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Pa direct file Publication 225 - Introductory Material Table of Contents IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Pa direct file Tax questions. Pa direct file Future Developments What's New for 2013 What's New for 2014 Reminders Introduction You are in the business of farming if you cultivate, operate, or manage a farm for profit, either as owner or tenant. Pa direct file A farm includes livestock, dairy, poultry, fish, fruit, and truck farms. Pa direct file It also includes plantations, ranches, ranges, and orchards. Pa direct file This publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming. Pa direct file Use this publication as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your farm tax return. Pa direct file If you need more information on a subject, get the specific IRS tax publication covering that subject. Pa direct file We refer to many of these free publications throughout this publication. Pa direct file See chapter 16 for information on ordering these publications. Pa direct file The explanations and examples in this publication reflect the Internal Revenue Service's interpretation of tax laws enacted by Congress, Treasury regulations, and court decisions. Pa direct file However, the information given does not cover every situation and is not intended to replace the law or change its meaning. Pa direct file This publication covers subjects on which a court may have made a decision more favorable to taxpayers than the interpretation of the Service. Pa direct file Until these differing interpretations are resolved by higher court decisions, or in some other way, this publication will continue to present the interpretation of the Service. Pa direct file The IRS Mission. Pa direct file   Provide America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all. Pa direct file Comments and suggestions. Pa direct file   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Pa direct file   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Business Forms and Publications Branch SE:W:CAR:MP:T:B 1111 Constitution Ave. Pa direct file NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Pa direct file Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Pa direct file   You can email us at taxforms@irs. Pa direct file gov. Pa direct file Please put “Publications Comment” on the subject line. Pa direct file You can also send us comments from www. Pa direct file irs. Pa direct file gov/formspubs/, select “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications” under “More Information. Pa direct file ”   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. Pa direct file Ordering forms and publications. Pa direct file   Visit www. Pa direct file irs. Pa direct file gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Pa direct file Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Pa direct file Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. Pa direct file   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. Pa direct file gov or call 1-800-829-1040. Pa direct file We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. Pa direct file Comments on IRS enforcement actions. Pa direct file   The Small Business and Agricultural Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and 10 Regional Fairness Boards were established to receive comments from small business about federal agency enforcement actions. Pa direct file The Ombudsman will annually evaluate the enforcement activities of each agency and rate its responsiveness to small business. Pa direct file If you wish to comment on the enforcement actions of the IRS, you can: Call 1-888-734-3247, Fax your comments to 202-481-5719, Write to Office of the National Ombudsman U. Pa direct file S. Pa direct file Small Business Administration 409 3rd Street, S. Pa direct file W. Pa direct file  Washington, DC 20416 Send an email to ombudsman@sba. Pa direct file gov, or Download the appraisal form at  www. Pa direct file sba. Pa direct file gov/ombudsman. Pa direct file Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Pa direct file   If you want to confidentially report misconduct, waste, fraud, or abuse by an IRS employee, you can call 1-800-366-4484 (1-800-877-8339 for TTY/TDD users). Pa direct file You can remain anonymous. Pa direct file Farm tax classes. Pa direct file   Many state Cooperative Extension Services conduct farm tax workshops in conjunction with the IRS. Pa direct file Contact your county extension office for more information. Pa direct file Rural tax education website. Pa direct file   The Rural Tax Education website is a source for information concerning agriculturally related income and deductions and self-employment tax. Pa direct file The website is available for farmers and ranchers, other agricultural producers, Extension educators, and any one interested in learning about the tax side of the agricultural community. Pa direct file Members of the National Farm Income Tax Extension Committee are contributors for the website and the website is hosted by Utah State University Cooperative Extension. Pa direct file You can visit the website at www. Pa direct file ruraltax. Pa direct file org. Pa direct file Future Developments The IRS has created a page on IRS. Pa direct file gov for information about Publication 225, at  www. Pa direct file irs. Pa direct file gov/pub225. Pa direct file Information about recent developments affecting Publication 225 will be posted on that page. Pa direct file What's New for 2013 The following items highlight a number of administrative and tax law changes for 2013. Pa direct file They are discussed in more detail throughout the publication. Pa direct file Standard mileage rate. Pa direct file  For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for each mile of business use is 56. Pa direct file 5 cents. Pa direct file See chapter 4. Pa direct file Simplified method for business use of home deduction. Pa direct file  The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. Pa direct file For more information, see Schedule C (Form 1040), Part II, and its instructions. Pa direct file See chapter 4. Pa direct file Increased section 179 expense deduction dollar limits. Pa direct file  The maximum amount you can elect to deduct for most section 179 property you placed in service in 2013 is $500,000. Pa direct file This limit is reduced by the amount by which the cost of the property placed in service during the tax year exceeds $2 million. Pa direct file See chapter 7. Pa direct file Extension of special depreciation allowance for certain qualified property acquired after December 31, 2007. Pa direct file  You may be able to take a 50% special depreciation allowance for certain qualified property acquired after December 31, 2007, and placed in service before January 1, 2014. Pa direct file See chapter 7. Pa direct file Expiration of the 3-year recovery period for certain race horses. Pa direct file . Pa direct file  The 3-year recovery period for race horses two years old or younger will expire for such horses placed in service after December 31, 2013. Pa direct file See chapter 7. Pa direct file Tax rates. Pa direct file  For tax years beginning in 2013, the social security part of the self-employment tax increases from 10. Pa direct file 4% to 12. Pa direct file 4%. Pa direct file As a result, the self-employment tax is increased from 13. Pa direct file 3% to 15. Pa direct file 3%. Pa direct file See chapter 12. Pa direct file Maximum net earnings. Pa direct file  The maximum net self-employment earnings subject to the social security part (12. Pa direct file 4%) of the self-employment tax increased to $113,700 for 2013. Pa direct file There is no maximum limit on earnings subject to the Medicare part (2. Pa direct file 9%). Pa direct file See chapter 12. Pa direct file Net investment income tax. Pa direct file  For tax years beginning in 2013, individuals, estates, and trusts may be subject to the net investment income tax (NIIT). Pa direct file If you are a trader in financial instruments and commodities and required to file Schedule C (Form 1040), your investment income (for purposes of the NIIT) may be reduced by your interest and other investment expenses to the extent those expenses are not used to reduce your self-employment income. Pa direct file For information about NIIT and the special rule for traders in financial instruments and commodities, see the Instructions for Form 8960. Pa direct file Social Security and Medicare Tax for 2013. Pa direct file  The employee tax rate for social security is 6. Pa direct file 2%. Pa direct file The employer tax rate for social security remains unchanged at 6. Pa direct file 2%. Pa direct file The social security wage base limit is $113,700. Pa direct file The Medicare tax rate is 1. Pa direct file 45% each for the employee and employer, unchanged from 2012. Pa direct file There is no wage base limit for Medicare tax. Pa direct file See chapter 13. Pa direct file Additional Medicare Tax. Pa direct file  For tax years beginning in 2013, a 0. Pa direct file 9% Additional Medicare Tax applies to your Medicare wages, Railroad Tax Act (RRTA) compensation, and self-employment income above a threshold amount. Pa direct file Use Form 8959, Additional Medicare Tax, to figure this tax. Pa direct file For more information, see the Instructions for Form 8959 and the Instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040). Pa direct file In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. Pa direct file 45%, you must withhold a 0. Pa direct file 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Pa direct file You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. Pa direct file Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. Pa direct file There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. Pa direct file All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. Pa direct file For more information on what wages are subject to Medicare tax, see the chart, Special Rules for Various Types of Services and Payments, in section 15 of Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. Pa direct file For more information on Additional Medicare Tax, visit IRS. Pa direct file gov and enter “Additional Medicare Tax” in the search box. Pa direct file See chapter 13. Pa direct file Leave-Based donation programs to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. Pa direct file  Under these programs, employees may donate their vacation, sick, or personal leave in exchange for employer cash payments made before January 1, 2014, to qualified tax-exempt organizations providing relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Pa direct file The donated leave will not be included in the income or wages of the employee. Pa direct file The employer may deduct the cash payments as business expenses or charitable contributions. Pa direct file See chapter 13. Pa direct file Work opportunity tax credit for qualified tax-exempt organizations hiring qualified veterans extended. Pa direct file  The work opportunity tax credit is now available for eligible unemployed veterans who begin work before January 1, 2014. Pa direct file Qualified tax-exempt organizations that hire eligible unemployed veterans can claim the work opportunity tax credit against their payroll tax liability using Form 5884-C, Work Opportunity Credit for Qualified Tax-Exempt Organizations Hiring Qualified Veterans. Pa direct file For more information, visit IRS. Pa direct file gov and enter “work opportunity credit” in the search box. Pa direct file See chapter 13. Pa direct file Estimated tax. Pa direct file  For tax years beginning in 2013, the Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT) may need to be included when calculating your estimated tax. Pa direct file Also, when figuring your estimated tax, you may need to include the 0. Pa direct file 9% Additional Medicare Tax applicable to Medicare wages, Railroad Retirement Tax Act (RRTA) compensation, and self-employment income above the threshold amount based on your filing status. Pa direct file For more information, see Publication 505. Pa direct file What's New for 2014 Maximum net earnings. Pa direct file  The maximum net self-employment earnings subject to the social security part of the self-employment tax for 2014 will be discussed in the 2013 Publication 334. Pa direct file See chapter 12. Pa direct file Social security and Medicare tax for 2014. Pa direct file  The employee and employer tax rates for social security and the maximum amount of wages subject to social security tax for 2014 will be discussed in Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide (For use in 2014). Pa direct file The Medicare tax rate for 2014 will also be discussed in Publication 51 (Circular A) (For use in 2014). Pa direct file There is no limit on the amount of wages subject to Medicare tax. Pa direct file See chapter 13. Pa direct file Reminders The following reminders and other items may help you file your tax return. Pa direct file   IRS e-file (Electronic Filing) You can file your tax returns electronically using an IRS e-file option. Pa direct file The benefits of IRS e-file include faster refunds, increased accuracy, and acknowledgment of IRS receipt of your return. Pa direct file You can use one of the following IRS e-file options. Pa direct file Use an authorized IRS e-file provider. Pa direct file Use a personal computer. Pa direct file Visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site. Pa direct file For details on these fast filing methods, see your income tax package. Pa direct file Principal agricultural activity codes. Pa direct file  You must enter on line B of Schedule F (Form 1040) a code that identifies your principal agricultural activity. Pa direct file It is important to use the correct code because this information will identify market segments of the public for IRS Taxpayer Education programs. Pa direct file The U. Pa direct file S. Pa direct file Census Bureau also uses this information for its economic census. Pa direct file See the list of Principal Agricultural Activity Codes on page 2 of Schedule F (Form 1040). Pa direct file Publication on employer identification numbers (EIN). Pa direct file  Publication 1635, Understanding Your Employer Identification Number, provides general information on employer identification numbers. Pa direct file Topics include how to apply for an EIN and how to complete Form SS-4. Pa direct file Change of address. Pa direct file  If you change your home address, you should use Form 8822, Change of Addres, to notify the IRS. Pa direct file If you change your business address, you should use Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party — Business, to notify the IRS. Pa direct file Be sure to include your suite, room, or other unit number. Pa direct file Reportable transactions. Pa direct file  You must file Form 8886, Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement, to report certain transactions. Pa direct file You may have to pay a penalty if you are required to file Form 8886 but do not do so. Pa direct file Reportable transactions include (1) transactions the same as or substantially similar to tax avoidance transactions identified by the IRS, (2) transactions offered to you under conditions of confidentiality and for which you paid an advisor a minimum fee, (3) transactions for which you have or a related party has a right to a full or partial refund of fees if all or part of the intended tax consequences from the transaction are not sustained, (4) transactions that result in losses of at least $2 million in any single year or $4 million in any combination of years, and (5) transactions with asset holding periods of 45 days or less and that result in a tax credit of more than $250,000. Pa direct file For more information, see the Instructions for Form 8886. Pa direct file Form W-4 for 2014. Pa direct file  You should make new Forms W-4 available to your employees and encourage them to check their income tax withholding for 2014. Pa direct file Those employees who owed a large amount of tax or received a large refund for 2013 may need to submit a new Form W-4. Pa direct file See Publication 919, How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding. Pa direct file Form 1099-MISC. Pa direct file  Generally, file Form 1099-MISC if you pay at least $600 in rents, services, and other miscellaneous payments in your farming business to an individual (for example, an accountant, an attorney, or a veterinarian) who is not your employee. Pa direct file Limited Liability Company (LLC). Pa direct file  For purposes of this publication, a limited liability company (LLC) is a business entity organized in the United States under state law. Pa direct file Unlike a partnership, all of the members of an LLC have limited personal liability for its debts. Pa direct file An LLC may be classified for federal income tax purposes as a partnership, corporation, or an entity disregarded as separate from its owner by applying the rules in Regulations section 301. Pa direct file 7701-3. Pa direct file See Publication 3402 for more details. Pa direct file Photographs of missing children. Pa direct file  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Pa direct file Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Pa direct file You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Pa direct file Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications