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2011 tax forms instructions Publication 584 - Main Content Table of Contents LossesCost or other basis. 2011 tax forms instructions Fair market value. 2011 tax forms instructions Exception for personal-use real property. 2011 tax forms instructions More information. 2011 tax forms instructions Comments and SuggestionsOrdering forms and publications. 2011 tax forms instructions Tax questions. 2011 tax forms instructions How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). 2011 tax forms instructions Losses Generally, you may deduct losses to your home, household goods, and motor vehicles on your federal income tax return. 2011 tax forms instructions However, you may not deduct a casualty or theft loss that is covered by insurance unless you filed a timely insurance claim for reimbursement. 2011 tax forms instructions Any reimbursement you receive will reduce the loss. 2011 tax forms instructions If you did not file an insurance claim, you may deduct only the part of the loss that was not covered by insurance. 2011 tax forms instructions Amount of loss. 2011 tax forms instructions   You figure the amount of your loss using the following steps. 2011 tax forms instructions Determine your cost or other basis in the property before the casualty or theft. 2011 tax forms instructions Determine the decrease in fair market value (FMV) of the property as a result of the casualty or theft. 2011 tax forms instructions (The decrease in FMV is the difference between the property's value immediately before and immediately after the casualty or theft. 2011 tax forms instructions ) From the smaller of the amounts you determined in (1) and (2), subtract any insurance or other reimbursement you received or expect to receive. 2011 tax forms instructions Apply the deduction limits, discussed later, to determine the amount of your deductible loss. 2011 tax forms instructions Cost or other basis. 2011 tax forms instructions   Cost or other basis usually means original cost plus improvements. 2011 tax forms instructions If you did not acquire the property by purchasing it, your basis is determined as discussed in Publication 551, Basis of Assets. 2011 tax forms instructions If you inherited the property from someone who died in 2010, and the executor of the decedent's estate made the election to file Form 8939, refer to the information provided by the executor or see Publication 4895, Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decedent Dying in 2010. 2011 tax forms instructions Fair market value. 2011 tax forms instructions   FMV is the price for which you could sell your property to a willing buyer, when neither of you has to sell or buy and both of you know all the relevant facts. 2011 tax forms instructions When filling out Schedules 1 through 20, you need to know the FMV of the property immediately before and immediately after the disaster, casualty, or theft. 2011 tax forms instructions Separate computations. 2011 tax forms instructions   Generally, if a single casualty or theft involves more than one item of property, you must figure the loss on each item separately. 2011 tax forms instructions Then combine the losses to determine the total loss from that casualty or theft. 2011 tax forms instructions Exception for personal-use real property. 2011 tax forms instructions   In figuring a casualty loss on personal-use real property, the entire property (including any improvements, such as buildings, trees, and shrubs) is treated as one item. 2011 tax forms instructions Figure the loss using the smaller of the following. 2011 tax forms instructions The decrease in FMV of the entire property. 2011 tax forms instructions The adjusted basis of the entire property. 2011 tax forms instructions Deduction limits. 2011 tax forms instructions   After you have figured the amount of your loss, as discussed earlier, you must figure how much of the loss you can deduct. 2011 tax forms instructions You do this on Form 4684, section A. 2011 tax forms instructions If the loss was to property for your personal use or your family's, there are two limits on the amount you can deduct for your casualty or theft loss. 2011 tax forms instructions You must reduce each casualty or theft loss by $100 ($100 rule). 2011 tax forms instructions You must further reduce the total of all your losses by 10% of your adjusted gross income (10% rule). 2011 tax forms instructions More information. 2011 tax forms instructions   For more information about the deduction limits, see Publication 547. 2011 tax forms instructions When your loss is deductible. 2011 tax forms instructions   You can generally deduct a casualty or disaster area loss only in the tax year in which the casualty or disaster occurred. 2011 tax forms instructions You can generally deduct a theft loss only in the year you discovered your property was stolen. 2011 tax forms instructions However, you can choose to deduct disaster area losses on your return for the year immediately before the year of the disaster if the President has declared your area a federal disaster area. 2011 tax forms instructions For details, see Disaster Area Losses in Publication 547. 2011 tax forms instructions Comments and Suggestions We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 2011 tax forms instructions You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Individual Forms and Publications Branch SE:W:CAR:MP:T:I 1111 Constitution Ave. 2011 tax forms instructions NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224 We respond to many letters by telephone. 2011 tax forms instructions Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 2011 tax forms instructions You can email us at taxforms@irs. 2011 tax forms instructions gov. 2011 tax forms instructions Please put “Publications Comment” on the subject line. 2011 tax forms instructions You can also send us comments from 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