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H&r block military tax Publication 550 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. H&r block military tax Tax questions. H&r block military tax Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 550, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. H&r block military tax irs. H&r block military tax gov/pub550. H&r block military tax What's New Net investment income tax (NIIT). H&r block military tax  Beginning in 2013, you may be subject to the NIIT. H&r block military tax The NIIT applies at a rate of 3. H&r block military tax 8% to certain net investment income of individuals, estates, and trusts that have income above statutory threshold amounts. H&r block military tax See Net investment income tax (NIIT) , later. H&r block military tax Maximum capital gain rates. H&r block military tax  For 2013, the maximum capital gain rates are 0%, 15%, 20%, 25%, and 28%. H&r block military tax See Capital Gain Tax Rates , later, for more information. H&r block military tax Gift tax exclusion amount increased. H&r block military tax  For calendar year 2013, the first $14,000 of gifts to any person (other than gifts of future interests in property) are not included in the total amount of taxable gifts. H&r block military tax See Property Received as a Gift , later. H&r block military tax Reminders Mutual fund distributions. H&r block military tax  Publication 564, Mutual Fund Distributions, has been incorporated into this publication. H&r block military tax Foreign source income. H&r block military tax  If you are a U. H&r block military tax S. H&r block military tax citizen with investment income from sources outside the United States (foreign income), you must report that income on your tax return unless it is exempt by U. H&r block military tax S. H&r block military tax law. H&r block military tax This is true whether you reside inside or outside the United States and whether or not you receive a Form 1099 from the foreign payer. H&r block military tax Employee stock options. H&r block military tax  If you received an option to buy or sell stock or other property as payment for your services, see Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, for the special tax rules that apply. H&r block military tax Photographs of missing children. H&r block military tax  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. H&r block military tax Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. H&r block military tax 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&r block military tax Introduction This publication provides information on the tax treatment of investment income and expenses. H&r block military tax It includes information on the tax treatment of investment income and expenses for individual shareholders of mutual funds or other regulated investment companies, such as money market funds. H&r block military tax It explains what investment income is taxable and what investment expenses are deductible. H&r block military tax It explains when and how to show these items on your tax return. H&r block military tax It also explains how to determine and report gains and losses on the disposition of investment property and provides information on property trades and tax shelters. H&r block military tax The glossary at the end of this publication defines many of the terms used. H&r block military tax Investment income. H&r block military tax   This generally includes interest, dividends, capital gains, and other types of distributions including mutual fund distributions. H&r block military tax Investment expenses. H&r block military tax   These include interest paid or incurred to acquire investment property and expenses to manage or collect income from investment property. H&r block military tax Qualified retirement plans and IRAs. H&r block military tax   The rules in this publication do not apply to mutual fund shares held in individual retirement arrangements (IRAs), section 401(k) plans, and other qualified retirement plans. H&r block military tax The value of the mutual fund shares and earnings allocated to you are included in your retirement plan assets and stay tax free generally until the plan distributes them to you. H&r block military tax The tax rules that apply to retirement plan distributions are explained in the following publications. 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H&r block military tax 2. H&r block military tax   Employees' Pay Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Tests for Deducting PayTest 1—Reasonableness Test 2—For Services Performed Kinds of PayAwards Bonuses Education Expenses Fringe Benefits Loans or Advances Property Reimbursements for Business Expenses Sick and Vacation Pay Introduction You can generally deduct the amount you pay your employees for the services they perform. H&r block military tax The pay may be in cash, property, or services. H&r block military tax It may include wages, salaries, bonuses, commissions, or other non-cash compensation such as vacation allowances and fringe benefits. H&r block military tax For information about deducting employment taxes, see chapter 5. H&r block military tax You can claim employment credits, such as the following, if you hire individuals who meet certain requirements. H&r block military tax Empowerment zone employment credit (Form 8844). H&r block military tax Indian employment credit (Form 8845). H&r block military tax Work opportunity credit (Form 5884). H&r block military tax Credit for employer differential wage payments (Form 8932). H&r block military tax Reduce your deduction for employee wages by the amount of employment credits you claim. H&r block military tax For more information about these credits, see the form on which the credit is claimed. H&r block military tax Topics - This chapter discusses: Tests for deducting pay Kinds of pay Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide 15-A Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide 15-B Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. H&r block military tax Tests for Deducting Pay To be deductible, your employees' pay must be an ordinary and necessary business expense and you must pay or incur it. H&r block military tax These and other requirements that apply to all business expenses are explained in chapter 1. H&r block military tax In addition, the pay must meet both of the following tests. H&r block military tax Test 1. H&r block military tax It must be reasonable. H&r block military tax Test 2. H&r block military tax It must be for services performed. H&r block military tax The form or method of figuring the pay does not affect its deductibility. H&r block military tax For example, bonuses and commissions based on sales or earnings, and paid under an agreement made before the services were performed, are both deductible. H&r block military tax Test 1—Reasonableness You must be able to prove that the pay is reasonable. H&r block military tax Whether the pay is reasonable depends on the circumstances that existed when you contracted for the services, not those that exist when reasonableness is questioned. H&r block military tax If the pay is excessive, the excess pay is disallowed as a deduction. H&r block military tax Factors to consider. H&r block military tax   Determine the reasonableness of pay by the facts and circumstances. H&r block military tax Generally, reasonable pay is the amount that a similar business would pay for the same or similar services. H&r block military tax   To determine if pay is reasonable, also consider the following items and any other pertinent facts. H&r block military tax The duties performed by the employee. H&r block military tax The volume of business handled. H&r block military tax The character and amount of responsibility. H&r block military tax The complexities of your business. H&r block military tax The amount of time required. H&r block military tax The cost of living in the locality. H&r block military tax The ability and achievements of the individual employee performing the service. H&r block military tax The pay compared with the gross and net income of the business, as well as with distributions to shareholders if the business is a corporation. H&r block military tax Your policy regarding pay for all your employees. H&r block military tax The history of pay for each employee. H&r block military tax Test 2—For Services Performed You must be able to prove the payment was made for services actually performed. H&r block military tax Employee-shareholder salaries. H&r block military tax   If a corporation pays an employee who is also a shareholder a salary that is unreasonably high considering the services actually performed, the excessive part of the salary may be treated as a constructive dividend to the employee-shareholder. H&r block military tax The excessive part of the salary would not be allowed as a salary deduction by the corporation. H&r block military tax For more information on corporate distributions to shareholders, see Publication 542, Corporations. H&r block military tax Kinds of Pay Some of the ways you may provide pay to your employees in addition to regular wages or salaries are discussed next. H&r block military tax For specialized and detailed information on employees' pay and the employment tax treatment of employees' pay, see Publications 15, 15-A, and 15-B. H&r block military tax Awards You can generally deduct amounts you pay to your employees as awards, whether paid in cash or property. H&r block military tax If you give property to an employee as an employee achievement award, your deduction may be limited. H&r block military tax Achievement awards. H&r block military tax   An achievement award is an item of tangible personal property that meets all the following requirements. H&r block military tax It is given to an employee for length of service or safety achievement. H&r block military tax It is awarded as part of a meaningful presentation. H&r block military tax It is awarded under conditions and circumstances that do not create a significant likelihood of disguised pay. H&r block military tax Length-of-service award. H&r block military tax    An award will qualify as a length-of-service award only if either of the following applies. H&r block military tax The employee receives the award after his or her first 5 years of employment. H&r block military tax The employee did not receive another length-of-service award (other than one of very small value) during the same year or in any of the prior 4 years. H&r block military tax Safety achievement award. H&r block military tax    An award for safety achievement will qualify as an achievement award unless one of the following applies. H&r block military tax It is given to a manager, administrator, clerical employee, or other professional employee. H&r block military tax During the tax year, more than 10% of your employees, excluding those listed in (1), have already received a safety achievement award (other than one of very small value). H&r block military tax Deduction limit. H&r block military tax   Your deduction for the cost of employee achievement awards given to any one employee during the tax year is limited to the following. H&r block military tax $400 for awards that are not qualified plan awards. H&r block military tax $1,600 for all awards, whether or not qualified plan awards. H&r block military tax   A qualified plan award is an achievement award given as part of an established written plan or program that does not favor highly compensated employees as to eligibility or benefits. H&r block military tax   A highly compensated employee is an employee who meets either of the following tests. H&r block military tax The employee was a 5% owner at any time during the year or the preceding year. H&r block military tax The employee received more than $115,000 in pay for the preceding year. H&r block military tax You can choose to ignore test (2) if the employee was not also in the top 20% of employees ranked by pay for the preceding year. H&r block military tax   An award is not a qualified plan award if the average cost of all the employee achievement awards given during the tax year (that would be qualified plan awards except for this limit) is more than $400. H&r block military tax To figure this average cost, ignore awards of nominal value. H&r block military tax Deduct achievement awards as a nonwage business expense on your return or business schedule. H&r block military tax You may not owe employment taxes on the value of some achievement awards you provide to an employee. H&r block military tax See Publication 15-B. H&r block military tax Bonuses You can generally deduct a bonus paid to an employee if you intended the bonus as additional pay for services, not as a gift, and the services were performed. H&r block military tax However, the total bonuses, salaries, and other pay must be reasonable for the services performed. H&r block military tax If the bonus is paid in property, see Property , later. H&r block military tax Gifts of nominal value. H&r block military tax    If, to promote employee goodwill, you distribute food or merchandise of nominal value to your employees at holidays, you can deduct the cost of these items as a nonwage business expense. H&r block military tax Your deduction for de minimis gifts of food or drink are not subject to the 50% deduction limit that generally applies to meals. H&r block military tax For more information on this deduction limit, see Meals and lodging , later. H&r block military tax Education Expenses If you pay or reimburse education expenses for an employee, you can deduct the payments if they are part of a qualified educational assistance program. H&r block military tax Deduct them on the “Employee benefit programs” or other appropriate line of your tax return. H&r block military tax For information on educational assistance programs, see Educational Assistance in section 2 of Publication 15-B. H&r block military tax Fringe Benefits A fringe benefit is a form of pay for the performance of services. H&r block military tax You can generally deduct the cost of fringe benefits. H&r block military tax You may be able to exclude all or part of the value of some fringe benefits from your employees' pay. H&r block military tax You also may not owe employment taxes on the value of the fringe benefits. H&r block military tax See Table 2-1, Special Rules for Various Types of Fringe Benefits, in Publication 15-B for details. H&r block military tax Your deduction for the cost of fringe benefits for activities generally considered entertainment, amusement, or recreation, or for a facility used in connection with such an activity (for example, a company aircraft) for certain officers, directors, and more-than-10% shareholders is limited. H&r block military tax Certain fringe benefits are discussed next. H&r block military tax See Publication 15-B for more details on these and other fringe benefits. H&r block military tax Meals and lodging. H&r block military tax   You can usually deduct the cost of furnishing meals and lodging to your employees. H&r block military tax Deduct the cost in whatever category the expense falls. H&r block military tax For example, if you operate a restaurant, deduct the cost of the meals you furnish to employees as part of the cost of goods sold. H&r block military tax If you operate a nursing home, motel, or rental property, deduct the cost of furnishing lodging to an employee as expenses for utilities, linen service, salaries, depreciation, etc. H&r block military tax Deduction limit on meals. H&r block military tax   You can generally deduct only 50% of the cost of furnishing meals to your employees. H&r block military tax However, you can deduct the full cost of the following meals. H&r block military tax Meals whose value you include in an employee's wages. H&r block military tax Meals that qualify as a de minimis fringe benefit as discussed in section 2 of Publication 15-B. H&r block military tax This generally includes meals you furnish to employees at your place of business if more than half of these employees are provided the meals for your convenience. H&r block military tax Meals you furnish to your employees at the work site when you operate a restaurant or catering service. H&r block military tax Meals you furnish to your employees as part of the expense of providing recreational or social activities, such as a company picnic. H&r block military tax Meals you are required by federal law to furnish to crew members of certain commercial vessels (or would be required to furnish if the vessels were operated at sea). H&r block military tax This does not include meals you furnish on vessels primarily providing luxury water transportation. H&r block military tax Meals you furnish on an oil or gas platform or drilling rig located offshore or in Alaska. H&r block military tax This includes meals you furnish at a support camp that is near and integral to an oil or gas drilling rig located in Alaska. H&r block military tax Employee benefit programs. H&r block military tax   Employee benefit programs include the following. H&r block military tax Accident and health plans. H&r block military tax Adoption assistance. H&r block military tax Cafeteria plans. H&r block military tax Dependent care assistance. H&r block military tax Education assistance. H&r block military tax Life insurance coverage. H&r block military tax Welfare benefit funds. H&r block military tax   You can generally deduct amounts you spend on employee benefit programs on the applicable line of your tax return. H&r block military tax For example, if you provide dependent care by operating a dependent care facility for your employees, deduct your costs in whatever categories they fall (utilities, salaries, etc. H&r block military tax ). H&r block military tax Life insurance coverage. H&r block military tax   You cannot deduct the cost of life insurance coverage for you, an employee, or any person with a financial interest in your business, if you are directly or indirectly the beneficiary of the policy. H&r block military tax See Regulations section 1. H&r block military tax 264-1 for more information. H&r block military tax Welfare benefit funds. H&r block military tax   A welfare benefit fund is a funded plan (or a funded arrangement having the effect of a plan) that provides welfare benefits to your employees, independent contractors, or their beneficiaries. H&r block military tax Welfare benefits are any benefits other than deferred compensation or transfers of restricted property. H&r block military tax   Your deduction for contributions to a welfare benefit fund is limited to the fund's qualified cost for the tax year. H&r block military tax If your contributions to the fund are more than its qualified cost, carry the excess over to the next tax year. H&r block military tax   Generally, the fund's “qualified cost” is the total of the following amounts, reduced by the after-tax income of the fund. H&r block military tax The cost you would have been able to deduct using the cash method of accounting if you had paid for the benefits directly. H&r block military tax The contributions added to a reserve account that are needed to fund claims incurred but not paid as of the end of the year. H&r block military tax These claims can be for supplemental unemployment benefits, severance pay, or disability, medical, or life insurance benefits. H&r block military tax   For more information, see sections 419(c) and 419A of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. H&r block military tax Loans or Advances You generally can deduct as wages an advance you make to an employee for services performed if you do not expect the employee to repay the advance. H&r block military tax However, if the employee performs no services, treat the amount you advanced as a loan. H&r block military tax If the employee does not repay the loan, treat it as income to the employee. H&r block military tax Below-market interest rate loans. H&r block military tax   On certain loans you make to an employee or shareholder, you are treated as having received interest income and as having paid compensation or dividends equal to that interest. H&r block military tax See Below-Market Loans in chapter 4. H&r block military tax Property If you transfer property (including your company's stock) to an employee as payment for services, you can generally deduct it as wages. H&r block military tax The amount you can deduct is the property's fair market value on the date of the transfer less any amount the employee paid for the property. H&r block military tax You can claim the deduction only for the tax year in which your employee includes the property's value in income. H&r block military tax Your employee is deemed to have included the value in income if you report it on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, in a timely manner. H&r block military tax You treat the deductible amount as received in exchange for the property, and you must recognize any gain or loss realized on the transfer, unless it is the company's stock transferred as payment for services. H&r block military tax Your gain or loss is the difference between the fair market value of the property and its adjusted basis on the date of transfer. H&r block military tax These rules also apply to property transferred to an independent contractor for services, generally reported on Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income. H&r block military tax Restricted property. H&r block military tax   If the property you transfer for services is subject to restrictions that affect its value, you generally cannot deduct it and do not report gain or loss until it is substantially vested in the recipient. H&r block military tax However, if the recipient pays for the property, you must report any gain at the time of the transfer up to the amount paid. H&r block military tax    “Substantially vested” means the property is not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. H&r block military tax This means that the recipient is not likely to have to give up his or her rights in the property in the future. H&r block military tax Reimbursements for Business Expenses You can generally deduct the amount you pay or reimburse employees for business expenses incurred for your business. H&r block military tax However, your deduction may be limited. H&r block military tax If you make the payment under an accountable plan, deduct it in the category of the expense paid. H&r block military tax For example, if you pay an employee for travel expenses incurred on your behalf, deduct this payment as a travel expense. H&r block military tax If you make the payment under a nonaccountable plan, deduct it as wages and include it in the employee's Form W-2. H&r block military tax See Reimbursement of Travel, Meals, and Entertainment in chapter 11 for more information about deducting reimbursements and an explanation of accountable and nonaccountable plans. H&r block military tax Sick and Vacation Pay Sick pay. H&r block military tax   You can deduct amounts you pay to your employees for sickness and injury, including lump-sum amounts, as wages. H&r block military tax However, your deduction is limited to amounts not compensated by insurance or other means. H&r block military tax Vacation pay. H&r block military tax   Vacation pay is an employee benefit. H&r block military tax It includes amounts paid for unused vacation leave. H&r block military tax You can deduct vacation pay only in the tax year in which the employee actually receives it. H&r block military tax This rule applies regardless of whether you use the cash or accrual method of accounting. H&r block military tax Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications