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Efile 1040x form Publication 550 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Efile 1040x form Tax questions. Efile 1040x form Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 550, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Efile 1040x form irs. Efile 1040x form gov/pub550. Efile 1040x form What's New Net investment income tax (NIIT). Efile 1040x form  Beginning in 2013, you may be subject to the NIIT. Efile 1040x form The NIIT applies at a rate of 3. Efile 1040x form 8% to certain net investment income of individuals, estates, and trusts that have income above statutory threshold amounts. Efile 1040x form See Net investment income tax (NIIT) , later. Efile 1040x form Maximum capital gain rates. Efile 1040x form  For 2013, the maximum capital gain rates are 0%, 15%, 20%, 25%, and 28%. 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Efile 1040x form 1. Efile 1040x form   Deducting Business Expenses Table of Contents What's New Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: What Can I Deduct?Cost of Goods Sold Capital Expenses Capital versus Deductible Expenses Personal versus Business Expenses How Much Can I Deduct?Not-for-profit limits. Efile 1040x form At-risk limits. Efile 1040x form Passive activities. Efile 1040x form Net operating loss. Efile 1040x form When Can I Deduct an Expense?Economic performance. Efile 1040x form Not-for-Profit ActivitiesGross Income Limit on Deductions What's New Optional safe harbor method to determine the business use of a home deduction. Efile 1040x form  Beginning in 2013, you can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the deduction for the business use of your home. Efile 1040x form See Optional safe harbor method under Business use of your home , later. Efile 1040x form Introduction This chapter covers the general rules for deducting business expenses. Efile 1040x form Business expenses are the costs of carrying on a trade or business, and they are usually deductible if the business is operated to make a profit. Efile 1040x form Topics - This chapter discusses: What you can deduct How much you can deduct When you can deduct Not-for-profit activities Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 334 Tax Guide for Small Business 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 529 Miscellaneous Deductions 536 Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 542 Corporations 547 Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts 587 Business Use of Your Home 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 5213 Election To Postpone Determination as To Whether the Presumption Applies That an Activity Is Engaged in for Profit See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Efile 1040x form What Can I Deduct? To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. Efile 1040x form An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your industry. Efile 1040x form A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your trade or business. Efile 1040x form An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary. Efile 1040x form Even though an expense may be ordinary and necessary, you may not be allowed to deduct the expense in the year you paid or incurred it. Efile 1040x form In some cases you may not be allowed to deduct the expense at all. Efile 1040x form Therefore, it is important to distinguish usual business expenses from expenses that include the following. Efile 1040x form The expenses used to figure cost of goods sold, Capital expenses, and Personal expenses. Efile 1040x form Cost of Goods Sold If your business manufactures products or purchases them for resale, you generally must value inventory at the beginning and end of each tax year to determine your cost of goods sold. Efile 1040x form Some of your business expenses may be included in figuring cost of goods sold. Efile 1040x form Cost of goods sold is deducted from your gross receipts to figure your gross profit for the year. Efile 1040x form If you include an expense in the cost of goods sold, you cannot deduct it again as a business expense. Efile 1040x form The following are types of expenses that go into figuring cost of goods sold. Efile 1040x form The cost of products or raw materials, including freight. Efile 1040x form Storage. Efile 1040x form Direct labor (including contributions to pension or annuity plans) for workers who produce the products. Efile 1040x form Factory overhead. Efile 1040x form Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize the direct costs and part of the indirect costs for certain production or resale activities. Efile 1040x form Indirect costs include rent, interest, taxes, storage, purchasing, processing, repackaging, handling, and administrative costs. Efile 1040x form This rule does not apply to personal property you acquire for resale if your average annual gross receipts (or those of your predecessor) for the preceding 3 tax years are not more than $10 million. Efile 1040x form For more information, see the following sources. Efile 1040x form Cost of goods sold—chapter 6 of Publication 334. Efile 1040x form Inventories—Publication 538. Efile 1040x form Uniform capitalization rules—Publication 538 and section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. Efile 1040x form Capital Expenses You must capitalize, rather than deduct, some costs. Efile 1040x form These costs are a part of your investment in your business and are called “capital expenses. Efile 1040x form ” Capital expenses are considered assets in your business. Efile 1040x form In general, you capitalize three types of costs. Efile 1040x form Business start-up costs (See Tip below). Efile 1040x form Business assets. Efile 1040x form Improvements. Efile 1040x form You can elect to deduct or amortize certain business start-up costs. Efile 1040x form See chapters 7 and 8. Efile 1040x form Cost recovery. Efile 1040x form   Although you generally cannot take a current deduction for a capital expense, you may be able to recover the amount you spend through depreciation, amortization, or depletion. Efile 1040x form These recovery methods allow you to deduct part of your cost each year. Efile 1040x form In this way, you are able to recover your capital expense. Efile 1040x form See Amortization (chapter 8) and Depletion (chapter 9) in this publication. Efile 1040x form A taxpayer can elect to deduct a portion of the costs of certain depreciable property as a section 179 deduction. Efile 1040x form A greater portion of these costs can be deducted if the property is qualified disaster assistance property. Efile 1040x form See Publication 946 for details. Efile 1040x form Going Into Business The costs of getting started in business, before you actually begin business operations, are capital expenses. Efile 1040x form These costs may include expenses for advertising, travel, or wages for training employees. Efile 1040x form If you go into business. Efile 1040x form   When you go into business, treat all costs you had to get your business started as capital expenses. Efile 1040x form   Usually you recover costs for a particular asset through depreciation. Efile 1040x form Generally, you cannot recover other costs until you sell the business or otherwise go out of business. Efile 1040x form However, you can choose to amortize certain costs for setting up your business. Efile 1040x form See Starting a Business in chapter 8 for more information on business start-up costs. Efile 1040x form If your attempt to go into business is unsuccessful. Efile 1040x form   If you are an individual and your attempt to go into business is not successful, the expenses you had in trying to establish yourself in business fall into two categories. Efile 1040x form The costs you had before making a decision to acquire or begin a specific business. Efile 1040x form These costs are personal and nondeductible. Efile 1040x form They include any costs incurred during a general search for, or preliminary investigation of, a business or investment possibility. Efile 1040x form The costs you had in your attempt to acquire or begin a specific business. Efile 1040x form These costs are capital expenses and you can deduct them as a capital loss. Efile 1040x form   If you are a corporation and your attempt to go into a new trade or business is not successful, you may be able to deduct all investigatory costs as a loss. Efile 1040x form   The costs of any assets acquired during your unsuccessful attempt to go into business are a part of your basis in the assets. Efile 1040x form You cannot take a deduction for these costs. Efile 1040x form You will recover the costs of these assets when you dispose of them. Efile 1040x form Business Assets There are many different kinds of business assets; for example, land, buildings, machinery, furniture, trucks, patents, and franchise rights. Efile 1040x form You must fully capitalize the cost of these assets, including freight and installation charges. Efile 1040x form Certain property you produce for use in your trade or business must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. Efile 1040x form See Regulations section 1. Efile 1040x form 263A-2 for information on these rules. Efile 1040x form Improvements Improvements are generally major expenditures. Efile 1040x form Some examples are: new electric wiring, a new roof, a new floor, new plumbing, bricking up windows to strengthen a wall, and lighting improvements. Efile 1040x form The costs of making improvements to a business asset are capital expenses if the improvements add to the value of the asset, appreciably lengthen the time you can use it, or adapt it to a different use. Efile 1040x form Beginning in 2014, you must capitalize as improvements costs that are for the betterment of a unit of property, restore the unit of property, or adapt the unit of property to a new or different use. Efile 1040x form Temporary regulations allow you to capitalize costs meeting the above criteria for tax years beginning after 2011. Efile 1040x form However, you can currently deduct repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition as a business expense. Efile 1040x form Treat as repairs amounts paid to replace parts of a machine that only keep it in a normal operating condition. Efile 1040x form Restoration plan. Efile 1040x form   Capitalize the cost of reconditioning, improving, or altering your property as part of a general restoration plan to make it suitable for your business. Efile 1040x form This applies even if some of the work would by itself be classified as repairs. Efile 1040x form Capital versus Deductible Expenses To help you distinguish between capital and deductible expenses, different examples are given below. Efile 1040x form Motor vehicles. Efile 1040x form   You usually capitalize the cost of a motor vehicle you use in your business. Efile 1040x form You can recover its cost through annual deductions for depreciation. Efile 1040x form   There are dollar limits on the depreciation you can claim each year on passenger automobiles used in your business. Efile 1040x form See Publication 463. Efile 1040x form   Generally, repairs you make to your business vehicle are currently deductible. Efile 1040x form However, amounts you pay to recondition and overhaul a business vehicle are capital expenses and are recovered through depreciation. Efile 1040x form Roads and driveways. Efile 1040x form    The cost of building a private road on your business property and the cost of replacing a gravel driveway with a concrete one are capital expenses you may be able to depreciate. Efile 1040x form The cost of maintaining a private road on your business property is a deductible expense. Efile 1040x form Tools. Efile 1040x form   Unless the uniform capitalization rules apply, amounts spent for tools used in your business are deductible expenses if the tools have a life expectancy of less than 1 year or their cost is minor. Efile 1040x form Machinery parts. Efile 1040x form   Unless the uniform capitalization rules apply, the cost of replacing short-lived parts of a machine to keep it in good working condition, but not add to its life, is a deductible expense. Efile 1040x form Heating equipment. Efile 1040x form   The cost of changing from one heating system to another is a capital expense. Efile 1040x form Personal versus Business Expenses Generally, you cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses. Efile 1040x form However, if you have an expense for something that is used partly for business and partly for personal purposes, divide the total cost between the business and personal parts. Efile 1040x form You can deduct the business part. Efile 1040x form For example, if you borrow money and use 70% of it for business and the other 30% for a family vacation, you generally can deduct 70% of the interest as a business expense. Efile 1040x form The remaining 30% is personal interest and generally is not deductible. Efile 1040x form See chapter 4 for information on deducting interest and the allocation rules. Efile 1040x form Business use of your home. Efile 1040x form   If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Efile 1040x form These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. Efile 1040x form   To qualify to claim expenses for the business use of your home, you must meet both of the following tests. Efile 1040x form The business part of your home must be used exclusively and regularly for your trade or business. Efile 1040x form The business part of your home must be: Your principal place of business, or A place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, or A separate structure (not attached to your home) used in connection with your trade or business. Efile 1040x form   You generally do not have to meet the exclusive use test for the part of your home that you regularly use either for the storage of inventory or product samples, or as a daycare facility. Efile 1040x form   Your home office qualifies as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. Efile 1040x form You use the office exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Efile 1040x form You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Efile 1040x form   If you have more than one business location, determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. Efile 1040x form The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. Efile 1040x form If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, consider the time spent at each location. Efile 1040x form Optional safe harbor method. Efile 1040x form   Beginning in 2013, individual taxpayers can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the amount of deductible expenses attributable to certain business use of a residence during the tax year. Efile 1040x form This method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Efile 1040x form   The deduction under the optional method is limited to $1,500 per year based on $5 a square foot for up to 300 square feet. Efile 1040x form Under this method, you claim your allowable mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses on the home as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Efile 1040x form You are not required to allocate these deductions between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. Efile 1040x form If you use the optional method, you cannot depreciate the portion of your home used in a trade or business. Efile 1040x form   Business expenses unrelated to the home, such as advertising, supplies, and wages paid to employees, are still fully deductible. Efile 1040x form All of the requirements discussed earlier under Business use of your home still apply. Efile 1040x form   For more information on the deduction for business use of your home, including the optional safe harbor method, see Publication 587. Efile 1040x form    If you were entitled to deduct depreciation on the part of your home used for business, you cannot exclude the part of the gain from the sale of your home that equals any depreciation you deducted (or could have deducted) for periods after May 6, 1997. Efile 1040x form Business use of your car. Efile 1040x form   If you use your car exclusively in your business, you can deduct car expenses. Efile 1040x form If you use your car for both business and personal purposes, you must divide your expenses based on actual mileage. Efile 1040x form Generally, commuting expenses between your home and your business location, within the area of your tax home, are not deductible. Efile 1040x form   You can deduct actual car expenses, which include depreciation (or lease payments), gas and oil, tires, repairs, tune-ups, insurance, and registration fees. Efile 1040x form Or, instead of figuring the business part of these actual expenses, you may be able to use the standard mileage rate to figure your deduction. Efile 1040x form Beginning in 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. Efile 1040x form 5 cents per mile. Efile 1040x form   If you are self-employed, you can also deduct the business part of interest on your car loan, state and local personal property tax on the car, parking fees, and tolls, whether or not you claim the standard mileage rate. Efile 1040x form   For more information on car expenses and the rules for using the standard mileage rate, see Publication 463. Efile 1040x form How Much Can I Deduct? Generally, you can deduct the full amount of a business expense if it meets the criteria of ordinary and necessary and it is not a capital expense. Efile 1040x form Recovery of amount deducted (tax benefit rule). Efile 1040x form   If you recover part of an expense in the same tax year in which you would have claimed a deduction, reduce your current year expense by the amount of the recovery. Efile 1040x form If you have a recovery in a later year, include the recovered amount in income in that year. Efile 1040x form However, if part of the deduction for the expense did not reduce your tax, you do not have to include that part of the recovered amount in income. Efile 1040x form   For more information on recoveries and the tax benefit rule, see Publication 525. Efile 1040x form Payments in kind. Efile 1040x form   If you provide services to pay a business expense, the amount you can deduct is limited to your out-of-pocket costs. Efile 1040x form You cannot deduct the cost of your own labor. Efile 1040x form   Similarly, if you pay a business expense in goods or other property, you can deduct only what the property costs you. Efile 1040x form If these costs are included in the cost of goods sold, do not deduct them again as a business expense. Efile 1040x form Limits on losses. Efile 1040x form   If your deductions for an investment or business activity are more than the income it brings in, you have a loss. Efile 1040x form There may be limits on how much of the loss you can deduct. Efile 1040x form Not-for-profit limits. Efile 1040x form   If you carry on your business activity without the intention of making a profit, you cannot use a loss from it to offset other income. Efile 1040x form See Not-for-Profit Activities , later. Efile 1040x form At-risk limits. Efile 1040x form   Generally, a deductible loss from a trade or business or other income-producing activity is limited to the investment you have “at risk” in the activity. Efile 1040x form You are at risk in any activity for the following. Efile 1040x form The money and adjusted basis of property you contribute to the activity. Efile 1040x form Amounts you borrow for use in the activity if: You are personally liable for repayment, or You pledge property (other than property used in the activity) as security for the loan. Efile 1040x form For more information, see Publication 925. Efile 1040x form Passive activities. Efile 1040x form   Generally, you are in a passive activity if you have a trade or business activity in which you do not materially participate, or a rental activity. Efile 1040x form In general, deductions for losses from passive activities only offset income from passive activities. Efile 1040x form You cannot use any excess deductions to offset other income. Efile 1040x form In addition, passive activity credits can only offset the tax on net passive income. Efile 1040x form Any excess loss or credits are carried over to later years. Efile 1040x form Suspended passive losses are fully deductible in the year you completely dispose of the activity. Efile 1040x form For more information, see Publication 925. Efile 1040x form Net operating loss. Efile 1040x form   If your deductions are more than your income for the year, you may have a “net operating loss. Efile 1040x form ” You can use a net operating loss to lower your taxes in other years. Efile 1040x form See Publication 536 for more information. Efile 1040x form   See Publication 542 for information about net operating losses of corporations. Efile 1040x form When Can I Deduct an Expense? When you can deduct an expense depends on your accounting method. Efile 1040x form An accounting method is a set of rules used to determine when and how income and expenses are reported. Efile 1040x form The two basic methods are the cash method and the accrual method. Efile 1040x form Whichever method you choose must clearly reflect income. Efile 1040x form For more information on accounting methods, see Publication 538. Efile 1040x form Cash method. Efile 1040x form   Under the cash method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses in the tax year you pay them. Efile 1040x form Accrual method. Efile 1040x form   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses when both of the following apply. Efile 1040x form The all-events test has been met. Efile 1040x form The test is met when: All events have occurred that fix the fact of liability, and The liability can be determined with reasonable accuracy. Efile 1040x form Economic performance has occurred. Efile 1040x form Economic performance. Efile 1040x form   You generally cannot deduct or capitalize a business expense until economic performance occurs. Efile 1040x form If your expense is for property or services provided to you, or for your use of property, economic performance occurs as the property or services are provided, or the property is used. Efile 1040x form If your expense is for property or services you provide to others, economic performance occurs as you provide the property or services. Efile 1040x form Example. Efile 1040x form Your tax year is the calendar year. Efile 1040x form In December 2013, the Field Plumbing Company did some repair work at your place of business and sent you a bill for $600. Efile 1040x form You paid it by check in January 2014. Efile 1040x form If you use the accrual method of accounting, deduct the $600 on your tax return for 2013 because all events have occurred to “fix” the fact of liability (in this case the work was completed), the liability can be determined, and economic performance occurred in that year. Efile 1040x form If you use the cash method of accounting, deduct the expense on your 2014 return. Efile 1040x form Prepayment. Efile 1040x form   You generally cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. Efile 1040x form This rule applies to both the cash and accrual methods. Efile 1040x form It applies to prepaid interest, prepaid insurance premiums, and any other expense paid far enough in advance to, in effect, create an asset with a useful life extending substantially beyond the end of the current tax year. Efile 1040x form Example. Efile 1040x form In 2013, you sign a 10-year lease and immediately pay your rent for the first 3 years. Efile 1040x form Even though you paid the rent for 2013, 2014, and 2015, you can only deduct the rent for 2013 on your 2013 tax return. Efile 1040x form You can deduct the rent for 2014 and 2015 on your tax returns for those years. Efile 1040x form Contested liability. Efile 1040x form   Under the cash method, you can deduct a contested liability only in the year you pay the liability. Efile 1040x form Under the accrual method, you can deduct contested liabilities such as taxes (except foreign or U. Efile 1040x form S. Efile 1040x form possession income, war profits, and excess profits taxes) either in the tax year you pay the liability (or transfer money or other property to satisfy the obligation) or in the tax year you settle the contest. Efile 1040x form However, to take the deduction in the year of payment or transfer, you must meet certain conditions. Efile 1040x form See Regulations section 1. Efile 1040x form 461-2. Efile 1040x form Related person. Efile 1040x form   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct expenses when you incur them, even if you have not yet paid them. Efile 1040x form However, if you and the person you owe are related and that person uses the cash method of accounting, you must pay the expense before you can deduct it. Efile 1040x form Your deduction is allowed when the amount is includible in income by the related cash method payee. Efile 1040x form See Related Persons in Publication 538. Efile 1040x form Not-for-Profit Activities If you do not carry on your business or investment activity to make a profit, you cannot use a loss from the activity to offset other income. Efile 1040x form Activities you do as a hobby, or mainly for sport or recreation, are often not entered into for profit. Efile 1040x form The limit on not-for-profit losses applies to individuals, partnerships, estates, trusts, and S corporations. Efile 1040x form It does not apply to corporations other than S corporations. Efile 1040x form In determining whether you are carrying on an activity for profit, several factors are taken into account. Efile 1040x form No one factor alone is decisive. Efile 1040x form Among the factors to consider are whether: You carry on the activity in a businesslike manner, The time and effort you put into the activity indicate you intend to make it profitable, You depend on the income for your livelihood, Your losses are due to circumstances beyond your control (or are normal in the start-up phase of your type of business), You change your methods of operation in an attempt to improve profitability, You (or your advisors) have the knowledge needed to carry on the activity as a successful business, You were successful in making a profit in similar activities in the past, The activity makes a profit in some years, and You can expect to make a future profit from the appreciation of the assets used in the activity. Efile 1040x form Presumption of profit. Efile 1040x form   An activity is presumed carried on for profit if it produced a profit in at least 3 of the last 5 tax years, including the current year. Efile 1040x form Activities that consist primarily of breeding, training, showing, or racing horses are presumed carried on for profit if they produced a profit in at least 2 of the last 7 tax years, including the current year. Efile 1040x form The activity must be substantially the same for each year within this period. Efile 1040x form You have a profit when the gross income from an activity exceeds the deductions. Efile 1040x form   If a taxpayer dies before the end of the 5-year (or 7-year) period, the “test” period ends on the date of the taxpayer's death. Efile 1040x form   If your business or investment activity passes this 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, the IRS will presume it is carried on for profit. Efile 1040x form This means the limits discussed here will not apply. Efile 1040x form You can take all your business deductions from the activity, even for the years that you have a loss. Efile 1040x form You can rely on this presumption unless the IRS later shows it to be invalid. Efile 1040x form Using the presumption later. Efile 1040x form   If you are starting an activity and do not have 3 (or 2) years showing a profit, you can elect to have the presumption made after you have the 5 (or 7) years of experience allowed by the test. Efile 1040x form   You can elect to do this by filing Form 5213. Efile 1040x form Filing this form postpones any determination that your activity is not carried on for profit until 5 (or 7) years have passed since you started the activity. Efile 1040x form   The benefit gained by making this election is that the IRS will not immediately question whether your activity is engaged in for profit. Efile 1040x form Accordingly, it will not restrict your deductions. Efile 1040x form Rather, you will gain time to earn a profit in the required number of years. Efile 1040x form If you show 3 (or 2) years of profit at the end of this period, your deductions are not limited under these rules. Efile 1040x form If you do not have 3 (or 2) years of profit, the limit can be applied retroactively to any year with a loss in the 5-year (or 7-year) period. Efile 1040x form   Filing Form 5213 automatically extends the period of limitations on any year in the 5-year (or 7-year) period to 2 years after the due date of the return for the last year of the period. Efile 1040x form The period is extended only for deductions of the activity and any related deductions that might be affected. Efile 1040x form    You must file Form 5213 within 3 years after the due date of your return (determined without extensions) for the year in which you first carried on the activity, or, if earlier, within 60 days after receiving written notice from the Internal Revenue Service proposing to disallow deductions attributable to the activity. Efile 1040x form Gross Income Gross income from a not-for-profit activity includes the total of all gains from the sale, exchange, or other disposition of property, and all other gross receipts derived from the activity. Efile 1040x form Gross income from the activity also includes capital gains and rents received for the use of property which is held in connection with the activity. Efile 1040x form You can determine gross income from any not-for-profit activity by subtracting the cost of goods sold from your gross receipts. Efile 1040x form However, if you determine gross income by subtracting cost of goods sold from gross receipts, you must do so consistently, and in a manner that follows generally accepted methods of accounting. Efile 1040x form Limit on Deductions If your activity is not carried on for profit, take deductions in the following order and only to the extent stated in the three categories. Efile 1040x form If you are an individual, these deductions may be taken only if you itemize. Efile 1040x form These deductions may be taken on Schedule A (Form 1040). Efile 1040x form Category 1. Efile 1040x form   Deductions you can take for personal as well as for business activities are allowed in full. Efile 1040x form For individuals, all nonbusiness deductions, such as those for home mortgage interest, taxes, and casualty losses, belong in this category. Efile 1040x form Deduct them on the appropriate lines of Schedule A (Form 1040). Efile 1040x form For tax years beginning after December 31, 2008, you can deduct a casualty loss on property you own for personal use only to the extent it is more than $500 and exceeds 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Efile 1040x form The 10% AGI limitation does not apply to net disaster losses resulting from federally declared disasters in 2008 and 2009, and individuals are allowed to claim the net disaster losses even if they do not itemize their deductions. Efile 1040x form The reduction amount returns to $100 for tax years beginning after December 31, 2009. Efile 1040x form See Publication 547 for more information on casualty losses. Efile 1040x form For the limits that apply to home mortgage interest, see Publication 936. Efile 1040x form Category 2. Efile 1040x form   Deductions that do not result in an adjustment to the basis of property are allowed next, but only to the extent your gross income from the activity is more than your deductions under the first category. Efile 1040x form Most business deductions, such as those for advertising, insurance premiums, interest, utilities, and wages, belong in this category. Efile 1040x form Category 3. Efile 1040x form   Business deductions that decrease the basis of property are allowed last, but only to the extent the gross income from the activity exceeds the deductions you take under the first two categories. Efile 1040x form Deductions for depreciation, amortization, and the part of a casualty loss an individual could not deduct in category (1) belong in this category. Efile 1040x form Where more than one asset is involved, allocate depreciation and these other deductions proportionally. Efile 1040x form    Individuals must claim the amounts in categories (2) and (3) as miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Efile 1040x form They are subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Efile 1040x form See Publication 529 for information on this limit. Efile 1040x form Example. Efile 1040x form Adriana is engaged in a not-for-profit activity. Efile 1040x form The income and expenses of the activity are as follows. Efile 1040x form Gross income $3,200 Subtract:     Real estate taxes $700   Home mortgage interest 900   Insurance 400   Utilities 700   Maintenance 200   Depreciation on an automobile 600   Depreciation on a machine 200 3,700 Loss $(500)   Adriana must limit her deductions to $3,200, the gross income she earned from the activity. Efile 1040x form The limit is reached in category (3), as follows. Efile 1040x form Limit on deduction $3,200 Category 1: Taxes and interest $1,600   Category 2: Insurance, utilities, and maintenance 1,300 2,900 Available for Category 3 $ 300   The $800 of depreciation is allocated between the automobile and machine as follows. Efile 1040x form $600 $800 x $300 = $225 depreciation for the automobile             $200 $800 x $300 = $75 depreciation for the machine The basis of each asset is reduced accordingly. Efile 1040x form Adriana includes the $3,200 of gross income on line 21 (other income) of Form 1040. Efile 1040x form The $1,600 for category (1) is deductible in full on the appropriate lines for taxes and interest on Schedule A (Form 1040). Efile 1040x form Adriana deducts the remaining $1,600 ($1,300 for category (2) and $300 for category (3)) as other miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Efile 1040x form Partnerships and S corporations. Efile 1040x form   If a partnership or S corporation carries on a not-for-profit activity, these limits apply at the partnership or S corporation level. Efile 1040x form They are reflected in the individual shareholder's or partner's distributive shares. Efile 1040x form More than one activity. Efile 1040x form   If you have several undertakings, each may be a separate activity or several undertakings may be combined. Efile 1040x form The following are the most significant facts and circumstances in making this determination. Efile 1040x form The degree of organizational and economic interrelationship of various undertakings. Efile 1040x form The business purpose that is (or might be) served by carrying on the various undertakings separately or together in a business or investment setting. Efile 1040x form The similarity of the undertakings. Efile 1040x form   The IRS will generally accept your characterization if it is supported by facts and circumstances. Efile 1040x form    If you are carrying on two or more different activities, keep the deductions and income from each one separate. Efile 1040x form Figure separately whether each is a not-for-profit activity. Efile 1040x form Then figure the limit on deductions and losses separately for each activity that is not for profit. Efile 1040x form Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications