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Free 1040ez filing Publication 54 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Free 1040ez filing Tax questions. Free 1040ez filing Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 54, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Free 1040ez filing irs. Free 1040ez filing gov/pub54. Free 1040ez filing What's New Exclusion amount. Free 1040ez filing  The maximum foreign earned income exclusion is adjusted annually for inflation. Free 1040ez filing For 2013, the maximum exclusion has increased to $97,600. Free 1040ez filing See Limit on Excludable Amount under Foreign Earned Income Exclusion in chapter 4. Free 1040ez filing Housing expenses — base amount. Free 1040ez filing  The computation of the base housing amount (line 32 of Form 2555) is tied to the maximum foreign earned income exclusion. 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Free 1040ez filing 1. Free 1040ez filing   Importance of Records Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Benefits of Recordkeeping Kinds of Records To Keep How Long To Keep Records Introduction A farmer, like other taxpayers, must keep records to prepare an accurate income tax return and determine the correct amount of tax. Free 1040ez filing This chapter explains the benefits of keeping records, what kinds of records you must keep, and how long you must keep them for federal tax purposes. Free 1040ez filing Tax records are not the only type of records you need to keep for your farming business. Free 1040ez filing You should also keep records that measure your farm's financial performance. Free 1040ez filing This publication only discusses tax records. 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Free 1040ez filing Topics - This chapter discusses: Benefits of recordkeeping Kinds of records to keep How long to keep records Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses See chapter 16 for information about getting publications. Free 1040ez filing Benefits of Recordkeeping Everyone in business, including farmers, must keep appropriate records. Free 1040ez filing Recordkeeping will help you do the following. Free 1040ez filing Monitor the progress of your farming business. Free 1040ez filing   You need records to monitor the progress of your farming business. Free 1040ez filing Records can show whether your business is improving, which items are selling, or what changes you need to make. Free 1040ez filing Records can help you make better decisions that may increase the likelihood of business success. Free 1040ez filing Prepare your financial statements. 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