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It 1040ezIt 1040ez 5. It 1040ez Business Income Table of Contents Introduction Kinds of IncomeBartering for Property or Services Real Estate Rents Personal Property Rents Interest and Dividend Income Canceled Debt Other Income Items That Are Not IncomeAmount you can exclude. It 1040ez Short-term lease. It 1040ez Retail space. It 1040ez Qualified long-term real property. It 1040ez Guidelines for Selected Occupations Accounting for Your Income Introduction This chapter primarily explains business income and how to account for it on your tax return, what items are not considered income, and gives guidelines for selected occupations. It 1040ez If there is a connection between any income you receive and your business, the income is business income. It 1040ez A connection exists if it is clear that the payment of income would not have been made if you did not have the business. It 1040ez You can have business income even if you are not involved in the activity on a regular full-time basis. It 1040ez Income from work you do on the side in addition to your regular job can be business income. It 1040ez You report most business income, such as income from selling your products or services, on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez But you report the income from the sale of business assets, such as land and office buildings, on other forms instead of Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez For information on selling business assets, see chapter 3. It 1040ez Nonemployee compensation. It 1040ez Business income includes amounts you received in your business that were properly shown on Forms 1099-MISC. It 1040ez This includes amounts reported as nonemployee compensation in box 7 of the form. It 1040ez You can find more information in the instructions on the back of the Form 1099-MISC you received. It 1040ez Kinds of Income You must report on your tax return all income you receive from your business unless it is excluded by law. It 1040ez In most cases, your business income will be in the form of cash, checks, and credit card charges. It 1040ez But business income can be in other forms, such as property or services. It 1040ez These and other types of income are explained next. It 1040ez If you are a U. It 1040ez S. It 1040ez citizen who has business income from sources outside the United States (foreign income), you must report that income on your tax return unless it is exempt from tax under U. It 1040ez S. It 1040ez law. It 1040ez If you live outside the United States, you may be able to exclude part or all of your foreign-source business income. It 1040ez For details, see Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. It 1040ez S. It 1040ez Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. It 1040ez Bartering for Property or Services Bartering is an exchange of property or services. It 1040ez You must include in your gross receipts, at the time received, the fair market value of property or services you receive in exchange for something else. It 1040ez If you exchange services with another person and you both have agreed ahead of time on the value of the services, that value will be accepted as the fair market value unless the value can be shown to be otherwise. It 1040ez Example 1. It 1040ez You are a self-employed lawyer. It 1040ez You perform legal services for a client, a small corporation. It 1040ez In payment for your services, you receive shares of stock in the corporation. It 1040ez You must include the fair market value of the shares in income. It 1040ez Example 2. It 1040ez You are an artist and create a work of art to compensate your landlord for the rent-free use of your apartment. It 1040ez You must include the fair rental value of the apartment in your gross receipts. It 1040ez Your landlord must include the fair market value of the work of art in his or her rental income. It 1040ez Example 3. It 1040ez You are a self-employed accountant. It 1040ez Both you and a house painter are members of a barter club, an organization that each year gives its members a directory of members and the services each member provides. It 1040ez Members get in touch with other members directly and bargain for the value of the services to be performed. It 1040ez In return for accounting services you provided for the house painter's business, the house painter painted your home. It 1040ez You must include in gross receipts the fair market value of the services you received from the house painter. It 1040ez The house painter must include the fair market value of your accounting services in his or her gross receipts. It 1040ez Example 4. It 1040ez You are a member of a barter club that uses credit units to credit or debit members' accounts for goods or services provided or received. It 1040ez As soon as units are credited to your account, you can use them to buy goods or services or sell or transfer the units to other members. It 1040ez You must include the value of credit units you received in your gross receipts for the tax year in which the units are credited to your account. It 1040ez The dollar value of units received for services by an employee of the club, who can use the units in the same manner as other members, must be included in the employee's gross income for the tax year in which received. It 1040ez It is wages subject to social security and Medicare taxes (FICA), federal unemployment taxes (FUTA), and income tax withholding. It 1040ez See Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. It 1040ez Example 5. It 1040ez You operate a plumbing business and use the cash method of accounting. It 1040ez You join a barter club and agree to provide plumbing services to any member for a specified number of hours. It 1040ez Each member has access to a directory that lists the members of the club and the services available. It 1040ez Members contact each other directly and request services to be performed. It 1040ez You are not required to provide services unless requested by another member, but you can use as many of the offered services as you wish without paying a fee. It 1040ez You must include the fair market value of any services you receive from club members in your gross receipts when you receive them even if you have not provided any services to club members. It 1040ez Information returns. It 1040ez If you are involved in a bartering transaction, you may have to file either of the following forms. It 1040ez Form 1099-B, Proceeds From Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions. It 1040ez Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income. It 1040ez For information about these forms, see the General Instructions for Certain Information Returns. It 1040ez Real Estate Rents If you are a real estate dealer who receives income from renting real property or an owner of a hotel, motel, etc. It 1040ez , who provides services (maid services, etc. It 1040ez ) for guests, report the rental income and expenses on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez If you are not a real estate dealer or the kind of owner described in the preceding sentence, report the rental income and expenses on Schedule E. It 1040ez For more information, see Publication 527, Residential Rental Property (Including Rental of Vacation Homes). It 1040ez Real estate dealer. It 1040ez You are a real estate dealer if you are engaged in the business of selling real estate to customers with the purpose of making a profit from those sales. It 1040ez Rent you receive from real estate held for sale to customers is subject to SE tax. It 1040ez However, rent you receive from real estate held for speculation or investment is not subject to SE tax. It 1040ez Trailer park owner. It 1040ez Rental income from a trailer park is subject to SE tax if you are a self-employed trailer park owner who provides trailer lots and facilities and substantial services for the convenience of your tenants. It 1040ez You generally are considered to provide substantial services for tenants if they are primarily for the tenants' convenience and normally are not provided to maintain the lots in a condition for occupancy. It 1040ez Services are substantial if the compensation for the services makes up a material part of the tenants' rental payments. It 1040ez Examples of services that are not normally provided for the tenants' convenience include supervising and maintaining a recreational hall provided by the park, distributing a monthly newsletter to tenants, operating a laundry facility, and helping tenants buy or sell their trailers. It 1040ez Examples of services that are normally provided to maintain the lots in a condition for tenant occupancy include city sewerage, electrical connections, and roadways. It 1040ez Hotels, boarding houses, and apartments. It 1040ez Rental income you receive for the use or occupancy of hotels, boarding houses, or apartment houses is subject to SE tax if you provide services for the occupants. It 1040ez Generally, you are considered to provide services for the occupants if the services are primarily for their convenience and are not services normally provided with the rental of rooms for occupancy only. It 1040ez An example of a service that is not normally provided for the convenience of the occupants is maid service. It 1040ez However, providing heat and light, cleaning stairways and lobbies, and collecting trash are services normally provided for the occupants' convenience. It 1040ez Prepaid rent. It 1040ez Advance payments received under a lease that does not put any restriction on their use or enjoyment are income in the year you receive them. It 1040ez This is true no matter what accounting method or period you use. It 1040ez Lease bonus. It 1040ez A bonus you receive from a lessee for granting a lease is an addition to the rent. It 1040ez Include it in your gross receipts in the year received. It 1040ez Lease cancellation payments. It 1040ez Report payments you receive from your lessee for canceling a lease in your gross receipts in the year received. It 1040ez Payments to third parties. It 1040ez If your lessee makes payments to someone else under an agreement to pay your debts or obligations, include the payments in your gross receipts when the lessee makes the payments. It 1040ez A common example of this kind of income is a lessee's payment of your property taxes on leased real property. It 1040ez Settlement payments. It 1040ez Payments you receive in settlement of a lessee's obligation to restore the leased property to its original condition are income in the amount that the payments exceed the adjusted basis of the leasehold improvements destroyed, damaged, removed, or disconnected by the lessee. It 1040ez Personal Property Rents If you are in the business of renting personal property (equipment, vehicles, formal wear, etc. It 1040ez ), include the rental amount you receive in your gross receipts on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez Prepaid rent and other payments described in the preceding Real Estate Rents discussion can also be received for renting personal property. It 1040ez If you receive any of those payments, include them in your gross receipts as explained in that discussion. It 1040ez Interest and Dividend Income Interest and dividends may be considered business income. It 1040ez Interest. It 1040ez Interest received on notes receivable that you have accepted in the ordinary course of business is business income. It 1040ez Interest received on loans is business income if you are in the business of lending money. It 1040ez Uncollectible loans. It 1040ez If a loan payable to you becomes uncollectible during the tax year and you use an accrual method of accounting, you must include in gross income interest accrued up to the time the loan became uncollectible. It 1040ez If the accrued interest later becomes uncollectible, you may be able to take a bad debt deduction. It 1040ez See Bad Debts in chapter 8. It 1040ez Unstated interest. It 1040ez If little or no interest is charged on an installment sale, you may have to treat a part of each payment as unstated interest. It 1040ez See Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537, Installment Sales. It 1040ez Dividends. It 1040ez Generally, dividends are business income to dealers in securities. It 1040ez For most sole proprietors and statutory employees, however, dividends are nonbusiness income. It 1040ez If you hold stock as a personal investment separately from your business activity, the dividends from the stock are nonbusiness income. It 1040ez If you receive dividends from business insurance premiums you deducted in an earlier year, you must report all or part of the dividend as business income on your return. It 1040ez To find out how much you have to report, see Recovery of items previously deducted under Other Income, later. It 1040ez Canceled Debt The following explains the general rule for including canceled debt in income and the exceptions to the general rule. It 1040ez General Rule Generally, if your debt is canceled or forgiven, other than as a gift or bequest to you, you must include the canceled amount in your gross income for tax purposes. It 1040ez Report the canceled amount on line 6 of Schedule C if you incurred the debt in your business. It 1040ez If the debt is a nonbusiness debt, report the canceled amount on line 21 of Form 1040. It 1040ez Exceptions The following discussion covers some exceptions to the general rule for canceled debt. It 1040ez Price reduced after purchase. It 1040ez If you owe a debt to the seller for property you bought and the seller reduces the amount you owe, you generally do not have income from the reduction. It 1040ez Unless you are bankrupt or insolvent, treat the amount of the reduction as a purchase price adjustment and reduce your basis in the property. It 1040ez Deductible debt. It 1040ez You do not realize income from a canceled debt to the extent the payment of the debt would have led to a deduction. It 1040ez Example. It 1040ez You get accounting services for your business on credit. It 1040ez Later, you have trouble paying your business debts, but you are not bankrupt or insolvent. It 1040ez Your accountant forgives part of the amount you owe for the accounting services. It 1040ez How you treat the canceled debt depends on your method of accounting. It 1040ez Cash method — You do not include the canceled debt in income because payment of the debt would have been deductible as a business expense. It 1040ez Accrual method — You include the canceled debt in income because the expense was deductible when you incurred the debt. It 1040ez For information on the cash and accrual methods of accounting, see chapter 2. It 1040ez Exclusions Do not include canceled debt in income in the following situations. It 1040ez However, you may be required to file Form 982, Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness. It 1040ez For more information, see Form 982. It 1040ez The cancellation takes place in a bankruptcy case under title 11 of the U. It 1040ez S. It 1040ez Code (relating to bankruptcy). It 1040ez See Publication 908, Bankruptcy Tax Guide. It 1040ez The cancellation takes place when you are insolvent. It 1040ez You can exclude the canceled debt to the extent you are insolvent. It 1040ez See Publication 908. It 1040ez The canceled debt is a qualified farm debt owed to a qualified person. It 1040ez See chapter 3 in Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide. It 1040ez The canceled debt is a qualified real property business debt. It 1040ez This situation is explained later. It 1040ez The canceled debt is qualified principal residence indebtedness which is discharged after 2006. It 1040ez See Form 982. It 1040ez If a canceled debt is excluded from income because it takes place in a bankruptcy case, the exclusions in situations 2 through 5 do not apply. It 1040ez If it takes place when you are insolvent, the exclusions in situations 3 and 4 do not apply to the extent you are insolvent. It 1040ez Debt. It 1040ez For purposes of this discussion, debt includes any debt for which you are liable or which attaches to property you hold. It 1040ez Qualified real property business debt. It 1040ez You can elect to exclude (up to certain limits) the cancellation of qualified real property business debt. It 1040ez If you make the election, you must reduce the basis of your depreciable real property by the amount excluded. It 1040ez Make this reduction at the beginning of your tax year following the tax year in which the cancellation occurs. It 1040ez However, if you dispose of the property before that time, you must reduce its basis immediately before the disposition. It 1040ez Cancellation of qualified real property business debt. It 1040ez Qualified real property business debt is debt (other than qualified farm debt) that meets all the following conditions. It 1040ez It was incurred or assumed in connection with real property used in a trade or business. It 1040ez It was secured by such real property. It 1040ez It was incurred or assumed at either of the following times. It 1040ez Before January 1, 1993. It 1040ez After December 31, 1992, if incurred or assumed to acquire, construct, or substantially improve the real property. It 1040ez It is debt to which you choose to apply these rules. It 1040ez Qualified real property business debt includes refinancing of debt described in (3) earlier, but only to the extent it does not exceed the debt being refinanced. It 1040ez You cannot exclude more than either of the following amounts. It 1040ez The excess (if any) of: The outstanding principal of qualified real property business debt (immediately before the cancellation), over The fair market value (immediately before the cancellation) of the business real property that is security for the debt, reduced by the outstanding principal amount of any other qualified real property business debt secured by this property immediately before the cancellation. It 1040ez The total adjusted bases of depreciable real property held by you immediately before the cancellation. It 1040ez These adjusted bases are determined after any basis reduction due to a cancellation in bankruptcy, insolvency, or of qualified farm debt. It 1040ez Do not take into account depreciable real property acquired in contemplation of the cancellation. It 1040ez Election. It 1040ez To make this election, complete Form 982 and attach it to your income tax return for the tax year in which the cancellation occurs. It 1040ez You must file your return by the due date (including extensions). It 1040ez If you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). It 1040ez For more information, see When To File in the form instructions. It 1040ez Other Income The following discussion explains how to treat other types of business income you may receive. It 1040ez Restricted property. It 1040ez Restricted property is property that has certain restrictions that affect its value. It 1040ez If you receive restricted stock or other property for services performed, the fair market value of the property in excess of your cost is included in your income on Schedule C or C-EZ when the restriction is lifted. It 1040ez However, you can choose to be taxed in the year you receive the property. It 1040ez For more information on including restricted property in income, see Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income. It 1040ez Gains and losses. It 1040ez Do not report on Schedule C or C-EZ a gain or loss from the disposition of property that is neither stock in trade nor held primarily for sale to customers. It 1040ez Instead, you must report these gains and losses on other forms. It 1040ez For more information, see chapter 3. It 1040ez Promissory notes. It 1040ez Report promissory notes and other evidences of debt issued to you in a sale or exchange of property that is stock in trade or held primarily for sale to customers on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez In general, you report them at their stated principal amount (minus any unstated interest) when you receive them. It 1040ez Lost income payments. It 1040ez If you reduce or stop your business activities, report on Schedule C or C-EZ any payment you receive for the lost income of your business from insurance or other sources. It 1040ez Report it on Schedule C or C-EZ even if your business is inactive when you receive the payment. It 1040ez Damages. It 1040ez You must include in gross income compensation you receive during the tax year as a result of any of the following injuries connected with your business. It 1040ez Patent infringement. It 1040ez Breach of contract or fiduciary duty. It 1040ez Antitrust injury. It 1040ez Economic injury. It 1040ez You may be entitled to a deduction against the income if it compensates you for actual economic injury. It 1040ez Your deduction is the smaller of the following amounts. It 1040ez The amount you receive or accrue for damages in the tax year reduced by the amount you pay or incur in the tax year to recover that amount. It 1040ez Your loss from the injury that you have not yet deducted. It 1040ez Punitive damages. It 1040ez You must also include punitive damages in income. It 1040ez Kickbacks. It 1040ez If you receive any kickbacks, include them in your income on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez However, do not include them if you properly treat them as a reduction of a related expense item, a capital expenditure, or cost of goods sold. It 1040ez Recovery of items previously deducted. It 1040ez If you recover a bad debt or any other item deducted in a previous year, include the recovery in income on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez However, if all or part of the deduction in earlier years did not reduce your tax, you can exclude the part that did not reduce your tax. It 1040ez If you exclude part of the recovery from income, you must include with your return a computation showing how you figured the exclusion. It 1040ez Example. It 1040ez Joe Smith, a sole proprietor, had gross income of $8,000, a bad debt deduction of $300, and other allowable deductions of $7,700. It 1040ez He also had 2 personal exemptions for a total of $7,800. It 1040ez He would not pay income tax even if he did not deduct the bad debt. It 1040ez Therefore, he will not report as income any part of the $300 he may recover in any future year. It 1040ez Exception for depreciation. It 1040ez This rule does not apply to depreciation. It 1040ez You recover depreciation using the rules explained next. It 1040ez Recapture of depreciation. It 1040ez In the following situations, you have to recapture the depreciation deduction. It 1040ez This means you include in income part or all of the depreciation you deducted in previous years. It 1040ez Listed property. It 1040ez If your business use of listed property (explained in chapter 8 under Depreciation ) falls to 50% or less in a tax year after the tax year you placed the property in service, you may have to recapture part of the depreciation deduction. It 1040ez You do this by including in income on Schedule C part of the depreciation you deducted in previous years. It 1040ez Use Part IV of Form 4797, Sales of Business Property, to figure the amount to include on Schedule C. It 1040ez For more information, see What is the Business-Use Requirement? in chapter 5 of Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property. It 1040ez That chapter explains how to determine whether property is used more than 50% in your business. It 1040ez Section 179 property. It 1040ez If you take a section 179 deduction (explained in chapter 8 under Depreciation ) for an asset and before the end of the asset's recovery period the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less, you must recapture part of the section 179 deduction. It 1040ez You do this by including in income on Schedule C part of the deduction you took. It 1040ez Use Part IV of Form 4797 to figure the amount to include on Schedule C. It 1040ez See chapter 2 in Publication 946 to find out when you recapture the deduction. It 1040ez Sale or exchange of depreciable property. It 1040ez If you sell or exchange depreciable property at a gain, you may have to treat all or part of the gain due to depreciation as ordinary income. It 1040ez You figure the income due to depreciation recapture in Part III of Form 4797. It 1040ez For more information, see chapter 4 in Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets. It 1040ez Items That Are Not Income In some cases the property or money you receive is not income. It 1040ez Appreciation. It 1040ez Increases in value of your property are not income until you realize the increases through a sale or other taxable disposition. It 1040ez Consignments. It 1040ez Consignments of merchandise to others to sell for you are not sales. It 1040ez The title of merchandise remains with you, the consignor, even after the consignee possesses the merchandise. It 1040ez Therefore, if you ship goods on consignment, you have no profit or loss until the consignee sells the merchandise. It 1040ez Merchandise you have shipped out on consignment is included in your inventory until it is sold. It 1040ez Do not include merchandise you receive on consignment in your inventory. It 1040ez Include your profit or commission on merchandise consigned to you in your income when you sell the merchandise or when you receive your profit or commission, depending upon the method of accounting you use. It 1040ez Construction allowances. It 1040ez If you enter into a lease after August 5, 1997, you can exclude from income the construction allowance you receive (in cash or as a rent reduction) from your landlord if you receive it under both the following conditions. It 1040ez Under a short-term lease of retail space. It 1040ez For the purpose of constructing or improving qualified long-term real property for use in your business at that retail space. It 1040ez Amount you can exclude. It 1040ez You can exclude the construction allowance to the extent it does not exceed the amount you spent for construction or improvements. It 1040ez Short-term lease. It 1040ez A short-term lease is a lease (or other agreement for occupancy or use) of retail space for 15 years or less. It 1040ez The following rules apply in determining whether the lease is for 15 years or less. It 1040ez Take into account options to renew when figuring whether the lease is for 15 years or less. It 1040ez But do not take into account any option to renew at fair market value determined at the time of renewal. It 1040ez Two or more successive leases that are part of the same transaction (or a series of related transactions) for the same or substantially similar retail space are treated as one lease. It 1040ez Retail space. It 1040ez Retail space is real property leased, occupied, or otherwise used by you as a tenant in your business of selling tangible personal property or services to the general public. It 1040ez Qualified long-term real property. It 1040ez Qualified long-term real property is nonresidential real property that is part of, or otherwise present at, your retail space and that reverts to the landlord when the lease ends. It 1040ez Exchange of like-kind property. It 1040ez If you exchange your business property or property you hold for investment solely for property of a like kind to be used in your business or to be held for investment, no gain or loss is recognized. It 1040ez This means that the gain is not taxable and the loss is not deductible. It 1040ez A common type of nontaxable exchange is the trade-in of a business automobile for another business automobile. It 1040ez For more information, see Form 8824. It 1040ez Leasehold improvements. It 1040ez If a tenant erects buildings or makes improvements to your property, the increase in the value of the property due to the improvements is not income to you. It 1040ez However, if the facts indicate that the improvements are a payment of rent to you, then the increase in value would be income. It 1040ez Loans. It 1040ez Money borrowed through a bona fide loan is not income. It 1040ez Sales tax. It 1040ez State and local sales taxes imposed on the buyer, which you were required to collect and pay over to state or local governments, are not income. It 1040ez Guidelines for Selected Occupations This section provides information to determine whether your earnings should be reported on Schedule C (Form 1040) or C-EZ (Form 1040). It 1040ez Direct seller. It 1040ez You must report all income you receive as a direct seller on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez This includes any of the following. It 1040ez Income from sales—payments you receive from customers for products they buy from you. It 1040ez Commissions, bonuses, or percentages you receive for sales and the sales of others who work under you. It 1040ez Prizes, awards, and gifts you receive from your selling business. It 1040ez You must report this income regardless of whether it is reported to you on an information return. It 1040ez You are a direct seller if you meet all the following conditions. It 1040ez You are engaged in one of the following trades or businesses. It 1040ez Selling or soliciting the sale of consumer products either in a home or other place that is not a permanent retail establishment, or to any buyer on a buy-sell basis or a deposit-commission basis for resale in a home or other place of business that is not a permanent retail establishment. It 1040ez Delivering or distributing newspapers or shopping news (including any services directly related to that trade or business). It 1040ez Substantially all your pay (whether paid in cash or not) for services described above is directly related to sales or other output (including performance of services) rather than to the number of hours worked. It 1040ez Your services are performed under a written contract between you and the person for whom you perform the services, and the contract provides that you will not be treated as an employee for federal tax purposes. It 1040ez Executor or administrator. It 1040ez If you administer a deceased person's estate, your fees are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if you are one of the following: A professional fiduciary. It 1040ez A nonprofessional fiduciary (personal representative) and both of the following apply. It 1040ez The estate includes an active trade or business in which you actively participate. It 1040ez Your fees are related to the operation of that trade or business. It 1040ez A nonprofessional fiduciary of a single estate that requires extensive managerial activities on your part for a long period of time, provided these activities are enough to be considered a trade or business. It 1040ez If the fees do not meet the above requirements, report them on line 21 of Form 1040. It 1040ez Fishing crew member. It 1040ez If you are a member of the crew that catches fish or other water life, your earnings are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if you meet all the requirements shown in chapter 10 under Fishing crew member . It 1040ez Insurance agent, former. It 1040ez Termination payments you receive as a former self-employed insurance agent from an insurance company because of services you performed for that company are not reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if all the following conditions are met. It 1040ez You received payments after your agreement to perform services for the company ended. It 1040ez You did not perform any services for the company after your service agreement ended and before the end of the year in which you received the payment. It 1040ez You entered into a covenant not to compete against the company for at least a 1-year period beginning on the date your service agreement ended. It 1040ez The amount of the payments depended primarily on policies sold by you or credited to your account during the last year of your service agreement or the extent to which those policies remain in force for some period after your service agreement ended, or both. It 1040ez The amount of the payment did not depend to any extent on length of service or overall earnings from services performed for the company (regardless of whether eligibility for the payments depended on length of service). It 1040ez Insurance agent, retired. It 1040ez Income paid by an insurance company to a retired self-employed insurance agent based on a percentage of commissions received before retirement is reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez Also, renewal commissions and deferred commissions for sales made before retirement are generally reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez However, renewal commissions paid to the survivor of an insurance agent are not reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez Newspaper carrier or distributor. It 1040ez You are a direct seller and your earnings are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if all the following conditions apply. It 1040ez You are in the business of delivering or distributing newspapers or shopping news (including directly related services such as soliciting customers and collecting receipts). It 1040ez Substantially all your pay for these services directly relates to your sales or other output rather than to the number of hours you work. It 1040ez You perform the services under a written contract that says you will not be treated as an employee for federal tax purposes. It 1040ez This rule applies whether or not you hire others to help you make deliveries. It 1040ez It also applies whether you buy the papers from the publisher or are paid based on the number of papers you deliver. It 1040ez Newspaper or magazine vendor. It 1040ez If you are 18 or older and you sell newspapers or magazines, your earnings are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if all the following conditions apply. It 1040ez You sell newspapers or magazines to ultimate consumers. It 1040ez You sell them at a fixed price. It 1040ez Your earnings are based on the difference between the sales price and your cost of goods sold. It 1040ez This rule applies whether or not you are guaranteed a minimum amount of earnings. It 1040ez It also applies whether or not you receive credit for unsold newspapers or magazines you return to your supplier. It 1040ez Notary public. It 1040ez Fees you receive for services you perform as a notary public are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez These payments are not subject to self-employment tax (see the instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040)). It 1040ez Public official. It 1040ez Public officials generally do not report what they earn for serving in public office on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez This rule applies to payments received by an elected tax collector from state funds on the basis of a fixed percentage of the taxes collected. It 1040ez Public office includes any elective or appointive office of the United States or its possessions, the District of Columbia, a state or its political subdivisions, or a wholly owned instrumentality of any of these. It 1040ez Public officials of state or local governments report their fees on Schedule C or C-EZ if they are paid solely on a fee basis and if their services are eligible for, but not covered by, social security under a federal-state agreement. It 1040ez Real estate agent or direct seller. It 1040ez If you are a licensed real estate agent or a direct seller, your earnings are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ if both the following apply. It 1040ez Substantially all your pay for services as a real estate agent or direct seller directly relates to your sales or other output rather than to the number of hours you work. It 1040ez You perform the services under a written contract that says you will not be treated as an employee for federal tax purposes. It 1040ez Securities dealer. It 1040ez If you are a dealer in options or commodities, your gains and losses from dealing or trading in section 1256 contracts (regulated futures contracts, foreign currency contracts, nonequity options, dealer equity options, and dealer securities futures contracts) or property related to those contracts (such as stock used to hedge options) are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez For more information, see sections 1256 and 1402(i). It 1040ez Securities trader. It 1040ez You are a trader in securities if you are engaged in the business of buying and selling securities for your own account. It 1040ez As a trader in securities, your gain or loss from the disposition of securities is not reported on Schedule C or C-EZ. It 1040ez However, see Securities dealer , earlier, for an exception that applies to section 1256 contracts. It 1040ez For more information about securities traders, see Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. It 1040ez Accounting for Your Income Accounting for your income for income tax purposes differs at times from accounting for financial purposes. It 1040ez This section discusses some of the more common differences that may affect business transactions. It 1040ez Figure your business income on the basis of a tax year and according to your regular method of accounting (see chapter 2). It 1040ez If the sale of a product is an income-producing factor in your business, you usually have to use inventories to clearly show your income. It 1040ez Dealers in real estate are not allowed to use inventories. It 1040ez For more information on inventories, see chapter 2. It 1040ez Income paid to a third party. It 1040ez All income you earn is taxable to you. It 1040ez You cannot avoid tax by having the income paid to a third party. It 1040ez Example. It 1040ez You rent out your property and the rental agreement directs the lessee to pay the rent to your son. It 1040ez The amount paid to your son is gross income to you. It 1040ez Cash discounts. It 1040ez These are amounts the seller permits you to deduct from the invoice price for prompt payment. It 1040ez For income tax purposes, you can use either of the following two methods to account for cash discounts. It 1040ez Deduct the cash discount from purchases (see Line 36, Purchases Less Cost of Items Withdrawn for Personal Use in chapter 6). It 1040ez Credit the cash discount to a discount income account. It 1040ez You must use the chosen method every year for all your purchase discounts. It 1040ez If you use the second method, the credit balance in the account at the end of your tax year is business income. It 1040ez Under this method, you do not reduce the cost of goods sold by the cash discounts you received. It 1040ez When valuing your closing inventory, you cannot reduce the invoice price of merchandise on hand at the close of the tax year by the average or estimated discounts received on the merchandise. It 1040ez Trade discounts. It 1040ez These are reductions from list or catalog prices and usually are not written into the invoice or charged to the customer. It 1040ez Do not enter these discounts on your books of account. It 1040ez Instead, use only the net amount as the cost of the merchandise purchased. It 1040ez For more information, see Trade discounts in chapter 6. It 1040ez Payment placed in escrow. It 1040ez If the buyer of your property places part or all of the purchase price in escrow, you do not include any part of it in gross sales until you actually or constructively receive it. It 1040ez However, upon completion of the terms of the contract and the escrow agreement, you will have taxable income, even if you do not accept the money until the next year. It 1040ez Sales returns and allowances. It 1040ez Credits you allow customers for returned merchandise and any other allowances you make on sales are deductions from gross sales in figuring net sales. It 1040ez Advance payments. It 1040ez Special rules dealing with an accrual method of accounting for payments received in advance are discussed in chapter 2 under Accrual Method. It 1040ez Insurance proceeds. It 1040ez If you receive insurance or another type of reimbursement for a casualty or theft loss, you must subtract it from the loss when you figure your deduction. It 1040ez You cannot deduct the reimbursed part of a casualty or theft loss. It 1040ez For information on casualty or theft losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. It 1040ez Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications
Savings and Checking Accounts
Choose the Account That Is Best for You
When it comes to finding a safe place to put your money, there are a lot of options. Savings accounts, checking accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts are popular choices. Each has different rules and benefits that fit different needs. When choosing the one that is right for you, consider:
- Minimum deposit requirements- Some accounts can only be set up with a minimum dollar amount. If your account goes below the minimum the bank may not pay you interest on the money you deposited and you may be charged extra fees.
- Limits on withdrawals- Can you take money out whenever you want? Are there any penalties for doing so?
- Interest- How much (if anything) is paid and when: Daily, monthly, quarterly, yearly? To compare rates offered locally to those from financial institutions around the nation, visit bankrate.com
- Deposit insurance- Make sure your bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. This organization protects the money in your checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit and IRA accounts up to $250,000.
- Credit unions- A credit union is a nonprofit, cooperative financial institution owned and run by its members. Like the FDIC does for banks, the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUIF) insures a person's savings up to $250,000.
- Convenience- How easy is it to put money in and take it out? Are there tellers or ATM machines close to where you work and live? Or would you receive most of your service via the telephone or Internet?
If you are considering a checking account or another type of account with check-writing privileges, add these items to your list of things to think about:
- Number of checks- Is there a maximum number of checks you can write per month without incurring a charge?
- Check fees- Is there a monthly fee for the account or a charge for each check you write?
- Holds on checks- Is there a waiting period for checks to clear before you can withdraw the money from your account?
- Overdrafts- If you write a check for more money than you have in your account, what happens? You may be able to link your checking account to a savings account to protect yourself.
- Debit card fees- Are there fees for using your debit card?
- strong>Account fees- Banks can charge fees on your checking or savings account to cover things like maintenance, withdrawals, or minimum balance rules. However, the bank must inform you of the fees up front as part of your account agreement and notify you when changes occur. Practices vary from bank to bank, but each must inform you of the fee change on your statement, in a separate letter, or in a pamphlet. The Federal Reserve has more information about account fees.
- Bounced checks- It’s your responsibility to have sufficient funds in your account to cover the checks you write. If you try to cash a check, withdraw money, or use your debit card for an amount greater than the amount of money in your account, you can face a bounced check or overdraft fee. Your bank may pay for the item, but charge you a fee or deny the purchase and still charge you a fee. In addition, the business to which you wrote the check may charge you an additional returned check fee. Bounced checks can also blemish your credit record, so you may want to talk to your bank about overdraft protection. For more information, contact the Federal Reserve.