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1040 ez 2012 Publication 538 - Introductory Material Table of Contents IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. 1040 ez 2012 Tax Questions. 1040 ez 2012 Reminders Useful Items - You may want to see: Introduction Every taxpayer (individuals, business entities, etc. 1040 ez 2012 ) must figure taxable income on the basis of an annual accounting period called a tax year. 1040 ez 2012 The calendar year is the most common tax year. 1040 ez 2012 Other tax years include a fiscal year and a short tax year. 1040 ez 2012 Each taxpayer must use a consistent accounting method, which is a set of rules for determining when to report income and expenses. 1040 ez 2012 The most commonly used accounting methods are the cash method and the accrual method. 1040 ez 2012 Under the cash method, you generally report income in the tax year you receive it, and deduct expenses in the tax year in which you pay them. 1040 ez 2012 Under the accrual method, you generally report income in the tax year you earn it, regardless of when payment is received. 1040 ez 2012 You deduct expenses in the tax year you incur them, regardless of when payment is made. 1040 ez 2012 This publication explains some of the rules for accounting periods and accounting methods. 1040 ez 2012 In some cases, you may have to refer to other sources for a more in-depth explanation of the topic. 1040 ez 2012 Comments and suggestions. 1040 ez 2012   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 1040 ez 2012   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Business, Exempt Organization and International Forms and Publications Branch SE:W:CAR:MP:T:B 1111 Constitution Ave. 1040 ez 2012 NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. 1040 ez 2012 Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 1040 ez 2012   You can email us at taxforms@irs. 1040 ez 2012 gov. 1040 ez 2012 Please put “Publications Comment” on the subject line. 1040 ez 2012 You can also send us comments from www. 1040 ez 2012 irs. 1040 ez 2012 gov/formspubs. 1040 ez 2012 Select “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications” under “More information. 1040 ez 2012 ”   Although we cannot respond individually to each email, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. 1040 ez 2012 Ordering forms and publications. 1040 ez 2012   Visit www. 1040 ez 2012 irs. 1040 ez 2012 gov/formspubs to download forms and publications, call 1-800–829–3676, or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. 1040 ez 2012 Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 1040 ez 2012 Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax Questions. 1040 ez 2012   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. 1040 ez 2012 gov or call 1-800-829-1040. 1040 ez 2012 We cannot answer tax questions sent to the above address. 1040 ez 2012 Reminders Photographs of missing children. 1040 ez 2012  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 1040 ez 2012 Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. 1040 ez 2012 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. 1040 ez 2012 Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 537 Installment Sales 541 Partnerships 542 Corporations Form (and Instructions) 1128 Application To Adopt, Change, or Retain a Tax Year 2553 Election by a Small Business Corporation 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 8716 Election To Have a Tax Year Other Than a Required Tax Year See Ordering forms and publications, earlier for information about getting these publications and forms. 1040 ez 2012 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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1040 ez 2012 5. 1040 ez 2012   Figuring Your Tax Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Tax Year Identification NumberF-1 and M-1 visa holders. 1040 ez 2012 J-1 visa holders. 1040 ez 2012 Filing StatusResident Aliens Nonresident Aliens Reporting Your Income DeductionsResident Aliens Nonresident Aliens ExemptionsResident Aliens Nonresident Aliens Itemized DeductionsResident Aliens Nonresident Aliens Tax Credits and PaymentsResident Aliens Nonresident Aliens Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa or Puerto Rico Introduction After you have determined your alien status, the source of your income, and if and how that income is taxed in the United States, your next step is to figure your tax. 1040 ez 2012 The information in this chapter is not as comprehensive for resident aliens as it is for nonresident aliens. 1040 ez 2012 Resident aliens should get publications, forms, and instructions for U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens, because the information for filing returns for resident aliens is generally the same as for U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens. 1040 ez 2012 If you are both a nonresident alien and a resident alien in the same tax year, see chapter 6 for a discussion of dual-status aliens. 1040 ez 2012 Topics - This chapter discusses: Identification numbers, Filing status, Deductions, Exemptions, Tax credits and payments, and Special rules for bona fide residents of American Samoa and Puerto Rico. 1040 ez 2012 Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 501 Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information 521 Moving Expenses 526 Charitable Contributions 535 Business Expenses 597 Information on the United States–Canada Income Tax Treaty Form (and Instructions) W-7 Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number 1040 U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 Individual Income Tax Return 1040NR U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return 1040NR-EZ U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 Income Tax Return for Certain Nonresident Aliens With No Dependents 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses 3903 Moving Expenses 4563 Exclusion of Income for Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa 8959 Additional Medicare Tax See chapter 12 for information about getting these publications and forms. 1040 ez 2012 Tax Year You must figure your income and file a tax return on the basis of an annual accounting period called a tax year. 1040 ez 2012 If you have not previously established a fiscal tax year, your tax year is the calendar year. 1040 ez 2012 A calendar year is 12 consecutive months ending on December 31. 1040 ez 2012 If you have previously established a regular fiscal year (12 consecutive months ending on the last day of a month other than December or a 52–53 week year) and are considered to be a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 resident for any calendar year, you will be treated as a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 resident for any part of your fiscal year that falls within that calendar year. 1040 ez 2012 Identification Number A taxpayer identification number must be furnished on returns, statements, and other tax-related documents. 1040 ez 2012 For an individual, this is a social security number (SSN). 1040 ez 2012 If you do not have and are not eligible to get an SSN, you must apply for an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). 1040 ez 2012 An employer identification number (EIN) is required if you are engaged in a trade or business as a sole proprietor and have employees or a qualified retirement plan. 1040 ez 2012 You must furnish a taxpayer identification number if you are: An alien who has income effectively connected with the conduct of a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business at any time during the year, An alien who has a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 office or place of business at any time during the year, A nonresident alien spouse treated as a resident, as discussed in chapter 1, or Any other alien who files a tax return, an amended return, or a refund claim (but not information returns). 1040 ez 2012 Social security number (SSN). 1040 ez 2012   Generally, you can get an SSN if you have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence or under other immigration categories that authorize U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 employment. 1040 ez 2012   To apply for this number, get Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card, from your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office or call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213. 1040 ez 2012 You can also download Form SS-5 from the SSA's website at www. 1040 ez 2012 socialsecurity. 1040 ez 2012 gov/ssnumber/ss5. 1040 ez 2012 htm. 1040 ez 2012 You must visit an SSA office in person and submit your Form SS-5 along with original documentation showing your age, identity, immigration status, and authority to work in the United States. 1040 ez 2012 Generally, you will receive your card about 2 weeks after the SSA has all of the necessary information. 1040 ez 2012 F-1 and M-1 visa holders. 1040 ez 2012    If you are an F-1 or M-1 student, you must also show your Form I-20. 1040 ez 2012 For more information, see SSA Publication 05-10181, International Students and Social Security Numbers, available online at www. 1040 ez 2012 socialsecurity. 1040 ez 2012 gov/pubs/10181. 1040 ez 2012 html. 1040 ez 2012 J-1 visa holders. 1040 ez 2012   If you are a J-1 exchange visitor, you will also need to show your Form DS-2019. 1040 ez 2012 For more information, see SSA Publication 05-10107, Foreign Workers and Social Security Numbers, available online at www. 1040 ez 2012 socialsecurity. 1040 ez 2012 gov/pubs/10107. 1040 ez 2012 html. 1040 ez 2012 Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). 1040 ez 2012   If you do not have and are not eligible to get an SSN, you must apply for an ITIN. 1040 ez 2012 For details on how to do so, see Form W-7 and its instructions. 1040 ez 2012 Allow 6 to 10 weeks for the IRS to notify you of your ITIN. 1040 ez 2012 If you already have an ITIN, enter it wherever an SSN is required on your tax return. 1040 ez 2012   An ITIN is for tax use only. 1040 ez 2012 It does not entitle you to social security benefits or change your employment or immigration status under U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 law. 1040 ez 2012   In addition to those aliens who are required to furnish a taxpayer identification number and are not eligible for an SSN, a Form W-7 must be filed for: Alien individuals who are claimed as dependents and are not eligible for an SSN, and Alien spouses who are claimed as exemptions and are not eligible for an SSN. 1040 ez 2012 Employer identification number (EIN). 1040 ez 2012   An individual may use an SSN (or ITIN) for individual taxes and an EIN for business taxes. 1040 ez 2012 To apply for an EIN, file Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, with the IRS. 1040 ez 2012 Filing Status The amount of your tax depends on your filing status. 1040 ez 2012 Your filing status is important in determining whether you can take certain deductions and credits. 1040 ez 2012 The rules for determining your filing status are different for resident aliens and nonresident aliens. 1040 ez 2012 Resident Aliens Resident aliens can use the same filing statuses available to U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens. 1040 ez 2012 See your form instructions or Publication 501 for more information on filing status. 1040 ez 2012 Married filing jointly. 1040 ez 2012   Generally, you can file as married filing jointly only if both you and your spouse were resident aliens for the entire tax year, or if you make one of the choices discussed in chapter 1 to treat your spouse as a resident alien for the entire tax year. 1040 ez 2012 Qualifying widow(er). 1040 ez 2012   If your spouse died in 2011 or 2012, you did not remarry before the end of 2013, and you have a dependent child living with you, you may qualify to file as a qualifying widow(er) and use the joint return tax rates. 1040 ez 2012 This applies only if you could have filed a joint return with your spouse for the year your spouse died. 1040 ez 2012 Head of household. 1040 ez 2012   You can qualify as head of household if you are unmarried or considered unmarried on the last day of the year and you pay more than half the cost of keeping up a home for you and a qualifying person. 1040 ez 2012 You must be a resident alien for the entire tax year. 1040 ez 2012   You are considered unmarried for this purpose if your spouse was a nonresident alien at any time during the year and you do not make one of the choices discussed in chapter 1 to treat your spouse as a resident alien for the entire tax year. 1040 ez 2012 Note. 1040 ez 2012   Even if you are considered unmarried for head of household purposes because you are married to a nonresident alien, you may still be considered married for purposes of the earned income credit. 1040 ez 2012 In that case, you will not be entitled to the credit. 1040 ez 2012 See Publication 596 for more information. 1040 ez 2012 Nonresident Aliens If you are a nonresident alien filing Form 1040NR, you may be able to use one of the filing statuses discussed later. 1040 ez 2012 If you are filing Form 1040NR-EZ, you can only claim “Single nonresident alien” or “Married nonresident alien” as your filing status. 1040 ez 2012 Married nonresident alien. 1040 ez 2012   Married nonresident aliens who are not married to U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens or residents generally must use the Tax Table column or the Tax Computation Worksheet for married filing separate returns when determining the tax on income effectively connected with a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business. 1040 ez 2012 Exceptions. 1040 ez 2012   Married nonresident aliens normally cannot use the Tax Table column or the Tax Computation Worksheet for single individuals. 1040 ez 2012 However, you may be able to file as single if you lived apart from your spouse during the last 6 months of the year and you are a married resident of Canada, Mexico, South Korea, or are a married U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 national. 1040 ez 2012 See the instructions for Form 1040NR or Form 1040NR-EZ to see if you qualify. 1040 ez 2012 U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 national is defined later in this section under Qualifying widow(er) . 1040 ez 2012   A nonresident alien generally cannot file as married filing jointly. 1040 ez 2012 However, a nonresident alien who is married to a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizen or resident can choose to be treated as a resident and file a joint return on Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040EZ. 1040 ez 2012 For information on these choices, see chapter 1. 1040 ez 2012 If you do not make the choice to file jointly, file Form 1040NR or Form 1040NR-EZ and use the Tax Table column or the Tax Computation Worksheet for married individuals filing separately. 1040 ez 2012 Qualifying widow(er). 1040 ez 2012   You may be eligible to file as a qualifying widow(er) and use the joint return tax rates if all of the following conditions apply. 1040 ez 2012 You were a resident of Canada, Mexico, or South Korea, or a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 national (defined later). 1040 ez 2012 Your spouse died in 2011 or 2012 and you did not remarry before the end of 2013. 1040 ez 2012 You have a dependent child living with you. 1040 ez 2012 See the instructions for Form 1040NR for the rules for filing as a qualifying widow(er) with a dependent child. 1040 ez 2012   A U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 national is an individual who, although not a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizen, owes his or her allegiance to the United States. 1040 ez 2012 U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 nationals include American Samoans and Northern Mariana Islanders who chose to become U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 nationals instead of U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens. 1040 ez 2012 Head of household. 1040 ez 2012   You cannot file as head of household if you are a nonresident alien at any time during the tax year. 1040 ez 2012 However, if you are married, your spouse can qualify as a head of household if: Your spouse is a resident alien or U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizen for the entire tax year, You do not choose to be treated as a resident alien, and Your spouse meets the other requirements for this filing status, as discussed earlier under Resident Aliens . 1040 ez 2012 Note. 1040 ez 2012   Even if your spouse is considered unmarried for head of household purposes because you are a nonresident alien, your spouse may still be considered married for purposes of the earned income credit. 1040 ez 2012 In that case, your spouse will not be entitled to the credit. 1040 ez 2012 See Publication 596 for more information. 1040 ez 2012 Estates and trusts. 1040 ez 2012   A nonresident alien estate or trust using Form 1040NR must use Tax Rate Schedule W in the Form 1040NR instructions when determining the tax on income effectively connected with a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business. 1040 ez 2012 Special rules for aliens from certain U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 possessions. 1040 ez 2012   A nonresident alien who is a bona fide resident of American Samoa or Puerto Rico for the entire tax year and who is temporarily working in the United States should read Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa or Puerto Rico, at the end of this chapter, for information about special rules. 1040 ez 2012 Reporting Your Income You must report each item of income that is taxable according to the rules in chapters 2, 3, and 4. 1040 ez 2012 For resident aliens, this includes income from sources both within and outside the United States. 1040 ez 2012 For nonresident aliens, this includes both income that is effectively connected with a trade or business in the United States (subject to graduated tax rates) and income from U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 sources that is not effectively connected (subject to a flat 30% tax rate or lower tax treaty rate). 1040 ez 2012 Deductions Resident and nonresident aliens can claim similar deductions on their U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 tax returns. 1040 ez 2012 However, nonresident aliens generally can claim only deductions related to income that is effectively connected with their U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business. 1040 ez 2012 Resident Aliens You can claim the same deductions allowed to U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens if you are a resident alien for the entire tax year. 1040 ez 2012 While the discussion that follows contains some of the same general rules and guidelines that apply to you, it is specifically directed toward nonresident aliens. 1040 ez 2012 You should get Form 1040 and instructions for more information on how to claim your allowable deductions. 1040 ez 2012 Nonresident Aliens You can claim deductions to figure your effectively connected taxable income. 1040 ez 2012 You generally cannot claim deductions related to income that is not connected with your U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 business activities. 1040 ez 2012 Except for personal exemptions, and certain itemized deductions, discussed later, you can claim deductions only to the extent they are connected with your effectively connected income. 1040 ez 2012 Ordinary and necessary business expenses. 1040 ez 2012   You can deduct all ordinary and necessary expenses in the operation of your U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business to the extent they relate to income effectively connected with that trade or business. 1040 ez 2012 The deduction for travel expenses while in the United States is discussed under Itemized Deductions, later. 1040 ez 2012 For information about other business expenses, see Publication 535. 1040 ez 2012 Losses. 1040 ez 2012   You can deduct losses resulting from transactions that you entered into for profit and that you were not reimbursed for by insurance, etc. 1040 ez 2012 to the extent that they relate to income that is effectively connected with a trade or business in the United States. 1040 ez 2012 Educator expenses. 1040 ez 2012   If you were an eligible educator in 2013, you can deduct as an adjustment to income up to $250 in unreimbursed qualified expenses you paid or incurred during 2013 for books, supplies (other than nonathletic supplies for courses of instruction in health or physical education), computer equipment, and other equipment and materials used in the classroom. 1040 ez 2012 For more information, see your tax form instructions. 1040 ez 2012 Individual retirement arrangement (IRA). 1040 ez 2012   If you made contributions to a traditional IRA for 2013, you may be able to take an IRA deduction. 1040 ez 2012 But you must have taxable compensation effectively connected with a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business to do so. 1040 ez 2012 A Form 5498 should be sent to you by May 31, 2014, that shows all contributions to your traditional IRA for 2013. 1040 ez 2012 If you were covered by a retirement plan (qualified pension, profit-sharing (including 401(k)), annuity, SEP, SIMPLE, etc. 1040 ez 2012 ) at work or through self-employment, your IRA deduction may be reduced or eliminated. 1040 ez 2012 But you can still make contributions to a traditional IRA even if you cannot deduct them. 1040 ez 2012 If you made nondeductible contributions to a traditional IRA for 2013, you must report them on Form 8606, Nondeductible IRAs. 1040 ez 2012   For more information, see Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs). 1040 ez 2012 Moving expenses. 1040 ez 2012   If you are a nonresident alien temporarily in the United States earning taxable income for performing personal services, you can deduct moving expenses to the United States if you meet both of the following tests. 1040 ez 2012 You are a full-time employee for at least 39 weeks during the 12 months right after you move, or if you are self-employed, you work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months and 78 weeks during the first 24 months right after you move. 1040 ez 2012 Your new job location is at least 50 miles farther (by the shortest commonly traveled route) from your former home than your former job location was. 1040 ez 2012 If you had no former job location, the new job location must be at least 50 miles from your former home. 1040 ez 2012   You cannot deduct the moving expense you have when returning to your home abroad or moving to a foreign job site. 1040 ez 2012   Figure your deductible moving expenses to the United States on Form 3903, and deduct them on line 26 of Form 1040NR. 1040 ez 2012   For more information on the moving expense deduction, see Publication 521. 1040 ez 2012 Reimbursements. 1040 ez 2012   If your employer reimbursed you for allowable moving expenses under an accountable plan, your employer should have excluded these reimbursements from your income. 1040 ez 2012 You can only deduct allowable moving expenses that were not reimbursed by your employer or that were reimbursed but the reimbursement was included in your income. 1040 ez 2012 For more information, see Publication 521. 1040 ez 2012 Moving expense or travel expense. 1040 ez 2012   If you deduct moving expenses to the United States, you cannot also deduct travel expenses (discussed later under Itemized Deductions) while temporarily away from your tax home in a foreign country. 1040 ez 2012 Moving expenses are based on a change in your principal place of business while travel expenses are based on your temporary absence from your principal place of business. 1040 ez 2012 Self-employed SEP, SIMPLE, and qualified retirement plans. 1040 ez 2012   If you are self-employed, you may be able to deduct contributions to a SEP, SIMPLE, or qualified retirement plan that provides retirement benefits for yourself and your common-law employees, if any. 1040 ez 2012 To make deductible contributions for yourself, you must have net earnings from self-employment that are effectively connected with your U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business. 1040 ez 2012   Get Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business (SEP, SIMPLE, and Qualified Plans), for further information. 1040 ez 2012 Penalty on early withdrawal of savings. 1040 ez 2012   You must include in income all effectively connected interest income you receive or that is credited to your account during the year. 1040 ez 2012 Do not reduce it by any penalty you must pay on an early withdrawal from a time savings account. 1040 ez 2012 However, if the interest income is effectively connected with your U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business during the year, you can deduct on line 30 of Form 1040NR the amount of the early withdrawal penalty that the banking institution charged. 1040 ez 2012 Student loan interest expense. 1040 ez 2012   If you paid interest on a student loan in 2013, you may be able to deduct up to $2,500 of the interest you paid. 1040 ez 2012 Generally, you can claim the deduction if all the following requirements are met. 1040 ez 2012 Your filing status is any filing status except married filing separately. 1040 ez 2012 Your modified adjusted gross income is less than $75,000. 1040 ez 2012 No one else is claiming an exemption for you on his or her 2013 tax return. 1040 ez 2012 You paid interest on a loan taken out only to pay tuition and other qualified higher education expenses for yourself, your spouse, someone who was your dependent when the loan was taken out, or someone you could have claimed as a dependent for the year the loan was taken out except that: The person filed a joint return, The person had gross income that was equal to or more than the exemption amount for that year ($3,900 for 2013), or You could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's return. 1040 ez 2012 The loan is not from a related person or a person who borrowed the proceeds under a qualified employer plan or a contract purchased under such a plan. 1040 ez 2012 The education expenses were paid or incurred within a reasonable period of time before or after the loan was taken out. 1040 ez 2012 The person for whom the expenses were paid or incurred was an eligible student. 1040 ez 2012 Use the worksheet in the Form 1040NR or Form 1040NR-EZ instructions to figure the deduction. 1040 ez 2012 For more information, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. 1040 ez 2012 Exemptions Resident aliens can claim personal exemptions and exemptions for dependents in the same way as U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens. 1040 ez 2012 However, nonresident aliens generally can claim only a personal exemption for themselves on their U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 tax return. 1040 ez 2012 Resident Aliens You can claim personal exemptions and exemptions for dependents according to the dependency rules for U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens. 1040 ez 2012 You can claim an exemption for your spouse on a separate return if your spouse had no gross income for U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 tax purposes and was not the dependent of another taxpayer. 1040 ez 2012 You can claim this exemption even if your spouse has not been a resident alien for a full tax year or is an alien who has not come to the United States. 1040 ez 2012 You can claim an exemption for each person who qualifies as a dependent according to the rules for U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens. 1040 ez 2012 The dependent must be a citizen or national (defined earlier) of the United States or be a resident of the United States, Canada, or Mexico for some part of the calendar year in which your tax year begins. 1040 ez 2012 Get Publication 501 for more information. 1040 ez 2012 Your spouse and each dependent for whom you claim an exemption must have either an SSN or an ITIN. 1040 ez 2012 See Identification Number, earlier. 1040 ez 2012 Nonresident Aliens Generally, if you are a nonresident alien engaged in a trade or business in the United States, you can claim only one personal exemption ($3,900 for 2013). 1040 ez 2012 You may be able to claim an exemption for a spouse and a dependent if you are described in any of the following discussions. 1040 ez 2012 Your spouse and each dependent for whom you claim an exemption must have either an SSN or an ITIN. 1040 ez 2012 See Identification Number, earlier. 1040 ez 2012 Residents of Mexico or Canada or U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 nationals. 1040 ez 2012   If you are a resident of Mexico or Canada or a national of the United States (defined earlier), you can also claim a personal exemption for your spouse if your spouse had no gross income for U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 tax purposes and cannot be claimed as the dependent on another U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 taxpayer's return. 1040 ez 2012 In addition, you can claim exemptions for your dependents who meet certain tests. 1040 ez 2012 Residents of Mexico, Canada, or nationals of the United States must use the same rules as U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens to determine who is a dependent and for which dependents exemptions can be claimed. 1040 ez 2012 See Publication 501 for these rules. 1040 ez 2012 For purposes of these rules, dependents who are U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 nationals meet the citizenship test discussed in Publication 501. 1040 ez 2012 Residents of South Korea. 1040 ez 2012   Nonresident aliens who are residents of South Korea may be able to claim exemptions for a spouse and children. 1040 ez 2012 The income tax treaty with South Korea imposes two additional requirements on South Korean residents: The spouse and all children claimed must live with the alien in the United States at some time during the tax year, and The additional deduction for the exemptions must be prorated based on the ratio of the alien's U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 source gross income effectively connected with a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business for the tax year to the alien's entire income from all sources during the tax year. 1040 ez 2012 Example. 1040 ez 2012 Mr. 1040 ez 2012 Park, a nonresident alien who is a resident of South Korea, lives temporarily in the United States with his wife and two children. 1040 ez 2012 During the tax year he receives U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 compensation of $18,000. 1040 ez 2012 He also receives $6,000 of income from sources outside the United States that is not effectively connected with his U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business. 1040 ez 2012 Thus, his total income for the year is $24,000. 1040 ez 2012 Mr. 1040 ez 2012 Park meets all requirements for claiming exemptions for his spouse and two children. 1040 ez 2012 The additional deduction for 2013 is $8,775 figured as follows: $18,000 $24,000 × $11,700* = $8,775               *3 × $3,900 = $11,700   Students and business apprentices from India. 1040 ez 2012   Students and business apprentices who are eligible for the benefits of Article 21(2) of the United States–India Income Tax Treaty may be able to claim exemptions for their spouse and dependents. 1040 ez 2012   You can claim an exemption for your spouse if he or she had no gross income during the year and cannot be claimed as a dependent on another U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 taxpayer's return. 1040 ez 2012   You can claim exemptions for each of your dependents not admitted to the United States on “F-2,” “J-2,” or “M-2” visas if they meet the same rules that apply to U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens. 1040 ez 2012 See Publication 501 for these rules. 1040 ez 2012   List your spouse and dependents on line 7c of Form 1040NR. 1040 ez 2012 Enter the total on the appropriate line to the right of line 7c. 1040 ez 2012 Itemized Deductions Nonresident aliens can claim some of the same itemized deductions that resident aliens can claim. 1040 ez 2012 However, nonresident aliens can claim itemized deductions only if they have income effectively connected with their U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business. 1040 ez 2012 Resident Aliens You can claim the same itemized deductions as U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens, using Schedule A of Form 1040. 1040 ez 2012 These deductions include certain medical and dental expenses, state and local income taxes, real estate taxes, interest you paid on a home mortgage, charitable contributions, casualty and theft losses, and miscellaneous deductions. 1040 ez 2012 If you do not itemize your deductions, you can claim the standard deduction for your particular filing status. 1040 ez 2012 For further information, see Form 1040 and instructions. 1040 ez 2012 Nonresident Aliens You can deduct certain itemized deductions if you receive income effectively connected with your U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business. 1040 ez 2012 These deductions include state and local income taxes, charitable contributions to U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 organizations, casualty and theft losses, and miscellaneous deductions. 1040 ez 2012 Use Schedule A of Form 1040NR to claim itemized deductions. 1040 ez 2012 If you are filing Form 1040NR-EZ, you can only claim a deduction for state or local income taxes. 1040 ez 2012 If you are claiming any other itemized deduction, you must file Form 1040NR. 1040 ez 2012 Standard deduction. 1040 ez 2012   Nonresident aliens cannot claim the standard deduction. 1040 ez 2012 However, see Students and business apprentices from India , next. 1040 ez 2012 Students and business apprentices from India. 1040 ez 2012   A special rule applies to students and business apprentices who are eligible for the benefits of Article 21(2) of the United States–India Income Tax Treaty. 1040 ez 2012 You can claim the standard deduction provided you do not claim itemized deductions. 1040 ez 2012   Use Worksheet 5-1 to figure your standard deduction. 1040 ez 2012 If you are married and your spouse files a return and itemizes deductions, you cannot take the standard deduction. 1040 ez 2012 State and local income taxes. 1040 ez 2012   You can deduct state and local income taxes you paid on income that is effectively connected with a trade or business in the United States. 1040 ez 2012 If you received a refund or rebate in 2013 of taxes you paid in an earlier year, do not reduce your deduction by that amount. 1040 ez 2012 Instead, you must include the refund or rebate in income if you deducted the taxes in the earlier year and the deduction reduced your tax. 1040 ez 2012 See Recoveries in Publication 525 for details on how to figure the amount to include in income. 1040 ez 2012 Charitable contributions. 1040 ez 2012   You can deduct your charitable contributions or gifts to qualified organizations subject to certain limits. 1040 ez 2012 Qualified organizations include organizations that are religious, charitable, educational, scientific, or literary in nature, or that work to prevent cruelty to children or animals. 1040 ez 2012 Certain organizations that promote national or international amateur sports competition are also qualified organizations. 1040 ez 2012 Foreign organizations. 1040 ez 2012   Contributions made directly to a foreign organization are not deductible. 1040 ez 2012 However, you can deduct contributions to a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 organization that transfers funds to a charitable foreign organization if the U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 organization controls the use of the funds or if the foreign organization is only an administrative arm of the U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 organization. 1040 ez 2012   For more information about organizations that qualify to receive charitable contributions, see Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. 1040 ez 2012 Worksheet 5-1. 1040 ez 2012 2013 Standard Deduction Worksheet for Students and Business Apprentices From India Caution. 1040 ez 2012 If you are married filing a separate return and your spouse itemizes deductions, do not complete this worksheet. 1040 ez 2012 You cannot take the standard deduction even if you were born before January 2, 1949, or are blind. 1040 ez 2012 1 Enter the amount shown below for your filing status. 1040 ez 2012           Single or married filing separately—$6,100 Qualifying widow(er)—$12,200 1. 1040 ez 2012           2 Can you be claimed as a dependent on someone else's U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 income tax return?  No. 1040 ez 2012 Enter the amount from line 1 on line 4. 1040 ez 2012 Skip line 3 and go to line 5. 1040 ez 2012   Yes. 1040 ez 2012 Go to line 3. 1040 ez 2012         3 Is your earned income* more than $650?           Yes. 1040 ez 2012 Add $350 to your earned income. 1040 ez 2012 Enter the total. 1040 ez 2012           No. 1040 ez 2012 Enter $1,000 3. 1040 ez 2012       4 Enter the smaller of line 1 or line 3 4. 1040 ez 2012   5 If born before January 2, 1949, OR blind, enter $1,200 ($1,500 if single). 1040 ez 2012 If born before January 2, 1949, AND blind, enter $2,400 ($3,000 if single). 1040 ez 2012 Otherwise, enter -0- 5. 1040 ez 2012   6 Add lines 4 and 5. 1040 ez 2012 Enter the total here and on Form 1040NR, line 38 (or Form 1040NR-EZ, line 11). 1040 ez 2012 Print “Standard Deduction Allowed Under U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 –India Income Tax Treaty” in the space to the left of these lines. 1040 ez 2012 This is your standard deduction for 2013. 1040 ez 2012 6. 1040 ez 2012   *Earned income includes wages, salaries, tips, professional fees, and other compensation received for personal services you performed. 1040 ez 2012 It also includes any amount received as a scholarship that you must include in your income. 1040 ez 2012 Generally, your earned income is the total of the amount(s) you reported on Form 1040NR, lines 8,12,13, and 19, minus amounts on lines 27 and 31 (or Form 1040NR-EZ, lines 3 and 5, minus any amount on line 8). 1040 ez 2012 Contributions from which you benefit. 1040 ez 2012   If you receive a benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you can deduct only the amount of your contribution that is more than the value of the benefit you receive. 1040 ez 2012   If you pay more than the fair market value to a qualified organization for merchandise, goods, or services, the amount you pay that is more than the value of the item can be a charitable contribution. 1040 ez 2012 For the excess amount to qualify, you must pay it with the intent to make a charitable contribution. 1040 ez 2012 Cash contributions. 1040 ez 2012   You cannot deduct a cash contribution, regardless of the amount, unless you keep as a record of the contribution a bank record (such as a canceled check, a bank copy of a canceled check, or a bank statement containing the name of the charity, the date, and the amount) or a written record from the charity. 1040 ez 2012 The written record must include the name of the charity, date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. 1040 ez 2012   You may deduct a cash contribution of $250 or more only if you have a written statement from the charitable organization showing: The amount of any money contributed, Whether the organization gave you any goods or services in return for your contribution, and A description and estimate of the value of any goods or services described in (2). 1040 ez 2012 If you received only intangible religious benefits, the organization must state this, but it does not have to describe or value the benefit. 1040 ez 2012 Noncash contributions. 1040 ez 2012   For contributions not made in cash, the records you must keep depend on the amount of your deduction. 1040 ez 2012 See Publication 526 for details. 1040 ez 2012 For example, if you make a noncash contribution and the amount of your deduction is more than $500, you must complete and attach to your tax return Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions. 1040 ez 2012 If you deduct more than $500 for a contribution of a motor vehicle, boat, or airplane, you must also attach a statement from the charitable organization to your return. 1040 ez 2012 If your total deduction is over $5,000, you also may have to get appraisals of the values of the property. 1040 ez 2012 If the donated property is valued at more than $5,000, you must obtain a qualified appraisal. 1040 ez 2012 You generally must attach to your tax return an appraisal of any property if your deduction for the property is more than $500,000. 1040 ez 2012 See Form 8283 and its instructions for details. 1040 ez 2012 Contributions of appreciated property. 1040 ez 2012   If you contribute property to a qualified organization, the amount of your charitable contribution is generally the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. 1040 ez 2012 However, if you contribute property with a fair market value that is more than your basis in it, you may have to reduce the fair market value by the amount of appreciation (increase in value) when you figure your deduction. 1040 ez 2012 Your basis in the property is generally what you paid for it. 1040 ez 2012 If you need more information about basis, get Publication 551, Basis of Assets. 1040 ez 2012   Different rules apply to figuring your deduction, depending on whether the property is: Ordinary income property, or Capital gain property. 1040 ez 2012 For information about these rules, see Publication 526. 1040 ez 2012 Limit. 1040 ez 2012   The amount you can deduct in a tax year is limited in the same way it is for a citizen or resident of the United States. 1040 ez 2012 For a discussion of limits on charitable contributions and other information, get Publication 526. 1040 ez 2012 Casualty and theft losses. 1040 ez 2012   You can deduct your loss from fire, storm, shipwreck, or other casualty, or theft of property even though your property is not connected with a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business. 1040 ez 2012 The property can be personal use property or income-producing property not connected with a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business. 1040 ez 2012 The property must be located in the United States at the time of the casualty or theft. 1040 ez 2012 You can deduct theft losses only in the year in which you discover the loss. 1040 ez 2012   The amount of the loss is the fair market value of the property immediately before the casualty or theft less its fair market value immediately after the casualty or theft (but not more than its cost or adjusted basis) less any insurance or other reimbursement. 1040 ez 2012 The fair market value of property immediately after a theft is considered zero, because you no longer have the property. 1040 ez 2012   If your property is covered by insurance, you should file a timely insurance claim for reimbursement. 1040 ez 2012 If you do not, you cannot deduct this loss as a casualty or theft loss. 1040 ez 2012   Figure your deductible casualty and theft losses on Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts. 1040 ez 2012 Losses from personal use property. 1040 ez 2012    You cannot deduct the first $100 of each casualty or theft loss to property held for personal use. 1040 ez 2012 You can deduct only the total of these losses for the year (reduced by the $100 limit) that is more than 10% of your adjusted gross income (line 37, Form 1040NR) for the year. 1040 ez 2012 Losses from income-producing property. 1040 ez 2012   These losses are not subject to the limitations that apply to personal use property. 1040 ez 2012 Use Section B of Form 4684 to figure your deduction for these losses. 1040 ez 2012 Job expenses and other miscellaneous deductions. 1040 ez 2012   You can deduct job expenses, such as allowable unreimbursed travel expenses (discussed next), and other miscellaneous deductions. 1040 ez 2012 Generally, the allowable deductions must be related to effectively connected income. 1040 ez 2012 Deductible expenses include: Union dues, Safety equipment and small tools needed for your job, Dues to professional organizations, Subscriptions to professional journals, Tax return preparation fees, and Casualty and theft losses of property used in performing services as an employee (employee property). 1040 ez 2012   Most miscellaneous itemized deductions are deductible only if they are more than 2% of your adjusted gross income (line 37, Form 1040NR). 1040 ez 2012 For more information on miscellaneous deductions, see the instructions for Form 1040NR. 1040 ez 2012 Travel expenses. 1040 ez 2012   You may be able to deduct your ordinary and necessary travel expenses while you are temporarily performing personal services in the United States. 1040 ez 2012 Generally, a temporary assignment in a single location is one that is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for one year or less. 1040 ez 2012 You must be able to show you were present in the United States on an activity that required your temporary absence from your regular place of work. 1040 ez 2012   For example, if you have established a “tax home” through regular employment in a foreign country, and intend to return to similar employment in the same country at the end of your temporary stay in the United States, you can deduct reasonable travel expenses you paid. 1040 ez 2012 You cannot deduct travel expenses for other members of your family or party. 1040 ez 2012 Deductible travel expenses. 1040 ez 2012   If you qualify, you can deduct your expenses for: Transportation—airfare, local transportation, including train, bus, etc. 1040 ez 2012 , Lodging—rent paid, utilities (do not include telephone), hotel or motel room expenses, and Meal expenses—actual expenses allowed if you keep records of the amounts, or, if you do not wish to keep detailed records, you are generally allowed a standard meal allowance amount depending on the date and area of your travel. 1040 ez 2012 You generally can deduct only 50% of unreimbursed meal expenses. 1040 ez 2012 The standard meal allowance rates for high-cost areas are available at www. 1040 ez 2012 gsa. 1040 ez 2012 gov/perdiem. 1040 ez 2012 The rates for other areas are in Publication 463. 1040 ez 2012   Use Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to figure your allowable expenses that you claim on line 7 of Schedule A (Form 1040NR). 1040 ez 2012 Expenses allocable to U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 tax-exempt income. 1040 ez 2012   You cannot deduct an expense, or part of an expense, that is allocable to U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 tax-exempt income, including income exempt by tax treaty. 1040 ez 2012 Example. 1040 ez 2012 Irina Oak, a citizen of Poland, resided in the United States for part of the year to acquire business experience from a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 company. 1040 ez 2012 During her stay in the United States, she received a salary of $8,000 from her Polish employer. 1040 ez 2012 She received no other U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 source income. 1040 ez 2012 She spent $3,000 on travel expenses, of which $1,000 were for meals. 1040 ez 2012 None of these expenses were reimbursed. 1040 ez 2012 Under the tax treaty with Poland, $5,000 of her salary is exempt from U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 income tax. 1040 ez 2012 In filling out Form 2106-EZ, she must reduce her deductible meal expenses by half ($500). 1040 ez 2012 She must reduce the remaining $2,500 of travel expenses by 62. 1040 ez 2012 5% ($1,563) because 62. 1040 ez 2012 5% ($5,000 ÷ $8,000) of her salary is exempt from tax. 1040 ez 2012 She enters the remaining total of $937 on line 7 of Schedule A (Form 1040NR). 1040 ez 2012 She completes the remaining lines according to the instructions for Schedule A. 1040 ez 2012 More information. 1040 ez 2012   For more information about deductible expenses, reimbursements, and recordkeeping, get Publication 463. 1040 ez 2012 Tax Credits and Payments This discussion covers tax credits and payments for resident aliens, followed by a discussion of the credits and payments for nonresident aliens. 1040 ez 2012 Resident Aliens Resident aliens generally claim tax credits and report tax payments, including withholding, using the same rules that apply to U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizens. 1040 ez 2012 The following items are some of the credits you may be able to claim. 1040 ez 2012 Foreign tax credit. 1040 ez 2012   You can claim a credit, subject to certain limits, for income tax you paid or accrued to a foreign country on foreign source income. 1040 ez 2012 You cannot claim a credit for taxes paid or accrued on excluded foreign earned income. 1040 ez 2012 To claim a credit for income taxes paid or accrued to a foreign country, you generally will file Form 1116, Foreign Tax Credit (Individual, Estate, or Trust), with your Form 1040. 1040 ez 2012   For more information, get Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals. 1040 ez 2012 Child and dependent care credit. 1040 ez 2012   You may be able to take this credit if you pay someone to care for your qualifying child who is under age 13, or your disabled dependent or disabled spouse, so that you can work or look for work. 1040 ez 2012 Generally, you must be able to claim an exemption for your dependent. 1040 ez 2012   For more information, get Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, and Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. 1040 ez 2012 Credit for the elderly or the disabled. 1040 ez 2012   You may qualify for this credit if you are 65 or older or if you retired on permanent and total disability. 1040 ez 2012 For more information on this credit, get Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled, and Schedule R (Form 1040A or 1040). 1040 ez 2012 Education credits. 1040 ez 2012   You may qualify for these credits if you paid qualified education expenses for yourself, your spouse, or your dependent. 1040 ez 2012 There are two education credits: the American Opportunity Credit and the lifetime learning credit. 1040 ez 2012 You cannot claim these credits if you are married filing separately. 1040 ez 2012 Use Form 8863, Education Credits (American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Credits), to figure the credit. 1040 ez 2012 For more information, see Publication 970. 1040 ez 2012 Retirement savings contributions credit. 1040 ez 2012   You may qualify for this credit (also known as the saver's credit) if you made eligible contributions to an employer-sponsored retirement plan or to an individual retirement arrangement (IRA) in 2013. 1040 ez 2012 You cannot claim this credit if: You were born after January 1, 1996, You were a full-time student, Your exemption is claimed by someone else on his or her 2013 tax return, or Your adjusted gross income is more than: $59,000, if your filing status is married filing jointly, $44,250, if your filing status is head of household, or $29,500, if your filing status is single, married filing separately, or qualifying widow(er). 1040 ez 2012 Use Form 8880, Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions, to figure the credit. 1040 ez 2012 For more information, see Publication 590. 1040 ez 2012 Child tax credit. 1040 ez 2012   You may be able to take this credit if you have a qualifying child. 1040 ez 2012   A qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit is a child who: Was under age 17 at the end of 2013. 1040 ez 2012 Is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew). 1040 ez 2012 Is a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizen, a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 national, or a resident alien. 1040 ez 2012 Did not provide over half of his or her own support for 2013. 1040 ez 2012 Lived with you more than half of 2013. 1040 ez 2012 Temporary absences, such as for school, vacation, or medical care, count as time lived in the home. 1040 ez 2012 Is claimed as a dependent on your return. 1040 ez 2012 An adopted child is always treated as your own child. 1040 ez 2012 An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. 1040 ez 2012   See your form instructions for additional details. 1040 ez 2012 Adoption credit. 1040 ez 2012   You may qualify to take a tax credit of up to $12,970 for qualifying expenses paid to adopt an eligible child. 1040 ez 2012 This amount may be allowed for the adoption of a child with special needs regardless of whether you have qualifying expenses. 1040 ez 2012 To claim the adoption credit, file Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, with your Form 1040. 1040 ez 2012 Earned income credit. 1040 ez 2012   You may qualify for an earned income credit of up to $3,250 if a child lived with you in the United States and your earned income and adjusted gross income were each less than $37,870 ($43,210 if married filing jointly). 1040 ez 2012 If two children lived with you in the United States and your earned income and adjusted gross income were each less than $43,038 ($48,378 if married filing jointly), your credit could be as much as $5,372. 1040 ez 2012 If three or more children lived with you in the United States and your earned income and adjusted gross income were each less than $46,227 ($51,567 if married filing jointly), your credit could be as much as $6,044. 1040 ez 2012 If you do not have a qualifying child and your earned income and adjusted gross income were each less than $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly), your credit could be as much as $487. 1040 ez 2012 You cannot claim the earned income credit if your filing status is married filing separately. 1040 ez 2012    You and your spouse (if filing a joint return) and any qualifying child must have valid SSNs to claim this credit. 1040 ez 2012 You cannot claim the credit using an ITIN. 1040 ez 2012 If a social security card has a legend that says Not Valid for Employment and the number was issued so that you (or your spouse or your qualifying child) could receive a federally funded benefit, you cannot claim the earned income credit. 1040 ez 2012 An example of a federally funded benefit is Medicaid. 1040 ez 2012 If a card has this legend and the individual's immigration status has changed so that the individual is now a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizen or lawful permanent resident, ask the SSA to issue a new social security card without the legend. 1040 ez 2012 Other information. 1040 ez 2012   There are other eligibility rules that are not discussed here. 1040 ez 2012 For more information, get Publication 596, Earned Income Credit. 1040 ez 2012 Nonresident Aliens You can claim some of the same credits that resident aliens can claim. 1040 ez 2012 You can also report certain taxes you paid, are considered to have paid, or that were withheld from your income. 1040 ez 2012 Credits Credits are allowed only if you receive effectively connected income. 1040 ez 2012 You may be able to claim some of the following credits. 1040 ez 2012 Foreign tax credit. 1040 ez 2012   If you receive foreign source income that is effectively connected with a trade or business in the United States, you can claim a credit for any income taxes paid or accrued to any foreign country or U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 possession on that income. 1040 ez 2012   If you do not have foreign source income effectively connected with a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 trade or business, you cannot claim credits against your U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 tax for taxes paid or accrued to a foreign country or U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 possession. 1040 ez 2012   You cannot take any credit for taxes imposed by a foreign country or U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 possession on your U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 source income if those taxes were imposed only because you are a citizen or resident of the foreign country or possession. 1040 ez 2012   If you claim a foreign tax credit, you generally will have to attach to your return a Form 1116. 1040 ez 2012 See Publication 514 for more information. 1040 ez 2012 Child and dependent care credit. 1040 ez 2012   You may qualify for this credit if you pay someone to care for your qualifying child who is under age 13, or your disabled dependent or disabled spouse, so that you can work or look for work. 1040 ez 2012 Generally, you must be able to claim an exemption for your dependent. 1040 ez 2012   Married nonresident aliens can claim the credit only if they choose to file a joint return with a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizen or resident spouse as discussed in chapter 1, or if they qualify as certain married individuals living apart (see Joint Return Test in Publication 503). 1040 ez 2012   The amount of your child and dependent care expense that qualifies for the credit in any tax year cannot be more than your earned income from the United States for that tax year. 1040 ez 2012 Earned income generally means wages, salaries, and professional fees for personal services performed. 1040 ez 2012   For more information, get Publication 503. 1040 ez 2012 Education credits. 1040 ez 2012   If you are a nonresident alien for any part of the year, you generally cannot claim the education credits. 1040 ez 2012 However, if you are married and choose to file a joint return with a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizen or resident spouse as discussed in chapter 1, you may be eligible for these credits. 1040 ez 2012 Retirement savings contributions credit. 1040 ez 2012   You may qualify for this credit (also known as the saver's credit) if you made eligible contributions to an employer-sponsored retirement plan or to an individual retirement arrangement (IRA) in 2013. 1040 ez 2012 You cannot claim this credit if: You were born after January 1, 1996, You were a full-time student, Your exemption is claimed by someone else on his or her 2013 tax return, or Your adjusted gross income is more than $29,500. 1040 ez 2012 Use Form 8880 to figure the credit. 1040 ez 2012 For more information, see Publication 590. 1040 ez 2012 Child tax credit. 1040 ez 2012   You may be able to take this credit if you have a qualifying child. 1040 ez 2012   A qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit is a child who: Was under age 17 at the end of 2013. 1040 ez 2012 Is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew). 1040 ez 2012 Is a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizen, a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 national, or a resident alien. 1040 ez 2012 Did not provide over half of his or her own support for 2013. 1040 ez 2012 Lived with you more than half of 2013. 1040 ez 2012 Temporary absences, such as for school, vacation, or medical care, count as time lived in the home. 1040 ez 2012 Is claimed as a dependent on your return. 1040 ez 2012 An adopted child is always treated as your own child. 1040 ez 2012 An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. 1040 ez 2012   See your form instructions for additional details. 1040 ez 2012 Adoption credit. 1040 ez 2012   You may qualify to take a tax credit of up to $12,970 for qualifying expenses paid to adopt an eligible child. 1040 ez 2012 This amount may be allowed for the adoption of a child with special needs regardless of whether you have qualifying expenses. 1040 ez 2012 To claim the adoption credit, file Form 8839 with your Form 1040NR. 1040 ez 2012   Married nonresident aliens can claim the credit only if they choose to file a joint return with a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizen or resident spouse as discussed in chapter 1, or if they qualify as certain married individuals living apart (see Married Persons Not Filing Jointly in the Form 8839 instructions). 1040 ez 2012 Credit for prior year minimum tax. 1040 ez 2012   If you paid alternative minimum tax in a prior year, get Form 8801, Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax—Individuals, Estates, and Trusts, to see if you qualify for this credit. 1040 ez 2012 Earned income credit. 1040 ez 2012   If you are a nonresident alien for any part of the tax year, you generally cannot get the earned income credit. 1040 ez 2012 However, if you are married and choose to file a joint return with a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizen or resident spouse as discussed in chapter 1, you may be eligible for the credit. 1040 ez 2012    You, your spouse, and any qualifying child must have valid SSNs to claim this credit. 1040 ez 2012 You cannot claim the credit using an ITIN. 1040 ez 2012 If a social security card has a legend that says Not Valid for Employment and the number was issued so that you (or your spouse or your qualifying child) could receive a federally funded benefit, you cannot claim the earned income credit. 1040 ez 2012 An example of a federally funded benefit is Medicaid. 1040 ez 2012 If a card has this legend and the individual's immigration status has changed so that the individual is now a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizen or lawful permanent resident, ask the SSA to issue a new social security card without the legend. 1040 ez 2012   See Publication 596 for more information on the credit. 1040 ez 2012 Tax Withheld You can claim the tax withheld during the year as a payment against your U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 tax. 1040 ez 2012 You claim it on line 61 of Form 1040NR or on line 18 of Form 1040NR-EZ. 1040 ez 2012 The tax withheld reduces any tax you owe with Form 1040NR or Form 1040NR-EZ. 1040 ez 2012 Withholding from wages. 1040 ez 2012   Any federal income tax withheld from your wages during the tax year while you were a nonresident alien is allowed as a payment against your U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 income tax liability for the same year. 1040 ez 2012 You can claim the income tax withheld whether or not you were engaged in a trade or business in the United States during the year, and whether or not the wages (or any other income) were connected with a trade or business in the United States. 1040 ez 2012 Excess social security tax withheld. 1040 ez 2012   If you have two or more employers, you may be able to claim a credit against your U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 income tax liability for social security tax withheld in excess of the maximum required. 1040 ez 2012 See Social Security and Medicare Taxes in chapter 8 for more information. 1040 ez 2012 Additional Medicare Tax. 1040 ez 2012   Your employer is responsible for withholding the 0. 1040 ez 2012 9% Additional Medicare Tax on Medicare wages or RRTA compensation it pays to you in excess of $200,000 in 2013. 1040 ez 2012 If you do not owe Additional Medicare Tax, you can claim a credit for any withheld Additional Medicare Tax against the total tax liability shown on your tax return by filing Form 8959. 1040 ez 2012 Tax paid on undistributed long-term capital gains. 1040 ez 2012   If you are a shareholder in a mutual fund (or other regulated investment company) or real estate investment trust, you can claim a credit for your share of any taxes paid by the company on its undistributed long-term capital gains. 1040 ez 2012 You will receive information on Form 2439, Notice to Shareholder of Undistributed Long-Term Capital Gains, which you must attach to your return. 1040 ez 2012 Tax withheld at the source. 1040 ez 2012   You can claim as a payment any tax withheld at the source on investment and other fixed or determinable annual or periodic income paid to you. 1040 ez 2012 Fixed or determinable income includes interest, dividend, rental, and royalty income that you do not claim to be effectively connected income. 1040 ez 2012 Wage or salary payments can be fixed or determinable income to you, but usually are subject to withholding as discussed above. 1040 ez 2012 Taxes on fixed or determinable income are withheld at a 30% rate or at a lower treaty rate. 1040 ez 2012 Tax withheld on partnership income. 1040 ez 2012   If you are a foreign partner in a partnership, the partnership will withhold tax on your share of effectively connected taxable income from the partnership. 1040 ez 2012 The partnership will give you a statement on Form 8805, Foreign Partner's Information Statement of Section 1446 Withholding Tax, showing the tax withheld. 1040 ez 2012 A partnership that is publicly traded may withhold on your actual distributions of effectively connected income. 1040 ez 2012 In this case, the partnership will give you a statement on Form 1042-S. 1040 ez 2012 Claim the tax withheld as a payment on line 61b or 61d of Form 1040NR, as appropriate. 1040 ez 2012 Claiming tax withheld on your return. 1040 ez 2012   When you fill out your tax return, take extra care to enter the correct amount of any tax withheld shown on your information documents. 1040 ez 2012 The following table lists some of the more common information documents and shows where to find the amount of tax withheld. 1040 ez 2012 Form number Location  of tax  withheld RRB-1042S Box 12 SSA-1042S Box 9 W-2 Box 2 W-2c Box 2 1042-S Box 9 8805 Line 10 8288-A Box 2 Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa or Puerto Rico If you are a nonresident alien who is a bona fide resident of American Samoa or Puerto Rico for the entire tax year, you generally are taxed the same as resident aliens. 1040 ez 2012 You should file Form 1040 and report all income from sources both in and outside the United States. 1040 ez 2012 However, you can exclude the income discussed in the following paragraphs. 1040 ez 2012 For tax purposes other than reporting income, however, you will be treated as a nonresident alien. 1040 ez 2012 For example, you are not allowed the standard deduction, you cannot file a joint return, and you are not allowed a deduction for a dependent unless that person is a citizen or national of the United States. 1040 ez 2012 There are also limits on what deductions and credits are allowed. 1040 ez 2012 See Nonresident Aliens under Deductions , Itemized Deductions , and Tax Credits and Payments in this chapter. 1040 ez 2012 Residents of Puerto Rico. 1040 ez 2012   If you are a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico for the entire year, you can exclude from gross income all income from sources in Puerto Rico (other than amounts for services performed as an employee of the United States or any of its agencies). 1040 ez 2012   If you report income on a calendar year basis and you do not have wages subject to withholding, file your return and pay your tax by June 15. 1040 ez 2012 You must also make your first payment of estimated tax by June 15. 1040 ez 2012 You cannot file a joint income tax return or make joint payments of estimated tax. 1040 ez 2012 However, if you are married to a U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 citizen or resident, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1. 1040 ez 2012   If you earn wages subject to withholding, your U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 income tax return is due by April 15. 1040 ez 2012 Your first payment of estimated tax is also due by April 15. 1040 ez 2012 For information on withholding and estimated tax, see chapter 8 . 1040 ez 2012 Residents of American Samoa. 1040 ez 2012   If you are a bona fide resident of American Samoa for the entire year, you can exclude from gross income all income from sources in American Samoa (other than amounts for services performed as an employee of the U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 government or any of its agencies). 1040 ez 2012 An employee of the American Samoan government is not considered an employee of the U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 government or any of its agencies for purposes of the exclusion. 1040 ez 2012 For more information about this exclusion, get Form 4563 and Publication 570, Tax Guide for Individuals With Income From U. 1040 ez 2012 S. 1040 ez 2012 Possessions. 1040 ez 2012 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications