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Hr block tax return 5. Hr block tax return   Wages, Salaries, and Other Earnings Table of Contents Reminder Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Employee CompensationBabysitting. Hr block tax return Miscellaneous Compensation Fringe Benefits Retirement Plan Contributions Stock Options Restricted Property Special Rules for Certain EmployeesClergy Members of Religious Orders Foreign Employer Military Volunteers Sickness and Injury BenefitsDisability Pensions Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts Workers' Compensation Other Sickness and Injury Benefits Reminder Foreign income. Hr block tax return   If you are a U. Hr block tax return S. Hr block tax return citizen or resident alien, you must report income from sources outside the United States (foreign income) on your tax return unless it is exempt by U. Hr block tax return S. Hr block tax return law. Hr block tax return This is true whether you reside inside or outside the United States and whether or not you receive a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, or Form 1099 from the foreign payer. Hr block tax return This applies to earned income (such as wages and tips) as well as unearned income (such as interest, dividends, capital gains, pensions, rents, and royalties). Hr block tax return If you reside outside the United States, you may be able to exclude part or all of your foreign source earned income. Hr block tax return For details, see Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. Hr block tax return S. Hr block tax return Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. Hr block tax return Introduction This chapter discusses compensation received for services as an employee, such as wages, salaries, and fringe benefits. Hr block tax return The following topics are included. Hr block tax return Bonuses and awards. Hr block tax return Special rules for certain employees. Hr block tax return Sickness and injury benefits. Hr block tax return The chapter explains what income is included in the employee's gross income and what is not included. Hr block tax return Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income Employee Compensation This section discusses various types of employee compensation including fringe benefits, retirement plan contributions, stock options, and restricted property. Hr block tax return Form W-2. Hr block tax return    If you are an employee, you should receive Form W-2 from your employer showing the pay you received for your services. Hr block tax return Include your pay on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A, or on line 1 of Form 1040EZ, even if you do not receive a Form W-2. Hr block tax return   If you performed services, other than as an independent contractor, and your employer did not withhold social security and Medicare taxes from your pay, you must file Form 8919, Uncollected Social Security and Medicare Tax on Wages, with your Form 1040. Hr block tax return These wages must be included on line 7 of Form 1040. Hr block tax return See Form 8919 for more information. Hr block tax return Childcare providers. Hr block tax return    If you provide childcare, either in the child's home or in your home or other place of business, the pay you receive must be included in your income. Hr block tax return If you are not an employee, you are probably self-employed and must include payments for your services on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business. Hr block tax return You generally are not an employee unless you are subject to the will and control of the person who employs you as to what you are to do and how you are to do it. Hr block tax return Babysitting. Hr block tax return   If you babysit for relatives or neighborhood children, whether on a regular basis or only periodically, the rules for childcare providers apply to you. Hr block tax return Miscellaneous Compensation This section discusses different types of employee compensation. Hr block tax return Advance commissions and other earnings. Hr block tax return   If you receive advance commissions or other amounts for services to be performed in the future and you are a cash-method taxpayer, you must include these amounts in your income in the year you receive them. Hr block tax return    If you repay unearned commissions or other amounts in the same year you receive them, reduce the amount included in your income by the repayment. Hr block tax return If you repay them in a later tax year, you can deduct the repayment as an itemized deduction on your Schedule A (Form 1040), or you may be able to take a credit for that year. Hr block tax return See Repayments in chapter 12. Hr block tax return Allowances and reimbursements. Hr block tax return    If you receive travel, transportation, or other business expense allowances or reimbursements from your employer, see Publication 463. Hr block tax return If you are reimbursed for moving expenses, see Publication 521, Moving Expenses. Hr block tax return Back pay awards. Hr block tax return    Include in income amounts you are awarded in a settlement or judgment for back pay. Hr block tax return These include payments made to you for damages, unpaid life insurance premiums, and unpaid health insurance premiums. Hr block tax return They should be reported to you by your employer on Form W-2. Hr block tax return Bonuses and awards. Hr block tax return   Bonuses or awards you receive for outstanding work are included in your income and should be shown on your Form W-2. Hr block tax return These include prizes such as vacation trips for meeting sales goals. Hr block tax return If the prize or award you receive is goods or services, you must include the fair market value of the goods or services in your income. Hr block tax return However, if your employer merely promises to pay you a bonus or award at some future time, it is not taxable until you receive it or it is made available to you. Hr block tax return Employee achievement award. Hr block tax return   If you receive tangible personal property (other than cash, a gift certificate, or an equivalent item) as an award for length of service or safety achievement, you generally can exclude its value from your income. Hr block tax return However, the amount you can exclude is limited to your employer's cost and cannot be more than $1,600 ($400 for awards that are not qualified plan awards) for all such awards you receive during the year. Hr block tax return Your employer can tell you whether your award is a qualified plan award. Hr block tax return Your employer must make the award as part of a meaningful presentation, under conditions and circumstances that do not create a significant likelihood of it being disguised pay. Hr block tax return   However, the exclusion does not apply to the following awards: A length-of-service award if you received it for less than 5 years of service or if you received another length-of-service award during the year or the previous 4 years. Hr block tax return A safety achievement award if you are a manager, administrator, clerical employee, or other professional employee or if more than 10% of eligible employees previously received safety achievement awards during the year. Hr block tax return Example. Hr block tax return Ben Green received three employee achievement awards during the year: a nonqualified plan award of a watch valued at $250, and two qualified plan awards of a stereo valued at $1,000 and a set of golf clubs valued at $500. Hr block tax return Assuming that the requirements for qualified plan awards are otherwise satisfied, each award by itself would be excluded from income. Hr block tax return However, because the $1,750 total value of the awards is more than $1,600, Ben must include $150 ($1,750 – $1,600) in his income. Hr block tax return Differential wage payments. Hr block tax return   This is any payment made to you by an employer for any period during which you are, for a period of more than 30 days, an active duty member of the uniformed services and represents all or a portion of the wages you would have received from the employer during that period. Hr block tax return These payments are treated as wages and are subject to income tax withholding, but not FICA or FUTA taxes. Hr block tax return The payments are reported as wages on Form W-2. Hr block tax return Government cost-of-living allowances. Hr block tax return   Most payments received by U. Hr block tax return S. Hr block tax return Government civilian employees for working abroad are taxable. Hr block tax return However, certain cost-of-living allowances are tax free. Hr block tax return Publication 516, U. Hr block tax return S. Hr block tax return Government Civilian Employees Stationed Abroad, explains the tax treatment of allowances, differentials, and other special pay you receive for employment abroad. Hr block tax return Nonqualified deferred compensation plans. Hr block tax return   Your employer will report to you the total amount of deferrals for the year under a nonqualified deferred compensation plan. Hr block tax return This amount is shown on Form W-2, box 12, using code Y. Hr block tax return This amount is not included in your income. Hr block tax return   However, if at any time during the tax year, the plan fails to meet certain requirements, or is not operated under those requirements, all amounts deferred under the plan for the tax year and all preceding tax years are included in your income for the current year. Hr block tax return This amount is included in your wages shown on Form W-2, box 1. Hr block tax return It is also shown on Form W-2, box 12, using code Z. Hr block tax return Note received for services. Hr block tax return    If your employer gives you a secured note as payment for your services, you must include the fair market value (usually the discount value) of the note in your income for the year you receive it. Hr block tax return When you later receive payments on the note, a proportionate part of each payment is the recovery of the fair market value that you previously included in your income. Hr block tax return Do not include that part again in your income. Hr block tax return Include the rest of the payment in your income in the year of payment. Hr block tax return   If your employer gives you a nonnegotiable unsecured note as payment for your services, payments on the note that are credited toward the principal amount of the note are compensation income when you receive them. Hr block tax return Severance pay. Hr block tax return   You must include in income amounts you receive as severance pay and any payment for the cancellation of your employment contract. Hr block tax return Accrued leave payment. Hr block tax return    If you are a federal employee and receive a lump-sum payment for accrued annual leave when you retire or resign, this amount will be included as wages on your Form W-2. Hr block tax return   If you resign from one agency and are reemployed by another agency, you may have to repay part of your lump-sum annual leave payment to the second agency. Hr block tax return You can reduce gross wages by the amount you repaid in the same tax year in which you received it. Hr block tax return Attach to your tax return a copy of the receipt or statement given to you by the agency you repaid to explain the difference between the wages on the return and the wages on your Forms W-2. Hr block tax return Outplacement services. Hr block tax return   If you choose to accept a reduced amount of severance pay so that you can receive outplacement services (such as training in résumé writing and interview techniques), you must include the unreduced amount of the severance pay in income. Hr block tax return    However, you can deduct the value of these outplacement services (up to the difference between the severance pay included in income and the amount actually received) as a miscellaneous deduction (subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income (AGI) limit) on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block tax return Sick pay. Hr block tax return   Pay you receive from your employer while you are sick or injured is part of your salary or wages. Hr block tax return In addition, you must include in your income sick pay benefits received from any of the following payers: A welfare fund. Hr block tax return A state sickness or disability fund. Hr block tax return An association of employers or employees. Hr block tax return An insurance company, if your employer paid for the plan. Hr block tax return However, if you paid the premiums on an accident or health insurance policy, the benefits you receive under the policy are not taxable. Hr block tax return For more information, see Publication 525. Hr block tax return Social security and Medicare taxes paid by employer. Hr block tax return   If you and your employer have an agreement that your employer pays your social security and Medicare taxes without deducting them from your gross wages, you must report the amount of tax paid for you as taxable wages on your tax return. Hr block tax return The payment also is treated as wages for figuring your social security and Medicare taxes and your social security and Medicare benefits. Hr block tax return However, these payments are not treated as social security and Medicare wages if you are a household worker or a farm worker. Hr block tax return Stock appreciation rights. Hr block tax return   Do not include a stock appreciation right granted by your employer in income until you exercise (use) the right. Hr block tax return When you use the right, you are entitled to a cash payment equal to the fair market value of the corporation's stock on the date of use minus the fair market value on the date the right was granted. Hr block tax return You include the cash payment in your income in the year you use the right. Hr block tax return Fringe Benefits Fringe benefits received in connection with the performance of your services are included in your income as compensation unless you pay fair market value for them or they are specifically excluded by law. Hr block tax return Abstaining from the performance of services (for example, under a covenant not to compete) is treated as the performance of services for purposes of these rules. Hr block tax return Accounting period. Hr block tax return   You must use the same accounting period your employer uses to report your taxable noncash fringe benefits. Hr block tax return Your employer has the option to report taxable noncash fringe benefits by using either of the following rules. Hr block tax return The general rule: benefits are reported for a full calendar year (January 1–December 31). Hr block tax return The special accounting period rule: benefits provided during the last 2 months of the calendar year (or any shorter period) are treated as paid during the following calendar year. Hr block tax return For example, each year your employer reports the value of benefits provided during the last 2 months of the prior year and the first 10 months of the current year. Hr block tax return  Your employer does not have to use the same accounting period for each fringe benefit, but must use the same period for all employees who receive a particular benefit. Hr block tax return   You must use the same accounting period that you use to report the benefit to claim an employee business deduction (for use of a car, for example). Hr block tax return Form W-2. Hr block tax return   Your employer must include all taxable fringe benefits in box 1 of Form W-2 as wages, tips, and other compensation and, if applicable, in boxes 3 and 5 as social security and Medicare wages. Hr block tax return Although not required, your employer may include the total value of fringe benefits in box 14 (or on a separate statement). Hr block tax return However, if your employer provided you with a vehicle and included 100% of its annual lease value in your income, the employer must separately report this value to you in box 14 (or on a separate statement). Hr block tax return Accident or Health Plan In most cases, the value of accident or health plan coverage provided to you by your employer is not included in your income. Hr block tax return Benefits you receive from the plan may be taxable, as explained later under Sickness and Injury Benefits . Hr block tax return For information on the items covered in this section, other than Long-term care coverage, see Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans. Hr block tax return Long-term care coverage. Hr block tax return    Contributions by your employer to provide coverage for long-term care services generally are not included in your income. Hr block tax return However, contributions made through a flexible spending or similar arrangement (such as a cafeteria plan) must be included in your income. Hr block tax return This amount will be reported as wages in box 1 of your Form W-2. Hr block tax return   Contributions you make to the plan are discussed in Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses. Hr block tax return Archer MSA contributions. Hr block tax return    Contributions by your employer to your Archer MSA generally are not included in your income. Hr block tax return Their total will be reported in box 12 of Form W-2 with code R. Hr block tax return You must report this amount on Form 8853, Archer MSAs and Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts. Hr block tax return File the form with your return. Hr block tax return Health flexible spending arrangement (health FSA). Hr block tax return   If your employer provides a health FSA that qualifies as an accident or health plan, the amount of your salary reduction, and reimbursements of your medical care expenses, in most cases, are not included in your income. Hr block tax return Note. Hr block tax return Health FSAs are subject to a $2,500 limit on salary reduction contributions for plan years beginning after 2012. Hr block tax return The $2,500 limit is subject to an inflation adjustment for plan years beginning after 2013. Hr block tax return For more information, see Notice 2012-40, 2012-26 I. Hr block tax return R. Hr block tax return B. Hr block tax return 1046, available at www. Hr block tax return irs. Hr block tax return gov/irb/2012-26 IRB/ar09. Hr block tax return html. Hr block tax return Health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Hr block tax return   If your employer provides an HRA that qualifies as an accident or health plan, coverage and reimbursements of your medical care expenses generally are not included in your income. Hr block tax return Health savings accounts (HSA). Hr block tax return   If you are an eligible individual, you and any other person, including your employer or a family member, can make contributions to your HSA. Hr block tax return Contributions, other than employer contributions, are deductible on your return whether or not you itemize deductions. Hr block tax return Contributions made by your employer are not included in your income. Hr block tax return Distributions from your HSA that are used to pay qualified medical expenses are not included in your income. Hr block tax return Distributions not used for qualified medical expenses are included in your income. Hr block tax return See Publication 969 for the requirements of an HSA. Hr block tax return   Contributions by a partnership to a bona fide partner's HSA are not contributions by an employer. Hr block tax return The contributions are treated as a distribution of money and are not included in the partner's gross income. Hr block tax return Contributions by a partnership to a partner's HSA for services rendered are treated as guaranteed payments that are includible in the partner's gross income. Hr block tax return In both situations, the partner can deduct the contribution made to the partner's HSA. Hr block tax return   Contributions by an S corporation to a 2% shareholder-employee's HSA for services rendered are treated as guaranteed payments and are includible in the shareholder-employee's gross income. Hr block tax return The shareholder-employee can deduct the contribution made to the shareholder-employee's HSA. Hr block tax return Qualified HSA funding distribution. Hr block tax return   You can make a one-time distribution from your individual retirement account (IRA) to an HSA and you generally will not include any of the distribution in your income. Hr block tax return See Publication 590 for the requirements for these qualified HSA funding distributions. Hr block tax return Failure to maintain eligibility. Hr block tax return   If your HSA received qualified HSA distributions from a health FSA or HRA (discussed earlier) or a qualified HSA funding distribution, you must be an eligible individual for HSA purposes for the period beginning with the month in which the qualified distribution was made and ending on the last day of the 12th month following that month. Hr block tax return If you fail to be an eligible individual during this period, other than because of death or disability, you must include the distribution in your income for the tax year in which you become ineligible. Hr block tax return This income is also subject to an additional 10% tax. Hr block tax return Adoption Assistance You may be able to exclude from your income amounts paid or expenses incurred by your employer for qualified adoption expenses in connection with your adoption of an eligible child. Hr block tax return See the Instructions for Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, for more information. Hr block tax return Adoption benefits are reported by your employer in box 12 of Form W-2 with code T. Hr block tax return They also are included as social security and Medicare wages in boxes 3 and 5. Hr block tax return However, they are not included as wages in box 1. Hr block tax return To determine the taxable and nontaxable amounts, you must complete Part III of Form 8839. Hr block tax return File the form with your return. Hr block tax return De Minimis (Minimal) Benefits If your employer provides you with a product or service and the cost of it is so small that it would be unreasonable for the employer to account for it, the value is not included in your income. Hr block tax return In most cases, the value of benefits such as discounts at company cafeterias, cab fares home when working overtime, and company picnics are not included in your income. Hr block tax return Holiday gifts. Hr block tax return   If your employer gives you a turkey, ham, or other item of nominal value at Christmas or other holidays, do not include the value of the gift in your income. Hr block tax return However, if your employer gives you cash, a gift certificate, or a similar item that you can easily exchange for cash, you include the value of that gift as extra salary or wages regardless of the amount involved. Hr block tax return Educational Assistance You can exclude from your income up to $5,250 of qualified employer-provided educational assistance. Hr block tax return For more information, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Hr block tax return Group-Term Life Insurance In most cases, the cost of up to $50,000 of group-term life insurance coverage provided to you by your employer (or former employer) is not included in your income. Hr block tax return However, you must include in income the cost of employer-provided insurance that is more than the cost of $50,000 of coverage reduced by any amount you pay toward the purchase of the insurance. Hr block tax return For exceptions, see Entire cost excluded , and Entire cost taxed , later. Hr block tax return If your employer provided more than $50,000 of coverage, the amount included in your income is reported as part of your wages in box 1 of your Form W-2. Hr block tax return Also, it is shown separately in box 12 with code C. Hr block tax return Group-term life insurance. Hr block tax return   This insurance is term life insurance protection (insurance for a fixed period of time) that: Provides a general death benefit, Is provided to a group of employees, Is provided under a policy carried by the employer, and Provides an amount of insurance to each employee based on a formula that prevents individual selection. Hr block tax return Permanent benefits. Hr block tax return   If your group-term life insurance policy includes permanent benefits, such as a paid-up or cash surrender value, you must include in your income, as wages, the cost of the permanent benefits minus the amount you pay for them. Hr block tax return Your employer should be able to tell you the amount to include in your income. Hr block tax return Accidental death benefits. Hr block tax return   Insurance that provides accidental or other death benefits but does not provide general death benefits (travel insurance, for example) is not group-term life insurance. Hr block tax return Former employer. Hr block tax return   If your former employer provided more than $50,000 of group-term life insurance coverage during the year, the amount included in your income is reported as wages in box 1 of Form W-2. Hr block tax return Also, it is shown separately in box 12 with code C. Hr block tax return Box 12 also will show the amount of uncollected social security and Medicare taxes on the excess coverage, with codes M and N. Hr block tax return You must pay these taxes with your income tax return. Hr block tax return Include them on line 60, Form 1040, and follow the instructions for line 60. Hr block tax return For more information, see the Instructions for Form 1040. Hr block tax return Two or more employers. Hr block tax return   Your exclusion for employer-provided group-term life insurance coverage cannot exceed the cost of $50,000 of coverage, whether the insurance is provided by a single employer or multiple employers. Hr block tax return If two or more employers provide insurance coverage that totals more than $50,000, the amounts reported as wages on your Forms W-2 will not be correct. Hr block tax return You must figure how much to include in your income. Hr block tax return Reduce the amount you figure by any amount reported with code C in box 12 of your Forms W-2, add the result to the wages reported in box 1, and report the total on your return. Hr block tax return Figuring the taxable cost. Hr block tax return   Use the following worksheet to figure the amount to include in your income. Hr block tax return     Worksheet 5-1. Hr block tax return Figuring the Cost of Group-Term Life Insurance To Include in Income 1. Hr block tax return Enter the total amount of your insurance coverage from your employer(s) 1. Hr block tax return   2. Hr block tax return Limit on exclusion for employer-provided group-term life insurance coverage 2. Hr block tax return 50,000 3. Hr block tax return Subtract line 2 from line 1 3. Hr block tax return   4. Hr block tax return Divide line 3 by $1,000. Hr block tax return Figure to the nearest tenth 4. Hr block tax return   5. Hr block tax return Go to Table 5-1. Hr block tax return Using your age on the last day of the tax year, find your age group in the left column, and enter the cost from the column on the right for your age group 5. Hr block tax return   6. Hr block tax return Multiply line 4 by line 5 6. Hr block tax return   7. Hr block tax return Enter the number of full months of coverage at this cost. Hr block tax return 7. Hr block tax return   8. Hr block tax return Multiply line 6 by line 7 8. Hr block tax return   9. Hr block tax return Enter the premiums you paid per month 9. Hr block tax return       10. Hr block tax return Enter the number of months you paid the premiums 10. Hr block tax return       11. Hr block tax return Multiply line 9 by line 10. Hr block tax return 11. Hr block tax return   12. Hr block tax return Subtract line 11 from line 8. Hr block tax return Include this amount in your income as wages 12. Hr block tax return      Table 5-1. Hr block tax return Cost of $1,000 of Group-Term Life Insurance for One Month Age Cost Under 25 $. Hr block tax return 05 25 through 29 . Hr block tax return 06 30 through 34 . Hr block tax return 08 35 through 39 . Hr block tax return 09 40 through 44 . Hr block tax return 10 45 through 49 . Hr block tax return 15 50 through 54 . Hr block tax return 23 55 through 59 . Hr block tax return 43 60 through 64 . Hr block tax return 66 65 through 69 1. Hr block tax return 27 70 and older 2. Hr block tax return 06 Example. Hr block tax return You are 51 years old and work for employers A and B. Hr block tax return Both employers provide group-term life insurance coverage for you for the entire year. Hr block tax return Your coverage is $35,000 with employer A and $45,000 with employer B. Hr block tax return You pay premiums of $4. Hr block tax return 15 a month under the employer B group plan. Hr block tax return You figure the amount to include in your income as shown in Worksheet 5-1. Hr block tax return Figuring the Cost of Group-Term Life Insurance to Include in Income—Illustrated, later. Hr block tax return Worksheet 5-1. Hr block tax return Figuring the Cost of Group-Term Life Insurance to Include in Income—Illustrated 1. Hr block tax return Enter the total amount of your insurance coverage from your employer(s) 1. Hr block tax return 80,000 2. Hr block tax return Limit on exclusion for employer-provided group-term life insurance coverage 2. Hr block tax return 50,000 3. Hr block tax return Subtract line 2 from line 1 3. Hr block tax return 30,000 4. Hr block tax return Divide line 3 by $1,000. Hr block tax return Figure to the nearest tenth 4. Hr block tax return 30. Hr block tax return 0 5. Hr block tax return Go to Table 5-1. Hr block tax return Using your age on the last day of the tax year, find your age group in the left column, and enter the cost from the column on the right for your age group 5. Hr block tax return . Hr block tax return 23 6. Hr block tax return Multiply line 4 by line 5 6. Hr block tax return 6. Hr block tax return 90 7. Hr block tax return Enter the number of full months of coverage at this cost. Hr block tax return 7. Hr block tax return 12 8. Hr block tax return Multiply line 6 by line 7 8. Hr block tax return 82. Hr block tax return 80 9. Hr block tax return Enter the premiums you paid per month 9. Hr block tax return 4. Hr block tax return 15     10. Hr block tax return Enter the number of months you paid the premiums 10. Hr block tax return 12     11. Hr block tax return Multiply line 9 by line 10. Hr block tax return 11. Hr block tax return 49. Hr block tax return 80 12. Hr block tax return Subtract line 11 from line 8. Hr block tax return Include this amount in your income as wages 12. Hr block tax return 33. Hr block tax return 00 Entire cost excluded. Hr block tax return   You are not taxed on the cost of group-term life insurance if any of the following circumstances apply. Hr block tax return You are permanently and totally disabled and have ended your employment. Hr block tax return Your employer is the beneficiary of the policy for the entire period the insurance is in force during the tax year. Hr block tax return A charitable organization (defined in chapter 24) to which contributions are deductible is the only beneficiary of the policy for the entire period the insurance is in force during the tax year. Hr block tax return (You are not entitled to a deduction for a charitable contribution for naming a charitable organization as the beneficiary of your policy. Hr block tax return ) The plan existed on January 1, 1984, and You retired before January 2, 1984, and were covered by the plan when you retired, or You reached age 55 before January 2, 1984, and were employed by the employer or its predecessor in 1983. Hr block tax return Entire cost taxed. Hr block tax return   You are taxed on the entire cost of group-term life insurance if either of the following circumstances apply: The insurance is provided by your employer through a qualified employees' trust, such as a pension trust or a qualified annuity plan. Hr block tax return You are a key employee and your employer's plan discriminates in favor of key employees. Hr block tax return Retirement Planning Services If your employer has a qualified retirement plan, qualified retirement planning services provided to you (and your spouse) by your employer are not included in your income. Hr block tax return Qualified services include retirement planning advice, information about your employer's retirement plan, and information about how the plan may fit into your overall individual retirement income plan. Hr block tax return You cannot exclude the value of any tax preparation, accounting, legal, or brokerage services provided by your employer. Hr block tax return Transportation If your employer provides you with a qualified transportation fringe benefit, it can be excluded from your income, up to certain limits. Hr block tax return A qualified transportation fringe benefit is: Transportation in a commuter highway vehicle (such as a van) between your home and work place, A transit pass, Qualified parking, or Qualified bicycle commuting reimbursement. Hr block tax return Cash reimbursement by your employer for these expenses under a bona fide reimbursement arrangement is also excludable. Hr block tax return However, cash reimbursement for a transit pass is excludable only if a voucher or similar item that can be exchanged only for a transit pass is not readily available for direct distribution to you. Hr block tax return Exclusion limit. Hr block tax return   The exclusion for commuter vehicle transportation and transit pass fringe benefits cannot be more than $245 a month. Hr block tax return   The exclusion for the qualified parking fringe benefit cannot be more than $245 a month. Hr block tax return   The exclusion for qualified bicycle commuting in a calendar year is $20 multiplied by the number of qualified bicycle commuting months that year. Hr block tax return   If the benefits have a value that is more than these limits, the excess must be included in your income. Hr block tax return You are not entitled to these exclusions if the reimbursements are made under a compensation reduction agreement. Hr block tax return Commuter highway vehicle. Hr block tax return   This is a highway vehicle that seats at least six adults (not including the driver). Hr block tax return At least 80% of the vehicle's mileage must reasonably be expected to be: For transporting employees between their homes and work place, and On trips during which employees occupy at least half of the vehicle's adult seating capacity (not including the driver). Hr block tax return Transit pass. Hr block tax return   This is any pass, token, farecard, voucher, or similar item entitling a person to ride mass transit (whether public or private) free or at a reduced rate or to ride in a commuter highway vehicle operated by a person in the business of transporting persons for compensation. Hr block tax return Qualified parking. Hr block tax return   This is parking provided to an employee at or near the employer's place of business. Hr block tax return It also includes parking provided on or near a location from which the employee commutes to work by mass transit, in a commuter highway vehicle, or by carpool. Hr block tax return It does not include parking at or near the employee's home. Hr block tax return Qualified bicycle commuting. Hr block tax return   This is reimbursement based on the number of qualified bicycle commuting months for the year. Hr block tax return A qualified bicycle commuting month is any month you use the bicycle regularly for a substantial portion of the travel between your home and place of employment and you do not receive any of the other qualified transportation fringe benefits. Hr block tax return The reimbursement can be for expenses you incurred during the year for the purchase of a bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair, and storage. Hr block tax return Retirement Plan Contributions Your employer's contributions to a qualified retirement plan for you are not included in income at the time contributed. Hr block tax return (Your employer can tell you whether your retirement plan is qualified. Hr block tax return ) However, the cost of life insurance coverage included in the plan may have to be included. Hr block tax return See Group-Term Life Insurance , earlier, under Fringe Benefits. Hr block tax return If your employer pays into a nonqualified plan for you, you generally must include the contributions in your income as wages for the tax year in which the contributions are made. Hr block tax return However, if your interest in the plan is not transferable or is subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture (you have a good chance of losing it) at the time of the contribution, you do not have to include the value of your interest in your income until it is transferable or is no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. Hr block tax return For information on distributions from retirement plans, see Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income (or Publication 721, Tax Guide to U. Hr block tax return S. Hr block tax return Civil Service Retirement Benefits, if you are a federal employee or retiree). Hr block tax return Elective deferrals. Hr block tax return   If you are covered by certain kinds of retirement plans, you can choose to have part of your compensation contributed by your employer to a retirement fund, rather than have it paid to you. Hr block tax return The amount you set aside (called an elective deferral) is treated as an employer contribution to a qualified plan. Hr block tax return An elective deferral, other than a designated Roth contribution (discussed later), is not included in wages subject to income tax at the time contributed. Hr block tax return However, it is included in wages subject to social security and Medicare taxes. Hr block tax return   Elective deferrals include elective contributions to the following retirement plans. Hr block tax return Cash or deferred arrangements (section 401(k) plans). Hr block tax return The Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees. Hr block tax return Salary reduction simplified employee pension plans (SARSEP). Hr block tax return Savings incentive match plans for employees (SIMPLE plans). Hr block tax return Tax-sheltered annuity plans (403(b) plans). Hr block tax return Section 501(c)(18)(D) plans. Hr block tax return Section 457 plans. Hr block tax return Qualified automatic contribution arrangements. Hr block tax return   Under a qualified automatic contribution arrangement, your employer can treat you as having elected to have a part of your compensation contributed to a section 401(k) plan. Hr block tax return You are to receive written notice of your rights and obligations under the qualified automatic contribution arrangement. Hr block tax return The notice must explain: Your rights to elect not to have elective contributions made, or to have contributions made at a different percentage, and How contributions made will be invested in the absence of any investment decision by you. Hr block tax return   You must be given a reasonable period of time after receipt of the notice and before the first elective contribution is made to make an election with respect to the contributions. Hr block tax return Overall limit on deferrals. Hr block tax return   For 2013, in most cases, you should not have deferred more than a total of $17,500 of contributions to the plans listed in (1) through (3) and (5) above. Hr block tax return The limit for SIMPLE plans is $12,000. Hr block tax return The limit for section 501(c)(18)(D) plans is the lesser of $7,000 or 25% of your compensation. Hr block tax return The limit for section 457 plans is the lesser of your includible compensation or $17,500. Hr block tax return Amounts deferred under specific plan limits are part of the overall limit on deferrals. Hr block tax return Designated Roth contributions. Hr block tax return   Employers with section 401(k) and section 403(b) plans can create qualified Roth contribution programs so that you may elect to have part or all of your elective deferrals to the plan designated as after-tax Roth contributions. Hr block tax return Designated Roth contributions are treated as elective deferrals, except that they are included in income. Hr block tax return Excess deferrals. Hr block tax return   Your employer or plan administrator should apply the proper annual limit when figuring your plan contributions. Hr block tax return However, you are responsible for monitoring the total you defer to ensure that the deferrals are not more than the overall limit. Hr block tax return   If you set aside more than the limit, the excess generally must be included in your income for that year, unless you have an excess deferral of a designated Roth contribution. Hr block tax return See Publication 525 for a discussion of the tax treatment of excess deferrals. Hr block tax return Catch-up contributions. Hr block tax return   You may be allowed catch-up contributions (additional elective deferral) if you are age 50 or older by the end of your tax year. Hr block tax return Stock Options If you receive a nonstatutory option to buy or sell stock or other property as payment for your services, you usually will have income when you receive the option, when you exercise the option (use it to buy or sell the stock or other property), or when you sell or otherwise dispose of the option. Hr block tax return However, if your option is a statutory stock option, you will not have any income until you sell or exchange your stock. Hr block tax return Your employer can tell you which kind of option you hold. Hr block tax return For more information, see Publication 525. Hr block tax return Restricted Property In most cases, if you receive property for your services, you must include its fair market value in your income in the year you receive the property. Hr block tax return However, if you receive stock or other property that has certain restrictions that affect its value, you do not include the value of the property in your income until it has substantially vested. Hr block tax return (You can choose to include the value of the property in your income in the year it is transferred to you. Hr block tax return ) For more information, see Restricted Property in Publication 525. Hr block tax return Dividends received on restricted stock. Hr block tax return   Dividends you receive on restricted stock are treated as compensation and not as dividend income. Hr block tax return Your employer should include these payments on your Form W-2. Hr block tax return Stock you chose to include in income. Hr block tax return   Dividends you receive on restricted stock you chose to include in your income in the year transferred are treated the same as any other dividends. Hr block tax return Report them on your return as dividends. Hr block tax return For a discussion of dividends, see chapter 8. Hr block tax return    For information on how to treat dividends reported on both your Form W-2 and Form 1099-DIV, see Dividends received on restricted stock in Publication 525. Hr block tax return Special Rules for Certain Employees This section deals with special rules for people in certain types of employment: members of the clergy, members of religious orders, people working for foreign employers, military personnel, and volunteers. Hr block tax return Clergy Generally, if you are a member of the clergy, you must include in your income offerings and fees you receive for marriages, baptisms, funerals, masses, etc. Hr block tax return , in addition to your salary. Hr block tax return If the offering is made to the religious institution, it is not taxable to you. Hr block tax return If you are a member of a religious organization and you give your outside earnings to the religious organization, you still must include the earnings in your income. Hr block tax return However, you may be entitled to a charitable contribution deduction for the amount paid to the organization. Hr block tax return See chapter 24. Hr block tax return Pension. Hr block tax return    A pension or retirement pay for a member of the clergy usually is treated as any other pension or annuity. Hr block tax return It must be reported on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or on lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. Hr block tax return Housing. Hr block tax return    Special rules for housing apply to members of the clergy. Hr block tax return Under these rules, you do not include in your income the rental value of a home (including utilities) or a designated housing allowance provided to you as part of your pay. Hr block tax return However, the exclusion cannot be more than the reasonable pay for your service. Hr block tax return If you pay for the utilities, you can exclude any allowance designated for utility cost, up to your actual cost. Hr block tax return The home or allowance must be provided as compensation for your services as an ordained, licensed, or commissioned minister. Hr block tax return However, you must include the rental value of the home or the housing allowance as earnings from self-employment on Schedule SE (Form 1040) if you are subject to the self-employment tax. Hr block tax return For more information, see Publication 517, Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers. Hr block tax return Members of Religious Orders If you are a member of a religious order who has taken a vow of poverty, how you treat earnings that you renounce and turn over to the order depends on whether your services are performed for the order. Hr block tax return Services performed for the order. Hr block tax return   If you are performing the services as an agent of the order in the exercise of duties required by the order, do not include in your income the amounts turned over to the order. Hr block tax return   If your order directs you to perform services for another agency of the supervising church or an associated institution, you are considered to be performing the services as an agent of the order. Hr block tax return Any wages you earn as an agent of an order that you turn over to the order are not included in your income. Hr block tax return Example. Hr block tax return You are a member of a church order and have taken a vow of poverty. Hr block tax return You renounce any claims to your earnings and turn over to the order any salaries or wages you earn. Hr block tax return You are a registered nurse, so your order assigns you to work in a hospital that is an associated institution of the church. Hr block tax return However, you remain under the general direction and control of the order. Hr block tax return You are considered to be an agent of the order and any wages you earn at the hospital that you turn over to your order are not included in your income. Hr block tax return Services performed outside the order. Hr block tax return   If you are directed to work outside the order, your services are not an exercise of duties required by the order unless they meet both of the following requirements: They are the kind of services that are ordinarily the duties of members of the order. Hr block tax return They are part of the duties that you must exercise for, or on behalf of, the religious order as its agent. Hr block tax return If you are an employee of a third party, the services you perform for the third party will not be considered directed or required of you by the order. Hr block tax return Amounts you receive for these services are included in your income, even if you have taken a vow of poverty. Hr block tax return Example. Hr block tax return Mark Brown is a member of a religious order and has taken a vow of poverty. Hr block tax return He renounces all claims to his earnings and turns over his earnings to the order. Hr block tax return Mark is a schoolteacher. Hr block tax return He was instructed by the superiors of the order to get a job with a private tax-exempt school. Hr block tax return Mark became an employee of the school, and, at his request, the school made the salary payments directly to the order. Hr block tax return Because Mark is an employee of the school, he is performing services for the school rather than as an agent of the order. Hr block tax return The wages Mark earns working for the school are included in his income. Hr block tax return Foreign Employer Special rules apply if you work for a foreign employer. Hr block tax return U. Hr block tax return S. Hr block tax return citizen. Hr block tax return   If you are a U. Hr block tax return S. Hr block tax return citizen who works in the United States for a foreign government, an international organization, a foreign embassy, or any foreign employer, you must include your salary in your income. Hr block tax return Social security and Medicare taxes. Hr block tax return   You are exempt from social security and Medicare employee taxes if you are employed in the United States by an international organization or a foreign government. Hr block tax return However, you must pay self-employment tax on your earnings from services performed in the United States, even though you are not self-employed. Hr block tax return This rule also applies if you are an employee of a qualifying wholly owned instrumentality of a foreign government. Hr block tax return Employees of international organizations or foreign governments. Hr block tax return   Your compensation for official services to an international organization is exempt from federal income tax if you are not a citizen of the United States or you are a citizen of the Philippines (whether or not you are a citizen of the United States). Hr block tax return   Your compensation for official services to a foreign government is exempt from federal income tax if all of the following are true. Hr block tax return You are not a citizen of the United States or you are a citizen of the Philippines (whether or not you are a citizen of the United States). Hr block tax return Your work is like the work done by employees of the United States in foreign countries. Hr block tax return The foreign government gives an equal exemption to employees of the United States in its country. Hr block tax return Waiver of alien status. Hr block tax return   If you are an alien who works for a foreign government or international organization and you file a waiver under section 247(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to keep your immigrant status, different rules may apply. Hr block tax return See Foreign Employer in Publication 525. Hr block tax return Employment abroad. Hr block tax return   For information on the tax treatment of income earned abroad, see Publication 54. Hr block tax return Military Payments you receive as a member of a military service generally are taxed as wages except for retirement pay, which is taxed as a pension. Hr block tax return Allowances generally are not taxed. Hr block tax return For more information on the tax treatment of military allowances and benefits, see Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide. Hr block tax return Differential wage payments. Hr block tax return   Any payments made to you by an employer during the time you are performing service in the uniformed services are treated as compensation. Hr block tax return These wages are subject to income tax withholding and are reported on a Form W-2. Hr block tax return See the discussion under Miscellaneous Compensation , earlier. Hr block tax return Military retirement pay. Hr block tax return   If your retirement pay is based on age or length of service, it is taxable and must be included in your income as a pension on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or on lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. Hr block tax return Do not include in your income the amount of any reduction in retirement or retainer pay to provide a survivor annuity for your spouse or children under the Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan or the Survivor Benefit Plan. Hr block tax return   For more detailed discussion of survivor annuities, see chapter 10. Hr block tax return Disability. Hr block tax return   If you are retired on disability, see Military and Government Disability Pensions under Sickness and Injury Benefits, later. Hr block tax return Veterans' benefits. Hr block tax return   Do not include in your income any veterans' benefits paid under any law, regulation, or administrative practice administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Hr block tax return The following amounts paid to veterans or their families are not taxable. Hr block tax return Education, training, and subsistence allowances. Hr block tax return Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to veterans or their families. Hr block tax return Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living. Hr block tax return Grants for motor vehicles for veterans who lost their sight or the use of their limbs. Hr block tax return Veterans' insurance proceeds and dividends paid either to veterans or their beneficiaries, including the proceeds of a veteran's endowment policy paid before death. Hr block tax return Interest on insurance dividends you leave on deposit with the VA. Hr block tax return Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program. Hr block tax return The death gratuity paid to a survivor of a member of the Armed Forces who died after September 10, 2001. Hr block tax return Payments made under the compensated work therapy program. Hr block tax return Any bonus payment by a state or political subdivision because of service in a combat zone. Hr block tax return Volunteers The tax treatment of amounts you receive as a volunteer worker for the Peace Corps or similar agency is covered in the following discussions. Hr block tax return Peace Corps. Hr block tax return   Living allowances you receive as a Peace Corps volunteer or volunteer leader for housing, utilities, household supplies, food, and clothing are exempt from tax. Hr block tax return Taxable allowances. Hr block tax return   The following allowances must be included in your income and reported as wages: Allowances paid to your spouse and minor children while you are a volunteer leader training in the United States. Hr block tax return Living allowances designated by the Director of the Peace Corps as basic compensation. Hr block tax return These are allowances for personal items such as domestic help, laundry and clothing maintenance, entertainment and recreation, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses. Hr block tax return Leave allowances. Hr block tax return Readjustment allowances or termination payments. Hr block tax return These are considered received by you when credited to your account. Hr block tax return Example. Hr block tax return Gary Carpenter, a Peace Corps volunteer, gets $175 a month as a readjustment allowance during his period of service, to be paid to him in a lump sum at the end of his tour of duty. Hr block tax return Although the allowance is not available to him until the end of his service, Gary must include it in his income on a monthly basis as it is credited to his account. Hr block tax return Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). Hr block tax return   If you are a VISTA volunteer, you must include meal and lodging allowances paid to you in your income as wages. Hr block tax return National Senior Services Corps programs. Hr block tax return   Do not include in your income amounts you receive for supportive services or reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses from the following programs. Hr block tax return Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Hr block tax return Foster Grandparent Program. Hr block tax return Senior Companion Program. Hr block tax return Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). Hr block tax return   If you receive amounts for supportive services or reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses from SCORE, do not include these amounts in income. Hr block tax return Volunteer tax counseling. Hr block tax return   Do not include in your income any reimbursements you receive for transportation, meals, and other expenses you have in training for, or actually providing, volunteer federal income tax counseling for the elderly (TCE). Hr block tax return   You can deduct as a charitable contribution your unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses in taking part in the volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) program. Hr block tax return See chapter 24. Hr block tax return Sickness and Injury Benefits This section discusses sickness and injury benefits including disability pensions, long-term care insurance contracts, workers' compensation, and other benefits. Hr block tax return In most cases, you must report as income any amount you receive for personal injury or sickness through an accident or health plan that is paid for by your employer. Hr block tax return If both you and your employer pay for the plan, only the amount you receive that is due to your employer's payments is reported as income. Hr block tax return However, certain payments may not be taxable to you. Hr block tax return Your employer should be able to give you specific details about your pension plan and tell you the amount you paid for your disability pension. Hr block tax return In addition to disability pensions and annuities, you may be receiving other payments for sickness and injury. Hr block tax return Do not report as income any amounts paid to reimburse you for medical expenses you incurred after the plan was established. Hr block tax return Cost paid by you. Hr block tax return   If you pay the entire cost of a health or accident insurance plan, do not include any amounts you receive from the plan for personal injury or sickness as income on your tax return. Hr block tax return If your plan reimbursed you for medical expenses you deducted in an earlier year, you may have to include some, or all, of the reimbursement in your income. Hr block tax return See Reimbursement in a later year in chapter 21. Hr block tax return Cafeteria plans. Hr block tax return   In most cases, if you are covered by an accident or health insurance plan through a cafeteria plan, and the amount of the insurance premiums was not included in your income, you are not considered to have paid the premiums and you must include any benefits you receive in your income. Hr block tax return If the amount of the premiums was included in your income, you are considered to have paid the premiums, and any benefits you receive are not taxable. Hr block tax return Disability Pensions If you retired on disability, you must include in income any disability pension you receive under a plan that is paid for by your employer. Hr block tax return You must report your taxable disability payments as wages on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A, until you reach minimum retirement age. Hr block tax return Minimum retirement age generally is the age at which you can first receive a pension or annuity if you are not disabled. Hr block tax return You may be entitled to a tax credit if you were permanently and totally disabled when you retired. Hr block tax return For information on this credit and the definition of permanent and total disability, see chapter 33. Hr block tax return Beginning on the day after you reach minimum retirement age, payments you receive are taxable as a pension or annuity. Hr block tax return Report the payments on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or on lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. Hr block tax return The rules for reporting pensions are explained in How To Report in chapter 10. Hr block tax return For information on disability payments from a governmental program provided as a substitute for unemployment compensation, see chapter 12. Hr block tax return Retirement and profit-sharing plans. Hr block tax return   If you receive payments from a retirement or profit-sharing plan that does not provide for disability retirement, do not treat the payments as a disability pension. Hr block tax return The payments must be reported as a pension or annuity. Hr block tax return For more information on pensions, see chapter 10. Hr block tax return Accrued leave payment. Hr block tax return   If you retire on disability, any lump-sum payment you receive for accrued annual leave is a salary payment. Hr block tax return The payment is not a disability payment. Hr block tax return Include it in your income in the tax year you receive it. Hr block tax return Military and Government Disability Pensions Certain military and government disability pensions are not taxable. Hr block tax return Service-connected disability. Hr block tax return   You may be able to exclude from income amounts you receive as a pension, annuity, or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in one of the following government services. Hr block tax return The armed forces of any country. Hr block tax return The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hr block tax return The Public Health Service. Hr block tax return The Foreign Service. Hr block tax return Conditions for exclusion. Hr block tax return   Do not include the disability payments in your income if any of the following conditions apply. Hr block tax return You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975. Hr block tax return You were a member of a listed government service or its reserve component, or were under a binding written commitment to become a member, on September 24, 1975. Hr block tax return You receive the disability payments for a combat-related injury. Hr block tax return This is a personal injury or sickness that Results directly from armed conflict, Takes place while you are engaged in extra-hazardous service, Takes place under conditions simulating war, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or Is caused by an instrumentality of war. Hr block tax return You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it. Hr block tax return Your exclusion under this condition is equal to the amount you would be entitled to receive from the VA. Hr block tax return Pension based on years of service. Hr block tax return   If you receive a disability pension based on years of service, in most cases you must include it in your income. Hr block tax return However, if the pension qualifies for the exclusion for a service-connected disability (discussed earlier), do not include in income the part of your pension that you would have received if the pension had been based on a percentage of disability. Hr block tax return You must include the rest of your pension in your income. Hr block tax return Retroactive VA determination. Hr block tax return   If you retire from the armed services based on years of service and are later given a retroactive service-connected disability rating by the VA, your retirement pay for the retroactive period is excluded from income up to the amount of VA disability benefits you would have been entitled to receive. Hr block tax return You can claim a refund of any tax paid on the excludable amount (subject to the statute of limitations) by filing an amended return on Form 1040X for each previous year during the retroactive period. Hr block tax return You must include with each Form 1040X a copy of the official VA Determination letter granting the retroactive benefit. Hr block tax return The letter must show the amount withheld and the effective date of the benefit. Hr block tax return   If you receive a lump-sum disability severance payment and are later awarded VA disability benefits, exclude 100% of the severance benefit from your income. Hr block tax return However, you must include in your income any lump-sum readjustment or other nondisability severance payment you received on release from active duty, even if you are later given a retroactive disability rating by the VA. Hr block tax return Special statute of limitations. Hr block tax return   In most cases, under the statute of limitations a claim for credit or refund must be filed within 3 years from the time a return was filed. Hr block tax return However, if you receive a retroactive service-connected disability rating determination, the statute of limitations is extended by a 1-year period beginning on the date of the determination. Hr block tax return This 1-year extended period applies to claims for credit or refund filed after June 17, 2008, and does not apply to any tax year that began more than 5 years before the date of the determination. Hr block tax return Example. Hr block tax return You retired in 2007 and receive a pension based on your years of service. Hr block tax return On August 1, 2013, you receive a determination of service-connected disability retroactive to 2007. Hr block tax return Generally, you could claim a refund for the taxes paid on your pension for 2010, 2011, and 2012. Hr block tax return However, under the special limitation period, you can also file a claim for 2009 as long as you file the claim by August 1, 2014. Hr block tax return You cannot file a claim for 2007 and 2008 because those tax years began more than 5 years before the determination. Hr block tax return Terrorist attack or military action. Hr block tax return   Do not include in your income disability payments you receive for injuries resulting directly from a terrorist or military action. Hr block tax return Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts Long-term care insurance contracts in most cases are treated as accident and health insurance contracts. Hr block tax return Amounts you receive from them (other than policyholder dividends or premium refunds) in most cases are excludable from income as amounts received for personal injury or sickness. Hr block tax return To claim an exclusion for payments made on a per diem or other periodic basis under a long-term care insurance contract, you must file Form 8853 with your return. Hr block tax return A long-term care insurance contract is an insurance contract that only provides coverage for qualified long-term care services. Hr block tax return The contract must: Be guaranteed renewable, Not provide for a cash surrender value or other money that can be paid, assigned, pledged, or borrowed, Provide that refunds, other than refunds on the death of the insured or complete surrender or cancellation of the contract, and dividends under the contract may be used only to reduce future premiums or increase future benefits, and In most cases, not pay or reimburse expenses incurred for services or items that would be reimbursed under Medicare, except where Medicare is a secondary payer or the contract makes per diem or other periodic payments without regard to expenses. Hr block tax return Qualified long-term care services. Hr block tax return   Qualified long-term care services are: Necessary diagnostic, preventive, therapeutic, curing, treating, mitigating, and rehabilitative services, and maintenance and personal care services, and Required by a chronically ill individual and provided pursuant to a plan of care as prescribed by a licensed health care practitioner. Hr block tax return Chronically ill individual. Hr block tax return   A chronically ill individual is one who has been certified by a licensed health care practitioner within the previous 12 months as one of the following: An individual who, for at least 90 days, is unable to perform at least two activities of daily living without substantial assistance due to loss of functional capacity. Hr block tax return Activities of daily living are eating, toileting, transferring, bathing, dressing, and continence. Hr block tax return An individual who requires substantial supervision to be protected from threats to health and safety due to severe cognitive impairment. Hr block tax return Limit on exclusion. Hr block tax return   You generally can exclude from gross income up to $320 a day for 2013. Hr block tax return See Limit on exclusion, under Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts, under Sickness and Injury Benefits in Publication 525 for more information. Hr block tax return Workers' Compensation Amounts you receive as workers' compensation for an occupational sickness or injury are fully exempt from tax if they are paid under a workers' compensation act or a statute in the nature of a workers' compensation act. Hr block tax return The exemption also applies to your survivors. Hr block tax return The exemption, however, does not apply to retirement plan benefits you receive based on your age, length of service, or prior contributions to the plan, even if you retired because of an occupational sickness or injury. Hr block tax return If part of your workers' compensation reduces your social security or equivalent railroad retirement benefits received, that part is considered social security (or equivalent railroad retirement) benefits and may be taxable. Hr block tax return For more information, see Publication 915, Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits. Hr block tax return Return to work. Hr block tax return    If you return to work after qualifying for workers' compensation, salary payments you receive for performing light duties are taxable as wages. Hr block tax return Other Sickness and Injury Benefits In addition to disability pensions and annuities, you may receive other payments for sickness or injury. Hr block tax return Railroad sick pay. Hr block tax return    Payments you receive as sick pay under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act are taxable and you must include them in your income. Hr block tax return However, do not include them in your income if they are for an on-the-job injury. Hr block tax return   If you received income because of a disability, see Disability Pensions , earlier. Hr block tax return Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). Hr block tax return   Payments received under this Act for personal injury or sickness, including payments to beneficiaries in case of death, are not taxable. Hr block tax return However, you are taxed on amounts you receive under this Act as continuation of pay for up to 45 days while a claim is being decided. Hr block tax return Report this income on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A or on line 1 of Form 1040-EZ. Hr block tax return Also, pay for sick leave while a claim is being processed is taxable and must be included in your income as wages. Hr block tax return    If part of the payments you receive under FECA reduces your social security or equivalent railroad retirement benefits received, that part is considered social security (or equivalent railroad retirement) benefits and may be taxable. Hr block tax return For a discussion of the taxability of these benefits, see Social security and equivalent railroad retirement benefits under Other Income, in Publication 525. Hr block tax return    You can deduct the amount you spend to buy back sick leave for an earlier year to be eligible for nontaxable FECA benefits for that period. Hr block tax return It is a miscellaneous deduction subject to the 2%-of-AGI limit on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block tax return If you buy back sick leave in the same year you used it, the amount reduces your taxable sick leave pay. Hr block tax return Do not deduct it separately. Hr block tax return Other compensation. Hr block tax return   Many other amounts you receive as compensation for sickness or injury are not taxable. Hr block tax return These include the following amounts. Hr block tax return Compensatory damages you receive for physical injury or physical sickness, whether paid in a lump sum or in periodic payments. Hr block tax return Benefits you receive under an accident or health insurance policy on which either you paid the premiums or your employer paid the premiums but you had to include them in your income. Hr block tax return Disability benefits you receive for loss of income or earning capacity as a result of injuries under a no-fault car insurance policy. Hr block tax return Compensation you receive for permanent loss or loss of use of a part or function of your body, or for your permanent disfigurement. Hr block tax return This compensation must be based only on the injury and not on the period of your absence from work. Hr block tax return These benefits are not taxable even if your employer pays for the accident and health plan that provides these benefits. Hr block tax return Reimbursement for medical care. Hr block tax return    A reimbursement for medical care is generally not taxable. Hr block tax return However, it may reduce your medical expense deduction. Hr block tax return For more information, see chapter 21. Hr block tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Hr block tax return Publication 334 - Introductory Material Table of Contents IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Hr block tax return Tax questions. Hr block tax return Future Developments What's New for 2013 What's New for 2014 Reminders Photographs of Missing Children Introduction The purpose of this publication is to provide general information about the federal tax laws that apply to small business owners who are sole proprietors and to statutory employees. Hr block tax return This publication has information on business income, expenses, and tax credits that may help you file your income tax return. Hr block tax return Are you self-employed?   You are self-employed if you carry on a trade or business as a sole proprietor or an independent contractor. Hr block tax return Sole proprietor. Hr block tax return   A sole proprietor is someone who owns an unincorporated business by himself or herself. Hr block tax return However, if you are the sole member of a domestic limited liability company (LLC), you are not a sole proprietor if you elect to treat the LLC as a corporation. Hr block tax return Trade or business. Hr block tax return    A trade or business is generally an activity carried on to make a profit. Hr block tax return The facts and circumstances of each case determine whether or not an activity is a trade or business. Hr block tax return You do not need to actually make a profit to be in a trade or business as long as you have a profit motive. Hr block tax return You do need to make ongoing efforts to further the interests of your business. Hr block tax return   You do not have to carry on regular full-time business activities to be self-employed. Hr block tax return Having a part-time business in addition to your regular job or business may be self-employment. Hr block tax return Independent contractor. Hr block tax return    People such as doctors, dentists, veterinarians, lawyers, accountants, contractors, subcontractors, public stenographers, or auctioneers who are in an independent trade, business, or profession in which they offer their services to the general public are generally independent contractors. Hr block tax return However, whether they are independent contractors or employees depends on the facts in each case. Hr block tax return The general rule is that an individual is an independent contractor if the payer has the right to control or to direct only the result of the work and not how it will be done. Hr block tax return The earnings of a person who is working as an independent contractor are subject to self-employment tax. Hr block tax return For more information on determining whether you are an employee or independent contractor, see Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide. Hr block tax return Statutory employee. Hr block tax return   A statutory employee has a checkmark in box 13 of his or her Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Hr block tax return Statutory employees use Schedule C or C-EZ to report their wages and expenses. Hr block tax return Limited liability company (LLC). Hr block tax return   A limited liability company (LLC) is an entity formed under state law by filing articles of organization. Hr block tax return Generally, a single-member LLC is disregarded as an entity separate from its owner and reports its income and deductions on its owner's federal income tax return. Hr block tax return An owner who is an individual may use Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block tax return Business owned and operated by spouses. Hr block tax return   If you and your spouse jointly own and operate an unincorporated business and share in the profits and losses, you are partners in a partnership, whether or not you have a formal partnership agreement. Hr block tax return Do not use Schedule C or C-EZ. Hr block tax return Instead, file Form 1065, U. Hr block tax return S. Hr block tax return Return of Partnership Income. Hr block tax return For more information, see Publication 541, Partnerships. Hr block tax return    Exception—Community income. Hr block tax return If you and your spouse wholly own an unincorporated business as community property under the community property laws of a state, foreign country, or U. Hr block tax return S. Hr block tax return possession, you can treat the business either as a sole proprietorship or a partnership. Hr block tax return The only states with community property laws are Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Hr block tax return A change in your reporting position will be treated as a conversion of the entity. Hr block tax return    Exception—Qualified joint venture. Hr block tax return If you and your spouse each materially participate as the only members of a jointly owned and operated business, and you file a joint return for the tax year, you can make a joint election to be treated as a qualified joint venture instead of a partnership for the tax year. Hr block tax return Making this election will allow you to avoid the complexity of Form 1065 but still give each spouse credit for social security earnings on which retirement benefits are based. Hr block tax return For an explanation of "material participation," see the Instructions for Schedule C, line G. Hr block tax return   To make this election, you must divide all items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit attributable to the business between you and your spouse in accordance with your respective interests in the venture. Hr block tax return Each of you must file a separate Schedule C or C-EZ and a separate Schedule SE. Hr block tax return For more information, see Qualified Joint Ventures in the Instructions for Schedule SE. Hr block tax return This publication does not cover the topics listed in the following table. Hr block tax return    IF you need information about: THEN you should see: Corporations Publication 542 Farming Publication 225 Fishermen (Capital Construction Fund)  Publication 595 Partnerships Publication 541 Passive activities Publication 925 Recordkeeping Publication 583 Rental Publication 527 S corporations Instructions for Form 1120S What you need to know. Hr block tax return   Table A provides a list of questions you need to answer to help you meet your federal tax obligations. Hr block tax return After each question is the location in this publication where you will find the related discussion. Hr block tax return Table A. Hr block tax return What You Need To Know About Federal Taxes (Note. Hr block tax return The following is a list of questions you may need to answer so you can fill out your federal income tax return. Hr block tax return Chapters are given to help you find the related discussion in this publication. Hr block tax return ) What must I know   Where to find the answer   What kinds of federal taxes do I have to pay? How do I pay them?   See chapter 1. Hr block tax return What forms must I file?   See chapter 1. Hr block tax return What must I do if I have employees?   See Employment Taxes in chapter 1. Hr block tax return Do I have to start my tax year in January, or can I start it in any other month?   See Accounting Periods in chapter 2. Hr block tax return What method can I use to account for my income and expenses?   See Accounting Methods in chapter 2. Hr block tax return What kinds of business income do I have to report on my tax return?   See chapter 5. Hr block tax return What kinds of business expenses can I deduct on my tax return?   See Business Expenses in chapter 8. Hr block tax return What kinds of expenses are not deductible as business expenses?   See Expenses You Cannot Deduct in chapter 8. Hr block tax return What happens if I have a business loss? Can I deduct it?   See chapter 9. Hr block tax return What must I do if I disposed of business property during the year?   See chapter 3. Hr block tax return What are my rights as a taxpayer?   See chapter 11. Hr block tax return Where do I go if I need help with federal tax matters?   See chapter 12. Hr block tax return IRS mission. Hr block tax return   Provide America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all. Hr block tax return Comments and suggestions. Hr block tax return   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Hr block tax return   You can write to us at the following address:  Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. Hr block tax return NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Hr block tax return Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Hr block tax return   You can send your comments from www. Hr block tax return irs. Hr block tax return gov/formspubs/. Hr block tax return Click on “More Information” then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. Hr block tax return ”   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. Hr block tax return Ordering forms and publications. Hr block tax return   Visit  www. Hr block tax return irs. Hr block tax return gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Hr block tax return  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Hr block tax return Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. Hr block tax return   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. Hr block tax return gov or call 1-800-829-1040. Hr block tax return We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. Hr block tax return Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 334, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Hr block tax return irs. Hr block tax return gov/pub334. Hr block tax return What's New for 2013 The following are some of the tax changes for 2013. Hr block tax return For information on other changes, go to IRS. Hr block tax return gov. Hr block tax return Tax rates. Hr block tax return . Hr block tax return  For tax years beginning in 2013, the social security part of the self-employment tax increases to 12. Hr block tax return 4%. Hr block tax return The Medicare part of the tax remains at 2. Hr block tax return 9%. Hr block tax return As a result, the self-employment tax is 15. Hr block tax return 3%. Hr block tax return Maximum net earnings. Hr block tax return  The maximum net self-employment earnings subject to the social security part of the self-employment tax increases to $113,700 for 2013. Hr block tax return There is no maximum limit on earnings subject to the Medicare part. Hr block tax return Standard mileage rate. Hr block tax return  For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for each mile of business use is 56. Hr block tax return 5 cents per mile. Hr block tax return For more information, see Car and Truck Expenses in chapter 8. Hr block tax return Simplified method for business use of home deduction. Hr block tax return . Hr block tax return  The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. Hr block tax return For more information, see Business Use of Your Home in chapter 8. Hr block tax return What's New for 2014 The following are some of the tax changes for 2014. Hr block tax return For information on other changes, go to IRS. Hr block tax return gov. Hr block tax return Standard mileage rate. Hr block tax return  For 2014, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for each mile of business use is 56 cents per mile. Hr block tax return Self-employment tax. Hr block tax return  The maximum net self-employment earnings subject to the social security part of the self-employment tax is $117,000 for 2014. Hr block tax return Reminders Accounting methods. Hr block tax return  Certain small business taxpayers may be eligible to adopt or change to the cash method of accounting and may not be required to account for inventories. Hr block tax return For more information, see Inventories in chapter 2. Hr block tax return Reportable transactions. Hr block tax return  You must file Form 8886, Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement, to report certain transactions. Hr block tax return You may have to pay a penalty if you are required to file Form 8886 but do not do so. Hr block tax return You may also have to pay interest and penalties on any reportable transaction understatements. Hr block tax return Reportable transactions include: Transactions the same as or substantially similar to tax avoidance transactions identified by the IRS, Transactions offered to you under conditions of confidentiality for which you paid an advisor a minimum fee, Transactions for which you have, or a related party has, contractual protection against disallowance of the tax benefits, Transactions that result in losses of at least $2 million in any single tax year ($50,000 if from certain foreign currency transactions) or $4 million in any combination of tax years, and Transactions the same or substantially similar to one of the types of transactions the IRS has identified as a transaction of interest. Hr block tax return For more information, see the Instructions for Form 8886. Hr block tax return Photographs of Missing Children The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Hr block tax return Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Hr block tax return You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Hr block tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications