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1040x Turbotax1040x turbotax Publication 505 - Introductory Material Table of Contents IntroductionNonresident aliens. 1040x turbotax Ordering forms and publications. 1040x turbotax Tax questions. 1040x turbotax What's New for 2014 Reminders Introduction The federal income tax is a pay-as-you-go tax. 1040x turbotax You must pay the tax as you earn or receive income during the year. 1040x turbotax There are two ways to pay as you go. 1040x turbotax Withholding. 1040x turbotax If you are an employee, your employer probably withholds income tax from your pay. 1040x turbotax In addition, tax may be withheld from certain other income, such as pensions, bonuses, commissions, and gambling winnings. 1040x turbotax The amount withheld is paid to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in your name. 1040x turbotax Estimated tax. 1040x turbotax If you do not pay your tax through withholding, or do not pay enough tax that way, you might have to pay estimated tax. 1040x turbotax People who are in business for themselves generally will have to pay their tax this way. 1040x turbotax You may have to pay estimated tax if you receive income such as dividends, interest, capital gains, rents, and royalties. 1040x turbotax Estimated tax is used to pay not only income tax, but other taxes such as self-employment tax and alternative minimum tax. 1040x turbotax This publication explains both of these methods. 1040x turbotax It also explains how to take credit on your return for the tax that was withheld and for your estimated tax payments. 1040x turbotax If you did not pay enough tax during the year, either through withholding or by making estimated tax payments, you may have to pay a penalty. 1040x turbotax Generally, the IRS can figure this penalty for you. 1040x turbotax This underpayment penalty, and the exceptions to it, are discussed in chapter 4. 1040x turbotax Nonresident aliens. 1040x turbotax Before completing Form W-4, nonresident alien employees should see the Instructions for Form 8233, Exemption From Withholding on Compensation for Independent (and Certain Dependent) Personal Services of a Nonresident Alien Individual. 1040x turbotax Also see chapter 8 of Publication 519, U. 1040x turbotax S. 1040x turbotax Tax Guide for Aliens, for important information on withholding. 1040x turbotax What's new for 2013 and 2014. 1040x turbotax See What's New for 2014 in this Introduction, and What's New for 2013 in chapter 4. 1040x turbotax Comments and suggestions. 1040x turbotax We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 1040x turbotax You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. 1040x turbotax NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224 We respond to many letters by telephone. 1040x turbotax Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 1040x turbotax You can send your comments from www. 1040x turbotax irs. 1040x turbotax gov/formspubs/. 1040x turbotax Click on “More Information” and then on Give us feedback on forms and publications. 1040x turbotax Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. 1040x turbotax Ordering forms and publications. 1040x turbotax Visit www. 1040x turbotax irs. 1040x turbotax gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. 1040x turbotax Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 1040x turbotax Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. 1040x turbotax If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. 1040x turbotax gov or call 1-800-829-1040. 1040x turbotax We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. 1040x turbotax What's New for 2014 Use your 2013 tax return as a guide in figuring your 2014 estimated tax, but be sure to consider the following. 1040x turbotax Standard mileage rates. 1040x turbotax The 2014 rate for business use of your vehicle is 56 cents per mile. 1040x turbotax The rate for use of your vehicle to get medical care or move is 23½ cents per mile. 1040x turbotax The rate of 14 cents per mile for charitable use is unchanged. 1040x turbotax Personal exemption increased for certain taxpayers. 1040x turbotax For 2014, the personal exemption amount is increased to $3,950 for taxpayers with adjusted gross income at or below $305,050 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), $279,650 if head of household, $254,200 if single, or $152,525 if married filing separately. 1040x turbotax The personal exemption amount for taxpayers with adjusted gross income above these thresholds may be reduced. 1040x turbotax Limitation on itemized deductions. 1040x turbotax For 2014, itemized deductions for taxpayers with adjusted gross income above $305,050 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), $279,650 if head of household, $254,200 if single, and $152,525 if married filing separately may be reduced. 1040x turbotax Health care coverage. 1040x turbotax When you file your 2014 tax return in 2015, you will need to either (1) indicate on your return that you and your family had health care coverage throughout 2014, (2) claim an exemption from the health care coverage requirement for some or all of 2014, or (3) make a payment if you do not have coverage or an exemption(s) for all 12 months of 2014. 1040x turbotax For examples on how this payment works, go to www. 1040x turbotax IRS. 1040x turbotax gov/aca and click under the “Individuals & Families” section. 1040x turbotax You may want to consider this when figuring your “Other taxes” on Line 12 of the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet (Worksheet 2-1). 1040x turbotax For general information on these requirements, go to www. 1040x turbotax IRS. 1040x turbotax gov/aca. 1040x turbotax Advance payments of the Premium Tax Credit. 1040x turbotax If you buy health care insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you may be eligible for advance payments of the Premium Tax Credit to help pay for your insurance coverage. 1040x turbotax Receiving too little or too much in advance will affect your refund or balance due. 1040x turbotax Promptly report changes in your income or family size to your Marketplace. 1040x turbotax You may want to consider this when figuring your estimated taxes for 2014. 1040x turbotax For more information, go to www. 1040x turbotax IRS. 1040x turbotax gov/aca and see Publication 5120 and Publication 5121. 1040x turbotax http://www. 1040x turbotax IRS. 1040x turbotax gov/pub5120 Alternative minimum tax (AMT) exemption amount increased. 1040x turbotax The AMT exemption amount is increased to $52,800 ($82,100 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er); $41,050 if married filing separately). 1040x turbotax Lifetime learning credit income limits. 1040x turbotax In order to claim a lifetime learning credit, your MAGI must be less than $54,000 ($108,000 if married filing jointly). 1040x turbotax Retirement savings contribution credit income limits increased. 1040x turbotax In order to claim this credit for 2014, your MAGI must be less than $30,000 ($60,000 if married filing jointly; $45,000 if head of household). 1040x turbotax Adoption credit or exclusion. 1040x turbotax The maximum adoption credit or exclusion for employer-provided adoption benefits has increased to $13,190. 1040x turbotax In order to claim either the credit or exclusion, your MAGI must be less than $237,880. 1040x turbotax Earned income credit (EIC). 1040x turbotax You may be able to take the EIC in 2014 if: Three or more children lived with you and you earned less than $46,997 ($52,427 if married filing jointly), Two children lived with you and you earned less than $43,756 ($49,186 if married filing jointly), One child lived with you and you earned less than $38,511 ($43,941 if married filing jointly), or A child did not live with you and you earned less than $14,590 ($20,020 if married filing jointly). 1040x turbotax Also, the maximum MAGI you can have and still get the credit has increased. 1040x turbotax You may be able to take the credit if your MAGI is less than the amount in the above list that applies to you. 1040x turbotax The maximum investment income you can have and get the credit has increased to $3,350. 1040x turbotax Reminders Future developments. 1040x turbotax The IRS has created a page on IRS. 1040x turbotax gov for information about Publication 505 at www. 1040x turbotax irs. 1040x turbotax gov/pub505. 1040x turbotax Information about any future developments affecting Publication 505 (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted on that page. 1040x turbotax Social security tax. 1040x turbotax Generally, each employer for whom you work during the tax year must withhold social security tax up to the annual limit. 1040x turbotax The annual limit is $117,000 in 2014. 1040x turbotax Photographs of missing children. 1040x turbotax The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 1040x turbotax Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that otherwise would be blank. 1040x turbotax 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. 1040x turbotax Additional Medicare Tax. 1040x turbotax Beginning in 2013, a 0. 1040x turbotax 9% Additional Medicare Tax applies to Medicare wages, Railroad Retirement Tax Act compensation, and self-employment income over a threshold amount based on your filing status. 1040x turbotax You may need to include this amount when figuring your estimated tax. 1040x turbotax See the instructions for line 12 of the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet. 1040x turbotax You may also request that your employer deduct and withhold an additional amount of income tax withholding from your wages on Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. 1040x turbotax For more information on Additional Medicare Tax, go to IRS. 1040x turbotax gov and enter “Additional Medicare Tax” in the search box. 1040x turbotax Net Investment Income Tax. 1040x turbotax Beginning in 2013, you may be subject to Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT). 1040x turbotax NIIT is a 3. 1040x turbotax 8% tax on the lesser of net investment income or the excess of your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) over the threshold amount. 1040x turbotax NIIT may need to be included when figuring estimated tax. 1040x turbotax See the instructions for line 12 of the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet. 1040x turbotax You may also request that your employer deduct and withhold an additional amount of income tax withholding from your wages on Form W-4. 1040x turbotax For more information on NIIT, go to IRS. 1040x turbotax gov and enter “Net Investment Income Tax” in the search box. 1040x turbotax Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications
.gov Reform Effort: Improving Federal Websites
- Digital Government Strategy
- What is the .gov reform effort?
- What is the federal government doing to improve federal websites?
- Who's responsible for managing this effort?
- Where can I see a list of federal websites?
- Who is on the .gov Task Force and how were they selected?
- How was the public involved in improving federal websites?
The White House released its Digital Government Strategy, entitled Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People, on May 23, 2012. You can also download the Digital Government Strategy as a PDF.
The strategy is a plan for delivering better online service to the American people, with three main objectives:
- Enable citizens and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.
- Ensure that as the government adjusts to this new digital world, we seize the opportunity to procure and manage devices, applications, and data in smart, secure and affordable ways.
- Unlock the power of government data to spur innovation across our Nation and improve the quality of services for the American people.
The Digital Government Strategy was created from a broad range of input across government: the Mobility Strategy and Web Reform Task Forces, the Office of Management and Budget, the General Services Administration, Federal CIOs, new media directors, and web managers. The Strategy also draws on research from the State of the Federal Web Report (PDF) and public input from the National Dialogue for Improving Federal Websites and the National Dialogue on the Federal Mobility Strategy.
The .gov reform effort began in 2011 as part of President Obama's Campaign to Cut Waste, identifying unnecessary websites that can be consolidated into other websites to reduce costs and improve the quality of service to the American public.
The reform effort led to the development of a federal web strategy, which was merged with the federal mobility strategy to create the Digital Government Strategy. This broader initiative focuses not only on website consolidation, but also on innovating with less and delivering better quality content and information to the public across multiple platforms and devices.
In the June 13, 2011, OMB Memorandum M-11-24, Implementing Executive Order 13571 on Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service (PDF), agencies are directed to improve online services and eliminate wasteful spending. They must work to manage web resources more efficiently and assure that valuable content is readily accessible and available online. To date, the reform effort has:
- Instituted a freeze on the approval of new .gov domain names and developed stronger criteria for getting a new domain.
- Set up the .gov Reform Task Force to recommend updates to federal web guidelines and policies.
- Posted and updated a list of all registered .gov domain names on Data.gov.
- Asked agencies to identify sites that can be eliminated, consolidated, and/or streamlined.
- Conducted an inventory of federal domains and sites, a survey of federal web governance policies and a national dialogue on improving federal web sites, and used the data to create the State of the Federal Web report.
- Required agencies to develop Web Improvement Plans (included in the State of the Federal Web Report).
- Worked with others across government to develop the Digital Government Strategy.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the General Services Administration (GSA), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Chief Information Officers Council, and the Federal Web Managers Council are working with agencies to manage this effort. The .gov Task Force, whose members are listed below, is leading this effort.
The list of federal executive branch .gov domains was published July 12, 2011 on Data.gov. It does not include .gov domains/URLs in the federal legislative or judicial branches or from state, local, or tribal governments. It also does not include sub-domains that are below the root domain, such as ers.usda.gov or niaid.nih.gov.
Since each domain can have an unlimited number of potential websites and URLs under them, the total number of websites in the entire federal government is much larger than the number of domains listed on Data.gov. The inventory will allow us to more closely identify the total number of federal websites over time.
The list of domains will be regularly updated and published on Data.gov. Putting the list on Data.gov will have several benefits:
- Provide increased access to, and transparency of, government data.
- Foster accountability in how we manage our federal websites and encourage input from public and private sector experts, customers, developers, and other members of the public.
- Make it easier for agencies to see the websites they own, that are owned by other agencies, and to increase opportunities for collaboration across government.
The Federal Chief Information Officer selected the members of the .gov Task Force, representing a broad range of agencies and a mix of perspectives and skills.
Task force members:
- Les Benito, Director, Public Web at Defense Media Activity
- Gray Brooks, Associate CIO, Federal Communications Commission
- Sheila Campbell, Director, Center for Excellence in Digital Government, Office of Citizen Services, General Services Administration
- Sarah Crane, Director, USA.gov, Office of Citizen Services, General Services Administration
- Cammie Croft, Senior Advisor, Director of New Media and Citizen Engagement, Department of Energy
- Linda Cureton, Chief Information Officer, NASA
- Terry Davis, IT Specialist, Department of Defense
- Nick Fraser, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
- Miguel Gomez, Director, AIDS.gov, Health and Human Services
- Jeffrey Levy, Director of Web Communications, Environmental Protection Agency, and Co-Chair, Federal Web Managers Council
- Dan Munz, IT Specialist, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Adam Neufeld, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
- Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer
- Macon Phillips, Director of Digital Strategy, The White House
- Stacy Riggs, Office of Government-wide Policy, General Services Administration
- Rand Ruggieri, EGov Program Manager, Department of Commerce
- Janet Stevens, Chief Information Officer, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture
- Kodiak Starr, Creative Director of New Media, Executive Office of the President
- Haley Van Dyck, Office of E-Gov and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
- Chris Vein, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
- Jim Wilson, Senior Editor, NASA.gov
We plan to consult with additional subject matter experts, customers, and others as needed, to provide expertise on such areas as user-centered design, search, information management policy, privacy and security issues, and overall Internet trends such as the growth of mobile and social media.
During this initiative we've invited you to join the conversation about improving federal websites. Releasing the .gov dataset on Data.gov was the first step. We enabled commenting on the dataset, and considered your ideas and comments as we developed the domain inventory.
As we've seen in other efforts, making government data transparent can spark the creativity of many bright minds across the country. We hope the public will continue to explore, discuss, and remix this data, and maybe even use it to map the .gov domain in ways we haven't seen before.
From September 19–30, 2011, we hosted a "national dialogue"–an online conversation that brought together experts, innovators, and ordinary citizens who rely on federal information every day. We discussed how federal agencies can learn from, and contribute to, the best practices of the modern web. It was a discussion filled with ideas and energy.
If you have questions about the .gov Task Force, contact Alycia Piazza at email@example.com.