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Irs Form 1040x 2011

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Irs Form 1040x 2011

Irs form 1040x 2011 3. Irs form 1040x 2011   Reporting Rental Income, Expenses, and Losses Table of Contents Which Forms To UseSchedule E (Form 1040) Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business Qualified Joint Venture Limits on Rental LossesAt-Risk Rules Passive Activity Limits Casualties and Thefts Example Figuring the net income or loss for a residential rental activity may involve more than just listing the income and deductions on Schedule E (Form 1040). Irs form 1040x 2011 There are activities which do not qualify to use Schedule E, such as when the activity is not engaged in to make a profit or when you provide substantial services in conjunction with the property. Irs form 1040x 2011 There are also the limitations which may need to be applied if you have a net loss on Schedule E. Irs form 1040x 2011 There are two: (1) the limitation based on the amount of investment you have at risk in your rental activity, and (2) the special limits imposed on passive activities. Irs form 1040x 2011 You may also have a gain or loss related to your rental property from a casualty or theft. Irs form 1040x 2011 This is considered separately from the income and expense information you report on Schedule E. Irs form 1040x 2011 Which Forms To Use The basic form for reporting residential rental income and expenses is Schedule E (Form 1040). Irs form 1040x 2011 However, do not use that schedule to report a not-for-profit activity. Irs form 1040x 2011 See Not Rented for Profit , in chapter 4. Irs form 1040x 2011 There are also other rental situations in which forms other than Schedule E would be used. Irs form 1040x 2011 Schedule E (Form 1040) If you rent buildings, rooms, or apartments, and provide basic services such as heat and light, trash collection, etc. Irs form 1040x 2011 , you normally report your rental income and expenses on Schedule E, Part I. Irs form 1040x 2011 List your total income, expenses, and depreciation for each rental property. Irs form 1040x 2011 Be sure to enter the number of fair rental and personal use days on line 2. Irs form 1040x 2011 If you have more than three rental or royalty properties, complete and attach as many Schedules E as are needed to list the properties. Irs form 1040x 2011 Complete lines 1 and 2 for each property. Irs form 1040x 2011 However, fill in lines 23a through 26 on only one Schedule E. Irs form 1040x 2011 On Schedule E, page 1, line 18, enter the depreciation you are claiming for each property. Irs form 1040x 2011 To find out if you need to attach Form 4562, see Form 4562 , later. Irs form 1040x 2011 If you have a loss from your rental real estate activity, you also may need to complete one or both of the following forms. Irs form 1040x 2011 Form 6198, At-Risk Limitations. Irs form 1040x 2011 See At-Risk Rules , later. Irs form 1040x 2011 Also see Publication 925. Irs form 1040x 2011 Form 8582, Passive Activity Loss Limitations. Irs form 1040x 2011 See Passive Activity Limits , later. Irs form 1040x 2011 Page 2 of Schedule E is used to report income or loss from partnerships, S corporations, estates, trusts, and real estate mortgage investment conduits. Irs form 1040x 2011 If you need to use page 2 of Schedule E, be sure to use page 2 of the same Schedule E you used to enter your rental activity on page 1. Irs form 1040x 2011 Also, include the amount from line 26 (Part I) in the “Total income or (loss)” on line 41 (Part V). Irs form 1040x 2011 Form 4562. Irs form 1040x 2011   You must complete and attach Form 4562 for rental activities only if you are claiming: Depreciation, including the special depreciation allowance, on property placed in service during 2013; Depreciation on listed property (such as a car), regardless of when it was placed in service; or Any other car expenses, including the standard mileage rate or lease expenses. Irs form 1040x 2011 Otherwise, figure your depreciation on your own worksheet. Irs form 1040x 2011 You do not have to attach these computations to your return, but you should keep them in your records for future reference. Irs form 1040x 2011   See Publication 946 for information on preparing Form 4562. Irs form 1040x 2011 Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business Generally, Schedule C is used when you provide substantial services in conjunction with the property or the rental is part of a trade or business as a real estate dealer. Irs form 1040x 2011 Providing substantial services. Irs form 1040x 2011   If you provide substantial services that are primarily for your tenant's convenience, such as regular cleaning, changing linen, or maid service, you report your rental income and expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business. Irs form 1040x 2011 Use Form 1065, U. Irs form 1040x 2011 S. Irs form 1040x 2011 Return of Partnership Income, if your rental activity is a partnership (including a partnership with your spouse unless it is a qualified joint venture). Irs form 1040x 2011 Substantial services do not include the furnishing of heat and light, cleaning of public areas, trash collection, etc. Irs form 1040x 2011 For information, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. Irs form 1040x 2011 Also, you may have to pay self-employment tax on your rental income using Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax. Irs form 1040x 2011 For a discussion of “substantial services,” see Real Estate Rents in Publication 334, chapter 5. Irs form 1040x 2011 Qualified Joint Venture If you and your spouse each materially participate (see Material participation under Passive Activity Limits, later) as the only members of a jointly owned and operated real estate 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. Irs form 1040x 2011 This election, in most cases, will not increase the total tax owed on the joint return, but it does give each of you credit for social security earnings on which retirement benefits are based and for Medicare coverage if your rental income is subject to self-employment tax. Irs form 1040x 2011 If you make this election, you must report rental real estate income on Schedule E (or Schedule C if you provide substantial services). Irs form 1040x 2011 You will not be required to file Form 1065 for any year the election is in effect. Irs form 1040x 2011 Rental real estate income generally is not included in net earnings from self-employment subject to self-employment tax and generally is subject to the passive activity limits. Irs form 1040x 2011 If you and your spouse filed a Form 1065 for the year prior to the election, the partnership terminates at the end of the tax year immediately preceding the year the election takes effect. Irs form 1040x 2011 For more information on qualified joint ventures, go to IRS. Irs form 1040x 2011 gov and enter “qualified joint venture” in the search box. Irs form 1040x 2011 Limits on Rental Losses If you have a loss from your rental real estate activity, two sets of rules may limit the amount of loss you can deduct. Irs form 1040x 2011 You must consider these rules in the order shown below. Irs form 1040x 2011 Both are discussed in this section. Irs form 1040x 2011 At-risk rules. Irs form 1040x 2011 These rules are applied first if there is investment in your rental real estate activity for which you are not at risk. Irs form 1040x 2011 This applies only if the real property was placed in service after 1986. Irs form 1040x 2011 Passive activity limits. Irs form 1040x 2011 Generally, rental real estate activities are considered passive activities and losses are not deductible unless you have income from other passive activities to offset them. Irs form 1040x 2011 However, there are exceptions. Irs form 1040x 2011 At-Risk Rules You may be subject to the at-risk rules if you have: A loss from an activity carried on as a trade or business or for the production of income, and Amounts invested in the activity for which you are not fully at risk. Irs form 1040x 2011 Losses from holding real property (other than mineral property) placed in service before 1987 are not subject to the at-risk rules. Irs form 1040x 2011 In most cases, any loss from an activity subject to the at-risk rules is allowed only to the extent of the total amount you have at risk in the activity at the end of the tax year. Irs form 1040x 2011 You are considered at risk in an activity to the extent of cash and the adjusted basis of other property you contributed to the activity and certain amounts borrowed for use in the activity. Irs form 1040x 2011 Any loss that is disallowed because of the at-risk limits is treated as a deduction from the same activity in the next tax year. Irs form 1040x 2011 See Publication 925 for a discussion of the at-risk rules. Irs form 1040x 2011 Form 6198. Irs form 1040x 2011   If you are subject to the at-risk rules, file Form 6198, At-Risk Limitations, with your tax return. Irs form 1040x 2011 Passive Activity Limits In most cases, all rental real estate activities (except those of certain real estate professionals, discussed later) are passive activities. Irs form 1040x 2011 For this purpose, a rental activity is an activity from which you receive income mainly for the use of tangible property, rather than for services. Irs form 1040x 2011 For a discussion of activities that are not considered rental activities, see Rental Activities in Publication 925. Irs form 1040x 2011 Deductions or losses from passive activities are limited. Irs form 1040x 2011 You generally cannot offset income, other than passive income, with losses from passive activities. Irs form 1040x 2011 Nor can you offset taxes on income, other than passive income, with credits resulting from passive activities. Irs form 1040x 2011 Any excess loss or credit is carried forward to the next tax year. Irs form 1040x 2011 Exceptions to the rules for figuring passive activity limits for personal use of a dwelling unit and for rental real estate with active participation are discussed later. Irs form 1040x 2011 For a detailed discussion of these rules, see Publication 925. Irs form 1040x 2011 Real estate professionals. Irs form 1040x 2011   If you are a real estate professional, complete line 43 of Schedule E. Irs form 1040x 2011      You qualify as a real estate professional for the tax year if you meet both of the following requirements. Irs form 1040x 2011 More than half of the personal services you perform in all trades or businesses during the tax year are performed in real property trades or businesses in which you materially participate. Irs form 1040x 2011 You perform more than 750 hours of services during the tax year in real property trades or businesses in which you materially participate. Irs form 1040x 2011 If you qualify as a real estate professional, rental real estate activities in which you materially participated are not passive activities. Irs form 1040x 2011 For purposes of determining whether you materially participated in your rental real estate activities, each interest in rental real estate is a separate activity unless you elect to treat all your interests in rental real estate as one activity. Irs form 1040x 2011   Do not count personal services you perform as an employee in real property trades or businesses unless you are a 5% owner of your employer. Irs form 1040x 2011 You are a 5% owner if you own (or are considered to own) more than 5% of your employer's outstanding stock, or capital or profits interest. Irs form 1040x 2011   Do not count your spouse's personal services to determine whether you met the requirements listed earlier to qualify as a real estate professional. Irs form 1040x 2011 However, you can count your spouse's participation in an activity in determining if you materially participated. Irs form 1040x 2011 Real property trades or businesses. Irs form 1040x 2011   A real property trade or business is a trade or business that does any of the following with real property. Irs form 1040x 2011 Develops or redevelops it. Irs form 1040x 2011 Constructs or reconstructs it. Irs form 1040x 2011 Acquires it. Irs form 1040x 2011 Converts it. Irs form 1040x 2011 Rents or leases it. Irs form 1040x 2011 Operates or manages it. Irs form 1040x 2011 Brokers it. Irs form 1040x 2011 Choice to treat all interests as one activity. Irs form 1040x 2011   If you were a real estate professional and had more than one rental real estate interest during the year, you can choose to treat all the interests as one activity. Irs form 1040x 2011 You can make this choice for any year that you qualify as a real estate professional. Irs form 1040x 2011 If you forgo making the choice for one year, you can still make it for a later year. Irs form 1040x 2011   If you make the choice, it is binding for the tax year you make it and for any later year that you are a real estate professional. Irs form 1040x 2011 This is true even if you are not a real estate professional in any intervening year. Irs form 1040x 2011 (For that year, the exception for real estate professionals will not apply in determining whether your activity is subject to the passive activity rules. Irs form 1040x 2011 )   See the Instructions for Schedule E for information about making this choice. Irs form 1040x 2011 Material participation. Irs form 1040x 2011   Generally, you materially participated in an activity for the tax year if you were involved in its operations on a regular, continuous, and substantial basis during the year. Irs form 1040x 2011 For details, see Publication 925 or the Instructions for Schedule C. Irs form 1040x 2011 Participating spouse. Irs form 1040x 2011   If you are married, determine whether you materially participated in an activity by also counting any participation in the activity by your spouse during the year. Irs form 1040x 2011 Do this even if your spouse owns no interest in the activity or files a separate return for the year. Irs form 1040x 2011 Form 8582. Irs form 1040x 2011    You may have to complete Form 8582 to figure the amount of any passive activity loss for the current tax year for all activities and the amount of the passive activity loss allowed on your tax return. Irs form 1040x 2011 See Form 8582 not required , later in this chapter, to determine if you must complete Form 8582. Irs form 1040x 2011   If you are required to complete Form 8582 and are also subject to the at-risk rules, include the amount from Form 6198, line 21 (deductible loss) in column (b) of Form 8582, Worksheet 1 or 3, as required. Irs form 1040x 2011 Exception for Personal Use of Dwelling Unit If you used the rental property as a home during the year, any income, deductions, gain, or loss allocable to such use shall not be taken into account for purposes of the passive activity loss limitation. Irs form 1040x 2011 Instead, follow the rules explained in chapter 5, Personal Use of Dwelling Unit (Including Vacation Home). Irs form 1040x 2011 Exception for Rental Real Estate With Active Participation If you or your spouse actively participated in a passive rental real estate activity, you may be able to deduct up to $25,000 of loss from the activity from your nonpassive income. Irs form 1040x 2011 This special allowance is an exception to the general rule disallowing losses in excess of income from passive activities. Irs form 1040x 2011 Similarly, you may be able to offset credits from the activity against the tax on up to $25,000 of nonpassive income after taking into account any losses allowed under this exception. Irs form 1040x 2011 Example. Irs form 1040x 2011 Jane is single and has $40,000 in wages, $2,000 of passive income from a limited partnership, and $3,500 of passive loss from a rental real estate activity in which she actively participated. Irs form 1040x 2011 $2,000 of Jane's $3,500 loss offsets her passive income. Irs form 1040x 2011 The remaining $1,500 loss can be deducted from her $40,000 wages. Irs form 1040x 2011 The special allowance is not available if you were married, lived with your spouse at any time during the year, and are filing a separate return. Irs form 1040x 2011 Active participation. Irs form 1040x 2011   You actively participated in a rental real estate activity if you (and your spouse) owned at least 10% of the rental property and you made management decisions or arranged for others to provide services (such as repairs) in a significant and bona fide sense. Irs form 1040x 2011 Management decisions that may count as active participation include approving new tenants, deciding on rental terms, approving expenditures, and other similar decisions. Irs form 1040x 2011 Example. Irs form 1040x 2011 Mike is single and had the following income and losses during the tax year:   Salary $42,300     Dividends 300     Interest 1,400     Rental loss (4,000)   The rental loss was from the rental of a house Mike owned. Irs form 1040x 2011 Mike had advertised and rented the house to the current tenant himself. Irs form 1040x 2011 He also collected the rents, which usually came by mail. Irs form 1040x 2011 All repairs were either made or contracted out by Mike. Irs form 1040x 2011 Although the rental loss is from a passive activity, because Mike actively participated in the rental property management he can use the entire $4,000 loss to offset his other income. Irs form 1040x 2011 Maximum special allowance. Irs form 1040x 2011   The maximum special allowance is: $25,000 for single individuals and married individuals filing a joint return for the tax year, $12,500 for married individuals who file separate returns for the tax year and lived apart from their spouses at all times during the tax year, and $25,000 for a qualifying estate reduced by the special allowance for which the surviving spouse qualified. Irs form 1040x 2011   If your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is $100,000 or less ($50,000 or less if married filing separately), you can deduct your loss up to the amount specified above. Irs form 1040x 2011 If your MAGI is more than $100,000 (more than $50,000 if married filing separately), your special allowance is limited to 50% of the difference between $150,000 ($75,000 if married filing separately) and your MAGI. Irs form 1040x 2011   Generally, if your MAGI is $150,000 or more ($75,000 or more if you are married filing separately), there is no special allowance. Irs form 1040x 2011 Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). Irs form 1040x 2011   This is your adjusted gross income from Form 1040, U. Irs form 1040x 2011 S. Irs form 1040x 2011 Individual Income Tax Return, line 38, or Form 1040NR, U. Irs form 1040x 2011 S. Irs form 1040x 2011 Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return, line 37, figured without taking into account: The taxable amount of social security or equivalent tier 1 railroad retirement benefits, The deductible contributions to traditional individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and section 501(c)(18) pension plans, The exclusion from income of interest from Series EE and I U. Irs form 1040x 2011 S. Irs form 1040x 2011 savings bonds used to pay higher educational expenses, The exclusion of amounts received under an employer's adoption assistance program, Any passive activity income or loss included on Form 8582, Any rental real estate loss allowed to real estate professionals, Any overall loss from a publicly traded partnership (see Publicly Traded Partnerships (PTPs) in the Instructions for Form 8582), The deduction allowed for one-half of self-employment tax, The deduction allowed for interest paid on student loans, The deduction for qualified tuition and related fees, and The domestic production activities deduction (see the Instructions for Form 8903). Irs form 1040x 2011 Form 8582 not required. Irs form 1040x 2011   Do not complete Form 8582 if you meet all of the following conditions. Irs form 1040x 2011 Your only passive activities were rental real estate activities in which you actively participated. Irs form 1040x 2011 Your overall net loss from these activities is $25,000 or less ($12,500 or less if married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse all year). Irs form 1040x 2011 If married filing separately, you lived apart from your spouse all year. Irs form 1040x 2011 You have no prior year unallowed losses from these (or any other passive) activities. Irs form 1040x 2011 You have no current or prior year unallowed credits from passive activities. Irs form 1040x 2011 Your MAGI is $100,000 or less ($50,000 or less if married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse all year). Irs form 1040x 2011 You do not hold any interest in a rental real estate activity as a limited partner or as a beneficiary of an estate or a trust. Irs form 1040x 2011   If you meet all of the conditions listed above, your rental real estate activities are not limited by the passive activity rules and you do not have to complete Form 8582. Irs form 1040x 2011 On lines 23a through 23e of your Schedule E, enter the applicable amounts. Irs form 1040x 2011 Casualties and Thefts As a result of a casualty or theft, you may have a loss related to your rental property. Irs form 1040x 2011 You may be able to deduct the loss on your income tax return. Irs form 1040x 2011 Casualty. Irs form 1040x 2011   This is the damage, destruction, or loss of property resulting from an identifiable event that is sudden, unexpected, or unusual. Irs form 1040x 2011 Such events include a storm, fire, or earthquake. Irs form 1040x 2011 Theft. Irs form 1040x 2011   This is defined as the unlawful taking and removing of your money or property with the intent to deprive you of it. Irs form 1040x 2011 Gain from casualty or theft. Irs form 1040x 2011   It is also possible to have a gain from a casualty or theft if you receive money, including insurance, that is more than your adjusted basis in the property. Irs form 1040x 2011 Generally, you must report this gain. Irs form 1040x 2011 However, under certain circumstances, you may defer paying tax by choosing to postpone reporting the gain. Irs form 1040x 2011 To do this, you generally must buy replacement property within 2 years after the close of the first tax year in which any part of your gain is realized. Irs form 1040x 2011 In certain circumstances, the replacement period can be greater than 2 years; see Replacement Period in Publication 547 for more information. Irs form 1040x 2011 The cost of the replacement property must be equal to or more than the net insurance or other payment you received. Irs form 1040x 2011 More information. Irs form 1040x 2011   For information on business and nonbusiness casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547. Irs form 1040x 2011 How to report. Irs form 1040x 2011    If you had a casualty or theft that involved property used in your rental activity, figure the net gain or loss in Section B of Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts. Irs form 1040x 2011 Follow the Instructions for Form 4684 for where to carry your net gain or loss. Irs form 1040x 2011 Example In February 2008, Marie Pfister bought a rental house for $135,000 (house $120,000 and land $15,000) and immediately began renting it out. Irs form 1040x 2011 In 2013, she rented it all 12 months for a monthly rental fee of $1,125. Irs form 1040x 2011 In addition to her rental income of $13,500 (12 x $1,125), Marie had the following expenses. Irs form 1040x 2011 Mortgage interest $8,000 Fire insurance (1-year policy) 250 Miscellaneous repairs 400 Real estate taxes imposed and paid 500 Maintenance 200 Marie depreciates the residential rental property under MACRS GDS. Irs form 1040x 2011 This means using the straight line method over a recovery period of 27. Irs form 1040x 2011 5 years. Irs form 1040x 2011 She uses Table 2-2d to find her depreciation percentage. Irs form 1040x 2011 Because she placed the property in service in February 2008, she continues to use that row of Table 2-2d. Irs form 1040x 2011 For year 6, the rate is 3. Irs form 1040x 2011 636%. Irs form 1040x 2011 Marie figures her net rental income or loss for the house as follows: Total rental income received  ($1,125 × 12) $13,500 Minus: Expenses     Mortgage interest $8,000   Fire insurance 250   Miscellaneous repairs 400   Real estate taxes 500   Maintenance 200   Total expenses 9,350 Balance $4,150 Minus: Depreciation ($120,000 x 3. Irs form 1040x 2011 636%) 4,363 Net rental (loss) for house ($213)       Marie had a net loss for the year. Irs form 1040x 2011 Because she actively participated in her passive rental real estate activity and her loss was less than $25,000, she can deduct the loss on her return. Irs form 1040x 2011 Marie also meets all of the requirements for not having to file Form 8582. Irs form 1040x 2011 She uses Schedule E, Part I, to report her rental income and expenses. Irs form 1040x 2011 She enters her income, expenses, and depreciation for the house in the column for Property A and enters her loss on line 22. Irs form 1040x 2011 Form 4562 is not required. Irs form 1040x 2011 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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IRA One-Rollover-Per-Year Rule

Beginning as early as January 1, 2015, you can make only one rollover from a traditional IRA to another (or the same) traditional IRA in any 12-month period, regardless of the number of IRAs you own (Announcement  2014-15). A similar limitation will apply to rollovers between Roth IRAs. You can, however, continue to make as many trustee-to-trustee transfers between IRAs as you want. Amounts transferred between traditional IRAs, either by rollover or trustee-to-trustee transfer, are excluded from your gross income.

Current law

You don’t have to include in your gross income any amount distributed to you from a traditional IRA if you deposit the amount into another (or the same) traditional IRA within 60 days (Internal Revenue Code Section 408(d)(3)). Under Internal Revenue Code Section 408(d)(3)(B), only one IRA-to-IRA rollover can be made in any 12-month period. Proposed Treasury Regulation Section 1.408-4(b)(4)(ii), published in 1981, and IRS Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) interpret this limitation as applying on an IRA-by-IRA basis, meaning a rollover from one IRA to another would not affect a rollover involving other IRAs of the same individual.

U.S. Tax Court decision

The Tax Court recently held that you can’t make a non-taxable rollover from one IRA to another if you have already made a rollover from any of your IRAs in the preceding 1-year period (Bobrow v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2014-21). Following the holding in this decision means:

  • you must include in gross income any previously untaxed amounts distributed from an IRA if you made an IRA-to-IRA rollover in the preceding 12 months, and
  • you may be subject to the 10% early withdrawal tax on the amount you include in gross income.

Additionally, if you pay these amounts into another (or the same) IRA, they may be:

Prospective application

The IRS intends to follow the Tax Court’s interpretation of Internal Revenue Code Section 408(d)(3)(B). However, to give IRA owners and trustees time to adjust, the IRS will delay implementation until January 1, 2015, at the earliest. Proposed Treasury Regulation Section 1.408-4(b)(4)(ii) will be withdrawn and Publication 590 will be revised to reflect the new interpretation.

Only rollovers will be affected

This change won’t affect your ability to transfer funds from one IRA trustee directly to another, because this type of transfer isn’t a rollover (Revenue Ruling 78-406, 1978-2 C.B. 157). The one-rollover-per-year rule of Internal Revenue Code Section 408(d)(3)(B) applies only to rollovers.

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The Irs Form 1040x 2011

Irs form 1040x 2011 11. Irs form 1040x 2011   Employer-Provided Educational Assistance Table of Contents Introduction Working condition fringe benefit. Irs form 1040x 2011 Introduction If you receive educational assistance benefits from your employer under an educational assistance program, you can exclude up to $5,250 of those benefits each year. Irs form 1040x 2011 This means your employer should not include those benefits with your wages, tips, and other compensation shown in box 1 of your Form W-2. Irs form 1040x 2011 This also means that you do not have to include the benefits on your income tax return. Irs form 1040x 2011 You cannot use any of the tax-free education expenses paid for by your employer as the basis for any other deduction or credit, including the American opportunity credit and lifetime learning credit. Irs form 1040x 2011 Educational assistance program. Irs form 1040x 2011   To qualify as an educational assistance program, the plan must be written and must meet certain other requirements. Irs form 1040x 2011 Your employer can tell you whether there is a qualified program where you work. Irs form 1040x 2011 Educational assistance benefits. Irs form 1040x 2011   Tax-free educational assistance benefits include payments for tuition, fees and similar expenses, books, supplies, and equipment. Irs form 1040x 2011 Education generally includes any form of instruction or training that improves or develops your capabilities. Irs form 1040x 2011 The payments do not have to be for work-related courses or courses that are part of a degree program. Irs form 1040x 2011   Educational assistance benefits do not include payments for the following items. Irs form 1040x 2011 Meals, lodging, or transportation. Irs form 1040x 2011 Tools or supplies (other than textbooks) that you can keep after completing the course of instruction. Irs form 1040x 2011 Courses involving sports, games, or hobbies unless they: Have a reasonable relationship to the business of your employer, or Are required as part of a degree program. Irs form 1040x 2011 Benefits over $5,250. Irs form 1040x 2011   If your employer pays more than $5,250 in educational assistance benefits for you during the year, you must generally pay tax on the amount over $5,250. Irs form 1040x 2011 Your employer should include in your wages (Form W-2, box 1) the amount that you must include in income. Irs form 1040x 2011 Working condition fringe benefit. Irs form 1040x 2011    However, if the benefits over $5,250 also qualify as a working condition fringe benefit, your employer does not have to include them in your wages. Irs form 1040x 2011 A working condition fringe benefit is a benefit which, had you paid for it, you could deduct as an employee business expense. Irs form 1040x 2011 For more information on working condition fringe benefits, see Working Condition Benefits in chapter 2 of Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits. Irs form 1040x 2011 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications