Publication 529 - Introductory Material


What's New

Standard mileage rate. The 2013 rate for business use of a vehicle is 56½ cents per mile.

Reminders

Future developments. For the latest information about developments related to Publication 529, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www.irs.gov/pub529.

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Introduction

This publication explains which expenses you can claim as miscellaneous itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or Form 1040NR). You must reduce the total of most miscellaneous itemized deductions by 2% of your adjusted gross income. This publication covers the following topics.

  • Deductions subject to the 2% limit.

  • Deductions not subject to the 2% limit.

  • Expenses you cannot deduct.

  • How to report your deductions.

Some of the deductions previously discussed in this publication are adjustments to income rather than miscellaneous deductions. These include certain employee business expenses that must be listed on Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ and some that are entered directly on Form 1040. Those deductions, which are discussed in Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses, include employee business expenses of officials paid on a fee basis and performing artists.

Note.

Generally, nonresident aliens are allowed miscellaneous itemized deductions to the extent they are directly related to income which is effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business within the United States.

You must keep records to verify your deductions. You should keep receipts, canceled checks, substitute checks, financial account statements, and other documentary evidence. For more information on recordkeeping, see Publication 552, Recordkeeping for Individuals.

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Useful Items - You may want to see:

Publication

  • 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses

  • 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income

  • 535 Business Expenses

  • 587 Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers)

  • 946 How To Depreciate Property

Form (and Instructions)

  • Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions

  • 2106 Employee Business Expenses

  • 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses

See How To Get Tax Help near the end of this publication for information about getting these publications and forms.


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