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Can i file my back taxes online free Publication 529 - Main Content Table of Contents Deductions Subject to the 2% LimitUnreimbursed Employee Expenses Tax Preparation Fees Other Expenses Deductions Not Subject to the 2% LimitList of Deductions Nondeductible ExpensesList of Nondeductible Expenses How To ReportWho can use Form 2106-EZ. Can i file my back taxes online free Computer used in a home office. Can i file my back taxes online free Example How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit You can deduct certain expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or Form 1040NR). Can i file my back taxes online free You can claim the amount of expenses that is more than 2% of your adjusted gross income. Can i file my back taxes online free You figure your deduction on Schedule A by subtracting 2% of your adjusted gross income from the total amount of these expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Your adjusted gross income is the amount on Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040NR, line 37. Can i file my back taxes online free Generally, you apply the 2% limit after you apply any other deduction limit. Can i file my back taxes online free For example, you apply the 50% (or 80%) limit on business-related meals and entertainment (discussed later under Travel, Transportation, Meals, Entertainment, Gifts, and Local Lodging ) before you apply the 2% limit. Can i file my back taxes online free Deductions subject to the 2% limit are discussed in the following three categories. Can i file my back taxes online free Unreimbursed employee expenses (Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21 or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7). Can i file my back taxes online free Tax preparation fees (Schedule A (Form 1040), line 22 or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 8). Can i file my back taxes online free Other expenses (Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23 or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 9). Can i file my back taxes online free Unreimbursed Employee Expenses Generally, the following expenses are deducted on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7. Can i file my back taxes online free You can deduct only unreimbursed employee expenses that are: Paid or incurred during your tax year, For carrying on your trade or business of being an employee, and Ordinary and necessary. Can i file my back taxes online free An expense is ordinary if it is common and accepted in your trade, business, or profession. Can i file my back taxes online free An expense is necessary if it is appropriate and helpful to your business. Can i file my back taxes online free An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. Can i file my back taxes online free You may be able to deduct the following items as unreimbursed employee expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Business bad debt of an employee. Can i file my back taxes online free Business liability insurance premiums. Can i file my back taxes online free Damages paid to a former employer for breach of an employment contract. Can i file my back taxes online free Depreciation on a computer your employer requires you to use in your work. Can i file my back taxes online free Dues to a chamber of commerce if membership helps you do your job. Can i file my back taxes online free Dues to professional societies. Can i file my back taxes online free Educator expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Home office or part of your home used regularly and exclusively in your work. Can i file my back taxes online free Job search expenses in your present occupation. Can i file my back taxes online free Laboratory breakage fees. Can i file my back taxes online free Legal fees related to your job. Can i file my back taxes online free Licenses and regulatory fees. Can i file my back taxes online free Malpractice insurance premiums. Can i file my back taxes online free Medical examinations required by an employer. Can i file my back taxes online free Occupational taxes. Can i file my back taxes online free Passport for a business trip. Can i file my back taxes online free Repayment of an income aid payment received under an employer's plan. Can i file my back taxes online free Research expenses of a college professor. Can i file my back taxes online free Rural mail carriers' vehicle expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Subscriptions to professional journals and trade magazines related to your work. Can i file my back taxes online free Tools and supplies used in your work. Can i file my back taxes online free Travel, transportation, meals, entertainment, gifts, and local lodging related to your work. Can i file my back taxes online free Union dues and expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Work clothes and uniforms if required and not suitable for everyday use. Can i file my back taxes online free Work-related education. Can i file my back taxes online free Business Bad Debt A business bad debt is a loss from a debt created or acquired in your trade or business. Can i file my back taxes online free Any other worthless debt is a business bad debt only if there is a very close relationship between the debt and your trade or business when the debt becomes worthless. Can i file my back taxes online free A debt has a very close relationship to your trade or business of being an employee if your main motive for incurring the debt is a business reason. Can i file my back taxes online free Example. Can i file my back taxes online free You make a bona fide loan to the corporation you work for. Can i file my back taxes online free It fails to pay you back. Can i file my back taxes online free You had to make the loan in order to keep your job. Can i file my back taxes online free You have a business bad debt as an employee. Can i file my back taxes online free More information. Can i file my back taxes online free   For more information on business bad debts, see chapter 10 in Publication 535. Can i file my back taxes online free For information on nonbusiness bad debts, see chapter 4 in Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Business Liability Insurance You can deduct insurance premiums you paid for protection against personal liability for wrongful acts on the job. Can i file my back taxes online free Damages for Breach of Employment Contract If you break an employment contract, you can deduct damages you pay your former employer if the damages are attributable to the pay you received from that employer. Can i file my back taxes online free Depreciation on Computers You can claim a depreciation deduction for a computer that you use in your work as an employee if its use is: For the convenience of your employer, and Required as a condition of your employment. Can i file my back taxes online free For the convenience of your employer. Can i file my back taxes online free   This means that your use of the computer is for a substantial business reason of your employer. Can i file my back taxes online free You must consider all facts in making this determination. Can i file my back taxes online free Use of your computer during your regular working hours to carry on your employer's business is generally for the convenience of your employer. Can i file my back taxes online free Required as a condition of your employment. Can i file my back taxes online free   This means that you cannot properly perform your duties without the computer. Can i file my back taxes online free Whether you can properly perform your duties without it depends on all the facts and circumstances. Can i file my back taxes online free It is not necessary that your employer explicitly requires you to use your computer. Can i file my back taxes online free But neither is it enough that your employer merely states that your use of the item is a condition of your employment. Can i file my back taxes online free Example. Can i file my back taxes online free You are an engineer with an engineering firm. Can i file my back taxes online free You occasionally take work home at night rather than work late at the office. Can i file my back taxes online free You own and use a computer that is similar to the one you use at the office to complete your work at home. Can i file my back taxes online free Since your use of the computer is not for the convenience of your employer and is not required as a condition of your employment, you cannot claim a depreciation deduction for it. Can i file my back taxes online free Which depreciation method to use. Can i file my back taxes online free   The depreciation method you use depends on whether you meet the more-than-50%-use test. Can i file my back taxes online free More-than-50%-use test met. Can i file my back taxes online free   You meet this test if you use the computer more than 50% in your work. Can i file my back taxes online free If you meet this test, you can claim accelerated depreciation under the General Depreciation System (GDS). Can i file my back taxes online free In addition, you may be able to take the section 179 deduction for the year you place the item in service. Can i file my back taxes online free More-than-50%-use test not met. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you do not meet the more-than-50%-use test, you are limited to the straight line method of depreciation under the Alternative Depreciation System (ADS). Can i file my back taxes online free You also cannot claim the section 179 deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free (But if you use your computer in a home office, see the exception below. Can i file my back taxes online free ) Investment use. Can i file my back taxes online free   Your use of a computer in connection with investments (described later under Other Expenses ) does not count as use in your work. Can i file my back taxes online free However, you can combine your investment use with your work use in figuring your depreciation deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free Exception for computer used in a home office. Can i file my back taxes online free   The more-than-50%-use test does not apply to a computer used only in a part of your home that meets the requirements described later under Home Office . Can i file my back taxes online free You can claim accelerated depreciation using GDS for a computer used in a qualifying home office, even if you do not use it more than 50% in your work. Can i file my back taxes online free You also may be able to take a section 179 deduction for the year you place the computer in service. Can i file my back taxes online free See Computer used in a home office under How To Report, later. Can i file my back taxes online free More information. Can i file my back taxes online free   For more information on depreciation and the section 179 deduction for computers and other items used in a home office, see Business Furniture and Equipment in Publication 587. Can i file my back taxes online free Publication 946 has detailed information about the section 179 deduction and depreciation deductions using GDS and ADS. Can i file my back taxes online free Reporting your depreciation deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free    See How To Report, later, for information about reporting a deduction for depreciation. Can i file my back taxes online free You must keep records to prove your percentage of business and investment use. Can i file my back taxes online free Dues to Chambers of Commerce and Professional Societies You may be able to deduct dues paid to professional organizations (such as bar associations and medical associations) and to chambers of commerce and similar organizations, if membership helps you carry out the duties of your job. Can i file my back taxes online free Similar organizations include: Boards of trade, Business leagues, Civic or public service organizations, Real estate boards, and Trade associations. Can i file my back taxes online free Lobbying and political activities. Can i file my back taxes online free    You may not be able to deduct that part of your dues that is for certain lobbying and political activities. Can i file my back taxes online free See Lobbying Expenses under Nondeductible Expenses, later. Can i file my back taxes online free Educator Expenses If you were an eligible educator in 2013, you can deduct up to $250 of qualified expenses you paid in 2013 as an adjustment to gross income on Form 1040, line 23, rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free If you file Form 1040A, you can deduct these expenses on line 16. Can i file my back taxes online free If you and your spouse are filing jointly and both of you were eligible educators, the maximum deduction is $500. Can i file my back taxes online free However, neither spouse can deduct more than $250 of his or her qualified expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Eligible educator. Can i file my back taxes online free   An eligible educator is a kindergarten through grade 12 teacher, instructor, counselor, principal, or aide in school for at least 900 hours during a school year. Can i file my back taxes online free Qualified expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free   Qualified expenses include ordinary and necessary expenses paid in connection with books, supplies, equipment (including computer equipment, software, and services), and other materials used in the classroom. Can i file my back taxes online free An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your educational field. Can i file my back taxes online free A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your profession as an educator. Can i file my back taxes online free An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. Can i file my back taxes online free   Qualified expenses do not include expenses for home schooling or for nonathletic supplies for courses in health or physical education. Can i file my back taxes online free You must reduce your qualified expenses by the following amounts. Can i file my back taxes online free Excludable U. Can i file my back taxes online free S. Can i file my back taxes online free series EE and I savings bond interest from Form 8815. Can i file my back taxes online free Nontaxable qualified state tuition program earnings. Can i file my back taxes online free Nontaxable earnings from Coverdell education savings accounts. Can i file my back taxes online free Any reimbursements you received for those expenses that were not reported to you on your Form W-2, box 1. Can i file my back taxes online free Educator expenses over limit. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you were an educator in 2013 and you had qualified expenses that you cannot take as an adjustment to gross income, you can deduct the rest as an itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit. Can i file my back taxes online free Home Office If you use a part of your home regularly and exclusively for business purposes, you may be able to deduct a part of the operating expenses and depreciation of your home. Can i file my back taxes online free You can claim this deduction for the business use of a part of your home only if you use that part of your home regularly and exclusively: As your principal place of business for any trade or business, As a place to meet or deal with your patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, or In the case of a separate structure not attached to your home, in connection with your trade or business. Can i file my back taxes online free The regular and exclusive business use must be for the convenience of your employer and not just appropriate and helpful in your job. Can i file my back taxes online free Principal place of business. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you have more than one place of business, the business part of your home is your principal place of business if: You use it regularly and exclusively for administrative or management activities of your trade or business, and You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Can i file my back taxes online free   Otherwise, the location of your principal place of business generally depends on the relative importance of the activities performed at each location and the time spent at each location. Can i file my back taxes online free You should keep records that will give the information needed to figure the deduction according to these rules. Can i file my back taxes online free Also keep canceled checks, substitute checks, or account statements and receipts of the expenses paid to prove the deductions you claim. Can i file my back taxes online free More information. Can i file my back taxes online free   See Publication 587 for more detailed information and a worksheet for figuring the deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free Job Search Expenses You can deduct certain expenses you have in looking for a new job in your present occupation, even if you do not get a new job. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot deduct these expenses if: You are looking for a job in a new occupation, There was a substantial break between the ending of your last job and your looking for a new one, or You are looking for a job for the first time. Can i file my back taxes online free Employment and outplacement agency fees. Can i file my back taxes online free    You can deduct employment and outplacement agency fees you pay in looking for a new job in your present occupation. Can i file my back taxes online free Employer pays you back. Can i file my back taxes online free   If, in a later year, your employer pays you back for employment agency fees, you must include the amount you receive in your gross income up to the amount of your tax benefit in the earlier year. Can i file my back taxes online free See Recoveries in Publication 525. Can i file my back taxes online free Employer pays the employment agency. Can i file my back taxes online free   If your employer pays the fees directly to the employment agency and you are not responsible for them, you do not include them in your gross income. Can i file my back taxes online free Résumé. Can i file my back taxes online free   You can deduct amounts you spend for preparing and mailing copies of a résumé to prospective employers if you are looking for a new job in your present occupation. Can i file my back taxes online free Travel and transportation expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you travel to an area and, while there, you look for a new job in your present occupation, you may be able to deduct travel expenses to and from the area. Can i file my back taxes online free You can deduct the travel expenses if the trip is primarily to look for a new job. Can i file my back taxes online free The amount of time you spend on personal activity compared to the amount of time you spend in looking for work is important in determining whether the trip is primarily personal or is primarily to look for a new job. Can i file my back taxes online free   Even if you cannot deduct the travel expenses to and from an area, you can deduct the expenses of looking for a new job in your present occupation while in the area. Can i file my back taxes online free    You can choose to use the standard mileage rate to figure your car expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free The 2013 rate for business use of a vehicle is 56½ cents per mile. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 463 for more information on travel and car expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Legal Fees You can deduct legal fees related to doing or keeping your job. Can i file my back taxes online free Licenses and Regulatory Fees You can deduct the amount you pay each year to state or local governments for licenses and regulatory fees for your trade, business, or profession. Can i file my back taxes online free Occupational Taxes You can deduct an occupational tax charged at a flat rate by a locality for the privilege of working or conducting a business in the locality. Can i file my back taxes online free If you are an employee, you can claim occupational taxes only as a miscellaneous deduction subject to the 2% limit; you cannot claim them as a deduction for taxes elsewhere on your return. Can i file my back taxes online free Repayment of Income Aid Payment An “income aid payment” is one that is received under an employer's plan to aid employees who lose their jobs because of lack of work. Can i file my back taxes online free If you repay a lump-sum income aid payment that you received and included in income in an earlier year, you can deduct the repayment. Can i file my back taxes online free Research Expenses of a College Professor If you are a college professor, you can deduct your research expenses, including travel expenses, for teaching, lecturing, or writing and publishing on subjects that relate directly to your teaching duties. Can i file my back taxes online free You must have undertaken the research as a means of carrying out the duties expected of a professor and without expectation of profit apart from salary. Can i file my back taxes online free However, you cannot deduct the cost of travel as a form of education. Can i file my back taxes online free Rural Mail Carriers' Vehicle Expenses If your expenses to use a vehicle in performing services as a rural mail carrier are more than the amount of your reimbursements, you can deduct the unreimbursed expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free See chapter 4 of Publication 463 for more information. Can i file my back taxes online free Tools Used in Your Work Generally, you can deduct amounts you spend for tools used in your work if the tools wear out and are thrown away within 1 year from the date of purchase. Can i file my back taxes online free You can depreciate the cost of tools that have a useful life substantially beyond the tax year. Can i file my back taxes online free For more information about depreciation, see Publication 946. Can i file my back taxes online free Travel, Transportation, Meals, Entertainment, Gifts, and Local Lodging If you are an employee and have ordinary and necessary business-related expenses for travel away from home, local transportation, entertainment, and gifts, you may be able to deduct these expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Generally, you must file Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ to claim these expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Travel expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free   Travel expenses are those incurred while traveling away from home for your employer. Can i file my back taxes online free You can deduct travel expenses paid or incurred in connection with a temporary work assignment. Can i file my back taxes online free Generally, you cannot deduct travel expenses paid or incurred in connection with an indefinite work assignment. Can i file my back taxes online free   Travel expenses may include: The cost of getting to and from your business destination (air, rail, bus, car, etc. Can i file my back taxes online free ), Meals and lodging while away from home, Taxi fares, Baggage charges, and Cleaning and laundry expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free   Travel expenses are discussed more fully in chapter 1 of Publication 463. Can i file my back taxes online free Temporary work assignment. Can i file my back taxes online free    If your assignment or job away from home in a single location is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for 1 year or less, it is temporary, unless there are facts and circumstances that indicate it is not. Can i file my back taxes online free Indefinite work assignment. Can i file my back taxes online free   If your assignment or job away from home in a single location is realistically expected to last for more than 1 year, it is indefinite, whether or not it actually lasts for more than 1 year. Can i file my back taxes online free If your assignment or job away from home in a single location is realistically expected to last for 1 year or less, but at some later date it is realistically expected to exceed 1 year, it will be treated as temporary (in the absence of facts and circumstances indicating otherwise) until the date that your realistic expectation changes, and it will be treated as indefinite after that date. Can i file my back taxes online free Federal crime investigation and prosecution. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you are a federal employee participating in a federal crime investigation or prosecution, you are not subject to the 1-year rule for deducting temporary travel expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free This means that you may be able to deduct travel expenses even if you are away from your tax home for more than 1 year. Can i file my back taxes online free   To qualify, the Attorney General must certify that you are traveling: For the Federal Government, In a temporary duty status, and To investigate, prosecute, or provide support services for the investigation or prosecution of a federal crime. Can i file my back taxes online free Armed Forces reservists traveling more than 100 miles from home. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States and you travel more than 100 miles away from home in connection with your performance of services as a member of the reserves, you can deduct some of your travel expenses as an adjustment to gross income rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free The amount of expenses you can deduct as an adjustment to gross income is limited to the regular federal per diem rate (for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses) and the standard mileage rate (for car expenses) plus any parking fees, ferry fees, and tolls. Can i file my back taxes online free The balance, if any, is reported on Schedule A. Can i file my back taxes online free   You are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States if you are in the Army, Naval, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard of the United States, the Air National Guard of the United States, or the Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service. Can i file my back taxes online free   For more information on travel expenses, see Publication 463. Can i file my back taxes online free Local transportation expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free   Local transportation expenses are the expenses of getting from one workplace to another when you are not traveling away from home. Can i file my back taxes online free They include the cost of transportation by air, rail, bus, taxi, and the cost of using your car. Can i file my back taxes online free   You can choose to use the standard mileage rate to figure your car expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free The 2013 rate for business use of a vehicle is 56½ cents per mile. Can i file my back taxes online free    In general, the costs of commuting between your residence and your place of business are nondeductible. Can i file my back taxes online free Work at two places in a day. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you work at two places in a day, whether or not for the same employer, you can generally deduct the expenses of getting from one workplace to the other. Can i file my back taxes online free Temporary work location. Can i file my back taxes online free   You can deduct expenses incurred in going between your home and a temporary work location if at least one of the following applies. Can i file my back taxes online free The work location is outside the metropolitan area where you live and normally work. Can i file my back taxes online free You have at least one regular work location (other than your home) for the same trade or business. Can i file my back taxes online free (If this applies, the distance between your home and the temporary work location does not matter. Can i file my back taxes online free )   For this purpose, a work location is generally considered temporary if your work there is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for 1 year or less. Can i file my back taxes online free It is not temporary if your work there is realistically expected to last for more than 1 year, even if it actually lasts for 1 year or less. Can i file my back taxes online free If your work there initially is realistically expected to last for 1 year or less, but later is realistically expected to last for more than 1 year, the work location is generally considered temporary until the date your realistic expectation changes and not temporary after that date. Can i file my back taxes online free For more information, see chapter 1 of Publication 463. Can i file my back taxes online free Home office. Can i file my back taxes online free   You can deduct expenses incurred in going between your home and a workplace if your home is your principal place of business for the same trade or business. Can i file my back taxes online free (In this situation, whether the other workplace is temporary or regular and its distance from your home do not matter. Can i file my back taxes online free ) See Home Office , earlier, for a discussion on the use of your home as your principal place of business. Can i file my back taxes online free Meals and entertainment. Can i file my back taxes online free   Generally, you can deduct entertainment expenses (including entertainment-related meals) only if they are directly related to the active conduct of your trade or business. Can i file my back taxes online free However, the expense only needs to be associated with the active conduct of your trade or business if it directly precedes or follows a substantial and bona fide business-related discussion. Can i file my back taxes online free   You can deduct only 50% of your business-related meal and entertainment expenses unless the expenses meet certain exceptions. Can i file my back taxes online free You apply this 50% limit before you apply the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Can i file my back taxes online free Meals when subject to “hours of service” limits. Can i file my back taxes online free   You can deduct 80% of your business-related meal expenses if you consume the meals during or incident to any period subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits. Can i file my back taxes online free You apply this 80% limit before you apply the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Can i file my back taxes online free Gift expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free   You can generally deduct up to $25 of business gifts you give to any one individual during the year. Can i file my back taxes online free The following items do not count toward the $25 limit. Can i file my back taxes online free Identical, widely distributed items costing $4 or less that have your name clearly and permanently imprinted. Can i file my back taxes online free Signs, racks, and promotional materials to be displayed on the business premises of the recipient. Can i file my back taxes online free Local lodging. Can i file my back taxes online free   If your employer provides or requires you to obtain lodging while you are not traveling away from home, you can deduct the cost of the lodging if it is: on a temporary basis, necessary for you to participate in or be available for a business meeting or employer function, and the costs are ordinary and necessary, but not lavish or extravagant. Can i file my back taxes online free   If your employer provides the lodging or reimburses you for the cost of the lodging, you can deduct the cost only if the value or the reimbursement is included in your gross income because it is reported as wages on your Form W-2. Can i file my back taxes online free Additional information. Can i file my back taxes online free    See Publication 463 for more information on travel, transportation, meal, entertainment, and gift expenses, and reimbursements for these expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Union Dues and Expenses You can deduct dues and initiation fees you pay for union membership. Can i file my back taxes online free You can also deduct assessments for benefit payments to unemployed union members. Can i file my back taxes online free However, you cannot deduct the part of the assessments or contributions that provides funds for the payment of sick, accident, or death benefits. Can i file my back taxes online free Also, you cannot deduct contributions to a pension fund even if the union requires you to make the contributions. Can i file my back taxes online free You may not be able to deduct amounts you pay to the union that are related to certain lobbying and political activities. Can i file my back taxes online free See Lobbying Expenses under Nondeductible Expenses, later. Can i file my back taxes online free Work Clothes and Uniforms You can deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes if the following two requirements are met. Can i file my back taxes online free You must wear them as a condition of your employment. Can i file my back taxes online free The clothes are not suitable for everyday wear. Can i file my back taxes online free It is not enough that you wear distinctive clothing. Can i file my back taxes online free The clothing must be specifically required by your employer. Can i file my back taxes online free Nor is it enough that you do not, in fact, wear your work clothes away from work. Can i file my back taxes online free The clothing must not be suitable for taking the place of your regular clothing. Can i file my back taxes online free Examples of workers who may be able to deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes are: delivery workers, firefighters, health care workers, law enforcement officers, letter carriers, professional athletes, and transportation workers (air, rail, bus, etc. Can i file my back taxes online free ). Can i file my back taxes online free Musicians and entertainers can deduct the cost of theatrical clothing and accessories that are not suitable for everyday wear. Can i file my back taxes online free However, work clothing consisting of white cap, white shirt or white jacket, white bib overalls, and standard work shoes, which a painter is required by his union to wear on the job, is not distinctive in character or in the nature of a uniform. Can i file my back taxes online free Similarly, the costs of buying and maintaining blue work clothes worn by a welder at the request of a foreman are not deductible. Can i file my back taxes online free Protective clothing. Can i file my back taxes online free   You can deduct the cost of protective clothing required in your work, such as safety shoes or boots, safety glasses, hard hats, and work gloves. Can i file my back taxes online free   Examples of workers who may be required to wear safety items are: carpenters, cement workers, chemical workers, electricians, fishing boat crew members, machinists, oil field workers, pipe fitters, steamfitters, and truck drivers. Can i file my back taxes online free Military uniforms. Can i file my back taxes online free   You generally cannot deduct the cost of your uniforms if you are on full-time active duty in the armed forces. Can i file my back taxes online free However, if you are an armed forces reservist, you can deduct the unreimbursed cost of your uniform if military regulations restrict you from wearing it except while on duty as a reservist. Can i file my back taxes online free In figuring the deduction, you must reduce the cost by any nontaxable allowance you receive for these expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free   If local military rules do not allow you to wear fatigue uniforms when you are off duty, you can deduct the amount by which the cost of buying and keeping up these uniforms is more than the uniform allowance you receive. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you are a student at an armed forces academy, you cannot deduct the cost of your uniforms if they replace regular clothing. Can i file my back taxes online free However, you can deduct the cost of insignia, shoulder boards, and related items. Can i file my back taxes online free    You can deduct the cost of your uniforms if you are a civilian faculty or staff member of a military school. Can i file my back taxes online free Work-Related Education You can deduct expenses you have for education, even if the education may lead to a degree, if the education meets at least one of the following two tests. Can i file my back taxes online free It maintains or improves skills required in your present work. Can i file my back taxes online free It is required by your employer or the law to keep your salary, status, or job, and the requirement serves a business purpose of your employer. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot deduct expenses you have for education, even though one or both of the preceding tests are met, if the education: Is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements to qualify you in your trade or business, or Is part of a program of study that will lead to qualifying you in a new trade or business. Can i file my back taxes online free If your education qualifies, you can deduct expenses for tuition, books, supplies, laboratory fees, and similar items, and certain transportation costs. Can i file my back taxes online free If the education qualifies you for a new trade or business, you cannot deduct the educational expenses even if you do not intend to enter that trade or business. Can i file my back taxes online free Travel as education. Can i file my back taxes online free   You cannot deduct the cost of travel that in itself constitutes a form of education. Can i file my back taxes online free For example, a French teacher who travels to France to maintain general familiarity with the French language and culture cannot deduct the cost of the trip as an educational expense. Can i file my back taxes online free More information. Can i file my back taxes online free    See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, for a complete discussion of the deduction for work-related education expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Education Expenses During Unemployment If you stop working for a year or less in order to get education in order to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work and then return to the same general type of work, your absence is considered temporary. Can i file my back taxes online free Education that you get during a temporary absence is qualifying work-related education if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Can i file my back taxes online free Tax Preparation Fees You can usually deduct tax preparation fees on the return for the year in which you pay them. Can i file my back taxes online free Thus, on your 2013 return, you can deduct fees paid in 2013 for preparing your 2012 return. Can i file my back taxes online free These fees include the cost of tax preparation software programs and tax publications. Can i file my back taxes online free They also include any fee you paid for electronic filing of your return. Can i file my back taxes online free See Tax preparation fees under How To Report, later. Can i file my back taxes online free Other Expenses You can deduct certain other expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Can i file my back taxes online free On Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 9, you can deduct the ordinary and necessary expenses that you pay: To produce or collect income that must be included in your gross income, To manage, conserve, or maintain property held for producing such income, or To determine, contest, pay, or claim a refund of any tax. Can i file my back taxes online free You can deduct expenses you pay for the purposes in (1) and (2) above only if they are reasonable and closely related to these purposes. Can i file my back taxes online free These other expenses include the following items. Can i file my back taxes online free Appraisal fees for a casualty loss or charitable contribution. Can i file my back taxes online free Casualty and theft losses from property used in performing services as an employee. Can i file my back taxes online free Clerical help and office rent in caring for investments. Can i file my back taxes online free Depreciation on home computers used for investments. Can i file my back taxes online free Excess deductions (including administrative expenses) allowed a beneficiary on termination of an estate or trust. Can i file my back taxes online free Fees to collect interest and dividends. Can i file my back taxes online free Hobby expenses, but generally not more than hobby income. Can i file my back taxes online free Indirect miscellaneous deductions from pass-through entities. Can i file my back taxes online free Investment fees and expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Legal fees related to producing or collecting taxable income or getting tax advice. Can i file my back taxes online free Loss on deposits in an insolvent or bankrupt financial institution. Can i file my back taxes online free Loss on traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs, when all amounts have been distributed to you. Can i file my back taxes online free Repayments of income. Can i file my back taxes online free Repayments of social security benefits. Can i file my back taxes online free Safe deposit box rental, except for storing jewelry and other personal effects. Can i file my back taxes online free Service charges on dividend reinvestment plans. Can i file my back taxes online free Tax advice fees. Can i file my back taxes online free Trustee's fees for your IRA, if separately billed and paid. Can i file my back taxes online free If the expenses you pay produce income that is only partially taxable, see Tax-Exempt Income Expenses, later, under Nondeductible Expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Appraisal Fees You can deduct appraisal fees if you pay them to figure a casualty loss or the fair market value of donated property. Can i file my back taxes online free Casualty and Theft Losses You can deduct a casualty or theft loss as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit if you used the damaged or stolen property in performing services as an employee. Can i file my back taxes online free First report the loss in Section B of Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts. Can i file my back taxes online free You may also have to include the loss on Form 4797, Sales of Business Property, if you are otherwise required to file that form. Can i file my back taxes online free To figure your deduction, add all casualty or theft losses from this type of property included on Form 4684, lines 32 and 38b, or Form 4797, line 18a. Can i file my back taxes online free For more information on casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Can i file my back taxes online free Clerical Help and Office Rent You can deduct office expenses, such as rent and clerical help, that you have in connection with your investments and collecting the taxable income on them. Can i file my back taxes online free Credit or Debit Card Convenience Fees You can deduct the convenience fee charged by the card processor for paying your income tax (including estimated tax payments) by credit or debit card. Can i file my back taxes online free The fees are deductible on the return for the year in which you paid them. Can i file my back taxes online free For example, fees charged to payments made in 2013 can be claimed on the 2013 tax return. Can i file my back taxes online free Depreciation on Home Computer You can deduct depreciation on your home computer if you use it to produce income (for example, to manage your investments that produce taxable income). Can i file my back taxes online free You generally must depreciate the computer using the straight line method over the Alternative Depreciation System (ADS) recovery period. Can i file my back taxes online free But if you work as an employee and also use the computer in that work, see Depreciation on Computers under Unreimbursed Employee Expenses, earlier. Can i file my back taxes online free For more information on depreciation, see Publication 946. Can i file my back taxes online free Excess Deductions of an Estate If an estate's total deductions in its last tax year are more than its gross income for that year, the beneficiaries succeeding to the estate's property can deduct the excess. Can i file my back taxes online free Do not include deductions for the estate's personal exemption and charitable contributions when figuring the estate's total deductions. Can i file my back taxes online free The beneficiaries can claim the deduction only for the tax year in which, or with which, the estate terminates, whether the year of termination is a normal year or a short tax year. Can i file my back taxes online free For more information, see Termination of Estate in Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators. Can i file my back taxes online free Fees To Collect Interest and Dividends You can deduct fees you pay to a broker, bank, trustee, or similar agent to collect your taxable bond interest or dividends on shares of stock. Can i file my back taxes online free But you cannot deduct a fee you pay to a broker to buy investment property, such as stocks or bonds. Can i file my back taxes online free You must add the fee to the cost of the property. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot deduct the fee you pay to a broker to sell securities. Can i file my back taxes online free You can use the fee only to figure gain or loss from the sale. Can i file my back taxes online free See the instructions for Schedule D (Form 1040) for information on how to report the fee. Can i file my back taxes online free Hobby Expenses You can generally deduct hobby expenses, but only up to the amount of hobby income. Can i file my back taxes online free A hobby is not a business because it is not carried on to make a profit. Can i file my back taxes online free See Not-for-Profit Activities in chapter 1 of Publication 535. Can i file my back taxes online free Indirect Deductions of Pass-Through Entities Pass-through entities include partnerships, S corporations, and mutual funds that are not publicly offered. Can i file my back taxes online free Deductions of pass-through entities are passed through to the partners or shareholders. Can i file my back taxes online free The partners or shareholders can deduct their share of passed-through deductions for investment expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% limit. Can i file my back taxes online free Example. Can i file my back taxes online free You are a member of an investment club that is formed solely to invest in securities. Can i file my back taxes online free The club is treated as a partnership. Can i file my back taxes online free The partnership's income is solely from taxable dividends, interest, and gains from sales of securities. Can i file my back taxes online free In this case, you can deduct your share of the partnership's operating expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% limit. Can i file my back taxes online free However, if the investment club partnership has investments that also produce nontaxable income, you cannot deduct your share of the partnership's expenses that produce the nontaxable income. Can i file my back taxes online free Publicly offered mutual funds. Can i file my back taxes online free   Publicly offered mutual funds do not pass deductions for investment expenses through to shareholders. Can i file my back taxes online free A mutual fund is “publicly offered” if it is: Continuously offered pursuant to a public offering, Regularly traded on an established securities market, or Held by or for at least 500 persons at all times during the tax year. Can i file my back taxes online free   A publicly offered mutual fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions, or a substitute form, showing the net amount of dividend income (gross dividends minus investment expenses). Can i file my back taxes online free This net figure is the amount you report on your return as income. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot further deduct investment expenses related to publicly offered mutual funds because they are already included as part of the net income amount. Can i file my back taxes online free Information returns. Can i file my back taxes online free   You should receive information returns from pass-through entities. Can i file my back taxes online free Partnerships and S corporations. Can i file my back taxes online free   These entities issue Schedule K-1, which lists the items and amounts you must report, and identifies the tax return schedules and lines to use. Can i file my back taxes online free Nonpublicly offered mutual funds. Can i file my back taxes online free   These funds will send you a Form 1099-DIV, or a substitute form, showing your share of gross income and investment expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free You can claim the expenses only as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit. Can i file my back taxes online free Investment Fees and Expenses You can deduct investment fees, custodial fees, trust administration fees, and other expenses you paid for managing your investments that produce taxable income. Can i file my back taxes online free Legal Expenses You can usually deduct legal expenses that you incur in attempting to produce or collect taxable income or that you pay in connection with the determination, collection, or refund of any tax. Can i file my back taxes online free You can also deduct legal expenses that are: Related to either doing or keeping your job, such as those you paid to defend yourself against criminal charges arising out of your trade or business, For tax advice related to a divorce if the bill specifies how much is for tax advice and it is determined in a reasonable way, or To collect taxable alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free You can deduct expenses of resolving tax issues relating to profit or loss from business (Schedule C or C-EZ), rentals or royalties (Schedule E), or farm income and expenses (Schedule F) on the appropriate schedule. Can i file my back taxes online free You deduct expenses of resolving nonbusiness tax issues on Schedule A (Form 1040 or Form 1040NR). Can i file my back taxes online free See Tax Preparation Fees, earlier. Can i file my back taxes online free Unlawful discrimination claims. Can i file my back taxes online free   You may be able to deduct, as an adjustment to income on Form 1040, line 36, or Form 1040NR, line 35, rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, attorney fees and court costs for actions settled or decided after October 22, 2004, involving a claim of unlawful discrimination, a claim against the U. Can i file my back taxes online free S. Can i file my back taxes online free Government, or a claim made under section 1862(b)(3)(A) of the Social Security Act. Can i file my back taxes online free However, the amount you can deduct on Form 1040, line 36, or Form 1040NR, line 35, is limited to the amount of the judgment or settlement you are including in income for the tax year. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 525 for more information. Can i file my back taxes online free Loss on Deposits A loss on deposits can occur when a bank, credit union, or other financial institution becomes insolvent or bankrupt. Can i file my back taxes online free If you can reasonably estimate the amount of your loss on money you have on deposit in a financial institution that becomes insolvent or bankrupt, you can generally choose to deduct it in the current year even though its exact amount has not been finally determined. Can i file my back taxes online free If elected, the casualty loss is subject to certain deduction limitations. Can i file my back taxes online free The election is made on Form 4684. Can i file my back taxes online free Once you make this choice, you cannot change it without IRS approval. Can i file my back taxes online free If none of the deposit is federally insured, you can deduct the loss in either of the following ways. Can i file my back taxes online free As an ordinary loss (as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit). Can i file my back taxes online free Write the name of the financial institution and “Insolvent Financial Institution” beside the amount on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 9. Can i file my back taxes online free This deduction is limited to $20,000 ($10,000 if you are married filing separately) for each financial institution, reduced by any expected state insurance proceeds. Can i file my back taxes online free As a casualty loss. Can i file my back taxes online free Report it on Form 4684 first and then on Schedule A (Form 1040). Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 547 for details. Can i file my back taxes online free As a nonbusiness bad debt. Can i file my back taxes online free Report it on Schedule D (Form 1040). Can i file my back taxes online free If any part of the deposit is federally insured, you can deduct the loss only as a casualty loss. Can i file my back taxes online free Exception. Can i file my back taxes online free   You cannot make this choice if you are a 1%-or-more-owner or an officer of the financial institution, or are related to such owner or officer. Can i file my back taxes online free For a definition of “related,” see Deposit in Insolvent or Bankrupt Financial Institution in chapter 4 of Publication 550. Can i file my back taxes online free Actual loss different from estimated loss. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you make this choice and your actual loss is less than your estimated loss, you must include the excess in income. Can i file my back taxes online free See Recoveries in Publication 525. Can i file my back taxes online free If your actual loss is more than your estimated loss, treat the excess loss as explained under Choice not made, next. Can i file my back taxes online free Choice not made. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you do not make this choice (or if you have an excess actual loss after choosing to deduct your estimated loss), treat your loss (or excess loss) as a nonbusiness bad debt (deductible as a short-term capital loss) in the year its amount is finally determined. Can i file my back taxes online free See Nonbusiness Bad Debts in chapter 4 of Publication 550. Can i file my back taxes online free Loss on IRA If you have a loss on your traditional IRA (or Roth IRA) investment, you can deduct the loss as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit, but only when all the amounts in all your traditional IRA (or Roth IRA) accounts have been distributed to you and the total distributions are less than your unrecovered basis. Can i file my back taxes online free For more information, see Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs). Can i file my back taxes online free Repayments of Income If you had to repay an amount that you included in income in an earlier year, you may be able to deduct the amount you repaid. Can i file my back taxes online free If the amount you had to repay was ordinary income of $3,000 or less, the deduction is subject to the 2% limit. Can i file my back taxes online free If it was more than $3,000, see Repayments Under Claim of Right under Deductions Not Subject to the 2% Limit, later. Can i file my back taxes online free Repayments of Social Security Benefits If the total of the amounts in box 5 (net benefits for 2013) of all your Forms SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, and Forms RRB-1099, Payments By the Railroad Retirement Board, is a negative figure (a figure in parentheses), you may be able to take a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit. Can i file my back taxes online free The amount you can deduct is the part of the negative figure that represents an amount you included in gross income in an earlier year. Can i file my back taxes online free The amount in box 5 of Form SSA-1099 or RRB-1099 is the net amount of your benefits for the year. Can i file my back taxes online free It will be a negative figure if the amount of benefits you repaid in 2013 (box 4) is more than the gross amount of benefits paid to you in 2013 (box 3). Can i file my back taxes online free If the deduction is more than $3,000, you will have to use a special computation to figure your tax. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 915, Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits, for additional information. Can i file my back taxes online free Safe Deposit Box Rent You can deduct safe deposit box rent if you use the box to store taxable income-producing stocks, bonds, or investment-related papers and documents. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot deduct the rent if you use the box only for jewelry, other personal items, or tax-exempt securities. Can i file my back taxes online free Service Charges on Dividend Reinvestment Plans You can deduct service charges you pay as a subscriber in a dividend reinvestment plan. Can i file my back taxes online free These service charges include payments for: Holding shares acquired through a plan, Collecting and reinvesting cash dividends, and Keeping individual records and providing detailed statements of accounts. Can i file my back taxes online free Trustee's Administrative Fees for IRA Trustee's administrative fees that are billed separately and paid by you in connection with your IRA are deductible (if they are ordinary and necessary) as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit. Can i file my back taxes online free Deductions Not Subject to the 2% Limit You can deduct the items listed below as miscellaneous itemized deductions. Can i file my back taxes online free They are not subject to the 2% limit. Can i file my back taxes online free Report these items on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 14. Can i file my back taxes online free List of Deductions Amortizable premium on taxable bonds. Can i file my back taxes online free Casualty and theft losses from income-producing property. Can i file my back taxes online free Federal estate tax on income in respect of a decedent. Can i file my back taxes online free Gambling losses up to the amount of gambling winnings. Can i file my back taxes online free Impairment-related work expenses of persons with disabilities. Can i file my back taxes online free Loss from other activities from Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B), box 2. Can i file my back taxes online free Losses from Ponzi-type investment schemes. Can i file my back taxes online free Repayments of more than $3,000 under a claim of right. Can i file my back taxes online free Unrecovered investment in an annuity. Can i file my back taxes online free Amortizable Premium on Taxable Bonds In general, if the amount you pay for a bond is greater than its stated principal amount, the excess is bond premium. Can i file my back taxes online free You can elect to amortize the premium on taxable bonds. Can i file my back taxes online free The amortization of the premium is generally an offset to interest income on the bond rather than a separate deduction item. Can i file my back taxes online free Pre-1998 election to amortize bond premium. Can i file my back taxes online free   Generally, if you first elected to amortize bond premium before 1998, the above treatment of the premium does not apply to bonds you acquired before 1988. Can i file my back taxes online free Bonds acquired after October 22, 1986, and before 1988. Can i file my back taxes online free   The amortization of the premium on these bonds is investment interest expense subject to the investment interest limit, unless you chose to treat it as an offset to interest income on the bond. Can i file my back taxes online free Bonds acquired before October 23, 1986. Can i file my back taxes online free   The amortization of the premium on these bonds is a miscellaneous itemized deduction not subject to the 2% limit. Can i file my back taxes online free Deduction for excess premium. Can i file my back taxes online free   On certain bonds (such as bonds that pay a variable rate of interest or that provide for an interest-free period), the amount of bond premium allocable to a period may exceed the amount of stated interest allocable to the period. Can i file my back taxes online free If this occurs, treat the excess as a miscellaneous itemized deduction that is not subject to the 2% limit. Can i file my back taxes online free However, the amount deductible is limited to the amount by which your total interest inclusions on the bond in prior periods exceed the total amount you treated as a bond premium deduction on the bond in prior periods. Can i file my back taxes online free If any of the excess bond premium cannot be deducted because of the limit, this amount is carried forward to the next period and is treated as bond premium allocable to that period. Can i file my back taxes online free    Pre-1998 choice to amortize bond premium. Can i file my back taxes online free If you made the choice to amortize the premium on taxable bonds before 1998, you can deduct the bond premium amortization that is more than your interest income only for bonds acquired during 1998 and later years. Can i file my back taxes online free More information. Can i file my back taxes online free    For more information on bond premium, see Bond Premium Amortization in chapter 3 of Publication 550. Can i file my back taxes online free Casualty and Theft Losses of Income-Producing Property You can deduct a casualty or theft loss as a miscellaneous itemized deduction not subject to the 2% limit if the damaged or stolen property was income-producing property (property held for investment, such as stocks, notes, bonds, gold, silver, vacant lots, and works of art). Can i file my back taxes online free First report the loss in Section B of Form 4684. Can i file my back taxes online free You may also have to include the loss on Form 4797, Sales of Business Property, if you are otherwise required to file that form. Can i file my back taxes online free To figure your deduction, add all casualty or theft losses from this type of property included on Form 4684, lines 32 and 38b, or Form 4797, line 18a. Can i file my back taxes online free For more information on casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547. Can i file my back taxes online free Federal Estate Tax on Income in Respect of a Decedent You can deduct the federal estate tax attributable to income in respect of a decedent that you as a beneficiary include in your gross income. Can i file my back taxes online free Income in respect of the decedent is gross income that the decedent would have received had death not occurred and that was not properly includible in the decedent's final income tax return. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 559 for information about figuring the amount of this deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free Gambling Losses Up to the Amount of Gambling Winnings You must report the full amount of your gambling winnings for the year on Form 1040, line 21. Can i file my back taxes online free You deduct your gambling losses for the year on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot deduct gambling losses that are more than your winnings. Can i file my back taxes online free Generally, nonresident aliens cannot deduct gambling losses on Schedule A (Form 1040NR). Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot reduce your gambling winnings by your gambling losses and report the difference. Can i file my back taxes online free You must report the full amount of your winnings as income and claim your losses (up to the amount of winnings) as an itemized deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free Therefore, your records should show your winnings separately from your losses. Can i file my back taxes online free Diary of winnings and losses. Can i file my back taxes online free You must keep an accurate diary or similar record of your losses and winnings. Can i file my back taxes online free Your diary should contain at least the following information. Can i file my back taxes online free The date and type of your specific wager or wagering activity. Can i file my back taxes online free The name and address or location of the gambling establishment. Can i file my back taxes online free The names of other persons present with you at the gambling establishment. Can i file my back taxes online free The amount(s) you won or lost. Can i file my back taxes online free Proof of winnings and losses. Can i file my back taxes online free   In addition to your diary, you should also have other documentation. Can i file my back taxes online free You can generally prove your winnings and losses through Form W-2G, Certain Gambling Winnings, Form 5754, Statement by Person(s) Receiving Gambling Winnings, wagering tickets, canceled checks, substitute checks, credit records, bank withdrawals, and statements of actual winnings or payment slips provided to you by the gambling establishment. Can i file my back taxes online free   For specific wagering transactions, you can use the following items to support your winnings and losses. Can i file my back taxes online free    These recordkeeping suggestions are intended as general guidelines to help you establish your winnings and losses. Can i file my back taxes online free They are not all-inclusive. Can i file my back taxes online free Your tax liability depends on your particular facts and circumstances. Can i file my back taxes online free Keno. Can i file my back taxes online free   Copies of the keno tickets you purchased that were validated by the gambling establishment, copies of your casino credit records, and copies of your casino check cashing records. Can i file my back taxes online free Slot machines. Can i file my back taxes online free   A record of the machine number and all winnings by date and time the machine was played. Can i file my back taxes online free Table games (twenty-one (blackjack), craps, poker, baccarat, roulette, wheel of fortune, etc. Can i file my back taxes online free ). Can i file my back taxes online free   The number of the table at which you were playing. Can i file my back taxes online free Casino credit card data indicating whether the credit was issued in the pit or at the cashier's cage. Can i file my back taxes online free Bingo. Can i file my back taxes online free   A record of the number of games played, cost of tickets purchased, and amounts collected on winning tickets. Can i file my back taxes online free Supplemental records include any receipts from the casino, parlor, etc. Can i file my back taxes online free Racing (horse, harness, dog, etc. Can i file my back taxes online free ). Can i file my back taxes online free   A record of the races, amounts of wagers, amounts collected on winning tickets, and amounts lost on losing tickets. Can i file my back taxes online free Supplemental records include unredeemed tickets and payment records from the racetrack. Can i file my back taxes online free Lotteries. Can i file my back taxes online free   A record of ticket purchases, dates, winnings, and losses. Can i file my back taxes online free Supplemental records include unredeemed tickets, payment slips, and winnings statements. Can i file my back taxes online free Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you have a physical or mental disability that limits your being employed, or substantially limits one or more of your major life activities, such as performing manual tasks, walking, speaking, breathing, learning, and working, you can deduct your impairment-related work expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Impairment-related work expenses are ordinary and necessary business expenses for attendant care services at your place of work and other expenses in connection with your place of work that are necessary for you to be able to work. Can i file my back taxes online free Example. Can i file my back taxes online free You are blind. Can i file my back taxes online free You must use a reader to do your work. Can i file my back taxes online free You use the reader both during your regular working hours at your place of work and outside your regular working hours away from your place of work. Can i file my back taxes online free The reader's services are only for your work. Can i file my back taxes online free You can deduct your expenses for the reader as impairment-related work expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Self-employed. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you are self-employed, enter your impairment-related work expenses on the appropriate form (Schedule C, C-EZ, E, or F) used to report your business income and expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free See Impairment-related work expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free , later under How To Report. Can i file my back taxes online free Loss From Other Activities From Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B), Box 2 If the amount reported in Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B), box 2, is a loss, report it on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 14 (only if effectively connected with a U. Can i file my back taxes online free S. Can i file my back taxes online free trade or business). Can i file my back taxes online free It is not subject to the passive activity limitations. Can i file my back taxes online free Officials Paid on a Fee Basis If you are a fee-basis official, you can claim your expenses in performing services in that job as an adjustment to income rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 463 for more information. Can i file my back taxes online free Performing Artists If you are a qualified performing artist, you can deduct your employee business expenses as an adjustment to income rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free If you are an employee, complete Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 463 for more information. Can i file my back taxes online free Losses From Ponzi-type Investment Schemes These losses are deductible as theft losses of income-producing property on your tax return for the year the loss was discovered. Can i file my back taxes online free You figure the deductible loss in Section B of Form 4684. Can i file my back taxes online free However, if you qualify to use Revenue Procedure 2009-20 (as modified by Revenue Procedure 2011-58) and you choose to follow the procedures in the guidance, complete Section C of Form 4684 before completing Section B. Can i file my back taxes online free Section C of Form 4684 replaces Appendix A in Revenue Procedure 2009-20. Can i file my back taxes online free You do not need to complete Appendix A. Can i file my back taxes online free See the Form 4684 instructions and Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts, for more information. Can i file my back taxes online free Repayments Under Claim of Right If you had to repay more than $3,000 that you included in your income in an earlier year because at the time you thought you had an unrestricted right to it, you may be able to deduct the amount you repaid, or take a credit against your tax. Can i file my back taxes online free See Repayments in Publication 525 for more information. Can i file my back taxes online free Unrecovered Investment in Annuity A retiree who contributed to the cost of an annuity can exclude from income a part of each payment received as a tax-free return of the retiree's investment. Can i file my back taxes online free If the retiree dies before the entire investment is recovered tax free, any unrecovered investment can be deducted on the retiree's final income tax return. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income, for more information about the tax treatment of pensions and annuities. Can i file my back taxes online free Nondeductible Expenses You cannot deduct the following expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free List of Nondeductible Expenses Adoption expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Broker's commissions. Can i file my back taxes online free Burial or funeral expenses, including the cost of a cemetery lot. Can i file my back taxes online free Campaign expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Capital expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Check-writing fees. Can i file my back taxes online free Club dues. Can i file my back taxes online free Commuting expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Fees and licenses, such as car licenses, marriage licenses, and dog tags. Can i file my back taxes online free Fines and penalties, such as parking tickets. Can i file my back taxes online free Health spa expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Hobby losses—but see Hobby Expenses, earlier. Can i file my back taxes online free Home repairs, insurance, and rent. Can i file my back taxes online free Home security system. Can i file my back taxes online free Illegal bribes and kickbacks—see Bribes and kickbacks in chapter 11 of Publication 535. Can i file my back taxes online free Investment-related seminars. Can i file my back taxes online free Life insurance premiums paid by the insured. Can i file my back taxes online free Lobbying expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Losses from the sale of your home, furniture, personal car, etc. Can i file my back taxes online free Lost or misplaced cash or property. Can i file my back taxes online free Lunches with co-workers. Can i file my back taxes online free Meals while working late. Can i file my back taxes online free Medical expenses as business expenses other than medical examinations required by your employer. Can i file my back taxes online free Personal disability insurance premiums. Can i file my back taxes online free Personal legal expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Personal, living, or family expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Political contributions. Can i file my back taxes online free Professional accreditation fees. Can i file my back taxes online free Professional reputation, expenses to improve. Can i file my back taxes online free Relief fund contributions. Can i file my back taxes online free Residential telephone line. Can i file my back taxes online free Stockholders' meeting, expenses of attending. Can i file my back taxes online free Tax-exempt income, expenses of earning or collecting. Can i file my back taxes online free The value of wages never received or lost vacation time. Can i file my back taxes online free Travel expenses for another individual. Can i file my back taxes online free Voluntary unemployment benefit fund contributions. Can i file my back taxes online free Wristwatches. Can i file my back taxes online free Adoption Expenses You cannot deduct the expenses of adopting a child but you may be able to take a credit for those expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free For details, see Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Commissions Commissions paid on the purchase of securities are not deductible, either as business or nonbusiness expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Instead, these fees must be added to the taxpayer's cost of the securities. Can i file my back taxes online free Commissions paid on the sale are deductible as business expenses only by dealers. Can i file my back taxes online free Campaign Expenses You cannot deduct campaign expenses of a candidate for any office, even if the candidate is running for reelection to the office. Can i file my back taxes online free These include qualification and registration fees for primary elections. Can i file my back taxes online free Legal fees. Can i file my back taxes online free   You cannot deduct legal fees paid to defend charges that arise from participation in a political campaign. Can i file my back taxes online free Capital Expenses You cannot currently deduct amounts paid to buy property that has a useful life substantially beyond the tax year or amounts paid to increase the value or prolong the life of property. Can i file my back taxes online free If you use such property in your work, you may be able to take a depreciation deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 946. Can i file my back taxes online free If the property is a car used in your work, also see Publication 463. Can i file my back taxes online free Check-Writing Fees on Personal Account If you have a personal checking account, you cannot deduct fees charged by the bank for the privilege of writing checks, even if the account pays interest. Can i file my back taxes online free Club Dues Generally, you cannot deduct the cost of membership in any club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or other social purpose. Can i file my back taxes online free This includes business, social, athletic, luncheon, sporting, airline, hotel, golf, and country clubs. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot deduct dues paid to an organization if one of its main purposes is to: Conduct entertainment activities for members or their guests, or Provide members or their guests with access to entertainment facilities. Can i file my back taxes online free Dues paid to airline, hotel, and luncheon clubs are not deductible. Can i file my back taxes online free Commuting Expenses You cannot deduct commuting expenses (the cost of transportation between your home and your main or regular place of work). Can i file my back taxes online free If you haul tools, instruments, or other items in your car to and from work, you can deduct only the additional cost of hauling the items, such as the rent on a trailer to carry the items. Can i file my back taxes online free Fines or Penalties You cannot deduct fines or penalties you pay to a governmental unit for violating a law. Can i file my back taxes online free This includes an amount paid in settlement of your actual or potential liability for a fine or penalty (civil or criminal). Can i file my back taxes online free Fines or penalties include parking tickets, tax penalties, and penalties deducted from teachers' paychecks after an illegal strike. Can i file my back taxes online free Health Spa Expenses You cannot deduct health spa expenses, even if there is a job requirement to stay in excellent physical condition, such as might be required of a law enforcement officer. Can i file my back taxes online free Home Security System You cannot deduct the cost of a home security system as a miscellaneous deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free However, you may be able to claim a deduction for a home security system as a business expense if you have a home office. Can i file my back taxes online free See Home Office under Unreimbursed Employee Expenses, earlier, and Publication 587. Can i file my back taxes online free Investment-Related Seminars You cannot deduct any expenses for attending a convention, seminar, or similar meeting for investment purposes. Can i file my back taxes online free Life Insurance Premiums You cannot deduct premiums you pay on your life insurance. Can i file my back taxes online free You may be able to deduct, as alimony, premiums you pay on life insurance policies assigned to your former spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals, for information on alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free Lobbying Expenses You generally cannot deduct amounts paid or incurred for lobbying expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free These include expenses to: Influence legislation, Participate, or intervene, in any political campaign for, or against, any candidate for public office, Attempt to influence the general public, or segments of the public, about elections, legislative matters, or referendums, or Communicate directly with covered executive branch officials in any attempt to influence the official actions or positions of those officials. Can i file my back taxes online free Lobbying expenses also include any amounts paid or incurred for research, preparation, planning, or coordination of any of these activities. Can i file my back taxes online free Covered executive branch official. Can i file my back taxes online free   A covered executive branch official, for the purpose of (4) above, is any of the following officials. Can i file my back taxes online free The President. Can i file my back taxes online free The Vice President. Can i file my back taxes online free Any officer or employee of the White House Office of the Executive Office of the President, and the two most senior level officers of each of the other agencies in the Executive Office. Can i file my back taxes online free Any individual serving in a position in Level I of the Executive Schedule under section 5312 of Title 5, United States Code, any other individual designated by the President as having Cabinet-level status, and any immediate deputy of one of these individuals. Can i file my back taxes online free Dues used for lobbying. Can i file my back taxes online free   If a tax-exempt organization notifies you that part of the dues or other amounts you pay to the organization are used to pay nondeductible lobbying expenses, you cannot deduct that part. Can i file my back taxes online free Exceptions. Can i file my back taxes online free   You can deduct certain lobbying expenses if they are ordinary and necessary expenses of carrying on your trade or business. Can i file my back taxes online free You can deduct expenses for attempting to influence the legislation of any local council or similar governing body (local legislation). Can i file my back taxes online free An Indian tribal government is considered a local council or similar governing body. Can i file my back taxes online free You can deduct in-house expenses for influencing legislation or communicating directly with a covered executive branch official if the expenses for the tax year are not more than $2,000 (not counting overhead expenses). Can i file my back taxes online free If you are a professional lobbyist, you can deduct the expenses you incur in the trade or business of lobbying on behalf of another person. Can i file my back taxes online free Payments by the other person to you for lobbying activities cannot be deducted. Can i file my back taxes online free Lost or Mislaid Cash or Property You cannot deduct a loss based on the mere disappearance of money or property. Can i file my back taxes online free However, an accidental loss or disappearance of property can qualify as a casualty if it results from an identifiable event that is sudden, unexpected, or unusual. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 547. Can i file my back taxes online free Example. Can i file my back taxes online free A car door is accidentally slammed on your hand, breaking the setting of your diamond ring. Can i file my back taxes online free The diamond falls from the ring and is never found. Can i file my back taxes online free The loss of the diamond is a casualty. Can i file my back taxes online free Lunches With Co-workers You cannot deduct the expenses of lunches with co-workers, except while traveling away from home on business. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 463 for information on deductible expenses while traveling away from home. Can i file my back taxes online free Meals While Working Late You cannot deduct the cost of meals while working late. Can i file my back taxes online free However, you may be able to claim a deduction if the cost of the meals is a deductible entertainment expense, or if you are traveling away from home. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 463 for information on deductible entertainment expenses and expenses while traveling away from home. Can i file my back taxes online free Personal Legal Expenses You cannot deduct personal legal expenses such as those for the following. Can i file my back taxes online free Custody of children. Can i file my back taxes online free Breach of promise to marry suit. Can i file my back taxes online free Civil or criminal charges resulting from a personal relationship. Can i file my back taxes online free Damages for personal injury (except certain whistleblower claims and unlawful discrimination claims). Can i file my back taxes online free For more information about unlawful discrimination claims, see Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit, earlier. Can i file my back taxes online free Preparation of a title (or defense or perfection of a title). Can i file my back taxes online free Preparation of a will. Can i file my back taxes online free Property claims or property settlement in a divorce. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot deduct these expenses even if a result of the legal proceeding is the loss of income-producing property. Can i file my back taxes online free Political Contributions You cannot deduct contributions made to a political candidate, a campaign committee, or a newsletter fund. Can i file my back taxes online free Advertisements in convention bulletins and admissions to dinners or programs that benefit a political party or political candidate are not deductible. Can i file my back taxes online free Professional Accreditation Fees You cannot deduct professional accreditation fees such as the following. Can i file my back taxes online free Accounting certificate fees paid for the initial right to practice accounting. Can i file my back taxes online free Bar exam fees and incidental expenses in securing initial admission to the bar. Can i file my back taxes online free Medical and dental license fees paid to get initial licensing. Can i file my back taxes online free Professional Reputation You cannot deduct expenses of radio and TV appearances to increase your personal prestige or establish your professional reputation. Can i file my back taxes online free Relief Fund Contributions You cannot deduct contributions paid to a private plan that pays benefits to any covered employee who cannot work because of any injury or illness not related to the job. Can i file my back taxes online free Residential Telephone Service You cannot deduct any charge (including taxes) for basic local telephone service for the first telephone line to your residence, even if it is used in a trade or business. Can i file my back taxes online free Stockholders' Meetings You cannot deduct transportation and other expenses you pay to attend stockholders' meetings of companies in which you own stock but have no other interest. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot deduct these expenses even if you are attending the meeting to get information that would be useful in making further investments. Can i file my back taxes online free Tax-Exempt Income Expenses You cannot deduct expenses to produce tax-exempt income. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot deduct interest on a debt incurred or continued to buy or carry tax-exempt securities. Can i file my back taxes online free If you have expenses to p
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Consumer Protection Offices

City, county, regional, and state consumer offices offer a variety of important services. They might mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, license and regulate professional service providers, provide educational materials and advocate for consumer rights. To save time, call before sending a written complaint. Ask if the office handles the type of complaint you have and if complaint forms are provided.

State Consumer Protection Offices

Colorado Office of the Attorney General

Website: Colorado Office of the Attorney General

Address: Colorado Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Section
1300 Broadway, 10th Floor
Denver, CO 80203

Phone Number: 720-508-6006

Toll-free: 1-800-222-4444 (CO)

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County Consumer Protection Offices

Pueblo County District Attorney's Office

Website: Pueblo County District Attorney's Office

Address: Pueblo County District Attorney's Office
Economic Crimes Unit
701 Court St.
Pueblo, CO 81003

Phone Number: 719-583-6030

Weld County District Attorney's Office

Website: Weld County District Attorney's Office

Address: Weld County District Attorney's Office
915 10th St.
PO Box 1167
Greeley, CO 80632-1167

Phone Number: 970-356-4010

Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office

Website: Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office

Address: Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office
Economic Crimes Division
El Paso and Teller Counties
105 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone Number: 719-520-6000 719-520-6002 (Fraud Hotline)

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City Consumer Protection Offices

Denver District Attorney's Office

Website: Denver District Attorney's Office

Address: Denver District Attorney's Office
Economic Crimes Unit
201 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80202

Phone Number: 720-913-9179

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Banking Authorities

The officials listed in this section regulate and supervise state-chartered banks. Many of them handle or refer problems and complaints about other types of financial institutions as well. Some also answer general questions about banking and consumer credit. If you are dealing with a federally chartered bank, check Federal Agencies.

Department of Regulatory Agencies

Website: Department of Regulatory Agencies

Address: Department of Regulatory Agencies
Division of Banking
1560 Broadway, Suite 975
Denver, CO 80202

Phone Number: 303-894-7575

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Insurance Regulators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for each type of insurance. The officials listed in this section enforce these laws. Many of these offices can also provide you with information to help you make informed insurance buying decisions.

Department of Regulatory Agencies

Website: Department of Regulatory Agencies

Address: Department of Regulatory Agencies
Division of Insurance
1560 Broadway, Suite 850
Denver, CO 80202

Phone Number: 303-894-7490

Toll-free: 1-800-930-3745 (CO)

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Securities Administrators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for securities brokers and securities - including stocks, mutual funds, commodities, real estate, etc. The officials and agencies listed in this section enforce these laws and regulations. Many of these offices can also provide information to help you make informed investment decisions.

Department of Regulatory Agencies

Website: Department of Regulatory Agencies

Address: Department of Regulatory Agencies
Division of Securities
1560 Broadway, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80202

Phone Number: 303-894-2320

TTY: 1-800-659-2656

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Utility Commissions

State Utility Commissions regulate services and rates for gas, electricity and telephones within your state. In some states, the utility commissions regulate other services such as water, transportation, and the moving of household goods. Many utility commissions handle consumer complaints. Sometimes, if a number of complaints are received about the same utility matter, they will conduct investigations.

Public Utilities Commission

Website: Public Utilities Commission

Address: Public Utilities Commission
Consumer Protection Division
1560 Broadway, Suite 250
Denver, CO 80202

Phone Number: 303-894-2070

Toll-free: 1-800-456-0858 (CO)

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Can i file my back taxes online free Publication 504 - Main Content Table of Contents Filing StatusUnmarried persons. Can i file my back taxes online free Married persons. Can i file my back taxes online free Same-sex marriage. Can i file my back taxes online free Exception. Can i file my back taxes online free Married Filing Jointly Married Filing Separately Head of Household ExemptionsPersonal Exemptions Exemptions for Dependents Phaseout of Exemptions AlimonyInvalid decree. Can i file my back taxes online free Amended instrument. Can i file my back taxes online free General Rules Instruments Executed After 1984 Instruments Executed Before 1985 Qualified Domestic Relations OrderRollovers. Can i file my back taxes online free Individual Retirement Arrangements Property SettlementsTransfer Between Spouses Gift Tax on Property Settlements Sale of Jointly-Owned Property Costs of Getting a Divorce Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax Community PropertyCommunity Income Alimony (Community Income) How To Get Tax Help Filing Status Your filing status is used in determining whether you must file a return, your standard deduction, and the correct tax. Can i file my back taxes online free It may also be used in determining whether you can claim certain other deductions and credits. Can i file my back taxes online free The filing status you can choose depends partly on your marital status on the last day of your tax year. Can i file my back taxes online free Marital status. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you are unmarried, your filing status is single or, if you meet certain requirements, head of household or qualifying widow(er). Can i file my back taxes online free If you are married, your filing status is either married filing a joint return or married filing a separate return. Can i file my back taxes online free For information about the single and qualifying widow(er) filing statuses, see Publication 501. Can i file my back taxes online free Unmarried persons. Can i file my back taxes online free   You are unmarried for the whole year if either of the following applies. Can i file my back taxes online free You have obtained a final decree of divorce or separate maintenance by the last day of your tax year. Can i file my back taxes online free You must follow your state law to determine if you are divorced or legally separated. Can i file my back taxes online free Exception. Can i file my back taxes online free If you and your spouse obtain a divorce in one year for the sole purpose of filing tax returns as unmarried individuals, and at the time of divorce you intend to remarry each other and do so in the next tax year, you and your spouse must file as married individuals. Can i file my back taxes online free You have obtained a decree of annulment, which holds that no valid marriage ever existed. Can i file my back taxes online free You must file amended returns (Form 1040X, Amended U. Can i file my back taxes online free S. Can i file my back taxes online free Individual Income Tax Return) for all tax years affected by the annulment that are not closed by the statute of limitations. Can i file my back taxes online free The statute of limitations generally does not end until 3 years (including extensions) after the date you file your original return or within 2 years after the date you pay the tax. Can i file my back taxes online free On the amended return you will change your filing status to single or, if you meet certain requirements, head of household. Can i file my back taxes online free Married persons. Can i file my back taxes online free   You are married for the whole year if you are separated but you have not obtained a final decree of divorce or separate maintenance by the last day of your tax year. Can i file my back taxes online free An interlocutory decree is not a final decree. Can i file my back taxes online free Same-sex marriage. Can i file my back taxes online free   For federal tax purposes, individuals of the same sex are considered married if they were lawfully married in a state (or foreign country) whose laws authorize the marriage of two individuals of the same sex, even if the state (or foreign country) in which they now live does not recognize same-sex marriage. Can i file my back taxes online free The term "spouse" includes an individual married to a person of the same sex if the couple is lawfully married under state (or foreign) law. Can i file my back taxes online free However, individuals who have entered into a registered domestic partnership, civil union, or other similar relationship that is not considered a marriage under state (or foreign) law are not considered married for federal tax purposes. Can i file my back taxes online free For more details, see Publication 501. Can i file my back taxes online free Exception. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you live apart from your spouse, under certain circumstances, you may be considered unmarried and can file as head of household. Can i file my back taxes online free See Head of Household , later. Can i file my back taxes online free Married Filing Jointly If you are married, you and your spouse can choose to file a joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free If you file jointly, you both must include all your income, exemptions, deductions, and credits on that return. Can i file my back taxes online free You can file a joint return even if one of you had no income or deductions. Can i file my back taxes online free If both you and your spouse have income, you should usually figure your tax on both a joint return and separate returns (using the filing status of married filing separately) to see which gives the two of you the lower combined tax. Can i file my back taxes online free Nonresident alien. Can i file my back taxes online free   To file a joint return, at least one of you must be a U. Can i file my back taxes online free S. Can i file my back taxes online free citizen or resident alien at the end of the tax year. Can i file my back taxes online free If either of you was a nonresident alien at any time during the tax year, you can file a joint return only if you agree to treat the nonresident spouse as a resident of the United States. Can i file my back taxes online free This means that your combined worldwide incomes are subject to U. Can i file my back taxes online free S. Can i file my back taxes online free income tax. Can i file my back taxes online free These rules are explained in Publication 519, U. Can i file my back taxes online free S. Can i file my back taxes online free Tax Guide for Aliens. Can i file my back taxes online free Signing a joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free   Both you and your spouse generally must sign the return, or it will not be considered a joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free Joint and individual liability. Can i file my back taxes online free   Both you and your spouse may be held responsible, jointly and individually, for the tax and any interest or penalty due on your joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free This means that one spouse may be held liable for all the tax due even if all the income was earned by the other spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free Divorced taxpayers. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you are divorced, you are jointly and individually responsible for any tax, interest, and penalties due on a joint return for a tax year ending before your divorce. Can i file my back taxes online free This responsibility applies even if your divorce decree states that your former spouse will be responsible for any amounts due on previously filed joint returns. Can i file my back taxes online free Relief from joint liability. Can i file my back taxes online free   In some cases, a spouse may be relieved of the tax, interest, and penalties on a joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free You can ask for relief no matter how small the liability. Can i file my back taxes online free   There are three types of relief available. Can i file my back taxes online free Innocent spouse relief. Can i file my back taxes online free Separation of liability, which applies to joint filers who are divorced, widowed, legally separated, or who have not lived together for the 12 months ending on the date election of this relief is filed. Can i file my back taxes online free Equitable relief. Can i file my back taxes online free   Married persons who live in community property states, but who did not file joint returns, may also qualify for relief from liability arising from community property law or for equitable relief. Can i file my back taxes online free See Relief from liability arising from community property law , later, under Community Property. Can i file my back taxes online free    Each kind of relief has different requirements. Can i file my back taxes online free You must file Form 8857 to request relief under any of these categories. Can i file my back taxes online free Publication 971 explains these kinds of relief and who may qualify for them. Can i file my back taxes online free You can also find information on our website at IRS. Can i file my back taxes online free gov. Can i file my back taxes online free Tax refund applied to spouse's debts. Can i file my back taxes online free   The overpayment shown on your joint return may be used to pay the past-due amount of your spouse's debts. Can i file my back taxes online free This includes your spouse's federal tax, state income tax, child or spousal support payments, or a federal nontax debt, such as a student loan. Can i file my back taxes online free You can get a refund of your share of the overpayment if you qualify as an injured spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free Injured spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free   You are an injured spouse if you file a joint return and all or part of your share of the overpayment was, or is expected to be, applied against your spouse's past-due debts. Can i file my back taxes online free An injured spouse can get a refund for his or her share of the overpayment that would otherwise be used to pay the past-due amount. Can i file my back taxes online free   To be considered an injured spouse, you must: Have made and reported tax payments (such as federal income tax withheld from wages or estimated tax payments), or claimed a refundable tax credit, such as the earned income credit or additional child tax credit on the joint return, and Not be legally obligated to pay the past-due amount. Can i file my back taxes online free Note. Can i file my back taxes online free If the injured spouse's permanent home is in a community property state, then the injured spouse must only meet (2). Can i file my back taxes online free For more information, see Publication 555. Can i file my back taxes online free    Refunds that involve community property states must be divided according to local law. Can i file my back taxes online free If you live in a community property state in which all community property is subject to the debts of either spouse, your entire refund is generally used to pay those debts. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you are an injured spouse, you must file Form 8379 to have your portion of the overpayment refunded to you. Can i file my back taxes online free Follow the instructions for the form. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you have not filed your joint return and you know that your joint refund will be offset, file Form 8379 with your return. Can i file my back taxes online free You should receive your refund within 14 weeks from the date the paper return is filed or within 11 weeks from the date the return is filed electronically. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you filed your joint return and your joint refund was offset, file Form 8379 by itself. Can i file my back taxes online free When filed after offset, it can take up to 8 weeks to receive your refund. Can i file my back taxes online free Do not attach the previously filed tax return, but do include copies of all Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and W-2G, Certain Gambling Winnings, for both spouses and any Forms 1099 that show income tax withheld. Can i file my back taxes online free    An injured spouse claim is different from an innocent spouse relief request. Can i file my back taxes online free An injured spouse uses Form 8379 to request an allocation of the tax overpayment attributed to each spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free An innocent spouse uses Form 8857 to request relief from joint liability for tax, interest, and penalties on a joint return for items of the other spouse (or former spouse) that were incorrectly reported on or omitted from the joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free For information on innocent spouses, see Relief from joint liability, earlier. Can i file my back taxes online free Married Filing Separately If you and your spouse file separate returns, you should each report only your own income, exemptions, deductions, and credits on your individual return. Can i file my back taxes online free You can file a separate return even if only one of you had income. Can i file my back taxes online free For information on exemptions you can claim on your separate return, see Exemptions , later. Can i file my back taxes online free Community or separate income. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you live in a community property state and file a separate return, your income may be separate income or community income for income tax purposes. Can i file my back taxes online free For more information, see Community Income under Community Property, later. Can i file my back taxes online free Separate liability. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you and your spouse file separately, you each are responsible only for the tax due on your own return. Can i file my back taxes online free Itemized deductions. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you and your spouse file separate returns and one of you itemizes deductions, the other spouse cannot use the standard deduction and should also itemize deductions. Can i file my back taxes online free Table 1. Can i file my back taxes online free Itemized Deductions on Separate Returns This table shows itemized deductions you can claim on your married filing separate return whether you paid the expenses separately with your own funds or jointly with your spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free  Caution: If you live in a community property state, these rules do not apply. Can i file my back taxes online free See Community Property. Can i file my back taxes online free IF you paid . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free AND you . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free THEN you can deduct on your separate federal return. Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free   medical expenses   paid with funds deposited in a joint checking account in which you and your spouse have an equal interest     half of the total medical expenses, subject to certain limits, unless you can show that you alone paid the expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free     state income tax   file a separate state income tax return     the state income tax you alone paid during the year. Can i file my back taxes online free         file a joint state income tax return and you and your spouse are jointly and individually liable for the full amount of the state income tax     the state income tax you alone paid during the year. Can i file my back taxes online free         file a joint state income tax return and you  are liable for only your own share of state  income tax     the smaller of: the state income tax you alone paid during the year, or the total state income tax you and your spouse paid during the year multiplied by the following fraction. Can i file my back taxes online free The numerator is your gross income and the denominator  is your combined gross income. Can i file my back taxes online free     property tax   paid the tax on property held as tenants by the entirety     the property tax you alone paid. Can i file my back taxes online free     mortgage interest   paid the interest on a qualified home1 held  as tenants by the entirety     the mortgage interest you alone paid. Can i file my back taxes online free     casualty loss   have a casualty loss on a home you own  as tenants by the entirety     half of the loss, subject to the deduction limits. Can i file my back taxes online free Neither spouse may report the total casualty loss. Can i file my back taxes online free 1 For more information on a qualified home and deductible mortgage interest, see Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free Dividing itemized deductions. Can i file my back taxes online free   You may be able to claim itemized deductions on a separate return for certain expenses that you paid separately or jointly with your spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free See Table 1, later. Can i file my back taxes online free Separate returns may give you a higher tax. Can i file my back taxes online free   Some married couples file separate returns because each wants to be responsible only for his or her own tax. Can i file my back taxes online free There is no joint liability. Can i file my back taxes online free But in almost all instances, if you file separate returns, you will pay more combined federal tax than you would with a joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free This is because the following special rules apply if you file a separate return. Can i file my back taxes online free Your tax rate generally will be higher than it would be on a joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free Your exemption amount for figuring the alternative minimum tax will be half of that allowed a joint return filer. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot take the credit for child and dependent care expenses in most cases. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot take the earned income credit. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot take the exclusion or credit for adoption expenses in most cases. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot take the credit for higher education expenses (American opportunity and lifetime learning credits), the deduction for student loan interest, or the tuition and fees deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot exclude the interest from qualified savings bonds that you used for higher education expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free If you lived with your spouse at any time during the tax year: You cannot claim the credit for the elderly or the disabled, and You will have to include in income more (up to 85%) of any social security or equivalent railroad retirement benefits you received. Can i file my back taxes online free Your income limits that reduce the child tax credit, the retirement savings contributions credit, itemized deductions, and the deduction for personal exemptions are half of the limits for a joint return filer. Can i file my back taxes online free Your capital loss deduction limit is $1,500 (instead of $3,000 on a joint return). Can i file my back taxes online free Your basic standard deduction, if allowable, is half of that allowed a joint return filer. Can i file my back taxes online free See Itemized deductions , earlier. Can i file my back taxes online free Joint return after separate returns. Can i file my back taxes online free   If either you or your spouse (or both of you) file a separate return, you generally can change to a joint return within 3 years from the due date (not including extensions) of the separate return or returns. Can i file my back taxes online free This applies to a return either of you filed claiming married filing separately, single, or head of household filing status. Can i file my back taxes online free Use Form 1040X to change your filing status. Can i file my back taxes online free Separate returns after joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free   After the due date of your return, you and your spouse cannot file separate returns if you previously filed a joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free Exception. Can i file my back taxes online free   A personal representative for a decedent can change from a joint return elected by the surviving spouse to a separate return for the decedent. Can i file my back taxes online free The personal representative has 1 year from the due date (including extensions) of the joint return to make the change. Can i file my back taxes online free Head of Household Filing as head of household has the following advantages. Can i file my back taxes online free You can claim the standard deduction even if your spouse files a separate return and itemizes deductions. Can i file my back taxes online free Your standard deduction is higher than is allowed if you claim a filing status of single or married filing separately. Can i file my back taxes online free Your tax rate usually will be lower than it is if you claim a filing status of single or married filing separately. Can i file my back taxes online free You may be able to claim certain credits (such as the dependent care credit and the earned income credit) you cannot claim if your filing status is married filing separately. Can i file my back taxes online free Income limits that reduce your child tax credit, retirement savings contributions credit, itemized deductions, and the deduction for personal exemptions are higher than the income limits if you claim a filing status of married filing separately. Can i file my back taxes online free Requirements. Can i file my back taxes online free   You may be able to file as head of household if you meet all the following requirements. Can i file my back taxes online free You are unmarried or “considered unmarried” on the last day of the year. Can i file my back taxes online free You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year. Can i file my back taxes online free A “qualifying person” lived with you in the home for more than half the year (except for temporary absences, such as school). Can i file my back taxes online free However, if the “qualifying person” is your dependent parent, he or she does not have to live with you. Can i file my back taxes online free See Special rule for parent , later, under Qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free Considered unmarried. Can i file my back taxes online free   You are considered unmarried on the last day of the tax year if you meet all the following tests. Can i file my back taxes online free You file a separate return. Can i file my back taxes online free A separate return includes a return claiming married filing separately, single, or head of household filing status. Can i file my back taxes online free You paid more than half the cost of keeping up your home for the tax year. Can i file my back taxes online free Your spouse did not live in your home during the last 6 months of the tax year. Can i file my back taxes online free Your spouse is considered to live in your home even if he or she is temporarily absent due to special circumstances. Can i file my back taxes online free See Temporary absences , later. Can i file my back taxes online free Your home was the main home of your child, stepchild, or foster child for more than half the year. Can i file my back taxes online free (See Qualifying person , later, for rules applying to a child's birth, death, or temporary absence during the year. Can i file my back taxes online free ) You must be able to claim an exemption for the child. Can i file my back taxes online free However, you meet this test if you cannot claim the exemption only because the noncustodial parent can claim the child using the rule described later in Special rule for divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) under Exemptions for Dependents. Can i file my back taxes online free The general rules for claiming an exemption for a dependent are shown later in Table 3. Can i file my back taxes online free    If you were considered married for part of the year and lived in a community property state (one of the states listed later under Community Property), special rules may apply in determining your income and expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 555 for more information. Can i file my back taxes online free Nonresident alien spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free   If your spouse was a nonresident alien at any time during the tax year, and you have not chosen to treat your spouse as a resident alien, you are considered unmarried for head of household purposes. Can i file my back taxes online free However, your spouse is not a qualifying person for head of household purposes. Can i file my back taxes online free You must have another qualifying person and meet the other requirements to file as head of household. Can i file my back taxes online free Keeping up a home. Can i file my back taxes online free   You are keeping up a home only if you pay more than half the cost of its upkeep for the year. Can i file my back taxes online free This includes rent, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, insurance on the home, repairs, utilities, and food eaten in the home. Can i file my back taxes online free This does not include the cost of clothing, education, medical treatment, vacations, life insurance, or transportation for any member of the household. Can i file my back taxes online free Qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free    Table 2, later, shows who can be a qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free Any person not described in Table 2 is not a qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free   Generally, the qualifying person must live with you for more than half of the year. Can i file my back taxes online free Table 2. Can i file my back taxes online free Who Is a Qualifying Person Qualifying You To File as Head of Household?1 Caution. Can i file my back taxes online free See the text of this publication for the other requirements you must meet to claim head of household filing status. Can i file my back taxes online free IF the person is your . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free AND . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free THEN that person is . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free   qualifying child (such as a son, daughter, or grandchild who lived with you more than half the year and meets certain other tests)2 he or she is single a qualifying person, whether or not you can claim an exemption for the person. Can i file my back taxes online free     he or she is married and you can claim an exemption for him or her a qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free     he or she is married and you cannot claim an exemption for him or her not a qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free 3     qualifying relative4 who is your father or mother you can claim an exemption for him or her5 a qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free 6     you cannot claim an exemption for him or her not a qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free     qualifying relative4 other than your father or mother (such as a grandparent, brother, or sister who meets certain tests) he or she lived with you more than half the year, and he or she is related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you in Publication 501 and you can claim an exemption for him or her5 a qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free     he or she did not live with you more than half the year not a qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free     he or she is not related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you in Publication 501 and is your qualifying relative only because he or she lived with you all year as a member of your household not a qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free     you cannot claim an exemption for him or her not a qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free   1 A person cannot qualify more than one taxpayer to use the head of household filing status for the year. Can i file my back taxes online free 2 See Table 3, later, for the tests that must be met to be a qualifying child. Can i file my back taxes online free Note. Can i file my back taxes online free If you are a noncustodial parent, the term “qualifying child” for head of household filing status does not include a child who is your qualifying child for exemption purposes only because of the rules described under Children of Divorced or Separated Parents (or Parents Who Live Apart) under Exemptions for Dependents, later. Can i file my back taxes online free If you are the custodial parent and those rules apply, the child is generally your qualifying child for head of household filing status even though the child is not a qualifying child for whom you can claim an exemption. Can i file my back taxes online free 3 This person is a qualifying person if the only reason you cannot claim the exemption is that you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's return. Can i file my back taxes online free 4 See Table 3, later, for the tests that must be met to be a qualifying relative. Can i file my back taxes online free 5 If you can claim an exemption for a person only because of a multiple support agreement, that person is not a qualifying person. Can i file my back taxes online free See Multiple Support Agreement in Publication 501. Can i file my back taxes online free 6 See Special rule for parent . Can i file my back taxes online free Special rule for parent. Can i file my back taxes online free   If your qualifying person is your father or mother, you may be eligible to file as head of household even if your father or mother does not live with you. Can i file my back taxes online free However, you must be able to claim an exemption for your father or mother. Can i file my back taxes online free Also, you must pay more than half the cost of keeping up a home that was the main home for the entire year for your father or mother. Can i file my back taxes online free You are keeping up a main home for your father or mother if you pay more than half the cost of keeping your parent in a rest home or home for the elderly. Can i file my back taxes online free Death or birth. Can i file my back taxes online free   If the person for whom you kept up a home was born or died in 2013, you still may be able to file as head of household. Can i file my back taxes online free If the person is your qualifying child, the child must have lived with you for more than half the part of the year he or she was alive. Can i file my back taxes online free If the person is anyone else, see Publication 501. Can i file my back taxes online free Temporary absences. Can i file my back taxes online free   You and your qualifying person are considered to live together even if one or both of you are temporarily absent from your home due to special circumstances such as illness, education, business, vacation, or military service. Can i file my back taxes online free It must be reasonable to assume that the absent person will return to the home after the temporary absence. Can i file my back taxes online free You must continue to keep up the home during the absence. Can i file my back taxes online free Kidnapped child. Can i file my back taxes online free   You may be eligible to file as head of household even if the child who is your qualifying person has been kidnapped. Can i file my back taxes online free You can claim head of household filing status if all the following statements are true. Can i file my back taxes online free The child must be presumed by law enforcement authorities to have been kidnapped by someone who is not a member of your family or the child's family. Can i file my back taxes online free In the year of the kidnapping, the child lived with you for more than half the part of the year before the kidnapping. Can i file my back taxes online free You would have qualified for head of household filing status if the child had not been kidnapped. Can i file my back taxes online free   This treatment applies for all years until the earlier of: The year the child is returned, The year there is a determination that the child is dead, or The year the child would have reached age 18. Can i file my back taxes online free More information. Can i file my back taxes online free   For more information on filing as head of household, see Publication 501. Can i file my back taxes online free Exemptions You can deduct $3,900 for each exemption you claim in 2013. Can i file my back taxes online free However, if your adjusted gross income is more than $150,000, see Phaseout of Exemptions , later. Can i file my back taxes online free There are two types of exemptions: personal exemptions and exemptions for dependents. Can i file my back taxes online free If you are entitled to claim an exemption for a dependent (such as your child), that dependent cannot claim his or her personal exemption on his or her own tax return. Can i file my back taxes online free Personal Exemptions You can claim your own exemption unless someone else can claim it. Can i file my back taxes online free If you are married, you may be able to take an exemption for your spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free These are called personal exemptions. Can i file my back taxes online free Exemption for Your Spouse Your spouse is never considered your dependent. Can i file my back taxes online free Joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free   On a joint return, you can claim one exemption for yourself and one for your spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free   If your spouse had any gross income, you can claim his or her exemption only if you file a joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free Separate return. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you file a separate return, you can take an exemption for your spouse only if your spouse had no gross income, is not filing a return, and was not the dependent of another taxpayer. Can i file my back taxes online free If your spouse is the dependent of another taxpayer, you cannot claim an exemption for your spouse even if the other taxpayer does not actually claim your spouse's exemption. Can i file my back taxes online free Alimony paid. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you paid alimony to your spouse, you cannot take an exemption for your spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free This is because alimony is gross income to the spouse who received it. Can i file my back taxes online free Divorced or separated spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you obtained a final decree of divorce or separate maintenance during the year, you cannot take your former spouse's exemption. Can i file my back taxes online free This rule applies even if you provided all of your former spouse's support. Can i file my back taxes online free Exemptions for Dependents You are allowed one exemption for each person you can claim as a dependent. Can i file my back taxes online free You can claim an exemption for a dependent even if your dependent files a return. Can i file my back taxes online free The term “dependent” means: A qualifying child, or A qualifying relative. Can i file my back taxes online free Table 3 shows the tests that must be met to be either a qualifying child or qualifying relative, plus the additional requirements for claiming an exemption for a dependent. Can i file my back taxes online free For detailed information, see Publication 501. Can i file my back taxes online free   Dependent not allowed a personal exemption. Can i file my back taxes online free If you can claim an exemption for your dependent, the dependent cannot claim his or her own exemption on his or her own tax return. Can i file my back taxes online free This is true even if you do not claim the dependent's exemption on your return. Can i file my back taxes online free It is also true if the decedent's exemption on your return is reduced or eliminated under the phaseout rule described under Phaseout of Exemptions, later. Can i file my back taxes online free Table 3. Can i file my back taxes online free Overview of the Rules for Claiming an Exemption for a Dependent Caution. Can i file my back taxes online free This table is only an overview of the rules. Can i file my back taxes online free For details, see Publication 501. Can i file my back taxes online free • You cannot claim any dependents if you, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer. Can i file my back taxes online free • You cannot claim a married person who files a joint return as a dependent unless that joint return is only a claim for refund and there would be no tax liability for either spouse on separate returns. Can i file my back taxes online free • You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is a U. Can i file my back taxes online free S. Can i file my back taxes online free citizen, U. Can i file my back taxes online free S. Can i file my back taxes online free resident alien, U. Can i file my back taxes online free S. Can i file my back taxes online free national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico. Can i file my back taxes online free 1 • You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is your qualifying child or qualifying relative. Can i file my back taxes online free   Tests To Be a Qualifying Child   Tests To Be a Qualifying Relative 1. Can i file my back taxes online free     2. Can i file my back taxes online free       3. Can i file my back taxes online free    4. Can i file my back taxes online free    5. Can i file my back taxes online free    The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them. Can i file my back taxes online free   The child must be (a) under age 19 at the end of the year and younger than you (or your spouse if filing jointly), (b) under age 24 at the end of the year, a student, and younger than you (or your spouse if filing jointly), or (c) any age if permanently and totally disabled. Can i file my back taxes online free   The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year. Can i file my back taxes online free 2   The child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year. Can i file my back taxes online free   The child is not filing a joint return for the year (unless that joint return is filed only as a claim for refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid). Can i file my back taxes online free   1. Can i file my back taxes online free    2. Can i file my back taxes online free       3. Can i file my back taxes online free    4. Can i file my back taxes online free The person cannot be your qualifying child or the qualifying child of anyone else. Can i file my back taxes online free   The person either (a) must be related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you in Publication 501 or (b) must live with you all year as a member of your household 2 (and your relationship must not violate local law). Can i file my back taxes online free   The person's gross income for the year must be less than $3,900. Can i file my back taxes online free 3   You must provide more than half of the person's total support for the year. Can i file my back taxes online free 4 If the child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, only one person can actually treat the child as a qualifying child. Can i file my back taxes online free See Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person , later, to find out which person is the person entitled to claim the child as a qualifying child. Can i file my back taxes online free     1 Exception exists for certain adopted children. Can i file my back taxes online free 2 Exceptions exist for temporary absences, children who were born or died during the year, children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), and kidnapped children. Can i file my back taxes online free 3 Exception exists for persons who are disabled and have income from a sheltered workshop. Can i file my back taxes online free 4 Exceptions exist for multiple support agreements, children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), and kidnapped children. Can i file my back taxes online free See Publication 501. Can i file my back taxes online free You may be entitled to a child tax credit for each qualifying child who was under age 17 at the end of the year if you claimed an exemption for that child. Can i file my back taxes online free For more information, see the instructions for your tax return if you file Form 1040A or 1040. Can i file my back taxes online free Children of Divorced or Separated Parents (or Parents Who Live Apart) In most cases, because of the residency test (see item 3 under Tests To Be a Qualifying Child in Table 3), a child of divorced or separated parents is the qualifying child of the custodial parent. Can i file my back taxes online free However, the child will be treated as the qualifying child of the noncustodial parent if the special rule (discussed next) applies. Can i file my back taxes online free Special rule for divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart). Can i file my back taxes online free   A child will be treated as the qualifying child of his or her noncustodial parent if all four of the following statements are true. Can i file my back taxes online free The parents: Are divorced or legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance, Are separated under a written separation agreement, or Lived apart at all times during the last 6 months of the year, whether or not they are or were married. Can i file my back taxes online free The child received over half of his or her support for the year from the parents. Can i file my back taxes online free The child is in the custody of one or both parents for more than half of the year. Can i file my back taxes online free Either of the following applies. Can i file my back taxes online free The custodial parent signs a written declaration, discussed later, that he or she will not claim the child as a dependent for the year, and the noncustodial parent attaches this written declaration to his or her return. Can i file my back taxes online free (If the decree or agreement went into effect after 1984, see Divorce decree or separation agreement that went into effect after 1984 and before 2009 , later. Can i file my back taxes online free A pre-1985 decree of divorce or separate maintenance or written separation agreement that applies to 2013 states that the noncustodial parent can claim the child as a dependent, the decree or agreement was not changed after 1984 to say the noncustodial parent cannot claim the child as a dependent, and the noncustodial parent provides at least $600 for the child's support during 2013. Can i file my back taxes online free See Child support under pre-1985 agreement , later. Can i file my back taxes online free Custodial parent and noncustodial parent. Can i file my back taxes online free   The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights during the year. Can i file my back taxes online free The other parent is the noncustodial parent. Can i file my back taxes online free   If the parents divorced or separated during the year and the child lived with both parents before the separation, the custodial parent is the one with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights during the rest of the year. Can i file my back taxes online free   A child is treated as living with a parent for a night if the child sleeps: At that parent's home, whether or not the parent is present, or In the company of the parent, when the child does not sleep at a parent's home (for example, the parent and child are on vacation together). Can i file my back taxes online free Equal number of nights. Can i file my back taxes online free   If the child lived with each parent for an equal number of nights during the year, the custodial parent is the parent with the higher adjusted gross income. Can i file my back taxes online free December 31. Can i file my back taxes online free   The night of December 31 is treated as part of the year in which it begins. Can i file my back taxes online free For example, December 31, 2013, is treated as part of 2013. Can i file my back taxes online free Emancipated child. Can i file my back taxes online free   If a child is emancipated under state law, the child is treated as not living with either parent. Can i file my back taxes online free See Examples 5 and 6 . Can i file my back taxes online free Absences. Can i file my back taxes online free    If a child was not with either parent on a particular night (because, for example, the child was staying at a friend's house), the child is treated as living with the parent with whom the child normally would have lived for that night, except for the absence. Can i file my back taxes online free But if it cannot be determined with which parent the child normally would have lived or if the child would not have lived with either parent that night, the child is treated as not living with either parent that night. Can i file my back taxes online free Parent works at night. Can i file my back taxes online free   If, due to a parent's nighttime work schedule, a child lives for a greater number of days but not nights with the parent who works at night, that parent is treated as the custodial parent. Can i file my back taxes online free On a school day, the child is treated as living at the primary residence registered with the school. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 1 – child lived with one parent greater number of nights. Can i file my back taxes online free You and your child’s other parent are divorced. Can i file my back taxes online free In 2013, your child lived with you 210 nights and with the other parent 156 nights. Can i file my back taxes online free You are the custodial parent. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 2 – child is away at camp. Can i file my back taxes online free In 2013, your daughter lives with each parent for alternate weeks. Can i file my back taxes online free In the summer, she spends 6 weeks at summer camp. Can i file my back taxes online free During the time she is at camp, she is treated as living with you for 3 weeks and with her other parent, your ex-spouse, for 3 weeks because this is how long she would have lived with each parent if she had not attended summer camp. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 3 – child lived same number of days with each parent. Can i file my back taxes online free Your son lived with you 180 nights during the year and lived the same number of nights with his other parent, your ex-spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free Your adjusted gross income is $40,000. Can i file my back taxes online free Your ex-spouse's adjusted gross income is $25,000. Can i file my back taxes online free You are treated as your son's custodial parent because you have the higher adjusted gross income. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 4 – child is at parent’s home but with other parent. Can i file my back taxes online free Your son normally lives with you during the week and with his other parent, your ex-spouse, every other weekend. Can i file my back taxes online free You become ill and are hospitalized. Can i file my back taxes online free The other parent lives in your home with your son for 10 consecutive days while you are in the hospital. Can i file my back taxes online free Your son is treated as living with you during this 10-day period because he was living in your home. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 5 – child emancipated in May. Can i file my back taxes online free When your son turned age 18 in May 2013, he became emancipated under the law of the state where he lives. Can i file my back taxes online free As a result, he is not considered in the custody of his parents for more than half of the year. Can i file my back taxes online free The special rule for children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) does not apply. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 6 – child emancipated in August. Can i file my back taxes online free Your daughter lives with you from January 1, 2013, until May 31, 2013, and lives with her other parent, your ex-spouse, from June 1, 2013, through the end of the year. Can i file my back taxes online free She turns 18 and is emancipated under state law on August 1, 2013. Can i file my back taxes online free Because she is treated as not living with either parent beginning on August 1, she is treated as living with you the greater number of nights in 2013. Can i file my back taxes online free You are the custodial parent. Can i file my back taxes online free Written declaration. Can i file my back taxes online free    The custodial parent must use either Form 8332 or a similar statement (containing the same information required by the form) to make the written declaration to release the exemption to the noncustodial parent. Can i file my back taxes online free The noncustodial parent must attach a copy of the form or statement to his or her tax return. Can i file my back taxes online free   The exemption can be released for 1 year, for a number of specified years (for example, alternate years), or for all future years, as specified in the declaration. Can i file my back taxes online free Divorce decree or separation agreement that went into effect after 1984 and before 2009. Can i file my back taxes online free   If the divorce decree or separation agreement went into effect after 1984 and before 2009, the noncustodial parent may be able to attach certain pages from the decree or agreement instead of Form 8332. Can i file my back taxes online free To be able to do this, the decree or agreement must state all three of the following. Can i file my back taxes online free The noncustodial parent can claim the child as a dependent without regard to any condition, such as payment of support. Can i file my back taxes online free The custodial parent will not claim the child as a dependent for the year. Can i file my back taxes online free The years for which the noncustodial parent, rather than the custodial parent, can claim the child as a dependent. Can i file my back taxes online free   The noncustodial parent must attach all of the following pages of the decree or agreement to his or her return. Can i file my back taxes online free The cover page (write the other parent's social security number on this page). Can i file my back taxes online free The pages that include all of the information identified in items (1) through (3) above. Can i file my back taxes online free The signature page with the other parent's signature and the date of the agreement. Can i file my back taxes online free Post-2008 divorce decree or separation agreement. Can i file my back taxes online free   If the decree or agreement went into effect after 2008, a noncustodial parent claiming an exemption for a child cannot attach pages from a divorce decree or separation agreement instead of Form 8332. Can i file my back taxes online free The custodial parent must sign either a Form 8332 or a similar statement. Can i file my back taxes online free The only purpose of this statement must be to release the custodial parent's claim to the child's exemption. Can i file my back taxes online free The noncustodial parent must attach a copy to his or her return. Can i file my back taxes online free The form or statement must release the custodial parent's claim to the child without any conditions. Can i file my back taxes online free For example, the release must not depend on the noncustodial parent paying support. Can i file my back taxes online free    The noncustodial parent must attach the required information even if it was filed with a return in an earlier year. Can i file my back taxes online free Revocation of release of claim to an exemption. Can i file my back taxes online free   The custodial parent can revoke a release of claim to exemption that he or she previously released to the noncustodial parent on Form 8332 or a similar statement. Can i file my back taxes online free In order for the revocation to be effective for 2013, the custodial parent must have given (or made reasonable efforts to give) written notice of the revocation to the noncustodial parent in 2012 or earlier. Can i file my back taxes online free The custodial parent can use Part III of Form 8332 for this purpose and must attach a copy of the revocation to his or her return for each tax year he or she claims the child as a dependent as a result of the revocation. Can i file my back taxes online free Remarried parent. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you remarry, the support provided by your new spouse is treated as provided by you. Can i file my back taxes online free Child support under pre-1985 agreement. Can i file my back taxes online free   All child support payments actually received from the noncustodial parent under a pre-1985 agreement are considered used for the support of the child, even if such amounts are not actually spent for child support. Can i file my back taxes online free Example. Can i file my back taxes online free Under a pre-1985 agreement, the noncustodial parent provides $1,200 for the child's support. Can i file my back taxes online free This amount is considered support provided by the noncustodial parent even if the $1,200 was actually spent on things other than support. Can i file my back taxes online free Parents who never married. Can i file my back taxes online free   The special rule for divorced or separated parents also applies to parents who never married and lived apart at all times during the last 6 months of the year. Can i file my back taxes online free Alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free   Payments to your spouse that are includible in his or her gross income as either alimony, separate maintenance payments, or similar payments from an estate or trust, are not treated as a payment for the support of a dependent. Can i file my back taxes online free Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person If your qualifying child is not a qualifying child of anyone else, this special rule does not apply to you and you do not need to read about it. Can i file my back taxes online free This is also true if your qualifying child is not a qualifying child of anyone else except your spouse with whom you file a joint return. Can i file my back taxes online free If a child is treated as the qualifying child of the noncustodial parent under the Special rule for divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), earlier, see Applying this special rule to divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), later. Can i file my back taxes online free Sometimes, a child meets the relationship, age, residency, support, and joint return tests to be a qualifying child of more than one person. Can i file my back taxes online free (For a description of these tests, see list items 1 through 5 under Tests To Be a Qualifying Child in Table 3). Can i file my back taxes online free Although the child meets the conditions to be a qualifying child of each of these persons, only one person can actually use the child as a qualifying child to take all of the following tax benefits (provided the person is eligible for each benefit). Can i file my back taxes online free The exemption for the child. Can i file my back taxes online free The child tax credit. Can i file my back taxes online free Head of household filing status. Can i file my back taxes online free The credit for child and dependent care expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free The exclusion from income for dependent care benefits. Can i file my back taxes online free The earned income credit. Can i file my back taxes online free The other person cannot take any of these benefits based on this qualifying child. Can i file my back taxes online free In other words, you and the other person cannot agree to divide these tax benefits between you. Can i file my back taxes online free The other person cannot take any of these tax benefits unless he or she has a different qualifying child. Can i file my back taxes online free Tiebreaker rules. Can i file my back taxes online free   To determine which person can treat the child as a qualifying child to claim these six tax benefits, the following tiebreaker rules apply. Can i file my back taxes online free If only one of the persons is the child's parent, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the parent. Can i file my back taxes online free If the parents do not file a joint return together but both parents claim the child as a qualifying child, the IRS will treat the child as the qualifying child of the parent with whom the child lived for the longer period of time during the year. Can i file my back taxes online free If the child lived with each parent for the same amount of time, the IRS will treat the child as the qualifying child of the parent who had the higher adjusted gross income (AGI) for the year. Can i file my back taxes online free If no parent can claim the child as a qualifying child, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the person who had the highest AGI for the year. Can i file my back taxes online free If a parent can claim the child as a qualifying child but no parent does so claim the child, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the person who had the highest AGI for the year, but only if that person's AGI is higher than the highest AGI of any of the child's parents who can claim the child. Can i file my back taxes online free If the child's parents file a joint return with each other, this rule can be applied by dividing the parents' total AGI evenly between them; see Publication 501 for details. Can i file my back taxes online free   Subject to these tiebreaker rules, you and the other person may be able to choose which of you claims the child as a qualifying child. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 1—separated parents. Can i file my back taxes online free You, your husband, and your 10-year-old son lived together until August 1, 2013, when your husband moved out of the household. Can i file my back taxes online free In August and September, your son lived with you. Can i file my back taxes online free For the rest of the year, your son lived with your husband, the boy's father. Can i file my back taxes online free Your son is a qualifying child of both you and your husband because your son lived with each of you for more than half the year and because he met the relationship, age, support, and joint return tests for both of you. Can i file my back taxes online free At the end of the year, you and your husband still were not divorced, legally separated, or separated under a written separation agreement, so the special rule for divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) does not apply. Can i file my back taxes online free You and your husband will file separate returns. Can i file my back taxes online free Your husband agrees to let you treat your son as a qualifying child. Can i file my back taxes online free This means, if your husband does not claim your son as a qualifying child, you can claim your son as a dependent and treat him as a qualifying child for the child tax credit and exclusion for dependent care benefits, if you qualify for each of those tax benefits. Can i file my back taxes online free However, you cannot claim head of household filing status because you and your husband did not live apart the last 6 months of the year. Can i file my back taxes online free And, as a result of your filing status being married filing separately, you cannot claim the earned income credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 2—separated parents claim same child. Can i file my back taxes online free The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that you and your husband both claim your son as a qualifying child. Can i file my back taxes online free In this case, only your husband will be allowed to treat your son as a qualifying child. Can i file my back taxes online free This is because, during 2013, the boy lived with him longer than with you. Can i file my back taxes online free If you claimed an exemption, the child tax credit, or the exclusion for dependent care benefits for your son, the IRS will disallow your claim to all these tax benefits, unless you have another qualifying child. Can i file my back taxes online free In addition, because you and your husband did not live apart the last 6 months of the year, your husband cannot claim head of household filing status. Can i file my back taxes online free And, as a result of his filing status being married filing separately, he cannot claim the earned income credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Applying this special rule to divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart). Can i file my back taxes online free   If a child is treated as the qualifying child of the noncustodial parent under the special rule for divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) described earlier, only the noncustodial parent can claim an exemption and the child tax credit for the child. Can i file my back taxes online free However, the noncustodial parent cannot claim the child as a qualifying child for head of household filing status, the credit for child and dependent care expenses, the exclusion for dependent care benefits, and the earned income credit. Can i file my back taxes online free Only the custodial parent, if eligible, or another eligible taxpayer can claim the child as a qualifying child for those four tax benefits. Can i file my back taxes online free If the child is the qualifying child of more than one person for those tax benefits, the tiebreaker rules determine which person can treat the child as a qualifying child. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 1. Can i file my back taxes online free You and your 5-year-old son lived all year with your mother, who paid the entire cost of keeping up the home. Can i file my back taxes online free Your AGI is $10,000. Can i file my back taxes online free Your mother's AGI is $25,000. Can i file my back taxes online free Your son's father does not live with you or your son. Can i file my back taxes online free Under the rules for children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), your son is treated as the qualifying child of his father, who can claim an exemption and the child tax credit for the child if he meets all the requirements to do so. Can i file my back taxes online free Because of this, you cannot claim an exemption or the child tax credit for your son. Can i file my back taxes online free However, your son's father cannot claim your son as a qualifying child for head of household filing status, the credit for child and dependent care expenses, the exclusion for dependent care benefits, or the earned income credit. Can i file my back taxes online free You and your mother did not have any child care expenses or dependent care benefits, but the boy is a qualifying child of both you and your mother for head of household filing status and the earned income credit because he meets the relationship, age, residency, support, and joint return tests for both you and your mother. Can i file my back taxes online free (Note: The support test does not apply for the earned income credit. Can i file my back taxes online free ) However, you agree to let your mother claim your son. Can i file my back taxes online free This means she can claim him for head of household filing status and the earned income credit if she qualifies for each and if you do not claim him as a qualifying child for the earned income credit. Can i file my back taxes online free (You cannot claim head of household filing status because your mother paid the entire cost of keeping up the home. Can i file my back taxes online free ) Example 2. Can i file my back taxes online free The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that your AGI is $25,000 and your mother's AGI is $21,000. Can i file my back taxes online free Your mother cannot claim your son as a qualifying child for any purpose because her AGI is not higher than yours. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 3. Can i file my back taxes online free The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that you and your mother both claim your son as a qualifying child for the earned income credit. Can i file my back taxes online free Your mother also claims him as a qualifying child for head of household filing status. Can i file my back taxes online free You, as the child's parent, will be the only one allowed to claim your son as a qualifying child for the earned income credit. Can i file my back taxes online free The IRS will disallow your mother's claim to the earned income credit and head of household filing status unless she has another qualifying child. Can i file my back taxes online free Phaseout of Exemptions The amount you can claim as a deduction for exemptions is reduced once your adjusted gross income (AGI) goes above a certain level for your filing status. Can i file my back taxes online free These levels are as follows:    Filing Status AGI Level That Reduces Exemption Amount Married filing separately $150,000 Single 250,000 Head of household 275,000 Married filing jointly 300,000 Qualifying widow(er) 300,000 You must reduce the dollar amount of your exemptions by 2% for each $2,500, or part of $2,500 ($1,250 if you are married filing separately), that your AGI exceeds the amount shown above for your filing status. Can i file my back taxes online free If your AGI exceeds the amount shown above by more than $122,500 ($61,250 if married filing separately), the amount of your deduction for exemptions is reduced to zero. Can i file my back taxes online free If your AGI exceeds the level for your filing status, use the Deduction for Exemptions Worksheet found in the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040NR to figure the amount of your deduction for exemptions. Can i file my back taxes online free Alimony Alimony is a payment to or for a spouse or former spouse under a divorce or separation instrument. Can i file my back taxes online free It does not include voluntary payments that are not made under a divorce or separation instrument. Can i file my back taxes online free Alimony is deductible by the payer and must be included in the spouse's or former spouse's income. Can i file my back taxes online free Although this discussion is generally written for the payer of the alimony, the recipient can use the information to determine whether an amount received is alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free To be alimony, a payment must meet certain requirements. Can i file my back taxes online free There are some differences between the requirements that apply to payments under instruments executed after 1984 and to payments under instruments executed before 1985. Can i file my back taxes online free The general requirements that apply to payments regardless of when the divorce or separation instrument was executed and the specific requirements that apply to post-1984 instruments (and, in certain cases, some pre-1985 instruments) are discussed in this publication. Can i file my back taxes online free See, Instruments Executed Before 1985 , later, if you are looking for information on where to find the specific requirements that apply to pre-1985 instruments. Can i file my back taxes online free Spouse or former spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free   Unless otherwise stated, the term “spouse” includes former spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free Divorce or separation instrument. Can i file my back taxes online free   The term “divorce or separation instrument” means: A decree of divorce or separate maintenance or a written instrument incident to that decree, A written separation agreement, or A decree or any type of court order requiring a spouse to make payments for the support or maintenance of the other spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free This includes a temporary decree, an interlocutory (not final) decree, and a decree of alimony pendente lite (while awaiting action on the final decree or agreement). Can i file my back taxes online free Invalid decree. Can i file my back taxes online free   Payments under a divorce decree can be alimony even if the decree's validity is in question. Can i file my back taxes online free A divorce decree is valid for tax purposes until a court having proper jurisdiction holds it invalid. Can i file my back taxes online free Amended instrument. Can i file my back taxes online free   An amendment to a divorce decree may change the nature of your payments. Can i file my back taxes online free Amendments are not ordinarily retroactive for federal tax purposes. Can i file my back taxes online free However, a retroactive amendment to a divorce decree correcting a clerical error to reflect the original intent of the court will generally be effective retroactively for federal tax purposes. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 1. Can i file my back taxes online free A court order retroactively corrected a mathematical error under your divorce decree to express the original intent to spread the payments over more than 10 years. Can i file my back taxes online free This change also is effective retroactively for federal tax purposes. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 2. Can i file my back taxes online free Your original divorce decree did not fix any part of the payment as child support. Can i file my back taxes online free To reflect the true intention of the court, a court order retroactively corrected the error by designating a part of the payment as child support. Can i file my back taxes online free The amended order is effective retroactively for federal tax purposes. Can i file my back taxes online free Deducting alimony paid. Can i file my back taxes online free   You can deduct alimony you paid, whether or not you itemize deductions on your return. Can i file my back taxes online free You must file Form 1040. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot use Form 1040A, 1040EZ, or 1040NR. Can i file my back taxes online free Enter the amount of alimony you paid on Form 1040, line 31a. Can i file my back taxes online free In the space provided on line 31b, enter your spouse's social security number (SSN) or IRS individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Can i file my back taxes online free If you paid alimony to more than one person, enter the SSN or ITIN of one of the recipients. Can i file my back taxes online free Show the SSN or ITIN and amount paid to each other recipient on an attached statement. Can i file my back taxes online free Enter your total payments on line 31a. Can i file my back taxes online free If you do not provide your spouse's SSN or ITIN, you may have to pay a $50 penalty and your deduction may be disallowed. Can i file my back taxes online free Reporting alimony received. Can i file my back taxes online free   Report alimony you received as income on Form 1040, line 11, or on Schedule NEC (Form 1040NR), line 12. Can i file my back taxes online free You cannot use Form 1040A, 1040EZ, or 1040NR-EZ. Can i file my back taxes online free    You must give the person who paid the alimony your SSN or ITIN. Can i file my back taxes online free If you do not, you may have to pay a $50 penalty. Can i file my back taxes online free Withholding on nonresident aliens. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you are a U. Can i file my back taxes online free S. Can i file my back taxes online free citizen or resident alien and you pay alimony to a nonresident alien spouse, you may have to withhold income tax at a rate of 30% on each payment. Can i file my back taxes online free However, many tax treaties provide for an exemption from withholding for alimony payments. Can i file my back taxes online free For more information, see Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities. Can i file my back taxes online free General Rules The following rules apply to alimony regardless of when the divorce or separation instrument was executed. Can i file my back taxes online free Payments not alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free   Not all payments under a divorce or separation instrument are alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free Alimony does not include: Child support, Noncash property settlements, Payments that are your spouse's part of community income, as explained later under Community Property , Payments to keep up the payer's property, or Use of the payer's property. Can i file my back taxes online free Example. Can i file my back taxes online free Under your written separation agreement, your spouse lives rent-free in a home you own and you must pay the mortgage, real estate taxes, insurance, repairs, and utilities for the home. Can i file my back taxes online free Because you own the home and the debts are yours, your payments for the mortgage, real estate taxes, insurance, and repairs are not alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free Neither is the value of your spouse's use of the home. Can i file my back taxes online free If they otherwise qualify, you can deduct the payments for utilities as alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free Your spouse must report them as income. Can i file my back taxes online free If you itemize deductions, you can deduct the real estate taxes and, if the home is a qualified home, you can also include the interest on the mortgage in figuring your deductible interest. Can i file my back taxes online free However, if your spouse owned the home, see Example 2 under Payments to a third party, later. Can i file my back taxes online free If you owned the home jointly with your spouse, see Table 4. Can i file my back taxes online free For more information on a qualified home and deductible mortgage interest, see Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free Child support. Can i file my back taxes online free   To determine whether a payment is child support, see the discussion under Instruments Executed After 1984 , later. Can i file my back taxes online free If your divorce or separation agreement was executed before 1985, see the 2004 revision of Publication 504 available at www. Can i file my back taxes online free irs. Can i file my back taxes online free gov/formspubs. Can i file my back taxes online free Underpayment. Can i file my back taxes online free   If both alimony and child support payments are called for by your divorce or separation instrument, and you pay less than the total required, the payments apply first to child support and then to alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free Example. Can i file my back taxes online free Your divorce decree calls for you to pay your former spouse $200 a month ($2,400 ($200 x 12) a year) as child support and $150 a month ($1,800 ($150 x 12) a year) as alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free If you pay the full amount of $4,200 ($2,400 + $1,800) during the year, you can deduct $1,800 as alimony and your former spouse must report $1,800 as alimony received. Can i file my back taxes online free If you pay only $3,600 during the year, $2,400 is child support. Can i file my back taxes online free You can deduct only $1,200 ($3,600 – $2,400) as alimony and your former spouse must report $1,200 as alimony received. Can i file my back taxes online free Payments to a third party. Can i file my back taxes online free   Cash payments, checks, or money orders to a third party on behalf of your spouse under the terms of your divorce or separation instrument can be alimony, if they otherwise qualify. Can i file my back taxes online free These include payments for your spouse's medical expenses, housing costs (rent, utilities, etc. Can i file my back taxes online free ), taxes, tuition, etc. Can i file my back taxes online free The payments are treated as received by your spouse and then paid to the third party. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 1. Can i file my back taxes online free Under your divorce decree, you must pay your former spouse's medical and dental expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free If the payments otherwise qualify, you can deduct them as alimony on your return. Can i file my back taxes online free Your former spouse must report them as alimony received and can include them in figuring deductible medical expenses. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 2. Can i file my back taxes online free Under your separation agreement, you must pay the real estate taxes, mortgage payments, and insurance premiums on a home owned by your spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free If they otherwise qualify, you can deduct the payments as alimony on your return, and your spouse must report them as alimony received. Can i file my back taxes online free If itemizing deductions, your spouse can deduct the real estate taxes and, if the home is a qualified home, also include the interest on the mortgage in figuring deductible interest. Can i file my back taxes online free However, if you owned the home, see the example under Payments not alimony , earlier. Can i file my back taxes online free If you owned the home jointly with your spouse, see Table 4. Can i file my back taxes online free Life insurance premiums. Can i file my back taxes online free   Alimony includes premiums you must pay under your divorce or separation instrument for insurance on your life to the extent your spouse owns the policy. Can i file my back taxes online free Payments for jointly-owned home. Can i file my back taxes online free   If your divorce or separation instrument states that you must pay expenses for a home owned by you and your spouse or former spouse, some of your payments may be alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free See Table 4. Can i file my back taxes online free   However, if your spouse owned the home, see Example 2 under Payments to a third party, earlier. Can i file my back taxes online free If you owned the home, see the example under Payments not alimony , earlier. Can i file my back taxes online free Table 4. Can i file my back taxes online free Expenses for a Jointly-Owned Home Use the table below to find how much of your payment is alimony and how much you can claim as an itemized deduction. Can i file my back taxes online free IF you must pay all of the . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free AND your home is . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free THEN you can deduct and your spouse (or former spouse) must include as alimony . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free AND you can claim as an itemized deduction . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free . Can i file my back taxes online free   mortgage payments (principal and interest) jointly owned half of the total payments half of the interest as interest expense (if the home is a qualified home). Can i file my back taxes online free 1   real estate taxes and home insurance held as tenants in common half of the total payments half of the real estate taxes2 and none of the home insurance. Can i file my back taxes online free     held as tenants by the entirety or in joint tenancy none of the payments all of the real estate taxes and none of the home insurance. Can i file my back taxes online free 1 Your spouse (or former spouse) can deduct the other half of the interest if the home is a qualified home. Can i file my back taxes online free  2 Your spouse (or former spouse) can deduct the other half of the real estate taxes. Can i file my back taxes online free Instruments Executed After 1984 The following rules for alimony apply to payments under divorce or separation instruments executed after 1984. Can i file my back taxes online free Exception for instruments executed before 1985. Can i file my back taxes online free   There are two situations where the rules for instruments executed after 1984 apply to instruments executed before 1985. Can i file my back taxes online free A divorce or separation instrument executed before 1985 and then modified after 1984 to specify that the after-1984 rules will apply. Can i file my back taxes online free A temporary divorce or separation instrument executed before 1985 and incorporated into, or adopted by, a final decree executed after 1984 that: Changes the amount or period of payment, or Adds or deletes any contingency or condition. Can i file my back taxes online free   For the rules for alimony payments under pre-1985 instruments not meeting these exceptions, see the 2004 revision of Publication 504 available at www. Can i file my back taxes online free irs. Can i file my back taxes online free gov/formspubs. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 1. Can i file my back taxes online free In November 1984, you and your former spouse executed a written separation agreement. Can i file my back taxes online free In February 1985, a decree of divorce was substituted for the written separation agreement. Can i file my back taxes online free The decree of divorce did not change the terms for the alimony you pay your former spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free The decree of divorce is treated as executed before 1985. Can i file my back taxes online free Alimony payments under this decree are not subject to the rules for payments under instruments executed after 1984. Can i file my back taxes online free Example 2. Can i file my back taxes online free The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that the decree of divorce changed the amount of the alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free In this example, the decree of divorce is not treated as executed before 1985. Can i file my back taxes online free The alimony payments are subject to the rules for payments under instruments executed after 1984. Can i file my back taxes online free Alimony Requirements A payment to or for a spouse under a divorce or separation instrument is alimony if the spouses do not file a joint return with each other and all the following requirements are met. Can i file my back taxes online free The payment is in cash. Can i file my back taxes online free The instrument does not designate the payment as not alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free The spouses are not members of the same household at the time the payments are made. Can i file my back taxes online free This requirement applies only if the spouses are legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. Can i file my back taxes online free There is no liability to make any payment (in cash or property) after the death of the recipient spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free The payment is not treated as child support. Can i file my back taxes online free Each of these requirements is discussed next. Can i file my back taxes online free Cash payment requirement. Can i file my back taxes online free   Only cash payments, including checks and money orders, qualify as alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free The following do not qualify as alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free Transfers of services or property (including a debt instrument of a third party or an annuity contract). Can i file my back taxes online free Execution of a debt instrument by the payer. Can i file my back taxes online free The use of the payer's property. Can i file my back taxes online free Payments to a third party. Can i file my back taxes online free   Cash payments to a third party under the terms of your divorce or separation instrument can qualify as cash payments to your spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free See Payments to a third party under General Rules, earlier. Can i file my back taxes online free   Also, cash payments made to a third party at the written request of your spouse may qualify as alimony if all the following requirements are met. Can i file my back taxes online free The payments are in lieu of payments of alimony directly to your spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free The written request states that both spouses intend the payments to be treated as alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free You receive the written request from your spouse before you file your return for the year you made the payments. Can i file my back taxes online free Payments designated as not alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free   You and your spouse can designate that otherwise qualifying payments are not alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free You do this by including a provision in your divorce or separation instrument that states the payments are not deductible as alimony by you and are excludable from your spouse's income. Can i file my back taxes online free For this purpose, any instrument (written statement) signed by both of you that makes this designation and that refers to a previous written separation agreement is treated as a written separation agreement (and therefore a divorce or separation instrument). Can i file my back taxes online free If you are subject to temporary support orders, the designation must be made in the original or a later temporary support order. Can i file my back taxes online free   Your spouse can exclude the payments from income only if he or she attaches a copy of the instrument designating them as not alimony to his or her return. Can i file my back taxes online free The copy must be attached each year the designation applies. Can i file my back taxes online free Spouses cannot be members of the same household. Can i file my back taxes online free   Payments to your spouse while you are members of the same household are not alimony if you are legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. Can i file my back taxes online free A home you formerly shared is considered one household, even if you physically separate yourselves in the home. Can i file my back taxes online free   You are not treated as members of the same household if one of you is preparing to leave the household and does leave no later than 1 month after the date of the payment. Can i file my back taxes online free Exception. Can i file my back taxes online free   If you are not legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance, a payment under a written separation agreement, support decree, or other court order may qualify as alimony even if you are members of the same household when the payment is made. Can i file my back taxes online free Liability for payments after death of recipient spouse. Can i file my back taxes online free   If any part of payments you make must continue to be made for any period after your spouse's death, that part of your payments is not alimony whether made before or after the death. Can i file my back taxes online free If all of the payments would continue, then none of the payments made before or after the death are alimony. Can i file my back taxes online free   The divorce or separation instrument does not have to expressly state that the payments cease upon the