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Understanding your CP12M Notice
We made changes to the computation of the Making Work Pay and/or Government Retiree Credits on your return.
What you need to do
- Review the notice, and compare our changes to the information on your tax return.
- If you agree with the changes we made, do nothing; you should receive a refund check in 4-6 weeks, as long as you don't owe other tax or debts we're required to collect.
- If you don't agree, call 1-800-829-8374 to review your account or contact us by mail. Include any correspondence or documentation.
You may want to...
- Download copies of the following materials (if they weren't included with your notice):
- Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to have forms and publications mailed to you.
Answers to Common Questions
What is the Making Work Pay Credit?
The Making Work Pay Credit is a refundable tax credit that can go up to $400 for individuals and to $800 for married taxpayers.
How can taxpayers get this credit?
Even if your federal income tax withholding was reduced because of the credit, you must complete a Schedule M, Making Work Pay, and claim the credit on your income tax return to benefit from it.
What happens if I don't receive a paycheck from an employer?
You can claim the credit on your 2010 income tax return by filing a Schedule M, Making Work Pay.
What is the Government Retiree Credit?
Taxpayers can take a credit of $250 ($500 if married and both spouses qualify) if you or your spouse received a pension or annuity payment in 2010 for service performed for the U.S. Government or any U.S. state or local government, and the service was not covered by social security. But you cannot take the credit if you and your spouse both received a $250 economic recovery payment.
Tips for next year
- In 2011, when you file your taxes for tax year 2010, complete Schedule M to see if you are eligible for the Making Work Pay and Government Retiree Credits.
- Consider filing your taxes electronically. Filing online can help you avoid mistakes and find credits and deductions that you may qualify for. In many cases you can file for free. Learn more about e-file.
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Compare tax software 29. Compare tax software Limit on Itemized Deductions Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Are You Subject to the Limit? Which Itemized Deductions Are Limited? Which Itemized Deductions Are Not Limited? How Do You Figure the Limit?Example. Compare tax software Introduction This chapter discusses the overall limit on itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Compare tax software The following topics are included. Compare tax software Who is subject to the limit. Compare tax software Which itemized deductions are limited. Compare tax software How to figure the limit. Compare tax software Useful Items - You may want to see: Forms (and Instructions) Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Are You Subject to the Limit? You are subject to the limit on certain itemized deductions if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than $300,000 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), $275,000 if head of household, $250,000 if single, or $150,000 if married filing separately. Compare tax software Your AGI is the amount on Form 1040, line 38. Compare tax software Which Itemized Deductions Are Limited? The following Schedule A (Form 1040) deductions are subject to the overall limit on itemized deductions. Compare tax software Taxes paid—line 9 Interest paid—lines 10, 11, 12, and 13 Gifts to charity—line 19 Job expenses and certain miscellaneous deductions—line 27 Other miscellaneous deductions—line 28, excluding gambling and casualty or theft losses. Compare tax software . Compare tax software Which Itemized Deductions Are Not Limited? The following Schedule A (Form 1040) deductions are not subject to the overall limit on itemized deductions. Compare tax software However, they are still subject to other applicable limits. Compare tax software Medical and dental expenses—line 4. Compare tax software Investment interest expense—line 14. Compare tax software Casualty and theft losses of personal use property—line 20. Compare tax software Casualty and theft losses of income-producing property—line 28. Compare tax software Gambling losses—line 28. Compare tax software How Do You Figure the Limit? If your itemized deductions are subject to the limit, the total of all your itemized deductions is reduced by the smaller of: 80% of your itemized deductions that are affected by the limit. Compare tax software See Which Itemized Deductions Are Limited , earlier, or 3% of the amount by which your AGI exceeds $300,000 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), $275,000 if head of household, $250,000 if single, or $150,000 if married filing separately. Compare tax software Before you figure the overall limit on itemized deductions, you first must complete Schedule A (Form 1040), lines 1 through 28, including any related forms (such as Form 2106, Form 4684, etc. Compare tax software ). Compare tax software The overall limit on itemized deductions is figured after you have applied any other limit on the allowance of any itemized deduction. Compare tax software These other limits include charitable contribution limits (chapter 24), the limit on certain meal and entertainment expenses (chapter 26), and the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit on certain miscellaneous deductions (chapter 28). Compare tax software Itemized Deductions Worksheet. Compare tax software After you have completed Schedule A (Form 1040) through line 28, you can use the Itemized Deductions Worksheet in the Instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040) to figure your limit. Compare tax software Enter the result on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 29. Compare tax software Keep the worksheet for your records. Compare tax software You should compare the amount of your standard deduction to the amount of your itemized deductions after applying the limit. Compare tax software Use the greater amount when completing Form 1040, line 40. Compare tax software See chapter 20 for information on how to figure your standard deduction. Compare tax software Example. Compare tax software For tax year 2013 Bill and Terry Willow are filing a joint return on Form 1040. Compare tax software Their adjusted gross income on line 38 is $325,500. Compare tax software Their Schedule A itemized deductions are as follows: Taxes paid—line 9 $17,900 Interest paid—lines 10, 11, 12, and 13 45,000 Investment interest expense—line 14 41,000 Gifts to charity—line 19 21,000 Job expenses—line 27 17,240 Total $142,140 The Willows’ investment interest expense deduction ($41,000 from Schedule A (Form 1040), line 14) is not subject to the overall limit on itemized deductions. Compare tax software The Willows use the Itemized Deductions Worksheet in the Schedule A (Form 1040) instructions to figure their overall limit. Compare tax software Of their $142,140 total itemized deductions, the Willows can deduct only $141,375 ($142,140 - $765). Compare tax software They enter $141,375 on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 29. Compare tax software Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications