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Federal tax income return Publication 504 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Federal tax income return Tax questions. Federal tax income return Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 504, such as legislation enacted after this publication was published, go to www. Federal tax income return irs. Federal tax income return gov/pub504. Federal tax income return Reminders Relief from joint liability. Federal tax income return  In some cases, one spouse may be relieved of joint liability for tax, interest, and penalties on a joint tax return. Federal tax income return For more information, see Relief from joint liability under Married Filing Jointly. Federal tax income return Social security numbers for dependents. Federal tax income return  You must include on your tax return the taxpayer identification number (generally the social security number) of every person for whom you claim an exemption. Federal tax income return See Exemptions for Dependents under Exemptions, later. Federal tax income return Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Federal tax income return  The IRS will issue an ITIN to a nonresident or resident alien who does not have and is not eligible to get a social security number (SSN). Federal tax income return To apply for an ITIN, file Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, with the IRS. Federal tax income return It takes about 6 to 10 weeks to get an ITIN. Federal tax income return The ITIN is entered wherever an SSN is requested on a tax return. Federal tax income return If you are required to include another person's SSN on your return and that person does not have and cannot get an SSN, enter that person's ITIN. Federal tax income return Change of address. Federal tax income return  If you change your mailing address, be sure to notify the Internal Revenue Service. Federal tax income return You can use Form 8822, Change of Address. Federal tax income return Mail it to the Internal Revenue Service Center for your old address. Federal tax income return (Addresses for the Service Centers are on the back of the form. Federal tax income return ) Change of name. Federal tax income return  If you change your name, be sure to notify the Social Security Administration using Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. Federal tax income return Change of withholding. Federal tax income return  If you have been claiming a withholding exemption for your spouse, and you divorce or legally separate, you must give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, within 10 days after the divorce or separation showing the correct number of exemptions. Federal tax income return Photographs of missing children. Federal tax income return  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Federal tax income return Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Federal tax income return You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Federal tax income return Introduction This publication explains tax rules that apply if you are divorced or separated from your spouse. Federal tax income return It covers general filing information and can help you choose your filing status. Federal tax income return It also can help you decide which exemptions you are entitled to claim, including exemptions for dependents. Federal tax income return The publication also discusses payments and transfers of property that often occur as a result of divorce and how you must treat them on your tax return. Federal tax income return Examples include alimony, child support, other court-ordered payments, property settlements, and transfers of individual retirement arrangements. Federal tax income return In addition, this publication also explains deductions allowed for some of the costs of obtaining a divorce and how to handle tax withholding and estimated tax payments. Federal tax income return The last part of the publication explains special rules that may apply to persons who live in community property states. Federal tax income return Comments and suggestions. Federal tax income return   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 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Federal tax income return 3. Federal tax income return   Rent Expense Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: RentConditional sales contract. Federal tax income return Leveraged leases. Federal tax income return Leveraged leases of limited-use property. Federal tax income return Taxes on Leased Property Cost of Getting a Lease Improvements by Lessee Capitalizing Rent Expenses Introduction This chapter discusses the tax treatment of rent or lease payments you make for property you use in your business but do not own. Federal tax income return It also discusses how to treat other kinds of payments you make that are related to your use of this property. Federal tax income return These include payments you make for taxes on the property. Federal tax income return Topics - This chapter discusses: The definition of rent Taxes on leased property The cost of getting a lease Improvements by the lessee Capitalizing rent expenses Rent Rent is any amount you pay for the use of property you do not own. Federal tax income return In general, you can deduct rent as an expense only if the rent is for property you use in your trade or business. Federal tax income return If you have or will receive equity in or title to the property, the rent is not deductible. Federal tax income return Unreasonable rent. Federal tax income return   You cannot take a rental deduction for unreasonable rent. Federal tax income return Ordinarily, the issue of reasonableness arises only if you and the lessor are related. Federal tax income return Rent paid to a related person is reasonable if it is the same amount you would pay to a stranger for use of the same property. Federal tax income return Rent is not unreasonable just because it is figured as a percentage of gross sales. Federal tax income return For examples of related persons, see Related persons in chapter 2, Publication 544. Federal tax income return Rent on your home. Federal tax income return   If you rent your home and use part of it as your place of business, you may be able to deduct the rent you pay for that part. Federal tax income return You must meet the requirements for business use of your home. Federal tax income return For more information, see Business use of your home in chapter 1. Federal tax income return Rent paid in advance. Federal tax income return   Generally, rent paid in your trade or business is deductible in the year paid or accrued. Federal tax income return If you pay rent in advance, you can deduct only the amount that applies to your use of the rented property during the tax year. Federal tax income return You can deduct the rest of your payment only over the period to which it applies. Federal tax income return Example 1. Federal tax income return You are a calendar year taxpayer and you leased a building for 5 years beginning July 1. Federal tax income return Your rent is $12,000 per year. Federal tax income return You paid the first year's rent ($12,000) on June 30. Federal tax income return You can deduct only $6,000 (6/12 × $12,000) for the rent that applies to the first year. Federal tax income return Example 2. Federal tax income return You are a calendar year taxpayer. Federal tax income return Last January you leased property for 3 years for $6,000 a year. Federal tax income return You paid the full $18,000 (3 × $6,000) during the first year of the lease. Federal tax income return Each year you can deduct only $6,000, the part of the lease that applies to that year. Federal tax income return Canceling a lease. Federal tax income return   You generally can deduct as rent an amount you pay to cancel a business lease. Federal tax income return Lease or purchase. Federal tax income return   There may be instances in which you must determine whether your payments are for rent or for the purchase of the property. Federal tax income return You must first determine whether your agreement is a lease or a conditional sales contract. Federal tax income return Payments made under a conditional sales contract are not deductible as rent expense. Federal tax income return Conditional sales contract. Federal tax income return   Whether an agreement is a conditional sales contract depends on the intent of the parties. Federal tax income return Determine intent based on the provisions of the agreement and the facts and circumstances that exist when you make the agreement. Federal tax income return No single test, or special combination of tests, always applies. Federal tax income return However, in general, an agreement may be considered a conditional sales contract rather than a lease if any of the following is true. Federal tax income return The agreement applies part of each payment toward an equity interest you will receive. Federal tax income return You get title to the property after you make a stated amount of required payments. Federal tax income return The amount you must pay to use the property for a short time is a large part of the amount you would pay to get title to the property. Federal tax income return You pay much more than the current fair rental value of the property. Federal tax income return You have an option to buy the property at a nominal price compared to the value of the property when you may exercise the option. Federal tax income return Determine this value when you make the agreement. Federal tax income return You have an option to buy the property at a nominal price compared to the total amount you have to pay under the agreement. Federal tax income return The agreement designates part of the payments as interest, or that part is easy to recognize as interest. Federal tax income return Leveraged leases. Federal tax income return   Leveraged lease transactions may not be considered leases. Federal tax income return Leveraged leases generally involve three parties: a lessor, a lessee, and a lender to the lessor. Federal tax income return Usually the lease term covers a large part of the useful life of the leased property, and the lessee's payments to the lessor are enough to cover the lessor's payments to the lender. Federal tax income return   If you plan to take part in what appears to be a leveraged lease, you may want to get an advance ruling. Federal tax income return Revenue Procedure 2001-28 on page 1156 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2001-19 contains the guidelines the IRS will use to determine if a leveraged lease is a lease for federal income tax purposes. Federal tax income return Revenue Procedure 2001-29 on page 1160 of the same Internal Revenue Bulletin provides the information required to be furnished in a request for an advance ruling on a leveraged lease transaction. Federal tax income return Internal Revenue Bulletin 2001-19 is available at www. Federal tax income return irs. Federal tax income return gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb01-19. Federal tax income return pdf. Federal tax income return   In general, Revenue Procedure 2001-28 provides that, for advance ruling purposes only, the IRS will consider the lessor in a leveraged lease transaction to be the owner of the property and the transaction to be a valid lease if all the factors in the revenue procedure are met, including the following. Federal tax income return The lessor must maintain a minimum unconditional “at risk” equity investment in the property (at least 20% of the cost of the property) during the entire lease term. Federal tax income return The lessee may not have a contractual right to buy the property from the lessor at less than fair market value when the right is exercised. Federal tax income return The lessee may not invest in the property, except as provided by Revenue Procedure 2001-28. Federal tax income return The lessee may not lend any money to the lessor to buy the property or guarantee the loan used by the lessor to buy the property. Federal tax income return The lessor must show that it expects to receive a profit apart from the tax deductions, allowances, credits, and other tax attributes. Federal tax income return   The IRS may charge you a user fee for issuing a tax ruling. Federal tax income return For more information, see Revenue Procedure 2014-1 available at  www. Federal tax income return irs. Federal tax income return gov/irb/2014-1_IRB/ar05. Federal tax income return html. Federal tax income return Leveraged leases of limited-use property. Federal tax income return   The IRS will not issue advance rulings on leveraged leases of so-called limited-use property. Federal tax income return Limited-use property is property not expected to be either useful to or usable by a lessor at the end of the lease term except for continued leasing or transfer to a lessee. Federal tax income return See Revenue Procedure 2001-28 for examples of limited-use property and property that is not limited-use property. Federal tax income return Leases over $250,000. Federal tax income return   Special rules are provided for certain leases of tangible property. Federal tax income return The rules apply if the lease calls for total payments of more than $250,000 and any of the following apply. Federal tax income return Rents increase during the lease. Federal tax income return Rents decrease during the lease. Federal tax income return Rents are deferred (rent is payable after the end of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the use occurs and the rent is allocated). Federal tax income return Rents are prepaid (rent is payable before the end of the calendar year preceding the calendar year in which the use occurs and the rent is allocated). Federal tax income return These rules do not apply if your lease specifies equal amounts of rent for each month in the lease term and all rent payments are due in the calendar year to which the rent relates (or in the preceding or following calendar year). Federal tax income return   Generally, if the special rules apply, you must use an accrual method of accounting (and time value of money principles) for your rental expenses, regardless of your overall method of accounting. Federal tax income return In addition, in certain cases in which the IRS has determined that a lease was designed to achieve tax avoidance, you must take rent and stated or imputed interest into account under a constant rental accrual method in which the rent is treated as accruing ratably over the entire lease term. Federal tax income return For details, see section 467 of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal tax income return Taxes on Leased Property If you lease business property, you can deduct as additional rent any taxes you have to pay to or for the lessor. Federal tax income return When you can deduct these taxes as additional rent depends on your accounting method. Federal tax income return Cash method. Federal tax income return   If you use the cash method of accounting, you can deduct the taxes as additional rent only for the tax year in which you pay them. Federal tax income return Accrual method. Federal tax income return   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you can deduct taxes as additional rent for the tax year in which you can determine all the following. Federal tax income return That you have a liability for taxes on the leased property. Federal tax income return How much the liability is. Federal tax income return That economic performance occurred. Federal tax income return   The liability and amount of taxes are determined by state or local law and the lease agreement. Federal tax income return Economic performance occurs as you use the property. Federal tax income return Example 1. Federal tax income return Oak Corporation is a calendar year taxpayer that uses an accrual method of accounting. Federal tax income return Oak leases land for use in its business. Federal tax income return Under state law, owners of real property become liable (incur a lien on the property) for real estate taxes for the year on January 1 of that year. Federal tax income return However, they do not have to pay these taxes until July 1 of the next year (18 months later) when tax bills are issued. Federal tax income return Under the terms of the lease, Oak becomes liable for the real estate taxes in the later year when the tax bills are issued. Federal tax income return If the lease ends before the tax bill for a year is issued, Oak is not liable for the taxes for that year. Federal tax income return Oak cannot deduct the real estate taxes as rent until the tax bill is issued. Federal tax income return This is when Oak's liability under the lease becomes fixed. Federal tax income return Example 2. Federal tax income return The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that, according to the terms of the lease, Oak becomes liable for the real estate taxes when the owner of the property becomes liable for them. Federal tax income return As a result, Oak will deduct the real estate taxes as rent on its tax return for the earlier year. Federal tax income return This is the year in which Oak's liability under the lease becomes fixed. Federal tax income return Cost of Getting a Lease You may either enter into a new lease with the lessor of the property or get an existing lease from another lessee. Federal tax income return Very often when you get an existing lease from another lessee, you must pay the previous lessee money to get the lease, besides having to pay the rent on the lease. Federal tax income return If you get an existing lease on property or equipment for your business, you generally must amortize any amount you pay to get that lease over the remaining term of the lease. Federal tax income return For example, if you pay $10,000 to get a lease and there are 10 years remaining on the lease with no option to renew, you can deduct $1,000 each year. Federal tax income return The cost of getting an existing lease of tangible property is not subject to the amortization rules for section 197 intangibles discussed in chapter 8. Federal tax income return Option to renew. Federal tax income return   The term of the lease for amortization includes all renewal options plus any other period for which you and the lessor reasonably expect the lease to be renewed. Federal tax income return However, this applies only if less than 75% of the cost of getting the lease is for the term remaining on the purchase date (not including any period for which you may choose to renew, extend, or continue the lease). Federal tax income return Allocate the lease cost to the original term and any option term based on the facts and circumstances. Federal tax income return In some cases, it may be appropriate to make the allocation using a present value computation. Federal tax income return For more information, see Regulations section 1. Federal tax income return 178-1(b)(5). Federal tax income return Example 1. Federal tax income return You paid $10,000 to get a lease with 20 years remaining on it and two options to renew for 5 years each. Federal tax income return Of this cost, you paid $7,000 for the original lease and $3,000 for the renewal options. Federal tax income return Because $7,000 is less than 75% of the total $10,000 cost of the lease (or $7,500), you must amortize the $10,000 over 30 years. Federal tax income return That is the remaining life of your present lease plus the periods for renewal. Federal tax income return Example 2. Federal tax income return The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that you paid $8,000 for the original lease and $2,000 for the renewal options. Federal tax income return You can amortize the entire $10,000 over the 20-year remaining life of the original lease. Federal tax income return The $8,000 cost of getting the original lease was not less than 75% of the total cost of the lease (or $7,500). Federal tax income return Cost of a modification agreement. Federal tax income return   You may have to pay an additional “rent” amount over part of the lease period to change certain provisions in your lease. Federal tax income return You must capitalize these payments and amortize them over the remaining period of the lease. Federal tax income return You cannot deduct the payments as additional rent, even if they are described as rent in the agreement. Federal tax income return Example. Federal tax income return You are a calendar year taxpayer and sign a 20-year lease to rent part of a building starting on January 1. Federal tax income return However, before you occupy it, you decide that you really need less space. Federal tax income return The lessor agrees to reduce your rent from $7,000 to $6,000 per year and to release the excess space from the original lease. Federal tax income return In exchange, you agree to pay an additional rent amount of $3,000, payable in 60 monthly installments of $50 each. Federal tax income return   You must capitalize the $3,000 and amortize it over the 20-year term of the lease. Federal tax income return Your amortization deduction each year will be $150 ($3,000 ÷ 20). Federal tax income return You cannot deduct the $600 (12 × $50) that you will pay during each of the first 5 years as rent. Federal tax income return Commissions, bonuses, and fees. Federal tax income return   Commissions, bonuses, fees, and other amounts you pay to get a lease on property you use in your business are capital costs. Federal tax income return You must amortize these costs over the term of the lease. Federal tax income return Loss on merchandise and fixtures. Federal tax income return   If you sell at a loss merchandise and fixtures that you bought solely to get a lease, the loss is a cost of getting the lease. Federal tax income return You must capitalize the loss and amortize it over the remaining term of the lease. Federal tax income return Improvements by Lessee If you add buildings or make other permanent improvements to leased property, depreciate the cost of the improvements using the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS). Federal tax income return Depreciate the property over its appropriate recovery period. Federal tax income return You cannot amortize the cost over the remaining term of the lease. Federal tax income return If you do not keep the improvements when you end the lease, figure your gain or loss based on your adjusted basis in the improvements at that time. Federal tax income return For more information, see the discussion of MACRS in Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property. Federal tax income return Assignment of a lease. Federal tax income return   If a long-term lessee who makes permanent improvements to land later assigns all lease rights to you for money and you pay the rent required by the lease, the amount you pay for the assignment is a capital investment. Federal tax income return If the rental value of the leased land increased since the lease began, part of your capital investment is for that increase in the rental value. Federal tax income return The rest is for your investment in the permanent improvements. Federal tax income return   The part that is for the increased rental value of the land is a cost of getting a lease, and you amortize it over the remaining term of the lease. Federal tax income return You can depreciate the part that is for your investment in the improvements over the recovery period of the property as discussed earlier, without regard to the lease term. Federal tax income return Capitalizing Rent Expenses Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize the direct costs and part of the indirect costs for certain production or resale activities. Federal tax income return Include these costs in the basis of property you produce or acquire for resale, rather than claiming them as a current deduction. Federal tax income return You recover the costs through depreciation, amortization, or cost of goods sold when you use, sell, or otherwise dispose of the property. Federal tax income return Indirect costs include amounts incurred for renting or leasing equipment, facilities, or land. Federal tax income return Uniform capitalization rules. Federal tax income return   You may be subject to the uniform capitalization rules if you do any of the following, unless the property is produced for your use other than in a business or an activity carried on for profit. Federal tax income return Produce real property or tangible personal property. Federal tax income return For this purpose, tangible personal property includes a film, sound recording, video tape, book, or similar property. Federal tax income return Acquire property for resale. Federal tax income return However, these rules do not apply to the following property. Federal tax income return Personal property you acquire for resale if your average annual gross receipts are $10 million or less for the 3 prior tax years. Federal tax income return Property you produce if you meet either of the following conditions. Federal tax income return Your indirect costs of producing the property are $200,000 or less. Federal tax income return You use the cash method of accounting and do not account for inventories. Federal tax income return Example 1. Federal tax income return You rent construction equipment to build a storage facility. Federal tax income return If you are subject to the uniform capitalization rules, you must capitalize as part of the cost of the building the rent you paid for the equipment. Federal tax income return You recover your cost by claiming a deduction for depreciation on the building. Federal tax income return Example 2. Federal tax income return You rent space in a facility to conduct your business of manufacturing tools. Federal tax income return If you are subject to the uniform capitalization rules, you must include the rent you paid to occupy the facility in the cost of the tools you produce. Federal tax income return More information. Federal tax income return   For more information on these rules, see Uniform Capitalization Rules in Publication 538 and the regulations under Internal Revenue Code section 263A. Federal tax income return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications