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State taxes file free online 24. State taxes file free online   Contributions Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible ContributionsTypes of Qualified Organizations Contributions You Can DeductContributions From Which You Benefit Expenses Paid for Student Living With You Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Contributions You Cannot DeductContributions to Individuals Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations Contributions From Which You Benefit Value of Time or Services Personal Expenses Appraisal Fees Contributions of PropertyException. State taxes file free online Household items. State taxes file free online Deduction more than $500. State taxes file free online Form 1098-C. State taxes file free online Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. State taxes file free online Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. State taxes file free online Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. State taxes file free online Deduction $500 or less. State taxes file free online Right to use property. State taxes file free online Tangible personal property. State taxes file free online Future interest. State taxes file free online Determining Fair Market Value Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value Giving Property That Has Increased in Value When To DeductChecks. State taxes file free online Text message. State taxes file free online Credit card. State taxes file free online Pay-by-phone account. State taxes file free online Stock certificate. State taxes file free online Promissory note. State taxes file free online Option. State taxes file free online Borrowed funds. State taxes file free online Limits on DeductionsCarryovers Records To KeepCash Contributions Noncash Contributions Out-of-Pocket Expenses How To Report Introduction This chapter explains how to claim a deduction for your charitable contributions. State taxes file free online It discusses the following topics. State taxes file free online The types of organizations to which you can make deductible charitable contributions. State taxes file free online The types of contributions you can deduct. State taxes file free online How much you can deduct. State taxes file free online What records you must keep. State taxes file free online How to report your charitable contributions. State taxes file free online A charitable contribution is a donation or gift to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. State taxes file free online It is voluntary and is made without getting, or expecting to get, anything of equal value. State taxes file free online Form 1040 required. State taxes file free online    To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A. State taxes file free online The amount of your deduction may be limited if certain rules and limits explained in this chapter apply to you. State taxes file free online The limits are explained in detail in Publication 526. State taxes file free online Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 526 Charitable Contributions 561 Determining the Value of Donated Property Form (and Instructions) Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions You can deduct your contributions only if you make them to a qualified organization. State taxes file free online Most organizations other than churches and governments must apply to the IRS to become a qualified organization. State taxes file free online How to check whether an organization can receive deductible charitable contributions. State taxes file free online   You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization, and most will be able to tell you. State taxes file free online Or go to IRS. State taxes file free online gov. State taxes file free online Click on “Tools” and then on “Exempt Organizations Select Check” (www. State taxes file free online irs. State taxes file free online gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check). State taxes file free online This online tool will enable you to search for qualified organizations. State taxes file free online You can also call the IRS to find out if an organization is qualified. State taxes file free online Call 1-877-829-5500. State taxes file free online People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and who have access to TTY/TDD equipment can call 1-800-829-4059. State taxes file free online Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. State taxes file free online gsa. State taxes file free online gov/fedrelay. State taxes file free online Types of Qualified Organizations Generally, only the following types of organizations can be qualified organizations. State taxes file free online A community chest, corporation, trust, fund, or foundation organized or created in or under the laws of the United States, any state, the District of Columbia, or any possession of the United States (including Puerto Rico). State taxes file free online It must, however, be organized and operated only for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. State taxes file free online Certain organizations that foster national or international amateur sports competition also qualify. State taxes file free online War veterans' organizations, including posts, auxiliaries, trusts, or foundations, organized in the United States or any of its possessions (including Puerto Rico). State taxes file free online Domestic fraternal societies, orders, and associations operating under the lodge system. State taxes file free online (Your contribution to this type of organization is deductible only if it is to be used solely for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. State taxes file free online ) Certain nonprofit cemetery companies or corporations. State taxes file free online (Your contribution to this type of organization is not deductible if it can be used for the care of a specific lot or mausoleum crypt. State taxes file free online ) The United States or any state, the District of Columbia, a U. State taxes file free online S. State taxes file free online possession (including Puerto Rico), a political subdivision of a state or U. State taxes file free online S. State taxes file free online possession, or an Indian tribal government or any of its subdivisions that perform substantial government functions. State taxes file free online (Your contribution to this type of organization is only deductible if it is to be used solely for public purposes. State taxes file free online ) Examples. State taxes file free online    The following list gives some examples of qualified organizations. State taxes file free online Churches, a convention or association of churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other religious organizations. State taxes file free online Most nonprofit charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross and the United Way. State taxes file free online Most nonprofit educational organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, colleges, and museums. State taxes file free online This also includes nonprofit daycare centers that provide childcare to the general public if substantially all the childcare is provided to enable parents and guardians to be gainfully employed. State taxes file free online However, if your contribution is a substitute for tuition or other enrollment fee, it is not deductible as a charitable contribution, as explained later under Contributions You Cannot Deduct . State taxes file free online Nonprofit hospitals and medical research organizations. State taxes file free online Utility company emergency energy programs, if the utility company is an agent for a charitable organization that assists individuals with emergency energy needs. State taxes file free online Nonprofit volunteer fire companies. State taxes file free online Nonprofit organizations that develop and maintain public parks and recreation facilities. State taxes file free online Civil defense organizations. State taxes file free online Certain foreign charitable organizations. State taxes file free online   Under income tax treaties with Canada, Israel, and Mexico, you may be able to deduct contributions to certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations. State taxes file free online Generally, you must have income from sources in that country. State taxes file free online For additional information on the deduction of contributions to Canadian charities, see Publication 597, Information on the United States–Canada Income Tax Treaty. State taxes file free online If you need more information on how to figure your contribution to Mexican and Israeli charities, see Publication 526. State taxes file free online Contributions You Can Deduct Generally, you can deduct contributions of money or property you make to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. State taxes file free online A contribution is “for the use of” a qualified organization when it is held in a legally enforceable trust for the qualified organization or in a similar legal arrangement. State taxes file free online The contributions must be made to a qualified organization and not set aside for use by a specific person. State taxes file free online If you give property to a qualified organization, you generally can deduct the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. State taxes file free online See Contributions of Property , later in this chapter. State taxes file free online Your deduction for charitable contributions generally cannot be more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI), but in some cases 20% and 30% limits may apply. State taxes file free online See Limits on Deductions , later. State taxes file free online In addition, the total of your charitable contribution deduction and certain other itemized deductions may be limited. State taxes file free online See chapter 29. State taxes file free online Table 24-1 gives examples of contributions you can and cannot deduct. State taxes file free online Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive a benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you can deduct only the amount of your contribution that is more than the value of the benefit you receive. State taxes file free online Also see Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Cannot Deduct, later. State taxes file free online If you pay more than fair market value to a qualified organization for goods or services, the excess may be a charitable contribution. State taxes file free online For the excess amount to qualify, you must pay it with the intent to make a charitable contribution. State taxes file free online Example 1. State taxes file free online You pay $65 for a ticket to a dinner-dance at a church. State taxes file free online Your entire $65 payment goes to the church. State taxes file free online The ticket to the dinner-dance has a fair market value of $25. State taxes file free online When you buy your ticket, you know that its value is less than your payment. State taxes file free online To figure the amount of your charitable contribution, subtract the value of the benefit you receive ($25) from your total payment ($65). State taxes file free online You can deduct $40 as a contribution to the church. State taxes file free online Example 2. State taxes file free online At a fundraising auction conducted by a charity, you pay $600 for a week's stay at a beach house. State taxes file free online The amount you pay is no more than the fair rental value. State taxes file free online You have not made a deductible charitable contribution. State taxes file free online Athletic events. State taxes file free online   If you make a payment to, or for the benefit of, a college or university and, as a result, you receive the right to buy tickets to an athletic event in the athletic stadium of the college or university, you can deduct 80% of the payment as a charitable contribution. State taxes file free online   If any part of your payment is for tickets (rather than the right to buy tickets), that part is not deductible. State taxes file free online Subtract the price of the tickets from your payment. State taxes file free online You can deduct 80% of the remaining amount as a charitable contribution. State taxes file free online Example 1. State taxes file free online You pay $300 a year for membership in a university's athletic scholarship program. State taxes file free online The only benefit of membership is that you have the right to buy one season ticket for a seat in a designated area of the stadium at the university's home football games. State taxes file free online You can deduct $240 (80% of $300) as a charitable contribution. State taxes file free online Table 24-1. State taxes file free online Examples of Charitable Contributions—A Quick Check Use the following lists for a quick check of whether you can deduct a contribution. State taxes file free online See the rest of this chapter for more information and additional rules and limits that may apply. State taxes file free online Deductible As  Charitable Contributions Not Deductible  As Charitable Contributions Money or property you give to:  Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other religious organizations Federal, state, and local governments, if your contribution is solely for public purposes (for example, a gift to reduce the public debt or maintain a public park) Nonprofit schools and hospitals The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, CARE, Goodwill Industries, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, etc. State taxes file free online War veterans groups   Expenses paid for a student living with you, sponsored by a qualified organization  Out-of-pocket expenses when you serve a qualified organization as a volunteer Money or property you give to:  Civic leagues, social and sports clubs, labor unions, and chambers of commerce Foreign organizations (except certain Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican charities) Groups that are run for personal profit Groups whose purpose is to lobby for law changes Homeowners' associations Individuals Political groups or candidates for public office   Cost of raffle, bingo, or lottery tickets  Dues, fees, or bills paid to country clubs, lodges, fraternal orders, or similar groups  Tuition  Value of your time or services  Value of blood given to a blood bank    Example 2. State taxes file free online The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your $300 payment includes the purchase of one season ticket for the stated ticket price of $120. State taxes file free online You must subtract the usual price of a ticket ($120) from your $300 payment. State taxes file free online The result is $180. State taxes file free online Your deductible charitable contribution is $144 (80% of $180). State taxes file free online Charity benefit events. State taxes file free online   If you pay a qualified organization more than fair market value for the right to attend a charity ball, banquet, show, sporting event, or other benefit event, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the privileges or other benefits you receive. State taxes file free online   If there is an established charge for the event, that charge is the value of your benefit. State taxes file free online If there is no established charge, the reasonable value of the right to attend the event is the value of your benefit. State taxes file free online Whether you use the tickets or other privileges has no effect on the amount you can deduct. State taxes file free online However, if you return the ticket to the qualified organization for resale, you can deduct the entire amount you paid for the ticket. State taxes file free online    Even if the ticket or other evidence of payment indicates that the payment is a “contribution,” this does not mean you can deduct the entire amount. State taxes file free online If the ticket shows the price of admission and the amount of the contribution, you can deduct the contribution amount. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online You pay $40 to see a special showing of a movie for the benefit of a qualified organization. State taxes file free online Printed on the ticket is “Contribution—$40. State taxes file free online ” If the regular price for the movie is $8, your contribution is $32 ($40 payment − $8 regular price). State taxes file free online Membership fees or dues. State taxes file free online    You may be able to deduct membership fees or dues you pay to a qualified organization. State taxes file free online However, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the benefits you receive. State taxes file free online    You cannot deduct dues, fees, or assessments paid to country clubs and other social organizations. State taxes file free online They are not qualified organizations. State taxes file free online Certain membership benefits can be disregarded. State taxes file free online   Both you and the organization can disregard the following membership benefits if you receive them in return for an annual payment of $75 or less. State taxes file free online Any rights or privileges, other than those discussed under Athletic events , earlier, that you can use frequently while you are a member, such as: Free or discounted admission to the organization's facilities or events, Free or discounted parking, Preferred access to goods or services, and Discounts on the purchase of goods and services. State taxes file free online Admission, while you are a member, to events open only to members of the organization, if the organization reasonably projects that the cost per person (excluding any allocated overhead) is not more than $10. State taxes file free online 20. State taxes file free online Token items. State taxes file free online   You do not have to reduce your contribution by the value of any benefit you receive if both of the following are true. State taxes file free online You receive only a small item or other benefit of token value. State taxes file free online The qualified organization correctly determines that the value of the item or benefit you received is not substantial and informs you that you can deduct your payment in full. State taxes file free online Written statement. State taxes file free online   A qualified organization must give you a written statement if you make a payment of more than $75 that is partly a contribution and partly for goods or services. State taxes file free online The statement must say that you can deduct only the amount of your payment that is more than the value of the goods or services you received. State taxes file free online It must also give you a good faith estimate of the value of those goods or services. State taxes file free online   The organization can give you the statement either when it solicits or when it receives the payment from you. State taxes file free online Exception. State taxes file free online   An organization will not have to give you this statement if one of the following is true. State taxes file free online The organization is: A governmental organization described in (5) under Types of Qualified Organizations , earlier, or An organization formed only for religious purposes, and the only benefit you receive is an intangible religious benefit (such as admission to a religious ceremony) that generally is not sold in commercial transactions outside the donative context. State taxes file free online You receive only items whose value is not substantial as described under Token items , earlier. State taxes file free online You receive only membership benefits that can be disregarded, as described earlier. State taxes file free online Expenses Paid for Student Living With You You may be able to deduct some expenses of having a student live with you. State taxes file free online You can deduct qualifying expenses for a foreign or American student who: Lives in your home under a written agreement between you and a qualified organization as part of a program of the organization to provide educational opportunities for the student, Is not your relative or dependent, and Is a full-time student in the twelfth or any lower grade at a school in the United States. State taxes file free online You can deduct up to $50 a month for each full calendar month the student lives with you. State taxes file free online Any month when conditions (1) through (3) are met for 15 days or more counts as a full month. State taxes file free online For additional information, see Expenses Paid for Student Living With You in Publication 526. State taxes file free online Mutual exchange program. State taxes file free online   You cannot deduct the costs of a foreign student living in your home under a mutual exchange program through which your child will live with a family in a foreign country. State taxes file free online Table 24-2. State taxes file free online Volunteers' Questions and Answers If you volunteer for a qualified organization, the following questions and answers may apply to you. State taxes file free online All of the rules explained in this chapter also apply. State taxes file free online See, in particular, Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services . State taxes file free online Question Answer I volunteer 6 hours a week in the office of a qualified organization. State taxes file free online The receptionist is paid $10 an hour for the same work. State taxes file free online Can I deduct $60 a week for my time?    No, you cannot deduct the value of your time or services. State taxes file free online The office is 30 miles from my home. State taxes file free online Can I deduct any of my car expenses for these trips? Yes, you can deduct the costs of gas and oil that are directly related to getting to and from the place where you volunteer. State taxes file free online If you don't want to figure your actual costs, you can deduct 14 cents for each mile. State taxes file free online I volunteer as a Red Cross nurse's aide at a hospital. State taxes file free online Can I deduct the cost of the uniforms I must wear? Yes, you can deduct the cost of buying and cleaning your uniforms if the hospital is a qualified organization, the uniforms are not suitable for everyday use, and you must wear them when volunteering. State taxes file free online I pay a babysitter to watch my children while I volunteer for a qualified organization. State taxes file free online Can I deduct these costs? No, you cannot deduct payments for childcare expenses as a charitable contribution, even if you would be unable to volunteer without childcare. State taxes file free online (If you have childcare expenses so you can work for pay, see chapter 32. State taxes file free online ) Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Although you cannot deduct the value of your services given to a qualified organization, you may be able to deduct some amounts you pay in giving services to a qualified organization. State taxes file free online The amounts must be: Unreimbursed, Directly connected with the services, Expenses you had only because of the services you gave, and Not personal, living, or family expenses. State taxes file free online Table 24-2 contains questions and answers that apply to some individuals who volunteer their services. State taxes file free online Conventions. State taxes file free online   If a qualified organization selects you to attend a convention as its representative, you can deduct unreimbursed expenses for travel, including reasonable amounts for meals and lodging, while away from home overnight in connection with the convention. State taxes file free online However, see Travel , later. State taxes file free online   You cannot deduct personal expenses for sightseeing, fishing parties, theater tickets, or nightclubs. State taxes file free online You also cannot deduct transportation, meals and lodging, and other expenses for your spouse or children. State taxes file free online    You cannot deduct your travel expenses in attending a church convention if you go only as a member of your church rather than as a chosen representative. State taxes file free online You can, however, deduct unreimbursed expenses that are directly connected with giving services for your church during the convention. State taxes file free online Uniforms. State taxes file free online   You can deduct the cost and upkeep of uniforms that are not suitable for everyday use and that you must wear while performing donated services for a charitable organization. State taxes file free online Foster parents. State taxes file free online   You may be able to deduct as a charitable contribution some of the costs of being a foster parent (foster care provider) if you have no profit motive in providing the foster care and are not, in fact, making a profit. State taxes file free online A qualified organization must select the individuals you take into your home for foster care. State taxes file free online    You can deduct expenses that meet both of the following requirements. State taxes file free online They are unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses to feed, clothe, and care for the foster child. State taxes file free online They are incurred primarily to benefit the qualified organization. State taxes file free online   Unreimbursed expenses that you cannot deduct as charitable contributions may be considered support provided by you in determining whether you can claim the foster child as a dependent. State taxes file free online For details, see chapter 3. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online You cared for a foster child because you wanted to adopt her, not to benefit the agency that placed her in your home. State taxes file free online Your unreimbursed expenses are not deductible as charitable contributions. State taxes file free online Car expenses. State taxes file free online   You can deduct as a charitable contribution any unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of gas and oil, that are directly related to the use of your car in giving services to a charitable organization. State taxes file free online You cannot deduct general repair and maintenance expenses, depreciation, registration fees, or the costs of tires or insurance. State taxes file free online    If you do not want to deduct your actual expenses, you can use a standard mileage rate of 14 cents a mile to figure your contribution. State taxes file free online   You can deduct parking fees and tolls whether you use your actual expenses or the standard mileage rate. State taxes file free online   You must keep reliable written records of your car expenses. State taxes file free online For more information, see Car expenses under Records To Keep, later. State taxes file free online Travel. State taxes file free online   Generally, you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for travel expenses necessarily incurred while you are away from home performing services for a charitable organization only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel. State taxes file free online This applies whether you pay the expenses directly or indirectly. State taxes file free online You are paying the expenses indirectly if you make a payment to the charitable organization and the organization pays for your travel expenses. State taxes file free online   The deduction for travel expenses will not be denied simply because you enjoy providing services to the charitable organization. State taxes file free online Even if you enjoy the trip, you can take a charitable contribution deduction for your travel expenses if you are on duty in a genuine and substantial sense throughout the trip. State taxes file free online However, if you have only nominal duties, or if for significant parts of the trip you do not have any duties, you cannot deduct your travel expenses. State taxes file free online Example 1. State taxes file free online You are a troop leader for a tax-exempt youth group and you take the group on a camping trip. State taxes file free online You are responsible for overseeing the setup of the camp and for providing adult supervision for other activities during the entire trip. State taxes file free online You participate in the activities of the group and enjoy your time with them. State taxes file free online You oversee the breaking of camp and you transport the group home. State taxes file free online You can deduct your travel expenses. State taxes file free online Example 2. State taxes file free online You sail from one island to another and spend 8 hours a day counting whales and other forms of marine life. State taxes file free online The project is sponsored by a charitable organization. State taxes file free online In most circumstances, you cannot deduct your expenses. State taxes file free online Example 3. State taxes file free online You work for several hours each morning on an archaeological dig sponsored by a charitable organization. State taxes file free online The rest of the day is free for recreation and sightseeing. State taxes file free online You cannot take a charitable contribution deduction even though you work very hard during those few hours. State taxes file free online Example 4. State taxes file free online You spend the entire day attending a charitable organization's regional meeting as a chosen representative. State taxes file free online In the evening you go to the theater. State taxes file free online You can claim your travel expenses as charitable contributions, but you cannot claim the cost of your evening at the theater. State taxes file free online Daily allowance (per diem). State taxes file free online   If you provide services for a charitable organization and receive a daily allowance to cover reasonable travel expenses, including meals and lodging while away from home overnight, you must include in income any part of the allowance that is more than your deductible travel expenses. State taxes file free online You may be able to deduct any necessary travel expenses that are more than the allowance. State taxes file free online Deductible travel expenses. State taxes file free online   These include: Air, rail, and bus transportation, Out-of-pocket expenses for your car, Taxi fares or other costs of transportation between the airport or station and your hotel, Lodging costs, and The cost of meals. State taxes file free online Because these travel expenses are not business-related, they are not subject to the same limits as business-related expenses. State taxes file free online For information on business travel expenses, see Travel Expenses in chapter 26. State taxes file free online Contributions You Cannot Deduct There are some contributions you cannot deduct, such as those made to specific individuals and those made to nonqualified organizations. State taxes file free online (See Contributions to Individuals and Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations , next. State taxes file free online ) There are others you can deduct only part of, as discussed later under Contributions From Which You Benefit . State taxes file free online Contributions to Individuals You cannot deduct contributions to specific individuals, including the following. State taxes file free online Contributions to fraternal societies made for the purpose of paying medical or burial expenses of deceased members. State taxes file free online Contributions to individuals who are needy or worthy. State taxes file free online You cannot deduct these contributions even if you make them to a qualified organization for the benefit of a specific person. State taxes file free online But you can deduct a contribution to a qualified organization that helps needy or worthy individuals if you do not indicate that your contribution is for a specific person. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online You can deduct contributions to a qualified organization for flood relief, hurricane relief, or other disaster relief. State taxes file free online However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a particular individual or family. State taxes file free online Payments to a member of the clergy that can be spent as he or she wishes, such as for personal expenses. State taxes file free online Expenses you paid for another person who provided services to a qualified organization. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online Your son does missionary work. State taxes file free online You pay his expenses. State taxes file free online You cannot claim a deduction for your son's unreimbursed expenses related to his contribution of services. State taxes file free online Payments to a hospital that are for a specific patient's care or for services for a specific patient. State taxes file free online You cannot deduct these payments even if the hospital is operated by a city, a state, or other qualified organization. State taxes file free online Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations You cannot deduct contributions to organizations that are not qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions, including the following. State taxes file free online Certain state bar associations if: The bar is not a political subdivision of a state, The bar has private, as well as public, purposes, such as promoting the professional interests of members, and Your contribution is unrestricted and can be used for private purposes. State taxes file free online Chambers of commerce and other business leagues or organizations (but see chapter 28). State taxes file free online Civic leagues and associations. State taxes file free online Communist organizations. State taxes file free online Country clubs and other social clubs. State taxes file free online Most foreign organizations (other than certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations). State taxes file free online For details, see Publication 526. State taxes file free online Homeowners' associations. State taxes file free online Labor unions (but see chapter 28). State taxes file free online Political organizations and candidates. State taxes file free online Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive or expect to receive a financial or economic benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you cannot deduct the part of the contribution that represents the value of the benefit you receive. State taxes file free online See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. State taxes file free online These contributions include the following. State taxes file free online Contributions for lobbying. State taxes file free online This includes amounts that you earmark for use in, or in connection with, influencing specific legislation. State taxes file free online Contributions to a retirement home for room, board, maintenance, or admittance. State taxes file free online Also, if the amount of your contribution depends on the type or size of apartment you will occupy, it is not a charitable contribution. State taxes file free online Costs of raffles, bingo, lottery, etc. State taxes file free online You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay to buy raffle or lottery tickets or to play bingo or other games of chance. State taxes file free online For information on how to report gambling winnings and losses, see Gambling winnings in chapter 12 and Gambling Losses Up to the Amount of Gambling Winnings in chapter 28. State taxes file free online Dues to fraternal orders and similar groups. State taxes file free online However, see Membership fees or dues , earlier, under Contributions You Can Deduct. State taxes file free online Tuition, or amounts you pay instead of tuition. State taxes file free online You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay as tuition even if you pay them for children to attend parochial schools or qualifying nonprofit daycare centers. State taxes file free online You also cannot deduct any fixed amount you must pay in addition to, or instead of, tuition to enroll in a private school, even if it is designated as a “donation. State taxes file free online ” Value of Time or Services You cannot deduct the value of your time or services, including: Blood donations to the American Red Cross or to blood banks, and The value of income lost while you work as an unpaid volunteer for a qualified organization. State taxes file free online Personal Expenses You cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses, such as the following items. State taxes file free online The cost of meals you eat while you perform services for a qualified organization unless it is necessary for you to be away from home overnight while performing the services. State taxes file free online Adoption expenses, including fees paid to an adoption agency and the costs of keeping a child in your home before adoption is final (but see Adoption Credit in chapter 37, and the instructions for Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses). State taxes file free online You also may be able to claim an exemption for the child. State taxes file free online See Adopted child in chapter 3. State taxes file free online Appraisal Fees You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution any fees you pay to find the fair market value of donated property (but see chapter 28). State taxes file free online Contributions of Property If you contribute property to a qualified organization, the amount of your charitable contribution is generally the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. State taxes file free online However, if the property has increased in value, you may have to make some adjustments to the amount of your deduction. State taxes file free online See Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. State taxes file free online For information about the records you must keep and the information you must furnish with your return if you donate property, see Records To Keep and How To Report , later. State taxes file free online Clothing and household items. State taxes file free online   You cannot take a deduction for clothing or household items you donate unless the clothing or household items are in good used condition or better. State taxes file free online Exception. State taxes file free online   You can take a deduction for a contribution of an item of clothing or household item that is not in good used condition or better if you deduct more than $500 for it and include a qualified appraisal of it with your return. State taxes file free online Household items. State taxes file free online   Household items include: Furniture and furnishings, Electronics, Appliances, Linens, and Other similar items. State taxes file free online   Household items do not include: Food, Paintings, antiques, and other objects of art, Jewelry and gems, and Collections. State taxes file free online Cars, boats, and airplanes. State taxes file free online    The following rules apply to any donation of a qualified vehicle. State taxes file free online A qualified vehicle is: A car or any motor vehicle manufactured mainly for use on public streets, roads, and highways, A boat, or An airplane. State taxes file free online Deduction more than $500. State taxes file free online   If you donate a qualified vehicle with a claimed fair market value of more than $500, you can deduct the smaller of: The gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle by the organization, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. State taxes file free online If the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to figure the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. State taxes file free online Form 1098-C. State taxes file free online   You must attach to your return Copy B of the Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes, (or other statement containing the same information as Form 1098-C) you received from the organization. State taxes file free online The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show the gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle. State taxes file free online   If you e-file your return, you must: Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C to Form 8453 and mail the forms to the IRS, or Include Copy B of Form 1098-C as a pdf attachment if your software program allows it. State taxes file free online   If you do not attach Form 1098-C (or other statement), you cannot deduct your contribution. State taxes file free online    You must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle. State taxes file free online But if exception 1 or 2 (described later) applies, you must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of your donation. State taxes file free online Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. State taxes file free online   If the filing deadline is approaching and you still do not have a Form 1098-C, you have two choices. State taxes file free online Request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your return. State taxes file free online You can get this extension by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U. State taxes file free online S. State taxes file free online Individual Income Tax Return. State taxes file free online  For more information, see Automatic Extension in chapter 1. State taxes file free online File the return on time without claiming the deduction for the qualified vehicle. State taxes file free online After receiving the Form 1098-C, file an amended return, Form 1040X, claiming the deduction. State taxes file free online Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C (or other statement) to the amended return. State taxes file free online For more information about amended returns, see Amended Returns and Claims for Refund in chapter 1. State taxes file free online Exceptions. State taxes file free online   There are two exceptions to the rules just described for deductions of more than $500. State taxes file free online Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. State taxes file free online   If the qualified organization makes a significant intervening use of or material improvement to the vehicle before transferring it, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. State taxes file free online But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. State taxes file free online The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. State taxes file free online Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. State taxes file free online   If the qualified organization will give the vehicle, or sell it for a price well below fair market value, to a needy individual to further the organization's charitable purpose, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. State taxes file free online But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. State taxes file free online The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. State taxes file free online   This exception does not apply if the organization sells the vehicle at auction. State taxes file free online In that case, you cannot deduct the vehicle's fair market value. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online Anita donates a used car to a qualified organization. State taxes file free online She bought it 3 years ago for $9,000. State taxes file free online A used car guide shows the fair market value for this type of car is $6,000. State taxes file free online However, Anita gets a Form 1098-C from the organization showing the car was sold for $2,900. State taxes file free online Neither exception 1 nor exception 2 applies. State taxes file free online If Anita itemizes her deductions, she can deduct $2,900 for her donation. State taxes file free online She must attach Form 1098-C and Form 8283 to her return. State taxes file free online Deduction $500 or less. State taxes file free online   If the qualified organization sells the vehicle for $500 or less and exceptions 1 and 2 do not apply, you can deduct the smaller of: $500, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. State taxes file free online But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. State taxes file free online   If the vehicle's fair market value is at least $250 but not more than $500, you must have a written statement from the qualified organization acknowledging your donation. State taxes file free online The statement must contain the information and meet the tests for an acknowledgment described under Deductions of At Least $250 But Not More Than $500 under Records To Keep, later. State taxes file free online Partial interest in property. State taxes file free online   Generally, you cannot deduct a charitable contribution of less than your entire interest in property. State taxes file free online Right to use property. State taxes file free online   A contribution of the right to use property is a contribution of less than your entire interest in that property and is not deductible. State taxes file free online For exceptions and more information, see Partial Interest in Property Not in Trust in Publication 561. State taxes file free online Future interests in tangible personal property. State taxes file free online   You cannot deduct the value of a charitable contribution of a future interest in tangible personal property until all intervening interests in and rights to the actual possession or enjoyment of the property have either expired or been turned over to someone other than yourself, a related person, or a related organization. State taxes file free online Tangible personal property. State taxes file free online   This is any property, other than land or buildings, that can be seen or touched. State taxes file free online It includes furniture, books, jewelry, paintings, and cars. State taxes file free online Future interest. State taxes file free online   This is any interest that is to begin at some future time, regardless of whether it is designated as a future interest under state law. State taxes file free online Determining Fair Market Value This section discusses general guidelines for determining the fair market value of various types of donated property. State taxes file free online Publication 561 contains a more complete discussion. State taxes file free online Fair market value is the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. State taxes file free online Used clothing and household items. State taxes file free online   The fair market value of used clothing and household goods is usually far less than what you paid for them when they were new. State taxes file free online   For used clothing, you should claim as the value the price that buyers of used items actually pay in used clothing stores, such as consignment or thrift shops. State taxes file free online See Household Goods in Publication 561 for information on the valuation of household goods, such as furniture, appliances, and linens. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online Dawn Greene donated a coat to a thrift store operated by her church. State taxes file free online She paid $300 for the coat 3 years ago. State taxes file free online Similar coats in the thrift store sell for $50. State taxes file free online The fair market value of the coat is $50. State taxes file free online Dawn's donation is limited to $50. State taxes file free online Cars, boats, and airplanes. State taxes file free online   If you contribute a car, boat, or airplane to a charitable organization, you must determine its fair market value. State taxes file free online Certain commercial firms and trade organizations publish used car pricing guides, commonly called “blue books,” containing complete dealer sale prices or dealer average prices for recent model years. State taxes file free online The guides may be published monthly or seasonally and for different regions of the country. State taxes file free online These guides also provide estimates for adjusting for unusual equipment, unusual mileage, and physical condition. State taxes file free online The prices are not “official” and these publications are not considered an appraisal of any specific donated property. State taxes file free online But they do provide clues for making an appraisal and suggest relative prices for comparison with current sales and offerings in your area. State taxes file free online   You can also find used car pricing information on the Internet. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online You donate a used car in poor condition to a local high school for use by students studying car repair. State taxes file free online A used car guide shows the dealer retail value for this type of car in poor condition is $1,600. State taxes file free online However, the guide shows the price for a private party sale of the car is only $750. State taxes file free online The fair market value of the car is considered to be $750. State taxes file free online Large quantities. State taxes file free online   If you contribute a large number of the same item, fair market value is the price at which comparable numbers of the item are being sold. State taxes file free online Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value If you contribute property with a fair market value that is less than your basis in it, your deduction is limited to its fair market value. State taxes file free online You cannot claim a deduction for the difference between the property's basis and its fair market value. State taxes file free online Giving Property That Has Increased in Value If you contribute property with a fair market value that is more than your basis in it, you may have to reduce the fair market value by the amount of appreciation (increase in value) when you figure your deduction. State taxes file free online Your basis in property is generally what you paid for it. State taxes file free online See chapter 13 if you need more information about basis. State taxes file free online Different rules apply to figuring your deduction, depending on whether the property is: Ordinary income property, or Capital gain property. State taxes file free online Ordinary income property. State taxes file free online   Property is ordinary income property if you would have recognized ordinary income or short-term capital gain had you sold it at fair market value on the date it was contributed. State taxes file free online Examples of ordinary income property are inventory, works of art created by the donor, manuscripts prepared by the donor, and capital assets (defined in chapter 14) held 1 year or less. State taxes file free online Amount of deduction. State taxes file free online   The amount you can deduct for a contribution of ordinary income property is its fair market value minus the amount that would be ordinary income or short-term capital gain if you sold the property for its fair market value. State taxes file free online Generally, this rule limits the deduction to your basis in the property. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online You donate stock you held for 5 months to your church. State taxes file free online The fair market value of the stock on the day you donate it is $1,000, but you paid only $800 (your basis). State taxes file free online Because the $200 of appreciation would be short-term capital gain if you sold the stock, your deduction is limited to $800 (fair market value minus the appreciation). State taxes file free online Capital gain property. State taxes file free online   Property is capital gain property if you would have recognized long-term capital gain had you sold it at fair market value on the date of the contribution. State taxes file free online It includes capital assets held more than 1 year, as well as certain real property and depreciable property used in your trade or business and, generally, held more than 1 year. State taxes file free online Amount of deduction — general rule. State taxes file free online   When figuring your deduction for a contribution of capital gain property, you generally can use the fair market value of the property. State taxes file free online Exceptions. State taxes file free online   In certain situations, you must reduce the fair market value by any amount that would have been long-term capital gain if you had sold the property for its fair market value. State taxes file free online Generally, this means reducing the fair market value to the property's cost or other basis. State taxes file free online Bargain sales. State taxes file free online   A bargain sale of property is a sale or exchange for less than the property's fair market value. State taxes file free online A bargain sale to a qualified organization is partly a charitable contribution and partly a sale or exchange. State taxes file free online A bargain sale may result in a taxable gain. State taxes file free online More information. State taxes file free online   For more information on donating appreciated property, see Giving Property That Has Increased in Value in Publication 526. State taxes file free online When To Deduct You can deduct your contributions only in the year you actually make them in cash or other property (or in a later carryover year, as explained later under Carryovers ). State taxes file free online This applies whether you use the cash or an accrual method of accounting. State taxes file free online Time of making contribution. State taxes file free online   Usually, you make a contribution at the time of its unconditional delivery. State taxes file free online Checks. State taxes file free online   A check you mail to a charity is considered delivered on the date you mail it. State taxes file free online Text message. State taxes file free online   Contributions made by text message are deductible in the year you send the text message if the contribution is charged to your telephone or wireless account. State taxes file free online Credit card. State taxes file free online    Contributions charged on your credit card are deductible in the year you make the charge. State taxes file free online Pay-by-phone account. State taxes file free online    Contributions made through a pay-by-phone account are considered delivered on the date the financial institution pays the amount. State taxes file free online Stock certificate. State taxes file free online   A properly endorsed stock certificate is considered delivered on the date of mailing or other delivery to the charity or to the charity's agent. State taxes file free online However, if you give a stock certificate to your agent or to the issuing corporation for transfer to the name of the charity, your contribution is not delivered until the date the stock is transferred on the books of the corporation. State taxes file free online Promissory note. State taxes file free online   If you issue and deliver a promissory note to a charity as a contribution, it is not a contribution until you make the note payments. State taxes file free online Option. State taxes file free online    If you grant a charity an option to buy real property at a bargain price, it is not a contribution until the organization exercises the option. State taxes file free online Borrowed funds. State taxes file free online   If you contribute borrowed funds, you can deduct the contribution in the year you deliver the funds to the charity, regardless of when you repay the loan. State taxes file free online Limits on Deductions The amount you can deduct for charitable contributions cannot be more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). State taxes file free online Your deduction may be further limited to 30% or 20% of your AGI, depending on the type of property you give and the type of organization you give it to. State taxes file free online If your total contributions for the year are 20% or less of your AGI, these limits do not apply to you. State taxes file free online The limits are discussed in detail under Limits on Deductions in Publication 526. State taxes file free online A higher limit applies to certain qualified conservation contributions. State taxes file free online See Publication 526 for details. State taxes file free online Carryovers You can carry over any contributions you cannot deduct in the current year because they exceed your adjusted-gross-income limits. State taxes file free online You can deduct the excess in each of the next 5 years until it is used up, but not beyond that time. State taxes file free online For more information, see Carryovers in Publication 526. State taxes file free online Records To Keep You must keep records to prove the amount of the contributions you make during the year. State taxes file free online The kind of records you must keep depends on the amount of your contributions and whether they are: Cash contributions, Noncash contributions, or Out-of-pocket expenses when donating your services. State taxes file free online Note. State taxes file free online An organization generally must give you a written statement if it receives a payment from you that is more than $75 and is partly a contribution and partly for goods or services. State taxes file free online (See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. State taxes file free online ) Keep the statement for your records. State taxes file free online It may satisfy all or part of the recordkeeping requirements explained in the following discussions. State taxes file free online Cash Contributions Cash contributions include those paid by cash, check, electronic funds transfer, debit card, credit card, or payroll deduction. State taxes file free online You cannot deduct a cash contribution, regardless of the amount, unless you keep one of the following. State taxes file free online A bank record that shows the name of the qualified organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. State taxes file free online Bank records may include: A canceled check, A bank or credit union statement, or A credit card statement. State taxes file free online A receipt (or a letter or other written communication) from the qualified organization showing the name of the organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. State taxes file free online The payroll deduction records described next. State taxes file free online Payroll deductions. State taxes file free online   If you make a contribution by payroll deduction, you must keep: A pay stub, Form W-2, or other document furnished by your employer that shows the date and amount of the contribution, and A pledge card or other document prepared by or for the qualified organization that shows the name of the organization. State taxes file free online If your employer withheld $250 or more from a single paycheck, see Contributions of $250 or More , next. State taxes file free online Contributions of $250 or More You can claim a deduction for a contribution of $250 or more only if you have an acknowledgment of your contribution from the qualified organization or certain payroll deduction records. State taxes file free online If you made more than one contribution of $250 or more, you must have either a separate acknowledgment for each or one acknowledgment that lists each contribution and the date of each contribution and shows your total contributions. State taxes file free online Amount of contribution. State taxes file free online   In figuring whether your contribution is $250 or more, do not combine separate contributions. State taxes file free online For example, if you gave your church $25 each week, your weekly payments do not have to be combined. State taxes file free online Each payment is a separate contribution. State taxes file free online   If contributions are made by payroll deduction, the deduction from each paycheck is treated as a separate contribution. State taxes file free online   If you made a payment that is partly for goods and services, as described earlier under Contributions From Which You Benefit , your contribution is the amount of the payment that is more than the value of the goods and services. State taxes file free online Acknowledgment. State taxes file free online   The acknowledgment must meet these tests. State taxes file free online It must be written. State taxes file free online It must include: The amount of cash you contributed, Whether the qualified organization gave you any goods or services as a result of your contribution (other than certain token items and membership benefits), A description and good faith estimate of the value of any goods or services described in (b) (other than intangible religious benefits), and A statement that the only benefit you received was an intangible religious benefit, if that was the case. State taxes file free online The acknowledgment does not need to describe or estimate the value of an intangible religious benefit. State taxes file free online An intangible religious benefit is a benefit that generally is not sold in commercial transactions outside a donative (gift) context. State taxes file free online An example is admission to a religious ceremony. State taxes file free online You must get it on or before the earlier of: The date you file your return for the year you make the contribution, or The due date, including extensions, for filing the return. State taxes file free online   If the acknowledgment does not show the date of the contribution, you must also have a bank record or receipt, as described earlier, that does show the date of the contribution. State taxes file free online If the acknowledgment shows the date of the contribution and meets the other tests just described, you do not need any other records. State taxes file free online Payroll deductions. State taxes file free online   If you make a contribution by payroll deduction and your employer withholds $250 or more from a single paycheck, you must keep: A pay stub, Form W-2, or other document furnished by your employer that shows the amount withheld as a contribution, and A pledge card or other document prepared by or for the qualified organization that shows the name of the organization and states the organization does not provide goods or services in return for any contribution made to it by payroll deduction. State taxes file free online A single pledge card may be kept for all contributions made by payroll deduction regardless of amount as long as it contains all the required information. State taxes file free online   If the pay stub, Form W-2, pledge card, or other document does not show the date of the contribution, you must have another document that does show the date of the contribution. State taxes file free online If the pay stub, Form W-2, pledge card, or other document shows the date of the contribution, you do not need any other records except those just described in (1) and (2). State taxes file free online Noncash Contributions For a contribution not made in cash, the records you must keep depend on whether your deduction for the contribution is: Less than $250, At least $250 but not more than $500, Over $500 but not more than $5,000, or Over $5,000. State taxes file free online Amount of deduction. State taxes file free online   In figuring whether your deduction is $500 or more, combine your claimed deductions for all similar items of property donated to any charitable organization during the year. State taxes file free online   If you received goods or services in return, as described earlier in Contributions From Which You Benefit , reduce your contribution by the value of those goods or services. State taxes file free online If you figure your deduction by reducing the fair market value of the donated property by its appreciation, as described earlier in Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , your contribution is the reduced amount. State taxes file free online Deductions of Less Than $250 If you make any noncash contribution, you must get and keep a receipt from the charitable organization showing: The name of the charitable organization, The date and location of the charitable contribution, and A reasonably detailed description of the property. State taxes file free online A letter or other written communication from the charitable organization acknowledging receipt of the contribution and containing the information in (1), (2), and (3) will serve as a receipt. State taxes file free online You are not required to have a receipt where it is impractical to get one (for example, if you leave property at a charity's unattended drop site). State taxes file free online Additional records. State taxes file free online   You must also keep reliable written records for each item of contributed property. State taxes file free online Your written records must include the following information. State taxes file free online The name and address of the organization to which you contributed. State taxes file free online The date and location of the contribution. State taxes file free online A description of the property in detail reasonable under the circumstances. State taxes file free online For a security, keep the name of the issuer, the type of security, and whether it is regularly traded on a stock exchange or in an over-the-counter market. State taxes file free online The fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution and how you figured the fair market value. State taxes file free online If it was determined by appraisal, keep a signed copy of the appraisal. State taxes file free online The cost or other basis of the property, if you must reduce its fair market value by appreciation. State taxes file free online Your records should also include the amount of the reduction and how you figured it. State taxes file free online The amount you claim as a deduction for the tax year as a result of the contribution, if you contribute less than your entire interest in the property during the tax year. State taxes file free online Your records must include the amount you claimed as a deduction in any earlier years for contributions of other interests in this property. State taxes file free online They must also include the name and address of each organization to which you contributed the other interests, the place where any such tangible property is located or kept, and the name of any person in possession of the property, other than the organization to which you contributed it. State taxes file free online The terms of any conditions attached to the contribution of property. State taxes file free online Deductions of At Least $250 But Not More Than $500 If you claim a deduction of at least $250 but not more than $500 for a noncash charitable contribution, you must get and keep an acknowledgment of your contribution from the qualified organization. State taxes file free online If you made more than one contribution of $250 or more, you must have either a separate acknowledgment for each or one acknowledgment that shows your total contributions. State taxes file free online The acknowledgment must contain the information in items (1) through (3) under Deductions of Less Than $250 , earlier, and your written records must include the information listed in that discussion under Additional records . State taxes file free online The acknowledgment must also meet these tests. State taxes file free online It must be written. State taxes file free online It must include: A description (but not necessarily the value) of any property you contributed, Whether the qualified organization gave you any goods or services as a result of your contribution (other than certain token items and membership benefits), and A description and good faith estimate of the value of any goods or services described in (b). State taxes file free online If the only benefit you received was an intangible religious benefit (such as admission to a religious ceremony) that generally is not sold in a commercial transaction outside the donative context, the acknowledgment must say so and does not need to describe or estimate the value of the benefit. State taxes file free online You must get it on or before the earlier of: The date you file your return for the year you make the contribution, or The due date, including extensions, for filing the return. State taxes file free online Deductions Over $500 You are required to give additional information if you claim a deduction over $500 for noncash charitable contributions. State taxes file free online See Records To Keep in Publication 526 for more information. State taxes file free online Out-of-Pocket Expenses If you give services to a qualified organization and have unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses related to those services, the following two rules apply. State taxes file free online You must have adequate records to prove the amount of the expenses. State taxes file free online If any of your unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, considered separately, are $250 or more (for example, you pay $250 or more for an airline ticket to attend a convention of a qualified organization as a chosen representative), you must get an acknowledgment from the qualified organization that contains: A description of the services you provided, A statement of whether or not the organization provided you any goods or services to reimburse you for the expenses you incurred, A description and a good faith estimate of the value of any goods or services (other than intangible religious benefits) provided to reimburse you, and A statement that the only benefit you received was an intangible religious benefit, if that was the case. State taxes file free online The acknowledgment does not need to describe or estimate the value of an intangible religious benefit (defined earlier under Acknowledgment ). State taxes file free online You must get the acknowledgment on or before the earlier of: The date you file your return for the year you make the contribution, or The due date, including extensions, for filing the return. State taxes file free online Car expenses. State taxes file free online   If you claim expenses directly related to use of your car in giving services to a qualified organization, you must keep reliable written records of your expenses. State taxes file free online Whether your records are considered reliable depends on all the facts and circumstances. State taxes file free online Generally, they may be considered reliable if you made them regularly and at or near the time you had the expenses. State taxes file free online   For example, your records might show the name of the organization you were serving and the dates you used your car for a charitable purpose. State taxes file free online If you use the standard mileage rate of 14 cents a mile, your records must show the miles you drove your car for the charitable purpose. State taxes file free online If you deduct your actual expenses, your records must show the costs of operating the car that are directly related to a charitable purpose. State taxes file free online   See Car expenses under Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services, earlier, for the expenses you can deduct. State taxes file free online How To Report Report your charitable contributions on Schedule A (Form 1040). State taxes file free online If your total deduction for all noncash contributions for the year is over $500, you must also file Form 8283. State taxes file free online See How To Report in Publication 526 for more information. State taxes file free online Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Types of Loans

There are different types of loans. Some are secured loans. This mean that your property and things you own are used as collateral, and if you cannot pay back the loan, the lender will take your collateral to get their money back. Other types of loans, unsecured loans, don’t use property as collateral. Lenders consider these as more risky than secured loans, so they charge a higher interest rate for them. Most credit cards are unsecured loans, although some consumers have secured credit cards. Two very common secured loans are home equity and installment loans.

Home-Equity Loans

A home equity loan could be a smart way to pay off high-interest debt or pay for home repairs. But consider carefully before taking out a home equity loan. If you are unable to make payments on time, you could lose your home.

Home equity loans can either be a revolving line of credit or a lump sum. Revolving credit lets you withdraw funds when you need them. A lump sum is a one-time closed-end loan, for a particular purpose, such as remodeling or tuition. Apply for a home equity loan through a bank or credit union first. These loans are likely to cost less than those offered by finance companies.

Installment Loans


Before you sign an agreement for a loan to buy a house, a car or other large purchase, make sure you fully understand all the lender's terms and conditions, including:

  • The dollar amount you are borrowing.
  • The payment amounts and when they are due.
  • The total finance charge, the total of all the interest and fees you must pay to get the loan.
  • The Annual Percentage Rate (APR), the rate of interest you will pay over the full term of the loan.
  • Penalties for late payments.
  • What the lender will do if you can't pay back the loan.
  • Penalties if you pay the loan back early

The Truth in Lending Act requires lenders to give you this information so you can compare different offers.

Payday and Tax Refund Loans

Payday loans are illegal in some states. Recent changes in the law for payday lenders have also made payday loans illegal for members of the military. With a typical payday loan, you might write a personal check for $115 to borrow $100 for two weeks, until payday. The annual percentage rate (APR) in this example is 390 percent! If you can repay the loan quickly, it may not appear such a bad deal. But if you can't pay off the loan quickly, that relatively small loan can grow into a large amount of debt. At 390 percent, a $100 loan will become $490 in a year and $2,401 in two years.

Another high cost way to borrow money is a tax refund loan. This type of credit lets you get an advance on a tax refund for a fee. APRs as high as 774% have been reported. If you are short of cash, avoid both of these loans by asking for more time to pay a bill or seeking a traditional loan. Even a cash advance on your credit card may cost less.

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State taxes file free online 6. State taxes file free online   Basis of Assets Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Cost BasisReal Property Allocating the Basis Uniform Capitalization Rules Adjusted BasisIncreases to Basis Decreases to Basis Basis Other Than CostTaxable Exchanges Involuntary Conversions Nontaxable Exchanges Property Received as a Gift Property Transferred From a Spouse Inherited Property Property Distributed From a Partnership or Corporation Introduction Your basis is the amount of your investment in property for tax purposes. State taxes file free online Use basis to figure the gain or loss on the sale, exchange, or other disposition of property. State taxes file free online Also use basis to figure depreciation, amortization, depletion, and casualty losses. State taxes file free online If you use property for both business or investment purposes and for personal purposes, you must allocate the basis based on the use. State taxes file free online Only the basis allocated to the business or investment use of the property can be depreciated. State taxes file free online Your original basis in property is adjusted (increased or decreased) by certain events. State taxes file free online For example, if you make improvements to the property, increase your basis. State taxes file free online If you take deductions for depreciation, or casualty losses, or claim certain credits, reduce your basis. State taxes file free online Keep accurate records of all items that affect the basis of your assets. State taxes file free online For information on keeping records, see chapter 1. State taxes file free online Topics - This chapter discusses: Cost basis Adjusted basis Basis other than cost Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 535 Business Expenses 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 551 Basis of Assets 946 How To Depreciate Property See chapter 16 for information about getting publications and forms. State taxes file free online Cost Basis The basis of property you buy is usually its cost. State taxes file free online Cost is the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, other property, or services. State taxes file free online Your cost includes amounts you pay for sales tax, freight, installation, and testing. State taxes file free online The basis of real estate and business assets will include other items, discussed later. State taxes file free online Basis generally does not include interest payments. State taxes file free online However, see Carrying charges and Capitalized interest in chapter 4 of Publication 535. State taxes file free online You also may have to capitalize (add to basis) certain other costs related to buying or producing property. State taxes file free online Under the uniform capitalization rules, discussed later, you may have to capitalize direct costs and certain indirect costs of producing property. State taxes file free online Loans with low or no interest. State taxes file free online   If you buy property on a time-payment plan that charges little or no interest, the basis of your property is your stated purchase price minus the amount considered to be unstated interest. State taxes file free online You generally have unstated interest if your interest rate is less than the applicable federal rate. State taxes file free online See the discussion of unstated interest in Publication 537, Installment Sales. State taxes file free online Real Property Real property, also called real estate, is land and generally anything built on, growing on, or attached to land. State taxes file free online If you buy real property, certain fees and other expenses you pay are part of your cost basis in the property. State taxes file free online Some of these expenses are discussed next. State taxes file free online Lump sum purchase. State taxes file free online   If you buy improvements, such as buildings, and the land on which they stand for a lump sum, allocate your cost basis between the land and improvements. State taxes file free online Allocate the cost basis according to the respective fair market values (FMVs) of the land and improvements at the time of purchase. State taxes file free online Figure the basis of each asset by multiplying the lump sum by a fraction. State taxes file free online The numerator is the FMV of that asset and the denominator is the FMV of the whole property at the time of purchase. State taxes file free online Fair market value (FMV). State taxes file free online   FMV is the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all necessary facts. State taxes file free online Sales of similar property on or about the same date may help in figuring the FMV of the property. State taxes file free online If you are not certain of the FMV of the land and improvements, you can allocate the basis according to their assessed values for real estate tax purposes. State taxes file free online Real estate taxes. State taxes file free online   If you pay the real estate taxes the seller owed on real property you bought, and the seller did not reimburse you, treat those taxes as part of your basis. State taxes file free online   If you reimburse the seller for taxes the seller paid for you, you generally can deduct that amount as a tax expense. State taxes file free online Whether or not you reimburse the seller, do not include that amount in the basis of your property. State taxes file free online Settlement costs. State taxes file free online   Your basis includes the settlement fees and closing costs for buying the property. State taxes file free online See Publication 551 for a detailed list of items you can and cannot include in basis. State taxes file free online   Do not include fees and costs for getting a loan on the property. State taxes file free online Also, do not include amounts placed in escrow for the future payment of items such as taxes and insurance. State taxes file free online Points. State taxes file free online   If you pay points to get a loan (including a mortgage, second mortgage, or line-of-credit), do not add the points to the basis of the related property. State taxes file free online You may be able to deduct the points currently or over the term of the loan. State taxes file free online For more information about deducting points, see Points in chapter 4 of Publication 535. State taxes file free online Assumption of a mortgage. State taxes file free online   If you buy property and assume (or buy the property subject to) an existing mortgage, your basis includes the amount you pay for the property plus the amount you owe on the mortgage. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online If you buy a farm for $100,000 cash and assume a mortgage of $400,000, your basis is $500,000. State taxes file free online Constructing assets. State taxes file free online   If you build property or have assets built for you, your expenses for this construction are part of your basis. State taxes file free online Some of these expenses include the following costs: Land, Labor and materials, Architect's fees, Building permit charges, Payments to contractors, Payments for rental equipment, and Inspection fees. State taxes file free online   In addition, if you use your own employees, farm materials, and equipment to build an asset, do not deduct the following expenses. State taxes file free online You must capitalize them (include them in the asset's basis). State taxes file free online Employee wages paid for the construction work, reduced by any employment credits allowed. State taxes file free online Depreciation on equipment you own while it is used in the construction. State taxes file free online Operating and maintenance costs for equipment used in the construction. State taxes file free online The cost of business supplies and materials used in the construction. State taxes file free online    Do not include the value of your own labor, or any other labor you did not pay for, in the basis of any property you construct. State taxes file free online Allocating the Basis In some instances, the rules for determining basis apply to a group of assets acquired in the same transaction or to property that consists of separate items. State taxes file free online To determine the basis of these assets or separate items, there must be an allocation of basis. State taxes file free online Group of assets acquired. State taxes file free online   If you buy multiple assets for a lump sum, allocate the amount you pay among the assets. State taxes file free online Use this allocation to figure your basis for depreciation and gain or loss on a later disposition of any of these assets. State taxes file free online You and the seller may agree in the sales contract to a specific allocation of the purchase price among the assets. State taxes file free online If this allocation is based on the value of each asset and you and the seller have adverse tax interests, the allocation generally will be accepted. State taxes file free online Farming business acquired. State taxes file free online   If you buy a group of assets that makes up a farming business, there are special rules you must use to allocate the purchase price among the assets. State taxes file free online Generally, reduce the purchase price by any cash received. State taxes file free online Allocate the remaining purchase price to the other business assets received in proportion to (but not more than) their FMV and in a certain order. State taxes file free online See Trade or Business Acquired under Allocating the Basis in Publication 551 for more information. State taxes file free online Transplanted embryo. State taxes file free online   If you buy a cow that is pregnant with a transplanted embryo, allocate to the basis of the cow the part of the purchase price equal to the FMV of the cow without the implant. State taxes file free online Allocate the rest of the purchase price to the basis of the calf. State taxes file free online Neither the cost allocated to the cow nor the cost allocated to the calf is deductible as a current business expense. State taxes file free online Uniform Capitalization Rules Under the uniform capitalization rules, you must include certain direct and indirect costs in the basis of property you produce or in your inventory costs, rather than claim them as a current deduction. State taxes file free online You recover these costs through depreciation, amortization, or cost of goods sold when you use, sell, or otherwise dispose of the property. State taxes file free online Generally, you are subject to the uniform capitalization rules if you do any of the following: Produce real or tangible personal property, or Acquire property for resale. State taxes file free online However, this rule does not apply to personal property if your average annual gross receipts for the 3-tax-year period ending with the year preceding the current tax year are $10 million or less. State taxes file free online You produce property if you construct, build, install, manufacture, develop, improve, or create the property. State taxes file free online You are not subject to the uniform capitalization rules if the property is produced for personal use. State taxes file free online In a farming business, you produce property if you raise or grow any agricultural or horticultural commodity, including plants and animals. State taxes file free online Plants. State taxes file free online   A plant produced in a farming business includes the following items: A fruit, nut, or other crop-bearing tree; An ornamental tree; A vine; A bush; Sod; and The crop or yield of a plant that will have more than one crop or yield. State taxes file free online Animals. State taxes file free online   An animal produced in a farming business includes any stock, poultry or other bird, and fish or other sea life. State taxes file free online The direct and indirect costs of producing plants or animals include preparatory costs and preproductive period costs. State taxes file free online Preparatory costs include the acquisition costs of the seed, seedling, plant, or animal. State taxes file free online For plants, preproductive period costs include the costs of items such as irrigation, pruning, frost protection, spraying, and harvesting. State taxes file free online For animals, preproductive period costs include the costs of items such as feed, maintaining pasture or pen areas, breeding, veterinary services, and bedding. State taxes file free online Exceptions. State taxes file free online   In a farming business, the uniform capitalization rules do not apply to: Any animal, Any plant with a preproductive period of 2 years or less, or Any costs of replanting certain plants lost or damaged due to casualty. State taxes file free online   Exceptions (1) and (2) do not apply to a corporation, partnership, or tax shelter required to use an accrual method of accounting. State taxes file free online See Accrual Method Required under Accounting Methods in chapter 2. State taxes file free online   In addition, you can elect not to use the uniform capitalization rules for plants with a preproductive period of more than 2 years. State taxes file free online If you make this election, special rules apply. State taxes file free online This election cannot be made by a corporation, partnership, or tax shelter required to use an accrual method of accounting. State taxes file free online This election also does not apply to any costs incurred for the planting, cultivation, maintenance, or development of any citrus or almond grove (or any part thereof) within the first 4 years the trees were planted. State taxes file free online    If you elect not to use the uniform capitalization rules, you must use the alternative depreciation system for all property used in any of your farming businesses and placed in service in any tax year during which the election is in effect. State taxes file free online See chapter 7, for additional information on depreciation. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online You grow trees that have a preproductive period of more than 2 years. State taxes file free online The trees produce an annual crop. State taxes file free online You are an individual and the uniform capitalization rules apply to your farming business. State taxes file free online You must capitalize the direct costs and an allocable part of indirect costs incurred due to the production of the trees. State taxes file free online You are not required to capitalize the costs of producing the annual crop because its preproductive period is 2 years or less. State taxes file free online Preproductive period of more than 2 years. State taxes file free online   The preproductive period of plants grown in commercial quantities in the United States is based on their nationwide weighted average preproductive period. State taxes file free online Plants producing the crops or yields shown in Table 6-1 have a nationwide weighted average preproductive period of more than 2 years. State taxes file free online Other plants (not shown in Table 6-1) may also have a nationwide weighted average preproductive period of more than 2 years. State taxes file free online More information. State taxes file free online   For more information on the uniform capitalization rules that apply to property produced in a farming business, see Regulations section 1. State taxes file free online 263A-4. State taxes file free online Table 6-1. State taxes file free online Plants With a Preproductive Period of More Than 2 Years Plants producing the following crops or yields have a nationwide weighted average preproductive period of more than 2 years. State taxes file free online Almonds Apples Apricots Avocados Blueberries Cherries Chestnuts Coffee beans Currants Dates Figs Grapefruit Grapes Guavas Kiwifruit Kumquats Lemons Limes Macadamia nuts Mangoes Nectarines Olives Oranges Peaches Pears Pecans Persimmons Pistachio nuts Plums Pomegranates Prunes Tangelos Tangerines Tangors Walnuts Adjusted Basis Before figuring gain or loss on a sale, exchange, or other disposition of property or figuring allowable depreciation, depletion, or amortization, you must usually make certain adjustments to the cost basis or basis other than cost (discussed later) of the property. State taxes file free online The adjustments to the original basis are increases or decreases to the cost basis or other basis which result in the adjusted basis of the property. State taxes file free online Increases to Basis Increase the basis of any property by all items properly added to a capital account. State taxes file free online These include the cost of any improvements having a useful life of more than 1 year. State taxes file free online The following costs increase the basis of property. State taxes file free online The cost of extending utility service lines to property. State taxes file free online Legal fees, such as the cost of defending and perfecting title. State taxes file free online Legal fees for seeking a decrease in an assessment levied against property to pay for local improvements. State taxes file free online Assessments for items such as paving roads and building ditches that increase the value of the property assessed. State taxes file free online Do not deduct these expenses as taxes. State taxes file free online However, you can deduct as taxes amounts assessed for maintenance or repairs, or for meeting interest charges related to the improvements. State taxes file free online If you make additions or improvements to business property, depreciate the basis of each addition or improvement as separate depreciable property using the rules that would apply to the original property if you had placed it in service at the same time you placed the addition or improvement in service. State taxes file free online See chapter 7. State taxes file free online Deducting vs. State taxes file free online capitalizing costs. State taxes file free online   Do not add to your basis costs you can deduct as current expenses. State taxes file free online For example, amounts paid for incidental repairs or maintenance are deductible as business expenses and are not added to basis. State taxes file free online However, you can elect either to deduct or to capitalize certain other costs. State taxes file free online See chapter 7 in Publication 535. State taxes file free online Decreases to Basis The following are some items that reduce the basis of property. State taxes file free online Section 179 deduction. State taxes file free online Deductions previously allowed or allowable for amortization, depreciation, and depletion. State taxes file free online Alternative motor vehicle credit. State taxes file free online See Form 8910. State taxes file free online Alternative fuel vehicle refueling property credit. State taxes file free online See Form 8911. State taxes file free online Residential energy efficient property credits. State taxes file free online See Form 5695. State taxes file free online Investment credit (part or all) taken. State taxes file free online Casualty and theft losses and insurance reimbursements. State taxes file free online Payments you receive for granting an easement. State taxes file free online Exclusion from income of subsidies for energy conservation measures. State taxes file free online Certain canceled debt excluded from income. State taxes file free online Rebates from a manufacturer or seller. State taxes file free online Patronage dividends received from a cooperative association as a result of a purchase of property. State taxes file free online See Patronage Dividends in chapter 3. State taxes file free online Gas-guzzler tax. State taxes file free online See Form 6197. State taxes file free online Some of these items are discussed next. State taxes file free online For a more detailed list of items that decrease basis, see section 1016 of the Internal Revenue Code and Publication 551. State taxes file free online Depreciation and section 179 deduction. State taxes file free online   The adjustments you must make to the basis of the property if you take the section 179 deduction or depreciate the property are explained next. State taxes file free online For more information on these deductions, see chapter 7. State taxes file free online Section 179 deduction. State taxes file free online   If you take the section 179 expense deduction for all or part of the cost of qualifying business property, decrease the basis of the property by the deduction. State taxes file free online Depreciation. State taxes file free online   Decrease the basis of property by the depreciation you deducted or could have deducted on your tax returns under the method of depreciation you chose. State taxes file free online If you took less depreciation than you could have under the method chosen, decrease the basis by the amount you could have taken under that method. State taxes file free online If you did not take a depreciation deduction, reduce the basis by the full amount of the depreciation you could have taken. State taxes file free online   If you deducted more depreciation than you should have, decrease your basis by the amount you should have deducted plus the part of the excess depreciation you deducted that actually reduced your tax liability for any year. State taxes file free online   See chapter 7 for information on figuring the depreciation you should have claimed. State taxes file free online   In decreasing your basis for depreciation, take into account the amount deducted on your tax returns as depreciation and any depreciation you must capitalize under the uniform capitalization rules. State taxes file free online Casualty and theft losses. State taxes file free online   If you have a casualty or theft loss, decrease the basis of the property by any insurance or other reimbursement. State taxes file free online Also, decrease it by any deductible loss not covered by insurance. State taxes file free online See chapter 11 for information about figuring your casualty or theft loss. State taxes file free online   You must increase your basis in the property by the amount you spend on clean-up costs (such as debris removal) and repairs that restore the property to its pre-casualty condition. State taxes file free online To make this determination, compare the repaired property to the property before the casualty. State taxes file free online Easements. State taxes file free online   The amount you receive for granting an easement is usually considered to be proceeds from the sale of an interest in the real property. State taxes file free online It reduces the basis of the affected part of the property. State taxes file free online If the amount received is more than the basis of the part of the property affected by the easement, reduce your basis in that part to zero and treat the excess as a recognized gain. State taxes file free online See Easements and rights-of-way in chapter 3. State taxes file free online Exclusion from income of subsidies for energy conservation measures. State taxes file free online   You can exclude from gross income any subsidy you received from a public utility company for the purchase or installation of an energy conservation measure for a dwelling unit. State taxes file free online Reduce the basis of the property by the excluded amount. State taxes file free online Canceled debt excluded from income. State taxes file free online   If a debt you owe is canceled or forgiven, other than as a gift or bequest, you generally must include the canceled amount in your gross income for tax purposes. State taxes file free online A debt includes any indebtedness for which you are liable or which attaches to property you hold. State taxes file free online   You can exclude your canceled debt from income if the debt is any of the following. State taxes file free online Debt canceled in a bankruptcy case or when you are insolvent. State taxes file free online Qualified farm debt. State taxes file free online Qualified real property business debt (provided you are not a C corporation). State taxes file free online Qualified principal residence indebtedness. State taxes file free online Discharge of certain indebtedness of a qualified individual because of Midwestern disasters. State taxes file free online If you exclude canceled debt described in (1) or (2), you may have to reduce the basis of your depreciable and nondepreciable property. State taxes file free online If you exclude canceled debt described in (3), you must only reduce the basis of your depreciable property by the excluded amount. State taxes file free online   For more information about canceled debt in a bankruptcy case, see Publication 908, Bankruptcy Tax Guide. State taxes file free online For more information about insolvency and canceled debt that is qualified farm debt or qualified principal residence indebtedness, see chapter 3. State taxes file free online For more information about qualified real property business debt, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. State taxes file free online For more information about canceled debt in Midwestern disaster areas, see Publication 4492-B, Information for Affected Taxpayers in the Midwestern Disaster Areas. State taxes file free online Basis Other Than Cost There are times when you cannot use cost as basis. State taxes file free online In these situations, the fair market value or the adjusted basis of property may be used. State taxes file free online Examples are discussed next. State taxes file free online Property changed from personal to business or rental use. State taxes file free online   When you hold property for personal use and then change it to business use or use it to produce rent, you must figure its basis for depreciation. State taxes file free online An example of changing property from personal to business use would be changing the use of your pickup truck that you originally purchased for your personal use to use in your farming business. State taxes file free online   The basis for depreciation is the lesser of: The FMV of the property on the date of the change, or Your adjusted basis on the date of the change. State taxes file free online   If you later sell or dispose of this property, the basis you use will depend on whether you are figuring a gain or loss. State taxes file free online The basis for figuring a gain is your adjusted basis in the property when you sell the property. State taxes file free online Figure the basis for a loss starting with the smaller of your adjusted basis or the FMV of the property at the time of the change to business or rental use. State taxes file free online Then make adjustments (increases and decreases) for the period after the change in the property's use, as discussed earlier under Adjusted Basis . State taxes file free online Property received for services. State taxes file free online   If you receive property for services, include the property's FMV in income. State taxes file free online The amount you include in income becomes your basis. State taxes file free online If the services were performed for a price agreed on beforehand, it will be accepted as the FMV of the property if there is no evidence to the contrary. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online George Smith is an accountant and also operates a farming business. State taxes file free online George agreed to do some accounting work for his neighbor in exchange for a dairy cow. State taxes file free online The accounting work and the cow are each worth $1,500. State taxes file free online George must include $1,500 in income for his accounting services. State taxes file free online George's basis in the cow is $1,500. State taxes file free online Taxable Exchanges A taxable exchange is one in which the gain is taxable, or the loss is deductible. State taxes file free online A taxable gain or deductible loss also is known as a recognized gain or loss. State taxes file free online A taxable exchange occurs when you receive cash or get property that is not similar or related in use to the property exchanged. State taxes file free online If you receive property in exchange for other property in a taxable exchange, the basis of the property you receive is usually its FMV at the time of the exchange. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online You trade a tract of farmland with an adjusted basis of $2,000 for a tractor that has an FMV of $6,000. State taxes file free online You must report a taxable gain of $4,000 for the land. State taxes file free online The tractor has a basis of $6,000. State taxes file free online Involuntary Conversions If you receive property as a result of an involuntary conversion, such as a casualty, theft, or condemnation, figure the basis of the replacement property you receive using the basis of the converted property. State taxes file free online Similar or related property. State taxes file free online   If the replacement property is similar or related in service or use to the converted property, the replacement property's basis is the same as the old property's basis on the date of the conversion. State taxes file free online However, make the following adjustments. State taxes file free online Decrease the basis by the following amounts. State taxes file free online Any loss you recognize on the involuntary conversion. State taxes file free online Any money you receive that you do not spend on similar property. State taxes file free online Increase the basis by the following amounts. State taxes file free online Any gain you recognize on the involuntary conversion. State taxes file free online Any cost of acquiring the replacement property. State taxes file free online Money or property not similar or related. State taxes file free online   If you receive money or property not similar or related in service or use to the converted property and you buy replacement property similar or related in service or use to the converted property, the basis of the replacement property is its cost decreased by the gain not recognized on the involuntary conversion. State taxes file free online Allocating the basis. State taxes file free online   If you buy more than one piece of replacement property, allocate your basis among the properties based on their respective costs. State taxes file free online Basis for depreciation. State taxes file free online   Special rules apply in determining and depreciating the basis of MACRS property acquired in an involuntary conversion. State taxes file free online For information, see Figuring the Deduction for Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Exchange under Figuring Depreciation Under MACRS in chapter 7. State taxes file free online For more information about involuntary conversions, see chapter 11. State taxes file free online Nontaxable Exchanges A nontaxable exchange is an exchange in which you are not taxed on any gain and you cannot deduct any loss. State taxes file free online A nontaxable gain or loss also is known as an unrecognized gain or loss. State taxes file free online If you receive property in a nontaxable exchange, its basis is usually the same as the basis of the property you transferred. State taxes file free online Like-Kind Exchanges The exchange of property for the same kind of property is the most common type of nontaxable exchange. State taxes file free online For an exchange to qualify as a like-kind exchange, you must hold for business or investment purposes both the property you transfer and the property you receive. State taxes file free online There must also be an exchange of like-kind property. State taxes file free online For more information, see Like-Kind Exchanges in  chapter 8. State taxes file free online The basis of the property you receive generally is the same as the adjusted basis of the property you gave up. State taxes file free online Example 1. State taxes file free online You traded a truck you used in your farming business for a new smaller truck to use in farming. State taxes file free online The adjusted basis of the old truck was $10,000. State taxes file free online The FMV of the new truck is $30,000. State taxes file free online Because this is a nontaxable exchange, you do not recognize any gain, and your basis in the new truck is $10,000, the same as the adjusted basis of the truck you traded. State taxes file free online Example 2. State taxes file free online You trade a field cultivator (adjusted basis of $8,000) for a planter (FMV of $9,000). State taxes file free online You use both the field cultivator and the planter in your farming business. State taxes file free online The basis of the planter you receive is $8,000, the same as the field cultivator traded Exchange expenses. State taxes file free online   Exchange expenses generally are the closing costs that you pay. State taxes file free online They include such items as brokerage commissions, attorney fees, and deed preparation fees. State taxes file free online Add them to the basis of the like-kind property you receive. State taxes file free online Property plus cash. State taxes file free online   If you trade property in a like-kind exchange and also pay money, the basis of the property you receive is the adjusted basis of the property you gave up plus the money you paid. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online You trade in a truck (adjusted basis of $3,000) for another truck (FMV of $7,500) and pay $4,000. State taxes file free online Your basis in the new truck is $7,000 (the $3,000 adjusted basis of the old truck plus the $4,000 cash). State taxes file free online Special rules for related persons. State taxes file free online   If a like-kind exchange takes place directly or indirectly between related persons and either party disposes of the property within 2 years after the exchange, the exchange no longer qualifies for like-kind exchange treatment. State taxes file free online Each person must report any gain or loss not recognized on the original exchange unless the loss is not deductible under the related party rules. State taxes file free online Each person reports it on the tax return filed for the year in which the later disposition occurred. State taxes file free online If this rule applies, the basis of the property received in the original exchange will be its FMV. State taxes file free online For more information, see chapter 8. State taxes file free online Exchange of business property. State taxes file free online   Exchanging the property of one business for the property of another business generally is a multiple property exchange. State taxes file free online For information on figuring basis, see Multiple Property Exchanges in chapter 1 of Publication 544. State taxes file free online Basis for depreciation. State taxes file free online   Special rules apply in determining and depreciating the basis of MACRS property acquired in a like-kind transaction. State taxes file free online For information, see Figuring the Deduction for Property Acquired in a Nontaxable Exchange under Figuring Depreciation Under MACRS in chapter 7. State taxes file free online Partially Nontaxable Exchanges A partially nontaxable exchange is an exchange in which you receive unlike property or money in addition to like-kind property. State taxes file free online The basis of the property you receive is the same as the adjusted basis of the property you gave up with the following adjustments. State taxes file free online Decrease the basis by the following amounts. State taxes file free online Any money you receive. State taxes file free online Any loss you recognize on the exchange. State taxes file free online Increase the basis by the following amounts. State taxes file free online Any additional costs you incur. State taxes file free online Any gain you recognize on the exchange. State taxes file free online If the other party to the exchange assumes your liabilities, treat the debt assumption as money you received in the exchange. State taxes file free online Example 1. State taxes file free online You trade farmland (basis of $100,000) for another tract of farmland (FMV of $110,000) and $30,000 cash. State taxes file free online You realize a gain of $40,000. State taxes file free online This is the FMV of the land received plus the cash minus the basis of the land you traded ($110,000 + $30,000 − $100,000). State taxes file free online Include your gain in income (recognize gain) only to the extent of the cash received. State taxes file free online Your basis in the land you received is figured as follows. State taxes file free online Basis of land traded $100,000 Minus: Cash received (adjustment 1(a)) − 30,000   $70,000 Plus: Gain recognized (adjustment 2(b)) + 30,000 Basis of land received $100,000 Example 2. State taxes file free online You trade a truck (adjusted basis of $22,750) for another truck (FMV of $20,000) and $10,000 cash. State taxes file free online You realize a gain of $7,250. State taxes file free online This is the FMV of the truck received plus the cash minus the adjusted basis of the truck you traded ($20,000 + $10,000 − $22,750). State taxes file free online You include all the gain in your income (recognize gain) because the gain is less than the cash you received. State taxes file free online Your basis in the truck you received is figured as follows. State taxes file free online Adjusted basis of truck traded $22,750 Minus: Cash received (adjustment 1(a)) −10,000   $12,750 Plus: Gain recognized (adjustment 2(b)) + 7,250 Basis of truck received $20,000 Allocation of basis. State taxes file free online   If you receive like-kind and unlike properties in the exchange, allocate the basis first to the unlike property, other than money, up to its FMV on the date of the exchange. State taxes file free online The rest is the basis of the like-kind property. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online You traded a tractor with an adjusted basis of $15,000 for another tractor that had an FMV of $12,500. State taxes file free online You also received $1,000 cash and a truck that had an FMV of $3,000. State taxes file free online The truck is unlike property. State taxes file free online You realized a gain of $1,500. State taxes file free online This is the FMV of the tractor received plus the FMV of the truck received plus the cash minus the adjusted basis of the tractor you traded ($12,500 + $3,000 + $1,000 − $15,000). State taxes file free online You include in income (recognize) all $1,500 of the gain because it is less than the FMV of the unlike property plus the cash received. State taxes file free online Your basis in the properties you received is figured as follows. State taxes file free online Adjusted basis of old tractor $15,000 Minus: Cash received (adjustment 1(a)) − 1,000   $14,000 Plus: Gain recognized (adjustment 2(b)) + 1,500 Total basis of properties received $15,500 Allocate the total basis of $15,500 first to the unlike property—the truck ($3,000). State taxes file free online This is the truck's FMV. State taxes file free online The rest ($12,500) is the basis of the tractor. State taxes file free online Sale and Purchase If you sell property and buy similar property in two mutually dependent transactions, you may have to treat the sale and purchase as a single nontaxable exchange. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online You used a tractor on your farm for 3 years. State taxes file free online Its adjusted basis is $22,000 and its FMV is $40,000. State taxes file free online You are interested in a new tractor, which sells for $60,000. State taxes file free online Ordinarily, you would trade your old tractor for the new one and pay the dealer $20,000. State taxes file free online Your basis for depreciating the new tractor would then be $42,000 ($20,000 + $22,000, the adjusted basis of your old tractor). State taxes file free online However, you want a higher basis for depreciating the new tractor, so you agree to pay the dealer $60,000 for the new tractor if he will pay you $40,000 for your old tractor. State taxes file free online Because the two transactions are dependent on each other, you are treated as having exchanged your old tractor for the new one and paid $20,000 ($60,000 − $40,000). State taxes file free online Your basis for depreciating the new tractor is $42,000, the same as if you traded the old tractor. State taxes file free online Property Received as a Gift To figure the basis of property you receive as a gift, you must know its adjusted basis (defined earlier) to the donor just before it was given to you. State taxes file free online You also must know its FMV at the time it was given to you and any gift tax paid on it. State taxes file free online FMV equal to or greater than donor's adjusted basis. State taxes file free online   If the FMV of the property is equal to or greater than the donor's adjusted basis, your basis is the donor's adjusted basis when you received the gift. State taxes file free online Increase your basis by all or part of any gift tax paid, depending on the date of the gift. State taxes file free online   Also, for figuring gain or loss from a sale or other disposition of the property, or for figuring depreciation, depletion, or amortization deductions on business property, you must increase or decrease your basis (the donor's adjusted basis) by any required adjustments to basis while you held the property. State taxes file free online See Adjusted Basis , earlier. State taxes file free online   If you received a gift during the tax year, increase your basis in the gift (the donor's adjusted basis) by the part of the gift tax paid on it due to the net increase in value of the gift. State taxes file free online Figure the increase by multiplying the gift tax paid by the following fraction. State taxes file free online Net increase in value of the gift Amount of the gift   The net increase in value of the gift is the FMV of the gift minus the donor's adjusted basis. State taxes file free online The amount of the gift is its value for gift tax purposes after reduction by any annual exclusion and marital or charitable deduction that applies to the gift. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online In 2013, you received a gift of property from your mother that had an FMV of $50,000. State taxes file free online Her adjusted basis was $20,000. State taxes file free online The amount of the gift for gift tax purposes was $36,000 ($50,000 minus the $14,000 annual exclusion). State taxes file free online She paid a gift tax of $7,320. State taxes file free online Your basis, $26,076, is figured as follows. State taxes file free online Fair market value $50,000 Minus: Adjusted basis −20,000 Net increase in value $30,000 Gift tax paid $7,320 Multiplied by ($30,000 ÷ $36,000) × . State taxes file free online 83 Gift tax due to net increase in value $6,076 Adjusted basis of property to your mother +20,000 Your basis in the property $26,076 Note. State taxes file free online If you received a gift before 1977, your basis in the gift (the donor's adjusted basis) includes any gift tax paid on it. State taxes file free online However, your basis cannot exceed the FMV of the gift when it was given to you. State taxes file free online FMV less than donor's adjusted basis. State taxes file free online   If the FMV of the property at the time of the gift is less than the donor's adjusted basis, your basis depends on whether you have a gain or a loss when you dispose of the property. State taxes file free online Your basis for figuring gain is the donor's adjusted basis plus or minus any required adjustments to basis while you held the property. State taxes file free online Your basis for figuring loss is its FMV when you received the gift plus or minus any required adjustments to basis while you held the property. State taxes file free online (See Adjusted Basis , earlier. State taxes file free online )   If you use the donor's adjusted basis for figuring a gain and get a loss, and then use the FMV for figuring a loss and get a gain, you have neither gain nor loss on the sale or other disposition of the property. State taxes file free online Example. State taxes file free online You received farmland as a gift from your parents when they retired from farming. State taxes file free online At the time of the gift, the land had an FMV of $80,000. State taxes file free online Your parents' adjusted basis was $100,000. State taxes file free online After you received the land, no events occurred that would increase or decrease your basis. State taxes file free online If you sell the land for $120,000, you will have a $20,000 gain because you must use the donor's adjusted basis at the time of the gift ($100,000) as your basis to figure a gain. State taxes file free online If you sell the land for $70,000, you will have a $10,000 loss because you must use the FMV at the time of the gift ($80,000) as your basis to figure a loss. State taxes file free online If the sales price is between $80,000 and $100,000, you have neither gain nor loss. State taxes file free online For instance, if the sales price was $90,000 and you tried to figure a gain using the donor's adjusted basis ($100,000), you would get a $10,000 loss. State taxes file free online If you then tried to figure a loss using the FMV ($80,000), you would get a $10,000 gain. State taxes file free online Business property. State taxes file free online   If you hold the gift as business property, your basis for figuring any depreciation, depletion, or amortization deductions is the same as the donor's adjusted basis plus or minus any required adjustments to basis while you hold the property. State taxes file free online Property Transferred From a Spouse The basis of property transferred to you or transferred in trust for your benefit by your spouse is the same as your spouse's adjusted basis. State taxes file free online The same rule applies to a transfer by your former spouse if the transfer is incident to divorce. State taxes file free online However, for property transferred in trust, adjust your basis for any gain recognized by your spouse or former spouse if the liabilities assumed plus the liabilities to which the property is subject are more than the adjusted basis of the property transferred. State taxes file free online The transferor must give you the records needed to determine the adjusted basis and holding period of the property as of the date of the transfer. State taxes file free online For more information, see Property Settlements in Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals. State taxes file free online Inherited Property Your basis in property you inherited from a decedent, who died before January 1, 2010, or after December 31, 2010, is generally one of the following: The FMV of the property at the date of the decedent's death. State taxes file free online If a federal estate return is filed, you can use its appraised value. State taxes file free online The FMV on the alternate valuation date, if the personal representative for the estate elects to use alternate valuation. State taxes file free online For information on the alternate valuation, see the Instructions for Form 706. State taxes file free online The decedent's adjusted basis in land to the extent of the value that is excluded from the decedent's taxable estate as a qualified conservation easement. State taxes file free online If a federal estate tax return does not have to be filed, your basis in the inherited property is its appraised value at the date of death for state inheritance or transmission taxes. State taxes file free online Special-use valuation method. State taxes file free online   Under certain conditions, when a person dies, the executor or personal representative of that person's estate may elect to value qualified real property at other than its FMV. State taxes file free online If so, the executor or personal representative values the qualified real property based on its use as a farm or other closely held business. State taxes file free online If the executor or personal representative elects this method of valuation for estate tax purposes, this value is the basis of the property for the qualified heirs. State taxes file free online The qualified heirs should be able to get the necessary value from the executor or personal representative of the estate. State taxes file free online   If you are a qualified heir who received special-use valuation property, increase your basis by any gain recognized by the estate or trust because of post-death appreciation. State taxes file free online Post-death appreciation is the property's FMV on the date of distribution minus the property's FMV either on the date of the individual's death or on the alternate valuation date. State taxes file free online Figure all FMVs without regard to the special-use valuation. State taxes file free online   You may be liable for an additional estate tax if, within 10 years after the death of the decedent, you transfer the property or the property stops being used as a farm. State taxes file free online This tax does not apply if you dispose of the property in a like-kind exchange or in an involuntary conversion in which all of the proceeds are reinvested in qualified replacement property. State taxes file free online The tax also does not apply if you transfer the property to a member of your family and certain requirements are met. State taxes file free online   You can elect to increase your basis in special-use valuation property if it becomes subject to the additional estate tax. State taxes file free online To increase your basis, you must make an irrevocable election and pay interest on the additional estate tax figured from the date 9 months after the decedent's death until the date of payment of the additional estate tax. State taxes file free online If you meet these requirements, increase your basis in the property to its FMV on the date of the decedent's death or the alternate valuation date. State taxes file free online The increase in your basis is considered to have occurred immediately before the event that resulted in the additional estate tax. State taxes file free online   You make the election by filing, with Form 706-A, United States Additional Estate Tax Return, a statement that: Contains your (and the estate's) name, address, and taxpayer identification number; Identifies the election as an election under section 1016(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; Specifies the property for which you are making the election; and Provides any additional information required by the Form 706-A instructions. State taxes file free online   For more information, see Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, Form 706-A, and the related instructions. State taxes file free online Property inherited from a decedent who died in 2010. State taxes file free online   If you inherited property from a decedent who died in 2010, different rules may apply. State taxes file free online See Publication 4895, Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decendent Dying in 2010, for details. State taxes file free online Property Distributed From a Partnership or Corporation The following rules apply to determine a partner's basis and a shareholder's basis in property distributed respectively from a partnership to the partner with respect to the partner's interest in the partnership and from a corporation to the shareholder with respect to the shareholder's ownership of stock in the corporation. State taxes file free online Partner's basis. State taxes file free online   Unless there is a complete liquidation of a partner's interest, the basis of property (other than money) distributed by a partnership to the partner is its adjusted basis to the partnership immediately before the distribution. State taxes file free online However, the basis of the property to the partner cannot be more than the adjusted basis of his or her interest in the partnership reduced by any money received in the same transaction. State taxes file free online For more information, see Partner's Basis for Distributed Property in Publication 541, Partnerships. State taxes file free online Shareholder's basis. State taxes file free online   The basis of property distributed by a corporation to a shareholder is its fair market value. State taxes file free online For more information about corporate distributions, see Distributions to Shareholders in Publication 542, Corporations. 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