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Order 2012 tax forms from irs 4. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Communications and Air Transportation Taxes Table of Contents Uncollected Tax Report Communications TaxLocal-only service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Private communication service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Exemptions Credits or Refunds Air Transportation TaxesTransportation of Persons by Air International Air Travel Facilities Transportation of Property by Air Special Rules on Transportation Taxes Excise taxes are imposed on amounts paid for certain facilities and services. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If you receive any payment on which tax is imposed, you are required to collect the tax, file returns, and pay the tax over to the government. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If you fail to collect and pay over the taxes, you may be liable for the trust fund recovery penalty. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See chapter 14, later. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Uncollected Tax Report A separate report is required to be filed by collecting agents of communications services and air transportation taxes if the person from whom the facilities or services tax (the tax) is required to be collected (the taxpayer) refuses to pay the tax, or it is impossible for the collecting agent to collect the tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The report must contain the name and address of the taxpayer, the type of facility provided or service rendered, the amount paid for the facility or service (the amount on which the tax is based), and the date paid. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Regular method taxpayers. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   For regular method taxpayers, the report must be filed by the due date of the Form 720 on which the tax would have been reported. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Alternative method taxpayers. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   For alternative method taxpayers, the report must be filed by the due date of the Form 720 that includes an adjustment to the separate account for the uncollected tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Alternative method in  chapter 11. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Where to file. Order 2012 tax forms from irs    Do not file the uncollected tax report with Form 720. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Instead, mail the report to: Internal Revenue Service Excise Tax Program SE:S:SP:EX MS C9-109 5000 Ellin Rd. Order 2012 tax forms from irs  Lanham, MD 20706 Communications Tax A 3% tax is imposed on amounts paid for local telephone service and teletypewriter exchange service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Local telephone service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   This includes access to a local telephone system and the privilege of telephonic quality communication with most people who are part of the system. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Local telephone service also includes any facility or services provided in connection with this service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The tax applies to lease payments for certain customer premises equipment (CPE) even though the lessor does not also provide access to a local telecommunications system. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Local-only service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Local-only service is local telephone service as described above, provided under a plan that does not include long distance telephone service or that separately states the charge for local service on the bill to customers. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Local-only service also includes any facility or services provided in connection with this service, even though these services and facilities may also be used with long-distance service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Private communication service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Private communication service is not local telephone service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Private communication service includes accessory-type services provided in connection with a Centrex, PBX, or other similar system for dual use accessory equipment. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, the charge for the service must be stated separately from the charge for the basic system, and the accessory must function, in whole or in part, in connection with intercommunication among the subscriber's stations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Teletypewriter exchange service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   This includes access from a teletypewriter or other data station to a teletypewriter exchange system and the privilege of intercommunication by that station with most persons having teletypewriter or other data stations in the same exchange system. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Figuring the tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax is based on the sum of all charges for local telephone service included in the bill. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, if the bill groups individual items for billing and tax purposes, the tax is based on the sum of the individual items within that group. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The tax on the remaining items not included in any group is based on the charge for each item separately. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Do not include in the tax base state or local sales or use taxes that are separately stated on the taxpayer's bill. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Exemptions Payments for certain services or payments from certain users are exempt from the communications tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Nontaxable service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Nontaxable service means bundled service and long distance service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Nontaxable service also includes pre-paid telephone cards and pre-paid cellular service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Bundled service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Bundled service is local and long distance service provided under a plan that does not separately state the charge for the local telephone service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Bundled service includes plans that provide both local and long distance service for either a flat monthly fee or a charge that varies with the elapsed transmission time for which the service is used. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Telecommunications companies provide bundled service for both landlines and wireless (cellular) service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If Voice over Internet Protocol service provides both local and long distance service and the charges are not separately stated, such service is bundled service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The method for sending or receiving a call, such as on a landline telephone, wireless (cellular), or some other method, does not affect whether a service is local-only or bundled. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Long distance service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Long distance service is telephonic quality communication with persons whose telephones are outside the local telephone system of the caller. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Pre-paid telephone cards (PTC). Order 2012 tax forms from irs   A PTC will be treated as bundled service unless a PTC expressly states it is for local-only service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Generally, the person responsible for collecting the tax is the carrier who transfers the PTC to the transferee. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The transferee is the first person that is not a carrier to whom a PTC is transferred by the carrier. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The transferee is the person liable for the tax and is eligible to request a credit or refund. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For more information, see Regulations section 49. Order 2012 tax forms from irs 4251-4. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The holder is the person that purchases a PTC to use and not to resell. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Holders are not liable for the tax and cannot request a credit or refund. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Pre-paid cellular telephones. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Rules similar to the PTC rules described above apply to pre-paid cellular telephones. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The transferee is the person eligible to request the credit or refund. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Installation charges. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to payments received for the installation of any instrument, wire, pole, switchboard, apparatus, or equipment. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, the tax does apply to payments for the repair or replacement of those items incidental to ordinary maintenance. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Answering services. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to amounts paid for a private line, an answering service, and a one-way paging or message service if they do not provide access to a local telephone system and the privilege of telephonic communication as part of the local telephone system. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Mobile radio telephone service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to payments for a two-way radio service that does not provide access to a local telephone system. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Coin-operated telephones. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax for local telephone service does not apply to payments made for services by inserting coins in public coin-operated telephones. Order 2012 tax forms from irs But the tax applies if the coin-operated telephone service is furnished for a guaranteed amount. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Figure the tax on the amount paid under the guarantee plus any fixed monthly or other periodic charge. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Telephone-operated security systems. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to amounts paid for telephones used only to originate calls to a limited number of telephone stations for security entry into a building. Order 2012 tax forms from irs In addition, the tax does not apply to any amounts paid for rented communication equipment used in the security system. Order 2012 tax forms from irs News services. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax on teletypewriter exchange service does not apply to charges for the following news services. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Services dealing exclusively with the collection or dissemination of news for or through the public press or radio or television broadcasting. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Services used exclusively in the collection or dissemination of news by a news ticker service furnishing a general news service similar to that of the public press. Order 2012 tax forms from irs This exemption applies to payments received for messages from one member of the news media to another member (or to or from their bona fide correspondents). Order 2012 tax forms from irs For the exemption to apply, the charge for these services must be billed in writing to the person paying for the service and that person must certify in writing that the services are used for an exempt purpose. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Services not exempted. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax applies to amounts paid by members of the news media for local telephone service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs International organizations and the American Red Cross. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to communication services furnished to an international organization or to the American National Red Cross. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Nonprofit hospitals. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to telephone services furnished to income tax-exempt nonprofit hospitals for their use. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Also, the tax does not apply to amounts paid by these hospitals to provide local telephone service in the homes of their personnel who must be reached during their off-duty hours. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Nonprofit educational organizations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to payments received for services and facilities furnished to a nonprofit educational organization for its use. Order 2012 tax forms from irs A nonprofit educational organization is one that satisfies all the following requirements. Order 2012 tax forms from irs It normally maintains a regular faculty and curriculum. Order 2012 tax forms from irs It normally has a regularly enrolled body of pupils or students in attendance at the place where its educational activities are regularly carried on. Order 2012 tax forms from irs It is exempt from income tax under section 501(a). Order 2012 tax forms from irs This includes a school operated by an organization exempt under section 501(c)(3) if the school meets the above qualifications. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Qualified blood collector organizations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to telephone services furnished to qualified blood collector organizations for their use. Order 2012 tax forms from irs A qualified blood collector organization is one that is: Described in section 501(c)(3) and exempt from tax under section 501(a), Primarily engaged in the activity of collecting human blood, Registered with the IRS, and Registered by the Food and Drug Administration to collect blood. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Federal, state, and local government. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to communication services provided to the government of the United States, the government of any state or its political subdivisions, the District of Columbia, or the United Nations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Treat an Indian tribal government as a state for the exemption from the communications tax only if the services involve the exercise of an essential tribal government function. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Exemption certificate. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Any form of exemption certificate will be acceptable if it includes all the information required by the Internal Revenue Code and Regulations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Regulations section 49. Order 2012 tax forms from irs 4253-11. Order 2012 tax forms from irs File the certificate with the provider of the communication services. Order 2012 tax forms from irs An exemption certificate is not required for nontaxable services. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The following users that are exempt from the communications tax do not have to file an annual exemption certificate after they have filed the initial certificate to claim an exemption from the communications tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The American National Red Cross and other international organizations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Nonprofit hospitals. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Nonprofit educational organizations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Qualified blood collector organizations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs State and local governments. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The federal government does not have to file any exemption certificate. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   All other organizations must furnish exemption certificates when required. 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Order 2012 tax forms from irs Collectors using the regular method for deposits. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Collectors using the regular method for deposits must use Form 720X to request a credit or refund if the collector has repaid the tax to the person from whom the tax was collected, or obtained the consent of that person to the allowance of the credit or refund. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Collectors using the alternative method for deposits. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Collectors using the alternative method for deposits must adjust their separate accounts for the credit or refund if it has repaid the tax to the person from whom the tax was collected, or obtained the consent of that person to the allowance of the credit or refund. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For more information, see the Instructions for Form 720. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Air Transportation Taxes Taxes are imposed on amounts paid for: Transportation of persons by air, Use of international air travel facilities, and Transportation of property by air. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Transportation of Persons by Air The tax on transportation of persons by air is made up of the: Percentage tax, and Domestic-segment tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Percentage tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   A tax of 7. Order 2012 tax forms from irs 5% applies to amounts paid for taxable transportation of persons by air. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Amounts paid for transportation include charges for layover or waiting time and movement of aircraft in deadhead service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Mileage awards. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The percentage tax may apply to an amount paid (in cash or in kind) to an air carrier (or any related person) for the right to provide mileage awards for, or other reductions in the cost of, any transportation of persons by air. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For example, this applies to mileage awards purchased by credit card companies, telephone companies, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Generally, the percentage tax does not apply to amounts paid for mileage awards where the mileage awards cannot, under any circumstances, be redeemed for air transportation that is subject to the tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Until regulations are issued, the following rules apply to mileage awards. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Amounts paid for mileage awards that cannot be redeemed for taxable transportation beginning and ending in the United States are not subject to the tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For this rule, mileage awards issued by a foreign air carrier are considered to be usable only on that foreign air carrier and thus not redeemable for taxable transportation beginning and ending in the United States. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Therefore, amounts paid to a foreign air carrier for mileage awards are not subject to the tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Amounts paid by an air carrier to a domestic air carrier for mileage awards that can be redeemed for taxable transportation are not subject to the tax to the extent those miles will be awarded in connection with the purchase of taxable transportation. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Amounts paid by an air carrier to a domestic air carrier for mileage awards that can be redeemed for taxable transportation are subject to the tax to the extent those miles will not be awarded in connection with the purchase of taxable transportation. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Domestic-segment tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The domestic-segment tax is a flat dollar amount for each segment of taxable transportation for which an amount is paid. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, see Rural airports, later. Order 2012 tax forms from irs A segment is a single takeoff and a single landing. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The amount of the domestic-segment tax is in the Instructions for Form 720. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Charter flights. Order 2012 tax forms from irs    If an aircraft is chartered, the domestic-segment tax for each segment of taxable transportation is figured by multiplying the tax by the number of passengers transported on the aircraft. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Rural airports. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The domestic-segment tax does not apply to a segment to or from a rural airport. Order 2012 tax forms from irs An airport is a rural airport for a calendar year if fewer than 100,000 commercial passengers departed from the airport by air during the second preceding calendar year (the 100,000 passenger rule), and one of the following is true: The airport is not located within 75 miles of another airport from which 100,000 or more commercial passengers departed during the second preceding calendar year, The airport was receiving essential air service subsidies as of August 5, 1997, or The airport is not connected by paved roads to another airport. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   To apply the 100,000 passenger rule to any airport described in (3) above, only count commercial passengers departing from the airport by air on flight segments of at least 100 miles. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   An updated list of rural airports can be found on the Department of Transportation website at www. Order 2012 tax forms from irs dot. 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Order 2012 tax forms from irs The tax does not apply to the part of the trip between the point at which the route of transportation leaves or enters the continental United States (or a port or station in the 225-mile zone) and the point at which it enters or leaves Hawaii or Alaska. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Leaving or entering occurs when the route of the transportation passes over either the United States border or a point 3 nautical miles (3. Order 2012 tax forms from irs 45 statute miles) from low tide on the coast line, or when it leaves a port or station in the 225-mile zone. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Therefore, this transportation is subject to the percentage tax on the part of the trip in U. Order 2012 tax forms from irs S. Order 2012 tax forms from irs airspace, the domestic-segment tax for each domestic segment, and the tax on the use of international air travel facilities, discussed later. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Transportation within Alaska or Hawaii. 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Order 2012 tax forms from irs ” This rule also applies to the tax on the use of international air travel facilities, discussed later. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Liability for tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The person paying for taxable transportation is liable for the tax and, ordinarily, the person receiving the payment collects the tax, files the returns, and pays the tax over to the government. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, if payment is made outside the United States for a prepaid order, exchange order, or similar order, the person furnishing the initial transportation provided for under that order must collect the tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs    A travel agency that is an independent broker and sells tours on aircraft that it charters must collect the transportation tax, file the returns, and pay the tax over to the government. 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Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The fact that the aircraft does not use public or commercial airports in taking off and landing has no effect on the tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs But see Certain helicopter uses, later. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   For taxable transportation that begins and ends in the United States, the tax applies regardless of whether the payment is made in or outside the United States. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If the tax is not paid when payment for the transportation is made, the air carrier providing the initial segment of the transportation that begins or ends in the United States becomes liable for the tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Exemptions. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax on transportation of persons by air does not apply in the following situations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See also Special Rules on Transportation Taxes, later. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Military personnel on international trips. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   When traveling in uniform at their own expense, United States military personnel on authorized leave are deemed to be traveling in uninterrupted international air transportation (defined earlier) even if the scheduled interval between arrival and departure at any station in the United States is actually more than 12 hours. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, such personnel must buy their tickets within 12 hours after landing at the first domestic airport and accept the first available accommodation of the type called for by their tickets. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The trip must begin or end outside the United States and the 225-mile zone. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Certain helicopter uses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to air transportation by helicopter if the helicopter is used for any of the following purposes. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Transporting individuals, equipment, or supplies in the exploration for, or the development or removal of, hard minerals, oil, or gas. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Planting, cultivating, cutting, transporting, or caring for trees (including logging operations). Order 2012 tax forms from irs Providing emergency medical transportation. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   However, during a use described in items (1) or (2), the tax applies if the helicopter takes off from, or lands at, a facility eligible for assistance under the Airport and Airway Development Act of 1970, or otherwise uses services provided under section 44509 or 44913(b) or subchapter I of chapter 471 of title 49, United States Code. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For item (1), treat each flight segment as a separate flight. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Fixed-wing aircraft uses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to air transportation by fixed-wing aircraft if the fixed-wing aircraft is used for any of the following purposes. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Planting, cultivating, cutting, transporting, or caring for trees (including logging operations). Order 2012 tax forms from irs Providing emergency medical transportation. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The aircraft must be equipped for and exclusively dedicated on that flight to acute care emergency medical services. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   However, during a use described in item (1), the tax applies if the fixed-wing aircraft takes off from, or lands at, a facility eligible for assistance under the Airport and Airway Development Act of 1970, or otherwise uses services provided under section 44509 or 44913(b) or subchapter I of chapter 471 of title 49, United States Code. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Skydiving. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to any air transportation exclusively for the purpose of skydiving. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Seaplanes. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to any air transportation by seaplane for any segment consisting of a takeoff from, and a landing on, water if the places where the takeoff and landing occur are not receiving financial assistance from the Airport and Airways Trust Fund. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Bonus tickets. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to free bonus tickets issued by an airline company to its customers who have satisfied all requirements to qualify for the bonus tickets. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, the tax applies to amounts paid by customers for advance bonus tickets when customers have traveled insufficient mileage to fully qualify for the free advance bonus tickets. Order 2012 tax forms from irs International Air Travel Facilities A tax per person is imposed (whether in or outside the United States) for international flights that begin or end in the United States. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, for a domestic segment that begins or ends in Alaska or Hawaii, a reduced tax per person applies only to departures. Order 2012 tax forms from irs This tax does not apply if all the transportation is subject to the percentage tax, discussed earlier. Order 2012 tax forms from irs It also doesn't apply if the surtax on fuel used in a fractional ownership program aircraft (discussed earlier) is imposed. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See the Instructions for Form 720 for the tax rates. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Transportation of Property by Air A tax of 6. Order 2012 tax forms from irs 25% is imposed on amounts paid (whether in or outside the United States) for transportation of property by air. 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Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to amounts paid for cropdusting or aerial firefighting service. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Exportation. Order 2012 tax forms from irs    The tax does not apply to payments for transportation of property by air in the course of exportation (including to United States possessions) by continuous movement, as evidenced by the execution of Form 1363, Export Exemption Certificate. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Form 1363 for more information. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Certain helicopter and fixed-wing air ambulance uses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to amounts paid for the use of helicopters in construction to set heating and air conditioning units on roofs of buildings, to dismantle tower cranes, and to aid in construction of power lines and ski lifts. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax also does not apply to air transportation by helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft for the purpose of providing emergency medical services. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The fixed-wing aircraft must be equipped for and exclusively dedicated on that flight to acute care emergency medical services. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Skydiving. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply to any air transportation exclusively for the purpose of skydiving. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Excess baggage. Order 2012 tax forms from irs    The tax does not apply to excess baggage accompanying a passenger on an aircraft operated on an established line. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Surtax on fuel used in a fractional ownership program aircraft. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The tax does not apply if the surtax on fuel used in a fractional ownership program aircraft (discussed earlier) is imposed. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Alaska and Hawaii. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   For transportation of property to and from Alaska and Hawaii, the tax in general does not apply to the portion of the transportation that is entirely outside the continental United States (or the 225-mile zone if the aircraft departs from or arrives at an airport in the 225-mile zone). Order 2012 tax forms from irs But the tax applies to flights between ports or stations in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, as well as between ports or stations in Hawaii. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The tax applies even though parts of the flights may be over international waters or over Canada, if no point on a line drawn from where the route of transportation leaves the United States (Alaska) to where it reenters the United States (Alaska) is more than 225 miles from the United States. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Liability for tax. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The person paying for taxable transportation is liable for the tax and, ordinarily, the person engaged in the business of transporting property by air for hire receives the payment, collects the tax, files the returns, and pays the tax over to the government. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If tax is not paid when a payment is made outside the United States, the person furnishing the last segment of taxable transportation collects the tax from the person to whom the property is delivered in the United States. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Special Rules on Transportation Taxes In certain circumstances, special rules apply to the taxes on transportation of persons and property by air. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Aircraft used by affiliated corporations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The taxes do not apply to payments received by one member of an affiliated group of corporations from another member for services furnished in connection with the use of an aircraft. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, the aircraft must be owned or leased by a member of the affiliated group and cannot be available for hire by a nonmember of the affiliated group. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Determine whether an aircraft is available for hire by a nonmember of an affiliated group on a flight-by-flight basis. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   For this rule, an affiliated group of corporations is any group of corporations connected with a common parent corporation through 80% or more of stock ownership. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Small aircraft. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The taxes do not apply to transportation furnished by an aircraft having a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 6,000 pounds or less. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, the taxes do apply if the aircraft is operated on an established line. Order 2012 tax forms from irs “Operated on an established line” means the aircraft operates with some degree of regularity between definite points. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, it does not include any time an aircraft is being operated on a flight that is solely for sightseeing. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Consider an aircraft to be operated on an established line if it is operated on a charter basis between two cities also served by that carrier on a regularly scheduled basis. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Also, the taxes apply if the aircraft is jet-powered, regardless of its maximum certificated takeoff weight or whether or not it is operated on an established line. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Mixed load of persons and property. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If a single amount is paid for air transportation of persons and property, the payment must be allocated between the amount subject to the tax on transportation of persons and the amount subject to the tax on transportation of property. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The allocation must be reasonable and supported by adequate records. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Credits or refunds. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If tax is collected and paid over for air transportation that is not taxable air transportation, the collector may claim a credit or refund if it has repaid the tax to the person from whom the tax was collected or obtained the consent of that person to the allowance of the credit or refund. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Alternatively, the person who paid the tax may claim a refund. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For information on how to file for credits or refunds, see the Instructions for Form 720 or Form 8849. 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Order 2012 tax forms from irs 1. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Deducting Business Expenses Table of Contents What's New Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: What Can I Deduct?Cost of Goods Sold Capital Expenses Capital versus Deductible Expenses Personal versus Business Expenses How Much Can I Deduct?Not-for-profit limits. Order 2012 tax forms from irs At-risk limits. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Passive activities. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Net operating loss. Order 2012 tax forms from irs When Can I Deduct an Expense?Economic performance. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Not-for-Profit ActivitiesGross Income Limit on Deductions What's New Optional safe harbor method to determine the business use of a home deduction. Order 2012 tax forms from irs  Beginning in 2013, you can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the deduction for the business use of your home. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Optional safe harbor method under Business use of your home , later. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Introduction This chapter covers the general rules for deducting business expenses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Business expenses are the costs of carrying on a trade or business, and they are usually deductible if the business is operated to make a profit. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Topics - This chapter discusses: What you can deduct How much you can deduct When you can deduct Not-for-profit activities Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 334 Tax Guide for Small Business 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 529 Miscellaneous Deductions 536 Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 542 Corporations 547 Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts 587 Business Use of Your Home 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 5213 Election To Postpone Determination as To Whether the Presumption Applies That an Activity Is Engaged in for Profit See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Order 2012 tax forms from irs What Can I Deduct? To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. Order 2012 tax forms from irs An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your industry. Order 2012 tax forms from irs A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your trade or business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Even though an expense may be ordinary and necessary, you may not be allowed to deduct the expense in the year you paid or incurred it. Order 2012 tax forms from irs In some cases you may not be allowed to deduct the expense at all. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Therefore, it is important to distinguish usual business expenses from expenses that include the following. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The expenses used to figure cost of goods sold, Capital expenses, and Personal expenses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Cost of Goods Sold If your business manufactures products or purchases them for resale, you generally must value inventory at the beginning and end of each tax year to determine your cost of goods sold. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Some of your business expenses may be included in figuring cost of goods sold. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Cost of goods sold is deducted from your gross receipts to figure your gross profit for the year. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If you include an expense in the cost of goods sold, you cannot deduct it again as a business expense. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The following are types of expenses that go into figuring cost of goods sold. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The cost of products or raw materials, including freight. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Storage. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Direct labor (including contributions to pension or annuity plans) for workers who produce the products. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Factory overhead. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize the direct costs and part of the indirect costs for certain production or resale activities. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Indirect costs include rent, interest, taxes, storage, purchasing, processing, repackaging, handling, and administrative costs. Order 2012 tax forms from irs This rule does not apply to personal property you acquire for resale if your average annual gross receipts (or those of your predecessor) for the preceding 3 tax years are not more than $10 million. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For more information, see the following sources. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Cost of goods sold—chapter 6 of Publication 334. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Inventories—Publication 538. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Uniform capitalization rules—Publication 538 and section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Capital Expenses You must capitalize, rather than deduct, some costs. Order 2012 tax forms from irs These costs are a part of your investment in your business and are called “capital expenses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs ” Capital expenses are considered assets in your business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs In general, you capitalize three types of costs. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Business start-up costs (See Tip below). Order 2012 tax forms from irs Business assets. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Improvements. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You can elect to deduct or amortize certain business start-up costs. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See chapters 7 and 8. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Cost recovery. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Although you generally cannot take a current deduction for a capital expense, you may be able to recover the amount you spend through depreciation, amortization, or depletion. Order 2012 tax forms from irs These recovery methods allow you to deduct part of your cost each year. Order 2012 tax forms from irs In this way, you are able to recover your capital expense. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Amortization (chapter 8) and Depletion (chapter 9) in this publication. Order 2012 tax forms from irs A taxpayer can elect to deduct a portion of the costs of certain depreciable property as a section 179 deduction. Order 2012 tax forms from irs A greater portion of these costs can be deducted if the property is qualified disaster assistance property. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Publication 946 for details. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Going Into Business The costs of getting started in business, before you actually begin business operations, are capital expenses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs These costs may include expenses for advertising, travel, or wages for training employees. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If you go into business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   When you go into business, treat all costs you had to get your business started as capital expenses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Usually you recover costs for a particular asset through depreciation. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Generally, you cannot recover other costs until you sell the business or otherwise go out of business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, you can choose to amortize certain costs for setting up your business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Starting a Business in chapter 8 for more information on business start-up costs. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If your attempt to go into business is unsuccessful. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If you are an individual and your attempt to go into business is not successful, the expenses you had in trying to establish yourself in business fall into two categories. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The costs you had before making a decision to acquire or begin a specific business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs These costs are personal and nondeductible. Order 2012 tax forms from irs They include any costs incurred during a general search for, or preliminary investigation of, a business or investment possibility. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The costs you had in your attempt to acquire or begin a specific business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs These costs are capital expenses and you can deduct them as a capital loss. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If you are a corporation and your attempt to go into a new trade or business is not successful, you may be able to deduct all investigatory costs as a loss. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The costs of any assets acquired during your unsuccessful attempt to go into business are a part of your basis in the assets. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You cannot take a deduction for these costs. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You will recover the costs of these assets when you dispose of them. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Business Assets There are many different kinds of business assets; for example, land, buildings, machinery, furniture, trucks, patents, and franchise rights. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You must fully capitalize the cost of these assets, including freight and installation charges. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Certain property you produce for use in your trade or business must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Regulations section 1. Order 2012 tax forms from irs 263A-2 for information on these rules. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Improvements Improvements are generally major expenditures. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Some examples are: new electric wiring, a new roof, a new floor, new plumbing, bricking up windows to strengthen a wall, and lighting improvements. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The costs of making improvements to a business asset are capital expenses if the improvements add to the value of the asset, appreciably lengthen the time you can use it, or adapt it to a different use. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Beginning in 2014, you must capitalize as improvements costs that are for the betterment of a unit of property, restore the unit of property, or adapt the unit of property to a new or different use. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Temporary regulations allow you to capitalize costs meeting the above criteria for tax years beginning after 2011. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, you can currently deduct repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition as a business expense. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Treat as repairs amounts paid to replace parts of a machine that only keep it in a normal operating condition. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Restoration plan. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Capitalize the cost of reconditioning, improving, or altering your property as part of a general restoration plan to make it suitable for your business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs This applies even if some of the work would by itself be classified as repairs. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Capital versus Deductible Expenses To help you distinguish between capital and deductible expenses, different examples are given below. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Motor vehicles. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   You usually capitalize the cost of a motor vehicle you use in your business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You can recover its cost through annual deductions for depreciation. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   There are dollar limits on the depreciation you can claim each year on passenger automobiles used in your business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Publication 463. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Generally, repairs you make to your business vehicle are currently deductible. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, amounts you pay to recondition and overhaul a business vehicle are capital expenses and are recovered through depreciation. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Roads and driveways. Order 2012 tax forms from irs    The cost of building a private road on your business property and the cost of replacing a gravel driveway with a concrete one are capital expenses you may be able to depreciate. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The cost of maintaining a private road on your business property is a deductible expense. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Tools. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Unless the uniform capitalization rules apply, amounts spent for tools used in your business are deductible expenses if the tools have a life expectancy of less than 1 year or their cost is minor. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Machinery parts. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Unless the uniform capitalization rules apply, the cost of replacing short-lived parts of a machine to keep it in good working condition, but not add to its life, is a deductible expense. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Heating equipment. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The cost of changing from one heating system to another is a capital expense. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Personal versus Business Expenses Generally, you cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, if you have an expense for something that is used partly for business and partly for personal purposes, divide the total cost between the business and personal parts. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You can deduct the business part. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For example, if you borrow money and use 70% of it for business and the other 30% for a family vacation, you generally can deduct 70% of the interest as a business expense. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The remaining 30% is personal interest and generally is not deductible. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See chapter 4 for information on deducting interest and the allocation rules. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Business use of your home. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Order 2012 tax forms from irs These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   To qualify to claim expenses for the business use of your home, you must meet both of the following tests. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The business part of your home must be used exclusively and regularly for your trade or business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The business part of your home must be: Your principal place of business, or A place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, or A separate structure (not attached to your home) used in connection with your trade or business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   You generally do not have to meet the exclusive use test for the part of your home that you regularly use either for the storage of inventory or product samples, or as a daycare facility. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Your home office qualifies as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You use the office exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If you have more than one business location, determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, consider the time spent at each location. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Optional safe harbor method. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Beginning in 2013, individual taxpayers can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the amount of deductible expenses attributable to certain business use of a residence during the tax year. Order 2012 tax forms from irs This method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The deduction under the optional method is limited to $1,500 per year based on $5 a square foot for up to 300 square feet. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Under this method, you claim your allowable mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses on the home as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Order 2012 tax forms from irs You are not required to allocate these deductions between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If you use the optional method, you cannot depreciate the portion of your home used in a trade or business. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Business expenses unrelated to the home, such as advertising, supplies, and wages paid to employees, are still fully deductible. Order 2012 tax forms from irs All of the requirements discussed earlier under Business use of your home still apply. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   For more information on the deduction for business use of your home, including the optional safe harbor method, see Publication 587. Order 2012 tax forms from irs    If you were entitled to deduct depreciation on the part of your home used for business, you cannot exclude the part of the gain from the sale of your home that equals any depreciation you deducted (or could have deducted) for periods after May 6, 1997. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Business use of your car. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If you use your car exclusively in your business, you can deduct car expenses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If you use your car for both business and personal purposes, you must divide your expenses based on actual mileage. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Generally, commuting expenses between your home and your business location, within the area of your tax home, are not deductible. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   You can deduct actual car expenses, which include depreciation (or lease payments), gas and oil, tires, repairs, tune-ups, insurance, and registration fees. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Or, instead of figuring the business part of these actual expenses, you may be able to use the standard mileage rate to figure your deduction. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Beginning in 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. Order 2012 tax forms from irs 5 cents per mile. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If you are self-employed, you can also deduct the business part of interest on your car loan, state and local personal property tax on the car, parking fees, and tolls, whether or not you claim the standard mileage rate. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   For more information on car expenses and the rules for using the standard mileage rate, see Publication 463. Order 2012 tax forms from irs How Much Can I Deduct? Generally, you can deduct the full amount of a business expense if it meets the criteria of ordinary and necessary and it is not a capital expense. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Recovery of amount deducted (tax benefit rule). Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If you recover part of an expense in the same tax year in which you would have claimed a deduction, reduce your current year expense by the amount of the recovery. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If you have a recovery in a later year, include the recovered amount in income in that year. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, if part of the deduction for the expense did not reduce your tax, you do not have to include that part of the recovered amount in income. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   For more information on recoveries and the tax benefit rule, see Publication 525. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Payments in kind. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If you provide services to pay a business expense, the amount you can deduct is limited to your out-of-pocket costs. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You cannot deduct the cost of your own labor. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Similarly, if you pay a business expense in goods or other property, you can deduct only what the property costs you. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If these costs are included in the cost of goods sold, do not deduct them again as a business expense. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Limits on losses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If your deductions for an investment or business activity are more than the income it brings in, you have a loss. Order 2012 tax forms from irs There may be limits on how much of the loss you can deduct. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Not-for-profit limits. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If you carry on your business activity without the intention of making a profit, you cannot use a loss from it to offset other income. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Not-for-Profit Activities , later. Order 2012 tax forms from irs At-risk limits. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Generally, a deductible loss from a trade or business or other income-producing activity is limited to the investment you have “at risk” in the activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You are at risk in any activity for the following. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The money and adjusted basis of property you contribute to the activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Amounts you borrow for use in the activity if: You are personally liable for repayment, or You pledge property (other than property used in the activity) as security for the loan. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For more information, see Publication 925. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Passive activities. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Generally, you are in a passive activity if you have a trade or business activity in which you do not materially participate, or a rental activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs In general, deductions for losses from passive activities only offset income from passive activities. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You cannot use any excess deductions to offset other income. Order 2012 tax forms from irs In addition, passive activity credits can only offset the tax on net passive income. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Any excess loss or credits are carried over to later years. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Suspended passive losses are fully deductible in the year you completely dispose of the activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For more information, see Publication 925. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Net operating loss. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If your deductions are more than your income for the year, you may have a “net operating loss. Order 2012 tax forms from irs ” You can use a net operating loss to lower your taxes in other years. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Publication 536 for more information. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   See Publication 542 for information about net operating losses of corporations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs When Can I Deduct an Expense? When you can deduct an expense depends on your accounting method. Order 2012 tax forms from irs An accounting method is a set of rules used to determine when and how income and expenses are reported. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The two basic methods are the cash method and the accrual method. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Whichever method you choose must clearly reflect income. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For more information on accounting methods, see Publication 538. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Cash method. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Under the cash method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses in the tax year you pay them. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Accrual method. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses when both of the following apply. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The all-events test has been met. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The test is met when: All events have occurred that fix the fact of liability, and The liability can be determined with reasonable accuracy. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Economic performance has occurred. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Economic performance. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   You generally cannot deduct or capitalize a business expense until economic performance occurs. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If your expense is for property or services provided to you, or for your use of property, economic performance occurs as the property or services are provided, or the property is used. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If your expense is for property or services you provide to others, economic performance occurs as you provide the property or services. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Example. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Your tax year is the calendar year. Order 2012 tax forms from irs In December 2013, the Field Plumbing Company did some repair work at your place of business and sent you a bill for $600. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You paid it by check in January 2014. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If you use the accrual method of accounting, deduct the $600 on your tax return for 2013 because all events have occurred to “fix” the fact of liability (in this case the work was completed), the liability can be determined, and economic performance occurred in that year. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If you use the cash method of accounting, deduct the expense on your 2014 return. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Prepayment. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   You generally cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. Order 2012 tax forms from irs This rule applies to both the cash and accrual methods. Order 2012 tax forms from irs It applies to prepaid interest, prepaid insurance premiums, and any other expense paid far enough in advance to, in effect, create an asset with a useful life extending substantially beyond the end of the current tax year. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Example. Order 2012 tax forms from irs In 2013, you sign a 10-year lease and immediately pay your rent for the first 3 years. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Even though you paid the rent for 2013, 2014, and 2015, you can only deduct the rent for 2013 on your 2013 tax return. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You can deduct the rent for 2014 and 2015 on your tax returns for those years. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Contested liability. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Under the cash method, you can deduct a contested liability only in the year you pay the liability. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Under the accrual method, you can deduct contested liabilities such as taxes (except foreign or U. Order 2012 tax forms from irs S. Order 2012 tax forms from irs possession income, war profits, and excess profits taxes) either in the tax year you pay the liability (or transfer money or other property to satisfy the obligation) or in the tax year you settle the contest. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, to take the deduction in the year of payment or transfer, you must meet certain conditions. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Regulations section 1. Order 2012 tax forms from irs 461-2. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Related person. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct expenses when you incur them, even if you have not yet paid them. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, if you and the person you owe are related and that person uses the cash method of accounting, you must pay the expense before you can deduct it. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Your deduction is allowed when the amount is includible in income by the related cash method payee. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Related Persons in Publication 538. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Not-for-Profit Activities If you do not carry on your business or investment activity to make a profit, you cannot use a loss from the activity to offset other income. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Activities you do as a hobby, or mainly for sport or recreation, are often not entered into for profit. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The limit on not-for-profit losses applies to individuals, partnerships, estates, trusts, and S corporations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs It does not apply to corporations other than S corporations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs In determining whether you are carrying on an activity for profit, several factors are taken into account. Order 2012 tax forms from irs No one factor alone is decisive. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Among the factors to consider are whether: You carry on the activity in a businesslike manner, The time and effort you put into the activity indicate you intend to make it profitable, You depend on the income for your livelihood, Your losses are due to circumstances beyond your control (or are normal in the start-up phase of your type of business), You change your methods of operation in an attempt to improve profitability, You (or your advisors) have the knowledge needed to carry on the activity as a successful business, You were successful in making a profit in similar activities in the past, The activity makes a profit in some years, and You can expect to make a future profit from the appreciation of the assets used in the activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Presumption of profit. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   An activity is presumed carried on for profit if it produced a profit in at least 3 of the last 5 tax years, including the current year. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Activities that consist primarily of breeding, training, showing, or racing horses are presumed carried on for profit if they produced a profit in at least 2 of the last 7 tax years, including the current year. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The activity must be substantially the same for each year within this period. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You have a profit when the gross income from an activity exceeds the deductions. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If a taxpayer dies before the end of the 5-year (or 7-year) period, the “test” period ends on the date of the taxpayer's death. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If your business or investment activity passes this 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, the IRS will presume it is carried on for profit. Order 2012 tax forms from irs This means the limits discussed here will not apply. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You can take all your business deductions from the activity, even for the years that you have a loss. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You can rely on this presumption unless the IRS later shows it to be invalid. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Using the presumption later. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If you are starting an activity and do not have 3 (or 2) years showing a profit, you can elect to have the presumption made after you have the 5 (or 7) years of experience allowed by the test. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   You can elect to do this by filing Form 5213. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Filing this form postpones any determination that your activity is not carried on for profit until 5 (or 7) years have passed since you started the activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The benefit gained by making this election is that the IRS will not immediately question whether your activity is engaged in for profit. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Accordingly, it will not restrict your deductions. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Rather, you will gain time to earn a profit in the required number of years. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If you show 3 (or 2) years of profit at the end of this period, your deductions are not limited under these rules. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If you do not have 3 (or 2) years of profit, the limit can be applied retroactively to any year with a loss in the 5-year (or 7-year) period. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Filing Form 5213 automatically extends the period of limitations on any year in the 5-year (or 7-year) period to 2 years after the due date of the return for the last year of the period. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The period is extended only for deductions of the activity and any related deductions that might be affected. Order 2012 tax forms from irs    You must file Form 5213 within 3 years after the due date of your return (determined without extensions) for the year in which you first carried on the activity, or, if earlier, within 60 days after receiving written notice from the Internal Revenue Service proposing to disallow deductions attributable to the activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Gross Income Gross income from a not-for-profit activity includes the total of all gains from the sale, exchange, or other disposition of property, and all other gross receipts derived from the activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Gross income from the activity also includes capital gains and rents received for the use of property which is held in connection with the activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs You can determine gross income from any not-for-profit activity by subtracting the cost of goods sold from your gross receipts. Order 2012 tax forms from irs However, if you determine gross income by subtracting cost of goods sold from gross receipts, you must do so consistently, and in a manner that follows generally accepted methods of accounting. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Limit on Deductions If your activity is not carried on for profit, take deductions in the following order and only to the extent stated in the three categories. Order 2012 tax forms from irs If you are an individual, these deductions may be taken only if you itemize. Order 2012 tax forms from irs These deductions may be taken on Schedule A (Form 1040). Order 2012 tax forms from irs Category 1. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Deductions you can take for personal as well as for business activities are allowed in full. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For individuals, all nonbusiness deductions, such as those for home mortgage interest, taxes, and casualty losses, belong in this category. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Deduct them on the appropriate lines of Schedule A (Form 1040). Order 2012 tax forms from irs For tax years beginning after December 31, 2008, you can deduct a casualty loss on property you own for personal use only to the extent it is more than $500 and exceeds 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Order 2012 tax forms from irs The 10% AGI limitation does not apply to net disaster losses resulting from federally declared disasters in 2008 and 2009, and individuals are allowed to claim the net disaster losses even if they do not itemize their deductions. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The reduction amount returns to $100 for tax years beginning after December 31, 2009. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Publication 547 for more information on casualty losses. Order 2012 tax forms from irs For the limits that apply to home mortgage interest, see Publication 936. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Category 2. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Deductions that do not result in an adjustment to the basis of property are allowed next, but only to the extent your gross income from the activity is more than your deductions under the first category. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Most business deductions, such as those for advertising, insurance premiums, interest, utilities, and wages, belong in this category. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Category 3. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   Business deductions that decrease the basis of property are allowed last, but only to the extent the gross income from the activity exceeds the deductions you take under the first two categories. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Deductions for depreciation, amortization, and the part of a casualty loss an individual could not deduct in category (1) belong in this category. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Where more than one asset is involved, allocate depreciation and these other deductions proportionally. Order 2012 tax forms from irs    Individuals must claim the amounts in categories (2) and (3) as miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Order 2012 tax forms from irs They are subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Order 2012 tax forms from irs See Publication 529 for information on this limit. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Example. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Adriana is engaged in a not-for-profit activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The income and expenses of the activity are as follows. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Gross income $3,200 Subtract:     Real estate taxes $700   Home mortgage interest 900   Insurance 400   Utilities 700   Maintenance 200   Depreciation on an automobile 600   Depreciation on a machine 200 3,700 Loss $(500)   Adriana must limit her deductions to $3,200, the gross income she earned from the activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The limit is reached in category (3), as follows. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Limit on deduction $3,200 Category 1: Taxes and interest $1,600   Category 2: Insurance, utilities, and maintenance 1,300 2,900 Available for Category 3 $ 300   The $800 of depreciation is allocated between the automobile and machine as follows. Order 2012 tax forms from irs $600 $800 x $300 = $225 depreciation for the automobile             $200 $800 x $300 = $75 depreciation for the machine The basis of each asset is reduced accordingly. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Adriana includes the $3,200 of gross income on line 21 (other income) of Form 1040. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The $1,600 for category (1) is deductible in full on the appropriate lines for taxes and interest on Schedule A (Form 1040). Order 2012 tax forms from irs Adriana deducts the remaining $1,600 ($1,300 for category (2) and $300 for category (3)) as other miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Partnerships and S corporations. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If a partnership or S corporation carries on a not-for-profit activity, these limits apply at the partnership or S corporation level. Order 2012 tax forms from irs They are reflected in the individual shareholder's or partner's distributive shares. Order 2012 tax forms from irs More than one activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   If you have several undertakings, each may be a separate activity or several undertakings may be combined. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The following are the most significant facts and circumstances in making this determination. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The degree of organizational and economic interrelationship of various undertakings. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The business purpose that is (or might be) served by carrying on the various undertakings separately or together in a business or investment setting. Order 2012 tax forms from irs The similarity of the undertakings. Order 2012 tax forms from irs   The IRS will generally accept your characterization if it is supported by facts and circumstances. Order 2012 tax forms from irs    If you are carrying on two or more different activities, keep the deductions and income from each one separate. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Figure separately whether each is a not-for-profit activity. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Then figure the limit on deductions and losses separately for each activity that is not for profit. Order 2012 tax forms from irs Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications