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Irs free file tax return 5. Irs free file tax return   Wages, Salaries, and Other Earnings Table of Contents Reminder Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Employee CompensationBabysitting. Irs free file tax return Miscellaneous Compensation Fringe Benefits Retirement Plan Contributions Stock Options Restricted Property Special Rules for Certain EmployeesClergy Members of Religious Orders Foreign Employer Military Volunteers Sickness and Injury BenefitsDisability Pensions Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts Workers' Compensation Other Sickness and Injury Benefits Reminder Foreign income. Irs free file tax return   If you are a U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return citizen or resident alien, you must report income from sources outside the United States (foreign income) on your tax return unless it is exempt by U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return law. Irs free file tax return This is true whether you reside inside or outside the United States and whether or not you receive a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, or Form 1099 from the foreign payer. Irs free file tax return This applies to earned income (such as wages and tips) as well as unearned income (such as interest, dividends, capital gains, pensions, rents, and royalties). Irs free file tax return If you reside outside the United States, you may be able to exclude part or all of your foreign source earned income. Irs free file tax return For details, see Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. Irs free file tax return Introduction This chapter discusses compensation received for services as an employee, such as wages, salaries, and fringe benefits. Irs free file tax return The following topics are included. Irs free file tax return Bonuses and awards. Irs free file tax return Special rules for certain employees. Irs free file tax return Sickness and injury benefits. Irs free file tax return The chapter explains what income is included in the employee's gross income and what is not included. Irs free file tax return Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income Employee Compensation This section discusses various types of employee compensation including fringe benefits, retirement plan contributions, stock options, and restricted property. Irs free file tax return Form W-2. Irs free file tax return    If you are an employee, you should receive Form W-2 from your employer showing the pay you received for your services. Irs free file tax return Include your pay on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A, or on line 1 of Form 1040EZ, even if you do not receive a Form W-2. Irs free file tax return   If you performed services, other than as an independent contractor, and your employer did not withhold social security and Medicare taxes from your pay, you must file Form 8919, Uncollected Social Security and Medicare Tax on Wages, with your Form 1040. Irs free file tax return These wages must be included on line 7 of Form 1040. Irs free file tax return See Form 8919 for more information. Irs free file tax return Childcare providers. Irs free file tax return    If you provide childcare, either in the child's home or in your home or other place of business, the pay you receive must be included in your income. Irs free file tax return If you are not an employee, you are probably self-employed and must include payments for your services on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business. Irs free file tax return You generally are not an employee unless you are subject to the will and control of the person who employs you as to what you are to do and how you are to do it. Irs free file tax return Babysitting. Irs free file tax return   If you babysit for relatives or neighborhood children, whether on a regular basis or only periodically, the rules for childcare providers apply to you. Irs free file tax return Miscellaneous Compensation This section discusses different types of employee compensation. Irs free file tax return Advance commissions and other earnings. Irs free file tax return   If you receive advance commissions or other amounts for services to be performed in the future and you are a cash-method taxpayer, you must include these amounts in your income in the year you receive them. Irs free file tax return    If you repay unearned commissions or other amounts in the same year you receive them, reduce the amount included in your income by the repayment. Irs free file tax return If you repay them in a later tax year, you can deduct the repayment as an itemized deduction on your Schedule A (Form 1040), or you may be able to take a credit for that year. Irs free file tax return See Repayments in chapter 12. Irs free file tax return Allowances and reimbursements. Irs free file tax return    If you receive travel, transportation, or other business expense allowances or reimbursements from your employer, see Publication 463. Irs free file tax return If you are reimbursed for moving expenses, see Publication 521, Moving Expenses. Irs free file tax return Back pay awards. Irs free file tax return    Include in income amounts you are awarded in a settlement or judgment for back pay. Irs free file tax return These include payments made to you for damages, unpaid life insurance premiums, and unpaid health insurance premiums. Irs free file tax return They should be reported to you by your employer on Form W-2. Irs free file tax return Bonuses and awards. Irs free file tax return   Bonuses or awards you receive for outstanding work are included in your income and should be shown on your Form W-2. Irs free file tax return These include prizes such as vacation trips for meeting sales goals. Irs free file tax return If the prize or award you receive is goods or services, you must include the fair market value of the goods or services in your income. Irs free file tax return However, if your employer merely promises to pay you a bonus or award at some future time, it is not taxable until you receive it or it is made available to you. Irs free file tax return Employee achievement award. Irs free file tax return   If you receive tangible personal property (other than cash, a gift certificate, or an equivalent item) as an award for length of service or safety achievement, you generally can exclude its value from your income. Irs free file tax return However, the amount you can exclude is limited to your employer's cost and cannot be more than $1,600 ($400 for awards that are not qualified plan awards) for all such awards you receive during the year. Irs free file tax return Your employer can tell you whether your award is a qualified plan award. Irs free file tax return Your employer must make the award as part of a meaningful presentation, under conditions and circumstances that do not create a significant likelihood of it being disguised pay. Irs free file tax return   However, the exclusion does not apply to the following awards: A length-of-service award if you received it for less than 5 years of service or if you received another length-of-service award during the year or the previous 4 years. Irs free file tax return A safety achievement award if you are a manager, administrator, clerical employee, or other professional employee or if more than 10% of eligible employees previously received safety achievement awards during the year. Irs free file tax return Example. Irs free file tax return Ben Green received three employee achievement awards during the year: a nonqualified plan award of a watch valued at $250, and two qualified plan awards of a stereo valued at $1,000 and a set of golf clubs valued at $500. Irs free file tax return Assuming that the requirements for qualified plan awards are otherwise satisfied, each award by itself would be excluded from income. Irs free file tax return However, because the $1,750 total value of the awards is more than $1,600, Ben must include $150 ($1,750 – $1,600) in his income. Irs free file tax return Differential wage payments. Irs free file tax return   This is any payment made to you by an employer for any period during which you are, for a period of more than 30 days, an active duty member of the uniformed services and represents all or a portion of the wages you would have received from the employer during that period. Irs free file tax return These payments are treated as wages and are subject to income tax withholding, but not FICA or FUTA taxes. Irs free file tax return The payments are reported as wages on Form W-2. Irs free file tax return Government cost-of-living allowances. Irs free file tax return   Most payments received by U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Government civilian employees for working abroad are taxable. Irs free file tax return However, certain cost-of-living allowances are tax free. Irs free file tax return Publication 516, U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Government Civilian Employees Stationed Abroad, explains the tax treatment of allowances, differentials, and other special pay you receive for employment abroad. Irs free file tax return Nonqualified deferred compensation plans. Irs free file tax return   Your employer will report to you the total amount of deferrals for the year under a nonqualified deferred compensation plan. Irs free file tax return This amount is shown on Form W-2, box 12, using code Y. Irs free file tax return This amount is not included in your income. Irs free file tax return   However, if at any time during the tax year, the plan fails to meet certain requirements, or is not operated under those requirements, all amounts deferred under the plan for the tax year and all preceding tax years are included in your income for the current year. Irs free file tax return This amount is included in your wages shown on Form W-2, box 1. Irs free file tax return It is also shown on Form W-2, box 12, using code Z. Irs free file tax return Note received for services. Irs free file tax return    If your employer gives you a secured note as payment for your services, you must include the fair market value (usually the discount value) of the note in your income for the year you receive it. Irs free file tax return When you later receive payments on the note, a proportionate part of each payment is the recovery of the fair market value that you previously included in your income. Irs free file tax return Do not include that part again in your income. Irs free file tax return Include the rest of the payment in your income in the year of payment. Irs free file tax return   If your employer gives you a nonnegotiable unsecured note as payment for your services, payments on the note that are credited toward the principal amount of the note are compensation income when you receive them. Irs free file tax return Severance pay. Irs free file tax return   You must include in income amounts you receive as severance pay and any payment for the cancellation of your employment contract. Irs free file tax return Accrued leave payment. Irs free file tax return    If you are a federal employee and receive a lump-sum payment for accrued annual leave when you retire or resign, this amount will be included as wages on your Form W-2. Irs free file tax return   If you resign from one agency and are reemployed by another agency, you may have to repay part of your lump-sum annual leave payment to the second agency. Irs free file tax return You can reduce gross wages by the amount you repaid in the same tax year in which you received it. Irs free file tax return Attach to your tax return a copy of the receipt or statement given to you by the agency you repaid to explain the difference between the wages on the return and the wages on your Forms W-2. Irs free file tax return Outplacement services. Irs free file tax return   If you choose to accept a reduced amount of severance pay so that you can receive outplacement services (such as training in résumé writing and interview techniques), you must include the unreduced amount of the severance pay in income. Irs free file tax return    However, you can deduct the value of these outplacement services (up to the difference between the severance pay included in income and the amount actually received) as a miscellaneous deduction (subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income (AGI) limit) on Schedule A (Form 1040). Irs free file tax return Sick pay. Irs free file tax return   Pay you receive from your employer while you are sick or injured is part of your salary or wages. Irs free file tax return In addition, you must include in your income sick pay benefits received from any of the following payers: A welfare fund. Irs free file tax return A state sickness or disability fund. Irs free file tax return An association of employers or employees. Irs free file tax return An insurance company, if your employer paid for the plan. Irs free file tax return However, if you paid the premiums on an accident or health insurance policy, the benefits you receive under the policy are not taxable. Irs free file tax return For more information, see Publication 525. Irs free file tax return Social security and Medicare taxes paid by employer. Irs free file tax return   If you and your employer have an agreement that your employer pays your social security and Medicare taxes without deducting them from your gross wages, you must report the amount of tax paid for you as taxable wages on your tax return. Irs free file tax return The payment also is treated as wages for figuring your social security and Medicare taxes and your social security and Medicare benefits. Irs free file tax return However, these payments are not treated as social security and Medicare wages if you are a household worker or a farm worker. Irs free file tax return Stock appreciation rights. Irs free file tax return   Do not include a stock appreciation right granted by your employer in income until you exercise (use) the right. Irs free file tax return When you use the right, you are entitled to a cash payment equal to the fair market value of the corporation's stock on the date of use minus the fair market value on the date the right was granted. Irs free file tax return You include the cash payment in your income in the year you use the right. Irs free file tax return Fringe Benefits Fringe benefits received in connection with the performance of your services are included in your income as compensation unless you pay fair market value for them or they are specifically excluded by law. Irs free file tax return Abstaining from the performance of services (for example, under a covenant not to compete) is treated as the performance of services for purposes of these rules. Irs free file tax return Accounting period. Irs free file tax return   You must use the same accounting period your employer uses to report your taxable noncash fringe benefits. Irs free file tax return Your employer has the option to report taxable noncash fringe benefits by using either of the following rules. Irs free file tax return The general rule: benefits are reported for a full calendar year (January 1–December 31). Irs free file tax return The special accounting period rule: benefits provided during the last 2 months of the calendar year (or any shorter period) are treated as paid during the following calendar year. Irs free file tax return For example, each year your employer reports the value of benefits provided during the last 2 months of the prior year and the first 10 months of the current year. Irs free file tax return  Your employer does not have to use the same accounting period for each fringe benefit, but must use the same period for all employees who receive a particular benefit. Irs free file tax return   You must use the same accounting period that you use to report the benefit to claim an employee business deduction (for use of a car, for example). Irs free file tax return Form W-2. Irs free file tax return   Your employer must include all taxable fringe benefits in box 1 of Form W-2 as wages, tips, and other compensation and, if applicable, in boxes 3 and 5 as social security and Medicare wages. Irs free file tax return Although not required, your employer may include the total value of fringe benefits in box 14 (or on a separate statement). Irs free file tax return However, if your employer provided you with a vehicle and included 100% of its annual lease value in your income, the employer must separately report this value to you in box 14 (or on a separate statement). Irs free file tax return Accident or Health Plan In most cases, the value of accident or health plan coverage provided to you by your employer is not included in your income. Irs free file tax return Benefits you receive from the plan may be taxable, as explained later under Sickness and Injury Benefits . Irs free file tax return For information on the items covered in this section, other than Long-term care coverage, see Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans. Irs free file tax return Long-term care coverage. Irs free file tax return    Contributions by your employer to provide coverage for long-term care services generally are not included in your income. Irs free file tax return However, contributions made through a flexible spending or similar arrangement (such as a cafeteria plan) must be included in your income. Irs free file tax return This amount will be reported as wages in box 1 of your Form W-2. Irs free file tax return   Contributions you make to the plan are discussed in Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses. Irs free file tax return Archer MSA contributions. Irs free file tax return    Contributions by your employer to your Archer MSA generally are not included in your income. Irs free file tax return Their total will be reported in box 12 of Form W-2 with code R. Irs free file tax return You must report this amount on Form 8853, Archer MSAs and Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts. Irs free file tax return File the form with your return. Irs free file tax return Health flexible spending arrangement (health FSA). Irs free file tax return   If your employer provides a health FSA that qualifies as an accident or health plan, the amount of your salary reduction, and reimbursements of your medical care expenses, in most cases, are not included in your income. Irs free file tax return Note. Irs free file tax return Health FSAs are subject to a $2,500 limit on salary reduction contributions for plan years beginning after 2012. Irs free file tax return The $2,500 limit is subject to an inflation adjustment for plan years beginning after 2013. Irs free file tax return For more information, see Notice 2012-40, 2012-26 I. Irs free file tax return R. Irs free file tax return B. Irs free file tax return 1046, available at www. Irs free file tax return irs. Irs free file tax return gov/irb/2012-26 IRB/ar09. Irs free file tax return html. Irs free file tax return Health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Irs free file tax return   If your employer provides an HRA that qualifies as an accident or health plan, coverage and reimbursements of your medical care expenses generally are not included in your income. Irs free file tax return Health savings accounts (HSA). Irs free file tax return   If you are an eligible individual, you and any other person, including your employer or a family member, can make contributions to your HSA. Irs free file tax return Contributions, other than employer contributions, are deductible on your return whether or not you itemize deductions. Irs free file tax return Contributions made by your employer are not included in your income. Irs free file tax return Distributions from your HSA that are used to pay qualified medical expenses are not included in your income. Irs free file tax return Distributions not used for qualified medical expenses are included in your income. Irs free file tax return See Publication 969 for the requirements of an HSA. 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Irs free file tax return   You can make a one-time distribution from your individual retirement account (IRA) to an HSA and you generally will not include any of the distribution in your income. Irs free file tax return See Publication 590 for the requirements for these qualified HSA funding distributions. Irs free file tax return Failure to maintain eligibility. Irs free file tax return   If your HSA received qualified HSA distributions from a health FSA or HRA (discussed earlier) or a qualified HSA funding distribution, you must be an eligible individual for HSA purposes for the period beginning with the month in which the qualified distribution was made and ending on the last day of the 12th month following that month. Irs free file tax return If you fail to be an eligible individual during this period, other than because of death or disability, you must include the distribution in your income for the tax year in which you become ineligible. Irs free file tax return This income is also subject to an additional 10% tax. Irs free file tax return Adoption Assistance You may be able to exclude from your income amounts paid or expenses incurred by your employer for qualified adoption expenses in connection with your adoption of an eligible child. Irs free file tax return See the Instructions for Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, for more information. Irs free file tax return Adoption benefits are reported by your employer in box 12 of Form W-2 with code T. Irs free file tax return They also are included as social security and Medicare wages in boxes 3 and 5. Irs free file tax return However, they are not included as wages in box 1. Irs free file tax return To determine the taxable and nontaxable amounts, you must complete Part III of Form 8839. Irs free file tax return File the form with your return. Irs free file tax return De Minimis (Minimal) Benefits If your employer provides you with a product or service and the cost of it is so small that it would be unreasonable for the employer to account for it, the value is not included in your income. Irs free file tax return In most cases, the value of benefits such as discounts at company cafeterias, cab fares home when working overtime, and company picnics are not included in your income. Irs free file tax return Holiday gifts. Irs free file tax return   If your employer gives you a turkey, ham, or other item of nominal value at Christmas or other holidays, do not include the value of the gift in your income. Irs free file tax return However, if your employer gives you cash, a gift certificate, or a similar item that you can easily exchange for cash, you include the value of that gift as extra salary or wages regardless of the amount involved. Irs free file tax return Educational Assistance You can exclude from your income up to $5,250 of qualified employer-provided educational assistance. Irs free file tax return For more information, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Irs free file tax return Group-Term Life Insurance In most cases, the cost of up to $50,000 of group-term life insurance coverage provided to you by your employer (or former employer) is not included in your income. Irs free file tax return However, you must include in income the cost of employer-provided insurance that is more than the cost of $50,000 of coverage reduced by any amount you pay toward the purchase of the insurance. Irs free file tax return For exceptions, see Entire cost excluded , and Entire cost taxed , later. Irs free file tax return If your employer provided more than $50,000 of coverage, the amount included in your income is reported as part of your wages in box 1 of your Form W-2. Irs free file tax return Also, it is shown separately in box 12 with code C. Irs free file tax return Group-term life insurance. Irs free file tax return   This insurance is term life insurance protection (insurance for a fixed period of time) that: Provides a general death benefit, Is provided to a group of employees, Is provided under a policy carried by the employer, and Provides an amount of insurance to each employee based on a formula that prevents individual selection. Irs free file tax return Permanent benefits. Irs free file tax return   If your group-term life insurance policy includes permanent benefits, such as a paid-up or cash surrender value, you must include in your income, as wages, the cost of the permanent benefits minus the amount you pay for them. Irs free file tax return Your employer should be able to tell you the amount to include in your income. Irs free file tax return Accidental death benefits. Irs free file tax return   Insurance that provides accidental or other death benefits but does not provide general death benefits (travel insurance, for example) is not group-term life insurance. Irs free file tax return Former employer. Irs free file tax return   If your former employer provided more than $50,000 of group-term life insurance coverage during the year, the amount included in your income is reported as wages in box 1 of Form W-2. Irs free file tax return Also, it is shown separately in box 12 with code C. Irs free file tax return Box 12 also will show the amount of uncollected social security and Medicare taxes on the excess coverage, with codes M and N. Irs free file tax return You must pay these taxes with your income tax return. Irs free file tax return Include them on line 60, Form 1040, and follow the instructions for line 60. Irs free file tax return For more information, see the Instructions for Form 1040. Irs free file tax return Two or more employers. Irs free file tax return   Your exclusion for employer-provided group-term life insurance coverage cannot exceed the cost of $50,000 of coverage, whether the insurance is provided by a single employer or multiple employers. Irs free file tax return If two or more employers provide insurance coverage that totals more than $50,000, the amounts reported as wages on your Forms W-2 will not be correct. Irs free file tax return You must figure how much to include in your income. Irs free file tax return Reduce the amount you figure by any amount reported with code C in box 12 of your Forms W-2, add the result to the wages reported in box 1, and report the total on your return. Irs free file tax return Figuring the taxable cost. Irs free file tax return   Use the following worksheet to figure the amount to include in your income. Irs free file tax return     Worksheet 5-1. Irs free file tax return Figuring the Cost of Group-Term Life Insurance To Include in Income 1. 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Irs free file tax return Multiply line 6 by line 7 8. Irs free file tax return   9. Irs free file tax return Enter the premiums you paid per month 9. Irs free file tax return       10. Irs free file tax return Enter the number of months you paid the premiums 10. Irs free file tax return       11. Irs free file tax return Multiply line 9 by line 10. Irs free file tax return 11. Irs free file tax return   12. Irs free file tax return Subtract line 11 from line 8. Irs free file tax return Include this amount in your income as wages 12. Irs free file tax return      Table 5-1. Irs free file tax return Cost of $1,000 of Group-Term Life Insurance for One Month Age Cost Under 25 $. Irs free file tax return 05 25 through 29 . Irs free file tax return 06 30 through 34 . Irs free file tax return 08 35 through 39 . Irs free file tax return 09 40 through 44 . Irs free file tax return 10 45 through 49 . Irs free file tax return 15 50 through 54 . Irs free file tax return 23 55 through 59 . 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Irs free file tax return Enter the total amount of your insurance coverage from your employer(s) 1. Irs free file tax return 80,000 2. Irs free file tax return Limit on exclusion for employer-provided group-term life insurance coverage 2. Irs free file tax return 50,000 3. Irs free file tax return Subtract line 2 from line 1 3. Irs free file tax return 30,000 4. Irs free file tax return Divide line 3 by $1,000. Irs free file tax return Figure to the nearest tenth 4. Irs free file tax return 30. Irs free file tax return 0 5. Irs free file tax return Go to Table 5-1. Irs free file tax return Using your age on the last day of the tax year, find your age group in the left column, and enter the cost from the column on the right for your age group 5. Irs free file tax return . Irs free file tax return 23 6. Irs free file tax return Multiply line 4 by line 5 6. Irs free file tax return 6. Irs free file tax return 90 7. Irs free file tax return Enter the number of full months of coverage at this cost. Irs free file tax return 7. Irs free file tax return 12 8. Irs free file tax return Multiply line 6 by line 7 8. Irs free file tax return 82. Irs free file tax return 80 9. Irs free file tax return Enter the premiums you paid per month 9. Irs free file tax return 4. Irs free file tax return 15     10. Irs free file tax return Enter the number of months you paid the premiums 10. Irs free file tax return 12     11. Irs free file tax return Multiply line 9 by line 10. Irs free file tax return 11. Irs free file tax return 49. Irs free file tax return 80 12. Irs free file tax return Subtract line 11 from line 8. Irs free file tax return Include this amount in your income as wages 12. Irs free file tax return 33. Irs free file tax return 00 Entire cost excluded. Irs free file tax return   You are not taxed on the cost of group-term life insurance if any of the following circumstances apply. Irs free file tax return You are permanently and totally disabled and have ended your employment. Irs free file tax return Your employer is the beneficiary of the policy for the entire period the insurance is in force during the tax year. Irs free file tax return A charitable organization (defined in chapter 24) to which contributions are deductible is the only beneficiary of the policy for the entire period the insurance is in force during the tax year. Irs free file tax return (You are not entitled to a deduction for a charitable contribution for naming a charitable organization as the beneficiary of your policy. Irs free file tax return ) The plan existed on January 1, 1984, and You retired before January 2, 1984, and were covered by the plan when you retired, or You reached age 55 before January 2, 1984, and were employed by the employer or its predecessor in 1983. Irs free file tax return Entire cost taxed. Irs free file tax return   You are taxed on the entire cost of group-term life insurance if either of the following circumstances apply: The insurance is provided by your employer through a qualified employees' trust, such as a pension trust or a qualified annuity plan. Irs free file tax return You are a key employee and your employer's plan discriminates in favor of key employees. Irs free file tax return Retirement Planning Services If your employer has a qualified retirement plan, qualified retirement planning services provided to you (and your spouse) by your employer are not included in your income. Irs free file tax return Qualified services include retirement planning advice, information about your employer's retirement plan, and information about how the plan may fit into your overall individual retirement income plan. Irs free file tax return You cannot exclude the value of any tax preparation, accounting, legal, or brokerage services provided by your employer. Irs free file tax return Transportation If your employer provides you with a qualified transportation fringe benefit, it can be excluded from your income, up to certain limits. Irs free file tax return A qualified transportation fringe benefit is: Transportation in a commuter highway vehicle (such as a van) between your home and work place, A transit pass, Qualified parking, or Qualified bicycle commuting reimbursement. Irs free file tax return Cash reimbursement by your employer for these expenses under a bona fide reimbursement arrangement is also excludable. Irs free file tax return However, cash reimbursement for a transit pass is excludable only if a voucher or similar item that can be exchanged only for a transit pass is not readily available for direct distribution to you. Irs free file tax return Exclusion limit. Irs free file tax return   The exclusion for commuter vehicle transportation and transit pass fringe benefits cannot be more than $245 a month. Irs free file tax return   The exclusion for the qualified parking fringe benefit cannot be more than $245 a month. Irs free file tax return   The exclusion for qualified bicycle commuting in a calendar year is $20 multiplied by the number of qualified bicycle commuting months that year. Irs free file tax return   If the benefits have a value that is more than these limits, the excess must be included in your income. Irs free file tax return You are not entitled to these exclusions if the reimbursements are made under a compensation reduction agreement. Irs free file tax return Commuter highway vehicle. Irs free file tax return   This is a highway vehicle that seats at least six adults (not including the driver). Irs free file tax return At least 80% of the vehicle's mileage must reasonably be expected to be: For transporting employees between their homes and work place, and On trips during which employees occupy at least half of the vehicle's adult seating capacity (not including the driver). Irs free file tax return Transit pass. Irs free file tax return   This is any pass, token, farecard, voucher, or similar item entitling a person to ride mass transit (whether public or private) free or at a reduced rate or to ride in a commuter highway vehicle operated by a person in the business of transporting persons for compensation. Irs free file tax return Qualified parking. Irs free file tax return   This is parking provided to an employee at or near the employer's place of business. Irs free file tax return It also includes parking provided on or near a location from which the employee commutes to work by mass transit, in a commuter highway vehicle, or by carpool. Irs free file tax return It does not include parking at or near the employee's home. Irs free file tax return Qualified bicycle commuting. Irs free file tax return   This is reimbursement based on the number of qualified bicycle commuting months for the year. Irs free file tax return A qualified bicycle commuting month is any month you use the bicycle regularly for a substantial portion of the travel between your home and place of employment and you do not receive any of the other qualified transportation fringe benefits. Irs free file tax return The reimbursement can be for expenses you incurred during the year for the purchase of a bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair, and storage. Irs free file tax return Retirement Plan Contributions Your employer's contributions to a qualified retirement plan for you are not included in income at the time contributed. Irs free file tax return (Your employer can tell you whether your retirement plan is qualified. Irs free file tax return ) However, the cost of life insurance coverage included in the plan may have to be included. Irs free file tax return See Group-Term Life Insurance , earlier, under Fringe Benefits. Irs free file tax return If your employer pays into a nonqualified plan for you, you generally must include the contributions in your income as wages for the tax year in which the contributions are made. Irs free file tax return However, if your interest in the plan is not transferable or is subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture (you have a good chance of losing it) at the time of the contribution, you do not have to include the value of your interest in your income until it is transferable or is no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. Irs free file tax return For information on distributions from retirement plans, see Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income (or Publication 721, Tax Guide to U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Civil Service Retirement Benefits, if you are a federal employee or retiree). Irs free file tax return Elective deferrals. Irs free file tax return   If you are covered by certain kinds of retirement plans, you can choose to have part of your compensation contributed by your employer to a retirement fund, rather than have it paid to you. Irs free file tax return The amount you set aside (called an elective deferral) is treated as an employer contribution to a qualified plan. Irs free file tax return An elective deferral, other than a designated Roth contribution (discussed later), is not included in wages subject to income tax at the time contributed. Irs free file tax return However, it is included in wages subject to social security and Medicare taxes. Irs free file tax return   Elective deferrals include elective contributions to the following retirement plans. Irs free file tax return Cash or deferred arrangements (section 401(k) plans). Irs free file tax return The Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees. Irs free file tax return Salary reduction simplified employee pension plans (SARSEP). Irs free file tax return Savings incentive match plans for employees (SIMPLE plans). Irs free file tax return Tax-sheltered annuity plans (403(b) plans). Irs free file tax return Section 501(c)(18)(D) plans. Irs free file tax return Section 457 plans. Irs free file tax return Qualified automatic contribution arrangements. Irs free file tax return   Under a qualified automatic contribution arrangement, your employer can treat you as having elected to have a part of your compensation contributed to a section 401(k) plan. Irs free file tax return You are to receive written notice of your rights and obligations under the qualified automatic contribution arrangement. Irs free file tax return The notice must explain: Your rights to elect not to have elective contributions made, or to have contributions made at a different percentage, and How contributions made will be invested in the absence of any investment decision by you. Irs free file tax return   You must be given a reasonable period of time after receipt of the notice and before the first elective contribution is made to make an election with respect to the contributions. Irs free file tax return Overall limit on deferrals. Irs free file tax return   For 2013, in most cases, you should not have deferred more than a total of $17,500 of contributions to the plans listed in (1) through (3) and (5) above. Irs free file tax return The limit for SIMPLE plans is $12,000. Irs free file tax return The limit for section 501(c)(18)(D) plans is the lesser of $7,000 or 25% of your compensation. Irs free file tax return The limit for section 457 plans is the lesser of your includible compensation or $17,500. Irs free file tax return Amounts deferred under specific plan limits are part of the overall limit on deferrals. Irs free file tax return Designated Roth contributions. Irs free file tax return   Employers with section 401(k) and section 403(b) plans can create qualified Roth contribution programs so that you may elect to have part or all of your elective deferrals to the plan designated as after-tax Roth contributions. Irs free file tax return Designated Roth contributions are treated as elective deferrals, except that they are included in income. Irs free file tax return Excess deferrals. Irs free file tax return   Your employer or plan administrator should apply the proper annual limit when figuring your plan contributions. Irs free file tax return However, you are responsible for monitoring the total you defer to ensure that the deferrals are not more than the overall limit. Irs free file tax return   If you set aside more than the limit, the excess generally must be included in your income for that year, unless you have an excess deferral of a designated Roth contribution. Irs free file tax return See Publication 525 for a discussion of the tax treatment of excess deferrals. Irs free file tax return Catch-up contributions. Irs free file tax return   You may be allowed catch-up contributions (additional elective deferral) if you are age 50 or older by the end of your tax year. Irs free file tax return Stock Options If you receive a nonstatutory option to buy or sell stock or other property as payment for your services, you usually will have income when you receive the option, when you exercise the option (use it to buy or sell the stock or other property), or when you sell or otherwise dispose of the option. Irs free file tax return However, if your option is a statutory stock option, you will not have any income until you sell or exchange your stock. Irs free file tax return Your employer can tell you which kind of option you hold. Irs free file tax return For more information, see Publication 525. Irs free file tax return Restricted Property In most cases, if you receive property for your services, you must include its fair market value in your income in the year you receive the property. Irs free file tax return However, if you receive stock or other property that has certain restrictions that affect its value, you do not include the value of the property in your income until it has substantially vested. Irs free file tax return (You can choose to include the value of the property in your income in the year it is transferred to you. Irs free file tax return ) For more information, see Restricted Property in Publication 525. Irs free file tax return Dividends received on restricted stock. Irs free file tax return   Dividends you receive on restricted stock are treated as compensation and not as dividend income. Irs free file tax return Your employer should include these payments on your Form W-2. Irs free file tax return Stock you chose to include in income. Irs free file tax return   Dividends you receive on restricted stock you chose to include in your income in the year transferred are treated the same as any other dividends. Irs free file tax return Report them on your return as dividends. Irs free file tax return For a discussion of dividends, see chapter 8. Irs free file tax return    For information on how to treat dividends reported on both your Form W-2 and Form 1099-DIV, see Dividends received on restricted stock in Publication 525. Irs free file tax return Special Rules for Certain Employees This section deals with special rules for people in certain types of employment: members of the clergy, members of religious orders, people working for foreign employers, military personnel, and volunteers. Irs free file tax return Clergy Generally, if you are a member of the clergy, you must include in your income offerings and fees you receive for marriages, baptisms, funerals, masses, etc. Irs free file tax return , in addition to your salary. Irs free file tax return If the offering is made to the religious institution, it is not taxable to you. Irs free file tax return If you are a member of a religious organization and you give your outside earnings to the religious organization, you still must include the earnings in your income. Irs free file tax return However, you may be entitled to a charitable contribution deduction for the amount paid to the organization. Irs free file tax return See chapter 24. Irs free file tax return Pension. Irs free file tax return    A pension or retirement pay for a member of the clergy usually is treated as any other pension or annuity. Irs free file tax return It must be reported on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or on lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. Irs free file tax return Housing. Irs free file tax return    Special rules for housing apply to members of the clergy. Irs free file tax return Under these rules, you do not include in your income the rental value of a home (including utilities) or a designated housing allowance provided to you as part of your pay. Irs free file tax return However, the exclusion cannot be more than the reasonable pay for your service. Irs free file tax return If you pay for the utilities, you can exclude any allowance designated for utility cost, up to your actual cost. Irs free file tax return The home or allowance must be provided as compensation for your services as an ordained, licensed, or commissioned minister. Irs free file tax return However, you must include the rental value of the home or the housing allowance as earnings from self-employment on Schedule SE (Form 1040) if you are subject to the self-employment tax. Irs free file tax return For more information, see Publication 517, Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers. Irs free file tax return Members of Religious Orders If you are a member of a religious order who has taken a vow of poverty, how you treat earnings that you renounce and turn over to the order depends on whether your services are performed for the order. Irs free file tax return Services performed for the order. Irs free file tax return   If you are performing the services as an agent of the order in the exercise of duties required by the order, do not include in your income the amounts turned over to the order. Irs free file tax return   If your order directs you to perform services for another agency of the supervising church or an associated institution, you are considered to be performing the services as an agent of the order. Irs free file tax return Any wages you earn as an agent of an order that you turn over to the order are not included in your income. Irs free file tax return Example. Irs free file tax return You are a member of a church order and have taken a vow of poverty. Irs free file tax return You renounce any claims to your earnings and turn over to the order any salaries or wages you earn. Irs free file tax return You are a registered nurse, so your order assigns you to work in a hospital that is an associated institution of the church. Irs free file tax return However, you remain under the general direction and control of the order. Irs free file tax return You are considered to be an agent of the order and any wages you earn at the hospital that you turn over to your order are not included in your income. Irs free file tax return Services performed outside the order. Irs free file tax return   If you are directed to work outside the order, your services are not an exercise of duties required by the order unless they meet both of the following requirements: They are the kind of services that are ordinarily the duties of members of the order. Irs free file tax return They are part of the duties that you must exercise for, or on behalf of, the religious order as its agent. Irs free file tax return If you are an employee of a third party, the services you perform for the third party will not be considered directed or required of you by the order. Irs free file tax return Amounts you receive for these services are included in your income, even if you have taken a vow of poverty. Irs free file tax return Example. Irs free file tax return Mark Brown is a member of a religious order and has taken a vow of poverty. Irs free file tax return He renounces all claims to his earnings and turns over his earnings to the order. Irs free file tax return Mark is a schoolteacher. Irs free file tax return He was instructed by the superiors of the order to get a job with a private tax-exempt school. Irs free file tax return Mark became an employee of the school, and, at his request, the school made the salary payments directly to the order. Irs free file tax return Because Mark is an employee of the school, he is performing services for the school rather than as an agent of the order. Irs free file tax return The wages Mark earns working for the school are included in his income. Irs free file tax return Foreign Employer Special rules apply if you work for a foreign employer. Irs free file tax return U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return citizen. Irs free file tax return   If you are a U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return citizen who works in the United States for a foreign government, an international organization, a foreign embassy, or any foreign employer, you must include your salary in your income. Irs free file tax return Social security and Medicare taxes. Irs free file tax return   You are exempt from social security and Medicare employee taxes if you are employed in the United States by an international organization or a foreign government. Irs free file tax return However, you must pay self-employment tax on your earnings from services performed in the United States, even though you are not self-employed. Irs free file tax return This rule also applies if you are an employee of a qualifying wholly owned instrumentality of a foreign government. Irs free file tax return Employees of international organizations or foreign governments. Irs free file tax return   Your compensation for official services to an international organization is exempt from federal income tax if you are not a citizen of the United States or you are a citizen of the Philippines (whether or not you are a citizen of the United States). Irs free file tax return   Your compensation for official services to a foreign government is exempt from federal income tax if all of the following are true. Irs free file tax return You are not a citizen of the United States or you are a citizen of the Philippines (whether or not you are a citizen of the United States). Irs free file tax return Your work is like the work done by employees of the United States in foreign countries. Irs free file tax return The foreign government gives an equal exemption to employees of the United States in its country. Irs free file tax return Waiver of alien status. Irs free file tax return   If you are an alien who works for a foreign government or international organization and you file a waiver under section 247(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to keep your immigrant status, different rules may apply. Irs free file tax return See Foreign Employer in Publication 525. Irs free file tax return Employment abroad. Irs free file tax return   For information on the tax treatment of income earned abroad, see Publication 54. Irs free file tax return Military Payments you receive as a member of a military service generally are taxed as wages except for retirement pay, which is taxed as a pension. Irs free file tax return Allowances generally are not taxed. Irs free file tax return For more information on the tax treatment of military allowances and benefits, see Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide. Irs free file tax return Differential wage payments. Irs free file tax return   Any payments made to you by an employer during the time you are performing service in the uniformed services are treated as compensation. Irs free file tax return These wages are subject to income tax withholding and are reported on a Form W-2. Irs free file tax return See the discussion under Miscellaneous Compensation , earlier. Irs free file tax return Military retirement pay. Irs free file tax return   If your retirement pay is based on age or length of service, it is taxable and must be included in your income as a pension on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or on lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. Irs free file tax return Do not include in your income the amount of any reduction in retirement or retainer pay to provide a survivor annuity for your spouse or children under the Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan or the Survivor Benefit Plan. Irs free file tax return   For more detailed discussion of survivor annuities, see chapter 10. Irs free file tax return Disability. Irs free file tax return   If you are retired on disability, see Military and Government Disability Pensions under Sickness and Injury Benefits, later. Irs free file tax return Veterans' benefits. Irs free file tax return   Do not include in your income any veterans' benefits paid under any law, regulation, or administrative practice administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Irs free file tax return The following amounts paid to veterans or their families are not taxable. Irs free file tax return Education, training, and subsistence allowances. Irs free file tax return Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to veterans or their families. Irs free file tax return Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living. Irs free file tax return Grants for motor vehicles for veterans who lost their sight or the use of their limbs. Irs free file tax return Veterans' insurance proceeds and dividends paid either to veterans or their beneficiaries, including the proceeds of a veteran's endowment policy paid before death. Irs free file tax return Interest on insurance dividends you leave on deposit with the VA. Irs free file tax return Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program. Irs free file tax return The death gratuity paid to a survivor of a member of the Armed Forces who died after September 10, 2001. Irs free file tax return Payments made under the compensated work therapy program. Irs free file tax return Any bonus payment by a state or political subdivision because of service in a combat zone. Irs free file tax return Volunteers The tax treatment of amounts you receive as a volunteer worker for the Peace Corps or similar agency is covered in the following discussions. Irs free file tax return Peace Corps. Irs free file tax return   Living allowances you receive as a Peace Corps volunteer or volunteer leader for housing, utilities, household supplies, food, and clothing are exempt from tax. Irs free file tax return Taxable allowances. Irs free file tax return   The following allowances must be included in your income and reported as wages: Allowances paid to your spouse and minor children while you are a volunteer leader training in the United States. Irs free file tax return Living allowances designated by the Director of the Peace Corps as basic compensation. Irs free file tax return These are allowances for personal items such as domestic help, laundry and clothing maintenance, entertainment and recreation, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses. Irs free file tax return Leave allowances. Irs free file tax return Readjustment allowances or termination payments. Irs free file tax return These are considered received by you when credited to your account. Irs free file tax return Example. Irs free file tax return Gary Carpenter, a Peace Corps volunteer, gets $175 a month as a readjustment allowance during his period of service, to be paid to him in a lump sum at the end of his tour of duty. Irs free file tax return Although the allowance is not available to him until the end of his service, Gary must include it in his income on a monthly basis as it is credited to his account. Irs free file tax return Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). Irs free file tax return   If you are a VISTA volunteer, you must include meal and lodging allowances paid to you in your income as wages. Irs free file tax return National Senior Services Corps programs. Irs free file tax return   Do not include in your income amounts you receive for supportive services or reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses from the following programs. Irs free file tax return Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Irs free file tax return Foster Grandparent Program. Irs free file tax return Senior Companion Program. Irs free file tax return Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). Irs free file tax return   If you receive amounts for supportive services or reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses from SCORE, do not include these amounts in income. Irs free file tax return Volunteer tax counseling. Irs free file tax return   Do not include in your income any reimbursements you receive for transportation, meals, and other expenses you have in training for, or actually providing, volunteer federal income tax counseling for the elderly (TCE). Irs free file tax return   You can deduct as a charitable contribution your unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses in taking part in the volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) program. Irs free file tax return See chapter 24. Irs free file tax return Sickness and Injury Benefits This section discusses sickness and injury benefits including disability pensions, long-term care insurance contracts, workers' compensation, and other benefits. Irs free file tax return In most cases, you must report as income any amount you receive for personal injury or sickness through an accident or health plan that is paid for by your employer. Irs free file tax return If both you and your employer pay for the plan, only the amount you receive that is due to your employer's payments is reported as income. Irs free file tax return However, certain payments may not be taxable to you. Irs free file tax return Your employer should be able to give you specific details about your pension plan and tell you the amount you paid for your disability pension. Irs free file tax return In addition to disability pensions and annuities, you may be receiving other payments for sickness and injury. Irs free file tax return Do not report as income any amounts paid to reimburse you for medical expenses you incurred after the plan was established. Irs free file tax return Cost paid by you. Irs free file tax return   If you pay the entire cost of a health or accident insurance plan, do not include any amounts you receive from the plan for personal injury or sickness as income on your tax return. Irs free file tax return If your plan reimbursed you for medical expenses you deducted in an earlier year, you may have to include some, or all, of the reimbursement in your income. Irs free file tax return See Reimbursement in a later year in chapter 21. Irs free file tax return Cafeteria plans. Irs free file tax return   In most cases, if you are covered by an accident or health insurance plan through a cafeteria plan, and the amount of the insurance premiums was not included in your income, you are not considered to have paid the premiums and you must include any benefits you receive in your income. Irs free file tax return If the amount of the premiums was included in your income, you are considered to have paid the premiums, and any benefits you receive are not taxable. Irs free file tax return Disability Pensions If you retired on disability, you must include in income any disability pension you receive under a plan that is paid for by your employer. Irs free file tax return You must report your taxable disability payments as wages on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A, until you reach minimum retirement age. Irs free file tax return Minimum retirement age generally is the age at which you can first receive a pension or annuity if you are not disabled. Irs free file tax return You may be entitled to a tax credit if you were permanently and totally disabled when you retired. Irs free file tax return For information on this credit and the definition of permanent and total disability, see chapter 33. Irs free file tax return Beginning on the day after you reach minimum retirement age, payments you receive are taxable as a pension or annuity. Irs free file tax return Report the payments on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or on lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. Irs free file tax return The rules for reporting pensions are explained in How To Report in chapter 10. Irs free file tax return For information on disability payments from a governmental program provided as a substitute for unemployment compensation, see chapter 12. Irs free file tax return Retirement and profit-sharing plans. Irs free file tax return   If you receive payments from a retirement or profit-sharing plan that does not provide for disability retirement, do not treat the payments as a disability pension. Irs free file tax return The payments must be reported as a pension or annuity. Irs free file tax return For more information on pensions, see chapter 10. Irs free file tax return Accrued leave payment. Irs free file tax return   If you retire on disability, any lump-sum payment you receive for accrued annual leave is a salary payment. Irs free file tax return The payment is not a disability payment. Irs free file tax return Include it in your income in the tax year you receive it. Irs free file tax return Military and Government Disability Pensions Certain military and government disability pensions are not taxable. Irs free file tax return Service-connected disability. Irs free file tax return   You may be able to exclude from income amounts you receive as a pension, annuity, or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in one of the following government services. Irs free file tax return The armed forces of any country. Irs free file tax return The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Irs free file tax return The Public Health Service. Irs free file tax return The Foreign Service. Irs free file tax return Conditions for exclusion. Irs free file tax return   Do not include the disability payments in your income if any of the following conditions apply. Irs free file tax return You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975. Irs free file tax return You were a member of a listed government service or its reserve component, or were under a binding written commitment to become a member, on September 24, 1975. Irs free file tax return You receive the disability payments for a combat-related injury. Irs free file tax return This is a personal injury or sickness that Results directly from armed conflict, Takes place while you are engaged in extra-hazardous service, Takes place under conditions simulating war, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or Is caused by an instrumentality of war. Irs free file tax return You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it. Irs free file tax return Your exclusion under this condition is equal to the amount you would be entitled to receive from the VA. Irs free file tax return Pension based on years of service. Irs free file tax return   If you receive a disability pension based on years of service, in most cases you must include it in your income. Irs free file tax return However, if the pension qualifies for the exclusion for a service-connected disability (discussed earlier), do not include in income the part of your pension that you would have received if the pension had been based on a percentage of disability. Irs free file tax return You must include the rest of your pension in your income. Irs free file tax return Retroactive VA determination. Irs free file tax return   If you retire from the armed services based on years of service and are later given a retroactive service-connected disability rating by the VA, your retirement pay for the retroactive period is excluded from income up to the amount of VA disability benefits you would have been entitled to receive. Irs free file tax return You can claim a refund of any tax paid on the excludable amount (subject to the statute of limitations) by filing an amended return on Form 1040X for each previous year during the retroactive period. Irs free file tax return You must include with each Form 1040X a copy of the official VA Determination letter granting the retroactive benefit. Irs free file tax return The letter must show the amount withheld and the effective date of the benefit. Irs free file tax return   If you receive a lump-sum disability severance payment and are later awarded VA disability benefits, exclude 100% of the severance benefit from your income. Irs free file tax return However, you must include in your income any lump-sum readjustment or other nondisability severance payment you received on release from active duty, even if you are later given a retroactive disability rating by the VA. Irs free file tax return Special statute of limitations. Irs free file tax return   In most cases, under the statute of limitations a claim for credit or refund must be filed within 3 years from the time a return was filed. Irs free file tax return However, if you receive a retroactive service-connected disability rating determination, the statute of limitations is extended by a 1-year period beginning on the date of the determination. Irs free file tax return This 1-year extended period applies to claims for credit or refund filed after June 17, 2008, and does not apply to any tax year that began more than 5 years before the date of the determination. Irs free file tax return Example. Irs free file tax return You retired in 2007 and receive a pension based on your years of service. Irs free file tax return On August 1, 2013, you receive a determination of service-connected disability retroactive to 2007. Irs free file tax return Generally, you could claim a refund for the taxes paid on your pension for 2010, 2011, and 2012. Irs free file tax return However, under the special limitation period, you can also file a claim for 2009 as long as you file the claim by August 1, 2014. Irs free file tax return You cannot file a claim for 2007 and 2008 because those tax years began more than 5 years before the determination. Irs free file tax return Terrorist attack or military action. Irs free file tax return   Do not include in your income disability payments you receive for injuries resulting directly from a terrorist or military action. Irs free file tax return Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts Long-term care insurance contracts in most cases are treated as accident and health insurance contracts. Irs free file tax return Amounts you receive from them (other than policyholder dividends or premium refunds) in most cases are excludable from income as amounts received for personal injury or sickness. Irs free file tax return To claim an exclusion for payments made on a per diem or other periodic basis under a long-term care insurance contract, you must file Form 8853 with your return. Irs free file tax return A long-term care insurance contract is an insurance contract that only provides coverage for qualified long-term care services. Irs free file tax return The contract must: Be guaranteed renewable, Not provide for a cash surrender value or other money that can be paid, assigned, pledged, or borrowed, Provide that refunds, other than refunds on the death of the insured or complete surrender or cancellation of the contract, and dividends under the contract may be used only to reduce future premiums or increase future benefits, and In most cases, not pay or reimburse expenses incurred for services or items that would be reimbursed under Medicare, except where Medicare is a secondary payer or the contract makes per diem or other periodic payments without regard to expenses. Irs free file tax return Qualified long-term care services. Irs free file tax return   Qualified long-term care services are: Necessary diagnostic, preventive, therapeutic, curing, treating, mitigating, and rehabilitative services, and maintenance and personal care services, and Required by a chronically ill individual and provided pursuant to a plan of care as prescribed by a licensed health care practitioner. Irs free file tax return Chronically ill individual. Irs free file tax return   A chronically ill individual is one who has been certified by a licensed health care practitioner within the previous 12 months as one of the following: An individual who, for at least 90 days, is unable to perform at least two activities of daily living without substantial assistance due to loss of functional capacity. Irs free file tax return Activities of daily living are eating, toileting, transferring, bathing, dressing, and continence. Irs free file tax return An individual who requires substantial supervision to be protected from threats to health and safety due to severe cognitive impairment. Irs free file tax return Limit on exclusion. Irs free file tax return   You generally can exclude from gross income up to $320 a day for 2013. Irs free file tax return See Limit on exclusion, under Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts, under Sickness and Injury Benefits in Publication 525 for more information. Irs free file tax return Workers' Compensation Amounts you receive as workers' compensation for an occupational sickness or injury are fully exempt from tax if they are paid under a workers' compensation act or a statute in the nature of a workers' compensation act. Irs free file tax return The exemption also applies to your survivors. Irs free file tax return The exemption, however, does not apply to retirement plan benefits you receive based on your age, length of service, or prior contributions to the plan, even if you retired because of an occupational sickness or injury. Irs free file tax return If part of your workers' compensation reduces your social security or equivalent railroad retirement benefits received, that part is considered social security (or equivalent railroad retirement) benefits and may be taxable. Irs free file tax return For more information, see Publication 915, Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits. Irs free file tax return Return to work. Irs free file tax return    If you return to work after qualifying for workers' compensation, salary payments you receive for performing light duties are taxable as wages. Irs free file tax return Other Sickness and Injury Benefits In addition to disability pensions and annuities, you may receive other payments for sickness or injury. Irs free file tax return Railroad sick pay. Irs free file tax return    Payments you receive as sick pay under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act are taxable and you must include them in your income. Irs free file tax return However, do not include them in your income if they are for an on-the-job injury. Irs free file tax return   If you received income because of a disability, see Disability Pensions , earlier. Irs free file tax return Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). Irs free file tax return   Payments received under this Act for personal injury or sickness, including payments to beneficiaries in case of death, are not taxable. Irs free file tax return However, you are taxed on amounts you receive under this Act as continuation of pay for up to 45 days while a claim is being decided. Irs free file tax return Report this income on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A or on line 1 of Form 1040-EZ. Irs free file tax return Also, pay for sick leave while a claim is being processed is taxable and must be included in your income as wages. Irs free file tax return    If part of the payments you receive under FECA reduces your social security or equivalent railroad retirement benefits received, that part is considered social security (or equivalent railroad retirement) benefits and may be taxable. Irs free file tax return For a discussion of the taxability of these benefits, see Social security and equivalent railroad retirement benefits under Other Income, in Publication 525. Irs free file tax return    You can deduct the amount you spend to buy back sick leave for an earlier year to be eligible for nontaxable FECA benefits for that period. Irs free file tax return It is a miscellaneous deduction subject to the 2%-of-AGI limit on Schedule A (Form 1040). Irs free file tax return If you buy back sick leave in the same year you used it, the amount reduces your taxable sick leave pay. Irs free file tax return Do not deduct it separately. Irs free file tax return Other compensation. Irs free file tax return   Many other amounts you receive as compensation for sickness or injury are not taxable. Irs free file tax return These include the following amounts. Irs free file tax return Compensatory damages you receive for physical injury or physical sickness, whether paid in a lump sum or in periodic payments. Irs free file tax return Benefits you receive under an accident or health insurance policy on which either you paid the premiums or your employer paid the premiums but you had to include them in your income. Irs free file tax return Disability benefits you receive for loss of income or earning capacity as a result of injuries under a no-fault car insurance policy. Irs free file tax return Compensation you receive for permanent loss or loss of use of a part or function of your body, or for your permanent disfigurement. Irs free file tax return This compensation must be based only on the injury and not on the period of your absence from work. Irs free file tax return These benefits are not taxable even if your employer pays for the accident and health plan that provides these benefits. Irs free file tax return Reimbursement for medical care. Irs free file tax return    A reimbursement for medical care is generally not taxable. Irs free file tax return However, it may reduce your medical expense deduction. Irs free file tax return For more information, see chapter 21. Irs free file tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Irs free file tax return Index A Accrual foreign taxes, adjustments, You may have to post a bond. Irs free file tax return Accrual method of accounting, Accrual method of accounting. Irs free file tax return Allocation Carryback/carryover between spouses, Allocations Between Spouses Foreign losses, Foreign Losses Foreign taxes, Allocation of Foreign Taxes U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return losses, U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Losses Alternative minimum tax, Reminders Amended return, Claim for Refund American Samoa, resident of, Possession Exclusion Assistance (see Tax help) B Bankruptcy, effect of, Effect of bankruptcy or insolvency. Irs free file tax return Beneficiary, Partner or S corporation shareholder. Irs free file tax return Bond, income tax, You may have to post a bond. Irs free file tax return Boycotting countries, Taxes From International Boycott Operations C Capital gains and losses, Capital Gains and Losses Carryback and carryover, Carrybacks and carryovers. Irs free file tax return Allocations between spouses, Allocations Between Spouses Claim for refund, Time Limit on Tax Assessment Joint return, Married Couples Joint return–deduction year, Joint Return Filed in a Deduction Year Taxes all credited or deducted, Claim for Refund Time limit on tax assessment, Time Limit on Tax Assessment Choice to take credit or deduction Changing your choice, Making or Changing Your Choice Choice applied to all qualified foreign taxes, Choice Applies to All Qualified Foreign Taxes Claim for refund, Claim for Refund Classes of gross income, Classes of gross income. Irs free file tax return Compensation for labor or personal services, Determining the Source of Compensation for Labor or Personal Services Geographical basis, Geographical basis. Irs free file tax return Comprehensive example, Comprehensive Example — Filled-In Form 1116 Controlled foreign corporation shareholder, Controlled foreign corporation shareholder. Irs free file tax return , Income from controlled foreign corporations. Irs free file tax return Covered asset acquisition, Covered Asset Acquisition Credit How to claim, How To Claim the Credit How to figure, How To Figure the Credit Limit on, Limit on the Credit Credit for taxes paid or accrued, Credit for Taxes Paid or Accrued D Deduction for foreign taxes that are not income taxes, Foreign taxes that are not income taxes. Irs free file tax return Distributions Lump-sum, Lump-Sum Distribution Dividends Taxes on, Taxes Imposed on Certain Dividends Dual-capacity taxpayers, Dual-capacity taxpayers. Irs free file tax return E Economic benefits, Specific economic benefit. Irs free file tax return Examples Comprehensive, Comprehensive Example — Filled-In Form 1116 Simple, Simple Example — Filled-In Form 1116 Excess limit, Carryback and Carryover Exchange rates, Foreign Currency and Exchange Rates Excluded income Foreign earned, Foreign Earned Income and Housing Exclusions Taxes on, Taxes on Excluded Income Exemption from foreign tax credit limit, Exemption from foreign tax credit limit. Irs free file tax return Export financing interest, Export financing interest. Irs free file tax return Extraterritorial income, Extraterritorial Income Exclusion F Financial services income, Financial services income. Irs free file tax return Foreign corporation–U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return shareholders, filing requirements, Taxes of U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Persons Controlling Foreign Corporations and Partnerships Foreign country, Foreign country. Irs free file tax return Foreign currency and exchange rates, Foreign Currency and Exchange Rates Foreign income, translating, Translating foreign currency into U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return dollars. Irs free file tax return Foreign losses Allocation of, Foreign Losses Recapture of, Recapture of Prior Year Overall Foreign Loss Accounts Foreign mineral income, taxes on, Taxes on Foreign Mineral Income Foreign oil and gas extraction income, taxes on, Taxes on Combined Foreign Oil and Gas Income Foreign partnerships–U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return partners, filing requirement, Taxes of U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Persons Controlling Foreign Corporations and Partnerships Foreign tax refund, Foreign tax refund. Irs free file tax return , Foreign tax refund. Irs free file tax return Foreign tax(es) Allocation to income categories, Allocation of Foreign Taxes For which you cannot take a credit, Foreign Taxes for Which You Cannot Take a Credit Imposed on foreign refund, Foreign tax imposed on foreign refund. Irs free file tax return Qualifying for credit, What Foreign Taxes Qualify for the Credit? Redetermination, Foreign Tax Redetermination Refund, Foreign tax imposed on foreign refund. Irs free file tax return Form 1040X, Claim for Refund 1116, Form 1116, Simple Example — Filled-In Form 1116, Comprehensive Example — Filled-In Form 1116 5471, Taxes of U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Persons Controlling Foreign Corporations and Partnerships 5713, Form 5713 required. Irs free file tax return 8833, Report required. Irs free file tax return 8865, Taxes of U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Persons Controlling Foreign Corporations and Partnerships 8873, Extraterritorial Income Exclusion Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. Irs free file tax return Functional currency, Translating foreign currency into U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return dollars. Irs free file tax return G General category income, separate limit, General Category Income H Help (see Tax help) High-taxed income, High-taxed income. Irs free file tax return I Income from sources in U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return possessions, Determining the source of income from U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return possessions. Irs free file tax return Income re-sourced by treaty, separate limit, Certain Income Re-Sourced By Treaty Income tax, Income Tax Income tax bond, You may have to post a bond. Irs free file tax return Interest, Penalties and interest. Irs free file tax return Interest expense, apportioning, Interest expense. Irs free file tax return International boycott, Taxes From International Boycott Operations Itemized deduction, Taxes for Which You Can Only Take an Itemized Deduction J Joint return Carryback and carryover, Married Couples Credit based on foreign tax of both spouses, Joint return. Irs free file tax return Filed in a deduction year, Joint Return Filed in a Deduction Year L Levy, Income Tax Limit on credit, Limit on the Credit Losses, foreign, Foreign Losses Allocation of, Foreign Losses Recapture of, Recapture of Prior Year Overall Foreign Loss Accounts Losses, U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return , U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Losses Allocation of, U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Losses Lump-sum distributions, Lump-Sum Distribution M Making or changing your choice, Making or Changing Your Choice Married couples Carryback and carryover, Married Couples Joint return, Joint return. Irs free file tax return Mineral income, foreign,, Taxes on Foreign Mineral Income Mutual fund distributions, Mutual fund shareholder. Irs free file tax return , Passive income. Irs free file tax return Mutual fund shareholder, Mutual fund shareholder. Irs free file tax return N Nonresident aliens, Nonresident Aliens Notice to the IRS of change in tax, Notice to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of Redetermination O Overall foreign loss, Overall foreign loss. Irs free file tax return P Partner, Partner or S corporation shareholder. Irs free file tax return , Partnership distributive share. Irs free file tax return , Foreign Taxes From a Partnership or an S Corporation Passive category income, Passive Category Income Penalties, Failure-to-notify penalty. Irs free file tax return , Penalties and interest. Irs free file tax return Failure to file Form 5471, 8865, Penalty for not filing Form 5471 or Form 8865. Irs free file tax return Failure to file Form 5713, Penalty for failure to file. Irs free file tax return Failure to notify, foreign tax change, Failure-to-notify penalty. Irs free file tax return Failure to report treaty information, Report required. Irs free file tax return Pension, employment, and disability fund payments, Pension, unemployment, and disability fund payments. Irs free file tax return Personal property, sales or exchanges of, Determining the Source of Income From the Sales or Exchanges of Certain Personal Property Possession exclusion, Possession Exclusion Publications (see Tax help) Purchase or sale of oil or gas, taxes in connection with, Taxes in Connection With the Purchase or Sale of Oil or Gas Q Qualified business unit, Translating foreign currency into U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return dollars. Irs free file tax return Qualified dividends, Capital Gains and Losses R Rate of exchange, Rate of exchange for foreign taxes paid. Irs free file tax return Recapture of foreign losses, Recapture of Prior Year Overall Foreign Loss Accounts Records to keep, Records To Keep Redetermination of foreign tax, Foreign Tax Redetermination Refund claims, time limit, Time Limit on Refund Claims Refund, foreign tax, Foreign tax refund. Irs free file tax return Reporting requirements (international boycott), Reporting requirements. Irs free file tax return Resident aliens, Resident Aliens S S corporation shareholder, Partner or S corporation shareholder. Irs free file tax return , Foreign Taxes From a Partnership or an S Corporation Sanctioned countries, Taxes Imposed By Sanctioned Countries (Section 901(j) Income) Section 901(j) income, Section 901(j) Income Section 901(j) sanctioned income, Taxes Imposed By Sanctioned Countries (Section 901(j) Income) Separate limit income, Separate Limit Income General category income, General Category Income Income re-sourced by treaty, Certain Income Re-Sourced By Treaty Lump-sum distribution, Lump-Sum Distribution Passive category income, Passive Category Income Section 901(j) income, Section 901(j) Income Shareholder, Mutual fund shareholder. Irs free file tax return Simple example, Simple Example — Filled-In Form 1116 Soak-up taxes, Soak-up taxes. Irs free file tax return Social security taxes, Pension, unemployment, and disability fund payments. Irs free file tax return Source of compensation for labor or personal services Alternative basis, Alternative basis. Irs free file tax return Multi-year compensation, Multi-year compensation. Irs free file tax return Time basis, Time basis. Irs free file tax return Transportation income, Transportation Income State income taxes, State income taxes. Irs free file tax return Subsidy, Subsidy received. Irs free file tax return T Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Tax treaties, Tax Treaties Taxable income from sources outside the U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return , determination of, Determining Taxable Income From Sources Outside the United States Taxes Excluded income, Foreign Earned Income and Housing Exclusions In lieu of income taxes, Taxes in Lieu of Income Taxes On dividends, Taxes Imposed on Certain Dividends Paid or accrued, Credit for Taxes Paid or Accrued Withheld on income or gain, Taxes Withheld on Income or Gain (Other Than Dividends) Taxes related to a foreign tax credit splitting event, Taxes Related to a Foreign Tax Credit Splitting Event Time limit Refund claims, Time Limit on Refund Claims Tax assessment, Time Limit on Tax Assessment Translating foreign currency, Translating foreign currency into U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return dollars. Irs free file tax return U U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return citizens, U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Citizens U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return losses Allocation of, U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return Losses U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return possessions, U. Irs free file tax return S. Irs free file tax return possessions. Irs free file tax return Unused foreign tax credits, carryback or carryover, Carrybacks and carryovers. Irs free file tax return , Carryback and Carryover W Wages, Wages completely excluded. Irs free file tax return When refunds can be claimed, Time Limit on Refund Claims When tax can be assessed, Time Limit on Tax Assessment Who can take the credit, Who Can Take the Credit? Why choose the credit, Why Choose the Credit? Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications