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Can i amend my tax return online 12. Can i amend my tax return online   Business Deduction for Work-Related Education Table of Contents What's New Introduction 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. Can i amend my tax return online Transportation Expenses Travel Expenses No Double Benefit Allowed How To Treat ReimbursementsAccountable Plans Nonaccountable Plans Deducting Business ExpensesSelf-Employed Persons Employees Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials Impairment-Related Work Expenses Recordkeeping Illustrated Example What's New Standard mileage rate. Can i amend my tax return online  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 56. Can i amend my tax return online 5 cents per mile. Can i amend my tax return online For more information, see Transportation Expenses under What Expenses Can Be Deducted, later. Can i amend my tax return online Introduction This chapter discusses work-related education expenses that you may be able to deduct as business expenses. Can i amend my tax return online To claim such a deduction, you must: Itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or 1040NR) if you are an employee, File Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business, or Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Farming if you are self-employed, and Have expenses for education that meet the requirements discussed under Qualifying Work-Related Education , later. Can i amend my tax return online What is the tax benefit of taking a business deduction for work-related education. Can i amend my tax return online   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. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online An itemized deduction reduces the amount of your income subject to tax. Can i amend my tax return online   If you are self-employed, you deduct your expenses for qualifying work-related education directly from your self-employment income. Can i amend my tax return online This reduces the amount of your income subject to both income tax and self-employment tax. Can i amend my tax return online   Your work-related education expenses may also qualify you for other tax benefits, such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits. Can i amend my tax return online You may qualify for these other benefits even if you do not meet the requirements listed above. Can i amend my tax return online   Also, your work-related education expenses may qualify you to claim more than one tax benefit. Can i amend my tax return online Generally, you may claim any number of benefits as long as you use different expenses to figure each one. Can i amend my tax return online Qualifying Work-Related Education You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as business expenses. Can i amend my tax return online This is education that meets at least one of the following two tests. Can i amend my tax return online The education is required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job. Can i amend my tax return online The required education must serve a bona fide business purpose of your employer. Can i amend my tax return online The education maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as a business expense even if the education could lead to a degree. Can i amend my tax return online Use Figure 12-1, Does Your Work-Related Education Qualify as a quick check to see if your education qualifies. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online This additional education is qualifying work-related education if all three of the following requirements are met. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online See Education To Maintain or Improve Skills , later. Can i amend my tax return online Example. Can i amend my tax return online You are a teacher who has satisfied the minimum requirements for teaching. Can i amend my tax return online Your employer requires you to take an additional college course each year to keep your teaching job. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Can i amend my tax return online Please click the link to view the image. Can i amend my tax return online Figure 12-1 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. Can i amend my tax return online This could include refresher courses, courses on current developments, and academic or vocational courses. Can i amend my tax return online Example. Can i amend my tax return online You repair televisions, radios, and stereo systems for XYZ Store. Can i amend my tax return online To keep up with the latest changes, you take special courses in radio and stereo service. Can i amend my tax return online These courses maintain and improve skills required in your work. Can i amend my tax return online Maintaining skills vs. Can i amend my tax return online qualifying for new job. Can i amend my tax return online   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. Can i amend my tax return online Education during temporary absence. Can i amend my tax return online   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. Can i amend my tax return online Education that you get during a temporary absence is qualifying work-related education if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Can i amend my tax return online Example. Can i amend my tax return online You quit your biology research job to become a full-time biology graduate student for 1 year. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Education during indefinite absence. Can i amend my tax return online   If you stop work for more than a year, your absence from your job is considered indefinite. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Therefore, it is not qualifying work-related education. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online The minimum educational requirements are determined by: Laws and regulations, Standards of your profession, trade, or business, and Your employer. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online You have not necessarily met the minimum educational requirements of your trade or business simply because you are already doing the work. Can i amend my tax return online Example 1. Can i amend my tax return online You are a full-time engineering student. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online The education is not qualifying work-related education. Can i amend my tax return online Example 2. Can i amend my tax return online You are an accountant and you have met the minimum educational requirements of your employer. Can i amend my tax return online Your employer later changes the minimum educational requirements and requires you to take college courses to keep your job. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Requirements for Teachers States or school districts usually set the minimum educational requirements for teachers. Can i amend my tax return online The requirement is the college degree or the minimum number of college hours usually required of a person hired for that position. Can i amend my tax return online If there are no requirements, you will have met the minimum educational requirements when you become a faculty member. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online You generally will be considered a faculty member when one or more of the following occurs. Can i amend my tax return online You have tenure. Can i amend my tax return online Your years of service count toward obtaining tenure. Can i amend my tax return online You have a vote in faculty decisions. Can i amend my tax return online Your school makes contributions for you to a retirement plan other than social security or a similar program. Can i amend my tax return online Example 1. Can i amend my tax return online The law in your state requires beginning secondary school teachers to have a bachelor's degree, including 10 professional education courses. Can i amend my tax return online In addition, to keep the job a teacher must complete a fifth year of training within 10 years from the date of hire. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online However, to keep their jobs, these teachers must get a bachelor's degree and the required professional education courses within 3 years. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online If you have all the required education except the fifth year, you have met the minimum educational requirements. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Example 2. Can i amend my tax return online Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you have a bachelor's degree and only six professional education courses. Can i amend my tax return online The additional four education courses can be qualifying work-related education. Can i amend my tax return online Although you do not have all the required courses, you have already met the minimum educational requirements. Can i amend my tax return online Example 3. Can i amend my tax return online Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you are hired with only 3 years of college. Can i amend my tax return online The courses you take that lead to a bachelor's degree (including those in education) are not qualifying work-related education. Can i amend my tax return online They are needed to meet the minimum educational requirements for employment as a teacher. Can i amend my tax return online Example 4. Can i amend my tax return online You have a bachelor's degree and you work as a temporary instructor at a university. Can i amend my tax return online At the same time, you take graduate courses toward an advanced degree. Can i amend my tax return online The rules of the university state that you can become a faculty member only if you get a graduate degree. Can i amend my tax return online Also, you can keep your job as an instructor only as long as you show satisfactory progress toward getting this degree. Can i amend my tax return online You have not met the minimum educational requirements to qualify you as a faculty member. Can i amend my tax return online The graduate courses are not qualifying work-related education. Can i amend my tax return online Certification in a new state. Can i amend my tax return online   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. Can i amend my tax return online This is true even if you must get additional education to be certified in another state. Can i amend my tax return online Any additional education you need is qualifying work-related education. Can i amend my tax return online You have already met the minimum requirements for teaching. Can i amend my tax return online Teaching in another state is not a new trade or business. Can i amend my tax return online Example. Can i amend my tax return online You hold a permanent teaching certificate in State A and are employed as a teacher in that state for several years. Can i amend my tax return online You move to State B and are promptly hired as a teacher. Can i amend my tax return online You are required, however, to complete certain prescribed courses to get a permanent teaching certificate in State B. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online This is true even if you do not plan to enter that trade or business. Can i amend my tax return online If you are an employee, a change of duties that involves the same general kind of work is not a new trade or business. Can i amend my tax return online Example 1. Can i amend my tax return online You are an accountant. Can i amend my tax return online Your employer requires you to get a law degree at your own expense. Can i amend my tax return online You register at a law school for the regular curriculum that leads to a law degree. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Example 2. Can i amend my tax return online You are a general practitioner of medicine. Can i amend my tax return online You take a 2-week course to review developments in several specialized fields of medicine. Can i amend my tax return online The course does not qualify you for a new profession. Can i amend my tax return online It is qualifying work- related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Can i amend my tax return online Example 3. Can i amend my tax return online While working in the private practice of psychiatry, you enter a program to study and train at an accredited psychoanalytic institute. Can i amend my tax return online The program will lead to qualifying you to practice psychoanalysis. Can i amend my tax return online The psychoanalytic training does not qualify you for a new profession. Can i amend my tax return online It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online They are part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new profession. Can i amend my tax return online Teaching and Related Duties All teaching and related duties are considered the same general kind of work. Can i amend my tax return online A change in duties in any of the following ways is not considered a change to a new business. Can i amend my tax return online Elementary school teacher to secondary school teacher. Can i amend my tax return online Teacher of one subject, such as biology, to teacher of another subject, such as art. Can i amend my tax return online Classroom teacher to guidance counselor. Can i amend my tax return online Classroom teacher to school administrator. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online If you are not self-employed, you can deduct business expenses only if you itemize your deductions. Can i amend my tax return online You cannot deduct expenses related to tax-exempt and excluded income. Can i amend my tax return online Deductible expenses. Can i amend my tax return online   The following education expenses can be deducted. Can i amend my tax return online Tuition, books, supplies, lab fees, and similar items. Can i amend my tax return online Certain transportation and travel costs. Can i amend my tax return online Other education expenses, such as costs of research and typing when writing a paper as part of an educational program. Can i amend my tax return online Nondeductible expenses. Can i amend my tax return online   You cannot deduct personal or capital expenses. Can i amend my tax return online For example, you cannot deduct the dollar value of vacation time or annual leave you take to attend classes. Can i amend my tax return online This amount is a personal expense. Can i amend my tax return online Unclaimed reimbursement. Can i amend my tax return online   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. Can i amend my tax return online Example. Can i amend my tax return online Your employer agrees to pay your education expenses if you file a voucher showing your expenses. Can i amend my tax return online You do not file a voucher and you do not get reimbursed. Can i amend my tax return online Because you did not file a voucher, you cannot deduct the expenses on your tax return. Can i amend my tax return online Transportation Expenses If your education qualifies, you can deduct local transportation costs of going directly from work to school. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Temporary basis. Can i amend my tax return online   You go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations applies to you. Can i amend my tax return online Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less and does indeed last for 1 year or less. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Your attendance is temporary up to the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Can i amend my tax return online If you are in either situation (1) or (2) above, your attendance is not temporary if facts and circumstances indicate otherwise. Can i amend my tax return online Attendance not on a temporary basis. Can i amend my tax return online   You do not go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations apply to you. Can i amend my tax return online Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last more than 1 year. Can i amend my tax return online It does not matter how long you actually attend. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Your attendance is not temporary after the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online This is true regardless of the location of the school, the distance traveled, or whether you attend school on nonwork days. Can i amend my tax return online Transportation expenses include the actual costs of bus, subway, cab, or other fares, as well as the costs of using your car. Can i amend my tax return online Transportation expenses do not include amounts spent for travel, meals, or lodging while you are away from home overnight. Can i amend my tax return online Example 1. Can i amend my tax return online You regularly work in a nearby town, and go directly from work to home. Can i amend my tax return online You also attend school every work night for 3 months to take a course that improves your job skills. Can i amend my tax return online Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your daily round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Can i amend my tax return online This is true regardless of the distance traveled. Can i amend my tax return online Example 2. Can i amend my tax return online Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that on certain nights you go directly from work to school and then home. Can i amend my tax return online You can deduct your transportation expenses from your regular work site to school and then home. Can i amend my tax return online Example 3. Can i amend my tax return online Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend the school for 9 months on Saturdays, nonwork days. Can i amend my tax return online Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Can i amend my tax return online Example 4. Can i amend my tax return online Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend classes twice a week for 15 months. Can i amend my tax return online Since your attendance in school is not considered temporary, you cannot deduct your transportation expenses in going between home and school. Can i amend my tax return online If you go directly from work to school, you can deduct the one-way transportation expenses of going from work to school. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Using your car. Can i amend my tax return online    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. Can i amend my tax return online The standard mileage rate for miles driven from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, is 56. Can i amend my tax return online 5 cents per mile. Can i amend my tax return online Whichever method you use, you can also deduct parking fees and tolls. Can i amend my tax return online See Publication 463, chapter 4, for information on deducting your actual expenses of using a car. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Travel expenses for qualifying work-related education are treated the same as travel expenses for other employee business purposes. Can i amend my tax return online For more information, see chapter 1 of Publication 463. Can i amend my tax return online You cannot deduct expenses for personal activities such as sightseeing, visiting, or entertaining. Can i amend my tax return online Mainly personal travel. Can i amend my tax return online   If your travel away from home is mainly personal, you cannot deduct all of your expenses for travel, meals, and lodging. Can i amend my tax return online You can deduct only your expenses for lodging and 50% of your expenses for meals during the time you attend the qualified educational activities. Can i amend my tax return online   Whether a trip's purpose is mainly personal or educational depends upon the facts and circumstances. Can i amend my tax return online An important factor is the comparison of time spent on personal activities with time spent on educational activities. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Example 1. Can i amend my tax return online John works in Newark, New Jersey. Can i amend my tax return online He traveled to Chicago to take a deductible 1-week course at the request of his employer. Can i amend my tax return online His main reason for going to Chicago was to take the course. Can i amend my tax return online While there, he took a sightseeing trip, entertained some friends, and took a side trip to Pleasantville for a day. Can i amend my tax return online Since the trip was mainly for business, John can deduct his round-trip airfare to Chicago. Can i amend my tax return online He cannot deduct his transportation expenses of going to Pleasantville. Can i amend my tax return online He can deduct only the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging connected with his educational activities. Can i amend my tax return online Example 2. Can i amend my tax return online Sue works in Boston. Can i amend my tax return online She went to a university in Michigan to take a course for work. Can i amend my tax return online The course is qualifying work-related education. Can i amend my tax return online She took one course, which is one-fourth of a full course load of study. Can i amend my tax return online She spent the rest of the time on personal activities. Can i amend my tax return online Her reasons for taking the course in Michigan were all personal. Can i amend my tax return online Sue's trip is mainly personal because three-fourths of her time is considered personal time. Can i amend my tax return online She cannot deduct the cost of her round-trip train ticket to Michigan. Can i amend my tax return online She can deduct one-fourth of the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging costs for the time she attended the university. Can i amend my tax return online Example 3. Can i amend my tax return online Dave works in Nashville and recently traveled to California to take a 2-week seminar. Can i amend my tax return online The seminar is qualifying work-related education. Can i amend my tax return online While there, he spent an extra 8 weeks on personal activities. Can i amend my tax return online The facts, including the extra 8-week stay, show that his main purpose was to take a vacation. Can i amend my tax return online Dave cannot deduct his round-trip airfare or his meals and lodging for the 8 weeks. Can i amend my tax return online He can deduct only his expenses for meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging for the 2 weeks he attended the seminar. Can i amend my tax return online Cruises and conventions. Can i amend my tax return online   Certain cruises and conventions offer seminars or courses as part of their itinerary. Can i amend my tax return online Even if the seminars or courses are work related, your deduction for travel may be limited. Can i amend my tax return online This applies to: Travel by ocean liner, cruise ship, or other form of luxury water transportation, and Conventions outside the North American area. Can i amend my tax return online   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. Can i amend my tax return online 50% limit on meals. Can i amend my tax return online   You can deduct only 50% of the cost of your meals while traveling away from home to obtain qualifying work-related education. Can i amend my tax return online If you were reimbursed for the meals, see How To Treat Reimbursements , later. Can i amend my tax return online   Employees must use Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ to apply the 50% limit. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Example. Can i amend my tax return online You are a French language teacher. 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Can i amend my tax return online Deduct work-related education expenses paid with tax-free scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. Can i amend my tax return online See Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses, next. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online You must reduce the qualifying expenses by the amount of such expenses allocable to the tax-free educational assistance. Can i amend my tax return online Tax-free educational assistance. Can i amend my tax return online   This includes: The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see Tax-Free Scholarships and Fellowships in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), Pell grants (see Pell Grants and Other Title IV Need-Based Education Grants in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions). Can i amend my tax return online Employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11, Employer-Provided Educational Assistance ), Veterans' educational assistance (see Veterans' Benefits in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance. Can i amend my tax return online Amounts that do not reduce qualifying work-related education expenses. 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Can i amend my tax return online If you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, your employer should not include any reimbursement in your income in box 1 of your Form W-2. Can i amend my tax return online If your employer included reimbursements in box 1 of your Form W-2 and you meet all three rules for accountable plans, ask your employer for a corrected Form W-2. Can i amend my tax return online Accountable plan rules not met. Can i amend my tax return online   Even though you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, some of your expenses may not meet all three rules for accountable plans. Can i amend my tax return online Those expenses that fail to meet the three rules are treated as having been reimbursed under a Nonaccountable Plan (discussed later). Can i amend my tax return online Expenses equal reimbursement. Can i amend my tax return online   Under an accountable plan, if your expenses equal your reimbursement, you do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Can i amend my tax return online Because your expenses and reimbursements are equal, you do not have a deduction. Can i amend my tax return online Excess expenses. Can i amend my tax return online   If your expenses are more than your reimbursement, you can deduct your excess expenses. Can i amend my tax return online This is discussed later, under Deducting Business Expenses . Can i amend my tax return online Allocating your reimbursements for meals. Can i amend my tax return online   Because your excess meal expenses are subject to the 50% limit, you must figure them separately from your other expenses. Can i amend my tax return online If your employer paid you a single amount to cover both meals and other expenses, you must allocate the reimbursement so that you can figure your excess meal expenses separately. Can i amend my tax return online Make the allocation as follows. Can i amend my tax return online Divide your meal expenses by your total expenses. Can i amend my tax return online Multiply your total reimbursement by the result from (1). Can i amend my tax return online This is the allocated reimbursement for your meal expenses. Can i amend my tax return online Subtract the amount figured in (2) from your total reimbursement. Can i amend my tax return online The difference is the allocated reimbursement for your other expenses of qualifying work-related education. Can i amend my tax return online Example. Can i amend my tax return online Your employer paid you an expense allowance of $2,000 under an accountable plan. Can i amend my tax return online The allowance was to cover all of your expenses of traveling away from home to take a 2-week training course for work. Can i amend my tax return online There was no indication of how much of the reimbursement was for each type of expense. Can i amend my tax return online Your actual expenses equal $2,500 ($425 for meals + $700 lodging + $150 transportation expenses + $1,225 for books and tuition). Can i amend my tax return online Using the steps listed above, allocate the reimbursement between the $425 meal expenses and the $2,075 other expenses. Can i amend my tax return online   1. Can i amend my tax return online $425 meal expenses  $2,500 total expenses = . Can i amend my tax return online 17   2. Can i amend my tax return online $2,000 (reimbursement)×. Can i amend my tax return online 17     =$340 (allocated reimbursement for meal expenses)   3. Can i amend my tax return online $2,000 (reimbursement)−$340 (meals)     = $1,660 (allocated reimbursement for other qualifying work-related education expenses) Your excess meal expenses are $85 ($425 − $340) and your excess other expenses are $415 ($2,075 − $1,660). Can i amend my tax return online After you apply the 50% limit to your meals, you have a deduction for work-related education expenses of $458 (($85 × 50%) + $415). Can i amend my tax return online Nonaccountable Plans Your employer will combine the amount of any reimbursement or other expense allowance paid to you under a nonaccountable plan with your wages, salary, or other pay and report the total in box 1 of your Form W-2. Can i amend my tax return online You can deduct your expenses regardless of whether they are more than, less than, or equal to your reimbursement. Can i amend my tax return online This is discussed later under Deducting Business Expenses . Can i amend my tax return online An illustrated example of a nonaccountable plan, using Form 2106-EZ, is shown at the end of this chapter. Can i amend my tax return online Reimbursements for nondeductible expenses. Can i amend my tax return online   Reimbursements you received for nondeductible expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Can i amend my tax return online You must include them in your income. Can i amend my tax return online For example, you must include in your income reimbursements your employer gave you for expenses of education that: You need to meet the minimum educational requirements for your job, or Is part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new trade or business. Can i amend my tax return online   For more information on accountable and nonaccountable plans, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Can i amend my tax return online Deducting Business Expenses Self-employed persons and employees report their business expenses differently. Can i amend my tax return online The following information explains what forms you must use to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense. Can i amend my tax return online Self-Employed Persons If you are self-employed, you must report the cost of your qualifying work-related education on the appropriate form used to report your business income and expenses (generally Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040)). Can i amend my tax return online If your education 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. Can i amend my tax return online See the instructions for the form you file for information on how to complete it. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online If either (1) or (2) applies, you can deduct the total qualifying cost. Can i amend my tax return online If (3) applies, you can deduct only the qualifying costs that were more than your reimbursement. Can i amend my tax return online 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, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7. Can i amend my tax return online (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. Can i amend my tax return online ) 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. Can i amend my tax return online Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Can i amend my tax return online   To figure your deduction for employee business expenses, including qualifying work-related education, you generally must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Can i amend my tax return online Form not required. Can i amend my tax return online   Do not complete either Form 2106 or 2106-EZ if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are not claiming travel, transportation, meal, or entertainment expenses. Can i amend my tax return online   If you meet both of these requirements, enter the expenses directly on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7. Can i amend my tax return online (Special rules for expenses of certain Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials and for Impairment-Related Work Expenses are explained later. Can i amend my tax return online ) Using Form 2106-EZ. Can i amend my tax return online   This form is shorter and easier to use than Form 2106. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online   If you do not meet both of these requirements, use Form 2106. Can i amend my tax return online 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. Can i amend my tax return online Include the cost of your qualifying work-related education with any other employee business expenses on Form 1040, line 24, or Form 1040NR, line 35. Can i amend my tax return online You do not have to itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or 1040NR), and, therefore, the deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Can i amend my tax return online You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to figure your deduction even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Can i amend my tax return online For more information on qualified performing artists, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Can i amend my tax return online 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, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 14. Can i amend my tax return online They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Can i amend my tax return online To deduct these expenses, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Can i amend my tax return online For more information on impairment-related work expenses, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Can i amend my tax return online Recordkeeping You must keep records as proof of any deduction claimed on your tax return. Can i amend my tax return online Generally, you should keep your records for 3 years from the date of filing the tax return and claiming the deduction. Can i amend my tax return online If you are an employee who is reimbursed for expenses and you give your records and documentation to your employer, you do not have to keep duplicate copies of this information. Can i amend my tax return online However, you should keep your records for a 3-year period if: You claim deductions for expenses that are more than your reimbursement, Your employer does not use adequate accounting procedures to verify expense accounts, You are related to your employer, or Your expenses are reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan. Can i amend my tax return online Examples of records to keep. Can i amend my tax return online   If any of the above cases apply to you, you must be able to prove that your expenses are deductible. Can i amend my tax return online You should keep adequate records or have sufficient evidence that will support your expenses. Can i amend my tax return online Estimates or approximations do not qualify as proof of an expense. Can i amend my tax return online Some examples of what can be used to help prove your expenses are: Documents, such as transcripts, course descriptions, catalogs, etc. Can i amend my tax return online , showing periods of enrollment in educational institutions, principal subjects studied, and descriptions of educational activity. Can i amend my tax return online Canceled checks and receipts to verify amounts you spent for: Tuition and books, Meals and lodging while away from home overnight for educational purposes, Travel and transportation, and Other education expenses. Can i amend my tax return online Statements from your employer explaining whether the education was necessary for you to keep your job, salary, or status; how the education helped maintain or improve skills needed in your job; how much reimbursement you received; and, if you are a teacher, the type of certificate and subjects taught. Can i amend my tax return online Complete information about any scholarship or fellowship grants, including amounts you received during the year. Can i amend my tax return online Illustrated Example Victor Jones teaches math at a private high school in North Carolina. Can i amend my tax return online He was selected to attend a 3-week math seminar at a university in California. Can i amend my tax return online The seminar will improve his skills in his current job and is qualifying work-related education. Can i amend my tax return online He was reimbursed for his expenses under his employer's nonaccountable plan, so his reimbursement of $2,100 is included in the wages shown in box 1 of his Form W-2. Can i amend my tax return online Victor will file Form 1040. Can i amend my tax return online His actual expenses for the seminar are as follows:   Lodging   $1,050     Meals   526     Airfare   550     Taxi fares   50     Tuition and books   400     Total Expenses   $2,576   Victor files Form 2106-EZ with his tax return. Can i amend my tax return online He shows his expenses for the seminar in Part I of the form. Can i amend my tax return online He enters $1,650 ($1,050 + $550 + $50) on line 3 to account for his lodging, airfare, and taxi fares. Can i amend my tax return online He enters $400 on line 4 for his tuition and books. Can i amend my tax return online On the line provided for total meals and entertainment expenses, Victor enters $526 for meal expenses. Can i amend my tax return online He multiplies that amount by 50% and enters the result, $263, on line 5. Can i amend my tax return online On line 6, Victor totals the amounts from lines 3 through 5. Can i amend my tax return online He carries the total, $2,313, to Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Can i amend my tax return online Since he does not claim any vehicle expenses, Victor leaves Part II blank. Can i amend my tax return online His filled-in form is shown on the next page. Can i amend my tax return online This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Can i amend my tax return online Please click the link to view the image. Can i amend my tax return online Form 2106-EZ for V. Can i amend my tax return online Jones Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Can i amend my tax return online 3. Can i amend my tax return online   Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees (SIMPLE) Table of Contents Introduction What Is a SIMPLE Plan?Eligible Employees How Are Contributions Made? How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf?Matching contributions less than 3%. Can i amend my tax return online Traditional IRA mistakenly moved to SIMPLE IRA. Can i amend my tax return online When Can You Withdraw or Use Assets?Are Distributions Taxable? Introduction This chapter is for employees who need information about savings incentive match plans for employees (SIMPLE plans). Can i amend my tax return online It explains what a SIMPLE plan is, contributions to a SIMPLE plan, and distributions from a SIMPLE plan. Can i amend my tax return online Under a SIMPLE plan, SIMPLE retirement accounts for participating employees can be set up either as: Part of a 401(k) plan, or A plan using IRAs (SIMPLE IRA). Can i amend my tax return online This chapter only discusses the SIMPLE plan rules that relate to SIMPLE IRAs. Can i amend my tax return online See chapter 3 of Publication 560 for information on any special rules for SIMPLE plans that do not use IRAs. Can i amend my tax return online If your employer maintains a SIMPLE plan, you must be notified, in writing, that you can choose the financial institution that will serve as trustee for your SIMPLE IRA and that you can roll over or transfer your SIMPLE IRA to another financial institution. Can i amend my tax return online See Rollovers and Transfers Exception, later under When Can You Withdraw or Use Assets. Can i amend my tax return online What Is a SIMPLE Plan? A SIMPLE plan is a tax-favored retirement plan that certain small employers (including self-employed individuals) can set up for the benefit of their employees. Can i amend my tax return online See chapter 3 of Publication 560 for information on the requirements employers must satisfy to set up a SIMPLE plan. Can i amend my tax return online A SIMPLE plan is a written agreement (salary reduction agreement) between you and your employer that allows you, if you are an eligible employee (including a self-employed individual), to choose to: Reduce your compensation (salary) by a certain percentage each pay period, and Have your employer contribute the salary reductions to a SIMPLE IRA on your behalf. Can i amend my tax return online These contributions are called salary reduction contributions. Can i amend my tax return online All contributions under a SIMPLE IRA plan must be made to SIMPLE IRAs, not to any other type of IRA. Can i amend my tax return online The SIMPLE IRA can be an individual retirement account or an individual retirement annuity, described in chapter 1. Can i amend my tax return online Contributions are made on behalf of eligible employees. Can i amend my tax return online (See Eligible Employees below. Can i amend my tax return online ) Contributions are also subject to various limits. Can i amend my tax return online (See How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf , later. Can i amend my tax return online ) In addition to salary reduction contributions, your employer must make either matching contributions or nonelective contributions. Can i amend my tax return online See How Are Contributions Made , later. Can i amend my tax return online You may be able to claim a credit for contributions to your SIMPLE plan. Can i amend my tax return online For more information, see chapter 4. Can i amend my tax return online Eligible Employees You must be allowed to participate in your employer's SIMPLE plan if you: Received at least $5,000 in compensation from your employer during any 2 years prior to the current year, and Are reasonably expected to receive at least $5,000 in compensation during the calendar year for which contributions are made. Can i amend my tax return online Self-employed individual. Can i amend my tax return online   For SIMPLE plan purposes, the term employee includes a self-employed individual who received earned income. Can i amend my tax return online Excludable employees. Can i amend my tax return online   Your employer can exclude the following employees from participating in the SIMPLE plan. Can i amend my tax return online Employees whose retirement benefits are covered by a collective bargaining agreement (union contract). Can i amend my tax return online Employees who are nonresident aliens and received no earned income from sources within the United States. Can i amend my tax return online Employees who would not have been eligible employees if an acquisition, disposition, or similar transaction had not occurred during the year. Can i amend my tax return online Compensation. Can i amend my tax return online   For purposes of the SIMPLE plan rules, your compensation for a year generally includes the following amounts. Can i amend my tax return online Wages, tips, and other pay from your employer that is subject to income tax withholding. Can i amend my tax return online Deferred amounts elected under any 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, government (section 457) plans, SEP plans, and SIMPLE plans. Can i amend my tax return online Self-employed individual compensation. Can i amend my tax return online   For purposes of the SIMPLE plan rules, if you are self-employed, your compensation for a year is your net earnings from self-employment (Schedule SE (Form 1040), Section A, line 4, or Section B, line 6) before subtracting any contributions made to a SIMPLE IRA on your behalf. Can i amend my tax return online   For these purposes, net earnings from self-employment include services performed while claiming exemption from self-employment tax as a member of a group conscientiously opposed to social security benefits. Can i amend my tax return online How Are Contributions Made? Contributions under a salary reduction agreement are called salary reduction contributions. Can i amend my tax return online They are made on your behalf by your employer. Can i amend my tax return online Your employer must also make either matching contributions or nonelective contributions. Can i amend my tax return online Salary reduction contributions. Can i amend my tax return online   During the 60-day period before the beginning of any year, and during the 60-day period before you are eligible, you can choose salary reduction contributions expressed either as a percentage of compensation, or as a specific dollar amount (if your employer offers this choice). Can i amend my tax return online You can choose to cancel the election at any time during the year. Can i amend my tax return online   Salary reduction contributions are also referred to as “elective deferrals. Can i amend my tax return online ”   Your employer cannot place restrictions on the contributions amount (such as by limiting the contributions percentage), except to comply with the salary reduction contributions limit, discussed under How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf, later. Can i amend my tax return online Matching contributions. Can i amend my tax return online   Unless your employer chooses to make nonelective contributions, your employer must make contributions equal to the salary reduction contributions you choose (elect), but only up to certain limits. Can i amend my tax return online See How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf below. Can i amend my tax return online These contributions are in addition to the salary reduction contributions and must be made to the SIMPLE IRAs of all eligible employees (defined earlier) who chose salary reductions. Can i amend my tax return online These contributions are referred to as matching contributions. Can i amend my tax return online   Matching contributions on behalf of a self-employed individual are not treated as salary reduction contributions. Can i amend my tax return online Nonelective contributions. Can i amend my tax return online   Instead of making matching contributions, your employer may be able to choose to make nonelective contributions on behalf of all eligible employees. Can i amend my tax return online These nonelective contributions must be made on behalf of each eligible employee who has at least $5,000 of compensation from your employer, whether or not the employee chose salary reductions. Can i amend my tax return online   One of the requirements your employer must satisfy is notifying the employees that the election was made. Can i amend my tax return online For other requirements that your employer must satisfy, see chapter 3 of Publication 560. Can i amend my tax return online How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf? The limits on contributions to a SIMPLE IRA vary with the type of contribution that is made. Can i amend my tax return online Salary reduction contributions limit. Can i amend my tax return online   Salary reduction contributions (employee-chosen contributions or elective deferrals) that your employer can make on your behalf under a SIMPLE plan are limited to $12,000 for 2013. Can i amend my tax return online The limitation remains at $12,000 for 2014. Can i amend my tax return online If you are a participant in any other employer plans during 2013 and you have elective salary reductions or deferred compensation under those plans, the salary reduction contributions under the SIMPLE plan also are included in the annual limit of $17,500 for 2013 on exclusions of salary reductions and other elective deferrals. Can i amend my tax return online You, not your employer, are responsible for monitoring compliance with these limits. Can i amend my tax return online Additional elective deferrals can be contributed to your SIMPLE plan if: You reached age 50 by the end of 2013, and No other elective deferrals can be made for you to the plan for the year because of limits or restrictions, such as the regular annual limit. Can i amend my tax return online The most that can be contributed in additional elective deferrals to your SIMPLE plan is the lesser of the following two amounts. Can i amend my tax return online $2,500 for 2013, or Your compensation for the year reduced by your other elective deferrals for the year. Can i amend my tax return online The additional deferrals are not subject to any other contribution limit and are not taken into account in applying other contribution limits. Can i amend my tax return online The additional deferrals are not subject to the nondiscrimination rules as long as all eligible participants are allowed to make them. Can i amend my tax return online Matching employer contributions limit. Can i amend my tax return online   Generally, your employer must make matching contributions to your SIMPLE IRA in an amount equal to your salary reduction contributions. Can i amend my tax return online These matching contributions cannot be more than 3% of your compensation for the calendar year. Can i amend my tax return online See Matching contributions less than 3% below. Can i amend my tax return online Example 1. Can i amend my tax return online In 2013, Joshua was a participant in his employer's SIMPLE plan. Can i amend my tax return online His compensation, before SIMPLE plan contributions, was $41,600 ($800 per week). Can i amend my tax return online Instead of taking it all in cash, Joshua elected to have 12. Can i amend my tax return online 5% of his weekly pay ($100) contributed to his SIMPLE IRA. Can i amend my tax return online For the full year, Joshua's salary reduction contributions were $5,200, which is less than the $12,000 limit on these contributions. Can i amend my tax return online Under the plan, Joshua's employer was required to make matching contributions to Joshua's SIMPLE IRA. Can i amend my tax return online Because his employer's matching contributions must equal Joshua's salary reductions, but cannot be more than 3% of his compensation (before salary reductions) for the year, his employer's matching contribution was limited to $1,248 (3% of $41,600). Can i amend my tax return online Example 2. Can i amend my tax return online Assume the same facts as in Example 1 , except that Joshua's compensation for the year was $408,163 and he chose to have 2. Can i amend my tax return online 94% of his weekly pay contributed to his SIMPLE IRA. Can i amend my tax return online In this example, Joshua's salary reduction contributions for the year (2. Can i amend my tax return online 94% × $408,163) were equal to the 2013 limit for salary reduction contributions ($12,000). Can i amend my tax return online Because 3% of Joshua's compensation ($12,245) is more than the amount his employer was required to match ($12,000), his employer's matching contributions were limited to $12,000. Can i amend my tax return online In this example, total contributions made on Joshua's behalf for the year were $24,000 ($12,000 (Joshua's contributions) + $12,000 (matching contributions)), the maximum contributions permitted under a SIMPLE IRA for 2013. Can i amend my tax return online Matching contributions less than 3%. Can i amend my tax return online   Your employer can reduce the 3% limit on matching contributions for a calendar year, but only if: The limit is not reduced below 1%, The limit is not reduced for more than 2 years out of the 5-year period that ends with (and includes) the year for which the election is effective, and Employees are notified of the reduced limit within a reasonable period of time before the 60-day election period during which they can enter into salary reduction agreements. Can i amend my tax return online   For purposes of applying the rule in item (2) in determining whether the limit was reduced below 3% for the year, any year before the first year in which your employer (or a former employer) maintains a SIMPLE IRA plan will be treated as a year for which the limit was 3%. Can i amend my tax return online If your employer chooses to make nonelective contributions for a year, that year also will be treated as a year for which the limit was 3%. Can i amend my tax return online Nonelective employer contributions limit. Can i amend my tax return online   If your employer chooses to make nonelective contributions, instead of matching contributions, to each eligible employee's SIMPLE IRA, contributions must be 2% of your compensation for the entire year. Can i amend my tax return online For 2013, only $255,000 of your compensation can be taken into account to figure the contribution limit. Can i amend my tax return online   Your employer can substitute the 2% nonelective contribution for the matching contribution for a year if both of the following requirements are met. Can i amend my tax return online Eligible employees are notified that a 2% nonelective contribution will be made instead of a matching contribution. Can i amend my tax return online This notice is provided within a reasonable period during which employees can enter into salary reduction agreements. Can i amend my tax return online Example 3. Can i amend my tax return online Assume the same facts as in Example 2 , except that Joshua's employer chose to make nonelective contributions instead of matching contributions. Can i amend my tax return online Because his employer's nonelective contributions are limited to 2% of up to $255,000 of Joshua's compensation, his employer's contribution to Joshua's SIMPLE IRA was limited to $5,100. Can i amend my tax return online In this example, total contributions made on Joshua's behalf for the year were $17,100 (Joshua's salary reductions of $12,000 plus his employer's contribution of $5,100). Can i amend my tax return online Traditional IRA mistakenly moved to SIMPLE IRA. Can i amend my tax return online   If you mistakenly roll over or transfer an amount from a traditional IRA to a SIMPLE IRA, you can later recharacterize the amount as a contribution to another traditional IRA. Can i amend my tax return online For more information, see Recharacterizations in chapter 1. Can i amend my tax return online Recharacterizing employer contributions. Can i amend my tax return online   You cannot recharacterize employer contributions (including elective deferrals) under a SEP or SIMPLE plan as contributions to another IRA. Can i amend my tax return online SEPs are discussed in chapter 2 of Publication 560. Can i amend my tax return online SIMPLE plans are discussed in this chapter. Can i amend my tax return online Converting from a SIMPLE IRA. Can i amend my tax return online   Generally, you can convert an amount in your SIMPLE IRA to a Roth IRA under the same rules explained in chapter 1 under Converting From Any Traditional IRA Into a Roth IRA . Can i amend my tax return online    However, you cannot convert any amount distributed from the SIMPLE IRA during the 2-year period beginning on the date you first participated in any SIMPLE IRA plan maintained by your employer. Can i amend my tax return online When Can You Withdraw or Use Assets? Generally, the same distribution (withdrawal) rules that apply to traditional IRAs apply to SIMPLE IRAs. Can i amend my tax return online These rules are discussed in chapter 1. Can i amend my tax return online Your employer cannot restrict you from taking distributions from a SIMPLE IRA. Can i amend my tax return online Are Distributions Taxable? Generally, distributions from a SIMPLE IRA are fully taxable as ordinary income. Can i amend my tax return online If the distribution is an early distribution (discussed in chapter 1), it may be subject to the additional tax on early distributions. Can i amend my tax return online See Additional Tax on Early Distributions, later. Can i amend my tax return online Rollovers and Transfers Exception Generally, rollovers and trustee-to-trustee transfers are not taxable distributions. Can i amend my tax return online Two-year rule. Can i amend my tax return online   To qualify as a tax-free rollover (or a tax-free trustee-to-trustee transfer), a rollover distribution (or a transfer) made from a SIMPLE IRA during the 2-year period beginning on the date on which you first participated in your employer's SIMPLE plan must be contributed (or transferred) to another SIMPLE IRA. Can i amend my tax return online The 2-year period begins on the first day on which contributions made by your employer are deposited in your SIMPLE IRA. Can i amend my tax return online   After the 2-year period, amounts in a SIMPLE IRA can be rolled over or transferred tax free to an IRA other than a SIMPLE IRA, or to a qualified plan, a tax-sheltered annuity plan (section 403(b) plan), or deferred compensation plan of a state or local government (section 457 plan). Can i amend my tax return online Additional Tax on Early Distributions The additional tax on early distributions (discussed in chapter 1) applies to SIMPLE IRAs. Can i amend my tax return online If a distribution is an early distribution and occurs during the 2-year period following the date on which you first participated in your employer's SIMPLE plan, the additional tax on early distributions is increased from 10% to 25%. Can i amend my tax return online If a rollover distribution (or transfer) from a SIMPLE IRA does not satisfy the 2-year rule, and is otherwise an early distribution, the additional tax imposed because of the early distribution is increased from 10% to 25% of the amount distributed. Can i amend my tax return online Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications