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IRS Alerta sobre Nueva Estafa de “Phishing” Que Falsamente Alega Venir del Servicio del Defensor del Contribuyente

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Consejo Tributario: Phishing-Malware

IR-2014-39SP, 28 de marzo de 2014

WASHINGTON — El Servicio de Impuestos Internos (IRS) alertó hoy al público de una nueva estafa por correo electrónico que pesca información usando la práctica conocida como "phishing".  Los correos electrónicos parecen provenir del Servicio del Defensor del Contribuyente (TAS, por sus siglas en inglés), e incluyen números de casos ficticios.

Los emails falsos pudieran incluir el siguiente mensaje: Su ingreso reportado del 2013 ha sido seleccionado para una revisión debido a un error del procesamiento de documentos. Su caso ha sido referido al Servicio del Defensor del Contribuyente para asistencia con su resolución. Para evitar demoras en el procesamiento de su presentación del 2013, contacte al Servicio del Defensor del Contribuyente para asistencia con la resolución.

Al destinatario se le indica que haga clic en enlaces que supuestamente proveen información sobre el "defensor" asignado al caso o donde se les permite "revisar el ingreso reportado". Los enlaces conllevan a páginas web que solicitan información personal.

Los contribuyentes que reciben estos mensajes no deben responder al correo electrónico ni hacer clic en los enlaces. Sin embargo, deben reenviar las estafas por correo electrónico a phishing@irs.gov. Para más información, visite la página del IRS acerca de Phishing.

El Servicio del Defensor del Contribuyente es una organización legítima del IRS que ayuda a los contribuyentes a resolver asuntos de impuestos federales que no han sido resueltos mediante los canales normales de la agencia.  El IRS, incluyendo al Servicio del Defensor al Contribuyente no inicia contacto con los contribuyentes a través de correo electrónico, textos, ni mediante ningún tipo de red social.

‪Para más información acerca de estafas a las que estar alerta vea la lista de la “Docena Sucia” en IRS.gov.

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Free efile tax return You deposited $5,000 with a bank and borrowed $5,000 from the bank to make up the $10,000 minimum deposit required to buy a 6-month certificate of deposit. Free efile tax return The certificate earned $575 at maturity in 2013, but you received only $265, which represented the $575 you earned minus $310 interest charged on your $5,000 loan. Free efile tax return The bank gives you a Form 1099-INT for 2013 showing the $575 interest you earned. Free efile tax return The bank also gives you a statement showing that you paid $310 interest for 2013. Free efile tax return You must include the $575 in your income. Free efile tax return If you itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), Itemized Deductions, you can deduct $310, subject to the net investment income limit. Free efile tax return Gift for opening account. Free efile tax return   If you receive noncash gifts or services for making deposits or for opening an account in a savings institution, you may have to report the value as interest. Free efile tax return   For deposits of less than $5,000, gifts or services valued at more than $10 must be reported as interest. Free efile tax return For deposits of $5,000 or more, gifts or services valued at more than $20 must be reported as interest. Free efile tax return The value is determined by the cost to the financial institution. Free efile tax return Example. Free efile tax return You open a savings account at your local bank and deposit $800. Free efile tax return The account earns $20 interest. Free efile tax return You also receive a $15 calculator. Free efile tax return If no other interest is credited to your account during the year, the Form 1099-INT you receive will show $35 interest for the year. Free efile tax return You must report $35 interest income on your tax return. Free efile tax return Interest on insurance dividends. Free efile tax return   Interest on insurance dividends left on deposit with an insurance company that can be withdrawn annually is taxable to you in the year it is credited to your account. Free efile tax return However, if you can withdraw it only on the anniversary date of the policy (or other specified date), the interest is taxable in the year that date occurs. Free efile tax return Prepaid insurance premiums. Free efile tax return   Any increase in the value of prepaid insurance premiums, advance premiums, or premium deposit funds is interest if it is applied to the payment of premiums due on insurance policies or made available for you to withdraw. Free efile tax return U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return obligations. Free efile tax return   Interest on U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return obligations, such as U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return Treasury bills, notes, and bonds, issued by any agency or instrumentality of the United States is taxable for federal income tax purposes. Free efile tax return Interest on tax refunds. Free efile tax return   Interest you receive on tax refunds is taxable income. Free efile tax return Interest on condemnation award. Free efile tax return   If the condemning authority pays you interest to compensate you for a delay in payment of an award, the interest is taxable. Free efile tax return Installment sale payments. Free efile tax return   If a contract for the sale or exchange of property provides for deferred payments, it also usually provides for interest payable with the deferred payments. Free efile tax return That interest is taxable when you receive it. Free efile tax return If little or no interest is provided for in a deferred payment contract, part of each payment may be treated as interest. Free efile tax return See Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537. Free efile tax return Interest on annuity contract. Free efile tax return   Accumulated interest on an annuity contract you sell before its maturity date is taxable. Free efile tax return Usurious interest. Free efile tax return   Usurious interest is interest charged at an illegal rate. Free efile tax return This is taxable as interest unless state law automatically changes it to a payment on the principal. Free efile tax return Interest income on frozen deposits. Free efile tax return   Exclude from your gross income interest on frozen deposits. Free efile tax return A deposit is frozen if, at the end of the year, you cannot withdraw any part of the deposit because: The financial institution is bankrupt or insolvent, or The state in which the institution is located has placed limits on withdrawals because other financial institutions in the state are bankrupt or insolvent. Free efile tax return   The amount of interest you must exclude is the interest that was credited on the frozen deposits minus the sum of: The net amount you withdrew from these deposits during the year, and The amount you could have withdrawn as of the end of the year (not reduced by any penalty for premature withdrawals of a time deposit). Free efile tax return If you receive a Form 1099-INT for interest income on deposits that were frozen at the end of 2013, see Frozen deposits under How To Report Interest Income for information about reporting this interest income exclusion on your tax return. Free efile tax return   The interest you exclude is treated as credited to your account in the following year. Free efile tax return You must include it in income in the year you can withdraw it. Free efile tax return Example. Free efile tax return $100 of interest was credited on your frozen deposit during the year. Free efile tax return You withdrew $80 but could not withdraw any more as of the end of the year. Free efile tax return You must include $80 in your income and exclude $20 from your income for the year. Free efile tax return You must include the $20 in your income for the year you can withdraw it. Free efile tax return Bonds traded flat. Free efile tax return    If you buy a bond at a discount when interest has been defaulted or when the interest has accrued but has not been paid, the transaction is described as trading a bond flat. Free efile tax return The defaulted or unpaid interest is not income and is not taxable as interest if paid later. Free efile tax return When you receive a payment of that interest, it is a return of capital that reduces the remaining cost basis of your bond. Free efile tax return Interest that accrues after the date of purchase, however, is taxable interest income for the year received or accrued. Free efile tax return See Bonds Sold Between Interest Dates , later in this chapter. Free efile tax return Below-Market Loans If you make a below-market gift or demand loan, you must report as interest income any forgone interest (defined later) from that loan. Free efile tax return The below-market loan rules and exceptions are described in this section. Free efile tax return For more information, see section 7872 of the Internal Revenue Code and its regulations. Free efile tax return If you receive a below-market loan, you may be able to deduct the forgone interest as well as any interest you actually paid, but not if it is personal interest. Free efile tax return Loans subject to the rules. Free efile tax return   The rules for below-market loans apply to: Gift loans, Pay-related loans, Corporation-shareholder loans, Tax avoidance loans, and Certain loans made to qualified continuing care facilities under a continuing care contract. Free efile tax return A pay-related loan is any below-market loan between an employer and an employee or between an independent contractor and a person for whom the contractor provides services. Free efile tax return A tax avoidance loan is any below-market loan where the avoidance of federal tax is one of the main purposes of the interest arrangement. Free efile tax return Forgone interest. Free efile tax return   For any period, forgone interest is: The amount of interest that would be payable for that period if interest accrued on the loan at the applicable federal rate and was payable annually on December 31, minus Any interest actually payable on the loan for the period. Free efile tax return Applicable federal rate. Free efile tax return   Applicable federal rates are published by the IRS each month in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. Free efile tax return Some IRS offices have these bulletins available for research. Free efile tax return See chapter 5, How To Get Tax Help , for other ways to get this information. Free efile tax return Rules for below-market loans. Free efile tax return   The rules that apply to a below-market loan depend on whether the loan is a gift loan, demand loan, or term loan. Free efile tax return Gift and demand loans. Free efile tax return   A gift loan is any below-market loan where the forgone interest is in the nature of a gift. Free efile tax return   A demand loan is a loan payable in full at any time upon demand by the lender. Free efile tax return A demand loan is a below-market loan if no interest is charged or if interest is charged at a rate below the applicable federal rate. Free efile tax return   A demand loan or gift loan that is a below-market loan is generally treated as an arm's-length transaction in which the lender is treated as having made: A loan to the borrower in exchange for a note that requires the payment of interest at the applicable federal rate, and An additional payment to the borrower in an amount equal to the forgone interest. Free efile tax return The borrower is generally treated as transferring the additional payment back to the lender as interest. Free efile tax return The lender must report that amount as interest income. Free efile tax return   The lender's additional payment to the borrower is treated as a gift, dividend, contribution to capital, pay for services, or other payment, depending on the substance of the transaction. Free efile tax return The borrower may have to report this payment as taxable income, depending on its classification. Free efile tax return These transfers are considered to occur annually, generally on December 31. Free efile tax return Term loans. Free efile tax return   A term loan is any loan that is not a demand loan. Free efile tax return A term loan is a below-market loan if the amount of the loan is more than the present value of all payments due under the loan. Free efile tax return   A lender who makes a below-market term loan other than a gift loan is treated as transferring an additional lump-sum cash payment to the borrower (as a dividend, contribution to capital, etc. Free efile tax return ) on the date the loan is made. Free efile tax return The amount of this payment is the amount of the loan minus the present value, at the applicable federal rate, of all payments due under the loan. Free efile tax return An equal amount is treated as original issue discount (OID). Free efile tax return The lender must report the annual part of the OID as interest income. Free efile tax return The borrower may be able to deduct the OID as interest expense. Free efile tax return See Original Issue Discount (OID) , later. Free efile tax return Exceptions to the below-market loan rules. Free efile tax return   Exceptions to the below-market loan rules are discussed here. Free efile tax return Exception for loans of $10,000 or less. Free efile tax return   The rules for below-market loans do not apply to any day on which the total outstanding amount of loans between the borrower and lender is $10,000 or less. Free efile tax return This exception applies only to: Gift loans between individuals if the gift loan is not directly used to buy or carry income-producing assets, and Pay-related loans or corporation-shareholder loans if the avoidance of federal tax is not a principal purpose of the interest arrangement. Free efile tax return This exception does not apply to a term loan described in (2) earlier that previously has been subject to the below-market loan rules. Free efile tax return Those rules will continue to apply even if the outstanding balance is reduced to $10,000 or less. Free efile tax return Exception for loans to continuing care facilities. Free efile tax return   Loans to qualified continuing care facilities under continuing care contracts are not subject to the rules for below-market loans for the calendar year if the lender or the lender's spouse is age 62 or older at the end of the year. Free efile tax return For the definitions of qualified continuing care facility and continuing care contract, see Internal Revenue Code section 7872(h). Free efile tax return Exception for loans without significant tax effect. Free efile tax return   Loans are excluded from the below-market loan rules if their interest arrangements do not have a significant effect on the federal tax liability of the borrower or the lender. Free efile tax return These loans include: Loans made available by the lender to the general public on the same terms and conditions that are consistent with the lender's customary business practice; Loans subsidized by a federal, state, or municipal government that are made available under a program of general application to the public; Certain employee-relocation loans; Certain loans from a foreign person, unless the interest income would be effectively connected with the conduct of a U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return trade or business and would not be exempt from U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return tax under an income tax treaty; Gift loans to a charitable organization, contributions to which are deductible, if the total outstanding amount of loans between the organization and lender is $250,000 or less at all times during the tax year; and Other loans on which the interest arrangement can be shown to have no significant effect on the federal tax liability of the lender or the borrower. Free efile tax return For a loan described in (6) above, all the facts and circumstances are used to determine if the interest arrangement has a significant effect on the federal tax liability of the lender or borrower. Free efile tax return Some factors to be considered are: Whether items of income and deduction generated by the loan offset each other; The amount of these items; The cost to you of complying with the below-market loan rules, if they were to apply; and Any reasons other than taxes for structuring the transaction as a below-market loan. Free efile tax return If you structure a transaction to meet this exception and one of the principal purposes of that structure is the avoidance of federal tax, the loan will be considered a tax-avoidance loan, and this exception will not apply. Free efile tax return Limit on forgone interest for gift loans of $100,000 or less. Free efile tax return   For gift loans between individuals, if the outstanding loans between the lender and borrower total $100,000 or less, the forgone interest to be included in income by the lender and deducted by the borrower is limited to the amount of the borrower's net investment income for the year. Free efile tax return If the borrower's net investment income is $1,000 or less, it is treated as zero. Free efile tax return This limit does not apply to a loan if the avoidance of federal tax is one of the main purposes of the interest arrangement. Free efile tax return Effective dates. Free efile tax return    These rules apply to term loans made after June 6, 1984, and to demand loans outstanding after that date. Free efile tax return U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return Savings Bonds This section provides tax information on U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bonds. Free efile tax return It explains how to report the interest income on these bonds and how to treat transfers of these bonds. Free efile tax return U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bonds currently offered to individuals include Series EE bonds and Series I bonds. Free efile tax return For other information on U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bonds, write to:  For Series HH/H: Bureau of the Fiscal Service Division of Customer Assistance P. Free efile tax return O. Free efile tax return Box 2186 Parkersburg, WV 26106-2186  For Series EE and I paper savings bonds: Bureau of the Fiscal Service Division of Customer Assistance P. Free efile tax return O. Free efile tax return Box 7012 Parkersburg, WV 26106-7012  For Series EE and I electronic bonds: Bureau of the Fiscal Service  Division of Customer Assistance P. Free efile tax return O. Free efile tax return Box 7015 Parkersburg, WV 26106-7015 Or, on the Internet, visit: www. Free efile tax return treasurydirect. Free efile tax return gov/indiv/indiv. Free efile tax return htm. Free efile tax return Accrual method taxpayers. Free efile tax return   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you must report interest on U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bonds each year as it accrues. Free efile tax return You cannot postpone reporting interest until you receive it or until the bonds mature. Free efile tax return Cash method taxpayers. Free efile tax return   If you use the cash method of accounting, as most individual taxpayers do, you generally report the interest on U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bonds when you receive it. Free efile tax return But see Reporting options for cash method taxpayers , later. Free efile tax return Series HH bonds. Free efile tax return   These bonds were issued at face value. Free efile tax return Interest is paid twice a year by direct deposit to your bank account. Free efile tax return If you are a cash method taxpayer, you must report interest on these bonds as income in the year you receive it. Free efile tax return   Series HH bonds were first offered in 1980 and last offered in August 2004. Free efile tax return Before 1980, series H bonds were issued. Free efile tax return Series H bonds are treated the same as series HH bonds. Free efile tax return If you are a cash method taxpayer, you must report the interest when you receive it. Free efile tax return   Series H bonds have a maturity period of 30 years. Free efile tax return Series HH bonds mature in 20 years. Free efile tax return The last series H bonds matured in 2009. Free efile tax return The last series HH bonds will mature in 2024. Free efile tax return Series EE and series I bonds. Free efile tax return   Interest on these bonds is payable when you redeem the bonds. Free efile tax return The difference between the purchase price and the redemption value is taxable interest. Free efile tax return Series EE bonds. Free efile tax return   Series EE bonds were first offered in January 1980 and have a maturity period of 30 years. Free efile tax return Before July 1980, series E bonds were issued. Free efile tax return The original 10-year maturity period of series E bonds has been extended to 40 years for bonds issued before December 1965 and 30 years for bonds issued after November 1965. Free efile tax return Paper series EE and series E bonds are issued at a discount. Free efile tax return The face value is payable to you at maturity. Free efile tax return Electronic series EE bonds are issued at their face value. Free efile tax return The face value plus accrued interest is payable to you at maturity. Free efile tax return As of January 1, 2012, paper savings bonds were no longer sold at financial institutions. Free efile tax return    Owners of paper series EE bonds can convert them to electronic bonds. Free efile tax return These converted bonds do not retain the denomination listed on the paper certificate but are posted at their purchase price (with accrued interest). Free efile tax return Series I bonds. Free efile tax return   Series I bonds were first offered in 1998. Free efile tax return These are inflation-indexed bonds issued at their face amount with a maturity period of 30 years. Free efile tax return The face value plus all accrued interest is payable to you at maturity. Free efile tax return Reporting options for cash method taxpayers. Free efile tax return   If you use the cash method of reporting income, you can report the interest on series EE, series E, and series I bonds in either of the following ways. Free efile tax return Method 1. Free efile tax return Postpone reporting the interest until the earlier of the year you cash or dispose of the bonds or the year in which they mature. Free efile tax return (However, see Savings bonds traded , later. Free efile tax return )  Note. Free efile tax return Series EE bonds issued in 1983 matured in 2013. Free efile tax return If you have used method 1, you generally must report the interest on these bonds on your 2013 return. Free efile tax return The last series E bonds were issued in 1980 and matured in 2010. Free efile tax return If you used method 1, you generally should have reported the interest on these bonds on your 2010 return. Free efile tax return Method 2. Free efile tax return Choose to report the increase in redemption value as interest each year. Free efile tax return  You must use the same method for all series EE, series E, and series I bonds you own. Free efile tax return If you do not choose method 2 by reporting the increase in redemption value as interest each year, you must use method 1. Free efile tax return If you plan to cash your bonds in the same year you will pay for higher educational expenses, you may want to use method 1 because you may be able to exclude the interest from your income. Free efile tax return To learn how, see Education Savings Bond Program, later. Free efile tax return Change from method 1. Free efile tax return   If you want to change your method of reporting the interest from method 1 to method 2, you can do so without permission from the IRS. Free efile tax return In the year of change, you must report all interest accrued to date and not previously reported for all your bonds. Free efile tax return   Once you choose to report the interest each year, you must continue to do so for all series EE, series E, and series I bonds you own and for any you get later, unless you request permission to change, as explained next. Free efile tax return Change from method 2. Free efile tax return   To change from method 2 to method 1, you must request permission from the IRS. Free efile tax return Permission for the change is automatically granted if you send the IRS a statement that meets all the following requirements. Free efile tax return You have typed or printed the following number at the top: “131. Free efile tax return ” It includes your name and social security number under “131. Free efile tax return ” It includes the year of change (both the beginning and ending dates). Free efile tax return It identifies the savings bonds for which you are requesting this change. Free efile tax return It includes your agreement to: Report all interest on any bonds acquired during or after the year of change when the interest is realized upon disposition, redemption, or final maturity, whichever is earliest; and Report all interest on the bonds acquired before the year of change when the interest is realized upon disposition, redemption, or final maturity, whichever is earliest, with the exception of the interest reported in prior tax years. Free efile tax return   You must attach this statement to your tax return for the year of change, which you must file by the due date (including extensions). Free efile tax return   You can have an automatic extension of 6 months from the due date of your return for the year of change (excluding extensions) to file the statement with an amended return. Free efile tax return On the statement, type or print “Filed pursuant to section 301. Free efile tax return 9100-2. Free efile tax return ” To get this extension, you must have filed your original return for the year of the change by the due date (including extensions). Free efile tax return    By the date you file the original statement with your return, you must also send a signed copy to the address below. Free efile tax return    Internal Revenue Service Attention: CC:IT&A (Automatic Rulings Branch) P. Free efile tax return O. Free efile tax return Box 7604 Benjamin Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044   If you use a private delivery service, send the signed copy to the address below. Free efile tax return Internal Revenue Service Attention: CC:IT&A  (Automatic Rulings Branch) Room 5336 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20224    Instead of filing this statement, you can request permission to change from method 2 to method 1 by filing Form 3115. Free efile tax return In that case, follow the form instructions for an automatic change. Free efile tax return No user fee is required. Free efile tax return Co-owners. Free efile tax return   If a U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bond is issued in the names of co-owners, such as you and your child or you and your spouse, interest on the bond is generally taxable to the co-owner who bought the bond. Free efile tax return One co-owner's funds used. Free efile tax return   If you used your funds to buy the bond, you must pay the tax on the interest. Free efile tax return This is true even if you let the other co-owner redeem the bond and keep all the proceeds. Free efile tax return Under these circumstances, the co-owner who redeemed the bond will receive a Form 1099-INT at the time of redemption and must provide you with another Form 1099-INT showing the amount of interest from the bond taxable to you. Free efile tax return The co-owner who redeemed the bond is a “nominee. Free efile tax return ” See Nominee distributions under How To Report Interest Income, later, for more information about how a person who is a nominee reports interest income belonging to another person. Free efile tax return Both co-owners' funds used. Free efile tax return   If you and the other co-owner each contribute part of the bond's purchase price, the interest is generally taxable to each of you, in proportion to the amount each of you paid. Free efile tax return Community property. Free efile tax return   If you and your spouse live in a community property state and hold bonds as community property, one-half of the interest is considered received by each of you. Free efile tax return If you file separate returns, each of you generally must report one-half of the bond interest. Free efile tax return For more information about community property, see Publication 555. Free efile tax return Table 1-2. Free efile tax return   These rules are also shown in Table 1-2. Free efile tax return Child as only owner. Free efile tax return   Interest on U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bonds bought for and registered only in the name of your child is income to your child, even if you paid for the bonds and are named as beneficiary. Free efile tax return If the bonds are series EE, series E, or series I bonds, the interest on the bonds is income to your child in the earlier of the year the bonds are cashed or disposed of or the year the bonds mature, unless your child chooses to report the interest income each year. Free efile tax return Choice to report interest each year. Free efile tax return   The choice to report the accrued interest each year can be made either by your child or by you for your child. Free efile tax return This choice is made by filing an income tax return that shows all the interest earned to date, and by stating on the return that your child chooses to report the interest each year. Free efile tax return Either you or your child should keep a copy of this return. Free efile tax return   Unless your child is otherwise required to file a tax return for any year after making this choice, your child does not have to file a return only to report the annual accrual of U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bond interest under this choice. Free efile tax return However, see Tax on unearned income of certain children , earlier, under General Information. Free efile tax return Neither you nor your child can change the way you report the interest unless you request permission from the IRS, as discussed earlier under Change from method 2 . Free efile tax return Ownership transferred. Free efile tax return   If you bought series E, series EE, or series I bonds entirely with your own funds and had them reissued in your co-owner's name or beneficiary's name alone, you must include in your gross income for the year of reissue all interest that you earned on these bonds and have not previously reported. Free efile tax return But, if the bonds were reissued in your name alone, you do not have to report the interest accrued at that time. Free efile tax return   This same rule applies when bonds (other than bonds held as community property) are transferred between spouses or incident to divorce. Free efile tax return Example. Free efile tax return You bought series EE bonds entirely with your own funds. Free efile tax return You did not choose to report the accrued interest each year. Free efile tax return Later, you transfer the bonds to your former spouse under a divorce agreement. Free efile tax return You must include the deferred accrued interest, from the date of the original issue of the bonds to the date of transfer, in your income in the year of transfer. Free efile tax return Your former spouse includes in income the interest on the bonds from the date of transfer to the date of redemption. Free efile tax return Table 1-2. Free efile tax return Who Pays the Tax on U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return Savings Bond Interest IF . Free efile tax return . Free efile tax return . Free efile tax return THEN the interest must be reported by . Free efile tax return . Free efile tax return . Free efile tax return you buy a bond in your name and the name of another person as co-owners, using only your own funds you. Free efile tax return you buy a bond in the name of another person, who is the sole owner of the bond the person for whom you bought the bond. Free efile tax return you and another person buy a bond as co-owners, each contributing part of the purchase price both you and the other co-owner, in proportion to the amount each paid for the bond. Free efile tax return you and your spouse, who live in a community property state, buy a bond that is community property you and your spouse. Free efile tax return If you file separate returns, both you and your spouse generally report one-half of the interest. Free efile tax return Purchased jointly. Free efile tax return   If you and a co-owner each contributed funds to buy series E, series EE, or series I bonds jointly and later have the bonds reissued in the co-owner's name alone, you must include in your gross income for the year of reissue your share of all the interest earned on the bonds that you have not previously reported. Free efile tax return The former co-owner does not have to include in gross income at the time of reissue his or her share of the interest earned that was not reported before the transfer. Free efile tax return This interest, however, as well as all interest earned after the reissue, is income to the former co-owner. Free efile tax return   This income-reporting rule also applies when the bonds are reissued in the name of your former co-owner and a new co-owner. Free efile tax return But the new co-owner will report only his or her share of the interest earned after the transfer. Free efile tax return   If bonds that you and a co-owner bought jointly are reissued to each of you separately in the same proportion as your contribution to the purchase price, neither you nor your co-owner has to report at that time the interest earned before the bonds were reissued. Free efile tax return Example 1. Free efile tax return You and your spouse each spent an equal amount to buy a $1,000 series EE savings bond. Free efile tax return The bond was issued to you and your spouse as co-owners. Free efile tax return You both postpone reporting interest on the bond. Free efile tax return You later have the bond reissued as two $500 bonds, one in your name and one in your spouse's name. Free efile tax return At that time neither you nor your spouse has to report the interest earned to the date of reissue. Free efile tax return Example 2. Free efile tax return You bought a $1,000 series EE savings bond entirely with your own funds. Free efile tax return The bond was issued to you and your spouse as co-owners. Free efile tax return You both postponed reporting interest on the bond. Free efile tax return You later have the bond reissued as two $500 bonds, one in your name and one in your spouse's name. Free efile tax return You must report half the interest earned to the date of reissue. Free efile tax return Transfer to a trust. Free efile tax return   If you own series E, series EE, or series I bonds and transfer them to a trust, giving up all rights of ownership, you must include in your income for that year the interest earned to the date of transfer if you have not already reported it. Free efile tax return However, if you are considered the owner of the trust and if the increase in value both before and after the transfer continues to be taxable to you, you can continue to defer reporting the interest earned each year. Free efile tax return You must include the total interest in your income in the year you cash or dispose of the bonds or the year the bonds finally mature, whichever is earlier. Free efile tax return   The same rules apply to previously unreported interest on series EE or series E bonds if the transfer to a trust consisted of series HH or series H bonds you acquired in a trade for the series EE or series E bonds. Free efile tax return See Savings bonds traded , later. Free efile tax return Decedents. Free efile tax return   The manner of reporting interest income on series E, series EE, or series I bonds, after the death of the owner (decedent), depends on the accounting and income-reporting methods previously used by the decedent. Free efile tax return Decedent who reported interest each year. Free efile tax return   If the bonds transferred because of death were owned by a person who used an accrual method, or who used the cash method and had chosen to report the interest each year, the interest earned in the year of death up to the date of death must be reported on that person's final return. Free efile tax return The person who acquires the bonds includes in income only interest earned after the date of death. Free efile tax return Decedent who postponed reporting interest. Free efile tax return   If the transferred bonds were owned by a decedent who had used the cash method and had not chosen to report the interest each year, and who had bought the bonds entirely with his or her own funds, all interest earned before death must be reported in one of the following ways. Free efile tax return The surviving spouse or personal representative (executor, administrator, etc. Free efile tax return ) who files the final income tax return of the decedent can choose to include on that return all interest earned on the bonds before the decedent's death. Free efile tax return The person who acquires the bonds then includes in income only interest earned after the date of death. Free efile tax return If the choice in (1) is not made, the interest earned up to the date of death is income in respect of the decedent and should not be included in the decedent's final return. Free efile tax return All interest earned both before and after the decedent's death (except any part reported by the estate on its income tax return) is income to the person who acquires the bonds. Free efile tax return If that person uses the cash method and does not choose to report the interest each year, he or she can postpone reporting it until the year the bonds are cashed or disposed of or the year they mature, whichever is earlier. Free efile tax return In the year that person reports the interest, he or she can claim a deduction for any federal estate tax paid on the part of the interest included in the decedent's estate. Free efile tax return For more information on income in respect of a decedent, see Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators. Free efile tax return Example 1. Free efile tax return Your uncle, a cash method taxpayer, died and left you a $1,000 series EE bond. Free efile tax return He had bought the bond for $500 and had not chosen to report the interest each year. Free efile tax return At the date of death, interest of $200 had accrued on the bond, and its value of $700 was included in your uncle's estate. Free efile tax return Your uncle's executor chose not to include the $200 accrued interest in your uncle's final income tax return. Free efile tax return The $200 is income in respect of the decedent. Free efile tax return You are a cash method taxpayer and do not choose to report the interest each year as it is earned. Free efile tax return If you cash the bond when it reaches maturity value of $1,000, you report $500 interest income—the difference between maturity value of $1,000 and the original cost of $500. Free efile tax return For that year, you can deduct (as a miscellaneous itemized deduction not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit) any federal estate tax paid because the $200 interest was included in your uncle's estate. Free efile tax return Example 2. Free efile tax return If, in Example 1 , the executor had chosen to include the $200 accrued interest in your uncle's final return, you would report only $300 as interest when you cashed the bond at maturity. Free efile tax return $300 is the interest earned after your uncle's death. Free efile tax return Example 3. Free efile tax return If, in Example 1 , you make or have made the choice to report the increase in redemption value as interest each year, you include in gross income for the year you acquire the bond all of the unreported increase in value of all series E, series EE, and series I bonds you hold, including the $200 on the bond you inherited from your uncle. Free efile tax return Example 4. Free efile tax return When your aunt died, she owned series HH bonds that she had acquired in a trade for series EE bonds. Free efile tax return You were the beneficiary of these bonds. Free efile tax return Your aunt used the cash method and did not choose to report the interest on the series EE bonds each year as it accrued. Free efile tax return Your aunt's executor chose not to include any interest earned before your aunt's death on her final return. Free efile tax return The income in respect of the decedent is the sum of the unreported interest on the series EE bonds and the interest, if any, payable on the series HH bonds but not received as of the date of your aunt's death. Free efile tax return You must report any interest received during the year as income on your return. Free efile tax return The part of the interest payable but not received before your aunt's death is income in respect of the decedent and may qualify for the estate tax deduction. Free efile tax return For information on when to report the interest on the series EE bonds traded, see Savings bonds traded , later. Free efile tax return Savings bonds distributed from a retirement or profit-sharing plan. Free efile tax return   If you acquire a U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bond in a taxable distribution from a retirement or profit-sharing plan, your income for the year of distribution includes the bond's redemption value (its cost plus the interest accrued before the distribution). Free efile tax return When you redeem the bond (whether in the year of distribution or later), your interest income includes only the interest accrued after the bond was distributed. Free efile tax return To figure the interest reported as a taxable distribution and your interest income when you redeem the bond, see Worksheet for savings bonds distributed from a retirement or profit-sharing plan under How To Report Interest Income, later. Free efile tax return Savings bonds traded. Free efile tax return   If you postponed reporting the interest on your series EE or series E bonds, you did not recognize taxable income when you traded the bonds for series HH or series H bonds, unless you received cash in the trade. Free efile tax return (You cannot trade series I bonds for series HH bonds. Free efile tax return After August 31, 2004, you cannot trade any other series of bonds for series HH bonds. Free efile tax return ) Any cash you received is income up to the amount of the interest earned on the bonds traded. Free efile tax return When your series HH or series H bonds mature, or if you dispose of them before maturity, you report as interest the difference between their redemption value and your cost. Free efile tax return Your cost is the sum of the amount you paid for the traded series EE or series E bonds plus any amount you had to pay at the time of the trade. Free efile tax return Example. Free efile tax return You traded series EE bonds (on which you postponed reporting the interest) for $2,500 in series HH bonds and $223 in cash. Free efile tax return You reported the $223 as taxable income on your tax return. Free efile tax return At the time of the trade, the series EE bonds had accrued interest of $523 and a redemption value of $2,723. Free efile tax return You hold the series HH bonds until maturity, when you receive $2,500. Free efile tax return You must report $300 as interest income in the year of maturity. Free efile tax return This is the difference between their redemption value, $2,500, and your cost, $2,200 (the amount you paid for the series EE bonds). Free efile tax return (It is also the difference between the accrued interest of $523 on the series EE bonds and the $223 cash received on the trade. Free efile tax return ) Choice to report interest in year of trade. Free efile tax return   You could have chosen to treat all of the previously unreported accrued interest on series EE or series E bonds traded for series HH bonds as income in the year of the trade. Free efile tax return If you made this choice, it is treated as a change from method 1. Free efile tax return See Change from method 1 under Series EE and series I bonds, earlier. Free efile tax return Form 1099-INT for U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bond interest. Free efile tax return   When you cash a bond, the bank or other payer that redeems it must give you a Form 1099-INT if the interest part of the payment you receive is $10 or more. Free efile tax return Box 3 of your Form 1099-INT should show the interest as the difference between the amount you received and the amount paid for the bond. Free efile tax return However, your Form 1099-INT may show more interest than you have to include on your income tax return. Free efile tax return For example, this may happen if any of the following are true. Free efile tax return You chose to report the increase in the redemption value of the bond each year. Free efile tax return The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by amounts previously included in income. Free efile tax return You received the bond from a decedent. Free efile tax return The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by any interest reported by the decedent before death, or on the decedent's final return, or by the estate on the estate's income tax return. Free efile tax return Ownership of the bond was transferred. Free efile tax return The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by interest that accrued before the transfer. Free efile tax return You were named as a co-owner, and the other co-owner contributed funds to buy the bond. Free efile tax return The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by the amount you received as nominee for the other co-owner. Free efile tax return (See Co-owners , earlier in this section, for more information about the reporting requirements. Free efile tax return ) You received the bond in a taxable distribution from a retirement or profit-sharing plan. Free efile tax return The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by the interest portion of the amount taxable as a distribution from the plan and not taxable as interest. Free efile tax return (This amount is generally shown on Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. Free efile tax return , for the year of distribution. Free efile tax return )   For more information on including the correct amount of interest on your return, see U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bond interest previously reported or Nominee distributions under How To Report Interest Income, later. Free efile tax return    Interest on U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bonds is exempt from state and local taxes. Free efile tax return The Form 1099-INT you receive will indicate the amount that is for U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bonds interest in box 3. Free efile tax return Do not include this income on your state or local income tax return. Free efile tax return Education Savings Bond Program You may be able to exclude from income all or part of the interest you receive on the redemption of qualified U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bonds during the year if you pay qualified higher educational expenses during the same year. Free efile tax return This exclusion is known as the Education Savings Bond Program. Free efile tax return You do not qualify for this exclusion if your filing status is married filing separately. Free efile tax return Form 8815. Free efile tax return   Use Form 8815 to figure your exclusion. Free efile tax return Attach the form to your Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Free efile tax return Qualified U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bonds. Free efile tax return   A qualified U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bond is a series EE bond issued after 1989 or a series I bond. Free efile tax return The bond must be issued either in your name (sole owner) or in your and your spouse's names (co-owners). Free efile tax return You must be at least 24 years old before the bond's issue date. Free efile tax return For example, a bond bought by a parent and issued in the name of his or her child under age 24 does not qualify for the exclusion by the parent or child. Free efile tax return    The issue date of a bond may be earlier than the date the bond is purchased because the issue date assigned to a bond is the first day of the month in which it is purchased. Free efile tax return Beneficiary. Free efile tax return   You can designate any individual (including a child) as a beneficiary of the bond. Free efile tax return Verification by IRS. Free efile tax return   If you claim the exclusion, the IRS will check it by using bond redemption information from the Department of Treasury. Free efile tax return Qualified expenses. Free efile tax return   Qualified higher educational expenses are tuition and fees required for you, your spouse, or your dependent (for whom you claim an exemption) to attend an eligible educational institution. Free efile tax return   Qualified expenses include any contribution you make to a qualified tuition program or to a Coverdell education savings account. Free efile tax return For information about these programs, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Free efile tax return   Qualified expenses do not include expenses for room and board or for courses involving sports, games, or hobbies that are not part of a degree or certificate granting program. Free efile tax return Eligible educational institutions. Free efile tax return   These institutions include most public, private, and nonprofit universities, colleges, and vocational schools that are accredited and eligible to participate in student aid programs run by the Department of Education. Free efile tax return Reduction for certain benefits. Free efile tax return   You must reduce your qualified higher educational expenses by all of the following tax-free benefits. Free efile tax return Tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships. Free efile tax return Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a Coverdell ESA. Free efile tax return Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a qualified tuition program. Free efile tax return Any tax-free payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance, such as: Veterans' educational assistance benefits, Qualified tuition reductions, or Employer-provided educational assistance. Free efile tax return Any expense used in figuring the American Opportunity and lifetime learning credits. Free efile tax return For information about these benefits, see Publication 970. Free efile tax return Amount excludable. Free efile tax return   If the total proceeds (interest and principal) from the qualified U. Free efile tax return S. Free efile tax return savings bonds you redeem during the year are not more than your adjusted qualified higher educational expenses for the year, you may be able to exclude all of the interest. Free efile tax return If the proceeds are more than the expenses, you may be able to exclude only part of the interest. Free efile tax return   To determine the excludable amount, multiply the interest part of the proceeds by a fraction. Free efile tax return The numer