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Beware amending tax returns 33. Beware amending tax returns   Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Are You Eligible for the Credit?Qualified Individual Income Limits How to Claim the CreditCredit Figured for You Credit Figured by You Introduction If you qualify, you may be able to reduce the tax you owe by taking the credit for the elderly or the disabled which is figured on Schedule R (Form 1040A or 1040). Beware amending tax returns This chapter explains the following. Beware amending tax returns Who qualifies for the credit for the elderly or the disabled. Beware amending tax returns How to claim the credit. Beware amending tax returns You may be able to take the credit for the elderly or the disabled if: You are age 65 or older at the end of 2013, or You retired on permanent and total disability and have taxable disability income. Beware amending tax returns Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 524 Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled 554 Tax Guide for Seniors Form (and Instruction) Schedule R (Form 1040A or 1040) Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Are You Eligible for the Credit? You can take the credit for the elderly or the disabled if you meet both of the following requirements. Beware amending tax returns You are a qualified individual. Beware amending tax returns Your income is not more than certain limits. Beware amending tax returns You can use Figure 33-A and Table 33-1 as guides to see if you are eligible for the credit. Beware amending tax returns Use Figure 33-A first to see if you are a qualified individual. Beware amending tax returns If you are, go to Table 33-1 to make sure your income is not too high to take the credit. Beware amending tax returns You can take the credit only if you file Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Beware amending tax returns You cannot take the credit if you file Form 1040EZ. Beware amending tax returns Qualified Individual You are a qualified individual for this credit if you are a U. Beware amending tax returns S. Beware amending tax returns citizen or resident alien, and either of the following applies. Beware amending tax returns You were age 65 or older at the end of 2013. Beware amending tax returns You were under age 65 at the end of 2013 and all three of the following statements are true. Beware amending tax returns You retired on permanent and total disability (explained later). Beware amending tax returns You received taxable disability income for 2013. Beware amending tax returns On January 1, 2013, you had not reached mandatory retirement age (defined later under Disability income ). Beware amending tax returns Age 65. Beware amending tax returns   You are considered to be age 65 on the day before your 65th birthday. Beware amending tax returns Therefore, if you were born on January 1, 1949, you are considered to be age 65 at the end of 2013. Beware amending tax returns U. Beware amending tax returns S. Beware amending tax returns Citizen or Resident Alien You must be a U. Beware amending tax returns S. Beware amending tax returns citizen or resident alien (or be treated as a resident alien) to take the credit. Beware amending tax returns Generally, you cannot take the credit if you were a nonresident alien at any time during the tax year. Beware amending tax returns Exceptions. Beware amending tax returns   You may be able to take the credit if you are a nonresident alien who is married to a U. Beware amending tax returns S. Beware amending tax returns citizen or resident alien at the end of the tax year and you and your spouse choose to treat you as a U. Beware amending tax returns S. Beware amending tax returns resident alien. Beware amending tax returns If you make that choice, both you and your spouse are taxed on your worldwide incomes. Beware amending tax returns If you were a nonresident alien at the beginning of the year and a resident alien at the end of the year, and you were married to a U. Beware amending tax returns S. Beware amending tax returns citizen or resident alien at the end of the year, you may be able to choose to be treated as a U. Beware amending tax returns S. Beware amending tax returns resident alien for the entire year. Beware amending tax returns In that case, you may be allowed to take the credit. Beware amending tax returns For information on these choices, see chapter 1 of Publication 519, U. Beware amending tax returns S. Beware amending tax returns Tax Guide for Aliens. Beware amending tax returns Married Persons Generally, if you are married at the end of the tax year, you and your spouse must file a joint return to take the credit. Beware amending tax returns However, if you and your spouse did not live in the same household at any time during the tax year, you can file either a joint return or separate returns and still take the credit. Beware amending tax returns Head of household. Beware amending tax returns   You can file as head of household and qualify to take the credit, even if your spouse lived with you during the first 6 months of the year, if you meet certain tests. Beware amending tax returns See Head of Household in chapter 2 for the tests you must meet. Beware amending tax returns Under Age 65 If you are under age 65 at the end of 2013, you can qualify for the credit only if you are retired on permanent and total disability (discussed next) and have taxable disability income (discussed later under Disability income ). Beware amending tax returns You are retired on permanent and total disability if: You were permanently and totally disabled when you retired, and You retired on disability before the close of the tax year. Beware amending tax returns Even if you do not retire formally, you may be considered retired on disability when you have stopped working because of your disability. Beware amending tax returns If you retired on disability before 1977, and were not permanently and totally disabled at the time, you can qualify for the credit if you were permanently and totally disabled on January 1, 1976, or January 1, 1977. Beware amending tax returns Permanent and total disability. Beware amending tax returns    You are permanently and totally disabled if you cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity because of your physical or mental condition. 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Beware amending tax returns Figure 33-A Are You a Qualified Individual?   You do not have to file this statement with your Form 1040 or Form 1040A, but you must keep it for your records. Beware amending tax returns Veterans. Beware amending tax returns   If the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) certifies that you are permanently and totally disabled, you can substitute VA Form 21-0172, Certification of Permanent and Total Disability, for the physician's statement you are required to keep. Beware amending tax returns VA Form 21-0172 must be signed by a person authorized by the VA to do so. Beware amending tax returns You can get this form from your local VA regional office. Beware amending tax returns Physician's statement obtained in earlier year. Beware amending tax returns   If you got a physician's statement in an earlier year and, due to your continued disabled condition, you were unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity during 2013, you may not need to get another physician's statement for 2013. Beware amending tax returns For a detailed explanation of the conditions you must meet, see the instructions for Schedule R, Part II. Beware amending tax returns If you meet the required conditions, check the box on your Schedule R, Part II, line 2. Beware amending tax returns   If you checked box 4, 5, or 6 in Part I of Schedule R, enter in the space above the box on line 2 in Part II the first name(s) of the spouse(s) for whom the box is checked. Beware amending tax returns Table 33-1. Beware amending tax returns Income Limits IF your filing status is . Beware amending tax returns . Beware amending tax returns . Beware amending tax returns THEN, even if you qualify (see Figure 33-A ), you CANNOT take the credit if. Beware amending tax returns . Beware amending tax returns . Beware amending tax returns   Your adjusted gross income (AGI)* is equal to or more than. Beware amending tax returns . Beware amending tax returns . Beware amending tax returns     OR the total of your nontaxable social security and other nontaxable pension(s), annuities, or disability income is equal to or more than. Beware amending tax returns . Beware amending tax returns . Beware amending tax returns   single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child   $17,500     $5,000   married filing jointly and only one spouse qualifies in Figure 33-A   $20,000     $5,000   married filing jointly and both spouses qualify in Figure 33-A   $25,000     $7,500   married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013   $12,500     $3,750   * AGI is the amount on Form 1040A, line 22, or Form 1040, line 38. Beware amending tax returns Disability income. Beware amending tax returns   If you are under age 65, you must also have taxable disability income to qualify for the credit. Beware amending tax returns Disability income must meet both of the following requirements. Beware amending tax returns It must be paid under your employer's accident or health plan or pension plan. Beware amending tax returns It must be included in your income as wages (or payments instead of wages) for the time you are absent from work because of permanent and total disability. Beware amending tax returns Payments that are not disability income. Beware amending tax returns   Any payment you receive from a plan that does not provide for disability retirement is not disability income. Beware amending tax returns Any lump-sum payment for accrued annual leave that you receive when you retire on disability is a salary payment and is not disability income. Beware amending tax returns   For purposes of the credit for the elderly or the disabled, disability income does not include amounts you receive after you reach mandatory retirement age. Beware amending tax returns Mandatory retirement age is the age set by your employer at which you would have had to retire, had you not become disabled. Beware amending tax returns Income Limits To determine if you can claim the credit, you must consider two income limits. Beware amending tax returns The first limit is the amount of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Beware amending tax returns The second limit is the amount of nontaxable social security and other nontaxable pensions, annuities, or disability income you received. Beware amending tax returns The limits are shown in Table 33-1. Beware amending tax returns If your AGI and nontaxable pensions, annuities, or disability income are less than the income limits, you may be able to claim the credit. Beware amending tax returns See How to Claim the Credit , later. Beware amending tax returns If either your AGI or your nontaxable pensions, annuities, or disability income are equal to or more than the income limits, you cannot take the credit. Beware amending tax returns How to Claim the Credit You can figure the credit yourself or the Internal Revenue Service will figure it for you. Beware amending tax returns Credit Figured for You If you choose to have the IRS figure the credit for you, read the following discussion for the form you will file (Form 1040 or 1040A). Beware amending tax returns If you want the IRS to figure your tax, see chapter 30. Beware amending tax returns Form 1040. Beware amending tax returns   If you want the IRS to figure your credit, see Form 1040 Line Entries under Tax Figured by IRS in chapter 30. Beware amending tax returns Form 1040A. 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