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Subject:  laptop computer Date:  3/28/2000  9:21 PM
Author:  sdfewl Number:  32836 of 127987

All of my income comes from a partnership for which I receive a K-1. This year I bought a laptop computer for 100% business use (the partnership) using aftertax dollars. Therefore, it is not on the partnership K-1.

This year, I decided to do my own taxes using turbotax. In the past, my tax preparer has deducted business expenses like computers and cell phones on form 4562 as section 179 property. In other words, I get to deduct the property without satisfying the 2% level for itemized deductions. I believe this is because as a partner in the partnership I own my own business and have an additional expense outside the partnerships books.

Anyway, I can't seem to figure out how to enter the laptop into Turbotax so that it produces a form 4562, but it doesn't say "from K-1" which is not accurate (it merely relates to the partnership on the K-1). The only other option I could see would be to say I have another business which is a sole proprietorship and deduct it there, but that isn't true.

My questions are:

1. I assume my prior tax preparer was correct in deducting laptop like expenses in the past on form 4562 as section 179 property, true?

2. If so, can anyone tell me how to make turbotax understand this issue?

Many many thanks for any thoughts.

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