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Free tax 2011 Publication 463 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminder IntroductionUsers of employer-provided vehicles. Free tax 2011 Volunteers. Free tax 2011 Ordering forms and publications. Free tax 2011 Tax questions. Free tax 2011 Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 463, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Free tax 2011 irs. Free tax 2011 gov/pub463. Free tax 2011 What's New Standard mileage rate. Free tax 2011  For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car for business use is 56½ cents per mile. Free tax 2011 Car expenses and use of the standard mileage rate are explained in chapter 4. Free tax 2011 Depreciation limits on cars, trucks, and vans. Free tax 2011  For 2013, the first-year limit on the total depreciation deduction for cars remains at $11,160 ($3,160 if you elect not to claim the special depreciation allowance). Free tax 2011 For trucks and vans the first-year limit remains at $11,360 ($3,360 if you elect not to claim the special depreciation allowance). Free tax 2011 Depreciation limits are explained in chapter 4. Free tax 2011 Section 179 deduction. Free tax 2011  For 2013, the section 179 deduction limit on qualifying property purchases (including cars, trucks, and vans) is a total of $500,000 and the limit on those purchases at which the deduction begins to be phased out is $2,000,000. Free tax 2011 Section 179 Deduction is explained in chapter 4. Free tax 2011 Special depreciation allowance. Free tax 2011  For 2013, the special (“bonus”) depreciation allowance on qualified property (including cars, trucks, and vans) remains at 50%. Free tax 2011 Special Depreciation Allowance is explained in chapter 4. Free tax 2011 Reminder Photographs of missing children. Free tax 2011  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Free tax 2011 Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Free tax 2011 You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Free tax 2011 Per diem rates. Free tax 2011  The IRS no longer updates Publication 1542, Per Diem Rates (For Travel Within the Continental United States). Free tax 2011 Instead, current per diem rates may be found on the U. Free tax 2011 S. Free tax 2011 General Services Administration (GSA) website at www. Free tax 2011 gsa. Free tax 2011 gov/perdiem. Free tax 2011 Introduction You may be able to deduct the ordinary and necessary business-related expenses you have for: Travel, Entertainment, Gifts, or Transportation. Free tax 2011 An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your trade or business. Free tax 2011 A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your business. Free tax 2011 An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. Free tax 2011 This publication explains: What expenses are deductible, How to report them on your return, What records you need to prove your expenses, and How to treat any expense reimbursements you may receive. Free tax 2011 Who should use this publication. Free tax 2011   You should read this publication if you are an employee or a sole proprietor who has business-related travel, entertainment, gift, or transportation expenses. Free tax 2011 Users of employer-provided vehicles. Free tax 2011   If an employer-provided vehicle was available for your use, you received a fringe benefit. Free tax 2011 Generally, your employer must include the value of the use or availability of the vehicle in your income. Free tax 2011 However, there are exceptions if the use of the vehicle qualifies as a working condition fringe benefit (such as the use of a qualified nonpersonal use vehicle). Free tax 2011   A working condition fringe benefit is any property or service provided to you by your employer for which you could deduct the cost as an employee business expense if you had paid for it. Free tax 2011   A qualified nonpersonal use vehicle is one that is not likely to be used more than minimally for personal purposes because of its design. Free tax 2011 See Qualified nonpersonal use vehicles under Actual Car Expenses in chapter 4. Free tax 2011   For information on how to report your car expenses that your employer did not provide or reimburse you for (such as when you pay for gas and maintenance for a car your employer provides), see Vehicle Provided by Your Employer in chapter 6. Free tax 2011 Who does not need to use this publication. Free tax 2011   Partnerships, corporations, trusts, and employers who reimburse their employees for business expenses should refer to their tax form instructions and chapter 11 of Publication 535, Business Expenses, for information on deducting travel, meals, and entertainment expenses. Free tax 2011   If you are an employee, you will not need to read this publication if all of the following are true. Free tax 2011 You fully accounted to your employer for your work-related expenses. Free tax 2011 You received full reimbursement for your expenses. Free tax 2011 Your employer required you to return any excess reimbursement and you did so. Free tax 2011 There is no amount shown with a code “L” in box 12 of your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Free tax 2011 If you meet all of these conditions, there is no need to show the expenses or the reimbursements on your return. Free tax 2011 If you would like more information on reimbursements and accounting to your employer, see chapter 6 . Free tax 2011    If you meet these conditions and your employer included reimbursements on your Form W-2 in error, ask your employer for a corrected Form W-2. Free tax 2011 Volunteers. Free tax 2011   If you perform services as a volunteer worker for a qualified charity, you may be able to deduct some of your costs as a charitable contribution. Free tax 2011 See Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services in Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, for information on the expenses you can deduct. Free tax 2011 Comments and suggestions. Free tax 2011   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Free tax 2011   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. Free tax 2011 NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Free tax 2011 Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Free tax 2011   You can send your comments from www. Free tax 2011 irs. Free tax 2011 gov/formspubs/. Free tax 2011 Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. Free tax 2011 ”   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. Free tax 2011 Ordering forms and publications. Free tax 2011   Visit www. Free tax 2011 irs. Free tax 2011 gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Free tax 2011 Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Free tax 2011 Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. 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Free tax 2011 3. Free tax 2011   Self-Employment Tax Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Who Must Pay Self-Employment Tax?Employed by a U. Free tax 2011 S. Free tax 2011 Church Effect of Exclusion Members of the Clergy Income From U. Free tax 2011 S. Free tax 2011 Possessions Exemption From Social Security and Medicare Taxes Topics - This chapter discusses: Who must pay self-employment tax, and Who is exempt from self-employment tax. Free tax 2011 Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 334 Tax Guide for Small Business 517 Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers Form (and Instructions) Form 1040-PR Planilla para la Declaración de la Contribución Federal sobre el Trabajo por Cuenta Propia Form 1040-SS U. Free tax 2011 S. Free tax 2011 Self-Employment Tax Return Form 4361 Application for Exemption From Self-Employment Tax for Use by Ministers, Members of Religious Orders and Christian Science Practitioners Schedule SE (Form 1040) Self-Employment Tax See chapter 7 for information about getting these publications and forms. Free tax 2011 Who Must Pay Self-Employment Tax? If you are a self-employed U. Free tax 2011 S. Free tax 2011 citizen or resident, the rules for paying self-employment tax are generally the same whether you are living in the United States or abroad. Free tax 2011 The self-employment tax is a social security and Medicare tax on net earnings from self- employment. Free tax 2011 You must pay self-employment tax if your net earnings from self-employment are at least $400. Free tax 2011 For 2013, the maximum amount of net earnings from self-employment that is subject to the social security portion of the tax is $113,700. Free tax 2011 All net earnings are subject to the Medicare portion of the tax. Free tax 2011 Employed by a U. Free tax 2011 S. Free tax 2011 Church If you were employed by a U. Free tax 2011 S. Free tax 2011 church or a qualified church-controlled organization that chose exemption from social security and Medicare taxes and you received wages of $108. Free tax 2011 28 or more from the organization, the amounts paid to you are subject to self-employment tax. Free tax 2011 However, you can choose to be exempt from social security and Medicare taxes if you are a member of a recognized religious sect. Free tax 2011 See Publication 517 for more information about church employees and self-employment tax. Free tax 2011 Effect of Exclusion You must take all of your self-employment income into account in figuring your net earnings from self-employment, even income that is exempt from income tax because of the foreign earned income exclusion. Free tax 2011 Example. Free tax 2011 You are in business abroad as a consultant and qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. Free tax 2011 Your foreign earned income is $95,000, your business deductions total $27,000, and your net profit is $68,000. Free tax 2011 You must pay self-employment tax on all of your net profit, including the amount you can exclude from income. Free tax 2011 Members of the Clergy If you are a member of the clergy, you are treated as self-employed for self-employment tax purposes. Free tax 2011 Your U. Free tax 2011 S. Free tax 2011 self-employment tax is based upon net earnings from self-employment figured without regard to the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion. Free tax 2011 You can receive exemption from coverage for your ministerial duties if you conscientiously oppose public insurance due to religious reasons or if you oppose it due to the religious principles of your denomination. 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Free tax 2011 If you do not have to file Form 1040 with the United States and you are a resident of any of the U. Free tax 2011 S. Free tax 2011 possessions listed in the preceding paragraph, figure your self-employment tax on Form 1040-SS. Free tax 2011 Residents of Puerto Rico may file the Spanish-language Formulario 1040-PR. Free tax 2011 If you are not enclosing a check or money order, file your return with the: Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Center Austin, TX 73301-0215 If you are enclosing a check or money order, file your return with the: Department of the Treasury P. Free tax 2011 O. Free tax 2011 Box 1303 Charlotte, NC 28201-1303 Exemption From Social Security and Medicare Taxes The United States may reach agreements with foreign countries to eliminate dual coverage and dual contributions (taxes) to social security systems for the same work. Free tax 2011 See Bilateral Social Security (Totalization) Agreements in chapter 2 under Social Security and Medicare Taxes. Free tax 2011 As a general rule, self-employed persons who are subject to dual taxation will only be covered by the social security system of the country where they reside. Free tax 2011 For more information on how any specific agreement affects self-employed persons, contact the United States Social Security Administration, as discussed under Bilateral Social Security (Totalization) Agreements in chapter 2. Free tax 2011 If your self-employment earnings should be exempt from foreign social security tax and subject only to U. Free tax 2011 S. Free tax 2011 self-employment tax, you should request a certificate of coverage from the U. Free tax 2011 S. Free tax 2011 Social Security Administration, Office of International Programs. Free tax 2011 The certificate will establish your exemption from the foreign social security tax. 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