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Amending tax return Index A Absence, temporary, Temporary absences. Amending tax return Address, change of, Reminders Aliens (see Nonresident aliens) Alimony, Alimony. Amending tax return , Alimony, Instruments Executed Before 1985 Community income, Alimony (Community Income) Fees paid for getting, Fees for getting alimony. Amending tax return No exemption for spouse, Alimony paid. Amending tax return Annual exclusion, gift tax, Annual exclusion. Amending tax return Annulment decrees Absolute decree, Ending the Marital Community Amended return required, Unmarried persons. Amending tax return Considered unmarried, Unmarried persons. Amending tax return Archer MSA, Archer medical savings account (MSA). Amending tax return Assistance (see Tax help) B Basis Property received in settlement, Basis of property received. Amending tax return Benefits paid under QDROs, Benefits paid to a child or other dependent. Amending tax return , Benefits paid to a spouse or former spouse. Amending tax return Birth of dependent, Death or birth. Amending tax return C Change of address, Reminders Change of name, Reminders Change of withholding, Reminders Child custody, Custodial parent and noncustodial parent. Amending tax return Child support Alimony, difference from, Child support. Amending tax return Clearly associated with contingency, Clearly associated with a contingency. Amending tax return Contingency relating to child, Contingency relating to your child. Amending tax return Payment specifically designated as, Specifically designated as child support. Amending tax return Child support under pre-1985 agreement, Child support under pre-1985 agreement. Amending tax return Child tax credit, Exemptions for Dependents Children Birth of child Head of household, qualifying person to file as, Death or birth. Amending tax return Claiming parent, when child is head of household, Special rule for parent. Amending tax return Custody of, Custodial parent and noncustodial parent. Amending tax return Death of child Head of household, qualifying person to file as, Death or birth. Amending tax return Photographs of missing children, Reminders Community income, Community Income, Alimony (Community Income) Community property, Community Property, Alimony (Community Income) (see also Community income) Ending the marital community, Ending the Marital Community Laws disregarded, Certain community income not treated as community income by one spouse. Amending tax return States, Community property states. Amending tax return Costs of getting divorce, Costs of Getting a Divorce Fees for tax advice, Fees for tax advice. Amending tax return Nondeductible expenses, Nondeductible expenses. Amending tax return Custody of child, Custodial parent and noncustodial parent. Amending tax return D Death of dependent, Death or birth. Amending tax return Death of recipient spouse. Amending tax return , Alimony Requirements Debts of spouse Refund applied to, Tax refund applied to spouse's debts. Amending tax return Deductions Alimony paid, Deducting alimony paid. Amending tax return Alimony recapture, Deducting the recapture. Amending tax return Limits on IRAs, IRA contribution and deduction limits. Amending tax return Marital, Marital deduction. Amending tax return Dependents Exemption for, Exemptions for Dependents, Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person Qualifying child, Exemptions for Dependents Qualifying child (Table 3), Table 3. Amending tax return Overview of the Rules for Claiming an Exemption for a Dependent Qualifying relative, Exemptions for Dependents Qualifying relative (Table 3), Table 3. Amending tax return Overview of the Rules for Claiming an Exemption for a Dependent Social security numbers, Reminders Divorce decrees Absolute decree, Ending the Marital Community Amended, Amended instrument. Amending tax return Costs of getting, Costs of Getting a Divorce Defined for purposes of alimony, Divorce or separation instrument. Amending tax return Invalid, Invalid decree. Amending tax return Unmarried persons, Unmarried persons. Amending tax return Divorced parents, Children of Divorced or Separated Parents (or Parents Who Live Apart) Child custody, Custodial parent and noncustodial parent. Amending tax return Domestic relations orders (see Qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs)) Domicile, Community Income E Earned income, Earned income. Amending tax return Equitable relief (see Relief from joint liability) Estimated tax, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax Joint payments, Joint estimated tax payments. Amending tax return Exemptions, Exemptions, Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person Dependents, Exemptions for Dependents, Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person Personal, Personal Exemptions Spouse, Exemption for Your Spouse F Fees for tax advice, Fees for tax advice. Amending tax return Filing status, Filing Status, More information. Amending tax return Head of household, Requirements. Amending tax return Form 1040 Deducting alimony paid, Deducting alimony paid. Amending tax return Reporting alimony received, Reporting alimony received. Amending tax return Form 1040X Annulment, decree of, Unmarried persons. Amending tax return Form 8332 Release of exemption to noncustodial parent, Written declaration. Amending tax return Form 8379 Injured spouse, Injured spouse. Amending tax return Form 8857 Innocent spouse relief, Relief from joint liability. Amending tax return Form W-4 Withholding, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax Form W-7 Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), Reminders Former spouse Defined for purposes of alimony, Spouse or former spouse. Amending tax return Free tax services, How To Get Tax Help G Gift tax, Gift Tax on Property Settlements, Annual exclusion. Amending tax return , Gift Tax Return H Head of household, Head of Household Health savings accounts (HSAs), Health savings account (HSA). Amending tax return Help (see Tax help) Home owned jointly Alimony payments for, Payments for jointly-owned home. Amending tax return Expenses for, as alimony (Table 4), Table 4. Amending tax return Expenses for a Jointly-Owned Home Sale of, Sale of home. Amending tax return HSAs (Health savings accounts), Health savings account (HSA). Amending tax return I Identification number, Reminders Income, Community Income (see also Community income) Alimony received, Reporting alimony received. Amending tax return Individual retirement arrangements (IRAs), Individual Retirement Arrangements, IRA contribution and deduction limits. Amending tax return Individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs), Reminders Injured spouse, Injured spouse. Amending tax return Innocent spouse relief, Relief from joint liability. Amending tax return Insurance premiums, Life insurance premiums. Amending tax return Invalid decree, Invalid decree. Amending tax return IRAs (Individual retirement arrangements), Individual Retirement Arrangements, IRA contribution and deduction limits. Amending tax return Itemized deductions on separate returns, Itemized deductions. Amending tax return ITINs (Individual taxpayer identification numbers), Reminders J Joint liability Relief from, Reminders, Relief from joint liability. Amending tax return Joint returns, Married Filing Jointly Change from separate return, Joint return after separate returns. Amending tax return Change to separate return, Separate returns after joint return. Amending tax return Divorced taxpayers, Divorced taxpayers. Amending tax return Exemption for spouse, Joint return. Amending tax return Joint and individual liability, Joint and individual liability. Amending tax return Relief from joint liability, Relief from joint liability. Amending tax return Signing, Signing a joint return. Amending tax return Jointly-owned home Alimony payments for, Payments for jointly-owned home. Amending tax return Expenses for, as alimony (Table 4), Table 4. Amending tax return Expenses for a Jointly-Owned Home Sale of, Sale of Jointly-Owned Property, Sale of home. Amending tax return K Kidnapped child Head of household status and, Kidnapped child. Amending tax return L Liability for taxes (see Relief from joint liability) Life insurance premiums as alimony, Life insurance premiums. Amending tax return M Marital community, ending, Ending the Marital Community Marital status, Marital status. Amending tax return Married persons, Married persons. Amending tax return Medical savings accounts (MSAs), Archer medical savings account (MSA). Amending tax return Missing children, photographs of, Reminders More information (see Tax help) Mortgage payments as alimony, Payments for jointly-owned home. Amending tax return MSAs (Medical savings accounts), Archer medical savings account (MSA). Amending tax return N Name, change of, Reminders Nondeductible expenses, Nondeductible expenses. Amending tax return Nonresident aliens Joint returns, Nonresident alien. Amending tax return Withholding, Withholding on nonresident aliens. Amending tax return P Parent Head of household, claim for, Special rule for parent. Amending tax return Parents, divorced or separated, Children of Divorced or Separated Parents (or Parents Who Live Apart) Personal exemptions, Personal Exemptions Phaseout of Exemptions, Phaseout of Exemptions Property settlements, Property Settlements, Sale of home. Amending tax return Publications (see Tax help) Q Qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs), Qualified Domestic Relations Order, Benefits paid to a child or other dependent. Amending tax return , Benefits paid to a spouse or former spouse. Amending tax return Qualifying child, exemption for, Exemptions for Dependents Qualifying child, exemption for (Table 3), Table 3. Amending tax return Overview of the Rules for Claiming an Exemption for a Dependent Qualifying person, head of household, Qualifying person. Amending tax return Table 2, Table 2. Amending tax return Who Is a Qualifying Person Qualifying You To File as Head of Household?1 Qualifying relative, exemption for, Exemptions for Dependents Qualifying relative, exemption for (Table 3), Table 3. Amending tax return Overview of the Rules for Claiming an Exemption for a Dependent R Recapture of alimony, Recapture of Alimony Refunds Injured spouse, community property, Injured spouse. Amending tax return Spouse's debts, applied to, Tax refund applied to spouse's debts. Amending tax return Release of exemption to noncustodial parent, Written declaration. Amending tax return Revocation, Revocation of release of claim to an exemption. Amending tax return Relief from joint liability, Reminders, Relief from joint liability. Amending tax return Relief from separate return liability Community income, Relief from liability arising from community property law. Amending tax return Reporting requirements Alimony received, Reporting alimony received. Amending tax return Returns Amended return required, Unmarried persons. Amending tax return Joint (see Joint returns) Separate (see Separate returns) Rollovers, Rollovers. Amending tax return S Sales of jointly-owned property, Sale of Jointly-Owned Property Section 1041 election, Basis of property received. Amending tax return Separate maintenance decrees, Unmarried persons. Amending tax return , Divorce or separation instrument. Amending tax return , Ending the Marital Community Separate returns, Married Filing Separately Change to or from joint return, Joint return after separate returns. Amending tax return Community or separate income, Community or separate income. Amending tax return Exemption for spouse, Separate return. Amending tax return Itemized deductions, Itemized deductions. Amending tax return Relief from liability, Relief from liability arising from community property law. Amending tax return Separate liability, Separate liability. Amending tax return Tax consequences, Separate returns may give you a higher tax. Amending tax return Separated parents, Children of Divorced or Separated Parents (or Parents Who Live Apart) Separation agreements, Ending the Marital Community Defined for purposes of alimony, Divorce or separation instrument. Amending tax return Separation of liability (see Relief from joint liability) Settlement of property (see Property settlements) Social security benefits, Social security benefits. Amending tax return Social security numbers (SSNs) Alimony recipient's number required, Alimony Dependents, Reminders Spousal IRA, Spousal IRA. Amending tax return Spouse Defined for purposes of alimony, Spouse or former spouse. Amending tax return Refund applied to debts, Tax refund applied to spouse's debts. Amending tax return Statute of limitations Amended return, Unmarried persons. Amending tax return Injured spouse allocation, Injured spouse. Amending tax return T Tables and figures Exemption for dependents (Table 3), Table 3. Amending tax return Overview of the Rules for Claiming an Exemption for a Dependent Itemized deductions on separate returns (Table 1), Table 1. Amending tax return Itemized Deductions on Separate Returns Jointly-owned home, expenses for, as alimony (Table 4), Table 4. Amending tax return Expenses for a Jointly-Owned Home Property transferred pursuant to divorce (Table 5), Table 5. Amending tax return Property Transferred Pursuant to Divorce Qualifying person for head of household (Table 2), Table 2. Amending tax return Who Is a Qualifying Person Qualifying You To File as Head of Household?1 Tax advice fees, Fees for tax advice. Amending tax return Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Tax withholding (see Withholding) Taxpayer Advocate, The Taxpayer Advocate Service is Here to Help You. 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Affordable Care Act

The 2010 Affordable Care Act puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over several years. Most changes will take effect by 2014; a timeline of the provisions is available. The law is intended to lower health care costs, provide more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans. Major provisions affecting consumers include:

  • Coverage for seniors who hit the Medicare Prescription Drug "Donut Hole," including a rebate for those who reach the gap in drug coverage;
  • Expanded coverage for young adults, allowing them to stay on their parents' plan until they turn 26 years old;
  • Small-business tax credits to help these companies provide insurance coverage to their workers; and
  • Providing access to insurance for uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions.

For more information about the new law, go to healthcare.gov.

Group Policies

Many consumers have health care coverage from their employer. Others have medical care paid through a government program such as Medicare, Medicaid, or the Veterans Administration.

If you have lost your group coverage from an employer as the result of unemployment, death, divorce, or loss of "dependent child" status, you may be able to continue your coverage temporarily under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). You, not the employer, pay for this coverage. When one of these events occurs, you must be given at least 60 days to decide whether you wish to purchase the coverage.

Some states offer an insurance pool to residents who are unable to obtain coverage because of a health condition. To find out if a pool is available in your state, check with your state department of insurance

Medicare and Medicaid

There are also health insurance programs for people who are seniors, disabled, or have low incomes.

  • Medicaid provides health insurance for people with low incomes, children, and pregnant women. Eligibility is determined by your state.
  • Medicare provides health insurance for people who are 65 years or older, some younger people with disabilities, and those with kidney failure.

Most states also offer free or low-cost coverage for children who do not have health insurance. Visit insurekidsnow.gov or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (543-7669) for more information.

Healthcare Plans

When purchasing health insurance, your choices will typically fall into one of three categories:

  • Traditional fee-for-service health insurance plans are usually the most expensive choice. But they offer you the most flexibility when choosing healthcare providers.
  • Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) offer lower co-payments and cover the costs of more preventative care, but your choice of healthcare providers is limited. The National Committee for Quality Assurance evaluates and accredits HMOs. You can find out whether one is accredited in your state by calling 1-888-275-7585. You can also get this information as well as report cards on HMOs.
  • Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) offer lower co-payments like HMOs but give you more flexibility when selecting a provider. A PPO gives you a list of providers you can choose from.

WARNING: If you go outside the HMO or PPO network of providers, you may have to pay a portion or all of the costs.

When choosing among different health care plans, you'll need to read the fine print and ask lots of questions, such as:

  • Do I have the right to go to any doctor, hospital, clinic or pharmacy I choose?
  • Are specialists such as eye doctors and dentists covered?
  • Does the plan cover special conditions or treatments such as pregnancy, psychiatric care and physical therapy?
  • Does the plan cover home care or nursing home care?
  • Will the plan cover all medications my physician might prescribe?
  • What are the deductibles? Are there any co-payments?
  • What is the most I will have to pay out of my own pocket to cover expenses?
  • If there is a dispute about a bill or service, how is it handled? In some plans, you may be required to have a third-party decide how to settle the problem.

Appealing Health Insurance Claims

If your health insurer has denied coverage for medical care you received you have a right to appeal the claim and ask that the company reverse that decision. You can be your own health care advocate. Here's what you can do:

Step 1: Review your policy and explanation of benefits.
Step 2: Contact your insurer and keep detailed records of your contacts (copies of letters, time and date of conversations).
Step 3: Request documentation from your doctor or employer to support your case.
Step 4: Write a formal complaint letter explaining what care was denied and why you are appealing through use of the company's internal review process.
Step 5: If the internal appeal is not granted through step 4, file a claim with your state's insurance department.

The Amending Tax Return

Amending tax return Publication 972 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments Reminder IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Amending tax return Tax questions. Amending tax return Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 972, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Amending tax return irs. Amending tax return gov/pub972. Amending tax return Reminder Photographs of missing children. Amending tax return  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Amending tax return Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Amending tax return 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. Amending tax return Introduction The purpose of this publication is: To figure the child tax credit you claim on Form 1040, line 51; Form 1040A, line 33; or Form 1040NR, line 48; and To figure the amount of earned income you enter on line 4a of Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040), Child Tax Credit. Amending tax return This publication is intended primarily for individuals sent here by the instructions to Forms 1040, 1040A, or 1040NR, or Schedule 8812. Amending tax return Even if you were not sent here by the instructions to one of the forms or the schedule, you can still choose to use this publication to figure your credit. Amending tax return However, most individuals can use a simpler worksheet in their tax form instructions. Amending tax return If you were sent here from your Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR instructions. Amending tax return   Complete the Child Tax Credit Worksheet , later in this publication. Amending tax return If you were sent here from your Schedule 8812 instructions. Amending tax return   Complete the 1040 and 1040NR Filers — Earned Income Worksheet , later in this publication. Amending tax return If you have not read your Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR instructions. Amending tax return   Read the explanation of who must use this publication next. Amending tax return If you find that you are not required to use this publication to figure your child tax credit, you can use the simpler worksheet in the Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR instructions to figure your credit. Amending tax return Who must use this publication. Amending tax return   If you answer “Yes” to either of the following questions, you must use this publication to figure your child tax credit. Amending tax return Are you excluding income from Puerto Rico or filing any of the following forms? Form 2555 or 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income). Amending tax return Form 4563 (exclusion of income for residents of American Samoa). Amending tax return Are you claiming any of the following credits? Mortgage interest credit, Form 8396. Amending tax return Adoption credit, Form 8839. Amending tax return Residential energy efficient property credit, Form 5695, Part I. Amending tax return District of Columbia first-time homebuyer credit, Form 8859. Amending tax return Comments and suggestions. Amending tax return   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Amending tax return   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. Amending tax return NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Amending tax return Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Amending tax return   You can send your comments from www. Amending tax return irs. Amending tax return gov/formspubs/. Amending tax return Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. Amending tax return ”   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. Amending tax return Ordering forms and publications. Amending tax return   Visit www. Amending tax return irs. Amending tax return 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. Amending tax return Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Amending tax return Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. Amending tax return   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. Amending tax return gov or call 1-800-829-1040. Amending tax return We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. Amending tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications