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Sample IRS Election Statement: Small Taxpayer Safe Harbor Election for Building Property.

(Parker Tax Publishing March 14, 2015)

The 2013 final "repair regulations" added a safe harbor election for building property held by taxpayers whose average annual gross receipts for the three preceding tax years is $10 million or less. Such taxpayers are considered a "qualifying small taxpayer" for purposes of the regulation (Reg. Sec. 1.263(a)-3(h)).

Under the safe harbor, a qualifying small taxpayer may elect to not apply the improvement rules to an eligible building property if the total amount paid during the tax year for repairs, maintenance, improvements, and similar activities performed on the eligible building does not exceed the lesser of $10,000 or 2 percent of the unadjusted basis of the building (Reg. Sec. 1.263(a)-3(h)(1)).

Eligible building property includes a building unit of property that is owned or leased by the qualifying taxpayer, provided the unadjusted basis of the building unit of property is $1 million or less (Reg. Sec. 1.263(a)-3(h)(4)).

Amounts paid by the taxpayer to which the taxpayer properly applies and elects the safe harbor are not treated as improvements to the building under Reg. Sec. 1.263(a)-3 and may be deducted under Reg. Sec. 1.162-1 or Reg. Sec. 1.212-1, as applicable, in the tax year that the amounts are paid or incurred, provided the amounts otherwise qualify for deduction under those sections (Reg. Sec. 1.263(a)-3(h)(7)).

A qualifying small taxpayer may elect the small taxpayer safe harbor by including a statement with its tax return for the year of the election. The statement must be titled, "1.263(a)-3(h) Safe Harbor Election for Small Taxpayers," and include the taxpayer's name, address, taxpayer identification number, and a description of each eligible building property to which the taxpayer is applying the election. In the case of an S corporation or a partnership, the election is made by the S corporation or by the partnership, and not by the shareholders or partners.

Sample Election Statement

(Reg. Sec. 1.263(a)-3(h)) Small Taxpayer Safe Harbor Election for Building Property

[Taxpayer Name]

[Taxpayer Address]


The taxpayer is hereby making the safe harbor election for small taxpayers under Reg. Sec. 1.263(a)-3(h). The election applies to the following eligible building property (or properties):

[Description of each eligible building property to which the election applies]


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