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Filing taxes for free Publication 51 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders Calendar Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 51 (Circular A), such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Filing taxes for free irs. Filing taxes for free gov/pub51. Filing taxes for free What's New Social security and Medicare tax for 2014. Filing taxes for free  The social security tax rate is 6. Filing taxes for free 2% each for the employee and employer, unchanged from 2013. Filing taxes for free The social security wage base limit is $117,000. Filing taxes for free The Medicare tax rate is 1. Filing taxes for free 45% each for the employee and employer, unchanged from 2013. Filing taxes for free There is no wage base limit for Medicare tax. Filing taxes for free Social security and Medicare taxes apply to the wages of household workers you pay $1,900 or more in cash or an equivalent form of compensation. Filing taxes for free Withholding allowance. Filing taxes for free  The 2014 amount for one withholding allowance on an annual basis is $3,950. Filing taxes for free Change of responsible party. Filing taxes for free  Beginning January 1, 2014, any entity with an employer identification number (EIN) must file Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party—Business, to report the latest change to its responsible party. Filing taxes for free Form 8822-B must be filed within 60 days of the change. Filing taxes for free If the change in the identity of your responsible party occurred before 2014, and you have not previously notified the IRS of the change, file Form 8822-B before March 1, 2014, reporting only the most recent change. 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Filing taxes for free Work opportunity tax credit for qualified tax-exempt organizations hiring qualified veterans. Filing taxes for free  The work opportunity tax credit is available for eligible unemployed veterans who begin work on or after November 22, 2011, and before January 1, 2014. Filing taxes for free Qualified tax-exempt organizations that hire eligible unemployed veterans can claim the work opportunity tax credit against their payroll tax liability using Form 5884-C, Work Opportunity Credit for Qualified Tax-Exempt Organizations Hiring Qualified Veterans. Filing taxes for free For more information, visit IRS. Filing taxes for free gov and enter “work opportunity tax credit” in the search box. Filing taxes for free Outsourcing payroll duties. Filing taxes for free  Employers are responsible to ensure that tax returns are filed and deposits and payments are made, even if the employer contracts with a third party to perform these acts. Filing taxes for free The employer remains responsible if the third party fails to perform any required action. Filing taxes for free If you choose to outsource any of your payroll and related tax duties (that is, withholding, reporting, and paying over social security, Medicare, FUTA, and income taxes) to a third-party payer such as a payroll service provider or reporting agent, visit IRS. Filing taxes for free gov and enter “outsourcing payroll duties” in the search box for helpful information on this topic. Filing taxes for free COBRA premium assistance credit. Filing taxes for free  The credit for COBRA premium assistance payments applies to premiums paid for employees involuntarily terminated between September 1, 2008, and May 31, 2010, and to premiums paid for up to 15 months. Filing taxes for free For more information, see COBRA premium assistance credit under Introduction. Filing taxes for free Compensation paid to H-2A foreign agricultural workers. Filing taxes for free  Report compensation of $600 or more paid to foreign agricultural workers who entered the country on H-2A visas in box 1 of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Filing taxes for free Compensation paid to H-2A workers for agricultural labor performed in connection with this visa is not subject to social security and Medicare taxes, and therefore should not be reported as wages subject to social security tax (line 2), Medicare tax (line 4), or Additional Medicare Tax withholding (line 6) on Form 943, Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees, and should not be reported as social security wages (box 3) or Medicare wages (box 5) on Form W-2. Filing taxes for free On Form W-2, do not check box 13 (Statutory employee), as H-2A workers are not statutory employees. Filing taxes for free An employer is not required to withhold federal income tax from compensation it pays an H-2A worker for agricultural labor performed in connection with this visa unless the worker asks for withholding and the employer agrees. Filing taxes for free In that case, the worker must give the employer a completed Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. Filing taxes for free Federal income tax withheld should be reported on Form 943, line 8, and in box 2 of Form W-2. Filing taxes for free These reporting rules apply when the H-2A worker provides his or her taxpayer identification number (TIN) to the employer. Filing taxes for free For the rules relating to backup withholding and reporting when the H-2A worker does not provide a TIN, see the Instructions for Form 1099-MISC and the Instructions for Form 945. Filing taxes for free Additional employment tax information. Filing taxes for free  Visit the IRS website at www. Filing taxes for free irs. Filing taxes for free gov/businesses and click on Employment Taxes under Businesses Topics. Filing taxes for free For employment tax information by telephone, call 1-800-829-4933 or 1-800-829-4059 (TDD/TTY for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability) Monday–Friday from 7:00 a. Filing taxes for free m. Filing taxes for free –7:00 p. Filing taxes for free m. Filing taxes for free local time (Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific time). Filing taxes for free Additionally, you can call IRS TeleTax at 1-800-829-4477 for recorded information by topic. Filing taxes for free Disregarded entities and qualified subchapter S subsidiaries (QSubs). Filing taxes for free  Eligible single-owner disregarded entities and QSubs are treated as separate entities for employment tax purposes. Filing taxes for free Eligible single-member entities that have not elected to be taxed as corporations must report and pay employment taxes on wages paid to their employees using the entities' own names and EINs. Filing taxes for free See Regulations sections 1. Filing taxes for free 1361-4(a)(7) and 301. Filing taxes for free 7701-2(c)(2)(iv). Filing taxes for free Differential wage payments. Filing taxes for free  Qualified differential wage payments made by employers to individuals serving in the Armed Forces after 2008 are subject to income tax withholding but not social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes. Filing taxes for free For more information, see Publication 15 (Circular E). Filing taxes for free Federal tax deposits must be made by electronic funds transfer. Filing taxes for free  You must use electronic funds transfer to make all federal tax deposits. 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Filing taxes for free Additional information about EFTPS is also available in Publication 966, Electronic Federal Tax Payment System: A Guide To Getting Started. Filing taxes for free Electronic filing and payment. Filing taxes for free  Now, more than ever before, businesses can enjoy the benefits of filing tax returns and paying their taxes electronically. Filing taxes for free Whether you rely on a tax professional or handle your own taxes, the IRS offers you convenient programs to make it easier. Filing taxes for free Spend less time and worry on taxes and more time running your business. Filing taxes for free Use e-file and the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to your benefit. Filing taxes for free For e-file, visit the IRS website at www. Filing taxes for free irs. Filing taxes for free gov/efile for additional information. Filing taxes for free For EFTPS, visit www. Filing taxes for free eftps. 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Filing taxes for free  Any form of payment that is dishonored and returned from a financial institution is subject to a penalty. Filing taxes for free The penalty is $25 or 2% of the payment, whichever is more. Filing taxes for free However, the penalty on dishonored payments of $24. Filing taxes for free 99 or less is an amount equal to the payment. Filing taxes for free For example, a dishonored payment of $18 is charged a penalty of $18. Filing taxes for free Forms in Spanish. Filing taxes for free  You can provide Formulario W-4(SP) in place of Form W-4 to your Spanish-speaking employees. Filing taxes for free For more information, see Publicación 17(SP), El Impuesto Federal sobre los Ingresos (Para Personas Físicas). Filing taxes for free For nonemployees, Formulario W-9(SP), Solicitud y Certificación del Número de Identificación del Contribuyente, may be used in place of Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. Filing taxes for free References in this publication to Form W-4 or Form W-9 also apply to their equivalent Spanish translations—Formulario W-4(SP) or Formulario W-9(SP). Filing taxes for free Information returns. Filing taxes for free  You may be required to file information returns to report certain types of payments made during the year. Filing taxes for free For example, you must file Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, to report payments of $600 or more to persons not treated as employees (for example, independent contractors) for services performed for your trade or business. Filing taxes for free For details about filing Forms 1099 and for information about required electronic filing, see the General Instructions for Certain Information Returns for general information and the separate, specific instructions for each information return that you file (for example, Instructions for Form 1099-MISC). Filing taxes for free Generally, do not use Forms 1099 to report wages or other compensation that you paid to employees; report these amounts on Form W-2. Filing taxes for free See the General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3 for details about filing Forms W-2 and for information about required electronic filing. Filing taxes for free If you file 250 or more Forms W-2, you must file them electronically. Filing taxes for free SSA will not accept Forms W-2 and W-3 filed on any magnetic media. Filing taxes for free Information reporting customer service site. Filing taxes for free  The IRS operates the Enterprise Computing Center—Martinsburg, a centralized customer service site, to answer questions about reporting on Forms W-2, W-3, 1099, and other information returns. Filing taxes for free If you have questions related to reporting on information returns, you may call 1-866-455-7438 (toll free), 304-263-8700 (toll call), or 304-267-3367 (TDD/TTY for persons who are deaf, heard of hearing, or have a speech disability). Filing taxes for free The call site can also be reached by email at mccirp@irs. Filing taxes for free gov. Filing taxes for free Do not include tax identification numbers (TINs) or attachments in email correspondence because electronic mail is not secure. Filing taxes for free Web-based application for an employer identification number (EIN). Filing taxes for free  You can apply for an employer identification number (EIN) online by visiting IRS. Filing taxes for free gov and clicking on the Apply for an EIN Online link under Tools. Filing taxes for free When a crew leader furnishes workers to you. Filing taxes for free  Record the crew leader's name, address, and EIN. Filing taxes for free See sections 2 and 10. Filing taxes for free Change of address. Filing taxes for free  Use Form 8822-B to notify the IRS of an address change. Filing taxes for free Do not mail form 8822-B with your employment tax return. Filing taxes for free Ordering forms and publications. Filing taxes for free  You can order your 2013 and 2014 employment tax and information return forms, instructions, and publications online at www. Filing taxes for free irs. Filing taxes for free gov/businesses. Filing taxes for free Click on the Online Ordering for Information Returns and Employer Returns. Filing taxes for free You can also visit www. Filing taxes for free irs. Filing taxes for free gov/formspubs to download other forms and publications. Filing taxes for free Instead of ordering paper Forms W-2 and W-3, consider filing them electronically using the Social Security Administration's (SSA) free e-file service. Filing taxes for free Visit the SSA's Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information website at  www. 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Filing taxes for free We cannot answer tax questions sent to the address provided later for comments and suggestions. Filing taxes for free Recordkeeping. Filing taxes for free  Keep all records of employment taxes for at least 4 years. Filing taxes for free These should be available for IRS review. Filing taxes for free Your records should include the following information. Filing taxes for free Your employer identification number (EIN). Filing taxes for free Amounts and dates of all wage, annuity, and pension payments. Filing taxes for free Names, addresses, social security numbers, and occupations of employees and recipients. Filing taxes for free Any employee copies of Forms W-2 and W-2c returned to you as undeliverable. Filing taxes for free Dates of employment for each employee. Filing taxes for free Periods for which employees and recipients were paid while absent due to sickness or injury and the amount and weekly rate of payments you or third-party payers made to them. Filing taxes for free Copies of employees' and recipients' income tax withholding allowance certificates (Forms W-4, W-4(SP), W-4P, and W-4S). Filing taxes for free Dates and amounts of tax deposits you made and acknowledgment numbers for deposits made by EFTPS. Filing taxes for free Copies of returns filed and confirmation numbers. Filing taxes for free Records of fringe benefits and expense reimbursements provided to your employees, including substantiation. Filing taxes for free If a crew leader furnished you with farmworkers, you must keep a record of the name, permanent mailing address, and EIN of the crew leader. Filing taxes for free If the crew leader has no permanent mailing address, record his or her present address. Filing taxes for free Private delivery services. Filing taxes for free  You can use certain private delivery services designated by the IRS to send tax returns and payments. Filing taxes for free The list includes only the following. 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Filing taxes for free Postal Service to mail any item to an IRS P. Filing taxes for free O. Filing taxes for free box address. Filing taxes for free Photographs of missing children. Filing taxes for free  The IRS is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Filing taxes for free Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Filing taxes for free You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Filing taxes for free Calendar The following are important dates and responsibilities. Filing taxes for free See section 7 for information about depositing taxes reported on Forms 941, 943, 944, and 945. Filing taxes for free Also see Publication 509, Tax Calendars. Filing taxes for free   If any date shown below for filing a return, furnishing a form, or depositing taxes falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the due date is the next business day. Filing taxes for free A statewide legal holiday delays a filing due date only if the IRS office where you are required to file is located in that state. Filing taxes for free However, a statewide legal holiday does not delay the due date of federal tax deposits. Filing taxes for free See Deposits on Business Days Only in section 7. Filing taxes for free For any filing due date, you will meet the “file” or “furnish” requirement if the envelope containing the return or form is properly addressed, contains sufficient postage, and is postmarked by the U. Filing taxes for free S. Filing taxes for free Postal Service on or before the due date, or sent by an IRS-designated delivery service on or before the due date. Filing taxes for free See Private delivery services under Reminders. Filing taxes for free By January 31 . Filing taxes for free   File Form 943. Filing taxes for free See section 8 for more information on Form 943. Filing taxes for free If you deposited all Form 943 taxes when due, you have 10 additional calendar days to file. Filing taxes for free Furnish each employee with a completed Form W-2. Filing taxes for free Furnish each recipient to whom you paid $600 or more in nonemployee compensation with a completed Form 1099 (for example, Form 1099-MISC). Filing taxes for free File Form 940, Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return. Filing taxes for free See section 10 for more information on FUTA. Filing taxes for free If you deposited all the FUTA tax when due, you have 10 additional calendar days to file. Filing taxes for free File Form 945, Annual Return of Withheld Federal Income Tax, to report any nonpayroll federal income tax withheld in 2013. 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Filing taxes for free Introduction This publication is for employers of agricultural workers (farmworkers). Filing taxes for free It contains information that you may need to comply with the laws for agricultural labor (farmwork) relating to social security and Medicare taxes, FUTA tax, and withheld federal income tax (employment taxes). Filing taxes for free Agricultural employers report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld federal income tax on Form 943 and report FUTA tax on Form 940. Filing taxes for free If you have nonfarm employees, see Publication 15 (Circular E). Filing taxes for free If you have employees in the U. Filing taxes for free S. Filing taxes for free Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, see Publication 80 (Circular SS). Filing taxes for free Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide, contains more employment-related information, including information about sick pay and pension income. 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Filing taxes for free 12. Filing taxes for free   Business Deduction for Work-Related Education Table of Contents What's New Introduction Qualifying Work-Related EducationEducation Required by Employer or by Law Education To Maintain or Improve Skills Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business What Expenses Can Be DeductedUnclaimed reimbursement. Filing taxes for free Transportation Expenses Travel Expenses No Double Benefit Allowed How To Treat ReimbursementsAccountable Plans Nonaccountable Plans Deducting Business ExpensesSelf-Employed Persons Employees Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials Impairment-Related Work Expenses Recordkeeping Illustrated Example What's New Standard mileage rate. Filing taxes for free  Generally, if you claim a business deduction for work-related education and you drive your car to and from school, the amount you can deduct for miles driven from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, is 56. Filing taxes for free 5 cents per mile. Filing taxes for free For more information, see Transportation Expenses under What Expenses Can Be Deducted, later. Filing taxes for free Introduction This chapter discusses work-related education expenses that you may be able to deduct as business expenses. Filing taxes for free To claim such a deduction, you must: Itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or 1040NR) if you are an employee, File Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business, or Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Farming if you are self-employed, and Have expenses for education that meet the requirements discussed under Qualifying Work-Related Education , later. Filing taxes for free What is the tax benefit of taking a business deduction for work-related education. Filing taxes for free   If you are an employee and can itemize your deductions, you may be able to claim a deduction for the expenses you pay for your work-related education. Filing taxes for free Your deduction will be the amount by which your qualifying work-related education expenses plus other job and certain miscellaneous expenses (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is greater than 2% of your adjusted gross income. Filing taxes for free An itemized deduction reduces the amount of your income subject to tax. Filing taxes for free   If you are self-employed, you deduct your expenses for qualifying work-related education directly from your self-employment income. Filing taxes for free This reduces the amount of your income subject to both income tax and self-employment tax. Filing taxes for free   Your work-related education expenses may also qualify you for other tax benefits, such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits. Filing taxes for free You may qualify for these other benefits even if you do not meet the requirements listed above. Filing taxes for free   Also, your work-related education expenses may qualify you to claim more than one tax benefit. Filing taxes for free Generally, you may claim any number of benefits as long as you use different expenses to figure each one. Filing taxes for free Qualifying Work-Related Education You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as business expenses. Filing taxes for free This is education that meets at least one of the following two tests. Filing taxes for free The education is required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job. Filing taxes for free The required education must serve a bona fide business purpose of your employer. Filing taxes for free The education maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Filing taxes for free However, even if the education meets one or both of the above tests, it is not qualifying work-related education if it: Is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements of your present trade or business, or Is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Filing taxes for free You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as a business expense even if the education could lead to a degree. Filing taxes for free Use Figure 12-1, Does Your Work-Related Education Qualify as a quick check to see if your education qualifies. Filing taxes for free Education Required by Employer or by Law Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for your job, your employer or the law may require you to get more education. Filing taxes for free This additional education is qualifying work-related education if all three of the following requirements are met. Filing taxes for free It is required for you to keep your present salary, status, or job, The requirement serves a bona fide business purpose of your employer, and The education is not part of a program that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Filing taxes for free When you get more education than your employer or the law requires, the additional education can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills required in your present work. Filing taxes for free See Education To Maintain or Improve Skills , later. Filing taxes for free Example. Filing taxes for free You are a teacher who has satisfied the minimum requirements for teaching. Filing taxes for free Your employer requires you to take an additional college course each year to keep your teaching job. Filing taxes for free If the courses will not qualify you for a new trade or business, they are qualifying work-related education even if you eventually receive a master's degree and an increase in salary because of this extra education. Filing taxes for free This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Filing taxes for free Please click the link to view the image. Filing taxes for free Figure 12-1 Education To Maintain or Improve Skills If your education is not required by your employer or the law, it can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Filing taxes for free This could include refresher courses, courses on current developments, and academic or vocational courses. Filing taxes for free Example. Filing taxes for free You repair televisions, radios, and stereo systems for XYZ Store. Filing taxes for free To keep up with the latest changes, you take special courses in radio and stereo service. Filing taxes for free These courses maintain and improve skills required in your work. Filing taxes for free Maintaining skills vs. Filing taxes for free qualifying for new job. Filing taxes for free   Education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work is not qualifying education if it will also qualify you for a new trade or business. Filing taxes for free Education during temporary absence. Filing taxes for free   If you stop working for a year or less in order to get education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work and then return to the same general type of work, your absence is considered temporary. Filing taxes for free Education that you get during a temporary absence is qualifying work-related education if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Filing taxes for free Example. Filing taxes for free You quit your biology research job to become a full-time biology graduate student for 1 year. Filing taxes for free If you return to work in biology research after completing the courses, the education is related to your present work even if you do not go back to work with the same employer. Filing taxes for free Education during indefinite absence. Filing taxes for free   If you stop work for more than a year, your absence from your job is considered indefinite. Filing taxes for free Education during an indefinite absence, even if it maintains or improves skills needed in the work from which you are absent, is considered to qualify you for a new trade or business. Filing taxes for free Therefore, it is not qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education you need to meet the minimum educational requirements for your present trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free The minimum educational requirements are determined by: Laws and regulations, Standards of your profession, trade, or business, and Your employer. Filing taxes for free Once you have met the minimum educational requirements that were in effect when you were hired, you do not have to meet any new minimum educational requirements. Filing taxes for free This means that if the minimum requirements change after you were hired, any education you need to meet the new requirements can be qualifying education. Filing taxes for free You have not necessarily met the minimum educational requirements of your trade or business simply because you are already doing the work. Filing taxes for free Example 1. Filing taxes for free You are a full-time engineering student. Filing taxes for free Although you have not received your degree or certification, you work part time as an engineer for a firm that will employ you as a full-time engineer after you finish college. Filing taxes for free Although your college engineering courses improve your skills in your present job, they are also needed to meet the minimum job requirements for a full-time engineer. Filing taxes for free The education is not qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free Example 2. Filing taxes for free You are an accountant and you have met the minimum educational requirements of your employer. Filing taxes for free Your employer later changes the minimum educational requirements and requires you to take college courses to keep your job. Filing taxes for free These additional courses can be qualifying work-related education because you have already satisfied the minimum requirements that were in effect when you were hired. Filing taxes for free Requirements for Teachers States or school districts usually set the minimum educational requirements for teachers. Filing taxes for free The requirement is the college degree or the minimum number of college hours usually required of a person hired for that position. Filing taxes for free If there are no requirements, you will have met the minimum educational requirements when you become a faculty member. Filing taxes for free The determination of whether you are a faculty member of an educational institution must be made on the basis of the particular practices of the institution. Filing taxes for free You generally will be considered a faculty member when one or more of the following occurs. Filing taxes for free You have tenure. Filing taxes for free Your years of service count toward obtaining tenure. Filing taxes for free You have a vote in faculty decisions. Filing taxes for free Your school makes contributions for you to a retirement plan other than social security or a similar program. Filing taxes for free Example 1. Filing taxes for free The law in your state requires beginning secondary school teachers to have a bachelor's degree, including 10 professional education courses. Filing taxes for free In addition, to keep the job a teacher must complete a fifth year of training within 10 years from the date of hire. Filing taxes for free If the employing school certifies to the state Department of Education that qualified teachers cannot be found, the school can hire persons with only 3 years of college. Filing taxes for free However, to keep their jobs, these teachers must get a bachelor's degree and the required professional education courses within 3 years. Filing taxes for free Under these facts, the bachelor's degree, whether or not it includes the 10 professional education courses, is considered the minimum educational requirement for qualification as a teacher in your state. Filing taxes for free If you have all the required education except the fifth year, you have met the minimum educational requirements. Filing taxes for free The fifth year of training is qualifying work-related education unless it is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Filing taxes for free Example 2. Filing taxes for free Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you have a bachelor's degree and only six professional education courses. Filing taxes for free The additional four education courses can be qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free Although you do not have all the required courses, you have already met the minimum educational requirements. Filing taxes for free Example 3. Filing taxes for free Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you are hired with only 3 years of college. Filing taxes for free The courses you take that lead to a bachelor's degree (including those in education) are not qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free They are needed to meet the minimum educational requirements for employment as a teacher. Filing taxes for free Example 4. Filing taxes for free You have a bachelor's degree and you work as a temporary instructor at a university. Filing taxes for free At the same time, you take graduate courses toward an advanced degree. Filing taxes for free The rules of the university state that you can become a faculty member only if you get a graduate degree. Filing taxes for free Also, you can keep your job as an instructor only as long as you show satisfactory progress toward getting this degree. Filing taxes for free You have not met the minimum educational requirements to qualify you as a faculty member. Filing taxes for free The graduate courses are not qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free Certification in a new state. Filing taxes for free   Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for teachers for your state, you are considered to have met the minimum educational requirements in all states. Filing taxes for free This is true even if you must get additional education to be certified in another state. Filing taxes for free Any additional education you need is qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free You have already met the minimum requirements for teaching. Filing taxes for free Teaching in another state is not a new trade or business. Filing taxes for free Example. Filing taxes for free You hold a permanent teaching certificate in State A and are employed as a teacher in that state for several years. Filing taxes for free You move to State B and are promptly hired as a teacher. Filing taxes for free You are required, however, to complete certain prescribed courses to get a permanent teaching certificate in State B. Filing taxes for free These additional courses are qualifying work-related education because the teaching position in State B involves the same general kind of work for which you were qualified in State A. Filing taxes for free Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business Education that is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free This is true even if you do not plan to enter that trade or business. Filing taxes for free If you are an employee, a change of duties that involves the same general kind of work is not a new trade or business. Filing taxes for free Example 1. Filing taxes for free You are an accountant. Filing taxes for free Your employer requires you to get a law degree at your own expense. Filing taxes for free You register at a law school for the regular curriculum that leads to a law degree. Filing taxes for free Even if you do not intend to become a lawyer, the education is not qualifying because the law degree will qualify you for a new trade or business. Filing taxes for free Example 2. Filing taxes for free You are a general practitioner of medicine. Filing taxes for free You take a 2-week course to review developments in several specialized fields of medicine. Filing taxes for free The course does not qualify you for a new profession. Filing taxes for free It is qualifying work- related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Filing taxes for free Example 3. Filing taxes for free While working in the private practice of psychiatry, you enter a program to study and train at an accredited psychoanalytic institute. Filing taxes for free The program will lead to qualifying you to practice psychoanalysis. Filing taxes for free The psychoanalytic training does not qualify you for a new profession. Filing taxes for free It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Filing taxes for free Bar or CPA Review Course Review courses to prepare for the bar examination or the certified public accountant (CPA) examination are not qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free They are part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new profession. Filing taxes for free Teaching and Related Duties All teaching and related duties are considered the same general kind of work. Filing taxes for free A change in duties in any of the following ways is not considered a change to a new business. Filing taxes for free Elementary school teacher to secondary school teacher. Filing taxes for free Teacher of one subject, such as biology, to teacher of another subject, such as art. Filing taxes for free Classroom teacher to guidance counselor. Filing taxes for free Classroom teacher to school administrator. Filing taxes for free What Expenses Can Be Deducted If your education meets the requirements described earlier under Qualifying Work-Related Education you can generally deduct your education expenses as business expenses. Filing taxes for free If you are not self-employed, you can deduct business expenses only if you itemize your deductions. Filing taxes for free You cannot deduct expenses related to tax-exempt and excluded income. Filing taxes for free Deductible expenses. Filing taxes for free   The following education expenses can be deducted. Filing taxes for free Tuition, books, supplies, lab fees, and similar items. Filing taxes for free Certain transportation and travel costs. Filing taxes for free Other education expenses, such as costs of research and typing when writing a paper as part of an educational program. Filing taxes for free Nondeductible expenses. Filing taxes for free   You cannot deduct personal or capital expenses. Filing taxes for free For example, you cannot deduct the dollar value of vacation time or annual leave you take to attend classes. Filing taxes for free This amount is a personal expense. Filing taxes for free Unclaimed reimbursement. Filing taxes for free   If you do not claim reimbursement that you are entitled to receive from your employer, you cannot deduct the expenses that apply to that unclaimed reimbursement. Filing taxes for free Example. Filing taxes for free Your employer agrees to pay your education expenses if you file a voucher showing your expenses. Filing taxes for free You do not file a voucher and you do not get reimbursed. Filing taxes for free Because you did not file a voucher, you cannot deduct the expenses on your tax return. Filing taxes for free Transportation Expenses If your education qualifies, you can deduct local transportation costs of going directly from work to school. Filing taxes for free If you are regularly employed and go to school on a temporary basis, you can also deduct the costs of returning from school to home. Filing taxes for free Temporary basis. Filing taxes for free   You go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations applies to you. Filing taxes for free Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less and does indeed last for 1 year or less. Filing taxes for free Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. Filing taxes for free Your attendance is temporary up to the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Filing taxes for free If you are in either situation (1) or (2) above, your attendance is not temporary if facts and circumstances indicate otherwise. Filing taxes for free Attendance not on a temporary basis. Filing taxes for free   You do not go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations apply to you. Filing taxes for free Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last more than 1 year. Filing taxes for free It does not matter how long you actually attend. Filing taxes for free Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. Filing taxes for free Your attendance is not temporary after the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Filing taxes for free Deductible Transportation Expenses If you are regularly employed and go directly from home to school on a temporary basis, you can deduct the round-trip costs of transportation between your home and school. Filing taxes for free This is true regardless of the location of the school, the distance traveled, or whether you attend school on nonwork days. Filing taxes for free Transportation expenses include the actual costs of bus, subway, cab, or other fares, as well as the costs of using your car. Filing taxes for free Transportation expenses do not include amounts spent for travel, meals, or lodging while you are away from home overnight. Filing taxes for free Example 1. Filing taxes for free You regularly work in a nearby town, and go directly from work to home. Filing taxes for free You also attend school every work night for 3 months to take a course that improves your job skills. Filing taxes for free Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your daily round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Filing taxes for free This is true regardless of the distance traveled. Filing taxes for free Example 2. Filing taxes for free Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that on certain nights you go directly from work to school and then home. Filing taxes for free You can deduct your transportation expenses from your regular work site to school and then home. Filing taxes for free Example 3. Filing taxes for free Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend the school for 9 months on Saturdays, nonwork days. Filing taxes for free Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Filing taxes for free Example 4. Filing taxes for free Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend classes twice a week for 15 months. Filing taxes for free Since your attendance in school is not considered temporary, you cannot deduct your transportation expenses in going between home and school. Filing taxes for free If you go directly from work to school, you can deduct the one-way transportation expenses of going from work to school. Filing taxes for free If you go from work to home to school and return home, your transportation expenses cannot be more than if you had gone directly from work to school. Filing taxes for free Using your car. Filing taxes for free    If you use your car (whether you own or lease it) for transportation to school, you can deduct your actual expenses or use the standard mileage rate to figure the amount you can deduct. Filing taxes for free The standard mileage rate for miles driven from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, is 56. Filing taxes for free 5 cents per mile. Filing taxes for free Whichever method you use, you can also deduct parking fees and tolls. Filing taxes for free See Publication 463, chapter 4, for information on deducting your actual expenses of using a car. Filing taxes for free Travel Expenses You can deduct expenses for travel, meals (see 50% limit on meals , later), and lodging if you travel overnight mainly to obtain qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free Travel expenses for qualifying work-related education are treated the same as travel expenses for other employee business purposes. Filing taxes for free For more information, see chapter 1 of Publication 463. Filing taxes for free You cannot deduct expenses for personal activities such as sightseeing, visiting, or entertaining. Filing taxes for free Mainly personal travel. Filing taxes for free   If your travel away from home is mainly personal, you cannot deduct all of your expenses for travel, meals, and lodging. Filing taxes for free You can deduct only your expenses for lodging and 50% of your expenses for meals during the time you attend the qualified educational activities. Filing taxes for free   Whether a trip's purpose is mainly personal or educational depends upon the facts and circumstances. Filing taxes for free An important factor is the comparison of time spent on personal activities with time spent on educational activities. Filing taxes for free If you spend more time on personal activities, the trip is considered mainly educational only if you can show a substantial nonpersonal reason for traveling to a particular location. Filing taxes for free Example 1. Filing taxes for free John works in Newark, New Jersey. Filing taxes for free He traveled to Chicago to take a deductible 1-week course at the request of his employer. Filing taxes for free His main reason for going to Chicago was to take the course. Filing taxes for free While there, he took a sightseeing trip, entertained some friends, and took a side trip to Pleasantville for a day. Filing taxes for free Since the trip was mainly for business, John can deduct his round-trip airfare to Chicago. Filing taxes for free He cannot deduct his transportation expenses of going to Pleasantville. Filing taxes for free He can deduct only the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging connected with his educational activities. Filing taxes for free Example 2. Filing taxes for free Sue works in Boston. Filing taxes for free She went to a university in Michigan to take a course for work. Filing taxes for free The course is qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free She took one course, which is one-fourth of a full course load of study. Filing taxes for free She spent the rest of the time on personal activities. Filing taxes for free Her reasons for taking the course in Michigan were all personal. Filing taxes for free Sue's trip is mainly personal because three-fourths of her time is considered personal time. Filing taxes for free She cannot deduct the cost of her round-trip train ticket to Michigan. Filing taxes for free She can deduct one-fourth of the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging costs for the time she attended the university. Filing taxes for free Example 3. Filing taxes for free Dave works in Nashville and recently traveled to California to take a 2-week seminar. Filing taxes for free The seminar is qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free While there, he spent an extra 8 weeks on personal activities. Filing taxes for free The facts, including the extra 8-week stay, show that his main purpose was to take a vacation. Filing taxes for free Dave cannot deduct his round-trip airfare or his meals and lodging for the 8 weeks. Filing taxes for free He can deduct only his expenses for meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging for the 2 weeks he attended the seminar. Filing taxes for free Cruises and conventions. Filing taxes for free   Certain cruises and conventions offer seminars or courses as part of their itinerary. Filing taxes for free Even if the seminars or courses are work related, your deduction for travel may be limited. Filing taxes for free This applies to: Travel by ocean liner, cruise ship, or other form of luxury water transportation, and Conventions outside the North American area. Filing taxes for free   For a discussion of the limits on travel expense deductions that apply to cruises and conventions, see Luxury Water Travel and Conventions in chapter 1 of Publication 463. Filing taxes for free 50% limit on meals. Filing taxes for free   You can deduct only 50% of the cost of your meals while traveling away from home to obtain qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free If you were reimbursed for the meals, see How To Treat Reimbursements , later. Filing taxes for free   Employees must use Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ to apply the 50% limit. Filing taxes for free Travel as Education You cannot deduct the cost of travel as a form of education even if it is directly related to your duties in your work or business. Filing taxes for free Example. Filing taxes for free You are a French language teacher. Filing taxes for free While on sabbatical leave granted for travel, you traveled through France to improve your knowledge of the French language. Filing taxes for free You chose your itinerary and most of your activities to improve your French language skills. Filing taxes for free You cannot deduct your travel expenses as education expenses. Filing taxes for free This is true even if you spent most of your time learning French by visiting French schools and families, attending movies or plays, and engaging in similar activities. Filing taxes for free No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do either of the following. Filing taxes for free Deduct work-related education expenses as business expenses if you benefit from these expenses under any other provision of the law, for example, as a tuition and fees deduction. Filing taxes for free Deduct work-related education expenses paid with tax-free scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. Filing taxes for free See Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses, next. Filing taxes for free Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses If you pay qualifying work-related education expenses with certain tax-free funds, you cannot claim a deduction for those amounts. Filing taxes for free You must reduce the qualifying expenses by the amount of such expenses allocable to the tax-free educational assistance. Filing taxes for free Tax-free educational assistance. Filing taxes for free   This includes: The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see Tax-Free Scholarships and Fellowships in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), Pell grants (see Pell Grants and Other Title IV Need-Based Education Grants in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions). Filing taxes for free Employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11, Employer-Provided Educational Assistance ), Veterans' educational assistance (see Veterans' Benefits in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance. Filing taxes for free Amounts that do not reduce qualifying work-related education expenses. Filing taxes for free   Do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as: Payment for services, such as wages, A loan, A gift, An inheritance, or A withdrawal from the student's personal savings. Filing taxes for free Also, do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by any scholarship or fellowship reported as income on the student's return or any scholarship which, by its terms, cannot be applied to qualifying work-related education expenses. Filing taxes for free How To Treat Reimbursements How you treat reimbursements depends on the arrangement you have with your employer. Filing taxes for free There are two basic types of reimbursement arrangements—accountable plans and nonaccountable plans. Filing taxes for free You can tell the type of plan you are reimbursed under by the way the reimbursement is reported on your Form W-2. Filing taxes for free Note. Filing taxes for free The following rules about reimbursement arrangements also apply to expense allowances received from your employer. Filing taxes for free Accountable Plans To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement arrangement must require you to meet all three of the following rules. Filing taxes for free Your expenses must have a business connection. Filing taxes for free This means your expenses must be deductible under the rules for qualifying work-related education explained earlier. Filing taxes for free You must adequately account to your employer for your expenses within a reasonable period of time. Filing taxes for free You must return any reimbursement or allowance in excess of the expenses accounted for within a reasonable period of time. Filing taxes for free If you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, your employer should not include any reimbursement in your income in box 1 of your Form W-2. Filing taxes for free If your employer included reimbursements in box 1 of your Form W-2 and you meet all three rules for accountable plans, ask your employer for a corrected Form W-2. Filing taxes for free Accountable plan rules not met. Filing taxes for free   Even though you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, some of your expenses may not meet all three rules for accountable plans. Filing taxes for free Those expenses that fail to meet the three rules are treated as having been reimbursed under a Nonaccountable Plan (discussed later). Filing taxes for free Expenses equal reimbursement. Filing taxes for free   Under an accountable plan, if your expenses equal your reimbursement, you do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Filing taxes for free Because your expenses and reimbursements are equal, you do not have a deduction. Filing taxes for free Excess expenses. Filing taxes for free   If your expenses are more than your reimbursement, you can deduct your excess expenses. Filing taxes for free This is discussed later, under Deducting Business Expenses . Filing taxes for free Allocating your reimbursements for meals. Filing taxes for free   Because your excess meal expenses are subject to the 50% limit, you must figure them separately from your other expenses. Filing taxes for free If your employer paid you a single amount to cover both meals and other expenses, you must allocate the reimbursement so that you can figure your excess meal expenses separately. Filing taxes for free Make the allocation as follows. Filing taxes for free Divide your meal expenses by your total expenses. Filing taxes for free Multiply your total reimbursement by the result from (1). Filing taxes for free This is the allocated reimbursement for your meal expenses. Filing taxes for free Subtract the amount figured in (2) from your total reimbursement. Filing taxes for free The difference is the allocated reimbursement for your other expenses of qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free Example. Filing taxes for free Your employer paid you an expense allowance of $2,000 under an accountable plan. Filing taxes for free The allowance was to cover all of your expenses of traveling away from home to take a 2-week training course for work. Filing taxes for free There was no indication of how much of the reimbursement was for each type of expense. Filing taxes for free Your actual expenses equal $2,500 ($425 for meals + $700 lodging + $150 transportation expenses + $1,225 for books and tuition). Filing taxes for free Using the steps listed above, allocate the reimbursement between the $425 meal expenses and the $2,075 other expenses. Filing taxes for free   1. Filing taxes for free $425 meal expenses  $2,500 total expenses = . Filing taxes for free 17   2. Filing taxes for free $2,000 (reimbursement)×. Filing taxes for free 17     =$340 (allocated reimbursement for meal expenses)   3. Filing taxes for free $2,000 (reimbursement)−$340 (meals)     = $1,660 (allocated reimbursement for other qualifying work-related education expenses) Your excess meal expenses are $85 ($425 − $340) and your excess other expenses are $415 ($2,075 − $1,660). Filing taxes for free After you apply the 50% limit to your meals, you have a deduction for work-related education expenses of $458 (($85 × 50%) + $415). Filing taxes for free Nonaccountable Plans Your employer will combine the amount of any reimbursement or other expense allowance paid to you under a nonaccountable plan with your wages, salary, or other pay and report the total in box 1 of your Form W-2. Filing taxes for free You can deduct your expenses regardless of whether they are more than, less than, or equal to your reimbursement. Filing taxes for free This is discussed later under Deducting Business Expenses . Filing taxes for free An illustrated example of a nonaccountable plan, using Form 2106-EZ, is shown at the end of this chapter. Filing taxes for free Reimbursements for nondeductible expenses. Filing taxes for free   Reimbursements you received for nondeductible expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Filing taxes for free You must include them in your income. Filing taxes for free For example, you must include in your income reimbursements your employer gave you for expenses of education that: You need to meet the minimum educational requirements for your job, or Is part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new trade or business. Filing taxes for free   For more information on accountable and nonaccountable plans, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Filing taxes for free Deducting Business Expenses Self-employed persons and employees report their business expenses differently. Filing taxes for free The following information explains what forms you must use to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense. Filing taxes for free Self-Employed Persons If you are self-employed, you must report the cost of your qualifying work-related education on the appropriate form used to report your business income and expenses (generally Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040)). Filing taxes for free If your education expenses include expenses for a car or truck, travel, or meals, report those expenses the same way you report other business expenses for those items. Filing taxes for free See the instructions for the form you file for information on how to complete it. Filing taxes for free Employees If you are an employee, you can deduct the cost of qualifying work-related education only if you: Did not receive (and were not entitled to receive) any reimbursement from your employer, Were reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (amount is included in box 1 of Form W-2), or Received reimbursement under an accountable plan, but the amount received was less than your expenses for which you claimed reimbursement. Filing taxes for free If either (1) or (2) applies, you can deduct the total qualifying cost. Filing taxes for free If (3) applies, you can deduct only the qualifying costs that were more than your reimbursement. Filing taxes for free In order to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense, include the amount with your deduction for any other employee business expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7. Filing taxes for free (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. Filing taxes for free ) This deduction (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most miscellaneous itemized deductions. Filing taxes for free Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Filing taxes for free   To figure your deduction for employee business expenses, including qualifying work-related education, you generally must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Filing taxes for free Form not required. Filing taxes for free   Do not complete either Form 2106 or 2106-EZ if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are not claiming travel, transportation, meal, or entertainment expenses. Filing taxes for free   If you meet both of these requirements, enter the expenses directly on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7. Filing taxes for free (Special rules for expenses of certain Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials and for Impairment-Related Work Expenses are explained later. Filing taxes for free ) Using Form 2106-EZ. Filing taxes for free   This form is shorter and easier to use than Form 2106. Filing taxes for free Generally, you can use this form if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are using the standard mileage rate if you are claiming vehicle expenses. Filing taxes for free   If you do not meet both of these requirements, use Form 2106. Filing taxes for free Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials If you are a qualified performing artist, or a state (or local) government official who is paid in whole or in part on a fee basis, you can deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as an adjustment to gross income rather than as an itemized deduction. Filing taxes for free Include the cost of your qualifying work-related education with any other employee business expenses on Form 1040, line 24, or Form 1040NR, line 35. Filing taxes for free You do not have to itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or 1040NR), and, therefore, the deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Filing taxes for free You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to figure your deduction even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Filing taxes for free For more information on qualified performing artists, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Filing taxes for free Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you are disabled and have impairment-related work expenses that are necessary for you to be able to get qualifying work-related education, you can deduct these expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 14. Filing taxes for free They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Filing taxes for free To deduct these expenses, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Filing taxes for free For more information on impairment-related work expenses, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Filing taxes for free Recordkeeping You must keep records as proof of any deduction claimed on your tax return. Filing taxes for free Generally, you should keep your records for 3 years from the date of filing the tax return and claiming the deduction. Filing taxes for free If you are an employee who is reimbursed for expenses and you give your records and documentation to your employer, you do not have to keep duplicate copies of this information. Filing taxes for free However, you should keep your records for a 3-year period if: You claim deductions for expenses that are more than your reimbursement, Your employer does not use adequate accounting procedures to verify expense accounts, You are related to your employer, or Your expenses are reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan. Filing taxes for free Examples of records to keep. Filing taxes for free   If any of the above cases apply to you, you must be able to prove that your expenses are deductible. Filing taxes for free You should keep adequate records or have sufficient evidence that will support your expenses. Filing taxes for free Estimates or approximations do not qualify as proof of an expense. Filing taxes for free Some examples of what can be used to help prove your expenses are: Documents, such as transcripts, course descriptions, catalogs, etc. Filing taxes for free , showing periods of enrollment in educational institutions, principal subjects studied, and descriptions of educational activity. Filing taxes for free Canceled checks and receipts to verify amounts you spent for: Tuition and books, Meals and lodging while away from home overnight for educational purposes, Travel and transportation, and Other education expenses. Filing taxes for free Statements from your employer explaining whether the education was necessary for you to keep your job, salary, or status; how the education helped maintain or improve skills needed in your job; how much reimbursement you received; and, if you are a teacher, the type of certificate and subjects taught. Filing taxes for free Complete information about any scholarship or fellowship grants, including amounts you received during the year. Filing taxes for free Illustrated Example Victor Jones teaches math at a private high school in North Carolina. Filing taxes for free He was selected to attend a 3-week math seminar at a university in California. Filing taxes for free The seminar will improve his skills in his current job and is qualifying work-related education. Filing taxes for free He was reimbursed for his expenses under his employer's nonaccountable plan, so his reimbursement of $2,100 is included in the wages shown in box 1 of his Form W-2. Filing taxes for free Victor will file Form 1040. Filing taxes for free His actual expenses for the seminar are as follows:   Lodging   $1,050     Meals   526     Airfare   550     Taxi fares   50     Tuition and books   400     Total Expenses   $2,576   Victor files Form 2106-EZ with his tax return. Filing taxes for free He shows his expenses for the seminar in Part I of the form. Filing taxes for free He enters $1,650 ($1,050 + $550 + $50) on line 3 to account for his lodging, airfare, and taxi fares. Filing taxes for free He enters $400 on line 4 for his tuition and books. Filing taxes for free On the line provided for total meals and entertainment expenses, Victor enters $526 for meal expenses. Filing taxes for free He multiplies that amount by 50% and enters the result, $263, on line 5. Filing taxes for free On line 6, Victor totals the amounts from lines 3 through 5. Filing taxes for free He carries the total, $2,313, to Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Filing taxes for free Since he does not claim any vehicle expenses, Victor leaves Part II blank. Filing taxes for free His filled-in form is shown on the next page. Filing taxes for free This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Filing taxes for free Please click the link to view the image. 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