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You can elect to expense IDCs as an expense in the taxable year the cost is paid or incurred. Generally, if IDCs are not expensed, but are capitalized, than you can amortize it over 60 month period beginning with the month the expenditure was paid or incurred. Or, in the case of a nonproductive well ("dry hole"), you can write it off.
Amortizing the IDC cost allows the taxpayer to reduce or eliminate the IDC adjustments or preferences under the alternative minimum tax.
In most cases if the investors are in higher tax bracket and are looking for tax benefit than I guess expensing the cost would be more beneficial.
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I will choose to expense the IDC's Where on the K-1's does the expense get entered?