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1040x file online 8. 1040x file online   Business Expenses Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Bad DebtsAccrual method. 1040x file online Cash method. 1040x file online Car and Truck ExpensesOffice in the home. 1040x file online Methods for Deducting Car and Truck Expenses Reimbursing Your Employees for Expenses Depreciation Employees' PayFringe benefits. 1040x file online InsuranceHow to figure the deduction. 1040x file online Interest Legal and Professional FeesTax preparation fees. 1040x file online Pension Plans Rent Expense Taxes Travel, Meals, and EntertainmentTransportation. 1040x file online Taxi, commuter bus, and limousine. 1040x file online Baggage and shipping. 1040x file online Car or truck. 1040x file online Meals and lodging. 1040x file online Cleaning. 1040x file online Telephone. 1040x file online Tips. 1040x file online More information. 1040x file online Business Use of Your HomeExceptions to exclusive use. 1040x file online Other Expenses You Can Deduct Expenses You Cannot Deduct Introduction You can deduct the costs of operating your business. 1040x file online These costs are known as business expenses. 1040x file online These are costs you do not have to capitalize or include in the cost of goods sold but can deduct in the current year. 1040x file online To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. 1040x file online An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business. 1040x file online A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your business. 1040x file online An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary. 1040x file online For more information about the general rules for deducting business expenses, see chapter 1 in Publication 535, Business Expenses. 1040x file online If you have an expense that is partly for business and partly personal, separate the personal part from the business part. 1040x file online The personal part is not deductible. 1040x file online Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 535 Business Expenses 946 How To Depreciate Property See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. 1040x file online Bad Debts If someone owes you money you cannot collect, you have a bad debt. 1040x file online There are two kinds of bad debts, business bad debts and nonbusiness bad debts. 1040x file online A business bad debt is generally one that comes from operating your trade or business. 1040x file online You may be able to deduct business bad debts as an expense on your business tax return. 1040x file online Business bad debt. 1040x file online   A business bad debt is a loss from the worthlessness of a debt that was either of the following. 1040x file online Created or acquired in your business. 1040x file online Closely related to your business when it became partly or totally worthless. 1040x file online A debt is closely related to your business if your primary motive for incurring the debt is a business reason. 1040x file online   Business bad debts are mainly the result of credit sales to customers. 1040x file online They can also be the result of loans to suppliers, clients, employees, or distributors. 1040x file online Goods and services customers have not paid for are shown in your books as either accounts receivable or notes receivable. 1040x file online If you are unable to collect any part of these accounts or notes receivable, the uncollectible part is a business bad debt. 1040x file online    You can take a bad debt deduction for these accounts and notes receivable only if the amount you were owed was included in your gross income either for the year the deduction is claimed or for a prior year. 1040x file online Accrual method. 1040x file online   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you normally report income as you earn it. 1040x file online You can take a bad debt deduction for an uncollectible receivable if you have included the uncollectible amount in income. 1040x file online Cash method. 1040x file online   If you use the cash method of accounting, you normally report income when you receive payment. 1040x file online You cannot take a bad debt deduction for amounts owed to you that you have not received and cannot collect if you never included those amounts in income. 1040x file online More information. 1040x file online   For more information about business bad debts, see chapter 10 in Publication 535. 1040x file online Nonbusiness bad debts. 1040x file online   All other bad debts are nonbusiness bad debts and are deductible as short-term capital losses on Form 8949 and Schedule D (Form 1040). 1040x file online For more information on nonbusiness bad debts, see Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. 1040x file online Car and Truck Expenses If you use your car or truck in your business, you may be able to deduct the costs of operating and maintaining your vehicle. 1040x file online You also may be able to deduct other costs of local transportation and traveling away from home overnight on business. 1040x file online You may qualify for a tax credit for qualified plug-in electric vehicles, qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles, and alternative motor vehicles you place in service during the year. 1040x file online See Form 8936 and Form 8910 for more information. 1040x file online Local transportation expenses. 1040x file online   Local transportation expenses include the ordinary and necessary costs of all the following. 1040x file online Getting from one workplace to another in the course of your business or profession when you are traveling within the city or general area that is your tax home. 1040x file online Tax home is defined later. 1040x file online Visiting clients or customers. 1040x file online Going to a business meeting away from your regular workplace. 1040x file online Getting from your home to a temporary workplace when you have one or more regular places of work. 1040x file online These temporary workplaces can be either within the area of your tax home or outside that area. 1040x file online Local business transportation does not include expenses you have while traveling away from home overnight. 1040x file online Those expenses are deductible as travel expenses and are discussed later under Travel, Meals, and Entertainment. 1040x file online However, if you use your car while traveling away from home overnight, use the rules in this section to figure your car expense deduction. 1040x file online   Generally, your tax home is your regular place of business, regardless of where you maintain your family home. 1040x file online It includes the entire city or general area in which your business or work is located. 1040x file online Example. 1040x file online You operate a printing business out of rented office space. 1040x file online You use your van to deliver completed jobs to your customers. 1040x file online You can deduct the cost of round-trip transportation between your customers and your print shop. 1040x file online    You cannot deduct the costs of driving your car or truck between your home and your main or regular workplace. 1040x file online These costs are personal commuting expenses. 1040x file online Office in the home. 1040x file online   Your workplace can be your home if you have an office in your home that qualifies as your principal place of business. 1040x file online For more information, see Business Use of Your Home, later. 1040x file online Example. 1040x file online You are a graphics designer. 1040x file online You operate your business out of your home. 1040x file online Your home qualifies as your principal place of business. 1040x file online You occasionally have to drive to your clients to deliver your completed work. 1040x file online You can deduct the cost of the round-trip transportation between your home and your clients. 1040x file online Methods for Deducting Car and Truck Expenses For local transportation or overnight travel by car or truck, you generally can use one of the following methods to figure your expenses. 1040x file online Standard mileage rate. 1040x file online Actual expenses. 1040x file online Standard mileage rate. 1040x file online   You may be able to use the standard mileage rate to figure the deductible costs of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for business purposes. 1040x file online For 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. 1040x file online 5 cents per mile. 1040x file online    If you choose to use the standard mileage rate for a year, you cannot deduct your actual expenses for that year except for business-related parking fees and tolls. 1040x file online Choosing the standard mileage rate. 1040x file online   If you want to use the standard mileage rate for a car or truck you own, you must choose to use it in the first year the car is available for use in your business. 1040x file online In later years, you can choose to use either the standard mileage rate or actual expenses. 1040x file online   If you use the standard mileage rate for a car you lease, you must choose to use it for the entire lease period (including renewals). 1040x file online Standard mileage rate not allowed. 1040x file online   You cannot use the standard mileage rate if you: Operate five or more cars at the same time, Claimed a depreciation deduction using any method other than straight line, for example, ACRS or MACRS, Claimed a section 179 deduction on the car, Claimed the special depreciation allowance on the car, Claimed actual car expenses for a car you leased, or Are a rural mail carrier who received a qualified reimbursement. 1040x file online Parking fees and tolls. 1040x file online   In addition to using the standard mileage rate, you can deduct any business-related parking fees and tolls. 1040x file online (Parking fees you pay to park your car at your place of work are nondeductible commuting expenses. 1040x file online ) Actual expenses. 1040x file online   If you do not choose to use the standard mileage rate, you may be able to deduct your actual car or truck expenses. 1040x file online    If you qualify to use both methods, figure your deduction both ways to see which gives you a larger deduction. 1040x file online   Actual car expenses include the costs of the following items. 1040x file online Depreciation Lease payments Registration Garage rent Licenses Repairs Gas Oil Tires Insurance Parking fees Tolls   If you use your vehicle for both business and personal purposes, you must divide your expenses between business and personal use. 1040x file online You can divide your expenses based on the miles driven for each purpose. 1040x file online Example. 1040x file online You are the sole proprietor of a flower shop. 1040x file online You drove your van 20,000 miles during the year. 1040x file online 16,000 miles were for delivering flowers to customers and 4,000 miles were for personal use (including commuting miles). 1040x file online You can claim only 80% (16,000 ÷ 20,000) of the cost of operating your van as a business expense. 1040x file online More information. 1040x file online   For more information about the rules for claiming car and truck expenses, see Publication 463. 1040x file online Reimbursing Your Employees for Expenses You generally can deduct the amount you reimburse your employees for car and truck expenses. 1040x file online The reimbursement you deduct and the manner in which you deduct it depend in part on whether you reimburse the expenses under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. 1040x file online For details, see chapter 11 in Publication 535. 1040x file online That chapter explains accountable and nonaccountable plans and tells you whether to report the reimbursement on your employee's Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. 1040x file online Depreciation If property you acquire to use in your business is expected to last more than 1 year, you generally cannot deduct the entire cost as a business expense in the year you acquire it. 1040x file online You must spread the cost over more than 1 tax year and deduct part of it each year on Schedule C. 1040x file online This method of deducting the cost of business property is called depreciation. 1040x file online The discussion here is brief. 1040x file online You will find more information about depreciation in Publication 946. 1040x file online What property can be depreciated?   You can depreciate property if it meets all the following requirements. 1040x file online It must be property you own. 1040x file online It must be used in business or held to produce income. 1040x file online You never can depreciate inventory (explained in chapter 2) because it is not held for use in your business. 1040x file online It must have a useful life that extends substantially beyond the year it is placed in service. 1040x file online It must have a determinable useful life, which means that it must be something that wears out, decays, gets used up, becomes obsolete, or loses its value from natural causes. 1040x file online You never can depreciate the cost of land because land does not wear out, become obsolete, or get used up. 1040x file online It must not be excepted property. 1040x file online This includes property placed in service and disposed of in the same year. 1040x file online Repairs. 1040x file online    You cannot depreciate repairs and replacements that do not increase the value of your property, make it more useful, or lengthen its useful life. 1040x file online You can deduct these amounts on line 21 of Schedule C or line 2 of Schedule C-EZ. 1040x file online Depreciation method. 1040x file online   The method for depreciating most business and investment property placed in service after 1986 is called the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS). 1040x file online MACRS is discussed in detail in Publication 946. 1040x file online Section 179 deduction. 1040x file online   You can elect to deduct a limited amount of the cost of certain depreciable property in the year you place the property in service. 1040x file online This deduction is known as the “section 179 deduction. 1040x file online ” The maximum amount you can elect to deduct during 2013 is generally $500,000 (higher limits apply to certain property). 1040x file online See IRC 179(e). 1040x file online   This limit is generally reduced by the amount by which the cost of the property placed in service during the tax year exceeds $2 million. 1040x file online The total amount of depreciation (including the section 179 deduction) you can take for a passenger automobile you use in your business and first place in service in 2013 is $3,160 ($11,160 if you take the special depreciation allowance for qualified passenger automobiles placed in service in 2013). 1040x file online Special rules apply to trucks and vans. 1040x file online For more information, see Publication 946. 1040x file online It explains what property qualifies for the deduction, what limits apply to the deduction, and when and how to recapture the deduction. 1040x file online    Your section 179 election for the cost of any sport utility vehicle (SUV) and certain other vehicles is limited to $25,000. 1040x file online For more information, see the Instructions for Form 4562 or Publication 946. 1040x file online Listed property. 1040x file online   You must follow special rules and recordkeeping requirements when depreciating listed property. 1040x file online Listed property is any of the following. 1040x file online Most passenger automobiles. 1040x file online Most other property used for transportation. 1040x file online Any property of a type generally used for entertainment, recreation, or amusement. 1040x file online Certain computers and related peripheral equipment. 1040x file online   For more information about listed property, see Publication 946. 1040x file online Form 4562. 1040x file online   Use Form 4562, Depreciation and Amortization, if you are claiming any of the following. 1040x file online Depreciation on property placed in service during the current tax year. 1040x file online A section 179 deduction. 1040x file online Depreciation on any listed property (regardless of when it was placed in service). 1040x file online    If you have to use Form 4562, you must file Schedule C. 1040x file online You cannot use Schedule C-EZ. 1040x file online   Employees' Pay You can generally deduct on Schedule C the pay you give your employees for the services they perform for your business. 1040x file online The pay may be in cash, property, or services. 1040x file online To be deductible, your employees' pay must be an ordinary and necessary expense and you must pay or incur it in the tax year. 1040x file online In addition, the pay must meet both the following tests. 1040x file online The pay must be reasonable. 1040x file online The pay must be for services performed. 1040x file online Chapter 2 in Publication 535 explains and defines these requirements. 1040x file online You cannot deduct your own salary or any personal withdrawals you make from your business. 1040x file online As a sole proprietor, you are not an employee of the business. 1040x file online If you had employees during the year, you must use Schedule C. 1040x file online You cannot use Schedule C-EZ. 1040x file online Kinds of pay. 1040x file online   Some of the ways you may provide pay to your employees are listed below. 1040x file online For an explanation of each of these items, see chapter 2 in Publication 535. 1040x file online Awards. 1040x file online Bonuses. 1040x file online Education expenses. 1040x file online Fringe benefits (discussed later). 1040x file online Loans or advances you do not expect the employee to repay if they are for personal services actually performed. 1040x file online Property you transfer to an employee as payment for services. 1040x file online Reimbursements for employee business expenses. 1040x file online Sick pay. 1040x file online Vacation pay. 1040x file online Fringe benefits. 1040x file online   A fringe benefit is a form of pay for the performance of services. 1040x file online The following are examples of fringe benefits. 1040x file online Benefits under qualified employee benefit programs. 1040x file online Meals and lodging. 1040x file online The use of a car. 1040x file online Flights on airplanes. 1040x file online Discounts on property or services. 1040x file online Memberships in country clubs or other social clubs. 1040x file online Tickets to entertainment or sporting events. 1040x file online   Employee benefit programs include the following. 1040x file online Accident and health plans. 1040x file online Adoption assistance. 1040x file online Cafeteria plans. 1040x file online Dependent care assistance. 1040x file online Educational assistance. 1040x file online Group-term life insurance coverage. 1040x file online Welfare benefit funds. 1040x file online   You can generally deduct the cost of fringe benefits you provide on your Schedule C in whatever category the cost falls. 1040x file online For example, if you allow an employee to use a car or other property you lease, deduct the cost of the lease as a rent or lease expense. 1040x file online If you own the property, include your deduction for its cost or other basis as a section 179 deduction or a depreciation deduction. 1040x file online    You may be able to exclude all or part of the fringe benefits you provide from your employees' wages. 1040x file online For more information about fringe benefits and the exclusion of benefits, see Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits. 1040x file online Insurance You can generally deduct premiums you pay for the following kinds of insurance related to your business. 1040x file online Fire, theft, flood, or similar insurance. 1040x file online Credit insurance that covers losses from business bad debts. 1040x file online Group hospitalization and medical insurance for employees, including long-term care insurance. 1040x file online Liability insurance. 1040x file online Malpractice insurance that covers your personal liability for professional negligence resulting in injury or damage to patients or clients. 1040x file online Workers' compensation insurance set by state law that covers any claims for bodily injuries or job-related diseases suffered by employees in your business, regardless of fault. 1040x file online Contributions to a state unemployment insurance fund are deductible as taxes if they are considered taxes under state law. 1040x file online Overhead insurance that pays for business overhead expenses you have during long periods of disability caused by your injury or sickness. 1040x file online Car and other vehicle insurance that covers vehicles used in your business for liability, damages, and other losses. 1040x file online If you operate a vehicle partly for personal use, deduct only the part of the insurance premium that applies to the business use of the vehicle. 1040x file online If you use the standard mileage rate to figure your car expenses, you cannot deduct any car insurance premiums. 1040x file online Life insurance covering your employees if you are not directly or indirectly the beneficiary under the contract. 1040x file online Business interruption insurance that pays for lost profits if your business is shut down due to a fire or other cause. 1040x file online Nondeductible premiums. 1040x file online   You cannot deduct premiums on the following kinds of insurance. 1040x file online Self-insurance reserve funds. 1040x file online You cannot deduct amounts credited to a reserve set up for self-insurance. 1040x file online This applies even if you cannot get business insurance coverage for certain business risks. 1040x file online However, your actual losses may be deductible. 1040x file online For more information, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. 1040x file online Loss of earnings. 1040x file online You cannot deduct premiums for a policy that pays for your lost earnings due to sickness or disability. 1040x file online However, see item (8) in the previous list. 1040x file online Certain life insurance and annuities. 1040x file online For contracts issued before June 9, 1997, you cannot deduct the premiums on a life insurance policy covering you, an employee, or any person with a financial interest in your business if you are directly or indirectly a beneficiary of the policy. 1040x file online You are included among possible beneficiaries of the policy if the policy owner is obligated to repay a loan from you using the proceeds of the policy. 1040x file online A person has a financial interest in your business if the person is an owner or part owner of the business or has lent money to the business. 1040x file online For contracts issued after June 8, 1997, you generally cannot deduct the premiums on any life insurance policy, endowment contract, or annuity contract if you are directly or indirectly a beneficiary. 1040x file online The disallowance applies without regard to whom the policy covers. 1040x file online Insurance to secure a loan. 1040x file online If you take out a policy on your life or on the life of another person with a financial interest in your business to get or protect a business loan, you cannot deduct the premiums as a business expense. 1040x file online Nor can you deduct the premiums as interest on business loans or as an expense of financing loans. 1040x file online In the event of death, the proceeds of the policy are not taxed as income even if they are used to liquidate the debt. 1040x file online Self-employed health insurance deduction. 1040x file online   You may be able to deduct the amount you paid for medical and dental insurance and qualified long-term care insurance for you and your family. 1040x file online How to figure the deduction. 1040x file online   Generally, you can use the worksheet in the Form 1040 instructions to figure your deduction. 1040x file online However, if any of the following apply, you must use the worksheet in chapter 6 of Publication 535. 1040x file online You have more than one source of income subject to self-employment tax. 1040x file online You file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income). 1040x file online You are using amounts paid for qualified long-term care insurance to figure the deduction. 1040x file online Prepayment. 1040x file online   You cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. 1040x file online This rule applies to any expense paid far enough in advance to, in effect, create an asset with a useful life extending substantially beyond the end of the current tax year. 1040x file online Example. 1040x file online In 2013, you signed a 3-year insurance contract. 1040x file online Even though you paid the premiums for 2013, 2014, and 2015 when you signed the contract, you can only deduct the premium for 2013 on your 2013 tax return. 1040x file online You can deduct in 2014 and 2015 the premium allocable to those years. 1040x file online More information. 1040x file online   For more information about deducting insurance, see chapter 6 in Publication 535. 1040x file online Interest You can generally deduct as a business expense all interest you pay or accrue during the tax year on debts related to your business. 1040x file online Interest relates to your business if you use the proceeds of the loan for a business expense. 1040x file online It does not matter what type of property secures the loan. 1040x file online You can deduct interest on a debt only if you meet all of the following requirements. 1040x file online You are legally liable for that debt. 1040x file online Both you and the lender intend that the debt be repaid. 1040x file online You and the lender have a true debtor-creditor relationship. 1040x file online You cannot deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the interest you paid on personal loans. 1040x file online If a loan is part business and part personal, you must divide the interest between the personal part and the business part. 1040x file online Example. 1040x file online In 2013, you paid $600 interest on a car loan. 1040x file online During 2013, you used the car 60% for business and 40% for personal purposes. 1040x file online You are claiming actual expenses on the car. 1040x file online You can only deduct $360 (60% × $600) for 2013 on Schedule C or C-EZ. 1040x file online The remaining interest of $240 is a nondeductible personal expense. 1040x file online More information. 1040x file online   For more information about deducting interest, see chapter 4 in Publication 535. 1040x file online That chapter explains the following items. 1040x file online Interest you can deduct. 1040x file online Interest you cannot deduct. 1040x file online How to allocate interest between personal and business use. 1040x file online When to deduct interest. 1040x file online The rules for a below-market interest rate loan. 1040x file online (This is generally a loan on which no interest is charged or on which interest is charged at a rate below the applicable federal rate. 1040x file online ) Legal and Professional Fees Legal and professional fees, such as fees charged by accountants, that are ordinary and necessary expenses directly related to operating your business are deductible on Schedule C or C-EZ. 1040x file online However, you usually cannot deduct legal fees you pay to acquire business assets. 1040x file online Add them to the basis of the property. 1040x file online If the fees include payments for work of a personal nature (such as making a will), you can take a business deduction only for the part of the fee related to your business. 1040x file online The personal part of legal fees for producing or collecting taxable income, doing or keeping your job, or for tax advice may be deductible on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize deductions. 1040x file online For more information, see Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. 1040x file online Tax preparation fees. 1040x file online   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the cost of preparing that part of your tax return relating to your business as a sole proprietor or statutory employee. 1040x file online You can deduct the remaining cost on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. 1040x file online   You can also deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the amount you pay or incur in resolving asserted tax deficiencies for your business as a sole proprietor or statutory employee. 1040x file online Pension Plans You can set up and maintain the following small business retirement plans for yourself and your employees. 1040x file online SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) plans. 1040x file online SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) plans. 1040x file online Qualified plans (including Keogh or H. 1040x file online R. 1040x file online 10 plans). 1040x file online SEP, SIMPLE, and qualified plans offer you and your employees a tax favored way to save for retirement. 1040x file online You can deduct contributions you make to the plan for your employees on line 19 of Schedule C. 1040x file online If you are a sole proprietor, you can deduct contributions you make to the plan for yourself on line 28 of Form 1040. 1040x file online You can also deduct trustees' fees if contributions to the plan do not cover them. 1040x file online Earnings on the contributions are generally tax free until you or your employees receive distributions from the plan. 1040x file online You may also be able to claim a tax credit of 50% of the first $1,000 of qualified startup costs if you begin a new qualified defined benefit or defined contribution plan (including a 401(k) plan), SIMPLE plan, or simplified employee pension. 1040x file online Under certain plans, employees can have you contribute limited amounts of their before-tax pay to a plan. 1040x file online These amounts (and earnings on them) are generally tax free until your employees receive distributions from the plan. 1040x file online For more information on retirement plans for small business, see Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business (SEP, SIMPLE, and Qualified Plans). 1040x file online Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), discusses other tax favored ways to save for retirement. 1040x file online Rent Expense Rent is any amount you pay for the use of property you do not own. 1040x file online In general, you can deduct rent as a business expense only if the rent is for property you use in your business. 1040x file online If you have or will receive equity in or title to the property, you cannot deduct the rent. 1040x file online Unreasonable rent. 1040x file online   You cannot take a rental deduction for unreasonable rents. 1040x file online Ordinarily, the issue of reasonableness arises only if you and the lessor are related. 1040x file online Rent paid to a related person is reasonable if it is the same amount you would pay to a stranger for use of the same property. 1040x file online Rent is not unreasonable just because it is figured as a percentage of gross receipts. 1040x file online   Related persons include members of your immediate family, including only brothers and sisters (either whole or half), your spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. 1040x file online For a list of the other related persons, see section 267 of the Internal Revenue Code. 1040x file online Rent on your home. 1040x file online   If you rent your home and use part of it as your place of business, you may be able to deduct the rent you pay for that part. 1040x file online You must meet the requirements for business use of your home. 1040x file online For more information, see Business Use of Your Home , later. 1040x file online Rent paid in advance. 1040x file online   Generally, rent paid in your business is deductible in the year paid or accrued. 1040x file online If you pay rent in advance, you can deduct only the amount that applies to your use of the rented property during the tax year. 1040x file online You can deduct the rest of your payment only over the period to which it applies. 1040x file online More information. 1040x file online   For more information about rent, see chapter 3 in Publication 535. 1040x file online Taxes You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ various federal, state, local, and foreign taxes directly attributable to your business. 1040x file online Income taxes. 1040x file online   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ a state tax on gross income (as distinguished from net income) directly attributable to your business. 1040x file online You can deduct other state and local income taxes on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. 1040x file online Do not deduct federal income tax. 1040x file online Employment taxes. 1040x file online   You can deduct the social security, Medicare, and federal unemployment (FUTA) taxes you paid out of your own funds as an employer. 1040x file online Employment taxes are discussed briefly in chapter 1. 1040x file online You can also deduct payments you made as an employer to a state unemployment compensation fund or to a state disability benefit fund. 1040x file online Deduct these payments as taxes. 1040x file online Self-employment tax. 1040x file online   You can deduct one-half of your self-employment tax on line 27 of Form 1040. 1040x file online Self-employment tax is discussed in chapters 1 and 10. 1040x file online Personal property tax. 1040x file online   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ any tax imposed by a state or local government on personal property used in your business. 1040x file online   You can also deduct registration fees for the right to use property within a state or local area. 1040x file online Example. 1040x file online May and Julius Winter drove their car 7,000 business miles out of a total of 10,000 miles. 1040x file online They had to pay $25 for their annual state license tags and $20 for their city registration sticker. 1040x file online They also paid $235 in city personal property tax on the car, for a total of $280. 1040x file online They are claiming their actual car expenses. 1040x file online Because they used the car 70% for business, they can deduct 70% of the $280, or $196, as a business expense. 1040x file online Real estate taxes. 1040x file online   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the real estate taxes you pay on your business property. 1040x file online Deductible real estate taxes are any state, local, or foreign taxes on real estate levied for the general public welfare. 1040x file online The taxing authority must base the taxes on the assessed value of the real estate and charge them uniformly against all property under its jurisdiction. 1040x file online   For more information about real estate taxes, see chapter 5 in Publication 535. 1040x file online That chapter explains special rules for deducting the following items. 1040x file online Taxes for local benefits, such as those for sidewalks, streets, water mains, and sewer lines. 1040x file online Real estate taxes when you buy or sell property during the year. 1040x file online Real estate taxes if you use an accrual method of accounting and choose to accrue real estate tax related to a definite period ratably over that period. 1040x file online Sales tax. 1040x file online   Treat any sales tax you pay on a service or on the purchase or use of property as part of the cost of the service or property. 1040x file online If the service or the cost or use of the property is a deductible business expense, you can deduct the tax as part of that service or cost. 1040x file online If the property is merchandise bought for resale, the sales tax is part of the cost of the merchandise. 1040x file online If the property is depreciable, add the sales tax to the basis for depreciation. 1040x file online For information on the basis of property, see Publication 551, Basis of Assets. 1040x file online    Do not deduct state and local sales taxes imposed on the buyer that you must collect and pay over to the state or local government. 1040x file online Do not include these taxes in gross receipts or sales. 1040x file online Excise taxes. 1040x file online   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ all excise taxes that are ordinary and necessary expenses of carrying on your business. 1040x file online Excise taxes are discussed briefly in chapter 1. 1040x file online Fuel taxes. 1040x file online   Taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel, and other motor fuels you use in your business are usually included as part of the cost of the fuel. 1040x file online Do not deduct these taxes as a separate item. 1040x file online   You may be entitled to a credit or refund for federal excise tax you paid on fuels used for certain purposes. 1040x file online For more information, see Publication 510, Excise Taxes. 1040x file online Travel, Meals, and Entertainment This section briefly explains the kinds of travel and entertainment expenses you can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ. 1040x file online Table 8-1. 1040x file online When Are Entertainment Expenses Deductible? (Note. 1040x file online The following is a summary of the rules for deducting entertainment expenses. 1040x file online For more details about these rules, see Publication 463. 1040x file online ) General rule You can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses to entertain a client, customer, or employee if the expenses meet the directly-related test or the associated test. 1040x file online Definitions Entertainment includes any activity generally considered to provide entertainment, amusement, or recreation, and includes meals provided to a customer or client. 1040x file online An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business, trade, or profession. 1040x file online A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate, although not necessarily required, for your business. 1040x file online Tests to be met Directly-related test Entertainment took place in a clear business setting, or Main purpose of entertainment was the active conduct of business, and You did engage in business with the person during the entertainment period, and You had more than a general expectation of getting income or some other specific business benefit. 1040x file online   Associated test Entertainment is associated with your trade or business, and Entertainment directly precedes or follows a substantial business discussion. 1040x file online Other rules You cannot deduct the cost of your meal as an entertainment expense if you are claiming the meal as a travel expense. 1040x file online You cannot deduct expenses that are lavish or extravagant under the circumstances. 1040x file online You generally can deduct only 50% of your unreimbursed entertainment expenses. 1040x file online Travel expenses. 1040x file online   These are the ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home for your business. 1040x file online You are traveling away from home if both the following conditions are met. 1040x file online Your duties require you to be away from the general area of your tax home (defined later) substantially longer than an ordinary day's work. 1040x file online You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. 1040x file online Generally, your tax home is your regular place of business, regardless of where you maintain your family home. 1040x file online It includes the entire city or general area in which your business is located. 1040x file online See Publication 463 for more information. 1040x file online   The following is a brief discussion of the expenses you can deduct. 1040x file online Transportation. 1040x file online   You can deduct the cost of travel by airplane, train, bus, or car between your home and your business destination. 1040x file online Taxi, commuter bus, and limousine. 1040x file online   You can deduct fares for these and other types of transportation between the airport or station and your hotel, or between the hotel and your work location away from home. 1040x file online Baggage and shipping. 1040x file online   You can deduct the cost of sending baggage and sample or display material between your regular and temporary work locations. 1040x file online Car or truck. 1040x file online   You can deduct the costs of operating and maintaining your vehicle when traveling away from home on business. 1040x file online You can deduct actual expenses or the standard mileage rate (discussed earlier under Car and Truck Expenses), as well as business-related tolls and parking. 1040x file online If you rent a car while away from home on business, you can deduct only the business-use portion of the expenses. 1040x file online Meals and lodging. 1040x file online   You can deduct the cost of meals and lodging if your business trip is overnight or long enough that you need to stop for sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. 1040x file online In most cases, you can deduct only 50% of your meal expenses. 1040x file online Cleaning. 1040x file online   You can deduct the costs of dry cleaning and laundry while on your business trip. 1040x file online Telephone. 1040x file online   You can deduct the cost of business calls while on your business trip, including business communication by fax machine or other communication devices. 1040x file online Tips. 1040x file online   You can deduct the tips you pay for any expense in this list. 1040x file online More information. 1040x file online   For more information about travel expenses, see Publication 463. 1040x file online Entertainment expenses. 1040x file online   You may be able to deduct business-related entertainment expenses for entertaining a client, customer, or employee. 1040x file online In most cases, you can deduct only 50% of these expenses. 1040x file online   The following are examples of entertainment expenses. 1040x file online Entertaining guests at nightclubs, athletic clubs, theaters, or sporting events. 1040x file online Providing meals, a hotel suite, or a car to business customers or their families. 1040x file online To be deductible, the expenses must meet the rules listed in Table 8-1. 1040x file online For details about these rules, see Publication 463. 1040x file online Reimbursing your employees for expenses. 1040x file online   You generally can deduct the amount you reimburse your employees for travel and entertainment expenses. 1040x file online The reimbursement you deduct and the manner in which you deduct it depend in part on whether you reimburse the expenses under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. 1040x file online For details, see chapter 11 in Publication 535. 1040x file online That chapter explains accountable and nonaccountable plans and tells you whether to report the reimbursement on your employee's Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. 1040x file online Business Use of Your Home To deduct expenses related to the part of your home used for business, you must meet specific requirements. 1040x file online Even then, your deduction may be limited. 1040x file online To qualify to claim expenses for business use of your home, you must meet the following tests. 1040x file online Your use of the business part of your home must be: Exclusive (however, see Exceptions to exclusive use , later), Regular, For your business, and The business part of your home must be one of the following: Your principal place of business (defined later), A place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your business, or A separate structure (not attached to your home) you use in connection with your business. 1040x file online Exclusive use. 1040x file online   To qualify under the exclusive use test, you must use a specific area of your home only for your trade or business. 1040x file online The area used for business can be a room or other separately identifiable space. 1040x file online The space does not need to be marked off by a permanent partition. 1040x file online   You do not meet the requirements of the exclusive use test if you use the area in question both for business and for personal purposes. 1040x file online Example. 1040x file online You are an attorney and use a den in your home to write legal briefs and prepare clients' tax returns. 1040x file online Your family also uses the den for recreation. 1040x file online The den is not used exclusively in your profession, so you cannot claim a business deduction for its use. 1040x file online Exceptions to exclusive use. 1040x file online   You do not have to meet the exclusive use test if you use part of your home in either of the following ways. 1040x file online For the storage of inventory or product samples. 1040x file online As a daycare facility. 1040x file online For an explanation of these exceptions, see Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers). 1040x file online Regular use. 1040x file online   To qualify under the regular use test, you must use a specific area of your home for business on a continuing basis. 1040x file online You do not meet the test if your business use of the area is only occasional or incidental, even if you do not use that area for any other purpose. 1040x file online Principal place of business. 1040x file online   You can have more than one business location, including your home, for a single trade or business. 1040x file online To qualify to deduct the expenses for the business use of your home under the principal place of business test, your home must be your principal place of business for that business. 1040x file online To determine your principal place of business, you must consider all the facts and circumstances. 1040x file online   Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use if you meet the following requirements. 1040x file online You use it exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your business. 1040x file online You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your business. 1040x file online   Alternatively, if you use your home exclusively and regularly for your business, but your home office does not qualify as your principal place of business based on the previous rules, you determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. 1040x file online The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. 1040x file online If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, you can also consider the time spent at each location. 1040x file online   If, after considering your business locations, your home cannot be identified as your principal place of business, you cannot deduct home office expenses. 1040x file online However, for other ways to qualify to deduct home office expenses, see Publication 587. 1040x file online Deduction limit. 1040x file online   If your gross income from the business use of your home equals or exceeds your total business expenses (including depreciation), you can deduct all your business expenses related to the use of your home. 1040x file online If your gross income from the business use is less than your total business expenses, your deduction for certain expenses for the business use of your home is limited. 1040x file online   Your deduction of otherwise nondeductible expenses, such as insurance, utilities, and depreciation (with depreciation taken last), allocable to the business is limited to the gross income from the business use of your home minus the sum of the following. 1040x file online The business part of expenses you could deduct even if you did not use your home for business (such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty and theft losses that are allowable as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040)). 1040x file online The business expenses that relate to the business activity in the home (for example, business phone, supplies, and depreciation on equipment), but not to the use of the home itself. 1040x file online Do not include in (2) above your deduction for one-half of your self-employment tax. 1040x file online   Use Form 8829, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home, to figure your deduction. 1040x file online New simplified method. 1040x file online    The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. 1040x file online The simplified method is an alternative to calculating and substantiating actual expenses. 1040x file online In most cases, you will figure your deduction by multiplying $5 by the area of your home used for a qualified business use. 1040x file online The area you use to figure your deduction is limited to 300 square feet. 1040x file online For more information, see the Instructions for Schedule C. 1040x file online More information. 1040x file online   For more information on deducting expenses for the business use of your home, see Publication 587. 1040x file online Other Expenses You Can Deduct You may also be able to deduct the following expenses. 1040x file online See Publication 535 to find out whether you can deduct them. 1040x file online Advertising. 1040x file online Bank fees. 1040x file online Donations to business organizations. 1040x file online Education expenses. 1040x file online Energy efficient commercial buildings deduction expenses. 1040x file online Impairment-related expenses. 1040x file online Interview expense allowances. 1040x file online Licenses and regulatory fees. 1040x file online Moving machinery. 1040x file online Outplacement services. 1040x file online Penalties and fines you pay for late performance or nonperformance of a contract. 1040x file online Repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition. 1040x file online Repayments of income. 1040x file online Subscriptions to trade or professional publications. 1040x file online Supplies and materials. 1040x file online Utilities. 1040x file online Expenses You Cannot Deduct You usually cannot deduct the following as business expenses. 1040x file online For more information, see Publication 535. 1040x file online Bribes and kickbacks. 1040x file online Charitable contributions. 1040x file online Demolition expenses or losses. 1040x file online Dues to business, social, athletic, luncheon, sporting, airline, and hotel clubs. 1040x file online Lobbying expenses. 1040x file online Penalties and fines you pay to a governmental agency or instrumentality because you broke the law. 1040x file online Personal, living, and family expenses. 1040x file online Political contributions. 1040x file online Repairs that add to the value of your property or significantly increase its life. 1040x file online Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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1040x file online 11. 1040x file online   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents 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. 1040x file online Free help with your tax return. 1040x file online   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. 1040x file online The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. 1040x file online The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. 1040x file online To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040x file online gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. 1040x file online   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. 1040x file online To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. 1040x file online aarp. 1040x file online org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. 1040x file online For more information on these programs, go to IRS. 1040x file online gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. 1040x file online Internet. 1040x file online    IRS. 1040x file online gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1040x file online Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. 1040x file online gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. 1040x file online The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040x file online The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040x file online Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. 1040x file online No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. 1040x file online New subject areas are added on a regular basis. 1040x file online  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. 1040x file online gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. 1040x file online You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. 1040x file online The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. 1040x file online Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. 1040x file online gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. 1040x file online Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. 1040x file online Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. 1040x file online Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. 1040x file online gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. 1040x file online You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 1040x file online It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 1040x file online Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. 1040x file online gov. 1040x file online Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. 1040x file online gov for more information. 1040x file online Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. 1040x file online Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. 1040x file online gov. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. 1040x file online gov. 1040x file online Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. 1040x file online gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. 1040x file online Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. 1040x file online Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. 1040x file online gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. 1040x file online An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 1040x file online Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. 1040x file online gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. 1040x file online If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. 1040x file online Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. 1040x file online Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). 1040x file online Go to IRS. 1040x file online gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. 1040x file online Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. 1040x file online Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. 1040x file online Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. 1040x file online Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. 1040x file online gov and choose from a variety of options. 1040x file online Phone. 1040x file online    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. 1040x file online Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040x file online Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040x file online gov, or download the IRS2Go app. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040x file online Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. 1040x file online Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. 1040x file online Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040x file online Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040x file online Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. 1040x file online You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 1040x file online It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 1040x file online 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). 1040x file online You should receive your order within 10 business days. 1040x file online Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. 1040x file online The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. 1040x file online These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. 1040x file online Walk-in. 1040x file online   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. 1040x file online Products. 1040x file online You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. 1040x file online Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. 1040x file online Services. 1040x file online You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. 1040x file online An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 1040x file online Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. 1040x file online gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. 1040x file online Mail. 1040x file online   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. 1040x file online You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. 1040x file online Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 1040x file online Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. 1040x file online The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. 1040x file online Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. 1040x file online   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. 1040x file online 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. 1040x file online You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. 1040x file online You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. 1040x file online   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. 1040x file online Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. 1040x file online Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. 1040x file online Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. 1040x file online We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. 1040x file online   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. 1040x file online   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. 1040x file online If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. 1040x file online Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. 1040x file online   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. 1040x file online Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. 1040x file online Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. 1040x file online Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications