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How to file an amended return Publication 1544 - Main Content Table of Contents Why Report These Payments? Who Must File Form 8300?What Payments Must Be Reported? What Is Cash? Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) What Is a Related Transaction? What About Suspicious Transactions? When, Where, and What To File Examples Penalties How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). How to file an amended return Why Report These Payments? Drug dealers and smugglers often use large cash payments to “launder” money from illegal activities. How to file an amended return Laundering means converting “dirty” or illegally-gained money to “clean” money. How to file an amended return The government can often trace this laundered money through the payments you report. How to file an amended return Laws passed by Congress require you to report these payments. How to file an amended return Your compliance with these laws provides valuable information that can stop those who evade taxes and those who profit from the drug trade and other criminal activities. How to file an amended return The USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 increased the scope of these laws to help trace funds used for terrorism. How to file an amended return Who Must File Form 8300? Generally, any person in a trade or business who receives more than $10,000 in cash in a single transaction or in related transactions must file Form 8300. How to file an amended return For example, you may have to file Form 8300 if you are a dealer in jewelry, furniture, boats, aircraft, or automobiles; a pawnbroker; an attorney; a real estate broker; an insurance company; or a travel agency. How to file an amended return Special rules for clerks of federal or state courts are discussed later under Bail received by court clerks. How to file an amended return However, you do not have to file Form 8300 if the transaction is not related to your trade or business. How to file an amended return For example, if you own a jewelry store and sell your personal automobile for more than $10,000 in cash, you would not submit a Form 8300 for that transaction. How to file an amended return Transaction defined. How to file an amended return    A “transaction” occurs when: Goods, services, or property are sold; Property is rented; Cash is exchanged for other cash; A contribution is made to a trust or escrow account; A loan is made or repaid; or Cash is converted to a negotiable instrument, such as a check or a bond. How to file an amended return Person defined. How to file an amended return   A “person” includes an individual, a company, a corporation, a partnership, an association, a trust, or an estate. How to file an amended return   Exempt organizations, including employee plans, are also “persons. How to file an amended return ” However, exempt organizations do not have to file Form 8300 for a more-than-$10,000 charitable cash contribution they receive since it is not received in the course of a trade or business. How to file an amended return Foreign transactions. How to file an amended return   You do not have to file Form 8300 if the entire transaction (including the receipt of cash) takes place outside of: The 50 states, The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or A possession or territory of the United States. How to file an amended return However, you must file Form 8300 if any part of the transaction (including the receipt of cash) occurs in Puerto Rico or a possession or territory of the United States and you are subject to the Internal Revenue Code. How to file an amended return Bail received by court clerks. How to file an amended return   Any clerk of a federal or state court who receives more than $10,000 in cash as bail for an individual charged with any of the following criminal offenses must file Form 8300: Any federal offense involving a controlled substance, Racketeering, Money laundering, and Any state offense substantially similar to (1), (2), or (3) above. How to file an amended return For more information about the rules that apply to court clerks, see Section 1. How to file an amended return 6050I-2 of the Income Tax Regulations. How to file an amended return What Payments Must Be Reported? You must file Form 8300 to report cash paid to you if it is: Over $10,000, Received as: One lump sum of over $10,000, Installment payments that cause the total cash received within 1 year of the initial payment to total more than $10,000, or Other previously unreportable payments that cause the total cash received within a 12-month period to total more than $10,000, Received in the course of your trade or business, Received from the same buyer (or agent), and Received in a single transaction or in related transactions (defined later). How to file an amended return What Is Cash? Cash is: The coins and currency of the United States (and any other country), and A cashier's check, bank draft, traveler's check, or money order you receive, if it has a face amount of $10,000 or less and you receive it in: A designated reporting transaction (defined later), or Any transaction in which you know the payer is trying to avoid the reporting of the transaction on Form 8300. How to file an amended return Cash may include a cashier's check even if it is called a “treasurer's check” or “bank check. How to file an amended return ” Cash does not include a check drawn on an individual's personal account. How to file an amended return A cashier's check, bank draft, traveler's check, or money order with a face amount of more than $10,000 is not treated as cash. How to file an amended return These items are not defined as cash and you do not have to file Form 8300 when you receive them because, if they were bought with currency, the bank or other financial institution that issued them must file a report on FinCEN Form 104. How to file an amended return Example 1. How to file an amended return You are a coin dealer. How to file an amended return Bob Green buys gold coins from you for $13,200. How to file an amended return He pays for them with $6,200 in U. How to file an amended return S. How to file an amended return currency and a cashier's check having a face amount of $7,000. How to file an amended return The cashier's check is treated as cash. How to file an amended return You have received more than $10,000 cash and must file Form 8300 for this transaction. How to file an amended return Example 2. How to file an amended return You are a retail jeweler. How to file an amended return Mary North buys an item of jewelry from you for $12,000. How to file an amended return She pays for it with a personal check payable to you in the amount of $9,600 and traveler's checks totaling $2,400. How to file an amended return Because the personal check is not treated as cash, you have not received more than $10,000 cash in the transaction. How to file an amended return You do not have to file Form 8300. How to file an amended return Example 3. How to file an amended return You are a boat dealer. How to file an amended return Emily Jones buys a boat from you for $16,500. How to file an amended return She pays for it with a cashier's check payable to you in the amount of $16,500. How to file an amended return The cashier's check is not treated as cash because its face amount is more than $10,000. How to file an amended return You do not have to file Form 8300 for this transaction. How to file an amended return Designated Reporting Transaction A designated reporting transaction is the retail sale of any of the following: A consumer durable, such as an automobile or boat. How to file an amended return A consumer durable is property, other than land or buildings, that: Is suitable for personal use, Can reasonably be expected to last at least 1 year under ordinary use, Has a sales price of more than $10,000, and Can be seen or touched (tangible property). How to file an amended return For example, a $20,000 car is a consumer durable, but a $20,000 dump truck or factory machine is not. How to file an amended return The car is a consumer durable even if you sell it to a buyer who will use it in a business. How to file an amended return A collectible (for example, a work of art, rug, antique, metal, gem, stamp, or coin). How to file an amended return Travel or entertainment, if the total sales price of all items sold for the same trip or entertainment event in one transaction (or related transactions) is more than $10,000. How to file an amended return To figure the total sales price of all items sold for a trip or entertainment event, you include the sales price of items such as airfare, hotel rooms, and admission tickets. How to file an amended return Example. How to file an amended return You are a travel agent. How to file an amended return Ed Johnson asks you to charter a passenger airplane to take a group to a sports event in another city. How to file an amended return He also asks you to book hotel rooms and admission tickets for the group. How to file an amended return In payment, he gives you two money orders, each for $6,000. How to file an amended return You have received more than $10,000 cash in this designated reporting transaction. How to file an amended return You must file Form 8300. How to file an amended return Retail sale. How to file an amended return   The term “retail sale” means any sale made in the course of a trade or business that consists mainly of making sales to ultimate consumers. How to file an amended return   Thus, if your business consists mainly of making sales to ultimate consumers, all sales you make in the course of that business are retail sales. How to file an amended return This includes any sales of items that will be resold. How to file an amended return Broker or intermediary. How to file an amended return   A designated reporting transaction includes the retail sale of items (1), (2), or (3) of the preceding list, even if the funds are received by a broker or other intermediary, rather than directly by the seller. How to file an amended return Exceptions to Definition of Cash A cashier's check, bank draft, traveler's check, or money order you received in a designated reporting transaction is not treated as cash if one of the following exceptions applies. How to file an amended return Exception for certain bank loans. How to file an amended return   A cashier's check, bank draft, traveler's check, or money order is not treated as cash if it is the proceeds from a bank loan. How to file an amended return As proof that it is from a bank loan, you may rely on a copy of the loan document, a written statement or lien instruction from the bank, or similar proof. How to file an amended return Example. How to file an amended return You are a car dealer. How to file an amended return Mandy White buys a new car from you for $11,500. How to file an amended return She pays you with $2,000 of U. How to file an amended return S. How to file an amended return currency and a cashier's check for $9,500 payable to you and her. How to file an amended return You can tell that the cashier's check is the proceeds of a bank loan because it includes instructions to you to have a lien put on the car as security for the loan. How to file an amended return For this reason, the cashier's check is not treated as cash. How to file an amended return You do not have to file Form 8300 for the transaction. How to file an amended return Exception for certain installment sales. How to file an amended return   A cashier's check, bank draft, traveler's check, or money order is not treated as cash if it is received in payment on a promissory note or an installment sales contract (including a lease that is considered a sale for federal tax purposes). How to file an amended return However, this exception applies only if: You use similar notes or contracts in other sales to ultimate consumers in the ordinary course of your trade or business, and The total payments for the sale that you receive on or before the 60th day after the sale are 50% or less of the purchase price. How to file an amended return Exception for certain down payment plans. How to file an amended return   A cashier's check, bank draft, traveler's check, or money order is not treated as cash if you received it in payment for a consumer durable or collectible, and all three of the following statements are true. How to file an amended return You receive it under a payment plan requiring: One or more down payments, and Payment of the rest of the purchase price by the date of sale. How to file an amended return You receive it more than 60 days before the date of sale. How to file an amended return You use payment plans with the same or substantially similar terms when selling to ultimate consumers in the ordinary course of your trade or business. How to file an amended return Exception for travel and entertainment. How to file an amended return   A cashier's check, bank draft, traveler's check, or money order received for travel or entertainment is not treated as cash if all three of the following statements are true. How to file an amended return You receive it under a payment plan requiring: One or more down payments, and Payment of the rest of the purchase price by the earliest date that any travel or entertainment item (such as airfare) is furnished for the trip or entertainment event. How to file an amended return You receive it more than 60 days before the date on which the final payment is due. How to file an amended return You use payment plans with the same or substantially similar terms when selling to ultimate consumers in the ordinary course of your trade or business. How to file an amended return Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) You must furnish the correct TIN of the person or persons from whom you receive the cash. How to file an amended return If the transaction is conducted on the behalf of another person or persons, you must furnish the TIN of that person or persons. How to file an amended return If you do not know a person's TIN, you have to ask for it. How to file an amended return You may be subject to penalties for an incorrect or missing TIN. How to file an amended return There are three types of TINs. How to file an amended return The TIN for an individual, including a sole proprietor, is the individual's social security number (SSN). How to file an amended return The TIN for a nonresident alien individual who needs a TIN but is not eligible to get an SSN is an IRS individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). How to file an amended return An ITIN has nine digits, similar to an SSN. How to file an amended return The TIN for other persons, including corporations, partnerships, and estates, is the employer identification number (EIN). How to file an amended return Exception. How to file an amended return   You are not required to provide the TIN of a person who is a nonresident alien individual or a foreign organization if that person or foreign organization: Does not have income effectively connected with the conduct of a U. How to file an amended return S. How to file an amended return trade or business; Does not have an office or place of business, or a fiscal or paying agent in the United States; Does not file a federal tax return; Does not furnish a withholding certificate described in §1. How to file an amended return 1441-1(e)(2) or (3) or 1. How to file an amended return 1441-5(c)(2)(iv) or (3)(iii) to the extent required under 1. How to file an amended return 1441-1(e)(4)(vii); Does not have to furnish a TIN on any return, statement, or other document as required by the income tax regulations under section 897 or 1445; or In the case of a nonresident alien individual, the individual has not chosen to file a joint federal income tax return with a spouse who is a U. How to file an amended return S. How to file an amended return citizen or resident. How to file an amended return What Is a Related Transaction? Any transactions between a buyer (or an agent of the buyer) and a seller that occur within a 24-hour period are related transactions. How to file an amended return If you receive over $10,000 in cash during two or more transactions with one buyer in a 24-hour period, you must treat the transactions as one transaction and report the payments on Form 8300. How to file an amended return For example, if you sell two products for $6,000 each to the same customer in 1 day and the customer pays you in cash, these are related transactions. How to file an amended return Because they total $12,000 (more than $10,000), you must file Form 8300. How to file an amended return More than 24 hours between transactions. How to file an amended return   Transactions are related even if they are more than 24 hours apart if you know, or have reason to know, that each is one of a series of connected transactions. How to file an amended return   For example, you are a travel agent. How to file an amended return A client pays you $8,000 in cash for a trip. How to file an amended return Two days later, the same client pays you $3,000 more in cash to include another person on the trip. How to file an amended return These are related transactions, and you must file Form 8300 to report them. How to file an amended return What About Suspicious Transactions? If you receive $10,000 or less in cash, you may voluntarily file Form 8300 if the transaction appears to be suspicious. How to file an amended return A transaction is suspicious if it appears that a person is trying to cause you not to file Form 8300 or is trying to cause you to file a false or incomplete Form 8300, or if there is a sign of possible illegal activity. How to file an amended return If you are suspicious, you are encouraged to call the local IRS Criminal Investigation Division as soon as possible. How to file an amended return Or, you can call the FinCEN Financial Institution Hotline toll free at 1-866-556-3974. How to file an amended return When, Where, and What To File The amount you receive and when you receive it determine when you must file. How to file an amended return Generally, you must file Form 8300 within 15 days after receiving a payment. How to file an amended return If the Form 8300 due date (the 15th or last day you can timely file the form) falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, it is delayed until the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. How to file an amended return More than one payment. How to file an amended return   In some transactions, the buyer may arrange to pay you in cash installment payments. How to file an amended return If the first payment is more than $10,000, you must file Form 8300 within 15 days. How to file an amended return If the first payment is not more than $10,000, you must add the first payment and any later payments made within 1 year of the first payment. How to file an amended return When the total cash payments are more than $10,000, you must file Form 8300 within 15 days. How to file an amended return   After you file Form 8300, you must start a new count of cash payments received from that buyer. How to file an amended return If you receive more than $10,000 in additional cash payments from that buyer within a 12-month period, you must file another Form 8300. How to file an amended return You must file the form within 15 days of the payment that causes the additional payments to total more than $10,000. How to file an amended return   If you are already required to file Form 8300 and you receive additional payments within the 15 days before you must file, you can report all the payments on one form. How to file an amended return Example. How to file an amended return On January 10, you receive a cash payment of $11,000. How to file an amended return You receive additional cash payments on the same transaction of $4,000 on February 15, $5,000 on March 20, and $6,000 on May 12. How to file an amended return By January 25, you must file a Form 8300 for the $11,000 payment. How to file an amended return By May 27, you must file an additional Form 8300 for the additional payments that total $15,000. How to file an amended return Amending a Report?   If you are amending a report, check box 1a at the top of Form 8300. How to file an amended return Complete the form in its entirety (Parts I-IV) and include the amended information. How to file an amended return Do not attach a copy of the original report. How to file an amended return Where to file. How to file an amended return   Mail the form to the address given in the Form 8300 instructions. How to file an amended return Required statement to buyer. How to file an amended return   You must give a written or electronic statement to each person named on any Form 8300 you must file. How to file an amended return You can give the statement electronically only if the recipient agrees to receive it in that format. How to file an amended return The statement must show the name and address of your business, the name and phone number of a contact person, and the total amount of reportable cash you received from the person during the year. How to file an amended return It must state that you are also reporting this information to the IRS. How to file an amended return   You must send this statement to the buyer by January 31 of the year after the year in which you received the cash that caused you to file the form. How to file an amended return    You must keep a copy of every Form 8300 you file for 5 years. How to file an amended return Examples Example 1. How to file an amended return Pat Brown is the sales manager for Small Town Cars. How to file an amended return On January 6, 2009, Jane Smith buys a new car from Pat and pays $18,000 in cash. How to file an amended return Pat asks for identification from Jane to get the necessary information to complete Form 8300. How to file an amended return A filled-in form is shown in this publication. How to file an amended return Pat must mail the form to the address shown in the form's instructions by January 21, 2009. How to file an amended return He must also send a statement to Jane by January 31, 2010. How to file an amended return Example 2. How to file an amended return Using the same facts given in Example 1, suppose Jane had arranged to make cash payments of $6,000 each on January 6, February 6, and March 6. How to file an amended return Pat would have to file a Form 8300 by February 26 (17 days after receiving total cash payments within 1 year over $10,000 because February 21, 2009, is a Saturday). How to file an amended return Pat would not have to report the remaining $6,000 cash payment because it is not more than $10,000. How to file an amended return However, he could report it if he felt it was a suspicious transaction. How to file an amended return Penalties There are civil penalties for failure to: File a correct Form 8300 by the date it is due, and Provide the required statement to those named in the Form 8300. How to file an amended return If you intentionally disregard the requirement to file a correct Form 8300 by the date it is due, the penalty is the greater of: $25,000, or The amount of cash you received and were required to report (up to $100,000). How to file an amended return There are criminal penalties for: Willful failure to file Form 8300, Willfully filing a false or fraudulent Form 8300, Stopping or trying to stop Form 8300 from being filed, and Setting up, helping to set up, or trying to set up a transaction in a way that would make it seem unnecessary to file Form 8300. How to file an amended return If you willfully fail to file Form 8300, you can be fined up to $250,000 for individuals ($500,000 for corporations) or sentenced to up to 5 years in prison, or both. How to file an amended return These dollar amounts are based on Section 3571 of Title 18 of the U. How to file an amended return S. How to file an amended return Code. How to file an amended return The penalties for failure to file may also apply to any person (including a payer) who attempts to interfere with or prevent the seller (or business) from filing a correct Form 8300. How to file an amended return This includes any attempt to structure the transaction in a way that would make it seem unnecessary to file Form 8300. How to file an amended return Structuring means breaking up a large cash transaction into small cash transactions. How to file an amended return How To Get Tax Help You can get help with unresolved tax issues, order free publications and forms, ask tax questions, and get information from the IRS in several ways. How to file an amended return By selecting the method that is best for you, you will have quick and easy access to tax help. How to file an amended return Free help with your return. How to file an amended return   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. How to file an amended return The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-moderate income taxpayers and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. How to file an amended return Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. How to file an amended return To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. How to file an amended return gov or call 1-800-906-9887 or 1-800-829-1040. How to file an amended return   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. How to file an amended return To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, call 1-888-227-7669 or visit AARP's website at www. 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How to file an amended return Have your 2011 tax return available so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. How to file an amended return If you check the status of your refund and are not given the date it will be issued, please wait until the next week before checking back. How to file an amended return Other refund information. How to file an amended return To check the status of a prior-year refund or amended return refund, call 1-800-829-1040. How to file an amended return Evaluating the quality of our telephone services. How to file an amended return To ensure IRS representatives give accurate, courteous, and professional answers, we use several methods to evaluate the quality of our telephone services. How to file an amended return One method is for a second IRS representative to listen in on or record random telephone calls. 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How to file an amended return 4. How to file an amended return   Interest Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Allocation of InterestOrder of funds spent. How to file an amended return Payments from checking accounts. How to file an amended return Amounts paid within 30 days. How to file an amended return Optional method for determining date of reallocation. How to file an amended return Interest on a segregated account. How to file an amended return How to report. How to file an amended return Interest You Can DeductStatement. How to file an amended return Expenses paid to obtain a mortgage. How to file an amended return Prepayment penalty. How to file an amended return De minimis OID. How to file an amended return Constant-yield method. How to file an amended return Loan or mortgage ends. How to file an amended return Interest You Cannot DeductPenalties. How to file an amended return Who is a key person? Exceptions for pre-June 1997 contracts. How to file an amended return Interest allocated to unborrowed policy cash value. How to file an amended return Capitalization of Interest When To Deduct InterestPrepaid interest. How to file an amended return Discounted loan. How to file an amended return Refunds of interest. How to file an amended return Prepaid interest. How to file an amended return Discounted loan. How to file an amended return Tax deficiency. How to file an amended return Related person. How to file an amended return Below-Market LoansLimit on forgone interest for gift loans of $100,000 or less. How to file an amended return Introduction This chapter discusses the tax treatment of business interest expense. How to file an amended return Business interest expense is an amount charged for the use of money you borrowed for business activities. How to file an amended return Topics - This chapter discusses: Allocation of interest Interest you can deduct Interest you cannot deduct Capitalization of interest When to deduct interest Below-market loans Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 537 Installment Sales 550 Investment Income and Expenses 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Sch E (Form 1040) Supplemental Income and Loss Sch K-1 (Form 1065) Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. How to file an amended return Sch K-1 (Form 1120S) Shareholder's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. How to file an amended return 1098 Mortgage Interest Statement 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4952 Investment Interest Expense Deduction 8582 Passive Activity Loss Limitations See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. How to file an amended return Allocation of Interest The rules for deducting interest vary, depending on whether the loan proceeds are used for business, personal, or investment activities. How to file an amended return If you use the proceeds of a loan for more than one type of expense, you must allocate the interest based on the use of the loan's proceeds. How to file an amended return Allocate your interest expense to the following categories. How to file an amended return Nonpassive trade or business activity interest Passive trade or business activity interest Investment interest Portfolio interest Personal interest In general, you allocate interest on a loan the same way you allocate the loan proceeds. How to file an amended return You allocate loan proceeds by tracing disbursements to specific uses. How to file an amended return The easiest way to trace disbursements to specific uses is to keep the proceeds of a particular loan separate from any other funds. How to file an amended return Secured loan. How to file an amended return   The allocation of loan proceeds and the related interest is not generally affected by the use of property that secures the loan. How to file an amended return Example. How to file an amended return You secure a loan with property used in your business. How to file an amended return You use the loan proceeds to buy an automobile for personal use. How to file an amended return You must allocate interest expense on the loan to personal use (purchase of the automobile) even though the loan is secured by business property. How to file an amended return    If the property that secures the loan is your home, you generally do not allocate the loan proceeds or the related interest. How to file an amended return The interest is usually deductible as qualified home mortgage interest, regardless of how the loan proceeds are used. How to file an amended return For more information, see Publication 936. How to file an amended return Allocation period. How to file an amended return   The period for which a loan is allocated to a particular use begins on the date the proceeds are used and ends on the earlier of the following dates. How to file an amended return The date the loan is repaid. How to file an amended return The date the loan is reallocated to another use. How to file an amended return Proceeds not disbursed to borrower. How to file an amended return   Even if the lender disburses the loan proceeds to a third party, the allocation of the loan is still based on your use of the funds. How to file an amended return This applies whether you pay for property, services, or anything else by incurring a loan, or you take property subject to a debt. How to file an amended return Proceeds deposited in borrower's account. How to file an amended return   Treat loan proceeds deposited in an account as property held for investment. How to file an amended return It does not matter whether the account pays interest. How to file an amended return Any interest you pay on the loan is investment interest expense. How to file an amended return If you withdraw the proceeds of the loan, you must reallocate the loan based on the use of the funds. How to file an amended return Example. How to file an amended return Celina, a calendar-year taxpayer, borrows $100,000 on January 4 and immediately uses the proceeds to open a checking account. How to file an amended return No other amounts are deposited in the account during the year and no part of the loan principal is repaid during the year. How to file an amended return On April 2, Celina uses $20,000 from the checking account for a passive activity expenditure. How to file an amended return On September 4, Celina uses an additional $40,000 from the account for personal purposes. How to file an amended return Under the interest allocation rules, the entire $100,000 loan is treated as property held for investment for the period from January 4 through April 1. How to file an amended return From April 2 through September 3, Celina must treat $20,000 of the loan as used in the passive activity and $80,000 of the loan as property held for investment. How to file an amended return From September 4 through December 31, she must treat $40,000 of the loan as used for personal purposes, $20,000 as used in the passive activity, and $40,000 as property held for investment. How to file an amended return Order of funds spent. How to file an amended return   Generally, you treat loan proceeds deposited in an account as used (spent) before either of the following amounts. How to file an amended return Any unborrowed amounts held in the same account. How to file an amended return Any amounts deposited after these loan proceeds. How to file an amended return Example. How to file an amended return On January 9, Olena opened a checking account, depositing $500 of the proceeds of Loan A and $1,000 of unborrowed funds. How to file an amended return The following table shows the transactions in her account during the tax year. How to file an amended return Date Transaction January 9 $500 proceeds of Loan A and $1,000 unborrowed funds deposited January 14 $500 proceeds of Loan B  deposited February 19 $800 used for personal purposes February 27 $700 used for passive activity June 19 $1,000 proceeds of Loan C  deposited November 20 $800 used for an investment December 18 $600 used for personal purposes Olena treats the $800 used for personal purposes as made from the $500 proceeds of Loan A and $300 of the proceeds of Loan B. How to file an amended return She treats the $700 used for a passive activity as made from the remaining $200 proceeds of Loan B and $500 of unborrowed funds. How to file an amended return She treats the $800 used for an investment as made entirely from the proceeds of Loan C. How to file an amended return She treats the $600 used for personal purposes as made from the remaining $200 proceeds of Loan C and $400 of unborrowed funds. How to file an amended return For the periods during which loan proceeds are held in the account, Olena treats them as property held for investment. How to file an amended return Payments from checking accounts. How to file an amended return   Generally, you treat a payment from a checking or similar account as made at the time the check is written if you mail or deliver it to the payee within a reasonable period after you write it. How to file an amended return You can treat checks written on the same day as written in any order. How to file an amended return Amounts paid within 30 days. How to file an amended return   If you receive loan proceeds in cash or if the loan proceeds are deposited in an account, you can treat any payment (up to the amount of the proceeds) made from any account you own, or from cash, as made from those proceeds. How to file an amended return This applies to any payment made within 30 days before or after the proceeds are received in cash or deposited in your account. How to file an amended return   If the loan proceeds are deposited in an account, you can apply this rule even if the rules stated earlier under Order of funds spent would otherwise require you to treat the proceeds as used for other purposes. How to file an amended return If you apply this rule to any payments, disregard those payments (and the proceeds from which they are made) when applying the rules stated under Order of funds spent. How to file an amended return   If you received the loan proceeds in cash, you can treat the payment as made on the date you received the cash instead of the date you actually made the payment. How to file an amended return Example. How to file an amended return Giovanni gets a loan of $1,000 on August 4 and receives the proceeds in cash. How to file an amended return Giovanni deposits $1,500 in an account on August 18 and on August 28 writes a check on the account for a passive activity expense. How to file an amended return Also, Giovanni deposits his paycheck, deposits other loan proceeds, and pays his bills during the same period. How to file an amended return Regardless of these other transactions, Giovanni can treat $1,000 of the deposit he made on August 18 as being paid on August 4 from the loan proceeds. How to file an amended return In addition, Giovanni can treat the passive activity expense he paid on August 28 as made from the $1,000 loan proceeds treated as deposited in the account. How to file an amended return Optional method for determining date of reallocation. How to file an amended return   You can use the following method to determine the date loan proceeds are reallocated to another use. How to file an amended return You can treat all payments from loan proceeds in the account during any month as taking place on the later of the following dates. How to file an amended return The first day of that month. How to file an amended return The date the loan proceeds are deposited in the account. How to file an amended return However, you can use this optional method only if you treat all payments from the account during the same calendar month in the same way. How to file an amended return Interest on a segregated account. How to file an amended return   If you have an account that contains only loan proceeds and interest earned on the account, you can treat any payment from that account as being made first from the interest. How to file an amended return When the interest earned is used up, any remaining payments are from loan proceeds. How to file an amended return Example. How to file an amended return You borrowed $20,000 and used the proceeds of this loan to open a new savings account. How to file an amended return When the account had earned interest of $867, you withdrew $20,000 for personal purposes. How to file an amended return You can treat the withdrawal as coming first from the interest earned on the account, $867, and then from the loan proceeds, $19,133 ($20,000 − $867). How to file an amended return All the interest charged on the loan from the time it was deposited in the account until the time of the withdrawal is investment interest expense. How to file an amended return The interest charged on the part of the proceeds used for personal purposes ($19,133) from the time you withdrew it until you either repay it or reallocate it to another use is personal interest expense. How to file an amended return The interest charged on the loan proceeds you left in the account ($867) continues to be investment interest expense until you either repay it or reallocate it to another use. How to file an amended return Loan repayment. How to file an amended return   When you repay any part of a loan allocated to more than one use, treat it as being repaid in the following order. How to file an amended return Personal use. How to file an amended return Investments and passive activities (other than those included in (3)). How to file an amended return Passive activities in connection with a rental real estate activity in which you actively participate. How to file an amended return Former passive activities. How to file an amended return Trade or business use and expenses for certain low-income housing projects. How to file an amended return Line of credit (continuous borrowings). How to file an amended return   The following rules apply if you have a line of credit or similar arrangement. How to file an amended return Treat all borrowed funds on which interest accrues at the same fixed or variable rate as a single loan. How to file an amended return Treat borrowed funds or parts of borrowed funds on which interest accrues at different fixed or variable rates as different loans. How to file an amended return Treat these loans as repaid in the order shown on the loan agreement. How to file an amended return Loan refinancing. How to file an amended return   Allocate the replacement loan to the same uses to which the repaid loan was allocated. How to file an amended return Make the allocation only to the extent you use the proceeds of the new loan to repay any part of the original loan. How to file an amended return Debt-financed distribution. How to file an amended return   A debt-financed distribution occurs when a partnership or S corporation borrows funds and allocates those funds to distributions made to partners or shareholders. How to file an amended return The manner in which you report the interest expense associated with the distributed debt proceeds depends on your use of those proceeds. How to file an amended return How to report. How to file an amended return   If the proceeds were used in a nonpassive trade or business activity, report the interest on Schedule E (Form 1040), line 28; enter “interest expense” and the name of the partnership or S corporation in column (a) and the amount in column (h). How to file an amended return If the proceeds were used in a passive activity, follow the Instructions for Form 8582, Passive Activity Loss Limitations, to determine the amount of interest expense that can be reported on Schedule E (Form 1040), line 28; enter “interest expense” and the name of the partnership in column (a) and the amount in column (f). How to file an amended return If the proceeds were used in an investment activity, enter the interest on Form 4952. How to file an amended return If the proceeds are used for personal purposes, the interest is generally not deductible. How to file an amended return Interest You Can Deduct You can generally deduct as a business expense all interest you pay or accrue during the tax year on debts related to your trade or business. How to file an amended return Interest relates to your trade or business if you use the proceeds of the loan for a trade or business expense. How to file an amended return It does not matter what type of property secures the loan. How to file an amended return You can deduct interest on a debt only if you meet all the following requirements. How to file an amended return You are legally liable for that debt. How to file an amended return Both you and the lender intend that the debt be repaid. How to file an amended return You and the lender have a true debtor-creditor relationship. How to file an amended return Partial liability. How to file an amended return   If you are liable for part of a business debt, you can deduct only your share of the total interest paid or accrued. How to file an amended return Example. How to file an amended return You and your brother borrow money. How to file an amended return You are liable for 50% of the note. How to file an amended return You use your half of the loan in your business, and you make one-half of the loan payments. How to file an amended return You can deduct your half of the total interest payments as a business deduction. How to file an amended return Mortgage. How to file an amended return   Generally, mortgage interest paid or accrued on real estate you own legally or equitably is deductible. How to file an amended return However, rather than deducting the interest currently, you may have to add it to the cost basis of the property as explained later under Capitalization of Interest. How to file an amended return Statement. How to file an amended return   If you paid $600 or more of mortgage interest (including certain points) during the year on any one mortgage, you generally will receive a Form 1098 or a similar statement. How to file an amended return You will receive the statement if you pay interest to a person (including a financial institution or a cooperative housing corporation) in the course of that person's trade or business. How to file an amended return A governmental unit is a person for purposes of furnishing the statement. How to file an amended return   If you receive a refund of interest you overpaid in an earlier year, this amount will be reported in box 3 of Form 1098. How to file an amended return You cannot deduct this amount. How to file an amended return For information on how to report this refund, see Refunds of interest, later in this chapter. How to file an amended return Expenses paid to obtain a mortgage. How to file an amended return   Certain expenses you pay to obtain a mortgage cannot be deducted as interest. How to file an amended return These expenses, which include mortgage commissions, abstract fees, and recording fees, are capital expenses. How to file an amended return If the property mortgaged is business or income-producing property, you can amortize the costs over the life of the mortgage. How to file an amended return Prepayment penalty. How to file an amended return   If you pay off your mortgage early and pay the lender a penalty for doing this, you can deduct the penalty as interest. How to file an amended return Interest on employment tax deficiency. How to file an amended return   Interest charged on employment taxes assessed on your business is deductible. How to file an amended return Original issue discount (OID). How to file an amended return   OID is a form of interest. How to file an amended return A loan (mortgage or other debt) generally has OID when its proceeds are less than its principal amount. How to file an amended return The OID is the difference between the stated redemption price at maturity and the issue price of the loan. How to file an amended return   A loan's stated redemption price at maturity is the sum of all amounts (principal and interest) payable on it other than qualified stated interest. How to file an amended return Qualified stated interest is stated interest that is unconditionally payable in cash or property (other than another loan of the issuer) at least annually over the term of the loan at a single fixed rate. How to file an amended return You generally deduct OID over the term of the loan. How to file an amended return Figure the amount to deduct each year using the constant-yield method, unless the OID on the loan is de minimis. How to file an amended return De minimis OID. How to file an amended return   The OID is de minimis if it is less than one-fourth of 1% (. How to file an amended return 0025) of the stated redemption price of the loan at maturity multiplied by the number of full years from the date of original issue to maturity (the term of the loan). How to file an amended return   If the OID is de minimis, you can choose one of the following ways to figure the amount you can deduct each year. How to file an amended return On a constant-yield basis over the term of the loan. How to file an amended return On a straight-line basis over the term of the loan. How to file an amended return In proportion to stated interest payments. How to file an amended return In its entirety at maturity of the loan. How to file an amended return You make this choice by deducting the OID in a manner consistent with the method chosen on your timely filed tax return for the tax year in which the loan is issued. How to file an amended return Example. How to file an amended return On January 1, 2013, you took out a $100,000 discounted loan and received $98,500 in proceeds. How to file an amended return The loan will mature on January 1, 2023 (a 10-year term), and the $100,000 principal is payable on that date. How to file an amended return Interest of $10,000 is payable on January 1 of each year, beginning January 1, 2014. How to file an amended return The $1,500 OID on the loan is de minimis because it is less than $2,500 ($100,000 × . How to file an amended return 0025 × 10). How to file an amended return You choose to deduct the OID on a straight-line basis over the term of the loan. How to file an amended return Beginning in 2013, you can deduct $150 each year for 10 years. How to file an amended return Constant-yield method. How to file an amended return   If the OID is not de minimis, you must use the constant-yield method to figure how much you can deduct each year. How to file an amended return You figure your deduction for the first year using the following steps. How to file an amended return Determine the issue price of the loan. How to file an amended return Generally, this equals the proceeds of the loan. How to file an amended return If you paid points on the loan (as discussed later), the issue price generally is the difference between the proceeds and the points. How to file an amended return Multiply the result in (1) by the yield to maturity. How to file an amended return Subtract any qualified stated interest payments from the result in (2). How to file an amended return This is the OID you can deduct in the first year. How to file an amended return   To figure your deduction in any subsequent year, follow the above steps, except determine the adjusted issue price in step (1). How to file an amended return To get the adjusted issue price, add to the issue price any OID previously deducted. How to file an amended return Then follow steps (2) and (3) above. How to file an amended return   The yield to maturity is generally shown in the literature you receive from your lender. How to file an amended return If you do not have this information, consult your lender or tax advisor. How to file an amended return In general, the yield to maturity is the discount rate that, when used in computing the present value of all principal and interest payments, produces an amount equal to the principal amount of the loan. How to file an amended return Example. How to file an amended return The facts are the same as in the previous example, except that you deduct the OID on a constant yield basis over the term of the loan. How to file an amended return The yield to maturity on your loan is 10. How to file an amended return 2467%, compounded annually. How to file an amended return For 2013, you can deduct $93 [($98,500 × . How to file an amended return 102467) − $10,000]. How to file an amended return For 2014, you can deduct $103 [($98,593 × . How to file an amended return 102467) − $10,000]. How to file an amended return Loan or mortgage ends. How to file an amended return   If your loan or mortgage ends, you may be able to deduct any remaining OID in the tax year in which the loan or mortgage ends. How to file an amended return A loan or mortgage may end due to a refinancing, prepayment, foreclosure, or similar event. How to file an amended return If you refinance with the original lender, you generally cannot deduct the remaining OID in the year in which the refinancing occurs, but you may be able to deduct it over the term of the new mortgage or loan. How to file an amended return See Interest paid with funds borrowed from original lender under Interest You Cannot Deduct, later. How to file an amended return Points. How to file an amended return   The term “points” is used to describe certain charges paid, or treated as paid, by a borrower to obtain a loan or a mortgage. How to file an amended return These charges are also called loan origination fees, maximum loan charges, discount points, or premium charges. How to file an amended return If any of these charges (points) are solely for the use of money, they are interest. How to file an amended return   Because points are prepaid interest, you generally cannot deduct the full amount in the year paid. How to file an amended return However, you can choose to fully deduct points in the year paid if you meet certain tests. How to file an amended return For exceptions to the general rule, see Publication 936. How to file an amended return The points reduce the issue price of the loan and result in original issue discount (OID), deductible as explained in the preceding discussion. How to file an amended return Partial payments on a nontax debt. How to file an amended return   If you make partial payments on a debt (other than a debt owed the IRS), the payments are applied, in general, first to interest and any remainder to principal. How to file an amended return You can deduct only the interest. How to file an amended return This rule does not apply when it can be inferred that the borrower and lender understood that a different allocation of the payments would be made. How to file an amended return Installment purchase. How to file an amended return   If you make an installment purchase of business property, the contract between you and the seller generally provides for the payment of interest. How to file an amended return If no interest or a low rate of interest is charged under the contract, a portion of the stated principal amount payable under the contract may be recharacterized as interest (unstated interest). How to file an amended return The amount recharacterized as interest reduces your basis in the property and increases your interest expense. How to file an amended return For more information on installment sales and unstated interest, see Publication 537. How to file an amended return Interest You Cannot Deduct Certain interest payments cannot be deducted. How to file an amended return In addition, certain other expenses that may seem to be interest but are not, cannot be deducted as interest. How to file an amended return You cannot currently deduct interest that must be capitalized, and you generally cannot deduct personal interest. How to file an amended return Interest paid with funds borrowed from original lender. How to file an amended return   If you use the cash method of accounting, you cannot deduct interest you pay with funds borrowed from the original lender through a second loan, an advance, or any other arrangement similar to a loan. How to file an amended return You can deduct the interest expense once you start making payments on the new loan. How to file an amended return   When you make a payment on the new loan, you first apply the payment to interest and then to the principal. How to file an amended return All amounts you apply to the interest on the first loan are deductible, along with any interest you pay on the second loan, subject to any limits that apply. How to file an amended return Capitalized interest. How to file an amended return   You cannot currently deduct interest you are required to capitalize under the uniform capitalization rules. How to file an amended return See Capitalization of Interest, later. How to file an amended return In addition, if you buy property and pay interest owed by the seller (for example, by assuming the debt and any interest accrued on the property), you cannot deduct the interest. How to file an amended return Add this interest to the basis of the property. How to file an amended return Commitment fees or standby charges. How to file an amended return   Fees you incur to have business funds available on a standby basis, but not for the actual use of the funds, are not deductible as interest payments. How to file an amended return You may be able to deduct them as business expenses. How to file an amended return   If the funds are for inventory or certain property used in your business, the fees are indirect costs and you generally must capitalize them under the uniform capitalization rules. How to file an amended return See Capitalization of Interest, later. How to file an amended return Interest on income tax. How to file an amended return   Interest charged on income tax assessed on your individual income tax return is not a business deduction even though the tax due is related to income from your trade or business. How to file an amended return Treat this interest as a business deduction only in figuring a net operating loss deduction. How to file an amended return Penalties. How to file an amended return   Penalties on underpaid deficiencies and underpaid estimated tax are not interest. How to file an amended return You cannot deduct them. How to file an amended return Generally, you cannot deduct any fines or penalties. How to file an amended return Interest on loans with respect to life insurance policies. How to file an amended return   You generally cannot deduct interest on a debt incurred with respect to any life insurance, annuity, or endowment contract that covers any individual unless that individual is a key person. How to file an amended return   If the policy or contract covers a key person, you can deduct the interest on up to $50,000 of debt for that person. How to file an amended return However, the deduction for any month cannot be more than the interest figured using Moody's Composite Yield on Seasoned Corporate Bonds (formerly known as Moody's Corporate Bond Yield Average-Monthly Average Corporates) (Moody's rate) for that month. How to file an amended return Who is a key person?   A key person is an officer or 20% owner. How to file an amended return However, the number of individuals you can treat as key persons is limited to the greater of the following. How to file an amended return Five individuals. How to file an amended return The lesser of 5% of the total officers and employees of the company or 20 individuals. How to file an amended return Exceptions for pre-June 1997 contracts. How to file an amended return   You can generally deduct the interest if the contract was issued before June 9, 1997, and the covered individual is someone other than an employee, officer, or someone financially interested in your business. How to file an amended return If the contract was purchased before June 21, 1986, you can generally deduct the interest no matter who is covered by the contract. How to file an amended return Interest allocated to unborrowed policy cash value. How to file an amended return   Corporations and partnerships generally cannot deduct any interest expense allocable to unborrowed cash values of life insurance, annuity, or endowment contracts. How to file an amended return This rule applies to contracts issued after June 8, 1997, that cover someone other than an officer, director, employee, or 20% owner. How to file an amended return For more information, see section 264(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. How to file an amended return Capitalization of Interest Under the uniform capitalization rules, you generally must capitalize interest on debt equal to your expenditures to produce real property or certain tangible personal property. How to file an amended return The property must be produced by you for use in your trade or business or for sale to customers. How to file an amended return You cannot capitalize interest related to property that you acquire in any other manner. How to file an amended return Interest you paid or incurred during the production period must be capitalized if the property produced is designated property. How to file an amended return Designated property is any of the following. How to file an amended return Real property. How to file an amended return Tangible personal property with a class life of 20 years or more. How to file an amended return Tangible personal property with an estimated production period of more than 2 years. How to file an amended return Tangible personal property with an estimated production period of more than 1 year if the estimated cost of production is more than $1 million. How to file an amended return Property you produce. How to file an amended return   You produce property if you construct, build, install, manufacture, develop, improve, create, raise, or grow it. How to file an amended return Treat property produced for you under a contract as produced by you up to the amount you pay or incur for the property. How to file an amended return Carrying charges. How to file an amended return   Carrying charges include taxes you pay to carry or develop real estate or to carry, transport, or install personal property. How to file an amended return You can choose to capitalize carrying charges not subject to the uniform capitalization rules if they are otherwise deductible. How to file an amended return For more information, see chapter 7. How to file an amended return Capitalized interest. How to file an amended return   Treat capitalized interest as a cost of the property produced. How to file an amended return You recover your interest when you sell or use the property. How to file an amended return If the property is inventory, recover capitalized interest through cost of goods sold. How to file an amended return If the property is used in your trade or business, recover capitalized interest through an adjustment to basis, depreciation, amortization, or other method. How to file an amended return Partnerships and S corporations. How to file an amended return   The interest capitalization rules are applied first at the partnership or S corporation level. How to file an amended return The rules are then applied at the partners' or shareholders' level to the extent the partnership or S corporation has insufficient debt to support the production or construction costs. How to file an amended return   If you are a partner or a shareholder, you may have to capitalize interest you incur during the tax year for the production costs of the partnership or S corporation. How to file an amended return You may also have to capitalize interest incurred by the partnership or S corporation for your own production costs. How to file an amended return To properly capitalize interest under these rules, you must be given the required information in an attachment to the Schedule K-1 you receive from the partnership or S corporation. How to file an amended return Additional information. How to file an amended return   The procedures for applying the uniform capitalization rules are beyond the scope of this publication. How to file an amended return For more information, see sections 1. How to file an amended return 263A-8 through 1. How to file an amended return 263A-15 of the regulations and Notice 88-99. How to file an amended return Notice 88-99 is in Cumulative Bulletin 1988-2. How to file an amended return When To Deduct Interest If the uniform capitalization rules, discussed under Capitalization of Interest, earlier, do not apply to you, deduct interest as follows. How to file an amended return Cash method. How to file an amended return   Under the cash method, you can generally deduct only the interest you actually paid during the tax year. How to file an amended return You cannot deduct a promissory note you gave as payment because it is a promise to pay and not an actual payment. How to file an amended return Prepaid interest. How to file an amended return   You generally cannot deduct any interest paid before the year it is due. How to file an amended return Interest paid in advance can be deducted only in the tax year in which it is due. How to file an amended return Discounted loan. How to file an amended return   If interest or a discount is subtracted from your loan proceeds, it is not a payment of interest and you cannot deduct it when you get the loan. How to file an amended return For more information, see Original issue discount (OID) under Interest You Can Deduct, earlier. How to file an amended return Refunds of interest. How to file an amended return   If you pay interest and then receive a refund in the same tax year of any part of the interest, reduce your interest deduction by the refund. How to file an amended return If you receive the refund in a later tax year, include the refund in your income to the extent the deduction for the interest reduced your tax. How to file an amended return Accrual method. How to file an amended return   Under an accrual method, you can deduct only interest that has accrued during the tax year. How to file an amended return Prepaid interest. How to file an amended return   See Prepaid interest, earlier. How to file an amended return Discounted loan. How to file an amended return   See Discounted loan, earlier. How to file an amended return Tax deficiency. How to file an amended return   If you contest a federal income tax deficiency, interest does not accrue until the tax year the final determination of liability is made. How to file an amended return If you do not contest the deficiency, then the interest accrues in the year the tax was asserted and agreed to by you. How to file an amended return   However, if you contest but pay the proposed tax deficiency and interest, and you do not designate the payment as a cash bond, then the interest is deductible in the year paid. How to file an amended return Related person. How to file an amended return   If you use an accrual method, you cannot deduct interest owed to a related person who uses the cash method until payment is made and the interest is includible in the gross income of that person. How to file an amended return The relationship is determined as of the end of the tax year for which the interest would otherwise be deductible. How to file an amended return See section 267 of the Internal Revenue Code for more information. How to file an amended return Below-Market Loans If you receive a below-market gift or demand loan and use the proceeds in your trade or business, you may be able to deduct the forgone interest. How to file an amended return See Treatment of gift and demand loans, later, in this discussion. How to file an amended return A below-market loan is a loan on which no interest is charged or on which interest is charged at a rate below the applicable federal rate. How to file an amended return A gift or demand loan that is a below-market loan generally is considered an arm's-length transaction in which you, the borrower, are considered as having received both the following. How to file an amended return A loan in exchange for a note that requires the payment of interest at the applicable federal rate. How to file an amended return An additional payment in an amount equal to the forgone interest. How to file an amended return The additional payment is treated as a gift, dividend, contribution to capital, payment of compensation, or other payment, depending on the substance of the transaction. How to file an amended return Forgone interest. How to file an amended return   For any period, forgone interest is The interest that would be payable for that period if interest accrued on the loan at the applicable federal rate and was payable annually on December 31, minus Any interest actually payable on the loan for the period. How to file an amended return Applicable federal rates are published by the IRS each month in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. How to file an amended return Internal Revenue Bulletins are available on the IRS web site at www. How to file an amended return irs. How to file an amended return gov/irb. How to file an amended return You can also contact an IRS office to get these rates. How to file an amended return Loans subject to the rules. How to file an amended return   The rules for below-market loans apply to the following. How to file an amended return Gift loans (below-market loans where the forgone interest is in the nature of a gift). How to file an amended return Compensation-related loans (below-market loans between an employer and an employee or between an independent contractor and a person for whom the contractor provides services). How to file an amended return Corporation-shareholder loans. How to file an amended return Tax avoidance loans (below-market loans where the avoidance of federal tax is one of the main purposes of the interest arrangement). How to file an amended return Loans to qualified continuing care facilities under a continuing care contract (made after October 11, 1985). How to file an amended return   Except as noted in (5) above, these rules apply to demand loans (loans payable in full at any time upon the lender's demand) outstanding after June 6, 1984, and to term loans (loans that are not demand loans) made after that date. How to file an amended return Treatment of gift and demand loans. How to file an amended return   If you receive a below-market gift loan or demand loan, you are treated as receiving an additional payment (as a gift, dividend, etc. How to file an amended return ) equal to the forgone interest on the loan. How to file an amended return You are then treated as transferring this amount back to the lender as interest. How to file an amended return These transfers are considered to occur annually, generally on December 31. How to file an amended return If you use the loan proceeds in your trade or business, you can deduct the forgone interest each year as a business interest expense. How to file an amended return The lender must report it as interest income. How to file an amended return Limit on forgone interest for gift loans of $100,000 or less. How to file an amended return   For gift loans between individuals, forgone interest treated as transferred back to the lender is limited to the borrower's net investment income for the year. How to file an amended return This limit applies if the outstanding loans between the lender and borrower total $100,000 or less. How to file an amended return If the borrower's net investment income is $1,000 or less, it is treated as zero. How to file an amended return This limit does not apply to a loan if the avoidance of any federal tax is one of the main purposes of the interest arrangement. How to file an amended return Treatment of term loans. How to file an amended return   If you receive a below-market term loan other than a gift or demand loan, you are treated as receiving an additional cash payment (as a dividend, etc. How to file an amended return ) on the date the loan is made. How to file an amended return This payment is equal to the loan amount minus the present value, at the applicable federal rate, of all payments due under the loan. How to file an amended return The same amount is treated as original issue discount on the loan. How to file an amended return See Original issue discount (OID) under Interest You Can Deduct, earlier. How to file an amended return Exceptions for loans of $10,000 or less. How to file an amended return   The rules for below-market loans do not apply to any day on which the total outstanding loans between the borrower and lender is $10,000 or less. How to file an amended return This exception applies only to the following. How to file an amended return Gift loans between individuals if the loan is not directly used to buy or carry income-producing assets. How to file an amended return Compensation-related loans or corporation-shareholder loans if the avoidance of any federal tax is not a principal purpose of the interest arrangement. How to file an amended return This exception does not apply to a term loan described in (2) above that was previously subject to the below-market loan rules. How to file an amended return Those rules will continue to apply even if the outstanding balance is reduced to $10,000 or less. How to file an amended return Exceptions for loans without significant tax effect. How to file an amended return   The following loans are specifically exempted from the rules for below-market loans because their interest arrangements do not have a significant effect on the federal tax liability of the borrower or the lender. How to file an amended return Loans made available by lenders to the general public on the same terms and conditions that are consistent with the lender's customary business practices. How to file an amended return Loans subsidized by a federal, state, or municipal government that are made available under a program of general application to the public. How to file an amended return Certain employee-relocation loans. How to file an amended return Certain loans to or from a foreign person, unless the interest income would be effectively connected with the conduct of a U. How to file an amended return S. How to file an amended return trade or business and not exempt from U. How to file an amended return S. How to file an amended return tax under an income tax treaty. How to file an amended return Any other loan if the taxpayer can show that the interest arrangement has no significant effect on the federal tax liability of the lender or the borrower. How to file an amended return Whether an interest arrangement has a significant effect on the federal tax liability of the lender or the borrower will be determined by all the facts and circumstances. How to file an amended return Consider all the following factors. How to file an amended return Whether items of income and deduction generated by the loan offset each other. How to file an amended return The amount of the items. How to file an amended return The cost of complying with the below-market loan provisions if they were to apply. How to file an amended return Any reasons, other than taxes, for structuring the transaction as a below-market loan. How to file an amended return Exception for loans to qualified continuing care facilities. How to file an amended return   The below-market interest rules do not apply to a loan owed by a qualified continuing care facility under a continuing care contract if the lender or lender's spouse is age 62 or older by the end of the calendar year. How to file an amended return A qualified continuing care facility is one or more facilities (excluding nursing homes) meeting the requirements listed below. How to file an amended return Designed to provide services under continuing care contracts (defined below). How to file an amended return Includes an independent living unit, and either an assisted living or nursing facility, or both. How to file an amended return Substantially all of the independent living unit residents are covered by continuing care contracts. How to file an amended return A continuing care contract is a written contract between an individual and a qualified continuing care facility that includes all of the following conditions. How to file an amended return The individual or individual's spouse must be entitled to use the facility for the rest of their life or lives. How to file an amended return The individual or individual's spouse will be provided with housing, as appropriate for the health of the individual or individual's spouse in an: independent living unit (which has additional available facilities outside the unit for the provision of meals and other personal care), and assisted living or nursing facility available in the continuing care facility. How to file an amended return The individual or individual's spouse will be provided with assisted living or nursing care available in the continuing care facility, as required for the health of the individual or the individual's spouse. How to file an amended return For more information, see section 7872(h) of the Internal Revenue Code. How to file an amended return Sale or exchange of property. How to file an amended return   Different rules generally apply to a loan connected with the sale or exchange of property. How to file an amended return If the loan does not provide adequate stated interest, part of the principal payment may be considered interest. How to file an amended return However, there are exceptions that may require you to apply the below-market interest rate rules to these loans. How to file an amended return See Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537. How to file an amended return More information. How to file an amended return   For more information on below-market loans, see section 7872 of the Internal Revenue Code and section 1. How to file an amended return 7872-5 of the regulations. How to file an amended return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications