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Hrblocktaxes Publication 534 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Important Change for 1995 Introduction How To Use This Publication Important Change for 1995 Major changes to Publications 534 and 946. Hrblocktaxes  This publication, as well as Publication 946,How To Depreciate Property, has been changed. Hrblocktaxes Publication 534 has been shortened. Hrblocktaxes It no longer contains general information on MACRS and the section 179 deduction. Hrblocktaxes It contains a discussion of the accelerated cost recovery system (ACRS), the ACRS Percentage Tables, a discussion of other methods of depreciation, and a limited discussion of listed property. Hrblocktaxes We expanded Publication 946 by adding material taken from Publication 534. Hrblocktaxes We added more detail to the discussions of the section 179 deduction, the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS), and listed property. Hrblocktaxes We replaced the partialMACRS Percentage Tables with the complete ones from Publication 534. Hrblocktaxes We also added the Table of Class Lives and Recovery Periods from Publication 534. Hrblocktaxes We made these changes to eliminate most of the duplication that existed in the two publications. Hrblocktaxes This will save money and make it easier for you to decide which publication you need. Hrblocktaxes Use this publication to figure depreciation on property you placed in service before 1987; use Publication 946 to figure depreciation on property you placed in service after 1986. Hrblocktaxes Introduction The law allows you to recover your cost in business or income-producing property through yearly tax deductions. Hrblocktaxes You do this by depreciating your property, that is, by deducting some of your cost on your tax return each year. Hrblocktaxes You can depreciate both tangible property, such as a car, building, or machinery, and certain intangible property, such as a copyright or a patent. Hrblocktaxes The amount you can deduct depends on: How much the property cost, When you began using it, How long it will take to recover your cost, and Which of several depreciation methods you use. Hrblocktaxes Depreciation defined. Hrblocktaxes   Depreciation is a loss in the value of property over the time the property is being used. Hrblocktaxes Events that can cause property to depreciate include wear and tear, age, deterioration, and obsolescence. Hrblocktaxes You can get back your cost of certain property, such as equipment you use in your business or property used for the production of income by taking deductions for depreciation. Hrblocktaxes Black's Law Dictionary Amortization. Hrblocktaxes   Amortization is similar to depreciation. 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Hrblocktaxes   To order free publications and forms, 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). Hrblocktaxes You can also write to the IRS Forms Distribution Center nearest you. Hrblocktaxes Check your income tax package for the address. Hrblocktaxes   If you have access to a personal computer and a modem, you can also get many forms and publications electronically. Hrblocktaxes See How To Get Forms and Publications in your income tax package for details. Hrblocktaxes Telephone help. Hrblocktaxes   You can call the IRS with your tax question Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Hrblocktaxes Check your telephone book for the local number or you can call1-800-829-1040. Hrblocktaxes Telephone help for hearing-impaired persons. Hrblocktaxes   If you have access to TDD equipment, you can call 1-800-829-4059 with your tax question or to order forms and publications. Hrblocktaxes See your tax package for the hours of operation. 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Hrblocktaxes 34. Hrblocktaxes   Child Tax Credit Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Qualifying Child Amount of CreditLimits on the Credit Claiming the Credit Additional Child Tax Credit Completing Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040)Part I Parts II–IV Introduction The child tax credit is a credit that may reduce your tax by as much as $1,000 for each of your qualifying children. Hrblocktaxes The additional child tax credit is a credit you may be able to take if you are not able to claim the full amount of the child tax credit. Hrblocktaxes This chapter explains the following. Hrblocktaxes Who is a qualifying child. Hrblocktaxes The amount of the credit. Hrblocktaxes How to claim the credit. Hrblocktaxes The child tax credit and the additional child tax credit should not be confused with the child and dependent care credit discussed in chapter 32. Hrblocktaxes If you have no tax. Hrblocktaxes   Credits, such as the child tax credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses, are used to reduce tax. Hrblocktaxes If your tax on Form 1040, line 46, or Form 1040A, line 28, is zero, do not figure the child tax credit because there is no tax to reduce. Hrblocktaxes However, you may qualify for the additional child tax credit on line 65 (Form 1040) or line 39 (Form 1040A). Hrblocktaxes Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 972 Child Tax Credit Form (and Instructions) Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040) Child Tax Credit W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate Qualifying Child A qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit is a child who: Is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew), Was under age 17 at the end of 2013, Did not provide over half of his or her own support for 2013, Lived with you for more than half of 2013 (see Exceptions to time lived with you , later), Is claimed as a dependent on your return, Does not file a joint return for the year (or files it only as a claim for refund), and Was a U. Hrblocktaxes S. Hrblocktaxes citizen, a U. Hrblocktaxes S. Hrblocktaxes national, or a resident of the United States. Hrblocktaxes If the child was adopted, see Adopted child , later. Hrblocktaxes For each qualifying child you must check the box on Form 1040 or Form 1040A, line 6c. Hrblocktaxes Example 1. Hrblocktaxes Your son turned 17 on December 30, 2013. Hrblocktaxes He is a citizen of the United States and you claimed him as a dependent on your return. Hrblocktaxes He is not a qualifying child for the child tax credit because he was not under age 17 at the end of 2013. Hrblocktaxes Example 2. Hrblocktaxes Your daughter turned 8 years old in 2013. Hrblocktaxes She is not a citizen of the United States, has an ITIN, and lived in Mexico all of 2013. Hrblocktaxes She is not a qualifying child for the child tax credit because she was not a resident of the United States for 2013. Hrblocktaxes Filers who have certain child dependents with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Hrblocktaxes   If you are claiming a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a child you identified on your tax return with an ITIN instead of an SSN, you must complete Part I of Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040). Hrblocktaxes   Although a child may be your dependent, you may only claim a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a dependent who is a citizen, national, or resident of the United States. Hrblocktaxes To be treated as a resident of the United States, a child generally will need to meet the requirements of the substantial presence test. Hrblocktaxes For more information about the substantial presence test, see Publication 519, U. Hrblocktaxes S. Hrblocktaxes Tax Guide for Aliens. Hrblocktaxes Adopted child. Hrblocktaxes   An adopted child is always treated as your own child. Hrblocktaxes An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. Hrblocktaxes   If you are a U. Hrblocktaxes S. Hrblocktaxes citizen or U. Hrblocktaxes S. Hrblocktaxes national and your adopted child lived with you all year as a member of your household in 2013, that child meets condition (7) above to be a qualifying child for the child tax credit. Hrblocktaxes Exceptions to time lived with you. Hrblocktaxes   A child is considered to have lived with you for more than half of 2013 if the child was born or died in 2013 and your home was this child's home for more than half the time he or she was alive. Hrblocktaxes Temporary absences by you or the child for special circumstances, such as for school, vacation, business, medical care, military service, or detention in a juvenile facility, count as time the child lived with you. Hrblocktaxes   There are also exceptions for kidnapped children and children of divorced or separated parents. Hrblocktaxes For details, see Residency Test in chapter 3. Hrblocktaxes Qualifying child of more than one person. Hrblocktaxes   A special rule applies if your qualifying child is the qualifying child of more than one person. Hrblocktaxes For details, see Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person in chapter 3. Hrblocktaxes Amount of Credit The maximum amount you can claim for the credit is $1,000 for each qualifying child. Hrblocktaxes Limits on the Credit You must reduce your child tax credit if either (1) or (2) applies. Hrblocktaxes The amount on Form 1040, line 46, or Form 1040A, line 28, is less than the credit. Hrblocktaxes If this amount is zero, you cannot take this credit because there is no tax to reduce. Hrblocktaxes But you may be able to take the additional child tax credit. Hrblocktaxes See Additional Child Tax Credit , later. Hrblocktaxes Your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than the amount shown below for your filing status. Hrblocktaxes Married filing jointly - $110,000. Hrblocktaxes Single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) - $75,000. Hrblocktaxes Married filing separately - $55,000. Hrblocktaxes Modified AGI. Hrblocktaxes   For purposes of the child tax credit, your modified AGI is your AGI plus the following amounts that may apply to you. Hrblocktaxes Any amount excluded from income because of the exclusion of income from  Puerto Rico. Hrblocktaxes On the dotted line next to Form 1040, line 38, enter the amount excluded and identify it as “EPRI. Hrblocktaxes ” Also attach a copy of any Form(s) 499R-2/W-2PR to your return. Hrblocktaxes Any amount on line 45 or line 50 of Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income. Hrblocktaxes Any amount on line 18 of Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Hrblocktaxes Any amount on line 15 of Form 4563, Exclusion of Income for Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa. Hrblocktaxes   If you do not have any of the above, your modified AGI is the same as your AGI. Hrblocktaxes AGI. Hrblocktaxes   Your AGI is the amount on Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040A, line 22. Hrblocktaxes Claiming the Credit To claim the child tax credit, you must file Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Hrblocktaxes You cannot claim the child tax credit on Form 1040EZ. Hrblocktaxes You must provide the name and identification number (usually a social security number) on your tax return for each qualifying child. Hrblocktaxes If you claim the child tax credit with a child identified by an ITIN, you must also file Schedule 8812. Hrblocktaxes To figure your credit, first review the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in your Form 1040 or 1040A instructions. Hrblocktaxes If you are instructed to use Publication 972, you may not use the worksheet in your tax return instructions; instead, you must use Publication 972 to figure the credit. Hrblocktaxes If you are not instructed to use Publication 972, you may use the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in your Form 1040 or 1040A instructions or Publication 972 to figure the credit. Hrblocktaxes Additional Child Tax Credit This credit is for certain individuals who get less than the full amount of the child tax credit. Hrblocktaxes The additional child tax credit may give you a refund even if you do not owe any tax. Hrblocktaxes How to claim the additional child tax credit. Hrblocktaxes   To claim the additional child tax credit, follow the steps below. Hrblocktaxes Make sure you figured the amount, if any, of your child tax credit. Hrblocktaxes See Claiming the Credit , earlier. Hrblocktaxes If you answered “Yes” on line 9 or line 10 of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in the Form 1040 or Form 1040A instructions, or line 13 of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in Publication 972, use Parts II through IV of Schedule 8812 to see if you can take the additional child tax credit. Hrblocktaxes If you have an additional child tax credit on line 13 of Schedule 8812, carry it to Form 1040, line 65, or Form 1040A, line 39. Hrblocktaxes Completing Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040) Schedule 8812 contains four parts, but can really be thought of as two sections. Hrblocktaxes Part I is distinct and separate from Parts II–IV. Hrblocktaxes If all your children are identified by social security numbers or IRS adoption taxpayer identification numbers and you are not claiming the additional child tax credit, you do not need to complete or attach Schedule 8812 to your tax return. Hrblocktaxes Part I You only need to complete Part I if you are claiming the child tax credit for a child identified by an IRS individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Hrblocktaxes When completing Part I, only answer the questions with regard to children identified by an ITIN; you do not need to complete Part I of Schedule 8812 for any child that is identified by a social security number (SSN) or an IRS adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN). Hrblocktaxes If all the children for whom you checked the box in column 4 of line 6c on your Form 1040 or Form 1040A are identified by an SSN or an ATIN, you do not need to complete Part I of Schedule 8812. Hrblocktaxes Parts II–IV Parts II–IV help you figure your additional child tax credit. Hrblocktaxes Generally, you should only complete Parts II–IV if you are instructed to do so after completing the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in your tax return instructions or Publication 972. Hrblocktaxes See How to claim the additional child tax credit , earlier. Hrblocktaxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications