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Amendment tax return 9. Amendment tax return   Dispositions of Property Used in Farming Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Section 1231 Gains and LossesNonrecaptured section 1231 losses. Amendment tax return Depreciation RecaptureSection 1245 Property Section 1250 Property Installment Sale Other Dispositions Other GainsExceptions. Amendment tax return Amount to report as ordinary income. Amendment tax return Applicable percentage. Amendment tax return Amount to report as ordinary income. Amendment tax return Applicable percentage. Amendment tax return Introduction When you dispose of property used in your farm business, your taxable gain or loss is usually treated as ordinary income (which is taxed at the same rates as wages and interest income) or capital gain (which is generally taxed at lower rates) under the rules for section 1231 transactions. Amendment tax return When you dispose of depreciable property (section 1245 property or section 1250 property) at a gain, you may have to recognize all or part of the gain as ordinary income under the depreciation recapture rules. Amendment tax return Any gain remaining after applying the depreciation recapture rules is a section 1231 gain, which may be taxed as a capital gain. Amendment tax return Gains and losses from property used in farming are reported on Form 4797, Sales of Business Property. Amendment tax return Table 9-1 contains examples of items reported on Form 4797 and refers to the part of that form on which they first should be reported. Amendment tax return Topics - This chapter discusses: Section 1231 gains and losses Depreciation recapture Other gains Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets Form (and Instructions) 4797 Sales of Business Property See chapter 16 for information about getting publications and forms. Amendment tax return Section 1231 Gains and Losses Section 1231 gains and losses are the taxable gains and losses from section 1231 transactions (explained below). Amendment tax return Their treatment as ordinary or capital gains depends on whether you have a net gain or a net loss from all of your section 1231 transactions in the tax year. Amendment tax return Table 9-1. Amendment tax return Where to First Report Certain Items on Form 4797 Type of property Held 1 year  or less Held more than  1 year 1 Depreciable trade or business property:       a Sold or exchanged at a gain Part II Part III (1245, 1250)   b Sold or exchanged at a loss Part II Part I 2 Farmland held less than 10 years for which soil, water, or land clearing expenses were deducted:       a Sold at a gain Part II Part III (1252)   b Sold at a loss Part II Part I 3 All other farmland Part II Part I 4 Disposition of cost-sharing payment property described in section 126 Part II Part III (1255) 5 Cattle and horses used in a trade or business for draft, breeding, dairy, or sporting purposes: Held less  than 24 mos. Amendment tax return Held 24 mos. Amendment tax return  or more   a Sold at a gain Part II Part III (1245)   b Sold at a loss Part II Part I   c Raised cattle and horses sold at a gain Part II Part I 6 Livestock other than cattle and horses used in a trade or business for draft, breeding, dairy, or sporting purposes: Held less  than 12 mos. Amendment tax return Held 12 mos. Amendment tax return   or more   a Sold at a gain Part II Part III (1245)   b Sold at a loss Part II Part I   c Raised livestock sold at a gain Part II Part I If you have a gain from a section 1231 transaction, first determine whether any of the gain is ordinary income under the depreciation recapture rules (explained later). Amendment tax return Do not take that gain into account as section 1231 gain. Amendment tax return Section 1231 transactions. Amendment tax return   Gain or loss on the following transactions is subject to section 1231 treatment. Amendment tax return Sale or exchange of cattle and horses. Amendment tax return The cattle and horses must be held for draft, breeding, dairy, or sporting purposes and held for 24 months or longer. Amendment tax return Sale or exchange of other livestock. Amendment tax return This livestock must be held for draft, breeding, dairy, or sporting purposes and held for 12 months or longer. Amendment tax return Other livestock includes hogs, mules, sheep, goats, donkeys, and other fur-bearing animals. Amendment tax return Other livestock does not include poultry. Amendment tax return Sale or exchange of depreciable personal property. Amendment tax return This property must be used in your business and held longer than 1 year. Amendment tax return Generally, property held for the production of rents or royalties is considered to be used in a trade or business. Amendment tax return Examples of depreciable personal property include farm machinery and trucks. Amendment tax return It also includes amortizable section 197 intangibles. Amendment tax return Sale or exchange of real estate. Amendment tax return This property must be used in your business and held longer than 1 year. Amendment tax return Examples are your farm or ranch (including barns and sheds). Amendment tax return Sale or exchange of unharvested crops. Amendment tax return The crop and land must be sold, exchanged, or involuntarily converted at the same time and to the same person, and the land must have been held longer than 1 year. Amendment tax return You cannot keep any right or option to reacquire the land directly or indirectly (other than a right customarily incident to a mortgage or other security transaction). Amendment tax return Growing crops sold with a leasehold on the land, even if sold to the same person in a single transaction, are not included. Amendment tax return Distributive share of partnership gains and losses. Amendment tax return Your distributive share must be from the sale or exchange of property listed above and held longer than 1 year (or for the required period for certain livestock). Amendment tax return Cutting or disposal of timber. Amendment tax return Special rules apply if you owned the timber longer than 1 year and elect to treat timber cutting as a sale or exchange, or you enter into a cutting contract, as described in chapter 8 under Timber . Amendment tax return Condemnation. Amendment tax return The condemned property (defined in chapter 11) must have been held longer than 1 year. Amendment tax return It must be business property or a capital asset held in connection with a trade or business or a transaction entered into for profit, such as investment property. Amendment tax return It cannot be property held for personal use. Amendment tax return Casualty or theft. Amendment tax return The casualty or theft must have affected business property, property held for the production of rents or royalties, or investment property (such as notes and bonds). Amendment tax return You must have held the property longer than 1 year. Amendment tax return However, if your casualty or theft losses are more than your casualty or theft gains, neither the gains nor the losses are taken into account in the section 1231 computation. Amendment tax return Section 1231 does not apply to personal casualty gains and losses. Amendment tax return See chapter 11 for information on how to treat those gains and losses. Amendment tax return If the property is not held for the required holding period, the transaction is not subject to section 1231 treatment, and any gain or loss is ordinary income reported in Part II of Form 4797. Amendment tax return See Table 9-1. Amendment tax return Property for sale to customers. Amendment tax return   A sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion of property held mainly for sale to customers is not a section 1231 transaction. Amendment tax return If you will get back all, or nearly all, of your investment in the property by selling it rather than by using it up in your business, it is property held mainly for sale to customers. Amendment tax return Treatment as ordinary or capital. Amendment tax return   To determine the treatment of section 1231 gains and losses, combine all of your section 1231 gains and losses for the year. Amendment tax return If you have a net section 1231 loss, it is an ordinary loss. Amendment tax return If you have a net section 1231 gain, it is ordinary income up to your nonrecaptured section 1231 losses from previous years, explained next. Amendment tax return The rest, if any, is long-term capital gain. Amendment tax return Nonrecaptured section 1231 losses. Amendment tax return   Your nonrecaptured section 1231 losses are your net section 1231 losses for the previous 5 years that have not been applied against a net section 1231 gain by treating the gain as ordinary income. Amendment tax return These losses are applied against your net section 1231 gain beginning with the earliest loss in the 5-year period. Amendment tax return Example. Amendment tax return In 2013, Ben has a $2,000 net section 1231 gain. Amendment tax return To figure how much he has to report as ordinary income and long-term capital gain, he must first determine his section 1231 gains and losses from the previous 5-year period. Amendment tax return From 2008 through 2012 he had the following section 1231 gains and losses. Amendment tax return Year Amount 2008 -0- 2009 -0- 2010 ($2,500) 2011 -0- 2012 $1,800   Ben uses this information to figure how to report his net section 1231 gain for 2013 as shown below. Amendment tax return 1) Net section 1231 gain (2013) $2,000 2) Net section 1231 loss (2010) ($2,500)   3) Net section 1231 gain (2012) 1,800   4) Remaining net section 1231 loss from prior 5 years ($700)   5) Gain treated as  ordinary income $700 6) Gain treated as long-term  capital gain $1,300 His remaining net section 1231 loss from 2010 is completely recaptured in 2013. Amendment tax return Depreciation Recapture If you dispose of depreciable or amortizable property at a gain, you may have to treat all or part of the gain (even if it is otherwise nontaxable) as ordinary income. Amendment tax return To figure any gain that must be reported as ordinary income, you must keep permanent records of the facts necessary to figure the depreciation or amortization allowed or allowable on your property. Amendment tax return For more information, see chapter 3 of Publication 544. Amendment tax return Section 1245 Property A gain on the disposition of section 1245 property is treated as ordinary income to the extent of depreciation allowed or allowable. Amendment tax return Any recognized gain that is more than the part that is ordinary income is a section 1231 gain. Amendment tax return See Treatment as ordinary or capital under Section 1231 Gains and Losses , earlier. Amendment tax return Section 1245 property includes any property that is or has been subject to an allowance for depreciation or amortization and that is any of the following types of property. Amendment tax return Personal property (either tangible or intangible). Amendment tax return Other tangible property (except buildings and their structural components) used as any of the following. Amendment tax return See Buildings and structural components below. Amendment tax return An integral part of manufacturing, production, or extraction, or of furnishing certain services. Amendment tax return A research facility in any of the activities in (a). Amendment tax return A facility in any of the activities in (a) above, for the bulk storage of fungible commodities (discussed later). Amendment tax return That part of real property (not included in (2)) with an adjusted basis reduced by (but not limited to) the following. Amendment tax return Amortization of certified pollution control facilities. Amendment tax return The section 179 expense deduction. Amendment tax return Deduction for clean-fuel vehicles and certain refueling property. Amendment tax return Expenditures to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the handicapped and elderly. Amendment tax return Certain reforestation expenditures (as described under Reforestation Costs in chapter 7. Amendment tax return Single purpose agricultural (livestock) or horticultural structures. Amendment tax return Storage facilities (except buildings and their structural components) used in distributing petroleum or any primary product of petroleum. Amendment tax return Buildings and structural components. Amendment tax return   Section 1245 property does not include buildings and structural components. Amendment tax return The term building includes a house, barn, warehouse, or garage. Amendment tax return The term structural component includes walls, floors, windows, doors, central air conditioning systems, light fixtures, etc. Amendment tax return   Do not treat a structure that is essentially machinery or equipment as a building or structural component. Amendment tax return Also, do not treat a structure that houses property used as an integral part of an activity as a building or structural component if the structure's use is so closely related to the property's use that the structure can be expected to be replaced when the property it initially houses is replaced. Amendment tax return   The fact that the structure is specially designed to withstand the stress and other demands of the property and cannot be used economically for other purposes indicates it is closely related to the use of the property it houses. Amendment tax return Structures such as oil and gas storage tanks, grain storage bins, and silos are not treated as buildings, but as section 1245 property. Amendment tax return Facility for bulk storage of fungible commodities. Amendment tax return   This is a facility used mainly for the bulk storage of fungible commodities. Amendment tax return Bulk storage means storage of a commodity in a large mass before it is used. Amendment tax return For example, if a facility is used to store oranges that have been sorted and boxed, it is not used for bulk storage. Amendment tax return To be fungible, a commodity must be such that one part may be used in place of another. Amendment tax return Gain Treated as Ordinary Income The gain treated as ordinary income on the sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion of section 1245 property, including a sale and leaseback transaction, is the lesser of the following amounts. Amendment tax return The depreciation (which includes any section 179 deduction claimed) and amortization allowed or allowable on the property. Amendment tax return The gain realized on the disposition (the amount realized from the disposition minus the adjusted basis of the property). Amendment tax return For any other disposition of section 1245 property, ordinary income is the lesser of (1) above or the amount by which its fair market value (FMV) is more than its adjusted basis. Amendment tax return For details, see chapter 3 of Publication 544. Amendment tax return Use Part III of Form 4797 to figure the ordinary income part of the gain. Amendment tax return Depreciation claimed on other property or claimed by other taxpayers. Amendment tax return   Depreciation and amortization include the amounts you claimed on the section 1245 property as well as the following depreciation and amortization amounts. Amendment tax return Amounts you claimed on property you exchanged for, or converted to, your section 1245 property in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion. Amendment tax return For details on exchanges of property that are not taxable, see Like-Kind Exchanges in chapter 8. Amendment tax return Amounts a previous owner of the section 1245 property claimed if your basis is determined with reference to that person's adjusted basis (for example, the donor's depreciation deductions on property you received as a gift and part of the transfer is a sale or exchange). Amendment tax return Example. Amendment tax return Jeff Free paid $120,000 for a tractor in 2012. Amendment tax return On February 23, 2013, he traded it for a chopper and paid an additional $30,000. Amendment tax return To figure his depreciation deduction on the chopper for the current year, Jeff continues to use the basis of the tractor as he would have before the trade. Amendment tax return Jeff can also depreciate the additional $30,000 for the chopper. Amendment tax return Depreciation and amortization. Amendment tax return   Depreciation and amortization deductions that must be recaptured as ordinary income include (but are not limited to) the following items. Amendment tax return See Depreciation Recapture in chapter 3 of Publication 544 for more details. Amendment tax return Ordinary depreciation deductions. Amendment tax return Section 179 deduction (see chapter 7). Amendment tax return Any special depreciation allowance. Amendment tax return Amortization deductions for all the following costs. Amendment tax return Acquiring a lease. Amendment tax return Lessee improvements. Amendment tax return Pollution control facilities. Amendment tax return Reforestation expenses. Amendment tax return Section 197 intangibles. Amendment tax return Qualified disaster expenses. Amendment tax return Franchises, trademarks, and trade names acquired before August 11, 1993. Amendment tax return Example. Amendment tax return You file your returns on a calendar year basis. Amendment tax return In February 2011, you bought and placed in service for 100% use in your farming business a light-duty truck (5-year property) that cost $10,000. Amendment tax return You used the half-year convention and your MACRS deductions for the truck were $1,500 in 2011 and $2,550 in 2012. Amendment tax return You did not claim the section 179 expense deduction for the truck. Amendment tax return You sold it in May 2013 for $7,000. Amendment tax return The MACRS deduction in 2013, the year of sale, is $893 (½ of $1,785). Amendment tax return Figure the gain treated as ordinary income as follows. Amendment tax return 1) Amount realized $7,000 2) Cost (February 2011) $10,000   3) Depreciation allowed or allowable (MACRS deductions: $1,500 + $2,550 + $893) 4,943   4) Adjusted basis (subtract line 3 from line 2) $5,057 5) Gain realized (subtract line 4 from line 1) 1,943 6) Gain treated as ordinary income (lesser of line 3 or line 5) $1,943 Depreciation allowed or allowable. Amendment tax return   You generally use the greater of the depreciation allowed or allowable when figuring the part of gain to report as ordinary income. Amendment tax return If, in prior years, you have consistently taken proper deductions under one method, the amount allowed for your prior years will not be increased even though a greater amount would have been allowed under another proper method. Amendment tax return If you did not take any deduction at all for depreciation, your adjustments to basis for depreciation allowable are figured by using the straight line method. Amendment tax return This treatment applies only when figuring what part of the gain is treated as ordinary income under the rules for section 1245 depreciation recapture. Amendment tax return Disposition of plants and animals. Amendment tax return   If you elect not to use the uniform capitalization rules (see chapter 6), you must treat any plant you produce as section 1245 property. Amendment tax return If you have a gain on the property's disposition, you must recapture the pre-productive expenses you would have capitalized if you had not made the election by treating the gain, up to the amount of these expenses, as ordinary income. Amendment tax return For section 1231 transactions, show these expenses as depreciation on Form 4797, Part III, line 22. Amendment tax return For plant sales that are reported on Schedule F (1040), Profit or Loss From Farming, this recapture rule does not change the reporting of income because the gain is already ordinary income. Amendment tax return You can use the farm-price method or the unit-livestock-price method discussed in  chapter 2 to figure these expenses. Amendment tax return Example. Amendment tax return Janet Maple sold her apple orchard in 2013 for $80,000. Amendment tax return Her adjusted basis at the time of sale was $60,000. Amendment tax return She bought the orchard in 2006, but the trees did not produce a crop until 2009. Amendment tax return Her pre-productive expenses were $6,000. Amendment tax return She elected not to use the uniform capitalization rules. Amendment tax return Janet must treat $6,000 of the gain as ordinary income. Amendment tax return Section 1250 Property Section 1250 property includes all real property subject to an allowance for depreciation that is not and never has been section 1245 property. Amendment tax return It includes buildings and structural components that are not section 1245 property (discussed earlier). Amendment tax return It includes a leasehold of land or section 1250 property subject to an allowance for depreciation. Amendment tax return A fee simple interest in land is not section 1250 property because, like land, it is not depreciable. Amendment tax return Gain on the disposition of section 1250 property is treated as ordinary income to the extent of additional depreciation allowed or allowable. Amendment tax return To determine the additional depreciation on section 1250 property, see Depreciation Recapture in chapter 3 of Publication 544. Amendment tax return You will not have additional depreciation if any of the following apply to the property disposed of. Amendment tax return You figured depreciation for the property using the straight line method or any other method that does not result in depreciation that is more than the amount figured by the straight line method and you have held the property longer than 1 year. Amendment tax return You chose the alternate ACRS (straight line) method for the property, which was a type of 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property covered by the section 1250 rules. Amendment tax return The property was nonresidential real property placed in service after 1986 (or after July 31, 1986, if the choice to use MACRS was made) and you held it longer than 1 year. Amendment tax return These properties are depreciated using the straight line method. Amendment tax return Installment Sale If you report the sale of property under the installment method, any depreciation recapture under section 1245 or 1250 is taxable as ordinary income in the year of sale. Amendment tax return This applies even if no payments are received in that year. Amendment tax return If the gain is more than the depreciation recapture income, report the rest of the gain using the rules of the installment method. Amendment tax return For this purpose, include the recapture income in your installment sale basis to determine your gross profit on the installment sale. Amendment tax return If you dispose of more than one asset in a single transaction, you must separately figure the gain on each asset so that it may be properly reported. Amendment tax return To do this, allocate the selling price and the payments you receive in the year of sale to each asset. Amendment tax return Report any depreciation recapture income in the year of sale before using the installment method for any remaining gain. Amendment tax return For more information on installment sales, see chapter 10. Amendment tax return Other Dispositions Chapter 3 of Publication 544 discusses the tax treatment of the following transfers of depreciable property. Amendment tax return By gift. Amendment tax return At death. Amendment tax return In like-kind exchanges. Amendment tax return In involuntary conversions. Amendment tax return Publication 544 also explains how to handle a single transaction involving multiple properties. Amendment tax return Other Gains This section discusses gain on the disposition of farmland for which you were allowed either of the following. Amendment tax return Deductions for soil and water conservation expenditures (section 1252 property). Amendment tax return Exclusions from income for certain cost sharing payments (section 1255 property). Amendment tax return Section 1252 property. Amendment tax return   If you disposed of farmland you held more than 1 year and less than 10 years at a gain and you were allowed deductions for soil and water conservation expenses for the land, as discussed in chapter 5, you must treat part of the gain as ordinary income and treat the balance as section 1231 gain. Amendment tax return Exceptions. Amendment tax return   Do not treat gain on the following transactions as gain on section 1252 property. Amendment tax return Disposition of farmland by gift. Amendment tax return Transfer of farm property at death (except for income in respect of a decedent). Amendment tax return For more information, see Regulations section 1. Amendment tax return 1252-2. Amendment tax return Amount to report as ordinary income. Amendment tax return   You report as ordinary income the lesser of the following amounts. Amendment tax return Your gain (determined by subtracting the adjusted basis from the amount realized from a sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion, or the FMV for all other dispositions). Amendment tax return The total deductions allowed for soil and water conservation expenses multiplied by the applicable percentage, discussed next. Amendment tax return Applicable percentage. Amendment tax return   The applicable percentage is based on the length of time you held the land. Amendment tax return If you dispose of your farmland within 5 years after the date you acquired it, the percentage is 100%. Amendment tax return If you dispose of the land within the 6th through 9th year after you acquired it, the applicable percentage is reduced by 20% a year for each year or part of a year you hold the land after the 5th year. Amendment tax return If you dispose of the land 10 or more years after you acquired it, the percentage is 0%, and the entire gain is a section 1231 gain. Amendment tax return Example. Amendment tax return You acquired farmland on January 19, 2005. Amendment tax return On October 3, 2013, you sold the land at a $30,000 gain. Amendment tax return Between January 1 and October 3, 2013, you incur soil and water conservation expenditures of $15,000 for the land that are fully deductible in 2013. Amendment tax return The applicable percentage is 40% since you sold the land within the 8th year after you acquired it. Amendment tax return You treat $6,000 (40% of $15,000) of the $30,000 gain as ordinary income and the $24,000 balance as a section 1231 gain. Amendment tax return Section 1255 property. Amendment tax return   If you receive certain cost-sharing payments on property and you exclude those payments from income (as discussed in chapter 3), you may have to treat part of any gain as ordinary income and treat the balance as a section 1231 gain. Amendment tax return If you chose not to exclude these payments, you will not have to recognize ordinary income under this provision. Amendment tax return Amount to report as ordinary income. Amendment tax return   You report as ordinary income the lesser of the following amounts. Amendment tax return The applicable percentage of the total excluded cost-sharing payments. Amendment tax return The gain on the disposition of the property. Amendment tax return You do not report ordinary income under this rule to the extent the gain is recognized as ordinary income under sections 1231 through 1254, 1256, and 1257. Amendment tax return However, if applicable, gain reported under this rule must be reported regardless of any contrary provisions (including nonrecognition provisions) under any other section. Amendment tax return Applicable percentage. Amendment tax return   The applicable percentage of the excluded cost-sharing payments to be reported as ordinary income is based on the length of time you hold the property after receiving the payments. Amendment tax return If the property is held less than 10 years after you receive the payments, the percentage is 100%. Amendment tax return After 10 years, the percentage is reduced by 10% a year, or part of a year, until the rate is 0%. Amendment tax return Form 4797, Part III. Amendment tax return   Use Form 4797, Part III, to figure the ordinary income part of a gain from the sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion of section 1252 property and section 1255 property. Amendment tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Going Green- Be a Green Consumer

"Going Green" means practicing an environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible lifestyle as well as making decisions to help protect the environment and sustain natural resources. There are lots of reasons to consider going green—too much trash, greenhouse gases, air and water pollution, damage to the ozone layer, and saving money. For example, switching all the light bulbs in a home from conventional incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs could save about $40 over the life of the bulb. Other examples include:

  • Turning your thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in summer.
  • Making sure your walls and ceilings are well insulated.
  • Replacing bathroom and kitchen faucets with low-flow models.

Make Greener Product Choices

Buying only what you need is the first step to go green, but when you buy, looking for greener products and using products in ways that respect the environment can have a big impact — on the health of your family, pets and the planet. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a green products web portal to help you navigate the complex world of green products. You can use this portal to find links and information related to greener products from EPA and other sources.  

The EPA has a number of eco-labeling partnership programs to help you identify greener, safer, and more efficient products. The standards behind these labels are based on scientific expertise and use the best available data. Look for these EPA program labels when buying:

  • EnergyStar - for energy efficient electronics and appliances
  • WaterSense - water efficient products
  • Design for the Environment (DfE) - safer household cleaners and other products. DfE allows products that have been determined to be safer for human health and the environment and effective to carry the DfE label.
  • SmartWay Certified Vehicle - cleaner, more fuel efficient cars and trucks

By making greener product choices you are saving money on utilities and fuel, supporting companies that are driving change and most importantly — you are joining millions of people helping to protect public health and the environment.

You can also choose to buy organic or locally produced food and eco-friendly clothing. For more information about national standards covering organic food, contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. There are no national standards for organic clothing, but some fabrics to consider include organic cotton, bark cloth, bamboo, and organic wool.

Beware: Verify Green Marketing Claims

The number of eco-label products,  claiming that they are "eco-friendly" or "all-natural", has increased due to a growing demand for "green products. While this is a positive trend, you may have concerns about "greenwashing" and uncertainty about which environmental standards and labels can be trusted. The Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides provide guidance for companies that make marketing claims regarding the environmental attributes of their products. Here are some tips to help you sort through eco-label marketing:

  • Look for specific (ex. "contains 75% post-consumer recycled materials") rather than vague statements about environmental impact.
  • Determine whether the green marketing claims apply to the packaging, the product, or both.
  • Beware of fake third-party certification. Visit Consumer Reports' website to find reliable environmental labels.

For more information about environmental advertising, contact the FTC.

Reusing and Recycling

Along with buying greener products, you can make a big impact by using the products you buy in ways that respect the environment by: using fewer products and following instructions for product use; conserving energy, water, and materials; recycling items made of materials such as glass, metal, plastic, or paper or disposing of products properly. 

Many utility companies now offer curbside recycling programs that provide U.S. households with a responsible and convenient way to recycle materials. To locate information on recycling services and efforts in your area, call the Earth 911 toll free hotline, 1-800-CLEANUP (253-2687). 

It is easy to safely dispose of many products. Others, such as car batteries, cell phones, televisions, paints, oils, and solvents, require special handling. You can responsibly dispose of these products through your local household hazardous wasters (HHW) collection facility or at your local government's annual HHW collection day. Some items may be given to charitable organizations or even dropped off at electronics retailers. Contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help you make the right decisions about the best way to dispose of waste.

The Amendment Tax Return

Amendment tax return 12. Amendment tax return   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. Amendment tax return Free help with your tax return. Amendment tax return   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Amendment tax return The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Amendment tax return The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Amendment tax return Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Amendment tax return In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Amendment tax return To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Amendment tax return gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Amendment tax return   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Amendment tax return To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Amendment tax return aarp. Amendment tax return org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Amendment tax return For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Amendment tax return gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Amendment tax return Internet. Amendment tax return    IRS. Amendment tax return gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Amendment tax return Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Amendment tax return Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Amendment tax return Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. Amendment tax return gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. Amendment tax return The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Amendment tax return Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. 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Amendment tax return gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Amendment tax return You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Amendment tax return The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Amendment tax return When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. Amendment tax return Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. 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Amendment tax return Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. Amendment tax return gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. Amendment tax return You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Amendment tax return It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Amendment tax return Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. Amendment tax return gov. Amendment tax return Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. Amendment tax return gov for more information. Amendment tax return Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Amendment tax return Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Amendment tax return gov. Amendment tax return Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. Amendment tax return Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Amendment tax return gov. Amendment tax return Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Amendment tax return gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Amendment tax return Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Amendment tax return Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Amendment tax return gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Amendment tax return An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 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Amendment tax return gov and choose from a variety of options. Amendment tax return Phone. Amendment tax return    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Amendment tax return Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Amendment tax return Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Amendment tax return gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Amendment tax return Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Amendment tax return The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Amendment tax return Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. 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Amendment tax return Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Amendment tax return You should receive your order within 10 business days. Amendment tax return Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Amendment tax return If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. Amendment tax return Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Amendment tax return The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Amendment tax return These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Amendment tax return Walk-in. Amendment tax return   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Amendment tax return Products. Amendment tax return You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Amendment tax return Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Amendment tax return Services. Amendment tax return You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Amendment tax return An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Amendment tax return Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Amendment tax return gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Amendment tax return Mail. Amendment tax return   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Amendment tax return You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Amendment tax return Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Amendment tax return Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Amendment tax return The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Amendment tax return Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Amendment tax return   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Amendment tax return We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Amendment tax return You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Amendment tax return You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Amendment tax return   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. Amendment tax return Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Amendment tax return Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Amendment tax return Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Amendment tax return We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Amendment tax return   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at www. Amendment tax return irs. 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