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Taxact 2011 free edition Tax Changes for Businesses Table of Contents 2001 ChangesNew 5-Year Carryback Rule for Net Operating Losses (NOLs) Electronic Form 1099 Tax Incentives for New York Liberty Zone Other 2001 Changes 2002 ChangesNonaccrual-Experience Method Issuance of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds Depletion Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone Credit For Pension Plan Startup Costs Welfare-to-Work Credit Extended Work Opportunity Credit Extended Electric and Clean-Fuel Vehicles Renewable Electricity Production Credit Later ChangesSpecial Depreciation Allowance Extension of Placed in Service Date Special Liberty Zone Depreciation Allowance for New and Used Property Depreciation of Property Used on Indian Reservations Indian Employment Credit Extended 2001 Changes New 5-Year Carryback Rule for Net Operating Losses (NOLs) If you have an NOL from a tax year ending during 2001 or 2002, you must generally carry back the entire amount of the NOL to the 5 tax years before the NOL year (the carryback period). Taxact 2011 free edition However, you can still choose to use the previous carryback period. Taxact 2011 free edition You also can choose not to carry back an NOL and only carry it forward. Taxact 2011 free edition Individuals, estates, and trusts can file Form 1045, Application for Tentative Refund. Taxact 2011 free edition Corporations can file Form 1139, Corporation Application for Tentative Refund. Taxact 2011 free edition The instructions for these forms will be revised to reflect the new law. Taxact 2011 free edition Electronic Form 1099 For tax years ending after March 9, 2002, most Forms 1099 can be furnished electronically if the recipient consents, according to IRS regulations, to receive it that way. Taxact 2011 free edition Tax Incentives for New York Liberty Zone New tax benefits are provided for the parts of New York City damaged in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Taxact 2011 free edition These benefits apply to the newly created New York Liberty Zone, which is the area located on or south of Canal Street, East Broadway (east of its intersection with Canal Street), or Grand Street (east of its intersection with East Broadway), in the Borough of Manhattan. Taxact 2011 free edition Tax benefits for the New York Liberty Zone include the following. Taxact 2011 free edition A special depreciation allowance equal to 30% of the adjusted basis of qualified Liberty Zone property. Taxact 2011 free edition It is allowed for the year the property is placed in service. Taxact 2011 free edition No alternative minimum tax depreciation adjustment for qualified Liberty Zone property. Taxact 2011 free edition Classification of Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property as 5-year property. Taxact 2011 free edition Authorization of the issuance of tax-exempt New York Liberty bonds to finance the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, and renovation of nonresidential real property, residential rental property, and public utility property in the Liberty Zone. Taxact 2011 free edition An increased section 179 deduction for certain Liberty Zone property. Taxact 2011 free edition Extension of the replacement period from 2 years to 5 years for certain property involuntarily converted as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, but only if substantially all of the use of the replacement property is in New York City. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information about involuntary conversions, see Postponement of Gain in Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Taxact 2011 free edition In addition, for 2002 and 2003, the work opportunity credit is expanded by creating a new targeted group, consisting generally of employees who work in the Liberty Zone or, in certain cases, in New York City outside the Liberty Zone. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information, see Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone under 2002 Changes, later. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information about the 30% special depreciation allowance, Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property, or increased section 179 deduction, see New York Liberty Zone Benefits, in chapter 5. Taxact 2011 free edition In addition, the tax benefits for the Liberty Zone will be covered in a new edition of Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities, available later in 2002. Taxact 2011 free edition Other 2001 Changes Other changes are discussed in the following chapters. Taxact 2011 free edition Chapter 4 Car Expenses Chapter 5 Depreciation 2002 Changes Nonaccrual-Experience Method Under current law, if you perform services and use an accrual method of accounting, you do not accrue income which, based on experience, you expect to be uncollectible. Taxact 2011 free edition Beginning in 2002, this rule only applies if you perform services in the fields of health, law, engineering, architecture, accounting, actuarial science, performing arts, and consulting, or your average annual gross receipts for the 3 prior tax years does not exceed $5,000,000. Taxact 2011 free edition As under current law, the nonaccrual-experience method will not apply to amounts on which you charge interest or a late payment penalty. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information, see Nonaccrual-Experience Method in chapter 11 of Publication 535, Business Expenses. Taxact 2011 free edition Issuance of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds State and local governments issue qualified zone academy bonds to raise funds for the use of qualified zone academies. Taxact 2011 free edition The amount of bonds that may be issued was limited to $400 million each year for 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. Taxact 2011 free edition This provision has been extended to provide for an additional $400 million of bonds to be issued each year for 2002 and 2003. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information about qualified zone academy bonds, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. Taxact 2011 free edition Depletion The suspension of the taxable income limit on percentage depletion from the marginal production of oil and natural gas that was scheduled to expire for tax years beginning after 2001 has been extended to tax years beginning before 2004. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information on marginal production, see section 613A(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Taxact 2011 free edition Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone The work opportunity credit is expanded to include a new targeted group consisting generally of employees who perform substantially all their services: In the New York Liberty Zone (defined earlier under Tax Incentives for New York Liberty Zone, under 2001 Changes), or Elsewhere in New York City for a business that relocated from the Liberty Zone due to the destruction or damage of its place of business by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. Taxact 2011 free edition The credit is available to employers for wages paid to new employees and existing employees for work performed during 2002 or 2003. Taxact 2011 free edition Certain limits apply. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information about the work opportunity credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. Taxact 2011 free edition Credit For Pension Plan Startup Costs The credit for pension plan startup costs is now allowed for plans that become effective after December 31, 2001. Taxact 2011 free edition Previously, the credit was only allowed for plans established after December 31, 2001. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information on the credit, see Important Changes for 2002 in Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business. Taxact 2011 free edition Welfare-to-Work Credit Extended The welfare-to-work credit that was scheduled to expire for wages paid to individuals who began working for you after 2001 has been extended to include wages paid to qualified individuals who begin work for you in 2002 or 2003. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information on the welfare-to-work credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. Taxact 2011 free edition Work Opportunity Credit Extended The work opportunity credit that was scheduled to expire for wages paid to individuals who began working for you after 2001 has been extended to include wages paid to qualified individuals who begin work for you in 2002 or 2003. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information about the work opportunity credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. Taxact 2011 free edition Electric and Clean-Fuel Vehicles The maximum clean-fuel vehicle deduction and qualified electric vehicle credit were scheduled to be 25% lower for 2002 and both were scheduled to be phased out completely by 2005. Taxact 2011 free edition The full deduction and credit are now allowed for qualified property placed in service in 2002 and 2003. Taxact 2011 free edition The phaseout of the deduction and the credit will begin in 2004, and no deduction or credit will be allowed for property placed in service after 2006. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information about electric and clean-fuel vehicles, see chapter 12 in Publication 535, Business Expenses. Taxact 2011 free edition Renewable Electricity Production Credit The renewable electricity production credit is extended to include electricity produced by facilities placed in service after 2001 and before 2004. Taxact 2011 free edition Later Changes Special Depreciation Allowance You can claim the special depreciation allowance (an additional 30% depreciation deduction) for new property that you acquire before September 11, 2004, and place in service for your business generally before January 1, 2005, if you meet the other requirements for qualified property covered in chapter 5. Taxact 2011 free edition Accordingly, you will generally no longer be able to claim the special depreciation allowance for the qualified property if you acquire it after September 10, 2004, or place it in service for your business after December 31, 2004. Taxact 2011 free edition However, you will be able to claim the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance (an additional 30% depreciation deduction) for most qualified property if you place it in service in the Liberty Zone after December 31, 2004, and generally before January 1, 2007, provided you meet the other requirements for qualified Liberty Zone property covered in chapter 5. Taxact 2011 free edition Extension of Placed in Service Date To qualify for the special depreciation allowance, your property must meet certain tests, including the placed in service date test, as well as the other requirements covered in chapter 5 of this publication. Taxact 2011 free edition To meet the placed in service date test, your property must generally be placed in service for use in your trade or business or for the production of income after September 10, 2001, and before January 1, 2005. Taxact 2011 free edition However, certain property placed in service before January 1, 2006, may meet this test. Taxact 2011 free edition Transportation property and property with a recovery period of 10 years or longer meet the test if one of the following applies. Taxact 2011 free edition The property has an estimated production period of more than 2 years. Taxact 2011 free edition The property has an estimated production period of more than 1 year and it costs more than $1 million. Taxact 2011 free edition Transportation property is any tangible personal property used in the trade or business of transporting persons or property. Taxact 2011 free edition For property that qualifies for the special depreciation allowance solely because of the one-year extension of the placed in service date, only the part of the basis attributable to manufacture, construction, or production before September 11, 2004, is eligible for the special depreciation allowance. Taxact 2011 free edition Special Liberty Zone Depreciation Allowance for New and Used Property You can claim the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance (an additional 30% depreciation deduction) for used property that you acquire after September 10, 2001, if the property meets the requirements listed under Qualified Liberty Zone Property in chapter 5 of this publication. Taxact 2011 free edition You will be able to claim the allowance for both new and used property that you acquire after September 10, 2004, provided the property meets the other requirements for qualified Liberty Zone property. Taxact 2011 free edition Depreciation of Property Used on Indian Reservations The special depreciation rules that apply to qualified property used on an Indian reservation were scheduled to expire for property placed in service after 2003. Taxact 2011 free edition These special rules have been extended to include property placed in service in 2004. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information about these rules, see Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property. Taxact 2011 free edition Indian Employment Credit Extended The Indian employment credit that was scheduled to expire for tax years beginning after 2003 has been extended to include a tax year beginning in 2004. Taxact 2011 free edition For more information about this credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. Taxact 2011 free edition Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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