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File 2008 taxes Publication 505 - Introductory Material Table of Contents IntroductionNonresident aliens. File 2008 taxes Ordering forms and publications. File 2008 taxes Tax questions. File 2008 taxes What's New for 2014 Reminders Introduction The federal income tax is a pay-as-you-go tax. File 2008 taxes You must pay the tax as you earn or receive income during the year. File 2008 taxes There are two ways to pay as you go. File 2008 taxes Withholding. File 2008 taxes If you are an employee, your employer probably withholds income tax from your pay. File 2008 taxes In addition, tax may be withheld from certain other income, such as pensions, bonuses, commissions, and gambling winnings. File 2008 taxes The amount withheld is paid to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in your name. File 2008 taxes Estimated tax. File 2008 taxes If you do not pay your tax through withholding, or do not pay enough tax that way, you might have to pay estimated tax. File 2008 taxes People who are in business for themselves generally will have to pay their tax this way. File 2008 taxes You may have to pay estimated tax if you receive income such as dividends, interest, capital gains, rents, and royalties. File 2008 taxes Estimated tax is used to pay not only income tax, but other taxes such as self-employment tax and alternative minimum tax. File 2008 taxes This publication explains both of these methods. File 2008 taxes It also explains how to take credit on your return for the tax that was withheld and for your estimated tax payments. File 2008 taxes If you did not pay enough tax during the year, either through withholding or by making estimated tax payments, you may have to pay a penalty. File 2008 taxes Generally, the IRS can figure this penalty for you. File 2008 taxes This underpayment penalty, and the exceptions to it, are discussed in chapter 4. File 2008 taxes Nonresident aliens. File 2008 taxes    Before completing Form W-4, nonresident alien employees should see the Instructions for Form 8233, Exemption From Withholding on Compensation for Independent (and Certain Dependent) Personal Services of a Nonresident Alien Individual. File 2008 taxes Also see chapter 8 of Publication 519, U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes Tax Guide for Aliens, for important information on withholding. File 2008 taxes What's new for 2013 and 2014. File 2008 taxes   See What's New for 2014 in this Introduction, and What's New for 2013 in chapter 4. File 2008 taxes Comments and suggestions. File 2008 taxes   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. File 2008 taxes   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. File 2008 taxes NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. File 2008 taxes Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. File 2008 taxes   You can send your comments from www. File 2008 taxes irs. File 2008 taxes gov/formspubs/. File 2008 taxes Click on “More Information” and then on Give us feedback on forms and publications. File 2008 taxes   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. File 2008 taxes Ordering forms and publications. File 2008 taxes   Visit www. File 2008 taxes irs. File 2008 taxes gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. File 2008 taxes Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. File 2008 taxes Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. File 2008 taxes   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. File 2008 taxes gov or call 1-800-829-1040. File 2008 taxes We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. File 2008 taxes What's New for 2014 Use your 2013 tax return as a guide in figuring your 2014 estimated tax, but be sure to consider the following. File 2008 taxes Standard mileage rates. File 2008 taxes  The 2014 rate for business use of your vehicle is 56 cents per mile. File 2008 taxes The rate for use of your vehicle to get medical care or move is 23½ cents per mile. File 2008 taxes The rate of 14 cents per mile for charitable use is unchanged. File 2008 taxes Personal exemption increased for certain taxpayers. File 2008 taxes  For 2014, the personal exemption amount is increased to $3,950 for taxpayers with adjusted gross income at or below $305,050 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), $279,650 if head of household, $254,200 if single, or $152,525 if married filing separately. File 2008 taxes The personal exemption amount for taxpayers with adjusted gross income above these thresholds may be reduced. File 2008 taxes Limitation on itemized deductions. File 2008 taxes  For 2014, itemized deductions for taxpayers with adjusted gross income above $305,050 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), $279,650 if head of household, $254,200 if single, and $152,525 if married filing separately may be reduced. File 2008 taxes Health care coverage. File 2008 taxes  When you file your 2014 tax return in 2015, you will need to either (1) indicate on your return that you and your family had health care coverage throughout 2014, (2) claim an exemption from the health care coverage requirement for some or all of 2014, or (3) make a payment if you do not have coverage or an exemption(s) for all 12 months of 2014. File 2008 taxes For examples on how this payment works, go to www. File 2008 taxes IRS. File 2008 taxes gov/aca and click under the “Individuals & Families” section. File 2008 taxes You may want to consider this when figuring your “Other taxes” on Line 12 of the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet (Worksheet 2-1). File 2008 taxes For general information on these requirements, go to www. File 2008 taxes IRS. File 2008 taxes gov/aca. File 2008 taxes Advance payments of the Premium Tax Credit. File 2008 taxes  If you buy health care insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you may be eligible for advance payments of the Premium Tax Credit to help pay for your insurance coverage. File 2008 taxes Receiving too little or too much in advance will affect your refund or balance due. File 2008 taxes Promptly report changes in your income or family size to your Marketplace. File 2008 taxes You may want to consider this when figuring your estimated taxes for 2014. File 2008 taxes For more information, go to www. File 2008 taxes IRS. File 2008 taxes gov/aca and see Publication 5120 and Publication 5121. File 2008 taxes http://www. File 2008 taxes IRS. File 2008 taxes gov/pub5120 Alternative minimum tax (AMT) exemption amount increased. File 2008 taxes  The AMT exemption amount is increased to $52,800 ($82,100 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er); $41,050 if married filing separately). File 2008 taxes Lifetime learning credit income limits. File 2008 taxes  In order to claim a lifetime learning credit, your MAGI must be less than $54,000 ($108,000 if married filing jointly). File 2008 taxes Retirement savings contribution credit income limits increased. File 2008 taxes  In order to claim this credit for 2014, your MAGI must be less than $30,000 ($60,000 if married filing jointly; $45,000 if head of household). File 2008 taxes Adoption credit or exclusion. File 2008 taxes  The maximum adoption credit or exclusion for employer-provided adoption benefits has increased to $13,190. File 2008 taxes In order to claim either the credit or exclusion, your MAGI must be less than $237,880. File 2008 taxes Earned income credit (EIC). File 2008 taxes  You may be able to take the EIC in 2014 if: Three or more children lived with you and you earned less than $46,997 ($52,427 if married filing jointly), Two children lived with you and you earned less than $43,756 ($49,186 if married filing jointly), One child lived with you and you earned less than $38,511 ($43,941 if married filing jointly), or A child did not live with you and you earned less than $14,590 ($20,020 if married filing jointly). File 2008 taxes Also, the maximum MAGI you can have and still get the credit has increased. File 2008 taxes You may be able to take the credit if your MAGI is less than the amount in the above list that applies to you. File 2008 taxes The maximum investment income you can have and get the credit has increased to $3,350. File 2008 taxes Reminders Future developments. File 2008 taxes  The IRS has created a page on IRS. File 2008 taxes gov for information about Publication 505 at www. File 2008 taxes irs. File 2008 taxes gov/pub505. File 2008 taxes Information about any future developments affecting Publication 505 (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted on that page. File 2008 taxes Social security tax. File 2008 taxes   Generally, each employer for whom you work during the tax year must withhold social security tax up to the annual limit. File 2008 taxes The annual limit is $117,000 in 2014. File 2008 taxes Photographs of missing children. File 2008 taxes  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. File 2008 taxes Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that otherwise would be blank. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Additional Medicare Tax. File 2008 taxes  Beginning in 2013, a 0. 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File 2008 taxes 1. File 2008 taxes   Investment Income Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: General InformationSSN for joint account. File 2008 taxes Custodian account for your child. File 2008 taxes Penalty for failure to supply SSN. File 2008 taxes Certification. File 2008 taxes Underreported interest and dividends. File 2008 taxes How to stop backup withholding due to underreporting. File 2008 taxes How to stop backup withholding due to an incorrect identification number. File 2008 taxes Reporting backup withholding. File 2008 taxes Nonresident aliens. File 2008 taxes Penalties. File 2008 taxes Savings account with parent as trustee. File 2008 taxes Interest IncomeInterest not reported on Form 1099-INT. File 2008 taxes Nominees. File 2008 taxes Incorrect amount. File 2008 taxes Information reporting requirement. File 2008 taxes Taxable Interest — General Below-Market Loans U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes Savings Bonds U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes How To Report Interest IncomeSchedule B (Form 1040A or 1040). File 2008 taxes Worksheet for savings bonds distributed from a retirement or profit-sharing plan. File 2008 taxes File Form 1099-INT with the IRS. File 2008 taxes Dividends and Other DistributionsDividends not reported on Form 1099-DIV. File 2008 taxes Nominees. File 2008 taxes Ordinary Dividends Capital Gain Distributions Nondividend Distributions Liquidating Distributions Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights Other Distributions How To Report Dividend IncomeElection. File 2008 taxes Independent contractor. File 2008 taxes Investment interest deducted. File 2008 taxes Exception 1. File 2008 taxes Exception 2. File 2008 taxes Undistributed capital gains. File 2008 taxes File Form 1099-DIV with the IRS. File 2008 taxes Stripped Preferred Stock REMICs, FASITs, and Other CDOsREMICs Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs) FASITs S CorporationsLimit on losses and deductions. File 2008 taxes Passive activity losses. File 2008 taxes Form 8582. File 2008 taxes Investment ClubsInvestments in name of member. File 2008 taxes 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 . File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes Individual Income Tax Return 1040A U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes Savings Bonds Issued After 1989 8818 Optional Form To Record Redemption of Series EE and I U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes General Information A few items of general interest are covered here. File 2008 taxes Recordkeeping. File 2008 taxes You should keep a list showing sources and investment income amounts you receive during the year. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Net investment income tax (NIIT). File 2008 taxes   Beginning in 2013, you may be subject to the NIIT. File 2008 taxes The NIIT is a 3. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes    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. File 2008 taxes Tax on unearned income of certain children. File 2008 taxes   Part of a child's 2013 unearned income may be taxed at the parent's tax rate. File 2008 taxes This may happen if all of the following are true. File 2008 taxes The child had more than $2,000 of unearned income. File 2008 taxes The child is required to file a tax return. File 2008 taxes The child was: Under age 18 at the end of 2013, Age 18 at the end of 2013 and did not have earned income that was more than half of the child's support, or A full-time student over age 18 and under age 24 at the end of 2013 and did not have earned income that was more than half of the child's support. File 2008 taxes At least one of the child's parents was alive at the end of 2013. File 2008 taxes The child does not file a joint return for 2013. File 2008 taxes A child born on January 1, 1996, is considered to be age 18 at the end of 2013; a child born on January 1, 1995, is considered to be age 19 at the end of 2013; a child born on January 1, 1990, is considered to be age 24 at the end of 2013. File 2008 taxes   If all of these statements are true, Form 8615 must be completed and attached to the child's tax return. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes    However, the parent can choose to include the child's interest and dividends on the parent's return if certain requirements are met. File 2008 taxes Use Form 8814 for this purpose. File 2008 taxes   For more information about the tax on unearned income of children and the parents' election, see Publication 929, Tax Rules for Children and Dependents. File 2008 taxes Beneficiary of an estate or trust. File 2008 taxes   Interest, dividends, and other investment income you receive as a beneficiary of an estate or trust is generally taxable income. File 2008 taxes You should receive a Schedule K-1 (Form 1041), Beneficiary's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. File 2008 taxes , from the fiduciary. File 2008 taxes Your copy of Schedule K-1 (Form 1041) and its instructions will tell you where to report the income on your Form 1040. File 2008 taxes Social security number (SSN). File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes This includes payers of interest and dividends. File 2008 taxes If you do not give your SSN or ITIN to the payer of interest, you may have to pay a penalty. File 2008 taxes SSN for joint account. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes (For information on who owns the funds in a joint account, see Joint accounts , later. File 2008 taxes ) If the joint account contains combined funds, give the SSN of the person whose name is listed first on the account. File 2008 taxes This is because only one name and SSN can be shown on Form 1099. File 2008 taxes   These rules apply both to joint ownership by a married couple and to joint ownership by other individuals. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Custodian account for your child. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Penalty for failure to supply SSN. File 2008 taxes   You will be subject to a penalty if, when required, you fail to: Include your SSN on any return, statement, or other document, Give your SSN to another person who must include it on any return, statement, or other document, or Include the SSN of another person on any return, statement, or other document. File 2008 taxes The penalty is $50 for each failure up to a maximum penalty of $100,000 for any calendar year. File 2008 taxes   You will not be subject to this penalty if you can show that your failure to provide the SSN was due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect. File 2008 taxes   If you fail to supply an SSN, you may also be subject to backup withholding. File 2008 taxes Backup withholding. File 2008 taxes   Your investment income is generally not subject to regular withholding. File 2008 taxes However, it may be subject to backup withholding to ensure that income tax is collected on the income. File 2008 taxes Under backup withholding, the bank, broker, or other payer of interest, original issue discount (OID), dividends, cash patronage dividends, or royalties must withhold, as income tax, on the amount you are paid, applying the appropriate withholding rate. File 2008 taxes   Backup withholding applies if: You do not give the payer your identification number (either a social security number or an employer identification number) in the required manner, The IRS notifies the payer that you gave an incorrect identification number, The IRS notifies the payer that you are subject to backup withholding on interest or dividends because you have underreported interest or dividends on your income tax return, or You are required, but fail, to certify that you are not subject to backup withholding for the reason described in (3). File 2008 taxes Certification. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Your payer will give you a Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, or similar form, to make this certification. File 2008 taxes If you fail to make this certification, backup withholding may begin immediately on your new account or investment. File 2008 taxes Underreported interest and dividends. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes How to stop backup withholding due to underreporting. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes You must show that at least one of the following situations applies. File 2008 taxes No underreporting occurred. File 2008 taxes You have a bona fide dispute with the IRS about whether underreporting occurred. File 2008 taxes Backup withholding will cause or is causing an undue hardship, and it is unlikely that you will underreport interest and dividends in the future. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes How to stop backup withholding due to an incorrect identification number. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Reporting backup withholding. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes The information return will show any backup withholding as “Federal income tax withheld. File 2008 taxes ” Nonresident aliens. File 2008 taxes    Generally, payments made to nonresident aliens are not subject to backup withholding. File 2008 taxes You can use Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding, to certify exempt status. File 2008 taxes However, this does not exempt you from the 30% (or lower treaty) withholding rate that may apply to your investment income. File 2008 taxes For information on the 30% rate, see Publication 519, U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes Tax Guide for Aliens. File 2008 taxes Penalties. File 2008 taxes   There are civil and criminal penalties for giving false information to avoid backup withholding. File 2008 taxes The civil penalty is $500. File 2008 taxes The criminal penalty, upon conviction, is a fine of up to $1,000, or imprisonment of up to 1 year, or both. File 2008 taxes Where to report investment income. File 2008 taxes   Table 1-1 gives an overview of the forms and schedules to use to report some common types of investment income. File 2008 taxes But see the rest of this publication for detailed information about reporting investment income. File 2008 taxes Joint accounts. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Community property states. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes If you file separate returns, you must each report one-half of any taxable distribution. File 2008 taxes See Publication 555, Community Property, for more information on community income. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Example. File 2008 taxes You and your spouse have a joint money market account. File 2008 taxes Under state law, half the income from the account belongs to you, and half belongs to your spouse. File 2008 taxes If you file separate returns, you each report half the income. File 2008 taxes Income from property given to a child. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Savings account with parent as trustee. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes The savings account legally belongs to the child. File 2008 taxes The parents are not legally permitted to use any of the funds to support the child. File 2008 taxes Table 1-1. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes ) Type of Income If you file Form 1040, report on . File 2008 taxes . File 2008 taxes . File 2008 taxes If you can file Form 1040A, report on . File 2008 taxes . File 2008 taxes . File 2008 taxes If you can file Form 1040EZ, report on . File 2008 taxes . File 2008 taxes . File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes ) Line 8a (You may need to file Schedule B as well. File 2008 taxes ) 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. File 2008 taxes ) Line 9a (You may need to file Schedule B as well. File 2008 taxes )   Ordinary dividends that total more than $1,500 Line 9a; also use Schedule B, line 5 Line 9a; also use Schedule B, line 5   Qualified dividends (if you do not have to file Schedule D) Line 9b; also use the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet, line 2 Line 9b; also use the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet, line 2   Qualified dividends (if you have to file Schedule D) Line 9b; also use the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet or the Schedule D Tax Worksheet, line 2 You cannot use Form 1040A    You cannot use Form 1040EZ Capital gain distributions (if you do not have to file Schedule D) Line 13; also use the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet, line 3 Line 10; also use the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet, line 3   Capital gain distributions (if you have to file Schedule D) Schedule D, line 13; also use the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet or the Schedule D Tax Worksheet     Section 1250, 1202, or collectibles gain (Form 1099-DIV, box 2b, 2c, or 2d) Form 8949 and Schedule D     Nondividend distributions (Form 1099-DIV, box 3) Generally not reported*     Undistributed capital gains (Form 2439, boxes 1a - 1d) Schedule D     Gain or loss from sales of stocks or bonds Line 13; also use Form 8949, Schedule D, and the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet or the Schedule D Tax Worksheet You cannot use Form 1040A   Gain or loss from exchanges of like-kind investment property Line 13; also use Schedule D, Form 8824, and the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet or the Schedule D Tax Worksheet     *Report any amounts in excess of your basis in your mutual fund shares on Form 8949. File 2008 taxes Use Part II if you held the shares more than 1 year. File 2008 taxes Use Part I if you held your mutual fund shares 1 year or less. File 2008 taxes For details on Form 8949, see Reporting Capital Gains and Losses in chapter 4, and the Instructions for Form 8949. File 2008 taxes Accuracy-related penalty. File 2008 taxes   An accuracy-related penalty of 20% can be charged for underpayments of tax due to negligence or disregard of rules or regulations or substantial understatement of tax. File 2008 taxes For information on the penalty and any interest that applies, see Penalties in chapter 2. File 2008 taxes Interest Income This section discusses the tax treatment of different types of interest income. File 2008 taxes In general, any interest that you receive or that is credited to your account and can be withdrawn is taxable income. File 2008 taxes (It does not have to be entered in your passbook. File 2008 taxes ) Exceptions to this rule are discussed later. File 2008 taxes Form 1099-INT. File 2008 taxes   Interest income is generally reported to you on Form 1099-INT, or a similar statement, by banks, savings and loans, and other payers of interest. File 2008 taxes This form shows you the interest you received during the year. File 2008 taxes Keep this form for your records. File 2008 taxes You do not have to attach it to your tax return. File 2008 taxes   Report on your tax return the total interest income you receive for the tax year. File 2008 taxes Interest not reported on Form 1099-INT. File 2008 taxes   Even if you do not receive Form 1099-INT, you must still report all of your interest income. File 2008 taxes For example, you may receive distributive shares of interest from partnerships or S corporations. File 2008 taxes This interest is reported to you on Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. File 2008 taxes , and Schedule K-1 (Form 1120S), Shareholder's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. File 2008 taxes Nominees. File 2008 taxes   Generally, if someone receives interest as a nominee for you, that person must give you a Form 1099-INT showing the interest received on your behalf. File 2008 taxes   If you receive a Form 1099-INT that includes amounts belonging to another person, see the discussion on Nominee distributions , later, under How To Report Interest Income. File 2008 taxes Incorrect amount. File 2008 taxes   If you receive a Form 1099-INT that shows an incorrect amount (or other incorrect information), you should ask the issuer for a corrected form. File 2008 taxes The new Form 1099-INT you receive will be marked “Corrected. File 2008 taxes ” Form 1099-OID. File 2008 taxes   Reportable interest income also may be shown on Form 1099-OID, Original Issue Discount. File 2008 taxes For more information about amounts shown on this form, see Original Issue Discount (OID) , later in this chapter. File 2008 taxes Exempt-interest dividends. File 2008 taxes   Exempt-interest dividends you receive from a mutual fund or other regulated investment company, including those received from a qualified fund of funds in any tax year beginning after December 22, 2010, are not included in your taxable income. File 2008 taxes (However, see Information reporting requirement , next. File 2008 taxes ) Exempt-interest dividends should be shown in box 10 of Form 1099-DIV. File 2008 taxes You do not reduce your basis for distributions that are exempt-interest dividends. File 2008 taxes Information reporting requirement. File 2008 taxes   Although exempt-interest dividends are not taxable, you must show them on your tax return if you have to file. File 2008 taxes This is an information reporting requirement and does not change the exempt-interest dividends into taxable income. File 2008 taxes See How To Report Interest Income , later. File 2008 taxes Note. File 2008 taxes Exempt-interest dividends paid from specified private activity bonds may be subject to the alternative minimum tax. File 2008 taxes The exempt-interest dividends subject to the alternative minimum tax are shown in box 11 of Form 1099-DIV. File 2008 taxes See Form 6251 and its instructions for more information about this tax. File 2008 taxes Private activity bonds are discussed later under State or Local Government Obligations. File 2008 taxes Interest on VA dividends. File 2008 taxes   Interest on insurance dividends left on deposit with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is not taxable. File 2008 taxes This includes interest paid on dividends on converted United States Government Life Insurance policies and on National Service Life Insurance policies. File 2008 taxes Individual retirement arrangements (IRAs). File 2008 taxes   Interest on a Roth IRA generally is not taxable. File 2008 taxes Interest on a traditional IRA is tax deferred. File 2008 taxes You generally do not include it in your income until you make withdrawals from the IRA. File 2008 taxes See Publication 590 for more information. File 2008 taxes Taxable Interest — General Taxable interest includes interest you receive from bank accounts, loans you make to others, and other sources. File 2008 taxes The following are some sources of taxable interest. File 2008 taxes Dividends that are actually interest. File 2008 taxes   Certain distributions commonly called dividends are actually interest. File 2008 taxes You must report as interest so-called “dividends” on deposits or on share accounts in: Cooperative banks, Credit unions, Domestic building and loan associations, Domestic savings and loan associations, Federal savings and loan associations, and Mutual savings banks. File 2008 taxes  The “dividends” will be shown as interest income on Form 1099-INT. File 2008 taxes Money market funds. File 2008 taxes   Money market funds are offered by nonbank financial institutions such as mutual funds and stock brokerage houses, and pay dividends. File 2008 taxes Generally, amounts you receive from money market funds should be reported as dividends, not as interest. File 2008 taxes Certificates of deposit and other deferred interest accounts. File 2008 taxes   If you open any of these accounts, interest may be paid at fixed intervals of 1 year or less during the term of the account. File 2008 taxes You generally must include this interest in your income when you actually receive it or are entitled to receive it without paying a substantial penalty. File 2008 taxes The same is true for accounts that mature in 1 year or less and pay interest in a single payment at maturity. File 2008 taxes If interest is deferred for more than 1 year, see Original Issue Discount (OID) , later. File 2008 taxes Interest subject to penalty for early withdrawal. File 2008 taxes   If you withdraw funds from a deferred interest account before maturity, you may have to pay a penalty. File 2008 taxes You must report the total amount of interest paid or credited to your account during the year, without subtracting the penalty. File 2008 taxes See Penalty on early withdrawal of savings under How To Report Interest Income, later, for more information on how to report the interest and deduct the penalty. File 2008 taxes Money borrowed to invest in certificate of deposit. File 2008 taxes   The interest you pay on money borrowed from a bank or savings institution to meet the minimum deposit required for a certificate of deposit from the institution and the interest you earn on the certificate are two separate items. File 2008 taxes You must report the total interest you earn on the certificate in your income. File 2008 taxes If you itemize deductions, you can deduct the interest you pay as investment interest, up to the amount of your net investment income. File 2008 taxes See Interest Expenses in chapter 3. File 2008 taxes Example. File 2008 taxes You deposited $5,000 with a bank and borrowed $5,000 from the bank to make up the $10,000 minimum deposit required to buy a 6-month certificate of deposit. File 2008 taxes The certificate earned $575 at maturity in 2013, but you received only $265, which represented the $575 you earned minus $310 interest charged on your $5,000 loan. File 2008 taxes The bank gives you a Form 1099-INT for 2013 showing the $575 interest you earned. File 2008 taxes The bank also gives you a statement showing that you paid $310 interest for 2013. File 2008 taxes You must include the $575 in your income. File 2008 taxes If you itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), Itemized Deductions, you can deduct $310, subject to the net investment income limit. File 2008 taxes Gift for opening account. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes   For deposits of less than $5,000, gifts or services valued at more than $10 must be reported as interest. File 2008 taxes For deposits of $5,000 or more, gifts or services valued at more than $20 must be reported as interest. File 2008 taxes The value is determined by the cost to the financial institution. File 2008 taxes Example. File 2008 taxes You open a savings account at your local bank and deposit $800. File 2008 taxes The account earns $20 interest. File 2008 taxes You also receive a $15 calculator. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes You must report $35 interest income on your tax return. File 2008 taxes Interest on insurance dividends. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Prepaid insurance premiums. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes obligations. File 2008 taxes   Interest on U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes obligations, such as U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes Treasury bills, notes, and bonds, issued by any agency or instrumentality of the United States is taxable for federal income tax purposes. File 2008 taxes Interest on tax refunds. File 2008 taxes   Interest you receive on tax refunds is taxable income. File 2008 taxes Interest on condemnation award. File 2008 taxes   If the condemning authority pays you interest to compensate you for a delay in payment of an award, the interest is taxable. File 2008 taxes Installment sale payments. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes That interest is taxable when you receive it. File 2008 taxes If little or no interest is provided for in a deferred payment contract, part of each payment may be treated as interest. File 2008 taxes See Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537. File 2008 taxes Interest on annuity contract. File 2008 taxes   Accumulated interest on an annuity contract you sell before its maturity date is taxable. File 2008 taxes Usurious interest. File 2008 taxes   Usurious interest is interest charged at an illegal rate. File 2008 taxes This is taxable as interest unless state law automatically changes it to a payment on the principal. File 2008 taxes Interest income on frozen deposits. File 2008 taxes   Exclude from your gross income interest on frozen deposits. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes   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). File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes   The interest you exclude is treated as credited to your account in the following year. File 2008 taxes You must include it in income in the year you can withdraw it. File 2008 taxes Example. File 2008 taxes $100 of interest was credited on your frozen deposit during the year. File 2008 taxes You withdrew $80 but could not withdraw any more as of the end of the year. File 2008 taxes You must include $80 in your income and exclude $20 from your income for the year. File 2008 taxes You must include the $20 in your income for the year you can withdraw it. File 2008 taxes Bonds traded flat. File 2008 taxes    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. File 2008 taxes The defaulted or unpaid interest is not income and is not taxable as interest if paid later. File 2008 taxes When you receive a payment of that interest, it is a return of capital that reduces the remaining cost basis of your bond. File 2008 taxes Interest that accrues after the date of purchase, however, is taxable interest income for the year received or accrued. File 2008 taxes See Bonds Sold Between Interest Dates , later in this chapter. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes The below-market loan rules and exceptions are described in this section. File 2008 taxes For more information, see section 7872 of the Internal Revenue Code and its regulations. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Loans subject to the rules. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Forgone interest. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Applicable federal rate. File 2008 taxes   Applicable federal rates are published by the IRS each month in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. File 2008 taxes Some IRS offices have these bulletins available for research. File 2008 taxes See chapter 5, How To Get Tax Help , for other ways to get this information. File 2008 taxes Rules for below-market loans. File 2008 taxes   The rules that apply to a below-market loan depend on whether the loan is a gift loan, demand loan, or term loan. File 2008 taxes Gift and demand loans. File 2008 taxes   A gift loan is any below-market loan where the forgone interest is in the nature of a gift. File 2008 taxes   A demand loan is a loan payable in full at any time upon demand by the lender. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes The borrower is generally treated as transferring the additional payment back to the lender as interest. File 2008 taxes The lender must report that amount as interest income. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes The borrower may have to report this payment as taxable income, depending on its classification. File 2008 taxes These transfers are considered to occur annually, generally on December 31. File 2008 taxes Term loans. File 2008 taxes   A term loan is any loan that is not a demand loan. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes ) on the date the loan is made. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes An equal amount is treated as original issue discount (OID). File 2008 taxes The lender must report the annual part of the OID as interest income. File 2008 taxes The borrower may be able to deduct the OID as interest expense. File 2008 taxes See Original Issue Discount (OID) , later. File 2008 taxes Exceptions to the below-market loan rules. File 2008 taxes   Exceptions to the below-market loan rules are discussed here. File 2008 taxes Exception for loans of $10,000 or less. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes This exception does not apply to a term loan described in (2) earlier that previously has been subject to the below-market loan rules. File 2008 taxes Those rules will continue to apply even if the outstanding balance is reduced to $10,000 or less. File 2008 taxes Exception for loans to continuing care facilities. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes For the definitions of qualified continuing care facility and continuing care contract, see Internal Revenue Code section 7872(h). File 2008 taxes Exception for loans without significant tax effect. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes trade or business and would not be exempt from U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Limit on forgone interest for gift loans of $100,000 or less. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes If the borrower's net investment income is $1,000 or less, it is treated as zero. File 2008 taxes This limit does not apply to a loan if the avoidance of federal tax is one of the main purposes of the interest arrangement. File 2008 taxes Effective dates. File 2008 taxes    These rules apply to term loans made after June 6, 1984, and to demand loans outstanding after that date. File 2008 taxes U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes Savings Bonds This section provides tax information on U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bonds. File 2008 taxes It explains how to report the interest income on these bonds and how to treat transfers of these bonds. File 2008 taxes U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bonds currently offered to individuals include Series EE bonds and Series I bonds. File 2008 taxes For other information on U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bonds, write to:  For Series HH/H: Bureau of the Fiscal Service Division of Customer Assistance P. File 2008 taxes O. File 2008 taxes Box 2186 Parkersburg, WV 26106-2186  For Series EE and I paper savings bonds: Bureau of the Fiscal Service Division of Customer Assistance P. File 2008 taxes O. File 2008 taxes Box 7012 Parkersburg, WV 26106-7012  For Series EE and I electronic bonds: Bureau of the Fiscal Service  Division of Customer Assistance P. File 2008 taxes O. File 2008 taxes Box 7015 Parkersburg, WV 26106-7015 Or, on the Internet, visit: www. File 2008 taxes treasurydirect. File 2008 taxes gov/indiv/indiv. File 2008 taxes htm. File 2008 taxes Accrual method taxpayers. File 2008 taxes   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you must report interest on U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bonds each year as it accrues. File 2008 taxes You cannot postpone reporting interest until you receive it or until the bonds mature. File 2008 taxes Cash method taxpayers. File 2008 taxes   If you use the cash method of accounting, as most individual taxpayers do, you generally report the interest on U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bonds when you receive it. File 2008 taxes But see Reporting options for cash method taxpayers , later. File 2008 taxes Series HH bonds. File 2008 taxes   These bonds were issued at face value. File 2008 taxes Interest is paid twice a year by direct deposit to your bank account. File 2008 taxes If you are a cash method taxpayer, you must report interest on these bonds as income in the year you receive it. File 2008 taxes   Series HH bonds were first offered in 1980 and last offered in August 2004. File 2008 taxes Before 1980, series H bonds were issued. File 2008 taxes Series H bonds are treated the same as series HH bonds. File 2008 taxes If you are a cash method taxpayer, you must report the interest when you receive it. File 2008 taxes   Series H bonds have a maturity period of 30 years. File 2008 taxes Series HH bonds mature in 20 years. File 2008 taxes The last series H bonds matured in 2009. File 2008 taxes The last series HH bonds will mature in 2024. File 2008 taxes Series EE and series I bonds. File 2008 taxes   Interest on these bonds is payable when you redeem the bonds. File 2008 taxes The difference between the purchase price and the redemption value is taxable interest. File 2008 taxes Series EE bonds. File 2008 taxes   Series EE bonds were first offered in January 1980 and have a maturity period of 30 years. File 2008 taxes Before July 1980, series E bonds were issued. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Paper series EE and series E bonds are issued at a discount. File 2008 taxes The face value is payable to you at maturity. File 2008 taxes Electronic series EE bonds are issued at their face value. File 2008 taxes The face value plus accrued interest is payable to you at maturity. File 2008 taxes As of January 1, 2012, paper savings bonds were no longer sold at financial institutions. File 2008 taxes    Owners of paper series EE bonds can convert them to electronic bonds. File 2008 taxes These converted bonds do not retain the denomination listed on the paper certificate but are posted at their purchase price (with accrued interest). File 2008 taxes Series I bonds. File 2008 taxes   Series I bonds were first offered in 1998. File 2008 taxes These are inflation-indexed bonds issued at their face amount with a maturity period of 30 years. File 2008 taxes The face value plus all accrued interest is payable to you at maturity. File 2008 taxes Reporting options for cash method taxpayers. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Method 1. File 2008 taxes Postpone reporting the interest until the earlier of the year you cash or dispose of the bonds or the year in which they mature. File 2008 taxes (However, see Savings bonds traded , later. File 2008 taxes )  Note. File 2008 taxes Series EE bonds issued in 1983 matured in 2013. File 2008 taxes If you have used method 1, you generally must report the interest on these bonds on your 2013 return. File 2008 taxes The last series E bonds were issued in 1980 and matured in 2010. File 2008 taxes If you used method 1, you generally should have reported the interest on these bonds on your 2010 return. File 2008 taxes Method 2. File 2008 taxes Choose to report the increase in redemption value as interest each year. File 2008 taxes  You must use the same method for all series EE, series E, and series I bonds you own. File 2008 taxes If you do not choose method 2 by reporting the increase in redemption value as interest each year, you must use method 1. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes To learn how, see Education Savings Bond Program, later. File 2008 taxes Change from method 1. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes In the year of change, you must report all interest accrued to date and not previously reported for all your bonds. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Change from method 2. File 2008 taxes   To change from method 2 to method 1, you must request permission from the IRS. File 2008 taxes Permission for the change is automatically granted if you send the IRS a statement that meets all the following requirements. File 2008 taxes You have typed or printed the following number at the top: “131. File 2008 taxes ” It includes your name and social security number under “131. File 2008 taxes ” It includes the year of change (both the beginning and ending dates). File 2008 taxes It identifies the savings bonds for which you are requesting this change. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes   You must attach this statement to your tax return for the year of change, which you must file by the due date (including extensions). File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes On the statement, type or print “Filed pursuant to section 301. File 2008 taxes 9100-2. File 2008 taxes ” To get this extension, you must have filed your original return for the year of the change by the due date (including extensions). File 2008 taxes    By the date you file the original statement with your return, you must also send a signed copy to the address below. File 2008 taxes    Internal Revenue Service Attention: CC:IT&A (Automatic Rulings Branch) P. File 2008 taxes O. File 2008 taxes Box 7604 Benjamin Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044   If you use a private delivery service, send the signed copy to the address below. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes In that case, follow the form instructions for an automatic change. File 2008 taxes No user fee is required. File 2008 taxes Co-owners. File 2008 taxes   If a U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes One co-owner's funds used. File 2008 taxes   If you used your funds to buy the bond, you must pay the tax on the interest. File 2008 taxes This is true even if you let the other co-owner redeem the bond and keep all the proceeds. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes The co-owner who redeemed the bond is a “nominee. File 2008 taxes ” 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. File 2008 taxes Both co-owners' funds used. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Community property. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes If you file separate returns, each of you generally must report one-half of the bond interest. File 2008 taxes For more information about community property, see Publication 555. File 2008 taxes Table 1-2. File 2008 taxes   These rules are also shown in Table 1-2. File 2008 taxes Child as only owner. File 2008 taxes   Interest on U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Choice to report interest each year. File 2008 taxes   The choice to report the accrued interest each year can be made either by your child or by you for your child. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Either you or your child should keep a copy of this return. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bond interest under this choice. File 2008 taxes However, see Tax on unearned income of certain children , earlier, under General Information. File 2008 taxes 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 . File 2008 taxes Ownership transferred. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes But, if the bonds were reissued in your name alone, you do not have to report the interest accrued at that time. File 2008 taxes   This same rule applies when bonds (other than bonds held as community property) are transferred between spouses or incident to divorce. File 2008 taxes Example. File 2008 taxes You bought series EE bonds entirely with your own funds. File 2008 taxes You did not choose to report the accrued interest each year. File 2008 taxes Later, you transfer the bonds to your former spouse under a divorce agreement. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Your former spouse includes in income the interest on the bonds from the date of transfer to the date of redemption. File 2008 taxes Table 1-2. File 2008 taxes Who Pays the Tax on U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes Savings Bond Interest IF . File 2008 taxes . File 2008 taxes . File 2008 taxes THEN the interest must be reported by . File 2008 taxes . File 2008 taxes . File 2008 taxes you buy a bond in your name and the name of another person as co-owners, using only your own funds you. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes you and your spouse, who live in a community property state, buy a bond that is community property you and your spouse. File 2008 taxes If you file separate returns, both you and your spouse generally report one-half of the interest. File 2008 taxes Purchased jointly. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes This interest, however, as well as all interest earned after the reissue, is income to the former co-owner. File 2008 taxes   This income-reporting rule also applies when the bonds are reissued in the name of your former co-owner and a new co-owner. File 2008 taxes But the new co-owner will report only his or her share of the interest earned after the transfer. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Example 1. File 2008 taxes You and your spouse each spent an equal amount to buy a $1,000 series EE savings bond. File 2008 taxes The bond was issued to you and your spouse as co-owners. File 2008 taxes You both postpone reporting interest on the bond. File 2008 taxes You later have the bond reissued as two $500 bonds, one in your name and one in your spouse's name. File 2008 taxes At that time neither you nor your spouse has to report the interest earned to the date of reissue. File 2008 taxes Example 2. File 2008 taxes You bought a $1,000 series EE savings bond entirely with your own funds. File 2008 taxes The bond was issued to you and your spouse as co-owners. File 2008 taxes You both postponed reporting interest on the bond. File 2008 taxes You later have the bond reissued as two $500 bonds, one in your name and one in your spouse's name. File 2008 taxes You must report half the interest earned to the date of reissue. File 2008 taxes Transfer to a trust. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes See Savings bonds traded , later. File 2008 taxes Decedents. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Decedent who reported interest each year. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes The person who acquires the bonds includes in income only interest earned after the date of death. File 2008 taxes Decedent who postponed reporting interest. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes The surviving spouse or personal representative (executor, administrator, etc. File 2008 taxes ) 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. File 2008 taxes The person who acquires the bonds then includes in income only interest earned after the date of death. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes For more information on income in respect of a decedent, see Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators. File 2008 taxes Example 1. File 2008 taxes Your uncle, a cash method taxpayer, died and left you a $1,000 series EE bond. File 2008 taxes He had bought the bond for $500 and had not chosen to report the interest each year. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Your uncle's executor chose not to include the $200 accrued interest in your uncle's final income tax return. File 2008 taxes The $200 is income in respect of the decedent. File 2008 taxes You are a cash method taxpayer and do not choose to report the interest each year as it is earned. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Example 2. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes $300 is the interest earned after your uncle's death. File 2008 taxes Example 3. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Example 4. File 2008 taxes When your aunt died, she owned series HH bonds that she had acquired in a trade for series EE bonds. File 2008 taxes You were the beneficiary of these bonds. File 2008 taxes Your aunt used the cash method and did not choose to report the interest on the series EE bonds each year as it accrued. File 2008 taxes Your aunt's executor chose not to include any interest earned before your aunt's death on her final return. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes You must report any interest received during the year as income on your return. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes For information on when to report the interest on the series EE bonds traded, see Savings bonds traded , later. File 2008 taxes Savings bonds distributed from a retirement or profit-sharing plan. File 2008 taxes   If you acquire a U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes 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). File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Savings bonds traded. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes (You cannot trade series I bonds for series HH bonds. File 2008 taxes After August 31, 2004, you cannot trade any other series of bonds for series HH bonds. File 2008 taxes ) Any cash you received is income up to the amount of the interest earned on the bonds traded. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Example. File 2008 taxes You traded series EE bonds (on which you postponed reporting the interest) for $2,500 in series HH bonds and $223 in cash. File 2008 taxes You reported the $223 as taxable income on your tax return. File 2008 taxes At the time of the trade, the series EE bonds had accrued interest of $523 and a redemption value of $2,723. File 2008 taxes You hold the series HH bonds until maturity, when you receive $2,500. File 2008 taxes You must report $300 as interest income in the year of maturity. File 2008 taxes This is the difference between their redemption value, $2,500, and your cost, $2,200 (the amount you paid for the series EE bonds). File 2008 taxes (It is also the difference between the accrued interest of $523 on the series EE bonds and the $223 cash received on the trade. File 2008 taxes ) Choice to report interest in year of trade. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes If you made this choice, it is treated as a change from method 1. File 2008 taxes See Change from method 1 under Series EE and series I bonds, earlier. File 2008 taxes Form 1099-INT for U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bond interest. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes However, your Form 1099-INT may show more interest than you have to include on your income tax return. File 2008 taxes For example, this may happen if any of the following are true. File 2008 taxes You chose to report the increase in the redemption value of the bond each year. File 2008 taxes The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by amounts previously included in income. File 2008 taxes You received the bond from a decedent. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Ownership of the bond was transferred. File 2008 taxes The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by interest that accrued before the transfer. File 2008 taxes You were named as a co-owner, and the other co-owner contributed funds to buy the bond. File 2008 taxes The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by the amount you received as nominee for the other co-owner. File 2008 taxes (See Co-owners , earlier in this section, for more information about the reporting requirements. File 2008 taxes ) You received the bond in a taxable distribution from a retirement or profit-sharing plan. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes (This amount is generally shown on Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. File 2008 taxes , for the year of distribution. File 2008 taxes )   For more information on including the correct amount of interest on your return, see U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bond interest previously reported or Nominee distributions under How To Report Interest Income, later. File 2008 taxes    Interest on U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bonds is exempt from state and local taxes. File 2008 taxes The Form 1099-INT you receive will indicate the amount that is for U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bonds interest in box 3. File 2008 taxes Do not include this income on your state or local income tax return. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bonds during the year if you pay qualified higher educational expenses during the same year. File 2008 taxes This exclusion is known as the Education Savings Bond Program. File 2008 taxes You do not qualify for this exclusion if your filing status is married filing separately. File 2008 taxes Form 8815. File 2008 taxes   Use Form 8815 to figure your exclusion. File 2008 taxes Attach the form to your Form 1040 or Form 1040A. File 2008 taxes Qualified U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bonds. File 2008 taxes   A qualified U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes savings bond is a series EE bond issued after 1989 or a series I bond. File 2008 taxes The bond must be issued either in your name (sole owner) or in your and your spouse's names (co-owners). File 2008 taxes You must be at least 24 years old before the bond's issue date. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes    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. File 2008 taxes Beneficiary. File 2008 taxes   You can designate any individual (including a child) as a beneficiary of the bond. File 2008 taxes Verification by IRS. File 2008 taxes   If you claim the exclusion, the IRS will check it by using bond redemption information from the Department of Treasury. File 2008 taxes Qualified expenses. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes   Qualified expenses include any contribution you make to a qualified tuition program or to a Coverdell education savings account. File 2008 taxes For information about these programs, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Eligible educational institutions. File 2008 taxes   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. File 2008 taxes Reduction for certain benefits. File 2008 taxes   You must reduce your qualified higher educational expenses by all of the following tax-free benefits. File 2008 taxes Tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships. File 2008 taxes Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a Coverdell ESA. File 2008 taxes Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a qualified tuition program. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes Any expense used in figuring the American Opportunity and lifetime learning credits. File 2008 taxes For information about these benefits, see Publication 970. File 2008 taxes Amount excludable. File 2008 taxes   If the total proceeds (interest and principal) from the qualified U. File 2008 taxes S. File 2008 taxes 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. File 2008 taxes If the proceeds are more than the expenses, you may be able to exclude only part of the interest. File 2008 taxes   To determine the excludable amount, multiply the interest part of the proceeds by a fraction. File 2008 taxes The numer