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Vita free tax help Publication 926 - Main Content Table of Contents Do You Have a Household Employee? Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States? Do You Need To Pay Employment Taxes?Social Security and Medicare Taxes Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax? What Do You Need To Know About the Earned Income Credit? How Do You Make Tax Payments? What Forms Must You File?Employee who leaves during the year. Vita free tax help Filing options when no return is required. Vita free tax help What Records Must You Keep? Can You Claim a Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses? How Can You Correct Schedule H?Adjust the overpayment. Vita free tax help Claim for refund process. Vita free tax help How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Do You Have a Household Employee? You have a household employee if you hired someone to do household work and that worker is your employee. Vita free tax help The worker is your employee if you can control not only what work is done, but how it is done. Vita free tax help If the worker is your employee, it does not matter whether the work is full time or part time or that you hired the worker through an agency or from a list provided by an agency or association. Vita free tax help It also does not matter whether you pay the worker on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis, or by the job. Vita free tax help Example. Vita free tax help You pay Betty Shore to babysit your child and do light housework 4 days a week in your home. Vita free tax help Betty follows your specific instructions about household and child care duties. Vita free tax help You provide the household equipment and supplies that Betty needs to do her work. Vita free tax help Betty is your household employee. Vita free tax help Household work. Vita free tax help   Household work is work done in or around your home. Vita free tax help Some examples of workers who do household work are: Babysitters, Caretakers, House cleaning workers, Domestic workers, Drivers, Health aides, Housekeepers, Maids, Nannies, Private nurses, and Yard workers. Vita free tax help Workers who are not your employees. Vita free tax help   If only the worker can control how the work is done, the worker is not your employee but is self-employed. Vita free tax help A self-employed worker usually provides his or her own tools and offers services to the general public in an independent business. Vita free tax help   A worker who performs child care services for you in his or her home generally is not your employee. Vita free tax help   If an agency provides the worker and controls what work is done and how it is done, the worker is not your employee. Vita free tax help Example. Vita free tax help You made an agreement with John Peters to care for your lawn. Vita free tax help John runs a lawn care business and offers his services to the general public. Vita free tax help He provides his own tools and supplies, and he hires and pays any helpers he needs. Vita free tax help Neither John nor his helpers are your household employees. Vita free tax help More information. Vita free tax help   More information about who is an employee is in Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide. Vita free tax help Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States? It is unlawful for you knowingly to hire or continue to employ an alien who cannot legally work in the United States. Vita free tax help When you hire a household employee to work for you on a regular basis, you and the employee must complete the U. Vita free tax help S. Vita free tax help Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Vita free tax help No later than the first day of work, the employee must complete the employee section of the form by providing certain required information and attesting to his or her current work eligibility status in the United States. Vita free tax help You must complete the employer section by examining documents presented by the employee as evidence of his or her identity and employment eligibility. Vita free tax help Acceptable documents to establish identity and employment eligibility are listed on Form I-9. Vita free tax help You should keep the completed Form I-9 in your own records. Vita free tax help Do not submit it to the IRS, the USCIS, or any other government or other entity. Vita free tax help The form must be kept available for review upon notice by an authorized U. Vita free tax help S. Vita free tax help Government official. Vita free tax help Two copies of Form I-9 are contained in the Handbook for Employers (Form M-274) published by the USCIS. Vita free tax help Call the USCIS at 1-800-870-3676 to order the Handbook for Employers; or you may download the handbook at www. Vita free tax help uscis. Vita free tax help gov. Vita free tax help If you have questions about the employment eligibility verification process or other immigration-related employment matters, contact the USCIS Office of Business Liaison at 1-800-357-2099. Vita free tax help You also can visit the USCIS website at www. Vita free tax help uscis. Vita free tax help gov to get Form I-9. Vita free tax help For more information, see Employee's Social Security Number (SSN) in Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. Vita free tax help Do You Need To Pay Employment Taxes? If you have a household employee, you may need to withhold and pay social security and Medicare taxes, pay federal unemployment tax, or both. Vita free tax help To find out, read Table 1. Vita free tax help You do not need to withhold federal income tax from your household employee's wages. Vita free tax help But if your employee asks you to withhold it, you can. Vita free tax help See Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax, later. Vita free tax help If you need to pay social security, Medicare, or federal unemployment tax or choose to withhold federal income tax, read Table 2 for an overview of what you may need to do. Vita free tax help If you do not need to pay social security, Medicare, or federal unemployment tax and do not choose to withhold federal income tax, read State employment taxes, next. Vita free tax help The rest of this publication does not apply to you. Vita free tax help State employment taxes. Vita free tax help   You should contact your state unemployment tax agency to find out whether you need to pay state unemployment tax for your household employee. Vita free tax help For a list of state unemployment tax agencies, visit the U. Vita free tax help S. Vita free tax help Department of Labor's website at www. Vita free tax help workforcesecurity. Vita free tax help doleta. Vita free tax help gov/unemploy/agencies. Vita free tax help asp. Vita free tax help You should also determine if you need to pay or collect other state employment taxes or carry workers' compensation insurance. Vita free tax help    Table 1. Vita free tax help Do You Need To Pay Employment Taxes? IF you . Vita free tax help . Vita free tax help . Vita free tax help THEN you need to . Vita free tax help . Vita free tax help . Vita free tax help A– Pay cash wages of $1,900 or more in 2014 to any one household employee. Vita free tax help Withhold and pay social security and Medicare taxes. Vita free tax help The taxes are 15. Vita free tax help 3%1 of cash wages. Vita free tax help Your employee's share is 7. Vita free tax help 65%1. Vita free tax help   (You can choose to pay it yourself and not withhold it. Vita free tax help ) Your share is 7. Vita free tax help 65%. Vita free tax help   Do not count wages you pay to— Your spouse, Your child under the age of 21, Your parent (see Wages not counted, later, for an exception), or Any employee under the age of 18 at any time in 2014 (see Wages not counted, later, for an exception). Vita free tax help B– Pay total cash wages of $1,000 or more in any calendar quarter of 2013 or 2014 to household employees. Vita free tax help Pay federal unemployment tax. Vita free tax help The tax is 6% of cash wages. Vita free tax help Wages over $7,000 a year per employee are not taxed. Vita free tax help You also may owe state unemployment tax. Vita free tax help   Do not count wages you pay to— Your spouse, Your child under the age of 21, or Your parent. Vita free tax help 1In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. Vita free tax help 45%, you must withhold a 0. Vita free tax help 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Vita free tax help You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. Vita free tax help Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. Vita free tax help There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. Vita free tax help All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. Vita free tax help Note. Vita free tax help If neither A nor B above applies, you do not need to pay any federal employment taxes. Vita free tax help But you may still need to pay state employment taxes. Vita free tax help Table 2. Vita free tax help Household Employer's Checklist You may need to do the following things when you have a household employee. Vita free tax help   When you hire a household employee: □ Find out if the person can legally work in the United States. Vita free tax help  □ Find out if you need to pay state taxes. Vita free tax help When you pay your household employee: □ Withhold social security and Medicare taxes. Vita free tax help  □ Withhold federal income tax. Vita free tax help  □ Decide how you will make tax payments. Vita free tax help  □ Keep records. Vita free tax help By February 2, 2015: □ Get an employer identification number (EIN). Vita free tax help  □ Give your employee Copies B, C, and 2 of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Vita free tax help By March 2, 2015 (March 31, 2015, if you file Form W-2 electronically): □ Send Copy A of Form W-2 to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Vita free tax help By April 15, 2015: □ File Schedule H (Form 1040), Household Employment Taxes, with your 2014 federal income tax return (Form 1040, 1040NR, 1040-SS, or Form 1041). Vita free tax help  If you do not have to file a return, file Schedule H by itself. Vita free tax help Social Security and Medicare Taxes The social security tax pays for old-age, survivors, and disability benefits for workers and their families. Vita free tax help The Medicare tax pays for hospital insurance. Vita free tax help Both you and your household employee may owe social security and Medicare taxes. Vita free tax help Your share is 7. Vita free tax help 65% (6. Vita free tax help 2% for social security tax and 1. Vita free tax help 45% for Medicare tax) of the employee's social security and Medicare wages. Vita free tax help Your employee's share is also 7. Vita free tax help 65% (6. Vita free tax help 2% for social security tax and 1. Vita free tax help 45% for Medicare tax). Vita free tax help In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. Vita free tax help 45%, you must withhold a 0. Vita free tax help 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Vita free tax help You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. Vita free tax help Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. Vita free tax help There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. Vita free tax help All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. Vita free tax help For more information on Additional Medicare Tax, visit IRS. Vita free tax help gov and enter “Additional Medicare Tax” in the search box. Vita free tax help Generally, you can use Table 3 to figure the amount of social security and Medicare taxes to withhold from each wage payment. Vita free tax help You are responsible for payment of your employee's share of the taxes as well as your own. Vita free tax help You can either withhold your employee's share from the employee's wages or pay it from your own funds. Vita free tax help If you decide to pay the employee's share from your own funds, see Not withholding the employee's share, later. Vita free tax help Pay the taxes as discussed under How Do You Make Tax Payments, later. Vita free tax help Also, see What Forms Must You File, later. Vita free tax help Social security and Medicare wages. Vita free tax help   You figure social security and Medicare taxes on the social security and Medicare wages you pay your employee. Vita free tax help   If you pay your household employee cash wages of $1,900 or more in 2014, all cash wages you pay to that employee in 2014 (regardless of when the wages were earned) up to $117,000 are social security wages and all cash wages are Medicare wages. Vita free tax help However, any noncash wages you pay do not count as social security and Medicare wages. Vita free tax help   If you pay the employee less than $1,900 in cash wages in 2014, none of the wages you pay the employee are social security or Medicare wages and neither you nor your employee will owe social security or Medicare tax on those wages. Vita free tax help Cash wages. Vita free tax help   Cash wages include wages you pay by check, money order, etc. Vita free tax help Cash wages do not include the value of food, lodging, clothing, and other noncash items you give your household employee. Vita free tax help However, cash you give your employee in place of these items is included in cash wages. Vita free tax help State disability payments treated as wages. Vita free tax help   Certain state disability plan payments that your household employee may receive are treated as social security and Medicare wages. Vita free tax help For more information about these payments, see the Instructions for Schedule H (Form 1040) and the notice issued by the state. Vita free tax help Wages not counted. Vita free tax help   Do not count wages you pay to any of the following individuals as social security or Medicare wages, even if these wages are $1,900 or more during the year. Vita free tax help Your spouse. Vita free tax help Your child who is under the age of 21. Vita free tax help Your parent. Vita free tax help Exception: Count these wages if both the following conditions apply. Vita free tax help Your parent cares for your child who is either of the following. Vita free tax help Under the age of 18, or Has a physical or mental condition that requires the personal care of an adult for at least 4 continuous weeks in the calendar quarter services were performed. Vita free tax help Your marital status is one of the following. Vita free tax help You are divorced and have not remarried, You are a widow or widower, or You are living with a spouse whose physical or mental condition prevents him or her from caring for your child for at least 4 continuous weeks in the calendar quarter services were performed. Vita free tax help An employee who is under the age of 18 at any time during the year. Vita free tax help Exception: Count these wages if providing household services is the employee's principal occupation. Vita free tax help If the employee is a student, providing household services is not considered to be his or her principal occupation. Vita free tax help Also, if your employee's cash wages reach $117,000 (maximum wages subject to social security tax) in 2014, do not count any wages you pay that employee during the rest of the year as social security wages to figure social security tax. Vita free tax help Continue to count the employee's cash wages as Medicare wages to figure Medicare tax. Vita free tax help If you provide your employee transit passes to commute to your home, do not count the value of the transit passes (up to $130 per month for 2014) as wages. Vita free tax help A transit pass includes any pass, token, fare card, voucher, or similar item entitling a person to ride on mass transit, such as a bus or train. Vita free tax help If you provide your employee parking at or near your home or at or near a location from which your employee commutes to your home, do not count the value of parking (up to $250 per month for 2014) as wages. Vita free tax help If you reimburse your employee for transit passes or parking, you may be able to exclude the reimbursement amounts. Vita free tax help See Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits, for special requirements for this exclusion. Vita free tax help Withholding the employee's share. Vita free tax help   You should withhold the employee's share of social security and Medicare taxes if you expect to pay your household employee cash wages of $1,900 or more in 2014. Vita free tax help However, if you prefer to pay the employee's share yourself, see Not withholding the employee's share, later. Vita free tax help   You can withhold the employee's share of the taxes even if you are not sure your employee's cash wages will be $1,900 or more in 2014. Vita free tax help If you withhold the taxes but then actually pay the employee less than $1,900 in cash wages for the year, you should repay the employee. Vita free tax help   Withhold 7. Vita free tax help 65% (6. 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Vita free tax help 10 . Vita free tax help 73 100. Vita free tax help 00 . Vita free tax help 6. Vita free tax help 20 1. Vita free tax help 45 1In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. Vita free tax help 45%, you must withhold a 0. Vita free tax help 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Vita free tax help You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. Vita free tax help Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. Vita free tax help There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. Vita free tax help All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. Vita free tax help   If you make an error by withholding too little, you should withhold additional taxes from a later payment. Vita free tax help If you withhold too much, you should repay the employee. Vita free tax help    In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. Vita free tax help 45%, you must withhold a 0. Vita free tax help 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Vita free tax help You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. Vita free tax help Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. Vita free tax help There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. Vita free tax help All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. Vita free tax help For more information on Additional Medicare Tax, visit IRS. Vita free tax help gov and enter “Additional Medicare Tax” in the search box. Vita free tax help Example. Vita free tax help On February 13, 2014, Mary Brown hired Jane R. Vita free tax help Oak (who is an unrelated individual over age 18) to care for her child and agreed to pay cash wages of $50 every Friday. Vita free tax help Jane worked for the remainder of the year (a total of 46 weeks). Vita free tax help Mary did not give Jane a Form W-4 to request federal or state tax withholding. Vita free tax help The following is the information Mary will need to complete Schedule H, Form W-2, and Form W-3. Vita free tax help See the completed examples of Form W-2 and Form W-3 for 2014 at the end of this publication. Vita free tax help Total cash wages paid to Jane $2,300. Vita free tax help 00 ($50 x 46 weeks)       Jane's share of:     Social security tax $142. Vita free tax help 60 ($2,300 x 6. Vita free tax help 2% (. Vita free tax help 062))         Medicare tax $33. Vita free tax help 35       ($2,300 x 1. Vita free tax help 45% (. Vita free tax help 0145)) Mary's share of:     Social security tax $142. Vita free tax help 60  ($2,300 x 6. Vita free tax help 2% (. Vita free tax help 062))           Medicare tax $33. Vita free tax help 35  ($2,300 x 1. Vita free tax help 45% (. Vita free tax help 0145)) Amount reported on Form W-2 and Form W-3:   Box 1:Wages, tips $2,300. Vita free tax help 00   Box 4: Social security tax withheld 142. Vita free tax help 60   Box 6: Medicare tax withheld 33. Vita free tax help 35 For information on withholding and reporting federal income taxes, see Publication 15 (Circular E). Vita free tax help Not withholding the employee's share. Vita free tax help   If you prefer to pay your employee's social security and Medicare taxes from your own funds, do not withhold them from your employee's wages. Vita free tax help The social security and Medicare taxes you pay to cover your employee's share must be included in the employee's wages for income tax purposes. Vita free tax help However, they are not counted as social security and Medicare wages or as federal unemployment (FUTA) wages. Vita free tax help Example. Vita free tax help In 2014 you hire a household employee (who is an unrelated individual over age 18) to care for your child and agree to pay cash wages of $100 every Friday. Vita free tax help You expect to pay your employee $1,900 or more for the year. Vita free tax help You decide to pay your employee's share of social security and Medicare taxes from your own funds. Vita free tax help You pay your employee $100 every Friday without withholding any social security or Medicare taxes. Vita free tax help For social security and Medicare tax purposes, your employee's wages each payday are $100. Vita free tax help For each wage payment, you will pay $15. Vita free tax help 30 when you pay the taxes. Vita free tax help This is $7. Vita free tax help 65 ($6. Vita free tax help 20 for social security tax + $1. Vita free tax help 45 for Medicare tax) to cover your employee's share plus $7. Vita free tax help 65 ($6. Vita free tax help 20 for social security tax + $1. Vita free tax help 45 for Medicare tax) for your share. Vita free tax help For income tax purposes, your employee's wages each payday are $107. Vita free tax help 65 ($100 + the $7. Vita free tax help 65 you will pay to cover your employee's share of social security and Medicare taxes). Vita free tax help Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax The federal unemployment tax is part of the federal and state program under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) that pays unemployment compensation to workers who lose their jobs. Vita free tax help Like most employers, you may owe both the federal unemployment tax (the FUTA tax) and a state unemployment tax. Vita free tax help Or, you may owe only the FUTA tax or only the state unemployment tax. Vita free tax help To find out whether you will owe state unemployment tax, contact your state's unemployment tax agency. Vita free tax help For a list of state unemployment tax agencies, visit the U. Vita free tax help S. Vita free tax help Department of Labor's website at www. Vita free tax help workforcesecurity. Vita free tax help doleta. Vita free tax help gov/unemploy/agencies. Vita free tax help asp. Vita free tax help You should also find out if you need to pay or collect other state employment taxes or carry workers' compensation insurance. Vita free tax help The FUTA tax is 6. Vita free tax help 0% of your employee's FUTA wages. Vita free tax help However, you may be able to take a credit of up to 5. Vita free tax help 4% against the FUTA tax, resulting in a net tax rate of 0. Vita free tax help 6%. Vita free tax help Your credit for 2014 is limited unless you pay all the required contributions for 2014 to your state unemployment fund by April 15, 2015. Vita free tax help The credit you can take for any contributions for 2014 that you pay after April 15, 2015, is limited to 90% of the credit that would have been allowable if the contributions were paid by April 15, 2015. Vita free tax help (If you did not pay all the required contributions for 2013 by April 15, 2014, see Credit for 2013, later. Vita free tax help ) Note. Vita free tax help   If a due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, payments are considered timely if made by the next business day. Vita free tax help The term “legal holiday” means any legal holiday in the District of Columbia. Vita free tax help Pay the tax as discussed under How Do You Make Tax Payments, later. Vita free tax help Also, see What Forms Must You File, later. Vita free tax help Note. Vita free tax help   The 5. Vita free tax help 4% credit is reduced for wages paid in a credit reduction state. Vita free tax help See the Instructions for Schedule H (Form 1040). Vita free tax help Do not withhold the FUTA tax from your employee's wages. Vita free tax help You must pay it from your own funds. Vita free tax help FUTA wages. Vita free tax help   Figure the FUTA tax on the FUTA wages you pay. Vita free tax help If you pay cash wages to all of your household employees totaling $1,000 or more in any calendar quarter of 2013 or 2014, the first $7,000 of cash wages you pay to each household employee in 2014 is FUTA wages. Vita free tax help (A calendar quarter is January through March, April through June, July through September, or October through December. Vita free tax help ) If your employee's cash wages reach $7,000 during the year, do not figure the FUTA tax on any wages you pay that employee during the rest of the year. Vita free tax help For an explanation of cash wages, see the discussion on Social security and Medicare wages under Social Security and Medicare Taxes, earlier. Vita free tax help Wages not counted. Vita free tax help   Do not count wages you pay to any of the following individuals as FUTA wages. Vita free tax help Your spouse. Vita free tax help Your child who is under the age of 21. Vita free tax help Your parent. Vita free tax help Credit for 2013. Vita free tax help   The credit you can take for any state unemployment fund contributions for 2013 that you pay after April 15, 2014, is limited to 90% of the credit that would have been allowable if the contributions were paid on or before April 15, 2014. Vita free tax help Use Worksheet A to figure the credit for late contributions if you paid any state contributions after the due date for filing  Form 1040. Vita free tax help Worksheet A. Vita free tax help Worksheet for Credit for Late Contributions 1. Vita free tax help Enter the amount from Schedule H, line 22   2. Vita free tax help Enter the amount from Schedule H, line 19   3. Vita free tax help Subtract line 2 from line 1. Vita free tax help If zero or less, enter -0-   4. Vita free tax help Enter total contributions paid to the state(s) after the Form 1040 due date   5. Vita free tax help Enter the smaller of line 3 or line 4   6. Vita free tax help Multiply line 5 by . Vita free tax help 90 (90%)   7. Vita free tax help Add lines 2 and 6   8. Vita free tax help Enter the smaller of the amount on line 1 or line 7 here and on Schedule H, line 23   Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax? You are not required to withhold federal income tax from wages you pay a household employee. Vita free tax help You should withhold federal income tax only if your household employee asks you to withhold it and you agree. Vita free tax help The employee must give you a completed Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. Vita free tax help If you and your employee have agreed to withholding, either of you may end the agreement by letting the other know in writing. Vita free tax help If you agree to withhold federal income tax, you are responsible for paying it to the IRS. Vita free tax help Pay the tax as discussed under How Do You Make Tax Payments, later. Vita free tax help Also, see What Forms Must You File, later. Vita free tax help Use the income tax withholding tables in Publication 15 (Circular E) to find out how much to withhold. Vita free tax help Figure federal income tax withholding on wages before you deduct any amounts for other withheld taxes. Vita free tax help Withhold federal income tax from each payment of wages based on the filing status and exemptions shown on your employee's Form W-4. Vita free tax help Publication 15 (Circular E) contains detailed instructions. Vita free tax help Wages. Vita free tax help   Figure federal income tax withholding on both cash and noncash wages you pay. Vita free tax help Measure wages you pay in any form other than cash by the fair market value of the noncash item. Vita free tax help   Do not count as wages any of the following items. Vita free tax help Meals provided to your employee at your home for your convenience. Vita free tax help Lodging provided to your employee at your home for your convenience and as a condition of employment. Vita free tax help Up to $130 per month for 2014 for transit passes you give your employee (or for any cash reimbursement you make for the amount your employee pays for transit passes used to commute to your home if you qualify for this exclusion). Vita free tax help A transit pass includes any pass, token, fare card, voucher, or similar item entitling a person to ride on mass transit, such as a bus or train. Vita free tax help See Publication 15-B for special requirements for this exclusion. Vita free tax help Up to $250 per month for 2014 for the value of parking you provide your employee or for any cash reimbursement you make for the amount your employee pays and substantiates for parking at or near your home or at or near a location from which your employee commutes to your home. Vita free tax help   See Publication 15 (Circular E) for more information on cash and noncash wages. Vita free tax help Paying tax without withholding. Vita free tax help   Any income tax you pay for your employee without withholding it from the employee's wages must be included in the employee's wages for federal income tax purposes. Vita free tax help It also must be included in social security and Medicare wages and in federal unemployment (FUTA) wages. Vita free tax help What Do You Need To Know About the Earned Income Credit? Certain workers can take the earned income credit (EIC) on their federal income tax return. Vita free tax help This credit reduces their tax or allows them to receive a payment from the IRS. Vita free tax help You also may have to give your employee a notice about the EIC. Vita free tax help Notice about the EIC. Vita free tax help   Copy B of the 2014 Form W-2 has a statement about the EIC on the back. Vita free tax help If you give your employee that copy by February 2, 2015 (as discussed under Form W-2 under What Forms Must You File, later), you do not have to give the employee any other notice about the EIC. Vita free tax help   If you do not give your employee Copy B of the Form W-2, your notice about the EIC can be any of the following items. Vita free tax help A substitute Form W-2 with the same EIC information on the back of the employee's copy that is on Copy B of the Form W-2. Vita free tax help Notice 797, Possible Federal Tax Refund Due to the Earned Income Credit (EIC). Vita free tax help Your own written statement with the same wording as in Notice 797. Vita free tax help If a substitute Form W-2 is given on time but does not have the required EIC information, you must notify the employee within one week of the date the substitute Form W-2 is given. Vita free tax help If Form W-2 is required but is not given on time, you must give the employee Notice 797 or your written statement about the 2014 EIC by February 2, 2015. Vita free tax help If Form W-2 is not required, you must notify the employee by February 7, 2015. Vita free tax help   You must give your household employee a notice about the EIC if you agree to withhold federal income tax from the employee's wages (as discussed earlier under Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax?) and the income tax withholding tables show that no tax should be withheld. Vita free tax help Even if not required, you are encouraged to give the employee a notice about the EIC if his or her 2014 wages are less than $46,997 ($52,427 if married filing jointly). Vita free tax help How Do You Make Tax Payments? When you file your 2014 federal income tax return in 2015, attach Schedule H (Form 1040) to your Form 1040, 1040NR, 1040-SS, or 1041. Vita free tax help Use Schedule H to figure your total household employment taxes (social security, Medicare, FUTA, and withheld federal income taxes). Vita free tax help Add these household employment taxes to your income tax. Vita free tax help Pay the amount due by April 15, 2015. Vita free tax help For more information about using Schedule H, see Schedule H under What Forms Must You File, later. Vita free tax help You can avoid owing tax with your return if you pay enough tax during the year to cover your household employment taxes, as well as your income tax. Vita free tax help You can pay the additional tax in any of the following ways. Vita free tax help Ask your employer to withhold more federal income tax from your wages in 2014. Vita free tax help Ask the payer of your pension or annuity to withhold more federal income tax from your benefits. Vita free tax help Make estimated tax payments for 2014 to the IRS. Vita free tax help Increase your payments if you already make estimated tax payments. Vita free tax help You may be subject to the estimated tax underpayment penalty if you did not pay enough income and household employment taxes during the year. Vita free tax help (See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for information about the underpayment penalty. Vita free tax help ) However, you will not be subject to the penalty if both of the following situations apply to you. Vita free tax help You will not have federal income tax withheld from wages, pensions, or any other payments you receive. Vita free tax help Your income taxes, excluding your household employment taxes, would not be enough to require payment of estimated taxes. Vita free tax help Asking for more federal income tax withholding. Vita free tax help   If you are employed and want more federal income tax withheld from your wages to cover your household employment taxes, give your employer a new Form W-4. Vita free tax help Complete it as before, but show the additional amount you want withheld from each paycheck on line 6. Vita free tax help   If you receive a pension or annuity and want more federal income tax withheld to cover household employment taxes, give the payer a new Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments (or a similar form provided by the payer). Vita free tax help Complete it as before, but show the additional amount you want withheld from each benefit payment on line 3. Vita free tax help   See Publication 505 to make sure you will have the right amount withheld. Vita free tax help It will help you compare your total expected withholding for 2014 with the combined income tax and employment taxes that you can expect to figure on your 2014 tax return. Vita free tax help Paying estimated tax. Vita free tax help   If you want to make estimated tax payments to cover household employment taxes, get Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals. Vita free tax help You can use its payment vouchers to make your payments by check or money order. Vita free tax help You may be able to pay by Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) or credit card. Vita free tax help For details, see the form instructions and visit IRS. Vita free tax help gov. Vita free tax help    You can pay all the employment taxes at once or you can pay them in installments. Vita free tax help If you have already made estimated tax payments for 2014, you can increase your remaining payments to cover the employment taxes. Vita free tax help Estimated tax payments for 2014 are due April 15, June 16, and September 15, 2014, and January 15, 2015. Vita free tax help Payment option for business employers. Vita free tax help   If you own a business as a sole proprietor or your home is on a farm operated for profit, you can choose either of two ways to pay your 2014 household employment taxes. Vita free tax help You can pay them with your federal income tax as previously described, or you can include them with your federal employment tax deposits or other payments for your business or farm employees. Vita free tax help For information on depositing employment taxes, see Publication 15 (Circular E). Vita free tax help   If you pay your household employment taxes with your business or farm employment taxes, you must report your household employment taxes with those other employment taxes on Form 941, Employer's QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return, Form 944, Employer's ANNUAL Federal Tax Return, or Form 943, Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees, and on Form 940, Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return. Vita free tax help See Business employment tax returns, later. Vita free tax help    The deduction that can be taken on Schedules C and F (Form 1040) for wages and employment taxes applies only to wages and taxes paid for business and farm employees. Vita free tax help You cannot deduct the wages and employment taxes paid for your household employees on your Schedule C or F. Vita free tax help More information. Vita free tax help   For more information about paying taxes through federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments, and figuring the estimated tax penalty, see Publication 505. Vita free tax help What Forms Must You File? You must file certain forms to report your household employee's wages and the federal employment taxes for the employee if you pay any of the following wages to the employee. Vita free tax help Social security and Medicare wages. Vita free tax help FUTA wages. Vita free tax help Wages from which you withhold federal income tax. Vita free tax help For information on ordering employment tax forms, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Vita free tax help Employer identification number (EIN). Vita free tax help   You must include your employer identification number (EIN) on the forms you file for your household employee. Vita free tax help An EIN is a nine-digit number issued by the IRS. Vita free tax help It is not the same as a social security number. Vita free tax help    You ordinarily will have an EIN if you previously paid taxes for employees, either as a household employer or as a sole proprietor of a business you own. Vita free tax help If you already have an EIN, use that number. Vita free tax help   If you do not have an EIN, you may apply for one online. Vita free tax help Go to IRS. Vita free tax help gov and click on the Apply for an EIN Online link under Tools. Vita free tax help You may also apply for an EIN by calling 1-800-829-4933, or you can fax or mail Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, to the IRS. Vita free tax help Form W-2. Vita free tax help   File a separate 2014 Form W-2, for each household employee to whom you pay either of the following wages during the year. Vita free tax help Social security and Medicare wages of $1,900 or more. Vita free tax help Wages from which you withhold federal income tax. Vita free tax help You must complete Form W-2 and give Copies B, C, and 2 to your employee by February 2, 2015. Vita free tax help You must send Copy A of Form W-2 with Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, to the SSA by March 2, 2015 (March 31, 2015, if you file your Form W-2 electronically). Vita free tax help Electronic filing is available to all employers and is free, fast, secure, and offers a later filing deadline. Vita free tax help Visit the SSA's Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information website at www. Vita free tax help socialsecurity. Vita free tax help gov/employer for guidelines on filing electronically. Vita free tax help Employee who leaves during the year. Vita free tax help   If an employee stops working for you before the end of 2014, you can file Form W-2 and provide copies to your employee immediately after you make your final payment of wages. Vita free tax help You do not need to wait until 2015. Vita free tax help If the employee asks you for Form W-2, give it to him or her within 30 days after the request or the last wage payment, whichever is later. Vita free tax help Schedule H. Vita free tax help   Use Schedule H to report household employment taxes if you pay any of the following wages to the employee. Vita free tax help Social security and Medicare wages of $1,900 or more. Vita free tax help FUTA wages. Vita free tax help Wages from which you withhold federal income tax. Vita free tax help File Schedule H with your 2014 federal income tax return by April 15, 2015. Vita free tax help If you get an extension to file your return, the extension also will apply to your Schedule H. Vita free tax help Filing options when no return is required. Vita free tax help   If you are not required to file a 2014 tax return, you have the following two options. Vita free tax help You can file Schedule H by itself. Vita free tax help See the Schedule H instructions for details. Vita free tax help If, besides your household employee, you have other employees for whom you report employment taxes on Form 941, Form 944, or Form 943 and on Form 940, you can include your taxes for your household employee on those forms. Vita free tax help See Business employment tax returns, next. Vita free tax help   Employers having the options listed above include certain tax-exempt organizations that do not have to file a tax return, such as churches that pay a household worker to take care of a minister's home. Vita free tax help Business employment tax returns. Vita free tax help   Do not use Schedule H if you choose to pay the employment taxes for your household employee with business or farm employment taxes. Vita free tax help (See Payment option for business employers, earlier. Vita free tax help ) Instead, include the social security, Medicare, and withheld federal income taxes for the employee on the Form 941 or Form 944 you file for your business or on the Form 943 you file for your farm. Vita free tax help Include the FUTA tax for the employee on your Form 940. Vita free tax help   If you report the employment taxes for your household employee on Form 941, Form 944, or Form 943, file Form W-2 for that employee with the Forms W-2 and Form W-3 for your business or farm employees. Vita free tax help   For information on filing Form 941 or Form 944, see Publication 15 (Circular E). Vita free tax help For information on filing Form 943, see Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide. Vita free tax help Both of these publications also provide information about filing Form 940. Vita free tax help What Records Must You Keep? Keep your copies of Schedule H or other employment tax forms you file and related Forms W-2, W-3, and W-4. Vita free tax help You must also keep records to support the information you enter on the forms you file. Vita free tax help If you must file Form W-2, you will need to keep a record of your employee's name, address, and social security number. Vita free tax help Wage and tax records. Vita free tax help   On each payday, you should record the date and amounts of all the following items. Vita free tax help Your employee's cash and noncash wages. Vita free tax help Any employee social security tax you withhold or agree to pay for your employee. Vita free tax help Any employee Medicare tax you withhold or agree to pay for your employee. Vita free tax help Any federal income tax you withhold. Vita free tax help Any state employment taxes you withhold. Vita free tax help Employee's social security number. Vita free tax help   You must keep a record of your employee's name and social security number exactly as they appear on his or her social security card if you pay the employee either of the following. Vita free tax help Social security and Medicare wages of $1,900 or more. Vita free tax help Wages from which you withhold federal income tax. Vita free tax help You must ask for your employee's social security number no later than the first day on which you pay the wages. Vita free tax help You may wish to ask for it when you hire your employee. Vita free tax help You should ask your employee to show you his or her social security card. Vita free tax help The employee may show the card if it is available. Vita free tax help You may, but are not required to, photocopy the card if the employee provides it. Vita free tax help   An employee who does not have a social security number must apply for one on Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. Vita free tax help An employee who has lost his or her social security card or whose name is not correctly shown on the card may apply for a replacement card. Vita free tax help    Employees can get Form SS-5 from any Social Security Administration office or by calling 1-800-772-1213. Vita free tax help    You also can download Form SS-5 from the Social Security Administration website at  www. Vita free tax help socialsecurity. Vita free tax help gov/online/ss-5. Vita free tax help pdf. Vita free tax help How long to keep records. Vita free tax help   Keep your employment tax records for at least 4 years after the due date of the return on which you report the taxes or the date the taxes were paid, whichever is later. Vita free tax help Can You Claim a Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses? If your household employee cares for your dependent who is under age 13 or for your spouse or dependent who is not capable of self-care, you may be able to take an income tax credit against some of your expenses. Vita free tax help To qualify, you must pay these expenses so you can work or look for work. Vita free tax help If you can take the credit, you can include in your qualifying expenses your share of the federal and state employment taxes you pay, as well as the employee's wages. Vita free tax help For information about the credit, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Vita free tax help How Can You Correct Schedule H? If you discover that you made an error on a Schedule H (or Anexo H-PR), the forms used to correct the error depend on whether the Schedule H was attached to another form or whether it was filed by itself. Vita free tax help Schedule H attached to another form. Vita free tax help    If you discover an error on a Schedule H that you previously filed with Form 1040, Form 1040NR, or Form 1040-SS, file Form 1040X, Amended U. Vita free tax help S. Vita free tax help Individual Income Tax Return, and attach a corrected Schedule H. Vita free tax help If you filed Formulario 1040-PR, file a Form 1040X and attach a corrected Anexo H-PR. Vita free tax help If you discover an error on a Schedule H that you previously filed with Form 1041, U. Vita free tax help S. Vita free tax help Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts, file an “amended” Form 1041 and attach a corrected Schedule H. Vita free tax help You discovered (that is, ascertained) the error when you had enough information to be able to correct the error. Vita free tax help Write “CORRECTED” (or “CORREGIDO”) and the date you discovered the error in the top margin of your corrected Schedule H (or Anexo H-PR), in dark, bold letters. Vita free tax help In addition, explain the reason for your correction and the date the error was discovered in Part III of Form 1040X or in a statement attached to the amended Form 1041. Vita free tax help Schedule H filed by itself. Vita free tax help   If you discover an error on a Schedule H (or Anexo H-PR) that you filed as a stand-alone return, file another stand-alone Schedule H with the corrected information. Vita free tax help You discovered (that is, ascertained) the error when you had enough information to be able to correct the error. Vita free tax help Write “CORRECTED” (or “CORREGIDO”) and the date you discovered the error in the top margin of your corrected Schedule H (or Anexo H-PR), in dark, bold letters. Vita free tax help In addition, explain the reason for your correction and the date the error was discovered in a statement attached to the corrected Schedule H. Vita free tax help If you have an overpayment, also write “ADJUSTED” (or “CORREGIDO”) or “REFUND” (or “REEMBOLSO”) in the top margin, depending on whether you want to adjust your overpayment or claim a refund. Vita free tax help (See Overpayment of tax, later. Vita free tax help ) When to file. Vita free tax help   File a corrected Schedule H when you discover an error on a previously filed Schedule H. Vita free tax help If you are correcting an underpayment, file a corrected Schedule H no later than the due date of your next tax return (generally, April 15 of the following calendar year) after you discover the error. Vita free tax help If you are correcting an overpayment, file a corrected Schedule H within the refund period of limitations (generally 3 years from the date your original form was filed or within 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later). Vita free tax help Underpayment of tax. Vita free tax help   You must pay any underpayment of social security and Medicare taxes by the time you file the corrected Schedule H. Vita free tax help Generally, by filing on time and paying by the time you file the return, you will not be charged interest (and will not be subject to failure-to-pay or estimated tax penalties) on the balance due. Vita free tax help However, underreported FUTA taxes will be subject to interest. Vita free tax help Overpayment of tax. Vita free tax help    You may either adjust or claim a refund of an overpayment of social security and Medicare taxes on a previously filed Schedule H. Vita free tax help However, if you are correcting an overpayment and are filing the corrected Schedule H within 90 days of the expiration of the period of limitations, you can only claim a refund of the overpayment. Vita free tax help Adjust the overpayment. Vita free tax help   If the corrected Schedule H is filed with a Form 1040X or an amended Form 1041, adjust your return by indicating on line 22 of the Form 1040X or on line 29a of the Form 1041 that you would like the overpayment applied to your estimated taxes on Form 1040, Form 1040NR, Form 1040-PR, Form 1040-SS, or Form 1041 for the year in which you are filing the corrected Schedule H. Vita free tax help If the corrected Schedule H is filed as a stand-alone return, adjust your return by writing “ADJUSTED” (or “CORREGIDO”) in the top margin (in dark, bold letters). Vita free tax help If you adjust your return, you will not receive interest on your overpayment. Vita free tax help If the corrected Schedule H will be filed within 90 days of the expiration of the refund period of limitations, you may not adjust the return and must claim a refund for the overpayment. Vita free tax help You may not adjust your return to correct overpayments of FUTA tax. Vita free tax help Claim for refund process. Vita free tax help   If the corrected Schedule H is filed with a Form 1040X or an amended Form 1041, claim a refund by indicating that you would like the overpayment refunded to you on line 21 of the Form 1040X or line 29b of the Form 1041. Vita free tax help If the corrected Schedule H is filed as a stand-alone return, claim a refund by writing “REFUND” (or “REEMBOLSO”) in the top margin (in dark, bold letters). Vita free tax help You will receive interest on any overpayment refunded, unless the overpayment is for FUTA tax because you were entitled to increased credits for state contributions. Vita free tax help Required repayment or consent. Vita free tax help   If you previously overreported social security and Medicare taxes, you may adjust your overpayment only after you have repaid or reimbursed your employees in the amount of the overcollection of employee tax. Vita free tax help You reimburse your employees by applying the overwithheld amount against taxes to be withheld on future wages. Vita free tax help You may claim a refund for the overpayment only after you have repaid or reimbursed your employees in the amount of the overcollection or you have obtained consents from your employees to file the claim for refund for the employee tax. Vita free tax help Include a statement that you repaid or reimbursed your employees, or obtained their written consents in the case of a claim for refund, in Part III of Form 1040X or in a statement attached to the amended Form 1041 or the stand-alone corrected Schedule H. Vita free tax help Filing required Forms W-2 or Forms W-2c. 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Vita free tax help In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Vita free tax help To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Vita free tax help gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Vita free tax help   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Vita free tax help To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Vita free tax help aarp. Vita free tax help org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Vita free tax help For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Vita free tax help gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Vita free tax help Internet. Vita free tax help    IRS. Vita free tax help gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Vita free tax help Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 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Vita free tax help You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Vita free tax help The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Vita free tax help Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Vita free tax help No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Vita free tax help The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. Vita free tax help When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Vita free tax help New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Vita free tax help  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Vita free tax help gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Vita free tax help You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Vita free tax help The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Vita free tax help When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. Vita free tax help Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. Vita free tax help You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. 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Vita free tax help You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Vita free tax help It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Vita free tax help Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. Vita free tax help gov. Vita free tax help Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. Vita free tax help gov for more information. Vita free tax help Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Vita free tax help Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Vita free tax help gov. Vita free tax help 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. 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Vita free tax help If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Vita free tax help Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Vita free tax help Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Vita free tax help Go to IRS. Vita free tax help gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Vita free tax help Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Vita free tax help Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Vita free tax help Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Vita free tax help Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Vita free tax help gov and choose from a variety of options. Vita free tax help Phone. Vita free tax help    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Vita free tax help Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Vita free tax help Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Vita free tax help gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Vita free tax help 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. Vita free tax help The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Vita free tax help Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Vita free tax help Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Vita free tax help Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. 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Vita free tax help You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Vita free tax help Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Vita free tax help Services. Vita free tax help You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Vita free tax help An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Vita free tax help Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Vita free tax help gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Vita free tax help Mail. Vita free tax help   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Vita free tax help You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. 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Vita free tax help Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals and tax collection disputes. Vita free tax help Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Vita free tax help Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Vita free tax help Sample W-2 Form This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Vita free tax help Please click the link to view the image. Vita free tax help Webtitle: Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement and Form W-3 Transmitttal of Wage and Tax Statemtents Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Vita free tax help Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Vita free tax help Some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. Vita free tax help To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. Vita free tax help gov or call 1-800-906-9887 or 1-800-829-1040. Vita free tax help   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Vita free tax help To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Vita free tax help aarp. Vita free tax help org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Vita free tax help   For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Vita free tax help gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Vita free tax help Internet. Vita free tax help You can access the IRS website at IRS. Vita free tax help gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to: E-file your return. Vita free tax help Find out about commercial tax preparation and e-file services available free to eligible taxpayers. Vita free tax help Check the status of your 2012 refund. Vita free tax help Go to IRS. Vita free tax help gov and click on Where’s My Refund. Vita free tax help Information about your return will generally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-filed return, or 4 weeks after you mail your paper return. Vita free tax help If you filed Form 8379 with your return, wait 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically). Vita free tax help Have your 2012 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Vita free tax help Where's My Refund? has a new look this year! The tool will include a tracker that displays progress through three stages: (1) return received, (2) refund approved, and (3) refund sent. Vita free tax help Where's My Refund? will provide an actual personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Vita free tax help So in a change from previous filing seasons, you won't get an estimated refund date right away. Vita free tax help Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. Vita free tax help You can obtain a free transcript online at IRS. Vita free tax help gov by clicking on Order a Return or Account Transcript under “Tools. Vita free tax help ” For a transcript by phone, call 1-800-908-9946 and follow the prompts in the recorded message. Vita free tax help You will be prompted to provide your SSN or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), date of birth, street address and ZIP code. Vita free tax help Download forms, including talking tax forms, instructions, and publications. Vita free tax help Order IRS products. Vita free tax help Research your tax questions. Vita free tax help Search publications by topic or keyword. Vita free tax help Use the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Vita free tax help View Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRBs) published in the last few years. Vita free tax help Figure your withholding allowances using the IRS Withholding Calculator at www. Vita free tax help irs. Vita free tax help gov/individuals. Vita free tax help Determine if Form 6251 (Alternative Minimum Tax— Individuals), must be filed by using our Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Assistant available at IRS. Vita free tax help gov by typing Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant in the search box. 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Vita free tax help To check the status of your 2012 refund, call 1-800-829-1954 or 1-800-829-4477 (automated Where's My Refund? information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Vita free tax help Information about your return will generally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-filed return, or 4 weeks after you mail your paper return. Vita free tax help If you filed Form 8379 with your return, wait 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically). Vita free tax help Have your 2012 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Vita free tax help Where's My Refund? will provide an actual personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Vita free tax help Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. 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