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Hr block tax software Standard DeductionStandard Deduction Amount Standard Deduction for Dependents Who Should Itemize How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Who Must File If you are a U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software citizen or resident alien, whether you must file a federal income tax return depends on your gross income, your filing status, your age, and whether you are a dependent. Hr block tax software For details, see Table 1 and Table 2. Hr block tax software You also must file if one of the situations described in Table 3 applies. Hr block tax software The filing requirements apply even if you owe no tax. Hr block tax software Table 1. Hr block tax software 2013 Filing Requirements Chart for Most Taxpayers IF your filing status is. Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software AND at the end of 2013 you were. Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software * THEN file a return if your gross income was at least. Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software ** single under 65  $10,000 65 or older $11,500 head of household under 65 $12,850 65 or older $14,350 married, filing jointly*** under 65 (both spouses) $20,000 65 or older (one spouse) $21,200 65 or older (both spouses) $22,400 married, filing separately any age  $3,900 qualifying widow(er) with dependent child under 65 $16,100 65 or older $17,300 * If you were born before January 2, 1949, you are considered to be 65 or older at the end of 2013. Hr block tax software ** Gross income means all income you receive in the form of money, goods, property, and services that is not exempt from tax, including any income from sources outside the United States or from the sale of your main home (even if you can exclude part or all of it). Hr block tax software Do not include any social security benefits unless (a) you are married filing a separate return and you lived with your spouse at any time during 2013 or (b) one-half of your social security benefits plus your other gross income and any tax-exempt interest is more than $25,000 ($32,000 if married filing jointly). Hr block tax software If (a) or (b) applies, see the Form 1040 instructions to figure the taxable part of social security benefits you must include in gross income. Hr block tax software Gross income includes gains, but not losses, reported on Form 8949 or Schedule D. Hr block tax software Gross income from a business means, for example, the amount on Schedule C, line 7, or Schedule F, line 9. Hr block tax software But in figuring gross income, do not reduce your income by any losses, including any loss on Schedule C, line 7, or Schedule F, line 9. Hr block tax software *** If you did not live with your spouse at the end of 2013 (or on the date your spouse died) and your gross income was at least $3,900, you must file a return regardless of your age. Hr block tax software You may have to pay a penalty if you are required to file a return but fail to do so. Hr block tax software If you willfully fail to file a return, you may be subject to criminal prosecution. Hr block tax software For information on what form to use — Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A, or Form 1040 — see the instructions for your tax return. Hr block tax software Gross income. Hr block tax software    Gross income is all income you receive in the form of money, goods, property, and services that is not exempt from tax. Hr block tax software If you are married and live with your spouse in a community property state, half of any income defined by state law as community income may be considered yours. Hr block tax software For a list of community property states, see Community property states under Married Filing Separately, later. Hr block tax software Self-employed persons. Hr block tax software    If you are self-employed in a business that provides services (where products are not a factor), your gross income from that business is the gross receipts. Hr block tax software If you are self-employed in a business involving manufacturing, merchandising, or mining, your gross income from that business is the total sales minus the cost of goods sold. Hr block tax software In either case, you must add any income from investments and from incidental or outside operations or sources. Hr block tax software    You must file Form 1040 if you owe any self-employment tax. Hr block tax software Filing status. Hr block tax software    Your filing status generally depends on whether you are single or married. Hr block tax software Whether you are single or married is determined at the end of your tax year, which is December 31 for most taxpayers. Hr block tax software Filing status is discussed in detail later in this publication. Hr block tax software Age. Hr block tax software    Age is a factor in determining if you must file a return only if you are 65 or older at the end of your tax year. Hr block tax software For 2013, you are 65 or older if you were born before January 2, 1949. Hr block tax software Filing Requirements for Most Taxpayers You must file a return if your gross income for the year was at least the amount shown on the appropriate line in Table 1. Hr block tax software Dependents should see Table 2 instead. Hr block tax software Deceased Persons You must file an income tax return for a decedent (a person who died) if both of the following are true. Hr block tax software You are the surviving spouse, executor, administrator, or legal representative. Hr block tax software The decedent met the filing requirements described in this publication at the time of his or her death. Hr block tax software For more information, see Final Income Tax Return for Decedent — Form 1040 in Publication 559. Hr block tax software Table 2. Hr block tax software 2013 Filing Requirements for Dependents See Exemptions for Dependents to find out if you are a dependent. Hr block tax software If your parent (or someone else) can claim you as a dependent, use this table to see if you must file a return. Hr block tax software  In this table, unearned income includes taxable interest, ordinary dividends, and capital gain distributions. Hr block tax software It also includes unemployment compensation, taxable social security benefits, pensions, annuities, and distributions of unearned income from a trust. Hr block tax software Earned income includes salaries, wages, tips, professional fees, and taxable scholarship and fellowship grants. Hr block tax software Gross income is the total of your unearned and earned income. Hr block tax software If your gross income was $3,900 or more, you usually cannot be claimed as a dependent unless you are a qualifying child. Hr block tax software For details, see Exemptions for Dependents. Hr block tax software Single dependents—Were you either age 65 or older or blind? □ No. Hr block tax software You must file a return if any of the following apply. Hr block tax software Your unearned income was more than $1,000. Hr block tax software Your earned income was more than $6,100. Hr block tax software Your gross income was more than the larger of— $1,000, or Your earned income (up to $5,750) plus $350. Hr block tax software     □ Yes. Hr block tax software You must file a return if any of the following apply. Hr block tax software Your unearned income was more than $2,500 ($4,000 if 65 or older and blind). Hr block tax software Your earned income was more than $7,600 ($9,100 if 65 or older and blind). Hr block tax software Your gross income was more than the larger of—  $2,500 ($4,000 if 65 or older and blind), or Your earned income (up to $5,750) plus $1,850 ($3,350 if 65 or older and blind). Hr block tax software     Married dependents—Were you either age 65 or older or blind? □ No. Hr block tax software You must file a return if any of the following apply. Hr block tax software Your gross income was at least $5 and your spouse files a separate return and itemizes deductions. Hr block tax software Your unearned income was more than $1,000. Hr block tax software Your earned income was more than $6,100. Hr block tax software Your gross income was more than the larger of— $1,000, or Your earned income (up to $5,750 plus $350. Hr block tax software     □ Yes. Hr block tax software You must file a return if any of the following apply. Hr block tax software Your gross income was at least $5 and your spouse files a separate return and itemizes deductions. Hr block tax software Your unearned income was more than $2,200 ($3,400 if 65 or older and blind). Hr block tax software Your earned income was more than $7,300 ($8,500 if 65 or older and blind). Hr block tax software Your gross income was more than the larger of— $2,200 ($3,400 if 65 or older and blind), or Your earned income (up to $5,750) plus $1,550 ($2,750 if 65 or older and blind). Hr block tax software     U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software Citizens or Resident Aliens Living Abroad To determine whether you must file a return, include in your gross income any income you earned or received abroad, including any income you can exclude under the foreign earned income exclusion. Hr block tax software For more information on special tax rules that may apply to you, see Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. Hr block tax software Residents of Puerto Rico If you are a U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software citizen and also a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico, you generally must file a U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software income tax return for any year in which you meet the income requirements. Hr block tax software This is in addition to any legal requirement you may have to file an income tax return with Puerto Rico. Hr block tax software If you are a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico for the whole year, your U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software gross income does not include income from sources within Puerto Rico. Hr block tax software It does, however, include any income you received for your services as an employee of the United States or any U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software agency. 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Hr block tax software In addition, you may have to file a return with the individual possession government. Hr block tax software See Publication 570 for more information. Hr block tax software Dependents A person who is a dependent may still have to file a return. Hr block tax software It depends on his or her earned income, unearned income, and gross income. Hr block tax software For details, see Table 2. Hr block tax software A dependent must also file if one of the situations described in Table 3 applies. Hr block tax software Responsibility of parent. Hr block tax software    If a dependent child must file an income tax return but cannot file due to age or any other reason, a parent, guardian, or other legally responsible person must file it for the child. Hr block tax software If the child cannot sign the return, the parent or guardian must sign the child's name followed by the words “By (your signature), parent for minor child. Hr block tax software ” Earned income. Hr block tax software    Earned income includes salaries, wages, professional fees, and other amounts received as pay for work you actually perform. Hr block tax software Earned income (only for purposes of filing requirements and the standard deduction) also includes any part of a scholarship that you must include in your gross income. Hr block tax software See chapter 1 of Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, for more information on taxable and nontaxable scholarships. Hr block tax software Child's earnings. Hr block tax software    Amounts a child earns by performing services are included in his or her gross income and not the gross income of the parent. Hr block tax software This is true even if under local law the child's parent has the right to the earnings and may actually have received them. Hr block tax software But if the child does not pay the tax due on this income, the parent is liable for the tax. Hr block tax software Unearned income. 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Hr block tax software Similarly, a child born on January 1, 1990, is considered to be age 24 at the end of 2013; you cannot make the election for this child. Hr block tax software ) Your child had gross income only from interest and dividends (including capital gain distributions and Alaska Permanent Fund dividends). Hr block tax software The interest and dividend income was less than $10,000. Hr block tax software Your child is required to file a return for 2013 unless you make this election. Hr block tax software Your child does not file a joint return for 2013. Hr block tax software No estimated tax payment was made for 2013 and no 2012 overpayment was applied to 2013 under your child's name and social security number. Hr block tax software No federal income tax was withheld from your child's income under the backup withholding rules. Hr block tax software You are the parent whose return must be used when making the election to report your child's unearned income. Hr block tax software   For more information, see Form 8814 and Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends in Publication 929. Hr block tax software Other Situations You may have to file a tax return even if your gross income is less than the amount shown in Table 1 or Table 2 for your filing status. Hr block tax software See Table 3 for those other situations when you must file. Hr block tax software Table 3. Hr block tax software Other Situations When You Must File a 2013 Return If any of the four conditions listed below applied to you for 2013, you must file a return. Hr block tax software 1. Hr block tax software You owe any special taxes, including any of the following. Hr block tax software   a. Hr block tax software Alternative minimum tax. Hr block tax software (See Form 6251. Hr block tax software )   b. Hr block tax software Additional tax on a qualified plan, including an individual retirement arrangement (IRA), or other tax-favored account. Hr block tax software (See Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), and Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans. Hr block tax software ) But if you are filing a return only because you owe this tax, you can file Form 5329 by itself. Hr block tax software   c. Hr block tax software Social security or Medicare tax on tips you did not report to your employer (see Publication 531, Reporting Tip Income) or on wages you received from an employer who did not withhold these taxes (see Form 8919). Hr block tax software   d. Hr block tax software Write-in taxes, including uncollected social security, Medicare, or railroad retirement tax on tips you reported to your employer or on group-term life insurance and additional tax on health savings accounts. Hr block tax software (See Publication 531, Publication 969, and the Form 1040 instructions for line 60. Hr block tax software )   e. Hr block tax software Household employment taxes. Hr block tax software But if you are filing a return only because you owe these taxes, you can file Schedule H (Form 1040) by itself. Hr block tax software   f. Hr block tax software Recapture taxes. Hr block tax software (See the Form 1040 instructions for lines 44, 59b, and 60. Hr block tax software ) 2. Hr block tax software You (or your spouse if filing jointly) received Archer MSA, Medicare Advantage MSA, or health savings account distributions. Hr block tax software 3. Hr block tax software You had net earnings from self-employment of at least $400. Hr block tax software (See Schedule SE (Form 1040) and its instructions. Hr block tax software ) 4. Hr block tax software You had wages of $108. Hr block tax software 28 or more from a church or qualified church-controlled organization that is exempt from employer social security and Medicare taxes. Hr block tax software (See Schedule SE (Form 1040) and its instructions. 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Hr block tax software For information about this credit, see Form 8885, Health Coverage Tax Credit. Hr block tax software You qualify for the credit for federal tax on fuels. Hr block tax software See Form 4136, Credit for Federal Tax Paid on Fuels. Hr block tax software Form 1099-B received. Hr block tax software    Even if you are not required to file a return, you should consider filing if all of the following apply. Hr block tax software You received a Form 1099-B, Proceeds From Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions (or substitute statement). Hr block tax software The amount in box 2a of Form 1099-B (or substitute statement), when added to your other gross income, means you have to file a tax return because of the filing requirement in Table 1 or Table 2 that applies to you. Hr block tax software Box 3 of Form 1099-B (or substitute statement) is blank. Hr block tax software In this case, filing a return may keep you from getting a notice from the IRS. Hr block tax software Filing Status You must determine your filing status before you can determine whether you must file a tax return, your standard deduction (discussed later), and your tax. Hr block tax software You also use your filing status to determine whether you are eligible to claim certain other deductions and credits. Hr block tax software There are five filing statuses: Single, Married Filing Jointly, Married Filing Separately, Head of Household, and Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child. Hr block tax software If more than one filing status applies to you, choose the one that will give you the lowest tax. Hr block tax software Marital Status In general, your filing status depends on whether you are considered unmarried or married. Hr block tax software Unmarried persons. 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Hr block tax software However, if you had an extension to file (for example, until October 15) but you filed earlier and we received it on July 1, your return is considered filed on July 1. Hr block tax software Head of household or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. Hr block tax software    If you are considered unmarried, you may be able to file as a head of household or as a qualifying widow(er) with a dependent child. Hr block tax software See Head of Household and Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child to see if you qualify. Hr block tax software Married persons. Hr block tax software    If you are considered married, you and your spouse can file a joint return or separate returns. Hr block tax software Considered married. Hr block tax software    You are considered married for the whole year if, on the last day of your tax year, you and your spouse meet any one of the following tests. Hr block tax software You are married and living together. Hr block tax software You are living together in a common law marriage recognized in the state where you now live or in the state where the common law marriage began. Hr block tax software You are married and living apart but not legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. Hr block tax software You are separated under an interlocutory (not final) decree of divorce. Hr block tax software Same-sex marriage. Hr block tax software    For federal tax purposes, individuals of the same sex are married if they were lawfully married in a state (or foreign country) whose laws authorize the marriage of two individuals of the same sex, even if the state (or foreign country) in which they now live does not recognize same-sex marriage. Hr block tax software The term "spouse" includes an individual married to a person of the same sex if the couple is lawfully married under state (or foreign) law. Hr block tax software However, individuals who have entered into a registered domestic partnership, civil union, or other similar relationship that is not called a marriage under state (or foreign) law are not married for federal tax purposes. Hr block tax software   The word “state” as used here includes the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software territories and possessions. Hr block tax software It means any domestic jurisdiction that has the legal authority to sanction marriages. Hr block tax software The term “foreign country” means any foreign jurisdiction that has the legal authority to sanction marriages. Hr block tax software   If individuals of the same sex are married, they generally must use the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status. Hr block tax software However, if they did not live together during the last 6 months of the year, one or both of them may be able to use the head of household filing status, as explained later. Hr block tax software   For more details, see Answers to Frequently Asked Questions For Individuals of the Same Sex Who Are Married Under State Law on IRS. Hr block tax software gov. Hr block tax software Spouse died during the year. Hr block tax software    If your spouse died during the year, you are considered married for the whole year for filing status purposes. Hr block tax software   If you did not remarry before the end of the tax year, you can file a joint return for yourself and your deceased spouse. Hr block tax software For the next 2 years, you may be entitled to the special benefits described later under Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child . Hr block tax software   If you remarried before the end of the tax year, you can file a joint return with your new spouse. 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Hr block tax software See Spouse died during the year , under Married persons, earlier. Hr block tax software   If your spouse died in 2014 before filing a 2013 return, you can choose married filing jointly as your filing status on your 2013 return. Hr block tax software Divorced persons. Hr block tax software    If you are divorced under a final decree by the last day of the year, you are considered unmarried for the whole year and you cannot choose married filing jointly as your filing status. Hr block tax software Filing a Joint Return Both you and your spouse must include all of your income, exemptions, and deductions on your joint return. Hr block tax software Accounting period. Hr block tax software    Both of you must use the same accounting period, but you can use different accounting methods. Hr block tax software Joint responsibility. Hr block tax software    Both of you may be held responsible, jointly and individually, for the tax and any interest or penalty due on your joint return. Hr block tax software This means that if one spouse does not pay the tax due, the other may have to. Hr block tax software Or, if one spouse does not report the correct tax, both spouses may be responsible for any additional taxes assessed by the IRS. Hr block tax software One spouse may be held responsible for all the tax due even if all the income was earned by the other spouse. Hr block tax software   You may want to file separately if: You believe your spouse is not reporting all of his or her income, or You do not want to be responsible for any taxes due if your spouse does not have enough tax withheld or does not pay enough estimated tax. Hr block tax software Divorced taxpayer. Hr block tax software    You may be held jointly and individually responsible for any tax, interest, and penalties due on a joint return filed before your divorce. Hr block tax software This responsibility may apply even if your divorce decree states that your former spouse will be responsible for any amounts due on previously filed joint returns. Hr block tax software Relief from joint responsibility. Hr block tax software    In some cases, one spouse may be relieved of joint responsibility for tax, interest, and penalties on a joint return for items of the other spouse that were incorrectly reported on the joint return. Hr block tax software You can ask for relief no matter how small the liability. Hr block tax software   There are three types of relief available. Hr block tax software Innocent spouse relief. Hr block tax software Separation of liability (available only to joint filers who are divorced, widowed, legally separated, or who have not lived together for the 12 months ending on the date the election for this relief is filed). Hr block tax software Equitable relief. Hr block tax software    You must file Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief, to request relief from joint responsibility. Hr block tax software Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief, explains the kinds of relief and who may qualify for them. Hr block tax software Signing a joint return. Hr block tax software    For a return to be considered a joint return, both spouses generally must sign the return. Hr block tax software Spouse died before signing. Hr block tax software    If your spouse died before signing the return, the executor or administrator must sign the return for your spouse. Hr block tax software If neither you nor anyone else has been appointed as executor or administrator, you can sign the return for your spouse and enter “Filing as surviving spouse” in the area where you sign the return. Hr block tax software Spouse away from home. Hr block tax software    If your spouse is away from home, you should prepare the return, sign it, and send it to your spouse to sign so it can be filed on time. Hr block tax software Injury or disease prevents signing. Hr block tax software    If your spouse cannot sign because of injury or disease and tells you to sign for him or her, you can sign your spouse's name in the proper space on the return followed by the words “By (your name), Husband (or Wife). Hr block tax software ” Be sure to also sign in the space provided for your signature. Hr block tax software Attach a dated statement, signed by you, to the return. Hr block tax software The statement should include the form number of the return you are filing, the tax year, and the reason your spouse cannot sign, and should state that your spouse has agreed to your signing for him or her. Hr block tax software Signing as guardian of spouse. Hr block tax software    If you are the guardian of your spouse who is mentally incompetent, you can sign the return for your spouse as guardian. Hr block tax software Spouse in combat zone. Hr block tax software    You can sign a joint return for your spouse if your spouse cannot sign because he or she is serving in a combat zone (such as the Persian Gulf area, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, or Afghanistan), even if you do not have a power of attorney or other statement. Hr block tax software Attach a signed statement to your return explaining that your spouse is serving in a combat zone. Hr block tax software For more information on special tax rules for persons who are serving in a combat zone, or who are in missing status as a result of serving in a combat zone, see Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide. Hr block tax software Other reasons spouse cannot sign. Hr block tax software    If your spouse cannot sign the joint return for any other reason, you can sign for your spouse only if you are given a valid power of attorney (a legal document giving you permission to act for your spouse). Hr block tax software Attach the power of attorney (or a copy of it) to your tax return. Hr block tax software You can use Form 2848. Hr block tax software Nonresident alien or dual-status alien. Hr block tax software    Generally, a married couple cannot file a joint return if either one is a nonresident alien at any time during the tax year. Hr block tax software However, if one spouse was a nonresident alien or dual-status alien who was married to a U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software citizen or resident alien at the end of the year, the spouses can choose to file a joint return. Hr block tax software If you do file a joint return, you and your spouse are both treated as U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software residents for the entire tax year. Hr block tax software See chapter 1 of Publication 519. Hr block tax software Married Filing Separately You can choose married filing separately as your filing status if you are married. Hr block tax software This filing status may benefit you if you want to be responsible only for your own tax or if it results in less tax than filing a joint return. Hr block tax software If you and your spouse do not agree to file a joint return, you must use this filing status unless you qualify for head of household status, discussed later. Hr block tax software You may be able to choose head of household filing status if you are considered unmarried because you live apart from your spouse and meet certain tests (explained later, under Head of Household ). Hr block tax software This can apply to you even if you are not divorced or legally separated. Hr block tax software If you qualify to file as head of household, instead of as married filing separately, your tax may be lower, you may be able to claim the earned income credit and certain other credits, and your standard deduction will be higher. Hr block tax software The head of household filing status allows you to choose the standard deduction even if your spouse chooses to itemize deductions. Hr block tax software See Head of Household , later, for more information. Hr block tax software You will generally pay more combined tax on separate returns than you would on a joint return for the reasons listed under Special Rules, later. Hr block tax software However, unless you are required to file separately, you should figure your tax both ways (on a joint return and on separate returns). Hr block tax software This way you can make sure you are using the filing status that results in the lowest combined tax. Hr block tax software When figuring the combined tax of a married couple, you may want to consider state taxes as well as federal taxes. Hr block tax software How to file. Hr block tax software    If you file a separate return, you generally report only your own income, exemptions, credits, and deductions. Hr block tax software You can claim an exemption for your spouse only if your spouse had no gross income, is not filing a return, and was not the dependent of another person. Hr block tax software   You can file Form 1040. Hr block tax software If your taxable income is less than $100,000, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Hr block tax software Select this filing status by checking the box on line 3 of either form. Hr block tax software Enter your spouse's full name and SSN or ITIN in the spaces provided. Hr block tax software If your spouse does not have and is not required to have an SSN or ITIN, enter “NRA” in the space for your spouse's SSN. Hr block tax software Use the Married filing separately column of the Tax Table or Section C of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Hr block tax software Special Rules If you choose married filing separately as your filing status, the following special rules apply. Hr block tax software Because of these special rules, you usually pay more tax on a separate return than if you use another filing status you qualify for. Hr block tax software Your tax rate generally is higher than on a joint return. Hr block tax software Your exemption amount for figuring the alternative minimum tax is half that allowed on a joint return. Hr block tax software You cannot take the credit for child and dependent care expenses in most cases, and the amount you can exclude from income under an employer's dependent care assistance program is limited to $2,500 (instead of $5,000 on a joint return). Hr block tax software If you are legally separated or living apart from your spouse, you may be able to file a separate return and still take the credit. Hr block tax software See Joint Return Test in Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, for more information. Hr block tax software You cannot take the earned income credit. Hr block tax software You cannot take the exclusion or credit for adoption expenses in most cases. Hr block tax software You cannot take the education credits (the American opportunity credit and lifetime learning credit), the deduction for student loan interest, or the tuition and fees deduction. Hr block tax software You cannot exclude any interest income from qualified U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software savings bonds you used for higher education expenses. Hr block tax software If you lived with your spouse at any time during the tax year: You cannot claim the credit for the elderly or the disabled, and You must include in income a greater percentage (up to 85%) of any social security or equivalent railroad retirement benefits you received. Hr block tax software The following credits and deductions are reduced at income levels half those for a joint return: The child tax credit, The retirement savings contributions credit, The deduction for personal exemptions, and Itemized deductions. Hr block tax software Your capital loss deduction limit is $1,500 (instead of $3,000 on a joint return). Hr block tax software If your spouse itemizes deductions, you cannot claim the standard deduction. Hr block tax software If you can claim the standard deduction, your basic standard deduction is half the amount allowed on a joint return. Hr block tax software Adjusted gross income (AGI) limits. Hr block tax software    If your AGI on a separate return is lower than it would have been on a joint return, you may be able to deduct a larger amount for certain deductions that are limited by AGI, such as medical expenses. Hr block tax software Individual retirement arrangements (IRAs). Hr block tax software    You may not be able to deduct all or part of your contributions to a traditional IRA if you or your spouse were covered by an employee retirement plan at work during the year. Hr block tax software Your deduction is reduced or eliminated if your income is more than a certain amount. Hr block tax software This amount is much lower for married individuals who file separately and lived together at any time during the year. Hr block tax software For more information, see How Much Can You Deduct? in chapter 1 of Publication 590. Hr block tax software Rental activity losses. Hr block tax software    If you actively participated in a passive rental real estate activity that produced a loss, you generally can deduct the loss from your nonpassive income up to $25,000. Hr block tax software This is called a special allowance. Hr block tax software However, married persons filing separate returns who lived together at any time during the year cannot claim this special allowance. Hr block tax software Married persons filing separate returns who lived apart at all times during the year are each allowed a $12,500 maximum special allowance for losses from passive real estate activities. Hr block tax software See Rental Activities in Publication 925, Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules. Hr block tax software Community property states. Hr block tax software    If you live in Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, or Wisconsin and file separately, your income may be considered separate income or community income for income tax purposes. Hr block tax software See Publication 555, Community Property. Hr block tax software Joint Return After Separate Returns You can change your filing status from a separate return to a joint return by filing an amended return using Form 1040X. Hr block tax software You generally can change to a joint return any time within 3 years from the due date of the separate return or returns. Hr block tax software This does not include any extensions. Hr block tax software A separate return includes a return filed by you or your spouse claiming married filing separately, single, or head of household filing status. Hr block tax software Separate Returns After Joint Return Once you file a joint return, you cannot choose to file separate returns for that year after the due date of the return. Hr block tax software Exception. Hr block tax software    A personal representative for a decedent can change from a joint return elected by the surviving spouse to a separate return for the decedent. Hr block tax software The personal representative has 1 year from the due date (including extensions) of the return to make the change. Hr block tax software See Publication 559 for more information on filing income tax returns for a decedent. Hr block tax software Head of Household You may be able to file as head of household if you meet all the following requirements. Hr block tax software You are unmarried or considered unmarried on the last day of the year. Hr block tax software See Marital Status , earlier, and Considered Unmarried , later. Hr block tax software You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year. Hr block tax software A qualifying person lived with you in the home for more than half the year (except for temporary absences, such as school). Hr block tax software However, if the qualifying person is your dependent parent, he or she does not have to live with you. Hr block tax software See Special rule for parent , later, under Qualifying Person. Hr block tax software If you qualify to file as head of household, your tax rate usually will be lower than the rates for single or married filing separately. Hr block tax software You will also receive a higher standard deduction than if you file as single or married filing separately. Hr block tax software How to file. Hr block tax software    If you file as head of household, you can use Form 1040. Hr block tax software If you have taxable income of less than $100,000 and meet certain other conditions, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Hr block tax software Indicate your choice of this filing status by checking the box on line 4 of either form. Hr block tax software Use the Head of a household column of the Tax Table or Section D of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Hr block tax software Considered Unmarried To qualify for head of household status, you must be either unmarried or considered unmarried on the last day of the year. Hr block tax software You are considered unmarried on the last day of the tax year if you meet all the following tests. Hr block tax software You file a separate return (defined earlier under Joint Return After Separate Returns ). Hr block tax software You paid more than half the cost of keeping up your home for the tax year. Hr block tax software Your spouse did not live in your home during the last 6 months of the tax year. Hr block tax software Your spouse is considered to live in your home even if he or she is temporarily absent due to special circumstances. Hr block tax software See Temporary absences , later. Hr block tax software Your home was the main home of your child, stepchild, or foster child for more than half the year. Hr block tax software (See Home of qualifying person , later, for rules applying to a child's birth, death, or temporary absence during the year. Hr block tax software ) You must be able to claim an exemption for the child. Hr block tax software However, you meet this test if you cannot claim the exemption only because the noncustodial parent can claim the child using the rules described later in Children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) under Qualifying Child or in Support Test for Children of Divorced or Separated Parents (or Parents Who Live Apart) under Qualifying Relative. Hr block tax software The general rules for claiming an exemption for a dependent are explained later under Exemptions for Dependents . Hr block tax software If you were considered married for part of the year and lived in a community property state (listed earlier under Married Filing Separately), special rules may apply in determining your income and expenses. Hr block tax software See Publication 555 for more information. Hr block tax software Nonresident alien spouse. Hr block tax software    You are considered unmarried for head of household purposes if your spouse was a nonresident alien at any time during the year and you do not choose to treat your nonresident spouse as a resident alien. Hr block tax software However, your spouse is not a qualifying person for head of household purposes. Hr block tax software You must have another qualifying person and meet the other tests to be eligible to file as a head of household. Hr block tax software Choice to treat spouse as resident. Hr block tax software    You are considered married if you choose to treat your spouse as a resident alien. Hr block tax software See chapter 1 of Publication 519. Hr block tax software Keeping Up a Home To qualify for head of household status, you must pay more than half of the cost of keeping up a home for the year. Hr block tax software You can determine whether you paid more than half of the cost of keeping up a home by using Worksheet 1. Hr block tax software Worksheet 1. Hr block tax software Cost of Keeping Up a Home         Amount You  Paid Total  Cost Property taxes $ $ Mortgage interest expense     Rent     Utility charges     Repairs/maintenance     Property insurance     Food consumed on the premises     Other household expenses     Totals $ $       Minus total amount you paid   ()       Amount others paid   $       If the total amount you paid is more than the amount others paid, you meet the requirement of paying more than half the cost of keeping up the home. Hr block tax software Costs you include. Hr block tax software    Include in the cost of keeping up a home expenses such as rent, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, insurance on the home, repairs, utilities, and food eaten in the home. Hr block tax software   If you used payments you received under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or other public assistance programs to pay part of the cost of keeping up your home, you cannot count them as money you paid. Hr block tax software However, you must include them in the total cost of keeping up your home to figure if you paid over half the cost. Hr block tax software Costs you do not include. Hr block tax software    Do not include the cost of clothing, education, medical treatment, vacations, life insurance, or transportation. Hr block tax software Also, do not include the rental value of a home you own or the value of your services or those of a member of your household. Hr block tax software Qualifying Person See Table 4 to see who is a qualifying person. Hr block tax software Any person not described in Table 4 is not a qualifying person. Hr block tax software Example 1—child. Hr block tax software Your unmarried son lived with you all year and was 18 years old at the end of the year. Hr block tax software He did not provide more than half of his own support and does not meet the tests to be a qualifying child of anyone else. Hr block tax software As a result, he is your qualifying child (see Qualifying Child , later) and, because he is single, your qualifying person for head of household purposes. Hr block tax software Example 2—child who is not qualifying person. Hr block tax software The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your son was 25 years old at the end of the year and his gross income was $5,000. Hr block tax software Because he does not meet the age test (explained later under Qualifying Child), your son is not your qualifying child. Hr block tax software Because he does not meet the gross income test (explained later under Qualifying Relative), he is not your qualifying relative. Hr block tax software As a result, he is not your qualifying person for head of household purposes. Hr block tax software Example 3—girlfriend. Hr block tax software Your girlfriend lived with you all year. Hr block tax software Even though she may be your qualifying relative if the gross income and support tests (explained later) are met, she is not your qualifying person for head of household purposes because she is not related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you . Hr block tax software See Table 4. Hr block tax software Example 4—girlfriend's child. Hr block tax software The facts are the same as in Example 3 except your girlfriend's 10-year-old son also lived with you all year. Hr block tax software He is not your qualifying child and, because he is your girlfriend's qualifying child, he is not your qualifying relative (see Not a Qualifying Child Test , later). Hr block tax software As a result, he is not your qualifying person for head of household purposes. Hr block tax software Home of qualifying person. Hr block tax software    Generally, the qualifying person must live with you for more than half of the year. Hr block tax software Special rule for parent. Hr block tax software    If your qualifying person is your father or mother, you may be eligible to file as head of household even if your father or mother does not live with you. Hr block tax software However, you must be able to claim an exemption for your father or mother. Hr block tax software Also, you must pay more than half the cost of keeping up a home that was the main home for the entire year for your father or mother. Hr block tax software   You are keeping up a main home for your father or mother if you pay more than half the cost of keeping your parent in a rest home or home for the elderly. Hr block tax software Death or birth. Hr block tax software    You may be eligible to file as head of household even if the qualifying person who qualifies you for this filing status is born or dies during the year. Hr block tax software To qualify you for head of household filing status, the qualifying person (as defined in Table 4) must be one of the following. Hr block tax software Your qualifying child or qualifying relative who lived with you for more than half the part of the year he or she was alive. Hr block tax software Your parent for whom you paid, for the entire part of the year he or she was alive, more than half the cost of keeping up the home he or she lived in. Hr block tax software Example. Hr block tax software You are unmarried. Hr block tax software Your mother, for whom you can claim an exemption, lived in an apartment by herself. Hr block tax software She died on September 2. Hr block tax software The cost of the upkeep of her apartment for the year until her death was $6,000. Hr block tax software You paid $4,000 and your brother paid $2,000. Hr block tax software Your brother made no other payments towards your mother's support. Hr block tax software Your mother had no income. Hr block tax software Because you paid more than half of the cost of keeping up your mother's apartment from January 1 until her death, and you can claim an exemption for her, you can file as a head of household. Hr block tax software Temporary absences. Hr block tax software    You and your qualifying person are considered to live together even if one or both of you are temporarily absent from your home due to special circumstances such as illness, education, business, vacation, or military service. Hr block tax software It must be reasonable to assume the absent person will return to the home after the temporary absence. Hr block tax software You must continue to keep up the home during the absence. Hr block tax software Kidnapped child. Hr block tax software    You may be eligible to file as head of household even if the child who is your qualifying person has been kidnapped. Hr block tax software You can claim head of household filing status if all the following statements are true. Hr block tax software The child is presumed by law enforcement authorities to have been kidnapped by someone who is not a member of your family or the child's family. Hr block tax software In the year of the kidnapping, the child lived with you for more than half the part of the year before the kidnapping. Hr block tax software You would have qualified for head of household filing status if the child had not been kidnapped. Hr block tax software   This treatment applies for all years until the earliest of: The year the child is returned, The year there is a determination that the child is dead, or The year the child would have reached age 18. Hr block tax software Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child If your spouse died in 2013, you can use married filing jointly as your filing status for 2013 if you otherwise qualify to use that status. Hr block tax software The year of death is the last year for which you can file jointly with your deceased spouse. Hr block tax software See Married Filing Jointly , earlier. Hr block tax software You may be eligible to use qualifying widow(er) with dependent child as your filing status for 2 years following the year your spouse died. Hr block tax software For example, if your spouse died in 2012 and you have not remarried, you may be able to use this filing status for 2013 and 2014. Hr block tax software The rules for using this filing status are explained in detail here. Hr block tax software This filing status entitles you to use joint return tax rates and the highest standard deduction amount (if you do not itemize deductions). Hr block tax software It does not entitle you to file a joint return. Hr block tax software How to file. Hr block tax software    If you file as a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child, you can use Form 1040. Hr block tax software If you also have taxable income of less than $100,000 and meet certain other conditions, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Hr block tax software Check the box on line 5 of either form. Hr block tax software Use the Married filing jointly column of the Tax Table or Section B of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Hr block tax software Table 4. Hr block tax software Who Is a Qualifying Person Qualifying You To File as Head of Household?1 See the text of this publication for the other requirements you must meet to claim head of household filing status. Hr block tax software IF the person is your . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software   AND . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software   THEN that person is . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software qualifying child (such as a son, daughter, or grandchild who lived with you more than half the year and meets certain other tests)2   he or she is single   a qualifying person, whether or not you can claim an exemption for the person. Hr block tax software   he or she is married and you can claim an exemption for him or her   a qualifying person. Hr block tax software   he or she is married and you cannot claim an exemption for him or her   not a qualifying person. Hr block tax software 3 qualifying relative4 who is your father or mother   you can claim an exemption for him or her5   a qualifying person. Hr block tax software 6   you cannot claim an exemption for him or her   not a qualifying person. Hr block tax software qualifying relative4 other than your father or mother (such as a grandparent, brother, or sister who meets certain tests). Hr block tax software   he or she lived with you more than half the year, and he or she is related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you , later, and you can claim an exemption for him or her5   a qualifying person. Hr block tax software   he or she did not live with you more than half the year   not a qualifying person. Hr block tax software   he or she is not related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you , later, and is your qualifying relative only because he or she lived with you all year as a member of your household   not a qualifying person. Hr block tax software   you cannot claim an exemption for him or her   not a qualifying person. Hr block tax software 1 A person cannot qualify more than one taxpayer to use the head of household filing status for the year. Hr block tax software 2 The term “qualifying child” is defined under Exemptions for Dependents, later. Hr block tax software Note: If you are a noncustodial parent, the term “qualifying child” for head of household filing status does not include a child who is your qualifying child for exemption purposes only because of the rules described under Children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) under Qualifying Child, later. Hr block tax software If you are the custodial parent and those rules apply, the child generally is your qualifying child for head of household filing status even though the child is not a qualifying child for whom you can claim an exemption. Hr block tax software 3 This person is a qualifying person if the only reason you cannot claim the exemption is that you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's return. Hr block tax software 4 The term “qualifying relative” is defined under Exemptions for Dependents, later. Hr block tax software 5 If you can claim an exemption for a person only because of a multiple support agreement, that person is not a qualifying person. Hr block tax software See Multiple Support Agreement . Hr block tax software 6 See Special rule for parent . Hr block tax software Eligibility rules. Hr block tax software    You are eligible to file your 2013 return as a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child if you meet all the following tests. Hr block tax software You were entitled to file a joint return with your spouse for the year your spouse died. Hr block tax software It does not matter whether you actually filed a joint return. Hr block tax software Your spouse died in 2011 or 2012 and you did not remarry before the end of 2013. Hr block tax software You have a child or stepchild for whom you can claim an exemption. Hr block tax software This does not include a foster child. Hr block tax software This child lived in your home all year, except for temporary absences. Hr block tax software See Temporary absences , earlier, under Head of Household. Hr block tax software There are also exceptions, described later, for a child who was born or died during the year and for a kidnapped child. Hr block tax software You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year. Hr block tax software See Keeping Up a Home , earlier, under Head of Household. Hr block tax software Example. Hr block tax software John's wife died in 2011. Hr block tax software John has not remarried. Hr block tax software He has continued during 2012 and 2013 to keep up a home for himself and his child, who lives with him and for whom he can claim an exemption. Hr block tax software For 2011 he was entitled to file a joint return for himself and his deceased wife. Hr block tax software For 2012 and 2013, he can file as a qualifying widower with a dependent child. Hr block tax software After 2013, he can file as head of household if he qualifies. Hr block tax software Death or birth. Hr block tax software    You may be eligible to file as a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child if the child who qualifies you for this filing status is born or dies during the year. Hr block tax software You must have provided more than half of the cost of keeping up a home that was the child's main home during the entire part of the year he or she was alive. Hr block tax software Kidnapped child. Hr block tax software    You may be eligible to file as a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child even if the child who qualifies you for this filing status has been kidnapped. Hr block tax software You can claim qualifying widow(er) with dependent child filing status if all the following statements are true. Hr block tax software The child is presumed by law enforcement authorities to have been kidnapped by someone who is not a member of your family or the child's family. Hr block tax software In the year of the kidnapping, the child lived with you for more than half the part of the year before the kidnapping. Hr block tax software You would have qualified for qualifying widow(er) with dependent child filing status if the child had not been kidnapped. Hr block tax software As mentioned earlier, this filing status is available for only 2 years following the year your spouse died. Hr block tax software Exemptions Exemptions reduce your taxable income. Hr block tax software You can deduct $3,900 for each exemption you claim in 2013. Hr block tax software If you are entitled to two exemptions for 2013, you can deduct $7,800 ($3,900 × 2). Hr block tax software But you may lose the benefit of part or all of your exemptions if your adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. Hr block tax software See Phaseout of Exemptions , later. Hr block tax software Types of exemptions. Hr block tax software    There are two types of exemptions you may be able to take: Personal exemptions for yourself and your spouse, and Exemptions for dependents (dependency exemptions). Hr block tax software While each is worth the same amount ($3,900 for 2013), different rules, discussed later, apply to each type. Hr block tax software Dependent cannot claim a personal exemption. Hr block tax software    If you are entitled to claim an exemption for a dependent (such as your child), that dependent cannot claim a personal exemption on his or her own tax return. Hr block tax software How to claim exemptions. Hr block tax software    How you claim an exemption on your tax return depends on which form you file. Hr block tax software Form 1040EZ filers. Hr block tax software    If you file Form 1040EZ, the exemption amount is combined with the standard deduction and entered on line 5. Hr block tax software Form 1040A filers. Hr block tax software    If you file Form 1040A, complete lines 6a through 6d. Hr block tax software The total number of exemptions you can claim is the total in the box on line 6d. Hr block tax software Also complete line 26. Hr block tax software Form 1040 filers. Hr block tax software    If you file Form 1040, complete lines 6a through 6d. Hr block tax software The total number of exemptions you can claim is the total in the box on line 6d. Hr block tax software Also complete line 42. Hr block tax software If your adjusted gross income is more than $150,000, see Phaseout of Exemptions , later. Hr block tax software U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software citizen or resident alien. Hr block tax software    If you are a U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software citizen, U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software resident alien, U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software national (defined later) or a resident of Canada or Mexico, you may qualify for any of the exemptions discussed here. Hr block tax software Nonresident aliens. Hr block tax software    Generally, if you are a nonresident alien (other than a resident of Canada or Mexico, or certain residents of India or Korea), you can qualify for only one personal exemption for yourself. Hr block tax software You cannot claim exemptions for a spouse or dependents. Hr block tax software   These restrictions do not apply if you are a nonresident alien married to a U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software citizen or resident alien and have chosen to be treated as a resident of the United States. Hr block tax software More information. Hr block tax software    For more information on exemptions if you are a nonresident alien, see chapter 5 in Publication 519. Hr block tax software Dual-status taxpayers. Hr block tax software    If you have been both a nonresident alien and a resident alien in the same tax year, you should see Publication 519 for information on determining your exemptions. Hr block tax software Personal Exemptions You are generally allowed one exemption for yourself. Hr block tax software If you are married, you may be allowed one exemption for your spouse. Hr block tax software These are called personal exemptions. Hr block tax software Your Own Exemption You can take one exemption for yourself unless you can be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer. Hr block tax software If another taxpayer is entitled to claim you as a dependent, you cannot take an exemption for yourself even if the other taxpayer does not actually claim you as a dependent. Hr block tax software Your Spouse's Exemption Your spouse is never considered your dependent. Hr block tax software Joint return. Hr block tax software    On a joint return, you can claim one exemption for yourself and one for your spouse. Hr block tax software Separate return. Hr block tax software    If you file a separate return, you can claim an exemption for your spouse only if your spouse had no gross income, is not filing a return, and was not the dependent of another taxpayer. Hr block tax software This is true even if the other taxpayer does not actually claim your spouse as a dependent. Hr block tax software You can claim an exemption for your spouse even if he or she is a nonresident alien; in that case, your spouse must have no gross income for U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software tax purposes and satisfy the other conditions listed above. Hr block tax software Head of household. Hr block tax software    If you qualify for head of household filing status because you are considered unmarried, you can claim an exemption for your spouse if the conditions described in the preceding paragraph are satisfied. Hr block tax software   To claim the exemption for your spouse, check the box on line 6b of Form 1040 or Form 1040A and enter the name of your spouse in the space to the right of the box. Hr block tax software Enter the SSN or ITIN of your spouse in the space provided at the top of Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Hr block tax software Death of spouse. Hr block tax software    If your spouse died during the year and you file a joint return for yourself and your deceased spouse, you generally can claim your spouse's exemption under the rules just explained in Joint return . Hr block tax software If you file a separate return for the year, you may be able to claim your spouse's exemption under the rules just described in Separate return . Hr block tax software   If you remarried during the year, you cannot take an exemption for your deceased spouse. Hr block tax software   If you are a surviving spouse without gross income and you remarry in the year your spouse died, you can be claimed as an exemption on both the final separate return of your deceased spouse and the separate return of your new spouse for that year. Hr block tax software If you file a joint return with your new spouse, you can be claimed as an exemption only on that return. Hr block tax software Divorced or separated spouse. Hr block tax software    If you obtained a final decree of divorce or separate maintenance during the year, you cannot take your former spouse's exemption. Hr block tax software This rule applies even if you provided all of your former spouse's support. Hr block tax software Exemptions for Dependents You are allowed one exemption for each person you can claim as a dependent. Hr block tax software You can claim an exemption for a dependent even if your dependent files a return. Hr block tax software The term “dependent” means: A qualifying child, or A qualifying relative. Hr block tax software The terms “ qualifying child ” and “ qualifying relative ” are defined later. Hr block tax software You can claim an exemption for a qualifying child or qualifying relative only if these three tests are met. Hr block tax software Dependent taxpayer test. Hr block tax software Joint return test. Hr block tax software Citizen or resident test. Hr block tax software These three tests are explained in detail later. Hr block tax software All the requirements for claiming an exemption for a dependent are summarized in Table 5. Hr block tax software Table 5. Hr block tax software Overview of the Rules for Claiming an Exemption for a Dependent This table is only an overview of the rules. Hr block tax software For details, see the rest of this publication. Hr block tax software You cannot claim any dependents if you, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer. Hr block tax software   You cannot claim a married person who files a joint return as a dependent unless that joint return is filed only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid. Hr block tax software   You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is a U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software citizen, U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software resident alien, U. Hr block tax software S. Hr block tax software national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico. Hr block tax software 1  You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is your qualifying child or qualifying relative. Hr block tax software   Tests To Be a Qualifying Child Tests To Be a Qualifying Relative The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them. Hr block tax software   The child must be (a) under age 19 at the end of the year and younger than you (or your spouse if filing jointly), (b) under age 24 at the end of the year, a student, and younger than you (or your spouse if filing jointly), or (c) any age if permanently and totally disabled. Hr block tax software   The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year. Hr block tax software 2  The child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year. Hr block tax software   The child is not filing a joint return for the year (unless that joint return is filed only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid). Hr block tax software  If the child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, only one person can actually treat the child as a qualifying child. Hr block tax software See the Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person described later to find out which person is the person entitled to claim the child as a qualifying child. Hr block tax software The person cannot be your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. Hr block tax software   The person either (a) must be related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you , or (b) must live with you all year as a member of your household2 (and your relationship must not violate local law). Hr block tax software   The person's gross income for the year must be less than $3,900. Hr block tax software 3  You must provide more than half of the person's total support for the year. Hr block tax software 4  1 There is an exception for certain adopted children. Hr block tax software 2 There are exceptions for temporary absences, children who were born or died during the year, children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), and kidnapped children. Hr block tax software 3 There is an exception if the person is disabled and has income from a sheltered workshop. Hr block tax software 4 There are exceptions for multiple support agreements, children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), and kidnapped children. Hr block tax software Dependent not allowed a personal exemption. Hr block tax software If you can claim an exemption for your dependent, the dependent cannot claim his or her own personal exemption on his or her own tax return. Hr block tax software This is true even if you do not claim the dependent's exemption on your return. Hr block tax software It is also true if the dependent's exemption on your return is reduced or eliminated under the phaseout rule described under Phaseout of Exemptions, later. Hr block tax software Housekeepers, maids, or servants. Hr block tax software    If these people work for you, you cannot claim exemptions for them. Hr block tax software Child tax credit. Hr block tax software    You may be entitled to a child tax credit for each qualifying child who was under age 17 at the end of the year if you claimed an exemption for that child. Hr block tax software For more information, see the instructions for the tax form you file (Form 1040 or 1040A). Hr block tax software Dependent Taxpayer Test If you can be claimed as a dependent by another person, you cannot claim anyone else as a dependent. Hr block tax software Even if you have a qualifying child or qualifying relative, you cannot claim that person as a dependent. Hr block tax software If you are filing a joint return and your spouse can be claimed as a dependent by someone else, you and your spouse cannot claim any dependents on your joint return. Hr block tax software Joint Return Test You generally cannot claim a married person as a dependent if he or she files a joint return. Hr block tax software Exception. Hr block tax software    You can claim an exemption for a person who files a joint return if that person and his or her spouse file the joint return only to claim a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. Hr block tax software Example 1—child files joint return. Hr block tax software You supported your 18-year-old daughter, and she lived with you all year while her husband was in the Armed Forces. Hr block tax software He earned $25,000 for the year. Hr block tax software The couple files a joint return. Hr block tax software You cannot take an exemption for your daughter. Hr block tax software Example 2—child files joint return only as claim for refund of withheld tax. Hr block tax software Your 18-year-old son and his 17-year-old wife had $800 of wages from part-time jobs and no other income. Hr block tax software Neither is required to file a tax return. Hr block tax software They do not have a child. Hr block tax software Taxes were taken out of their pay so they file a joint return only to get a refund of the withheld taxes. Hr block tax software The exception to the joint return test applies, so you are not disqualified from claiming an exemption for each of them just because they file a joint return. Hr block tax software You can claim exemptions for each of them if all the other tests to do so are met. Hr block tax software Example 3—child files joint return to claim American opportunity credit. Hr block tax software The facts are the same as in Example 2 except no taxes were taken out of your son's pay. Hr block tax software He and his wife are not required to file a tax return. Hr block tax software However, they file a joint return to claim an American opportunity credit of $124 and get a refund of that amount. Hr block tax software Because claiming the American opportunity credit is their reason for filing the return, they are not filing it only to get a refund of income
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IRS Seeks Volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

IR-2014-26, March 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major taxpayer concerns, and makes recommendations for improving IRS services.

The TAP provides a forum for taxpayers to raise concerns about IRS service and offer suggestions for improvement. The TAP reports annually to the Secretary of the Treasury, the IRS Commissioner and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate is an independent organization within the IRS and provides oversight of the TAP.

“In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the IRS is currently providing,” said Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. “The TAP is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement. This helps the IRS deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations.”  

The TAP includes members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each member is appointed to represent the interests of taxpayers in his or her geographic location as well as taxpayers as a whole.

The TAP is also seeking to include at least one additional member to represent international taxpayers. For these purposes, “international taxpayers” are broadly defined to include U.S. citizens working, living, or doing business abroad or in a U.S. territory. The new international member will not be required to attend any face-to-face meetings.

To be a member of the TAP you must be a U.S. citizen, be current with your federal tax obligations, be able to commit 200 to 300 hours during the year and pass an FBI criminal background check. New TAP members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2014. Applicants chosen as alternate members will be considered to fill any vacancies that open in their areas during the next three years.

The TAP is seeking members in the following locations: Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and International.

The panel needs alternates for the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Federal advisory committees are required to have a fairly balanced membership in terms of the points of view represented. As such, candidates from underrepresented groups, including but not limited to U.S. taxpayers living abroad, Native Americans, and non-tax practitioners, are encouraged to apply.

Applications for the TAP will be accepted through April 11, 2014. Applications are available online at www.improveirs.org. For additional information about the TAP or the application process, please call 888-912-1227 (a toll-free call) and select prompt number five. Callers who are outside of the U.S. and U.S. territories should call 954-423-7973 (not a toll-free call). You may also contact the TAP staff at taxpayeradvocacypanel@irs.gov for assistance.

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Hr block tax software 3. Hr block tax software   Dispositions of Business Property Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Is a Disposition of Property?Like-kind exchanges. Hr block tax software How Do I Figure a Gain or Loss?Is My Gain or Loss Ordinary or Capital? Is My Capital Gain or Loss Short Term or Long Term? Where Do I Report Gains and Losses? Introduction If you dispose of business property, you may have a gain or loss that you report on Form 1040. Hr block tax software However, in some cases you may have a gain that is not taxable or a loss that is not deductible. Hr block tax software This chapter discusses whether you have a disposition, how to figure the gain or loss, and where to report the gain or loss. Hr block tax software Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets Form (and Instructions) 4797 Sales of Business Property Sch D (Form 1040) Capital Gains and Losses See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Hr block tax software What Is a Disposition of Property? A disposition of property includes the following transactions. Hr block tax software You sell property for cash or other property. Hr block tax software You exchange property for other property. Hr block tax software You receive money as a tenant for the cancellation of a lease. Hr block tax software You receive money for granting the exclusive use of a copyright throughout its life in a particular medium. Hr block tax software You transfer property to satisfy a debt. Hr block tax software You abandon property. Hr block tax software Your bank or other financial institution forecloses on your mortgage or repossesses your property. Hr block tax software Your property is damaged, destroyed, or stolen, and you receive property or money in payment. Hr block tax software Your property is condemned, or disposed of under the threat of condemnation, and you receive property or money in payment. Hr block tax software For details about damaged, destroyed, or stolen property, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Hr block tax software For details about other dispositions, see chapter 1 in Publication 544. Hr block tax software Nontaxable exchanges. Hr block tax software   Certain exchanges of property are not taxable. Hr block tax software This means any gain from the exchange is not recognized and you cannot deduct any loss. Hr block tax software Your gain or loss will not be recognized until you sell or otherwise dispose of the property you receive. Hr block tax software Like-kind exchanges. Hr block tax software   A like-kind exchange is the exchange of property for the same kind of property. Hr block tax software It is the most common type of nontaxable exchange. Hr block tax software To be a like-kind exchange, the property traded and the property received must be both of the following. Hr block tax software Business or investment property. Hr block tax software Like property. Hr block tax software   Report the exchange of like-kind property on Form 8824, Like-Kind Exchanges. Hr block tax software For more information about like-kind exchanges, see chapter 1 in Publication 544. Hr block tax software Installment sales. Hr block tax software   An installment sale is a sale of property where you receive at least one payment after the tax year of the sale. Hr block tax software If you finance the buyer's purchase of your property, instead of having the buyer get a loan or mortgage from a third party, you probably have an installment sale. Hr block tax software   For more information about installment sales, see Publication 537, Installment Sales. Hr block tax software Sale of a business. Hr block tax software   The sale of a business usually is not a sale of one asset. Hr block tax software Instead, all the assets of the business are sold. Hr block tax software Generally, when this occurs, each asset is treated as being sold separately for determining the treatment of gain or loss. Hr block tax software   Both the buyer and seller involved in the sale of a business must report to the IRS the allocation of the sales price among the business assets. Hr block tax software Use Form 8594, Asset Acquisition Statement Under Section 1060, to provide this information. Hr block tax software The buyer and seller should each attach Form 8594 to their federal income tax return for the year in which the sale occurred. Hr block tax software   For more information about the sale of a business, see chapter 2 of Publication 544. Hr block tax software How Do I Figure a Gain or Loss? Table 3-1. Hr block tax software How To Figure a Gain or Loss IF your. Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software THEN you have a. Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software Adjusted basis is more than the amount realized Loss. Hr block tax software Amount realized is more than the adjusted basis Gain. Hr block tax software Basis, adjusted basis, amount realized, fair market value, and amount recognized are defined next. Hr block tax software You need to know these definitions to figure your gain or loss. Hr block tax software Basis. Hr block tax software   The cost or purchase price of property is usually its basis for figuring the gain or loss from its sale or other disposition. Hr block tax software However, if you acquired the property by gift, inheritance, or in some way other than buying it, you must use a basis other than its cost. Hr block tax software For more information about basis, see Publication 551, Basis of Assets. Hr block tax software Adjusted basis. Hr block tax software   The adjusted basis of property is your original cost or other basis plus certain additions, and minus certain deductions such as depreciation and casualty losses. Hr block tax software In determining gain or loss, the costs of transferring property to a new owner, such as selling expenses, are added to the adjusted basis of the property. Hr block tax software Amount realized. Hr block tax software   The amount you realize from a disposition is the total of all money you receive plus the fair market value of all property or services you receive. Hr block tax software The amount you realize also includes any of your liabilities that were assumed by the buyer and any liabilities to which the property you transferred is subject, such as real estate taxes or a mortgage. Hr block tax software Fair market value. Hr block tax software   Fair market value is the price at which the property would change hands between a buyer and a seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all necessary facts. Hr block tax software Amount recognized. Hr block tax software   Your gain or loss realized from a disposition of property is usually a recognized gain or loss for tax purposes. Hr block tax software Recognized gains must be included in gross income. Hr block tax software Recognized losses are deductible from gross income. Hr block tax software However, a gain or loss realized from certain exchanges of property is not recognized. Hr block tax software See  Nontaxable exchanges, earlier. Hr block tax software Also, you cannot deduct a loss from the disposition of property held for personal use. Hr block tax software Is My Gain or Loss Ordinary or Capital? You must classify your gains and losses as either ordinary or capital gains or losses. Hr block tax software You must do this to figure your net capital gain or loss. Hr block tax software Generally, you will have a capital gain or loss if you dispose of a capital asset. Hr block tax software For the most part, everything you own and use for personal purposes or investment is a capital asset. Hr block tax software Certain property you use in your business is not a capital asset. Hr block tax software A gain or loss from a disposition of this property is an ordinary gain or loss. Hr block tax software However, if you held the property longer than 1 year, you may be able to treat the gain or loss as a capital gain or loss. Hr block tax software These gains and losses are called section 1231 gains and losses. Hr block tax software For more information about ordinary and capital gains and losses, see chapters 2 and 3 in Publication 544. Hr block tax software Is My Capital Gain or Loss Short Term or Long Term? If you have a capital gain or loss, you must determine whether it is long term or short term. Hr block tax software Whether a gain or loss is long or short term depends on how long you own the property before you dispose of it. Hr block tax software The time you own property before disposing of it is called the holding period. Hr block tax software Table 3-2. Hr block tax software Do I Have a Short-Term or Long-Term Gain or Loss? IF you hold the property. Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software THEN you have a. Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software . Hr block tax software 1 year or less Short-term capital gain or loss. Hr block tax software More than 1 year Long-term capital gain or loss. Hr block tax software For more information about short-term and long-term capital gains and losses, see chapter 4 of Publication 544. Hr block tax software Where Do I Report Gains and Losses? Report gains and losses from the following dispositions on the forms indicated. Hr block tax software The instructions for the forms explain how to fill them out. Hr block tax software Dispositions of business property and depreciable property. Hr block tax software   Use Form 4797. Hr block tax software If you have taxable gain, you may also have to use Schedule D (Form 1040). Hr block tax software Like-kind exchanges. Hr block tax software   Use Form 8824, Like-Kind Exchanges. Hr block tax software You may also have to use Form 4797 and Schedule D (Form 1040). Hr block tax software Installment sales. Hr block tax software   Use Form 6252, Installment Sale Income. Hr block tax software You may also have to use Form 4797 and Schedule D (Form 1040). Hr block tax software Casualties and thefts. Hr block tax software   Use Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts. Hr block tax software You may also have to use Form 4797. Hr block tax software Condemned property. Hr block tax software   Use Form 4797. Hr block tax software You may also have to use Schedule D (Form 1040). Hr block tax software Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications