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1040 ez instructions 2014 27. 1040 ez instructions 2014   Tax Benefits for Work-Related Education Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Qualifying Work-Related EducationEducation Required by Employer or by Law Education To Maintain or Improve Skills Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business What Expenses Can Be DeductedUnclaimed reimbursement. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Transportation Expenses Travel Expenses No Double Benefit Allowed Reimbursements Deducting Business ExpensesSelf-Employed Persons Employees Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials Impairment-Related Work Expenses Recordkeeping What's New Standard mileage rate. 1040 ez instructions 2014  Generally, if you claim a business deduction for work-related education and you drive your car to and from school, the amount you can deduct for miles driven from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013, is 56½ cents per mile. 1040 ez instructions 2014 For more information, see Transportation Expenses under What Expenses Can Be Deducted. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Introduction This chapter discusses work-related education expenses that you may be able to deduct as business expenses. 1040 ez instructions 2014 To claim such a deduction, you must: Itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you are an employee, File Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040) if you are self-employed, and Have expenses for education that meet the requirements discussed under Qualifying Work-Related Education . 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you are an employee and can itemize your deductions, you may be able to claim a deduction for the expenses you pay for your work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Your deduction will be the amount by which your qualifying work-related education expenses plus other job and certain miscellaneous expenses (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is greater than 2% of your adjusted gross income. 1040 ez instructions 2014 See chapter 28. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you are self-employed, you deduct your expenses for qualifying work-related education directly from your self-employment income. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Your work-related education expenses may also qualify you for other tax benefits, such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits (see chapter 35). 1040 ez instructions 2014 You may qualify for these other benefits even if you do not meet the requirements listed earlier. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Also, keep in mind that your work-related education expenses may qualify you to claim more than one tax benefit. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Generally, you may claim any number of benefits as long as you use different expenses to figure each one. 1040 ez instructions 2014 When you figure your taxes, you may want to compare these tax benefits so you can choose the method(s) that give you the lowest tax liability. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 970 Tax Benefits for Education Form (and Instructions) 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Qualifying Work-Related Education You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as business expenses. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This is education that meets at least one of the following two tests. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The education is required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The required education must serve a bona fide business purpose of your employer. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The education maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. 1040 ez instructions 2014 However, even if the education meets one or both of the above tests, it is not qualifying work-related education if it: Is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements of your present trade or business, or Is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as a business expense even if the education could lead to a degree. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Use Figure 27-A, later, as a quick check to see if your education qualifies. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Education Required by Employer or by Law Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for your job, your employer or the law may require you to get more education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This additional education is qualifying work-related education if all three of the following requirements are met. 1040 ez instructions 2014 It is required for you to keep your present salary, status, or job, The requirement serves a bona fide business purpose of your employer, and The education is not part of a program that will qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040 ez instructions 2014 When you get more education than your employer or the law requires, the additional education can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills required in your present work. 1040 ez instructions 2014 See Education To Maintain or Improve Skills , later. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You are a teacher who has satisfied the minimum requirements for teaching. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Your employer requires you to take an additional college course each year to keep your teaching job. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If the courses will not qualify you for a new trade or business, they are qualifying work-related education even if you eventually receive a master's degree and an increase in salary because of this extra education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Education To Maintain or Improve Skills If your education is not required by your employer or the law, it can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This could include refresher courses, courses on current developments, and academic or vocational courses. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You repair televisions, radios, and stereo systems for XYZ Store. 1040 ez instructions 2014 To keep up with the latest changes, you take special courses in radio and stereo service. 1040 ez instructions 2014 These courses maintain and improve skills required in your work. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Maintaining skills vs. 1040 ez instructions 2014 qualifying for new job. 1040 ez instructions 2014   Education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work is not qualifying education if it will also qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Education during temporary absence. 1040 ez instructions 2014   If you stop working for a year or less in order to get education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work and then return to the same general type of work, your absence is considered temporary. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Education that you get during a temporary absence is qualifying work-related education if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You quit your biology research job to become a full-time biology graduate student for one year. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you return to work in biology research after completing the courses, the education is related to your present work even if you do not go back to work with the same employer. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Education during indefinite absence. 1040 ez instructions 2014   If you stop work for more than a year, your absence from your job is considered indefinite. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Education during an indefinite absence, even if it maintains or improves skills needed in the work from which you are absent, is considered to qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Therefore, it is not qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education you need to meet the minimum educational requirements for your present trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The minimum educational requirements are determined by: Laws and regulations, Standards of your profession, trade, or business, and Your employer. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Once you have met the minimum educational requirements that were in effect when you were hired, you do not have to meet any new minimum educational requirements. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This means that if the minimum requirements change after you were hired, any education you need to meet the new requirements can be qualifying education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You have not necessarily met the minimum educational requirements of your trade or business simply because you are already doing the work. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You are a full-time engineering student. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Although you have not received your degree or certification, you work part-time as an engineer for a firm that will employ you as a full-time engineer after you finish college. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Although your college engineering courses improve your skills in your present job, they are also needed to meet the minimum job requirements for a full-time engineer. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The education is not qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 2. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You are an accountant and you have met the minimum educational requirements of your employer. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Your employer later changes the minimum educational requirements and requires you to take college courses to keep your job. 1040 ez instructions 2014 These additional courses can be qualifying work-related education because you have already satisfied the minimum requirements that were in effect when you were hired. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Requirements for Teachers States or school districts usually set the minimum educational requirements for teachers. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The requirement is the college degree or the minimum number of college hours usually required of a person hired for that position. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If there are no requirements, you will have met the minimum educational requirements when you become a faculty member. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The determination of whether you are a faculty member of an educational institution must be made on the basis of the particular practices of the institution. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You generally will be considered a faculty member when one or more of the following occurs. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You have tenure. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Your years of service count toward obtaining tenure. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You have a vote in faculty decisions. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Your school makes contributions for you to a retirement plan other than social security or a similar program. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The law in your state requires beginning secondary school teachers to have a bachelor's degree, including 10 professional education courses. 1040 ez instructions 2014 In addition, to keep the job a teacher must complete a fifth year of training within 10 years from the date of hire. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If the employing school certifies to the state Department of Education that qualified teachers cannot be found, the school can hire persons with only 3 years of college. 1040 ez instructions 2014 However, to keep their jobs, these teachers must get a bachelor's degree and the required professional education courses within 3 years. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Under these facts, the bachelor's degree, whether or not it includes the 10 professional education courses, is considered the minimum educational requirement for qualification as a teacher in your state. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you have all the required education except the fifth year, you have met the minimum educational requirements. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The fifth year of training is qualifying work-related education unless it is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Figure 27-A Does Your Work-Related Education Qualify? Please click here for the text description of the image. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Figure 27-A. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Does Your Work-Related Education Qualify?" Example 2. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you have a bachelor's degree and only six professional education courses. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The additional four education courses can be qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Although you do not have all the required courses, you have already met the minimum educational requirements. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 3. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you are hired with only 3 years of college. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The courses you take that lead to a bachelor's degree (including those in education) are not qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 They are needed to meet the minimum educational requirements for employment as a teacher. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 4. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You have a bachelor's degree and you work as a temporary instructor at a university. 1040 ez instructions 2014 At the same time, you take graduate courses toward an advanced degree. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The rules of the university state that you can become a faculty member only if you get a graduate degree. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Also, you can keep your job as an instructor only as long as you show satisfactory progress toward getting this degree. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You have not met the minimum educational requirements to qualify you as a faculty member. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The graduate courses are not qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Certification in a new state. 1040 ez instructions 2014   Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for teachers for your state, you are considered to have met the minimum educational requirements in all states. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This is true even if you must get additional education to be certified in another state. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Any additional education you need is qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You have already met the minimum requirements for teaching. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Teaching in another state is not a new trade or business. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You hold a permanent teaching certificate in State A and are employed as a teacher in that state for several years. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You move to State B and are promptly hired as a teacher. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You are required, however, to complete certain prescribed courses to get a permanent teaching certificate in State B. 1040 ez instructions 2014 These additional courses are qualifying work-related education because the teaching position in State B involves the same general kind of work for which you were qualified in State A. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business Education that is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This is true even if you do not plan to enter that trade or business. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you are an employee, a change of duties that involves the same general kind of work is not a new trade or business. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You are an accountant. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Your employer requires you to get a law degree at your own expense. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You register at a law school for the regular curriculum that leads to a law degree. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Even if you do not intend to become a lawyer, the education is not qualifying because the law degree will qualify you for a new trade or business. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 2. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You are a general practitioner of medicine. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You take a 2-week course to review developments in several specialized fields of medicine. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The course does not qualify you for a new profession. 1040 ez instructions 2014 It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 3. 1040 ez instructions 2014 While working in the private practice of psychiatry, you enter a program to study and train at an accredited psychoanalytic institute. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The program will lead to qualifying you to practice psychoanalysis. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The psychoanalytic training does not qualify you for a new profession. 1040 ez instructions 2014 It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Bar or CPA Review Course Review courses to prepare for the bar examination or the certified public accountant (CPA) examination are not qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 They are part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new profession. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Teaching and Related Duties All teaching and related duties are considered the same general kind of work. 1040 ez instructions 2014 A change in duties in any of the following ways is not considered a change to a new business. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Elementary school teacher to secondary school teacher. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Teacher of one subject, such as biology, to teacher of another subject, such as art. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Classroom teacher to guidance counselor. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Classroom teacher to school administrator. 1040 ez instructions 2014 What Expenses Can Be Deducted If your education meets the requirements described earlier under Qualifying Work-Related Education , you can generally deduct your education expenses as business expenses. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you are not self-employed, you can deduct business expenses only if you itemize your deductions. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You cannot deduct expenses related to tax-exempt and excluded income. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Deductible expenses. 1040 ez instructions 2014   The following education expenses can be deducted. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Tuition, books, supplies, lab fees, and similar items. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Certain transportation and travel costs. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Other education expenses, such as costs of research and typing when writing a paper as part of an educational program. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Nondeductible expenses. 1040 ez instructions 2014   You cannot deduct personal or capital expenses. 1040 ez instructions 2014 For example, you cannot deduct the dollar value of vacation time or annual leave you take to attend classes. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This amount is a personal expense. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Unclaimed reimbursement. 1040 ez instructions 2014   If you do not claim reimbursement that you are entitled to receive from your employer, you cannot deduct the expenses that apply to that unclaimed reimbursement. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Your employer agrees to pay your education expenses if you file a voucher showing your expenses. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You do not file a voucher, and you do not get reimbursed. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Because you did not file a voucher, you cannot deduct the expenses on your tax return. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Transportation Expenses If your education qualifies, you can deduct local transportation costs of going directly from work to school. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you are regularly employed and go to school on a temporary basis, you can also deduct the costs of returning from school to home. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Temporary basis. 1040 ez instructions 2014   You go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations applies to you. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less and does indeed last for 1 year or less. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Your attendance is temporary up to the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Note. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you are in either situation (1) or (2), your attendance is not temporary if facts and circumstances indicate otherwise. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Attendance not on a temporary basis. 1040 ez instructions 2014   You do not go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations apply to you. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last more than 1 year. 1040 ez instructions 2014 It does not matter how long you actually attend. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Your attendance is not temporary after the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Deductible Transportation Expenses If you are regularly employed and go directly from home to school on a temporary basis, you can deduct the round-trip costs of transportation between your home and school. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This is true regardless of the location of the school, the distance traveled, or whether you attend school on nonwork days. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Transportation expenses include the actual costs of bus, subway, cab, or other fares, as well as the costs of using your car. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Transportation expenses do not include amounts spent for travel, meals, or lodging while you are away from home overnight. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You regularly work in a nearby town, and go directly from work to home. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You also attend school every work night for 3 months to take a course that improves your job skills. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your daily round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This is true regardless of the distance traveled. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 2. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that on certain nights you go directly from work to school and then home. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can deduct your transportation expenses from your regular work site to school and then home. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 3. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend the school for 9 months on Saturdays, nonwork days. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 4. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend classes twice a week for 15 months. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Since your attendance in school is not considered temporary, you cannot deduct your transportation expenses in going between home and school. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you go directly from work to school, you can deduct the one-way transportation expenses of going from work to school. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you go from work to home to school and return home, your transportation expenses cannot be more than if you had gone directly from work to school. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Using your car. 1040 ez instructions 2014   If you use your car (whether you own or lease it) for transportation to school, you can deduct your actual expenses or use the standard mileage rate to figure the amount you can deduct. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The standard mileage rate for miles driven from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013 is 56½ cents per mile. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Whichever method you use, you can also deduct parking fees and tolls. 1040 ez instructions 2014 See chapter 26 for information on deducting your actual expenses of using a car. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Travel Expenses You can deduct expenses for travel, meals (see 50% limit on meals , later), and lodging if you travel overnight mainly to obtain qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Travel expenses for qualifying work-related education are treated the same as travel expenses for other employee business purposes. 1040 ez instructions 2014 For more information, see chapter 26. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You cannot deduct expenses for personal activities, such as sightseeing, visiting, or entertaining. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Mainly personal travel. 1040 ez instructions 2014   If your travel away from home is mainly personal, you cannot deduct all of your expenses for travel, meals, and lodging. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can deduct only your expenses for lodging and 50% of your expenses for meals during the time you attend the qualified educational activities. 1040 ez instructions 2014   Whether a trip's purpose is mainly personal or educational depends upon the facts and circumstances. 1040 ez instructions 2014 An important factor is the comparison of time spent on personal activities with time spent on educational activities. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you spend more time on personal activities, the trip is considered mainly educational only if you can show a substantial nonpersonal reason for traveling to a particular location. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 John works in Newark, New Jersey. 1040 ez instructions 2014 He traveled to Chicago to take a deductible 1-week course at the request of his employer. 1040 ez instructions 2014 His main reason for going to Chicago was to take the course. 1040 ez instructions 2014 While there, he took a sight-seeing trip, entertained some friends, and took a side trip to Pleasantville for a day. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Since the trip was mainly for business, John can deduct his round-trip airfare to Chicago. 1040 ez instructions 2014 He cannot deduct his transportation expenses of going to Pleasantville. 1040 ez instructions 2014 He can deduct only the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging connected with his educational activities. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 2. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Sue works in Boston. 1040 ez instructions 2014 She went to a university in Michigan to take a course for work. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The course is qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 She took one course, which is one-fourth of a full course load of study. 1040 ez instructions 2014 She spent the rest of the time on personal activities. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Her reasons for taking the course in Michigan were all personal. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Sue's trip is mainly personal because three-fourths of her time is considered personal time. 1040 ez instructions 2014 She cannot deduct the cost of her round-trip train ticket to Michigan. 1040 ez instructions 2014 She can deduct one-fourth of the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging costs for the time she attended the university. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example 3. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Dave works in Nashville and recently traveled to California to take a 2-week seminar. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The seminar is qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 While there, he spent an extra 8 weeks on personal activities. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The facts, including the extra 8-week stay, show that his main purpose was to take a vacation. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Dave cannot deduct his round-trip airfare or his meals and lodging for the 8 weeks. 1040 ez instructions 2014 He can deduct only his expenses for meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging for the 2 weeks he attended the seminar. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Cruises and conventions. 1040 ez instructions 2014   Certain cruises and conventions offer seminars or courses as part of their itinerary. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Even if the seminars or courses are work-related, your deduction for travel may be limited. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This applies to: Travel by ocean liner, cruise ship, or other form of luxury water transportation, and Conventions outside the North American area. 1040 ez instructions 2014   For a discussion of the limits on travel expense deductions that apply to cruises and conventions, see Luxury Water Travel and Conventions in chapter 1 of Publication 463. 1040 ez instructions 2014 50% limit on meals. 1040 ez instructions 2014   You can deduct only 50% of the cost of your meals while traveling away from home to obtain qualifying work-related education. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You cannot have been reimbursed for the meals. 1040 ez instructions 2014   Employees must use Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ to apply the 50% limit. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Travel as Education You cannot deduct the cost of travel as a form of education even if it is directly related to your duties in your work or business. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Example. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You are a French language teacher. 1040 ez instructions 2014 While on sabbatical leave granted for travel, you traveled through France to improve your knowledge of the French language. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You chose your itinerary and most of your activities to improve your French language skills. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You cannot deduct your travel expenses as education expenses. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This is true even if you spent most of your time learning French by visiting French schools and families, attending movies or plays, and engaging in similar activities. 1040 ez instructions 2014 No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do either of the following. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Deduct work-related education expenses as business expenses if you benefit from these expenses under any other provision of the law, for example, the tuition and fees deduction (see chapter 35). 1040 ez instructions 2014 Deduct work-related education expenses paid with tax-free scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. 1040 ez instructions 2014 See Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses , next. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses If you pay qualifying work-related education expenses with certain tax-free funds, you cannot claim a deduction for those amounts. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You must reduce the qualifying expenses by the amount of such expenses allocable to the tax-free educational assistance. 1040 ez instructions 2014 For more information, see chapter 12 of Publication 970. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Tax-free educational assistance includes: The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), The tax-free part of Pell grants (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), The tax-free part of employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11 of Publication 970), Veterans' educational assistance (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received for education assistance. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Amounts that do not reduce qualifying work-related education expenses. 1040 ez instructions 2014   Do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as: Payment for services, such as wages, A loan, A gift, An inheritance, or A withdrawal from the student's personal savings. 1040 ez instructions 2014   Also, do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by any scholarship or fellowship reported as income on the student's return or any scholarship which, by its terms, cannot be applied to qualifying work-related education expenses. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Reimbursements How you treat reimbursements depends on the arrangement you have with your employer. 1040 ez instructions 2014 There are two basic types of reimbursement arrangements—accountable plans and nonaccountable plans. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can tell the type of plan you are reimbursed under by the way the reimbursement is reported on your Form W-2. 1040 ez instructions 2014 For information on how to treat reimbursements under both accountable and nonaccountable plans, see Reimbursements in chapter 26. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Deducting Business Expenses Self-employed persons and employees report business expenses differently. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The following information explains what forms you must use to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Self-Employed Persons If you are self-employed, report the cost of your qualifying work-related education on the appropriate form used to report your business income and expenses (generally Schedule C, C-EZ, or F). 1040 ez instructions 2014 If your educational expenses include expenses for a car or truck, travel, or meals, report those expenses the same way you report other business expenses for those items. 1040 ez instructions 2014 See the instructions for the form you file for information on how to complete it. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Employees If you are an employee, you can deduct the cost of qualifying work-related education only if you: Did not receive (and were not entitled to receive) any reimbursement from your employer, Were reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (amount is included in box 1 of Form W-2), or Received reimbursement under an accountable plan, but the amount received was less than your expenses for which you claimed reimbursement. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If either (1) or (2) applies, you can deduct the total qualifying cost. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If (3) applies, you can deduct only the qualifying costs that were more than your reimbursement. 1040 ez instructions 2014 In order to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense, include the amount with your deduction for any other employee business expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. 1040 ez instructions 2014 (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. 1040 ez instructions 2014 ) This deduction (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most miscellaneous itemized deductions. 1040 ez instructions 2014 See chapter 28. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. 1040 ez instructions 2014   To figure your deduction for employee business expenses, including qualifying work-related education, you generally must complete Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Form not required. 1040 ez instructions 2014   Do not complete either Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ if: If amounts included in box 1 of your Form W-2, are not considered reimbursements, and You are not claiming travel, transportation, meal, or entertainment expenses. 1040 ez instructions 2014   If you meet both of these requirements, enter the expenses directly on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. 1040 ez instructions 2014 (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. 1040 ez instructions 2014 ) Using Form 2106-EZ. 1040 ez instructions 2014   This form is shorter and easier to use than Form 2106. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Generally, you can use this form if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are using the standard mileage rate if you are claiming vehicle expenses. 1040 ez instructions 2014   If you do not meet both of these requirements, use Form 2106. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials If you are a qualified performing artist, or a state (or local) government official who is paid in whole or in part on a fee basis, you can deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as an adjustment to gross income rather than as an itemized deduction. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Include the cost of your qualifying work-related education with any other employee business expenses on Form 1040, line 24. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You do not have to itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), and, therefore, the deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to figure your deduction, even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . 1040 ez instructions 2014 For more information on qualified performing artists, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you are disabled and have impairment-related work expenses that are necessary for you to be able to get qualifying work-related education, you can deduct these expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. 1040 ez instructions 2014 They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. 1040 ez instructions 2014 To deduct these expenses, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . 1040 ez instructions 2014 For more information on impairment-related work expenses, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Recordkeeping You must keep records as proof of any deduction claimed on your tax return. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Generally, you should keep your records for 3 years from the date of filing the tax return and claiming the deduction. 1040 ez instructions 2014 For specific 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IRS Seeks Volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

IR-2014-26, March 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major taxpayer concerns, and makes recommendations for improving IRS services.

The TAP provides a forum for taxpayers to raise concerns about IRS service and offer suggestions for improvement. The TAP reports annually to the Secretary of the Treasury, the IRS Commissioner and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate is an independent organization within the IRS and provides oversight of the TAP.

“In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the IRS is currently providing,” said Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. “The TAP is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement. This helps the IRS deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations.”  

The TAP includes members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each member is appointed to represent the interests of taxpayers in his or her geographic location as well as taxpayers as a whole.

The TAP is also seeking to include at least one additional member to represent international taxpayers. For these purposes, “international taxpayers” are broadly defined to include U.S. citizens working, living, or doing business abroad or in a U.S. territory. The new international member will not be required to attend any face-to-face meetings.

To be a member of the TAP you must be a U.S. citizen, be current with your federal tax obligations, be able to commit 200 to 300 hours during the year and pass an FBI criminal background check. New TAP members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2014. Applicants chosen as alternate members will be considered to fill any vacancies that open in their areas during the next three years.

The TAP is seeking members in the following locations: Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and International.

The panel needs alternates for the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Federal advisory committees are required to have a fairly balanced membership in terms of the points of view represented. As such, candidates from underrepresented groups, including but not limited to U.S. taxpayers living abroad, Native Americans, and non-tax practitioners, are encouraged to apply.

Applications for the TAP will be accepted through April 11, 2014. Applications are available online at www.improveirs.org. For additional information about the TAP or the application process, please call 888-912-1227 (a toll-free call) and select prompt number five. Callers who are outside of the U.S. and U.S. territories should call 954-423-7973 (not a toll-free call). You may also contact the TAP staff at taxpayeradvocacypanel@irs.gov for assistance.

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1040 ez instructions 2014 Publication 929 - Additional Material Table of Contents How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Please click the link to view the image. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Form 1040A, page 1, for Joshua A. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Blake This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Please click the link to view the image. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Form 1040A, page 2, for Joshua A. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Blake This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Please click the link to view the image. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Form 8615 for Joshua A. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Blake Filled-in Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet #1 Before you begin: Be sure you do not have to file Form 1040 (see the instructions for Form 1040A, line 10) 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the amount from Form 1040A, line 27 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 48,800*       2. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the amount from Form 1040A, line 9b 2. 1040 ez instructions 2014 300*           3. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the amount from Form 1040A, line 10 3. 1040 ez instructions 2014 200*           4. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Add lines 2 and 3 4. 1040 ez instructions 2014 500       5. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Subtract line 4 from line 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If zero or less, enter -0- 5. 1040 ez instructions 2014 48,300       6. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the smaller of:                 •The amount on line 1, or                   •$36,250 if single or married filing separately,                   $72,500 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er),   or 6. 1040 ez instructions 2014 48,800*         $48,600 if head of household. 1040 ez instructions 2014                   7. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the smaller of line 5 or line 6 7. 1040 ez instructions 2014 48,300       8. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Subtract line 7 from line 6. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This amount is taxed at 0% 8. 1040 ez instructions 2014   500       9. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the smaller of line 1 or line 4 9. 1040 ez instructions 2014 500       10. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the amount from line 8 10. 1040 ez instructions 2014   500       11. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Subtract line 10 from line 9 11. 1040 ez instructions 2014  -0-       12. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Multiply line 11 by 15% (. 1040 ez instructions 2014 15) 12. 1040 ez instructions 2014 -0-   13. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Use the Tax Table to figure the tax on the amount on line 5. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the tax here 13. 1040 ez instructions 2014 6,356   14. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Add lines 12 and 13 14. 1040 ez instructions 2014 6,356   15. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Use the Tax Table to figure the tax on the amount on line 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the tax here 15. 1040 ez instructions 2014 6,431   16. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Tax on all taxable income. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the smaller of line 14 or line 15 here and on Form 1040A, line 28 16. 1040 ez instructions 2014 6,356       *See the instructions under Using the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet for line 9 tax in the Form 8615 instructions. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Filled-in Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet #2 Before you begin: Be sure you do not have to file Form 1040 (see the instructions for Form 1040A, line 10) 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the amount from Form 1040A, line 27 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 1,650*       2. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the amount from Form 1040A, line 9b 2. 1040 ez instructions 2014 750*           3. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the amount from Form 1040A, line 10 3. 1040 ez instructions 2014 500*           4. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Add lines 2 and 3 4. 1040 ez instructions 2014 1,250       5. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Subtract line 4 from line 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If zero or less, enter -0- 5. 1040 ez instructions 2014  400       6. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the smaller of:                 •The amount on line 1, or                   •$36,250 if single or married filing separately,                   $72,500 if married filing jointly or qualifying   widow(er), or 6. 1040 ez instructions 2014 1,650*         $48,600 if head of household. 1040 ez instructions 2014                   7. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the smaller of line 5 or line 6 7. 1040 ez instructions 2014   400       8. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Subtract line 7 from line 6. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This amount is taxed at 0% 8. 1040 ez instructions 2014 1,250       9. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the smaller of line 1 or line 4 9. 1040 ez instructions 2014 1,250       10. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the amount from line 8 10. 1040 ez instructions 2014 1,250       11. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Subtract line 10 from line 9 11. 1040 ez instructions 2014 -0-       12. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Multiply line 11 by 15% (. 1040 ez instructions 2014 15) 12. 1040 ez instructions 2014 -0-   13. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Use the Tax Table to figure the tax on the amount on line 5. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the tax here 13. 1040 ez instructions 2014 41*   14. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Add lines 12 and 13 14. 1040 ez instructions 2014 41   15. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Use the Tax Table to figure the tax on the amount on line 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the tax here 15. 1040 ez instructions 2014 166*   16. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Tax on all taxable income. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the smaller of line 14 or line 15 here and on Form 1040A, line 28 16. 1040 ez instructions 2014 41       *See the instructions under Using the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet for line 15 tax in the Form 8615 instructions. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Filled-in Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet #3 Before you begin: Be sure you do not have to file Form 1040 (see the instructions for Form 1040A, line 10) 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the amount from Form 1040A, line 27 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 2,450       2. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the amount from Form 1040A, line 9b 2. 1040 ez instructions 2014 1,050           3. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the amount from Form 1040A, line 10 3. 1040 ez instructions 2014 700           4. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Add lines 2 and 3 4. 1040 ez instructions 2014 1,750       5. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Subtract line 4 from line 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If zero or less, enter -0- 5. 1040 ez instructions 2014    700       6. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the smaller of:                 •The amount on line 1, or                   •$36,250 if single or married filing separately,                   $72,500 if married filing jointly or qualifying   widow(er), or 6. 1040 ez instructions 2014 2,450         $48,600 if head of household. 1040 ez instructions 2014                   7. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the smaller of line 5 or line 6 7. 1040 ez instructions 2014  700       8. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Subtract line 7 from line 6. 1040 ez instructions 2014 This amount is taxed at 0% 8. 1040 ez instructions 2014 1,750       9. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the smaller of line 1 or line 4 9. 1040 ez instructions 2014 1,750       10. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the amount from line 8 10. 1040 ez instructions 2014 1,750       11. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Subtract line 10 from line 9 11. 1040 ez instructions 2014 -0-       12. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Multiply line 11 by 15% (. 1040 ez instructions 2014 15) 12. 1040 ez instructions 2014 -0-   13. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Use the Tax Table to figure the tax on the amount on line 5. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the tax here 13. 1040 ez instructions 2014  71   14. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Add lines 12 and 13 14. 1040 ez instructions 2014  71   15. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Use the Tax Table to figure the tax on the amount on line 1. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the tax here 15. 1040 ez instructions 2014 246   16. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Tax on all taxable income. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Enter the smaller of line 14 or line 15 here and on Form 1040A, line 28 16. 1040 ez instructions 2014  71         How To Get Tax Help Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Free help with your tax return. 1040 ez instructions 2014   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. 1040 ez instructions 2014 In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. 1040 ez instructions 2014 To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. 1040 ez instructions 2014   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. 1040 ez instructions 2014 To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. 1040 ez instructions 2014 aarp. 1040 ez instructions 2014 org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. 1040 ez instructions 2014 For more information on these programs, go to IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Internet. 1040 ez instructions 2014    IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. 1040 ez instructions 2014 No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. 1040 ez instructions 2014 When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. 1040 ez instructions 2014 New subject areas are added on a regular basis. 1040 ez instructions 2014  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. 1040 ez instructions 2014 When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 1040 ez instructions 2014 It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov for more information. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. 1040 ez instructions 2014 An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). 1040 ez instructions 2014 Go to IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov and choose from a variety of options. 1040 ez instructions 2014    Phone. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov, or download the IRS2Go app. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 1040 ez instructions 2014 It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). 1040 ez instructions 2014 You should receive your order within 10 business days. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. 1040 ez instructions 2014 These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. 1040 ez instructions 2014    Walk-in. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Products. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Services. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. 1040 ez instructions 2014 An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. 1040 ez instructions 2014    Mail. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. 1040 ez instructions 2014 The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. 1040 ez instructions 2014   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. 1040 ez instructions 2014 We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. 1040 ez instructions 2014 You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. 1040 ez instructions 2014   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. 1040 ez instructions 2014 We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. 1040 ez instructions 2014   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. 1040 ez instructions 2014   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. 1040 ez instructions 2014 If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals and tax collection disputes. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. 1040 ez instructions 2014 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications