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How to file prior year tax returns Publication 972 - Main Content Table of Contents Child Tax CreditQualifying Child Limits on the Credit Claiming the Credit Earned Income Additional Child Tax Credit How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Child Tax Credit This credit is for people who have a qualifying child as defined later. How to file prior year tax returns It is in addition to the credit for child and dependent care expenses (on Form 1040, line 48; Form 1040A, line 29; or Form 1040NR, line 46) and the earned income credit (on Form 1040, line 64a; or Form 1040A, line 38a). How to file prior year tax returns The maximum amount you can claim for the credit is $1,000 for each qualifying child. How to file prior year tax returns Qualifying Child A qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit is a child who: Is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew), Was under age 17 at the end of 2013, Did not provide over half of his or her own support for 2013, Lived with you for more than half of 2013 (see Exceptions to time lived with you , later), Is claimed as a dependent on your return, Does not file a joint return for the year (or files it only as a claim for refund), and Was a U. How to file prior year tax returns S. How to file prior year tax returns citizen, a U. How to file prior year tax returns S. How to file prior year tax returns national, or a U. How to file prior year tax returns S. How to file prior year tax returns resident alien. How to file prior year tax returns For more information, see Publication 519, U. How to file prior year tax returns S. How to file prior year tax returns Tax Guide for Aliens. How to file prior year tax returns If the child was adopted, see Adopted child , later. How to file prior year tax returns For each qualifying child, you must either check the box on Form 1040 or Form 1040A, line 6c, column (4); or Form 1040NR, line 7c, column (4). How to file prior year tax returns Example. How to file prior year tax returns Your 10-year-old nephew lives in Mexico and qualifies as your dependent. How to file prior year tax returns Because he is not a U. How to file prior year tax returns S. How to file prior year tax returns citizen, U. How to file prior year tax returns S. How to file prior year tax returns national, or U. How to file prior year tax returns S. How to file prior year tax returns resident alien, he is not a qualifying child for the child tax credit. How to file prior year tax returns Filers who have certain child dependents with an IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). How to file prior year tax returns   If you are claiming a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a child identified on your tax return with an ITIN, you must complete Part I of Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040). How to file prior year tax returns   Although a child may be your dependent, you may only claim a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a dependent who is a citizen, national, or resident of the United States. How to file prior year tax returns To be treated as a resident of the United States, a child generally will need to meet the requirements of the substantial presence test. How to file prior year tax returns For more information about the substantial presence test, see Publication 519, U. How to file prior year tax returns S. How to file prior year tax returns Tax Guide for Aliens. How to file prior year tax returns Adopted child. How to file prior year tax returns   An adopted child is always treated as your own child. How to file prior year tax returns An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. How to file prior year tax returns   If you are a U. How to file prior year tax returns S. How to file prior year tax returns citizen or U. How to file prior year tax returns S. How to file prior year tax returns national and your adopted child lived with you all year as a member of your household in 2013, that child meets condition (7) above to be a qualifying child for the child tax credit. How to file prior year tax returns Exceptions to time lived with you. How to file prior year tax returns    A child is considered to have lived with you for more than half of 2013 if the child was born or died in 2013 and your home was this child's home for more than half the time he or she was alive. How to file prior year tax returns Temporary absences by you or the child for special circumstances, such as school, vacation, business, medical care, military service, or detention in a juvenile facility, count as time the child lived with you. How to file prior year tax returns   There are also exceptions for kidnapped children and children of divorced or separated parents. How to file prior year tax returns For details, see the instructions for line 6c in either the Form 1040 or Form 1040A instructions. How to file prior year tax returns Qualifying child of more than one person. How to file prior year tax returns   A special rule applies if your qualifying child is the qualifying child of more than one person. How to file prior year tax returns For details, see the instructions for line 6c in either the Form 1040 or Form 1040A instructions. How to file prior year tax returns Limits on the Credit You must reduce your child tax credit if either (1) or (2) applies. How to file prior year tax returns The amount on Form 1040, line 46; Form 1040A, line 28; or Form 1040NR, line 44, is less than the credit. How to file prior year tax returns If this amount is zero, you cannot take this credit because there is no tax to reduce. How to file prior year tax returns But you may be able to take the additional child tax credit. How to file prior year tax returns See Additional Child Tax Credit, later. How to file prior year tax returns Your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than the amount shown below for your filing status. How to file prior year tax returns Married filing jointly – $110,000. How to file prior year tax returns Single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) – $75,000. How to file prior year tax returns Married filing separately – $55,000. How to file prior year tax returns Modified AGI. How to file prior year tax returns   For purposes of the child tax credit, your modified AGI is your AGI plus the following amounts that may apply to you. How to file prior year tax returns Any amount excluded from income because of the exclusion of income from Puerto Rico. How to file prior year tax returns On the dotted line next to Form 1040, line 38, enter the amount excluded and identify it as “EPRI. How to file prior year tax returns ” Also attach a copy of any Form(s) 499R-2/W-2PR to your return. How to file prior year tax returns Any amount on line 45 or line 50 of Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income. How to file prior year tax returns Any amount on line 18 of Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. How to file prior year tax returns Any amount on line 15 of Form 4563, Exclusion of Income for Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa. How to file prior year tax returns   If you do not have any of the above, your modified AGI is the same as your AGI. How to file prior year tax returns AGI. How to file prior year tax returns   Your AGI is the amount on Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37. How to file prior year tax returns Claiming the Credit To claim the child tax credit, you must file Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. How to file prior year tax returns You cannot claim the child tax credit on Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR-EZ. How to file prior year tax returns You must provide the name and identification number (usually a social security number) on your tax return for each qualifying child. How to file prior year tax returns Earned Income You will need to figure your earned income using one of the worksheets that appear later in this publication if you are completing the Line 11 Worksheet , later, or Schedule 8812. How to file prior year tax returns Form 1040 or Form 1040NR filers, use the 1040 and 1040NR Filers — Earned Income Worksheet , later, to figure your earned income. How to file prior year tax returns Form 1040A filers, use the 1040A Filers —- Earned Income Worksheet , later. How to file prior year tax returns For this purpose, earned income includes only: Taxable earned income, and Nontaxable combat pay. How to file prior year tax returns Additional Child Tax Credit This credit is for certain individuals who get less than the full amount of the child tax credit. How to file prior year tax returns The additional child tax credit may give you a refund even if you do not owe any tax. How to file prior year tax returns How to claim the additional child tax credit. How to file prior year tax returns   To claim the additional child tax credit, follow the steps below. How to file prior year tax returns Make sure you figured the amount, if any, of your child tax credit. How to file prior year tax returns If you answered “Yes” on line 9 or line 10 of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in the Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR instructions (or on line 13 of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in this publication), use Parts II through IV of Schedule 8812 to see if you can take the additional child tax credit. How to file prior year tax returns If you have an additional child tax credit on line 13 of Schedule 8812, carry it to Form 1040, line 65; Form 1040A, line 39; or Form 1040NR, line 63. How to file prior year tax returns Child Tax Credit Worksheet This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. How to file prior year tax returns Please click the link to view the image. How to file prior year tax returns Child tax worksheet - page 1. How to file prior year tax returns Child Tax Credit Worksheet—Continued This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. How to file prior year tax returns Please click the link to view the image. How to file prior year tax returns Child tax worksheet - page 2. How to file prior year tax returns Line 11 Worksheet This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. How to file prior year tax returns Please click the link to view the image. How to file prior year tax returns Line 11 worksheet - page 1. How to file prior year tax returns Line 11 Worksheet—Continued This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. How to file prior year tax returns Please click the link to view the image. How to file prior year tax returns Line 11 worksheet - page 2. How to file prior year tax returns 1040 and 1040NR Filers — Earned Income Worksheet (for line 2 of the Line 11 Worksheet or line 4a of Schedule 8812, Child Tax Credit) Before you begin:    ✓Use this worksheet only if you were sent here from the Line 11 Worksheet earlier in this publication or line  4a of Schedule 8812, Child Tax Credit. How to file prior year tax returns  ✓Disregard community property laws when figuring the amounts to enter on this worksheet. How to file prior year tax returns  ✓If married filing jointly, include your spouse's amounts with yours when completing this worksheet. How to file prior year tax returns     1. How to file prior year tax returns a. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the amount from Form 1040, line 7, or Form 1040NR, line 8 1a. How to file prior year tax returns     b. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the amount of any nontaxable combat pay received. How to file prior year tax returns Also enter this amount on Schedule 8812, line 4b. How to file prior year tax returns This amount should be shown in Form(s) W-2, box 12, with code Q. How to file prior year tax returns 1b. How to file prior year tax returns       Next, if you are filing Schedule C, C-EZ, F, or SE, or you received a Schedule K-1 (Form 1065 or Form 1065-B), go to line 2a. How to file prior year tax returns Otherwise, skip lines 2a through 2e and go to line 3. How to file prior year tax returns     2. How to file prior year tax returns a. How to file prior year tax returns Enter any statutory employee income reported on line 1 of Schedule C or C-EZ 2a. How to file prior year tax returns     b. How to file prior year tax returns Enter any net profit or (loss) from Schedule C, line 31; Schedule C-EZ, line 3; Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), box 14, code A (other than farming); and Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B), box 9, code J1. How to file prior year tax returns * Reduce any Schedule K-1 amounts as described in the instructions for completing Schedule SE in the Partner's Instructions for Schedule K-1. How to file prior year tax returns Do not include on this line any statutory employee income or any other amounts exempt from self-employment tax. How to file prior year tax returns Options and commodities dealers must add any gain or subtract any loss (in the normal course of dealing in or trading section 1256 contracts) from section 1256 contracts or related property 2b. How to file prior year tax returns     c. How to file prior year tax returns Enter any net farm profit or (loss) from Schedule F, line 34, and from farm partnerships, Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), box 14, code A. How to file prior year tax returns * Reduce any Schedule K-1 amounts as described in the instructions for completing Schedule SE in the Partner's Instructions for Schedule K-1. How to file prior year tax returns Do not include on this line any amounts exempt from self-employment tax 2c. How to file prior year tax returns         d. How to file prior year tax returns If you used the farm optional method to figure net earnings from self-employment, enter the amount from Schedule SE, Section B, line 15. How to file prior year tax returns Otherwise, skip this line and enter on line 2e the amount from line 2c 2d. How to file prior year tax returns         e. How to file prior year tax returns If line 2c is a profit, enter the smaller of line 2c or line 2d. How to file prior year tax returns If line 2c is a (loss), enter the (loss) from line 2c. How to file prior year tax returns 2e. How to file prior year tax returns   3. How to file prior year tax returns Combine lines 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, and 2e. How to file prior year tax returns If zero or less, stop. How to file prior year tax returns Do not complete the rest of this worksheet. How to file prior year tax returns Instead, enter -0- on line 2 of the Line 11 Worksheet or line 4a of Schedule 8812, whichever applies 3. How to file prior year tax returns   4. How to file prior year tax returns Enter any amount included on line 1a that is:               a. How to file prior year tax returns A scholarship or fellowship grant not reported on Form W-2 4a. How to file prior year tax returns         b. How to file prior year tax returns For work done while an inmate in a penal institution (enter “PRI” and this amount on the dotted line next to line 7 of Form 1040 or line 8 of Form 1040NR) 4b. How to file prior year tax returns         c. How to file prior year tax returns A pension or annuity from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan or a nongovernmental section 457 plan (enter “DFC” and this amount on the dotted line next to line 7 of Form 1040 or line 8 of Form 1040NR). How to file prior year tax returns This amount may be shown in box 11 of your Form W-2. How to file prior year tax returns If you received such an amount but box 11 is blank, contact your employer for the amount received as a pension or annuity. How to file prior year tax returns 4c. How to file prior year tax returns       5. How to file prior year tax returns a. How to file prior year tax returns Enter any amount included on line 3 that is also included on Form 2555, line 43, or Form 2555-EZ, line 18. How to file prior year tax returns Do not include any amount that is also included on line 4a, 4b, or 4c above 5a. How to file prior year tax returns             b. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the portion, if any, of the amount from Form 2555, line 44 that you also included on Schedule E in partnership net income or (loss) or deducted on Form 1040, line 27, or Form 1040NR, line 27; Schedule C; Schedule C-EZ; or Schedule F. How to file prior year tax returns 5b. How to file prior year tax returns             c. How to file prior year tax returns Subtract line 5b from line 5a 5c. How to file prior year tax returns       6. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the amount from Form 1040, line 27, or Form 1040NR, line 27 6. How to file prior year tax returns       7. How to file prior year tax returns Add lines 4a through 4c, 5c, and 6 7. How to file prior year tax returns   8. How to file prior year tax returns Subtract line 7 from line 3 8. How to file prior year tax returns       If you were sent here from the Line 11 Worksheet, enter this amount on line 2 of that worksheet. How to file prior year tax returns If you were sent here from Schedule 8812, enter this amount on line 4a of that form. How to file prior year tax returns     *If you have any Schedule K-1 amounts and you are not required to file Schedule SE, complete the appropriate line(s) of Schedule SE, Section A. How to file prior year tax returns Put your name and social security number on Schedule SE and attach it to your return. How to file prior year tax returns                     1040A Filers — Earned Income Worksheet (for line 2 of the Line 11 Worksheet) Before you begin:   ✓Use this worksheet only if you were sent here from the Line 11 Worksheet earlier in this publication. How to file prior year tax returns  ✓Disregard community property laws when figuring the amounts to enter on this worksheet. How to file prior year tax returns               1. How to file prior year tax returns a. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the amount from Form 1040A, line 7 1a. How to file prior year tax returns         b. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the amount of any nontaxable combat pay received. How to file prior year tax returns Also enter this amount on Schedule 8812, line 4b. How to file prior year tax returns This amount should be shown in Form(s) W-2, box 12, with code Q. How to file prior year tax returns 1b. How to file prior year tax returns         c. How to file prior year tax returns Add lines 1a and 1b. How to file prior year tax returns     1c. How to file prior year tax returns   2. How to file prior year tax returns Enter any amount included on line 1a that is:           a. How to file prior year tax returns A scholarship or fellowship grant not reported on Form W-2 2a. How to file prior year tax returns         b. How to file prior year tax returns For work done while an inmate in a penal institution (enter “PRI” and this amount next to line 7 of Form 1040A) 2b. How to file prior year tax returns         c. How to file prior year tax returns A pension or annuity from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan or a nongovernmental section 457 plan (enter “DFC” and this amount next to line 7 of Form 1040A). How to file prior year tax returns This amount may be shown in box 11 of your Form W-2. How to file prior year tax returns If you received such an amount but box 11 is blank, contact your employer for the amount received as a pension or annuity 2c. How to file prior year tax returns       3. How to file prior year tax returns Add lines 2a through 2c 3. How to file prior year tax returns   4. How to file prior year tax returns Subtract line 3 from line 1c. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the result here and on line 2 of the Line 11 Worksheet 4. How to file prior year tax returns                 Additional Medicare Tax and RRTA Tax Worksheet (for line 6 of the Line 11 Worksheet) If your employer withheld or you paid Additional Medicare Tax or Tier 1 RRTA taxes, use this worksheet to figure the amount to enter on line 6 of the Line 11 Worksheet. How to file prior year tax returns Social security tax, Medicare tax, and Additional Medicare Tax on wages. How to file prior year tax returns 1. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the social security tax withheld (Form(s) W-2, box 4) 1. How to file prior year tax returns   2. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the Medicare tax withheld (Form(s) W-2, box 6). How to file prior year tax returns Box 6 includes any Additional Medicare Tax 2. How to file prior year tax returns   3. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the Additional Medicare Tax, if any, on wages (Form 8959, line 7) 3. How to file prior year tax returns   4. How to file prior year tax returns Add lines 1, 2, and 3 4. How to file prior year tax returns   5. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the Additional Medicare Tax withheld (Form 8959, line 22) 5. How to file prior year tax returns   6. How to file prior year tax returns Subtract line 5 from line 4 6. How to file prior year tax returns   Additional Medicare Tax on Self-Employment Income. How to file prior year tax returns 7. How to file prior year tax returns Enter one-half of the Additional Medicare Tax, if any, on self-employment income (one-half of Form 8959, line 13) 7. How to file prior year tax returns   Tier 1 RRTA taxes as an employee of a railroad (enter amounts on lines 8, 9, 10, and 11) or employee representative (enter amounts on lines 12, 13, 14, and 15). How to file prior year tax returns Do not include amounts in Form W-2, box 14, that are identified as Additional Medicare Tax or Tier 2 tax. How to file prior year tax returns Do not include amounts shown on Form CT-2 on line 3 for Additional Medicare Tax or line 4 for Tier 2 tax. How to file prior year tax returns 8. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the Tier 1 tax (Form(s) W-2, box 14) 8. How to file prior year tax returns   9. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the Medicare tax (Form(s) W-2, box 14) 9. How to file prior year tax returns   10. How to file prior year tax returns Enter the Additional Medicare Tax, if any, on RRTA compensation as an employee (Form 8959, line 17). How to file prior year tax returns Do not use the same amount from Form 8959, line 17, for both this line and line 14 10. How to file prior year tax returns   11. How to file prior year tax returns Add lines 8, 9, and 10 11. How to file prior year tax returns   12. How to file prior year tax returns Enter one-half of Tier 1 tax (one-half of Form(s) CT-2, line 1, for all 4 quarters of 2013) 12. How to file prior year tax returns   13. How to file prior year tax returns Enter one-half of Tier 1 Medicare tax (one-half of Form(s) CT-2, line 2, for all 4 quarters of 2013) 13. How to file prior year tax returns   14. How to file prior year tax returns Enter one-half of the Additional Medicare Tax, if any, on RRTA compensation as an employee representative (one-half of Form 8959, line 17). How to file prior year tax returns Do not use the same amount from Form 8959, line 17, for both this line and line 10 14. How to file prior year tax returns   15. How to file prior year tax returns Add lines 12, 13, and 14 15. How to file prior year tax returns   Line 6 amount 16. How to file prior year tax returns Add lines 6, 7, 11, and 15. How to file prior year tax returns Enter here and on line 6 of the Line 11 Worksheet. How to file prior year tax returns 16. 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How to file prior year tax returns Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential, as required by section 6103. How to file prior year tax returns   The average time and expenses required to complete these worksheets will vary depending on individual circumstances. How to file prior year tax returns For the estimated averages, see the instructions for your income tax return. How to file prior year tax returns   If you have suggestions for making these worksheets simpler, we would be happy to hear from you. How to file prior year tax returns See Comments and suggestions , earlier. How to file prior year tax returns How To Get Tax Help Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. How to file prior year tax returns Free help with your tax return. 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How to file prior year tax returns An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. How to file prior year tax returns Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. How to file prior year tax returns gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. How to file prior year tax returns    Mail. How to file prior year tax returns You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. How to file prior year tax returns You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. How to file prior year tax returns Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. How to file prior year tax returns Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. How to file prior year tax returns The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. How to file prior year tax returns Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. How to file prior year tax returns   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. How to file prior year tax returns We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. How to file prior year tax returns You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. How to file prior year tax returns You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. 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IRS Advancing E-file Study Key Messages

*Since the publication of Advancing E-file Study Phase 1 and Phase 2, Congress has enacted a law that requires many tax preparers and tax firms to use IRS e-file for individual, trust and estate returns. Starting January 1, 2011, preparers or their firms that anticipate filing 100 or more returns must use e-file. Starting January 1, 2012, preparers or their firms that anticipate filing 11 or more returns must use e-file.

The Advancing E-file Study Phase 1 Report
The Advancing E-file Study Phase 1 Report reflects a major effort to synthesize and analyze all substantial data on the IRS e-file program in one document to help the IRS validate and launch future studies, research, and other activities to meet the goal set by Congress that 80% of individual Federal income tax returns be filed electronically.

Key Findings from the Phase 1 report included:

  • There is no silver bullet. An advancing e-file strategy must take into consideration many complex factors, and there is no quick fix or any single option approach for the IRS to convert remaining paper filers.
  • The IRS cannot meet the goal without help. The multifaceted landscape of the US tax system requires that the IRS rely on strong partnerships with third party partners, stakeholders, and Congress to advance e-file.
  • Technology is secondary to motivating behavior. Even the most innovative technology will not help the IRS achieve the 80% e-file goal unless it is grounded in a thorough understanding of the intricacies of filer behavior — their motivators, concerns, and relative positions on the technology adoption curve.

IRS Advancing e-File Study Phase 1 Executive Summary

IRS Advancing e-File Study Phase 1 Report

The Advancing E-file Study Phase 2 Report
With the Advancing E-file Study Phase 2 Report, the IRS has taken the second step toward defining a strategy and set of options to achieve the 80% e-file goal.

Key findings from the Phase 2 report include:

  • Few of the AES2 Options will produce a significant gain in e-file adoption.
  • Substantial investments in technology, management, and organizational capability are required for the IRS to assume new roles in tax preparation and submission.
  • Efforts to advance e-file must consider the entire tax return preparation and submission experience and evaluate changes in the tax landscape.

IRS Advancing e-File Study Phase 2 Executive Summary

IRS Advancing e-File Study Phase 2 Report


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The How To File Prior Year Tax Returns

How to file prior year tax returns 1. How to file prior year tax returns   Definitions You Need To Know Table of Contents Other options. How to file prior year tax returns Exception. How to file prior year tax returns Certain terms used in this publication are defined below. How to file prior year tax returns The same term used in another publication may have a slightly different meaning. How to file prior year tax returns Annual additions. How to file prior year tax returns   Annual additions are the total of all your contributions in a year, employee contributions (not including rollovers), and forfeitures allocated to a participant's account. How to file prior year tax returns Annual benefits. How to file prior year tax returns   Annual benefits are the benefits to be paid yearly in the form of a straight life annuity (with no extra benefits) under a plan to which employees do not contribute and under which no rollover contributions are made. How to file prior year tax returns Business. How to file prior year tax returns   A business is an activity in which a profit motive is present and economic activity is involved. How to file prior year tax returns Service as a newspaper carrier under age 18 or as a public official is not a business. How to file prior year tax returns Common-law employee. How to file prior year tax returns   A common-law employee is any individual who, under common law, would have the status of an employee. How to file prior year tax returns A leased employee can also be a common-law employee. How to file prior year tax returns   A common-law employee is a person who performs services for an employer who has the right to control and direct the results of the work and the way in which it is done. How to file prior year tax returns For example, the employer: Provides the employee's tools, materials, and workplace, and Can fire the employee. How to file prior year tax returns   Common-law employees are not self-employed and cannot set up retirement plans for income from their work, even if that income is self-employment income for social security tax purposes. How to file prior year tax returns For example, common-law employees who are ministers, members of religious orders, full-time insurance salespeople, and U. How to file prior year tax returns S. How to file prior year tax returns citizens employed in the United States by foreign governments cannot set up retirement plans for their earnings from those employments, even though their earnings are treated as self-employment income. How to file prior year tax returns   However, an individual may be a common-law employee and a self-employed person as well. How to file prior year tax returns For example, an attorney can be a corporate common-law employee during regular working hours and also practice law in the evening as a self-employed person. How to file prior year tax returns In another example, a minister employed by a congregation for a salary is a common-law employee even though the salary is treated as self-employment income for social security tax purposes. How to file prior year tax returns However, fees reported on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, for performing marriages, baptisms, and other personal services are self-employment earnings for qualified plan purposes. How to file prior year tax returns Compensation. How to file prior year tax returns   Compensation for plan allocations is the pay a participant received from you for personal services for a year. How to file prior year tax returns You can generally define compensation as including all the following payments. How to file prior year tax returns Wages and salaries. How to file prior year tax returns Fees for professional services. How to file prior year tax returns Other amounts received (cash or noncash) for personal services actually rendered by an employee, including, but not limited to, the following items. How to file prior year tax returns Commissions and tips. How to file prior year tax returns Fringe benefits. How to file prior year tax returns Bonuses. How to file prior year tax returns   For a self-employed individual, compensation means the earned income, discussed later, of that individual. How to file prior year tax returns   Compensation generally includes amounts deferred in the following employee benefit plans. How to file prior year tax returns These amounts are elective deferrals. How to file prior year tax returns Qualified cash or deferred arrangement (section 401(k) plan). How to file prior year tax returns Salary reduction agreement to contribute to a tax-sheltered annuity (section 403(b) plan), a SIMPLE IRA plan, or a SARSEP. How to file prior year tax returns Section 457 nonqualified deferred compensation plan. How to file prior year tax returns Section 125 cafeteria plan. How to file prior year tax returns   However, an employer can choose to exclude elective deferrals under the above plans from the definition of compensation. How to file prior year tax returns The limit on elective deferrals is discussed in chapter 2 under Salary Reduction Simplified Employee Pension (SARSEP) and in chapter 4. How to file prior year tax returns Other options. How to file prior year tax returns   In figuring the compensation of a participant, you can treat any of the following amounts as the employee's compensation. How to file prior year tax returns The employee's wages as defined for income tax withholding purposes. How to file prior year tax returns The employee's wages you report in box 1 of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. How to file prior year tax returns The employee's social security wages (including elective deferrals). How to file prior year tax returns   Compensation generally cannot include either of the following items. How to file prior year tax returns Nontaxable reimbursements or other expense allowances. How to file prior year tax returns Deferred compensation (other than elective deferrals). How to file prior year tax returns SIMPLE plans. How to file prior year tax returns   A special definition of compensation applies for SIMPLE plans. How to file prior year tax returns See chapter 3. How to file prior year tax returns Contribution. How to file prior year tax returns   A contribution is an amount you pay into a plan for all those participating in the plan, including self-employed individuals. How to file prior year tax returns Limits apply to how much, under the contribution formula of the plan, can be contributed each year for a participant. How to file prior year tax returns Deduction. How to file prior year tax returns   A deduction is the plan contributions you can subtract from gross income on your federal income tax return. How to file prior year tax returns Limits apply to the amount deductible. How to file prior year tax returns Earned income. How to file prior year tax returns   Earned income is net earnings from self-employment, discussed later, from a business in which your services materially helped to produce the income. How to file prior year tax returns   You can also have earned income from property your personal efforts helped create, such as royalties from your books or inventions. How to file prior year tax returns Earned income includes net earnings from selling or otherwise disposing of the property, but it does not include capital gains. How to file prior year tax returns It includes income from licensing the use of property other than goodwill. How to file prior year tax returns   Earned income includes amounts received for services by self-employed members of recognized religious sects opposed to social security benefits who are exempt from self-employment tax. How to file prior year tax returns   If you have more than one business, but only one has a retirement plan, only the earned income from that business is considered for that plan. How to file prior year tax returns Employer. How to file prior year tax returns   An employer is generally any person for whom an individual performs or did perform any service, of whatever nature, as an employee. How to file prior year tax returns A sole proprietor is treated as his or her own employer for retirement plan purposes. How to file prior year tax returns However, a partner is not an employer for retirement plan purposes. How to file prior year tax returns Instead, the partnership is treated as the employer of each partner. How to file prior year tax returns Highly compensated employee. How to file prior year tax returns   A highly compensated employee is an individual who: Owned more than 5% of the interest in your business at any time during the year or the preceding year, regardless of how much compensation that person earned or received, or For the preceding year, received compensation from you of more than $115,000 (if the preceding year is 2012, 2013, or 2014) and, if you so choose, was in the top 20% of employees when ranked by compensation. How to file prior year tax returns Leased employee. How to file prior year tax returns   A leased employee who is not your common-law employee must generally be treated as your employee for retirement plan purposes if he or she does all the following. How to file prior year tax returns Provides services to you under an agreement between you and a leasing organization. How to file prior year tax returns Has performed services for you (or for you and related persons) substantially full time for at least 1 year. How to file prior year tax returns Performs services under your primary direction or control. How to file prior year tax returns Exception. How to file prior year tax returns   A leased employee is not treated as your employee if all the following conditions are met. How to file prior year tax returns Leased employees are not more than 20% of your non-highly compensated work force. How to file prior year tax returns The employee is covered under the leasing organization's qualified pension plan. How to file prior year tax returns The leasing organization's plan is a money purchase pension plan that has all the following provisions. How to file prior year tax returns Immediate participation. How to file prior year tax returns (This requirement does not apply to any individual whose compensation from the leasing organization in each plan year during the 4-year period ending with the plan year is less than $1,000. How to file prior year tax returns ) Full and immediate vesting. How to file prior year tax returns A nonintegrated employer contribution rate of at least 10% of compensation for each participant. How to file prior year tax returns However, if the leased employee is your common-law employee, that employee will be your employee for all purposes, regardless of any pension plan of the leasing organization. How to file prior year tax returns Net earnings from self-employment. How to file prior year tax returns   For SEP and qualified plans, net earnings from self-employment is your gross income from your trade or business (provided your personal services are a material income-producing factor) minus allowable business deductions. How to file prior year tax returns Allowable deductions include contributions to SEP and qualified plans for common-law employees and the deduction allowed for the deductible part of your self-employment tax. How to file prior year tax returns   Net earnings from self-employment does not include items excluded from gross income (or their related deductions) other than foreign earned income and foreign housing cost amounts. How to file prior year tax returns   For the deduction limits, earned income is net earnings for personal services actually rendered to the business. How to file prior year tax returns You take into account the income tax deduction for the deductible part of self-employment tax and the deduction for contributions to the plan made on your behalf when figuring net earnings. How to file prior year tax returns   Net earnings include a partner's distributive share of partnership income or loss (other than separately stated items, such as capital gains and losses). How to file prior year tax returns It does not include income passed through to shareholders of S corporations. How to file prior year tax returns Guaranteed payments to limited partners are net earnings from self-employment if they are paid for services to or for the partnership. How to file prior year tax returns Distributions of other income or loss to limited partners are not net earnings from self-employment. How to file prior year tax returns   For SIMPLE plans, net earnings from self-employment is the amount on line 4 of Short Schedule SE or line 6 of Long Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax, before subtracting any contributions made to the SIMPLE plan for yourself. How to file prior year tax returns Qualified plan. How to file prior year tax returns   A qualified plan is a retirement plan that offers a tax-favored way to save for retirement. How to file prior year tax returns You can deduct contributions made to the plan for your employees. How to file prior year tax returns Earnings on these contributions are generally tax free until distributed at retirement. How to file prior year tax returns Profit-sharing, money purchase, and defined benefit plans are qualified plans. How to file prior year tax returns A 401(k) plan is also a qualified plan. How to file prior year tax returns Participant. How to file prior year tax returns   A participant is an eligible employee who is covered by your retirement plan. How to file prior year tax returns See the discussions of the different types of plans for the definition of an employee eligible to participate in each type of plan. How to file prior year tax returns Partner. How to file prior year tax returns   A partner is an individual who shares ownership of an unincorporated trade or business with one or more persons. How to file prior year tax returns For retirement plans, a partner is treated as an employee of the partnership. How to file prior year tax returns Self-employed individual. How to file prior year tax returns   An individual in business for himself or herself, and whose business is not incorporated, is self-employed. How to file prior year tax returns Sole proprietors and partners are self-employed. How to file prior year tax returns Self-employment can include part-time work. How to file prior year tax returns   Not everyone who has net earnings from self-employment for social security tax purposes is self-employed for qualified plan purposes. How to file prior year tax returns See Common-law employee and Net earnings from self-employment , earlier. How to file prior year tax returns   In addition, certain fishermen may be considered self-employed for setting up a qualified plan. How to file prior year tax returns See Publication 595, Capital Construction Fund for Commercial Fishermen, for the special rules used to determine whether fishermen are self-employed. How to file prior year tax returns Sole proprietor. How to file prior year tax returns   A sole proprietor is an individual who owns an unincorporated business by himself or herself, including a single member limited liability company that is treated as a disregarded entity for tax purposes. How to file prior year tax returns For retirement plans, a sole proprietor is treated as both an employer and an employee. How to file prior year tax returns Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications