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H&r block free military taxes Publication 947 - Main Content Table of Contents Practice Before the IRSWhat Is Practice Before the IRS? Who Can Practice Before the IRS? Who Cannot Practice Before the IRS? How Does an Individual Become Enrolled? What Are the Rules of Practice? Authorizing a RepresentativeWhat Is a Power of Attorney? When Is a Power of Attorney Required? When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required? How Do I Fill Out Form 2848? What Happens to the Power of Attorney When Filed? How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). H&r block free military taxes Practice Before the IRS The Office of Professional Responsibility and the Return Preparer Office generally are responsible for administering and enforcing the regulations governing practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes The Office of Professional Responsibility generally has responsibility for matters related to practitioner conduct and exclusive responsibility for discipline, including disciplinary proceedings and sanctions. H&r block free military taxes The Return Preparer Office is responsible for matters related to the authority to practice, including acting on applications for enrollment and administering competency testing and continuing education. H&r block free military taxes What Is Practice Before the IRS? Practice before the IRS covers all matters relating to any of the following. H&r block free military taxes Communicating with the IRS for a taxpayer regarding the taxpayer's rights, privileges, or liabilities under laws and regulations administered by the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Representing a taxpayer at conferences, hearings, or meetings with the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Preparing and filing documents, including tax returns, with the IRS for a taxpayer. H&r block free military taxes Providing a client with written advice which has a potential for tax avoidance or evasion. H&r block free military taxes Furnishing information at the request of the IRS or appearing as a witness for the taxpayer is not practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Who Can Practice Before the IRS? The following individuals can practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes However, any individual who is recognized to practice (a recognized representative) must be designated as the taxpayer's representative and file a written declaration with the IRS stating that he or she is authorized and qualified to represent a particular taxpayer. H&r block free military taxes Form 2848 can be used for this purpose. H&r block free military taxes Attorneys. H&r block free military taxes   Any attorney who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS and who is a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, possession, territory, commonwealth, or the District of Columbia may practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Certified public accountants (CPAs). H&r block free military taxes   Any CPA who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS and who is duly qualified to practice as a CPA in any state, possession, territory, commonwealth, or the District of Columbia may practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Enrolled agents. H&r block free military taxes   Any enrolled agent in active status who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS may practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Enrolled retirement plan agents. H&r block free military taxes   Any enrolled retirement plan agent in active status who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS may practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes The practice of enrolled retirement plan agents is limited to certain Internal Revenue Code sections that relate to their area of expertise, principally those sections governing employee retirement plans. H&r block free military taxes Enrolled actuaries. H&r block free military taxes   Any individual who is enrolled as an actuary by the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS may practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes The practice of enrolled actuaries is limited to certain Internal Revenue Code sections that relate to their area of expertise, principally those sections governing employee retirement plans. H&r block free military taxes Student. H&r block free military taxes    Under certain circumstances, a student who is supervised by a practitioner may request permission to represent another person before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes For more information, see Authorization for special appearances, later. H&r block free military taxes Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers. H&r block free military taxes   A registered tax return preparer is an individual who has passed an IRS competency test and is authorized to prepare and sign tax returns as the preparer. H&r block free military taxes An unenrolled return preparer is an individual other than an attorney, CPA, enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, or enrolled actuary who prepares and signs a taxpayer's return as the preparer, or who prepares a return but is not required (by the instructions to the return or regulations) to sign the return. H&r block free military taxes   Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers may only represent taxpayers before revenue agents, customer service representatives, or similar officers and employees of the Internal Revenue Service (including the Taxpayer Advocate Service) during an examination of the taxable year or period covered by the tax return they prepared and signed. H&r block free military taxes Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers cannot represent taxpayers, regardless of the circumstances requiring representation, before appeals officers, revenue officers, counsel or similar officers or employees of the Internal Revenue Service or the Department of Treasury. H&r block free military taxes Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers cannot execute closing agreements, extend the statutory period for tax assessments or collection of tax, execute waivers, execute claims for refund, or sign any document on behalf of a taxpayer. H&r block free military taxes   If the unenrolled return preparer does not meet the requirements for limited representation, you may file Form 8821 to allow the preparer to inspect your tax information and receive copies of notices sent to you by the IRS. H&r block free military taxes See Form 8821. H&r block free military taxes Practice denied. H&r block free military taxes   Any individual engaged in limited practice before the IRS who is involved in disreputable conduct is subject to disciplinary action. H&r block free military taxes Disreputable conduct includes, but is not limited to, the list of items under Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct shown later under What Are the Rules of Practice. H&r block free military taxes Other individuals who may serve as representatives. H&r block free military taxes   Because of their special relationship with a taxpayer, the following individuals can represent the specified taxpayers before the IRS, provided they present satisfactory identification and, except in the case of an individual described in (1) below, proof of authority to represent the taxpayer. H&r block free military taxes An individual. H&r block free military taxes An individual can represent himself or herself before the IRS and does not have to file a written declaration of qualification and authority. H&r block free military taxes A family member. H&r block free military taxes An individual can represent members of his or her immediate family. H&r block free military taxes Immediate family includes a spouse, child, parent, brother, or sister of the individual. H&r block free military taxes An officer. H&r block free military taxes A bona fide officer of a corporation (including a parent, subsidiary, or other affiliated corporation), association, or organized group can represent the corporation, association, or organized group. H&r block free military taxes An officer of a governmental unit, agency, or authority, in the course of his or her official duties, can represent the organization before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes A partner. H&r block free military taxes A general partner may represent the partnership before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes An employee. H&r block free military taxes A regular full-time employee can represent his or her employer. H&r block free military taxes An employer can be, but is not limited to, an individual, partnership, corporation (including a parent, subsidiary, or other affiliated corporation), association, trust, receivership, guardianship, estate, organized group, governmental unit, agency, or authority. H&r block free military taxes A fiduciary. H&r block free military taxes A fiduciary (trustee, executor, personal representative, administrator, receiver, or guardian) stands in the position of a taxpayer and acts as the taxpayer, not as a representative. H&r block free military taxes See Fiduciary under When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required, later. H&r block free military taxes Representation Outside the United States Any individual may represent an individual or entity, who is outside the United States, before personnel of the IRS when such representation occurs outside the United States. H&r block free military taxes See section 10. H&r block free military taxes 7(c)(1)(vii) of Circular 230. H&r block free military taxes Authorization for Special Appearances The Commissioner of Internal Revenue, or delegate, can authorize an individual who is not otherwise eligible to practice before the IRS to represent another person for a particular matter. H&r block free military taxes The prospective representative must request this authorization in writing from the Office of Professional Responsibility. H&r block free military taxes However, it is granted only when extremely compelling circumstances exist. H&r block free military taxes If granted, the Commissioner, or delegate, will issue a letter that details the conditions related to the appearance and the particular tax matter for which the authorization is granted. H&r block free military taxes The authorization letter should not be confused with a letter from an IRS center advising an individual that he or she has been assigned a Centralized Authorization File (CAF) number. H&r block free military taxes The issuance of a CAF number does not indicate that an individual is either recognized or authorized to practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes It merely confirms that a centralized file for authorizations has been established for the individual under that number. H&r block free military taxes Students in LITCs and the STCP. H&r block free military taxes   A student who works in a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) or Student Tax Clinic Program (STCP) who is supervised by a practitioner may request permission to represent another person before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Authorization requests must be made to the Office of Professional Responsibility. H&r block free military taxes If granted, a letter authorizing the student's special appearance and detailing any conditions related to the appearance will be issued. H&r block free military taxes Students receiving an authorization letter generally can represent taxpayers before any IRS function or office subject to any conditions in the authorization letter. H&r block free military taxes If you intend to have a student represent you, review the authorization letter and ask your student, your student's supervisor, or the Office of Professional Responsibility if you have questions about the terms of the authorization. H&r block free military taxes Who Cannot Practice Before the IRS? In general, individuals who are not eligible or who have lost the privilege as a result of certain actions cannot practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes If an individual loses eligibility to practice, the IRS will not recognize a power of attorney that names the individual as a representative. H&r block free military taxes Corporations, associations, partnerships, and other persons that are not individuals. H&r block free military taxes   These organizations (or persons) are not eligible to practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Loss of Eligibility Generally, individuals lose their eligibility to practice before the IRS in the following ways. H&r block free military