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Clues fill 1040x form Publication 516 - Main Content Table of Contents U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Tax ReturnFiling Information Foreign Bank Accounts U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government Payments Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Tax Treaty Benefits Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay Other Income Deductions and Credits — Business Expenses Deductions and Credits — Nonbusiness Expenses Foreign Taxes Local (Foreign) Tax ReturnTax Treaty Benefits Other Agreements Double Withholding How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Clues fill 1040x form U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Tax Return Filing Information If you are a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizen or green card holder living or traveling outside the United States, you are generally required to file income tax returns in the same way as those residing in the United States. Clues fill 1040x form However, the special rules explained in the following discussions may apply to you. Clues fill 1040x form See also Tax Treaty Benefits, later. Clues fill 1040x form When To File and Pay Most individual tax returns cover a calendar year, January through December. Clues fill 1040x form The regular due date for these tax returns is April 15 of the following year. Clues fill 1040x form If April 15 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, your tax return is considered timely filed if it is filed by the next business day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. Clues fill 1040x form If you get an extension, you are allowed additional time to file and, in some circumstances, pay your tax. Clues fill 1040x form You must pay interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date. Clues fill 1040x form Your return is considered filed on time if it is mailed from and officially postmarked in a foreign country on or before the due date (including extensions), or given to a designated international private delivery service before midnight of the last date prescribed for filing. Clues fill 1040x form See your tax form instructions for a list of private delivery services that have been designated by the IRS to meet this “timely mailing as timely filing/paying” rule for tax returns and payments. Clues fill 1040x form If your return is filed late, the postmark or delivery service date does not determine the date of filing. Clues fill 1040x form In that case, your return is considered filed when it is received by the IRS. Clues fill 1040x form Extensions You may be able to get an extension of time to file your return and pay your tax. Clues fill 1040x form Automatic 2-month extension. Clues fill 1040x form   You can get an automatic 2-month extension (to June 15, for a calendar year return) to file your return and pay your tax if you are a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizen or resident and, on the regular due date of your return, you are living outside the United States and Puerto Rico and your main place of business or post of duty is outside the United States and Puerto Rico. Clues fill 1040x form To get this extension, you must attach a statement to your return explaining how you qualified. Clues fill 1040x form You will owe interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date of your return. Clues fill 1040x form Married taxpayers. Clues fill 1040x form   If you file a joint return, either you or your spouse can qualify for the automatic extension. Clues fill 1040x form If you and your spouse file separate returns, the extension applies only to the spouse who qualifies. Clues fill 1040x form Additional extension. Clues fill 1040x form   You can apply for an additional extension of time to file your return by filing Form 4868. Clues fill 1040x form You must file Form 4868 by the due date for your income tax return. Clues fill 1040x form   Generally, you must file it by April 15. Clues fill 1040x form However, if you qualify for the automatic 2-month extension, you generally must file Form 4868 by June 15. Clues fill 1040x form Check the box on line 8 of Form 4868. Clues fill 1040x form Payment of tax. Clues fill 1040x form   You should estimate and pay any additional tax you owe when you file Form 4868 to avoid being charged a late-payment penalty. Clues fill 1040x form The late-payment penalty applies if, through withholding, etc. Clues fill 1040x form , you paid less than 90% of your actual tax liability by the original due date of your income tax return. Clues fill 1040x form Even if the late-payment penalty does not apply, you will be charged interest on any unpaid tax liability from the original due date of the return until the tax is paid. Clues fill 1040x form Electronic filing. Clues fill 1040x form   You can file for the additional extension by phone, using your home computer, or through a tax professional. Clues fill 1040x form See Form 4868 for more information. Clues fill 1040x form Limit on additional extensions. Clues fill 1040x form   You generally cannot get a total extension of more than 6 months. Clues fill 1040x form However, if you are outside the United States and meet certain tests, you may be able to get a longer extension. Clues fill 1040x form   For more information, see Publication 54. Clues fill 1040x form Foreign Bank Accounts You must file Form TD F 90-22. Clues fill 1040x form 1 if at any time during the year you had an interest in, or signature or other authority over, a bank account, securities account, or other financial account in a foreign country. Clues fill 1040x form This applies if the combined assets in the account(s) were more than $10,000. Clues fill 1040x form Do not include accounts in a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form military banking facility operated by a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form financial institution. Clues fill 1040x form File the completed form by June 30 of the following year with the Department of the Treasury at the address shown on that form. Clues fill 1040x form Do not attach it to Form 1040. Clues fill 1040x form If you are required to file Form TD F 90-22. Clues fill 1040x form 1 but do not do so, you may have to pay a penalty of up to $10,000 (more if the failure to file is willful). Clues fill 1040x form You also may be required to file Form 8938 with your U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form income tax return to report your interest in foreign bank accounts and other specified foreign financial assets. Clues fill 1040x form For taxpayers living abroad, you generally do not have to file Form 8938 unless the total value of your specified foreign financial assets is more than $200,000 ($400,000 if married filing jointly) on the last day of the tax year or more than $300,000 ($600,000 if married filing jointly) at any time during the tax year. Clues fill 1040x form For more information, see Form 8938 and its instructions. Clues fill 1040x form U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government Payments Wages earned for performing services outside the United States is foreign income, regardless of your employer. Clues fill 1040x form If you are a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizen or resident alien, you must report all income from worldwide sources on your tax return unless it is exempt by U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form law. Clues fill 1040x form This applies to earned income (such as wages) as well as unearned income (such as interest, dividends, and capital gains). Clues fill 1040x form If you are a nonresident alien, your income from sources outside the United States is not subject to U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form tax. Clues fill 1040x form Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Employees of the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government are not entitled to the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction under section 911 because “foreign earned income ”does not include amounts paid by the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government as an employee. Clues fill 1040x form But see Other Employment, later. Clues fill 1040x form Special Situations In the following two situations, your pay is from the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government and does not qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. Clues fill 1040x form U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form agency reimbursed by foreign country. Clues fill 1040x form   If you are a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government employee paid by a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form agency to perform services in a foreign country, your pay is from the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government and does not qualify the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. Clues fill 1040x form This is true even if the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form agency is reimbursed by the foreign government. Clues fill 1040x form Employees of post exchanges, etc. Clues fill 1040x form   If you are an employee of an Armed Forces post exchange, officers' and enlisted personnel club, Embassy commissary, or similar instrumentality of the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government, the earnings you receive are paid by the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government. Clues fill 1040x form This is true whether they are paid from appropriated or nonappropriated funds. Clues fill 1040x form These earnings are not eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. Clues fill 1040x form Tax Treaty Benefits Most income tax treaties contain an article relating to remuneration from government services. Clues fill 1040x form Even if you are working in a foreign country with which the United States has an income tax treaty in force and the treaty article that applies to government services says that your government pay is taxable only in the foreign country, the treaty will likely contain a “saving clause”, which provides that the United States may tax its citizens and its residents as if the treaty had not come into effect. Clues fill 1040x form In some treaties, the government service article is an exception to the saving clause, but often only for individuals who are not U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizens or green card holders. Clues fill 1040x form Consequently, if you are a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizen or green card holder, you will generally not be entitled to reduce your U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form tax on your government pay. Clues fill 1040x form If you are neither a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizen nor green card holder, and you are treated as a resident of the treaty country under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule), then you may be entitled to benefits under the government service article. Clues fill 1040x form Review the treaty text carefully. Clues fill 1040x form U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizens must always file Form 1040. Clues fill 1040x form Non-U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizens who are treated as a resident of a treaty country under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule) may file Form 1040NR and attach Form 8833. Clues fill 1040x form If you pay or accrue taxes to the foreign country on your pay, you may be able to relieve double taxation with a foreign tax credit. Clues fill 1040x form Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. Clues fill 1040x form Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizens who are residents of a treaty country. Clues fill 1040x form For more information on the mechanics of the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, later. Clues fill 1040x form Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay Most payments received by U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government civilian employees for working abroad, including pay differentials, are taxable. Clues fill 1040x form However, certain foreign areas allowances, cost of living allowances, and travel allowances are tax free. Clues fill 1040x form The following discussions explain the tax treatment of allowances, differentials, and other special pay you receive for employment abroad. Clues fill 1040x form Pay differentials. Clues fill 1040x form   Pay differentials you receive as financial incentives for employment abroad are taxable. Clues fill 1040x form Your employer should have included these differentials as wages on your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Clues fill 1040x form   Generally, pay differentials are given for employment under adverse conditions (such as severe climate) or because the post of duty is located in a hazardous or isolated area that may be outside the United States. Clues fill 1040x form The area does not have to be a qualified hazardous duty area as discussed in Publication 3. Clues fill 1040x form Pay differentials include: Post differentials, Special incentive differentials, and Danger pay. Clues fill 1040x form Foreign areas allowances. Clues fill 1040x form   Certain foreign areas allowances are tax free. Clues fill 1040x form Your employer should not have included these allowances as wages on your Form W-2. Clues fill 1040x form   Tax-free foreign areas allowances are allowances (other than post differentials) received under the following laws. Clues fill 1040x form Title I, chapter 9, of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. Clues fill 1040x form Section 4 of the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949, as amended. Clues fill 1040x form Title II of the Overseas Differentials and Allowances Act. Clues fill 1040x form Subsection (e) or (f) of the first section of the Administrative Expenses Act of 1946, as amended, or section 22 of that Act. Clues fill 1040x form These allowances cover such expenses as: Certain repairs to a leased home, Education of dependents in special situations, Motor vehicle shipment, Separate maintenance for dependents, Temporary quarters, Transportation for medical treatment, and Travel, moving, and storage. Clues fill 1040x form Allowances received by foreign service employees for representation expenses are also tax free under the above provisions. Clues fill 1040x form Cost-of-living allowances. Clues fill 1040x form   If you are stationed outside the continental United States or in Alaska, your gross income does not include cost-of-living allowances (other than amounts received under Title II of the Overseas Differentials and Allowances Act) granted by regulations approved by the President of the United States. Clues fill 1040x form The cost-of-living portion of any other allowance (for example, a living and quarters allowance) is not included even if the underlying allowance is included in gross income. Clues fill 1040x form Cost-of-living allowances are not included on your Form W-2. Clues fill 1040x form Federal court employees. Clues fill 1040x form   If you are a federal court employee, the preceding paragraph also applies to you. Clues fill 1040x form The cost-of-living allowance must be granted by rules similar to regulations approved by the President. Clues fill 1040x form American Institute in Taiwan. Clues fill 1040x form   If you are an employee of the American Institute in Taiwan, allowances you receive are exempt from U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form tax if they are equivalent to tax-exempt allowances received by civilian employees of the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government. Clues fill 1040x form Federal reemployment payments after serving with an international organization. Clues fill 1040x form   If you are a federal employee who is reemployed by a federal agency after serving with an international organization, you must include in income any reemployment payments you receive. Clues fill 1040x form These payments are equal to the difference between the pay, allowances, post differential, and other monetary benefits paid by the international organization and the pay and other benefits that would have been paid by the federal agency had you been detailed to the international agency. Clues fill 1040x form Allowances or reimbursements for travel and transportation expenses. Clues fill 1040x form   See How To Report Business Expenses, later, for a discussion on whether a reimbursement or allowance for travel or transportation is included in your income. Clues fill 1040x form Lodging furnished to a principal representative of the United States. Clues fill 1040x form   If you are a principal representative of the United States stationed in a foreign country, you do not have to include in income the value of lodging (including utilities) provided to you as an official residence. Clues fill 1040x form However, amounts paid by the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form government for your usual costs of operating and maintaining your household are taxable. Clues fill 1040x form If amounts are withheld from your pay to cover these expenses, you cannot exclude or deduct those amounts from your income. Clues fill 1040x form Peace Corps. Clues fill 1040x form   If you are a Peace Corps volunteer or volunteer leader, some allowances you receive are taxable and others are not. Clues fill 1040x form Taxable allowances. Clues fill 1040x form   The following allowances must be included on your Form W-2 and reported on your return as wages. Clues fill 1040x form If you are a volunteer leader, allowances paid to your spouse and minor children while you are training in the United States. Clues fill 1040x form The part of living allowances designated by the Director of the Peace Corps as basic compensation. Clues fill 1040x form This is the part for personal items such as domestic help, laundry and clothing maintenance, entertainment and recreation, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses. Clues fill 1040x form Leave allowances. Clues fill 1040x form Readjustment allowances or “termination payments. Clues fill 1040x form ” Taxable allowances are considered received by you when credited to your account. Clues fill 1040x form Example. Clues fill 1040x form Gary Carpenter, a Peace Corps volunteer, gets $175 a month during his period of service, to be paid to him in a lump sum at the end of his tour of duty. Clues fill 1040x form Although the allowance is not available to him until the end of his service, Gary must include it in his income on a monthly basis as it is credited to his account. Clues fill 1040x form Nontaxable allowances. Clues fill 1040x form   These generally include travel allowances and the part of living allowances for housing, utilities, food, clothing, and household supplies. Clues fill 1040x form These allowances should not be included on your Form W-2. Clues fill 1040x form These allowances are tax free whether paid by the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government or the foreign country in which you are stationed. Clues fill 1040x form Other Income Other employment. Clues fill 1040x form   If, in addition to your U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form government pay, you receive income from a private employer or self-employment, you may qualify to claim the foreign earned income exclusion and the foreign housing exclusion and deduction under section 911 based on this other income provided you meet either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test. Clues fill 1040x form In addition, if your spouse is a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizen or resident alien who earns income in a foreign country that is paid by a private employer or is from self-employment, he or she may also qualify for the exclusion or the deduction. Clues fill 1040x form For more information, see Publication 54. Clues fill 1040x form The tax treaty rules relating to income from personal services generally apply to income from private employment. Clues fill 1040x form As discussed above, the saving clause applies to you if you are a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizen or if you are a resident of the United States under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule). Clues fill 1040x form Sale of personal property. Clues fill 1040x form   If you have a gain from the sale of your personal property (such as an automobile or a home appliance), whether directly or through a favorable exchange rate in converting the proceeds to U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form dollars, the excess of the amount received in U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form dollars over the cost or other basis of the property is a capital gain. Clues fill 1040x form Capital gains are reported on Schedule D (Form 1040), Capital Gains and Losses. Clues fill 1040x form However, losses from sales of your personal property, whether directly or through an unfavorable exchange rate, are not deductible. Clues fill 1040x form Sale of your home. Clues fill 1040x form   All or part of the gain on the sale of your main home, within or outside the United States, may be taxable. Clues fill 1040x form Losses are not deductible. Clues fill 1040x form   You may be able to exclude from income any gain up to $250,000 ($500,000 on a joint return). Clues fill 1040x form Generally, you must have owned and used the home as your main residence for two of the five years preceding the date of sale. Clues fill 1040x form   You can choose to have the 5-year test period for ownership and use suspended during any period you or your spouse is serving on qualified official extended duty as a member of the Foreign Service of the United States, as an employee of the intelligence community, or as an employee or volunteer of the Peace Corps. Clues fill 1040x form   For detailed information on selling your home, see Publication 523. Clues fill 1040x form Deductions and Credits — Business Expenses You may deduct certain expenses such as travel expenses, transportation expenses, and other expenses connected to your employment. Clues fill 1040x form Travel Expenses Subject to certain limits, you can deduct your unreimbursed ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home in connection with the performance of your official duties. Clues fill 1040x form These expenses include such items as travel costs, meals, lodging, baggage charges, local transportation costs (such as taxi fares), tips, and dry cleaning and laundry fees. Clues fill 1040x form Your home for tax purposes (tax home) is your regular post of duty regardless of where you maintain your family home. Clues fill 1040x form Your tax home is not limited to the Embassy, consulate, or duty station. Clues fill 1040x form It includes the entire city or general area in which your principal place of employment is located. Clues fill 1040x form Traveling away from home. Clues fill 1040x form   You are traveling away from home if you meet both of the following requirements. Clues fill 1040x form Your duties require you to be away from the general area of your tax home substantially longer than an ordinary day's work. Clues fill 1040x form You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. Clues fill 1040x form This requirement is not satisfied by merely napping in your car. Clues fill 1040x form You do not have to be away from your tax home for a whole day or from dusk to dawn as long as your relief from duty is long enough to get necessary sleep or rest. Clues fill 1040x form Temporary assignment. Clues fill 1040x form   If your assignment or job away from your tax home is temporary, your tax home does not change. Clues fill 1040x form You are considered to be away from home for the whole period, and your travel expenses are deductible. Clues fill 1040x form 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. Clues fill 1040x form   However, if your assignment or job is indefinite, the location of the assignment or job becomes your new tax home and you cannot deduct your travel expenses while there. Clues fill 1040x form An assignment or job in a single location is considered indefinite if it is realistically expected to last for more than one year, whether or not it actually lasts for more than one year. Clues fill 1040x form   You must determine whether your assignment is temporary or indefinite when you start work. Clues fill 1040x form If you expect employment to last for one year or less, it is temporary unless there are facts and circumstances that indicate otherwise. Clues fill 1040x form Employment that is initially temporary may become indefinite due to changed circumstances. Clues fill 1040x form A series of assignments to the same location, all for short periods but that together cover a long period, may be considered an indefinite assignment. Clues fill 1040x form Exception for federal crime investigations or prosecutions. Clues fill 1040x form   If you are a federal employee participating in a federal crime investigation or prosecution, you may be able to deduct travel expenses even if you are away from your tax home for more than one year. Clues fill 1040x form This exception to the one-year rule applies if the Attorney General certifies that you are traveling for the federal government in a temporary duty status to prosecute, or provide support services for the investigation or prosecution of, a federal crime. Clues fill 1040x form Limit on meals and entertainment. Clues fill 1040x form   You can generally deduct only 50% of the cost of your unreimbursed business-related meals and entertainment. Clues fill 1040x form However, the limit does not apply to expenses reimbursed under a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government expense allowance arrangement. Clues fill 1040x form Individuals subject to hours of service limits. Clues fill 1040x form   You can deduct 80% of your unreimbursed business-related meal expenses if the meals take place during or incident to any period subject to the Department of Transportation's hours of service limits. Clues fill 1040x form   Individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits include the following. Clues fill 1040x form Certain air transportation workers (such as pilots, crew, dispatchers, mechanics, and control tower operators) who are under Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Clues fill 1040x form Interstate truck operators and bus drivers who are under Department of Transportation regulations. Clues fill 1040x form Certain railroad employees (such as engineers, conductors, train crews, dispatchers, and control operations personnel) who are under Federal Railroad Administration regulations. Clues fill 1040x form Certain merchant mariners who are under Coast Guard regulations. Clues fill 1040x form Primary purpose of trip must be for business. Clues fill 1040x form   If your trip was entirely for business, your unreimbursed travel expenses are generally deductible. Clues fill 1040x form However, if you spend some of your time on nonbusiness activities, part of your expenses may not be deductible. Clues fill 1040x form   If your trip was mainly personal, you cannot deduct your travel expenses to and from your destination. Clues fill 1040x form This applies even if you engage in business activities while there. Clues fill 1040x form However, you can deduct any expenses while at your destination that are directly related to your business. Clues fill 1040x form Expenses paid for others. Clues fill 1040x form   You generally cannot deduct travel expenses of your spouse, dependents, or other individuals who go with you on a trip. Clues fill 1040x form Home leave. Clues fill 1040x form   The Foreign Service Act requires U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizens who are members of the foreign service to take a leave of absence after completing 3 years of continuous service abroad. Clues fill 1040x form This period is called “home leave” and can be used to take care of certain personal matters such as medical and dental checkups, buying a new wardrobe, and visiting relatives. Clues fill 1040x form   The amounts paid for your travel, meals, and lodging while on home leave are deductible as travel or business expenses subject to the rules and limits discussed earlier. Clues fill 1040x form You must be able to verify these amounts in order to claim them. Clues fill 1040x form Amounts paid on behalf of your family while on home leave are personal living expenses and are not deductible. Clues fill 1040x form More information. Clues fill 1040x form   See chapter 1 of Publication 463 for more information on travel expenses. Clues fill 1040x form Transportation Expenses You can deduct allowable transportation expenses that are directly related to your official duties. Clues fill 1040x form Transportation expenses include the cost of transportation by air, rail, bus, or taxi, and the cost of driving and maintaining your car. Clues fill 1040x form They do not include expenses you have when traveling away from home overnight. Clues fill 1040x form Those expenses are deductible as travel expenses and are discussed earlier. Clues fill 1040x form Commuting. Clues fill 1040x form   You cannot deduct your transportation costs of going between your home and your regular business location. Clues fill 1040x form These costs are personal commuting expenses. Clues fill 1040x form   If you have one or more regular business locations but must work at a temporary location, you can deduct the costs of commuting to that temporary place of work. Clues fill 1040x form   If you work at two or more places in the same day, you can deduct your expenses of getting from one place of work to the other. Clues fill 1040x form More information. Clues fill 1040x form   For more information on transportation expenses, see chapter 4 of Publication 463. Clues fill 1040x form Other Employee Business Expenses You may be able to deduct other unreimbursed expenses that are connected with your employment. Clues fill 1040x form Membership dues. Clues fill 1040x form   You can deduct membership dues you pay to professional societies that relate to your business or profession. Clues fill 1040x form Subscriptions. Clues fill 1040x form   You can deduct subscriptions to professional publications that relate to your business or profession. Clues fill 1040x form Educational expenses. Clues fill 1040x form   Generally, educational expenses are considered to be personal expenses and are not deductible. Clues fill 1040x form However, under some circumstances, educational expenses are deductible as business expenses. Clues fill 1040x form   You can deduct educational expenses as business expenses if the education: Maintains or improves skills needed in your present position, or Meets the express requirements of your agency to keep your present position, salary, or status. Clues fill 1040x form   You cannot deduct educational expenses as business expenses if the education: Is needed to enable you to meet minimum educational requirements for qualification in your present position, Is a part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new position, or Is for travel as a form of education. Clues fill 1040x form These rules apply even if the education is required by your agency or it maintains or improves skills required in your work. Clues fill 1040x form   See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, for more information on educational expenses. Clues fill 1040x form    Educational expenses that are not work related, such as costs of sending children to college, are personal expenses that you cannot deduct. Clues fill 1040x form However, you may be eligible for other tax benefits such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits; contributions to a Coverdell education savings account or qualified tuition program; deduction for student loan interest; and exclusion from income of certain savings bond interest. Clues fill 1040x form These benefits are explained in Publication 970. Clues fill 1040x form Foreign service representation expenses. Clues fill 1040x form   If you are an employee of the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Foreign Service and your position requires you to establish and maintain favorable relations in foreign countries, you may receive a nontaxable allowance for representation expenses. Clues fill 1040x form If your expenses are more than the allowance you receive, you can deduct the excess expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you meet one of the following conditions. Clues fill 1040x form You have a certificate from the Secretary of State attesting that the expenses were incurred for the benefit of the United States, and would be reimbursable under appropriate legislation if the agency had sufficient funds for these reimbursements. Clues fill 1040x form The expenses, while specifically not reimbursable under State Department regulations, were ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred in the performance of your official duties. Clues fill 1040x form    To deduct any expenses for travel, entertainment, and gifts, including those certified by the Secretary of State, you must meet the rules for recordkeeping and accounting to your employer. Clues fill 1040x form These rules are explained in Publication 463. Clues fill 1040x form Representation expenses. Clues fill 1040x form   These are expenses that further the interest of the United States abroad. Clues fill 1040x form They include certain entertainment, gifts, costs of official functions, and rental of ceremonial dress. Clues fill 1040x form They generally do not include costs of passenger vehicles (such as cars or aircraft), printing or engraving, membership fees, or amounts a principal representative must pay personally to cover the usual costs of operating and maintaining an official residence. Clues fill 1040x form   Chapters 300 and 400 of the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Area) provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as representation expenses. Clues fill 1040x form These regulations are available on the Internet at www. Clues fill 1040x form state. Clues fill 1040x form gov/m/a/als. Clues fill 1040x form Look under “Standardized Regulations (DSSR)” and click on “DSSR Table of Contents. Clues fill 1040x form ” Publication 463 and Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions, provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as ordinary and necessary business expenses. Clues fill 1040x form Impairment-related work expenses. Clues fill 1040x form   If you are an employee with a physical or mental disability, you can deduct attendant-care services at your place of work and other expenses in connection with work that are necessary for you to be able to work. Clues fill 1040x form Attendant care includes a reader for a blind person and a helper for a person with a physical disability. Clues fill 1040x form These expenses are reported on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and carried to Schedule A (Form 1040). Clues fill 1040x form They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted- gross-income limit on miscellaneous itemized deductions. Clues fill 1040x form Loss on conversion of U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form dollars into foreign currency. Clues fill 1040x form   The conversion of U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form dollars into foreign currency at an official rate of exchange that is not as favorable as the free market rate does not result in a deductible loss. Clues fill 1040x form Recordkeeping Rules If you claim a deduction for unreimbursed business expenses, you must keep timely and adequate records of all your business expenses. Clues fill 1040x form For example, you must keep records and supporting evidence to prove the following elements about deductions for travel expenses (including meals and lodging while away from home). Clues fill 1040x form The amount of each separate expense for travel away from home, such as the cost of your transportation, lodging, or meals. Clues fill 1040x form You may total your incidental expenses if you list them in reasonable categories such as daily meals, gasoline and oil, and taxi fares. Clues fill 1040x form For each trip away from home, the dates you left and returned and the number of days spent on business. Clues fill 1040x form The destination or area of your travel, described by the name of the city, town, or similar designation. Clues fill 1040x form The business reason for your travel or the business benefit gained or expected to be gained from your travel. Clues fill 1040x form How to record your expenses. Clues fill 1040x form   Records for proof of your expenses should be kept in an account book, diary, statement of expense, or similar record. Clues fill 1040x form They should be supported by other records, such as receipts or canceled checks, in sufficient detail to establish the elements for these expenses. Clues fill 1040x form You do not need to duplicate information in an account book or diary that is shown on a receipt as long as your records and receipts complement each other in an orderly manner. Clues fill 1040x form   Each expense should be recorded separately in your records. Clues fill 1040x form However, some items can be totaled in reasonable categories. Clues fill 1040x form You can make one daily entry for categories such as taxi fares, telephone calls, meals while away from home, gas and oil, and other incidental costs of travel. Clues fill 1040x form You may record tips separately or with the cost of the service. Clues fill 1040x form    Documentary evidence generally is required to support all lodging expenses while traveling away from home. Clues fill 1040x form It is also required for any other expense of $75 or more, except transportation charges if the evidence is not readily available. Clues fill 1040x form Documentary evidence is a receipt, paid bill, or similar proof sufficient to support an expense. Clues fill 1040x form It ordinarily will be considered adequate if it shows the amount, date, place, and essential business character of the expense. Clues fill 1040x form    A canceled check by itself does not prove a business cost. Clues fill 1040x form You must have other evidence to show that the check was used for a business purpose. Clues fill 1040x form Your records must be timely. Clues fill 1040x form   Record the elements for the expense in your account book or other record at or near the time of the expense. Clues fill 1040x form A timely-kept record has more value than statements prepared later when, generally, there is a lack of accurate recall. Clues fill 1040x form Confidential information. Clues fill 1040x form   You do not need to put confidential information relating to an element of a deductible expense (such as the place, business purpose, or business relationship) in your account book, diary, or other record. Clues fill 1040x form However, you do have to record the information elsewhere at or near the time of the expense and have it available to fully prove that element of the expense. Clues fill 1040x form How To Report Business Expenses As a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government employee, your business expense reimbursements are generally paid under an accountable plan and are not included in your wages on your Form W-2. Clues fill 1040x form If your expenses are not more than the reimbursements, you do not need to show your expenses or reimbursements on your return. Clues fill 1040x form However, if you do not account to your employer for a travel advance or if you do not return any excess advance within a reasonable period of time, the advance (or excess) will be included in your wages on your Form W-2. Clues fill 1040x form If you are entitled to a reimbursement from your employer but you do not claim it, you cannot deduct the expenses to which that unclaimed reimbursement applies. Clues fill 1040x form Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Clues fill 1040x form   You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your expenses. Clues fill 1040x form Also, if your actual expenses are more than your reimbursements, you can complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your excess expenses. Clues fill 1040x form Generally, you must include all of your expenses and reimbursements on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and carry your allowable expense to Schedule A (Form 1040). Clues fill 1040x form Your allowable expense is then generally subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Clues fill 1040x form Form 2106-EZ. Clues fill 1040x form   You may be able to use Form 2106-EZ instead of the more complex Form 2106 for reporting unreimbursed employee business expenses. Clues fill 1040x form You can use Form 2106-EZ if you meet both of the following conditions. Clues fill 1040x form You are not reimbursed by your employer for any expenses. Clues fill 1040x form (Amounts your employer included in your wages on your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements. Clues fill 1040x form ) If you claim car expenses, you use the standard mileage rate. Clues fill 1040x form Deductions and Credits — Nonbusiness Expenses In addition to deductible business expenses, you may be entitled to deduct certain other expenses. Clues fill 1040x form Moving Expenses If you changed job locations or started a new job, you may be able to deduct the reasonable expenses of moving yourself, your family, and your household goods and personal effects to your new home. Clues fill 1040x form However, you cannot deduct any expenses for which you received a tax-free allowance as a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government employee. Clues fill 1040x form To deduct moving expenses, your move must be closely related to the start of work and you must meet the distance test and the time test. Clues fill 1040x form Closely related to the start of work. Clues fill 1040x form   The move must be closely related, both in time and in place, to the start of work at the new location. Clues fill 1040x form In general, you must have incurred your moving expenses within one year from the time you first report to your new job or business. Clues fill 1040x form   A move generally is not considered closely related in place to the start of work if the distance from your new home to the new job location is more than the distance from your former home to the new job location. Clues fill 1040x form A move that does not meet this requirement may qualify if you can show that you must live at the new home as a condition of employment, or you will spend less time or money commuting from the new home to the new job. Clues fill 1040x form Distance test. Clues fill 1040x form   Your new main job location must be at least 50 miles farther from your former home than your old main job location was. Clues fill 1040x form If you did not have an old job location, your new job location must be at least 50 miles from your former home. Clues fill 1040x form Time test. Clues fill 1040x form   If you are an employee, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you arrive in the general area of your new job location. Clues fill 1040x form Deductible moving expenses. Clues fill 1040x form   Moving expenses that can be deducted include the reasonable costs of: Moving household goods and personal effects (including packing, crating, in-transit storage, and insurance) of both you and members of your household, and Transportation and lodging for yourself and members of your household for one trip from your former home to your new home (including costs of getting passports). Clues fill 1040x form    The cost of your meals is not a deductible moving expense. Clues fill 1040x form   The costs of moving household goods include the reasonable expenses of moving household goods and personal effects to and from storage. Clues fill 1040x form For a foreign move, the costs also include expenses of storing the goods and effects for part or all of the period that your new job location abroad continues to be your main job location. Clues fill 1040x form Expenses must be reasonable. Clues fill 1040x form   You can deduct only those expenses that are reasonable for the circumstances of your move. Clues fill 1040x form For example, the costs of traveling from your former home to your new one should be by the shortest, most direct route available by conventional transportation. Clues fill 1040x form Members of your household. Clues fill 1040x form   A member of your household includes anyone who has both your former home and new home as his or her home. Clues fill 1040x form It does not include a tenant or employee unless you can claim that person as a dependent. Clues fill 1040x form Retirees. Clues fill 1040x form   You can deduct the costs of moving to the United States when you permanently retire if both your former main job location and former home were outside the United States and its possessions. Clues fill 1040x form You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. Clues fill 1040x form Survivors. Clues fill 1040x form   You can deduct moving expenses for a move to the United States if you are the spouse or dependent of a person whose main job location at the time of death was outside the United States and its possessions. Clues fill 1040x form The move must begin within 6 months after the decedent's death. Clues fill 1040x form It must be from the decedent's former home outside the United States, and that home must also have been your home. Clues fill 1040x form You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. Clues fill 1040x form How to report moving expenses. Clues fill 1040x form   Use Form 3903 to report your moving expenses and figure your allowable deduction. Clues fill 1040x form Claim the deduction as an adjustment to income on Form 1040. Clues fill 1040x form (You cannot deduct moving expenses on Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. Clues fill 1040x form ) Reimbursements. Clues fill 1040x form   Generally, you must include reimbursements of, or payments for, nondeductible moving expenses in gross income for the year paid. Clues fill 1040x form You also must include in gross income reimbursements paid to you under a nonaccountable plan. Clues fill 1040x form However, there is an exception for the tax-free foreign areas allowances described earlier under Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay. Clues fill 1040x form Additional information. Clues fill 1040x form   For additional information about moving expenses, see Publication 521. Clues fill 1040x form Other Itemized Deductions You may be able to claim other itemized deductions not connected to your employment. Clues fill 1040x form Contributions. Clues fill 1040x form   You can deduct contributions to qualified organizations created or organized in or under the laws of the United States or its possessions. Clues fill 1040x form You cannot deduct contributions you make directly to foreign organizations (except for certain Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican charities), churches, and governments. Clues fill 1040x form For more information, see Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. Clues fill 1040x form Real estate tax and home mortgage interest. Clues fill 1040x form   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance, your itemized deductions for real estate taxes and home mortgage interest are limited. Clues fill 1040x form You must reduce the amount of each deduction that would otherwise be allowable by the amount of each expense that is related to the tax-free allowance. Clues fill 1040x form Example. Clues fill 1040x form Adam is an IRS employee working overseas who receives a $6,300 tax-free housing and utility allowance. Clues fill 1040x form During the year, Adam used the allowance, with other funds, to provide a home for himself. Clues fill 1040x form His expenses for this home totaled $8,400 and consisted of mortgage principal ($500), insurance ($400), real estate taxes ($1,400), mortgage interest ($4,000), and utility costs ($2,100). Clues fill 1040x form Adam did not have any other expenses related to providing a home for himself. Clues fill 1040x form Adam must reduce his deductions for home mortgage interest and real estate taxes. Clues fill 1040x form He figures a reasonable way to reduce them is to multiply them by a fraction: its numerator is $6,300 (the total housing and utility allowance) and its denominator is $8,400 (the total of all payments to which the housing and utility allowance applies). Clues fill 1040x form The result is 3/4. Clues fill 1040x form Adam reduces his otherwise allowable home mortgage interest deduction by $3,000 (the $4,000 he paid ×3/4) and his otherwise allowable real estate tax deduction by $1,050 (the $1,400 he paid × 3/4). Clues fill 1040x form He can deduct $1,000 of his mortgage interest ($4,000 − $3,000) and $350 of his real estate taxes ($1,400 − $1,050) when he itemizes his deductions. Clues fill 1040x form Exception to the reduction. Clues fill 1040x form   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance as a member of the military or the clergy, you do not have to reduce your deductions for real estate tax and home mortgage interest expenses you are otherwise entitled to deduct. Clues fill 1040x form Required statement. Clues fill 1040x form   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance and have real estate tax or home mortgage interest expenses, attach a statement to your tax return. Clues fill 1040x form The statement must contain all of the following information. Clues fill 1040x form The amount of each type of tax-free income you received, such as a tax-free housing allowance or tax-free representation allowance. Clues fill 1040x form The amount of otherwise deductible expenses attributable to each type of tax-free income. Clues fill 1040x form The amount attributable to each type of tax-free income that was not directly attributable to that type of tax-free income. Clues fill 1040x form An explanation of how you determined the amounts not directly attributable to each type of tax-free income. Clues fill 1040x form   The statement must also indicate that none of the amounts deducted on your return are in any way attributable to tax-free income. Clues fill 1040x form Foreign Taxes If you pay or accrue taxes to a foreign government, you generally can choose to either claim them as a credit against your U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form income tax liability or deduct them as an itemized deduction when figuring your taxable income. Clues fill 1040x form Do not include the foreign taxes paid or accrued as withheld income taxes in the Payments section of Form 1040. Clues fill 1040x form Foreign tax credit. Clues fill 1040x form   Your foreign tax credit is subject to a limit based on your taxable income from foreign sources. Clues fill 1040x form If you choose to figure a credit against your U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form tax liability for the foreign taxes, you generally must complete Form 1116 and attach it to your U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form income tax return. Clues fill 1040x form    You cannot claim a credit for foreign taxes paid on amounts excluded from gross income under the foreign earned income or housing exclusions. Clues fill 1040x form If all your foreign income is exempt from U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form tax, you will not be able to claim a foreign tax credit. Clues fill 1040x form   If, because of the limit on the credit, you cannot use the full amount of qualified foreign taxes paid or accrued in the tax year, you are allowed to carry the excess back 1 year and then forward 10 years. Clues fill 1040x form Exemption from limit. Clues fill 1040x form   You can elect to not be subject to the foreign tax limit if you meet all the following conditions. Clues fill 1040x form Your only foreign income is passive income, such as interest, dividends, and royalties. Clues fill 1040x form The total of all your foreign taxes is not more than $300 ($600 for joint tax returns). Clues fill 1040x form The foreign income and taxes are reported to you on a payee statement, such as Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions, or 1099-INT, Interest Income. Clues fill 1040x form If you make the election, you can claim a foreign tax credit without filing Form 1116. Clues fill 1040x form However, you cannot carry back or carry over any unused foreign tax to or from this year. Clues fill 1040x form See the instructions for the appropriate line in the Tax and Credits section of Form 1040. Clues fill 1040x form Foreign tax deduction. Clues fill 1040x form   If you choose to deduct all foreign income taxes on your U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form income tax return, itemize the deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Clues fill 1040x form You cannot deduct foreign taxes paid on income you exclude under the foreign earned income or housing exclusions. Clues fill 1040x form Example. Clues fill 1040x form Dennis and Christina are married and live and work in Country X. Clues fill 1040x form Dennis works for the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government and Christina is employed by a private company. Clues fill 1040x form They pay income tax to Country X on Christina's income only. Clues fill 1040x form Dennis and Christina file a joint tax return and exclude all of Christina's income. Clues fill 1040x form They cannot claim a foreign tax credit or take a deduction for the taxes paid to Country X. Clues fill 1040x form Deduction for other foreign taxes. Clues fill 1040x form   The deduction for foreign taxes other than foreign income taxes is not related to the foreign tax credit. Clues fill 1040x form You can take deductions for these miscellaneous foreign taxes and also claim the foreign tax credit for income taxes paid to a foreign country. Clues fill 1040x form   You can deduct real property taxes you pay that are imposed on you by a foreign country. Clues fill 1040x form You take this deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Clues fill 1040x form You cannot deduct other foreign taxes, such as personal property taxes, unless you incurred the expenses in a trade or business or in the production of income. Clues fill 1040x form More information. Clues fill 1040x form   The foreign tax credit and deduction, their limits, and carryback and carryover provisions are discussed in detail in Publication 514. Clues fill 1040x form Local (Foreign) Tax Return As a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government employee, you are expected to observe and fulfill all tax obligations imposed by the host country government. Clues fill 1040x form Check with local tax authorities to determine whether you are considered a tax resident of your host country, whether you are required to file a host country tax return and whether you owe taxes to the host country. Clues fill 1040x form Tax Treaty Benefits As discussed earlier, most income tax treaties contain an article relating to remuneration from government services. Clues fill 1040x form Review the treaty text carefully to determine whether your U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Government remuneration is taxable in the host country. Clues fill 1040x form You will first have to determine whether you are a resident of your host country under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule). Clues fill 1040x form If you or your spouse receives income from a private employer or self-employment, review the tax treaty rules relating to income from personal services to determine whether that income is taxable in the host country. Clues fill 1040x form If you pay or accrue taxes to both the host country and the United States, you may be able to relieve double taxation with a foreign tax credit. Clues fill 1040x form Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. Clues fill 1040x form Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form citizens who are residents of a treaty country. Clues fill 1040x form For more information about the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, earlier. Clues fill 1040x form Other Agreements The United States may be a party to agreements other than income tax treaties that may affect your tax obligations to the host country. Clues fill 1040x form For example, consular employees may be exempt from host country tax under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations or bilateral consular agreements. Clues fill 1040x form Similarly, certain diplomatic staff may be exempt from host country tax under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Clues fill 1040x form Check with the appropriate U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Embassy for more information. Clues fill 1040x form Double Withholding If your U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form government pay is subject to withholding in both the United States and the foreign country, you may reduce the amount of U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form tax that is withheld from your pay if you expect to be entitled to a foreign tax credit on your U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form income tax return on this income. Clues fill 1040x form Complete Worksheet 1-6 in Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, to determine how to revise Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. Clues fill 1040x form How To Get Tax Help You can get help with unresolved tax issues, order free publications and forms, ask tax questions, and get information from the IRS in several ways. Clues fill 1040x form By selecting the method that is best for you, you will have quick and easy access to tax help. Clues fill 1040x form Free help with your tax return. Clues fill 1040x form   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Clues fill 1040x form The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-moderate income, elderly, disabled, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Clues fill 1040x form The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Clues fill 1040x form Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Clues fill 1040x form Some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. Clues fill 1040x form To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. Clues fill 1040x form gov or call 1-800-906-9887 or 1-800-829-1040. Clues fill 1040x form   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Clues fill 1040x form To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Clues fill 1040x form aarp. Clues fill 1040x form org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Clues fill 1040x form   For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Clues fill 1040x form gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Clues fill 1040x form Internet. Clues fill 1040x form You can access the IRS website at IRS. Clues fill 1040x form gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to: E-file your return. Clues fill 1040x form Find out about commercial tax preparation and e-file services available free to eligible taxpayers. Clues fill 1040x form Check the status of your 2012 refund. Clues fill 1040x form Go to IRS. Clues fill 1040x form gov and click on Where’s My Refund. Clues fill 1040x form Information about your return will generally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-filed return, or 4 weeks after you mail your paper return. Clues fill 1040x form If you filed Form 8379 with your return, wait 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically). Clues fill 1040x form Have your 2012 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Clues fill 1040x form Where's My Refund? has a new look this year! The tool will include a tracker that displays progress through three stages: (1) return received, (2) refund approved, and (3) refund sent. Clues fill 1040x form Where's My Refund? will provide an actual personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Clues fill 1040x form So in a change from previous filing seasons, you won't get an estimated refund date right away. Clues fill 1040x form Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. Clues fill 1040x form You can obtain a free transcript online at IRS. Clues fill 1040x form gov by clicking on Order a Return or Account Transcript under “Tools. Clues fill 1040x form ” For a transcript by phone, call 1-800-908-9946 and follow the prompts in the recorded message. Clues fill 1040x form You will be prompted to provide your SSN or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), date of birth, street address and ZIP code. Clues fill 1040x form Download forms, including talking tax forms, instructions, and publications. Clues fill 1040x form Order IRS products. Clues fill 1040x form Research your tax questions. Clues fill 1040x form Search publications by topic or keyword. Clues fill 1040x form Use the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Clues fill 1040x form View Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRBs) published in the last few years. Clues fill 1040x form Figure your withholding allowances using the IRS Withholding Calculator at www. Clues fill 1040x form irs. Clues fill 1040x form gov/individuals. Clues fill 1040x form Determine if Form 6251 (Alternative Minimum Tax— Individuals), must be filed by using our Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Assistant available at IRS. Clues fill 1040x form gov by typing Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant in the search box. Clues fill 1040x form Sign up to receive local and national tax news by email. Clues fill 1040x form Get information on starting and operating a small business. Clues fill 1040x form Phone. Clues fill 1040x form Many services are available by phone. Clues fill 1040x form   Ordering forms, instructions, and publications. Clues fill 1040x form Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, and publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Clues fill 1040x form You should receive your order within 10 days. Clues fill 1040x form Asking tax questions. Clues fill 1040x form Call the IRS with your tax questions at 1-800-829-1040. Clues fill 1040x form Solving problems. Clues fill 1040x form You can get face-to-face help solving tax problems most business days in IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC). Clues fill 1040x form An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your account, or help you set up a payment plan. Clues fill 1040x form Call your local Taxpayer Assistance Center for an appointment. Clues fill 1040x form To find the number, go to www. Clues fill 1040x form irs. Clues fill 1040x form gov/localcontacts or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Clues fill 1040x form TTY/TDD equipment. Clues fill 1040x form If you have access to TTY/TDD equipment, call 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or to order forms and publications. Clues fill 1040x form The TTY/TDD telephone number is for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Clues fill 1040x form These individuals can also access the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. Clues fill 1040x form gsa. Clues fill 1040x form gov/fedrelay. Clues fill 1040x form TeleTax topics. Clues fill 1040x form Call 1-800-829-4477 to listen to pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics. Clues fill 1040x form Checking the status of your 2012 refund. Clues fill 1040x form To check the status of your 2012 refund, call 1-800-829-1954 or 1-800-829-4477 (automated Where's My Refund? information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Clues fill 1040x form Information about your return will generally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-filed return, or 4 weeks after you mail your paper return. Clues fill 1040x form If you filed Form 8379 with your return, wait 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically). Clues fill 1040x form Have your 2012 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Clues fill 1040x form Where's My Refund? will provide an actual personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Clues fill 1040x form Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. Clues fill 1040x form Outside the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form If you are outside the United States, taxpayer assistance is available at the following U. Clues fill 1040x form S Embassies or consulate. Clues fill 1040x form Beijing, China (86) (10) 8531-3983 Frankfurt, Germany (49) (69) 7535-3834 London, England (44) (20) 7894-0476 Paris, France (33) (1) 4312-2555 Please contact the office for times when assistance will be available. Clues fill 1040x form If you cannot get to one of these offices, taxpayer assistance is available at (267) 941-1000 (not a toll free call). Clues fill 1040x form If you are in a U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form territory (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Virgin Islands) and have a tax question, you can call 1-800-829-1040. Clues fill 1040x form Evaluating the quality of our telephone services. Clues fill 1040x form To ensure IRS representatives give accurate, courteous, and professional answers, we use several methods to evaluate the quality of our telephone services. Clues fill 1040x form One method is for a second IRS representative to listen in on or record random telephone calls. Clues fill 1040x form Another is to ask some callers to complete a short survey at the end of the call. Clues fill 1040x form Walk-in. Clues fill 1040x form Some products and services are available on a walk-in basis. Clues fill 1040x form   Products. Clues fill 1040x form You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Clues fill 1040x form Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Clues fill 1040x form Also, some IRS offices and libraries have the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, Internal Revenue Bulletins, and Cumulative Bulletins available for research purposes. Clues fill 1040x form Services. Clues fill 1040x form You can walk in to your local TAC most business days for personal, face-to-face tax help. Clues fill 1040x form An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. Clues fill 1040x form If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local TAC where you can talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. Clues fill 1040x form No appointment is necessary—just walk in. Clues fill 1040x form Before visiting, check www. Clues fill 1040x form irs. Clues fill 1040x form gov/localcontacts for hours of operation and services provided. Clues fill 1040x form If you have an ongoing, complex tax account problem or a special need, such as a disability, an appointment can be requested by calling your local TAC. Clues fill 1040x form You can leave a message and a representative will call you back within 2 business days. Clues fill 1040x form All other issues will be handled without an appointment. Clues fill 1040x form To call your local TAC, go to  www. Clues fill 1040x form irs. Clues fill 1040x form gov/localcontacts or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Clues fill 1040x form Outside the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form If you are outside the United States during the filing period (January to mid-June), you can get the necessary federal tax forms and publications from most U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Embassies and consulates. Clues fill 1040x form Mail. Clues fill 1040x form You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Clues fill 1040x form You should receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Clues fill 1040x form  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Clues fill 1040x form Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Outside the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form If you are outside the United States, you can get tax assistance by writing to the address below. Clues fill 1040x form  Internal Revenue Service International Accounts Philadelphia, PA 19255-0725 Taxpayer Advocate Service. Clues fill 1040x form   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Clues fill 1040x form Its job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly, and that you know and understand your rights. Clues fill 1040x form TAS offers free help to guide you through the often-confusing process of resolving tax problems that you haven’t been able to solve on your own. Clues fill 1040x form Remember, the worst thing you can do is nothing at all. Clues fill 1040x form   TAS can help if you can’t resolve your problem with the IRS and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Clues fill 1040x form You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Clues fill 1040x form You have tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS has not responded to you by the date promised. Clues fill 1040x form   If you qualify for help, they will do everything they can to get your problem resolved. Clues fill 1040x form You will be assigned to one advocate who will be with you at every turn. Clues fill 1040x form TAS has offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Clues fill 1040x form Although TAS is independent within the IRS, their advocates know how to work with the IRS to get your problems resolved. Clues fill 1040x form And its services are always free. Clues fill 1040x form   As a taxpayer, you have rights that the IRS must abide by in its dealings with you. Clues fill 1040x form The TAS tax toolkit at www. Clues fill 1040x form TaxpayerAdvocate. Clues fill 1040x form irs. Clues fill 1040x form gov can help you understand these rights. Clues fill 1040x form   If you think TAS might be able to help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your phone book and on our website at www. Clues fill 1040x form irs. Clues fill 1040x form gov/advocate. Clues fill 1040x form You can also call the toll-free number at 1-877-777-4778. Clues fill 1040x form Deaf and hard of hearing individuals who have access to TTY/TDD equipment can call 1-800-829-4059. Clues fill 1040x form These individuals can also access the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. Clues fill 1040x form gsa. Clues fill 1040x form gov/fedrelay. Clues fill 1040x form   TAS also handles large-scale or systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Clues fill 1040x form If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it through the Systemic Advocacy Management System at www. Clues fill 1040x form irs. Clues fill 1040x form gov/advocate. Clues fill 1040x form    Outside the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form If you live outside of the United States, you can call the Taxpayer Advocate at (787) 522-8601 in English or (787) 522-8600 in Spanish. Clues fill 1040x form You can contact the Taxpayer Advocate at: Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Advocate Service City View Plaza, 48 Carr 165, Suite 2000 Guaynabo, P. Clues fill 1040x form R. Clues fill 1040x form 00968-8000 Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Clues fill 1040x form   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) are independent from the IRS. Clues fill 1040x form Some clinics serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and who need to resolve a tax problem. Clues fill 1040x form These clinics provide professional representation before the IRS or in court on audits, appeals, tax collection disputes, and other issues for free or for a small fee. Clues fill 1040x form Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in many different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Clues fill 1040x form For more information and to find a clinic near you, see the LITC page on www. Clues fill 1040x form irs. Clues fill 1040x form gov/advocate or IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Clues fill 1040x form This publication is also available by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) or at your local IRS office. Clues fill 1040x form Free tax services. Clues fill 1040x form   Publication 910, IRS Guide to Free Tax Services, is your guide to IRS services and resources. Clues fill 1040x form Learn about free tax information from the IRS, including publications, services, and education and assistance programs. Clues fill 1040x form The publication also has an index of over 100 TeleTax topics (recorded tax information) you can listen to on the telephone. Clues fill 1040x form The majority of the information and services listed in this publication are available to you free of charge. Clues fill 1040x form If there is a fee associated with a resource or service, it is listed in the publication. Clues fill 1040x form   Accessible versions of IRS published products are available on request in a variety of alternative formats for people with disabilities. Clues fill 1040x form DVD for tax products. Clues fill 1040x form You can order Publication 1796, IRS Tax Products DVD, and obtain: Current-year forms, instructions, and publications. Clues fill 1040x form Prior-year forms, instructions, and publications. Clues fill 1040x form Tax Map: an electronic research tool and finding aid. Clues fill 1040x form Tax law frequently asked questions. Clues fill 1040x form Tax Topics from the IRS telephone response system. Clues fill 1040x form Internal Revenue Code—Title 26 of the U. Clues fill 1040x form S. Clues fill 1040x form Code. Clues fill 1040x form Links to other Internet-based tax research materials. Clues fill 1040x form Fill-in, print, and save features for most tax forms. Clues fill 1040x form Internal Revenue Bulletins. Clues fill 1040x form Toll-free and email technical support. Clues fill 1040x form Two releases during the year. Clues fill 1040x form  – The first release will ship the beginning of January 2013. Clues fill 1040x form  – The final release will ship the beginning of March 2013. Clues fill 1040x form Purchase the DVD from National Technical Information Service (NTIS) at www. 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