- Publication 584-B - Introductory Material
- Publication 584-B - Main Content
- Publication 584-B - Additional Material
Publication 584-B (12/2011), Business Casualty, Disaster, and Theft Loss Workbook
Revised: December 2011
The IRS has created a page on IRS.gov for information about Publication 584-B, at www.irs.gov/pub584b. Information about any future developments affecting Publication 584-B (such as legislation enacted after we released it) will be posted on that page.
This workbook is designed to help you figure your loss on business and income-producing property in the event of a disaster, casualty, or theft. It contains schedules to help you figure the loss to your office furniture and fixtures, information systems, motor vehicles, office supplies, buildings, and equipment. These schedules, however, are for your information only. You must complete Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts, to report your loss.
You can use this workbook by following these five steps.
Read Publication 547 to learn about the tax rules for casualties, disasters, and thefts.
Fill out Schedules 1 through 6.
Read the Instructions for Form 4684.
Fill out Form 4684 using the information you entered in Schedules 1 through 6.
Use the chart below to find out how to use Schedules 1 through 6 to fill out Form 4684.
|Take what's in each row of...||And enter it on Form 4684...|
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Tax Publications for Individual Taxpayers See How To Get Tax Help for a variety of ways to get publications, including by computer, phone, and mail.
|1||Your Rights as a Taxpayer|
|17||Your Federal Income Tax For Individuals|
|334||Tax Guide for Small Business (For Individuals Who Use Schedule C or C-EZ)|
|509||Tax Calendars for 2012|
|910||IRS Guide to Free Tax Services|
|3||Armed Forces’ Tax Guide|
|54||Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad|
|225||Farmer’s Tax Guide|
|463||Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses|
|501||Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information|
|502||Medical and Dental Expenses (Including the Health Coverage Tax Credit)|
|503||Child and Dependent Care Expenses|
|504||Divorced or Separated Individuals|
|505||Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax|
|514||Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals|
|516||U.S. Government Civilian Employees Stationed Abroad|
|517||Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers|
|519||U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens|
|523||Selling Your Home|
|524||Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled|
|525||Taxable and Nontaxable Income|
|527||Residential Rental Property (Including Rental of Vacation Homes)|
|530||Tax Information for Homeowners|
|531||Reporting Tip Income|
|536||Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts|
|544||Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets|
|547||Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts|
|550||Investment Income and Expenses (Including Capital Gains and Losses)|
|551||Basis of Assets|
|554||Tax Guide for Seniors|
|556||Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund|
|559||Survivors, Executors, and Administrators|
|561||Determining the Value of Donated Property|
|570||Tax Guide for Individuals With Income From U.S. Possessions|
|571||Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plans (403(b) Plans) For Employees of Public Schools and Certain Tax-Exempt Organizations|
|575||Pension and Annuity Income|
|584||Casualty, Disaster, and Theft Loss Workbook (Personal-Use Property)|
|587||Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers)|
|590||Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs)|
|594||The IRS Collection Process|
|596||Earned Income Credit (EIC)|
|721||Tax Guide to U.S. Civil Service Retirement Benefits|
|901||U.S. Tax Treaties|
|907||Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities|
|908||Bankruptcy Tax Guide|
|915||Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits|
|925||Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules|
|926||Household Employer’s Tax Guide For Wages Paid in 2012|
|929||Tax Rules for Children and Dependents|
|936||Home Mortgage Interest Deduction|
|946||How To Depreciate Property|
|947||Practice Before the IRS and Power of Attorney|
|950||Introduction to Estate and Gift Taxes|
|969||Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans|
|970||Tax Benefits for Education|
|971||Innocent Spouse Relief|
|972||Child Tax Credit|
|1542||Per Diem Rates (For Travel Within the Continental United States)|
|1544||Reporting Cash Payments of Over $10,000 (Received in a Trade or Business)|
|1546||Taxpayer Advocate Service – Your Voice at the IRS|
|Spanish Language Publications|
|1SP||Derechos del Contribuyente|
|17(SP)||El Impuesto Federal sobre los Ingresos Para Personas Fisicas|
|547(SP)||Hechos Fortuitos Desastres y Robos|
|584(SP)||Registro de Pérdidas por Hechos Fortuitos (Imprevistos), Desastres y Robos (Propiedad de Uso Personal)|
|594SP||El Proceso de Cobro del IRS|
|596SP||Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo|
|850(EN/SP)||English-Spanish Glossary of Words and Phrases Used in Publications Issued by the Internal Revenue Service|
|Informe de Pagos en Efectivo en Exceso de $10,000 (Recibidos en una Ocupación o Negocio)|
Commonly Used Tax Forms See How To Get Tax Help for a variety of ways to get forms, including by computer, phone, and mail.
|Form Number and Title|
|1040||U.S. Individual Income Tax Return|
|Sch A||Itemized Deductions|
|Sch B||Interest and Ordinary Dividends|
|Sch C||Profit or Loss From Business|
|Sch C-EZ||Net Profit From Business|
|Sch D||Capital Gains and Losses|
|Sch E||Supplemental Income and Loss|
|Sch EIC||Earned Income Credit|
|Sch F||Profit or Loss From Farming|
|Sch H||Household Employment Taxes|
|Sch J||Income Averaging for Farmers and
|Sch R||Credit for the Elderly or
|Sch SE||Self-Employment Tax|
|1040A||U.S. Individual Income Tax Return|
|Sch B||Interest and Ordinary Dividends|
|1040EZ||Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents|
|1040-ES||Estimated Tax for Individuals|
|1040X||Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return|
|2106||Employee Business Expenses|
|2106-EZ||Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses|
|2210||Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, Estates, and Trusts|
|2441||Child and Dependent Care Expenses|
|2848||Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative|
|2848(SP)||Poder Legal y Declaración del Representante|
|4562||Depreciation and Amortization|
|4868||Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return|
|4868(SP)||Solicitud de Prórroga Automática para Presentar la Declaración del Impuesto sobre el Ingreso Personal de los Estados Unidos|
|4952||Investment Interest Expense Deduction|
|5329||Additional Taxes on Qualified Plans (Including IRAs) and Other Tax-Favored Accounts|
|6251||Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals|
|8283||Noncash Charitable Contributions|
|8582||Passive Activity Loss Limitations|
|8812||Additional Child Tax Credit|
|8822||Change of Address|
|8829||Expenses for Business Use of Your Home|
|8863||Education Credits (American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Credits)|
|8949||Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets|
|9465||Installment Agreement Request|
|9465(SP)||Solicitud para un Plan de Pagos a Plazos|