taxes Not meeting the requirements for renewal of enrollment (such as continuing professional education). H&r block free military taxes Requesting to be placed in inactive retirement status. H&r block free military taxes Being suspended or disbarred by the Office of Professional Responsibility for violating the regulations governing practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Failure to meet requirements. H&r block free military taxes   Individuals who fail to comply with the requirements for eligibility for renewal of enrollment will be notified by the IRS. H&r block free military taxes The notice will explain the reason for noncompliance and provide the individual with an opportunity to furnish information for reconsideration. H&r block free military taxes The individual has 60 days from the date of the notice to respond. H&r block free military taxes Inactive roster. H&r block free military taxes   An individual will be placed on the roster of inactive individuals for a period of three years, if he or she: Fails to respond timely to the notice of noncompliance with the renewal requirements, Fails to file timely the application for renewal, or Does not satisfy the requirements of eligibility for renewal. H&r block free military taxes The individual must file an application for renewal and satisfy all requirements for renewal after being placed in inactive status. H&r block free military taxes Otherwise, at the conclusion of the next renewal cycle, he or she will be removed from the roster and the enrollment or registration terminated. H&r block free military taxes Inactive retirement status. H&r block free military taxes   Individuals who request to be placed in an inactive retirement status will be ineligible to practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes They must continue to adhere to all renewal requirements. H&r block free military taxes They can be reinstated to an active enrollment status by filing an application for renewal and providing evidence that they have completed the required continuing professional education hours for the enrollment cycle or registration year. H&r block free military taxes Suspension and disbarment. H&r block free military taxes   Individuals authorized to practice before the IRS are subject to disciplinary proceedings and may be suspended or disbarred for violating any regulation governing practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes This includes engaging in acts of disreputable conduct. H&r block free military taxes For more information, see Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct under What are the Rules of Practice, later. H&r block free military taxes   Practitioners who are suspended in a disciplinary proceeding are not allowed to practice before the IRS during the period of suspension. H&r block free military taxes See What Is Practice Before the IRS, earlier. H&r block free military taxes   Practitioners who are disbarred in a disciplinary proceeding are not allowed to practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes However, a practitioner can seek reinstatement from the Office of Professional Responsibility five years after disbarment. H&r block free military taxes   If the practitioner seeks reinstatement, he or she may not practice before the IRS until the Office of Professional Responsibility authorizes reinstatement. H&r block free military taxes The Office of Professional Responsibility may reinstate the practitioner if it is determined that: The practitioner's future conduct is not likely to be in violation of the regulations, and Granting the reinstatement would not be contrary to the public interest. H&r block free military taxes How Does an Individual Become Enrolled? The Return Preparer Office can grant enrollment to practice before the IRS to an applicant who demonstrates special competence in tax matters by passing a written examination administered by the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Enrollment also can be granted to an applicant who qualifies because of past service and technical experience in the IRS. H&r block free military taxes In either case, certain application forms, discussed next, must be filed. H&r block free military taxes Additionally, an applicant must not have engaged in any conduct that would justify suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes See Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct, later. H&r block free military taxes Form 2587. H&r block free military taxes   Applicants can apply to take the special enrollment examination by filing Form 2587, Application for Special Enrollment Examination. H&r block free military taxes Form 2587 can be filed online, by mail, or by fax. H&r block free military taxes For more information, see instructions and fees listed on the form. H&r block free military taxes To get Form 2587, see How To Get Tax Help, later. H&r block free military taxes Form 23 and Form 23-EP. H&r block free military taxes   Individuals who have passed the examination or are applying on the basis of past service and technical experience with the IRS can apply for enrollment by filing Form 23, Application for Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service, or Form 23-EP, Application for Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent. H&r block free military taxes The application must include a check or money order in the amount of the fee shown on Form 23 or Form 23-EP. H&r block free military taxes Alternatively, payment may be made electronically pursuant to instructions on the forms. H&r block free military taxes To get Form 23 or Form 23-EP, see How To Get Tax Help, later. H&r block free military taxes Form 5434. H&r block free military taxes   An individual may apply as an enrolled actuary on the basis of past employment with the IRS and technical experience by filing Form 5434, Application for Enrollment, with the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries. H&r block free military taxes The application must include a check or money order in the amount of the fee shown on Form 5434. H&r block free military taxes To get Form 5434, see How To Get Tax Help, later. H&r block free military taxes Period of enrollment. H&r block free military taxes   An enrollment card will be issued to each individual whose enrollment application is approved. H&r block free military taxes The individual is enrolled until the expiration date shown on the enrollment card or certificate. H&r block free military taxes To continue practicing beyond the expiration date, the individual must request renewal of the enrollment by filing Form 8554, Application for Renewal of Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service, or Form 8554-EP, Application for Renewal of Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA). H&r block free military taxes What Are the Rules of Practice? The rules governing practice before the IRS are published in the Code of Federal Regulations at 31 C. H&r block free military taxes F. H&r block free military taxes R. H&r block free military taxes part 10 and reprinted in Treasury Department Circular No. H&r block free military taxes 230 (Circular 230). H&r block free military taxes An attorney, CPA, enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, registered tax return preparer, or enrolled actuary authorized to practice before the IRS (referred to hereafter as a practitioner) has the duty to perform certain acts and is restricted from performing other acts. H&r block free military taxes In addition, a practitioner cannot engage in disreputable conduct (discussed later). H&r block free military taxes Any practitioner who does not comply with the rules of practice or engages in disreputable conduct is subject to disciplinary action. H&r block free military taxes Also, unenrolled preparers must comply with the rules of practice and conduct to exercise the privilege of limited practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes See Publication 470 for a discussion of the special rules for limited practice by unenrolled preparers. H&r block free military taxes Duties Practitioners must promptly submit records or information requested by officers or employees of the IRS, except when the practitioner believes on reasonable belief and good faith that the information is privileged. H&r block free military taxes Communications with respect to tax advice between a federally authorized tax practitioner and a taxpayer generally are confidential to the same extent that communication would be privileged if it were between a taxpayer and an attorney if the advice relates to: Noncriminal tax matters before the IRS, or Noncriminal tax proceedings brought in federal court by or against the United States. H&r block free military taxes Communications regarding corporate tax shelters. H&r block free military taxes   This protection of tax advice communications does not apply to any written communications between a federally authorized tax practitioner and any person, including a director, shareholder, officer, employee, agent, or representative of a corporation if the communication involves the promotion of the direct or indirect participation of the corporation in any tax shelter. H&r block free military taxes Duty to advise. H&r block free military taxes   A practitioner who knows that his or her client has not complied with the revenue laws or has made an error or omission in any return, document, affidavit, or other required paper, has the responsibility to advise the client promptly of the noncompliance, error, or omission, and the consequences of the noncompliance, error, or omission. H&r block free military taxes Due diligence. H&r block free military taxes   A practitioner must exercise due diligence when performing the following duties. H&r block free military taxes Preparing or assisting in the preparing, approving, and filing of returns, documents, affidavits, and other papers relating to IRS matters. H&r block free military taxes Determining the correctness of oral or written representations made by him or her to the Department of the Treasury. H&r block free military taxes Determining the correctness of oral or written representations made by him or her to clients with reference to any matter administered by the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Restrictions Practitioners are restricted from engaging in certain practices. H&r block free military taxes The following paragraphs discuss some of these restricted practices. H&r block free military taxes Delays. H&r block free military taxes   A practitioner must not unreasonably delay the prompt disposition of any matter before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Assistance from disbarred or suspended persons and former IRS employees. H&r block free military taxes   A practitioner must not knowingly, directly or indirectly, do the following. H&r block free military taxes Accept assistance from, or assist, any person who is under disbarment or suspension from practice before the IRS if the assistance relates to matters considered practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Accept assistance from any former government employee where provisions of Circular 230 or any federal law would be violated. H&r block free military taxes Performance as a notary. H&r block free military taxes   A practitioner who is a notary public and is employed as counsel, attorney, or agent in a matter before the IRS, or has a material interest in the matter, cannot engage in any notary activities related to that matter. H&r block free military taxes Negotiations of taxpayer refund checks. H&r block free military taxes   Practitioners must not endorse or otherwise negotiate (cash) any refund check (including directing or accepting payment by any means, electronic or otherwise, in an account owned or controlled by the practitioner or any firm or other entity with whom the practitioner is associated) issued to the taxpayer. H&r block free military taxes Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct Any practitioner or unenrolled return preparer may be disbarred or suspended from practice before the IRS, or censured, for incompetence or disreputable conduct. H&r block free military taxes The following list contains examples of conduct that is considered disreputable. H&r block free military taxes Being convicted of any criminal offense under the revenue laws or of any offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust. H&r block free military taxes Knowingly giving false or misleading information in connection with federal tax matters, or participating in such activity. H&r block free military taxes Soliciting employment by prohibited means as discussed in section 10. H&r block free military taxes 30 of Circular 230. H&r block free military taxes Willfully failing to file a federal tax return, evading or attempting to evade any federal tax or payment, or participating in such actions. H&r block free military taxes Misappropriating, or failing to properly and promptly remit, funds received from clients for payment of taxes or other obligations due the United States. H&r block free military taxes Directly or indirectly attempting to influence the official action of IRS employees by the use of threats, false accusations, duress, or coercion, or by offering gifts, favors, or any special inducements. H&r block free military taxes Being disbarred or suspended from practice as an attorney, CPA, public accountant, or actuary, by the District of Columbia or any state, possession, territory, commonwealth, or any federal court, or any federal agency, body, or board. H&r block free military taxes Knowingly aiding and abetting another person to practice before the IRS during a period of suspension, disbarment, or ineligibility of that other person. H&r block free military taxes Using abusive language, making false accusations and statements knowing them to be false, circulating or publishing malicious or libelous matter, or engaging in any contemptuous conduct in connection with practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Giving a false opinion knowingly, recklessly, or through gross incompetence; or following a pattern of providing incompetent opinions in questions arising under the federal tax laws. H&r block free military taxes Censure, Disbarments, and Suspensions The Office of Professional Responsibility may censure or institute proceedings to censure, suspend or disbar any attorney, CPA, or enrolled agent who has violated Circular 230. H&r block free military taxes A practitioner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate compliance with the rules before any disciplinary action is taken. H&r block free military taxes Authorizing a Representative You may either represent yourself, or you may authorize an individual to represent you before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes If you chose to have someone represent you, your representative must be a person eligible to practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes See Who Can Practice Before the IRS, earlier. H&r block free military taxes What Is a Power of Attorney? A power of attorney is your written authorization for an individual to act on your behalf. H&r block free military taxes If the authorization is not limited, the individual generally can perform all acts that you can perform. H&r block free military taxes The authority granted to a registered tax return preparer or an unenrolled preparer is limited. H&r block free military taxes For information on the limits regarding registered tax return preparers, see Circular 230 §10. H&r block free military taxes 3(f). H&r block free military taxes For information on the limits regarding unenrolled preparers, see Publication 470. H&r block free military taxes Acts performed. H&r block free military taxes   Any representative, other than a registered tax return preparer or an unenrolled return preparer, can usually perform the following acts. H&r block free military taxes Represent you before any office of the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Sign an offer or a waiver of restriction on assessment or collection of a tax deficiency, or a waiver of notice of disallowance of claim for credit or refund. H&r block free military taxes Sign a consent to extend the statutory time period for assessment or collection of a tax. H&r block free military taxes Sign a closing agreement. H&r block free military taxes Signing your return. H&r block free military taxes   The representative named under a power of attorney is not permitted to sign your income tax return unless: The signature is permitted under the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations (see Regulations section 1. H&r block free military taxes 6012-1(a)(5)). H&r block free military taxes You specifically authorize this in your power of attorney. H&r block free military taxes For example, the regulation permits a representative to sign your return if you are unable to sign the return due to: Disease or injury. H&r block free military taxes Continuous absence from the United States (including Puerto Rico) for a period of at least 60 days prior to the date required by law for filing the return. H&r block free military taxes Other good cause if specific permission is requested of and granted by the IRS. H&r block free military taxes When a return is signed by a representative, it must be accompanied by a power of attorney (or copy) authorizing the representative to sign the return. H&r block free military taxes For more information, see the Form 2848 instructions. H&r block free military taxes Limitation on substitution or delegation. H&r block free military taxes   A recognized representative can substitute or delegate authority under the power of attorney to another recognized representative only if the act is specifically authorized by you on the power of attorney. H&r block free military taxes   After a substitution has been made, only the newly recognized representative will be recognized as the taxpayer's representative. H&r block free military taxes If a delegation of power has been made, both the original and the delegated representative will be recognized by the IRS to represent you. H&r block free military taxes Disclosure of returns to a third party. H&r block free military taxes   Your representative cannot execute consents that will allow the IRS to disclose tax return or return information to a third party unless you specifically delegate this authority to your representative on line 5 of Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes Incapacity or incompetency. H&r block free military taxes   A power of attorney is generally terminated if you become incapacitated or incompetent. H&r block free military taxes   The power of attorney can continue, however, in the case of your incapacity or incompetency if you authorize this on line 5 “Other” of the Form 2848 and if your non-IRS durable power of attorney meets all the requirements for acceptance by the IRS. H&r block free military taxes See Non-IRS powers of attorney, later. H&r block free military taxes When Is a Power of Attorney Required? Submit a power of attorney when you want to authorize an individual to represent you before the IRS, whether or not the representative performs any of the other acts cited earlier under What Is a Power of Attorney. H&r block free military taxes A power of attorney is most often required when you want to authorize another individual to perform at least one of the following acts on your behalf. H&r block free military taxes Represent you at a meeting with the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Prepare and file a written response to the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Form Required Use Form 2848 to appoint a recognized representative to act on your behalf before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Individuals recognized to practice before the IRS are listed under Part II, Declaration of Representative, of Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes Your representative must complete that part of the form. H&r block free military taxes Non-IRS powers of attorney. H&r block free military taxes   The IRS will accept a non-IRS power of attorney, but a completed Form 2848 must be attached in order for the power of attorney to be entered on the Centralized Authorization File (CAF) system. H&r block free military taxes For more information, see Processing a non-IRS power of attorney, later. H&r block free military taxes   If you want to use a power of attorney document other than Form 2848, it must contain the following information. H&r block free military taxes Your name and mailing address. H&r block free military taxes Your social security number and/or employer identification number. H&r block free military taxes Your employee plan number, if applicable. H&r block free military taxes The name and mailing address of your representative(s). H&r block free military taxes The types of tax involved. H&r block free military taxes The federal tax form number. H&r block free military taxes The specific year(s) or period(s) involved. H&r block free military taxes For estate tax matters, the decedent's date of death. H&r block free military taxes A clear expression of your intention concerning the scope of authority granted to your representative(s). H&r block free military taxes Your signature and date. H&r block free military taxes You also must attach to the non-IRS power of attorney a signed and dated statement made by your representative. H&r block free military taxes This statement, which is referred to as the Declaration of Representative, is contained in Part II of Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes The statement should read: I am not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the Internal Revenue Service or other practice of my profession by any other authority, I am aware of the regulations contained in Circular 230, I am authorized to represent the taxpayer(s) identified in the power of attorney, and I am an individual described in 26 CFR 601. H&r block free military taxes 502(b). H&r block free military taxes Required information missing. H&r block free military taxes   The IRS will not accept your non-IRS power of attorney if it does not contain all the information listed above. H&r block free military taxes You can sign and submit a completed Form 2848 or a new non-IRS power of attorney that contains all the information. H&r block free military taxes If you cannot sign an acceptable replacement document, your attorney-in-fact may be able to perfect (make acceptable to the IRS) your non-IRS power of attorney by using the procedure described next. H&r block free military taxes Procedure for perfecting a non-IRS power of attorney. H&r block free military taxes   Under the following conditions, the attorney-in-fact named in your non-IRS power of attorney can sign a Form 2848 on your behalf. H&r block free military taxes The original non-IRS power of attorney grants authority to handle federal tax matters (for example, general authority to perform any acts). H&r block free military taxes The attorney-in-fact attaches a statement (signed under penalty of perjury) to the Form 2848 stating that the original non-IRS power of attorney is valid under the laws of the governing jurisdiction. H&r block free military taxes Example. H&r block free military taxes John Elm, a taxpayer, signs a non-IRS durable power of attorney that names his neighbor and CPA, Ed Larch, as his attorney-in-fact. H&r block free military taxes The power of attorney grants Ed the authority to perform any and all acts on John's behalf. H&r block free military taxes However, it does not list specific tax-related information such as types of tax or tax form numbers. H&r block free military taxes Shortly after John signs the power of attorney, he is declared incompetent. H&r block free military taxes Later, a federal tax matter arises concerning a prior year return filed by John. H&r block free military taxes Ed attempts to represent John before the IRS but is rejected because the durable power of attorney does not contain required information. H&r block free military taxes If Ed attaches a statement (signed under the penalty of perjury) that the durable power of attorney is valid under the laws of the governing jurisdiction, he can sign a completed Form 2848 and submit it on John's behalf. H&r block free military taxes If Ed can practice before the IRS (see Who Can Practice Before the IRS, earlier), he can name himself as representative on Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes Otherwise, he must name another individual who can practice before the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Processing a non-IRS power of attorney. H&r block free military taxes   The IRS has a centralized computer database system called the CAF system. H&r block free military taxes This system contains information on the authority of taxpayer representatives. H&r block free military taxes Generally, when you submit a power of attorney document to the IRS, it is processed for inclusion on the CAF system. H&r block free military taxes Entry of your power of attorney on the CAF system enables IRS personnel, who do not have a copy of your power of attorney, to verify the authority of your representative by accessing the CAF. H&r block free military taxes It also enables the IRS to automatically send copies of notices and other IRS communications to your representative if you specify that your representative should receive those communications. H&r block free military taxes   You can have your non-IRS power of attorney entered on the CAF system by attaching it to a completed Form 2848 and submitting it to the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Your signature is not required; however, your attorney-in-fact must sign the Declaration of Representative (see Part II of Form 2848). H&r block free military taxes Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints The preparation of Form 2848 is illustrated by an example, later under How Do I Fill Out Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes However, the following will also assist you in preparing the form. H&r block free military taxes Line-by-line hints. H&r block free military taxes   The following hints are summaries of some of the line-by-line instructions for Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes Line 1—Taxpayer information. H&r block free military taxes   If a joint return is involved, the husband and wife each file a separate Form 2848 if they both want to be represented. H&r block free military taxes If only one spouse wants to be represented in the matter, that spouse files a Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes Line 2—Representative(s). H&r block free military taxes   Only individuals may be named as representatives. H&r block free military taxes If your representative has not been assigned a CAF number, enter “None” on that line and the IRS will issue one to your representative. H&r block free military taxes If the representative's address or phone number has changed since the CAF number was issued, you should check the appropriate box. H&r block free military taxes Enter your representative's fax number if available. H&r block free military taxes   If you want to name more than three representatives, attach additional Form(s) 2848. H&r block free military taxes The IRS can send copies of notices and communications to two of your representatives. H&r block free military taxes You must, however, check the boxes on line 2 of the Form 2848 if you want the IRS to routinely send copies of notices and communications to your representatives. H&r block free military taxes If you do not check the boxes, your representatives will not routinely receive copies of notices and communications. H&r block free military taxes Line 3—Tax matters. H&r block free military taxes   You may list any tax years or periods that have already ended as of the date you sign the power of attorney. H&r block free military taxes However, you may include on a power of attorney only future tax periods that end no later than 3 years after the date the power of attorney is received by the IRS. H&r block free military taxes The 3 future periods are determined starting after December 31 of the year the power of attorney is received by the IRS. H&r block free military taxes However, avoid general references such as “all years” or “all taxes. H&r block free military taxes ” Any Form 2848 with general references will be returned. H&r block free military taxes Line 4—Specific use not recorded on Centralized Authorization File (CAF). H&r block free military taxes   Certain matters cannot be recorded on the CAF system. H&r block free military taxes Examples of such matters include, but are not limited to, the following. H&r block free military taxes Requests for a private letter ruling or technical advice. H&r block free military taxes Applications for an employer identification number (EIN). H&r block free military taxes Claims filed on Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement. H&r block free military taxes Corporate dissolutions. H&r block free military taxes Requests for change of accounting method. H&r block free military taxes Requests for change of accounting period. H&r block free military taxes Applications for recognition of exemption under sections 501(c)(3), 501(a), or 521 (Forms 1023, 1034, or 1028). H&r block free military taxes Request for a determination of the qualified status of an employee benefit plan (Forms 5300, 5307, or 5310). H&r block free military taxes Application for Award for Original Information under section 7623. H&r block free military taxes Voluntary submissions under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). H&r block free military taxes Freedom of Information Act requests. H&r block free military taxes If the tax matter described on line 3 of Form 2848 concerns one of these matters specifically, check the box on line 4. H&r block free military taxes If this box is checked, the representative should mail or fax the power of attorney to the IRS office handling the matter. H&r block free military taxes Otherwise, the representative should bring a copy of the power of attorney to each meeting with the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Where To File a Power of Attorney Generally, you can mail or fax a paper Form 2848 directly to the IRS. H&r block free military taxes To determine where you should file Form 2848, see Where To File in the instructions for Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes If Form 2848 is for a specific use, mail or fax it to the office handling that matter. H&r block free military taxes For more information on specific use, see the Instructions for Form 2848, line 4. H&r block free military taxes FAX copies. H&r block free military taxes   The IRS will accept a copy of a power of attorney that is submitted by facsimile transmission (fax). H&r block free military taxes If you choose to file a power of attorney by fax, be sure the appropriate IRS office is equipped to accept this type of transmission. H&r block free military taxes Your representative may be able to file Form 2848 electronically via the IRS website. H&r block free military taxes For more information, your representative can go to www. H&r block free military taxes irs. H&r block free military taxes gov and under the Tax Professionals tab, click on e-services–Online Tools for Tax Professionals. H&r block free military taxes If you complete Form 2848 for electronic signature authorization, do not file Form 2848 with the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Instead, give it to your representative, who will retain the document. H&r block free military taxes Updating a power of attorney. H&r block free military taxes   Submit any update or modification to an existing power of attorney in writing. H&r block free military taxes Your signature (or the signature of the individual(s) authorized to sign on your behalf) is required. H&r block free military taxes Do this by sending the updated Form 2848 or non-IRS power of attorney to the IRS office(s) where you previously sent the original(s), including the center where the related return was, or will be filed. H&r block free military taxes   A recognized representative may substitute or delegate authority if you specifically authorize your representative to substitute or delegate representation in the original power of attorney. H&r block free military taxes To make a substitution or delegation, the representative must file the following items with the IRS office(s) where the power of attorney was filed. H&r block free military taxes A written notice of substitution or delegation signed by the recognized representative. H&r block free military taxes A written declaration of representative made by the new representative. H&r block free military taxes A copy of the power of attorney that specifically authorizes the substitution or delegation. H&r block free military taxes Retention/Revocation of Prior Power(s) of Attorney A newly filed power of attorney concerning the same matter will revoke a previously filed power of attorney. H&r block free military taxes However, the new power of attorney will not revoke the prior power of attorney if it specifically states it does not revoke such prior power of attorney and either of the following are attached to the new power of attorney. H&r block free military taxes A copy of the unrevoked prior power of attorney, or A statement signed by the taxpayer listing the name and address of each representative authorized under the prior unrevoked power of attorney. H&r block free military taxes Note. H&r block free military taxes The filing of Form 2848 will not revoke any  Form 8821 that is in effect. H&r block free military taxes Revocation of Power of Attorney/Withdrawal of Representative If you want to revoke an existing power of attorney and do not want to name a new representative, or if a representative wants to withdraw from representation, mail or fax a copy of the previously executed power of attorney to the IRS, or if the power of attorney is for a specific matter, to the IRS office handling the matter. H&r block free military taxes If the taxpayer is revoking the power of attorney, the taxpayer must write “REVOKE” across the top of the first page with a current signature and date below this annotation. H&r block free military taxes If the representative is withdrawing from the representation, the representative must write “WITHDRAW” across the top of the first page with a current signature and date below this annotation. H&r block free military taxes If you do not have a copy of the power of attorney you want to revoke or withdraw, send a statement to the IRS. H&r block free military taxes The statement of revocation or withdrawal must indicate that the authority of the power of attorney is revoked or withdrawn, list the matters and periods, and must be signed and dated by the taxpayer or representative as applicable. H&r block free military taxes If the taxpayer is revoking, list the name and address of each recognized representative whose authority is revoked. H&r block free military taxes When the taxpayer is completely revoking authority, the form should state “remove all years/periods” instead of listing the specific tax matter, years, or periods. H&r block free military taxes If the representative is withdrawing, list the name, TIN, and address (if known) of the taxpayer. H&r block free military taxes To revoke a specific use power of attorney, send the power of attorney or statement of revocation to the IRS office handling your case, using the above instructions. H&r block free military taxes A power of attorney held by a student will be recorded on the CAF system for 130 days from the receipt date. H&r block free military taxes If you are authorizing a student to represent you after that time, you will need to submit a current and valid Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required? A power of attorney is not required when the third party is not dealing with the IRS as your representative. H&r block free military taxes The following situations do not require a power of attorney. H&r block free military taxes Providing information to the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Authorizing the disclosure of tax return information through Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization, or other written or oral disclosure consent. H&r block free military taxes Allowing the IRS to discuss return information with a third party via the checkbox provided on a tax return or other document. H&r block free military taxes Allowing a tax matters partner or person (TMP) to perform acts for the partnership. H&r block free military taxes Allowing the IRS to discuss return information with a fiduciary. H&r block free military taxes How Do I Fill Out Form 2848? The following example illustrates how to complete Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes The two completed forms for this example are shown on the next pages. H&r block free military taxes Example. H&r block free military taxes Stan and Mary Doe have been notified that their joint tax returns (Forms 1040) for 2009, 2010, and 2011 are being examined. H&r block free military taxes They have decided to appoint Jim Smith, an enrolled agent, to represent them in this matter and any future matters concerning these returns. H&r block free military taxes Jim, who has prepared returns at the same location for years, already has a Centralized Authorization File (CAF) number assigned to him. H&r block free military taxes Mary does not want Jim to sign any agreements on her behalf, but Stan is willing to have Jim do so. H&r block free military taxes They want copies of all notices and written communications sent to Jim. H&r block free military taxes This is the first time Stan and Mary have given power of attorney to anyone. H&r block free military taxes They should each complete a Form 2848 as follows. H&r block free military taxes Line 1—Taxpayer information. H&r block free military taxes   Stan and Mary must each file a separate Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes On his separate Form 2848, Stan enters his name, street address, and social security number in the spaces provided. H&r block free military taxes Mary does likewise on her separate Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes Line 2—Representative(s). H&r block free military taxes   On their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary each enters the name and current address of their chosen representative, Jim Smith. H&r block free military taxes Both Stan and Mary want Jim Smith to receive notices and communications concerning the matters identified in line 3, so on their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary each checks the box in the first column of line 2. H&r block free military taxes They also enter Mr. H&r block free military taxes Smith's CAF number, his telephone number, and his fax number. H&r block free military taxes Mr. H&r block free military taxes Smith's address, telephone number, and fax number have not changed since the IRS issued his CAF number, so Stan and Mary do not check the boxes in the second column. H&r block free military taxes Line 3—Tax Matters. H&r block free military taxes   On their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary each enters “income” for the type of tax, “1040” for the form number, and “2009, 2010, and 2011” for the tax years. H&r block free military taxes Line 4—Specific use not recorded on Centralized Authorization File (CAF). H&r block free military taxes   On their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary make no entry on this line because they do not want to restrict the use of their powers of attorney to a specific use that is not recorded on the CAF. H&r block free military taxes See Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints, earlier. H&r block free military taxes Line 5—Acts authorized. H&r block free military taxes   Mary wants to sign any agreement that reflects changes to her and Stan's joint 2009, 2010, and 2011 income tax liability, so she writes “Taxpayer must sign any agreement form” on line 5 of her Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes Stan does not wish to restrict the authority of Jim Smith in this regard, so he leaves line 5 of his Form 2848 blank. H&r block free military taxes If either Mary or Stan had chosen, they could have listed other restrictions on line 5 of their separate Forms 2848. H&r block free military taxes Line 6—Retention/revocation of prior power(s) of attorney. H&r block free military taxes   Stan and Mary are each filing their first powers of attorney, so they make no entry on this line. H&r block free military taxes However, if they had filed prior powers of attorney, the filing of this current power would revoke any earlier ones for the same tax matter(s) unless they checked the box on line 6 and attached a copy of the prior power of attorney that they wanted to remain in effect. H&r block free military taxes   If Mary later decides that she can handle the examination on her own, she can revoke her power of attorney even though Stan does not revoke his power of attorney. H&r block free military taxes (See Revocation of Power of Attorney/Withdrawal of Representative, earlier, for the special rules that apply. H&r block free military taxes ) Line 7—Signature of taxpayer. H&r block free military taxes   Stan and Mary each signs and dates his or her Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes If a taxpayer does not sign, the IRS cannot accept the form. H&r block free military taxes Part II—Declaration of Representative. H&r block free military taxes   Jim Smith must complete this part of Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes If he does not sign this part, the IRS cannot accept the form. H&r block free military taxes What Happens to the Power of Attorney When Filed? A power of attorney will be recognized after it is received, reviewed, and determined by the IRS to contain the required information. H&r block free military taxes However, until a power of attorney is entered on the CAF system, IRS personnel may be unaware of the authority of the person you have named to represent you. H&r block free military taxes Therefore, during this interim period, IRS personnel may request that you or your representative bring a copy to any meeting with the IRS. H&r block free military taxes This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. H&r block free military taxes Please click the link to view the image. H&r block free military taxes Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. H&r block free military taxes Please click the link to view the image. H&r block free military taxes Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 2 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. H&r block free military taxes Please click the link to view the image. H&r block free military taxes Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. H&r block free military taxes Please click the link to view the image. H&r block free military taxes Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 2 Processing and Handling How the power of attorney is processed and handled depends on whether it is a complete or incomplete document. H&r block free military taxes Incomplete document. H&r block free military taxes   If Form 2848 is incomplete, the IRS will attempt to secure the missing information either by writing or telephoning you or your representative. H&r block free military taxes For example, if your signature or signature date is missing, the IRS will contact you. H&r block free military taxes If information concerning your representative is missing and information sufficient to make a contact (such as an address and/or a telephone number) is on the document, the IRS will try to contact your representative. H&r block free military taxes   In either case, the power of attorney is not considered valid until all required information is entered on the document. H&r block free military taxes The individual(s) named as representative(s) will not be recognized to practice before the IRS, on your behalf, until the document is complete and accepted by the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Complete document. H&r block free military taxes   If the power of attorney is complete and valid, the IRS will take action to recognize the representative. H&r block free military taxes In most instances, this includes processing the document on the CAF system. H&r block free military taxes Recording the data on the CAF system enables the IRS to direct copies of mailings to authorized representatives and to readily recognize the scope of authority granted. H&r block free military taxes Documents not processed on CAF. H&r block free military taxes   Specific-use powers of attorney are not processed on the CAF system (see Preparation of Form – Helpful Hints, earlier). H&r block free military taxes For example, a power of attorney that is a one-time or specific-issue grant of authority is not processed on the CAF system. H&r block free military taxes These documents remain with the related case files. H&r block free military taxes In this situation, you should check the box on line 4 of Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes In these situations, the representative should bring a copy of the power of attorney to each meeting with the IRS. H&r block free military taxes Dealing With the Representative After a valid power of attorney is filed, the IRS will recognize your representative. H&r block free military taxes However, if it appears the representative is responsible for unreasonably delaying or hindering the prompt disposition of an IRS matter by failing to furnish, after repeated requests, nonprivileged information, the IRS can contact you directly. H&r block free military taxes For example, in most instances in which a power of attorney is recognized, the IRS will contact the representative to set up appointments and to provide lists of required items. H&r block free military taxes However, if the representative is unavailable, does not respond to repeated requests, and does not provide required items (other than items considered privileged), the IRS can bypass your representative and contact you directly. H&r block free military taxes If a representative engages in conduct described above, the matter can be referred to the Office of Professional Responsibility for consideration of possible disciplinary action. H&r block free military taxes Notices and other correspondence. H&r block free military taxes   If you have a recognized representative, you and the representative will routinely receive notices and other correspondence from the IRS (either the original or a copy) if you checked the box in the left column of line 2 of Form 2848. H&r block free military taxes If the power of attorney is processed on the CAF system, the IRS will send your representative(s) a duplicate of all computer-generated correspondence that is sent to you. H&r block free military taxes This includes notices and letters produced either at the Martinsburg Computing Center, or other IRS centers. 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H&r block free military taxes 2. H&r block free military taxes   Source of Income Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Resident Aliens Nonresident AliensInterest Income Dividends Guarantee of Indebtedness Personal Services Transportation Income Scholarships, Grants, Prizes, and Awards Pensions and Annuities Rents or Royalties Real Property Personal Property Community Income Introduction After you have determined your alien status, you must determine the source of your income. H&r block free military taxes This chapter will help you determine the source of different types of income you may receive during the tax year. H&r block free military taxes This chapter also discusses special rules for married individuals who are domiciled in a country with community property laws. H&r block free military taxes Topics - This chapter discusses: Income source rules, and Community income. H&r block free military taxes Resident Aliens A resident alien's income is generally subject to tax in the same manner as a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes citizen. H&r block free military taxes If you are a resident alien, you must report all interest, dividends, wages, or other compensation for services, income from rental property or royalties, and other types of income on your U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes tax return. H&r block free military taxes You must report these amounts from sources within and outside the United States. H&r block free military taxes Nonresident Aliens A nonresident alien usually is subject to U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes income tax only on U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income. H&r block free military taxes Under limited circumstances, certain foreign source income is subject to U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes tax. H&r block free military taxes See Foreign Income in chapter 4. H&r block free military taxes The general rules for determining U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income that apply to most nonresident aliens are shown in Table 2-1. H&r block free military taxes The following discussions cover the general rules as well as the exceptions to these rules. H&r block free military taxes Not all items of U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income are taxable. H&r block free military taxes See chapter 3. H&r block free military taxes Interest Income Generally, U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source interest income includes the following items. H&r block free military taxes Interest on bonds, notes, or other interest-bearing obligations of U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes residents or domestic corporations. H&r block free military taxes Interest paid by a domestic or foreign partnership or foreign corporation engaged in a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes trade or business at any time during the tax year. H&r block free military taxes Original issue discount. H&r block free military taxes Interest from a state, the District of Columbia, or the U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes Government. H&r block free military taxes The place or manner of payment is immaterial in determining the source of the income. H&r block free military taxes A substitute interest payment made to the transferor of a security in a securities lending transaction or a sale-repurchase transaction is sourced in the same manner as the interest on the transferred security. H&r block free military taxes Exceptions. H&r block free military taxes   U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source interest income does not include the following items. H&r block free military taxes Interest paid by a resident alien or a domestic corporation on obligations issued before August 10, 2010, if for the 3-year period ending with the close of the payer's tax year preceding the interest payment, at least 80% of the payer's total gross income: Is from sources outside the United States, and Is attributable to the active conduct of a trade or business by the individual or corporation in a foreign country or a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes possession. H&r block free military taxes However, the interest will be considered U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source interest income if either of the following apply. H&r block free military taxes The recipient of the interest is related to the resident alien or domestic corporation. H&r block free military taxes See section 954(d)(3) for the definition of related person. H&r block free military taxes The terms of the obligation are significantly modified after August 9, 2010. H&r block free military taxes Any extension of the term of the obligation is considered a significant modification. H&r block free military taxes Interest paid by a foreign branch of a domestic corporation or a domestic partnership on deposits or withdrawable accounts with mutual savings banks, cooperative banks, credit unions, domestic building and loan associations, and other savings institutions chartered and supervised as savings and loan or similar associations under federal or state law if the interest paid or credited can be deducted by the association. H&r block free military taxes Interest on deposits with a foreign branch of a domestic corporation or domestic partnership, but only if the branch is in the commercial banking business. H&r block free military taxes Dividends In most cases, dividend income received from domestic corporations is U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income. H&r block free military taxes Dividend income from foreign corporations is usually foreign source income. H&r block free military taxes Exceptions to both of these rules are discussed below. H&r block free military taxes A substitute dividend payment made to the transferor of a security in a securities lending transaction or a sale-repurchase transaction is sourced in the same manner as a distribution on the transferred security. H&r block free military taxes Dividend equivalent payments. H&r block free military taxes   U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source dividends also include all dividend equivalent payments. H&r block free military taxes Dividend equivalent payments include substitute dividends, payments made pursuant to a specified notional principal contract, and all similar payments that, directly or indirectly, are contingent on or determined by reference to, the payment of a dividend from U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes sources. H&r block free military taxes    The Internal Revenue Service has issued final regulations that would affect the treatment of dividend equivalent payments and specified notional principal contracts. H&r block free military taxes You can view this regulation at www. H&r block free military taxes irs. H&r block free military taxes gov/irb/2013-52_IRB/ar08. H&r block free military taxes html. H&r block free military taxes First exception. H&r block free military taxes   Dividends received from a domestic corporation are not U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income if the corporation elects to take the American Samoa economic development credit. H&r block free military taxes Second exception. H&r block free military taxes   Part of the dividends received from a foreign corporation is U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income if 25% or more of its total gross income for the 3-year period ending with the close of its tax year preceding the declaration of dividends was effectively connected with a trade or business in the United States. H&r block free military taxes If the corporation was formed less than 3 years before the declaration, use its total gross income from the time it was formed. H&r block free military taxes Determine the part that is U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income by multiplying the dividend by the following fraction. H&r block free military taxes   Foreign corporation's gross income connected with a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes trade or business for the 3-year period     Foreign corporation's gross income from all sources for that period   Guarantee of Indebtedness Certain amounts received directly or indirectly, for the provision of a guarantee of indebtedness issued after September 27, 2010, are U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income. H&r block free military taxes They must be paid by a noncorporate resident or U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes corporation or by any foreign person if the amounts are effectively connected with the conduct of a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes trade or business. H&r block free military taxes For more information, see Internal Revenue Code sections 861(a)(9) and 862(a)(9). H&r block free military taxes Personal Services All wages and any other compensation for services performed in the United States are considered to be from sources in the United States. H&r block free military taxes The only exceptions to this rule are discussed in chapter 3 under Employees of foreign persons, organizations, or offices, and under Crew members. H&r block free military taxes If you are an employee and receive compensation for labor or personal services performed both inside and outside the United States, special rules apply in determining the source of the compensation. H&r block free military taxes Compensation (other than certain fringe benefits) is sourced on a time basis. H&r block free military taxes Certain fringe benefits (such as housing and education) are sourced on a geographical basis. H&r block free military taxes Or, you may be permitted to use an alternative basis to determine the source of compensation. H&r block free military taxes See Alternative Basis , later. H&r block free military taxes Multi-level marketing. H&r block free military taxes   Certain companies sell products through a multi-level marketing arrangement, such that an upper-tier distributor, who has sponsored a lower-tier distributor, is entitled to a payment from the company based on certain activities of that lower-tier distributor. H&r block free military taxes Generally, depending on the facts, payments from such multi-level marketing companies to independent (non-employee) distributors (upper-tier distributors) that are based on the sales or purchases of persons whom they have sponsored (lower-tier distributors) constitute income for the performance of personal services in recruiting, training, and supporting the lower-tier distributors. H&r block free military taxes The source of such income is generally based on where the services of the upper-tier distributor are performed, and may, depending on the facts, be considered multi-year compensation, with the source of income determined over the period to which such compensation is attributable. H&r block free military taxes Self-employed individuals. H&r block free military taxes   If you are self-employed, you determine the source of compensation for labor or personal services from self-employment on the basis that most correctly reflects the proper source of that income under the facts and circumstances of your particular case. H&r block free military taxes In many cases, the facts and circumstances will call for an apportionment on a time basis as explained next. H&r block free military taxes Time Basis Use a time basis to figure your U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source compensation (other than the fringe benefits discussed later). H&r block free military taxes Do this by multiplying your total compensation (other than the fringe benefits discussed later) by the following fraction:   Number of days you performed services in the United States during the year     Total number of days you performed services during the year   You can use a unit of time less than a day in the above fraction, if appropriate. H&r block free military taxes The time period for which the compensation is made does not have to be a year. H&r block free military taxes Instead, you can use another distinct, separate, and continuous time period if you can establish to the satisfaction of the IRS that this other period is more appropriate. H&r block free military taxes Example 1. H&r block free military taxes Christina Brooks, a resident of the Netherlands, worked 240 days for a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes company during the tax year. H&r block free military taxes She received $80,000 in compensation. H&r block free military taxes None of it was for fringe benefits. H&r block free military taxes Christina performed services in the United States for 60 days and performed services in the Netherlands for 180 days. H&r block free military taxes Using the time basis for determining the source of compensation, $20,000 ($80,000 × 60/240) is her U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income. H&r block free military taxes Example 2. H&r block free military taxes Rob Waters, a resident of South Africa, is employed by a corporation. H&r block free military taxes His annual salary is $100,000. H&r block free military taxes None of it is for fringe benefits. H&r block free military taxes During the first quarter of the year he worked entirely within the United States. H&r block free military taxes On April 1, Rob was transferred to Singapore for the remainder of the year. H&r block free military taxes Rob is able to establish that the first quarter of the year and the last 3 quarters of the year are two separate, distinct, and continuous periods of time. H&r block free military taxes Accordingly, $25,000 of Rob's annual salary is attributable to the first quarter of the year (. H&r block free military taxes 25 × $100,000). H&r block free military taxes All of it is U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income because he worked entirely within the United States during that quarter. H&r block free military taxes The remaining $75,000 is attributable to the last three quarters of the year. H&r block free military taxes During those quarters, he worked 150 days in Singapore and 30 days in the United States. H&r block free military taxes His periodic performance of services in the United States did not result in distinct, separate, and continuous periods of time. H&r block free military taxes Of this $75,000, $12,500 ($75,000 × 30/180) is U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income. H&r block free military taxes Multi-year compensation. H&r block free military taxes   The source of multi-year compensation is generally determined on a time basis over the period to which the compensation is attributable. H&r block free military taxes Multi-year compensation is compensation that is included in your income in one tax year but that is attributable to a period that includes two or more tax years. H&r block free military taxes   You determine the period to which the compensation is attributable based on the facts and circumstances of your case. H&r block free military taxes For example, an amount of compensation that specifically relates to a period of time that includes several calendar years is attributable to the entire multi-year period. H&r block free military taxes   The amount of compensation treated as from U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes sources is figured by multiplying the total multi-year compensation by a fraction. H&r block free military taxes The numerator of the fraction is the number of days (or unit of time less than a day, if appropriate) that you performed labor or personal services in the United States in connection with the project. H&r block free military taxes The denominator of the fraction is the total number of days (or unit of time less than a day, if appropriate) that you performed labor or personal services in connection with the project. H&r block free military taxes Geographical Basis Compensation you receive as an employee in the form of the following fringe benefits is sourced on a geographical basis. H&r block free military taxes Housing. H&r block free military taxes Education. H&r block free military taxes Local transportation. H&r block free military taxes Tax reimbursement. H&r block free military taxes Hazardous or hardship duty pay as defined in Regulations section 1. H&r block free military taxes 861-4(b)(2)(ii)(D)(5). H&r block free military taxes Moving expense reimbursement. H&r block free military taxes The amount of fringe benefits must be reasonable and you must substantiate them by adequate records or by sufficient evidence. H&r block free military taxes Principal place of work. H&r block free military taxes   The above fringe benefits, except for tax reimbursement and hazardous or hardship duty pay, are sourced based on your principal place of work. H&r block free military taxes Your principal place of work is usually the place where you spend most of your working time. H&r block free military taxes This could be your office, plant, store, shop, or other location. H&r block free military taxes If there is no one place where you spend most of your working time, your main job location is the place where your work is centered, such as where you report for work or are otherwise required to “base” your work. H&r block free military taxes   If you have more than one job at any time, your main job location depends on the facts in each case. H&r block free military taxes The more important factors to be considered are: The total time you spend at each place, The amount of work you do at each place, and How much money you earn at each place. H&r block free military taxes Housing. H&r block free military taxes   The source of a housing fringe benefit is determined based on the location of your principal place of work. H&r block free military taxes A housing fringe benefit includes payments to you or on your behalf (and your family's if your family resides with you) only for the following. H&r block free military taxes Rent. H&r block free military taxes Utilities (except telephone charges). H&r block free military taxes Real and personal property insurance. H&r block free military taxes Occupancy taxes not deductible under section 164 or 216(a). H&r block free military taxes Nonrefundable fees for securing a leasehold. H&r block free military taxes Rental of furniture and accessories. H&r block free military taxes Household repairs. H&r block free military taxes Residential parking. H&r block free military taxes Fair rental value of housing provided in kind by your employer. H&r block free military taxes   A housing fringe benefit does not include: Deductible interest and taxes (including deductible interest and taxes of a tenant-stockholder in a cooperative housing corporation), The cost of buying property, including principal payments on a mortgage, The cost of domestic labor (maids, gardeners, etc. H&r block free military taxes ), Pay television subscriptions, Improvements and other expenses that increase the value or appreciably prolong the life of property, Purchased furniture or accessories, Depreciation or amortization of property or improvements, The value of meals or lodging that you exclude from gross income, or The value of meals or lodging that you deduct as moving expenses. H&r block free military taxes Education. H&r block free military taxes   The source of an education fringe benefit for the education expenses of your dependents is determined based on the location of your principal place of work. H&r block free military taxes An education fringe benefit includes payments only for the following expenses for education at an elementary or secondary school. H&r block free military taxes Tuition, fees, academic tutoring, special needs services for a special needs student, books, supplies, and other equipment. H&r block free military taxes Room and board and uniforms that are required or provided by the school in connection with enrollment or attendance. H&r block free military taxes Local transportation. H&r block free military taxes   The source of a local transportation fringe benefit is determined based on the location of your principal place of work. H&r block free military taxes Your local transportation fringe benefit is the amount that you receive as compensation for local transportation for you or your spouse or dependents at the location of your principal place of work. H&r block free military taxes The amount treated as a local transportation fringe benefit is limited to actual expenses incurred for local transportation and the fair rental value of any employer-provided vehicle used predominantly by you, your spouse, or your dependents for local transportation. H&r block free military taxes Actual expenses do not include the cost (including interest) of any vehicle purchased by you or on your behalf. H&r block free military taxes Tax reimbursement. H&r block free military taxes   The source of a tax reimbursement fringe benefit is determined based on the location of the jurisdiction that imposed the tax for which you are reimbursed. H&r block free military taxes Moving expense reimbursement. H&r block free military taxes   The source of a moving expense reimbursement is generally based on the location of your new principal place of work. H&r block free military taxes However, the source is determined based on the location of your former principal place of work if you provide sufficient evidence that such determination of source is more appropriate under the facts and circumstances of your case. H&r block free military taxes Sufficient evidence generally requires an agreement between you and your employer, or a written statement of company policy, which is reduced to writing before the move and which is entered into or established to induce you or other employees to move to another country. H&r block free military taxes The written statement or agreement must state that your employer will reimburse you for moving expenses that you incur to return to your former principal place of work regardless of whether you continue to work for your employer after returning to that location. H&r block free military taxes It may contain certain conditions upon which the right to reimbursement is determined as long as those conditions set forth standards that are definitely ascertainable and can only be fulfilled prior to, or through completion of, your return move to your former principal place of work. H&r block free military taxes Alternative Basis If you are an employee, you can determine the source of your compensation under an alternative basis if you establish to the satisfaction of the IRS that, under the facts and circumstances of your case, the alternative basis more properly determines the source of your compensation than the time or geographical basis. H&r block free military taxes If you use an alternative basis, you must keep (and have available for inspection) records to document why the alternative basis more properly determines the source of your compensation. H&r block free military taxes Also, if your total compensation from all sources is $250,000 or more, check “Yes” to both questions on line K on page 5 of Form 1040NR, and attach a written statement to your tax return that sets forth all of the following. H&r block free military taxes Your name and social security number (written across the top of the statement). H&r block free military taxes The specific compensation income, or the specific fringe benefit, for which you are using the alternative basis. H&r block free military taxes For each item in (2), the alternative basis of allocation of source used. H&r block free military taxes For each item in (2), a computation showing how the alternative allocation was computed. H&r block free military taxes A comparison of the dollar amount of the U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes compensation and foreign compensation sourced under both the alternative basis and the time or geographical basis discussed earlier. H&r block free military taxes Transportation Income Transportation income is income from the use of a vessel or aircraft or for the performance of services directly related to the use of any vessel or aircraft. H&r block free military taxes This is true whether the vessel or aircraft is owned, hired, or leased. H&r block free military taxes The term “vessel or aircraft” includes any container used in connection with a vessel or aircraft. H&r block free military taxes All income from transportation that begins and ends in the United States is treated as derived from sources in the United States. H&r block free military taxes If the transportation begins or ends in the United States, 50% of the transportation income is treated as derived from sources in the United States. H&r block free military taxes For transportation income from personal services, 50% of the income is U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income if the transportation is between the United States and a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes possession. H&r block free military taxes For nonresident aliens, this only applies to income derived from, or in connection with, an aircraft. H&r block free military taxes For information on how U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source transportation income is taxed, see chapter 4. H&r block free military taxes Scholarships, Grants, Prizes, and Awards Generally, the source of scholarships, fellowship grants, grants, prizes, and awards is the residence of the payer regardless of who actually disburses the funds. H&r block free military taxes However, see Activities to be performed outside the United States , later. H&r block free military taxes For example, payments for research or study in the United States made by the United States, a noncorporate U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes resident, or a domestic corporation, are from U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes sources. H&r block free military taxes Similar payments from a foreign government or foreign corporation are foreign source payments even though the funds may be disbursed through a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes agent. H&r block free military taxes Payments made by an entity designated as a public international organization under the International Organizations Immunities Act are from foreign sources. H&r block free military taxes Activities to be performed outside the United States. H&r block free military taxes   Scholarships, fellowship grants, targeted grants, and achievement awards received by nonresident aliens for activities performed, or to be performed, outside the United States are not U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income. H&r block free military taxes    These rules do not apply to amounts paid as salary or other compensation for services. H&r block free military taxes See Personal Services, earlier, for the source rules that apply. H&r block free military taxes Pensions and Annuities If you receive a pension from a domestic trust for services performed both in and outside the United States, part of the pension payment is from U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes sources. H&r block free military taxes That part is the amount attributable to earnings of the pension plan and the employer contributions made for services performed in the United States. H&r block free military taxes This applies whether the distribution is made under a qualified or nonqualified stock bonus, pension, profit-sharing, or annuity plan (whether or not funded). H&r block free military taxes If you performed services as an employee of the United States, you may receive a distribution from the U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes Government under a plan, such as the Civil Service Retirement System, that is treated as a qualified pension plan. H&r block free military taxes Your U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income is the otherwise taxable amount of the distribution that is attributable to your total U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes Government basic pay other than tax-exempt pay for services performed outside the United States. H&r block free military taxes Rents or Royalties Your U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income includes rent and royalty income received during the tax year from property located in the United States or from any interest in that property. H&r block free military taxes U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income also includes rents or royalties for the use of, or for the privilege of using, in the United States, intangible property such as patents, copyrights, secret processes and formulas, goodwill, trademarks, franchises, and similar property. H&r block free military taxes Real Property Real property is land and buildings and generally anything built on, growing on, or attached to land. H&r block free military taxes Gross income from sources in the United States includes gains, profits, and income from the sale or other disposition of real property located in the United States. H&r block free military taxes Natural resources. H&r block free military taxes   The income from the sale of products of any farm, mine, oil or gas well, other natural deposit, or timber located in the United States and sold in a foreign country, or located in a foreign country and sold in the United States, is partly from sources in the United States. H&r block free military taxes For information on determining that part, see section 1. H&r block free military taxes 863-1(b) of the regulations. H&r block free military taxes Table 2-1. H&r block free military taxes Summary of Source Rules for Income of Nonresident Aliens Item of income Factor determining source Salaries, wages, other compensation Where services performed Business income:   Personal services Where services performed Sale of inventory—purchased Where sold Sale of inventory—produced Allocation Interest Residence of payer Dividends Whether a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes or foreign corporation* Rents Location of property Royalties:   Natural resources Location of property Patents, copyrights, etc. H&r block free military taxes Where property is used Sale of real property Location of property Sale of personal property Seller's tax home (but see Personal Property , later, for exceptions) Pension distributions attributable to contributions Where services were performed that earned the pension Investment earnings on pension contributions Location of pension trust Sale of natural resources Allocation based on fair market value of product at export terminal. H&r block free military taxes For more information, see section 1. H&r block free military taxes 863-1(b) of the regulations. H&r block free military taxes *Exceptions include: a) Dividends paid by a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes corporation are foreign source if the corporation elects the  American Samoa economic development credit. H&r block free military taxes  b) Part of a dividend paid by a foreign corporation is U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source if at least 25% of the  corporation's gross income is effectively connected with a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes trade or business for the  3 tax years before the year in which the dividends are declared. H&r block free military taxes Personal Property Personal property is property, such as machinery, equipment, or furniture, that is not real property. H&r block free military taxes Gain or loss from the sale or exchange of personal property generally has its source in the United States if you have a tax home in the United States. H&r block free military taxes If you do not have a tax home in the United States, the gain or loss generally is considered to be from sources outside the United States. H&r block free military taxes Tax home. H&r block free military taxes   Your tax home is the general area of your main place of business, employment, or post of duty, regardless of where you maintain your family home. H&r block free military taxes Your tax home is the place where you permanently or indefinitely work as an employee or a self-employed individual. H&r block free military taxes If you do not have a regular or main place of business because of the nature of your work, then your tax home is the place where you regularly live. H&r block free military taxes If you do not fit either of these categories, you are considered an itinerant and your tax home is wherever you work. H&r block free military taxes Inventory property. H&r block free military taxes   Inventory property is personal property that is stock in trade or that is held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of your trade or business. H&r block free military taxes Income from the sale of inventory that you purchased is sourced where the property is sold. H&r block free military taxes Generally, this is where title to the property passes to the buyer. H&r block free military taxes For example, income from the sale of inventory in the United States is U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income, whether you purchased it in the United States or in a foreign country. H&r block free military taxes   Income from the sale of inventory property that you produced in the United States and sold outside the United States (or vice versa) is partly from sources in the United States and partly from sources outside the United States. H&r block free military taxes For information on making this allocation, see section 1. H&r block free military taxes 863-3 of the regulations. H&r block free military taxes   These rules apply even if your tax home is not in the United States. H&r block free military taxes Depreciable property. H&r block free military taxes   To determine the source of any gain from the sale of depreciable personal property, you must first figure the part of the gain that is not more than the total depreciation adjustments on the property. H&r block free military taxes You allocate this part of the gain to sources in the United States based on the ratio of U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes depreciation adjustments to total depreciation adjustments. H&r block free military taxes The rest of this part of the gain is considered to be from sources outside the United States. H&r block free military taxes   For this purpose, “U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes depreciation adjustments” are the depreciation adjustments to the basis of the property that are allowable in figuring taxable income from U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes sources. H&r block free military taxes However, if the property is used predominantly in the United States during a tax year, all depreciation deductions allowable for that year are treated as U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes depreciation adjustments. H&r block free military taxes But there are some exceptions for certain transportation, communications, and other property used internationally. H&r block free military taxes   Gain from the sale of depreciable property that is more than the total depreciation adjustments on the property is sourced as if the property were inventory property, as discussed above. H&r block free military taxes   A loss is sourced in the same way as the depreciation deductions were sourced. H&r block free military taxes However, if the property was used predominantly in the United States, the entire loss reduces U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income. H&r block free military taxes   The basis of property usually means the cost (money plus the fair market value of other property or services) of property you acquire. H&r block free military taxes Depreciation is an amount deducted to recover the cost or other basis of a trade or business asset. H&r block free military taxes The amount you can deduct depends on the property's cost, when you began using the property, how long it will take to recover your cost, and which depreciation method you use. H&r block free military taxes A depreciation deduction is any deduction for depreciation or amortization or any other allowable deduction that treats a capital expenditure as a deductible expense. H&r block free military taxes Intangible property. H&r block free military taxes   Intangible property includes patents, copyrights, secret processes or formulas, goodwill, trademarks, trade names, or other like property. H&r block free military taxes The gain from the sale of amortizable or depreciable intangible property, up to the previously allowable amortization or depreciation deductions, is sourced in the same way as the original deductions were sourced. H&r block free military taxes This is the same as the source rule for gain from the sale of depreciable property. H&r block free military taxes See Depreciable property , earlier, for details on how to apply this rule. H&r block free military taxes   Gain in excess of the amortization or depreciation deductions is sourced in the country where the property is used if the income from the sale is contingent on the productivity, use, or disposition of that property. H&r block free military taxes If the income is not contingent on the productivity, use, or disposition of the property, the income is sourced according to your tax home as discussed earlier. H&r block free military taxes If payments for goodwill do not depend on its productivity, use, or disposition, their source is the country in which the goodwill was generated. H&r block free military taxes Sales through offices or fixed places of business. H&r block free military taxes   Despite any of the earlier rules, if you do not have a tax home in the United States, but you maintain an office or other fixed place of business in the United States, treat the income from any sale of personal property (including inventory property) that is attributable to that office or place of business as U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income. H&r block free military taxes However, this rule does not apply to sales of inventory property for use, disposition, or consumption outside the United States if your office or other fixed place of business outside the United States materially participated in the sale. H&r block free military taxes   If you have a tax home in the United States but maintain an office or other fixed place of business outside the United States, income from sales of personal property, other than inventory, depreciable property, or intangibles, that is attributable to that foreign office or place of business may be treated as U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income. H&r block free military taxes The income is treated as U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes source income if an income tax of less than 10% of the income from the sale is paid to a foreign country. H&r block free military taxes This rule also applies to losses if the foreign country would have imposed an income tax of less than 10% had the sale resulted in a gain. H&r block free military taxes Community Income If you are married and you or your spouse is subject to the community property laws of a foreign country, a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes state, or a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes possession, you generally must follow those laws to determine the income of yourself and your spouse for U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes tax purposes. H&r block free military taxes But you must disregard certain community property laws if: Both you and your spouse are nonresident aliens, or One of you is a nonresident alien and the other is a U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes citizen or resident and you do not both choose to be treated as U. H&r block free military taxes S. H&r block free military taxes residents as explained in chapter 1. H&r block free military taxes In these cases, you and your spouse must report community income as explained later. H&r block free military taxes Earned income. H&r block free military taxes   Earned income of a spouse, other than trade or business income and a partner's distributive share of partnership income, is treated as the income of the spouse whose services produced the income. H&r block free military taxes That spouse must report all of it on his or her separate return. H&r block free military taxes Trade or business income. H&r block free military taxes   Trade or business income, other than a partner's distributive share of partnership income, is treated as the income of the spouse carrying on the trade or business. H&r block free military taxes That spouse must report all of it on his or her separate return. H&r block free military taxes Partnership income (or loss). H&r block free military taxes   A partner's distributive share of partnership income (or loss) is treated as the income (or loss) of the partner. H&r block free military taxes The partner must report all of it on his or her separate return. H&r block free military taxes Separate property income. H&r block free military taxes   Income derived from the separate property of one spouse (and which is not earned income, trade or business income, or partnership distributive share income) is treated as the income of that spouse. H&r block free military taxes That spouse must report all of it on his or her separate return. H&r block free military taxes Use the appropriate community property law to determine what is separate property. H&r block free military taxes Other community income. H&r block free military taxes   All other community income is treated as provided by the applicable community property laws. H&r block free military taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications