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Taxslayer com login 4. Taxslayer com login   Farm Business Expenses Table of Contents What's New for 2013 Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Deductible ExpensesReasonable allocation. Taxslayer com login Prepaid Farm Supplies Prepaid Livestock Feed Labor Hired Repairs and Maintenance Interest Breeding Fees Fertilizer and Lime Taxes Insurance Rent and Leasing Depreciation Business Use of Your Home Truck and Car Expenses Travel Expenses Marketing Quota Penalties Tenant House Expenses Items Purchased for Resale Other Expenses Domestic Production Activities Deduction Capital ExpensesForestation and reforestation costs. Taxslayer com login Nondeductible ExpensesPersonal, Living, and Family Expenses Other Nondeductible Items Losses From Operating a FarmAt-Risk Limits Passive Activity Limits Excess Farm Loss Limit Not-for-Profit FarmingUsing the presumption later. Taxslayer com login Category 1. Taxslayer com login Category 2. Taxslayer com login Category 3. Taxslayer com login What's New for 2013 Standard mileage rate. Taxslayer com login  For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for each mile of business use is 56. Taxslayer com login 5 cents. Taxslayer com login See Truck and Car Expenses , later. Taxslayer com login Simplified method for business use of home deduction. Taxslayer com login  The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Schedule C (Form 1040), Part II, and its instructions. Taxslayer com login Introduction You can generally deduct the current costs of operating your farm. Taxslayer com login Current costs are expenses you do not have to capitalize or include in inventory costs. Taxslayer com login However, your deduction for the cost of livestock feed and certain other supplies may be limited. Taxslayer com login If you have an operating loss, you may not be able to deduct all of it. Taxslayer com login Topics - This chapter discusses: Deductible expenses Domestic production activities deduction Capital expenses Nondeductible expenses Losses from operating a farm Not-for-profit farming Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 535 Business Expenses 587 Business Use of Your Home 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Sch F (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Farming 1045 Application for Tentative Refund 5213 Election To Postpone Determination as To Whether the Presumption Applies That an Activity Is Engaged in for Profit 8903 Domestic Production Activities Deduction See chapter 16 for information about getting publications and forms. Taxslayer com login Deductible Expenses The ordinary and necessary costs of operating a farm for profit are deductible business expenses. Taxslayer com login “Ordinary” means what most farmers do and “necessary” means what is useful and helpful in farming. Taxslayer com login Schedule F, Part II, lists some common farm expenses that are typically deductible. Taxslayer com login This chapter discusses many of these expenses, as well as others not listed on Schedule F. Taxslayer com login Reimbursed expenses. Taxslayer com login   If the reimbursement is received in the same year that the expense is claimed, reduce the expense by the amount of the reimbursement. Taxslayer com login If the reimbursement is received in a year after the expense is claimed, include the reimbursement amount in income. Taxslayer com login See Refund or reimbursement under Income From Other Sources in chapter 3. Taxslayer com login Personal and business expenses. Taxslayer com login   Some expenses you pay during the tax year may be part personal and part business. Taxslayer com login These may include expenses for gasoline, oil, fuel, water, rent, electricity, telephone, automobile upkeep, repairs, insurance, interest, and taxes. Taxslayer com login   You must allocate these mixed expenses between their business and personal parts. Taxslayer com login Generally, the personal part of these expenses is not deductible. Taxslayer com login The business portion of the expenses is deductible on Schedule F. Taxslayer com login Example. Taxslayer com login You paid $1,500 for electricity during the tax year. Taxslayer com login You used 1/3 of the electricity for personal purposes and 2/3 for farming. Taxslayer com login Under these circumstances, you can deduct $1,000 (2/3 of $1,500) of your electricity expense as a farm business expense. Taxslayer com login Reasonable allocation. Taxslayer com login   It is not always easy to determine the business and nonbusiness parts of an expense. Taxslayer com login There is no method of allocation that applies to all mixed expenses. Taxslayer com login Any reasonable allocation is acceptable. Taxslayer com login What is reasonable depends on the circumstances in each case. Taxslayer com login Prepaid Farm Supplies Prepaid farm supplies include the following items if paid for during the year. Taxslayer com login Feed, seed, fertilizer, and similar farm supplies not used or consumed during the year, but not including farm supplies that you would have consumed during the year if not for a fire, storm, flood, other casualty, disease, or drought. Taxslayer com login Poultry (including egg-laying hens and baby chicks) bought for use (or for both use and resale) in your farm business. Taxslayer com login However, include only the amount that would be deductible in the following year if you had capitalized the cost and deducted it ratably over the lesser of 12 months or the useful life of the poultry. Taxslayer com login Poultry bought for resale and not resold during the year. Taxslayer com login Deduction limit. Taxslayer com login   If you use the cash method of accounting to report your income and expenses, your deduction for prepaid farm supplies in the year you pay for them may be limited to 50% of your other deductible farm expenses for the year (all Schedule F deductions except prepaid farm supplies). Taxslayer com login This limit does not apply if you meet one of the exceptions described later. Taxslayer com login See Chapter 2 for a discussion of the cash method of accounting. Taxslayer com login   If the limit applies, you can deduct the excess cost of farm supplies other than poultry in the year you use or consume the supplies. Taxslayer com login The excess cost of poultry bought for use (or for both use and resale) in your farm business is deductible in the year following the year you pay for it. Taxslayer com login The excess cost of poultry bought for resale is deductible in the year you sell or otherwise dispose of that poultry. Taxslayer com login Example. Taxslayer com login You may not qualify for the exception described next. Taxslayer com login During 2013, you bought fertilizer ($4,000), feed ($1,000), and seed ($500) for use on your farm in the following year. Taxslayer com login Your total prepaid farm supplies expense for 2013 is $5,500. Taxslayer com login Your other deductible farm expenses totaled $10,000 for 2013. Taxslayer com login Therefore, your deduction for prepaid farm supplies cannot be more than $5,000 (50% of $10,000) for 2013. Taxslayer com login The excess prepaid farm supplies expense of $500 ($5,500 − $5,000) is deductible in a later tax year when you use or consume the supplies. Taxslayer com login Exceptions. Taxslayer com login   This limit on the deduction for prepaid farm supplies expense does not apply if you are a farm-related taxpayer and either of the following apply. Taxslayer com login Your prepaid farm supplies expense is more than 50% of your other deductible farm expenses because of a change in business operations caused by unusual circumstances. Taxslayer com login Your total prepaid farm supplies expense for the preceding 3 tax years is less than 50% of your total other deductible farm expenses for those 3 tax years. Taxslayer com login   You are a farm-related taxpayer if any of the following tests apply. Taxslayer com login Your main home is on a farm. Taxslayer com login Your principal business is farming. Taxslayer com login A member of your family meets (1) or (2). Taxslayer com login For this purpose, your family includes your brothers and sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters, spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, and aunts and uncles and their children. Taxslayer com login    Whether or not the deduction limit for prepaid farm supplies applies, your expenses for prepaid livestock feed may be subject to the rules for advance payment of livestock feed, discussed next. Taxslayer com login Prepaid Livestock Feed If you report your income and expenses under the cash method of accounting, you cannot deduct in the year paid the cost of feed your livestock will consume in a later year unless you meet all the following tests. Taxslayer com login The payment is for the purchase of feed rather than a deposit. Taxslayer com login The prepayment has a business purpose and is not merely for tax avoidance. Taxslayer com login Deducting the prepayment does not result in a material distortion of your income. Taxslayer com login If you meet all three tests, you can deduct the prepaid feed, subject to the limit on prepaid farm supplies discussed earlier. Taxslayer com login If you fail any of these tests, you can deduct the prepaid feed only in the year it is consumed. Taxslayer com login This rule does not apply to the purchase of commodity futures contracts. Taxslayer com login Payment for the purchase of feed. Taxslayer com login   Whether a payment is for the purchase of feed or a deposit depends on the facts and circumstances in each case. Taxslayer com login It is for the purchase of feed if you can show you made it under a binding commitment to accept delivery of a specific quantity of feed at a fixed price and you are not entitled, by contract or business custom, to a refund or repurchase. Taxslayer com login   The following are some factors that show a payment is a deposit rather than for the purchase of feed. Taxslayer com login The absence of specific quantity terms. Taxslayer com login The right to a refund of any unapplied payment credit at the end of the contract. Taxslayer com login The seller's treatment of the payment as a deposit. Taxslayer com login The right to substitute other goods or products for those specified in the contract. Taxslayer com login   A provision permitting substitution of ingredients to vary the particular feed mix to meet your livestock's current diet requirements will not suggest a deposit. Taxslayer com login Further, a price adjustment to reflect market value at the date of delivery is not, by itself, proof of a deposit. Taxslayer com login Business purpose. Taxslayer com login   The prepayment has a business purpose only if you have a reasonable expectation of receiving some business benefit from prepaying the cost of livestock feed. Taxslayer com login The following are some examples of business benefits. Taxslayer com login Fixing maximum prices and securing an assured feed supply. Taxslayer com login Securing preferential treatment in anticipation of a feed shortage. Taxslayer com login   Other factors considered in determining the existence of a business purpose are whether the prepayment was a condition imposed by the seller and whether that condition was meaningful. Taxslayer com login No material distortion of income. Taxslayer com login   The following are some factors considered in determining whether deducting prepaid livestock feed materially distorts income. Taxslayer com login Your customary business practice in conducting your livestock operations. Taxslayer com login The expense in relation to past purchases. Taxslayer com login The time of year you made the purchase. Taxslayer com login The expense in relation to your income for the year. Taxslayer com login Labor Hired You can deduct reasonable wages paid for regular farm labor, piecework, contract labor, and other forms of labor hired to perform your farming operations. Taxslayer com login You can pay wages in cash or in noncash items such as inventory, capital assets, or assets used in your business. Taxslayer com login The cost of boarding farm labor is a deductible labor cost. Taxslayer com login Other deductible costs you incur for farm labor include health insurance, workers' compensation insurance, and other benefits. Taxslayer com login If you must withhold social security, Medicare, and income taxes from your employees' cash wages, you can still deduct the full amount of wages before withholding. Taxslayer com login See chapter 13 for more information on employment taxes. Taxslayer com login Also, deduct the employer's share of the social security and Medicare taxes you must pay on your employees' wages as a farm business expense on Schedule F, line 29. Taxslayer com login See Taxes , later. Taxslayer com login Property for services. Taxslayer com login   If you transfer property to an employee in payment for services, you can deduct as wages paid the fair market value of the property on the date of transfer. Taxslayer com login If the employee pays you anything for the property, deduct as wages the fair market value of the property minus the payment by the employee for the property. Taxslayer com login   Treat the wages deducted as an amount received for the property. Taxslayer com login You may have a gain or loss to report if the property's adjusted basis on the date of transfer is different from its fair market value. Taxslayer com login Any gain or loss has the same character the exchanged property had in your hands. Taxslayer com login For more information, see chapter 8. Taxslayer com login Child as an employee. Taxslayer com login   You can deduct reasonable wages or other compensation you pay to your child for doing farmwork if a true employer-employee relationship exists between you and your child. Taxslayer com login Include these wages in the child's income. Taxslayer com login The child may have to file an income tax return. Taxslayer com login These wages may also be subject to social security and Medicare taxes if your child is age 18 or older. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Family Employees in chapter 13. Taxslayer com login    A Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, should be issued to the child employee. Taxslayer com login   The fact that your child spends the wages to buy clothes or other necessities you normally furnish does not prevent you from deducting your child's wages as a farm expense. Taxslayer com login The amount of wages paid to the child could cause a loss of the dependency exemption depending on how the child uses the money. Taxslayer com login Spouse as an employee. Taxslayer com login   You can deduct reasonable wages or other compensation you pay to your spouse if a true employer-employee relationship exists between you and your spouse. Taxslayer com login Wages you pay to your spouse are subject to social security and Medicare taxes. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Family Employees in chapter 13. Taxslayer com login Nondeductible Pay You cannot deduct wages paid for certain household work, construction work, and maintenance of your home. Taxslayer com login However, those wages may be subject to the employment taxes discussed in chapter 13. Taxslayer com login Household workers. Taxslayer com login   Do not deduct amounts paid to persons engaged in household work, except to the extent their services are used in boarding or otherwise caring for farm laborers. Taxslayer com login Construction labor. Taxslayer com login   Do not deduct wages paid to hired help for the construction of new buildings or other improvements. Taxslayer com login These wages are part of the cost of the building or other improvement. Taxslayer com login You must capitalize them. Taxslayer com login Maintaining your home. Taxslayer com login   If your farm employee spends time maintaining or repairing your home, the wages and employment taxes you pay for that work are nondeductible personal expenses. Taxslayer com login For example, assume you have a farm employee for the entire tax year and the employee spends 5% of the time maintaining your home. Taxslayer com login The employee devotes the remaining time to work on your farm. Taxslayer com login You cannot deduct 5% of the wages and employment taxes you pay for that employee. Taxslayer com login Employment Credits Reduce your deduction for wages by the amount of any employment credits you claim such as the work opportunity credit for qualified tax-exempt organizations hiring qualified veterans (Form 5884-C). Taxslayer com login Repairs and Maintenance You can deduct most expenses for the repair and maintenance of your farm property. Taxslayer com login Common items of repair and maintenance are repainting, replacing shingles and supports on farm buildings, and periodic or routine maintenance of trucks, tractors, and other farm machinery. Taxslayer com login However, repairs to, or overhauls of, depreciable property that substantially prolong the life of the property, increase its value, or adapt it to a different use are capital expenses. Taxslayer com login For example, if you repair the barn roof, the cost is deductible. Taxslayer com login But if you replace the roof, it is a capital expense. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Capital Expenses , later. Taxslayer com login Interest You can deduct as a farm business expense interest paid on farm mortgages and other obligations you incur in your farm business. Taxslayer com login Cash method. Taxslayer com login   If you use the cash method of accounting, you can generally deduct interest paid during the tax year. Taxslayer com login You cannot deduct interest paid with funds received from the original lender through another loan, advance, or other arrangement similar to a loan. Taxslayer com login You can, however, deduct the interest when you start making payments on the new loan. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Cash Method in chapter 2. Taxslayer com login Prepaid interest. Taxslayer com login   Under the cash method, you generally cannot deduct any interest paid before the year it is due. Taxslayer com login Interest paid in advance may be deducted only in the tax year in which it is due. Taxslayer com login Accrual method. Taxslayer com login   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you can deduct only interest that has accrued during the tax year. Taxslayer com login However, you cannot deduct interest owed to a related person who uses the cash method until payment is made and the interest is includible in the gross income of that person. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Accrual Method in chapter 2. Taxslayer com login Allocation of interest. Taxslayer com login   If you use the proceeds of a loan for more than one purpose, you must allocate the interest on that loan to each use. Taxslayer com login Allocate the interest to the following categories. Taxslayer com login Trade or business interest. Taxslayer com login Passive activity interest. Taxslayer com login Investment interest. Taxslayer com login Portfolio interest. Taxslayer com login Personal interest. Taxslayer com login   You generally allocate interest on a loan the same way you allocate the loan proceeds. Taxslayer com login You allocate loan proceeds by tracing disbursements to specific uses. Taxslayer com login The easiest way to trace disbursements to specific uses is to keep the proceeds of a particular loan separate from any other funds. Taxslayer com login Secured loan. Taxslayer com login   The allocation of loan proceeds and the related interest is generally not affected by the use of property that secures the loan. Taxslayer com login Example. Taxslayer com login You secure a loan with property used in your farming business. Taxslayer com login You use the loan proceeds to buy a car for personal use. Taxslayer com login You must allocate interest expense on the loan to personal use (purchase of the car) even though the loan is secured by farm business property. Taxslayer com login If the property that secures the loan is your home, you generally do not allocate the loan proceeds or the related interest. Taxslayer com login The interest is usually deductible as qualified home mortgage interest, regardless of how the loan proceeds are used. Taxslayer com login However, you can choose to treat the loan as not secured by your home. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Publication 936. Taxslayer com login Allocation period. Taxslayer com login   The period for which a loan is allocated to a particular use begins on the date the proceeds are used and ends on the earlier of the following dates. Taxslayer com login The date the loan is repaid. Taxslayer com login The date the loan is reallocated to another use. Taxslayer com login More information. Taxslayer com login   For more information on interest, see chapter 4 in Publication 535. Taxslayer com login Breeding Fees You can deduct breeding fees as a farm business expense. Taxslayer com login However, if you use an accrual method of accounting, you must capitalize breeding fees and allocate them to the cost basis of the calf, foal, etc. Taxslayer com login For more information on who must use an accrual method of accounting, see Accrual Method Required under Accounting Methods in chapter 2. Taxslayer com login Fertilizer and Lime You can deduct in the year paid or incurred the cost of fertilizer, lime, and other materials applied to farmland to enrich, neutralize, or condition it if the benefits last a year or less. Taxslayer com login You can also deduct the cost of applying these materials in the year you pay or incur it. Taxslayer com login However, see Prepaid Farm Supplies , earlier, for a rule that may limit your deduction for these materials. Taxslayer com login If the benefits of the fertilizer, lime, or other materials last substantially more than one year, you generally capitalize their cost and deduct a part each year the benefits last. Taxslayer com login However, you can choose to deduct these expenses in the year paid or incurred. Taxslayer com login If you make this choice, you will need IRS approval if you later decide to capitalize the cost of previously deducted items. Taxslayer com login If you sell farmland on which fertilizer or lime has been applied and if the selling price of the land includes part or all of the cost of the fertilizer or lime, you report the sale amount attributable to the fertilizer or lime as ordinary income. Taxslayer com login Farmland, for these purposes, is land used for producing crops, fruits, or other agricultural products or for sustaining livestock. Taxslayer com login It does not include land you have never used previously for producing crops or sustaining livestock. Taxslayer com login You cannot deduct initial land preparation costs. Taxslayer com login (See Capital Expenses , later. Taxslayer com login ) Include government payments you receive for lime or fertilizer in income. Taxslayer com login See Fertilizer and Lime under Agricultural Program Payments in chapter 3. Taxslayer com login Taxes You can deduct as a farm business expense the real estate and personal property taxes on farm business assets, such as farm equipment, animals, farmland, and farm buildings. Taxslayer com login You also can deduct the social security and Medicare taxes you pay to match the amount withheld from the wages of farm employees and any federal unemployment tax you pay. Taxslayer com login For information on employment taxes, see chapter 13. Taxslayer com login Allocation of taxes. Taxslayer com login   The taxes on the part of your farm you use as your home (including the furnishings and surrounding land not used for farming) are nonbusiness taxes. Taxslayer com login You may be able to deduct these nonbusiness taxes as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Taxslayer com login To determine the nonbusiness part, allocate the taxes between the farm assets and nonbusiness assets. Taxslayer com login The allocation can be done from the assessed valuations. Taxslayer com login If your tax statement does not show the assessed valuations, you can usually get them from the tax assessor. Taxslayer com login State and local general sales taxes. Taxslayer com login   State and local general sales taxes on nondepreciable farm business expense items are deductible as part of the cost of those items. Taxslayer com login Include state and local general sales taxes imposed on the purchase of assets for use in your farm business as part of the cost you depreciate. Taxslayer com login Also treat the taxes as part of your cost if they are imposed on the seller and passed on to you. Taxslayer com login State and federal income taxes. Taxslayer com login   Individuals cannot deduct state and federal income taxes as farm business expenses. Taxslayer com login Individuals can deduct state and local income taxes only as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Taxslayer com login However, you cannot deduct federal income tax. Taxslayer com login Highway use tax. Taxslayer com login   You can deduct the federal use tax on highway motor vehicles paid on a truck or truck tractor used in your farm business. Taxslayer com login For information on the tax itself, including information on vehicles subject to the tax, see the Instructions for Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return. Taxslayer com login Self-employment tax deduction. Taxslayer com login   You can deduct as an adjustment to income on Form 1040 one-half of your self-employment tax in figuring your adjusted gross income. Taxslayer com login For more information, see chapter 12. Taxslayer com login Insurance You generally can deduct the ordinary and necessary cost of insurance for your farm business as a business expense. Taxslayer com login This includes premiums you pay for the following types of insurance. Taxslayer com login Fire, storm, crop, theft, liability, and other insurance on farm business assets. Taxslayer com login Health and accident insurance on your farm employees. Taxslayer com login Workers' compensation insurance set by state law that covers any claims for job-related bodily injuries or diseases suffered by employees on your farm, regardless of fault. Taxslayer com login Business interruption insurance. Taxslayer com login State unemployment insurance on your farm employees (deductible as taxes if they are considered taxes under state law). Taxslayer com login Insurance to secure a loan. Taxslayer com login   If you take out a policy on your life or on the life of another person with a financial interest in your farm business to get or protect a business loan, you cannot deduct the premiums as a business expense. Taxslayer com login In the event of death, the proceeds of the policy are not taxed as income even if they are used to liquidate the debt. Taxslayer com login Advance premiums. Taxslayer com login   Deduct advance payments of insurance premiums only in the year to which they apply, regardless of your accounting method. Taxslayer com login Example. Taxslayer com login On June 28, 2013, you paid a premium of $3,000 for fire insurance on your barn. Taxslayer com login The policy will cover a period of 3 years beginning on July 1, 2013. Taxslayer com login Only the cost for the 6 months in 2013 is deductible as an insurance expense on your 2013 calendar year tax return. Taxslayer com login Deduct $500, which is the premium for 6 months of the 36-month premium period, or 6/36 of $3,000. Taxslayer com login In both 2014 and 2015, deduct $1,000 (12/36 of $3,000). Taxslayer com login Deduct the remaining $500 in 2016. Taxslayer com login Had the policy been effective on January 1, 2013, the deductible expense would have been $1,000 for each of the years 2013, 2014, and 2015, based on one-third of the premium used each year. Taxslayer com login Business interruption insurance. Taxslayer com login   Use and occupancy and business interruption insurance premiums are deductible as a business expense. Taxslayer com login This insurance pays for lost profits if your business is shut down due to a fire or other cause. Taxslayer com login Report any proceeds in full on Schedule F, Part I. Taxslayer com login Self-employed health insurance deduction. Taxslayer com login   If you are self-employed, you can deduct as an adjustment to income on Form 1040 your payments for medical, dental, and qualified long-term care insurance coverage for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents when figuring your adjusted gross income on your Form 1040. Taxslayer com login Effective March 30, 2010, the insurance can also cover any child of yours under age 27 at the end of 2013, even if the child was not your dependent. Taxslayer com login Generally, this deduction cannot be more than the net profit from the business under which the plan was established. Taxslayer com login   If you or your spouse is also an employee of another person, you cannot take the deduction for any month in which you are eligible to participate in a subsidized health plan maintained by your employer or your spouse's employer. Taxslayer com login   Generally, use the Self-Employed Health Insurance Deduction Worksheet in the Instructions for Form 1040 to figure your deduction. Taxslayer com login Include the remaining part of the insurance payment in your medical expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. Taxslayer com login   For more information, see Deductible Premiums in Publication 535, chapter 6. Taxslayer com login Rent and Leasing If you lease property for use in your farm business, you can generally deduct the rent you pay on Schedule F. Taxslayer com login However, you cannot deduct rent you pay in crop shares if you deduct the cost of raising the crops as farm expenses. Taxslayer com login Advance payments. Taxslayer com login   Deduct advance payments of rent only in the year to which they apply, regardless of your accounting method. Taxslayer com login Farm home. Taxslayer com login   If you rent a farm, do not deduct the part of the rental expense that represents the fair rental value of the farm home in which you live. Taxslayer com login Lease or Purchase If you lease a farm building or equipment, you must determine whether or not the agreement must be treated as a conditional sales contract rather than a lease. Taxslayer com login If the agreement is treated as a conditional sales contract, the payments under the agreement (so far as they do not represent interest or other charges) are payments for the purchase of the property. Taxslayer com login Do not deduct these payments as rent, but capitalize the cost of the property and recover this cost through depreciation. Taxslayer com login Conditional sales contract. Taxslayer com login   Whether an agreement is a conditional sales contract depends on the intent of the parties. Taxslayer com login Determine intent based on the provisions of the agreement and the facts and circumstances that exist when you make the agreement. Taxslayer com login No single test, or special combination of tests, always applies. Taxslayer com login However, in general, an agreement may be considered a conditional sales contract rather than a lease if any of the following is true. Taxslayer com login The agreement applies part of each payment toward an equity interest you will receive. Taxslayer com login You get title to the property after you make a stated amount of required payments. Taxslayer com login The amount you must pay to use the property for a short time is a large part of the amount you would pay to get title to the property. Taxslayer com login You pay much more than the current fair rental value of the property. Taxslayer com login You have an option to buy the property at a nominal price compared to the value of the property when you may exercise the option. Taxslayer com login Determine this value when you make the agreement. Taxslayer com login You have an option to buy the property at a nominal price compared to the total amount you have to pay under the agreement. Taxslayer com login The agreement designates part of the payments as interest, or part of the payments can be easily recognized as interest. Taxslayer com login Example. Taxslayer com login You lease new farm equipment from a dealer who both sells and leases. Taxslayer com login The agreement includes an option to purchase the equipment for a specified price. Taxslayer com login The lease payments and the specified option price equal the sales price of the equipment plus interest. Taxslayer com login Under the agreement, you are responsible for maintenance, repairs, and the risk of loss. Taxslayer com login For federal income tax purposes, the agreement is a conditional sales contract. Taxslayer com login You cannot deduct any of the lease payments as rent. Taxslayer com login You can deduct interest, repairs, insurance, depreciation, and other expenses related to the equipment. Taxslayer com login Motor vehicle leases. Taxslayer com login   Special rules apply to lease agreements that have a terminal rental adjustment clause. Taxslayer com login In general, this is a clause that provides for a rental price adjustment based on the amount the lessor is able to sell the vehicle for at the end of the lease. Taxslayer com login If your rental agreement contains a terminal rental adjustment clause, treat the agreement as a lease if the agreement otherwise qualifies as a lease. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 7701(h). Taxslayer com login Leveraged leases. Taxslayer com login   Special rules apply to leveraged leases of equipment (arrangements in which the equipment is financed by a nonrecourse loan from a third party). Taxslayer com login For more information, see Publication 535, chapter 3, and Revenue Procedure 2001-28, which begins on page 1156 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2001-19 at www. Taxslayer com login irs. Taxslayer com login gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb01-19. Taxslayer com login pdf. Taxslayer com login Depreciation If property you acquire to use in your farm business is expected to last more than one year, you generally cannot deduct the entire cost in the year you acquire it. Taxslayer com login You must recover the cost over more than one year and deduct part of it each year on Schedule F as depreciation or amortization. Taxslayer com login However, you can choose to deduct part or all of the cost of certain qualifying property, up to a limit, as a section 179 deduction in the year you place it in service. Taxslayer com login Depreciation, amortization, and the section 179 deduction are discussed in chapter 7. Taxslayer com login Business Use of Your Home You can deduct expenses for the business use of your home if you use part of your home exclusively and regularly: As the principal place of business for any trade or business in which you engage, As a place to meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, or In connection with your trade or business, if you are using a separate structure that is not attached to your home. Taxslayer com login Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use if you meet both of the following requirements. Taxslayer com login You use it exclusively and regularly for the administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Taxslayer com login You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Taxslayer com login If you use part of your home for business, you must divide the expenses of operating your home between personal and business use. Taxslayer com login The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Schedule C (Form 1040), Part II, and its instructions. Taxslayer com login Deduction limit. Taxslayer com login   If your gross income from farming equals or exceeds your total farm expenses (including expenses for the business use of your home), you can deduct all your farm expenses. Taxslayer com login But if your gross income from farming is less than your total farm expenses, your deduction for certain expenses for the use of your home in your farming business is limited. Taxslayer com login   Your deduction for otherwise nondeductible expenses, such as utilities, insurance, and depreciation (with depreciation taken last), cannot be more than the gross income from farming minus the following expenses. Taxslayer com login The business part of expenses you could deduct even if you did not use your home for business (such as deductible mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty and theft losses). Taxslayer com login Farm expenses other than expenses that relate to the use of your home. Taxslayer com login If you are self-employed, do not include your deduction for half of your self-employment tax. Taxslayer com login   Deductions over the current year's limit can be carried over to your next tax year. Taxslayer com login They are subject to the deduction limit for the next tax year. Taxslayer com login More information. Taxslayer com login   See Publication 587 for more information on deducting expenses for the business use of your home. Taxslayer com login Telephone expense. Taxslayer com login   You cannot deduct the cost of basic local telephone service (including any taxes) for the first telephone line you have in your home, even if you have an office in your home. Taxslayer com login However, charges for business long-distance phone calls on that line, as well as the cost of a second line into your home used exclusively for your farm business, are deductible business expenses. Taxslayer com login Cell phone charges for calls relating to your farm business are deductible. Taxslayer com login If the cell phone you use for your farm business is part of a family cell phone plan, you must allocate and deduct only the portion of the charges attributable to farm business calls. Taxslayer com login Truck and Car Expenses You can deduct the actual cost of operating a truck or car in your farm business. Taxslayer com login Only expenses for business use are deductible. Taxslayer com login These include such items as gasoline, oil, repairs, license tags, insurance, and depreciation (subject to certain limits). Taxslayer com login Standard mileage rate. Taxslayer com login   Instead of using actual costs, under certain conditions you can use the standard mileage rate. Taxslayer com login The standard mileage rate for each mile of business use is 56. Taxslayer com login 5 cents in 2013. Taxslayer com login You can use the standard mileage rate for a car or a light truck, such as a van, pickup, or panel truck, you own or lease. Taxslayer com login   You cannot use the standard mileage rate if you operate five or more cars or light trucks at the same time. Taxslayer com login You are not using five or more vehicles at the same time if you alternate using the vehicles (you use them at different times) for business. Taxslayer com login Example. Taxslayer com login Maureen owns a car and four pickup trucks that are used in her farm business. Taxslayer com login Her farm employees use the trucks and she uses the car for business. Taxslayer com login Maureen cannot use the standard mileage rate for the car or the trucks. Taxslayer com login This is because all five vehicles are used in Maureen's farm business at the same time. Taxslayer com login She must use actual expenses for all vehicles. Taxslayer com login Business use percentage. Taxslayer com login   You can claim 75% of the use of a car or light truck as business use without any records if you used the vehicle during most of the normal business day directly in connection with the business of farming. Taxslayer com login You choose this method of substantiating business use the first year the vehicle is placed in service. Taxslayer com login Once you make this choice, you may not change to another method later. Taxslayer com login The following are uses directly connected with the business of farming. Taxslayer com login Cultivating land. Taxslayer com login Raising or harvesting any agricultural or horticultural commodity. Taxslayer com login Raising, shearing, feeding, caring for, training, and managing animals. Taxslayer com login Driving to the feed or supply store. Taxslayer com login   If you keep records and they show that your business use was more than 75%, you may be able to claim more. Taxslayer com login See Recordkeeping requirements under Travel Expenses , below. Taxslayer com login More information. Taxslayer com login   For more information on deductible truck and car expenses, see Publication 463, chapter 4. Taxslayer com login If you pay your employees for the use of their truck or car in your farm business, see Reimbursements to employees under Travel Expenses next. Taxslayer com login Travel Expenses You can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses you incur while traveling away from home for your farm business. Taxslayer com login You cannot deduct lavish or extravagant expenses. Taxslayer com login Usually, the location of your farm business is considered your home for tax purposes. Taxslayer com login You are traveling away from home if: Your duties require you to be absent from your farm substantially longer than an ordinary work day, and You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. Taxslayer com login If you meet these requirements and can prove the time, place, and business purpose of your travel, you can deduct your ordinary and necessary travel expenses. Taxslayer com login The following are some types of deductible travel expenses. Taxslayer com login Air, rail, bus, and car transportation; Meals and lodging; Dry cleaning and laundry; Telephone and fax; Transportation between your hotel and your temporary work or business meeting location; and Tips for any of the above expenses. Taxslayer com login Meals. Taxslayer com login   You ordinarily can deduct only 50% of your business-related meals expenses. Taxslayer com login You can deduct the cost of your meals while traveling on business only if your business trip is overnight or long enough to require you to stop for sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. Taxslayer com login You cannot deduct any of the cost of meals if it is not necessary for you to rest, unless you meet the rules for business entertainment. Taxslayer com login For information on entertainment expenses, see Publication 463, chapter 2. Taxslayer com login   The expense of a meal includes amounts you spend for your food, beverages, taxes, and tips relating to the meal. Taxslayer com login You can deduct either 50% of the actual cost or 50% of a standard meal allowance that covers your daily meal and incidental expenses. Taxslayer com login    Recordkeeping requirements. Taxslayer com login You must be able to prove your deductions for travel by adequate records or other evidence that will support your own statement. Taxslayer com login Estimates or approximations do not qualify as proof of an expense. Taxslayer com login   You should keep an account book or similar record, supported by adequate documentary evidence, such as receipts, that together support each element of an expense. Taxslayer com login Generally, it is best to record the expense and get documentation of it at the time you pay it. Taxslayer com login   If you choose to deduct a standard meal allowance rather than the actual expense, you do not have to keep records to prove amounts spent for meals and incidental items. Taxslayer com login However, you must still keep records to prove the actual amount of other travel expenses, and the time, place, and business purpose of your travel. Taxslayer com login More information. Taxslayer com login   For detailed information on travel, recordkeeping, and the standard meal allowance, see Publication 463. Taxslayer com login Reimbursements to employees. Taxslayer com login   You generally can deduct reimbursements you pay to your employees for travel and transportation expenses they incur in the conduct of your business. Taxslayer com login Employees may be reimbursed under an accountable or nonaccountable plan. Taxslayer com login Under an accountable plan, the employee must provide evidence of expenses. Taxslayer com login Under a nonaccountable plan, no evidence of expenses is required. Taxslayer com login If you reimburse expenses under an accountable plan, deduct them as travel and transportation expenses. Taxslayer com login If you reimburse expenses under a nonaccountable plan, you must report the reimbursements as wages on Form W-2 and deduct them as wages. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Publication 535, chapter 11. Taxslayer com login Marketing Quota Penalties You can deduct as Other expenses on Schedule F penalties you pay for marketing crops in excess of farm marketing quotas. Taxslayer com login However, if you do not pay the penalty, but instead the purchaser of your crop deducts it from the payment to you, include in gross income only the amount you received. Taxslayer com login Do not take a separate deduction for the penalty. Taxslayer com login Tenant House Expenses You can deduct the costs of maintaining houses and their furnishings for tenants or hired help as farm business expenses. Taxslayer com login These costs include repairs, utilities, insurance, and depreciation. Taxslayer com login The value of a dwelling you furnish to a tenant under the usual tenant-farmer arrangement is not taxable income to the tenant. Taxslayer com login Items Purchased for Resale If you use the cash method of accounting, you ordinarily deduct the cost of livestock and other items purchased for resale only in the year of sale. Taxslayer com login You deduct this cost, including freight charges for transporting the livestock to the farm, on Schedule F, Part I. Taxslayer com login However, see Chickens, seeds, and young plants , below. Taxslayer com login Example. Taxslayer com login You use the cash method of accounting. Taxslayer com login In 2013, you buy 50 steers you will sell in 2014. Taxslayer com login You cannot deduct the cost of the steers on your 2013 tax return. Taxslayer com login You deduct their cost on your 2014 Schedule F, Part I. Taxslayer com login Chickens, seeds, and young plants. Taxslayer com login   If you are a cash method farmer, you can deduct the cost of hens and baby chicks bought for commercial egg production, or for raising and resale, as an expense on Schedule F, Part I, in the year paid if you do it consistently and it does not distort income. Taxslayer com login You also can deduct the cost of seeds and young plants bought for further development and cultivation before sale as an expense on Schedule F, Part I, when paid if you do this consistently and you do not figure your income on the crop method. Taxslayer com login However, see Prepaid Farm Supplies , earlier, for a rule that may limit your deduction for these items. Taxslayer com login   If you deduct the cost of chickens, seeds, and young plants as an expense, report their entire selling price as income. Taxslayer com login You cannot also deduct the cost from the selling price. Taxslayer com login   You cannot deduct the cost of seeds and young plants for Christmas trees and timber as an expense. Taxslayer com login Deduct the cost of these seeds and plants through depletion allowances. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Depletion in chapter 7. Taxslayer com login   The cost of chickens and plants used as food for your family is never deductible. Taxslayer com login   Capitalize the cost of plants with a preproductive period of more than 2 years, unless you can elect out of the uniform capitalization rules. Taxslayer com login These rules are discussed in chapter 6. Taxslayer com login Example. Taxslayer com login You use the cash method of accounting. Taxslayer com login In 2013, you buy 500 baby chicks to raise for resale in 2014. Taxslayer com login You also buy 50 bushels of winter wheat seed in 2013 that you sow in the fall. Taxslayer com login Unless you previously adopted the method of deducting these costs in the year you sell the chickens or the harvested crops, you can deduct the cost of both the baby chicks and the seed wheat in 2013. Taxslayer com login Election to use crop method. Taxslayer com login   If you use the crop method, you can delay deducting the cost of seeds and young plants until you sell them. Taxslayer com login You must get IRS approval to use the crop method. Taxslayer com login If you follow this method, deduct the cost from the selling price to determine your profit on Schedule F, Part I. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Crop method under Special Methods of Accounting in chapter 2. Taxslayer com login Choosing a method. Taxslayer com login   You can adopt either the crop method or the cash method for deducting the cost in the first year you buy egg-laying hens, pullets, chicks, or seeds and young plants. Taxslayer com login   Although you must use the same method for egg-laying hens, pullets, and chicks, you can use a different method for seeds and young plants. Taxslayer com login Once you use a particular method for any of these items, use it for those items until you get IRS approval to change your method. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Change in Accounting Method in chapter 2. Taxslayer com login Other Expenses The following list, while not all-inclusive, shows some expenses you can deduct as other farm expenses on Schedule F, Part II. Taxslayer com login These expenses must be for business purposes and  (1) paid, if you use the cash method of accounting, or (2) incurred, if you use an accrual method of accounting. Taxslayer com login Accounting fees. Taxslayer com login Advertising. Taxslayer com login Business travel and meals. Taxslayer com login Commissions. Taxslayer com login Consultant fees. Taxslayer com login Crop scouting expenses. Taxslayer com login Dues to cooperatives. Taxslayer com login Educational expenses (to maintain and improve farming skills). Taxslayer com login Farm-related attorney fees. Taxslayer com login Farm magazines. Taxslayer com login Ginning. Taxslayer com login Insect sprays and dusts. Taxslayer com login Litter and bedding. Taxslayer com login Livestock fees. Taxslayer com login Marketing fees. Taxslayer com login Milk assessment. Taxslayer com login Recordkeeping expenses. Taxslayer com login Service charges. Taxslayer com login Small tools expected to last one year or less. Taxslayer com login Stamps and stationery. Taxslayer com login Subscriptions to professional, technical, and trade journals that deal with farming. Taxslayer com login Tying material and containers. Taxslayer com login Loan expenses. Taxslayer com login   You prorate and deduct loan expenses, such as legal fees and commissions, you pay to get a farm loan over the term of the loan. Taxslayer com login Tax preparation fees. Taxslayer com login   You can deduct as a farm business expense on Schedule F the cost of preparing that part of your tax return relating to your farm business. Taxslayer com login You may be able to deduct the remaining cost on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. Taxslayer com login   You also can deduct on Schedule F the amount you pay or incur in resolving tax issues relating to your farm business. Taxslayer com login Domestic Production Activities Deduction Generally, you are allowed a deduction for income attributable to domestic production activities. Taxslayer com login You can deduct 9% of the lesser of your qualified production activities income or your taxable income (adjusted gross income for individuals) for the tax year. Taxslayer com login Your deduction is limited to 50% of the Form W-2 wages you paid for the tax year that are properly allocable to domestic production gross receipts. Taxslayer com login For this purpose, Form W-2 wages do not include noncash wages paid for agricultural labor, such as compensation paid as commodities. Taxslayer com login Also, excluded from Form W-2 wages are wages paid to your children under age 18 and nontaxable fringe benefits. Taxslayer com login Income from cooperatives. Taxslayer com login   If you receive a patronage dividend or qualified per-unit retain allocation from a cooperative which is engaged in the manufacturing, production, growth, or extraction in whole or in significant part of any agricultural or horticultural product or in the marketing of agricultural or horticultural products, your income from the cooperative can give rise to a domestic production activities deduction. Taxslayer com login This deduction amount is reported on Form 1099-PATR, box 6. Taxslayer com login In order for you to qualify for the deduction, the cooperative is required to send you a written notice designating your portion of the domestic production activities deduction. Taxslayer com login More information. Taxslayer com login   For more information on the domestic production activities deduction, see the Instructions for Form 8903. Taxslayer com login Capital Expenses A capital expense is a payment, or a debt incurred, for the acquisition, improvement, or restoration of an asset that is expected to last more than one year. Taxslayer com login You include the expense in the basis of the asset. Taxslayer com login Uniform capitalization rules also require you to capitalize or include in inventory certain other expenses. Taxslayer com login See chapters 2  and 6. Taxslayer com login Capital expenses are generally not deductible, but they may be depreciable. Taxslayer com login However, you can elect to deduct certain capital expenses, such as the following. Taxslayer com login The cost of fertilizer, lime, etc. Taxslayer com login (See Fertilizer and Lime under Deductible Expenses , earlier. Taxslayer com login ) Soil and water conservation expenses. Taxslayer com login (See chapter 5. Taxslayer com login ) The cost of property that qualifies for a deduction under section 179. Taxslayer com login (See chapter 7. Taxslayer com login ) Business start-up costs. Taxslayer com login (See Business start-up and organizational costs , later. Taxslayer com login ) Forestation and reforestation costs. Taxslayer com login (See Forestation and reforestation costs , later. Taxslayer com login ) Generally, the costs of the following items, including the costs of material, hired labor, and installation, are capital expenses. Taxslayer com login Land and buildings. Taxslayer com login Additions, alterations, and improvements to buildings, etc. Taxslayer com login Cars and trucks. Taxslayer com login Equipment and machinery. Taxslayer com login Fences. Taxslayer com login Draft, breeding, sport, and dairy livestock. Taxslayer com login Repairs to machinery, equipment, trucks, and cars that prolong their useful life, increase their value, or adapt them to different use. Taxslayer com login Water wells, including drilling and equipping costs. Taxslayer com login Land preparation costs, such as: Clearing land for farming, Leveling and conditioning land, Purchasing and planting trees, Building irrigation canals and ditches, Laying irrigation pipes, Installing drain tile, Modifying channels or streams, Constructing earthen, masonry, or concrete tanks, reservoirs, or dams, and Building roads. Taxslayer com login Business start-up and organizational costs. Taxslayer com login   You can elect to deduct up to $5,000 of business start-up costs and $5,000 of organizational costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004. Taxslayer com login The $5,000 deduction is reduced by the amount your total start-up or organizational costs exceed $50,000. Taxslayer com login Any remaining costs must be amortized. Taxslayer com login See chapter 7. Taxslayer com login   You elect to deduct start-up or organizational costs by claiming the deduction on the income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the active trade or business begins. Taxslayer com login However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Taxslayer com login Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Taxslayer com login 9100-2” at the top of the amended return. Taxslayer com login File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Taxslayer com login The election applies when figuring taxable income for the current tax year and all subsequent years. Taxslayer com login   You can choose to forgo the election by clearly electing to capitalize your start-up or organizational costs on an income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the active trade or business begins. Taxslayer com login For more information about start-up and organizational costs, see chapter 7. Taxslayer com login Crop production expenses. Taxslayer com login   The uniform capitalization rules generally require you to capitalize expenses incurred in producing plants. Taxslayer com login However, except for certain taxpayers required to use an accrual method of accounting, the capitalization rules do not apply to plants with a preproductive period of 2 years or less. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Uniform Capitalization Rules in chapter 6. Taxslayer com login Timber. Taxslayer com login   Capitalize the cost of acquiring timber. Taxslayer com login Do not include the cost of land in the cost of the timber. Taxslayer com login You must generally capitalize direct costs incurred in reforestation. Taxslayer com login However, you can elect to deduct some forestation and reforestation costs. Taxslayer com login See Forestation and reforestation costs next. Taxslayer com login Reforestation costs include the following. Taxslayer com login Site preparation costs, such as: Girdling, Applying herbicide, Baiting rodents, and Clearing and controlling brush. Taxslayer com login The cost of seed or seedlings. Taxslayer com login Labor and tool expenses. Taxslayer com login Depreciation on equipment used in planting or seeding. Taxslayer com login Costs incurred in replanting to replace lost seedlings. Taxslayer com login You can choose to capitalize certain indirect reforestation costs. Taxslayer com login   These capitalized amounts are your basis for the timber. Taxslayer com login Recover your basis when you sell the timber or take depletion allowances when you cut the timber. Taxslayer com login See Depletion in chapter 7. Taxslayer com login Forestation and reforestation costs. Taxslayer com login   You can elect to deduct up to $10,000 ($5,000 if married filing separately; $0 for a trust) of qualifying reforestation costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004, for each qualified timber property. Taxslayer com login Any remaining costs can be amortized over an 84-month period. Taxslayer com login See chapter 7. Taxslayer com login If you make an election to deduct or amortize qualifying reforestation costs, you should create and maintain separate timber accounts for each qualified timber property. Taxslayer com login The accounts should include all reforestation treatments and the dates they were applied. Taxslayer com login Any qualified timber property that is subject to the deduction or amortization election cannot be included in any other timber account for which depletion is allowed. Taxslayer com login The timber account should be maintained until the timber is disposed of. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Notice 2006-47, 2006-20 I. Taxslayer com login R. Taxslayer com login B. Taxslayer com login 892, available at  www. Taxslayer com login irs. Taxslayer com login gov/irb/2006-20_IRB/ar11. Taxslayer com login html. Taxslayer com login   You elect to deduct forestation and reforestation costs by claiming the deduction on the income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the tax year in which the expenses were paid or incurred. Taxslayer com login If you are filing Form T (Timber), Forest Activities Schedule, also complete Form T (Timber), Part IV. Taxslayer com login If you are not filing Form T (Timber), attach a statement to your return with the following information. Taxslayer com login The unique stand identification numbers. Taxslayer com login The total number of acres reforested during the tax year. Taxslayer com login The nature of the reforestation treatments. Taxslayer com login The total amounts of the qualified reforestation expenditures eligible to be amortized or deducted. Taxslayer com login   However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Taxslayer com login Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Taxslayer com login 9100-2” at the top of the amended return. Taxslayer com login File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return. Taxslayer com login    For more information about forestation and reforestation costs, see chapter 7. Taxslayer com login    For more information about timber, see Agriculture Handbook Number 731, Forest Landowners' Guide to the Federal Income Tax. Taxslayer com login You can view this publication on the Internet at  www. Taxslayer com login fs. Taxslayer com login fed. Taxslayer com login us/publications. Taxslayer com login Christmas tree cultivation. Taxslayer com login   If you are in the business of planting and cultivating Christmas trees to sell when they are more than 6 years old, capitalize expenses incurred for planting and stump culture and add them to the basis of the standing trees. Taxslayer com login Recover these expenses as part of your adjusted basis when you sell the standing trees or as depletion allowances when you cut the trees. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Timber Depletion under Depletion in chapter 7. Taxslayer com login   You can deduct as business expenses the costs incurred for shearing and basal pruning of these trees. Taxslayer com login Expenses incurred for silvicultural practices, such as weeding or cleaning, and noncommercial thinning are also deductible as business expenses. Taxslayer com login   Capitalize the cost of land improvements, such as road grading, ditching, and fire breaks, that have a useful life beyond the tax year. Taxslayer com login If the improvements do not have a determinable useful life, add their cost to the basis of the land. Taxslayer com login The cost is recovered when you sell or otherwise dispose of it. Taxslayer com login If the improvements have a determinable useful life, recover their cost through depreciation. Taxslayer com login Capitalize the cost of equipment and other depreciable assets, such as culverts and fences, to the extent you do not use them in planting Christmas trees. Taxslayer com login Recover these costs through depreciation. Taxslayer com login Nondeductible Expenses You cannot deduct personal expenses and certain other items on your tax return even if they relate to your farm. Taxslayer com login Personal, Living, and Family Expenses You cannot deduct certain personal, living, and family expenses as business expenses. Taxslayer com login These include rent and insurance premiums paid on property used as your home, life insurance premiums on yourself or your family, the cost of maintaining cars, trucks, or horses for personal use, allowances to minor children, attorneys' fees and legal expenses incurred in personal matters, and household expenses. Taxslayer com login Likewise, the cost of purchasing or raising produce or livestock consumed by you or your family is not deductible. Taxslayer com login Other Nondeductible Items You cannot deduct the following items on your tax return. Taxslayer com login Loss of growing plants, produce, and crops. Taxslayer com login   Losses of plants, produce, and crops raised for sale are generally not deductible. Taxslayer com login However, you may have a deductible loss on plants with a preproductive period of more than 2 years. Taxslayer com login See chapter 11 for more information. Taxslayer com login Repayment of loans. Taxslayer com login   You cannot deduct the repayment of a loan. Taxslayer com login However, if you use the proceeds of a loan for farm business expenses, you can deduct the interest on the loan. Taxslayer com login See Interest , earlier. Taxslayer com login Estate, inheritance, legacy, succession, and gift taxes. Taxslayer com login   You cannot deduct estate, inheritance, legacy, succession, and gift taxes. Taxslayer com login Loss of livestock. Taxslayer com login   You cannot deduct as a loss the value of raised livestock that die if you deducted the cost of raising them as an expense. Taxslayer com login Losses from sales or exchanges between related persons. Taxslayer com login   You cannot deduct losses from sales or exchanges of property between you and certain related persons, including your spouse, brother, sister, ancestor, or lineal descendant. Taxslayer com login For more information, see chapter 2 of Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets. Taxslayer com login Cost of raising unharvested crops. Taxslayer com login   You cannot deduct the cost of raising unharvested crops sold with land owned more than one year if you sell both at the same time and to the same person. Taxslayer com login Add these costs to the basis of the land to determine the gain or loss on the sale. Taxslayer com login For more information, see Section 1231 Gains and Losses in chapter 9. Taxslayer com login Cost of unharvested crops bought with land. Taxslayer com login   Capitalize the purchase price of land, including the cost allocable to unharvested crops. Taxslayer com login You cannot deduct the cost of the crops at the time of purchase. Taxslayer com login However, you can deduct this cost in figuring net profit or loss in the tax year you sell the crops. Taxslayer com login Cost related to gifts. Taxslayer com login   You cannot deduct costs related to your gifts of agricultural products or property held for sale in the ordinary course of your business. Taxslayer com login The costs are not deductible in the year of the gift or any later year. Taxslayer com login For example, you cannot deduct the cost of raising cattle or the cost of planting and raising unharvested wheat on parcels of land given as a gift to your children. Taxslayer com login Club dues and membership fees. Taxslayer com login   Generally, you cannot deduct amounts you pay or incur for membership in any club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or any other social purpose. Taxslayer com login This includes country clubs, golf and athletic clubs, hotel clubs, sporting clubs, airline clubs, and clubs operated to provide meals under circumstances generally considered to be conducive to business discussions. Taxslayer com login Exception. Taxslayer com login   The following organizations will not be treated as a club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or other social purposes, unless one of its main purposes is to conduct entertainment activities for members or their guests or to provide members or their guests with access to entertainment facilities. Taxslayer com login Boards of trade. Taxslayer com login Business leagues. Taxslayer com login Chambers of commerce. Taxslayer com login Civic or public service organizations. Taxslayer com login Professional associations. Taxslayer com login Trade associations. Taxslayer com login Real estate boards. Taxslayer com login Fines and penalties. Taxslayer com login   You cannot deduct fines and penalties, except penalties for exceeding marketing quotas, discussed earlier. Taxslayer com login Losses From Operating a Farm If your deductible farm expenses are more than your farm income, you have a loss from the operation of your farm. 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Taxslayer com login However, if you do not carry on your farming activity, or other activity you engage or invest in, to make a profit, you report the income from the activity on Form 1040, line 21, and you can deduct expenses of carrying on the activity only if you itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Taxslayer com login Also, there is a limit on the deductions you can take. Taxslayer com login You cannot use a loss from that activity to offset income from other activities. Taxslayer com login Activities you do as a hobby, or mainly for sport or recreation, come under this limit. Taxslayer com login An investment activity intended only to produce tax losses for the investors also comes under this limit. Taxslayer com login The limit on not-for-profit losses applies to individuals, partnerships, estates, trusts, and S corporations. Taxslayer com login It does not apply to corporations other than S corporations. 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Taxslayer com login Presumption of profit. Taxslayer com login   Your farming or other activity is presumed carried on for profit if it produced a profit in at least 3 of the last 5 tax years, including the current year. Taxslayer com login Activities that consist primarily of breeding, training, showing, or racing horses are presumed carried on for profit if they produced a profit in at least 2 of the last 7 tax years, including the current year. Taxslayer com login The activity must be substantially the same for each year within this period. Taxslayer com login You have a profit when the gross income from an activity is more than the deductions for it. Taxslayer com login   If a taxpayer dies before the end of the 5-year (or 7-year) period, the period ends on the date of the taxpayer's death. Taxslayer com login   If your business or investment activity passes this 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, presume it is carried on for profit. Taxslayer com login This means the limits discussed here do not apply. Taxslayer com login You can take all your business deductions from the activity on Schedule F, even for the years that you have a loss. Taxslayer com login You can rely on this presumption in every case, unless the IRS shows it is not valid. Taxslayer com login   If you fail the 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, you still may be considered to operate your farm for profit by considering the factors listed earlier. Taxslayer com login Using the presumption later. Taxslayer com login   If you are starting out in farming and do not have 3 (or 2) years showing a profit, you may want to take advantage of this presumption later, after you have had the 5 (or 7) years of experience allowed by the test. Taxslayer com login   You can choose to do this by filing Form 5213. Taxslayer com login Filing this form postpones any determination that your farming activity is not carried on for profit until 5 (or 7) years have passed since you first started farming. Taxslayer com login You must file Form 5213 within 3 years after the due date of your return for the year in which you first carried on the activity, or, if earlier, within 60 days after receiving a written notice from the IRS proposing to disallow deductions attributable to the activity. Taxslayer com login   The benefit gained by making this choice is that the IRS will not immediately question whether your farming activity is engaged in for profit. Taxslayer com login Accordingly, it will not limit your deductions. Taxslayer com login Rather, you will gain time to earn a profit in 3 (or 2) out of the first 5 (or 7) years you carry on the farming activity. Taxslayer com login If you show 3 (or 2) years of profit at the end of this period, your deductions are not limited under these rules. Taxslayer com login If you do not have 3 (or 2) years of profit (and cannot otherwise show that you operated your farm for profit), the limit applies retroactively to any year in the 5-year (or 7-year) period with a loss. Taxslayer com login   Filing Form 5213 automatically extends the period of limitations on any year
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