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State income tax e file Publication 521 - Main Content Table of Contents Who Can Deduct Moving ExpensesMove Related to Start of Work Distance Test Time Test Retirees or Survivors Who Move to the United States Deductible Moving ExpensesMoves to Locations in the United States Moves to Locations Outside the United States Nondeductible Expenses ReimbursementsTypes of Reimbursement Plans Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax How and When To ReportForm 3903 When To Deduct Expenses Illustrated Example Members of the Armed Forces How To Get Tax Help Who Can Deduct Moving Expenses You can deduct your moving expenses if you meet all three of the following requirements. State income tax e file Your move is closely related to the start of work. State income tax e file You meet the distance test. State income tax e file You meet the time test. State income tax e file After you have read these rules, you may want to use Figure B to help you decide if you can deduct your moving expenses. State income tax e file Retirees, survivors, and Armed Forces members. State income tax e file   Different rules may apply if you are a member of the Armed Forces or a retiree or survivor moving to the United States. State income tax e file These rules are discussed later in this publication. State income tax e file Move Related to Start of Work Your move must be closely related, both in time and in place, to the start of work at your new job location. State income tax e file Closely related in time. State income tax e file   In most cases, you can consider moving expenses incurred within 1 year from the date you first reported to work at the new location as closely related in time to the start of work. State income tax e file It is not necessary that you arrange to work before moving to a new location, as long as you actually go to work in that location. State income tax e file    Figure A. State income tax e file Illustration of Distance Test Please click here for the text description of the image. State income tax e file Figure A   If you do not move within 1 year of the date you begin work, you ordinarily cannot deduct the expenses unless you can show that circumstances existed that prevented the move within that time. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file Your family moved more than a year after you started work at a new location. State income tax e file You delayed the move for 18 months to allow your child to complete high school. State income tax e file You can deduct your moving expenses. State income tax e file Closely related in place. State income tax e file   You can generally consider your move closely related in place to the start of work if the distance from your new home to the new job location is not more than the distance from your former home to the new job location. State income tax e file If your move does not meet this requirement, you may still be able to deduct moving expenses if you can show that: You are required to live at your new home as a condition of your employment, or You will spend less time or money commuting from your new home to your new job location. State income tax e file Home defined. State income tax e file   Your home means your main home (residence). State income tax e file It can be a house, apartment, condominium, houseboat, house trailer, or similar dwelling. State income tax e file It does not include other homes owned or kept up by you or members of your family. State income tax e file It also does not include a seasonal home, such as a summer beach cottage. State income tax e file Your former home means your home before you left for your new job location. State income tax e file Your new home means your home within the area of your new job location. State income tax e file Retirees or survivors. State income tax e file   You may be able to deduct the expenses of moving to the United States or its possessions even though the move is not related to the start of work at a new job location. State income tax e file You must have worked outside the United States or be a survivor of someone who did. State income tax e file See Retirees or Survivors Who Move to the United States, later. State income tax e file Distance Test Your move will meet the distance test if your new main job location is at least 50 miles farther from your former home than your old main job location was from your former home. State income tax e file For example, if your old main job location was 3 miles from your former home, your new main job location must be at least 53 miles from that former home. State income tax e file You can use Worksheet 1 to see if you meet this test. State income tax e file Worksheet 1. State income tax e file Distance Test   Note. State income tax e file Members of the Armed Forces may not have to meet this test. State income tax e file See Members of the Armed Forces. State income tax e file     1. State income tax e file Enter the number of miles from your old home to your new workplace 1. State income tax e file miles 2. State income tax e file Enter the number of miles from your old home to your old workplace 2. State income tax e file miles 3. State income tax e file Subtract line 2 from line 1. State income tax e file If zero or less, enter -0- 3. State income tax e file miles 4. State income tax e file Is line 3 at least 50 miles? □ Yes. State income tax e file You meet this test. State income tax e file  □ No. State income tax e file You do not meet this test. State income tax e file You cannot deduct your moving expenses. State income tax e file The distance between a job location and your home is the shortest of the more commonly traveled routes between them. State income tax e file The distance test considers only the location of your former home. State income tax e file It does not take into account the location of your new home. State income tax e file See Figure A, earlier. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file You moved to a new home less than 50 miles from your former home because you changed main job locations. State income tax e file Your old main job location was 3 miles from your former home. State income tax e file Your new main job location is 60 miles from that home. State income tax e file Because your new main job location is 57 miles farther from your former home than the distance from your former home to your old main job location, you meet the distance test. State income tax e file First job or return to full-time work. State income tax e file   If you go to work full time for the first time, your place of work must be at least 50 miles from your former home to meet the distance test. State income tax e file   If you go back to full-time work after a substantial period of part-time work or unemployment, your place of work also must be at least 50 miles from your former home. State income tax e file Armed Forces. State income tax e file   If you are in the Armed Forces and you moved because of a permanent change of station, you do not have to meet the distance test. State income tax e file See Members of the Armed Forces, later. State income tax e file Main job location. State income tax e file   Your main job location is usually the place where you spend most of your working time. State income tax e file This could be your office, plant, store, shop, or other location. State income tax e file If there is no one place where you spend most of your working time, your main job location is the place where your work is centered, such as where you report for work or are otherwise required to “base” your work. State income tax e file Union members. State income tax e file   If you work for several employers on a short-term basis and you get work under a union hall system (such as a construction or building trades worker), your main job location is the union hall. State income tax e file More than one job. State income tax e file   If you have more than one job at any time, your main job location depends on the facts in each case. State income tax e file The more important factors to be considered are: The total time you spend at each place, The amount of work you do at each place, and How much money you earn at each place. State income tax e file    Table 1. State income tax e file Satisfying the Time Test for Employees and Self-Employed Persons IF you are. State income tax e file . State income tax e file . State income tax e file THEN you satisfy the time test by meeting the. State income tax e file . State income tax e file . State income tax e file an employee 39-week test for employees. State income tax e file self-employed 78-week test for self-employed persons. State income tax e file both self-employed and an employee at the same time 78-week test for a self-employed person or the 39-week  test for an employee. State income tax e file Your principal place of work  determines which test applies. State income tax e file both self-employed and an employee, but unable to satisfy the 39-week test for employees 78-week test for self-employed persons. State income tax e file Time Test To deduct your moving expenses, you also must meet one of the following two time tests. State income tax e file The time test for employees. State income tax e file The time test for self-employed persons. State income tax e file Both of these tests are explained below. State income tax e file See Table 1, below, for a summary of these tests. State income tax e file You can deduct your moving expenses before you meet either of the time tests. State income tax e file See Time Test Not Yet Met, later. State income tax e file Time Test for Employees If you are an employee, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you arrive in the general area of your new job location (39-week test). State income tax e file Full-time employment depends on what is usual for your type of work in your area. State income tax e file For purposes of this test, the following four rules apply. State income tax e file You count only your full-time work as an employee, not any work you do as a self-employed person. State income tax e file You do not have to work for the same employer for all 39 weeks. State income tax e file You do not have to work 39 weeks in a row. State income tax e file You must work full time within the same general commuting area for all 39 weeks. State income tax e file Temporary absence from work. State income tax e file   You are considered to have worked full time during any week you are temporarily absent from work because of illness, strikes, lockouts, layoffs, natural disasters, or similar causes. State income tax e file You are also considered to have worked full time during any week you are absent from work for leave or vacation provided for in your work contract or agreement. State income tax e file Seasonal work. State income tax e file   If your work is seasonal, you are considered to be working full time during the off-season only if your work contract or agreement covers an off-season period of less than 6 months. State income tax e file For example, a school teacher on a 12-month contract who teaches on a full-time basis for more than 6 months is considered to have worked full time for the entire 12 months. State income tax e file    Figure B. State income tax e file Can You Deduct Expenses for a Non-Military Move Within the United States? Please click here for the text description of the image. State income tax e file Figure B Time Test for Self-Employed Persons If you are self-employed, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months and for a total of at least 78 weeks during the first 24 months after you arrive in the general area of your new job location (78-week test). State income tax e file For purposes of the time test for self-employed persons, the following three rules apply. State income tax e file You count any full-time work you do either as an employee or as a self-employed person. State income tax e file You do not have to work for the same employer or be self-employed in the same trade or business for the 78 weeks. State income tax e file You must work within the same general commuting area for all 78 weeks. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file You are a self-employed accountant who moves from Atlanta to New York City, and begin to work there on December 1, 2013. State income tax e file You pay moving expenses in 2013 and 2014 in connection with this move. State income tax e file On April 15, 2014, when you file your income tax return for the year 2013, you have been performing services as a self-employed individual on a full-time basis in New York City for approximately 20 weeks. State income tax e file Although you have not satisfied the 78-week employment condition at this time, you can deduct your 2013 moving expenses on your 2013 income tax return as there is still sufficient time remaining before December 1, 2015, to satisfy such condition. State income tax e file You can deduct any moving expenses you pay in 2014 on your 2014 income tax return even if you have not met the 78-week test. State income tax e file You have until December 1, 2015, to satisfy this requirement. State income tax e file Self-employment. State income tax e file   You are self-employed if you work as the sole owner of an unincorporated business or as a partner in a partnership carrying on a business. State income tax e file You are not considered self-employed if you are semi-retired, are a part-time student, or work only a few hours each week. State income tax e file Full-time work. State income tax e file   You can count only those weeks during which you work full time as a week of work. State income tax e file Whether you work full time during any week depends on what is usual for your type of work in your area. State income tax e file For example, you are a self-employed dentist and maintain office hours 4 days a week. State income tax e file You are considered to perform services full time if maintaining office hours 4 days a week is not unusual for other self-employed dentists in your area. State income tax e file Temporary absence from work. State income tax e file   You are considered to be self-employed on a full-time basis during any week you are temporarily absent from work because of illness, strikes, natural disasters, or similar causes. State income tax e file Seasonal trade or business. State income tax e file   If your trade or business is seasonal, the off-season weeks when no work is required or available may be counted as weeks during which you worked full time. State income tax e file The off-season must be less than 6 months and you must work full time before and after the off-season. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file You own and operate a motel at a beach resort. State income tax e file The motel is closed for 5 months during the off-season. State income tax e file You work full time as the operator of the motel before and after the off-season. State income tax e file You are considered self-employed on a full-time basis during the weeks of the off-season. State income tax e file   If you were both an employee and self-employed, see Table 1 earlier, for the requirements. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file Justin quit his job and moved from the east coast to the west coast to begin a full-time job as a cabinet-maker for C and L Cabinet Shop. State income tax e file He generally worked at the shop about 40 hours each week. State income tax e file Shortly after the move, Justin also began operating a cabinet-installation business from his home for several hours each afternoon and all day on weekends. State income tax e file Because Justin's principal place of business is the cabinet shop, he can satisfy the time test by meeting the 39-week test. State income tax e file    If Justin is unable to satisfy the requirements of the 39-week test during the 12-month period immediately following his arrival in the general location of his new principal place of work, he can satisfy the 78-week test. State income tax e file Joint Return If you are married, file a joint return, and both you and your spouse work full-time, either of you can satisfy the full-time work test. State income tax e file However, you cannot add the weeks your spouse worked to the weeks you worked to satisfy that test. State income tax e file Time Test Not Yet Met You can deduct your moving expenses on your 2013 tax return even though you have not met the time test by the date your 2013 return is due. State income tax e file You can do this if you expect to meet the 39-week test in 2014 or the 78-week test in 2014 or 2015. State income tax e file If you do not deduct your moving expenses on your 2013 return, and you later meet the time test, you can file an amended return for 2013 to take the deduction. State income tax e file See When To Deduct Expenses later, for more details. State income tax e file Failure to meet the time test. State income tax e file    If you deduct moving expenses but do not meet the time test in 2014 or 2015, you must either: Report your moving expense deduction as other income on your Form 1040 for the year you cannot meet the test, or Use Form 1040X to amend your 2013 return, figuring your tax without the moving expense deduction. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file You arrive in the general area of your new job location, as an employee, on September 15, 2013. State income tax e file You deduct your moving expenses on your 2013 return, the year of the move, even though you have not yet met the time test by the date your return is due. State income tax e file If you do not meet the 39-week test during the 12-month period following your arrival in the general area of your new job location, you must either: Report your moving expense deduction as other income on your Form 1040 for 2014, or Use Form 1040X to amend your 2013 return, figuring your tax without the moving expense deduction. State income tax e file Exceptions to the Time Test You do not have to meet the time test if one of the following applies. State income tax e file You are in the Armed Forces and you moved because of a permanent change of station. State income tax e file See Members of the Armed Forces , later. State income tax e file Your main job location was outside the United States and you moved to the United States because you retired. State income tax e file See Retirees or Survivors Who Move to the United States, later. State income tax e file You are the survivor of a person whose main job location at the time of death was outside the United States. State income tax e file See Retirees or Survivors Who Move to the United States, later. State income tax e file Your job at the new location ends because of death or disability. State income tax e file You are transferred for your employer's benefit or laid off for a reason other than willful misconduct. State income tax e file For this exception, you must have obtained full-time employment and you must have expected to meet the test at the time you started the job. State income tax e file Retirees or Survivors Who Move to the United States If you are a retiree who was working abroad or a survivor of a decedent who was working abroad and you move to the United States or one of its possessions, you do not have to meet the time test, discussed earlier. State income tax e file However, you must meet the requirements discussed below under Retirees who were working abroad or Survivors of decedents who were working abroad. State income tax e file If you are living in the United States, retire, and then move and remain retired, you cannot claim a moving expense deduction for that move. State income tax e file United States defined. State income tax e file   For this section of this publication, the term “United States” includes the possessions of the United States. State income tax e file Retirees who were working abroad. State income tax e file   You can deduct moving expenses for a move to a new home in the United States when you permanently retire. State income tax e file However, both your former main job location and your former home must have been outside the United States. State income tax e file Permanently retired. State income tax e file   You are considered permanently retired when you cease gainful full-time employment or self-employment. State income tax e file If, at the time you retire, you intend your retirement to be permanent, you will be considered retired even though you later return to work. State income tax e file Your intention to retire permanently may be determined by: Your age and health, The customary retirement age for people who do similar work, Whether you receive retirement payments from a pension or retirement fund, and The length of time before you return to full-time work. State income tax e file Decedents. State income tax e file   Qualified deductible moving expenses are allowed on a final return (Form 1040 or 1040NR) when a taxpayer has moved and dies within the same calendar year. State income tax e file The personal representative filing on behalf of that taxpayer should complete and attach Form 3903 to the final return. State income tax e file   A personal representative can be an executor, administrator, or anyone who is in charge of the deceased person's property. State income tax e file For more information, see Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators. State income tax e file Survivors of decedents who were working abroad. State income tax e file   If you are the spouse or the dependent of a person whose main job location at the time of death was outside the United States, you can deduct moving expenses if the following five requirements are met. State income tax e file The move is to a home in the United States. State income tax e file The move begins within 6 months after the decedent's death. State income tax e file (When a move begins is described below. State income tax e file ) The move is from the decedent's former home. State income tax e file The decedent's former home was outside the United States. State income tax e file The decedent's former home was also your home. State income tax e file When a move begins. State income tax e file   A move begins when one of the following events occurs. State income tax e file You contract for your household goods and personal effects to be moved to your home in the United States, but only if the move is completed within a reasonable time. State income tax e file Your household goods and personal effects are packed and on the way to your home in the United States. State income tax e file You leave your former home to travel to your new home in the United States. State income tax e file Deductible Moving Expenses If you meet the requirements discussed earlier under Who Can Deduct Moving Expenses, you can deduct the reasonable expenses of: Moving your household goods and personal effects (including in-transit or foreign-move storage expenses), and Traveling (including lodging but not meals) to your new home. State income tax e file You cannot deduct any expenses for meals. State income tax e file Reasonable expenses. State income tax e file   You can deduct only those expenses that are reasonable for the circumstances of your move. State income tax e file For example, the cost of traveling from your former home to your new one should be by the shortest, most direct route available by conventional transportation. State income tax e file If during your trip to your new home, you stop over, or make side trips for sightseeing, the additional expenses for your stopover or side trips are not deductible as moving expenses. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file Beth's employer transferred her from Boston, Massachusetts, to Buffalo, New York. State income tax e file On her way to Buffalo, Beth drove into Canada to visit the Toronto Zoo. State income tax e file Since Beth's excursion into Canada was away from the usual Boston-Buffalo route, the expenses paid or incurred for the excursion are not deductible. State income tax e file Beth can only deduct what it would have cost to drive directly from Boston to Buffalo. State income tax e file Likewise, Beth cannot deduct any expenses, such as the cost of a hotel room, caused by the delay for sightseeing. State income tax e file Travel by car. State income tax e file   If you use your car to take yourself, members of your household, or your personal effects to your new home, you can figure your expenses by deducting either: Your actual expenses, such as the amount you pay for gas and oil for your car, if you keep an accurate record of each expense, or The standard mileage rate of 24 cents per mile. State income tax e file Whether you use actual expenses or the standard mileage rate to figure your expenses, you can deduct the parking fees and tolls you pay to move. State income tax e file You cannot deduct any part of general repairs, general maintenance, insurance, or depreciation for your car. State income tax e file Member of your household. State income tax e file   You can deduct moving expenses you pay for yourself and members of your household. State income tax e file A member of your household is anyone who has both your former and new home as his or her home. State income tax e file It does not include a tenant or employee, unless that person is your dependent. State income tax e file Moves to Locations in the United States If you meet the requirements under Who Can Deduct Moving Expenses, earlier, you can deduct expenses for a move to the area of a new main job location within the United States or its possessions. State income tax e file Your move may be from one U. State income tax e file S. State income tax e file location to another or from a foreign country to the United States. State income tax e file Household goods and personal effects. State income tax e file   You can deduct the cost of packing, crating, and transporting your household goods and personal effects and those of the members of your household from your former home to your new home. State income tax e file For purposes of moving expenses, the term “personal effects” includes, but is not limited to, movable personal property that the taxpayer owns and frequently uses. State income tax e file   If you use your own car to move your things, see Travel by car, earlier. State income tax e file   You can deduct any costs of connecting or disconnecting utilities required because you are moving your household goods, appliances, or personal effects. State income tax e file   You can deduct the cost of shipping your car and your household pets to your new home. State income tax e file   You can deduct the cost of moving your household goods and personal effects from a place other than your former home. State income tax e file Your deduction is limited to the amount it would have cost to move them from your former home. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file Paul Brown has been living and working in North Carolina for the last 4 years. State income tax e file Because he has been renting a small apartment, he stored some furniture at his parents' home in Georgia. State income tax e file Paul got a job in Washington, DC. State income tax e file It cost him $900 to move the furniture from his North Carolina apartment to Washington and $3,000 to move the stored furniture from Georgia to Washington. State income tax e file It would have cost $1,800 to ship the stored furniture from North Carolina to Washington. State income tax e file He can deduct only $1,800 of the $3,000 he paid. State income tax e file The amount he can deduct for moving his furniture is $2,700 ($900 + $1,800). State income tax e file You cannot deduct the cost of moving furniture you buy on the way to your new home. State income tax e file   Storage expenses. State income tax e file   You can include the cost of storing and insuring household goods and personal effects within any period of 30 consecutive days after the day your things are moved from your former home and before they are delivered to your new home. State income tax e file Travel expenses. State income tax e file   You can deduct the cost of transportation and lodging for yourself and members of your household while traveling from your former home to your new home. State income tax e file This includes expenses for the day you arrive. State income tax e file    The day of arrival is the day you secure lodging at the new place of residence, even if the lodging is on a temporary basis. State income tax e file   You can include any lodging expenses you had in the area of your former home within one day after you could no longer live in your former home because your furniture had been moved. State income tax e file   The members of your household do not have to travel together or at the same time. State income tax e file However, you can only deduct expenses for one trip per person. State income tax e file If you use your own car, see Travel by car, earlier. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file   In February 2013, Josh and Robyn Black moved from Minneapolis to Washington, DC, where Josh was starting a new job. State income tax e file Josh drove the family car to Washington, DC, a trip of 1,100 miles. State income tax e file His expenses were $264. State income tax e file 00 for mileage (1,100 miles x 24 cents per mile) plus $40 for tolls and $150 for lodging, for a total of $454. State income tax e file 00. State income tax e file One week later, Robyn flew from Minneapolis to Washington, DC. State income tax e file Her only expense was her $400 plane ticket. State income tax e file The Blacks' deduction is $854. State income tax e file 00 (Josh's $454. State income tax e file 00 + Robyn's $400). State income tax e file Moves to Locations Outside the United States To deduct expenses for a move outside the United States, you must move to the area of a new place of work outside the United States and its possessions. State income tax e file You must meet the requirements under Who Can Deduct Moving Expenses , earlier. State income tax e file Deductible expenses. State income tax e file   If your move is to a location outside the United States and its possessions, you can deduct the following expenses. State income tax e file The cost of moving household goods and personal effects from your former home to your new home. State income tax e file The cost of traveling (including lodging) from your former home to your new home. State income tax e file The cost of moving household goods and personal effects to and from storage. State income tax e file The cost of storing household goods and personal effects while you are at the new job location. State income tax e file The first two items were explained earlier under Moves to Locations in the United States . State income tax e file The last two items are discussed, later. State income tax e file Moving goods and effects to and from storage. State income tax e file   You can deduct the reasonable expenses of moving your personal effects to and from storage. State income tax e file Storage expenses. State income tax e file   You can deduct the reasonable expenses of storing your household goods and personal effects for all or part of the time the new job location remains your main job location. State income tax e file Moving expenses allocable to excluded foreign income. State income tax e file   If you live and work outside the United States, you may be able to exclude from income part or all of the income you earn in the foreign country. State income tax e file You may also be able to claim a foreign housing exclusion or deduction. State income tax e file If you claim the foreign earned income or foreign housing exclusion, you cannot deduct the part of your moving expenses that relates to the excluded income. State income tax e file    Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. State income tax e file S. State income tax e file Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad, explains how to figure the part of your moving expenses that relates to excluded income. State income tax e file You can get the publication from most U. State income tax e file S. State income tax e file embassies and consulates, or see How To Get Tax Help at the end of this publication. State income tax e file Nondeductible Expenses You cannot deduct the following items as moving expenses. State income tax e file Any part of the purchase price of your new home. State income tax e file Car tags. State income tax e file Driver's license. State income tax e file Expenses of buying or selling a home (including closing costs, mortgage fees, and points). State income tax e file Expenses of entering into or breaking a lease. State income tax e file Home improvements to help sell your home. State income tax e file Loss on the sale of your home. State income tax e file Losses from disposing of memberships in clubs. State income tax e file Mortgage penalties. State income tax e file Pre-move househunting expenses. State income tax e file Real estate taxes. State income tax e file Refitting of carpet and draperies. State income tax e file Return trips to your former residence. State income tax e file Security deposits (including any given up due to the move). State income tax e file Storage charges except those incurred in transit and for foreign moves. State income tax e file No double deduction. State income tax e file   You cannot take a moving expense deduction and a business expense deduction for the same expenses. State income tax e file You must decide if your expenses are deductible as moving expenses or as business expenses. State income tax e file For example, expenses you have for travel, meals, and lodging while temporarily working at a place away from your regular place of work may be deductible as business expenses if you are considered away from home on business. State income tax e file In most cases, your work at a single location is considered temporary if it is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for one year or less. State income tax e file   See Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses, for information on deducting your business expenses. State income tax e file Reimbursements This section explains how to report a reimbursement (including advances and allowances) on your tax return. State income tax e file It covers reimbursements for any of your moving expenses discussed in this publication. State income tax e file It also explains the types of reimbursements on which your employer must withhold income, social security, and Medicare taxes. State income tax e file Types of Reimbursement Plans If you receive a reimbursement for your moving expenses, how you report this amount and your expenses depends on whether the reimbursement is paid to you under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. State income tax e file For a quick overview of how to report your reimbursement and moving expenses, see Table 2 in the section on How and When To Report, later. State income tax e file Your employer should tell you what method of reimbursement is used and what records are required. State income tax e file Accountable Plans To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement arrangement must require you to meet all three of the following rules. State income tax e file Your expenses must have a business connection – that is, you must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as an employee of your employer. State income tax e file Two examples of this are the reasonable expenses of moving your possessions from your former home to your new home, and traveling from your former home to your new home. State income tax e file You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. State income tax e file You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. State income tax e file Adequate accounting. State income tax e file   You adequately account for your moving expenses by giving your employer documentation of those expenses, such as a statement of expense, an account book, a diary, or a similar record in which you entered each expense at or near the time you had it. State income tax e file Documentation includes receipts, canceled checks, and bills. State income tax e file Reasonable period of time. State income tax e file   What constitutes a “reasonable period of time” depends on the facts and circumstances of your situation. State income tax e file However, regardless of the facts and circumstances, actions that take place within the times specified in the following list will be treated as taking place within a reasonable period of time. State income tax e file You receive an advance within 30 days of the time you have an expense. State income tax e file You adequately account for your expenses within 60 days after they were paid or incurred. State income tax e file You return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expense was paid or incurred. State income tax e file You are given a periodic statement (at least quarterly) that asks you to either return or adequately account for outstanding advances and you comply within 120 days of the statement. State income tax e file Excess reimbursement. State income tax e file   This includes any amount you are paid (including advances and allowances) that is more than the moving expenses that you adequately accounted for to your employer within a reasonable period of time. State income tax e file Returning excess reimbursements. State income tax e file   You must be required to return any excess reimbursement for your moving expenses to the person paying the reimbursement. State income tax e file Excess reimbursement includes any amount for which you did not adequately account within a reasonable period of time. State income tax e file For example, if you received an advance and you did not spend all the money on deductible moving expenses, or you do not have proof of all your expenses, you have an excess reimbursement. State income tax e file You meet accountable plan rules. State income tax e file   If for all reimbursements you meet the three rules for an accountable plan (listed earlier), your employer should not include any reimbursements of expenses in your income in box 1 of your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. State income tax e file Instead, your employer should include the reimbursements in box 12 of your Form W-2. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file You lived in Boston and accepted a job in Atlanta. State income tax e file Under an accountable plan, your employer reimbursed you for your actual traveling expenses from Boston to Atlanta and the cost of moving your furniture to Atlanta. State income tax e file Your employer will include the reimbursement on your Form W-2, box 12, with Code P. State income tax e file If your moving expenses are more than your reimbursement, you may be able to deduct your additional expenses (see How and When To Report, later). State income tax e file You do not meet accountable plan rules. State income tax e file   You may be reimbursed by your employer, but you may not meet all three rules for part of your expenses. State income tax e file   If your deductible expenses are reimbursed under an otherwise accountable plan but you do not return, within a reasonable period, any reimbursement of expenses for which you did not adequately account, then only the amount for which you did adequately account is considered as paid under an accountable plan. State income tax e file The remaining expenses are treated as having been reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (discussed below). State income tax e file Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses. State income tax e file   You may be reimbursed by your employer for moving expenses, some of which are deductible expenses and some of which are not deductible. State income tax e file The reimbursements you receive for the nondeductible expenses and any allowances for miscellaneous or unspecified expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan (see below) and are included in your income. State income tax e file If you are reimbursed by your employer for the taxes you must pay (including social security and Medicare taxes) because you have received taxable moving expense reimbursements, you must pay tax on this reimbursement as well, and it is treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. State income tax e file Nonaccountable Plans A nonaccountable plan is a reimbursement arrangement that does not meet the three rules listed earlier under Accountable Plans. State income tax e file In addition, the following payments will be treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. State income tax e file Excess reimbursements you fail to return to your employer. State income tax e file Reimbursements of nondeductible expenses. State income tax e file See Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses, earlier. State income tax e file If an arrangement pays for your moving expenses by reducing your wages, salary, or other pay, the amount of the reduction will be treated as a payment made under a nonaccountable plan. State income tax e file This is because you are entitled to receive the full amount of your pay regardless of whether you had any moving expenses. State income tax e file If you are not sure if the moving expense reimbursement arrangement is an accountable or nonaccountable plan, ask your employer. State income tax e file Your employer will add the amount of any reimbursement paid to you under a nonaccountable plan to your wages, salary, or other pay. State income tax e file Your employer will report the total in box 1 of your Form W-2. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file To get you to work in another city, your new employer reimburses you under an accountable plan for the $7,500 loss on the sale of your home. State income tax e file Because this is a reimbursement of a nondeductible expense, it is treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan and must be included as income in box 1 of your Form W-2. State income tax e file Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 Do not include in income any moving expense payment you received under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970. State income tax e file These payments are made to persons displaced from their homes, businesses, or farms by federal projects. State income tax e file Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax Your employer must withhold income, social security, and Medicare taxes from reimbursements and allowances paid to you that are included in your income. State income tax e file See Reimbursements included in income, later. State income tax e file Reimbursements excluded from income. State income tax e file   Your employer should not include in your wages reimbursements paid under an accountable plan (explained earlier) for moving expenses that you: Could deduct if you had paid or incurred them, and Did not deduct in an earlier year. State income tax e file These reimbursements are fringe benefits excludable from your income as qualified moving expense reimbursements. State income tax e file Your employer should report these reimbursements on your Form W-2, box 12, with Code P. State income tax e file    You cannot claim a moving expense deduction for expenses covered by reimbursements excluded from income (see Accountable Plans under Types of Reimbursement Plans, earlier). State income tax e file Expenses deducted in earlier year. State income tax e file   If you receive a reimbursement this year for moving expenses deducted in an earlier year, and the reimbursement is not included as wages in box 1 of your Form W-2, you must include the reimbursement in income on Form 1040, line 21. State income tax e file Your employer should show the amount of your reimbursement in box 12 of your Form W-2. State income tax e file Reimbursements included in income. State income tax e file   Your employer must include in your income any reimbursements made (or treated as made) under a nonaccountable plan, even though they are for deductible moving expenses. State income tax e file See Nonaccountable Plans under Types of Reimbursement Plans, earlier. State income tax e file Your employer also must include in your gross income as wages any reimbursements of, or payments for, nondeductible moving expenses. State income tax e file This includes amounts your employer reimbursed you under an accountable plan (explained earlier) for meals, househunting trips, and real estate expenses. State income tax e file It also includes reimbursements that exceed your deductible expenses and that you do not return to your employer. State income tax e file Reimbursement for deductible and nondeductible expenses. State income tax e file    If your employer reimburses you for both deductible and nondeductible moving expenses, your employer must determine the amount of the reimbursement that is not taxable and not subject to withholding. State income tax e file Your employer must treat any remaining amount as taxable wages and withhold income, social security, and Medicare taxes. State income tax e file Amount of income tax withheld. State income tax e file   If the reimbursements or allowances you receive are taxable, the amount of income tax your employer will withhold depends on several factors. State income tax e file It depends in part on whether income tax is withheld from your regular wages, on whether the reimbursements and allowances are added to your regular wages, and on any information you have given to your employer on Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. State income tax e file   Your employer can treat your reimbursements as supplemental wages and not include the reimbursements and allowances in your regular wages. State income tax e file The employer can withhold income tax on supplemental wages at a flat rate which may be different from your regular tax rate. State income tax e file Estimated tax. State income tax e file    If you must make estimated tax payments, you need to take into account any taxable reimbursements and deductible moving expenses in figuring your estimated tax. State income tax e file For details about estimated taxes, see Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax. State income tax e file How and When To Report This section explains how and when to report your moving expenses and any reimbursements or allowances you received for your move. State income tax e file For a quick overview, see Table 2, later. State income tax e file Form 3903 Use Form 3903 to figure your moving expense deduction. State income tax e file Use a separate Form 3903 for each move for which you are deducting expenses. State income tax e file Do not file Form 3903 if all of the following apply. State income tax e file You moved to a location outside the United States in an earlier year. State income tax e file You are claiming only storage fees while you were away from the United States. State income tax e file Any amount your employer paid for the storage fees is included as wages in box 1 of your Form W-2. State income tax e file Instead, enter the storage fees (after the reduction for the part that is allocable to excluded income) on Form 1040, line 26, and enter “Storage” on the dotted line next to the amount. State income tax e file If you meet the special rules for members of the Armed Forces, see How to complete Form 3903 for members of the Armed Forces under Members of the Armed Forces, later. State income tax e file Completing Form 3903. State income tax e file   Complete Worksheet 1, earlier, or the Distance Test Worksheet in the instructions for Form 3903 to see whether you meet the distance test. State income tax e file If so, complete lines 1 through 3 of the form using your actual expenses (except, if you use your own car, you can figure expenses based on the standard mileage rate, instead of actual amounts for gas and oil). State income tax e file Enter on line 4 the total amount of your moving expense reimbursement that was excluded from your wages. State income tax e file This excluded amount should be identified on Form W-2, box 12, with code P. State income tax e file Expenses greater than reimbursement. State income tax e file   If line 3 is more than line 4, subtract line 4 from line 3 and enter the result on line 5 and on Form 1040, line 26. State income tax e file This is your moving expense deduction. State income tax e file Expenses equal to or less than reimbursement. State income tax e file    If line 3 is equal to or less than line 4, you have no moving expense deduction. State income tax e file Subtract line 3 from line 4 and, if the result is more than zero, include it as income on Form 1040, line 7. State income tax e file Table 2. State income tax e file Reporting Your Moving Expenses and Reimbursements IF your Form W-2 shows. State income tax e file . State income tax e file . State income tax e file AND you have. State income tax e file . State income tax e file . State income tax e file THEN. State income tax e file . State income tax e file . State income tax e file your reimbursement reported only  in box 12 with code P moving expenses greater than the  amount in box 12 file Form 3903 showing all allowable  expenses* and reimbursements. State income tax e file your reimbursement reported only  in box 12 with code P moving expenses equal to the amount  in box 12 do not file Form 3903. State income tax e file your reimbursement divided  between box 12 and box 1 moving expenses greater than the  amount in box 12 file Form 3903 showing all allowable  expenses,* but only the  reimbursements reported in box 12 of  Form W-2. State income tax e file your entire reimbursement reported  as wages in box 1 moving expenses file Form 3903 showing all allowable  expenses,* but do not show any  reimbursements. State income tax e file no reimbursement moving expenses file Form 3903 showing all allowable  expenses. State income tax e file * * See Deductible Moving Expenses, earlier, for allowable expenses. State income tax e file    Where to deduct. State income tax e file   Deduct your moving expenses on Form 1040, line 26. State income tax e file The amount of moving expenses you can deduct is shown on Form 3903, line 5. State income tax e file    You cannot deduct moving expenses on Form 1040EZ or Form 1040A. State income tax e file   When To Deduct Expenses You may have a choice of when to deduct your moving expenses. State income tax e file Expenses not reimbursed. State income tax e file   If you were not reimbursed, deduct your moving expenses in the year you paid or incurred the expenses. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file In December 2012, your employer transferred you to another city in the United States, where you still work. State income tax e file You are single and were not reimbursed for your moving expenses. State income tax e file In 2012, you paid for moving your furniture and deducted these expenses on your 2012 tax return. State income tax e file In January 2013, you paid for travel to the new city. State income tax e file You can deduct these additional expenses on your 2013 tax return. State income tax e file Expenses reimbursed. State income tax e file   If you are reimbursed for your expenses and you use the cash method of accounting, you can deduct your expenses either in the year you paid them or in the year you received the reimbursement. State income tax e file If you use the cash method of accounting, you can choose to deduct the expenses in the year you are reimbursed even though you paid the expenses in a different year. State income tax e file See Choosing when to deduct, next. State income tax e file   If you deduct your expenses and you receive the reimbursement in a later year, you must include the reimbursement in your income on Form 1040, line 21. State income tax e file Choosing when to deduct. State income tax e file   If you use the cash method of accounting, which is used by most individuals, you can choose to deduct moving expenses in the year your employer reimburses you if: You paid the expenses in a year before the year of reimbursement, or You paid the expenses in the year immediately after the year of reimbursement but by the due date, including extensions, for filing your return for the reimbursement year. State income tax e file How to make the choice. State income tax e file   You choose to deduct moving expenses in the year you received reimbursement by taking the deduction on your return, or amended return, for that year. State income tax e file    You cannot deduct any moving expenses for which you received a reimbursement that was not included in your income. State income tax e file Illustrated Example Tom and Peggy Smith are married and have two children. State income tax e file They owned a home in Detroit where Tom worked. State income tax e file On February 8, 2013, Tom's employer told him that he would be transferred to San Diego as of April 10 that year. State income tax e file Peggy flew to San Diego on March 1 to look for a new home. State income tax e file She put a down payment of $25,000 on a house being built and returned to Detroit on March 4. State income tax e file The Smiths sold their Detroit home for $1,500 less than they paid for it. State income tax e file They contracted to have their personal effects moved to San Diego on April 3. State income tax e file The family drove to San Diego where they found that their new home was not finished. State income tax e file They stayed in a nearby motel until the house was ready on May 1. State income tax e file On April 10, Tom went to work in the San Diego plant where he still works. State income tax e file Their records for the move show: 1) Peggy's pre-move househunting  trip:       Travel and lodging   $ 449       Meals   75   $ 524 2) Down payment on San Diego  home 25,000 3) Real estate commission paid on  sale of Detroit home 3,500 4) Loss on sale of Detroit home (not  including real estate commission) 1,500 5) Amount paid for moving personal  effects (furniture, other household  goods, etc. State income tax e file ) 8,000 6) Expenses of driving to San Diego:       Mileage (Start 14,278;  End 16,478) 2,200 miles at 24 cents a mile   $ 528       Lodging   180       Meals   320   1,028 7) Cost of temporary living  expenses in San Diego:       Motel rooms   $1,450       Meals   2,280   3,730 Total $43,282   Tom was reimbursed $10,907 under an accountable plan. State income tax e file His employer gave him the following breakdown of the reimbursement that was allowed under the employer's plan. State income tax e file Moving personal effects   $6,800 Travel (and lodging) to San Diego   708 Travel (and lodging) for househunting trip   449 Lodging for temporary quarters   1,450 Loss on sale of home   1,500 Total reimbursement   $10,907 The employer included this reimbursement on Tom's Form W-2 for the year. State income tax e file The reimbursement of allowable expenses, $7,508 for moving household goods and travel to San Diego, was included in box 12 of Form W-2. State income tax e file His employer identified this amount with code P. State income tax e file The employer included the balance, $3,399 reimbursement of nonallowable expenses, in box 1 of Form W-2 with Tom's other wages. State income tax e file Tom must include this amount on Form 1040, line 7. State income tax e file The employer withholds taxes from the $3,399, as discussed under Reimbursement for deductible and nondeductible expenses under Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, earlier. State income tax e file Also, Tom's employer could have given him a separate Form W-2 for his moving expense reimbursement. State income tax e file To figure his tax deduction for moving expenses, Tom enters the following amounts on Form 3903. State income tax e file Item 5 — moving personal effects (line 1)   $8,000 Item 6 — driving to San Diego ($528 + $180)  (line 2)   708 Total tax deductible moving expenses (line 3)   $8,708 Minus: Reimbursement included in box 12  of Form W-2 (line 4)   7,508 Tax deduction for moving expenses (line 5)   $1,200   Tom's Form 3903 is shown, later. State income tax e file He also enters his deduction, $1,200, on Form 1040, line 26. State income tax e file Nondeductible expenses. State income tax e file   Of the $43,282 expenses that Tom and Peggy incurred, the following items totaling $34,574 ($43,282 – $8,708) cannot be deducted. State income tax e file Item 1 — pre-move househunting expenses of $524. State income tax e file Item 2 — the $25,000 down payment on the San Diego home. State income tax e file If any part of it were for payment of deductible taxes or interest on the mortgage on the house, that part would be deductible as an itemized deduction. State income tax e file Item 3 — the $3,500 real estate commission paid on the sale of the Detroit home. State income tax e file The commission is used to figure the gain or loss on the sale. State income tax e file Item 4 — the $1,500 loss on the sale of the Detroit home. State income tax e file Item 6 — the $320 expense for meals while driving to San Diego. State income tax e file (However, the lodging and car expenses are deductible. State income tax e file ) Item 7 — temporary living expenses of $3,730. State income tax e file    This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. State income tax e file Please click the link to view the image. State income tax e file 2012 Form 3903 Moving Expenses Members of the Armed Forces If you are a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and you move because of a permanent change of station, you do not have to meet the distance and time tests, discussed earlier. State income tax e file You can deduct your unreimbursed moving expenses. State income tax e file A permanent change of station includes: A move from your home to your first post of active duty, A move from one permanent post of duty to another, and A move from your last post of duty to your home or to a nearer point in the United States. State income tax e file The move must occur within one year of ending your active duty or within the period allowed under the Joint Travel Regulations. State income tax e file Spouse and dependents. State income tax e file   If a member of the Armed Forces dies, is imprisoned, or deserts, a permanent change of station for the spouse or dependent includes a move to: The place of enlistment, The member's, spouse's, or dependent's home of record, or A nearer point in the United States. State income tax e file   If the military moves you, your spouse, and dependents, to or from separate locations, the moves are treated as a single move to your new main job location. State income tax e file Services or reimbursements provided by government. State income tax e file   Do not include in income the value of moving and storage services provided by the government because of a permanent change of station. State income tax e file In general, if the total reimbursements or allowances you receive from the government because of the move are more than your actual moving expenses, the government must include the excess in your wages on Form W-2. State income tax e file However, the excess portion of a dislocation allowance, a temporary lodging allowance, a temporary lodging expense, or a move-in housing allowance is not included in income and should not be included in box 1 of Form W-2. State income tax e file   If your reimbursements or allowances are less than your actual moving expenses, do not include the reimbursements or allowances in income. State income tax e file You can deduct the expenses that are more than your reimbursements. State income tax e file See Deductible Moving Expenses, earlier. State income tax e file How to complete Form 3903 for members of the Armed Forces. State income tax e file    Take the following steps. State income tax e file Complete lines 1 through 3 of the form, using your actual expenses. State income tax e file Do not include any expenses for moving services provided by the government. State income tax e file Also, do not include any expenses that were reimbursed by an allowance you do not have to include in your income. State income tax e file Enter on line 4 the total reimbursements and allowances you received from the government for the expenses claimed on lines 1 and 2. State income tax e file Do not include the value of moving or storage services provided by the government. State income tax e file Also, do not include any part of a dislocation allowance, a temporary lodging allowance, a temporary lodging expense, or a move-in housing allowance. State income tax e file Complete line 5. State income tax e file If line 3 is more than line 4, subtract line 4 from line 3 and enter the result on line 5 and on Form 1040, line 26. State income tax e file This is your moving expense deduction. State income tax e file If line 3 is equal to or less than line 4, you do not have a moving expense deduction. State income tax e file Subtract line 3 from line 4 and, if the result is more than zero, enter it on Form 1040, line 7. State income tax e file If the military moves you, your spouse and dependents, to or from different locations, treat these moves as a single move. State income tax e file    Do not deduct any expenses for moving or storage services provided by the government. State income tax e file How To Get Tax Help Go online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an office near you. State income tax e file Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or picking up a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it. State income tax e file Free help with your tax return. State income tax e file   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. 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State income tax e file Where's My Refund? can give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. State income tax e file Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. State income tax e file Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. State income tax e file Call to order forms, instructions and publications, 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions and publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). State income tax e file You should receive your order within 10 business days. State income tax e file Call to order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, 1-800-908-9946. State income tax e file Follow the prompts to provide your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP code. State income tax e file Call for TeleTax topics, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics. State income tax e file Call to ask tax questions, 1-800-829-1040. State income tax e file Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. State income tax e file The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. State income tax e file These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service available at www. State income tax e file gsa. State income tax e file gov/fedrelay. State income tax e file Walk-in. State income tax e file You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person, face-to-face. State income tax e file Products. State income tax e file You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. State income tax e file Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. State income tax e file Services. State income tax e file You can walk in to your local TAC most business days for personal, face-to-face tax help. State income tax e file An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. State income tax e file If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local TAC where you can talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. State income tax e file No appointment is necessary—just walk in. State income tax e file Before visiting, check www. State income tax e file irs. State income tax e file gov/localcontacts for hours of operation and services provided. State income tax e file Mail. State income tax e file You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. State income tax e file You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. State income tax e file  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. State income tax e file Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. State income tax e file   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. State income tax e file Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. State income tax e file What can TAS do for you?   We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. State income tax e file We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. State income tax e file You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. State income tax e file You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. State income tax e file   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. State income tax e file Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. State income tax e file Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. State income tax e file Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. State income tax e file We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. State income tax e file How can you reach us?   If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at www. State income tax e file irs. State income tax e file gov/advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. State income tax e file How else does TAS help taxpayers?   TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. State income tax e file If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System at www. State income tax e file irs. State income tax e file gov/sams. State income tax e file Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. State income tax e file   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes. 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State income tax e file 2. State income tax e file   Electing the Section 179 Deduction Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Property Qualifies?Eligible Property Property Acquired for Business Use Property Acquired by Purchase What Property Does Not Qualify?Land and Improvements Excepted Property How Much Can You Deduct?Dollar Limits Business Income Limit Partnerships and Partners S Corporations Other Corporations How Do You Elect the Deduction? When Must You Recapture the Deduction? Introduction You can elect to recover all or part of the cost of certain qualifying property, up to a limit, by deducting it in the year you place the property in service. State income tax e file This is the section 179 deduction. State income tax e file You can elect the section 179 deduction instead of recovering the cost by taking depreciation deductions. State income tax e file Estates and trusts cannot elect the section 179 deduction. State income tax e file This chapter explains what property does and does not qualify for the section 179 deduction, what limits apply to the deduction (including special rules for partnerships and corporations), and how to elect it. State income tax e file It also explains when and how to recapture the deduction. State income tax e file Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 537 Installment Sales 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 954 Tax Incentives for Distressed Communities Form (and Instructions) 4562 Depreciation and Amortization 4797 Sales of Business Property See chapter 6 for information about getting publications and forms. State income tax e file What Property Qualifies? To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must meet all the following requirements. State income tax e file It must be eligible property. State income tax e file It must be acquired for business use. State income tax e file It must have been acquired by purchase. State income tax e file It must not be property described later under What Property Does Not Qualify . State income tax e file The following discussions provide information about these requirements and exceptions. State income tax e file Eligible Property To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must be one of the following types of depreciable property. State income tax e file Tangible personal property. State income tax e file Other tangible property (except buildings and their structural components) used as: An integral part of manufacturing, production, or extraction or of furnishing transportation, communications, electricity, gas, water, or sewage disposal services, A research facility used in connection with any of the activities in (a) above, or A facility used in connection with any of the activities in (a) for the bulk storage of fungible commodities. State income tax e file Single purpose agricultural (livestock) or horticultural structures. State income tax e file See chapter 7 of Publication 225 for definitions and information regarding the use requirements that apply to these structures. State income tax e file Storage facilities (except buildings and their structural components) used in connection with distributing petroleum or any primary product of petroleum. State income tax e file Off-the-shelf computer software. State income tax e file Qualified real property (described below). State income tax e file Tangible personal property. State income tax e file   Tangible personal property is any tangible property that is not real property. State income tax e file It includes the following property. State income tax e file Machinery and equipment. State income tax e file Property contained in or attached to a building (other than structural components), such as refrigerators, grocery store counters, office equipment, printing presses, testing equipment, and signs. State income tax e file Gasoline storage tanks and pumps at retail service stations. State income tax e file Livestock, including horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, and mink and other furbearing animals. State income tax e file   The treatment of property as tangible personal property for the section 179 deduction is not controlled by its treatment under local law. State income tax e file For example, property may not be tangible personal property for the deduction even if treated so under local law, and some property (such as fixtures) may be tangible personal property for the deduction even if treated as real property under local law. State income tax e file Off-the-shelf computer software. State income tax e file   Off-the-shelf computer software placed in service during the tax year is qualifying property for purposes of the section 179 deduction. State income tax e file This is computer software that is readily available for purchase by the general public, is subject to a nonexclusive license, and has not been substantially modified. State income tax e file It includes any program designed to cause a computer to perform a desired function. State income tax e file However, a database or similar item is not considered computer software unless it is in the public domain and is incidental to the operation of otherwise qualifying software. State income tax e file Qualified real property. State income tax e file   You can elect to treat certain qualified real property you placed in service as section 179 property for tax years beginning in 2013. State income tax e file If this election is made, the term “section 179 property” will include any qualified real property that is: Qualified leasehold improvement property, Qualified restaurant property, or Qualified retail improvement property. State income tax e file The maximum section 179 expense deduction that can be elected for qualified section 179 real property is $250,000 of the maximum section 179 deduction of $500,000 in 2013. State income tax e file For more information, see Special rules for qualified section 179 real property, later. State income tax e file Also, see Election for certain qualified section 179 real property, later, for information on how to make this election. State income tax e file Qualified leasehold improvement property. State income tax e file   Generally, this is any improvement to an interior part of a building (placed in service before January 1, 2014) that is nonresidential real property, provided all of the requirements discussed in chapter 3 under Qualified leasehold improvement property are met. State income tax e file   In addition, an improvement made by the lessor does not qualify as qualified leasehold improvement property to any subsequent owner unless it is acquired from the original lessor by reason of the lessor’s death or in any of the following types of transactions. State income tax e file A transaction to which section 381(a) applies, A mere change in the form of conducting the trade or business so long as the property is retained in the trade or business as qualified leasehold improvement property and the taxpayer retains a substantial interest in the trade or business, A like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or re-acquisition of real property to the extent that the basis in the property represents the carryover basis, or Certain nonrecognition transactions to the extent that your basis in the property is determined by reference to the transferor’s or distributor’s basis in the property. State income tax e file Examples include the following. State income tax e file A complete liquidation of a subsidiary. State income tax e file A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. State income tax e file An exchange of property by a corporation solely for stock or securities in another corporation in a reorganization. State income tax e file Qualified restaurant property. State income tax e file   Qualified restaurant property is any section 1250 property that is a building or an improvement to a building placed in service after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2014. State income tax e file Also, more than 50% of the building’s square footage must be devoted to preparation of meals and seating for on-premise consumption of prepared meals. State income tax e file Qualified retail improvement property. State income tax e file   Generally, this is any improvement (placed in service after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2014) to an interior portion of nonresidential real property if it meets the following requirements. State income tax e file The portion is open to the general public and is used in the retail trade or business of selling tangible property to the general public. State income tax e file The improvement is placed in service more than 3 years after the date the building was first placed in service. State income tax e file The expenses are not for the enlargement of the building, any elevator or escalator, any structural components benefiting a common area, or the internal structural framework of the building. State income tax e file In addition, an improvement made by the lessor does not qualify as qualified retail improvement property to any subsequent owner unless it is acquired from the original lessor by reason of the lessor’s death or in any of the following types of transactions. State income tax e file A transaction to which section 381(a) applies, A mere change in the form of conducting the trade or business so long as the property is retained in the trade or business as qualified leasehold improvement property and the taxpayer retains a substantial interest in the trade or business, A like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or re-acquisition of real property to the extent that the basis in the property represents the carryover basis, or Certain nonrecognition transactions to the extent that your basis in the property is determined by reference to the transferor’s or distributor’s basis in the property. State income tax e file Examples include the following. State income tax e file A complete liquidation of a subsidiary. State income tax e file A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. State income tax e file An exchange of property by a corporation solely for stock or securities in another corporation in a reorganization. State income tax e file Property Acquired for Business Use To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must have been acquired for use in your trade or business. State income tax e file Property you acquire only for the production of income, such as investment property, rental property (if renting property is not your trade or business), and property that produces royalties, does not qualify. State income tax e file Partial business use. State income tax e file   When you use property for both business and nonbusiness purposes, you can elect the section 179 deduction only if you use the property more than 50% for business in the year you place it in service. State income tax e file If you use the property more than 50% for business, multiply the cost of the property by the percentage of business use. State income tax e file Use the resulting business cost to figure your section 179 deduction. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file May Oak bought and placed in service an item of section 179 property costing $11,000. State income tax e file She used the property 80% for her business and 20% for personal purposes. State income tax e file The business part of the cost of the property is $8,800 (80% × $11,000). State income tax e file Property Acquired by Purchase To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must have been acquired by purchase. State income tax e file For example, property acquired by gift or inheritance does not qualify. State income tax e file Property is not considered acquired by purchase in the following situations. State income tax e file It is acquired by one component member of a controlled group from another component member of the same group. State income tax e file Its basis is determined either— In whole or in part by its adjusted basis in the hands of the person from whom it was acquired, or Under the stepped-up basis rules for property acquired from a decedent. State income tax e file It is acquired from a related person. State income tax e file Related persons. State income tax e file   Related persons are described under Related persons earlier. State income tax e file However, to determine whether property qualifies for the section 179 deduction, treat as an individual's family only his or her spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants and substitute "50%" for "10%" each place it appears. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file Ken Larch is a tailor. State income tax e file He bought two industrial sewing machines from his father. State income tax e file He placed both machines in service in the same year he bought them. State income tax e file They do not qualify as section 179 property because Ken and his father are related persons. State income tax e file He cannot claim a section 179 deduction for the cost of these machines. State income tax e file What Property Does Not Qualify? Certain property does not qualify for the section 179 deduction. State income tax e file This includes the following. State income tax e file Land and Improvements Land and land improvements do not qualify as section 179 property. State income tax e file Land improvements include swimming pools, paved parking areas, wharves, docks, bridges, and fences. State income tax e file Excepted Property Even if the requirements explained earlier under What Property Qualifies are met, you cannot elect the section 179 deduction for the following property. State income tax e file Certain property you lease to others (if you are a noncorporate lessor). State income tax e file Certain property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with the furnishing of lodging. State income tax e file Air conditioning or heating units. State income tax e file Property used predominantly outside the United States, except property described in section 168(g)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. State income tax e file Property used by certain tax-exempt organizations, except property used in connection with the production of income subject to the tax on unrelated trade or business income. State income tax e file Property used by governmental units or foreign persons or entities, except property used under a lease with a term of less than 6 months. State income tax e file Leased property. State income tax e file   Generally, you cannot claim a section 179 deduction based on the cost of property you lease to someone else. State income tax e file This rule does not apply to corporations. State income tax e file However, you can claim a section 179 deduction for the cost of the following property. State income tax e file Property you manufacture or produce and lease to others. State income tax e file Property you purchase and lease to others if both the following tests are met. State income tax e file The term of the lease (including options to renew) is less than 50% of the property's class life. State income tax e file For the first 12 months after the property is transferred to the lessee, the total business deductions you are allowed on the property (other than rents and reimbursed amounts) are more than 15% of the rental income from the property. State income tax e file Property used for lodging. State income tax e file   Generally, you cannot claim a section 179 deduction for property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with the furnishing of lodging. State income tax e file However, this does not apply to the following types of property. State income tax e file Nonlodging commercial facilities that are available to those not using the lodging facilities on the same basis as they are available to those using the lodging facilities. State income tax e file Property used by a hotel or motel in connection with the trade or business of furnishing lodging where the predominant portion of the accommodations is used by transients. State income tax e file Any certified historic structure to the extent its basis is due to qualified rehabilitation expenditures. State income tax e file Any energy property. State income tax e file Energy property. State income tax e file   Energy property is property that meets the following requirements. State income tax e file It is one of the following types of property. State income tax e file Equipment that uses solar energy to generate electricity, to heat or cool a structure, to provide hot water for use in a structure, or to provide solar process heat, except for equipment used to generate energy to heat a swimming pool. State income tax e file Equipment placed in service after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2017, that uses solar energy to illuminate the inside of a structure using fiber-optic distributed sunlight. State income tax e file Equipment used to produce, distribute, or use energy derived from a geothermal deposit. State income tax e file For electricity generated by geothermal power, this includes equipment up to (but not including) the electrical transmission stage. State income tax e file Qualified fuel cell property or qualified microturbine property placed in service after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2017. State income tax e file The construction, reconstruction, or erection of the property must be completed by you. State income tax e file For property you acquire, the original use of the property must begin with you. State income tax e file The property must meet the performance and quality standards, if any, prescribed by Income Tax Regulations in effect at the time you get the property. State income tax e file   For periods before February 14, 2008, energy property does not include any property that is public utility property as defined by section 46(f)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code (as in effect on November 4, 1990). State income tax e file How Much Can You Deduct? Your section 179 deduction is generally the cost of the qualifying property. State income tax e file However, the total amount you can elect to deduct under section 179 is subject to a dollar limit and a business income limit. State income tax e file These limits apply to each taxpayer, not to each business. State income tax e file However, see Married Individuals under Dollar Limits , later. State income tax e file For a passenger automobile, the total section 179 deduction and depreciation deduction are limited. State income tax e file See Do the Passenger Automobile Limits Apply in chapter 5 . State income tax e file If you deduct only part of the cost of qualifying property as a section 179 deduction, you can generally depreciate the cost you do not deduct. State income tax e file Trade-in of other property. State income tax e file   If you buy qualifying property with cash and a trade-in, its cost for purposes of the section 179 deduction includes only the cash you paid. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file Silver Leaf, a retail bakery, traded two ovens having a total adjusted basis of $680 for a new oven costing $1,320. State income tax e file They received an $800 trade-in allowance for the old ovens and paid $520 in cash for the new oven. State income tax e file The bakery also traded a used van with an adjusted basis of $4,500 for a new van costing $9,000. State income tax e file They received a $4,800 trade-in allowance on the used van and paid $4,200 in cash for the new van. State income tax e file Only the portion of the new property's basis paid by cash qualifies for the section 179 deduction. State income tax e file Therefore, Silver Leaf's qualifying costs for the section 179 deduction are $4,720 ($520 + $4,200). State income tax e file Dollar Limits The total amount you can elect to deduct under section 179 for most property placed in service in 2013 generally cannot be more than $500,000. State income tax e file If you acquire and place in service more than one item of qualifying property during the year, you can allocate the section 179 deduction among the items in any way, as long as the total deduction is not more than $500,000. State income tax e file You do not have to claim the full $500,000. State income tax e file Qualified real property (described earlier) that you elected to treat as section 179 real property is limited to $250,000 of the maximum deduction of $500,000 for 2013. State income tax e file The amount you can elect to deduct is not affected if you place qualifying property in service in a short tax year or if you place qualifying property in service for only a part of a 12-month tax year. State income tax e file After you apply the dollar limit to determine a tentative deduction, you must apply the business income limit (described later) to determine your actual section 179 deduction. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file In 2013, you bought and placed in service $500,000 in machinery and a $25,000 circular saw for your business. State income tax e file You elect to deduct $475,000 for the machinery and the entire $25,000 for the saw, a total of $500,000. State income tax e file This is the maximum amount you can deduct. State income tax e file Your $25,000 deduction for the saw completely recovered its cost. State income tax e file Your basis for depreciation is zero. State income tax e file The basis for depreciation of your machinery is $25,000. State income tax e file You figure this by subtracting your $475,000 section 179 deduction for the machinery from the $500,000 cost of the machinery. State income tax e file Situations affecting dollar limit. State income tax e file   Under certain circumstances, the general dollar limits on the section 179 deduction may be reduced or increased or there may be additional dollar limits. State income tax e file The general dollar limit is affected by any of the following situations. State income tax e file The cost of your section 179 property placed in service exceeds $2,000,000. State income tax e file Your business is an enterprise zone business. State income tax e file You placed in service a sport utility or certain other vehicles. State income tax e file You are married filing a joint or separate return. State income tax e file Costs exceeding $2,000,000 If the cost of your qualifying section 179 property placed in service in a year is more than $2,000,000, you generally must reduce the dollar limit (but not below zero) by the amount of cost over $2,000,000. State income tax e file If the cost of your section 179 property placed in service during 2013 is $2,500,000 or more, you cannot take a section 179 deduction. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file In 2013, Jane Ash placed in service machinery costing $2,100,000. State income tax e file This cost is $100,000 more than $2,000,000, so she must reduce her dollar limit to $400,000 ($500,000 − $100,000). State income tax e file Enterprise Zone Businesses An increased section 179 deduction is available to enterprise zone businesses for qualified zone property placed in service during the tax year, in an empowerment zone. State income tax e file For more information including the definitions of “enterprise zone business” and “qualified zone property,” see sections 1397A, 1397C, and 1397D of the Internal Revenue Code. State income tax e file The dollar limit on the section 179 deduction is increased by the smaller of: $35,000, or The cost of section 179 property that is also qualified zone property placed in service before January 1, 2014 (including such property placed in service by your spouse, even if you are filing a separate return). State income tax e file Note. State income tax e file   You take into account only 50% (instead of 100%) of the cost of qualified zone property placed in service in a year when figuring the reduced dollar limit for costs exceeding $2,000,000 (explained earlier). State income tax e file Sport Utility and Certain Other Vehicles You cannot elect to expense more than $25,000 of the cost of any heavy sport utility vehicle (SUV) and certain other vehicles placed in service during the tax year. State income tax e file This rule applies to any 4-wheeled vehicle primarily designed or used to carry passengers over public streets, roads, or highways, that is rated at more than 6,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and not more than 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. State income tax e file However, the $25,000 limit does not apply to any vehicle: Designed to seat more than nine passengers behind the driver's seat, Equipped with a cargo area (either open or enclosed by a cap) of at least six feet in interior length that is not readily accessible from the passenger compartment, or That has an integral enclosure fully enclosing the driver compartment and load carrying device, does not have seating rearward of the driver's seat, and has no body section protruding more than 30 inches ahead of the leading edge of the windshield. State income tax e file Married Individuals If you are married, how you figure your section 179 deduction depends on whether you file jointly or separately. State income tax e file If you file a joint return, you and your spouse are treated as one taxpayer in determining any reduction to the dollar limit, regardless of which of you purchased the property or placed it in service. State income tax e file If you and your spouse file separate returns, you are treated as one taxpayer for the dollar limit, including the reduction for costs over $2,000,000. State income tax e file You must allocate the dollar limit (after any reduction) between you equally, unless you both elect a different allocation. State income tax e file If the percentages elected by each of you do not total 100%, 50% will be allocated to each of you. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file Jack Elm is married. State income tax e file He and his wife file separate returns. State income tax e file Jack bought and placed in service $2,000,000 of qualified farm machinery in 2013. State income tax e file His wife has her own business, and she bought and placed in service $30,000 of qualified business equipment. State income tax e file Their combined dollar limit is $470,000. State income tax e file This is because they must figure the limit as if they were one taxpayer. State income tax e file They reduce the $500,000 dollar limit by the $30,000 excess of their costs over $2,000,000. State income tax e file They elect to allocate the $470,000 dollar limit as follows. State income tax e file $446,500 ($470,000 x 95%) to Mr. State income tax e file Elm's machinery. State income tax e file $23,500 ($470,000 x 5%) to Mrs. State income tax e file Elm's equipment. State income tax e file If they did not make an election to allocate their costs in this way, they would have to allocate $235,000 ($470,000 × 50%) to each of them. State income tax e file Joint return after filing separate returns. State income tax e file   If you and your spouse elect to amend your separate returns by filing a joint return after the due date for filing your return, the dollar limit on the joint return is the lesser of the following amounts. State income tax e file The dollar limit (after reduction for any cost of section 179 property over $2,000,000). State income tax e file The total cost of section 179 property you and your spouse elected to expense on your separate returns. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file The facts are the same as in the previous example except that Jack elected to deduct $30,000 of the cost of section 179 property on his separate return and his wife elected to deduct $2,000. State income tax e file After the due date of their returns, they file a joint return. State income tax e file Their dollar limit for the section 179 deduction is $32,000. State income tax e file This is the lesser of the following amounts. State income tax e file $470,000—The dollar limit less the cost of section 179 property over $2,000,000. State income tax e file $32,000—The total they elected to expense on their separate returns. State income tax e file Business Income Limit The total cost you can deduct each year after you apply the dollar limit is limited to the taxable income from the active conduct of any trade or business during the year. State income tax e file Generally, you are considered to actively conduct a trade or business if you meaningfully participate in the management or operations of the trade or business. State income tax e file Any cost not deductible in one year under section 179 because of this limit can be carried to the next year. State income tax e file Special rules apply to a 2013 deduction of qualified section 179 real property that is disallowed because of the business income limit. State income tax e file See Special rules for qualified section 179 property under Carryover of disallowed deduction, later. State income tax e file Taxable income. State income tax e file   In general, figure taxable income for this purpose by totaling the net income and losses from all trades and businesses you actively conducted during the year. State income tax e file Net income or loss from a trade or business includes the following items. State income tax e file Section 1231 gains (or losses). State income tax e file Interest from working capital of your trade or business. State income tax e file Wages, salaries, tips, or other pay earned as an employee. State income tax e file For information about section 1231 gains and losses, see chapter 3 in Publication 544. State income tax e file   In addition, figure taxable income without regard to any of the following. State income tax e file The section 179 deduction. State income tax e file The self-employment tax deduction. State income tax e file Any net operating loss carryback or carryforward. State income tax e file Any unreimbursed employee business expenses. State income tax e file Two different taxable income limits. State income tax e file   In addition to the business income limit for your section 179 deduction, you may have a taxable income limit for some other deduction. State income tax e file You may have to figure the limit for this other deduction taking into account the section 179 deduction. State income tax e file If so, complete the following steps. State income tax e file Step Action 1 Figure taxable income without the section 179 deduction or the other deduction. State income tax e file 2 Figure a hypothetical section 179 deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 1. State income tax e file 3 Subtract the hypothetical section 179 deduction figured in Step 2 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. State income tax e file 4 Figure a hypothetical amount for the other deduction using the amount figured in Step 3 as taxable income. State income tax e file 5 Subtract the hypothetical other deduction figured in Step 4 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. State income tax e file 6 Figure your actual section 179 deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 5. State income tax e file 7 Subtract your actual section 179 deduction figured in Step 6 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. State income tax e file 8 Figure your actual other deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 7. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file On February 1, 2013, the XYZ corporation purchased and placed in service qualifying section 179 property that cost $500,000. State income tax e file It elects to expense the entire $500,000 cost under section 179. State income tax e file In June, the corporation gave a charitable contribution of $10,000. State income tax e file A corporation's limit on charitable contributions is figured after subtracting any section 179 deduction. State income tax e file The business income limit for the section 179 deduction is figured after subtracting any allowable charitable contributions. State income tax e file XYZ's taxable income figured without the section 179 deduction or the deduction for charitable contributions is $520,000. State income tax e file XYZ figures its section 179 deduction and its deduction for charitable contributions as follows. State income tax e file Step 1– Taxable income figured without either deduction is $520,000. State income tax e file Step 2– Using $520,000 as taxable income, XYZ's hypothetical section 179 deduction is $500,000. State income tax e file Step 3– $20,000 ($520,000 − $500,000). State income tax e file Step 4– Using $20,000 (from Step 3) as taxable income, XYZ's hypothetical charitable contribution (limited to 10% of taxable income) is $2,000. State income tax e file Step 5– $518,000 ($520,000 − $2,000). State income tax e file Step 6– Using $518,000 (from Step 5) as taxable income, XYZ figures the actual section 179 deduction. State income tax e file Because the taxable income is at least $500,000, XYZ can take a $500,000 section 179 deduction. State income tax e file Step 7– $20,000 ($520,000 − $500,000). State income tax e file Step 8– Using $20,000 (from Step 7) as taxable income, XYZ's actual charitable contribution (limited to 10% of taxable income) is $2,000. State income tax e file Carryover of disallowed deduction. State income tax e file   You can carry over for an unlimited number of years the cost of any section 179 property you elected to expense but were unable to because of the business income limit. State income tax e file This disallowed deduction amount is shown on line 13 of Form 4562. State income tax e file You use the amount you carry over to determine your section 179 deduction in the next year. State income tax e file Enter that amount on line 10 of your Form 4562 for the next year. State income tax e file   If you place more than one property in service in a year, you can select the properties for which all or a part of the costs will be carried forward. State income tax e file Your selections must be shown in your books and records. State income tax e file For this purpose, treat section 179 costs allocated from a partnership or an S corporation as one item of section 179 property. State income tax e file If you do not make a selection, the total carryover will be allocated equally among the properties you elected to expense for the year. State income tax e file   If costs from more than one year are carried forward to a subsequent year in which only part of the total carryover can be deducted, you must deduct the costs being carried forward from the earliest year first. State income tax e file Special rules for qualified section 179 real property. State income tax e file   You can carry over to 2013 a 2012 deduction attributable to qualified section 179 real property that you elected to expense but were unable to take because of the business income limitation. State income tax e file Any such 2012 carryover amounts that are not deducted in 2013, plus any 2013 disallowed section 179 expense deductions attributable to qualified real property, are not carried over to 2014. State income tax e file Instead these amounts are treated as property placed in service on the first day of 2013 for purposes of computing depreciation (including the special depreciation allowance, if applicable). State income tax e file See section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code and Notice 2013-59 for more information. State income tax e file If there is a sale or other disposition of your property (including a transfer at death) before you can use the full amount of any outstanding carryover of your disallowed section 179 deduction, neither you nor the new owner can deduct any of the unused amount. State income tax e file Instead, you must add it back to the property's basis. State income tax e file Partnerships and Partners The section 179 deduction limits apply both to the partnership and to each partner. State income tax e file The partnership determines its section 179 deduction subject to the limits. State income tax e file It then allocates the deduction among its partners. State income tax e file Each partner adds the amount allocated from partnerships (shown on Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. State income tax e file ) to his or her nonpartnership section 179 costs and then applies the dollar limit to this total. State income tax e file To determine any reduction in the dollar limit for costs over $2,000,000, the partner does not include any of the cost of section 179 property placed in service by the partnership. State income tax e file After the dollar limit (reduced for any nonpartnership section 179 costs over $2,000,000) is applied, any remaining cost of the partnership and nonpartnership section 179 property is subject to the business income limit. State income tax e file Partnership's taxable income. State income tax e file   For purposes of the business income limit, figure the partnership's taxable income by adding together the net income and losses from all trades or businesses actively conducted by the partnership during the year. State income tax e file See the Instructions for Form 1065 for information on how to figure partnership net income (or loss). State income tax e file However, figure taxable income without regard to credits, tax-exempt income, the section 179 deduction, and guaranteed payments under section 707(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. State income tax e file Partner's share of partnership's taxable income. State income tax e file   For purposes of the business income limit, the taxable income of a partner engaged in the active conduct of one or more of a partnership's trades or businesses includes his or her allocable share of taxable income derived from the partnership's active conduct of any trade or business. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file In 2013, Beech Partnership placed in service section 179 property with a total cost of $2,025,000. State income tax e file The partnership must reduce its dollar limit by $25,000 ($2,025,000 − $2,000,000). State income tax e file Its maximum section 179 deduction is $475,000 ($500,000 − $25,000), and it elects to expense that amount. State income tax e file The partnership's taxable income from the active conduct of all its trades or businesses for the year was $600,000, so it can deduct the full $475,000. State income tax e file It allocates $40,000 of its section 179 deduction and $50,000 of its taxable income to Dean, one of its partners. State income tax e file In addition to being a partner in Beech Partnership, Dean is also a partner in the Cedar Partnership, which allocated to him a $30,000 section 179 deduction and $35,000 of its taxable income from the active conduct of its business. State income tax e file He also conducts a business as a sole proprietor and, in 2013, placed in service in that business qualifying section 179 property costing $55,000. State income tax e file He had a net loss of $5,000 from that business for the year. State income tax e file Dean does not have to include section 179 partnership costs to figure any reduction in his dollar limit, so his total section 179 costs for the year are not more than $2,000,000 and his dollar limit is not reduced. State income tax e file His maximum section 179 deduction is $500,000. State income tax e file He elects to expense all of the $70,000 in section 179 deductions allocated from the partnerships ($40,000 from Beech Partnership plus $30,000 from Cedar Partnership), plus $55,000 of his sole proprietorship's section 179 costs, and notes that information in his books and records. State income tax e file However, his deduction is limited to his business taxable income of $80,000 ($50,000 from Beech Partnership, plus $35,000 from Cedar Partnership minus $5,000 loss from his sole proprietorship). State income tax e file He carries over $45,000 ($125,000 − $80,000) of the elected section 179 costs to 2014. State income tax e file He allocates the carryover amount to the cost of section 179 property placed in service in his sole proprietorship, and notes that allocation in his books and records. State income tax e file Different tax years. State income tax e file   For purposes of the business income limit, if the partner's tax year and that of the partnership differ, the partner's share of the partnership's taxable income for a tax year is generally the partner's distributive share for the partnership tax year that ends with or within the partner's tax year. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file John and James Oak are equal partners in Oak Partnership. State income tax e file Oak Partnership uses a tax year ending January 31. State income tax e file John and James both use a tax year ending December 31. State income tax e file For its tax year ending January 31, 2013, Oak Partnership's taxable income from the active conduct of its business is $80,000, of which $70,000 was earned during 2012. State income tax e file John and James each include $40,000 (each partner's entire share) of partnership taxable income in computing their business income limit for the 2013 tax year. State income tax e file Adjustment of partner's basis in partnership. State income tax e file   A partner must reduce the basis of his or her partnership interest by the total amount of section 179 expenses allocated from the partnership even if the partner cannot currently deduct the total amount. State income tax e file If the partner disposes of his or her partnership interest, the partner's basis for determining gain or loss is increased by any outstanding carryover of disallowed section 179 expenses allocated from the partnership. State income tax e file Adjustment of partnership's basis in section 179 property. State income tax e file   The basis of a partnership's section 179 property must be reduced by the section 179 deduction elected by the partnership. State income tax e file This reduction of basis must be made even if a partner cannot deduct all or part of the section 179 deduction allocated to that partner by the partnership because of the limits. State income tax e file S Corporations Generally, the rules that apply to a partnership and its partners also apply to an S corporation and its shareholders. State income tax e file The deduction limits apply to an S corporation and to each shareholder. State income tax e file The S corporation allocates its deduction to the shareholders who then take their section 179 deduction subject to the limits. State income tax e file Figuring taxable income for an S corporation. State income tax e file   To figure taxable income (or loss) from the active conduct by an S corporation of any trade or business, you total the net income and losses from all trades or businesses actively conducted by the S corporation during the year. State income tax e file   To figure the net income (or loss) from a trade or business actively conducted by an S corporation, you take into account the items from that trade or business that are passed through to the shareholders and used in determining each shareholder's tax liability. State income tax e file However, you do not take into account any credits, tax-exempt income, the section 179 deduction, and deductions for compensation paid to shareholder-employees. State income tax e file For purposes of determining the total amount of S corporation items, treat deductions and losses as negative income. State income tax e file In figuring the taxable income of an S corporation, disregard any limits on the amount of an S corporation item that must be taken into account when figuring a shareholder's taxable income. State income tax e file Other Corporations A corporation's taxable income from its active conduct of any trade or business is its taxable income figured with the following changes. State income tax e file It is figured before deducting the section 179 deduction, any net operating loss deduction, and special deductions (as reported on the corporation's income tax return). State income tax e file It is adjusted for items of income or deduction included in the amount figured in 1, above, not derived from a trade or business actively conducted by the corporation during the tax year. State income tax e file How Do You Elect the Deduction? You elect to take the section 179 deduction by completing Part I of Form 4562. State income tax e file If you elect the deduction for listed property (described in chapter 5), complete Part V of Form 4562 before completing Part I. State income tax e file For property placed in service in 2013, file Form 4562 with either of the following. State income tax e file Your original 2013 tax return, whether or not you file it timely. State income tax e file An amended return for 2013 filed within the time prescribed by law. State income tax e file An election made on an amended return must specify the item of section 179 property to which the election applies and the part of the cost of each such item to be taken into account. State income tax e file The amended return must also include any resulting adjustments to taxable income. State income tax e file You must keep records that show the specific identification of each piece of qualifying section 179 property. State income tax e file These records must show how you acquired the property, the person you acquired it from, and when you placed it in service. State income tax e file Election for certain qualified section 179 real property. State income tax e file   You can elect to expense certain qualified real property that you placed in service as section 179 property for tax years beginning in 2013. State income tax e file If you elect to treat this property as section 179 property, you must elect the application of the special rules for qualified real property described in section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. State income tax e file   To make the election, attach a statement indicating you are “electing the application of section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code” with either of the following. State income tax e file Your original 2013 tax return, whether or not you file it timely. State income tax e file An amended return for 2013 filed within the time prescribed by law. State income tax e file The amended return must also include any adjustments to taxable income. State income tax e file   The statement should indicate your election to expense certain qualified real property under section 179(f) on your return. State income tax e file It must specify one or more of the three types of qualified property (described under Qualified real property ) to which the election applies, the cost of each such type, and the portion of the cost of each such property to be taken into account. State income tax e file Also, report this on line 6 of Form 4562. State income tax e file    The maximum section 179 expense deduction that can be taken for qualified section 179 real property is limited to $250,000. State income tax e file Revoking an election. State income tax e file   An election (or any specification made in the election) to take a section 179 deduction for 2013 can be revoked without IRS approval by filing an amended return. State income tax e file The amended return must be filed within the time prescribed by law. State income tax e file The amended return must also include any resulting adjustments to taxable income. State income tax e file Once made, the revocation is irrevocable. State income tax e file When Must You Recapture the Deduction? You may have to recapture the section 179 deduction if, in any year during the property's recovery period, the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less. State income tax e file In the year the business use drops to 50% or less, you include the recapture amount as ordinary income in Part IV of Form 4797. State income tax e file You also increase the basis of the property by the recapture amount. State income tax e file Recovery periods for property are discussed under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4 . State income tax e file If you sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of the property, do not figure the recapture amount under the rules explained in this discussion. State income tax e file Instead, use the rules for recapturing depreciation explained in chapter 3 of Publication 544 under Section 1245 Property. State income tax e file For qualified real property (described earlier), see Notice 2013-59 for determining the portion of the gain that is attributable to section 1245 property upon the sale or other disposition of qualified real property. State income tax e file If the property is listed property (described in chapter 5 ), do not figure the recapture amount under the rules explained in this discussion when the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less. State income tax e file Instead, use the rules for recapturing excess depreciation in chapter 5 under What Is the Business-Use Requirement. State income tax e file Figuring the recapture amount. State income tax e file   To figure the amount to recapture, take the following steps. State income tax e file Figure the depreciation that would have been allowable on the section 179 deduction you claimed. State income tax e file Begin with the year you placed the property in service and include the year of recapture. State income tax e file Subtract the depreciation figured in (1) from the section 179 deduction you claimed. State income tax e file The result is the amount you must recapture. State income tax e file Example. State income tax e file In January 2011, Paul Lamb, a calendar year taxpayer, bought and placed in service section 179 property costing $10,000. State income tax e file The property is not listed property. State income tax e file The property is 3-year property. State income tax e file He elected a $5,000 section 179 deduction for the property and also elected not to claim a special depreciation allowance. State income tax e file He used the property only for business in 2011 and 2012. State income tax e file In 2013, he used the property 40% for business and 60% for personal use. State income tax e file He figures his recapture amount as follows. State income tax e file Section 179 deduction claimed (2011) $5,000. State income tax e file 00 Minus: Allowable depreciation using Table A-1 (instead of section 179 deduction):   2011 $1,666. State income tax e file 50   2012 2,222. State income tax e file 50   2013 ($740. State income tax e file 50 × 40% (business)) 296. State income tax e file 20 4,185. State income tax e file 20 2013 — Recapture amount $ 814. State income tax e file 80 Paul must include $814. State income tax e file 80 in income for 2013. State income tax e file If any qualified zone property placed in service during the year ceases to be used in an empowerment zone by an enterprise zone business in a later year, the benefit of the increased section 179 deduction must be reported as other income on your return. State income tax e file Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications