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Tax act online 2012 login 27. Tax act online 2012 login   Tax Benefits for Work-Related Education Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Qualifying Work-Related EducationEducation Required by Employer or by Law Education To Maintain or Improve Skills Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business What Expenses Can Be DeductedUnclaimed reimbursement. Tax act online 2012 login Transportation Expenses Travel Expenses No Double Benefit Allowed Reimbursements Deducting Business ExpensesSelf-Employed Persons Employees Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials Impairment-Related Work Expenses Recordkeeping What's New Standard mileage rate. Tax act online 2012 login  Generally, if you claim a business deduction for work-related education and you drive your car to and from school, the amount you can deduct for miles driven from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013, is 56½ cents per mile. Tax act online 2012 login For more information, see Transportation Expenses under What Expenses Can Be Deducted. Tax act online 2012 login Introduction This chapter discusses work-related education expenses that you may be able to deduct as business expenses. Tax act online 2012 login To claim such a deduction, you must: Itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you are an employee, File Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040) if you are self-employed, and Have expenses for education that meet the requirements discussed under Qualifying Work-Related Education . Tax act online 2012 login If you are an employee and can itemize your deductions, you may be able to claim a deduction for the expenses you pay for your work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login Your deduction will be the amount by which your qualifying work-related education expenses plus other job and certain miscellaneous expenses (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is greater than 2% of your adjusted gross income. Tax act online 2012 login See chapter 28. Tax act online 2012 login If you are self-employed, you deduct your expenses for qualifying work-related education directly from your self-employment income. Tax act online 2012 login Your work-related education expenses may also qualify you for other tax benefits, such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits (see chapter 35). Tax act online 2012 login You may qualify for these other benefits even if you do not meet the requirements listed earlier. Tax act online 2012 login Also, keep in mind that your work-related education expenses may qualify you to claim more than one tax benefit. Tax act online 2012 login Generally, you may claim any number of benefits as long as you use different expenses to figure each one. Tax act online 2012 login When you figure your taxes, you may want to compare these tax benefits so you can choose the method(s) that give you the lowest tax liability. Tax act online 2012 login Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 970 Tax Benefits for Education Form (and Instructions) 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Qualifying Work-Related Education You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as business expenses. Tax act online 2012 login This is education that meets at least one of the following two tests. Tax act online 2012 login The education is required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job. Tax act online 2012 login The required education must serve a bona fide business purpose of your employer. Tax act online 2012 login The education maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Tax act online 2012 login However, even if the education meets one or both of the above tests, it is not qualifying work-related education if it: Is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements of your present trade or business, or Is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Tax act online 2012 login You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as a business expense even if the education could lead to a degree. Tax act online 2012 login Use Figure 27-A, later, as a quick check to see if your education qualifies. Tax act online 2012 login Education Required by Employer or by Law Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for your job, your employer or the law may require you to get more education. Tax act online 2012 login This additional education is qualifying work-related education if all three of the following requirements are met. Tax act online 2012 login It is required for you to keep your present salary, status, or job, The requirement serves a bona fide business purpose of your employer, and The education is not part of a program that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Tax act online 2012 login When you get more education than your employer or the law requires, the additional education can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills required in your present work. Tax act online 2012 login See Education To Maintain or Improve Skills , later. Tax act online 2012 login Example. Tax act online 2012 login You are a teacher who has satisfied the minimum requirements for teaching. Tax act online 2012 login Your employer requires you to take an additional college course each year to keep your teaching job. Tax act online 2012 login If the courses will not qualify you for a new trade or business, they are qualifying work-related education even if you eventually receive a master's degree and an increase in salary because of this extra education. Tax act online 2012 login Education To Maintain or Improve Skills If your education is not required by your employer or the law, it can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Tax act online 2012 login This could include refresher courses, courses on current developments, and academic or vocational courses. Tax act online 2012 login Example. Tax act online 2012 login You repair televisions, radios, and stereo systems for XYZ Store. Tax act online 2012 login To keep up with the latest changes, you take special courses in radio and stereo service. Tax act online 2012 login These courses maintain and improve skills required in your work. Tax act online 2012 login Maintaining skills vs. Tax act online 2012 login qualifying for new job. Tax act online 2012 login   Education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work is not qualifying education if it will also qualify you for a new trade or business. Tax act online 2012 login Education during temporary absence. Tax act online 2012 login   If you stop working for a year or less in order to get education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work and then return to the same general type of work, your absence is considered temporary. Tax act online 2012 login Education that you get during a temporary absence is qualifying work-related education if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Tax act online 2012 login Example. Tax act online 2012 login You quit your biology research job to become a full-time biology graduate student for one year. Tax act online 2012 login If you return to work in biology research after completing the courses, the education is related to your present work even if you do not go back to work with the same employer. Tax act online 2012 login Education during indefinite absence. Tax act online 2012 login   If you stop work for more than a year, your absence from your job is considered indefinite. Tax act online 2012 login Education during an indefinite absence, even if it maintains or improves skills needed in the work from which you are absent, is considered to qualify you for a new trade or business. Tax act online 2012 login Therefore, it is not qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education you need to meet the minimum educational requirements for your present trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login The minimum educational requirements are determined by: Laws and regulations, Standards of your profession, trade, or business, and Your employer. Tax act online 2012 login Once you have met the minimum educational requirements that were in effect when you were hired, you do not have to meet any new minimum educational requirements. Tax act online 2012 login This means that if the minimum requirements change after you were hired, any education you need to meet the new requirements can be qualifying education. Tax act online 2012 login You have not necessarily met the minimum educational requirements of your trade or business simply because you are already doing the work. Tax act online 2012 login Example 1. Tax act online 2012 login You are a full-time engineering student. Tax act online 2012 login Although you have not received your degree or certification, you work part-time as an engineer for a firm that will employ you as a full-time engineer after you finish college. Tax act online 2012 login Although your college engineering courses improve your skills in your present job, they are also needed to meet the minimum job requirements for a full-time engineer. Tax act online 2012 login The education is not qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login Example 2. Tax act online 2012 login You are an accountant and you have met the minimum educational requirements of your employer. Tax act online 2012 login Your employer later changes the minimum educational requirements and requires you to take college courses to keep your job. Tax act online 2012 login These additional courses can be qualifying work-related education because you have already satisfied the minimum requirements that were in effect when you were hired. Tax act online 2012 login Requirements for Teachers States or school districts usually set the minimum educational requirements for teachers. Tax act online 2012 login The requirement is the college degree or the minimum number of college hours usually required of a person hired for that position. Tax act online 2012 login If there are no requirements, you will have met the minimum educational requirements when you become a faculty member. Tax act online 2012 login The determination of whether you are a faculty member of an educational institution must be made on the basis of the particular practices of the institution. Tax act online 2012 login You generally will be considered a faculty member when one or more of the following occurs. Tax act online 2012 login You have tenure. Tax act online 2012 login Your years of service count toward obtaining tenure. Tax act online 2012 login You have a vote in faculty decisions. Tax act online 2012 login Your school makes contributions for you to a retirement plan other than social security or a similar program. Tax act online 2012 login Example 1. Tax act online 2012 login The law in your state requires beginning secondary school teachers to have a bachelor's degree, including 10 professional education courses. Tax act online 2012 login In addition, to keep the job a teacher must complete a fifth year of training within 10 years from the date of hire. Tax act online 2012 login If the employing school certifies to the state Department of Education that qualified teachers cannot be found, the school can hire persons with only 3 years of college. Tax act online 2012 login However, to keep their jobs, these teachers must get a bachelor's degree and the required professional education courses within 3 years. Tax act online 2012 login Under these facts, the bachelor's degree, whether or not it includes the 10 professional education courses, is considered the minimum educational requirement for qualification as a teacher in your state. Tax act online 2012 login If you have all the required education except the fifth year, you have met the minimum educational requirements. Tax act online 2012 login The fifth year of training is qualifying work-related education unless it is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Tax act online 2012 login Figure 27-A Does Your Work-Related Education Qualify? Please click here for the text description of the image. Tax act online 2012 login Figure 27-A. Tax act online 2012 login Does Your Work-Related Education Qualify?" Example 2. Tax act online 2012 login Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you have a bachelor's degree and only six professional education courses. Tax act online 2012 login The additional four education courses can be qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login Although you do not have all the required courses, you have already met the minimum educational requirements. Tax act online 2012 login Example 3. Tax act online 2012 login Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you are hired with only 3 years of college. Tax act online 2012 login The courses you take that lead to a bachelor's degree (including those in education) are not qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login They are needed to meet the minimum educational requirements for employment as a teacher. Tax act online 2012 login Example 4. Tax act online 2012 login You have a bachelor's degree and you work as a temporary instructor at a university. Tax act online 2012 login At the same time, you take graduate courses toward an advanced degree. Tax act online 2012 login The rules of the university state that you can become a faculty member only if you get a graduate degree. Tax act online 2012 login Also, you can keep your job as an instructor only as long as you show satisfactory progress toward getting this degree. Tax act online 2012 login You have not met the minimum educational requirements to qualify you as a faculty member. Tax act online 2012 login The graduate courses are not qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login Certification in a new state. Tax act online 2012 login   Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for teachers for your state, you are considered to have met the minimum educational requirements in all states. Tax act online 2012 login This is true even if you must get additional education to be certified in another state. Tax act online 2012 login Any additional education you need is qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login You have already met the minimum requirements for teaching. Tax act online 2012 login Teaching in another state is not a new trade or business. Tax act online 2012 login Example. Tax act online 2012 login You hold a permanent teaching certificate in State A and are employed as a teacher in that state for several years. Tax act online 2012 login You move to State B and are promptly hired as a teacher. Tax act online 2012 login You are required, however, to complete certain prescribed courses to get a permanent teaching certificate in State B. Tax act online 2012 login These additional courses are qualifying work-related education because the teaching position in State B involves the same general kind of work for which you were qualified in State A. Tax act online 2012 login Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business Education that is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login This is true even if you do not plan to enter that trade or business. Tax act online 2012 login If you are an employee, a change of duties that involves the same general kind of work is not a new trade or business. Tax act online 2012 login Example 1. Tax act online 2012 login You are an accountant. Tax act online 2012 login Your employer requires you to get a law degree at your own expense. Tax act online 2012 login You register at a law school for the regular curriculum that leads to a law degree. Tax act online 2012 login Even if you do not intend to become a lawyer, the education is not qualifying because the law degree will qualify you for a new trade or business. Tax act online 2012 login Example 2. Tax act online 2012 login You are a general practitioner of medicine. Tax act online 2012 login You take a 2-week course to review developments in several specialized fields of medicine. Tax act online 2012 login The course does not qualify you for a new profession. Tax act online 2012 login It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Tax act online 2012 login Example 3. Tax act online 2012 login While working in the private practice of psychiatry, you enter a program to study and train at an accredited psychoanalytic institute. Tax act online 2012 login The program will lead to qualifying you to practice psychoanalysis. Tax act online 2012 login The psychoanalytic training does not qualify you for a new profession. Tax act online 2012 login It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Tax act online 2012 login Bar or CPA Review Course Review courses to prepare for the bar examination or the certified public accountant (CPA) examination are not qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login They are part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new profession. Tax act online 2012 login Teaching and Related Duties All teaching and related duties are considered the same general kind of work. Tax act online 2012 login A change in duties in any of the following ways is not considered a change to a new business. Tax act online 2012 login Elementary school teacher to secondary school teacher. Tax act online 2012 login Teacher of one subject, such as biology, to teacher of another subject, such as art. Tax act online 2012 login Classroom teacher to guidance counselor. Tax act online 2012 login Classroom teacher to school administrator. Tax act online 2012 login What Expenses Can Be Deducted If your education meets the requirements described earlier under Qualifying Work-Related Education , you can generally deduct your education expenses as business expenses. Tax act online 2012 login If you are not self-employed, you can deduct business expenses only if you itemize your deductions. Tax act online 2012 login You cannot deduct expenses related to tax-exempt and excluded income. Tax act online 2012 login Deductible expenses. Tax act online 2012 login   The following education expenses can be deducted. Tax act online 2012 login Tuition, books, supplies, lab fees, and similar items. Tax act online 2012 login Certain transportation and travel costs. Tax act online 2012 login Other education expenses, such as costs of research and typing when writing a paper as part of an educational program. Tax act online 2012 login Nondeductible expenses. Tax act online 2012 login   You cannot deduct personal or capital expenses. Tax act online 2012 login For example, you cannot deduct the dollar value of vacation time or annual leave you take to attend classes. Tax act online 2012 login This amount is a personal expense. Tax act online 2012 login Unclaimed reimbursement. Tax act online 2012 login   If you do not claim reimbursement that you are entitled to receive from your employer, you cannot deduct the expenses that apply to that unclaimed reimbursement. Tax act online 2012 login Example. Tax act online 2012 login Your employer agrees to pay your education expenses if you file a voucher showing your expenses. Tax act online 2012 login You do not file a voucher, and you do not get reimbursed. Tax act online 2012 login Because you did not file a voucher, you cannot deduct the expenses on your tax return. Tax act online 2012 login Transportation Expenses If your education qualifies, you can deduct local transportation costs of going directly from work to school. Tax act online 2012 login If you are regularly employed and go to school on a temporary basis, you can also deduct the costs of returning from school to home. Tax act online 2012 login Temporary basis. Tax act online 2012 login   You go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations applies to you. Tax act online 2012 login Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less and does indeed last for 1 year or less. Tax act online 2012 login Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. Tax act online 2012 login Your attendance is temporary up to the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Tax act online 2012 login Note. Tax act online 2012 login If you are in either situation (1) or (2), your attendance is not temporary if facts and circumstances indicate otherwise. Tax act online 2012 login Attendance not on a temporary basis. Tax act online 2012 login   You do not go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations apply to you. Tax act online 2012 login Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last more than 1 year. Tax act online 2012 login It does not matter how long you actually attend. Tax act online 2012 login Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. Tax act online 2012 login Your attendance is not temporary after the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Tax act online 2012 login Deductible Transportation Expenses If you are regularly employed and go directly from home to school on a temporary basis, you can deduct the round-trip costs of transportation between your home and school. Tax act online 2012 login This is true regardless of the location of the school, the distance traveled, or whether you attend school on nonwork days. Tax act online 2012 login Transportation expenses include the actual costs of bus, subway, cab, or other fares, as well as the costs of using your car. Tax act online 2012 login Transportation expenses do not include amounts spent for travel, meals, or lodging while you are away from home overnight. Tax act online 2012 login Example 1. Tax act online 2012 login You regularly work in a nearby town, and go directly from work to home. Tax act online 2012 login You also attend school every work night for 3 months to take a course that improves your job skills. Tax act online 2012 login Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your daily round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Tax act online 2012 login This is true regardless of the distance traveled. Tax act online 2012 login Example 2. Tax act online 2012 login Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that on certain nights you go directly from work to school and then home. Tax act online 2012 login You can deduct your transportation expenses from your regular work site to school and then home. Tax act online 2012 login Example 3. Tax act online 2012 login Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend the school for 9 months on Saturdays, nonwork days. Tax act online 2012 login Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Tax act online 2012 login Example 4. Tax act online 2012 login Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend classes twice a week for 15 months. Tax act online 2012 login Since your attendance in school is not considered temporary, you cannot deduct your transportation expenses in going between home and school. Tax act online 2012 login If you go directly from work to school, you can deduct the one-way transportation expenses of going from work to school. Tax act online 2012 login If you go from work to home to school and return home, your transportation expenses cannot be more than if you had gone directly from work to school. Tax act online 2012 login Using your car. Tax act online 2012 login   If you use your car (whether you own or lease it) for transportation to school, you can deduct your actual expenses or use the standard mileage rate to figure the amount you can deduct. Tax act online 2012 login The standard mileage rate for miles driven from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013 is 56½ cents per mile. Tax act online 2012 login Whichever method you use, you can also deduct parking fees and tolls. Tax act online 2012 login See chapter 26 for information on deducting your actual expenses of using a car. Tax act online 2012 login Travel Expenses You can deduct expenses for travel, meals (see 50% limit on meals , later), and lodging if you travel overnight mainly to obtain qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login Travel expenses for qualifying work-related education are treated the same as travel expenses for other employee business purposes. Tax act online 2012 login For more information, see chapter 26. Tax act online 2012 login You cannot deduct expenses for personal activities, such as sightseeing, visiting, or entertaining. Tax act online 2012 login Mainly personal travel. Tax act online 2012 login   If your travel away from home is mainly personal, you cannot deduct all of your expenses for travel, meals, and lodging. Tax act online 2012 login You can deduct only your expenses for lodging and 50% of your expenses for meals during the time you attend the qualified educational activities. Tax act online 2012 login   Whether a trip's purpose is mainly personal or educational depends upon the facts and circumstances. Tax act online 2012 login An important factor is the comparison of time spent on personal activities with time spent on educational activities. Tax act online 2012 login If you spend more time on personal activities, the trip is considered mainly educational only if you can show a substantial nonpersonal reason for traveling to a particular location. Tax act online 2012 login Example 1. Tax act online 2012 login John works in Newark, New Jersey. Tax act online 2012 login He traveled to Chicago to take a deductible 1-week course at the request of his employer. Tax act online 2012 login His main reason for going to Chicago was to take the course. Tax act online 2012 login While there, he took a sight-seeing trip, entertained some friends, and took a side trip to Pleasantville for a day. Tax act online 2012 login Since the trip was mainly for business, John can deduct his round-trip airfare to Chicago. Tax act online 2012 login He cannot deduct his transportation expenses of going to Pleasantville. Tax act online 2012 login He can deduct only the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging connected with his educational activities. Tax act online 2012 login Example 2. Tax act online 2012 login Sue works in Boston. Tax act online 2012 login She went to a university in Michigan to take a course for work. Tax act online 2012 login The course is qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login She took one course, which is one-fourth of a full course load of study. Tax act online 2012 login She spent the rest of the time on personal activities. Tax act online 2012 login Her reasons for taking the course in Michigan were all personal. Tax act online 2012 login Sue's trip is mainly personal because three-fourths of her time is considered personal time. Tax act online 2012 login She cannot deduct the cost of her round-trip train ticket to Michigan. Tax act online 2012 login She can deduct one-fourth of the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging costs for the time she attended the university. Tax act online 2012 login Example 3. Tax act online 2012 login Dave works in Nashville and recently traveled to California to take a 2-week seminar. Tax act online 2012 login The seminar is qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login While there, he spent an extra 8 weeks on personal activities. Tax act online 2012 login The facts, including the extra 8-week stay, show that his main purpose was to take a vacation. Tax act online 2012 login Dave cannot deduct his round-trip airfare or his meals and lodging for the 8 weeks. Tax act online 2012 login He can deduct only his expenses for meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging for the 2 weeks he attended the seminar. Tax act online 2012 login Cruises and conventions. Tax act online 2012 login   Certain cruises and conventions offer seminars or courses as part of their itinerary. Tax act online 2012 login Even if the seminars or courses are work-related, your deduction for travel may be limited. Tax act online 2012 login This applies to: Travel by ocean liner, cruise ship, or other form of luxury water transportation, and Conventions outside the North American area. Tax act online 2012 login   For a discussion of the limits on travel expense deductions that apply to cruises and conventions, see Luxury Water Travel and Conventions in chapter 1 of Publication 463. Tax act online 2012 login 50% limit on meals. Tax act online 2012 login   You can deduct only 50% of the cost of your meals while traveling away from home to obtain qualifying work-related education. Tax act online 2012 login You cannot have been reimbursed for the meals. Tax act online 2012 login   Employees must use Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ to apply the 50% limit. Tax act online 2012 login Travel as Education You cannot deduct the cost of travel as a form of education even if it is directly related to your duties in your work or business. Tax act online 2012 login Example. Tax act online 2012 login You are a French language teacher. Tax act online 2012 login While on sabbatical leave granted for travel, you traveled through France to improve your knowledge of the French language. Tax act online 2012 login You chose your itinerary and most of your activities to improve your French language skills. Tax act online 2012 login You cannot deduct your travel expenses as education expenses. Tax act online 2012 login This is true even if you spent most of your time learning French by visiting French schools and families, attending movies or plays, and engaging in similar activities. Tax act online 2012 login No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do either of the following. Tax act online 2012 login Deduct work-related education expenses as business expenses if you benefit from these expenses under any other provision of the law, for example, the tuition and fees deduction (see chapter 35). Tax act online 2012 login Deduct work-related education expenses paid with tax-free scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. Tax act online 2012 login See Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses , next. Tax act online 2012 login Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses If you pay qualifying work-related education expenses with certain tax-free funds, you cannot claim a deduction for those amounts. Tax act online 2012 login You must reduce the qualifying expenses by the amount of such expenses allocable to the tax-free educational assistance. Tax act online 2012 login For more information, see chapter 12 of Publication 970. Tax act online 2012 login Tax-free educational assistance includes: The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), The tax-free part of Pell grants (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), The tax-free part of employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11 of Publication 970), Veterans' educational assistance (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received for education assistance. Tax act online 2012 login Amounts that do not reduce qualifying work-related education expenses. Tax act online 2012 login   Do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as: Payment for services, such as wages, A loan, A gift, An inheritance, or A withdrawal from the student's personal savings. Tax act online 2012 login   Also, do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by any scholarship or fellowship reported as income on the student's return or any scholarship which, by its terms, cannot be applied to qualifying work-related education expenses. Tax act online 2012 login Reimbursements How you treat reimbursements depends on the arrangement you have with your employer. Tax act online 2012 login There are two basic types of reimbursement arrangements—accountable plans and nonaccountable plans. Tax act online 2012 login You can tell the type of plan you are reimbursed under by the way the reimbursement is reported on your Form W-2. Tax act online 2012 login For information on how to treat reimbursements under both accountable and nonaccountable plans, see Reimbursements in chapter 26. Tax act online 2012 login Deducting Business Expenses Self-employed persons and employees report business expenses differently. Tax act online 2012 login The following information explains what forms you must use to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense. Tax act online 2012 login Self-Employed Persons If you are self-employed, report the cost of your qualifying work-related education on the appropriate form used to report your business income and expenses (generally Schedule C, C-EZ, or F). Tax act online 2012 login If your educational expenses include expenses for a car or truck, travel, or meals, report those expenses the same way you report other business expenses for those items. Tax act online 2012 login See the instructions for the form you file for information on how to complete it. Tax act online 2012 login Employees If you are an employee, you can deduct the cost of qualifying work-related education only if you: Did not receive (and were not entitled to receive) any reimbursement from your employer, Were reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (amount is included in box 1 of Form W-2), or Received reimbursement under an accountable plan, but the amount received was less than your expenses for which you claimed reimbursement. Tax act online 2012 login If either (1) or (2) applies, you can deduct the total qualifying cost. Tax act online 2012 login If (3) applies, you can deduct only the qualifying costs that were more than your reimbursement. Tax act online 2012 login In order to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense, include the amount with your deduction for any other employee business expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Tax act online 2012 login (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. Tax act online 2012 login ) This deduction (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most miscellaneous itemized deductions. Tax act online 2012 login See chapter 28. Tax act online 2012 login Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Tax act online 2012 login   To figure your deduction for employee business expenses, including qualifying work-related education, you generally must complete Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Tax act online 2012 login Form not required. Tax act online 2012 login   Do not complete either Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ if: If amounts included in box 1 of your Form W-2, are not considered reimbursements, and You are not claiming travel, transportation, meal, or entertainment expenses. Tax act online 2012 login   If you meet both of these requirements, enter the expenses directly on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Tax act online 2012 login (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. Tax act online 2012 login ) Using Form 2106-EZ. Tax act online 2012 login   This form is shorter and easier to use than Form 2106. Tax act online 2012 login Generally, you can use this form if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are using the standard mileage rate if you are claiming vehicle expenses. Tax act online 2012 login   If you do not meet both of these requirements, use Form 2106. Tax act online 2012 login Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials If you are a qualified performing artist, or a state (or local) government official who is paid in whole or in part on a fee basis, you can deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as an adjustment to gross income rather than as an itemized deduction. Tax act online 2012 login Include the cost of your qualifying work-related education with any other employee business expenses on Form 1040, line 24. Tax act online 2012 login You do not have to itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), and, therefore, the deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Tax act online 2012 login You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to figure your deduction, even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Tax act online 2012 login For more information on qualified performing artists, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Tax act online 2012 login Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you are disabled and have impairment-related work expenses that are necessary for you to be able to get qualifying work-related education, you can deduct these expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. Tax act online 2012 login They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Tax act online 2012 login To deduct these expenses, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Tax act online 2012 login For more information on impairment-related work expenses, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Tax act online 2012 login Recordkeeping You must keep records as proof of any deduction claimed on your tax return. Tax act online 2012 login Generally, you should keep your records for 3 years from the date of filing the tax return and claiming the deduction. 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Tax act online 2012 login Part Four -   Adjustments to Income The three chapters in this part discuss some of the adjustments to income that you can deduct in figuring your adjusted gross income. Tax act online 2012 login These chapters cover: Contributions you make to traditional individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) — chapter 17, Alimony you pay — chapter 18, and Student loan interest you pay — chapter 19. Tax act online 2012 login Other adjustments to income are discussed elsewhere. Tax act online 2012 login See Table V below. Tax act online 2012 login Table V. Tax act online 2012 login Other Adjustments to Income  Use this table to find information about other adjustments to income not covered in this part of the publication. Tax act online 2012 login IF you are looking for more information about the deduction for. Tax act online 2012 login . Tax act online 2012 login . Tax act online 2012 login THEN see. Tax act online 2012 login . Tax act online 2012 login . Tax act online 2012 login Certain business expenses of reservists, performing artists, and fee-basis officials Chapter 26. Tax act online 2012 login Contributions to a health savings account Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans. Tax act online 2012 login Moving expenses Publication 521, Moving Expenses. Tax act online 2012 login Part of your self-employment tax Chapter 22. Tax act online 2012 login Self-employed health insurance Chapter 21. Tax act online 2012 login Payments to self-employed SEP, SIMPLE, and qualified plans Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business (SEP, SIMPLE, and Qualified Plans). Tax act online 2012 login Penalty on the early withdrawal of savings Chapter 7. Tax act online 2012 login Contributions to an Archer MSA Publication 969. Tax act online 2012 login Reforestation amortization or expense Chapters 7 and 8 of Publication 535, Business Expenses. Tax act online 2012 login Contributions to Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(18)(D) pension plans Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income. Tax act online 2012 login Expenses from the rental of personal property Chapter 12. Tax act online 2012 login Certain required repayments of supplemental unemployment benefits (sub-pay) Chapter 12. Tax act online 2012 login Foreign housing costs Chapter 4 of Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. Tax act online 2012 login S. Tax act online 2012 login Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. Tax act online 2012 login Jury duty pay given to your employer Chapter 12. Tax act online 2012 login Contributions by certain chaplains to Internal Revenue Code section 403(b) plans Publication 517, Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers. Tax act online 2012 login Attorney fees and certain costs for actions involving certain unlawful discrimination claims or awards to whistleblowers Publication 525. Tax act online 2012 login Domestic production activities deduction Form 8903, Domestic Production Activities Deduction. Tax act online 2012 login Table of Contents 17. Tax act online 2012 login   Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs)What's New Reminders Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Traditional IRAsWho Can Open a Traditional IRA? When and How Can a Traditional IRA Be Opened? How Much Can Be Contributed? When Can Contributions Be Made? How Much Can You Deduct? Nondeductible Contributions Inherited IRAs Can You Move Retirement Plan Assets? When Can You Withdraw or Use IRA Assets? When Must You Withdraw IRA Assets? (Required Minimum Distributions) Are Distributions Taxable? What Acts Result in Penalties or Additional Taxes? Roth IRAsWhat Is a Roth IRA? When Can a Roth IRA Be Opened? Can You Contribute to a Roth IRA? Can You Move Amounts Into a Roth IRA? Are Distributions Taxable? 18. Tax act online 2012 login   AlimonyIntroductionSpouse or former spouse. 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