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1040ez e-file 1. 1040ez e-file   Definitions You Need To Know Table of Contents Other options. 1040ez e-file Exception. 1040ez e-file Certain terms used in this publication are defined below. 1040ez e-file The same term used in another publication may have a slightly different meaning. 1040ez e-file Annual additions. 1040ez e-file   Annual additions are the total of all your contributions in a year, employee contributions (not including rollovers), and forfeitures allocated to a participant's account. 1040ez e-file Annual benefits. 1040ez e-file   Annual benefits are the benefits to be paid yearly in the form of a straight life annuity (with no extra benefits) under a plan to which employees do not contribute and under which no rollover contributions are made. 1040ez e-file Business. 1040ez e-file   A business is an activity in which a profit motive is present and economic activity is involved. 1040ez e-file Service as a newspaper carrier under age 18 or as a public official is not a business. 1040ez e-file Common-law employee. 1040ez e-file   A common-law employee is any individual who, under common law, would have the status of an employee. 1040ez e-file A leased employee can also be a common-law employee. 1040ez e-file   A common-law employee is a person who performs services for an employer who has the right to control and direct the results of the work and the way in which it is done. 1040ez e-file For example, the employer: Provides the employee's tools, materials, and workplace, and Can fire the employee. 1040ez e-file   Common-law employees are not self-employed and cannot set up retirement plans for income from their work, even if that income is self-employment income for social security tax purposes. 1040ez e-file For example, common-law employees who are ministers, members of religious orders, full-time insurance salespeople, and U. 1040ez e-file S. 1040ez e-file citizens employed in the United States by foreign governments cannot set up retirement plans for their earnings from those employments, even though their earnings are treated as self-employment income. 1040ez e-file   However, an individual may be a common-law employee and a self-employed person as well. 1040ez e-file For example, an attorney can be a corporate common-law employee during regular working hours and also practice law in the evening as a self-employed person. 1040ez e-file In another example, a minister employed by a congregation for a salary is a common-law employee even though the salary is treated as self-employment income for social security tax purposes. 1040ez e-file However, fees reported on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, for performing marriages, baptisms, and other personal services are self-employment earnings for qualified plan purposes. 1040ez e-file Compensation. 1040ez e-file   Compensation for plan allocations is the pay a participant received from you for personal services for a year. 1040ez e-file You can generally define compensation as including all the following payments. 1040ez e-file Wages and salaries. 1040ez e-file Fees for professional services. 1040ez e-file Other amounts received (cash or noncash) for personal services actually rendered by an employee, including, but not limited to, the following items. 1040ez e-file Commissions and tips. 1040ez e-file Fringe benefits. 1040ez e-file Bonuses. 1040ez e-file   For a self-employed individual, compensation means the earned income, discussed later, of that individual. 1040ez e-file   Compensation generally includes amounts deferred in the following employee benefit plans. 1040ez e-file These amounts are elective deferrals. 1040ez e-file Qualified cash or deferred arrangement (section 401(k) plan). 1040ez e-file Salary reduction agreement to contribute to a tax-sheltered annuity (section 403(b) plan), a SIMPLE IRA plan, or a SARSEP. 1040ez e-file Section 457 nonqualified deferred compensation plan. 1040ez e-file Section 125 cafeteria plan. 1040ez e-file   However, an employer can choose to exclude elective deferrals under the above plans from the definition of compensation. 1040ez e-file The limit on elective deferrals is discussed in chapter 2 under Salary Reduction Simplified Employee Pension (SARSEP) and in chapter 4. 1040ez e-file Other options. 1040ez e-file   In figuring the compensation of a participant, you can treat any of the following amounts as the employee's compensation. 1040ez e-file The employee's wages as defined for income tax withholding purposes. 1040ez e-file The employee's wages you report in box 1 of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. 1040ez e-file The employee's social security wages (including elective deferrals). 1040ez e-file   Compensation generally cannot include either of the following items. 1040ez e-file Nontaxable reimbursements or other expense allowances. 1040ez e-file Deferred compensation (other than elective deferrals). 1040ez e-file SIMPLE plans. 1040ez e-file   A special definition of 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of the property, but it does not include capital gains. 1040ez e-file It includes income from licensing the use of property other than goodwill. 1040ez e-file   Earned income includes amounts received for services by self-employed members of recognized religious sects opposed to social security benefits who are exempt from self-employment tax. 1040ez e-file   If you have more than one business, but only one has a retirement plan, only the earned income from that business is considered for that plan. 1040ez e-file Employer. 1040ez e-file   An employer is generally any person for whom an individual performs or did perform any service, of whatever nature, as an employee. 1040ez e-file A sole proprietor is treated as his or her own employer for retirement plan purposes. 1040ez e-file However, a partner is not an employer for retirement plan purposes. 1040ez e-file Instead, the partnership is treated as the employer of each partner. 1040ez e-file Highly compensated employee. 1040ez e-file   A highly compensated employee is an individual who: Owned more than 5% of the interest in your business at any time during the year or the preceding year, regardless of how much compensation that person earned or received, or For the preceding year, received compensation from you of more than $115,000 (if the preceding year is 2012, 2013, or 2014) and, if you so choose, was in the top 20% of employees when ranked by compensation. 1040ez e-file Leased employee. 1040ez e-file   A leased employee who is not your common-law employee must generally be treated as your employee for retirement plan purposes if he or she does all the following. 1040ez e-file Provides services to you under an agreement between you and a leasing organization. 1040ez e-file Has performed services for you (or for you and related persons) substantially full time for at least 1 year. 1040ez e-file Performs services under your primary direction or control. 1040ez e-file Exception. 1040ez e-file   A leased employee is not treated as your employee if all the following conditions are met. 1040ez e-file Leased employees are not more than 20% of your non-highly compensated work force. 1040ez e-file The employee is covered under the leasing organization's qualified pension plan. 1040ez e-file The leasing organization's plan is a money purchase pension plan that has all the following provisions. 1040ez e-file Immediate participation. 1040ez e-file (This requirement does not apply to any individual whose compensation from the leasing organization in each plan year during the 4-year period ending with the plan year is less than $1,000. 1040ez e-file ) Full and immediate vesting. 1040ez e-file A nonintegrated employer contribution rate of at least 10% of compensation for each participant. 1040ez e-file However, if the leased employee is your common-law employee, that employee will be your employee for all purposes, regardless of any pension plan of the leasing organization. 1040ez e-file Net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez e-file   For SEP and qualified plans, net earnings from self-employment is your gross income from your trade or business (provided your personal services are a material income-producing factor) minus allowable business deductions. 1040ez e-file Allowable deductions include contributions to SEP and qualified plans for common-law employees and the deduction allowed for the deductible part of your self-employment tax. 1040ez e-file   Net earnings from self-employment does not include items excluded from gross income (or their related deductions) other than foreign earned income and foreign housing cost amounts. 1040ez e-file   For the deduction limits, earned income is net earnings for personal services actually rendered to the business. 1040ez e-file You take into account the income tax deduction for the deductible part of self-employment tax and the deduction for contributions to the plan made on your behalf when figuring net earnings. 1040ez e-file   Net earnings include a partner's distributive share of partnership income or loss (other than separately stated items, such as capital gains and losses). 1040ez e-file It does not include income passed through to shareholders of S corporations. 1040ez e-file Guaranteed payments to limited partners are net earnings from self-employment if they are paid for services to or for the partnership. 1040ez e-file Distributions of other income or loss to limited partners are not net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez e-file   For SIMPLE plans, net earnings from self-employment is the amount on line 4 of Short Schedule SE or line 6 of Long Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax, before subtracting any contributions made to the SIMPLE plan for yourself. 1040ez e-file Qualified plan. 1040ez e-file   A qualified plan is a retirement plan that offers a tax-favored way to save for retirement. 1040ez e-file You can deduct contributions made to the plan for your employees. 1040ez e-file Earnings on 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1040ez e-file 5. 1040ez e-file   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. 1040ez e-file Free help with your tax return. 1040ez e-file   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. 1040ez e-file The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. 1040ez e-file The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040ez e-file 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. 1040ez e-file In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. 1040ez e-file To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040ez e-file gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. 1040ez e-file   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. 1040ez e-file To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. 1040ez e-file aarp. 1040ez e-file org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. 1040ez e-file For more information on these programs, go to IRS. 1040ez e-file gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. 1040ez e-file Internet. 1040ez e-file    IRS. 1040ez e-file gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1040ez e-file Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040ez e-file Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. 1040ez e-file Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. 1040ez e-file gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. 1040ez e-file The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040ez e-file Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. 1040ez e-file You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040ez e-file The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040ez e-file Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. 1040ez e-file No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. 1040ez e-file 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. 1040ez e-file When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. 1040ez e-file New subject areas are added on a regular basis. 1040ez e-file  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. 1040ez e-file gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. 1040ez e-file You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. 1040ez e-file The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. 1040ez e-file 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. 1040ez e-file 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. 1040ez e-file You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. 1040ez e-file Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. 1040ez e-file gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. 1040ez e-file Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. 1040ez e-file Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. 1040ez e-file Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. 1040ez e-file If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. 1040ez e-file Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. 1040ez e-file gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. 1040ez e-file You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 1040ez e-file It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 1040ez e-file Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. 1040ez e-file gov. 1040ez e-file Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. 1040ez e-file gov for more information. 1040ez e-file Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. 1040ez e-file Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. 1040ez e-file gov. 1040ez e-file 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. 1040ez e-file Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. 1040ez e-file gov. 1040ez e-file Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. 1040ez e-file gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. 1040ez e-file Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. 1040ez e-file Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. 1040ez e-file gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. 1040ez e-file An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 1040ez e-file Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. 1040ez e-file gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. 1040ez e-file If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. 1040ez e-file Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. 1040ez e-file Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). 1040ez e-file Go to IRS. 1040ez e-file gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. 1040ez e-file Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. 1040ez e-file Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. 1040ez e-file Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. 1040ez e-file Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. 1040ez e-file gov and choose from a variety of options. 1040ez e-file Phone. 1040ez e-file    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. 1040ez e-file Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040ez e-file Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040ez e-file gov, or download the IRS2Go app. 1040ez e-file 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. 1040ez e-file The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040ez e-file Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. 1040ez e-file Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. 1040ez e-file Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. 1040ez e-file Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. 1040ez e-file If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. 1040ez e-file The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040ez e-file Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040ez e-file Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. 1040ez e-file The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040ez e-file Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. 1040ez e-file Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. 1040ez e-file Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. 1040ez e-file You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 1040ez e-file It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 1040ez e-file Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). 1040ez e-file You should receive your order within 10 business days. 1040ez e-file Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. 1040ez e-file If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. 1040ez e-file Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. 1040ez e-file The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. 1040ez e-file These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. 1040ez e-file Walk-in. 1040ez e-file   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. 1040ez e-file Products. 1040ez e-file You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. 1040ez e-file Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. 1040ez e-file Services. 1040ez e-file You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. 1040ez e-file An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 1040ez e-file Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. 1040ez e-file gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. 1040ez e-file Mail. 1040ez e-file   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. 1040ez e-file You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. 1040ez e-file Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 1040ez e-file Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. 1040ez e-file The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. 1040ez e-file Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. 1040ez e-file   What can TAS do for you? 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