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H&r block taxcut Publication 970 - Additional Material Table of Contents AppendicesAppendix A. H&r block taxcut Illustrated Example of Education Credits Glossary Appendices The following appendices are provided to help you claim the education benefits that will give you the lowest tax. H&r block taxcut Appendix A—An illustrated example of education credits, including a filled-in Form 8863 showing how to claim both the American opportunity credit and lifetime learning credit for 2013. H&r block taxcut Appendix B—A chart summarizing some of the major differences between the education tax benefits discussed in this publication. H&r block taxcut It is intended only as a guide. H&r block taxcut Look in this publication for more complete information. H&r block taxcut   Appendix A. H&r block taxcut Illustrated Example of Education Credits Dave and Valerie Jones are married and on their 2013 joint tax return they claim exemptions for their two dependent children, Sean (age 21, social security number: 000-00-0001) and Carey (age 18, social security number: 000–00–0002). H&r block taxcut Their modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) on Form 1040, line 38 is $110,000. H&r block taxcut Because Dave and Valerie have unusually high itemized deductions, their taxable income is $10,000 and their tax before credits is $1,000. H&r block taxcut Sean enrolled as a full-time graduate student in August 2013 at California State College. H&r block taxcut He graduated with his bachelor's degree in 2012 and did not attend school from January 2013 through July 2013. H&r block taxcut His parents claimed the Hope Scholarship Credit for Sean for 2008 and the American opportunity credit for Sean for 2010, 2011, and 2012. H&r block taxcut Carey enrolled full time as a freshman at the same college in January 2013 to begin working on her bachelor's degree. H&r block taxcut In 2013, Dave and Valerie paid $7,000 in tuition for Sean and $8,500 in tuition for Carey. H&r block taxcut California State College issued two Forms 1098-T, one for Sean and one for Carey, and sent them to the Joneses' residence. H&r block taxcut California State College reports amounts billed in 2013 instead of amounts paid during 2013. H&r block taxcut In completing Form 8863, the Joneses use the amounts they paid. H&r block taxcut Neither Sean nor Carey has been convicted of a felony for possession or distribution of a controlled substance before the end of 2013. H&r block taxcut Dave and Valerie figure their education credits by completing Form 8863. H&r block taxcut They begin Form 8863 on page 2 before completing Part I on page 1. H&r block taxcut Because the Joneses have two eligible students, they will complete page 2 twice, once for their son, Sean, and once for their daughter, Carey. H&r block taxcut The Joneses decide to complete Part III for Carey first, as shown later. H&r block taxcut They carry over the amount of $2,500 entered on Part III, line 30, to Part I, line 1. H&r block taxcut The Joneses complete a separate Part III for their son Sean. H&r block taxcut They check the “Yes” box on line 23, determine that Sean is not eligible for the American opportunity credit, and go to line 31 as instructed. H&r block taxcut They figure their line 31 adjusted qualified education expenses for Sean to be $7,000. H&r block taxcut Once they have completed Part III for each student, they figure their credits. H&r block taxcut The Joneses figure their refundable American opportunity credit of $1,000 by completing Form 8863, Part I, lines 1 through 8. H&r block taxcut They enter the amount from line 8, $1,000, on line 66 of their Form 1040. H&r block taxcut The Joneses enter $7,000 on Part II, line 10, of Form 8863 and figure their tentative lifetime learning credit for 2013 to be $1,400 (line 12). H&r block taxcut They cannot claim the full amount because their MAGI of $110,000 is greater than $107,000. H&r block taxcut They enter the reduced amount of $1,190 (figured on Part II, line 18) on the Credit Limit Worksheet, line 1. H&r block taxcut The $1,190 is added to their nonrefundable American opportunity credit ($1,500 on line 2 of the Credit Limit Worksheet) for a total nonrefundable credit of $2,690. H&r block taxcut The Joneses enter $1,000 on line 7 of the Credit Limit Worksheet, which is the smaller of their tax from line 46 of their Form 1040 (which is $1,000) or the $2,690 on line 3 of the Credit Limit Worksheet. H&r block taxcut They enter $1,000 on line 19, Part II of Form 8863 and on line 49 of Form 1040. H&r block taxcut This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. H&r block taxcut Please click the link to view the image. H&r block taxcut Form 1098-T Adjusted Qualified Education Expenses Worksheet (Form 8863 instructions) 1. H&r block taxcut Total qualified education expenses paid for or on behalf of the student in 2013 for the academic period 8,500 2. H&r block taxcut Less adjustments:     a. H&r block taxcut Tax-free educational assistance received in 2013 allocable to the academic period   0     b. H&r block taxcut Tax-free educational assistance received in 2014 (and before you file your 2013 tax return) allocable to the academic period   0     c. H&r block taxcut Refunds of qualified education expenses paid in 2013 if the refund is received in 2013 or in 2014 before you file your 2013 tax return   0   3. H&r block taxcut Total adjustments (add lines 2a, 2b, and 2c) 0 4. H&r block taxcut Adjusted qualified education expenses. H&r block taxcut Subtract line 3 from line 1. H&r block taxcut If zero or less, enter -0- 8,500 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. H&r block taxcut Please click the link to view the image. H&r block taxcut Form 1098-T Adjusted Qualified Education Expenses Worksheet (Form 8863 instructions) 1. H&r block taxcut Total qualified education expenses paid for or on behalf of the student in 2013 for the academic period 7,000 2. H&r block taxcut Less adjustments:     a. H&r block taxcut Tax-free educational assistance received in 2013 allocable to the academic period   0     b. H&r block taxcut Tax-free educational assistance received in 2014 (and before you file your 2013 tax return) allocable to the academic period   0     c. H&r block taxcut Refunds of qualified education expenses paid in 2013 if the refund is received in 2013 or in 2014 before you file your 2013 tax return   0   3. H&r block taxcut Total adjustments (add lines 2a, 2b, and 2c) 0 4. H&r block taxcut Adjusted qualified education expenses. H&r block taxcut Subtract line 3 from line 1. H&r block taxcut If zero or less, enter -0- 7,000 Credit Limit Worksheet (Form 8863 instructions) Nonrefundable Credit Worksheet 1. H&r block taxcut Enter the amount from Form 8863, line 18 1. H&r block taxcut 1,190 2. H&r block taxcut Enter the amount from Form 8863, line 9 2. H&r block taxcut 1,500 3. H&r block taxcut Add lines 1 and 2 3. H&r block taxcut 2,690 4. H&r block taxcut Enter the amount from: Form 1040, line 46; or Form 1040A, line 28 4. H&r block taxcut 1,000 5. H&r block taxcut Enter the amount from either: Form 1040, lines 47 and 48, and the amount from Schedule R included on Form 1040, line 53; or Form 1040A, lines 29 and 30 5. H&r block taxcut 0 6. H&r block taxcut Subtract line 5 from line 4 6. H&r block taxcut 1,000 7. H&r block taxcut   Enter the smaller of line 3 or line 6 here and on Form 8863, line 19 7. H&r block taxcut 1,000 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. H&r block taxcut Please click the link to view the image. H&r block taxcut Form 8863 for Dave and Valerie Jones This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. H&r block taxcut Please click the link to view the image. H&r block taxcut Carey Jones page 2 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. H&r block taxcut Please click the link to view the image. H&r block taxcut Filled-in Form 8863 Jones page 2 Appendix B. H&r block taxcut Highlights of Education Tax Benefits for Tax Year 2013 This chart highlights some differences among the benefits discussed in this publication. H&r block taxcut See the text for definitions and details. H&r block taxcut Do not rely on this chart alone. H&r block taxcut    Caution:You generally cannot claim more than one benefit for the same education expense. H&r block taxcut   Scholarships,  Fellowships, Grants, and  Tuition  Reductions American Opportunity Credit Lifetime Learning Credit Student Loan Interest Deduction Tuition and Fees Deduction Coverdell ESA† Qualified Tuition Program (QTP)† Education Exception to Additional Tax on Early IRA Distributions† Education Savings Bond Program† Employer- Provided Educational Assistance† Business Deduction for Work-Related Education What is your  benefit? Amounts received may not be taxable   Credits can reduce the amount of tax you have to pay. H&r block taxcut    40% of the credit may be refundable (limited to $1,000 per student). H&r block taxcut Credits can reduce amount of tax you must pay Can deduct interest paid Can deduct expenses Earnings not  taxed Earnings not taxed No 10%  additional tax on early distribution Interest not taxed Employer benefits not taxed Can deduct expenses What is the annual limit? None $2,500 credit per student $2,000 credit per tax return     $2,500 deduction $4,000 deduction $2,000 contribution per beneficiary None Amount of qualified  education expenses Amount of qualified  education expenses $5,250 exclusion Amount of qualifying work-related education expenses What expenses  qualify besides  tuition and required enrollment fees? Course-related expenses such as fees, books, supplies, and equipment Course-related books, supplies, and equipment Amounts paid for required books, etc. H&r block taxcut , that must be paid to the educational institution, etc. H&r block taxcut , are required fees Books Supplies Equipment  Room & board  Transportation  Other necessary expenses  None Books Supplies Equipment  Expenses for special needs services  Payments to QTP  Higher education: Room & board if  at least half-time  student  Elem/sec (K–12) education: Tutoring Room & board Uniforms Transportation Computer  access Supplementary expenses Books Supplies Equipment  Room & board if  at least half-time student  Expenses for special needs services Books Supplies Equipment  Room & board if  at least half-time student  Expenses for special needs services Payments to Coverdell ESA  Payments to QTP Books Supplies Equipment Transportation  Travel  Other necessary expenses   Scholarships,  Fellowships, Grants, and  Tuition  Reductions American Opportunity Credit Lifetime Learning Credit Student Loan Interest Deduction Tuition and Fees Deduction Coverdell ESA† Qualified Tuition Program (QTP)† Education Exception to Additional Tax on Early IRA Distributions† Education Savings Bond Program† Employer- Provided Educational Assistance† Business Deduction for Work-Related Education What education qualifies? Undergraduate & graduate  K–12 Undergraduate & graduate Undergraduate & graduate  Courses to acquire or improve job skills    Undergraduate & graduate Undergraduate & graduate Undergraduate & graduate  K–12 Undergraduate & graduate Undergraduate & graduate Undergraduate & graduate Undergraduate & graduate Required by employer or law to keep present job, salary, status  Maintain or improve job skills What are some of the other  conditions that  apply? Must be in degree or vocational program  Payment of tuition and required fees must be allowed under the grant Can be claimed for only 4 tax years (which includes years Hope Scholarship Credit claimed)  Must be enrolled at least half-time in degree program  No felony drug conviction(s)  Must not have completed first 4 years of postsecondary education before end of preceding tax year. H&r block taxcut   No other conditions Must have been at least half-time  student in degree program Cannot claim both deduction & education credit for same student in same year Assets must be distributed at age 30 unless special  needs beneficiary No other conditions No other conditions Applies only to qualified series  EE bonds issued after 1989 or series I bonds No other conditions Cannot be to  meet minimum educational requirements of present trade/business  Cannot qualify  you for new trade/business   In what income  range do benefits  phase out? No phaseout $80,000 – $90,000  $160,000 – $180,000 for joint returns $53,000 – $63,000  $107,000 – $127,000 for joint returns $60,000 – $75,000  $125,000 –  $155,000 for  joint returns  $60,000 – $80,000  $130,000 –  $160,000 for  joint returns  $95,000 – $110,000  $190,000 – $220,000 for  joint returns No phaseout No phaseout   No phaseout No phaseout † Any nontaxable distribution is limited to the amount that does not exceed qualified education expenses. H&r block taxcut Glossary The education benefits included in this publication were enacted over many years, leading to a number of common terms being defined differently from one benefit to the next. H&r block taxcut For example, an eligible educational institution means one thing when determining if earnings from a Coverdell education savings account are not taxable and something else when determining if a scholarship or fellowship is not taxable. H&r block taxcut For each term listed below that has more than one definition, the definition for each education benefit is listed. H&r block taxcut Academic period:   A semester, trimester, quarter, or other period of study (such as a summer school session) as reasonably determined by an educational institution. H&r block taxcut If an educational institution uses credit hours or clock hours and does not have academic terms, each payment period can be treated as an academic period. H&r block taxcut Adjusted qualified education expenses (AQEE):    Qualified education expenses (defined later) reduced by any tax-free educational assistance, such as a tax-free scholarship or employer-provided educational assistance. H&r block taxcut They must also be reduced by any qualified education expenses deducted elsewhere on your return, used to determine an education credit or other benefit, or used to determine a tax-free distribution. H&r block taxcut For information on a specific benefit, see the appropriate chapter in this publication. H&r block taxcut Candidate for a degree:   A student who meets either of the following requirements. H&r block taxcut Attends a primary or secondary school or pursues a degree at a college or university, or Attends an accredited educational institution that is authorized to provide: A program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's or higher degree, or A program of training to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. H&r block taxcut Designated beneficiary:   The individual named in the document creating the account/plan who is to receive the benefit of the funds in the account/plan. H&r block taxcut Eligible educational institution:    American opportunity credit. H&r block taxcut Any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the Department of Education. H&r block taxcut It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. H&r block taxcut Coverdell education savings account (ESA). H&r block taxcut Any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the Department of Education. H&r block taxcut It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. H&r block taxcut Also included is any public, private, or religious school that provides elementary or secondary education (kindergarten through grade 12), as determined under state law. H&r block taxcut Education savings bond program. H&r block taxcut Same as American opportunity credit in this category. H&r block taxcut IRA, early distributions from. H&r block taxcut Same as American opportunity credit in this category. H&r block taxcut Lifetime learning credit. H&r block taxcut Same as American opportunity credit in this category. H&r block taxcut Qualified tuition program (QTP). H&r block taxcut Same as American opportunity credit in this category. H&r block taxcut Scholarships and fellowships. H&r block taxcut An institution that maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regularly enrolled body of students in attendance at the place where it carries on its educational activities. H&r block taxcut Student loan, cancellation of. H&r block taxcut Same as Scholarships and fellowships in this category. H&r block taxcut Student loan interest deduction. H&r block taxcut Any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the Department of Education. H&r block taxcut It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. H&r block taxcut Also included is an institution that conducts an internship or residency program leading to a degree or certificate from an institution of higher education, a hospital, or a health care facility that offers postgraduate training. H&r block taxcut Tuition and fees deduction. H&r block taxcut Same as American opportunity credit in this category. H&r block taxcut Eligible student:    American opportunity credit. H&r block taxcut A student who meets all of the following requirements for the tax year for which the credit is being determined. H&r block taxcut Did not have expenses that were used to figure an American opportunity or Hope Scholarship Credit in any 4 earlier tax years. H&r block taxcut Had not completed the first 4 years of postsecondary education (generally the freshman through senior years). H&r block taxcut For at least one academic period beginning in the tax year, was enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential at an eligible educational institution. H&r block taxcut Was free of any federal or state felony conviction for possessing or distributing a controlled substance as of the end of the tax year. H&r block taxcut Lifetime learning credit. H&r block taxcut A student who is enrolled in one or more courses at an eligible educational institution. H&r block taxcut Student loan interest deduction. H&r block taxcut A student who was enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to a postsecondary degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential at an eligible educational institution. H&r block taxcut Tuition and fees deduction. H&r block taxcut A student who is enrolled in one or more courses at an eligible educational institution. H&r block taxcut Half-time student:   A student who is enrolled for at least half the full-time academic work load for the course of study the student is pursuing, as determined under the standards of the school where the student is enrolled. H&r block taxcut Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI):    American opportunity credit. H&r block taxcut Adjusted gross income (AGI) as figured on the federal income tax return, modified by adding back any: Foreign earned income exclusion, Foreign housing exclusion, Foreign housing deduction, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of American Samoa, and Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of Puerto Rico. H&r block taxcut Coverdell education savings account (ESA). H&r block taxcut Same as American opportunity credit in this category. H&r block taxcut Education savings bond program. H&r block taxcut Adjusted gross income (AGI) as figured on the federal income tax return without taking into account any savings bond interest exclusion and modified by adding back any: Foreign earned income exclusion, Foreign housing exclusion, Foreign housing deduction, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of American Samoa, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of Puerto Rico, Exclusion for adoption benefits received under an employer's adoption assistance program, Deduction for student loan interest, Deduction for tuition and fees, and Deduction for domestic production activities. H&r block taxcut Lifetime learning credit. H&r block taxcut Same as American opportunity credit in this category. H&r block taxcut Student loan interest deduction. H&r block taxcut Adjusted gross income (AGI) as figured on the federal income tax return without taking into account any student loan interest deduction, tuition and fees deduction, or domestic production activities deduction, and modified by adding back any: Foreign earned income exclusion, Foreign housing exclusion, Foreign housing deduction, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of American Samoa, and Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of Puerto Rico. H&r block taxcut Tuition and fees deduction. H&r block taxcut Adjusted gross income (AGI) as figured on the federal income tax return without taking into account any tuition and fees deduction, or domestic production activities deduction, and modified by adding back any: Foreign earned income exclusion, Foreign housing exclusion, Foreign housing deduction, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of American Samoa, and Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of Puerto Rico. H&r block taxcut Phaseout:   The amount of credit or deduction allowed is reduced when modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is greater than a specified amount of income. H&r block taxcut Qualified education expenses:   See pertinent chapter for specific items. H&r block taxcut    American opportunity credit. H&r block taxcut Tuition and certain related expenses (including student activity fees) required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. H&r block taxcut Books, supplies, and equipment needed for a course of study are included even if not purchased from the educational institution. H&r block taxcut Does not include expenses for room and board. H&r block taxcut Does not include expenses for courses involving sports, games, or hobbies (including noncredit courses) that are not part of the student's postsecondary degree program. H&r block taxcut Coverdell education savings account (ESA). H&r block taxcut Expenses related to or required for enrollment or attendance of the designated beneficiary at an eligible elementary, secondary, or postsecondary school. H&r block taxcut Many specialized expenses included for K–12. H&r block taxcut Also includes expenses for special needs services and contribution to qualified tuition program (QTP). H&r block taxcut Education savings bond program. H&r block taxcut Tuition and fees required to enroll at or attend an eligible educational institution. H&r block taxcut Also includes contributions to a qualified tuition program (QTP) or Coverdell education savings account (ESA). H&r block taxcut Does not include expenses for room and board. H&r block taxcut Does not include expenses for courses involving sports, games, or hobbies that are not part of a degree or certificate granting program. H&r block taxcut IRA, early distributions from. H&r block taxcut Tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution, plus certain limited costs of room and board for students who are enrolled at least half-time. H&r block taxcut Also includes expenses for special needs services incurred by or for special needs students in connection with their enrollment or attendance. H&r block taxcut Lifetime learning credit. H&r block taxcut Tuition and certain related expenses required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. H&r block taxcut Student-activity fees and expenses for course-related books, supplies, and equipment are included only if the fees and expenses must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. H&r block taxcut Does not include expenses for room and board. H&r block taxcut Does not include expenses for courses involving sports, games, or hobbies (including noncredit courses) that are not part of the student's postsecondary degree program, unless taken by the student to acquire or improve job skills. H&r block taxcut Qualified tuition program (QTP). H&r block taxcut Tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution, plus certain limited costs of room and board for students who are enrolled at least half-time. H&r block taxcut Includes expenses for special needs services and computer access. H&r block taxcut Scholarships and fellowships. H&r block taxcut Expenses for tuition and fees required to enroll at or attend an eligible educational institution, and course-related expenses, such as fees, books, supplies, and equipment that are required for the courses at the eligible educational institution. H&r block taxcut Course-related items must be required of all students in the course of instruction. H&r block taxcut Student loan interest deduction. H&r block taxcut Total costs of attending an eligible educational institution, including graduate school (however, limitations may apply to the cost of room and board allowed). H&r block taxcut Tuition and fees deduction. H&r block taxcut Tuition and certain related expenses required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. H&r block taxcut Student-activity fees and expenses for course-related books, supplies, and equipment are included only if the fees and expenses must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. H&r block taxcut Recapture:   To include as income on your current year's return an amount allowed as a deduction in a prior year. H&r block taxcut To include as tax on your current year's return an amount allowed as a credit in a prior year. 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Understanding IRS Guidance - A Brief Primer

For anyone not familiar with the inner workings of tax administration, the array of IRS guidance may seem, well, a little puzzling at first glance. To take a little of the mystery away, here's a brief look at seven of the most common forms of guidance.

In its role in administering the tax laws enacted by the Congress, the IRS must take the specifics of these laws and translate them into detailed regulations, rules and procedures. The Office of Chief Counsel fills this crucial role by producing several different kinds of documents and publications that provide guidance to taxpayers, firms and charitable groups.

Regulation

A regulation is issued by the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department to provide guidance for new legislation or to address issues that arise with respect to existing Internal Revenue Code sections. Regulations interpret and give directions on complying with the law. Regulations are published in the Federal Register. Generally, regulations are first published in proposed form in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). After public input is fully considered through written comments and even a public hearing, a final regulation or a temporary regulation is published as a Treasury Decision (TD), again, in the Federal Register.

Revenue Ruling

A revenue ruling is an official interpretation by the IRS of the Internal Revenue Code, related statutes, tax treaties and regulations. It is the conclusion of the IRS on how the law is applied to a specific set of facts. Revenue rulings are published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin for the information of and guidance to taxpayers, IRS personnel and tax professionals. For example, a revenue ruling may hold that taxpayers can deduct certain automobile expenses.

Revenue Procedure

A revenue procedure is an official statement of a procedure that affects the rights or duties of taxpayers or other members of the public under the Internal Revenue Code, related statutes, tax treaties and regulations and that should be a matter of public knowledge. It is also published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. While a revenue ruling generally states an IRS position, a revenue procedure provides return filing or other instructions concerning an IRS position. For example, a revenue procedure might specify how those entitled to deduct certain automobile expenses should compute them by applying a certain mileage rate in lieu of calculating actual operating expenses.

Private Letter Ruling

A private letter ruling, or PLR, is a written statement issued to a taxpayer that interprets and applies tax laws to the taxpayer's specific set of facts. A PLR is issued to establish with certainty the federal tax consequences of a particular transaction before the transaction is consummated or before the taxpayer's return is filed. A PLR is issued in response to a written request submitted by a taxpayer and is binding on the IRS if the taxpayer fully and accurately described the proposed transaction in the request and carries out the transaction as described. A PLR may not be relied on as precedent by other taxpayers or IRS personnel. PLRs are generally made public after all information has been removed that could identify the taxpayer to whom it was issued.

Technical Advice Memorandum

A technical advice memorandum, or TAM, is guidance furnished by the Office of Chief Counsel upon the request of an IRS director or an area director, appeals, in response to technical or procedural questions that develop during a proceeding. A request for a TAM generally stems from an examination of a taxpayer's return, a consideration of a taxpayer's claim for a refund or credit, or any other matter involving a specific taxpayer under the jurisdiction of the territory manager or the area director, appeals. Technical Advice Memoranda are issued only on closed transactions and provide the interpretation of proper application of tax laws, tax treaties, regulations, revenue rulings or other precedents. The advice rendered represents a final determination of the position of the IRS, but only with respect to the specific issue in the specific case in which the advice is issued. Technical Advice Memoranda are generally made public after all information has been removed that could identify the taxpayer whose circumstances triggered a specific memorandum.

Notice

A notice is a public pronouncement that may contain guidance that involves substantive interpretations of the Internal Revenue Code or other provisions of the law. For example, notices can be used to relate what regulations will say in situations where the regulations may not be published in the immediate future.
 

Announcement

An announcement is a public pronouncement that has only immediate or short-term value. For example, announcements can be used to summarize the law or regulations without making any substantive interpretation; to state what regulations will say when they are certain to be published in the immediate future; or to notify taxpayers of the existence of an approaching deadline.

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H&r block taxcut 6. H&r block taxcut   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). H&r block taxcut Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. H&r block taxcut Free help with your tax return. H&r block taxcut   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. H&r block taxcut The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. H&r block taxcut The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. H&r block taxcut Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. H&r block taxcut In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. H&r block taxcut To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. H&r block taxcut gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. H&r block taxcut   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. H&r block taxcut To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. H&r block taxcut aarp. H&r block taxcut org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. H&r block taxcut For more information on these programs, go to IRS. H&r block taxcut gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. H&r block taxcut Internet. H&r block taxcut    IRS. H&r block taxcut gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. H&r block taxcut Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. H&r block taxcut Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. H&r block taxcut Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. H&r block taxcut gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. H&r block taxcut The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. H&r block taxcut Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. H&r block taxcut You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. H&r block taxcut The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. H&r block taxcut Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. H&r block taxcut No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. H&r block taxcut The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. H&r block taxcut When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. H&r block taxcut New subject areas are added on a regular basis. H&r block taxcut  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. H&r block taxcut gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. H&r block taxcut You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. H&r block taxcut The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. H&r block taxcut When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. H&r block taxcut Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. H&r block taxcut You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. H&r block taxcut Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. H&r block taxcut gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. H&r block taxcut Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. H&r block taxcut Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. H&r block taxcut Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. H&r block taxcut If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. H&r block taxcut Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. H&r block taxcut gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. H&r block taxcut You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. H&r block taxcut It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. H&r block taxcut Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. H&r block taxcut gov. H&r block taxcut Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. H&r block taxcut gov for more information. H&r block taxcut Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. H&r block taxcut Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. H&r block taxcut gov. H&r block taxcut Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. H&r block taxcut Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. H&r block taxcut gov. H&r block taxcut Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. H&r block taxcut gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. H&r block taxcut Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. H&r block taxcut Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. H&r block taxcut gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. H&r block taxcut An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. H&r block taxcut Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. H&r block taxcut gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. H&r block taxcut If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. H&r block taxcut Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. H&r block taxcut Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). H&r block taxcut Go to IRS. H&r block taxcut gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. H&r block taxcut Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. H&r block taxcut Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. H&r block taxcut Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. H&r block taxcut Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. H&r block taxcut gov and choose from a variety of options. H&r block taxcut    Phone. H&r block taxcut You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. H&r block taxcut Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. H&r block taxcut Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. H&r block taxcut gov, or download the IRS2Go app. H&r block taxcut Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. H&r block taxcut The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. H&r block taxcut Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. H&r block taxcut Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. H&r block taxcut Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. H&r block taxcut Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. H&r block taxcut If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. H&r block taxcut The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. H&r block taxcut Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. H&r block taxcut Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. H&r block taxcut The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. H&r block taxcut Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. H&r block taxcut Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. H&r block taxcut Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. H&r block taxcut You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. H&r block taxcut It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. H&r block taxcut Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). H&r block taxcut You should receive your order within 10 business days. H&r block taxcut Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. H&r block taxcut If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. H&r block taxcut Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. H&r block taxcut The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. H&r block taxcut These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. H&r block taxcut    Walk-in. H&r block taxcut You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. H&r block taxcut Products. H&r block taxcut You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. H&r block taxcut Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. H&r block taxcut Services. H&r block taxcut You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. H&r block taxcut An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. H&r block taxcut Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. H&r block taxcut gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. H&r block taxcut    Mail. H&r block taxcut You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. H&r block taxcut You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. H&r block taxcut Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. H&r block taxcut Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. H&r block taxcut The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. H&r block taxcut Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. H&r block taxcut   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. H&r block taxcut We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. H&r block taxcut You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. H&r block taxcut You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. H&r block taxcut   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. H&r block taxcut Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. H&r block taxcut Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. H&r block taxcut Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. H&r block taxcut We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. H&r block taxcut   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. H&r block taxcut   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. H&r block taxcut If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. H&r block taxcut Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). H&r block taxcut   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals and tax collection disputes. H&r block taxcut Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. H&r block taxcut Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. H&r block taxcut Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications