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TEB Voluntary Compliance

Tax Exempt Bonds (TEB) focuses on providing participants in the municipal bond industry with quality service to assist issuers and conduit borrowers in understanding their tax responsibilities. As part of that service, TEB is providing the following general information for issuers of tax-exempt, tax credit, and direct pay bonds (tax-advantaged bonds) with respect to their post-issuance compliance responsibilities as well as voluntary compliance programs including remedial actions provided under the Income Tax Regulations and the TEB Voluntary Closing Agreement Program (TEB VCAP).

The educational resources provided below are intended to help issuers and other parties locate information and authoritative sources relating to voluntary compliance. The web-based information is not intended to be cited as an authoritative source. TEB recommends that issuers of tax-advantaged bonds review the authoritative sources referenced throughout these educational resources in consultation with their counsel.

  • Section 1 - Post-Issuance Compliance
    This article provides general information on the post-issuance compliance responsibilities of issuers of tax-advantaged bonds. The on-going nature of post-issuance compliance responsibilities requires issuers to be diligent in identifying and resolving noncompliance, on a timely basis, to preserve the preferential status of tax-advantaged bonds.

  • Section 2 - TEB Self-Correction
    This article provides general information on the availability of remedial action provisions under the Income Tax Regulations that issuers of tax-exempt bonds can use to resolve tax violations without the involvement of TEB.

  • Section 3 – TEB Private Letter Rulings
    This article provides an overview description of private letter rulings, including important distinctions between private letter rulings and closing agreements related to tax-advantaged bonds. Revenue Procedure 2011-1 provides formal guidance on the process for requesting private letter rulings.

  • Section 4 - TEB VCAP Administrative Procedures
    TEB administers TEB VCAP to assist issuers in conclusively resolving violations of the federal tax laws applicable to their tax-advantaged bonds in accordance with Notice 2008-31.

  • Section 5 - TEB VCAP Resolution Standards
    TEB VCAP incorporates resolution standards in order to promote due diligence on the part of issuers and other parties to bond transactions in resolving violations of applicable federal tax laws by increasing the transparency of resolution methodologies and providing an economic incentive for issuers to timely identify violations and submit TEB VCAP requests.

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    TEB invites issuers and other participants in the municipal bond industry to submit questions, comments and suggestions concerning its voluntary compliance programs. Please click here to send an email to TEB and include “TEB Voluntary Compliance” in the subject line of the email.
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The 2012 1040a Tax Form

2012 1040a tax form Publication 908 - Main Content Table of Contents Bankruptcy Code Tax Compliance RequirementsTax Returns Due for Periods Ending Before the Bankruptcy Filing in Chapter 13 Cases Tax Returns Due After the Bankruptcy Filing Individuals in Chapter 12 or 13 Individuals in Chapter 7 or 11Debtor's Election To End Tax Year – Form 1040 Taxes and the Bankruptcy Estate Bankruptcy Estate – Income, Deductions, and Credits Tax Reporting – Chapter 11 Cases Bankruptcy Estate Tax Return Filing Requirements and Payment of Tax Due Tax Return Example – Form 1041 Partnerships and CorporationsFiling Requirements Partnerships Corporations Receiverships Determination of TaxPrompt Determination Requests Court Jurisdiction Over Tax MattersBankruptcy Court Tax Court Federal Tax ClaimsUnsecured Tax Claims Discharge of Unpaid Tax Debt CancellationExclusions Reduction of Tax Attributes Partnerships Corporations Tax Attribute Reduction Example How To Get Tax HelpTaxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). 2012 1040a tax form Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). 2012 1040a tax form Bankruptcy Code Tax Compliance Requirements Tax Returns Due for Periods Ending Before the Bankruptcy Filing in Chapter 13 Cases The Bankruptcy Code requires chapter 13 debtors to file all required tax returns for tax periods ending within 4 years of the debtor's bankruptcy filing. 2012 1040a tax form All such federal tax returns must be filed with the IRS before the date first set for the first meeting of creditors. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor may request the trustee to hold the meeting open for an additional 120 days to enable the debtor to file the returns (or until the day the returns are due under an automatic IRS extension, if later). 2012 1040a tax form After notice and hearing, the bankruptcy court may extend the period for another 30 days. 2012 1040a tax form Failure to timely file the returns can prevent confirmation of a chapter 13 plan and result in either dismissal of the chapter 13 case or conversion to a chapter 7 case. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form Individual debtors should use their home address when filing Form 1040 with the IRS. 2012 1040a tax form Returns should not be filed “in care of” the trustee's address. 2012 1040a tax form Ordering tax transcripts and copies of returns. 2012 1040a tax form   Trustees may require the debtor to submit copies or transcripts of the debtor's returns as proof of filing. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor can request free transcripts of the debtor's income tax returns by filing Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, with the IRS or by placing a request on the IRS's free Automated Delivery Service (ADS), available by calling 1-800-829-1040. 2012 1040a tax form If requested through ADS, the transcript will be mailed to the debtor's most current address according to the IRS's records. 2012 1040a tax form Transcripts requested using Form 4506-T may be mailed to any address, including to the attention of the trustee in the debtor's bankruptcy case. 2012 1040a tax form Transcripts are normally mailed within 10 to 15 days of receipt of the request by the IRS. 2012 1040a tax form A transcript contains most of the information on the debtor's filed return, but it is not a copy of the return. 2012 1040a tax form To request a copy of the debtor's filed return, file Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return. 2012 1040a tax form It may take up to 60 days for the IRS to provide the copies after receipt of the debtor's request, and there is a fee of $57. 2012 1040a tax form 00 per tax return for copies of the returns. 2012 1040a tax form Tax Returns Due After the Bankruptcy Filing For debtors filing bankruptcy under all chapters (chapters 7, 11, 12, or 13), the Bankruptcy Code provides that if the debtor does not file a tax return that becomes due after the commencement of the bankruptcy case, or obtain an extension for filing the return before the due date, the taxing authority may request that the bankruptcy court either dismiss the case or convert the case to a case under another chapter of the Bankruptcy Code. 2012 1040a tax form If the debtor does not file the required return or obtain an extension within 90 days after the request is made, the bankruptcy court must dismiss or convert the case. 2012 1040a tax form Tax returns and payment of taxes in chapter 11 cases. 2012 1040a tax form   The Bankruptcy Code provides that a chapter 11 debtor's failure to timely file tax returns and pay taxes owed after the date of the “order for relief” (the bankruptcy petition date in voluntary cases) is cause for dismissal of the chapter 11 case, conversion to a chapter 7 case, or appointment of a chapter 11 trustee. 2012 1040a tax form Disclosure of debtor's return information to trustee. 2012 1040a tax form   In bankruptcy cases filed under chapter 7 or 11 by individuals, the debtor's income tax returns for the year the bankruptcy case begins and for earlier years are, upon written request, open to inspection by or disclosure to the trustee. 2012 1040a tax form If the bankruptcy case was not voluntary, disclosure cannot be made before the bankruptcy court has entered an order for relief, unless the court rules that the disclosure is needed for determining whether relief should be ordered. 2012 1040a tax form    In bankruptcy cases other than those of individuals filing under chapter 7 or 11, the debtor's income tax returns for the current and prior years are, upon written request, open to inspection by or disclosure to the trustee, but only if the IRS finds that the trustee has a material interest that will be affected by information on the return. 2012 1040a tax form Material interest is generally defined as a financial or monetary interest. 2012 1040a tax form Material interest is not limited to the trustee's responsibility to file a return on behalf of the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form   However, the U. 2012 1040a tax form S. 2012 1040a tax form Trustee (an officer of the Department of Justice, responsible for maintaining and supervising a panel of private trustees for chapter 7 bankruptcy cases) and the standing chapter 13 trustee (the administrator of chapter 13 cases in a specific geographic region) generally do not have a material interest in the debtor’s return or return information. 2012 1040a tax form Disclosure of bankruptcy estate's return information to debtor. 2012 1040a tax form    The bankruptcy estate's tax return(s) are open, upon written request, to inspection by or disclosure to the individual debtor in a chapter 7 or 11 bankruptcy. 2012 1040a tax form Disclosure of the estate's return to the debtor may be necessary to enable the debtor to determine the amount and nature of the tax attributes, if any, that the debtor assumes when the bankruptcy estate terminates. 2012 1040a tax form Individuals in Chapter 12 or 13 Only individuals may file a chapter 13 bankruptcy. 2012 1040a tax form Chapter 13 relief is not available to corporations or partnerships. 2012 1040a tax form The bankruptcy estate is not treated as a separate entity for tax purposes when an individual files a petition under chapter 12 (Adjustment of Debts of a Family Farmer or Fisherman with Regular Annual Income) or 13 (Adjustment of Debts of an Individual with Regular Income) of the Bankruptcy Code. 2012 1040a tax form In these cases the individual continues to file the same federal income tax returns that were filed prior to the bankruptcy petition, Form 1040, U. 2012 1040a tax form S. 2012 1040a tax form Individual Income Tax Return. 2012 1040a tax form On the debtor's individual tax return, Form 1040, report all income received during the entire year and deduct all allowable expenses. 2012 1040a tax form Do not include in income the amount from any debt canceled due to the debtor's bankruptcy. 2012 1040a tax form To the extent the debtor has any losses, credits, or basis in property that were previously reduced as a result of canceled debt, these reductions must be included on the debtor's return. 2012 1040a tax form See Debt Cancellation, later. 2012 1040a tax form Interest on trust accounts in chapter 13 cases. 2012 1040a tax form   In chapter 13 proceedings, do not include interest earned on amounts held by the trustee in trust accounts as income on the debtor's return. 2012 1040a tax form This interest is not available to either the debtor or creditors, it is available only to the trustee for use by the U. 2012 1040a tax form S. 2012 1040a tax form Trustee system. 2012 1040a tax form The interest is also not taxable to the trustee as income. 2012 1040a tax form Individuals in Chapter 7 or 11 When an individual debtor files for bankruptcy under chapter 7 or 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, the bankruptcy estate is treated as a new taxable entity, separate from the individual taxpayer. 2012 1040a tax form The bankruptcy estate in a chapter 7 case is represented by a trustee. 2012 1040a tax form The trustee is appointed to administer the estate and liquidate any nonexempt assets. 2012 1040a tax form In chapter 11 cases, the debtor often remains in control of the assets as a “debtor-in-possession” and acts as the bankruptcy trustee. 2012 1040a tax form However, the bankruptcy court, for cause, may appoint a trustee if such appointment is in the best interests of the creditors and the estate. 2012 1040a tax form During the chapter 7 or 11 bankruptcy, the debtor continues to file an individual tax return on Form 1040. 2012 1040a tax form The bankruptcy trustee files a Form 1041 for the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form However, when a debtor in a chapter 11 bankruptcy case remains a debtor-in-possession, he or she must file both a Form 1040 individual return and a Form 1041 estate return for the bankruptcy estate (if return filing requirements are met). 2012 1040a tax form Although a husband and wife may file a joint bankruptcy petition whose bankruptcy estates are jointly administered, the estates are be treated as two separate entities for tax purposes. 2012 1040a tax form Two separate bankruptcy estate income tax returns must be filed (if each spouse separately meets the filing requirements). 2012 1040a tax form For information about determining the tax due and paying tax for a chapter 7 or 11 bankruptcy estate, see Bankruptcy Estate Tax Return Filing Requirements and Payment of Tax Due, later. 2012 1040a tax form Debtor's Election To End Tax Year – Form 1040 Short tax years. 2012 1040a tax form   An individual debtor in a chapter 7 or 11 case may elect to close the debtor's tax year for the year in which the bankruptcy petition is filed, as of the day before the date on which the bankruptcy case commences. 2012 1040a tax form If the debtor makes this election, the debtor's tax year is divided into 2 short tax years of less than 12 months each. 2012 1040a tax form The first tax year ends on the day before the commencement date and the second tax year begins on the commencement date. 2012 1040a tax form   If the election is made, the debtor's federal income tax liability for the first short tax year becomes an allowable claim against the bankruptcy estate arising before the bankruptcy filing. 2012 1040a tax form Also, the tax liability for the first short tax year is not subject to discharge under the Bankruptcy Code. 2012 1040a tax form    If the debtor does not make an election to end the tax year, the commencement of the bankruptcy case does not affect the debtor's tax year. 2012 1040a tax form Also, no part of the debtor's income tax liability for the year in which the bankruptcy case commences can be collected from the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor cannot make a short tax year election if no assets, other than exempt property, are in the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form Making the Election - Filing Requirements First short tax year. 2012 1040a tax form   The debtor can elect to end the debtor's tax year by filing a return on Form 1040 for the first short tax year. 2012 1040a tax form The return must be filed on or before the 15th day of the fourth full month after the end of that first tax year. 2012 1040a tax form Second short tax year. 2012 1040a tax form   If the debtor elects to end the tax year on the day before filing the bankruptcy case, the debtor must file the return for the first short tax year in the manner discussed above. 2012 1040a tax form   If the debtor makes this election, the debtor must also file a separate Form 1040 for the second short tax year by the regular due date. 2012 1040a tax form To avoid delays in processing the return, write “Second Short Year Return After Section 1398 Election” at the top of the return. 2012 1040a tax form Example. 2012 1040a tax form Jane Doe, an individual calendar year taxpayer, filed a bankruptcy petition under chapter 7 or 11 on May 8, 2012. 2012 1040a tax form If Jane elected to close her tax year at the commencement of her case, Jane's first short year for 2012 runs from January 1 through May 7, 2012. 2012 1040a tax form Jane's second short year runs from May 8, 2012, through December 31, 2012. 2012 1040a tax form To have a timely filed election for the first short year, Jane must file Form 1040 (or an extension of time to file) for the period January 1 through May 7 by September 15. 2012 1040a tax form To avoid delays in processing the return, write “Section 1398 Election” at the top of the return. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor may also make the election by attaching a statement to Form 4868, Automatic Extension of Time to File an U. 2012 1040a tax form S. 2012 1040a tax form Individual Tax Return. 2012 1040a tax form The statement must state that the debtor elects under IRC section 1398(d)(2) to close the debtor's tax year on the day before filing the bankruptcy case. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor must file Form 4868 by the due date of the return for the first short tax year. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor's spouse may also elect to close his or her tax year, see Election by debtor's spouse, below. 2012 1040a tax form Election by debtor's spouse. 2012 1040a tax form   If the debtor is married, the debtor's spouse may join in the election to end the tax year. 2012 1040a tax form If the debtor and spouse make a joint election, the debtor must file a joint return for the first short tax year. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor must elect by the due date for filing the return for the first short tax year. 2012 1040a tax form Once the election is made, it cannot be revoked for the first short tax year. 2012 1040a tax form However, the election does not prevent the debtor and the spouse from filing separate returns for the second short tax year. 2012 1040a tax form Later bankruptcy of spouse. 2012 1040a tax form    If the debtor's spouse files for bankruptcy later in the same year, he or she may also choose to end his or her tax year, regardless of whether he or she joined in the election to end the debtor's tax year. 2012 1040a tax form   As each spouse has a separate bankruptcy, one or both of them may have 3 short tax years in the same calendar year. 2012 1040a tax form If the debtor's spouse joined the debtor's election or if the debtor had not made the election to end the tax year, the debtor can join in the spouse's election. 2012 1040a tax form However, if the debtor made an election and the spouse did not join that election, the debtor cannot then join the spouse's later election. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor and the spouse are precluded from this election because they have different tax years. 2012 1040a tax form This results because the debtor does not have a tax year ending the day before the spouse's filing for bankruptcy, and the debtor cannot file a joint return for a year ending on the day before the spouse's filing of bankruptcy. 2012 1040a tax form Example 1. 2012 1040a tax form Paul and Mary Harris are calendar-year taxpayers. 2012 1040a tax form Paul's voluntary chapter 7 bankruptcy case begins on March 4. 2012 1040a tax form If Paul does not make an election, his tax year does not end on March 3. 2012 1040a tax form If he makes an election, Paul's first tax year is January 1–March 3, and his second tax year begins on March 4. 2012 1040a tax form Mary could join in Paul's election as long as they file a joint return for the tax year January 1–March 3. 2012 1040a tax form They must make the election by July 15, the due date for filing the joint return. 2012 1040a tax form Example 2. 2012 1040a tax form Fred and Ethel Barnes are calendar-year taxpayers. 2012 1040a tax form Fred's voluntary chapter 7 bankruptcy case begins on May 6, and Ethel's bankruptcy case begins on November 1 of the same year. 2012 1040a tax form Ethel could elect to end her tax year on October 31. 2012 1040a tax form If Fred did not elect to end his tax year on May 5, or if he elected to do so but Ethel had not joined in his election, Ethel would have 2 tax years in the same calendar year if she decided to close her tax year. 2012 1040a tax form Her first tax year is January 1–October 31, and her second year is November 1–December 31. 2012 1040a tax form If Fred did not end his tax year as of May 5, he could join in Ethel's election to close her tax year on October 31, but only if they file a joint return for the tax year January 1–October 31. 2012 1040a tax form If Fred elected to end his tax year on May 5, but Ethel did not join in Fred's election, Fred cannot join in Ethel's election to end her tax year on October 31. 2012 1040a tax form Fred and Ethel cannot file a joint return for that short tax year because their tax years preceding October 31 were not the same. 2012 1040a tax form Example 3. 2012 1040a tax form Jack and Karen Thomas are calendar-year taxpayers. 2012 1040a tax form Karen's voluntary chapter 7 bankruptcy case began on April 10, and Jack's voluntary chapter 7 bankruptcy case began on October 3 of the same year. 2012 1040a tax form Karen elected to close her tax year on April 9 and Jack joins in Karen's election. 2012 1040a tax form Under these facts, Jack would have 3 tax years for the same calendar year if he makes the election relating to his own bankruptcy case. 2012 1040a tax form The first tax year would be January 1–April 9; the second, April 10–October 2; and the third, October 3–December 31. 2012 1040a tax form Karen may join in Jack's election if they file a joint return for the second short tax year (April 10–October 2). 2012 1040a tax form If Karen does join in, she would have the same 3 short tax years as Jack. 2012 1040a tax form Also, if Karen joins in Jack's election, they may file a joint return for the third tax year (October 3–December 31), but they are not required to do so. 2012 1040a tax form Annualizing taxable income. 2012 1040a tax form   If the debtor elects to close the tax year, the debtor must annualize taxable income for each short tax year in the same manner a change in annual accounting period is calculated. 2012 1040a tax form See Short Tax Year in Publication 538, for information on how to annualize the debtor's income and to figure the tax for the short tax year. 2012 1040a tax form Dismissal of bankruptcy case. 2012 1040a tax form   If the bankruptcy court later dismisses an individual chapter 7 or 11 case, the bankruptcy estate is no longer treated as a separate taxable entity. 2012 1040a tax form It is as if no bankruptcy estate was created for tax purposes. 2012 1040a tax form In this situation, the debtor must file amended tax returns on Form 1040X, to replace all full or short year individual returns (Form 1040) and bankruptcy estate returns (Form 1041) filed as a result of the bankruptcy case. 2012 1040a tax form Income, deductions, and credits previously reported by the bankruptcy estate must be reported on the debtor's amended returns. 2012 1040a tax form Attach a statement to the amended returns explaining why the debtor is filing an amended return. 2012 1040a tax form Taxes and the Bankruptcy Estate Property of the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form   At the commencement of a bankruptcy case a bankruptcy estate is created. 2012 1040a tax form Bankruptcy law determines which of the debtor's assets become part of a bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form This estate generally includes all of the debtor's legal and equitable interests in property as of the commencement date. 2012 1040a tax form However, there are exceptions and certain property is exempted or excluded from the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form Exempt property and abandoned property are initially part of the bankruptcy estate, but are subsequently removed from the estate. 2012 1040a tax form Excluded property is never included in the estate. 2012 1040a tax form Transfer of assets between debtor and bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form   The transfer (other than by sale or exchange) of an asset from the debtor to the bankruptcy estate is not treated as a disposition for income tax purposes. 2012 1040a tax form The transfer does not result in gain or loss, acceleration of income or deductions, or recapture of deductions or credits. 2012 1040a tax form For example, the transfer of an installment obligation to the estate would not accelerate gain under the rules for reporting installment sales. 2012 1040a tax form The estate assumes the same basis, holding period, and character of the transferred assets. 2012 1040a tax form Also, the estate generally accounts for the transferred assets in the same manner as debtor. 2012 1040a tax form   When the bankruptcy estate is terminated or dissolved, any resulting transfer (other than by sale or exchange) of the estate's assets back to the debtor is also not treated as a disposition for tax purposes. 2012 1040a tax form The transfer does not result in gain or loss, acceleration of income or deductions, or recapture of deductions or credits to the estate. 2012 1040a tax form Abandoned property. 2012 1040a tax form    The abandonment of property by the estate to the debtor is a nontaxable disposition of property. 2012 1040a tax form If the debtor received abandoned property from the bankruptcy estate, the debtor assumes the same basis in the property that the bankruptcy estate had. 2012 1040a tax form Separate taxable entity. 2012 1040a tax form   When an individual files a bankruptcy petition under chapter 7 or 11, the bankruptcy estate is treated as a separate taxable entity from the debtor. 2012 1040a tax form The court appointed trustee or the debtor-in-possession is responsible for preparing and filing all of the bankruptcy estate's tax returns, including its income tax return on Form 1041, U. 2012 1040a tax form S. 2012 1040a tax form Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts, and paying its taxes. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor remains responsible for filing his or her own returns on Form 1040, U. 2012 1040a tax form S. 2012 1040a tax form Individual Income Tax Return, and paying taxes on income that does not belong to the estate. 2012 1040a tax form Employer identification number. 2012 1040a tax form   The trustee or debtor-in-possession must obtain an EIN for a bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form The trustee or debtor-in-possession uses this EIN on all tax returns filed for the bankruptcy estate with the IRS, including estimated tax returns. 2012 1040a tax form See Employer identification number, under Bankruptcy Estate Tax Return Filing Requirements and Payment of Tax Due, later. 2012 1040a tax form    The social security number of the individual debtor cannot be used as the EIN for the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form Income, deductions, and credits – Form 1040. 2012 1040a tax form   In an individual chapter 7 or 11 bankruptcy case, do not include the income, deductions, and credits that belong to the bankruptcy estate on the debtor's individual income tax return (Form 1040). 2012 1040a tax form Also, do not include as income on the debtor's return the amount of any debt canceled by reason of the bankruptcy discharge. 2012 1040a tax form The bankruptcy estate must reduce certain losses, credits, and the basis in property (to the extent of these items) by the amount of canceled debt. 2012 1040a tax form See Debt Cancellation, below. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor may not be able to claim certain deductions available to the bankruptcy estate such as administrative expenses. 2012 1040a tax form Additionally, the bankruptcy exclusion cannot be used to exclude income from a cancelled debt if the discharge of indebtedness was not within the bankruptcy case, even though the debtor was under the bankruptcy court's protection at the time. 2012 1040a tax form However, other exclusions, such as the insolvency exclusion, may apply. 2012 1040a tax form Bankruptcy Estate – Income, Deductions, and Credits Bankruptcy Estate Income Income of the estate in individual chapter 7 cases. 2012 1040a tax form    The gross income of the bankruptcy estate includes gross income of the debtor to which the estate is entitled under the Bankruptcy Code. 2012 1040a tax form Gross income also includes income generated by the bankruptcy estate from property of the estate after the commencement of the case. 2012 1040a tax form   Gross income of the bankruptcy estate does not include amounts received or accrued by the debtor before the commencement of the case. 2012 1040a tax form Additionally, in chapter 7 cases, gross income of the bankruptcy estate does not include any income that the debtor earns after the date of the bankruptcy petition. 2012 1040a tax form Income of the estate in individual chapter 11 cases. 2012 1040a tax form    In chapter 11 cases, under IRC section 1398(e)(1), gross income of the bankruptcy estate includes income that the debtor earns for services performed after the bankruptcy petition date. 2012 1040a tax form Also, earnings from services performed by an individual debtor after the commencement of the chapter 11 case are property of the bankruptcy estate under section 1115 of the Bankruptcy Code (11 U. 2012 1040a tax form S. 2012 1040a tax form C. 2012 1040a tax form section 1115). 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form A debtor-in-possession may be compensated by the estate for managing or operating a trade or business that the debtor conducted before the commencement of the bankruptcy case. 2012 1040a tax form Such payments should be reported by the debtor as miscellaneous income on his or her individual income tax return (Form 1040). 2012 1040a tax form Amounts paid by the estate to the debtor-in-possession for managing or operating the trade or business may qualify as administrative expenses of the estate. 2012 1040a tax form See Administrative expenses, below. 2012 1040a tax form Conversion or dismissal of chapter 11 cases. 2012 1040a tax form   If a chapter 11 case is converted to a chapter 13 case, the chapter 13 estate is not a separate taxable entity and earnings from post-conversion services and income from property of the estate realized after the conversion to chapter 13 are taxed to the debtor. 2012 1040a tax form If the chapter 11 case is converted to a chapter 7 case, 11 U. 2012 1040a tax form S. 2012 1040a tax form C. 2012 1040a tax form section 1115 does not apply after conversion and: Earnings from post-conversion services will be taxed to the debtor, rather than the estate, and The property of the chapter 11 estate will become property of the chapter 7 estate. 2012 1040a tax form Any income on this property will be taxed to the estate even if the income is realized after the conversion to chapter 7. 2012 1040a tax form If a chapter 11 case is dismissed, the debtor is treated as if the bankruptcy case had never been filed and as if no bankruptcy estate had been created. 2012 1040a tax form Bankruptcy Estate Deductions and Credits A bankruptcy estate deducts expenses incurred in a trade, business, or activity, and uses credits in the same way the debtor would have deducted or credited them had he or she continued operations. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form Expenses may be disallowed under other provisions of the IRC (such as the disallowance of certain capital expenditures or expenses relating to tax-exempt interest). 2012 1040a tax form Administrative expenses. 2012 1040a tax form   Allowable expenses include administrative expenses. 2012 1040a tax form    Administrative expenses can only be deducted by the estate, never by the debtor. 2012 1040a tax form   The bankruptcy estate is allowed deductions for bankruptcy administrative expenses and fees, including accounting fees, attorney fees, and court costs. 2012 1040a tax form These expenses are deductible on Form 1040, Schedule A as miscellaneous itemized deductions not subject to the 2% floor on miscellaneous itemized deductions, because they would not have been incurred if property had not been held by the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form See IRC section 67(e). 2012 1040a tax form Administrative expenses of the bankruptcy estate attributable to conducting a trade or business for the production of estate rents or royalties are deductible in arriving at adjusted gross income on Form 1040, Schedules C, E, and F. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form The bankruptcy estate uses Form 1041 as a transmittal for the tax return prepared using Form 1040 and its schedules. 2012 1040a tax form See Transmittal for Form 1040 under Tax Return Filing Requirements and Payment of Tax, later. 2012 1040a tax form Administrative expense loss. 2012 1040a tax form   If the administrative expenses of the bankruptcy estate are more than its gross income for a tax year, the excess amount may be carried back 3 years and forward 7 years. 2012 1040a tax form The amounts can only be carried to a tax year of the estate and never to a debtor's tax year. 2012 1040a tax form The excess amount to be carried back or forward is treated like a net operating loss (NOL) and must first be carried back to the earliest year possible. 2012 1040a tax form For a discussion of NOLs, see Publication 536. 2012 1040a tax form Attribute carryovers. 2012 1040a tax form   The bankruptcy estate may use its tax attributes the same way that the debtor would have used them. 2012 1040a tax form These items are determined as of the first day of the debtor's tax year in which the bankruptcy case begins. 2012 1040a tax form The bankruptcy estate assumes the following tax attributes from the debtor: NOL carryovers, Carryovers of excess charitable contributions, Recovery of tax benefit items, Credit carryovers, Capital loss carryovers, Basis, holding period, and character of assets, Method of accounting, Passive activity loss and credit carryovers, Unused at-risk deductions, and Other tax attributes provided in the regulations. 2012 1040a tax form   Certain tax attributes of the bankruptcy estate must be reduced by the amount of income that was previously excluded as a result of cancellation of debt during the bankruptcy proceeding. 2012 1040a tax form See Debt Cancellation, later. 2012 1040a tax form   When the bankruptcy estate is terminated (for example, when the case ends), the debtor assumes any remaining tax attributes previously taken over by the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor also generally assumes any of the tax attributes, listed above, that arose during the administration of the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor does not assume the bankruptcy estate's administrative expense losses because they cannot be used by an individual taxpayer filing Form 1040. 2012 1040a tax form See Administrative expense loss, above. 2012 1040a tax form Passive and at-risk activities. 2012 1040a tax form   For bankruptcy cases beginning after November 8, 1992, passive activity carryover losses and credits and unused at-risk deductions are treated as tax attributes passing from the debtor to the bankruptcy estate, which the estate then passes back to the debtor when the bankruptcy estate terminates. 2012 1040a tax form Additionally, transfers to the debtor (other than by sale or exchange) of interests in passive or at-risk activities are treated as non-taxable exchanges. 2012 1040a tax form These transfers include the return of exempt property and abandonment of estate property to the debtor. 2012 1040a tax form Carrybacks from the debtor's activities. 2012 1040a tax form   The debtor cannot carry back any NOL or credit carryback from a tax year ending after the bankruptcy case has begun to any tax year ending before the case began. 2012 1040a tax form Carrybacks from the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form   If the bankruptcy estate has an NOL that did not pass to the estate from the debtor under the attribute carryover rules, the estate can carry the loss back not only to its own earlier tax years but also to the debtor's tax years before the year the bankruptcy case began. 2012 1040a tax form The estate may also carry back excess credits, such as the general business credit, to the pre-bankruptcy tax years. 2012 1040a tax form Tax Reporting – Chapter 11 Cases Allocation of income and credits on information returns and required statement for returns for individual chapter 11 cases. 2012 1040a tax form    In chapter 11 cases, when an employer issues a Form W-2 reporting all of the debtor's wages, salary, or other compensation for a calendar year, and a portion of the earnings represent post-petition services includible in the estate's gross income, the Form W-2 amounts must be allocated between the estate and the debtor. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor-in-possession or trustee must allocate the income amount reported in box 1 and the income tax withheld reported in box 2 between the debtor and the estate. 2012 1040a tax form These allocations must reflect that the debtor's gross earnings from post-petition services and gross income from post-petition property are, generally, includible in the estate's gross income and not the debtor's gross income. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor and trustee may use a simple percentage method to allocate income and income tax withheld. 2012 1040a tax form The same method must be used to allocate the income and the withheld tax. 2012 1040a tax form Example. 2012 1040a tax form If 20% of the wages reported on Form W-2 for a calendar year were earned after the commencement of the case and are included in the estate's gross income, 20% of the withheld income tax reported on Form W-2 must also be claimed as a credit on the estate's income tax return. 2012 1040a tax form Likewise, 80% of wages must be reported by the debtor and 80% of the income tax withheld must be claimed as a credit on the debtor's income tax return. 2012 1040a tax form See IRC section 31(a). 2012 1040a tax form   If information returns are issued to the debtor for gross income, gross proceeds, or other reportable payments that should have been reported to the bankruptcy estate, the debtor-in-possession or trustee must allocate the improperly reported income in a reasonable manner between the debtor and the estate. 2012 1040a tax form In general, the allocation must ensure that any income and income tax withheld attributable to the post-petition period is reported on the estate's return, and any income and income tax withheld attributable to the pre-petition period is reported on the debtor's return. 2012 1040a tax form    IRS Notice 2006-83 requires the debtor to attach a statement to his or her individual income tax return (Form 1040) stating that the return is filed subject to a chapter 11 bankruptcy case. 2012 1040a tax form The statement must also: Show the allocations of income and income tax withheld, Describe the method used to allocate income and income tax withheld, and List the filing date of the bankruptcy case, the bankruptcy court in which the case is pending, the bankruptcy court case number, and the bankruptcy estate's EIN. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor-in-possession or trustee must attach a similar statement to the bankruptcy estate's income tax return (Form 1041). 2012 1040a tax form   The model Notice 2006-83 Statement, shown above, may be used by debtors, debtors-in-possession, and trustees to satisfy the reporting requirement. 2012 1040a tax form Self-employment taxes in individual chapter 11 cases. 2012 1040a tax form   IRC section 1401 imposes a tax upon the self-employment income, that is, the net earnings from self-employment of an individual. 2012 1040a tax form Net earnings from self-employment are equal to the gross income derived by an individual from any trade or business carried on by such individual, less deductions attributable to the business. 2012 1040a tax form   Neither section 1115 of the Bankruptcy Code nor IRC section 1398 addresses the application of self-employment tax to the post-petition earnings of the individual debtor. 2012 1040a tax form Therefore, if the debtor continues to derive gross income from the performance of services as a self-employed individual after the commencement of the bankruptcy case, the debtor must continue to report the debtor's self-employment income on Schedule SE (Form 1040) of the debtor's income tax return. 2012 1040a tax form This schedule includes self-employment income earned post-petition and the attributable deductions. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor must pay any self-employment tax imposed by IRC section 1401. 2012 1040a tax form Employment taxes and employer's obligation to file Form W-2 in individual chapter 11 cases. 2012 1040a tax form   In chapter 11 cases, post-petition wages earned by a debtor are generally treated as gross income of the estate. 2012 1040a tax form However, section 1115 of the Bankruptcy Code (11 U. 2012 1040a tax form S. 2012 1040a tax form C. 2012 1040a tax form section 1115) does not affect the determination of what are deemed wages for Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax, Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax, or Federal Income Tax Withholding purposes. 2012 1040a tax form See Notice 2006-83. 2012 1040a tax form   The reporting and withholding obligations of a debtor's employer also do not change. 2012 1040a tax form An employer should continue to report the wages and tax withholding on a Form W-2 issued under the debtor's name and social security number. 2012 1040a tax form Notice to persons required to file information returns (other than Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement) in individual chapter 11 cases. 2012 1040a tax form   Within a reasonable time after the commencement of a chapter 11 bankruptcy case, the trustee or debtor-in-possession should provide notification of the bankruptcy estate's EIN to all persons (or entities) that are required to file information returns for the bankruptcy estate's gross income, gross proceeds, or other types of reportable payments. 2012 1040a tax form See IRC section 6109(a)(2). 2012 1040a tax form As these payments are the property of the estate under section 1115 of the Bankruptcy Code, the payors should report the gross income, gross proceeds, or other reportable payments on the appropriate information return using the estate's name and EIN as required under the IRC and regulations (see IRC sections 6041 through 6049). 2012 1040a tax form   The trustee or debtor-in-possession should not, however, provide the EIN to a person (or entity) filing Form W-2 reporting the debtor's wages or other compensation, as section 1115 of the Bankruptcy Code does not affect the determination of what constitutes wages for purposes of federal income tax withholding or FICA. 2012 1040a tax form See Notice 2006-83. 2012 1040a tax form An employer should continue to report all wage income and tax withholding, both pre-petition and post-petition, on a Form W-2 to the debtor under the debtor's social security number. 2012 1040a tax form   The debtor in a chapter 11 case is not required to file a new Form W-4 with an employer solely because the debtor filed a chapter 11 case and the post-petition wages are includible in the estate's income and not the debtor's income. 2012 1040a tax form However, a new Form W-4 may be necessary if the debtor is no longer entitled to claim the same number of allowances previously claimed because certain deductions or credits now belong to the estate. 2012 1040a tax form See Employment Tax Regulations section 31. 2012 1040a tax form 3402(f)(2)-1. 2012 1040a tax form Additionally, the debtor may wish to file a new Form W-4 to increase the income tax withheld from post-petition wages allocated to the estate to avoid having to make estimated tax payments for the estate. 2012 1040a tax form See IRC section 6654(a). 2012 1040a tax form Notice required in converted and dismissed cases. 2012 1040a tax form   When a chapter 11 bankruptcy case is closed, dismissed, or converted to a chapter 12 or 13 case, the bankruptcy estate ends as a separate taxable entity. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor should, within a reasonable time, send notice of such event to the persons (or entities) previously notified of the bankruptcy case. 2012 1040a tax form This helps to ensure that gross income, proceeds, and other reportable payments realized after the event are reported to the debtor under the correct TIN rather than to the estate. 2012 1040a tax form   When a chapter 11 case is converted to a chapter 7 case, the bankruptcy estate will continue to exist as a separate taxable entity. 2012 1040a tax form Gross income (other than post-conversion income from the debtor's services), gross proceeds, or other reportable payments should continue to be reported to the estate if they are property of the chapter 7 estate. 2012 1040a tax form However, income from services performed by the debtor after conversion of the case to chapter 7 is not property of the chapter 7 estate. 2012 1040a tax form After the conversion, the debtor should notify payors required to report the debtor's nonemployee compensation that compensation earned after the conversion should be reported using the debtor's name and TIN, not the estate's name and EIN. 2012 1040a tax form Employment taxes. 2012 1040a tax form   The trustee or debtor-in-possession must withhold income and social security taxes and file employment tax returns for any wages paid by the trustee or debtor, including wage claims paid as administrative expenses. 2012 1040a tax form See Publication 15, Circular E, Employer's Tax Guide, for details on employer tax responsibilities. 2012 1040a tax form   The trustee also has the duty to prepare and file Forms W-2 for wage claims paid by the trustee, regardless of whether the claims accrued before or during bankruptcy. 2012 1040a tax form For a further discussion of employment taxes, see Employment Taxes, later. 2012 1040a tax form Notice 2006-83 Statement Pending Bankruptcy Case The taxpayer, , filed a bankruptcy petition under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the bankruptcy court for the District of . 2012 1040a tax form The bankruptcy court case number is . 2012 1040a tax form Gross income, and withheld federal income tax, reported on Form W-2, Forms 1099, Schedule K-1, and other information returns received under the taxpayer's name and social security number (or other taxpayer identification number) are allocated between the taxpayer's TIN and the bankruptcy estate's EIN as follows, using [describe allocation method]:. 2012 1040a tax form   Year Taxpayer   Estate 1. 2012 1040a tax form Form W-2, Payor: $   $     Withheld income tax shown on Form W-2 $   $   2. 2012 1040a tax form Form 1099-INT Payor: $   $     Withheld income tax (if any) shown on Form 1099-INT $   $   3. 2012 1040a tax form Form 1099-DIV Payor: $   $     Withheld income tax (if any) shown on Form 1099-DIV $   $   4. 2012 1040a tax form Form 1099-MISC Payor: $   $     Withheld income tax (if any) shown on Form 1099-MISC $   $   Bankruptcy Estate Tax Return Filing Requirements and Payment of Tax Due Filing Requirements Filing threshold. 2012 1040a tax form   If the bankruptcy estate has gross income that meets or exceeds the minimum amount required for filing, the trustee or debtor-in-possession must file an income tax return on Form 1041. 2012 1040a tax form This amount is equal to the sum of the personal exemption amount plus the basic standard deduction for a married individual filing separately. 2012 1040a tax form   For 2012, the threshold filing amount for a bankruptcy estate is $9,750 (the sum of the $3,800 personal exemption plus the $5,950 standard deduction for married individuals filing separately). 2012 1040a tax form   These amounts are generally adjusted annually. 2012 1040a tax form See the present year Form 1041 Instructions at www. 2012 1040a tax form irs. 2012 1040a tax form gov/form1041 for the current dollar amounts. 2012 1040a tax form Accounting period. 2012 1040a tax form   A bankruptcy estate may have a fiscal year. 2012 1040a tax form However, this period cannot be longer than 12 months. 2012 1040a tax form Change of accounting period. 2012 1040a tax form   The bankruptcy estate may change its accounting period (tax year) once without IRS approval. 2012 1040a tax form This rule allows the bankruptcy trustee to close the estate's tax year early, before the expected termination of the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form The trustee can then file a return for the first short tax year to get a quick determination of the estate's tax liability. 2012 1040a tax form Employer identification number. 2012 1040a tax form   The trustee or debtor-in-possession must obtain an EIN for a bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form The trustee or debtor-in-possession uses this EIN on all tax returns filed for the bankruptcy estate with the IRS, including estimated tax returns. 2012 1040a tax form    The social security number of the individual debtor cannot be used as the EIN for the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form   Obtain an EIN for a bankruptcy estate by applying: Online by clicking on the EIN link at www. 2012 1040a tax form irs. 2012 1040a tax form gov/businesses/small. 2012 1040a tax form The EIN is issued immediately once the application information is validated. 2012 1040a tax form By telephone at 1-800-829-4933 from 7:00 a. 2012 1040a tax form m. 2012 1040a tax form to 7:00 p. 2012 1040a tax form m. 2012 1040a tax form in the trustee's or debtor-in-possession's local time zone. 2012 1040a tax form Assistance provided to callers from Alaska and Hawaii will be based on the hours of operation in the Pacific time zone, or By mailing or faxing Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. 2012 1040a tax form   If the trustee or debtor-in-possession has not received the bankruptcy estate's EIN by the time the return is due, write “Applied for” and the date you applied in the space for the EIN. 2012 1040a tax form For more details, see Pub. 2012 1040a tax form 583, Starting a Business and Keeping Records. 2012 1040a tax form   Trustees representing ten or more bankruptcy estates (other than estates that will be filing employment or excise tax returns) may request a series or block of EINs. 2012 1040a tax form Figuring tax due. 2012 1040a tax form   The bankruptcy estate figures its taxable income the same way an individual figures taxable income. 2012 1040a tax form However, the estate uses the tax rates for a married individual filing separately to calculate the tax on its taxable income. 2012 1040a tax form The estate is entitled to one personal exemption and may either itemize deductions or take the basic standard deduction for a married individual filing a separate return. 2012 1040a tax form The estate cannot take the higher standard deduction allowed for married persons filing separately who are 65 or older or blind. 2012 1040a tax form Tax rate schedule. 2012 1040a tax form The tax on income for bankruptcy estates is calculated using the tax rate schedule for Married Individuals Filing Separately not the Estates and Trusts tax rate schedule. 2012 1040a tax form When to file. 2012 1040a tax form   Calendar year bankruptcy estates must file Form 1041 by April 15th. 2012 1040a tax form Fiscal year bankruptcy estates must file on or before the 15th day of the 4th month following the close of its tax year. 2012 1040a tax form For example, an estate that has a tax year that ends on June 30th must file Form 1041 by October 15th of the tax year. 2012 1040a tax form If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, file on the next business day. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form The bankruptcy estate is allowed an automatic 6-month extension of time to file the bankruptcy estate tax return upon filing the required application, Form 7004, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File Certain Business Income Tax, Information, and Other Returns. 2012 1040a tax form Transmittal for Form 1040. 2012 1040a tax form   Form 1041 is used as a transmittal for Form 1040. 2012 1040a tax form If a return is required, the trustee or debtor-in-possession must complete the identification area at the top of Form 1041 and indicate the chapter under which the bankruptcy estate filed, either chapter 7 or chapter 11. 2012 1040a tax form   Prepare the bankruptcy estate's return by completing Form 1040. 2012 1040a tax form In the top margin of Form 1040, write “Attachment to Form 1041 —DO NOT DETACH. 2012 1040a tax form ” Then, attach Form 1040 to the Form 1041 transmittal. 2012 1040a tax form Enter the tax and payment amounts on lines 23 through 29 of Form 1041, then sign and date the return. 2012 1040a tax form An example of a bankruptcy estate's tax return is prepared below. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form The filing of the bankruptcy estate's tax return does not relieve a debtor from the requirement to file his or her individual tax return on Form 1040. 2012 1040a tax form Payment of Tax Due Payment methods. 2012 1040a tax form   Payment of tax due may be made by check or money order or by credit or debit card. 2012 1040a tax form For information on how to make payments electronically by credit or debit card, go to irs. 2012 1040a tax form gov/e-pay. 2012 1040a tax form      Payments may also be made electronically using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), a free tax payment system that allows you to make payments online or by phone. 2012 1040a tax form To enroll in EFTPS, go to eftps. 2012 1040a tax form gov or call 1-800-555-4477. 2012 1040a tax form For more information see Publication 966, Electronic Federal Tax Payment System: A Guide to Getting Started. 2012 1040a tax form Payment voucher – Form 1041-V. 2012 1040a tax form   Form 1041-V accompanies payments made by check or money order for Form 1041. 2012 1040a tax form The voucher includes information about the bankruptcy estate, including the name of the bankruptcy estate, trustee, EIN, and amount due. 2012 1040a tax form Using Form 1041-V assists the IRS in processing the payment more accurately and efficiently. 2012 1040a tax form We recommend the use of Form 1041-V; however, there is no penalty if the voucher is not used. 2012 1040a tax form Estimated tax – Form 1041-ES. 2012 1040a tax form   In most cases, the trustee or debtor-in-possession must pay any required estimated tax due for the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form See the Form 1041-ES Instructions for information on the minimum threshold amount required for filing Form 1041-ES, paying the estimated tax, and exceptions to filing. 2012 1040a tax form Employment Taxes The trustee or debtor-in-possession must withhold income and social security taxes and file employment tax returns for any wages paid by the trustee or debtor, including wage claims paid as administrative expenses. 2012 1040a tax form Until these employment taxes are deposited as required by the IRC, they should be set aside in a separate bank account to ensure that funds are available to satisfy the liability. 2012 1040a tax form If the employment taxes are not paid as required, the trustee may be held personally liable for payment of the taxes. 2012 1040a tax form   See Publication 15, (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide, for details on employer tax responsibilities. 2012 1040a tax form Also see IRS Notice 931, Deposit Requirements for Employment Taxes, for details on the deposit rules, including the requirement that federal employment tax deposits be made by electronic funds transfer. 2012 1040a tax form The trustee also has a duty to prepare and file Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, for wage claims paid by the trustee, regardless of whether the claims accrued before or during bankruptcy. 2012 1040a tax form If the debtor fails to prepare and file Forms W-2 for wages paid before bankruptcy, the trustee should instruct the employees to file a Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, or Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. 2012 1040a tax form , with their individual income tax returns. 2012 1040a tax form Tax Return Example – Form 1041 This publication is not revised annually. 2012 1040a tax form Future changes to the forms and their instructions may not be reflected in this example. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form The following return was prepared for tax year 2011. 2012 1040a tax form In 2011, the threshold filing amount for a bankruptcy estate was $9,500 (the sum of the $3,700 personal exemption plus the $5,800 standard deduction for married individuals filing separately). 2012 1040a tax form Facts and circumstances. 2012 1040a tax form   On December 15, 2010, Thomas Smith filed a bankruptcy petition under chapter 7. 2012 1040a tax form Joan Black was appointed trustee to administer the bankruptcy estate and to distribute the assets. 2012 1040a tax form   The estate received the following assets from Mr. 2012 1040a tax form Smith: A $100,000 certificate of deposit, Commercial rental real estate with a fair market value (FMV) of $280,000, and His personal residence with an FMV of $200,000. 2012 1040a tax form   Also, the estate received a $251,500 capital loss carryover. 2012 1040a tax form   Mr. 2012 1040a tax form Smith's bankruptcy case was closed on December 31, 2011. 2012 1040a tax form During 2011, Mr. 2012 1040a tax form Smith was relieved of $70,000 of debt by the bankruptcy court. 2012 1040a tax form The estate chose a calendar year as its tax year. 2012 1040a tax form Joan, the trustee, reviews the estate's transactions and reports the taxable events on the estate's final return. 2012 1040a tax form Schedule B (Form 1040). 2012 1040a tax form    The certificate of deposit earned $5,500 of interest during 2011. 2012 1040a tax form Joan reports this interest on Schedule B. 2012 1040a tax form She completes this schedule and enters the result on Form 1040. 2012 1040a tax form Form 4562. 2012 1040a tax form   Joan enters the depreciation allowed on Form 4562. 2012 1040a tax form She completes the form and enters the result on Schedule E. 2012 1040a tax form Schedule E (Form 1040). 2012 1040a tax form   The commercial real estate was rented through the date of sale. 2012 1040a tax form Joan reports the income and expenses on Schedule E. 2012 1040a tax form She enters the net income on Form 1040. 2012 1040a tax form Form 4797. 2012 1040a tax form   The commercial real estate was sold on July 1, 2011, for $280,000. 2012 1040a tax form The property was purchased in 2001 at a cost of $250,000. 2012 1040a tax form The total depreciation allowable as of the date of sale was $120,000. 2012 1040a tax form Additionally, $25,000 of selling expenses were incurred. 2012 1040a tax form Joan reports the gain or loss from the sale on Form 4797. 2012 1040a tax form She completes the form and enters the gain on Schedule D (Form 1040). 2012 1040a tax form   Mr. 2012 1040a tax form Smith's former residence was sold on September 30, 2011. 2012 1040a tax form The sale price was $200,000, the selling expenses were $20,000, and his adjusted basis was $130,000. 2012 1040a tax form This sale is excluded from gross income under IRC section 121. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form Gains from the sale of personal residences are excluded from gross income up to $250,000 under IRC section 121 ($500,000 for married couples filing a joint return). 2012 1040a tax form Bankruptcy estates succeed to this exclusion at the commencement of the case. 2012 1040a tax form See Regulation section 1. 2012 1040a tax form 1398-3. 2012 1040a tax form Schedule D (Form 1040). 2012 1040a tax form   Joan completes Schedule D, taking into account the $250,000 capital loss carryover from 2010 ($251,500 transferred to the estate minus $1,500 used on the estate's 2010 return). 2012 1040a tax form She enters the results on Form 1040. 2012 1040a tax form Form 1040, page 1. 2012 1040a tax form   Joan completes page 1 of the Form 1040 and enters the adjusted gross income on the first line of Form 1040, page 2. 2012 1040a tax form Schedule A (Form 1040). 2012 1040a tax form   During 2011, the estate paid mortgage interest and real property tax on Mr. 2012 1040a tax form Smith's former residence. 2012 1040a tax form It also paid income tax to the state. 2012 1040a tax form Joan enters the mortgage interest, real estate tax, and income tax on Schedule A. 2012 1040a tax form Also, she reports the bankruptcy estate's administrative expenses as a miscellaneous deduction not subject to the 2% floor on miscellaneous itemized deductions. 2012 1040a tax form She completes the Schedule A and enters the result on page 2 of Form 1040. 2012 1040a tax form Form 1040, page 2. 2012 1040a tax form   Joan determines the estate's taxable income and figures its tax using the tax rate schedule for married filing separately. 2012 1040a tax form She then enters the estate's estimated tax payments and figures the amount the estate still owes. 2012 1040a tax form Form 982. 2012 1040a tax form   Joan completes the Schedule D Tax Worksheet to figure the capital loss carryover. 2012 1040a tax form Because $70,000 of debt was canceled, Joan must reduce the tax attributes of the estate by the amount of the canceled debt. 2012 1040a tax form See Debt Cancellation, later. 2012 1040a tax form After the bankruptcy case ends, Mr. 2012 1040a tax form Smith will assume the estate's tax attributes. 2012 1040a tax form Mr. 2012 1040a tax form Smith will assume a capital loss carryover of $53,500 ($123,500 carryover minus the $70,000 attribute reduction) for use in preparation of his individual tax return (Form 1040). 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form If the bankruptcy estate had continued, the capital loss carryover would be available to the bankruptcy estate for the 2012 tax year. 2012 1040a tax form Form 1041. 2012 1040a tax form   Joan enters the total tax, estimated tax payments, and tax due from Form 1040 on Form 1041. 2012 1040a tax form She completes the identification area at the top of Form 1041, then signs and dates the return as the trustee on behalf of the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 1040a tax form Please click the link to view the image. 2012 1040a tax form Sample Form 1040 - page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 1040a tax form Please click the link to view the image. 2012 1040a tax form Sample Form 1040 - page 2 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 1040a tax form Please click the link to view the image. 2012 1040a tax form Sample Schedule A This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 1040a tax form Please click the link to view the image. 2012 1040a tax form Sample Schedule B This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 1040a tax form Please click the link to view the image. 2012 1040a tax form Sample Schedule D This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 1040a tax form Please click the link to view the image. 2012 1040a tax form Sample Schedule E This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 1040a tax form Please click the link to view the image. 2012 1040a tax form Sample Form 4797 - page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 1040a tax form Please click the link to view the image. 2012 1040a tax form Sample Form 2119 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 1040a tax form Please click the link to view the image. 2012 1040a tax form Sample Form 4797 - page 2 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 1040a tax form Please click the link to view the image. 2012 1040a tax form Sample Form 4562 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 1040a tax form Please click the link to view the image. 2012 1040a tax form Sample Capital Loss Carryover Worksheet This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 1040a tax form Please click the link to view the image. 2012 1040a tax form Sample Form 982 Capital Loss Carryover Worksheet—Lines 6 and 14 Use this worksheet to figure your capital loss carryovers from 2010 to 2011 if your 2010 Schedule D, line 21, is a loss and (a) that loss is a smaller loss than the loss on your 2010 Schedule D, line 16, or (b) the amount on your 2010 Form 1040, line 41 (or your 2010 Form 1040NR, line 38, if applicable) is less than zero. 2012 1040a tax form Otherwise, you do not have any carryovers. 2012 1040a tax form 1. 2012 1040a tax form Enter the amount from your 2010 Form 1040, line 41, or Form 1040NR, line 38. 2012 1040a tax form If a loss, enclose the amount in parentheses 1. 2012 1040a tax form 19,880   2. 2012 1040a tax form Enter the loss from your 2010 Schedule D, line 21, as a positive amount 2. 2012 1040a tax form 1,500   3. 2012 1040a tax form Combine lines 1 and 2. 2012 1040a tax form If zero or less, enter -0- 3. 2012 1040a tax form 21,380   4. 2012 1040a tax form Enter the smaller of line 2 or line 3 4. 2012 1040a tax form 1,500     If line 7 of your 2010 Schedule D is a loss, go to line 5; otherwise, enter -0- on line 5 and go to line 9. 2012 1040a tax form       5. 2012 1040a tax form Enter the loss from your 2010 Schedule D, line 7, as a positive amount 5. 2012 1040a tax form 0   6. 2012 1040a tax form Enter any gain from your 2010 Schedule D, line 15. 2012 1040a tax form If a loss, enter -0- 6. 2012 1040a tax form         7. 2012 1040a tax form Add lines 4 and 6 7. 2012 1040a tax form 1,500   8. 2012 1040a tax form Short-term capital loss carryover for 2011. 2012 1040a tax form Subtract line 7 from line 5. 2012 1040a tax form If zero or less, enter -0-. 2012 1040a tax form If more than zero, also enter this amount on Schedule D, line 6 8. 2012 1040a tax form 0     If line 15 of your 2010 Schedule D is a loss, go to line 9; otherwise, skip lines 9 through 13. 2012 1040a tax form       9. 2012 1040a tax form Enter the loss from your 2010 Schedule D, line 15, as a positive amount 9. 2012 1040a tax form 251,500   10. 2012 1040a tax form Enter any gain from your 2010 Schedule D, line 7. 2012 1040a tax form If a loss, enter -0- 10. 2012 1040a tax form 0       11. 2012 1040a tax form Subtract line 5 from line 4. 2012 1040a tax form If zero or less, enter -0- 11. 2012 1040a tax form 1,500       12. 2012 1040a tax form Add lines 10 and 11 12. 2012 1040a tax form 1,500   13. 2012 1040a tax form Long-term capital loss carryover for 2011. 2012 1040a tax form Subtract line 12 from line 9. 2012 1040a tax form If zero or less, enter -0-. 2012 1040a tax form If more than zero, also enter this amount on Schedule D, line 14 13. 2012 1040a tax form 250,000                       Partnerships and Corporations Filing Requirements A separate taxable estate is not created when a partnership or corporation files a bankruptcy petition and their tax return filing requirements do not change. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor-in-possession, court appointed trustee, assignee, or receiver must file the entity's income tax returns on Form 1065, Form 1120 or, Form 1120S. 2012 1040a tax form In cases where a trustee or receiver is not appointed, the debtor-in-possession continues business operations and remains in possession of the business' property during the bankruptcy proceeding. 2012 1040a tax form The debtor-in-possession, rather than the general partner of a partnership or corporate officer of a corporation, assumes the fiduciary responsibility to file the business' tax returns. 2012 1040a tax form Partnerships The filing requirements for a partnership in a bankruptcy proceeding do not change. 2012 1040a tax form However, the responsibility to file the required returns becomes that of the court appointed trustee, receiver, or debtor-in-possession. 2012 1040a tax form A partnership's debt that is canceled as a result of the bankruptcy proceeding is not included in the partnership's income. 2012 1040a tax form However, It may or may not be included in the individual partners' income. 2012 1040a tax form See Partnerships, below under Debt Cancellation. 2012 1040a tax form Corporations The filing requirements for a corporation in a bankruptcy proceeding also do not change. 2012 1040a tax form A bankruptcy trustee, receiver, or debtor-in-possession, having possession of or holding title to substantially all of the property or business operations of the debtor corporation, must file the debtor's corporate income tax return for the tax year. 2012 1040a tax form The following discussion only highlights bankruptcy tax rules applying to corporations. 2012 1040a tax form The complex details of corporate bankruptcy reorganizations are beyond the scope of this publication. 2012 1040a tax form Therefore, you may wish to seek the help of a professional tax advisor. 2012 1040a tax form See Corporations under Debt Cancellation for information about a corporation's debt canceled in a bankruptcy proceeding. 2012 1040a tax form Tax-Free Reorganizations The tax-free reorganization provisions of the Internal Revenue Code allow a corporation to transfer all or part of its assets to another corporation in a bankruptcy under title 11 of the United States Code or in a similar case. 2012 1040a tax form However, under the reorganization plan, the stock or securities of the corporation to which the assets are transferred must be distributed in a transaction that qualifies under IRC section 354, 355, or 356. 2012 1040a tax form A “similar case” includes a receivership, foreclosure, or other similar proceeding in a federal or state court. 2012 1040a tax form In these cases, any party to the reorganization must be under the jurisdiction of the court and the transfer of assets under the plan of reorganization must be approved by the court. 2012 1040a tax form In a receivership, foreclosure, or similar proceeding before a federal or state agency involving certain financial institutions, the agency is treated as a court. 2012 1040a tax form Generally, IRC section 354 provides that no gain or loss is recognized if a corporation's stock is exchanged solely for stock or securities in a corporation that is a party to the reorganization under a qualifying reorganization plan. 2012 1040a tax form In this case, shareholders in the bankrupt corporation would recognize no gain or loss if they exchange their stock solely for stock or securities of the corporation acquiring the bankrupt corporation's assets. 2012 1040a tax form IRC section 355 generally provides that no gain or loss is recognized by a shareholder if a corporation distributes solely stock or securities of another corporation that the distributing corporation controls immediately before the distribution. 2012 1040a tax form IRC section 356 allows tax-free exchanges in situations that would qualify under IRC section 354 or 355, except that other property or money, in addition to the permitted stock or securities, is received by the shareholder. 2012 1040a tax form In this situation, gain is recognized by the shareholder, but only to the extent of the money and the FMV of the other property received. 2012 1040a tax form No loss is recognized in this situation. 2012 1040a tax form Exemption from tax return filing A trustee, receiver, or assignee of a corporation in bankruptcy, receivership, or in the process of dissolving, may apply to the IRS for relief from filing federal income tax returns for the corporation. 2012 1040a tax form To qualify, the corporation must have ceased business operations and have no assets nor income for the tax year. 2012 1040a tax form The exemption request must be submitted to the local IRS Insolvency Office handling the case. 2012 1040a tax form The request to the IRS must include the name, address, and EIN of the corporation and a statement of the facts (with any supporting documents) showing why the debtor needs relief from the filing requirements. 2012 1040a tax form The request must also include the following statement: “I hereby request relief from filing federal income tax returns for tax years ending _____ for the above-named corporation and declare under penalties of perjury that to the best of my knowledge and belief the information contained herein is correct. 2012 1040a tax form ” The statement must be signed by the trustee, receiver or assignee. 2012 1040a tax form The statement must also include notice of appointment to act on behalf of the corporation (this is not required for bankruptcy trustees or debtors-in-possession). 2012 1040a tax form The IRS will act on your request within 90 days. 2012 1040a tax form Disclosure of return information to trustee. 2012 1040a tax form   Upon written request, current and earlier returns of the debtor are open to inspection by or disclosure to the trustee or receiver. 2012 1040a tax form However, in bankruptcy cases other than those of individuals filing under chapter 7 or 11, such as a corporate bankruptcy, the IRS must find that the trustee has a material interest that will be affected by information on the return. 2012 1040a tax form Material interest is generally defined as a financial or monetary interest. 2012 1040a tax form Material interest is not limited to the trustee's responsibility to file a return on behalf of the bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form Receiverships Court-established receiverships sometimes arise in connection with bankruptcies. 2012 1040a tax form Certain court-established receiverships should be treated as qualified settlement funds ("QSFs") for purposes of IRC section 468B and the underlying Treasury Regulations. 2012 1040a tax form QSFs are required to file an annual income tax return, Form 1120-SF, U. 2012 1040a tax form S. 2012 1040a tax form Income Tax Return for Settlement Funds. 2012 1040a tax form More information about QSFs may be found in Treasury Regulation sections 1. 2012 1040a tax form 468B-1 through -5. 2012 1040a tax form Determination of Tax The determination of the proper amount of tax due for a tax year begins with the bankruptcy estate's filing of Form 1041, and the individual debtor's filing of Form 1040, or for bankrupt entities filing Forms 1065, 1120, or 1120S. 2012 1040a tax form After a return is filed, the IRS will either accept the return as filed or select the return for examination. 2012 1040a tax form Under examination the IRS may redetermine the tax liability shown on the return. 2012 1040a tax form If the bankruptcy estate or debtor disagrees with the redetermined tax due, the tax as redetermined by the IRS may be contested in the bankruptcy court, or Tax Court, as applicable. 2012 1040a tax form See Court Jurisdiction over Tax Matters, later. 2012 1040a tax form Prompt Determination Requests Pursuant to Rev. 2012 1040a tax form Proc. 2012 1040a tax form 2006-24, 2006-22 I. 2012 1040a tax form R. 2012 1040a tax form B. 2012 1040a tax form 943, www. 2012 1040a tax form irs. 2012 1040a tax form gov/irb/2006-22_IRB/ar12, as modified by Announcement 2011-77, www. 2012 1040a tax form irs. 2012 1040a tax form gov/irb/2011-51_IRB/ar13, the bankruptcy trustee may request a determination of any unpaid tax liability incurred by the bankruptcy estate during the administration of the case, by filing a tax return and a request for such determination with the IRS. 2012 1040a tax form Unless the return is fraudulent or contains a material misrepresentation, the estate, trustee, debtor, and any successor to the debtor are discharged from liability upon payment of the tax: As determined by the IRS, As determined by the bankruptcy court, after completion of the IRS examination, or As shown on the return, if the IRS does not: Notify the trustee within 60 days after the request for determination that the return has been selected for examination, or Complete the examination and notify the trustee of any tax due within 180 days after the request (or any additional time permitted by the bankruptcy court). 2012 1040a tax form Making the request for determination. 2012 1040a tax form   As detailed in Rev. 2012 1040a tax form Proc. 2012 1040a tax form 2006-24, as modified by Announcement 2011-77, to request a prompt determination of any unpaid tax liability of the estate, the trustee must file a signed written request, in duplicate, with the Internal Revenue Service, Centralized Insolvency Operation, P. 2012 1040a tax form O. 2012 1040a tax form Box 7346, Philadelphia, PA 19101–7346 (marked “Request for Prompt Determination”). 2012 1040a tax form   The request must be submitted in duplicate and must be executed under penalties of perjury. 2012 1040a tax form In addition, the trustee must submit along with the request an exact copy of the return(s) filed by the trustee with the IRS for each completed tax period. 2012 1040a tax form The request must contain the following information: A statement indicating that it is a Request for Prompt Determination of Tax Liability, specifying the type of return and tax period for each return being filed. 2012 1040a tax form The name and location of the office where the return was filed. 2012 1040a tax form The name of the debtor. 2012 1040a tax form Debtor's social security number, TIN, or EIN. 2012 1040a tax form Type of bankruptcy estate. 2012 1040a tax form Bankruptcy case number. 2012 1040a tax form Court where the bankruptcy case is pending. 2012 1040a tax form   The copy of the return(s) submitted with the request must be an exact copy of a valid return. 2012 1040a tax form A request for prompt determination will be considered incomplete and returned to the trustee if it is filed with a copy of a document that does not qualify as a valid return. 2012 1040a tax form    To qualify as valid, a return must meet certain criteria, including a signature under penalties of perjury. 2012 1040a tax form A document filed by the trustee with the jurat stricken, deleted, or modified will not qualify as a valid return. 2012 1040a tax form Examination of return. 2012 1040a tax form   The IRS will notify the trustee within 60 days from receipt of the request whether the return filed by the trustee has been selected for examination or has been accepted as filed. 2012 1040a tax form If the return is selected for examination, it will be examined as soon as possible. 2012 1040a tax form The IRS will notify the trustee of any tax due within 180 days from receipt of the application or within any additional time permitted by the bankruptcy court. 2012 1040a tax form   If a prompt determination request is incomplete, all the documents received by the IRS will be returned to the trustee by the assigned Field Insolvency Office with an explanation identifying the missing item(s) and instructions to re-file the request once corrected. 2012 1040a tax form   Once corrected, the request must be filed with the IRS at the Field Insolvency Office address specified in the correspondence accompanying the returned incomplete request. 2012 1040a tax form   In the case of an incomplete request submitted with a copy of an invalid return document, the trustee must file a valid original return with the appropriate IRS office and submit a copy of that return with the corrected request when the request is re-filed. 2012 1040a tax form Note. 2012 1040a tax form An incomplete request includes those submitted with a copy of a return form, the original of which does not qualify as a valid return. 2012 1040a tax form   The 60-day period to notify the trustee whether the return is accepted as filed or has been selected for examination does not begin to run until a complete request package is recei