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Amend irs return Publication 555 - Main Content Table of Contents Domicile Community or Separate Property and Income Identifying Income, Deductions, and CreditsIncome Exemptions Deductions Credits, Taxes, and Payments Community Property Laws DisregardedRequesting relief. Amend irs return Equitable relief. Amend irs return Earned income. Amend irs return Trade or business income. Amend irs return Partnership income or loss. Amend irs return Separate property income. Amend irs return Social security benefits. Amend irs return Other income. Amend irs return End of the Community Preparing a Federal Income Tax ReturnJoint Return Versus Separate Returns Separate Return Preparation How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Domicile Whether you have community property and community income depends on the state where you are domiciled. Amend irs return If you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) have different domiciles, check the laws of each to see whether you have community property or community income. Amend irs return You have only one domicile even if you have more than one home. Amend irs return Your domicile is a permanent legal home that you intend to use for an indefinite or unlimited period, and to which, when absent, you intend to return. Amend irs return The question of your domicile is mainly a matter of your intention as indicated by your actions. Amend irs return You must be able to show that you intend a given place or state to be your permanent home. Amend irs return If you move into or out of a community property state during the year, you may or may not have community income. Amend irs return Factors considered in determining domicile include: Where you pay state income tax, Where you vote, Location of property you own, Your citizenship, Length of residence, and Business and social ties to the community. Amend irs return Amount of time spent. Amend irs return    The amount of time spent in one place does not always explain the difference between home and domicile. Amend irs return A temporary home or residence may continue for months or years while a domicile may be established the first moment you occupy the property. Amend irs return Your intent is the determining factor in proving where you have your domicile. Amend irs return    Note. Amend irs return When this publication refers to where you live, it means your domicile. Amend irs return Community or Separate Property and Income If you file a federal tax return separately from your spouse, you must report half of all community income and all of your separate income. Amend irs return Likewise, a registered domestic partner must report half of all community income and all of his or her separate income on his or her federal tax return. Amend irs return You each must attach your Form 8958 to your Form 1040 showing how you figured the amount you are reporting on your return. Amend irs return Generally, the laws of the state in which you are domiciled govern whether you have community property and community income or separate property and separate income for federal tax purposes. Amend irs return The following is a summary of the general rules. Amend irs return These rules are also shown in Table 1. Amend irs return Community property. Amend irs return    Generally, community property is property: That you, your spouse (or your registered domestic partner), or both acquire during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership) while you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) are domiciled in a community property state. Amend irs return That you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) agreed to convert from separate to community property. Amend irs return That cannot be identified as separate property. Amend irs return Community income. Amend irs return    Generally, community income is income from: Community property. Amend irs return Salaries, wages, and other pay received for the services performed by you, your spouse (or your registered domestic partner), or both during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership) while domiciled in a community property state. Amend irs return Real estate that is treated as community property under the laws of the state where the property is located. Amend irs return Note Separate property. Amend irs return    Generally, separate property is: Property that you or your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) owned separately before your marriage (or registered domestic partnership). Amend irs return Money earned while domiciled in a noncommunity property state. Amend irs return Property that you or your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) received separately as a gift or inheritance during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership). Amend irs return Property that you or your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) bought with separate funds, or acquired in exchange for separate property, during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership). Amend irs return Property that you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) converted from community property to separate property through an agreement valid under state law. Amend irs return The part of property bought with separate funds, if part was bought with community funds and part with separate funds. Amend irs return Separate income. Amend irs return    Generally, income from separate property is the separate income of the spouse (or the registered domestic partner) who owns the property. Amend irs return    In Idaho, Louisiana, Texas, and Wisconsin, income from most separate property is community income. Amend irs return Table 1. Amend irs return General Rules — Property and Income: Community or Separate? Community property is property: That you, your spouse (or your registered domestic partner), or both acquire during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership) while you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) are domiciled in a community property state. Amend irs return (Includes the part of property bought with community property funds if part was bought with community funds and part with separate funds. Amend irs return ) That you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) agreed to convert from separate to community property. Amend irs return That cannot be identified as separate property. Amend irs return Separate property is: Property that you or your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) owned separately before your marriage (or registered domestic partnership). Amend irs return Money earned while domiciled in a noncommunity property state. Amend irs return Property either of you received as a gift or inherited separately during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership). Amend irs return Property bought with separate funds, or exchanged for separate property, during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership). Amend irs return Property that you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) agreed to convert from community to separate property through an agreement valid under state law. Amend irs return The part of property bought with separate funds, if part was bought with community funds and part with separate funds. Amend irs return Community income 1,2,3 is income from: Community property. Amend irs return Salaries, wages, or pay for services of you, your spouse (or your registered domestic partner), or both during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership) while domiciled in a community property state. Amend irs return Real estate that is treated as community property under the laws of the state where the property is located. Amend irs return Separate income 1,2 is income from: Separate property which belongs to the spouse (or registered domestic partner) who owns the property. Amend irs return 1In Idaho, Louisiana, Texas, and Wisconsin, income from most separate property is community income. Amend irs return 2Check your state law if you are separated but do not meet the conditions discussed in Spouses living apart all year , later. Amend irs return In some states, the income you earn after you are separated and before a divorce decree is issued continues to be community income. Amend irs return In other states, it is separate income. Amend irs return 3Under special rules, income that can otherwise be characterized as community income may not be treated as community income for federal income tax purposes in certain situations. Amend irs return See Community Property Laws Disregarded , later. Amend irs return Identifying Income, Deductions, and Credits If you file separate returns, you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) each must attach your Form 8958 to your Form 1040 to identify your community and separate income, deductions, credits, and other return amounts according to the laws of your state. Amend irs return Under special rules, income that can otherwise be characterized as community income may not be treated as community income for federal income tax purposes in certain situations. Amend irs return See Community Property Laws Disregarded, later. Amend irs return Check your state law if you are separated but do not meet the conditions discussed in Spouses living apart all year, later. Amend irs return In some states, the income you earn after you are separated and before a divorce decree is issued continues to be community income. Amend irs return In other states, it is separate income. Amend irs return Income The following is a discussion of the general effect of community property laws on the federal income tax treatment of certain items of income. Amend irs return Wages, earnings, and profits. Amend irs return    A spouse's (or your registered domestic partner's) wages, earnings, and net profits from a sole proprietorship are community income and must be evenly split. Amend irs return Dividends, interest, and rents. Amend irs return    Dividends, interest, and rents from community property are community income and must be evenly split. Amend irs return Dividends, interest, and rents from separate property are characterized in accordance with the discussion under Income from separate property , later. Amend irs return Example. Amend irs return If you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) buy a bond that is considered community property under your state laws, half the bond interest belongs to you and half belongs to your spouse. Amend irs return You each must show the bond interest and the split of that interest on your Form 8958, and report half the interest on your Form 1040. Amend irs return Attach your Form 8958 to your Form 1040. Amend irs return Alimony received. Amend irs return    Alimony or separate maintenance payments made prior to divorce are taxable to the payee spouse only to the extent they exceed 50% (his or her share) of the reportable community income. Amend irs return This is so because the payee spouse is already required to report half of the community income. Amend irs return See also Alimony paid , later. Amend irs return Gains and losses. Amend irs return    Gains and losses are classified as separate or community depending on how the property is held. Amend irs return For example, a loss on separate property, such as stock held separately, is a separate loss. Amend irs return On the other hand, a loss on community property, such as a casualty loss to your home held as community property, is a community loss. Amend irs return See Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets, for information on gains and losses. Amend irs return See Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts, for information on losses due to a casualty or theft. Amend irs return Withdrawals from individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs). Amend irs return    There are several kinds of individual retirement arrangements (IRAs). Amend irs return They are traditional IRAs (including SEP-IRAs), SIMPLE IRAs, and Roth IRAs. Amend irs return IRAs and ESAs by law are deemed to be separate property. Amend irs return Therefore, taxable IRA and ESA distributions are separate property, even if the funds in the account would otherwise be community property. Amend irs return These distributions are wholly taxable to the spouse (or registered domestic partner) whose name is on the account. Amend irs return That spouse (or registered domestic partner) is also liable for any penalties and additional taxes on the distributions. Amend irs return Pensions. Amend irs return    Generally, distributions from pensions will be characterized as community or separate income depending on the respective periods of participation in the pension while married (or during the registered domestic partnership) and domiciled in a community property state or in a noncommunity property state during the total period of participation in the pension. Amend irs return See the example under Civil service retirement , later. Amend irs return These rules may vary between states. Amend irs return Check your state law. Amend irs return Lump-sum distributions. Amend irs return    If you were born before January 2, 1936, and receive a lump-sum distribution from a qualified retirement plan, you may be able to choose an optional method of figuring the tax on the distribution. Amend irs return For the 10-year tax option, you must disregard community property laws. Amend irs return For more information, see Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income, and Form 4972, Tax on Lump-Sum Distributions. Amend irs return Civil service retirement. Amend irs return    For income tax purposes, community property laws apply to annuities payable under the Civil Service Retirement Act (CSRS) or Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS). Amend irs return   Whether a civil service annuity is separate or community income depends on your marital status (or your status as a registered domestic partner) and domicile of the employee when the services were performed for which the annuity is paid. Amend irs return Even if you now live in a noncommunity property state and you receive a civil service annuity, it may be community income if it is based on services you performed while married (or during the registered domestic partnership) and domiciled in a community property state. Amend irs return   If a civil service annuity is a mixture of community income and separate income, it must be divided between the two kinds of income. Amend irs return The division is based on the employee's domicile and marital status (or registered domestic partnership) in community and noncommunity property states during his or her periods of service. Amend irs return Example. Amend irs return Henry Wright retired this year after 30 years of civil service. Amend irs return He and his wife were domiciled in a community property state during the past 15 years. Amend irs return Since half the service was performed while the Wrights were married and domiciled in a community property state, half the civil service retirement pay is considered to be community income. Amend irs return If Mr. Amend irs return Wright receives $1,000 a month in retirement pay, $500 is considered community income—half ($250) is his income and half ($250) is his wife's. Amend irs return Military retirement pay. Amend irs return    State community property laws apply to military retirement pay. Amend irs return Generally, the pay is either separate or community income based on the marital status and domicile of the couple while the member of the Armed Forces was in active military service. Amend irs return For example, military retirement pay for services performed during marriage and domicile in a community property state is community income. Amend irs return   Active military pay earned while married and domiciled in a community property state is also community income. Amend irs return This income is considered to be received half by the member of the Armed Forces and half by the spouse. Amend irs return Partnership income. Amend irs return    If an interest is held in a partnership, and income from the partnership is attributable to the efforts of either spouse (or registered domestic partner), the partnership income is community property. Amend irs return If it is merely a passive investment in a separate property partnership, the partnership income will be characterized in accordance with the discussion under Income from separate property , later. Amend irs return Tax-exempt income. Amend irs return    For spouses, community income exempt from federal tax generally keeps its exempt status for both spouses. Amend irs return For example, under certain circumstances, income earned outside the United States is tax exempt. Amend irs return If you earned income and met the conditions that made it exempt, the income is also exempt for your spouse even though he or she may not have met the conditions. Amend irs return Registered domestic partners should consult the particular exclusion provision to see if the exempt status applies to both. Amend irs return Income from separate property. Amend irs return    In some states, income from separate property is separate income. Amend irs return These states include Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Washington. Amend irs return Other states characterize income from separate property as community income. Amend irs return These states include Idaho, Louisiana, Texas, and Wisconsin. Amend irs return Exemptions When you file separate returns, you must claim your own exemption amount for that year. Amend irs return (See your tax return instructions. Amend irs return ) You cannot divide the amount allowed as an exemption for a dependent between you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner). Amend irs return When community funds provide support for more than one person, each of whom otherwise qualifies as a dependent, you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) may divide the number of dependency exemptions as explained in the following example. Amend irs return Example. Amend irs return Ron and Diane White have three dependent children and live in Nevada. Amend irs return If Ron and Diane file separately, only Ron can claim his own exemption, and only Diane can claim her own exemption. Amend irs return Ron and Diane can agree that one of them will claim the exemption for one, two, or all of their children and the other will claim any remaining exemptions. Amend irs return They cannot each claim half of the total exemption amount for their three children. Amend irs return Deductions If you file separate returns, your deductions generally depend on whether the expenses involve community or separate income. Amend irs return Business and investment expenses. Amend irs return    If you file separate returns, expenses incurred to earn or produce community business or investment income are generally divided equally between you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner). Amend irs return Each of you is entitled to deduct one-half of the expenses on your separate returns. Amend irs return Expenses incurred by a spouse (or registered domestic partner) to produce separate business or investment income is deductible by the spouse (or the registered domestic partner) who earns the corresponding separate business or investment income. Amend irs return    Other limits may also apply to business and investment expenses. Amend irs return For more information, see Publication 535, Business Expenses, and Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. Amend irs return Alimony paid. Amend irs return    Payments that may otherwise qualify as alimony are not deductible by the payer if they are the recipient spouse's part of community income. Amend irs return They are deductible as alimony only to the extent they are more than that spouse's part of community income. Amend irs return Example. Amend irs return You live in a community property state. Amend irs return You are separated but the special rules explained later under Spouses living apart all year do not apply. Amend irs return Under a written agreement, you pay your spouse $12,000 of your $20,000 total yearly community income. Amend irs return Your spouse receives no other community income. Amend irs return Under your state law, earnings of a spouse living separately and apart from the other spouse continue as community property. Amend irs return On your separate returns, each of you must report $10,000 of the total community income. Amend irs return In addition, your spouse must report $2,000 as alimony received. Amend irs return You can deduct $2,000 as alimony paid. Amend irs return IRA deduction. Amend irs return    Deductions for IRA contributions cannot be split between spouses (or registered domestic partners). Amend irs return The deduction for each spouse (or each registered domestic partner) is figured separately and without regard to community property laws. Amend irs return Personal expenses. Amend irs return   Expenses that are paid out of separate funds, such as medical expenses, are deductible by the spouse who pays them. Amend irs return If these expenses are paid from community funds, divide the deduction equally between you and your spouse. Amend irs return Credits, Taxes, and Payments The following is a discussion of the general effect of community property laws on the treatment of certain credits, taxes, and payments on your separate return. Amend irs return Child tax credit. Amend irs return    You may be entitled to a child tax credit for each of your qualifying children. Amend irs return You must provide the name and identification number (usually the social security number) of each qualifying child on your return. Amend irs return See your tax return instructions for the maximum amount of the credit you can claim for each qualifying child. Amend irs return Limit on credit. Amend irs return    The credit is limited if your modified adjusted gross income (modified AGI) is above a certain amount. Amend irs return The amount at which the limitation (phaseout) begins depends on your filing status. Amend irs return Generally, your credit is limited to your tax liability unless you have three or more qualifying children. Amend irs return See your tax return instructions for more information. Amend irs return Self-employment tax. Amend irs return    For the effect of community property laws on the income tax treatment of income from a sole proprietorship and partnerships, see Wages, earnings, and profits and Partnership income , earlier. Amend irs return The following rules only apply to persons married for federal tax purposes. Amend irs return Registered domestic partners report community income for self-employment tax purposes the same way they do for income tax purposes. Amend irs return Sole proprietorship. Amend irs return    With regard to net income from a trade or business (other than a partnership) that is community income, self-employment tax is imposed on the spouse carrying on the trade or business. Amend irs return Partnerships. Amend irs return    All of the distributive share of a married partner's income or loss from a partnership trade or business is attributable to the partner for computing any self-employment tax, even if a portion of the partner's distributive share of income or loss is community income or loss that is otherwise attributable to the partner's spouse for income tax purposes. Amend irs return If both spouses are partners, any self-employment tax is allocated based on their distributive shares. Amend irs return Federal income tax withheld. Amend irs return    Report the credit for federal income tax withheld on community wages in the same manner as your wages. Amend irs return If you and your spouse file separate returns on which each of you reports half the community wages, each of you is entitled to credit for half the income tax withheld on those wages. Amend irs return Likewise, each registered domestic partner is entitled to credit for half the income tax withheld on those wages. Amend irs return Estimated tax payments. Amend irs return    In determining whether you must pay estimated tax, apply the estimated tax rules to your estimated income. Amend irs return These rules are explained in Publication 505. Amend irs return   If you think you may owe estimated tax and want to pay the tax separately (registered domestic partners must pay the tax separately), determine whether you must pay it by taking into account: Half the community income and deductions, All of your separate income and deductions, and Your own exemption and any exemptions for dependents that you may claim. Amend irs return   Whether you and your spouse pay estimated tax jointly or separately will not affect your choice of filing joint or separate income tax returns. Amend irs return   If you and your spouse paid estimated tax jointly but file separate income tax returns, either of you can claim all of the estimated tax paid, or you may divide it between you in any way that you agree upon. Amend irs return   If you cannot agree on how to divide it, the estimated tax you can claim equals the total estimated tax paid times the tax shown on your separate return, divided by the total of the tax shown on your return and your spouse's return. Amend irs return   If you paid your estimated taxes separately, you get credit for only the estimated taxes you paid. Amend irs return Earned income credit. Amend irs return    You may be entitled to an earned income credit (EIC). Amend irs return You cannot claim this credit if your filing status is married filing separately. Amend irs return   If you are married, but qualify to file as head of household under rules for married taxpayers living apart (see Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information), and live in a state that has community property laws, your earned income for the EIC does not include any amount earned by your spouse that is treated as belonging to you under community property laws. Amend irs return That amount is not earned income for the EIC, even though you must include it in your gross income on your income tax return. Amend irs return Your earned income includes the entire amount you earned, even if part of it is treated as belonging to your spouse under your state's community property laws. Amend irs return The same rule applies to registered domestic partners. Amend irs return    This rule does not apply when determining your adjusted gross income (AGI) for the EIC. Amend irs return Your AGI includes that part of both your and your spouse's (or your registered domestic partner's) wages that you are required to include in gross income shown on your tax return. Amend irs return   For more information about the EIC, see Publication 596, Earned Income Credit (EIC). Amend irs return Overpayments. Amend irs return    The amount of an overpayment on a joint return is allocated under the community property laws of the state in which you are domiciled. Amend irs return If, under the laws of your state, community property is subject to premarital or other separate debts of either spouse, the full joint overpayment may be used to offset the obligation. Amend irs return If, under the laws of your state, community property is not subject to premarital or other separate debts of either spouse, only the portion of the joint overpayment allocated to the spouse liable for the obligation can be used to offset that liability. Amend irs return The portion allocated to the other spouse can be refunded. Amend irs return Community Property Laws Disregarded The following discussions are situations where special rules apply to community property and community income for spouses. Amend irs return These rules do not apply to registered domestic partners. Amend irs return Certain community income not treated as community income by one spouse. Amend irs return    Community property laws may not apply to an item of community income that you received but did not treat as community income. Amend irs return You are responsible for reporting all of that income item if: You treat the item as if only you are entitled to the income, and You do not notify your spouse of the nature and amount of the income by the due date for filing the return (including extensions). Amend irs return Relief from liability arising from community property law. Amend irs return    You are not responsible for the tax relating to an item of community income if all the following conditions are met. Amend irs return You did not file a joint return for the tax year. Amend irs return You did not include an item of community income in gross income. Amend irs return The item of community income you did not include is one of the following: Wages, salaries, and other compensation your spouse (or former spouse) received for services he or she performed as an employee. Amend irs return Income your spouse (or former spouse) derived from a trade or business he or she operated as a sole proprietor. Amend irs return Your spouse's (or former spouse's) distributive share of partnership income. Amend irs return Income from your spouse's (or former spouse's) separate property (other than income described in (a), (b), or (c)). Amend irs return Use the appropriate community property law to determine what is separate property. Amend irs return Any other income that belongs to your spouse (or former spouse) under community property law. Amend irs return You establish that you did not know of, and had no reason to know of, that community income. Amend irs return Under all facts and circumstances, it would not be fair to include the item of community income in your gross income. Amend irs return Requesting relief. Amend irs return    For information on how and when to request relief from liabilities arising from community property laws, see Community Property Laws in Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief. Amend irs return Equitable relief. Amend irs return    If you do not qualify for the relief discussed earlier under Relief from liability arising from community property law and are now liable for an underpaid or understated tax you believe should be paid only by your spouse (or former spouse), you may request equitable relief. Amend irs return To request equitable relief, you must file Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief. Amend irs return Also see Publication 971. Amend irs return Spousal agreements. Amend irs return    In some states a married couple may enter into an agreement that affects the status of property or income as community or separate property. Amend irs return Check your state law to determine how it affects you. Amend irs return Nonresident alien spouse. Amend irs return    If you are a U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return citizen or resident alien and you choose to treat your nonresident alien spouse as a U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return resident for tax purposes and you are domiciled in a community property state or country, use the community property rules. Amend irs return You must file a joint return for the year you make the choice. Amend irs return You can file separate returns in later years. Amend irs return For details on making this choice, see Publication 519, U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return Tax Guide for Aliens. Amend irs return   If you are a U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return citizen or resident alien and do not choose to treat your nonresident alien spouse as a U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return resident for tax purposes, treat your community income as explained next under Spouses living apart all year. Amend irs return However, you do not have to meet the four conditions discussed there. Amend irs return Spouses living apart all year. Amend irs return    If you are married at any time during the calendar year, special rules apply for reporting certain community income. Amend irs return You must meet all the following conditions for these special rules to apply. Amend irs return You and your spouse lived apart all year. Amend irs return You and your spouse did not file a joint return for a tax year beginning or ending in the calendar year. Amend irs return You and/or your spouse had earned income for the calendar year that is community income. Amend irs return You and your spouse have not transferred, directly or indirectly, any of the earned income in condition (3) above between yourselves before the end of the year. Amend irs return Do not take into account transfers satisfying child support obligations or transfers of very small amounts or value. Amend irs return If all these conditions are met, you and your spouse must report your community income as discussed next. Amend irs return See also Certain community income not treated as community income by one spouse , earlier. Amend irs return Earned income. Amend irs return    Treat earned income that is not trade or business or partnership income as the income of the spouse who performed the services to earn the income. Amend irs return Earned income is wages, salaries, professional fees, and other pay for personal services. Amend irs return   Earned income does not include amounts paid by a corporation that are a distribution of earnings and profits rather than a reasonable allowance for personal services rendered. Amend irs return Trade or business income. Amend irs return    Treat income and related deductions from a trade or business that is not a partnership as those of the spouse carrying on the trade or business. Amend irs return Partnership income or loss. Amend irs return    Treat income or loss from a trade or business carried on by a partnership as the income or loss of the spouse who is the partner. Amend irs return Separate property income. Amend irs return    Treat income from the separate property of one spouse as the income of that spouse. Amend irs return Social security benefits. Amend irs return    Treat social security and equivalent railroad retirement benefits as the income of the spouse who receives the benefits. Amend irs return Other income. Amend irs return    Treat all other community income, such as dividends, interest, rents, royalties, or gains, as provided under your state's community property law. Amend irs return Example. Amend irs return George and Sharon were married throughout the year but did not live together at any time during the year. Amend irs return Both domiciles were in a community property state. Amend irs return They did not file a joint return or transfer any of their earned income between themselves. Amend irs return During the year their incomes were as follows:   George Sharon Wages $20,000 $22,000 Consulting business 5,000   Partnership   10,000 Dividends from separate property 1,000 2,000 Interest from community property 500 500 Total $26,500 $34,500 Under the community property law of their state, all the income is considered community income. Amend irs return (Some states treat income from separate property as separate income—check your state law. Amend irs return ) Sharon did not take part in George's consulting business. Amend irs return Ordinarily, on their separate returns they would each report $30,500, half the total community income of $61,000 ($26,500 + $34,500). Amend irs return But because they meet the four conditions listed earlier under Spouses living apart all year , they must disregard community property law in reporting all their income (except the interest income) from community property. Amend irs return They each report on their returns only their own earnings and other income, and their share of the interest income from community property. Amend irs return George reports $26,500 and Sharon reports $34,500. Amend irs return Other separated spouses. Amend irs return    If you and your spouse are separated but do not meet the four conditions discussed earlier under Spouses living apart all year , you must treat your income according to the laws of your state. Amend irs return In some states, income earned after separation but before a decree of divorce continues to be community income. Amend irs return In other states, it is separate income. Amend irs return End of the Community The marital community may end in several ways. Amend irs return When the marital community ends, the community assets (money and property) are divided between the spouses. Amend irs return Similarly, a registered domestic partnership may end in several ways and the community assets must be divided between the registered domestic partners. Amend irs return Death of spouse. Amend irs return    If you own community property and your spouse dies, the total fair market value (FMV) of the community property, including the part that belongs to you, generally becomes the basis of the entire property. Amend irs return For this rule to apply, at least half the value of the community property interest must be includible in your spouse's gross estate, whether or not the estate must file a return (this rule does not apply to registered domestic partners). Amend irs return Example. Amend irs return Bob and Ann owned community property that had a basis of $80,000. Amend irs return When Bob died, his and Ann's community property had an FMV of $100,000. Amend irs return One-half of the FMV of their community interest was includible in Bob's estate. Amend irs return The basis of Ann's half of the property is $50,000 after Bob died (half of the $100,000 FMV). Amend irs return The basis of the other half to Bob's heirs is also $50,000. Amend irs return   For more information about the basis of assets, see Publication 551, Basis of Assets. Amend irs return    The above basis rule does not apply if your spouse died in 2010 and the spouse's executor elected out of the estate tax, in which case section 1022 will apply. Amend irs return See Publication 4895, Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decedent Dying in 2010, for additional information. Amend irs return Divorce or separation. Amend irs return    If spouses divorce or separate, the (equal or unequal) division of community property in connection with the divorce or property settlement does not result in a gain or loss. Amend irs return For registered domestic partners, an unequal division of community property in a property settlement may result in a gain or loss. Amend irs return For information on the tax consequences of the division of property under a property settlement or divorce decree, see Publication 504. Amend irs return   Each spouse (or each registered domestic partner) is taxed on half the community income for the part of the year before the community ends. Amend irs return However, see Spouses living apart all year , earlier. Amend irs return Any income received after the community ends is separate income. Amend irs return This separate income is taxable only to the spouse (or the registered domestic partner) to whom it belongs. Amend irs return   An absolute decree of divorce or annulment ends the marital community in all community property states. Amend irs return A decree of annulment, even though it holds that no valid marriage ever existed, usually does not nullify community property rights arising during the “marriage. Amend irs return ” However, you should check your state law for exceptions. Amend irs return   A decree of legal separation or of separate maintenance may or may not end the marital community. Amend irs return The court issuing the decree may terminate the marital community and divide the property between the spouses. Amend irs return   A separation agreement may divide the community property between you and your spouse. Amend irs return It may provide that this property, along with future earnings and property acquired, will be separate property. Amend irs return This agreement may end the community. Amend irs return   In some states, the marital community ends when the spouses permanently separate, even if there is no formal agreement. Amend irs return Check your state law. Amend irs return   If you are a registered domestic partner, you should check your state law to determine when the community ends. Amend irs return Preparing a Federal Income Tax Return The following discussion does not apply to spouses who meet the conditions under Spouses living apart all year , discussed earlier. Amend irs return Those spouses must report their community income as explained in that discussion. Amend irs return Joint Return Versus Separate Returns Ordinarily, filing a joint return will give you a greater tax advantage than filing a separate return. Amend irs return But in some cases, your combined income tax on separate returns may be less than it would be on a joint return. Amend irs return This discussion concerning joint versus separate returns does not apply to registered domestic partners. Amend irs return The following rules apply if your filing status is married filing separately. Amend irs return You should itemize deductions if your spouse itemizes deductions, because you cannot claim the standard deduction. Amend irs return You cannot take the credit for child and dependent care expenses in most instances. Amend irs return You cannot take the earned income credit. Amend irs return You cannot exclude any interest income from qualified U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return savings bonds that you used for higher education expenses. Amend irs return You cannot take the credit for the elderly or the disabled unless you lived apart from your spouse all year. Amend irs return You may have to include in income more of any social security benefits (including any equivalent railroad retirement benefits) you received during the year than you would on a joint return. Amend irs return You cannot deduct interest paid on a qualified student loan. Amend irs return You cannot take the education credits. Amend irs return You may have a smaller child tax credit than you would on a joint return. Amend irs return You cannot take the exclusion or credit for adoption expenses in most instances. Amend irs return Figure your tax both on a joint return and on separate returns under the community property laws of your state. Amend irs return You can then compare the tax figured under both methods and use the one that results in less tax. Amend irs return Separate Return Preparation If you file separate returns, you and your spouse must each report half of your combined community income and deductions in addition to your separate income and deductions. Amend irs return Each of you must complete and attach Form 8958 to your Form 1040 showing how you figured the amount you are reporting on your return. Amend irs return On the appropriate lines of your separate Form 1040, list only your share of the income and deductions on the appropriate lines of your separate tax returns (wages, interest, dividends, etc. Amend irs return ). Amend irs return The same reporting rule applies to registered domestic partners. Amend irs return For a discussion of the effect of community property laws on certain items of income, deductions, credits, and other return amounts, see Identifying Income, Deductions, and Credits , earlier. Amend irs return Attach your Form 8958 to your separate return showing how you figured the income, deductions, and federal income tax withheld that each of you reported. Amend irs return Form 8958 is used for married spouses in community property states who choose to file married filing separately. Amend irs return Form 8958 is also used for registered domestic partners who are domiciled in Nevada, Washington, or California. Amend irs return A registered domestic partner in Nevada, Washington, or California must follow state community property laws and report half the combined community income of the individual and his or her registered domestic partner. Amend irs return Extension of time to file. Amend irs return    An extension of time for filing your separate return does not extend the time for filing your spouse's (or your registered domestic partner's) separate return. Amend irs return If you and your spouse file a joint return, you cannot file separate returns after the due date for filing either separate return has passed. Amend irs return How To Get Tax Help Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. Amend irs return Free help with your tax return. Amend irs return    You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Amend irs return The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Amend irs return The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Amend irs return Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Amend irs return In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Amend irs return To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Amend irs return gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Amend irs return   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Amend irs return To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Amend irs return aarp. Amend irs return org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Amend irs return For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Amend irs return gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Amend irs return Internet. Amend irs return    IRS. Amend irs return gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Amend irs return Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Amend irs return Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Amend irs return Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. Amend irs return gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. Amend irs return The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Amend irs return Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. Amend irs return You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Amend irs return The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Amend irs return Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Amend irs return No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Amend irs return The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. Amend irs return When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Amend irs return New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Amend irs return  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Amend irs return gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Amend irs return You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Amend irs return The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Amend irs return When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. Amend irs return Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. Amend irs return You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. Amend irs return Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. Amend irs return gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Amend irs return Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. Amend irs return Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. Amend irs return Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. Amend irs return If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. Amend irs return Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. Amend irs return gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. Amend irs return You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Amend irs return It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Amend irs return Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. Amend irs return gov. Amend irs return Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. Amend irs return gov for more information. Amend irs return Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Amend irs return Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Amend irs return gov. Amend irs return Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. Amend irs return Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Amend irs return gov. Amend irs return Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Amend irs return gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Amend irs return Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Amend irs return Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Amend irs return gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Amend irs return An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Amend irs return Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Amend irs return gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Amend irs return If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Amend irs return Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Amend irs return Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Amend irs return Go to IRS. Amend irs return gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Amend irs return Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Amend irs return Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Amend irs return Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Amend irs return Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Amend irs return gov and choose from a variety of options. Amend irs return    Phone. Amend irs return You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Amend irs return Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Amend irs return Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Amend irs return gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Amend irs return Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Amend irs return The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Amend irs return Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Amend irs return Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Amend irs return Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Amend irs return Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. Amend irs return If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Amend irs return The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Amend irs return Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Amend irs return Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Amend irs return The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Amend irs return Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Amend irs return Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. Amend irs return Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Amend irs return You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Amend irs return It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Amend irs return Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Amend irs return You should receive your order within 10 business days. Amend irs return Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Amend irs return If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. Amend irs return Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Amend irs return The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Amend irs return These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Amend irs return    Walk-in. Amend irs return You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Amend irs return Products. Amend irs return You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Amend irs return Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Amend irs return Services. Amend irs return You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Amend irs return An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Amend irs return Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Amend irs return gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Amend irs return    Mail. Amend irs return You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Amend irs return You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Amend irs return Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Amend irs return Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613   The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Amend irs return The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Amend irs return Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Amend irs return   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Amend irs return We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Amend irs return You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Amend irs return You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Amend irs return   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. Amend irs return Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Amend irs return Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Amend irs return Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Amend irs return We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Amend irs return   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at www. Amend irs return irs. Amend irs return gov/advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Amend irs return   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Amend irs return If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System at www. Amend irs return irs. Amend irs return gov/sams. Amend irs return Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals and tax collection disputes. Amend irs return Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Amend irs return Visit www. Amend irs return irs. Amend irs return gov/litc or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Amend irs return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Individual Shared Responsibility Provision - Exemptions

 

The individual shared responsibility provision requires you and each member of your family to have basic health insurance coverage (also known as minimum essential coverage), qualify for an exemption, or make an individual shared responsibility payment when you file your federal income tax return.

How you get the exemption depends upon the type of exemption for which you are eligible. You can obtain some exemptions only from the Marketplace in the area where you live, others only from the IRS, and yet others from either the Marketplace or the IRS.

This chart shows the types of exemptions available and whether they must be granted by the Marketplace, claimed on an income tax return filed with the IRS, or either may be granted by the Marketplace or claimed on a tax return. For additional information about how to get exemptions that may be granted by the Marketplace, visit HealthCare.gov/exemptions.

Information will be made available later about how to report health insurance coverage and claim exemptions on your income tax return.

Exemptions May only be granted by Marketplace May be granted by Marketplace or claimed on tax return May only be claimed on tax return
Coverage is considered unaffordable - The amount you would have paid for employer-sponsored coverage or a bronze level health plan (depending on your circumstances) is more than eight percent of your actual household income for the year as computed on your tax return. Also see the second hardship listed below, which provides a prospective exemption granted by the Marketplace if the amount you would have paid for coverage is more than eight percent of your projected household income for the year.    
Short coverage gap - You went without coverage for less than three consecutive months during the year. For more information, see question 22 of our questions and answers.    
Household income below the return filing threshold - Your household income is below the minimum threshold for filing a tax return. Learn more about household income    
Certain noncitizens - You are neither a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, nor an alien lawfully present in the U.S.    
Members of a health care sharing ministry - You are a member of a health care sharing ministry, which is an organization described in section 501(c)(3) whose members share a common set of ethical or religious beliefs and have shared medical expenses in accordance with those beliefs continuously since at least December 31, 1999.  

 

 

 

 

 

Members of Federally-recognized Indian Tribes - You are a member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe.    
Incarceration - You are in a jail, prison, or similar penal institution or correctional facility after the disposition of charges.    
Members of certain religious sects - You are a member of a religious sect in existence since December 31, 1950, that is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as conscientiously opposed to accepting any insurance benefits, including Medicare and Social Security.    
Hardships:      
  • Your gross income is below the filing threshold. To find out if you are required to file, use our Interactive Tax Assistant.
   
  • Two or more family members' aggregate cost of self-only employer-sponsored coverage exceeds 8 percent of household income, as does the cost of any available employer-sponsored coverage for the entire family.
   
  • You purchased insurance through the Marketplace during the initial enrollment period but have a coverage gap at the beginning of 2014. See this HHS Question and Answer.
   
  • You are experiencing circumstances that prevent you from obtaining coverage under a qualified health plan. Learn more about the criteria for this exemption.
   
  • You do not have access to affordable coverage based on your projected household income.
   
  • You are ineligible for Medicaid solely because the State does not participate in the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
   
  • You are an American Indian, Alaska Native, or a spouse or descendant who is eligible for services through an Indian health care provider. Learn more.
   
  • You have been notified that your health insurance policy will not be renewed and you consider the other plans available unaffordable. See HHS guidance and HHS Questions and Answers for more information.
   

 

 

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The Amend Irs Return

Amend irs return 6. Amend irs return   Tax Treaty Benefits Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Purpose of Tax Treaties Common Benefits Competent Authority AssistanceAdditional filing. Amend irs return Obtaining Copies of Tax Treaties Topics - This chapter discusses: Some common tax treaty benefits, How to get help in certain situations, and How to get copies of tax treaties. Amend irs return Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 597 Information on the United States—Canada Income Tax Treaty 901 U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return Tax Treaties See chapter 7 for information about getting these publications. Amend irs return Purpose of Tax Treaties The United States has tax treaties or conventions with many countries. Amend irs return See Table 6-1 at the end of this chapter for a list of these countries. Amend irs return Under these treaties and conventions, citizens and residents of the United States who are subject to taxes imposed by the foreign countries are entitled to certain credits, deductions, exemptions, and reductions in the rate of taxes of those foreign countries. Amend irs return If a foreign country with which the United States has a treaty imposes a tax on you, you may be entitled to benefits under the treaty. Amend irs return Treaty benefits generally are available to residents of the United States. Amend irs return They generally are not available to U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return citizens who do not reside in the United States. Amend irs return However, certain treaty benefits and safeguards, such as the nondiscrimination provisions, are available to U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return citizens residing in the treaty countries. Amend irs return U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return citizens residing in a foreign country also may be entitled to benefits under that country's tax treaties with third countries. Amend irs return Certification of U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return residency. Amend irs return   Use Form 8802, Application for United States Residency Certification, to request certification of U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return residency for purposes of claiming benefits under a tax treaty. Amend irs return Certification can be requested for the current and any prior calendar years. Amend irs return You should examine the specific treaty articles to find if you are entitled to a tax credit, tax exemption, reduced rate of tax, or other treaty benefit or safeguard. Amend irs return Common Benefits Some common tax treaty benefits are explained below. Amend irs return The credits, deductions, exemptions, reductions in rate, and other benefits provided by tax treaties are subject to conditions and various restrictions. Amend irs return Benefits provided by certain treaties are not provided by others. Amend irs return Personal service income. Amend irs return If you are a U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return resident who is in a treaty country for a limited number of days in the tax year and you meet certain other requirements, the payment you receive for personal services performed in that country may be exempt from that country's income tax. Amend irs return Professors and teachers. Amend irs return If you are a U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return resident, the payment you receive for the first 2 or 3 years that you are teaching or doing research in a treaty country may be exempt from that country's income tax. Amend irs return Students, trainees, and apprentices. Amend irs return If you are a U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return resident, amounts you receive from the United States for study, research, or business, professional and technical training may be exempt from a treaty country's income tax. Amend irs return Some treaties exempt grants, allowances, and awards received from governmental and certain nonprofit organizations. Amend irs return Also, under certain circumstances, a limited amount of pay received by students, trainees, and apprentices may be exempt from the income tax of many treaty countries. Amend irs return Pensions and annuities. Amend irs return If you are a U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return resident, nongovernment pensions and annuities you receive may be exempt from the income tax of treaty countries. Amend irs return Most treaties contain separate provisions for exempting government pensions and annuities from treaty country income tax, and some treaties provide exemption from the treaty country's income tax for social security payments. Amend irs return Investment income. Amend irs return If you are a U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return resident, investment income, such as interest and dividends, that you receive from sources in a treaty country may be exempt from that country's income tax or taxed at a reduced rate. Amend irs return Several treaties provide exemption for capital gains (other than from sales of real property in most cases) if specified requirements are met. Amend irs return Tax credit provisions. Amend irs return If you are a U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return resident who receives income from or owns capital in a foreign country, you may be taxed on that income or capital by both the United States and the treaty country. Amend irs return Most treaties allow you to take a credit against or deduction from the treaty country's taxes based on the U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return tax on the income. Amend irs return Nondiscrimination provisions. Amend irs return Most U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return tax treaties provide that the treaty country cannot discriminate by imposing more burdensome taxes on U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return citizens who are residents of the treaty country than it imposes on its own citizens in the same circumstances. Amend irs return Saving clauses. Amend irs return U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return treaties contain saving clauses that provide that the treaties do not affect the U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return taxation of its own citizens and residents. Amend irs return As a result, U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return citizens and residents generally cannot use the treaty to reduce their U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return tax liability. Amend irs return However, most treaties provide exceptions to saving clauses that allow certain provisions of the treaty to be claimed by U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return citizens or residents. Amend irs return It is important that you examine the applicable saving clause to determine if an exception applies. Amend irs return More information on treaties. Amend irs return   Publication 901 contains an explanation of treaty provisions that apply to amounts received by teachers, students, workers, and government employees and pensioners who are alien nonresidents or residents of the United States. Amend irs return Since treaty provisions generally are reciprocal, you usually can substitute “United States” for the name of the treaty country whenever it appears, and vice versa when “U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return ” appears in the treaty exemption discussions in Publication 901. Amend irs return   Publication 597 contains an explanation of a number of frequently-used provisions of the United States–Canada income tax treaty. Amend irs return Competent Authority Assistance If you are a U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return citizen or resident alien, you can request assistance from the U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return competent authority if you think that the actions of the United States, a treaty country, or both, cause or will cause a tax situation not intended by the treaty between the two countries. Amend irs return You should read any treaty articles, including the mutual agreement procedure article, that apply in your situation. Amend irs return The U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return competent authority cannot consider requests involving countries with which the United States does not have a tax treaty. Amend irs return Effect of request for assistance. Amend irs return   If your request provides a basis for competent authority assistance, the U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return competent authority generally will consult with the treaty country competent authority on how to resolve the situation. Amend irs return How to make your request. Amend irs return   It is important that you make your request for competent authority consideration as soon as either of the following occurs. Amend irs return You are denied treaty benefits. Amend irs return Actions taken by both the United States and the foreign country result in double taxation or will result in taxation not intended by the treaty. Amend irs return   In addition to making a request for assistance, you should take steps so that any agreement reached by the competent authorities is not barred by administrative, legal, or procedural barriers. Amend irs return Some of the steps you should consider taking include the following. Amend irs return Filing a protective claim for credit or refund of U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return taxes. Amend irs return Delaying the expiration of any period of limitations on the making of a refund or other tax adjustment. Amend irs return Avoiding the lapse or termination of your right to appeal any tax determination. Amend irs return Complying with all applicable procedures for invoking competent authority consideration. Amend irs return Contesting an adjustment or seeking an appropriate correlative adjustment with respect to the U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return or treaty country tax. Amend irs return Taxpayers can consult with the U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return competent authority to determine whether they need to take protective steps and when any required steps need to be taken. Amend irs return   The request should contain all essential items of information, including the following items. Amend irs return A reference to the treaty and the treaty provisions on which the request is based. Amend irs return The years and amounts involved in both U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return dollars and foreign currency. Amend irs return A brief description of the issues for which competent authority assistance is requested. Amend irs return   A complete listing of the information that must be included with the request can be found in Revenue Procedure 2006-54, or its successor. Amend irs return Revenue Procedure 2006-54 is available at www. Amend irs return irs. Amend irs return gov/irb/2006-49_IRB/ar13. Amend irs return html. Amend irs return   Also, see Notice 2013-78, which provides proposed updates to the procedures for requesting U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return competent authority assistance under tax treaties. Amend irs return As noted, Revenue Procedure 2006-54 will be superseded by a revenue procedure to be published in the future. Amend irs return    Your request for competent authority consideration should be addressed to:   Deputy Commissioner (International) Large Business and International Division Internal Revenue Service 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW Routing M4-365 Washington, DC 20224 Attn: TAIT Additional filing. Amend irs return   In the case of U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return - initiated adjustments, you also must file a copy of the request with the IRS office where your case is pending. Amend irs return If the request is filed after the matter has been designated for litigation or while a suit contesting your relevant tax liability is pending in a United States court, a copy of the request, with a separate statement attached identifying the court where the suit is pending and the docket number of the action, also must be filed with the: Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) Internal Revenue Service 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20224 Additional details on the procedures for requesting competent authority assistance are included in Revenue Procedure 2006-54, or its successor. Amend irs return Obtaining Copies of Tax Treaties Table 6-1 lists those countries with which the United States has income tax treaties. Amend irs return This table is updated through October 31, 2013. Amend irs return You can get complete information about treaty provisions from the taxing authority in the country from which you receive income or from the treaty itself. Amend irs return You can obtain the text of most U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return treaties at IRS. Amend irs return gov. Amend irs return You also can request the text of treaties from the Department of Treasury at the following address. Amend irs return Department of Treasury Office of Business and Public Liaison Rm. Amend irs return 3411 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW  Washington, DC 20220 If you have questions about a treaty and you are in the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return Virgin Islands, you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Amend irs return Table 6–1. Amend irs return List of Tax Treaties (Updated through October 31, 2013) Country Official Text  Symbol1 General  Effective Date Citation Applicable Treasury Explanations  or Treasury Decision (T. Amend irs return D. Amend irs return ) Australia TIAS 10773 Dec. Amend irs return 1, 1983 1986-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 220 1986-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 246 Protocol TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2004     Austria TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1999     Bangladesh TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2007     Barbados TIAS 11090 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1984 1991-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 436 1991-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 466 Protocol TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2005     Belgium TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2008     Bulgaria TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2009     Canada2 TIAS 11087 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1985 1986-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 258 1987-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 298 Protocol TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2009     China, People's Republic of TIAS 12065 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1987 1988-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 414 1988-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 447 Commonwealth of Independent States3 TIAS 8225 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1976 1976-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 463 1976-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 475 Cyprus TIAS 10965 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1986 1989-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 280 1989-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 314 Czech Republic TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1993     Denmark TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2001     Protocol TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2008     Egypt TIAS 10149 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1982 1982-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 219 1982-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 243 Estonia TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2000     Finland TIAS 12101 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1991     Protocol TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2008     France TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1996     Protocol TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2009     Germany TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1990     Protocol TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2008     Greece TIAS 2902 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1953 1958-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 1054 T. Amend irs return D. Amend irs return 6109, 1954-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 638 Hungary TIAS 9560 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1980 1980-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 333 1980-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 354 Iceland TIAS 8151 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2009     India TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1991     Indonesia TIAS 11593 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1990     Ireland TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1998     Israel TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1995     Italy TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2010     Jamaica TIAS 10207 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1982 1982-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 257 1982-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 291 Japan TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2005     Kazakhstan TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1996     Korea, South TIAS 9506 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1980 1979-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 435 1979-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 458 Latvia TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2000     Lithuania TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2000     Luxembourg TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2001     Malta TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2011     Mexico TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1,1994     Protocol TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2004               Table 6–1 (continued). Amend irs return Country Official Text  Symbol1 General  Effective Date Citation Applicable Treasury Explanations  or Treasury Decision (T. Amend irs return D. Amend irs return ) Morocco TIAS 10195 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1981 1982-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 405 1982-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 427 Netherlands TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1994     Protocol TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2005     New Zealand TIAS 10772 Nov. Amend irs return 2, 1983 1990-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 274 1990-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 303 Protocol TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2011     Norway TIAS 7474 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1971 1973-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 669 1973-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 693 Protocol TIAS 10205 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1982 1982-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 440 1982-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 454 Pakistan TIAS 4232 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1959 1960-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 646 T. Amend irs return D. Amend irs return 6431, 1960-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 755 Philippines TIAS 10417 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1983 1984-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 384 1984-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 412 Poland TIAS 8486 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1974 1977-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 416 1977-1 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 427 Portugal TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1996     Romania TIAS 8228 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1974 1976-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 492 1976-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 504 Russia TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1994     Slovak Republic TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1993     Slovenia TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2002     South Africa TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1998     Spain TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1991     Sri Lanka TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2004     Sweden TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1996     Protocol TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2007     Switzerland TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1998     Thailand TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1998     Trinidad and Tobago TIAS 7047 Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1970 1971-2 C. Amend irs return B. Amend irs return 479   Tunisia TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1990     Turkey TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 1998     Ukraine TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2001     United Kingdom TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2004     Venezuela TIAS Jan. Amend irs return 1, 2000      1(TIAS) — Treaties and Other International Act Series. Amend irs return  2Information on the treaty can be found in Publication 597, Information on the United States—Canada Income Tax Treaty. Amend irs return 3The U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return -U. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return S. Amend irs return R. Amend irs return income tax treaty applies to the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Amend irs return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications