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Free federal tax return   An assistance eligible individual is a qualified beneficiary of an employer's group health plan who is eligible for COBRA continuation coverage during the period beginning September 1, 2008, and ending May 31, 2010, due to the involuntarily termination from employment of a covered employee during the period and elects continuation COBRA coverage. Free federal tax return The assistance for the coverage can last up to 15 months. Free federal tax return   Employees terminated during the period beginning September 1, 2008, and ending May 31, 2010, who received a severance package that delayed the start of the COBRA continuation coverage, may still be eligible for premium assistance for COBRA continuation coverage. Free federal tax return For more information, see Notice 2009-27, 2009-16 I. Free federal tax return R. Free federal tax return B. Free federal tax return 838, available at www. Free federal tax return irs. Free federal tax return gov/irb/2009-16_irb/ar09. Free federal tax return html. Free federal tax return   Administrators of the group health plans (or other entities) that provide or administer COBRA continuation coverage must provide notice to assistance eligible individuals of the COBRA premium assistance. Free federal tax return   The 65% of the premium not paid by the assistance eligible individual is reimbursed to the employer maintaining the group health plan. Free federal tax return The reimbursement is made through a credit against the employer's employment tax liabilities. Free federal tax return For information on how to claim the credit, see the Instructions for Form 943. Free federal tax return The credit is treated as a deposit made on the first day of the return period. Free federal tax return In the case of a multiemployer plan, the credit is claimed by the plan, rather than the employer. Free federal tax return In the case of an insured plan subject to state law continuation coverage requirements, the credit is claimed by the insurance company, rather than the employer. Free federal tax return   Anyone claiming the credit for COBRA premium assistance payments must maintain the following information to support their claim, including the following. Free federal tax return Information on the receipt of the assistance eligible individuals' 35% share of the premium including dates and amounts. Free federal tax return In the case of an insurance plan, a copy of invoice or other supporting statement from the insurance carrier and proof of timely payment of the full premium to the insurance carrier required under COBRA. Free federal tax return In the case of a self-insured plan, proof of the premium amount and proof of the coverage provided to the assistance eligible individuals. Free federal tax return Attestation of involuntary termination, including the date of the involuntary termination for each covered employee whose involuntary termination is the basis for eligibility for the subsidy. Free federal tax return Proof of each assistance eligible individual's eligibility for COBRA coverage and the election of COBRA coverage. Free federal tax return A record of the social security numbers (SSNs) of all covered employees, the amount of the subsidy reimbursed with respect to each covered employee, and whether the subsidy was for one individual or two or more individuals. Free federal tax return   For more information, visit IRS. Free federal tax return gov and enter “COBRA” in the search box. 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  • Make sure to get your receipt at the end of your purchase. Keep all contracts, sales receipts, canceled checks, owner's manuals and warranty documents.
  • Read and follow product and service instructions. The way you use or take care of a product will affect your warranty rights. 

If you encounter a problem with your purchase, you can write a complaint letter to the seller to explain your problem and how you would like them to resolve it. If the seller will not help you or respond to your complaint, you should then contact the manufacturer. Continue this process of reporting the problem in writing to industry trade organizations, local consumer protection agencies, and if necessary the Better Business Bureau, until your problem is resolved.

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Free federal tax return 11. Free federal tax return   Other Expenses Table of Contents What's New Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Reimbursement of Travel, Meals, and EntertainmentReimbursements Miscellaneous ExpensesMeaning of generally enforced. Free federal tax return Kickbacks. Free federal tax return Form 1099-MISC. Free federal tax return Exception. Free federal tax return Tax preparation fees. Free federal tax return Covered executive branch official. Free federal tax return Exceptions to denial of deduction. Free federal tax return Indirect political contributions. Free federal tax return Type of deduction. Free federal tax return Repayment—$3,000 or less. Free federal tax return Repayment—over $3,000. Free federal tax return Method 1. Free federal tax return Method 2. Free federal tax return Repayment does not apply. Free federal tax return Year of deduction (or credit). Free federal tax return Telephone. Free federal tax return What's New Standard mileage rate. Free federal tax return  Beginning in 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for business use is 56. Free federal tax return 5 cents per mile. Free federal tax return For more information, see Car and truck expenses under Miscellaneous Expenses. Free federal tax return Introduction This chapter covers business expenses that may not have been explained to you, as a business owner, in previous chapters of this publication. Free federal tax return Topics - This chapter discusses: Travel, meals, and entertainment Bribes and kickbacks Charitable contributions Education expenses Lobbying expenses Penalties and fines Repayments (claim of right) Other miscellaneous expenses Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 15-B Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 526 Charitable Contributions 529 Miscellaneous Deductions 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 970 Tax Benefits for Education 1542 Per Diem Rates See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Free federal tax return Reimbursement of Travel, Meals, and Entertainment The following discussion explains how to handle any reimbursements or allowances you may provide to your employees under a reimbursement or allowance arrangement for travel, meals, and entertainment expenses. Free federal tax return If you are self-employed and report your income and expenses on Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040), see Publication 463. Free federal tax return To be deductible for tax purposes, expenses incurred for travel, meals, and entertainment must be ordinary and necessary expenses incurred while carrying on your trade or business. Free federal tax return Generally, you also must show that entertainment expenses (including meals) are directly related to, or associated with, the conduct of your trade or business. Free federal tax return For more information on travel, meals, and entertainment, including deductibility, see Publication 463. Free federal tax return Reimbursements A “reimbursement or allowance arrangement” provides for payment of advances, reimbursements, and allowances for travel, meals, and entertainment expenses incurred by your employees during the ordinary course of business. 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Free federal tax return If you reimburse these expenses under a nonaccountable plan, report the reimbursements as wages on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and deduct them as wages on the appropriate line of your tax return. Free federal tax return If you make a single payment to your employees and it includes both wages and an expense reimbursement, you must specify the amount of the reimbursement and report it accordingly. Free federal tax return See Table 11-1 , Reporting Reimbursements. Free federal tax return Accountable Plans An accountable plan requires your employees to meet all of the following requirements. Free federal tax return Each employee must: Have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as your employee, Adequately account to you for these expenses within a reasonable period of time, and Return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. Free federal tax return An arrangement under which you advance money to employees is treated as meeting (3) above only if the following requirements are also met. Free federal tax return The advance is reasonably calculated not to exceed the amount of anticipated expenses. Free federal tax return You make the advance within a reasonable period of time of your employee paying or incurring the expense. Free federal tax return If any expenses reimbursed under this arrangement are not substantiated, or an excess reimbursement is not returned within a reasonable period of time by an employee, you cannot treat these expenses as reimbursed under an accountable plan. Free federal tax return Instead, treat the reimbursed expenses as paid under a nonaccountable plan, discussed later. Free federal tax return Adequate accounting. Free federal tax return   Your employees must adequately account to you for their travel, meals, and entertainment expenses. Free federal tax return They must give you documentary evidence of their travel, mileage, and other employee business expenses. Free federal tax return This evidence should include items such as receipts, along with either a statement of expenses, an account book, a day-planner, or similar record in which the employee entered each expense at or near the time the expense was incurred. Free federal tax return Excess reimbursement or allowance. Free federal tax return   An excess reimbursement or allowance is any amount you pay to an employee that is more than the business-related expenses for which the employee adequately accounted. Free federal tax return The employee must return any excess reimbursement or other expense allowance to you within a reasonable period of time. Free federal tax return Reasonable period of time. Free federal tax return   A reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances. Free federal tax return Generally, actions that take place within the times specified in the following list will be treated as taking place within a reasonable period of time. Free federal tax return You give