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Free state tax returns Publication 3 - Main Content Table of Contents Gross IncomeForeign Source Income Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) Community Property Form W-2 Codes Adjustments to IncomeArmed Forces Reservists Individual Retirement Arrangements Moving Expenses Combat Zone ExclusionCombat Zone Serving in a Combat Zone Amount of Exclusion Alien StatusResident Aliens Nonresident Aliens Dual-Status Aliens Sale of HomePeriod of suspension. Free state tax returns Qualified official extended duty. Free state tax returns ForeclosuresLump Sum Portion of Settlement Payment. Free state tax returns Interest Payment on Lump Sum Portion of Settlement Payment. Free state tax returns Lost Equity Portion of Settlement Payment. Free state tax returns The rules that apply to a lost equity payment you received for the foreclosure of a property that was not your main home are different. Free state tax returns Interest Payment on Lost Equity Portion of Settlement Payment. Free state tax returns Itemized DeductionsEmployee Business Expenses Repayments CreditsFirst-Time Homebuyer Credit Child Tax Credit Earned Income Credit Credit for Excess Social Security Tax Withheld Forgiveness of Decedent's Tax LiabilityCombat Zone Related Forgiveness Terrorist or Military Action Related Forgiveness Claims for Tax Forgiveness Filing ReturnsSame-Sex Marriage Where To File When To File Signing Returns Extension of DeadlinesService That Qualifies for an Extension of Deadline Length of Extension Actions for Which Deadlines Are Extended Deferral of Payment Maximum Rate of Interest How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Gross Income Members of the Armed Forces receive many different types of pay and allowances. Free state tax returns Some are included in gross income while others are excluded from gross income. Free state tax returns Included items (Table 1) are subject to tax and must be reported on your tax return. Free state tax returns Excluded items (Table 2) are not subject to tax, but may have to be shown on your tax return. Free state tax returns For information on the exclusion of pay for service in a combat zone and other tax benefits for combat zone participants, see Combat Zone Exclusion and Extension of Deadlines , later. Free state tax returns Table 1. Free state tax returns Included Items These items are included in gross income, unless the pay is for service in a combat zone. Free state tax returns Basic pay • Active duty   Bonus pay • Career status   • Attendance at a designated service school     • Enlistment  • Officer   • Back wages     • Overseas extension   • CONUS COLA       • Reenlistment   • Drills         • Reserve training         • Training duty   Other pay  • Accrued leave          • High deployment per diem Special • Aviation career incentives      • Personal money allowances paid to pay • Career sea     high-ranking officers   • Diving duty      • Student loan repayment from programs   • Foreign duty (outside the 48 contiguous     such as the Department of Defense   states and the District of Columbia)     Educational Loan Repayment Program   • Foreign language proficiency     when year's service (requirement) is not   • Hardship duty     attributable to a combat zone   • Hostile fire or imminent danger         • Medical and dental officers   Incentive pay  • Submarine   • Nuclear-qualified officers      • Flight   • Optometry      • Hazardous duty   • Pharmacy      • High altitude/Low Opening (HALO)   • Special compensation for assistance with activities of daily living (SCAADL)         • Special duty assignment pay         • Veterinarian         • Voluntary Separation Incentive       Basic allowance for housing (BAH). Free state tax returns   You can still deduct mortgage interest and real estate taxes on your home if you pay these expenses with your BAH. Free state tax returns Table 2. Free state tax returns Excluded Items The exclusion for certain items applies whether the item is furnished in kind or is a reimbursement or allowance. Free state tax returns There is no exclusion for the personal use of a government-provided vehicle. Free state tax returns Combat  zone pay • Compensation for active service while in a combat zone Note: Limited amount for officers     • Housing and cost-of-living allowances abroad paid by the U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Government or by a foreign government         • OHA (Overseas Housing Allowance)                     Other pay • Defense counseling         • Disability, including payments received for injuries incurred as a direct result of a terrorist or military action         • Group-term life insurance   Moving • Dislocation   • Professional education   allowances • Military base realignment and   • ROTC educational and subsistence     closure benefit    allowances     (the exclusion is limited as   • State bonus pay for service in a     described above)   combat zone     • Move-in housing   • Survivor and retirement protection     • Moving household and   plan premiums     personal items   • Uniform allowances     • Moving trailers or mobile homes   • Uniforms furnished to enlisted     • Storage   personnel     • Temporary lodging and         temporary lodging expenses                 Travel • Annual round trip for dependent Death • Burial services   allowances students allowances • Death gratuity payments to     • Leave between consecutive   eligible survivors     overseas tours   • Travel of dependents to burial site     • Reassignment in a dependent         restricted status Family • Certain educational expenses for     • Transportation for you or your allowances dependents     dependents during ship overhaul   • Emergencies     or inactivation   • Evacuation to a place of safety     • Per diem   • Separation             In-kind military • Dependent-care assistance program Living • BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing)   benefits • Legal assistance allowances • BAS (Basic Allowance for Subsistence)     • Medical/dental care         • Commissary/exchange discounts         • Space-available travel on government aircraft           Death gratuity. Free state tax returns   Any death gratuity paid to a survivor of a member of the Armed Forces is excluded from gross income. Free state tax returns Differential wage payments. Free state tax returns   Differential wage payments are any payments made by an employer to an individual for a period during which the individual is performing service in the uniformed services while on active duty for a period of more than 30 days and that represent all or a portion of the wages the individual would have received from the employer if the individual was performing services for the employer. Free state tax returns These amounts are taxable and cannot be excluded as combat pay. Free state tax returns Military base realignment and closure benefit. Free state tax returns   Payments made under the Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) generally are excluded from income. Free state tax returns However, the excludable amount cannot be more than the maximum amount described in subsection (c) of 42 USC 3374 as in effect on November 6, 2009. Free state tax returns Any part of the payment that is more than this limit is included in gross income. Free state tax returns For more information about the HAP, see http://hap. Free state tax returns usace. Free state tax returns army. Free state tax returns mil/Overview. Free state tax returns html. Free state tax returns Qualified reservist distribution (QRD). Free state tax returns   A QRD is a distribution to an individual of all or part of the individual's balance in a cafeteria plan or health flexible spending arrangement if: The individual was a reservist who was ordered or called to active duty for more than 179 days or for an indefinite period, and The distribution is made no sooner than the date the reservist was ordered or called to active duty and no later than the last day reimbursements could otherwise be made under the arrangement for the plan year which includes the date of the order or the call to duty. Free state tax returns A QRD is included in gross income and is subject to employment taxes. Free state tax returns The employer must include the QRD (reduced by after-tax contributions to the health flexible spending arrangement) as wages on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Free state tax returns Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) distributions. Free state tax returns   If you participate in the Uniformed Services TSP and receive a distribution from your account, the distribution is generally included in your taxable income. Free state tax returns   If your contributions included tax-exempt combat zone pay, the part of the distribution attributable to those contributions is tax exempt. Free state tax returns However, the earnings on the tax-exempt portion of the distribution are taxable. Free state tax returns The TSP will provide a statement showing the taxable and non-taxable portions of the distribution. Free state tax returns Roth Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) balance. Free state tax returns   You may be able to contribute to a designated Roth Account through the TSP known as the Roth TSP. Free state tax returns Roth TSP contributions are after-tax contributions, subject to the same contribution limits as the traditional TSP. Free state tax returns Qualified distributions from a Roth TSP are not included in your income. Free state tax returns For more details, see Thrift Savings Accounts in Part II of Publication 721, Tax Guide to U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Civil Service Retirement Benefits. Free state tax returns State bonus payments. Free state tax returns   Bonus payments made by a state (or a political subdivision thereof) to a member or former member of the uniformed services of the United States or to a dependent of such member are considered combat pay (and therefore may not be taxable) if the payments are made only because of the member's service in a combat zone. Free state tax returns See Combat Zone , later, for a list of designated combat zones. Free state tax returns Foreign Source Income If you are a U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns citizen with income from sources outside the United States (foreign income), you must report all of that income (except for amounts that U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns law allows you to exclude) on your tax return. Free state tax returns This is true whether you reside inside or outside the United States and whether or not you receive a Form W-2 or a Form 1099. Free state tax returns This applies to earned income (such as wages and tips) as well as unearned income (such as interest, dividends, capital gains, pensions, rents, and royalties). Free state tax returns Certain taxpayers can exclude income earned in foreign countries. Free state tax returns For 2013, this exclusion amount can be as much as $97,600. Free state tax returns However, the foreign earned income exclusion does not apply to the wages and salaries of military and civilian employees of the U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Government. Free state tax returns Employees of the U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Government include those who work at United States Armed Forces exchanges, commissioned and noncommissioned officers' messes, Armed Forces motion picture services, and similar personnel. Free state tax returns Other foreign income earned by military personnel or their spouses may be eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion. Free state tax returns For more information on the exclusion, see Publication 54. Free state tax returns Residents of American Samoa may be able to exclude income from American Samoa. Free state tax returns This possession exclusion does not apply to wages and salaries of military and civilian employees of the U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Government. Free state tax returns If you need information on the possession exclusion, see Publication 570, Tax Guide for Individuals With Income From U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Possessions. Free state tax returns Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) If you are the civilian spouse of an active duty U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns military servicemember and your domicile is the same as the servicemember's, you can choose to keep your prior residence or domicile for tax purposes when you accompany the servicemember spouse, who is relocating under military orders to a new duty station in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or a U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns possession. Free state tax returns See Publication 570 for more information. Free state tax returns Domicile. Free state tax returns   Your domicile is the permanent legal home you intend to use for an indefinite or unlimited period, and to which, when absent, you intend to return. Free state tax returns It is not always where you presently live. Free state tax returns Community Property The pay you earn as a member of the Armed Forces may be subject to community property laws depending on your marital status, your domicile, and the nature of the payment. Free state tax returns The community property states are Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Free state tax returns Marital status. Free state tax returns   Community property rules apply to married persons whose domicile during the tax year was in a community property state. Free state tax returns The rules may affect your tax liability if you file separate returns or are divorced during the year. Free state tax returns Nevada, Washington, and California domestic partners. Free state tax returns   A registered domestic partner in Nevada, Washington, or California generally must report half the combined income of the individual and his or her domestic partner. Free state tax returns See Form 8958 and Publication 555, Community Property. Free state tax returns Nature of the payment. Free state tax returns   Active duty military pay is subject to community property laws. Free state tax returns Armed Forces retired or retainer pay may be subject to community property laws. Free state tax returns   For more information on community property laws, see Publication 555. Free state tax returns Form W-2 Codes Form W-2 shows your total pay and other compensation and the income tax, social security tax, and Medicare tax that was withheld during the year. Free state tax returns Form W-2 also shows other amounts that you may find important in box 12. Free state tax returns The amounts shown in box 12 are generally preceded by a code. Free state tax returns A list of codes used in box 12 is shown, next. Free state tax returns Form W-2 Reference Guide for Box 12 Codes A Uncollected social security or RRTA J Nontaxable sick pay T Adoption benefits   tax on tips             K 20% excise tax on excess golden V Income from exercise of B Uncollected Medicare tax on tips   parachute payments   nonstatutory stock option(s)             C Taxable cost of group-term life L Substantiated employee business W Employer contributions (including   insurance over $50,000   expense reimbursements   employee contributions through a           cafeteria plan) to an employee's D Elective deferrals under a section M Uncollected social security or RRTA   health savings account (HSA)   401(k) cash or deferred arrangement   tax on taxable cost of group-term life       plan (including a SIMPLE 401(k)   insurance over $50,000 (former Y Deferrals under a section 409A   arrangement)   employees only)   nonqualified deferred           compensation plan E Elective deferrals under a section N Uncollected Medicare tax on taxable       403(b) salary reduction agreement   cost of group-term life insurance Z Income under section 409A on a       over $50,000 (former employees only)   nonqualified deferred F Elective deferrals under a section       compensation plan   408(k)(6) salary reduction SEP P Excludable moving expense           reimbursements paid directly to AA Designated Roth contributions G Elective deferrals and employer   employee   under a section 401(k) plan   contributions (including nonelective           deferrals) to a section 457(b) Q Nontaxable combat pay BB Designated Roth contributions   deferred compensation plan       under a section 403(b) plan     R Employer contributions to an Archer     H Elective deferrals to a section   MSA DD Cost of employer-sponsored   501(c)(18)(D) tax-exempt       health coverage   organization plan S Employee salary reduction contributions under a section 408(p) SIMPLE  EE  Designated Roth contributions under a governmental section 457(b) plan  Note. Free state tax returns For more information on these codes, see your Form(s) W-2. Free state tax returns Adjustments to Income Adjusted gross income is your total income minus certain adjustments. Free state tax returns The following adjustments are of particular interest to members of the Armed Forces. Free state tax returns Armed Forces Reservists If you are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces and you travel more than 100 miles away from home in connection with your performance of services as a member of the reserves, you can deduct your unreimbursed travel expenses as an adjustment to income on line 24 of Form 1040, U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Individual Income Tax Return, rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Free state tax returns Include all unreimbursed expenses from the time you leave home until the time you return home. Free state tax returns The deduction is limited to the amount the federal government generally reimburses its employees for travel expenses. Free state tax returns For more information about this limit, see Per Diem and Car Allowances in chapter 6 of Publication 463. Free state tax returns Member of a reserve component. Free state tax returns   You are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces if you are in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard of the United States, the Air National Guard of the United States, or the Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service. Free state tax returns How to report. Free state tax returns   If you have reserve-related travel that takes you more than 100 miles from home, you should first complete Form 2106, Employee Business Expenses, or Form 2106-EZ, Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses. Free state tax returns Then enter on Form 1040, line 24, the part of your expenses, up to the federal rate, included on Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, that is for reserve-related travel more than 100 miles from your home. Free state tax returns Subtract this amount from the total on Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, and deduct the balance as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Free state tax returns Example. Free state tax returns Captain Harris, a member of the Army Reserve, traveled to a location 220 miles from his home to perform his work in the reserves in April 2013. Free state tax returns He incurred $1,549 of unreimbursed expenses consisting of $249 for mileage (440 miles × 56. Free state tax returns 5 cents per mile), $300 for meals, and $1,000 for lodging. Free state tax returns He also had other deductible mileage expenses of $110 for several trips to a location 20 miles from his home. Free state tax returns Only 50% of his meal expenses are deductible. Free state tax returns He shows his total deductible travel expenses of $1,509 ($249 + $150 (50% of $300) + $1,000 + $110) on Form 2106, line 10. Free state tax returns He enters the $1,399 ($249 + $150 + $1,000) for travel over 100 miles from home on Form 1040, line 24. Free state tax returns He then subtracts that $1,399 from the amount on Form 2106, $1,509, and enters $110 on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Free state tax returns Individual Retirement Arrangements Generally, you can deduct the lesser of the contributions to your traditional individual retirement arrangement (IRA) for the year or the general limit (or spousal IRA limit, if applicable). Free state tax returns However, if you or your spouse was covered by an employer-maintained retirement plan at any time during the year for which contributions were made, you may not be able to deduct all of the contributions. Free state tax returns The Form W-2 you or your spouse receives from an employer has a box used to indicate whether you were covered for the year. Free state tax returns The “Retirement plan” box should have a mark in it if you were covered. Free state tax returns For purposes of a deduction for contributions to a traditional IRA, Armed Forces members (including reservists on active duty for more than 90 days during the year) are considered covered by an employer-maintained retirement plan. Free state tax returns Individuals serving in the U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Armed Forces or in support of the U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Armed Forces in designated combat zones have additional time to make a qualified retirement contribution to an IRA. Free state tax returns For more information on this extension of deadline provision, see Extension of Deadlines , later. Free state tax returns For more information on IRAs, see Publication 590. Free state tax returns Combat Pay For IRA purposes, your compensation includes nontaxable combat pay. Free state tax returns This means that even though you do not have to include the combat pay in your gross income, you do include it in your compensation when figuring the limits on contributions and deductions of contributions to IRAs. Free state tax returns Qualified Reservist Distributions A qualified reservist distribution is defined below. Free state tax returns It is not subject to the 10% additional tax on early distributions from certain retirement plans. Free state tax returns Definition. Free state tax returns   A distribution you receive is a qualified reservist distribution if the following requirements are met. Free state tax returns You were ordered or called to active duty after September 11, 2001. Free state tax returns You were ordered or called to active duty for a period of more than 179 days or for an indefinite period because you are a member of a reserve component (see Member of a reserve component , earlier, under Armed Forces Reservists. Free state tax returns ) The distribution is from an IRA or from amounts attributable to elective deferrals under a section 401(k) or 403(b) plan or a similar arrangement. Free state tax returns The distribution was made no earlier than the date of the order or call to active duty and no later than the close of the active duty period. Free state tax returns Qualified Reservist Repayments You may be able to contribute (repay) to an IRA amounts equal to any qualified reservist distributions (defined earlier) you received. Free state tax returns You can make these repayment contributions even if they would cause your total contributions to the IRA to be more than the general limit on contributions. Free state tax returns You make these repayment contributions to an IRA, even if you received the qualified reservist distribution from a section 401(k) or 403(b) plan or a similar arrangement. Free state tax returns Limit. Free state tax returns   Your qualified reservist repayments cannot be more than your qualified reservist distributions. Free state tax returns When repayment contributions can be made. Free state tax returns   You cannot make these repayment contributions after the date that is 2 years after your active duty period ends. Free state tax returns No deduction. Free state tax returns   You cannot deduct qualified reservist repayments. Free state tax returns Figuring your IRA deduction. Free state tax returns   The repayment of qualified reservist distributions does not affect the amount you can deduct as an IRA contribution. Free state tax returns Reporting the repayment. Free state tax returns   If you repay a qualified reservist distribution, include the amount of the repayment with nondeductible contributions on line 1 of Form 8606, Nondeductible IRAs. Free state tax returns Moving Expenses To deduct moving expenses, you generally must meet certain time and distance tests. Free state tax returns However, if you are a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and you move because of a permanent change of station, you do not have to meet these tests. Free state tax returns You can deduct your unreimbursed moving expenses on Form 3903. Free state tax returns Permanent change of station. Free state tax returns   A permanent change of station includes: A move from your home to your first post of active duty, A move from one permanent post of duty to another, and A move from your last post of duty to your home or to a nearer point in the United States. Free state tax returns The move must occur within 1 year of ending your active duty or within the period allowed under the Joint Federal Travel Regulations. Free state tax returns Spouse and dependents. Free state tax returns   If you are the spouse or dependent of a member of the Armed Forces who deserts, is imprisoned, or dies, a permanent change of station for you includes a move to: The member's place of enlistment or induction, Your, or the member's, home of record, or A nearer point in the United States. Free state tax returns   If the military moves you to or from a different location than the member, the moves are treated as a single move to your new main job location. Free state tax returns Services or reimbursements provided by the government. Free state tax returns   Do not include in your income the value of moving and storage services provided by the government because of a permanent change of station. Free state tax returns Similarly, do not include in income amounts received as a dislocation allowance, temporary lodging expense, temporary lodging allowance, or move-in housing allowance. Free state tax returns   Generally, if the total reimbursements or allowances that you receive from the government because of the move are more than your actual moving expenses, the excess is included in your wages on Form W-2. Free state tax returns However, if any reimbursements or allowances (other than dislocation, temporary lodging, temporary lodging expense, or move-in housing allowances) exceed the cost of moving and the excess is not included in your wages on Form W-2, the excess still must be included in gross income on Form 1040, line 7. Free state tax returns   Use Form 3903 to deduct qualified expenses that exceed your reimbursements and allowances (including dislocation, temporary lodging, temporary lodging expense, or move-in housing allowances that are excluded from gross income). Free state tax returns   If you must relocate and your spouse and dependents move to or from a different location, do not include in income reimbursements, allowances, or the value of moving and storage services provided by the government to move you and your spouse and dependents to and from the separate locations. Free state tax returns   Do not deduct any expenses for moving services that were provided by the government. Free state tax returns Also, do not deduct any expenses that were reimbursed by an allowance you did not include in income. Free state tax returns Deductible Moving Expenses If you move because of a permanent change of station, you can deduct the reasonable unreimbursed expenses of moving you and members of your household. Free state tax returns You can deduct expenses (if not reimbursed or furnished in kind) for: Moving household goods and personal effects, and Travel. Free state tax returns Moving household goods and personal effects. Free state tax returns   You can deduct the expenses of moving your household goods and personal effects, including expenses for hauling a trailer, packing, crating, in-transit storage, and insurance. Free state tax returns You cannot deduct expenses for moving furniture or other goods you bought on the way from your old home to your new home. Free state tax returns Storing and insuring household goods and personal effects. Free state tax returns   You can include only the cost of storing and insuring your household goods and personal effects within any period of 30 consecutive days after the day these goods and effects are moved from your former home and before they are delivered to your new home. Free state tax returns Travel. Free state tax returns   You can deduct the expenses of traveling (including lodging but not meals) from your old home to your new home, including car expenses and air fare. Free state tax returns You can deduct as car expenses either: Your actual out-of-pocket expenses such as gas and oil, or The standard mileage rate of 24 cents a mile. Free state tax returns   You can add parking fees and tolls to the amount claimed under either method. Free state tax returns You cannot deduct any expenses for meals. Free state tax returns You cannot deduct the cost of unnecessary side trips or lavish and extravagant lodging. Free state tax returns Member of your household. Free state tax returns   A member of your household is anyone who has both your former home and your new home as his or her main home. Free state tax returns It does not include a tenant or employee unless you can claim that person as a dependent. Free state tax returns Foreign Moves A foreign move is a move from the United States or its possessions to a foreign country or from one foreign country to another foreign country. Free state tax returns A move from a foreign country to the United States or its possessions is not a foreign move. Free state tax returns For a foreign move, the deductible moving expenses described earlier are expanded to include the reasonable expenses of: Moving your household goods and personal effects to and from storage, and Storing these items for part or all of the time the new job location remains your main job location. Free state tax returns The new job location must be outside the United States. Free state tax returns Reporting Moving Expenses Figure moving expense deductions on Form 3903. Free state tax returns Carry the deduction from Form 3903 to Form 1040, line 26. Free state tax returns For more information, see Publication 521 and Form 3903. Free state tax returns Combat Zone Exclusion If you are a member of the U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Armed Forces who serves in a combat zone (defined later), you can exclude certain pay from your income. Free state tax returns This pay is generally referred to as “combat pay. Free state tax returns ” You do not actually need to show the exclusion on your tax return because income that qualifies for the combat zone exclusion is not included in the wages reported on your Form W-2. Free state tax returns (See Form W-2 , later. Free state tax returns ) The month for which you receive the pay must be a month in which you either served in a combat zone or were hospitalized as a result of wounds, disease, or injury incurred while serving in the combat zone. Free state tax returns You do not have to receive the excluded pay while you are in a combat zone, are hospitalized, or in the same year you served in a combat zone. Free state tax returns If you are an enlisted member, warrant officer, or commissioned warrant officer, you can exclude the following amounts from your income. Free state tax returns (Other officer personnel are discussed under Amount of Exclusion , later. Free state tax returns ) Active duty pay earned in any month you served in a combat zone. Free state tax returns Imminent danger/hostile fire pay. Free state tax returns A reenlistment bonus if the voluntary extension or reenlistment occurs in a month you served in a combat zone. Free state tax returns Pay for accrued leave earned in any month you served in a combat zone. Free state tax returns The Department of Defense must determine that the unused leave was earned during that period. Free state tax returns Pay received for duties as a member of the Armed Forces in clubs, messes, post and station theaters, and other nonappropriated fund activities. Free state tax returns The pay must be earned in a month you served in a combat zone. Free state tax returns Awards for suggestions, inventions, or scientific achievements you are entitled to because of a submission you made in a month you served in a combat zone. Free state tax returns Student loan repayments. Free state tax returns If the entire year of service required to earn the repayment was performed in a combat zone, the entire repayment made because of that year of service is excluded. Free state tax returns If only part of that year of service was performed in a combat zone, only part of the repayment qualifies for exclusion. Free state tax returns For example, if you served in a combat zone for 5 months, 5/12 of your repayment qualifies for exclusion. Free state tax returns Retirement pay and pensions do not qualify for the combat zone exclusion. Free state tax returns Partial (month) service. Free state tax returns   If you serve in a combat zone for any part of one or more days during a particular month, you are entitled to an exclusion for that entire month. Free state tax returns Form W-2. Free state tax returns   The wages shown in box 1 of your 2013 Form W-2 should not include military pay excluded from your income under the combat zone exclusion provisions. Free state tax returns If it does, you will need to get a corrected Form W-2 from your finance office. Free state tax returns   You cannot exclude as combat pay any wages shown in box 1 of Form W-2. Free state tax returns Combat Zone A combat zone is any area the President of the United States designates by Executive Order as an area in which the U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Armed Forces are engaging or have engaged in combat. Free state tax returns An area usually becomes a combat zone and ceases to be a combat zone on the dates the President designates by Executive Order. Free state tax returns Afghanistan area. Free state tax returns   By Executive Order No. Free state tax returns 13239, Afghanistan (and airspace above) was designated as a combat zone beginning September 19, 2001. Free state tax returns On December 14, 2001, the following countries were certified by the Department of Defense for combat zone tax benefits due to their direct support of military operations in the Afghanistan combat zone. Free state tax returns Djibouti. Free state tax returns Jordan. Free state tax returns Kyrgyzstan. Free state tax returns Pakistan. Free state tax returns Somalia. Free state tax returns Syria. Free state tax returns Tajikistan. Free state tax returns Uzbekistan. Free state tax returns Yemen. Free state tax returns The Philippines. Free state tax returns  Note. Free state tax returns For the Philippines only, the personnel must be deployed in conjunction with Operation Enduring Freedom supporting military operations in the Afghanistan combat zone. Free state tax returns The Kosovo area. Free state tax returns   By Executive Order No. Free state tax returns 13119, the following locations (including airspace above) were designated as a combat zone beginning March 24, 1999. Free state tax returns Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia/Montenegro). Free state tax returns Albania. Free state tax returns Kosovo. Free state tax returns The Adriatic Sea. Free state tax returns The Ionian Sea—north of the 39th parallel. Free state tax returns Note. Free state tax returns The combat zone designation for Montenegro and Kosovo (previously a province within Serbia) under Executive Order 13119 remains in force even though Montenegro and Kosovo became independent nations since EO 13119 was signed. Free state tax returns Arabian peninsula. Free state tax returns   By Executive Order No. Free state tax returns 12744, the following locations (and airspace above) were designated as a combat zone beginning January 17, 1991. Free state tax returns The Persian Gulf. Free state tax returns The Red Sea. Free state tax returns The Gulf of Oman. Free state tax returns The part of the Arabian Sea that is north of 10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude. Free state tax returns The Gulf of Aden. Free state tax returns The total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Free state tax returns Jordan which is in direct support of the Arabian Peninsula. Free state tax returns Serving in a Combat Zone You are considered to be serving in a combat zone if you are either assigned on official temporary duty to a combat zone or you qualify for hostile fire/imminent danger pay while in a combat zone. Free state tax returns Service in a combat zone includes any periods you are absent from duty because of sickness, wounds, or leave. Free state tax returns If, as a result of serving in a combat zone, a person becomes a prisoner of war or is missing in action, that person is considered to be serving in the combat zone so long as he or she keeps that status for military pay purposes. Free state tax returns Hospitalized While Serving in a Combat Zone If you are hospitalized while serving in a combat zone, the wound, disease, or injury causing the hospitalization will be presumed to have been incurred while serving in the combat zone unless there is clear evidence to the contrary. Free state tax returns Example. Free state tax returns You are hospitalized for a specific disease in a combat zone where you have been serving for 3 weeks, and the disease for which you are hospitalized has an incubation period of 2 to 4 weeks. Free state tax returns The disease is presumed to have been incurred while you were serving in the combat zone. Free state tax returns On the other hand, if the incubation period of the disease is 1 year, the disease would not have been incurred while you were serving in the combat zone. Free state tax returns Hospitalized After Leaving a Combat Zone In some cases, the wound, disease, or injury may have been incurred while you were serving in the combat zone, even though you were not hospitalized until after you left. Free state tax returns In that case, you can exclude military pay earned while you are hospitalized as a result of the wound, disease, or injury. Free state tax returns Example. Free state tax returns You were hospitalized for a specific disease 3 weeks after you left the combat zone. Free state tax returns The incubation period of the disease is from 2 to 4 weeks. Free state tax returns The disease is presumed to have been incurred while serving in the combat zone. Free state tax returns Nonqualifying Presence in Combat Zone None of the following types of military service qualify as service in a combat zone. Free state tax returns Presence in a combat zone while on leave from a duty station located outside the combat zone. Free state tax returns Passage over or through a combat zone during a trip between two points that are outside a combat zone. Free state tax returns Presence in a combat zone solely for your personal convenience. Free state tax returns Service Outside Combat Zone Considered Service in Combat Zone Military service outside a combat zone is considered to be performed in a combat zone if: The Department of Defense designates that the service is in direct support of military operations in the combat zone, and The service qualifies you for special military pay for duty subject to hostile fire or imminent danger. Free state tax returns Military pay received for this service will qualify for the combat zone exclusion if all of the requirements (other than service in a combat zone) are met and the pay is verifiable by reference to military pay records. Free state tax returns Amount of Exclusion If you are an enlisted member, warrant officer, or commissioned warrant officer and you serve in a combat zone during any part of a month, you can exclude all of your military pay for that month. Free state tax returns It should not be included in the wages reported on your Form W-2. Free state tax returns You also can exclude military pay earned while you are hospitalized as a result of wounds, disease, or injury incurred in the combat zone. Free state tax returns If you are hospitalized, you cannot exclude any military pay received for any month of service that begins more than 2 years after the end of combat activities in the combat zone. Free state tax returns Your hospitalization does not have to be in the combat zone. Free state tax returns If you are a commissioned officer (other than a commissioned warrant officer), you can exclude your pay according to the rules just discussed. Free state tax returns However, the amount of your exclusion is limited to the highest rate of enlisted pay (plus imminent danger/hostile fire pay you received) for each month during any part of which you served in a combat zone or were hospitalized as a result of your service there. Free state tax returns Alien Status For tax purposes, an alien is an individual who is not a U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns citizen. Free state tax returns An alien is in one of three categories: resident, nonresident, or dual-status. Free state tax returns Placement in the correct category is crucial in determining what income to report and what forms to file. Free state tax returns Under peacetime enlistment rules, you generally cannot enlist in the Armed Forces unless you are a citizen or have been legally admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Free state tax returns If you are an alien enlistee in the Armed Forces, you are probably a resident alien. Free state tax returns If, under an income tax treaty, you are considered a resident of a foreign country, see your base legal officer. Free state tax returns Other aliens who are in the United States only because of military assignments and who have a home outside the United States are nonresident aliens. Free state tax returns Guam and Puerto Rico have special rules. Free state tax returns Residents of those areas should contact their taxing authority with their questions. Free state tax returns Most members of the Armed Forces are U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns citizens or resident aliens. Free state tax returns However, if you have questions about your alien status or the alien status of your dependents or spouse, you should read the information in the following paragraphs and see Publication 519. Free state tax returns Resident Aliens You are considered a resident alien of the United States for tax purposes if you meet either the “green card test” or the “substantial presence test” for the calendar year (January 1–December 31). Free state tax returns If you meet the substantial presence test for 2014, you did not meet either the green card test or the substantial presence test for 2012 or 2013, and you did not choose to be treated as a resident for part of 2012, you may be able to choose to be treated as a U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns resident for part of 2013. Free state tax returns See First-Year Choice in Publication 519. Free state tax returns These tests are explained in Publication 519. Free state tax returns Generally, resident aliens are taxed on their worldwide income and file the same tax forms as U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns citizens. Free state tax returns Treating nonresident alien spouse as resident alien. Free state tax returns   A nonresident alien spouse can be treated as a resident alien if all the following conditions are met. Free state tax returns One spouse is a U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns citizen or resident alien at the end of the tax year. Free state tax returns That spouse is married to the nonresident alien at the end of the tax year. Free state tax returns You both choose to treat the nonresident alien spouse as a resident alien. Free state tax returns Making the choice. Free state tax returns   Both you and your spouse must sign a statement and attach it to your joint return for the first tax year for which the choice applies. Free state tax returns Include in the statement: A declaration that one spouse was a nonresident alien and the other was a U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns citizen or resident alien on the last day of the year, A declaration that both spouses choose to be treated as U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns residents for the entire tax year, and The name, address, and taxpayer identification number (social security number or individual taxpayer identification number) of each spouse. Free state tax returns If the nonresident alien spouse is not eligible to get a social security number, he or she should file Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. Free state tax returns    Once you make this choice, the nonresident alien spouse's worldwide income is subject to U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns tax. Free state tax returns If the nonresident alien spouse has substantial foreign income, there may be no advantage to making this choice. Free state tax returns Ending the choice. Free state tax returns   Once you make this choice, it applies to all later years unless one of the following situations occurs. Free state tax returns You or your spouse revokes the choice. Free state tax returns You or your spouse dies. Free state tax returns You and your spouse become legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. Free state tax returns The Internal Revenue Service ends the choice because you or your spouse kept inadequate records. Free state tax returns For specific details on these situations, see Publication 519. Free state tax returns   If the choice is ended for any of these reasons, neither spouse can make the choice for any later year. Free state tax returns Choice not made. Free state tax returns   If you and your nonresident alien spouse do not make this choice: You cannot file a joint return. Free state tax returns You can file as married filing separately, or head of household if you qualify. Free state tax returns You can claim an exemption for your nonresident alien spouse if he or she has no gross income for U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns tax purposes and is not another taxpayer's dependent. Free state tax returns The nonresident alien spouse generally does not have to file a federal income tax return if he or she had no income from sources in the United States. Free state tax returns If a return has to be filed, see the next discussion. Free state tax returns The nonresident alien spouse is not eligible for the earned income credit if he or she has to file a return. Free state tax returns Nonresident Aliens If you are an alien who does not meet the requirements discussed earlier to be a resident alien, you are a nonresident alien. Free state tax returns If you are required to file a federal tax return, you must file either Form 1040NR, U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return, or Form 1040NR-EZ, U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Income Tax Return for Certain Nonresident Aliens With No Dependents. Free state tax returns See the form instructions for information on who must file and filing status. Free state tax returns If you are a nonresident alien, you generally must pay tax on income from sources in the United States. Free state tax returns Your income from conducting a trade or business in the United States is taxed at graduated U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns tax rates. Free state tax returns Other income from U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns sources is taxed at a flat 30% (or lower treaty) rate. Free state tax returns For example, dividends from a U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns corporation paid to a nonresident alien generally are subject to a 30% (or lower treaty) rate. Free state tax returns Dual-Status Aliens You can be both a nonresident and resident alien during the same tax year. Free state tax returns This usually occurs in the year you arrive in or depart from the United States. Free state tax returns If you are a dual-status alien, you are taxed on income from all sources for the part of the year you are a resident alien. Free state tax returns Generally, for the part of the year you are a nonresident alien, you are taxed only on income from sources in the United States. Free state tax returns Sale of Home You may not have to pay tax on all or part of the gain from the sale of your main home. Free state tax returns Usually, your main home is the one you live in most of the time. Free state tax returns It can be a: House, Houseboat, Mobile home, Cooperative apartment, or Condominium. Free state tax returns You generally can exclude up to $250,000 of gain ($500,000, in most cases, if married filing a joint return) realized on the sale or exchange of a main home in 2013. Free state tax returns The exclusion is allowed each time you sell or exchange a main home, but generally not more than once every 2 years. Free state tax returns To be eligible, during the 5-year period ending on the date of the sale, you must have owned the home for at least 2 years (the ownership test), and lived in the home as your main home for at least 2 years (the use test). Free state tax returns Exception to ownership and use tests. Free state tax returns   You can exclude gain, but the maximum amount of gain you can exclude will be reduced if you do not meet the ownership and use tests due to a move to a new permanent duty station. Free state tax returns 5-year test period suspended. Free state tax returns   You can choose to have the 5-year test period for ownership and use suspended during any period you or your spouse serve on qualified official extended duty as a member of the Armed Forces. Free state tax returns This means that you may be able to meet the 2-year use test even if, because of your service, you did not actually live in your home for at least the required 2 years during the 5-year period ending on the date of sale. Free state tax returns Example. Free state tax returns David bought and moved into a home in 2005. Free state tax returns He lived in it as his main home for 2½ years. Free state tax returns For the next 6 years, he did not live in it because he was on qualified official extended duty with the Army. Free state tax returns He then sold the home at a gain in 2013. Free state tax returns To meet the use test, David chooses to suspend the 5-year test period for the 6 years he was on qualifying official extended duty. Free state tax returns This means he can disregard those 6 years. Free state tax returns Therefore, David's 5-year test period consists of the 5 years before he went on qualifying official extended duty. Free state tax returns He meets the ownership and use tests because he owned and lived in the home for 2½ years during this test period. Free state tax returns Period of suspension. Free state tax returns   The period of suspension cannot last more than 10 years. Free state tax returns You cannot suspend the 5-year period for more than one property at a time. Free state tax returns You can revoke your choice to suspend the 5-year period at any time. Free state tax returns Qualified official extended duty. Free state tax returns   You are on qualified official extended duty if you serve on extended duty either: At a duty station at least 50 miles from your main home, or While you live in Government quarters under Government orders. Free state tax returns   You are on extended duty when you are called or ordered to active duty for a period of more than 90 days or for an indefinite period. Free state tax returns Property used for rental or business. Free state tax returns   You may be able to exclude your gain from the sale of a home that you have used as a rental property or for business. Free state tax returns However, you must meet the ownership and use tests discussed in Publication 523. Free state tax returns Nonqualified use. Free state tax returns   If the sale of your main home results in a gain that is allocated to one or more period(s) of nonqualified use, you cannot exclude that gain from your income. Free state tax returns   Nonqualified use means any period after 2008 when neither you nor your spouse (or your former spouse) used the property as a main home, with certain exceptions. Free state tax returns For example, a period of nonqualified use does not include any period (not to exceed a total of 10 years) during which you or your spouse is serving on qualified official extended duty. Free state tax returns Loss. Free state tax returns   You cannot deduct a loss from the sale of your main home. Free state tax returns More information. Free state tax returns   For more information, see Publication 523. Free state tax returns Foreclosures There may be tax consequences as a result of compensation payments for foreclosures. Free state tax returns Payments made for violations of the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Free state tax returns   All service members who received a settlement payment reported on a Form 1099 may need to report the amount on their tax return. Free state tax returns Generally, you must include settlement payments in income. Free state tax returns However, the tax treatment of settlement payments will depend on the facts and circumstances. Free state tax returns Lump Sum Portion of Settlement Payment. Free state tax returns    Generally, you must include the lump sum payment in gross income. Free state tax returns In limited circumstances you may be able to exclude part or all of the lump sum payment from gross income. Free state tax returns For example, you may qualify to exclude part or all of the payment from gross income if you can show that the payment was made to reimburse specific nondeductible expenses (such as living expenses) you incurred because of the SCRA violation. Free state tax returns Interest Payment on Lump Sum Portion of Settlement Payment. Free state tax returns    You must include any interest on the lump sum portion of your settlement payment in your income. Free state tax returns Lost Equity Portion of Settlement Payment. Free state tax returns    If you lost your main home in foreclosure, you should treat the lost equity payment as an additional amount you received on the foreclosure of the home. Free state tax returns You will have a gain on the foreclosure only if the sum of the lost equity payment and the value of the main home at foreclosure is more than what you paid for the home. Free state tax returns In many cases, this gain may be excluded from income. Free state tax returns For more information on the rules for excluding all or part of any gain from the sale (including a foreclosure) of a main home, see Pub. Free state tax returns 523, Selling Your Home. Free state tax returns The rules that apply to a lost equity payment you received for the foreclosure of a property that was not your main home are different. Free state tax returns    To find rules for reporting gain or loss on the foreclosure of property that was not your main home, see Pub. Free state tax returns 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets. Free state tax returns Interest Payment on Lost Equity Portion of Settlement Payment. Free state tax returns    You must include any interest on the lost equity portion of your settlement payment in your income. Free state tax returns Itemized Deductions To figure your taxable income, you must subtract either your standard deduction or your itemized deductions from adjusted gross income. Free state tax returns For information on the standard deduction, see Publication 501. Free state tax returns Itemized deductions are figured on Schedule A (Form 1040). Free state tax returns This chapter discusses miscellaneous itemized deductions of particular interest to members of the Armed Forces. Free state tax returns For information on other itemized deductions, see the publications listed below. Free state tax returns Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses. Free state tax returns Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. Free state tax returns Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Free state tax returns Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. Free state tax returns You must reduce the total of most miscellaneous itemized deductions by 2% of your adjusted gross income. Free state tax returns For information on deductions that are not subject to the 2% limit, see Publication 529. Free state tax returns Employee Business Expenses Deductible employee business expenses generally are miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% limit. Free state tax returns Certain employee business expenses are deductible as adjustments to income. Free state tax returns For information on many employee business expenses, see Publication 463. Free state tax returns Generally, you must file Form 2106, Employee Business Expenses, or Form 2106-EZ, Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses, to claim these expenses. Free state tax returns You do not have to file Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ if you are claiming only unreimbursed expenses for uniforms, professional society dues, and work-related educational expenses (all discussed later). Free state tax returns You can deduct these expenses directly on Schedule A (Form 1040). Free state tax returns Reimbursement. Free state tax returns   Generally, to receive advances, reimbursements, or other allowances from the government, you must adequately account for your expenses and return any excess reimbursement. Free state tax returns Your reimbursed expenses are not deductible. Free state tax returns   If your expenses are more than your reimbursement, the excess expenses are deductible (subject to the 2% limit) if you can prove them. Free state tax returns You must file Form 2106 to report these expenses. Free state tax returns   You can use the shorter Form 2106-EZ if you meet all three of the following conditions. Free state tax returns You are an employee deducting expenses related to your job. Free state tax returns You were not reimbursed by your employer for your expenses. Free state tax returns (Amounts included in box 1 of Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements. Free state tax returns ) If you claim car expenses, you use the standard mileage rate. Free state tax returns    For 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. Free state tax returns 5 cents a mile for all business miles driven. Free state tax returns This rate is adjusted periodically. Free state tax returns Travel Expenses You can deduct unreimbursed travel expenses only if they are incurred while you are traveling away from home. Free state tax returns If you are a member of the U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns Armed Forces on a permanent duty assignment overseas, you are not traveling away from home. Free state tax returns You cannot deduct your expenses for meals and lodging while at your permanent duty station. Free state tax returns You cannot deduct these expenses even if you have to maintain a home in the United States for your family members who are not allowed to accompany you overseas. Free state tax returns A naval officer assigned to permanent duty aboard a ship that has regular eating and living facilities has a home aboard ship for travel expense purposes. Free state tax returns To be deductible, your travel expenses must be work related. Free state tax returns You cannot deduct any expenses for personal travel, such as visits to family while on furlough, leave, or liberty. Free state tax returns Away from home. Free state tax returns   Home is your permanent duty station (which can be a ship or base), regardless of where you or your family live. Free state tax returns You are away from home if you are away from your permanent duty station substantially longer than an ordinary day's work and you need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. Free state tax returns   Examples of deductible travel expenses include: Expenses for business-related meals (generally limited to 50% of your unreimbursed cost), lodging, taxicabs, business telephone calls, tips, laundry, and dry cleaning while you are away from home on temporary duty or temporary additional duty, and Expenses of carrying out official business while on “No Cost” orders. Free state tax returns    You cannot deduct any expenses for travel away from home if the temporary assignment in a single location is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for more than 1 year. Free state tax returns This rule may not apply if you are participating in a federal crime investigation or prosecution. Free state tax returns For more information, see Publication 463 and the Form 2106 instructions. Free state tax returns Transportation Expenses These expenses include the ordinary and necessary costs of: Getting from one workplace to another when you are not away from home, Going to a business meeting away from your regular workplace, and Getting from your home to a temporary workplace when you have a regular place of work. Free state tax returns These expenses include the costs of transportation by air, bus, rail, taxi, and driving and maintaining your car. Free state tax returns Transportation expenses incurred while traveling away from home are included with your travel expenses, discussed earlier. Free state tax returns However, if you use your car while traveling away from home overnight, see the rules in chapter 4 of Publication 463 to figure your car expense deduction. Free state tax returns If you must go from one workplace to another while on duty (for example, as a courier or to attend meetings) without being away from home, your unreimbursed transportation expenses are deductible. Free state tax returns However, the expenses of getting to and from your regular place of work (commuting) are not deductible. Free state tax returns Temporary work location. Free state tax returns   If you have one or more regular places of business away from your home and you commute to a temporary work location in the same trade or business, you can deduct the expenses of the daily round-trip transportation between your home and the temporary location. Free state tax returns   Generally, if your employment at a work location is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for 1 year or less, the employment is temporary. Free state tax returns   If your employment at a work location is realistically expected to last for more than 1 year or if there is no realistic expectation that the employment will last for 1 year or less, the employment is not temporary, regardless of whether it actually lasts for more than 1 year. Free state tax returns If employment at a work location initially is realistically expected to last for 1 year or less, but at some later date the employment is realistically expected to last more than 1 year, that employment will be treated as temporary (unless there are facts and circumstances that would indicate otherwise) until your expectation changes. Free state tax returns    If you do not have a regular place of business, but you ordinarily work in the metropolitan area where you live, you can deduct daily transportation expenses between your home and a temporary work site outside your metropolitan area. Free state tax returns However, you cannot deduct daily transportation costs between your home and temporary work sites within your metropolitan area. Free state tax returns These are nondeductible commuting costs. Free state tax returns Armed Forces reservists. Free state tax returns   A meeting of an Armed Forces reserve unit is a second place of business if the meeting is held on a day on which you work at your regular job. Free state tax returns You can deduct the expense of getting from one workplace to the other. Free state tax returns You usually cannot deduct the expense if the reserve meeting is held on a day on which you do not work at your regular job. Free state tax returns In this case, your transportation generally is a nondeductible commuting expense. Free state tax returns However, you can deduct your transportation expenses if the location of the meeting is temporary and you have one or more regular places of work. Free state tax returns   If you ordinarily work in a particular metropolitan area but not at any specific location and the reserve meeting is held at a temporary location outside that metropolitan area, you can deduct your transportation expenses. Free state tax returns If you travel away from home overnight to attend a guard or reserve meeting, you can deduct your travel expenses. Free state tax returns See Armed Forces Reservists under Adjustments to Income, earlier. Free state tax returns Uniforms You usually cannot deduct the expenses for uniform cost and upkeep. Free state tax returns Generally, you must wear uniforms when on duty and you are allowed to wear them when off duty. Free state tax returns If military regulations prohibit you from wearing certain uniforms when off duty, you can deduct the cost and upkeep of the uniforms, but you must reduce your expenses by any allowance or reimbursement you receive. Free state tax returns Unreimbursed expenses for the cost and upkeep of the following articles are deductible. Free state tax returns Military battle dress uniforms and utility uniforms that you cannot wear when off duty. Free state tax returns Articles not replacing regular clothing, including insignia of rank, corps devices, epaulets, aiguillettes, and swords. Free state tax returns Reservists' uniforms if you can wear the uniform only while performing duties as a reservist. Free state tax returns Professional Dues You can deduct unreimbursed dues paid to professional societies directly related to your military position. Free state tax returns However, you cannot deduct amounts paid to an officers' club or a noncommissioned officers' club. Free state tax returns Example. Free state tax returns Lieutenant Margaret Allen, an electrical engineer at Maxwell Air Force Base, can deduct professional dues paid to the American Society of Electrical Engineers. Free state tax returns Educational Expenses You can deduct the unreimbursed costs of qualifying work-related education. Free state tax returns This is education that meets at least one of the following two tests. Free state tax returns The education is required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job. Free state tax returns The required education must serve a bona fide business purpose of your employer. Free state tax returns The education maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Free state tax returns However, even if the education meets one or both of the above tests, it is not qualifying education if it: Is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements of your present trade or business, or Is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Free state tax returns You can deduct the expenses for qualifying work-related education even if the education could lead to a degree. Free state tax returns Example 1. Free state tax returns Lieutenant Colonel Mason has a degree in financial management and is in charge of base finances at her post of duty. Free state tax returns She took an advanced finance course. Free state tax returns She already meets the minimum qualifications for her job. Free state tax returns By taking the course, she is improving skills in her current position. Free state tax returns The course does not qualify her for a new trade or business. Free state tax returns She can deduct educational expenses that are more than the educational allowance she received. Free state tax returns Example 2. Free state tax returns Major Williams worked in the military base legal office as a legal intern. Free state tax returns He was placed in excess leave status by his employer to attend law school. Free state tax returns He paid all his educational expenses and was not reimbursed. Free state tax returns After obtaining his law degree, he passed the state bar exam and worked as a judge advocate. Free state tax returns His educational expenses are not deductible because the law degree qualified him for a new trade or business, even though the education maintained and improved his skills in his work. Free state tax returns Travel to obtain education. Free state tax returns   If your work-related education qualifies, you can deduct the costs of travel, including meals (subject to the 50% limit), and lodging, if the main purpose of the trip is to obtain the education. Free state tax returns   You cannot deduct the cost of travel that is itself a form of education, even if it is directly related to your duties in your work or business. Free state tax returns Transportation for education. Free state tax returns   If your work-related education qualifies for a deduction, you can deduct the costs of transportation to obtain that education. Free state tax returns However, you cannot deduct the cost of services provided in kind, such as base-provided transportation to or from class. Free state tax returns Transportation expenses include the actual costs of bus, subway, cab, or other fares, as well as the costs of using your car. Free state tax returns   If you need more information on educational expenses, see Publication 970. Free state tax returns Repayments If you had to repay to your employer an amount that you included in your income in an earlier year, you may be able to deduct the repaid amount from your income for the year in which you repaid it. Free state tax returns Repayment of $3,000 or less. Free state tax returns   If the amount you repaid was $3,000 or less, deduct it from your income in the year you repaid it. Free state tax returns If you reported it as wages, deduct it as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23. Free state tax returns Repayment over $3,000. Free state tax returns   If the amount you repaid was more than $3,000, see Repayments in Publication 525. Free state tax returns Credits After you have figured your taxable income and tax liability, you can determine if you are entitled to any tax credits. Free state tax returns This publication discusses the first-time homebuyer credit, child tax credit, earned income credit, and credit for excess social security tax withheld. Free state tax returns For information on other credits, see your tax form instructions. Free state tax returns First-Time Homebuyer Credit The first-time homebuyer credit is not available for homes purchased after 2011. Free state tax returns In 2011, this credit had already expired for most taxpayers, however, certain members of the uniformed services and Foreign Service and certain employees of the intelligence community could claim the credit for homes purchased in 2011. Free state tax returns If you bought the home (and claimed the credit) after 2008, you generally must repay the credit if you dispose of the home or the home stops being your main home within the 36-month period beginning on the purchase date. Free state tax returns If the home continues to be your main home for at least 36 months beginning on the purchase date, you do not have to repay any of the credit. Free state tax returns If you bought your home in 2008, you generally must repay the credit over a 15-year period in 15 equal installments. Free state tax returns For more information, see Form 5405, Repayment of the First-Time Homebuyer Credit, and its instructions. Free state tax returns Child Tax Credit The child tax credit is a credit that may reduce your tax by as much as $1,000 for each of your qualifying children. Free state tax returns The additional child tax credit is a credit you may be able to take if you are not able to claim the full amount of the child tax credit. Free state tax returns The child tax credit is not the same as the credit for child and dependent care expenses. Free state tax returns See Publication 503 for information on the credit for child and dependent care expenses. Free state tax returns Qualifying Child A qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit is a child who: Is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew), Was under age 17 at the end of 2013, Did not provide over half of his or her own support for 2013, Lived with you for more than half of 2013 (see Exceptions to time lived with you, later), Is claimed as a dependent on your return, Does not file a joint return for the year (or files it only as a claim for refund), and Was a U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns citizen, a U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns national, or a U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns resident alien. Free state tax returns If the child was adopted, see Adopted child . Free state tax returns For each qualifying child you must check the box on Form 1040 or Form 1040A, line 6c, column (4). Free state tax returns Exceptions to time lived with you. Free state tax returns   A child is considered to have lived with you for all of 2013 if the child was born or died in 2013 and your home was this child's home for the entire time he or she was alive. Free state tax returns Temporary absences by you or the child for special circumstances, such as school, vacation, business, medical care, military service, or detention in a juvenile facility, count as time the child lived with you. Free state tax returns   There are also exceptions for kidnapped children and children of divorced or separated parents. Free state tax returns For details, see Publication 501. Free state tax returns Qualifying child of more than one person. Free state tax returns   A special rule applies if your qualifying child is the qualifying child of more than one person. Free state tax returns For details, see Publication 501. Free state tax returns Adopted child. Free state tax returns   An adopted child is always treated as your own child. Free state tax returns An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. Free state tax returns   If you are a U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns citizen or U. Free state tax returns S. Free state tax returns national and your adopted child lived with you as a member of your household all year, that child meets condition (7) above to be a qualifying child for the child tax credit. Free state tax returns Amount of Credit The maximum amount you can claim for the credit is $1,000 for each qualifying child. Free state tax returns Limits on the credit. Free state tax returns   You must reduce your child tax credit if either (1) or (2), below, applies. Free state tax returns The amount on Form 1040, line 46, or Form 1040A, line 28, is less than the credit. Free state tax returns If the amount is zero, you cannot take this credit because there is no tax to reduce. Free state tax returns However, you may be able to take the additional child tax credit. Free state tax returns See Additional Child Tax Credit , later. Free state tax returns Your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than the amount shown below for your filing status. Free state tax returns Married filing jointly — $110,000. Free state tax returns Single, head of household,  or qualifying widow(er) — $75,000. Free state tax returns Married filing separately — $55,000. Free state tax returns Modified AGI. Free state tax returns   For purposes of the child tax credit, your modified AGI is the amount on Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040A, line 22, plus the following amounts that may apply to you. Free state tax returns Any amount excluded from income because of the exclusion of income from Puerto Rico. Free state tax returns Any amount on line 45 or line 50 of Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income. Free state tax returns Any amount on line 18 of Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Free state tax returns Any amount on line 15 of Form 4563, Exclusion of Income for Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa. Free state tax returns   If you do not have any of the above, your modified AGI is the same as your AGI. Free state tax returns Claiming the Credit To claim the child tax credit, you must file Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Free state tax returns For more information on the child tax credit, see the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Free state tax returns Also attach Schedule 8812, Child Tax Credit, if required. Free state tax returns Additional Child Tax Credit This credit is for certain individuals who get less than the full amount of the child tax credit. Free state tax returns The additional child tax credit may give you a refund even if you do not owe any tax. Free state tax returns For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A, and Schedule 8812. Free state tax returns Earned Income Credit The earned income credit (EIC) is a cr
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Know the Risks

Cyber security, phishing, worms, firewalls, Trojan horses, hackers, and viruses seem to be in the news every day. Plus warnings to update your virus protection, watch out for online scams, protect your privacy, and watch what you click on are everywhere. But what does it all mean? And what can you do to safeguard access to your computer and to protect yourself and your family? What is this all about?

The first step in protecting yourself is to recognize the risks and become familiar with some of the terminology associated with cyber security. The Department of Homeland Security created this list of terms: Hacker, attacker, or intruder - These terms are applied to the people who seek to exploit weaknesses in software and computer systems for their own gain. Although their intentions are sometimes fairly benign and motivated solely by curiosity, their actions are typically in violation of the intended use of the systems they are exploiting. The results can range from mere mischief (creating a virus with no intentionally negative impact) to malicious (stealing or altering information).

Malicious code includes code such as viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. Although some people use these terms interchangeably, they have unique characteristics:

  • Viruses - This type of malicious code requires you to actually do something before it infects your computer. This action could be opening an email attachment or going to a particular web page.
  • Worms - Worms propagate without you r doing anything. They typically start by exploiting a software vulnerability (a flaw that allows the software's intended security policy to be violated). Then once the victim computer has been infected, the worm will attempt to find and infect other computers. Similar to viruses, worms can propagate via email, web sites, or network-based software. The automated self-propagation of worms distinguishes them from viruses.
  • Trojan horses - A Trojan horse program is software that claims to do one thing while, in fact, doing something different behind the scenes. For example, a program that claims it will speed up your computer may actually be sending your confidential information to an intruder.
  • Spyware - This sneaky software rides its way onto computers when you download screensavers, games, music, and other applications. Spyware sends information about what you're doing on the Internet to a third-party, usually to target you with pop-up ads. Browsers enable you to block pop-ups. You can also install anti-spyware to stop this threat to your privacy.

Minimize Access to Your Information

It is probably easy for you to identify people who could gain physical access to your computer—family members, roommates, co-workers, members of a cleaning crew, and maybe some others. But identifying the people who could gain remote access to your computer becomes much more difficult. As long as you have a computer and connect it to a network or the internet, you are vulnerable to someone or something else accessing or corrupting your information. Luckily, you can develop habits that make it more difficult.

Lock or log-off your computer when you are away from it. This prevents another person from waiting for you to leave and then sitting down at your computer and accessing all of your information.

To be really secure, disconnect your computer from the Internet when you aren't using it. DSL and cable modems make it possible for users to be online all the time, but this convenience comes with risks. The likelihood that attackers or viruses scanning the network for available computers will target your computer becomes much higher if your computer is always connected.

Evaluate your security settings. It is important to examine your computer's settings, especially the security settings, and select options that meet your needs without putting you at increased risk. Many, but not all Internet providers offer free security software. If you don't receive free software, you should consider buying a commercial product that includes virus scan, firewall, and pop-up blockers. You should also be aware of your Internet cookies setting. Cookies are short pieces of data used by web servers to identify users. Some cookies are useful for storing images and data from websites that you frequent, but others are malicious and collect information about you. You'll have to decide how much risk from cookies you can accept. Finally, if you install a patch or a new version of software, or if you hear of something that might affect your settings, reevaluate your settings to make sure they are still appropriate.

Look for a privacy policy statement or seal that indicates the site abides by privacy standards. Take time to read how your privacy is protected.

Look for signals that you are using a secure web page. A secure site encrypts or scrambles personal information so it cannot be easily intercepted. Signals include a screen notice that says you are on a secure site, a closed lock or unbroken key in the bottom corner of your screen, or the first letters of the Internet address you are viewing changes from "http" to "https."

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What if Your Online Privacy is Compromised?

If you believe you might have revealed sensitive information about your organization, report it to the appropriate people within the organization, including network administrators. They can be alert for any suspicious or unusual activity.

If you believe your financial accounts may be compromised, contact your financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have been compromised. Watch for any unexplainable charges to your account.

Check your credit reports for unusual activity.

Report your situation to local police, and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission.

Protecting Children Online

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act requires commercial websites to obtain parental consent before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13. For more information, contact the FTC about Children's Privacy.

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