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2007 tax Publication 4681 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Reminder IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. 2007 tax Tax questions. 2007 tax Useful Items - You may want to see: Common Situations Covered In This Publication Reminder Future Developments. 2007 tax  Information about any future developments affecting Publication 4681 (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted at www. 2007 tax irs. 2007 tax gov/pub4681. 2007 tax Photographs of missing children. 2007 tax   The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 2007 tax Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that otherwise would be blank. 2007 tax You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. 2007 tax Introduction This publication explains the federal tax treatment of canceled debts, foreclosures, repossessions, and abandonments. 2007 tax Generally, if you owe a debt to someone else and they cancel or forgive that debt for less than its full amount, you are treated for income tax purposes as having income and may have to pay tax on this income. 2007 tax Note. 2007 tax This publication generally refers to debt that is canceled, forgiven, or discharged for less than the full amount of the debt as “canceled debt. 2007 tax ” Sometimes a debt, or part of a debt, that you do not have to pay is not considered canceled debt. 2007 tax These exceptions are discussed later under Exceptions . 2007 tax Sometimes a canceled debt may be excluded from your income. 2007 tax But if you do exclude canceled debt from income, you may be required to reduce your “tax attributes. 2007 tax ” These exclusions and the reduction of tax attributes associated with them are discussed later under Exclusions . 2007 tax Foreclosure and repossession are remedies that your lender may exercise if you fail to make payments on your loan and you have previously granted that lender a mortgage or other security interest in some of your property. 2007 tax These remedies allow the lender to seize or sell the property securing the loan. 2007 tax When your property is foreclosed upon or repossessed and sold, you are treated as having sold the property and you may recognize taxable gain. 2007 tax Whether you also recognize income from canceled debt depends in part on whether you are personally liable for the debt and in part on whether the outstanding loan balance is more than the fair market value (FMV) of the property. 2007 tax Figuring your gain or loss and income from canceled debt arising from a foreclosure or repossession is discussed later under Foreclosures and Repossessions . 2007 tax Generally, you abandon property when you voluntarily and permanently give up possession and use of property you own with the intention of ending your ownership but without passing it on to anyone else. 2007 tax Figuring your gain or loss and income from canceled debt arising from an abandonment is discussed later under Abandonments . 2007 tax This publication also includes detailed examples with filled-in forms. 2007 tax Comments and suggestions. 2007 tax    We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 2007 tax   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. 2007 tax NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. 2007 tax Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 2007 tax   You can send your comments from www. 2007 tax irs. 2007 tax gov/formspubs. 2007 tax Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications”. 2007 tax   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. 2007 tax Ordering forms and publications. 2007 tax    Visit www. 2007 tax irs. 2007 tax gov/formspubs to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. 2007 tax Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 2007 tax Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. 2007 tax    If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. 2007 tax gov or call 1-800-829-1040. 2007 tax We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. 2007 tax Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 225 Farmer's Tax Guide 334 Tax Guide for Small Business (For Individuals Who Use Schedule C or C-EZ) 523 Selling Your Home 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 536 Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 542 Corporations 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 551 Basis of Assets 908 Bankruptcy Tax Guide Form (and Instructions) 982 Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness (and Section 1082 Basis Adjustment) 1099-C Cancellation of Debt 1099-DIV Dividends and Distributions 3800 General Business Credit Common Situations Covered In This Publication The sections of this publication that apply to you depend on the type of debt canceled, the tax attributes you have, and whether or not you continue to own the property that was subject to the debt. 2007 tax Some examples of common circumstances are provided in the following paragraphs to help guide you through this publication. 2007 tax These examples do not cover every situation but are intended to provide general guidance for the most common situations. 2007 tax Nonbusiness credit card debt cancellation. 2007 tax    If you had a nonbusiness credit card debt canceled, you may be able to exclude the canceled debt from income if the cancellation occurred in a title 11 bankruptcy case or you were insolvent immediately before the cancellation. 2007 tax You should read Bankruptcy or Insolvency under Exclusions in chapter 1 to see if you can exclude the canceled debt from income under one of those provisions. 2007 tax If you can exclude part or all of the canceled debt from income, you should also read Bankruptcy and Insolvency under Reduction of Tax Attributes in chapter 1. 2007 tax Personal vehicle repossession. 2007 tax    If you had a personal vehicle repossessed and disposed of by the lender during the year, you will need to determine your gain or nondeductible loss on the disposition. 2007 tax This is explained in chapter 2 . 2007 tax If the lender also canceled all or part of the remaining amount of the loan, you may be able to exclude the canceled debt from income if the cancellation occurred in a title 11 bankruptcy case or you were insolvent immediately before the cancellation. 2007 tax You should read Bankruptcy or Insolvency under Exclusions in chapter 1 to see if you can exclude the canceled debt from income under one of those provisions. 2007 tax If you can exclude part or all of the canceled debt from income, you should also read Bankruptcy and Insolvency under Reduction of Tax Attributes in chapter 1. 2007 tax Main home foreclosure or abandonment. 2007 tax    If a lender foreclosed on your main home during the year, you will need to determine your gain or loss on the foreclosure. 2007 tax Foreclosures are explained in chapter 2 and abandonments are explained in chapter 3. 2007 tax If the lender also canceled all or part of the remaining amount on the mortgage loan and you were personally liable for the debt, you should also read Qualified Principal Residence Indebtedness under Exclusions in chapter 1 to see if you can exclude part or all of the canceled debt from income. 2007 tax Detailed Example 2 and Example 3 in chapter 4 use filled-in forms to help explain these provisions. 2007 tax Main home loan modification (workout agreement). 2007 tax    If a lender agrees to a mortgage loan modification (a “workout”) that includes a reduction in the principal balance of the loan, you should read Qualified Principal Residence Indebtedness under Exclusions in chapter 1 to see if you can exclude part or all of the canceled debt from income. 2007 tax If you can exclude part or all of the canceled debt from income, you should also read Qualified Principal Residence Indebtedness under Reduction of Tax Attributes in chapter 1. 2007 tax Detailed Example 1 in chapter 4 uses filled-in forms to help explain the tax implications of a mortgage workout scenario. 2007 tax Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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The 2007 Tax

2007 tax Other Methods of Depreciation Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: How To Figure the DeductionBasis Useful Life Salvage Value Methods To UseStraight Line Method Declining Balance Method Income Forecast Method How To Change Methods DispositionsSale or exchange. 2007 tax Property not disposed of or abandoned. 2007 tax Special rule for normal retirements from item accounts. 2007 tax Abandoned property. 2007 tax Single item accounts. 2007 tax Multiple property account. 2007 tax Topics - This chapter discusses: How to figure the deduction Methods to use How to change methods Dispositions Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 551 Basis of Assets 583 Starting a Business and Keeping Records 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4562 Depreciation and Amortization Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business If your property is being depreciated under ACRS, you must continue to use rules for depreciation that applied when you placed the property in service. 2007 tax If your property qualified for MACRS, you must depreciate it under MACRS. 2007 tax See Publication 946. 2007 tax However, you cannot use MACRS for certain property because of special rules that exclude it from MACRS. 2007 tax Also, you can elect to exclude certain property from being depreciated under MACRS. 2007 tax Property that you cannot depreciate using MACRS includes: Intangible property, Property you can elect to exclude from MACRS that you properly depreciate under a method that is not based on a term of years, Certain public utility property, Any motion picture film or video tape, Any sound recording, and Certain real and personal property placed in service before 1987. 2007 tax Intangible property. 2007 tax   You cannot depreciate intangible property under ACRS or MACRS. 2007 tax You depreciate intangible property using any other reasonable method, usually, the straight line method. 2007 tax Note. 2007 tax The cost of certain intangible property that you acquire after August 10, 1993, must be amortized over a 15-year period. 2007 tax For more information, see chapter 12 of Publication 535. 2007 tax Public utility property. 2007 tax   The law excludes from MACRS any public utility property for which the taxpayer does not use a normalization method of accounting. 2007 tax This type of property is subject to depreciation under a special rule. 2007 tax Videocassettes. 2007 tax   If you are in the videocassette rental business, you can depreciate those videocassettes purchased for rental. 2007 tax You can depreciate the cost less salvage value of those videocassettes that have a useful life over one year using either: The straight line method, or The income forecast method. 2007 tax The straight line method, salvage value, and useful life are discussed later under Methods To Use. 2007 tax You can deduct in the year of purchase as a business expense the cost of any cassette that has a useful life of one year or less. 2007 tax How To Figure the Deduction Two other reasonable methods can be used to figure your deduction for property not covered under ACRS or MACRS. 2007 tax These methods are straight line and declining balance. 2007 tax To figure depreciation using these methods, you must generally determine three things about the property you intend to depreciate. 2007 tax They are: The basis, The useful life, and The estimated salvage value at the end of its useful life. 2007 tax The amount of the deduction in any year also depends on which method of depreciation you choose. 2007 tax Basis To deduct the proper amount of depreciation each year, first determine your basis in the property you intend to depreciate. 2007 tax The basis used for figuring depreciation is the same as the basis that would be used for figuring the gain on a sale. 2007 tax Your original basis is usually the purchase price. 2007 tax However, if you acquire property in some other way, such as inheriting it, getting it as a gift, or building it yourself, you have to figure your original basis in a different way. 2007 tax Adjusted basis. 2007 tax   Events will often change the basis of property. 2007 tax When this occurs, the changed basis is called the adjusted basis. 2007 tax Some events, such as improvements you make, increase basis. 2007 tax Events such as deducting casualty losses and depreciation decrease basis. 2007 tax If basis is adjusted, the depreciation deduction may also have to be changed, depending on the reason for the adjustment and the method of depreciation you are using. 2007 tax   Publication 551 explains how to figure basis for property acquired in different ways. 2007 tax It also discusses what items increase and decrease basis, how to figure adjusted basis, and how to allocate cost if you buy several pieces of property at one time. 2007 tax Useful Life The useful life of a piece of property is an estimate of how long you can expect to use it in your trade or business, or to produce income. 2007 tax It is the length of time over which you will make yearly depreciation deductions of your basis in the property. 2007 tax It is how long it will continue to be useful to you, not how long the property will last. 2007 tax Many things affect the useful life of property, such as: Frequency of use, Age when acquired, Your repair policy, and Environmental conditions. 2007 tax The useful life can also be affected by technological improvements, progress in the arts, reasonably foreseeable economic changes, shifting of business centers, prohibitory laws, and other causes. 2007 tax Consider all these factors before you arrive at a useful life for your property. 2007 tax The useful life of the same type of property varies from user to user. 2007 tax When you determine the useful life of your property, keep in mind your own experience with similar property. 2007 tax You can use the general experience of the industry you are in until you are able to determine a useful life of your property from your own experience. 2007 tax Change in useful life. 2007 tax   You base your estimate of useful life on certain facts. 2007 tax If these facts change significantly, you can adjust your estimate of the remaining useful life. 2007 tax However, you redetermine the estimated useful life only when the change is substantial and there is a clear reason for making the change. 2007 tax Salvage Value It is important for you to accurately determine the correct salvage value of the property you want to depreciate. 2007 tax You generally cannot depreciate property below a reasonable salvage value. 2007 tax Determining salvage value. 2007 tax   Salvage value is the estimated value of property at the end of its useful life. 2007 tax It is what you expect to get for the property if you sell it after you can no longer use it productively. 2007 tax You must estimate the salvage value of a piece of property when you first acquire it. 2007 tax   Salvage value is affected both by how you use the property and how long you use it. 2007 tax If it is your policy to dispose of property that is still in good operating condition, the salvage value can be relatively large. 2007 tax However, if your policy is to use property until it is no longer usable, its salvage value can be its junk value. 2007 tax Changing salvage value. 2007 tax   Once you determine the salvage value for property, you should not change it merely because prices have changed. 2007 tax However, if you redetermine the useful life of property, as discussed earlier under Change in useful life, you can also redetermine the salvage value. 2007 tax When you redetermine the salvage value, take into account the facts that exist at the time. 2007 tax Net salvage. 2007 tax   Net salvage is the salvage value of property minus what it costs to remove it when you dispose of it. 2007 tax You can choose either salvage value or net salvage when you figure depreciation. 2007 tax You must consistently use the one you choose and the treatment of the costs of removal must be consistent with the practice adopted. 2007 tax However, if the cost to remove the property is more than the estimated salvage value, then net salvage is zero. 2007 tax Your salvage value can never be less than zero. 2007 tax Ten percent rule. 2007 tax   If you acquire personal property that has a useful life of 3 years or more, you can use an amount for salvage value that is less than your actual estimate. 2007 tax You can subtract from your estimate of salvage value an amount equal to 10% of your basis in the property. 2007 tax If salvage value is less than 10% of basis, you can ignore salvage value when you figure depreciation. 2007 tax Methods To Use Two methods of depreciation are the straight line and declining balance methods. 2007 tax If ACRS or MACRS does not apply, you can use one of these methods. 2007 tax The straight line and declining balance methods discussed in this section are not figured in the same way as straight line or declining balance methods under MACRS. 2007 tax Straight Line Method Before 1981, you could use any reasonable method for every kind of depreciable property. 2007 tax One of these methods was the straight line method. 2007 tax This method was also used for intangible property. 2007 tax It lets you deduct the same amount of depreciation each year. 2007 tax To figure your deduction, determine the adjusted basis of your property, its salvage value, and its estimated useful life. 2007 tax Subtract the salvage value, if any, from the adjusted basis. 2007 tax The balance is the total amount of depreciation you can take over the useful life of the property. 2007 tax Divide the balance by the number of years remaining in the useful life. 2007 tax This gives you the amount of your yearly depreciation deduction. 2007 tax Unless there is a big change in adjusted basis, or useful life, this amount will stay the same throughout the time you depreciate the property. 2007 tax If, in the first year, you use the property for less than a full year, you must prorate your depreciation deduction for the number of months in use. 2007 tax Example. 2007 tax In April 1994, Frank bought a franchise for $5,600. 2007 tax It expires in 10 years. 2007 tax This property is intangible property that cannot be depreciated under MACRS. 2007 tax Frank depreciates the franchise under the straight line method, using a 10-year useful life and no salvage value. 2007 tax He takes the $5,600 basis and divides that amount by 10 years ($5,600 ÷ 10 = $560, a full year's use). 2007 tax He must prorate the $560 for his 9 months of use in 1994. 2007 tax This gives him a deduction of $420 ($560 ÷ 9/12). 2007 tax In 1995, Frank can deduct $560 for the full year. 2007 tax Declining Balance Method The declining balance method allows you to recover a larger amount of the cost of the property in the early years of your use of the property. 2007 tax The rate cannot be more than twice the straight line rate. 2007 tax Rate of depreciation. 2007 tax   Under this method, you must determine your declining balance rate of depreciation. 2007 tax The initial step is to: Divide the number 1 by the useful life of your property to get a straight line rate. 2007 tax (For example, if property has a useful life of 5 years, its normal straight line rate of depreciation is ⅕, or 20%. 2007 tax ) Multiply this straight line rate by a number that is more than 1 but not more than 2 to determine the declining balance rate. 2007 tax Unless there is a change in the useful life during the time you depreciate the property, the rate of depreciation generally will not change. 2007 tax Depreciation deductions. 2007 tax   After you determine the rate of depreciation, multiply the adjusted basis of the property by it. 2007 tax This gives you the amount of your deduction. 2007 tax For example, if your adjusted basis at the beginning of the first year is $10,000, and your declining balance rate is 20%, your depreciation deduction for the first year is $2,000 ($10,000 ÷ 20%). 2007 tax To figure your depreciation deduction in the second year, you must first adjust the basis for the amount of depreciation you deducted in the first year. 2007 tax Subtract the previous year's depreciation from your basis ($10,000 - $2,000 = $8,000). 2007 tax Multiply this amount by the rate of depreciation ($8,000 ÷ 20% = $1,600). 2007 tax Your depreciation deduction for the second year is $1,600. 2007 tax   As you can see from this example, your adjusted basis in the property gets smaller each year. 2007 tax Also, under this method, deductions are larger in the earlier years and smaller in the later years. 2007 tax You can make a change to the straight line method without consent. 2007 tax Salvage value. 2007 tax   Do not subtract salvage value when you figure your yearly depreciation deductions under the declining balance method. 2007 tax However, you cannot depreciate the property below its reasonable salvage value. 2007 tax Determine salvage value using the rules discussed earlier, including the special 10% rule. 2007 tax Example. 2007 tax If your adjusted basis has been decreased to $1,000 and the rate of depreciation is 20%, your depreciation deduction should be $200. 2007 tax But if your estimate of salvage value was $900, you can only deduct $100. 2007 tax This is because $100 is the amount that would lower your adjusted basis to equal salvage value. 2007 tax Income Forecast Method The income forecast method requires income projections for each videocassette or group of videocassettes. 2007 tax You can group the videocassettes by title for making this projection. 2007 tax You determine the depreciation by applying a fraction to the cost less salvage value of the cassette. 2007 tax The numerator is the income from the videocassette for the tax year and the denominator is the total projected income for the cassette. 2007 tax For more information on the income forecast method, see Revenue Ruling 60-358 in Cumulative Bulletin 1960, Volume 2, on page 68. 2007 tax How To Change Methods In some cases, you may change your method of depreciation for property depreciated under a reasonable method. 2007 tax If you change your method of depreciation, it is generally a change in your method of accounting. 2007 tax You must get IRS consent before making the change. 2007 tax However, you do not need permission for certain changes in your method of depreciation. 2007 tax The rules discussed in this section do not apply to property depreciated under ACRS or MACRS. 2007 tax For information on ACRS elections,see Revocation of election, in chapter 1 under Alternate ACRS Method. 2007 tax Change to the straight line method. 2007 tax   You can change from the declining balance method to the straight line method at any time during the useful life of your property without IRS consent. 2007 tax However, if you have a written agreement with the IRS that prohibits a change, you must first get IRS permission. 2007 tax When the change is made, figure depreciation based on your adjusted basis in the property at that time. 2007 tax Your adjusted basis takes into account all previous depreciation deductions. 2007 tax Use the estimated remaining useful life of your property at the time of change and its estimated salvage value. 2007 tax   You can change from the declining balance method to straight line only on the original tax return for the year you first use the straight line method. 2007 tax You cannot make the change on an amended return filed after the due date of the original return (including extensions). 2007 tax   When you make the change, attach a statement to your tax return showing: When you acquired the property, Its original cost or other original basis, The total amount claimed for depreciation and other allowances since you acquired it, Its salvage value and remaining useful life, and A description of the property and its use. 2007 tax   After you change to straight line, you cannot change back to the declining balance method or to any other method for a period of 10 years without written permission from the IRS. 2007 tax Changes that require permission. 2007 tax   For most other changes in method of depreciation, you must get permission from the IRS. 2007 tax To request a change in method of depreciation, file Form 3115. 2007 tax File the application within the first 180 days of the tax year the change is to become effective. 2007 tax In most cases, there is a user fee that must accompany Form 3115. 2007 tax See the instructions for Form 3115 to determine if a fee is required. 2007 tax Changes granted automatically. 2007 tax   The IRS automatically approves certain changes of a method of depreciation. 2007 tax But, you must file Form 3115 for these automatic changes. 2007 tax   However, IRS can deny permission if Form 3115 is not filed on time. 2007 tax For more information on automatic changes, see Revenue Procedure 74-11, 1974-1 C. 2007 tax B. 2007 tax 420. 2007 tax Changes for which approval is not automatic. 2007 tax   The automatic change procedures do not apply to: Property or an account where you made a change in depreciation within the last 10 tax years (unless the change was made under the Class Life System), Class Life Asset Depreciation Range System, and Public utility property. 2007 tax   You must request and receive permission for these changes. 2007 tax To make the request, file Form 3115 during the first 180 days of the tax year for which you want the change to be effective. 2007 tax Change from an improper method. 2007 tax   If the IRS disallows the method you are using, you do not need permission to change to a proper method. 2007 tax You can adopt the straight line method, or any other method that would have been permitted if you had used it from the beginning. 2007 tax If you file your tax return using an improper method, but later file an amended return, you can use a proper method on the amended return without getting IRS permission. 2007 tax However, you must file the amended return before the filing date for the next tax year. 2007 tax Dispositions Retirement is the permanent withdrawal of depreciable property from use in your trade or business or for the production of income. 2007 tax You can do this by selling, exchanging, or abandoning the item of property. 2007 tax You can also withdraw it from use without disposing of it. 2007 tax For example, you could place it in a supplies or scrap account. 2007 tax Retirements can be either normal or abnormal depending on all facts and circumstances. 2007 tax The rules discussed next do not apply to MACRS and ACRS property. 2007 tax Normal retirement. 2007 tax   A normal retirement is a permanent withdrawal of depreciable property from use if the following apply: The retirement is made within the useful life you estimated originally, and The property has reached a condition at which you customarily retire or would retire similar property from use. 2007 tax A retirement is generally considered normal unless you can show that you retired the property because of a reason you did not consider when you originally estimated the useful life of the property. 2007 tax Abnormal retirement. 2007 tax   A retirement can be abnormal if you withdraw the property early or under other circumstances. 2007 tax For example, if the property is damaged by a fire or suddenly becomes obsolete and is now useless. 2007 tax Gain or loss on retirement. 2007 tax   There are special rules for figuring the gain or loss on retirement of property. 2007 tax The gain or loss will depend on several factors. 2007 tax These include the type of withdrawal, if the withdrawal was from a single property or multiple property account, and if the retirement was normal or abnormal. 2007 tax A single property account contains only one item of property. 2007 tax A multiple property account is one in which several items have been combined with a single rate of depreciation assigned to the entire account. 2007 tax Sale or exchange. 2007 tax   If property is retired by sale or exchange, you figure gain or loss by the usual rules that apply to sales or other dispositions of property. 2007 tax See Publication 544. 2007 tax Property not disposed of or abandoned. 2007 tax   If property is retired permanently, but not disposed of or physically abandoned, you do not recognize gain. 2007 tax You are allowed a loss in such a case, but only if the retirement is: An abnormal retirement, A normal retirement from a single property account in which you determined the life of each item of property separately, or A normal retirement from a multiple property account in which the depreciation rate is based on the maximum expected life of the longest lived item of property and the loss occurs before the expiration of the full useful life. 2007 tax However, you are not allowed a loss if the depreciation rate is based on the average useful life of the items of property in the account. 2007 tax   To figure your loss, subtract the estimated salvage or fair market value of the property at the date of retirement, whichever is more, from its adjusted basis. 2007 tax Special rule for normal retirements from item accounts. 2007 tax   You can generally deduct losses upon retirement of a few depreciable items of property with similar useful lives, if: You account for each one in a separate account, and You use the average useful life to figure depreciation. 2007 tax However, you cannot deduct losses if you use the average useful life to figure depreciation and they have a wide range of useful lives. 2007 tax   If you have a large number of depreciable property items and use average useful lives to figure depreciation, you cannot deduct the losses upon normal retirements from these accounts. 2007 tax Abandoned property. 2007 tax   If you physically abandon property, you can deduct as a loss the adjusted basis of the property at the time of its abandonment. 2007 tax However, your intent must be to discard the property so that you will not use it again or retrieve it for sale, exchange, or other disposition. 2007 tax Basis of property retired. 2007 tax   The basis for figuring gain or loss on the retirement of property is its adjusted basis at the time of retirement, as determined in the following discussions. 2007 tax Single item accounts. 2007 tax   If an item of property is accounted for in a single item account, the adjusted basis is the basis you would use to figure gain or loss for a sale or exchange of the property. 2007 tax This is generally the cost or other basis of the item of property less depreciation. 2007 tax See Publication 551. 2007 tax Multiple property account. 2007 tax   For a normal retirement from a multiple property account, if you figured depreciation using the average expected useful life, the adjusted basis is the salvage value estimated for the item of property when it was originally acquired. 2007 tax If you figured depreciation using the maximum expected useful life of the longest lived item of property in the account, you must use the depreciation method used for the multiple property account and a rate based on the maximum expected useful life of the item of property retired. 2007 tax   You make the adjustment for depreciation for an abnormal retirement from a multiple property account at the rate that would be proper if the item of property was depreciated in a single property account. 2007 tax The method of depreciation used for the multiple property account is used. 2007 tax You base the rate on either the average expected useful life or the maximum expected useful life of the retired item of property, depending on the method used to determine the depreciation rate for the multiple property account. 2007 tax Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications