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General Instructions(p1)


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Other Schedules and Forms You May Have To File(p1)


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Heavy highway vehicle use tax.(p2)

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If you use certain highway trucks, truck-trailers, tractor trailers, or buses in your farming business, you may have to pay a federal highway motor vehicle use tax. See the Instructions for Form 2290 to find out if you owe this tax.
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Information returns.(p2)

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You may have to file information returns for wages paid to employees, certain payments of fees and other nonemployee compensation, interest, rents, royalties, real estate transactions, annuities, and pensions. You may also have to file an information return if you sold $5,000 or more of consumer products to a person on a buy-sell, deposit-commission, or other similar basis for resale. For details, see the 2008 General Instructions for Forms 1099, 1098, 5498, and W-2G.
If you received cash of more than $10,000 in one or more related transactions in your farming business, you may have to file Form 8300. For details, see Pub. 1544.
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Reportable transaction disclosure statement.(p2)

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If you entered into a reportable transaction in 2008, you must file Form 8886 to disclose information if your federal income tax liability is affected by your participation in the transaction. You may have to pay a penalty if you are required to file Form 8886 but do not do so. You may also have to pay interest and penalties on any reportable transaction understatements. For more information on reportable transactions, see Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement on page C-2 of the instructions for Schedule C.
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Husband-Wife Farm(p2)


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If you and your spouse jointly own and operate a farm as an unincorporated business and share in the profits and losses, you are partners in a partnership whether or not you have a formal partnership agreement. File Form 1065 instead of Schedule F.
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Exception—Qualified Joint Venture(p2)


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If you and your spouse each materially participate as the only members of a jointly owned and operated farm, and you file a joint return for the tax year, you can make a joint election to be treated as a qualified joint venture instead of a partnership. For an explanation of material participation, see the instructions for Schedule C, line G, on page C-3, and the instructions for line E on this page.
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Making the election.(p2)

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To make this election, you must divide all items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit attributable to the business between you and your spouse in accordance with your respective interests in the venture. Each of you must file a separate Schedule F. On each line of your separate Schedule F, you must enter your share of the applicable income, deduction, or loss. Each of you must also file a separate Schedule SE to pay self-employment tax, as applicable.
As long as you remain qualified, your election cannot be revoked without IRS consent.
For more information, see Exception—Qualified Joint Venture on page C-2 of the instructions for Schedule C.
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Exception—Community Income(p2)


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If you and your spouse wholly own an unincorporated farming business as community property under the community property laws of a state, foreign country, or U.S. possession, the income and deductions are reported based on the following.
The only states with community property laws are Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. A change in your reporting position will be treated as a conversion of the entity.
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Estimated Tax(p2)


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If you had to make estimated tax payments for 2008 and you underpaid your estimated tax, you will not be charged a penalty if both of the following apply.
For details, see chapter 15 of Pub. 225.
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