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Irs free tax preparation online 17. Irs free tax preparation online   Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) Table of Contents What's New Reminders Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Traditional IRAsWho Can Open a Traditional IRA? When and How Can a Traditional IRA Be Opened? How Much Can Be Contributed? When Can Contributions Be Made? How Much Can You Deduct? Nondeductible Contributions Inherited IRAs Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? When Can You Withdraw or Use IRA Assets? When Must You Withdraw IRA Assets? (Required Minimum Distributions) Are Distributions Taxable? What Acts Result in Penalties or Additional Taxes? Roth IRAsWhat Is a Roth IRA? When Can a Roth IRA Be Opened? Can You Contribute to a Roth IRA? Can You Move Amounts Into a Roth IRA? Are Distributions Taxable? What's New Traditional IRA contribution and deduction limit. Irs free tax preparation online  The contribution limit to your traditional IRA for 2013 will be increased to the smaller of the following amounts: $5,500, or Your taxable compensation for the year. Irs free tax preparation online If you were age 50 or older before 2014, the most that can be contributed to your traditional IRA for 2013 will be the smaller of the following amounts: $6,500, or Your taxable compensation for the year. Irs free tax preparation online For more information, see How Much Can Be Contributed? later. Irs free tax preparation online Roth IRA contribution limit. Irs free tax preparation online  If contributions on your behalf are made only to Roth IRAs, your contribution limit for 2013 will generally be the lesser of: $5,500, or Your taxable compensation for the year. Irs free tax preparation online If you were age 50 or older before 2014 and contributions on your behalf were made only to Roth IRAs, your contribution limit for 2013 will generally be the lesser of: $6,500, or Your taxable compensation for the year. Irs free tax preparation online However, if your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is above a certain amount, your contribution limit may be reduced. Irs free tax preparation online For more information, see How Much Can Be Contributed? under Can You Contribute to a Roth IRA? later. Irs free tax preparation online Modified AGI limit for traditional IRA contributions increased. Irs free tax preparation online  For 2013, if you were covered by a retirement plan at work, your deduction for contributions to a traditional IRA is reduced (phased out) if your modified AGI is: More than $95,000 but less than $115,000 for a married couple filing a joint return or a qualifying widow(er), More than $59,000 but less than $69,000 for a single individual or head of household, or Less than $10,000 for a married individual filing a separate return. Irs free tax preparation online If you either lived with your spouse or file a joint return, and your spouse was covered by a retirement plan at work, but you were not, your deduction is phased out if your modified AGI is more than $178,000 but less than $188,000. Irs free tax preparation online If your modified AGI is $188,000 or more, you cannot take a deduction for contributions to a traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online See How Much Can You Deduct , later. Irs free tax preparation online Modified AGI limit for Roth IRA contributions increased. Irs free tax preparation online  For 2013, your Roth IRA contribution limit is reduced (phased out) in the following situations. Irs free tax preparation online Your filing status is married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) and your modified AGI is at least $178,000. Irs free tax preparation online You cannot make a Roth IRA contribution if your modified AGI is $188,000 or more. Irs free tax preparation online Your filing status is single, head of household, or married filing separately and you did not live with your spouse at any time in 2013 and your modified AGI is at least $112,000. Irs free tax preparation online You cannot make a Roth IRA contribution if your modified AGI is $127,000 or more. Irs free tax preparation online Your filing status is married filing separately, you lived with your spouse at any time during the year, and your modified AGI is more than -0-. Irs free tax preparation online You cannot make a Roth IRA contribution if your modified AGI is $10,000 or more. Irs free tax preparation online See Can You Contribute to a Roth IRA , later. Irs free tax preparation online Net Investment Income Tax. Irs free tax preparation online   For purposes of the Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT), net investment income does not include distributions from a qualified retirement plan including IRAs (for example; 401(a), 403(a), 403(b), 408, 408A, or 457(b) plans). Irs free tax preparation online However, these distributions are taken into account when determining the modified adjusted gross income threshold. Irs free tax preparation online Distributions from a nonqualified retirement plan are included in net investment income. Irs free tax preparation online See Form 8960, Net Investment Income Tax - Individuals, Estates, and Trusts, and its instructions for more information. Irs free tax preparation online Name change. Irs free tax preparation online  All spousal IRAs have been renamed Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRAs. Irs free tax preparation online There are no changes to the rules regarding these IRAs. Irs free tax preparation online See Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA Limit , later, for more information. Irs free tax preparation online Reminders 2014 limits. Irs free tax preparation online   You can find information about the 2014 contribution and AGI limits in Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Contributions to both traditional and Roth IRAs. Irs free tax preparation online   For information on your combined contribution limit if you contribute to both traditional and Roth IRAs, see Roth IRAs and traditional IRAs under How Much Can Be Contributed? in Roth IRAs, later. Irs free tax preparation online Statement of required minimum distribution. Irs free tax preparation online  If a minimum distribution from your IRA is required, the trustee, custodian, or issuer that held the IRA at the end of the preceding year must either report the amount of the required minimum distribution to you, or offer to calculate it for you. Irs free tax preparation online The report or offer must include the date by which the amount must be distributed. Irs free tax preparation online The report is due January 31 of the year in which the minimum distribution is required. Irs free tax preparation online It can be provided with the year-end fair market value statement that you normally get each year. Irs free tax preparation online No report is required for IRAs of owners who have died. Irs free tax preparation online IRA interest. Irs free tax preparation online  Although interest earned from your IRA is generally not taxed in the year earned, it is not tax-exempt interest. Irs free tax preparation online Tax on your traditional IRA is generally deferred until you take a distribution. Irs free tax preparation online Do not report this interest on your tax return as tax-exempt interest. Irs free tax preparation online Form 8606. Irs free tax preparation online   To designate contributions as nondeductible, you must file Form 8606, Nondeductible IRAs. Irs free tax preparation online The term “50 or older” is used several times in this chapter. Irs free tax preparation online It refers to an IRA owner who is age 50 or older by the end of the tax year. Irs free tax preparation online Introduction An individual retirement arrangement (IRA) is a personal savings plan that gives you tax advantages for setting aside money for your retirement. Irs free tax preparation online This chapter discusses the following topics. Irs free tax preparation online The rules for a traditional IRA (any IRA that is not a Roth or SIMPLE IRA). Irs free tax preparation online The Roth IRA, which features nondeductible contributions and tax-free distributions. Irs free tax preparation online Simplified Employee Pensions (SEPs) and Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees (SIMPLEs) are not discussed in this chapter. Irs free tax preparation online For more information on these plans and employees' SEP IRAs and SIMPLE IRAs that are part of these plans, see Publications 560 and 590. Irs free tax preparation online For information about contributions, deductions, withdrawals, transfers, rollovers, and other transactions, see Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 560 Retirement Plans for Small Business 590 Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) Form (and Instructions) 5329 Additional Taxes on Qualified Plans (including IRAs) and Other Tax-Favored Accounts 8606 Nondeductible IRAs Traditional IRAs In this chapter, the original IRA (sometimes called an ordinary or regular IRA) is referred to as a “traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online ” A traditional IRA is any IRA that is not a Roth IRA or a SIMPLE IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Two advantages of a traditional IRA are: You may be able to deduct some or all of your contributions to it, depending on your circumstances, and Generally, amounts in your IRA, including earnings and gains, are not taxed until they are distributed. Irs free tax preparation online Who Can Open a Traditional IRA? You can open and make contributions to a traditional IRA if: You (or, if you file a joint return, your spouse) received taxable compensation during the year, and You were not age 70½ by the end of the year. Irs free tax preparation online What is compensation?   Generally, compensation is what you earn from working. Irs free tax preparation online Compensation includes wages, salaries, tips, professional fees, bonuses, and other amounts you receive for providing personal services. Irs free tax preparation online The IRS treats as compensation any amount properly shown in box 1 (Wages, tips, other compensation) of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, provided that amount is reduced by any amount properly shown in box 11 (Nonqualified plans). Irs free tax preparation online   Scholarship and fellowship payments are compensation for this purpose only if shown in box 1 of Form W-2. Irs free tax preparation online   Compensation also includes commissions and taxable alimony and separate maintenance payments. Irs free tax preparation online Self-employment income. Irs free tax preparation online   If you are self-employed (a sole proprietor or a partner), compensation is the net earnings from your trade or business (provided your personal services are a material income-producing factor) reduced by the total of: The deduction for contributions made on your behalf to retirement plans, and The deductible part of your self-employment tax. Irs free tax preparation online   Compensation includes earnings from self-employment even if they are not subject to self-employment tax because of your religious beliefs. Irs free tax preparation online Nontaxable combat pay. Irs free tax preparation online   For IRA purposes, if you were a member of the U. Irs free tax preparation online S. Irs free tax preparation online Armed Forces, your compensation includes any nontaxable combat pay you receive. Irs free tax preparation online What is not compensation?   Compensation does not include any of the following items. Irs free tax preparation online Earnings and profits from property, such as rental income, interest income, and dividend income. Irs free tax preparation online Pension or annuity income. Irs free tax preparation online Deferred compensation received (compensation payments postponed from a past year). Irs free tax preparation online Income from a partnership for which you do not provide services that are a material income-producing factor. Irs free tax preparation online Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments reported on Schedule SE (Form 1040), line 1b. Irs free tax preparation online Any amounts (other than combat pay) you exclude from income, such as foreign earned income and housing costs. Irs free tax preparation online When and How Can a Traditional IRA Be Opened? You can open a traditional IRA at any time. Irs free tax preparation online However, the time for making contributions for any year is limited. Irs free tax preparation online See When Can Contributions Be Made , later. Irs free tax preparation online You can open different kinds of IRAs with a variety of organizations. Irs free tax preparation online You can open an IRA at a bank or other financial institution or with a mutual fund or life insurance company. Irs free tax preparation online You can also open an IRA through your stockbroker. Irs free tax preparation online Any IRA must meet Internal Revenue Code requirements. Irs free tax preparation online Kinds of traditional IRAs. Irs free tax preparation online   Your traditional IRA can be an individual retirement account or annuity. Irs free tax preparation online It can be part of either a simplified employee pension (SEP) or an employer or employee association trust account. Irs free tax preparation online How Much Can Be Contributed? There are limits and other rules that affect the amount that can be contributed to a traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online These limits and other rules are explained below. Irs free tax preparation online Community property laws. Irs free tax preparation online   Except as discussed later under Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA limit , each spouse figures his or her limit separately, using his or her own compensation. Irs free tax preparation online This is the rule even in states with community property laws. Irs free tax preparation online Brokers' commissions. Irs free tax preparation online   Brokers' commissions paid in connection with your traditional IRA are subject to the contribution limit. Irs free tax preparation online Trustees' fees. Irs free tax preparation online   Trustees' administrative fees are not subject to the contribution limit. Irs free tax preparation online Qualified reservist repayments. Irs free tax preparation online   If you are (or were) a member of a reserve component and you were ordered or called to active duty after September 11, 2001, you may be able to contribute (repay) to an IRA amounts equal to any qualified reservist distributions you received. Irs free tax preparation online You can make these repayment contributions even if they would cause your total contributions to the IRA to be more than the general limit on contributions. Irs free tax preparation online To be eligible to make these repayment contributions, you must have received a qualified reservist distribution from an IRA or from a section 401(k) or 403(b) plan or similar arrangement. Irs free tax preparation online   For more information, see Qualified reservist repayments under How Much Can Be Contributed? in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Contributions on your behalf to a traditional IRA reduce your limit for contributions to a Roth IRA. Irs free tax preparation online (See Roth IRAs, later. Irs free tax preparation online ) General limit. Irs free tax preparation online   For 2013, the most that can be contributed to your traditional IRA generally is the smaller of the following amounts. Irs free tax preparation online $5,500 ($6,500 if you are 50 or older). Irs free tax preparation online Your taxable compensation (defined earlier) for the year. Irs free tax preparation online This is the most that can be contributed regardless of whether the contributions are to one or more traditional IRAs or whether all or part of the contributions are nondeductible. Irs free tax preparation online (See Nondeductible Contributions , later. Irs free tax preparation online ) Qualified reservist repayments do not affect this limit. Irs free tax preparation online Example 1. Irs free tax preparation online Betty, who is 34 years old and single, earned $24,000 in 2013. Irs free tax preparation online Her IRA contributions for 2013 are limited to $5,500. Irs free tax preparation online Example 2. Irs free tax preparation online John, an unmarried college student working part time, earned $3,500 in 2013. Irs free tax preparation online His IRA contributions for 2013 are limited to $3,500, the amount of his compensation. Irs free tax preparation online Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA limit. Irs free tax preparation online   For 2013, if you file a joint return and your taxable compensation is less than that of your spouse, the most that can be contributed for the year to your IRA is the smaller of the following amounts. Irs free tax preparation online $5,500 ($6,500 if you are 50 or older). Irs free tax preparation online The total compensation includible in the gross income of both you and your spouse for the year, reduced by the following two amounts. Irs free tax preparation online Your spouse's IRA contribution for the year to a traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Any contribution for the year to a Roth IRA on behalf of your spouse. Irs free tax preparation online This means that the total combined contributions that can be made for the year to your IRA and your spouse's IRA can be as much as $11,000 ($12,000 if only one of you is 50 or older, or $13,000 if both of you are 50 or older). Irs free tax preparation online When Can Contributions Be Made? As soon as you open your traditional IRA, contributions can be made to it through your chosen sponsor (trustee or other administrator). Irs free tax preparation online Contributions must be in the form of money (cash, check, or money order). Irs free tax preparation online Property cannot be contributed. Irs free tax preparation online Contributions must be made by due date. Irs free tax preparation online   Contributions can be made to your traditional IRA for a year at any time during the year or by the due date for filing your return for that year, not including extensions. Irs free tax preparation online Age 70½ rule. Irs free tax preparation online   Contributions cannot be made to your traditional IRA for the year in which you reach age 70½ or for any later year. Irs free tax preparation online   You attain age 70½ on the date that is 6 calendar months after the 70th anniversary of your birth. Irs free tax preparation online If you were born on or before June 30, 1943, you cannot contribute for 2013 or any later year. Irs free tax preparation online Designating year for which contribution is made. Irs free tax preparation online   If an amount is contributed to your traditional IRA between January 1 and April 15, you should tell the sponsor which year (the current year or the previous year) the contribution is for. Irs free tax preparation online If you do not tell the sponsor which year it is for, the sponsor can assume, and report to the IRS, that the contribution is for the current year (the year the sponsor received it). Irs free tax preparation online Filing before a contribution is made. Irs free tax preparation online   You can file your return claiming a traditional IRA contribution before the contribution is actually made. Irs free tax preparation online Generally, the contribution must be made by the due date of your return, not including extensions. Irs free tax preparation online Contributions not required. Irs free tax preparation online   You do not have to contribute to your traditional IRA for every tax year, even if you can. Irs free tax preparation online How Much Can You Deduct? Generally, you can deduct the lesser of: The contributions to your traditional IRA for the year, or The general limit (or the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA limit, if it applies). Irs free tax preparation online However, if you or your spouse was covered by an employer retirement plan, you may not be able to deduct this amount. Irs free tax preparation online See Limit If Covered by Employer Plan , later. Irs free tax preparation online You may be able to claim a credit for contributions to your traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online For more information, see chapter 37. Irs free tax preparation online Trustees' fees. Irs free tax preparation online   Trustees' administrative fees that are billed separately and paid in connection with your traditional IRA are not deductible as IRA contributions. Irs free tax preparation online However, they may be deductible as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Irs free tax preparation online See chapter 28. Irs free tax preparation online Brokers' commissions. Irs free tax preparation online   Brokers' commissions are part of your IRA contribution and, as such, are deductible subject to the limits. Irs free tax preparation online Full deduction. Irs free tax preparation online   If neither you nor your spouse was covered for any part of the year by an employer retirement plan, you can take a deduction for total contributions to one or more traditional IRAs of up to the lesser of: $5,500 ($6,500 if you are age 50 or older in 2013). Irs free tax preparation online 100% of your compensation. Irs free tax preparation online This limit is reduced by any contributions made to a 501(c)(18) plan on your behalf. Irs free tax preparation online Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA. Irs free tax preparation online   In the case of a married couple with unequal compensation who file a joint return, the deduction for contributions to the traditional IRA of the spouse with less compensation is limited to the lesser of the following amounts. Irs free tax preparation online $5,500 ($6,500 if the spouse with the lower compensation is age 50 or older in 2013). Irs free tax preparation online The total compensation includible in the gross income of both spouses for the year reduced by the following three amounts. Irs free tax preparation online The IRA deduction for the year of the spouse with the greater compensation. Irs free tax preparation online Any designated nondeductible contribution for the year made on behalf of the spouse with the greater compensation. Irs free tax preparation online Any contributions for the year to a Roth IRA on behalf of the spouse with the greater compensation. 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Irs free tax preparation online Limits on the amount you can deduct do not affect the amount that can be contributed. Irs free tax preparation online See Nondeductible Contributions , later. Irs free tax preparation online Are You Covered by an Employer Plan? The Form W-2 you receive from your employer has a box used to indicate whether you were covered for the year. Irs free tax preparation online The “Retirement plan” box should be checked if you were covered. Irs free tax preparation online Reservists and volunteer firefighters should also see Situations in Which You Are Not Covered by an Employer Plan , later. Irs free tax preparation online If you are not certain whether you were covered by your employer's retirement plan, you should ask your employer. Irs free tax preparation online Federal judges. Irs free tax preparation online   For purposes of the IRA deduction, federal judges are covered by an employer retirement plan. 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Irs free tax preparation online   A defined contribution plan is a plan that provides for a separate account for each person covered by the plan. Irs free tax preparation online Types of defined contribution plans include profit-sharing plans, stock bonus plans, and money purchase pension plans. Irs free tax preparation online Defined benefit plan. Irs free tax preparation online   If you are eligible to participate in your employer's defined benefit plan for the plan year that ends within your tax year, you are covered by the plan. Irs free tax preparation online This rule applies even if you: Declined to participate in the plan, Did not make a required contribution, or Did not perform the minimum service required to accrue a benefit for the year. Irs free tax preparation online   A defined benefit plan is any plan that is not a defined contribution plan. Irs free tax preparation online Defined benefit plans include pension plans and annuity plans. Irs free tax preparation online No vested interest. Irs free tax preparation online   If you accrue a benefit for a plan year, you are covered by that plan even if you have no vested interest in (legal right to) the accrual. Irs free tax preparation online Situations in Which You Are Not Covered by an Employer Plan Unless you are covered under another employer plan, you are not covered by an employer plan if you are in one of the situations described below. Irs free tax preparation online Social security or railroad retirement. Irs free tax preparation online   Coverage under social security or railroad retirement is not coverage under an employer retirement plan. Irs free tax preparation online Benefits from a previous employer's plan. Irs free tax preparation online   If you receive retirement benefits from a previous employer's plan, you are not covered by that plan. Irs free tax preparation online Reservists. 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Irs free tax preparation online Use those worksheets to figure your IRA deduction, your nondeductible contribution, and the taxable portion, if any, of your social security benefits. Irs free tax preparation online Deduction phaseout. Irs free tax preparation online   If you were covered by an employer retirement plan and you did not receive any social security retirement benefits, your IRA deduction may be reduced or eliminated depending on your filing status and modified AGI as shown in Table 17-1. Irs free tax preparation online Table 17-1. Irs free tax preparation online Effect of Modified AGI1 on Deduction if You Are Covered by Retirement Plan at Work If you are covered by a retirement plan at work, use this table to determine if your modified AGI affects the amount of your deduction. Irs free tax preparation online IF your filing status is. Irs free tax preparation online . Irs free tax preparation online . Irs free tax preparation online   AND your modified AGI is. 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Irs free tax preparation online . Irs free tax preparation online single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er)   any amount   a full deduction. Irs free tax preparation online married filing jointly or separately with a spouse who is not covered by a plan at work   any amount   a full deduction. Irs free tax preparation online married filing jointly with a spouse who is covered by a plan at work   $178,000 or less   a full deduction. Irs free tax preparation online   more than $178,000 but less than $188,000   a partial deduction. Irs free tax preparation online   $188,000 or more   no deduction. Irs free tax preparation online married filing separately with a spouse who is covered by a plan at work2   less than $10,000   a partial deduction. Irs free tax preparation online   $10,000 or more   no deduction. Irs free tax preparation online 1Modified AGI (adjusted gross income). Irs free tax preparation online See Modified adjusted gross income (AGI) . Irs free tax preparation online 2You are entitled to the full deduction if you did not live with your spouse at any time during the year. Irs free tax preparation online Modified adjusted gross income (AGI). Irs free tax preparation online   How you figure your modified AGI depends on whether you are filing Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Irs free tax preparation online If you made contributions to your IRA for 2013 and received a distribution from your IRA in 2013, see Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online You may be able to use Worksheet 17-1 to figure your modified AGI. Irs free tax preparation online    Do not assume that your modified AGI is the same as your compensation. Irs free tax preparation online Your modified AGI may include income in addition to your compensation (discussed earlier), such as interest, dividends, and income from IRA distributions. Irs free tax preparation online Form 1040. Irs free tax preparation online   If you file Form 1040, refigure the amount on the page 1 “adjusted gross income” line without taking into account any of the following eight amounts. Irs free tax preparation online IRA deduction. Irs free tax preparation online Student loan interest deduction. Irs free tax preparation online Tuition and fees deduction. Irs free tax preparation online Domestic production activities deduction. Irs free tax preparation online Foreign earned income exclusion. Irs free tax preparation online Foreign housing exclusion or deduction. Irs free tax preparation online Exclusion of qualified savings bond interest shown on Form 8815, Exclusion of Interest From Series EE and I U. Irs free tax preparation online S. Irs free tax preparation online Savings Bonds Issued After 1989. Irs free tax preparation online Exclusion of employer-provided adoption benefits shown on Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses. Irs free tax preparation online This is your modified AGI. Irs free tax preparation online Form 1040A. Irs free tax preparation online   If you file Form 1040A, refigure the amount on the page 1 “adjusted gross income” line without taking into account any of the following amounts. Irs free tax preparation online IRA deduction. Irs free tax preparation online Student loan interest deduction. Irs free tax preparation online Tuition and fees deduction. Irs free tax preparation online Exclusion of qualified savings bond interest shown on Form 8815. Irs free tax preparation online This is your modified AGI. Irs free tax preparation online Both contributions for 2013 and distributions in 2013. Irs free tax preparation online   If all three of the following apply, any IRA distributions you received in 2013 may be partly tax free and partly taxable. Irs free tax preparation online You received distributions in 2013 from one or more traditional IRAs. Irs free tax preparation online You made contributions to a traditional IRA for 2013. Irs free tax preparation online Some of those contributions may be nondeductible contributions. Irs free tax preparation online If this is your situation, you must figure the taxable part of the traditional IRA distribution before you can figure your modified AGI. Irs free tax preparation online To do this, you can use Worksheet 1-5, Figuring the Taxable Part of Your IRA Distribution, in Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online   If at least one of the above does not apply, figure your modified AGI using Worksheet 17-1, later. Irs free tax preparation online    How to figure your reduced IRA deduction. Irs free tax preparation online   You can figure your reduced IRA deduction for either Form 1040 or Form 1040A by using the worksheets in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Also, the instructions for Form 1040 and Form 1040A include similar worksheets that you may be able to use instead. Irs free tax preparation online Worksheet 17-1. Irs free tax preparation online Figuring Your Modified AGI Use this worksheet to figure your modified adjusted gross income for traditional IRA purposes. Irs free tax preparation online 1. Irs free tax preparation online Enter your adjusted gross income (AGI) from Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040A, line 22, figured without taking into account the amount from Form 1040, line 32, or Form 1040A, line 17 1. Irs free tax preparation online   2. Irs free tax preparation online Enter any student loan interest deduction from Form 1040, line 33, or Form 1040A, line 18 2. Irs free tax preparation online   3. Irs free tax preparation online Enter any tuition and fees deduction from Form 1040, line 34, or Form 1040A, line 19 3. Irs free tax preparation online   4. Irs free tax preparation online Enter any domestic production activities deduction from Form 1040, line 35 4. Irs free tax preparation online   5. Irs free tax preparation online Enter any foreign earned income and/or housing exclusion from Form 2555, line 45, or Form 2555-EZ, line 18 5. Irs free tax preparation online   6. Irs free tax preparation online Enter any foreign housing deduction from Form 2555, line 50 6. Irs free tax preparation online   7. Irs free tax preparation online Enter any excludable savings bond interest from Form 8815, line 14 7. Irs free tax preparation online   8. Irs free tax preparation online Enter any excluded employer-provided adoption benefits from Form 8839, line 28 8. Irs free tax preparation online   9. Irs free tax preparation online Add lines 1 through 8. Irs free tax preparation online This is your Modified AGI for traditional IRA purposes 9. Irs free tax preparation online   Reporting Deductible Contributions If you file Form 1040, enter your IRA deduction on line 32 of that form. Irs free tax preparation online If you file Form 1040A, enter your IRA deduction on line 17. Irs free tax preparation online You cannot deduct IRA contributions on Form 1040EZ. Irs free tax preparation online Nondeductible Contributions Although your deduction for IRA contributions may be reduced or eliminated, contributions can be made to your IRA up to the general limit or, if it applies, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA limit. Irs free tax preparation online The difference between your total permitted contributions and your IRA deduction, if any, is your nondeductible contribution. Irs free tax preparation online Example. Irs free tax preparation online Mike is 28 years old and single. Irs free tax preparation online In 2013, he was covered by a retirement plan at work. Irs free tax preparation online His salary was $57,312. Irs free tax preparation online His modified AGI was $70,000. Irs free tax preparation online Mike made a $5,500 IRA contribution for 2013. Irs free tax preparation online Because he was covered by a retirement plan and his modified AGI was over $69,000, he cannot deduct his $5,500 IRA contribution. Irs free tax preparation online He must designate this contribution as a nondeductible contribution by reporting it on Form 8606, as explained next. Irs free tax preparation online Form 8606. Irs free tax preparation online   To designate contributions as nondeductible, you must file Form 8606. Irs free tax preparation online   You do not have to designate a contribution as nondeductible until you file your tax return. Irs free tax preparation online When you file, you can even designate otherwise deductible contributions as nondeductible. Irs free tax preparation online   You must file Form 8606 to report nondeductible contributions even if you do not have to file a tax return for the year. Irs free tax preparation online A Form 8606 is not used for the year that you make a rollover from a qualified retirement plan to a traditional IRA and the rollover includes nontaxable amounts. Irs free tax preparation online In those situations, a Form 8606 is completed for the year you take a distribution from that IRA. Irs free tax preparation online See Form 8606 under Distributions Fully or Partly Taxable, later. Irs free tax preparation online Failure to report nondeductible contributions. Irs free tax preparation online   If you do not report nondeductible contributions, all of the contributions to your traditional IRA will be treated as deductible contributions when withdrawn. Irs free tax preparation online All distributions from your IRA will be taxed unless you can show, with satisfactory evidence, that nondeductible contributions were made. Irs free tax preparation online Penalty for overstatement. Irs free tax preparation online   If you overstate the amount of nondeductible contributions on your Form 8606 for any tax year, you must pay a penalty of $100 for each overstatement, unless it was due to reasonable cause. Irs free tax preparation online Penalty for failure to file Form 8606. Irs free tax preparation online   You will have to pay a $50 penalty if you do not file a required Form 8606, unless you can prove that the failure was due to reasonable cause. Irs free tax preparation online    Tax on earnings on nondeductible contributions. Irs free tax preparation online   As long as contributions are within the contribution limits, none of the earnings or gains on contributions (deductible or nondeductible) will be taxed until they are distributed. Irs free tax preparation online See When Can You Withdraw or Use IRA Assets , later. Irs free tax preparation online Cost basis. Irs free tax preparation online   You will have a cost basis in your traditional IRA if you made any nondeductible contributions. Irs free tax preparation online Your cost basis is the sum of the nondeductible contributions to your IRA minus any withdrawals or distributions of nondeductible contributions. Irs free tax preparation online Inherited IRAs If you inherit a traditional IRA, you are called a beneficiary. Irs free tax preparation online A beneficiary can be any person or entity the owner chooses to receive the benefits of the IRA after he or she dies. Irs free tax preparation online Beneficiaries of a traditional IRA must include in their gross income any taxable distributions they receive. Irs free tax preparation online Inherited from spouse. Irs free tax preparation online   If you inherit a traditional IRA from your spouse, you generally have the following three choices. Irs free tax preparation online You can: Treat it as your own IRA by designating yourself as the account owner. Irs free tax preparation online Treat it as your own by rolling it over into your IRA, or to the extent it is taxable, into a: Qualified employer plan, Qualified employee annuity plan (section 403(a) plan), Tax-sheltered annuity plan (section 403(b) plan), or Deferred compensation plan of a state or local government (section 457 plan). Irs free tax preparation online Treat yourself as the beneficiary rather than treating the IRA as your own. Irs free tax preparation online Treating it as your own. Irs free tax preparation online   You will be considered to have chosen to treat the IRA as your own if: Contributions (including rollover contributions) are made to the inherited IRA, or You do not take the required minimum distribution for a year as a beneficiary of the IRA. Irs free tax preparation online You will only be considered to have chosen to treat the IRA as your own if: You are the sole beneficiary of the IRA, and You have an unlimited right to withdraw amounts from it. Irs free tax preparation online   However, if you receive a distribution from your deceased spouse's IRA, you can roll that distribution over into your own IRA within the 60-day time limit, as long as the distribution is not a required distribution, even if you are not the sole beneficiary of your deceased spouse's IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Inherited from someone other than spouse. Irs free tax preparation online   If you inherit a traditional IRA from anyone other than your deceased spouse, you cannot treat the inherited IRA as your own. Irs free tax preparation online This means that you cannot make any contributions to the IRA. Irs free tax preparation online It also means you cannot roll over any amounts into or out of the inherited IRA. Irs free tax preparation online However, you can make a trustee-to-trustee transfer as long as the IRA into which amounts are being moved is set up and maintained in the name of the deceased IRA owner for the benefit of you as beneficiary. Irs free tax preparation online For more information, see the discussion of inherited IRAs under Rollover From One IRA Into Another, later. Irs free tax preparation online Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? You can transfer, tax free, assets (money or property) from other retirement plans (including traditional IRAs) to a traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online You can make the following kinds of transfers. Irs free tax preparation online Transfers from one trustee to another. Irs free tax preparation online Rollovers. Irs free tax preparation online Transfers incident to a divorce. Irs free tax preparation online Transfers to Roth IRAs. Irs free tax preparation online   Under certain conditions, you can move assets from a traditional IRA or from a designated Roth account to a Roth IRA. Irs free tax preparation online You can also move assets from a qualified retirement plan to a Roth IRA. Irs free tax preparation online See Can You Move Amounts Into a Roth IRA? under Roth IRAs, later. Irs free tax preparation online Trustee-to-Trustee Transfer A transfer of funds in your traditional IRA from one trustee directly to another, either at your request or at the trustee's request, is not a rollover. Irs free tax preparation online Because there is no distribution to you, the transfer is tax free. Irs free tax preparation online Because it is not a rollover, it is not affected by the 1-year waiting period required between rollovers, discussed later under Rollover From One IRA Into Another . Irs free tax preparation online For information about direct transfers to IRAs from retirement plans other than IRAs, see Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? in chapter 1 and Can You Move Amounts Into a Roth IRA? in chapter 2 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Rollovers Generally, a rollover is a tax-free distribution to you of cash or other assets from one retirement plan that you contribute (roll over) to another retirement plan. Irs free tax preparation online The contribution to the second retirement plan is called a “rollover contribution. Irs free tax preparation online ” Note. Irs free tax preparation online An amount rolled over tax free from one retirement plan to another is generally includible in income when it is distributed from the second plan. Irs free tax preparation online Kinds of rollovers to a traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online   You can roll over amounts from the following plans into a traditional IRA: A traditional IRA, An employer's qualified retirement plan for its employees, A deferred compensation plan of a state or local government (section 457 plan), or A tax-sheltered annuity plan (section 403(b) plan). Irs free tax preparation online Treatment of rollovers. Irs free tax preparation online   You cannot deduct a rollover contribution, but you must report the rollover distribution on your tax return as discussed later under Reporting rollovers from IRAs and under Reporting rollovers from employer plans . Irs free tax preparation online Kinds of rollovers from a traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online   You may be able to roll over, tax free, a distribution from your traditional IRA into a qualified plan. Irs free tax preparation online These plans include the federal Thrift Savings Fund (for federal employees), deferred compensation plans of state or local governments (section 457 plans), and tax-sheltered annuity plans (section 403(b) plans). Irs free tax preparation online The part of the distribution that you can roll over is the part that would otherwise be taxable (includible in your income). Irs free tax preparation online Qualified plans may, but are not required to, accept such rollovers. Irs free tax preparation online Time limit for making a rollover contribution. Irs free tax preparation online   You generally must make the rollover contribution by the 60th day after the day you receive the distribution from your traditional IRA or your employer's plan. Irs free tax preparation online The IRS may waive the 60-day requirement where the failure to do so would be against equity or good conscience, such as in the event of a casualty, disaster, or other event beyond your reasonable control. Irs free tax preparation online For more information, see Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Extension of rollover period. Irs free tax preparation online   If an amount distributed to you from a traditional IRA or a qualified employer retirement plan is a frozen deposit at any time during the 60-day period allowed for a rollover, special rules extend the rollover period. Irs free tax preparation online For more information, see Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online More information. Irs free tax preparation online   For more information on rollovers, see Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Rollover From One IRA Into Another You can withdraw, tax free, all or part of the assets from one traditional IRA if you reinvest them within 60 days in the same or another traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Because this is a rollover, you cannot deduct the amount that you reinvest in an IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Waiting period between rollovers. Irs free tax preparation online   Generally, if you make a tax-free rollover of any part of a distribution from a traditional IRA, you cannot, within a 1-year period, make a tax-free rollover of any later distribution from that same IRA. Irs free tax preparation online You also cannot make a tax-free rollover of any amount distributed, within the same 1-year period, from the IRA into which you made the tax-free rollover. Irs free tax preparation online   The 1-year period begins on the date you receive the IRA distribution, not on the date you roll it over into an IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Example. Irs free tax preparation online You have two traditional IRAs, IRA-1 and IRA-2. Irs free tax preparation online You make a tax-free rollover of a distribution from IRA-1 into a new traditional IRA (IRA-3). Irs free tax preparation online You cannot, within 1 year of the distribution from IRA-1, make a tax-free rollover of any distribution from either IRA-1 or IRA-3 into another traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online However, the rollover from IRA-1 into IRA-3 does not prevent you from making a tax-free rollover from IRA-2 into any other traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online This is because you have not, within the last year, rolled over, tax free, any distribution from IRA-2 or made a tax-free rollover into IRA-2. Irs free tax preparation online Exception. Irs free tax preparation online   For an exception for distributions from failed financial institutions, see Rollover From One IRA Into Another under Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Partial rollovers. Irs free tax preparation online   If you withdraw assets from a traditional IRA, you can roll over part of the withdrawal tax free and keep the rest of it. Irs free tax preparation online The amount you keep will generally be taxable (except for the part that is a return of nondeductible contributions). Irs free tax preparation online The amount you keep may be subject to the 10% additional tax on early distributions, discussed later under What Acts Result in Penalties or Additional Taxes? . Irs free tax preparation online Required distributions. Irs free tax preparation online   Amounts that must be distributed during a particular year under the required distribution rules (discussed later) are not eligible for rollover treatment. Irs free tax preparation online Inherited IRAs. Irs free tax preparation online   If you inherit a traditional IRA from your spouse, you generally can roll it over, or you can choose to make the inherited IRA your own. Irs free tax preparation online See Treating it as your own , earlier. Irs free tax preparation online Not inherited from spouse. Irs free tax preparation online   If you inherit a traditional IRA from someone other than your spouse, you cannot roll it over or allow it to receive a rollover contribution. Irs free tax preparation online You must withdraw the IRA assets within a certain period. Irs free tax preparation online For more information, see When Must You Withdraw Assets? in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Reporting rollovers from IRAs. Irs free tax preparation online   Report any rollover from one traditional IRA to the same or another traditional IRA on lines 15a and 15b, Form 1040, or lines 11a and 11b, Form 1040A, as follows. Irs free tax preparation online   Enter the total amount of the distribution on Form 1040, line 15a, or Form 1040A, line 11a. Irs free tax preparation online If the total amount on Form 1040, line 15a, or Form 1040A, line 11a, was rolled over, enter zero on Form 1040, line 15b, or Form 1040A, line 11b. Irs free tax preparation online If the total distribution was not rolled over, enter the taxable portion of the part that was not rolled over on Form 1040, line 15b, or Form 1040A, line 11b. Irs free tax preparation online Put “Rollover” next to Form 1040, line 15b, or Form 1040A, line 11b. Irs free tax preparation online See your tax return instructions. Irs free tax preparation online   If you rolled over the distribution into a qualified plan (other than an IRA) or you make the rollover in 2014, attach a statement explaining what you did. Irs free tax preparation online Rollover From Employer's Plan Into an IRA You can roll over into a traditional IRA all or part of an eligible rollover distribution you receive from your (or your deceased spouse's): Employer's qualified pension, profit-sharing, or stock bonus plan; Annuity plan; Tax-sheltered annuity plan (section 403(b) plan); or Governmental deferred compensation plan (section 457 plan). Irs free tax preparation online A qualified plan is one that meets the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. Irs free tax preparation online Eligible rollover distribution. Irs free tax preparation online   Generally, an eligible rollover distribution is any distribution of all or part of the balance to your credit in a qualified retirement plan except the following. Irs free tax preparation online A required minimum distribution (explained later under When Must You Withdraw IRA Assets? (Required Minimum Distributions) ). Irs free tax preparation online A hardship distribution. Irs free tax preparation online Any of a series of substantially equal periodic distributions paid at least once a year over: Your lifetime or life expectancy, The lifetimes or life expectancies of you and your beneficiary, or A period of 10 years or more. Irs free tax preparation online Corrective distributions of excess contributions or excess deferrals, and any income allocable to the excess, or of excess annual additions and any allocable gains. Irs free tax preparation online A loan treated as a distribution because it does not satisfy certain requirements either when made or later (such as upon default), unless the participant's accrued benefits are reduced (offset) to repay the loan. Irs free tax preparation online Dividends on employer securities. Irs free tax preparation online The cost of life insurance coverage. Irs free tax preparation online Any nontaxable amounts that you roll over into your traditional IRA become part of your basis (cost) in your IRAs. Irs free tax preparation online To recover your basis when you take distributions from your IRA, you must complete Form 8606 for the year of the distribution. Irs free tax preparation online See Form 8606 under Distributions Fully or Partly Taxable, later. Irs free tax preparation online Rollover by nonspouse beneficiary. Irs free tax preparation online   A direct transfer from a deceased employee's qualified pension, profit-sharing, or stock bonus plan; annuity plan; tax-sheltered annuity (section 403(b)) plan; or governmental deferred compensation (section 457) plan to an IRA set up to receive the distribution on your behalf can be treated as an eligible rollover distribution if you are the designated beneficiary of the plan and not the employee's spouse. Irs free tax preparation online The IRA is treated as an inherited IRA. Irs free tax preparation online For more information about inherited IRAs, see Inherited IRAs , earlier. Irs free tax preparation online Reporting rollovers from employer plans. Irs free tax preparation online    Enter the total distribution (before income tax or other deductions were withheld) on Form 1040, line 16a, or Form 1040A, line 12a. Irs free tax preparation online This amount should be shown in box 1 of Form 1099-R. Irs free tax preparation online From this amount, subtract any contributions (usually shown in box 5 of Form 1099-R) that were taxable to you when made. Irs free tax preparation online From that result, subtract the amount that was rolled over either directly or within 60 days of receiving the distribution. Irs free tax preparation online Enter the remaining amount, even if zero, on Form 1040, line 16b, or Form 1040A, line 12b. Irs free tax preparation online Also, enter "Rollover" next to Form 1040, line 16b, or Form 1040A, line 12b. Irs free tax preparation online Transfers Incident to Divorce If an interest in a traditional IRA is transferred from your spouse or former spouse to you by a divorce or separate maintenance decree or a written document related to such a decree, the interest in the IRA, starting from the date of the transfer, is treated as your IRA. Irs free tax preparation online The transfer is tax free. Irs free tax preparation online For detailed information, see Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Converting From Any Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA Allowable conversions. Irs free tax preparation online   You can withdraw all or part of the assets from a traditional IRA and reinvest them (within 60 days) in a Roth IRA. Irs free tax preparation online The amount that you withdraw and timely contribute (convert) to the Roth IRA is called a conversion contribution. Irs free tax preparation online If properly (and timely) rolled over, the 10% additional tax on early distributions will not apply. Irs free tax preparation online However, a part or all of the conversion contribution from your traditional IRA is included in your gross income. Irs free tax preparation online Required distributions. Irs free tax preparation online   You cannot convert amounts that must be distributed from your traditional IRA for a particular year (including the calendar year in which you reach age 70½) under the required distribution rules (discussed later). Irs free tax preparation online Income. Irs free tax preparation online   You must include in your gross income distributions from a traditional IRA that you would have had to include in income if you had not converted them into a Roth IRA. Irs free tax preparation online These amounts are normally included in income on your return for the year that you converted them from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. Irs free tax preparation online   You do not include in gross income any part of a distribution from a traditional IRA that is a return of your basis, as discussed later. Irs free tax preparation online   You must file Form 8606 to report 2013 conversions from traditional, SEP, or SIMPLE IRAs to a Roth IRA in 2013 (unless you recharacterized the entire amount) and to figure the amount to include in income. Irs free tax preparation online   If you must include any amount in your gross income, you may have to increase your withholding or make estimated tax payments. Irs free tax preparation online See chapter 4. Irs free tax preparation online Recharacterizations You may be able to treat a contribution made to one type of IRA as having been made to a different type of IRA. Irs free tax preparation online This is called recharacterizing the contribution. Irs free tax preparation online See Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? in chapter 1 of Publication 590 for more detailed information. Irs free tax preparation online How to recharacterize a contribution. Irs free tax preparation online   To recharacterize a contribution, you generally must have the contribution transferred from the first IRA (the one to which it was made) to the second IRA in a trustee-to-trustee transfer. Irs free tax preparation online If the transfer is made by the due date (including extensions) for your tax return for the year during which the contribution was made, you can elect to treat the contribution as having been originally made to the second IRA instead of to the first IRA. Irs free tax preparation online If you recharacterize your contribution, you must do all three of the following. Irs free tax preparation online Include in the transfer any net income allocable to the contribution. Irs free tax preparation online If there was a loss, the net income you must transfer may be a negative amount. Irs free tax preparation online Report the recharacterization on your tax return for the year during which the contribution was made. Irs free tax preparation online Treat the contribution as having been made to the second IRA on the date that it was actually made to the first IRA. Irs free tax preparation online No deduction allowed. Irs free tax preparation online   You cannot deduct the contribution to the first IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Any net income you transfer with the recharacterized contribution is treated as earned in the second IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Required notifications. Irs free tax preparation online   To recharacterize a contribution, you must notify both the trustee of the first IRA (the one to which the contribution was actually made) and the trustee of the second IRA (the one to which the contribution is being moved) that you have elected to treat the contribution as having been made to the second IRA rather than the first. Irs free tax preparation online You must make the notifications by the date of the transfer. Irs free tax preparation online Only one notification is required if both IRAs are maintained by the same trustee. Irs free tax preparation online The notification(s) must include all of the following information. Irs free tax preparation online The type and amount of the contribution to the first IRA that is to be recharacterized. Irs free tax preparation online The date on which the contribution was made to the first IRA and the year for which it was made. Irs free tax preparation online A direction to the trustee of the first IRA to transfer in a trustee-to-trustee transfer the amount of the contribution and any net income (or loss) allocable to the contribution to the trustee of the second IRA. Irs free tax preparation online The name of the trustee of the first IRA and the name of the trustee of the second IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Any additional information needed to make the transfer. Irs free tax preparation online Reporting a recharacterization. Irs free tax preparation online   If you elect to recharacterize a contribution to one IRA as a contribution to another IRA, you must report the recharacterization on your tax return as directed by Form 8606 and its instructions. Irs free tax preparation online You must treat the contribution as having been made to the second IRA. Irs free tax preparation online When Can You Withdraw or Use IRA Assets? There are rules limiting use of your IRA assets and distributions from it. Irs free tax preparation online Violation of the rules generally results in additional taxes in the year of violation. Irs free tax preparation online See What Acts Result in Penalties or Additional Taxes , later. Irs free tax preparation online Contributions returned before the due date of return. Irs free tax preparation online   If you made IRA contributions in 2013, you can withdraw them tax free by the due date of your return. Irs free tax preparation online If you have an extension of time to file your return, you can withdraw them tax free by the extended due date. Irs free tax preparation online You can do this if, for each contribution you withdraw, both of the following conditions apply. Irs free tax preparation online You did not take a deduction for the contribution. Irs free tax preparation online You withdraw any interest or other income earned on the contribution. Irs free tax preparation online You can take into account any loss on the contribution while it was in the IRA when calculating the amount that must be withdrawn. Irs free tax preparation online If there was a loss, the net income earned on the contribution may be a negative amount. Irs free tax preparation online Note. Irs free tax preparation online To calculate the amount you must withdraw, see Worksheet 1-4 under When Can You Withdraw or Use Assets? in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Earnings includible in income. Irs free tax preparation online   You must include in income any earnings on the contributions you withdraw. Irs free tax preparation online Include the earnings in income for the year in which you made the contributions, not in the year in which you withdraw them. Irs free tax preparation online Generally, except for any part of a withdrawal that is a return of nondeductible contributions (basis), any withdrawal of your contributions after the due date (or extended due date) of your return will be treated as a taxable distribution. Irs free tax preparation online Excess contributions can also be recovered tax free as discussed under What Acts Result in Penalties or Additional Taxes?, later. Irs free tax preparation online    Early distributions tax. Irs free tax preparation online   The 10% additional tax on distributions made before you reach age 59½ does not apply to these tax-free withdrawals of your contributions. Irs free tax preparation online However, the distribution of interest or other income must be reported on Form 5329 and, unless the distribution qualifies as an exception to the age 59½ rule, it will be subject to this tax. Irs free tax preparation online When Must You Withdraw IRA Assets? (Required Minimum Distributions) You cannot keep funds in a traditional IRA indefinitely. Irs free tax preparation online Eventually they must be distributed. Irs free tax preparation online If there are no distributions, or if the distributions are not large enough, you may have to pay a 50% excise tax on the amount not distributed as required. Irs free tax preparation online See Excess Accumulations (Insufficient Distributions) , later. Irs free tax preparation online The requirements for distributing IRA funds differ depending on whether you are the IRA owner or the beneficiary of a decedent's IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Required minimum distribution. Irs free tax preparation online   The amount that must be distributed each year is referred to as the required minimum distribution. Irs free tax preparation online Required distributions not eligible for rollover. Irs free tax preparation online   Amounts that must be distributed (required minimum distributions) during a particular year are not eligible for rollover treatment. Irs free tax preparation online IRA owners. Irs free tax preparation online   If you are the owner of a traditional IRA, you must generally start receiving distributions from your IRA by April 1 of the year following the year in which you reach age 70½. Irs free tax preparation online April 1 of the year following the year in which you reach age 70½ is referred to as the required beginning date. Irs free tax preparation online Distributions by the required beginning date. Irs free tax preparation online   You must receive at least a minimum amount for each year starting with the year you reach age 70½ (your 70½ year). Irs free tax preparation online If you do not (or did not) receive that minimum amount in your 70½ year, then you must receive distributions for your 70½ year by April 1 of the next year. Irs free tax preparation online   If an IRA owner dies after reaching age 70½, but before April 1 of the next year, no minimum distribution is required because death occurred before the required beginning date. Irs free tax preparation online Even if you begin receiving distributions before you attain age 70½, you must begin calculating and receiving required minimum distributions by your required beginning date. Irs free tax preparation online Distributions after the required beginning date. Irs free tax preparation online   The required minimum distribution for any year after the year you turn 70½ must be made by December 31 of that later year. Irs free tax preparation online    Beneficiaries. Irs free tax preparation online   If you are the beneficiary of a decedent's traditional IRA, the requirements for distributions from that IRA generally depend on whether the IRA owner died before or after the required beginning date for distributions. Irs free tax preparation online More information. Irs free tax preparation online   For more information, including how to figure your minimum required distribution each year and how to figure your required distribution if you are a beneficiary of a decedent's IRA, see When Must You Withdraw Assets? in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Are Distributions Taxable? In general, distributions from a traditional IRA are taxable in the year you receive them. Irs free tax preparation online Exceptions. Irs free tax preparation online   Exceptions to distributions from traditional IRAs being taxable in the year you receive them are: Rollovers, Qualified charitable distributions (QCD), discussed later, Tax-free withdrawals of contributions, discussed earlier, and The return of nondeductible contributions, discussed later under Distributions Fully or Partly Taxable . Irs free tax preparation online    Although a conversion of a traditional IRA is considered a rollover for Roth IRA purposes, it is not an exception to the rule that distributions from a traditional IRA are taxable in the year you receive them. Irs free tax preparation online Conversion distributions are includible in your gross income subject to this rule and the special rules for conversions explained in Converting From Any Traditional IRA Into a Roth IRA under Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Qualified charitable distributions (QCD). Irs free tax preparation online   A QCD is generally a nontaxable distribution made directly by the trustee of your IRA to an organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. Irs free tax preparation online Special rules apply if you made a qualified charitable distribution in January 2013 that you elected to treat as made in 2012. Irs free tax preparation online See Qualified Charitable Distributions in Publication 590 for more information. Irs free tax preparation online Ordinary income. Irs free tax preparation online   Distributions from traditional IRAs that you include in income are taxed as ordinary income. Irs free tax preparation online No special treatment. Irs free tax preparation online   In figuring your tax, you cannot use the 10-year tax option or capital gain treatment that applies to lump-sum distributions from qualified retirement plans. Irs free tax preparation online Distributions Fully or Partly Taxable Distributions from your traditional IRA may be fully or partly taxable, depending on whether your IRA includes any nondeductible contributions. Irs free tax preparation online Fully taxable. Irs free tax preparation online   If only deductible contributions were made to your traditional IRA (or IRAs, if you have more than one), you have no basis in your IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Because you have no basis in your IRA, any distributions are fully taxable when received. Irs free tax preparation online See Reporting taxable distributions on your return , later. Irs free tax preparation online Partly taxable. Irs free tax preparation online    If you made nondeductible contributions or rolled over any after-tax amounts to any of your traditional IRAs, you have a cost basis (investment in the contract) equal to the amount of those contributions. Irs free tax preparation online These nondeductible contributions are not taxed when they are distributed to you. Irs free tax preparation online They are a return of your investment in your IRA. Irs free tax preparation online   Only the part of the distribution that represents nondeductible contributions and rolled over after-tax amounts (your cost basis) is tax free. Irs free tax preparation online If nondeductible contributions have been made or after-tax amounts have been rolled over to your IRA, distributions consist partly of nondeductible contributions (basis) and partly of deductible contributions, earnings, and gains (if there are any). Irs free tax preparation online Until all of your basis has been distributed, each distribution is partly nontaxable and partly taxable. Irs free tax preparation online Form 8606. Irs free tax preparation online   You must complete Form 8606 and attach it to your return if you receive a distribution from a traditional IRA and have ever made nondeductible contributions or rolled over after-tax amounts to any of your traditional IRAs. Irs free tax preparation online Using the form, you will figure the nontaxable distributions for 2013 and your total IRA basis for 2013 and earlier years. Irs free tax preparation online Note. Irs free tax preparation online If you are required to file Form 8606, but you are not required to file an income tax return, you still must file Form 8606. Irs free tax preparation online Send it to the IRS at the time and place you would otherwise file an income tax return. Irs free tax preparation online Distributions reported on Form 1099-R. Irs free tax preparation online   If you receive a distribution from your traditional IRA, you will receive Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. Irs free tax preparation online , or a similar statement. Irs free tax preparation online IRA distributions are shown in boxes 1 and 2a of Form 1099-R. Irs free tax preparation online A number or letter code in box 7 tells you what type of distribution you received from your IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Withholding. Irs free tax preparation online   Federal income tax is withheld from distributions from traditional IRAs unless you choose not to have tax withheld. Irs free tax preparation online See chapter 4. Irs free tax preparation online IRA distributions delivered outside the United States. Irs free tax preparation online   In general, if you are a U. Irs free tax preparation online S. Irs free tax preparation online citizen or resident alien and your home address is outside the United States or its possessions, you cannot choose exemption from withholding on distributions from your traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Reporting taxable distributions on your return. Irs free tax preparation online    Report fully taxable distributions, including early distributions on Form 1040, line 15b, or Form 1040A, line 11b (no entry is required on Form 1040, line 15a, or Form 1040A, line 11a). Irs free tax preparation online If only part of the distribution is taxable, enter the total amount on Form 1040, line 15a, or Form 1040A, line 11a, and the taxable part on Form 1040, line 15b, or Form 1040A, line 11b. Irs free tax preparation online You cannot report distributions on Form 1040EZ. Irs free tax preparation online What Acts Result in Penalties or Additional Taxes? The tax advantages of using traditional IRAs for retirement savings can be offset by additional taxes and penalties if you do not follow the rules. Irs free tax preparation online There are additions to the regular tax for using your IRA funds in prohibited transactions. Irs free tax preparation online There are also additional taxes for the following activities. Irs free tax preparation online Investing in collectibles. Irs free tax preparation online Making excess contributions. Irs free tax preparation online Taking early distributions. Irs free tax preparation online Allowing excess amounts to accumulate (failing to take required distributions). Irs free tax preparation online There are penalties for overstating the amount of nondeductible contributions and for failure to file a Form 8606, if required. Irs free tax preparation online Prohibited Transactions Generally, a prohibited transaction is any improper use of your traditional IRA by you, your beneficiary, or any disqualified person. Irs free tax preparation online Disqualified persons include your fiduciary and members of your family (spouse, ancestor, lineal descendent, and any spouse of a lineal descendent). Irs free tax preparation online The following are examples of prohibited transactions with a traditional IRA. Irs free tax preparation online Borrowing money from it. Irs free tax preparation online Selling property to it. Irs free tax preparation online Receiving unreasonable compensation for managing it. Irs free tax preparation online Using it as security for a loan. Irs free tax preparation online Buying property for personal use (present or future) with IRA funds. Irs free tax preparation online Effect on an IRA account. Irs free tax preparation online   Generally, if you or your beneficiary engages in a prohibited transaction in connection with your traditional IRA account at any time during the year, the account stops being an IRA as of the first day of that year. Irs free tax preparation online Effect on you or your beneficiary. Irs free tax preparation online   If your account stops being an IRA because you or your beneficiary engaged in a prohibited transaction, the account is treated as distributing all its assets to you at their fair market values on the first day of the year. Irs free tax preparation online If the total of those values is more than your basis in the IRA, you will have a taxable gain that is includible in your income. Irs free tax preparation online For information on figuring your gain and reporting it in income, see Are Distributions Taxable , earlier. Irs free tax preparation online The distribution may be subject to additional taxes or penalties. Irs free tax preparation online Taxes on prohibited transactions. Irs free tax preparation online   If someone other than the owner or beneficiary of a traditional IRA engages in a prohibited transaction, that person may be liable for certain taxes. Irs free tax preparation online In general, there is a 15% tax on the amount of the prohibited transaction and a 100% additional tax if the transaction is not corrected. Irs free tax preparation online More information. Irs free tax preparation online   For more information on prohibited transactions, see What Acts Result in Penalties or Additional Taxes? in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Irs free tax preparation online Investment in Collectibles If your traditional IRA invests in collectibles, the amount invested is considered distributed to you in the year invested. Irs free tax preparation online You may have to pay the 10% additional tax on early distributions, discussed later. Irs free tax preparation online Collectibles. Irs free tax preparation online   These include: Artworks, Rugs, Antiques, Metals, Gems, Stamps, Coins, Alcoholic beverages, and Certain other tangible personal property. Irs free tax preparation online Exception. Irs free tax preparation online    Your IRA can invest in one, one-half, one-quarter, or one-tenth ounce U. Irs free tax preparation online S. Irs free tax preparation online gold coins, or one-ounce silver coins minted by the Treasury Department. Irs free tax preparation online It can also invest in certain platinum coins and certain gold, silver, palladium, and platinum bullion. Irs free tax preparation online Excess Contributions Generally, an excess contribution is the amount contributed to your traditional IRA(s) for the year that is more than the smaller of: The maximum deductible amount for the year. Irs free tax preparation online For 2013, this is $5,500 ($6,500 if you are 50 or older), or Your taxable compensation for the year. Irs free tax preparation online Tax on excess contributions. Irs free tax preparation online   In general, if the excess contributions for a year are not withdrawn by the date your return for the year is due (including extensions), you are subject to a 6% tax. Irs free tax preparation online You must pay the 6% tax each year on excess amounts that remain in your traditional IRA at the end of your tax year. Irs free tax preparation online The tax cannot be more than 6% of the combined value of all your IRAs as of the end of your tax year. Irs free tax preparation online Excess contributions withdrawn by due date of return. Irs free tax preparation online   You will not have to pay the 6% tax if you withdraw an excess contribution made during a tax year and you also withdraw interest or other income earned on the excess contribution. Irs free tax preparation online You must complete your withdrawal by the date your tax return for that year is due, including extensions. Irs free tax preparation online How to treat withdrawn contributions. Irs free tax preparation online   Do not include in your gross income an excess contribution that you withdraw from your traditional IRA before your tax return is due if both the following conditions are met. Irs free tax preparation online No deduction was allowed for the excess contribution. Irs free tax preparation online You withdraw the interest or other income earned on the excess contribution. Irs free tax preparation online You can take into account any loss on the contribution while it was in the IRA when calculating the amount that must be withdrawn. Irs free tax preparation online If there was a loss, the net income you must withdraw may be a negative amount. Irs free tax preparation online How to treat withdrawn interest or other income. Irs free tax preparation online   You must include in your gross income the interest or other income that was earned on the excess contribution. Irs free tax preparation online Report it on your return for the year in which the excess contribution was made. Irs free tax preparation online Your withdrawal of interest or other income may be subject to an additional 10% tax on early distributions, discus
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Irs free tax preparation online 2. Irs free tax preparation online   Ordinary or Capital Gain or Loss Table of Contents IntroductionSection 1231 transactions. Irs free tax preparation online Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Capital Assets Noncapital AssetsCommodities derivative dealer. Irs free tax preparation online Sales and Exchanges Between Related PersonsGain Is Ordinary Income Nondeductible Loss Other DispositionsSale of a Business Dispositions of Intangible Property Subdivision of Land Timber Precious Metals and Stones, Stamps, and Coins Coal and Iron Ore Conversion Transactions Introduction You must classify your gains and losses as either ordinary or capital (and your capital gains or losses as either short-term or long-term). Irs free tax preparation online You must do this to figure your net capital gain or loss. Irs free tax preparation online For individuals, a net capital gain may be taxed at a different tax rate than ordinary income. Irs free tax preparation online See Capital Gains Tax Rates in chapter 4. Irs free tax preparation online Your deduction for a net capital loss may be limited. Irs free tax preparation online See Treatment of Capital Losses in chapter 4. Irs free tax preparation online Capital gain or loss. Irs free tax preparation online   Generally, you will have a capital gain or loss if you sell or exchange a capital asset. Irs free tax preparation online You also may have a capital gain if your section 1231 transactions result in a net gain. Irs free tax preparation online Section 1231 transactions. Irs free tax preparation online   Section 1231 transactions are sales and exchanges of property held longer than 1 year and either used in a trade or business or held for the production of rents or royalties. Irs free tax preparation online They also include certain involuntary conversions of business or investment property, including capital assets. Irs free tax preparation online See Section 1231 Gains and Losses in chapter 3 for more information. Irs free tax preparation online Topics - This chapter discusses: Capital assets Noncapital assets Sales and exchanges between  related persons Other dispositions Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 550 Investment Income and Expenses Form (and Instructions) Schedule D (Form 1040) Capital Gains and Losses 4797 Sales of Business Property 8594 Asset Acquisition Statement Under Section 1060 8949 Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets See chapter 5 for information about getting publications and forms. Irs free tax preparation online Capital Assets Almost everything you own and use for personal purposes, pleasure, or investment is a capital asset. Irs free tax preparation online For exceptions, see Noncapital Assets, later. Irs free tax preparation online The following items are examples of capital assets. Irs free tax preparation online Stocks and bonds. Irs free tax preparation online A home owned and occupied by you and your family. Irs free tax preparation online Timber grown on your home property or investment property, even if you make casual sales of the timber. Irs free tax preparation online Household furnishings. Irs free tax preparation online A car used for pleasure or commuting. Irs free tax preparation online Coin or stamp collections. Irs free tax preparation online Gems and jewelry. Irs free tax preparation online Gold, silver, and other metals. Irs free tax preparation online Personal-use property. Irs free tax preparation online   Generally, property held for personal use is a capital asset. Irs free tax preparation online Gain from a sale or exchange of that property is a capital gain. Irs free tax preparation online Loss from the sale or exchange of that property is not deductible. Irs free tax preparation online You can deduct a loss relating to personal-use property only if it results from a casualty or theft. Irs free tax preparation online Investment property. Irs free tax preparation online   Investment property (such as stocks and bonds) is a capital asset, and a gain or loss from its sale or exchange is a capital gain or loss. Irs free tax preparation online This treatment does not apply to property used to produce rental income. Irs free tax preparation online See Business assets, later, under Noncapital Assets. Irs free tax preparation online Release of restriction on land. Irs free tax preparation online   Amounts you receive for the release of a restrictive covenant in a deed to land are treated as proceeds from the sale of a capital asset. Irs free tax preparation online Noncapital Assets A noncapital asset is property that is not a capital asset. Irs free tax preparation online The following kinds of property are not capital assets. Irs free tax preparation online Stock in trade, inventory, and other property you hold mainly for sale to customers in your trade or business. Irs free tax preparation online Inventories are discussed in Publication 538, Accounting Periods and Methods. Irs free tax preparation online But, see the Tip below. Irs free tax preparation online Accounts or notes receivable acquired in the ordinary course of a trade or business for services rendered or from the sale of any properties described in (1), above. Irs free tax preparation online Depreciable property used in your trade or business or as rental property (including section 197 intangibles defined later), even if the property is fully depreciated (or amortized). Irs free tax preparation online Sales of this type of property are discussed in chapter 3. Irs free tax preparation online Real property used in your trade or business or as rental property, even if the property is fully depreciated. Irs free tax preparation online A copyright; a literary, musical, or artistic composition; a letter; a memorandum; or similar property (such as drafts of speeches, recordings, transcripts, manuscripts, drawings, or photographs): Created by your personal efforts, Prepared or produced for you (in the case of a letter, memorandum, or similar property), or Received from a person who created the property or for whom the property was prepared under circumstances (for example, by gift) entitling you to the basis of the person who created the property, or for whom it was prepared or produced. Irs free tax preparation online But, see the Tip below. Irs free tax preparation online U. Irs free tax preparation online S. Irs free tax preparation online Government publications you got from the government for free or for less than the normal sales price or that you acquired under circumstances entitling you to the basis of someone who got the publications for free or for less than the normal sales price. Irs free tax preparation online Any commodities derivative financial instrument (discussed later) held by a commodities derivatives dealer unless it meets both of the following requirements. Irs free tax preparation online It is established to the satisfaction of the IRS that the instrument has no connection to the activities of the dealer as a dealer. Irs free tax preparation online The instrument is clearly identified in the dealer's records as meeting (a) by the end of the day on which it was acquired, originated, or entered into. Irs free tax preparation online Any hedging transaction (defined later) that is clearly identified as a hedging transaction by the end of the day on which it was acquired, originated, or entered into. Irs free tax preparation online Supplies of a type you regularly use or consume in the ordinary course of your trade or business. Irs free tax preparation online You can elect to treat as capital assets certain self-created musical compositions or copyrights you sold or exchanged. Irs free tax preparation online See chapter 4 of Publication 550 for details. Irs free tax preparation online Property held mainly for sale to customers. Irs free tax preparation online   Stock in trade, inventory, and other property you hold mainly for sale to customers in your trade or business are not capital assets. Irs free tax preparation online Inventories are discussed in Publication 538. Irs free tax preparation online Business assets. Irs free tax preparation online   Real property and depreciable property used in your trade or business or as rental property (including section 197 intangibles defined later under Dispositions of Intangible Property) are not capital assets. Irs free tax preparation online The sale or disposition of business property is discussed in chapter 3. Irs free tax preparation online Letters and memoranda. Irs free tax preparation online   Letters, memoranda, and similar property (such as drafts of speeches, recordings, transcripts, manuscripts, drawings, or photographs) are not treated as capital assets (as discussed earlier) if your personal efforts created them or if they were prepared or produced for you. Irs free tax preparation online Nor is this property a capital asset if your basis in it is determined by reference to the person who created it or the person for whom it was prepared. Irs free tax preparation online For this purpose, letters and memoranda addressed to you are considered prepared for you. Irs free tax preparation online If letters or memoranda are prepared by persons under your administrative control, they are considered prepared for you whether or not you review them. Irs free tax preparation online Commodities derivative financial instrument. Irs free tax preparation online   A commodities derivative financial instrument is a commodities contract or other financial instrument for commodities (other than a share of corporate stock, a beneficial interest in a partnership or trust, a note, bond, debenture, or other evidence of indebtedness, or a section 1256 contract) the value or settlement price of which is calculated or determined by reference to a specified index (as defined in section 1221(b) of the Internal Revenue Code). Irs free tax preparation online Commodities derivative dealer. Irs free tax preparation online   A commodities derivative dealer is a person who regularly offers to enter into, assume, offset, assign, or terminate positions in commodities derivative financial instruments with customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business. Irs free tax preparation online Hedging transaction. Irs free tax preparation online   A hedging transaction is any transaction you enter into in the normal course of your trade or business primarily to manage any of the following. Irs free tax preparation online Risk of price changes or currency fluctuations involving ordinary property you hold or will hold. Irs free tax preparation online Risk of interest rate or price changes or currency fluctuations for borrowings you make or will make, or ordinary obligations you incur or will incur. Irs free tax preparation online Sales and Exchanges Between Related Persons This section discusses the rules that may apply to the sale or exchange of property between related persons. Irs free tax preparation online If these rules apply, gains may be treated as ordinary income and losses may not be deductible. Irs free tax preparation online See Transfers to Spouse in chapter 1 for rules that apply to spouses. Irs free tax preparation online Gain Is Ordinary Income If a gain is recognized on the sale or exchange of property to a related person, the gain may be ordinary income even if the property is a capital asset. Irs free tax preparation online It is ordinary income if the sale or exchange is a depreciable property transaction or a controlled partnership transaction. Irs free tax preparation online Depreciable property transaction. Irs free tax preparation online   Gain on the sale or exchange of property, including a leasehold or a patent application, that is depreciable property in the hands of the person who receives it is ordinary income if the transaction is either directly or indirectly between any of the following pairs of entities. Irs free tax preparation online A person and the person's controlled entity or entities. Irs free tax preparation online A taxpayer and any trust in which the taxpayer (or his or her spouse) is a beneficiary unless the beneficiary's interest in the trust is a remote contingent interest; that is, the value of the interest computed actuarially is 5% or less of the value of the trust property. Irs free tax preparation online An executor and a beneficiary of an estate unless the sale or exchange is in satisfaction of a pecuniary bequest (a bequest for a sum of money). Irs free tax preparation online An employer (or any person related to the employer under rules (1), (2), or (3)) and a welfare benefit fund (within the meaning of section 419(e) of the Internal Revenue Code) that is controlled directly or indirectly by the employer (or any person related to the employer). Irs free tax preparation online Controlled entity. Irs free tax preparation online   A person's controlled entity is either of the following. Irs free tax preparation online A corporation in which more than 50% of the value of all outstanding stock, or a partnership in which more than 50% of the capital interest or profits interest, is directly or indirectly owned by or for that person. Irs free tax preparation online An entity whose relationship with that person is one of the following. Irs free tax preparation online A corporation and a partnership if the same persons own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of the corporation and more than 50% of the capital interest or profits interest in the partnership. Irs free tax preparation online Two corporations that are members of the same controlled group as defined in section 1563(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, except that “more than 50%” is substituted for “at least 80%” in that definition. Irs free tax preparation online Two S corporations, if the same persons own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. Irs free tax preparation online Two corporations, one of which is an S corporation, if the same persons own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. Irs free tax preparation online Controlled partnership transaction. Irs free tax preparation online   A gain recognized in a controlled partnership transaction may be ordinary income. Irs free tax preparation online The gain is ordinary income if it results from the sale or exchange of property that, in the hands of the party who receives it, is a noncapital asset such as trade accounts receivable, inventory, stock in trade, or depreciable or real property used in a trade or business. Irs free tax preparation online   A controlled partnership transaction is a transaction directly or indirectly between either of the following pairs of entities. Irs free tax preparation online A partnership and a person who directly or indirectly owns more than 50% of the capital interest or profits interest in the partnership. Irs free tax preparation online Two partnerships, if the same persons directly or indirectly own more than 50% of the capital interests or profits interests in both partnerships. Irs free tax preparation online Determining ownership. Irs free tax preparation online   In the transactions under Depreciable property transaction and Controlled partnership transaction, earlier, use the following rules to determine the ownership of stock or a partnership interest. Irs free tax preparation online Stock or a partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust is considered owned proportionately by or for its shareholders, partners, or beneficiaries. Irs free tax preparation online (However, for a partnership interest owned by or for a C corporation, this applies only to shareholders who directly or indirectly own 5% or more in value of the stock of the corporation. Irs free tax preparation online ) An individual is considered as owning the stock or partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for his or her family. Irs free tax preparation online Family includes only brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. Irs free tax preparation online For purposes of applying (1) or (2), above, stock or a partnership interest constructively owned by a person under (1) is treated as actually owned by that person. Irs free tax preparation online But stock or a partnership interest constructively owned by an individual under (2) is not treated as owned by the individual for reapplying (2) to make another person the constructive owner of that stock or partnership interest. Irs free tax preparation online Nondeductible Loss A loss on the sale or exchange of property between related persons is not deductible. Irs free tax preparation online This applies to both direct and indirect transactions, but not to distributions of property from a corporation in a complete liquidation. Irs free tax preparation online For the list of related persons, see Related persons next. Irs free tax preparation online If a sale or exchange is between any of these related persons and involves the lump-sum sale of a number of blocks of stock or pieces of property, the gain or loss must be figured separately for each block of stock or piece of property. Irs free tax preparation online The gain on each item is taxable. Irs free tax preparation online The loss on any item is nondeductible. Irs free tax preparation online Gains from the sales of any of these items may not be offset by losses on the sales of any of the other items. Irs free tax preparation online Related persons. Irs free tax preparation online   The following is a list of related persons. Irs free tax preparation online Members of a family, including only brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, spouse, ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc. Irs free tax preparation online ), and lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, etc. Irs free tax preparation online ). Irs free tax preparation online An individual and a corporation if the individual directly or indirectly owns more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of the corporation. Irs free tax preparation online Two corporations that are members of the same controlled group as defined in section 267(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. Irs free tax preparation online A trust fiduciary and a corporation if the trust or the grantor of the trust directly or indirectly owns more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of the corporation. Irs free tax preparation online A grantor and fiduciary, and the fiduciary and beneficiary, of any trust. Irs free tax preparation online Fiduciaries of two different trusts, and the fiduciary and beneficiary of two different trusts, if the same person is the grantor of both trusts. Irs free tax preparation online A tax-exempt educational or charitable organization and a person who directly or indirectly controls the organization, or a member of that person's family. Irs free tax preparation online A corporation and a partnership if the same persons own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of the corporation and more than 50% of the capital interest or profits interest in the partnership. Irs free tax preparation online Two S corporations if the same persons own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. Irs free tax preparation online Two corporations, one of which is an S corporation, if the same persons own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. Irs free tax preparation online An executor and a beneficiary of an estate unless the sale or exchange is in satisfaction of a pecuniary bequest. Irs free tax preparation online Two partnerships if the same persons directly or indirectly own more than 50% of the capital interests or profits interests in both partnerships. Irs free tax preparation online A person and a partnership if the person directly or indirectly owns more than 50% of the capital interest or profits interest in the partnership. Irs free tax preparation online Partnership interests. Irs free tax preparation online   The nondeductible loss rule does not apply to a sale or exchange of an interest in the partnership between the related persons described in (12) or (13) above. Irs free tax preparation online Controlled groups. Irs free tax preparation online   Losses on transactions between members of the same controlled group described in (3) earlier are deferred rather than denied. Irs free tax preparation online   For more information, see section 267(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. Irs free tax preparation online Ownership of stock or partnership interests. Irs free tax preparation online   In determining whether an individual directly or indirectly owns any of the outstanding stock of a corporation or an interest in a partnership for a loss on a sale or exchange, the following rules apply. Irs free tax preparation online Stock or a partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust is considered owned proportionately by or for its shareholders, partners, or beneficiaries. Irs free tax preparation online (However, for a partnership interest owned by or for a C corporation, this applies only to shareholders who directly or indirectly own 5% or more in value of the stock of the corporation. Irs free tax preparation online ) An individual is considered as owning the stock or partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for his or her family. 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Irs free tax preparation online The sale of real property or depreciable property used in the business and held longer than 1 year results in gain or loss from a section 1231 transaction (discussed in chapter 3). Irs free tax preparation online The sale of inventory results in ordinary income or loss. Irs free tax preparation online Partnership interests. Irs free tax preparation online   An interest in a partnership or joint venture is treated as a capital asset when sold. Irs free tax preparation online The part of any gain or loss from unrealized receivables or inventory items will be treated as ordinary gain or loss. Irs free tax preparation online For more information, see Disposition of Partner's Interest in Publication 541. Irs free tax preparation online Corporation interests. Irs free tax preparation online   Your interest in a corporation is represented by stock certificates. 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Irs free tax preparation online For more information, see section 332 of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. Irs free tax preparation online Allocation of consideration paid for a business. Irs free tax preparation online   The sale of a trade or business for a lump sum is considered a sale of each individual asset rather than of a single asset. Irs free tax preparation online Except for assets exchanged under any nontaxable exchange rules, both the buyer and seller of a business must use the residual method (explained later) to allocate the consideration to each business asset transferred. Irs free tax preparation online This method determines gain or loss from the transfer of each asset and how much of the consideration is for goodwill and certain other intangible property. Irs free tax preparation online It also determines the buyer's basis in the business assets. Irs free tax preparation online Consideration. 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Irs free tax preparation online   A group of assets constitutes a trade or business if either of the following applies. Irs free tax preparation online Goodwill or going concern value could, under any circumstances, attach to them. Irs free tax preparation online The use of the assets would constitute an active trade or business under section 355 of the Internal Revenue Code. Irs free tax preparation online   The residual method provides for the consideration to be reduced first by the amount of Class I assets (defined below). Irs free tax preparation online The consideration remaining after this reduction must be allocated among the various business assets in a certain order. Irs free tax preparation online See Classes of assets next for the complete order. Irs free tax preparation online Classes of assets. Irs free tax preparation online   The following definitions are the classifications for deemed or actual asset acquisitions. 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Irs free tax preparation online Class III assets are accounts receivable, other debt instruments, and assets that you mark to market at least annually for federal income tax purposes. Irs free tax preparation online However, see section 1. Irs free tax preparation online 338-6(b)(2)(iii) of the regulations for exceptions that apply to debt instruments issued by persons related to a target corporation, contingent debt instruments, and debt instruments convertible into stock or other property. Irs free tax preparation online Class IV assets are property of a kind that would properly be included in inventory if on hand at the end of the tax year or property held by the taxpayer primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. Irs free tax preparation online Class V assets are all assets other than Class I, II, III, IV, VI, and VII assets. Irs free tax preparation online    Note. Irs free tax preparation online Furniture and fixtures, buildings, land, vehicles, and equipment, which constitute all or part of a trade or business are generally Class V assets. Irs free tax preparation online Class VI assets are section 197 intangibles (other than goodwill and going concern value). Irs free tax preparation online Class VII assets are goodwill and going concern value (whether the goodwill or going concern value qualifies as a section 197 intangible). Irs free tax preparation online   If an asset described in one of the classifications described above can be included in more than one class, include it in the lower numbered class. Irs free tax preparation online For example, if an asset is described in both Class II and Class IV, choose Class II. Irs free tax preparation online Example. Irs free tax preparation online The total paid in the sale of the assets of Company SKB is $21,000. 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Irs free tax preparation online This agreement is binding on both parties unless the IRS determines the amounts are not appropriate. Irs free tax preparation online Reporting requirement. Irs free tax preparation online   Both the buyer and seller involved in the sale of business assets must report to the IRS the allocation of the sales price among section 197 intangibles and the other business assets. Irs free tax preparation online Use Form 8594, Asset Acquisition Statement Under Section 1060, to provide this information. Irs free tax preparation online Generally, the buyer and seller should each attach Form 8594 to their federal income tax return for the year in which the sale occurred. Irs free tax preparation online See the Instructions for Form 8594. Irs free tax preparation online Dispositions of Intangible Property Intangible property is any personal property that has value but cannot be seen or touched. 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Irs free tax preparation online Supplier-based intangibles. Irs free tax preparation online Licenses, permits, and other rights granted by a governmental unit. Irs free tax preparation online Covenants not to compete entered into in connection with the acquisition of a business. Irs free tax preparation online Franchises, trademarks, and trade names. Irs free tax preparation online See chapter 8 of Publication 535 for a description of each intangible. Irs free tax preparation online Dispositions. Irs free tax preparation online   You cannot deduct a loss from the disposition or worthlessness of a section 197 intangible you acquired in the same transaction (or series of related transactions) as another section 197 intangible you still hold. Irs free tax preparation online Instead, you must increase the adjusted basis of your retained section 197 intangible by the nondeductible loss. Irs free tax preparation online If you retain more than one section 197 intangible, increase each intangible's adjusted basis. Irs free tax preparation online Figure the increase by multiplying the nondeductible loss by a fraction, the numerator (top number) of which is the retained intangible's adjusted basis on the date of the loss and the denominator (bottom number) of which is the total adjusted basis of all retained intangibles on the date of the loss. Irs free tax preparation online   In applying this rule, members of the same controlled group of corporations and commonly controlled businesses are treated as a single entity. Irs free tax preparation online For example, a corporation cannot deduct a loss on the sale of a section 197 intangible if, after the sale, a member of the same controlled group retains other section 197 intangibles acquired in the same transaction as the intangible sold. Irs free tax preparation online Covenant not to compete. 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Irs free tax preparation online Recognize gain on the transfer of the property. Irs free tax preparation online Pay income tax on the gain at the highest tax rate. Irs free tax preparation online   If the transferor is a partnership or S corporation, the partnership or S corporation (not the partners or shareholders) can make the election. Irs free tax preparation online But each partner or shareholder must pay the tax on his or her share of gain. Irs free tax preparation online   To make the election, you, as the transferor, must attach a statement containing certain information to your income tax return for the year of the transfer. Irs free tax preparation online You must file the tax return by the due date (including extensions). Irs free tax preparation online You must also notify the transferee of the election in writing by the due date of the return. 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Irs free tax preparation online The rights are limited geographically within a country. Irs free tax preparation online The rights are limited to a period less than the remaining life of the patent. Irs free tax preparation online The rights are limited to fields of use within trades or industries and are less than all the rights that exist and have value at the time of the transfer. Irs free tax preparation online The rights are less than all the claims or inventions covered by the patent that exist and have value at the time of the transfer. Irs free tax preparation online Related persons. Irs free tax preparation online   This tax treatment does not apply if the transfer is directly or indirectly between you and a related person as defined earlier in the list under Nondeductible Loss, with the following changes. 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Irs free tax preparation online A right to receive payments based on the productivity, use, or disposition of the transferred item of interest if those payments are a substantial part of the transfer agreement. Irs free tax preparation online Subdivision of Land If you own a tract of land and, to sell or exchange it, you subdivide it into individual lots or parcels, the gain normally is ordinary income. Irs free tax preparation online However, you may receive capital gain treatment on at least part of the proceeds provided you meet certain requirements. Irs free tax preparation online See section 1237 of the Internal Revenue Code. Irs free tax preparation online Timber Standing timber held as investment property is a capital asset. Irs free tax preparation online Gain or loss from its sale is reported as a capital gain or loss on Form 8949, and Schedule D (Form 1040), as applicable. 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Irs free tax preparation online FMV of timber January 1, 2013 $1,400,000 Minus: Adjusted basis for depletion 160,000 Section 1231 gain $1,240,000 The fair market value becomes your basis in the cut timber and a later sale of the cut timber including any by-product or tree tops will result in ordinary business income or loss. Irs free tax preparation online Outright sales of timber. Irs free tax preparation online   Outright sales of timber by landowners qualify for capital gains treatment using rules similar to the rules for certain disposal of timber under a contract with retained economic interest (defined below). Irs free tax preparation online However, for outright sales, the date of disposal is not deemed to be the date the timber is cut because the landowner can elect to treat the payment date as the date of disposal (see below). Irs free tax preparation online Cutting contract. 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Irs free tax preparation online Any gain or loss from their sale or exchange generally is a capital gain or loss. Irs free tax preparation online If you are a dealer, the amount received from the sale is ordinary business income. Irs free tax preparation online Coal and Iron Ore You must treat the disposal of coal (including lignite) or iron ore mined in the United States as a section 1231 transaction if both the following apply to you. Irs free tax preparation online You owned the coal or iron ore longer than 1 year before its disposal. Irs free tax preparation online You kept an economic interest in the coal or iron ore. Irs free tax preparation online For this rule, the date the coal or iron ore is mined is considered the date of its disposal. Irs free tax preparation online Your gain or loss is the difference between the amount realized from disposal of the coal or iron ore and the adjusted basis you use to figure cost depletion (increased by certain expenses not allowed as deductions for the tax year). Irs free tax preparation online This amount is included on Form 4797 along with your other section 1231 gains and losses. Irs free tax preparation online You are considered an owner if you own or sublet an economic interest in the coal or iron ore in place. Irs free tax preparation online If you own only an option to buy the coal in place, you do not qualify as an owner. Irs free tax preparation online In addition, this gain or loss treatment does not apply to income realized by an owner who is a co-adventurer, partner, or principal in the mining of coal or iron ore. Irs free tax preparation online The expenses of making and administering the contract under which the coal or iron ore was disposed of and the expenses of preserving the economic interest kept under the contract are not allowed as deductions in figuring taxable income. Irs free tax preparation online Rather, their total, along with the adjusted depletion basis, is deducted from the amount received to determine gain. Irs free tax preparation online If the total of these expenses plus the adjusted depletion basis is more than the amount received, the result is a loss. Irs free tax preparation online Special rule. Irs free tax preparation online   The above treatment does not apply if you directly or indirectly dispose of the iron ore or coal to any of the following persons. Irs free tax preparation online A related person whose relationship to you would result in the disallowance of a loss (see Nondeductible Loss under Sales and Exchanges Between Related Persons, earlier). Irs free tax preparation online An individual, trust, estate, partnership, association, company, or corporation owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the same interests that own or control your business. Irs free tax preparation online Conversion Transactions Recognized gain on the disposition or termination of any position held as part of certain conversion transactions is treated as ordinary income. Irs free tax preparation online This applies if substantially all your expected return is attributable to the time value of your net investment (like interest on a loan) and the transaction is any of the following. Irs free tax preparation online An applicable straddle (generally, any set of offsetting positions with respect to personal property, including stock). Irs free tax preparation online A transaction in which you acquire property and, at or about the same time, you contract to sell the same or substantially identical property at a specified price. Irs free tax preparation online Any other transaction that is marketed and sold as producing capital gain from a transaction in which substantially all of your expected return is due to the time value of your net investment. Irs free tax preparation online For more information, see chapter 4 of Publication 550. Irs free tax preparation online Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications