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File federal taxes online free Publication 517 - Main Content Table of Contents Social Security CoverageCoverage of Members of the Clergy Coverage of Religious Workers (Church Employees) U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free Citizens and Resident and Nonresident Aliens Ministerial ServicesMinisters Members of Religious Orders Christian Science Practitioners and Readers Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) TaxMembers of the Clergy Members of Recognized Religious Sects Self-Employment Tax: Figuring Net EarningsRegular Method Nonfarm Optional Method Income Tax: Income and ExpensesIncome Items Expense Items Income Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax Filing Your Return Retirement Savings ArrangementsDeducting contributions to tax-sheltered annuity plans. File federal taxes online free Full-time student. File federal taxes online free Adjusted gross income. File federal taxes online free More information. File federal taxes online free Earned Income Credit Comprehensive ExampleForm W-2 From Church Form W-2 From College Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) Form 2106-EZ Schedule A (Form 1040) Schedule SE (Form 1040) Form 1040 Attachment 1 Attachment 2 How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Social Security Coverage This section gives information about which system (SECA or FICA) is used to collect social security and Medicare taxes from members of the clergy (ministers, members of a religious order, and Christian Science practitioners and readers) and religious workers (church employees). File federal taxes online free Coverage of Members of the Clergy The services you perform in the exercise of your ministry, of the duties required by your religious order, or of your profession as a Christian Science practitioner or reader are covered by social security and Medicare under SECA. File federal taxes online free Your earnings for these ministerial services (defined later) are subject to self-employment (SE) tax unless one of the following applies. File federal taxes online free You are a member of a religious order who has taken a vow of poverty. File federal taxes online free You ask the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for an exemption from SE tax for your services and the IRS approves your request. File federal taxes online free See Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) Tax , later. File federal taxes online free You are subject only to the social security laws of a foreign country under the provisions of a social security agreement between the United States and that country. File federal taxes online free For more information, see Bilateral Social Security (Totalization) Agreements in Publication 54. File federal taxes online free Your earnings that are not from ministerial services may be subject to social security tax under FICA or SECA according to the rules that apply to taxpayers in general. File federal taxes online free See Ministerial Services , later. File federal taxes online free Ministers If you are a minister of a church, your earnings for the services you perform in your capacity as a minister are subject to SE tax, even if you perform these services as an employee of that church. File federal taxes online free However, you can request that the IRS grant you an exemption, as discussed under Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) Tax , later. File federal taxes online free For the specific services covered, see Ministerial Services , later. File federal taxes online free Ministers defined. File federal taxes online free   Ministers are individuals who are duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed by a religious body constituting a church or church denomination. File federal taxes online free Ministers have the authority to conduct religious worship, perform sacerdotal functions, and administer ordinances or sacraments according to the prescribed tenets and practices of that church or denomination. File federal taxes online free   If a church or denomination ordains some ministers and licenses or commissions others, anyone licensed or commissioned must be able to perform substantially all the religious functions of an ordained minister to be treated as a minister for social security purposes. File federal taxes online free Employment status for other tax purposes. File federal taxes online free   Even though all of your income from performing ministerial services is subject to self-employment tax for social security tax purposes, you may be an employee for income tax or retirement plan purposes in performing those same services. File federal taxes online free For income tax or retirement plan purposes, your income earned as an employee will be considered wages. File federal taxes online free Common-law employee. File federal taxes online free   Under common-law rules, you are considered either an employee or a self-employed person. File federal taxes online free Generally, you are an employee if you perform services for someone who has the legal right to control both what you do and how you do it, even if you have considerable discretion and freedom of action. File federal taxes online free For more information about the common-law rules, see Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide. File federal taxes online free   If a congregation employs you and pays you a salary, you are generally a common-law employee and income from the exercise of your ministry is wages for income tax purposes. File federal taxes online free However, amounts received directly from members of the congregation, such as fees for performing marriages, baptisms, or other personal services, are not wages; such amounts are self-employment income for both income tax purposes and social security tax purposes. File federal taxes online free Example. File federal taxes online free A church hires and pays you a salary to perform ministerial services subject to its control. File federal taxes online free Under the common-law rules, you are an employee of the church while performing those services. File federal taxes online free Form SS-8. File federal taxes online free   If you are not certain whether you are an employee or a self-employed person, you can get a determination from the IRS by filing Form SS-8. File federal taxes online free Members of Religious Orders If you are a member of a religious order who has not taken a vow of poverty, your earnings for ministerial services you perform as a member of the order are subject to SE tax. File federal taxes online free See Ministerial Services , later. File federal taxes online free However, you can request that the IRS grant you an exemption as discussed under Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) Tax , later. File federal taxes online free Vow of poverty. File federal taxes online free   If you are a member of a religious order and have taken a vow of poverty, you are already exempt from paying SE tax on your earnings for ministerial services you perform as an agent of your church or its agencies. File federal taxes online free You do not need to request a separate exemption. File federal taxes online free For income tax purposes, the earnings are tax free to you. File federal taxes online free Your earnings are considered the income of the religious order. File federal taxes online free Services covered under FICA at the election of the order. File federal taxes online free   However, even if you have taken a vow of poverty, the services you perform for your church or its agencies may be covered under social security. File federal taxes online free Your services are covered if your order, or an autonomous subdivision of the order, elects social security coverage for its current and future vow-of-poverty members. File federal taxes online free   The order or subdivision elects coverage by filing Form SS-16. File federal taxes online free The election may cover certain vow-of-poverty members for a retroactive period of up to 20 calendar quarters before the quarter in which it files the certificate. File federal taxes online free If the election is made, the order or subdivision pays both the employer's and employee's share of the tax. File federal taxes online free You do not pay any of the FICA tax. File federal taxes online free Services performed outside the order. File federal taxes online free   Even if you are a member of a religious order who has taken a vow of poverty and the order requires you to turn over amounts you earn, your earnings are subject to federal income tax and either SE tax or FICA tax (including estimated tax payments and/or withholding) if you: Are self-employed or an employee of an organization outside your religious community, and Perform work not required by, or done on behalf of, the order. File federal taxes online free   In these cases, your income from self-employment or as an employee of that outside organization is taxable to you directly. File federal taxes online free You may, however, be able to take a charitable deduction for the amount you turn over to the order. File federal taxes online free See Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. File federal taxes online free Rulings. File federal taxes online free   Organizations and individuals may request rulings from the IRS on whether they are religious orders, or members of a religious order, respectively, for FICA tax, SE tax, and federal income tax withholding purposes. File federal taxes online free To request a ruling, follow the procedures in Revenue Procedure 2014-1, 2014-1 I. File federal taxes online free R. File federal taxes online free B. File federal taxes online free 1, available at www. File federal taxes online free irs. File federal taxes online free gov/irb/2014-1_IRB/ar05. File federal taxes online free html. File federal taxes online free Christian Science Practitioners and Readers Generally, your earnings from services you perform in your profession as a Christian Science practitioner or reader are subject to SE tax. File federal taxes online free However, you can request an exemption as discussed under Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) Tax , later. File federal taxes online free Practitioners. File federal taxes online free   Christian Science practitioners are members in good standing of the Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, who practice healing according to the teachings of Christian Science. File federal taxes online free State law specifically exempts Christian Science practitioners from licensing requirements. File federal taxes online free   Some Christian Science practitioners also are Christian Science teachers or lecturers. File federal taxes online free Income from teaching or lecturing is considered the same as income from their work as practitioners. File federal taxes online free Readers. File federal taxes online free   For tax purposes, Christian Science readers are considered the same as ordained, commissioned, or licensed ministers. File federal taxes online free Coverage of Religious Workers (Church Employees) If you are a religious worker (a church employee) and are not in one of the classes already discussed, your wages are generally subject to social security and Medicare tax under FICA, not SECA. File federal taxes online free Some exceptions are discussed next. File federal taxes online free Election by Church To Exclude Its Employees From FICA Coverage Churches and qualified church-controlled organizations (church organizations) that are opposed for religious reasons to the payment of social security and Medicare taxes can elect to exclude their employees from FICA coverage. File federal taxes online free If your employer makes this election, it does not pay the employer's portion of the FICA taxes or withhold from your pay your portion of the FICA taxes. File federal taxes online free Instead, your wages are subject to SECA and you must pay SE tax on your wages if they exceed $108. File federal taxes online free 28 during the tax year. File federal taxes online free However, you can request an exemption from SE tax if you are a member of a recognized religious sect, as discussed below. File federal taxes online free Churches and church organizations make this election by filing two copies of Form 8274. File federal taxes online free For more information about making this election, see Form 8274. File federal taxes online free Election by Certain Church Employees Who Are Opposed to Social Security and Medicare You may be able to choose to be exempt from social security and Medicare taxes, including the SE tax, if you are a member of a recognized religious sect or division and work for a church (or church-controlled nonprofit division) that does not pay the employer's part of the social security tax on wages. File federal taxes online free This exemption does not apply to your service, if any, as a minister of a church or as a member of a religious order. File federal taxes online free Make this choice by filing Form 4029. File federal taxes online free See Requesting Exemption—Form 4029 , later, under Members of Recognized Religious Sects. File federal taxes online free U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free Citizens and Resident and Nonresident Aliens To be covered under the SE tax provisions (SECA), individuals generally must be citizens or resident aliens of the United States. File federal taxes online free Nonresident aliens are not covered under SECA unless a social security agreement in effect between the United States and the foreign country determines that you are covered under the U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free social security system. File federal taxes online free To determine your alien status, see Publication 519, U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free Tax Guide for Aliens. File federal taxes online free Residents of Puerto Rico, the U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free Virgin Islands, Guam, the CNMI, and American Samoa. File federal taxes online free   If you are a resident of one of these U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free possessions but not a U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free citizen, for SE tax purposes you are treated the same as a citizen or resident alien of the United States. File federal taxes online free For information on figuring the tax, see Self-Employment Tax: Figuring Net Earnings , later. File federal taxes online free Ministerial Services Ministerial services, in general, are the services you perform in the exercise of your ministry, in the exercise of your duties as required by your religious order, or in the exercise of your profession as a Christian Science practitioner or reader. File federal taxes online free Income you receive for performing ministerial services is subject to SE tax unless you have an exemption as explained later. File federal taxes online free Even if you have an exemption, only the income you receive for performing ministerial services is exempt. File federal taxes online free The exemption does not apply to any other income. File federal taxes online free The following discussions provide more detailed information on ministerial services of ministers, members of a religious order, and Christian Science practitioners and readers. File federal taxes online free Ministers Most services you perform as a minister, priest, rabbi, etc. File federal taxes online free , are ministerial services. File federal taxes online free These services include: Performing sacerdotal functions, Conducting religious worship, and Controlling, conducting, and maintaining religious organizations (including the religious boards, societies, and other integral agencies of such organizations) that are under the authority of a religious body that is a church or denomination. File federal taxes online free You are considered to control, conduct, and maintain a religious organization if you direct, manage, or promote the organization's activities. File federal taxes online free A religious organization is under the authority of a religious body that is a church or denomination if it is organized for and dedicated to carrying out the principles of a faith according to the requirements governing the creation of institutions of the faith. File federal taxes online free Services for nonreligious organizations. File federal taxes online free   Your services for a nonreligious organization are ministerial services if the services are assigned or designated by your church. File federal taxes online free Assigned or designated services qualify even if they do not involve performing sacerdotal functions or conducting religious worship. File federal taxes online free   If your services are not assigned or designated by your church, they are ministerial services only if they involve performing sacerdotal functions or conducting religious worship. File federal taxes online free Services that are not part of your ministry. File federal taxes online free   Income from services you perform as an employee that are not ministerial services is subject to social security and Medicare tax withholding under FICA (not SECA) under the rules that apply to employees in general. File federal taxes online free The following are not ministerial services. File federal taxes online free Services you perform for nonreligious organizations other than the services stated above. File federal taxes online free Services you perform as a duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of a church as an employee of the United States, the District of Columbia, a foreign government, or any of their political subdivisions. File federal taxes online free These services are not ministerial services even if you are performing sacerdotal functions or conducting religious worship. File federal taxes online free (For example, if you perform services as a chaplain in the Armed Forces of the United States, those services are not ministerial services. File federal taxes online free ) Services you perform in a government-owned and operated hospital. File federal taxes online free (These services are considered performed by a government employee, not by a minister as part of the ministry. File federal taxes online free ) However, services that you perform at a church-related hospital or health and welfare institution, or a private nonprofit hospital, are considered to be part of the ministry and are considered ministerial services. File federal taxes online free Books or articles. File federal taxes online free   Writing religious books or articles is considered to be in the exercise of your ministry and is considered a ministerial service. File federal taxes online free   This rule also applies to members of religious orders and to Christian Science practitioners and readers. File federal taxes online free Members of Religious Orders Services you perform as a member of a religious order in the exercise of duties required by the order are ministerial services. File federal taxes online free The services are considered ministerial because you perform them as an agent of the order. File federal taxes online free For example, if the order directs you to perform services for another agency of the supervising church or an associated institution, you are considered to perform the services as an agent of the order. File federal taxes online free However, if the order directs you to work outside the order, this employment will not be considered a duty required by the order unless: Your services are the kind that are ordinarily performed by members of the order, and Your services are part of the duties that must be exercised for, or on behalf of, the religious order as its agent. File federal taxes online free Effect of employee status. File federal taxes online free   Ordinarily, if your services are not considered directed or required of you by the order, you and the outside party for whom you work are considered employee and employer. File federal taxes online free In this case, your earnings from the services are taxed under the rules that apply to employees in general, not under the rules for services provided as agent for the order. File federal taxes online free This result is true even if you have taken a vow of poverty. File federal taxes online free Example. File federal taxes online free Pat Brown and Chris Green are members of a religious order and have taken vows of poverty. File federal taxes online free They renounce all claims to their earnings. File federal taxes online free The earnings belong to the order. File federal taxes online free Pat is a licensed attorney. File federal taxes online free The superiors of the order instructed her to get a job with a law firm. File federal taxes online free Pat joined a law firm as an employee and, as she requested, the firm made the salary payments directly to the order. File federal taxes online free Chris is a secretary. File federal taxes online free The superiors of the order instructed him to accept a job with the business office of the church that supervises the order. File federal taxes online free Chris took the job and gave all his earnings to the order. File federal taxes online free Pat's services are not duties required by the order. File federal taxes online free Her earnings are subject to social security and Medicare tax under FICA and to federal income tax. File federal taxes online free Chris' services are duties required by the order. File federal taxes online free He is acting as an agent of the order and not as an employee of a third party. File federal taxes online free He does not include the earnings in gross income, and they are not subject to income tax withholding or to social security and Medicare tax under FICA or SECA. File federal taxes online free Christian Science Practitioners and Readers Services you perform as a Christian Science practitioner or reader in the exercise of your profession are ministerial services. File federal taxes online free Amounts you receive for performing these services are generally subject to SE tax. File federal taxes online free You may request an exemption from SE tax, discussed next, which applies only to those services. File federal taxes online free Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) Tax You can request an exemption from SE tax if you are a member of the clergy (minister, member of a religious order, or Christian Science practitioner or reader) or a member of a recognized religious sect. File federal taxes online free Generally, members of religious orders who have taken a vow of poverty are already exempt from paying SE tax, as discussed earlier under Members of Religious Orders under Social Security Coverage. File federal taxes online free They do not have to request the exemption. File federal taxes online free Who cannot be exempt. File federal taxes online free   You cannot be exempt from SE tax if you made one of the following elections to be covered under social security. File federal taxes online free These elections are irrevocable. File federal taxes online free You elected to be covered under social security by filing Form 2031, Revocation of Exemption From Self-Employment Tax for Use by Ministers, Members of Religious Orders, and Christian Science Practitioners, for your 1986, 1987, 2000, or 2001 tax year. File federal taxes online free You elected before 1968 to be covered under social security for your ministerial services. File federal taxes online free Requesting exemption. File federal taxes online free    Table 2, earlier, briefly summarizes the procedure for requesting exemption from the SE tax. File federal taxes online free More detailed explanations follow. File federal taxes online free If you are a minister, member of a religious order, or Christian Science practitioner, an approved exemption only applies to earnings you receive for ministerial services, discussed earlier. File federal taxes online free It does not apply to any other self-employment income. File federal taxes online free Table 2. File federal taxes online free The Self-Employment Tax Exemption Application and Approval Process   Who Can Apply Members of the Clergy Members of Recognized  Religious Sects How File Form 4361 File Form 4029 When File by the due date (including extensions) of your income tax return for the second tax year in which you had at least $400 of net earnings from self-employment (at least part from ministerial services) File anytime Approval If approved, you will receive an approved copy of Form 4361 If approved, you will receive an approved copy of Form 4029 Effective Date For all tax years after 1967 in which you have at least $400 of net earnings from self-employment For all tax years beginning with the first year you meet the eligibility requirements discussed later Members of the Clergy To claim the exemption from SE tax, you must meet all of the following conditions. File federal taxes online free You file Form 4361, described below under Requesting Exemption—Form 4361 . File federal taxes online free You are conscientiously opposed to public insurance because of your individual religious considerations (not because of your general conscience), or you are opposed because of the principles of your religious denomination. File federal taxes online free You file for other than economic reasons. File federal taxes online free You inform the ordaining, commissioning, or licensing body of your church or order that you are opposed to public insurance if you are a minister or a member of a religious order (other than a vow-of-poverty member). File federal taxes online free This requirement does not apply to Christian Science practitioners or readers. File federal taxes online free You establish that the organization that ordained, commissioned, or licensed you, or your religious order, is a tax-exempt religious organization. File federal taxes online free You establish that the organization is a church or a convention or association of churches. File federal taxes online free You did not make an election discussed earlier under Who cannot be exempt . File federal taxes online free You sign and return the statement the IRS mails to you to certify that you are requesting an exemption based on the grounds listed on the statement. File federal taxes online free Requesting Exemption—Form 4361 To request exemption from SE tax, file Form 4361 in triplicate (original and two copies) with the IRS. File federal taxes online free The IRS will return to you a copy of the Form 4361 that you filed indicating whether it has approved your exemption. File federal taxes online free If it is approved, keep the approved copy of Form 4361 in your permanent records. File federal taxes online free When to file. File federal taxes online free   File Form 4361 by the date your income tax return is due, including extensions, for the second tax year in which both of the following are true. File federal taxes online free You have net earnings from self-employment of at least $400. File federal taxes online free Any part of those net earnings was from ministerial services you performed as a: Minister, Member of a religious order, or Christian Science practitioner or reader. File federal taxes online free The 2 years do not have to be consecutive tax years. File federal taxes online free    The approval process can take some time, so you should file Form 4361 as soon as possible. File federal taxes online free Example 1. File federal taxes online free Rev. File federal taxes online free Lawrence Jaeger, a clergyman ordained in 2013, has net self-employment earnings as a minister of $450 in 2013 and $500 in 2014. File federal taxes online free He must file his application for exemption by the due date, including extensions, for his 2014 income tax return. File federal taxes online free However, if Rev. File federal taxes online free Jaeger does not receive IRS approval for an exemption by April 15, 2015, his SE tax for 2014 is due by that date. File federal taxes online free Example 2. File federal taxes online free Rev. File federal taxes online free Louise Wolfe has only $300 in net self-employment earnings as a minister in 2013, but earned more than $400 in 2012 and expects to earn more than $400 in 2014. File federal taxes online free She must file her application for exemption by the due date, including extensions, for her 2014 income tax return. File federal taxes online free However, if she does not receive IRS approval for an exemption by April 15, 2015, her SE tax for 2014 is due by that date. File federal taxes online free Example 3. File federal taxes online free In 2011, Rev. File federal taxes online free David Moss was ordained a minister and had $700 in net self-employment earnings as a minister. 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File federal taxes online free   The right to file an application for exemption ends with an individual's death. File federal taxes online free A surviving spouse, executor, or administrator cannot file an exemption application for a deceased clergy member. File federal taxes online free Effective date of exemption. File federal taxes online free   An approved exemption is effective for all tax years after 1967 in which you have $400 or more of net earnings from self-employment and any part of those earnings is for services as a member of the clergy. File federal taxes online free Once the exemption is approved, it is irrevocable. File federal taxes online free Example. File federal taxes online free Rev. File federal taxes online free Trudy Austin, ordained in 2010, had $400 or more in net self-employment earnings as a minister in both 2010 and 2013. File federal taxes online free She files an application for exemption on February 20, 2014. File federal taxes online free If an exemption is granted, it is effective for 2010 and the following years. File federal taxes online free Refunds of SE tax. File federal taxes online free   If, after receiving an approved Form 4361, you find that you overpaid SE tax, you can file a claim for refund on Form 1040X. File federal taxes online free Generally, for a refund, you must file Form 1040X within 3 years from the date you filed the return or within 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. File federal taxes online free A return you filed, or tax you paid, before the due date is considered to have been filed or paid on the due date. File federal taxes online free   If you file a claim after the 3-year period but within 2 years from the time you paid the tax, the credit or refund will not be more than the tax you paid within the 2 years immediately before you file the claim. 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File federal taxes online free   To claim this exemption from SE tax, all the following requirements must be met. File federal taxes online free You must file Form 4029, discussed later under Requesting Exemption—Form 4029 . File federal taxes online free As a follower of the established teachings of the sect or division, you must be conscientiously opposed to accepting benefits of any private or public insurance that makes payments for death, disability, old age, retirement, or medical care, or provides services for medical care. File federal taxes online free You must waive all rights to receive any social security payment or benefit and agree that no benefits or payments will be made to anyone else based on your wages and self-employment income. File federal taxes online free The Commissioner of Social Security must determine that: Your sect or division has the established teachings as described in (2) above, It is the practice, and has been for a substantial period of time, for members of the sect or division to provide for their dependent members in a manner that is reasonable in view of the members' general level of living, and The sect or division has existed at all times since December 31, 1950. File federal taxes online free Requesting Exemption—Form 4029 To request the exemption, file Form 4029 in triplicate (original and two copies) with the Social Security Administration at the address shown on the form. File federal taxes online free The sect or division must complete part of the form. File federal taxes online free The IRS will return to you a copy of the Form 4029 that you filed indicating whether it has approved your exemption. File federal taxes online free If it is approved, keep the approved copy of Form 4029 in your permanent records. File federal taxes online free When to file. File federal taxes online free   You can file Form 4029 at any time. File federal taxes online free   If you have an approved exemption from SE tax and for some reason that approved exemption ended, you must file a new Form 4029 if you subsequently meet the eligibility requirements, discussed earlier. File federal taxes online free See Effective date of exemption next for information on when the newly approved exemption would become effective. File federal taxes online free    If you have a previously approved exemption from SE tax and you change membership to another recognized religious sect, without any change to your eligibility requirements, then you do not need to file a new Form 4029. File federal taxes online free Effective date of exemption. File federal taxes online free   An approved exemption from SE tax generally is effective for all tax years beginning with the first year you meet the eligibility requirements discussed earlier. File federal taxes online free (For example, if you meet the eligibility requirements in 2011, you file Form 4029 in 2012, and the IRS approves your exemption in 2013, your exemption is effective for tax year 2011 and all later years. File federal taxes online free )   The exemption will end if you fail to meet the eligibility requirements or if the Commissioner of Social Security determines that the sect or division fails to meet them. File federal taxes online free You must notify the IRS within 60 days if you are no longer a member of the religious group, or if you no longer follow the established teachings of this group. File federal taxes online free The exemption will end for the tax year where you or your sect/division first fails to meet the eligibility requirements. File federal taxes online free Refunds of SE tax paid. File federal taxes online free    To get a refund of any SE tax you paid while the exemption was in effect, file Form 1040X. File federal taxes online free For information on filing this form, see Refunds of SE tax under Requesting Exemption—Form 4361, earlier. File federal taxes online free Exemption From FICA Taxes Generally, under FICA, the employer and the employee each pay half of the social security and Medicare tax. File federal taxes online free Both the employee and the employer, if they meet the eligibility requirements discussed earlier, can apply to be exempt from their share of FICA taxes on wages paid by the employer to the employee. File federal taxes online free A partnership in which each partner holds a religious exemption from social security and Medicare is an employer for this purpose. File federal taxes online free If the employer's application is approved, the exemption will apply only to FICA taxes on wages paid to employees who also received an approval of identical applications. File federal taxes online free Information for employers. File federal taxes online free   If you have an approved Form 4029 and you have an employee who has an approved Form 4029, do not report wages you paid to the employee as social security and Medicare wages. File federal taxes online free   If you have an employee who does not have an approved Form 4029, you must withhold the employee's share of social security and Medicare taxes and pay the employer's share. File federal taxes online free Form W-2. File federal taxes online free   When preparing a Form W-2 for an employee with an approved Form 4029, enter “Form 4029” in box 14, “Other. File federal taxes online free ” Do not make any entries in boxes 3, 4, 5, or 6. File federal taxes online free Forms 941, 943, and 944. File federal taxes online free   If both you and your employee have received approved Forms 4029, do not include these exempt wages on the following forms. File federal taxes online free Instead, follow the instructions given below. File federal taxes online free Form 941, Employer's QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return: check the box on line 4 and enter “Form 4029” in the empty space below the check box. File federal taxes online free Form 943, Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees: enter “Form 4029” on the dotted line next to the lines 2 and 4 entry spaces. File federal taxes online free Form 944, Employer's ANNUAL Federal Tax Return: check the box on line 3 and enter “Form 4029” in the empty space below the check box. File federal taxes online free Effective date. File federal taxes online free   An approved exemption from FICA becomes effective on the first day of the first calendar quarter after the quarter in which you file Form 4029. File federal taxes online free The exemption will end on the last day of the calendar quarter before the quarter in which the employer, employee, sect, or division fails to meet the requirements. File federal taxes online free Self-Employment Tax: Figuring Net Earnings There are two methods for figuring your net earnings from self-employment as a member of the clergy or a religious worker. File federal taxes online free Regular method. File federal taxes online free Nonfarm optional method. File federal taxes online free You may find Worksheets 1 through 4 helpful in figuring your net earnings from self-employment. File federal taxes online free Blank worksheets are in the back of this publication, after the Comprehensive Example. File federal taxes online free Regular Method Most people use the regular method. File federal taxes online free Under this method, figure your net earnings from self-employment by totaling your gross income for services you performed as a minister, a member of a religious order who has not taken a vow of poverty, or a Christian Science practitioner or reader. File federal taxes online free Then, subtract your allowable business deductions and multiply the difference by 92. File federal taxes online free 35% (. File federal taxes online free 9235). File federal taxes online free Use Schedule SE (Form 1040) to figure your net earnings and SE tax. File federal taxes online free If you are an employee of a church that elected to exclude you from FICA coverage, figure net earnings by multiplying your church wages shown on Form W-2 by 92. File federal taxes online free 35% (. File federal taxes online free 9235). File federal taxes online free Do not reduce your wages by any business deductions when making this computation. File federal taxes online free Use Schedule SE (Form 1040), Section B, to figure your net earnings and SE tax. File federal taxes online free If you have an approved exemption, or you are automatically exempt, do not include the income or deductions from ministerial services in figuring your net earnings from self-employment. File federal taxes online free Amounts included in gross income. File federal taxes online free   To figure your net earnings from self-employment (on Schedule SE (Form 1040)), include in gross income: Salaries and fees for your ministerial services (discussed earlier), Offerings you receive for marriages, baptisms, funerals, masses, etc. File federal taxes online free , The value of meals and lodging provided to you, your spouse, and your dependents for your employer's convenience, The fair rental value of a parsonage provided to you (including the cost of utilities that are furnished) and the rental allowance (including an amount for payment of utilities) paid to you, and Any amount a church pays toward your income tax or SE tax, other than withholding the amount from your salary. File federal taxes online free This amount is also subject to income tax. File federal taxes online free   For the income tax treatment of items (2) and (4), see Income Tax: Income and Expenses , later. File federal taxes online free Example. 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File federal taxes online free   Your net earnings from self-employment are determined without any foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion or deduction if you are a U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free citizen or resident alien serving abroad and living in a foreign country. File federal taxes online free   For information on excluding foreign earned income or the foreign housing amount, see Publication 54. File federal taxes online free Example. File federal taxes online free Diane Jones was the minister of a U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free church in Mexico. File federal taxes online free She earned $35,000 in that position and was able to exclude it all for income tax purposes under the foreign earned income exclusion. File federal taxes online free The United States does not have a social security agreement with Mexico, so Mrs. File federal taxes online free Jones is subject to U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free SE tax and must include $35,000 when figuring net earnings from self-employment. File federal taxes online free Specified U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free possessions. File federal taxes online free    The exclusion from gross income for amounts derived from American Samoa or Puerto Rico does not apply in computing net earnings from self-employment. File federal taxes online free Also see Residents of Puerto Rico, the U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free Virgin Islands, Guam, the CNMI, and American Samoa , earlier, under U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free Citizens and Resident and Nonresident Aliens. File federal taxes online free Amounts not included in gross income. File federal taxes online free   Do not include the following amounts in gross income when figuring your net earnings from self-employment. File federal taxes online free Offerings that others made to the church. File federal taxes online free Contributions by your church to a tax-sheltered annuity plan set up for you, including any salary reduction contributions (elective deferrals) that are not included in your gross income. File federal taxes online free Pension payments or retirement allowances you receive for your past ministerial services. File federal taxes online free The rental value of a parsonage or a parsonage allowance provided to you after you retire. File federal taxes online free Allowable deductions. File federal taxes online free   When figuring your net earnings from self-employment, deduct all your expenses related to your ministerial services performed as a self-employed person. File federal taxes online free These are ministerial expenses you incurred while working other than as a common-law employee of the church. File federal taxes online free They include expenses incurred in performing marriages and baptisms, and in delivering speeches. File federal taxes online free Deduct these expenses on Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040), and carry the net amount to line 2 of Schedule SE (Form 1040), Section A or B. File federal taxes online free   Wages earned as a common-law employee (explained earlier) of a church are generally subject to self-employment tax unless an exemption is requested, as discussed earlier under Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) Tax . File federal taxes online free Subtract any allowable expenses (including unreimbursed employee business expenses) from those wages, include the net amount on line 2 of Schedule SE (Form 1040), Section A or B, and attach an explanation. File federal taxes online free Do not complete Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040). File federal taxes online free However, for income tax purposes, the expenses are allowed only as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040) to the extent they exceed 2% of adjusted gross income. File federal taxes online free Employee reimbursement arrangements. File federal taxes online free   If you received an advance, allowance, or reimbursement for your employee expenses, how you report this amount and your employee expenses depends on whether your employer reimbursed you under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. File federal taxes online free Ask your employer if you are not sure if it reimburses you using an accountable or a nonaccountable plan. File federal taxes online free Accountable plans. File federal taxes online free   To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement arrangement must include all three of the following rules. File federal taxes online free 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. File federal taxes online free You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. File federal taxes online free You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. File federal taxes online free   The reimbursement is not reported on your Form W-2. File federal taxes online free Generally, if your expenses equal your reimbursement, you have no deduction. File federal taxes online free If your expenses are more than your reimbursement, you can deduct your excess expenses for SE tax and income tax purposes. File federal taxes online free Nonaccountable plan. File federal taxes online free   A nonaccountable plan is a reimbursement arrangement that does not meet all three of the rules listed under Accountable plans above. File federal taxes online free In addition, even if your employer has an accountable plan, the following payments will be treated as being paid under a nonaccountable plan. File federal taxes online free Excess reimbursements you fail to return to your employer. File federal taxes online free Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses related to your employer's business. File federal taxes online free   Your employer will combine any reimbursement paid to you under a nonaccountable plan with your wages, salary, or other compensation and report the combined total in box 1 of your Form W-2. File federal taxes online free Since reimbursements under a nonaccountable plan are included in your gross income, you can deduct your related expenses (for SE tax and income tax purposes) regardless of whether they are more than, less than, or equal to your reimbursement. File federal taxes online free   For more information on accountable and nonaccountable plans, see Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. File federal taxes online free Married Couple Missionary Team If both spouses are duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed ministers of a church and have an agreement that each will perform specific services for which they are paid jointly or separately, they must divide the self-employment income according to the agreement. File federal taxes online free If the agreement is with one spouse only and the other spouse is not paid for any specific duties, amounts received for their services are included only in the self-employment income of the spouse having the agreement. File federal taxes online free Earnings Subject to SE Tax For 2013, the maximum net earnings from self-employment subject to social security (old age, survivors, and disability insurance) tax is $113,700 minus any wages and tips you earned that were subject to social security tax. File federal taxes online free The tax rate for the social security part is 12. File federal taxes online free 4%. File federal taxes online free In addition, all of your net earnings are subject to the Medicare (hospital insurance) part of the SE tax. File federal taxes online free This tax rate is 2. File federal taxes online free 9%. File federal taxes online free The combined self-employment tax rate is 15. File federal taxes online free 3%. File federal taxes online free Additional Medicare Tax. File federal taxes online free   Beginning in 2013, a 0. File federal taxes online free 9% Additional Medicare Tax applies to Medicare wages, railroad retirement (RRTA) compensation, and self-employment income that are more than: $125,000 if married filing separately, $250,000 if married filing jointly, or $200,000 for any other filing status. File federal taxes online free Medicare wages and self-employment income are combined to determine if income exceeds the threshold. File federal taxes online free A self-employment loss is not considered for purposes of this tax. File federal taxes online free RRTA compensation is separately compared to the threshold. File federal taxes online free For more information, see Form 8959, Additional Medicare Tax, and its separate instructions. File federal taxes online free Nonfarm Optional Method You may be able to use the nonfarm optional method for figuring your net earnings from self-employment. File federal taxes online free In general, the nonfarm optional method is intended to permit continued coverage for social security and Medicare purposes when your income for the tax year is low. File federal taxes online free You may use the nonfarm optional method if you meet all the following tests. File federal taxes online free You are self-employed on a regular basis. File federal taxes online free You meet this test if your actual net earnings from self-employment were $400 or more in at least 2 of the 3 tax years before the one for which you use this method. File federal taxes online free The net earnings can be from either farm or nonfarm earnings or both. File federal taxes online free You have used this method less than 5 prior years. File federal taxes online free (There is a 5-year lifetime limit. File federal taxes online free ) The years do not have to be consecutive. File federal taxes online free Your net nonfarm profits were: Less than $5,024, and Less than 72. File federal taxes online free 189% of your gross nonfarm income. File federal taxes online free If you meet all three tests, use Table 3 to figure your net earnings from self-employment under the nonfarm optional method. File federal taxes online free Table 3. File federal taxes online free Figuring Nonfarm Net Earnings IF your gross nonfarm income is . File federal taxes online free . File federal taxes online free . File federal taxes online free THEN your net earnings are equal to . File federal taxes online free . File federal taxes online free . File federal taxes online free $6,960 or less Two-thirds of your gross nonfarm income. File federal taxes online free More than $6,960 $4,640. File federal taxes online free Actual net earnings. File federal taxes online free   Multiply your total earnings subject to SE tax by 92. File federal taxes online free 35% (. File federal taxes online free 9235) to get actual net earnings. File federal taxes online free Actual net earnings are equivalent to net earnings under the “Regular Method. File federal taxes online free ” More information. File federal taxes online free   For more information on the nonfarm optional method, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business, and the Schedule SE (Form 1040) instructions. File federal taxes online free Income Tax: Income and Expenses Some income and expense items are treated the same for both income tax and SE tax purposes and some are treated differently. File federal taxes online free Note. File federal taxes online free For purposes of this section, references to members of the clergy are only to ministers or members of a religious order. File federal taxes online free Income Items The tax treatment of offerings and fees, outside earnings, rental allowances, rental value of a parsonage, earnings of members of religious orders, and foreign earned income is discussed here. File federal taxes online free Offerings and Fees If you are a member of the clergy, you must include in your income offerings and fees you receive for marriages, baptisms, funerals, masses, etc. File federal taxes online free , in addition to your salary. File federal taxes online free If the offering is made to the religious institution, it is not taxable to you. File federal taxes online free Outside Earnings If you are a member of a religious organization and you give your outside earnings to the organization, you still must include the earnings in your income. File federal taxes online free However, you may be entitled to a charitable contribution deduction for the amount paid to the organization. File federal taxes online free For more information, see Publication 526. File federal taxes online free Exclusion of Rental Allowance and Fair Rental Value of a Parsonage Ordained, commissioned, or licensed ministers of the gospel may be able to exclude from income tax the rental allowance or fair rental value of a parsonage that is provided to them as pay for their services. File federal taxes online free Services include: Ministerial services, discussed earlier, Administrative duties and teaching at theological seminaries, and The ordinary duties of a minister performed as an employee of the United States (other than as a chaplain in the Armed Forces), a state, possession, political subdivision, or the District of Columbia. File federal taxes online free This exclusion applies only for income tax purposes. File federal taxes online free It does not apply for SE tax purposes, as discussed earlier under Amounts included in gross income under Self-Employment Tax: Figuring Net Earnings. File federal taxes online free Designation requirement. File federal taxes online free   The church or organization that employs you must officially designate the payment as a housing allowance before it makes the payment. File federal taxes online free It must designate a definite amount. File federal taxes online free It cannot determine the amount of the housing allowance at a later date. File federal taxes online free If the church or organization does not officially designate a definite amount as a housing allowance, you must include your total salary in your income. File federal taxes online free   If you are employed and paid by a local congregation, a resolution by a national church agency of your denomination does not effectively designate a housing allowance for you. File federal taxes online free The local congregation must officially designate the part of your salary that is a housing allowance. File federal taxes online free However, a resolution of a national church agency can designate your housing allowance if you are directly employed by the national agency. File federal taxes online free Rental allowances. File federal taxes online free   If you receive in your salary an amount officially designated as a rental allowance (including an amount to pay utility costs), you can exclude the allowance from your gross income if: You use the amount to provide or rent a home, and The amount is not more than reasonable pay for your services. File federal taxes online free   The amount you exclude cannot be more than the fair rental value of the home, including furnishings, plus the cost of utilities. File federal taxes online free Fair rental value of parsonage. File federal taxes online free   You can exclude from gross income the fair rental value of a house or parsonage, including utilities, furnished to you as part of your earnings. File federal taxes online free However, the exclusion cannot be more than the reasonable pay for your services. File federal taxes online free If you pay for the utilities, you can exclude any allowance designated for utility costs, up to your actual cost. File federal taxes online free Example. File federal taxes online free Rev. File federal taxes online free Joanna Baker is a full-time minister. File federal taxes online free The church allows her to use a parsonage that has an annual fair rental value of $24,000. File federal taxes online free The church pays her an annual salary of $67,000, of which $7,500 is designated for utility costs. File federal taxes online free Her actual utility costs during the year were $7,000. File federal taxes online free For income tax purposes, Rev. File federal taxes online free Baker excludes $31,000 from gross income ($24,000 fair rental value of the parsonage plus $7,000 from the allowance for utility costs). File federal taxes online free She will report $60,000 ($59,500 salary plus $500 of unused utility allowance). File federal taxes online free Her income for SE tax purposes, however, is $91,000 ($67,000 salary + $24,000 fair rental value of the parsonage). File federal taxes online free Home ownership. File federal taxes online free   If you own your home and you receive as part of your salary a housing or rental allowance, you may exclude from gross income the smallest of: The amount actually used to provide a home, The amount officially designated as a rental allowance, or The fair rental value of the home, including furnishings, utilities, garage, etc. File federal taxes online free Excess rental allowance. File federal taxes online free   You must include in gross income the amount of any rental allowance that is more than the smallest of: Your reasonable salary, The fair rental value of the home plus utilities, or The amount actually used to provide a home. File federal taxes online free   Include in the total on Form 1040, line 7. File federal taxes online free On the dotted line next to line 7, enter “Excess allowance” and the amount. File federal taxes online free You may deduct the home mortgage interest and real estate taxes paid on your home even though you pay all or part of those expenses with funds you get through a tax-free rental or parsonage allowance. File federal taxes online free However, you can only deduct these expenses as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). File federal taxes online free Retired ministers. File federal taxes online free   If you are a retired minister, you can exclude from your gross income the rental value of a home (plus utilities) furnished to you by your church as a part of your pay for past services, or the part of your pension that was designated as a rental allowance. File federal taxes online free However, a minister's surviving spouse cannot exclude the rental value unless the rental value is for ministerial services he or she performs or performed. File federal taxes online free Teachers or administrators. File federal taxes online free   If you are a minister employed as a teacher or administrator by a church school, college, or university, you are performing ministerial services for purposes of the housing exclusion. File federal taxes online free However, if you perform services as a teacher or administrator on the faculty of a nonchurch college, you cannot exclude from your income a housing allowance or the value of a home that the college provides to you. File federal taxes online free    If you live in faculty lodging as an employee of an educational institution or academic health center, all or part of the value of that lodging may be nontaxable under a different rule. File federal taxes online free In Publication 525, see Faculty lodging in the discussion on meals and lodging under Fringe Benefits. File federal taxes online free   If you serve as a minister of music or minister of education, or serve in an administrative or other function of your religious organization, but are not authorized to perform substantially all of the religious duties of an ordained minister in your church (even if you are commissioned as a minister of the gospel), the housing exclusion does not apply to you. File federal taxes online free Theological students. File federal taxes online free   If you are a theological student serving a required internship as a part-time or assistant pastor, you cannot exclude a parsonage or rental allowance from your income unless you are ordained, commissioned, or licensed as a minister. File federal taxes online free Traveling evangelists. File federal taxes online free   You can exclude a designated rental allowance from out-of-town churches if you meet all of the following requirements. File federal taxes online free You are an ordained minister. File federal taxes online free You perform ministerial services at churches located away from your community. File federal taxes online free You actually use the rental allowance to maintain your permanent home. File federal taxes online free Cantors. File federal taxes online free   If you have a bona fide commission and your congregation employs you on a full-time basis to perform substantially all the religious functions of the Jewish faith, you can exclude a rental allowance from your gross income. File federal taxes online free Earnings—Members of Religious Orders Your earnings may be exempt from both income tax and SE tax if you are a member of a religious order who: Has taken a vow of poverty, Receives earnings for services performed as an agent of the order and in the exercise of duties required by the order, and Renounces the earnings and gives them to the order. File federal taxes online free See Members of Religious Orders , earlier, under Social Security Coverage. File federal taxes online free Foreign Earned Income Certain income may be exempt from income tax if you work in a foreign country or in a specified U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free possession. File federal taxes online free Publication 54 discusses the foreign earned income exclusion. File federal taxes online free Publication 570, Tax Guide for Individuals With Income From U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free Possessions, covers the rules for taxpayers with income from U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free possessions. File federal taxes online free You can get these free publications from the Internal Revenue Service at IRS. File federal taxes online free gov or from most U. File federal taxes online free S. File federal taxes online free Embassies or consulates. File federal taxes online free Expense Items The tax treatment of ministerial trade or business expenses, expenses allocable to tax-free income, and health insurance costs is discussed here. File federal taxes online free Ministerial Trade or Business Expenses as an Employee When you figure your income tax, you must itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) to claim allowable deductions for ministerial trade or business expenses incurred while working as an employee. File federal taxes online free You also may have to file Form 2106, Employee Business Expenses (or Form 2106-EZ, Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses). File federal taxes online free You claim these expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions that are subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income (AGI) limit. File federal taxes online free See Publication 529 for more information on this limit. File federal taxes online free However, you cannot deduct any of your employee business expenses that are allocable to tax-free income (discussed next). File federal taxes online free Expenses Allocable to Tax-Free Income If you receive a rental or parsonage allowance that is exempt from income tax (tax free), you must allocate a portion of the expenses of operating your ministry to that tax-free income. File federal taxes online free You cannot deduct the portion of your expenses that you allocate to your tax-free rental or parsonage allowance. File federal taxes online free Exception. File federal taxes online free   This rule does not apply to your deductions for home mortgage interest or real estate taxes on your home. File federal taxes online free Figuring the allocation. File federal taxes online free   Figure the portion of your otherwise deductible expenses that you cannot deduct (because you must allocate that portion to tax-free income) by multiplying the expenses by the following fraction:      Tax-free rental or parsonage allowance     All income (taxable and tax free) earned from your ministry           When figuring the allocation, include the income and expenses related to the ministerial duties you perform both as an employee and as a self-employed person. File federal taxes online free    Reduce your otherwise deductible expenses only in figuring your income tax, not your SE tax. File federal taxes online free Example. File federal taxes online free Rev. File federal taxes online free Charles Ashford received $40,000 in earnings for ministerial services consisting of a $28,000 salary for ministerial services performed as an employee, $2,000 for weddings and baptisms performed as a self-employed person, and a $10,000 tax-free parsonage allowance. File federal taxes online free He incurred $4,000 of unreimbursed expenses connected with his earnings for ministerial services. File federal taxes online free $3,500 of the $4,000 is for employee expenses related to his ministerial salary, and $500 is related to the weddings and baptisms he performed as a self-employed person. File federal taxes online free Rev. File federal taxes online free Ashford figures the nondeductible (tax-free) portion of expenses related to his ministerial salary as follows: ($10,000 ÷ $40,000) x $3,500 = $875   Rev. File federal taxes online free Ashford figures the nondeductible (tax-free) portion of expenses related to his wedding and baptism income as follows: ($10,000 ÷ $40,000) x $500 = $125 Required statement. File federal taxes online free   If you receive a tax-free rental or parsonage allowance and have ministerial expenses, attach a statement to your tax return. File federal taxes online free The statement must contain all of the following information. File federal taxes online free A list of each item of taxable ministerial income by source (such as wages, salary, weddings, baptisms, etc. File federal taxes online free ) plus the amount. File federal taxes online free A list of each item of tax-free ministerial income by source (parsonage allowance) plus the amount. File federal taxes online free A list of each item of otherwise deductible ministerial expenses plus the amount. File federal taxes online free How you figured the nondeductible part of your otherwise deductible expenses. File federal taxes online free A statement that the other deductions claimed on your tax return are not allocable to your tax-free income. File federal taxes online free   See the attachments prepared for the Comprehensive Example , later. File federal taxes online free Following the example, you will find blank worksheets for your own use. File federal taxes online free Health Insurance Costs of Self-Employed Ministers If you are self-employed, you may be able to deduct the amount you paid in 2013 for medical and dental insurance and qualified long-term care insurance for you, your spouse, and your dependents. File federal taxes online free If you qualify, you can take this deduction as an adjustment to income on Form 1040, line 29. File federal taxes online free See the Instructions for Form 1040 to figure your deduction. File federal taxes online free The following special rules apply to the self-employed health insurance deduction. File federal taxes online free You cannot take a medical expense deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040) for any expenses you claim for purposes of the self-employed health insurance deduction. File federal taxes online free You cannot take the deduction for any month you are eligible to participate in a subsidized plan of your (or your spouse's) employer. File federal taxes online free The deduction cannot exceed your net earnings from the business under which the insurance plan is established. File federal taxes online free Your net earnings under this rule do not include the income you earned as a common-law employee (discussed earlier) of a church. File federal taxes online free More information. File federal taxes online free   For more information about the self-employed health insurance deduction, see chapter 6 in Publication 535. File federal taxes online free Deduction for SE Tax You can deduct one-half of your SE tax in figuring adjusted gross income. File federal taxes online free This is an income tax deduction only, on Form 1040, line 27. File federal taxes online free Do not claim this deduction in figuring net earnings from self-employment subject to SE tax. File federal taxes online free Income Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax The federal income tax is a pay-as-you-go tax. File federal taxes online free You must pay the tax as you earn or receive income during the year. File federal taxes online free An employee usually has income tax withheld from his or her wages or salary. File federal taxes online free However, your salary is not subject to federal income tax withholding if both of the following conditions apply. File federal taxes online free You are a duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister, a member of a religious order (who has not taken a vow of poverty), or a Christian Science practitioner or reader. File federal taxes online free Your salary is for ministerial services (see Ministerial Services , earlier). File federal taxes online free If your salary is not subject to withholding, or if you do not pay enough tax through withholding, you may need to make estimated tax payments to avoid penalties for not paying enough tax as you earn your income. File federal taxes online free You generally must make estimated tax payments if you expect to owe taxes, including SE tax, of $1,000 or more, when you file your return. File federal taxes online free Determine your estimated tax by using the worksheets in Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax. File federal taxes online free Pay the entire estimated tax for 2014 or the first installment by April 15, 2014. File federal taxes online free See Form 1040-ES for the different payment methods. 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The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.

What is phishing?
Phishing is a scam typically carried out by unsolicited email and/or websites that pose as legitimate sites and lure unsuspecting victims to provide personal and financial information.

All unsolicited email claiming to be from either the IRS or any other IRS-related components such as the Office of Professional Responsibility or EFTPS, should be reported to phishing@irs.gov.

However, if you have experienced monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident please file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission through their Complaint Assistant to make that information available to investigators.

ALERT: IRS Warns of Phone Scam

What to do if you receive a suspicious IRS-related communication

If

Then

You receive an email claiming to be from the IRS that contains a request for personal information …
  1. Do not reply.
  2. Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
  3. Do not click on any links.
    If you clicked on links in a suspicious email or phishing website and entered confidential information, visit our identity protection page.
  4. Forward the email as-is, to us at phishing@irs.gov.
  5. After you forward the email and/or header information to us, delete the original email message you received.

Note:
Please forward the full original email to us at phishing@irs.gov. Do not forward scanned images of printed emails as that strips the email of valuable information only available in the electronic copy.

You discover a website on the Internet that claims to be the IRS but you suspect it is bogus … ... send the URL of the suspicious site to phishing@irs.gov. Please add in the subject line of the email, 'Suspicious website'.
You receive a phone call or paper letter via mail from an individual claiming to be the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee …

Phone call:

  1. Ask for a call back number and employee badge number.
  2. Contact the IRS to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.
  3. If you determine the person calling you is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you, call them back.

Letter or notice via paper mail:

  1. Contact the IRS to determine if the mail is a legitimate IRS letter.
  2. If it is a legitimate IRS letter, reply if needed.

Report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration if the caller or party that sent the paper letter is not legitimate.

You receive an unsolicited e-mail or fax, involving a stock or share purchase 

... and you are a U.S. citizen located in the United States or its territories or a U.S. citizen living abroad.

  1. Complete the appropriate complaint form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  2. Forward email to phishing@irs.gov.
    Please add in the subject line of the email, 'Stock'.
  3. If you are a victim of monetary or identity theft, you may submit a complaint through the FTC Complaint Assistant.  

... and you are not a U.S. citizen and reside outside the United States.

  1. Complete the appropriate complaint form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  2. Contact your securities regulator and file a complaint.
  3. Forward email to phishing@irs.gov.
    Please add in the subject line of the e-mail, 'Stock'.
  4. If you are a victim of monetary or identity theft, you may report your complaint to econsumer.gov.
You receive an unsolicited fax (such as Form W8-BEN) claiming to be from the IRS, requesting personal information … Contact the IRS to determine if the fax is from the IRS.
  • If you learn the fax is not from the IRS, please send us the information via email at phishing@irs.gov. In the subject line of the email, please type the word ‘FAX’.
You receive a text message or Short Message Service (SMS) message claiming to be from the IRS …
  1. Do not reply.
  2. Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer or mobile phone.
  3. Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious SMS and entered confidential information, visit our identity protection page.
  4. Forward the text as-is, to us at 202-552-1226. Note: Standard text messaging rates apply.
  5. If possible, in a separate text, forward the originating number to us at 202-552-1226
  6. After you forward the text, please delete the original text.

You have a tax-related question ...

Note: Do not submit tax-related questions to phishing@irs.gov.

If you have a tax-related question, unrelated to phishing or identity theft, please contact the IRS.

How to identify phishing email scams claiming to be from the IRS and bogus IRS websites


The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.

The IRS does not:

  • request detailed personal information through e-mail.
  • send any communication requesting your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

What to do if you receive a suspicious email message that does not claim to be from the IRS

 If

 Then

You receive a suspicious phishing email not claiming to be from the IRS ... Forward the email as-is to reportphishing@antiphishing.org.
You receive an email you suspect contains malicious code or a malicious attachment and you HAVE clicked on the link or downloaded the attachment … Visit OnGuardOnline.gov to learn what to do if you suspect you have malware on your computer.
You receive an email you suspect contains malicious code or a malicious attachment and you HAVE NOT clicked on the link or downloaded the attachment … Forward the email to your Internet Service Provider’s abuse department and/or to spam@uce.gov.

 

 

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