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Tax amendment deadline Publication 536 - Main Content Table of Contents NOL Steps How To Figure an NOLNonbusiness deductions (line 6). Tax amendment deadline Nonbusiness income (line 7). Tax amendment deadline Nonbusiness capital losses. Tax amendment deadline Business capital losses. Tax amendment deadline Illustrated Form 1045, Schedule A When To Use an NOLExceptions to 2-Year Carryback Rule Waiving the Carryback Period How To Carry an NOL Back or Forward How To Claim an NOL DeductionDeducting a Carryback Deducting a Carryforward Change in Marital Status Change in Filing Status Illustrated Form 1045 How To Figure an NOL CarryoverIllustrated Form 1045, Schedule B NOL Carryover From 2013 to 2014Worksheet Instructions How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics NOL Steps Follow Steps 1 through 5 to figure and use your NOL. Tax amendment deadline Step 1. Tax amendment deadline   Complete your tax return for the year. Tax amendment deadline You may have an NOL if a negative figure appears on the line below: Individuals — Form 1040, line 41, or Form 1040NR, line 39. Tax amendment deadline Estates and trusts — Form 1041, line 22. Tax amendment deadline   If the amount on that line is not negative, stop here — you do not have an NOL. Tax amendment deadline Step 2. Tax amendment deadline   Determine whether you have an NOL and its amount. Tax amendment deadline See How To Figure an NOL , later. Tax amendment deadline If you do not have an NOL, stop here. Tax amendment deadline Step 3. Tax amendment deadline   Decide whether to carry the NOL back to a past year or to waive the carryback period and instead carry the NOL forward to a future year. Tax amendment deadline See When To Use an NOL , later. Tax amendment deadline Step 4. Tax amendment deadline   Deduct the NOL in the carryback or carryforward year. Tax amendment deadline See How To Claim an NOL Deduction , later. Tax amendment deadline If your NOL deduction is equal to or less than your taxable income without the deduction, stop here — you have used up your NOL. Tax amendment deadline Step 5. Tax amendment deadline   Determine the amount of your unused NOL. Tax amendment deadline See How To Figure an NOL Carryover , later. Tax amendment deadline Carry over the unused NOL to the next carryback or carryforward year and begin again at Step 4. Tax amendment deadline Note. Tax amendment deadline   If your NOL deduction includes more than one NOL amount, apply Step 5 separately to each NOL amount, starting with the amount from the earliest year. Tax amendment deadline How To Figure an NOL If your deductions for the year are more than your income for the year, you may have an NOL. Tax amendment deadline There are rules that limit what you can deduct when figuring an NOL. Tax amendment deadline In general, the following items are not allowed when figuring an NOL. Tax amendment deadline Any deduction for personal exemptions. Tax amendment deadline Capital losses in excess of capital gains. Tax amendment deadline The section 1202 exclusion of the gain from the sale or exchange of qualified small business stock. Tax amendment deadline Nonbusiness deductions in excess of nonbusiness income. Tax amendment deadline The net operating loss deduction. Tax amendment deadline The domestic production activities deduction. Tax amendment deadline Form 1045, Schedule A. Tax amendment deadline   Use Form 1045, Schedule A, to figure an NOL. Tax amendment deadline The following discussion explains Schedule A and includes an illustrated example. Tax amendment deadline   First, complete Form 1045, Schedule A, line 1, using amounts from your return. Tax amendment deadline If line 1 is a negative amount, you may have an NOL. Tax amendment deadline   Next, complete the rest of Form 1045, Schedule A, to figure your NOL. Tax amendment deadline Nonbusiness deductions (line 6). Tax amendment deadline   Enter on line 6 deductions that are not connected to your trade or business or your employment. Tax amendment deadline Examples of deductions not related to your trade or business are: Alimony paid, Deductions for contributions to an IRA or a self-employed retirement plan, Health savings account deduction, Archer medical savings account deduction, Most itemized deductions (except for casualty and theft losses, state income tax on trade and business income, and any employee business expenses), and The standard deduction. Tax amendment deadline   Do not include on line 6 the deduction for personal exemptions for you, your spouse, or your dependents. Tax amendment deadline   Do not enter business deductions on line 6. Tax amendment deadline These are deductions that are connected to your trade or business. Tax amendment deadline They include the following. Tax amendment deadline State income tax on income attributable to trade or business (including wages, salary, and unemployment compensation). Tax amendment deadline Moving expenses. Tax amendment deadline Educator expenses. Tax amendment deadline The deduction for the deductible part of self-employed health insurance. Tax amendment deadline Domestic production activities deduction. Tax amendment deadline Rental losses. Tax amendment deadline Loss on the sale or exchange of business real estate or depreciable property. Tax amendment deadline Your share of a business loss from a partnership or an S corporation. Tax amendment deadline Ordinary loss on the sale or exchange of stock in a small business corporation or a small business investment company. Tax amendment deadline If you itemize your deductions, casualty and theft losses (even if they involve nonbusiness property) and employee business expenses (such as union dues, uniforms, tools, education expenses, and travel and transportation expenses). Tax amendment deadline Loss on the sale of accounts receivable (if you use an accrual method of accounting). Tax amendment deadline Interest and litigation expenses on state and federal income taxes related to your business. Tax amendment deadline Unrecovered investment in a pension or annuity claimed on a decedent's final return. Tax amendment deadline Payment by a federal employee to buy back sick leave used in an earlier year. Tax amendment deadline Nonbusiness income (line 7). Tax amendment deadline   Enter on line 7 only income that is not related to your trade or business or your employment. Tax amendment deadline For example, enter your annuity income, dividends, and interest on investments. Tax amendment deadline Also, include your share of nonbusiness income from partnerships and S corporations. Tax amendment deadline   Do not include on line 7 the income you receive from your trade or business or your employment. Tax amendment deadline This includes salaries and wages, self-employment income, unemployment compensation included in your gross income, and your share of business income from partnerships and S corporations. Tax amendment deadline Also, do not include rental income or ordinary gain from the sale or other disposition of business real estate or depreciable business property. Tax amendment deadline Adjustment for section 1202 exclusion (line 17). Tax amendment deadline   Enter on line 17 any gain you excluded under section 1202 on the sale or exchange of qualified small business stock. Tax amendment deadline Adjustments for capital losses (lines 19–22). Tax amendment deadline   The amount deductible for capital losses is limited based on whether the losses are business capital losses or nonbusiness capital losses. Tax amendment deadline Nonbusiness capital losses. Tax amendment deadline   You can deduct your nonbusiness capital losses (line 2) only up to the amount of your nonbusiness capital gains without regard to any section 1202 exclusion (line 3). Tax amendment deadline If your nonbusiness capital losses are more than your nonbusiness capital gains without regard to any section 1202 exclusion, you cannot deduct the excess. Tax amendment deadline Business capital losses. Tax amendment deadline   You can deduct your business capital losses (line 11) only up to the total of: Your nonbusiness capital gains that are more than the total of your nonbusiness capital losses and excess nonbusiness deductions (line 10), and Your total business capital gains without regard to any section 1202 exclusion (line 12). Tax amendment deadline Domestic production activities deduction (line 23). Tax amendment deadline   You cannot take the domestic production activities deduction when figuring your NOL. Tax amendment deadline Enter on line 23 any domestic production activities deduction claimed on your return. Tax amendment deadline NOLs from other years (line 24). Tax amendment deadline   You cannot deduct any NOL carryovers or carrybacks from other years. Tax amendment deadline Enter the total amount of your NOL deduction for losses from other years. Tax amendment deadline Illustrated Form 1045, Schedule A The following example illustrates how to figure an NOL. Tax amendment deadline It includes filled-in pages 1 and 2 of Form 1040 and Form 1045, Schedule A. Tax amendment deadline Example. Tax amendment deadline Glenn Johnson is in the retail record business. Tax amendment deadline He is single and has the following income and deductions on his Form 1040 for 2013. Tax amendment deadline See the illustrated Form 1040 , later. Tax amendment deadline INCOME   Wages from part-time job $1,225 Interest on savings 425 Net long-term capital gain on sale of real estate used in business 2,000 Glenn's total income $3,650 DEDUCTIONS   Net loss from business (gross income of $67,000 minus expenses of $72,000) $5,000 Net short-term capital loss on sale of stock 1,000 Standard deduction 6,100 Personal exemption 3,900 Glenn's total deductions $16,000 Glenn's deductions exceed his income by $12,350 ($16,000 − $3,650). Tax amendment deadline However, to figure whether he has an NOL, certain deductions are not allowed. Tax amendment deadline He uses Form 1045, Schedule A, to figure his NOL. Tax amendment deadline See the Illustrated Form 1045, Schedule A , later. Tax amendment deadline The following items are not allowed on Form 1045, Schedule A. Tax amendment deadline Nonbusiness net short-term capital loss $1,000 Nonbusiness deductions (standard deduction, $6,100) minus nonbusiness income (interest, $425) 5,675 Deduction for personal exemption 3,900 Total adjustments to net loss $10,575     Therefore, Glenn's NOL for 2013 is figured as follows: Glenn's total 2013 income $3,650 Less:     Glenn's original 2013 total deductions $16,000   Reduced by the disallowed items − 10,575 − 5,425 Glenn's NOL for 2013 $1,775 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Tax amendment deadline Please click the link to view the image. Tax amendment deadline Form 1040, page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Tax amendment deadline Please click the link to view the image. Tax amendment deadline Form 1040, page 2 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Tax amendment deadline Please click the link to view the image. Tax amendment deadline Form 1045, page 2 When To Use an NOL Generally, if you have an NOL for a tax year ending in 2013, you must carry back the entire amount of the NOL to the 2 tax years before the NOL year (the carryback period), and then carry forward any remaining NOL for up to 20 years after the NOL year (the carryforward period). Tax amendment deadline You can, however, choose not to carry back an NOL and only carry it forward. Tax amendment deadline See Waiving the Carryback Period , later. Tax amendment deadline You cannot deduct any part of the NOL remaining after the 20-year carryforward period. Tax amendment deadline NOL year. Tax amendment deadline   This is the year in which the NOL occurred. Tax amendment deadline Exceptions to 2-Year Carryback Rule Eligible losses, farming losses, qualified disaster losses, and specified liability losses, all defined next, qualify for longer carryback periods. Tax amendment deadline Eligible loss. Tax amendment deadline   The carryback period for eligible losses is 3 years. Tax amendment deadline Only the eligible loss portion of the NOL can be carried back 3 years. Tax amendment deadline An eligible loss is any part of an NOL that: Is from a casualty or theft, or Is attributable to a federally declared disaster for a qualified small business or certain qualified farming businesses. Tax amendment deadline Qualified small business. Tax amendment deadline   A qualified small business is a sole proprietorship or a partnership that has average annual gross receipts (reduced by returns and allowances) of $5 million or less during the 3-year period ending with the tax year of the NOL. Tax amendment deadline If the business did not exist for this entire 3-year period, use the period the business was in existence. Tax amendment deadline   An eligible loss does not include a farming loss or a qualified disaster loss. Tax amendment deadline Farming loss. Tax amendment deadline   The carryback period for a farming loss is 5 years. Tax amendment deadline Only the farming loss portion of the NOL can be carried back 5 years. Tax amendment deadline A farming loss is the smaller of: The amount that would be the NOL for the tax year if only income and deductions attributable to farming businesses were taken into account, or The NOL for the tax year. Tax amendment deadline Farming business. Tax amendment deadline   A farming business is a trade or business involving cultivation of land or the raising or harvesting of any agricultural or horticultural commodity. Tax amendment deadline A farming business can include operating a nursery or sod farm or raising or harvesting most ornamental trees or trees bearing fruit, nuts, or other crops. Tax amendment deadline The raising, shearing, feeding, caring for, training, and management of animals is also considered a farming business. Tax amendment deadline   A farming business does not include contract harvesting of an agricultural or horticultural commodity grown or raised by someone else. Tax amendment deadline It also does not include a business in which you merely buy or sell plants or animals grown or raised entirely by someone else. Tax amendment deadline Waiving the 5-year carryback. Tax amendment deadline   You can choose to figure the carryback period for a farming loss without regard to the special 5-year carryback rule. Tax amendment deadline To make this choice for 2013, attach to your 2013 income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) a statement that you are choosing to treat any 2013 farming losses without regard to the special 5-year carryback rule. Tax amendment deadline If you filed your original return on time but did not file the statement with it, you can make this choice on an amended return filed within 6 months after the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Tax amendment deadline Attach an election statement to your amended return, and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Tax amendment deadline 9100-2” at the top of the statement. Tax amendment deadline Once made, this choice is irrevocable. Tax amendment deadline Qualified disaster loss. Tax amendment deadline   The carryback period for a qualified disaster loss is 5 years. Tax amendment deadline Only the qualified disaster loss portion of the NOL can be carried back 5 years. Tax amendment deadline A qualified disaster loss is the smaller of: The sum of: Any losses attributable to a federally declared disaster and occurring before January 1, 2010, in the disaster area, plus Any allowable qualified disaster expenses (even if you did not choose to treat those expenses as deductions in the current year), or The NOL for the tax year. Tax amendment deadline Qualified disaster expenses. Tax amendment deadline   A qualified disaster expense is any capital expense paid or incurred in connection with a trade or business or with business-related property which is: For the abatement or control of hazardous substances that were released as a result of a federally declared disaster occurring before January 1, 2010, For the removal of debris from, or the demolition of structures on, real property which is business-related property damaged or destroyed as a result of a federally declared disaster occurring before January 1, 2010, or For the repair of business-related property damaged as a result of a federally declared disaster occurring before January 1, 2010. Tax amendment deadline Business-related property is property held for use in a trade or business, property held for the production of income, or inventory property. Tax amendment deadline Note. Tax amendment deadline Section 198A allows taxpayers to treat certain capital expenses (qualified disaster expenses) as deductions in the year the expenses were paid or incurred. Tax amendment deadline Excluded losses. Tax amendment deadline   A qualified disaster loss does not include any losses from property used in connection with any private or commercial golf course, country club, massage parlor, hot tub facility, suntan facility, or any store for which the principal business is the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises. Tax amendment deadline   A qualified disaster loss also does not include any losses from any gambling or animal racing property. Tax amendment deadline Gambling or animal racing property is any equipment, furniture, software, or other property used directly in connection with gambling, the racing of animals, or the on-site viewing of such racing, and the portion of any real property (determined by square footage) that is dedicated to gambling, the racing of animals, or the on-site viewing of such racing, unless this portion is less than 100 square feet. Tax amendment deadline Specified liability loss. Tax amendment deadline   The carryback period for a specified liability loss is 10 years. Tax amendment deadline Only the specified liability loss portion of the NOL can be carried back 10 years. Tax amendment deadline Generally, a specified liability loss is a loss arising from: Product liability and expenses incurred in the investigation or settlement of, or opposition to, product liability claims, or An act (or failure to act) that occurred at least 3 years before the beginning of the loss year and resulted in a liability under a federal or state law requiring: Reclamation of land, Dismantling of a drilling platform, Remediation of environmental contamination, or Payment under any workers compensation act. Tax amendment deadline   Any loss from a liability arising from (1) through (4) above can be taken into account as a specified liability loss only if you used an accrual method of accounting throughout the period in which the act (or failure to act) occurred. Tax amendment deadline For details, see section 172(f). Tax amendment deadline Waiving the 10-year carryback. Tax amendment deadline   You can choose to figure the carryback period for a specified liability loss without regard to the special 10-year carryback rule. Tax amendment deadline To make this choice for 2013 attach to your 2013 income tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) a statement that you are choosing to treat any 2013 specified liability losses without regard to the special 10-year carryback rule. Tax amendment deadline If you filed your original return on time but did not file the statement with it, you can make this choice on an amended return filed within 6 months after the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Tax amendment deadline Attach a statement to your amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Tax amendment deadline 9100-2” at the top of the statement. Tax amendment deadline Once made, this choice is irrevocable. Tax amendment deadline Waiving the Carryback Period You can choose not to carry back your NOL. Tax amendment deadline If you make this choice, then you can use your NOL only in the 20-year carryforward period. Tax amendment deadline (This choice means you also choose not to carry back any alternative tax NOL. Tax amendment deadline ) To make this choice, attach a statement to your original return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the NOL year. Tax amendment deadline This statement must show that you are choosing to waive the carryback period under section 172(b)(3). Tax amendment deadline If you filed your original return on time but did not file the statement with it, you can make this choice on an amended return filed within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Tax amendment deadline Attach a statement to your amended return, and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Tax amendment deadline 9100-2” at the top of the statement. Tax amendment deadline Once you choose to waive the carryback period, it generally is irrevocable. Tax amendment deadline If you choose to waive the carryback period for more than one NOL, you must make a separate choice and attach a separate statement for each NOL year. Tax amendment deadline If you do not file this statement on time, you cannot waive the carryback period. Tax amendment deadline How To Carry an NOL Back or Forward If you choose to carry back the NOL, you must first carry the entire NOL to the earliest carryback year. Tax amendment deadline If your NOL is not used up, you can carry the rest to the next earliest carryback year, and so on. Tax amendment deadline If you waive the carryback period or do not use up the NOL in the carryback period, carry forward what remains of the NOL to the 20 tax years following the NOL year. Tax amendment deadline Start by carrying it to the first tax year after the NOL year. Tax amendment deadline If you do not use it up, carry the unused part to the next year. Tax amendment deadline Continue to carry any unused part of the NOL forward until the NOL is used up or you complete the 20-year carryforward period. Tax amendment deadline Example 1. Tax amendment deadline You started your business as a sole proprietor in 2013 and had a $42,000 NOL for the year. Tax amendment deadline No part of the NOL qualifies for the 3-year, 5-year, or 10-year carryback. Tax amendment deadline You begin using your NOL in 2011, the second year before the NOL year, as shown in the following chart. Tax amendment deadline Year   Carryback/  Carryover Unused  Loss 2011 $42,000 $40,000 2012 40,000 37,000 2013 (NOL year)     2014 37,000 31,500 2015 31,500 22,500 2016 22,500 12,700 2017 12,700 4,000 2018 4,000 -0- If your loss were larger, you could carry it forward until the year 2033. Tax amendment deadline If you still had an unused 2013 carryforward after the year 2033, you would not be allowed to deduct it. Tax amendment deadline Example 2. Tax amendment deadline Assume the same facts as in Example 1 , except that $4,000 of the NOL is attributable to a casualty loss and this loss qualifies for a 3-year carryback period. Tax amendment deadline You begin using the $4,000 in 2010. Tax amendment deadline As shown in the following chart, $3,000 of this NOL is used in 2010. Tax amendment deadline The remaining $1,000 is carried to 2011 with the $38,000 NOL that you must begin using in 2011. Tax amendment deadline Year   Carryback/  Carryover Unused  Loss 2010 $4,000 $1,000 2011 39,000 37,000 2012 37,000 34,000 2013 (NOL year)     2014 34,000 28,500 2015 28,500 19,500 2016 19,500 9,700 2017 9,700 1,000 2018 1,000 -0- How To Claim an NOL Deduction If you have not already carried the NOL to an earlier year, your NOL deduction is the total NOL. Tax amendment deadline If you carried the NOL to an earlier year, your NOL deduction is the carried over NOL minus the NOL amount you used in the earlier year or years. Tax amendment deadline If you carry more than one NOL to the same year, your NOL deduction is the total of these carrybacks and carryovers. Tax amendment deadline NOL resulting in no taxable income. Tax amendment deadline   If your NOL is more than the taxable income of the year you carry it to (figured before deducting the NOL), you generally will have an NOL carryover to the next year. Tax amendment deadline See How To Figure an NOL Carryover , later, to determine how much NOL you have used and how much you carry to the next year. Tax amendment deadline Deducting a Carryback If you carry back your NOL, you can use either Form 1045 or Form 1040X. Tax amendment deadline You can get your refund faster by using Form 1045, but you have a shorter time to file it. Tax amendment deadline You can use Form 1045 to apply an NOL to all carryback years. Tax amendment deadline If you use Form 1040X, you must use a separate Form 1040X for each carryback year to which you apply the NOL. Tax amendment deadline Estates and trusts that do not file Form 1045 must file an amended Form 1041 (instead of Form 1040X) for each carryback year to which NOLs are applied. Tax amendment deadline Use a copy of the appropriate year's Form 1041, check the “Amended return” box, and follow the Form 1041 instructions for amended returns. Tax amendment deadline Include the NOL deduction with other deductions not subject to the 2% limit (line 15a). Tax amendment deadline Also, see the special procedures for filing an amended return due to an NOL carryback, explained under Form 1040X , later. Tax amendment deadline Form 1045. Tax amendment deadline   You can apply for a quick refund by filing Form 1045. Tax amendment deadline This form results in a tentative adjustment of tax in the carryback year. Tax amendment deadline See the Illustrated Form 1045 . Tax amendment deadline at the end of this discussion. Tax amendment deadline   If the IRS refunds or credits an amount to you from Form 1045 and later determines that the refund or credit is too much, the IRS may assess and collect the excess immediately. Tax amendment deadline   Generally, you must file Form 1045 on or after the date you file your tax return for the NOL year, but not later than one year after the end of the NOL year. Tax amendment deadline If the last day of the NOL year falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the form will be considered timely if postmarked on the next business day. Tax amendment deadline For example, if you are a calendar year taxpayer with a carryback from 2013 to 2011, you must file Form 1045 on or after the date you file your tax return for 2013, but no later than December 31, 2014. Tax amendment deadline Form 1040X. Tax amendment deadline   If you do not file Form 1045, you can file Form 1040X to get a refund of tax because of an NOL carryback. Tax amendment deadline File Form 1040X within 3 years after the due date, including extensions, for filing the return for the NOL year. Tax amendment deadline For example, if you are a calendar year taxpayer and filed your 2011 return by the April 15, 2012, due date, you must file a claim for refund of 2008 tax because of an NOL carryback from 2011 by April 15, 2015. Tax amendment deadline   Attach a computation of your NOL using Form 1045, Schedule A, and, if it applies, your NOL carryover using Form 1045, Schedule B, discussed later . Tax amendment deadline Refiguring your tax. Tax amendment deadline   To refigure your total tax liability for a carryback year, first refigure your adjusted gross income for that year. Tax amendment deadline (On Form 1045, use lines 10 and 11 and the “After carryback” column for the applicable carryback year. Tax amendment deadline ) Use your adjusted gross income after applying the NOL deduction to refigure income or deduction items that are based on, or limited to, a percentage of your adjusted gross income. Tax amendment deadline Refigure the following items. Tax amendment deadline The special allowance for passive activity losses from rental real estate activities. Tax amendment deadline Taxable social security and tier 1 railroad retirement benefits. Tax amendment deadline IRA deductions. Tax amendment deadline Excludable savings bond interest. Tax amendment deadline Excludable employer-provided adoption benefits. Tax amendment deadline The student loan interest deduction. Tax amendment deadline The tuition and fees deduction. Tax amendment deadline   If more than one of these items apply, refigure them in the order listed above, using your adjusted gross income after applying the NOL deduction and any previous item. Tax amendment deadline (Enter your NOL deduction on Form 1045, line 10. Tax amendment deadline On line 11, using the “After carryback” column, enter your adjusted gross income refigured after applying the NOL deduction and after refiguring any above items. Tax amendment deadline )   Next, refigure your taxable income. Tax amendment deadline (On Form 1045, use lines 12 through 15 and the “After carryback” column. Tax amendment deadline ) Use your refigured adjusted gross income (Form 1045, line 11, using the “After carryback” column) to refigure certain deductions and other items that are based on or limited to a percentage of your adjusted gross income. Tax amendment deadline Refigure the following items. Tax amendment deadline The itemized deduction for medical expenses. Tax amendment deadline The itemized deduction for qualified mortgage insurance premiums. Tax amendment deadline The itemized deduction for casualty losses. Tax amendment deadline Miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% limit. Tax amendment deadline The overall limit on itemized deductions (do not apply to carryback years beginning after December 31, 2009). Tax amendment deadline The phaseout of the deduction for exemptions (do not apply to carryback years beginning after December 31, 2009). Tax amendment deadline Qualified motor vehicle tax (do not apply to carryback years beginning after December 31, 2009). Tax amendment deadline    Do not refigure the itemized deduction for charitable contributions. Tax amendment deadline   Finally, use your refigured taxable income (Form 1045, line 15, using the “After carryback” column) to refigure your total tax liability. Tax amendment deadline Refigure your income tax, your alternative minimum tax, and any credits that are based on or limited by your adjusted gross income (AGI), modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), or tax liability. Tax amendment deadline (On Form 1045, use lines 16 through 25, and the “After carryback” column. Tax amendment deadline ) The earned income credit, for example, may be affected by changes to adjusted gross income or the amount of tax (or both) and, therefore, must be recomputed. Tax amendment deadline If you become eligible for a credit because of the carryback, complete the form for that specific credit (such as the EIC Worksheet) for that year. Tax amendment deadline   While it is necessary to refigure your income tax, alternative minimum tax, and credits, do not refigure your self-employment tax. Tax amendment deadline Deducting a Carryforward If you carry forward your NOL to a tax year after the NOL year, list your NOL deduction as a negative figure on the “Other income” line of Form 1040 or Form 1040NR (line 21 for 2013). Tax amendment deadline Estates and trusts include an NOL deduction on Form 1041 with other deductions not subject to the 2% limit (line 15a for 2013). Tax amendment deadline You must attach a statement that shows all the important facts about the NOL. Tax amendment deadline Your statement should include a computation showing how you figured the NOL deduction. Tax amendment deadline If you deduct more than one NOL in the same year, your statement must cover each of them. Tax amendment deadline Change in Marital Status If you and your spouse were not married to each other in all years involved in figuring NOL carrybacks and carryovers, only the spouse who had the loss can take the NOL deduction. Tax amendment deadline If you file a joint return, the NOL deduction is limited to the income of that spouse. Tax amendment deadline For example, if your marital status changes because of death or divorce, and in a later year you have an NOL, you can carry back that loss only to the part of the income reported on the joint return (filed with your former spouse) that was related to your taxable income. Tax amendment deadline After you deduct the NOL in the carryback year, the joint rates apply to the resulting taxable income. Tax amendment deadline Refund limit. Tax amendment deadline   If you are not married in the NOL year (or are married to a different spouse), and in the carryback year you were married and filed a joint return, your refund for the overpaid joint tax may be limited. Tax amendment deadline You can claim a refund for the difference between your share of the refigured tax and your contribution toward the tax paid on the joint return. Tax amendment deadline The refund cannot be more than the joint overpayment. Tax amendment deadline Attach a statement showing how you figured your refund. Tax amendment deadline Figuring your share of a joint tax liability. Tax amendment deadline   There are five steps for figuring your share of the refigured joint tax liability. Tax amendment deadline Figure your total tax as though you had filed as married filing separately. Tax amendment deadline Figure your spouse's total tax as though your spouse had also filed as married filing separately. Tax amendment deadline Add the amounts in (1) and (2). Tax amendment deadline Divide the amount in (1) by the amount in (3). Tax amendment deadline Multiply the refigured tax on your joint return by the amount figured in (4). Tax amendment deadline This is your share of the joint tax liability. Tax amendment deadline Figuring your contribution toward tax paid. Tax amendment deadline   Unless you have an agreement or clear evidence of each spouse's contributions toward the payment of the joint tax liability, figure your contribution by adding the tax withheld on your wages and your share of joint estimated tax payments or tax paid with the return. Tax amendment deadline If the original return for the carryback year resulted in an overpayment, reduce your contribution by your share of the tax refund. Tax amendment deadline Figure your share of a joint payment or refund by the same method used in figuring your share of the joint tax liability. Tax amendment deadline Use your taxable income as originally reported on the joint return in steps (1) and (2) above, and substitute the joint payment or refund for the refigured joint tax in step (5). Tax amendment deadline Change in Filing Status If you and your spouse were married and filed a joint return for each year involved in figuring NOL carrybacks and carryovers, figure the NOL deduction on a joint return as you would for an individual. Tax amendment deadline However, treat the NOL deduction as a joint NOL. Tax amendment deadline If you and your spouse were married and filed separate returns for each year involved in figuring NOL carrybacks and carryovers, the spouse who sustained the loss may take the NOL deduction on a separate return. Tax amendment deadline Special rules apply for figuring the NOL carrybacks and carryovers of married people whose filing status changes for any tax year involved in figuring an NOL carryback or carryover. Tax amendment deadline Separate to joint return. Tax amendment deadline   If you and your spouse file a joint return for a carryback or carryforward year, and were married but filed separate returns for any of the tax years involved in figuring the NOL carryback or carryover, treat the separate carryback or carryover as a joint carryback or carryover. Tax amendment deadline Joint to separate returns. Tax amendment deadline   If you and your spouse file separate returns for a carryback or carryforward year, but filed a joint return for any or all of the tax years involved in figuring the NOL carryover, figure each of your carryovers separately. Tax amendment deadline Joint return in NOL year. Tax amendment deadline   Figure each spouse's share of the joint NOL through the following steps. Tax amendment deadline Figure each spouse's NOL as if he or she filed a separate return. Tax amendment deadline See How To Figure an NOL , earlier. Tax amendment deadline If only one spouse has an NOL, stop here. Tax amendment deadline All of the joint NOL is that spouse's NOL. Tax amendment deadline If both spouses have an NOL, multiply the joint NOL by a fraction, the numerator of which is spouse A's NOL figured in (1) and the denominator of which is the total of the spouses' NOLs figured in (1). Tax amendment deadline The result is spouse A's share of the joint NOL. Tax amendment deadline The rest of the joint NOL is spouse B's share. Tax amendment deadline Example 1. Tax amendment deadline Mark and Nancy are married and file a joint return for 2013. Tax amendment deadline They have an NOL of $5,000. Tax amendment deadline They carry the NOL back to 2011, a year in which Mark and Nancy filed separate returns. Tax amendment deadline Figured separately, Nancy's 2013 deductions were more than her income, and Mark's income was more than his deductions. Tax amendment deadline Mark does not have any NOL to carry back. Tax amendment deadline Nancy can carry back the entire $5,000 NOL to her 2011 separate return. Tax amendment deadline Example 2. Tax amendment deadline Assume the same facts as in Example 1 , except that both Mark and Nancy had deductions in 2013 that were more than their income. Tax amendment deadline Figured separately, his NOL is $1,800 and her NOL is $3,000. Tax amendment deadline The sum of their separate NOLs ($4,800) is less than their $5,000 joint NOL because his deductions included a $200 net capital loss that is not allowed in figuring his separate NOL. Tax amendment deadline The loss is allowed in figuring their joint NOL because it was offset by Nancy's capital gains. Tax amendment deadline Mark's share of their $5,000 joint NOL is $1,875 ($5,000 × $1,800/$4,800) and Nancy's is $3,125 ($5,000 − $1,875). Tax amendment deadline Joint return in previous carryback or carryforward year. Tax amendment deadline   If only one spouse had an NOL deduction on the previous year's joint return, all of the joint carryover is that spouse's carryover. Tax amendment deadline If both spouses had an NOL deduction (including separate carryovers of a joint NOL, figured as explained in the previous discussion ), figure each spouse's share of the joint carryover through the following steps. Tax amendment deadline Figure each spouse's modified taxable income as if he or she filed a separate return. Tax amendment deadline See Modified taxable income under How To Figure an NOL Carryover , later. Tax amendment deadline Multiply the joint modified taxable income you used to figure the joint carryover by a fraction, the numerator of which is spouse A's modified taxable income figured in (1) and the denominator of which is the total of the spouses' modified taxable incomes figured in (1). Tax amendment deadline This is spouse A's share of the joint modified taxable income. Tax amendment deadline Subtract the amount figured in (2) from the joint modified taxable income. Tax amendment deadline This is spouse B's share of the joint modified taxable income. Tax amendment deadline Reduce the amount figured in (3), but not below zero, by spouse B's NOL deduction. Tax amendment deadline Add the amounts figured in (2) and (4). Tax amendment deadline Subtract the amount figured in (5) from spouse A's NOL deduction. Tax amendment deadline This is spouse A's share of the joint carryover. Tax amendment deadline The rest of the joint carryover is spouse B's share. Tax amendment deadline Example. Tax amendment deadline Sam and Wanda filed a joint return for 2011 and separate returns for 2012 and 2013. Tax amendment deadline In 2013, Sam had an NOL of $18,000 and Wanda had an NOL of $2,000. Tax amendment deadline They choose to carry back both NOLs 2 years to their 2011 joint return and claim a $20,000 NOL deduction. Tax amendment deadline Their joint modified taxable income (MTI) for 2011 is $15,000, and their joint NOL carryover to 2012 is $5,000 ($20,000 – $15,000). Tax amendment deadline Sam and Wanda each figure their separate MTI for 2011 as if they had filed separate returns. Tax amendment deadline Then they figure their shares of the $5,000 carryover as follows. Tax amendment deadline Step 1. Tax amendment deadline   Sam's separate MTI $9,000 Wanda's separate MTI + 3,000 Total MTI $12,000 Step 2. Tax amendment deadline   Joint MTI $15,000 Sam's MTI ÷ total MTI ($9,000 ÷ $12,000) × . Tax amendment deadline 75 Sam's share of joint MTI $11,250 Step 3. Tax amendment deadline   Joint MTI $15,000 Sam's share of joint MTI − 11,250 Wanda's share of joint MTI $3,750 Step 4. Tax amendment deadline   Wanda's share of joint MTI $3,750 Wanda's NOL deduction − 2,000 Wanda's remaining share $1,750 Step 5. Tax amendment deadline   Sam's share of joint MTI $11,250 Wanda's remaining share + 1,750 Joint MTI to be offset $13,000 Step 6. Tax amendment deadline   Sam's NOL deduction $18,000 Joint MTI to be offset − 13,000 Sam's carryover to 2012 $5,000 Joint carryover to 2012 $5,000 Sam's carryover − 5,000 Wanda's carryover to 2012 $-0- Wanda's $2,000 NOL deduction offsets $2,000 of her $3,750 share of the joint modified taxable income and is completely used up. Tax amendment deadline She has no carryover to 2012. Tax amendment deadline Sam's $18,000 NOL deduction offsets all of his $11,250 share of joint modified taxable income and the remaining $1,750 of Wanda's share. Tax amendment deadline His carryover to 2012 is $5,000. Tax amendment deadline Illustrated Form 1045 The following example illustrates how to use Form 1045 to claim an NOL deduction in a carryback year. Tax amendment deadline It includes a filled-in page 1 of Form 1045. Tax amendment deadline Example. Tax amendment deadline Martha Sanders is a self-employed contractor. Tax amendment deadline Martha's 2013 deductions are more than her 2013 income because of a business loss. Tax amendment deadline She uses Form 1045 to carry back her NOL 2 years and claim an NOL deduction in 2011. Tax amendment deadline Her filing status in both years was single. Tax amendment deadline See the filled-in Form 1045 later. Tax amendment deadline Martha figures her 2013 NOL on Form 1045, Schedule A (not shown). Tax amendment deadline (For an example using Form 1045, Schedule A, see Illustrated Form 1045, Schedule A under How To Figure an NOL , earlier. Tax amendment deadline ) She enters the $10,000 NOL from Form 1045, Schedule A, line 25, on Form 1045, line 1a. Tax amendment deadline Martha completes lines 10 through 25, using the “Before carryback” column under the column for the second preceding tax year ended 12/31/11 on page 1 of Form 1045 using the following amounts from her 2011 return. Tax amendment deadline 2011 Adjusted gross income $50,000 Itemized deductions:     Medical expenses [$6,000 − ($50,000 × 7. Tax amendment deadline 5%)] $2,250   State income tax + 2,000   Real estate tax + 4,000   Home mortgage interest + 5,000   Total itemized deductions $13,250 Exemption $3,700 Income tax $4,550 Self-employment tax $6,120   Martha refigures her taxable income for 2011 after carrying back her 2013 NOL as follows: 2011 Adjusted gross income $50,000 Less:     NOL from 2013 −10,000 2011 Adjusted gross income after carryback $40,000 Less:     Itemized deductions:     Medical expenses [$6,000 − ($40,000 × 7. Tax amendment deadline 5%)] $3,000   State income tax + 2,000   Real estate tax + 4,000   Home mortgage interest + 5,000   Total itemized deductions −14,000 Less:     Exemption − 3,700 2011 Taxable income after carryback $22,300 Martha then completes lines 10 through 25, using the “After carryback” column under the column for the second preceding tax year ended 12/31/11. Tax amendment deadline On line 10, Martha enters her $10,000 NOL deduction. Tax amendment deadline Her new adjusted gross income on line 11 is $40,000 ($50,000 − $10,000). Tax amendment deadline To complete line 12, she must refigure her medical expense deduction using her new adjusted gross income. Tax amendment deadline Her refigured medical expense deduction is $3,000 [$6,000 − ($40,000 × 7. Tax amendment deadline 5%)]. Tax amendment deadline This increases her total itemized deductions to $14,000 [$13,250 + ($3,000 − $2,250)]. Tax amendment deadline Martha uses her refigured taxable income ($22,300) from line 15, and the tax tables in her 2011 Form 1040 instructions to find her income tax. Tax amendment deadline She enters the new amount, $2,924, on line 16, and her new total tax liability, $9,044, on line 25. Tax amendment deadline Martha used up her $10,000 NOL in 2011 so she does not complete a column for the first preceding tax year ended 12/31/2012. Tax amendment deadline The decrease in tax because of her NOL deduction (line 27) is $1,612. Tax amendment deadline Martha files Form 1045 after filing her 2013 return, but no later than December 31, 2014. Tax amendment deadline She mails it to the Internal Revenue Service Center for the place where she lives as shown in the 2013 instructions for Form 1040 and attaches a copy of her 2013 return (including the applicable forms and schedules). Tax amendment deadline This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Tax amendment deadline Please click the link to view the image. Tax amendment deadline Form 1045, page 1 How To Figure an NOL Carryover If your NOL is more than your taxable income for the year to which you carry it (figured before deducting the NOL), you may have an NOL carryover. Tax amendment deadline You must make certain modifications to your taxable income to determine how much NOL you will use up in that year and how much you can carry over to the next tax year. Tax amendment deadline Your carryover is the excess of your NOL deduction over your modified taxable income for the carryback or carryforward year. Tax amendment deadline If your NOL deduction includes more than one NOL, apply the NOLs against your modified taxable income in the same order in which you incurred them, starting with the earliest. Tax amendment deadline Modified taxable income. Tax amendment deadline   Your modified taxable income is your taxable income figured with the following changes. Tax amendment deadline You cannot claim an NOL deduction for the NOL carryover you are figuring or for any later NOL. Tax amendment deadline You cannot claim a deduction for capital losses in excess of your capital gains. Tax amendment deadline Also, you must increase your taxable income by the amount of any section 1202 exclusion. Tax amendment deadline You cannot claim the domestic production activities deduction. Tax amendment deadline You cannot claim a deduction for your exemptions for yourself, your spouse, or dependents. Tax amendment deadline You must figure any item affected by the amount of your adjusted gross income after making the changes in (1), (2), and (3), above, and certain other changes to your adjusted gross income that result from (1), (2), and (3). Tax amendment deadline This includes income and deduction items used to figure adjusted gross income (for example, IRA deductions), as well as certain itemized deductions. Tax amendment deadline To figure a charitable contribution deduction, do not include deductions for NOL carrybacks in the change in (1) but do include deductions for NOL carryforwards from tax years before the NOL year. Tax amendment deadline   Your taxable income as modified cannot be less than zero. Tax amendment deadline Form 1045, Schedule B. Tax amendment deadline   You can use Form 1045, Schedule B, to figure your modified taxable income for carryback years and your carryover from each of those years. Tax amendment deadline Do not use Form 1045, Schedule B, for a carryforward year. Tax amendment deadline If your 2013 return includes an NOL deduction from an NOL year before 2013 that reduced your taxable income to zero (to less than zero, if an estate or trust), see NOL Carryover From 2013 to 2014 , later. Tax amendment deadline Illustrated Form 1045, Schedule B The following example illustrates how to figure an NOL carryover from a carryback year. Tax amendment deadline It includes a filled-in Form 1045, Schedule B. Tax amendment deadline Example. Tax amendment deadline Ida Brown runs a small clothing shop. Tax amendment deadline In 2013, she has an NOL of $36,000 that she carries back to 2011. Tax amendment deadline She has no other carrybacks or carryforwards to 2011. Tax amendment deadline Ida's adjusted gross income in 2011 was $35,000, consisting of her salary of $36,000 minus a $1,000 capital loss deduction. Tax amendment deadline She is single and claimed only one personal exemption of $3,700. Tax amendment deadline During that year, she gave $1,450 in charitable contributions. Tax amendment deadline Her medical expenses were $3,000. Tax amendment deadline She also deducted $1,650 in taxes and $3,125 in home mortgage interest. Tax amendment deadline Her deduction for charitable contributions was not limited because her contributions, $1,450, were less than 50% of her adjusted gross income. Tax amendment deadline The deduction for medical expenses was limited to expenses over 7. Tax amendment deadline 5% of adjusted gross income (. Tax amendment deadline 075 × $35,000 = $2,625; $3,000 − $2,625 = $375). Tax amendment deadline The deductions for taxes and home mortgage interest were not subject to any limits. Tax amendment deadline She was able to claim $6,600 ($1,450 + $375 + $1,650 + $3,125) in itemized deductions and a personal exemption deduction of $3,700 for 2011. Tax amendment deadline She had no other deductions in 2011 (except the NOL deduction). Tax amendment deadline Her taxable income (figured without the NOL deduction) for the year was $24,700. Tax amendment deadline Ida's adjusted gross income in 2012 was $9,325, consisting of net business income from the clothing shop of $12,325 and a net capital loss of $3,000. Tax amendment deadline She did not itemize her deductions in 2012. Tax amendment deadline She deducted the standard deduction of $5,950 and the personal exemption deduction of $3,800. Tax amendment deadline She had no other deductions in 2012 (other than the NOL deduction). Tax amendment deadline Her taxable income, therefore, was ($425). Tax amendment deadline Ida's $36,000 carryback will result in her having 2011 taxable income of zero. Tax amendment deadline She then completes the column for the second preceding tax year ended 12/31/11 on Form 1045, Schedule B, to figure how much of her NOL she uses up in 2011 and how much she can carry over to 2012. Tax amendment deadline She completes the column for the first preceding tax year ended 12/31/12. Tax amendment deadline See the illustrated Form 1045, Schedule B , shown later. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 1. Tax amendment deadline Ida enters $36,000, her 2013 net operating loss, on line 1. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 2. Tax amendment deadline She enters $24,700, her 2011 taxable income (figured without the NOL deduction), on line 2. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 3. Tax amendment deadline Ida enters her net capital loss deduction of $1,000 on line 3. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, lines 4 and 5. Tax amendment deadline Ida had no section 1202 exclusion or domestic production activities deduction in 2011. Tax amendment deadline She enters zero on lines 4 and 5. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 6. Tax amendment deadline Although Ida's entry on line 3 modifies her adjusted gross income, that does not affect any other items included in her adjusted gross income. Tax amendment deadline Ida enters zero on line 6. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 7. Tax amendment deadline Ida had itemized deductions and entered $1,000 on line 3, so she completes lines 11 through 38 to figure her adjustment to itemized deductions. Tax amendment deadline On line 7, she enters the total adjustment from line 38. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 8. Tax amendment deadline Ida enters the deduction for her personal exemption of $3,700 for 2011. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 9. Tax amendment deadline After combining lines 2 through 8, Ida's modified taxable income is $29,475. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 10. Tax amendment deadline Ida figures her carryover to 2012 by subtracting her modified taxable income (line 9) from her NOL deduction (line 1). Tax amendment deadline She enters the $6,525 carryover on line 10. Tax amendment deadline She also enters the $6,525 as her NOL deduction for 2012 on Form 1045, page 1, line 10, in the “After carryback” column under the column for the first preceding tax year ended 12/31/12. Tax amendment deadline (For an illustrated example of page 1 of Form 1045, see Illustrated Form 1045 under How To Claim an NOL Deduction , earlier. Tax amendment deadline ) Next, Ida completes column 2 for the first preceding tax year ended 12/31/12. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 11. Tax amendment deadline Ida's adjusted gross income for 2011 was $35,000. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 12. Tax amendment deadline She adds lines 3 through 6 and enters $1,000 on line 12. Tax amendment deadline (This is her net capital loss deduction added back, which modifies her adjusted gross income. Tax amendment deadline ) Column 1, line 13. Tax amendment deadline Her modified adjusted gross income for 2011 is now $36,000. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 14. Tax amendment deadline On her 2011 tax return, she deducted $375 as medical expenses. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 15. Tax amendment deadline Her actual medical expenses were $3,000. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 16. Tax amendment deadline She multiplies her modified adjusted gross income, $36,000, by . Tax amendment deadline 075. Tax amendment deadline She enters $2,700 on line 16. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 17. Tax amendment deadline She substracts $2,700 from her actual medical expenses, $3,000. Tax amendment deadline She enters $300 on line 17. Tax amendment deadline This is her modified medical deduction. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 18. Tax amendment deadline The difference between her medical deduction and her modified medical deduction is $75. Tax amendment deadline She enters this on line 18. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, lines 19 through 21. Tax amendment deadline Ida had no deduction for qualified mortgage insurance premiums in 2011. Tax amendment deadline She skips lines 19 and 20 and enters zero on line 21. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 22. Tax amendment deadline She enters her modified adjusted gross income of $36,000 on line 22. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 23. Tax amendment deadline She had no other carrybacks to 2011 and enters zero on line 23. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 24. Tax amendment deadline Her modified adjusted gross income remains $36,000. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 25. Tax amendment deadline Her actual contributions for 2011 were $1,450, which she enters on line 25. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 26. Tax amendment deadline She now refigures her charitable contributions based on her modified adjusted gross income. Tax amendment deadline Her contributions are well below the 50% limit, so she enters $1,450 on line 26. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 27. Tax amendment deadline The difference is zero. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, lines 28 through 37. Tax amendment deadline Ida had no casualty losses or deductions for miscellaneous items in 2011. Tax amendment deadline She skips lines 28 through 31 and lines 33 through 36. Tax amendment deadline Ida enters zero on lines 32 and 37. Tax amendment deadline Column 1, line 38. Tax amendment deadline She combines lines 18, 21, 27, 32, and 37 and enters $75 on line 38. Tax amendment deadline She carries this figure to line 7. Tax amendment deadline Column 2, line 1. Tax amendment deadline Ida enters $6,525, the carryback of her 2013 NOL to 2012, from column 1, line 10, on line 1. Tax amendment deadline Column 2, line 2. Tax amendment deadline She enters ($425), her 2012 taxable income, on line 2. Tax amendment deadline Column 2, line 3. Tax amendment deadline Ida enters her net capital loss deduction of $3,000 on line 3. Tax amendment deadline Column 2, lines 4 and 5. Tax amendment deadline Ida had no section 1202 exclusion or domestic production activities deduction in 2012. Tax amendment deadline She enters zero on lines 4 and 5. Tax amendment deadline Column 2, line 6. Tax amendment deadline Although Ida's entry on line 3 modifies her adjusted gross income, that does not affect any other items included in her adjusted gross income. Tax amendment deadline Ida enters zero on line 6. Tax amendment deadline Column 2, line 7. Tax amendment deadline Because Ida did not itemize deductions on her 2012 tax return, she enters zero on line 7. Tax amendment deadline Column 2, line 8. Tax amendment deadline Ida enters the deduction for her personal exemption of $3,800 for 2012. Tax amendment deadline Column 2, line 9. Tax amendment deadline After combining lines 2 through 8, Ida's modified taxable income is $6,375. Tax amendment deadline Column 2, line 10. Tax amendment deadline Ida figures her carryforward to 2014 by subtracting her modified taxable income (line 9) from her NOL deduction (line 1). Tax amendment deadline She enters the $150 carryover on line 10. Tax amendment deadline This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Tax amendment deadline Please click the link to view the image. Tax amendment deadline Form 1045, page 3 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Tax amendment deadline Please click the link to view the image. Tax amendment deadline Form 1045, page 4 NOL Carryover From 2013 to 2014 If you had an NOL deduction carried forward from a year prior to 2013 that resulted in your having taxable income on your 2013 return of zero (of less than zero, if an estate or trust), complete Table 1 , Worksheet for NOL Carryover From 2013 to 2014, on the following pages. Tax amendment deadline It will help you figure your NOL to carry to 2014. Tax amendment deadline Keep the worksheet for your records. Tax amendment deadline Worksheet Instructions At the top of the worksheet, enter the NOL year for which you are figuring the carryover. Tax amendment deadline More than one NOL. Tax amendment deadline   If your 2013 NOL deduction includes amounts for more than one loss year, complete this worksheet only for one loss year. Tax amendment deadline To determine which year, start with your earliest NOL and subtract each NOL separately from your taxable income figured without the NOL deduction. Tax amendment deadline Complete this worksheet for the earliest NOL that results in your having taxable income below zero. Tax amendment deadline Your NOL carryover to 2014 is the total of the amount on line 10 of the worksheet and all later NOL amounts. Tax amendment deadline Example. Tax amendment deadline Your taxable income for 2013 is $5,000 without your $9,000 NOL deduction. Tax amendment deadline Your NOL deduction includes a $2,000 carryover from 2011 and a $7,000 carryover from 2012. Tax amendment deadline Subtract your 2011 NOL of $2,000 from $5,000. Tax amendment deadline This gives you taxable income of $3,000. Tax amendment deadline Your 2011 NOL is now completely used up. Tax amendment deadline Subtract your $7,000 2012 NOL from $3,000. Tax amendment deadline This gives you taxable income of ($4,000). Tax amendment deadline You now complete the worksheet for your 2012 NOL. Tax amendment deadline Your NOL carryover to 2014 is the unused part of your 2012 NOL from line 10 of the worksheet. Tax amendment deadline Line 2. Tax amendment deadline   Treat your NOL deduction for the NOL year entered at the top of the worksheet and later years as a positive amount. Tax amendment deadline Add it to your negative taxable income (figured without the NOL deduction). Tax amendment deadline Enter the result on line 2. Tax amendment deadline Line 6. Tax amendment deadline   You must refigure the following income and deductions based on adjusted gross income. Tax amendment deadline The special allowance for passive activity losses from rental real estate activities. Tax amendment deadline Taxable social security and tier 1 railroad retirement benefits. Tax amendment deadline IRA deductions. Tax amendment deadline Excludable savings bond interest. Tax amendment deadline Excludable employer-provided adoption benefits. Tax amendment deadline The student loan interest deduction. Tax amendment deadline The tuition and fees deduction. Tax amendment deadline   If none of these items apply to you, enter zero on line 6. Tax amendment deadline Otherwise, increase your adjusted gross income by the total of lines 3 through 5 and your NOL deduction for the NOL year entered at the top of the worksheet and later years. Tax amendment deadline Using this increased adjusted gross income, refigure the items that apply, in the order listed above. Tax amendment deadline Your adjustment for each item is the difference between the refigured amount and the amount included on your return. Tax amendment deadline Combine the adjustments for previous items with your adjusted gross income before refiguring the next item. Tax amendment deadline Keep a record of your computations. Tax amendment deadline   Enter your total adjustments for the above items on line 6. Tax amendment deadline Line 7. Tax amendment deadline   Enter zero if you claimed the standard deduction or the amounts on lines 3 through 5 are zero. Tax amendment deadline Otherwise, use lines 11 through 33 of the worksheet to figure the amount to enter on this line. Tax amendment deadline Complete only those sections that apply to you. Tax amendment deadline Estates and trusts. Tax amendment deadline   Enter zero on line 7 if you did not claim any miscellaneous deductions on Form 1041, line 15c, or a casualty or theft loss. Tax amendment deadline Otherwise, refigure these deductions by substituting modified adjusted gross income (see below ) for adjusted gross income. Tax amendment deadline Subtract the recomputed deductions from those claimed on the return. Tax amendment deadline Enter the result on line 7. Tax amendment deadline Modified adjusted gross income. Tax amendment deadline   To refigure miscellaneous itemized deductions of an estate or trust (Form 1041, line 15c), modified adjusted gross income is the total of the following amounts. Tax amendment deadline The adjusted gross income on the return. Tax amendment deadline The amounts from lines 3 through 5 of the worksheet. Tax amendment deadline The exemption amount from Form 1041, line 20. Tax amendment deadline The NOL deduction for the NOL year entered at the top of the worksheet and for later years. Tax amendment deadline   To refigure the casualty and theft loss deduction of an estate or trust, modified adjusted gross income is the total of the following amounts. Tax amendment deadline The adjusted gross income amount you used to figure the deduction claimed on the return. Tax amendment deadline The amounts from lines 3 through 5 of the worksheet. Tax amendment deadline The NOL deduction for the NOL year entered at the top of the worksheet and for later years. Tax amendment deadline Line 11. Tax amendment deadline   Treat your NOL deduction for the NOL year entered at the top of the worksheet and for later years as a positive amount. Tax amendment deadline Add it to your adjusted gross income. Tax amendment deadline Enter the result on line 11. Tax amendment deadline Line 20. Tax amendment deadline   Is your modified adjusted gross income from line 13 of this worksheet more than $100,000 ($50,000 if married filing separately)?   □ Yes. Tax amendment deadline Your deduction is limited. Tax amendment deadline Refigure your deduction using the Mortgage Insurance Premiums Deduction Worksheet in the 2013 Instructions for Form 1045. Tax amendment deadline On line 2 of the Mortgage Insurance Premiums Deduction Worksheet, enter the amount from line 13 of this worksheet. Tax amendment deadline   □ No. Tax amendment deadline Your deduction is not limited. Tax amendment deadline Enter the amount from line 19 on line 20 and enter -0- on line 21. Tax amendment deadline Line 23. Tax amendment deadline   If you had a contributions carryover from 2012 to 2013 and your NOL deduction includes an amount from an NOL year before 2012, you may have to reduce your contributions carryover. Tax amendment deadline Reduce the contributions carryover by the amount of any adjustment you made to your 2012 charitable contributions deduction when figuring your NOL carryover to 2013. Tax amendment deadline Use the reduced contributions carryover to figure the amount to enter on line 23. Tax amendment deadline Please click here for the text description of the image. Tax amendment deadline Worksheet for NOL Carryover Worksheet for NOL Carryover (Continued) How To Get Tax Help Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. 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Tax amendment deadline You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. Tax amendment deadline Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. Tax amendment deadline gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Tax amendment deadline Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. Tax amendment deadline Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. Tax amendment deadline Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. Tax amendment deadline If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. 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Tax amendment deadline 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. Tax amendment deadline Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Tax amendment deadline gov. Tax amendment deadline Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Tax amendment deadline gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Tax amendment deadline Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Tax amendment deadline Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Tax amendment deadline gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Tax amendment deadline An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Tax amendment deadline Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Tax amendment deadline gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Tax amendment deadline If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Tax amendment deadline Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Tax amendment deadline Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Tax amendment deadline Go to IRS. Tax amendment deadline gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Tax amendment deadline Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Tax amendment deadline Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Tax amendment deadline Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Tax amendment deadline Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Tax amendment deadline gov and choose from a variety of options. Tax amendment deadline Phone. Tax amendment deadline    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Tax amendment deadline Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Tax amendment deadline Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Tax amendment deadline gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Tax amendment deadline Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Tax amendment deadline The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Tax amendment deadline Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Tax amendment deadline Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Tax amendment deadline Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Tax amendment deadline Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. Tax amendment deadline If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Tax amendment deadline The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Tax amendment deadline Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Tax amendment deadline Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Tax amendment deadline The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Tax amendment deadline Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Tax amendment deadline Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. Tax amendment deadline Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Tax amendment deadline You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Tax amendment deadline It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Tax amendment deadline Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Tax amendment deadline You should receive your order within 10 business days. Tax amendment deadline Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Tax amendment deadline If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. Tax amendment deadline Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Tax amendment deadline The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Tax amendment deadline These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Tax amendment deadline Walk-in. Tax amendment deadline   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in person. Tax amendment deadline Products. Tax amendment deadline You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Tax amendment deadline Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Tax amendment deadline Services. Tax amendment deadline You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Tax amendment deadline An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Tax amendment deadline Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Tax amendment deadline gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Tax amendment deadline Mail. Tax amendment deadline   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Tax amendment deadline You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Tax amendment deadline Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Tax amendment deadline Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Tax amendment deadline The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Tax amendment deadline Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Tax amendment deadline   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Tax amendment deadline 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. Tax amendment deadline You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Tax amendment deadline You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Tax amendment deadline   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. Tax amendment deadline Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Tax amendment deadline Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Tax amendment deadline Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. 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Understanding Your CP211A Notice

We approved your Form 8868, Application for Extension of Time To File an Exempt Organization Return.


What you need to do

  • Keep this notice for your records.
  • File your required form by your new due date shown on the notice. We encourage you to use electronic filing – the fastest and easiest way to file.

You may want to

  • Visit www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits to learn about approved e-File providers, what types of returns can be filed electronically, and whether you are required to file electronically.

Answers to Common Questions

Q. Where can I go for more information about tax-exempt organizations?

A. For more information on Employee Benefit Plans, see Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits.

Q. Can I get help over the phone?

A. If you have questions and/or need help, you can call 1-877-829-5500. Personal assistance is available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT.


Tips for next year

Be sure to mail your Form 8868 on or before the due date of your return.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 24-Jan-2014

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How to get help

  • Call the 1-800 number listed on the top right corner of your notice.
  • Authorize someone (e.g., accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using Form 2848.
  • See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
     

The Tax Amendment Deadline

Tax amendment deadline 1. Tax amendment deadline   Tax Withholding for 2014 Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Salaries and WagesDetermining Amount of Tax Withheld Using Form W-4 Completing Form W-4 and Worksheets Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld Rules Your Employer Must Follow Exemption From Withholding Supplemental Wages Penalties Tips Taxable Fringe BenefitsSpecial rule. Tax amendment deadline Exceptions. Tax amendment deadline Sick Pay Pensions and AnnuitiesPeriodic Payments Nonperiodic Payments Eligible Rollover Distributions Choosing Not To Have Income Tax Withheld Gambling WinningsException. Tax amendment deadline Identical wagers. Tax amendment deadline Unemployment Compensation Federal Payments Backup WithholdingTaxpayer identification number. Tax amendment deadline Underreported interest or dividends. Tax amendment deadline Introduction This chapter discusses income tax withholding on: Salaries and wages, Tips, Taxable fringe benefits, Sick pay, Pensions and annuities, Gambling winnings, Unemployment compensation, and Certain federal payments. Tax amendment deadline This chapter explains in detail the rules for withholding tax from each of these types of income. Tax amendment deadline The discussion of salaries and wages includes an explanation of how to complete Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline This chapter also covers backup withholding on interest, dividends, and other payments. Tax amendment deadline Useful Items - You may want to see: Form (and Instructions) W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate W-4P Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments W-4S Request for Federal Income Tax Withholding From Sick Pay W-4V Voluntary Withholding Request See chapter 5 of this publication for information about getting these publications and forms. Tax amendment deadline Salaries and Wages Income tax is withheld from the pay of most employees. Tax amendment deadline Your pay includes your regular pay, bonuses, commissions, and vacation allowances. Tax amendment deadline It also includes reimbursements and other expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan. Tax amendment deadline See Supplemental Wages , later, for definitions of accountable and nonaccountable plans. Tax amendment deadline If your income is low enough that you will not have to pay income tax for the year, you may be exempt from withholding. Tax amendment deadline This is explained under Exemption From Withholding , later. Tax amendment deadline You can ask your employer to withhold income tax from noncash wages and other wages not subject to withholding. Tax amendment deadline If your employer does not agree to withhold tax, or if not enough is withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax, as discussed in chapter 2. Tax amendment deadline Military retirees. Tax amendment deadline   Military retirement pay is treated in the same manner as regular pay for income tax withholding purposes, even though it is treated as a pension or annuity for other tax purposes. Tax amendment deadline Household workers. Tax amendment deadline   If you are a household worker, you can ask your employer to withhold income tax from your pay. Tax amendment deadline A household worker is an employee who performs household work in a private home, local college club, or local fraternity or sorority chapter. Tax amendment deadline   Tax is withheld only if you want it withheld and your employer agrees to withhold it. Tax amendment deadline If you do not have enough income tax withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax, as discussed in chapter 2. Tax amendment deadline Farmworkers. Tax amendment deadline   Generally, income tax is withheld from your cash wages for work on a farm unless your employer both: Pays you cash wages of less than $150 during the year, and Has expenditures for agricultural labor totaling less than $2,500 during the year. Tax amendment deadline Differential wage payments. Tax amendment deadline   When employees are on leave from employment for military duty, some employers make up the difference between the military pay and civilian pay. Tax amendment deadline Payments to an employee who is on active duty for a period of more than 30 days will be subject to income tax withholding, but not subject to social security or Medicare taxes. Tax amendment deadline The wages and withholding will be reported on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Tax amendment deadline Determining Amount of Tax Withheld Using Form W-4 The amount of income tax your employer withholds from your regular pay depends on two things. Tax amendment deadline The amount you earn in each payroll period. Tax amendment deadline The information you give your employer on Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline Form W-4 includes four types of information that your employer will use to figure your withholding. Tax amendment deadline Whether to withhold at the single rate or at the lower married rate. Tax amendment deadline How many withholding allowances you claim (each allowance reduces the amount withheld). Tax amendment deadline Whether you want an additional amount withheld. Tax amendment deadline Whether you are claiming an exemption from withholding in 2014. Tax amendment deadline See Exemption From Withholding , later. Tax amendment deadline Note. Tax amendment deadline You must specify a filing status and a number of withholding allowances on Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline You cannot specify only a dollar amount of withholding. Tax amendment deadline New Job When you start a new job, you must fill out a Form W-4 and give it to your employer. Tax amendment deadline Your employer should have copies of the form. Tax amendment deadline If you need to change the information later, you must fill out a new form. Tax amendment deadline If you work only part of the year (for example, you start working after the beginning of the year), too much tax may be withheld. Tax amendment deadline You may be able to avoid overwithholding if your employer agrees to use the part-year method. Tax amendment deadline See Part-Year Method , later, for more information. Tax amendment deadline Employee also receiving pension income. Tax amendment deadline   If you receive pension or annuity income and begin a new job, you will need to file Form W-4 with your new employer. Tax amendment deadline However, you can choose to split your withholding allowances between your pension and job in any manner. Tax amendment deadline Changing Your Withholding During the year changes may occur to your marital status, exemptions, adjustments, deductions, or credits you expect to claim on your tax return. Tax amendment deadline When this happens, you may need to give your employer a new Form W-4 to change your withholding status or number of allowances. Tax amendment deadline If the changes reduce the number of allowances you are allowed to claim or changes your marital status from married to single, you must give your employer a new Form W-4 within 10 days. Tax amendment deadline See Marital Status (Line 3 of Form W-4) and Withholding Allowances (Line 5 of Form W-4) , later. Tax amendment deadline Generally, you can submit a new Form W-4 whenever you wish to change your withholding allowances for any other reason. Tax amendment deadline See Table 1-1 for examples of personal and financial changes you should consider. Tax amendment deadline Table 1-1. Tax amendment deadline Personal and Financial Changes Factor Examples Lifestyle change Marriage Divorce Birth or adoption of child Loss of an exemption Purchase of a new home Retirement Filing chapter 11 bankruptcy Wage income You or your spouse start or stop working, or start or stop a second job Change in the amount of taxable income not subject to withholding Interest income Dividends Capital gains Self-employment income IRA (including certain Roth  IRA) distributions Change in the amount of adjustments to income IRA deduction Student loan interest deduction Alimony expense Change in the amount of itemized deductions or tax credits Medical expenses Taxes Interest expense Gifts to charity Job expenses Dependent care expenses Education credit Child tax credit Earned income credit If you change the number of your withholding allowances, you can request that your employer withhold using the Cumulative Wage Method , explained later. Tax amendment deadline Checking Your Withholding After you have given your employer a Form W-4, you can check to see whether the amount of tax withheld from your pay is too much or too little. Tax amendment deadline If too much or too little tax is being withheld, you should give your employer a new Form W-4 to change your withholding. Tax amendment deadline You can get a blank Form W-4 from your employer or print the form from IRS. Tax amendment deadline gov. Tax amendment deadline You should try to have your withholding match your actual tax liability. Tax amendment deadline If not enough tax is withheld, you will owe tax at the end of the year and may have to pay interest and a penalty. Tax amendment deadline If too much tax is withheld, you will lose the use of that money until you get your refund. Tax amendment deadline Always check your withholding if there are personal or financial changes in your life or changes in the law that might change your tax liability. Tax amendment deadline See Table 1-1 for examples. Tax amendment deadline Note. Tax amendment deadline You cannot give your employer a payment to cover federal income tax withholding on salaries and wages for past pay periods or a payment for estimated tax. Tax amendment deadline When Should You Check Your Withholding? The earlier in the year you check your withholding, the easier it is to get the right amount of tax withheld. Tax amendment deadline You should check your withholding when any of the following situations occur. Tax amendment deadline You receive a paycheck stub (statement) covering a full pay period in 2014, showing tax withheld based on 2014 tax rates. Tax amendment deadline You prepare your 2013 tax return and get a: Big refund, or Balance due that is: More than you can comfortably pay, or Subject to a penalty. Tax amendment deadline There are changes in your life or financial situation that affect your tax liability. Tax amendment deadline See Table 1-1. Tax amendment deadline There are changes in the tax law that affect your tax liability. Tax amendment deadline How Do You Check Your Withholding? You can use the worksheets and tables in this publication to see if you are having the right amount of tax withheld. Tax amendment deadline You can also use the IRS Withholding calculator at www. Tax amendment deadline irs. Tax amendment deadline gov/individuals. Tax amendment deadline If you use the worksheets and tables in this publication, follow these steps. Tax amendment deadline Fill out Worksheet 1-5 to project your total federal income tax liability for 2014. Tax amendment deadline Fill out Worksheet 1-7 to project your total federal withholding for 2014 and compare that with your projected tax liability from Worksheet 1-5. Tax amendment deadline If you are not having enough tax withheld, line 6 of Worksheet 1-7 will show you how much more to have withheld each payday. Tax amendment deadline For ways to increase the amount of tax withheld, see How Do You Increase Your Withholding? If line 5 of Worksheet 1-7 shows that you are having more tax withheld than necessary, see How Do You Decrease Your Withholding, for ways to decrease the amount of tax you have withheld each payday. Tax amendment deadline How Do You Increase Your Withholding? There are two ways to increase your withholding. Tax amendment deadline You can: Decrease the number of allowances you claim on Form W-4, or Enter an additional amount that you want withheld from each paycheck on Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline Requesting an additional amount withheld. Tax amendment deadline   You can request that an additional amount be withheld from each paycheck by following these steps. Tax amendment deadline Complete Worksheets 1-5 and 1-7. Tax amendment deadline Complete a new Form W-4 if the amount on Worksheet 1-7, line 5: Is more than you want to pay with your tax return or in estimated tax payments throughout the year, or Would cause you to pay a penalty when you file your tax return for 2014. Tax amendment deadline Enter on your new Form W-4, the same number of withholding allowances your employer now uses for your withholding. Tax amendment deadline This is the number of allowances you entered on the last Form W-4 you gave your employer. Tax amendment deadline Enter on your new Form W-4, the amount from Worksheet 1-7, line 6. Tax amendment deadline Give your newly completed Form W-4 to your employer. Tax amendment deadline   If you have this additional amount withheld from your pay each payday, you should avoid owing a large amount at the end of the year. Tax amendment deadline Example. Tax amendment deadline Early in 2014, Steve Miller used Worksheets 1-5, 1-6, and 1-7 to project his 2014 tax liability ($4,316) and his withholding for the year ($3,516). Tax amendment deadline Steve's tax will be underwithheld by $800 ($4,316 − $3,516). Tax amendment deadline His choices are to pay this amount when he files his 2014 tax return, make estimated tax payments, or increase his withholding now. Tax amendment deadline Steve gets a new Form W-4 from his employer, who tells him that there are 50 paydays remaining in 2014. Tax amendment deadline Steve completes the new Form W-4 as before, entering the same number of withholding allowances as before, but, in addition, entering $16 ($800 ÷ 50) on the form as the additional amount to be withheld from his pay each payday. Tax amendment deadline He gives the completed form to his employer. Tax amendment deadline What if I have more than one job or my spouse also has a job?   You are more likely to need to increase your withholding if you have more than one job or if you are married filing jointly and your spouse also works. Tax amendment deadline If this is the case, you can increase your withholding for one or more of the jobs. Tax amendment deadline   You can apply the amount on Worksheet 1-7, line 5, to only one job or divide it between the jobs any way you wish. Tax amendment deadline For each job, determine the extra amount that you want to apply to that job and divide that amount by the number of paydays remaining in 2014 for that job. Tax amendment deadline This will give you the additional amount to enter on the Form W-4 you will file for that job. Tax amendment deadline You need to give your employer a new Form W-4 for each job for which you are changing your withholding. Tax amendment deadline Example. Tax amendment deadline Meg Green works in a store and earns $46,000 a year. Tax amendment deadline Her husband, John, works full-time in manufacturing and earns $68,000 a year. Tax amendment deadline In 2014, they will also have $184 in taxable interest and $1,000 of other taxable income. Tax amendment deadline They expect to file a joint income tax return. Tax amendment deadline Meg and John complete Worksheets 1-5, 1-6, and 1-7. Tax amendment deadline Line 5 of Worksheet 1-7 shows that they will owe an additional $4,459 after subtracting their withholding for the year. Tax amendment deadline They can divide the $4,459 any way they want. Tax amendment deadline They can enter an additional amount on either of their Forms W-4, or divide it between them. Tax amendment deadline They decide to have the additional amount withheld from John's wages, so they enter $91 ($4,459 ÷ 49 remaining paydays) on his Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline Both claim the same number of allowances as before. Tax amendment deadline How Do You Decrease Your Withholding? If your completed Worksheets 1-5 and 1-7 show that you may have more tax withheld than your projected tax liability for 2014, you may be able to decrease your withholding. Tax amendment deadline There are two ways to do this. Tax amendment deadline You can: Decrease any additional amount you are having withheld, or Increase the number of allowances you claim on Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline You can claim only the number of allowances to which you are entitled. Tax amendment deadline To see if you can decrease your withholding by increasing your allowances, see the Form W-4 instructions and the rest of this publication. Tax amendment deadline Increasing the number of allowances. Tax amendment deadline   Figure and increase the number of withholding allowances you can claim as follows. Tax amendment deadline On a new Form W-4, complete the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline If you plan to itemize deductions, claim adjustments to income, or claim tax credits, complete a new Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline If you plan to claim tax credits, see Converting Credits to Withholding Allowances, later. Tax amendment deadline If you meet the criteria on line H of the Form W-4 Personal Allowances Worksheet, complete a new Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline If the number of allowances you can claim on Form W-4, is different from the number you already are claiming, give the newly completed Form W-4 to your employer. Tax amendment deadline Converting Credits to Withholding Allowances Table 1-2 , later, shows many of the tax credits you may be able to use to decrease your withholding. Tax amendment deadline The Form W-4 Personal Allowances Worksheet provides only rough adjustments for the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit. Tax amendment deadline Complete Worksheet 1-8 to figure these credits more accurately and also take other credits into account. Tax amendment deadline Include the amount from line 12 of Worksheet 1-8 in the total on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline Then complete the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet and the rest of Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline If you take the child and dependent care credit into account on Worksheet 1-8, enter -0- on line F of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline If you take the child tax credit into account on Worksheet 1-8, enter -0- on line G of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline Example. Tax amendment deadline Brett and Alyssa Davis are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. Tax amendment deadline Their expected taxable income from all sources is $68,000. Tax amendment deadline They expect to have $15,900 of itemized deductions. Tax amendment deadline Their projected tax credits include a child and dependent care credit of $960 and an adoption credit of $1,500. Tax amendment deadline The Davis' complete Worksheet 1-8, as follows, to see whether they can convert their tax credits into additional withholding allowances. Tax amendment deadline Line 1, expected child and dependent care credit—$960. Tax amendment deadline Line 9, expected adoption credit—$1,500. Tax amendment deadline Line 10, total estimated tax credits—$2,460. Tax amendment deadline Line 11. Tax amendment deadline Their combined total income from all sources, $68,000, falls between $42,001 and $98,000 on the table for married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er). Tax amendment deadline The number to the right of this range is 6. Tax amendment deadline 7. Tax amendment deadline Line 12, multiply line 10 by line 11—$16,482. Tax amendment deadline Then the Davis' complete the Form W-4 worksheets. Tax amendment deadline Because they choose to account for their child and dependent care credit on the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, they enter -0- on line F of the Personal Allowances Worksheet and figure a new total for line H. Tax amendment deadline They take the result on line 12 of Worksheet 1-8, add it to their other adjustments on line 5 of the Form W-4 Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, and complete the Form W-4 worksheets. Tax amendment deadline When Will Your New Form W-4 Go Into Effect? If the change is for the current year, your employer must put your new Form W-4 into effect no later than the start of the first payroll period ending on or after the 30th day after the day on which you give your employer your revised Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline If the change is for next year, your new Form W-4 will not take effect until next year. Tax amendment deadline Retirees Returning to the Workforce When you first began receiving your pension, you told the payer how much tax to withhold, if any, by completing Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments (or similar form). Tax amendment deadline However, if your retirement pay is from the military or certain deferred compensation plans, you completed Form W-4 instead of Form W-4P. Tax amendment deadline You completed either form based on your projected income at that time. Tax amendment deadline Now that you are returning to the workforce, your new Form W-4 (given to your employer) and your Form W-4 or W-4P (on file with your pension plan) must work together to determine the correct amount of withholding for your new amount of income. Tax amendment deadline The worksheets that come with Forms W-4 and W-4P are basically the same, so you can use either set of worksheets to figure out how many withholding allowances you are entitled to claim. Tax amendment deadline Start off with the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline Then, if you will be itemizing your deductions, claiming adjustments to income, or claiming tax credits when you file your tax return, complete the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline The third worksheet is the most important for this situation. Tax amendment deadline Form W-4 calls it the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, Form W-4P calls it the Multiple Pensions/More-Than-One-Income Worksheet—both are the same. Tax amendment deadline If you have more than one source of income, in order to have enough withholding to cover the tax on your higher income, you may need to claim fewer withholding allowances or request your employer to withhold an additional amount from each paycheck. Tax amendment deadline Once you have figured out how many allowances you are entitled to claim, look at the income from both your pension and your new job, and how often you receive payments. Tax amendment deadline It is your decision how to divide up your withholding allowances between these sources of income. Tax amendment deadline For example, you may want to “take home” most of your weekly paycheck to use as spending money and use your monthly pension to “pay the bills. Tax amendment deadline ” In that case, change your Form W-4P to zero allowances and claim all that you are entitled to on your Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline There are a couple of ways you can get a better idea of how much tax will be withheld when claiming a certain number of allowances. Tax amendment deadline Use the withholding tables in Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. Tax amendment deadline Contact your pension provider and your employer's payroll department. Tax amendment deadline And remember, this is not a final decision. Tax amendment deadline If you do not get the correct amount of withholding with the first Forms W-4 and W-4P you submit, you should refigure your allowances (or divide them differently) using the information and worksheets in this publication, or the resources mentioned above. Tax amendment deadline You should go through this same process each time your life situation changes, whether it be for personal or financial reasons. Tax amendment deadline You may need more tax withheld, or you may need less. Tax amendment deadline Table 1-2. Tax amendment deadline Tax Credits for 2014 For more information about the . Tax amendment deadline . Tax amendment deadline . Tax amendment deadline See . Tax amendment deadline . Tax amendment deadline . Tax amendment deadline Adoption credit Form 8839 instructions Child and dependent care expenses, credit for Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses Child tax credit (including the additional child tax credit) Instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A Earned income credit Publication 596, Earned Income Credit Education credits Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education Elderly or the disabled, credit for the Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Foreign tax credit (except any credit that applies to wages not subject to U. Tax amendment deadline S. Tax amendment deadline income tax withholding because they are subject to income tax withholding by a foreign country) Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals General business credit Form 3800, General Business Credit Mortgage interest credit Publication 530, Tax Information for First-Time Homeowners Qualified electric vehicle passive activity credit Form 8834 Prior year minimum tax, credit for (if you paid alternative minimum tax in an earlier year) Form 8801 instructions Retirement savings contributions credit (saver's credit) Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) Tax credit bonds, credit to holders of Form 8912 instructions Completing Form W-4 and Worksheets When reading the following discussion, you may find it helpful to refer to Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline Marital Status There is a lower withholding rate for people who qualify to check the “Married” box on line 3 of Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline Everyone else must have tax withheld at the higher single rate. Tax amendment deadline Single. Tax amendment deadline   You must check the “Single” box if any of the following applies. Tax amendment deadline You are single. Tax amendment deadline If you are divorced, or separated from your spouse under a court decree of separate maintenance, you are considered single. Tax amendment deadline You are married, but neither you nor your spouse is a citizen or resident of the United States. Tax amendment deadline You are married, either you or your spouse is a nonresident alien, and you have not chosen to have that person treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. Tax amendment deadline For more information, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1 of Publication 519. Tax amendment deadline Married. Tax amendment deadline   You qualify to check the “Married” box if any of the following applies. Tax amendment deadline You are married and neither you nor your spouse is a nonresident alien. Tax amendment deadline You are considered married for the whole year even if your spouse died during the year. Tax amendment deadline You are married and either you or your spouse is a nonresident alien who has chosen to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. Tax amendment deadline For more information, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1 of Publication 519. Tax amendment deadline You expect to be able to file your return as a qualifying widow or widower. Tax amendment deadline You usually can use this filing status if your spouse died within the previous 2 years and you provide more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the entire year that was the main home for you and your child whom you can claim as a dependent. Tax amendment deadline However, you must file a new Form W-4 showing your filing status as single by December 1 of the last year you are eligible to file as a qualifying widow or widower. Tax amendment deadline For more information on this filing status, see Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child under Filing Status in Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Tax amendment deadline Married, but withhold at higher single rate. Tax amendment deadline   Some married people find that they do not have enough tax withheld at the married rate. Tax amendment deadline This can happen, for example, when both spouses work. Tax amendment deadline To avoid this, you can check the “Married, but withhold at higher Single rate” box (even if you qualify for the married rate). Tax amendment deadline Also, you may find that more tax is withheld if you fill out the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, explained later. Tax amendment deadline Withholding Allowances The more allowances you claim on Form W-4, the less income tax your employer will withhold. Tax amendment deadline You will have the most tax withheld if you claim “0” allowances. Tax amendment deadline The number of allowances you can claim depends on the following factors. Tax amendment deadline How many exemptions you can take on your tax return. Tax amendment deadline Whether you have income from more than one job. Tax amendment deadline What deductions, adjustments to income, and credits you expect to have for the year. Tax amendment deadline Whether you will file as head of household. Tax amendment deadline If you are married (filing jointly), it also depends on whether your spouse also works and claims any allowances on his or her own Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline Or, if married filing separately, whether or not your spouse also works. Tax amendment deadline Form W-4 worksheets. Tax amendment deadline    Form W-4 has worksheets to help you figure how many withholding allowances you can claim. Tax amendment deadline The worksheets are for your own records. Tax amendment deadline Do not give them to your employer. Tax amendment deadline   Complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets, no matter how many jobs you have. Tax amendment deadline If you are married and will file a joint return, complete only one set of worksheets for you and your spouse, even if you both earn wages and each must give Form W-4 to your employers. Tax amendment deadline Complete separate sets of worksheets only if you and your spouse will file separate returns. Tax amendment deadline   If you are not exempt from withholding (see Exemption From Withholding , later), complete the Personal Allowances Worksheet on page 1 of the form. Tax amendment deadline Also, use the worksheets on page 2 of the form to adjust the number of your withholding allowances for itemized deductions and adjustments to income, and for two-earner or multiple-job situations. Tax amendment deadline If you want to adjust the number of your withholding allowances for certain tax credits, use the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet on page 2 of Form W-4, even if you do not have any deductions or adjustments. Tax amendment deadline   Complete all worksheets that apply to your situation. Tax amendment deadline The worksheets will help you figure the maximum number of withholding allowances you are entitled to claim so that the amount of income tax withheld from your wages will match, as closely as possible, the amount of income tax you will owe at the end of the year. Tax amendment deadline Multiple jobs. Tax amendment deadline   If you have income from more than one job at the same time, complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets. Tax amendment deadline Then split your allowances between the Forms W-4 for each job. Tax amendment deadline You cannot claim the same allowances with more than one employer at the same time. Tax amendment deadline You can claim all your allowances with one employer and none with the other(s), or divide them any other way. Tax amendment deadline Married individuals. Tax amendment deadline   If both you and your spouse are employed and expect to file a joint return, figure your withholding allowances using your combined income, adjustments, deductions, exemptions, and credits. Tax amendment deadline Use only one set of worksheets. Tax amendment deadline You can divide your total allowances any way, but you cannot claim an allowance that your spouse also claims. Tax amendment deadline   If you and your spouse expect to file separate returns, figure your allowances using separate worksheets based on your own individual income, adjustments, deductions, exemptions, and credits. Tax amendment deadline Alternative method of figuring withholding allowances. Tax amendment deadline   You do not have to use the Form W-4 worksheets if you use a more accurate method of figuring the number of withholding allowances. Tax amendment deadline   The method you use must be based on withholding schedules, the tax rate schedules, and the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet in chapter 2. Tax amendment deadline It must take into account only the items of income, adjustments to income, deductions, and tax credits that are taken into account on Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline   You can use the number of withholding allowances determined under an alternative method rather than the number determined using the Form W-4 worksheets. Tax amendment deadline You still must give your employer a Form W-4 claiming your withholding allowances. Tax amendment deadline Employees who are not citizens or residents. Tax amendment deadline   If you are neither a citizen nor a resident of the United States, you usually can claim only one withholding allowance. Tax amendment deadline However, this rule does not apply if you are a resident of Canada or Mexico, or if you are a U. Tax amendment deadline S. Tax amendment deadline national. Tax amendment deadline It also does not apply if your spouse is a U. Tax amendment deadline S. Tax amendment deadline citizen or resident and you have chosen to be treated as a resident of the United States for tax purposes. Tax amendment deadline Special rules apply to residents of South Korea and India. Tax amendment deadline For more information, see Withholding From Compensation in chapter 8 of Publication 519. Tax amendment deadline Personal Allowances Worksheet Use the Personal Allowances Worksheet on page 1 of Form W-4 to figure your withholding allowances based on all of the following that apply. Tax amendment deadline Exemptions. Tax amendment deadline Only one job. Tax amendment deadline Head of household filing status. Tax amendment deadline Child and dependent care credit. Tax amendment deadline Child tax credit. Tax amendment deadline Exemptions (worksheet lines A, C, and D). Tax amendment deadline   You can claim one withholding allowance for each exemption you expect to claim on your tax return. Tax amendment deadline Self. Tax amendment deadline   You can claim an allowance for your exemption on line A unless another person can claim an exemption for you on his or her tax return. Tax amendment deadline If another person is entitled to claim an exemption for you, you cannot claim an allowance for your exemption even if the other person will not claim your exemption. Tax amendment deadline Spouse. Tax amendment deadline   You can claim an allowance for your spouse's exemption on line C unless your spouse is claiming his or her own exemption or another person can claim an exemption for your spouse. Tax amendment deadline Do not claim this allowance if you and your spouse expect to file separate returns. Tax amendment deadline Dependents. Tax amendment deadline   You can claim one allowance on line D for each exemption you will claim for a dependent on your tax return. Tax amendment deadline Only one job (worksheet line B). Tax amendment deadline    You can claim an additional withholding allowance if any of the following apply for 2014. Tax amendment deadline You are single and you have only one job at a time. Tax amendment deadline You are married, you have only one job at a time, and your spouse does not work. Tax amendment deadline Your wages from a second job or your spouse's wages (or the total of both) are $1,500 or less. Tax amendment deadline If you qualify for this allowance, enter “1” on line B of the worksheet. Tax amendment deadline Head of household filing status (worksheet line E). Tax amendment deadline   Generally, you can file as head of household if you are unmarried and pay more than half the cost of keeping up a home that: Was the main home for all of 2014 of your parent whom you can claim as a dependent, or You lived in for more than half the year with your qualifying child or any other person you can claim as a dependent. Tax amendment deadline For more information, see Publication 501. Tax amendment deadline   If you expect to file as head of household on your 2014 tax return, enter “1” on line E of the worksheet. Tax amendment deadline Reduction of personal allowances. Tax amendment deadline   For 2014, your deduction for personal exemptions on your tax return is reduced if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than the AGI shown next for your filing status. Tax amendment deadline Personal Allowance Phaseout Threshold Single $254,200 Married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $305,050 Married filing separately $152,525 Head of household $279,650   If you expect your AGI to be more than the amount listed, use Worksheet 1-1 to figure your reduced number of personal allowances on lines A, C, and D of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline Worksheet 1-1. Tax amendment deadline Personal Allowances Worksheet (Form W-4) Reduction of Personal Allowances if AGI Above Phaseout Threshold 1. Tax amendment deadline Enter the total amount of allowances on lines A, C, and D of the Personal Allowance Worksheet without regard to the phaseout rule 1. Tax amendment deadline   2. Tax amendment deadline Enter your expected AGI 2. Tax amendment deadline       3. Tax amendment deadline Enter $254,200 if single $305,050 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $152,525 if married filing separately $279,650 if head of household 3. Tax amendment deadline       4. Tax amendment deadline Subtract line 3 from line 2 4. Tax amendment deadline       5. Tax amendment deadline Divide line 4 by $125,000 ($62,500 if married filing separately). Tax amendment deadline Enter the result as a decimal 5. Tax amendment deadline   6. Tax amendment deadline Multiply line 1 by line 5. Tax amendment deadline If the result is not a whole number, increase it to the next higher whole number 6. Tax amendment deadline   7. Tax amendment deadline Subtract line 6 from line 1. Tax amendment deadline The total of the numbers you enter on A, C, and D of the Personal Allowances Worksheet can not be more than this amount 7. Tax amendment deadline     Child and dependent care credit (worksheet line F). Tax amendment deadline   Enter “1” on line F if you expect to claim a credit for at least $2,000 of qualifying child or dependent care expenses on your 2014 return. Tax amendment deadline Generally, qualifying expenses are those you pay for the care of your dependent who is your qualifying child under age 13 or for your spouse or dependent who is not able to care for himself or herself so that you can work or look for work. Tax amendment deadline For more information, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Tax amendment deadline   Instead of using line F, you can choose to take the credit into account on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, as explained under Tax credits , later. Tax amendment deadline Child tax credit (worksheet line G). Tax amendment deadline   If your total income will be less than $65,000 ($95,000 if married), enter “2” on line G for each eligible child. Tax amendment deadline Subtract “1” from that amount if you have three to six eligible children. Tax amendment deadline Subtract “2” from that amount if you have seven or more eligible children. Tax amendment deadline   If your total income will be between $65,000 and $84,000 ($95,000 and $119,000 if married), enter “1” on line G for each eligible child. Tax amendment deadline   An eligible child is any child: Who is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew), Who will be under age 17 at the end of 2014, Who is younger than you (or your spouse if filing jointly) or permanently and totally disabled, Who will not provide over half of his or her own support for 2014, Who will not file a joint return, unless the return is filed only as a claim for refund, Who will live with you for more than half of 2014, Who is a U. Tax amendment deadline S. Tax amendment deadline citizen, U. Tax amendment deadline S. Tax amendment deadline national, or U. Tax amendment deadline S. Tax amendment deadline resident alien, and Who will be claimed as a dependent on your return. Tax amendment deadline If you are a U. Tax amendment deadline S. Tax amendment deadline citizen or U. Tax amendment deadline S. Tax amendment deadline national and your adopted child lived with you all year as a member of your household, that child meets the citizenship test. Tax amendment deadline   Also, if any other person can claim the child as an eligible child, see Qualifying child of more than one person in the 2013 instructions for Form 1040 or 1040A, line 6c. Tax amendment deadline   For more information about the child tax credit, see the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Tax amendment deadline   Instead of using line G, you can choose to take the credit into account on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, as explained under Tax credits , later. Tax amendment deadline Total personal allowances (worksheet line H). Tax amendment deadline    Add lines A through G and enter the total on line H. Tax amendment deadline If you do not use either of the worksheets on the back of Form W-4, enter the number from line H on line 5 of Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet Use the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet on page 2 of Form W-4 if you plan to itemize your deductions, claim certain credits, or claim adjustments to the income on your 2014 tax return and you want to reduce your withholding. Tax amendment deadline Also, complete this worksheet when you have changes to those items to see if you need to change your withholding. Tax amendment deadline Use the amount of each item you reasonably can expect to show on your return. Tax amendment deadline However, do not use more than: The amount shown for that item on your 2013 return (or your 2012 return if you have not yet filed your 2013 return), plus Any additional amount related to a transaction or occurrence (such as payments already made, the signing of an agreement, or the sale of property) that you can prove has happened or will happen during 2013 or 2014. Tax amendment deadline Do not include any amount shown on your last tax return that has been disallowed by the IRS. Tax amendment deadline Example. Tax amendment deadline On June 30, 2013, you bought your first home. Tax amendment deadline On your 2013 tax return, you claimed itemized deductions of $6,600, the total mortgage interest and real estate tax you paid during the 6 months you owned your home. Tax amendment deadline Based on your mortgage payment schedule and your real estate tax assessment, you reasonably can expect to claim deductions of $13,200 for those items on your 2014 return. Tax amendment deadline You can use $13,200 to figure the number of your withholding allowances for itemized deductions. Tax amendment deadline Not itemizing deductions. Tax amendment deadline   If you expect to claim the standard deduction on your tax return, skip lines 1 and 2, and enter “0” on line 3 of the worksheet. Tax amendment deadline Itemized deductions (worksheet line 1). Tax amendment deadline   Enter your estimated total itemized deductions on line 1 of the worksheet. Tax amendment deadline   Listed below are some of the deductions you can take into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. Tax amendment deadline You normally claim these deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040. Tax amendment deadline Medical and dental expenses that are more than 10% (7. Tax amendment deadline 5% if either you or your spouse was born before January 2, 1950) of your 2014 AGI (defined under AGI , later). Tax amendment deadline State and local income or property taxes. Tax amendment deadline Deductible home mortgage interest. Tax amendment deadline Investment interest up to net investment income. Tax amendment deadline Charitable contributions. Tax amendment deadline Casualty and theft losses that are more than $100 and 10% of your AGI. Tax amendment deadline Fully deductible miscellaneous itemized deductions, including: Impairment-related work expenses of persons with disabilities, Federal estate tax on income in respect of a decedent, Repayment of more than $3,000 of income held under a claim of right that you included in income in an earlier year because at the time you thought you had an unrestricted right to it, Unrecovered investments in an annuity contract under which payments have ceased because of the annuitant's death, Gambling losses up to the amount of gambling winnings reported on your return, and Casualty and theft losses from  income-producing property. Tax amendment deadline Other miscellaneous itemized deductions that are more than 2% of your AGI, including: Unreimbursed employee business expenses, such as education expenses, work clothes and uniforms, union dues and fees, and the cost of work-related small tools and supplies, Safe deposit box rental, Tax counsel and assistance, and Certain fees paid to an IRA trustee or custodian. Tax amendment deadline AGI. Tax amendment deadline   For the purpose of estimating your itemized deductions, your AGI is your estimated total income for 2014 minus any estimated adjustments to income (discussed later) that you include on line 4 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline Phaseout of itemized deductions. Tax amendment deadline   For 2014, your total itemized deductions may be phased out (reduced) if your AGI is more than the following thresholds. Tax amendment deadline    Itemized Deduction Phaseout Threshold Single $254,200 Married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $305,050 Married filing separately $152,525 Head of household $279,650   If you expect your AGI to be more than the amount listed, use Worksheet 1–2 to figure your reduction in itemized deductions. Tax amendment deadline Worksheet 1-2. Tax amendment deadline Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 1 Phaseout of Itemized Deductions 1. Tax amendment deadline Enter the estimated total of your itemized deductions 1. Tax amendment deadline   2. Tax amendment deadline Enter the amount included in line 1 for medical and dental expenses, investment interest, casualty or theft losses, and gambling losses 2. Tax amendment deadline   3. Tax amendment deadline Is the amount on line 2 less than the amount on line 1? ❑ No. Tax amendment deadline Stop here. Tax amendment deadline Your deduction is not limited. Tax amendment deadline Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline  ❑ Yes. Tax amendment deadline Subtract line 2 from line 1. Tax amendment deadline 3. Tax amendment deadline       4. Tax amendment deadline Multiply line 3 by 80% (. Tax amendment deadline 80) 4. Tax amendment deadline       5. Tax amendment deadline Enter your expected AGI 5. Tax amendment deadline       6. Tax amendment deadline Enter $305,050 If married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), $279,650 if head of household, $254,200 if single, or $152,525 if married filing separately 6. Tax amendment deadline   7. Tax amendment deadline Is the amount on line 6 less than the amount on line 5? ❑ No. Tax amendment deadline Stop here. Tax amendment deadline Your deduction is not limited. Tax amendment deadline Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline  ❑ Yes. Tax amendment deadline Subtract line 6 from line 5. Tax amendment deadline 7. Tax amendment deadline       8. Tax amendment deadline Multiply line 7 by 3% (. Tax amendment deadline 03) 8. Tax amendment deadline       9. Tax amendment deadline Enter the smaller of line 4 or line 8 9. Tax amendment deadline     10. Tax amendment deadline Subtract line 9 from line 1. Tax amendment deadline Enter the result here and on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet 10. Tax amendment deadline     Adjustments to income (worksheet line 4). Tax amendment deadline   Enter your estimated total adjustments to income on line 4 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline   You can take the following adjustments to income into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. Tax amendment deadline These adjustments appear on page 1 of your Form 1040 or 1040A. Tax amendment deadline Net losses from Schedules C, D, E, and F of Form 1040 and from Part II of Form 4797, line 18b. Tax amendment deadline Net operating loss carryovers. Tax amendment deadline Certain business expenses of reservists, performing artists, and fee-based government officials. Tax amendment deadline Health savings account or medical savings account deduction. Tax amendment deadline Certain moving expenses. Tax amendment deadline Deduction for self-employment tax. Tax amendment deadline Deduction for contributions to self-employed SEP, and qualified SIMPLE plans. Tax amendment deadline Self-employed health insurance deduction. Tax amendment deadline Penalty on early withdrawal of savings. Tax amendment deadline Alimony paid. Tax amendment deadline IRA deduction. Tax amendment deadline Student loan interest deduction. Tax amendment deadline Jury duty pay given to your employer. Tax amendment deadline Reforestation amortization and expenses. Tax amendment deadline Deductible expenses related to income reported on line 21 from the rental of personal property engaged in for profit. Tax amendment deadline Repayment of certain supplemental unemployment benefits. Tax amendment deadline Contributions to IRC 501(c)(18)(D) pension plans. Tax amendment deadline Contributions by certain chaplains to IRC 403(b) plans. Tax amendment deadline Attorney fees and court costs for certain unlawful discrimination claims. Tax amendment deadline Attorney fees and court costs for certain whistleblower awards. Tax amendment deadline Estimated amount of decrease in tax attributable to income averaging using Schedule J (Form 1040). Tax amendment deadline Tax credits (worksheet line 5). Tax amendment deadline   Although you can take most tax credits into account when figuring withholding allowances, the Personal Allowances Worksheet uses only the child and dependent care credit (line F) and the child tax credit (line G). Tax amendment deadline But you can take these credits and others into account by adding an extra amount on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline   If you take the child and dependent care credit into account on line 5, do not use line F. Tax amendment deadline If you take the child tax credit into account on line 5, do not use line G. Tax amendment deadline   In addition to the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit, you can generally take into account the following credits. Tax amendment deadline See the individual tax form instructions for more details. Tax amendment deadline Foreign tax credit, except any credit that applies to wages not subject to U. Tax amendment deadline S. Tax amendment deadline income tax withholding because they are subject to income tax withholding by a foreign country. Tax amendment deadline See Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals. Tax amendment deadline Credit for the elderly or the disabled. Tax amendment deadline See Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Tax amendment deadline Education credits. Tax amendment deadline See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Tax amendment deadline Retirement savings contributions credit (saver's credit). Tax amendment deadline See Publication 590. Tax amendment deadline Mortgage interest credit. Tax amendment deadline See Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. Tax amendment deadline Adoption credit. Tax amendment deadline See the Instructions for Form 8839. Tax amendment deadline Credit for nonrefundable portion of prior year minimum tax if you paid alternative minimum tax in an earlier year. Tax amendment deadline See the Instructions for Form 8801. Tax amendment deadline General business credit. Tax amendment deadline See the Instructions for Form 3800. Tax amendment deadline Earned income credit. Tax amendment deadline See Publication 596. Tax amendment deadline Figuring line 5 entry. Tax amendment deadline   To figure the amount to add on line 5 for tax credits, multiply your estimated total credits by the appropriate number from Table 1-3 . Tax amendment deadline Example. Tax amendment deadline You are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. Tax amendment deadline Your combined estimated wages are $68,000. Tax amendment deadline Your estimated tax credits include a child and dependent care credit of $960 and a mortgage interest credit of $1,700 (total credits = $2,660). Tax amendment deadline In Table 1-3, the number corresponding to your combined estimated wages ($42,001 – $98,000) is 6. Tax amendment deadline 7. Tax amendment deadline Multiply your total estimated tax credits of $2,660 by 6. Tax amendment deadline 7. Tax amendment deadline Add the result, $17,822, to the amount you otherwise would show on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet and enter the total on line 5. Tax amendment deadline Because you choose to account for your child and dependent care credit this way, do not make an entry on line F of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Tax amendment deadline Nonwage income (worksheet line 6). Tax amendment deadline   Enter on line 6 your estimated total nonwage income (other than tax-exempt income). Tax amendment deadline Nonwage income includes interest, dividends, net rental income, unemployment compensation, alimony, gambling winnings, prizes and awards, hobby income, capital gains, royalties, and partnership income. Tax amendment deadline   If line 6 is more than line 5, you may not have enough income tax withheld from your wages. Tax amendment deadline See Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld , later. Tax amendment deadline Net deductions and adjustments (worksheet line 8). Tax amendment deadline    If line 7 is less than $3,950, enter “0” on line 8. Tax amendment deadline If line 7 is $3,950 or more, divide it by $3,950, drop any fraction, and enter the result on line 8. Tax amendment deadline Example. Tax amendment deadline If line 7 is $5,200, $5,200 ÷ $3,950 = 1. Tax amendment deadline 32. Tax amendment deadline Drop the fraction (. Tax amendment deadline 32) and enter “1” on line 8. Tax amendment deadline Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet Complete the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet on page 2 of Form W-4 if you have more than one job or are married and you and your spouse both work and the combined earnings from all jobs are more than $50,000 ($20,000 if married). Tax amendment deadline Reducing your allowances (worksheet lines 1-3). Tax amendment deadline   On line 1 of the worksheet, enter the number from line H of the Personal Allowances Worksheet (or line 10 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, if used). Tax amendment deadline Using Table 1 in the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, find the number listed beside the amount of your estimated wages for the year from your lowest paying job (or if lower and you are filing jointly, your spouse's job). Tax amendment deadline Enter that number on line 2. Tax amendment deadline However, if you are married filing jointly and estimated wages from the highest paying job are $65,000 or less, do not enter more than “3. Tax amendment deadline ”    Table 1-3. Tax amendment deadline Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 5 a. Tax amendment deadline  Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er) If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 42,000 10. Tax amendment deadline 0 $42,001 – 98,000 6. Tax amendment deadline 7 $98,001 – 180,000 4. Tax amendment deadline 0 $180,001 – 270,000 3. Tax amendment deadline 6 $270,001 – 440,000 3. Tax amendment deadline 0 $440,001 – 490,000. Tax amendment deadline . Tax amendment deadline . Tax amendment deadline . Tax amendment deadline 2. Tax amendment deadline 9 $490,001 and over 2. Tax amendment deadline 5 b. Tax amendment deadline  Single If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 19,000 10. Tax amendment deadline 0 $19,001 – 47,000 6. Tax amendment deadline 7 $47,001 – 104,000 4. Tax amendment deadline 0 $104,001 – 205,000 3. Tax amendment deadline 6 $205,001 – 430,000 3. Tax amendment deadline 0 $430,001 and over 2. Tax amendment deadline 5 c. Tax amendment deadline  Head of Household If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 30,000 10. Tax amendment deadline 0 $30,001 – 66,000 6. Tax amendment deadline 7 $66,001 – 150,000 4. Tax amendment deadline 0 $150,001 – 235,000 3. Tax amendment deadline 6 $235,001 – 430,000 3. Tax amendment deadline 0 $430,001 – 460,000 2. Tax amendment deadline 9 $460,001 and over 2. Tax amendment deadline 5 d. Tax amendment deadline  Married Filing Separately   If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 21,000 10. Tax amendment deadline 0 $21,001 – 49,000 6. Tax amendment deadline 7 $49,001 – 90,000 4. Tax amendment deadline 0 $90,001 – 135,000 3. Tax amendment deadline 6 $135,001 – 220,000 3. Tax amendment deadline 0 $220,001 – 245,000 2. Tax amendment deadline 9 $245,001 and over 2. Tax amendment deadline 5   Subtract line 2 from line 1 and enter the result (but not less than zero) on line 3 and on Form W-4, line 5. Tax amendment deadline If line 1 is more than or equal to line 2, do not use the rest of the worksheet. Tax amendment deadline   If line 1 is less than line 2, enter “0” on Form W-4, line 5. Tax amendment deadline Then complete lines 4 through 9 of the worksheet to figure the additional withholding needed to avoid underwithholding. Tax amendment deadline Other amounts owed. Tax amendment deadline   If you expect to owe amounts other than income tax, such as self-employment tax, include them on line 8. Tax amendment deadline The total is the additional withholding needed for the year. Tax amendment deadline Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld In most situations, the tax withheld from your pay will be close to the tax you figure on your return if you follow these two rules. Tax amendment deadline You accurately complete all the Form W-4 worksheets that apply to you. Tax amendment deadline You give your employer a new Form W-4 when changes occur. Tax amendment deadline But because the worksheets and withholding methods do not account for all possible situations, you may not be getting the right amount withheld. Tax amendment deadline This is most likely to happen in the following situations. Tax amendment deadline You are married and both you and your spouse work. Tax amendment deadline You have more than one job at a time. Tax amendment deadline You have nonwage income, such as interest, dividends, alimony, unemployment compensation, or self-employment income. Tax amendment deadline You will owe additional amounts with your return, such as self-employment tax. Tax amendment deadline Your withholding is based on obsolete Form W-4 information for a substantial part of the year. Tax amendment deadline Your earnings are more than $130,000 if you are single or $180,000 if you are married. Tax amendment deadline You work only part of the year. Tax amendment deadline You change the number of your withholding allowances during the year. Tax amendment deadline You are subject to Additional Medicare Tax or Net Investment Income Tax. Tax amendment deadline If you anticipate liability for Additional Medicare Tax or Net Investment Income Tax, you may request that your employer withhold an additional amount of income tax withholding on Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline Part-Year Method If you work only part of the year and your employer agrees to use the part-year withholding method, less tax will be withheld from each wage payment than would be withheld if you worked all year. Tax amendment deadline To be eligible for the part-year method, you must meet both of the following requirements. Tax amendment deadline You must use the calendar year (the 12 months from January 1 through December 31) as your tax year. Tax amendment deadline You cannot use a fiscal year. Tax amendment deadline You must not expect to be employed for more than 245 days during the year. Tax amendment deadline To figure this limit, count all calendar days that you are employed (including weekends, vacations, and sick days) beginning with the first day you are on the job for pay and ending with your last day of work. Tax amendment deadline If you are temporarily laid off for 30 days or less, count those days too. Tax amendment deadline If you are laid off for more than 30 days, do not count those days. Tax amendment deadline You will not meet this requirement if you begin working before May 1 and expect to work for the rest of the year. Tax amendment deadline How to apply for the part-year method. Tax amendment deadline   You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. Tax amendment deadline The request must state all three of the following. Tax amendment deadline The date of your last day of work for any prior employer during the current calendar year. Tax amendment deadline That you do not expect to be employed more than 245 days during the current calendar year. Tax amendment deadline That you use the calendar year as your tax year. Tax amendment deadline Cumulative Wage Method If you change the number of your withholding allowances during the year, too much or too little tax may have been withheld for the period before you made the change. Tax amendment deadline You may be able to compensate for this if your employer agrees to use the cumulative wage withholding method for the rest of the year. Tax amendment deadline You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. Tax amendment deadline To be eligible, you must have been paid for the same kind of payroll period (weekly, biweekly, etc. Tax amendment deadline ) since the beginning of the year. Tax amendment deadline Aids for Figuring Your Withholding IRS Withholding Calculator. Tax amendment deadline   If you had too much or too little income tax withheld from your pay, the IRS provides a withholding calculator on its website. Tax amendment deadline Go to www. Tax amendment deadline irs. Tax amendment deadline gov/Individuals/IRS-Withholding-Calculator. Tax amendment deadline It can help you determine the correct amount to be withheld any time during the year. Tax amendment deadline Rules Your Employer Must Follow It may be helpful for you to know some of the withholding rules your employer must follow. Tax amendment deadline These rules can affect how to fill out your Form W-4 and how to handle problems that may arise. Tax amendment deadline New Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline   When you start a new job, your employer should give you a Form W-4 to fill out. Tax amendment deadline Beginning with your first payday, your employer will use the information you give on the form to figure your withholding. Tax amendment deadline   If you later fill out a new Form W-4, your employer can put it into effect as soon as possible. Tax amendment deadline The deadline for putting it into effect is the start of the first payroll period ending 30 or more days after you turn it in. Tax amendment deadline No Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline   If you do not give your employer a completed Form W-4, your employer must withhold at the highest rate, as if you were single and claimed no withholding allowances. Tax amendment deadline Repaying withheld tax. Tax amendment deadline   If you find you are having too much tax withheld because you did not claim all the withholding allowances you are entitled to, you should give your employer a new Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline Your employer cannot repay any of the tax previously withheld. Tax amendment deadline Instead, claim the full amount withheld when you file your tax return. Tax amendment deadline   However, if your employer has withheld more than the correct amount of tax for the Form W-4 you have in effect, you do not have to fill out a new Form W-4 to have your withholding lowered to the correct amount. Tax amendment deadline Your employer can repay the amount that was withheld incorrectly. Tax amendment deadline If you are not repaid, your Form W-2 will reflect the full amount actually withheld, which you would claim when you file your tax return. Tax amendment deadline IRS review of your withholding. Tax amendment deadline   Whether you are entitled to claim a certain number of allowances or a complete exemption from withholding is subject to review by the IRS. Tax amendment deadline Your employer may be required to send a copy of the Form W-4 to the IRS. Tax amendment deadline There is a penalty for supplying false information on Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline See Penalties , later. Tax amendment deadline   If the IRS determines that you cannot claim more than a specified number of withholding allowances or claim a complete exemption from withholding, the IRS will issue a notice of the maximum number of withholding allowances permitted (commonly referred to as a “lock-in letter”) to both you and your employer. Tax amendment deadline   The IRS will provide a period of time during which you can dispute the determination before your employer adjusts your withholding. Tax amendment deadline If you believe that you are entitled to claim complete exemption from withholding or claim more withholding allowances than the maximum number specified by the IRS in the lock-in letter, you must submit a new Form W-4 and a written statement to support your claims to the IRS. Tax amendment deadline Contact information (a toll-free number and an IRS office address) will be provided in the lock-in letter. Tax amendment deadline At the end of this period, if you have not responded or if your response is not adequate, your employer will be required to withhold based on the original lock-in letter. Tax amendment deadline   After the lock-in letter takes effect, your employer must withhold tax on the basis of the withholding rate (marital status) and maximum number of withholding allowances specified in that letter. Tax amendment deadline   If you later believe that you are entitled to claim exemption from withholding or more allowances than the IRS determined, you can complete a new Form W-4 and a written statement to support the claims made on the Form W-4 and send them directly to the IRS address shown on the lock-in letter. Tax amendment deadline Your employer must continue to figure your withholding on the basis of the number of allowances previously determined by the IRS until the IRS advises your employer otherwise. Tax amendment deadline   At any time, either before or after the lock-in letter becomes effective, you may give your employer a new Form W-4 that does not claim complete exemption from withholding and results in more income tax withheld than specified in the lock-in letter. Tax amendment deadline Your employer must then withhold tax based on this new Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline   Additional information is available at IRS. Tax amendment deadline gov. Tax amendment deadline Enter “withholding compliance questions” in the search box. Tax amendment deadline Exemption From Withholding If you claim exemption from withholding, your employer will not withhold federal income tax from your wages. Tax amendment deadline The exemption applies only to income tax, not to social security or Medicare tax. Tax amendment deadline You can claim exemption from withholding for 2014 only if both of the following situations apply. Tax amendment deadline For 2013 you had a right to a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you had no tax liability. Tax amendment deadline For 2014 you expect a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you expect to have no tax liability. Tax amendment deadline Use Figure 1-A to help you decide whether you can claim exemption from withholding. Tax amendment deadline Do not use Figure 1-A if you: Are 65 or older, Are blind, Will itemize deductions on your 2014 return, Will claim an exemption for a dependent on your 2014 return, or Will claim any tax credits on your 2014 return. Tax amendment deadline These situations are discussed later. Tax amendment deadline Students. Tax amendment deadline   If you are a student, you are not automatically exempt. Tax amendment deadline If you work only part time or during the summer, you may qualify for exemption from withholding. Tax amendment deadline Example 1. Tax amendment deadline You are a high school student and expect to earn $2,500 from a summer job. Tax amendment deadline You do not expect to have any other income during the year, and your parents will be able to claim an exemption for you on their tax return. Tax amendment deadline You worked last summer and had $375 federal income tax withheld from your pay. Tax amendment deadline The entire $375 was refunded when you filed your 2013 return. Tax amendment deadline Using Figure 1-A, you find that you can claim exemption from withholding. Tax amendment deadline Please click here for the text description of the image. Tax amendment deadline Figure 1-A: Exemption From Withholding on Form W-4 Example 2. Tax amendment deadline The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that you also have a savings account and expect to have $400 interest income during the year. Tax amendment deadline Using Figure 1-A, you find that you cannot claim exemption from withholding because your unearned income will be more than $350 and your total income will be more than $1,000. Tax amendment deadline    You may have to file a tax return, even if you are exempt from withholding. Tax amendment deadline See Publication 501 to see whether you must file a return. Tax amendment deadline    Age 65 or older or blind. Tax amendment deadline If you are 65 or older or blind, use Worksheet 1-3 or Worksheet 1-4, to help you decide whether you can claim exemption from withholding. Tax amendment deadline Do not use either worksheet if you will itemize deductions, claim exemptions for dependents, or claim tax credits on your 2014 return. Tax amendment deadline Instead, see Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits, next. Tax amendment deadline Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits. Tax amendment deadline   If you had no tax liability for 2013, and you will: Itemize deductions, Claim an exemption for a dependent, or Claim a tax credit, use the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet (also see chapter 2), to figure your 2014 expected tax liability. Tax amendment deadline You can claim exemption from withholding only if your total expected tax liability (line 13c of the worksheet) is zero. Tax amendment deadline Claiming exemption from withholding. Tax amendment deadline   To claim exemption, you must give your employer a Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline Do not complete lines 5 and 6. Tax amendment deadline Enter “Exempt” on line 7. Tax amendment deadline   If you claim exemption, but later your situation changes so that you will have to pay income tax after all, you must file a new Form W-4 within 10 days after the change. Tax amendment deadline If you claim exemption in 2014 but you expect to owe income tax for 2015, you must file a new Form W-4 by December 1, 2014. Tax amendment deadline   Your claim of exempt status may be reviewed by the IRS. Tax amendment deadline See IRS review of your withholding , earlier. Tax amendment deadline An exemption is good for only 1 year. Tax amendment deadline   You must give your employer a new Form W-4 by February 15 each year to continue your exemption. Tax amendment deadline Supplemental Wages Supplemental wages include bonuses, commissions, overtime pay, vacation allowances, certain sick pay, and expense allowances under certain plans. Tax amendment deadline The payer can figure withholding on supplemental wages using the same method used for your regular wages. Tax amendment deadline However, if these payments are identified separately from regular wages, your employer or other payer of supplemental wages can withhold income tax from these wages at a flat rate. Tax amendment deadline Expense allowances. Tax amendment deadline   Reimbursements or other expense allowances paid by your employer under a nonaccountable plan are treated as supplemental wages. Tax amendment deadline A nonaccountable plan is a reimbursement arrangement that does not require you to account for, or prove, your business expenses to your employer or does not require you to return your employer's payments that are more than your proven expenses. Tax amendment deadline   Reimbursements or other expense allowances paid under an accountable plan that are more than your proven expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan if you do not return the excess payments within a reasonable period of time. Tax amendment deadline Accountable plan. Tax amendment deadline   To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement or allowance arrangement must include all three of the following rules. Tax amendment deadline Your expenses must have a business connection. Tax amendment deadline That is, you must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as an employee of your employer. Tax amendment deadline You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. Tax amendment deadline You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. Tax amendment deadline    An excess reimbursement or allowance is any amount you are paid that is more than the business-related expenses that you adequately accounted for to your employer. Tax amendment deadline   The definition of reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances of your situation. Tax amendment deadline However, regardless of those facts and circumstances, actions that take place within the times specified in the following list will be treated as taking place within a reasonable period of time. Tax amendment deadline You receive an advance within 30 days of the time you have an expense. Tax amendment deadline You adequately account for your expenses within 60 days after they were paid or incurred. Tax amendment deadline You return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expense was paid or incurred. Tax amendment deadline You are given a periodic statement (at least quarterly) that asks you to either return or adequately account for outstanding advances and you comply within 120 days of the statement. Tax amendment deadline Nonaccountable plan. Tax amendment deadline   Any plan that does not meet the definition of an accountable plan is considered a nonaccountable plan. Tax amendment deadline For more information about accountable and nonaccountable plans, see chapter 6 of Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Tax amendment deadline Penalties You may have to pay a penalty of $500 if both of the following apply. Tax amendment deadline You make statements or claim withholding allowances on your Form W-4 that reduce the amount of tax withheld. Tax amendment deadline You have no reasonable basis for those statements or allowances at the time you prepare your Form W-4. Tax amendment deadline There is also a criminal penalty for willfully supplying false or fraudulent information on your Form W-4 or for willfully failing to supply information that would increase the amount withheld. Tax amendment deadline The penalty upon conviction can be either a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both. Tax amendment deadline These penalties will apply if you deliberately and knowingly falsify your Form W-4 in an attempt to reduce or eliminate the proper withholding of taxes. Tax amendment deadline A simple error or an honest mistake will not result in one of these penalties. Tax amendment deadline For example, a person who has tried to figure the number of withholding allowances correctly, but claims seven when the proper number is six, will not be charged a Form W-4 penalty. Tax amendment deadline However, see chapter 4 for information on the penalty for underpaying your tax. Tax amendment deadline Tips The tips you receive while working on your job are considered part of your pay. Tax amendment deadline You must include your tips on your tax return on the same line as your regular pay. Tax amendment deadline However, tax is not withheld directly from tip income, as it is from your regular pay. Tax amendment deadline Nevertheless, your employer will take into account the tips you report when figuring how much to withhold from your regular pay. Tax amendment deadline Reporting tips to your employer. Tax amendment deadline   If you receive tips of $20 or more in a month while working for any one employer, you must report to your employer the total amount of tips you receive on the job during the month. Tax amendment deadline The report is due by the 10th day of the following month. Tax amendment deadline   If you have more than one job, make a separate report to each employer. Tax amendment deadline Report only the tips you received while working for that employer, and only if they total $20 or more for the month. Tax amendment deadline How employer figures amount to withhold. Tax amendment deadline   The tips you report to your employer are counted as part of your income for the month you report them. Tax amendment deadline Your employer can figure your withholding in either of two ways. Tax amendment deadline By withholding at the regular rate on the sum of your pay plus your reported tips. Tax amendment deadline By withholding at the regular rate on your pay plus a percentage of your reported tips. Tax amendment deadline Not enough pay to cover taxes. Tax amendment deadline   If your regular pay is not enough for your employer to withhold all the tax (including income tax and social security and Medicare taxes (or the equivalent railroad retirement tax)) due on your pay plus your tips, you can give your employer money to cover the shortage. Tax amendment deadline   If you do not give your employer money to cover the shortage, your employer first withholds as much Medicare tax and social security or railroad retirement tax as possible, up to the proper amount, and then withholds income tax up to the full amount of your pay. Tax amendment deadline If not enough tax is withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax. Tax amendment deadline When you file your return, you also may have to pay any Medicare and social security tax or railroad retirement tax your employer could not withhold. Tax amendment deadline Tips not reported to your employer. Tax amendment deadline   On your tax return, you must report all the tips you receive during the year, even tips you do not report to your employer (this includes the value of any noncash tips you received, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value). Tax amendment deadline Make sure you are having enough tax withheld, or are paying enough estimated tax (see chapter 2), to cover all your tip income. Tax amendment deadline Allocated tips. Tax amendment deadline   If you work in a large food or beverage establishment, your employer may have to report an allocated amount of tips on your Form W-2. Tax amendment deadline   Your employer should not withhold income tax, Medicare tax, and social security or railroad retirement tax on the allocated amount. Tax amendment deadline Withholding is based only on your pay plus your reported tips. Tax amendment deadline Your employer should refund to you any incorrectly withheld tax. Tax amendment deadline More information. Tax amendment deadline   For more information on the reporting and withholding rules for tip income and on tip allocation, see Publi