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How to file an amended tax return for 2012 1. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   Rental Income and Expenses (If No Personal Use of Dwelling) Table of Contents Rental IncomeWhen To Report Types of Income Rental ExpensesWhen To Deduct Types of Expenses This chapter discusses the various types of rental income and expenses for a residential rental activity with no personal use of the dwelling. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Generally, each year you will report all income and deduct all out-of-pocket expenses in full. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The deduction to recover the cost of your rental property—depreciation—is taken over a prescribed number of years, and is discussed in chapter 2, Depreciation of Rental Property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If your rental income is from property you also use personally or rent to someone at less than a fair rental price, first read the information in chapter 5 , Personal Use of Dwelling Unit (Including Vacation Home). How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Rental Income In most cases, you must include in your gross income all amounts you receive as rent. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Rental income is any payment you receive for the use or occupation of property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 In addition to amounts you receive as normal rental payments, there are other amounts that may be rental income. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 When To Report When you report rental income on your tax return generally depends on whether you are a cash basis taxpayer or use an accrual method. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Most individual taxpayers use the cash method. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Cash method. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You are a cash basis taxpayer if you report income on your return in the year you actually or constructively receive it, regardless of when it was earned. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You constructively receive income when it is made available to you, for example, by being credited to your bank account. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Accrual method. How to file an amended tax return for 2012    If you are an accrual basis taxpayer, you generally report income when you earn it, rather than when you receive it. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You generally deduct your expenses when you incur them, rather than when you pay them. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 More information. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   See Publication 538, Accounting Periods and Methods, for more information about when you constructively receive income and accrual methods of accounting. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Types of Income The following are common types of rental income. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Advance rent. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   Advance rent is any amount you receive before the period that it covers. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Include advance rent in your rental income in the year you receive it regardless of the period covered or the method of accounting you use. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Example. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 On March 18, 2013, you signed a 10-year lease to rent your property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 During 2013, you received $9,600 for the first year's rent and $9,600 as rent for the last year of the lease. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You must include $19,200 in your rental income in the first year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Canceling a lease. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If your tenant pays you to cancel a lease, the amount you receive is rent. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Include the payment in your income in the year you receive it regardless of your method of accounting. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Expenses paid by tenant. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If your tenant pays any of your expenses, those payments are rental income. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Because you must include this amount in income, you can also deduct the expenses if they are deductible rental expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 For more information, see Rental Expenses , later. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Example 1. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Your tenant pays the water and sewage bill for your rental property and deducts the amount from the normal rent payment. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Under the terms of the lease, your tenant does not have to pay this bill. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Include the utility bill paid by the tenant and any amount received as a rent payment in your rental income. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can deduct the utility payment made by your tenant as a rental expense. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Example 2. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 While you are out of town, the furnace in your rental property stops working. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Your tenant pays for the necessary repairs and deducts the repair bill from the rent payment. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Include the repair bill paid by the tenant and any amount received as a rent payment in your rental income. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can deduct the repair payment made by your tenant as a rental expense. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Property or services. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you receive property or services as rent, instead of money, include the fair market value of the property or services in your rental income. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If the services are provided at an agreed upon or specified price, that price is the fair market value unless there is evidence to the contrary. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Example. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Your tenant is a house painter. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 He offers to paint your rental property instead of paying 2 months rent. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You accept his offer. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Include in your rental income the amount the tenant would have paid for 2 months rent. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can deduct that same amount as a rental expense for painting your property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Security deposits. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   Do not include a security deposit in your income when you receive it if you plan to return it to your tenant at the end of the lease. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 But if you keep part or all of the security deposit during any year because your tenant does not live up to the terms of the lease, include the amount you keep in your income in that year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012    If an amount called a security deposit is to be used as a final payment of rent, it is advance rent. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Include it in your income when you receive it. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Other Sources of Rental Income Lease with option to buy. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If the rental agreement gives your tenant the right to buy your rental property, the payments you receive under the agreement are generally rental income. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If your tenant exercises the right to buy the property, the payments you receive for the period after the date of sale are considered part of the selling price. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Part interest. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you own a part interest in rental property, you must report your part of the rental income from the property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Rental of property also used as your home. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you rent property that you also use as your home and you rent it less than 15 days during the tax year, do not include the rent you receive in your income and do not deduct rental expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 However, you can deduct on Schedule A (Form 1040), Itemized Deductions, the interest, taxes, and casualty and theft losses that are allowed for nonrental property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 See chapter 5, Personal Use of Dwelling Unit (Including Vacation Home). How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Rental Expenses In most cases, the expenses of renting your property, such as maintenance, insurance, taxes, and interest, can be deducted from your rental income. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Personal use of rental property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you sometimes use your rental property for personal purposes, you must divide your expenses between rental and personal use. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Also, your rental expense deductions may be limited. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 See chapter 5, Personal Use of Dwelling Unit (Including Vacation Home). How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Part interest. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you own a part interest in rental property, you can deduct expenses you paid according to your percentage of ownership. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Example. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Roger owns a one-half undivided interest in a rental house. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Last year he paid $968 for necessary repairs on the property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Roger can deduct $484 (50% × $968) as a rental expense. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 He is entitled to reimbursement for the remaining half from the co-owner. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 When To Deduct You generally deduct your rental expenses in the year you pay them. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If you use the accrual method, see Publication 538 for more information. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Types of Expenses Listed below are the most common rental expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Advertising. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Auto and travel expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Cleaning and maintenance. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Commissions. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Depreciation. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Insurance. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Interest (other). How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Legal and other professional fees. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Local transportation expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Management fees. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Mortgage interest paid to banks, etc. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Points. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Rental payments. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Repairs. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Taxes. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Utilities. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Some of these expenses, as well as other less common ones, are discussed below. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Depreciation. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   Depreciation is a capital expense. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 It is the mechanism for recovering your cost in an income producing property and must be taken over the expected life of the property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You can begin to depreciate rental property when it is ready and available for rent. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 See Placed in Service under When Does Depreciation Begin and End in chapter 2. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Insurance premiums paid in advance. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you pay an insurance premium for more than one year in advance, for each year of coverage you can deduct the part of the premium payment that will apply to that year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You cannot deduct the total premium in the year you pay it. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 See chapter 6 of Publication 535 for information on deductible premiums. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Interest expense. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You can deduct mortgage interest you pay on your rental property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 When you refinance a rental property for more than the previous outstanding balance, the portion of the interest allocable to loan proceeds not related to rental use generally cannot be deducted as a rental expense. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Chapter 4 of Publication 535 explains mortgage interest in detail. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Expenses paid to obtain a mortgage. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   Certain expenses you pay to obtain a mortgage on your rental property cannot be deducted as interest. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 These expenses, which include mortgage commissions, abstract fees, and recording fees, are capital expenses that are part of your basis in the property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you paid $600 or more of mortgage interest on your rental property to any one person, you should receive a Form 1098 or similar statement showing the interest you paid for the year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If you and at least one other person (other than your spouse if you file a joint return) were liable for, and paid interest on, the mortgage, and the other person received the Form 1098, report your share of the interest on Schedule E (Form 1040), line 13. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Attach a statement to your return showing the name and address of the other person. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 On the dotted line next to line 13, enter “See attached. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 ” Legal and other professional fees. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You can deduct, as a rental expense, legal and other professional expenses such as tax return preparation fees you paid to prepare Schedule E, Part I. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 For example, on your 2013 Schedule E you can deduct fees paid in 2013 to prepare Part I of your 2012 Schedule E. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can also deduct, as a rental expense, any expense (other than federal taxes and penalties) you paid to resolve a tax underpayment related to your rental activities. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Local benefit taxes. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   In most cases, you cannot deduct charges for local benefits that increase the value of your property, such as charges for putting in streets, sidewalks, or water and sewer systems. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 These charges are nondepreciable capital expenditures and must be added to the basis of your property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 However, you can deduct local benefit taxes that are for maintaining, repairing, or paying interest charges for the benefits. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Local transportation expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You may be able to deduct your ordinary and necessary local transportation expenses if you incur them to collect rental income or to manage, conserve, or maintain your rental property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 However, transportation expenses incurred to travel between your home and a rental property generally constitute nondeductible commuting costs unless you use your home as your principal place of business. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 See Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home, for information on determining if your home office qualifies as a principal place of business. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   Generally, if you use your personal car, pickup truck, or light van for rental activities, you can deduct the expenses using one of two methods: actual expenses or the standard mileage rate. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 For 2013, the standard mileage rate for business use is 56. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 5 cents per mile. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 For more information, see chapter 4 of Publication 463. How to file an amended tax return for 2012    To deduct car expenses under either method, you must keep records that follow the rules in chapter 5 of Publication 463. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 In addition, you must complete Form 4562, Part V, and attach it to your tax return. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Pre-rental expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You can deduct your ordinary and necessary expenses for managing, conserving, or maintaining rental property from the time you make it available for rent. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Rental of equipment. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You can deduct the rent you pay for equipment that you use for rental purposes. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 However, in some cases, lease contracts are actually purchase contracts. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If so, you cannot deduct these payments. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can recover the cost of purchased equipment through depreciation. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Rental of property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You can deduct the rent you pay for property that you use for rental purposes. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If you buy a leasehold for rental purposes, you can deduct an equal part of the cost each year over the term of the lease. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Travel expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You can deduct the ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home if the primary purpose of the trip is to collect rental income or to manage, conserve, or maintain your rental property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You must properly allocate your expenses between rental and nonrental activities. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You cannot deduct the cost of traveling away from home if the primary purpose of the trip is to improve the property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The cost of improvements is recovered by taking depreciation. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 For information on travel expenses, see chapter 1 of Publication 463. How to file an amended tax return for 2012    To deduct travel expenses, you must keep records that follow the rules in chapter 5 of Publication 463. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Uncollected rent. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you are a cash basis taxpayer, do not deduct uncollected rent. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Because you have not included it in your income, it is not deductible. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you use an accrual method, report income when you earn it. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If you are unable to collect the rent, you may be able to deduct it as a business bad debt. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 See chapter 10 of Publication 535 for more information about business bad debts. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Vacant rental property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you hold property for rental purposes, you may be able to deduct your ordinary and necessary expenses (including depreciation) for managing, conserving, or maintaining the property while the property is vacant. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 However, you cannot deduct any loss of rental income for the period the property is vacant. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Vacant while listed for sale. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you sell property you held for rental purposes, you can deduct the ordinary and necessary expenses for managing, conserving, or maintaining the property until it is sold. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If the property is not held out and available for rent while listed for sale, the expenses are not deductible rental expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Points The term “points” is often used to describe some of the charges paid, or treated as paid, by a borrower to take out a loan or a mortgage. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 These charges are also called loan origination fees, maximum loan charges, or premium charges. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Any of these charges (points) that are solely for the use of money are interest. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Because points are prepaid interest, you generally cannot deduct the full amount in the year paid, but must deduct the interest over the term of the loan. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The method used to figure the amount of points you can deduct each year follows the original issue discount (OID) rules. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 In this case, points are equivalent to OID, which is the difference between: The amount borrowed (redemption price at maturity, or principal) and The proceeds (issue price). How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The first step is to determine whether your total OID (which you may have on bonds or other investments in addition to the mortgage loan), including the OID resulting from the points, is insignificant or de minimis. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If the OID is not de minimis, you must use the constant-yield method to figure how much you can deduct. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 De minimis OID. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   The OID is de minimis if it is less than one-fourth of 1% (. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 0025) of the stated redemption price at maturity (principal amount of the loan) multiplied by the number of full years from the date of original issue to maturity (term of the loan). How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If the OID is de minimis, you can choose one of the following ways to figure the amount of points you can deduct each year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 On a constant-yield basis over the term of the loan. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 On a straight line basis over the term of the loan. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 In proportion to stated interest payments. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 In its entirety at maturity of the loan. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You make this choice by deducting the OID (points) in a manner consistent with the method chosen on your timely filed tax return for the tax year in which the loan is issued. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Example. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Carol Madison took out a $100,000 mortgage loan on January 1, 2013, to buy a house she will use as a rental during 2013. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The loan is to be repaid over 30 years. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 During 2013, Carol paid $10,000 of mortgage interest (stated interest) to the lender. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 When the loan was made, she paid $1,500 in points to the lender. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The points reduced the principal amount of the loan from $100,000 to $98,500, resulting in $1,500 of OID. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Carol determines that the points (OID) she paid are de minimis based on the following computation. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Redemption price at maturity (principal amount of the loan) $100,000 Multiplied by: The term of the  loan in complete years ×30 Multiplied by ×. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 0025 De minimis amount $7,500 The points (OID) she paid ($1,500) are less than the de minimis amount ($7,500). How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Therefore, Carol has de minimis OID and she can choose one of the four ways discussed earlier to figure the amount she can deduct each year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Under the straight line method, she can deduct $50 each year for 30 years. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Constant-yield method. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If the OID is not de minimis, you must use the constant-yield method to figure how much you can deduct each year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You figure your deduction for the first year in the following manner. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Determine the issue price of the loan. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If you paid points on the loan, the issue price generally is the difference between the principal and the points. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Multiply the result in (1) by the yield to maturity (defined later). How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Subtract any qualified stated interest payments (defined later) from the result in (2). How to file an amended tax return for 2012 This is the OID you can deduct in the first year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Yield to maturity (YTM). How to file an amended tax return for 2012   This rate is generally shown in the literature you receive from your lender. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If you do not have this information, consult your lender or tax advisor. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 In general, the YTM is the discount rate that, when used in computing the present value of all principal and interest payments, produces an amount equal to the principal amount of the loan. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Qualified stated interest (QSI). How to file an amended tax return for 2012   In general, this is the stated interest that is unconditionally payable in cash or property (other than another loan of the issuer) at least annually over the term of the loan at a fixed rate. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Example—Year 1. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The facts are the same as in the previous example. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The yield to maturity on Carol's loan is 10. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 2467%, compounded annually. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 She figured the amount of points (OID) she could deduct in 2013 as follows. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Principal amount of the loan $100,000 Minus: Points (OID) –1,500 Issue price of the loan $98,500 Multiplied by: YTM × . How to file an amended tax return for 2012 102467 Total 10,093 Minus: QSI –10,000 Points (OID) deductible in 2013 $93 To figure your deduction in any subsequent year, you start with the adjusted issue price. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 To get the adjusted issue price, add to the issue price figured in Year 1 any OID previously deducted. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Then follow steps (2) and (3), earlier. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Example—Year 2. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Carol figured the deduction for 2014 as follows. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Issue price $98,500 Plus: Points (OID) deducted  in 2013 +93 Adjusted issue price $98,593 Multiplied by: YTM × . How to file an amended tax return for 2012 102467 Total 10,103 Minus: QSI –10,000 Points (OID) deductible in 2014 $103 Loan or mortgage ends. How to file an amended tax return for 2012    If your loan or mortgage ends, you may be able to deduct any remaining points (OID) in the tax year in which the loan or mortgage ends. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 A loan or mortgage may end due to a refinancing, prepayment, foreclosure, or similar event. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 However, if the refinancing is with the same lender, the remaining points (OID) generally are not deductible in the year in which the refinancing occurs, but may be deductible over the term of the new mortgage or loan. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Points when loan refinance is more than the previous outstanding balance. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   When you refinance a rental property for more than the previous outstanding balance, the portion of the points allocable to loan proceeds not related to rental use generally cannot be deducted as a rental expense. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 For example, if an individual refinanced a loan with a balance of $100,000, the amount of the new loan was $120,000, and the taxpayer used $20,000 to purchase a car, points allocable to the $20,000 would be treated as nondeductible personal interest. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Repairs and Improvements Generally, an expense for repairing or maintaining your rental property may be deducted if you are not required to capitalize the expense. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Improvements. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You must capitalize any expense you pay to improve your rental property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 An expense is for an improvement if it results in a betterment to your property, restores your property, or adapts your property to a new or different use. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Betterments. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   Expenses that may result in a betterment to your property include expenses for fixing a pre-existing defect or condition, enlarging or expanding your property, or increasing the capacity, strength, or quality of your property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Restoration. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   Expenses that may be for restoration include expenses for replacing a substantial structural part of your property, repairing damage to your property after you properly adjusted the basis of your property as a result of a casualty loss, or rebuilding your property to a like-new condition. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Adaptation. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   Expenses that may be for adaptation include expenses for altering your property to a use that is not consistent with the intended ordinary use of your property when you began renting the property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Separate the costs of repairs and improvements, and keep accurate records. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You will need to know the cost of improvements when you sell or depreciate your property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The expenses you capitalize for improving your property can generally be depreciated as if the improvement were separate property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Table 1-1. 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How to file an amended tax return for 2012 5. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   Soil and Water Conservation Expenses Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Business of Farming Plan Certification Conservation ExpensesWater well. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Assessment by Conservation DistrictAssessment for Depreciable Property 25% Limit on DeductionNet operating loss. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 When to Deduct or Capitalize Sale of a Farm Introduction If you are in the business of farming, you can choose to deduct certain expenses for: Soil or water conservation, Prevention of erosion of land used in farming, or Endangered species recovery. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Otherwise, these are capital expenses that must be added to the basis of the land. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 (See chapter 6 for information on determining basis. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 ) Conservation expenses for land in a foreign country do not qualify for this special treatment. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The deduction for conservation expenses cannot be more than 25% of your gross income from farming. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 See 25% Limit on Deduction , later. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Although some expenses are not deductible as soil and water conservation expenses, they may be deductible as ordinary and necessary farm expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 These include interest and taxes, the cost of periodically clearing brush from productive land, the regular removal of sediment from a drainage ditch, and expenses paid or incurred primarily to produce an agricultural crop that may also conserve soil. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You must include in income most government payments for approved conservation practices. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 However, you can exclude some payments you receive under certain cost-sharing conservation programs. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 For more information, see Agricultural Program Payments in chapter 3. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 To get the full deduction to which you are entitled, you should maintain your records to clearly distinguish between your ordinary and necessary farm business expenses and your soil and water conservation expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Topics - This chapter discusses: Business of farming Plan certification Conservation expenses Assessment by conservation district 25% limit on deduction When to deduct or capitalize Sale of a farm Business of Farming For purposes of soil and water conservation expenses, you are in the business of farming if you cultivate, operate, or manage a farm for profit, either as an owner or a tenant. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You are not in the business of farming if you cultivate or operate a farm for recreation or pleasure, rather than for profit. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You are not farming if you are engaged only in forestry or the growing of timber. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Farm defined. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   A farm includes livestock, dairy, poultry, fish, fruit, and truck farms. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 It also includes plantations, ranches, ranges, and orchards. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 A fish farm is an area where fish and other marine animals are grown or raised and artificially fed, protected, etc. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 It does not include an area where they are merely caught or harvested. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 A plant nursery is a farm for purposes of deducting soil and water conservation expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Farm rental. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you own a farm and receive farm rental payments based on farm production, either in cash or crop shares, you are in the business of farming. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If you get cash rental for a farm you own that is not used in farm production, you cannot deduct soil and water conservation expenses for that farm. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you receive a fixed rental payment that is not based on farm production, you are in the business of farming only if you materially participate in operating or managing the farm. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Example. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You own a farm in Iowa and live in California. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You rent the farm for $175 in cash per acre and do not materially participate in producing or managing production of the crops grown on the farm. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You cannot deduct your soil conservation expenses for this farm. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You must capitalize the expenses and add them to the basis of the land. How to file an amended tax return for 2012     For more information, see Material participation for landlords under Landlord Participation in Farming in chapter 12. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Plan Certification You can deduct soil and water conservation expenses only if they are consistent with a plan approved by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the Department of Agriculture. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If no such plan exists, the expenses must be consistent with a soil conservation plan of a comparable state agency. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Keep a copy of the plan with your books and records to support your deductions. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Conservation plan. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   A conservation plan includes the farming conservation practices approved for the area where your farmland is located. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 There are three types of approved plans. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 NRCS individual site plans. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 These plans are issued individually to farmers who request assistance from NRCS to develop a conservation plan designed specifically for their farmland. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 NRCS county plans. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 These plans include a listing of farm conservation practices approved for the county where the farmland is located. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can deduct expenses for conservation practices not included on the NRCS county plans only if the practice is a part of an individual site plan. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Comparable state agency plans. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 These plans are approved by state agencies and can be approved individual site plans or county plans. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   A list of NRCS conservation programs is available at www. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 nrcs. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 usda. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 gov/programs. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Individual site plans can be obtained from NRCS offices and the comparable state agencies. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Conservation Expenses You can deduct conservation expenses only for land you or your tenant are using, or have used in the past, for farming. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 These expenses include, but are not limited to, the following. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The treatment or movement of earth, such as: Leveling, Conditioning, Grading, Terracing, Contour furrowing, and Restoration of soil fertility. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The construction, control, and protection of: Diversion channels, Drainage ditches, Irrigation ditches, Earthen dams, and Watercourses, outlets, and ponds. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The eradication of brush. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The planting of windbreaks. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You cannot deduct expenses to drain or fill wetlands, or to prepare land for center pivot irrigation systems, as soil and water conservation expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 These expenses are added to the basis of the land. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If you choose to deduct soil and water conservation expenses, you cannot exclude from gross income any cost-sharing payments you receive for those expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 See chapter 3 for information about payments eligible for the cost-sharing exclusion. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 New farm or farmland. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you acquire a new farm or new farmland from someone who was using it in farming immediately before you acquired the land, soil and water conservation expenses you incur on it will be treated as made on land used in farming at the time the expenses were paid or incurred. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can deduct soil and water conservation expenses for this land if your use of it is substantially a continuation of its use in farming. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The new farming activity does not have to be the same as the old farming activity. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 For example, if you buy land that was used for grazing cattle and then prepare it for use as an apple orchard, you can deduct your conservation expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Land not used for farming. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If your conservation expenses benefit both land that does not qualify as land used for farming and land that does qualify, you must allocate the expenses between the two types of land. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 For example, if the expenses benefit 200 acres of your land, but only 120 acres of this land are used for farming, then you can deduct 60% (120 ÷ 200) of the expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can use another method to allocate these expenses if you can clearly show that your method is more reasonable. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Depreciable conservation assets. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You generally cannot deduct your expenses for depreciable conservation assets. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 However, you can deduct certain amounts you pay or incur for an assessment for depreciable property that a soil and water conservation or drainage district levies against your farm. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 See Assessment for Depreciable Property , later. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You must capitalize expenses to buy, build, install, or improve depreciable structures or facilities. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 These expenses include those for materials, supplies, wages, fuel, hauling, and moving dirt when making structures such as tanks, reservoirs, pipes, culverts, canals, dams, wells, or pumps composed of masonry, concrete, tile, metal, or wood. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You recover your capital investment through annual allowances for depreciation. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You can deduct soil and water conservation expenses for nondepreciable earthen items. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Nondepreciable earthen items include certain dams, ponds, and terraces described under Property Having a Determinable Useful Life in chapter 7. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Water well. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You cannot deduct the cost of drilling a water well for irrigation and other agricultural purposes as a soil and water conservation expense. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 It is a capital expense. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You recover your cost through depreciation. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You also must capitalize your cost for drilling a test hole. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If the test hole produces no water and you continue drilling, the cost of the test hole is added to the cost of the producing well. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can recover the total cost through depreciation deductions. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If a test hole, dry hole, or dried-up well (resulting from prolonged lack of rain, for instance) is abandoned, you can deduct your unrecovered cost in the year of abandonment. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Abandonment means that all economic benefits from the well are terminated. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 For example, filling or sealing a well excavation or casing so that all economic benefits from the well are terminated constitutes an abandonment. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Endangered species recovery expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you are in the business of farming and meet other specific requirements, you can choose to deduct the conservation expenses discussed earlier as endangered species recovery expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Otherwise, these are capital expenses that must be added to the basis of the land. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   The expenses must be paid or incurred for the purpose of achieving site-specific management actions recommended in a recovery plan approved under section 4(f) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 See Internal Revenue Code section 175 for more information. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Assessment by Conservation District In some localities, a soil or water conservation or drainage district incurs expenses for soil or water conservation and levies an assessment against the farmers who benefit from the expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can deduct as a conservation expense amounts you pay or incur for the part of an assessment that: Covers expenses you could deduct if you had paid them directly, or Covers expenses for depreciable property used in the district's business. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Assessment for Depreciable Property You generally can deduct as a conservation expense amounts you pay or incur for the part of a conservation or drainage district assessment that covers expenses for depreciable property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 This includes items such as pumps, locks, concrete structures (including dams and weir gates), draglines, and similar equipment. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The depreciable property must be used in the district's soil and water conservation activities. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 However, the following limits apply to these assessments. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The total assessment limit. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The yearly assessment limit. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 After you apply these limits, the amount you can deduct is added to your other conservation expenses for the year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The total for these expenses is then subject to the 25% of gross income from farming limit on the deduction, discussed later. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 See Table 5-1 for a brief summary of these limits. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Table 5-1. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Limits on Deducting an Assessment by a Conservation District for Depreciable Property Total Limit on Deduction for Assessment for Depreciable Property Yearly Limit on Deduction for Assessment for Depreciable Property Yearly Limit for All Conservation Expenses 10% of: $500 + 10% of: 25% of: Total assessment against all members of the district for the property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Your deductible share of the cost to the district for the property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Your gross income from farming. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 No one taxpayer can deduct more than 10% of the total assessment. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Any amount over 10% is a capital expense and is added to the basis of your land. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If an assessment is paid in installments, each payment must be prorated between the conservation expense and the capital expense. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If the amount you pay or incur for any year is more than the limit, you can deduct for that year only 10% of your deductible share of the cost. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can deduct the remainder in equal amounts over the next 9 tax years. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Limit for all conservation expenses, including assessments for depreciable property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Amounts greater than 25% can be carried to the following year and added to that year's expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The total is then subject to the 25% of gross income from farming limit in that year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 To ensure your deduction is within the deduction limits, keep records to show the following. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The total assessment against all members of the district for the depreciable property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Your deductible share of the cost to the district for the depreciable property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Your gross income from farming. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Total assessment limit. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   You cannot deduct more than 10% of the total amount assessed to all members of the conservation or drainage district for the depreciable property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 This applies whether you pay the assessment in one payment or in installments. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If your assessment is more than 10% of the total amount assessed, both the following rules apply. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The amount over 10% is a capital expense and is added to the basis of your land. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If the assessment is paid in installments, each payment must be prorated between the conservation expense and the capital expense. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Yearly assessment limit. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   The maximum amount you can deduct in any one year is the total of 10% of your deductible share of the cost as explained earlier, plus $500. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If the amount you pay or incur is equal to or less than the maximum amount, you can deduct it in the year it is paid or incurred. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If the amount you pay or incur is more, you can deduct in that year only 10% of your deductible share of the cost. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can deduct the remainder in equal amounts over the next 9 tax years. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Your total conservation expense deduction for each year is also subject to the 25% of gross income from farming limit on the deduction, discussed later. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Example 1. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 This year, the soil conservation district levies and you pay an assessment of $2,400 against your farm. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Of the assessment, $1,500 is for digging drainage ditches. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can deduct this part as a soil or conservation expense as if you had paid it directly. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The remaining $900 is for depreciable equipment to be used in the district's irrigation activities. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The total amount assessed by the district against all its members for the depreciable equipment is $7,000. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The total amount you can deduct for the depreciable equipment is limited to 10% of the total amount assessed by the district against all its members for depreciable equipment, or $700. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The $200 excess ($900 − $700) is a capital expense you must add to the basis of your farm. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 To figure the maximum amount you can deduct for the depreciable equipment this year, multiply your deductible share of the total assessment ($700) by 10%. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Add $500 to the result for a total of $570. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Your deductible share, $700, is greater than the maximum amount deductible in one year, so you can deduct only $70 of the amount you paid or incurred for depreciable property this year (10% of $700). How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can deduct the balance at the rate of $70 a year over the next 9 years. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You add $70 to the $1,500 portion of the assessment for drainage ditches. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can deduct $1,570 of the $2,400 assessment as a soil and water conservation expense this year, subject to the 25% of gross income from farming limit on the deduction, discussed later. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Example 2. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Assume the same facts in Example 1 except that $1,850 of the $2,400 assessment is for digging drainage ditches and $550 is for depreciable equipment. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The total amount assessed by the district against all its members for depreciable equipment is $5,500. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The total amount you can deduct for the depreciable equipment is limited to 10% of this amount, or $550. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The maximum amount you can deduct this year for the depreciable equipment is $555 (10% of your deductible share of the total assessment, $55, plus $500). How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Since your deductible share is less than the maximum amount deductible in one year, you can deduct the entire $550 this year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You can deduct the entire assessment, $2,400, as a soil and water conservation expense this year, subject to the 25% of gross income from farming limit on the deduction, discussed below. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Sale or other disposal of land during 9-year period. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you dispose of the land during the 9-year period for deducting conservation expenses subject to the yearly limit, any amounts you have not yet deducted because of this limit are added to the basis of the property. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Death of farmer during 9-year period. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If a farmer dies during the 9-year period, any remaining amounts not yet deducted are deducted in the year of death. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 25% Limit on Deduction The total deduction for conservation expenses in any tax year is limited to 25% of your gross income from farming for the year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Gross income from farming. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   Gross income from farming is the income you derive in the business of farming from the production of crops, fish, fruits, other agricultural products, or livestock. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Gains from sales of draft, breeding, or dairy livestock are included. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Gains from sales of assets such as farm machinery, or from the disposition of land, are not included. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Carryover of deduction. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If your deductible conservation expenses in any year are more than 25% of your gross income from farming for that year, you can carry the unused deduction over to later years. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 However, the deduction in any later year is limited to 25% of the gross income from farming for that year as well. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Example. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 In 2012, you have gross income of $32,000 from two farms. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 During the year, you incurred $10,000 of deductible soil and water conservation expenses for one of the farms. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 However, your deduction is limited to 25% of $32,000, or $8,000. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The $2,000 excess ($10,000 − $8,000) is carried over to 2013 and added to deductible soil and water conservation expenses made in that year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The total of the 2012 carryover plus 2013 expenses is deductible in 2013, subject to the limit of 25% of your gross income from farming in 2013. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Any expenses over the limit in that year are carried to 2014 and later years. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Net operating loss. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   The deduction for soil and water conservation expenses, after applying the 25% limit, is included when figuring a net operating loss (NOL) for the year. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If the NOL is carried to another year, the soil and water conservation deduction included in the NOL is not subject to the 25% limit in the year to which it is carried. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 When to Deduct or Capitalize If you choose to deduct soil and water conservation expenses, you must deduct the total allowable amount on your tax return for the first year you pay or incur these expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If you do not choose to deduct the expenses, you must capitalize them. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Change of method. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you want to change your method for the treatment of soil and water conservation expenses, or you want to treat the expenses for a particular project or a single farm in a different manner, you must get the approval of the IRS. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 To get this approval, submit a written request by the due date of your return for the first tax year you want the new method to apply. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 You or your authorized representative must sign the request. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   The request must include the following information. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Your name and address. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The first tax year the method or change of method is to apply. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Whether the method or change of method applies to all your soil and water conservation expenses or only to those for a particular project or farm. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If the method or change of method does not apply to all your expenses, identify the project or farm to which the expenses apply. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 The total expenses you paid or incurred in the first tax year the method or change of method is to apply. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 A statement that you will account separately in your books for the expenses to which this method or change of method relates. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Send your request to the following  address. How to file an amended tax return for 2012  Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Center Cincinnati, OH 45999  For more information, see Change in  Accounting Method in chapter 2. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Sale of a Farm If you sell your farm, you cannot adjust the basis of the land at the time of the sale for any unused carryover of soil and water conservation expenses (except for deductions of assessments for depreciable property, discussed earlier). How to file an amended tax return for 2012 However, if you acquire another farm and return to the business of farming, you can start taking deductions again for the unused carryovers. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 Gain on sale of farmland. How to file an amended tax return for 2012   If you held the land 5 years or less before you sold it, gain on the sale of the land is treated as ordinary income up to the amount you previously deducted for soil and water conservation expenses. How to file an amended tax return for 2012 If you held the land less than 10 but more than 5 years, the gain is treated as ordinary income up to a specified percentage of the previous deductions. 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