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CP264 is the notice for denial of Form 2553, Election by a Small Business Corporation.


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A. No, a newly prepared, complete, and timely Form 2553 can be filed at any time.

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Free file 2011 taxes Other Methods of Depreciation Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: How To Figure the DeductionBasis Useful Life Salvage Value Methods To UseStraight Line Method Declining Balance Method Income Forecast Method How To Change Methods DispositionsSale or exchange. Free file 2011 taxes Property not disposed of or abandoned. Free file 2011 taxes Special rule for normal retirements from item accounts. Free file 2011 taxes Abandoned property. Free file 2011 taxes Single item accounts. Free file 2011 taxes Multiple property account. Free file 2011 taxes Topics - This chapter discusses: How to figure the deduction Methods to use How to change methods Dispositions Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 551 Basis of Assets 583 Starting a Business and Keeping Records 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4562 Depreciation and Amortization Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business If your property is being depreciated under ACRS, you must continue to use rules for depreciation that applied when you placed the property in service. Free file 2011 taxes If your property qualified for MACRS, you must depreciate it under MACRS. Free file 2011 taxes See Publication 946. Free file 2011 taxes However, you cannot use MACRS for certain property because of special rules that exclude it from MACRS. Free file 2011 taxes Also, you can elect to exclude certain property from being depreciated under MACRS. Free file 2011 taxes Property that you cannot depreciate using MACRS includes: Intangible property, Property you can elect to exclude from MACRS that you properly depreciate under a method that is not based on a term of years, Certain public utility property, Any motion picture film or video tape, Any sound recording, and Certain real and personal property placed in service before 1987. Free file 2011 taxes Intangible property. Free file 2011 taxes   You cannot depreciate intangible property under ACRS or MACRS. Free file 2011 taxes You depreciate intangible property using any other reasonable method, usually, the straight line method. Free file 2011 taxes Note. Free file 2011 taxes The cost of certain intangible property that you acquire after August 10, 1993, must be amortized over a 15-year period. Free file 2011 taxes For more information, see chapter 12 of Publication 535. Free file 2011 taxes Public utility property. Free file 2011 taxes   The law excludes from MACRS any public utility property for which the taxpayer does not use a normalization method of accounting. Free file 2011 taxes This type of property is subject to depreciation under a special rule. Free file 2011 taxes Videocassettes. Free file 2011 taxes   If you are in the videocassette rental business, you can depreciate those videocassettes purchased for rental. Free file 2011 taxes You can depreciate the cost less salvage value of those videocassettes that have a useful life over one year using either: The straight line method, or The income forecast method. Free file 2011 taxes The straight line method, salvage value, and useful life are discussed later under Methods To Use. Free file 2011 taxes You can deduct in the year of purchase as a business expense the cost of any cassette that has a useful life of one year or less. Free file 2011 taxes How To Figure the Deduction Two other reasonable methods can be used to figure your deduction for property not covered under ACRS or MACRS. Free file 2011 taxes These methods are straight line and declining balance. Free file 2011 taxes To figure depreciation using these methods, you must generally determine three things about the property you intend to depreciate. Free file 2011 taxes They are: The basis, The useful life, and The estimated salvage value at the end of its useful life. Free file 2011 taxes The amount of the deduction in any year also depends on which method of depreciation you choose. Free file 2011 taxes Basis To deduct the proper amount of depreciation each year, first determine your basis in the property you intend to depreciate. Free file 2011 taxes The basis used for figuring depreciation is the same as the basis that would be used for figuring the gain on a sale. Free file 2011 taxes Your original basis is usually the purchase price. Free file 2011 taxes However, if you acquire property in some other way, such as inheriting it, getting it as a gift, or building it yourself, you have to figure your original basis in a different way. Free file 2011 taxes Adjusted basis. Free file 2011 taxes   Events will often change the basis of property. Free file 2011 taxes When this occurs, the changed basis is called the adjusted basis. Free file 2011 taxes Some events, such as improvements you make, increase basis. Free file 2011 taxes Events such as deducting casualty losses and depreciation decrease basis. Free file 2011 taxes If basis is adjusted, the depreciation deduction may also have to be changed, depending on the reason for the adjustment and the method of depreciation you are using. Free file 2011 taxes   Publication 551 explains how to figure basis for property acquired in different ways. Free file 2011 taxes It also discusses what items increase and decrease basis, how to figure adjusted basis, and how to allocate cost if you buy several pieces of property at one time. Free file 2011 taxes Useful Life The useful life of a piece of property is an estimate of how long you can expect to use it in your trade or business, or to produce income. Free file 2011 taxes It is the length of time over which you will make yearly depreciation deductions of your basis in the property. Free file 2011 taxes It is how long it will continue to be useful to you, not how long the property will last. Free file 2011 taxes Many things affect the useful life of property, such as: Frequency of use, Age when acquired, Your repair policy, and Environmental conditions. Free file 2011 taxes The useful life can also be affected by technological improvements, progress in the arts, reasonably foreseeable economic changes, shifting of business centers, prohibitory laws, and other causes. Free file 2011 taxes Consider all these factors before you arrive at a useful life for your property. Free file 2011 taxes The useful life of the same type of property varies from user to user. Free file 2011 taxes When you determine the useful life of your property, keep in mind your own experience with similar property. Free file 2011 taxes You can use the general experience of the industry you are in until you are able to determine a useful life of your property from your own experience. Free file 2011 taxes Change in useful life. Free file 2011 taxes   You base your estimate of useful life on certain facts. Free file 2011 taxes If these facts change significantly, you can adjust your estimate of the remaining useful life. Free file 2011 taxes However, you redetermine the estimated useful life only when the change is substantial and there is a clear reason for making the change. Free file 2011 taxes Salvage Value It is important for you to accurately determine the correct salvage value of the property you want to depreciate. Free file 2011 taxes You generally cannot depreciate property below a reasonable salvage value. Free file 2011 taxes Determining salvage value. Free file 2011 taxes   Salvage value is the estimated value of property at the end of its useful life. Free file 2011 taxes It is what you expect to get for the property if you sell it after you can no longer use it productively. Free file 2011 taxes You must estimate the salvage value of a piece of property when you first acquire it. Free file 2011 taxes   Salvage value is affected both by how you use the property and how long you use it. Free file 2011 taxes If it is your policy to dispose of property that is still in good operating condition, the salvage value can be relatively large. Free file 2011 taxes However, if your policy is to use property until it is no longer usable, its salvage value can be its junk value. Free file 2011 taxes Changing salvage value. Free file 2011 taxes   Once you determine the salvage value for property, you should not change it merely because prices have changed. Free file 2011 taxes However, if you redetermine the useful life of property, as discussed earlier under Change in useful life, you can also redetermine the salvage value. Free file 2011 taxes When you redetermine the salvage value, take into account the facts that exist at the time. Free file 2011 taxes Net salvage. Free file 2011 taxes   Net salvage is the salvage value of property minus what it costs to remove it when you dispose of it. Free file 2011 taxes You can choose either salvage value or net salvage when you figure depreciation. Free file 2011 taxes You must consistently use the one you choose and the treatment of the costs of removal must be consistent with the practice adopted. Free file 2011 taxes However, if the cost to remove the property is more than the estimated salvage value, then net salvage is zero. Free file 2011 taxes Your salvage value can never be less than zero. Free file 2011 taxes Ten percent rule. Free file 2011 taxes   If you acquire personal property that has a useful life of 3 years or more, you can use an amount for salvage value that is less than your actual estimate. Free file 2011 taxes You can subtract from your estimate of salvage value an amount equal to 10% of your basis in the property. Free file 2011 taxes If salvage value is less than 10% of basis, you can ignore salvage value when you figure depreciation. Free file 2011 taxes Methods To Use Two methods of depreciation are the straight line and declining balance methods. Free file 2011 taxes If ACRS or MACRS does not apply, you can use one of these methods. Free file 2011 taxes The straight line and declining balance methods discussed in this section are not figured in the same way as straight line or declining balance methods under MACRS. Free file 2011 taxes Straight Line Method Before 1981, you could use any reasonable method for every kind of depreciable property. Free file 2011 taxes One of these methods was the straight line method. Free file 2011 taxes This method was also used for intangible property. Free file 2011 taxes It lets you deduct the same amount of depreciation each year. Free file 2011 taxes To figure your deduction, determine the adjusted basis of your property, its salvage value, and its estimated useful life. Free file 2011 taxes Subtract the salvage value, if any, from the adjusted basis. Free file 2011 taxes The balance is the total amount of depreciation you can take over the useful life of the property. Free file 2011 taxes Divide the balance by the number of years remaining in the useful life. Free file 2011 taxes This gives you the amount of your yearly depreciation deduction. Free file 2011 taxes Unless there is a big change in adjusted basis, or useful life, this amount will stay the same throughout the time you depreciate the property. Free file 2011 taxes If, in the first year, you use the property for less than a full year, you must prorate your depreciation deduction for the number of months in use. Free file 2011 taxes Example. Free file 2011 taxes In April 1994, Frank bought a franchise for $5,600. Free file 2011 taxes It expires in 10 years. Free file 2011 taxes This property is intangible property that cannot be depreciated under MACRS. Free file 2011 taxes Frank depreciates the franchise under the straight line method, using a 10-year useful life and no salvage value. 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Free file 2011 taxes (For example, if property has a useful life of 5 years, its normal straight line rate of depreciation is ⅕, or 20%. Free file 2011 taxes ) Multiply this straight line rate by a number that is more than 1 but not more than 2 to determine the declining balance rate. Free file 2011 taxes Unless there is a change in the useful life during the time you depreciate the property, the rate of depreciation generally will not change. Free file 2011 taxes Depreciation deductions. Free file 2011 taxes   After you determine the rate of depreciation, multiply the adjusted basis of the property by it. Free file 2011 taxes This gives you the amount of your deduction. Free file 2011 taxes For example, if your adjusted basis at the beginning of the first year is $10,000, and your declining balance rate is 20%, your depreciation deduction for the first year is $2,000 ($10,000 ÷ 20%). Free file 2011 taxes To figure your depreciation deduction in the second year, you must first adjust the basis for the amount of depreciation you deducted in the first year. Free file 2011 taxes Subtract the previous year's depreciation from your basis ($10,000 - $2,000 = $8,000). Free file 2011 taxes Multiply this amount by the rate of depreciation ($8,000 ÷ 20% = $1,600). Free file 2011 taxes Your depreciation deduction for the second year is $1,600. Free file 2011 taxes   As you can see from this example, your adjusted basis in the property gets smaller each year. Free file 2011 taxes Also, under this method, deductions are larger in the earlier years and smaller in the later years. Free file 2011 taxes You can make a change to the straight line method without consent. Free file 2011 taxes Salvage value. Free file 2011 taxes   Do not subtract salvage value when you figure your yearly depreciation deductions under the declining balance method. Free file 2011 taxes However, you cannot depreciate the property below its reasonable salvage value. Free file 2011 taxes Determine salvage value using the rules discussed earlier, including the special 10% rule. Free file 2011 taxes Example. Free file 2011 taxes If your adjusted basis has been decreased to $1,000 and the rate of depreciation is 20%, your depreciation deduction should be $200. Free file 2011 taxes But if your estimate of salvage value was $900, you can only deduct $100. Free file 2011 taxes This is because $100 is the amount that would lower your adjusted basis to equal salvage value. Free file 2011 taxes Income Forecast Method The income forecast method requires income projections for each videocassette or group of videocassettes. Free file 2011 taxes You can group the videocassettes by title for making this projection. Free file 2011 taxes You determine the depreciation by applying a fraction to the cost less salvage value of the cassette. Free file 2011 taxes The numerator is the income from the videocassette for the tax year and the denominator is the total projected income for the cassette. Free file 2011 taxes For more information on the income forecast method, see Revenue Ruling 60-358 in Cumulative Bulletin 1960, Volume 2, on page 68. Free file 2011 taxes How To Change Methods In some cases, you may change your method of depreciation for property depreciated under a reasonable method. Free file 2011 taxes If you change your method of depreciation, it is generally a change in your method of accounting. Free file 2011 taxes You must get IRS consent before making the change. Free file 2011 taxes However, you do not need permission for certain changes in your method of depreciation. Free file 2011 taxes The rules discussed in this section do not apply to property depreciated under ACRS or MACRS. Free file 2011 taxes For information on ACRS elections,see Revocation of election, in chapter 1 under Alternate ACRS Method. Free file 2011 taxes Change to the straight line method. Free file 2011 taxes   You can change from the declining balance method to the straight line method at any time during the useful life of your property without IRS consent. Free file 2011 taxes However, if you have a written agreement with the IRS that prohibits a change, you must first get IRS permission. Free file 2011 taxes When the change is made, figure depreciation based on your adjusted basis in the property at that time. Free file 2011 taxes Your adjusted basis takes into account all previous depreciation deductions. Free file 2011 taxes Use the estimated remaining useful life of your property at the time of change and its estimated salvage value. Free file 2011 taxes   You can change from the declining balance method to straight line only on the original tax return for the year you first use the straight line method. Free file 2011 taxes You cannot make the change on an amended return filed after the due date of the original return (including extensions). Free file 2011 taxes   When you make the change, attach a statement to your tax return showing: When you acquired the property, Its original cost or other original basis, The total amount claimed for depreciation and other allowances since you acquired it, Its salvage value and remaining useful life, and A description of the property and its use. Free file 2011 taxes   After you change to straight line, you cannot change back to the declining balance method or to any other method for a period of 10 years without written permission from the IRS. Free file 2011 taxes Changes that require permission. Free file 2011 taxes   For most other changes in method of depreciation, you must get permission from the IRS. Free file 2011 taxes To request a change in method of depreciation, file Form 3115. Free file 2011 taxes File the application within the first 180 days of the tax year the change is to become effective. Free file 2011 taxes In most cases, there is a user fee that must accompany Form 3115. Free file 2011 taxes See the instructions for Form 3115 to determine if a fee is required. Free file 2011 taxes Changes granted automatically. Free file 2011 taxes   The IRS automatically approves certain changes of a method of depreciation. Free file 2011 taxes But, you must file Form 3115 for these automatic changes. Free file 2011 taxes   However, IRS can deny permission if Form 3115 is not filed on time. Free file 2011 taxes For more information on automatic changes, see Revenue Procedure 74-11, 1974-1 C. Free file 2011 taxes B. Free file 2011 taxes 420. Free file 2011 taxes Changes for which approval is not automatic. Free file 2011 taxes   The automatic change procedures do not apply to: Property or an account where you made a change in depreciation within the last 10 tax years (unless the change was made under the Class Life System), Class Life Asset Depreciation Range System, and Public utility property. Free file 2011 taxes   You must request and receive permission for these changes. Free file 2011 taxes To make the request, file Form 3115 during the first 180 days of the tax year for which you want the change to be effective. Free file 2011 taxes Change from an improper method. Free file 2011 taxes   If the IRS disallows the method you are using, you do not need permission to change to a proper method. Free file 2011 taxes You can adopt the straight line method, or any other method that would have been permitted if you had used it from the beginning. Free file 2011 taxes If you file your tax return using an improper method, but later file an amended return, you can use a proper method on the amended return without getting IRS permission. Free file 2011 taxes However, you must file the amended return before the filing date for the next tax year. Free file 2011 taxes Dispositions Retirement is the permanent withdrawal of depreciable property from use in your trade or business or for the production of income. Free file 2011 taxes You can do this by selling, exchanging, or abandoning the item of property. Free file 2011 taxes You can also withdraw it from use without disposing of it. Free file 2011 taxes For example, you could place it in a supplies or scrap account. Free file 2011 taxes Retirements can be either normal or abnormal depending on all facts and circumstances. Free file 2011 taxes The rules discussed next do not apply to MACRS and ACRS property. Free file 2011 taxes Normal retirement. Free file 2011 taxes   A normal retirement is a permanent withdrawal of depreciable property from use if the following apply: The retirement is made within the useful life you estimated originally, and The property has reached a condition at which you customarily retire or would retire similar property from use. Free file 2011 taxes A retirement is generally considered normal unless you can show that you retired the property because of a reason you did not consider when you originally estimated the useful life of the property. Free file 2011 taxes Abnormal retirement. Free file 2011 taxes   A retirement can be abnormal if you withdraw the property early or under other circumstances. Free file 2011 taxes For example, if the property is damaged by a fire or suddenly becomes obsolete and is now useless. Free file 2011 taxes Gain or loss on retirement. Free file 2011 taxes   There are special rules for figuring the gain or loss on retirement of property. Free file 2011 taxes The gain or loss will depend on several factors. Free file 2011 taxes These include the type of withdrawal, if the withdrawal was from a single property or multiple property account, and if the retirement was normal or abnormal. Free file 2011 taxes A single property account contains only one item of property. Free file 2011 taxes A multiple property account is one in which several items have been combined with a single rate of depreciation assigned to the entire account. Free file 2011 taxes Sale or exchange. Free file 2011 taxes   If property is retired by sale or exchange, you figure gain or loss by the usual rules that apply to sales or other dispositions of property. Free file 2011 taxes See Publication 544. Free file 2011 taxes Property not disposed of or abandoned. Free file 2011 taxes   If property is retired permanently, but not disposed of or physically abandoned, you do not recognize gain. Free file 2011 taxes You are allowed a loss in such a case, but only if the retirement is: An abnormal retirement, A normal retirement from a single property account in which you determined the life of each item of property separately, or A normal retirement from a multiple property account in which the depreciation rate is based on the maximum expected life of the longest lived item of property and the loss occurs before the expiration of the full useful life. Free file 2011 taxes However, you are not allowed a loss if the depreciation rate is based on the average useful life of the items of property in the account. Free file 2011 taxes   To figure your loss, subtract the estimated salvage or fair market value of the property at the date of retirement, whichever is more, from its adjusted basis. Free file 2011 taxes Special rule for normal retirements from item accounts. Free file 2011 taxes   You can generally deduct losses upon retirement of a few depreciable items of property with similar useful lives, if: You account for each one in a separate account, and You use the average useful life to figure depreciation. Free file 2011 taxes However, you cannot deduct losses if you use the average useful life to figure depreciation and they have a wide range of useful lives. Free file 2011 taxes   If you have a large number of depreciable property items and use average useful lives to figure depreciation, you cannot deduct the losses upon normal retirements from these accounts. Free file 2011 taxes Abandoned property. Free file 2011 taxes   If you physically abandon property, you can deduct as a loss the adjusted basis of the property at the time of its abandonment. Free file 2011 taxes However, your intent must be to discard the property so that you will not use it again or retrieve it for sale, exchange, or other disposition. Free file 2011 taxes Basis of property retired. Free file 2011 taxes   The basis for figuring gain or loss on the retirement of property is its adjusted basis at the time of retirement, as determined in the following discussions. Free file 2011 taxes Single item accounts. Free file 2011 taxes   If an item of property is accounted for in a single item account, the adjusted basis is the basis you would use to figure gain or loss for a sale or exchange of the property. Free file 2011 taxes This is generally the cost or other basis of the item of property less depreciation. Free file 2011 taxes See Publication 551. Free file 2011 taxes Multiple property account. Free file 2011 taxes   For a normal retirement from a multiple property account, if you figured depreciation using the average expected useful life, the adjusted basis is the salvage value estimated for the item of property when it was originally acquired. Free file 2011 taxes If you figured depreciation using the maximum expected useful life of the longest lived item of property in the account, you must use the depreciation method used for the multiple property account and a rate based on the maximum expected useful life of the item of property retired. Free file 2011 taxes   You make the adjustment for depreciation for an abnormal retirement from a multiple property account at the rate that would be proper if the item of property was depreciated in a single property account. Free file 2011 taxes The method of depreciation used for the multiple property account is used. Free file 2011 taxes You base the rate on either the average expected useful life or the maximum expected useful life of the retired item of property, depending on the method used to determine the depreciation rate for the multiple property account. Free file 2011 taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications