ordinary course of a trade or business (or in an activity engaged in for the production of income) but not as part of a purchase of a trade or business and either: Has a fixed life of less than 15 years, or Is of a fixed amount that, except for the rules for section 197 intangibles, would be recovered under a method similar to the unit-of-production method of cost recovery. Free tax filing for military However, this does not apply to the following intangibles. Free tax filing for military Goodwill. Free tax filing for military Going concern value. Free tax filing for military A covenant not to compete. Free tax filing for military A franchise, trademark, or trade name. Free tax filing for military A customer-related information base, customer-based intangible, or similar item. Free tax filing for military Safe Harbor for Creative Property Costs If you are engaged in the trade or business of film production, you may be able to amortize the creative property costs for properties not set for production within 3 years of the first capitalized transaction. Free tax filing for military You may amortize these costs ratably over a 15-year period beginning on the first day of the second half of the tax year in which you properly write off the costs for financial accounting purposes. Free tax filing for military If, during the 15-year period, you dispose of the creative property rights, you must continue to amortize the costs over the remainder of the 15-year period. Free tax filing for military Creative property costs include costs paid or incurred to acquire and develop screenplays, scripts, story outlines, motion picture production rights to books and plays, and other similar properties for purposes of potential future film development, production, and exploitation. Free tax filing for military Amortize these costs using the rules of Revenue Procedure 2004-36. Free tax filing for military For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2004-36, 2004-24 I. Free tax filing for military R. Free tax filing for military B. Free tax filing for military 1063, available at  www. Free tax filing for military irs. Free tax filing for military gov/irb/2004-24_IRB/ar16. Free tax filing for military html. Free tax filing for military A change in the treatment of creative property costs is a change in method of accounting. Free tax filing for military Anti-Churning Rules Anti-churning rules prevent you from amortizing most section 197 intangibles if the transaction in which you acquired them did not result in a significant change in ownership or use. Free tax filing for military These rules apply to goodwill and going concern value, and to any other section 197 intangible that is not otherwise depreciable or amortizable. Free tax filing for military Under the anti-churning rules, you cannot use 15-year amortization for the intangible if any of the following conditions apply. Free tax filing for military You or a related person (defined later) held or used the intangible at any time from July 25, 1991, through August 10, 1993. Free tax filing for military You acquired the intangible from a person who held it at any time during the period in (1) and, as part of the transaction, the user did not change. Free tax filing for military You granted the right to use the intangible to a person (or a person related to that person) who held or used it at any time during the period in (1). Free tax filing for military This applies only if the transaction in which you granted the right and the transaction in which you acquired the intangible are part of a series of related transactions. Free tax filing for military See Related person , later, for more information. Free tax filing for military Exceptions. Free tax filing for military   The anti-churning rules do not apply in the following situations. Free tax filing for military You acquired the intangible from a decedent and its basis was stepped up to its fair market value. Free tax filing for military The intangible was amortizable as a section 197 intangible by the seller or transferor you acquired it from. Free tax filing for military This exception does not apply if the transaction in which you acquired the intangible and the transaction in which the seller or transferor acquired it are part of a series of related transactions. Free tax filing for military The gain-recognition exception, discussed later, applies. Free tax filing for military Related person. Free tax filing for military   For purposes of the anti-churning rules, the following are related persons. Free tax filing for military An individual and his or her brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, spouse, ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc. Free tax filing for military ), and lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, etc. Free tax filing for military ). Free tax filing for military A corporation and an individual who owns, directly or indirectly, more than 20% of the value of the corporation's outstanding stock. Free tax filing for military Two corporations that are members of the same controlled group as defined in section 1563(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, except that “more than 20%” is substituted for “at least 80%” in that definition and the determination is made without regard to subsections (a)(4) and (e)(3)(C) of section 1563. Free tax filing for military (For an exception, see section 1. Free tax filing for military 197-2(h)(6)(iv) of the regulations. Free tax filing for military ) A trust fiduciary and a corporation if more than 20% of the value of the corporation's outstanding stock is owned, directly or indirectly, by or for the trust or grantor of the trust. Free tax filing for military The grantor and fiduciary, and the fiduciary and beneficiary, of any trust. Free tax filing for military The fiduciaries of two different trusts, and the fiduciaries and beneficiaries of two different trusts, if the same person is the grantor of both trusts. Free tax filing for military The executor and beneficiary of an estate. Free tax filing for military A tax-exempt educational or charitable organization and a person who directly or indirectly controls the organization (or whose family members control it). Free tax filing for military A corporation and a partnership if the same persons own more than 20% of the value of the outstanding stock of the corporation and more than 20% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership. Free tax filing for military Two S corporations, and an S corporation and a regular corporation, if the same persons own more than 20% of the value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. Free tax filing for military Two partnerships if the same persons own, directly or indirectly, more than 20% of the capital or profits interests in both partnerships. Free tax filing for military A partnership and a person who owns, directly or indirectly, more than 20% of the capital or profits interests in the partnership. Free tax filing for military Two persons who are engaged in trades or businesses under common control (as described in section 41(f)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code). Free tax filing for military When to determine relationship. Free tax filing for military   Persons are treated as related if the relationship existed at the following time. Free tax filing for military In the case of a single transaction, immediately before or immediately after the transaction in which the intangible was acquired. Free tax filing for military In the case of a series of related transactions (or a series of transactions that comprise a qualified stock purchase under section 338(d)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code), immediately before the earliest transaction or immediately after the last transaction. Free tax filing for military Ownership of stock. Free tax filing for military   In determining whether an individual directly or indirectly owns any of the outstanding stock of a corporation, the following rules apply. Free tax filing for military Rule 1. Free tax filing for military   Stock directly or indirectly owned by or for a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust is considered owned proportionately by or for its shareholders, partners, or beneficiaries. Free tax filing for military Rule 2. Free tax filing for military   An individual is considered to own the stock directly or indirectly owned by or for his or her family. Free tax filing for military Family includes only brothers and sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters, spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. Free tax filing for military Rule 3. Free tax filing for military   An individual owning (other than by applying Rule 2) any stock in a corporation is considered to own the stock directly or indirectly owned by or for his or her partner. Free tax filing for military Rule 4. Free tax filing for military   For purposes of applying Rule 1, 2, or 3, treat stock constructively owned by a person under Rule 1 as actually owned by that person. Free tax filing for military Do not treat stock constructively owned by an individual under Rule 2 or 3 as owned by the individual for reapplying Rule 2 or 3 to make another person the constructive owner of the stock. Free tax filing for military Gain-recognition exception. Free tax filing for military   This exception to the anti-churning rules applies if the person you acquired the intangible from (the transferor) meets both of the following requirements. Free tax filing for military That person would not be related to you (as described under Related person , earlier) if the 20% test for ownership of stock and partnership interests were replaced by a 50% test. Free tax filing for military That person chose to recognize gain on the disposition of the intangible and pay income tax on the gain at the highest tax rate. Free tax filing for military See chapter 2 in Publication 544 for information on making this choice. Free tax filing for military   If this exception applies, the anti-churning rules apply only to the amount of your adjusted basis in the intangible that is more than the gain recognized by the transferor. Free tax filing for military Notification. Free tax filing for military   If the person you acquired the intangible from chooses to recognize gain under the rules for this exception, that person must notify you in writing by the due date of the return on which the choice is made. Free tax filing for military Anti-abuse rule. Free tax filing for military   You cannot amortize any section 197 intangible acquired in a transaction for which the principal purpose was either of the following. Free tax filing for military To avoid the requirement that the intangible be acquired after August 10, 1993. Free tax filing for military To avoid any of the anti-churning rules. Free tax filing for military More information. Free tax filing for military   For more information about the anti-churning rules, including additional rules for partnerships, see Regulations section 1. Free tax filing for military 197-2(h). Free tax filing for military Incorrect Amount of Amortization Deducted If you later discover that you deducted an incorrect amount for amortization for a section 197 intangible in any year, you may be able to make a correction for that year by filing an amended return. Free tax filing for military See Amended Return , next. Free tax filing for military If you are not allowed to make the correction on an amended return, you can change your accounting method to claim the correct amortization. Free tax filing for military See Changing Your Accounting Method , later. Free tax filing for military Amended Return If you deducted an incorrect amount for amortization, you can file an amended return to correct the following. Free tax filing for military A mathematical error made in any year. Free tax filing for military A posting error made in any year. Free tax filing for military An amortization deduction for a section 197 intangible for which you have not adopted a method of accounting. Free tax filing for military When to file. Free tax filing for military   If an amended return is allowed, you must file it by the later of the following dates. Free tax filing for military 3 years from the date you filed your original return for the year in which you did not deduct the correct amount. Free tax filing for military (A return filed early is considered filed on the due date. Free tax filing for military ) 2 years from the time you paid your tax for that year. Free tax filing for military Changing Your Accounting Method Generally, you must get IRS approval to change your method of accounting. Free tax filing for military File Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, to request a change to a permissible method of accounting for amortization. Free tax filing for military The following are examples of a change in method of accounting for amortization. Free tax filing for military A change in the amortization method, period of recovery, or convention of an amortizable asset. Free tax filing for military A change in the accounting for amortizable assets from a single asset account to a multiple asset account (pooling), or vice versa. Free tax filing for military A change in the accounting for amortizable assets from one type of multiple asset account to a different type of multiple asset account. Free tax filing for military Changes in amortization that are not a change in method of accounting include the following: A change in computing amortization in the tax year in which your use of the asset changes. Free tax filing for military An adjustment in the useful life of an amortizable asset. Free tax filing for military Generally, the making of a late amortization election or the revocation of a timely valid amortization election. Free tax filing for military Any change in the placed-in-service date of an amortizable asset. Free tax filing for military See Regulations section 1. Free tax filing for military 446-1(e)(2)(ii)(a) for more information and examples. Free tax filing for military Automatic approval. Free tax filing for military   In some instances, you may be able to get automatic approval from the IRS to change your method of accounting for amortization. Free tax filing for military For a list of automatic accounting method changes, see the Instructions for Form 3115. Free tax filing for military Also see the Instructions for Form 3115 for more information on getting approval, automatic approval procedures, and a list of exceptions to the automatic approval process. Free tax filing for military For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2006-12, as modified by Revenue Procedure 2006-37, and Revenue Procedure 2008-52, as amplified, clarified, and modified by Revenue Procedure 2009-39, as clarified and modified by Revenue Procedure 2011-14, as modified and amplified by Revenue Procedure 2011-22, as modified by Revenue Procedure 2012-39, or any successor. Free tax filing for military See Revenue Procedure 2006-12, 2006-3 I. Free tax filing for military R. Free tax filing for military B. Free tax filing for military 310, available at  www. Free tax filing for military irs. Free tax filing for military gov/irb/2006-03_IRB/ar14. Free tax filing for military html. Free tax filing for military  See Revenue Procedure 2006-37, 2006-38 I. Free tax filing for military R. Free tax filing for military B. Free tax filing for military 499, available at  www. Free tax filing for military irs. Free tax filing for military gov/irb/2006-38_IRB/ar10. Free tax filing for military html. Free tax filing for military  See Revenue Procedure 2008-52, 2008-36 I. Free tax filing for military R. Free tax filing for military B. Free tax filing for military 587, available at www. Free tax filing for military irs. Free tax filing for military gov/irb/2008-36_IRB/ar09. Free tax filing for military html. Free tax filing for military  See Revenue Procedure 2009-39, 2009-38 I. Free tax filing for military R. Free tax filing for military B. Free tax filing for military 371, available at  www. Free tax filing for military irs. Free tax filing for military gov/irb/2009-38_IRB/ar08. Free tax filing for military html. Free tax filing for military  See Revenue Procedure 2011-14, 2011-4 I. Free tax filing for military R. Free tax filing for military B. Free tax filing for military 330, available at  www. Free tax filing for military irs. Free tax filing for military gov/irb/2011-04_IRB/ar08. Free tax filing for military html. Free tax filing for military  See Revenue Procedure 2011-22, 2011-18 I. Free tax filing for military R. Free tax filing for military B. Free tax filing for military 737, available at  www. Free tax filing for military irs. Free tax filing for military gov/irb/2011-18_IRB/ar08. Free tax filing for military html. Free tax filing for military Also, see Revenue Procedure 2012-39, 2012-41 I. Free tax filing for military R. Free tax filing for military B. Free tax filing for military 470 available at www. Free tax filing for military irs. Free tax filing for military gov/irb/2012-41_IRB/index. Free tax filing for military html. Free tax filing for military Disposition of Section 197 Intangibles A section 197 intangible is treated as depreciable property used in your trade or business. Free tax filing for military If you held the intangible for more than 1 year, any gain on its disposition, up to the amount of allowable amortization, is ordinary income (section 1245 gain). Free tax filing for military If multiple section 197 intangibles are disposed of in a single transaction or a series of related transactions, treat all of the section 197 intangibles as if they were a single asset for purposes of determining the amount of gain that is ordinary income. Free tax filing for military Any remaining gain, or any loss, is a section 1231 gain or loss. Free tax filing for military If you held the intangible 1 year or less, any gain or loss on its disposition is an ordinary gain or loss. Free tax filing for military For more information on ordinary or capital gain or loss on business property, see chapter 3 in Publication 544. Free tax filing for military Nondeductible loss. Free tax filing for military   You cannot deduct any loss on the disposition or worthlessness of a section 197 intangible that you acquired in the same transaction (or series of related transactions) as other section 197 intangibles you still have. Free tax filing for military Instead, increase the adjusted basis of each remaining amortizable section 197 intangible by a proportionate part of the nondeductible loss. Free tax filing for military Figure the increase by multiplying the nondeductible loss on the disposition of the intangible by the following fraction. Free tax filing for military The numerator is the adjusted basis of each remaining intangible on the date of the disposition. Free tax filing for military The denominator is the total adjusted bases of all remaining amortizable section 197 intangibles on the date of the disposition. Free tax filing for military Covenant not to compete. Free tax filing for military   A covenant not to compete, or similar arrangement, is not considered disposed of or worthless before you dispose of your entire interest in the trade or business for which you entered into the covenant. Free tax filing for military Nonrecognition transfers. Free tax filing for military   If you acquire a section 197 intangible in a nonrecognition transfer, you are treated as the transferor with respect to the part of your adjusted basis in the intangible that is not more than the transferor's adjusted basis. Free tax filing for military You amortize this part of the adjusted basis over the intangible's remaining amortization period in the hands of the transferor. Free tax filing for military Nonrecognition transfers include transfers to a corporation, partnership contributions and distributions, like-kind exchanges, and involuntary conversions. Free tax filing for military   In a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion of a section 197 intangible, you must continue to amortize the part of your adjusted basis in the acquired intangible that is not more than your adjusted basis in the exchanged or converted intangible over the remaining amortization period of the exchanged or converted intangible. Free tax filing for military Amortize over a new 15-year period the part of your adjusted basis in the acquired intangible that is more than your adjusted basis in the exchanged or converted intangible. Free tax filing for military Example. Free tax filing for military You own a section 197 intangible you have amortized for 4 full years. Free tax filing for military It has a remaining unamortized basis of $30,000. Free tax filing for military You exchange the asset plus $10,000 for a like-kind section 197 intangible. Free tax filing for military The nonrecognition provisions of like-kind exchanges apply. Free tax filing for military You amortize $30,000 of the $40,000 adjusted basis of the acquired intangible over the 11 years remaining in the original 15-year amortization period for the transferred asset. Free tax filing for military You amortize the other $10,000 of adjusted basis over a new 15-year period. Free tax filing for military For more information, see Regulations section 1. Free tax filing for military 197-2(g). Free tax filing for military Reforestation Costs You can elect to deduct a limited amount of reforestation costs paid or incurred during the tax year. Free tax filing for military See Reforestation Costs in chapter 7. Free tax filing for military You can elect to amortize the qualifying costs that are not deducted currently over an 84-month period. Free tax filing for military There is no limit on the amount of your amortization deduction for reforestation costs paid or incurred during the tax year. Free tax filing for military The election to amortize reforestation costs incurred by a partnership, S corporation, or estate must be made by the partnership, corporation, or estate. Free tax filing for military A partner, shareholder, or beneficiary cannot make that election. Free tax filing for military A partner's or shareholder's share of amortizable costs is figured under the general rules for allocating items of income, loss, deduction, etc. Free tax filing for military , of a partnership or S corporation. Free tax filing for military The amortizable costs of an estate are divided between the estate and the income beneficiary based on the income of the estate allocable to each. Free tax filing for military Qualifying costs. Free tax filing for military   Reforestation costs are the direct costs of planting or seeding for forestation or reforestation. Free tax filing for military Qualifying costs include only those costs you must capitalize and include in the adjusted basis of the property. Free tax filing for military They include costs for the following items. Free tax filing for military Site preparation. Free tax filing for military Seeds or seedlings. Free tax filing for military Labor. Free tax filing for military Tools. Free tax filing for military Depreciation on equipment used in planting and seeding. Free tax filing for military Qualifying costs do not include costs for which the government reimburses you under a cost-sharing program, unless you include the reimbursement in your income. Free tax filing for military Qualified timber property. Free tax filing for military   Qualified timber property is property that contains trees in significant commercial quantities. Free tax filing for military It can be a woodlot or other site that you own or lease. Free tax filing for military The property qualifies only if it meets all of the following requirements. Free tax filing for military It is located in the United States. Free tax filing for military It is held for the growing and cutting of timber you will either use in, or sell for use in, the commercial production of timber products. Free tax filing for military It consists of at least one acre planted with tree seedlings in the manner normally used in forestation or reforestation. Free tax filing for military Qualified timber property does not include property on which you have planted shelter belts or ornamental trees, such as Christmas trees. Free tax filing for military Amortization period. Free tax filing for military   The 84-month amortization period starts on the first day of the first month of the second half of the tax year you incur the costs (July 1 for a calendar year taxpayer), regardless of the month you actually incur the costs. Free tax filing for military You can claim amortization deductions for no more than 6 months of the first and last (eighth) tax years of the period. Free tax filing for military Life tenant and remainderman. Free tax filing for military   If one person holds the property for life with the remainder going to another person, the life tenant is entitled to the full amortization for qualifying reforestation costs incurred by the life tenant. Free tax filing for military Any remainder interest in the property is ignored for amortization purposes. Free tax filing for military Recapture. Free tax filing for military   If you dispose of qualified timber property within 10 years after the tax year you incur qualifying reforestation expenses, report any gain as ordinary income up to the amortization you took. Free tax filing for military See chapter 3 of Publication 544 for more information. Free tax filing for military How to make the election. Free tax filing for military   To elect to amortize qualifying reforestation costs, complete Part VI of Form 4562 and attach a statement that contains the following information. Free tax filing for military A description of the costs and the dates you incurred them. Free tax filing for military A description of the type of timber being grown and the purpose for which it is grown. Free tax filing for military Attach a separate statement for each property for which you amortize reforestation costs. Free tax filing for military   Generally, you must make the election on a timely filed return (including extensions) for the tax year in which you incurred the costs. Free tax filing for military However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Free tax filing for military Attach Form 4562 and the statement to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Free tax filing for military 9100-2” on Form 4562. Free tax filing for military File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Free tax filing for military Revoking the election. Free tax filing for military   You must get IRS approval to revoke your election to amortize qualifying reforestation costs. Free tax filing for military Your application to revoke the election must include your name, address, the years for which your election was in effect, and your reason for revoking it. Free tax filing for military Please provide your daytime telephone number (optional), in case we need to contact you. Free tax filing for military You, or your duly authorized representative, must sign the application and file it at least 90 days before the due date (without extensions) for filing your income tax return for the first tax year for which your election is to end. Free tax filing for military    Send the application to: Internal Revenue Service Associate Chief Counsel Passthroughs and Special Industries CC:PSI:6 1111 Constitution Ave. Free tax filing for military NW, IR-5300 Washington, DC 20224 Geological and Geophysical Costs You can amortize the cost of geological and geophysical expenses paid or incurred in connection with oil and gas exploration or development within the United States. Free tax filing for military These costs can be amortized ratably over a 24-month period beginning on the mid-point of the tax year in which the expenses were paid or incurred. 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Free tax filing for military 9100-2” on Form 4562. Free tax filing for military File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Free tax filing for military   Your election is binding for the year it is made and for all later years unless you obtain approval from the IRS to change to a different method. Free tax filing for military Optional Write-off of Certain Tax Preferences You can elect to amortize certain tax preference items over an optional period beginning in the tax year in which you incurred the costs. Free tax filing for military If you make this election, there is no AMT adjustment. Free tax filing for military The applicable costs and the optional recovery periods are as follows: Circulation costs — 3 years, Intangible drilling and development costs — 60 months, Mining exploration and development costs — 10 years, and Research and experimental costs — 10 years. Free tax filing for military How to make the election. Free tax filing for military   To elect to amortize qualifying costs over the optional recovery period, complete Part VI of Form 4562 and attach a statement containing the following information to your return for the tax year in which the election begins: Your name, address, and taxpayer identification number; and The type of cost and the specific amount of the cost for which you are making the election. Free tax filing for military   Generally, the election must be made on a timely filed return (including extensions) for the tax year in which you incurred the costs. Free tax filing for military However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Free tax filing for military Attach Form 4562 to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Free tax filing for military 9100-2” on Form 4562. 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