an advance within 30 days of the time the employee pays or incurs the expense. Free federal tax return Your employees adequately account for their expenses within 60 days after the expenses were paid or incurred. Free federal tax return Your employees return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expenses were paid or incurred. Free federal tax return You give a periodic statement (at least quarterly) to your employees that asks them to either return or adequately account for outstanding advances and they comply within 120 days of the date of the statement. Free federal tax return How to deduct. Free federal tax return   You can claim a deduction for travel, meals, and entertainment expenses if you reimburse your employees for these expenses under an accountable plan. Free federal tax return Generally, the amount you can deduct for meals and entertainment is subject to a 50% limit, discussed later. Free federal tax return If you are a sole proprietor, or are filing as a single member limited liability company, deduct the travel reimbursement on line 24a and the deductible part of the meals and entertainment reimbursement on line 24b, Schedule C (Form 1040) or line 2, Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040). Free federal tax return   If you are filing an income tax return for a corporation, include the reimbursement on the Other deductions line of Form 1120, U. Free federal tax return S. Free federal tax return Corporation Income Tax Return. Free federal tax return If you are filing any other business income tax return, such as a partnership or S corporation return, deduct the reimbursement on the appropriate line of the return as provided in the instructions for that return. Free federal tax return Table 11-1. Free federal tax return Reporting Reimbursements IF the type of reimbursement (or other expense allowance) arrangement is under THEN the employer reports on Form W-2 An accountable plan with: Actual expense reimbursement:  Adequate accounting made and excess returned No amount. Free federal tax return Actual expense reimbursement:  Adequate accounting and return of excess both required but excess not returned The excess amount as wages in box 1. Free federal tax return Per diem or mileage allowance up to the federal rate:  Adequate accounting made and excess returned No amount. Free federal tax return Per diem or mileage allowance up to the federal rate:  Adequate accounting and return of excess both required but excess not returned The excess amount as wages in box 1. Free federal tax return The amount up to the federal rate is reported only in box 12—it is not reported in box 1. 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Free federal tax return Your employee must actually substantiate to you the other elements of the expense, such as time, place, and business purpose. Free federal tax return Federal rate. Free federal tax return   The federal rate can be figured using any one of the following methods. Free federal tax return For car expenses: The standard mileage rate. Free federal tax return A fixed and variable rate (FAVR). Free federal tax return For per diem amounts: The regular federal per diem rate. Free federal tax return The standard meal allowance. Free federal tax return The high-low rate. Free federal tax return Car allowance. Free federal tax return   Your employee is considered to have accounted to you for car expenses that do not exceed the standard mileage rate. Free federal tax return Beginning in 2013, the standard business mileage rate is 56. Free federal tax return 5 cents per mile. Free federal tax return   You can choose to reimburse your employees using a fixed and variable rate (FAVR) allowance. Free federal tax return This is an allowance that includes a combination of payments covering fixed and variable costs, such as a cents-per-mile rate to cover your employees' variable operating costs (such as gas, oil, etc. Free federal tax return ) plus a flat amount to cover your employees' fixed costs (such as depreciation, insurance, etc. Free federal tax return ). Free federal tax return For information on using a FAVR allowance, see Revenue Procedure 2010-51, available at www. Free federal tax return irs. Free federal tax return gov/irb/2010-51_IRB/ar14. Free federal tax return html and Notice 2012-72, available at www. Free federal tax return irs. Free federal tax return gov/irb/2012-50_IRB/ar10. Free federal tax return html. Free federal tax return Per diem allowance. Free federal tax return   If your employee actually substantiates to you the other elements (discussed earlier) of the expenses reimbursed using the per diem allowance, how you report and deduct the allowance depends on whether the allowance is for lodging and meal expenses or for meal expenses only and whether the allowance is more than the federal rate. Free federal tax return Regular federal per diem rate. Free federal tax return   The regular federal per diem rate is the highest amount the federal government will pay to its employees while away from home on travel. Free federal tax return It has two components: Lodging expense, and Meal and incidental expense (M&IE). Free federal tax return The rates are different for different locations. Free federal tax return Publication 1542 lists the rates in the continental United States. Free federal tax return Standard meal allowance. Free federal tax return   The federal rate for meal and incidental expenses (M&IE) is the standard meal allowance. Free federal tax return You can pay only an M&IE allowance to employees who travel away from home if: You pay the employee for actual expenses for lodging based on receipts submitted to you, You provide for the lodging, You pay for the actual expense of the lodging directly to the provider, You do not have a reasonable belief that lodging expenses were incurred by the employee, or The allowance is computed on a basis similar to that used in computing the employee's wages (that is, number of hours worked or miles traveled). Free federal tax return Internet access. Free federal tax return    Per diem rates are available on the Internet. Free federal tax return You can access per diem rates at www. Free federal tax return gsa. Free federal tax return gov/perdiemrates. Free federal tax return High-low method. Free federal tax return   This is a simplified method of computing the federal per diem rate for travel within the continental United States. Free federal tax return It eliminates the need to keep a current list of the per diem rate for each city. Free federal tax return   Under the high-low method, the per diem amount for travel during January through September of 2013 is $242 ($65 for M&IE) for certain high-cost locations. Free federal tax return All other areas have a per diem amount of $163 ($52 for M&IE). Free federal tax return The high-cost locations eligible for the higher per diem amount under the high-low method are listed in Publication 1542. Free federal tax return   Effective October 1, 2013, the per diem rate for high-cost locations increased to $251 ($65 for M&IE). Free federal tax return The rate for all other locations increased to $170 ($52 for M&IE). Free federal tax return For October, November, and December 2013, you can either continue to use the rates described in the preceding paragraph or change to the new rates. Free federal tax return However, you must use the same rate for all employees reimbursed under the high-low method. Free federal tax return   For more information about the high-low method, see Notice 2013-65, available at www. Free federal tax return irs. Free federal tax return gov/irb/2013-44_IRB/ar13. Free federal tax return html. Free federal tax return See Publication 1542 (available on the Internet at IRS. Free federal tax return gov) for the current per diem rates for all locations. Free federal tax return Reporting per diem and car allowances. Free federal tax return   The following discussion explains how to report per diem and car allowances. Free federal tax return The manner in which you report them depends on how the allowance compares to the federal rate. Free federal tax return See Table 11-1. Free federal tax return Allowance less than or equal to the federal rate. Free federal tax return   If your allowance for the employee is less than or equal to the appropriate federal rate, that allowance is not included as part of the employee's pay in box 1 of the employee's Form W-2. Free federal tax return Deduct the allowance as travel expenses (including meals that may be subject to the 50% limit, discussed later). Free federal tax return See How to deduct under Accountable Plans, earlier. Free federal tax return Allowance more than the federal rate. Free federal tax return   If your employee's allowance is more than the appropriate federal rate, you must report the allowance as two separate items. Free federal tax return   Include the allowance amount up to the federal rate in box 12 (code L) of the employee's Form W-2. Free federal tax return Deduct it as travel expenses (as explained above). Free federal tax return This part of the allowance is treated as reimbursed under an accountable plan. Free federal tax return   Include the amount that is more than the federal rate in box 1 (and in boxes 3 and 5 if they apply) of the employee's Form W-2. Free federal tax return Deduct it as wages subject to income tax withholding, social security, Medicare, and federal unemployment taxes. Free federal tax return This part of the allowance is treated as reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan as explained later under Nonaccountable Plans. Free federal tax return Meals and Entertainment Under an accountable plan, you can generally deduct only 50% of any otherwise deductible business-related meal and entertainment expenses you reimburse your employees. Free federal tax return The deduction limit applies even if you reimburse them for 100% of the expenses. Free federal tax return Application of the 50% limit. Free federal tax return   The 50% deduction limit applies to reimbursements you make to your employees for expenses they incur for meals while traveling away from home on business and for entertaining business customers at your place of business, a restaurant, or another location. Free federal tax return It applies to expenses incurred at a business convention or reception, business meeting, or business luncheon at a club. Free federal tax return The deduction limit may also apply to meals you furnish on your premises to your employees. Free federal tax return Related expenses. Free federal tax return   Taxes and tips relating to a meal or entertainment activity you reimburse to your employee under an accountable plan are included in the amount subject to the 50% limit. Free federal tax return Reimbursements you make for expenses, such as cover charges for admission to a nightclub, rent paid for a room to hold a dinner or cocktail party, or the amount you pay for parking at a sports arena, are all subject to the 50% limit. Free federal tax return However, the cost of transportation to and from an otherwise allowable business meal or a business-related entertainment activity is not subject to the 50% limit. Free federal tax return Amount subject to 50% limit. Free federal tax return   If you provide your employees with a per diem allowance only for meal and incidental expenses, the amount treated as an expense for food and beverages is the lesser of the following. Free federal tax return The per diem allowance. Free federal tax return The federal rate for M&IE. Free federal tax return   If you provide your employees with a per diem allowance that covers lodging, meals, and incidental expenses, you must treat an amount equal to the federal M&IE rate for the area of travel as an expense for food and beverages. Free federal tax return If the per diem allowance you provide is less than the federal per diem rate for the area of travel, you can treat 40% of the per diem allowance as the amount for food and beverages. Free federal tax return Meal expenses when subject to “hours of service” limits. Free federal tax return   You can deduct 80% of the cost of reimbursed meals your employees consume while away from their tax home on business during, or incident to, any period subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits. Free federal tax return   See Publication 463 for a detailed discussion of individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits. Free federal tax return De minimis (minimal) fringe benefit. Free federal tax return   The 50% limit does not apply to an expense for food or beverage that is excluded from the gross income of an employee because it is a de minimis fringe benefit. Free federal tax return See Publication 15-B for additional information on de minimis fringe benefits. Free federal tax return Company cafeteria or executive dining room. Free federal tax return   The cost of food and beverages you provide primarily to your employees on your business premises is deductible. Free federal tax return This includes the cost of maintaining the facilities for providing the food and beverages. Free federal tax return These expenses are subject to the 50% limit unless they qualify as a de minimis fringe benefit, as just discussed, or unless they are compensation to your employees (explained later). Free federal tax return Employee activities. Free federal tax return   The expense of providing recreational, social, or similar activities (including the use of a facility) for your employees is deductible and is not subject to the 50% limit. Free federal tax return The benefit must be primarily for your employees who are not highly compensated. Free federal tax return   For this purpose, a highly compensated employee is an employee who meets either of the following requirements. Free federal tax return Owned a 10% or more interest in the business during the year or the preceding year. Free federal tax return An employee is treated as owning any interest owned by his or her brother, sister, spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. Free federal tax return Received more than $115,000 in pay for the preceding year. Free federal tax return You can choose to include only employees who were also in the top 20% of employees when ranked by pay for the preceding year. Free federal tax return   For example, the expenses for food, beverages, and entertainment for a company-wide picnic are not subject to the 50% limit. Free federal tax return Meals or entertainment treated as compensation. Free federal tax return   The 50% limit does not apply to either of the following. Free federal tax return Expenses for meals or entertainment that you treat as: Compensation to an employee who was the recipient of the meals or entertainment, and Wages subject to withholding of federal income tax. Free federal tax return Expenses for meals or entertainment if: A recipient of the meals or entertainment who is not your employee has to include the expenses in gross income as compensation for services or as a prize or award, and You include that amount on a Form 1099 issued to the recipient, if a Form 1099 is required. Free federal tax return Sales of meals or entertainment. Free federal tax return   You can deduct the cost of meals or entertainment (including the use of facilities) you sell to the public. Free federal tax return For example, if you run a nightclub, your expense for the entertainment you furnish to your customers, such as a floor show, is a business expense that is fully deductible. Free federal tax return The 50% limit does not apply to this expense. Free federal tax return Providing meals or entertainment to general public to promote goodwill. Free federal tax return   You can deduct the cost of providing meals, entertainment, or recreational facilities to the general public as a means of advertising or promoting goodwill in the community. Free federal tax return The 50% limit does not apply to this expense. Free federal tax return Director, stockholder, or employee meetings. Free federal tax return   You can deduct entertainment expenses directly related to business meetings of your employees, partners, stockholders, agents, or directors. Free federal tax return You can provide some minor social activities, but the main purpose of the meeting must be your company's business. Free federal tax return These expenses are subject to the 50% limit. Free federal tax return Trade association meetings. Free federal tax return   You can deduct expenses directly related to and necessary for attending business meetings or conventions of certain tax-exempt organizations. Free federal tax return These organizations include business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, and trade and professional associations. Free federal tax return Nonaccountable Plans A nonaccountable plan is an arrangement that does not meet the requirements for an accountable plan. 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Free federal tax return   Payments paid directly or indirectly to a person in violation of any federal or state law (but only if that state law is generally enforced, defined below) that provides for a criminal penalty or for the loss of a license or privilege to engage in a trade or business are also not allowed as a deduction for tax purposes. Free federal tax return Meaning of “generally enforced. Free federal tax return ”   A state law is considered generally enforced unless it is never enforced or enforced only for infamous persons or persons whose violations are extraordinarily flagrant. Free federal tax return For example, a state law is generally enforced unless proper reporting of a violation of the law results in enforcement only under unusual circumstances. Free federal tax return Kickbacks. Free federal tax return   A kickback is a payment for referring a client, patient, or customer. 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Free federal tax return Form 1099-MISC. Free federal tax return   It does not matter whether any kickbacks paid during the tax year are deductible on your income tax return in regards to information reporting. Free federal tax return See Form 1099-MISC for more information. Free federal tax return Car and truck expenses. Free federal tax return   The costs of operating a car, truck, or other vehicle in your business are deductible. Free federal tax return For more information on how to figure your deduction, see Publication 463. Free federal tax return Charitable contributions. Free federal tax return   Cash payments to an organization, charitable or otherwise, may be deductible as business expenses if the payments are not charitable contributions or gifts and are directly related to your business. Free federal tax return If the payments are charitable contributions or gifts, you cannot deduct them as business expenses. Free federal tax return However, corporations (other than S corporations) can deduct charitable contributions on their income tax returns, subject to limitations. Free federal tax return See the Instructions for Form 1120 for more information. Free federal tax return Sole proprietors, partners in a partnership, or shareholders in an S corporation may be able to deduct charitable contributions made by their business on Schedule A (Form 1040). Free federal tax return Example. Free federal tax return You paid $15 to a local church for a half-page ad in a program for a concert it is sponsoring. Free federal tax return The purpose of the ad was to encourage readers to buy your products. Free federal tax return Your payment is not a charitable contribution. Free federal tax return You can deduct it as an advertising expense. Free federal tax return Example. 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Free federal tax return   If you are disabled, you can deduct expenses necessary for you to be able to work (impairment-related expenses) as a business expense, rather than as a medical expense. Free federal tax return   You are disabled if you have either of the following. Free federal tax return A physical or mental disability (for example, blindness or deafness) that functionally limits your being employed. Free federal tax return A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of your major life activities. Free federal tax return   The expense qualifies as a business expense if all the following apply. Free federal tax return Your work clearly requires the expense for you to satisfactorily perform that work. Free federal tax return The goods or services purchased are clearly not needed or used, other than incidentally, in your personal activities. Free federal tax return Their treatment is not specifically provided for under other tax law provisions. 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Free federal tax return   Your expenses for influencing legislation and communicating directly with a covered executive branch official include a portion of your labor costs and general and administrative costs of your business. Free federal tax return For information on making this allocation, see section 1. Free federal tax return 162-28 of the regulations. Free federal tax return   You cannot claim a charitable or business expense deduction for amounts paid to an organization if both of the following apply. Free federal tax return The organization conducts lobbying activities on matters of direct financial interest to your business. Free federal tax return A principal purpose of your contribution is to avoid the rules discussed earlier that prohibit a business deduction for lobbying expenses. Free federal tax return   If a tax-exempt organization, other than a section 501(c)(3) organization, provides you with a notice on the part of dues that is allocable to nondeductible lobbying and political expenses, you cannot deduct that part of the dues. Free federal tax return Covered executive branch official. Free federal tax return   For purposes of this discussion, a covered executive branch official is any of the following. Free federal tax return The President. Free federal tax return The Vice President. Free federal tax return Any officer or employee of the White House Office of the Executive Office of the President and the two most senior level officers of each of the other agencies in the Executive Office. Free federal tax return Any individual who: Is serving in a position in Level I of the Executive Schedule under section 5312 of title 5, United States Code, Has been designated by the President as having Cabinet-level status, or Is an immediate deputy of an individual listed in item (a) or (b). Free federal tax return Exceptions to denial of deduction. Free federal tax return   The general denial of the deduction does not apply to the following. Free federal tax return Expenses of appearing before, or communicating with, any committee or member of any local council or similar governing body concerning its legislation (local legislation) if the legislation is of direct interest to you or to you and an organization of which you are a member. Free federal tax return An Indian tribal government is treated as a local council or similar governing body. Free federal tax return Any in-house expenses for influencing legislation and communicating directly with a covered executive branch official if those expenses for the tax year do not exceed $2,000 (excluding overhead expenses). Free federal tax return Expenses incurred by taxpayers engaged in the trade or business of lobbying (professional lobbyists) on behalf of another person (but does apply to payments by the other person to the lobbyist for lobbying activities). Free federal tax return Moving machinery. Free federal tax return   Generally, the cost of moving machinery from one city to another is a deductible expense. Free federal tax return So is the cost of moving machinery from one plant to another, or from one part of your plant to another. Free federal tax return You can deduct the cost of installing the machinery in the new location. Free federal tax return However, you must capitalize the costs of installing or moving newly purchased machinery. 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Free federal tax return   If you reported the amount as wages, unemployment compensation, or other nonbusiness ordinary income, enter it on Schedule A (Form 1040) as a miscellaneous itemized deduction that is subject to the 2% limitation. Free federal tax return However, if the repayment is over $3,000 and Method 1 (discussed later) applies, deduct it on Schedule A (Form 1040) as a miscellaneous itemized deduction that is not subject to the 2% limitation. Free federal tax return Repayment—$3,000 or less. Free federal tax return   If the amount you repaid was $3,000 or less, deduct it from your income in the year you repaid it. Free federal tax return Repayment—over $3,000. Free federal tax return   If the amount you repaid was more than $3,000, you can deduct the repayment, as described earlier. Free federal tax return However, you can instead choose to take a tax credit for the year of repayment if you included the income under a “claim of right. 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