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Where to file 2012 tax return Publication 516 - Main Content Table of Contents U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Tax ReturnFiling Information Foreign Bank Accounts U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government Payments Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Tax Treaty Benefits Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay Other Income Deductions and Credits — Business Expenses Deductions and Credits — Nonbusiness Expenses Foreign Taxes Local (Foreign) Tax ReturnTax Treaty Benefits Other Agreements Double Withholding How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Where to file 2012 tax return U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Tax Return Filing Information If you are a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return citizen or green card holder living or traveling outside the United States, you are generally required to file income tax returns in the same way as those residing in the United States. Where to file 2012 tax return However, the special rules explained in the following discussions may apply to you. Where to file 2012 tax return See also Tax Treaty Benefits, later. Where to file 2012 tax return When To File and Pay Most individual tax returns cover a calendar year, January through December. Where to file 2012 tax return The regular due date for these tax returns is April 15 of the following year. Where to file 2012 tax return If April 15 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, your tax return is considered timely filed if it is filed by the next business day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. Where to file 2012 tax return If you get an extension, you are allowed additional time to file and, in some circumstances, pay your tax. Where to file 2012 tax return You must pay interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date. Where to file 2012 tax return Your return is considered filed on time if it is mailed from and officially postmarked in a foreign country on or before the due date (including extensions), or given to a designated international private delivery service before midnight of the last date prescribed for filing. Where to file 2012 tax return See your tax form instructions for a list of private delivery services that have been designated by the IRS to meet this “timely mailing as timely filing/paying” rule for tax returns and payments. Where to file 2012 tax return If your return is filed late, the postmark or delivery service date does not determine the date of filing. Where to file 2012 tax return In that case, your return is considered filed when it is received by the IRS. Where to file 2012 tax return Extensions You may be able to get an extension of time to file your return and pay your tax. Where to file 2012 tax return Automatic 2-month extension. Where to file 2012 tax return   You can get an automatic 2-month extension (to June 15, for a calendar year return) to file your return and pay your tax if you are a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return citizen or resident and, on the regular due date of your return, you are living outside the United States and Puerto Rico and your main place of business or post of duty is outside the United States and Puerto Rico. Where to file 2012 tax return To get this extension, you must attach a statement to your return explaining how you qualified. Where to file 2012 tax return You will owe interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date of your return. Where to file 2012 tax return Married taxpayers. Where to file 2012 tax return   If you file a joint return, either you or your spouse can qualify for the automatic extension. Where to file 2012 tax return If you and your spouse file separate returns, the extension applies only to the spouse who qualifies. Where to file 2012 tax return Additional extension. Where to file 2012 tax return   You can apply for an additional extension of time to file your return by filing Form 4868. Where to file 2012 tax return You must file Form 4868 by the due date for your income tax return. Where to file 2012 tax return   Generally, you must file it by April 15. Where to file 2012 tax return However, if you qualify for the automatic 2-month extension, you generally must file Form 4868 by June 15. Where to file 2012 tax return Check the box on line 8 of Form 4868. Where to file 2012 tax return Payment of tax. Where to file 2012 tax return   You should estimate and pay any additional tax you owe when you file Form 4868 to avoid being charged a late-payment penalty. Where to file 2012 tax return The late-payment penalty applies if, through withholding, etc. Where to file 2012 tax return , you paid less than 90% of your actual tax liability by the original due date of your income tax return. Where to file 2012 tax return Even if the late-payment penalty does not apply, you will be charged interest on any unpaid tax liability from the original due date of the return until the tax is paid. Where to file 2012 tax return Electronic filing. Where to file 2012 tax return   You can file for the additional extension by phone, using your home computer, or through a tax professional. Where to file 2012 tax return See Form 4868 for more information. Where to file 2012 tax return Limit on additional extensions. Where to file 2012 tax return   You generally cannot get a total extension of more than 6 months. Where to file 2012 tax return However, if you are outside the United States and meet certain tests, you may be able to get a longer extension. Where to file 2012 tax return   For more information, see Publication 54. Where to file 2012 tax return Foreign Bank Accounts You must file Form TD F 90-22. Where to file 2012 tax return 1 if at any time during the year you had an interest in, or signature or other authority over, a bank account, securities account, or other financial account in a foreign country. Where to file 2012 tax return This applies if the combined assets in the account(s) were more than $10,000. Where to file 2012 tax return Do not include accounts in a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return military banking facility operated by a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return financial institution. Where to file 2012 tax return File the completed form by June 30 of the following year with the Department of the Treasury at the address shown on that form. Where to file 2012 tax return Do not attach it to Form 1040. Where to file 2012 tax return If you are required to file Form TD F 90-22. Where to file 2012 tax return 1 but do not do so, you may have to pay a penalty of up to $10,000 (more if the failure to file is willful). Where to file 2012 tax return You also may be required to file Form 8938 with your U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return income tax return to report your interest in foreign bank accounts and other specified foreign financial assets. Where to file 2012 tax return For taxpayers living abroad, you generally do not have to file Form 8938 unless the total value of your specified foreign financial assets is more than $200,000 ($400,000 if married filing jointly) on the last day of the tax year or more than $300,000 ($600,000 if married filing jointly) at any time during the tax year. Where to file 2012 tax return For more information, see Form 8938 and its instructions. Where to file 2012 tax return U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government Payments Wages earned for performing services outside the United States is foreign income, regardless of your employer. Where to file 2012 tax return If you are a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return citizen or resident alien, you must report all income from worldwide sources on your tax return unless it is exempt by U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return law. Where to file 2012 tax return This applies to earned income (such as wages) as well as unearned income (such as interest, dividends, and capital gains). Where to file 2012 tax return If you are a nonresident alien, your income from sources outside the United States is not subject to U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return tax. Where to file 2012 tax return Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Employees of the U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government are not entitled to the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction under section 911 because “foreign earned income ”does not include amounts paid by the U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government as an employee. Where to file 2012 tax return But see Other Employment, later. Where to file 2012 tax return Special Situations In the following two situations, your pay is from the U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government and does not qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. Where to file 2012 tax return U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return agency reimbursed by foreign country. Where to file 2012 tax return   If you are a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government employee paid by a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return agency to perform services in a foreign country, your pay is from the U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government and does not qualify the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. Where to file 2012 tax return This is true even if the U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return agency is reimbursed by the foreign government. Where to file 2012 tax return Employees of post exchanges, etc. Where to file 2012 tax return   If you are an employee of an Armed Forces post exchange, officers' and enlisted personnel club, Embassy commissary, or similar instrumentality of the U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government, the earnings you receive are paid by the U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government. Where to file 2012 tax return This is true whether they are paid from appropriated or nonappropriated funds. Where to file 2012 tax return These earnings are not eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. Where to file 2012 tax return Tax Treaty Benefits Most income tax treaties contain an article relating to remuneration from government services. Where to file 2012 tax return Even if you are working in a foreign country with which the United States has an income tax treaty in force and the treaty article that applies to government services says that your government pay is taxable only in the foreign country, the treaty will likely contain a “saving clause”, which provides that the United States may tax its citizens and its residents as if the treaty had not come into effect. Where to file 2012 tax return In some treaties, the government service article is an exception to the saving clause, but often only for individuals who are not U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return citizens or green card holders. Where to file 2012 tax return Consequently, if you are a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return citizen or green card holder, you will generally not be entitled to reduce your U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return tax on your government pay. Where to file 2012 tax return If you are neither a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return citizen nor green card holder, and you are treated as a resident of the treaty country under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule), then you may be entitled to benefits under the government service article. Where to file 2012 tax return Review the treaty text carefully. Where to file 2012 tax return U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return citizens must always file Form 1040. Where to file 2012 tax return Non-U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return citizens who are treated as a resident of a treaty country under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule) may file Form 1040NR and attach Form 8833. Where to file 2012 tax return If you pay or accrue taxes to the foreign country on your pay, you may be able to relieve double taxation with a foreign tax credit. Where to file 2012 tax return Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. Where to file 2012 tax return Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return citizens who are residents of a treaty country. Where to file 2012 tax return For more information on the mechanics of the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, later. Where to file 2012 tax return Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay Most payments received by U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government civilian employees for working abroad, including pay differentials, are taxable. Where to file 2012 tax return However, certain foreign areas allowances, cost of living allowances, and travel allowances are tax free. Where to file 2012 tax return The following discussions explain the tax treatment of allowances, differentials, and other special pay you receive for employment abroad. Where to file 2012 tax return Pay differentials. Where to file 2012 tax return   Pay differentials you receive as financial incentives for employment abroad are taxable. Where to file 2012 tax return Your employer should have included these differentials as wages on your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Where to file 2012 tax return   Generally, pay differentials are given for employment under adverse conditions (such as severe climate) or because the post of duty is located in a hazardous or isolated area that may be outside the United States. Where to file 2012 tax return The area does not have to be a qualified hazardous duty area as discussed in Publication 3. Where to file 2012 tax return Pay differentials include: Post differentials, Special incentive differentials, and Danger pay. Where to file 2012 tax return Foreign areas allowances. Where to file 2012 tax return   Certain foreign areas allowances are tax free. Where to file 2012 tax return Your employer should not have included these allowances as wages on your Form W-2. Where to file 2012 tax return   Tax-free foreign areas allowances are allowances (other than post differentials) received under the following laws. Where to file 2012 tax return Title I, chapter 9, of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. Where to file 2012 tax return Section 4 of the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949, as amended. Where to file 2012 tax return Title II of the Overseas Differentials and Allowances Act. Where to file 2012 tax return Subsection (e) or (f) of the first section of the Administrative Expenses Act of 1946, as amended, or section 22 of that Act. Where to file 2012 tax return These allowances cover such expenses as: Certain repairs to a leased home, Education of dependents in special situations, Motor vehicle shipment, Separate maintenance for dependents, Temporary quarters, Transportation for medical treatment, and Travel, moving, and storage. Where to file 2012 tax return Allowances received by foreign service employees for representation expenses are also tax free under the above provisions. Where to file 2012 tax return Cost-of-living allowances. Where to file 2012 tax return   If you are stationed outside the continental United States or in Alaska, your gross income does not include cost-of-living allowances (other than amounts received under Title II of the Overseas Differentials and Allowances Act) granted by regulations approved by the President of the United States. Where to file 2012 tax return The cost-of-living portion of any other allowance (for example, a living and quarters allowance) is not included even if the underlying allowance is included in gross income. Where to file 2012 tax return Cost-of-living allowances are not included on your Form W-2. Where to file 2012 tax return Federal court employees. Where to file 2012 tax return   If you are a federal court employee, the preceding paragraph also applies to you. Where to file 2012 tax return The cost-of-living allowance must be granted by rules similar to regulations approved by the President. Where to file 2012 tax return American Institute in Taiwan. 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Where to file 2012 tax return These payments are equal to the difference between the pay, allowances, post differential, and other monetary benefits paid by the international organization and the pay and other benefits that would have been paid by the federal agency had you been detailed to the international agency. Where to file 2012 tax return Allowances or reimbursements for travel and transportation expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return   See How To Report Business Expenses, later, for a discussion on whether a reimbursement or allowance for travel or transportation is included in your income. Where to file 2012 tax return Lodging furnished to a principal representative of the United States. Where to file 2012 tax return   If you are a principal representative of the United States stationed in a foreign country, you do not have to include in income the value of lodging (including utilities) provided to you as an official residence. 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Where to file 2012 tax return Nontaxable allowances. Where to file 2012 tax return   These generally include travel allowances and the part of living allowances for housing, utilities, food, clothing, and household supplies. Where to file 2012 tax return These allowances should not be included on your Form W-2. Where to file 2012 tax return These allowances are tax free whether paid by the U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government or the foreign country in which you are stationed. Where to file 2012 tax return Other Income Other employment. Where to file 2012 tax return   If, in addition to your U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return government pay, you receive income from a private employer or self-employment, you may qualify to claim the foreign earned income exclusion and the foreign housing exclusion and deduction under section 911 based on this other income provided you meet either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test. Where to file 2012 tax return In addition, if your spouse is a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return citizen or resident alien who earns income in a foreign country that is paid by a private employer or is from self-employment, he or she may also qualify for the exclusion or the deduction. Where to file 2012 tax return For more information, see Publication 54. Where to file 2012 tax return The tax treaty rules relating to income from personal services generally apply to income from private employment. Where to file 2012 tax return As discussed above, the saving clause applies to you if you are a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return citizen or if you are a resident of the United States under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule). Where to file 2012 tax return Sale of personal property. Where to file 2012 tax return   If you have a gain from the sale of your personal property (such as an automobile or a home appliance), whether directly or through a favorable exchange rate in converting the proceeds to U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return dollars, the excess of the amount received in U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return dollars over the cost or other basis of the property is a capital gain. Where to file 2012 tax return Capital gains are reported on Schedule D (Form 1040), Capital Gains and Losses. 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Where to file 2012 tax return   You can choose to have the 5-year test period for ownership and use suspended during any period you or your spouse is serving on qualified official extended duty as a member of the Foreign Service of the United States, as an employee of the intelligence community, or as an employee or volunteer of the Peace Corps. Where to file 2012 tax return   For detailed information on selling your home, see Publication 523. Where to file 2012 tax return Deductions and Credits — Business Expenses You may deduct certain expenses such as travel expenses, transportation expenses, and other expenses connected to your employment. Where to file 2012 tax return Travel Expenses Subject to certain limits, you can deduct your unreimbursed ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home in connection with the performance of your official duties. 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Where to file 2012 tax return You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. Where to file 2012 tax return This requirement is not satisfied by merely napping in your car. Where to file 2012 tax return You do not have to be away from your tax home for a whole day or from dusk to dawn as long as your relief from duty is long enough to get necessary sleep or rest. Where to file 2012 tax return Temporary assignment. Where to file 2012 tax return   If your assignment or job away from your tax home is temporary, your tax home does not change. Where to file 2012 tax return You are considered to be away from home for the whole period, and your travel expenses are deductible. Where to file 2012 tax return Generally, a temporary assignment in a single location is one that is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for one year or less. 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Where to file 2012 tax return A series of assignments to the same location, all for short periods but that together cover a long period, may be considered an indefinite assignment. Where to file 2012 tax return Exception for federal crime investigations or prosecutions. Where to file 2012 tax return   If you are a federal employee participating in a federal crime investigation or prosecution, you may be able to deduct travel expenses even if you are away from your tax home for more than one year. Where to file 2012 tax return This exception to the one-year rule applies if the Attorney General certifies that you are traveling for the federal government in a temporary duty status to prosecute, or provide support services for the investigation or prosecution of, a federal crime. Where to file 2012 tax return Limit on meals and entertainment. Where to file 2012 tax return   You can generally deduct only 50% of the cost of your unreimbursed business-related meals and entertainment. Where to file 2012 tax return However, the limit does not apply to expenses reimbursed under a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government expense allowance arrangement. Where to file 2012 tax return Individuals subject to hours of service limits. Where to file 2012 tax return   You can deduct 80% of your unreimbursed business-related meal expenses if the meals take place during or incident to any period subject to the Department of Transportation's hours of service limits. Where to file 2012 tax return   Individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits include the following. Where to file 2012 tax return Certain air transportation workers (such as pilots, crew, dispatchers, mechanics, and control tower operators) who are under Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Where to file 2012 tax return Interstate truck operators and bus drivers who are under Department of Transportation regulations. Where to file 2012 tax return Certain railroad employees (such as engineers, conductors, train crews, dispatchers, and control operations personnel) who are under Federal Railroad Administration regulations. Where to file 2012 tax return Certain merchant mariners who are under Coast Guard regulations. Where to file 2012 tax return Primary purpose of trip must be for business. Where to file 2012 tax return   If your trip was entirely for business, your unreimbursed travel expenses are generally deductible. Where to file 2012 tax return However, if you spend some of your time on nonbusiness activities, part of your expenses may not be deductible. Where to file 2012 tax return   If your trip was mainly personal, you cannot deduct your travel expenses to and from your destination. Where to file 2012 tax return This applies even if you engage in business activities while there. Where to file 2012 tax return However, you can deduct any expenses while at your destination that are directly related to your business. Where to file 2012 tax return Expenses paid for others. Where to file 2012 tax return   You generally cannot deduct travel expenses of your spouse, dependents, or other individuals who go with you on a trip. Where to file 2012 tax return Home leave. Where to file 2012 tax return   The Foreign Service Act requires U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return citizens who are members of the foreign service to take a leave of absence after completing 3 years of continuous service abroad. Where to file 2012 tax return This period is called “home leave” and can be used to take care of certain personal matters such as medical and dental checkups, buying a new wardrobe, and visiting relatives. Where to file 2012 tax return   The amounts paid for your travel, meals, and lodging while on home leave are deductible as travel or business expenses subject to the rules and limits discussed earlier. Where to file 2012 tax return You must be able to verify these amounts in order to claim them. Where to file 2012 tax return Amounts paid on behalf of your family while on home leave are personal living expenses and are not deductible. Where to file 2012 tax return More information. Where to file 2012 tax return   See chapter 1 of Publication 463 for more information on travel expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return Transportation Expenses You can deduct allowable transportation expenses that are directly related to your official duties. Where to file 2012 tax return Transportation expenses include the cost of transportation by air, rail, bus, or taxi, and the cost of driving and maintaining your car. 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Where to file 2012 tax return Other Employee Business Expenses You may be able to deduct other unreimbursed expenses that are connected with your employment. Where to file 2012 tax return Membership dues. Where to file 2012 tax return   You can deduct membership dues you pay to professional societies that relate to your business or profession. Where to file 2012 tax return Subscriptions. Where to file 2012 tax return   You can deduct subscriptions to professional publications that relate to your business or profession. Where to file 2012 tax return Educational expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return   Generally, educational expenses are considered to be personal expenses and are not deductible. Where to file 2012 tax return However, under some circumstances, educational expenses are deductible as business expenses. 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Where to file 2012 tax return    Educational expenses that are not work related, such as costs of sending children to college, are personal expenses that you cannot deduct. Where to file 2012 tax return However, you may be eligible for other tax benefits such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits; contributions to a Coverdell education savings account or qualified tuition program; deduction for student loan interest; and exclusion from income of certain savings bond interest. Where to file 2012 tax return These benefits are explained in Publication 970. Where to file 2012 tax return Foreign service representation expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return   If you are an employee of the U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Foreign Service and your position requires you to establish and maintain favorable relations in foreign countries, you may receive a nontaxable allowance for representation expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return If your expenses are more than the allowance you receive, you can deduct the excess expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you meet one of the following conditions. Where to file 2012 tax return You have a certificate from the Secretary of State attesting that the expenses were incurred for the benefit of the United States, and would be reimbursable under appropriate legislation if the agency had sufficient funds for these reimbursements. Where to file 2012 tax return The expenses, while specifically not reimbursable under State Department regulations, were ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred in the performance of your official duties. Where to file 2012 tax return    To deduct any expenses for travel, entertainment, and gifts, including those certified by the Secretary of State, you must meet the rules for recordkeeping and accounting to your employer. Where to file 2012 tax return These rules are explained in Publication 463. Where to file 2012 tax return Representation expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return   These are expenses that further the interest of the United States abroad. Where to file 2012 tax return They include certain entertainment, gifts, costs of official functions, and rental of ceremonial dress. Where to file 2012 tax return They generally do not include costs of passenger vehicles (such as cars or aircraft), printing or engraving, membership fees, or amounts a principal representative must pay personally to cover the usual costs of operating and maintaining an official residence. Where to file 2012 tax return   Chapters 300 and 400 of the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Area) provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as representation expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return These regulations are available on the Internet at www. Where to file 2012 tax return state. 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Where to file 2012 tax return The amount of each separate expense for travel away from home, such as the cost of your transportation, lodging, or meals. Where to file 2012 tax return You may total your incidental expenses if you list them in reasonable categories such as daily meals, gasoline and oil, and taxi fares. Where to file 2012 tax return For each trip away from home, the dates you left and returned and the number of days spent on business. Where to file 2012 tax return The destination or area of your travel, described by the name of the city, town, or similar designation. Where to file 2012 tax return The business reason for your travel or the business benefit gained or expected to be gained from your travel. Where to file 2012 tax return How to record your expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return   Records for proof of your expenses should be kept in an account book, diary, statement of expense, or similar record. Where to file 2012 tax return They should be supported by other records, such as receipts or canceled checks, in sufficient detail to establish the elements for these expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return You do not need to duplicate information in an account book or diary that is shown on a receipt as long as your records and receipts complement each other in an orderly manner. Where to file 2012 tax return   Each expense should be recorded separately in your records. Where to file 2012 tax return However, some items can be totaled in reasonable categories. Where to file 2012 tax return You can make one daily entry for categories such as taxi fares, telephone calls, meals while away from home, gas and oil, and other incidental costs of travel. Where to file 2012 tax return You may record tips separately or with the cost of the service. Where to file 2012 tax return    Documentary evidence generally is required to support all lodging expenses while traveling away from home. Where to file 2012 tax return It is also required for any other expense of $75 or more, except transportation charges if the evidence is not readily available. Where to file 2012 tax return Documentary evidence is a receipt, paid bill, or similar proof sufficient to support an expense. Where to file 2012 tax return It ordinarily will be considered adequate if it shows the amount, date, place, and essential business character of the expense. Where to file 2012 tax return    A canceled check by itself does not prove a business cost. Where to file 2012 tax return You must have other evidence to show that the check was used for a business purpose. Where to file 2012 tax return Your records must be timely. Where to file 2012 tax return   Record the elements for the expense in your account book or other record at or near the time of the expense. Where to file 2012 tax return A timely-kept record has more value than statements prepared later when, generally, there is a lack of accurate recall. Where to file 2012 tax return Confidential information. Where to file 2012 tax return   You do not need to put confidential information relating to an element of a deductible expense (such as the place, business purpose, or business relationship) in your account book, diary, or other record. Where to file 2012 tax return However, you do have to record the information elsewhere at or near the time of the expense and have it available to fully prove that element of the expense. Where to file 2012 tax return How To Report Business Expenses As a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government employee, your business expense reimbursements are generally paid under an accountable plan and are not included in your wages on your Form W-2. Where to file 2012 tax return If your expenses are not more than the reimbursements, you do not need to show your expenses or reimbursements on your return. Where to file 2012 tax return However, if you do not account to your employer for a travel advance or if you do not return any excess advance within a reasonable period of time, the advance (or excess) will be included in your wages on your Form W-2. Where to file 2012 tax return If you are entitled to a reimbursement from your employer but you do not claim it, you cannot deduct the expenses to which that unclaimed reimbursement applies. Where to file 2012 tax return Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Where to file 2012 tax return   You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return Also, if your actual expenses are more than your reimbursements, you can complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your excess expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return Generally, you must include all of your expenses and reimbursements on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and carry your allowable expense to Schedule A (Form 1040). Where to file 2012 tax return Your allowable expense is then generally subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Where to file 2012 tax return Form 2106-EZ. Where to file 2012 tax return   You may be able to use Form 2106-EZ instead of the more complex Form 2106 for reporting unreimbursed employee business expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return You can use Form 2106-EZ if you meet both of the following conditions. Where to file 2012 tax return You are not reimbursed by your employer for any expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return (Amounts your employer included in your wages on your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements. Where to file 2012 tax return ) If you claim car expenses, you use the standard mileage rate. Where to file 2012 tax return Deductions and Credits — Nonbusiness Expenses In addition to deductible business expenses, you may be entitled to deduct certain other expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return Moving Expenses If you changed job locations or started a new job, you may be able to deduct the reasonable expenses of moving yourself, your family, and your household goods and personal effects to your new home. Where to file 2012 tax return However, you cannot deduct any expenses for which you received a tax-free allowance as a U. Where to file 2012 tax return S. Where to file 2012 tax return Government employee. Where to file 2012 tax return To deduct moving expenses, your move must be closely related to the start of work and you must meet the distance test and the time test. Where to file 2012 tax return Closely related to the start of work. Where to file 2012 tax return   The move must be closely related, both in time and in place, to the start of work at the new location. Where to file 2012 tax return In general, you must have incurred your moving expenses within one year from the time you first report to your new job or business. Where to file 2012 tax return   A move generally is not considered closely related in place to the start of work if the distance from your new home to the new job location is more than the distance from your former home to the new job location. Where to file 2012 tax return A move that does not meet this requirement may qualify if you can show that you must live at the new home as a condition of employment, or you will spend less time or money commuting from the new home to the new job. Where to file 2012 tax return Distance test. Where to file 2012 tax return   Your new main job location must be at least 50 miles farther from your former home than your old main job location was. Where to file 2012 tax return If you did not have an old job location, your new job location must be at least 50 miles from your former home. Where to file 2012 tax return Time test. Where to file 2012 tax return   If you are an employee, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you arrive in the general area of your new job location. Where to file 2012 tax return Deductible moving expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return   Moving expenses that can be deducted include the reasonable costs of: Moving household goods and personal effects (including packing, crating, in-transit storage, and insurance) of both you and members of your household, and Transportation and lodging for yourself and members of your household for one trip from your former home to your new home (including costs of getting passports). Where to file 2012 tax return    The cost of your meals is not a deductible moving expense. Where to file 2012 tax return   The costs of moving household goods include the reasonable expenses of moving household goods and personal effects to and from storage. Where to file 2012 tax return For a foreign move, the costs also include expenses of storing the goods and effects for part or all of the period that your new job location abroad continues to be your main job location. Where to file 2012 tax return Expenses must be reasonable. Where to file 2012 tax return   You can deduct only those expenses that are reasonable for the circumstances of your move. Where to file 2012 tax return For example, the costs of traveling from your former home to your new one should be by the shortest, most direct route available by conventional transportation. Where to file 2012 tax return Members of your household. Where to file 2012 tax return   A member of your household includes anyone who has both your former home and new home as his or her home. Where to file 2012 tax return It does not include a tenant or employee unless you can claim that person as a dependent. Where to file 2012 tax return Retirees. Where to file 2012 tax return   You can deduct the costs of moving to the United States when you permanently retire if both your former main job location and former home were outside the United States and its possessions. Where to file 2012 tax return You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. Where to file 2012 tax return Survivors. Where to file 2012 tax return   You can deduct moving expenses for a move to the United States if you are the spouse or dependent of a person whose main job location at the time of death was outside the United States and its possessions. Where to file 2012 tax return The move must begin within 6 months after the decedent's death. Where to file 2012 tax return It must be from the decedent's former home outside the United States, and that home must also have been your home. Where to file 2012 tax return You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. Where to file 2012 tax return How to report moving expenses. Where to file 2012 tax return   Use Form 3903 to report your moving expenses and figure your allowable deduction. Where to file 2012 tax return Claim the deduction as an adjustment to income on Form 1040. Where to file 2012 tax return (You cannot deduct moving expenses on Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. Where to file 2012 tax return ) Reimbursements. Where to file 2012 tax return   Generally, you must include reimbursements of, or payments for, nondeductible moving expenses in gross income for the year paid. Where to file 2012 tax return You also must include in gross income reimbursements paid to you under a nonaccountable plan. Where to file 2012 tax return However, there is an exception for the tax-free foreign areas allowances described earlier under Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay. Where to file 2012 tax return Additional information. Where to file 2012 tax return   For additional information about moving expenses, see Publication 521. Where to file 2012 tax return Other Itemized Deductions You may be able to claim other itemized deductions not connected to your employment. Where to file 2012 tax return Contributions. Where to file 2012 tax return   You can deduct contributions to qualified organizations created or organized in or under the laws of the United States or its possessions. Where to file 2012 tax return You cannot deduct contributions you make directly to foreign organizations (except for certain Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican charities), churches, and governments. Where to file 2012 tax return For more information, see Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. Where to file 2012 tax return Real estate tax and home mortgage interest. Where to file 2012 tax return   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance, your itemized deductions for real estate taxes and home mortgage interest are limited. Where to file 2012 tax return You must reduce the amount of each deduction that would otherwise be allowable by the amount of each expense that is related to the tax-free allowance. Where to file 2012 tax return Example. Where to file 2012 tax return Adam is an IRS employee working overseas who receives a $6,300 tax-free housing and utility allowance. Where to file 2012 tax return During the year, Adam used the allowance, with other funds, to provide a home for himself. Where to file 2012 tax return His expenses for this home totaled $8,400 and consisted of mortgage principal ($500), insurance ($400), real estate taxes ($1,400), mortgage interest ($4,000), and utility costs ($2,100). Where to file 2012 tax return Adam did not have any other expenses related to providing a home for himself. Where to file 2012 tax return Adam must reduce his deductions for home mortgage interest and real estate taxes. Where to file 2012 tax return He figures a reasonable way to reduce them is to multiply them by a fraction: its numerator is $6,300 (the total housing and utility allowance) and its denominator is $8,400 (the total of all payments to which the housing and utility allowance applies). Where to file 2012 tax return The result is 3/4. Where to file 2012 tax return Adam reduces his otherwise allowable home mortgage interest deduction by $3,000 (the $4,000 he paid ×3/4) and his otherwise allowable real estate tax deduction by $1,050 (the $1,400 he paid × 3/4). Where to file 2012 tax return He can deduct $1,000 of his mortgage interest ($4,000 − $3,000) and $350 of his real estate taxes ($1,400 − $1,050) when he itemizes his deductions. Where to file 2012 tax return Exception to the reduction. 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