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Free irs tax preparation Publication 559 - Main Content Table of Contents Personal RepresentativeDuties Fees Received by Personal Representatives Final Income Tax Return for Decedent—Form 1040Name, Address, and Signature When and Where To File Filing Requirements Income To Include Exemptions and Deductions Credits, Other Taxes, and Payments Tax Forgiveness for Armed Forces Members, Victims of Terrorism, and Astronauts Filing Reminders Other Tax InformationTax Benefits for Survivors Income in Respect of a Decedent Deductions in Respect of a Decedent Estate Tax Deduction Gifts, Insurance, and Inheritances Other Items of Income Income Tax Return of an Estate— Form 1041Filing Requirements Income To Include Exemption and Deductions Credits, Tax, and Payments Name, Address, and Signature When and Where To File Distributions to BeneficiariesIncome That Must Be Distributed Currently Other Amounts Distributed Discharge of a Legal Obligation Character of Distributions How and When To Report Bequest Termination of Estate Estate and Gift TaxesApplicable Credit Amount Gift Tax Estate Tax Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Comprehensive ExampleFinal Return for Decedent—Form 1040 Income Tax Return of an Estate—Form 1041 How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Personal Representative A personal representative of an estate is an executor, administrator, or anyone who is in charge of the decedent's property. Free irs tax preparation Generally, an executor (or executrix) is named in a decedent's will to administer the estate and distribute properties as the decedent has directed. Free irs tax preparation An administrator (or administratrix) is usually appointed by the court if no will exists, if no executor was named in the will, or if the named executor cannot or will not serve. Free irs tax preparation In general, an executor and an administrator perform the same duties and have the same responsibilities. Free irs tax preparation For estate tax purposes, if there is no executor or administrator appointed, qualified, and acting within the United States, the term “executor” includes anyone in actual or constructive possession of any property of the decedent. Free irs tax preparation It includes, among others, the decedent's agents and representatives; safe-deposit companies, warehouse companies, and other custodians of property in this country; brokers holding securities of the decedent as collateral; and the debtors of the decedent who are in this country. Free irs tax preparation Duties The primary duties of a personal representative are to collect all the decedent's assets, pay his or her creditors, and distribute the remaining assets to the heirs or other beneficiaries. Free irs tax preparation The personal representative also must perform the following duties. Free irs tax preparation Apply for an employer identification number (EIN) for the estate. Free irs tax preparation File all tax returns, including income, estate and gift tax returns, when due. Free irs tax preparation Pay the tax determined up to the date of discharge from duties. Free irs tax preparation Other duties of the personal representative in federal tax matters are discussed in other sections of this publication. Free irs tax preparation If any beneficiary is a nonresident alien, see Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities, for information on the personal representative's duties as a withholding agent. Free irs tax preparation Penalty. Free irs tax preparation   There is a penalty for failure to file a tax return when due unless the failure is due to reasonable cause. Free irs tax preparation Reliance on an agent (attorney, accountant, etc. Free irs tax preparation ) is not reasonable cause for late filing. Free irs tax preparation It is the personal representative's duty to file the returns for the decedent and the estate when due. Free irs tax preparation Identification number. Free irs tax preparation   The first action you should take if you are the personal representative for the decedent is to apply for an EIN for the estate. Free irs tax preparation You should apply for this number as soon as possible because you need to enter it on returns, statements, and other documents you file concerning the estate. Free irs tax preparation You also must give the number to payers of interest and dividends and other payers who must file a return concerning the estate. Free irs tax preparation   You can get an EIN by applying online at www. Free irs tax preparation irs. Free irs tax preparation gov (click on "Apply for an EIN Online" under the Tools heading). Free irs tax preparation Generally, if you apply online, you will receive your EIN immediately upon completing the application. Free irs tax preparation You can also apply using Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. Free irs tax preparation Generally, if you apply by mail, it takes about 4 weeks to get your EIN. Free irs tax preparation See the form instructions for other ways to apply. Free irs tax preparation   Payers of interest and dividends report amounts on Forms 1099 using the identification number of the person to whom the account is payable. Free irs tax preparation After a decedent's death, Forms 1099 must reflect the identification number of the estate or beneficiary to whom the amounts are payable. Free irs tax preparation As the personal representative handling the estate, you must furnish this identification number to the payer. Free irs tax preparation For example, if interest is payable to the estate, the estate's EIN must be provided to the payer and used to report the interest on Form 1099-INT, Interest Income. Free irs tax preparation If the interest is payable to a surviving joint owner, the survivor's identification number, such as an SSN or ITIN, must be provided to the payer and used to report the interest. Free irs tax preparation   If the estate or a survivor may receive interest or dividends after you inform the payer of the decedent's death, the payer should give you (or the survivor) a Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (or a similar substitute form). Free irs tax preparation Complete this form to inform the payer of the estate's (or if completed by the survivor, the survivor's) identification number and return it to the payer. Free irs tax preparation    Do not use the deceased individual's identifying number to file an individual income tax return after the decedent's final tax return. Free irs tax preparation Also do not use it to make estimated tax payments for a tax year after the year of death. Free irs tax preparation Penalty. 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Free irs tax preparation Form 56, Notice Concerning Fiduciary Relationship, is used for this purpose. Free irs tax preparation See the Instructions for Form 56 for filing requirements and other information. Free irs tax preparation   File Form 56 as soon as all the necessary information (including the EIN) is available. Free irs tax preparation It notifies the IRS that you, as the fiduciary, are assuming the powers, rights, duties, and privileges of the decedent. Free irs tax preparation The notice remains in effect until you notify the IRS (by filing another Form 56) that your fiduciary relationship with the estate has terminated. Free irs tax preparation Termination of fiduciary relationship. Free irs tax preparation   Form 56 should also be filed to notify the IRS if your fiduciary relationship is terminated or when a successor fiduciary is appointed if the estate has not been terminated. Free irs tax preparation See Form 56 and its instructions for more information. Free irs tax preparation   At the time of termination of the fiduciary relationship, you may want to file Form 4810, Request for Prompt Assessment Under Internal Revenue Code Section 6501(d), and Form 5495, Request for Discharge From Personal Liability Under Internal Revenue Code Section 2204 or 6905, to wind up your duties as fiduciary. Free irs tax preparation See below for a discussion of these forms. Free irs tax preparation Request for prompt assessment (charge) of tax. Free irs tax preparation   The IRS ordinarily has 3 years from the date an income tax return is filed, or its due date, whichever is later, to charge any additional tax due. Free irs tax preparation However, as a personal representative, you may request a prompt assessment of tax after the return has been filed. Free irs tax preparation This reduces the time for making the assessment to 18 months from the date the written request for prompt assessment was received. Free irs tax preparation This request can be made for any tax return (except the estate tax return) of the decedent or the decedent's estate. Free irs tax preparation This may permit a quicker settlement of the tax liability of the estate and an earlier final distribution of the assets to the beneficiaries. Free irs tax preparation Form 4810. Free irs tax preparation   Form 4810 can be used for making this request. Free irs tax preparation It must be filed separately from any other document. Free irs tax preparation   As the personal representative for the decedent's estate, you are responsible for any additional taxes that may be due. Free irs tax preparation You can request prompt assessment of any of the decedent's taxes (other than federal estate taxes) for any years for which the statutory period for assessment is open. Free irs tax preparation This applies even though the returns were filed before the decedent's death. Free irs tax preparation Failure to report income. Free irs tax preparation   If you or the decedent failed to report substantial amounts of gross income (more than 25% of the gross income reported on the return) or filed a false or fraudulent return, your request for prompt assessment will not shorten the period during which the IRS may assess the additional tax. Free irs tax preparation However, such a request may relieve you of personal liability for the tax if you did not have knowledge of the unpaid tax. Free irs tax preparation Request for discharge from personal liability for tax. Free irs tax preparation   An executor can make a request for discharge from personal liability for a decedent's income, gift, and estate taxes. Free irs tax preparation The request must be made after the returns for those taxes are filed. Free irs tax preparation To make the request, file Form 5495. Free irs tax preparation For this purpose, an executor is an executor or administrator that is appointed, qualified, and acting within the United States. Free irs tax preparation   Within 9 months after receipt of the request, the IRS will notify the executor of the amount of taxes due. Free irs tax preparation If this amount is paid, the executor will be discharged from personal liability for any future deficiencies. Free irs tax preparation If the IRS has not notified the executor, he or she will be discharged from personal liability at the end of the 9-month period. Free irs tax preparation    Even if the executor is discharged from personal liability, the IRS will still be able to assess tax deficiencies against the executor to the extent he or she still has any of the decedent's property. Free irs tax preparation Insolvent estate. Free irs tax preparation   Generally, if a decedent's estate is insufficient to pay all the decedent's debts, the debts due to the United States must be paid first. 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Free irs tax preparation Final Income Tax Return for Decedent—Form 1040 The personal representative (defined earlier) must file the final income tax return (Form 1040) of the decedent for the year of death and any returns not filed for preceding years. Free irs tax preparation A surviving spouse, under certain circumstances, may have to file the returns for the decedent. Free irs tax preparation See Joint Return, later. Free irs tax preparation Return for preceding year. Free irs tax preparation   If an individual died after the close of the tax year, but before the return for that year was filed, the return for the year just closed will not be the final return. Free irs tax preparation The return for that year will be a regular return and the personal representative must file it. Free irs tax preparation Example. Free irs tax preparation Samantha Smith died on March 21, 2013, before filing her 2012 tax return. 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Free irs tax preparation This allows the IRS to call the person you identified as the designee to answer any questions that may arise during the processing of the return. Free irs tax preparation It also allows the designee to perform certain actions. Free irs tax preparation See the Instructions for Form 1040 for details. Free irs tax preparation Signature. Free irs tax preparation   If a personal representative has been appointed, that person must sign the return. Free irs tax preparation If it is a joint return, the surviving spouse must also sign it. Free irs tax preparation If no personal representative has been appointed, the surviving spouse (on a joint return) signs the return and writes in the signature area “Filing as surviving spouse. Free irs tax preparation ” If no personal representative has been appointed and if there is no surviving spouse, the person in charge of the decedent's property must file and sign the return as “personal representative. Free irs tax preparation ” Paid preparer. Free irs tax preparation   If you pay someone to prepare, assist in preparing, or review the tax return, that person must sign the return and fill in the other blanks in the Paid Preparer Use Only area of the return. Free irs tax preparation See the Form 1040 instructions for details. Free irs tax preparation When and Where To File The final income tax return is due at the same time the decedent's return would have been due had death not occurred. Free irs tax preparation A final return for a decedent who was a calendar year taxpayer is generally due on April 15 following the year of death, regardless of when during that year death occurred. Free irs tax preparation However, when the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the return is filed timely if filed by the next business day. Free irs tax preparation The tax return must be prepared for the year of death regardless of when during the year death occurred. Free irs tax preparation Generally, you must file the final income tax return of the decedent with the Internal Revenue Service Center for the place where you live. Free irs tax preparation A tax return for a decedent can be electronically filed. Free irs tax preparation A personal representative may also obtain an income tax filing extension on behalf of a decedent. Free irs tax preparation Filing Requirements The gross income, age, and filing status of a decedent generally determine whether a return must be filed. Free irs tax preparation Gross income is all income received by an individual from any source in the form of money, goods, property, and services that is not tax-exempt. Free irs tax preparation It includes gross receipts from self-employment, but if the business involves manufacturing, merchandising, or mining, subtract any cost of goods sold. Free irs tax preparation In general, filing status depends on whether the decedent was considered single or married at the time of death. Free irs tax preparation See the income tax return instructions or Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Free irs tax preparation Refund A return must be filed to obtain a refund if tax was withheld from salaries, wages, pensions, or annuities, or if estimated tax was paid, even if a return is not otherwise required to be filed. Free irs tax preparation Also, the decedent may be entitled to other credits that result in a refund. Free irs tax preparation These advance payments of tax and credits are discussed later under Credits, Other Taxes, and Payments. Free irs tax preparation Form 1310, Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer. Free irs tax preparation   Form 1310 does not have to be filed if you are claiming a refund and you are: A surviving spouse filing an original or amended joint return with the decedent, or A court-appointed or certified personal representative filing the decedent’s original return and a copy of the court certificate showing your appointment is attached to the return. Free irs tax preparation   If the personal representative is filing a claim for refund on Form 1040X, Amended U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation Individual Income Tax Return, or Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement, and the court certificate has already been filed with the IRS, attach Form 1310 and write “Certificate Previously Filed” at the bottom of the form. Free irs tax preparation Example. Free irs tax preparation Edward Green died before filing his tax return. Free irs tax preparation You were appointed the personal representative for Edward's estate, and you file his Form 1040 showing a refund due. Free irs tax preparation You do not need Form 1310 to claim the refund if you attach a copy of the court certificate showing you were appointed the personal representative. Free irs tax preparation    If you are a surviving spouse and you receive a tax refund check in both your name and your deceased spouse's name, you can have the check reissued in your name alone. Free irs tax preparation Return the joint-name check marked “VOID” to your local IRS office or the service center where you mailed your return, along with a written request for reissuance of the refund check. Free irs tax preparation A new check will be issued in your name and mailed to you. Free irs tax preparation Death certificate. Free irs tax preparation   When filing the decedent's final income tax return, do not attach the death certificate or other proof of death to the final return. Free irs tax preparation Instead, keep it for your records and provide it if requested. Free irs tax preparation Nonresident Alien If the decedent was a nonresident alien who would have had to file Form 1040NR, U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return, you must file that form for the decedent's final tax year. Free irs tax preparation See the Instructions for Form 1040NR for the filing requirements, due date, and where to file. Free irs tax preparation Joint Return Generally, the personal representative and the surviving spouse can file a joint return for the decedent and the surviving spouse. Free irs tax preparation However, the surviving spouse alone can file the joint return if no personal representative has been appointed before the due date for filing the final joint return for the year of death. Free irs tax preparation This also applies to the return for the preceding year if the decedent died after the close of the preceding tax year and before filing the return for that year. Free irs tax preparation The income of the decedent that was includible on his or her return for the year up to the date of death (see Income To Include, later) and the income of the surviving spouse for the entire year must be included in the final joint return. Free irs tax preparation A final joint return with the decedent cannot be filed if the surviving spouse remarried before the end of the year of the decedent's death. Free irs tax preparation The filing status of the decedent in this instance is married filing a separate return. Free irs tax preparation For information about tax benefits to which a surviving spouse may be entitled, see Tax Benefits for Survivors, later, under Other Tax Information. Free irs tax preparation Personal representative may revoke joint return election. Free irs tax preparation   A court-appointed personal representative may revoke an election to file a joint return previously made by the surviving spouse alone. Free irs tax preparation This is done by filing a separate return for the decedent within one year from the due date of the return (including any extensions). Free irs tax preparation The joint return made by the surviving spouse will then be regarded as the separate return of that spouse by excluding the decedent's items and refiguring the tax liability. Free irs tax preparation Relief from joint liability. Free irs tax preparation   In some cases, one spouse may be relieved of joint liability for tax, interest, and penalties on a joint return for items of the other spouse that were incorrectly reported on the joint return. Free irs tax preparation If the decedent qualified for this relief while alive, the personal representative can pursue an existing request, or file a request, for relief from joint liability. Free irs tax preparation For information on requesting this relief, see Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief. Free irs tax preparation Income To Include The decedent's income includible on the final return is generally determined as if the person were still alive except that the taxable period is usually shorter because it ends on the date of death. Free irs tax preparation The method of accounting regularly used by the decedent before death also determines the income includible on the final return. Free irs tax preparation This section explains how some types of income are reported on the final return. Free irs tax preparation For more information about accounting methods, see Publication 538, Accounting Periods and Methods. Free irs tax preparation Cash Method If the decedent accounted for income under the cash method, only those items actually or constructively received before death are included on the final return. Free irs tax preparation Constructive receipt of income. Free irs tax preparation   Interest from coupons on the decedent's bonds is constructively received by the decedent if the coupons matured in the decedent's final tax year, but had not been cashed. Free irs tax preparation Include the interest income on the final return. Free irs tax preparation   Generally, a dividend is considered constructively received if it was available for use by the decedent without restriction. 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Free irs tax preparation A separate Form 1099 should show the interest and dividends earned after the date of the decedent's death and paid to the estate or other recipient that must include those amounts on its return. Free irs tax preparation You can request corrected Forms 1099 if these forms do not properly reflect the right recipient or amounts. Free irs tax preparation For example, a Form 1099-INT, reporting interest payable to the decedent, may include income that should be reported on the final income tax return of the decedent, as well as income that the estate or other recipient should report, either as income earned after death or as income in respect of the decedent (discussed later). Free irs tax preparation For income earned after death, you should ask the payer for a Form 1099 that properly identifies the recipient (by name and identification number) and the proper amount. 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Free irs tax preparation Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) Generally, the balance in a Coverdell ESA must be distributed within 30 days after the individual for whom the account was established reaches age 30, or dies, whichever is earlier. Free irs tax preparation The treatment of the Coverdell ESA at the death of an individual under age 30 depends on who acquires the interest in the account. Free irs tax preparation If the decedent's estate acquires the interest, the earnings on the account must be included on the final income tax return of the decedent. Free irs tax preparation The estate tax deduction, discussed later, does not apply to this amount. Free irs tax preparation If a beneficiary acquires the interest, see the discussion under Income in Respect of a Decedent, later. Free irs tax preparation The age 30 limitation does not apply if the individual for whom the account was established or the beneficiary that acquires the account is an individual with special needs. 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Free irs tax preparation For more information, see the discussion under Gifts, Insurance, and Inheritances under Other Tax Information, later. Free irs tax preparation Exemptions and Deductions Generally, the rules for exemptions and deductions allowed to an individual also apply to the decedent's final income tax return. Free irs tax preparation Show on the final return deductible items the decedent paid (or accrued, if the decedent reported deductions on an accrual method) before death. Free irs tax preparation This section contains a detailed discussion of medical expenses because the tax treatment of the decedent's medical expenses can be different. Free irs tax preparation See Medical Expenses, later. Free irs tax preparation Exemptions You can claim the decedent's personal exemption on the final income tax return. 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Free irs tax preparation Beginning in 2013, medical expenses exceeding 10% of adjusted gross income (AGI) may be deducted, unless the decedent or their spouse is age 65 or older. Free irs tax preparation In that case medical expenses exceeding 7. Free irs tax preparation 5% of AGI may be deducted. Free irs tax preparation Qualified medical expenses are not deductible if paid with a tax-free distribution from an HSA or an Archer MSA. Free irs tax preparation Election for decedent's expenses. Free irs tax preparation   Medical expenses not paid before death are liabilities of the estate and are shown on the federal estate tax return (Form 706). Free irs tax preparation However, if medical expenses for the decedent are paid out of the estate during the 1-year period beginning with the day after death, you can elect to treat all or part of the expenses as paid by the decedent at the time they were incurred. Free irs tax preparation   If you make the election, you can claim all or part of the expenses on the decedent's income tax return (if deductions are itemized) rather than on the federal estate tax return (Form 706). Free irs tax preparation You can deduct expenses incurred in the year of death on the final income tax return. Free irs tax preparation You should file an amended return (Form 1040X) for medical expenses incurred in an earlier year, unless the statutory period for filing a claim for that year has expired. Free irs tax preparation   The amount you can deduct on the income tax return is the amount above 10% of adjusted gross income (or 7. Free irs tax preparation 5% of adjusted gross income if the decedent or the decedent's spouse was born before January 2, 1949). Free irs tax preparation Amounts not deductible because of this percentage cannot be claimed on the federal estate tax return. Free irs tax preparation Making the election. 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Free irs tax preparation The personal representative of the estate paid the entire $800 liability in August 2013. Free irs tax preparation The personal representative may file an amended return (Form 1040X) for 2012 claiming the $500 medical expense as a deduction, subject to the 7. Free irs tax preparation 5% limit. Free irs tax preparation The $300 of expenses incurred in 2013 can be deducted on the final income tax return if deductions are itemized, subject to the 7. Free irs tax preparation 5% limit. Free irs tax preparation The personal representative must file a statement in duplicate with each return stating that these amounts have not been claimed on the federal estate tax return (Form 706), and waiving the right to claim such a deduction on Form 706 in the future. Free irs tax preparation Medical expenses not paid by estate. Free irs tax preparation   If you paid medical expenses for your deceased spouse or dependent, claim the expenses on your tax return for the year in which you paid them, whether they are paid before or after the decedent's death. Free irs tax preparation If the decedent was a child of divorced or separated parents, the medical expenses can usually be claimed by both the custodial and noncustodial parent to the extent paid by that parent during the year. Free irs tax preparation Insurance reimbursements. Free irs tax preparation   Insurance reimbursements of previously deducted medical expenses due a decedent at the time of death and later received by the decedent's estate are includible in the income tax return of the estate (Form 1041) for the year the reimbursements are received. Free irs tax preparation The reimbursements are also includible in the decedent's gross estate. Free irs tax preparation No deduction for funeral expenses can be taken on the final Form 1040 of a decedent. 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Free irs tax preparation   These rules limit the deductible loss to the amount which the individual was considered at-risk in the activity. Free irs tax preparation An individual generally will be considered at-risk to the extent of the money and the adjusted basis of property that he or she contributed to the activity and certain amounts the individual borrowed for use in the activity. Free irs tax preparation An individual will be considered at-risk for amounts borrowed only if he or she was personally liable for the repayment or if the amounts borrowed were secured by property other than that used in the activity. Free irs tax preparation The individual is not considered at-risk for borrowed amounts if the lender has an interest in the activity or if the lender is related to a person who has an interest in the activity. Free irs tax preparation For more information, see Publication 925, Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules. Free irs tax preparation Passive activity rules. Free irs tax preparation   A passive activity is any trade or business activity in which the taxpayer does not materially participate. Free irs tax preparation To determine material participation, see Publication 925. Free irs tax preparation Rental activities are passive activities regardless of the taxpayer's participation, unless the taxpayer meets certain eligibility requirements. Free irs tax preparation   Individuals, estates, and trusts can offset passive activity losses only against passive activity income. Free irs tax preparation Passive activity losses or credits not allowed in one tax year can be carried forward to the next year. Free irs tax preparation   If a passive activity interest is transferred because a taxpayer dies, the accumulated unused passive activity losses are allowed as a deduction against the decedent's income in the year of death. Free irs tax preparation Losses are allowed only to the extent they are greater than the excess of the transferee's (recipient of the interest transferred) basis in the property over the decedent's adjusted basis in the property immediately before death. Free irs tax preparation The part of the accumulated losses equal to the excess is not allowed as a deduction for any tax year. Free irs tax preparation   Use Form 8582, Passive Activity Loss Limitations, to summarize losses and income from passive activities and to figure the amounts allowed. Free irs tax preparation For more information, see Publication 925. Free irs tax preparation Credits, Other Taxes, and Payments Discussed below are some of the tax credits, types of taxes that may be owed, income tax withheld, and estimated tax payments reported on the final return of a decedent. Free irs tax preparation Credits On the final income tax return, you can claim any tax credits that applied to the decedent before death. 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Free irs tax preparation   For details on qualifying for or figuring the credit, see Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Free irs tax preparation Child tax credit. Free irs tax preparation   If the decedent had a qualifying child, you may be able to claim the child tax credit on the decedent's final return even though the return covers less than 12 months. Free irs tax preparation You may be able to claim the additional child tax credit and get a refund if the credit is more than the decedent's liability. Free irs tax preparation For more information, see the Instructions for Form 1040. Free irs tax preparation Adoption credit. Free irs tax preparation   Depending upon when the adoption was finalized, this credit may be taken on a decedent's final income tax return if the decedent: Adopted an eligible child and paid qualified adoption expenses, or Has a carryforward of an adoption credit from a prior year. Free irs tax preparation   Also, if the decedent is survived by a spouse who meets the filing status of qualifying widow(er), unused adoption credit may be carried forward and used following the death of the decedent. Free irs tax preparation See Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, and its instructions for more details. Free irs tax preparation General business tax credit. Free irs tax preparation   The general business credit available to a taxpayer is limited. Free irs tax preparation Any credit arising in a tax year beginning before 1998 that has not been used up can be carried forward for up to 15 years. Free irs tax preparation Any unused credit arising in a tax year beginning after 1997 has a 1-year carryback and a 20-year carryforward period. Free irs tax preparation   After the carryforward period, a deduction may be allowed for any unused business credit. Free irs tax preparation If the taxpayer dies before the end of the carryforward period, the deduction generally is allowed in the year of death. Free irs tax preparation   For more information on the general business credit, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. Free irs tax preparation Other Taxes Taxes other than income tax that may be owed on the final return of a decedent include self-employment tax and alternative minimum tax, which are reported on Form 1040. Free irs tax preparation Self-employment tax. Free irs tax preparation   Self-employment tax may be owed on the final return if either of the following applied to the decedent in the year of death: Net earnings from self-employment (excluding income described in (2)) were $400 or more; or Wages from services performed as a church employee were $108. Free irs tax preparation 28 or more. Free irs tax preparation Alternative minimum tax (AMT). Free irs tax preparation   The tax laws give special treatment to certain types of income and allow special deductions and credits for certain types of expenses. Free irs tax preparation The alternative minimum tax (AMT) was enacted so taxpayers who benefit from these laws still pay at least a minimum amount of tax. Free irs tax preparation In general, the AMT is the excess of the tentative minimum tax over the regular tax shown on the return. Free irs tax preparation Form 6251. Free irs tax preparation    Use Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals, to determine if this tax applies to the decedent. Free irs tax preparation See the form instructions for information on when you must attach Form 6251 to Form 1040. Free irs tax preparation Form 8801. Free irs tax preparation   If the decedent paid AMT in a previous year or had a credit carryforward, the decedent may be eligible for a minimum tax credit. Free irs tax preparation See Form 8801, Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax—Individuals, Estates, and Trusts. Free irs tax preparation Payments of Tax The income tax withheld from the decedent's salary, wages, pensions, or annuities, and the amount paid as estimated tax are credits (advance payments of tax) that must be claimed on the final return. Free irs tax preparation Tax Forgiveness for Armed Forces Members, Victims of Terrorism, and Astronauts Income tax liability may be forgiven for a decedent who dies due to service in a combat zone, due to military or terrorist actions, as a result of a terrorist attack, or while serving in the line of duty as an astronaut. Free irs tax preparation Combat Zone If a member of the Armed Forces of the United States dies while in active service in a combat zone or from wounds, disease, or injury incurred in a combat zone, the decedent's income tax liability is abated (forgiven) for the entire year in which death occurred and for any prior tax year ending on or after the first day the person served in a combat zone in active service. Free irs tax preparation For this purpose, a qualified hazardous duty area is treated as a combat zone. Free irs tax preparation If the tax (including interest, additions to the tax, and additional amounts) for these years has been assessed, the assessment will be forgiven. Free irs tax preparation If the tax has been collected (regardless of the date of collection), that tax will be credited or refunded. Free irs tax preparation Any of the decedent's income tax for tax years before those mentioned above that remains unpaid as of the actual (or presumptive) date of death will not be assessed. Free irs tax preparation If any unpaid tax (including interest, additions to the tax, and additional amounts) has been assessed, this assessment will be forgiven. Free irs tax preparation Also, if any tax was collected after the date of death, that amount will be credited or refunded. Free irs tax preparation The date of death of a member of the Armed Forces reported as missing in action or as a prisoner of war is the date his or her name is removed from missing status for military pay purposes. Free irs tax preparation This is true even if death actually occurred earlier. Free irs tax preparation For other tax information for members of the Armed Forces, see Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide. Free irs tax preparation Military or Terrorist Actions The decedent's income tax liability is forgiven if, at death, he or she was a military or civilian employee of the United States who died because of wounds or injury incurred: While a U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation employee, and In a military or terrorist action. Free irs tax preparation The forgiveness applies to the tax year in which death occurred and for any earlier tax year, beginning with the year before the year in which the wounds or injury occurred. Free irs tax preparation Example. Free irs tax preparation The income tax liability of a civilian employee of the United States who died in 2013 because of wounds incurred while a U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation employee in a terrorist attack that occurred in 2008 will be forgiven for 2013 and for all prior tax years in the period 2007 through 2012. Free irs tax preparation Refunds are allowed for the tax years for which the period for filing a claim for refund has not ended, as discussed later. Free irs tax preparation Military or terrorist action defined. Free irs tax preparation   A military or terrorist action means the following. Free irs tax preparation Any terrorist activity that most of the evidence indicates was directed against the United States or any of its allies. Free irs tax preparation Any military action involving the U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation Armed Forces and resulting from violence or aggression against the United States or any of its allies, or the threat of such violence or aggression. Free irs tax preparation   Terrorist activity includes criminal offenses intended to coerce, intimidate, or retaliate against the government or civilian population. Free irs tax preparation Military action does not include training exercises. Free irs tax preparation Any multinational force in which the United States is participating is treated as an ally of the United States. Free irs tax preparation Determining if a terrorist activity or military action has occurred. Free irs tax preparation   You may rely on published guidance from the IRS to determine if a particular event is considered a terrorist activity or military action. Free irs tax preparation Specified Terrorist Victim The Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001 (the Act) provides tax relief for those injured or killed as a result of terrorist attacks, certain survivors of those killed as a result of terrorist attacks, and others who were affected by terrorist attacks. Free irs tax preparation Under the Act, the federal income tax liability of those killed in the following attacks (specified terrorist victim) is forgiven for certain tax years. Free irs tax preparation The April 19, 1995, terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Free irs tax preparation Murrah Federal Building (Oklahoma City). Free irs tax preparation The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Free irs tax preparation The terrorist attacks involving anthrax occurring after September 10, 2001, and before January 1, 2002. Free irs tax preparation The Act also exempts from federal income tax the following types of income. Free irs tax preparation Qualified disaster relief payments made after September 10, 2001, to cover personal, family, living, or funeral expenses incurred because of a terrorist attack. Free irs tax preparation Certain disability payments received in tax years ending after September 10, 2001, for injuries sustained in a terrorist attack. Free irs tax preparation Certain death benefits paid by an employer to the survivor of an employee because the employee died as a result of a terrorist attack. Free irs tax preparation Payments from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund 2001. Free irs tax preparation The Act also reduces the estate tax of individuals who die as a result of a terrorist attack. Free irs tax preparation See Publication 3920, Tax Relief for Victims of Terrorist Attacks, for more information. Free irs tax preparation Astronauts Legislation extended the tax relief available under the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001 (the Act) to astronauts who died in the line of duty after December 31, 2002. Free irs tax preparation The decedent's income tax liability is forgiven for the tax year in which death occurs, and for the tax year prior to death. Free irs tax preparation For information on death benefit payments and the reduction of federal estate taxes, see Publication 3920. Free irs tax preparation However, the discussions in that publication under Death Benefits and Estate Tax Reduction should be modified for astronauts (for example, by using the date of death of the astronaut instead of September 11, 2001). Free irs tax preparation For more information on the Act, see Publication 3920. Free irs tax preparation Claim for Credit or Refund If any of these tax-forgiveness situations applies to a prior year tax, any tax paid for which the period for filing a claim has not ended will be credited or refunded. Free irs tax preparation If any tax is still due, it will be canceled. Free irs tax preparation The normal period for filing a claim for credit or refund is 3 years after the return was filed or 2 years after the tax was paid, whichever is later. Free irs tax preparation If death occurred in a combat zone or from wounds, disease, or injury incurred in a combat zone, the period for filing the claim is extended by: The amount of time served in the combat zone (including any period in which the individual was in missing status), plus The period of continuous qualified hospitalization for injury from service in the combat zone, if any, plus The next 180 days. Free irs tax preparation Qualified hospitalization means any hospitalization outside the United States and any hospitalization in the United States of not more than 5 years. Free irs tax preparation This extended period for filing the claim also applies to a member of the Armed Forces who was deployed outside the United States in a designated contingency operation. Free irs tax preparation Filing a claim. Free irs tax preparation   Use the following procedures to file a claim. Free irs tax preparation If a U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation individual income tax return (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) has not been filed, you should make a claim for refund of any withheld income tax or estimated tax payments by filing Form 1040. Free irs tax preparation Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, must accompany all returns. Free irs tax preparation If a U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation individual income tax return has been filed, you should make a claim for refund by filing Form 1040X. Free irs tax preparation You must file a separate Form 1040X for each year in question. Free irs tax preparation   You must file these returns and claims at the following address for regular mail (U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation Postal Service). Free irs tax preparation    Internal Revenue Service 333 W. Free irs tax preparation Pershing, P5–6503 Kansas City, MO 64108   Identify all returns and claims for refund by writing “Iraq—KIA,” “Enduring Freedom—KIA,” “Kosovo Operation—KIA,” “Desert Storm—KIA,” or “Former Yugoslavia—KIA” in bold letters on the top of page 1 of the return or claim. Free irs tax preparation On the applicable return, write the same phrase on the line for total tax. Free irs tax preparation If the individual was killed in a terrorist or military action, put “KITA” on the front of the return and on the line for total tax. Free irs tax preparation   Include an attachment showing the computation of the decedent's tax liability and a computation of the amount to be forgiven. Free irs tax preparation On joint returns, make an allocation of the tax as described below under Joint returns. Free irs tax preparation If you cannot make a proper allocation, attach a statement of all income and deductions allocable to each spouse and the IRS will make the proper allocation. Free irs tax preparation   You must attach Form 1310 to all returns and claims for refund. Free irs tax preparation However, for exceptions to filing Form 1310, see Form 1310. Free irs tax preparation Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer, under Refund, earlier. Free irs tax preparation   You must also attach proof of death that includes a statement that the individual was a U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation employee on the date of injury and on the date of death and died as the result of a military or terrorist action. Free irs tax preparation For military and civilian employees of the Department of Defense, attach DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty. Free irs tax preparation For other U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation civilian employees killed in the United States, attach a death certificate and a certification (letter) from the federal employer. Free irs tax preparation For other U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation civilian employees killed overseas, attach a certification from the Department of State. Free irs tax preparation   If you do not have enough tax information to file a timely claim for refund, you can suspend the period for filing a claim by filing Form 1040X. Free irs tax preparation Attach Form 1310, any required documentation currently available, and a statement that you will file an amended claim as soon as you have the required tax information. Free irs tax preparation Joint returns. Free irs tax preparation   If a joint return was filed, only the decedent's part of the income tax liability is eligible for forgiveness. Free irs tax preparation Determine the decedent's tax liability as follows. Free irs tax preparation Figure the income tax for which the decedent would have been liable if a separate return had been filed. Free irs tax preparation Figure the income tax for which the spouse would have been liable if a separate return had been filed. Free irs tax preparation Multiply the joint tax liability by a fraction. Free irs tax preparation The numerator of the fraction is the amount in (1), above. Free irs tax preparation The denominator of the fraction is the total of (1) and (2). Free irs tax preparation   The resulting amount from (3) above is the decedent's tax liability eligible for forgiveness. Free irs tax preparation Filing Reminders To minimize the time needed to process the decedent's final return and issue any refund, be sure to follow these procedures. Free irs tax preparation Write “DECEASED,” the decedent's name, and the date of death across the top of the tax return. Free irs tax preparation If a personal representative has been appointed, the personal representative must sign the return. Free irs tax preparation If it is a joint return, the surviving spouse must also sign it. Free irs tax preparation If you are the decedent's spouse filing a joint return with the decedent and no personal representative has been appointed, write “Filing as surviving spouse” in the area where you sign the return. Free irs tax preparation If no personal representative has been appointed and if there is no surviving spouse, the person in charge of the decedent's property must file and sign the return as “personal representative. Free irs tax preparation ” To claim a refund for the decedent, do the following. Free irs tax preparation If you are the decedent's spouse filing a joint return with the decedent, file only the tax return to claim the refund. Free irs tax preparation If you are the personal representative and the return is not a joint return filed with the decedent's surviving spouse, file the return and attach a copy of the certificate that shows your appointment by the court. Free irs tax preparation (A power of attorney or a copy of the decedent's will is not acceptable evidence of your appointment as the personal representative. Free irs tax preparation ) If you are filing an amended return, attach Form 1310 and a copy of the certificate of appointment (or, if you have already sent the certificate of appointment to IRS, write “Certificate Previously Filed” at the bottom of Form 1310). Free irs tax preparation If you are not filing a joint return as the surviving spouse and a personal representative has not been appointed, file the return and attach Form 1310. Free irs tax preparation Other Tax Information Discussed below is information about the effect of an individual's death on the income tax liability of the survivors (including widows and widowers), the beneficiaries, and the estate. Free irs tax preparation Tax Benefits for Survivors Survivors can qualify for certain benefits when filing their own income tax returns. Free irs tax preparation Joint return by surviving spouse. Free irs tax preparation   A surviving spouse can file a joint return for the year of death and may qualify for special tax rates for the following 2 years, as explained under Qualifying widows and widowers, later. Free irs tax preparation Decedent as your dependent. Free irs tax preparation   If the decedent qualified as your dependent for a part of the year before death, you can claim the exemption for the dependent on your tax return, regardless of when death occurred during the year. Free irs tax preparation   If the decedent was your qualifying child, you may be able to claim the child tax credit or the earned income credit. Free irs tax preparation To determine if you qualify for the child tax credit, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 51; Form 1040A, line 33; or Form 1040NR, line 48. Free irs tax preparation To determine if you qualify for the earned income credit, see the instructions for Form 1040, lines 64a and 64b or Form 1040A, lines 38a and 38b. Free irs tax preparation Qualifying widows and widowers. Free irs tax preparation   If your spouse died within the 2 tax years preceding the year for which your return is being filed, you may be eligible to claim the filing status of qualifying widow(er) with dependent child and qualify to use the married-filing-jointly tax rates. Free irs tax preparation Requirements. Free irs tax preparation   Generally, you qualify for this special benefit if you meet all of the following requirements. Free irs tax preparation You were entitled to file a joint return with your spouse for the year of death—whether or not you actually filed jointly. Free irs tax preparation You did not remarry before the end of the current tax year. Free irs tax preparation You have a child, stepchild, or foster child who qualifies as your dependent for the tax year. Free irs tax preparation You provide more than half the cost of maintaining your home, which is the principal residence of that child for the entire year except for temporary absences. Free irs tax preparation Example. Free irs tax preparation William Burns' wife died in 2010. Free irs tax preparation William has not remarried and continued throughout 2011 and 2012 to maintain a home for himself and his dependent child. Free irs tax preparation For 2010, he was entitled to file a joint return for himself and his deceased wife. Free irs tax preparation For 2011 and 2012, he qualifies to file as a qualifying widower with dependent child. Free irs tax preparation For later years, he may qualify to file as a head of household. Free irs tax preparation Figuring your tax. Free irs tax preparation   Check the box on line 5 (Form 1040 or 1040A) under Filing Status on your tax return. Free irs tax preparation Use the Tax Rate Schedule or the column in the Tax Table for Married filing jointly, which gives you the split-income benefits. Free irs tax preparation   The last year you can file jointly with, or claim an exemption for, your deceased spouse is the year of death. Free irs tax preparation Joint return filing rules. Free irs tax preparation   If you are the surviving spouse and a personal representative is handling the estate for the decedent, you should coordinate filing your return for the year of death with this personal representative. Free irs tax preparation See Joint Return under Final Income Tax Return for Decedent—Form 1040, earlier. Free irs tax preparation Income in Respect of a Decedent All income the decedent would have received had death not occurred that was not properly includible on the final return, discussed earlier, is income in respect of a decedent. Free irs tax preparation If the decedent is a specified terrorist victim (see Specified Terrorist Victim, earlier), income received after the date of death and before the end of the decedent's tax year (determined without regard to death) is excluded from the recipient's gross income. Free irs tax preparation This exclusion does not apply to certain income. Free irs tax preparation For more information, see Publication 3920. Free irs tax preparation How To Report Income in respect of a decedent must be included in the income of one of the following. Free irs tax preparation The decedent's estate, if the estate receives it. Free irs tax preparation The beneficiary, if the right to income is passed directly to the beneficiary and the beneficiary receives it. Free irs tax preparation Any person to whom the estate properly distributes the right to receive it. Free irs tax preparation If you have to include income in respect of a decedent in your gross income and an estate tax return (Form 706) was filed for the decedent, you may be able to claim a deduction for the estate tax paid on that income. Free irs tax preparation See Estate Tax Deduction, later. Free irs tax preparation Example 1. Free irs tax preparation Frank Johnson owned and operated an apple orchard. Free irs tax preparation He used the cash method of accounting. Free irs tax preparation He sold and delivered 1,000 bushels of apples to a canning factory for $2,000, but did not receive payment before his death. Free irs tax preparation The proceeds from the sale are income in respect of a decedent. Free irs tax preparation When the estate was settled, payment had not been made and the estate transferred the right to the payment to his widow. Free irs tax preparation When Frank's widow collects the $2,000, she must include that amount in her return. Free irs tax preparation It is not reported on the final return of the decedent or on the return of the estate. Free irs tax preparation Example 2. Free irs tax preparation Assume the same facts as in Example 1, except that Frank used the accrual method of accounting. Free irs tax preparation The amount accrued from the sale of the apples would be included on his final return. Free irs tax preparation Neither the estate nor the widow would realize income in respect of a decedent when the money is later paid. Free irs tax preparation Example 3. Free irs tax preparation On February 1, George High, a cash method taxpayer, sold his tractor for $3,000, payable March 1 of the same year. Free irs tax preparation His adjusted basis in the tractor was $2,000. Free irs tax preparation George died on February 15, before receiving payment. Free irs tax preparation The gain to be reported as income in respect of a decedent is the $1,000 difference between the decedent's basis in the property and the sale proceeds. Free irs tax preparation In other words, the income in respect of a decedent is the gain the decedent would have realized had he lived. Free irs tax preparation Example 4. Free irs tax preparation Cathy O'Neil was entitled to a large salary payment at the date of her death. Free irs tax preparation The amount was to be paid in five annual installments. Free irs tax preparation The estate, after collecting two installments, distributed the right to the remaining installments to you, the beneficiary. Free irs tax preparation The payments are income in respect of a decedent. Free irs tax preparation None of the payments were includible on Cathy's final return. Free irs tax preparation The estate must include in its income the two installments it received, and you must include in your income each of the three installments as you receive them. Free irs tax preparation Example 5. Free irs tax preparation You inherited the right to receive renewal commissions on life insurance sold by your father before his death. Free irs tax preparation You inherited the right from your mother, who acquired it by bequest from your father. Free irs tax preparation Your mother died before she received all the commissions she had the right to receive, so you received the rest. Free irs tax preparation The commissions are income in respect of a decedent. Free irs tax preparation None of these commissions were includible in your father's final return. Free irs tax preparation The commissions received by your mother were included in her income. Free irs tax preparation The commissions you received are not includible in your mother's income, even on her final return. Free irs tax preparation You must include them in your income. Free irs tax preparation Character of income. Free irs tax preparation   The character of the income you receive in respect of a decedent remains the same as it would have been to the decedent if he or she were alive. Free irs tax preparation If the income would have been a capital gain to the decedent, it will be a capital gain to you. Free irs tax preparation Transfer of right to income. Free irs tax preparation   If you transfer your right to income in respect of a decedent, you must include in your income the greater of: The amount you receive for the right, or The fair market value of the right you transfer. Free irs tax preparation   If you make a gift of such a right, you must include in your income the fair market value of the right at the time of the gift. Free irs tax preparation   If the right to income from an installment obligation is transferred, the amount you must include in income is reduced by the basis of the obligation. Free irs tax preparation See Installment obligations, later. Free irs tax preparation Transfer defined. Free irs tax preparation   A transfer for this purpose includes a sale, exchange, or other disposition, the satisfaction of an installment obligation at other than face value, or the cancellation of an installment obligation. Free irs tax preparation Installment obligations. Free irs tax preparation   If the decedent sold property using the installment method and you are collecting payments on an installment obligation acquired from the decedent, use the same gross profit percentage the decedent used to figure the part of each payment that represents profit. Free irs tax preparation Include in your income the same profit the decedent would have included had death not occurred. Free irs tax preparation For more information, see Publication 537, Installment Sales. Free irs tax preparation   If you dispose of an installment obligation acquired from a decedent (other than by transfer to the obligor), the rules explained in Publication 537 for figuring gain or loss on the disposition apply to you. Free irs tax preparation Transfer to obligor. Free irs tax preparation   A transfer of a right to income, discussed earlier, has occurred if the decedent (seller) sold property using the installment method and the installment obligation was transferred to the obligor (buyer or person legally obligated to pay the installments). Free irs tax preparation A transfer also occurs if the obligation was canceled either at death or by the estate or person receiving the obligation from the decedent. Free irs tax preparation An obligation that becomes unenforceable is treated as having been canceled. Free irs tax preparation   If such a transfer occurs, the amount included in the income of the transferor (the estate or beneficiary) is the greater of the amount received or the fair market value of the installment obligation at the time of transfer, reduced by the basis of the obligation. Free irs tax preparation The basis of the obligation is the decedent's basis, adjusted for all installment payments received after the decedent's death and before the transfer. Free irs tax preparation   If the decedent and obligor were related persons, the fair market value of the obligation cannot be less than its face value. Free irs tax preparation Specific Types of Income in Respect of a Decedent This section explains and provides examples of some specific types of income in respect of a decedent. Free irs tax preparation Wages. Free irs tax preparation   The entire amount of wages or other employee compensation earned by the decedent but unpaid at the time of death is income in respect of a decedent. Free irs tax preparation The income is not reduced by any amounts withheld by the employer. Free irs tax preparation If the income is $600 or more, the employer should report it in box 3 of Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and give the recipient a copy of the form or a similar statement. Free irs tax preparation   Wages paid as income in respect of a decedent are not subject to federal income tax withholding. Free irs tax preparation However, if paid during the calendar year of death, they are subject to withholding for social security and Medicare taxes. Free irs tax preparation These taxes should be included on the decedent's Form W-2 along with the taxes withheld before death. Free irs tax preparation These wages are not included in box 1 of Form W-2. 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Free irs tax preparation 12. Free irs tax preparation   Other Income Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Bartering Canceled DebtsInterest included in canceled debt. Free irs tax preparation Exceptions Host or Hostess Life Insurance ProceedsSurviving spouse. Free irs tax preparation Endowment Contract Proceeds Accelerated Death Benefits Public Safety Officer Killed in the Line of Duty Partnership Income S Corporation Income RecoveriesItemized Deduction Recoveries Rents from Personal Property RepaymentsMethod 1. Free irs tax preparation Method 2. Free irs tax preparation RoyaltiesDepletion. Free irs tax preparation Coal and iron ore. Free irs tax preparation Sale of property interest. Free irs tax preparation Part of future production sold. Free irs tax preparation Unemployment BenefitsTypes of unemployment compensation. Free irs tax preparation Governmental program. Free irs tax preparation Repayment of unemployment compensation. Free irs tax preparation Tax withholding. Free irs tax preparation Repayment of benefits. Free irs tax preparation Welfare and Other Public Assistance Benefits Other IncomeEmotional distress. Free irs tax preparation Deduction for costs involved in unlawful discrimination suits. Free irs tax preparation Energy conservation measure. Free irs tax preparation Dwelling unit. Free irs tax preparation Current income required to be distributed. Free irs tax preparation Current income not required to be distributed. Free irs tax preparation How to report. Free irs tax preparation Losses. Free irs tax preparation Grantor trust. Free irs tax preparation Nonemployee compensation. Free irs tax preparation Corporate director. Free irs tax preparation Personal representatives. Free irs tax preparation Manager of trade or business for bankruptcy estate. Free irs tax preparation Notary public. Free irs tax preparation Election precinct official. Free irs tax preparation Difficulty-of-care payments. Free irs tax preparation Maintaining space in home. Free irs tax preparation Reporting taxable payments. Free irs tax preparation Lotteries and raffles. Free irs tax preparation Form W-2G. Free irs tax preparation Reporting winnings and recordkeeping. Free irs tax preparation Inherited pension or IRA. Free irs tax preparation Employee awards or bonuses. Free irs tax preparation Pulitzer, Nobel, and similar prizes. Free irs tax preparation Payment for services. Free irs tax preparation VA payments. Free irs tax preparation Prizes. Free irs tax preparation Strike and lockout benefits. Free irs tax preparation Introduction You must include on your return all items of income you receive in the form of money, property, and services unless the tax law states that you do not include them. Free irs tax preparation Some items, however, are only partly excluded from income. Free irs tax preparation This chapter discusses many kinds of income and explains whether they are taxable or nontaxable. Free irs tax preparation Income that is taxable must be reported on your tax return and is subject to tax. Free irs tax preparation Income that is nontaxable may have to be shown on your tax return but is not taxable. Free irs tax preparation This chapter begins with discussions of the following income items. Free irs tax preparation Bartering. Free irs tax preparation Canceled debts. Free irs tax preparation Sales parties at which you are the host or hostess. Free irs tax preparation Life insurance proceeds. Free irs tax preparation Partnership income. Free irs tax preparation S Corporation income. Free irs tax preparation Recoveries (including state income tax refunds). Free irs tax preparation Rents from personal property. Free irs tax preparation Repayments. Free irs tax preparation Royalties. Free irs tax preparation Unemployment benefits. Free irs tax preparation Welfare and other public assistance benefits. Free irs tax preparation These discussions are followed by brief discussions of other income items. Free irs tax preparation Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 4681 Canceled Debts, Foreclosures, Repossessions, and Abandonments Bartering Bartering is an exchange of property or services. Free irs tax preparation You must include in your income, at the time received, the fair market value of property or services you receive in bartering. Free irs tax preparation If you exchange services with another person and you both have agreed ahead of time on the value of the services, that value will be accepted as fair market value unless the value can be shown to be otherwise. Free irs tax preparation Generally, you report this income on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business. Free irs tax preparation However, if the barter involves an exchange of something other than services, such as in Example 3 below, you may have to use another form or schedule instead. Free irs tax preparation Example 1. Free irs tax preparation You are a self-employed attorney who performs legal services for a client, a small corporation. Free irs tax preparation The corporation gives you shares of its stock as payment for your services. Free irs tax preparation You must include the fair market value of the shares in your income on Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) in the year you receive them. Free irs tax preparation Example 2. Free irs tax preparation You are self-employed and a member of a barter club. Free irs tax preparation The club uses “credit units” as a means of exchange. Free irs tax preparation It adds credit units to your account for goods or services you provide to members, which you can use to purchase goods or services offered by other members of the barter club. Free irs tax preparation The club subtracts credit units from your account when you receive goods or services from other members. Free irs tax preparation You must include in your income the value of the credit units that are added to your account, even though you may not actually receive goods or services from other members until a later tax year. Free irs tax preparation Example 3. Free irs tax preparation You own a small apartment building. Free irs tax preparation In return for 6 months rent-free use of an apartment, an artist gives you a work of art she created. Free irs tax preparation You must report as rental income on Schedule E (Form 1040), Supplemental Income and Loss, the fair market value of the artwork, and the artist must report as income on Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) the fair rental value of the apartment. Free irs tax preparation Form 1099-B from barter exchange. Free irs tax preparation   If you exchanged property or services through a barter exchange, Form 1099-B, Proceeds From Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions, or a similar statement from the barter exchange should be sent to you by February 18, 2014. Free irs tax preparation It should show the value of cash, property, services, credits, or scrip you received from exchanges during 2013. Free irs tax preparation The IRS also will receive a copy of Form 1099-B. Free irs tax preparation Canceled Debts In most cases, if a debt you owe is canceled or forgiven, other than as a gift or bequest, you must include the canceled amount in your income. Free irs tax preparation You have no income from the canceled debt if it is intended as a gift to you. Free irs tax preparation A debt includes any indebtedness for which you are liable or which attaches to property you hold. Free irs tax preparation If the debt is a nonbusiness debt, report the canceled amount on Form 1040, line 21. Free irs tax preparation If it is a business debt, report the amount on Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) (or on Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Farming, if the debt is farm debt and you are a farmer). Free irs tax preparation Form 1099-C. Free irs tax preparation   If a Federal Government agency, financial institution, or credit union cancels or forgives a debt you owe of $600 or more, you will receive a Form 1099-C, Cancellation of Debt. Free irs tax preparation The amount of the canceled debt is shown in box 2. Free irs tax preparation Interest included in canceled debt. Free irs tax preparation   If any interest is forgiven and included in the amount of canceled debt in box 2, the amount of interest also will be shown in box 3. Free irs tax preparation Whether or not you must include the interest portion of the canceled debt in your income depends on whether the interest would be deductible when you paid it. Free irs tax preparation See Deductible debt under Exceptions, later. Free irs tax preparation   If the interest would not be deductible (such as interest on a personal loan), include in your income the amount from Form 1099-C, box 2. Free irs tax preparation If the interest would be deductible (such as on a business loan), include in your income the net amount of the canceled debt (the amount shown in box 2 less the interest amount shown in box 3). Free irs tax preparation Discounted mortgage loan. Free irs tax preparation   If your financial institution offers a discount for the early payment of your mortgage loan, the amount of the discount is canceled debt. Free irs tax preparation You must include the canceled amount in your income. Free irs tax preparation Mortgage relief upon sale or other disposition. Free irs tax preparation   If you are personally liable for a mortgage (recourse debt), and you are relieved of the mortgage when you dispose of the property, you may realize gain or loss up to the fair market value of the property. Free irs tax preparation To the extent the mortgage discharge exceeds the fair market value of the property, it is income from discharge of indebtedness unless it qualifies for exclusion under Excluded debt , later. Free irs tax preparation Report any income from discharge of indebtedness on nonbusiness debt that does not qualify for exclusion as other income on Form 1040, line 21. Free irs tax preparation    You may be able to exclude part of the mortgage relief on your principal residence. Free irs tax preparation See Excluded debt, later. Free irs tax preparation   If you are not personally liable for a mortgage (nonrecourse debt), and you are relieved of the mortgage when you dispose of the property (such as through foreclosure), that relief is included in the amount you realize. Free irs tax preparation You may have a taxable gain if the amount you realize exceeds your adjusted basis in the property. Free irs tax preparation Report any gain on nonbusiness property as a capital gain. Free irs tax preparation   See Publication 4681 for more information. Free irs tax preparation Stockholder debt. Free irs tax preparation   If you are a stockholder in a corporation and the corporation cancels or forgives your debt to it, the canceled debt is a constructive distribution that is generally dividend income to you. Free irs tax preparation For more information, see Publication 542, Corporations. Free irs tax preparation   If you are a stockholder in a corporation and you cancel a debt owed to you by the corporation, you generally do not realize income. Free irs tax preparation This is because the canceled debt is considered as a contribution to the capital of the corporation equal to the amount of debt principal that you canceled. Free irs tax preparation Repayment of canceled debt. Free irs tax preparation   If you included a canceled amount in your income and later pay the debt, you may be able to file a claim for refund for the year the amount was included in income. Free irs tax preparation You can file a claim on Form 1040X if the statute of limitations for filing a claim is still open. Free irs tax preparation The statute of limitations generally does not end until 3 years after the due date of your original return. Free irs tax preparation Exceptions There are several exceptions to the inclusion of canceled debt in income. Free irs tax preparation These are explained next. Free irs tax preparation Student loans. Free irs tax preparation   Certain student loans contain a provision that all or part of the debt incurred to attend the qualified educational institution will be canceled if you work for a certain period of time in certain professions for any of a broad class of employers. Free irs tax preparation   You do not have income if your student loan is canceled after you agreed to this provision and then performed the services required. Free irs tax preparation To qualify, the loan must have been made by: The Federal Government, a state or local government, or an instrumentality, agency, or subdivision thereof, A tax-exempt public benefit corporation that has assumed control of a state, county, or municipal hospital, and whose employees are considered public employees under state law, or An educational institution: Under an agreement with an entity described in (1) or (2) that provided the funds to the institution to make the loan, or As part of a program of the institution designed to encourage its students to serve in occupations with unmet needs or in areas with unmet needs and under which the services provided by the students (or former students) are for or under the direction of a governmental unit or a tax-exempt organization described in section 501(c)(3). Free irs tax preparation   A loan to refinance a qualified student loan also will qualify if it was made by an educational institution or a qualified tax-exempt organization under its program designed as described in (3)(b) above. Free irs tax preparation Education loan repayment assistance. Free irs tax preparation   Education loan repayments made to you by the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (NHSC Loan Repayment Program), a state education loan repayment program eligible for funds under the Public Health Service Act, or any other state loan repayment or loan forgiveness program that is intended to provide for the increased availability of health services in underserved or health professional shortage areas are not taxable. Free irs tax preparation    The provision relating to the “other state loan repayment or loan forgiveness program” was added to this exclusion for amounts received in tax years beginning after December 31, 2008. Free irs tax preparation If you included these amounts in income in 2010, 2011, or 2012, you should file an amended tax return to exclude this income. Free irs tax preparation See Form 1040X and its instructions for details on filing. Free irs tax preparation Deductible debt. Free irs tax preparation   You do not have income from the cancellation of a debt if your payment of the debt would be deductible. Free irs tax preparation This exception applies only if you use the cash method of accounting. Free irs tax preparation For more information, see chapter 5 of Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. Free irs tax preparation Price reduced after purchase. Free irs tax preparation   In most cases, if the seller reduces the amount of debt you owe for property you purchased, you do not have income from the reduction. Free irs tax preparation The reduction of the debt is treated as a purchase price adjustment and reduces your basis in the property. Free irs tax preparation Excluded debt. Free irs tax preparation   Do not include a canceled debt in your gross income in the following situations. Free irs tax preparation The debt is canceled in a bankruptcy case under title 11 of the U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation Code. Free irs tax preparation See Publication 908, Bankruptcy Tax Guide. Free irs tax preparation The debt is canceled when you are insolvent. Free irs tax preparation However, you cannot exclude any amount of canceled debt that is more than the amount by which you are insolvent. Free irs tax preparation See Publication 908. Free irs tax preparation The debt is qualified farm debt and is canceled by a qualified person. Free irs tax preparation See chapter 3 of Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide. Free irs tax preparation The debt is qualified real property business debt. Free irs tax preparation See chapter 5 of Publication 334. Free irs tax preparation The cancellation is intended as a gift. Free irs tax preparation The debt is qualified principal residence indebtedness. Free irs tax preparation See Publication 525 for additional information. Free irs tax preparation Host or Hostess If you host a party or event at which sales are made, any gift or gratuity you receive for giving the event is a payment for helping a direct seller make sales. Free irs tax preparation You must report this item as income at its fair market value. Free irs tax preparation Your out-of-pocket party expenses are subject to the 50% limit for meal and entertainment expenses. Free irs tax preparation These expenses are deductible as miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2%-of-AGI limit on Schedule A (Form 1040), but only up to the amount of income you receive for giving the party. Free irs tax preparation For more information about the 50% limit for meal and entertainment expenses, see chapter 26. Free irs tax preparation Life Insurance Proceeds Life insurance proceeds paid to you because of the death of the insured person are not taxable unless the policy was turned over to you for a price. Free irs tax preparation This is true even if the proceeds were paid under an accident or health insurance policy or an endowment contract. Free irs tax preparation However, interest income received as a result of life insurance proceeds may be taxable. Free irs tax preparation Proceeds not received in installments. Free irs tax preparation   If death benefits are paid to you in a lump sum or other than at regular intervals, include in your income only the benefits that are more than the amount payable to you at the time of the insured person's death. Free irs tax preparation If the benefit payable at death is not specified, you include in your income the benefit payments that are more than the present value of the payments at the time of death. Free irs tax preparation Proceeds received in installments. Free irs tax preparation   If you receive life insurance proceeds in installments, you can exclude part of each installment from your income. Free irs tax preparation   To determine the excluded part, divide the amount held by the insurance company (generally the total lump sum payable at the death of the insured person) by the number of installments to be paid. Free irs tax preparation Include anything over this excluded part in your income as interest. Free irs tax preparation Surviving spouse. Free irs tax preparation   If your spouse died before October 23, 1986, and insurance proceeds paid to you because of the death of your spouse are received in installments, you can exclude up to $1,000 a year of the interest included in the installments. Free irs tax preparation If you remarry, you can continue to take the exclusion. Free irs tax preparation Surrender of policy for cash. Free irs tax preparation   If you surrender a life insurance policy for cash, you must include in income any proceeds that are more than the cost of the life insurance policy. Free irs tax preparation In most cases, your cost (or investment in the contract) is the total of premiums that you paid for the life insurance policy, less any refunded premiums, rebates, dividends, or unrepaid loans that were not included in your income. Free irs tax preparation    You should receive a Form 1099-R showing the total proceeds and the taxable part. Free irs tax preparation Report these amounts on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. Free irs tax preparation More information. Free irs tax preparation   For more information, see Life Insurance Proceeds in Publication 525. Free irs tax preparation Endowment Contract Proceeds An endowment contract is a policy under which you are paid a specified amount of money on a certain date unless you die before that date, in which case, the money is paid to your designated beneficiary. Free irs tax preparation Endowment proceeds paid in a lump sum to you at maturity are taxable only if the proceeds are more than the cost of the policy. Free irs tax preparation To determine your cost, subtract any amount that you previously received under the contract and excluded from your income from the total premiums (or other consideration) paid for the contract. Free irs tax preparation Include the part of the lump sum payment that is more than your cost in your income. Free irs tax preparation Accelerated Death Benefits Certain amounts paid as accelerated death benefits under a life insurance contract or viatical settlement before the insured's death are excluded from income if the insured is terminally or chronically ill. Free irs tax preparation Viatical settlement. Free irs tax preparation   This is the sale or assignment of any part of the death benefit under a life insurance contract to a viatical settlement provider. Free irs tax preparation A viatical settlement provider is a person who regularly engages in the business of buying or taking assignment of life insurance contracts on the lives of insured individuals who are terminally or chronically ill and who meets the requirements of section 101(g)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code. Free irs tax preparation Exclusion for terminal illness. Free irs tax preparation    Accelerated death benefits are fully excludable if the insured is a terminally ill individual. Free irs tax preparation This is a person who has been certified by a physician as having an illness or physical condition that can reasonably be expected to result in death within 24 months from the date of the certification. Free irs tax preparation Exclusion for chronic illness. Free irs tax preparation    If the insured is a chronically ill individual who is not terminally ill, accelerated death benefits paid on the basis of costs incurred for qualified long-term care services are fully excludable. Free irs tax preparation Accelerated death benefits paid on a per diem or other periodic basis are excludable up to a limit. Free irs tax preparation This limit applies to the total of the accelerated death benefits and any periodic payments received from long-term care insurance contracts. Free irs tax preparation For information on the limit and the definitions of chronically ill individual, qualified long-term care services, and long-term care insurance contracts, see Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts under Sickness and Injury Benefits in Publication 525. Free irs tax preparation Exception. Free irs tax preparation   The exclusion does not apply to any amount paid to a person (other than the insured) who has an insurable interest in the life of the insured because the insured: Is a director, officer, or employee of the person, or Has a financial interest in the person's business. Free irs tax preparation Form 8853. Free irs tax preparation   To claim an exclusion for accelerated death benefits made on a per diem or other periodic basis, you must file Form 8853, Archer MSAs and Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts, with your return. Free irs tax preparation You do not have to file Form 8853 to exclude accelerated death benefits paid on the basis of actual expenses incurred. Free irs tax preparation Public Safety Officer Killed in the Line of Duty If you are a survivor of a public safety officer who was killed in the line of duty, you may be able to exclude from income certain amounts you receive. Free irs tax preparation For this purpose, the term public safety officer includes law enforcement officers, firefighters, chaplains, and rescue squad and ambulance crew members. Free irs tax preparation For more information, see Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators. Free irs tax preparation Partnership Income A partnership generally is not a taxable entity. Free irs tax preparation The income, gains, losses, deductions, and credits of a partnership are passed through to the partners based on each partner's distributive share of these items. Free irs tax preparation Schedule K-1 (Form 1065). Free irs tax preparation    Although a partnership generally pays no tax, it must file an information return on Form 1065, U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation Return of Partnership Income, and send Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) to each partner. Free irs tax preparation In addition, the partnership will send each partner a copy of the Partner's Instructions for Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) to help each partner report his or her share of the partnership's income, deductions, credits, and tax preference items. Free irs tax preparation Keep Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) for your records. Free irs tax preparation Do not attach it to your Form 1040, unless you are specifically required to do so. Free irs tax preparation For more information on partnerships, see Publication 541, Partnerships. Free irs tax preparation Qualified joint venture. Free irs tax preparation   If you and your spouse each materially participate as the only members of a jointly owned and operated business, and you file a joint return for the tax year, you can make a joint election to be treated as a qualified joint venture instead of a partnership. Free irs tax preparation To make this election, you must divide all items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit attributable to the business between you and your spouse in accordance with your respective interests in the venture. Free irs tax preparation For further information on how to make the election and which schedule(s) to file, see the instructions for your individual tax return. Free irs tax preparation S Corporation Income In most cases, an S corporation does not pay tax on its income. Free irs tax preparation Instead, the income, losses, deductions, and credits of the corporation are passed through to the shareholders based on each shareholder's pro rata share. Free irs tax preparation Schedule K-1 (Form 1120S). Free irs tax preparation   An S corporation must file a return on Form 1120S, U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation Income Tax Return for an S Corporation, and send Schedule K-1 (Form 1120S) to each shareholder. Free irs tax preparation In addition, the S corporation will send each shareholder a copy of the Shareholder's Instructions for Schedule K-1 (Form 1120S) to help each shareholder report his or her share of the S corporation's income, losses, credits, and deductions. Free irs tax preparation Keep Schedule K-1 (Form 1120S) for your records. Free irs tax preparation Do not attach it to your Form 1040, unless you are specifically required to do so. Free irs tax preparation For more information on S corporations and their shareholders, see the Instructions for Form 1120S. Free irs tax preparation Recoveries A recovery is a return of an amount you deducted or took a credit for in an earlier year. Free irs tax preparation The most common recoveries are refunds, reimbursements, and rebates of deductions itemized on Schedule A (Form 1040). Free irs tax preparation You also may have recoveries of non-itemized deductions (such as payments on previously deducted bad debts) and recoveries of items for which you previously claimed a tax credit. Free irs tax preparation Tax benefit rule. Free irs tax preparation   You must include a recovery in your income in the year you receive it up to the amount by which the deduction or credit you took for the recovered amount reduced your tax in the earlier year. Free irs tax preparation For this purpose, any increase to an amount carried over to the current year that resulted from the deduction or credit is considered to have reduced your tax in the earlier year. Free irs tax preparation For more information, see Publication 525. Free irs tax preparation Federal income tax refund. Free irs tax preparation   Refunds of federal income taxes are not included in your income because they are never allowed as a deduction from income. Free irs tax preparation State tax refund. Free irs tax preparation   If you received a state or local income tax refund (or credit or offset) in 2013, you generally must include it in income if you deducted the tax in an earlier year. Free irs tax preparation The payer should send Form 1099-G, Certain Government Payments, to you by January 31, 2014. Free irs tax preparation The IRS also will receive a copy of the Form 1099-G. Free irs tax preparation If you file Form 1040, use the State and Local Income Tax Refund Worksheet in the 2013 Form 1040 instructions for line 10 to figure the amount (if any) to include in your income. Free irs tax preparation See Publication 525 for when you must use another worksheet. Free irs tax preparation   If you could choose to deduct for a tax year either: State and local income taxes, or State and local general sales taxes, then the maximum refund that you may have to include in income is limited to the excess of the tax you chose to deduct for that year over the tax you did not choose to deduct for that year. Free irs tax preparation For examples, see Publication 525. Free irs tax preparation Mortgage interest refund. Free irs tax preparation    If you received a refund or credit in 2013 of mortgage interest paid in an earlier year, the amount should be shown in box 3 of your Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement. Free irs tax preparation Do not subtract the refund amount from the interest you paid in 2013. Free irs tax preparation You may have to include it in your income under the rules explained in the following discussions. Free irs tax preparation Interest on recovery. Free irs tax preparation   Interest on any of the amounts you recover must be reported as interest income in the year received. Free irs tax preparation For example, report any interest you received on state or local income tax refunds on Form 1040, line 8a. Free irs tax preparation Recovery and expense in same year. Free irs tax preparation   If the refund or other recovery and the expense occur in the same year, the recovery reduces the deduction or credit and is not reported as income. Free irs tax preparation Recovery for 2 or more years. Free irs tax preparation   If you receive a refund or other recovery that is for amounts you paid in 2 or more separate years, you must allocate, on a pro rata basis, the recovered amount between the years in which you paid it. Free irs tax preparation This allocation is necessary to determine the amount of recovery from any earlier years and to determine the amount, if any, of your allowable deduction for this item for the current year. Free irs tax preparation For information on how to compute the allocation, see Recoveries in Publication 525. Free irs tax preparation Itemized Deduction Recoveries If you recover any amount that you deducted in an earlier year on Schedule A (Form 1040), you generally must include the full amount of the recovery in your income in the year you receive it. Free irs tax preparation Where to report. Free irs tax preparation   Enter your state or local income tax refund on Form 1040, line 10, and the total of all other recoveries as other income on Form 1040, line 21. Free irs tax preparation You cannot use Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. Free irs tax preparation Standard deduction limit. Free irs tax preparation   You generally are allowed to claim the standard deduction if you do not itemize your deductions. Free irs tax preparation Only your itemized deductions that are more than your standard deduction are subject to the recovery rule (unless you are required to itemize your deductions). Free irs tax preparation If your total deductions on the earlier year return were not more than your income for that year, include in your income this year the lesser of: Your recoveries, or The amount by which your itemized deductions exceeded the standard deduction. Free irs tax preparation Example. Free irs tax preparation For 2012, you filed a joint return. Free irs tax preparation Your taxable income was $60,000 and you were not entitled to any tax credits. Free irs tax preparation Your standard deduction was $11,900, and you had itemized deductions of $14,000. Free irs tax preparation In 2013, you received the following recoveries for amounts deducted on your 2012 return: Medical expenses $200 State and local income tax refund 400 Refund of mortgage interest 325 Total recoveries $925 None of the recoveries were more than the deductions taken for 2012. Free irs tax preparation The difference between the state and local income tax you deducted and your local general sales tax was more than $400. Free irs tax preparation Your total recoveries are less than the amount by which your itemized deductions exceeded the standard deduction ($14,000 − 11,900 = $2,100), so you must include your total recoveries in your income for 2013. Free irs tax preparation Report the state and local income tax refund of $400 on Form 1040, line 10, and the balance of your recoveries, $525, on Form 1040, line 21. Free irs tax preparation Standard deduction for earlier years. Free irs tax preparation   To determine if amounts recovered in 2013 must be included in your income, you must know the standard deduction for your filing status for the year the deduction was claimed. Free irs tax preparation Look in the instructions for your tax return from prior years to locate the standard deduction for the filing status for that prior year. Free irs tax preparation Example. Free irs tax preparation You filed a joint return on Form 1040 for 2012 with taxable income of $45,000. Free irs tax preparation Your itemized deductions were $12,350. Free irs tax preparation The standard deduction that you could have claimed was $11,900. Free irs tax preparation In 2013, you recovered $2,100 of your 2012 itemized deductions. Free irs tax preparation None of the recoveries were more than the actual deductions for 2012. Free irs tax preparation Include $450 of the recoveries in your 2013 income. Free irs tax preparation This is the smaller of your recoveries ($2,100) or the amount by which your itemized deductions were more than the standard deduction ($12,350 − $11,900 = $450). Free irs tax preparation Recovery limited to deduction. Free irs tax preparation   You do not include in your income any amount of your recovery that is more than the amount you deducted in the earlier year. Free irs tax preparation The amount you include in your income is limited to the smaller of: The amount deducted on Schedule A (Form 1040), or The amount recovered. Free irs tax preparation Example. Free irs tax preparation During 2012 you paid $1,700 for medical expenses. Free irs tax preparation From this amount you subtracted $1,500, which was 7. Free irs tax preparation 5% of your adjusted gross income. Free irs tax preparation Your actual medical expense deduction was $200. Free irs tax preparation In 2013, you received a $500 reimbursement from your medical insurance for your 2012 expenses. Free irs tax preparation The only amount of the $500 reimbursement that must be included in your income for 2013 is $200—the amount actually deducted. Free irs tax preparation Other recoveries. Free irs tax preparation   See Recoveries in Publication 525 if: You have recoveries of items other than itemized deductions, or You received a recovery for an item for which you claimed a tax credit (other than investment credit or foreign tax credit) in a prior year. Free irs tax preparation Rents from Personal Property If you rent out personal property, such as equipment or vehicles, how you report your income and expenses is in most cases determined by: Whether or not the rental activity is a business, and Whether or not the rental activity is conducted for profit. Free irs tax preparation In most cases, if your primary purpose is income or profit and you are involved in the rental activity with continuity and regularity, your rental activity is a business. Free irs tax preparation See Publication 535, Business Expenses, for details on deducting expenses for both business and not-for-profit activities. Free irs tax preparation Reporting business income and expenses. Free irs tax preparation    If you are in the business of renting personal property, report your income and expenses on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040). Free irs tax preparation The form instructions have information on how to complete them. Free irs tax preparation Reporting nonbusiness income. Free irs tax preparation   If you are not in the business of renting personal property, report your rental income on Form 1040, line 21. Free irs tax preparation List the type and amount of the income on the dotted line next to line 21. Free irs tax preparation Reporting nonbusiness expenses. Free irs tax preparation   If you rent personal property for profit, include your rental expenses in the total amount you enter on Form 1040, line 36. Free irs tax preparation Also enter the amount and “PPR” on the dotted line next to line 36. Free irs tax preparation   If you do not rent personal property for profit, your deductions are limited and you cannot report a loss to offset other income. Free irs tax preparation See Activity not for profit , under Other Income, later. Free irs tax preparation Repayments If you had to repay an amount that you included in your income in an earlier year, you may be able to deduct the amount repaid from your income for the year in which you repaid it. Free irs tax preparation Or, if the amount you repaid is more than $3,000, you may be able to take a credit against your tax for the year in which you repaid it. Free irs tax preparation Generally, you can claim a deduction or credit only if the repayment qualifies as an expense or loss incurred in your trade or business or in a for-profit transaction. Free irs tax preparation Type of deduction. Free irs tax preparation   The type of deduction you are allowed in the year of repayment depends on the type of income you included in the earlier year. Free irs tax preparation You generally deduct the repayment on the same form or schedule on which you previously reported it as income. Free irs tax preparation For example, if you reported it as self-employment income, deduct it as a business expense on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) or Schedule F (Form 1040). Free irs tax preparation If you reported it as a capital gain, deduct it as a capital loss as explained in the Instructions for Schedule D (Form 1040). Free irs tax preparation If you reported it as wages, unemployment compensation, or other nonbusiness income, deduct it as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Free irs tax preparation Repaid social security benefits. Free irs tax preparation   If you repaid social security benefits or equivalent railroad retirement benefits, see Repayment of benefits in chapter 11. Free irs tax preparation Repayment of $3,000 or less. Free irs tax preparation   If the amount you repaid was $3,000 or less, deduct it from your income in the year you repaid it. Free irs tax preparation If you must deduct it as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, enter it on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23. Free irs tax preparation Repayment over $3,000. Free irs tax preparation   If the amount you repaid was more than $3,000, you can deduct the repayment (as explained under Type of deduction , earlier). Free irs tax preparation However, you can choose instead to take a tax credit for the year of repayment if you included the income under a claim of right. Free irs tax preparation This means that at the time you included the income, it appeared that you had an unrestricted right to it. Free irs tax preparation If you qualify for this choice, figure your tax under both methods and compare the results. Free irs tax preparation Use the method (deduction or credit) that results in less tax. Free irs tax preparation When determining whether the amount you repaid was more or less than $3,000, consider the total amount being repaid on the return. Free irs tax preparation Each instance of repayment is not considered separately. Free irs tax preparation Method 1. Free irs tax preparation   Figure your tax for 2013 claiming a deduction for the repaid amount. Free irs tax preparation If you must deduct it as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, enter it on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. Free irs tax preparation Method 2. Free irs tax preparation   Figure your tax for 2013 claiming a credit for the repaid amount. Free irs tax preparation Follow these steps. Free irs tax preparation Figure your tax for 2013 without deducting the repaid amount. Free irs tax preparation Refigure your tax from the earlier year without including in income the amount you repaid in 2013. Free irs tax preparation Subtract the tax in (2) from the tax shown on your return for the earlier year. Free irs tax preparation This is the credit. Free irs tax preparation Subtract the answer in (3) from the tax for 2013 figured without the deduction (Step 1). Free irs tax preparation   If method 1 results in less tax, deduct the amount repaid. Free irs tax preparation If method 2 results in less tax, claim the credit figured in (3) above on Form 1040, line 71, by adding the amount of the credit to any other credits on this line, and entering “I. Free irs tax preparation R. Free irs tax preparation C. Free irs tax preparation 1341” in the column to the right of line 71. Free irs tax preparation   An example of this computation can be found in Publication 525. Free irs tax preparation Repaid wages subject to social security and Medicare taxes. Free irs tax preparation   If you had to repay an amount that you included in your wages or compensation in an earlier year on which social security, Medicare, or tier 1 RRTA taxes were paid, ask your employer to refund the excess amount to you. Free irs tax preparation If the employer refuses to refund the taxes, ask for a statement indicating the amount of the overcollection to support your claim. Free irs tax preparation File a claim for refund using Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement. Free irs tax preparation Repaid wages subject to Additional Medicare Tax. Free irs tax preparation   Employers cannot make an adjustment or file a claim for refund for Additional Medicare Tax withholding when there is a repayment of wages received by an employee in a prior year because the employee determines liability for Additional Medicare Tax on the employee's income tax return for the prior year. Free irs tax preparation If you had to repay an amount that you included in your wages or compensation in an earlier year, and on which Additional Medicare Tax was paid, you may be able to recover the Additional Medicare Tax paid on the amount. Free irs tax preparation To recover Additional Medicare Tax on the repaid wages or compensation, you must file Form 1040X, Amended U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation Individual Income Tax Return, for the prior year in which the wages or compensation were originally received. Free irs tax preparation See the Instructions for Form 1040X. Free irs tax preparation Royalties Royalties from copyrights, patents, and oil, gas, and mineral properties are taxable as ordinary income. Free irs tax preparation In most cases you report royalties in Part I of Schedule E (Form 1040). Free irs tax preparation However, if you hold an operating oil, gas, or mineral interest or are in business as a self-employed writer, inventor, artist, etc. Free irs tax preparation , report your income and expenses on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040). Free irs tax preparation Copyrights and patents. Free irs tax preparation   Royalties from copyrights on literary, musical, or artistic works, and similar property, or from patents on inventions, are amounts paid to you for the right to use your work over a specified period of time. Free irs tax preparation Royalties generally are based on the number of units sold, such as the number of books, tickets to a performance, or machines sold. Free irs tax preparation Oil, gas, and minerals. Free irs tax preparation   Royalty income from oil, gas, and mineral properties is the amount you receive when natural resources are extracted from your property. Free irs tax preparation The royalties are based on units, such as barrels, tons, etc. Free irs tax preparation , and are paid to you by a person or company who leases the property from you. Free irs tax preparation Depletion. Free irs tax preparation   If you are the owner of an economic interest in mineral deposits or oil and gas wells, you can recover your investment through the depletion allowance. Free irs tax preparation For information on this subject, see chapter 9 of Publication 535. Free irs tax preparation Coal and iron ore. Free irs tax preparation   Under certain circumstances, you can treat amounts you receive from the disposal of coal and iron ore as payments from the sale of a capital asset, rather than as royalty income. Free irs tax preparation For information about gain or loss from the sale of coal and iron ore, see Publication 544. Free irs tax preparation Sale of property interest. Free irs tax preparation   If you sell your complete interest in oil, gas, or mineral rights, the amount you receive is considered payment for the sale of property used in a trade or business under section 1231, not royalty income. Free irs tax preparation Under certain circumstances, the sale is subject to capital gain or loss treatment as explained in the Instructions for Schedule D (Form 1040). Free irs tax preparation For more information on selling section 1231 property, see chapter 3 of Publication 544. Free irs tax preparation   If you retain a royalty, an overriding royalty, or a net profit interest in a mineral property for the life of the property, you have made a lease or a sublease, and any cash you receive for the assignment of other interests in the property is ordinary income subject to a depletion allowance. Free irs tax preparation Part of future production sold. Free irs tax preparation   If you own mineral property but sell part of the future production, in most cases you treat the money you receive from the buyer at the time of the sale as a loan from the buyer. Free irs tax preparation Do not include it in your income or take depletion based on it. Free irs tax preparation   When production begins, you include all the proceeds in your income, deduct all the production expenses, and deduct depletion from that amount to arrive at your taxable income from the property. Free irs tax preparation Unemployment Benefits The tax treatment of unemployment benefits you receive depends on the type of program paying the benefits. Free irs tax preparation Unemployment compensation. Free irs tax preparation   You must include in income all unemployment compensation you receive. Free irs tax preparation You should receive a Form 1099-G showing in box 1 the total unemployment compensation paid to you. Free irs tax preparation In most cases, you enter unemployment compensation on line 19 of Form 1040, line 13 of Form 1040A, or line 3 of Form 1040EZ. Free irs tax preparation Types of unemployment compensation. Free irs tax preparation   Unemployment compensation generally includes any amount received under an unemployment compensation law of the United States or of a state. Free irs tax preparation It includes the following benefits. Free irs tax preparation Benefits paid by a state or the District of Columbia from the Federal Unemployment Trust Fund. Free irs tax preparation State unemployment insurance benefits. Free irs tax preparation Railroad unemployment compensation benefits. Free irs tax preparation Disability payments from a government program paid as a substitute for unemployment compensation. Free irs tax preparation (Amounts received as workers' compensation for injuries or illness are not unemployment compensation. Free irs tax preparation See chapter 5 for more information. Free irs tax preparation ) Trade readjustment allowances under the Trade Act of 1974. Free irs tax preparation Unemployment assistance under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Free irs tax preparation Unemployment assistance under the Airline Deregulation Act of 1974 Program. Free irs tax preparation Governmental program. Free irs tax preparation   If you contribute to a governmental unemployment compensation program and your contributions are not deductible, amounts you receive under the program are not included as unemployment compensation until you recover your contributions. Free irs tax preparation If you deducted all of your contributions to the program, the entire amount you receive under the program is included in your income. Free irs tax preparation Repayment of unemployment compensation. Free irs tax preparation   If you repaid in 2013 unemployment compensation you received in 2013, subtract the amount you repaid from the total amount you received and enter the difference on line 19 of Form 1040, line 13 of Form 1040A, or line 3 of Form 1040EZ. Free irs tax preparation On the dotted line next to your entry enter “Repaid” and the amount you repaid. Free irs tax preparation If you repaid unemployment compensation in 2013 that you included in income in an earlier year, you can deduct the amount repaid on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23, if you itemize deductions. Free irs tax preparation If the amount is more than $3,000, see Repayments , earlier. Free irs tax preparation Tax withholding. Free irs tax preparation   You can choose to have federal income tax withheld from your unemployment compensation. Free irs tax preparation To make this choice, complete Form W-4V, Voluntary Withholding Request, and give it to the paying office. Free irs tax preparation Tax will be withheld at 10% of your payment. Free irs tax preparation    If you do not choose to have tax withheld from your unemployment compensation, you may be liable for estimated tax. Free irs tax preparation If you do not pay enough tax, either through withholding or estimated tax, or a combination of both, you may have to pay a penalty. Free irs tax preparation For more information on estimated tax, see chapter 4. Free irs tax preparation Supplemental unemployment benefits. Free irs tax preparation   Benefits received from an employer-financed fund (to which the employees did not contribute) are not unemployment compensation. Free irs tax preparation They are taxable as wages and are subject to withholding for income tax. Free irs tax preparation They may be subject to social security and Medicare taxes. Free irs tax preparation For more information, see Supplemental Unemployment Benefits in section 5 of Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide. Free irs tax preparation Report these payments on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A or on line 1 of Form 1040EZ. Free irs tax preparation Repayment of benefits. Free irs tax preparation   You may have to repay some of your supplemental unemployment benefits to qualify for trade readjustment allowances under the Trade Act of 1974. Free irs tax preparation If you repay supplemental unemployment benefits in the same year you receive them, reduce the total benefits by the amount you repay. Free irs tax preparation If you repay the benefits in a later year, you must include the full amount of the benefits received in your income for the year you received them. Free irs tax preparation   Deduct the repayment in the later year as an adjustment to gross income on Form 1040. Free irs tax preparation (You cannot use Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. Free irs tax preparation ) Include the repayment on Form 1040, line 36, and enter “Sub-Pay TRA” and the amount on the dotted line next to line 36. Free irs tax preparation If the amount you repay in a later year is more than $3,000, you may be able to take a credit against your tax for the later year instead of deducting the amount repaid. Free irs tax preparation For more information on this, see Repayments , earlier. Free irs tax preparation Private unemployment fund. Free irs tax preparation   Unemployment benefit payments from a private (nonunion) fund to which you voluntarily contribute are taxable only if the amounts you receive are more than your total payments into the fund. Free irs tax preparation Report the taxable amount on Form 1040, line 21. Free irs tax preparation Payments by a union. Free irs tax preparation   Benefits paid to you as an unemployed member of a union from regular union dues are included in your income on Form 1040, line 21. Free irs tax preparation However, if you contribute to a special union fund and your payments to the fund are not deductible, the unemployment benefits you receive from the fund are includible in your income only to the extent they are more than your contributions. Free irs tax preparation Guaranteed annual wage. Free irs tax preparation   Payments you receive from your employer during periods of unemployment, under a union agreement that guarantees you full pay during the year, are taxable as wages. Free irs tax preparation Include them on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A or on line 1 of Form 1040EZ. Free irs tax preparation State employees. Free irs tax preparation   Payments similar to a state's unemployment compensation may be made by the state to its employees who are not covered by the state's unemployment compensation law. Free irs tax preparation Although the payments are fully taxable, do not report them as unemployment compensation. Free irs tax preparation Report these payments on Form 1040, line 21. Free irs tax preparation Welfare and Other Public Assistance Benefits Do not include in your income governmental benefit payments from a public welfare fund based upon need, such as payments to blind individuals under a state public assistance law. Free irs tax preparation Payments from a state fund for the victims of crime should not be included in the victims' incomes if they are in the nature of welfare payments. Free irs tax preparation Do not deduct medical expenses that are reimbursed by such a fund. Free irs tax preparation You must include in your income any welfare payments that are compensation for services or that are obtained fraudulently. Free irs tax preparation Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) payments. Free irs tax preparation   RTAA payments received from a state must be included in your income. Free irs tax preparation The state must send you Form 1099-G to advise you of the amount you should include in income. Free irs tax preparation The amount should be reported on Form 1040, line 21. Free irs tax preparation Persons with disabilities. Free irs tax preparation   If you have a disability, you must include in income compensation you receive for services you perform unless the compensation is otherwise excluded. Free irs tax preparation However, you do not include in income the value of goods, services, and cash that you receive, not in return for your services, but for your training and rehabilitation because you have a disability. Free irs tax preparation Excludable amounts include payments for transportation and attendant care, such as interpreter services for the deaf, reader services for the blind, and services to help individuals with an intellectual disability do their work. Free irs tax preparation Disaster relief grants. Free irs tax preparation    Do not include post-disaster grants received under the Robert T. Free irs tax preparation Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in your income if the grant payments are made to help you meet necessary expenses or serious needs for medical, dental, housing, personal property, transportation, child care, or funeral expenses. Free irs tax preparation Do not deduct casualty losses or medical expenses that are specifically reimbursed by these disaster relief grants. Free irs tax preparation If you have deducted a casualty loss for the loss of your personal residence and you later receive a disaster relief grant for the loss of the same residence, you may have to include part or all of the grant in your taxable income. Free irs tax preparation See Recoveries , earlier. Free irs tax preparation Unemployment assistance payments under the Act are taxable unemployment compensation. Free irs tax preparation See Unemployment compensation under Unemployment Benefits, earlier. Free irs tax preparation Disaster relief payments. Free irs tax preparation   You can exclude from income any amount you receive that is a qualified disaster relief payment. Free irs tax preparation A qualified disaster relief payment is an amount paid to you: To reimburse or pay reasonable and necessary personal, family, living, or funeral expenses that result from a qualified disaster; To reimburse or pay reasonable and necessary expenses incurred for the repair or rehabilitation of your home or repair or replacement of its contents to the extent it is due to a qualified disaster; By a person engaged in the furnishing or sale of transportation as a common carrier because of the death or personal physical injuries incurred as a result of a qualified disaster; or By a federal, state, or local government, or agency, or instrumentality in connection with a qualified disaster in order to promote the general welfare. Free irs tax preparation You can exclude this amount only to the extent any expense it pays for is not paid for by insurance or otherwise. Free irs tax preparation The exclusion does not apply if you were a participant or conspirator in a terrorist action or a representative of one. Free irs tax preparation   A qualified disaster is: A disaster which results from a terrorist or military action; A federally declared disaster; or A disaster which results from an accident involving a common carrier, or from any other event, which is determined to be catastrophic by the Secretary of the Treasury or his or her delegate. Free irs tax preparation   For amounts paid under item (4), a disaster is qualified if it is determined by an applicable federal, state, or local authority to warrant assistance from the federal, state, or local government, agency, or instrumentality. Free irs tax preparation Disaster mitigation payments. Free irs tax preparation   You also can exclude from income any amount you receive that is a qualified disaster mitigation payment. Free irs tax preparation Qualified disaster mitigation payments are also most commonly paid to you in the period immediately following damage to property as a result of a natural disaster. Free irs tax preparation However, disaster mitigation payments are used to mitigate (reduce the severity of) potential damage from future natural disasters. Free irs tax preparation They are paid to you through state and local governments based on the provisions of the Robert T. Free irs tax preparation Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act or the National Flood Insurance Act. Free irs tax preparation   You cannot increase the basis or adjusted basis of your property for improvements made with nontaxable disaster mitigation payments. Free irs tax preparation Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Free irs tax preparation   If you benefit from Pay-for-Performance Success Payments under HAMP, the payments are not taxable. Free irs tax preparation Mortgage assistance payments under section 235 of the National Housing Act. Free irs tax preparation   Payments made under section 235 of the National Housing Act for mortgage assistance are not included in the homeowner's income. Free irs tax preparation Interest paid for the homeowner under the mortgage assistance program cannot be deducted. Free irs tax preparation Medicare. Free irs tax preparation   Medicare benefits received under title XVIII of the Social Security Act are not includible in the gross income of the individuals for whom they are paid. Free irs tax preparation This includes basic (part A (Hospital Insurance Benefits for the Aged)) and supplementary (part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance Benefits for the Aged)). Free irs tax preparation Old-age, survivors, and disability insurance benefits (OASDI). Free irs tax preparation   Generally, OASDI payments under section 202 of title II of the Social Security Act are not includible in the gross income of the individuals to whom they are paid. Free irs tax preparation This applies to old-age insurance benefits, and insurance benefits for wives, husbands, children, widows, widowers, mothers and fathers, and parents, as well as the lump-sum death payment. Free irs tax preparation Nutrition Program for the Elderly. Free irs tax preparation    Food benefits you receive under the Nutrition Program for the Elderly are not taxable. Free irs tax preparation If you prepare and serve free meals for the program, include in your income as wages the cash pay you receive, even if you are also eligible for food benefits. Free irs tax preparation Payments to reduce cost of winter energy. Free irs tax preparation   Payments made by a state to qualified people to reduce their cost of winter energy use are not taxable. Free irs tax preparation Other Income The following brief discussions are arranged in alphabetical order. Free irs tax preparation Other income items briefly discussed below are referenced to publications which provide more topical information. Free irs tax preparation Activity not for profit. Free irs tax preparation   You must include on your return income from an activity from which you do not expect to make a profit. Free irs tax preparation An example of this type of activity is a hobby or a farm you operate mostly for recreation and pleasure. Free irs tax preparation Enter this income on Form 1040, line 21. Free irs tax preparation Deductions for expenses related to the activity are limited. Free irs tax preparation They cannot total more than the income you report and can be taken only if you itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Free irs tax preparation See Not-for-Profit Activities in chapter 1 of Publication 535 for information on whether an activity is considered carried on for a profit. Free irs tax preparation Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. Free irs tax preparation   If you received a payment from Alaska's mineral income fund (Alaska Permanent Fund dividend), report it as income on line 21 of Form 1040, line 13 of Form 1040A, or line 3 of Form 1040EZ. Free irs tax preparation The state of Alaska sends each recipient a document that shows the amount of the payment with the check. Free irs tax preparation The amount also is reported to IRS. Free irs tax preparation Alimony. Free irs tax preparation   Include in your income on Form 1040, line 11, any alimony payments you receive. Free irs tax preparation Amounts you receive for child support are not income to you. Free irs tax preparation Alimony and child support payments are discussed in chapter 18. Free irs tax preparation Bribes. Free irs tax preparation   If you receive a bribe, include it in your income. Free irs tax preparation Campaign contributions. Free irs tax preparation   These contributions are not income to a candidate unless they are diverted to his or her personal use. Free irs tax preparation To be exempt from tax, the contributions must be spent for campaign purposes or kept in a fund for use in future campaigns. Free irs tax preparation However, interest earned on bank deposits, dividends received on contributed securities, and net gains realized on sales of contributed securities are taxable and must be reported on Form 1120-POL, U. Free irs tax preparation S. Free irs tax preparation Income Tax Return for Certain Political Organizations. Free irs tax preparation Excess campaign funds transferred to an office account must be included in the officeholder's income on Form 1040, line 21, in the year transferred. Free irs tax preparation Car pools. Free irs tax preparation   Do not include in your income amounts you receive from the passengers for driving a car in a car pool to and from work. Free irs tax preparation These amounts are considered reimbursement for your expenses. Free irs tax preparation However, this rule does not apply if you have developed car pool arrangements into a profit-making business of transporting workers for hire. Free irs tax preparation Cash rebates. Free irs tax preparation   A cash rebate you receive from a dealer or manufacturer of an item you buy is not income, but you must reduce your basis by the amount of the rebate. Free irs tax preparation Example. Free irs tax preparation You buy a new car for $24,000 cash and receive a $2,000 rebate check from the manufacturer. Free irs tax preparation The $2,000 is not income to you. Free irs tax preparation Your basis in the car is $22,000. Free irs tax preparation This is the basis on which you figure gain or loss if you sell the car and depreciation if you use it for business. Free irs tax preparation Casualty insurance and other reimbursements. Free irs tax preparation   You generally should not report these reimbursements on your return unless you are figuring gain or loss from the casualty or theft. Free irs tax preparation See chapter 25 for more information. Free irs tax preparation Child support payments. Free irs tax preparation   You should not report these payments on your return. Free irs tax preparation See chapter 18 for more information. Free irs tax preparation Court awards and damages. Free irs tax preparation   To determine if settlement amounts you receive by compromise or judgment must be included in your income, you must consider the item that the settlement replaces. Free irs tax preparation The character of the income as ordinary income or capital gain depends on the nature of the underlying claim. 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