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File tax extension electronically for free 4. File tax extension electronically for free   Farm Business Expenses Table of Contents What's New for 2013 Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Deductible ExpensesReasonable allocation. File tax extension electronically for free Prepaid Farm Supplies Prepaid Livestock Feed Labor Hired Repairs and Maintenance Interest Breeding Fees Fertilizer and Lime Taxes Insurance Rent and Leasing Depreciation Business Use of Your Home Truck and Car Expenses Travel Expenses Marketing Quota Penalties Tenant House Expenses Items Purchased for Resale Other Expenses Domestic Production Activities Deduction Capital ExpensesForestation and reforestation costs. File tax extension electronically for free Nondeductible ExpensesPersonal, Living, and Family Expenses Other Nondeductible Items Losses From Operating a FarmAt-Risk Limits Passive Activity Limits Excess Farm Loss Limit Not-for-Profit FarmingUsing the presumption later. File tax extension electronically for free Category 1. File tax extension electronically for free Category 2. File tax extension electronically for free Category 3. File tax extension electronically for free What's New for 2013 Standard mileage rate. File tax extension electronically for free  For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for each mile of business use is 56. File tax extension electronically for free 5 cents. File tax extension electronically for free See Truck and Car Expenses , later. File tax extension electronically for free Simplified method for business use of home deduction. File tax extension electronically for free  The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. File tax extension electronically for free For more information, see Schedule C (Form 1040), Part II, and its instructions. File tax extension electronically for free Introduction You can generally deduct the current costs of operating your farm. File tax extension electronically for free Current costs are expenses you do not have to capitalize or include in inventory costs. File tax extension electronically for free However, your deduction for the cost of livestock feed and certain other supplies may be limited. File tax extension electronically for free If you have an operating loss, you may not be able to deduct all of it. File tax extension electronically for free Topics - This chapter discusses: Deductible expenses Domestic production activities deduction Capital expenses Nondeductible expenses Losses from operating a farm Not-for-profit farming Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 535 Business Expenses 587 Business Use of Your Home 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Sch F (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Farming 1045 Application for Tentative Refund 5213 Election To Postpone Determination as To Whether the Presumption Applies That an Activity Is Engaged in for Profit 8903 Domestic Production Activities Deduction See chapter 16 for information about getting publications and forms. File tax extension electronically for free Deductible Expenses The ordinary and necessary costs of operating a farm for profit are deductible business expenses. File tax extension electronically for free “Ordinary” means what most farmers do and “necessary” means what is useful and helpful in farming. File tax extension electronically for free Schedule F, Part II, lists some common farm expenses that are typically deductible. File tax extension electronically for free This chapter discusses many of these expenses, as well as others not listed on Schedule F. File tax extension electronically for free Reimbursed expenses. File tax extension electronically for free   If the reimbursement is received in the same year that the expense is claimed, reduce the expense by the amount of the reimbursement. File tax extension electronically for free If the reimbursement is received in a year after the expense is claimed, include the reimbursement amount in income. File tax extension electronically for free See Refund or reimbursement under Income From Other Sources in chapter 3. File tax extension electronically for free Personal and business expenses. File tax extension electronically for free   Some expenses you pay during the tax year may be part personal and part business. File tax extension electronically for free These may include expenses for gasoline, oil, fuel, water, rent, electricity, telephone, automobile upkeep, repairs, insurance, interest, and taxes. File tax extension electronically for free   You must allocate these mixed expenses between their business and personal parts. File tax extension electronically for free Generally, the personal part of these expenses is not deductible. File tax extension electronically for free The business portion of the expenses is deductible on Schedule F. File tax extension electronically for free Example. File tax extension electronically for free You paid $1,500 for electricity during the tax year. File tax extension electronically for free You used 1/3 of the electricity for personal purposes and 2/3 for farming. 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File tax extension electronically for free   If you use the cash method of accounting to report your income and expenses, your deduction for prepaid farm supplies in the year you pay for them may be limited to 50% of your other deductible farm expenses for the year (all Schedule F deductions except prepaid farm supplies). File tax extension electronically for free This limit does not apply if you meet one of the exceptions described later. File tax extension electronically for free See Chapter 2 for a discussion of the cash method of accounting. File tax extension electronically for free   If the limit applies, you can deduct the excess cost of farm supplies other than poultry in the year you use or consume the supplies. File tax extension electronically for free The excess cost of poultry bought for use (or for both use and resale) in your farm business is deductible in the year following the year you pay for it. 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File tax extension electronically for free Your main home is on a farm. File tax extension electronically for free Your principal business is farming. File tax extension electronically for free A member of your family meets (1) or (2). File tax extension electronically for free For this purpose, your family includes your brothers and sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters, spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, and aunts and uncles and their children. File tax extension electronically for free    Whether or not the deduction limit for prepaid farm supplies applies, your expenses for prepaid livestock feed may be subject to the rules for advance payment of livestock feed, discussed next. File tax extension electronically for free Prepaid Livestock Feed If you report your income and expenses under the cash method of accounting, you cannot deduct in the year paid the cost of feed your livestock will consume in a later year unless you meet all the following tests. 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File tax extension electronically for free   Whether a payment is for the purchase of feed or a deposit depends on the facts and circumstances in each case. File tax extension electronically for free It is for the purchase of feed if you can show you made it under a binding commitment to accept delivery of a specific quantity of feed at a fixed price and you are not entitled, by contract or business custom, to a refund or repurchase. File tax extension electronically for free   The following are some factors that show a payment is a deposit rather than for the purchase of feed. File tax extension electronically for free The absence of specific quantity terms. File tax extension electronically for free The right to a refund of any unapplied payment credit at the end of the contract. File tax extension electronically for free The seller's treatment of the payment as a deposit. File tax extension electronically for free The right to substitute other goods or products for those specified in the contract. File tax extension electronically for free   A provision permitting substitution of ingredients to vary the particular feed mix to meet your livestock's current diet requirements will not suggest a deposit. File tax extension electronically for free Further, a price adjustment to reflect market value at the date of delivery is not, by itself, proof of a deposit. File tax extension electronically for free Business purpose. File tax extension electronically for free   The prepayment has a business purpose only if you have a reasonable expectation of receiving some business benefit from prepaying the cost of livestock feed. File tax extension electronically for free The following are some examples of business benefits. File tax extension electronically for free Fixing maximum prices and securing an assured feed supply. File tax extension electronically for free Securing preferential treatment in anticipation of a feed shortage. File tax extension electronically for free   Other factors considered in determining the existence of a business purpose are whether the prepayment was a condition imposed by the seller and whether that condition was meaningful. File tax extension electronically for free No material distortion of income. File tax extension electronically for free   The following are some factors considered in determining whether deducting prepaid livestock feed materially distorts income. File tax extension electronically for free Your customary business practice in conducting your livestock operations. File tax extension electronically for free The expense in relation to past purchases. File tax extension electronically for free The time of year you made the purchase. File tax extension electronically for free The expense in relation to your income for the year. 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File tax extension electronically for free Also, deduct the employer's share of the social security and Medicare taxes you must pay on your employees' wages as a farm business expense on Schedule F, line 29. File tax extension electronically for free See Taxes , later. File tax extension electronically for free Property for services. File tax extension electronically for free   If you transfer property to an employee in payment for services, you can deduct as wages paid the fair market value of the property on the date of transfer. File tax extension electronically for free If the employee pays you anything for the property, deduct as wages the fair market value of the property minus the payment by the employee for the property. File tax extension electronically for free   Treat the wages deducted as an amount received for the property. File tax extension electronically for free You may have a gain or loss to report if the property's adjusted basis on the date of transfer is different from its fair market value. File tax extension electronically for free Any gain or loss has the same character the exchanged property had in your hands. File tax extension electronically for free For more information, see chapter 8. File tax extension electronically for free Child as an employee. File tax extension electronically for free   You can deduct reasonable wages or other compensation you pay to your child for doing farmwork if a true employer-employee relationship exists between you and your child. File tax extension electronically for free Include these wages in the child's income. File tax extension electronically for free The child may have to file an income tax return. File tax extension electronically for free These wages may also be subject to social security and Medicare taxes if your child is age 18 or older. 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File tax extension electronically for free You must capitalize them. File tax extension electronically for free Maintaining your home. File tax extension electronically for free   If your farm employee spends time maintaining or repairing your home, the wages and employment taxes you pay for that work are nondeductible personal expenses. File tax extension electronically for free For example, assume you have a farm employee for the entire tax year and the employee spends 5% of the time maintaining your home. File tax extension electronically for free The employee devotes the remaining time to work on your farm. File tax extension electronically for free You cannot deduct 5% of the wages and employment taxes you pay for that employee. 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File tax extension electronically for free Also treat the taxes as part of your cost if they are imposed on the seller and passed on to you. File tax extension electronically for free State and federal income taxes. File tax extension electronically for free   Individuals cannot deduct state and federal income taxes as farm business expenses. File tax extension electronically for free Individuals can deduct state and local income taxes only as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). File tax extension electronically for free However, you cannot deduct federal income tax. File tax extension electronically for free Highway use tax. File tax extension electronically for free   You can deduct the federal use tax on highway motor vehicles paid on a truck or truck tractor used in your farm business. 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File tax extension electronically for free You can deduct interest, repairs, insurance, depreciation, and other expenses related to the equipment. File tax extension electronically for free Motor vehicle leases. File tax extension electronically for free   Special rules apply to lease agreements that have a terminal rental adjustment clause. File tax extension electronically for free In general, this is a clause that provides for a rental price adjustment based on the amount the lessor is able to sell the vehicle for at the end of the lease. File tax extension electronically for free If your rental agreement contains a terminal rental adjustment clause, treat the agreement as a lease if the agreement otherwise qualifies as a lease. File tax extension electronically for free For more information, see Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 7701(h). File tax extension electronically for free Leveraged leases. File tax extension electronically for free   Special rules apply to leveraged leases of equipment (arrangements in which the equipment is financed by a nonrecourse loan from a third party). File tax extension electronically for free For more information, see Publication 535, chapter 3, and Revenue Procedure 2001-28, which begins on page 1156 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2001-19 at www. File tax extension electronically for free irs. File tax extension electronically for free gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb01-19. File tax extension electronically for free pdf. File tax extension electronically for free Depreciation If property you acquire to use in your farm business is expected to last more than one year, you generally cannot deduct the entire cost in the year you acquire it. File tax extension electronically for free You must recover the cost over more than one year and deduct part of it each year on Schedule F as depreciation or amortization. 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File tax extension electronically for free You choose this method of substantiating business use the first year the vehicle is placed in service. File tax extension electronically for free Once you make this choice, you may not change to another method later. File tax extension electronically for free The following are uses directly connected with the business of farming. File tax extension electronically for free Cultivating land. File tax extension electronically for free Raising or harvesting any agricultural or horticultural commodity. File tax extension electronically for free Raising, shearing, feeding, caring for, training, and managing animals. File tax extension electronically for free Driving to the feed or supply store. File tax extension electronically for free   If you keep records and they show that your business use was more than 75%, you may be able to claim more. File tax extension electronically for free See Recordkeeping requirements under Travel Expenses , below. File tax extension electronically for free More information. File tax extension electronically for free   For more information on deductible truck and car expenses, see Publication 463, chapter 4. File tax extension electronically for free If you pay your employees for the use of their truck or car in your farm business, see Reimbursements to employees under Travel Expenses next. File tax extension electronically for free Travel Expenses You can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses you incur while traveling away from home for your farm business. File tax extension electronically for free You cannot deduct lavish or extravagant expenses. File tax extension electronically for free Usually, the location of your farm business is considered your home for tax purposes. File tax extension electronically for free You are traveling away from home if: Your duties require you to be absent from your farm substantially longer than an ordinary work day, and You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. File tax extension electronically for free If you meet these requirements and can prove the time, place, and business purpose of your travel, you can deduct your ordinary and necessary travel expenses. File tax extension electronically for free The following are some types of deductible travel expenses. File tax extension electronically for free Air, rail, bus, and car transportation; Meals and lodging; Dry cleaning and laundry; Telephone and fax; Transportation between your hotel and your temporary work or business meeting location; and Tips for any of the above expenses. File tax extension electronically for free Meals. File tax extension electronically for free   You ordinarily can deduct only 50% of your business-related meals expenses. File tax extension electronically for free You can deduct the cost of your meals while traveling on business only if your business trip is overnight or long enough to require you to stop for sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. File tax extension electronically for free You cannot deduct any of the cost of meals if it is not necessary for you to rest, unless you meet the rules for business entertainment. File tax extension electronically for free For information on entertainment expenses, see Publication 463, chapter 2. File tax extension electronically for free   The expense of a meal includes amounts you spend for your food, beverages, taxes, and tips relating to the meal. File tax extension electronically for free You can deduct either 50% of the actual cost or 50% of a standard meal allowance that covers your daily meal and incidental expenses. 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File tax extension electronically for free Under a nonaccountable plan, no evidence of expenses is required. File tax extension electronically for free If you reimburse expenses under an accountable plan, deduct them as travel and transportation expenses. File tax extension electronically for free If you reimburse expenses under a nonaccountable plan, you must report the reimbursements as wages on Form W-2 and deduct them as wages. File tax extension electronically for free For more information, see Publication 535, chapter 11. File tax extension electronically for free Marketing Quota Penalties You can deduct as Other expenses on Schedule F penalties you pay for marketing crops in excess of farm marketing quotas. File tax extension electronically for free However, if you do not pay the penalty, but instead the purchaser of your crop deducts it from the payment to you, include in gross income only the amount you received. 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File tax extension electronically for free However, see Chickens, seeds, and young plants , below. File tax extension electronically for free Example. File tax extension electronically for free You use the cash method of accounting. File tax extension electronically for free In 2013, you buy 50 steers you will sell in 2014. File tax extension electronically for free You cannot deduct the cost of the steers on your 2013 tax return. File tax extension electronically for free You deduct their cost on your 2014 Schedule F, Part I. File tax extension electronically for free Chickens, seeds, and young plants. File tax extension electronically for free   If you are a cash method farmer, you can deduct the cost of hens and baby chicks bought for commercial egg production, or for raising and resale, as an expense on Schedule F, Part I, in the year paid if you do it consistently and it does not distort income. 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File tax extension electronically for free For more information, see Depletion in chapter 7. File tax extension electronically for free   The cost of chickens and plants used as food for your family is never deductible. File tax extension electronically for free   Capitalize the cost of plants with a preproductive period of more than 2 years, unless you can elect out of the uniform capitalization rules. File tax extension electronically for free These rules are discussed in chapter 6. File tax extension electronically for free Example. File tax extension electronically for free You use the cash method of accounting. File tax extension electronically for free In 2013, you buy 500 baby chicks to raise for resale in 2014. File tax extension electronically for free You also buy 50 bushels of winter wheat seed in 2013 that you sow in the fall. File tax extension electronically for free Unless you previously adopted the method of deducting these costs in the year you sell the chickens or the harvested crops, you can deduct the cost of both the baby chicks and the seed wheat in 2013. File tax extension electronically for free Election to use crop method. File tax extension electronically for free   If you use the crop method, you can delay deducting the cost of seeds and young plants until you sell them. File tax extension electronically for free You must get IRS approval to use the crop method. File tax extension electronically for free If you follow this method, deduct the cost from the selling price to determine your profit on Schedule F, Part I. File tax extension electronically for free For more information, see Crop method under Special Methods of Accounting in chapter 2. File tax extension electronically for free Choosing a method. File tax extension electronically for free   You can adopt either the crop method or the cash method for deducting the cost in the first year you buy egg-laying hens, pullets, chicks, or seeds and young plants. File tax extension electronically for free   Although you must use the same method for egg-laying hens, pullets, and chicks, you can use a different method for seeds and young plants. File tax extension electronically for free Once you use a particular method for any of these items, use it for those items until you get IRS approval to change your method. File tax extension electronically for free For more information, see Change in Accounting Method in chapter 2. File tax extension electronically for free Other Expenses The following list, while not all-inclusive, shows some expenses you can deduct as other farm expenses on Schedule F, Part II. File tax extension electronically for free These expenses must be for business purposes and  (1) paid, if you use the cash method of accounting, or (2) incurred, if you use an accrual method of accounting. File tax extension electronically for free Accounting fees. File tax extension electronically for free Advertising. File tax extension electronically for free Business travel and meals. File tax extension electronically for free Commissions. File tax extension electronically for free Consultant fees. File tax extension electronically for free Crop scouting expenses. File tax extension electronically for free Dues to cooperatives. File tax extension electronically for free Educational expenses (to maintain and improve farming skills). File tax extension electronically for free Farm-related attorney fees. File tax extension electronically for free Farm magazines. File tax extension electronically for free Ginning. File tax extension electronically for free Insect sprays and dusts. File tax extension electronically for free Litter and bedding. File tax extension electronically for free Livestock fees. File tax extension electronically for free Marketing fees. File tax extension electronically for free Milk assessment. File tax extension electronically for free Recordkeeping expenses. File tax extension electronically for free Service charges. File tax extension electronically for free Small tools expected to last one year or less. File tax extension electronically for free Stamps and stationery. File tax extension electronically for free Subscriptions to professional, technical, and trade journals that deal with farming. File tax extension electronically for free Tying material and containers. File tax extension electronically for free Loan expenses. File tax extension electronically for free   You prorate and deduct loan expenses, such as legal fees and commissions, you pay to get a farm loan over the term of the loan. File tax extension electronically for free Tax preparation fees. File tax extension electronically for free   You can deduct as a farm business expense on Schedule F the cost of preparing that part of your tax return relating to your farm business. File tax extension electronically for free You may be able to deduct the remaining cost on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. File tax extension electronically for free   You also can deduct on Schedule F the amount you pay or incur in resolving tax issues relating to your farm business. File tax extension electronically for free Domestic Production Activities Deduction Generally, you are allowed a deduction for income attributable to domestic production activities. File tax extension electronically for free You can deduct 9% of the lesser of your qualified production activities income or your taxable income (adjusted gross income for individuals) for the tax year. File tax extension electronically for free Your deduction is limited to 50% of the Form W-2 wages you paid for the tax year that are properly allocable to domestic production gross receipts. File tax extension electronically for free For this purpose, Form W-2 wages do not include noncash wages paid for agricultural labor, such as compensation paid as commodities. File tax extension electronically for free Also, excluded from Form W-2 wages are wages paid to your children under age 18 and nontaxable fringe benefits. File tax extension electronically for free Income from cooperatives. File tax extension electronically for free   If you receive a patronage dividend or qualified per-unit retain allocation from a cooperative which is engaged in the manufacturing, production, growth, or extraction in whole or in significant part of any agricultural or horticultural product or in the marketing of agricultural or horticultural products, your income from the cooperative can give rise to a domestic production activities deduction. File tax extension electronically for free This deduction amount is reported on Form 1099-PATR, box 6. File tax extension electronically for free In order for you to qualify for the deduction, the cooperative is required to send you a written notice designating your portion of the domestic production activities deduction. File tax extension electronically for free More information. File tax extension electronically for free   For more information on the domestic production activities deduction, see the Instructions for Form 8903. 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File tax extension electronically for free ) Soil and water conservation expenses. File tax extension electronically for free (See chapter 5. File tax extension electronically for free ) The cost of property that qualifies for a deduction under section 179. File tax extension electronically for free (See chapter 7. File tax extension electronically for free ) Business start-up costs. File tax extension electronically for free (See Business start-up and organizational costs , later. File tax extension electronically for free ) Forestation and reforestation costs. File tax extension electronically for free (See Forestation and reforestation costs , later. File tax extension electronically for free ) Generally, the costs of the following items, including the costs of material, hired labor, and installation, are capital expenses. File tax extension electronically for free Land and buildings. File tax extension electronically for free Additions, alterations, and improvements to buildings, etc. File tax extension electronically for free Cars and trucks. File tax extension electronically for free Equipment and machinery. File tax extension electronically for free Fences. File tax extension electronically for free Draft, breeding, sport, and dairy livestock. File tax extension electronically for free Repairs to machinery, equipment, trucks, and cars that prolong their useful life, increase their value, or adapt them to different use. File tax extension electronically for free Water wells, including drilling and equipping costs. File tax extension electronically for free Land preparation costs, such as: Clearing land for farming, Leveling and conditioning land, Purchasing and planting trees, Building irrigation canals and ditches, Laying irrigation pipes, Installing drain tile, Modifying channels or streams, Constructing earthen, masonry, or concrete tanks, reservoirs, or dams, and Building roads. File tax extension electronically for free Business start-up and organizational costs. File tax extension electronically for free   You can elect to deduct up to $5,000 of business start-up costs and $5,000 of organizational costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004. File tax extension electronically for free The $5,000 deduction is reduced by the amount your total start-up or organizational costs exceed $50,000. File tax extension electronically for free Any remaining costs must be amortized. File tax extension electronically for free See chapter 7. File tax extension electronically for free   You elect to deduct start-up or organizational costs by claiming the deduction on the income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the active trade or business begins. File tax extension electronically for free However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). File tax extension electronically for free Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. File tax extension electronically for free 9100-2” at the top of the amended return. File tax extension electronically for free File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. File tax extension electronically for free The election applies when figuring taxable income for the current tax year and all subsequent years. File tax extension electronically for free   You can choose to forgo the election by clearly electing to capitalize your start-up or organizational costs on an income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the active trade or business begins. File tax extension electronically for free For more information about start-up and organizational costs, see chapter 7. File tax extension electronically for free Crop production expenses. File tax extension electronically for free   The uniform capitalization rules generally require you to capitalize expenses incurred in producing plants. File tax extension electronically for free However, except for certain taxpayers required to use an accrual method of accounting, the capitalization rules do not apply to plants with a preproductive period of 2 years or less. File tax extension electronically for free For more information, see Uniform Capitalization Rules in chapter 6. 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File tax extension electronically for free Depreciation on equipment used in planting or seeding. File tax extension electronically for free Costs incurred in replanting to replace lost seedlings. File tax extension electronically for free You can choose to capitalize certain indirect reforestation costs. File tax extension electronically for free   These capitalized amounts are your basis for the timber. File tax extension electronically for free Recover your basis when you sell the timber or take depletion allowances when you cut the timber. File tax extension electronically for free See Depletion in chapter 7. File tax extension electronically for free Forestation and reforestation costs. File tax extension electronically for free   You can elect to deduct up to $10,000 ($5,000 if married filing separately; $0 for a trust) of qualifying reforestation costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004, for each qualified timber property. 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File tax extension electronically for free The total number of acres reforested during the tax year. File tax extension electronically for free The nature of the reforestation treatments. File tax extension electronically for free The total amounts of the qualified reforestation expenditures eligible to be amortized or deducted. File tax extension electronically for free   However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). File tax extension electronically for free Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. File tax extension electronically for free 9100-2” at the top of the amended return. File tax extension electronically for free File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. File tax extension electronically for free    For more information about forestation and reforestation costs, see chapter 7. File tax extension electronically for free    For more information about timber, see Agriculture Handbook Number 731, Forest Landowners' Guide to the Federal Income Tax. File tax extension electronically for free You can view this publication on the Internet at  www. File tax extension electronically for free fs. File tax extension electronically for free fed. File tax extension electronically for free us/publications. File tax extension electronically for free Christmas tree cultivation. File tax extension electronically for free   If you are in the business of planting and cultivating Christmas trees to sell when they are more than 6 years old, capitalize expenses incurred for planting and stump culture and add them to the basis of the standing trees. File tax extension electronically for free Recover these expenses as part of your adjusted basis when you sell the standing trees or as depletion allowances when you cut the trees. File tax extension electronically for free For more information, see Timber Depletion under Depletion in chapter 7. File tax extension electronically for free   You can deduct as business expenses the costs incurred for shearing and basal pruning of these trees. File tax extension electronically for free Expenses incurred for silvicultural practices, such as weeding or cleaning, and noncommercial thinning are also deductible as business expenses. File tax extension electronically for free   Capitalize the cost of land improvements, such as road grading, ditching, and fire breaks, that have a useful life beyond the tax year. File tax extension electronically for free If the improvements do not have a determinable useful life, add their cost to the basis of the land. File tax extension electronically for free The cost is recovered when you sell or otherwise dispose of it. File tax extension electronically for free If the improvements have a determinable useful life, recover their cost through depreciation. File tax extension electronically for free Capitalize the cost of equipment and other depreciable assets, such as culverts and fences, to the extent you do not use them in planting Christmas trees. File tax extension electronically for free Recover these costs through depreciation. File tax extension electronically for free Nondeductible Expenses You cannot deduct personal expenses and certain other items on your tax return even if they relate to your farm. File tax extension electronically for free Personal, Living, and Family Expenses You cannot deduct certain personal, living, and family expenses as business expenses. File tax extension electronically for free These include rent and insurance premiums paid on property used as your home, life insurance premiums on yourself or your family, the cost of maintaining cars, trucks, or horses for personal use, allowances to minor children, attorneys' fees and legal expenses incurred in personal matters, and household expenses. File tax extension electronically for free Likewise, the cost of purchasing or raising produce or livestock consumed by you or your family is not deductible. File tax extension electronically for free Other Nondeductible Items You cannot deduct the following items on your tax return. File tax extension electronically for free Loss of growing plants, produce, and crops. File tax extension electronically for free   Losses of plants, produce, and crops raised for sale are generally not deductible. File tax extension electronically for free However, you may have a deductible loss on plants with a preproductive period of more than 2 years. File tax extension electronically for free See chapter 11 for more information. File tax extension electronically for free Repayment of loans. File tax extension electronically for free   You cannot deduct the repayment of a loan. File tax extension electronically for free However, if you use the proceeds of a loan for farm business expenses, you can deduct the interest on the loan. File tax extension electronically for free See Interest , earlier. File tax extension electronically for free Estate, inheritance, legacy, succession, and gift taxes. File tax extension electronically for free   You cannot deduct estate, inheritance, legacy, succession, and gift taxes. File tax extension electronically for free Loss of livestock. 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Tax Relief for Victims of March 11 Floods in South Dakota

Updated 9/02/11 to include Yankton county.

SD-2011-19, August 24, 2011

ST. PAUL — Victims of flooding that began on March 11, 2011 in parts of South Dakota may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.

The President has declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Charles Mix, Hughes, Stanley, Union and Yankton. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.

The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after March 11 and on or before June 30 have been postponed to June 30. This includes the April 18 deadline for filing 2010 individual income tax returns, making income tax payments and making 2010 contributions to an individual retirement account (IRA). This also includes the estimated tax payment for the second quarter of 2011 normally due June 15.

In addition, the IRS is waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after March 11 and on or before March 28, 2011, as long as the deposits were made by March 28, 2011.

If an affected taxpayer receives a penalty notice from the IRS, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate any interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply. Penalties or interest will be abated only for taxpayers who have an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date, including an extended filing or payment due date, that falls within the postponement period.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 1-866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

Covered Disaster Area

The counties listed above constitute a covered disaster area for purposes of Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(2) and are entitled to the relief detailed below.

Affected Taxpayers

Taxpayers considered to be affected taxpayers eligible for the postponement of time to file returns, pay taxes and perform other time-sensitive acts are those taxpayers listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(1), and include individuals who live, and businesses whose principal place of business is located, in the covered disaster area. Taxpayers not in the covered disaster area, but whose records necessary to meet a deadline listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(c) are in the covered disaster area, are also entitled to relief. In addition, all relief workers affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization assisting in the relief activities in the covered disaster area and any individual visiting the covered disaster area who was killed or injured as a result of the disaster are entitled to relief.

Grant of Relief

Under section 7508A, the IRS gives affected taxpayers until June 30 to file most tax returns (including individual, corporate, and estate and trust income tax returns; partnership returns, S corporation returns, and trust returns; estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns; and employment and certain excise tax returns), or to make tax payments, including estimated tax payments, that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after March 11 and on or before June 30.

The IRS also gives affected taxpayers until June 30 to perform other time-sensitive actions described in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(c)(1) and Rev. Proc. 2007-56, 2007-34 I.R.B. 388 (August 20, 2007), that are due to be performed on or after March 11 and on or before June 30.

This relief also includes the filing of Form 5500 series returns, in the manner described in section 8 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56. The relief described in section 17 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56, pertaining to like-kind exchanges of property, also applies to certain taxpayers who are not otherwise affected taxpayers and may include acts required to be performed before or after the period above.

The postponement of time to file and pay does not apply to information returns in the W-2, 1098, 1099 series, or to Forms 1042-S or 8027. Penalties for failure to timely file information returns can be waived under existing procedures for reasonable cause. Likewise, the postponement does not apply to employment and excise tax deposits. The IRS, however, will abate penalties for failure to make timely employment and excise tax deposits due on or after March 11 and on or before March 28 provided the taxpayer made these deposits by March 28.

Casualty Losses

Affected taxpayers in a federally declared disaster area have the option of claiming disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax return for either this year or last year. Claiming the loss on an original or amended return for last year will get the taxpayer an earlier refund, but waiting to claim the loss on this year’s return could result in a greater tax saving, depending on other income factors.

Individuals may deduct personal property losses that are not covered by insurance or other reimbursements. For details, see Form 4684 and its instructions.
Affected taxpayers claiming the disaster loss on last year’s return should put the Disaster Designation “South Dakota/Flooding” at the top of the form so that the IRS can expedite the processing of the refund.

Other Relief

The IRS will waive the usual fees and expedite requests for copies of previously filed tax returns for affected taxpayers. Taxpayers should put the assigned Disaster Designation in red ink at the top of Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, as appropriate, and submit it to the IRS.

Affected taxpayers who are contacted by the IRS on a collection or examination matter should explain how the disaster impacts them so that the IRS can provide appropriate consideration to their case.

Taxpayers may download forms and publications from the official IRS website, irs.gov, or order them by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). The IRS toll-free number for general tax questions is 1-800-829-1040.

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File tax extension electronically for free Other partnerships generally have the option to file electronically. File tax extension electronically for free For details about IRS e-file, see the Form 1065 instructions. File tax extension electronically for free Exclusion From Partnership Rules Certain partnerships that do not actively conduct a business can choose to be completely or partially excluded from being treated as partnerships for federal income tax purposes. File tax extension electronically for free All the partners must agree to make the choice, and the partners must be able to compute their own taxable income without computing the partnership's income. File tax extension electronically for free However, the partners are not exempt from the rule that limits a partner's distributive share of partnership loss to the adjusted basis of the partner's partnership interest. File tax extension electronically for free Nor are they exempt from the requirement of a business purpose for adopting a tax year for the partnership that differs from its required tax year. File tax extension electronically for free Investing partnership. File tax extension electronically for free   An investing partnership can be excluded if the participants in the joint purchase, retention, sale, or exchange of investment property meet all the following requirements. File tax extension electronically for free They own the property as co-owners. File tax extension electronically for free They reserve the right separately to take or dispose of their shares of any property acquired or retained. File tax extension electronically for free They do not actively conduct business or irrevocably authorize some person acting in a representative capacity to purchase, sell, or exchange the investment property. File tax extension electronically for free Each separate participant can delegate authority to purchase, sell, or exchange his or her share of the investment property for the time being for his or her account, but not for a period of more than a year. File tax extension electronically for free Operating agreement partnership. File tax extension electronically for free   An operating agreement partnership group can be excluded if the participants in the joint production, extraction, or use of property meet all the following requirements. File tax extension electronically for free They own the property as co-owners, either in fee or under lease or other form of contract granting exclusive operating rights. File tax extension electronically for free They reserve the right separately to take in kind or dispose of their shares of any property produced, extracted, or used. File tax extension electronically for free They do not jointly sell services or the property produced or extracted. File tax extension electronically for free Each separate participant can delegate authority to sell his or her share of the property produced or extracted for the time being for his or her account, but not for a period of time in excess of the minimum needs of the industry, and in no event for more than one year. File tax extension electronically for free However, this exclusion does not apply to an unincorporated organization one of whose principal purposes is cycling, manufacturing, or processing for persons who are not members of the organization. File tax extension electronically for free Electing the exclusion. File tax extension electronically for free   An eligible organization that wishes to be excluded from the partnership rules must make the election not later than the time for filing the partnership return for the first tax year for which exclusion is desired. File tax extension electronically for free This filing date includes any extension of time. File tax extension electronically for free See Regulations section 1. File tax extension electronically for free 761-2(b) for the procedures to follow. File tax extension electronically for free Partnership Return (Form 1065) Every partnership that engages in a trade or business or has gross income must file an information return on Form 1065 showing its income, deductions, and other required information. File tax extension electronically for free The partnership return must show the names and addresses of each partner and each partner's distributive share of taxable income. File tax extension electronically for free The return must be signed by a general partner. File tax extension electronically for free If a limited liability company is treated as a partnership, it must file Form 1065 and one of its members must sign the return. File tax extension electronically for free A partnership is not considered to engage in a trade or business, and is not required to file a Form 1065, for any tax year in which it neither receives income nor pays or incurs any expenses treated as deductions or credits for federal income tax purposes. File tax extension electronically for free See the Instructions for Form 1065 for more information about who must file Form 1065. File tax extension electronically for free Partnership Distributions Partnership distributions include the following. File tax extension electronically for free A withdrawal by a partner in anticipation of the current year's earnings. File tax extension electronically for free A distribution of the current year's or prior years' earnings not needed for working capital. File tax extension electronically for free A complete or partial liquidation of a partner's interest. File tax extension electronically for free A distribution to all partners in a complete liquidation of the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free A partnership distribution is not taken into account in determining the partner's distributive share of partnership income or loss. File tax extension electronically for free If any gain or loss from the distribution is recognized by the partner, it must be reported on his or her return for the tax year in which the distribution is received. File tax extension electronically for free Money or property withdrawn by a partner in anticipation of the current year's earnings is treated as a distribution received on the last day of the partnership's tax year. File tax extension electronically for free Effect on partner's basis. File tax extension electronically for free   A partner's adjusted basis in his or her partnership interest is decreased (but not below zero) by the money and adjusted basis of property distributed to the partner. File tax extension electronically for free See Adjusted Basis under Basis of Partner's Interest, later. File tax extension electronically for free Effect on partnership. File tax extension electronically for free   A partnership generally does not recognize any gain or loss because of distributions it makes to partners. File tax extension electronically for free The partnership may be able to elect to adjust the basis of its undistributed property. File tax extension electronically for free Certain distributions treated as a sale or exchange. File tax extension electronically for free   When a partnership distributes the following items, the distribution may be treated as a sale or exchange of property rather than a distribution. File tax extension electronically for free Unrealized receivables or substantially appreciated inventory items distributed in exchange for any part of the partner's interest in other partnership property, including money. File tax extension electronically for free Other property (including money) distributed in exchange for any part of a partner's interest in unrealized receivables or substantially appreciated inventory items. File tax extension electronically for free   See Payments for Unrealized Receivables and Inventory Items under Disposition of Partner's Interest, later. File tax extension electronically for free   This treatment does not apply to the following distributions. File tax extension electronically for free A distribution of property to the partner who contributed the property to the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free Payments made to a retiring partner or successor in interest of a deceased partner that are the partner's distributive share of partnership income or guaranteed payments. File tax extension electronically for free Substantially appreciated inventory items. File tax extension electronically for free   Inventory items of the partnership are considered to have appreciated substantially in value if, at the time of the distribution, their total fair market value is more than 120% of the partnership's adjusted basis for the property. File tax extension electronically for free However, if a principal purpose for acquiring inventory property is to avoid ordinary income treatment by reducing the appreciation to less than 120%, that property is excluded. File tax extension electronically for free Partner's Gain or Loss A partner generally recognizes gain on a partnership distribution only to the extent any money (and marketable securities treated as money) included in the distribution exceeds the adjusted basis of the partner's interest in the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free Any gain recognized is generally treated as capital gain from the sale of the partnership interest on the date of the distribution. File tax extension electronically for free If partnership property (other than marketable securities treated as money) is distributed to a partner, he or she generally does not recognize any gain until the sale or other disposition of the property. File tax extension electronically for free For exceptions to these rules, see Distribution of partner's debt and Net precontribution gain, later. File tax extension electronically for free Also, see Payments for Unrealized Receivables and Inventory Items under Disposition of Partner's Interest, later. File tax extension electronically for free Example. File tax extension electronically for free The adjusted basis of Jo's partnership interest is $14,000. File tax extension electronically for free She receives a distribution of $8,000 cash and land that has an adjusted basis of $2,000 and a fair market value of $3,000. File tax extension electronically for free Because the cash received does not exceed the basis of her partnership interest, Jo does not recognize any gain on the distribution. File tax extension electronically for free Any gain on the land will be recognized when she sells or otherwise disposes of it. File tax extension electronically for free The distribution decreases the adjusted basis of Jo's partnership interest to $4,000 [$14,000 − ($8,000 + $2,000)]. File tax extension electronically for free Marketable securities treated as money. File tax extension electronically for free   Generally, a marketable security distributed to a partner is treated as money in determining whether gain is recognized on the distribution. File tax extension electronically for free This treatment, however, does not generally apply if that partner contributed the security to the partnership or an investment partnership made the distribution to an eligible partner. File tax extension electronically for free   The amount treated as money is the security's fair market value when distributed, reduced (but not below zero) by the excess (if any) of: The partner's distributive share of the gain that would be recognized had the partnership sold all its marketable securities at their fair market value immediately before the transaction resulting in the distribution, over The partner's distributive share of the gain that would be recognized had the partnership sold all such securities it still held after the distribution at the fair market value in (1). File tax extension electronically for free   For more information, including the definition of marketable securities, see section 731(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. File tax extension electronically for free Loss on distribution. File tax extension electronically for free   A partner does not recognize loss on a partnership distribution unless all the following requirements are met. File tax extension electronically for free The adjusted basis of the partner's interest in the partnership exceeds the distribution. File tax extension electronically for free The partner's entire interest in the partnership is liquidated. File tax extension electronically for free The distribution is in money, unrealized receivables, or inventory items. File tax extension electronically for free   There are exceptions to these general rules. File tax extension electronically for free See the following discussions. File tax extension electronically for free Also, see Liquidation at Partner's Retirement or Death under Disposition of Partner's Interest, later. File tax extension electronically for free Distribution of partner's debt. File tax extension electronically for free   If a partnership acquires a partner's debt and extinguishes the debt by distributing it to the partner, the partner will recognize capital gain or loss to the extent the fair market value of the debt differs from the basis of the debt (determined under the rules discussed in Partner's Basis for Distributed Property, later). File tax extension electronically for free   The partner is treated as having satisfied the debt for its fair market value. File tax extension electronically for free If the issue price (adjusted for any premium or discount) of the debt exceeds its fair market value when distributed, the partner may have to include the excess amount in income as canceled debt. File tax extension electronically for free   Similarly, a deduction may be available to a corporate partner if the fair market value of the debt at the time of distribution exceeds its adjusted issue price. File tax extension electronically for free Net precontribution gain. File tax extension electronically for free   A partner generally must recognize gain on the distribution of property (other than money) if the partner contributed appreciated property to the partnership during the 7-year period before the distribution. File tax extension electronically for free   The gain recognized is the lesser of the following amounts. File tax extension electronically for free The excess of: The fair market value of the property received in the distribution, over The adjusted basis of the partner's interest in the partnership immediately before the distribution, reduced (but not below zero) by any money received in the distribution. File tax extension electronically for free The “net precontribution gain” of the partner. File tax extension electronically for free This is the net gain the partner would recognize if all the property contributed by the partner within 7 years of the distribution, and held by the partnership immediately before the distribution, were distributed to another partner, other than a partner who owns more than 50% of the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free For information about the distribution of contributed property to another partner, see Contribution of Property , under Transactions Between Partnership and Partners, later. File tax extension electronically for free   The character of the gain is determined by reference to the character of the net precontribution gain. File tax extension electronically for free This gain is in addition to any gain the partner must recognize if the money distributed is more than his or her basis in the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free For these rules, the term “money” includes marketable securities treated as money, as discussed earlier. File tax extension electronically for free Effect on basis. File tax extension electronically for free   The adjusted basis of the partner's interest in the partnership is increased by any net precontribution gain recognized by the partner. File tax extension electronically for free Other than for purposes of determining the gain, the increase is treated as occurring immediately before the distribution. File tax extension electronically for free See Basis of Partner's Interest , later. File tax extension electronically for free   The partnership must adjust its basis in any property the partner contributed within 7 years of the distribution to reflect any gain that partner recognizes under this rule. File tax extension electronically for free Exceptions. File tax extension electronically for free   Any part of a distribution that is property the partner previously contributed to the partnership is not taken into account in determining the amount of the excess distribution or the partner's net precontribution gain. File tax extension electronically for free For this purpose, the partner's previously contributed property does not include a contributed interest in an entity to the extent its value is due to property contributed to the entity after the interest was contributed to the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free   Recognition of gain under this rule also does not apply to a distribution of unrealized receivables or substantially appreciated inventory items if the distribution is treated as a sale or exchange, as discussed earlier. File tax extension electronically for free Partner's Basis for Distributed Property Unless there is a complete liquidation of a partner's interest, the basis of property (other than money) distributed to the partner by a partnership is its adjusted basis to the partnership immediately before the distribution. File tax extension electronically for free However, the basis of the property to the partner cannot be more than the adjusted basis of his or her interest in the partnership reduced by any money received in the same transaction. File tax extension electronically for free Example 1. File tax extension electronically for free The adjusted basis of Emily's partnership interest is $30,000. File tax extension electronically for free She receives a distribution of property that has an adjusted basis of $20,000 to the partnership and $4,000 in cash. File tax extension electronically for free Her basis for the property is $20,000. File tax extension electronically for free Example 2. File tax extension electronically for free The adjusted basis of Steve's partnership interest is $10,000. File tax extension electronically for free He receives a distribution of $4,000 cash and property that has an adjusted basis to the partnership of $8,000. File tax extension electronically for free His basis for the distributed property is limited to $6,000 ($10,000 − $4,000, the cash he receives). File tax extension electronically for free Complete liquidation of partner's interest. File tax extension electronically for free   The basis of property received in complete liquidation of a partner's interest is the adjusted basis of the partner's interest in the partnership reduced by any money distributed to the partner in the same transaction. File tax extension electronically for free Partner's holding period. File tax extension electronically for free   A partner's holding period for property distributed to the partner includes the period the property was held by the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free If the property was contributed to the partnership by a partner, then the period it was held by that partner is also included. File tax extension electronically for free Basis divided among properties. File tax extension electronically for free   If the basis of property received is the adjusted basis of the partner's interest in the partnership (reduced by money received in the same transaction), it must be divided among the properties distributed to the partner. File tax extension electronically for free For property distributed after August 5, 1997, allocate the basis using the following rules. File tax extension electronically for free Allocate the basis first to unrealized receivables and inventory items included in the distribution by assigning a basis to each item equal to the partnership's adjusted basis in the item immediately before the distribution. File tax extension electronically for free If the total of these assigned bases exceeds the allocable basis, decrease the assigned bases by the amount of the excess. File tax extension electronically for free Allocate any remaining basis to properties other than unrealized receivables and inventory items by assigning a basis to each property equal to the partnership's adjusted basis in the property immediately before the distribution. File tax extension electronically for free If the allocable basis exceeds the total of these assigned bases, increase the assigned bases by the amount of the excess. File tax extension electronically for free If the total of these assigned bases exceeds the allocable basis, decrease the assigned bases by the amount of the excess. File tax extension electronically for free Allocating a basis increase. File tax extension electronically for free   Allocate any basis increase required in rule (2), above, first to properties with unrealized appreciation to the extent of the unrealized appreciation. File tax extension electronically for free If the basis increase is less than the total unrealized appreciation, allocate it among those properties in proportion to their respective amounts of unrealized appreciation. File tax extension electronically for free Allocate any remaining basis increase among all the properties in proportion to their respective fair market values. File tax extension electronically for free Example. File tax extension electronically for free Eun's basis in her partnership interest is $55,000. File tax extension electronically for free In a distribution in liquidation of her entire interest, she receives properties A and B, neither of which is inventory or unrealized receivables. File tax extension electronically for free Property A has an adjusted basis to the partnership of $5,000 and a fair market value of $40,000. File tax extension electronically for free Property B has an adjusted basis to the partnership of $10,000 and a fair market value of $10,000. File tax extension electronically for free To figure her basis in each property, Eun first assigns bases of $5,000 to property A and $10,000 to property B (their adjusted bases to the partnership). File tax extension electronically for free This leaves a $40,000 basis increase (the $55,000 allocable basis minus the $15,000 total of the assigned bases). File tax extension electronically for free She first allocates $35,000 to property A (its unrealized appreciation). File tax extension electronically for free The remaining $5,000 is allocated between the properties based on their fair market values. File tax extension electronically for free $4,000 ($40,000/$50,000) is allocated to property A and $1,000 ($10,000/$50,000) is allocated to property B. File tax extension electronically for free Eun's basis in property A is $44,000 ($5,000 + $35,000 + $4,000) and her basis in property B is $11,000 ($10,000 + $1,000). File tax extension electronically for free Allocating a basis decrease. File tax extension electronically for free   Use the following rules to allocate any basis decrease required in rule (1) or rule (2), earlier. File tax extension electronically for free Allocate the basis decrease first to items with unrealized depreciation to the extent of the unrealized depreciation. File tax extension electronically for free If the basis decrease is less than the total unrealized depreciation, allocate it among those items in proportion to their respective amounts of unrealized depreciation. File tax extension electronically for free Allocate any remaining basis decrease among all the items in proportion to their respective assigned basis amounts (as decreased in (1)). File tax extension electronically for free Example. File tax extension electronically for free Armando's basis in his partnership interest is $20,000. File tax extension electronically for free In a distribution in liquidation of his entire interest, he receives properties C and D, neither of which is inventory or unrealized receivables. File tax extension electronically for free Property C has an adjusted basis to the partnership of $15,000 and a fair market value of $15,000. File tax extension electronically for free Property D has an adjusted basis to the partnership of $15,000 and a fair market value of $5,000. File tax extension electronically for free To figure his basis in each property, Armando first assigns bases of $15,000 to property C and $15,000 to property D (their adjusted bases to the partnership). File tax extension electronically for free This leaves a $10,000 basis decrease (the $30,000 total of the assigned bases minus the $20,000 allocable basis). File tax extension electronically for free He allocates the entire $10,000 to property D (its unrealized depreciation). File tax extension electronically for free Armando's basis in property C is $15,000 and his basis in property D is $5,000 ($15,000 − $10,000). File tax extension electronically for free Distributions before August 6, 1997. File tax extension electronically for free   For property distributed before August 6, 1997, allocate the basis using the following rules. File tax extension electronically for free Allocate the basis first to unrealized receivables and inventory items included in the distribution to the extent of the partnership's adjusted basis in those items. File tax extension electronically for free If the partnership's adjusted basis in those items exceeded the allocable basis, allocate the basis among the items in proportion to their adjusted bases to the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free Allocate any remaining basis to other distributed properties in proportion to their adjusted bases to the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free Partner's interest more than partnership basis. File tax extension electronically for free   If the basis of a partner's interest to be divided in a complete liquidation of the partner's interest is more than the partnership's adjusted basis for the unrealized receivables and inventory items distributed, and if no other property is distributed to which the partner can apply the remaining basis, the partner has a capital loss to the extent of the remaining basis of the partnership interest. File tax extension electronically for free Special adjustment to basis. File tax extension electronically for free   A partner who acquired any part of his or her partnership interest in a sale or exchange or upon the death of another partner may be able to choose a special basis adjustment for property distributed by the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free To choose the special adjustment, the partner must have received the distribution within 2 years after acquiring the partnership interest. File tax extension electronically for free Also, the partnership must not have chosen the optional adjustment to basis when the partner acquired the partnership interest. File tax extension electronically for free   If a partner chooses this special basis adjustment, the partner's basis for the property distributed is the same as it would have been if the partnership had chosen the optional adjustment to basis. File tax extension electronically for free However, this assigned basis is not reduced by any depletion or depreciation that would have been allowed or allowable if the partnership had previously chosen the optional adjustment. File tax extension electronically for free   The choice must be made with the partner's tax return for the year of the distribution if the distribution includes any property subject to depreciation, depletion, or amortization. File tax extension electronically for free If the choice does not have to be made for the distribution year, it must be made with the return for the first year in which the basis of the distributed property is pertinent in determining the partner's income tax. File tax extension electronically for free   A partner choosing this special basis adjustment must attach a statement to his or her tax return that the partner chooses under section 732(d) of the Internal Revenue Code to adjust the basis of property received in a distribution. File tax extension electronically for free The statement must show the computation of the special basis adjustment for the property distributed and list the properties to which the adjustment has been allocated. File tax extension electronically for free Example. File tax extension electronically for free Chin Ho purchased a 25% interest in X partnership for $17,000 cash. File tax extension electronically for free At the time of the purchase, the partnership owned inventory having a basis to the partnership of $14,000 and a fair market value of $16,000. File tax extension electronically for free Thus, $4,000 of the $17,000 he paid was attributable to his share of inventory with a basis to the partnership of $3,500. File tax extension electronically for free Within 2 years after acquiring his interest, Chin Ho withdrew from the partnership and for his entire interest received cash of $1,500, inventory with a basis to the partnership of $3,500, and other property with a basis of $6,000. File tax extension electronically for free The value of the inventory received was 25% of the value of all partnership inventory. File tax extension electronically for free (It is immaterial whether the inventory he received was on hand when he acquired his interest. File tax extension electronically for free ) Since the partnership from which Chin Ho withdrew did not make the optional adjustment to basis, he chose to adjust the basis of the inventory received. File tax extension electronically for free His share of the partnership's basis for the inventory is increased by $500 (25% of the $2,000 difference between the $16,000 fair market value of the inventory and its $14,000 basis to the partnership at the time he acquired his interest). File tax extension electronically for free The adjustment applies only for purposes of determining his new basis in the inventory, and not for purposes of partnership gain or loss on disposition. File tax extension electronically for free The total to be allocated among the properties Chin Ho received in the distribution is $15,500 ($17,000 basis of his interest − $1,500 cash received). File tax extension electronically for free His basis in the inventory items is $4,000 ($3,500 partnership basis + $500 special adjustment). File tax extension electronically for free The remaining $11,500 is allocated to his new basis for the other property he received. File tax extension electronically for free Mandatory adjustment. File tax extension electronically for free   A partner does not always have a choice of making this special adjustment to basis. File tax extension electronically for free The special adjustment to basis must be made for a distribution of property (whether or not within 2 years after the partnership interest was acquired) if all the following conditions existed when the partner received the partnership interest. File tax extension electronically for free The fair market value of all partnership property (other than money) was more than 110% of its adjusted basis to the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free If there had been a liquidation of the partner's interest immediately after it was acquired, an allocation of the basis of that interest under the general rules (discussed earlier under Basis divided among properties) would have decreased the basis of property that could not be depreciated, depleted, or amortized and increased the basis of property that could be. File tax extension electronically for free The optional basis adjustment, if it had been chosen by the partnership, would have changed the partner's basis for the property actually distributed. File tax extension electronically for free Required statement. File tax extension electronically for free   Generally, if a partner chooses a special basis adjustment and notifies the partnership, or if the partnership makes a distribution for which the special basis adjustment is mandatory, the partnership must provide a statement to the partner. File tax extension electronically for free The statement must provide information necessary for the partner to compute the special basis adjustment. File tax extension electronically for free Marketable securities. File tax extension electronically for free   A partner's basis in marketable securities received in a partnership distribution, as determined in the preceding discussions, is increased by any gain recognized by treating the securities as money. File tax extension electronically for free See Marketable securities treated as money under Partner's Gain or Loss, earlier. File tax extension electronically for free The basis increase is allocated among the securities in proportion to their respective amounts of unrealized appreciation before the basis increase. File tax extension electronically for free Transactions Between Partnership and Partners For certain transactions between a partner and his or her partnership, the partner is treated as not being a member of the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free These transactions include the following. File tax extension electronically for free Performing services for, or transferring property to, a partnership if: There is a related allocation and distribution to a partner, and The entire transaction, when viewed together, is properly characterized as occurring between the partnership and a partner not acting in the capacity of a partner. File tax extension electronically for free Transferring money or other property to a partnership if: There is a related transfer of money or other property by the partnership to the contributing partner or another partner, and The transfers together are properly characterized as a sale or exchange of property. File tax extension electronically for free Payments by accrual basis partnership to cash basis partner. File tax extension electronically for free   A partnership that uses an accrual method of accounting cannot deduct any business expense owed to a cash basis partner until the amount is paid. File tax extension electronically for free However, this rule does not apply to guaranteed payments made to a partner, which are generally deductible when accrued. File tax extension electronically for free Guaranteed Payments Guaranteed payments are those made by a partnership to a partner that are determined without regard to the partnership's income. File tax extension electronically for free A partnership treats guaranteed payments for services, or for the use of capital, as if they were made to a person who is not a partner. File tax extension electronically for free This treatment is for purposes of determining gross income and deductible business expenses only. File tax extension electronically for free For other tax purposes, guaranteed payments are treated as a partner's distributive share of ordinary income. File tax extension electronically for free Guaranteed payments are not subject to income tax withholding. File tax extension electronically for free The partnership generally deducts guaranteed payments on line 10 of Form 1065 as a business expense. File tax extension electronically for free They are also listed on Schedules K and K-1 of the partnership return. File tax extension electronically for free The individual partner reports guaranteed payments on Schedule E (Form 1040) as ordinary income, along with his or her distributive share of the partnership's other ordinary income. File tax extension electronically for free Guaranteed payments made to partners for organizing the partnership or syndicating interests in the partnership are capital expenses. File tax extension electronically for free Generally, organizational and syndication expenses are not deductible by the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free However, a partnership can elect to deduct a portion of its organizational expenses and amortize the remaining expenses (see Business start-up and organizational costs in the Instructions for Form 1065). File tax extension electronically for free Organizational expenses (if the election is not made) and syndication expenses paid to partners must be reported on the partners' Schedule K-1 as guaranteed payments. File tax extension electronically for free Minimum payment. File tax extension electronically for free   If a partner is to receive a minimum payment from the partnership, the guaranteed payment is the amount by which the minimum payment is more than the partner's distributive share of the partnership income before taking into account the guaranteed payment. File tax extension electronically for free Example. File tax extension electronically for free Under a partnership agreement, Divya is to receive 30% of the partnership income, but not less than $8,000. File tax extension electronically for free The partnership has net income of $20,000. File tax extension electronically for free Divya's share, without regard to the minimum guarantee, is $6,000 (30% × $20,000). File tax extension electronically for free The guaranteed payment that can be deducted by the partnership is $2,000 ($8,000 − $6,000). File tax extension electronically for free Divya's income from the partnership is $8,000, and the remaining $12,000 of partnership income will be reported by the other partners in proportion to their shares under the partnership agreement. File tax extension electronically for free If the partnership net income had been $30,000, there would have been no guaranteed payment since her share, without regard to the guarantee, would have been greater than the guarantee. File tax extension electronically for free Self-employed health insurance premiums. File tax extension electronically for free   Premiums for health insurance paid by a partnership on behalf of a partner, for services as a partner, are treated as guaranteed payments. File tax extension electronically for free The partnership can deduct the payments as a business expense, and the partner must include them in gross income. File tax extension electronically for free However, if the partnership accounts for insurance paid for a partner as a reduction in distributions to the partner, the partnership cannot deduct the premiums. File tax extension electronically for free   A partner who qualifies can deduct 100% of the health insurance premiums paid by the partnership on his or her behalf as an adjustment to income. File tax extension electronically for free The partner cannot deduct the premiums for any calendar month, or part of a month, in which the partner is eligible to participate in any subsidized health plan maintained by any employer of the partner, the partner's spouse, the partner's dependents, or any children under age 27 who are not dependents. File tax extension electronically for free For more information on the self-employed health insurance deduction, see chapter 6 in Publication 535. File tax extension electronically for free Including payments in partner's income. File tax extension electronically for free   Guaranteed payments are included in income in the partner's tax year in which the partnership's tax year ends. File tax extension electronically for free Example 1. File tax extension electronically for free Under the terms of a partnership agreement, Erica is entitled to a fixed annual payment of $10,000 without regard to the income of the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free Her distributive share of the partnership income is 10%. File tax extension electronically for free The partnership has $50,000 of ordinary income after deducting the guaranteed payment. File tax extension electronically for free She must include ordinary income of $15,000 ($10,000 guaranteed payment + $5,000 ($50,000 × 10%) distributive share) on her individual income tax return for her tax year in which the partnership's tax year ends. File tax extension electronically for free Example 2. File tax extension electronically for free Lamont is a calendar year taxpayer who is a partner in a partnership. File tax extension electronically for free The partnership uses a fiscal year that ended January 31, 2013. File tax extension electronically for free Lamont received guaranteed payments from the partnership from February 1, 2012, until December 31, 2012. File tax extension electronically for free He must include these guaranteed payments in income for 2013 and report them on his 2013 income tax return. File tax extension electronically for free Payments resulting in loss. File tax extension electronically for free   If guaranteed payments to a partner result in a partnership loss in which the partner shares, the partner must report the full amount of the guaranteed payments as ordinary income. File tax extension electronically for free The partner separately takes into account his or her distributive share of the partnership loss, to the extent of the adjusted basis of the partner's partnership interest. File tax extension electronically for free Sale or Exchange of Property Special rules apply to a sale or exchange of property between a partnership and certain persons. File tax extension electronically for free Losses. File tax extension electronically for free   Losses will not be allowed from a sale or exchange of property (other than an interest in the partnership) directly or indirectly between a partnership and a person whose direct or indirect interest in the capital or profits of the partnership is more than 50%. File tax extension electronically for free   If the sale or exchange is between two partnerships in which the same persons directly or indirectly own more than 50% of the capital or profits interests in each partnership, no deduction of a loss is allowed. File tax extension electronically for free   The basis of each partner's interest in the partnership is decreased (but not below zero) by the partner's share of the disallowed loss. File tax extension electronically for free   If the purchaser later sells the property, only the gain realized that is greater than the loss not allowed will be taxable. File tax extension electronically for free If any gain from the sale of the property is not recognized because of this rule, the basis of each partner's interest in the partnership is increased by the partner's share of that gain. File tax extension electronically for free Gains. File tax extension electronically for free   Gains are treated as ordinary income in a sale or exchange of property directly or indirectly between a person and a partnership, or between two partnerships, if both of the following tests are met. File tax extension electronically for free More than 50% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership(s) is directly or indirectly owned by the same person(s). File tax extension electronically for free The property in the hands of the transferee immediately after the transfer is not a capital asset. 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File tax extension electronically for free This means that any deduction for losses on transactions between her and ABT will not be allowed, and gain from property that in the hands of the transferee is not a capital asset is treated as ordinary, rather than capital, gain. File tax extension electronically for free More information. File tax extension electronically for free   For more information on these special rules, see Sales and Exchanges Between Related Persons in chapter 2 of Publication 544. File tax extension electronically for free Contribution of Property Usually, neither the partner nor the partnership recognizes a gain or loss when property is contributed to the partnership in exchange for a partnership interest. File tax extension electronically for free This applies whether a partnership is being formed or is already operating. File tax extension electronically for free The partnership's holding period for the property includes the partner's holding period. 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File tax extension electronically for free The partner's right to the distribution does not depend on the success of partnership operations. File tax extension electronically for free   All facts and circumstances are considered in determining if the contribution and distribution are more properly characterized as a sale. File tax extension electronically for free However, if the contribution and distribution occur within 2 years of each other, the transfers are presumed to be a sale unless the facts clearly indicate that the transfers are not a sale. File tax extension electronically for free If the contribution and distribution occur more than 2 years apart, the transfers are presumed not to be a sale unless the facts clearly indicate that the transfers are a sale. File tax extension electronically for free Form 8275 required. File tax extension electronically for free   A partner must attach Form 8275, Disclosure Statement, (or other statement) to his or her return if the partner contributes property to a partnership and, within 2 years (before or after the contribution), the partnership transfers money or other consideration to the partner. File tax extension electronically for free For exceptions to this requirement, see section 1. File tax extension electronically for free 707-3(c)(2) of the regulations. File tax extension electronically for free   A partnership must attach Form 8275 (or other statement) to its return if it distributes property to a partner, and, within 2 years (before or after the distribution), the partner transfers money or other consideration to the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free   Form 8275 must include the following information. File tax extension electronically for free A caption identifying the statement as a disclosure under section 707 of the Internal Revenue Code. File tax extension electronically for free A description of the transferred property or money, including its value. File tax extension electronically for free A description of any relevant facts in determining if the transfers are properly viewed as a disguised sale. File tax extension electronically for free See section 1. File tax extension electronically for free 707-3(b)(2) of the regulations for a description of the facts and circumstances considered in determining if the transfers are a disguised sale. File tax extension electronically for free Contribution to partnership treated as investment company. File tax extension electronically for free   Gain is recognized when property is contributed (in exchange for an interest in the partnership) to a partnership that would be treated as an investment company if it were incorporated. File tax extension electronically for free   A partnership is generally treated as an investment company if over 80% of the value of its assets is held for investment and consists of certain readily marketable items. File tax extension electronically for free These items include money, stocks and other equity interests in a corporation, and interests in regulated investment companies and real estate investment trusts. File tax extension electronically for free For more information, see section 351(e)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. File tax extension electronically for free Whether a partnership is treated as an investment company under this test is ordinarily determined immediately after the transfer of property. File tax extension electronically for free   This rule applies to limited partnerships and general partnerships, regardless of whether they are privately formed or publicly syndicated. File tax extension electronically for free Contribution to foreign partnership. File tax extension electronically for free   A domestic partnership that contributed property after August 5, 1997, to a foreign partnership in exchange for a partnership interest may have to file Form 8865 if either of the following apply. File tax extension electronically for free Immediately after the contribution, the partnership owned, directly or indirectly, at least a 10% interest in the foreign partnership. File tax extension electronically for free The fair market value of the property contributed to the foreign partnership, when added to other contributions of property made to the partnership during the preceding 12-month period, is greater than $100,000. File tax extension electronically for free   The partnership may also have to file Form 8865, even if no contributions are made during the tax year, if it owns a 10% or more interest in a foreign partnership at any time during the year. File tax extension electronically for free See the form instructions for more information. File tax extension electronically for free Basis of contributed property. File tax extension electronically for free   If a partner contributes property to a partnership, the partnership's basis for determining depreciation, depletion, gain, or loss for the property is the same as the partner's adjusted basis for the property when it was contributed, increased by any gain recognized by the partner at the time of contribution. File tax extension electronically for free Allocations to account for built-in gain or loss. File tax extension electronically for free   The fair market value of property at the time it is contributed may be different from the partner's adjusted basis. File tax extension electronically for free The partnership must allocate among the partners any income, deduction, gain, or loss on the property in a manner that will account for the difference. File tax extension electronically for free This rule also applies to contributions of accounts payable and other accrued but unpaid items of a cash basis partner. File tax extension electronically for free   The partnership can use different allocation methods for different items of contributed property. File tax extension electronically for free A single reasonable method must be consistently applied to each item, and the overall method or combination of methods must be reasonable. File tax extension electronically for free See section 1. File tax extension electronically for free 704-3 of the regulations for allocation methods generally considered reasonable. File tax extension electronically for free   If the partnership sells contributed property and recognizes gain or loss, built-in gain or loss is allocated to the contributing partner. File tax extension electronically for free If contributed property is subject to depreciation or other cost recovery, the allocation of deductions for these items takes into account built-in gain or loss on the property. File tax extension electronically for free However, the total depreciation, depletion, gain, or loss allocated to partners cannot be more than the depreciation or depletion allowable to the partnership or the gain or loss realized by the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free Example. File tax extension electronically for free Areta and Sofia formed an equal partnership. File tax extension electronically for free Areta contributed $10,000 in cash to the partnership and Sofia contributed depreciable property with a fair market value of $10,000 and an adjusted basis of $4,000. File tax extension electronically for free The partnership's basis for depreciation is limited to the adjusted basis of the property in Sofia's hands, $4,000. 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File tax extension electronically for free Appropriate adjustments must be made to the adjusted basis of the contributing partner's partnership interest and to the adjusted basis of the property distributed to reflect the recognized gain or loss. File tax extension electronically for free Disposition of certain contributed property. File tax extension electronically for free   The following rules determine the character of the partnership's gain or loss on a disposition of certain types of contributed property. File tax extension electronically for free Unrealized receivables. File tax extension electronically for free If the property was an unrealized receivable in the hands of the contributing partner, any gain or loss on its disposition by the partnership is ordinary income or loss. File tax extension electronically for free Unrealized receivables are defined later under Payments for Unrealized Receivables and Inventory Items. File tax extension electronically for free When reading the definition, substitute “partner” for “partnership. File tax extension electronically for free ” Inventory items. File tax extension electronically for free If the property was an inventory item in the hands of the contributing partner, any gain or loss on its disposition by the partnership within 5 years after the contribution is ordinary income or loss. File tax extension electronically for free Inventory items are defined later in Payments for Unrealized Receivables and Inventory Items. File tax extension electronically for free Capital loss property. File tax extension electronically for free If the property was a capital asset in the contributing partner's hands, any loss on its disposition by the partnership within 5 years after the contribution is a capital loss. File tax extension electronically for free The capital loss is limited to the amount by which the partner's adjusted basis for the property exceeded the property's fair market value immediately before the contribution. File tax extension electronically for free Substituted basis property. File tax extension electronically for free If the disposition of any of the property listed in (1), (2), or (3) is a nonrecognition transaction, these rules apply when the recipient of the property disposes of any substituted basis property (other than certain corporate stock) resulting from the transaction. File tax extension electronically for free Contribution of Services A partner can acquire an interest in partnership capital or profits as compensation for services performed or to be performed. File tax extension electronically for free Capital interest. File tax extension electronically for free   A capital interest is an interest that would give the holder a share of the proceeds if the partnership's assets were sold at fair market value and the proceeds were distributed in a complete liquidation of the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free This determination generally is made at the time of receipt of the partnership interest. File tax extension electronically for free The fair market value of such an interest received by a partner as compensation for services must generally be included in the partner's gross income in the first tax year in which the partner can transfer the interest or the interest is not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. File tax extension electronically for free The capital interest transferred as compensation for services is subject to the rules for restricted property discussed in Publication 525 under Employee Compensation. File tax extension electronically for free   The fair market value of an interest in partnership capital transferred to a partner as payment for services to the partnership is a guaranteed payment, discussed earlier. File tax extension electronically for free Profits interest. File tax extension electronically for free   A profits interest is a partnership interest other than a capital interest. File tax extension electronically for free If a person receives a profits interest for providing services to, or for the benefit of, a partnership in a partner capacity or in anticipation of being a partner, the receipt of such an interest is not a taxable event for the partner or the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free However, this does not apply in the following situations. File tax extension electronically for free The profits interest relates to a substantially certain and predictable stream of income from partnership assets, such as income from high-quality debt securities or a high-quality net lease. File tax extension electronically for free Within 2 years of receipt, the partner disposes of the profits interest. File tax extension electronically for free The profits interest is a limited partnership interest in a publicly traded partnership. File tax extension electronically for free   A profits interest transferred as compensation for services is not subject to the rules for restricted property that apply to capital interests. File tax extension electronically for free Basis of Partner's Interest The basis of a partnership interest is the money plus the adjusted basis of any property the partner contributed. File tax extension electronically for free If the partner must recognize gain as a result of the contribution, this gain is included in the basis of his or her interest. File tax extension electronically for free Any increase in a partner's individual liabilities because of an assumption of partnership liabilities is considered a contribution of money to the partnership by the partner. File tax extension electronically for free Interest acquired by gift, etc. File tax extension electronically for free   If a partner acquires an interest in a partnership by gift, inheritance, or under any circumstance other than by a contribution of money or property to the partnership, the partner's basis must be determined using the basis rules described in Publication 551. File tax extension electronically for free Adjusted Basis There is a worksheet for adjusting the basis of a partner's interest in the partnership in the Partner's Instructions for Schedule K-1 (Form 1065). File tax extension electronically for free The basis of an interest in a partnership is increased or decreased by certain items. File tax extension electronically for free Increases. File tax extension electronically for free   A partner's basis is increased by the following items. File tax extension electronically for free The partner's additional contributions to the partnership, including an increased share of, or assumption of, partnership liabilities. File tax extension electronically for free The partner's distributive share of taxable and nontaxable partnership income. File tax extension electronically for free The partner's distributive share of the excess of the deductions for depletion over the basis of the depletable property, unless the property is oil or gas wells whose basis has been allocated to partners. File tax extension electronically for free Decreases. File tax extension electronically for free   The partner's basis is decreased (but never below zero) by the following items. File tax extension electronically for free The money (including a decreased share of partnership liabilities or an assumption of the partner's individual liabilities by the partnership) and adjusted basis of property distributed to the partner by the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free The partner's distributive share of the partnership losses (including capital losses). File tax extension electronically for free The partner's distributive share of nondeductible partnership expenses that are not capital expenditures. File tax extension electronically for free This includes the partner's share of any section 179 expenses, even if the partner cannot deduct the entire amount on his or her individual income tax return. File tax extension electronically for free The partner's deduction for depletion for any partnership oil and gas wells, up to the proportionate share of the adjusted basis of the wells allocated to the partner. File tax extension electronically for free Partner's liabilities assumed by partnership. File tax extension electronically for free   If contributed property is subject to a debt or if a partner's liabilities are assumed by the partnership, the basis of that partner's interest is reduced (but not below zero) by the liability assumed by the other partners. File tax extension electronically for free This partner must reduce his or her basis because the assumption of the liability is treated as a distribution of money to that partner. File tax extension electronically for free The other partners' assumption of the liability is treated as a contribution by them of money to the partnership. File tax extension electronically for free See Effect of Partnership Liabilities , later. File tax extension electronically for free Example 1. File tax extension electronically for free Ivan acquired a 20% interest in a partnership by contributing property that had an adjusted basis to him of $8,000 and a $4,000 mortgage. File tax extension electronically for free The partnership assumed payment of the mortgage. File tax extension electronically for free The basis of Ivan's interest is: Adjusted basis of contributed property $8,000 Minus: Part of mortgage assumed by other partners (80% × $4,000) 3,200 Basis of Ivan's partnership interest $4,800 Example 2. File tax extension electronically for free If, in Example 1, the contributed property had a $12,000 mortgage, the basis of Ivan's partnership interest would be zero. File tax extension electronically for free The $1,600 difference between the mortgage assumed by the other partners, $9,600 (80% × $12,000), and his basis of $8,000 would be treated as capital gain from the sale or exchange of a partnership interest. File tax extension electronically for free However, this gain would not increase the basis of his partnership interest. File tax extension electronically for free Book value of partner's interest. File tax extension electronically for free   The adjusted basis of a partner's interest is determined without considering any amount shown in the partnership books as a capital, equity, or similar account. File tax extension electronically for free Example. File tax extension electronically for free Enzo contributes to his partnership property that has an adjusted basis of $400 and a fair market value of $1,000. File tax extension electronically for free His partner contributes $1,000 cash. File tax extension electronically for free While each partner has increased his capital account by $1,000, which will be re