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Free 2011 tax forms 8. Free 2011 tax forms   Gains and Losses Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Sales and ExchangesDetermining Gain or Loss Like-Kind Exchanges Transfer to Spouse Ordinary or Capital Gain or LossCapital Assets Noncapital Assets Hedging (Commodity Futures) Livestock Converted Wetland and Highly Erodible Cropland Timber Sale of a Farm Foreclosure or Repossession Abandonment Introduction This chapter explains how to figure, and report on your tax return, your gain or loss on the disposition of your property or debt and whether such gain or loss is ordinary or capital. Free 2011 tax forms Ordinary gain is taxed at the same rates as wages and interest income while capital gain is generally taxed at lower rates. Free 2011 tax forms Dispositions discussed in this chapter include sales, exchanges, foreclosures, repossessions, canceled debts, hedging transactions, and elections to treat cutting of timber as a sale or exchange. Free 2011 tax forms Topics - This chapter discusses: Sales and exchanges Ordinary or capital gain or loss Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 334 Tax Guide for Small Business 523 Selling Your Home 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 550 Investment Income and Expenses 908 Bankruptcy Tax Guide Form (and Instructions) 982 Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness (and Section 1082 Basis Adjustment) Sch D (Form 1040) Capital Gains and Losses Sch F (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Farming 1099-A Acquisition or Abandonment of Secured Property 1099-C Cancellation of Debt 4797 Sales of Business Property 8949 Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets See chapter 16 for information about getting publications and forms. 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Free 2011 tax forms   See Form T (Timber) and its separate instructions for more information about dispositions of timber. Free 2011 tax forms Sale of a Farm The sale of your farm will usually involve the sale of both nonbusiness property (your home) and business property (the land and buildings used in the farm operation and perhaps machinery and livestock). Free 2011 tax forms If you have a gain from the sale, you may be allowed to exclude the gain on your home. Free 2011 tax forms For more information, see Publication 523, Selling Your Home. Free 2011 tax forms The gain on the sale of your business property is taxable. Free 2011 tax forms A loss on the sale of your business property to an unrelated person is deducted as an ordinary loss. Free 2011 tax forms Your taxable gain or loss on the sale of property used in your farm business is taxed under the rules for section 1231 transactions. Free 2011 tax forms See chapter 9. 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Free 2011 tax forms If you completed Part 1, enter the smaller of line 1 or line 2. Free 2011 tax forms If you did not complete Part 1, enter the outstanding debt immediately before the transfer of property   5. Free 2011 tax forms Enter any proceeds you received from the foreclosure sale   6. Free 2011 tax forms Add lines 4 and 5   7. Free 2011 tax forms Enter the adjusted basis of the transferred property   8. Free 2011 tax forms Gain or loss from foreclosure or repossession. Free 2011 tax forms Subtract line 7  from line 6   * The income may not be taxable. Free 2011 tax forms See Cancellation of debt . Free 2011 tax forms    You can use Worksheet 8-1 to figure your gain or loss from a foreclosure or repossession. Free 2011 tax forms Amount realized on a nonrecourse debt. 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Free 2011 tax forms   If you are personally liable for the debt (recourse debt), the amount realized on the foreclosure or repossession includes the lesser of: The outstanding debt immediately before the transfer reduced by any amount for which you remain personally liable immediately after the transfer, or The fair market value of the transferred property. Free 2011 tax forms   You are treated as receiving ordinary income from the canceled debt for the part of the debt that is more than the fair market value. Free 2011 tax forms The amount realized does not include the canceled debt that is your income from cancellation of debt. Free 2011 tax forms See Cancellation of debt , later. Free 2011 tax forms Example 3. Free 2011 tax forms Assume the same facts as in Example 1 above except Ann is personally liable for the loan (recourse debt). Free 2011 tax forms In this case, the amount she realizes is $170,000. Free 2011 tax forms This is the canceled debt ($180,000) up to the FMV of the land ($170,000). Free 2011 tax forms Ann figures her gain or loss on the foreclosure by comparing the amount realized ($170,000) with her adjusted basis ($200,000). Free 2011 tax forms She has a $30,000 deductible loss, which she figures on Form 4797, Part I. Free 2011 tax forms She is also treated as receiving ordinary income from cancellation of debt. Free 2011 tax forms That income is $10,000 ($180,000 − $170,000). Free 2011 tax forms This is the part of the canceled debt not included in the amount realized. Free 2011 tax forms She reports this as other income on Schedule F, line 8. Free 2011 tax forms Seller's (lender's) gain or loss on repossession. Free 2011 tax forms   If you finance a buyer's purchase of property and later acquire an interest in it through foreclosure or repossession, you may have a gain or loss on the acquisition. Free 2011 tax forms For more information, see Repossession in Publication 537, Installment Sales. Free 2011 tax forms Cancellation of debt. Free 2011 tax forms   If property that is repossessed or foreclosed upon secures a debt for which you are personally liable (recourse debt), you generally must report as ordinary income the amount by which the canceled debt is more than the FMV of the property. Free 2011 tax forms This income is separate from any gain or loss realized from the foreclosure or repossession. Free 2011 tax forms Report the income from cancellation of a business debt on Schedule F, line 8. Free 2011 tax forms Report the income from cancellation of a nonbusiness debt as miscellaneous income on Form 1040. Free 2011 tax forms    You can use Worksheet 8-1 to figure your income from cancellation of debt. Free 2011 tax forms   However, income from cancellation of debt is not taxed if any of the following apply. Free 2011 tax forms The cancellation is intended as a gift. Free 2011 tax forms The debt is qualified farm debt (see chapter 3). Free 2011 tax forms The debt is qualified real property business debt (see chapter 5 of Publication 334). Free 2011 tax forms You are insolvent or bankrupt (see  chapter 3). Free 2011 tax forms The debt is qualified principal residence indebtedness (see chapter 3). Free 2011 tax forms   Use Form 982 to report the income exclusion. Free 2011 tax forms Abandonment The abandonment of property is a disposition of property. Free 2011 tax forms You abandon property when you voluntarily and permanently give up possession and use of the property with the intention of ending your ownership, but without passing it on to anyone else. Free 2011 tax forms Business or investment property. Free 2011 tax forms   Loss from abandonment of business or investment property is deductible as a loss. Free 2011 tax forms Loss from abandonment of business or investment property that is not treated as a sale or exchange generally is an ordinary loss. Free 2011 tax forms If your adjusted basis is more than the amount you realize (if any), then you have a loss. Free 2011 tax forms If the amount you realize (if any) is more than your adjusted basis, then you have a gain. Free 2011 tax forms This rule also applies to leasehold improvements the lessor made for the lessee. Free 2011 tax forms However, if the property is foreclosed on or repossessed in lieu of abandonment, gain or loss is figured as discussed earlier under Foreclosure or Repossession . Free 2011 tax forms   If the abandoned property is secured by debt, special rules apply. Free 2011 tax forms The tax consequences of abandonment of property that secures a debt depend on whether you are personally liable for the debt (recourse debt) or were not personally liable for the debt (nonrecourse debt). Free 2011 tax forms For more information, see chapter 3 of Publication 4681, Canceled Debts, Foreclosures, Repossessions, and Abandonments (for Individuals). Free 2011 tax forms The abandonment loss is deducted in the tax year in which the loss is sustained. Free 2011 tax forms Report the loss on Form 4797, Part II, line 10. Free 2011 tax forms Personal-use property. Free 2011 tax forms   You cannot deduct any loss from abandonment of your home or other property held for personal use. Free 2011 tax forms Canceled debt. Free 2011 tax forms   If the abandoned property secures a debt for which you are personally liable and the debt is canceled, you will realize ordinary income equal to the canceled debt. Free 2011 tax forms This income is separate from any loss realized from abandonment of the property. Free 2011 tax forms Report income from cancellation of a debt related to a business or rental activity as business or rental income. Free 2011 tax forms Report income from cancellation of a nonbusiness debt as miscellaneous income on Form 1040. Free 2011 tax forms   However, income from cancellation of debt is not taxed in certain circumstances. Free 2011 tax forms See Cancellation of debt earlier under Foreclosure or Repossession . Free 2011 tax forms Forms 1099-A and 1099-C. Free 2011 tax forms   A lender who acquires an interest in your property in a foreclosure, repossession, or abandonment should send you Form 1099-A showing the information you need to figure your loss from the foreclosure, repossession, or abandonment. Free 2011 tax forms However, if the lender cancels part of your debt and the lender must file Form 1099-C, the lender may include the information about the foreclosure, repossession, or abandonment on that form instead of Form 1099-A. 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