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What can students write off on taxes Tax Changes for Businesses Table of Contents 2001 ChangesNew 5-Year Carryback Rule for Net Operating Losses (NOLs) Electronic Form 1099 Tax Incentives for New York Liberty Zone Other 2001 Changes 2002 ChangesNonaccrual-Experience Method Issuance of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds Depletion Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone Credit For Pension Plan Startup Costs Welfare-to-Work Credit Extended Work Opportunity Credit Extended Electric and Clean-Fuel Vehicles Renewable Electricity Production Credit Later ChangesSpecial Depreciation Allowance Extension of Placed in Service Date Special Liberty Zone Depreciation Allowance for New and Used Property Depreciation of Property Used on Indian Reservations Indian Employment Credit Extended 2001 Changes New 5-Year Carryback Rule for Net Operating Losses (NOLs) If you have an NOL from a tax year ending during 2001 or 2002, you must generally carry back the entire amount of the NOL to the 5 tax years before the NOL year (the carryback period). What can students write off on taxes However, you can still choose to use the previous carryback period. What can students write off on taxes You also can choose not to carry back an NOL and only carry it forward. What can students write off on taxes Individuals, estates, and trusts can file Form 1045, Application for Tentative Refund. What can students write off on taxes Corporations can file Form 1139, Corporation Application for Tentative Refund. What can students write off on taxes The instructions for these forms will be revised to reflect the new law. What can students write off on taxes Electronic Form 1099 For tax years ending after March 9, 2002, most Forms 1099 can be furnished electronically if the recipient consents, according to IRS regulations, to receive it that way. What can students write off on taxes Tax Incentives for New York Liberty Zone New tax benefits are provided for the parts of New York City damaged in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. What can students write off on taxes These benefits apply to the newly created New York Liberty Zone, which is the area located on or south of Canal Street, East Broadway (east of its intersection with Canal Street), or Grand Street (east of its intersection with East Broadway), in the Borough of Manhattan. What can students write off on taxes Tax benefits for the New York Liberty Zone include the following. What can students write off on taxes A special depreciation allowance equal to 30% of the adjusted basis of qualified Liberty Zone property. What can students write off on taxes It is allowed for the year the property is placed in service. What can students write off on taxes No alternative minimum tax depreciation adjustment for qualified Liberty Zone property. What can students write off on taxes Classification of Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property as 5-year property. What can students write off on taxes Authorization of the issuance of tax-exempt New York Liberty bonds to finance the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, and renovation of nonresidential real property, residential rental property, and public utility property in the Liberty Zone. What can students write off on taxes An increased section 179 deduction for certain Liberty Zone property. What can students write off on taxes Extension of the replacement period from 2 years to 5 years for certain property involuntarily converted as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, but only if substantially all of the use of the replacement property is in New York City. What can students write off on taxes For more information about involuntary conversions, see Postponement of Gain in Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. What can students write off on taxes In addition, for 2002 and 2003, the work opportunity credit is expanded by creating a new targeted group, consisting generally of employees who work in the Liberty Zone or, in certain cases, in New York City outside the Liberty Zone. What can students write off on taxes For more information, see Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone under 2002 Changes, later. What can students write off on taxes For more information about the 30% special depreciation allowance, Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property, or increased section 179 deduction, see New York Liberty Zone Benefits, in chapter 5. What can students write off on taxes In addition, the tax benefits for the Liberty Zone will be covered in a new edition of Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities, available later in 2002. What can students write off on taxes Other 2001 Changes Other changes are discussed in the following chapters. What can students write off on taxes Chapter 4 Car Expenses Chapter 5 Depreciation 2002 Changes Nonaccrual-Experience Method Under current law, if you perform services and use an accrual method of accounting, you do not accrue income which, based on experience, you expect to be uncollectible. What can students write off on taxes Beginning in 2002, this rule only applies if you perform services in the fields of health, law, engineering, architecture, accounting, actuarial science, performing arts, and consulting, or your average annual gross receipts for the 3 prior tax years does not exceed $5,000,000. What can students write off on taxes As under current law, the nonaccrual-experience method will not apply to amounts on which you charge interest or a late payment penalty. What can students write off on taxes For more information, see Nonaccrual-Experience Method in chapter 11 of Publication 535, Business Expenses. What can students write off on taxes Issuance of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds State and local governments issue qualified zone academy bonds to raise funds for the use of qualified zone academies. What can students write off on taxes The amount of bonds that may be issued was limited to $400 million each year for 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. What can students write off on taxes This provision has been extended to provide for an additional $400 million of bonds to be issued each year for 2002 and 2003. What can students write off on taxes For more information about qualified zone academy bonds, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. What can students write off on taxes Depletion The suspension of the taxable income limit on percentage depletion from the marginal production of oil and natural gas that was scheduled to expire for tax years beginning after 2001 has been extended to tax years beginning before 2004. What can students write off on taxes For more information on marginal production, see section 613A(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. What can students write off on taxes Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone The work opportunity credit is expanded to include a new targeted group consisting generally of employees who perform substantially all their services: In the New York Liberty Zone (defined earlier under Tax Incentives for New York Liberty Zone, under 2001 Changes), or Elsewhere in New York City for a business that relocated from the Liberty Zone due to the destruction or damage of its place of business by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. What can students write off on taxes The credit is available to employers for wages paid to new employees and existing employees for work performed during 2002 or 2003. What can students write off on taxes Certain limits apply. What can students write off on taxes For more information about the work opportunity credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. What can students write off on taxes Credit For Pension Plan Startup Costs The credit for pension plan startup costs is now allowed for plans that become effective after December 31, 2001. What can students write off on taxes Previously, the credit was only allowed for plans established after December 31, 2001. What can students write off on taxes For more information on the credit, see Important Changes for 2002 in Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business. What can students write off on taxes Welfare-to-Work Credit Extended The welfare-to-work credit that was scheduled to expire for wages paid to individuals who began working for you after 2001 has been extended to include wages paid to qualified individuals who begin work for you in 2002 or 2003. What can students write off on taxes For more information on the welfare-to-work credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. What can students write off on taxes Work Opportunity Credit Extended The work opportunity credit that was scheduled to expire for wages paid to individuals who began working for you after 2001 has been extended to include wages paid to qualified individuals who begin work for you in 2002 or 2003. What can students write off on taxes For more information about the work opportunity credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. What can students write off on taxes Electric and Clean-Fuel Vehicles The maximum clean-fuel vehicle deduction and qualified electric vehicle credit were scheduled to be 25% lower for 2002 and both were scheduled to be phased out completely by 2005. What can students write off on taxes The full deduction and credit are now allowed for qualified property placed in service in 2002 and 2003. What can students write off on taxes The phaseout of the deduction and the credit will begin in 2004, and no deduction or credit will be allowed for property placed in service after 2006. What can students write off on taxes For more information about electric and clean-fuel vehicles, see chapter 12 in Publication 535, Business Expenses. What can students write off on taxes Renewable Electricity Production Credit The renewable electricity production credit is extended to include electricity produced by facilities placed in service after 2001 and before 2004. What can students write off on taxes Later Changes Special Depreciation Allowance You can claim the special depreciation allowance (an additional 30% depreciation deduction) for new property that you acquire before September 11, 2004, and place in service for your business generally before January 1, 2005, if you meet the other requirements for qualified property covered in chapter 5. What can students write off on taxes Accordingly, you will generally no longer be able to claim the special depreciation allowance for the qualified property if you acquire it after September 10, 2004, or place it in service for your business after December 31, 2004. What can students write off on taxes However, you will be able to claim the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance (an additional 30% depreciation deduction) for most qualified property if you place it in service in the Liberty Zone after December 31, 2004, and generally before January 1, 2007, provided you meet the other requirements for qualified Liberty Zone property covered in chapter 5. What can students write off on taxes Extension of Placed in Service Date To qualify for the special depreciation allowance, your property must meet certain tests, including the placed in service date test, as well as the other requirements covered in chapter 5 of this publication. What can students write off on taxes To meet the placed in service date test, your property must generally be placed in service for use in your trade or business or for the production of income after September 10, 2001, and before January 1, 2005. What can students write off on taxes However, certain property placed in service before January 1, 2006, may meet this test. What can students write off on taxes Transportation property and property with a recovery period of 10 years or longer meet the test if one of the following applies. What can students write off on taxes The property has an estimated production period of more than 2 years. What can students write off on taxes The property has an estimated production period of more than 1 year and it costs more than $1 million. What can students write off on taxes Transportation property is any tangible personal property used in the trade or business of transporting persons or property. What can students write off on taxes For property that qualifies for the special depreciation allowance solely because of the one-year extension of the placed in service date, only the part of the basis attributable to manufacture, construction, or production before September 11, 2004, is eligible for the special depreciation allowance. What can students write off on taxes Special Liberty Zone Depreciation Allowance for New and Used Property You can claim the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance (an additional 30% depreciation deduction) for used property that you acquire after September 10, 2001, if the property meets the requirements listed under Qualified Liberty Zone Property in chapter 5 of this publication. What can students write off on taxes You will be able to claim the allowance for both new and used property that you acquire after September 10, 2004, provided the property meets the other requirements for qualified Liberty Zone property. What can students write off on taxes Depreciation of Property Used on Indian Reservations The special depreciation rules that apply to qualified property used on an Indian reservation were scheduled to expire for property placed in service after 2003. What can students write off on taxes These special rules have been extended to include property placed in service in 2004. What can students write off on taxes For more information about these rules, see Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property. What can students write off on taxes Indian Employment Credit Extended The Indian employment credit that was scheduled to expire for tax years beginning after 2003 has been extended to include a tax year beginning in 2004. What can students write off on taxes For more information about this credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. What can students write off on taxes Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications

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What can students write off on taxes 31. What can students write off on taxes Tax on Unearned Income of Certain Children Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Which Parent's Return To UseParents Who Do Not File a Joint Return Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and DividendsEffect of Making the Election Figuring Child's Income Figuring Additional Tax Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned IncomeProviding Parental Information (Form 8615, lines A–C) Step 1. What can students write off on taxes Figuring the Child's Net Unearned Income (Form 8615, Part I) Step 2. What can students write off on taxes Figuring Tentative Tax at the Parent's Tax Rate (Form 8615, Part II) Step 3. What can students write off on taxes Figuring the Child's Tax (Form 8615, Part III) What's New Net Investment Income Tax. What can students write off on taxes . What can students write off on taxes For tax years beginning after December 31, 2012, a child whose tax is figured on Form 8615 may be subject to the Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT). What can students write off on taxes NIIT is a 3. What can students write off on taxes 8% tax on the lesser of the net investment income or the excess of the child's modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) over the threshold amount. What can students write off on taxes Use Form 8960, Net Investment Income Tax, to figure this tax. What can students write off on taxes For more information on NIIT, go to www. What can students write off on taxes irs. What can students write off on taxes gov and enter “Net Investment Income Tax” in the search box. What can students write off on taxes Introduction This chapter discusses the following two rules that may affect the tax on unearned income of certain children. What can students write off on taxes If the child's interest and dividend income (including capital gain distributions) total less than $10,000, the child's parent may be able to choose to include that income on the parent's return rather than file a return for the child. What can students write off on taxes (See Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends , later. What can students write off on taxes ) If the child's interest, dividends, and other unearned income total more than $2,000, part of that income may be taxed at the parent's tax rate instead of the child's tax rate. What can students write off on taxes (See Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income , later. What can students write off on taxes ) For these rules, the term “child” includes a legally adopted child and a stepchild. What can students write off on taxes These rules apply whether or not the child is a dependent. What can students write off on taxes Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 929 Tax Rules for Children and Dependents Form (and Instructions) 8615 Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income 8814 Parents' Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends Which Parent's Return To Use If a child's parents are married to each other and file a joint return, use the joint return to figure the tax on the child's unearned income. What can students write off on taxes The tax rate and other return information from that return are used to figure the child's tax as explained later under Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income . What can students write off on taxes Parents Who Do Not File a Joint Return For parents who do not file a joint return, the following discussions explain which parent's tax return must be used to figure the tax. What can students write off on taxes Only the parent whose tax return is used can make the election described under Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends . What can students write off on taxes Parents are married. What can students write off on taxes If the child's parents file separate returns, use the return of the parent with the greater taxable income. What can students write off on taxes Parents not living together. What can students write off on taxes If the child's parents are married to each other but not living together, and the parent with whom the child lives (the custodial parent) is considered unmarried, use the return of the custodial parent. What can students write off on taxes If the custodial parent is not considered unmarried, use the return of the parent with the greater taxable income. What can students write off on taxes For an explanation of when a married person living apart from his or her spouse is considered unmarried, see Head of Household in chapter 2. What can students write off on taxes Parents are divorced. What can students write off on taxes If the child's parents are divorced or legally separated, and the parent who had custody of the child for the greater part of the year (the custodial parent) has not remarried, use the return of the custodial parent. What can students write off on taxes Custodial parent remarried. What can students write off on taxes If the custodial parent has remarried, the stepparent (rather than the noncustodial parent) is treated as the child's other parent. What can students write off on taxes Therefore, if the custodial parent and the stepparent file a joint return, use that joint return. What can students write off on taxes Do not use the return of the noncustodial parent. What can students write off on taxes If the custodial parent and the stepparent are married, but file separate returns, use the return of the one with the greater taxable income. What can students write off on taxes If the custodial parent and the stepparent are married but not living together, the earlier discussion under Parents not living together applies. What can students write off on taxes Parents never married. What can students write off on taxes If a child's parents have never been married to each other, but lived together all year, use the return of the parent with the greater taxable income. What can students write off on taxes If the parents did not live together all year, the rules explained earlier under Parents are divorced apply. What can students write off on taxes Widowed parent remarried. What can students write off on taxes If a widow or widower remarries, the new spouse is treated as the child's other parent. What can students write off on taxes The rules explained earlier under Custodial parent remarried apply. What can students write off on taxes Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends You may be able to elect to include your child's interest and dividend income (including capital gain distributions) on your tax return. What can students write off on taxes If you do, your child will not have to file a return. What can students write off on taxes You can make this election only if all the following conditions are met. What can students write off on taxes Your child was under age 19 (or under age 24 if a full-time student) at the end of the year. What can students write off on taxes Your child had income only from interest and dividends (including capital gain distributions and Alaska Permanent Fund dividends). What can students write off on taxes The child's gross income was less than $10,000. What can students write off on taxes The child is required to file a return unless you make this election. What can students write off on taxes The child does not file a joint return for the year. What can students write off on taxes No estimated tax payment was made for the year, and no overpayment from the previous year (or from any amended return) was applied to this year under your child's name and social security number. What can students write off on taxes No federal income tax was taken out of your child's income under the backup withholding rules. What can students write off on taxes You are the parent whose return must be used when applying the special tax rules for children. What can students write off on taxes (See Which Parent's Return To Use , earlier. What can students write off on taxes ) These conditions are also shown in Figure 31-A. What can students write off on taxes Certain January 1 birthdays. What can students write off on taxes A child born on January 1, 1995, is considered to be age 19 at the end of 2013. What can students write off on taxes You cannot make this election for such a child unless the child was a full-time student. What can students write off on taxes A child born on January 1, 1990, is considered to be age 24 at the end of 2013. What can students write off on taxes You cannot make this election for such a child. What can students write off on taxes Full-time student. What can students write off on taxes A full-time student is a child who during some part of each of any 5 calendar months of the year was enrolled as a full-time student at a school, or took a full-time on-farm training course given by a school or a state, county, or local government agency. What can students write off on taxes A school includes a technical, trade, or mechanical school. What can students write off on taxes It does not include an on-the-job training course, correspondence school, or school offering courses only through the Internet. What can students write off on taxes How to make the election. What can students write off on taxes Make the election by attaching Form 8814 to your Form 1040. What can students write off on taxes (If you make this election, you cannot file Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. What can students write off on taxes ) Attach a separate Form 8814 for each child for whom you make the election. What can students write off on taxes You can make the election for one or more children and not for others. What can students write off on taxes Effect of Making the Election The federal income tax on your child's income may be more if you make the Form 8814 election. What can students write off on taxes Rate may be higher. What can students write off on taxes If your child received qualified dividends or capital gain distributions, you may pay up to $100 more tax if you make this election instead of filing a separate tax return for the child. What can students write off on taxes This is because the tax rate on the child's income between $1,000 and $2,000 is 10% if you make this election. What can students write off on taxes However, if you file a separate return for the child, the tax rate may be as low as 0% (zero percent) because of the preferential tax rates for qualified dividends and capital gain distributions. What can students write off on taxes Deductions you cannot take. What can students write off on taxes By making the Form 8814 election, you cannot take any of the following deductions that the child would be entitled to on his or her return. What can students write off on taxes The additional standard deduction if the child is blind. What can students write off on taxes The deduction for a penalty on an early withdrawal of your child's savings. What can students write off on taxes Itemized deductions (such as your child's investment expenses or charitable contributions). What can students write off on taxes Reduced deductions or credits. What can students write off on taxes If you use Form 8814, your increased adjusted gross income may reduce certain deductions or credits on your return including the following. What can students write off on taxes Deduction for contributions to a traditional individual retirement arrangement (IRA). What can students write off on taxes Deduction for student loan interest. What can students write off on taxes Itemized deductions for medical expenses, casualty and theft losses, and certain miscellaneous expenses. What can students write off on taxes Credit for child and dependent care expenses. What can students write off on taxes Child tax credit. What can students write off on taxes Education tax credits. What can students write off on taxes Earned income credit. What can students write off on taxes Penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. What can students write off on taxes If you make this election for 2013 and did not have enough tax withheld or pay enough estimated tax to cover the tax you owe, you may be subject to a penalty. What can students write off on taxes If you plan to make this election for 2014, you may need to increase your federal income tax withholding or your estimated tax payments to avoid the penalty. What can students write off on taxes See chapter 4 for more information. What can students write off on taxes Figuring Child's Income Use Form 8814, Part I, to figure your child's interest and dividend income to report on your return. What can students write off on taxes Only the amount over $2,000 is added to your income. What can students write off on taxes The amount over $2,000 is shown on Form 8814, line 6. What can students write off on taxes Unless the child's income includes qualified dividends or capital gain distributions (discussed next), the same amount is shown on Form 8814, line 12. What can students write off on taxes Include the amount from Form 8814, line 12, on Form 1040, line 21. What can students write off on taxes Enter “Form 8814” on the dotted line next to line 21. What can students write off on taxes If you file more than one Form 8814, include the total amounts from line 12 of all your Forms 8814 on Form 1040, line 21. What can students write off on taxes Capital gain distributions and qualified dividends. What can students write off on taxes If your child's dividend income included any capital gain distributions, see Capital gain distributions under Figuring Child's Income in Publication 929, Part 2. What can students write off on taxes If your child's dividend income included any qualified dividends, see Qualified dividends under Figuring Child's Income in Publication 929, Part 2. What can students write off on taxes Figuring Additional Tax Use Form 8814, Part II, to figure the tax on the $2,000 of your child's interest and dividends that you do not include in your income. What can students write off on taxes This tax is added to the tax figured on your income. What can students write off on taxes This additional tax is the smaller of: 10% × (your child's gross income − $1,000), or $100. What can students write off on taxes Include the amount from line 15 of all your Forms 8814 in the total on Form 1040, line 44. What can students write off on taxes Check box a on Form 1040, line 44. What can students write off on taxes Figure 31-A. What can students write off on taxes Can You Include Your Child's Income On Your Tax Return? Please click here for the text description of the image. What can students write off on taxes Figure 31–A. What can students write off on taxes Can You Include Your Child's Income On Your Tax Return? Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income If a child's interest, dividends, and other unearned income total more than $2,000, part of that income may be taxed at the parent's tax rate instead of the child's tax rate. What can students write off on taxes If the parent does not or cannot choose to include the child's income on the parent's return, use Form 8615 to figure the child's tax. What can students write off on taxes Attach the completed form to the child's Form 1040 or Form 1040A. What can students write off on taxes When Form 8615 must be filed. What can students write off on taxes Form 8615 must be filed for a child if all of the following statements are true. What can students write off on taxes The child's investment income was more than $2,000. What can students write off on taxes The child is required to file a return for 2013. What can students write off on taxes The child either: Was under age 18 at the end of the year, Was age 18 at the end of the year and did not have earned income that was more than half of his or her support, or Was over age 18 and under age 24 at the end of the year, was a full-time student, and did not have earned income that was more than half of his or her support. What can students write off on taxes At least one of the child's parents was alive at the end of 2013. What can students write off on taxes The child does not file a joint return for 2013. What can students write off on taxes These conditions are also shown in Figure 31-B. What can students write off on taxes Earned income. What can students write off on taxes Earned income includes salaries, wages, tips, and other payments received for personal services performed. What can students write off on taxes It does not include unearned income as defined later in this chapter. What can students write off on taxes Support. What can students write off on taxes Your child's support includes all amounts spent to provide the child with food, lodging, clothing, education, medical and dental care, recreation, transportation, and similar necessities. What can students write off on taxes To figure your child's support, count support provided by you, your child, and others. What can students write off on taxes However, a scholarship received by your child is not considered support if your child is a full-time student. What can students write off on taxes See chapter 3 for details about support. What can students write off on taxes Certain January 1 birthdays. What can students write off on taxes Use the following chart to determine whether certain children with January 1 birthdays meet condition 3 under When Form 8615 must be filed. What can students write off on taxes Figure 31-B. What can students write off on taxes Do You Have To Use Form 8615 To Figure Your Child's Tax? Please click here for the text description of the image. What can students write off on taxes Figure 31-B. What can students write off on taxes Do You Have To Use Form 8615 To Figure Your Child's Tax? IF a child was born on. What can students write off on taxes . What can students write off on taxes . What can students write off on taxes THEN, at the end of 2013, the child is considered to be. What can students write off on taxes . What can students write off on taxes . What can students write off on taxes January 1, 1996 18* January 1, 1995 19** January 1, 1990 24*** *This child is not under age 18. What can students write off on taxes The child meets condition 3 only if the child did not have earned income that was more than half of the child's support. What can students write off on taxes **This child meets condition 3 only if the child was a full-time student who did not have earned income that was more than half of the child's support. What can students write off on taxes ***Do not use Form 8615 for this child. What can students write off on taxes Providing Parental Information (Form 8615, lines A–C) On Form 8615, lines A and B, enter the parent's name and social security number. What can students write off on taxes (If the parents filed a joint return, enter the name and social security number listed first on the joint return. What can students write off on taxes ) On line C, check the box for the parent's filing status. What can students write off on taxes See Which Parent's Return To Use at the beginning of this chapter for information on which parent's return information must be used on Form 8615. What can students write off on taxes Parent with different tax year. What can students write off on taxes If the parent and the child do not have the same tax year, complete Form 8615 using the information on the parent's return for the tax year that ends in the child's tax year. What can students write off on taxes Parent's return information not known timely. What can students write off on taxes If the information needed from the parent's return is not known by the time the child's return is due (usually April 15), you can file the return using estimates. What can students write off on taxes You can use any reasonable estimate. What can students write off on taxes This includes using information from last year's return. What can students write off on taxes If you use an estimated amount on Form 8615, enter “Estimated” on the line next to the amount. What can students write off on taxes When you get the correct information, file an amended return on Form 1040X, Amended U. What can students write off on taxes S. What can students write off on taxes Individual Income Tax Return. What can students write off on taxes Instead of using estimates, you can get an automatic 6-month extension of time to file if, by the date your return is due, you file Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U. What can students write off on taxes S. What can students write off on taxes Individual Income Tax Return. What can students write off on taxes Extensions are discussed in chapter 1. What can students write off on taxes Step 1. What can students write off on taxes Figuring the Child's Net Unearned Income (Form 8615, Part I) The first step in figuring a child's tax using Form 8615 is to figure the child's net unearned income. What can students write off on taxes To do that, use Form 8615, Part I. What can students write off on taxes Line 1 (unearned income). What can students write off on taxes If the child had no earned income, enter on this line the adjusted gross income shown on the child's return. What can students write off on taxes Adjusted gross income is shown on Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040A, line 22. What can students write off on taxes Form 1040EZ cannot be used if Form 8615 must be filed. What can students write off on taxes If the child had earned income, figure the amount to enter on Form 8615, line 1, by using the worksheet in the instructions for the form. What can students write off on taxes However, if the child has: excluded any foreign earned income, deducted either a loss from self-employment, or deducted a net operating loss from another year, then use the Alternate Worksheet for Form 8615, Line 1, in Publication 929 to figure the amount to enter on Form 8615, line 1. What can students write off on taxes Unearned income defined. What can students write off on taxes Unearned income is generally all income other than salaries, wages, and other amounts received as pay for work actually done. What can students write off on taxes It includes taxable interest, dividends (including capital gain distributions), capital gains, unemployment compensation, the taxable part of social security and pension payments, and certain distributions from trusts. What can students write off on taxes Unearned income includes amounts produced by assets the child obtained with earned income (such as interest on a savings account into which the child deposited wages). What can students write off on taxes Nontaxable income. What can students write off on taxes For this purpose, unearned income includes only amounts the child must include in total income. What can students write off on taxes Nontaxable unearned income, such as tax-exempt interest and the nontaxable part of social security and pension payments, is not included. What can students write off on taxes Income from property received as a gift. What can students write off on taxes A child's unearned income includes all income produced by property belonging to the child. What can students write off on taxes This is true even if the property was transferred to the child, regardless of when the property was transferred or purchased or who transferred it. What can students write off on taxes A child's unearned income includes income produced by property given as a gift to the child. What can students write off on taxes This includes gifts to the child from grandparents or any other person and gifts made under the Uniform Gift to Minors Act. What can students write off on taxes Example. What can students write off on taxes Amanda Black, age 13, received the following income. What can students write off on taxes Dividends — $800 Wages — $2,100 Taxable interest — $1,200 Tax-exempt interest — $100 Net capital gains — $100 The dividends were qualified dividends on stock given to her by her grandparents. What can students write off on taxes Amanda's unearned income is $2,100. What can students write off on taxes This is the total of the dividends ($800), taxable interest ($1,200), and net capital gains ($100). What can students write off on taxes Her wages are earned (not unearned) income because they are received for work actually done. What can students write off on taxes Her tax-exempt interest is not included because it is nontaxable. What can students write off on taxes Trust income. What can students write off on taxes If a child is the beneficiary of a trust, distributions of taxable interest, dividends, capital gains, and other unearned income from the trust are unearned income to the child. What can students write off on taxes However, for purposes of completing Form 8615, a taxable distribution from a qualified disability trust is considered earned income, not unearned income. What can students write off on taxes Line 2 (deductions). What can students write off on taxes If the child does not itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), enter $2,000 on line 2. What can students write off on taxes If the child does itemize deductions, enter on line 2 the larger of: $1,000 plus the portion of the child's itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 29, that are directly connected with the production of unearned income entered on line 1, or $2,000. What can students write off on taxes Directly connected. What can students write off on taxes Itemized deductions are directly connected with the production of unearned income if they are for expenses paid to produce or collect taxable income or to manage, conserve, or maintain property held for producing income. What can students write off on taxes These expenses include custodian fees and service charges, service fees to collect taxable interest and dividends, and certain investment counsel fees. What can students write off on taxes These expenses are added to certain other miscellaneous itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). What can students write off on taxes Only the amount greater than 2% of the child's adjusted gross income can be deducted. What can students write off on taxes See chapter 28 for more information. What can students write off on taxes Example 1. What can students write off on taxes Roger, age 12, has unearned income of $8,000, no other income, no adjustments to income, and itemized deductions of $300 (net of the 2% limit) that are directly connected with his unearned income. What can students write off on taxes His adjusted gross income is $8,000, which is entered on Form 1040, line 38, and on Form 8615, line 1. What can students write off on taxes Roger enters $2,000 on line 2 because that is more than the total of $1,000 plus his directly connected itemized deductions of $300. What can students write off on taxes Example 2. What can students write off on taxes Eleanor, age 8, has unearned income of $16,000 and an early withdrawal penalty of $100. What can students write off on taxes She has no other income. What can students write off on taxes She has itemized deductions of $1,050 (net of the 2% limit) that are directly connected with the production of her unearned income. What can students write off on taxes Her adjusted gross income, entered on line 1, is $15,900 ($16,000 − $100). What can students write off on taxes The amount on line 2 is $2,050. What can students write off on taxes This is the larger of: $1,000 plus the $1,050 of directly connected itemized deductions, or $2,000. What can students write off on taxes Line 3. What can students write off on taxes Subtract line 2 from line 1 and enter the result on this line. What can students write off on taxes If zero or less, do not complete the rest of the form. What can students write off on taxes However, you must still attach Form 8615 to the child's tax return. What can students write off on taxes Figure the tax on the child's taxable income in the normal manner. What can students write off on taxes Line 4 (child's taxable income). What can students write off on taxes Enter on line 4 the child's taxable income from Form 1040, line 43, or Form 1040A, line 27. What can students write off on taxes However, if the child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ to claim the foreign earned income exclusion, housing exclusion, or housing deduction, see the Form 8615 instructions or Pub. What can students write off on taxes 929. What can students write off on taxes Line 5 (net unearned income). What can students write off on taxes A child's net unearned income cannot be more than his or her taxable income. What can students write off on taxes Enter on Form 8615, line 5, the smaller of line 3 or line 4. What can students write off on taxes This is the child's net unearned income. What can students write off on taxes If zero or less, do not complete the rest of the form. What can students write off on taxes However, you must still attach Form 8615 to the child's tax return. What can students write off on taxes Figure the tax on the child's taxable income in the normal manner. What can students write off on taxes Step 2. What can students write off on taxes Figuring Tentative Tax at the Parent's Tax Rate (Form 8615, Part II) The next step in completing Form 8615 is to figure a tentative tax on the child's net unearned income at the parent's tax rate. What can students write off on taxes The tentative tax at the parent's tax rate is the difference between the tax on the parent's taxable income figured with the child's net unearned income (plus the net unearned income of any other child whose Form 8615 includes the tax return information of that parent) and the tax figured without it. What can students write off on taxes When figuring the tentative tax at the parent's tax rate on Form 8615, do not refigure any of the exclusions, deductions, or credits on the parent's return because of the child's net unearned income. What can students write off on taxes For example, do not refigure the medical expense deduction. What can students write off on taxes Figure the tentative tax on Form 8615, lines 6 through 13. What can students write off on taxes Note. What can students write off on taxes If the child or parent has any capital gains or losses, get Publication 929 for help in completing Form 8615, Part II. What can students write off on taxes Line 6 (parent's taxable income). What can students write off on taxes Enter on line 6 the parent's taxable income from Form 1040, line 43, Form 1040A, line 27, or Form 1040EZ, line 6. What can students write off on taxes If the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet (in the Form 1040 instructions) was used to figure the parent's tax, enter the amount from line 3 of that worksheet instead of the parent's taxable income. What can students write off on taxes Line 7 (net unearned income of other children). What can students write off on taxes If the tax return information of the parent is also used on any other child's Form 8615, enter on line 7 the total of the amounts from line 5 of all the other children's Forms 8615. What can students write off on taxes Do not include the amount from line 5 of the Form 8615 being completed. What can students write off on taxes Example. What can students write off on taxes Paul and Jane Persimmon have three children, Sharon, Jerry, and Mike, who must attach Form 8615 to their tax returns. What can students write off on taxes The children's net unearned income amounts on line 5 of their Forms 8615 are: Sharon — $800 Jerry — $600 Mike — $1,000 Line 7 of Sharon's Form 8615 will show $1,600, the total of the amounts on line 5 of Jerry's and Mike's Forms 8615. What can students write off on taxes Line 7 of Jerry's Form 8615 will show $1,800 ($800 + $1,000). What can students write off on taxes Line 7 of Mike's Form 8615 will show $1,400 ($800 + $600). What can students write off on taxes Other children's information not available. What can students write off on taxes If the net unearned income of the other children is not available when the return is due, either file the return using estimates or get an extension of time to file. What can students write off on taxes See Parent's return information not known timely , earlier. What can students write off on taxes Line 11 (tentative tax). What can students write off on taxes Subtract line 10 from line 9 and enter the result on this line. What can students write off on taxes This is the tentative tax. What can students write off on taxes If line 7 is blank, skip lines 12a and 12b and enter the amount from line 11 on line 13. What can students write off on taxes Also skip the discussion for lines 12a and 12b that follows. What can students write off on taxes Lines 12a and 12b (dividing the tentative tax). What can students write off on taxes If an amount is entered on line 7, divide the tentative tax shown on line 11 among the children according to each child's share of the total net unearned income. What can students write off on taxes This is done on lines 12a, 12b, and 13. What can students write off on taxes Add the amount on line 7 to the amount on line 5 and enter the total on line 12a. What can students write off on taxes Divide the amount on line 5 by the amount on line 12a and enter the result, as a decimal, on line 12b. What can students write off on taxes Example. What can students write off on taxes In the earlier example under Line 7 (net unearned income of other children), Sharon's Form 8615 shows $1,600 on line 7. What can students write off on taxes The amount entered on line 12a is $2,400, the total of the amounts on lines 5 and 7 ($800 + $1,600). What can students write off on taxes The decimal on line 12b is . What can students write off on taxes 333, figured as follows and rounded to three places. What can students write off on taxes $800 = . What can students write off on taxes 333 $2,400 Step 3. What can students write off on taxes Figuring the Child's Tax (Form 8615, Part III) The final step in figuring a child's tax using Form 8615 is to determine the larger of: The total of: The child's share of the tentative tax based on the parent's tax rate, plus The tax on the child's taxable income in excess of net unearned income, figured at the child's tax rate, or The tax on the child's taxable income, figured at the child's tax rate. What can students write off on taxes This is the child's tax. What can students write off on taxes It is figured on Form 8615, lines 14 through 18. What can students write off on taxes Alternative minimum tax. What can students write off on taxes A child may be subject to alternative minimum tax (AMT) if he or she has certain items given preferential treatment under the tax law. What can students write off on taxes See Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) in chapter 30. What can students write off on taxes For more information on who is liable for AMT and how to figure it, see Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals. What can students write off on taxes For information on special limits that apply to a child who files Form 6251, see Certain Children Under Age 24 in the Instructions for Form 6251. What can students write off on taxes Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications