Instructions for Form 8900 (2018)

Qualified Railroad Track Maintenance Credit

Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless otherwise noted.


General Instructions

Future Developments

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What’s New

The qualified railroad track maintenance credit expired for qualified railroad track maintenance expenditures paid or incurred in tax years beginning after 2017.

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At the time these instructions went to print, Congress had not enacted legislation on expired provisions. To find out if legislation has been enacted, go to

Who Must File

Partnerships and S corporations use the 2018 Form 8900 to report any qualified railroad track maintenance credit they receive from a fiscal year partnership whose tax year began in 2017 (when the credit was still available) and ends during their 2018 tax year. All other taxpayers report this credit directly on line 4g in Part III of Form 3800, General Business Credit.

Specific Instructions

Lines 1 Through 5

These lines are now shown as "Reserved for future use" in case Congress extends the credit for 2018. When any form, worksheet, or instruction refers to these lines, treat the amounts on these lines as zero.

Line 6

Enter total qualified railroad track maintenance credits from:

  • Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc., box 15 (code P); and

  • Schedule K-1 (Form 1120S), Shareholder's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc., box 13 (code P).


Partnerships and S corporations report the above credits on line 6. All other taxpayers:

  • Report the above credits directly on Form 3800, Part III, line 4g; and

  • Do not file Form 8900.


Instructions for Form 8900 - Notices

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