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Turbo Tax Form 1040x

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Turbo Tax Form 1040x

Turbo tax form 1040x 2. Turbo tax form 1040x   Filing Status Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Marital StatusDivorced persons. Turbo tax form 1040x Divorce and remarriage. Turbo tax form 1040x Annulled marriages. Turbo tax form 1040x Head of household or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. Turbo tax form 1040x Considered married. Turbo tax form 1040x Same-sex marriage. Turbo tax form 1040x Spouse died during the year. Turbo tax form 1040x Married persons living apart. Turbo tax form 1040x Single Married Filing JointlyFiling a Joint Return Married Filing SeparatelySpecial Rules Head of HouseholdConsidered Unmarried Keeping Up a Home Qualifying Person Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child What's New Filing status for same-sex married couples. Turbo tax form 1040x  If you have a same-sex spouse whom you legally married in a state (or foreign country) that recognizes same-sex marriage, you and your spouse generally must use the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status on your 2013 return, even if you and your spouse now live in a state (or foreign country) that does not recognize same-sex marriage. Turbo tax form 1040x See Same-sex marriage under Marital Status, later. Turbo tax form 1040x Introduction This chapter helps you determine which filing status to use. Turbo tax form 1040x There are five filing statuses. Turbo tax form 1040x Single. Turbo tax form 1040x Married Filing Jointly. Turbo tax form 1040x Married Filing Separately. Turbo tax form 1040x Head of Household. Turbo tax form 1040x Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child. Turbo tax form 1040x If more than one filing status applies to you, choose the one that will give you the lowest tax. Turbo tax form 1040x You must determine your filing status before you can determine whether you must file a tax return (chapter 1), your standard deduction (chapter 20), and your tax (chapter 30). Turbo tax form 1040x You also use your filing status to determine whether you are eligible to claim certain deductions and credits. Turbo tax form 1040x Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 501 Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information 519 U. Turbo tax form 1040x S. Turbo tax form 1040x Tax Guide for Aliens 555 Community Property Marital Status In general, your filing status depends on whether you are considered unmarried or married. Turbo tax form 1040x Unmarried persons. Turbo tax form 1040x   You are considered unmarried for the whole year if, on the last day of your tax year, you are unmarried or legally separated from your spouse under a divorce or separate maintenance decree. Turbo tax form 1040x State law governs whether you are married or legally separated under a divorce or separate maintenance decree. Turbo tax form 1040x Divorced persons. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you are divorced under a final decree by the last day of the year, you are considered unmarried for the whole year. Turbo tax form 1040x Divorce and remarriage. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you obtain a divorce for the sole purpose of filing tax returns as unmarried individuals, and at the time of divorce you intend to and do, in fact, remarry each other in the next tax year, you and your spouse must file as married individuals in both years. Turbo tax form 1040x Annulled marriages. Turbo tax form 1040x    If you obtain a court decree of annulment, which holds that no valid marriage ever existed, you are considered unmarried even if you filed joint returns for earlier years. Turbo tax form 1040x You must file Form 1040X, Amended U. Turbo tax form 1040x S. Turbo tax form 1040x Individual Income Tax Return, claiming single or head of household status for all tax years that are affected by the annulment and are not closed by the statute of limitations for filing a tax return. Turbo tax form 1040x Generally, for a credit or refund, you must file Form 1040X within 3 years (including extensions) after the date you filed your original return or within 2 years after the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. Turbo tax form 1040x If you filed your original return early (for example, March 1), your return is considered filed on the due date (generally April 15). Turbo tax form 1040x However, if you had an extension to file (for example, until October 15) but you filed earlier and we received it on July 1, your return is considered filed on July 1. Turbo tax form 1040x Head of household or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you are considered unmarried, you may be able to file as a head of household or as a qualifying widow(er) with a dependent child. Turbo tax form 1040x See Head of Household and Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child to see if you qualify. Turbo tax form 1040x Married persons. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you are considered married, you and your spouse can file a joint return or separate returns. Turbo tax form 1040x Considered married. Turbo tax form 1040x   You are considered married for the whole year if, on the last day of your tax year, you and your spouse meet any one of the following tests. Turbo tax form 1040x You are married and living together as a married couple. Turbo tax form 1040x You are living together in a common law marriage recognized in the state where you now live or in the state where the common law marriage began. Turbo tax form 1040x You are married and living apart, but not legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. Turbo tax form 1040x You are separated under an interlocutory (not final) decree of divorce. Turbo tax form 1040x Same-sex marriage. Turbo tax form 1040x   For federal tax purposes, individuals of the same sex are considered married if they were lawfully married in a state (or foreign country) whose laws authorize the marriage of two individuals of the same sex, even if the state (or foreign country) in which they now live does not recognize same-sex marriage. Turbo tax form 1040x The term “spouse” includes an individual married to a person of the same sex if the couple is lawfully married under state (or foreign) law. Turbo tax form 1040x However, individuals who have entered into a registered domestic partnership, civil union, or other similar relationship that is not considered a marriage under state (or foreign) law are not considered married for federal tax purposes. Turbo tax form 1040x For more details, see Publication 501. Turbo tax form 1040x Spouse died during the year. Turbo tax form 1040x   If your spouse died during the year, you are considered married for the whole year for filing status purposes. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you did not remarry before the end of the tax year, you can file a joint return for yourself and your deceased spouse. Turbo tax form 1040x For the next 2 years, you may be entitled to the special benefits described later under Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child . Turbo tax form 1040x   If you remarried before the end of the tax year, you can file a joint return with your new spouse. Turbo tax form 1040x Your deceased spouse's filing status is married filing separately for that year. Turbo tax form 1040x Married persons living apart. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you live apart from your spouse and meet certain tests, you may be able to file as head of household even if you are not divorced or legally separated. Turbo tax form 1040x If you qualify to file as head of household instead of married filing separately, your standard deduction will be higher. Turbo tax form 1040x Also, your tax may be lower, and you may be able to claim the earned income credit. Turbo tax form 1040x See Head of Household , later. Turbo tax form 1040x Single Your filing status is single if you are considered unmarried and you do not qualify for another filing status. Turbo tax form 1040x To determine your marital status, see Marital Status , earlier. Turbo tax form 1040x Widow(er). Turbo tax form 1040x   Your filing status may be single if you were widowed before January 1, 2013, and did not remarry before the end of 2013. Turbo tax form 1040x You may, however, be able to use another filing status that will give you a lower tax. Turbo tax form 1040x See Head of Household and Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child , later, to see if you qualify. Turbo tax form 1040x How to file. Turbo tax form 1040x   You can file Form 1040. Turbo tax form 1040x If you have taxable income of less than $100,000, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Turbo tax form 1040x If, in addition, you have no dependents, and are under 65 and not blind, and meet other requirements, you can file Form 1040EZ. Turbo tax form 1040x If you file Form 1040A or Form 1040, show your filing status as single by checking the box on line 1. Turbo tax form 1040x Use the Single column of the Tax Table or Section A of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Turbo tax form 1040x Married Filing Jointly You can choose married filing jointly as your filing status if you are considered married and both you and your spouse agree to file a joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x On a joint return, you and your spouse report your combined income and deduct your combined allowable expenses. Turbo tax form 1040x You can file a joint return even if one of you had no income or deductions. Turbo tax form 1040x If you and your spouse decide to file a joint return, your tax may be lower than your combined tax for the other filing statuses. Turbo tax form 1040x Also, your standard deduction (if you do not itemize deductions) may be higher, and you may qualify for tax benefits that do not apply to other filing statuses. Turbo tax form 1040x If you and your spouse each have income, you may want to figure your tax both on a joint return and on separate returns (using the filing status of married filing separately). Turbo tax form 1040x You can choose the method that gives the two of you the lower combined tax. Turbo tax form 1040x How to file. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you file as married filing jointly, you can use Form 1040. Turbo tax form 1040x If you and your spouse have taxable income of less than $100,000, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Turbo tax form 1040x If, in addition, you and your spouse have no dependents, are both under 65 and not blind, and meet other requirements, you can file Form 1040EZ. Turbo tax form 1040x If you file Form 1040 or Form 1040A, show this filing status by checking the box on line 2. Turbo tax form 1040x Use the Married filing jointly column of the Tax Table or Section B of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Turbo tax form 1040x Spouse died. Turbo tax form 1040x   If your spouse died during the year, you are considered married for the whole year and can choose married filing jointly as your filing status. Turbo tax form 1040x See Spouse died during the year under Marital Status, earlier, for more information. Turbo tax form 1040x   If your spouse died in 2014 before filing a 2013 return, you can choose married filing jointly as your filing status on your 2013 return. Turbo tax form 1040x Divorced persons. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you are divorced under a final decree by the last day of the year, you are considered unmarried for the whole year and you cannot choose married filing jointly as your filing status. Turbo tax form 1040x Filing a Joint Return Both you and your spouse must include all of your income, exemptions, and deductions on your joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x Accounting period. Turbo tax form 1040x   Both of you must use the same accounting period, but you can use different accounting methods. Turbo tax form 1040x See Accounting Periods and Accounting Methods in chapter 1. Turbo tax form 1040x Joint responsibility. Turbo tax form 1040x   Both of you may be held responsible, jointly and individually, for the tax and any interest or penalty due on your joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x This means that if one spouse does not pay the tax due, the other may have to. Turbo tax form 1040x Or, if one spouse does not report the correct tax, both spouses may be responsible for any additional taxes assessed by the IRS. Turbo tax form 1040x One spouse may be held responsible for all the tax due even if all the income was earned by the other spouse. Turbo tax form 1040x You may want to file separately if: You believe your spouse is not reporting all of his or her income, or You do not want to be responsible for any taxes due if your spouse does not have enough tax withheld or does not pay enough estimated tax. Turbo tax form 1040x Divorced taxpayer. Turbo tax form 1040x   You may be held jointly and individually responsible for any tax, interest, and penalties due on a joint return filed before your divorce. Turbo tax form 1040x This responsibility may apply even if your divorce decree states that your former spouse will be responsible for any amounts due on previously filed joint returns. Turbo tax form 1040x Relief from joint responsibility. Turbo tax form 1040x   In some cases, one spouse may be relieved of joint responsibility for tax, interest, and penalties on a joint return for items of the other spouse that were incorrectly reported on the joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x You can ask for relief no matter how small the liability. Turbo tax form 1040x   There are three types of relief available. Turbo tax form 1040x Innocent spouse relief. Turbo tax form 1040x Separation of liability (available only to joint filers who are divorced, widowed, legally separated, or have not lived together for the 12 months ending on the date the election for this relief is filed). Turbo tax form 1040x Equitable relief. Turbo tax form 1040x    You must file Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief, to request relief from joint responsibility. Turbo tax form 1040x Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief, explains these kinds of relief and who may qualify for them. Turbo tax form 1040x Signing a joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x   For a return to be considered a joint return, both spouses generally must sign the return. Turbo tax form 1040x Spouse died before signing. Turbo tax form 1040x   If your spouse died before signing the return, the executor or administrator must sign the return for your spouse. Turbo tax form 1040x If neither you nor anyone else has yet been appointed as executor or administrator, you can sign the return for your spouse and enter “Filing as surviving spouse” in the area where you sign the return. Turbo tax form 1040x Spouse away from home. Turbo tax form 1040x   If your spouse is away from home, you should prepare the return, sign it, and send it to your spouse to sign so that it can be filed on time. Turbo tax form 1040x Injury or disease prevents signing. Turbo tax form 1040x   If your spouse cannot sign because of disease or injury and tells you to sign for him or her, you can sign your spouse's name in the proper space on the return followed by the words “By (your name), Husband (or Wife). Turbo tax form 1040x ” Be sure to also sign in the space provided for your signature. Turbo tax form 1040x Attach a dated statement, signed by you, to the return. Turbo tax form 1040x The statement should include the form number of the return you are filing, the tax year, and the reason your spouse cannot sign, and should state that your spouse has agreed to your signing for him or her. Turbo tax form 1040x Signing as guardian of spouse. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you are the guardian of your spouse who is mentally incompetent, you can sign the return for your spouse as guardian. Turbo tax form 1040x Spouse in combat zone. Turbo tax form 1040x   You can sign a joint return for your spouse if your spouse cannot sign because he or she is serving in a combat zone (such as the Persian Gulf Area, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, or Afghanistan), even if you do not have a power of attorney or other statement. Turbo tax form 1040x Attach a signed statement to your return explaining that your spouse is serving in a combat zone. Turbo tax form 1040x For more information on special tax rules for persons who are serving in a combat zone, or who are in missing status as a result of serving in a combat zone, see Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide. Turbo tax form 1040x Other reasons spouse cannot sign. Turbo tax form 1040x    If your spouse cannot sign the joint return for any other reason, you can sign for your spouse only if you are given a valid power of attorney (a legal document giving you permission to act for your spouse). Turbo tax form 1040x Attach the power of attorney (or a copy of it) to your tax return. Turbo tax form 1040x You can use Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative. Turbo tax form 1040x Nonresident alien or dual-status alien. Turbo tax form 1040x   Generally, a married couple cannot file a joint return if either one is a nonresident alien at any time during the tax year. Turbo tax form 1040x However, if one spouse was a nonresident alien or dual-status alien who was married to a U. Turbo tax form 1040x S. Turbo tax form 1040x citizen or resident alien at the end of the year, the spouses can choose to file a joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x If you do file a joint return, you and your spouse are both treated as U. Turbo tax form 1040x S. Turbo tax form 1040x residents for the entire tax year. Turbo tax form 1040x See chapter 1 of Publication 519. Turbo tax form 1040x Married Filing Separately You can choose married filing separately as your filing status if you are married. Turbo tax form 1040x This filing status may benefit you if you want to be responsible only for your own tax or if it results in less tax than filing a joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x If you and your spouse do not agree to file a joint return, you must use this filing status unless you qualify for head of household status, discussed later. Turbo tax form 1040x You may be able to choose head of household filing status if you are considered unmarried because you live apart from your spouse and meet certain tests (explained later, under Head of Household ). Turbo tax form 1040x This can apply to you even if you are not divorced or legally separated. Turbo tax form 1040x If you qualify to file as head of household, instead of as married filing separately, your tax may be lower, you may be able to claim the earned income credit and certain other credits, and your standard deduction will be higher. Turbo tax form 1040x The head of household filing status allows you to choose the standard deduction even if your spouse chooses to itemize deductions. Turbo tax form 1040x See Head of Household , later, for more information. Turbo tax form 1040x You will generally pay more combined tax on separate returns than you would on a joint return for the reasons listed under Special Rules, later. Turbo tax form 1040x However, unless you are required to file separately, you should figure your tax both ways (on a joint return and on separate returns). Turbo tax form 1040x This way you can make sure you are using the filing status that results in the lowest combined tax. Turbo tax form 1040x When figuring the combined tax of a married couple, you may want to consider state taxes as well as federal taxes. Turbo tax form 1040x How to file. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you file a separate return, you generally report only your own income, exemptions, credits, and deductions. Turbo tax form 1040x You can claim an exemption for your spouse only if your spouse had no gross income, is not filing a return, and was not the dependent of another person. Turbo tax form 1040x You can file Form 1040. Turbo tax form 1040x If your taxable income is less than $100,000, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Turbo tax form 1040x Select this filing status by checking the box on line 3 of either form. Turbo tax form 1040x Enter your spouse's full name and SSN or ITIN in the spaces provided. Turbo tax form 1040x If your spouse does not have and is not required to have an SSN or ITIN, enter “NRA” in the space for your spouse's SSN. Turbo tax form 1040x Use the Married filing separately column of the Tax Table or Section C of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Turbo tax form 1040x Special Rules If you choose married filing separately as your filing status, the following special rules apply. Turbo tax form 1040x Because of these special rules, you usually pay more tax on a separate return than if you use another filing status you qualify for. Turbo tax form 1040x   Your tax rate generally is higher than on a joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x Your exemption amount for figuring the alternative minimum tax is half that allowed on a joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x You cannot take the credit for child and dependent care expenses in most cases, and the amount you can exclude from income under an employer's dependent care assistance program is limited to $2,500 (instead of $5,000). Turbo tax form 1040x If you are legally separated or living apart from your spouse, you may be able to file a separate return and still take the credit. Turbo tax form 1040x For more information about these expenses, the credit, and the exclusion, see chapter 32. Turbo tax form 1040x You cannot take the earned income credit. Turbo tax form 1040x You cannot take the exclusion or credit for adoption expenses in most cases. Turbo tax form 1040x You cannot take the education credits (the American opportunity credit and lifetime learning credit), the deduction for student loan interest, or the tuition and fees deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x You cannot exclude any interest income from qualified U. Turbo tax form 1040x S. Turbo tax form 1040x savings bonds you used for higher education expenses. Turbo tax form 1040x If you lived with your spouse at any time during the tax year: You cannot claim the credit for the elderly or the disabled, and You must include in income a greater percentage (up to 85%) of any social security or equivalent railroad retirement benefits you received. Turbo tax form 1040x The following credits and deductions are reduced at income levels half those for a joint return: The child tax credit, The retirement savings contributions credit, The deduction for personal exemptions, and Itemized deductions. Turbo tax form 1040x Your capital loss deduction limit is $1,500 (instead of $3,000 on a joint return). Turbo tax form 1040x If your spouse itemizes deductions, you cannot claim the standard deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x If you can claim the standard deduction, your basic standard deduction is half the amount allowed on a joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x Adjusted gross income (AGI) limits. Turbo tax form 1040x   If your AGI on a separate return is lower than it would have been on a joint return, you may be able to deduct a larger amount for certain deductions that are limited by AGI, such as medical expenses. Turbo tax form 1040x Individual retirement arrangements (IRAs). Turbo tax form 1040x   You may not be able to deduct all or part of your contributions to a traditional IRA if you or your spouse were covered by an employee retirement plan at work during the year. Turbo tax form 1040x Your deduction is reduced or eliminated if your income is more than a certain amount. Turbo tax form 1040x This amount is much lower for married individuals who file separately and lived together at any time during the year. Turbo tax form 1040x For more information, see How Much Can You Deduct in chapter 17. Turbo tax form 1040x Rental activity losses. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you actively participated in a passive rental real estate activity that produced a loss, you generally can deduct the loss from your nonpassive income, up to $25,000. Turbo tax form 1040x This is called a special allowance. Turbo tax form 1040x However, married persons filing separate returns who lived together at any time during the year cannot claim this special allowance. Turbo tax form 1040x Married persons filing separate returns who lived apart at all times during the year are each allowed a $12,500 maximum special allowance for losses from passive real estate activities. Turbo tax form 1040x See Limits on Rental Losses in chapter 9. Turbo tax form 1040x Community property states. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you live in Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, or Wisconsin and file separately, your income may be considered separate income or community income for income tax purposes. Turbo tax form 1040x See Publication 555. Turbo tax form 1040x Joint Return After Separate Returns You can change your filing status from a separate return to a joint return by filing an amended return using Form 1040X. Turbo tax form 1040x You generally can change to a joint return any time within 3 years from the due date of the separate return or returns. Turbo tax form 1040x This does not include any extensions. Turbo tax form 1040x A separate return includes a return filed by you or your spouse claiming married filing separately, single, or head of household filing status. Turbo tax form 1040x Separate Returns After Joint Return Once you file a joint return, you cannot choose to file separate returns for that year after the due date of the return. Turbo tax form 1040x Exception. Turbo tax form 1040x   A personal representative for a decedent can change from a joint return elected by the surviving spouse to a separate return for the decedent. Turbo tax form 1040x The personal representative has 1 year from the due date of the return (including extensions) to make the change. Turbo tax form 1040x See Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators, for more information on filing a return for a decedent. Turbo tax form 1040x Head of Household You may be able to file as head of household if you meet all the following requirements. Turbo tax form 1040x You are unmarried or “considered unmarried” on the last day of the year. Turbo tax form 1040x See Marital Status , earlier, and Considered Unmarried , later. Turbo tax form 1040x You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year. Turbo tax form 1040x A qualifying person lived with you in the home for more than half the year (except for temporary absences, such as school). Turbo tax form 1040x However, if the qualifying person is your dependent parent, he or she does not have to live with you. Turbo tax form 1040x See Special rule for parent , later, under Qualifying Person. Turbo tax form 1040x If you qualify to file as head of household, your tax rate usually will be lower than the rates for single or married filing separately. Turbo tax form 1040x You will also receive a higher standard deduction than if you file as single or married filing separately. Turbo tax form 1040x Kidnapped child. Turbo tax form 1040x   A child may qualify you to file as head of household even if the child has been kidnapped. Turbo tax form 1040x For more information, see Publication 501. Turbo tax form 1040x How to file. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you file as head of household, you can use Form 1040. Turbo tax form 1040x If your taxable income is less than $100,000, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Turbo tax form 1040x Indicate your choice of this filing status by checking the box on line 4 of either form. Turbo tax form 1040x Use the Head of a household column of the Tax Table or Section D of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Turbo tax form 1040x Considered Unmarried To qualify for head of household status, you must be either unmarried or considered unmarried on the last day of the year. Turbo tax form 1040x You are considered unmarried on the last day of the tax year if you meet all the following tests. Turbo tax form 1040x You file a separate return (defined earlier under Joint Return After Separate Returns ). Turbo tax form 1040x You paid more than half the cost of keeping up your home for the tax year. Turbo tax form 1040x Your spouse did not live in your home during the last 6 months of the tax year. Turbo tax form 1040x Your spouse is considered to live in your home even if he or she is temporarily absent due to special circumstances. Turbo tax form 1040x See Temporary absences , under Qualifying Person, later. Turbo tax form 1040x Your home was the main home of your child, stepchild, or foster child for more than half the year. Turbo tax form 1040x (See Home of qualifying person , under Qualifying Person, later, for rules applying to a child's birth, death, or temporary absence during the year. Turbo tax form 1040x ) You must be able to claim an exemption for the child. Turbo tax form 1040x However, you meet this test if you cannot claim the exemption only because the noncustodial parent can claim the child using the rules described in Children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) under Qualifying Child in chapter 3, or in Support Test for Children of Divorced or Separated Parents (or Parents Who Live Apart) under Qualifying Relative in chapter 3. Turbo tax form 1040x The general rules for claiming an exemption for a dependent are explained under Exemptions for Dependents in chapter 3. Turbo tax form 1040x If you were considered married for part of the year and lived in a community property state (listed earlier under Married Filing Separately), special rules may apply in determining your income and expenses. Turbo tax form 1040x See Publication 555 for more information. Turbo tax form 1040x Nonresident alien spouse. Turbo tax form 1040x   You are considered unmarried for head of household purposes if your spouse was a nonresident alien at any time during the year and you do not choose to treat your nonresident spouse as a resident alien. Turbo tax form 1040x However, your spouse is not a qualifying person for head of household purposes. Turbo tax form 1040x You must have another qualifying person and meet the other tests to be eligible to file as a head of household. Turbo tax form 1040x Choice to treat spouse as resident. Turbo tax form 1040x   You are considered married if you choose to treat your spouse as a resident alien. Turbo tax form 1040x See Publication 519. Turbo tax form 1040x Keeping Up a Home To qualify for head of household status, you must pay more than half of the cost of keeping up a home for the year. Turbo tax form 1040x You can determine whether you paid more than half of the cost of keeping up a home by using Worksheet 2–1. Turbo tax form 1040x Worksheet 2-1. Turbo tax form 1040x Cost of Keeping Up a Home   Amount You Paid Total Cost Property taxes $ $ Mortgage interest expense     Rent     Utility charges     Repairs/maintenance     Property insurance     Food consumed on the premises     Other household expenses     Totals $ $ Minus total amount you paid   () Amount others paid   $ If the total amount you paid is more than the amount others paid, you meet the requirement of paying more than half the cost of keeping up the home. Turbo tax form 1040x Costs you include. Turbo tax form 1040x   Include in the cost of keeping up a home expenses such as rent, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, insurance on the home, repairs, utilities, and food eaten in the home. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you used payments you received under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or other public assistance programs to pay part of the cost of keeping up your home, you cannot count them as money you paid. Turbo tax form 1040x However, you must include them in the total cost of keeping up your home to figure if you paid over half the cost. Turbo tax form 1040x Costs you do not include. Turbo tax form 1040x   Do not include the costs of clothing, education, medical treatment, vacations, life insurance, or transportation. Turbo tax form 1040x Also, do not include the rental value of a home you own or the value of your services or those of a member of your household. Turbo tax form 1040x Qualifying Person See Table 2-1 to see who is a qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x Any person not described in Table 2-1 is not a qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x Table 2-1. Turbo tax form 1040x Who Is a Qualifying Person Qualifying You To File as Head of Household?1 Caution. Turbo tax form 1040x See the text of this chapter for the other requirements you must meet to claim head of household filing status. Turbo tax form 1040x IF the person is your . Turbo tax form 1040x . Turbo tax form 1040x . Turbo tax form 1040x   AND . Turbo tax form 1040x . Turbo tax form 1040x . Turbo tax form 1040x   THEN that person is . Turbo tax form 1040x . Turbo tax form 1040x . Turbo tax form 1040x qualifying child (such as a son, daughter, or grandchild who lived with you more than half the year and meets certain other tests)2   he or she is single   a qualifying person, whether or not you can claim an exemption for the person. Turbo tax form 1040x   he or she is married and you can claim an exemption for him or her   a qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x   he or she is married and you cannot claim an exemption for him or her   not a qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x 3 qualifying relative4 who is your father or mother   you can claim an exemption for him or her5   a qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x 6   you cannot claim an exemption for him or her   not a qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x qualifying relative4 other than your father or mother (such as a grandparent, brother, or sister who meets certain tests)   he or she lived with you more than half the year, and he or she is related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you in chapter 3 and you can claim an exemption for him or her5   a qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x   he or she did not live with you more than half the year   not a qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x   he or she is not related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you in chapter 3 and is your qualifying relative only because he or she lived with you all year as a member of your household   not a qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x   you cannot claim an exemption for him or her   not a qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x 1A person cannot qualify more than one taxpayer to use the head of household filing status for the year. Turbo tax form 1040x 2The term “qualifying child” is defined in chapter 3. Turbo tax form 1040x Note. Turbo tax form 1040x If you are a noncustodial parent, the term “qualifying child” for head of household filing status does not include a child who is your qualifying child for exemption purposes only because of the rules described under Children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) under Qualifying Child in chapter 3. Turbo tax form 1040x If you are the custodial parent and those rules apply, the child generally is your qualifying child for head of household filing status even though the child is not a qualifying child for whom you can claim an exemption. Turbo tax form 1040x 3This person is a qualifying person if the only reason you cannot claim the exemption is that you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's return. Turbo tax form 1040x 4The term “ qualifying relative ” is defined in chapter 3. Turbo tax form 1040x 5If you can claim an exemption for a person only because of a multiple support agreement, that person is not a qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x See Multiple Support Agreement in chapter 3. Turbo tax form 1040x 6See Special rule for parent . Turbo tax form 1040x Example 1—child. Turbo tax form 1040x Your unmarried son lived with you all year and was 18 years old at the end of the year. Turbo tax form 1040x He did not provide more than half of his own support and does not meet the tests to be a qualifying child of anyone else. Turbo tax form 1040x As a result, he is your qualifying child (see Qualifying Child in chapter 3) and, because he is single, your qualifying person for you to claim head of household filing status. Turbo tax form 1040x Example 2—child who is not qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your son was 25 years old at the end of the year and his gross income was $5,000. Turbo tax form 1040x Because he does not meet the age test (explained under Qualifying Child in chapter 3), your son is not your qualifying child. Turbo tax form 1040x Because he does not meet the gross income test (explained later under Qualifying Relative in chapter 3), he is not your qualifying relative. Turbo tax form 1040x As a result, he is not your qualifying person for head of household purposes. Turbo tax form 1040x Example 3—girlfriend. Turbo tax form 1040x Your girlfriend lived with you all year. Turbo tax form 1040x Even though she may be your qualifying relative if the gross income and support tests (explained in chapter 3) are met, she is not your qualifying person for head of household purposes because she is not related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you in chapter 3. Turbo tax form 1040x See Table 2-1. Turbo tax form 1040x Example 4—girlfriend's child. Turbo tax form 1040x The facts are the same as in Example 3 except your girlfriend's 10-year-old son also lived with you all year. Turbo tax form 1040x He is not your qualifying child and, because he is your girlfriend's qualifying child, he is not your qualifying relative (see Not a Qualifying Child Test in chapter 3). Turbo tax form 1040x As a result, he is not your qualifying person for head of household purposes. Turbo tax form 1040x Home of qualifying person. Turbo tax form 1040x   Generally, the qualifying person must live with you for more than half of the year. Turbo tax form 1040x Special rule for parent. Turbo tax form 1040x   If your qualifying person is your father or mother, you may be eligible to file as head of household even if your father or mother does not live with you. Turbo tax form 1040x However, you must be able to claim an exemption for your father or mother. Turbo tax form 1040x Also, you must pay more than half the cost of keeping up a home that was the main home for the entire year for your father or mother. Turbo tax form 1040x   You are keeping up a main home for your father or mother if you pay more than half the cost of keeping your parent in a rest home or home for the elderly. Turbo tax form 1040x Death or birth. Turbo tax form 1040x   You may be eligible to file as head of household even if the individual who qualifies you for this filing status is born or dies during the year. Turbo tax form 1040x If the individual is your qualifying child, the child must have lived with you for more than half the part of the year he or she was alive. Turbo tax form 1040x If the individual is anyone else, see Publication 501. Turbo tax form 1040x Temporary absences. Turbo tax form 1040x   You and your qualifying person are considered to live together even if one or both of you are temporarily absent from your home due to special circumstances such as illness, education, business, vacation, or military service. Turbo tax form 1040x It must be reasonable to assume the absent person will return to the home after the temporary absence. Turbo tax form 1040x You must continue to keep up the home during the absence. Turbo tax form 1040x Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child If your spouse died in 2013, you can use married filing jointly as your filing status for 2013 if you otherwise qualify to use that status. Turbo tax form 1040x The year of death is the last year for which you can file jointly with your deceased spouse. Turbo tax form 1040x See Married Filing Jointly , earlier. Turbo tax form 1040x You may be eligible to use qualifying widow(er) with dependent child as your filing status for 2 years following the year your spouse died. Turbo tax form 1040x For example, if your spouse died in 2012, and you have not remarried, you may be able to use this filing status for 2013 and 2014. Turbo tax form 1040x This filing status entitles you to use joint return tax rates and the highest standard deduction amount (if you do not itemize deductions). Turbo tax form 1040x It does not entitle you to file a joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x How to file. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you file as qualifying widow(er) with dependent child, you can use Form 1040. Turbo tax form 1040x If you also have taxable income of less than $100,000 and meet certain other conditions, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Turbo tax form 1040x Check the box on line 5 of either form. Turbo tax form 1040x Use the Married filing jointly column of the Tax Table or Section B of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Turbo tax form 1040x Eligibility rules. Turbo tax form 1040x   You are eligible to file your 2013 return as a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child if you meet all of the following tests. Turbo tax form 1040x You were entitled to file a joint return with your spouse for the year your spouse died. Turbo tax form 1040x It does not matter whether you actually filed a joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x Your spouse died in 2011 or 2012 and you did not remarry before the end of 2013. Turbo tax form 1040x You have a child or stepchild for whom you can claim an exemption. Turbo tax form 1040x This does not include a foster child. Turbo tax form 1040x This child lived in your home all year, except for temporary absences. Turbo tax form 1040x See Temporary absences , earlier, under Head of Household. Turbo tax form 1040x There are also exceptions, described later, for a child who was born or died during the year and for a kidnapped child. Turbo tax form 1040x You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year. Turbo tax form 1040x See Keeping Up a Home , earlier, under Head of Household. Turbo tax form 1040x Example. Turbo tax form 1040x John's wife died in 2011. Turbo tax form 1040x John has not remarried. Turbo tax form 1040x During 2012 and 2013, he continued to keep up a home for himself and his child, who lives with him and for whom he can claim an exemption. Turbo tax form 1040x For 2011 he was entitled to file a joint return for himself and his deceased wife. Turbo tax form 1040x For 2012 and 2013, he can file as qualifying widower with a dependent child. Turbo tax form 1040x After 2013 he can file as head of household if he qualifies. Turbo tax form 1040x Death or birth. Turbo tax form 1040x    You may be eligible to file as a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child if the child who qualifies you for this filing status is born or dies during the year. Turbo tax form 1040x You must have provided more than half of the cost of keeping up a home that was the child's main home during the entire part of the year he or she was alive. Turbo tax form 1040x Kidnapped child. Turbo tax form 1040x   A child may qualify you for qualifying widow(er) with dependent child, even if the child has been kidnapped. Turbo tax form 1040x See Publication 501. Turbo tax form 1040x    As mentioned earlier, this filing status is available for only 2 years following the year your spouse died. Turbo tax form 1040x Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Turbo tax form 1040x 2. Turbo tax form 1040x   Electing the Section 179 Deduction Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Property Qualifies?Eligible Property Property Acquired for Business Use Property Acquired by Purchase What Property Does Not Qualify?Land and Improvements Excepted Property How Much Can You Deduct?Dollar Limits Business Income Limit Partnerships and Partners S Corporations Other Corporations How Do You Elect the Deduction? When Must You Recapture the Deduction? Introduction You can elect to recover all or part of the cost of certain qualifying property, up to a limit, by deducting it in the year you place the property in service. Turbo tax form 1040x This is the section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x You can elect the section 179 deduction instead of recovering the cost by taking depreciation deductions. Turbo tax form 1040x Estates and trusts cannot elect the section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x This chapter explains what property does and does not qualify for the section 179 deduction, what limits apply to the deduction (including special rules for partnerships and corporations), and how to elect it. Turbo tax form 1040x It also explains when and how to recapture the deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 537 Installment Sales 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 954 Tax Incentives for Distressed Communities Form (and Instructions) 4562 Depreciation and Amortization 4797 Sales of Business Property See chapter 6 for information about getting publications and forms. Turbo tax form 1040x What Property Qualifies? To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must meet all the following requirements. Turbo tax form 1040x It must be eligible property. Turbo tax form 1040x It must be acquired for business use. Turbo tax form 1040x It must have been acquired by purchase. Turbo tax form 1040x It must not be property described later under What Property Does Not Qualify . Turbo tax form 1040x The following discussions provide information about these requirements and exceptions. Turbo tax form 1040x Eligible Property To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must be one of the following types of depreciable property. Turbo tax form 1040x Tangible personal property. Turbo tax form 1040x Other tangible property (except buildings and their structural components) used as: An integral part of manufacturing, production, or extraction or of furnishing transportation, communications, electricity, gas, water, or sewage disposal services, A research facility used in connection with any of the activities in (a) above, or A facility used in connection with any of the activities in (a) for the bulk storage of fungible commodities. Turbo tax form 1040x Single purpose agricultural (livestock) or horticultural structures. Turbo tax form 1040x See chapter 7 of Publication 225 for definitions and information regarding the use requirements that apply to these structures. Turbo tax form 1040x Storage facilities (except buildings and their structural components) used in connection with distributing petroleum or any primary product of petroleum. Turbo tax form 1040x Off-the-shelf computer software. Turbo tax form 1040x Qualified real property (described below). Turbo tax form 1040x Tangible personal property. Turbo tax form 1040x   Tangible personal property is any tangible property that is not real property. Turbo tax form 1040x It includes the following property. Turbo tax form 1040x Machinery and equipment. Turbo tax form 1040x Property contained in or attached to a building (other than structural components), such as refrigerators, grocery store counters, office equipment, printing presses, testing equipment, and signs. Turbo tax form 1040x Gasoline storage tanks and pumps at retail service stations. Turbo tax form 1040x Livestock, including horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, and mink and other furbearing animals. Turbo tax form 1040x   The treatment of property as tangible personal property for the section 179 deduction is not controlled by its treatment under local law. Turbo tax form 1040x For example, property may not be tangible personal property for the deduction even if treated so under local law, and some property (such as fixtures) may be tangible personal property for the deduction even if treated as real property under local law. Turbo tax form 1040x Off-the-shelf computer software. Turbo tax form 1040x   Off-the-shelf computer software placed in service during the tax year is qualifying property for purposes of the section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x This is computer software that is readily available for purchase by the general public, is subject to a nonexclusive license, and has not been substantially modified. Turbo tax form 1040x It includes any program designed to cause a computer to perform a desired function. Turbo tax form 1040x However, a database or similar item is not considered computer software unless it is in the public domain and is incidental to the operation of otherwise qualifying software. Turbo tax form 1040x Qualified real property. Turbo tax form 1040x   You can elect to treat certain qualified real property you placed in service as section 179 property for tax years beginning in 2013. Turbo tax form 1040x If this election is made, the term “section 179 property” will include any qualified real property that is: Qualified leasehold improvement property, Qualified restaurant property, or Qualified retail improvement property. Turbo tax form 1040x The maximum section 179 expense deduction that can be elected for qualified section 179 real property is $250,000 of the maximum section 179 deduction of $500,000 in 2013. Turbo tax form 1040x For more information, see Special rules for qualified section 179 real property, later. Turbo tax form 1040x Also, see Election for certain qualified section 179 real property, later, for information on how to make this election. Turbo tax form 1040x Qualified leasehold improvement property. Turbo tax form 1040x   Generally, this is any improvement to an interior part of a building (placed in service before January 1, 2014) that is nonresidential real property, provided all of the requirements discussed in chapter 3 under Qualified leasehold improvement property are met. Turbo tax form 1040x   In addition, an improvement made by the lessor does not qualify as qualified leasehold improvement property to any subsequent owner unless it is acquired from the original lessor by reason of the lessor’s death or in any of the following types of transactions. Turbo tax form 1040x A transaction to which section 381(a) applies, A mere change in the form of conducting the trade or business so long as the property is retained in the trade or business as qualified leasehold improvement property and the taxpayer retains a substantial interest in the trade or business, A like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or re-acquisition of real property to the extent that the basis in the property represents the carryover basis, or Certain nonrecognition transactions to the extent that your basis in the property is determined by reference to the transferor’s or distributor’s basis in the property. Turbo tax form 1040x Examples include the following. Turbo tax form 1040x A complete liquidation of a subsidiary. Turbo tax form 1040x A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. Turbo tax form 1040x An exchange of property by a corporation solely for stock or securities in another corporation in a reorganization. Turbo tax form 1040x Qualified restaurant property. Turbo tax form 1040x   Qualified restaurant property is any section 1250 property that is a building or an improvement to a building placed in service after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2014. Turbo tax form 1040x Also, more than 50% of the building’s square footage must be devoted to preparation of meals and seating for on-premise consumption of prepared meals. Turbo tax form 1040x Qualified retail improvement property. Turbo tax form 1040x   Generally, this is any improvement (placed in service after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2014) to an interior portion of nonresidential real property if it meets the following requirements. Turbo tax form 1040x The portion is open to the general public and is used in the retail trade or business of selling tangible property to the general public. Turbo tax form 1040x The improvement is placed in service more than 3 years after the date the building was first placed in service. Turbo tax form 1040x The expenses are not for the enlargement of the building, any elevator or escalator, any structural components benefiting a common area, or the internal structural framework of the building. Turbo tax form 1040x In addition, an improvement made by the lessor does not qualify as qualified retail improvement property to any subsequent owner unless it is acquired from the original lessor by reason of the lessor’s death or in any of the following types of transactions. Turbo tax form 1040x A transaction to which section 381(a) applies, A mere change in the form of conducting the trade or business so long as the property is retained in the trade or business as qualified leasehold improvement property and the taxpayer retains a substantial interest in the trade or business, A like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or re-acquisition of real property to the extent that the basis in the property represents the carryover basis, or Certain nonrecognition transactions to the extent that your basis in the property is determined by reference to the transferor’s or distributor’s basis in the property. Turbo tax form 1040x Examples include the following. Turbo tax form 1040x A complete liquidation of a subsidiary. Turbo tax form 1040x A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. Turbo tax form 1040x An exchange of property by a corporation solely for stock or securities in another corporation in a reorganization. Turbo tax form 1040x Property Acquired for Business Use To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must have been acquired for use in your trade or business. Turbo tax form 1040x Property you acquire only for the production of income, such as investment property, rental property (if renting property is not your trade or business), and property that produces royalties, does not qualify. Turbo tax form 1040x Partial business use. Turbo tax form 1040x   When you use property for both business and nonbusiness purposes, you can elect the section 179 deduction only if you use the property more than 50% for business in the year you place it in service. Turbo tax form 1040x If you use the property more than 50% for business, multiply the cost of the property by the percentage of business use. Turbo tax form 1040x Use the resulting business cost to figure your section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x Example. Turbo tax form 1040x May Oak bought and placed in service an item of section 179 property costing $11,000. Turbo tax form 1040x She used the property 80% for her business and 20% for personal purposes. Turbo tax form 1040x The business part of the cost of the property is $8,800 (80% × $11,000). Turbo tax form 1040x Property Acquired by Purchase To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must have been acquired by purchase. Turbo tax form 1040x For example, property acquired by gift or inheritance does not qualify. Turbo tax form 1040x Property is not considered acquired by purchase in the following situations. Turbo tax form 1040x It is acquired by one component member of a controlled group from another component member of the same group. Turbo tax form 1040x Its basis is determined either— In whole or in part by its adjusted basis in the hands of the person from whom it was acquired, or Under the stepped-up basis rules for property acquired from a decedent. Turbo tax form 1040x It is acquired from a related person. Turbo tax form 1040x Related persons. Turbo tax form 1040x   Related persons are described under Related persons earlier. Turbo tax form 1040x However, to determine whether property qualifies for the section 179 deduction, treat as an individual's family only his or her spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants and substitute "50%" for "10%" each place it appears. Turbo tax form 1040x Example. Turbo tax form 1040x Ken Larch is a tailor. Turbo tax form 1040x He bought two industrial sewing machines from his father. Turbo tax form 1040x He placed both machines in service in the same year he bought them. Turbo tax form 1040x They do not qualify as section 179 property because Ken and his father are related persons. Turbo tax form 1040x He cannot claim a section 179 deduction for the cost of these machines. Turbo tax form 1040x What Property Does Not Qualify? Certain property does not qualify for the section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x This includes the following. Turbo tax form 1040x Land and Improvements Land and land improvements do not qualify as section 179 property. Turbo tax form 1040x Land improvements include swimming pools, paved parking areas, wharves, docks, bridges, and fences. Turbo tax form 1040x Excepted Property Even if the requirements explained earlier under What Property Qualifies are met, you cannot elect the section 179 deduction for the following property. Turbo tax form 1040x Certain property you lease to others (if you are a noncorporate lessor). Turbo tax form 1040x Certain property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with the furnishing of lodging. Turbo tax form 1040x Air conditioning or heating units. Turbo tax form 1040x Property used predominantly outside the United States, except property described in section 168(g)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Turbo tax form 1040x Property used by certain tax-exempt organizations, except property used in connection with the production of income subject to the tax on unrelated trade or business income. Turbo tax form 1040x Property used by governmental units or foreign persons or entities, except property used under a lease with a term of less than 6 months. Turbo tax form 1040x Leased property. Turbo tax form 1040x   Generally, you cannot claim a section 179 deduction based on the cost of property you lease to someone else. Turbo tax form 1040x This rule does not apply to corporations. Turbo tax form 1040x However, you can claim a section 179 deduction for the cost of the following property. Turbo tax form 1040x Property you manufacture or produce and lease to others. Turbo tax form 1040x Property you purchase and lease to others if both the following tests are met. Turbo tax form 1040x The term of the lease (including options to renew) is less than 50% of the property's class life. Turbo tax form 1040x For the first 12 months after the property is transferred to the lessee, the total business deductions you are allowed on the property (other than rents and reimbursed amounts) are more than 15% of the rental income from the property. Turbo tax form 1040x Property used for lodging. Turbo tax form 1040x   Generally, you cannot claim a section 179 deduction for property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with the furnishing of lodging. Turbo tax form 1040x However, this does not apply to the following types of property. Turbo tax form 1040x Nonlodging commercial facilities that are available to those not using the lodging facilities on the same basis as they are available to those using the lodging facilities. Turbo tax form 1040x Property used by a hotel or motel in connection with the trade or business of furnishing lodging where the predominant portion of the accommodations is used by transients. Turbo tax form 1040x Any certified historic structure to the extent its basis is due to qualified rehabilitation expenditures. Turbo tax form 1040x Any energy property. Turbo tax form 1040x Energy property. Turbo tax form 1040x   Energy property is property that meets the following requirements. Turbo tax form 1040x It is one of the following types of property. Turbo tax form 1040x Equipment that uses solar energy to generate electricity, to heat or cool a structure, to provide hot water for use in a structure, or to provide solar process heat, except for equipment used to generate energy to heat a swimming pool. Turbo tax form 1040x Equipment placed in service after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2017, that uses solar energy to illuminate the inside of a structure using fiber-optic distributed sunlight. Turbo tax form 1040x Equipment used to produce, distribute, or use energy derived from a geothermal deposit. Turbo tax form 1040x For electricity generated by geothermal power, this includes equipment up to (but not including) the electrical transmission stage. Turbo tax form 1040x Qualified fuel cell property or qualified microturbine property placed in service after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2017. Turbo tax form 1040x The construction, reconstruction, or erection of the property must be completed by you. Turbo tax form 1040x For property you acquire, the original use of the property must begin with you. Turbo tax form 1040x The property must meet the performance and quality standards, if any, prescribed by Income Tax Regulations in effect at the time you get the property. Turbo tax form 1040x   For periods before February 14, 2008, energy property does not include any property that is public utility property as defined by section 46(f)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code (as in effect on November 4, 1990). Turbo tax form 1040x How Much Can You Deduct? Your section 179 deduction is generally the cost of the qualifying property. Turbo tax form 1040x However, the total amount you can elect to deduct under section 179 is subject to a dollar limit and a business income limit. Turbo tax form 1040x These limits apply to each taxpayer, not to each business. Turbo tax form 1040x However, see Married Individuals under Dollar Limits , later. Turbo tax form 1040x For a passenger automobile, the total section 179 deduction and depreciation deduction are limited. Turbo tax form 1040x See Do the Passenger Automobile Limits Apply in chapter 5 . Turbo tax form 1040x If you deduct only part of the cost of qualifying property as a section 179 deduction, you can generally depreciate the cost you do not deduct. Turbo tax form 1040x Trade-in of other property. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you buy qualifying property with cash and a trade-in, its cost for purposes of the section 179 deduction includes only the cash you paid. Turbo tax form 1040x Example. Turbo tax form 1040x Silver Leaf, a retail bakery, traded two ovens having a total adjusted basis of $680 for a new oven costing $1,320. Turbo tax form 1040x They received an $800 trade-in allowance for the old ovens and paid $520 in cash for the new oven. Turbo tax form 1040x The bakery also traded a used van with an adjusted basis of $4,500 for a new van costing $9,000. Turbo tax form 1040x They received a $4,800 trade-in allowance on the used van and paid $4,200 in cash for the new van. Turbo tax form 1040x Only the portion of the new property's basis paid by cash qualifies for the section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x Therefore, Silver Leaf's qualifying costs for the section 179 deduction are $4,720 ($520 + $4,200). Turbo tax form 1040x Dollar Limits The total amount you can elect to deduct under section 179 for most property placed in service in 2013 generally cannot be more than $500,000. Turbo tax form 1040x If you acquire and place in service more than one item of qualifying property during the year, you can allocate the section 179 deduction among the items in any way, as long as the total deduction is not more than $500,000. Turbo tax form 1040x You do not have to claim the full $500,000. Turbo tax form 1040x Qualified real property (described earlier) that you elected to treat as section 179 real property is limited to $250,000 of the maximum deduction of $500,000 for 2013. Turbo tax form 1040x The amount you can elect to deduct is not affected if you place qualifying property in service in a short tax year or if you place qualifying property in service for only a part of a 12-month tax year. Turbo tax form 1040x After you apply the dollar limit to determine a tentative deduction, you must apply the business income limit (described later) to determine your actual section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x Example. Turbo tax form 1040x In 2013, you bought and placed in service $500,000 in machinery and a $25,000 circular saw for your business. Turbo tax form 1040x You elect to deduct $475,000 for the machinery and the entire $25,000 for the saw, a total of $500,000. Turbo tax form 1040x This is the maximum amount you can deduct. Turbo tax form 1040x Your $25,000 deduction for the saw completely recovered its cost. Turbo tax form 1040x Your basis for depreciation is zero. Turbo tax form 1040x The basis for depreciation of your machinery is $25,000. Turbo tax form 1040x You figure this by subtracting your $475,000 section 179 deduction for the machinery from the $500,000 cost of the machinery. Turbo tax form 1040x Situations affecting dollar limit. Turbo tax form 1040x   Under certain circumstances, the general dollar limits on the section 179 deduction may be reduced or increased or there may be additional dollar limits. Turbo tax form 1040x The general dollar limit is affected by any of the following situations. Turbo tax form 1040x The cost of your section 179 property placed in service exceeds $2,000,000. Turbo tax form 1040x Your business is an enterprise zone business. Turbo tax form 1040x You placed in service a sport utility or certain other vehicles. Turbo tax form 1040x You are married filing a joint or separate return. Turbo tax form 1040x Costs exceeding $2,000,000 If the cost of your qualifying section 179 property placed in service in a year is more than $2,000,000, you generally must reduce the dollar limit (but not below zero) by the amount of cost over $2,000,000. Turbo tax form 1040x If the cost of your section 179 property placed in service during 2013 is $2,500,000 or more, you cannot take a section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x Example. Turbo tax form 1040x In 2013, Jane Ash placed in service machinery costing $2,100,000. Turbo tax form 1040x This cost is $100,000 more than $2,000,000, so she must reduce her dollar limit to $400,000 ($500,000 − $100,000). Turbo tax form 1040x Enterprise Zone Businesses An increased section 179 deduction is available to enterprise zone businesses for qualified zone property placed in service during the tax year, in an empowerment zone. Turbo tax form 1040x For more information including the definitions of “enterprise zone business” and “qualified zone property,” see sections 1397A, 1397C, and 1397D of the Internal Revenue Code. Turbo tax form 1040x The dollar limit on the section 179 deduction is increased by the smaller of: $35,000, or The cost of section 179 property that is also qualified zone property placed in service before January 1, 2014 (including such property placed in service by your spouse, even if you are filing a separate return). Turbo tax form 1040x Note. Turbo tax form 1040x   You take into account only 50% (instead of 100%) of the cost of qualified zone property placed in service in a year when figuring the reduced dollar limit for costs exceeding $2,000,000 (explained earlier). Turbo tax form 1040x Sport Utility and Certain Other Vehicles You cannot elect to expense more than $25,000 of the cost of any heavy sport utility vehicle (SUV) and certain other vehicles placed in service during the tax year. Turbo tax form 1040x This rule applies to any 4-wheeled vehicle primarily designed or used to carry passengers over public streets, roads, or highways, that is rated at more than 6,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and not more than 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Turbo tax form 1040x However, the $25,000 limit does not apply to any vehicle: Designed to seat more than nine passengers behind the driver's seat, Equipped with a cargo area (either open or enclosed by a cap) of at least six feet in interior length that is not readily accessible from the passenger compartment, or That has an integral enclosure fully enclosing the driver compartment and load carrying device, does not have seating rearward of the driver's seat, and has no body section protruding more than 30 inches ahead of the leading edge of the windshield. Turbo tax form 1040x Married Individuals If you are married, how you figure your section 179 deduction depends on whether you file jointly or separately. Turbo tax form 1040x If you file a joint return, you and your spouse are treated as one taxpayer in determining any reduction to the dollar limit, regardless of which of you purchased the property or placed it in service. Turbo tax form 1040x If you and your spouse file separate returns, you are treated as one taxpayer for the dollar limit, including the reduction for costs over $2,000,000. Turbo tax form 1040x You must allocate the dollar limit (after any reduction) between you equally, unless you both elect a different allocation. Turbo tax form 1040x If the percentages elected by each of you do not total 100%, 50% will be allocated to each of you. Turbo tax form 1040x Example. Turbo tax form 1040x Jack Elm is married. Turbo tax form 1040x He and his wife file separate returns. Turbo tax form 1040x Jack bought and placed in service $2,000,000 of qualified farm machinery in 2013. Turbo tax form 1040x His wife has her own business, and she bought and placed in service $30,000 of qualified business equipment. Turbo tax form 1040x Their combined dollar limit is $470,000. Turbo tax form 1040x This is because they must figure the limit as if they were one taxpayer. Turbo tax form 1040x They reduce the $500,000 dollar limit by the $30,000 excess of their costs over $2,000,000. Turbo tax form 1040x They elect to allocate the $470,000 dollar limit as follows. Turbo tax form 1040x $446,500 ($470,000 x 95%) to Mr. Turbo tax form 1040x Elm's machinery. Turbo tax form 1040x $23,500 ($470,000 x 5%) to Mrs. Turbo tax form 1040x Elm's equipment. Turbo tax form 1040x If they did not make an election to allocate their costs in this way, they would have to allocate $235,000 ($470,000 × 50%) to each of them. Turbo tax form 1040x Joint return after filing separate returns. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you and your spouse elect to amend your separate returns by filing a joint return after the due date for filing your return, the dollar limit on the joint return is the lesser of the following amounts. Turbo tax form 1040x The dollar limit (after reduction for any cost of section 179 property over $2,000,000). Turbo tax form 1040x The total cost of section 179 property you and your spouse elected to expense on your separate returns. Turbo tax form 1040x Example. Turbo tax form 1040x The facts are the same as in the previous example except that Jack elected to deduct $30,000 of the cost of section 179 property on his separate return and his wife elected to deduct $2,000. Turbo tax form 1040x After the due date of their returns, they file a joint return. Turbo tax form 1040x Their dollar limit for the section 179 deduction is $32,000. Turbo tax form 1040x This is the lesser of the following amounts. Turbo tax form 1040x $470,000—The dollar limit less the cost of section 179 property over $2,000,000. Turbo tax form 1040x $32,000—The total they elected to expense on their separate returns. Turbo tax form 1040x Business Income Limit The total cost you can deduct each year after you apply the dollar limit is limited to the taxable income from the active conduct of any trade or business during the year. Turbo tax form 1040x Generally, you are considered to actively conduct a trade or business if you meaningfully participate in the management or operations of the trade or business. Turbo tax form 1040x Any cost not deductible in one year under section 179 because of this limit can be carried to the next year. Turbo tax form 1040x Special rules apply to a 2013 deduction of qualified section 179 real property that is disallowed because of the business income limit. Turbo tax form 1040x See Special rules for qualified section 179 property under Carryover of disallowed deduction, later. Turbo tax form 1040x Taxable income. Turbo tax form 1040x   In general, figure taxable income for this purpose by totaling the net income and losses from all trades and businesses you actively conducted during the year. Turbo tax form 1040x Net income or loss from a trade or business includes the following items. Turbo tax form 1040x Section 1231 gains (or losses). Turbo tax form 1040x Interest from working capital of your trade or business. Turbo tax form 1040x Wages, salaries, tips, or other pay earned as an employee. Turbo tax form 1040x For information about section 1231 gains and losses, see chapter 3 in Publication 544. Turbo tax form 1040x   In addition, figure taxable income without regard to any of the following. Turbo tax form 1040x The section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x The self-employment tax deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x Any net operating loss carryback or carryforward. Turbo tax form 1040x Any unreimbursed employee business expenses. Turbo tax form 1040x Two different taxable income limits. Turbo tax form 1040x   In addition to the business income limit for your section 179 deduction, you may have a taxable income limit for some other deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x You may have to figure the limit for this other deduction taking into account the section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x If so, complete the following steps. Turbo tax form 1040x Step Action 1 Figure taxable income without the section 179 deduction or the other deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x 2 Figure a hypothetical section 179 deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 1. Turbo tax form 1040x 3 Subtract the hypothetical section 179 deduction figured in Step 2 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. Turbo tax form 1040x 4 Figure a hypothetical amount for the other deduction using the amount figured in Step 3 as taxable income. Turbo tax form 1040x 5 Subtract the hypothetical other deduction figured in Step 4 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. Turbo tax form 1040x 6 Figure your actual section 179 deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 5. Turbo tax form 1040x 7 Subtract your actual section 179 deduction figured in Step 6 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. Turbo tax form 1040x 8 Figure your actual other deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 7. Turbo tax form 1040x Example. Turbo tax form 1040x On February 1, 2013, the XYZ corporation purchased and placed in service qualifying section 179 property that cost $500,000. Turbo tax form 1040x It elects to expense the entire $500,000 cost under section 179. Turbo tax form 1040x In June, the corporation gave a charitable contribution of $10,000. Turbo tax form 1040x A corporation's limit on charitable contributions is figured after subtracting any section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x The business income limit for the section 179 deduction is figured after subtracting any allowable charitable contributions. Turbo tax form 1040x XYZ's taxable income figured without the section 179 deduction or the deduction for charitable contributions is $520,000. Turbo tax form 1040x XYZ figures its section 179 deduction and its deduction for charitable contributions as follows. Turbo tax form 1040x Step 1– Taxable income figured without either deduction is $520,000. Turbo tax form 1040x Step 2– Using $520,000 as taxable income, XYZ's hypothetical section 179 deduction is $500,000. Turbo tax form 1040x Step 3– $20,000 ($520,000 − $500,000). Turbo tax form 1040x Step 4– Using $20,000 (from Step 3) as taxable income, XYZ's hypothetical charitable contribution (limited to 10% of taxable income) is $2,000. Turbo tax form 1040x Step 5– $518,000 ($520,000 − $2,000). Turbo tax form 1040x Step 6– Using $518,000 (from Step 5) as taxable income, XYZ figures the actual section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x Because the taxable income is at least $500,000, XYZ can take a $500,000 section 179 deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x Step 7– $20,000 ($520,000 − $500,000). Turbo tax form 1040x Step 8– Using $20,000 (from Step 7) as taxable income, XYZ's actual charitable contribution (limited to 10% of taxable income) is $2,000. Turbo tax form 1040x Carryover of disallowed deduction. Turbo tax form 1040x   You can carry over for an unlimited number of years the cost of any section 179 property you elected to expense but were unable to because of the business income limit. Turbo tax form 1040x This disallowed deduction amount is shown on line 13 of Form 4562. Turbo tax form 1040x You use the amount you carry over to determine your section 179 deduction in the next year. Turbo tax form 1040x Enter that amount on line 10 of your Form 4562 for the next year. Turbo tax form 1040x   If you place more than one property in service in a year, you can select the properties for which all or a part of the costs will be carried forward. Turbo tax form 1040x Your selections must be shown in your books and records. Turbo tax form 1040x For this purpose, treat section 179 costs allocated from a partnership or an S corporation as one item of section 179 property. Turbo tax form 1040x If you do not make a selection, the total carryover will be allocated equally among the properties you elected to expense for the year. Turbo tax form 1040x   If costs from more than one year are carried forward to a subsequent year in which only part of the total carryover can be deducted, you must deduct the costs being carried forward from the earliest year first. Turbo tax form 1040x Special rules for qualified section 179 real property. Turbo tax form 1040x   You can carry over to 2013 a 2012 deduction attributable to qualified section 179 real property that you elected to expense but were unable to take because of the business income limitation. Turbo tax form 1040x Any such 2012 carryover amounts that are not deducted in 2013, plus any 2013 disallowed section 179 expense deductions attributable to qualified real property, are not carried over to 2014. Turbo tax form 1040x Instead these amounts are treated as property placed in service on the first day of 2013 for purposes of computing depreciation (including the special depreciation allowance, if applicable). Turbo tax form 1040x See section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code and Notice 2013-59 for more information. Turbo tax form 1040x If there is a sale or other disposition of your property (including a transfer at death) before you can use the full amount of any outstanding carryover of your disallowed section 179 deduction, neither you nor the new owner can deduct any of the unused amount. Turbo tax form 1040x Instead, you must add it back to the property's basis. Turbo tax form 1040x Partnerships and Partners The section 179 deduction limits apply both to the partnership and to each partner. Turbo tax form 1040x The partnership determines its section 179 deduction subject to the limits. Turbo tax form 1040x It then allocates the deduction among its partners. Turbo tax form 1040x Each partner adds the amount allocated from partnerships (shown on Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. Turbo tax form 1040x ) to his or her nonpartnership section 179 costs and then applies the dollar limit to this total. Turbo tax form 1040x To determine any reduction in the dollar limit for costs over $2,000,000, the partner does not include any of the cost of section 179 property placed in service by the partnership. Turbo tax form 1040x After the dollar limit (reduced for any nonpartnership section 179 costs over $2,000,000) is applied, any remaining cost of the partnership and nonpartnership section 179 property is subject to the business income limit. Turbo tax form 1040x Partnership's taxable income. Turbo tax form 1040x   For purposes of the business income limit, figure the partnership's taxable income by adding together the net income and losses from all trades or businesses actively conducted by the partnership during the year. Turbo tax form 1040x See the Instructions for Form 1065 for information on how to figure partnership net income (or loss). Turbo tax form 1040x However, figure taxable income without regard to credits, tax-exempt income, the section 179 deduction, and guaranteed payments under section 707(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Turbo tax form 1040x Partner's share of partnership's taxable income. Turbo tax form 1040x   For purposes of the business income limit, the taxable income of a partner engaged in the active conduct of one or more of a partnership's trades or businesses includes his or her allocable share of taxable income derived from the partnership's active conduct of any trade or business. Turbo tax form 1040x Example. Turbo tax form 1040x In 2013, Beech Partnership placed in service section 179 property with a total cost of $2,025,000. Turbo tax form 1040x The partnership must reduce its dollar limit by $25,000 ($2,025,000 − $2,000,000). Turbo tax form 1040x Its maximum section 179 deduction is $475,000 ($500,000 − $25,000), and it elects to expense that amount. Turbo tax form 1040x The partnership's taxable income from the active conduct of all its trades or businesses for the year was $600,000, so it can deduct the full $475,000. Turbo tax form 1040x It allocates $40,000 of its section 179 deduction and $50,000 of its taxable income to Dean, one of its partners. Turbo tax form 1040x In addition to being a partner in Beech Partnership, Dean is also a partner in the Cedar Partnership, which allocated to him a $30,000 section 179 deduction and $35,000 of its taxable income from the active conduct of its business. Turbo tax form 1040x He also conducts a business as a sole proprietor and, in 2013, placed in service in that business qualifying section 179 property costing $55,000. Turbo tax form 1040x He had a net loss of $5,000 from that business for the year. Turbo tax form 1040x Dean does not have to include section 179 partnership costs to figure any reduction in his dollar limit, so his total section 179 costs for the year are not more than $2,000,000 and his dollar limit is not reduced. Turbo tax form 1040x His maximum section 179 deduction is $500,000. Turbo tax form 1040x He elects to expense all of the $70,000 in section 179 deductions allocated from the partnerships ($40,000 from Beech Partnership plus $30,000 from Cedar Partnership), plus $55,000 of his sole proprietorship's section 179 costs, and notes that information in his books and records. Turbo tax form 1040x However, his deduction is limited to his business taxable income of $80,000 ($50,000 from Beech Partnership, plus $35,000 from Cedar Partnership minus $5,000 loss from his sole proprietorship). Turbo tax form 1040x He carries over $45,000 ($125,000 − $80,000) of the elected section 179 costs to 2014. Turbo tax form 1040x He allocates the carryover amount to the cost of section 179 property placed in service in his sole proprietorship, and notes that allocation in his books and records. Turbo tax form 1040x Different tax years. Turbo tax form 1040x   For purposes of the business income limit, if the partner's tax year and that of the partnership differ, the partner's share of the partnership's taxable income for a tax year is generally the partner's distributive share for the partnership tax year that ends with or within the partner's tax year. Turbo tax form 1040x Example. Turbo tax form 1040x John and James Oak are equal partners in Oak Partnership. Turbo tax form 1040x Oak Partnership uses a tax year ending January 31. Turbo tax form 1040x John and James both use a tax year ending December 31. Turbo tax form 1040x For its tax year ending January 31, 2013, Oak Partnership's taxable income from the active conduct of its business is $80,000, of which $70,000 was earned during 2012. Turbo tax form 1040x John and James each include $40,000 (each partner's entire share) of partnership taxable income in computing their business income limit for the 2013 tax year. Turbo tax form 1040x Adjustment of partner's basis in partnership. Turbo tax form 1040x   A partner must reduce the basis of his or her partnership interest by the total amount of section 179 expenses allocated from the partnership even if the partner cannot currently deduct the total amount. Turbo tax form 1040x If the partner disposes of his or her partnership interest, the partner's basis for determining gain or loss is increased by any outstanding carryover of disallowed section 179 expenses allocated from the partnership. Turbo tax form 1040x Adjustment of partnership's basis in section 179 property. Turbo tax form 1040x   The basis of a partnership's section 179 property must be reduced by the section 179 deduction elected by the partnership. Turbo tax form 1040x This reduction of basis must be made even if a partner cannot deduct all or part of the section 179 deduction allocated to that partner by the partnership because of the limits. Turbo tax form 1040x S Corporations Generally, the rules that apply to a partnership and its partners also apply to an S corporation and its shareholders. Turbo tax form 1040x The deduction limits apply to an S corporation and to each shareholder. Turbo tax form 1040x The S corporation allocates its deduction to the shareholders who then take their section 179 deduction subject to the limits. Turbo tax form 1040x Figuring taxable income for an S corporation. Turbo tax form 1040x   To figure taxable income (or loss) from the active conduct by an S corporation of any trade or business, you total the net income and losses from all trades or businesses actively conducted by the S corporation during the year. Turbo tax form 1040x   To figure the net income (or loss) from a trade or business actively conducted by an S corporation, you take into account the items from that trade or business that are passed through to the shareholders and used in determining each shareholder's tax liability. Turbo tax form 1040x However, you do not take into account any credits, tax-exempt income, the section 179 deduction, and deductions for compensation paid to shareholder-employees. Turbo tax form 1040x For purposes of determining the total amount of S corporation items, treat deductions and losses as negative income. Turbo tax form 1040x In figuring the taxable income of an S corporation, disregard any limits on the amount of an S corporation item that must be taken into account when figuring a shareholder's taxable income. Turbo tax form 1040x Other Corporations A corporation's taxable income from its active conduct of any trade or business is its taxable income figured with the following changes. Turbo tax form 1040x It is figured before deducting the section 179 deduction, any net operating loss deduction, and special deductions (as reported on the corporation's income tax return). Turbo tax form 1040x It is adjusted for items of income or deduction included in the amount figured in 1, above, not derived from a trade or business actively conducted by the corporation during the tax year. Turbo tax form 1040x How Do You Elect the Deduction? You elect to take the section 179 deduction by completing Part I of Form 4562. Turbo tax form 1040x If you elect the deduction for listed property (described in chapter 5), complete Part V of Form 4562 before completing Part I. Turbo tax form 1040x For property placed in service in 2013, file Form 4562 with either of the following. Turbo tax form 1040x Your original 2013 tax return, whether or not you file it timely. Turbo tax form 1040x An amended return for 2013 filed within the time prescribed by law. Turbo tax form 1040x An election made on an amended return must specify the item of section 179 property to which the election applies and the part of the cost of each such item to be taken into account. Turbo tax form 1040x The amended return must also include any resulting adjustments to taxable income. Turbo tax form 1040x You must keep records that show the specific identification of each piece of qualifying section 179 property. Turbo tax form 1040x These records must show how you acquired the property, the person you acquired it from, and when you placed it in service. Turbo tax form 1040x Election for certain qualified section 179 real property. Turbo tax form 1040x   You can elect to expense certain qualified real property that you placed in service as section 179 property for tax years beginning in 2013. Turbo tax form 1040x If you elect to treat this property as section 179 property, you must elect the application of the special rules for qualified real property described in section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. Turbo tax form 1040x   To make the election, attach a statement indicating you are “electing the application of section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code” with either of the following. Turbo tax form 1040x Your original 2013 tax return, whether or not you file it timely. Turbo tax form 1040x An amended return for 2013 filed within the time prescribed by law. Turbo tax form 1040x The amended return must also include any adjustments to taxable income. Turbo tax form 1040x   The statement should indicate your election to expense certain qualified real property under section 179(f) on your return. Turbo tax form 1040x It must specify one or more of the three types of qualified property (described under Qualified real property ) to which the election applies, the cost of each such type, and the portion of the cost of each such property to be taken into account. Turbo tax form 1040x Also, report this on line 6 of Form 4562. Turbo tax form 1040x    The maximum section 179 expense deduction that can be taken for qualified section 179 real property is limited to $250,000. Turbo tax form 1040x Revoking an election. Turbo tax form 1040x   An election (or any specification made in the election) to take a section 179 deduction for 2013 can be revoked without IRS approval by filing an amended return. Turbo tax form 1040x The amended return must be filed within the time prescribed by law. Turbo tax form 1040x The amended return must also include any resulting adjustments to taxable income. Turbo tax form 1040x Once made, the revocation is irrevocable. Turbo tax form 1040x When Must You Recapture the Deduction? You may have to recapture the section 179 deduction if, in any year during the property's recovery period, the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less. Turbo tax form 1040x In the year the business use drops to 50% or less, you include the recapture amount as ordinary income in Part IV of Form 4797. Turbo tax form 1040x You also increase the basis of the property by the recapture amount. Turbo tax form 1040x Recovery periods for property are discussed under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4 . Turbo tax form 1040x If you sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of the property, do not figure the recapture amount under the rules explained in this discussion. Turbo tax form 1040x Instead, use the rules for recapturing depreciation explained in chapter 3 of Publication 544 under Section 1245 Property. Turbo tax form 1040x For qualified real property (described earlier), see Notice 2013-59 for determining the portion of the gain that is attributable to section 1245 property upon the sale or other disposition of qualified real property. Turbo tax form 1040x If the property is listed property (described in chapter 5 ), do not figure the recapture amount under the rules explained in this discussion when the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less. Turbo tax form 1040x Instead, use the rules for recapturing excess depreciation in chapter 5 under What Is the Business-Use Requirement. Turbo tax form 1040x Figuring the recapture amount. Turbo tax form 1040x   To figure the amount to recapture, take the following steps. Turbo tax form 1040x Figure the depreciation that would have been allowable on the section 179 deduction you claimed. Turbo tax form 1040x Begin with the year you placed the property in service and include the year of recapture. Turbo tax form 1040x Subtract the depreciation figured in (1) from the section 179 deduction you claimed. Turbo tax form 1040x The result is the amount you must recapture. Turbo tax form 1040x Example. Turbo tax form 1040x In January 2011, Paul Lamb, a calendar year taxpayer, bought and placed in service section 179 property costing $10,000. Turbo tax form 1040x The property is not listed property. Turbo tax form 1040x The property is 3-year property. Turbo tax form 1040x He elected a $5,000 section 179 deduction for the property and also elected not to claim a special depreciation allowance. Turbo tax form 1040x He used the property only for business in 2011 and 2012. Turbo tax form 1040x In 2013, he used the property 40% for business and 60% for personal use. Turbo tax form 1040x He figures his recapture amount as follows. Turbo tax form 1040x Section 179 deduction claimed (2011) $5,000. Turbo tax form 1040x 00 Minus: Allowable depreciation using Table A-1 (instead of section 179 deduction):   2011 $1,666. Turbo tax form 1040x 50   2012 2,222. Turbo tax form 1040x 50   2013 ($740. Turbo tax form 1040x 50 × 40% (business)) 296. Turbo tax form 1040x 20 4,185. Turbo tax form 1040x 20 2013 — Recapture amount $ 814. Turbo tax form 1040x 80 Paul must include $814. Turbo tax form 1040x 80 in income for 2013. Turbo tax form 1040x If any qualified zone property placed in service during the year ceases to be used in an empowerment zone by an enterprise zone business in a later year, the benefit of the increased section 179 deduction must be reported as other income on your return. Turbo tax form 1040x Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications