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E file 2011 federal taxes 33. E file 2011 federal taxes   Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Are You Eligible for the Credit?Qualified Individual Income Limits How to Claim the CreditCredit Figured for You Credit Figured by You Introduction If you qualify, you may be able to reduce the tax you owe by taking the credit for the elderly or the disabled which is figured on Schedule R (Form 1040A or 1040). E file 2011 federal taxes This chapter explains the following. E file 2011 federal taxes Who qualifies for the credit for the elderly or the disabled. E file 2011 federal taxes How to claim the credit. E file 2011 federal taxes You may be able to take the credit for the elderly or the disabled if: You are age 65 or older at the end of 2013, or You retired on permanent and total disability and have taxable disability income. E file 2011 federal taxes Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 524 Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled 554 Tax Guide for Seniors Form (and Instruction) Schedule R (Form 1040A or 1040) Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Are You Eligible for the Credit? You can take the credit for the elderly or the disabled if you meet both of the following requirements. E file 2011 federal taxes You are a qualified individual. E file 2011 federal taxes Your income is not more than certain limits. E file 2011 federal taxes You can use Figure 33-A and Table 33-1 as guides to see if you are eligible for the credit. E file 2011 federal taxes Use Figure 33-A first to see if you are a qualified individual. E file 2011 federal taxes If you are, go to Table 33-1 to make sure your income is not too high to take the credit. E file 2011 federal taxes You can take the credit only if you file Form 1040 or Form 1040A. E file 2011 federal taxes You cannot take the credit if you file Form 1040EZ. E file 2011 federal taxes Qualified Individual You are a qualified individual for this credit if you are a U. E file 2011 federal taxes S. E file 2011 federal taxes citizen or resident alien, and either of the following applies. E file 2011 federal taxes You were age 65 or older at the end of 2013. E file 2011 federal taxes You were under age 65 at the end of 2013 and all three of the following statements are true. E file 2011 federal taxes You retired on permanent and total disability (explained later). E file 2011 federal taxes You received taxable disability income for 2013. E file 2011 federal taxes On January 1, 2013, you had not reached mandatory retirement age (defined later under Disability income ). E file 2011 federal taxes Age 65. E file 2011 federal taxes   You are considered to be age 65 on the day before your 65th birthday. E file 2011 federal taxes Therefore, if you were born on January 1, 1949, you are considered to be age 65 at the end of 2013. E file 2011 federal taxes U. E file 2011 federal taxes S. E file 2011 federal taxes Citizen or Resident Alien You must be a U. E file 2011 federal taxes S. E file 2011 federal taxes citizen or resident alien (or be treated as a resident alien) to take the credit. E file 2011 federal taxes Generally, you cannot take the credit if you were a nonresident alien at any time during the tax year. E file 2011 federal taxes Exceptions. E file 2011 federal taxes   You may be able to take the credit if you are a nonresident alien who is married to a U. E file 2011 federal taxes S. E file 2011 federal taxes citizen or resident alien at the end of the tax year and you and your spouse choose to treat you as a U. E file 2011 federal taxes S. E file 2011 federal taxes resident alien. E file 2011 federal taxes If you make that choice, both you and your spouse are taxed on your worldwide incomes. E file 2011 federal taxes If you were a nonresident alien at the beginning of the year and a resident alien at the end of the year, and you were married to a U. E file 2011 federal taxes S. E file 2011 federal taxes citizen or resident alien at the end of the year, you may be able to choose to be treated as a U. E file 2011 federal taxes S. E file 2011 federal taxes resident alien for the entire year. E file 2011 federal taxes In that case, you may be allowed to take the credit. E file 2011 federal taxes For information on these choices, see chapter 1 of Publication 519, U. E file 2011 federal taxes S. E file 2011 federal taxes Tax Guide for Aliens. E file 2011 federal taxes Married Persons Generally, if you are married at the end of the tax year, you and your spouse must file a joint return to take the credit. E file 2011 federal taxes However, if you and your spouse did not live in the same household at any time during the tax year, you can file either a joint return or separate returns and still take the credit. E file 2011 federal taxes Head of household. E file 2011 federal taxes   You can file as head of household and qualify to take the credit, even if your spouse lived with you during the first 6 months of the year, if you meet certain tests. E file 2011 federal taxes See Head of Household in chapter 2 for the tests you must meet. E file 2011 federal taxes Under Age 65 If you are under age 65 at the end of 2013, you can qualify for the credit only if you are retired on permanent and total disability (discussed next) and have taxable disability income (discussed later under Disability income ). E file 2011 federal taxes You are retired on permanent and total disability if: You were permanently and totally disabled when you retired, and You retired on disability before the close of the tax year. E file 2011 federal taxes Even if you do not retire formally, you may be considered retired on disability when you have stopped working because of your disability. E file 2011 federal taxes If you retired on disability before 1977, and were not permanently and totally disabled at the time, you can qualify for the credit if you were permanently and totally disabled on January 1, 1976, or January 1, 1977. E file 2011 federal taxes Permanent and total disability. E file 2011 federal taxes    You are permanently and totally disabled if you cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity because of your physical or mental condition. E file 2011 federal taxes A qualified physician must certify that the condition has lasted or can be expected to last continuously for 12 months or more, or that the condition can be expected to result in death. E file 2011 federal taxes See Physician's statement , later. E file 2011 federal taxes Substantial gainful activity. E file 2011 federal taxes   Substantial gainful activity is the performance of significant duties over a reasonable period of time while working for pay or profit, or in work generally done for pay or profit. E file 2011 federal taxes Full-time work (or part-time work done at your employer's convenience) in a competitive work situation for at least the minimum wage conclusively shows that you are able to engage in substantial gainful activity. E file 2011 federal taxes   Substantial gainful activity is not work you do to take care of yourself or your home. E file 2011 federal taxes It is not unpaid work on hobbies, institutional therapy or training, school attendance, clubs, social programs, and similar activities. E file 2011 federal taxes However, doing this kind of work may show that you are able to engage in substantial gainful activity. E file 2011 federal taxes    The fact that you have not worked for some time is not, of itself, conclusive evidence that you cannot engage in substantial gainful activity. E file 2011 federal taxes Sheltered employment. E file 2011 federal taxes   Certain work offered at qualified locations to physically or mentally impaired persons is considered sheltered employment. E file 2011 federal taxes These qualified locations are in sheltered workshops, hospitals, and similar institutions, homebound programs, and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sponsored homes. E file 2011 federal taxes   Compared to commercial employment, pay is lower for sheltered employment. E file 2011 federal taxes Therefore, one usually does not look for sheltered employment if he or she can get other employment. E file 2011 federal taxes The fact that one has accepted sheltered employment is not proof of the person's ability to engage in substantial gainful activity. E file 2011 federal taxes Physician's statement. E file 2011 federal taxes   If you are under age 65, you must have your physician complete a statement certifying that you were permanently and totally disabled on the date you retired. E file 2011 federal taxes You can use the statement in the Instructions for Schedule R. E file 2011 federal taxes    Figure 33-A. E file 2011 federal taxes Are You a Qualified Individual? This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. E file 2011 federal taxes Please click the link to view the image. E file 2011 federal taxes Figure 33-A Are You a Qualified Individual?   You do not have to file this statement with your Form 1040 or Form 1040A, but you must keep it for your records. E file 2011 federal taxes Veterans. E file 2011 federal taxes   If the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) certifies that you are permanently and totally disabled, you can substitute VA Form 21-0172, Certification of Permanent and Total Disability, for the physician's statement you are required to keep. E file 2011 federal taxes VA Form 21-0172 must be signed by a person authorized by the VA to do so. E file 2011 federal taxes You can get this form from your local VA regional office. E file 2011 federal taxes Physician's statement obtained in earlier year. E file 2011 federal taxes   If you got a physician's statement in an earlier year and, due to your continued disabled condition, you were unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity during 2013, you may not need to get another physician's statement for 2013. E file 2011 federal taxes For a detailed explanation of the conditions you must meet, see the instructions for Schedule R, Part II. E file 2011 federal taxes If you meet the required conditions, check the box on your Schedule R, Part II, line 2. E file 2011 federal taxes   If you checked box 4, 5, or 6 in Part I of Schedule R, enter in the space above the box on line 2 in Part II the first name(s) of the spouse(s) for whom the box is checked. E file 2011 federal taxes Table 33-1. E file 2011 federal taxes Income Limits IF your filing status is . E file 2011 federal taxes . E file 2011 federal taxes . E file 2011 federal taxes THEN, even if you qualify (see Figure 33-A ), you CANNOT take the credit if. E file 2011 federal taxes . E file 2011 federal taxes . E file 2011 federal taxes   Your adjusted gross income (AGI)* is equal to or more than. E file 2011 federal taxes . E file 2011 federal taxes . E file 2011 federal taxes     OR the total of your nontaxable social security and other nontaxable pension(s), annuities, or disability income is equal to or more than. E file 2011 federal taxes . E file 2011 federal taxes . E file 2011 federal taxes   single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child   $17,500     $5,000   married filing jointly and only one spouse qualifies in Figure 33-A   $20,000     $5,000   married filing jointly and both spouses qualify in Figure 33-A   $25,000     $7,500   married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013   $12,500     $3,750   * AGI is the amount on Form 1040A, line 22, or Form 1040, line 38. E file 2011 federal taxes Disability income. E file 2011 federal taxes   If you are under age 65, you must also have taxable disability income to qualify for the credit. E file 2011 federal taxes Disability income must meet both of the following requirements. E file 2011 federal taxes It must be paid under your employer's accident or health plan or pension plan. E file 2011 federal taxes It must be included in your income as wages (or payments instead of wages) for the time you are absent from work because of permanent and total disability. E file 2011 federal taxes Payments that are not disability income. E file 2011 federal taxes   Any payment you receive from a plan that does not provide for disability retirement is not disability income. E file 2011 federal taxes Any lump-sum payment for accrued annual leave that you receive when you retire on disability is a salary payment and is not disability income. E file 2011 federal taxes   For purposes of the credit for the elderly or the disabled, disability income does not include amounts you receive after you reach mandatory retirement age. E file 2011 federal taxes Mandatory retirement age is the age set by your employer at which you would have had to retire, had you not become disabled. E file 2011 federal taxes Income Limits To determine if you can claim the credit, you must consider two income limits. E file 2011 federal taxes The first limit is the amount of your adjusted gross income (AGI). E file 2011 federal taxes The second limit is the amount of nontaxable social security and other nontaxable pensions, annuities, or disability income you received. E file 2011 federal taxes The limits are shown in Table 33-1. E file 2011 federal taxes If your AGI and nontaxable pensions, annuities, or disability income are less than the income limits, you may be able to claim the credit. E file 2011 federal taxes See How to Claim the Credit , later. E file 2011 federal taxes If either your AGI or your nontaxable pensions, annuities, or disability income are equal to or more than the income limits, you cannot take the credit. E file 2011 federal taxes How to Claim the Credit You can figure the credit yourself or the Internal Revenue Service will figure it for you. E file 2011 federal taxes Credit Figured for You If you choose to have the IRS figure the credit for you, read the following discussion for the form you will file (Form 1040 or 1040A). E file 2011 federal taxes If you want the IRS to figure your tax, see chapter 30. E file 2011 federal taxes Form 1040. E file 2011 federal taxes   If you want the IRS to figure your credit, see Form 1040 Line Entries under Tax Figured by IRS in chapter 30. E file 2011 federal taxes Form 1040A. E file 2011 federal taxes   If you want the IRS to figure your credit, see Form 1040A Line Entries under Tax Figured by IRS in chapter 30. E file 2011 federal taxes Credit Figured by You If you choose to figure the credit yourself, fill out the front of Schedule R. E file 2011 federal taxes Next, fill out Schedule R, Part III. E file 2011 federal taxes If you file Form 1040A, enter the amount from Schedule R, line 22, on Form 1040A, line 30. E file 2011 federal taxes If you file Form 1040, include the amount from Schedule R, line 22, on line 53; check box c, and enter “Sch R” on the line next to that box. E file 2011 federal taxes For a step-by-step discussion about filling out Part III of Schedule R, see Figuring the Credit Yourself in Publication 524. E file 2011 federal taxes Limit on credit. E file 2011 federal taxes   The amount of the credit you can claim is generally limited to the amount of your tax. 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Medical advances have resulted in an increased need for nursing home care and assisted living. Most health insurance plans and Medicare severely limit or exclude long-term care. You should consider these costs as you plan for retirement. Here are some questions to ask when considering a separate long-term care insurance policy.

  • What qualifies you for benefits? Some insurers say you must be unable to perform a specific number of the following activities of daily living: eating, walking, getting from bed to a chair, dressing, bathing, using a toilet and remaining continent.
  • What type of care is covered? Does the policy cover nursing home care? What about coverage for assisted living facilities that provide less client care than a nursing home? If you want to stay in your home, will it pay for care provided by visiting nurses and therapists? What about help with food preparation and housecleaning?
  • What will the benefit amount be? Most plans are written to provide a specific dollar benefit per day. The benefit for home care is usually about half the nursing-home benefit. But some policies pay the same for both forms of care. Other plans pay only for your actual expenses.
  • What is the benefit period? It is possible to get a policy with lifetime benefits but this can be very expensive. Other options for coverage are from one to six years. The average nursing home stay is about 2.5 years.
  • Is the benefit adjusted for inflation? If you buy a policy prior to age 60, you face the risk that a fixed daily benefit will not be enough by the time you need it.
  • Is there a waiting period before benefits begin? A 20 to 100 day period is not unusual.

Other Insurance

  • Travel Insurance. There are four kinds of travel insurance: Travel Cancellation Insurance, Baggage or Personal Effects Coverage, Emergency Medical Coverage and Accidental Death. One helpful website is insuremytrip.com.
  • Identity Theft Insurance. This type of insurance provides reimbursement to crime victims for the cost of restoring their identity and repairing credit reports. Some companies now include this as part of their homeowner's insurance policy. Others sell it as a stand-alone policy. Ask your homeowner policy company for information.
  • International Healthcare Insurance. A policy that provides health coverage no matter where you are in the world. The policy term is flexible so you can purchase only for the time you will be out of the country. Contact your current healthcare provider for coverage information.
  • Catastrophic Health Care Insurance. A health plan that only cover certain types of expensive care, like hospitalizations.
  • Liability Insurance. Insurance for what the policyholder is legally obligated to pay because of bodily injury or property damage caused to another person. Search online or ask your personal insurance agent for more information.
  • Umbrella insurance A policy that supplements the insurance you already have for home, auto, and other personal property. can help cover costs that exceed the limits of other policies.

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