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2010 Federal Tax Form 1040

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2010 Federal Tax Form 1040

2010 federal tax form 1040 Publication 929 - Main Content Table of Contents Part 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Rules for All Dependents Filing RequirementsEarned Income Only Unearned Income Only Both Earned and Unearned Income Other Filing Requirements Should a Return Be Filed Even If Not Required? Responsibility for Child's ReturnThird party designee. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Designated as representative. 2010 federal tax form 1040 IRS notice. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Standard DeductionStandard Deduction of Zero Dependent's Own Exemption Withholding From WagesExceptions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Part 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Tax on Unearned Income of Certain ChildrenWhich Parent's Return To Use Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and DividendsEffect of Making the Election Figuring Child's Income Figuring Additional Tax Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned IncomeProviding Parental Information (Form 8615, Lines A–C) Step 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figuring the Child's Net Unearned Income (Form 8615, Part I) Step 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figuring a Tentative Tax at the Parent's Tax Rate (Form 8615, Part II) Step 3. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figuring the Child's Tax (Form 8615, Part III) Alternative Minimum Tax Illustrated Example Part 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Rules for All Dependents This part of the publication discusses the filing requirements for dependents, who is responsible for a child's return, how to figure a dependent's standard deduction and exemption (if any), and whether a dependent can claim exemption from federal income tax withholding. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Filing Requirements Whether a dependent has to file a return generally depends on the amount of the dependent's earned and unearned income and whether the dependent is married, is age 65 or older, or is blind. 2010 federal tax form 1040 A dependent may have to file a return even if his or her income is less than the amount that would normally require a return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Other Filing Requirements, later. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The following sections apply to dependents with: Earned income only, Unearned income only, and Both earned and unearned income. 2010 federal tax form 1040  To find out whether a dependent must file, read the section that applies, or use Table 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Earned Income Only A dependent whose gross income is only earned income must file a return if the gross income is more than the amount listed in the following table. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Marital Status Amount Single   Under 65 and not blind $6,100 Either 65 or older or blind $7,600 65 or older and blind $9,100 Married*   Under 65 and not blind $6,100 Either 65 or older or blind $7,300 65 or older and blind $8,500 *If a dependent's spouse itemizes deductions on a separate return, the dependent must file a return if the dependent has $5 or more of gross income (earned and/or unearned). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example. 2010 federal tax form 1040 William is 16. 2010 federal tax form 1040 His mother claims an exemption for him on her income tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He worked part time on weekends during the school year and full time during the summer. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He earned $7,000 in wages. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He did not have any unearned income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He must file a tax return because he has earned income only and his gross income is more than $6,100. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If he is blind, he does not have to file a return because his gross income is not more than $7,600. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Unearned Income Only A dependent whose gross income is only unearned income must file a return if the gross income is more than the amount listed in the following table. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Marital Status Amount Single   Under 65 and not blind $1,000 Either 65 or older or blind $2,500 65 or older and blind $4,000 Married*   Under 65 and not blind $1,000 Either 65 or older or blind $2,200 65 or older and blind $3,400 *If a dependent's spouse itemizes deductions on a separate return, the dependent must file a return if the dependent has $5 or more of gross income (earned and/or unearned). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Sarah is 18 and single. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Her parents can claim an exemption for her on their income tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She received $1,970 of taxable interest and dividend income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She did not work during the year. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She must file a tax return because she has unearned income only and her gross income is more than $1,000. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If she is blind, she does not have to file a return because she has unearned income only and her gross income is not more than $2,500. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Election to report child's unearned income on parent's return. 2010 federal tax form 1040   A parent of a child under age 19 (or under age 24 if a full-time student) may be able to elect to include the child's interest and dividend income on the parent's return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends in Part 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the parent makes this election, the child does not have to file a return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Both Earned and Unearned Income A dependent who has both earned and unearned income generally must file a return if the dependent's gross income is more than line 5 of the following worksheet. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Filing Requirement Worksheet for Most Dependents 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter dependent's earned income plus $350     2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Minimum amount   $1,000 3. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Compare lines 1 and 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the larger amount     4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Maximum amount   6,100 5. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Compare lines 3 and 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the smaller amount     6. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the dependent's gross income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If line 6 is more than line 5, the dependent must file an income tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the dependent is married and his or her spouse itemizes deductions on a separate return, the dependent must file an income tax return if line 6 is $5 or more. 2010 federal tax form 1040       Table 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 2013 Filing Requirements for Dependents If your parent (or someone else) can claim you as a dependent, use this table to see if you must file a return. 2010 federal tax form 1040   See the definitions of “dependent,”“earned income,”“unearned income,” and “gross income” in the Glossary. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Single dependents—Were you either age 65 or older or blind?     No. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You must file a return if any of the following apply. 2010 federal tax form 1040       Your unearned income was over $1,000. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Your earned income was over $6,100. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Your gross income was more than the larger of—       $1,000, or Your earned income (up to $5,750) plus $350. 2010 federal tax form 1040         Yes. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You must file a return if any of the following apply. 2010 federal tax form 1040     Your unearned income was over $2,500 ($4,000 if 65 or older and blind), Your earned income was over $7,600 ($9,100 if 65 or older and blind), Your gross income was more than the larger of—       $2,500 ($4,000 if 65 or older and blind), or Your earned income (up to $5,750) plus $1,850 ($3,350 if 65 or older and blind). 2010 federal tax form 1040       Married dependents—Were you either age 65 or older or blind?     No. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You must file a return if any of the following apply. 2010 federal tax form 1040       Your gross income was at least $5 and your spouse files a separate return and itemizes deductions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Your unearned income was over $1,000. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Your earned income was over $6,100. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Your gross income was more than the larger of—       $1,000, or Your earned income (up to $5,750) plus $350. 2010 federal tax form 1040       Yes. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You must file a return if any of the following apply. 2010 federal tax form 1040       Your gross income was at least $5 and your spouse files a separate return and itemizes deductions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Your unearned income was over $2,200 ($3,400 if 65 or older and blind), Your earned income was over $7,300 ($8,500 if 65 or older and blind), Your gross income was more than the larger of—       $2,200 ($3,400 if 65 or older and blind), or Your earned income (up to $5,750) plus $1,550 ($2,750 if 65 or older and blind). 2010 federal tax form 1040       Example 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Joe is 20, single, not blind, and a full-time college student. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He does not provide more than half of his own support, and his parents claim an exemption for him on their income tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He received $200 taxable interest income and earned $2,750 from a part-time job. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He does not have to file a tax return because his gross income of $2,950 ($200 interest plus $2,750 in wages) is not more than $3,100, the amount on line 5 of his filled-in Filing Requirement Worksheet for Most Dependents (shown next). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Filled-in Example 1 Filing Requirement Worksheet  for Most Dependents 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter dependent's earned income plus $350   $ 3,100 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Minimum amount   1,000 3. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Compare lines 1 and 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the larger amount   3,100 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Maximum amount   6,100 5. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Compare lines 3 and 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the smaller amount   3,100 6. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the dependent's gross income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If line 6 is more than line 5, the dependent must file an income tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the dependent is married and his or her spouse itemizes deductions on a separate return, the dependent must file an income tax return if line 6 is $5 or more. 2010 federal tax form 1040   $ 2,950   Example 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that Joe had $600 taxable interest income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He must file a tax return because his gross income of $3,350 ($600 interest plus $2,750 wages) is more than $3,100, the amount on line 5 of his filled-in worksheet (shown next). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Filled-in Example 2 Filing Requirement Worksheet for Most Dependents 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter dependent's earned income plus $350   $ 3,100 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Minimum amount   1,000 3. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Compare lines 1 and 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the larger amount   3,100 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Maximum amount   6,100 5. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Compare lines 3 and 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the smaller amount   3,100 6. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the dependent's gross income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If line 6 is more than line 5, the dependent must file an income tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the dependent is married and his or her spouse itemizes deductions on a separate return, the dependent must file an income tax return if line 6 is $5 or more. 2010 federal tax form 1040   $ 3,350   Age 65 or older or blind. 2010 federal tax form 1040 A dependent who is age 65 or older or blind must file a return if his or her gross income is more than line 7 of the following worksheet. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Filing Requirement Worksheet  for Dependents Who Are Age 65 or Older or Blind 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter dependent's earned income plus $350     2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Minimum amount   $1,000 3. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Compare lines 1 and 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the larger amount     4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Maximum amount   6,100 5. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Compare lines 3 and 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the smaller amount     6. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the amount from the following table that applies to the dependent       Marital Status Amount     Single         Either 65 or older or blind $1,500       65 or older and blind $3,000     Married         Either 65 or older or blind $1,200       65 or older and blind $2,400   7. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Add lines 5 and 6. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the total     8. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the dependent's gross income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If line 8 is more than line 7, the dependent must file an income tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the dependent is married and his or her spouse itemizes deductions on a separate return, the dependent must file an income tax return if line 8 is $5 or more     Example 3. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The facts are the same as in Example 2 except that Joe is also blind. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He does not have to file a return because his gross income of $3,350 is not more than $4,600, the amount on line 7 of his filled-in Filing Requirement Worksheet for Dependents Who Are Age 65 or Older or Blind (shown next). 2010 federal tax form 1040   Filled-in Example 3 Filing Requirement Worksheet  for Dependents Who Are Age 65 or Older or Blind 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter dependent's earned income plus $350   $3,100 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Minimum amount   1,000 3. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Compare lines 1 and 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the larger amount   3,100 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Maximum amount   6,100 5. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Compare lines 3 and 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the smaller amount   3,100 6. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the amount from the following table that applies to the dependent   1,500   Marital Status Amount     Single         Either 65 or older or blind $1,500       65 or older and blind $3,000     Married         Either 65 or older or blind $1,200       65 or older and blind $2,400   7. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Add lines 5 and 6. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the total   4,600 8. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the dependent's gross income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If line 8 is more than line 7, the dependent must file an income tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the dependent is married and his or her spouse itemizes deductions on a separate return, the dependent must file an income tax return if line 8 is $5 or more   $3,350 Other Filing Requirements Some dependents may have to file a tax return even if their income is less than the amount that would normally require them to file a return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 A dependent must file a tax return if he or she owes any other taxes, such as: Social security and Medicare taxes on tips not reported to his or her employer or on wages received from an employer who did not withhold these taxes, Uncollected social security and Medicare or railroad retirement taxes on tips reported to his or her employer or on group-term life insurance, Alternative minimum tax, Additional tax on a health savings account from Form 8889, Part III, Recapture taxes, such as the tax from recapture of an education credit, or Additional tax on a qualified plan, including an individual retirement arrangement (IRA), or other tax-favored account. 2010 federal tax form 1040 But if the dependent is filing a return only because of this tax, the dependent can file Form 5329 by itself. 2010 federal tax form 1040 A dependent must also file a tax return if he or she: Had wages of $108. 2010 federal tax form 1040 28 or more from a church or qualified church-controlled organization that is exempt from employer social security and Medicare taxes, or Had net earnings from self-employment of at least $400. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Spouse itemizes. 2010 federal tax form 1040   A dependent must file a return if the dependent's spouse itemizes deductions on a separate return and the dependent has $5 or more of gross income (earned and/or unearned). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Should a Return Be Filed Even If Not Required? Even if a dependent does not meet any of the filing requirements discussed earlier, he or she should file a tax return if either of the following applies. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Income tax was withheld from his or her income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He or she qualifies for the earned income credit, additional child tax credit, health coverage tax credit, or refundable American opportunity education credit. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See the tax return instructions to find out who qualifies for these credits. 2010 federal tax form 1040  By filing a return, the dependent can get a refund. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Responsibility for Child's Return Generally, a child is responsible for filing his or her own tax return and for paying any tax, penalties, or interest on that return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If a child cannot file his or her own return for any reason, such as age, the child's parent, guardian, or other legally responsible person must file it for the child. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Signing the child's return. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the child cannot sign his or her return, a parent or guardian must sign the child's name followed by the words “By (signature), parent (or guardian) for minor child. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ” Authority of parent or guardian. 2010 federal tax form 1040   A parent or guardian who signs a return on a child's behalf can deal with the IRS on all matters connected with the return. 2010 federal tax form 1040   In general, a parent or guardian who does not sign the child's return can only provide information concerning the child's return and pay the child's tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040 That parent or guardian is not entitled to receive information from the IRS or legally bind the child to a tax liability arising from the return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Third party designee. 2010 federal tax form 1040   A child's parent or guardian who does not sign the child's return may be authorized, as a third party designee, to discuss the processing of the return with the IRS as well as provide information concerning the return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The child or the person signing the return on the child's behalf must check the “Yes” box in the “Third Party Designee” area of the return and name the parent or guardian as the designee. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If designated, a parent or guardian can respond to certain IRS notices and receive information about the processing of the return and the status of a refund or payment. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This designation does not authorize the parent or guardian to receive any refund check, bind the child to any tax liability, or otherwise represent the child before the IRS. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See the return instructions for more information. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Designated as representative. 2010 federal tax form 1040   A parent or guardian who does not sign the child's return may be designated as the child's representative by the child or the person signing the return on the child's behalf. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative, is used to designate a child's representative. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Publication 947, Practice Before the IRS and Power of Attorney, for more information. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If designated, a parent or guardian can receive information about the child's return but cannot legally bind the child to a tax liability unless authorized to do so by the law of the state in which the child lives. 2010 federal tax form 1040 IRS notice. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If you or the child receives a notice from the IRS concerning the child's return or tax liability, you should immediately inform the IRS that the notice concerns a child. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The notice will show who to contact. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The IRS will try to resolve the matter with the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the child consistent with their authority. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Child's earnings. 2010 federal tax form 1040   For federal income tax purposes, amounts a child earns by performing services are included in the gross income of the child and not the gross income of the parent. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This is true even if, under state law, the parent has the right to the earnings and may actually have received them. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the child does not pay the tax due on this income, the parent may be liable for the tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Child's expenses. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Deductions for payments that are made out of a child's earnings are the child's, even if the payments are made by the parent. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You made payments on your child's behalf that are deductible as a business expense and a charitable contribution. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You made the payments out of your child's earnings. 2010 federal tax form 1040 These items can be deducted only on the child's return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Standard Deduction The standard deduction for an individual who can be claimed as a dependent on another person's tax return is generally limited to the larger of: $1,000, or The individual's earned income plus $350, but not more than the regular standard deduction (generally $6,100). 2010 federal tax form 1040 However, the standard deduction may be higher for a dependent who: Is 65 or older, or Is blind. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Certain dependents cannot claim any standard deduction. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Standard Deduction of Zero , later. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Worksheet 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Use Worksheet 1 to figure the dependent's standard deduction. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Worksheet 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Standard Deduction Worksheet for Dependents Use this worksheet only if someone else can claim you (or your spouse, if filing jointly) as a dependent. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If you were 65 or older and/or blind, check the correct number of boxes below. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Put the total number of boxes checked in box c and go to line 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 a. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You 65 or older   Blind   b. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Your spouse, if claiming  spouse's exemption 65 or older   Blind   c. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Total boxes checked         1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter your earned income (defined below) plus $350. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If none, enter -0-. 2010 federal tax form 1040 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040     2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Minimum amount. 2010 federal tax form 1040   2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 $1,000   3. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Compare lines 1 and 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the larger of the two amounts here. 2010 federal tax form 1040 3. 2010 federal tax form 1040     4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter on line 4 the amount shown below for your filing status. 2010 federal tax form 1040       Single or Married filing separately—$6,100 Married filing jointly—$12,200 Head of household—$8,950 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040     5. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Standard deduction. 2010 federal tax form 1040         a. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Compare lines 3 and 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the smaller amount here. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If under 65 and not blind, stop here. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This is your standard deduction. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Otherwise, go on to line 5b. 2010 federal tax form 1040 5a. 2010 federal tax form 1040     b. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If 65 or older or blind, multiply $1,500 ($1,200 if married) by the number in box c above. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the result here. 2010 federal tax form 1040 5b. 2010 federal tax form 1040     c. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Add lines 5a and 5b. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This is your standard deduction for 2013. 2010 federal tax form 1040 5c. 2010 federal tax form 1040     Earned income includes wages, salaries, tips, professional fees, and other compensation received for personal services you performed. 2010 federal tax form 1040 It also includes any amount received as a scholarship that you must include in income. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Example 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Michael is single, age 15, and not blind. 2010 federal tax form 1040 His parents can claim him as a dependent on their tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He has taxable interest income of $800 and wages of $150. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He enters $500 (his earned income plus $350) on line 1 of Worksheet 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 On line 3, he enters $1,000, the larger of $500 or $1,000. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Michael enters $6,100 on line 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 On line 5a, he enters $1,000, the smaller of $1,000 or $6,100. 2010 federal tax form 1040 His standard deduction is $1,000. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Judy, a full-time student, is single, age 22, and not blind. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Her parents can claim her as a dependent on their tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She has dividend income of $275 and wages of $2,500. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She enters $2,850 (her earned income plus $350) on line 1 of Worksheet 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 On line 3, she enters $2,850, the larger of $2,850 or $1,000. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She enters $6,100 on line 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 On line 5a, she enters $2,850 (the smaller of $2,850 or $6,100) as her standard deduction. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example 3. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Amy, who is single, is claimed as a dependent on her parents' tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She is 18 years old and blind. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She has taxable interest income of $1,000 and wages of $2,000. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She enters $2,350 (her earned income plus $350) on line 1 of Worksheet 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She enters $2,350 (the larger of $2,350 or $1,000) on line 3, $6,100 on line 4, and $2,350 (the smaller of $2,350 or $6,100) on line 5a. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Because Amy is blind, she checks the box for blindness and enters “1” in box c at the top of Worksheet 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She enters $1,500 (the number in box c times $1,500) on line 5b. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Her standard deduction on line 5c is $3,850 ($2,350 + $1,500). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Standard Deduction of Zero The standard deduction for the following dependents is zero. 2010 federal tax form 1040 A married dependent filing a separate return whose spouse itemizes deductions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 A dependent who files a return for a period of less than 12 months due to a change in his or her annual accounting period. 2010 federal tax form 1040 A nonresident or dual-status alien dependent, unless the dependent is married to a U. 2010 federal tax form 1040 S. 2010 federal tax form 1040 citizen or resident alien at the end of the year and chooses to be treated as a U. 2010 federal tax form 1040 S. 2010 federal tax form 1040 resident for the year. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Publication 519, U. 2010 federal tax form 1040 S. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Tax Guide for Aliens, for information on making this choice. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Jennifer, who is a dependent of her parents, is entitled to file a joint return with her husband. 2010 federal tax form 1040 However, her husband elects to file a separate return and itemize his deductions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Because he itemizes, Jennifer's standard deduction on her return is zero. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She can, however, itemize any of her allowable deductions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Dependent's Own Exemption A person who can be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer's return cannot claim his or her own exemption. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This is true even if the other taxpayer does not actually claim the exemption. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example. 2010 federal tax form 1040 James and Barbara can claim their child, Ben, as a dependent on their return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Ben is a college student who works during the summer and must file a tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Ben cannot claim his own exemption on his return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This is true even if James and Barbara do not claim him as a dependent on their return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Withholding From Wages Employers generally withhold federal income tax, social security tax, and Medicare tax from an employee's wages. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the employee claims exemption from withholding on Form W-4, the employer will not withhold federal income tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The exemption from withholding does not apply to social security and Medicare taxes. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Conditions for exemption from withholding. 2010 federal tax form 1040   An employee can claim exemption from withholding for 2014 only if he or she meets both of the following conditions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 For 2013, the employee had a right to a refund of all federal income tax withheld because he or she had no tax liability. 2010 federal tax form 1040 For 2014, the employee expects a refund of all federal income tax withheld because he or she expects to have no tax liability. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Dependents. 2010 federal tax form 1040   An employee who is a dependent ordinarily cannot claim exemption from withholding if both of the following are true. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The employee's gross income will be more than $1,000, the minimum standard deduction for 2014. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The employee's unearned income will be more than $350. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Exceptions. 2010 federal tax form 1040   An employee may be able to claim exemption from withholding even if the employee is a dependent, if the employee: Is age 65 or older, Is blind, or Will claim on his or her 2014 tax return: Adjustments to income, Tax credits, or Itemized deductions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The above exceptions do not apply to supplemental wages greater than $1,000,000. 2010 federal tax form 1040 For more information, see Exemption From Withholding in chapter 1 of Publication 505. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Guy is 17 and a student. 2010 federal tax form 1040 During the summer he works part time at a grocery store. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He expects to earn about $1,200 this year. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He also worked at the store last summer and received a refund of all his withheld income tax because he did not have a tax liability. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The only other income he expects during the year is $375 interest on a savings account. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He expects that his parents will be able to claim him as a dependent on their tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He is not blind and will not claim adjustments to income, itemized deductions, a higher standard deduction, or tax credits on his return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Guy cannot claim exemption from withholding when he fills out Form W-4 because his parents will be able to claim him as a dependent, his gross income will be more than $1,000 (the minimum standard deduction amount) and his unearned income will be more than $350. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Claiming exemption from withholding. 2010 federal tax form 1040    To claim exemption from withholding, an employee must enter “Exempt” in the space provided on Form W-4, line 7. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The employee must complete the rest of the form, as explained in the form instructions, and give it to his or her employer. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Renewing an exemption from withholding. 2010 federal tax form 1040   An exemption from withholding is good for only one year. 2010 federal tax form 1040 An employee must file a new Form W-4 by February 15 each year to continue the exemption. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Part 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Tax on Unearned Income of Certain Children The two rules that follow may affect the tax on the unearned income of certain children. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the child's interest and dividend income (including capital gain distributions) total less than $10,000, the child's parent may be able to choose to include that income on the parent's return rather than file a return for the child. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (See Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends , later. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) If the child's interest, dividends, and other unearned income total more than $2,000, part of that income may be taxed at the parent's tax rate instead of the child's tax rate. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (See Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income , later. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) For these rules, the term “child” includes a legally adopted child and a stepchild. 2010 federal tax form 1040 These rules apply whether or not the child is a dependent. 2010 federal tax form 1040 These rules do not apply if neither of the child's parents were living at the end of the year. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Which Parent's Return To Use If a child's parents are married to each other and file a joint return, use the joint return to figure the tax on the child's unearned income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The tax rate and other return information from that return are used to figure the child's tax as explained later under Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income . 2010 federal tax form 1040 Parents Who Do Not File a Joint Return For parents who do not file a joint return, the following discussions explain which parent's tax return must be used to figure the tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Only the parent whose tax return is used can make the election described under Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends . 2010 federal tax form 1040 Parents are married. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the child's parents file separate returns, use the return of the parent with the greater taxable income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Parents not living together. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the child's parents are married to each other but not living together, and the parent with whom the child lives (the custodial parent) is considered unmarried, use the return of the custodial parent. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the custodial parent is not considered unmarried, use the return of the parent with the greater taxable income. 2010 federal tax form 1040   For an explanation of when a married person living apart from his or her spouse is considered unmarried, see Head of Household in Publication 501. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Parents are divorced. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the child's parents are divorced or legally separated, and the parent who had custody of the child for the greater part of the year (the custodial parent) has not remarried, use the return of the custodial parent. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Custodial parent remarried. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the custodial parent has remarried, the stepparent (rather than the noncustodial parent) is treated as the child's other parent. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Therefore, if the custodial parent and the stepparent file a joint return, use that joint return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Do not use the return of the noncustodial parent. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the custodial parent and the stepparent are married, but file separate returns, use the return of the one with the greater taxable income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the custodial parent and the stepparent are married but not living together, the earlier discussion under Parents not living together applies. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Parents never married. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If a child's parents have never been married to each other, but lived together all year, use the return of the parent with the greater taxable income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the parents did not live together all year, the rules explained earlier under Parents are divorced apply. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Widowed parent remarried. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If a widow or widower remarries, the new spouse is treated as the child's other parent. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The rules explained earlier under Custodial parent remarried apply. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends You may be able to elect to include your child's interest and dividend income (including capital gain distributions) on your tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If you do, your child will not have to file a return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You can make this election only if all the following conditions are met. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Your child was under age 19 (or under age 24 if a full-time student) at the end of the year. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Your child had income only from interest and dividends (including capital gain distributions and Alaska Permanent Fund dividends). 2010 federal tax form 1040 The child's gross income was less than $10,000. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The child is required to file a return unless you make this election. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The child does not file a joint return for the year. 2010 federal tax form 1040 No estimated tax payment was made for the year, and no overpayment from the previous year (or from any amended return) was applied to this year under your child's name and social security number. 2010 federal tax form 1040 No federal income tax was withheld from your child's income under the backup withholding rules. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You are the parent whose return must be used when applying the special tax rules for children. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (See Which Parent's Return To Use , earlier. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) These conditions are also shown in Figure 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Certain January 1 birthdays. 2010 federal tax form 1040   A child born on January 1, 1995, is considered to be age 19 at the end of 2013. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You cannot make this election for such a child unless the child was a full-time student. 2010 federal tax form 1040   A child born on January 1, 1990, is considered to be age 24 at the end of 2013. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You cannot make this election for such a child. 2010 federal tax form 1040 How to make the election. 2010 federal tax form 1040    Make the election by attaching Form 8814 to your Form 1040 or Form 1040NR. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (If you make this election, you cannot file Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) Attach a separate Form 8814 for each child for whom you make the election. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You can make the election for one or more children and not for others. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Effect of Making the Election The federal income tax on your child's income may be more if you make the Form 8814 election. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Rate may be higher. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If your child received qualified dividends or capital gain distributions, you may pay up to $100 more tax if you make this election instead of filing a separate tax return for the child. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This is because the tax rate on the child's income between $1,000 and $2,000 is 10% if you make this election. 2010 federal tax form 1040 However, if you file a separate return for the child, the tax rate may be as low as 0% (zero percent) because of the preferential tax rates for qualified dividends and capital gain distributions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Deductions you cannot take. 2010 federal tax form 1040   By making the Form 8814 election, you cannot take any of the following deductions that the child would be entitled to on his or her return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The additional standard deduction if the child is blind. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The deduction for a penalty on an early withdrawal of your child's savings. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Itemized deductions (such as your child's investment expenses or charitable contributions). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figure 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Can You Include Your Child's Income On Your Tax Return? Please click here for the text description of the image. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figure 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Can You Include Your Child's Income On Your Tax Return? Deductible investment interest. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If you use Form 8814, your child's unearned income is considered your unearned income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 To figure the limit on your deductible investment interest, add the child's unearned income to yours. 2010 federal tax form 1040 However, if your child received qualified dividends, capital gain distributions, or Alaska Permanent Fund dividends, see chapter 3 of Publication 550 for information about how to figure the limit. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Alternative minimum tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040    If your child received tax-exempt interest (or exempt-interest dividends paid by a regulated investment company) from certain private activity bonds, you must determine if that interest is a tax preference item for alternative minimum tax (AMT) purposes. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If it is, you must include it with your own tax preference items when figuring your AMT. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals, and its instructions for details. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Reduced deductions or credits. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If you use Form 8814, your increased adjusted gross income may reduce certain deductions or credits on your return, including the following. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Deduction for contributions to a traditional individual retirement arrangement (IRA). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Deduction for student loan interest. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Itemized deductions for medical expenses, casualty and theft losses, and certain miscellaneous expenses. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Credit for child and dependent care expenses. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Child tax credit. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Education tax credits. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Earned income credit. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If you make this election for 2013 and did not have enough tax withheld or pay enough estimated tax to cover the tax you owe, you may be subject to a penalty. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If you plan to make this election for 2014, you may need to increase your federal income tax withholding or your estimated tax payments to avoid the penalty. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Get Publication 505 for more information. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figuring Child's Income Use Form 8814, Part I, to figure your child's interest and dividend income to report on your return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Only the amount over $2,000 is added to your income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The amount over $2,000 is shown on Form 8814, line 6. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Unless the child's income includes qualified dividends or capital gain distributions (discussed next), the same amount is shown on Form 8814, line 12. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Include the amount from Form 8814, line 12, on Form 1040 or Form 1040NR, line 21. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If you file more than one Form 8814, include the total amounts from line 12 of all your Forms 8814 on Form 1040 or Form 1040NR, line 21. 2010 federal tax form 1040 On the dotted line next to line 21, enter “Form 8814” and the total of the Form 8814, line 12 amounts. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Note. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The tax on the first $2,000 is figured on Form 8814, Part II. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Figuring Additional Tax , later. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Qualified dividends. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Enter on Form 8814, line 2a, any ordinary dividends your child received. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This amount may include qualified dividends. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Qualified dividends are those dividends reported on Form 1040, line 9b, or Form 1040NR, line 10b, and are eligible for lower tax rates that apply to a net capital gain. 2010 federal tax form 1040 For detailed information about qualified dividends, see Publication 550. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If your child received qualified dividends, the amount of these dividends that is added to your income must be reported on Form 1040, lines 9a and 9b, or Form 1040NR, lines 10a and 10b. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You do not include these dividends on Form 8814, line 12, or on line 21 of Form 1040 or Form 1040NR. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Enter the child's qualified dividends on Form 8814, line 2b. 2010 federal tax form 1040 But do not include this amount on Form 1040, lines 9a and 9b, or Form 1040NR, lines 10a and 10b. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Instead, include the amount from Form 8814, line 9, on Form 1040, lines 9a and 9b, or Form 1040NR, lines 10a and 10b. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (The amount on Form 8814, line 9, may be less than the amount on Form 8814, line 2b, because lines 7 through 12 of the form divide the $2,000 base amount on Form 8814, line 5, between the child's qualified dividends, capital gain distributions, and other interest and dividend income, reducing each of those amounts. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) Capital gain distributions. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Enter on Form 8814, line 3, any capital gain distributions your child received. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The amount of these distributions that is added to your income must be reported on Schedule D (Form 1040), line 13, or, if you are not required to file Schedule D, on Form 1040, line 13, or Form 1040NR, line 14. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You do not include it on Form 8814, line 12, or on line 21 of Form 1040 or Form 1040NR. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Include the amount from Form 8814, line 10, on Schedule D, line 13; Form 1040, line 13; or Form 1040NR, line 14, whichever applies. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (The amount on Form 8814, line 10, may be less than the amount on Form 8814, line 3, because lines 7 through 12 of the form divide the $2,000 base amount on Form 8814, line 5, between the child's qualified dividends, capital gain distributions, and other interest and dividend income, reducing each of those amounts. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) Collectibles (28% rate) gain. 2010 federal tax form 1040    If any of the child's capital gain distributions are reported on Form 1099-DIV as collectibles (28% rate) gain, you must determine how much to also include on line 4 of the 28% Rate Gain Worksheet, in the instructions for Schedule D, line 18. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Multiply the child's capital gain distribution included on Schedule D, line 13, by a fraction. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The numerator is the part of the child's total capital gain distribution that is collectibles (28% rate) gain. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The denominator is the child's total capital gain distribution. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the result on line 4 of the 28% Rate Gain Worksheet. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Unrecaptured section 1250 gain. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If any of the child's capital gain distributions are reported on Form 1099-DIV as unrecaptured section 1250 gain, you must determine how much to include on line 11 of the Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain Worksheet in the instructions for Schedule D, line 19. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Multiply the child's capital gain distribution included on Schedule D, line 13, by a fraction. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The numerator is the part of the child's total capital gain distribution that is unrecaptured section 1250 gain. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The denominator is the child's total capital gain distribution. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the result on the Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain Worksheet, line 11. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Section 1202 gain. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If any of the child's capital gain distributions are reported as section 1202 gain (gain on qualified small business stock) on Form 1099-DIV, part or all of that gain may be eligible for the section 1202 exclusion. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (For information about the exclusion, see chapter 4 of Publication 550. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) To figure that part, multiply the child's capital gain distribution included on Schedule D, line 13, by a fraction. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The numerator is the part of the child's total capital gain distribution that is section 1202 gain. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The denominator is the child's total capital gain distribution. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Your section 1202 exclusion is generally 50% of the result, but may be subject to a limit. 2010 federal tax form 1040 In some cases, the exclusion is more than 50%. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See the instructions for Schedule D for details and information on how to report the exclusion amount. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Fred is 6 years old. 2010 federal tax form 1040 In 2013, he received dividend income of $2,100, which included $1,575 of ordinary dividends and a $525 capital gain distribution from a mutual fund. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (None of the distributions were reported on Form 1099-DIV as unrecaptured section 1250 gain, section 1202 gain, or collectibles (28% rate) gain. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) All of the ordinary dividends are qualified dividends. 2010 federal tax form 1040 He has no other income and is not subject to backup withholding. 2010 federal tax form 1040 No estimated tax payments were made under his name and social security number. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Fred's parents elect to include Fred's income on their tax return instead of filing a return for him. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They figure the amount to report on Form 1040, lines 9a and 9b, the amount to report on their Schedule D, line 13, and the amount to report on Form 1040, line 21, as follows. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They leave lines 1a and 1b of Form 8814 blank because Fred does not have any interest income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They enter his ordinary dividends of $1,575 on lines 2a and 2b because all of Fred's ordinary dividends are qualified dividends. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They enter the amount of Fred's capital gain distributions, $525, on line 3. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Next, they add the amounts on lines 1a, 2a, and 3 and enter the result, $2,100, on line 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They subtract the base amount on line 5, $2,000, from the amount on line 4, $2,100, and enter the result, $100, on line 6. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This is the total amount from Form 8814 to be reported on their return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Next, they figure how much of this amount is qualified dividends and how much is capital gain distributions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They divide the amount on line 2b, $1,575, by the amount on line 4, $2,100. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They enter the result, . 2010 federal tax form 1040 75, on line 7. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They divide the amount on line 3, $525, by the amount on line 4, $2,100. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They enter the result, . 2010 federal tax form 1040 25, on line 8. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They multiply the amount on line 6, $100, by the decimal on line 7, . 2010 federal tax form 1040 75, and enter the result, $75, on line 9. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They multiply the amount on line 6, $100, by the decimal on line 8, . 2010 federal tax form 1040 25, and enter the result, $25, on line 10. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They include the amount from line 9, $75, on lines 9a and 9b of their Form 1040 and enter “Form 8814 – $75” on the dotted lines next to lines 9a and 9b. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They include the amount from line 10, $25, on line 13 of their Schedule D (Form 1040) and enter “Form 8814 – $25” on the dotted line next to Schedule D, line 13. 2010 federal tax form 1040 They enter $100 ($75 + $25) on line 11 and -0- ($100 – $100) on line 12. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Because the amount on line 12 is -0-, they do not include any amount from Form 8814 on their Form 1040, line 21. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figuring Additional Tax Use Form 8814, Part II, to figure the tax on the $2,000 of your child's interest and dividends that you do not include in your income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This tax is added to the tax figured on your income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This additional tax is the smaller of: 10% x (your child's gross income − $1,000), or $100. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Include the amount from line 15 of all your Forms 8814 in the total on Form 1040, line 44, or Form 1040NR, line 42. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Check box a on Form 1040, line 44, or Form 1040NR, line 42. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income If a child's interest, dividends, and other unearned income total more than $2,000, part of that income may be taxed at the parent's tax rate instead of the child's tax rate. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the parent does not or cannot choose to include the child's income on the parent's return, use Form 8615 to figure the child's tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Attach the completed form to the child's Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. 2010 federal tax form 1040 When Form 8615 must be filed. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Form 8615 must be filed for a child if all of the following statements are true. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The child's unearned income was more than $2,000. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The child is required to file a return for 2013. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The child either: Was under age 18 at the end of the year, Was age 18 at the end of the year and did not have earned income that was more than half of his or her support, or Was over age 18 and under age 24 at the end of the year, was a full-time student, and did not have earned income that was more than half of his or her support. 2010 federal tax form 1040 At least one of the child's parents was alive at the end of 2013. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The child does not file a joint return for 2013. 2010 federal tax form 1040 These conditions are also shown in Figure 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Certain January 1 birthdays. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Use the following chart to determine whether certain children with January 1 birthdays meet condition 3 under When Form 8615 must be filed. 2010 federal tax form 1040 IF a child was born on. 2010 federal tax form 1040 . 2010 federal tax form 1040 . 2010 federal tax form 1040 THEN, at the end of 2013, the child is considered to be. 2010 federal tax form 1040 . 2010 federal tax form 1040 . 2010 federal tax form 1040 January 1, 1996 18* January 1, 1995 19** January 1, 1990 24*** *This child is not under age 18. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The child meets condition 3 only if the child did not have earned income that was more than half of the child's support. 2010 federal tax form 1040  **This child meets condition 3 only if the child was a full-time student who did not have earned income that was more than half of the child's support. 2010 federal tax form 1040  ***Do not use Form 8615 for this child. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figure 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Do You Have To Use Form 8615 To Figure Your Child's Tax? Please click here for the text description of the image. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figure 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Do You Have To Use Form 8615 To Figure Your Child's Tax? Providing Parental Information (Form 8615, Lines A–C) On Form 8615, lines A and B, enter the parent's name and social security number. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (If the parents filed a joint return, enter the name and social security number listed first on the joint return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) On line C, check the box for the parent's filing status. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Which Parent's Return To Use, earlier, for information on which parent's return information must be used on Form 8615. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Parent with different tax year. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the parent and the child do not have the same tax year, complete Form 8615 using the information on the parent's return for the tax year that ends in the child's tax year. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Kimberly must use her mother's tax and taxable income to complete her Form 8615 for calendar year 2013 (January 1 – December 31). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Kimberly's mother files her tax return on a fiscal year basis (July 1 – June 30). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Kimberly must use the information on her mother's return for the tax year ending June 30, 2013, to complete her 2013 Form 8615. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Parent's return information not known timely. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the information needed from the parent's return is not known by the time the child's return is due (usually April 15), you can file the return using estimates. 2010 federal tax form 1040   You can use any reasonable estimate. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This includes using information from last year's return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If you use an estimated amount on Form 8615, enter “Estimated” on the line next to the amount. 2010 federal tax form 1040   When you get the correct information, file an amended return on Form 1040X, Amended U. 2010 federal tax form 1040 S. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Individual Income Tax Return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Extension of time to file. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Instead of using estimates, you can get an automatic 6-month extension of time to file if, by the date your return is due, you file Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U. 2010 federal tax form 1040 S. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Individual Income Tax Return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See the instructions for Form 4868 for details. 2010 federal tax form 1040    An extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You must make an accurate estimate of the tax for 2013. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If you do not pay the full amount due by the regular due date, the child will owe interest and may also be charged penalties. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Form 4868 and its instructions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Parent's return information not available. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If a child cannot get the required information about his or her parent's tax return, the child (or the child's legal representative) can request the necessary information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 2010 federal tax form 1040 How to request. 2010 federal tax form 1040   After the end of the tax year, send a signed, written request for the information to the Internal Revenue Service Center where the parent's return will be filed. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (The IRS cannot process a request received before the end of the tax year. 2010 federal tax form 1040 )    You should also consider getting an extension of time to file the child's return, because there may be a delay in getting the requested information. 2010 federal tax form 1040   The request must contain all of the following. 2010 federal tax form 1040 A statement that you are making the request to comply with section 1(g) of the Internal Revenue Code and that you have tried to get the information from the parent. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Proof of the child's age (for example, a copy of the child's birth certificate). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Evidence the child has more than $2,000 of unearned income (for example, a copy of the child's prior year tax return or copies of Forms 1099 for the current year). 2010 federal tax form 1040 The name, address, social security number (if known), and filing status (if known) of the parent whose information is to be shown on Form 8615. 2010 federal tax form 1040    A child's legal representative making the request should include a copy of his or her Power of Attorney, such as Form 2848, or proof of legal guardianship. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Step 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figuring the Child's Net Unearned Income (Form 8615, Part I) The first step in figuring a child's tax using Form 8615 is to figure the child's net unearned income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 To do that, use Form 8615, Part I. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Line 1 (Unearned Income) If the child had no earned income, enter on this line the adjusted gross income shown on the child's return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Adjusted gross income is shown on Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Form 1040EZ and Form 1040NR-EZ cannot be used if Form 8615 must be filed. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the child had earned income, figure the amount to enter on Form 8615, line 1, by using the worksheet in the instructions for the form. 2010 federal tax form 1040 However, use the following worksheet if: the child has excluded any foreign earned income, deducted a loss from self-employment, or has a net operating loss from another year. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Alternate Worksheet for Form 8615, Line 1 A. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the amount from the child's Form 1040, line 22, or Form 1040NR, line 23   B. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the total of any net loss  from self-employment, any net operating loss deduction, any foreign earned income exclusion, and any foreign housing exclusion from the child's Form 1040 or Form 1040NR. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter this total as a positive number (greater than zero)   C. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Add line A and line B and  enter the total   D. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the child's earned income plus any amount from the child's Form 1040, line 30, or the child's Form 1040NR, line 30     Generally, the child's earned income is the total of the amounts reported on Form 1040, lines 7, 12, and 18 (if line 12 or 18 is a loss, use zero) or Form 1040NR, lines 8, 13, and 19 (if line 13 or 19 is a loss, use zero)   E. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Subtract line D from line C. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the result here and on Form 8615, line 1   Unearned income defined. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Unearned income is generally all income other than salaries, wages, and other amounts received as pay for work actually performed. 2010 federal tax form 1040 It includes taxable interest, dividends, capital gains (including capital gain distributions), the taxable part of social security and pension payments, certain distributions from trusts, and unemployment compensation. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Unearned income includes amounts produced by assets the child obtained with earned income (such as interest on a savings account into which the child deposited wages). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Nontaxable income. 2010 federal tax form 1040   For this purpose, unearned income includes only amounts the child must include in gross income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Nontaxable unearned income, such as tax-exempt interest and the nontaxable part of social security and pension payments, is not included. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Capital loss. 2010 federal tax form 1040   A child's capital losses are taken into account in figuring the child's unearned income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Capital losses are first applied against capital gains. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the capital losses are more than the capital gains, the difference (up to $3,000) is subtracted from the child's interest, dividends, and other unearned income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Any difference over $3,000 is carried to the next year. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Income from property received as a gift. 2010 federal tax form 1040   A child's unearned income includes all income produced by property belonging to the child. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This is true even if the property was transferred to the child, regardless of when the property was transferred or purchased or who transferred it. 2010 federal tax form 1040   A child's unearned income includes income produced by property given as a gift to the child. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This includes gifts to the child from grandparents or any other person and gifts made under the Uniform Gift to Minors Act. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Amanda Black, age 13, received the following income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Dividends—$800 Wages—$2,100 Taxable interest—$1,200 Tax-exempt interest—$100 Capital gains—$300 Capital losses—($200) The dividends were qualified dividends on stock given to her by her grandparents. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Amanda's unearned income is $2,100. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This is the total of the dividends ($800), taxable interest ($1,200), and capital gains reduced by capital losses ($300 − $200 = $100). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Her wages are earned (not unearned) income because they are received for work actually performed. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Her tax-exempt interest is not included because it is nontaxable. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Trust income. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If a child is the beneficiary of a trust, distributions of taxable interest, dividends, capital gains, and other unearned income from the trust are unearned income to the child. 2010 federal tax form 1040   However, taxable distributions from a qualified disability trust are considered earned income for the purposes of completing Form 8615. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See the Form 8615 instructions for details. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Adjustment to income. 2010 federal tax form 1040   In figuring the amount to enter on line 1, the child's unearned income is reduced by any penalty on the early withdrawal of savings. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Line 2 (Deductions) If the child does not itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or Form 1040NR), enter $2,000 on line 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the child itemizes deductions, enter on line 2 the larger of: $1,000 plus the portion of the child's itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 29 (or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 15), that are directly connected with the production of the unearned income entered on line 1, or $2,000. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Directly connected. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Itemized deductions are directly connected with the production of unearned income if they are for expenses paid to produce or collect taxable income or to manage, conserve, or maintain property held for producing income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 These expenses include custodian fees and service charges, service fees to collect taxable interest and dividends, and certain investment counsel fees. 2010 federal tax form 1040    These expenses are added to certain other miscellaneous itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Only the amount greater than 2% of the child's adjusted gross income can be deducted. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions, for more information. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Roger, age 12, has unearned income of $8,000, no other income, no adjustments to income, and itemized deductions of $300 (net of the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit) that are directly connected with his unearned income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 His adjusted gross income is $8,000, which is entered on Form 1040, line 38, and on Form 8615, line 1. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Roger enters $2,000 on line 2 because that is more than the total of $1,000 plus his directly-connected itemized deductions of $300. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Example 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Eleanor, age 8, has unearned income of $16,000 and an early withdrawal penalty of $100. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She has no other income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 She has itemized deductions of $1,050 (net of the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit) that are directly connected with the production of her unearned income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Her adjusted gross income, entered on line 1, is $15,900 ($16,000 − $100). 2010 federal tax form 1040 The amount on line 2 is $2,050. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This is the larger of: $1,000 plus the $1,050 of directly connected itemized deductions, or $2,000. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Line 3 Subtract line 2 from line 1 and enter the result on this line. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If zero or less, do not complete the rest of the form. 2010 federal tax form 1040 However, you must still attach Form 8615 to the child's tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figure the tax on the child's taxable income in the normal manner. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Line 4 (Child's Taxable Income) Enter on line 4 the child's taxable income from Form 1040, line 43; Form 1040A, line 27; or Form 1040NR, line 41. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ to claim the foreign earned income exclusion, housing exclusion, or housing deduction, the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet (in the Form 1040 instructions) is used to figure the child's tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the amount from line 3 of the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet as the child's taxable income on Form 8615, line 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Line 5 (Net Unearned Income) A child's net unearned income cannot be more than his or her taxable income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter on Form 8615, line 5, the smaller of line 3 or line 4. 2010 federal tax form 1040 This is the child's net unearned income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If zero or less, do not complete the rest of the form. 2010 federal tax form 1040 However, you must still attach Form 8615 to the child's tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figure the tax on the child's taxable income in the normal manner. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Step 2. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figuring a Tentative Tax at the Parent's Tax Rate (Form 8615, Part II) The next step in completing Form 8615 is to figure a tentative tax on the child's net unearned income at the parent's tax rate. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The tentative tax at the parent's tax rate is the difference between the tax on the parent's taxable income figured with the child's net unearned income (plus the net unearned income of any other child whose Form 8615 includes the tax return information of that parent) and the tax figured without it. 2010 federal tax form 1040 When figuring the tentative tax at the parent's tax rate on Form 8615, do not refigure any of the exclusions, deductions, or credits on the parent's return because of the child's net unearned income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 For example, do not refigure the medical expense deduction. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figure the tentative tax on Form 8615, lines 6 through 13. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Line 6 (Parent's Taxable Income) Enter on line 6 the amount from the parent's Form 1040, line 43; Form 1040A, line 27; Form 1040EZ, line 6; Form 1040NR, line 41; or Form 1040NR-EZ, line 14. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the parent's taxable income is zero or less, enter zero on line 6. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Parent files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the parent files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ to claim the foreign earned income exclusion, housing exclusion, or housing deduction, the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet in the Form 1040 instructions is used to figure the parent's tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the amount from line 3 of the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet as the parent's taxable income, on line 6 of Form 8615. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Line 7 (Net Unearned Income of Other Children) If the tax return information of the parent is also used on any other child's Form 8615, enter on line 7 the total of the amounts from line 5 of all the other children's Forms 8615. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Do not include the amount from line 5 of the Form 8615 being completed. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (The term “other child” means any other child whose Form 8615 uses the tax information of the parent identified on Lines A and B of Form 8615. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) Example. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Paul and Jane Persimmon have three children, Sharon, Jerry, and Mike, who must attach Form 8615 to their tax returns. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The children's net unearned income amounts on line 5 of their Forms 8615 are: Sharon—$800 Jerry—$600 Mike—$1,000 Line 7 of Sharon's Form 8615 will show $1,600, the total of the amounts on line 5 of Jerry's and Mike's Forms 8615. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Line 7 of Jerry's Form 8615 will show $1,800 ($800 + $1,000). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Line 7 of Mike's Form 8615 will show $1,400 ($800 + $600). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Other children's information not available. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the net unearned income of the other children is not available when the return is due, either file the return using estimates or get an extension of time to file. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Estimates and extensions are discussed earlier under Providing Parental Information (Form 8615, Lines A–C) . 2010 federal tax form 1040 Line 8 (Parent's Taxable Income Plus Children's Net Unearned Income) Enter on this line the total of lines 5, 6, and 7. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You must determine the amount of net capital gain and qualified dividends included on this line before completing Form 8615, line 9. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Net capital gain. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Net capital gain is the smaller of the gain, if any, on Schedule D (Form 1040), line 15, or the gain, if any, on Schedule D, line 16. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If Schedule D is not required, it is the amount on Form 1040, line 13; Form 1040A, line 10; or Form 1040NR, line 14. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Qualified dividends. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Qualified dividends are those dividends reported on line 9b of Form 1040 or Form 1040A, or line 10b of Form 1040NR. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Net capital gain and qualified dividends on line 8. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If neither the child, nor the parent, nor any other child has net capital gain, the net capital gain on line 8 is zero. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If neither the child, nor the parent, nor any other child has qualified dividends, the amount of qualified dividends on line 8 is zero. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the child, parent, or any other child has net capital gain, figure the amount of net capital gain included on line 8 by adding together the net capital gain amounts included on lines 5, 6, and 7 of Form 8615. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If the child, parent, or any other child has qualified dividends, figure the amount of qualified dividends included on line 8 by adding together the qualified dividend amounts included on lines 5, 6, and 7. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Use the instructions for Form 8615, line 8, including the appropriate Line 5 Worksheet, to find these amounts. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See the instructions for Form 8615 for more details. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Note. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The amount of any net capital gain or qualified dividends is not separately reported on line 8. 2010 federal tax form 1040 It is  needed, however, when figuring the tax on line 9. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Line 9 (Tax on Parent's Taxable Income Plus Children's Net Unearned Income) Figure the tax on the amount on line 8 using the Tax Table, the Tax Computation Worksheet, the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet (in the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040NR instructions), the Schedule D Tax Worksheet (in the Schedule D instructions), or Schedule J (Form 1040), as follows. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If line 8 does not include any net capital gain or qualified dividends, use the Tax Table or Tax Computation Worksheet to figure this tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040 But if Schedule J, Income Averaging for Farmers and Fishermen, is used to figure the tax on the parent's return, use it to figure this tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If line 8 includes any net capital gain or qualified dividends, use the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet to figure this tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040 For details, see the instructions for Form 8615, line 9. 2010 federal tax form 1040 However, if the child, parent, or any other child has 28% rate gain or unrecaptured section 1250 gain, use the Schedule D Tax Worksheet. 2010 federal tax form 1040 But if Schedule J is used to figure the tax on the parent's return, use it to figure this tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. 2010 federal tax form 1040   If line 8 includes any net capital gain or qualified dividends and the child, or any other child filing Form 8615, also files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ, use Using the Schedule D Tax Worksheet for line 9 tax, next, to figure the line 9 tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Using the Schedule D Tax Worksheet for line 9 tax. 2010 federal tax form 1040    Use the Schedule D Tax Worksheet (in the Schedule D instructions) to figure the line 9 tax on Form 8615 if the child, parent, or any other child has unrecaptured section 1250 gain or 28% rate gain. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If you must use the Schedule D Tax Worksheet, first complete any Schedule D and any actual Schedule D Tax Worksheet required for the child, parent, or any other child. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Then figure the line 9 tax using another Schedule D Tax Worksheet. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (Do not attach this Schedule D Tax Worksheet to the child's return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 )   Complete this Schedule D Tax Worksheet as follows. 2010 federal tax form 1040 On line 1, enter the amount from Form 8615, line 8. 2010 federal tax form 1040 On line 2, enter the qualified dividends included on Form 8615, line 8. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (See the earlier discussion for line 8. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) On line 3, enter the total of the amounts, if any, on line 4g of all Forms 4952 filed by the child, parent, or any other child. 2010 federal tax form 1040 On line 4, enter the total of the amounts, if any, on line 4e of all Forms 4952 filed by the child, parent, or any other child. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If applicable, include instead the smaller amount entered on the dotted line next to line 4e. 2010 federal tax form 1040 On lines 5 and 6, follow the worksheet instructions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 On line 7, enter the net capital gain included on Form 8615, line 8. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (See the earlier discussion for line 8. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) On lines 8 through 10, follow the worksheet instructions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 On line 11, enter zero if neither the child, nor the parent, nor any other child has unrecaptured section 1250 gain (Schedule D, line 19) or 28% rate gain (Schedule D, line 18). 2010 federal tax form 1040 Otherwise, enter the amount of unrecaptured section 1250 gain and 28% rate gain included in the net capital gain on line 8 of Form 8615. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Figure these amounts as explained later under Figuring unrecaptured section 1250 gain (line 11) and Figuring 28% rate gain (line 11). 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet was used to figure the parent's tax or the tax of any child, go to step 10 below. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Otherwise, skip steps 10, 11, and 12 below, and go to step 13. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Determine whether there is a line 8 capital gain excess as follows. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Add the amounts on line 2 of all Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheets completed by the parent or any child for whom Form 8615 is filed. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (But for each child do not add more than the excess, if any, of the amount on line 5 of the child's Form 8615 over the child's taxable income on Form 1040, line 43; Form 1040A, line 27; or Form 1040NR, line 41. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) Subtract (a) from the amount on line 1 of this Schedule D Tax Worksheet. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Subtract (b) from the amount on line 10 of this Schedule D Tax Worksheet. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the result is more than zero, that amount is the line 8 capital gain excess. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the result is zero or less, there is no line 8 capital gain excess. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If there is no line 8 capital gain excess, skip step 12 below and go to step 13. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If there is a line 8 capital gain excess, complete a second Schedule D Tax Worksheet as instructed above and in step 13, but in its entirety and with the following additional modifications. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (These modifications are to be made only for purposes of filling out this additional Schedule D Tax Worksheet. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) Reduce the amount you would otherwise enter on line 9 (but not below zero) by the line 8 capital gain excess. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Reduce the amount you would otherwise enter on line 6 (but not below zero) by any of the line 8 capital gain excess not used in (a) above. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the child, parent, or any other child has 28% rate gain, reduce the amount you would otherwise enter on line 8 of Worksheet 1 for Line 11 of the Schedule D Tax Worksheet – 28% Rate Gain (Line 9 Tax), shown later, (but not below zero) by the line 8 capital gain excess, and refigure the amount on line 11 of this Schedule D Tax Worksheet. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If the child, parent, or any other child has unrecaptured section 1250 gain, reduce the amount you would otherwise enter on line 8 of Worksheet 2 for Line 11 of the Schedule D Tax Worksheet – Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain (Line 9 Tax) (but not below zero) by the line 8 capital gain excess not used in 12(c), and refigure the amount on line 11 of this Schedule D Tax Worksheet. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Complete lines 12 through 45 following the worksheet instructions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Use the parent's filing status to complete lines 15, 42, and 44. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Enter the amount from line 45 of this Schedule D Tax Worksheet on Form 8615, line 9, and check the box on that line
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An offer in compromise allows you to settle your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe. It may be a legitimate option if you can't pay your full tax liability, or doing so creates a financial hardship. We consider your unique set of facts and circumstances:

  • Ability to pay;
  • Income;
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  • Asset equity.

We generally approve an offer in compromise when the amount offered represents the most we can expect to collect within a reasonable period of time. Explore all other payment options before submitting an offer in compromise. The Offer in Compromise program is not for everyone. If you hire a tax professional to help you file an offer, be sure to check his or her qualifications.

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Before we can consider your offer, you must be current with all filing and payment requirements. You are not eligible if you are in an open bankruptcy proceeding. Use the Offer in Compromise Pre-Qualifier to confirm your eligibility and prepare a preliminary proposal.

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You'll find step-by-step instructions and all the forms for submitting an offer in the Offer in Compromise Booklet, Form 656-B (PDF).  Your completed offer package will include:

  • Form 433-A (OIC) (individuals) or 433-B (OIC) (businesses) and all required documentation as specified on the forms;
  • Form 656(s) - individual and business tax debt (Corporation/ LLC/ Partnership) must be submitted on separate Form 656;
  • $186 application fee (non-refundable); and
  • Initial payment (non-refundable) for each Form 656.

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Your initial payment will vary based on your offer and the payment option you choose:

  • Lump Sum Cash: Submit an initial payment of 20 percent of the total offer amount with your application. Wait for written acceptance, then pay the remaining balance of the offer in five or fewer payments.
  • Periodic Payment: Submit your initial payment with your application. Continue to pay the remaining balance in monthly installments while the IRS considers your offer. If accepted, continue to pay monthly until it is paid in full.

If you meet the Low Income Certification guidelines, you do not have to send the application fee or the initial payment and you will not need to make monthly installments during the evaluation of your offer. See your application package for details.

Understand the process

While your offer is being evaluated:

  • Your non-refundable payments and fees will be applied to the tax liability (you may designate payments to a specific tax year and tax debt);
  • A Notice of Federal Tax Lien may be filed;
  • Other collection activities are suspended;
  • The legal assessment and collection period is extended;
  • Make all required payments associated with your offer;
  • You are not required to make payments on an existing installment agreement; and
  • Your offer is automatically accepted if the IRS does not make a determination within two years of the IRS receipt date.
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  • You must meet all the Offer Terms listed in Section 8 of Form 656, including filing all required tax returns and making all payments;
  • Any refunds due within the calendar year in which your offer is accepted will be applied to your tax debt;
  • Federal tax liens are not released until your offer terms are satisfied; and
  • Certain offer information is available for public review at designated IRS offices.
 
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The 2010 Federal Tax Form 1040

2010 federal tax form 1040 Publication 3 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Tax questions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Useful Items - You may want to see: What's New Earned income credit. 2010 federal tax form 1040  The maximum income you can earn and still claim the earned income credit has increased. 2010 federal tax form 1040 You may be able to take the earned income credit if you earned less than $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) if you have three or more qualifying children; $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) if you have two qualifying children; $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child; and $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) if you do not have any qualifying children. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Earned Income Credit , later, under Credits. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Standard mileage rate. 2010 federal tax form 1040  The standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car for business use in 2013 is 56. 2010 federal tax form 1040 5 cents a mile. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The standard mileage rate for operating your car during 2013 to get medical care or to move is 24 cents a mile. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The standard mileage rate for charitable use of your vehicle is 14 cents a mile. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Filing status for same-sex married couples. 2010 federal tax form 1040  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. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Filing Returns , later. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Reminders Change of address. 2010 federal tax form 1040  If you change your mailing address, be sure to notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) using Form 8822, Change of Address. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Mail it to the Internal Revenue Service Center for your old address. 2010 federal tax form 1040 (Addresses for the Service Centers are on the back of the form. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ) Use Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party—Business, if you are changing a business address. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Third party designee. 2010 federal tax form 1040  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, a family member, or any other person you choose. 2010 federal tax form 1040 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 tax return. 2010 federal tax form 1040 It also allows your designee to perform certain actions. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See your income tax instructions for details. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Future developments. 2010 federal tax form 1040  For the latest information about developments related to Publication 3, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. 2010 federal tax form 1040 irs. 2010 federal tax form 1040 gov/pub3. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Photographs of missing children. 2010 federal tax form 1040  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. 2010 federal tax form 1040 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. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Introduction This publication covers the special tax situations of active members of the U. 2010 federal tax form 1040 S. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Armed Forces. 2010 federal tax form 1040 It does not cover military pensions or veterans' benefits or give the basic tax rules that apply to all taxpayers. 2010 federal tax form 1040 For information on military pensions or veterans' benefits, see Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income. 2010 federal tax form 1040 If you need the basic tax rules or information on another subject not covered here, you can check our other free publications. 2010 federal tax form 1040 See Publication 910, IRS Guide to Free Tax Services, for a list and descriptions of the different tax publications. 2010 federal tax form 1040 For federal tax purposes, the U. 2010 federal tax form 1040 S. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Armed Forces includes commissioned officers, warrant officers, and enlisted personnel in all regular and reserve units under control of the Secretaries of the Defense, Army, Navy, and Air Force. 2010 federal tax form 1040 The U. 2010 federal tax form 1040 S. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Armed Forces also includes the Coast Guard. 2010 federal tax form 1040 It does not include the U. 2010 federal tax form 1040 S. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Members serving in an area designated or treated as a combat zone are granted special tax benefits. 2010 federal tax form 1040 In the event an area ceases to be a combat zone, the IRS will do its best to notify you. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Many of the relief provisions will end at that time. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Comments and suggestions. 2010 federal tax form 1040   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 2010 federal tax form 1040   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. 2010 federal tax form 1040 NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 2010 federal tax form 1040   You can send your comments from www. 2010 federal tax form 1040 irs. 2010 federal tax form 1040 gov/formspubs. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. 2010 federal tax form 1040 ”   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. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Ordering forms and publications. 2010 federal tax form 1040   Visit www. 2010 federal tax form 1040 irs. 2010 federal tax form 1040 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 days after your request is received. 2010 federal tax form 1040 Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 2010 federal tax form 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