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File 2007 taxes 1. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes At-risk limits. File 2007 taxes Passive activities. File 2007 taxes Net operating loss. File 2007 taxes When Can I Deduct an Expense?Economic performance. File 2007 taxes Not-for-Profit ActivitiesGross Income Limit on Deductions What's New Optional safe harbor method to determine the business use of a home deduction. File 2007 taxes  Beginning in 2013, you can use the optional safe harbor method to determine the deduction for the business use of your home. File 2007 taxes See Optional safe harbor method under Business use of your home , later. File 2007 taxes Introduction This chapter covers the general rules for deducting business expenses. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes What Can I Deduct? To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. File 2007 taxes An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your industry. File 2007 taxes A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your trade or business. File 2007 taxes An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes In some cases you may not be allowed to deduct the expense at all. File 2007 taxes Therefore, it is important to distinguish usual business expenses from expenses that include the following. File 2007 taxes The expenses used to figure cost of goods sold, Capital expenses, and Personal expenses. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes Some of your business expenses may be included in figuring cost of goods sold. File 2007 taxes Cost of goods sold is deducted from your gross receipts to figure your gross profit for the year. File 2007 taxes If you include an expense in the cost of goods sold, you cannot deduct it again as a business expense. File 2007 taxes The following are types of expenses that go into figuring cost of goods sold. File 2007 taxes The cost of products or raw materials, including freight. File 2007 taxes Storage. File 2007 taxes Direct labor (including contributions to pension or annuity plans) for workers who produce the products. File 2007 taxes Factory overhead. File 2007 taxes Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize the direct costs and part of the indirect costs for certain production or resale activities. File 2007 taxes Indirect costs include rent, interest, taxes, storage, purchasing, processing, repackaging, handling, and administrative costs. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes For more information, see the following sources. File 2007 taxes Cost of goods sold—chapter 6 of Publication 334. File 2007 taxes Inventories—Publication 538. File 2007 taxes Uniform capitalization rules—Publication 538 and section 263A of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. File 2007 taxes Capital Expenses You must capitalize, rather than deduct, some costs. File 2007 taxes These costs are a part of your investment in your business and are called “capital expenses. File 2007 taxes ” Capital expenses are considered assets in your business. File 2007 taxes In general, you capitalize three types of costs. File 2007 taxes Business start-up costs (See Tip below). File 2007 taxes Business assets. File 2007 taxes Improvements. File 2007 taxes You can elect to deduct or amortize certain business start-up costs. File 2007 taxes See chapters 7 and 8. File 2007 taxes Cost recovery. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes These recovery methods allow you to deduct part of your cost each year. File 2007 taxes In this way, you are able to recover your capital expense. File 2007 taxes See Amortization (chapter 8) and Depletion (chapter 9) in this publication. File 2007 taxes A taxpayer can elect to deduct a portion of the costs of certain depreciable property as a section 179 deduction. File 2007 taxes A greater portion of these costs can be deducted if the property is qualified disaster assistance property. File 2007 taxes See Publication 946 for details. File 2007 taxes Going Into Business The costs of getting started in business, before you actually begin business operations, are capital expenses. File 2007 taxes These costs may include expenses for advertising, travel, or wages for training employees. File 2007 taxes If you go into business. File 2007 taxes   When you go into business, treat all costs you had to get your business started as capital expenses. File 2007 taxes   Usually you recover costs for a particular asset through depreciation. File 2007 taxes Generally, you cannot recover other costs until you sell the business or otherwise go out of business. File 2007 taxes However, you can choose to amortize certain costs for setting up your business. File 2007 taxes See Starting a Business in chapter 8 for more information on business start-up costs. File 2007 taxes If your attempt to go into business is unsuccessful. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes The costs you had before making a decision to acquire or begin a specific business. File 2007 taxes These costs are personal and nondeductible. File 2007 taxes They include any costs incurred during a general search for, or preliminary investigation of, a business or investment possibility. File 2007 taxes The costs you had in your attempt to acquire or begin a specific business. File 2007 taxes These costs are capital expenses and you can deduct them as a capital loss. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes   The costs of any assets acquired during your unsuccessful attempt to go into business are a part of your basis in the assets. File 2007 taxes You cannot take a deduction for these costs. File 2007 taxes You will recover the costs of these assets when you dispose of them. File 2007 taxes Business Assets There are many different kinds of business assets; for example, land, buildings, machinery, furniture, trucks, patents, and franchise rights. File 2007 taxes You must fully capitalize the cost of these assets, including freight and installation charges. File 2007 taxes Certain property you produce for use in your trade or business must be capitalized under the uniform capitalization rules. File 2007 taxes See Regulations section 1. File 2007 taxes 263A-2 for information on these rules. File 2007 taxes Improvements Improvements are generally major expenditures. File 2007 taxes Some examples are: new electric wiring, a new roof, a new floor, new plumbing, bricking up windows to strengthen a wall, and lighting improvements. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes Temporary regulations allow you to capitalize costs meeting the above criteria for tax years beginning after 2011. File 2007 taxes However, you can currently deduct repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition as a business expense. File 2007 taxes Treat as repairs amounts paid to replace parts of a machine that only keep it in a normal operating condition. File 2007 taxes Restoration plan. File 2007 taxes   Capitalize the cost of reconditioning, improving, or altering your property as part of a general restoration plan to make it suitable for your business. File 2007 taxes This applies even if some of the work would by itself be classified as repairs. File 2007 taxes Capital versus Deductible Expenses To help you distinguish between capital and deductible expenses, different examples are given below. File 2007 taxes Motor vehicles. File 2007 taxes   You usually capitalize the cost of a motor vehicle you use in your business. File 2007 taxes You can recover its cost through annual deductions for depreciation. File 2007 taxes   There are dollar limits on the depreciation you can claim each year on passenger automobiles used in your business. File 2007 taxes See Publication 463. File 2007 taxes   Generally, repairs you make to your business vehicle are currently deductible. File 2007 taxes However, amounts you pay to recondition and overhaul a business vehicle are capital expenses and are recovered through depreciation. File 2007 taxes Roads and driveways. File 2007 taxes    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. File 2007 taxes The cost of maintaining a private road on your business property is a deductible expense. File 2007 taxes Tools. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes Machinery parts. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes Heating equipment. File 2007 taxes   The cost of changing from one heating system to another is a capital expense. File 2007 taxes Personal versus Business Expenses Generally, you cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes You can deduct the business part. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes The remaining 30% is personal interest and generally is not deductible. File 2007 taxes See chapter 4 for information on deducting interest and the allocation rules. File 2007 taxes Business use of your home. File 2007 taxes   If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. File 2007 taxes These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. File 2007 taxes   To qualify to claim expenses for the business use of your home, you must meet both of the following tests. File 2007 taxes The business part of your home must be used exclusively and regularly for your trade or business. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes   Your home office qualifies as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. File 2007 taxes You use the office exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. File 2007 taxes You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. File 2007 taxes   If you have more than one business location, determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. File 2007 taxes The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. File 2007 taxes If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, consider the time spent at each location. File 2007 taxes Optional safe harbor method. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes This method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes 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). File 2007 taxes You are not required to allocate these deductions between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. File 2007 taxes If you use the optional method, you cannot depreciate the portion of your home used in a trade or business. File 2007 taxes   Business expenses unrelated to the home, such as advertising, supplies, and wages paid to employees, are still fully deductible. File 2007 taxes All of the requirements discussed earlier under Business use of your home still apply. File 2007 taxes   For more information on the deduction for business use of your home, including the optional safe harbor method, see Publication 587. File 2007 taxes    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. File 2007 taxes Business use of your car. File 2007 taxes   If you use your car exclusively in your business, you can deduct car expenses. File 2007 taxes If you use your car for both business and personal purposes, you must divide your expenses based on actual mileage. File 2007 taxes Generally, commuting expenses between your home and your business location, within the area of your tax home, are not deductible. File 2007 taxes   You can deduct actual car expenses, which include depreciation (or lease payments), gas and oil, tires, repairs, tune-ups, insurance, and registration fees. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes Beginning in 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. File 2007 taxes 5 cents per mile. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes   For more information on car expenses and the rules for using the standard mileage rate, see Publication 463. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes Recovery of amount deducted (tax benefit rule). File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes If you have a recovery in a later year, include the recovered amount in income in that year. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes   For more information on recoveries and the tax benefit rule, see Publication 525. File 2007 taxes Payments in kind. File 2007 taxes   If you provide services to pay a business expense, the amount you can deduct is limited to your out-of-pocket costs. File 2007 taxes You cannot deduct the cost of your own labor. File 2007 taxes   Similarly, if you pay a business expense in goods or other property, you can deduct only what the property costs you. File 2007 taxes If these costs are included in the cost of goods sold, do not deduct them again as a business expense. File 2007 taxes Limits on losses. File 2007 taxes   If your deductions for an investment or business activity are more than the income it brings in, you have a loss. File 2007 taxes There may be limits on how much of the loss you can deduct. File 2007 taxes Not-for-profit limits. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes See Not-for-Profit Activities , later. File 2007 taxes At-risk limits. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes You are at risk in any activity for the following. File 2007 taxes The money and adjusted basis of property you contribute to the activity. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes For more information, see Publication 925. File 2007 taxes Passive activities. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes In general, deductions for losses from passive activities only offset income from passive activities. File 2007 taxes You cannot use any excess deductions to offset other income. File 2007 taxes In addition, passive activity credits can only offset the tax on net passive income. File 2007 taxes Any excess loss or credits are carried over to later years. File 2007 taxes Suspended passive losses are fully deductible in the year you completely dispose of the activity. File 2007 taxes For more information, see Publication 925. File 2007 taxes Net operating loss. File 2007 taxes   If your deductions are more than your income for the year, you may have a “net operating loss. File 2007 taxes ” You can use a net operating loss to lower your taxes in other years. File 2007 taxes See Publication 536 for more information. File 2007 taxes   See Publication 542 for information about net operating losses of corporations. File 2007 taxes When Can I Deduct an Expense? When you can deduct an expense depends on your accounting method. File 2007 taxes An accounting method is a set of rules used to determine when and how income and expenses are reported. File 2007 taxes The two basic methods are the cash method and the accrual method. File 2007 taxes Whichever method you choose must clearly reflect income. File 2007 taxes For more information on accounting methods, see Publication 538. File 2007 taxes Cash method. File 2007 taxes   Under the cash method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses in the tax year you pay them. File 2007 taxes Accrual method. File 2007 taxes   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct business expenses when both of the following apply. File 2007 taxes The all-events test has been met. File 2007 taxes The test is met when: All events have occurred that fix the fact of liability, and The liability can be determined with reasonable accuracy. File 2007 taxes Economic performance has occurred. File 2007 taxes Economic performance. File 2007 taxes   You generally cannot deduct or capitalize a business expense until economic performance occurs. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes If your expense is for property or services you provide to others, economic performance occurs as you provide the property or services. File 2007 taxes Example. File 2007 taxes Your tax year is the calendar year. File 2007 taxes In December 2013, the Field Plumbing Company did some repair work at your place of business and sent you a bill for $600. File 2007 taxes You paid it by check in January 2014. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes If you use the cash method of accounting, deduct the expense on your 2014 return. File 2007 taxes Prepayment. File 2007 taxes   You generally cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. File 2007 taxes This rule applies to both the cash and accrual methods. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes Example. File 2007 taxes In 2013, you sign a 10-year lease and immediately pay your rent for the first 3 years. File 2007 taxes Even though you paid the rent for 2013, 2014, and 2015, you can only deduct the rent for 2013 on your 2013 tax return. File 2007 taxes You can deduct the rent for 2014 and 2015 on your tax returns for those years. File 2007 taxes Contested liability. File 2007 taxes   Under the cash method, you can deduct a contested liability only in the year you pay the liability. File 2007 taxes Under the accrual method, you can deduct contested liabilities such as taxes (except foreign or U. File 2007 taxes S. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes However, to take the deduction in the year of payment or transfer, you must meet certain conditions. File 2007 taxes See Regulations section 1. File 2007 taxes 461-2. File 2007 taxes Related person. File 2007 taxes   Under an accrual method of accounting, you generally deduct expenses when you incur them, even if you have not yet paid them. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes Your deduction is allowed when the amount is includible in income by the related cash method payee. File 2007 taxes See Related Persons in Publication 538. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes Activities you do as a hobby, or mainly for sport or recreation, are often not entered into for profit. File 2007 taxes The limit on not-for-profit losses applies to individuals, partnerships, estates, trusts, and S corporations. File 2007 taxes It does not apply to corporations other than S corporations. File 2007 taxes In determining whether you are carrying on an activity for profit, several factors are taken into account. File 2007 taxes No one factor alone is decisive. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes Presumption of profit. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes The activity must be substantially the same for each year within this period. File 2007 taxes You have a profit when the gross income from an activity exceeds the deductions. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes This means the limits discussed here will not apply. File 2007 taxes You can take all your business deductions from the activity, even for the years that you have a loss. File 2007 taxes You can rely on this presumption unless the IRS later shows it to be invalid. File 2007 taxes Using the presumption later. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes   You can elect to do this by filing Form 5213. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes   The benefit gained by making this election is that the IRS will not immediately question whether your activity is engaged in for profit. File 2007 taxes Accordingly, it will not restrict your deductions. File 2007 taxes Rather, you will gain time to earn a profit in the required number of years. File 2007 taxes If you show 3 (or 2) years of profit at the end of this period, your deductions are not limited under these rules. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes The period is extended only for deductions of the activity and any related deductions that might be affected. File 2007 taxes    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. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes You can determine gross income from any not-for-profit activity by subtracting the cost of goods sold from your gross receipts. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes If you are an individual, these deductions may be taken only if you itemize. File 2007 taxes These deductions may be taken on Schedule A (Form 1040). File 2007 taxes Category 1. File 2007 taxes   Deductions you can take for personal as well as for business activities are allowed in full. File 2007 taxes For individuals, all nonbusiness deductions, such as those for home mortgage interest, taxes, and casualty losses, belong in this category. File 2007 taxes Deduct them on the appropriate lines of Schedule A (Form 1040). File 2007 taxes 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). File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes The reduction amount returns to $100 for tax years beginning after December 31, 2009. File 2007 taxes See Publication 547 for more information on casualty losses. File 2007 taxes For the limits that apply to home mortgage interest, see Publication 936. File 2007 taxes Category 2. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes Most business deductions, such as those for advertising, insurance premiums, interest, utilities, and wages, belong in this category. File 2007 taxes Category 3. File 2007 taxes   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. File 2007 taxes Deductions for depreciation, amortization, and the part of a casualty loss an individual could not deduct in category (1) belong in this category. File 2007 taxes Where more than one asset is involved, allocate depreciation and these other deductions proportionally. File 2007 taxes    Individuals must claim the amounts in categories (2) and (3) as miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). File 2007 taxes They are subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. File 2007 taxes See Publication 529 for information on this limit. File 2007 taxes Example. File 2007 taxes Adriana is engaged in a not-for-profit activity. File 2007 taxes The income and expenses of the activity are as follows. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes The limit is reached in category (3), as follows. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes $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. File 2007 taxes Adriana includes the $3,200 of gross income on line 21 (other income) of Form 1040. File 2007 taxes The $1,600 for category (1) is deductible in full on the appropriate lines for taxes and interest on Schedule A (Form 1040). File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes Partnerships and S corporations. File 2007 taxes   If a partnership or S corporation carries on a not-for-profit activity, these limits apply at the partnership or S corporation level. File 2007 taxes They are reflected in the individual shareholder's or partner's distributive shares. File 2007 taxes More than one activity. File 2007 taxes   If you have several undertakings, each may be a separate activity or several undertakings may be combined. File 2007 taxes The following are the most significant facts and circumstances in making this determination. File 2007 taxes The degree of organizational and economic interrelationship of various undertakings. File 2007 taxes The business purpose that is (or might be) served by carrying on the various undertakings separately or together in a business or investment setting. File 2007 taxes The similarity of the undertakings. File 2007 taxes   The IRS will generally accept your characterization if it is supported by facts and circumstances. File 2007 taxes    If you are carrying on two or more different activities, keep the deductions and income from each one separate. File 2007 taxes Figure separately whether each is a not-for-profit activity. File 2007 taxes Then figure the limit on deductions and losses separately for each activity that is not for profit. File 2007 taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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File 2007 taxes Publication 907 - Main Content Table of Contents IncomeDependent Care Benefits Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits Disability Pensions Military and Government Disability Pensions Other Payments Itemized DeductionsMedical Expenses Impairment-Related Work Expenses Tax CreditsChild and Dependent Care Credit Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Earned Income Credit Household Employers Business Tax Incentives How To Get Tax Help Income All income is taxable unless it is specifically excluded by law. File 2007 taxes The following discussions highlight some income items (both taxable and nontaxable) that are of particular interest to people with disabilities and those who care for people with disabilities. File 2007 taxes Dependent Care Benefits Dependent care benefits include: Amounts your employer paid directly to either you or your care provider for the care of your qualifying person(s) while you worked, The fair market value of care in a daycare facility provided or sponsored by your employer, and Pre-tax contributions you made under a dependent care flexible spending arrangement. File 2007 taxes Exclusion or deduction. File 2007 taxes   If your employer provides dependent care benefits under a qualified plan, you may be able to exclude these benefits from your income. File 2007 taxes Your employer can tell you whether your benefit plan qualifies. File 2007 taxes To claim the exclusion, you must complete Part III of Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. File 2007 taxes You cannot use Form 1040EZ. File 2007 taxes   If you are self-employed and receive benefits from a qualified dependent care benefit plan, you are treated as both employer and employee. File 2007 taxes Therefore, you would not get an exclusion from wages. File 2007 taxes Instead, you would get a deduction on Form 1040, Schedule C, line 14; Schedule E, line 19 or 28; or Schedule F, line 15. File 2007 taxes To claim the deduction, you must use Form 2441. File 2007 taxes   The amount you can exclude or deduct is limited to the smallest of: The total amount of dependent care benefits you received during the year, The total amount of qualified expenses you incurred during the year, Your earned income, Your spouse's earned income, or $5,000 ($2,500 if married filing separately). File 2007 taxes Statement for employee. File 2007 taxes   Your employer must give you a Form W-2 (or similar statement), showing in box 10 the total amount of dependent care benefits provided to you during the year under a qualified plan. File 2007 taxes Your employer will also include any dependent care benefits over $5,000 in your wages shown on your Form W-2 in box 1. File 2007 taxes Qualifying person(s). File 2007 taxes   A qualifying person is: A qualifying child who is under age 13 whom you can claim as a dependent. File 2007 taxes If the child turned 13 during the year, the child is a qualifying person for the part of the year he or she was under age 13. File 2007 taxes Your disabled spouse who is not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself. File 2007 taxes Any disabled person who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself whom you can claim as a dependent (or could claim as a dependent except that the person had gross income of $3,900 or more or filed a joint return). File 2007 taxes Any disabled person who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself whom you could claim as a dependent except that you (or your spouse if filing jointly) could be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer's 2013 return. File 2007 taxes For information about excluding benefits on Form 1040, Form 1040NR, or Form 1040A, see Form 2441 and its instructions. File 2007 taxes Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits If you received social security or equivalent Tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) benefits during the year, part of the amount you received may be taxable. File 2007 taxes Are any of your benefits taxable?   If the only income you received during the year was your social security or equivalent Tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) benefits, your benefits generally are not taxable. File 2007 taxes   If you received income during the year in addition to social security or equivalent Tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) benefits, part of your benefits may be taxable if all of your other income, including tax-exempt interest, plus half of your benefits are more than: $25,000 if you are single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er), $25,000 if you are married filing separately and lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, $32,000 if you are married filing jointly, or $-0- if you are married filing separately and lived with your spouse at any time during 2013. File 2007 taxes   For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040, lines 20a and 20b, or Form 1040A, lines 14a and 14b. File 2007 taxes Publication 915, Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits, contains more detailed information. File 2007 taxes Supplemental security income (SSI) payments. File 2007 taxes   Social security benefits do not include SSI payments, which are not taxable. File 2007 taxes Do not include these payments in your income. File 2007 taxes Disability Pensions If you retired on disability, you must include in income any disability pension you receive under a plan that is paid for by your employer. File 2007 taxes You must report your taxable disability payments as wages on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A until you reach minimum retirement age. File 2007 taxes Minimum retirement age generally is the age at which you can first receive a pension or annuity if you are not disabled. File 2007 taxes You may be entitled to a tax credit if you were permanently and totally disabled when you retired. File 2007 taxes For information on this credit, see Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. File 2007 taxes Beginning on the day after you reach minimum retirement age, payments you receive are taxable as a pension or annuity. File 2007 taxes Report the payments on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or on lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. File 2007 taxes For more information on pensions and annuities, see Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income. File 2007 taxes Retirement and profit-sharing plans. File 2007 taxes   If you receive payments from a retirement or profit-sharing plan that does not provide for disability retirement, do not treat the payments as a disability pension. File 2007 taxes The payments must be reported as a pension or annuity. File 2007 taxes Accrued leave payment. File 2007 taxes   If you retire on disability, any lump-sum payment you receive for accrued annual leave is a salary payment. File 2007 taxes The payment is not a disability payment. File 2007 taxes Include it in your income in the tax year you receive it. File 2007 taxes See Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, for more information. File 2007 taxes Military and Government Disability Pensions Generally, you must report disability pensions as income, but do not include certain military and government disability pensions. File 2007 taxes For information about military and government disability pensions, see Publication 525. File 2007 taxes VA disability benefits. File 2007 taxes   Do not include disability benefits you receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in your gross income. File 2007 taxes If you are a military retiree and do not receive your disability benefits from the VA, see Publication 525 for more information. File 2007 taxes   Do not include in your income any veterans' benefits paid under any law, regulation, or administrative practice administered by the VA. File 2007 taxes These include: Education, training, and subsistence allowances, Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to veterans or their families, Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living, Grants for motor vehicles for veterans who lost their sight or the use of their limbs, Veterans' insurance proceeds and dividends paid either to veterans or their beneficiaries, including the proceeds of a veteran's endowment policy paid before death, Interest on insurance dividends left on deposit with the VA, Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program, The death gratuity paid to a survivor of a member of the Armed Forces who died after September 10, 2001, or Payments made under the VA's compensated work therapy program. File 2007 taxes Other Payments You may receive other payments that are related to your disability. File 2007 taxes The following payments are not taxable. File 2007 taxes Benefit payments from a public welfare fund, such as payments due to blindness. File 2007 taxes Workers' compensation for an occupational sickness or injury if paid under a workers' compensation act or similar law. File 2007 taxes Compensatory (but not punitive) damages for physical injury or physical sickness. File 2007 taxes Disability benefits under a “no-fault” car insurance policy for loss of income or earning capacity as a result of injuries. File 2007 taxes Compensation for permanent loss or loss of use of a part or function of your body, or for your permanent disfigurement. File 2007 taxes Long-Term Care Insurance Long-term care insurance contracts generally are treated as accident and health insurance contracts. File 2007 taxes Amounts you receive from them (other than policyholder dividends or premium refunds) generally are excludable from income as amounts received for personal injury or sickness. File 2007 taxes More detailed information can be found in Publication 525. File 2007 taxes Accelerated Death Benefits You can exclude from income accelerated death benefits you receive on the life of an insured individual if certain requirements are met. File 2007 taxes Accelerated death benefits are amounts received under a life insurance contract before the death of the insured. File 2007 taxes These benefits also include amounts received on the sale or assignment of the contract to a viatical settlement provider. File 2007 taxes This exclusion applies only if the insured was a terminally ill individual or a chronically ill individual. File 2007 taxes For more information, see Publication 525. File 2007 taxes Itemized Deductions If you file Form 1040, you generally can either claim the standard deduction or itemize your deductions. File 2007 taxes You must use Schedule A (Form 1040) to itemize your deductions. File 2007 taxes See your form instructions for information on the standard deduction and the deductions you can itemize. File 2007 taxes The following discussions highlight some itemized deductions that are of particular interest to persons with disabilities. File 2007 taxes Medical Expenses When figuring your deduction for medical expenses, you can generally include medical and dental expenses you pay for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents. File 2007 taxes Medical expenses are the cost of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. File 2007 taxes They include the costs of equipment, supplies, diagnostic devices, and transportation for needed medical care and payments for medical insurance. File 2007 taxes You can deduct only the amount of your medical and dental expenses that is more than 10% (7. File 2007 taxes 5% if either you or your spouse was born before January 2, 1949) of your adjusted gross income shown on Form 1040, line 38. File 2007 taxes The following list highlights some of the medical expenses you can include in figuring your medical expense deduction. File 2007 taxes For more detailed information, see Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses (Including the Health Coverage Tax Credit). File 2007 taxes Artificial limbs, contact lenses, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. File 2007 taxes The part of the cost of Braille books and magazines that is more than the price of regular printed editions. File 2007 taxes Cost and repair of special telephone equipment for hearing-impaired persons. File 2007 taxes Cost and maintenance of a wheelchair or a three-wheel motor vehicle commercially known as an “autoette. File 2007 taxes ” Cost and care of a guide dog or other animal aiding a person with a physical disability. File 2007 taxes Costs for a school that furnishes special education if a principal reason for using the school is its resources for relieving a mental or physical disability. File 2007 taxes This includes the cost of teaching Braille and lip reading and the cost of remedial language training to correct a condition caused by a birth defect. File 2007 taxes Premiums for qualified long-term care insurance, up to certain amounts. File 2007 taxes Improvements to a home that do not increase its value if the main purpose is medical care. File 2007 taxes An example is constructing entrance or exit ramps. File 2007 taxes Improvements that increase a home's value, if the main purpose is medical care, may be partly included as a medical expense. File 2007 taxes See Publication 502 for more information. File 2007 taxes Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you are disabled, you can take a business deduction for expenses that are necessary for you to be able to work. File 2007 taxes If you take a business deduction for these impairment-related work expenses, they are not subject to the 10% (7. File 2007 taxes 5% if you or your spouse is age 65 or older) limit that applies to medical expenses. File 2007 taxes You are disabled if you have: A physical or mental disability (for example, blindness or deafness) that functionally limits your being employed, or A physical or mental impairment (including, but not limited to, a sight or hearing impairment) that substantially limits one or more of your major life activities, such as performing manual tasks, walking, speaking, breathing, learning, or working. File 2007 taxes Impairment-related expenses defined. File 2007 taxes   Impairment-related expenses are those ordinary and necessary business expenses that are: Necessary for you to do your work satisfactorily, For goods and services not required or used, other than incidentally, in your personal activities, and Not specifically covered under other income tax laws. File 2007 taxes Publication 502 contains more detailed information. File 2007 taxes Tax Credits This discussion highlights three tax credits that may be of interest to people with disabilities and those who care for people with disabilities. File 2007 taxes Child and Dependent Care Credit If you pay someone to care for either your dependent under age 13 or your spouse or dependent who is not able to care for himself or herself, you may be able to get a credit of up to 35% of your expenses. File 2007 taxes To qualify, you must pay these expenses so you can work or look for work. File 2007 taxes The care must be provided for: Your qualifying child who is your dependent and who was under age 13 when the care was provided, Your spouse who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself and lived with you for more than half the year, or A person who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself, lived with you for more than half the year, and either: Was your dependent, or Would have been your dependent except that: He or she received gross income of $3,900 or more, He or she filed a joint return, or You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2013 return. File 2007 taxes You can claim the credit on Form 1040 or 1040A. File 2007 taxes You cannot claim the credit on Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR-EZ. File 2007 taxes You figure the credit on Form 2441. File 2007 taxes For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 48, or Form 1040A, line 29. File 2007 taxes Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, contains more detailed information. File 2007 taxes Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled You may be able to claim this credit if you are a U. File 2007 taxes S. File 2007 taxes citizen or a resident alien and either of the following apply. File 2007 taxes You were 65 or older at the end of 2013, You were under 65 at the end of 2013, and retired on permanent or total disability. File 2007 taxes You can claim the credit on Form 1040 or 1040A. File 2007 taxes You figure the credit on Schedule R. File 2007 taxes For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 53, or Form 1040A, line 30. File 2007 taxes Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled, contains more detailed information. File 2007 taxes Earned Income Credit This credit is based on the amount of your earned income. File 2007 taxes You can get the credit if your adjusted gross income for 2013 is less than: $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) if you do not have a qualifying child, $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child, $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) if you have two qualifying children, or $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) if you have three or more qualifying children. File 2007 taxes To figure the credit, use the worksheet in the instructions for Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ. File 2007 taxes If you have a qualifying child, also complete Schedule EIC, Earned Income Credit, and attach it to your Form 1040 or 1040A. File 2007 taxes You cannot use Form 1040EZ if you have a qualifying child. File 2007 taxes Qualifying child. File 2007 taxes   To be a qualifying child, your child must be younger than you (or your spouse if married filing jointly) and under age 19 or a full-time student under age 24 at the end of 2013, or permanently and totally disabled at any time during 2013, regardless of age. File 2007 taxes Earned income. File 2007 taxes   If you are retired on disability, benefits you receive under your employer's disability retirement plan are considered earned income until you reach minimum retirement age. File 2007 taxes However, payments you received from a disability insurance policy that you paid the premiums for are not earned income. File 2007 taxes More information. File 2007 taxes   For more information, including all the requirements to claim the earned income credit, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 64a; Form 1040A, line 38a; or Form 1040EZ, line 8a. File 2007 taxes Publication 596, Earned Income Credit (EIC), contains more detailed information. File 2007 taxes Household Employers If you pay someone to work in your home, such as a babysitter or housekeeper, you may be a household employer who has to pay employment taxes. File 2007 taxes A person you hire through an agency is not your employee if the agency controls what work is done and how it is done. File 2007 taxes This control could include setting the fee, requiring regular reports, and providing rules of conduct and appearance. File 2007 taxes In this case you do not have to pay employment taxes on the amount you pay. File 2007 taxes But if you control what work is done and how it is done, the worker is your employee. File 2007 taxes If you possess the right to discharge a worker, that worker is generally considered to be your employee. File 2007 taxes If a worker is your employee, it does not matter that you hired the worker through an agency or from a list provided by an agency. File 2007 taxes To find out if you have to pay employment taxes, see Publication 926, Household Employer's Tax Guide For Wages Paid in 2013. File 2007 taxes Business Tax Incentives If you own or operate a business, or you are looking for work, you should be aware of the following tax incentives for businesses to help persons with disabilities. File 2007 taxes Deduction for costs of removing barriers to the disabled and the elderly—This is a deduction a business can take for making a facility or public transportation vehicle more accessible to and usable by persons who are disabled or elderly. File 2007 taxes For more information, see chapter 7 of Publication 535, Business Expenses. File 2007 taxes Disabled access credit—This is a nonrefundable tax credit for an eligible small business that pays or incurs expenses to provide access to persons with disabilities. File 2007 taxes The expenses must be to enable the eligible small business to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. File 2007 taxes See Form 8826, Disabled Access Credit, for more information. File 2007 taxes Work opportunity credit—This credit provides businesses with an incentive to hire individuals from targeted groups that have a particularly high unemployment rate or other special employment needs. File 2007 taxes One targeted group consists of vocational rehabilitation referrals. File 2007 taxes These are individuals who have a physical or mental disability that results in a substantial handicap to employment. File 2007 taxes See Form 5884, Work Opportunity Credit. File 2007 taxes How To Get Tax Help Go online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an office near you. File 2007 taxes Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or picking up a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it. File 2007 taxes Free help with your tax return. File 2007 taxes   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. File 2007 taxes The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. File 2007 taxes The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. File 2007 taxes 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. File 2007 taxes Some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. File 2007 taxes To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. File 2007 taxes gov or call 1-800-906-9887. File 2007 taxes   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. File 2007 taxes To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. File 2007 taxes aarp. File 2007 taxes org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. File 2007 taxes   For more information on these programs, go to IRS. File 2007 taxes gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. File 2007 taxes Internet. File 2007 taxes IRS. File 2007 taxes gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are — every day, every night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. File 2007 taxes Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). File 2007 taxes Go to IRS. File 2007 taxes gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. File 2007 taxes Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. File 2007 taxes gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. File 2007 taxes Check the status of your 2013 refund with Where's My Refund? Go to IRS. File 2007 taxes gov or the IRS2Go app, and click on Where's My Refund? You'll get a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. File 2007 taxes If you e-file, your refund status is usually available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. File 2007 taxes Check the status of your amended return. File 2007 taxes Go to IRS. File 2007 taxes gov and enter Where's My Amended Return in the search box. File 2007 taxes Download forms, instructions, and publications, including some accessible versions. File 2007 taxes Order free transcripts of your tax returns or tax account using the Order a Transcript tool on IRS. File 2007 taxes gov or IRS2Go. File 2007 taxes Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and past three years. File 2007 taxes Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. File 2007 taxes gov. 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File 2007 taxes Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887. File 2007 taxes Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. File 2007 taxes The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. File 2007 taxes Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. File 2007 taxes Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. File 2007 taxes Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. File 2007 taxes Call to check the status of your 2013 refund, 1-800-829-1954 or 1-800-829-4477. File 2007 taxes The automated Where's My Refund? information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 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