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H&r block free state file code 1. H&r block free state file code   Overview of Depreciation Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Property Can Be Depreciated?Property You Own Property Used in Your Business or Income-Producing Activity Property Having a Determinable Useful Life Property Lasting More Than One Year What Property Cannot Be Depreciated?Land Excepted Property When Does Depreciation Begin and End?Placed in Service Idle Property Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered Retired From Service What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property?Property You Placed in Service Before 1987 Property Owned or Used in 1986 Intangible Property Corporate or Partnership Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Transfer Election To Exclude Property From MACRS What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property?Cost as Basis Other Basis Adjusted Basis How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements? Do You Have To File Form 4562? How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions?Filing an Amended Return Changing Your Accounting Method Introduction Depreciation is an annual income tax deduction that allows you to recover the cost or other basis of certain property over the time you use the property. H&r block free state file code It is an allowance for the wear and tear, deterioration, or obsolescence of the property. H&r block free state file code This chapter discusses the general rules for depreciating property and answers the following questions. H&r block free state file code What property can be depreciated? What property cannot be depreciated? When does depreciation begin and end? What method can you use to depreciate your property? What is the basis of your depreciable property? How do you treat repairs and improvements? Do you have to file Form 4562? How do you correct depreciation deductions? Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 534 Depreciating Property Placed in Service Before 1987 535 Business Expenses 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 551 Basis of Assets Form (and Instructions) Sch C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business Sch C-EZ (Form 1040) Net Profit From Business 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4562 Depreciation and Amortization See chapter 6 for information about getting publications and forms. H&r block free state file code What Property Can Be Depreciated? You can depreciate most types of tangible property (except land), such as buildings, machinery, vehicles, furniture, and equipment. H&r block free state file code You also can depreciate certain intangible property, such as patents, copyrights, and computer software. H&r block free state file code To be depreciable, the property must meet all the following requirements. H&r block free state file code It must be property you own. H&r block free state file code It must be used in your business or income-producing activity. H&r block free state file code It must have a determinable useful life. H&r block free state file code It must be expected to last more than one year. H&r block free state file code The following discussions provide information about these requirements. H&r block free state file code Property You Own To claim depreciation, you usually must be the owner of the property. H&r block free state file code You are considered as owning property even if it is subject to a debt. H&r block free state file code Example 1. H&r block free state file code You made a down payment to purchase rental property and assumed the previous owner's mortgage. H&r block free state file code You own the property and you can depreciate it. H&r block free state file code Example 2. H&r block free state file code You bought a new van that you will use only for your courier business. H&r block free state file code You will be making payments on the van over the next 5 years. H&r block free state file code You own the van and you can depreciate it. H&r block free state file code Leased property. H&r block free state file code   You can depreciate leased property only if you retain the incidents of ownership in the property (explained below). H&r block free state file code This means you bear the burden of exhaustion of the capital investment in the property. H&r block free state file code Therefore, if you lease property from someone to use in your trade or business or for the production of income, you generally cannot depreciate its cost because you do not retain the incidents of ownership. H&r block free state file code You can, however, depreciate any capital improvements you make to the property. H&r block free state file code See How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements later in this chapter and Additions and Improvements under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4. H&r block free state file code   If you lease property to someone, you generally can depreciate its cost even if the lessee (the person leasing from you) has agreed to preserve, replace, renew, and maintain the property. H&r block free state file code However, if the lease provides that the lessee is to maintain the property and return to you the same property or its equivalent in value at the expiration of the lease in as good condition and value as when leased, you cannot depreciate the cost of the property. H&r block free state file code Incidents of ownership. H&r block free state file code   Incidents of ownership in property include the following. H&r block free state file code The legal title to the property. H&r block free state file code The legal obligation to pay for the property. H&r block free state file code The responsibility to pay maintenance and operating expenses. H&r block free state file code The duty to pay any taxes on the property. H&r block free state file code The risk of loss if the property is destroyed, condemned, or diminished in value through obsolescence or exhaustion. H&r block free state file code Life tenant. H&r block free state file code   Generally, if you hold business or investment property as a life tenant, you can depreciate it as if you were the absolute owner of the property. H&r block free state file code However, see Certain term interests in property under Excepted Property, later. H&r block free state file code Cooperative apartments. H&r block free state file code   If you are a tenant-stockholder in a cooperative housing corporation and use your cooperative apartment in your business or for the production of income, you can depreciate your stock in the corporation, even though the corporation owns the apartment. H&r block free state file code   Figure your depreciation deduction as follows. H&r block free state file code Figure the depreciation for all the depreciable real property owned by the corporation in which you have a proprietary lease or right of tenancy. H&r block free state file code If you bought your cooperative stock after its first offering, figure the depreciable basis of this property as follows. H&r block free state file code Multiply your cost per share by the total number of outstanding shares, including any shares held by the corporation. H&r block free state file code Add to the amount figured in (a) any mortgage debt on the property on the date you bought the stock. H&r block free state file code Subtract from the amount figured in (b) any mortgage debt that is not for the depreciable real property, such as the part for the land. H&r block free state file code Subtract from the amount figured in (1) any depreciation for space owned by the corporation that can be rented but cannot be lived in by tenant-stockholders. H&r block free state file code Divide the number of your shares of stock by the total number of outstanding shares, including any shares held by the corporation. H&r block free state file code Multiply the result of (2) by the percentage you figured in (3). H&r block free state file code This is your depreciation on the stock. H&r block free state file code   Your depreciation deduction for the year cannot be more than the part of your adjusted basis in the stock of the corporation that is allocable to your business or income-producing property. H&r block free state file code You must also reduce your depreciation deduction if only a portion of the property is used in a business or for the production of income. H&r block free state file code Example. H&r block free state file code You figure your share of the cooperative housing corporation's depreciation to be $30,000. H&r block free state file code Your adjusted basis in the stock of the corporation is $50,000. H&r block free state file code You use one half of your apartment solely for business purposes. H&r block free state file code Your depreciation deduction for the stock for the year cannot be more than $25,000 (½ of $50,000). H&r block free state file code Change to business use. H&r block free state file code   If you change your cooperative apartment to business use, figure your allowable depreciation as explained earlier. H&r block free state file code The basis of all the depreciable real property owned by the cooperative housing corporation is the smaller of the following amounts. H&r block free state file code The fair market value of the property on the date you change your apartment to business use. H&r block free state file code This is considered to be the same as the corporation's adjusted basis minus straight line depreciation, unless this value is unrealistic. H&r block free state file code The corporation's adjusted basis in the property on that date. H&r block free state file code Do not subtract depreciation when figuring the corporation's adjusted basis. H&r block free state file code   If you bought the stock after its first offering, the corporation's adjusted basis in the property is the amount figured in (1), above. H&r block free state file code The fair market value of the property is considered to be the same as the corporation's adjusted basis figured in this way minus straight line depreciation, unless the value is unrealistic. H&r block free state file code   For a discussion of fair market value and adjusted basis, see Publication 551. H&r block free state file code Property Used in Your Business or Income-Producing Activity To claim depreciation on property, you must use it in your business or income-producing activity. H&r block free state file code If you use property to produce income (investment use), the income must be taxable. H&r block free state file code You cannot depreciate property that you use solely for personal activities. H&r block free state file code Partial business or investment use. H&r block free state file code   If you use property for business or investment purposes and for personal purposes, you can deduct depreciation based only on the business or investment use. H&r block free state file code For example, you cannot deduct depreciation on a car used only for commuting, personal shopping trips, family vacations, driving children to and from school, or similar activities. H&r block free state file code    You must keep records showing the business, investment, and personal use of your property. H&r block free state file code For more information on the records you must keep for listed property, such as a car, see What Records Must Be Kept in chapter 5. H&r block free state file code    Although you can combine business and investment use of property when figuring depreciation deductions, do not treat investment use as qualified business use when determining whether the business-use requirement for listed property is met. H&r block free state file code For information about qualified business use of listed property, see What Is the Business-Use Requirement in chapter 5. H&r block free state file code Office in the home. H&r block free state file code   If you use part of your home as an office, you may be able to deduct depreciation on that part based on its business use. H&r block free state file code For information about depreciating your home office, see Publication 587. H&r block free state file code Inventory. H&r block free state file code   You cannot depreciate inventory because it is not held for use in your business. H&r block free state file code Inventory is any property you hold primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of your business. H&r block free state file code   If you are a rent-to-own dealer, you may be able to treat certain property held in your business as depreciable property rather than as inventory. H&r block free state file code See Rent-to-own dealer under Which Property Class Applies Under GDS in chapter 4. H&r block free state file code   In some cases, it is not clear whether property is held for sale (inventory) or for use in your business. H&r block free state file code If it is unclear, examine carefully all the facts in the operation of the particular business. H&r block free state file code The following example shows how a careful examination of the facts in two similar situations results in different conclusions. H&r block free state file code Example. H&r block free state file code Maple Corporation is in the business of leasing cars. H&r block free state file code At the end of their useful lives, when the cars are no longer profitable to lease, Maple sells them. H&r block free state file code Maple does not have a showroom, used car lot, or individuals to sell the cars. H&r block free state file code Instead, it sells them through wholesalers or by similar arrangements in which a dealer's profit is not intended or considered. H&r block free state file code Maple can depreciate the leased cars because the cars are not held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business, but are leased. H&r block free state file code If Maple buys cars at wholesale prices, leases them for a short time, and then sells them at retail prices or in sales in which a dealer's profit is intended, the cars are treated as inventory and are not depreciable property. H&r block free state file code In this situation, the cars are held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. H&r block free state file code Containers. H&r block free state file code   Generally, containers for the products you sell are part of inventory and you cannot depreciate them. H&r block free state file code However, you can depreciate containers used to ship your products if they have a life longer than one year and meet the following requirements. H&r block free state file code They qualify as property used in your business. H&r block free state file code Title to the containers does not pass to the buyer. H&r block free state file code   To determine if these requirements are met, consider the following questions. H&r block free state file code Does your sales contract, sales invoice, or other type of order acknowledgment indicate whether you have retained title? Does your invoice treat the containers as separate items? Do any of your records state your basis in the containers? Property Having a Determinable Useful Life To be depreciable, your property must have a determinable useful life. H&r block free state file code This means that it must be something that wears out, decays, gets used up, becomes obsolete, or loses its value from natural causes. H&r block free state file code Property Lasting More Than One Year To be depreciable, property must have a useful life that extends substantially beyond the year you place it in service. H&r block free state file code Example. H&r block free state file code You maintain a library for use in your profession. H&r block free state file code You can depreciate it. H&r block free state file code However, if you buy technical books, journals, or information services for use in your business that have a useful life of one year or less, you cannot depreciate them. H&r block free state file code Instead, you deduct their cost as a business expense. H&r block free state file code What Property Cannot Be Depreciated? Certain property cannot be depreciated. H&r block free state file code This includes land and certain excepted property. H&r block free state file code Land You cannot depreciate the cost of land because land does not wear out, become obsolete, or get used up. H&r block free state file code The cost of land generally includes the cost of clearing, grading, planting, and landscaping. H&r block free state file code Although you cannot depreciate land, you can depreciate certain land preparation costs, such as landscaping costs, incurred in preparing land for business use. H&r block free state file code These costs must be so closely associated with other depreciable property that you can determine a life for them along with the life of the associated property. H&r block free state file code Example. H&r block free state file code You constructed a new building for use in your business and paid for grading, clearing, seeding, and planting bushes and trees. H&r block free state file code Some of the bushes and trees were planted right next to the building, while others were planted around the outer border of the lot. H&r block free state file code If you replace the building, you would have to destroy the bushes and trees right next to it. H&r block free state file code These bushes and trees are closely associated with the building, so they have a determinable useful life. H&r block free state file code Therefore, you can depreciate them. H&r block free state file code Add your other land preparation costs to the basis of your land because they have no determinable life and you cannot depreciate them. H&r block free state file code Excepted Property Even if the requirements explained in the preceding discussions are met, you cannot depreciate the following property. H&r block free state file code Property placed in service and disposed of in the same year. H&r block free state file code Determining when property is placed in service is explained later. H&r block free state file code Equipment used to build capital improvements. H&r block free state file code You must add otherwise allowable depreciation on the equipment during the period of construction to the basis of your improvements. H&r block free state file code See Uniform Capitalization Rules in Publication 551. H&r block free state file code Section 197 intangibles. H&r block free state file code You must amortize these costs. H&r block free state file code Section 197 intangibles are discussed in detail in Chapter 8 of Publication 535. H&r block free state file code Intangible property, such as certain computer software, that is not section 197 intangible property, can be depreciated if it meets certain requirements. H&r block free state file code See Intangible Property , later. H&r block free state file code Certain term interests. H&r block free state file code Certain term interests in property. H&r block free state file code   You cannot depreciate a term interest in property created or acquired after July 27, 1989, for any period during which the remainder interest is held, directly or indirectly, by a person related to you. H&r block free state file code A term interest in property means a life interest in property, an interest in property for a term of years, or an income interest in a trust. H&r block free state file code Related persons. H&r block free state file code   For a description of related persons, see Related Persons, later. H&r block free state file code For this purpose, however, treat as related persons only the relationships listed in items (1) through (10) of that discussion and substitute “50%” for “10%” each place it appears. H&r block free state file code Basis adjustments. H&r block free state file code   If you would be allowed a depreciation deduction for a term interest in property except that the holder of the remainder interest is related to you, you generally must reduce your basis in the term interest by any depreciation or amortization not allowed. H&r block free state file code   If you hold the remainder interest, you generally must increase your basis in that interest by the depreciation not allowed to the term interest holder. H&r block free state file code However, do not increase your basis for depreciation not allowed for periods during which either of the following situations applies. H&r block free state file code The term interest is held by an organization exempt from tax. H&r block free state file code The term interest is held by a nonresident alien individual or foreign corporation, and the income from the term interest is not effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States. H&r block free state file code Exceptions. H&r block free state file code   The above rules do not apply to the holder of a term interest in property acquired by gift, bequest, or inheritance. H&r block free state file code They also do not apply to the holder of dividend rights that were separated from any stripped preferred stock if the rights were purchased after April 30, 1993, or to a person whose basis in the stock is determined by reference to the basis in the hands of the purchaser. H&r block free state file code When Does Depreciation Begin and End? You begin to depreciate your property when you place it in service for use in your trade or business or for the production of income. H&r block free state file code You stop depreciating property either when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis or when you retire it from service, whichever happens first. H&r block free state file code Placed in Service You place property in service when it is ready and available for a specific use, whether in a business activity, an income-producing activity, a tax-exempt activity, or a personal activity. H&r block free state file code Even if you are not using the property, it is in service when it is ready and available for its specific use. H&r block free state file code Example 1. H&r block free state file code Donald Steep bought a machine for his business. H&r block free state file code The machine was delivered last year. H&r block free state file code However, it was not installed and operational until this year. H&r block free state file code It is considered placed in service this year. H&r block free state file code If the machine had been ready and available for use when it was delivered, it would be considered placed in service last year even if it was not actually used until this year. H&r block free state file code Example 2. H&r block free state file code On April 6, Sue Thorn bought a house to use as residential rental property. H&r block free state file code She made several repairs and had it ready for rent on July 5. H&r block free state file code At that time, she began to advertise it for rent in the local newspaper. H&r block free state file code The house is considered placed in service in July when it was ready and available for rent. H&r block free state file code She can begin to depreciate it in July. H&r block free state file code Example 3. H&r block free state file code James Elm is a building contractor who specializes in constructing office buildings. H&r block free state file code He bought a truck last year that had to be modified to lift materials to second-story levels. H&r block free state file code The installation of the lifting equipment was completed and James accepted delivery of the modified truck on January 10 of this year. H&r block free state file code The truck was placed in service on January 10, the date it was ready and available to perform the function for which it was bought. H&r block free state file code Conversion to business use. H&r block free state file code   If you place property in service in a personal activity, you cannot claim depreciation. H&r block free state file code However, if you change the property's use to use in a business or income-producing activity, then you can begin to depreciate it at the time of the change. H&r block free state file code You place the property in service in the business or income-producing activity on the date of the change. H&r block free state file code Example. H&r block free state file code You bought a home and used it as your personal home several years before you converted it to rental property. H&r block free state file code Although its specific use was personal and no depreciation was allowable, you placed the home in service when you began using it as your home. H&r block free state file code You can begin to claim depreciation in the year you converted it to rental property because its use changed to an income-producing use at that time. H&r block free state file code Idle Property Continue to claim a deduction for depreciation on property used in your business or for the production of income even if it is temporarily idle (not in use). H&r block free state file code For example, if you stop using a machine because there is a temporary lack of a market for a product made with that machine, continue to deduct depreciation on the machine. H&r block free state file code Cost or Other Basis Fully Recovered You stop depreciating property when you have fully recovered your cost or other basis. H&r block free state file code You recover your basis when your section 179 and allowed or allowable depreciation deductions equal your cost or investment in the property. H&r block free state file code See What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property , later. H&r block free state file code Retired From Service You stop depreciating property when you retire it from service, even if you have not fully recovered its cost or other basis. H&r block free state file code You retire property from service when you permanently withdraw it from use in a trade or business or from use in the production of income because of any of the following events. H&r block free state file code You sell or exchange the property. H&r block free state file code You convert the property to personal use. H&r block free state file code You abandon the property. H&r block free state file code You transfer the property to a supplies or scrap account. H&r block free state file code The property is destroyed. H&r block free state file code If you included the property in a general asset account, see How Do You Use General Asset Accounts in chapter 4 for the rules that apply when you dispose of that property. H&r block free state file code What Method Can You Use To Depreciate Your Property? You must use the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) to depreciate most property. H&r block free state file code MACRS is discussed in chapter 4. H&r block free state file code You cannot use MACRS to depreciate the following property. H&r block free state file code Property you placed in service before 1987. H&r block free state file code Certain property owned or used in 1986. H&r block free state file code Intangible property. H&r block free state file code Films, video tapes, and recordings. H&r block free state file code Certain corporate or partnership property acquired in a nontaxable transfer. H&r block free state file code Property you elected to exclude from MACRS. H&r block free state file code The following discussions describe the property listed above and explain what depreciation method should be used. H&r block free state file code Property You Placed in Service Before 1987 You cannot use MACRS for property you placed in service before 1987 (except property you placed in service after July 31, 1986, if MACRS was elected). H&r block free state file code Property placed in service before 1987 must be depreciated under the methods discussed in Publication 534. H&r block free state file code For a discussion of when property is placed in service, see When Does Depreciation Begin and End , earlier. H&r block free state file code Use of real property changed. H&r block free state file code   You generally must use MACRS to depreciate real property that you acquired for personal use before 1987 and changed to business or income-producing use after 1986. H&r block free state file code Improvements made after 1986. H&r block free state file code   You must treat an improvement made after 1986 to property you placed in service before 1987 as separate depreciable property. H&r block free state file code Therefore, you can depreciate that improvement as separate property under MACRS if it is the type of property that otherwise qualifies for MACRS depreciation. H&r block free state file code For more information about improvements, see How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements , later and Additions and Improvements under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4. H&r block free state file code Property Owned or Used in 1986 You may not be able to use MACRS for property you acquired and placed in service after 1986 if any of the situations described below apply. H&r block free state file code If you cannot use MACRS, the property must be depreciated under the methods discussed in Publication 534. H&r block free state file code For the following discussions, do not treat property as owned before you placed it in service. H&r block free state file code If you owned property in 1986 but did not place it in service until 1987, you do not treat it as owned in 1986. H&r block free state file code Personal property. H&r block free state file code   You cannot use MACRS for personal property (section 1245 property) in any of the following situations. H&r block free state file code You or someone related to you owned or used the property in 1986. H&r block free state file code You acquired the property from a person who owned it in 1986 and as part of the transaction the user of the property did not change. H&r block free state file code You lease the property to a person (or someone related to this person) who owned or used the property in 1986. H&r block free state file code You acquired the property in a transaction in which: The user of the property did not change, and The property was not MACRS property in the hands of the person from whom you acquired it because of (2) or (3) above. H&r block free state file code Real property. H&r block free state file code   You generally cannot use MACRS for real property (section 1250 property) in any of the following situations. H&r block free state file code You or someone related to you owned the property in 1986. H&r block free state file code You lease the property to a person who owned the property in 1986 (or someone related to that person). H&r block free state file code You acquired the property in a like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or repossession of property you or someone related to you owned in 1986. H&r block free state file code MACRS applies only to that part of your basis in the acquired property that represents cash paid or unlike property given up. H&r block free state file code It does not apply to the carried-over part of the basis. H&r block free state file code Exceptions. H&r block free state file code   The rules above do not apply to the following. H&r block free state file code Residential rental property or nonresidential real property. H&r block free state file code Any property if, in the first tax year it is placed in service, the deduction under the Accelerated Cost Recovery System (ACRS) is more than the deduction under MACRS using the half-year convention. H&r block free state file code For information on how to figure depreciation under ACRS, see Publication 534. H&r block free state file code Property that was MACRS property in the hands of the person from whom you acquired it because of (2) above. H&r block free state file code Related persons. H&r block free state file code   For this purpose, the following are related persons. H&r block free state file code An individual and a member of his or her family, including only a spouse, child, parent, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, ancestor, and lineal descendant. H&r block free state file code A corporation and an individual who directly or indirectly owns more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of that corporation. H&r block free state file code Two corporations that are members of the same controlled group. H&r block free state file code A trust fiduciary and a corporation if more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock is directly or indirectly owned by or for the trust or grantor of the trust. H&r block free state file code The grantor and fiduciary, and the fiduciary and beneficiary, of any trust. H&r block free state file code 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. H&r block free state file code A tax-exempt educational or charitable organization and any person (or, if that person is an individual, a member of that person's family) who directly or indirectly controls the organization. H&r block free state file code Two S corporations, and an S corporation and a regular corporation, if the same persons own more than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. H&r block free state file code A corporation and a partnership if the same persons own both of the following. H&r block free state file code More than 10% of the value of the outstanding stock of the corporation. H&r block free state file code More than 10% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership. H&r block free state file code The executor and beneficiary of any estate. H&r block free state file code A partnership and a person who directly or indirectly owns more than 10% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership. H&r block free state file code Two partnerships, if the same persons directly or indirectly own more than 10% of the capital or profits interest in each. H&r block free state file code The related person and a person who is engaged in trades or businesses under common control. H&r block free state file code See section 52(a) and 52(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. H&r block free state file code When to determine relationship. H&r block free state file code   You must determine whether you are related to another person at the time you acquire the property. H&r block free state file code   A partnership acquiring property from a terminating partnership must determine whether it is related to the terminating partnership immediately before the event causing the termination. H&r block free state file code For this rule, a terminating partnership is one that sells or exchanges, within 12 months, 50% or more of its total interest in partnership capital or profits. H&r block free state file code Constructive ownership of stock or partnership interest. H&r block free state file code   To determine whether a person directly or indirectly owns any of the outstanding stock of a corporation or an interest in a partnership, apply the following rules. H&r block free state file code Stock or a partnership interest 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. H&r block free state file code However, for a partnership interest owned by or for a C corporation, this applies only to shareholders who directly or indirectly own 5% or more of the value of the stock of the corporation. H&r block free state file code An individual is considered to own the stock or partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for the individual's family. H&r block free state file code An individual who owns, except by applying rule (2), any stock in a corporation is considered to own the stock directly or indirectly owned by or for the individual's partner. H&r block free state file code For purposes of rules (1), (2), or (3), stock or a partnership interest considered to be owned by a person under rule (1) is treated as actually owned by that person. H&r block free state file code However, stock or a partnership interest considered to be owned by an individual under rule (2) or (3) is not treated as owned by that individual for reapplying either rule (2) or (3) to make another person considered to be the owner of the same stock or partnership interest. H&r block free state file code Intangible Property Generally, if you can depreciate intangible property, you usually use the straight line method of depreciation. H&r block free state file code However, you can choose to depreciate certain intangible property under the income forecast method (discussed later). H&r block free state file code You cannot depreciate intangible property that is a section 197 intangible or that otherwise does not meet all the requirements discussed earlier under What Property Can Be Depreciated. H&r block free state file code Straight Line Method This method lets you deduct the same amount of depreciation each year over the useful life of the property. H&r block free state file code To figure your deduction, first determine the adjusted basis, salvage value, and estimated useful life of your property. H&r block free state file code Subtract the salvage value, if any, from the adjusted basis. H&r block free state file code The balance is the total depreciation you can take over the useful life of the property. H&r block free state file code Divide the balance by the number of years in the useful life. H&r block free state file code This gives you your yearly depreciation deduction. H&r block free state file code Unless there is a big change in adjusted basis or useful life, this amount will stay the same throughout the time you depreciate the property. H&r block free state file code If, in the first year, you use the property for less than a full year, you must prorate your depreciation deduction for the number of months in use. H&r block free state file code Example. H&r block free state file code In April, Frank bought a patent for $5,100 that is not a section 197 intangible. H&r block free state file code He depreciates the patent under the straight line method, using a 17-year useful life and no salvage value. H&r block free state file code He divides the $5,100 basis by 17 years to get his $300 yearly depreciation deduction. H&r block free state file code He only used the patent for 9 months during the first year, so he multiplies $300 by 9/12 to get his deduction of $225 for the first year. H&r block free state file code Next year, Frank can deduct $300 for the full year. H&r block free state file code Patents and copyrights. H&r block free state file code   If you can depreciate the cost of a patent or copyright, use the straight line method over the useful life. H&r block free state file code The useful life of a patent or copyright is the lesser of the life granted to it by the government or the remaining life when you acquire it. H&r block free state file code However, if the patent or copyright becomes valueless before the end of its useful life, you can deduct in that year any of its remaining cost or other basis. H&r block free state file code Computer software. H&r block free state file code   Computer software is generally a section 197 intangible and cannot be depreciated if you acquired it in connection with the acquisition of assets constituting a business or a substantial part of a business. H&r block free state file code   However, computer software is not a section 197 intangible and can be depreciated, even if acquired in connection with the acquisition of a business, if it meets all of the following tests. H&r block free state file code It is readily available for purchase by the general public. H&r block free state file code It is subject to a nonexclusive license. H&r block free state file code It has not been substantially modified. H&r block free state file code   If the software meets the tests above, it may also qualify for the section 179 deduction and the special depreciation allowance, discussed later. H&r block free state file code If you can depreciate the cost of computer software, use the straight line method over a useful life of 36 months. H&r block free state file code    Tax-exempt use property subject to a lease. H&r block free state file code   The useful life of computer software 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), cannot be less than 125% of the lease term. H&r block free state file code Certain created intangibles. H&r block free state file code   You can amortize certain intangibles created on or after December 31, 2003, over a 15-year period using the straight line method and no salvage value, even though they have a useful life that cannot be estimated with reasonable accuracy. H&r block free state file code For example, amounts paid to acquire memberships or privileges of indefinite duration, such as a trade association membership, are eligible costs. H&r block free state file code   The following are not eligible. H&r block free state file code Any intangible asset acquired from another person. H&r block free state file code Created financial interests. H&r block free state file code Any intangible asset that has a useful life that can be estimated with reasonable accuracy. H&r block free state file code Any intangible asset that has an amortization period or limited useful life that is specifically prescribed or prohibited by the Code, regulations, or other published IRS guidance. H&r block free state file code Any amount paid to facilitate an acquisition of a trade or business, a change in the capital structure of a business entity, and certain other transactions. H&r block free state file code   You must also increase the 15-year safe harbor amortization period to a 25-year period for certain intangibles related to benefits arising from the provision, production, or improvement of real property. H&r block free state file code For this purpose, real property includes property that will remain attached to the real property for an indefinite period of time, such as roads, bridges, tunnels, pavements, and pollution control facilities. H&r block free state file code Income Forecast Method You can choose to use the income forecast method instead of the straight line method to depreciate the following depreciable intangibles. H&r block free state file code Motion picture films or video tapes. H&r block free state file code Sound recordings. H&r block free state file code Copyrights. H&r block free state file code Books. H&r block free state file code Patents. H&r block free state file code Under the income forecast method, each year's depreciation deduction is equal to the cost of the property, multiplied by a fraction. H&r block free state file code The numerator of the fraction is the current year's net income from the property, and the denominator is the total income anticipated from the property through the end of the 10th taxable year following the taxable year the property is placed in service. H&r block free state file code For more information, see section 167(g) of the Internal Revenue Code. H&r block free state file code Films, video tapes, and recordings. H&r block free state file code   You cannot use MACRS for motion picture films, video tapes, and sound recordings. H&r block free state file code For this purpose, sound recordings are discs, tapes, or other phonorecordings resulting from the fixation of a series of sounds. H&r block free state file code You can depreciate this property using either the straight line method or the income forecast method. H&r block free state file code Participations and residuals. H&r block free state file code   You can include participations and residuals in the adjusted basis of the property for purposes of computing your depreciation deduction under the income forecast method. H&r block free state file code The participations and residuals must relate to income to be derived from the property before the end of the 10th taxable year after the property is placed in service. H&r block free state file code For this purpose, participations and residuals are defined as costs which by contract vary with the amount of income earned in connection with the property. H&r block free state file code   Instead of including these amounts in the adjusted basis of the property, you can deduct the costs in the taxable year that they are paid. H&r block free state file code Videocassettes. H&r block free state file code   If you are in the business of renting videocassettes, you can depreciate only those videocassettes bought for rental. H&r block free state file code If the videocassette has a useful life of one year or less, you can currently deduct the cost as a business expense. H&r block free state file code Corporate or Partnership Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Transfer MACRS does not apply to property used before 1987 and transferred after 1986 to a corporation or partnership (except property the transferor placed in service after July 31, 1986, if MACRS was elected) to the extent its basis is carried over from the property's adjusted basis in the transferor's hands. H&r block free state file code You must continue to use the same depreciation method as the transferor and figure depreciation as if the transfer had not occurred. H&r block free state file code However, if MACRS would otherwise apply, you can use it to depreciate the part of the property's basis that exceeds the carried-over basis. H&r block free state file code The nontaxable transfers covered by this rule include the following. H&r block free state file code A distribution in complete liquidation of a subsidiary. H&r block free state file code A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. H&r block free state file code An exchange of property solely for corporate stock or securities in a reorganization. H&r block free state file code A contribution of property to a partnership in exchange for a partnership interest. H&r block free state file code A partnership distribution of property to a partner. H&r block free state file code Election To Exclude Property From MACRS If you can properly depreciate any property under a method not based on a term of years, such as the unit-of-production method, you can elect to exclude that property from MACRS. H&r block free state file code You make the election by reporting your depreciation for the property on line 15 in Part II of Form 4562 and attaching a statement as described in the instructions for Form 4562. H&r block free state file code You must make this election by the return due date (including extensions) for the tax year you place your property in service. H&r block free state file code 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 six months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). H&r block free state file code Attach the election to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. H&r block free state file code 9100-2” on the election statement. H&r block free state file code File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. H&r block free state file code Use of standard mileage rate. H&r block free state file code   If you use the standard mileage rate to figure your tax deduction for your business automobile, you are treated as having made an election to exclude the automobile from MACRS. H&r block free state file code See Publication 463 for a discussion of the standard mileage rate. H&r block free state file code What Is the Basis of Your Depreciable Property? To figure your depreciation deduction, you must determine the basis of your property. H&r block free state file code To determine basis, you need to know the cost or other basis of your property. H&r block free state file code Cost as Basis The basis of property you buy is its cost plus amounts you paid for items such as sales tax (see Exception , below), freight charges, and installation and testing fees. H&r block free state file code The cost includes the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, other property, or services. H&r block free state file code Exception. H&r block free state file code   You can elect to deduct state and local general sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). H&r block free state file code If you make that choice, you cannot include those sales taxes as part of your cost basis. H&r block free state file code Assumed debt. H&r block free state file code   If you buy property and assume (or buy subject to) an existing mortgage or other debt on the property, your basis includes the amount you pay for the property plus the amount of the assumed debt. H&r block free state file code Example. H&r block free state file code You make a $20,000 down payment on property and assume the seller's mortgage of $120,000. H&r block free state file code Your total cost is $140,000, the cash you paid plus the mortgage you assumed. H&r block free state file code Settlement costs. H&r block free state file code   The basis of real property also includes certain fees and charges you pay in addition to the purchase price. H&r block free state file code These generally are shown on your settlement statement and include the following. H&r block free state file code Legal and recording fees. H&r block free state file code Abstract fees. H&r block free state file code Survey charges. H&r block free state file code Owner's title insurance. H&r block free state file code Amounts the seller owes that you agree to pay, such as back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, charges for improvements or repairs, and sales commissions. H&r block free state file code   For fees and charges you cannot include in the basis of property, see Real Property in Publication 551. H&r block free state file code Property you construct or build. H&r block free state file code   If you construct, build, or otherwise produce property for use in your business, you may have to use the uniform capitalization rules to determine the basis of your property. H&r block free state file code For information about the uniform capitalization rules, see Publication 551 and the regulations under section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code. H&r block free state file code Other Basis Other basis usually refers to basis that is determined by the way you received the property. H&r block free state file code For example, your basis is other than cost if you acquired the property in exchange for other property, as payment for services you performed, as a gift, or as an inheritance. H&r block free state file code If you acquired property in this or some other way, see Publication 551 to determine your basis. H&r block free state file code Property changed from personal use. H&r block free state file code   If you held property for personal use and later use it in your business or income-producing activity, your depreciable basis is the lesser of the following. H&r block free state file code The fair market value (FMV) of the property on the date of the change in use. H&r block free state file code Your original cost or other basis adjusted as follows. H&r block free state file code Increased by the cost of any permanent improvements or additions and other costs that must be added to basis. H&r block free state file code Decreased by any deductions you claimed for casualty and theft losses and other items that reduced your basis. H&r block free state file code Example. H&r block free state file code Several years ago, Nia paid $160,000 to have her home built on a lot that cost her $25,000. H&r block free state file code Before changing the property to rental use last year, she paid $20,000 for permanent improvements to the house and claimed a $2,000 casualty loss deduction for damage to the house. H&r block free state file code Land is not depreciable, so she includes only the cost of the house when figuring the basis for depreciation. H&r block free state file code Nia's adjusted basis in the house when she changed its use was $178,000 ($160,000 + $20,000 − $2,000). H&r block free state file code On the same date, her property had an FMV of $180,000, of which $15,000 was for the land and $165,000 was for the house. H&r block free state file code The basis for depreciation on the house is the FMV on the date of change ($165,000), because it is less than her adjusted basis ($178,000). H&r block free state file code Property acquired in a nontaxable transaction. H&r block free state file code   Generally, if you receive property in a nontaxable exchange, the basis of the property you receive is the same as the adjusted basis of the property you gave up. H&r block free state file code Special rules apply in determining the basis and figuring the MACRS depreciation deduction and special depreciation allowance for property acquired in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion. H&r block free state file code See Like-kind exchanges and involuntary conversions. H&r block free state file code under How Much Can You Deduct? in chapter 3 and Figuring the Deduction for Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Exchange in chapter 4. H&r block free state file code   There are also special rules for determining the basis of MACRS property involved in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion when the property is contained in a general asset account. H&r block free state file code See How Do You Use General Asset Accounts in chapter 4. H&r block free state file code Adjusted Basis To find your property's basis for depreciation, you may have to make certain adjustments (increases and decreases) to the basis of the property for events occurring between the time you acquired the property and the time you placed it in service. H&r block free state file code These events could include the following. H&r block free state file code Installing utility lines. H&r block free state file code Paying legal fees for perfecting the title. H&r block free state file code Settling zoning issues. H&r block free state file code Receiving rebates. H&r block free state file code Incurring a casualty or theft loss. H&r block free state file code For a discussion of adjustments to the basis of your property, see Adjusted Basis in Publication 551. H&r block free state file code If you depreciate your property under MACRS, you also may have to reduce your basis by certain deductions and credits with respect to the property. H&r block free state file code For more information, see What Is the Basis for Depreciation in chapter 4. H&r block free state file code . H&r block free state file code Basis adjustment for depreciation allowed or allowable. H&r block free state file code   You must reduce the basis of property by the depreciation allowed or allowable, whichever is greater. H&r block free state file code Depreciation allowed is depreciation you actually deducted (from which you received a tax benefit). H&r block free state file code Depreciation allowable is depreciation you are entitled to deduct. H&r block free state file code   If you do not claim depreciation you are entitled to deduct, you must still reduce the basis of the property by the full amount of depreciation allowable. H&r block free state file code   If you deduct more depreciation than you should, you must reduce your basis by any amount deducted from which you received a tax benefit (the depreciation allowed). H&r block free state file code How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements? If you improve depreciable property, you must treat the improvement as separate depreciable property. H&r block free state file code Improvement means an addition to or partial replacement of property that adds to its value, appreciably lengthens the time you can use it, or adapts it to a different use. H&r block free state file code You generally deduct the cost of repairing business property in the same way as any other business expense. H&r block free state file code However, if a repair or replacement increases the value of your property, makes it more useful, or lengthens its life, you must treat it as an improvement and depreciate it. H&r block free state file code Example. H&r block free state file code You repair a small section on one corner of the roof of a rental house. H&r block free state file code You deduct the cost of the repair as a rental expense. H&r block free state file code However, if you completely replace the roof, the new roof is an improvement because it increases the value and lengthens the life of the property. H&r block free state file code You depreciate the cost of the new roof. H&r block free state file code Improvements to rented property. H&r block free state file code   You can depreciate permanent improvements you make to business property you rent from someone else. H&r block free state file code Do You Have To File Form 4562? Use Form 4562 to figure your deduction for depreciation and amortization. H&r block free state file code Attach Form 4562 to your tax return for the current tax year if you are claiming any of the following items. H&r block free state file code A section 179 deduction for the current year or a section 179 carryover from a prior year. H&r block free state file code See chapter 2 for information on the section 179 deduction. H&r block free state file code Depreciation for property placed in service during the current year. H&r block free state file code Depreciation on any vehicle or other listed property, regardless of when it was placed in service. H&r block free state file code See chapter 5 for information on listed property. H&r block free state file code A deduction for any vehicle if the deduction is reported on a form other than Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040). H&r block free state file code Amortization of costs if the current year is the first year of the amortization period. H&r block free state file code Depreciation or amortization on any asset on a corporate income tax return (other than Form 1120S, U. H&r block free state file code S. H&r block free state file code Income Tax Return for an S Corporation) regardless of when it was placed in service. H&r block free state file code You must submit a separate Form 4562 for each business or activity on your return for which a Form 4562 is required. H&r block free state file code Table 1-1 presents an overview of the purpose of the various parts of Form 4562. H&r block free state file code Employee. H&r block free state file code   Do not use Form 4562 if you are an employee and you deduct job-related vehicle expenses using either actual expenses (including depreciation) or the standard mileage rate. H&r block free state file code Instead, use either Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. H&r block free state file code Use Form 2106-EZ if you are claiming the standard mileage rate and you are not reimbursed by your employer for any expenses. H&r block free state file code How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions? If you deducted an incorrect amount of depreciation in any year, you may be able to make a correction by filing an amended return for that year. H&r block free state file code See Filing an Amended Return , next. H&r block free state file code If you are not allowed to make the correction on an amended return, you may be able to change your accounting method to claim the correct amount of depreciation. H&r block free state file code See Changing Your Accounting Method , later. H&r block free state file code Filing an Amended Return You can file an amended return to correct the amount of depreciation claimed for any property in any of the following situations. H&r block free state file code You claimed the incorrect amount because of a mathematical error made in any year. H&r block free state file code You claimed the incorrect amount because of a posting error made in any year. H&r block free state file code You have not adopted a method of accounting for property placed in service by you in tax years ending after December 29, 2003. H&r block free state file code You claimed the incorrect amount on property placed in service by you in tax years ending before December 30, 2003. H&r block free state file code Adoption of accounting method defined. H&r block free state file code   Generally, you adopt a method of accounting for depreciation by using a permissible method of determining depreciation when you file your first tax return, or by using the same impermissible method of determining depreciation in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. H&r block free state file code   For an exception to this 2-year rule, see Revenue Procedure 2011-14 on page 330 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-4, available at www. H&r block free state file code irs. H&r block free state file code gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb11-04. H&r block free state file code pdf. H&r block free state file code (Note. H&r block free state file code Revenue Procedure 2011-14 is clarified and modified by Revenue Procedure 2012-20. H&r block free state file code For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2012-20 on page 700 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-14, available at www. H&r block free state file code irs. H&r block free state file code gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb12-14. H&r block free state file code pdf. H&r block free state file code )   For a safe harbor method of accounting to treat rotable spare parts as depreciable assets and procedures to obtain automatic consent to change to the safe harbor method of accounting, see Revenue Procedure 2007-48 on page 110 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-29, available at www. H&r block free state file code irs. H&r block free state file code gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07-29. H&r block free state file code pdf. H&r block free state file code When to file. H&r block free state file code   If an amended return is allowed, you must file it by the later of the following. H&r block free state file code 3 years from the date you filed your original return for the year in which you did not deduct the correct amount. H&r block free state file code A return filed before an unextended due date is considered filed on that due date. H&r block free state file code 2 years from the time you paid your tax for that year. H&r block free state file code Changing Your Accounting Method Generally, you must get IRS approval to change your method of accounting. H&r block free state file code You generally must file Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, to request a change in your method of accounting for depreciation. H&r block free state file code The following are examples of a change in method of accounting for depreciation. H&r block free state file code A change from an impermissible method of determining depreciation for depreciable property, if the impermissible method was used in two or more consecutively filed tax returns. H&r block free state file code A change in the treatment of an asset from nondepreciable to depreciable or vice versa. H&r block free state file code A change in the depreciation method, period of recovery, or convention of a depreciable asset. H&r block free state file code A change from not claiming to claiming the special depreciation allowance if you did not make the election to not claim any special allowance. H&r block free state file code A change from claiming a 50% special depreciation allowance to claiming a 30% special depreciation allowance for qualified property (including property that is included in a class of property for which you elected a 30% special allowance instead of a 50% special allowance). H&r block free state file code Changes in depreciation that are not a change in method of accounting (and may only be made on an amended return) include the following. H&r block free state file code An adjustment in the useful life of a depreciable asset for which depreciation is determined under section 167. H&r block free state file code A change in use of an asset in the hands of the same taxpayer. H&r block free state file code Making a late depreciation election or revoking a timely valid depreciation election (including the election not to deduct the special depreciation allowance). H&r block free state file code If you elected not to claim any special allowance, a change from not claiming to claiming the special allowance is a revocation of the election and is not an accounting method change. H&r block free state file code Generally, you must get IRS approval to make a late depreciation election or revoke a depreciation election. H&r block free state file code You must submit a request for a letter ruling to make a late election or revoke an election. H&r block free state file code Any change in the placed in service date of a depreciable asset. H&r block free state file code See section 1. H&r block free state file code 446-1(e)(2)(ii)(d) of the regulations for more information and examples. H&r block free state file code IRS approval. H&r block free state file code   In some instances, you may be able to get approval from the IRS to change your method of accounting for depreciation under the automatic change request procedures generally covered in Revenue Procedure 2011-14. H&r block free state file code If you do not qualify to use the automatic procedures to get approval, you must use the advance consent request procedures generally covered in Revenue Procedure 97-27, 1997-1 C. H&r block free state file code B. H&r block free state file code 680. H&r block free state file code Also see the Instructions for Form 3115 for more information on getting approval, including lists of scope limitations and automatic accounting method changes. H&r block free state file code Additional guidance. H&r block free state file code    For additional guidance and special procedures for changing your accounting method, automatic change procedures, amending your return, and filing Form 3115, see Revenue Procedure 2011-14 on page 330 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-4, available at www. H&r block free state file code irs. H&r block free state file code gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb11-04. H&r block free state file code pdf. H&r block free state file code (Note. H&r block free state file code Revenue Procedure 2011-14 is clarified and modified by Revenue Procedure 2012-20. H&r block free state file code For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2012-20 on page 700 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-14, available at www. H&r block free state file code irs. H&r block free state file code gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb12-14. H&r block free state file code pdf. H&r block free state file code )   For a safe harbor method of accounting to treat rotable spare parts as depreciable assets, see Revenue Procedure 2007-48 on page 110 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-29, available at www. H&r block free state file code irs. H&r block free state file code gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07-29. H&r block free state file code pdf. H&r block free state file code Table 1-1. H&r block free state file code Purpose of Form 4562 This table describes the purpose of the various parts of Form 4562. H&r block free state file code For more information, see Form 4562 and its instructions. H&r block free state file code Part Purpose I • Electing the section 179 deduction • Figuring the maximum section 179 deduction for the current year • Figuring any section 179 deduction carryover to the next year II • Reporting the special depreciation allowance for property (other than listed property) placed in service during the tax year • Reporting depreciation deductions on property being depreciated under any method other than Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) III • Reporting MACRS depreciation deductions for property placed in service before this year • Reporting MACRS depreciation deductions for property (other than listed property) placed in service during the current year IV • Summarizing other parts V • Reporting the special depreciation allowance for automobiles and other listed property • Reporting MACRS depreciation on automobiles and other listed property • Reporting the section 179 cost elected for automobiles and other listed property • Reporting information on the use of automobiles and other transportation vehicles VI • Reporting amortization deductions Section 481(a) adjustment. H&r block free state file code   If you file Form 3115 and change from an impermissible method to a permissible method of accounting for depreciation, you can make a section 481(a) adjustment for any unclaimed or excess amount of allowable depreciation. H&r block free state file code The adjustment is the difference between the total depreciation actually deducted for the property and the total amount allowable prior to the year of change. H&r block free state file code If no depreciation was deducted, the adjustment is the total depreciation allowable prior to the year of change. H&r block free state file code A negative section 481(a) adjustment results in a decrease in taxable income. H&r block free state file code It is taken into account in the year of change and is reported on your business tax returns as “other expenses. H&r block free state file code ” A positive section 481(a) adjustment results in an increase in taxable income. H&r block free state file code It is generally taken into account over 4 tax years and is reported on your business tax returns as “other income. H&r block free state file code ” However, you can elect to use a one-year adjustment period and report the adjustment in the year of change if the total adjustment is less than $25,000. H&r block free state file code Make the election by completing the appropriate line on Form 3115. H&r block free state file code   If you file a Form 3115 and change from one permissible method to another permissible method, the section 481(a) adjustment is zero. H&r block free state file code Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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H&r block free state file code Publication 526 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. H&r block free state file code Tax questions. H&r block free state file code Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 526 (such as legislation enacted after we release it), go to www. H&r block free state file code irs. H&r block free state file code gov/pub526. H&r block free state file code What's New Limit on itemized deductions. H&r block free state file code  For 2013, you may have to reduce the total amount of certain itemized deductions, including charitable contributions, if your adjusted gross income is more than: $150,000 if married filing separately, $250,000 if single, $275,000 if head of household, or $300,000 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er). H&r block free state file code For more information and a worksheet, see the instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040). H&r block free state file code Reminders Disaster relief. H&r block free state file code  You can deduct contributions for flood relief, hurricane relief, or other disaster relief to a qualified organization (defined under Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions ). H&r block free state file code However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a particular individual or family. H&r block free state file code Publication 3833, Disaster Relief: Providing Assistance through Charitable Organizations, has more information about disaster relief, including how to establish a new charitable organization. H&r block free state file code You can also find more information on IRS. H&r block free state file code gov. H&r block free state file code Enter “disaster relief” in the search box. H&r block free state file code Photographs of missing children. H&r block free state file code  The IRS is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. H&r block free state file code Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. H&r block free state file code You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. H&r block free state file code Introduction This publication explains how to claim a deduction for your charitable contributions. H&r block free state file code It discusses the types of organizations to which you can make deductible charitable contributions and the types of contributions you can deduct. H&r block free state file code It also discusses how much you can deduct, what records you must keep, and how to report charitable contributions. H&r block free state file code A charitable contribution is a donation or gift to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. H&r block free state file code It is voluntary and is made without getting, or expecting to get, anything of equal value. H&r block free state file code Qualified organizations. H&r block free state file code   Qualified organizations include nonprofit groups that are religious, charitable, educational, scientific, or literary in purpose, or that work to prevent cruelty to children or animals. H&r block free state file code You will find descriptions of these organizations under Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions . H&r block free state file code Form 1040 required. H&r block free state file code   To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). H&r block free state file code The amount of your deduction may be limited if certain rules and limits explained in this publication apply to you. H&r block free state file code Comments and suggestions. H&r block free state file code   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. H&r block free state file code   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. H&r block free state file code NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. H&r block free state file code Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. H&r block free state file code   You can send your comments from www. H&r block free state file code irs. H&r block free state file code gov/formspubs/. H&r block free state file code Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. H&r block free state file code ”   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. H&r block free state file code Ordering forms and publications. H&r block free state file code   Visit www. H&r block free state file code irs. H&r block free state file code gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. H&r block free state file code Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. H&r block free state file code Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. H&r block free state file code   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. H&r block free state file code gov or call 1-800-829-1040. H&r block free state file code We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. H&r block free state file code Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 561 Determining the Value of Donated Property Form (and Instructions) Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions  See How To Get Tax Help near the end of this publication for information about getting these publications and forms. H&r block free state file code Table 1. H&r block free state file code Examples of Charitable Contributions—A Quick Check Use the following lists for a quick check of whether you can deduct a contribution. H&r block free state file code See the rest of this publication for more information and additional rules and limits that may apply. H&r block free state file code Deductible As Charitable Contributions Not Deductible As Charitable Contributions Money or property you give to: Money or property you give to: Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other religious organizations  Federal, state, and local governments, if your contribution is solely for public purposes (for example, a gift to reduce the public debt or maintain a public park)  Nonprofit schools and hospitals  The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, CARE, Goodwill Industries, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, etc. H&r block free state file code   War veterans' groups    Expenses paid for a student living with you, sponsored by a qualified organization  Out-of-pocket expenses when you serve a qualified organization as a volunteer Civic leagues, social and sports clubs, labor unions, and chambers of commerce  Foreign organizations (except certain Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican charities)  Groups that are run for personal profit  Groups whose purpose is to lobby for law changes  Homeowners' associations  Individuals  Political groups or candidates for public office    Cost of raffle, bingo, or lottery tickets  Dues, fees, or bills paid to country clubs, lodges, fraternal orders, or similar groups  Tuition  Value of your time or services  Value of blood given to a blood bank   Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications