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Freetaxusa 2011 6. Freetaxusa 2011   How To Report Table of Contents Where To ReportGifts. Freetaxusa 2011 Statutory employees. Freetaxusa 2011 Vehicle Provided by Your Employer ReimbursementsAccountable Plans Nonaccountable Plans Rules for Independent Contractors and Clients How To Use Per Diem Rate TablesThe Two Substantiation Methods Transition Rules Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZInformation on use of cars. Freetaxusa 2011 Standard mileage rate. Freetaxusa 2011 Actual expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Car rentals. Freetaxusa 2011 Hours of service limits. Freetaxusa 2011 Allocating your reimbursement. Freetaxusa 2011 1. Freetaxusa 2011 Limit on meals and entertainment. Freetaxusa 2011 2. Freetaxusa 2011 Limit on miscellaneous itemized deductions. Freetaxusa 2011 3. Freetaxusa 2011 Limit on total itemized deductions. Freetaxusa 2011 Special Rules This chapter explains where and how to report the expenses discussed in this publication. Freetaxusa 2011 It discusses reimbursements and how to treat them under accountable and nonaccountable plans. Freetaxusa 2011 It also explains rules for independent contractors and clients, fee-basis officials, certain performing artists, Armed Forces reservists, and certain disabled employees. Freetaxusa 2011 The chapter ends with illustrations of how to report travel, entertainment, gift, and car expenses on Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011 Where To Report This section provides general information on where to report the expenses discussed in this publication. Freetaxusa 2011 Self-employed. Freetaxusa 2011   You must report your income and expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if you are a sole proprietor, or on Schedule F (Form 1040) if you are a farmer. Freetaxusa 2011 You do not use Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011    If you claim car or truck expenses, you must provide certain information on the use of your vehicle. Freetaxusa 2011 You provide this information on Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Form 4562. Freetaxusa 2011   If you file Schedule C (Form 1040): Report your travel expenses, except meals, on line 24a, Report your deductible meals (actual cost or standard meal allowance) and entertainment on line 24b, Report your gift expenses and transportation expenses, other than car expenses, on line 27a, and Report your car expenses on line 9. Freetaxusa 2011 Complete Part IV of the form unless you have to file Form 4562 for depreciation or amortization. Freetaxusa 2011   If you file Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), report the total of all business expenses on line 2. Freetaxusa 2011 You can only include 50% of your meals and entertainment in that total. Freetaxusa 2011 If you include car expenses, you must also complete Part III of the form. Freetaxusa 2011    If you file Schedule F (Form 1040): Report your car expenses on line 10. Freetaxusa 2011 Attach Form 4562 and provide information on the use of your car in Part V of Form 4562. Freetaxusa 2011 Report all other business expenses discussed in this publication on line 32. Freetaxusa 2011 You can only include 50% of your meals and entertainment on that line. Freetaxusa 2011 See your form instructions for more information on how to complete your tax return. Freetaxusa 2011 Both self-employed and an employee. Freetaxusa 2011   If you are both self-employed and an employee, you must keep separate records for each business activity. Freetaxusa 2011 Report your business expenses for self-employment on Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040), as discussed earlier. Freetaxusa 2011 Report your business expenses for your work as an employee on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ, as discussed next. Freetaxusa 2011 Employees. Freetaxusa 2011    If you are an employee, you generally must complete Form 2106 to deduct your travel, transportation, and entertainment expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 However, you can use the shorter Form 2106-EZ instead of Form 2106 if you meet all of the following conditions. Freetaxusa 2011 You are an employee deducting expenses attributable to your job. Freetaxusa 2011 You were not reimbursed by your employer for your expenses (amounts included in box 1 of your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements). Freetaxusa 2011 If you claim car expenses, you use the standard mileage rate. Freetaxusa 2011   For more information on how to report your expenses on Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ, see Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ , later. Freetaxusa 2011 Gifts. Freetaxusa 2011   If you did not receive any reimbursements (or the reimbursements were all included in box 1 of your Form W-2), the only business expense you are claiming is for gifts, and the Special Rules discussed later do not apply to you, do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011 Instead, claim the amount of your deductible gifts directly on line 21 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Freetaxusa 2011 Statutory employees. Freetaxusa 2011    If you received a Form W-2 and the “Statutory employee” box in box 13 was checked, report your income and expenses related to that income on Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040). Freetaxusa 2011 Do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011   Statutory employees include full-time life insurance salespersons, certain agent or commission drivers, traveling salespersons, and certain homeworkers. Freetaxusa 2011 If you are entitled to a reimbursement from your employer but you do not claim it, you cannot claim a deduction for the expenses to which that unclaimed reimbursement applies. Freetaxusa 2011 Reimbursement for personal expenses. Freetaxusa 2011    If your employer reimburses you for nondeductible personal expenses, such as for vacation trips, your employer must report the reimbursement as wage income in box 1 of your Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 You cannot deduct personal expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Income-producing property. Freetaxusa 2011   If you have travel or transportation expenses related to income-producing property, report your deductible expenses on the form appropriate for that activity. Freetaxusa 2011   For example, if you have rental real estate income and expenses, report your expenses on Schedule E (Form 1040), Supplemental Income and Loss. Freetaxusa 2011 See Publication 527, Residential Rental Property, for more information on the rental of real estate. Freetaxusa 2011 If you have deductible investment-related transportation expenses, report them on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23. Freetaxusa 2011 Vehicle Provided by Your Employer If your employer provides you with a car, you may be able to deduct the actual expenses of operating that car for business purposes. Freetaxusa 2011 The amount you can deduct depends on the amount that your employer included in your income and the business and personal miles you drove during the year. Freetaxusa 2011 You cannot use the standard mileage rate. Freetaxusa 2011 Value reported on Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011   Your employer can figure and report either the actual value of your personal use of the car or the value of the car as if you used it only for personal purposes (100% income inclusion). Freetaxusa 2011 Your employer must separately state the amount if 100% of the annual lease value was included in your income. Freetaxusa 2011 If you are unsure of the amount included on your Form W-2, ask your employer. Freetaxusa 2011 Full value included in your income. Freetaxusa 2011   You can deduct the value of the business use of an employer-provided car if your employer reported 100% of the value of the car in your income. Freetaxusa 2011 On your 2013 Form W-2, the amount of the value will be included in box 1, Wages, tips, other compensation, and box 14. Freetaxusa 2011    To claim your expenses, complete Form 2106, Part II, Sections A and C. Freetaxusa 2011 Enter your actual expenses on line 23 of Section C and include the entire value of the employer-provided car on line 25. Freetaxusa 2011 Complete the rest of the form. Freetaxusa 2011 Less than full value included in your income. Freetaxusa 2011   If less than the full annual lease value of the car was included on your Form W-2, this means that your Form W-2 only includes the value of your personal use of the car. Freetaxusa 2011 Do not enter this value on your Form 2106 because it is not deductible. Freetaxusa 2011   If you paid any actual costs (that your employer did not provide or reimburse you for) to operate the car, you can deduct the business portion of those costs. Freetaxusa 2011 Examples of costs that you may have are gas, oil, and repairs. Freetaxusa 2011 Complete Form 2106, Part II, Sections A and C. Freetaxusa 2011 Enter your actual costs on line 23 of Section C and leave line 25 blank. Freetaxusa 2011 Complete the rest of the form. Freetaxusa 2011 Reimbursements This section explains what to do when you receive an advance or are reimbursed for any of the employee business expenses discussed in this publication. Freetaxusa 2011 If you received an advance, allowance, or reimbursement for your expenses, how you report this amount and your expenses depends on whether your employer reimbursed you under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. Freetaxusa 2011 This section explains the two types of plans, how per diem and car allowances simplify proving the amount of your expenses, and the tax treatment of your reimbursements and expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 It also covers rules for independent contractors. Freetaxusa 2011 No reimbursement. Freetaxusa 2011   You are not reimbursed or given an allowance for your expenses if you are paid a salary or commission with the understanding that you will pay your own expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 In this situation, you have no reimbursement or allowance arrangement, and you do not have to read this section on reimbursements. Freetaxusa 2011 Instead, see Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ , later, for information on completing your tax return. Freetaxusa 2011 Reimbursement, allowance, or advance. Freetaxusa 2011   A reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement is a system or plan that an employer uses to pay, substantiate, and recover the expenses, advances, reimbursements, and amounts charged to the employer for employee business expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Arrangements include per diem and car allowances. Freetaxusa 2011    A per diem allowance is a fixed amount of daily reimbursement your employer gives you for your lodging, meals, and incidental expenses when you are away from home on business. Freetaxusa 2011 (The term “ incidental expenses ” is defined in chapter 1 under Standard Meal Allowance. Freetaxusa 2011 ) A car allowance is an amount your employer gives you for the business use of your car. Freetaxusa 2011   Your employer should tell you what method of reimbursement is used and what records you must provide. Freetaxusa 2011 Employers. Freetaxusa 2011   If you are an employer and you reimburse employee business expenses, how you treat this reimbursement on your employee's Form W-2 depends in part on whether you have an accountable plan. Freetaxusa 2011 Reimbursements treated as paid under an accountable plan, as explained next, are not reported as pay. Freetaxusa 2011 Reimbursements treated as paid under nonaccountable plans , as explained later, are reported as pay. Freetaxusa 2011 See Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide, for information on employee pay. Freetaxusa 2011 Accountable Plans To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement or allowance arrangement must include all of the following rules: Your expenses must have a business connection — that is, you must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as an employee of your employer. Freetaxusa 2011 You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. Freetaxusa 2011 You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. Freetaxusa 2011 “ Adequate accounting ” and “ returning excess reimbursements ” are discussed later. Freetaxusa 2011 An excess reimbursement or allowance is any amount you are paid that is more than the business-related expenses that you adequately accounted for to your employer. Freetaxusa 2011 Reasonable period of time. Freetaxusa 2011   The definition of reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances of your situation. Freetaxusa 2011 However, regardless of the facts and circumstances of your situation, actions that take place within the times specified in the following list will be treated as taking place within a reasonable period of time. Freetaxusa 2011 You receive an advance within 30 days of the time you have an expense. Freetaxusa 2011 You adequately account for your expenses within 60 days after they were paid or incurred. Freetaxusa 2011 You return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expense was paid or incurred. Freetaxusa 2011 You are given a periodic statement (at least quarterly) that asks you to either return or adequately account for outstanding advances and you comply within 120 days of the statement. Freetaxusa 2011 Employee meets accountable plan rules. Freetaxusa 2011   If you meet the three rules for accountable plans, your employer should not include any reimbursements in your income in box 1 of your Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 If your expenses equal your reimbursements, you do not complete Form 2106. Freetaxusa 2011 You have no deduction since your expenses and reimbursement are equal. Freetaxusa 2011    If your employer included reimbursements in box 1 of your Form W-2 and you meet all the rules for accountable plans, ask your employer for a corrected Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 Accountable plan rules not met. Freetaxusa 2011   Even though you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, some of your expenses may not meet all three rules. Freetaxusa 2011 All reimbursements that fail to meet all three rules for accountable plans are generally treated as having been reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (discussed later). Freetaxusa 2011 Failure to return excess reimbursements. Freetaxusa 2011   If you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, but you fail to return, within a reasonable time, any amounts in excess of the substantiated amounts, the amounts paid in excess of the substantiated expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Freetaxusa 2011 See Reasonable period of time , earlier, and Returning Excess Reimbursements , later. Freetaxusa 2011 Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses. Freetaxusa 2011   You may be reimbursed under your employer's accountable plan for expenses related to that employer's business, some of which are deductible as employee business expenses and some of which are not deductible. Freetaxusa 2011 The reimbursements you receive for the nondeductible expenses do not meet rule (1) for accountable plans, and they are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Freetaxusa 2011 Example. Freetaxusa 2011 Your employer's plan reimburses you for travel expenses while away from home on business and also for meals when you work late at the office, even though you are not away from home. Freetaxusa 2011 The part of the arrangement that reimburses you for the nondeductible meals when you work late at the office is treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Freetaxusa 2011 The employer makes the decision whether to reimburse employees under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. Freetaxusa 2011 If you are an employee who receives payments under a nonaccountable plan, you cannot convert these amounts to payments under an accountable plan by voluntarily accounting to your employer for the expenses and voluntarily returning excess reimbursements to the employer. Freetaxusa 2011 Adequate Accounting One of the rules for an accountable plan is that you must adequately account to your employer for your expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 You adequately account by giving your employer a statement of expense, an account book, a diary, or a similar record in which you entered each expense at or near the time you had it, along with documentary evidence (such as receipts) of your travel, mileage, and other employee business expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 (See Table 5-1 in chapter 5 for details you need to enter in your record and documents you need to prove certain expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 ) A per diem or car allowance satisfies the adequate accounting requirement under certain conditions. Freetaxusa 2011 See Per Diem and Car Allowances , later. Freetaxusa 2011 You must account for all amounts you received from your employer during the year as advances, reimbursements, or allowances. Freetaxusa 2011 This includes amounts you charged to your employer by credit card or other method. Freetaxusa 2011 You must give your employer the same type of records and supporting information that you would have to give to the IRS if the IRS questioned a deduction on your return. Freetaxusa 2011 You must pay back the amount of any reimbursement or other expense allowance for which you do not adequately account or that is more than the amount for which you accounted. Freetaxusa 2011 Per Diem and Car Allowances If your employer reimburses you for your expenses using a per diem or a car allowance, you can generally use the allowance as proof for the amount of your expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 A per diem or car allowance satisfies the adequate accounting requirements for the amount of your expenses only if all the following conditions apply. Freetaxusa 2011 Your employer reasonably limits payments of your expenses to those that are ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the trade or business. Freetaxusa 2011 The allowance is similar in form to and not more than the federal rate (defined later). Freetaxusa 2011 You prove the time (dates), place, and business purpose of your expenses to your employer (as explained in Table 5-1 ) within a reasonable period of time. Freetaxusa 2011 You are not related to your employer (as defined next). Freetaxusa 2011 If you are related to your employer, you must be able to prove your expenses to the IRS even if you have already adequately accounted to your employer and returned any excess reimbursement. Freetaxusa 2011 If the IRS finds that an employer's travel allowance practices are not based on reasonably accurate estimates of travel costs (including recognition of cost differences in different areas for per diem amounts), you will not be considered to have accounted to your employer. Freetaxusa 2011 In this case, you must be able to prove your expenses to the IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 Related to employer. Freetaxusa 2011   You are related to your employer if: Your employer is your brother or sister, half brother or half sister, spouse, ancestor, or lineal descendant, Your employer is a corporation in which you own, directly or indirectly, more than 10% in value of the outstanding stock, or Certain relationships (such as grantor, fiduciary, or beneficiary) exist between you, a trust, and your employer. Freetaxusa 2011 You may be considered to indirectly own stock, for purposes of (2), if you have an interest in a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust that owns the stock or if a member of your family or your partner owns the stock. Freetaxusa 2011 The federal rate. Freetaxusa 2011   The federal rate can be figured using any one of the following methods. Freetaxusa 2011 For per diem amounts: The regular federal per diem rate. Freetaxusa 2011 The standard meal allowance. Freetaxusa 2011 The high-low rate. Freetaxusa 2011 For car expenses: The standard mileage rate. Freetaxusa 2011 A fixed and variable rate (FAVR). Freetaxusa 2011    For per diem amounts, use the rate in effect for the area where you stop for sleep or rest. Freetaxusa 2011 Regular federal per diem rate. Freetaxusa 2011   The regular federal per diem rate is the highest amount that the federal government will pay to its employees for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses (or meals and incidental expenses only) while they are traveling away from home in a particular area. Freetaxusa 2011 The rates are different for different locations. Freetaxusa 2011 Your employer should have these rates available. Freetaxusa 2011 You can also find federal per diem rates at www. Freetaxusa 2011 gsa. Freetaxusa 2011 gov/perdiem. Freetaxusa 2011 The standard meal allowance. Freetaxusa 2011   The standard meal allowance (discussed in chapter 1) is the federal rate for meals and incidental expenses (M&IE). Freetaxusa 2011 The rate for most small localities in the United States is $46 a day. Freetaxusa 2011 Most major cities and many other localities qualify for higher rates. Freetaxusa 2011 You can find this information on the Internet at www. Freetaxusa 2011 gsa. Freetaxusa 2011 gov/perdiem. Freetaxusa 2011   You receive an allowance only for meals and incidental expenses when your employer does one of the following. Freetaxusa 2011 Provides you with lodging (furnishes it in kind). Freetaxusa 2011 Reimburses you, based on your receipts, for the actual cost of your lodging. Freetaxusa 2011 Pays the hotel, motel, etc. Freetaxusa 2011 , directly for your lodging. Freetaxusa 2011 Does not have a reasonable belief that you had (or will have) lodging expenses, such as when you stay with friends or relatives or sleep in the cab of your truck. Freetaxusa 2011 Figures the allowance on a basis similar to that used in computing your compensation, such as number of hours worked or miles traveled. Freetaxusa 2011 High-low rate. Freetaxusa 2011   This is a simplified method of computing the federal per diem rate for travel within the continental United States. Freetaxusa 2011 It eliminates the need to keep a current list of the per diem rates for each city. Freetaxusa 2011   Under the high-low method, the per diem amount for travel during January through September of 2013 is $242 (including $65 for M&IE) for certain high-cost locations. Freetaxusa 2011 All other areas have a per diem amount of $163 (including $52 for M&IE). Freetaxusa 2011 For more information, see Notice 2012-63, which can be found on the Internet at www. Freetaxusa 2011 irs. Freetaxusa 2011 gov/irb/2012-42_IRB/ar12. Freetaxusa 2011 html. Freetaxusa 2011    Effective October 1, 2013, the per diem rate for certain high-cost locations increased to $251 (including $65 for M&IE). Freetaxusa 2011 The rate for all other locations increased to $170 (including $52 for M&IE). Freetaxusa 2011 Employers who did not use the high-low method during the first 9 months of 2013 cannot begin to use it before 2014. Freetaxusa 2011 For more information, see Notice 2013-65, which can be found on the Internet at www. Freetaxusa 2011 irs. Freetaxusa 2011 gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13–65. Freetaxusa 2011 pdf and Revenue Procedure 2011-47 at www. Freetaxusa 2011 irs. Freetaxusa 2011 gov/irb/2011-42_IRB/ar12. Freetaxusa 2011 html. Freetaxusa 2011 Prorating the standard meal allowance on partial days of travel. Freetaxusa 2011   The standard meal allowance is for a full 24-hour day of travel. Freetaxusa 2011 If you travel for part of a day, such as on the days you depart and return, you must prorate the full-day M&IE rate. Freetaxusa 2011 This rule also applies if your employer uses the regular federal per diem rate or the high-low rate. Freetaxusa 2011   You can use either of the following methods to figure the federal M&IE for that day. Freetaxusa 2011 Method 1: For the day you depart, add 3/4 of the standard meal allowance amount for that day. Freetaxusa 2011 For the day you return, add 3/4 of the standard meal allowance amount for the preceding day. Freetaxusa 2011 Method 2: Prorate the standard meal allowance using any method you consistently apply in accordance with reasonable business practice. Freetaxusa 2011 For example, an employer can treat 2 full days of per diem (that includes M&IE) paid for travel away from home from 9 a. Freetaxusa 2011 m. Freetaxusa 2011 of one day to 5 p. Freetaxusa 2011 m. Freetaxusa 2011 of the next day as being no more than the federal rate. Freetaxusa 2011 This is true even though a federal employee would be limited to a reimbursement of M&IE for only 1½ days of the federal M&IE rate. Freetaxusa 2011 The standard mileage rate. Freetaxusa 2011   This is a set rate per mile that you can use to compute your deductible car expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car for business use is 56½ cents per mile. Freetaxusa 2011 Fixed and variable rate (FAVR). Freetaxusa 2011   This is an allowance your employer may use to reimburse your car expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Under this method, your employer pays an allowance that includes a combination of payments covering fixed and variable costs, such as a cents-per-mile rate to cover your variable operating costs (such as gas, oil, etc. Freetaxusa 2011 ) plus a flat amount to cover your fixed costs (such as depreciation (or lease payments), insurance, etc. Freetaxusa 2011 ). Freetaxusa 2011 If your employer chooses to use this method, your employer will request the necessary records from you. Freetaxusa 2011 Reporting your expenses with a per diem or car allowance. Freetaxusa 2011   If your reimbursement is in the form of an allowance received under an accountable plan, the following facts affect your reporting. Freetaxusa 2011 The federal rate. Freetaxusa 2011 Whether the allowance or your actual expenses were more than the federal rate. Freetaxusa 2011 The following discussions explain where to report your expenses depending upon how the amount of your allowance compares to the federal rate. Freetaxusa 2011 Allowance less than or equal to the federal rate. Freetaxusa 2011   If your allowance is less than or equal to the federal rate, the allowance will not be included in box 1 of your Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 You do not need to report the related expenses or the allowance on your return if your expenses are equal to or less than the allowance. Freetaxusa 2011   However, if your actual expenses are more than your allowance, you can complete Form 2106 and deduct the excess amount on Schedule A (Form 1040). Freetaxusa 2011 If you are using actual expenses, you must be able to prove to the IRS the total amount of your expenses and reimbursements for the entire year. Freetaxusa 2011 If you are using the standard meal allowance or the standard mileage rate, you do not have to prove that amount. Freetaxusa 2011 Example 1. Freetaxusa 2011 In April, Jeremy takes a 2-day business trip to Denver. Freetaxusa 2011 The federal rate for Denver is $215 per day. Freetaxusa 2011 As required by his employer's accountable plan, he accounts for the time (dates), place, and business purpose of the trip. Freetaxusa 2011 His employer reimburses him $215 a day ($430 total) for living expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Jeremy's living expenses in Denver are not more than $215 a day. Freetaxusa 2011 Jeremy's employer does not include any of the reimbursement on his Form W-2 and Jeremy does not deduct the expenses on his return. Freetaxusa 2011 Example 2. Freetaxusa 2011 In June, Matt takes a 2-day business trip to Boston. Freetaxusa 2011 Matt's employer uses the high-low method to reimburse employees. Freetaxusa 2011 Since Boston is a high-cost area, Matt is given an advance of $242 a day ($484 total) for his lodging, meals, and incidental expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Matt's actual expenses totaled $700. Freetaxusa 2011 Since Matt's $700 of expenses are more than his $484 advance, he includes the excess expenses when he itemizes his deductions. Freetaxusa 2011 Matt completes Form 2106 (showing all of his expenses and reimbursements). Freetaxusa 2011 He must also allocate his reimbursement between his meals and other expenses as discussed later under Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ . Freetaxusa 2011 Example 3. Freetaxusa 2011 Nicole drives 10,000 miles in 2013 for business. Freetaxusa 2011 Under her employer's accountable plan, she accounts for the time (dates), place, and business purpose of each trip. Freetaxusa 2011 Her employer pays her a mileage allowance of 40 cents a mile. Freetaxusa 2011 Since Nicole's $5,650 expense computed under the standard mileage rate (10,000 miles x 56½ cents) is more than her $4,000 reimbursement (10,000 miles × 40 cents), she itemizes her deductions to claim the excess expense. Freetaxusa 2011 Nicole completes Form 2106 (showing all her expenses and reimbursements) and enters $1,650 ($5,650 − $4,000) as an itemized deduction. Freetaxusa 2011 Allowance more than the federal rate. Freetaxusa 2011   If your allowance is more than the federal rate, your employer must include the allowance amount up to the federal rate in box 12 of your Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 This amount is not taxable. Freetaxusa 2011 However, the excess allowance will be included in box 1 of your Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 You must report this part of your allowance as if it were wage income. Freetaxusa 2011   If your actual expenses are less than or equal to the federal rate, you do not complete Form 2106 or claim any of your expenses on your return. Freetaxusa 2011   However, if your actual expenses are more than the federal rate, you can complete Form 2106 and deduct those excess expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 You must report on Form 2106 your reimbursements up to the federal rate (as shown in box 12 of your Form W-2) and all your expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 You should be able to prove these amounts to the IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 Example 1. Freetaxusa 2011 Laura lives and works in Austin. Freetaxusa 2011 In July her employer sent her to Albuquerque for 4 days on business. Freetaxusa 2011 Laura's employer paid the hotel directly for her lodging and reimbursed Laura $65 a day ($260 total) for meals and incidental expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Laura's actual meal expenses were not more than the federal rate for Albuquerque, which is $56 per day. Freetaxusa 2011 Table 6-1. Freetaxusa 2011 Reporting Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses and Reimbursements IF the type of reimbursement (or  other expense allowance)  arrangement is under: THEN the employer reports on Form W-2: AND the employee reports on  Form 2106: * An accountable plan with: Actual expense reimbursement: Adequate accounting made and excess returned. Freetaxusa 2011 No amount. Freetaxusa 2011 No amount. Freetaxusa 2011 Actual expense reimbursement: Adequate accounting and return of excess both required but excess not returned. Freetaxusa 2011 The excess amount as wages in box 1. Freetaxusa 2011 No amount. Freetaxusa 2011 Per diem or mileage allowance up to the federal rate: Adequate accounting made and excess returned. Freetaxusa 2011 No amount. Freetaxusa 2011 All expenses and reimbursements only if excess expenses are claimed. Freetaxusa 2011 Otherwise, form is not filed. Freetaxusa 2011 Per diem or mileage allowance up to the federal rate: Adequate accounting and return of excess both required but excess not returned. Freetaxusa 2011 The excess amount as wages in box 1. Freetaxusa 2011 The amount up to the federal rate is reported only in box 12—it is not reported in box 1. Freetaxusa 2011 No amount. Freetaxusa 2011 Per diem or mileage allowance exceeds the federal rate: Adequate accounting up to the federal rate only and excess not returned. Freetaxusa 2011 The excess amount as wages in box 1. Freetaxusa 2011 The amount up to the federal rate is reported only in box 12—it is not reported in box 1. Freetaxusa 2011 All expenses (and reimbursements reported on Form W-2, box 12) only if expenses in excess of the federal rate are claimed. Freetaxusa 2011 Otherwise, form is not filed. Freetaxusa 2011 A nonaccountable plan with: Either adequate accounting or return of excess, or both, not required by plan. Freetaxusa 2011 The entire amount as wages in box 1. Freetaxusa 2011 All expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 No reimbursement plan: The entire amount as wages in box 1. Freetaxusa 2011 All expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 * You may be able to use Form 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011 See Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ . Freetaxusa 2011 Her employer included the $36 that was more than the federal rate (($65 − $56) × 4) in box 1 of Laura's Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 Her employer shows $224 ($56 a day × 4) in box 12 of her Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 This amount is not included in Laura's income. Freetaxusa 2011 Laura does not have to complete Form 2106; however, she must include the $36 in her gross income as wages (by reporting the total amount shown in box 1 of her Form W-2). Freetaxusa 2011 Example 2. Freetaxusa 2011 Joe also lives in Austin and works for the same employer as Laura. Freetaxusa 2011 In May the employer sent Joe to San Diego for 4 days and paid the hotel directly for Joe's hotel bill. Freetaxusa 2011 The employer reimbursed Joe $75 a day for his meals and incidental expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 The federal rate for San Diego is $71 a day. Freetaxusa 2011 Joe can prove that his actual meal expenses totaled $380. Freetaxusa 2011 His employer's accountable plan will not pay more than $75 a day for travel to San Diego, so Joe does not give his employer the records that prove that he actually spent $380. Freetaxusa 2011 However, he does account for the time, place, and business purpose of the trip. Freetaxusa 2011 This is Joe's only business trip this year. Freetaxusa 2011 Joe was reimbursed $300 ($75 × 4 days), which is $16 more than the federal rate of $284 ($71 × 4 days). Freetaxusa 2011 The employer includes the $16 as income on Joe's Form W-2 in box 1. Freetaxusa 2011 The employer also enters $284 in box 12 of Joe's Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 Joe completes Form 2106 to figure his deductible expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 He enters the total of his actual expenses for the year ($380) on Form 2106. Freetaxusa 2011 He also enters the reimbursements that were not included in his income ($284). Freetaxusa 2011 His total deductible expense, before the 50% limit, is $96. Freetaxusa 2011 After he figures the 50% limit on his unreimbursed meals and entertainment, he will include the balance, $48, as an itemized deduction. Freetaxusa 2011 Example 3. Freetaxusa 2011 Debbie drives 10,000 miles in 2013 for business. Freetaxusa 2011 Under her employer's accountable plan, she gets reimbursed 60 cents a mile, which is more than the standard mileage rate. Freetaxusa 2011 Her total reimbursement is $6,000. Freetaxusa 2011 Debbie's employer must include the reimbursement amount up to the standard mileage rate, $5,650 (10,000 × 56½ cents), in box 12 of her Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 That amount is not taxable. Freetaxusa 2011 Her employer must also include $350 ($6,000 − $5,650) in box 1 of her Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 This is the reimbursement that is more than the standard mileage rate. Freetaxusa 2011 If Debbie's expenses are equal to or less than the standard mileage rate, she would not complete Form 2106. Freetaxusa 2011 If her expenses are more than the standard mileage rate, she would complete Form 2106 and report her total expenses and reimbursement (shown in box 12 of her Form W-2). Freetaxusa 2011 She would then claim the excess expenses as an itemized deduction. Freetaxusa 2011 Returning Excess Reimbursements Under an accountable plan, you are required to return any excess reimbursement or other expense allowances for your business expenses to the person paying the reimbursement or allowance. Freetaxusa 2011 Excess reimbursement means any amount for which you did not adequately account within a reasonable period of time. Freetaxusa 2011 For example, if you received a travel advance and you did not spend all the money on business-related expenses or you do not have proof of all your expenses, you have an excess reimbursement. Freetaxusa 2011 “ Adequate accounting ” and “ reasonable period of time ” were discussed earlier in this chapter. Freetaxusa 2011 Travel advance. Freetaxusa 2011   You receive a travel advance if your employer provides you with an expense allowance before you actually have the expense, and the allowance is reasonably expected to be no more than your expense. Freetaxusa 2011 Under an accountable plan, you are required to adequately account to your employer for this advance and to return any excess within a reasonable period of time. Freetaxusa 2011   If you do not adequately account for or do not return any excess advance within a reasonable period of time, the amount you do not account for or return will be treated as having been paid under a nonaccountable plan (discussed later). Freetaxusa 2011 Unproved amounts. Freetaxusa 2011   If you do not prove that you actually traveled on each day for which you received a per diem or car allowance (proving the elements described in Table 5-1 ), you must return this unproved amount of the travel advance within a reasonable period of time. Freetaxusa 2011 If you do not do this, the unproved amount will be considered paid under a nonaccountable plan (discussed later). Freetaxusa 2011 Per diem allowance more than federal rate. Freetaxusa 2011   If your employer's accountable plan pays you an allowance that is higher than the federal rate, you do not have to return the difference between the two rates for the period you can prove business-related travel expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 However, the difference will be reported as wages on your Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 This excess amount is considered paid under a nonaccountable plan (discussed later). Freetaxusa 2011 Example. Freetaxusa 2011 Your employer sends you on a 5-day business trip to Phoenix in March 2013 and gives you a $400 ($80 × 5 days) advance to cover your meals and incidental expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 The federal per diem for meals and incidental expenses for Phoenix is $71. Freetaxusa 2011 Your trip lasts only 3 days. Freetaxusa 2011 Under your employer's accountable plan, you must return the $160 ($80 × 2 days) advance for the 2 days you did not travel. Freetaxusa 2011 For the 3 days you did travel you do not have to return the $27 difference between the allowance you received and the federal rate for Phoenix (($80 − $71) × 3 days). Freetaxusa 2011 However, the $27 will be reported on your Form W-2 as wages. Freetaxusa 2011 Nonaccountable Plans A nonaccountable plan is a reimbursement or expense allowance arrangement that does not meet one or more of the three rules listed earlier under Accountable Plans. Freetaxusa 2011 In addition, even if your employer has an accountable plan, the following payments will be treated as being paid under a nonaccountable plan: Excess reimbursements you fail to return to your employer, and Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses related to your employer's business. Freetaxusa 2011 See Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses , earlier, under Accountable Plans. Freetaxusa 2011 An arrangement that repays you for business expenses by reducing the amount reported as your wages, salary, or other pay will be treated as a nonaccountable plan. Freetaxusa 2011 This is because you are entitled to receive the full amount of your pay whether or not you have any business expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 If you are not sure if the reimbursement or expense allowance arrangement is an accountable or nonaccountable plan, ask your employer. Freetaxusa 2011 Reporting your expenses under a nonaccountable plan. Freetaxusa 2011   Your employer will combine the amount of any reimbursement or other expense allowance paid to you under a nonaccountable plan with your wages, salary, or other pay. Freetaxusa 2011 Your employer will report the total in box 1 of your Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011    You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and itemize your deductions to deduct your expenses for travel, transportation, meals, or entertainment. Freetaxusa 2011 Your meal and entertainment expenses will be subject to the 50% limit discussed in chapter 2. Freetaxusa 2011 Also, your total expenses will be subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most miscellaneous itemized deductions. Freetaxusa 2011 Example 1. Freetaxusa 2011 Kim's employer gives her $1,000 a month ($12,000 total for the year) for her business expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Kim does not have to provide any proof of her expenses to her employer, and Kim can keep any funds that she does not spend. Freetaxusa 2011 Kim is being reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan. Freetaxusa 2011 Her employer will include the $12,000 on Kim's Form W-2 as if it were wages. Freetaxusa 2011 If Kim wants to deduct her business expenses, she must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and itemize her deductions. Freetaxusa 2011 Example 2. Freetaxusa 2011 Kevin is paid $2,000 a month by his employer. Freetaxusa 2011 On days that he travels away from home on business, his employer designates $50 a day of his salary as paid to reimburse his travel expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Because his employer would pay Kevin his monthly salary whether or not he was traveling away from home, the arrangement is a nonaccountable plan. Freetaxusa 2011 No part of the $50 a day designated by his employer is treated as paid under an accountable plan. Freetaxusa 2011 Rules for Independent Contractors and Clients This section provides rules for independent contractors who incur expenses on behalf of a client or customer. Freetaxusa 2011 The rules cover the reporting and substantiation of certain expenses discussed in this publication, and they affect both independent contractors and their clients or customers. Freetaxusa 2011 You are considered an independent contractor if you are self-employed and you perform services for a customer or client. Freetaxusa 2011 Accounting to Your Client If you received a reimbursement or an allowance for travel, entertainment, or gift expenses that you incurred on behalf of a client, you should provide an adequate accounting of these expenses to your client. Freetaxusa 2011 If you do not account to your client for these expenses, you must include any reimbursements or allowances in income. Freetaxusa 2011 You must keep adequate records of these expenses whether or not you account to your client for these expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 If you do not separately account for and seek reimbursement for meals and entertainment in connection with providing services for a client, you are subject to the 50% limit on those expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 See 50% Limit in chapter 2. Freetaxusa 2011 Adequate accounting. Freetaxusa 2011   As a self-employed person, you adequately account by reporting your actual expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 You should follow the recordkeeping rules in chapter 5 . Freetaxusa 2011 How to report. Freetaxusa 2011   For information on how to report expenses on your tax return, see Self-employed at the beginning of this chapter. Freetaxusa 2011 Required Records for Clients or Customers If you are a client or customer, you generally do not have to keep records to prove the reimbursements or allowances you give, in the course of your business, to an independent contractor for travel or gift expenses incurred on your behalf. Freetaxusa 2011 However, you must keep records if: You reimburse the contractor for entertainment expenses incurred on your behalf, and The contractor adequately accounts to you for these expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Contractor adequately accounts. Freetaxusa 2011   If the contractor adequately accounts to you for entertainment expenses, you (the client or customer) must keep records documenting each element of the expense, as explained in chapter 5 . Freetaxusa 2011 Use your records as proof for a deduction on your tax return. Freetaxusa 2011 If entertainment expenses are accounted for separately, you are subject to the 50% limit on entertainment. Freetaxusa 2011 If the contractor adequately accounts to you for reimbursed amounts, you do not have to report the amounts on an information return. Freetaxusa 2011 Contractor does not adequately account. Freetaxusa 2011    If the contractor does not adequately account to you for allowances or reimbursements of entertainment expenses, you do not have to keep records of these items. Freetaxusa 2011 You are not subject to the 50% limit on entertainment in this case. Freetaxusa 2011 You can deduct the reimbursements or allowances as payment for services if they are ordinary and necessary business expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 However, you must file Form 1099-MISC to report amounts paid to the independent contractor if the total of the reimbursements and any other fees is $600 or more during the calendar year. Freetaxusa 2011 How To Use Per Diem Rate Tables This section contains information about the per diem rate substantiation methods available and the choice of rates you must make for the last 3 months of the year. Freetaxusa 2011 The Two Substantiation Methods High-low method. Freetaxusa 2011   IRS notices list the localities that are treated under the high-low substantiation method as high-cost localities for all or part of the year. Freetaxusa 2011 Notice 2012–63, available at www. Freetaxusa 2011 irs. Freetaxusa 2011 gov/irb/2012–42_IRB/ar12. Freetaxusa 2011 html, lists the localities that are eligible for $242 ($65 meals and incidental expenses (M&IE)) per diem, effective October 1, 2012. Freetaxusa 2011 For travel on or after October 1, 2012, all other localities within CONUS are eligible for $163 ($52 M&IE) per diem under the high-low method. Freetaxusa 2011   Notice 2013–65, available at www. Freetaxusa 2011 irs. Freetaxusa 2011 gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13–65. Freetaxusa 2011 pdf, lists the localities that are eligible for $251 ($65 M&IE) per diem, effective October 1, 2013. Freetaxusa 2011 For travel on or after October 1, 2013, the per diem for all other localities increased to $170 ($52 M&IE). Freetaxusa 2011 Regular federal per diem rate method. Freetaxusa 2011   Regular federal per diem rates are published by the General Services Administration (GSA). Freetaxusa 2011 Both tables include the separate rate for meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) for each locality. Freetaxusa 2011 The rates listed for FY2013 at www. Freetaxusa 2011 gsa. Freetaxusa 2011 gov/perdiem are effective October 1, 2012 and those listed for FY2014 are effective October 1, 2013. Freetaxusa 2011 The standard rate for all locations within CONUS not specifically listed for FY2013 is $123 ($77 for lodging and $46 for M&IE). Freetaxusa 2011 For FY2014, this rate increased to $129 ($83 for lodging and $46 for M&IE). Freetaxusa 2011 Transition Rules The transition period covers the last 3 months of the calendar year, from the time that new rates are effective (generally October 1) through December 31. Freetaxusa 2011 During this period, you generally may change to the new rates or finish out the year with the rates you had been using. Freetaxusa 2011 High-low method. Freetaxusa 2011   If you use the high-low substantiation method, when new rates become effective (generally October 1) you can either continue with the rates you used for the first part of the year or change to the new rates. Freetaxusa 2011 However, you must continue using the high-low method for the rest of the calendar year (through December 31). Freetaxusa 2011 If you are an employer, you must use the same rates for all employees reimbursed under the high-low method during that calendar year. Freetaxusa 2011   The new rates and localities for the high-low method are included each year in a notice that is generally published in mid-to-late-September. Freetaxusa 2011 You can find the notice in the weekly Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB) on the Internet at www. Freetaxusa 2011 irs. Freetaxusa 2011 gov/irb. Freetaxusa 2011 Federal per diem rate method. Freetaxusa 2011   New CONUS per diem rates become effective on October 1 of each year and remain in effect through September 30 of the following year. Freetaxusa 2011 Employees being reimbursed under the per diem rate method during the first 9 months of a year (January 1–September 30) must continue under the same method through the end of that calendar year (December 31). Freetaxusa 2011 However, for travel by these employees from October 1 through December 31, you can choose to continue using the same per diem rates or use the new rates. Freetaxusa 2011   The new federal CONUS per diem rates are published each year, generally early in September, on the Internet. Freetaxusa 2011 Go to www. Freetaxusa 2011 gsa. Freetaxusa 2011 gov/perdiem. Freetaxusa 2011 Per diem rates for localities listed for FY2014 may change at any time. Freetaxusa 2011 To be sure you have the most current rate, check www. Freetaxusa 2011 gsa. Freetaxusa 2011 gov/perdiem. Freetaxusa 2011 Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ This section briefly describes how employees complete Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011 Table 6-1 explains what the employer reports on Form W-2 and what the employee reports on Form 2106. Freetaxusa 2011 The instructions for the forms have more information on completing them. Freetaxusa 2011 If you are self-employed, do not file Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011 Report your expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040). Freetaxusa 2011 See the instructions for the form that you must file. Freetaxusa 2011 Form 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011   You may be able to use the shorter Form 2106-EZ to claim your employee business expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 You can use this form if you meet all the following conditions. Freetaxusa 2011 You are an employee deducting ordinary and necessary expenses attributable to your job. Freetaxusa 2011 You were not reimbursed by your employer for your expenses (amounts included in box 1 of your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements). Freetaxusa 2011 If you are claiming car expenses, you are using the standard mileage rate. Freetaxusa 2011 Car expenses. Freetaxusa 2011   If you used a car to perform your job as an employee, you may be able to deduct certain car expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 These are generally figured on Form 2106, Part II, and then claimed on Form 2106, Part I, line 1, Column A. Freetaxusa 2011 Car expenses using the standard mileage rate can also be figured on Form 2106-EZ by completing Part II and Part I, line 1. Freetaxusa 2011 Information on use of cars. Freetaxusa 2011   If you claim any deduction for the business use of a car, you must answer certain questions and provide information about the use of the car. Freetaxusa 2011 The information relates to the following items. Freetaxusa 2011 Date placed in service. Freetaxusa 2011 Mileage (total, business, commuting, and other personal mileage). Freetaxusa 2011 Percentage of business use. Freetaxusa 2011 After-work use. Freetaxusa 2011 Use of other vehicles. Freetaxusa 2011 Whether you have evidence to support the deduction. Freetaxusa 2011 Whether or not the evidence is written. Freetaxusa 2011 Employees must complete Form 2106, Part II, Section A, or Form 2106-EZ, Part II, to provide this information. Freetaxusa 2011 Standard mileage rate. Freetaxusa 2011   If you claim a deduction based on the standard mileage rate instead of your actual expenses, you must complete Form 2106, Part II, Section B. Freetaxusa 2011 The amount on line 22 (Section B) is carried to Form 2106, Part I, line 1. Freetaxusa 2011 In addition, on Part 1, line 2, you can deduct parking fees and tolls that apply to the business use of the car. Freetaxusa 2011 If you file Form 2106-EZ, complete Part I, line 1, for the standard mileage rate and line 2 for parking fees and tolls. Freetaxusa 2011 See Standard Mileage Rate in chapter 4 for information on using this rate. Freetaxusa 2011 Actual expenses. Freetaxusa 2011   If you claim a deduction based on actual car expenses, you cannot use Form 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011 You must complete Form 2106, Part II, Section C. Freetaxusa 2011 In addition, unless you lease your car, you must complete Section D to show your depreciation deduction and any section 179 deduction you claim. Freetaxusa 2011   If you are still using a car that is fully depreciated, continue to complete Section C. Freetaxusa 2011 Since you have no depreciation deduction, enter zero on line 28. Freetaxusa 2011 In this case, do not complete Section D. Freetaxusa 2011 Car rentals. Freetaxusa 2011   If you claim car rental expenses on Form 2106, line 24a, you may have to reduce that expense by an inclusion amount as described in chapter 4. Freetaxusa 2011 If so, you can show your car expenses and any inclusion amount as follows. Freetaxusa 2011 Compute the inclusion amount without taking into account your business use percentage for the tax year. Freetaxusa 2011 Report the inclusion amount from (1) on Form 2106, Part II, line 24b. Freetaxusa 2011 Report on line 24c the net amount of car rental expenses (total car rental expenses minus the inclusion amount computed in (1)). Freetaxusa 2011 The net amount of car rental expenses will be adjusted on Form 2106, Part II, line 27, to reflect the percentage of business use for the tax year. Freetaxusa 2011 Transportation expenses. Freetaxusa 2011   Show your transportation expenses that did not involve overnight travel on Form 2106, line 2, Column A, or on Form 2106-EZ, Part I, line 2. Freetaxusa 2011 Also include on this line business expenses you have for parking fees and tolls. Freetaxusa 2011 Do not include expenses of operating your car or expenses of commuting between your home and work. Freetaxusa 2011 Employee business expenses other than meals and entertainment. Freetaxusa 2011   Show your other employee business expenses on Form 2106, lines 3 and 4, Column A, or Form 2106-EZ, lines 3 and 4. Freetaxusa 2011 Do not include expenses for meals and entertainment on those lines. Freetaxusa 2011 Line 4 is for expenses such as gifts, educational expenses (tuition and books), office-in-the-home expenses, and trade and professional publications. Freetaxusa 2011    If line 4 expenses are the only ones you are claiming, you received no reimbursements (or the reimbursements were all included in box 1 of your Form W-2), and the Special Rules discussed later do not apply to you, do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011 Claim these amounts directly on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Freetaxusa 2011 List the type and amount of each expense on the dotted lines and include the total on line 21. Freetaxusa 2011 Meal and entertainment expenses. Freetaxusa 2011   Show the full amount of your expenses for business-related meals and entertainment on Form 2106, line 5, Column B. Freetaxusa 2011 Include meals while away from your tax home overnight and other business meals and entertainment. Freetaxusa 2011 Enter 50% of the line 8, Column B, meal and entertainment expenses on line 9, Column B. Freetaxusa 2011   If you file Form 2106-EZ, enter the full amount of your meals and entertainment on the line to the left of line 5 and multiply the total by 50%. Freetaxusa 2011 Enter the result on line 5. Freetaxusa 2011 Hours of service limits. Freetaxusa 2011   If you are subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits (as explained earlier under Individuals subject to “hours of service” limits in chapter 2), use 80% instead of 50% for meals while away from your tax home. Freetaxusa 2011 Reimbursements. Freetaxusa 2011   Enter on Form 2106, line 7 (you cannot use Form 2106-EZ) the amounts your employer (or third party) reimbursed you that were not reported to you in box 1 of your Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 This includes any amount reported under code L in box 12 of Form W-2. Freetaxusa 2011 Allocating your reimbursement. Freetaxusa 2011   If you were reimbursed under an accountable plan and want to deduct excess expenses that were not reimbursed, you may have to allocate your reimbursement. Freetaxusa 2011 This is necessary when your employer pays your reimbursement in the following manner: Pays you a single amount that covers meals and/or entertainment, as well as other business expenses, and Does not clearly identify how much is for deductible meals and/or entertainment. Freetaxusa 2011 You must allocate that single payment so that you know how much to enter on Form 2106, line 7, Column A and Column B. Freetaxusa 2011 Example. Freetaxusa 2011 Rob's employer paid him an expense allowance of $12,000 this year under an accountable plan. Freetaxusa 2011 The $12,000 payment consisted of $5,000 for airfare and $7,000 for meals, entertainment, and car expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 The employer did not clearly show how much of the $7,000 was for the cost of deductible meals and entertainment. Freetaxusa 2011 Rob actually spent $14,000 during the year ($5,500 for airfare, $4,500 for meals and entertainment, and $4,000 for car expenses). Freetaxusa 2011 Since the airfare allowance was clearly identified, Rob knows that $5,000 of the payment goes in Column A, line 7, of Form 2106. Freetaxusa 2011 To allocate the remaining $7,000, Rob uses the worksheet from the Instructions for Form 2106. Freetaxusa 2011 His completed worksheet follows. Freetaxusa 2011 Reimbursement Allocation Worksheet (Keep for your records)   1. Freetaxusa 2011 Enter the total amount of reimbursements your employer gave you that were not reported to you in box 1 of Form W-2 $7,000   2. Freetaxusa 2011 Enter the total amount of your expenses for the periods covered by this reimbursement 8,500   3. Freetaxusa 2011 Of the amount on line 2, enter your total expense for meals and entertainment 4,500   4. Freetaxusa 2011 Divide line 3 by line 2. Freetaxusa 2011 Enter the result as a decimal (rounded to at least three places) . Freetaxusa 2011 529   5. Freetaxusa 2011 Multiply line 1 by line 4. Freetaxusa 2011 Enter the result here and in Column B, line 7 3,703   6. Freetaxusa 2011 Subtract line 5 from line 1. Freetaxusa 2011 Enter the result here and in Column A, line 7 $3,297 On line 7 of Form 2106, Rob enters $8,297 ($5,000 airfare and $3,297 of the $7,000) in Column A and $3,703 (of the $7,000) in Column B. Freetaxusa 2011 After you complete the form. Freetaxusa 2011   After you have completed your Form 2106 or 2106-EZ, follow the directions on that form to deduct your expenses on the appropriate line of your tax return. Freetaxusa 2011 For most taxpayers, this is line 21 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Freetaxusa 2011 However, if you are a government official paid on a fee basis, a performing artist, an Armed Forces reservist, or a disabled employee with impairment-related work expenses, see Special Rules , later. Freetaxusa 2011 Limits on employee business expenses. Freetaxusa 2011   Your employee business expenses may be subject to either of the limits described next. Freetaxusa 2011 They are figured in the following order on the specified form. Freetaxusa 2011 1. Freetaxusa 2011 Limit on meals and entertainment. Freetaxusa 2011   Certain meal and entertainment expenses are subject to a 50% limit. Freetaxusa 2011 If you are an employee, you figure this limit on line 9 of Form 2106 or line 5 of Form 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011 (See 50% Limit in chapter 2. Freetaxusa 2011 ) 2. Freetaxusa 2011 Limit on miscellaneous itemized deductions. Freetaxusa 2011   If you are an employee, deduct your employee business expenses (as figured on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ) on line 21 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Freetaxusa 2011 Most miscellaneous itemized deductions, including employee business expenses, are subject to a 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Freetaxusa 2011 This limit is figured on line 26 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Freetaxusa 2011 3. Freetaxusa 2011 Limit on total itemized deductions. Freetaxusa 2011   If your adjusted gross income (line 38 of Form 1040) is more than $300,000 ($150,000 if you are married filing separately), the total of certain itemized deductions, including employee business expenses, may be limited. Freetaxusa 2011 See your form instructions for information on how to figure this limit. Freetaxusa 2011 Special Rules This section discusses special rules that apply only to Armed Forces reservists, government officials who are paid on a fee basis, performing artists, and disabled employees with impairment-related work expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Armed Forces Reservists Traveling More Than 100 Miles From Home If you are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States and you travel more than 100 miles away from home in connection with your performance of services as a member of the reserves, you can deduct your travel expenses as an adjustment to gross income rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Freetaxusa 2011 The amount of expenses you can deduct as an adjustment to gross income is limited to the regular federal per diem rate (for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses) and the standard mileage rate (for car expenses) plus any parking fees, ferry fees, and tolls. Freetaxusa 2011 See Per Diem and Car Allowances , earlier, for more information. Freetaxusa 2011 Any expenses in excess of these amounts can be claimed only as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit. Freetaxusa 2011 Member of a reserve component. Freetaxusa 2011   You are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States if you are in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard Reserve; the Army National Guard of the United States; the Air National Guard of the United States; or the Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service. Freetaxusa 2011 How to report. Freetaxusa 2011   If you have reserve-related travel that takes you more than 100 miles from home, you should first complete Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011 Then include your expenses for reserve travel over 100 miles from home, up to the federal rate, from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, in the total on Form 1040, line 24. Freetaxusa 2011 Subtract this amount from the total on Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, and deduct the balance as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Freetaxusa 2011   You cannot deduct expenses of travel that does not take you more than 100 miles from home as an adjustment to gross income. Freetaxusa 2011 Instead, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and deduct those expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Freetaxusa 2011 Officials Paid on a Fee Basis Certain fee-basis officials can claim their employee business expenses whether or not they itemize their other deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Freetaxusa 2011 Fee-basis officials are persons who are employed by a state or local government and who are paid in whole or in part on a fee basis. Freetaxusa 2011 They can deduct their business expenses in performing services in that job as an adjustment to gross income rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Freetaxusa 2011 If you are a fee-basis official, include your employee business expenses from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, in the total on Form 1040, line 24. Freetaxusa 2011 Expenses of Certain Performing Artists If you are a performing artist, you may qualify to deduct your employee business expenses as an adjustment to gross income rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Freetaxusa 2011 To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements. Freetaxusa 2011 During the tax year, you perform services in the performing arts as an employee for at least two employers. Freetaxusa 2011 You receive at least $200 each from any two of these employers. Freetaxusa 2011 Your related performing-arts business expenses are more than 10% of your gross income from the performance of those services. Freetaxusa 2011 Your adjusted gross income is not more than $16,000 before deducting these business expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Special rules for married persons. Freetaxusa 2011   If you are married, you must file a joint return unless you lived apart from your spouse at all times during the tax year. Freetaxusa 2011 If you file a joint return, you must figure requirements (1), (2), and (3) separately for both you and your spouse. Freetaxusa 2011 However, requirement (4) applies to your and your spouse's combined adjusted gross income. Freetaxusa 2011 Where to report. Freetaxusa 2011   If you meet all of the above requirements, you should first complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Freetaxusa 2011 Then you include your performing-arts-related expenses from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, in the total on Form 1040, line 24. Freetaxusa 2011   If you do not meet all of the above requirements, you do not qualify to deduct your expenses as an adjustment to gross income. Freetaxusa 2011 Instead, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and deduct your employee business expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Freetaxusa 2011 Impairment-Related Work Expenses of Disabled Employees If you are an employee with a physical or mental disability, your impairment-related work expenses are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most other employee business expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 After you complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ, enter your impairment-related work expenses from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28, and identify the type and amount of this expense on the dotted line next to line 28. Freetaxusa 2011 Enter your employee business expenses that are unrelated to your disability from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Freetaxusa 2011 Impairment-related work expenses are your allowable expenses for attendant care at your workplace and other expenses in connection with your workplace that are necessary for you to be able to work. Freetaxusa 2011 You are disabled if you have: A physical or mental disability (for example, blindness or deafness) that functionally limits your being employed, or A physical or mental impairment (for example, a sight or hearing impairment) that substantially limits one or more of your major life activities, such as performing manual tasks, walking, speaking, breathing, learning, or working. Freetaxusa 2011 You can deduct impairment-related expenses as business expenses if they are: Necessary for you to do your work satisfactorily, For goods and services not required or used, other than incidentally, in your personal activities, and Not specifically covered under other income tax laws. Freetaxusa 2011 Example 1. Freetaxusa 2011 You are blind. Freetaxusa 2011 You must use a reader to do your work. Freetaxusa 2011 You use the reader both during your regular working hours at your place of work and outside your regular working hours away from your place of work. Freetaxusa 2011 The reader's services are only for your work. Freetaxusa 2011 You can deduct your expenses for the reader as business expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Example 2. Freetaxusa 2011 You are deaf. Freetaxusa 2011 You must use a sign language interpreter during meetings while you are at work. Freetaxusa 2011 The interpreter's services are used only for your work. Freetaxusa 2011 You can deduct your expenses for the interpreter as business expenses. Freetaxusa 2011 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Freetaxusa 2011 6. Freetaxusa 2011   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. Freetaxusa 2011 Free help with your tax return. Freetaxusa 2011   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Freetaxusa 2011 The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Freetaxusa 2011 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Freetaxusa 2011 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Freetaxusa 2011 In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Freetaxusa 2011 To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Freetaxusa 2011   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Freetaxusa 2011 To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Freetaxusa 2011 aarp. Freetaxusa 2011 org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Freetaxusa 2011 For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Freetaxusa 2011 Internet. Freetaxusa 2011    IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Freetaxusa 2011 Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Freetaxusa 2011 Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Freetaxusa 2011 Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. Freetaxusa 2011 The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Freetaxusa 2011 Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. Freetaxusa 2011 You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Freetaxusa 2011 The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Freetaxusa 2011 Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Freetaxusa 2011 No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Freetaxusa 2011 The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. Freetaxusa 2011 When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Freetaxusa 2011 New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Freetaxusa 2011  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Freetaxusa 2011 You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Freetaxusa 2011 The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Freetaxusa 2011 When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. Freetaxusa 2011 Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. Freetaxusa 2011 You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. Freetaxusa 2011 Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Freetaxusa 2011 Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. Freetaxusa 2011 Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. Freetaxusa 2011 Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. Freetaxusa 2011 Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. Freetaxusa 2011 You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Freetaxusa 2011 It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Freetaxusa 2011 Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov. Freetaxusa 2011 Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov for more information. Freetaxusa 2011 Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Freetaxusa 2011 Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov. Freetaxusa 2011 Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. Freetaxusa 2011 Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov. Freetaxusa 2011 Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Freetaxusa 2011 Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Freetaxusa 2011 Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Freetaxusa 2011 An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Freetaxusa 2011 Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Freetaxusa 2011 If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Freetaxusa 2011 Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Freetaxusa 2011 Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Freetaxusa 2011 Go to IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Freetaxusa 2011 Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Freetaxusa 2011 Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Freetaxusa 2011 Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Freetaxusa 2011 Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov and choose from a variety of options. Freetaxusa 2011 Phone. Freetaxusa 2011    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Freetaxusa 2011 Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Freetaxusa 2011 Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Freetaxusa 2011 Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Freetaxusa 2011 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Freetaxusa 2011 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Freetaxusa 2011 Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Freetaxusa 2011 Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Freetaxusa 2011 Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. Freetaxusa 2011 If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Freetaxusa 2011 The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Freetaxusa 2011 Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Freetaxusa 2011 Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Freetaxusa 2011 The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Freetaxusa 2011 Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Freetaxusa 2011 Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. Freetaxusa 2011 Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Freetaxusa 2011 You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Freetaxusa 2011 It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Freetaxusa 2011 Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Freetaxusa 2011 You should receive your order within 10 business days. Freetaxusa 2011 Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Freetaxusa 2011 If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. Freetaxusa 2011 Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Freetaxusa 2011 The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Freetaxusa 2011 These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Freetaxusa 2011 Walk-in. Freetaxusa 2011   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Freetaxusa 2011 Products. Freetaxusa 2011 You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Freetaxusa 2011 Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Freetaxusa 2011 Services. Freetaxusa 2011 You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Freetaxusa 2011 An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Freetaxusa 2011 Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Freetaxusa 2011 Mail. Freetaxusa 2011   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Freetaxusa 2011 You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Freetaxusa 2011 Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Freetaxusa 2011 Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Freetaxusa 2011 The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Freetaxusa 2011   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Freetaxusa 2011 We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Freetaxusa 2011 You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Freetaxusa 2011 You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Freetaxusa 2011   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. Freetaxusa 2011 Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Freetaxusa 2011 Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Freetaxusa 2011 We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Freetaxusa 2011   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Freetaxusa 2011   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Freetaxusa 2011 If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. Freetaxusa 2011 Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Freetaxusa 2011   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes. Freetaxusa 2011 Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Freetaxusa 2011 Visit www. Freetaxusa 2011 TaxpayerAdvocate. Freetaxusa 2011 irs. Freetaxusa 2011 gov or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Freetaxusa 2011 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications