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E filing income tax Publication 554 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders IntroductionVolunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. E filing income tax Ordering forms and publications. E filing income tax Tax questions. E filing income tax What's New Alternative minimum tax exemption increased. E filing income tax  The AMT exemption amount has increased to $51,900 ($80,800 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er); $40,400 if married filing separately). E filing income tax Earned income credit. E filing income tax  The maximum amount of income you can earn and still get the credit has increased. E filing income tax You may be able to take the credit if you earn less than: $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly), do not have a qualifying child, and are at least 25 years old and under 65, $37,870 ($43,210 if married filing jointly), and you have one qualifying child, $43,038 ($48,378 if married filing jointly), and you have two qualifying children, or $46,227 ($51,567 if married filing jointly), and you have three or more qualifying children. E filing income tax For more information, see Earned Income Credit , later. E filing income tax Exemption phaseout. E filing income tax  You lose at least part of the benefit of your exemptions if your adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. E filing income tax For 2013, the phaseout begins at $150,000 for married individuals filing separate returns; $250,000 for single individuals; $275,000 for heads of household; and $300,000 for married individuals filing joint returns or qualifying widow(er)s. E filing income tax For more information, see Phaseout of Exemptions in Publication 501. E filing income tax Limit on itemized deductions. E filing income tax   Beginning January 1, 2013, itemized deductions for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes above $150,000 may be reduced. E filing income tax See Overall limitation , later. E filing income tax Medical and dental expenses. E filing income tax   Beginning January 1, 2013, taxpayers 65 and older can deduct only the part of their medical and dental expenses that exceed 7. E filing income tax 5% of their adjusted gross income (10% for taxpayers under 65). E filing income tax Same-sex marriages. E filing income tax  If you have a same-sex spouse whom you legally married in a state (or foreign country) that recognizes same-sex marriage, you and your spouse generally must use the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status on your 2013 return, even if you and your spouse now live in a state (or foreign country) that does not recognize same-sex marriage. E filing income tax For more information, see Publication 501. E filing income tax Reminders Future developments. E filing income tax  For the latest information about developments related to Publication 554, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. E filing income tax irs. E filing income tax gov/pub554. E filing income tax Tax return preparers. E filing income tax  Choose your preparer carefully. E filing income tax If you pay someone to prepare your return, the preparer is required, under the law, to sign the return and fill in the other blanks in the Paid Preparer's area of your return. E filing income tax Remember, however, that you are still responsible for the accuracy of every item entered on your return. E filing income tax If there is any underpayment, you are responsible for paying it, plus any interest and penalty that may be due. E filing income tax Sale of home by surviving spouse. E filing income tax  If you are an unmarried widow or widower, you may qualify to exclude up to $500,000 of any gain from the sale or exchange of your main home. E filing income tax For more information, see Sale of Home , later. E filing income tax Third party designee. E filing income tax  You can check the “Yes” box in the Third Party Designee area of your return to authorize the IRS to discuss your return with your preparer, a friend, family member, or any other person you choose. E filing income tax This allows the IRS to call the person you identified as your designee to answer any questions that may arise during the processing of your return. E filing income tax It also allows your designee to perform certain actions. E filing income tax See your income tax return instructions for details. E filing income tax Employment tax withholding. E filing income tax  Your wages are subject to withholding for income tax, social security tax, and Medicare tax even if you are receiving social security benefits. E filing income tax Photographs of missing children. E filing income tax  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. E filing income tax Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. E filing income tax You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. E filing income tax Introduction The purpose of this publication is to provide a general overview of selected topics that are of interest to older taxpayers. E filing income tax The publication will help you determine if you need to file a return and, if so, what items to report on your return. E filing income tax Each topic is discussed only briefly, so you will find references to other free IRS publications that provide more detail on these topics if you need it. E filing income tax Table I has a list of questions you may have about filing your federal tax return. E filing income tax To the right of each question is the location of the answer in this publication. E filing income tax Also, at the back of this publication there is an index to help you search for the topic you need. E filing income tax While most federal income tax laws apply equally to all taxpayers, regardless of age, there are some provisions that give special treatment to older taxpayers. E filing income tax The following are some examples. E filing income tax Higher gross income threshold for filing. E filing income tax You must be age 65 or older at the end of the year to get this benefit. E filing income tax You are considered age 65 on the day before your 65th birthday. E filing income tax Therefore, you are considered age 65 at the end of the year if your 65th birthday is on or before January 1 of the following year. E filing income tax Higher standard deduction. E filing income tax If you do not itemize deductions, you are entitled to a higher standard deduction if you are age 65 or older at the end of the year. E filing income tax You are considered age 65 at the end of the year if your 65th birthday is on or before January 1 of the following year. E filing income tax Credit for the elderly or the disabled. E filing income tax If you qualify, you may benefit from the credit for the elderly or the disabled. E filing income tax To determine if you qualify and how to figure this credit, see Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled , later. E filing income tax Return preparation assistance. E filing income tax   The IRS wants to make it easier for you to file your federal tax return. E filing income tax You may find it helpful to visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), or American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax-Aide site near you. E filing income tax Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. E filing income tax   These programs provide free help for low-income taxpayers and taxpayers age 60 or older to fill in and file their returns. E filing income tax For the VITA/TCE site nearest you, contact your local IRS office. E filing income tax For more information, see Free help with your tax return under How To Get Tax Help. E filing income tax   For the location of an AARP Tax-Aide site in your community, call 1-888-227-7669. E filing income tax When asked, be ready to press in or speak your 5-digit ZIP code. E filing income tax Or, you can visit their website on the Internet at www. E filing income tax aarp. E filing income tax org/money/taxaide. E filing income tax Comments and suggestions. E filing income tax   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. E filing income tax   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. E filing income tax NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. E filing income tax Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. E filing income tax   You can send your comments from www. E filing income tax irs. E filing income tax gov/formspubs/. E filing income tax Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. E filing income tax ”   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. E filing income tax Ordering forms and publications. E filing income tax   Visit www. E filing income tax irs. E filing income tax gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. E filing income tax Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. E filing income tax Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. E filing income tax   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. E filing income tax gov or call 1-800-829-1040. E filing income tax We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. E filing income tax Table I. E filing income tax What You Should Know About Federal Taxes Note. E filing income tax The following is a list of questions you may have about filling out your federal income tax return. E filing income tax  To the right of each question is the location of the answer in this publication. E filing income tax What I Should Know Where To Find the Answer Do I need to file a return? See chapter 1. E filing income tax Is my income taxable or nontaxable?  If it is nontaxable, must I still report it? See chapter 2. E filing income tax How do I report benefits I received from the Social Security Administration or the Railroad Retirement Board?  Are these benefits taxable? See Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits in chapter 2. E filing income tax Must I report the sale of my home?  If I had a gain, is any part of it taxable? See Sale of Home in chapter 2. E filing income tax What are some of the items that I can deduct to reduce my income? See chapters 3 and 4. E filing income tax How do I report the amounts I set aside for my IRA? See Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) Contributions and Deductions in chapter 3. E filing income tax Would it be better for me to claim the standard deduction or itemize my deductions? See chapter 4. E filing income tax What are some of the credits I can claim to reduce my tax? See chapter 5 for discussions on the credit for the elderly or the disabled, the child and dependent care credit, and the earned income credit. E filing income tax Must I make estimated tax payments? See chapter 6. E filing income tax How do I contact the IRS or get more information? See chapter 7. E filing income tax Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications