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How to file taxes if unemployed 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). How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed The Office of Professional Responsibility generally has responsibility for matters related to practitioner conduct and exclusive responsibility for discipline, including disciplinary proceedings and sanctions. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed What Is Practice Before the IRS? Practice before the IRS covers all matters relating to any of the following. How to file taxes if unemployed Communicating with the IRS for a taxpayer regarding the taxpayer's rights, privileges, or liabilities under laws and regulations administered by the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Representing a taxpayer at conferences, hearings, or meetings with the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Preparing and filing documents, including tax returns, with the IRS for a taxpayer. How to file taxes if unemployed Providing a client with written advice which has a potential for tax avoidance or evasion. How to file taxes if unemployed Furnishing information at the request of the IRS or appearing as a witness for the taxpayer is not practice before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Who Can Practice Before the IRS? The following individuals can practice before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Form 2848 can be used for this purpose. How to file taxes if unemployed Attorneys. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed Certified public accountants (CPAs). How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed Enrolled agents. How to file taxes if unemployed   Any enrolled agent in active status who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS may practice before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Enrolled retirement plan agents. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Enrolled actuaries. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Student. How to file taxes if unemployed    Under certain circumstances, a student who is supervised by a practitioner may request permission to represent another person before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed For more information, see Authorization for special appearances, later. How to file taxes if unemployed Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed See Form 8821. How to file taxes if unemployed Practice denied. How to file taxes if unemployed   Any individual engaged in limited practice before the IRS who is involved in disreputable conduct is subject to disciplinary action. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Other individuals who may serve as representatives. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed An individual. How to file taxes if unemployed An individual can represent himself or herself before the IRS and does not have to file a written declaration of qualification and authority. How to file taxes if unemployed A family member. How to file taxes if unemployed An individual can represent members of his or her immediate family. How to file taxes if unemployed Immediate family includes a spouse, child, parent, brother, or sister of the individual. How to file taxes if unemployed An officer. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed A partner. How to file taxes if unemployed A general partner may represent the partnership before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed An employee. How to file taxes if unemployed A regular full-time employee can represent his or her employer. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed A fiduciary. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed See Fiduciary under When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required, later. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed See section 10. How to file taxes if unemployed 7(c)(1)(vii) of Circular 230. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed The prospective representative must request this authorization in writing from the Office of Professional Responsibility. How to file taxes if unemployed However, it is granted only when extremely compelling circumstances exist. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed The issuance of a CAF number does not indicate that an individual is either recognized or authorized to practice before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed It merely confirms that a centralized file for authorizations has been established for the individual under that number. How to file taxes if unemployed Students in LITCs and the STCP. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed Authorization requests must be made to the Office of Professional Responsibility. How to file taxes if unemployed If granted, a letter authorizing the student's special appearance and detailing any conditions related to the appearance will be issued. How to file taxes if unemployed Students receiving an authorization letter generally can represent taxpayers before any IRS function or office subject to any conditions in the authorization letter. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed If an individual loses eligibility to practice, the IRS will not recognize a power of attorney that names the individual as a representative. How to file taxes if unemployed Corporations, associations, partnerships, and other persons that are not individuals. How to file taxes if unemployed   These organizations (or persons) are not eligible to practice before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Loss of Eligibility Generally, individuals lose their eligibility to practice before the IRS in the following ways. How to file taxes if unemployed Not meeting the requirements for renewal of enrollment (such as continuing professional education). How to file taxes if unemployed Requesting to be placed in inactive retirement status. How to file taxes if unemployed Being suspended or disbarred by the Office of Professional Responsibility for violating the regulations governing practice before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Failure to meet requirements. How to file taxes if unemployed   Individuals who fail to comply with the requirements for eligibility for renewal of enrollment will be notified by the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed The notice will explain the reason for noncompliance and provide the individual with an opportunity to furnish information for reconsideration. How to file taxes if unemployed The individual has 60 days from the date of the notice to respond. How to file taxes if unemployed Inactive roster. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed The individual must file an application for renewal and satisfy all requirements for renewal after being placed in inactive status. How to file taxes if unemployed Otherwise, at the conclusion of the next renewal cycle, he or she will be removed from the roster and the enrollment or registration terminated. How to file taxes if unemployed Inactive retirement status. How to file taxes if unemployed   Individuals who request to be placed in an inactive retirement status will be ineligible to practice before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed They must continue to adhere to all renewal requirements. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Suspension and disbarment. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed This includes engaging in acts of disreputable conduct. How to file taxes if unemployed For more information, see Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct under What are the Rules of Practice, later. How to file taxes if unemployed   Practitioners who are suspended in a disciplinary proceeding are not allowed to practice before the IRS during the period of suspension. How to file taxes if unemployed See What Is Practice Before the IRS, earlier. How to file taxes if unemployed   Practitioners who are disbarred in a disciplinary proceeding are not allowed to practice before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed However, a practitioner can seek reinstatement from the Office of Professional Responsibility five years after disbarment. How to file taxes if unemployed   If the practitioner seeks reinstatement, he or she may not practice before the IRS until the Office of Professional Responsibility authorizes reinstatement. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Enrollment also can be granted to an applicant who qualifies because of past service and technical experience in the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed In either case, certain application forms, discussed next, must be filed. How to file taxes if unemployed Additionally, an applicant must not have engaged in any conduct that would justify suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed See Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct, later. How to file taxes if unemployed Form 2587. How to file taxes if unemployed   Applicants can apply to take the special enrollment examination by filing Form 2587, Application for Special Enrollment Examination. How to file taxes if unemployed Form 2587 can be filed online, by mail, or by fax. How to file taxes if unemployed For more information, see instructions and fees listed on the form. How to file taxes if unemployed To get Form 2587, see How To Get Tax Help, later. How to file taxes if unemployed Form 23 and Form 23-EP. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed The application must include a check or money order in the amount of the fee shown on Form 23 or Form 23-EP. How to file taxes if unemployed Alternatively, payment may be made electronically pursuant to instructions on the forms. How to file taxes if unemployed To get Form 23 or Form 23-EP, see How To Get Tax Help, later. How to file taxes if unemployed Form 5434. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed The application must include a check or money order in the amount of the fee shown on Form 5434. How to file taxes if unemployed To get Form 5434, see How To Get Tax Help, later. How to file taxes if unemployed Period of enrollment. How to file taxes if unemployed   An enrollment card will be issued to each individual whose enrollment application is approved. How to file taxes if unemployed The individual is enrolled until the expiration date shown on the enrollment card or certificate. How to file taxes if unemployed 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). How to file taxes if unemployed What Are the Rules of Practice? The rules governing practice before the IRS are published in the Code of Federal Regulations at 31 C. How to file taxes if unemployed F. How to file taxes if unemployed R. How to file taxes if unemployed part 10 and reprinted in Treasury Department Circular No. How to file taxes if unemployed 230 (Circular 230). How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed In addition, a practitioner cannot engage in disreputable conduct (discussed later). How to file taxes if unemployed Any practitioner who does not comply with the rules of practice or engages in disreputable conduct is subject to disciplinary action. How to file taxes if unemployed Also, unenrolled preparers must comply with the rules of practice and conduct to exercise the privilege of limited practice before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed See Publication 470 for a discussion of the special rules for limited practice by unenrolled preparers. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Communications regarding corporate tax shelters. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed Duty to advise. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed Due diligence. How to file taxes if unemployed   A practitioner must exercise due diligence when performing the following duties. How to file taxes if unemployed Preparing or assisting in the preparing, approving, and filing of returns, documents, affidavits, and other papers relating to IRS matters. How to file taxes if unemployed Determining the correctness of oral or written representations made by him or her to the Department of the Treasury. How to file taxes if unemployed Determining the correctness of oral or written representations made by him or her to clients with reference to any matter administered by the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Restrictions Practitioners are restricted from engaging in certain practices. How to file taxes if unemployed The following paragraphs discuss some of these restricted practices. How to file taxes if unemployed Delays. How to file taxes if unemployed   A practitioner must not unreasonably delay the prompt disposition of any matter before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Assistance from disbarred or suspended persons and former IRS employees. How to file taxes if unemployed   A practitioner must not knowingly, directly or indirectly, do the following. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Accept assistance from any former government employee where provisions of Circular 230 or any federal law would be violated. How to file taxes if unemployed Performance as a notary. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed Negotiations of taxpayer refund checks. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed The following list contains examples of conduct that is considered disreputable. How to file taxes if unemployed Being convicted of any criminal offense under the revenue laws or of any offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust. How to file taxes if unemployed Knowingly giving false or misleading information in connection with federal tax matters, or participating in such activity. How to file taxes if unemployed Soliciting employment by prohibited means as discussed in section 10. How to file taxes if unemployed 30 of Circular 230. How to file taxes if unemployed Willfully failing to file a federal tax return, evading or attempting to evade any federal tax or payment, or participating in such actions. How to file taxes if unemployed Misappropriating, or failing to properly and promptly remit, funds received from clients for payment of taxes or other obligations due the United States. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Knowingly aiding and abetting another person to practice before the IRS during a period of suspension, disbarment, or ineligibility of that other person. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed A practitioner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate compliance with the rules before any disciplinary action is taken. How to file taxes if unemployed Authorizing a Representative You may either represent yourself, or you may authorize an individual to represent you before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed If you chose to have someone represent you, your representative must be a person eligible to practice before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed See Who Can Practice Before the IRS, earlier. How to file taxes if unemployed What Is a Power of Attorney? A power of attorney is your written authorization for an individual to act on your behalf. How to file taxes if unemployed If the authorization is not limited, the individual generally can perform all acts that you can perform. How to file taxes if unemployed The authority granted to a registered tax return preparer or an unenrolled preparer is limited. How to file taxes if unemployed For information on the limits regarding registered tax return preparers, see Circular 230 §10. How to file taxes if unemployed 3(f). How to file taxes if unemployed For information on the limits regarding unenrolled preparers, see Publication 470. How to file taxes if unemployed Acts performed. How to file taxes if unemployed   Any representative, other than a registered tax return preparer or an unenrolled return preparer, can usually perform the following acts. How to file taxes if unemployed Represent you before any office of the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Sign a consent to extend the statutory time period for assessment or collection of a tax. How to file taxes if unemployed Sign a closing agreement. How to file taxes if unemployed Signing your return. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed 6012-1(a)(5)). How to file taxes if unemployed You specifically authorize this in your power of attorney. How to file taxes if unemployed For example, the regulation permits a representative to sign your return if you are unable to sign the return due to: Disease or injury. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Other good cause if specific permission is requested of and granted by the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed For more information, see the Form 2848 instructions. How to file taxes if unemployed Limitation on substitution or delegation. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed   After a substitution has been made, only the newly recognized representative will be recognized as the taxpayer's representative. How to file taxes if unemployed If a delegation of power has been made, both the original and the delegated representative will be recognized by the IRS to represent you. How to file taxes if unemployed Disclosure of returns to a third party. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed Incapacity or incompetency. How to file taxes if unemployed   A power of attorney is generally terminated if you become incapacitated or incompetent. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed See Non-IRS powers of attorney, later. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Represent you at a meeting with the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Prepare and file a written response to the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Form Required Use Form 2848 to appoint a recognized representative to act on your behalf before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Individuals recognized to practice before the IRS are listed under Part II, Declaration of Representative, of Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed Your representative must complete that part of the form. How to file taxes if unemployed Non-IRS powers of attorney. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed For more information, see Processing a non-IRS power of attorney, later. How to file taxes if unemployed   If you want to use a power of attorney document other than Form 2848, it must contain the following information. How to file taxes if unemployed Your name and mailing address. How to file taxes if unemployed Your social security number and/or employer identification number. How to file taxes if unemployed Your employee plan number, if applicable. How to file taxes if unemployed The name and mailing address of your representative(s). How to file taxes if unemployed The types of tax involved. How to file taxes if unemployed The federal tax form number. How to file taxes if unemployed The specific year(s) or period(s) involved. How to file taxes if unemployed For estate tax matters, the decedent's date of death. How to file taxes if unemployed A clear expression of your intention concerning the scope of authority granted to your representative(s). How to file taxes if unemployed Your signature and date. How to file taxes if unemployed You also must attach to the non-IRS power of attorney a signed and dated statement made by your representative. How to file taxes if unemployed This statement, which is referred to as the Declaration of Representative, is contained in Part II of Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 502(b). How to file taxes if unemployed Required information missing. How to file taxes if unemployed   The IRS will not accept your non-IRS power of attorney if it does not contain all the information listed above. How to file taxes if unemployed You can sign and submit a completed Form 2848 or a new non-IRS power of attorney that contains all the information. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Procedure for perfecting a non-IRS power of attorney. How to file taxes if unemployed   Under the following conditions, the attorney-in-fact named in your non-IRS power of attorney can sign a Form 2848 on your behalf. How to file taxes if unemployed The original non-IRS power of attorney grants authority to handle federal tax matters (for example, general authority to perform any acts). How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Example. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed The power of attorney grants Ed the authority to perform any and all acts on John's behalf. How to file taxes if unemployed However, it does not list specific tax-related information such as types of tax or tax form numbers. How to file taxes if unemployed Shortly after John signs the power of attorney, he is declared incompetent. How to file taxes if unemployed Later, a federal tax matter arises concerning a prior year return filed by John. How to file taxes if unemployed Ed attempts to represent John before the IRS but is rejected because the durable power of attorney does not contain required information. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed If Ed can practice before the IRS (see Who Can Practice Before the IRS, earlier), he can name himself as representative on Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed Otherwise, he must name another individual who can practice before the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Processing a non-IRS power of attorney. How to file taxes if unemployed   The IRS has a centralized computer database system called the CAF system. How to file taxes if unemployed This system contains information on the authority of taxpayer representatives. How to file taxes if unemployed Generally, when you submit a power of attorney document to the IRS, it is processed for inclusion on the CAF system. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed Your signature is not required; however, your attorney-in-fact must sign the Declaration of Representative (see Part II of Form 2848). How to file taxes if unemployed Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints The preparation of Form 2848 is illustrated by an example, later under How Do I Fill Out Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed However, the following will also assist you in preparing the form. How to file taxes if unemployed Line-by-line hints. How to file taxes if unemployed   The following hints are summaries of some of the line-by-line instructions for Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 1—Taxpayer information. How to file taxes if unemployed   If a joint return is involved, the husband and wife each file a separate Form 2848 if they both want to be represented. How to file taxes if unemployed If only one spouse wants to be represented in the matter, that spouse files a Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 2—Representative(s). How to file taxes if unemployed   Only individuals may be named as representatives. How to file taxes if unemployed If your representative has not been assigned a CAF number, enter “None” on that line and the IRS will issue one to your representative. How to file taxes if unemployed If the representative's address or phone number has changed since the CAF number was issued, you should check the appropriate box. How to file taxes if unemployed Enter your representative's fax number if available. How to file taxes if unemployed   If you want to name more than three representatives, attach additional Form(s) 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed The IRS can send copies of notices and communications to two of your representatives. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed If you do not check the boxes, your representatives will not routinely receive copies of notices and communications. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 3—Tax matters. How to file taxes if unemployed   You may list any tax years or periods that have already ended as of the date you sign the power of attorney. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed The 3 future periods are determined starting after December 31 of the year the power of attorney is received by the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed However, avoid general references such as “all years” or “all taxes. How to file taxes if unemployed ” Any Form 2848 with general references will be returned. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 4—Specific use not recorded on Centralized Authorization File (CAF). How to file taxes if unemployed   Certain matters cannot be recorded on the CAF system. How to file taxes if unemployed Examples of such matters include, but are not limited to, the following. How to file taxes if unemployed Requests for a private letter ruling or technical advice. How to file taxes if unemployed Applications for an employer identification number (EIN). How to file taxes if unemployed Claims filed on Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement. How to file taxes if unemployed Corporate dissolutions. How to file taxes if unemployed Requests for change of accounting method. How to file taxes if unemployed Requests for change of accounting period. How to file taxes if unemployed Applications for recognition of exemption under sections 501(c)(3), 501(a), or 521 (Forms 1023, 1034, or 1028). How to file taxes if unemployed Request for a determination of the qualified status of an employee benefit plan (Forms 5300, 5307, or 5310). How to file taxes if unemployed Application for Award for Original Information under section 7623. How to file taxes if unemployed Voluntary submissions under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). How to file taxes if unemployed Freedom of Information Act requests. How to file taxes if unemployed If the tax matter described on line 3 of Form 2848 concerns one of these matters specifically, check the box on line 4. How to file taxes if unemployed If this box is checked, the representative should mail or fax the power of attorney to the IRS office handling the matter. How to file taxes if unemployed Otherwise, the representative should bring a copy of the power of attorney to each meeting with the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Where To File a Power of Attorney Generally, you can mail or fax a paper Form 2848 directly to the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed To determine where you should file Form 2848, see Where To File in the instructions for Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed If Form 2848 is for a specific use, mail or fax it to the office handling that matter. How to file taxes if unemployed For more information on specific use, see the Instructions for Form 2848, line 4. How to file taxes if unemployed FAX copies. How to file taxes if unemployed   The IRS will accept a copy of a power of attorney that is submitted by facsimile transmission (fax). How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Your representative may be able to file Form 2848 electronically via the IRS website. How to file taxes if unemployed For more information, your representative can go to www. How to file taxes if unemployed irs. How to file taxes if unemployed gov and under the Tax Professionals tab, click on e-services–Online Tools for Tax Professionals. How to file taxes if unemployed If you complete Form 2848 for electronic signature authorization, do not file Form 2848 with the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Instead, give it to your representative, who will retain the document. How to file taxes if unemployed Updating a power of attorney. How to file taxes if unemployed   Submit any update or modification to an existing power of attorney in writing. How to file taxes if unemployed Your signature (or the signature of the individual(s) authorized to sign on your behalf) is required. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed A written notice of substitution or delegation signed by the recognized representative. How to file taxes if unemployed A written declaration of representative made by the new representative. How to file taxes if unemployed A copy of the power of attorney that specifically authorizes the substitution or delegation. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Note. How to file taxes if unemployed The filing of Form 2848 will not revoke any  Form 8821 that is in effect. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed If you do not have a copy of the power of attorney you want to revoke or withdraw, send a statement to the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed If the taxpayer is revoking, list the name and address of each recognized representative whose authority is revoked. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed If the representative is withdrawing, list the name, TIN, and address (if known) of the taxpayer. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed A power of attorney held by a student will be recorded on the CAF system for 130 days from the receipt date. How to file taxes if unemployed If you are authorizing a student to represent you after that time, you will need to submit a current and valid Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed The following situations do not require a power of attorney. How to file taxes if unemployed Providing information to the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Authorizing the disclosure of tax return information through Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization, or other written or oral disclosure consent. How to file taxes if unemployed Allowing the IRS to discuss return information with a third party via the checkbox provided on a tax return or other document. How to file taxes if unemployed Allowing a tax matters partner or person (TMP) to perform acts for the partnership. How to file taxes if unemployed Allowing the IRS to discuss return information with a fiduciary. How to file taxes if unemployed How Do I Fill Out Form 2848? The following example illustrates how to complete Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed The two completed forms for this example are shown on the next pages. How to file taxes if unemployed Example. How to file taxes if unemployed Stan and Mary Doe have been notified that their joint tax returns (Forms 1040) for 2009, 2010, and 2011 are being examined. How to file taxes if unemployed They have decided to appoint Jim Smith, an enrolled agent, to represent them in this matter and any future matters concerning these returns. How to file taxes if unemployed Jim, who has prepared returns at the same location for years, already has a Centralized Authorization File (CAF) number assigned to him. How to file taxes if unemployed Mary does not want Jim to sign any agreements on her behalf, but Stan is willing to have Jim do so. How to file taxes if unemployed They want copies of all notices and written communications sent to Jim. How to file taxes if unemployed This is the first time Stan and Mary have given power of attorney to anyone. How to file taxes if unemployed They should each complete a Form 2848 as follows. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 1—Taxpayer information. How to file taxes if unemployed   Stan and Mary must each file a separate Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed On his separate Form 2848, Stan enters his name, street address, and social security number in the spaces provided. How to file taxes if unemployed Mary does likewise on her separate Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 2—Representative(s). How to file taxes if unemployed   On their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary each enters the name and current address of their chosen representative, Jim Smith. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed They also enter Mr. How to file taxes if unemployed Smith's CAF number, his telephone number, and his fax number. How to file taxes if unemployed Mr. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 3—Tax Matters. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 4—Specific use not recorded on Centralized Authorization File (CAF). How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed See Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints, earlier. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 5—Acts authorized. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed Stan does not wish to restrict the authority of Jim Smith in this regard, so he leaves line 5 of his Form 2848 blank. How to file taxes if unemployed If either Mary or Stan had chosen, they could have listed other restrictions on line 5 of their separate Forms 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 6—Retention/revocation of prior power(s) of attorney. How to file taxes if unemployed   Stan and Mary are each filing their first powers of attorney, so they make no entry on this line. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. How to file taxes if unemployed (See Revocation of Power of Attorney/Withdrawal of Representative, earlier, for the special rules that apply. How to file taxes if unemployed ) Line 7—Signature of taxpayer. How to file taxes if unemployed   Stan and Mary each signs and dates his or her Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed If a taxpayer does not sign, the IRS cannot accept the form. How to file taxes if unemployed Part II—Declaration of Representative. How to file taxes if unemployed   Jim Smith must complete this part of Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed If he does not sign this part, the IRS cannot accept the form. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Therefore, during this interim period, IRS personnel may request that you or your representative bring a copy to any meeting with the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. How to file taxes if unemployed Please click the link to view the image. How to file taxes if unemployed Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. How to file taxes if unemployed Please click the link to view the image. How to file taxes if unemployed Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 2 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. How to file taxes if unemployed Please click the link to view the image. How to file taxes if unemployed Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. How to file taxes if unemployed Please click the link to view the image. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Incomplete document. How to file taxes if unemployed   If Form 2848 is incomplete, the IRS will attempt to secure the missing information either by writing or telephoning you or your representative. How to file taxes if unemployed For example, if your signature or signature date is missing, the IRS will contact you. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed   In either case, the power of attorney is not considered valid until all required information is entered on the document. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Complete document. How to file taxes if unemployed   If the power of attorney is complete and valid, the IRS will take action to recognize the representative. How to file taxes if unemployed In most instances, this includes processing the document on the CAF system. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Documents not processed on CAF. How to file taxes if unemployed   Specific-use powers of attorney are not processed on the CAF system (see Preparation of Form – Helpful Hints, earlier). How to file taxes if unemployed For example, a power of attorney that is a one-time or specific-issue grant of authority is not processed on the CAF system. How to file taxes if unemployed These documents remain with the related case files. How to file taxes if unemployed In this situation, you should check the box on line 4 of Form 2848. How to file taxes if unemployed In these situations, the representative should bring a copy of the power of attorney to each meeting with the IRS. How to file taxes if unemployed Dealing With the Representative After a valid power of attorney is filed, the IRS will recognize your representative. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed 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. How to file taxes if unemployed Notices and other correspondence. How to file taxes if unemployed   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. 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How to file taxes if unemployed 6. How to file taxes if unemployed   How To Figure Cost of Goods Sold Table of Contents Introduction Figuring Cost of Goods Sold on Schedule C, Lines 35 Through 42Line 35 Inventory at Beginning of Year Line 36 Purchases Less Cost of Items Withdrawn for Personal Use Line 37 Cost of Labor Line 38 Materials and Supplies Line 39 Other Costs Line 40 Add Lines 35 through 39 Line 41 Inventory at End of Year Line 42 Cost of Goods Sold Introduction If you make or buy goods to sell, you can deduct the cost of goods sold from your gross receipts on Schedule C. How to file taxes if unemployed However, to determine these costs, you must value your inventory at the beginning and end of each tax year. How to file taxes if unemployed This chapter applies to you if you are a manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer or if you are engaged in any business that makes, buys, or sells goods to produce income. How to file taxes if unemployed This chapter does not apply to a personal service business, such as the business of a doctor, lawyer, carpenter, or painter. How to file taxes if unemployed However, if you work in a personal service business and also sell or charge for the materials and supplies normally used in your business, this chapter applies to you. How to file taxes if unemployed If you must account for an inventory in your business, you must generally use an accrual method of accounting for your purchases and sales. How to file taxes if unemployed For more information, see chapter 2. How to file taxes if unemployed Figuring Cost of Goods Sold on Schedule C, Lines 35 Through 42 Figure your cost of goods sold by filling out lines 35 through 42 of Schedule C. How to file taxes if unemployed These lines are reproduced below and are explained in the discussion that follows. How to file taxes if unemployed 35 Inventory at beginning of year. How to file taxes if unemployed If different from last year's closing inventory, attach explanation   36 Purchases less cost of items withdrawn for personal use   37 Cost of labor. How to file taxes if unemployed Do not include any amounts paid to yourself   38 Materials and supplies   39 Other costs   40 Add lines 35 through 39   41 Inventory at end of year   42 Cost of goods sold. How to file taxes if unemployed Subtract line 41 from line 40. How to file taxes if unemployed  Enter the result here and on line 4   Line 35 Inventory at Beginning of Year If you are a merchant, beginning inventory is the cost of merchandise on hand at the beginning of the year that you will sell to customers. How to file taxes if unemployed If you are a manufacturer or producer, it includes the total cost of raw materials, work in process, finished goods, and materials and supplies used in manufacturing the goods (see Inventories in chapter 2). How to file taxes if unemployed Opening inventory usually will be identical to the closing inventory of the year before. How to file taxes if unemployed You must explain any difference in a schedule attached to your return. How to file taxes if unemployed Donation of inventory. How to file taxes if unemployed   If you contribute inventory (property that you sell in the course of your business), the amount you can claim as a contribution deduction is the smaller of its fair market value on the day you contributed it or its basis. How to file taxes if unemployed The basis of donated inventory is any cost incurred for the inventory in an earlier year that you would otherwise include in your opening inventory for the year of the contribution. How to file taxes if unemployed You must remove the amount of your contribution deduction from your opening inventory. How to file taxes if unemployed It is not part of the cost of goods sold. How to file taxes if unemployed   If the cost of donated inventory is not included in your opening inventory, the inventory's basis is zero and you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction. How to file taxes if unemployed Treat the inventory's cost as you would ordinarily treat it under your method of accounting. How to file taxes if unemployed For example, include the purchase price of inventory bought and donated in the same year in the cost of goods sold for that year. How to file taxes if unemployed   A special rule may apply to certain donations of food inventory. How to file taxes if unemployed See Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. How to file taxes if unemployed Example 1. How to file taxes if unemployed You are a calendar year taxpayer who uses an accrual method of accounting. How to file taxes if unemployed In 2013, you contributed property from inventory to a church. How to file taxes if unemployed It had a fair market value of $600. How to file taxes if unemployed The closing inventory at the end of 2012 properly included $400 of costs due to the acquisition of the property, and in 2012, you properly deducted $50 of administrative and other expenses attributable to the property as business expenses. How to file taxes if unemployed The charitable contribution allowed for 2013 is $400 ($600 − $200). How to file taxes if unemployed The $200 is the amount that would be ordinary income if you had sold the contributed inventory at fair market value on the date of the gift. How to file taxes if unemployed The cost of goods sold you use in determining gross income for 2013 must not include the $400. How to file taxes if unemployed You remove that amount from opening inventory for 2013. How to file taxes if unemployed Example 2. How to file taxes if unemployed If, in Example 1, you acquired the contributed property in 2013 at a cost of $400, you would include the $400 cost of the property in figuring the cost of goods sold for 2013 and deduct the $50 of administrative and other expenses attributable to the property for that year. How to file taxes if unemployed You would not be allowed any charitable contribution deduction for the contributed property. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 36 Purchases Less Cost of Items Withdrawn for Personal Use If you are a merchant, use the cost of all merchandise you bought for sale. How to file taxes if unemployed If you are a manufacturer or producer, this includes the cost of all raw materials or parts purchased for manufacture into a finished product. How to file taxes if unemployed Trade discounts. How to file taxes if unemployed   The differences between the stated prices of articles and the actual prices you pay for them are called trade discounts. How to file taxes if unemployed You must use the prices you pay (not the stated prices) in figuring your cost of purchases. How to file taxes if unemployed Do not show the discount amount separately as an item in gross income. How to file taxes if unemployed   An automobile dealer must record the cost of a car in inventory reduced by any manufacturer's rebate that represents a trade discount. How to file taxes if unemployed Cash discounts. How to file taxes if unemployed   Cash discounts are amounts your suppliers let you deduct from your purchase invoices for prompt payments. How to file taxes if unemployed There are two methods of accounting for cash discounts. How to file taxes if unemployed You can either credit them to a separate discount account or deduct them from total purchases for the year. How to file taxes if unemployed Whichever method you use, you must be consistent. How to file taxes if unemployed If you want to change your method of figuring inventory cost, you must file Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method. How to file taxes if unemployed For more information, see Change in Accounting Method in chapter 2. How to file taxes if unemployed   If you credit cash discounts to a separate account, you must include this credit balance in your business income at the end of the tax year. How to file taxes if unemployed If you use this method, do not reduce your cost of goods sold by the cash discounts. How to file taxes if unemployed Purchase returns and allowances. How to file taxes if unemployed   You must deduct all returns and allowances from your total purchases during the year. How to file taxes if unemployed Merchandise withdrawn from sale. How to file taxes if unemployed   If you withdraw merchandise for your personal or family use, you must exclude this cost from the total amount of merchandise you bought for sale. How to file taxes if unemployed Do this by crediting the purchases or sales account with the cost of merchandise you withdraw for personal use. How to file taxes if unemployed You must also charge the amount to your drawing account. How to file taxes if unemployed   A drawing account is a separate account you should keep to record the business income you withdraw to pay for personal and family expenses. How to file taxes if unemployed As stated above, you also use it to record withdrawals of merchandise for personal or family use. How to file taxes if unemployed This account is also known as a “withdrawals account” or “personal account. How to file taxes if unemployed ” Line 37 Cost of Labor Labor costs are usually an element of cost of goods sold only in a manufacturing or mining business. How to file taxes if unemployed Small merchandisers (wholesalers, retailers, etc. How to file taxes if unemployed ) usually do not have labor costs that can properly be charged to cost of goods sold. How to file taxes if unemployed In a manufacturing business, labor costs properly allocable to the cost of goods sold include both the direct and indirect labor used in fabricating the raw material into a finished, saleable product. How to file taxes if unemployed Direct labor. How to file taxes if unemployed   Direct labor costs are the wages you pay to those employees who spend all their time working directly on the product being manufactured. How to file taxes if unemployed They also include a part of the wages you pay to employees who work directly on the product part time if you can determine that part of their wages. How to file taxes if unemployed Indirect labor. How to file taxes if unemployed   Indirect labor costs are the wages you pay to employees who perform a general factory function that does not have any immediate or direct connection with making the saleable product, but that is a necessary part of the manufacturing process. How to file taxes if unemployed Other labor. How to file taxes if unemployed   Other labor costs not properly chargeable to the cost of goods sold can be deducted as selling or administrative expenses. How to file taxes if unemployed Generally, the only kinds of labor costs properly chargeable to your cost of goods sold are the direct or indirect labor costs and certain other costs treated as overhead expenses properly charged to the manufacturing process, as discussed later under Line 39 Other Costs. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 38 Materials and Supplies Materials and supplies, such as hardware and chemicals, used in manufacturing goods are charged to cost of goods sold. How to file taxes if unemployed Those that are not used in the manufacturing process are treated as deferred charges. How to file taxes if unemployed You deduct them as a business expense when you use them. How to file taxes if unemployed Business expenses are discussed in chapter 8. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 39 Other Costs Examples of other costs incurred in a manufacturing or mining process that you charge to your cost of goods sold are as follows. How to file taxes if unemployed Containers. How to file taxes if unemployed   Containers and packages that are an integral part of the product manufactured are a part of your cost of goods sold. How to file taxes if unemployed If they are not an integral part of the manufactured product, their costs are shipping or selling expenses. How to file taxes if unemployed Freight-in. How to file taxes if unemployed   Freight-in, express-in, and cartage-in on raw materials, supplies you use in production, and merchandise you purchase for sale are all part of cost of goods sold. How to file taxes if unemployed Overhead expenses. How to file taxes if unemployed   Overhead expenses include expenses such as rent, heat, light, power, insurance, depreciation, taxes, maintenance, labor, and supervision. How to file taxes if unemployed The overhead expenses you have as direct and necessary expenses of the manufacturing operation are included in your cost of goods sold. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 40 Add Lines 35 through 39 The total of lines 35 through 39 equals the cost of the goods available for sale during the year. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 41 Inventory at End of Year Subtract the value of your closing inventory (including, as appropriate, the allocable parts of the cost of raw materials and supplies, direct labor, and overhead expenses) from line 40. How to file taxes if unemployed Inventory at the end of the year is also known as closing or ending inventory. How to file taxes if unemployed Your ending inventory will usually become the beginning inventory of your next tax year. How to file taxes if unemployed Line 42 Cost of Goods Sold When you subtract your closing inventory (inventory at the end of the year) from the cost of goods available for sale, the remainder is your cost of goods sold during the tax year. How to file taxes if unemployed Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications