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2006 taxes 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). 2006 taxes However, you can still choose to use the previous carryback period. 2006 taxes You also can choose not to carry back an NOL and only carry it forward. 2006 taxes Individuals, estates, and trusts can file Form 1045, Application for Tentative Refund. 2006 taxes Corporations can file Form 1139, Corporation Application for Tentative Refund. 2006 taxes The instructions for these forms will be revised to reflect the new law. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes Tax benefits for the New York Liberty Zone include the following. 2006 taxes A special depreciation allowance equal to 30% of the adjusted basis of qualified Liberty Zone property. 2006 taxes It is allowed for the year the property is placed in service. 2006 taxes No alternative minimum tax depreciation adjustment for qualified Liberty Zone property. 2006 taxes Classification of Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property as 5-year property. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes An increased section 179 deduction for certain Liberty Zone property. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes For more information about involuntary conversions, see Postponement of Gain in Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes For more information, see Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone under 2002 Changes, later. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes Other 2001 Changes Other changes are discussed in the following chapters. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes As under current law, the nonaccrual-experience method will not apply to amounts on which you charge interest or a late payment penalty. 2006 taxes For more information, see Nonaccrual-Experience Method in chapter 11 of Publication 535, Business Expenses. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes The amount of bonds that may be issued was limited to $400 million each year for 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. 2006 taxes This provision has been extended to provide for an additional $400 million of bonds to be issued each year for 2002 and 2003. 2006 taxes For more information about qualified zone academy bonds, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes For more information on marginal production, see section 613A(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes The credit is available to employers for wages paid to new employees and existing employees for work performed during 2002 or 2003. 2006 taxes Certain limits apply. 2006 taxes For more information about the work opportunity credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes Previously, the credit was only allowed for plans established after December 31, 2001. 2006 taxes For more information on the credit, see Important Changes for 2002 in Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes For more information on the welfare-to-work credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes For more information about the work opportunity credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes The full deduction and credit are now allowed for qualified property placed in service in 2002 and 2003. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes For more information about electric and clean-fuel vehicles, see chapter 12 in Publication 535, Business Expenses. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes However, certain property placed in service before January 1, 2006, may meet this test. 2006 taxes Transportation property and property with a recovery period of 10 years or longer meet the test if one of the following applies. 2006 taxes The property has an estimated production period of more than 2 years. 2006 taxes The property has an estimated production period of more than 1 year and it costs more than $1 million. 2006 taxes Transportation property is any tangible personal property used in the trade or business of transporting persons or property. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes These special rules have been extended to include property placed in service in 2004. 2006 taxes For more information about these rules, see Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property. 2006 taxes 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. 2006 taxes For more information about this credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. 2006 taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications