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How to file amended return 28. How to file amended return   Miscellaneous Deductions Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Deductions Subject to the 2% LimitUnreimbursed Employee Expenses (Line 21) Tax Preparation Fees (Line 22) Other Expenses (Line 23) Deductions Not Subject to the 2% LimitList of Deductions Nondeductible ExpensesList of Nondeductible Expenses What's New Standard mileage rate. How to file amended return  The 2013 rate for business use of a vehicle is 56½ cents per mile. How to file amended return Introduction This chapter explains which expenses you can claim as miscellaneous itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). How to file amended return You must reduce the total of most miscellaneous itemized deductions by 2% of your adjusted gross income. How to file amended return This chapter covers the following topics. How to file amended return Deductions subject to the 2% limit. How to file amended return Deductions not subject to the 2% limit. How to file amended return Expenses you cannot deduct. How to file amended return You must keep records to verify your deductions. How to file amended return You should keep receipts, canceled checks, substitute checks, financial account statements, and other documentary evidence. How to file amended return For more information on recordkeeping, get Publication 552, Record- keeping for Individuals. How to file amended return Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 529 Miscellaneous Deductions 535 Business Expenses 587 Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers) 946 How To Depreciate Property Form (and Instructions) Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit You can deduct certain expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). How to file amended return You can claim the amount of expenses that is more than 2% of your adjusted gross income. How to file amended return You figure your deduction on Schedule A by subtracting 2% of your adjusted gross income from the total amount of these expenses. How to file amended return Your adjusted gross income is the amount on Form 1040, line 38. How to file amended return Generally, you apply the 2% limit after you apply any other deduction limit. How to file amended return For example, you apply the 50% (or 80%) limit on business-related meals and entertainment (discussed in chapter 26) before you apply the 2% limit. How to file amended return Deductions subject to the 2% limit are discussed in the three categories in which you report them on Schedule A (Form 1040). How to file amended return Unreimbursed employee expenses (line 21). How to file amended return Tax preparation fees (line 22). How to file amended return Other expenses (line 23). How to file amended return Unreimbursed Employee Expenses (Line 21) Generally, you can deduct on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, unreimbursed employee expenses that are: Paid or incurred during your tax year, For carrying on your trade or business of being an employee, and Ordinary and necessary. How to file amended return An expense is ordinary if it is common and accepted in your trade, business, or profession. How to file amended return An expense is necessary if it is appropriate and helpful to your business. How to file amended return An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. How to file amended return Examples of unreimbursed employee expenses are listed next. How to file amended return The list is followed by discussions of additional unreimbursed employee expenses. How to file amended return Business bad debt of an employee. How to file amended return Education that is work related. How to file amended return (See chapter 27. How to file amended return ) Legal fees related to your job. How to file amended return Licenses and regulatory fees. How to file amended return Malpractice insurance premiums. How to file amended return Medical examinations required by an employer. How to file amended return Occupational taxes. How to file amended return Passport for a business trip. How to file amended return Subscriptions to professional journals and trade magazines related to your work. How to file amended return Travel, transportation, entertainment, and gifts related to your work. How to file amended return (See chapter 26. How to file amended return ) Business Liability Insurance You can deduct insurance premiums you paid for protection against personal liability for wrongful acts on the job. How to file amended return Damages for Breach of Employment Contract If you break an employment contract, you can deduct damages you pay your former employer that are attributable to the pay you received from that employer. How to file amended return Depreciation on Computers You can claim a depreciation deduction for a computer that you use in your work as an employee if its use is: For the convenience of your employer, and Required as a condition of your employment. How to file amended return For more information about the rules and exceptions to the rules affecting the allowable deductions for a home computer, see Publication 529. How to file amended return Dues to Chambers of Commerce and Professional Societies You may be able to deduct dues paid to professional organizations (such as bar associations and medical associations) and to chambers of commerce and similar organizations, if membership helps you carry out the duties of your job. How to file amended return Similar organizations include: Boards of trade, Business leagues, Civic or public service organizations, Real estate boards, and Trade associations. How to file amended return Lobbying and political activities. How to file amended return   You may not be able to deduct that part of your dues that is for certain lobbying and political activities. How to file amended return See Dues used for lobbying under Nondeductible Expenses, later. How to file amended return Educator Expenses If you were an eligible educator in 2013, you can deduct up to $250 of qualified expenses you paid in 2013 as an adjustment to gross income on Form 1040, line 23, rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. How to file amended return If you file Form 1040A, you can deduct these expenses on line 16. How to file amended return If you and your spouse are filing jointly and both of you were eligible educators, the maximum deduction is $500. How to file amended return However, neither spouse can deduct more than $250 of his or her qualified expenses. How to file amended return Home Office If you use a part of your home regularly and exclusively for business purposes, you may be able to deduct a part of the operating expenses and depreciation of your home. How to file amended return You can claim this deduction for the business use of a part of your home only if you use that part of your home regularly and exclusively: As your principal place of business for any trade or business, As a place to meet or deal with your patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, or In the case of a separate structure not attached to your home, in connection with your trade or business. How to file amended return The regular and exclusive business use must be for the convenience of your employer and not just appropriate and helpful in your job. How to file amended return See Publication 587 for more detailed information and a worksheet. How to file amended return Job Search Expenses You can deduct certain expenses you have in looking for a new job in your present occupation, even if you do not get a new job. How to file amended return You cannot deduct these expenses if: You are looking for a job in a new occupation, There was a substantial break between the ending of your last job and your looking for a new one, or You are looking for a job for the first time. How to file amended return Employment and outplacement agency fees. How to file amended return   You can deduct employment and outplacement agency fees you pay in looking for a new job in your present occupation. How to file amended return Employer pays you back. How to file amended return   If, in a later year, your employer pays you back for employment agency fees, you must include the amount you receive in your gross income up to the amount of your tax benefit in the earlier year. How to file amended return (See Recoveries in chapter 12. How to file amended return ) Employer pays the employment agency. How to file amended return   If your employer pays the fees directly to the employment agency and you are not responsible for them, you do not include them in your gross income. How to file amended return Résumé. How to file amended return   You can deduct amounts you spend for preparing and mailing copies of a résumé to prospective employers if you are looking for a new job in your present occupation. How to file amended return Travel and transportation expenses. How to file amended return   If you travel to an area and, while there, you look for a new job in your present occupation, you may be able to deduct travel expenses to and from the area. How to file amended return You can deduct the travel expenses if the trip is primarily to look for a new job. How to file amended return The amount of time you spend on personal activity compared to the amount of time you spend in looking for work is important in determining whether the trip is primarily personal or is primarily to look for a new job. How to file amended return   Even if you cannot deduct the travel expenses to and from an area, you can deduct the expenses of looking for a new job in your present occupation while in the area. How to file amended return   You can choose to use the standard mileage rate to figure your car expenses. How to file amended return The 2013 rate for business use of a vehicle is 56½ cents per mile. How to file amended return See chapter 26 for more information. How to file amended return Licenses and Regulatory Fees You can deduct the amount you pay each year to state or local governments for licenses and regulatory fees for your trade, business, or profession. How to file amended return Occupational Taxes You can deduct an occupational tax charged at a flat rate by a locality for the privilege of working or conducting a business in the locality. How to file amended return If you are an employee, you can claim occupational taxes only as a miscellaneous deduction subject to the 2% limit; you cannot claim them as a deduction for taxes elsewhere on your return. How to file amended return Repayment of Income Aid Payment An “income aid payment” is one that is received under an employer's plan to aid employees who lose their jobs because of lack of work. How to file amended return If you repay a lump-sum income aid payment that you received and included in income in an earlier year, you can deduct the repayment. How to file amended return Research Expenses of a College Professor If you are a college professor, you can deduct research expenses, including travel expenses, for teaching, lecturing, or writing and publishing on subjects that relate directly to your teaching duties. How to file amended return You must have undertaken the research as a means of carrying out the duties expected of a professor and without expectation of profit apart from salary. How to file amended return However, you cannot deduct the cost of travel as a form of education. How to file amended return Tools Used in Your Work Generally, you can deduct amounts you spend for tools used in your work if the tools wear out and are thrown away within 1 year from the date of purchase. How to file amended return You can depreciate the cost of tools that have a useful life substantially beyond the tax year. How to file amended return For more information about depreciation, see Publication 946. How to file amended return Union Dues and Expenses You can deduct dues and initiation fees you pay for union membership. How to file amended return You can also deduct assessments for benefit payments to unemployed union members. How to file amended return However, you cannot deduct the part of the assessments or contributions that provides funds for the payment of sick, accident, or death benefits. How to file amended return Also, you cannot deduct contributions to a pension fund, even if the union requires you to make the contributions. How to file amended return You may not be able to deduct amounts you pay to the union that are related to certain lobbying and political activities. How to file amended return See Lobbying Expenses under Nondeductible Expenses, later. How to file amended return Work Clothes and Uniforms You can deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes if the following two requirements are met. How to file amended return You must wear them as a condition of your employment. How to file amended return The clothes are not suitable for everyday wear. How to file amended return It is not enough that you wear distinctive clothing. How to file amended return The clothing must be specifically required by your employer. How to file amended return Nor is it enough that you do not, in fact, wear your work clothes away from work. How to file amended return The clothing must not be suitable for taking the place of your regular clothing. How to file amended return Examples of workers who may be able to deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes are: delivery workers, firefighters, health care workers, law enforcement officers, letter carriers, professional athletes, and transportation workers (air, rail, bus, etc. How to file amended return ). How to file amended return Musicians and entertainers can deduct the cost of theatrical clothing and accessories that are not suitable for everyday wear. How to file amended return However, work clothing consisting of white cap, white shirt or white jacket, white bib overalls, and standard work shoes, which a painter is required by his union to wear on the job, is not distinctive in character or in the nature of a uniform. How to file amended return Similarly, the costs of buying and maintaining blue work clothes worn by a welder at the request of a foreman are not deductible. How to file amended return Protective clothing. How to file amended return   You can deduct the cost of protective clothing required in your work, such as safety shoes or boots, safety glasses, hard hats, and work gloves. How to file amended return   Examples of workers who may be required to wear safety items are: carpenters, cement workers, chemical workers, electricians, fishing boat crew members, machinists, oil field workers, pipe fitters, steamfitters, and truck drivers. How to file amended return Military uniforms. How to file amended return   You generally cannot deduct the cost of your uniforms if you are on full-time active duty in the armed forces. How to file amended return However, if you are an armed forces reservist, you can deduct the unreimbursed cost of your uniform if military regulations restrict you from wearing it except while on duty as a reservist. How to file amended return In figuring the deduction, you must reduce the cost by any nontaxable allowance you receive for these expenses. How to file amended return   If local military rules do not allow you to wear fatigue uniforms when you are off duty, you can deduct the amount by which the cost of buying and keeping up these uniforms is more than the uniform allowance you receive. How to file amended return   You can deduct the cost of your uniforms if you are a civilian faculty or staff member of a military school. How to file amended return Tax Preparation Fees (Line 22) You can usually deduct tax preparation fees in the year you pay them. How to file amended return Thus, on your 2013 return, you can deduct fees paid in 2013 for preparing your 2012 return. How to file amended return These fees include the cost of tax preparation software programs and tax publications. How to file amended return They also include any fee you paid for electronic filing of your return. How to file amended return Other Expenses (Line 23) You can deduct certain other expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% limit. How to file amended return On Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23, you can deduct expenses that you pay: To produce or collect income that must be included in your gross income, To manage, conserve, or maintain property held for producing such income, or To determine, contest, pay, or claim a refund of any tax. How to file amended return You can deduct expenses you pay for the purposes in (1) and (2) above only if they are reasonably and closely related to these purposes. How to file amended return Some of these other expenses are explained in the following discussions. How to file amended return If the expenses you pay produce income that is only partially taxable, see Tax-Exempt Income Expenses , later, under Nondeductible Expenses. How to file amended return Appraisal Fees You can deduct appraisal fees if you pay them to figure a casualty loss or the fair market value of donated property. How to file amended return Casualty and Theft Losses You can deduct a casualty or theft loss as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit if you used the damaged or stolen property in performing services as an employee. How to file amended return First report the loss in Section B of Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts. How to file amended return You may also have to include the loss on Form 4797, Sales of Business Property, if you are otherwise required to file that form. How to file amended return To figure your deduction, add all casualty or theft losses from this type of property included on Form 4684, lines 32 and 38b, or Form 4797, line 18a. How to file amended return For other casualty and theft losses, see chapter 25. How to file amended return Clerical Help and Office Rent You can deduct office expenses, such as rent and clerical help, that you have in connection with your investments and collecting the taxable income on them. How to file amended return Credit or Debit Card Convenience Fees You can deduct the convenience fee charged by the card processor for paying your income tax (including estimated tax payments) by credit or debit card. How to file amended return The fees are deductible in the year paid. How to file amended return Depreciation on Home Computer You can deduct depreciation on your home computer if you use it to produce income (for example, to manage your investments that produce taxable income). How to file amended return You generally must depreciate the computer using the straight line method over the Alternative Depreciation System (ADS) recovery period. How to file amended return But if you work as an employee and also use the computer in that work, see Publication 946. How to file amended return Excess Deductions of an Estate If an estate's total deductions in its last tax year are more than its gross income for that year, the beneficiaries succeeding to the estate's property can deduct the excess. How to file amended return Do not include deductions for the estate's personal exemption and charitable contributions when figuring the estate's total deductions. How to file amended return The beneficiaries can claim the deduction only for the tax year in which, or with which, the estate terminates, whether the year of termination is a normal year or a short tax year. How to file amended return For more information, see Termination of Estate in Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators. How to file amended return Fees to Collect Interest and Dividends You can deduct fees you pay to a broker, bank, trustee, or similar agent to collect your taxable bond interest or dividends on shares of stock. How to file amended return But you cannot deduct a fee you pay to a broker to buy investment property, such as stocks or bonds. How to file amended return You must add the fee to the cost of the property. How to file amended return You cannot deduct the fee you pay to a broker to sell securities. How to file amended return You can use the fee only to figure gain or loss from the sale. How to file amended return See the Instructions for Form 8949 for information on how to report the fee. How to file amended return Hobby Expenses You can generally deduct hobby expenses, but only up to the amount of hobby income. How to file amended return A hobby is not a business because it is not carried on to make a profit. How to file amended return See Activity not for profit in chapter 12 under Other Income. How to file amended return Indirect Deductions of Pass-Through Entities Pass-through entities include partnerships, S corporations, and mutual funds that are not publicly offered. How to file amended return Deductions of pass-through entities are passed through to the partners or shareholders. How to file amended return The partners or shareholders can deduct their share of passed-through deductions for investment expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% limit. How to file amended return Example. How to file amended return You are a member of an investment club that is formed solely to invest in securities. How to file amended return The club is treated as a partnership. How to file amended return The partnership's income is solely from taxable dividends, interest, and gains from sales of securities. How to file amended return In this case, you can deduct your share of the partnership's operating expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% limit. How to file amended return However, if the investment club partnership has investments that also produce nontaxable income, you cannot deduct your share of the partnership's expenses that produce the nontaxable income. How to file amended return Publicly offered mutual funds. How to file amended return   Publicly offered mutual funds do not pass deductions for investment expenses through to shareholders. How to file amended return A mutual fund is “publicly offered” if it is: Continuously offered pursuant to a public offering, Regularly traded on an established securities market, or Held by or for at least 500 persons at all times during the tax year. How to file amended return   A publicly offered mutual fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions, or a substitute form, showing the net amount of dividend income (gross dividends minus investment expenses). How to file amended return This net figure is the amount you report on your return as income. How to file amended return You cannot further deduct investment expenses related to publicly offered mutual funds because they are already included as part of the net income amount. How to file amended return Information returns. How to file amended return   You should receive information returns from pass-through entities. How to file amended return Partnerships and S corporations. How to file amended return   These entities issue Schedule K-1, which lists the items and amounts you must report and identifies the tax return schedules and lines to use. How to file amended return Nonpublicly offered mutual funds. How to file amended return   These funds will send you a Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions, or a substitute form, showing your share of gross income and investment expenses. How to file amended return You can claim the expenses only as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit. How to file amended return Investment Fees and Expenses You can deduct investment fees, custodial fees, trust administration fees, and other expenses you paid for managing your investments that produce taxable income. How to file amended return Legal Expenses You can usually deduct legal expenses that you incur in attempting to produce or collect taxable income or that you pay in connection with the determination, collection, or refund of any tax. How to file amended return You can also deduct legal expenses that are: Related to either doing or keeping your job, such as those you paid to defend yourself against criminal charges arising out of your trade or business, For tax advice related to a divorce, if the bill specifies how much is for tax advice and it is determined in a reasonable way, or To collect taxable alimony. How to file amended return You can deduct expenses of resolving tax issues relating to profit or loss from business (Schedule C or C-EZ), rentals or royalties (Schedule E), or farm income and expenses (Schedule F), on the appropriate schedule. How to file amended return You deduct expenses of resolving nonbusiness tax issues on Schedule A (Form 1040). How to file amended return See Tax Preparation Fees , earlier. How to file amended return Loss on Deposits For information on whether, and if so, how, you may deduct a loss on your deposit in a qualified financial institution, see Loss on Deposits in chapter 25. How to file amended return Repayments of Income If you had to repay an amount that you included in income in an earlier year, you may be able to deduct the amount you repaid. How to file amended return If the amount you had to repay was ordinary income of $3,000 or less, the deduction is subject to the 2% limit. How to file amended return If it was more than $3,000, see Repayments Under Claim of Right under Deductions Not Subject to the 2% Limit, later. How to file amended return Repayments of Social Security Benefits For information on how to deduct your repayments of certain social security benefits, see Repayments More Than Gross Benefits in chapter 11. How to file amended return Safe Deposit Box Rent You can deduct safe deposit box rent if you use the box to store taxable income-producing stocks, bonds, or investment-related papers and documents. How to file amended return You cannot deduct the rent if you use the box only for jewelry, other personal items, or tax-exempt securities. How to file amended return Service Charges on Dividend Reinvestment Plans You can deduct service charges you pay as a subscriber in a dividend reinvestment plan. How to file amended return These service charges include payments for: Holding shares acquired through a plan, Collecting and reinvesting cash dividends, and Keeping individual records and providing detailed statements of accounts. How to file amended return Trustee's Administrative Fees for IRA Trustee's administrative fees that are billed separately and paid by you in connection with your individual retirement arrangement (IRA) are deductible (if they are ordinary and necessary) as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit. How to file amended return For more information about IRAs, see chapter 17. How to file amended return Deductions Not Subject to the 2% Limit You can deduct the items listed below as miscellaneous itemized deductions. How to file amended return They are not subject to the 2% limit. How to file amended return Report these items on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. How to file amended return List of Deductions Each of the following items is discussed in detail after the list (except where indicated). How to file amended return Amortizable premium on taxable bonds. How to file amended return Casualty and theft losses from income- producing property. How to file amended return Federal estate tax on income in respect of a decedent. How to file amended return Gambling losses up to the amount of gambling winnings. How to file amended return Impairment-related work expenses of persons with disabilities. How to file amended return Loss from other activities from Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B), box 2. How to file amended return Losses from Ponzi-type investment schemes. How to file amended return See Losses from Ponzi-type investment schemes under Theft in chapter 25. How to file amended return Repayments of more than $3,000 under a claim of right. How to file amended return Unrecovered investment in an annuity. How to file amended return Amortizable Premium on Taxable Bonds In general, if the amount you pay for a bond is greater than its stated principal amount, the excess is bond premium. How to file amended return You can elect to amortize the premium on taxable bonds. How to file amended return The amortization of the premium is generally an offset to interest income on the bond rather than a separate deduction item. How to file amended return Part of the premium on some bonds may be a miscellaneous deduction not subject to the 2% limit. How to file amended return For more information, see Amortizable Premium on Taxable Bonds in Publication 529, and Bond Premium Amortization in chapter 3 of Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. How to file amended return Casualty and Theft Losses of Income-Producing Property You can deduct a casualty or theft loss as a miscellaneous itemized deduction not subject to the 2% limit if the damaged or stolen property was income-producing property (property held for investment, such as stocks, notes, bonds, gold, silver, vacant lots, and works of art). How to file amended return First, report the loss in Form 4684, Section B. How to file amended return You may also have to include the loss on Form 4797, Sales of Business Property if you are otherwise required to file that form. How to file amended return To figure your deduction, add all casualty or theft losses from this type of property included on Form 4684, lines 32 and 38b, or Form 4797, line 18a. How to file amended return For more information on casualty and theft losses, see chapter 25. How to file amended return Federal Estate Tax on Income in Respect of a Decedent You can deduct the federal estate tax attributable to income in respect of a decedent that you as a beneficiary include in your gross income. How to file amended return Income in respect of the decedent is gross income that the decedent would have received had death not occurred and that was not properly includible in the decedent's final income tax return. How to file amended return See Publication 559 for more information. How to file amended return Gambling Losses Up to the Amount of Gambling Winnings You must report the full amount of your gambling winnings for the year on Form 1040, line 21. How to file amended return You deduct your gambling losses for the year on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. How to file amended return You cannot deduct gambling losses that are more than your winnings. How to file amended return You cannot reduce your gambling winnings by your gambling losses and report the difference. How to file amended return You must report the full amount of your winnings as income and claim your losses (up to the amount of winnings) as an itemized deduction. How to file amended return Therefore, your records should show your winnings separately from your losses. How to file amended return Diary of winnings and losses. How to file amended return You must keep an accurate diary or similar record of your losses and winnings. How to file amended return Your diary should contain at least the following information. How to file amended return The date and type of your specific wager or wagering activity. How to file amended return The name and address or location of the gambling establishment. How to file amended return The names of other persons present with you at the gambling establishment. How to file amended return The amount(s) you won or lost. How to file amended return See Publication 529 for more information. How to file amended return Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you have a physical or mental disability that limits your being employed, or substantially limits one or more of your major life activities, such as performing manual tasks, walking, speaking, breathing, learning, and working, you can deduct your impairment-related work expenses. How to file amended return Impairment-related work expenses are ordinary and necessary business expenses for attendant care services at your place of work and for other expenses in connection with your place of work that are necessary for you to be able to work. How to file amended return Self-employed. How to file amended return   If you are self-employed, enter your impairment-related work expenses on the appropriate form (Schedule C, C-EZ, E, or F) used to report your business income and expenses. How to file amended return Loss From Other Activities From Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B), Box 2 If the amount reported in Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B), box 2, is a loss, report it on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. How to file amended return It is not subject to the passive activity limitations. How to file amended return Repayments Under Claim of Right If you had to repay more than $3,000 that you included in your income in an earlier year because at the time you thought you had an unrestricted right to it, you may be able to deduct the amount you repaid or take a credit against your tax. How to file amended return See Repayments in chapter 12 for more information. How to file amended return Unrecovered Investment in Annuity A retiree who contributed to the cost of an annuity can exclude from income a part of each payment received as a tax-free return of the retiree's investment. How to file amended return If the retiree dies before the entire investment is recovered tax free, any unrecovered investment can be deducted on the retiree's final income tax return. How to file amended return See chapter 10 for more information about the tax treatment of pensions and annuities. How to file amended return Nondeductible Expenses Examples of nondeductible expenses are listed next. How to file amended return The list is followed by discussions of additional nondeductible expenses. How to file amended return List of Nondeductible Expenses Broker's commissions that you paid in connection with your IRA or other investment property. How to file amended return Burial or funeral expenses, including the cost of a cemetery lot. How to file amended return Capital expenses. How to file amended return Fees and licenses, such as car licenses, marriage licenses, and dog tags. How to file amended return Hobby losses, but see Hobby Expenses , earlier. How to file amended return Home repairs, insurance, and rent. How to file amended return Illegal bribes and kickbacks. How to file amended return See Bribes and kickbacks in chapter 11 of Publication 535. How to file amended return Losses from the sale of your home, furniture, personal car, etc. How to file amended return Personal disability insurance premiums. How to file amended return Personal, living, or family expenses. How to file amended return The value of wages never received or lost vacation time. How to file amended return Adoption Expenses You cannot deduct the expenses of adopting a child, but you may be able to take a credit for those expenses. How to file amended return See chapter 37. How to file amended return Campaign Expenses You cannot deduct campaign expenses of a candidate for any office, even if the candidate is running for reelection to the office. How to file amended return These include qualification and registration fees for primary elections. How to file amended return Legal fees. How to file amended return   You cannot deduct legal fees paid to defend charges that arise from participation in a political campaign. How to file amended return Check-Writing Fees on Personal Account If you have a personal checking account, you cannot deduct fees charged by the bank for the privilege of writing checks, even if the account pays interest. How to file amended return Club Dues Generally, you cannot deduct the cost of membership in any club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or other social purpose. How to file amended return This includes business, social, athletic, luncheon, sporting, airline, hotel, golf, and country clubs. How to file amended return You cannot deduct dues paid to an organization if one of its main purposes is to: Conduct entertainment activities for members or their guests, or Provide members or their guests with access to entertainment facilities. How to file amended return Dues paid to airline, hotel, and luncheon clubs are not deductible. How to file amended return Commuting Expenses You cannot deduct commuting expenses (the cost of transportation between your home and your main or regular place of work). How to file amended return If you haul tools, instruments, or other items, in your car to and from work, you can deduct only the additional cost of hauling the items such as the rent on a trailer to carry the items. How to file amended return Fines or Penalties You cannot deduct fines or penalties you pay to a governmental unit for violating a law. How to file amended return This includes an amount paid in settlement of your actual or potential liability for a fine or penalty (civil or criminal). How to file amended return Fines or penalties include parking tickets, tax penalties, and penalties deducted from teachers' paychecks after an illegal strike. How to file amended return Health Spa Expenses You cannot deduct health spa expenses, even if there is a job requirement to stay in excellent physical condition, such as might be required of a law enforcement officer. How to file amended return Home Security System You cannot deduct the cost of a home security system as a miscellaneous deduction. How to file amended return However, you may be able to claim a deduction for a home security system as a business expense if you have a home office. How to file amended return See Home Office under Unreimbursed Employee Expenses, earlier, and Security System under Deducting Expenses in Publication 587. How to file amended return Investment-Related Seminars You cannot deduct any expenses for attending a convention, seminar, or similar meeting for investment purposes. How to file amended return Life Insurance Premiums You cannot deduct premiums you pay on your life insurance. How to file amended return You may be able to deduct, as alimony, premiums you pay on life insurance policies assigned to your former spouse. How to file amended return See chapter 18 for information on alimony. How to file amended return Lobbying Expenses You generally cannot deduct amounts paid or incurred for lobbying expenses. How to file amended return These include expenses to: Influence legislation, Participate or intervene in any political campaign for, or against, any candidate for public office, Attempt to influence the general public, or segments of the public, about elections, legislative matters, or referendums, or Communicate directly with covered executive branch officials in any attempt to influence the official actions or positions of those officials. How to file amended return Lobbying expenses also include any amounts paid or incurred for research, preparation, planning, or coordination of any of these activities. How to file amended return Dues used for lobbying. How to file amended return   If a tax-exempt organization notifies you that part of the dues or other amounts you pay to the organization are used to pay nondeductible lobbying expenses, you cannot deduct that part. How to file amended return See Lobbying Expenses in Publication 529 for information on exceptions. How to file amended return Lost or Mislaid Cash or Property You cannot deduct a loss based on the mere disappearance of money or property. How to file amended return However, an accidental loss or disappearance of property can qualify as a casualty if it results from an identifiable event that is sudden, unexpected, or unusual. How to file amended return See chapter 25. How to file amended return Example. How to file amended return A car door is accidentally slammed on your hand, breaking the setting of your diamond ring. How to file amended return The diamond falls from the ring and is never found. How to file amended return The loss of the diamond is a casualty. How to file amended return Lunches with Co-workers You cannot deduct the expenses of lunches with co-workers, except while traveling away from home on business. How to file amended return See chapter 26 for information on deductible expenses while traveling away from home. How to file amended return Meals While Working Late You cannot deduct the cost of meals while working late. How to file amended return However, you may be able to claim a deduction if the cost of meals is a deductible entertainment expense, or if you are traveling away from home. How to file amended return See chapter 26 for information on deductible entertainment expenses and expenses while traveling away from home. How to file amended return Personal Legal Expenses You cannot deduct personal legal expenses such as those for the following. How to file amended return Custody of children. How to file amended return Breach of promise to marry suit. How to file amended return Civil or criminal charges resulting from a personal relationship. How to file amended return Damages for personal injury, except for certain unlawful discrimination and whistleblower claims. How to file amended return Preparation of a title (or defense or perfection of a title). How to file amended return Preparation of a will. How to file amended return Property claims or property settlement in a divorce. How to file amended return You cannot deduct these expenses even if a result of the legal proceeding is the loss of income-producing property. How to file amended return Political Contributions You cannot deduct contributions made to a political candidate, a campaign committee, or a newsletter fund. How to file amended return Advertisements in convention bulletins and admissions to dinners or programs that benefit a political party or political candidate are not deductible. How to file amended return Professional Accreditation Fees You cannot deduct professional accreditation fees such as the following. How to file amended return Accounting certificate fees paid for the initial right to practice accounting. How to file amended return Bar exam fees and incidental expenses in securing initial admission to the bar. How to file amended return Medical and dental license fees paid to get initial licensing. How to file amended return Professional Reputation You cannot deduct expenses of radio and TV appearances to increase your personal prestige or establish your professional reputation. How to file amended return Relief Fund Contributions You cannot deduct contributions paid to a private plan that pays benefits to any covered employee who cannot work because of any injury or illness not related to the job. How to file amended return Residential Telephone Service You cannot deduct any charge (including taxes) for basic local telephone service for the first telephone line to your residence, even if it is used in a trade or business. How to file amended return Stockholders' Meetings You cannot deduct transportation and other expenses you pay to attend stockholders' meetings of companies in which you own stock but have no other interest. How to file amended return You cannot deduct these expenses even if you are attending the meeting to get information that would be useful in making further investments. How to file amended return Tax-Exempt Income Expenses You cannot deduct expenses to produce tax-exempt income. How to file amended return You cannot deduct interest on a debt incurred or continued to buy or carry  tax-exempt securities. How to file amended return If you have expenses to produce both taxable and tax-exempt income, but you cannot identify the expenses that produce each type of income, you must divide the expenses based on the amount of each type of income to determine the amount that you can deduct. How to file amended return Example. How to file amended return During the year, you received taxable interest of $4,800 and tax-exempt interest of $1,200. How to file amended return In earning this income, you had total expenses of $500 during the year. How to file amended return You cannot identify the amount of each expense item that is for each income item. How to file amended return Therefore, 80% ($4,800/$6,000) of the expense is for the taxable interest and 20% ($1,200/$6,000) is for the tax-exempt interest. How to file amended return You can deduct, subject to the 2% limit, expenses of $400 (80% of $500). How to file amended return Travel Expenses for Another Individual You generally cannot deduct travel expenses you pay or incur for a spouse, dependent, or other individual who accompanies you (or your employee) on business or personal travel unless the spouse, dependent, or other individual is an employee of the taxpayer, the travel is for a bona fide business purpose, and such expenses would otherwise be deductible by the spouse, dependent, or other individual. How to file amended return See chapter 26 for more information on deductible travel expenses. How to file amended return Voluntary Unemployment Benefit Fund Contributions You cannot deduct voluntary unemployment benefit fund contributions you make to a union fund or a private fund. How to file amended return However, you can deduct contributions as taxes if state law requires you to make them to a state unemployment fund that covers you for the loss of wages from unemployment caused by business conditions. How to file amended return Wristwatches You cannot deduct the cost of a wristwatch, even if there is a job requirement that you know the correct time to properly perform your duties. How to file amended return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Effective June 22, 2012, the IRS has made interim changes that affect the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) application process. Some of the information below, including the documentation requirements for individuals seeking an ITIN, has been superseded by these changes. Taxpayers and their representatives should review these changes, which are further explained in these Frequently Asked Questions, before requesting an ITIN.


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  • Go over the instructions for your application.
  • Make sure you don't qualify for a Social Security number (SSN) and you need an ITIN.
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Answers to Common Questions

What is an ITIN?
It is a number for you to use on federal tax documents.

Who needs an ITIN?
A non-citizen who has to file a federal tax return or a tax reporting document and does not qualify for an SSN needs an ITIN.

What is correct documentation?
In general, correct documentation is unexpired and has your photograph. It has the same name on it as on your application and tax return. It is from an organization authorized to issue it. The following documents can meet these conditions:

  • a passport
  • a visa (issued by the U.S. Department of State)
  • a civil birth certificate
  • a national, U.S. state, or military identification document
  • a U.S. or foreign driver’s license
  • a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Photo ID
  • a foreign voter registration document or military card
  • U.S. school records (for dependents only)
  • U.S. medical records (for dependents only)

Foreign records must be from a country recognized by the U.S. State Department.

What are the special requirements for school and medical records?
They must be less than one year old. They must be for dependents younger than 18.

How much time do I have to reply?
You have 45 days from the date of your notice to reply.

What happens if I don't reply?
We will reject your application. You'll have to submit a new application for an ITIN.

Should I call you with my reply or mail it to you?
Mail your reply to us at the address on the notice.

What happens to my tax return if you reject my application?
We'll process your return without an ITIN. You'll need to reapply for an ITIN and attach a copy of the return to your application to get a refund.

I sent you documents when I applied for an ITIN. When will you return them?
We'll return your documents within 60 days after we've processed your application.

Whom can I talk to with my questions?
You can call the telephone number on the top right corner of the notice with your questions.


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The How To File Amended Return

How to file amended return 5. How to file amended return   Exemptions, Deductions, and Credits Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Items Related to Excluded Income Exemptions Contributions to Foreign Charitable Organizations Moving ExpensesAllocation of Moving Expenses Forms To File Contributions to Individual Retirement Arrangements Taxes of Foreign Countries and U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return PossessionsCredit for Foreign Income Taxes Deduction for Foreign Income Taxes Deduction for Other Foreign Taxes How To Report Deductions Topics - This chapter discusses: The rules concerning items related to excluded income, Exemptions, Contributions to foreign charitable organizations, Moving expenses, Contributions to individual retirement arrangements (IRAs), Taxes of foreign countries and U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return possessions, and How to report deductions. How to file amended return Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 501 Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information 514 Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals 521 Moving Expenses 523 Selling Your Home 590 Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) 597 Information on the United States—Canada Income Tax Treaty Form (and Instructions) 1116 Foreign Tax Credit 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2555 Foreign Earned Income 2555-EZ Foreign Earned Income Exclusion 3903 Moving Expenses Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business SS-5 Application for a Social Security Card W-7 Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number See chapter 7 for information about getting these publications and forms. How to file amended return Items Related to Excluded Income U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return citizens and resident aliens living outside the United States generally are allowed the same deductions as citizens and residents living in the United States. How to file amended return If you choose to exclude foreign earned income or housing amounts, you cannot deduct, exclude, or claim a credit for any item that can be allocated to or charged against the excluded amounts. How to file amended return This includes any expenses, losses, and other normally deductible items that are allocable to the excluded income. How to file amended return You can deduct only those expenses connected with earning includible income. How to file amended return These rules apply only to items definitely related to the excluded earned income and they do not apply to other items that are not definitely related to any particular type of gross income. How to file amended return These rules do not apply to items such as: Personal exemptions, Qualified retirement contributions, Alimony payments, Charitable contributions, Medical expenses, Mortgage interest, or Real estate taxes on your personal residence. How to file amended return For purposes of these rules, your housing deduction is not treated as allocable to your excluded income, but the deduction for self- employment tax is. How to file amended return If you receive foreign earned income in a tax year after the year in which you earned it, you may have to file an amended return for the earlier year to properly adjust the amounts of deductions, credits, or exclusions allocable to your foreign earned income and housing exclusions. How to file amended return Example. How to file amended return In 2012, you had $90,400 of foreign earned income and $9,500 of deductions allocable to your foreign earned income. How to file amended return You did not have a housing exclusion. How to file amended return Because you excluded all of your foreign earned income, you would not have been able to claim any of the deductions on your 2012 return. How to file amended return In 2013, you received a $12,000 bonus for work you did abroad in 2012. How to file amended return You can exclude $4,700 of the bonus because the limit on the foreign earned income exclusion for 2012 was $95,100 and you have already excluded $90,400. How to file amended return Since you must include $7,300 of the bonus ($12,000 − $4,700) for work you did in 2012 in income, you can file an amended return for 2012 to claim $677 of the deductions. How to file amended return This is the deductions allocable to the foreign earned income ($9,500) multiplied by the includible portion of the foreign earned income ($7,300) and divided by the total foreign earned income for 2012 ($102,400). How to file amended return Exemptions You can claim an exemption for your nonresident alien spouse on your separate return, provided your spouse has no gross income for U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return tax purposes and is not the dependent of another U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return taxpayer. How to file amended return You also can claim exemptions for individuals who qualify as your dependents. How to file amended return To be your dependent, the individual must be a U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return citizen, U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return national, U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return resident alien, or a resident of Canada or Mexico for some part of the calendar year in which your tax year begins. How to file amended return Children. How to file amended return   Children usually are citizens or residents of the same country as their parents. How to file amended return If you were a U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return citizen when your child was born, your child generally is a U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return citizen. How to file amended return This is true even if the child's other parent is a nonresident alien, the child was born in a foreign country, and the child lives abroad with the other parent. How to file amended return   If you have a legally adopted child who is not a U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return citizen, U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return resident, or U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return national, the child meets the citizen requirement if you are a U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return citizen or U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return national and the child lived with you as a member of your household all year. How to file amended return Social security number. How to file amended return   You must include on your return the social security number (SSN) of each dependent for whom you claim an exemption. How to file amended return To get a social security number for a dependent, apply at a Social Security office or U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return consulate. How to file amended return You must provide original or certified copies of documents to verify the dependent's age, identity, and citizenship, and complete Form SS-5. How to file amended return   If you do not have an SSN for a child who was born in 2013 and died in 2013, attach a copy of the child's birth certificate to your tax return. How to file amended return Print “Died” in column (2) of line 6c of your Form 1040 or Form 1040A. How to file amended return   If your dependent is a nonresident alien who is not eligible to get a social security number, you must list the dependent's individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) instead of an SSN. How to file amended return To apply for an ITIN, file Form W-7 with the IRS. How to file amended return It usually takes 6 to 10 weeks to get an ITIN. How to file amended return Enter your dependent's ITIN wherever an SSN is requested on your tax return. How to file amended return More information. How to file amended return   For more information about exemptions, see Publication 501. How to file amended return Contributions to Foreign Charitable Organizations If you make contributions directly to a foreign church or other foreign charitable organization, you generally cannot deduct them. How to file amended return Exceptions are explained under Canadian, Mexican, and Israeli charities, later. How to file amended return You can deduct contributions to a U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return organization that transfers funds to a charitable foreign organization if the U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return organization controls the use of the funds by the foreign organization or if the foreign organization is just an administrative arm of the U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return organization. How to file amended return Canadian, Mexican, and Israeli charities. How to file amended return   Under the income tax treaties with Canada, Mexico and Israel, you may be able to deduct contributions to certain Canadian, Mexican, and Israeli charitable organizations. How to file amended return Generally, you must have income from sources in Canada, Mexico, or Israel, and the organization must meet certain requirements. How to file amended return See Publication 597, Information on the United States-Canada Income Tax Treaty, and Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, for more information. How to file amended return Moving Expenses If you moved to a new home in 2013 because of your job or business, you may be able to deduct the expenses of your move. How to file amended return Generally, to be deductible, the moving expenses must have been paid or incurred in connection with starting work at a new job location. How to file amended return See Publication 521 for a complete discussion of the deduction for moving expenses and information about moves within the United States. How to file amended return Foreign moves. How to file amended return   A foreign move is a move in connection with the start of work at a new job location outside the United States and its possessions. How to file amended return A foreign move does not include a move back to the United States or its possessions. How to file amended return Allocation of Moving Expenses When your new place of work is in a foreign country, your moving expenses are directly connected with the income earned in that foreign country. How to file amended return If you exclude all or part of the income that you earn at the new location under the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion, you cannot deduct the part of your moving expense that is allocable to the excluded income. How to file amended return Also, you cannot deduct the part of the moving expense related to the excluded income for a move from a foreign country to the United States if you receive a reimbursement that you are able to treat as compensation for services performed in the foreign country. How to file amended return Year to which expense is connected. How to file amended return   The moving expense is connected with earning the income (including reimbursements, as discussed in chapter 4 under Reimbursement of moving expenses ) either entirely in the year of the move or in 2 years. How to file amended return It is connected with earning the income entirely in the year of the move if you qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion under the bona fide residence test or physical presence test for at least 120 days during that tax year. How to file amended return   If you do not qualify under either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test for at least 120 days during the year of the move, the expense is connected with earning the income in 2 years. How to file amended return The moving expense is connected with the year of the move and the following year if the move is from the United States to a foreign country. How to file amended return The moving expense is connected with the year of the move and the preceding year if the move is from a foreign country to the United States. How to file amended return Amount allocable to excluded income. How to file amended return   To figure the amount of your moving expense that is allocable to your excluded foreign earned income (and not deductible), you must multiply your total moving expense deduction by a fraction. How to file amended return The numerator (top number) of the fraction is the total of your excluded foreign earned income and housing amounts for both years and the denominator (bottom number) of the fraction is your total foreign earned income for both years. How to file amended return Example. How to file amended return On November 1, 2012, you transfer to Monaco. How to file amended return Your tax home is in Monaco, and you are a bona fide resident of Monaco for the entire tax year 2013. How to file amended return In 2012, you paid $6,000 for allowable moving expenses for your move from the United States to Monaco. How to file amended return You were fully reimbursed (under a nonaccountable plan) for these expenses in the same year. How to file amended return The reimbursement is included in your income. How to file amended return Your only other income consists of $16,000 wages earned in 2012 after the date of your move, and $100,100 wages earned in Monaco for 2013. How to file amended return Because you did not meet the bona fide residence test for at least 120 days during 2012, the year of the move, the moving expenses are for services you performed in both 2012 and the following year, 2013. How to file amended return Your total foreign earned income for both years is $122,100, consisting of $16,000 wages for 2012, $100,100 wages for 2013, and $6,000 moving expense reimbursement for both years. How to file amended return You have no housing exclusion. How to file amended return The total amount you can exclude is $113,190, consisting of the $97,600 full-year exclusion for 2013 and a $15,590 part-year exclusion for 2012 ($95,100 times the fraction of 60 qualifying bona fide residence days over 366 total days in the year). How to file amended return To find the part of your moving expenses that is not deductible, multiply your $6,000 total expenses by the fraction $113,190 over $122,100. How to file amended return The result, $5,562, is your nondeductible amount. How to file amended return    You must report the full amount of the moving expense reimbursement in the year in which you received the reimbursement. How to file amended return In the preceding example, this year was 2012. How to file amended return You attribute the reimbursement to both 2012 and 2013 only to figure the amount of foreign earned income eligible for exclusion for each year. How to file amended return Move between foreign countries. How to file amended return   If you move between foreign countries, your moving expense is allocable to income earned in the year of the move if you qualified under either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test for a period that includes at least 120 days in the year of the move. How to file amended return New place of work in U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return   If your new place of work is in the United States, the deductible moving expenses are directly connected with the income earned in the United States. How to file amended return If you treat a reimbursement from your employer as foreign earned income (see the discussion in chapter 4), you must allocate deductible moving expenses to foreign earned income. How to file amended return Storage expenses. How to file amended return   These expenses are attributable to work you do during the year in which you incur the storage expenses. How to file amended return You cannot deduct the amount allocable to excluded income. How to file amended return Moving Expense Attributable to Foreign Earnings in 2 Years If your moving expense deduction is attributable to your foreign earnings in 2 years (the year of the move and the following year), you should request an extension of time to file your return for the year of the move until after the end of the second year. How to file amended return By then, you should have all the information needed to properly figure the moving expense deduction. How to file amended return See Extensions under When To File and Pay in chapter 1. How to file amended return If you do not request an extension, you should figure the part of the moving expense that you cannot deduct because it is allocable to the foreign earned income you are excluding. How to file amended return You do this by multiplying the moving expense by a fraction, the numerator (top number) of which is your excluded foreign earned income for the year of the move, and the denominator (bottom number) of which is your total foreign earned income for the year of the move. How to file amended return Once you know your foreign earnings and exclusion for the following year, you must either: Adjust the moving expense deduction by filing an amended return for the year of the move, or Recapture any additional unallowable amount as income on your return for the following year. How to file amended return If, after you make the final computation, you have an additional amount of allowable moving expense deduction, you can claim this only on an amended return for the year of the move. How to file amended return You cannot claim it on the return for the second year. How to file amended return Forms To File Report your moving expenses on Form 3903. How to file amended return Report your moving expense deduction on line 26 of Form 1040. How to file amended return If you must reduce your moving expenses by the amount allocable to excluded income (as explained later under How To Report Deductions ), attach a statement to your return showing how you figured this amount. How to file amended return For more information about figuring moving expenses, see Publication 521. How to file amended return Contributions to Individual Retirement Arrangements Contributions to your individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) that are traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs are generally limited to the lesser of $5,500 ($6,500 if 50 or older) or your compensation that is includible in your gross income for the tax year. How to file amended return In determining compensation for this purpose, do not take into account amounts you exclude under either the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion. How to file amended return Do not reduce your compensation by the foreign housing deduction. How to file amended return If you are covered by an employer retirement plan at work, your deduction for your contributions to your traditional IRAs is generally limited based on your modified adjusted gross income. How to file amended return This is your adjusted gross income figured without taking into account the foreign earned income exclusion, the foreign housing exclusion, or the foreign housing deduction. How to file amended return Other modifications are also required. How to file amended return For more information on IRAs, see Publication 590. How to file amended return Taxes of Foreign Countries and U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return Possessions You can take either a credit or a deduction for income taxes paid to a foreign country or a U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return possession. How to file amended return Taken as a deduction, foreign income taxes reduce your taxable income. How to file amended return Taken as a credit, foreign income taxes reduce your tax liability. How to file amended return You must treat all foreign income taxes the same way. How to file amended return If you take a credit for any foreign income taxes, you cannot deduct any foreign income taxes. How to file amended return However, you may be able to deduct other foreign taxes. How to file amended return See Deduction for Other Foreign Taxes, later. How to file amended return There is no rule to determine whether it is to your advantage to take a deduction or a credit for foreign income taxes. How to file amended return In most cases, it is to your advantage to take foreign income taxes as a tax credit, which you subtract directly from your U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return tax liability, rather than as a deduction in figuring taxable income. How to file amended return However, if foreign income taxes were imposed at a high rate and the proportion of foreign income to U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return income is small, a lower final tax may result from deducting the foreign income taxes. How to file amended return In any event, you should figure your tax liability both ways and then use the one that is better for you. How to file amended return You can make or change your choice within 10 years from the due date for filing the tax return on which you are entitled to take either the deduction or the credit. How to file amended return Foreign income taxes. How to file amended return   These are generally income taxes you pay to any foreign country or possession of the United States. How to file amended return Foreign income taxes on U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return return. How to file amended return   Foreign income taxes can only be taken as a credit on Form 1040, line 47, or as an itemized deduction on Schedule A. How to file amended return These amounts cannot be included as withheld income taxes on Form 1040, line 62. How to file amended return Foreign taxes paid on excluded income. How to file amended return   You cannot take a credit or deduction for foreign income taxes paid on earnings you exclude from tax under any of the following. How to file amended return Foreign earned income exclusion. How to file amended return Foreign housing exclusion. How to file amended return Possession exclusion. How to file amended return If your wages are completely excluded, you cannot deduct or take a credit for any of the foreign taxes paid on your wages. How to file amended return   If only part of your wages is excluded, you cannot deduct or take a credit for the foreign income taxes allocable to the excluded part. How to file amended return You find the taxes allocable to your excluded wages by applying a fraction to the foreign taxes paid on foreign earned income received during the tax year. How to file amended return The numerator (top number) of the fraction is your excluded foreign earned income received during the tax year minus deductible expenses allocable to that income (not including the foreign housing deduction). How to file amended return The denominator (bottom number) of the fraction is your total foreign earned income received during the tax year minus all deductible expenses allocable to that income (including the foreign housing deduction). How to file amended return   If foreign law taxes both earned income and some other type of income and the taxes on the other type cannot be separated, the denominator of the fraction is the total amount of income subject to foreign tax minus deductible expenses allocable to that income. How to file amended return    If you take a foreign tax credit for tax on income you could have excluded under your choice to exclude foreign earned income or your choice to exclude foreign housing costs, one or both of the choices may be considered revoked. How to file amended return Credit for Foreign Income Taxes If you take the foreign tax credit, you may have to file Form 1116 with Form 1040. How to file amended return Form 1116 is used to figure the amount of foreign tax paid or accrued that can be claimed as a foreign tax credit. How to file amended return Do not include the amount of foreign tax paid or accrued as withheld federal income taxes on Form 1040, line 62. How to file amended return The foreign income tax for which you can claim a credit is the amount of legal and actual tax liability you pay or accrue during the year. How to file amended return The amount for which you can claim a credit is not necessarily the amount withheld by the foreign country. How to file amended return You cannot take a foreign tax credit for income tax you paid to a foreign country that would be refunded by the foreign country if you made a claim for refund. How to file amended return Subsidies. How to file amended return   If a foreign country returns your foreign tax payments to you in the form of a subsidy, you cannot claim a foreign tax credit based on these payments. How to file amended return This rule applies to a subsidy provided by any means that is determined, directly or indirectly, by reference to the amount of tax, or to the base used to figure the tax. How to file amended return   Some ways of providing a subsidy are refunds, credits, deductions, payments, or discharges of obligations. How to file amended return A credit is also not allowed if the subsidy is given to a person related to you, or persons who participated in a transaction or a related transaction with you. How to file amended return Limit The foreign tax credit is limited to the part of your total U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return tax that is in proportion to your taxable income from sources outside the United States compared to your total taxable income. How to file amended return The allowable foreign tax credit cannot be more than your actual foreign tax liability. How to file amended return Exemption from limit. How to file amended return   You will not be subject to this limit and will not have to file Form 1116 if you meet all three of the following requirements. How to file amended return Your only foreign source income for the year is passive income (dividends, interest, royalties, etc. How to file amended return ) that is reported to you on a payee statement (such as a Form 1099-DIV or 1099-INT). How to file amended return Your foreign taxes for the year that qualify for the credit are not more than $300 ($600 if you are filing a joint return) and are reported on a payee statement. How to file amended return You elect this procedure. How to file amended return If you make this election, you cannot carry back or carry over any unused foreign tax to or from this year. How to file amended return Separate limit. How to file amended return   You must figure the limit on a separate basis with regard to “passive category income” and “general category income” (see the instructions for Form 1116). How to file amended return Figuring the limit. How to file amended return   In figuring taxable income in each category, you take into account only the amount that you must include in income on your federal tax return. How to file amended return Do not take any excluded amount into account. How to file amended return   To determine your taxable income in each category, deduct expenses and losses that are definitely related to that income. How to file amended return   Other expenses (such as itemized deductions or the standard deduction) not definitely related to specific items of income must be apportioned to the foreign income in each category by multiplying them by a fraction. How to file amended return The numerator (top number) of the fraction is your gross foreign income in the separate limit category. How to file amended return The denominator (bottom number) of the fraction is your gross income from all sources. How to file amended return For this purpose, gross income includes income that is excluded under the foreign earned income provisions but does not include any other exempt income. How to file amended return You must use special rules for deducting interest expenses. How to file amended return For more information on allocating and apportioning your deductions, see Publication 514. How to file amended return Exemptions. How to file amended return   Do not take the deduction for exemptions for yourself, your spouse, or your dependents in figuring taxable income for purposes of the limit. How to file amended return Recapture of foreign losses. How to file amended return   If you have an overall foreign loss and the loss reduces your U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return source income (resulting in a reduction of your U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return tax liability), you must recapture the loss in later years when you have taxable income from foreign sources. How to file amended return This is done by treating a part of your taxable income from foreign sources in later years as U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return source income. How to file amended return This reduces the numerator of the limiting fraction and the resulting foreign tax credit limit. How to file amended return Recapture of domestic losses. How to file amended return   If you have an overall domestic loss (resulting in no U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return tax liability), you cannot claim a foreign tax credit for taxes paid during that year. How to file amended return You must recapture the loss in later years when you have U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return source taxable income. How to file amended return This is done by treating a part of your taxable income from U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return sources in later years as foreign source income. How to file amended return This increases the numerator of the limiting fraction and the resulting foreign tax credit limit. How to file amended return Foreign tax credit carryback and carryover. How to file amended return   The amount of foreign income tax not allowed as a credit because of the limit can be carried back 1 year and carried forward 10 years. How to file amended return   More information on figuring the foreign tax credit can be found in Publication 514. How to file amended return Deduction for Foreign Income Taxes Instead of taking the foreign tax credit, you can deduct foreign income taxes as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). How to file amended return You can deduct only foreign income taxes paid on income that is subject to U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return tax. How to file amended return You cannot deduct foreign taxes paid on earnings you exclude from tax under any of the following. How to file amended return Foreign earned income exclusion. How to file amended return Foreign housing exclusion. How to file amended return Possession exclusion. How to file amended return Example. How to file amended return You are a U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return citizen and qualify to exclude your foreign earned income. How to file amended return Your excluded wages in Country X are $70,000 on which you paid income tax of $10,000. How to file amended return You received dividends from Country X of $2,000 on which you paid income tax of $600. How to file amended return You can deduct the $600 tax payment because the dividends relating to it are subject to U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return tax. How to file amended return Because you exclude your wages, you cannot deduct the income tax of $10,000. How to file amended return If you exclude only a part of your wages, see the earlier discussion under Foreign taxes paid on excluded income. How to file amended return Deduction for Other Foreign Taxes You can deduct real property taxes you pay that are imposed on you by a foreign country. How to file amended return You take this deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). How to file amended return You cannot deduct other foreign taxes, such as personal property taxes, unless you incurred the expenses in a trade or business or in the production of income. How to file amended return On the other hand, you generally can deduct personal property taxes when you pay them to U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return possessions. How to file amended return But if you claim the possession exclusion, see Publication 570. How to file amended return The deduction for foreign taxes other than foreign income taxes is not related to the foreign tax credit. How to file amended return You can take deductions for these miscellaneous foreign taxes and also claim the foreign tax credit for income taxes imposed by a foreign country. How to file amended return How To Report Deductions If you exclude foreign earned income or housing amounts, how you show your deductions on your tax return and how you figure the amount allocable to your excluded income depends on whether the expenses are used in figuring adjusted gross income (Form 1040, line 38) or are itemized deductions. How to file amended return If you have deductions used in figuring adjusted gross income, enter the total amount for each of these items on the appropriate lines and schedules of Form 1040. How to file amended return Generally, you figure the amount of a deduction related to the excluded income by multiplying the deduction by a fraction, the numerator of which is your foreign earned income exclusion and the denominator of which is your foreign earned income. How to file amended return Enter the amount of the deduction(s) related to excluded income on line 44 of Form 2555. How to file amended return If you have itemized deductions related to excluded income, enter on Schedule A (Form 1040) only the part not related to excluded income. How to file amended return You figure that amount by subtracting from the total deduction the amount related to excluded income. How to file amended return Generally, you figure the amount that is related to the excluded income by multiplying the total deduction by a fraction, the numerator of which is your foreign earned income exclusion and the denominator of which is your foreign earned income. How to file amended return Attach a statement to your return showing how you figured the deductible amount. How to file amended return Example 1. How to file amended return You are a U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return citizen employed as an accountant. How to file amended return Your tax home is in Germany for the entire tax year. How to file amended return You meet the physical presence test. How to file amended return Your foreign earned income for the year was $122,000 and your investment income was $10,380. How to file amended return After excluding $97,600, your AGI is $34,780. How to file amended return You had unreimbursed business expenses of $2,500 for travel and entertainment in earning your foreign income, of which $500 was for meals and entertainment. How to file amended return These expenses are deductible only as miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). How to file amended return You also have $500 of miscellaneous expenses that are not related to your foreign income that you enter on line 23 of Schedule A. How to file amended return You must fill out Form 2106. How to file amended return On that form, reduce your deductible meal and entertainment expenses by 50% ($250). How to file amended return You must reduce the remaining $2,250 of travel and entertainment expenses by 80% ($1,800) because you excluded 80% ($97,600/$122,000) of your foreign earned income. How to file amended return You carry the remaining total of $450 to line 21 of Schedule A. How to file amended return Add the $450 to the $500 that you have on line 23 and enter the total ($950) on line 24. How to file amended return On line 26 of Schedule A, enter $696, which is 2% of your adjusted gross income of $34,780 (line 38, Form 1040) and subtract it from the amount on line 24. How to file amended return Enter $254 on line 27 of Schedule A. How to file amended return Example 2. How to file amended return You are a U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return citizen, have a tax home in Spain, and meet the physical presence test. How to file amended return You are self-employed and personal services produce the business income. How to file amended return Your gross income was $116,931, business expenses $66,895, and net income (profit) $50,036. How to file amended return You choose the foreign earned income exclusion and exclude $97,600 of your gross income. How to file amended return Since your excluded income is 83. How to file amended return 47% of your total income, 83. How to file amended return 47% of your business expenses are not deductible. How to file amended return Report your total income and expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040). How to file amended return On Form 2555 you will show the following: Line 20a, $116,931, gross income, Lines 42 and 43, $97,600, foreign earned income exclusion, and Line 44, $55,837 (83. How to file amended return 47% × $66,895) business expenses attributable to the exclusion. How to file amended return In this situation (Example 2), you cannot use Form 2555-EZ since you had self-employment income and business expenses. How to file amended return Example 3. How to file amended return Assume in Example 2 that both capital and personal services combine to produce the business income. How to file amended return No more than 30% of your net income, or $15,011, assuming that this amount is a reasonable allowance for your services, is considered earned and can be excluded. How to file amended return Your exclusion of $15,011 is 12. How to file amended return 84% of your gross income ($15,011 ÷ $116,931). How to file amended return Because you excluded 12. How to file amended return 84% of your total income, $8,589 (. How to file amended return 1284 x $66,895) of your business expenses is attributable to the excluded income and is not deductible. How to file amended return Example 4. How to file amended return You are a U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return citizen, have a tax home in Brazil, and meet the physical presence test. How to file amended return You are self-employed and both capital and personal services combine to produce business income. How to file amended return Your gross income was $146,000, business expenses were $172,000, and your net loss was $26,000. How to file amended return A reasonable allowance for the services you performed for the business is $77,000. How to file amended return Because you incurred a net loss, the earned income limit of 30% of your net profit does not apply. How to file amended return The $77,000 is foreign earned income. How to file amended return If you choose to exclude the $77,000, you exclude 52. How to file amended return 74% of your gross income ($77,000 ÷ $146,000), and 52. How to file amended return 74% of your business expenses ($90,713) is attributable to that income and is not deductible. How to file amended return Show your total income and expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040). How to file amended return On Form 2555, exclude $77,000 and show $90,713 on line 44. How to file amended return Subtract line 44 from line 43, and enter the difference as a negative (in parentheses) on line 45. How to file amended return Because this amount is negative, enter it as a positive (no parentheses) on line 21, Form 1040, and combine it with your other income to arrive at total income on line 22 of Form 1040. How to file amended return In this situation (Example 4), you would probably not want to choose the foreign earned income exclusion if this was the first year you were eligible. How to file amended return If you had chosen the exclusion in an earlier year, you might want to revoke the choice for this year. How to file amended return To do so would mean that you could not claim the exclusion again for the next 5 tax years without IRS approval. How to file amended return See Choosing the Exclusion in chapter 4. How to file amended return Example 5. How to file amended return You are a U. How to file amended return S. How to file amended return citizen, have a tax home in Panama, and meet the bona fide residence test. How to file amended return You have been performing services for clients as a partner in a firm that provides services exclusively in Panama. How to file amended return Capital investment is not material in producing the partnership's income. How to file amended return Under the terms of the partnership agreement, you are to receive 50% of the net profits. How to file amended return The partnership received gross income of $244,000 and incurred operating expenses of $98,250. How to file amended return Of the net profits of $145,750, you received $72,875 as your distributive share. How to file amended return You choose to exclude $97,600 of your share of the gross income. How to file amended return Because you exclude 80% ($97,600 ÷ $122,000) of your share of the gross income, you cannot deduct $39,300, 80% of your share of the operating expenses (. How to file amended return 80 × $49,125). How to file amended return Report $72,875, your distributive share of the partnership net profit, on Schedule E (Form 1040), Supplemental Income and Loss. How to file amended return On Form 2555, show $97,600 on line 42 and show $39,300 on line 44. How to file amended return Your exclusion on Form 2555 is $58,300. How to file amended return In this situation (Example 5), you cannot use Form 2555-EZ since you had earned income other than salaries and wages and you had business expenses. How to file amended return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications