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Tax return for students 2011 5. Tax return for students 2011   Ministers and Church Employees Table of Contents Alternative Limit for Church Employees Changes to Includible Compensation for Most Recent Year of ServiceChanges to Includible Compensation Changes to Years of Service Self-employed ministers and church employees who participate in 403(b) plans generally follow the same rules as other 403(b) plan participants. Tax return for students 2011 This means that if you are a self-employed minister or a church employee, your MAC generally is the lesser of: Your limit on annual additions, or Your limit on elective deferrals. Tax return for students 2011 For most ministers and church employees, the limit on annual additions is figured without any changes. Tax return for students 2011 This means that if you are a minister or church employee, your limit on annual additions generally is the lesser of: $51,000 for 2013 and $52,000 for 2014, or Your includible compensation for your most recent year of service. Tax return for students 2011 Although, in general, the same limit applies, church employees can choose an alternative limit and there are changes in how church employees, foreign missionaries, and self-employed ministers figure includible compensation for the most recent year of service. Tax return for students 2011 This chapter will explain the alternative limit and the changes. Tax return for students 2011 Who is a church employee?   A church employee is anyone who is an employee of a church or a convention or association of churches, including an employee of a tax-exempt organization controlled by or associated with a church or a convention or association of churches. Tax return for students 2011 Alternative Limit for Church Employees If you are a church employee, you can choose to use $10,000 a year as your limit on annual additions, even if your annual additions computed under the general rule is less. Tax return for students 2011 Total contributions over your lifetime under this choice cannot be more than $40,000. Tax return for students 2011 Changes to Includible Compensation for Most Recent Year of Service There are two types of changes in determining includible compensation for the most recent year of service. Tax return for students 2011 They are: Changes in how the includible compensation of foreign missionaries and self-employed ministers is figured, and A change to the years that are counted when figuring the most recent year of service for church employees and self-employed ministers. Tax return for students 2011 Changes to Includible Compensation Includible compensation is figured differently for foreign missionaries and self-employed ministers. Tax return for students 2011 Foreign missionary. Tax return for students 2011   If you are a foreign missionary, your includible compensation includes foreign earned income that may otherwise be excludable from your gross income under section 911. Tax return for students 2011   If you are a foreign missionary, and your adjusted gross income is $17,000 or less, contributions to your 403(b) account will not be treated as exceeding the limit on annual additions if the contributions are not in excess of $3,000. Tax return for students 2011   You are a foreign missionary if you are either a layperson or a duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of a church and you meet both of the following requirements. Tax return for students 2011 You are an employee of a church or convention or association of churches. Tax return for students 2011 You are performing services for the church outside the United States. Tax return for students 2011 Self-employed minister. Tax return for students 2011   If you are a self-employed minister, you are treated as an employee of a tax-exempt organization that is a qualified employer. Tax return for students 2011 Your includible compensation is your net earnings from your ministry minus the contributions made to the retirement plan on your behalf and the deductible portion of your self-employment tax. Tax return for students 2011 Changes to Years of Service Generally, only service with the employer who maintains your 403(b) account can be counted when figuring your limit on annual additions. Tax return for students 2011 Church employees. Tax return for students 2011   If you are a church employee, treat all of your years of service as an employee of a church or a convention or association of churches as years of service with one employer. Tax return for students 2011 Self-employed minister. Tax return for students 2011   If you are a self-employed minister, your years of service include full and part years during which you were self-employed. Tax return for students 2011 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Tax return for students 2011 4. Tax return for students 2011   Farm Business Expenses Table of Contents What's New for 2013 Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Deductible ExpensesReasonable allocation. Tax return for students 2011 Prepaid Farm Supplies Prepaid Livestock Feed Labor Hired Repairs and Maintenance Interest Breeding Fees Fertilizer and Lime Taxes Insurance Rent and Leasing Depreciation Business Use of Your Home Truck and Car Expenses Travel Expenses Marketing Quota Penalties Tenant House Expenses Items Purchased for Resale Other Expenses Domestic Production Activities Deduction Capital ExpensesForestation and reforestation costs. Tax return for students 2011 Nondeductible ExpensesPersonal, Living, and Family Expenses Other Nondeductible Items Losses From Operating a FarmAt-Risk Limits Passive Activity Limits Excess Farm Loss Limit Not-for-Profit FarmingUsing the presumption later. Tax return for students 2011 Category 1. Tax return for students 2011 Category 2. Tax return for students 2011 Category 3. Tax return for students 2011 What's New for 2013 Standard mileage rate. Tax return for students 2011  For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for each mile of business use is 56. Tax return for students 2011 5 cents. Tax return for students 2011 See Truck and Car Expenses , later. Tax return for students 2011 Simplified method for business use of home deduction. Tax return for students 2011  The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Schedule C (Form 1040), Part II, and its instructions. Tax return for students 2011 Introduction You can generally deduct the current costs of operating your farm. Tax return for students 2011 Current costs are expenses you do not have to capitalize or include in inventory costs. Tax return for students 2011 However, your deduction for the cost of livestock feed and certain other supplies may be limited. Tax return for students 2011 If you have an operating loss, you may not be able to deduct all of it. Tax return for students 2011 Topics - This chapter discusses: Deductible expenses Domestic production activities deduction Capital expenses Nondeductible expenses Losses from operating a farm Not-for-profit farming Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 535 Business Expenses 587 Business Use of Your Home 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Sch F (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Farming 1045 Application for Tentative Refund 5213 Election To Postpone Determination as To Whether the Presumption Applies That an Activity Is Engaged in for Profit 8903 Domestic Production Activities Deduction See chapter 16 for information about getting publications and forms. Tax return for students 2011 Deductible Expenses The ordinary and necessary costs of operating a farm for profit are deductible business expenses. Tax return for students 2011 “Ordinary” means what most farmers do and “necessary” means what is useful and helpful in farming. Tax return for students 2011 Schedule F, Part II, lists some common farm expenses that are typically deductible. Tax return for students 2011 This chapter discusses many of these expenses, as well as others not listed on Schedule F. Tax return for students 2011 Reimbursed expenses. Tax return for students 2011   If the reimbursement is received in the same year that the expense is claimed, reduce the expense by the amount of the reimbursement. Tax return for students 2011 If the reimbursement is received in a year after the expense is claimed, include the reimbursement amount in income. Tax return for students 2011 See Refund or reimbursement under Income From Other Sources in chapter 3. Tax return for students 2011 Personal and business expenses. Tax return for students 2011   Some expenses you pay during the tax year may be part personal and part business. Tax return for students 2011 These may include expenses for gasoline, oil, fuel, water, rent, electricity, telephone, automobile upkeep, repairs, insurance, interest, and taxes. Tax return for students 2011   You must allocate these mixed expenses between their business and personal parts. Tax return for students 2011 Generally, the personal part of these expenses is not deductible. Tax return for students 2011 The business portion of the expenses is deductible on Schedule F. Tax return for students 2011 Example. Tax return for students 2011 You paid $1,500 for electricity during the tax year. Tax return for students 2011 You used 1/3 of the electricity for personal purposes and 2/3 for farming. Tax return for students 2011 Under these circumstances, you can deduct $1,000 (2/3 of $1,500) of your electricity expense as a farm business expense. Tax return for students 2011 Reasonable allocation. Tax return for students 2011   It is not always easy to determine the business and nonbusiness parts of an expense. Tax return for students 2011 There is no method of allocation that applies to all mixed expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Any reasonable allocation is acceptable. Tax return for students 2011 What is reasonable depends on the circumstances in each case. Tax return for students 2011 Prepaid Farm Supplies Prepaid farm supplies include the following items if paid for during the year. Tax return for students 2011 Feed, seed, fertilizer, and similar farm supplies not used or consumed during the year, but not including farm supplies that you would have consumed during the year if not for a fire, storm, flood, other casualty, disease, or drought. Tax return for students 2011 Poultry (including egg-laying hens and baby chicks) bought for use (or for both use and resale) in your farm business. Tax return for students 2011 However, include only the amount that would be deductible in the following year if you had capitalized the cost and deducted it ratably over the lesser of 12 months or the useful life of the poultry. Tax return for students 2011 Poultry bought for resale and not resold during the year. Tax return for students 2011 Deduction limit. Tax return for students 2011   If you use the cash method of accounting to report your income and expenses, your deduction for prepaid farm supplies in the year you pay for them may be limited to 50% of your other deductible farm expenses for the year (all Schedule F deductions except prepaid farm supplies). Tax return for students 2011 This limit does not apply if you meet one of the exceptions described later. Tax return for students 2011 See Chapter 2 for a discussion of the cash method of accounting. Tax return for students 2011   If the limit applies, you can deduct the excess cost of farm supplies other than poultry in the year you use or consume the supplies. Tax return for students 2011 The excess cost of poultry bought for use (or for both use and resale) in your farm business is deductible in the year following the year you pay for it. Tax return for students 2011 The excess cost of poultry bought for resale is deductible in the year you sell or otherwise dispose of that poultry. Tax return for students 2011 Example. Tax return for students 2011 You may not qualify for the exception described next. Tax return for students 2011 During 2013, you bought fertilizer ($4,000), feed ($1,000), and seed ($500) for use on your farm in the following year. Tax return for students 2011 Your total prepaid farm supplies expense for 2013 is $5,500. Tax return for students 2011 Your other deductible farm expenses totaled $10,000 for 2013. Tax return for students 2011 Therefore, your deduction for prepaid farm supplies cannot be more than $5,000 (50% of $10,000) for 2013. Tax return for students 2011 The excess prepaid farm supplies expense of $500 ($5,500 − $5,000) is deductible in a later tax year when you use or consume the supplies. Tax return for students 2011 Exceptions. Tax return for students 2011   This limit on the deduction for prepaid farm supplies expense does not apply if you are a farm-related taxpayer and either of the following apply. Tax return for students 2011 Your prepaid farm supplies expense is more than 50% of your other deductible farm expenses because of a change in business operations caused by unusual circumstances. Tax return for students 2011 Your total prepaid farm supplies expense for the preceding 3 tax years is less than 50% of your total other deductible farm expenses for those 3 tax years. Tax return for students 2011   You are a farm-related taxpayer if any of the following tests apply. Tax return for students 2011 Your main home is on a farm. Tax return for students 2011 Your principal business is farming. Tax return for students 2011 A member of your family meets (1) or (2). Tax return for students 2011 For this purpose, your family includes your brothers and sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters, spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, and aunts and uncles and their children. Tax return for students 2011    Whether or not the deduction limit for prepaid farm supplies applies, your expenses for prepaid livestock feed may be subject to the rules for advance payment of livestock feed, discussed next. Tax return for students 2011 Prepaid Livestock Feed If you report your income and expenses under the cash method of accounting, you cannot deduct in the year paid the cost of feed your livestock will consume in a later year unless you meet all the following tests. Tax return for students 2011 The payment is for the purchase of feed rather than a deposit. Tax return for students 2011 The prepayment has a business purpose and is not merely for tax avoidance. Tax return for students 2011 Deducting the prepayment does not result in a material distortion of your income. Tax return for students 2011 If you meet all three tests, you can deduct the prepaid feed, subject to the limit on prepaid farm supplies discussed earlier. Tax return for students 2011 If you fail any of these tests, you can deduct the prepaid feed only in the year it is consumed. Tax return for students 2011 This rule does not apply to the purchase of commodity futures contracts. Tax return for students 2011 Payment for the purchase of feed. Tax return for students 2011   Whether a payment is for the purchase of feed or a deposit depends on the facts and circumstances in each case. Tax return for students 2011 It is for the purchase of feed if you can show you made it under a binding commitment to accept delivery of a specific quantity of feed at a fixed price and you are not entitled, by contract or business custom, to a refund or repurchase. Tax return for students 2011   The following are some factors that show a payment is a deposit rather than for the purchase of feed. Tax return for students 2011 The absence of specific quantity terms. Tax return for students 2011 The right to a refund of any unapplied payment credit at the end of the contract. Tax return for students 2011 The seller's treatment of the payment as a deposit. Tax return for students 2011 The right to substitute other goods or products for those specified in the contract. Tax return for students 2011   A provision permitting substitution of ingredients to vary the particular feed mix to meet your livestock's current diet requirements will not suggest a deposit. Tax return for students 2011 Further, a price adjustment to reflect market value at the date of delivery is not, by itself, proof of a deposit. Tax return for students 2011 Business purpose. Tax return for students 2011   The prepayment has a business purpose only if you have a reasonable expectation of receiving some business benefit from prepaying the cost of livestock feed. Tax return for students 2011 The following are some examples of business benefits. Tax return for students 2011 Fixing maximum prices and securing an assured feed supply. Tax return for students 2011 Securing preferential treatment in anticipation of a feed shortage. Tax return for students 2011   Other factors considered in determining the existence of a business purpose are whether the prepayment was a condition imposed by the seller and whether that condition was meaningful. Tax return for students 2011 No material distortion of income. Tax return for students 2011   The following are some factors considered in determining whether deducting prepaid livestock feed materially distorts income. Tax return for students 2011 Your customary business practice in conducting your livestock operations. Tax return for students 2011 The expense in relation to past purchases. Tax return for students 2011 The time of year you made the purchase. Tax return for students 2011 The expense in relation to your income for the year. Tax return for students 2011 Labor Hired You can deduct reasonable wages paid for regular farm labor, piecework, contract labor, and other forms of labor hired to perform your farming operations. Tax return for students 2011 You can pay wages in cash or in noncash items such as inventory, capital assets, or assets used in your business. Tax return for students 2011 The cost of boarding farm labor is a deductible labor cost. Tax return for students 2011 Other deductible costs you incur for farm labor include health insurance, workers' compensation insurance, and other benefits. Tax return for students 2011 If you must withhold social security, Medicare, and income taxes from your employees' cash wages, you can still deduct the full amount of wages before withholding. Tax return for students 2011 See chapter 13 for more information on employment taxes. Tax return for students 2011 Also, deduct the employer's share of the social security and Medicare taxes you must pay on your employees' wages as a farm business expense on Schedule F, line 29. Tax return for students 2011 See Taxes , later. Tax return for students 2011 Property for services. Tax return for students 2011   If you transfer property to an employee in payment for services, you can deduct as wages paid the fair market value of the property on the date of transfer. Tax return for students 2011 If the employee pays you anything for the property, deduct as wages the fair market value of the property minus the payment by the employee for the property. Tax return for students 2011   Treat the wages deducted as an amount received for the property. Tax return for students 2011 You may have a gain or loss to report if the property's adjusted basis on the date of transfer is different from its fair market value. Tax return for students 2011 Any gain or loss has the same character the exchanged property had in your hands. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see chapter 8. Tax return for students 2011 Child as an employee. Tax return for students 2011   You can deduct reasonable wages or other compensation you pay to your child for doing farmwork if a true employer-employee relationship exists between you and your child. Tax return for students 2011 Include these wages in the child's income. Tax return for students 2011 The child may have to file an income tax return. Tax return for students 2011 These wages may also be subject to social security and Medicare taxes if your child is age 18 or older. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Family Employees in chapter 13. Tax return for students 2011    A Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, should be issued to the child employee. Tax return for students 2011   The fact that your child spends the wages to buy clothes or other necessities you normally furnish does not prevent you from deducting your child's wages as a farm expense. Tax return for students 2011 The amount of wages paid to the child could cause a loss of the dependency exemption depending on how the child uses the money. Tax return for students 2011 Spouse as an employee. Tax return for students 2011   You can deduct reasonable wages or other compensation you pay to your spouse if a true employer-employee relationship exists between you and your spouse. Tax return for students 2011 Wages you pay to your spouse are subject to social security and Medicare taxes. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Family Employees in chapter 13. Tax return for students 2011 Nondeductible Pay You cannot deduct wages paid for certain household work, construction work, and maintenance of your home. Tax return for students 2011 However, those wages may be subject to the employment taxes discussed in chapter 13. Tax return for students 2011 Household workers. Tax return for students 2011   Do not deduct amounts paid to persons engaged in household work, except to the extent their services are used in boarding or otherwise caring for farm laborers. Tax return for students 2011 Construction labor. Tax return for students 2011   Do not deduct wages paid to hired help for the construction of new buildings or other improvements. Tax return for students 2011 These wages are part of the cost of the building or other improvement. Tax return for students 2011 You must capitalize them. Tax return for students 2011 Maintaining your home. Tax return for students 2011   If your farm employee spends time maintaining or repairing your home, the wages and employment taxes you pay for that work are nondeductible personal expenses. Tax return for students 2011 For example, assume you have a farm employee for the entire tax year and the employee spends 5% of the time maintaining your home. Tax return for students 2011 The employee devotes the remaining time to work on your farm. Tax return for students 2011 You cannot deduct 5% of the wages and employment taxes you pay for that employee. Tax return for students 2011 Employment Credits Reduce your deduction for wages by the amount of any employment credits you claim such as the work opportunity credit for qualified tax-exempt organizations hiring qualified veterans (Form 5884-C). Tax return for students 2011 Repairs and Maintenance You can deduct most expenses for the repair and maintenance of your farm property. Tax return for students 2011 Common items of repair and maintenance are repainting, replacing shingles and supports on farm buildings, and periodic or routine maintenance of trucks, tractors, and other farm machinery. Tax return for students 2011 However, repairs to, or overhauls of, depreciable property that substantially prolong the life of the property, increase its value, or adapt it to a different use are capital expenses. Tax return for students 2011 For example, if you repair the barn roof, the cost is deductible. Tax return for students 2011 But if you replace the roof, it is a capital expense. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Capital Expenses , later. Tax return for students 2011 Interest You can deduct as a farm business expense interest paid on farm mortgages and other obligations you incur in your farm business. Tax return for students 2011 Cash method. Tax return for students 2011   If you use the cash method of accounting, you can generally deduct interest paid during the tax year. Tax return for students 2011 You cannot deduct interest paid with funds received from the original lender through another loan, advance, or other arrangement similar to a loan. Tax return for students 2011 You can, however, deduct the interest when you start making payments on the new loan. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Cash Method in chapter 2. Tax return for students 2011 Prepaid interest. Tax return for students 2011   Under the cash method, you generally cannot deduct any interest paid before the year it is due. Tax return for students 2011 Interest paid in advance may be deducted only in the tax year in which it is due. Tax return for students 2011 Accrual method. Tax return for students 2011   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you can deduct only interest that has accrued during the tax year. Tax return for students 2011 However, you cannot deduct interest owed to a related person who uses the cash method until payment is made and the interest is includible in the gross income of that person. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Accrual Method in chapter 2. Tax return for students 2011 Allocation of interest. Tax return for students 2011   If you use the proceeds of a loan for more than one purpose, you must allocate the interest on that loan to each use. Tax return for students 2011 Allocate the interest to the following categories. Tax return for students 2011 Trade or business interest. Tax return for students 2011 Passive activity interest. Tax return for students 2011 Investment interest. Tax return for students 2011 Portfolio interest. Tax return for students 2011 Personal interest. Tax return for students 2011   You generally allocate interest on a loan the same way you allocate the loan proceeds. Tax return for students 2011 You allocate loan proceeds by tracing disbursements to specific uses. Tax return for students 2011 The easiest way to trace disbursements to specific uses is to keep the proceeds of a particular loan separate from any other funds. Tax return for students 2011 Secured loan. Tax return for students 2011   The allocation of loan proceeds and the related interest is generally not affected by the use of property that secures the loan. Tax return for students 2011 Example. Tax return for students 2011 You secure a loan with property used in your farming business. Tax return for students 2011 You use the loan proceeds to buy a car for personal use. Tax return for students 2011 You must allocate interest expense on the loan to personal use (purchase of the car) even though the loan is secured by farm business property. Tax return for students 2011 If the property that secures the loan is your home, you generally do not allocate the loan proceeds or the related interest. Tax return for students 2011 The interest is usually deductible as qualified home mortgage interest, regardless of how the loan proceeds are used. Tax return for students 2011 However, you can choose to treat the loan as not secured by your home. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Publication 936. Tax return for students 2011 Allocation period. Tax return for students 2011   The period for which a loan is allocated to a particular use begins on the date the proceeds are used and ends on the earlier of the following dates. Tax return for students 2011 The date the loan is repaid. Tax return for students 2011 The date the loan is reallocated to another use. Tax return for students 2011 More information. Tax return for students 2011   For more information on interest, see chapter 4 in Publication 535. Tax return for students 2011 Breeding Fees You can deduct breeding fees as a farm business expense. Tax return for students 2011 However, if you use an accrual method of accounting, you must capitalize breeding fees and allocate them to the cost basis of the calf, foal, etc. Tax return for students 2011 For more information on who must use an accrual method of accounting, see Accrual Method Required under Accounting Methods in chapter 2. Tax return for students 2011 Fertilizer and Lime You can deduct in the year paid or incurred the cost of fertilizer, lime, and other materials applied to farmland to enrich, neutralize, or condition it if the benefits last a year or less. Tax return for students 2011 You can also deduct the cost of applying these materials in the year you pay or incur it. Tax return for students 2011 However, see Prepaid Farm Supplies , earlier, for a rule that may limit your deduction for these materials. Tax return for students 2011 If the benefits of the fertilizer, lime, or other materials last substantially more than one year, you generally capitalize their cost and deduct a part each year the benefits last. Tax return for students 2011 However, you can choose to deduct these expenses in the year paid or incurred. Tax return for students 2011 If you make this choice, you will need IRS approval if you later decide to capitalize the cost of previously deducted items. Tax return for students 2011 If you sell farmland on which fertilizer or lime has been applied and if the selling price of the land includes part or all of the cost of the fertilizer or lime, you report the sale amount attributable to the fertilizer or lime as ordinary income. Tax return for students 2011 Farmland, for these purposes, is land used for producing crops, fruits, or other agricultural products or for sustaining livestock. Tax return for students 2011 It does not include land you have never used previously for producing crops or sustaining livestock. Tax return for students 2011 You cannot deduct initial land preparation costs. Tax return for students 2011 (See Capital Expenses , later. Tax return for students 2011 ) Include government payments you receive for lime or fertilizer in income. Tax return for students 2011 See Fertilizer and Lime under Agricultural Program Payments in chapter 3. Tax return for students 2011 Taxes You can deduct as a farm business expense the real estate and personal property taxes on farm business assets, such as farm equipment, animals, farmland, and farm buildings. Tax return for students 2011 You also can deduct the social security and Medicare taxes you pay to match the amount withheld from the wages of farm employees and any federal unemployment tax you pay. Tax return for students 2011 For information on employment taxes, see chapter 13. Tax return for students 2011 Allocation of taxes. Tax return for students 2011   The taxes on the part of your farm you use as your home (including the furnishings and surrounding land not used for farming) are nonbusiness taxes. Tax return for students 2011 You may be able to deduct these nonbusiness taxes as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Tax return for students 2011 To determine the nonbusiness part, allocate the taxes between the farm assets and nonbusiness assets. Tax return for students 2011 The allocation can be done from the assessed valuations. Tax return for students 2011 If your tax statement does not show the assessed valuations, you can usually get them from the tax assessor. Tax return for students 2011 State and local general sales taxes. Tax return for students 2011   State and local general sales taxes on nondepreciable farm business expense items are deductible as part of the cost of those items. Tax return for students 2011 Include state and local general sales taxes imposed on the purchase of assets for use in your farm business as part of the cost you depreciate. Tax return for students 2011 Also treat the taxes as part of your cost if they are imposed on the seller and passed on to you. Tax return for students 2011 State and federal income taxes. Tax return for students 2011   Individuals cannot deduct state and federal income taxes as farm business expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Individuals can deduct state and local income taxes only as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Tax return for students 2011 However, you cannot deduct federal income tax. Tax return for students 2011 Highway use tax. Tax return for students 2011   You can deduct the federal use tax on highway motor vehicles paid on a truck or truck tractor used in your farm business. Tax return for students 2011 For information on the tax itself, including information on vehicles subject to the tax, see the Instructions for Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return. Tax return for students 2011 Self-employment tax deduction. Tax return for students 2011   You can deduct as an adjustment to income on Form 1040 one-half of your self-employment tax in figuring your adjusted gross income. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see chapter 12. Tax return for students 2011 Insurance You generally can deduct the ordinary and necessary cost of insurance for your farm business as a business expense. Tax return for students 2011 This includes premiums you pay for the following types of insurance. Tax return for students 2011 Fire, storm, crop, theft, liability, and other insurance on farm business assets. Tax return for students 2011 Health and accident insurance on your farm employees. Tax return for students 2011 Workers' compensation insurance set by state law that covers any claims for job-related bodily injuries or diseases suffered by employees on your farm, regardless of fault. Tax return for students 2011 Business interruption insurance. Tax return for students 2011 State unemployment insurance on your farm employees (deductible as taxes if they are considered taxes under state law). Tax return for students 2011 Insurance to secure a loan. Tax return for students 2011   If you take out a policy on your life or on the life of another person with a financial interest in your farm business to get or protect a business loan, you cannot deduct the premiums as a business expense. Tax return for students 2011 In the event of death, the proceeds of the policy are not taxed as income even if they are used to liquidate the debt. Tax return for students 2011 Advance premiums. Tax return for students 2011   Deduct advance payments of insurance premiums only in the year to which they apply, regardless of your accounting method. Tax return for students 2011 Example. Tax return for students 2011 On June 28, 2013, you paid a premium of $3,000 for fire insurance on your barn. Tax return for students 2011 The policy will cover a period of 3 years beginning on July 1, 2013. Tax return for students 2011 Only the cost for the 6 months in 2013 is deductible as an insurance expense on your 2013 calendar year tax return. Tax return for students 2011 Deduct $500, which is the premium for 6 months of the 36-month premium period, or 6/36 of $3,000. Tax return for students 2011 In both 2014 and 2015, deduct $1,000 (12/36 of $3,000). Tax return for students 2011 Deduct the remaining $500 in 2016. Tax return for students 2011 Had the policy been effective on January 1, 2013, the deductible expense would have been $1,000 for each of the years 2013, 2014, and 2015, based on one-third of the premium used each year. Tax return for students 2011 Business interruption insurance. Tax return for students 2011   Use and occupancy and business interruption insurance premiums are deductible as a business expense. Tax return for students 2011 This insurance pays for lost profits if your business is shut down due to a fire or other cause. Tax return for students 2011 Report any proceeds in full on Schedule F, Part I. Tax return for students 2011 Self-employed health insurance deduction. Tax return for students 2011   If you are self-employed, you can deduct as an adjustment to income on Form 1040 your payments for medical, dental, and qualified long-term care insurance coverage for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents when figuring your adjusted gross income on your Form 1040. Tax return for students 2011 Effective March 30, 2010, the insurance can also cover any child of yours under age 27 at the end of 2013, even if the child was not your dependent. Tax return for students 2011 Generally, this deduction cannot be more than the net profit from the business under which the plan was established. Tax return for students 2011   If you or your spouse is also an employee of another person, you cannot take the deduction for any month in which you are eligible to participate in a subsidized health plan maintained by your employer or your spouse's employer. Tax return for students 2011   Generally, use the Self-Employed Health Insurance Deduction Worksheet in the Instructions for Form 1040 to figure your deduction. Tax return for students 2011 Include the remaining part of the insurance payment in your medical expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. Tax return for students 2011   For more information, see Deductible Premiums in Publication 535, chapter 6. Tax return for students 2011 Rent and Leasing If you lease property for use in your farm business, you can generally deduct the rent you pay on Schedule F. Tax return for students 2011 However, you cannot deduct rent you pay in crop shares if you deduct the cost of raising the crops as farm expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Advance payments. Tax return for students 2011   Deduct advance payments of rent only in the year to which they apply, regardless of your accounting method. Tax return for students 2011 Farm home. Tax return for students 2011   If you rent a farm, do not deduct the part of the rental expense that represents the fair rental value of the farm home in which you live. Tax return for students 2011 Lease or Purchase If you lease a farm building or equipment, you must determine whether or not the agreement must be treated as a conditional sales contract rather than a lease. Tax return for students 2011 If the agreement is treated as a conditional sales contract, the payments under the agreement (so far as they do not represent interest or other charges) are payments for the purchase of the property. Tax return for students 2011 Do not deduct these payments as rent, but capitalize the cost of the property and recover this cost through depreciation. Tax return for students 2011 Conditional sales contract. Tax return for students 2011   Whether an agreement is a conditional sales contract depends on the intent of the parties. Tax return for students 2011 Determine intent based on the provisions of the agreement and the facts and circumstances that exist when you make the agreement. Tax return for students 2011 No single test, or special combination of tests, always applies. Tax return for students 2011 However, in general, an agreement may be considered a conditional sales contract rather than a lease if any of the following is true. Tax return for students 2011 The agreement applies part of each payment toward an equity interest you will receive. Tax return for students 2011 You get title to the property after you make a stated amount of required payments. Tax return for students 2011 The amount you must pay to use the property for a short time is a large part of the amount you would pay to get title to the property. Tax return for students 2011 You pay much more than the current fair rental value of the property. Tax return for students 2011 You have an option to buy the property at a nominal price compared to the value of the property when you may exercise the option. Tax return for students 2011 Determine this value when you make the agreement. Tax return for students 2011 You have an option to buy the property at a nominal price compared to the total amount you have to pay under the agreement. Tax return for students 2011 The agreement designates part of the payments as interest, or part of the payments can be easily recognized as interest. Tax return for students 2011 Example. Tax return for students 2011 You lease new farm equipment from a dealer who both sells and leases. Tax return for students 2011 The agreement includes an option to purchase the equipment for a specified price. Tax return for students 2011 The lease payments and the specified option price equal the sales price of the equipment plus interest. Tax return for students 2011 Under the agreement, you are responsible for maintenance, repairs, and the risk of loss. Tax return for students 2011 For federal income tax purposes, the agreement is a conditional sales contract. Tax return for students 2011 You cannot deduct any of the lease payments as rent. Tax return for students 2011 You can deduct interest, repairs, insurance, depreciation, and other expenses related to the equipment. Tax return for students 2011 Motor vehicle leases. Tax return for students 2011   Special rules apply to lease agreements that have a terminal rental adjustment clause. Tax return for students 2011 In general, this is a clause that provides for a rental price adjustment based on the amount the lessor is able to sell the vehicle for at the end of the lease. Tax return for students 2011 If your rental agreement contains a terminal rental adjustment clause, treat the agreement as a lease if the agreement otherwise qualifies as a lease. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 7701(h). Tax return for students 2011 Leveraged leases. Tax return for students 2011   Special rules apply to leveraged leases of equipment (arrangements in which the equipment is financed by a nonrecourse loan from a third party). Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Publication 535, chapter 3, and Revenue Procedure 2001-28, which begins on page 1156 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2001-19 at www. Tax return for students 2011 irs. Tax return for students 2011 gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb01-19. Tax return for students 2011 pdf. Tax return for students 2011 Depreciation If property you acquire to use in your farm business is expected to last more than one year, you generally cannot deduct the entire cost in the year you acquire it. Tax return for students 2011 You must recover the cost over more than one year and deduct part of it each year on Schedule F as depreciation or amortization. Tax return for students 2011 However, you can choose to deduct part or all of the cost of certain qualifying property, up to a limit, as a section 179 deduction in the year you place it in service. Tax return for students 2011 Depreciation, amortization, and the section 179 deduction are discussed in chapter 7. Tax return for students 2011 Business Use of Your Home You can deduct expenses for the business use of your home if you use part of your home exclusively and regularly: As the principal place of business for any trade or business in which you engage, As a place to meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, or In connection with your trade or business, if you are using a separate structure that is not attached to your home. Tax return for students 2011 Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use if you meet both of the following requirements. Tax return for students 2011 You use it exclusively and regularly for the administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Tax return for students 2011 You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Tax return for students 2011 If you use part of your home for business, you must divide the expenses of operating your home between personal and business use. Tax return for students 2011 The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Schedule C (Form 1040), Part II, and its instructions. Tax return for students 2011 Deduction limit. Tax return for students 2011   If your gross income from farming equals or exceeds your total farm expenses (including expenses for the business use of your home), you can deduct all your farm expenses. Tax return for students 2011 But if your gross income from farming is less than your total farm expenses, your deduction for certain expenses for the use of your home in your farming business is limited. Tax return for students 2011   Your deduction for otherwise nondeductible expenses, such as utilities, insurance, and depreciation (with depreciation taken last), cannot be more than the gross income from farming minus the following expenses. Tax return for students 2011 The business part of expenses you could deduct even if you did not use your home for business (such as deductible mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty and theft losses). Tax return for students 2011 Farm expenses other than expenses that relate to the use of your home. Tax return for students 2011 If you are self-employed, do not include your deduction for half of your self-employment tax. Tax return for students 2011   Deductions over the current year's limit can be carried over to your next tax year. Tax return for students 2011 They are subject to the deduction limit for the next tax year. Tax return for students 2011 More information. Tax return for students 2011   See Publication 587 for more information on deducting expenses for the business use of your home. Tax return for students 2011 Telephone expense. Tax return for students 2011   You cannot deduct the cost of basic local telephone service (including any taxes) for the first telephone line you have in your home, even if you have an office in your home. Tax return for students 2011 However, charges for business long-distance phone calls on that line, as well as the cost of a second line into your home used exclusively for your farm business, are deductible business expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Cell phone charges for calls relating to your farm business are deductible. Tax return for students 2011 If the cell phone you use for your farm business is part of a family cell phone plan, you must allocate and deduct only the portion of the charges attributable to farm business calls. Tax return for students 2011 Truck and Car Expenses You can deduct the actual cost of operating a truck or car in your farm business. Tax return for students 2011 Only expenses for business use are deductible. Tax return for students 2011 These include such items as gasoline, oil, repairs, license tags, insurance, and depreciation (subject to certain limits). Tax return for students 2011 Standard mileage rate. Tax return for students 2011   Instead of using actual costs, under certain conditions you can use the standard mileage rate. Tax return for students 2011 The standard mileage rate for each mile of business use is 56. Tax return for students 2011 5 cents in 2013. Tax return for students 2011 You can use the standard mileage rate for a car or a light truck, such as a van, pickup, or panel truck, you own or lease. Tax return for students 2011   You cannot use the standard mileage rate if you operate five or more cars or light trucks at the same time. Tax return for students 2011 You are not using five or more vehicles at the same time if you alternate using the vehicles (you use them at different times) for business. Tax return for students 2011 Example. Tax return for students 2011 Maureen owns a car and four pickup trucks that are used in her farm business. Tax return for students 2011 Her farm employees use the trucks and she uses the car for business. Tax return for students 2011 Maureen cannot use the standard mileage rate for the car or the trucks. Tax return for students 2011 This is because all five vehicles are used in Maureen's farm business at the same time. Tax return for students 2011 She must use actual expenses for all vehicles. Tax return for students 2011 Business use percentage. Tax return for students 2011   You can claim 75% of the use of a car or light truck as business use without any records if you used the vehicle during most of the normal business day directly in connection with the business of farming. Tax return for students 2011 You choose this method of substantiating business use the first year the vehicle is placed in service. Tax return for students 2011 Once you make this choice, you may not change to another method later. Tax return for students 2011 The following are uses directly connected with the business of farming. Tax return for students 2011 Cultivating land. Tax return for students 2011 Raising or harvesting any agricultural or horticultural commodity. Tax return for students 2011 Raising, shearing, feeding, caring for, training, and managing animals. Tax return for students 2011 Driving to the feed or supply store. Tax return for students 2011   If you keep records and they show that your business use was more than 75%, you may be able to claim more. Tax return for students 2011 See Recordkeeping requirements under Travel Expenses , below. Tax return for students 2011 More information. Tax return for students 2011   For more information on deductible truck and car expenses, see Publication 463, chapter 4. Tax return for students 2011 If you pay your employees for the use of their truck or car in your farm business, see Reimbursements to employees under Travel Expenses next. Tax return for students 2011 Travel Expenses You can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses you incur while traveling away from home for your farm business. Tax return for students 2011 You cannot deduct lavish or extravagant expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Usually, the location of your farm business is considered your home for tax purposes. Tax return for students 2011 You are traveling away from home if: Your duties require you to be absent from your farm substantially longer than an ordinary work day, and You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. Tax return for students 2011 If you meet these requirements and can prove the time, place, and business purpose of your travel, you can deduct your ordinary and necessary travel expenses. Tax return for students 2011 The following are some types of deductible travel expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Air, rail, bus, and car transportation; Meals and lodging; Dry cleaning and laundry; Telephone and fax; Transportation between your hotel and your temporary work or business meeting location; and Tips for any of the above expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Meals. Tax return for students 2011   You ordinarily can deduct only 50% of your business-related meals expenses. Tax return for students 2011 You can deduct the cost of your meals while traveling on business only if your business trip is overnight or long enough to require you to stop for sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. Tax return for students 2011 You cannot deduct any of the cost of meals if it is not necessary for you to rest, unless you meet the rules for business entertainment. Tax return for students 2011 For information on entertainment expenses, see Publication 463, chapter 2. Tax return for students 2011   The expense of a meal includes amounts you spend for your food, beverages, taxes, and tips relating to the meal. Tax return for students 2011 You can deduct either 50% of the actual cost or 50% of a standard meal allowance that covers your daily meal and incidental expenses. Tax return for students 2011    Recordkeeping requirements. Tax return for students 2011 You must be able to prove your deductions for travel by adequate records or other evidence that will support your own statement. Tax return for students 2011 Estimates or approximations do not qualify as proof of an expense. Tax return for students 2011   You should keep an account book or similar record, supported by adequate documentary evidence, such as receipts, that together support each element of an expense. Tax return for students 2011 Generally, it is best to record the expense and get documentation of it at the time you pay it. Tax return for students 2011   If you choose to deduct a standard meal allowance rather than the actual expense, you do not have to keep records to prove amounts spent for meals and incidental items. Tax return for students 2011 However, you must still keep records to prove the actual amount of other travel expenses, and the time, place, and business purpose of your travel. Tax return for students 2011 More information. Tax return for students 2011   For detailed information on travel, recordkeeping, and the standard meal allowance, see Publication 463. Tax return for students 2011 Reimbursements to employees. Tax return for students 2011   You generally can deduct reimbursements you pay to your employees for travel and transportation expenses they incur in the conduct of your business. Tax return for students 2011 Employees may be reimbursed under an accountable or nonaccountable plan. Tax return for students 2011 Under an accountable plan, the employee must provide evidence of expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Under a nonaccountable plan, no evidence of expenses is required. Tax return for students 2011 If you reimburse expenses under an accountable plan, deduct them as travel and transportation expenses. Tax return for students 2011 If you reimburse expenses under a nonaccountable plan, you must report the reimbursements as wages on Form W-2 and deduct them as wages. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Publication 535, chapter 11. Tax return for students 2011 Marketing Quota Penalties You can deduct as Other expenses on Schedule F penalties you pay for marketing crops in excess of farm marketing quotas. Tax return for students 2011 However, if you do not pay the penalty, but instead the purchaser of your crop deducts it from the payment to you, include in gross income only the amount you received. Tax return for students 2011 Do not take a separate deduction for the penalty. Tax return for students 2011 Tenant House Expenses You can deduct the costs of maintaining houses and their furnishings for tenants or hired help as farm business expenses. Tax return for students 2011 These costs include repairs, utilities, insurance, and depreciation. Tax return for students 2011 The value of a dwelling you furnish to a tenant under the usual tenant-farmer arrangement is not taxable income to the tenant. Tax return for students 2011 Items Purchased for Resale If you use the cash method of accounting, you ordinarily deduct the cost of livestock and other items purchased for resale only in the year of sale. Tax return for students 2011 You deduct this cost, including freight charges for transporting the livestock to the farm, on Schedule F, Part I. Tax return for students 2011 However, see Chickens, seeds, and young plants , below. Tax return for students 2011 Example. Tax return for students 2011 You use the cash method of accounting. Tax return for students 2011 In 2013, you buy 50 steers you will sell in 2014. Tax return for students 2011 You cannot deduct the cost of the steers on your 2013 tax return. Tax return for students 2011 You deduct their cost on your 2014 Schedule F, Part I. Tax return for students 2011 Chickens, seeds, and young plants. Tax return for students 2011   If you are a cash method farmer, you can deduct the cost of hens and baby chicks bought for commercial egg production, or for raising and resale, as an expense on Schedule F, Part I, in the year paid if you do it consistently and it does not distort income. Tax return for students 2011 You also can deduct the cost of seeds and young plants bought for further development and cultivation before sale as an expense on Schedule F, Part I, when paid if you do this consistently and you do not figure your income on the crop method. Tax return for students 2011 However, see Prepaid Farm Supplies , earlier, for a rule that may limit your deduction for these items. Tax return for students 2011   If you deduct the cost of chickens, seeds, and young plants as an expense, report their entire selling price as income. Tax return for students 2011 You cannot also deduct the cost from the selling price. Tax return for students 2011   You cannot deduct the cost of seeds and young plants for Christmas trees and timber as an expense. Tax return for students 2011 Deduct the cost of these seeds and plants through depletion allowances. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Depletion in chapter 7. Tax return for students 2011   The cost of chickens and plants used as food for your family is never deductible. Tax return for students 2011   Capitalize the cost of plants with a preproductive period of more than 2 years, unless you can elect out of the uniform capitalization rules. Tax return for students 2011 These rules are discussed in chapter 6. Tax return for students 2011 Example. Tax return for students 2011 You use the cash method of accounting. Tax return for students 2011 In 2013, you buy 500 baby chicks to raise for resale in 2014. Tax return for students 2011 You also buy 50 bushels of winter wheat seed in 2013 that you sow in the fall. Tax return for students 2011 Unless you previously adopted the method of deducting these costs in the year you sell the chickens or the harvested crops, you can deduct the cost of both the baby chicks and the seed wheat in 2013. Tax return for students 2011 Election to use crop method. Tax return for students 2011   If you use the crop method, you can delay deducting the cost of seeds and young plants until you sell them. Tax return for students 2011 You must get IRS approval to use the crop method. Tax return for students 2011 If you follow this method, deduct the cost from the selling price to determine your profit on Schedule F, Part I. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Crop method under Special Methods of Accounting in chapter 2. Tax return for students 2011 Choosing a method. Tax return for students 2011   You can adopt either the crop method or the cash method for deducting the cost in the first year you buy egg-laying hens, pullets, chicks, or seeds and young plants. Tax return for students 2011   Although you must use the same method for egg-laying hens, pullets, and chicks, you can use a different method for seeds and young plants. Tax return for students 2011 Once you use a particular method for any of these items, use it for those items until you get IRS approval to change your method. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Change in Accounting Method in chapter 2. Tax return for students 2011 Other Expenses The following list, while not all-inclusive, shows some expenses you can deduct as other farm expenses on Schedule F, Part II. Tax return for students 2011 These expenses must be for business purposes and  (1) paid, if you use the cash method of accounting, or (2) incurred, if you use an accrual method of accounting. Tax return for students 2011 Accounting fees. Tax return for students 2011 Advertising. Tax return for students 2011 Business travel and meals. Tax return for students 2011 Commissions. Tax return for students 2011 Consultant fees. Tax return for students 2011 Crop scouting expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Dues to cooperatives. Tax return for students 2011 Educational expenses (to maintain and improve farming skills). Tax return for students 2011 Farm-related attorney fees. Tax return for students 2011 Farm magazines. Tax return for students 2011 Ginning. Tax return for students 2011 Insect sprays and dusts. Tax return for students 2011 Litter and bedding. Tax return for students 2011 Livestock fees. Tax return for students 2011 Marketing fees. Tax return for students 2011 Milk assessment. Tax return for students 2011 Recordkeeping expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Service charges. Tax return for students 2011 Small tools expected to last one year or less. Tax return for students 2011 Stamps and stationery. Tax return for students 2011 Subscriptions to professional, technical, and trade journals that deal with farming. Tax return for students 2011 Tying material and containers. Tax return for students 2011 Loan expenses. Tax return for students 2011   You prorate and deduct loan expenses, such as legal fees and commissions, you pay to get a farm loan over the term of the loan. Tax return for students 2011 Tax preparation fees. Tax return for students 2011   You can deduct as a farm business expense on Schedule F the cost of preparing that part of your tax return relating to your farm business. Tax return for students 2011 You may be able to deduct the remaining cost on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. Tax return for students 2011   You also can deduct on Schedule F the amount you pay or incur in resolving tax issues relating to your farm business. Tax return for students 2011 Domestic Production Activities Deduction Generally, you are allowed a deduction for income attributable to domestic production activities. Tax return for students 2011 You can deduct 9% of the lesser of your qualified production activities income or your taxable income (adjusted gross income for individuals) for the tax year. Tax return for students 2011 Your deduction is limited to 50% of the Form W-2 wages you paid for the tax year that are properly allocable to domestic production gross receipts. Tax return for students 2011 For this purpose, Form W-2 wages do not include noncash wages paid for agricultural labor, such as compensation paid as commodities. Tax return for students 2011 Also, excluded from Form W-2 wages are wages paid to your children under age 18 and nontaxable fringe benefits. Tax return for students 2011 Income from cooperatives. Tax return for students 2011   If you receive a patronage dividend or qualified per-unit retain allocation from a cooperative which is engaged in the manufacturing, production, growth, or extraction in whole or in significant part of any agricultural or horticultural product or in the marketing of agricultural or horticultural products, your income from the cooperative can give rise to a domestic production activities deduction. Tax return for students 2011 This deduction amount is reported on Form 1099-PATR, box 6. Tax return for students 2011 In order for you to qualify for the deduction, the cooperative is required to send you a written notice designating your portion of the domestic production activities deduction. Tax return for students 2011 More information. Tax return for students 2011   For more information on the domestic production activities deduction, see the Instructions for Form 8903. Tax return for students 2011 Capital Expenses A capital expense is a payment, or a debt incurred, for the acquisition, improvement, or restoration of an asset that is expected to last more than one year. Tax return for students 2011 You include the expense in the basis of the asset. Tax return for students 2011 Uniform capitalization rules also require you to capitalize or include in inventory certain other expenses. Tax return for students 2011 See chapters 2  and 6. Tax return for students 2011 Capital expenses are generally not deductible, but they may be depreciable. Tax return for students 2011 However, you can elect to deduct certain capital expenses, such as the following. Tax return for students 2011 The cost of fertilizer, lime, etc. Tax return for students 2011 (See Fertilizer and Lime under Deductible Expenses , earlier. Tax return for students 2011 ) Soil and water conservation expenses. Tax return for students 2011 (See chapter 5. Tax return for students 2011 ) The cost of property that qualifies for a deduction under section 179. Tax return for students 2011 (See chapter 7. Tax return for students 2011 ) Business start-up costs. Tax return for students 2011 (See Business start-up and organizational costs , later. Tax return for students 2011 ) Forestation and reforestation costs. Tax return for students 2011 (See Forestation and reforestation costs , later. Tax return for students 2011 ) Generally, the costs of the following items, including the costs of material, hired labor, and installation, are capital expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Land and buildings. Tax return for students 2011 Additions, alterations, and improvements to buildings, etc. Tax return for students 2011 Cars and trucks. Tax return for students 2011 Equipment and machinery. Tax return for students 2011 Fences. Tax return for students 2011 Draft, breeding, sport, and dairy livestock. Tax return for students 2011 Repairs to machinery, equipment, trucks, and cars that prolong their useful life, increase their value, or adapt them to different use. Tax return for students 2011 Water wells, including drilling and equipping costs. Tax return for students 2011 Land preparation costs, such as: Clearing land for farming, Leveling and conditioning land, Purchasing and planting trees, Building irrigation canals and ditches, Laying irrigation pipes, Installing drain tile, Modifying channels or streams, Constructing earthen, masonry, or concrete tanks, reservoirs, or dams, and Building roads. Tax return for students 2011 Business start-up and organizational costs. Tax return for students 2011   You can elect to deduct up to $5,000 of business start-up costs and $5,000 of organizational costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004. Tax return for students 2011 The $5,000 deduction is reduced by the amount your total start-up or organizational costs exceed $50,000. Tax return for students 2011 Any remaining costs must be amortized. Tax return for students 2011 See chapter 7. Tax return for students 2011   You elect to deduct start-up or organizational costs by claiming the deduction on the income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the active trade or business begins. Tax return for students 2011 However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Tax return for students 2011 Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Tax return for students 2011 9100-2” at the top of the amended return. Tax return for students 2011 File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Tax return for students 2011 The election applies when figuring taxable income for the current tax year and all subsequent years. Tax return for students 2011   You can choose to forgo the election by clearly electing to capitalize your start-up or organizational costs on an income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the active trade or business begins. Tax return for students 2011 For more information about start-up and organizational costs, see chapter 7. Tax return for students 2011 Crop production expenses. Tax return for students 2011   The uniform capitalization rules generally require you to capitalize expenses incurred in producing plants. Tax return for students 2011 However, except for certain taxpayers required to use an accrual method of accounting, the capitalization rules do not apply to plants with a preproductive period of 2 years or less. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Uniform Capitalization Rules in chapter 6. Tax return for students 2011 Timber. Tax return for students 2011   Capitalize the cost of acquiring timber. Tax return for students 2011 Do not include the cost of land in the cost of the timber. Tax return for students 2011 You must generally capitalize direct costs incurred in reforestation. Tax return for students 2011 However, you can elect to deduct some forestation and reforestation costs. Tax return for students 2011 See Forestation and reforestation costs next. Tax return for students 2011 Reforestation costs include the following. Tax return for students 2011 Site preparation costs, such as: Girdling, Applying herbicide, Baiting rodents, and Clearing and controlling brush. Tax return for students 2011 The cost of seed or seedlings. Tax return for students 2011 Labor and tool expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Depreciation on equipment used in planting or seeding. Tax return for students 2011 Costs incurred in replanting to replace lost seedlings. Tax return for students 2011 You can choose to capitalize certain indirect reforestation costs. Tax return for students 2011   These capitalized amounts are your basis for the timber. Tax return for students 2011 Recover your basis when you sell the timber or take depletion allowances when you cut the timber. Tax return for students 2011 See Depletion in chapter 7. Tax return for students 2011 Forestation and reforestation costs. Tax return for students 2011   You can elect to deduct up to $10,000 ($5,000 if married filing separately; $0 for a trust) of qualifying reforestation costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004, for each qualified timber property. Tax return for students 2011 Any remaining costs can be amortized over an 84-month period. Tax return for students 2011 See chapter 7. Tax return for students 2011 If you make an election to deduct or amortize qualifying reforestation costs, you should create and maintain separate timber accounts for each qualified timber property. Tax return for students 2011 The accounts should include all reforestation treatments and the dates they were applied. Tax return for students 2011 Any qualified timber property that is subject to the deduction or amortization election cannot be included in any other timber account for which depletion is allowed. Tax return for students 2011 The timber account should be maintained until the timber is disposed of. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Notice 2006-47, 2006-20 I. Tax return for students 2011 R. Tax return for students 2011 B. Tax return for students 2011 892, available at  www. Tax return for students 2011 irs. Tax return for students 2011 gov/irb/2006-20_IRB/ar11. Tax return for students 2011 html. Tax return for students 2011   You elect to deduct forestation and reforestation costs by claiming the deduction on the income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the expenses were paid or incurred. Tax return for students 2011 If you are filing Form T (Timber), Forest Activities Schedule, also complete Form T (Timber), Part IV. Tax return for students 2011 If you are not filing Form T (Timber), attach a statement to your return with the following information. Tax return for students 2011 The unique stand identification numbers. Tax return for students 2011 The total number of acres reforested during the tax year. Tax return for students 2011 The nature of the reforestation treatments. Tax return for students 2011 The total amounts of the qualified reforestation expenditures eligible to be amortized or deducted. Tax return for students 2011   However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Tax return for students 2011 Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Tax return for students 2011 9100-2” at the top of the amended return. Tax return for students 2011 File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Tax return for students 2011    For more information about forestation and reforestation costs, see chapter 7. Tax return for students 2011    For more information about timber, see Agriculture Handbook Number 731, Forest Landowners' Guide to the Federal Income Tax. Tax return for students 2011 You can view this publication on the Internet at  www. Tax return for students 2011 fs. Tax return for students 2011 fed. Tax return for students 2011 us/publications. Tax return for students 2011 Christmas tree cultivation. Tax return for students 2011   If you are in the business of planting and cultivating Christmas trees to sell when they are more than 6 years old, capitalize expenses incurred for planting and stump culture and add them to the basis of the standing trees. Tax return for students 2011 Recover these expenses as part of your adjusted basis when you sell the standing trees or as depletion allowances when you cut the trees. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Timber Depletion under Depletion in chapter 7. Tax return for students 2011   You can deduct as business expenses the costs incurred for shearing and basal pruning of these trees. Tax return for students 2011 Expenses incurred for silvicultural practices, such as weeding or cleaning, and noncommercial thinning are also deductible as business expenses. Tax return for students 2011   Capitalize the cost of land improvements, such as road grading, ditching, and fire breaks, that have a useful life beyond the tax year. Tax return for students 2011 If the improvements do not have a determinable useful life, add their cost to the basis of the land. Tax return for students 2011 The cost is recovered when you sell or otherwise dispose of it. Tax return for students 2011 If the improvements have a determinable useful life, recover their cost through depreciation. Tax return for students 2011 Capitalize the cost of equipment and other depreciable assets, such as culverts and fences, to the extent you do not use them in planting Christmas trees. Tax return for students 2011 Recover these costs through depreciation. Tax return for students 2011 Nondeductible Expenses You cannot deduct personal expenses and certain other items on your tax return even if they relate to your farm. Tax return for students 2011 Personal, Living, and Family Expenses You cannot deduct certain personal, living, and family expenses as business expenses. Tax return for students 2011 These include rent and insurance premiums paid on property used as your home, life insurance premiums on yourself or your family, the cost of maintaining cars, trucks, or horses for personal use, allowances to minor children, attorneys' fees and legal expenses incurred in personal matters, and household expenses. Tax return for students 2011 Likewise, the cost of purchasing or raising produce or livestock consumed by you or your family is not deductible. Tax return for students 2011 Other Nondeductible Items You cannot deduct the following items on your tax return. Tax return for students 2011 Loss of growing plants, produce, and crops. Tax return for students 2011   Losses of plants, produce, and crops raised for sale are generally not deductible. Tax return for students 2011 However, you may have a deductible loss on plants with a preproductive period of more than 2 years. Tax return for students 2011 See chapter 11 for more information. Tax return for students 2011 Repayment of loans. Tax return for students 2011   You cannot deduct the repayment of a loan. Tax return for students 2011 However, if you use the proceeds of a loan for farm business expenses, you can deduct the interest on the loan. Tax return for students 2011 See Interest , earlier. Tax return for students 2011 Estate, inheritance, legacy, succession, and gift taxes. Tax return for students 2011   You cannot deduct estate, inheritance, legacy, succession, and gift taxes. Tax return for students 2011 Loss of livestock. Tax return for students 2011   You cannot deduct as a loss the value of raised livestock that die if you deducted the cost of raising them as an expense. Tax return for students 2011 Losses from sales or exchanges between related persons. Tax return for students 2011   You cannot deduct losses from sales or exchanges of property between you and certain related persons, including your spouse, brother, sister, ancestor, or lineal descendant. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see chapter 2 of Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets. Tax return for students 2011 Cost of raising unharvested crops. Tax return for students 2011   You cannot deduct the cost of raising unharvested crops sold with land owned more than one year if you sell both at the same time and to the same person. Tax return for students 2011 Add these costs to the basis of the land to determine the gain or loss on the sale. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Section 1231 Gains and Losses in chapter 9. Tax return for students 2011 Cost of unharvested crops bought with land. Tax return for students 2011   Capitalize the purchase price of land, including the cost allocable to unharvested crops. Tax return for students 2011 You cannot deduct the cost of the crops at the time of purchase. Tax return for students 2011 However, you can deduct this cost in figuring net profit or loss in the tax year you sell the crops. Tax return for students 2011 Cost related to gifts. Tax return for students 2011   You cannot deduct costs related to your gifts of agricultural products or property held for sale in the ordinary course of your business. Tax return for students 2011 The costs are not deductible in the year of the gift or any later year. Tax return for students 2011 For example, you cannot deduct the cost of raising cattle or the cost of planting and raising unharvested wheat on parcels of land given as a gift to your children. Tax return for students 2011 Club dues and membership fees. Tax return for students 2011   Generally, you cannot deduct amounts you pay or incur for membership in any club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or any other social purpose. Tax return for students 2011 This includes country clubs, golf and athletic clubs, hotel clubs, sporting clubs, airline clubs, and clubs operated to provide meals under circumstances generally considered to be conducive to business discussions. Tax return for students 2011 Exception. Tax return for students 2011   The following organizations will not be treated as a club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or other social purposes, unless one of its main purposes is to conduct entertainment activities for members or their guests or to provide members or their guests with access to entertainment facilities. Tax return for students 2011 Boards of trade. Tax return for students 2011 Business leagues. Tax return for students 2011 Chambers of commerce. Tax return for students 2011 Civic or public service organizations. Tax return for students 2011 Professional associations. Tax return for students 2011 Trade associations. Tax return for students 2011 Real estate boards. Tax return for students 2011 Fines and penalties. Tax return for students 2011   You cannot deduct fines and penalties, except penalties for exceeding marketing quotas, discussed earlier. Tax return for students 2011 Losses From Operating a Farm If your deductible farm expenses are more than your farm income, you have a loss from the operation of your farm. Tax return for students 2011 The amount of the loss you can deduct when figuring your taxable income may be limited. Tax return for students 2011 To figure your deductible loss, you must apply the following limits. Tax return for students 2011 The at-risk limits. Tax return for students 2011 The passive activity limits. Tax return for students 2011 The following discussions explain these limits. Tax return for students 2011 If your deductible loss after applying these limits is more than your other income for the year, you may have a net operating loss. Tax return for students 2011 See Publication 536, Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts. Tax return for students 2011 If you do not carry on your farming activity to make a profit, your loss deduction may be limited by the not-for-profit rules. Tax return for students 2011 See Not-for-Profit Farming, later. Tax return for students 2011 At-Risk Limits The at-risk rules limit your deduction for losses from most business or income-producing activities, including farming. Tax return for students 2011 These rules limit the losses you can deduct when figuring your taxable income. Tax return for students 2011 The deductible loss from an activity is limited to the amount you have at risk in the activity. Tax return for students 2011 You are at risk in any activity for: The money and adjusted basis of property you contribute to the activity, and Amounts you borrow for use in the activity if: You are personally liable for repayment, or You pledge property (other than property used in the activity) as security for the loan. Tax return for students 2011 You are not at risk, however, for amounts you borrow for use in a farming activity from a person who has an interest in the activity (other than as a creditor) or a person related to someone (other than you) having such an interest. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Publication 925. Tax return for students 2011 Passive Activity Limits A passive activity is generally any activity involving the conduct of any trade or business in which you do not materially participate. Tax return for students 2011 Generally, a rental activity is a passive activity. Tax return for students 2011 If you have a passive activity, special rules limit the loss you can deduct in the tax year. Tax return for students 2011 You generally can deduct losses from passive activities only up to income from passive activities. Tax return for students 2011 Credits are similarly limited. Tax return for students 2011 For more information, see Publication 925. Tax return for students 2011 Excess Farm Loss Limit For tax years beginning after 2009, excess farm losses (defined below) are not deductible if you received certain applicable subsidies. Tax return for students 2011 This limit applies to any farming businesses, other than a C corporation, that received a direct or counter-cyclical payment (or any payment in lieu of such payments) under title I of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, or from a Commodity Credit Corporation loan. Tax return for students 2011 Your farming losses are limited to the greater of: $300,000 ($150,000 for a married person filing a separate return), or The total net farm income for the prior five tax years. Tax return for students 2011 Farming losses from casualty losses or losses by reason of disease or drought are disregarded for purposes of figuring this limitation. Tax return for students 2011 Also, the limitation on farm losses should be applied before the passive activity loss rules are applied. Tax return for students 2011 For more details, see IRC section 461(j). Tax return for students 2011 Excess farm loss. Tax return for students 2011   Generally, an excess farm loss is the amount of your farming loss that exceeds the amount of the limitation (as described above). Tax return for students 2011 This loss can be determined by taking the excess of: The total deductions for the tax year from your farming businesses, over The total gross income or gain for the tax year from your farming businesses, plus the greater of: $300,000 ($150,000 for a married person filing a separate return), or The excess (if any) of the total gross income or gain from your farming businesses for the prior five tax years over the total deductions from your farming businesses for the prior five tax years. Tax return for students 2011   Excess farm losses that are disallowed can be carried forward to the next tax year and treated as a deduction from that year. Tax return for students 2011 Not-for-Profit Farming If you operate a farm for profit, you can deduct all the ordinary and necessary expenses of carrying on the business of farming on Schedule F. Tax return for students 2011 However, if you do not carry on your farming activity, or other activity you engage or invest in, to make a profit, you report the income from the activity on Form 1040, line 21, and you can deduct expenses of carrying on the activity only if you itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Tax return for students 2011 Also, there is a limit on the deductions you can take. Tax return for students 2011 You cannot use a loss from that activity to offset income from other activities. Tax return for students 2011 Activities you do as a hobby, or mainly for sport or recreation, come under this limit. Tax return for students 2011 An investment activity intended only to produce tax losses for the investors also comes under this limit. Tax return for students 2011 The limit on not-for-profit losses applies to individuals, partnerships, estates, trusts, and S corporations. Tax return for students 2011 It does not apply to corporations other than S corporations. Tax return for students 2011 In determining whether you are carrying on your farming activity for profit, all the facts are taken into account. Tax return for students 2011 No one factor alone is decisive. Tax return for students 2011 Among the factors to consider are whether: You operate your farm in a businesslike manner; The time and effort you spend on farming indicate you intend to make it profitable; You depend on income from farming for your livelihood; Your losses are due to circumstances beyond your control or are normal in the start-up phase of farming; You change your methods of operation in an attempt to improve profitability; You, or your advisors, have the knowledge needed to carry on the farming activity as a successful business; You were successful in making a profit in similar activities in the past; You make a profit from farming in some years and the amount of profit you make; and You can expect to make a future profit from the appreciation of the assets used in the farming activity. Tax return for students 2011 Presumption of profit. Tax return for students 2011   Your farming or other activity is presumed carried on for profit if it produced a profit in at least 3 of the last 5 tax years, including the current year. Tax return for students 2011 Activities that consist primarily of breeding, training, showing, or racing horses are presumed carried on for profit if they produced a profit in at least 2 of the last 7 tax years, including the current year. Tax return for students 2011 The activity must be substantially the same for each year within this period. Tax return for students 2011 You have a profit when the gross income from an activity is more than the deductions for it. Tax return for students 2011   If a taxpayer dies before the end of the 5-year (or 7-year) period, the period ends on the date of the taxpayer's death. Tax return for students 2011   If your business or investment activity passes this 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, presume it is carried on for profit. Tax return for students 2011 This means the limits discussed here do not apply. Tax return for students 2011 You can take all your business deductions from the activity on Schedule F, even for the years that you have a loss. Tax return for students 2011 You can rely on this presumption in every case, unless the IRS shows it is not valid. Tax return for students 2011   If you fail the 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, you still may be considered to operate your farm for profit by considering the factors listed earlier. Tax return for students 2011 Using the presumption later. Tax return for students 2011   If you are starting out in farming and do not have 3 (or 2) years showing a profit, you may want to take advantage of this presumption later, after you have had the 5 (or 7) years of experience allowed by the test. Tax return for students 2011   You can choose to do this by filing Form 5213. Tax return for students 2011 Filing this form postpones any determination that your farming activity is not carried on for profit until 5 (or 7) years have passed since you first started farming. Tax return for students 2011 You must file Form 5213 within 3 years after the due date of your return for the year in which you first carried on the activity, or, if earlier, within 60 days after receiving a written notice from the IRS proposing to disallow deductions attributable to the activity. Tax return for students 2011   The benefit gained by making this choice is that the IRS will not immediately question whether your farming activity is engaged in for profit. Tax return for students 2011 Accordingly, it will not limit your deductions. Tax return for students 2011 Rather, you will gain time to earn a profit in 3 (or 2) out of the first 5 (or 7) years you carry on the farming activity. Tax return for students 2011 If you show 3 (or 2) years of profit at the end of this period, your deductions are not limited under these rules. Tax return for students 2011 If you do not have 3 (or 2) years of profit (and cannot otherwise show that you operated your farm for profit), the limit applies retroactively to any year in the 5-year (or 7-year) period with a loss. Tax return for students 2011   Filing Form 5213 automatically extends the period of limitations on any year