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Free online state tax filing   An exempt art museum operates a dining room, a cafeteria, and a snack bar for use by the museum staff, employees, and visitors. Free online state tax filing Eating facilities in the museum help to attract visitors and allow them to spend more time viewing the museum's exhibits without having to seek outside restaurants at mealtime. Free online state tax filing The eating facilities also allow the museum staff and employees to remain in the museum throughout the day. Free online state tax filing Thus, the museum's operation of the eating facilities contributes importantly to the accomplishment of its exempt purposes and is not unrelated trade or business. Free online state tax filing Halfway house workshop. Free online state tax filing   A halfway house organized to provide room, board, therapy, and counseling for persons discharged from alcoholic treatment centers also operates a furniture shop to provide full-time employment for its residents. 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Free online state tax filing Members of the general public also are admitted. Free online state tax filing The university advertises these performances and supervises advance ticket sales at various places, including such university facilities as the cafeteria and the university bookstore. Free online state tax filing Although the presentation of the performances makes use of an intangible generated by the university's exempt educational functions—the presence of the student body and faculty—such drama and music events contribute importantly to the overall educational and cultural functions of the university. Free online state tax filing Therefore, the activity is not an unrelated trade or business. Free online state tax filing Excluded Trade or Business Activities The following activities are specifically excluded from the definition of unrelated trade or business. Free online state tax filing Volunteer workforce. 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Free online state tax filing   A trade or business conducted by a 501(c)(3) organization or by a governmental college or university primarily for the convenience of its members, students, patients, officers, or employees is not an unrelated trade or business. Free online state tax filing For example, a laundry operated by a college for the purpose of laundering dormitory linens and students' clothing is not an unrelated trade or business. Free online state tax filing Qualified sponsorship activities. Free online state tax filing   Soliciting and receiving qualified sponsorship payments is not an unrelated trade or business, and the payments are not subject to unrelated business income tax. Free online state tax filing Qualified sponsorship payment. Free online state tax filing   This is any payment made by a person engaged in a trade or business for which the person will receive no substantial benefit other than the use or acknowledgment of the business name, logo, or product lines in connection with the organization's activities. Free online state tax filing “Use or acknowledgment” does not include advertising the sponsor's products or services. Free online state tax filing The organization's activities include all its activities, whether or not related to its exempt purposes. Free online state tax filing   For example, if, in return for receiving a sponsorship payment, an organization promises to use the sponsor's name or logo in acknowledging the sponsor's support for an educational or fundraising event, the payment is a qualified sponsorship payment and is not subject to the unrelated business income tax. Free online state tax filing   Providing facilities, services, or other privileges (for example, complimentary tickets, pro-am playing spots in golf tournaments, or receptions for major donors) to a sponsor or the sponsor's designees in connection with a sponsorship payment does not affect whether the payment is a qualified sponsorship payment. Free online state tax filing Instead, providing these goods or services is treated as a separate transaction in determining whether the organization has unrelated business income from the event. Free online state tax filing Generally, if the services or facilities are not a substantial benefit or if providing them is a related business activity, the payments will not be subject to the unrelated business income tax. Free online state tax filing   Similarly, the sponsor's receipt of a license to use an intangible asset (for example, a trademark, logo, or designation) of the organization is treated as separate from the qualified sponsorship transaction in determining whether the organization has unrelated business taxable income. Free online state tax filing   If part of a payment would be a qualified sponsorship payment if paid separately, that part is treated as a separate payment. Free online state tax filing For example, if a sponsorship payment entitles the sponsor to both product advertising and the use or acknowledgment of the sponsor's name or logo by the organization, then the unrelated business income tax does not apply to the part of the payment that is more than the fair market value of the product advertising. Free online state tax filing Advertising. Free online state tax filing   A payment is not a qualified sponsorship payment if, in return, the organization advertises the sponsor's products or services. Free online state tax filing For information on the treatment of payments for advertising, see Exploitation of Exempt Activity—Advertising Sales in chapter 4. Free online state tax filing   Advertising includes: Messages containing qualitative or comparative language, price information, or other indications of savings or value; Endorsements; and Inducements to purchase, sell, or use the products or services. Free online state tax filing   The use of promotional logos or slogans that are an established part of the sponsor's identity is not, by itself, advertising. Free online state tax filing In addition, mere distribution or display of a sponsor's product by the organization to the public at a sponsored event, whether for free or for remuneration, is considered use or acknowledgment of the product rather than advertising. Free online state tax filing Exception for contingent payments. Free online state tax filing   A payment is not a qualified sponsorship payment if its amount is contingent, by contract or otherwise, upon the level of attendance at one or more events, broadcast ratings, or other factors indicating the degree of public exposure to one or more events. Free online state tax filing However, the fact that a sponsorship payment is contingent upon an event actually taking place or being broadcast does not, by itself, affect whether a payment qualifies. Free online state tax filing Exception for periodicals. Free online state tax filing   A payment is not a qualified sponsorship payment if it entitles the payer to the use or acknowledgment of the business name, logo, or product lines in the organization's periodical. Free online state tax filing For this purpose, a periodical is any regularly scheduled and printed material (for example, a monthly journal) published by or on behalf of the organization. Free online state tax filing It does not include material that is related to and primarily distributed in connection with a specific event conducted by the organization (for example, a program or brochure distributed at a sponsored event). Free online state tax filing   The treatment of payments that entitle the payer to the depiction of the payer's name, logo, or products lines in an organization's periodical is determined under the rules that apply to advertising activities. Free online state tax filing See Sales of advertising space under Examples, earlier in this chapter. Free online state tax filing Also see Exploitation of Exempt Activity—Advertising Sales in chapter 4. Free online state tax filing Exception for conventions and trade shows. Free online state tax filing   A payment is not a qualified sponsorship payment if it is made in connection with any qualified convention or trade show activity. Free online state tax filing The exclusion of qualified convention or trade show activities from the definition of unrelated trade or business is explained later under Convention or trade show activity. Free online state tax filing Selling donated merchandise. Free online state tax filing   A trade or business that consists of selling merchandise, substantially all of which the organization received as gifts or contributions, is not an unrelated trade or business. Free online state tax filing For example, a thrift shop operated by a tax-exempt organization that sells donated clothes and books to the general public, with the proceeds going to the exempt organization, is not an unrelated trade or business. Free online state tax filing Employee association sales. Free online state tax filing   The sale of certain items by a local association of employees described in section 501(c)(4), organized before May 17, 1969, is not an unrelated trade or business if the items are sold for the convenience of the association's members at their usual place of employment. Free online state tax filing This exclusion applies only to the sale of work-related clothes and equipment and items normally sold through vending machines, food dispensing facilities, or by snack bars. Free online state tax filing Bingo games. Free online state tax filing   Certain bingo games are not included in the term “unrelated trade or business. Free online state tax filing ” To qualify for this exclusion, the bingo game must meet the following requirements. Free online state tax filing It meets the legal definition of bingo. Free online state tax filing It is legal where it is played. Free online state tax filing It is played in a jurisdiction where bingo games are not regularly conducted by for-profit organizations. Free online state tax filing Legal definition. Free online state tax filing   For a game to meet the legal definition of bingo, wagers must be placed, winners must be determined, and prizes or other property must be distributed in the presence of all persons placing wagers in that game. Free online state tax filing   A wagering game that does not meet the legal definition of bingo does not qualify for the exclusion, regardless of its name. Free online state tax filing For example, “instant bingo,” in which a player buys a pre-packaged bingo card with pull-tabs that the player removes to determine if he or she is a winner, does not qualify. Free online state tax filing Legal where played. Free online state tax filing   This exclusion applies only if bingo is legal under the laws of the jurisdiction where it is conducted. Free online state tax filing The fact that a jurisdiction's law that prohibits bingo is rarely enforced or is widely disregarded does not make the conduct of bingo legal for this purpose. Free online state tax filing No for-profit games where played. Free online state tax filing   This exclusion applies only if for-profit organizations cannot regularly conduct bingo games in any part of the same jurisdiction. Free online state tax filing Jurisdiction is normally the entire state; however, in certain situations, local jurisdiction will control. Free online state tax filing Example. Free online state tax filing Tax-exempt organizations X and Y are organized under the laws of state N, which has a law that permits exempt organizations to conduct bingo games. Free online state tax filing In addition, for-profit organizations are permitted to conduct bingo games in city S, a resort community located in county R. Free online state tax filing Several for-profit organizations conduct nightly games. Free online state tax filing Y conducts weekly bingo games in city S, while X conducts weekly games in county R. Free online state tax filing Since state law confines the for-profit organizations to city S, local jurisdiction controls. Free online state tax filing Y's bingo games conducted in city S are an unrelated trade or business. Free online state tax filing However, X's bingo games conducted in county R outside of city S are not an unrelated trade or business. Free online state tax filing Gambling activities other than bingo. Free online state tax filing   Any game of chance conducted by an exempt organization in North Dakota is not an unrelated trade or business if conducting the game does not violate any state or local law. Free online state tax filing Pole rentals. Free online state tax filing   The term unrelated trade or business does not include qualified pole rentals by a mutual or cooperative telephone or electric company described in section 501(c)(12). Free online state tax filing A qualified pole rental is the rental of a pole (or other structure used to support wires) if the pole (or other structure) is used: By the telephone or electric company to support one or more wires that the company uses in providing telephone or electric services to its members, and According to the rental, to support one or more wires (in addition to the wires described in 1 ) for use in connection with the transmission by wire of electricity or of telephone or other communications. Free online state tax filing For this purpose, the term rental includes any sale of the right to use the pole (or other structure). Free online state tax filing Distribution of low cost articles. Free online state tax filing   The term unrelated trade or business does not include activities relating to the distribution of low cost articles incidental to soliciting charitable contributions. Free online state tax filing This applies to organizations described in section 501 that are eligible to receive charitable contributions. Free online state tax filing   A distribution is considered incidental to the solicitation of a charitable contribution if: The recipient did not request the distribution, The distribution is made without the express consent of the recipient, and The article is accompanied by a request for a charitable contribution to the organization and a statement that the recipient may keep the low cost article regardless of whether a contribution is made. Free online state tax filing   An article is considered low cost if the cost of an item (or the aggregate costs if more than one item) distributed to a single recipient in a tax year is not more than $5, indexed annually for inflation. Free online state tax filing The maximum cost of a low cost article is $9. Free online state tax filing 70 for 2011. Free online state tax filing The cost of an article is the cost to the organization that distributes the item or on whose behalf it is distributed. Free online state tax filing Exchange or rental of member lists. Free online state tax filing   The exchange or rental of member or donor lists between organizations described in section 501 that are eligible to receive charitable contributions is not included in the term unrelated trade or business. Free online state tax filing Hospital services. Free online state tax filing   The providing of certain services at or below cost by an exempt hospital to other exempt hospitals that have facilities for 100 or fewer inpatients is not an unrelated trade or business. Free online state tax filing This exclusion applies only to services described in section 501(e)(1)(A). Free online state tax filing Public entertainment activity. Free online state tax filing   An unrelated trade or business does not include a qualified public entertainment activity. Free online state tax filing A public entertainment activity is one traditionally conducted at a fair or exposition promoting agriculture and education, including any activity whose purpose is designed to attract the public to fairs or expositions or to promote the breeding of animals or the development of products or equipment. Free online state tax filing   A qualified public entertainment activity is one conducted by a qualifying organization: In conjunction with an international, national, state, regional, or local fair or exposition; In accordance with state law that permits the activity to be operated or conducted solely by such an organization or by an agency, instrumentality, or political subdivision of the state; or In accordance with state law that permits an organization to be granted a license to conduct an activity for not more than 20 days on paying the state a lower percentage of the revenue from the activity than the state charges nonqualifying organizations that hold similar activities. Free online state tax filing   For these purposes, a qualifying organization is an organization described in section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or 501(c)(5) that regularly conducts an agricultural and educational fair or exposition as one of its substantial exempt purposes. Free online state tax filing Its conducting qualified public entertainment activities will not affect determination of its exempt status. Free online state tax filing Convention or trade show activity. Free online state tax filing   An unrelated trade or business does not include qualified convention or trade show activities conducted at a convention, annual meeting, or trade show. Free online state tax filing   A qualified convention or trade show activity is any activity of a kind traditionally conducted by a qualifying organization in conjunction with an international, national, state, regional, or local convention, annual meeting, or show if: One of the purposes of the organization in sponsoring the activity is promoting and stimulating interest in, and demand for, the products and services of that industry or educating the persons in attendance regarding new products and services or new rules and regulations affecting the industry; and The show is designed to achieve its purpose through the character of the exhibits and the extent of the industry products that are displayed. Free online state tax filing   For these purposes, a qualifying organization is one described in section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), or 501(c)(6). Free online state tax filing The organization must regularly conduct, as one of its substantial exempt purposes, a qualified convention or trade show activity. Free online state tax filing   The rental of display space to exhibitors (including exhibitors who are suppliers) at a qualified convention or trade show is not an unrelated trade or business even if the exhibitors who rent the space are permitted to sell or solicit orders. Free online state tax filing For this purpose, a supplier's exhibit is one in which the exhibitor displays goods or services that are supplied to, rather than by, members of the qualifying organization in the conduct of these members' own trades or businesses. Free online state tax filing    Certain Internet activities conducted by a trade association described in section 501(c)(6) will be considered qualified convention and trade show activity if conducted on a special supplementary section of the association's website in conjunction with a trade show conducted by the association. Free online state tax filing The trade show itself must be a qualified convention and trade show activity. Free online state tax filing The supplementary section of the website must be ancillary to, and serve to augment and enhance, the trade show, as when it makes available the same information available at the trade show and is available only during a time period that coincides with the time period that the trade show is in operation. 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Free online state tax filing 28. Free online state tax filing   Miscellaneous Deductions Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Deductions Subject to the 2% LimitUnreimbursed Employee Expenses (Line 21) Tax Preparation Fees (Line 22) Other Expenses (Line 23) Deductions Not Subject to the 2% LimitList of Deductions Nondeductible ExpensesList of Nondeductible Expenses What's New Standard mileage rate. Free online state tax filing  The 2013 rate for business use of a vehicle is 56½ cents per mile. Free online state tax filing Introduction This chapter explains which expenses you can claim as miscellaneous itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Free online state tax filing You must reduce the total of most miscellaneous itemized deductions by 2% of your adjusted gross income. Free online state tax filing This chapter covers the following topics. Free online state tax filing Deductions subject to the 2% limit. 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Free online state tax filing Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 529 Miscellaneous Deductions 535 Business Expenses 587 Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers) 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit You can deduct certain expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Free online state tax filing You can claim the amount of expenses that is more than 2% of your adjusted gross income. Free online state tax filing You figure your deduction on Schedule A by subtracting 2% of your adjusted gross income from the total amount of these expenses. Free online state tax filing Your adjusted gross income is the amount on Form 1040, line 38. 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Free online state tax filing An expense is ordinary if it is common and accepted in your trade, business, or profession. Free online state tax filing An expense is necessary if it is appropriate and helpful to your business. Free online state tax filing An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. Free online state tax filing Examples of unreimbursed employee expenses are listed next. Free online state tax filing The list is followed by discussions of additional unreimbursed employee expenses. Free online state tax filing Business bad debt of an employee. Free online state tax filing Education that is work related. Free online state tax filing (See chapter 27. Free online state tax filing ) Legal fees related to your job. Free online state tax filing Licenses and regulatory fees. Free online state tax filing Malpractice insurance premiums. Free online state tax filing Medical examinations required by an employer. Free online state tax filing Occupational taxes. Free online state tax filing Passport for a business trip. Free online state tax filing Subscriptions to professional journals and trade magazines related to your work. Free online state tax filing Travel, transportation, entertainment, and gifts related to your work. Free online state tax filing (See chapter 26. Free online state tax filing ) Business Liability Insurance You can deduct insurance premiums you paid for protection against personal liability for wrongful acts on the job. Free online state tax filing Damages for Breach of Employment Contract If you break an employment contract, you can deduct damages you pay your former employer that are attributable to the pay you received from that employer. Free online state tax filing Depreciation on Computers You can claim a depreciation deduction for a computer that you use in your work as an employee if its use is: For the convenience of your employer, and Required as a condition of your employment. 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Free online state tax filing You can claim this deduction for the business use of a part of your home only if you use that part of your home regularly and exclusively: As your principal place of business for any trade or business, As a place to meet or deal with your patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, or In the case of a separate structure not attached to your home, in connection with your trade or business. Free online state tax filing The regular and exclusive business use must be for the convenience of your employer and not just appropriate and helpful in your job. Free online state tax filing See Publication 587 for more detailed information and a worksheet. Free online state tax filing Job Search Expenses You can deduct certain expenses you have in looking for a new job in your present occupation, even if you do not get a new job. Free online state tax filing You cannot deduct these expenses if: You are looking for a job in a new occupation, There was a substantial break between the ending of your last job and your looking for a new one, or You are looking for a job for the first time. Free online state tax filing Employment and outplacement agency fees. Free online state tax filing   You can deduct employment and outplacement agency fees you pay in looking for a new job in your present occupation. Free online state tax filing Employer pays you back. Free online state tax filing   If, in a later year, your employer pays you back for employment agency fees, you must include the amount you receive in your gross income up to the amount of your tax benefit in the earlier year. Free online state tax filing (See Recoveries in chapter 12. Free online state tax filing ) Employer pays the employment agency. Free online state tax filing   If your employer pays the fees directly to the employment agency and you are not responsible for them, you do not include them in your gross income. Free online state tax filing Résumé. Free online state tax filing   You can deduct amounts you spend for preparing and mailing copies of a résumé to prospective employers if you are looking for a new job in your present occupation. Free online state tax filing Travel and transportation expenses. Free online state tax filing   If you travel to an area and, while there, you look for a new job in your present occupation, you may be able to deduct travel expenses to and from the area. Free online state tax filing You can deduct the travel expenses if the trip is primarily to look for a new job. 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Free online state tax filing Occupational Taxes You can deduct an occupational tax charged at a flat rate by a locality for the privilege of working or conducting a business in the locality. Free online state tax filing If you are an employee, you can claim occupational taxes only as a miscellaneous deduction subject to the 2% limit; you cannot claim them as a deduction for taxes elsewhere on your return. Free online state tax filing Repayment of Income Aid Payment An “income aid payment” is one that is received under an employer's plan to aid employees who lose their jobs because of lack of work. Free online state tax filing If you repay a lump-sum income aid payment that you received and included in income in an earlier year, you can deduct the repayment. Free online state tax filing Research Expenses of a College Professor If you are a college professor, you can deduct research expenses, including travel expenses, for teaching, lecturing, or writing and publishing on subjects that relate directly to your teaching duties. Free online state tax filing You must have undertaken the research as a means of carrying out the duties expected of a professor and without expectation of profit apart from salary. Free online state tax filing However, you cannot deduct the cost of travel as a form of education. Free online state tax filing Tools Used in Your Work Generally, you can deduct amounts you spend for tools used in your work if the tools wear out and are thrown away within 1 year from the date of purchase. Free online state tax filing You can depreciate the cost of tools that have a useful life substantially beyond the tax year. Free online state tax filing For more information about depreciation, see Publication 946. 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Free online state tax filing You must wear them as a condition of your employment. Free online state tax filing The clothes are not suitable for everyday wear. Free online state tax filing It is not enough that you wear distinctive clothing. Free online state tax filing The clothing must be specifically required by your employer. Free online state tax filing Nor is it enough that you do not, in fact, wear your work clothes away from work. Free online state tax filing The clothing must not be suitable for taking the place of your regular clothing. Free online state tax filing Examples of workers who may be able to deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes are: delivery workers, firefighters, health care workers, law enforcement officers, letter carriers, professional athletes, and transportation workers (air, rail, bus, etc. Free online state tax filing ). 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Free online state tax filing   Examples of workers who may be required to wear safety items are: carpenters, cement workers, chemical workers, electricians, fishing boat crew members, machinists, oil field workers, pipe fitters, steamfitters, and truck drivers. Free online state tax filing Military uniforms. Free online state tax filing   You generally cannot deduct the cost of your uniforms if you are on full-time active duty in the armed forces. Free online state tax filing However, if you are an armed forces reservist, you can deduct the unreimbursed cost of your uniform if military regulations restrict you from wearing it except while on duty as a reservist. Free online state tax filing In figuring the deduction, you must reduce the cost by any nontaxable allowance you receive for these expenses. Free online state tax filing   If local military rules do not allow you to wear fatigue uniforms when you are off duty, you can deduct the amount by which the cost of buying and keeping up these uniforms is more than the uniform allowance you receive. Free online state tax filing   You can deduct the cost of your uniforms if you are a civilian faculty or staff member of a military school. Free online state tax filing Tax Preparation Fees (Line 22) You can usually deduct tax preparation fees in the year you pay them. Free online state tax filing Thus, on your 2013 return, you can deduct fees paid in 2013 for preparing your 2012 return. Free online state tax filing These fees include the cost of tax preparation software programs and tax publications. Free online state tax filing They also include any fee you paid for electronic filing of your return. 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Free online state tax filing But if you work as an employee and also use the computer in that work, see Publication 946. Free online state tax filing Excess Deductions of an Estate If an estate's total deductions in its last tax year are more than its gross income for that year, the beneficiaries succeeding to the estate's property can deduct the excess. Free online state tax filing Do not include deductions for the estate's personal exemption and charitable contributions when figuring the estate's total deductions. Free online state tax filing The beneficiaries can claim the deduction only for the tax year in which, or with which, the estate terminates, whether the year of termination is a normal year or a short tax year. Free online state tax filing For more information, see Termination of Estate in Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators. Free online state tax filing Fees to Collect Interest and Dividends You can deduct fees you pay to a broker, bank, trustee, or similar agent to collect your taxable bond interest or dividends on shares of stock. Free online state tax filing But you cannot deduct a fee you pay to a broker to buy investment property, such as stocks or bonds. Free online state tax filing You must add the fee to the cost of the property. Free online state tax filing You cannot deduct the fee you pay to a broker to sell securities. Free online state tax filing You can use the fee only to figure gain or loss from the sale. Free online state tax filing See the Instructions for Form 8949 for information on how to report the fee. Free online state tax filing Hobby Expenses You can generally deduct hobby expenses, but only up to the amount of hobby income. Free online state tax filing A hobby is not a business because it is not carried on to make a profit. Free online state tax filing See Activity not for profit in chapter 12 under Other Income. Free online state tax filing Indirect Deductions of Pass-Through Entities Pass-through entities include partnerships, S corporations, and mutual funds that are not publicly offered. Free online state tax filing Deductions of pass-through entities are passed through to the partners or shareholders. Free online state tax filing The partners or shareholders can deduct their share of passed-through deductions for investment expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% limit. Free online state tax filing Example. Free online state tax filing You are a member of an investment club that is formed solely to invest in securities. Free online state tax filing The club is treated as a partnership. Free online state tax filing The partnership's income is solely from taxable dividends, interest, and gains from sales of securities. 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Free online state tax filing   A publicly offered mutual fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions, or a substitute form, showing the net amount of dividend income (gross dividends minus investment expenses). Free online state tax filing This net figure is the amount you report on your return as income. Free online state tax filing You cannot further deduct investment expenses related to publicly offered mutual funds because they are already included as part of the net income amount. Free online state tax filing Information returns. Free online state tax filing   You should receive information returns from pass-through entities. Free online state tax filing Partnerships and S corporations. Free online state tax filing   These entities issue Schedule K-1, which lists the items and amounts you must report and identifies the tax return schedules and lines to use. Free online state tax filing Nonpublicly offered mutual funds. Free online state tax filing   These funds will send you a Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions, or a substitute form, showing your share of gross income and investment expenses. Free online state tax filing You can claim the expenses only as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit. Free online state tax filing Investment Fees and Expenses You can deduct investment fees, custodial fees, trust administration fees, and other expenses you paid for managing your investments that produce taxable income. Free online state tax filing Legal Expenses You can usually deduct legal expenses that you incur in attempting to produce or collect taxable income or that you pay in connection with the determination, collection, or refund of any tax. 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Free online state tax filing Trustee's Administrative Fees for IRA Trustee's administrative fees that are billed separately and paid by you in connection with your individual retirement arrangement (IRA) are deductible (if they are ordinary and necessary) as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit. Free online state tax filing For more information about IRAs, see chapter 17. Free online state tax filing Deductions Not Subject to the 2% Limit You can deduct the items listed below as miscellaneous itemized deductions. Free online state tax filing They are not subject to the 2% limit. Free online state tax filing Report these items on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. Free online state tax filing List of Deductions Each of the following items is discussed in detail after the list (except where indicated). Free online state tax filing Amortizable premium on taxable bonds. Free online state tax filing Casualty and theft losses from income- producing property. 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Free online state tax filing The amortization of the premium is generally an offset to interest income on the bond rather than a separate deduction item. Free online state tax filing Part of the premium on some bonds may be a miscellaneous deduction not subject to the 2% limit. Free online state tax filing For more information, see Amortizable Premium on Taxable Bonds in Publication 529, and Bond Premium Amortization in chapter 3 of Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. Free online state tax filing Casualty and Theft Losses of Income-Producing Property You can deduct a casualty or theft loss as a miscellaneous itemized deduction not subject to the 2% limit if the damaged or stolen property was income-producing property (property held for investment, such as stocks, notes, bonds, gold, silver, vacant lots, and works of art). Free online state tax filing First, report the loss in Form 4684, Section B. Free online state tax filing You may also have to include the loss on Form 4797, Sales of Business Property if you are otherwise required to file that form. Free online state tax filing To figure your deduction, add all casualty or theft losses from this type of property included on Form 4684, lines 32 and 38b, or Form 4797, line 18a. Free online state tax filing For more information on casualty and theft losses, see chapter 25. Free online state tax filing Federal Estate Tax on Income in Respect of a Decedent You can deduct the federal estate tax attributable to income in respect of a decedent that you as a beneficiary include in your gross income. Free online state tax filing Income in respect of the decedent is gross income that the decedent would have received had death not occurred and that was not properly includible in the decedent's final income tax return. Free online state tax filing See Publication 559 for more information. Free online state tax filing Gambling Losses Up to the Amount of Gambling Winnings You must report the full amount of your gambling winnings for the year on Form 1040, line 21. Free online state tax filing You deduct your gambling losses for the year on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. Free online state tax filing You cannot deduct gambling losses that are more than your winnings. Free online state tax filing You cannot reduce your gambling winnings by your gambling losses and report the difference. Free online state tax filing You must report the full amount of your winnings as income and claim your losses (up to the amount of winnings) as an itemized deduction. Free online state tax filing Therefore, your records should show your winnings separately from your losses. Free online state tax filing Diary of winnings and losses. Free online state tax filing You must keep an accurate diary or similar record of your losses and winnings. 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Free online state tax filing Impairment-related work expenses are ordinary and necessary business expenses for attendant care services at your place of work and for other expenses in connection with your place of work that are necessary for you to be able to work. Free online state tax filing Self-employed. Free online state tax filing   If you are self-employed, enter your impairment-related work expenses on the appropriate form (Schedule C, C-EZ, E, or F) used to report your business income and expenses. Free online state tax filing Loss From Other Activities From Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B), Box 2 If the amount reported in Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B), box 2, is a loss, report it on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. Free online state tax filing It is not subject to the passive activity limitations. Free online state tax filing Repayments Under Claim of Right If you had to repay more than $3,000 that you included in your income in an earlier year because at the time you thought you had an unrestricted right to it, you may be able to deduct the amount you repaid or take a credit against your tax. Free online state tax filing See Repayments in chapter 12 for more information. Free online state tax filing Unrecovered Investment in Annuity A retiree who contributed to the cost of an annuity can exclude from income a part of each payment received as a tax-free return of the retiree's investment. Free online state tax filing If the retiree dies before the entire investment is recovered tax free, any unrecovered investment can be deducted on the retiree's final income tax return. Free online state tax filing See chapter 10 for more information about the tax treatment of pensions and annuities. Free online state tax filing Nondeductible Expenses Examples of nondeductible expenses are listed next. Free online state tax filing The list is followed by discussions of additional nondeductible expenses. Free online state tax filing List of Nondeductible Expenses Broker's commissions that you paid in connection with your IRA or other investment property. Free online state tax filing Burial or funeral expenses, including the cost of a cemetery lot. Free online state tax filing Capital expenses. Free online state tax filing Fees and licenses, such as car licenses, marriage licenses, and dog tags. Free online state tax filing Hobby losses, but see Hobby Expenses , earlier. Free online state tax filing Home repairs, insurance, and rent. Free online state tax filing Illegal bribes and kickbacks. Free online state tax filing See Bribes and kickbacks in chapter 11 of Publication 535. Free online state tax filing Losses from the sale of your home, furniture, personal car, etc. Free online state tax filing Personal disability insurance premiums. Free online state tax filing Personal, living, or family expenses. Free online state tax filing The value of wages never received or lost vacation time. Free online state tax filing Adoption Expenses You cannot deduct the expenses of adopting a child, but you may be able to take a credit for those expenses. Free online state tax filing See chapter 37. Free online state tax filing Campaign Expenses You cannot deduct campaign expenses of a candidate for any office, even if the candidate is running for reelection to the office. Free online state tax filing These include qualification and registration fees for primary elections. Free online state tax filing Legal fees. Free online state tax filing   You cannot deduct legal fees paid to defend charges that arise from participation in a political campaign. Free online state tax filing Check-Writing Fees on Personal Account If you have a personal checking account, you cannot deduct fees charged by the bank for the privilege of writing checks, even if the account pays interest. Free online state tax filing Club Dues Generally, you cannot deduct the cost of membership in any club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or other social purpose. Free online state tax filing This includes business, social, athletic, luncheon, sporting, airline, hotel, golf, and country clubs. Free online state tax filing You cannot deduct dues paid to an organization if one of its main purposes is to: Conduct entertainment activities for members or their guests, or Provide members or their guests with access to entertainment facilities. Free online state tax filing Dues paid to airline, hotel, and luncheon clubs are not deductible. Free online state tax filing Commuting Expenses You cannot deduct commuting expenses (the cost of transportation between your home and your main or regular place of work). Free online state tax filing If you haul tools, instruments, or other items, in your car to and from work, you can deduct only the additional cost of hauling the items such as the rent on a trailer to carry the items. Free online state tax filing Fines or Penalties You cannot deduct fines or penalties you pay to a governmental unit for violating a law. Free online state tax filing This includes an amount paid in settlement of your actual or potential liability for a fine or penalty (civil or criminal). Free online state tax filing Fines or penalties include parking tickets, tax penalties, and penalties deducted from teachers' paychecks after an illegal strike. Free online state tax filing Health Spa Expenses You cannot deduct health spa expenses, even if there is a job requirement to stay in excellent physical condition, such as might be required of a law enforcement officer. Free online state tax filing Home Security System You cannot deduct the cost of a home security system as a miscellaneous deduction. Free online state tax filing However, you may be able to claim a deduction for a home security system as a business expense if you have a home office. Free online state tax filing See Home Office under Unreimbursed Employee Expenses, earlier, and Security System under Deducting Expenses in Publication 587. Free online state tax filing Investment-Related Seminars You cannot deduct any expenses for attending a convention, seminar, or similar meeting for investment purposes. Free online state tax filing Life Insurance Premiums You cannot deduct premiums you pay on your life insurance. Free online state tax filing You may be able to deduct, as alimony, premiums you pay on life insurance policies assigned to your former spouse. Free online state tax filing See chapter 18 for information on alimony. Free online state tax filing Lobbying Expenses You generally cannot deduct amounts paid or incurred for lobbying expenses. Free online state tax filing These include expenses to: Influence legislation, Participate or intervene in any political campaign for, or against, any candidate for public office, Attempt to influence the general public, or segments of the public, about elections, legislative matters, or referendums, or Communicate directly with covered executive branch officials in any attempt to influence the official actions or positions of those officials. Free online state tax filing Lobbying expenses also include any amounts paid or incurred for research, preparation, planning, or coordination of any of these activities. Free online state tax filing Dues used for lobbying. Free online state tax filing   If a tax-exempt organization notifies you that part of the dues or other amounts you pay to the organization are used to pay nondeductible lobbying expenses, you cannot deduct that part. Free online state tax filing See Lobbying Expenses in Publication 529 for information on exceptions. Free online state tax filing Lost or Mislaid Cash or Property You cannot deduct a loss based on the mere disappearance of money or property. Free online state tax filing However, an accidental loss or disappearance of property can qualify as a casualty if it results from an identifiable event that is sudden, unexpected, or unusual. Free online state tax filing See chapter 25. Free online state tax filing Example. Free online state tax filing A car door is accidentally slammed on your hand, breaking the setting of your diamond ring. Free online state tax filing The diamond falls from the ring and is never found. Free online state tax filing The loss of the diamond is a casualty. Free online state tax filing Lunches with Co-workers You cannot deduct the expenses of lunches with co-workers, except while traveling away from home on business. Free online state tax filing See chapter 26 for information on deductible expenses while traveling away from home. Free online state tax filing Meals While Working Late You cannot deduct the cost of meals while working late. Free online state tax filing However, you may be able to claim a deduction if the cost of meals is a deductible entertainment expense, or if you are traveling away from home. Free online state tax filing See chapter 26 for information on deductible entertainment expenses and expenses while traveling away from home. Free online state tax filing Personal Legal Expenses You cannot deduct personal legal expenses such as those for the following. Free online state tax filing Custody of children. Free online state tax filing Breach of promise to marry suit. Free online state tax filing Civil or criminal charges resulting from a personal relationship. Free online state tax filing Damages for personal injury, except for certain unlawful discrimination and whistleblower claims. Free online state tax filing Preparation of a title (or defense or perfection of a title). Free online state tax filing Preparation of a will. Free online state tax filing Property claims or property settlement in a divorce. Free online state tax filing You cannot deduct these expenses even if a result of the legal proceeding is the loss of income-producing property. Free online state tax filing Political Contributions You cannot deduct contributions made to a political candidate, a campaign committee, or a newsletter fund. Free online state tax filing Advertisements in convention bulletins and admissions to dinners or programs that benefit a political party or political candidate are not deductible. Free online state tax filing Professional Accreditation Fees You cannot deduct professional accreditation fees such as the following. Free online state tax filing Accounting certificate fees paid for the initial right to practice accounting. Free online state tax filing Bar exam fees and incidental expenses in securing initial admission to the bar. Free online state tax filing Medical and dental license fees paid to get initial licensing. Free online state tax filing Professional Reputation You cannot deduct expenses of radio and TV appearances to increase your personal prestige or establish your professional reputation. Free online state tax filing Relief Fund Contributions You cannot deduct contributions paid to a private plan that pays benefits to any covered employee who cannot work because of any injury or illness not related to the job. Free online state tax filing Residential Telephone Service You cannot deduct any charge (including taxes) for basic local telephone service for the first telephone line to your residence, even if it is used in a trade or business. Free online state tax filing Stockholders' Meetings You cannot deduct transportation and other expenses you pay to attend stockholders' meetings of companies in which you own stock but have no other interest. Free online state tax filing You cannot deduct these expenses even if you are attending the meeting to get information that would be useful in making further investments. Free online state tax filing Tax-Exempt Income Expenses You cannot deduct expenses to produce tax-exempt income. Free online state tax filing You cannot deduct interest on a debt incurred or continued to buy or carry  tax-exempt securities. Free online state tax filing If you have expenses to produce both taxable and tax-exempt income, but you cannot identify the expenses that produce each type of income, you must divide the expenses based on the amount of each type of income to determine the amount that you can deduct. Free online state tax filing Example. Free online state tax filing During the year, you received taxable interest of $4,800 and tax-exempt interest of $1,200. Free online state tax filing In earning this income, you had total expenses of $500 during the year. Free online state tax filing You cannot identify the amount of each expense item that is for each income item. Free online state tax filing Therefore, 80% ($4,800/$6,000) of the expense is for the taxable interest and 20% ($1,200/$6,000) is for the tax-exempt interest. Free online state tax filing You can deduct, subject to the 2% limit, expenses of $400 (80% of $500). Free online state tax filing Travel Expenses for Another Individual You generally cannot deduct travel expenses you pay or incur for a spouse, dependent, or other individual who accompanies you (or your employee) on business or personal travel unless the spouse, dependent, or other individual is an employee of the taxpayer, the travel is for a bona fide business purpose, and such expenses would otherwise be deductible by the spouse, dependent, or other individual. Free online state tax filing See chapter 26 for more information on deductible travel expenses. Free online state tax filing Voluntary Unemployment Benefit Fund Contributions You cannot deduct voluntary unemployment benefit fund contributions you make to a union fund or a private fund. Free online state tax filing However, you can deduct contributions as taxes if state law requires you to make them to a state unemployment fund that covers you for the loss of wages from unemployment caused by business conditions. Free online state tax filing Wristwatches You cannot deduct the cost of a wristwatch, even if there is a job requirement that you know the correct time to properly perform your duties. Free online state tax filing Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications