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H and r block Publication 554 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders IntroductionVolunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. H and r block Ordering forms and publications. H and r block Tax questions. H and r block What's New Alternative minimum tax exemption increased. H and r block  The AMT exemption amount has increased to $51,900 ($80,800 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er); $40,400 if married filing separately). H and r block Earned income credit. H and r block  The maximum amount of income you can earn and still get the credit has increased. H and r block You may be able to take the credit if you earn less than: $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly), do not have a qualifying child, and are at least 25 years old and under 65, $37,870 ($43,210 if married filing jointly), and you have one qualifying child, $43,038 ($48,378 if married filing jointly), and you have two qualifying children, or $46,227 ($51,567 if married filing jointly), and you have three or more qualifying children. H and r block For more information, see Earned Income Credit , later. H and r block Exemption phaseout. H and r block  You lose at least part of the benefit of your exemptions if your adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. H and r block For 2013, the phaseout begins at $150,000 for married individuals filing separate returns; $250,000 for single individuals; $275,000 for heads of household; and $300,000 for married individuals filing joint returns or qualifying widow(er)s. H and r block For more information, see Phaseout of Exemptions in Publication 501. H and r block Limit on itemized deductions. H and r block   Beginning January 1, 2013, itemized deductions for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes above $150,000 may be reduced. H and r block See Overall limitation , later. H and r block Medical and dental expenses. H and r block   Beginning January 1, 2013, taxpayers 65 and older can deduct only the part of their medical and dental expenses that exceed 7. H and r block 5% of their adjusted gross income (10% for taxpayers under 65). H and r block Same-sex marriages. H and r block  If you have a same-sex spouse whom you legally married in a state (or foreign country) that recognizes same-sex marriage, you and your spouse generally must use the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status on your 2013 return, even if you and your spouse now live in a state (or foreign country) that does not recognize same-sex marriage. H and r block For more information, see Publication 501. H and r block Reminders Future developments. H and r block  For the latest information about developments related to Publication 554, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. H and r block irs. H and r block gov/pub554. H and r block Tax return preparers. H and r block  Choose your preparer carefully. H and r block If you pay someone to prepare your return, the preparer is required, under the law, to sign the return and fill in the other blanks in the Paid Preparer's area of your return. H and r block Remember, however, that you are still responsible for the accuracy of every item entered on your return. H and r block If there is any underpayment, you are responsible for paying it, plus any interest and penalty that may be due. H and r block Sale of home by surviving spouse. H and r block  If you are an unmarried widow or widower, you may qualify to exclude up to $500,000 of any gain from the sale or exchange of your main home. H and r block For more information, see Sale of Home , later. H and r block Third party designee. H and r block  You can check the “Yes” box in the Third Party Designee area of your return to authorize the IRS to discuss your return with your preparer, a friend, family member, or any other person you choose. H and r block This allows the IRS to call the person you identified as your designee to answer any questions that may arise during the processing of your return. H and r block It also allows your designee to perform certain actions. H and r block See your income tax return instructions for details. H and r block Employment tax withholding. H and r block  Your wages are subject to withholding for income tax, social security tax, and Medicare tax even if you are receiving social security benefits. H and r block Photographs of missing children. H and r block  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. H and r block Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. H and r block 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. H and r block Introduction The purpose of this publication is to provide a general overview of selected topics that are of interest to older taxpayers. H and r block The publication will help you determine if you need to file a return and, if so, what items to report on your return. H and r block Each topic is discussed only briefly, so you will find references to other free IRS publications that provide more detail on these topics if you need it. H and r block Table I has a list of questions you may have about filing your federal tax return. H and r block To the right of each question is the location of the answer in this publication. H and r block Also, at the back of this publication there is an index to help you search for the topic you need. H and r block While most federal income tax laws apply equally to all taxpayers, regardless of age, there are some provisions that give special treatment to older taxpayers. H and r block The following are some examples. H and r block Higher gross income threshold for filing. H and r block You must be age 65 or older at the end of the year to get this benefit. H and r block You are considered age 65 on the day before your 65th birthday. H and r block Therefore, you are considered age 65 at the end of the year if your 65th birthday is on or before January 1 of the following year. H and r block Higher standard deduction. H and r block If you do not itemize deductions, you are entitled to a higher standard deduction if you are age 65 or older at the end of the year. H and r block You are considered age 65 at the end of the year if your 65th birthday is on or before January 1 of the following year. H and r block Credit for the elderly or the disabled. H and r block If you qualify, you may benefit from the credit for the elderly or the disabled. H and r block To determine if you qualify and how to figure this credit, see Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled , later. H and r block Return preparation assistance. H and r block   The IRS wants to make it easier for you to file your federal tax return. H and r block You may find it helpful to visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), or American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax-Aide site near you. H and r block Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. H and r block   These programs provide free help for low-income taxpayers and taxpayers age 60 or older to fill in and file their returns. H and r block For the VITA/TCE site nearest you, contact your local IRS office. H and r block For more information, see Free help with your tax return under How To Get Tax Help. H and r block   For the location of an AARP Tax-Aide site in your community, call 1-888-227-7669. H and r block When asked, be ready to press in or speak your 5-digit ZIP code. H and r block Or, you can visit their website on the Internet at www. H and r block aarp. H and r block org/money/taxaide. H and r block Comments and suggestions. H and r block   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. H and r block   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. H and r block NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. H and r block Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. H and r block   You can send your comments from www. H and r block irs. H and r block gov/formspubs/. H and r block Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. H and r block ”   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. H and r block Ordering forms and publications. H and r block   Visit www. H and r block irs. H and r block 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 business days after your request is received. H and r block Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. H and r block Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. H and r block   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. H and r block gov or call 1-800-829-1040. H and r block We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. H and r block Table I. H and r block What You Should Know About Federal Taxes Note. H and r block The following is a list of questions you may have about filling out your federal income tax return. H and r block  To the right of each question is the location of the answer in this publication. H and r block What I Should Know Where To Find the Answer Do I need to file a return? See chapter 1. H and r block Is my income taxable or nontaxable?  If it is nontaxable, must I still report it? See chapter 2. H and r block How do I report benefits I received from the Social Security Administration or the Railroad Retirement Board?  Are these benefits taxable? See Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits in chapter 2. H and r block Must I report the sale of my home?  If I had a gain, is any part of it taxable? See Sale of Home in chapter 2. H and r block What are some of the items that I can deduct to reduce my income? See chapters 3 and 4. H and r block How do I report the amounts I set aside for my IRA? See Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) Contributions and Deductions in chapter 3. H and r block Would it be better for me to claim the standard deduction or itemize my deductions? See chapter 4. H and r block What are some of the credits I can claim to reduce my tax? See chapter 5 for discussions on the credit for the elderly or the disabled, the child and dependent care credit, and the earned income credit. H and r block Must I make estimated tax payments? See chapter 6. H and r block How do I contact the IRS or get more information? See chapter 7. H and r block Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Representatives of national, state and local news media outlets may contact the media relations offices listed below for assistance.

*Please note that these offices are established solely for responding to inquiries from the press (news media).  Questions and account inquiries from the general public and businesses cannot be handled by these offices.

Contactos para Medios en Español  (Spanish Media Contacts)

 

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National - International Media Outlets

Telephone
202-317-4000


 

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Alabama

615-250-5951

Alaska

206-220-5782

Arizona

602-636-9595

Arkansas

972-308-7252

California - Northern Counties through Marin, Napa, Solano, Sacramento, Amador and Alpine Counties

206-220-5782

California - Central Counties from San Francisco, Contra Costa, San Joaquin and Calaveras Counties through Monterey, San Benito, Madera and Mono Counties

619-615-9500

California - Fresno, Inyo, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

213-576-3157

California - Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Tulare and Ventura Counties

213-576-3010

California - Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties

619-615-9500

Colorado

303-603-4646

Connecticut

617-316-2224

Delaware

617-316-2224

District of Columbia - (includes Metro Area) and Baltimore

202-317-4000

Florida

954-423-7640

Georgia

404-338-7886

Hawaii

206-220-5782

Idaho

303-603-4646

Illinois - (includes Chicago Metro Area, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties)

312-292-3530

Illinois - (excludes Chicago Metro Area, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties)

314-612-4516

Indiana

313-234-1800

Iowa

414-231-2828

Kansas

314-612-4516

Kentucky

313-234-1800

Louisiana

281-721-8130

Maine

617-316-2224

Maryland - (excludes Baltimore)

617-316-2224

Massachusetts

617-316-2224

Michigan

313-234-1800

Minnesota

303-603-4646

Mississippi

404-338-7886

Missouri

314-612-4516

Montana

303-603-4646

Nebraska

414-231-2828

Nevada

619-615-9500

New Hampshire

617-316-2224

New Jersey

302-286-1528

New Mexico

602-636-9595

New York

617-316-2224

North Carolina

336-574-6040

North Dakota

303-603-4646

Ohio

614-280-8649

Oklahoma

281-721-8130

Oregon

206-220-5782

Pennsylvania - Eastern (includes Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Reading Scranton and Wilkes-Barre)

302-286-1528

Pennsylvania - Western (includes Erie, Pittsburgh, Johnstown-Altoona and State College)

614-280-8649

Rhode Island

617-316-2224

South Carolina

404-338-7886

South Dakota

303-603-4646

Tennessee

615-250-5951

Texas - Northern (includes Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Lubbock, Waco and surrounding areas)

972-308-7252

Texas - Southern (includes Austin, Beaumont, College Station, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio and surrounding areas)

281-721-8130

Texas - Southern (includes Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, McAllen, Weslaco and surrounding areas)

956-365-5177

Utah

602-636-9595

Vermont

617-316-2224

Virginia - (excludes DC Metro Area)

336-574-6040

Virginia - (includes DC Metro Area)

202-317-4000

Washington

206-220-5782

West Virginia

336-574-6040

Wisconsin

414-231-2828

Wyoming

303-603-4646

 

Pacific Territories - American Samoa, Guam and
Northern Mariana Islands
206-220-5782


 

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