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Irs e file 1040 ez 12. Irs e file 1040 ez   Business Deduction for Work-Related Education Table of Contents What's New Introduction Qualifying Work-Related EducationEducation Required by Employer or by Law Education To Maintain or Improve Skills Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business What Expenses Can Be DeductedUnclaimed reimbursement. Irs e file 1040 ez Transportation Expenses Travel Expenses No Double Benefit Allowed How To Treat ReimbursementsAccountable Plans Nonaccountable Plans Deducting Business ExpensesSelf-Employed Persons Employees Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials Impairment-Related Work Expenses Recordkeeping Illustrated Example What's New Standard mileage rate. Irs e file 1040 ez  Generally, if you claim a business deduction for work-related education and you drive your car to and from school, the amount you can deduct for miles driven from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, is 56. Irs e file 1040 ez 5 cents per mile. Irs e file 1040 ez For more information, see Transportation Expenses under What Expenses Can Be Deducted, later. Irs e file 1040 ez Introduction This chapter discusses work-related education expenses that you may be able to deduct as business expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez To claim such a deduction, you must: Itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or 1040NR) if you are an employee, File Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business, or Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Farming if you are self-employed, and Have expenses for education that meet the requirements discussed under Qualifying Work-Related Education , later. Irs e file 1040 ez What is the tax benefit of taking a business deduction for work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez   If you are an employee and can itemize your deductions, you may be able to claim a deduction for the expenses you pay for your work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez Your deduction will be the amount by which your qualifying work-related education expenses plus other job and certain miscellaneous expenses (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is greater than 2% of your adjusted gross income. Irs e file 1040 ez An itemized deduction reduces the amount of your income subject to tax. Irs e file 1040 ez   If you are self-employed, you deduct your expenses for qualifying work-related education directly from your self-employment income. Irs e file 1040 ez This reduces the amount of your income subject to both income tax and self-employment tax. Irs e file 1040 ez   Your work-related education expenses may also qualify you for other tax benefits, such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits. Irs e file 1040 ez You may qualify for these other benefits even if you do not meet the requirements listed above. Irs e file 1040 ez   Also, your work-related education expenses may qualify you to claim more than one tax benefit. Irs e file 1040 ez Generally, you may claim any number of benefits as long as you use different expenses to figure each one. Irs e file 1040 ez Qualifying Work-Related Education You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as business expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez This is education that meets at least one of the following two tests. Irs e file 1040 ez The education is required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job. Irs e file 1040 ez The required education must serve a bona fide business purpose of your employer. Irs e file 1040 ez The education maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Irs e file 1040 ez However, even if the education meets one or both of the above tests, it is not qualifying work-related education if it: Is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements of your present trade or business, or Is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Irs e file 1040 ez You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as a business expense even if the education could lead to a degree. Irs e file 1040 ez Use Figure 12-1, Does Your Work-Related Education Qualify as a quick check to see if your education qualifies. Irs e file 1040 ez Education Required by Employer or by Law Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for your job, your employer or the law may require you to get more education. Irs e file 1040 ez This additional education is qualifying work-related education if all three of the following requirements are met. Irs e file 1040 ez It is required for you to keep your present salary, status, or job, The requirement serves a bona fide business purpose of your employer, and The education is not part of a program that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Irs e file 1040 ez When you get more education than your employer or the law requires, the additional education can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills required in your present work. Irs e file 1040 ez See Education To Maintain or Improve Skills , later. Irs e file 1040 ez Example. Irs e file 1040 ez You are a teacher who has satisfied the minimum requirements for teaching. Irs e file 1040 ez Your employer requires you to take an additional college course each year to keep your teaching job. Irs e file 1040 ez If the courses will not qualify you for a new trade or business, they are qualifying work-related education even if you eventually receive a master's degree and an increase in salary because of this extra education. Irs e file 1040 ez This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Irs e file 1040 ez Please click the link to view the image. Irs e file 1040 ez Figure 12-1 Education To Maintain or Improve Skills If your education is not required by your employer or the law, it can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Irs e file 1040 ez This could include refresher courses, courses on current developments, and academic or vocational courses. Irs e file 1040 ez Example. Irs e file 1040 ez You repair televisions, radios, and stereo systems for XYZ Store. Irs e file 1040 ez To keep up with the latest changes, you take special courses in radio and stereo service. Irs e file 1040 ez These courses maintain and improve skills required in your work. Irs e file 1040 ez Maintaining skills vs. Irs e file 1040 ez qualifying for new job. Irs e file 1040 ez   Education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work is not qualifying education if it will also qualify you for a new trade or business. Irs e file 1040 ez Education during temporary absence. Irs e file 1040 ez   If you stop working for a year or less in order to get education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work and then return to the same general type of work, your absence is considered temporary. Irs e file 1040 ez Education that you get during a temporary absence is qualifying work-related education if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Irs e file 1040 ez Example. Irs e file 1040 ez You quit your biology research job to become a full-time biology graduate student for 1 year. Irs e file 1040 ez If you return to work in biology research after completing the courses, the education is related to your present work even if you do not go back to work with the same employer. Irs e file 1040 ez Education during indefinite absence. Irs e file 1040 ez   If you stop work for more than a year, your absence from your job is considered indefinite. Irs e file 1040 ez Education during an indefinite absence, even if it maintains or improves skills needed in the work from which you are absent, is considered to qualify you for a new trade or business. Irs e file 1040 ez Therefore, it is not qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education you need to meet the minimum educational requirements for your present trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez The minimum educational requirements are determined by: Laws and regulations, Standards of your profession, trade, or business, and Your employer. Irs e file 1040 ez Once you have met the minimum educational requirements that were in effect when you were hired, you do not have to meet any new minimum educational requirements. Irs e file 1040 ez This means that if the minimum requirements change after you were hired, any education you need to meet the new requirements can be qualifying education. Irs e file 1040 ez You have not necessarily met the minimum educational requirements of your trade or business simply because you are already doing the work. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 1. Irs e file 1040 ez You are a full-time engineering student. Irs e file 1040 ez Although you have not received your degree or certification, you work part time as an engineer for a firm that will employ you as a full-time engineer after you finish college. Irs e file 1040 ez Although your college engineering courses improve your skills in your present job, they are also needed to meet the minimum job requirements for a full-time engineer. Irs e file 1040 ez The education is not qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 2. Irs e file 1040 ez You are an accountant and you have met the minimum educational requirements of your employer. Irs e file 1040 ez Your employer later changes the minimum educational requirements and requires you to take college courses to keep your job. Irs e file 1040 ez These additional courses can be qualifying work-related education because you have already satisfied the minimum requirements that were in effect when you were hired. Irs e file 1040 ez Requirements for Teachers States or school districts usually set the minimum educational requirements for teachers. Irs e file 1040 ez The requirement is the college degree or the minimum number of college hours usually required of a person hired for that position. Irs e file 1040 ez If there are no requirements, you will have met the minimum educational requirements when you become a faculty member. Irs e file 1040 ez The determination of whether you are a faculty member of an educational institution must be made on the basis of the particular practices of the institution. Irs e file 1040 ez You generally will be considered a faculty member when one or more of the following occurs. Irs e file 1040 ez You have tenure. Irs e file 1040 ez Your years of service count toward obtaining tenure. Irs e file 1040 ez You have a vote in faculty decisions. Irs e file 1040 ez Your school makes contributions for you to a retirement plan other than social security or a similar program. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 1. Irs e file 1040 ez The law in your state requires beginning secondary school teachers to have a bachelor's degree, including 10 professional education courses. Irs e file 1040 ez In addition, to keep the job a teacher must complete a fifth year of training within 10 years from the date of hire. Irs e file 1040 ez If the employing school certifies to the state Department of Education that qualified teachers cannot be found, the school can hire persons with only 3 years of college. Irs e file 1040 ez However, to keep their jobs, these teachers must get a bachelor's degree and the required professional education courses within 3 years. Irs e file 1040 ez Under these facts, the bachelor's degree, whether or not it includes the 10 professional education courses, is considered the minimum educational requirement for qualification as a teacher in your state. Irs e file 1040 ez If you have all the required education except the fifth year, you have met the minimum educational requirements. Irs e file 1040 ez The fifth year of training is qualifying work-related education unless it is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 2. Irs e file 1040 ez Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you have a bachelor's degree and only six professional education courses. Irs e file 1040 ez The additional four education courses can be qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez Although you do not have all the required courses, you have already met the minimum educational requirements. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 3. Irs e file 1040 ez Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you are hired with only 3 years of college. Irs e file 1040 ez The courses you take that lead to a bachelor's degree (including those in education) are not qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez They are needed to meet the minimum educational requirements for employment as a teacher. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 4. Irs e file 1040 ez You have a bachelor's degree and you work as a temporary instructor at a university. Irs e file 1040 ez At the same time, you take graduate courses toward an advanced degree. Irs e file 1040 ez The rules of the university state that you can become a faculty member only if you get a graduate degree. Irs e file 1040 ez Also, you can keep your job as an instructor only as long as you show satisfactory progress toward getting this degree. Irs e file 1040 ez You have not met the minimum educational requirements to qualify you as a faculty member. Irs e file 1040 ez The graduate courses are not qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez Certification in a new state. Irs e file 1040 ez   Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for teachers for your state, you are considered to have met the minimum educational requirements in all states. Irs e file 1040 ez This is true even if you must get additional education to be certified in another state. Irs e file 1040 ez Any additional education you need is qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez You have already met the minimum requirements for teaching. Irs e file 1040 ez Teaching in another state is not a new trade or business. Irs e file 1040 ez Example. Irs e file 1040 ez You hold a permanent teaching certificate in State A and are employed as a teacher in that state for several years. Irs e file 1040 ez You move to State B and are promptly hired as a teacher. Irs e file 1040 ez You are required, however, to complete certain prescribed courses to get a permanent teaching certificate in State B. Irs e file 1040 ez These additional courses are qualifying work-related education because the teaching position in State B involves the same general kind of work for which you were qualified in State A. Irs e file 1040 ez Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business Education that is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez This is true even if you do not plan to enter that trade or business. Irs e file 1040 ez If you are an employee, a change of duties that involves the same general kind of work is not a new trade or business. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 1. Irs e file 1040 ez You are an accountant. Irs e file 1040 ez Your employer requires you to get a law degree at your own expense. Irs e file 1040 ez You register at a law school for the regular curriculum that leads to a law degree. Irs e file 1040 ez Even if you do not intend to become a lawyer, the education is not qualifying because the law degree will qualify you for a new trade or business. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 2. Irs e file 1040 ez You are a general practitioner of medicine. Irs e file 1040 ez You take a 2-week course to review developments in several specialized fields of medicine. Irs e file 1040 ez The course does not qualify you for a new profession. Irs e file 1040 ez It is qualifying work- related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 3. Irs e file 1040 ez While working in the private practice of psychiatry, you enter a program to study and train at an accredited psychoanalytic institute. Irs e file 1040 ez The program will lead to qualifying you to practice psychoanalysis. Irs e file 1040 ez The psychoanalytic training does not qualify you for a new profession. Irs e file 1040 ez It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Irs e file 1040 ez Bar or CPA Review Course Review courses to prepare for the bar examination or the certified public accountant (CPA) examination are not qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez They are part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new profession. Irs e file 1040 ez Teaching and Related Duties All teaching and related duties are considered the same general kind of work. Irs e file 1040 ez A change in duties in any of the following ways is not considered a change to a new business. Irs e file 1040 ez Elementary school teacher to secondary school teacher. Irs e file 1040 ez Teacher of one subject, such as biology, to teacher of another subject, such as art. Irs e file 1040 ez Classroom teacher to guidance counselor. Irs e file 1040 ez Classroom teacher to school administrator. Irs e file 1040 ez What Expenses Can Be Deducted If your education meets the requirements described earlier under Qualifying Work-Related Education you can generally deduct your education expenses as business expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez If you are not self-employed, you can deduct business expenses only if you itemize your deductions. Irs e file 1040 ez You cannot deduct expenses related to tax-exempt and excluded income. Irs e file 1040 ez Deductible expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez   The following education expenses can be deducted. Irs e file 1040 ez Tuition, books, supplies, lab fees, and similar items. Irs e file 1040 ez Certain transportation and travel costs. Irs e file 1040 ez Other education expenses, such as costs of research and typing when writing a paper as part of an educational program. Irs e file 1040 ez Nondeductible expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez   You cannot deduct personal or capital expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez For example, you cannot deduct the dollar value of vacation time or annual leave you take to attend classes. Irs e file 1040 ez This amount is a personal expense. Irs e file 1040 ez Unclaimed reimbursement. Irs e file 1040 ez   If you do not claim reimbursement that you are entitled to receive from your employer, you cannot deduct the expenses that apply to that unclaimed reimbursement. Irs e file 1040 ez Example. Irs e file 1040 ez Your employer agrees to pay your education expenses if you file a voucher showing your expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez You do not file a voucher and you do not get reimbursed. Irs e file 1040 ez Because you did not file a voucher, you cannot deduct the expenses on your tax return. Irs e file 1040 ez Transportation Expenses If your education qualifies, you can deduct local transportation costs of going directly from work to school. Irs e file 1040 ez If you are regularly employed and go to school on a temporary basis, you can also deduct the costs of returning from school to home. Irs e file 1040 ez Temporary basis. Irs e file 1040 ez   You go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations applies to you. Irs e file 1040 ez Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less and does indeed last for 1 year or less. Irs e file 1040 ez Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. Irs e file 1040 ez Your attendance is temporary up to the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Irs e file 1040 ez If you are in either situation (1) or (2) above, your attendance is not temporary if facts and circumstances indicate otherwise. Irs e file 1040 ez Attendance not on a temporary basis. Irs e file 1040 ez   You do not go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations apply to you. Irs e file 1040 ez Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last more than 1 year. Irs e file 1040 ez It does not matter how long you actually attend. Irs e file 1040 ez Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. Irs e file 1040 ez Your attendance is not temporary after the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Irs e file 1040 ez Deductible Transportation Expenses If you are regularly employed and go directly from home to school on a temporary basis, you can deduct the round-trip costs of transportation between your home and school. Irs e file 1040 ez This is true regardless of the location of the school, the distance traveled, or whether you attend school on nonwork days. Irs e file 1040 ez Transportation expenses include the actual costs of bus, subway, cab, or other fares, as well as the costs of using your car. Irs e file 1040 ez Transportation expenses do not include amounts spent for travel, meals, or lodging while you are away from home overnight. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 1. Irs e file 1040 ez You regularly work in a nearby town, and go directly from work to home. Irs e file 1040 ez You also attend school every work night for 3 months to take a course that improves your job skills. Irs e file 1040 ez Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your daily round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Irs e file 1040 ez This is true regardless of the distance traveled. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 2. Irs e file 1040 ez Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that on certain nights you go directly from work to school and then home. Irs e file 1040 ez You can deduct your transportation expenses from your regular work site to school and then home. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 3. Irs e file 1040 ez Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend the school for 9 months on Saturdays, nonwork days. Irs e file 1040 ez Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 4. Irs e file 1040 ez Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend classes twice a week for 15 months. Irs e file 1040 ez Since your attendance in school is not considered temporary, you cannot deduct your transportation expenses in going between home and school. Irs e file 1040 ez If you go directly from work to school, you can deduct the one-way transportation expenses of going from work to school. Irs e file 1040 ez If you go from work to home to school and return home, your transportation expenses cannot be more than if you had gone directly from work to school. Irs e file 1040 ez Using your car. Irs e file 1040 ez    If you use your car (whether you own or lease it) for transportation to school, you can deduct your actual expenses or use the standard mileage rate to figure the amount you can deduct. Irs e file 1040 ez The standard mileage rate for miles driven from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, is 56. Irs e file 1040 ez 5 cents per mile. Irs e file 1040 ez Whichever method you use, you can also deduct parking fees and tolls. Irs e file 1040 ez See Publication 463, chapter 4, for information on deducting your actual expenses of using a car. Irs e file 1040 ez Travel Expenses You can deduct expenses for travel, meals (see 50% limit on meals , later), and lodging if you travel overnight mainly to obtain qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez Travel expenses for qualifying work-related education are treated the same as travel expenses for other employee business purposes. Irs e file 1040 ez For more information, see chapter 1 of Publication 463. Irs e file 1040 ez You cannot deduct expenses for personal activities such as sightseeing, visiting, or entertaining. Irs e file 1040 ez Mainly personal travel. Irs e file 1040 ez   If your travel away from home is mainly personal, you cannot deduct all of your expenses for travel, meals, and lodging. Irs e file 1040 ez You can deduct only your expenses for lodging and 50% of your expenses for meals during the time you attend the qualified educational activities. Irs e file 1040 ez   Whether a trip's purpose is mainly personal or educational depends upon the facts and circumstances. Irs e file 1040 ez An important factor is the comparison of time spent on personal activities with time spent on educational activities. Irs e file 1040 ez If you spend more time on personal activities, the trip is considered mainly educational only if you can show a substantial nonpersonal reason for traveling to a particular location. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 1. Irs e file 1040 ez John works in Newark, New Jersey. Irs e file 1040 ez He traveled to Chicago to take a deductible 1-week course at the request of his employer. Irs e file 1040 ez His main reason for going to Chicago was to take the course. Irs e file 1040 ez While there, he took a sightseeing trip, entertained some friends, and took a side trip to Pleasantville for a day. Irs e file 1040 ez Since the trip was mainly for business, John can deduct his round-trip airfare to Chicago. Irs e file 1040 ez He cannot deduct his transportation expenses of going to Pleasantville. Irs e file 1040 ez He can deduct only the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging connected with his educational activities. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 2. Irs e file 1040 ez Sue works in Boston. Irs e file 1040 ez She went to a university in Michigan to take a course for work. Irs e file 1040 ez The course is qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez She took one course, which is one-fourth of a full course load of study. Irs e file 1040 ez She spent the rest of the time on personal activities. Irs e file 1040 ez Her reasons for taking the course in Michigan were all personal. Irs e file 1040 ez Sue's trip is mainly personal because three-fourths of her time is considered personal time. Irs e file 1040 ez She cannot deduct the cost of her round-trip train ticket to Michigan. Irs e file 1040 ez She can deduct one-fourth of the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging costs for the time she attended the university. Irs e file 1040 ez Example 3. Irs e file 1040 ez Dave works in Nashville and recently traveled to California to take a 2-week seminar. Irs e file 1040 ez The seminar is qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez While there, he spent an extra 8 weeks on personal activities. Irs e file 1040 ez The facts, including the extra 8-week stay, show that his main purpose was to take a vacation. Irs e file 1040 ez Dave cannot deduct his round-trip airfare or his meals and lodging for the 8 weeks. Irs e file 1040 ez He can deduct only his expenses for meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging for the 2 weeks he attended the seminar. Irs e file 1040 ez Cruises and conventions. Irs e file 1040 ez   Certain cruises and conventions offer seminars or courses as part of their itinerary. Irs e file 1040 ez Even if the seminars or courses are work related, your deduction for travel may be limited. Irs e file 1040 ez This applies to: Travel by ocean liner, cruise ship, or other form of luxury water transportation, and Conventions outside the North American area. Irs e file 1040 ez   For a discussion of the limits on travel expense deductions that apply to cruises and conventions, see Luxury Water Travel and Conventions in chapter 1 of Publication 463. Irs e file 1040 ez 50% limit on meals. Irs e file 1040 ez   You can deduct only 50% of the cost of your meals while traveling away from home to obtain qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez If you were reimbursed for the meals, see How To Treat Reimbursements , later. Irs e file 1040 ez   Employees must use Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ to apply the 50% limit. Irs e file 1040 ez Travel as Education You cannot deduct the cost of travel as a form of education even if it is directly related to your duties in your work or business. Irs e file 1040 ez Example. Irs e file 1040 ez You are a French language teacher. Irs e file 1040 ez While on sabbatical leave granted for travel, you traveled through France to improve your knowledge of the French language. Irs e file 1040 ez You chose your itinerary and most of your activities to improve your French language skills. Irs e file 1040 ez You cannot deduct your travel expenses as education expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez This is true even if you spent most of your time learning French by visiting French schools and families, attending movies or plays, and engaging in similar activities. Irs e file 1040 ez No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do either of the following. Irs e file 1040 ez Deduct work-related education expenses as business expenses if you benefit from these expenses under any other provision of the law, for example, as a tuition and fees deduction. Irs e file 1040 ez Deduct work-related education expenses paid with tax-free scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. Irs e file 1040 ez See Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses, next. Irs e file 1040 ez Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses If you pay qualifying work-related education expenses with certain tax-free funds, you cannot claim a deduction for those amounts. Irs e file 1040 ez You must reduce the qualifying expenses by the amount of such expenses allocable to the tax-free educational assistance. Irs e file 1040 ez Tax-free educational assistance. Irs e file 1040 ez   This includes: The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see Tax-Free Scholarships and Fellowships in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), Pell grants (see Pell Grants and Other Title IV Need-Based Education Grants in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions). Irs e file 1040 ez Employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11, Employer-Provided Educational Assistance ), Veterans' educational assistance (see Veterans' Benefits in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance. Irs e file 1040 ez Amounts that do not reduce qualifying work-related education expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez   Do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as: Payment for services, such as wages, A loan, A gift, An inheritance, or A withdrawal from the student's personal savings. Irs e file 1040 ez Also, do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by any scholarship or fellowship reported as income on the student's return or any scholarship which, by its terms, cannot be applied to qualifying work-related education expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez How To Treat Reimbursements How you treat reimbursements depends on the arrangement you have with your employer. Irs e file 1040 ez There are two basic types of reimbursement arrangements—accountable plans and nonaccountable plans. Irs e file 1040 ez You can tell the type of plan you are reimbursed under by the way the reimbursement is reported on your Form W-2. Irs e file 1040 ez Note. Irs e file 1040 ez The following rules about reimbursement arrangements also apply to expense allowances received from your employer. Irs e file 1040 ez Accountable Plans To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement arrangement must require you to meet all three of the following rules. Irs e file 1040 ez Your expenses must have a business connection. Irs e file 1040 ez This means your expenses must be deductible under the rules for qualifying work-related education explained earlier. Irs e file 1040 ez You must adequately account to your employer for your expenses within a reasonable period of time. Irs e file 1040 ez You must return any reimbursement or allowance in excess of the expenses accounted for within a reasonable period of time. Irs e file 1040 ez If you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, your employer should not include any reimbursement in your income in box 1 of your Form W-2. Irs e file 1040 ez If your employer included reimbursements in box 1 of your Form W-2 and you meet all three rules for accountable plans, ask your employer for a corrected Form W-2. Irs e file 1040 ez Accountable plan rules not met. Irs e file 1040 ez   Even though you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, some of your expenses may not meet all three rules for accountable plans. Irs e file 1040 ez Those expenses that fail to meet the three rules are treated as having been reimbursed under a Nonaccountable Plan (discussed later). Irs e file 1040 ez Expenses equal reimbursement. Irs e file 1040 ez   Under an accountable plan, if your expenses equal your reimbursement, you do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Irs e file 1040 ez Because your expenses and reimbursements are equal, you do not have a deduction. Irs e file 1040 ez Excess expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez   If your expenses are more than your reimbursement, you can deduct your excess expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez This is discussed later, under Deducting Business Expenses . Irs e file 1040 ez Allocating your reimbursements for meals. Irs e file 1040 ez   Because your excess meal expenses are subject to the 50% limit, you must figure them separately from your other expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez If your employer paid you a single amount to cover both meals and other expenses, you must allocate the reimbursement so that you can figure your excess meal expenses separately. Irs e file 1040 ez Make the allocation as follows. Irs e file 1040 ez Divide your meal expenses by your total expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez Multiply your total reimbursement by the result from (1). Irs e file 1040 ez This is the allocated reimbursement for your meal expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez Subtract the amount figured in (2) from your total reimbursement. Irs e file 1040 ez The difference is the allocated reimbursement for your other expenses of qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez Example. Irs e file 1040 ez Your employer paid you an expense allowance of $2,000 under an accountable plan. Irs e file 1040 ez The allowance was to cover all of your expenses of traveling away from home to take a 2-week training course for work. Irs e file 1040 ez There was no indication of how much of the reimbursement was for each type of expense. Irs e file 1040 ez Your actual expenses equal $2,500 ($425 for meals + $700 lodging + $150 transportation expenses + $1,225 for books and tuition). Irs e file 1040 ez Using the steps listed above, allocate the reimbursement between the $425 meal expenses and the $2,075 other expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez   1. Irs e file 1040 ez $425 meal expenses  $2,500 total expenses = . Irs e file 1040 ez 17   2. Irs e file 1040 ez $2,000 (reimbursement)×. Irs e file 1040 ez 17     =$340 (allocated reimbursement for meal expenses)   3. Irs e file 1040 ez $2,000 (reimbursement)−$340 (meals)     = $1,660 (allocated reimbursement for other qualifying work-related education expenses) Your excess meal expenses are $85 ($425 − $340) and your excess other expenses are $415 ($2,075 − $1,660). Irs e file 1040 ez After you apply the 50% limit to your meals, you have a deduction for work-related education expenses of $458 (($85 × 50%) + $415). Irs e file 1040 ez Nonaccountable Plans Your employer will combine the amount of any reimbursement or other expense allowance paid to you under a nonaccountable plan with your wages, salary, or other pay and report the total in box 1 of your Form W-2. Irs e file 1040 ez You can deduct your expenses regardless of whether they are more than, less than, or equal to your reimbursement. Irs e file 1040 ez This is discussed later under Deducting Business Expenses . Irs e file 1040 ez An illustrated example of a nonaccountable plan, using Form 2106-EZ, is shown at the end of this chapter. Irs e file 1040 ez Reimbursements for nondeductible expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez   Reimbursements you received for nondeductible expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Irs e file 1040 ez You must include them in your income. Irs e file 1040 ez For example, you must include in your income reimbursements your employer gave you for expenses of education that: You need to meet the minimum educational requirements for your job, or Is part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new trade or business. Irs e file 1040 ez   For more information on accountable and nonaccountable plans, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Irs e file 1040 ez Deducting Business Expenses Self-employed persons and employees report their business expenses differently. Irs e file 1040 ez The following information explains what forms you must use to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense. Irs e file 1040 ez Self-Employed Persons If you are self-employed, you must report the cost of your qualifying work-related education on the appropriate form used to report your business income and expenses (generally Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040)). Irs e file 1040 ez If your education expenses include expenses for a car or truck, travel, or meals, report those expenses the same way you report other business expenses for those items. Irs e file 1040 ez See the instructions for the form you file for information on how to complete it. Irs e file 1040 ez Employees If you are an employee, you can deduct the cost of qualifying work-related education only if you: Did not receive (and were not entitled to receive) any reimbursement from your employer, Were reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (amount is included in box 1 of Form W-2), or Received reimbursement under an accountable plan, but the amount received was less than your expenses for which you claimed reimbursement. Irs e file 1040 ez If either (1) or (2) applies, you can deduct the total qualifying cost. Irs e file 1040 ez If (3) applies, you can deduct only the qualifying costs that were more than your reimbursement. Irs e file 1040 ez In order to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense, include the amount with your deduction for any other employee business expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7. Irs e file 1040 ez (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. Irs e file 1040 ez ) This deduction (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most miscellaneous itemized deductions. Irs e file 1040 ez Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Irs e file 1040 ez   To figure your deduction for employee business expenses, including qualifying work-related education, you generally must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Irs e file 1040 ez Form not required. Irs e file 1040 ez   Do not complete either Form 2106 or 2106-EZ if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are not claiming travel, transportation, meal, or entertainment expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez   If you meet both of these requirements, enter the expenses directly on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7. Irs e file 1040 ez (Special rules for expenses of certain Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials and for Impairment-Related Work Expenses are explained later. Irs e file 1040 ez ) Using Form 2106-EZ. Irs e file 1040 ez   This form is shorter and easier to use than Form 2106. Irs e file 1040 ez Generally, you can use this form if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are using the standard mileage rate if you are claiming vehicle expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez   If you do not meet both of these requirements, use Form 2106. Irs e file 1040 ez Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials If you are a qualified performing artist, or a state (or local) government official who is paid in whole or in part on a fee basis, you can deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as an adjustment to gross income rather than as an itemized deduction. Irs e file 1040 ez Include the cost of your qualifying work-related education with any other employee business expenses on Form 1040, line 24, or Form 1040NR, line 35. Irs e file 1040 ez You do not have to itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or 1040NR), and, therefore, the deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Irs e file 1040 ez You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to figure your deduction even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Irs e file 1040 ez For more information on qualified performing artists, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Irs e file 1040 ez Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you are disabled and have impairment-related work expenses that are necessary for you to be able to get qualifying work-related education, you can deduct these expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 14. Irs e file 1040 ez They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Irs e file 1040 ez To deduct these expenses, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Irs e file 1040 ez For more information on impairment-related work expenses, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Irs e file 1040 ez Recordkeeping You must keep records as proof of any deduction claimed on your tax return. Irs e file 1040 ez Generally, you should keep your records for 3 years from the date of filing the tax return and claiming the deduction. Irs e file 1040 ez If you are an employee who is reimbursed for expenses and you give your records and documentation to your employer, you do not have to keep duplicate copies of this information. Irs e file 1040 ez However, you should keep your records for a 3-year period if: You claim deductions for expenses that are more than your reimbursement, Your employer does not use adequate accounting procedures to verify expense accounts, You are related to your employer, or Your expenses are reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan. Irs e file 1040 ez Examples of records to keep. Irs e file 1040 ez   If any of the above cases apply to you, you must be able to prove that your expenses are deductible. Irs e file 1040 ez You should keep adequate records or have sufficient evidence that will support your expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez Estimates or approximations do not qualify as proof of an expense. Irs e file 1040 ez Some examples of what can be used to help prove your expenses are: Documents, such as transcripts, course descriptions, catalogs, etc. Irs e file 1040 ez , showing periods of enrollment in educational institutions, principal subjects studied, and descriptions of educational activity. Irs e file 1040 ez Canceled checks and receipts to verify amounts you spent for: Tuition and books, Meals and lodging while away from home overnight for educational purposes, Travel and transportation, and Other education expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez Statements from your employer explaining whether the education was necessary for you to keep your job, salary, or status; how the education helped maintain or improve skills needed in your job; how much reimbursement you received; and, if you are a teacher, the type of certificate and subjects taught. Irs e file 1040 ez Complete information about any scholarship or fellowship grants, including amounts you received during the year. Irs e file 1040 ez Illustrated Example Victor Jones teaches math at a private high school in North Carolina. Irs e file 1040 ez He was selected to attend a 3-week math seminar at a university in California. Irs e file 1040 ez The seminar will improve his skills in his current job and is qualifying work-related education. Irs e file 1040 ez He was reimbursed for his expenses under his employer's nonaccountable plan, so his reimbursement of $2,100 is included in the wages shown in box 1 of his Form W-2. Irs e file 1040 ez Victor will file Form 1040. Irs e file 1040 ez His actual expenses for the seminar are as follows:   Lodging   $1,050     Meals   526     Airfare   550     Taxi fares   50     Tuition and books   400     Total Expenses   $2,576   Victor files Form 2106-EZ with his tax return. Irs e file 1040 ez He shows his expenses for the seminar in Part I of the form. Irs e file 1040 ez He enters $1,650 ($1,050 + $550 + $50) on line 3 to account for his lodging, airfare, and taxi fares. Irs e file 1040 ez He enters $400 on line 4 for his tuition and books. Irs e file 1040 ez On the line provided for total meals and entertainment expenses, Victor enters $526 for meal expenses. Irs e file 1040 ez He multiplies that amount by 50% and enters the result, $263, on line 5. Irs e file 1040 ez On line 6, Victor totals the amounts from lines 3 through 5. Irs e file 1040 ez He carries the total, $2,313, to Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Irs e file 1040 ez Since he does not claim any vehicle expenses, Victor leaves Part II blank. Irs e file 1040 ez His filled-in form is shown on the next page. Irs e file 1040 ez This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Irs e file 1040 ez Please click the link to view the image. Irs e file 1040 ez Form 2106-EZ for V. Irs e file 1040 ez Jones Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Buy Safe Toys

If you plan to buy toys for the kids in your life, choose age-appropriate toys and look for labels with safety advice. For young children, avoid toys with small parts, sharp edges, and electric toys that can heat up. Always purchase safety gear in addition to sports-related gifts or ride-on toys, such as bicycles or skateboards. Get additional toy safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (PDF).

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Celebrate on a Budget

The holidays can be expensive, but you don't have to break the bank to celebrate. Take a few minutes to decide how much you can afford to spend on gifts, travel, parties, decorations, and other holiday expenses. Once you've created a spending plan, keep track of your purchases. 

Shopping online can help you stick to a budget as you'll avoid the temptation of store displays and may be able to use coupons and promotion codes. Before you buy, look for free shipping offers; check ordering deadlines to ensure that your gifts will arrive on time; and read the return policy.

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Give the Gift of Service

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give to others is service. Studies show that reading to a child just three hours a week significantly improves his or her reading skills. If you help out at a local soup kitchen or food bank, you are directly providing meals to hungry individuals.

Find volunteer opportunities in your area, or create your own and recruit others.

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Find Seasonal Employment

Even in a tough economy, businesses need extra help around the holidays. Seasonal employment can help supplement your income and potentially lead to a permanent position. If you need to update your resume, check out resume and interview tips to help you stand out in the job market. Get online tools and resources to help with your job search.

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Get Through the Holiday Blues

The holidays aren't joyous for everyone. This time of year can bring stress and feelings of loneliness. Exercise, focusing on positive relationships, and doing things that you find rewarding can help with depression. Get tips on what to do if you feel depressed. Keep in mind that winter depression could be a sign of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which may be caused by the lack of sunlight. Treatment for SAD is much like other forms of depression, but also involves light therapy.

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Be Safe and Save Money with LED Lights

Electricity bills can grow during the holidays if you decorate with strings of lights. Consider switching to LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights to save energy and money. In addition to the energy and cost savings, LED lights are much cooler than incandescent bulbs, reducing the risk of fires.

Every holiday season, fires claim lives and cost millions in damage. To prevent holiday fires in your home, use nonflammable decorations; do not overload electrical sockets; regularly water Christmas trees; and avoid the use of lit candles. As you should do year-round, ensure that your smoke alarms are working.

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Pay Attention to Food Portions and Exercise

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends, but celebrations sometimes involve over-indulging in sweet treats and heavy foods. Even if you only gain one or two pounds during the holidays, these gains can add up over the years. The holidays are probably not the ideal time to try to lose weight, but you can take steps to maintain your weight.

Read 10 tips on how to enjoy your food, but eat less of it (PDF) and learn how to make exercise and physical activity a regular part of your day.

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Pack for Hassle-Free Air Travel

You can get through the airport security line faster by traveling with unwrapped gifts and following the "3-1-1 rule" when carrying on liquids. You may have favorite liquid food items (like cranberry sauce or special dips) that you want to share during the holidays, but it's best to put such items in your checked bag or ship them ahead of time. If you need last-minute information about what you can and can't bring through security, use the My TSA app or mobile website. Get more helpful hints for holiday travelers.

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Reduce Holiday Waste

The holiday season includes many opportunities to reduce waste, recycle, and reuse items. Did you know that about 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season? Consider buying rechargeable batteries (and a charger) for electronic gifts to help reduce the amount of harmful materials thrown away. After the holidays, look for ways to recycle your tree instead of sending it to a landfill. If you plan to send greeting cards, consider purchasing ones that are made of recycled paper or sending electronic greetings.

Get more ideas on how to reduce waste, save money, and help the environment.

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Keep Food Safe

Holiday buffets are convenient ways to entertain a crowd, but leaving food out for long periods of time can invite bacteria that cause foodborne illness. To keep your holiday foods safe, cook them thoroughly; use shallow containers; never leave them sitting out for more than two hours; and keep them at the appropriate temperature. Get more food safety tips to help keep your guests healthy.

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The Irs E File 1040 Ez

Irs e file 1040 ez Index A Addition to property, Additions and Improvements Adjusted basis, Adjusted Basis Alternative Depreciation System (ADS) Recovery periods, Recovery Periods Under ADS Required use, Required use of ADS. Irs e file 1040 ez Amended return, Filing an Amended Return Apartment Cooperative, Cooperative apartments. Irs e file 1040 ez Rental, Which Property Class Applies Under GDS? Automobile (see Passenger automobile) B Basis Adjustments, Basis adjustment for depreciation allowed or allowable. Irs e file 1040 ez , Adjustment of partner's basis in partnership. Irs e file 1040 ez , Basis adjustment due to recapture of clean-fuel vehicle deduction or credit. Irs e file 1040 ez , Basis adjustment due to casualty loss. Irs e file 1040 ez Basis for depreciation, What Is the Basis for Depreciation? Casualty loss, Basis adjustment due to casualty loss. Irs e file 1040 ez Change in use, Property changed from personal use. Irs e file 1040 ez Cost, Cost as Basis Depreciable basis, Depreciable basis. Irs e file 1040 ez Other than cost, Other Basis Recapture of clean-fuel vehicle deduction or credit, Basis adjustment due to recapture of clean-fuel vehicle deduction or credit. Irs e file 1040 ez Term interest, Basis adjustments. Irs e file 1040 ez Unadjusted, Figuring the Unadjusted Basis of Your Property Business use of property, partial, Partial business or investment use. Irs e file 1040 ez Business-use limit, recapture of Section 179 deduction, When Must You Recapture the Deduction? Business-use requirement, listed property, What Is the Business-Use Requirement? C Car (see Passenger automobile) Carryover of section 179 deduction, Carryover of disallowed deduction. Irs e file 1040 ez Casualty loss, effect of, Basis adjustment due to casualty loss. Irs e file 1040 ez Changing accounting method, Changing Your Accounting Method Communication equipment (see Listed property) Commuting, Commuting use. Irs e file 1040 ez Computer (see Listed property) Computer software, Computer software. Irs e file 1040 ez , Off-the-shelf computer software. Irs e file 1040 ez Containers, Containers. Irs e file 1040 ez Conventions, Which Convention Applies? Cooperative apartment, Cooperative apartments. Irs e file 1040 ez Copyright, Patents and copyrights. Irs e file 1040 ez (see also Section 197 intangibles) Correcting depreciation deductions, How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions? Cost basis, Cost as Basis D Declining balance Method, Declining Balance Method Rates, Declining balance rate. Irs e file 1040 ez Deduction limit Automobile, Do the Passenger Automobile Limits Apply? Section 179, How Much Can You Deduct? Depreciation Deduction Employee, Can Employees Claim a Deduction? Listed property, Can Employees Claim a Deduction? Determinable useful life, Property Having a Determinable Useful Life Excepted property, Excepted Property Incorrect amount deducted, How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions? Methods, Which Depreciation Method Applies? Property lasting more than one year, Property Lasting More Than One Year Property owned, Property You Own Property used in business, Property Used in Your Business or Income-Producing Activity Recapture, Revoking an election. Irs e file 1040 ez , Recapture of Excess Depreciation Depreciation allowable, Basis adjustment for depreciation allowed or allowable. Irs e file 1040 ez Depreciation allowed, Basis adjustment for depreciation allowed or allowable. Irs e file 1040 ez Depreciation deduction Listed property, What Is the Business-Use Requirement? Determinable useful life, Property Having a Determinable Useful Life Disposition Before recovery period ends, Sale or Other Disposition Before the Recovery Period Ends General asset account property, Disposing of GAA Property Section 179 deduction, When Must You Recapture the Deduction? E Election ADS, Electing ADS. Irs e file 1040 ez , Election of ADS. Irs e file 1040 ez Declining balance (150% DB) method, 150% election. Irs e file 1040 ez Exclusion from MACRS, Election To Exclude Property From MACRS General asset account, Electing To Use a GAA Not to claim special depreciation allowance, How Can You Elect Not To Claim an Allowance? Section 179 deduction, How Do You Elect the Deduction? Straight line method, Straight line election. Irs e file 1040 ez Electric vehicle, Electric Vehicles Employee Depreciation deduction, Can Employees Claim a Deduction? How to claim depreciation, Employee. Irs e file 1040 ez Employee deduction, listed property, Can Employees Claim a Deduction? Energy property, Energy property. Irs e file 1040 ez Exchange of MACRS property, Property Acquired in a Like-kind Exchange or Involuntary Conversion F Farm Property, Depreciation Methods for Farm Property Figuring MACRS Using percentage tables, How Is the Depreciation Deduction Figured? Without using percentage tables, Figuring the Deduction Without Using the Tables Films, Films, video tapes, and recordings. Irs e file 1040 ez Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. Irs e file 1040 ez G General asset account Abusive transaction, Abusive transactions. Irs e file 1040 ez Disposing of property, Disposing of GAA Property Grouping property in, Grouping Property Nonrecognition transaction, Nonrecognition transactions. Irs e file 1040 ez General Depreciation System (GDS), recovery periods, Recovery Periods Under GDS Gift (see Basis, other than cost) H Help (see Tax help) I Idle property, Idle Property Improvements, How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements?, Additions and Improvements Income forecast method, Income Forecast Method Incorrect depreciation deductions, How Do You Correct Depreciation Deductions? Indian reservation Defined, Indian reservation. Irs e file 1040 ez Qualified infrastructure property, Qualified infrastructure property. Irs e file 1040 ez Qualified property, Qualified property. Irs e file 1040 ez Recovery periods for qualified property, Indian Reservation Property Related person, Related person. Irs e file 1040 ez Inheritance (see Basis, other than cost) Intangible property Depreciation method, Intangible Property, Income Forecast Method Income forecast method, Income Forecast Method Straight line method, Intangible Property Inventory, Inventory. Irs e file 1040 ez Investment use of property, partial, Partial business or investment use. Irs e file 1040 ez Involuntary conversion of MACRS property, Property Acquired in a Like-kind Exchange or Involuntary Conversion L Land Not depreciable, Land Preparation costs, Land Leased property, Leased property. Irs e file 1040 ez Leasehold improvement property, defined, Qualified leasehold improvement property. Irs e file 1040 ez , Qualified leasehold improvement property. Irs e file 1040 ez Life tenant, Life tenant. Irs e file 1040 ez (see also Term interests) Limit on deduction Automobile, Do the Passenger Automobile Limits Apply? Section 179, How Much Can You Deduct? Listed property 5% owner, 5% owner. Irs e file 1040 ez Computer, Computers and Related Peripheral Equipment Condition of employment, Condition of employment. Irs e file 1040 ez Defined, What Is Listed Property? Employee deduction, Can Employees Claim a Deduction? Employer convenience, Employer's convenience. Irs e file 1040 ez Improvements to, Improvements to listed property. Irs e file 1040 ez Leased, Lessee's Inclusion Amount Passenger automobile, Passenger Automobiles Qualified business use, Qualified Business Use Recordkeeping, Adequate Records Related person, Related persons. Irs e file 1040 ez Reporting on Form 4562, How Is Listed Property Information Reported? Lodging, Property used for lodging. Irs e file 1040 ez M Maximum deduction Electric vehicles, Electric Vehicles Passenger automobiles, Maximum Depreciation Deduction Trucks, Trucks and Vans Vans, Trucks and Vans Mobile home (see Residential rental property) Modified ACRS (MACRS) Addition or improvement, Additions and Improvements Alternative Depreciation System (ADS), Which Depreciation System (GDS or ADS) Applies? Conventions, Which Convention Applies? Declining balance method, Declining Balance Method Depreciation methods, Which Depreciation Method Applies? Farm property, Depreciation Methods for Farm Property Figuring, short tax year, Property Placed in Service in a Short Tax Year General Depreciation System (GDS), Which Depreciation System (GDS or ADS) Applies? Percentage tables, Using the MACRS Percentage Tables Property classes, Which Property Class Applies Under GDS? Recovery periods, Which Recovery Period Applies? Short tax year, Figuring the Deduction for a Short Tax Year Straight line method, Straight Line Method N Nonresidential real property, Which Property Class Applies Under GDS? Nontaxable transfer of MACRS property, Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Transfer O Office in the home, Office in the home. Irs e file 1040 ez , Office in the home. Irs e file 1040 ez Ownership, incidents of, Incidents of ownership. Irs e file 1040 ez P Partial business use, Partial business use. Irs e file 1040 ez Passenger automobile Defined, Passenger Automobiles Electric vehicles, Electric Vehicles Limit on, Do the Passenger Automobile Limits Apply? Maximum depreciation deduction, Maximum Depreciation Deduction Trucks, Trucks and Vans Vans, Trucks and Vans Patent, Patents and copyrights. Irs e file 1040 ez (see also Section 197 intangibles) Personal property, Personal property. Irs e file 1040 ez Phonographic equipment (see Listed property) Photographic equipment (see Listed property) Placed in service Before 1987, Property You Placed in Service Before 1987 Date, What Is the Placed in Service Date? Rule, Placed in Service Property Classes, Which Property Class Applies Under GDS? Depreciable, What Property Can Be Depreciated? Idle, Idle Property Improvements, How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements? Leased, Leased property. Irs e file 1040 ez , Leased property. Irs e file 1040 ez Listed, What Is Listed Property? Personal, Personal property. Irs e file 1040 ez Real, Real property. Irs e file 1040 ez Retired from service, Retired From Service Tangible personal, Tangible personal property. Irs e file 1040 ez Term interest, Certain term interests in property. Irs e file 1040 ez Q Qualified leasehold improvement property, defined, Qualified leasehold improvement property. Irs e file 1040 ez , Qualified leasehold improvement property. Irs e file 1040 ez Qualified property, special depreciation allowance, What Is Qualified Property? R Real property, Real property. Irs e file 1040 ez Recapture Clean-fuel vehicle deduction or credit, Basis adjustment due to recapture of clean-fuel vehicle deduction or credit. Irs e file 1040 ez General asset account, abusive transaction, Abusive transactions. Irs e file 1040 ez Listed property, Recapture of Excess Depreciation MACRS depreciation, Revoking an election. Irs e file 1040 ez Section 179 deduction, When Must You Recapture the Deduction? Special depreciation allowance, When Must You Recapture an Allowance? Recordkeeping Listed property, Adequate Records Section 179, How Do You Elect the Deduction? Recovery periods ADS, Recovery Periods Under ADS GDS, Recovery Periods Under GDS Related persons, Related persons. Irs e file 1040 ez , Related persons. Irs e file 1040 ez , Related persons. Irs e file 1040 ez , Related persons. Irs e file 1040 ez , Related person. Irs e file 1040 ez , Related persons. Irs e file 1040 ez Rent-to-own property, defined, Qualified rent-to-own property. Irs e file 1040 ez Rental home (see Residential rental property) Rented property, improvements, Improvements to rented property. Irs e file 1040 ez Repairs, How Do You Treat Repairs and Improvements? Residential rental property, Which Property Class Applies Under GDS? Retail motor fuels outlet, Retail motor fuels outlet. Irs e file 1040 ez Revoking ADS election, Electing ADS. Irs e file 1040 ez General asset account election, Revoking an election. Irs e file 1040 ez Section 179 election, Revoking an election. Irs e file 1040 ez S Sale of property, Sale or Other Disposition Before the Recovery Period Ends Section 179 deduction Business use required, Partial business use. Irs e file 1040 ez Carryover, Carryover of disallowed deduction. Irs e file 1040 ez Dispositions, When Must You Recapture the Deduction? Electing, How Do You Elect the Deduction? Limits Business (taxable) income, Business Income Limit Business-use, recapture, When Must You Recapture the Deduction? Dollar, Dollar Limits Enterprise zone business, Enterprise Zone Businesses Partial business use, Partial business use. Irs e file 1040 ez Married filing separate returns, Married Individuals Partnership rules, Partnerships and Partners Property Eligible, Eligible Property Excepted, Excepted Property Purchase required, Property Acquired by Purchase Recapture, When Must You Recapture the Deduction? Recordkeeping, How Do You Elect the Deduction? S corporation rules, S Corporations Settlement fees, Settlement costs. Irs e file 1040 ez Short tax year Figuring depreciation, Property Placed in Service in a Short Tax Year Figuring placed-in-service date, Using the Applicable Convention in a Short Tax Year Software, computer, Computer software. Irs e file 1040 ez , Off-the-shelf computer software. Irs e file 1040 ez Sound recording, Films, video tapes, and recordings. Irs e file 1040 ez Special depreciation allowance Election not to claim, How Can You Elect Not To Claim an Allowance? Qualified property, What Is Qualified Property? Recapture, When Must You Recapture an Allowance? Stock, constructive ownership of, Constructive ownership of stock or partnership interest. Irs e file 1040 ez Straight line method, Intangible Property, Straight Line Method Created intangibles, Certain created intangibles. Irs e file 1040 ez T Tangible personal property, Tangible personal property. Irs e file 1040 ez Term interest, Certain term interests in property. Irs e file 1040 ez Trade-in of property, Trade-in of other property. Irs e file 1040 ez Trucks, Trucks and Vans U Unadjusted basis, Figuring the Unadjusted Basis of Your Property Useful life, Property Having a Determinable Useful Life V Vans, Trucks and Vans Video tape, Films, video tapes, and recordings. Irs e file 1040 ez Video-recording equipment (see Listed property) W When to use ADS, Which Depreciation System (GDS or ADS) Applies? Worksheet Leased listed property, Inclusion amount worksheet. Irs e file 1040 ez MACRS, MACRS Worksheet Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications