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Irs 1040ez form 2011 Publication 526 - Main Content Table of Contents Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible ContributionsTypes of Qualified Organizations Contributions You Can DeductContributions From Which You Benefit Expenses Paid for Student Living With You Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Expenses of Whaling Captains Contributions You Cannot DeductContributions to Individuals Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations Contributions From Which You Benefit Value of Time or Services Personal Expenses Appraisal Fees Contributions to Donor-Advised Funds Partial Interest in Property Contributions of PropertyContributions Subject to Special Rules Determining Fair Market Value Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value Giving Property That Has Increased in Value Penalty When To DeductChecks. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Text message. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Credit card. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Pay-by-phone account. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Stock certificate. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Promissory note. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Option. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Borrowed funds. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Conditional gift. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Limits on Deductions50% Limit 30% Limit Special 30% Limit for Capital Gain Property 20% Limit Special 50% Limit for Qualified Conservation Contributions How To Figure Your Deduction When Limits Apply Records To KeepCash Contributions Noncash Contributions Out-of-Pocket Expenses How To ReportReporting expenses for student living with you. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Total deduction over $500. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Deduction over $5,000 for one item. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Vehicle donations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Clothing and household items not in good used condition. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Easement on building in historic district. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Deduction over $500,000. Irs 1040ez form 2011 How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions You can deduct your contributions only if you make them to a qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Most organizations, other than churches and governments, must apply to the IRS to become a qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 How to check whether an organization can receive deductible charitable contributions. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization, and most will be able to tell you. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Or go to IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Click on “Tools” and then on “Exempt Organizations Select Check” (www. Irs 1040ez form 2011 irs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check). Irs 1040ez form 2011 This online tool will enable you to search for qualified organizations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can also call the IRS to find out if an organization is qualified. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Call 1-877-829-5500. Irs 1040ez form 2011 People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and who have access to TTY/TDD equipment can call 1-800-829-4059. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gsa. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov/fedrelay. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Types of Qualified Organizations Generally, only the following types of organizations can be qualified organizations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A community chest, corporation, trust, fund, or foundation organized or created in or under the laws of the United States, any state, the District of Columbia, or any possession of the United States (including Puerto Rico). Irs 1040ez form 2011 It must, however, be organized and operated only for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Certain organizations that foster national or international amateur sports competition also qualify. Irs 1040ez form 2011 War veterans' organizations, including posts, auxiliaries, trusts, or foundations, organized in the United States or any of its possessions (including Puerto Rico). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Domestic fraternal societies, orders, and associations operating under the lodge system. Irs 1040ez form 2011 (Your contribution to this type of organization is deductible only if it is to be used solely for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Irs 1040ez form 2011 ) Certain nonprofit cemetery companies or corporations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 (Your contribution to this type of organization is not deductible if it can be used for the care of a specific lot or mausoleum crypt. Irs 1040ez form 2011 ) The United States or any state, the District of Columbia, a U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 possession (including Puerto Rico), a political subdivision of a state or U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 possession, or an Indian tribal government or any of its subdivisions that perform substantial government functions. Irs 1040ez form 2011 (Your contribution to this type of organization is deductible only if it is to be used solely for public purposes. Irs 1040ez form 2011 ) Example 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You contribute cash to your city's police department to be used as a reward for information about a crime. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The city police department is a qualified organization, and your contribution is for a public purpose. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can deduct your contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You make a voluntary contribution to the social security trust fund, not earmarked for a specific account. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Because the trust fund is part of the U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Government, you contributed to a qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can deduct your contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Examples. Irs 1040ez form 2011   The following list gives some examples of qualified organizations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Churches, a convention or association of churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other religious organizations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Most nonprofit charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross and the United Way. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Most nonprofit educational organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, colleges, and museums. Irs 1040ez form 2011 This also includes nonprofit daycare centers that provide childcare to the general public if substantially all the childcare is provided to enable parents and guardians to be gainfully employed. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, if your contribution is a substitute for tuition or other enrollment fee, it is not deductible as a charitable contribution, as explained later under Contributions You Cannot Deduct . Irs 1040ez form 2011 Nonprofit hospitals and medical research organizations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Utility company emergency energy programs, if the utility company is an agent for a charitable organization that assists individuals with emergency energy needs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Nonprofit volunteer fire companies. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Nonprofit organizations that develop and maintain public parks and recreation facilities. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Civil defense organizations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Canadian charities. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You may be able to deduct contributions to certain Canadian charitable organizations covered under an income tax treaty with Canada. Irs 1040ez form 2011 To deduct your contribution to a Canadian charity, you generally must have income from sources in Canada. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Publication 597, Information on the United States-Canada Income Tax Treaty, for information on how to figure your deduction. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Mexican charities. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Under the U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 -Mexico income tax treaty, a contribution to a Mexican charitable organization may be deductible, but only if and to the extent the contribution would have been treated as a charitable contribution to a public charity created or organized under U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 law. Irs 1040ez form 2011 To deduct your contribution to a Mexican charity, you must have income from sources in Mexico. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The limits described in Limits on Deductions , later, apply and are figured using your income from Mexican sources. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Israeli charities. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Under the U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 -Israel income tax treaty, a contribution to an Israeli charitable organization is deductible if and to the extent the contribution would have been treated as a charitable contribution if the organization had been created or organized under U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 law. Irs 1040ez form 2011 To deduct your contribution to an Israeli charity, you must have income from sources in Israel. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The limits described in Limits on Deductions , later, apply. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The deduction is also limited to 25% of your adjusted gross income from Israeli sources. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions You Can Deduct Generally, you can deduct contributions of money or property you make to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A contribution is “for the use of” a qualified organization when it is held in a legally enforceable trust for the qualified organization or in a similar legal arrangement. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The contributions must be made to a qualified organization and not set aside for use by a specific person. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you give property to a qualified organization, you generally can deduct the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Contributions of Property , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your deduction for charitable contributions generally cannot be more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI), but in some cases 20% and 30% limits may apply. Irs 1040ez form 2011 In addition, the total of your charitable contributions deduction and certain other itemized deductions may be limited. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Limits on Deductions , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Table 1 in this publication gives examples of contributions you can and cannot deduct. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive a benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you can deduct only the amount of your contribution that is more than the value of the benefit you receive. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Also see Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Cannot Deduct, later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you pay more than fair market value to a qualified organization for goods or services, the excess may be a charitable contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For the excess amount to qualify, you must pay it with the intent to make a charitable contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You pay $65 for a ticket to a dinner-dance at a church. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your entire $65 payment goes to the church. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The ticket to the dinner-dance has a fair market value of $25. Irs 1040ez form 2011 When you buy your ticket, you know its value is less than your payment. Irs 1040ez form 2011 To figure the amount of your charitable contribution, subtract the value of the benefit you receive ($25) from your total payment ($65). Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can deduct $40 as a charitable contribution to the church. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 At a fundraising auction conducted by a charity, you pay $600 for a week's stay at a beach house. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The amount you pay is no more than the fair rental value. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You have not made a deductible charitable contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Athletic events. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you make a payment to, or for the benefit of, a college or university and, as a result, you receive the right to buy tickets to an athletic event in the athletic stadium of the college or university, you can deduct 80% of the payment as a charitable contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If any part of your payment is for tickets (rather than the right to buy tickets), that part is not deductible. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Subtract the price of the tickets from your payment. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can deduct 80% of the remaining amount as a charitable contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You pay $300 a year for membership in a university's athletic scholarship program. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The only benefit of membership is that you have the right to buy one season ticket for a seat in a designated area of the stadium at the university's home football games. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can deduct $240 (80% of $300) as a charitable contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your $300 payment includes the purchase of one season ticket for the stated ticket price of $120. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You must subtract the usual price of a ticket ($120) from your $300 payment. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The result is $180. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your deductible charitable contribution is $144 (80% of $180). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Charity benefit events. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you pay a qualified organization more than fair market value for the right to attend a charity ball, banquet, show, sporting event, or other benefit event, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the privileges or other benefits you receive. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If there is an established charge for the event, that charge is the value of your benefit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If there is no established charge, the reasonable value of the right to attend the event is the value of your benefit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Whether you use the tickets or other privileges has no effect on the amount you can deduct. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, if you return the ticket to the qualified organization for resale, you can deduct the entire amount you paid for the ticket. Irs 1040ez form 2011    Even if the ticket or other evidence of payment indicates that the payment is a “contribution,” this does not mean you can deduct the entire amount. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If the ticket shows the price of admission and the amount of the contribution, you can deduct the contribution amount. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You pay $40 to see a special showing of a movie for the benefit of a qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Printed on the ticket is “Contribution–$40. Irs 1040ez form 2011 ” If the regular price for the movie is $8, your contribution is $32 ($40 payment − $8 regular price). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Membership fees or dues. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You may be able to deduct membership fees or dues you pay to a qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the benefits you receive. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You cannot deduct dues, fees, or assessments paid to country clubs and other social organizations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 They are not qualified organizations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Certain membership benefits can be disregarded. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Both you and the organization can disregard the following membership benefits if you get them in return for an annual payment of $75 or less. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Any rights or privileges, other than those discussed under Athletic events , earlier, that you can use frequently while you are a member, such as: Free or discounted admission to the organization's facilities or events, Free or discounted parking, Preferred access to goods or services, and Discounts on the purchase of goods and services. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Admission, while you are a member, to events open only to members of the organization if the organization reasonably projects that the cost per person (excluding any allocated overhead) is not more than $10. Irs 1040ez form 2011 20. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Token items. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You do not have to reduce your contribution by the value of any benefit you receive if both of the following are true. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You receive only a small item or other benefit of token value. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The qualified organization correctly determines that the value of the item or benefit you received is not substantial and informs you that you can deduct your payment in full. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The organization determines whether the value of an item or benefit is substantial by using Revenue Procedures 90-12 and 92-49 and the inflation adjustment in Revenue Procedure 2012–41. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Written statement. Irs 1040ez form 2011   A qualified organization must give you a written statement if you make a payment of more than $75 that is partly a contribution and partly for goods or services. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The statement must say you can deduct only the amount of your payment that is more than the value of the goods or services you received. Irs 1040ez form 2011 It must also give you a good faith estimate of the value of those goods or services. Irs 1040ez form 2011   The organization can give you the statement either when it solicits or when it receives the payment from you. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Exception. Irs 1040ez form 2011   An organization will not have to give you this statement if one of the following is true. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The organization is: A governmental organization described in (5) under Types of Qualified Organizations , earlier, or An organization formed only for religious purposes, and the only benefit you receive is an intangible religious benefit (such as admission to a religious ceremony) that generally is not sold in commercial transactions outside the donative context. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You receive only items whose value is not substantial as described under Token items , earlier. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You receive only membership benefits that can be disregarded, as described under Membership fees or dues , earlier. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Expenses Paid for Student Living With You You may be able to deduct some expenses of having a student live with you. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can deduct qualifying expenses for a foreign or American student who: Lives in your home under a written agreement between you and a qualified organization (defined later) as part of a program of the organization to provide educational opportunities for the student, Is not your relative (defined later) or dependent (also defined later), and Is a full-time student in the twelfth or any lower grade at a school in the United States. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can deduct up to $50 a month for each full calendar month the student lives with you. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Any month when conditions (1) through (3) above are met for 15 or more days counts as a full month. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011   For these purposes, a qualified organization can be any of the organizations described earlier under Types of Qualified Organizations , except those in (4) and (5). Irs 1040ez form 2011 For example, if you are providing a home for a student as part of a state or local government program, you cannot deduct your expenses as charitable contributions. Irs 1040ez form 2011 But see Foster parents under Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services, later, if you provide the home as a foster parent. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Relative. Irs 1040ez form 2011   The term “relative” means any of the following persons. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your child, stepchild, foster child, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild). Irs 1040ez form 2011 A legally adopted child is considered your child. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, or stepsister. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your father, mother, grandparent, or other direct ancestor. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your stepfather or stepmother. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A son or daughter of your brother or sister. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A brother or sister of your father or mother. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Dependent. Irs 1040ez form 2011   For this purpose, the term “dependent” means: A person you can claim as a dependent, or A person you could have claimed as a dependent except that: He or she received gross income of $3,900 or more, He or she filed a joint return, or You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2013 return. Irs 1040ez form 2011    Foreign students brought to this country under a qualified international education exchange program and placed in American homes for a temporary period generally are not U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 residents and cannot be claimed as dependents. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Qualifying expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You may be able to deduct the cost of books, tuition, food, clothing, transportation, medical and dental care, entertainment, and other amounts you actually spend for the well-being of the student. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Expenses that do not qualify. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You cannot deduct depreciation on your home, the fair market value of lodging, and similar items not considered amounts actually spent by you. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Nor can you deduct general household expenses, such as taxes, insurance, and repairs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Reimbursed expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011   In most cases, you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction if you are compensated or reimbursed for any part of the costs of having a student live with you. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, you may be able to claim a charitable contribution deduction for the unreimbursed portion of your expenses if you are reimbursed only for an extraordinary or one-time item, such as a hospital bill or vacation trip, you paid in advance at the request of the student's parents or the sponsoring organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Mutual exchange program. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You cannot deduct the costs of a foreign student living in your home under a mutual exchange program through which your child will live with a family in a foreign country. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Reporting expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011   For a list of what you must file with your return if you deduct expenses for a student living with you, see Reporting expenses for student living with you under How To Report, later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Table 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Volunteers' Questions and Answers If you volunteer for a qualified organization, the following questions and answers may apply to you. Irs 1040ez form 2011 All of the rules explained in this publication also apply. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See, in particular, Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services . Irs 1040ez form 2011 Question Answer I volunteer 6 hours a week in the office of a qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The receptionist is paid $10 an hour for the same work. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Can I deduct $60 a week for my time? No, you cannot deduct the value of your time or services. Irs 1040ez form 2011  The office is 30 miles from my home. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Can I deduct any of my car expenses for these trips? Yes, you can deduct the costs of gas and oil that are directly related to getting to and from the place where you volunteer. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you do not want to figure your actual costs, you can deduct 14 cents for each mile. Irs 1040ez form 2011 I volunteer as a Red Cross nurse's aide at a hospital. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Can I deduct the cost of the uniforms I must wear? Yes, you can deduct the cost of buying and cleaning your uniforms if the hospital is a qualified organization, the uniforms are not suitable for everyday use, and you must wear them when volunteering. Irs 1040ez form 2011 I pay a babysitter to watch my children while I volunteer for a qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Can I deduct these costs? No, you cannot deduct payments for childcare expenses as a charitable contribution, even if you would be unable to volunteer without childcare. Irs 1040ez form 2011 (If you have childcare expenses so you can work for pay, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 ) Although you cannot deduct the value of your services given to a qualified organization, you may be able to deduct some amounts you pay in giving services to a qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The amounts must be: Unreimbursed, Directly connected with the services, Expenses you had only because of the services you gave, and Not personal, living, or family expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Table 2 contains questions and answers that apply to some individuals who volunteer their services. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Underprivileged youths selected by charity. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You can deduct reasonable unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses you pay to allow underprivileged youths to attend athletic events, movies, or dinners. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The youths must be selected by a charitable organization whose goal is to reduce juvenile delinquency. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your own similar expenses in accompanying the youths are not deductible. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Conventions. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If a qualified organization selects you to attend a convention as its representative, you can deduct your unreimbursed expenses for travel, including reasonable amounts for meals and lodging, while away from home overnight for the convention. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, see Travel , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You cannot deduct personal expenses for sightseeing, fishing parties, theater tickets, or nightclubs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You also cannot deduct travel, meals and lodging, and other expenses for your spouse or children. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You cannot deduct your travel expenses in attending a church convention if you go only as a member of your church rather than as a chosen representative. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can, however, deduct unreimbursed expenses that are directly connected with giving services for your church during the convention. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Uniforms. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You can deduct the cost and upkeep of uniforms that are not suitable for everyday use and that you must wear while performing donated services for a charitable organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Foster parents. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You may be able to deduct as a charitable contribution some of the costs of being a foster parent (foster care provider) if you have no profit motive in providing the foster care and are not, in fact, making a profit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A qualified organization must select the individuals you take into your home for foster care. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You can deduct expenses that meet both of the following requirements. Irs 1040ez form 2011 They are unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses to feed, clothe, and care for the foster child. Irs 1040ez form 2011 They are incurred primarily to benefit the qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Unreimbursed expenses that you cannot deduct as charitable contributions may be considered support provided by you in determining whether you can claim the foster child as a dependent. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For details, see Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You cared for a foster child because you wanted to adopt her, not to benefit the agency that placed her in your home. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your unreimbursed expenses are not deductible as charitable contributions. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Church deacon. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You can deduct as a charitable contribution any unreimbursed expenses you have while in a permanent diaconate program established by your church. Irs 1040ez form 2011 These expenses include the cost of vestments, books, and transportation required in order to serve in the program as either a deacon candidate or an ordained deacon. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Car expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You can deduct as a charitable contribution any unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of gas and oil, directly related to the use of your car in giving services to a charitable organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You cannot deduct general repair and maintenance expenses, depreciation, registration fees, or the costs of tires or insurance. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you do not want to deduct your actual expenses, you can use a standard mileage rate of 14 cents a mile to figure your contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You can deduct parking fees and tolls whether you use your actual expenses or the standard mileage rate. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You must keep reliable written records of your car expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For more information, see Car expenses under Records To Keep, later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Travel. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Generally, you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for travel expenses necessarily incurred while you are away from home performing services for a charitable organization only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel. Irs 1040ez form 2011 This applies whether you pay the expenses directly or indirectly. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You are paying the expenses indirectly if you make a payment to the charitable organization and the organization pays for your travel expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011   The deduction for travel expenses will not be denied simply because you enjoy providing services to the charitable organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Even if you enjoy the trip, you can take a charitable contribution deduction for your travel expenses if you are on duty in a genuine and substantial sense throughout the trip. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, if you have only nominal duties, or if for significant parts of the trip you do not have any duties, you cannot deduct your travel expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You are a troop leader for a tax-exempt youth group and you take the group on a camping trip. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You are responsible for overseeing the setup of the camp and for providing adult supervision for other activities during the entire trip. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You participate in the activities of the group and enjoy your time with them. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You oversee the breaking of camp and you transport the group home. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can deduct your travel expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You sail from one island to another and spend 8 hours a day counting whales and other forms of marine life. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The project is sponsored by a charitable organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 In most circumstances, you cannot deduct your expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 3. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You work for several hours each morning on an archeological dig sponsored by a charitable organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The rest of the day is free for recreation and sightseeing. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You cannot take a charitable contribution deduction even though you work very hard during those few hours. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 4. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You spend the entire day attending a charitable organization's regional meeting as a chosen representative. Irs 1040ez form 2011 In the evening you go to the theater. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can claim your travel expenses as charitable contributions, but you cannot claim the cost of your evening at the theater. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Daily allowance (per diem). Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you provide services for a charitable organization and receive a daily allowance to cover reasonable travel expenses, including meals and lodging while away from home overnight, you must include in income any part of the allowance that is more than your deductible travel expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You may be able to deduct any necessary travel expenses that are more than the allowance. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Deductible travel expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011   These include: Air, rail, and bus transportation, Out-of-pocket expenses for your car, Taxi fares or other costs of transportation between the airport or station and your hotel, Lodging costs, and The cost of meals. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Because these travel expenses are not business-related, they are not subject to the same limits as business related expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For information on business travel expenses, see Travel in Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Expenses of Whaling Captains You may be able to deduct as a charitable contribution any reasonable and necessary whaling expenses you pay during the year to carry out sanctioned whaling activities. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The deduction is limited to $10,000 a year. Irs 1040ez form 2011 To claim the deduction, you must be recognized by the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission as a whaling captain charged with the responsibility of maintaining and carrying out sanctioned whaling activities. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Sanctioned whaling activities are subsistence bowhead whale hunting activities conducted under the management plan of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Whaling expenses include expenses for: Acquiring and maintaining whaling boats, weapons, and gear used in sanctioned whaling activities, Supplying food for the crew and other provisions for carrying out these activities, and Storing and distributing the catch from these activities. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You must keep records showing the time, place, date, amount, and nature of the expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For details, see Revenue Procedure 2006-50, which is on page 944 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2006-47 at www. Irs 1040ez form 2011 irs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb06-47. Irs 1040ez form 2011 pdf. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions You Cannot Deduct There are some contributions you cannot deduct and others you can deduct only in part. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution: A contribution to a specific individual, A contribution to a nonqualified organization, The part of a contribution from which you receive or expect to receive a benefit, The value of your time or services, Your personal expenses, A qualified charitable distribution from an individual retirement arrangement (IRA), Appraisal fees, Certain contributions to donor-advised funds, or Certain contributions of partial interests in property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Detailed discussions of these items follow. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions to Individuals You cannot deduct contributions to specific individuals, including the following. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions to fraternal societies made for the purpose of paying medical or burial expenses of members. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions to individuals who are needy or worthy. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You cannot deduct these contributions even if you make them to a qualified organization for the benefit of a specific person. Irs 1040ez form 2011 But you can deduct a contribution to a qualified organization that helps needy or worthy individuals if you do not indicate that your contribution is for a specific person. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can deduct contributions to a qualified organization for flood relief, hurricane relief, or other disaster relief. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a particular individual or family. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Payments to a member of the clergy that can be spent as he or she wishes, such as for personal expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Expenses you paid for another person who provided services to a qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your son does missionary work. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You pay his expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You cannot claim a deduction for your son's unreimbursed expenses related to his contribution of services. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Payments to a hospital that are for a specific patient's care or for services for a specific patient. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You cannot deduct these payments even if the hospital is operated by a city, state, or other qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations You cannot deduct contributions to organizations that are not qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions, including the following. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Certain state bar associations if: The bar is not a political subdivision of a state, The bar has private, as well as public, purposes, such as promoting the professional interests of members, and Your contribution is unrestricted and can be used for private purposes. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Chambers of commerce and other business leagues or organizations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Civic leagues and associations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Communist organizations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Country clubs and other social clubs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Foreign organizations other than certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 (See Canadian charities , Mexican charities , and Israeli charities under Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions, earlier. Irs 1040ez form 2011 ) Also, you cannot deduct a contribution you made to any qualifying organization if the contribution is earmarked to go to a foreign organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, certain contributions to a qualified organization for use in a program conducted by a foreign charity may be deductible as long as they are not earmarked to go to the foreign charity. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For the contribution to be deductible, the qualified organization must approve the program as furthering its own exempt purposes and must keep control over the use of the contributed funds. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The contribution is also deductible if the foreign charity is only an administrative arm of the qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Homeowners' associations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Labor unions. Irs 1040ez form 2011 But you may be able to deduct union dues as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, on Schedule A (Form 1040). Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Political organizations and candidates. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive or expect to receive a financial or economic benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you cannot deduct the part of the contribution that represents the value of the benefit you receive. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. Irs 1040ez form 2011 These contributions include the following. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions for lobbying. Irs 1040ez form 2011 This includes amounts you earmark for use in, or in connection with, influencing specific legislation. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions to a retirement home for room, board, maintenance, or admittance. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Also, if the amount of your contribution depends on the type or size of apartment you will occupy, it is not a charitable contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Costs of raffles, bingo, lottery, etc. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay to buy raffle or lottery tickets or to play bingo or other games of chance. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For information on how to report gambling winnings and losses, see Deductions Not Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Dues to fraternal orders and similar groups. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, see Membership fees or dues under Contributions From Which You Benefit, earlier. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Tuition, or amounts you pay instead of tuition. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay as tuition even if you pay them for children to attend parochial schools or qualifying nonprofit daycare centers. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You also cannot deduct any fixed amount you must pay in addition to, or instead of, tuition to enroll in a private school, even if it is designated as a “donation. Irs 1040ez form 2011 ” Contributions connected with split-dollar insurance arrangements. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You cannot deduct any part of a contribution to a charitable organization if, in connection with the contribution, the organization directly or indirectly pays, has paid, or is expected to pay any premium on any life insurance, annuity, or endowment contract for which you, any member of your family, or any other person chosen by you (other than a qualified charitable organization) is a beneficiary. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You donate money to a charitable organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The charity uses the money to purchase a cash value life insurance policy. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The beneficiaries under the insurance policy include members of your family. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Even though the charity may eventually get some benefit out of the insurance policy, you cannot deduct any part of the donation. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Qualified Charitable Distributions A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a distribution made directly by the trustee of your individual retirement arrangement (IRA), other than a SEP or SIMPLE IRA, to certain qualified organizations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You must have been at least age 70½ when the distribution was made. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your total QCDs for the year cannot be more than $100,000. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If all the requirements are met, a QCD is nontaxable, but you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction for a QCD. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), for more information about QCDs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Value of Time or Services You cannot deduct the value of your time or services, including: Blood donations to the American Red Cross or to blood banks, and The value of income lost while you work as an unpaid volunteer for a qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Personal Expenses You cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses, such as the following items. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The cost of meals you eat while you perform services for a qualified organization, unless it is necessary for you to be away from home overnight while performing the services. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Adoption expenses, including fees paid to an adoption agency and the costs of keeping a child in your home before adoption is final. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, you may be able to claim a tax credit for these expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Also, you may be able to exclude from your gross income amounts paid or reimbursed by your employer for your adoption expenses. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, and its instructions, for more information. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You also may be able to claim an exemption for the child. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Exemptions for Dependents in Publication 501 for more information. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Appraisal Fees You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution any fees you pay to find the fair market value of donated property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 But you can claim them, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529 for more information. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions to Donor-Advised Funds You cannot deduct a contribution to a donor-advised fund if: The qualified organization that sponsors the fund is a war veterans' organization, a fraternal society, or a nonprofit cemetery company, or You do not have an acknowledgment from that sponsoring organization that it has exclusive legal control over the assets contributed. Irs 1040ez form 2011 There are also other circumstances in which you cannot deduct your contribution to a donor-advised fund. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Generally, a donor-advised fund is a fund or account in which a donor can, because of being a donor, advise the fund how to distribute or invest amounts held in the fund. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For details, see Internal Revenue Code section 170(f)(18). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Partial Interest in Property Generally, you cannot deduct a contribution of less than your entire interest in property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For details, see Partial Interest in Property under Contributions of Property, later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions of Property If you contribute property to a qualified organization, the amount of your charitable contribution is generally the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, if the property has increased in value, you may have to make some adjustments to the amount of your deduction. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For information about the records you must keep and the information you must furnish with your return if you donate property, see Records To Keep and How To Report , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Contributions Subject to Special Rules Special rules apply if you contribute: Clothing or household items, A car, boat, or airplane, Taxidermy property, Property subject to a debt, A partial interest in property, A fractional interest in tangible personal property, A qualified conservation contribution, A future interest in tangible personal property, Inventory from your business, or A patent or other intellectual property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 These special rules are described next. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Clothing and Household Items You cannot take a deduction for clothing or household items you donate unless the clothing or household items are in good used condition or better. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Exception. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You can take a deduction for a contribution of an item of clothing or a household item that is not in good used condition or better if you deduct more than $500 for it and include a qualified appraisal of it with your return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Household items. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Household items include: Furniture and furnishings, Electronics, Appliances, Linens, and Other similar items. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Household items do not include: Food, Paintings, antiques, and other objects of art, Jewelry and gems, and Collections. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Fair market value. Irs 1040ez form 2011   To determine the fair market value of these items, use the rules under Determining Fair Market Value , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Cars, Boats, and Airplanes The following rules apply to any donation of a qualified vehicle. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A qualified vehicle is: A car or any motor vehicle manufactured mainly for use on public streets, roads, and highways, A boat, or An airplane. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Deduction more than $500. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you donate a qualified vehicle with a claimed fair market value of more than $500, you can deduct the smaller of: The gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle by the organization, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to figure the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Form 1098-C. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You must attach to your return Copy B of the Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes, (or other statement containing the same information as Form 1098-C) you received from the organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show the gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you e-file your return, you must: Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C to Form 8453, U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-file Return, and mail the forms to the IRS, or Include Copy B of Form 1098-C as a pdf attachment if your software program allows it. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you do not attach Form 1098-C (or other statement), you cannot deduct your contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011    You must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle. Irs 1040ez form 2011 But if exception 1 or 2 (described later) applies, you must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of your donation. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If the filing deadline is approaching and you still do not have a Form 1098-C, you have two choices. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can get this extension by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Individual Income Tax Return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For more information, see the instructions for Form 4868. Irs 1040ez form 2011 File the return on time without claiming the deduction for the qualified vehicle. Irs 1040ez form 2011 After receiving the Form 1098-C, file an amended return, Form 1040X, Amended U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Individual Income Tax Return, claiming the deduction. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C (or other statement) to the amended return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Exceptions. Irs 1040ez form 2011   There are two exceptions to the rules just described for deductions of more than $500. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If the qualified organization makes a significant intervening use of or material improvement to the vehicle before transferring it, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. Irs 1040ez form 2011    Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If the qualified organization will give the vehicle, or sell it for a price well below fair market value, to a needy individual to further the organization's charitable purpose, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. Irs 1040ez form 2011   This exception does not apply if the organization sells the vehicle at auction. Irs 1040ez form 2011 In that case, you cannot deduct the vehicle's fair market value. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Anita donates a used car to a qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 She bought it 3 years ago for $9,000. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A used car guide shows the fair market value for this type of car is $6,000. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, Anita gets a Form 1098-C from the organization showing the car was sold for $2,900. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Neither exception 1 nor exception 2 applies. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If Anita itemizes her deductions, she can deduct $2,900 for her donation. Irs 1040ez form 2011 She must attach Form 1098-C and Form 8283 to her return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Deduction $500 or less. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If the qualified organization sells the vehicle for $500 or less and exceptions 1 and 2 do not apply, you can deduct the smaller of: $500, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If the vehicle's fair market value is at least $250 but not more than $500, you must have a written statement from the qualified organization acknowledging your donation. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The statement must contain the information and meet the tests for an acknowledgment described under Contributions of $250 or More under Records To Keep, later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Fair market value. Irs 1040ez form 2011   To determine a vehicle's fair market value, use the rules described under Determining Fair Market Value , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Donations of inventory. Irs 1040ez form 2011   The vehicle donation rules just described do not apply to donations of inventory. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For example, these rules do not apply if you are a car dealer who donates a car you had been holding for sale to customers. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Inventory , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Taxidermy Property If you donate taxidermy property to a qualified organization, your deduction is limited to your basis in the property or its fair market value, whichever is less. Irs 1040ez form 2011 This applies if you prepared, stuffed, or mounted the property or paid or incurred the cost of preparing, stuffing, or mounting the property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your basis for this purpose includes only the cost of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your basis does not include transportation or travel costs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 It also does not include the direct or indirect costs for hunting or killing an animal, such as equipment costs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 In addition, it does not include the value of your time. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Taxidermy property means any work of art that: Is the reproduction or preservation of an animal, in whole or in part, Is prepared, stuffed, or mounted to recreate one or more characteristics of the animal, and Contains a part of the body of the dead animal. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Property Subject to a Debt If you contribute property subject to a debt (such as a mortgage), you must reduce the fair market value of the property by: Any allowable deduction for interest you paid (or will pay) that is attributable to any period after the contribution, and If the property is a bond, the lesser of: Any allowable deduction for interest you paid (or will pay) to buy or carry the bond that is attributable to any period before the contribution, or The interest, including bond discount, receivable on the bond that is attributable to any period before the contribution, and that is not includible in your income due to your accounting method. Irs 1040ez form 2011 This prevents you from deducting the same amount as both investment interest and a charitable contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If the recipient (or another person) assumes the debt, you must also reduce the fair market value of the property by the amount of the outstanding debt assumed. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The amount of the debt is also treated as an amount realized on the sale or exchange of property for purposes of figuring your taxable gain (if any). Irs 1040ez form 2011 For more information, see Bargain Sales under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value, later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Partial Interest in Property Generally, you cannot deduct a charitable contribution of less than your entire interest in property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Right to use property. Irs 1040ez form 2011   A contribution of the right to use property is a contribution of less than your entire interest in that property and is not deductible. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You own a 10-story office building and donate rent-free use of the top floor to a charitable organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Because you still own the building, you have contributed a partial interest in the property and cannot take a deduction for the contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Mandy White owns a vacation home at the beach that she sometimes rents to others. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For a fund-raising auction at her church, she donated the right to use the vacation home for 1 week. Irs 1040ez form 2011 At the auction, the church received and accepted a bid from Lauren Green equal to the fair rental value of the home for 1 week. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Mandy cannot claim a deduction because of the partial interest rule. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Lauren cannot claim a deduction either, because she received a benefit equal to the amount of her payment. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Contributions From Which You Benefit , earlier. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Exceptions. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You can deduct a charitable contribution of a partial interest in property only if that interest represents one of the following items. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A remainder interest in your personal home or farm. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A remainder interest is one that passes to a beneficiary after the end of an earlier interest in the property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You keep the right to live in your home during your lifetime and give your church a remainder interest that begins upon your death. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can deduct the value of the remainder interest. Irs 1040ez form 2011 An undivided part of your entire interest. Irs 1040ez form 2011 This must consist of a part of every substantial interest or right you own in the property and must last as long as your interest in the property lasts. Irs 1040ez form 2011 But see Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You contribute voting stock to a qualified organization but keep the right to vote the stock. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The right to vote is a substantial right in the stock. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You have not contributed an undivided part of your entire interest and cannot deduct your contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A partial interest that would be deductible if transferred to certain types of trusts. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A qualified conservation contribution (defined later). Irs 1040ez form 2011 For information about how to figure the value of a contribution of a partial interest in property, see Partial Interest in Property Not in Trust in Publication 561. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property You cannot deduct a charitable contribution of a fractional interest in tangible personal property unless all interests in the property are held immediately before the contribution by: You, or You and the qualifying organization receiving the contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you make an additional contribution later, the fair market value of that contribution will be determined by using the smaller of: The fair market value of the property at the time of the initial contribution, or The fair market value of the property at the time of the additional contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Tangible personal property is defined later under Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property . Irs 1040ez form 2011 A fractional interest in property is an undivided portion of your entire interest in the property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 An undivided one-quarter interest in a painting that entitles an art museum to possession of the painting for 3 months of each year is a fractional interest in the property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Recapture of deduction. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You must recapture your charitable contribution deduction by including it in your income if both of the following statements are true. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You contributed a fractional interest in tangible personal property after August 17, 2006. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You do not contribute the rest of your interests in the property to the original recipient or, if it no longer exists, another qualified organization on or before the earlier of: The date that is 10 years after the date of the initial contribution, or The date of your death. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Recapture is also required if the qualified organization has not taken substantial physical possession of the property and used it in a way related to the organization's purpose during the period beginning on the date of the initial contribution and ending on the earlier of: The date that is 10 years after the date of the initial contribution, or The date of your death. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Additional tax. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you must recapture your deduction, you must also pay interest and an additional tax equal to 10% of the amount recaptured. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Qualified Conservation Contribution A qualified conservation contribution is a contribution of a qualified real property interest to a qualified organization to be used only for conservation purposes. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Qualified organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011   For purposes of a qualified conservation contribution, a qualified organization is: A governmental unit, A publicly supported charity, or An organization controlled by, and operated for the exclusive benefit of, a governmental unit or a publicly supported charity. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The organization also must have a commitment to protect the conservation purposes of the donation and must have the resources to enforce the restrictions. Irs 1040ez form 2011   A publicly supported charity is an organization of the type described in (1) under Types of Qualified Organizations , earlier, that normally receives a substantial part of its support, other than income from its exempt activities, from direct or indirect contributions from the general public or from governmental units. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Qualified real property interest. Irs 1040ez form 2011   This is any of the following interests in real property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your entire interest in real estate other than a mineral interest (subsurface oil, gas, or other minerals, and the right of access to these minerals). Irs 1040ez form 2011 A remainder interest. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A restriction (granted in perpetuity) on the use that may be made of the real property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Conservation purposes. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Your contribution must be made only for one of the following conservation purposes. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Preserving land areas for outdoor recreation by, or for the education of, the general public. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Protecting a relatively natural habitat of fish, wildlife, or plants, or a similar ecosystem. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Preserving open space, including farmland and forest land, if it yields a significant public benefit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The open space must be preserved either for the scenic enjoyment of the general public or under a clearly defined federal, state, or local governmental conservation policy. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Preserving a historically important land area or a certified historic structure. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Building in registered historic district. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If a building in a registered historic district is a certified historic structure, a contribution of a qualified real property interest that is an easement or other restriction on the exterior of the building is deductible only if it meets all of the following conditions. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The restriction must preserve the entire exterior of the building (including its front, sides, rear, and height) and must prohibit any change to the exterior of the building that is inconsistent with its historical character. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You and the organization receiving the contribution must enter into a written agreement certifying, under penalty of perjury, that the organization: Is a qualified organization with a purpose of environmental protection, land conservation, open space preservation, or historic preservation, and Has the resources to manage and enforce the restriction and a commitment to do so. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You must include with your return: A qualified appraisal, Photographs of the building's entire exterior, and A description of all restrictions on development of the building, such as zoning laws and restrictive covenants. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you claimed the rehabilitation credit for the building for any of the 5 years before the year of the contribution, your charitable deduction is reduced. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For more information, see Form 3468, Investment Credit, and Internal Revenue Code section 170(f)(14). Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you claim a deduction of more than $10,000, your deduction will not be allowed unless you pay a $500 filing fee. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Form 8283-V, Payment Voucher for Filing Fee Under Section 170(f)(13), and its instructions. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You may be able to deduct the filing fee as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, on Schedule A (Form 1040). Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529 for more information. Irs 1040ez form 2011 More information. Irs 1040ez form 2011   For information about determining the fair market value of qualified conservation contributions, see Publication 561. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For information about the limits that apply to deductions for this type of contribution, see Limits on Deductions , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For more information about qualified conservation contributions, see Regulations section 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 170A-14. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property You cannot deduct the value of a charitable contribution of a future interest in tangible personal property until all intervening interests in and rights to the actual possession or enjoyment of the property have either expired or been turned over to someone other than yourself, a related person, or a related organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 But see Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property , earlier, and Tangible personal property put to unrelated use , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Related persons include your spouse, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and parents. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Related organizations may include a partnership or corporation in which you have an interest, or an estate or trust with which you have a connection. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Tangible personal property. Irs 1040ez form 2011   This is any property, other than land or buildings, that can be seen or touched. Irs 1040ez form 2011 It includes furniture, books, jewelry, paintings, and cars. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Future interest. Irs 1040ez form 2011   This is any interest that is to begin at some future time, regardless of whether it is designated as a future interest under state law. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You own an antique car that you contribute to a museum. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You give up ownership, but retain the right to keep the car in your garage with your personal collection. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Because you keep an interest in the property, you cannot deduct the contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you turn the car over to the museum in a later year, giving up all rights to its use, possession, and enjoyment, you can take a deduction for the contribution in that later year. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Inventory If you contribute inventory (property you sell in the course of your business), the amount you can deduct is the smaller of its fair market value on the day you contributed it or its basis. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The basis of contributed inventory is any cost incurred for the inventory in an earlier year that you would otherwise include in your opening inventory for the year of the contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You must remove the amount of your charitable contribution deduction from your opening inventory. Irs 1040ez form 2011 It is not part of the cost of goods sold. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If the cost of donated inventory is not included in your opening inventory, the inventory's basis is zero and you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Treat the inventory's cost as you would ordinarily treat it under your method of accounting. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For example, include the purchase price of inventory bought and donated in the same year in the cost of goods sold for that year. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A special rule applies to certain donations of food inventory. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Food Inventory, later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Patents and Other Intellectual Property If you donate intellectual property to a qualified organization, your deduction is limited to the basis of the property or the fair market value of the property, whichever is smaller. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Intellectual property means any of the following: Patents. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Copyrights (other than a copyright described in Internal Revenue Code sections 1221(a)(3) or 1231(b)(1)(C)). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Trademarks. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Trade names. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Trade secrets. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Know-how. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Software (other than software described in Internal Revenue Code section 197(e)(3)(A)(i)). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Other similar property or applications or registrations of such property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Additional deduction based on income. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You may be able to claim additional charitable contribution deductions in the year of the contribution and years following, based on the income, if any, from the donated property. Irs 1040ez form 2011   The following table shows the percentage of income from the property that you can deduct for each of your tax years ending on or after the date of the contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 In the table, “tax year 1,” for example, means your first tax year ending on or after the date of the contribution. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, you can take the additional deduction only to the extent the total of the amounts figured using this table is more than the amount of the deduction claimed for the original donation of the property. Irs 1040ez form 2011   After the legal life of the intellectual property ends, or after the 10th anniversary of the donation, whichever is earlier, no additional deduction is allowed. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The additional deductions cannot be taken for intellectual property donated to certain private foundations. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Tax year Deductible percentage 1 100% 2 100% 3 90% 4 80% 5 70% 6 60% 7 50% 8 40% 9 30% 10 20% 11 10% 12 10% Reporting requirements. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You must inform the organization at the time of the donation that you intend to treat the donation as a contribution subject to the provisions just discussed. Irs 1040ez form 2011   The organization is required to file an information return showing the income from the property, with a copy to you. Irs 1040ez form 2011 This is done on Form 8899, Notice of Income From Donated Intellectual Property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determining Fair Market Value This section discusses general guidelines for determining the fair market value of various types of donated property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Publication 561 contains a more complete discussion. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Fair market value is the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Used clothing. Irs 1040ez form 2011   The fair market value of used clothing and other personal items is usually far less than the price you paid for them. Irs 1040ez form 2011 There are no fixed formulas or methods for finding the value of items of clothing. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You should claim as the value the price that buyers of used items actually pay in used clothing stores, such as consignment or thrift shops. Irs 1040ez form 2011      Also see Clothing and Household Items , earlier. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011    Kristin donated a coat to a thrift store operated by her church. Irs 1040ez form 2011 She paid $300 for the coat 3 years ago. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Similar coats in the thrift store sell for $50. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The fair market value of the coat is $50. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Kristin's donation is limited to $50. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Household items. Irs 1040ez form 2011   The fair market value of used household items, such as furniture, appliances, and linens, is usually much lower than the price paid when new. Irs 1040ez form 2011 These items may have little or no market value because they are in a worn condition, out of style, or no longer useful. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For these reasons, formulas (such as using a percentage of the cost to buy a new replacement item) are not acceptable in determining value. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You should support your valuation with photographs, canceled checks, receipts from your purchase of the items, or other evidence. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Magazine or newspaper articles and photographs that describe the items and statements by the recipients of the items are also useful. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Do not include any of this evidence with your tax return. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If the property is valuable because it is old or unique, see the discussion under Paintings, Antiques, and Other Objects of Art in Publication 561. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Also see Clothing and Household Items , earlier. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Cars, boats, and airplanes. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you contribute a car, boat, or airplane to a charitable organization, you must determine its fair market value. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Boats. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Except for small, inexpensive boats, the valuation of boats should be based on an appraisal by a marine surveyor or appraiser because the physical condition is critical to the value. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Cars. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Certain commercial firms and trade organizations publish used car pricing guides, commonly called “blue books,” containing complete dealer sale prices or dealer average prices for recent model years. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The guides may be published monthly or seasonally, and for different regions of the country. Irs 1040ez form 2011 These guides also provide estimates for adjusting for unusual equipment, unusual mileage, and physical condition. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The prices are not “official” and these publications are not considered an appraisal of any specific donated property. Irs 1040ez form 2011 But they do provide clues for making an appraisal and suggest relative prices for comparison with current sales and offerings in your area. Irs 1040ez form 2011   These publications are sometimes available from public libraries, or from the loan officer at a bank, credit union, or finance company. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can also find used car pricing information on the Internet. Irs 1040ez form 2011   To find the fair market value of a donated car, use the price listed in a used car guide for a private party sale, not the dealer retail value. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, the fair market value may be less if the car has engine trouble, body damage, high mileage, or any type of excessive wear. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The fair market value of a donated car is the same as the price listed in a used car guide for a private party sale only if the guide lists a sales price for a car that is the same make, model, and year, sold in the same area, in the same condition, with the same or similar options or accessories, and with the same or similar warranties as the donated car. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You donate a used car in poor condition to a local high school for use by students studying car repair. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A used car guide shows the dealer retail value for this type of car in poor condition is $1,600. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, the guide shows the price for a private party sale of the car is only $750. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The fair market value of the car is considered to be $750. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Large quantities. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you contribute a large number of the same item, fair market value is the price at which comparable numbers of the item are being sold. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You purchase 500 bibles for $1,000. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The person who sells them to you says the retail value of these bibles is $3,000. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you contribute the bibles to a qualified organization, you can claim a deduction only for the price at which similar numbers of the same bible are currently being sold. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your charitable contribution is $1,000, unless you can show that similar numbers of that bible wer
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The Irs 1040ez Form 2011

Irs 1040ez form 2011 Publication 524 - Main Content Table of Contents Are You Eligible for the Credit?Qualified Individual Income Limits Credit Figured for You Figuring the Credit YourselfStep 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine Initial Amount Step 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Total Certain Nontaxable Pensions and Benefits Step 3. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine Excess Adjusted Gross Income Step 4. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine the Total of Steps 2 and 3 Step 5. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine Your Credit Examples How To Get Tax Help Are You Eligible for the Credit? You can take the credit for the elderly or the disabled if you meet both of the following requirements. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You are a qualified individual. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your income is not more than certain limits. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can use Figure A and Table 1 as guides to see if you are eligible for the credit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Use Figure A first to see if you are a qualified individual. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you are, go to Table 1 to make sure your income is not too high to take the credit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can take the credit only if you file Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You cannot take the credit if you file Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Qualified Individual You are a qualified individual for this credit if you are a U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 citizen or resident alien, and either of the following applies. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You were age 65 or older at the end of 2013. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You were under age 65 at the end of 2013 and all three of the following statements are true. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You retired on permanent and total disability (explained later). Irs 1040ez form 2011 You received taxable disability income for 2013. Irs 1040ez form 2011 On January 1, 2013, you had not reached mandatory retirement age (defined later under Disability income ). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Age 65. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You are considered to be age 65 on the day before your 65th birthday. Irs 1040ez form 2011 As a result, if you were born on January 1, 1949, you are considered to be age 65 at the end of 2013. Irs 1040ez form 2011 U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Citizen or Resident Alien You must be a U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 citizen or resident alien (or be treated as a resident alien) to take the credit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Generally, you cannot take the credit if you were a nonresident alien at any time during the tax year. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Exceptions. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You may be able to take the credit if you are a nonresident alien who is married to a U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 citizen or resident alien at the end of the tax year and you and your spouse choose to treat you as a U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 resident alien. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you make that choice, both you and your spouse are taxed on your worldwide incomes. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you were a nonresident alien at the beginning of the year and a resident alien at the end of the year, and you were married to a U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 citizen or resident alien at the end of the year, you may be able to choose to be treated as a U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 resident alien for the entire year. Irs 1040ez form 2011 In that case, you may be allowed to take the credit. Irs 1040ez form 2011   For information on these choices, see chapter 1 of Publication 519, U. Irs 1040ez form 2011 S. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Tax Guide for Aliens. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Married Persons Generally, if you are married at the end of the tax year, you and your spouse must file a joint return to take the credit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, if you and your spouse did not live in the same household at any time during the tax year, you can file either a joint return or separate returns and still take the credit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Head of household. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You can file as head of household and qualify to take the credit, even if your spouse lived with you during the first 6 months of the year, if you meet all the following tests. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You file a separate return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You paid more than half the cost of keeping up your home during the tax year. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your spouse did not live in your home at any time during the last 6 months of the tax year and the absence was not temporary. Irs 1040ez form 2011 (See Temporary absences under Head of Household in Publication 501. Irs 1040ez form 2011 ) Your home was the main home of your child, stepchild, or an eligible foster child for more than half the year. Irs 1040ez form 2011 An eligible foster child is a child placed with you by an authorized placement agency or by judgment, decree, or other order of any court of competent jurisdiction. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can claim an exemption for that child, or you cannot claim the exemption only because the noncustodial parent can claim the child using the rules for children of divorced or separated parents. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For more information, see Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Figure A. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Are You a Qualified Individual? Please click here for the text description of the image. Irs 1040ez form 2011 figure a Under Age 65 If you are under age 65 at the end of 2013, you can qualify for the credit only if you are retired on permanent and total disability (discussed next) and have taxable disability income (discussed later under Disability income ). Irs 1040ez form 2011 You are retired on permanent and total disability if: You were permanently and totally disabled when you retired, and You retired on disability before the close of the tax year. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Even if you do not retire formally, you may be considered retired on disability when you have stopped working because of your disability. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you retired on disability before 1977, and were not permanently and totally disabled at the time, you can qualify for the credit if you were permanently and totally disabled on January 1, 1976, or January 1, 1977. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You are considered to be under age 65 at the end of 2013 if you were born after January 1, 1949. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Permanent and total disability. Irs 1040ez form 2011    You are permanently and totally disabled if you cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity because of your physical or mental condition. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A qualified physician must certify that the condition has lasted or can be expected to last continuously for 12 months or more, or that the condition can be expected to result in death. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Physician's statement , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Substantial gainful activity. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Substantial gainful activity is the performance of significant duties over a reasonable period of time while working for pay or profit, or in work generally done for pay or profit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Full-time work (or part-time work done at your employer's convenience) in a competitive work situation for at least the minimum wage conclusively shows that you are able to engage in substantial gainful activity. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Substantial gainful activity is not work you do to take care of yourself or your home. Irs 1040ez form 2011 It is not unpaid work on hobbies, institutional therapy or training, school attendance, clubs, social programs, and similar activities. Irs 1040ez form 2011 However, doing this kind of work may show that you are able to engage in substantial gainful activity. Irs 1040ez form 2011    The fact that you have not worked for some time is not, of itself, conclusive evidence that you cannot engage in substantial gainful activity. Irs 1040ez form 2011   The following examples illustrate the tests of substantial gainful activity. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Trisha, a sales clerk, retired on disability. Irs 1040ez form 2011 She is 53 years old and now works as a full-time babysitter for the minimum wage. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Even though Trisha is doing different work, she is able to do the duties of her new job in a full-time competitive work situation for the minimum wage. Irs 1040ez form 2011 She cannot take the credit because she is able to engage in substantial gainful activity. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Tom, a bookkeeper, retired on disability. Irs 1040ez form 2011 He is 59 years old and now drives a truck for a charitable organization. Irs 1040ez form 2011 He sets his own hours and is not paid. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Duties of this nature generally are performed for pay or profit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Some weeks he works 10 hours, and some weeks he works 40 hours. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Over the year he averages 20 hours a week. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The kind of work and his average hours a week conclusively show that Tom is able to engage in substantial gainful activity. Irs 1040ez form 2011 This is true even though Tom is not paid and he sets his own hours. Irs 1040ez form 2011 He cannot take the credit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 3. Irs 1040ez form 2011 John, who retired on disability, took a job with a former employer on a trial basis. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The purpose of the job was to see if John could do the work. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The trial period lasted for 6 months during which John was paid the minimum wage. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Because of John's disability, he was assigned only light duties of a nonproductive “make-work” nature. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The activity was gainful because John was paid at least the minimum wage. Irs 1040ez form 2011 But the activity was not substantial because his duties were nonproductive. Irs 1040ez form 2011 These facts do not, by themselves, show that John is able to engage in substantial gainful activity. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 4. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Joan, who retired on disability from a job as a bookkeeper, lives with her sister who manages several motel units. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Joan helps her sister for 1 or 2 hours a day by performing duties such as washing dishes, answering phones, registering guests, and bookkeeping. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Joan can select the time of day when she feels most fit to work. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Work of this nature, performed off and on during the day at Joan's convenience, is not activity of a “substantial and gainful” nature even if she is paid for the work. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The performance of these duties does not, of itself, show that Joan is able to engage in substantial gainful activity. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Sheltered employment. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Certain work offered at qualified locations to physically or mentally impaired persons is considered sheltered employment. Irs 1040ez form 2011 These qualified locations are in sheltered workshops, hospitals and similar institutions, homebound programs, and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sponsored homes. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Compared to commercial employment, pay is lower for sheltered employment. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Therefore, one usually does not look for sheltered employment if he or she can get other employment. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The fact that one has accepted sheltered employment is not proof of the person's ability to engage in substantial gainful activity. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Physician's statement. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you are under age 65, you must have your physician complete a statement certifying that you were permanently and totally disabled on the date you retired. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can use the statement in the Instructions for Schedule R. Irs 1040ez form 2011   You do not have to file this statement with your Form 1040 or Form 1040A, but you must keep it for your records. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Veterans. Irs 1040ez form 2011    If the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) certifies that you are permanently and totally disabled, you can substitute VA Form 21-0172, Certification of Permanent and Total Disability, for the physician's statement you are required to keep. Irs 1040ez form 2011 VA Form 21-0172 must be signed by a person authorized by the VA to do so. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can get this form from your local VA regional office. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Physician's statement obtained in earlier year. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you got a physician's statement in an earlier year and, due to your continued disabled condition, you were unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity during 2013, you may not need to get another physician's statement for 2013. Irs 1040ez form 2011 For a detailed explanation of the conditions you must meet, see the instructions for Schedule R, Part II. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you meet the required conditions, check the box on your Schedule R, Part II, line 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you checked box 4, 5, or 6 in Part I of Schedule R, enter in the space above the box on line 2 in Part II the first name(s) of the spouse(s) for whom the box is checked. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Disability income. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you are under age 65, you must also have taxable disability income to qualify for the credit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Disability income must meet both of the following requirements. Irs 1040ez form 2011 It must be paid under your employer's accident or health plan or pension plan. Irs 1040ez form 2011 It must be included in your income as wages (or payments instead of wages) for the time you are absent from work because of permanent and total disability. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Payments that are not disability income. Irs 1040ez form 2011    Any payment you receive from a plan that does not provide for disability retirement is not disability income. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Any lump-sum payment for accrued annual leave that you receive when you retire on disability is a salary payment and is not disability income. Irs 1040ez form 2011    For purposes of the credit for the elderly or the disabled, disability income does not include amounts you receive after you reach mandatory retirement age. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Mandatory retirement age is the age set by your employer at which you would have had to retire, had you not become disabled. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Income Limits To determine if you can claim the credit, you must consider two income limits. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The first limit is the amount of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Irs 1040ez form 2011 The second limit is the amount of nontaxable social security and other nontaxable pensions, annuities, or disability income you received. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The limits are shown in Table 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If your AGI and your nontaxable pensions, annuities, or disability income are less than the income limits, you may be able to claim the credit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Figuring the Credit Yourself , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Table 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Income Limits IF your filing status is THEN, even if you qualify (see Figure A), you CANNOT take the credit if   Your adjusted gross income (AGI)* is equal to or more than. Irs 1040ez form 2011 . Irs 1040ez form 2011 . Irs 1040ez form 2011     OR the total of your nontaxable social security and other nontaxable pension(s), annuities, or disability income is equal to or more than. Irs 1040ez form 2011 . Irs 1040ez form 2011 . Irs 1040ez form 2011   single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child   $17,500     $5,000   married filing jointly and only one spouse qualifies in Figure A   $20,000     $5,000   married filing jointly and both spouses qualify in Figure A   $25,000     $7,500   married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013   $12,500     $3,750   * AGI is the amount on Form 1040A, line 22, or Form 1040, line 38. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If your AGI or your nontaxable pensions, annuities, or disability income are equal to or more than the income limits, you cannot take the credit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Credit Figured for You You can figure the credit yourself, or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will figure it for you. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Figuring the Credit Yourself , next. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you can take the credit and you want the IRS to figure the credit for you, attach Schedule R to your return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Check the appropriate box in Part I of Schedule R and fill in Part II and lines 11, 13a, and 13b of Part III, if they apply to you. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you file Form 1040A, enter “CFE” in the space to the left of Form 1040A, line 30. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you file Form 1040, check box c on Form 1040, line 53, and enter “CFE” on the line next to that box. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Attach Schedule R to your return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Table 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Initial Amounts IF your filing status is. Irs 1040ez form 2011 . Irs 1040ez form 2011 . Irs 1040ez form 2011   THEN enter on line 10 of Schedule R. Irs 1040ez form 2011 . Irs 1040ez form 2011 . Irs 1040ez form 2011 single,head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child and, by the end of 2013, you were       • 65 or older $5,000   • under 65 and retired on permanent and total disability1 $5,000 married filing a joint return and by the end of 2013       • both of you were 65 or older $7,500   • both of you were under 65 and one of you retired on permanent and total disability1 $5,000   • both of you were under 65 and both of you retired on permanent and total disability2 $7,500   • one of you was 65 or older, and the other was under 65 and retired on permanent  and total disability3 $7,500   • one of you was 65 or older, and the other was under 65 and not retired on permanent  and total disability $5,000 married filing a separate return and you did not live with your spouse at any time during the year and, by the end of 2013, you were       • 65 or older $3,750   • under 65 and retired on permanent and total disability1 $3,750   1 Amount cannot be more than the taxable disability income. Irs 1040ez form 2011     2 Amount cannot be more than your combined taxable disability income. Irs 1040ez form 2011     3 Amount is $5,000 plus the taxable disability income of the spouse under age 65, but not more than $7,500. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Figuring the Credit Yourself If you figure the credit yourself, fill out the front of Schedule R. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Next, fill out Schedule R, Part III. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you file Form 1040A, enter the amount from Schedule R, line 22 on line 30. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you file Form 1040, include the amount from Schedule R, line 22 on line 53, check box c, and enter “Sch R” on the line next to that box. Irs 1040ez form 2011 There are five steps in Part III to determine the amount of your credit. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine your initial amount (lines 10–12). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine the total of any nontaxable social security and certain other nontaxable pensions, annuities, and disability benefits you received (lines 13a, 13b, and 13c). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine your excess adjusted gross income (lines 14–17). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine the total of steps 2 and 3 (line 18). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine your credit (lines 19–22). Irs 1040ez form 2011 These steps are discussed in more detail next. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Step 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine Initial Amount To figure the credit, you must first determine your initial amount using lines 10 through 12. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Table 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your initial amount is on line 12. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Initial amounts for persons under age 65. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you are a qualified individual under age 65, your initial amount cannot be more than your taxable disability income. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Special rules for joint returns. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you are a qualified individual under age 65, and your spouse is also a qualified individual, your initial amount is your taxable disability income plus $5,000. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you are a qualified individual, and both you and your spouse are under age 65, your initial amount cannot be more than your combined taxable disability income. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Step 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Total Certain Nontaxable Pensions and Benefits Step 2 is to figure the total amount of nontaxable social security and certain other nontaxable payments you received during the year. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You must reduce your initial amount by these payments. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Enter these nontaxable payments on lines 13a or 13b and total them on line 13c. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you are married filing jointly, you must enter the combined amount of nontaxable payments both you and your spouse received. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Worksheets are provided in the instructions for Forms 1040 and 1040A to help you determine if any of your social security benefits (or equivalent railroad retirement benefits) are taxable. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Include the following nontaxable payments in the amounts you enter on lines 13a and 13b. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Nontaxable social security payments. Irs 1040ez form 2011 This is the nontaxable part of the benefits shown in box 5 of Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, before deducting any amounts withheld to pay premiums on supplementary Medicare insurance, and before any reduction because of benefits received under workers' compensation. Irs 1040ez form 2011 (Do not include a lump-sum death benefit payment you may receive as a surviving spouse, or a surviving child's insurance benefit payments you may receive as a guardian. Irs 1040ez form 2011 ) Nontaxable railroad retirement pension payments treated as social security. Irs 1040ez form 2011 This is the nontaxable part of the benefits shown in box 5 of Form RRB-1099, Payments by the Railroad Retirement Board. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Nontaxable pension or annuity payments or disability benefits that are paid under a law administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Irs 1040ez form 2011 (Do not include amounts received as a pension, annuity, or similar allowance for personal injuries or sickness resulting from active service in the armed forces of any country or in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Public Health Service, or as a disability annuity under section 808 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. Irs 1040ez form 2011 ) Pension or annuity payments or disability benefits that are excluded from income under any provision of federal law other than the Internal Revenue Code. Irs 1040ez form 2011 (Do not include amounts that are a return of your cost of a pension or annuity. Irs 1040ez form 2011 These amounts do not reduce your initial amount. Irs 1040ez form 2011 ) You should be sure to take into account all of the nontaxable amounts you receive. Irs 1040ez form 2011 These amounts are verified by the IRS through information supplied by other government agencies. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Step 3. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine Excess Adjusted Gross Income You also must reduce your initial amount by your excess adjusted gross income. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Figure your excess adjusted gross income on lines 14–17. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You figure your excess adjusted gross income as follows. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Subtract from your adjusted gross income (Form 1040A, line 22 or Form 1040, line 38) the amount shown for your filing status. Irs 1040ez form 2011 $7,500 if you are single, a head of household, or a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child, $10,000 if you are married filing jointly, or $5,000 if you are married filing separately and you and your spouse did not live in the same household at any time during the tax year. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Divide the result of (1) by 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Step 4. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine the Total of Steps 2 and 3 To determine if you can take the credit, you must add (on line 18) the amounts you figured in Step 2 (line 13c) and Step 3 (line 17). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Step 5. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine Your Credit Subtract the amount determined in Step 4 (line 18) from the amount determined in Step 1 (line 12), and multiply the result by 15% (. Irs 1040ez form 2011 15). Irs 1040ez form 2011 In certain cases, the amount of your credit may be limited. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See Limit on credit , later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You are 66 years old and your spouse is 64. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your spouse is not disabled. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You file a joint return on Form 1040. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Your adjusted gross income is $14,630. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Together you received $3,200 from social security, which was nontaxable. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You figure the credit as follows: Example applying the 5 step process Amount (Line references (shown in parentheses) are to the Schedule R)      1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Initial amount (line 12) $5,000 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Total nontaxable social security  and other nontaxable  pensions (line 13c) $3,200   3. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Excess adjusted gross income  ($14,630–$10,000) ÷ 2 (line 17) 2,315   4. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Add (2) and (3) (line 18) 5,515 5. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Subtract (4) from (1) (line 12 – line 18 = line 19) (Do not enter less than -0-) $ -0- You cannot take the credit because your nontaxable social security plus your excess adjusted gross income is more than your initial amount. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Limit on credit. Irs 1040ez form 2011   The amount of credit you can claim is generally limited to the amount of your tax. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Use the Credit Limit Worksheet in the Instructions for Schedule R to determine if your credit is limited. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Examples The following examples illustrate the credit for the elderly or the disabled. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The initial amounts are taken from Table 2, earlier. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 James Davis is 58 years old, single, and files Form 1040A. Irs 1040ez form 2011 In 2011 he retired on permanent and total disability, and he is still permanently and totally disabled. Irs 1040ez form 2011 He got the required physician's statement in 2011 and kept it with his tax records. Irs 1040ez form 2011 His physician signed on line B of the statement. Irs 1040ez form 2011 This year James checks the box in Schedule R, Part II. Irs 1040ez form 2011 He does not need to get another statement for 2013. Irs 1040ez form 2011 He received the following income for the year: Nontaxable social security $1,500 Interest (taxable) 100 Taxable disability pension 11,400       James' adjusted gross income is $11,500 ($11,400 + $100). Irs 1040ez form 2011 He figures the credit on Schedule R as follows: 1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Initial amount   $5,000 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Taxable disability pension   11,400 3. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Smaller of line 1 or line 2   5,000 4. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Nontaxable social security  benefits $1,500     5. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Excess adjusted gross income  ($11,500 − $7,500) ÷ 2 2,000     6. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Add lines 4 and 5   3,500 7. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Subtract line 6 from line 3  (Do not enter less than (-0-))   1,500 8. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Multiply line 7 by 15% (. Irs 1040ez form 2011 15)   225 9. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Enter the amount from the  Credit Limit Worksheet in the  Instructions for Schedule R, line 21   151 10. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Credit (Enter the smaller of  line 8 or line 9)   $ 151 He enters $151 on line 30 of Form 1040A. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The Schedule R for James Davis is not shown. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Example 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 William White is 53. Irs 1040ez form 2011 His wife Helen is 49. Irs 1040ez form 2011 William had a stroke 3 years ago and retired on permanent and total disability. Irs 1040ez form 2011 He is still permanently and totally disabled because of the stroke. Irs 1040ez form 2011 In November, Helen was injured in an accident at work and retired on permanent and total disability. Irs 1040ez form 2011 William received nontaxable social security disability benefits of $2,000 during the year and a taxable disability pension of $6,200. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Helen earned $12,500 from her job and received a taxable disability pension of $1,700. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Their joint return on Form 1040 shows adjusted gross income of $20,400 ($6,200 + $12,500 + $1,700). Irs 1040ez form 2011 They do not itemize deductions. Irs 1040ez form 2011 They do not have any amounts that would increase their standard deduction. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Helen's doctor completed the physician's statement in the Instructions for Schedule R. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Helen is not required to include the statement with their return, but she must keep it for her records. Irs 1040ez form 2011 William got a physician's statement for the year he had the stroke. Irs 1040ez form 2011 His doctor had signed on line B of that physician's statement to certify that William was permanently and totally disabled. Irs 1040ez form 2011 William has kept the physician's statement with his records. Irs 1040ez form 2011 He checks the box on Schedule R, Part II and writes his first name in the space above the box on line 2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 William and Helen use Schedule R to figure their $41 credit for the elderly or the disabled. Irs 1040ez form 2011 They attach Schedule R to their Form 1040 and enter $41 on line 53. Irs 1040ez form 2011 They check box c on line 53 and enter “Sch R” on the line next to that box. Irs 1040ez form 2011 See their filled-in Schedule R and Helen's filled-in physician's statement, later. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Instructions for Physician's Statement     Taxpayer Physician If you retired after 1976, enter the date you retired in the space provided on the statement below. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A person is permanently and totally disabled if both of the following apply:   1. Irs 1040ez form 2011 He or she cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a physical or mental condition. Irs 1040ez form 2011   2. Irs 1040ez form 2011 A physician determines that the disability has lasted or can be expected to last continuously for at least a year or can lead to death. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Physician's Statement     I certify that Helen A. Irs 1040ez form 2011 White Name of disabled person was permanently and totally disabled on January 1, 1976, or January 1, 1977, or was permanently and totally disabled on the date he or she retired. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If retired after 1976, enter the date retired ▶ November 1, 2013   Physician: Sign your name on either A or B below. Irs 1040ez form 2011 AThe disability has lasted or can be expected to last continuously for at least a year     Physician's signatureDate BThere is no reasonable probability that the disabled condition will ever improve Ayden D. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Doctor 2/8/14   Physician's signatureDate Physician's name Physician's address Ayden D. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Doctor 1900 Green St. Irs 1040ez form 2011 , Hometown, MD 20000         This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Please click the link to view the image. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Page 1 of Schedule R for the Whites This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Please click the link to view the image. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Page 2 of Schedule R for the Whites How To Get Tax Help Go online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an office near you. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or picking up a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Free help with your tax return. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. Irs 1040ez form 2011 To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov or call 1-800-906-9887. Irs 1040ez form 2011   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Irs 1040ez form 2011 To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Irs 1040ez form 2011 aarp. Irs 1040ez form 2011 org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Irs 1040ez form 2011   For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Internet. Irs 1040ez form 2011 IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are — every day, every night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Irs 1040ez form 2011 Go to IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Check the status of your 2013 refund with Where's My Refund? Go to IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov or the IRS2Go app, and click on Where's My Refund? You'll get a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you e-file, your refund status is usually available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Check the status of your amended return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Go to IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov and enter Where's My Amended Return in the search box. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Download forms, instructions, and publications, including some accessible versions. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Order free transcripts of your tax returns or tax account using the Order a Transcript tool on IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov or IRS2Go. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and past three years. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov or IRS2Go. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Stop by most business days for face-to-face tax help, no appointment necessary — just walk in. Irs 1040ez form 2011 An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Before you visit, check the Office Locator for the address, phone number, hours of operation and the services provided. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you have an ongoing tax account problem or a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Locate the nearest volunteer help site with the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and some provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program as part of the TCE program. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Visit AARP's website to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Research your tax questions. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Sign up to receive local and national tax news by email. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Phone. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Download the free IRS2Go mobile app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Use it to watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, check your refund status, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Call to check the status of your 2013 refund, 1-800-829-1954 or 1-800-829-4477. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The automated Where's My Refund? information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you e-file, your refund status is usually available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Before you call, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Where's My Refund? can give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Call to order forms, instructions and publications, 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions and publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Irs 1040ez form 2011 You should receive your order within 10 business days. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Call to order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, 1-800-908-9946. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Follow the prompts to provide your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP code. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Call for TeleTax topics, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Call to ask tax questions, 1-800-829-1040. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Irs 1040ez form 2011 The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Irs 1040ez form 2011 These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service available at www. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gsa. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov/fedrelay. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Walk-in. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person, face-to-face. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Products. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Services. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can walk in to your local TAC most business days for personal, face-to-face tax help. Irs 1040ez form 2011 An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local TAC where you can talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. Irs 1040ez form 2011 No appointment is necessary—just walk in. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Before visiting, check www. Irs 1040ez form 2011 irs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov/localcontacts for hours of operation and services provided. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Mail. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Irs 1040ez form 2011  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Irs 1040ez form 2011   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Irs 1040ez form 2011 What can TAS do for you?   We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Irs 1040ez form 2011 We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Irs 1040ez form 2011 You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Irs 1040ez form 2011   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Irs 1040ez form 2011 How can you reach us?   If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at www. Irs 1040ez form 2011 irs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov/advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Irs 1040ez form 2011 How else does TAS help taxpayers?   TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Irs 1040ez form 2011 If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System at www. Irs 1040ez form 2011 irs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov/sams. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. Irs 1040ez form 2011   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Irs 1040ez form 2011 Visit www. Irs 1040ez form 2011 TaxpayerAdvocate. Irs 1040ez form 2011 irs. Irs 1040ez form 2011 gov or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. 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