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1040ez on line Publication 554 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders IntroductionVolunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. 1040ez on line Ordering forms and publications. 1040ez on line Tax questions. 1040ez on line What's New Alternative minimum tax exemption increased. 1040ez on line  The AMT exemption amount has increased to $51,900 ($80,800 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er); $40,400 if married filing separately). 1040ez on line Earned income credit. 1040ez on line  The maximum amount of income you can earn and still get the credit has increased. 1040ez on line You may be able to take the credit if you earn less than: $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly), do not have a qualifying child, and are at least 25 years old and under 65, $37,870 ($43,210 if married filing jointly), and you have one qualifying child, $43,038 ($48,378 if married filing jointly), and you have two qualifying children, or $46,227 ($51,567 if married filing jointly), and you have three or more qualifying children. 1040ez on line For more information, see Earned Income Credit , later. 1040ez on line Exemption phaseout. 1040ez on line  You lose at least part of the benefit of your exemptions if your adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. 1040ez on line For 2013, the phaseout begins at $150,000 for married individuals filing separate returns; $250,000 for single individuals; $275,000 for heads of household; and $300,000 for married individuals filing joint returns or qualifying widow(er)s. 1040ez on line For more information, see Phaseout of Exemptions in Publication 501. 1040ez on line Limit on itemized deductions. 1040ez on line   Beginning January 1, 2013, itemized deductions for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes above $150,000 may be reduced. 1040ez on line See Overall limitation , later. 1040ez on line Medical and dental expenses. 1040ez on line   Beginning January 1, 2013, taxpayers 65 and older can deduct only the part of their medical and dental expenses that exceed 7. 1040ez on line 5% of their adjusted gross income (10% for taxpayers under 65). 1040ez on line Same-sex marriages. 1040ez on line  If you have a same-sex spouse whom you legally married in a state (or foreign country) that recognizes same-sex marriage, you and your spouse generally must use the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status on your 2013 return, even if you and your spouse now live in a state (or foreign country) that does not recognize same-sex marriage. 1040ez on line For more information, see Publication 501. 1040ez on line Reminders Future developments. 1040ez on line  For the latest information about developments related to Publication 554, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. 1040ez on line irs. 1040ez on line gov/pub554. 1040ez on line Tax return preparers. 1040ez on line  Choose your preparer carefully. 1040ez on line If you pay someone to prepare your return, the preparer is required, under the law, to sign the return and fill in the other blanks in the Paid Preparer's area of your return. 1040ez on line Remember, however, that you are still responsible for the accuracy of every item entered on your return. 1040ez on line If there is any underpayment, you are responsible for paying it, plus any interest and penalty that may be due. 1040ez on line Sale of home by surviving spouse. 1040ez on line  If you are an unmarried widow or widower, you may qualify to exclude up to $500,000 of any gain from the sale or exchange of your main home. 1040ez on line For more information, see Sale of Home , later. 1040ez on line Third party designee. 1040ez on line  You can check the “Yes” box in the Third Party Designee area of your return to authorize the IRS to discuss your return with your preparer, a friend, family member, or any other person you choose. 1040ez on line This allows the IRS to call the person you identified as your designee to answer any questions that may arise during the processing of your return. 1040ez on line It also allows your designee to perform certain actions. 1040ez on line See your income tax return instructions for details. 1040ez on line Employment tax withholding. 1040ez on line  Your wages are subject to withholding for income tax, social security tax, and Medicare tax even if you are receiving social security benefits. 1040ez on line Photographs of missing children. 1040ez on line  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 1040ez on line Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. 1040ez on line You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. 1040ez on line Introduction The purpose of this publication is to provide a general overview of selected topics that are of interest to older taxpayers. 1040ez on line The publication will help you determine if you need to file a return and, if so, what items to report on your return. 1040ez on line Each topic is discussed only briefly, so you will find references to other free IRS publications that provide more detail on these topics if you need it. 1040ez on line Table I has a list of questions you may have about filing your federal tax return. 1040ez on line To the right of each question is the location of the answer in this publication. 1040ez on line Also, at the back of this publication there is an index to help you search for the topic you need. 1040ez on line While most federal income tax laws apply equally to all taxpayers, regardless of age, there are some provisions that give special treatment to older taxpayers. 1040ez on line The following are some examples. 1040ez on line Higher gross income threshold for filing. 1040ez on line You must be age 65 or older at the end of the year to get this benefit. 1040ez on line You are considered age 65 on the day before your 65th birthday. 1040ez on line Therefore, you are considered age 65 at the end of the year if your 65th birthday is on or before January 1 of the following year. 1040ez on line Higher standard deduction. 1040ez on line If you do not itemize deductions, you are entitled to a higher standard deduction if you are age 65 or older at the end of the year. 1040ez on line You are considered age 65 at the end of the year if your 65th birthday is on or before January 1 of the following year. 1040ez on line Credit for the elderly or the disabled. 1040ez on line If you qualify, you may benefit from the credit for the elderly or the disabled. 1040ez on line To determine if you qualify and how to figure this credit, see Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled , later. 1040ez on line Return preparation assistance. 1040ez on line   The IRS wants to make it easier for you to file your federal tax return. 1040ez on line You may find it helpful to visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), or American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax-Aide site near you. 1040ez on line Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. 1040ez on line   These programs provide free help for low-income taxpayers and taxpayers age 60 or older to fill in and file their returns. 1040ez on line For the VITA/TCE site nearest you, contact your local IRS office. 1040ez on line For more information, see Free help with your tax return under How To Get Tax Help. 1040ez on line   For the location of an AARP Tax-Aide site in your community, call 1-888-227-7669. 1040ez on line When asked, be ready to press in or speak your 5-digit ZIP code. 1040ez on line Or, you can visit their website on the Internet at www. 1040ez on line aarp. 1040ez on line org/money/taxaide. 1040ez on line Comments and suggestions. 1040ez on line   We welcome your comments about this publication and 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See chapter 1. 1040ez on line Is my income taxable or nontaxable?  If it is nontaxable, must I still report it? See chapter 2. 1040ez on line How do I report benefits I received from the Social Security Administration or the Railroad Retirement Board?  Are these benefits taxable? See Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits in chapter 2. 1040ez on line Must I report the sale of my home?  If I had a gain, is any part of it taxable? See Sale of Home in chapter 2. 1040ez on line What are some of the items that I can deduct to reduce my income? See chapters 3 and 4. 1040ez on line How do I report the amounts I set aside for my IRA? See Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) Contributions and Deductions in chapter 3. 1040ez on line Would it be better for me to claim the standard deduction or itemize my deductions? See chapter 4. 1040ez on line What are some of the credits I can claim to reduce my tax? 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1040ez on line 7. 1040ez on line   Ship Passenger Tax Table of Contents A tax of $3 per passenger is imposed on certain ship voyages, as explained later under Taxable situations. 1040ez on line The tax is imposed only once for each passenger, either at the time of first embarkation or disembarkation in the United States. 1040ez on line The person providing the voyage (the operator of the vessel) is liable for the tax. 1040ez on line Voyage. 1040ez on line   A voyage is the vessel's journey that includes the outward and homeward trips or passages. 1040ez on line The voyage starts when the vessel begins to load passengers and continues until the vessel has completed at least one outward and one homeward passage. 1040ez on line The tax may be imposed even if a passenger does not make both an outward and a homeward passage as long as the voyage begins or ends in the United States. 1040ez on line Passenger. 1040ez on line   A passenger is an individual carried on the vessel other than the Master or a crew member or other individual engaged in the business of the vessel or its owners. 1040ez on line Example 1. 1040ez on line John Smith works as a guest lecturer. 1040ez on line The cruise line hired him for the benefit of the passengers. 1040ez on line Therefore, he is engaged in the business of the vessel and is not a passenger. 1040ez on line Example 2. 1040ez on line Marian Green is a travel agent. 1040ez on line She is taking the cruise as a promotional trip to determine if she wants to offer it to her clients. 1040ez on line She is a passenger. 1040ez on line Taxable situations. 1040ez on line   There are two taxable situations. 1040ez on line The first situation involves voyages on commercial passenger vessels extending over one or more nights. 1040ez on line A voyage extends over one or more nights if it extends for more than 24 hours. 1040ez on line A passenger vessel is any vessel with stateroom or berth accommodations for more than 16 passengers. 1040ez on line   The second situation involves voyages on a commercial vessel transporting passengers engaged in gambling on the vessel beyond the territorial waters of the United States. 1040ez on line Territorial waters of the United States are those waters within the international boundary line between the United States and any contiguous foreign country or within 3 nautical miles (3. 1040ez on line 45 statute miles) from low tide on the coastline. 1040ez on line If passengers participate as players in any policy game or other lottery, or any other game of chance for money or other thing of value that the owner or operator of the vessel (or their employee, agent, or franchisee) conducts, sponsors, or operates, the voyage is subject to the ship passenger tax. 1040ez on line The tax applies regardless of the duration of the voyage. 1040ez on line A casual, friendly game of chance with other passengers that is not conducted, sponsored, or operated by the owner or operator is not gambling for determining if the voyage is subject to the ship passenger tax. 1040ez on line Exemptions. 1040ez on line   The tax does not apply when a vessel is on a voyage of less than 12 hours between 2 points in the United States or if a vessel is owned or operated by a state or local government. 1040ez on line Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications