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Income Tax 1040ezIncome tax 1040ez Publication 554 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders IntroductionVolunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. Income tax 1040ez Ordering forms and publications. Income tax 1040ez Tax questions. Income tax 1040ez What's New Alternative minimum tax exemption increased. Income tax 1040ez The AMT exemption amount has increased to $51,900 ($80,800 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er); $40,400 if married filing separately). Income tax 1040ez Earned income credit. Income tax 1040ez The maximum amount of income you can earn and still get the credit has increased. Income tax 1040ez You may be able to take the credit if you earn less than: $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly), do not have a qualifying child, and are at least 25 years old and under 65, $37,870 ($43,210 if married filing jointly), and you have one qualifying child, $43,038 ($48,378 if married filing jointly), and you have two qualifying children, or $46,227 ($51,567 if married filing jointly), and you have three or more qualifying children. Income tax 1040ez For more information, see Earned Income Credit , later. Income tax 1040ez Exemption phaseout. Income tax 1040ez You lose at least part of the benefit of your exemptions if your adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. Income tax 1040ez For 2013, the phaseout begins at $150,000 for married individuals filing separate returns; $250,000 for single individuals; $275,000 for heads of household; and $300,000 for married individuals filing joint returns or qualifying widow(er)s. Income tax 1040ez For more information, see Phaseout of Exemptions in Publication 501. Income tax 1040ez Limit on itemized deductions. Income tax 1040ez Beginning January 1, 2013, itemized deductions for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes above $150,000 may be reduced. Income tax 1040ez See Overall limitation , later. Income tax 1040ez Medical and dental expenses. Income tax 1040ez Beginning January 1, 2013, taxpayers 65 and older can deduct only the part of their medical and dental expenses that exceed 7. Income tax 1040ez 5% of their adjusted gross income (10% for taxpayers under 65). Income tax 1040ez Same-sex marriages. Income tax 1040ez If you have a same-sex spouse whom you legally married in a state (or foreign country) that recognizes same-sex marriage, you and your spouse generally must use the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status on your 2013 return, even if you and your spouse now live in a state (or foreign country) that does not recognize same-sex marriage. Income tax 1040ez For more information, see Publication 501. Income tax 1040ez Reminders Future developments. Income tax 1040ez For the latest information about developments related to Publication 554, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Income tax 1040ez irs. Income tax 1040ez gov/pub554. Income tax 1040ez Tax return preparers. Income tax 1040ez Choose your preparer carefully. Income tax 1040ez If you pay someone to prepare your return, the preparer is required, under the law, to sign the return and fill in the other blanks in the Paid Preparer's area of your return. Income tax 1040ez Remember, however, that you are still responsible for the accuracy of every item entered on your return. Income tax 1040ez If there is any underpayment, you are responsible for paying it, plus any interest and penalty that may be due. Income tax 1040ez Sale of home by surviving spouse. Income tax 1040ez If you are an unmarried widow or widower, you may qualify to exclude up to $500,000 of any gain from the sale or exchange of your main home. Income tax 1040ez For more information, see Sale of Home , later. Income tax 1040ez Third party designee. Income tax 1040ez You can check the “Yes” box in the Third Party Designee area of your return to authorize the IRS to discuss your return with your preparer, a friend, family member, or any other person you choose. Income tax 1040ez This allows the IRS to call the person you identified as your designee to answer any questions that may arise during the processing of your return. Income tax 1040ez It also allows your designee to perform certain actions. Income tax 1040ez See your income tax return instructions for details. Income tax 1040ez Employment tax withholding. Income tax 1040ez Your wages are subject to withholding for income tax, social security tax, and Medicare tax even if you are receiving social security benefits. Income tax 1040ez Photographs of missing children. Income tax 1040ez The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Income tax 1040ez Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Income tax 1040ez 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. Income tax 1040ez Introduction The purpose of this publication is to provide a general overview of selected topics that are of interest to older taxpayers. Income tax 1040ez The publication will help you determine if you need to file a return and, if so, what items to report on your return. Income tax 1040ez Each topic is discussed only briefly, so you will find references to other free IRS publications that provide more detail on these topics if you need it. Income tax 1040ez Table I has a list of questions you may have about filing your federal tax return. Income tax 1040ez To the right of each question is the location of the answer in this publication. Income tax 1040ez Also, at the back of this publication there is an index to help you search for the topic you need. Income tax 1040ez While most federal income tax laws apply equally to all taxpayers, regardless of age, there are some provisions that give special treatment to older taxpayers. Income tax 1040ez The following are some examples. Income tax 1040ez Higher gross income threshold for filing. Income tax 1040ez You must be age 65 or older at the end of the year to get this benefit. Income tax 1040ez You are considered age 65 on the day before your 65th birthday. Income tax 1040ez Therefore, you are considered age 65 at the end of the year if your 65th birthday is on or before January 1 of the following year. Income tax 1040ez Higher standard deduction. Income tax 1040ez If you do not itemize deductions, you are entitled to a higher standard deduction if you are age 65 or older at the end of the year. Income tax 1040ez You are considered age 65 at the end of the year if your 65th birthday is on or before January 1 of the following year. Income tax 1040ez Credit for the elderly or the disabled. Income tax 1040ez If you qualify, you may benefit from the credit for the elderly or the disabled. Income tax 1040ez To determine if you qualify and how to figure this credit, see Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled , later. Income tax 1040ez Return preparation assistance. Income tax 1040ez The IRS wants to make it easier for you to file your federal tax return. Income tax 1040ez You may find it helpful to visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), or American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax-Aide site near you. Income tax 1040ez Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. Income tax 1040ez These programs provide free help for low-income taxpayers and taxpayers age 60 or older to fill in and file their returns. Income tax 1040ez For the VITA/TCE site nearest you, contact your local IRS office. Income tax 1040ez For more information, see Free help with your tax return under How To Get Tax Help. Income tax 1040ez For the location of an AARP Tax-Aide site in your community, call 1-888-227-7669. Income tax 1040ez When asked, be ready to press in or speak your 5-digit ZIP code. Income tax 1040ez Or, you can visit their website on the Internet at www. Income tax 1040ez aarp. Income tax 1040ez org/money/taxaide. Income tax 1040ez Comments and suggestions. Income tax 1040ez We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Income tax 1040ez You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. Income tax 1040ez NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224 We respond to many letters by telephone. Income tax 1040ez Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Income tax 1040ez You can send your comments from www. Income tax 1040ez irs. Income tax 1040ez gov/formspubs/. Income tax 1040ez Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. Income tax 1040ez ” 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. Income tax 1040ez Ordering forms and publications. Income tax 1040ez Visit www. Income tax 1040ez irs. Income tax 1040ez 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 business days after your request is received. Income tax 1040ez Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Income tax 1040ez Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. Income tax 1040ez If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. Income tax 1040ez gov or call 1-800-829-1040. Income tax 1040ez We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. Income tax 1040ez Table I. Income tax 1040ez What You Should Know About Federal Taxes Note. Income tax 1040ez The following is a list of questions you may have about filling out your federal income tax return. Income tax 1040ez To the right of each question is the location of the answer in this publication. Income tax 1040ez What I Should Know Where To Find the Answer Do I need to file a return? See chapter 1. Income tax 1040ez Is my income taxable or nontaxable? If it is nontaxable, must I still report it? See chapter 2. Income tax 1040ez How do I report benefits I received from the Social Security Administration or the Railroad Retirement Board? Are these benefits taxable? See Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits in chapter 2. Income tax 1040ez Must I report the sale of my home? If I had a gain, is any part of it taxable? See Sale of Home in chapter 2. Income tax 1040ez What are some of the items that I can deduct to reduce my income? See chapters 3 and 4. Income tax 1040ez How do I report the amounts I set aside for my IRA? See Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) Contributions and Deductions in chapter 3. Income tax 1040ez Would it be better for me to claim the standard deduction or itemize my deductions? See chapter 4. Income tax 1040ez What are some of the credits I can claim to reduce my tax? See chapter 5 for discussions on the credit for the elderly or the disabled, the child and dependent care credit, and the earned income credit. Income tax 1040ez Must I make estimated tax payments? See chapter 6. Income tax 1040ez How do I contact the IRS or get more information? See chapter 7. Income tax 1040ez Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications
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