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Free tax amendment Publication 907 - Main Content Table of Contents IncomeDependent Care Benefits Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits Disability Pensions Military and Government Disability Pensions Other Payments Itemized DeductionsMedical Expenses Impairment-Related Work Expenses Tax CreditsChild and Dependent Care Credit Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Earned Income Credit Household Employers Business Tax Incentives How To Get Tax Help Income All income is taxable unless it is specifically excluded by law. Free tax amendment The following discussions highlight some income items (both taxable and nontaxable) that are of particular interest to people with disabilities and those who care for people with disabilities. Free tax amendment Dependent Care Benefits Dependent care benefits include: Amounts your employer paid directly to either you or your care provider for the care of your qualifying person(s) while you worked, The fair market value of care in a daycare facility provided or sponsored by your employer, and Pre-tax contributions you made under a dependent care flexible spending arrangement. Free tax amendment Exclusion or deduction. Free tax amendment   If your employer provides dependent care benefits under a qualified plan, you may be able to exclude these benefits from your income. Free tax amendment Your employer can tell you whether your benefit plan qualifies. Free tax amendment To claim the exclusion, you must complete Part III of Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Free tax amendment You cannot use Form 1040EZ. Free tax amendment   If you are self-employed and receive benefits from a qualified dependent care benefit plan, you are treated as both employer and employee. 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Free tax amendment For information about excluding benefits on Form 1040, Form 1040NR, or Form 1040A, see Form 2441 and its instructions. Free tax amendment Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits If you received social security or equivalent Tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) benefits during the year, part of the amount you received may be taxable. Free tax amendment Are any of your benefits taxable?   If the only income you received during the year was your social security or equivalent Tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) benefits, your benefits generally are not taxable. 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Free tax amendment Beginning on the day after you reach minimum retirement age, payments you receive are taxable as a pension or annuity. Free tax amendment Report the payments on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or on lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. Free tax amendment For more information on pensions and annuities, see Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income. Free tax amendment Retirement and profit-sharing plans. Free tax amendment   If you receive payments from a retirement or profit-sharing plan that does not provide for disability retirement, do not treat the payments as a disability pension. Free tax amendment The payments must be reported as a pension or annuity. Free tax amendment Accrued leave payment. Free tax amendment   If you retire on disability, any lump-sum payment you receive for accrued annual leave is a salary payment. Free tax amendment The payment is not a disability payment. Free tax amendment Include it in your income in the tax year you receive it. Free tax amendment See Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, for more information. Free tax amendment Military and Government Disability Pensions Generally, you must report disability pensions as income, but do not include certain military and government disability pensions. Free tax amendment For information about military and government disability pensions, see Publication 525. Free tax amendment VA disability benefits. Free tax amendment   Do not include disability benefits you receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in your gross income. Free tax amendment If you are a military retiree and do not receive your disability benefits from the VA, see Publication 525 for more information. Free tax amendment   Do not include in your income any veterans' benefits paid under any law, regulation, or administrative practice administered by the VA. 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Free tax amendment More detailed information can be found in Publication 525. Free tax amendment Accelerated Death Benefits You can exclude from income accelerated death benefits you receive on the life of an insured individual if certain requirements are met. Free tax amendment Accelerated death benefits are amounts received under a life insurance contract before the death of the insured. Free tax amendment These benefits also include amounts received on the sale or assignment of the contract to a viatical settlement provider. Free tax amendment This exclusion applies only if the insured was a terminally ill individual or a chronically ill individual. Free tax amendment For more information, see Publication 525. Free tax amendment Itemized Deductions If you file Form 1040, you generally can either claim the standard deduction or itemize your deductions. Free tax amendment You must use Schedule A (Form 1040) to itemize your deductions. 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Free tax amendment 5% if either you or your spouse was born before January 2, 1949) of your adjusted gross income shown on Form 1040, line 38. Free tax amendment The following list highlights some of the medical expenses you can include in figuring your medical expense deduction. Free tax amendment For more detailed information, see Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses (Including the Health Coverage Tax Credit). Free tax amendment Artificial limbs, contact lenses, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. Free tax amendment The part of the cost of Braille books and magazines that is more than the price of regular printed editions. Free tax amendment Cost and repair of special telephone equipment for hearing-impaired persons. Free tax amendment Cost and maintenance of a wheelchair or a three-wheel motor vehicle commercially known as an “autoette. Free tax amendment ” Cost and care of a guide dog or other animal aiding a person with a physical disability. 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