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Free tax return filing Publication 524 - Main Content Table of Contents Are You Eligible for the Credit?Qualified Individual Income Limits Credit Figured for You Figuring the Credit YourselfStep 1. Free tax return filing Determine Initial Amount Step 2. Free tax return filing Total Certain Nontaxable Pensions and Benefits Step 3. Free tax return filing Determine Excess Adjusted Gross Income Step 4. Free tax return filing Determine the Total of Steps 2 and 3 Step 5. Free tax return filing Determine Your Credit Examples How To Get Tax Help Are You Eligible for the Credit? You can take the credit for the elderly or the disabled if you meet both of the following requirements. Free tax return filing You are a qualified individual. Free tax return filing Your income is not more than certain limits. Free tax return filing You can use Figure A and Table 1 as guides to see if you are eligible for the credit. Free tax return filing Use Figure A first to see if you are a qualified individual. Free tax return filing If you are, go to Table 1 to make sure your income is not too high to take the credit. Free tax return filing You can take the credit only if you file Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Free tax return filing You cannot take the credit if you file Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR. Free tax return filing Qualified Individual You are a qualified individual for this credit if you are a U. Free tax return filing S. Free tax return filing citizen or resident alien, and either of the following applies. Free tax return filing You were age 65 or older at the end of 2013. Free tax return filing You were under age 65 at the end of 2013 and all three of the following statements are true. Free tax return filing You retired on permanent and total disability (explained later). Free tax return filing You received taxable disability income for 2013. Free tax return filing On January 1, 2013, you had not reached mandatory retirement age (defined later under Disability income ). Free tax return filing Age 65. Free tax return filing   You are considered to be age 65 on the day before your 65th birthday. Free tax return filing As a result, if you were born on January 1, 1949, you are considered to be age 65 at the end of 2013. Free tax return filing U. Free tax return filing S. Free tax return filing Citizen or Resident Alien You must be a U. Free tax return filing S. Free tax return filing citizen or resident alien (or be treated as a resident alien) to take the credit. Free tax return filing Generally, you cannot take the credit if you were a nonresident alien at any time during the tax year. Free tax return filing Exceptions. Free tax return filing   You may be able to take the credit if you are a nonresident alien who is married to a U. Free tax return filing S. Free tax return filing citizen or resident alien at the end of the tax year and you and your spouse choose to treat you as a U. Free tax return filing S. Free tax return filing resident alien. Free tax return filing If you make that choice, both you and your spouse are taxed on your worldwide incomes. Free tax return filing   If you were a nonresident alien at the beginning of the year and a resident alien at the end of the year, and you were married to a U. Free tax return filing S. Free tax return filing citizen or resident alien at the end of the year, you may be able to choose to be treated as a U. Free tax return filing S. Free tax return filing resident alien for the entire year. Free tax return filing In that case, you may be allowed to take the credit. Free tax return filing   For information on these choices, see chapter 1 of Publication 519, U. Free tax return filing S. Free tax return filing Tax Guide for Aliens. Free tax return filing Married Persons Generally, if you are married at the end of the tax year, you and your spouse must file a joint return to take the credit. Free tax return filing However, if you and your spouse did not live in the same household at any time during the tax year, you can file either a joint return or separate returns and still take the credit. Free tax return filing Head of household. Free tax return filing   You can file as head of household and qualify to take the credit, even if your spouse lived with you during the first 6 months of the year, if you meet all the following tests. Free tax return filing You file a separate return. Free tax return filing You paid more than half the cost of keeping up your home during the tax year. Free tax return filing Your spouse did not live in your home at any time during the last 6 months of the tax year and the absence was not temporary. Free tax return filing (See Temporary absences under Head of Household in Publication 501. Free tax return filing ) Your home was the main home of your child, stepchild, or an eligible foster child for more than half the year. 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Free tax return filing You are retired on permanent and total disability if: You were permanently and totally disabled when you retired, and You retired on disability before the close of the tax year. Free tax return filing Even if you do not retire formally, you may be considered retired on disability when you have stopped working because of your disability. Free tax return filing If you retired on disability before 1977, and were not permanently and totally disabled at the time, you can qualify for the credit if you were permanently and totally disabled on January 1, 1976, or January 1, 1977. Free tax return filing You are considered to be under age 65 at the end of 2013 if you were born after January 1, 1949. Free tax return filing Permanent and total disability. Free tax return filing    You are permanently and totally disabled if you cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity because of your physical or mental condition. Free tax return filing A qualified physician must certify that the condition has lasted or can be expected to last continuously for 12 months or more, or that the condition can be expected to result in death. Free tax return filing See Physician's statement , later. Free tax return filing Substantial gainful activity. Free tax return filing   Substantial gainful activity is the performance of significant duties over a reasonable period of time while working for pay or profit, or in work generally done for pay or profit. Free tax return filing Full-time work (or part-time work done at your employer's convenience) in a competitive work situation for at least the minimum wage conclusively shows that you are able to engage in substantial gainful activity. Free tax return filing   Substantial gainful activity is not work you do to take care of yourself or your home. Free tax return filing It is not unpaid work on hobbies, institutional therapy or training, school attendance, clubs, social programs, and similar activities. Free tax return filing However, doing this kind of work may show that you are able to engage in substantial gainful activity. Free tax return filing    The fact that you have not worked for some time is not, of itself, conclusive evidence that you cannot engage in substantial gainful activity. Free tax return filing   The following examples illustrate the tests of substantial gainful activity. Free tax return filing Example 1. Free tax return filing Trisha, a sales clerk, retired on disability. Free tax return filing She is 53 years old and now works as a full-time babysitter for the minimum wage. Free tax return filing Even though Trisha is doing different work, she is able to do the duties of her new job in a full-time competitive work situation for the minimum wage. Free tax return filing She cannot take the credit because she is able to engage in substantial gainful activity. Free tax return filing Example 2. Free tax return filing Tom, a bookkeeper, retired on disability. Free tax return filing He is 59 years old and now drives a truck for a charitable organization. Free tax return filing He sets his own hours and is not paid. Free tax return filing Duties of this nature generally are performed for pay or profit. Free tax return filing Some weeks he works 10 hours, and some weeks he works 40 hours. Free tax return filing Over the year he averages 20 hours a week. Free tax return filing The kind of work and his average hours a week conclusively show that Tom is able to engage in substantial gainful activity. Free tax return filing This is true even though Tom is not paid and he sets his own hours. Free tax return filing He cannot take the credit. Free tax return filing Example 3. Free tax return filing John, who retired on disability, took a job with a former employer on a trial basis. Free tax return filing The purpose of the job was to see if John could do the work. Free tax return filing The trial period lasted for 6 months during which John was paid the minimum wage. Free tax return filing Because of John's disability, he was assigned only light duties of a nonproductive “make-work” nature. Free tax return filing The activity was gainful because John was paid at least the minimum wage. Free tax return filing But the activity was not substantial because his duties were nonproductive. Free tax return filing These facts do not, by themselves, show that John is able to engage in substantial gainful activity. Free tax return filing Example 4. Free tax return filing Joan, who retired on disability from a job as a bookkeeper, lives with her sister who manages several motel units. Free tax return filing Joan helps her sister for 1 or 2 hours a day by performing duties such as washing dishes, answering phones, registering guests, and bookkeeping. Free tax return filing Joan can select the time of day when she feels most fit to work. Free tax return filing Work of this nature, performed off and on during the day at Joan's convenience, is not activity of a “substantial and gainful” nature even if she is paid for the work. Free tax return filing The performance of these duties does not, of itself, show that Joan is able to engage in substantial gainful activity. Free tax return filing Sheltered employment. Free tax return filing   Certain work offered at qualified locations to physically or mentally impaired persons is considered sheltered employment. Free tax return filing These qualified locations are in sheltered workshops, hospitals and similar institutions, homebound programs, and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sponsored homes. Free tax return filing   Compared to commercial employment, pay is lower for sheltered employment. Free tax return filing Therefore, one usually does not look for sheltered employment if he or she can get other employment. Free tax return filing The fact that one has accepted sheltered employment is not proof of the person's ability to engage in substantial gainful activity. Free tax return filing Physician's statement. Free tax return filing   If you are under age 65, you must have your physician complete a statement certifying that you were permanently and totally disabled on the date you retired. Free tax return filing You can use the statement in the Instructions for Schedule R. Free tax return filing   You do not have to file this statement with your Form 1040 or Form 1040A, but you must keep it for your records. Free tax return filing Veterans. Free tax return filing    If the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) certifies that you are permanently and totally disabled, you can substitute VA Form 21-0172, Certification of Permanent and Total Disability, for the physician's statement you are required to keep. Free tax return filing VA Form 21-0172 must be signed by a person authorized by the VA to do so. Free tax return filing You can get this form from your local VA regional office. Free tax return filing Physician's statement obtained in earlier year. Free tax return filing   If you got a physician's statement in an earlier year and, due to your continued disabled condition, you were unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity during 2013, you may not need to get another physician's statement for 2013. Free tax return filing For a detailed explanation of the conditions you must meet, see the instructions for Schedule R, Part II. Free tax return filing If you meet the required conditions, check the box on your Schedule R, Part II, line 2. Free tax return filing   If you checked box 4, 5, or 6 in Part I of Schedule R, enter in the space above the box on line 2 in Part II the first name(s) of the spouse(s) for whom the box is checked. Free tax return filing Disability income. Free tax return filing   If you are under age 65, you must also have taxable disability income to qualify for the credit. Free tax return filing Disability income must meet both of the following requirements. Free tax return filing It must be paid under your employer's accident or health plan or pension plan. Free tax return filing It must be included in your income as wages (or payments instead of wages) for the time you are absent from work because of permanent and total disability. Free tax return filing Payments that are not disability income. Free tax return filing    Any payment you receive from a plan that does not provide for disability retirement is not disability income. Free tax return filing Any lump-sum payment for accrued annual leave that you receive when you retire on disability is a salary payment and is not disability income. Free tax return filing    For purposes of the credit for the elderly or the disabled, disability income does not include amounts you receive after you reach mandatory retirement age. Free tax return filing Mandatory retirement age is the age set by your employer at which you would have had to retire, had you not become disabled. Free tax return filing Income Limits To determine if you can claim the credit, you must consider two income limits. Free tax return filing The first limit is the amount of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Free tax return filing The second limit is the amount of nontaxable social security and other nontaxable pensions, annuities, or disability income you received. Free tax return filing The limits are shown in Table 1. Free tax return filing If your AGI and your nontaxable pensions, annuities, or disability income are less than the income limits, you may be able to claim the credit. Free tax return filing See Figuring the Credit Yourself , later. Free tax return filing Table 1. Free tax return filing Income Limits IF your filing status is THEN, even if you qualify (see Figure A), you CANNOT take the credit if   Your adjusted gross income (AGI)* is equal to or more than. Free tax return filing . Free tax return filing . Free tax return filing     OR the total of your nontaxable social security and other nontaxable pension(s), annuities, or disability income is equal to or more than. Free tax return filing . Free tax return filing . Free tax return filing   single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child   $17,500     $5,000   married filing jointly and only one spouse qualifies in Figure A   $20,000     $5,000   married filing jointly and both spouses qualify in Figure A   $25,000     $7,500   married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013   $12,500     $3,750   * AGI is the amount on Form 1040A, line 22, or Form 1040, line 38. Free tax return filing If your AGI or your nontaxable pensions, annuities, or disability income are equal to or more than the income limits, you cannot take the credit. Free tax return filing Credit Figured for You You can figure the credit yourself, or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will figure it for you. Free tax return filing See Figuring the Credit Yourself , next. Free tax return filing If you can take the credit and you want the IRS to figure the credit for you, attach Schedule R to your return. Free tax return filing Check the appropriate box in Part I of Schedule R and fill in Part II and lines 11, 13a, and 13b of Part III, if they apply to you. Free tax return filing If you file Form 1040A, enter “CFE” in the space to the left of Form 1040A, line 30. Free tax return filing If you file Form 1040, check box c on Form 1040, line 53, and enter “CFE” on the line next to that box. Free tax return filing Attach Schedule R to your return. Free tax return filing Table 2. Free tax return filing Initial Amounts IF your filing status is. Free tax return filing . Free tax return filing . Free tax return filing   THEN enter on line 10 of Schedule R. Free tax return filing . Free tax return filing . Free tax return filing single,head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child and, by the end of 2013, you were       • 65 or older $5,000   • under 65 and retired on permanent and total disability1 $5,000 married filing a joint return and by the end of 2013       • both of you were 65 or older $7,500   • both of you were under 65 and one of you retired on permanent and total disability1 $5,000   • both of you were under 65 and both of you retired on permanent and total disability2 $7,500   • one of you was 65 or older, and the other was under 65 and retired on permanent  and total disability3 $7,500   • one of you was 65 or older, and the other was under 65 and not retired on permanent  and total disability $5,000 married filing a separate return and you did not live with your spouse at any time during the year and, by the end of 2013, you were       • 65 or older $3,750   • under 65 and retired on permanent and total disability1 $3,750   1 Amount cannot be more than the taxable disability income. Free tax return filing     2 Amount cannot be more than your combined taxable disability income. Free tax return filing     3 Amount is $5,000 plus the taxable disability income of the spouse under age 65, but not more than $7,500. Free tax return filing   Figuring the Credit Yourself If you figure the credit yourself, fill out the front of Schedule R. Free tax return filing Next, fill out Schedule R, Part III. Free tax return filing If you file Form 1040A, enter the amount from Schedule R, line 22 on line 30. Free tax return filing If you file Form 1040, include the amount from Schedule R, line 22 on line 53, check box c, and enter “Sch R” on the line next to that box. Free tax return filing There are five steps in Part III to determine the amount of your credit. Free tax return filing Determine your initial amount (lines 10–12). Free tax return filing Determine the total of any nontaxable social security and certain other nontaxable pensions, annuities, and disability benefits you received (lines 13a, 13b, and 13c). Free tax return filing Determine your excess adjusted gross income (lines 14–17). Free tax return filing Determine the total of steps 2 and 3 (line 18). Free tax return filing Determine your credit (lines 19–22). Free tax return filing These steps are discussed in more detail next. Free tax return filing Step 1. Free tax return filing Determine Initial Amount To figure the credit, you must first determine your initial amount using lines 10 through 12. Free tax return filing See Table 2. Free tax return filing Your initial amount is on line 12. Free tax return filing Initial amounts for persons under age 65. Free tax return filing   If you are a qualified individual under age 65, your initial amount cannot be more than your taxable disability income. Free tax return filing Special rules for joint returns. Free tax return filing   If you are a qualified individual under age 65, and your spouse is also a qualified individual, your initial amount is your taxable disability income plus $5,000. Free tax return filing   If you are a qualified individual, and both you and your spouse are under age 65, your initial amount cannot be more than your combined taxable disability income. Free tax return filing Step 2. Free tax return filing Total Certain Nontaxable Pensions and Benefits Step 2 is to figure the total amount of nontaxable social security and certain other nontaxable payments you received during the year. Free tax return filing You must reduce your initial amount by these payments. Free tax return filing Enter these nontaxable payments on lines 13a or 13b and total them on line 13c. Free tax return filing If you are married filing jointly, you must enter the combined amount of nontaxable payments both you and your spouse received. Free tax return filing Worksheets are provided in the instructions for Forms 1040 and 1040A to help you determine if any of your social security benefits (or equivalent railroad retirement benefits) are taxable. Free tax return filing Include the following nontaxable payments in the amounts you enter on lines 13a and 13b. Free tax return filing Nontaxable social security payments. Free tax return filing This is the nontaxable part of the benefits shown in box 5 of Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, before deducting any amounts withheld to pay premiums on supplementary Medicare insurance, and before any reduction because of benefits received under workers' compensation. Free tax return filing (Do not include a lump-sum death benefit payment you may receive as a surviving spouse, or a surviving child's insurance benefit payments you may receive as a guardian. Free tax return filing ) Nontaxable railroad retirement pension payments treated as social security. Free tax return filing This is the nontaxable part of the benefits shown in box 5 of Form RRB-1099, Payments by the Railroad Retirement Board. Free tax return filing Nontaxable pension or annuity payments or disability benefits that are paid under a law administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Free tax return filing (Do not include amounts received as a pension, annuity, or similar allowance for personal injuries or sickness resulting from active service in the armed forces of any country or in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Public Health Service, or as a disability annuity under section 808 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. Free tax return filing ) Pension or annuity payments or disability benefits that are excluded from income under any provision of federal law other than the Internal Revenue Code. Free tax return filing (Do not include amounts that are a return of your cost of a pension or annuity. Free tax return filing These amounts do not reduce your initial amount. Free tax return filing ) You should be sure to take into account all of the nontaxable amounts you receive. Free tax return filing These amounts are verified by the IRS through information supplied by other government agencies. Free tax return filing Step 3. Free tax return filing Determine Excess Adjusted Gross Income You also must reduce your initial amount by your excess adjusted gross income. Free tax return filing Figure your excess adjusted gross income on lines 14–17. Free tax return filing You figure your excess adjusted gross income as follows. Free tax return filing Subtract from your adjusted gross income (Form 1040A, line 22 or Form 1040, line 38) the amount shown for your filing status. Free tax return filing $7,500 if you are single, a head of household, or a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child, $10,000 if you are married filing jointly, or $5,000 if you are married filing separately and you and your spouse did not live in the same household at any time during the tax year. Free tax return filing Divide the result of (1) by 2. Free tax return filing Step 4. Free tax return filing Determine the Total of Steps 2 and 3 To determine if you can take the credit, you must add (on line 18) the amounts you figured in Step 2 (line 13c) and Step 3 (line 17). Free tax return filing Step 5. Free tax return filing Determine Your Credit Subtract the amount determined in Step 4 (line 18) from the amount determined in Step 1 (line 12), and multiply the result by 15% (. Free tax return filing 15). Free tax return filing In certain cases, the amount of your credit may be limited. Free tax return filing See Limit on credit , later. Free tax return filing Example. Free tax return filing You are 66 years old and your spouse is 64. Free tax return filing Your spouse is not disabled. Free tax return filing You file a joint return on Form 1040. Free tax return filing Your adjusted gross income is $14,630. Free tax return filing Together you received $3,200 from social security, which was nontaxable. Free tax return filing You figure the credit as follows: Example applying the 5 step process Amount (Line references (shown in parentheses) are to the Schedule R)      1. Free tax return filing Initial amount (line 12) $5,000 2. Free tax return filing Total nontaxable social security  and other nontaxable  pensions (line 13c) $3,200   3. Free tax return filing Excess adjusted gross income  ($14,630–$10,000) ÷ 2 (line 17) 2,315   4. Free tax return filing Add (2) and (3) (line 18) 5,515 5. Free tax return filing Subtract (4) from (1) (line 12 – line 18 = line 19) (Do not enter less than -0-) $ -0- You cannot take the credit because your nontaxable social security plus your excess adjusted gross income is more than your initial amount. Free tax return filing Limit on credit. Free tax return filing   The amount of credit you can claim is generally limited to the amount of your tax. Free tax return filing Use the Credit Limit Worksheet in the Instructions for Schedule R to determine if your credit is limited. Free tax return filing Examples The following examples illustrate the credit for the elderly or the disabled. Free tax return filing The initial amounts are taken from Table 2, earlier. Free tax return filing Example 1. Free tax return filing James Davis is 58 years old, single, and files Form 1040A. Free tax return filing In 2011 he retired on permanent and total disability, and he is still permanently and totally disabled. Free tax return filing He got the required physician's statement in 2011 and kept it with his tax records. Free tax return filing His physician signed on line B of the statement. Free tax return filing This year James checks the box in Schedule R, Part II. Free tax return filing He does not need to get another statement for 2013. Free tax return filing He received the following income for the year: Nontaxable social security $1,500 Interest (taxable) 100 Taxable disability pension 11,400       James' adjusted gross income is $11,500 ($11,400 + $100). Free tax return filing He figures the credit on Schedule R as follows: 1. Free tax return filing Initial amount   $5,000 2. Free tax return filing Taxable disability pension   11,400 3. Free tax return filing Smaller of line 1 or line 2   5,000 4. Free tax return filing Nontaxable social security  benefits $1,500     5. Free tax return filing Excess adjusted gross income  ($11,500 − $7,500) ÷ 2 2,000     6. Free tax return filing Add lines 4 and 5   3,500 7. Free tax return filing Subtract line 6 from line 3  (Do not enter less than (-0-))   1,500 8. Free tax return filing Multiply line 7 by 15% (. Free tax return filing 15)   225 9. Free tax return filing Enter the amount from the  Credit Limit Worksheet in the  Instructions for Schedule R, line 21   151 10. Free tax return filing Credit (Enter the smaller of  line 8 or line 9)   $ 151 He enters $151 on line 30 of Form 1040A. Free tax return filing The Schedule R for James Davis is not shown. Free tax return filing Example 2. Free tax return filing William White is 53. Free tax return filing His wife Helen is 49. Free tax return filing William had a stroke 3 years ago and retired on permanent and total disability. Free tax return filing He is still permanently and totally disabled because of the stroke. Free tax return filing In November, Helen was injured in an accident at work and retired on permanent and total disability. 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Free tax return filing His doctor had signed on line B of that physician's statement to certify that William was permanently and totally disabled. Free tax return filing William has kept the physician's statement with his records. Free tax return filing He checks the box on Schedule R, Part II and writes his first name in the space above the box on line 2. Free tax return filing William and Helen use Schedule R to figure their $41 credit for the elderly or the disabled. Free tax return filing They attach Schedule R to their Form 1040 and enter $41 on line 53. Free tax return filing They check box c on line 53 and enter “Sch R” on the line next to that box. Free tax return filing See their filled-in Schedule R and Helen's filled-in physician's statement, later. Free tax return filing Instructions for Physician's Statement     Taxpayer Physician If you retired after 1976, enter the date you retired in the space provided on the statement below. Free tax return filing A person is permanently and totally disabled if both of the following apply:   1. Free tax return filing He or she cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a physical or mental condition. Free tax return filing   2. Free tax return filing A physician determines that the disability has lasted or can be expected to last continuously for at least a year or can lead to death. Free tax return filing Physician's Statement     I certify that Helen A. Free tax return filing White Name of disabled person was permanently and totally disabled on January 1, 1976, or January 1, 1977, or was permanently and totally disabled on the date he or she retired. Free tax return filing If retired after 1976, enter the date retired ▶ November 1, 2013   Physician: Sign your name on either A or B below. Free tax return filing AThe disability has lasted or can be expected to last continuously for at least a year     Physician's signatureDate BThere is no reasonable probability that the disabled condition will ever improve Ayden D. Free tax return filing Doctor 2/8/14   Physician's signatureDate Physician's name Physician's address Ayden D. Free tax return filing Doctor 1900 Green St. Free tax return filing , Hometown, MD 20000         This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Free tax return filing Please click the link to view the image. Free tax return filing Page 1 of Schedule R for the Whites This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Free tax return filing Please click the link to view the image. Free tax return filing Page 2 of Schedule R for the Whites How To Get Tax Help Go online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an office near you. 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Free tax return filing 5. Free tax return filing   Ministers and Church Employees Table of Contents Alternative Limit for Church Employees Changes to Includible Compensation for Most Recent Year of ServiceChanges to Includible Compensation Changes to Years of Service Self-employed ministers and church employees who participate in 403(b) plans generally follow the same rules as other 403(b) plan participants. Free tax return filing This means that if you are a self-employed minister or a church employee, your MAC generally is the lesser of: Your limit on annual additions, or Your limit on elective deferrals. Free tax return filing For most ministers and church employees, the limit on annual additions is figured without any changes. Free tax return filing This means that if you are a minister or church employee, your limit on annual additions generally is the lesser of: $51,000 for 2013 and $52,000 for 2014, or Your includible compensation for your most recent year of service. Free tax return filing Although, in general, the same limit applies, church employees can choose an alternative limit and there are changes in how church employees, foreign missionaries, and self-employed ministers figure includible compensation for the most recent year of service. Free tax return filing This chapter will explain the alternative limit and the changes. Free tax return filing Who is a church employee?   A church employee is anyone who is an employee of a church or a convention or association of churches, including an employee of a tax-exempt organization controlled by or associated with a church or a convention or association of churches. Free tax return filing Alternative Limit for Church Employees If you are a church employee, you can choose to use $10,000 a year as your limit on annual additions, even if your annual additions computed under the general rule is less. Free tax return filing Total contributions over your lifetime under this choice cannot be more than $40,000. Free tax return filing Changes to Includible Compensation for Most Recent Year of Service There are two types of changes in determining includible compensation for the most recent year of service. Free tax return filing They are: Changes in how the includible compensation of foreign missionaries and self-employed ministers is figured, and A change to the years that are counted when figuring the most recent year of service for church employees and self-employed ministers. Free tax return filing Changes to Includible Compensation Includible compensation is figured differently for foreign missionaries and self-employed ministers. Free tax return filing Foreign missionary. Free tax return filing   If you are a foreign missionary, your includible compensation includes foreign earned income that may otherwise be excludable from your gross income under section 911. Free tax return filing   If you are a foreign missionary, and your adjusted gross income is $17,000 or less, contributions to your 403(b) account will not be treated as exceeding the limit on annual additions if the contributions are not in excess of $3,000. Free tax return filing   You are a foreign missionary if you are either a layperson or a duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of a church and you meet both of the following requirements. Free tax return filing You are an employee of a church or convention or association of churches. Free tax return filing You are performing services for the church outside the United States. Free tax return filing Self-employed minister. Free tax return filing   If you are a self-employed minister, you are treated as an employee of a tax-exempt organization that is a qualified employer. Free tax return filing Your includible compensation is your net earnings from your ministry minus the contributions made to the retirement plan on your behalf and the deductible portion of your self-employment tax. Free tax return filing Changes to Years of Service Generally, only service with the employer who maintains your 403(b) account can be counted when figuring your limit on annual additions. Free tax return filing Church employees. Free tax return filing   If you are a church employee, treat all of your years of service as an employee of a church or a convention or association of churches as years of service with one employer. Free tax return filing Self-employed minister. Free tax return filing   If you are a self-employed minister, your years of service include full and part years during which you were self-employed. Free tax return filing Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications