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Efiling income tax Publication 521 - Main Content Table of Contents Who Can Deduct Moving ExpensesMove Related to Start of Work Distance Test Time Test Retirees or Survivors Who Move to the United States Deductible Moving ExpensesMoves to Locations in the United States Moves to Locations Outside the United States Nondeductible Expenses ReimbursementsTypes of Reimbursement Plans Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax How and When To ReportForm 3903 When To Deduct Expenses Illustrated Example Members of the Armed Forces How To Get Tax Help Who Can Deduct Moving Expenses You can deduct your moving expenses if you meet all three of the following requirements. Efiling income tax Your move is closely related to the start of work. Efiling income tax You meet the distance test. Efiling income tax You meet the time test. Efiling income tax After you have read these rules, you may want to use Figure B to help you decide if you can deduct your moving expenses. Efiling income tax Retirees, survivors, and Armed Forces members. Efiling income tax   Different rules may apply if you are a member of the Armed Forces or a retiree or survivor moving to the United States. Efiling income tax These rules are discussed later in this publication. Efiling income tax Move Related to Start of Work Your move must be closely related, both in time and in place, to the start of work at your new job location. Efiling income tax Closely related in time. Efiling income tax   In most cases, you can consider moving expenses incurred within 1 year from the date you first reported to work at the new location as closely related in time to the start of work. Efiling income tax It is not necessary that you arrange to work before moving to a new location, as long as you actually go to work in that location. Efiling income tax    Figure A. Efiling income tax Illustration of Distance Test Please click here for the text description of the image. Efiling income tax Figure A   If you do not move within 1 year of the date you begin work, you ordinarily cannot deduct the expenses unless you can show that circumstances existed that prevented the move within that time. Efiling income tax Example. Efiling income tax Your family moved more than a year after you started work at a new location. Efiling income tax You delayed the move for 18 months to allow your child to complete high school. Efiling income tax You can deduct your moving expenses. Efiling income tax Closely related in place. Efiling income tax   You can generally consider your move closely related in place to the start of work if the distance from your new home to the new job location is not more than the distance from your former home to the new job location. Efiling income tax If your move does not meet this requirement, you may still be able to deduct moving expenses if you can show that: You are required to live at your new home as a condition of your employment, or You will spend less time or money commuting from your new home to your new job location. Efiling income tax Home defined. Efiling income tax   Your home means your main home (residence). Efiling income tax It can be a house, apartment, condominium, houseboat, house trailer, or similar dwelling. Efiling income tax It does not include other homes owned or kept up by you or members of your family. Efiling income tax It also does not include a seasonal home, such as a summer beach cottage. Efiling income tax Your former home means your home before you left for your new job location. Efiling income tax Your new home means your home within the area of your new job location. Efiling income tax Retirees or survivors. Efiling income tax   You may be able to deduct the expenses of moving to the United States or its possessions even though the move is not related to the start of work at a new job location. Efiling income tax You must have worked outside the United States or be a survivor of someone who did. Efiling income tax See Retirees or Survivors Who Move to the United States, later. Efiling income tax Distance Test Your move will meet the distance test if your new main job location is at least 50 miles farther from your former home than your old main job location was from your former home. Efiling income tax For example, if your old main job location was 3 miles from your former home, your new main job location must be at least 53 miles from that former home. Efiling income tax You can use Worksheet 1 to see if you meet this test. Efiling income tax Worksheet 1. Efiling income tax Distance Test   Note. Efiling income tax Members of the Armed Forces may not have to meet this test. Efiling income tax See Members of the Armed Forces. Efiling income tax     1. Efiling income tax Enter the number of miles from your old home to your new workplace 1. Efiling income tax miles 2. Efiling income tax Enter the number of miles from your old home to your old workplace 2. Efiling income tax miles 3. Efiling income tax Subtract line 2 from line 1. Efiling income tax If zero or less, enter -0- 3. Efiling income tax miles 4. Efiling income tax Is line 3 at least 50 miles? □ Yes. Efiling income tax You meet this test. Efiling income tax  □ No. Efiling income tax You do not meet this test. Efiling income tax You cannot deduct your moving expenses. Efiling income tax The distance between a job location and your home is the shortest of the more commonly traveled routes between them. Efiling income tax The distance test considers only the location of your former home. Efiling income tax It does not take into account the location of your new home. Efiling income tax See Figure A, earlier. Efiling income tax Example. Efiling income tax You moved to a new home less than 50 miles from your former home because you changed main job locations. Efiling income tax Your old main job location was 3 miles from your former home. Efiling income tax Your new main job location is 60 miles from that home. Efiling income tax Because your new main job location is 57 miles farther from your former home than the distance from your former home to your old main job location, you meet the distance test. Efiling income tax First job or return to full-time work. Efiling income tax   If you go to work full time for the first time, your place of work must be at least 50 miles from your former home to meet the distance test. Efiling income tax   If you go back to full-time work after a substantial period of part-time work or unemployment, your place of work also must be at least 50 miles from your former home. Efiling income tax Armed Forces. Efiling income tax   If you are in the Armed Forces and you moved because of a permanent change of station, you do not have to meet the distance test. Efiling income tax See Members of the Armed Forces, later. Efiling income tax Main job location. Efiling income tax   Your main job location is usually the place where you spend most of your working time. Efiling income tax This could be your office, plant, store, shop, or other location. Efiling income tax If there is no one place where you spend most of your working time, your main job location is the place where your work is centered, such as where you report for work or are otherwise required to “base” your work. Efiling income tax Union members. Efiling income tax   If you work for several employers on a short-term basis and you get work under a union hall system (such as a construction or building trades worker), your main job location is the union hall. Efiling income tax More than one job. Efiling income tax   If you have more than one job at any time, your main job location depends on the facts in each case. Efiling income tax The more important factors to be considered are: The total time you spend at each place, The amount of work you do at each place, and How much money you earn at each place. Efiling income tax    Table 1. Efiling income tax Satisfying the Time Test for Employees and Self-Employed Persons IF you are. Efiling income tax . Efiling income tax . Efiling income tax THEN you satisfy the time test by meeting the. Efiling income tax . Efiling income tax . Efiling income tax an employee 39-week test for employees. Efiling income tax self-employed 78-week test for self-employed persons. Efiling income tax both self-employed and an employee at the same time 78-week test for a self-employed person or the 39-week  test for an employee. Efiling income tax Your principal place of work  determines which test applies. Efiling income tax both self-employed and an employee, but unable to satisfy the 39-week test for employees 78-week test for self-employed persons. Efiling income tax Time Test To deduct your moving expenses, you also must meet one of the following two time tests. Efiling income tax The time test for employees. Efiling income tax The time test for self-employed persons. Efiling income tax Both of these tests are explained below. Efiling income tax See Table 1, below, for a summary of these tests. Efiling income tax You can deduct your moving expenses before you meet either of the time tests. Efiling income tax See Time Test Not Yet Met, later. Efiling income tax Time Test for Employees If you are an employee, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you arrive in the general area of your new job location (39-week test). Efiling income tax Full-time employment depends on what is usual for your type of work in your area. Efiling income tax For purposes of this test, the following four rules apply. Efiling income tax You count only your full-time work as an employee, not any work you do as a self-employed person. Efiling income tax You do not have to work for the same employer for all 39 weeks. Efiling income tax You do not have to work 39 weeks in a row. Efiling income tax You must work full time within the same general commuting area for all 39 weeks. Efiling income tax Temporary absence from work. Efiling income tax   You are considered to have worked full time during any week you are temporarily absent from work because of illness, strikes, lockouts, layoffs, natural disasters, or similar causes. Efiling income tax You are also considered to have worked full time during any week you are absent from work for leave or vacation provided for in your work contract or agreement. Efiling income tax Seasonal work. Efiling income tax   If your work is seasonal, you are considered to be working full time during the off-season only if your work contract or agreement covers an off-season period of less than 6 months. Efiling income tax For example, a school teacher on a 12-month contract who teaches on a full-time basis for more than 6 months is considered to have worked full time for the entire 12 months. Efiling income tax    Figure B. Efiling income tax Can You Deduct Expenses for a Non-Military Move Within the United States? Please click here for the text description of the image. Efiling income tax Figure B Time Test for Self-Employed Persons If you are self-employed, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months and for a total of at least 78 weeks during the first 24 months after you arrive in the general area of your new job location (78-week test). Efiling income tax For purposes of the time test for self-employed persons, the following three rules apply. Efiling income tax You count any full-time work you do either as an employee or as a self-employed person. Efiling income tax You do not have to work for the same employer or be self-employed in the same trade or business for the 78 weeks. Efiling income tax You must work within the same general commuting area for all 78 weeks. Efiling income tax Example. Efiling income tax You are a self-employed accountant who moves from Atlanta to New York City, and begin to work there on December 1, 2013. Efiling income tax You pay moving expenses in 2013 and 2014 in connection with this move. Efiling income tax On April 15, 2014, when you file your income tax return for the year 2013, you have been performing services as a self-employed individual on a full-time basis in New York City for approximately 20 weeks. Efiling income tax Although you have not satisfied the 78-week employment condition at this time, you can deduct your 2013 moving expenses on your 2013 income tax return as there is still sufficient time remaining before December 1, 2015, to satisfy such condition. Efiling income tax You can deduct any moving expenses you pay in 2014 on your 2014 income tax return even if you have not met the 78-week test. Efiling income tax You have until December 1, 2015, to satisfy this requirement. Efiling income tax Self-employment. Efiling income tax   You are self-employed if you work as the sole owner of an unincorporated business or as a partner in a partnership carrying on a business. Efiling income tax You are not considered self-employed if you are semi-retired, are a part-time student, or work only a few hours each week. Efiling income tax Full-time work. Efiling income tax   You can count only those weeks during which you work full time as a week of work. Efiling income tax Whether you work full time during any week depends on what is usual for your type of work in your area. Efiling income tax For example, you are a self-employed dentist and maintain office hours 4 days a week. Efiling income tax You are considered to perform services full time if maintaining office hours 4 days a week is not unusual for other self-employed dentists in your area. Efiling income tax Temporary absence from work. Efiling income tax   You are considered to be self-employed on a full-time basis during any week you are temporarily absent from work because of illness, strikes, natural disasters, or similar causes. Efiling income tax Seasonal trade or business. Efiling income tax   If your trade or business is seasonal, the off-season weeks when no work is required or available may be counted as weeks during which you worked full time. Efiling income tax The off-season must be less than 6 months and you must work full time before and after the off-season. Efiling income tax Example. Efiling income tax You own and operate a motel at a beach resort. Efiling income tax The motel is closed for 5 months during the off-season. Efiling income tax You work full time as the operator of the motel before and after the off-season. Efiling income tax You are considered self-employed on a full-time basis during the weeks of the off-season. Efiling income tax   If you were both an employee and self-employed, see Table 1 earlier, for the requirements. Efiling income tax Example. Efiling income tax Justin quit his job and moved from the east coast to the west coast to begin a full-time job as a cabinet-maker for C and L Cabinet Shop. Efiling income tax He generally worked at the shop about 40 hours each week. Efiling income tax Shortly after the move, Justin also began operating a cabinet-installation business from his home for several hours each afternoon and all day on weekends. Efiling income tax Because Justin's principal place of business is the cabinet shop, he can satisfy the time test by meeting the 39-week test. Efiling income tax    If Justin is unable to satisfy the requirements of the 39-week test during the 12-month period immediately following his arrival in the general location of his new principal place of work, he can satisfy the 78-week test. Efiling income tax Joint Return If you are married, file a joint return, and both you and your spouse work full-time, either of you can satisfy the full-time work test. Efiling income tax However, you cannot add the weeks your spouse worked to the weeks you worked to satisfy that test. Efiling income tax Time Test Not Yet Met You can deduct your moving expenses on your 2013 tax return even though you have not met the time test by the date your 2013 return is due. Efiling income tax You can do this if you expect to meet the 39-week test in 2014 or the 78-week test in 2014 or 2015. Efiling income tax If you do not deduct your moving expenses on your 2013 return, and you later meet the time test, you can file an amended return for 2013 to take the deduction. Efiling income tax See When To Deduct Expenses later, for more details. Efiling income tax Failure to meet the time test. Efiling income tax    If you deduct moving expenses but do not meet the time test in 2014 or 2015, you must either: Report your moving expense deduction as other income on your Form 1040 for the year you cannot meet the test, or Use Form 1040X to amend your 2013 return, figuring your tax without the moving expense deduction. Efiling income tax Example. Efiling income tax You arrive in the general area of your new job location, as an employee, on September 15, 2013. Efiling income tax You deduct your moving expenses on your 2013 return, the year of the move, even though you have not yet met the time test by the date your return is due. Efiling income tax If you do not meet the 39-week test during the 12-month period following your arrival in the general area of your new job location, you must either: Report your moving expense deduction as other income on your Form 1040 for 2014, or Use Form 1040X to amend your 2013 return, figuring your tax without the moving expense deduction. Efiling income tax Exceptions to the Time Test You do not have to meet the time test if one of the following applies. Efiling income tax You are in the Armed Forces and you moved because of a permanent change of station. Efiling income tax See Members of the Armed Forces , later. Efiling income tax Your main job location was outside the United States and you moved to the United States because you retired. Efiling income tax See Retirees or Survivors Who Move to the United States, later. Efiling income tax You are the survivor of a person whose main job location at the time of death was outside the United States. Efiling income tax See Retirees or Survivors Who Move to the United States, later. Efiling income tax Your job at the new location ends because of death or disability. Efiling income tax You are transferred for your employer's benefit or laid off for a reason other than willful misconduct. Efiling income tax For this exception, you must have obtained full-time employment and you must have expected to meet the test at the time you started the job. Efiling income tax Retirees or Survivors Who Move to the United States If you are a retiree who was working abroad or a survivor of a decedent who was working abroad and you move to the United States or one of its possessions, you do not have to meet the time test, discussed earlier. Efiling income tax However, you must meet the requirements discussed below under Retirees who were working abroad or Survivors of decedents who were working abroad. Efiling income tax If you are living in the United States, retire, and then move and remain retired, you cannot claim a moving expense deduction for that move. Efiling income tax United States defined. Efiling income tax   For this section of this publication, the term “United States” includes the possessions of the United States. Efiling income tax Retirees who were working abroad. Efiling income tax   You can deduct moving expenses for a move to a new home in the United States when you permanently retire. Efiling income tax However, both your former main job location and your former home must have been outside the United States. Efiling income tax Permanently retired. Efiling income tax   You are considered permanently retired when you cease gainful full-time employment or self-employment. Efiling income tax If, at the time you retire, you intend your retirement to be permanent, you will be considered retired even though you later return to work. Efiling income tax Your intention to retire permanently may be determined by: Your age and health, The customary retirement age for people who do similar work, Whether you receive retirement payments from a pension or retirement fund, and The length of time before you return to full-time work. Efiling income tax Decedents. Efiling income tax   Qualified deductible moving expenses are allowed on a final return (Form 1040 or 1040NR) when a taxpayer has moved and dies within the same calendar year. Efiling income tax The personal representative filing on behalf of that taxpayer should complete and attach Form 3903 to the final return. Efiling income tax   A personal representative can be an executor, administrator, or anyone who is in charge of the deceased person's property. Efiling income tax For more information, see Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators. Efiling income tax Survivors of decedents who were working abroad. Efiling income tax   If you are the spouse or the dependent of a person whose main job location at the time of death was outside the United States, you can deduct moving expenses if the following five requirements are met. Efiling income tax The move is to a home in the United States. Efiling income tax The move begins within 6 months after the decedent's death. Efiling income tax (When a move begins is described below. Efiling income tax ) The move is from the decedent's former home. Efiling income tax The decedent's former home was outside the United States. Efiling income tax The decedent's former home was also your home. Efiling income tax When a move begins. Efiling income tax   A move begins when one of the following events occurs. Efiling income tax You contract for your household goods and personal effects to be moved to your home in the United States, but only if the move is completed within a reasonable time. Efiling income tax Your household goods and personal effects are packed and on the way to your home in the United States. Efiling income tax You leave your former home to travel to your new home in the United States. Efiling income tax Deductible Moving Expenses If you meet the requirements discussed earlier under Who Can Deduct Moving Expenses, you can deduct the reasonable expenses of: Moving your household goods and personal effects (including in-transit or foreign-move storage expenses), and Traveling (including lodging but not meals) to your new home. Efiling income tax You cannot deduct any expenses for meals. Efiling income tax Reasonable expenses. Efiling income tax   You can deduct only those expenses that are reasonable for the circumstances of your move. Efiling income tax For example, the cost of traveling from your former home to your new one should be by the shortest, most direct route available by conventional transportation. Efiling income tax If during your trip to your new home, you stop over, or make side trips for sightseeing, the additional expenses for your stopover or side trips are not deductible as moving expenses. Efiling income tax Example. Efiling income tax Beth's employer transferred her from Boston, Massachusetts, to Buffalo, New York. Efiling income tax On her way to Buffalo, Beth drove into Canada to visit the Toronto Zoo. Efiling income tax Since Beth's excursion into Canada was away from the usual Boston-Buffalo route, the expenses paid or incurred for the excursion are not deductible. Efiling income tax Beth can only deduct what it would have cost to drive directly from Boston to Buffalo. Efiling income tax Likewise, Beth cannot deduct any expenses, such as the cost of a hotel room, caused by the delay for sightseeing. Efiling income tax Travel by car. Efiling income tax   If you use your car to take yourself, members of your household, or your personal effects to your new home, you can figure your expenses by deducting either: Your actual expenses, such as the amount you pay for gas and oil for your car, if you keep an accurate record of each expense, or The standard mileage rate of 24 cents per mile. Efiling income tax Whether you use actual expenses or the standard mileage rate to figure your expenses, you can deduct the parking fees and tolls you pay to move. Efiling income tax You cannot deduct any part of general repairs, general maintenance, insurance, or depreciation for your car. Efiling income tax Member of your household. Efiling income tax   You can deduct moving expenses you pay for yourself and members of your household. Efiling income tax A member of your household is anyone who has both your former and new home as his or her home. Efiling income tax It does not include a tenant or employee, unless that person is your dependent. Efiling income tax Moves to Locations in the United States If you meet the requirements under Who Can Deduct Moving Expenses, earlier, you can deduct expenses for a move to the area of a new main job location within the United States or its possessions. Efiling income tax Your move may be from one U. Efiling income tax S. Efiling income tax location to another or from a foreign country to the United States. Efiling income tax Household goods and personal effects. Efiling income tax   You can deduct the cost of packing, crating, and transporting your household goods and personal effects and those of the members of your household from your former home to your new home. Efiling income tax For purposes of moving expenses, the term “personal effects” includes, but is not limited to, movable personal property that the taxpayer owns and frequently uses. Efiling income tax   If you use your own car to move your things, see Travel by car, earlier. Efiling income tax   You can deduct any costs of connecting or disconnecting utilities required because you are moving your household goods, appliances, or personal effects. Efiling income tax   You can deduct the cost of shipping your car and your household pets to your new home. Efiling income tax   You can deduct the cost of moving your household goods and personal effects from a place other than your former home. Efiling income tax Your deduction is limited to the amount it would have cost to move them from your former home. Efiling income tax Example. Efiling income tax Paul Brown has been living and working in North Carolina for the last 4 years. Efiling income tax Because he has been renting a small apartment, he stored some furniture at his parents' home in Georgia. Efiling income tax Paul got a job in Washington, DC. Efiling income tax It cost him $900 to move the furniture from his North Carolina apartment to Washington and $3,000 to move the stored furniture from Georgia to Washington. Efiling income tax It would have cost $1,800 to ship the stored furniture from North Carolina to Washington. Efiling income tax He can deduct only $1,800 of the $3,000 he paid. Efiling income tax The amount he can deduct for moving his furniture is $2,700 ($900 + $1,800). Efiling income tax You cannot deduct the cost of moving furniture you buy on the way to your new home. Efiling income tax   Storage expenses. Efiling income tax   You can include the cost of storing and insuring household goods and personal effects within any period of 30 consecutive days after the day your things are moved from your former home and before they are delivered to your new home. Efiling income tax Travel expenses. Efiling income tax   You can deduct the cost of transportation and lodging for yourself and members of your household while traveling from your former home to your new home. Efiling income tax This includes expenses for the day you arrive. Efiling income tax    The day of arrival is the day you secure lodging at the new place of residence, even if the lodging is on a temporary basis. Efiling income tax   You can include any lodging expenses you had in the area of your former home within one day after you could no longer live in your former home because your furniture had been moved. Efiling income tax   The members of your household do not have to travel together or at the same time. Efiling income tax However, you can only deduct expenses for one trip per person. Efiling income tax If you use your own car, see Travel by car, earlier. Efiling income tax Example. Efiling income tax   In February 2013, Josh and Robyn Black moved from Minneapolis to Washington, DC, where Josh was starting a new job. Efiling income tax Josh drove the family car to Washington, DC, a trip of 1,100 miles. Efiling income tax His expenses were $264. Efiling income tax 00 for mileage (1,100 miles x 24 cents per mile) plus $40 for tolls and $150 for lodging, for a total of $454. Efiling income tax 00. Efiling income tax One week later, Robyn flew from Minneapolis to Washington, DC. Efiling income tax Her only expense was her $400 plane ticket. Efiling income tax The Blacks' deduction is $854. Efiling income tax 00 (Josh's $454. Efiling income tax 00 + Robyn's $400). Efiling income tax Moves to Locations Outside the United States To deduct expenses for a move outside the United States, you must move to the area of a new place of work outside the United States and its possessions. Efiling income tax You must meet the requirements under Who Can Deduct Moving Expenses , earlier. Efiling income tax Deductible expenses. Efiling income tax   If your move is to a location outside the United States and its possessions, you can deduct the following expenses. Efiling income tax The cost of moving household goods and personal effects from your former home to your new home. Efiling income tax The cost of traveling (including lodging) from your former home to your new home. Efiling income tax The cost of moving household goods and personal effects to and from storage. Efiling income tax The cost of storing household goods and personal effects while you are at the new job location. Efiling income tax The first two items were explained earlier under Moves to Locations in the United States . Efiling income tax The last two items are discussed, later. Efiling income tax Moving goods and effects to and from storage. Efiling income tax   You can deduct the reasonable expenses of moving your personal effects to and from storage. Efiling income tax Storage expenses. Efiling income tax   You can deduct the reasonable expenses of storing your household goods and personal effects for all or part of the time the new job location remains your main job location. Efiling income tax Moving expenses allocable to excluded foreign income. Efiling income tax   If you live and work outside the United States, you may be able to exclude from income part or all of the income you earn in the foreign country. Efiling income tax You may also be able to claim a foreign housing exclusion or deduction. Efiling income tax If you claim the foreign earned income or foreign housing exclusion, you cannot deduct the part of your moving expenses that relates to the excluded income. Efiling income tax    Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. Efiling income tax S. Efiling income tax Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad, explains how to figure the part of your moving expenses that relates to excluded income. Efiling income tax You can get the publication from most U. Efiling income tax S. Efiling income tax embassies and consulates, or see How To Get Tax Help at the end of this publication. Efiling income tax Nondeductible Expenses You cannot deduct the following items as moving expenses. Efiling income tax Any part of the purchase price of your new home. Efiling income tax Car tags. Efiling income tax Driver's license. Efiling income tax Expenses of buying or selling a home (including closing costs, mortgage fees, and points). Efiling income tax Expenses of entering into or breaking a lease. Efiling income tax Home improvements to help sell your home. Efiling income tax Loss on the sale of your home. Efiling income tax Losses from disposing of memberships in clubs. Efiling income tax Mortgage penalties. Efiling income tax Pre-move househunting expenses. Efiling income tax Real estate taxes. Efiling income tax Refitting of carpet and draperies. Efiling income tax Return trips to your former residence. Efiling income tax Security deposits (including any given up due to the move). Efiling income tax Storage charges except those incurred in transit and for foreign moves. Efiling income tax No double deduction. Efiling income tax   You cannot take a moving expense deduction and a business expense deduction for the same expenses. Efiling income tax You must decide if your expenses are deductible as moving expenses or as business expenses. Efiling income tax For example, expenses you have for travel, meals, and lodging while temporarily working at a place away from your regular place of work may be deductible as business expenses if you are considered away from home on business. Efiling income tax In most cases, your work at a single location is considered temporary if it is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for one year or less. Efiling income tax   See Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses, for information on deducting your business expenses. Efiling income tax Reimbursements This section explains how to report a reimbursement (including advances and allowances) on your tax return. Efiling income tax It covers reimbursements for any of your moving expenses discussed in this publication. Efiling income tax It also explains the types of reimbursements on which your employer must withhold income, social security, and Medicare taxes. Efiling income tax Types of Reimbursement Plans If you receive a reimbursement for your moving expenses, how you report this amount and your expenses depends on whether the reimbursement is paid to you under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. Efiling income tax For a quick overview of how to report your reimbursement and moving expenses, see Table 2 in the section on How and When To Report, later. Efiling income tax Your employer should tell you what method of reimbursement is used and what records are required. Efiling income tax Accountable Plans To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement arrangement must require you to meet all three of the following rules. Efiling income tax Your expenses must have a business connection – that is, you must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as an employee of your employer. Efiling income tax Two examples of this are the reasonable expenses of moving your possessions from your former home to your new home, and traveling from your former home to your new home. Efiling income tax You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. Efiling income tax You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. Efiling income tax Adequate accounting. Efiling income tax   You adequately account for your moving expenses by giving your employer documentation of those expenses, such as a statement of expense, an account book, a diary, or a similar record in which you entered each expense at or near the time you had it. Efiling income tax Documentation includes receipts, canceled checks, and bills. Efiling income tax Reasonable period of time. Efiling income tax   What constitutes a “reasonable period of time” depends on the facts and circumstances of your situation. Efiling income tax However, regardless of the facts and circumstances, actions that take place within the times specified in the following list will be treated as taking place within a reasonable period of time. Efiling income tax You receive an advance within 30 days of the time you have an expense. Efiling income tax You adequately account for your expenses within 60 days after they were paid or incurred. Efiling income tax You return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expense was paid or incurred. Efiling income tax You are given a periodic statement (at least quarterly) that asks you to either return or adequately account for outstanding advances and you comply within 120 days of the statement. Efiling income tax Excess reimbursement. Efiling income tax   This includes any amount you are paid (including advances and allowances) that is more than the moving expenses that you adequately accounted for to your employer within a reasonable period of time. Efiling income tax Returning excess reimbursements. Efiling income tax   You must be required to return any excess reimbursement for your moving expenses to the person paying the reimbursement. Efiling income tax Excess reimbursement includes any amount for which you did not adequately account within a reasonable period of time. Efiling income tax For example, if you received an advance and you did not spend all the money on deductible moving expenses, or you do not have proof of all your expenses, you have an excess reimbursement. Efiling income tax You meet accountable plan rules. Efiling income tax   If for all reimbursements you meet the three rules for an accountable plan (listed earlier), your employer should not include any reimbursements of expenses in your income in box 1 of your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Efiling income tax Instead, your employer should include the reimbursements in box 12 of your Form W-2. Efiling income tax Example. Efiling income tax You lived in Boston and accepted a job in Atlanta. Efiling income tax Under an accountable plan, your employer reimbursed you for your actual traveling expenses from Boston to Atlanta and the cost of moving your furniture to Atlanta. Efiling income tax Your employer will include the reimbursement on your Form W-2, box 12, with Code P. Efiling income tax If your moving expenses are more than your reimbursement, you may be able to deduct your additional expenses (see How and When To Report, later). Efiling income tax You do not meet accountable plan rules. Efiling income tax   You may be reimbursed by your employer, but you may not meet all three rules for part of your expenses. Efiling income tax   If your deductible expenses are reimbursed under an otherwise accountable plan but you do not return, within a reasonable period, any reimbursement of expenses for which you did not adequately account, then only the amount for which you did adequately account is considered as paid under an accountable plan. Efiling income tax The remaining expenses are treated as having been reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (discussed below). Efiling income tax Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses. Efiling income tax   You may be reimbursed by your employer for moving expenses, some of which are deductible expenses and some of which are not deductible. Efiling income tax The reimbursements you receive for the nondeductible expenses and any allowances for miscellaneous or unspecified expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan (see below) and are included in your income. Efiling income tax If you are reimbursed by your employer for the taxes you must pay (including social security and Medicare taxes) because you have received taxable moving expense reimbursements, you must pay tax on this reimbursement as well, and it is treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Efiling income tax Nonaccountable Plans A nonaccountable plan is a reimbursement arrangement that does not meet the three rules listed earlier under Accountable Plans. Efiling income tax In addition, the following payments will be treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Efiling income tax Excess reimbursements you fail to return to your employer. Efiling income tax Reimbursements of nondeductible expenses. Efiling income tax See Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses, earlier. Efiling income tax If an arrangement pays for your moving expenses by reducing your wages, salary, or other pay, the amount of the reduction will be treated as a payment made under a nonaccountable plan. Efiling income tax This is because you are entitled to receive the full amount of your pay regardless of whether you had any moving expenses. Efiling income tax If you are not sure if the moving expense reimbursement arrangement is an accountable or nonaccountable plan, ask your employer. Efiling income tax Your employer will add the amount of any reimbursement paid to you under a nonaccountable plan to your wages, salary, or other pay. Efiling income tax Your employer will report the total in box 1 of your Form W-2. Efiling income tax Example. Efiling income tax To get you to work in another city, your new employer reimburses you under an accountable plan for the $7,500 loss on the sale of your home. Efiling income tax Because this is a reimbursement of a nondeductible expense, it is treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan and must be included as income in box 1 of your Form W-2. Efiling income tax Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 Do not include in income any moving expense payment you received under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970. Efiling income tax These payments are made to persons displaced from their homes, businesses, or farms by federal projects. Efiling income tax Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax Your employer must withhold income, social security, and Medicare taxes from reimbursements and allowances paid to you that are included in your income. Efiling income tax See Reimbursements included in income, later. Efiling income tax Reimbursements excluded from income. Efiling income tax   Your employer should not include in your wages reimbursements paid under an accountable plan (explained earlier) for moving expenses that you: Could deduct if you had paid or incurred them, and Did not deduct in an earlier year. Efiling income tax These reimbursements are fringe benefits excludable from your income as qualified moving expense reimbursements. Efiling income tax Your employer should report these reimbursements on your Form W-2, box 12, with Code P. Efiling income tax    You cannot claim a moving expense deduction for expenses covered by reimbursements excluded from income (see Accountable Plans under Types of Reimbursement Plans, earlier). Efiling income tax Expenses deducted in earlier year. Efiling income tax   If you receive a reimbursement this year for moving expenses deducted in an earlier year, and the reimbursement is not included as wages in box 1 of your Form W-2, you must include the reimbursement in income on Form 1040, line 21. Efiling income tax Your employer should show the amount of your reimbursement in box 12 of your Form W-2. Efiling income tax Reimbursements included in income. Efiling income tax   Your employer must include in your income any reimbursements made (or treated as made) under a nonaccountable plan, even though they are for deductible moving expenses. Efiling income tax See Nonaccountable Plans under Types of Reimbursement Plans, earlier. Efiling income tax Your employer also must include in your gross income as wages any reimbursements of, or payments for, nondeductible moving expenses. Efiling income tax This includes amounts your employer reimbursed you under an accountable plan (explained earlier) for meals, househunting trips, and real estate expenses. Efiling income tax It also includes reimbursements that exceed your deductible expenses and that you do not return to your employer. Efiling income tax Reimbursement for deductible and nondeductible expenses. Efiling income tax    If your employer reimburses you for both deductible and nondeductible moving expenses, your employer must determine the amount of the reimbursement that is not taxable and not subject to withholding. Efiling income tax Your employer must treat any remaining amount as taxable wages and withhold income, social security, and Medicare taxes. Efiling income tax Amount of income tax withheld. Efiling income tax   If the reimbursements or allowances you receive are taxable, the amount of income tax your employer will withhold depends on several factors. Efiling income tax It depends in part on whether income tax is withheld from your regular wages, on whether the reimbursements and allowances are added to your regular wages, and on any information you have given to your employer on Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. Efiling income tax   Your employer can treat your reimbursements as supplemental wages and not include the reimbursements and allowances in your regular wages. Efiling income tax The employer can withhold income tax on supplemental wages at a flat rate which may be different from your regular tax rate. Efiling income tax Estimated tax. Efiling income tax    If you must make estimated tax payments, you need to take into account any taxable reimbursements and deductible moving expenses in figuring your estimated tax. Efiling income tax For details about estimated taxes, see Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax. Efiling income tax How and When To Report This section explains how and when to report your moving expenses and any reimbursements or allowances you received for your move. Efiling income tax For a quick overview, see Table 2, later. Efiling income tax Form 3903 Use Form 3903 to figure your moving expense deduction. Efiling income tax Use a separate Form 3903 for each move for which you are deducting expenses. Efiling income tax Do not file Form 3903 if all of the following apply. Efiling income tax You moved to a location outside the United States in an earlier year. Efiling income tax You are claiming only storage fees while you were away from the United States. Efiling income tax Any amount your employer paid for the storage fees is included as wages in box 1 of your Form W-2. Efiling income tax Instead, enter the storage fees (after the reduction for the part that is allocable to excluded income) on Form 1040, line 26, and enter “Storage” on the dotted line next to the amount. Efiling income tax If you meet the special rules for members of the Armed Forces, see How to complete Form 3903 for members of the Armed Forces under Members of the Armed Forces, later. Efiling income tax Completing Form 3903. Efiling income tax   Complete Worksheet 1, earlier, or the Distance Test Worksheet in the instructions for Form 3903 to see whether you meet the distance test. Efiling income tax If so, complete lines 1 through 3 of the form using your actual expenses (except, if you use your own car, you can figure expenses based on the standard mileage rate, instead of actual amounts for gas and oil). Efiling income tax Enter on line 4 the total amount of your moving expense reimbursement that was excluded from your wages. Efiling income tax This excluded amount should be identified on Form W-2, box 12, with code P. Efiling income tax Expenses greater than reimbursement. Efiling income tax   If line 3 is more than line 4, subtract line 4 from line 3 and enter the result on line 5 and on Form 1040, line 26. Efiling income tax This is your moving expense deduction. Efiling income tax Expenses equal to or less than reimbursement. Efiling income tax    If line 3 is equal to or less than line 4, you have no moving expense deduction. Efiling income tax Subtract line 3 from line 4 and, if the result is more than zero, include it as income on Form 1040, line 7. Efiling income tax Table 2. Efiling income tax Reporting Your Moving Expenses and Reimbursements IF your Form W-2 shows. Efiling income tax . Efiling income tax . Efiling income tax AND you have. Efiling income tax . Efiling income tax . Efiling income tax THEN. Efiling income tax . Efiling income tax . Efiling income tax your reimbursement reported only  in box 12 with code P moving expenses greater than the  amount in box 12 file Form 3903 showing all allowable  expenses* and reimbursements. Efiling income tax your reimbursement reported only  in box 12 with code P moving expenses equal to the amount  in box 12 do not file Form 3903. Efiling income tax your reimbursement divided  between box 12 and box 1 moving expenses greater than the  amount in box 12 file Form 3903 showing all allowable  expenses,* but only the  reimbursements reported in box 12 of  Form W-2. Efiling income tax your entire reimbursement reported  as wages in box 1 moving expenses file Form 3903 showing all allowable  expenses,* but do not show any  reimbursements. Efiling income tax no reimbursement moving expenses file Form 3903 showing all allowable  expenses. Efiling income tax * * See Deductible Moving Expenses, earlier, for allowable expenses. Efiling income tax    Where to deduct. Efiling income tax   Deduct your moving expenses on Form 1040, line 26. Efiling income tax The amount of moving expenses you can deduct is shown on Form 3903, line 5. Efiling income tax    You cannot deduct moving expenses on Form 1040EZ or Form 1040A. Efiling income tax   When To Deduct Expenses You may have a choice of when to deduct your moving expenses. Efiling income tax Expenses not reimbursed. Efiling income tax   If you were not reimbursed, deduct your moving expenses in the year you paid or incurred the expenses. Efiling income tax Example. Efiling income tax In December 2012, your employer transferred you to another city in the United States, where you still work. Efiling income tax You are single and were not reimbursed for your moving expenses. Efiling income tax In 2012, you paid for moving your furniture and deducted these expenses on your 2012 tax return. Efiling income tax In January 2013, you paid for travel to the new city. Efiling income tax You can deduct these additional expenses on your 2013 tax return. Efiling income tax Expenses reimbursed. Efiling income tax   If you are reimbursed for your expenses and you use the cash method of accounting, you can deduct your expenses either in the year you paid them or in the year you received the reimbursement. Efiling income tax If you use the cash method of accounting, you can choose to deduct the expenses in the year you are reimbursed even though you paid the expenses in a different year. Efiling income tax See Choosing when to deduct, next. Efiling income tax   If you deduct your expenses and you receive the reimbursement in a later year, you must include the reimbursement in your income on Form 1040, line 21. Efiling income tax Choosing when to deduct. Efiling income tax   If you use the cash method of accounting, which is used by most individuals, you can choose to deduct moving expenses in the year your employer reimburses you if: You paid the expenses in a year before the year of reimbursement, or You paid the expenses in the year immediately after the year of reimbursement but by the due date, including extensions, for filing your return for the reimbursement year. Efiling income tax How to make the choice. Efiling income tax   You choose to deduct moving expenses in the year you received reimbursement by taking the deduction on your return, or amended return, for that year. Efiling income tax    You cannot deduct any moving expenses for which you received a reimbursement that was not included in your income. Efiling income tax Illustrated Example Tom and Peggy Smith are married and have two children. Efiling income tax They owned a home in Detroit where Tom worked. Efiling income tax On February 8, 2013, Tom's employer told him that he would be transferred to San Diego as of April 10 that year. Efiling income tax Peggy flew to San Diego on March 1 to look for a new home. Efiling income tax She put a down payment of $25,000 on a house being built and returned to Detroit on March 4. Efiling income tax The Smiths sold their Detroit home for $1,500 less than they paid for it. Efiling income tax They contracted to have their personal effects moved to San Diego on April 3. Efiling income tax The family drove to San Diego where they found that their new home was not finished. Efiling income tax They stayed in a nearby motel until the house was ready on May 1. Efiling income tax On April 10, Tom went to work in the San Diego plant where he still works. Efiling income tax Their records for the move show: 1) Peggy's pre-move househunting  trip:       Travel and lodging   $ 449       Meals   75   $ 524 2) Down payment on San Diego  home 25,000 3) Real estate commission paid on  sale of Detroit home 3,500 4) Loss on sale of Detroit home (not  including real estate commission) 1,500 5) Amount paid for moving personal  effects (furniture, other household  goods, etc. Efiling income tax ) 8,000 6) Expenses of driving to San Diego:       Mileage (Start 14,278;  End 16,478) 2,200 miles at 24 cents a mile   $ 528       Lodging   180       Meals   320   1,028 7) Cost of temporary living  expenses in San Diego:       Motel rooms   $1,450       Meals   2,280   3,730 Total $43,282   Tom was reimbursed $10,907 under an accountable plan. Efiling income tax His employer gave him the following breakdown of the reimbursement that was allowed under the employer's plan. Efiling income tax Moving personal effects   $6,800 Travel (and lodging) to San Diego   708 Travel (and lodging) for househunting trip   449 Lodging for temporary quarters   1,450 Loss on sale of home   1,500 Total reimbursement   $10,907 The employer included this reimbursement on Tom's Form W-2 for the year. Efiling income tax The reimbursement of allowable expenses, $7,508 for moving household goods and travel to San Diego, was included in box 12 of Form W-2. Efiling income tax His employer identified this amount with code P. Efiling income tax The employer included the balance, $3,399 reimbursement of nonallowable expenses, in box 1 of Form W-2 with Tom's other wages. Efiling income tax Tom must include this amount on Form 1040, line 7. Efiling income tax The employer withholds taxes from the $3,399, as discussed under Reimbursement for deductible and nondeductible expenses under Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, earlier. Efiling income tax Also, Tom's employer could have given him a separate Form W-2 for his moving expense reimbursement. Efiling income tax To figure his tax deduction for moving expenses, Tom enters the following amounts on Form 3903. Efiling income tax Item 5 — moving personal effects (line 1)   $8,000 Item 6 — driving to San Diego ($528 + $180)  (line 2)   708 Total tax deductible moving expenses (line 3)   $8,708 Minus: Reimbursement included in box 12  of Form W-2 (line 4)   7,508 Tax deduction for moving expenses (line 5)   $1,200   Tom's Form 3903 is shown, later. Efiling income tax He also enters his deduction, $1,200, on Form 1040, line 26. Efiling income tax Nondeductible expenses. Efiling income tax   Of the $43,282 expenses that Tom and Peggy incurred, the following items totaling $34,574 ($43,282 – $8,708) cannot be deducted. Efiling income tax Item 1 — pre-move househunting expenses of $524. Efiling income tax Item 2 — the $25,000 down payment on the San Diego home. Efiling income tax If any part of it were for payment of deductible taxes or interest on the mortgage on the house, that part would be deductible as an itemized deduction. Efiling income tax Item 3 — the $3,500 real estate commission paid on the sale of the Detroit home. Efiling income tax The commission is used to figure the gain or loss on the sale. Efiling income tax Item 4 — the $1,500 loss on the sale of the Detroit home. Efiling income tax Item 6 — the $320 expense for meals while driving to San Diego. Efiling income tax (However, the lodging and car expenses are deductible. Efiling income tax ) Item 7 — temporary living expenses of $3,730. Efiling income tax    This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Efiling income tax Please click the link to view the image. Efiling income tax 2012 Form 3903 Moving Expenses Members of the Armed Forces If you are a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and you move because of a permanent change of station, you do not have to meet the distance and time tests, discussed earlier. Efiling income tax You can deduct your unreimbursed moving expenses. Efiling income tax A permanent change of station includes: A move from your home to your first post of active duty, A move from one permanent post of duty to another, and A move from your last post of duty to your home or to a nearer point in the United States. Efiling income tax The move must occur within one year of ending your active duty or within the period allowed under the Joint Travel Regulations. Efiling income tax Spouse and dependents. Efiling income tax   If a member of the Armed Forces dies, is imprisoned, or deserts, a permanent change of station for the spouse or dependent includes a move to: The place of enlistment, The member's, spouse's, or dependent's home of record, or A nearer point in the United States. Efiling income tax   If the military moves you, your spouse, and dependents, to or from separate locations, the moves are treated as a single move to your new main job location. Efiling income tax Services or reimbursements provided by government. Efiling income tax   Do not include in income the value of moving and storage services provided by the government because of a permanent change of station. Efiling income tax In general, if the total reimbursements or allowances you receive from the government because of the move are more than your actual moving expenses, the government must include the excess in your wages on Form W-2. Efiling income tax However, the excess portion of a dislocation allowance, a temporary lodging allowance, a temporary lodging expense, or a move-in housing allowance is not included in income and should not be included in box 1 of Form W-2. Efiling income tax   If your reimbursements or allowances are less than your actual moving expenses, do not include the reimbursements or allowances in income. Efiling income tax You can deduct the expenses that are more than your reimbursements. Efiling income tax See Deductible Moving Expenses, earlier. Efiling income tax How to complete Form 3903 for members of the Armed Forces. Efiling income tax    Take the following steps. Efiling income tax Complete lines 1 through 3 of the form, using your actual expenses. Efiling income tax Do not include any expenses for moving services provided by the government. Efiling income tax Also, do not include any expenses that were reimbursed by an allowance you do not have to include in your income. Efiling income tax Enter on line 4 the total reimbursements and allowances you received from the government for the expenses claimed on lines 1 and 2. Efiling income tax Do not include the value of moving or storage services provided by the government. Efiling income tax Also, do not include any part of a dislocation allowance, a temporary lodging allowance, a temporary lodging expense, or a move-in housing allowance. Efiling income tax Complete line 5. Efiling income tax If line 3 is more than line 4, subtract line 4 from line 3 and enter the result on line 5 and on Form 1040, line 26. Efiling income tax This is your moving expense deduction. Efiling income tax If line 3 is equal to or less than line 4, you do not have a moving expense deduction. Efiling income tax Subtract line 3 from line 4 and, if the result is more than zero, enter it on Form 1040, line 7. 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Efiling income tax If you e-file, your refund status is usually available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Efiling income tax Before you call, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Efiling income tax Where's My Refund? can give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Efiling income tax Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. Efiling income tax Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Efiling income tax Call to order forms, instructions and publications, 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions and publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Efiling income tax You should receive your order within 10 business days. Efiling income tax Call to order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, 1-800-908-9946. Efiling income tax Follow the prompts to provide your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP code. Efiling income tax Call for TeleTax topics, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics. Efiling income tax Call to ask tax questions, 1-800-829-1040. Efiling income tax Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Efiling income tax The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Efiling income tax These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service available at www. Efiling income tax gsa. Efiling income tax gov/fedrelay. Efiling income tax Walk-in. Efiling income tax You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person, face-to-face. Efiling income tax Products. Efiling income tax You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Efiling income tax Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Efiling income tax Services. Efiling income tax You can walk in to your local TAC most business days for personal, face-to-face tax help. Efiling income tax An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. Efiling income tax If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local TAC where you can talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. Efiling income tax No appointment is necessary—just walk in. Efiling income tax Before visiting, check www. Efiling income tax irs. Efiling income tax gov/localcontacts for hours of operation and services provided. Efiling income tax Mail. Efiling income tax You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Efiling income tax You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Efiling income tax  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Efiling income tax Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Efiling income tax   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Efiling income tax Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Efiling income tax What can TAS do for you?   We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Efiling income tax We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Efiling income tax You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Efiling income tax You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Efiling income tax   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. Efiling income tax Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Efiling income tax Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Efiling income tax Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Efiling income tax We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Efiling income tax How can you reach us?   If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at www. Efiling income tax irs. Efiling income tax gov/advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Efiling income tax How else does TAS help taxpayers?   TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Efiling income tax If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System at www. Efiling income tax irs. Efiling income tax gov/sams. Efiling income tax Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. Efiling income tax   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes. Efiling income tax Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Efiling income tax Visit www. Efiling income tax TaxpayerAdvocate. Efiling income tax irs. Efiling income tax gov or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Efiling income tax Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications