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Taxact Accelerated Cost Recovery System (ACRS) Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: ACRS Defined What Can and Cannot Be Depreciated Under ACRSRecovery Property Nonrecovery Property How To Figure the DeductionUnadjusted Basis Classes of Recovery Property Recovery Periods Alternate ACRS Method (Modified Straight Line Method) ACRS Deduction in Short Tax Year DispositionsEarly dispositions of ACRS property other than 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property. Taxact Dispositions — mass asset accounts. Taxact Early dispositions — 15-year real property. Taxact Early dispositions — 18- and 19-year real property. Taxact Depreciation Recapture Topics - This chapter discusses: The definition of ACRS What can and cannot be depreciated under ACRS How to figure the deduction Dispositions Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 551 Basis of Assets 583 Starting a Business and Keeping Records Form (and Instructions) 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4562 Depreciation and Amortization The Accelerated Cost Recovery System (ACRS) applies to property first used before 1987. Taxact It is the name given to tax rules for getting back (recovering) through depreciation deductions the cost of property used in a trade or business or to produce income. Taxact These rules are mandatory and generally apply to tangible property placed in service after 1980 and before 1987. Taxact If you placed property in service during this period, you must continue to figure your depreciation under ACRS. Taxact If you used listed property placed in service after June 18, 1984, less than 50% for business in 1995, see Predominant Use Test in chapter 3. Taxact Listed property includes cars, other means of transportation, and certain computers. Taxact Any additions or improvements placed in service after 1986, including any components of a building (such as plumbing, wiring, storm windows, etc. Taxact ), are depreciated using MACRS, discussed in chapter 3 of Publication 946. Taxact It does not matter that the underlying property is depreciated under ACRS or one of the other methods. Taxact ACRS Defined ACRS consists of accelerated depreciation methods and an alternate ACRS method that could have been elected. Taxact The alternate ACRS method used a recovery percentage based on a modified straight line method. Taxact The law prescribes fixed percentages to be uses for each class of property. Taxact Property depreciable under ACRS is called recovery property. Taxact The recovery class of property determines the recovery period. Taxact Generally, the class life of property places it in a 3-year, 5-year, 10-year, 15-year, 18-year, or 19-year recovery class. Taxact Under ACRS, the prescribed percentages are used to recover the unadjusted basis of recovery property. Taxact To figure a depreciation deduction, you multiply the prescribed percentage for the recovery class by the unadjusted basis of the recovery property. Taxact You must continue to figure your depreciation under ACRS for property placed in service after 1980 and before 1987. Taxact For property you placed in service after 1986, you must use MACRS, discussed in chapter 3 of Publication 946. Taxact What Can and Cannot Be Depreciated Under ACRS ACRS applies to most depreciable tangible property placed in service after 1980 and before 1987. Taxact It includes new or used and real or personal property. Taxact The property must be for use in a trade or business or for the production of income. Taxact Property you acquired before 1981 or after 1986 is not ACRS recovery property. Taxact For information on depreciating property acquired before 1981, see chapter 2. Taxact For information on depreciating property acquired after 1986, see chapter 3 of Publication 946. Taxact Recovery Property Recovery property under ACRS is tangible depreciable property placed in service after 1980 and before 1987. Taxact It generally includes new or used property that you acquired after 1980 and before 1987 for use in your trade or business or for the production of income. Taxact Nonrecovery Property You cannot use ACRS for property you placed in service before 1981 or after 1986. Taxact Nonrecovery property also includes: Intangible property, Property you elected to exclude from ACRS that is properly depreciated under a method of depreciation that is not based on a term of years, Certain public utility property, and Certain property acquired and excluded from ACRS because of the antichurning rules. Taxact Intangible property. Taxact   Intangible property is not depreciated under ACRS. Taxact Property depreciated under methods not expressed in a term of years. Taxact   Certain property depreciated under a method not expressed in a term of years is not depreciated under ACRS. Taxact This included any property: If you made an irrevocable election to exclude such property, and In the first year that you could have claimed depreciation, you properly used the unit-of-production method or any method of depreciation not expressed in a term of years (not including the retirement-replacement-betterment method). Taxact Public utility property. Taxact   Public utility property for which the taxpayer does not use a normalization method of accounting is excluded from ACRS and is subject to depreciation under a special rule. Taxact Additions or improvements to ACRS property after 1986. Taxact   Any additions or improvements placed in service after 1986, including any components of a building (plumbing, wiring, storm windows, etc. Taxact ) are depreciated using MACRS, discussed in chapter 3 of Publication 946. Taxact It does not matter that the underlying property is depreciated under ACRS or one of the other methods. Taxact How To Figure the Deduction After you determine that your property can be depreciated under ACRS, you are ready to figure your deduction. Taxact Because the conventions are built into the percentage table rates, you only need to know the following: The unadjusted basis of your recovery property, The classes of recovery property, The recovery periods, and Whether to use the prescribed percentages based on accelerated methods or percentages based on using the alternate ACRS method. Taxact Unadjusted Basis To figure your ACRS deduction, you multiply the unadjusted basis in your recovery property by its applicable percentage for the year. Taxact Unadjusted basis is the same amount you would use to figure gain on a sale, but it is figured without taking into account any depreciation taken in earlier years. Taxact However, reduce your original basis by the amount of amortization taken on the property and by any section 179 deduction claimed as discussed in chapter 2 of Publication 946. Taxact If you buy property, your unadjusted basis is usually its cost minus any amortized amount and minus any section 179 deduction elected. Taxact If you acquire property in some other way, such as by inheriting it, getting it as a gift, or building it yourself, you figure your unadjusted basis under other rules. Taxact See Publication 551. Taxact Classes of Recovery Property All recovery property under ACRS is in one of the following classes. Taxact The class for your property was determined when you began to depreciate it. Taxact 3-Year Property 3-year property includes automobiles, light-duty trucks (actual unloaded weight less than 13,000 pounds), and tractor units for use over-the-road. Taxact Race horses over 2 years old when placed in service are 3-year property. Taxact Any other horses over 12 years old when you placed them in service are also included in the 3-year property class. Taxact The ACRS percentages for 3-year recovery property are: Recovery Period Percentage 1st year 25% 2nd year 38% 3rd year 37% If you used the percentages above to depreciate your 3-year recovery property, your property, except for certain passenger automobiles, is fully depreciated. Taxact You cannot claim depreciation for this property after 1988. Taxact 5-Year Property 5-year property includes computers, copiers, and equipment, such as office furniture and fixtures. Taxact It also includes single purpose agricultural or horticultural structures and petroleum storage facilities (other than buildings and their structural components). Taxact The ACRS percentages for 5-year recovery property are: Recovery period Percentage 1st year 15% 2nd year 22% 3rd through 5th year 21% If you used the percentages above to depreciate your 5-year recovery property, it is fully depreciated. Taxact You cannot claim depreciation for this property after 1990. Taxact 10-Year Property 10-year property includes certain real property such as theme-park structures and certain public utility property. Taxact Manufactured homes (including mobile homes) and railroad tank cars are also 10-year property. Taxact You do not treat a building, and its structural components, as 10-year property by reason of a change in use after you placed the property in service. Taxact For example, a building (15-year real property) that was placed in service in 1981 and was converted to a theme-park structure in 1986 remains 15-year real property. Taxact The ACRS percentages for 10-year recovery property are: Recovery Period Percentage 1st year 8% 2nd year 14% 3rd year 12% 4th through 6th year 10% 7th through 10th year 9% If you used the percentages above, you cannot claim depreciation for this property after 1995. Taxact Example. Taxact On April 21, 1986, you bought and placed in service a new mobile home for $26,000 to be used as rental property. Taxact You paid $10,000 cash and signed a note for $16,000 giving you an unadjusted basis of $26,000. Taxact On June 8, 1986, you bought and placed in service a used mobile home for use as rental property at a total cost of $11,500. Taxact The total unadjusted basis of your 10-year recovery property placed in service in 1986 was $37,500 ($26,000 + $11,500). Taxact Your ACRS deduction was $3,000 (8% × $37,500). Taxact In 1987, your ACRS deduction was $5,250 (14% × $37,500). Taxact In 1988, your ACRS deduction was $4,500 (12% × $37,500). Taxact In 1989, 1990, and 1991, your ACRS deduction was $3,750 (10% × $37,500). Taxact In 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 your deduction for each year is $3,375 (9% × $37,500). Taxact 15-Year Real Property 15-year real property is real property that is recovery property placed in service before March 16, 1984. Taxact It includes all real property, such as buildings, other than that designated as 5-year or 10-year property. Taxact Unlike the 3-, 5-, or 10-year classes of property, the percentages for 15-year real property depend on when you placed the property in service during your tax year. Taxact You could group 15-year real property by month and year placed in service. Taxact In Table 1, at the end of this publication in the Appendix, find the month in your tax year that you placed the property in service in your trade or business or for the production of income. Taxact You use the percentages listed under that month for each year of the recovery period to determine your depreciation deduction each year. Taxact Example. Taxact On March 5, 1984, you placed an apartment building in service in your business. Taxact It is 15-year real property. Taxact After subtracting the value of the land, your unadjusted basis in the building is $250,000. Taxact You use the calendar year as your tax year. Taxact March is the third month of your tax year. Taxact Your ACRS deduction for 1984 was $25,000 (10% × $250,000). Taxact For 1985, the percentage for the third month of the second year of the recovery period is 11%. Taxact Your deduction was $27,500 (11% × $250,000). Taxact For the third, fourth, and fifth years of the recovery period (1986, 1987, and 1988), the percentages are 9%, 8%, and 7%. Taxact For 1989 through 1992, the percentage for the third month is 6%. Taxact Your deduction each year is $15,000 (6% × $250,000). Taxact For 1993, 1994, and 1995, the percentage for the third month is 5%. Taxact Your depreciation deduction is $12,500 (5% × $250,000) for 1993, 1994, and 1995. Taxact Low-Income Housing Low-income housing that was assigned a 15-year recovery period under ACRS includes the following types of property: Federally assisted housing projects where the mortgage is insured under section 221(d)(3) or 236 of the National Housing Act, or housing financed or assisted by direct loan or tax abatement under similar provisions of state or local laws. Taxact Low-income rental housing for which a depreciation deduction for rehabilitation expenditures is allowed. Taxact Low-income rental housing held for occupancy by families or individuals eligible to receive subsidies under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, or under the provisions of state or local laws that authorize similar subsidies for low-income families. Taxact Housing financed or assisted by direct loan or insured under Title V of the Housing Act of 1949. Taxact The ACRS percentages for low-income housing real property, like the regular 15-year real property percentages, depend on when you placed the property in service. Taxact Find the month in your tax year in Table 2 or 3 at the end of this publication in the Appendix that you first placed the property in service as rental housing. Taxact Use the percentages listed under that month for each year of the recovery period. Taxact Table 2 shows percentages for low-income housing placed in service before May 9, 1985. Taxact Table 3 shows percentages for low-income housing placed in service after May 8, 1985, and before 1987. Taxact Example. Taxact In May 1986, you acquired and placed in service a house that qualified as low-income rental housing under item 3) of the above listing. Taxact You use the calendar year as your tax year. Taxact You use Table C–3 because the property was placed in service after May 8, 1985. Taxact Your unadjusted basis for the property, not including the land, was $59,000. Taxact Your deduction for 1986 through 2001 is shown in the following table. Taxact Year Rate Deduction 1986 8. Taxact 9% $5,251 1987 12. Taxact 1% 7,139 1988 10. Taxact 5% 6,195 1989 9. Taxact 1% 5,369 1990 7. Taxact 9% 4,661 1991 6. Taxact 9% 4,071 1992 5. Taxact 9% 3,481 1993 5. Taxact 2% 3,068 1994 4. Taxact 6% 2,714 1995 4. Taxact 6% 2,714 1996 4. Taxact 6% 2,714 1997 4. Taxact 6% 2,714 1998 4. Taxact 6% 2,714 1999 4. Taxact 5% 2,655 2000 4. Taxact 5% 2,655 2001 1. Taxact 5% 885 18-Year Real Property 18-year real property is real property that is recovery property placed in service after March 15, 1984, and before May 9, 1985. Taxact It includes real property, such as buildings, other than that designated as 5-year, 10-year, 15-year real property, or low-income housing. Taxact The ACRS percentages for 18-year real property depend on when you placed the property in service in your trade or business or for the production of income during your tax year. Taxact There are also tables for 18-year real property in the Appendix. Taxact Table 4 shows the percentages for 18-year real property you placed in service after June 22, 1984, and before May 9, 1985. Taxact Table 5 is for 18-year real property placed in service after March 15, 1984, and before June 23, 1984. Taxact Find the month in your tax year that you placed the property in service in a trade or business or for the production of income. Taxact Use the percentages listed under that month for each year of the recovery period. Taxact Example. Taxact On April 28, 1985, you bought and placed in service a rental house. Taxact The house, not including the land, cost $95,000. Taxact This is your unadjusted basis for the house. Taxact You use the calendar year as your tax year. Taxact Because the house was placed in service after June 22, 1984, and before May 9, 1985, it is 18-year real property. Taxact You use Table 4 to figure your deduction for the house. Taxact April is the fourth month of your tax year. Taxact Your deduction for 1985 through 2003 is shown in the following table. Taxact Year Rate Deduction 1985 7. Taxact 0% $6,650 1986 9. Taxact 0% 8,550 1987 8. Taxact 0% 7,600 1988 7. Taxact 0% 6,650 1989 7. Taxact 0% 6,650 1990 6. Taxact 0% 5,700 1991 5. Taxact 0% 4,750 1992 5. Taxact 0% 4,750 1993 5. Taxact 0% 4,750 1994 5. Taxact 0% 4,750 1995 5. Taxact 0% 4,750 1996 5. Taxact 0% 4,750 1997 5. Taxact 0% 4,750 1998 4. Taxact 0% 3,800 1999 4. Taxact 0% 3,800 2000 4. Taxact 0% 3,800 2001 4. Taxact 0% 3,800 2002 4. Taxact 0% 3,800 2003 1. Taxact 0% 950 19-Year Real Property 19-year real property is real property that is recovery property placed in service after May 8, 1985, and before 1987. Taxact It includes all real property, other than that designated as 5-year, 10-year, 15-year, or 18-year real property, or low-income housing. Taxact The ACRS percentages for 19-year real property depend on when you placed the property in service in a trade or business or for the production of income during your tax year. Taxact Table 6 shows the percentages for 19-year real property. Taxact You find the month in your tax year that you placed the property in service. Taxact You use the percentages listed under that month for each year of the recovery period. Taxact Recovery Periods Each item of recovery property is assigned to a class of property. Taxact The classes of recovery property establish the recovery periods over which the unadjusted basis of items in a class is recovered. Taxact The classes of property are: 3-Year property 5-Year property 10-Year property 15-Year real property Low-income housing 18-Year real property 19-Year real property Alternate ACRS Method (Modified Straight Line Method) ACRS provides an alternate ACRS method that could be elected. Taxact This alternate ACRS method uses a recovery percentage based on a modified straight line method. Taxact This alternate ACRS method generally uses percentages other than those from the tables. Taxact If you elected the alternate ACRS method, you determine the recovery period by using the following schedule. Taxact This schedule is for other than 18- and 19-year real property and low-income housing: In the case of: You could have elected a recovery period of: 3-year property 3, 5, or 12 years 5-year property 5, 12, or 25 years 15-year real property 15, 35, or 45 years Percentages. Taxact   The straight-line percentages for the alternate ACRS method are: Recovery Period Percentage 5 years 20. Taxact 00% 10 years 10. Taxact 00% 12 years 8. Taxact 333% 15 years 6. Taxact 667% 25 years 4. Taxact 00% 35 years 2. Taxact 857%   You apply the percentage to the unadjusted basis(defined earlier) of the property to figure your ACRS deduction. Taxact There are tables for 18- and 19-year real property later in this publication in the Appendix. Taxact For 15-year real property, see 15-year real property, later. Taxact 3-, 5-, and 10-year property. Taxact   If you elected to use an alternate recovery percentage, you have to use the same recovery percentage for all property in that class that you placed in service in that tax year. Taxact This applies throughout the recovery period you selected. Taxact Half-year convention. Taxact   If you elected the alternate method, only a half-year of depreciation was deducted for the year you placed the property in service. Taxact This applied regardless of when in the tax year you placed the property in service. Taxact For each of the remaining years in the recovery period, you take a full year's deduction. Taxact If you hold the property for the entire recovery period, a half-year of depreciation is allowable for the year following the end of the recovery period. Taxact Example. Taxact You operate a small upholstery business. Taxact On March 19, 1986, you bought and placed in service a $13,000 light-duty panel truck to be used in your business and a $500 electric saw. Taxact You elected to use the alternate ACRS method. Taxact You did not elect to take a section 179 deduction. Taxact You decided to recover the cost of the truck, which is 3-year recovery property, over 5 years. Taxact The saw is 5-year property, but you decided to recover its cost over 12 years. Taxact For 1986, your ACRS deduction reflected the half-year convention. Taxact In the first year, you deducted half of the amount determined for a full year. Taxact Your ACRS deduction for 1986 is as follows: Light-duty truck   5 years straight line = 20% 20% ÷ $13,000 = $2,600 Half-year convention -½ of $2,600= $1,300. Taxact 00     Electric saw   12 years straight line = 8. Taxact 333% 8. Taxact 333% ÷ $500 = $41. Taxact 67 Half-year convention -½ of $41. Taxact 67= 20. Taxact 84 Total ACRS deduction for 1986 $1,320. Taxact 84       You take a full year of depreciation for both the truck and the saw for the years 1987 through 1990. Taxact Your ACRS deduction for each of those years is as follows: Light-duty truck   5 years straight line = 20% 20% ÷ $13,000 = $2,600     Electric saw     12 years straight line = 8. Taxact 333% 8. Taxact 333% ÷ $500 = $41. Taxact 67 Total annual ACRS deduction for 1987 through 1990 $2,641. Taxact 67       In 1991, you take a half-year of depreciation for the truck and a full year of depreciation for the saw. Taxact Your ACRS deduction for 1991 is as follows: Light-duty truck   5 years straight line = 20% 20% ÷ $13,000 = $2,600 Half-year convention -½ of $2,600= $1,300. Taxact 00     Electric saw   12 years straight line = 8. Taxact 333% 8. Taxact 333% ÷ $500 = $41. Taxact 67 Total ACRS deduction for 1991 $1,341. Taxact 67       The truck is fully depreciated after 1991. Taxact You take a full year of depreciation for the saw for the years 1992 through 1997. Taxact Your ACRS deduction for each of those years is as follows: Electric saw     12 years straight line = 8. Taxact 333% 8. Taxact 333% ÷ $500 = $41. Taxact 67 Total annual ACRS deduction for 1992 through 1997 $41. Taxact 67       You take a half-year of depreciation for the saw for 1998. Taxact Your ACRS deduction for 1998 is as follows: Electric saw   12 years straight line = 8. Taxact 333% 8. Taxact 333% ÷ $500 = $41. Taxact 67 Half-year convention -½ of $41. Taxact 67= 20. Taxact 84 Total ACRS deduction for 1998 $20. Taxact 84       The saw is fully depreciated after 1998. Taxact 15-year real property. Taxact   Under ACRS, you could also elect to use the alternate ACRS method for 15-year real property. Taxact The alternate ACRS method allows you to depreciate your 15-year real property using the straight line ACRS method over the alternate recovery periods of 15, 35, or 45 years. Taxact If you selected a 15-year recovery period, you use the percentage (6. Taxact 667%) from the schedule above. Taxact You prorate this percentage for the number of months the property was in service in the first year. Taxact If you selected a 35- or 45-year recovery period, you use either Table 11 or 15. Taxact Alternate periods for 18-year real property. Taxact   For 18-year real property, the alternate recovery periods are 18, 35, or 45 years. Taxact The percentages for 18-year real property under the alternate method are in Tables 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, and 15 in the Appendix. Taxact There are two tables for each alternate recovery period. Taxact One table shows the percentage for property placed in service after June 22, 1984. Taxact The other table has the percentages for property placed in service after March 15, 1984, and before June 23, 1984. Taxact Alternate periods for 19-year real property. Taxact   For 19-year real property, the alternate recovery periods are 19, 35, or 45 years. Taxact If you selected a 19-year recovery period, use Table 9 to determine your deduction. Taxact If you select a 35- or 45-year recovery period, use either Table 13 or 14. Taxact Example. Taxact You placed in service an apartment building on August 3, 1986. Taxact The building is 19-year real property. Taxact The sales contract allocated $300,000 to the building and $100,000 to the land. Taxact You use the calendar year as your tax year. Taxact You chose the alternate ACRS method over a recovery period of 35 years. Taxact For 1986, you figure your ACRS deduction usingTable 13. Taxact August is the eighth month of your tax year. Taxact The percentage from Table 13 for the eighth month is 1. Taxact 1%. Taxact Your deduction was $3,300 ($300,000 ÷ 1. Taxact 1%). Taxact The deduction rate from ACRS Table 13 for years 2 through 20 is 2. Taxact 9% so that your deduction in 1987 through 2005 is $8,700 ($300,000 ÷ 2. Taxact 9%). Taxact Alternate periods for low-income housing. Taxact   For low-income housing, the alternate recovery periods are 15, 35, or 45 years. Taxact If you selected a 15-year period for this property, use 6. Taxact 667% as the percentage. Taxact If you selected a 35- or 45-year period, use either Table 11, 12, or 15. Taxact Election. Taxact   You had to make the election to use the alternate ACRS method by the return due date (including extensions) for the tax year you placed the property in service. Taxact Revocation of election. Taxact   Your election to use an alternate ACRS method, once made, can be changed only with the consent of the Commissioner. Taxact The Commissioner grants consent only in extraordinary circumstances. Taxact Any request for a revocation will be considered a request for a ruling. Taxact ACRS Deduction in Short Tax Year For a tax year that is less than 12 months, the ACRS deduction is prorated on a 12-month basis. Taxact Figure the amount of the ACRS deduction for a short tax year as follows: First, you figure the ACRS deduction for a full year. Taxact You figure this by multiplying the unadjusted basis by the recovery percentage. Taxact You then multiply the ACRS deduction determined for a full tax year by a fraction. Taxact The numerator (top number) of the fraction is the number of months in the short tax year and the denominator (bottom number) is 12. Taxact For example, a corporation placed in service in June 1986 an item of 3-year property with an unadjusted basis of $10,000. Taxact The corporation files a tax return, because of a change in its accounting period, for the 6-month short tax year ending June 30, 1986. Taxact The full year's ACRS deduction for this item is $2,500 ($10,000 ÷ 25%), the first year percentage from the 3-year table. Taxact The ACRS deduction for the short tax year is $1,250 ($2,500 ÷ 6/12). Taxact You use the full ACRS percentages during the remaining years of the recovery period. Taxact For the first tax year after the recovery period, the unrecovered basis will be deductible. Taxact Exception. Taxact   For the tax year in which you placed 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property in service or in the tax year you dispose of it, you compute the ACRS deduction for the number of months that the property is in service during that tax year. Taxact You compute the number of months using either a full month or mid-month convention. Taxact This is true regardless of the number of months in the tax year and the recovery period and method used. Taxact Dispositions A disposition is the permanent withdrawal of property from use in your trade or business or in the production of income. Taxact You can make a withdrawal by sale, exchange, retirement, abandonment, or destruction. Taxact You generally recognize gain or loss on the disposition of an asset by sale. Taxact However, nonrecognition rules can allow you to postpone some gain. Taxact See Publication 544. Taxact If you physically abandon property, you can deduct as a loss the adjusted basis of the asset at the time of its abandonment. Taxact Your intent must be to discard the asset so that you will not use it again or retrieve it for sale, exchange, or other disposition. Taxact Early dispositions. Taxact   The disposal of an asset before the end of its specified recovery period, is referred to as an early disposition. Taxact When an early disposition occurs, the depreciation deduction in the year of disposition depends on the class of property involved. Taxact Early dispositions of ACRS property other than 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property. Taxact   Generally, you get no ACRS deduction for the tax year in which you dispose of or retire recovery property, except for 15-, 18-, and 19-year real property. Taxact This means there is no depreciation deduction under ACRS in the year you dispose of or retire any of your 3-, 5-, or 10-year recovery property. Taxact Dispositions — mass asset accounts. Taxact   The law provides a special rule to avoid the calculation of gain on the disposition of assets from mass asset accounts. Taxact A mass asset account includes items usually minor in value in relation to the group, numerous in quantity, impractical to separately identify, and not usually accounted for on a separate basis, but on a total dollar value. Taxact Examples of mass assets include minor items of office, plant, and store furniture and fixtures. Taxact   Under the special rule, if you elected to use a mass asset account, you recognize gain to the extent of the proceeds from the disposition of the asset. Taxact You leave the unadjusted basis of the property in the account until recovered in future years. Taxact If you did this, include the total proceeds realized from the disposition in income on the tax return for the year of disposition. Taxact Early dispositions — 15-year real property. Taxact   If you dispose of 15-year real property, you base your ACRS deduction for the year of disposition on the number of months in use. Taxact You use a full-month convention. Taxact For a disposition at any time during a particular month before the end of the recovery period, no deduction is allowed for the month of disposition. Taxact This applies whether you use the regular ACRS method or elected the alternate ACRS method. Taxact Example. Taxact You purchased and placed in service a rental house on March 2, 1984, for $98,000 (not including the cost of land). Taxact You file your return based on a calendar year. Taxact Your rate from Table 1 for the third month is 10%. Taxact Your ACRS deduction for 1984 was $9,800 ($98. Taxact 000 ÷ 10%). Taxact For 1985 through 1988, you figured your ACRS deductions using 11%, 9%, 8%, and 7% ÷ $98,000. Taxact For 1989 through 1992, you figured your ACRS deductions using 6% for each year. Taxact The deduction each year was $98,000 ÷ 6%. Taxact For 1993 and 1994, the ACRS deduction is ($98,000 ÷ 5%) $4,900 for each year. Taxact You sell the house on June 1, 1995. Taxact You figure your ACRS deduction for 1995 for the full year and then prorate that amount for the months of use. Taxact The full ACRS deduction for 1995 is $4,900 ($98,000 ÷ 5%). Taxact You then prorate this amount to the 5 months in 1995 during which it was rented. Taxact Your ACRS deduction for 1995 is $2,042 ($4,900 ÷ 5/12). Taxact Early dispositions — 18- and 19-year real property. Taxact   If you dispose of 18- or 19-year real property, you base your ACRS deduction for the year of disposition on the number of months in use. Taxact For 18-year property placed in service before June 23, 1984, use a full-month convention on a disposition. Taxact For 18-year property placed in service after June 22, 1984, and for 19-year property, determine the number of months in use by using the mid-month convention. Taxact Under the mid-month convention,treat real property disposed of any time during a month as disposed of in the middle of that month. Taxact Count the month of disposition as half a month of use. Taxact Example. Taxact You purchased and placed in service a rental house on July 2, 1984, for $100,000 (not including the cost of land). Taxact You file your return based on a calendar year. Taxact Your rate from Table 4 for the seventh month is 4%. Taxact You figured your ACRS deduction for 1984 was $4,000 ($100,000 ÷ 4%). Taxact In 1985 through 1994, your ACRS deductions were 9%, 8%, 8%, 7%, 6%, 6%, 5%, 5%, and 5% ÷ $100,000. Taxact You sell the house on September 24, 1995. Taxact Figure your ACRS deduction for 1995 for the months of use. Taxact The full ACRS deduction for 1995 is $5,000 ($100,000 ÷ 5%). Taxact Prorate this amount for the 8. Taxact 5 months in 1995 that you held the property. Taxact Under the mid-month convention, you count September as half a month. Taxact Your ACRS deduction for 1995 is $3,542 ($5,000 ÷ 8. Taxact 5/12). Taxact Depreciation Recapture If you dispose of property depreciated under ACRS that is section 1245 recovery property, you will generally recognize gain or loss. Taxact Gain recognized on a disposition is ordinary income to the extent of prior depreciation deductions taken. Taxact This recapture rule applies to all personal property in the 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year classes. Taxact You recapture gain on manufactured homes and theme park structures in the 10-year class as section 1245 property. Taxact Section 1245 property generally includes all personal property. Taxact See Section 1245 property in chapter 4 of Publication 544 for more information. Taxact You treat dispositions of section 1250 real property on which you have a gain as section 1245 recovery property. Taxact You recognize gain on this property as ordinary income to the extent of prior depreciation deductions taken. Taxact Section 1250 property includes most real property. Taxact See Section 1250 property in chapter 4 of Publication 544 for more information. Taxact This rule applies to all section 1250 real property except the following property: Any 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property that is residential rental property. Taxact Any 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property that you elected to depreciate using the alternate ACRS method. Taxact Any 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property that is subsidized low-income housing. Taxact For these recapture rules, you treat the section 179 deduction and 50% of the investment credit that reduced your basis as depreciation. Taxact See Publication 544 for further discussion of dispositions of section 1245 and 1250 property. Taxact Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications