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Free state tax return e-file Index A Absence, temporary, Temporary absence from work. Free state tax return e-file , Temporary absence from work. Free state tax return e-file Accountable plans, Accountable Plans Address, change of, Reminders Adequate accounting, Adequate accounting. Free state tax return e-file Armed Forces, Retirees, survivors, and Armed Forces members. Free state tax return e-file , Members of the Armed Forces Distance test, special rule, Armed Forces. Free state tax return e-file Form 3903, how to complete, How to complete Form 3903 for members of the Armed Forces. Free state tax return e-file Services or reimbursements provided by government, Services or reimbursements provided by government. Free state tax return e-file Spouse and dependents, Spouse and dependents. Free state tax return e-file Assistance (see Tax help) C Change of address, Reminders Closely related in place, Closely related in place. Free state tax return e-file Closely related in time, Closely related in time. Free state tax return e-file D Deductible moving expenses, Deductible Moving Expenses, Moving expenses allocable to excluded foreign income. Free state tax return e-file Household goods, Household goods and personal effects. Free state tax return e-file Moving to and from storage, Moving goods and effects to and from storage. Free state tax return e-file Member of your household, Member of your household. Free state tax return e-file Moves in U. Free state tax return e-file S. Free state tax return e-file , Moves to Locations in the United States Moves outside U. Free state tax return e-file S. Free state tax return e-file , Moves to Locations Outside the United States Moving expenses allocable to excluded foreign income, Moving expenses allocable to excluded foreign income. Free state tax return e-file Personal effects, Household goods and personal effects. Free state tax return e-file Moving to and from storage, Moving goods and effects to and from storage. Free state tax return e-file Reasonable expenses, Reasonable expenses. Free state tax return e-file Storage expenses, Storage expenses. Free state tax return e-file , Storage expenses. Free state tax return e-file Travel by car, Travel by car. Free state tax return e-file Travel expenses, Travel expenses. Free state tax return e-file Distance test, Distance Test Armed Forces, special rule, Armed Forces. Free state tax return e-file First job, First job or return to full-time work. Free state tax return e-file Illustration of (Figure A), Main job location, Main job location. Free state tax return e-file Return to full-time work, First job or return to full-time work. Free state tax return e-file Worksheet 1, Distance Test E Employees Time test for, Time Test for Employees Estimated tax, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, Estimated tax. Free state tax return e-file Excess reimbursements, Excess reimbursement. Free state tax return e-file Excluded foreign income Moving expenses allocable to, Moving expenses allocable to excluded foreign income. Free state tax return e-file F Figures (see Tables and figures) First job, First job or return to full-time work. Free state tax return e-file Form 1040 Moving expense deduction, Where to deduct. Free state tax return e-file Form 3903 Armed Forces members, how to complete, How to complete Form 3903 for members of the Armed Forces. Free state tax return e-file Completing form, Completing Form 3903. Free state tax return e-file Moving expense deduction calculation, Form 3903 Form W-2 Reimbursements, You meet accountable plan rules. Free state tax return e-file , Expenses deducted in earlier year. Free state tax return e-file Government provided for Armed Forces members, Services or reimbursements provided by government. Free state tax return e-file Form W-4 Withholding allowance, Amount of income tax withheld. Free state tax return e-file Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. Free state tax return e-file Full-time work, defined, Full-time work. Free state tax return e-file H Help (see Tax help) Home, defined, Home defined. Free state tax return e-file Household goods, Household goods and personal effects. Free state tax return e-file Moving to and from storage, Moving goods and effects to and from storage. Free state tax return e-file I Important reminders, Reminders J Joint returns, Joint Return M Main job location Defined, Main job location. Free state tax return e-file More than one job, More than one job. Free state tax return e-file Union members, Union members. Free state tax return e-file Member of household, Member of your household. 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Free state tax return e-file Personal effects, Household goods and personal effects. Free state tax return e-file Moving to and from storage, Moving goods and effects to and from storage. Free state tax return e-file Publications (see Tax help) R Reasonable expenses, Reasonable expenses. Free state tax return e-file Reasonable period of time, Reasonable period of time. Free state tax return e-file Reimbursements, Reimbursements, Estimated tax. Free state tax return e-file Accountable plans, Accountable Plans Adequate accounting, Adequate accounting. Free state tax return e-file Armed Forces members, Services or reimbursements provided by government. Free state tax return e-file Estimated tax, Estimated tax. Free state tax return e-file Excess, Excess reimbursement. Free state tax return e-file Excluded from income, Reimbursements excluded from income. Free state tax return e-file Included in income, Reimbursements included in income. Free state tax return e-file Nonaccountable plans, Nonaccountable Plans Nondeductible expenses, Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses. Free state tax return e-file , Reimbursement for deductible and nondeductible expenses. Free state tax return e-file Reasonable period of time, Reasonable period of time. Free state tax return e-file Reporting moving expenses and reimbursements (Table 2), How and When To Report Types of plans, Types of Reimbursement Plans Reporting expenses, How and When To Report Expenses equal to or less than reimbursement, Expenses equal to or less than reimbursement. Free state tax return e-file Expenses greater than reimbursement, Expenses greater than reimbursement. Free state tax return e-file Form 3903, deduction calculation, Form 3903 Moving expenses and reimbursements (Table 2), How and When To Report Retirees who move to U. Free state tax return e-file S. Free state tax return e-file , Retirees, survivors, and Armed Forces members. 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Free state tax return e-file , Retirees or Survivors Who Move to the United States, Survivors of decedents who were working abroad. Free state tax return e-file When move begins, When a move begins. Free state tax return e-file T Tables and figures Distance test, Distance Test Nonmilitary move within U. Free state tax return e-file S. Free state tax return e-file , can you deduct expenses (Figure B), Seasonal work. Free state tax return e-file Reporting moving expenses and reimbursements (Table 2), How and When To Report Time test, satisfying for employees and self-employed persons (Table 1), Time Test for Employees Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Temporary absence, Temporary absence from work. Free state tax return e-file , Temporary absence from work. Free state tax return e-file Time test, Time Test Employees, Time Test for Employees Exceptions to, Exceptions to the Time Test Full-time work, Full-time work. Free state tax return e-file Joint return, Joint Return Not yet met, Time Test Not Yet Met Satisfying for employees and self-employed persons (Table 1), Time Test for Employees Seasonal trade or business, Seasonal trade or business. Free state tax return e-file Seasonal work, Seasonal work. Free state tax return e-file Self-employed persons, Time Test for Self-Employed Persons, Self-employment. Free state tax return e-file Temporary absence from work, Temporary absence from work. Free state tax return e-file , Temporary absence from work. Free state tax return e-file Travel by car, Travel by car. Free state tax return e-file Travel expenses, Travel expenses. Free state tax return e-file TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help U Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 Unions Main job location of member, Union members. Free state tax return e-file W When to deduct expenses, When To Deduct Expenses, Illustrated Example Choosing when to deduct, Choosing when to deduct. Free state tax return e-file Expenses not reimbursed, Expenses not reimbursed. Free state tax return e-file Expenses reimbursed, Expenses reimbursed. Free state tax return e-file How to make choice, How to make the choice. Free state tax return e-file Who can deduct, Who Can Deduct Moving Expenses, When a move begins. Free state tax return e-file Armed Forces, members of, Retirees, survivors, and Armed Forces members. Free state tax return e-file Distance test, Distance Test Nonmilitary move within U. Free state tax return e-file S. Free state tax return e-file (Figure B), Seasonal work. Free state tax return e-file Related to start of work, Move Related to Start of Work Retirees who move to U. Free state tax return e-file S. Free state tax return e-file , Retirees, survivors, and Armed Forces members. 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Types of Loans

There are different types of loans. Some are secured loans. This mean that your property and things you own are used as collateral, and if you cannot pay back the loan, the lender will take your collateral to get their money back. Other types of loans, unsecured loans, don’t use property as collateral. Lenders consider these as more risky than secured loans, so they charge a higher interest rate for them. Most credit cards are unsecured loans, although some consumers have secured credit cards. Two very common secured loans are home equity and installment loans.

Home-Equity Loans

A home equity loan could be a smart way to pay off high-interest debt or pay for home repairs. But consider carefully before taking out a home equity loan. If you are unable to make payments on time, you could lose your home.

Home equity loans can either be a revolving line of credit or a lump sum. Revolving credit lets you withdraw funds when you need them. A lump sum is a one-time closed-end loan, for a particular purpose, such as remodeling or tuition. Apply for a home equity loan through a bank or credit union first. These loans are likely to cost less than those offered by finance companies.

Installment Loans


Before you sign an agreement for a loan to buy a house, a car or other large purchase, make sure you fully understand all the lender's terms and conditions, including:

  • The dollar amount you are borrowing.
  • The payment amounts and when they are due.
  • The total finance charge, the total of all the interest and fees you must pay to get the loan.
  • The Annual Percentage Rate (APR), the rate of interest you will pay over the full term of the loan.
  • Penalties for late payments.
  • What the lender will do if you can't pay back the loan.
  • Penalties if you pay the loan back early

The Truth in Lending Act requires lenders to give you this information so you can compare different offers.

Payday and Tax Refund Loans

Payday loans are illegal in some states. Recent changes in the law for payday lenders have also made payday loans illegal for members of the military. With a typical payday loan, you might write a personal check for $115 to borrow $100 for two weeks, until payday. The annual percentage rate (APR) in this example is 390 percent! If you can repay the loan quickly, it may not appear such a bad deal. But if you can't pay off the loan quickly, that relatively small loan can grow into a large amount of debt. At 390 percent, a $100 loan will become $490 in a year and $2,401 in two years.

Another high cost way to borrow money is a tax refund loan. This type of credit lets you get an advance on a tax refund for a fee. APRs as high as 774% have been reported. If you are short of cash, avoid both of these loans by asking for more time to pay a bill or seeking a traditional loan. Even a cash advance on your credit card may cost less.

The Free State Tax Return E-file

Free state tax return e-file Listed Property Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Listed Property DefinedPassenger Automobile Defined Dwelling Unit Other Property Used for Transportation Computers and Related Peripheral Equipment Predominant Use TestMeeting the Predominant Use Test Qualified Business Use Method of Allocating Use Applying the Predominant Use Test Deductions After Recovery Period Leased PropertyLessor Lessee What Records Must Be KeptAdequate Records Reporting Information on Form 4562 Deductions in Later Years Appendix Topics - This chapter discusses: Listed property defined The predominant use test What records must be kept Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, and Gift Expenses 587 Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Day-Care Providers) 917 Business Use of a Car 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) 2106–EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses 2106 Employee Business Expenses 4255 Recapture of Investment Credit 4562 Depreciation and Amortization This chapter discusses some special rules and recordkeeping requirements for listed property. Free state tax return e-file For complete coverage of the rules, including the rules concerning passenger automobiles, see Publication 946. Free state tax return e-file If listed property is not used predominantly (more than 50%) in a qualified business use as discussed inPredominant Use Test, later, the section 179 deduction is not allowable and the property must be depreciated using the straight line method. Free state tax return e-file Listed Property Defined Listed property is any of the following: Any passenger automobile (defined later), Any other property used for transportation, Any property of a type generally used for entertainment, recreation, or amusement (including photographic, phonographic, communication, and video recording equipment), Any computer and related peripheral equipment, defined later, unless it is used only at a regular business establishment and owned or leased by the person operating the establishment. Free state tax return e-file A regular business establishment includes a portion of a dwelling unit (defined later), if, and only if, that portion is used both regularly and exclusively for business as discussed in Publication 587. Free state tax return e-file Any cellular telephone (or similar telecommunication equipment) placed in service or leased in a tax year beginning after 1989. Free state tax return e-file Passenger Automobile Defined A passenger automobile is any four-wheeled vehicle made primarily for use on public streets, roads, and highways and rated at 6,000 pounds or less of unloaded gross vehicle weight (at 6,000 pounds or less of gross vehicle weight for trucks and vans). Free state tax return e-file It includes any part, component, or other item physically attached to the automobile or usually included in the purchase price of an automobile. Free state tax return e-file A passenger automobile does not include: An ambulance, hearse, or combination ambulance-hearse used directly in a trade or business, and A vehicle used directly in the trade or business of transporting persons or property for compensation or hire. Free state tax return e-file Dwelling Unit A dwelling unit is a house or apartment used to provide living accommodations in a building or structure. Free state tax return e-file It does not include a unit in a hotel, motel, inn, or other establishment where more than half the units are used on a transient basis. Free state tax return e-file Other Property Used for Transportation Other property used for transportation includes trucks, buses, boats, airplanes, motorcycles, and any other vehicles for transporting persons or goods. Free state tax return e-file Listed property does not include: Any vehicle which, by reason of its design, is not likely to be used more than a minimal amount for personal purposes, such as clearly marked police and fire vehicles, ambulances, or hearses used for those purposes, Any vehicle that is designed to carry cargo and that has a loaded gross vehicle weight over 14,000 pounds, bucket trucks (cherry pickers), cement mixers, combines, cranes and derricks, delivery trucks with seating only for the driver (or only for the driver plus a folding jump seat), dump trucks (including garbage trucks), flatbed trucks, forklifts, qualified moving vans, qualified specialized utility repair trucks, and refrigerated trucks, Any passenger bus used for that purpose with a capacity of at least 20 passengers and school buses, Any tractor or other special purpose farm vehicle, and unmarked vehicles used by law enforcement officers if the use is officially authorized, and Any vehicle, such as a taxicab, if substantially all its use is in the trade or business of providing services to transport persons or property for compensation or hire by unrelated persons. Free state tax return e-file Computers and Related Peripheral Equipment A computer is a programmable electronically activated device that: Is capable of accepting information, applying prescribed processes to the information, and supplying the results of those processes with or without human intervention, and Consists of a central processing unit with extensive storage, logic, arithmetic, and control capabilities. Free state tax return e-file Related peripheral equipment is any auxiliary machine which is designed to be controlled by the central processing unit of a computer. Free state tax return e-file Computer or peripheral equipment does not include: Any equipment which is an integral part of property which is not a computer, Typewriters, calculators, adding and accounting machines, copiers, duplicating equipment, and similar equipment, and Equipment of a kind, used primarily for the user's amusement or entertainment, such as video games. Free state tax return e-file Predominant Use Test If “listed property,” defined earlier, placed in service after June 18, 1984, is not used predominantly (more than 50%) in a qualified business use during any tax year: The section 179 deduction on the property is not allowable, and You must depreciate the property using the straight line method. Free state tax return e-file Listed property placed in service before 1987. Free state tax return e-file   For listed property placed in service before 1987, depreciate the property over the following period: Class of Property Listed Property Recovery Period 3-year property 5 years 5-year property 12 years 10-year property 25 years 18-year real property 40 years 19-year real property 40 years If you must use the above recovery periods for listed property not used predominantly in a trade or business, use the percentages from Table 16 titled Listed Property Not Used Predominantly (Other Than 18- or 19-year Real Property), and Table 17 for 18- or 19-year real property, near the end of this publication in the Appendix. Free state tax return e-file Listed property placed in service after 1986. Free state tax return e-file   For information on listed property placed in service after 1986, see Publication 946. Free state tax return e-file Meeting the Predominant Use Test Listed property meets the predominant use test for any tax year if its business use is more than 50% of its total use. Free state tax return e-file You must allocate the use of any item of listed property used for more than one purpose during the tax year among its various uses. Free state tax return e-file The percentage of investment use of listed property cannot be used as part of the percentage of qualified business use to meet the predominant use test. Free state tax return e-file However, the combined total of business and investment use is taken into account to figure your depreciation deduction for the property. Free state tax return e-file Note: Property does not stop being predominantly used in a qualified business use because of a transfer at death. Free state tax return e-file Example. Free state tax return e-file Sarah Bradley uses a home computer 50% of the time to manage her investments. Free state tax return e-file She also uses the computer 40% of the time in her part-time consumer research business. Free state tax return e-file Sarah's home computer is listed property because it is not used at a regular business establishment. Free state tax return e-file Because her business use of the computer does not exceed 50%, the computer is not predominantly used in a qualified business use for the tax year. Free state tax return e-file Because she does not meet the predominant use test, she cannot elect a section 179 deduction for this property. Free state tax return e-file Her combined rate of business/investment use for determining her depreciation deduction is 90%. Free state tax return e-file Qualified Business Use A qualified business use is any use in your trade or business. Free state tax return e-file However, it does not include: The use of property held merely to produce income (investment use), The leasing of property to any 5% owner or related person (to the point that the property is used by a 5% owner or person related to the owner or lessee of the property), The use of property as compensation for the performance of services by a 5% owner or related person, or The use of property as compensation for the performance of services by any person (other than a5% owner or related person) unless the value of the use is included in that person's gross income for the use of the property and income tax is withheld on that amount where required. Free state tax return e-file See Employees, later. Free state tax return e-file 5% owner. Free state tax return e-file   A 5% owner of a business, other than a corporation, is any person who owns more than 5% of the capital or profits interest in the business. Free state tax return e-file   A 5% owner of a corporation is any person who owns, or is considered to own: More than 5% of the outstanding stock of the corporation, or Stock possessing more than 5% of the total combined voting power of all stock in the corporation. Free state tax return e-file Related person. Free state tax return e-file   A related person is anyone related to a taxpayer as discussed under Related persons, in chapter 2 under Nonqualifying Property in Publication 946. Free state tax return e-file Entertainment Use The use of listed property for entertainment, recreation, or amusement purposes is treated as a qualified business use only to the extent that expenses (other than interest and property tax expenses) for its use are deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses. Free state tax return e-file See Publication 463. Free state tax return e-file Leasing or Compensatory Use of Aircraft If at least 25% of the total use of any aircraft during the tax year is for a qualified business use, the leasing or compensatory use of the aircraft by a 5% owner or related person is treated as a qualified business use. Free state tax return e-file Commuting The use of a vehicle for commuting is not business use, regardless of whether work is performed during the trip. Free state tax return e-file Use of Your Passenger Automobile by Another Person If someone else uses your automobile, that use is not business use unless: That use is directly connected with your business, The value of the use is property reported by you as income to the other person and tax is withheld on the income where required, or The value of the use results in a payment of fair market rent. Free state tax return e-file Any payment to you for the use of the automobile is treated as a rent payment for 3). Free state tax return e-file Employees Any use by an employee of his or her own listed property (or listed property rented by an employee) in performing services as an employee is not business use unless: The use is for the employer's convenience, and The use is required as a condition of employment. Free state tax return e-file Use for the employer's convenience. Free state tax return e-file   Whether the use of listed property is for the employer's convenience must be determined from all the facts. Free state tax return e-file The use is for the employer's convenience if it is for a substantial business reason of the employer. Free state tax return e-file The use of listed property during the employee's regular working hours to carry on the employer's business is generally for the employer's convenience. Free state tax return e-file Use required as a condition of employment. Free state tax return e-file   Whether the use of listed property is a condition of employment depends on all the facts and circumstances. Free state tax return e-file The use of property must be required for the employee to perform duties properly. Free state tax return e-file The employer need not explicitly require the employee to use the property. Free state tax return e-file A mere statement by the employer that the use of the property is a condition of employment is not sufficient. Free state tax return e-file Example 1. Free state tax return e-file Virginia Sycamore is employed as a courier with We Deliver which provides local courier services. Free state tax return e-file She owns and uses a motorcycle to deliver packages to downtown offices. Free state tax return e-file We Deliver explicitly requires all delivery persons to own a small car or motorcycle for use in their employment. Free state tax return e-file The company reimburses delivery persons for their costs. Free state tax return e-file Virginia's use of the motorcycle is for the convenience of We Deliver and is required as a condition of employment. Free state tax return e-file Example 2. Free state tax return e-file Bill Nelson is an inspector for Uplift, a construction company with many sites in the local area. Free state tax return e-file He must travel to these sites on a regular basis. Free state tax return e-file Uplift does not furnish an automobile or explicitly require him to use his own automobile. Free state tax return e-file However, it reimburses him for any costs he incurs in traveling to the various sites. Free state tax return e-file The use of his own automobile or a rental automobile is for the convenience of Uplift and is required as a condition of employment. Free state tax return e-file Method of Allocating Use For passenger automobiles and other means of transportation, allocate the property's use on the basis of mileage. Free state tax return e-file You determine the percentage of qualified business use by dividing the number of miles the vehicle is driven for business purposes during the year by the total number of miles the vehicle is driven for all purposes (including business miles) during the year. Free state tax return e-file For other items of listed property, allocate the property's use on the basis of the most appropriate unit of time. Free state tax return e-file For example, you can determine the percentage of business use of a computer by dividing the number of hours the computer is used for business purposes during the year by the total number of hours the computer is used for all purposes (including business hours) during the year. Free state tax return e-file Applying the Predominant Use Test You must apply the predominant use test for an item of listed property each year of the recovery period. Free state tax return e-file First Recovery Year If any item of listed property is not used predominantly in a qualified business use in the year it is placed in service: The property is not eligible for a section 179 deduction, and The depreciation deduction must be figured using the straight line method. Free state tax return e-file Note: The required use of the straight line method for an item of listed property that does not meet the predominant use test is not the same as electing the straight line method. Free state tax return e-file It does not mean that you have to use the straight line method for other property in the same class as the item of listed property. Free state tax return e-file Years After the First Recovery Year If you use listed property predominantly (more than 50%) in a qualified business use in the tax year you place it in service, but not in a subsequent tax year during the recovery period, the following rules apply: Figure depreciation using the straight line method. Free state tax return e-file Do this for each year, beginning with the year you no longer use the property predominantly in a qualified business use, and Figure any excess depreciation on the property and add it to: Your gross income, and The adjusted basis of your property. Free state tax return e-file See Recapture of excess depreciation, next. Free state tax return e-file Recapture of excess depreciation. Free state tax return e-file   You must include any excess depreciation in your gross income for the first tax year the property is not predominantly used in a qualified business use. Free state tax return e-file Any excess depreciation must also be added to the adjusted basis of your property. Free state tax return e-file Excess depreciation is the excess (if any) of: The amount of depreciation allowable for the property (including any section 179 deduction claimed) for tax years before the first tax year the property was not predominantly used in a qualified business use, over The amount of depreciation that would have been allowable for those years if the property were not used predominantly in a qualified business use for the year it was placed in service. Free state tax return e-file This means you figure your depreciation using the percentages fromTable 16 or 17. Free state tax return e-file For information on investment credit recapture, see the instructions for Form 4255. Free state tax return e-file Deductions After Recovery Period When listed property (other than passenger automobiles) is used for business, investment, and personal purposes, no deduction is ever allowable for the personal use. Free state tax return e-file In tax years after the recovery period, you must determine if there is any unrecovered basis remaining before you compute the depreciation deduction for that tax year. Free state tax return e-file To make this determination, figure the depreciation for earlier tax years as if your property were used 100% for business or investment purposes, beginning with the first tax year in which some or all use is for business or investment. Free state tax return e-file See Car Used 50% or Less for Business in Publication 917. Free state tax return e-file Leased Property The limitations on cost recovery deductions apply to the rental of listed property. Free state tax return e-file The following discussion covers the rules that apply to the lessor (the owner of the property) and the lessee (the person who rents the property from the owner). Free state tax return e-file SeeLeasing a Car in Publication 917 for a discussion of leased passenger automobiles. Free state tax return e-file Lessor The limitations on cost recovery generally do not apply to any listed property leased or held for leasing by anyone regularly engaged in the business of leasing listed property. Free state tax return e-file A person is considered regularly engaged in the business of leasing listed property only if contracts for leasing of listed property are entered into with some frequency over a continuous period of time. Free state tax return e-file This determination is made on the basis of the facts and circumstances in each case and takes into account the nature of the person's business in its entirety. Free state tax return e-file Occasional or incidental leasing activity is insufficient. Free state tax return e-file For example, a person leasing only one passenger automobile during a tax year is not regularly engaged in the business of leasing automobiles. Free state tax return e-file An employer who allows an employee to use the employer's property for personal purposes and charges the employee for the use is not regularly engaged in the business of leasing the property used by the employee. Free state tax return e-file Lessee A lessee of listed property (other than passenger automobiles), must include an amount in gross income called the inclusion amount for the first tax year the property is not used predominantly in a qualified business use. Free state tax return e-file Inclusion amount for property leased before 1987. Free state tax return e-file   You determine the inclusion amount for property leased after June 18, 1984 and before 1987 by multiplying the fair market value of the property by both the average business/investment use percentage and the applicable percentage. Free state tax return e-file You can find the applicable percentages for listed property that is 5- or 10-year recovery property in Tables 19 or 20 in Appendix A of Publication 946. Free state tax return e-file   The lease term for listed property other than 18- or 19-year real property, and residential rental or nonresidential real property, includes options to renew. Free state tax return e-file For 18- or 19-year real property and residential rental or nonresidential real property that is listed property, the period of the lease does not include any option to renew at fair market value, determined at the time of renewal. Free state tax return e-file You treat two or more successive leases that are part of the same transaction (or a series of related transactions) for the same or substantially similar property as one lease. Free state tax return e-file Special rules. Free state tax return e-file   The lessee adds the inclusion amount to gross income in the next tax year if: The lease term begins within 9 months before the close of the lessee's tax year, The lessee does not use the property predominantly in a qualified business use during that portion of the tax year, and The lease term continues into the lessee's next tax year. Free state tax return e-file The lessee determines the inclusion amount by taking into account the average of the business/investment use for both tax years and the applicable percentage for the tax year the lease term begins. Free state tax return e-file   If the lease term is less than one year, the amount included in gross income is the amount that bears the same ratio to the additional inclusion amount as the number of days in the lease term bears to 365. Free state tax return e-file Maximum inclusion amount. Free state tax return e-file   The inclusion amount cannot be more than the sum of the deductible amounts of rent allocable to the lessee's tax year in which the amount must be included in gross income. Free state tax return e-file What Records Must Be Kept You cannot take any depreciation or section 179 deduction for the use of listed property (including passenger automobiles) unless you can prove business/investment use with adequate records or sufficient evidence to support your own statements. Free state tax return e-file How long to keep records. Free state tax return e-file   For listed property, records must be kept for as long as any excess depreciation can be recaptured (included in income). Free state tax return e-file Adequate Records To meet the adequate records requirement, you must maintain an account book, diary, log, statement of expense, trip sheet, or similar record or other documentary evidence that, together with the receipt, is sufficient to establish each element of an expenditure or use. Free state tax return e-file It is not necessary to record information in an account book, diary, or similar record if the information is already shown on the receipt. Free state tax return e-file However, your records should back up your receipts in an orderly manner. Free state tax return e-file Elements of Expenditure or Use The records or other documentary evidence must support: The amount of each separate expenditure, such as the cost of acquiring the item, maintenance and repair costs, capital improvement costs, lease payments, and any other expenses, The amount of each business and investment use (based on an appropriate measure, such as mileage for vehicles and time for other listed property), and the total use of the property for the tax year, The date of the expenditure or use, and The business or investment purpose for the expenditure or use. Free state tax return e-file Written documents of your expenditure or use are generally better evidence than oral statements alone. Free state tax return e-file A written record prepared at or near the time of the expenditure or use has greater value as proof of the expenditure or use. Free state tax return e-file A daily log is not required. Free state tax return e-file However, some type of record containing the elements of an expenditure or the business or investment use of listed property made at or near the time and backed up by other documents is preferable to a statement prepared later. Free state tax return e-file Timeliness The elements of an expenditure or use must be recorded at the time you have full knowledge of the elements. Free state tax return e-file An expense account statement made from an account book, diary, or similar record prepared or maintained at or near the time of the expenditure or use is generally considered a timely record if in the regular course of business: The statement is submitted by an employee to the employer, or The statement is submitted by an independent contractor to the client or customer. Free state tax return e-file For example, a log maintained on a weekly basis, which accounts for use during the week, will be considered a record made at or near the time of use. Free state tax return e-file Business Purpose Supported An adequate record of business purpose must generally be in the form of a written statement. Free state tax return e-file However, the amount of backup necessary to establish a business purpose depends on the facts and circumstances of each case. Free state tax return e-file A written explanation of the business purpose will not be required if the purpose can be determined from the surrounding facts and circumstances. Free state tax return e-file For example, a salesperson visiting customers on an established sales route will not normally need a written explanation of the business purpose of his or her travel. Free state tax return e-file Business Use Supported An adequate record contains enough information on each element of every business or investment use. Free state tax return e-file The amount of detail required to support the use depends on the facts and circumstances. Free state tax return e-file For example, a taxpayer whose only business use of a truck is to make customer deliveries on an established route can satisfy the requirement by recording the length of the route, including the total number of miles driven during the tax year and the date of each trip at or near the time of the trips. Free state tax return e-file Although an adequate record generally must be written, a record of the business use of listed property, such as a computer or automobile, can be prepared in a computer memory device using a logging program. Free state tax return e-file Separate or Combined Expenditures or Uses Each use by you is normally considered a separate use. Free state tax return e-file However, repeated uses can be combined as a single item. Free state tax return e-file Each expenditure is recorded as a separate item and not combined with other expenditures. Free state tax return e-file If you choose, however, amounts spent for the use of listed property during a tax year, such as for gasoline or automobile repairs, can be combined. Free state tax return e-file If these expenses are combined, you do not need to support the business purpose of each expense. Free state tax return e-file Instead, you can divide the expenses based on the total business use of the listed property. Free state tax return e-file Uses which can be considered part of a single use, such as a round trip or uninterrupted business use, can be accounted for by a single record. Free state tax return e-file For example, use of a truck to make deliveries at several locations which begin and end at the business premises and can include a stop at the business in between deliveries can be accounted for by a single record of miles driven. Free state tax return e-file Use of a passenger automobile by a salesperson for a business trip away from home over a period of time can be accounted for by a single record of miles traveled. Free state tax return e-file Minimal personal use (such as a stop for lunch between two business stops) is not an interruption of business use. Free state tax return e-file Confidential Information If any of the information on the elements of an expenditure or use is confidential, it does not need to be in the account book or similar record if it is recorded at or near the time of the expenditure or use. Free state tax return e-file It must be kept elsewhere and made available as support to the district director on request. Free state tax return e-file Substantial Compliance If you have not fully supported a particular element of an expenditure or use, but have complied with the adequate records requirement for the expenditure or use to the district director's satisfaction, you can establish this element by any evidence the district director deems adequate. Free state tax return e-file If you fail to establish that you have substantially complied with the adequate records requirement for an element of an expenditure or use to the district director's satisfaction, you must establish the element: By your own oral or written statement containing detailed information as to the element, and By other evidence sufficient to establish the element. Free state tax return e-file If the element is the cost or amount, time, place, or date of an expenditure or use, its supporting evidence must be direct, such as oral testimony by witnesses or a written statement setting forth detailed information about the element or the documentary evidence. Free state tax return e-file If the element is the business purpose of an expenditure, its supporting evidence can be circumstantial evidence. Free state tax return e-file Sampling You can maintain an adequate record for portions of a tax year and use that record to support your business and investment use for the entire tax year if it can be shown by other evidence that the periods for which an adequate record is maintained are representative of use throughout the year. Free state tax return e-file Loss of Records When you establish that failure to produce adequate records is due to loss of the records through circumstances beyond your control, such as through fire, flood, earthquake, or other casualty, you have the right to support a deduction by reasonable reconstruction of your expenditures and use. Free state tax return e-file Reporting Information on Form 4562 If you claim a deduction for any listed property, you must provide the requested information on page 2, Section B of Form 4562. Free state tax return e-file If you claim a deduction for any vehicle, you must answer certain questions onpage 2 of Form 4562 to provide information about the vehicle use. Free state tax return e-file Employees. Free state tax return e-file   Employees claiming the standard mileage rate or actual expenses (including depreciation) must use Form 2106 instead of Part V of Form 4562. Free state tax return e-file Employees claiming the standard mileage rate may be able to use Form 2106–EZ. Free state tax return e-file Employer who provides vehicles to employees. Free state tax return e-file   An employer who provides vehicles to employees must obtain enough information from those employees to provide the requested information onForm 4562. Free state tax return e-file   An employer who provides more than five vehicles to employees need not include any information on his or her tax return. Free state tax return e-file Instead, the employer must obtain the information from his or her employees and indicate on his or her return that the information was obtained and is being retained. Free state tax return e-file   You do not need to provide the information requested on page 2 of Form 4562 if, as an employer: You can satisfy the requirements of a written policy statement for vehicles either not used for personal purposes, or not used for personal purposes other than commuting, or You treat all vehicle use by employees as personal use. Free state tax return e-file See the instructions for Form 4562. Free state tax return e-file Deductions in Later Years When listed property is used for business, investment, and personal purposes, no deduction is allowable for its personal use either in the current year or any later tax year. Free state tax return e-file In later years, you must determine if there is any remaining unadjusted or unrecovered basis before you compute the depreciation deduction for that tax year. Free state tax return e-file In making this determination, figure the depreciation deductions for earlier tax years as if the listed property were used 100% for business or investment purposes in those years, beginning with the first tax year in which some or all of the property use is for business or investment. Free state tax return e-file For more information about deductions after the recovery period for automobiles, see Publication 917. Free state tax return e-file Appendix The following tables are for use in figuring depreciation deductions under the ACRS system. Free state tax return e-file Table 1. Free state tax return e-file 15-Year Real Property* (Other Than Low-Inclome Housing) Table 3. Free state tax return e-file Low-Income Housing* Table 6 - Table 9 Table 6 - Table 9 Table 10 - Table 13 Table 14 - Table 17 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications