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Efile tax return for free 1. Efile tax return for free   Investment Income Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: General InformationSSN for joint account. Efile tax return for free Custodian account for your child. Efile tax return for free Penalty for failure to supply SSN. Efile tax return for free Certification. Efile tax return for free Underreported interest and dividends. Efile tax return for free How to stop backup withholding due to underreporting. Efile tax return for free How to stop backup withholding due to an incorrect identification number. Efile tax return for free Reporting backup withholding. Efile tax return for free Nonresident aliens. Efile tax return for free Penalties. Efile tax return for free Savings account with parent as trustee. Efile tax return for free Interest IncomeInterest not reported on Form 1099-INT. Efile tax return for free Nominees. Efile tax return for free Incorrect amount. Efile tax return for free Information reporting requirement. Efile tax return for free Taxable Interest — General Below-Market Loans U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free Savings Bonds U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds Bonds Sold Between Interest Dates Insurance State or Local Government Obligations Discount on Debt InstrumentsOriginal Issue Discount (OID) Market Discount Bonds Discount on Short-Term Obligations Election To Report All Interest as OID When To Report Interest IncomeConstructive receipt. Efile tax return for free How To Report Interest IncomeSchedule B (Form 1040A or 1040). Efile tax return for free Worksheet for savings bonds distributed from a retirement or profit-sharing plan. Efile tax return for free File Form 1099-INT with the IRS. Efile tax return for free Dividends and Other DistributionsDividends not reported on Form 1099-DIV. Efile tax return for free Nominees. Efile tax return for free Ordinary Dividends Capital Gain Distributions Nondividend Distributions Liquidating Distributions Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights Other Distributions How To Report Dividend IncomeElection. Efile tax return for free Independent contractor. Efile tax return for free Investment interest deducted. Efile tax return for free Exception 1. Efile tax return for free Exception 2. Efile tax return for free Undistributed capital gains. Efile tax return for free File Form 1099-DIV with the IRS. Efile tax return for free Stripped Preferred Stock REMICs, FASITs, and Other CDOsREMICs Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs) FASITs S CorporationsLimit on losses and deductions. Efile tax return for free Passive activity losses. Efile tax return for free Form 8582. Efile tax return for free Investment ClubsInvestments in name of member. Efile tax return for free Tax Treatment of the Club Topics - This chapter discusses: Interest Income , Discount on Debt Instruments , When To Report Interest Income , How To Report Interest Income , Dividends and Other Distributions , How To Report Dividend Income , Stripped Preferred Stock , Real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICs), financial asset securitization investment trusts (FASITs), and other collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) , S Corporations , and Investment Clubs . Efile tax return for free Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 537 Installment Sales 590 Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules 1212 Guide to Original Issue Discount (OID) Instruments Form (and Instructions) Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040) Interest and Ordinary Dividends Schedule D (Form 1040) Capital Gains and Losses 1040 U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free Individual Income Tax Return 1040A U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free Individual Income Tax Return 1040EZ Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents 1099 General Instructions for Certain Information Returns 2439 Notice to Shareholder of Undistributed Long-Term Capital Gains 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 6251 Alternative Minimum Tax — Individuals 8582 Passive Activity Loss Limitations 8615 Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income 8814 Parents' Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends 8815 Exclusion of Interest From Series EE and I U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free Savings Bonds Issued After 1989 8818 Optional Form To Record Redemption of Series EE and I U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free Savings Bonds Issued After 1989 8824 Like-Kind Exchanges 8949 Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets 8960 Net Investment Income Tax—Individuals, Estates, and Trusts See chapter 5, How To Get Tax Help , for information about getting these publications and forms. Efile tax return for free General Information A few items of general interest are covered here. Efile tax return for free Recordkeeping. Efile tax return for free You should keep a list showing sources and investment income amounts you receive during the year. Efile tax return for free Also keep the forms you receive showing your investment income (Forms 1099-INT, Interest Income, and 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions, for example) as an important part of your records. Efile tax return for free Net investment income tax (NIIT). Efile tax return for free   Beginning in 2013, you may be subject to the NIIT. Efile tax return for free The NIIT is a 3. Efile tax return for free 8% tax on the lesser of your net investment income or the amount of your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) that is over a threshold amount based on your filing status. Efile tax return for free    Filing Status Threshold Amount Married filing jointly $250,000 Married filing separately $125,000 Single $200,000 Head of household (with qualifying person) $200,000 Qualifying Widow(er) with dependent child $250,000    For more information, see Form 8960 and Instructions for Form 8960. Efile tax return for free Tax on unearned income of certain children. Efile tax return for free   Part of a child's 2013 unearned income may be taxed at the parent's tax rate. Efile tax return for free This may happen if all of the following are true. Efile tax return for free The child had more than $2,000 of unearned income. Efile tax return for free The child is required to file a tax return. 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Efile tax return for free If any of these statements is not true, Form 8615 is not required and the child's income is taxed at his or her own tax rate. Efile tax return for free    However, the parent can choose to include the child's interest and dividends on the parent's return if certain requirements are met. Efile tax return for free Use Form 8814 for this purpose. Efile tax return for free   For more information about the tax on unearned income of children and the parents' election, see Publication 929, Tax Rules for Children and Dependents. Efile tax return for free Beneficiary of an estate or trust. Efile tax return for free   Interest, dividends, and other investment income you receive as a beneficiary of an estate or trust is generally taxable income. Efile tax return for free You should receive a Schedule K-1 (Form 1041), Beneficiary's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. Efile tax return for free , from the fiduciary. Efile tax return for free Your copy of Schedule K-1 (Form 1041) and its instructions will tell you where to report the income on your Form 1040. Efile tax return for free Social security number (SSN). Efile tax return for free   You must give your name and SSN or individual tax identification number (ITIN) to any person required by federal tax law to make a return, statement, or other document that relates to you. Efile tax return for free This includes payers of interest and dividends. Efile tax return for free If you do not give your SSN or ITIN to the payer of interest, you may have to pay a penalty. Efile tax return for free SSN for joint account. Efile tax return for free   If the funds in a joint account belong to one person, list that person's name first on the account and give that person's SSN to the payer. Efile tax return for free (For information on who owns the funds in a joint account, see Joint accounts , later. Efile tax return for free ) If the joint account contains combined funds, give the SSN of the person whose name is listed first on the account. Efile tax return for free This is because only one name and SSN can be shown on Form 1099. Efile tax return for free   These rules apply both to joint ownership by a married couple and to joint ownership by other individuals. Efile tax return for free For example, if you open a joint savings account with your child using funds belonging to the child, list the child's name first on the account and give the child's SSN. Efile tax return for free Custodian account for your child. Efile tax return for free   If your child is the actual owner of an account that is recorded in your name as custodian for the child, give the child's SSN to the payer. Efile tax return for free For example, you must give your child's SSN to the payer of dividends on stock owned by your child, even though the dividends are paid to you as custodian. 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Efile tax return for free Certification. Efile tax return for free   For new accounts paying interest or dividends, you must certify under penalties of perjury that your SSN is correct and that you are not subject to backup withholding. Efile tax return for free Your payer will give you a Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, or similar form, to make this certification. Efile tax return for free If you fail to make this certification, backup withholding may begin immediately on your new account or investment. Efile tax return for free Underreported interest and dividends. Efile tax return for free   You will be considered to have underreported your interest and dividends if the IRS has determined for a tax year that: You failed to include any part of a reportable interest or dividend payment required to be shown on your return, or You were required to file a return and to include a reportable interest or dividend payment on that return, but you failed to file the return. Efile tax return for free How to stop backup withholding due to underreporting. Efile tax return for free   If you have been notified that you underreported interest or dividends, you can request a determination from the IRS to prevent backup withholding from starting or to stop backup withholding once it has begun. Efile tax return for free You must show that at least one of the following situations applies. Efile tax return for free No underreporting occurred. Efile tax return for free You have a bona fide dispute with the IRS about whether underreporting occurred. Efile tax return for free Backup withholding will cause or is causing an undue hardship, and it is unlikely that you will underreport interest and dividends in the future. Efile tax return for free You have corrected the underreporting by filing a return if you did not previously file one and by paying all taxes, penalties, and interest due for any underreported interest or dividend payments. Efile tax return for free   If the IRS determines that backup withholding should stop, it will provide you with a certification and will notify the payers who were sent notices earlier. Efile tax return for free How to stop backup withholding due to an incorrect identification number. Efile tax return for free   If you have been notified by a payer that you are subject to backup withholding because you have provided an incorrect SSN or employer identification number, you can stop it by following the instructions the payer gives you. Efile tax return for free Reporting backup withholding. Efile tax return for free   If backup withholding is deducted from your interest or dividend income or other reportable payment, the bank or other business must give you an information return for the year (for example, a Form 1099-INT) indicating the amount withheld. Efile tax return for free The information return will show any backup withholding as “Federal income tax withheld. Efile tax return for free ” Nonresident aliens. Efile tax return for free    Generally, payments made to nonresident aliens are not subject to backup withholding. Efile tax return for free You can use Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding, to certify exempt status. Efile tax return for free However, this does not exempt you from the 30% (or lower treaty) withholding rate that may apply to your investment income. Efile tax return for free For information on the 30% rate, see Publication 519, U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free Tax Guide for Aliens. Efile tax return for free Penalties. Efile tax return for free   There are civil and criminal penalties for giving false information to avoid backup withholding. Efile tax return for free The civil penalty is $500. Efile tax return for free The criminal penalty, upon conviction, is a fine of up to $1,000, or imprisonment of up to 1 year, or both. Efile tax return for free Where to report investment income. Efile tax return for free   Table 1-1 gives an overview of the forms and schedules to use to report some common types of investment income. Efile tax return for free But see the rest of this publication for detailed information about reporting investment income. Efile tax return for free Joint accounts. Efile tax return for free   If two or more persons hold property (such as a savings account, bond, or stock) as joint tenants, tenants by the entirety, or tenants in common, each person's share of any interest or dividends from the property is determined by local law. Efile tax return for free Community property states. Efile tax return for free   If you are married and receive a distribution that is community income, one-half of the distribution is generally considered to be received by each spouse. Efile tax return for free If you file separate returns, you must each report one-half of any taxable distribution. Efile tax return for free See Publication 555, Community Property, for more information on community income. Efile tax return for free   If the distribution is not considered community property and you and your spouse file separate returns, each of you must report your separate taxable distributions. Efile tax return for free Example. Efile tax return for free You and your spouse have a joint money market account. Efile tax return for free Under state law, half the income from the account belongs to you, and half belongs to your spouse. Efile tax return for free If you file separate returns, you each report half the income. Efile tax return for free Income from property given to a child. Efile tax return for free   Property you give as a parent to your child under the Model Gifts of Securities to Minors Act, the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act, or any similar law becomes the child's property. Efile tax return for free   Income from the property is taxable to the child, except that any part used to satisfy a legal obligation to support the child is taxable to the parent or guardian having that legal obligation. Efile tax return for free Savings account with parent as trustee. Efile tax return for free   Interest income from a savings account opened for a minor child, but placed in the name and subject to the order of the parents as trustees, is taxable to the child if, under the law of the state in which the child resides, both of the following are true. Efile tax return for free The savings account legally belongs to the child. Efile tax return for free The parents are not legally permitted to use any of the funds to support the child. Efile tax return for free Table 1-1. Efile tax return for free Where To Report Common Types of Investment Income (For detailed information about reporting investment income, see the rest of this publication, especially How To Report Interest Income and How To Report Dividend Income in chapter 1. Efile tax return for free ) Type of Income If you file Form 1040, report on . Efile tax return for free . Efile tax return for free . Efile tax return for free If you can file Form 1040A, report on . Efile tax return for free . Efile tax return for free . Efile tax return for free If you can file Form 1040EZ, report on . Efile tax return for free . Efile tax return for free . Efile tax return for free Tax-exempt interest (Form 1099-INT, box 8) Line 8b Line 8b Space to the left of line 2 (enter “TEI” and the amount) Taxable interest that totals $1,500 or less Line 8a (You may need to file Schedule B as well. Efile tax return for free ) Line 8a (You may need to file Schedule B as well. Efile tax return for free ) Line 2 Taxable interest that totals more than $1,500 Line 8a; also use Schedule B, line 1 Line 8a; also use Schedule B, line 1   Savings bond interest you will exclude because of higher education expenses Schedule B; also use Form 8815 Schedule B; also use Form 8815   Ordinary dividends that total $1,500 or less Line 9a (You may need to file Schedule B as well. Efile tax return for free ) Line 9a (You may need to file Schedule B as well. 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Efile tax return for free If you itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), Itemized Deductions, you can deduct $310, subject to the net investment income limit. Efile tax return for free Gift for opening account. Efile tax return for free   If you receive noncash gifts or services for making deposits or for opening an account in a savings institution, you may have to report the value as interest. Efile tax return for free   For deposits of less than $5,000, gifts or services valued at more than $10 must be reported as interest. Efile tax return for free For deposits of $5,000 or more, gifts or services valued at more than $20 must be reported as interest. Efile tax return for free The value is determined by the cost to the financial institution. Efile tax return for free Example. Efile tax return for free You open a savings account at your local bank and deposit $800. Efile tax return for free The account earns $20 interest. Efile tax return for free You also receive a $15 calculator. Efile tax return for free If no other interest is credited to your account during the year, the Form 1099-INT you receive will show $35 interest for the year. Efile tax return for free You must report $35 interest income on your tax return. Efile tax return for free Interest on insurance dividends. Efile tax return for free   Interest on insurance dividends left on deposit with an insurance company that can be withdrawn annually is taxable to you in the year it is credited to your account. Efile tax return for free However, if you can withdraw it only on the anniversary date of the policy (or other specified date), the interest is taxable in the year that date occurs. Efile tax return for free Prepaid insurance premiums. Efile tax return for free   Any increase in the value of prepaid insurance premiums, advance premiums, or premium deposit funds is interest if it is applied to the payment of premiums due on insurance policies or made available for you to withdraw. Efile tax return for free U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free obligations. Efile tax return for free   Interest on U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free obligations, such as U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free Treasury bills, notes, and bonds, issued by any agency or instrumentality of the United States is taxable for federal income tax purposes. Efile tax return for free Interest on tax refunds. Efile tax return for free   Interest you receive on tax refunds is taxable income. Efile tax return for free Interest on condemnation award. Efile tax return for free   If the condemning authority pays you interest to compensate you for a delay in payment of an award, the interest is taxable. Efile tax return for free Installment sale payments. Efile tax return for free   If a contract for the sale or exchange of property provides for deferred payments, it also usually provides for interest payable with the deferred payments. Efile tax return for free That interest is taxable when you receive it. Efile tax return for free If little or no interest is provided for in a deferred payment contract, part of each payment may be treated as interest. Efile tax return for free See Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537. Efile tax return for free Interest on annuity contract. Efile tax return for free   Accumulated interest on an annuity contract you sell before its maturity date is taxable. Efile tax return for free Usurious interest. Efile tax return for free   Usurious interest is interest charged at an illegal rate. Efile tax return for free This is taxable as interest unless state law automatically changes it to a payment on the principal. Efile tax return for free Interest income on frozen deposits. Efile tax return for free   Exclude from your gross income interest on frozen deposits. Efile tax return for free A deposit is frozen if, at the end of the year, you cannot withdraw any part of the deposit because: The financial institution is bankrupt or insolvent, or The state in which the institution is located has placed limits on withdrawals because other financial institutions in the state are bankrupt or insolvent. Efile tax return for free   The amount of interest you must exclude is the interest that was credited on the frozen deposits minus the sum of: The net amount you withdrew from these deposits during the year, and The amount you could have withdrawn as of the end of the year (not reduced by any penalty for premature withdrawals of a time deposit). Efile tax return for free If you receive a Form 1099-INT for interest income on deposits that were frozen at the end of 2013, see Frozen deposits under How To Report Interest Income for information about reporting this interest income exclusion on your tax return. Efile tax return for free   The interest you exclude is treated as credited to your account in the following year. Efile tax return for free You must include it in income in the year you can withdraw it. Efile tax return for free Example. Efile tax return for free $100 of interest was credited on your frozen deposit during the year. Efile tax return for free You withdrew $80 but could not withdraw any more as of the end of the year. Efile tax return for free You must include $80 in your income and exclude $20 from your income for the year. Efile tax return for free You must include the $20 in your income for the year you can withdraw it. Efile tax return for free Bonds traded flat. Efile tax return for free    If you buy a bond at a discount when interest has been defaulted or when the interest has accrued but has not been paid, the transaction is described as trading a bond flat. Efile tax return for free The defaulted or unpaid interest is not income and is not taxable as interest if paid later. Efile tax return for free When you receive a payment of that interest, it is a return of capital that reduces the remaining cost basis of your bond. Efile tax return for free Interest that accrues after the date of purchase, however, is taxable interest income for the year received or accrued. Efile tax return for free See Bonds Sold Between Interest Dates , later in this chapter. Efile tax return for free Below-Market Loans If you make a below-market gift or demand loan, you must report as interest income any forgone interest (defined later) from that loan. Efile tax return for free The below-market loan rules and exceptions are described in this section. Efile tax return for free For more information, see section 7872 of the Internal Revenue Code and its regulations. Efile tax return for free If you receive a below-market loan, you may be able to deduct the forgone interest as well as any interest you actually paid, but not if it is personal interest. Efile tax return for free Loans subject to the rules. Efile tax return for free   The rules for below-market loans apply to: Gift loans, Pay-related loans, Corporation-shareholder loans, Tax avoidance loans, and Certain loans made to qualified continuing care facilities under a continuing care contract. Efile tax return for free A pay-related loan is any below-market loan between an employer and an employee or between an independent contractor and a person for whom the contractor provides services. Efile tax return for free A tax avoidance loan is any below-market loan where the avoidance of federal tax is one of the main purposes of the interest arrangement. Efile tax return for free Forgone interest. Efile tax return for free   For any period, forgone interest is: The amount of interest that would be payable for that period if interest accrued on the loan at the applicable federal rate and was payable annually on December 31, minus Any interest actually payable on the loan for the period. Efile tax return for free Applicable federal rate. Efile tax return for free   Applicable federal rates are published by the IRS each month in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. Efile tax return for free Some IRS offices have these bulletins available for research. Efile tax return for free See chapter 5, How To Get Tax Help , for other ways to get this information. Efile tax return for free Rules for below-market loans. Efile tax return for free   The rules that apply to a below-market loan depend on whether the loan is a gift loan, demand loan, or term loan. Efile tax return for free Gift and demand loans. Efile tax return for free   A gift loan is any below-market loan where the forgone interest is in the nature of a gift. Efile tax return for free   A demand loan is a loan payable in full at any time upon demand by the lender. Efile tax return for free A demand loan is a below-market loan if no interest is charged or if interest is charged at a rate below the applicable federal rate. Efile tax return for free   A demand loan or gift loan that is a below-market loan is generally treated as an arm's-length transaction in which the lender is treated as having made: A loan to the borrower in exchange for a note that requires the payment of interest at the applicable federal rate, and An additional payment to the borrower in an amount equal to the forgone interest. Efile tax return for free The borrower is generally treated as transferring the additional payment back to the lender as interest. Efile tax return for free The lender must report that amount as interest income. Efile tax return for free   The lender's additional payment to the borrower is treated as a gift, dividend, contribution to capital, pay for services, or other payment, depending on the substance of the transaction. Efile tax return for free The borrower may have to report this payment as taxable income, depending on its classification. Efile tax return for free These transfers are considered to occur annually, generally on December 31. Efile tax return for free Term loans. Efile tax return for free   A term loan is any loan that is not a demand loan. Efile tax return for free A term loan is a below-market loan if the amount of the loan is more than the present value of all payments due under the loan. Efile tax return for free   A lender who makes a below-market term loan other than a gift loan is treated as transferring an additional lump-sum cash payment to the borrower (as a dividend, contribution to capital, etc. Efile tax return for free ) on the date the loan is made. Efile tax return for free The amount of this payment is the amount of the loan minus the present value, at the applicable federal rate, of all payments due under the loan. Efile tax return for free An equal amount is treated as original issue discount (OID). Efile tax return for free The lender must report the annual part of the OID as interest income. Efile tax return for free The borrower may be able to deduct the OID as interest expense. Efile tax return for free See Original Issue Discount (OID) , later. Efile tax return for free Exceptions to the below-market loan rules. Efile tax return for free   Exceptions to the below-market loan rules are discussed here. Efile tax return for free Exception for loans of $10,000 or less. Efile tax return for free   The rules for below-market loans do not apply to any day on which the total outstanding amount of loans between the borrower and lender is $10,000 or less. Efile tax return for free This exception applies only to: Gift loans between individuals if the gift loan is not directly used to buy or carry income-producing assets, and Pay-related loans or corporation-shareholder loans if the avoidance of federal tax is not a principal purpose of the interest arrangement. Efile tax return for free This exception does not apply to a term loan described in (2) earlier that previously has been subject to the below-market loan rules. Efile tax return for free Those rules will continue to apply even if the outstanding balance is reduced to $10,000 or less. Efile tax return for free Exception for loans to continuing care facilities. Efile tax return for free   Loans to qualified continuing care facilities under continuing care contracts are not subject to the rules for below-market loans for the calendar year if the lender or the lender's spouse is age 62 or older at the end of the year. Efile tax return for free For the definitions of qualified continuing care facility and continuing care contract, see Internal Revenue Code section 7872(h). Efile tax return for free Exception for loans without significant tax effect. Efile tax return for free   Loans are excluded from the below-market loan rules if their interest arrangements do not have a significant effect on the federal tax liability of the borrower or the lender. Efile tax return for free These loans include: Loans made available by the lender to the general public on the same terms and conditions that are consistent with the lender's customary business practice; Loans subsidized by a federal, state, or municipal government that are made available under a program of general application to the public; Certain employee-relocation loans; Certain loans from a foreign person, unless the interest income would be effectively connected with the conduct of a U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free trade or business and would not be exempt from U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free tax under an income tax treaty; Gift loans to a charitable organization, contributions to which are deductible, if the total outstanding amount of loans between the organization and lender is $250,000 or less at all times during the tax year; and Other loans on which the interest arrangement can be shown to have no significant effect on the federal tax liability of the lender or the borrower. Efile tax return for free For a loan described in (6) above, all the facts and circumstances are used to determine if the interest arrangement has a significant effect on the federal tax liability of the lender or borrower. Efile tax return for free Some factors to be considered are: Whether items of income and deduction generated by the loan offset each other; The amount of these items; The cost to you of complying with the below-market loan rules, if they were to apply; and Any reasons other than taxes for structuring the transaction as a below-market loan. Efile tax return for free If you structure a transaction to meet this exception and one of the principal purposes of that structure is the avoidance of federal tax, the loan will be considered a tax-avoidance loan, and this exception will not apply. Efile tax return for free Limit on forgone interest for gift loans of $100,000 or less. Efile tax return for free   For gift loans between individuals, if the outstanding loans between the lender and borrower total $100,000 or less, the forgone interest to be included in income by the lender and deducted by the borrower is limited to the amount of the borrower's net investment income for the year. Efile tax return for free If the borrower's net investment income is $1,000 or less, it is treated as zero. Efile tax return for free This limit does not apply to a loan if the avoidance of federal tax is one of the main purposes of the interest arrangement. Efile tax return for free Effective dates. Efile tax return for free    These rules apply to term loans made after June 6, 1984, and to demand loans outstanding after that date. Efile tax return for free U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free Savings Bonds This section provides tax information on U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bonds. Efile tax return for free It explains how to report the interest income on these bonds and how to treat transfers of these bonds. Efile tax return for free U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bonds currently offered to individuals include Series EE bonds and Series I bonds. Efile tax return for free For other information on U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bonds, write to:  For Series HH/H: Bureau of the Fiscal Service Division of Customer Assistance P. Efile tax return for free O. Efile tax return for free Box 2186 Parkersburg, WV 26106-2186  For Series EE and I paper savings bonds: Bureau of the Fiscal Service Division of Customer Assistance P. Efile tax return for free O. Efile tax return for free Box 7012 Parkersburg, WV 26106-7012  For Series EE and I electronic bonds: Bureau of the Fiscal Service  Division of Customer Assistance P. Efile tax return for free O. Efile tax return for free Box 7015 Parkersburg, WV 26106-7015 Or, on the Internet, visit: www. Efile tax return for free treasurydirect. Efile tax return for free gov/indiv/indiv. Efile tax return for free htm. Efile tax return for free Accrual method taxpayers. Efile tax return for free   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you must report interest on U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bonds each year as it accrues. Efile tax return for free You cannot postpone reporting interest until you receive it or until the bonds mature. Efile tax return for free Cash method taxpayers. Efile tax return for free   If you use the cash method of accounting, as most individual taxpayers do, you generally report the interest on U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bonds when you receive it. Efile tax return for free But see Reporting options for cash method taxpayers , later. Efile tax return for free Series HH bonds. Efile tax return for free   These bonds were issued at face value. Efile tax return for free Interest is paid twice a year by direct deposit to your bank account. Efile tax return for free If you are a cash method taxpayer, you must report interest on these bonds as income in the year you receive it. Efile tax return for free   Series HH bonds were first offered in 1980 and last offered in August 2004. Efile tax return for free Before 1980, series H bonds were issued. Efile tax return for free Series H bonds are treated the same as series HH bonds. Efile tax return for free If you are a cash method taxpayer, you must report the interest when you receive it. Efile tax return for free   Series H bonds have a maturity period of 30 years. Efile tax return for free Series HH bonds mature in 20 years. Efile tax return for free The last series H bonds matured in 2009. Efile tax return for free The last series HH bonds will mature in 2024. Efile tax return for free Series EE and series I bonds. Efile tax return for free   Interest on these bonds is payable when you redeem the bonds. Efile tax return for free The difference between the purchase price and the redemption value is taxable interest. Efile tax return for free Series EE bonds. Efile tax return for free   Series EE bonds were first offered in January 1980 and have a maturity period of 30 years. Efile tax return for free Before July 1980, series E bonds were issued. Efile tax return for free The original 10-year maturity period of series E bonds has been extended to 40 years for bonds issued before December 1965 and 30 years for bonds issued after November 1965. Efile tax return for free Paper series EE and series E bonds are issued at a discount. Efile tax return for free The face value is payable to you at maturity. Efile tax return for free Electronic series EE bonds are issued at their face value. Efile tax return for free The face value plus accrued interest is payable to you at maturity. Efile tax return for free As of January 1, 2012, paper savings bonds were no longer sold at financial institutions. Efile tax return for free    Owners of paper series EE bonds can convert them to electronic bonds. Efile tax return for free These converted bonds do not retain the denomination listed on the paper certificate but are posted at their purchase price (with accrued interest). Efile tax return for free Series I bonds. Efile tax return for free   Series I bonds were first offered in 1998. Efile tax return for free These are inflation-indexed bonds issued at their face amount with a maturity period of 30 years. Efile tax return for free The face value plus all accrued interest is payable to you at maturity. Efile tax return for free Reporting options for cash method taxpayers. Efile tax return for free   If you use the cash method of reporting income, you can report the interest on series EE, series E, and series I bonds in either of the following ways. Efile tax return for free Method 1. Efile tax return for free Postpone reporting the interest until the earlier of the year you cash or dispose of the bonds or the year in which they mature. Efile tax return for free (However, see Savings bonds traded , later. Efile tax return for free )  Note. Efile tax return for free Series EE bonds issued in 1983 matured in 2013. Efile tax return for free If you have used method 1, you generally must report the interest on these bonds on your 2013 return. Efile tax return for free The last series E bonds were issued in 1980 and matured in 2010. Efile tax return for free If you used method 1, you generally should have reported the interest on these bonds on your 2010 return. Efile tax return for free Method 2. Efile tax return for free Choose to report the increase in redemption value as interest each year. Efile tax return for free  You must use the same method for all series EE, series E, and series I bonds you own. Efile tax return for free If you do not choose method 2 by reporting the increase in redemption value as interest each year, you must use method 1. Efile tax return for free If you plan to cash your bonds in the same year you will pay for higher educational expenses, you may want to use method 1 because you may be able to exclude the interest from your income. Efile tax return for free To learn how, see Education Savings Bond Program, later. Efile tax return for free Change from method 1. Efile tax return for free   If you want to change your method of reporting the interest from method 1 to method 2, you can do so without permission from the IRS. Efile tax return for free In the year of change, you must report all interest accrued to date and not previously reported for all your bonds. Efile tax return for free   Once you choose to report the interest each year, you must continue to do so for all series EE, series E, and series I bonds you own and for any you get later, unless you request permission to change, as explained next. Efile tax return for free Change from method 2. Efile tax return for free   To change from method 2 to method 1, you must request permission from the IRS. Efile tax return for free Permission for the change is automatically granted if you send the IRS a statement that meets all the following requirements. Efile tax return for free You have typed or printed the following number at the top: “131. Efile tax return for free ” It includes your name and social security number under “131. Efile tax return for free ” It includes the year of change (both the beginning and ending dates). Efile tax return for free It identifies the savings bonds for which you are requesting this change. Efile tax return for free It includes your agreement to: Report all interest on any bonds acquired during or after the year of change when the interest is realized upon disposition, redemption, or final maturity, whichever is earliest; and Report all interest on the bonds acquired before the year of change when the interest is realized upon disposition, redemption, or final maturity, whichever is earliest, with the exception of the interest reported in prior tax years. Efile tax return for free   You must attach this statement to your tax return for the year of change, which you must file by the due date (including extensions). Efile tax return for free   You can have an automatic extension of 6 months from the due date of your return for the year of change (excluding extensions) to file the statement with an amended return. Efile tax return for free On the statement, type or print “Filed pursuant to section 301. Efile tax return for free 9100-2. Efile tax return for free ” To get this extension, you must have filed your original return for the year of the change by the due date (including extensions). Efile tax return for free    By the date you file the original statement with your return, you must also send a signed copy to the address below. Efile tax return for free    Internal Revenue Service Attention: CC:IT&A (Automatic Rulings Branch) P. Efile tax return for free O. Efile tax return for free Box 7604 Benjamin Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044   If you use a private delivery service, send the signed copy to the address below. Efile tax return for free Internal Revenue Service Attention: CC:IT&A  (Automatic Rulings Branch) Room 5336 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20224    Instead of filing this statement, you can request permission to change from method 2 to method 1 by filing Form 3115. Efile tax return for free In that case, follow the form instructions for an automatic change. Efile tax return for free No user fee is required. Efile tax return for free Co-owners. Efile tax return for free   If a U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bond is issued in the names of co-owners, such as you and your child or you and your spouse, interest on the bond is generally taxable to the co-owner who bought the bond. Efile tax return for free One co-owner's funds used. Efile tax return for free   If you used your funds to buy the bond, you must pay the tax on the interest. Efile tax return for free This is true even if you let the other co-owner redeem the bond and keep all the proceeds. Efile tax return for free Under these circumstances, the co-owner who redeemed the bond will receive a Form 1099-INT at the time of redemption and must provide you with another Form 1099-INT showing the amount of interest from the bond taxable to you. Efile tax return for free The co-owner who redeemed the bond is a “nominee. Efile tax return for free ” See Nominee distributions under How To Report Interest Income, later, for more information about how a person who is a nominee reports interest income belonging to another person. Efile tax return for free Both co-owners' funds used. Efile tax return for free   If you and the other co-owner each contribute part of the bond's purchase price, the interest is generally taxable to each of you, in proportion to the amount each of you paid. Efile tax return for free Community property. Efile tax return for free   If you and your spouse live in a community property state and hold bonds as community property, one-half of the interest is considered received by each of you. Efile tax return for free If you file separate returns, each of you generally must report one-half of the bond interest. Efile tax return for free For more information about community property, see Publication 555. Efile tax return for free Table 1-2. Efile tax return for free   These rules are also shown in Table 1-2. Efile tax return for free Child as only owner. Efile tax return for free   Interest on U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bonds bought for and registered only in the name of your child is income to your child, even if you paid for the bonds and are named as beneficiary. Efile tax return for free If the bonds are series EE, series E, or series I bonds, the interest on the bonds is income to your child in the earlier of the year the bonds are cashed or disposed of or the year the bonds mature, unless your child chooses to report the interest income each year. Efile tax return for free Choice to report interest each year. Efile tax return for free   The choice to report the accrued interest each year can be made either by your child or by you for your child. Efile tax return for free This choice is made by filing an income tax return that shows all the interest earned to date, and by stating on the return that your child chooses to report the interest each year. Efile tax return for free Either you or your child should keep a copy of this return. Efile tax return for free   Unless your child is otherwise required to file a tax return for any year after making this choice, your child does not have to file a return only to report the annual accrual of U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bond interest under this choice. Efile tax return for free However, see Tax on unearned income of certain children , earlier, under General Information. Efile tax return for free Neither you nor your child can change the way you report the interest unless you request permission from the IRS, as discussed earlier under Change from method 2 . Efile tax return for free Ownership transferred. Efile tax return for free   If you bought series E, series EE, or series I bonds entirely with your own funds and had them reissued in your co-owner's name or beneficiary's name alone, you must include in your gross income for the year of reissue all interest that you earned on these bonds and have not previously reported. Efile tax return for free But, if the bonds were reissued in your name alone, you do not have to report the interest accrued at that time. Efile tax return for free   This same rule applies when bonds (other than bonds held as community property) are transferred between spouses or incident to divorce. Efile tax return for free Example. Efile tax return for free You bought series EE bonds entirely with your own funds. Efile tax return for free You did not choose to report the accrued interest each year. Efile tax return for free Later, you transfer the bonds to your former spouse under a divorce agreement. Efile tax return for free You must include the deferred accrued interest, from the date of the original issue of the bonds to the date of transfer, in your income in the year of transfer. Efile tax return for free Your former spouse includes in income the interest on the bonds from the date of transfer to the date of redemption. Efile tax return for free Table 1-2. Efile tax return for free Who Pays the Tax on U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free Savings Bond Interest IF . Efile tax return for free . Efile tax return for free . Efile tax return for free THEN the interest must be reported by . Efile tax return for free . Efile tax return for free . Efile tax return for free you buy a bond in your name and the name of another person as co-owners, using only your own funds you. Efile tax return for free you buy a bond in the name of another person, who is the sole owner of the bond the person for whom you bought the bond. Efile tax return for free you and another person buy a bond as co-owners, each contributing part of the purchase price both you and the other co-owner, in proportion to the amount each paid for the bond. Efile tax return for free you and your spouse, who live in a community property state, buy a bond that is community property you and your spouse. Efile tax return for free If you file separate returns, both you and your spouse generally report one-half of the interest. Efile tax return for free Purchased jointly. Efile tax return for free   If you and a co-owner each contributed funds to buy series E, series EE, or series I bonds jointly and later have the bonds reissued in the co-owner's name alone, you must include in your gross income for the year of reissue your share of all the interest earned on the bonds that you have not previously reported. Efile tax return for free The former co-owner does not have to include in gross income at the time of reissue his or her share of the interest earned that was not reported before the transfer. Efile tax return for free This interest, however, as well as all interest earned after the reissue, is income to the former co-owner. Efile tax return for free   This income-reporting rule also applies when the bonds are reissued in the name of your former co-owner and a new co-owner. Efile tax return for free But the new co-owner will report only his or her share of the interest earned after the transfer. Efile tax return for free   If bonds that you and a co-owner bought jointly are reissued to each of you separately in the same proportion as your contribution to the purchase price, neither you nor your co-owner has to report at that time the interest earned before the bonds were reissued. Efile tax return for free Example 1. Efile tax return for free You and your spouse each spent an equal amount to buy a $1,000 series EE savings bond. Efile tax return for free The bond was issued to you and your spouse as co-owners. Efile tax return for free You both postpone reporting interest on the bond. Efile tax return for free You later have the bond reissued as two $500 bonds, one in your name and one in your spouse's name. Efile tax return for free At that time neither you nor your spouse has to report the interest earned to the date of reissue. Efile tax return for free Example 2. Efile tax return for free You bought a $1,000 series EE savings bond entirely with your own funds. Efile tax return for free The bond was issued to you and your spouse as co-owners. Efile tax return for free You both postponed reporting interest on the bond. Efile tax return for free You later have the bond reissued as two $500 bonds, one in your name and one in your spouse's name. Efile tax return for free You must report half the interest earned to the date of reissue. Efile tax return for free Transfer to a trust. Efile tax return for free   If you own series E, series EE, or series I bonds and transfer them to a trust, giving up all rights of ownership, you must include in your income for that year the interest earned to the date of transfer if you have not already reported it. Efile tax return for free However, if you are considered the owner of the trust and if the increase in value both before and after the transfer continues to be taxable to you, you can continue to defer reporting the interest earned each year. Efile tax return for free You must include the total interest in your income in the year you cash or dispose of the bonds or the year the bonds finally mature, whichever is earlier. Efile tax return for free   The same rules apply to previously unreported interest on series EE or series E bonds if the transfer to a trust consisted of series HH or series H bonds you acquired in a trade for the series EE or series E bonds. Efile tax return for free See Savings bonds traded , later. Efile tax return for free Decedents. Efile tax return for free   The manner of reporting interest income on series E, series EE, or series I bonds, after the death of the owner (decedent), depends on the accounting and income-reporting methods previously used by the decedent. Efile tax return for free Decedent who reported interest each year. Efile tax return for free   If the bonds transferred because of death were owned by a person who used an accrual method, or who used the cash method and had chosen to report the interest each year, the interest earned in the year of death up to the date of death must be reported on that person's final return. Efile tax return for free The person who acquires the bonds includes in income only interest earned after the date of death. Efile tax return for free Decedent who postponed reporting interest. Efile tax return for free   If the transferred bonds were owned by a decedent who had used the cash method and had not chosen to report the interest each year, and who had bought the bonds entirely with his or her own funds, all interest earned before death must be reported in one of the following ways. Efile tax return for free The surviving spouse or personal representative (executor, administrator, etc. Efile tax return for free ) who files the final income tax return of the decedent can choose to include on that return all interest earned on the bonds before the decedent's death. Efile tax return for free The person who acquires the bonds then includes in income only interest earned after the date of death. Efile tax return for free If the choice in (1) is not made, the interest earned up to the date of death is income in respect of the decedent and should not be included in the decedent's final return. Efile tax return for free All interest earned both before and after the decedent's death (except any part reported by the estate on its income tax return) is income to the person who acquires the bonds. Efile tax return for free If that person uses the cash method and does not choose to report the interest each year, he or she can postpone reporting it until the year the bonds are cashed or disposed of or the year they mature, whichever is earlier. Efile tax return for free In the year that person reports the interest, he or she can claim a deduction for any federal estate tax paid on the part of the interest included in the decedent's estate. Efile tax return for free For more information on income in respect of a decedent, see Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators. Efile tax return for free Example 1. Efile tax return for free Your uncle, a cash method taxpayer, died and left you a $1,000 series EE bond. Efile tax return for free He had bought the bond for $500 and had not chosen to report the interest each year. Efile tax return for free At the date of death, interest of $200 had accrued on the bond, and its value of $700 was included in your uncle's estate. Efile tax return for free Your uncle's executor chose not to include the $200 accrued interest in your uncle's final income tax return. Efile tax return for free The $200 is income in respect of the decedent. Efile tax return for free You are a cash method taxpayer and do not choose to report the interest each year as it is earned. Efile tax return for free If you cash the bond when it reaches maturity value of $1,000, you report $500 interest income—the difference between maturity value of $1,000 and the original cost of $500. Efile tax return for free For that year, you can deduct (as a miscellaneous itemized deduction not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit) any federal estate tax paid because the $200 interest was included in your uncle's estate. Efile tax return for free Example 2. Efile tax return for free If, in Example 1 , the executor had chosen to include the $200 accrued interest in your uncle's final return, you would report only $300 as interest when you cashed the bond at maturity. Efile tax return for free $300 is the interest earned after your uncle's death. Efile tax return for free Example 3. Efile tax return for free If, in Example 1 , you make or have made the choice to report the increase in redemption value as interest each year, you include in gross income for the year you acquire the bond all of the unreported increase in value of all series E, series EE, and series I bonds you hold, including the $200 on the bond you inherited from your uncle. Efile tax return for free Example 4. Efile tax return for free When your aunt died, she owned series HH bonds that she had acquired in a trade for series EE bonds. Efile tax return for free You were the beneficiary of these bonds. Efile tax return for free Your aunt used the cash method and did not choose to report the interest on the series EE bonds each year as it accrued. Efile tax return for free Your aunt's executor chose not to include any interest earned before your aunt's death on her final return. Efile tax return for free The income in respect of the decedent is the sum of the unreported interest on the series EE bonds and the interest, if any, payable on the series HH bonds but not received as of the date of your aunt's death. Efile tax return for free You must report any interest received during the year as income on your return. Efile tax return for free The part of the interest payable but not received before your aunt's death is income in respect of the decedent and may qualify for the estate tax deduction. Efile tax return for free For information on when to report the interest on the series EE bonds traded, see Savings bonds traded , later. Efile tax return for free Savings bonds distributed from a retirement or profit-sharing plan. Efile tax return for free   If you acquire a U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bond in a taxable distribution from a retirement or profit-sharing plan, your income for the year of distribution includes the bond's redemption value (its cost plus the interest accrued before the distribution). Efile tax return for free When you redeem the bond (whether in the year of distribution or later), your interest income includes only the interest accrued after the bond was distributed. Efile tax return for free To figure the interest reported as a taxable distribution and your interest income when you redeem the bond, see Worksheet for savings bonds distributed from a retirement or profit-sharing plan under How To Report Interest Income, later. Efile tax return for free Savings bonds traded. Efile tax return for free   If you postponed reporting the interest on your series EE or series E bonds, you did not recognize taxable income when you traded the bonds for series HH or series H bonds, unless you received cash in the trade. Efile tax return for free (You cannot trade series I bonds for series HH bonds. Efile tax return for free After August 31, 2004, you cannot trade any other series of bonds for series HH bonds. Efile tax return for free ) Any cash you received is income up to the amount of the interest earned on the bonds traded. Efile tax return for free When your series HH or series H bonds mature, or if you dispose of them before maturity, you report as interest the difference between their redemption value and your cost. Efile tax return for free Your cost is the sum of the amount you paid for the traded series EE or series E bonds plus any amount you had to pay at the time of the trade. Efile tax return for free Example. Efile tax return for free You traded series EE bonds (on which you postponed reporting the interest) for $2,500 in series HH bonds and $223 in cash. Efile tax return for free You reported the $223 as taxable income on your tax return. Efile tax return for free At the time of the trade, the series EE bonds had accrued interest of $523 and a redemption value of $2,723. Efile tax return for free You hold the series HH bonds until maturity, when you receive $2,500. Efile tax return for free You must report $300 as interest income in the year of maturity. Efile tax return for free This is the difference between their redemption value, $2,500, and your cost, $2,200 (the amount you paid for the series EE bonds). Efile tax return for free (It is also the difference between the accrued interest of $523 on the series EE bonds and the $223 cash received on the trade. Efile tax return for free ) Choice to report interest in year of trade. Efile tax return for free   You could have chosen to treat all of the previously unreported accrued interest on series EE or series E bonds traded for series HH bonds as income in the year of the trade. Efile tax return for free If you made this choice, it is treated as a change from method 1. Efile tax return for free See Change from method 1 under Series EE and series I bonds, earlier. Efile tax return for free Form 1099-INT for U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bond interest. Efile tax return for free   When you cash a bond, the bank or other payer that redeems it must give you a Form 1099-INT if the interest part of the payment you receive is $10 or more. Efile tax return for free Box 3 of your Form 1099-INT should show the interest as the difference between the amount you received and the amount paid for the bond. Efile tax return for free However, your Form 1099-INT may show more interest than you have to include on your income tax return. Efile tax return for free For example, this may happen if any of the following are true. Efile tax return for free You chose to report the increase in the redemption value of the bond each year. Efile tax return for free The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by amounts previously included in income. Efile tax return for free You received the bond from a decedent. Efile tax return for free The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by any interest reported by the decedent before death, or on the decedent's final return, or by the estate on the estate's income tax return. Efile tax return for free Ownership of the bond was transferred. Efile tax return for free The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by interest that accrued before the transfer. Efile tax return for free You were named as a co-owner, and the other co-owner contributed funds to buy the bond. Efile tax return for free The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by the amount you received as nominee for the other co-owner. Efile tax return for free (See Co-owners , earlier in this section, for more information about the reporting requirements. Efile tax return for free ) You received the bond in a taxable distribution from a retirement or profit-sharing plan. Efile tax return for free The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by the interest portion of the amount taxable as a distribution from the plan and not taxable as interest. Efile tax return for free (This amount is generally shown on Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. Efile tax return for free , for the year of distribution. Efile tax return for free )   For more information on including the correct amount of interest on your return, see U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bond interest previously reported or Nominee distributions under How To Report Interest Income, later. Efile tax return for free    Interest on U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bonds is exempt from state and local taxes. Efile tax return for free The Form 1099-INT you receive will indicate the amount that is for U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bonds interest in box 3. Efile tax return for free Do not include this income on your state or local income tax return. Efile tax return for free Education Savings Bond Program You may be able to exclude from income all or part of the interest you receive on the redemption of qualified U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bonds during the year if you pay qualified higher educational expenses during the same year. Efile tax return for free This exclusion is known as the Education Savings Bond Program. Efile tax return for free You do not qualify for this exclusion if your filing status is married filing separately. Efile tax return for free Form 8815. Efile tax return for free   Use Form 8815 to figure your exclusion. Efile tax return for free Attach the form to your Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Efile tax return for free Qualified U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bonds. Efile tax return for free   A qualified U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bond is a series EE bond issued after 1989 or a series I bond. Efile tax return for free The bond must be issued either in your name (sole owner) or in your and your spouse's names (co-owners). Efile tax return for free You must be at least 24 years old before the bond's issue date. Efile tax return for free For example, a bond bought by a parent and issued in the name of his or her child under age 24 does not qualify for the exclusion by the parent or child. Efile tax return for free    The issue date of a bond may be earlier than the date the bond is purchased because the issue date assigned to a bond is the first day of the month in which it is purchased. Efile tax return for free Beneficiary. Efile tax return for free   You can designate any individual (including a child) as a beneficiary of the bond. Efile tax return for free Verification by IRS. Efile tax return for free   If you claim the exclusion, the IRS will check it by using bond redemption information from the Department of Treasury. Efile tax return for free Qualified expenses. Efile tax return for free   Qualified higher educational expenses are tuition and fees required for you, your spouse, or your dependent (for whom you claim an exemption) to attend an eligible educational institution. Efile tax return for free   Qualified expenses include any contribution you make to a qualified tuition program or to a Coverdell education savings account. Efile tax return for free For information about these programs, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Efile tax return for free   Qualified expenses do not include expenses for room and board or for courses involving sports, games, or hobbies that are not part of a degree or certificate granting program. Efile tax return for free Eligible educational institutions. Efile tax return for free   These institutions include most public, private, and nonprofit universities, colleges, and vocational schools that are accredited and eligible to participate in student aid programs run by the Department of Education. Efile tax return for free Reduction for certain benefits. Efile tax return for free   You must reduce your qualified higher educational expenses by all of the following tax-free benefits. Efile tax return for free Tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships. Efile tax return for free Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a Coverdell ESA. Efile tax return for free Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a qualified tuition program. Efile tax return for free Any tax-free payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance, such as: Veterans' educational assistance benefits, Qualified tuition reductions, or Employer-provided educational assistance. Efile tax return for free Any expense used in figuring the American Opportunity and lifetime learning credits. Efile tax return for free For information about these benefits, see Publication 970. Efile tax return for free Amount excludable. Efile tax return for free   If the total proceeds (interest and principal) from the qualified U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free savings bonds you redeem during the year are not more than your adjusted qualified higher educational expenses for the year, you may be able to exclude all of the interest. Efile tax return for free If the proceeds are more than the expenses, you may be able to exclude only part of the interest. Efile tax return for free   To determine the excludable amount, multiply the interest part of the proceeds by a fraction. Efile tax return for free The numer
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Efile tax return for free Publication 54 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Efile tax return for free Tax questions. Efile tax return for free Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 54, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Efile tax return for free irs. Efile tax return for free gov/pub54. Efile tax return for free What's New Exclusion amount. Efile tax return for free  The maximum foreign earned income exclusion is adjusted annually for inflation. Efile tax return for free For 2013, the maximum exclusion has increased to $97,600. Efile tax return for free See Limit on Excludable Amount under Foreign Earned Income Exclusion in chapter 4. Efile tax return for free Housing expenses — base amount. Efile tax return for free  The computation of the base housing amount (line 32 of Form 2555) is tied to the maximum foreign earned income exclusion. Efile tax return for free The amount is 16 percent of the exclusion amount (computed on a daily basis), multiplied by the number of days in your qualifying period that fall within your 2013 tax year. Efile tax return for free For 2013, this amount is $42. Efile tax return for free 78 per day ($15,616 per year). Efile tax return for free See Housing Amount under Foreign Housing Exclusion and Deduction in chapter 4. Efile tax return for free Housing expenses — maximum amount. Efile tax return for free  The amount of qualified housing expenses eligible for the housing exclusion and housing deduction has changed for some locations. Efile tax return for free See Limit on housing expenses under Foreign Housing Exclusion and Deduction in chapter 4. Efile tax return for free Filing requirements. Efile tax return for free  Generally, the amount of income you can receive before you must file an income tax return has increased. Efile tax return for free These amounts are shown in chapter 1 under Filing Requirements . Efile tax return for free Self-employment tax rate. Efile tax return for free  For 2013, the self-employment tax rate of 13. Efile tax return for free 3% has increased to 15. Efile tax return for free 3%. Efile tax return for free The maximum amount of net earnings from self-employment that is subject to the social security part of the self-employment tax has increased to $113,700. Efile tax return for free All net earnings are subject to the Medicare part of the tax. Efile tax return for free For more information, see chapter 3. Efile tax return for free IRA limitations for 2013. Efile tax return for free . Efile tax return for free  The 2013 contribution limit to an IRA has increased to $5,500 ($6,500 if age 50 or older). Efile tax return for free You may be able to take an IRA deduction if you were covered by a retirement plan and your 2013 modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is less than $69,000 ($115,000 if married filing jointly or a qualifying widow(er)). Efile tax return for free If your spouse was covered by a retirement plan, but you were not, you may be able to take an IRA deduction if your 2013 modified AGI is less than $188,000. Efile tax return for free See the Instructions for Form 1040 or the Instructions for Form 1040A for details and exceptions. Efile tax return for free Reminders Figuring tax on income not excluded. Efile tax return for free  If you claim the foreign earned income exclusion, the housing exclusion, or both, you must figure the tax on your nonexcluded income using the tax rates that would have applied had you not claimed the exclusions. Efile tax return for free See the Instructions for Form 1040 and complete the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet to figure the amount of tax to enter on Form 1040, line 44. Efile tax return for free If you must attach Form 6251 to your return, use the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet provided in the Instructions for Form 6251. Efile tax return for free Form 8938. Efile tax return for free  If you had foreign financial assets in 2013, you may have to file Form 8938 with your return. Efile tax return for free See Form 8938 in chapter 1. Efile tax return for free Change of address. Efile tax return for free  If you change your home mailing address, notify the Internal Revenue Service using Form 8822, Change of Address. Efile tax return for free If you are changing your business address, use Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party—Business. Efile tax return for free Photographs of missing children. Efile tax return for free  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Efile tax return for free Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Efile tax return for free You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Efile tax return for free Introduction This publication discusses special tax rules for U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free citizens and resident aliens who work abroad or who have income earned in foreign countries. Efile tax return for free If you are a U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free citizen or resident alien, your worldwide income generally is subject to U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free income tax, regardless of where you are living. Efile tax return for free Also, you are subject to the same income tax filing requirements that apply to U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free citizens or resident aliens living in the United States. Efile tax return for free Expatriation tax provisions apply to U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free citizens who have renounced their citizenship and long-term residents who have ended their residency. Efile tax return for free These provisions are discussed in chapter 4 of Publication 519, U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free Tax Guide for Aliens. Efile tax return for free Resident alien. Efile tax return for free   A resident alien is an individual who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who meets either the green card test or the substantial presence test for the calendar year. Efile tax return for free Green card test. Efile tax return for free You are a U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free resident if you were a lawful permanent resident of the United States at any time during the calendar year. Efile tax return for free This is known as the green card test because resident aliens hold immigrant visas (also known as green cards). Efile tax return for free Substantial presence test. Efile tax return for free You are considered a U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free resident if you meet the substantial presence test for the calendar year. Efile tax return for free To meet this test, you must be physically present in the United States on at least: 31 days during the current calendar year, and A total of 183 days during the current year and the 2 preceding years, counting all the days of physical presence in the current year, but only 1/3 the number of days of presence in the first preceding year, and only 1/6 the number of days in the second preceding year. Efile tax return for free Example. Efile tax return for free You were physically present in the United States on 120 days in each of the years 2011, 2012, and 2013. Efile tax return for free To determine if you meet the substantial presence test for 2013, count the full 120 days of presence in 2013, 40 days in 2012 (1/3 of 120), and 20 days in 2011 (1/6 of 120). Efile tax return for free Because the total for the 3-year period is 180 days, you are not considered a resident under the substantial presence test for 2013. Efile tax return for free   For more information on resident and nonresident status, the tests for residence, and the exceptions to them, see Publication 519. Efile tax return for free Filing information. Efile tax return for free    Chapter 1 contains general filing information, such as: Whether you must file a U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free tax return, When and where to file your return, How to report your income if it is paid in foreign currency, How to treat a nonresident alien spouse as a U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free resident, and Whether you must pay estimated tax. Efile tax return for free Withholding tax. Efile tax return for free    Chapter 2 discusses the withholding of income, social security, and Medicare taxes from the pay of U. Efile tax return for free S. Efile tax return for free citizens and resident aliens. Efile tax return for free Self-employment tax. Efile tax return for free    Chapter 3 discusses who must pay self-employment tax. Efile tax return for free Foreign earned income exclusion and housing exclusion and deduction. Efile tax return for free    Chapter 4 discusses income tax benefits that apply if you meet certain requirements while living abroad. Efile tax return for free You may qualify to treat up to $97,600 of your income as not taxable by the United States. Efile tax return for free You also may be able to either deduct part of your housing expenses from your income or treat a limited amount of income used for housing expenses as not taxable by the United States. Efile tax return for free These benefits are called the foreign earned income exclusion and the foreign housing deduction and exclusion. Efile tax return for free   To qualify for either of the exclusions or the deduction, you must have a tax home in a foreign country and earn income from personal services performed in a foreign country. Efile tax return for free These rules are explained in chapter 4. Efile tax return for free   If you are going to exclude or deduct your income as discussed above, you must file Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income, or Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Efile tax return for free Exemptions, deductions, and credits. Efile tax return for free    Chapter 5 discusses exemptions, deductions, and credits you may be able to claim on your return. Efile tax return for free These are generally the same as if you were living in the United States. Efile tax return for free However, if you choose to exclude foreign earned income or housing amounts, you cannot deduct or exclude any item or take a credit for any item that is related to the amounts you exclude. Efile tax return for free Among the topics discussed in chapter 5 are: Exemptions, Contributions to foreign organizations, Foreign moving expenses, Contributions to individual retirement arrangements (IRAs), and Foreign taxes. Efile tax return for free Tax treaty benefits. Efile tax return for free    Chapter 6 discusses some benefits that are common to most tax treaties and explains how to get help if you think you are not receiving a treaty benefit to which you are entitled. Efile tax return for free It also explains how to get copies of tax treaties. Efile tax return for free How to get tax help. Efile tax return for free    Chapter 7 is an explanation of how to get information and assistance from the IRS. Efile tax return for free Questions and answers. Efile tax return for free   Frequently asked questions and answers to those questions are presented in the back of the publication. Efile tax return for free Comments and suggestions. Efile tax return for free   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Efile tax return for free   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. Efile tax return for free NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Efile tax return for free Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Efile tax return for free   You can send us comments from www. 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