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2010 ez tax form Publication 555 - Main Content Table of Contents Domicile Community or Separate Property and Income Identifying Income, Deductions, and CreditsIncome Exemptions Deductions Credits, Taxes, and Payments Community Property Laws DisregardedRequesting relief. 2010 ez tax form Equitable relief. 2010 ez tax form Earned income. 2010 ez tax form Trade or business income. 2010 ez tax form Partnership income or loss. 2010 ez tax form Separate property income. 2010 ez tax form Social security benefits. 2010 ez tax form Other income. 2010 ez tax form End of the Community Preparing a Federal Income Tax ReturnJoint Return Versus Separate Returns Separate Return Preparation How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Domicile Whether you have community property and community income depends on the state where you are domiciled. 2010 ez tax form If you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) have different domiciles, check the laws of each to see whether you have community property or community income. 2010 ez tax form You have only one domicile even if you have more than one home. 2010 ez tax form Your domicile is a permanent legal home that you intend to use for an indefinite or unlimited period, and to which, when absent, you intend to return. 2010 ez tax form The question of your domicile is mainly a matter of your intention as indicated by your actions. 2010 ez tax form You must be able to show that you intend a given place or state to be your permanent home. 2010 ez tax form If you move into or out of a community property state during the year, you may or may not have community income. 2010 ez tax form Factors considered in determining domicile include: Where you pay state income tax, Where you vote, Location of property you own, Your citizenship, Length of residence, and Business and social ties to the community. 2010 ez tax form Amount of time spent. 2010 ez tax form    The amount of time spent in one place does not always explain the difference between home and domicile. 2010 ez tax form A temporary home or residence may continue for months or years while a domicile may be established the first moment you occupy the property. 2010 ez tax form Your intent is the determining factor in proving where you have your domicile. 2010 ez tax form    Note. 2010 ez tax form When this publication refers to where you live, it means your domicile. 2010 ez tax form Community or Separate Property and Income If you file a federal tax return separately from your spouse, you must report half of all community income and all of your separate income. 2010 ez tax form Likewise, a registered domestic partner must report half of all community income and all of his or her separate income on his or her federal tax return. 2010 ez tax form You each must attach your Form 8958 to your Form 1040 showing how you figured the amount you are reporting on your return. 2010 ez tax form Generally, the laws of the state in which you are domiciled govern whether you have community property and community income or separate property and separate income for federal tax purposes. 2010 ez tax form The following is a summary of the general rules. 2010 ez tax form These rules are also shown in Table 1. 2010 ez tax form Community property. 2010 ez tax form    Generally, community property is property: That you, your spouse (or your registered domestic partner), or both acquire during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership) while you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) are domiciled in a community property state. 2010 ez tax form That you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) agreed to convert from separate to community property. 2010 ez tax form That cannot be identified as separate property. 2010 ez tax form Community income. 2010 ez tax form    Generally, community income is income from: Community property. 2010 ez tax form Salaries, wages, and other pay received for the services performed by you, your spouse (or your registered domestic partner), or both during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership) while domiciled in a community property state. 2010 ez tax form Real estate that is treated as community property under the laws of the state where the property is located. 2010 ez tax form Note Separate property. 2010 ez tax form    Generally, separate property is: Property that you or your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) owned separately before your marriage (or registered domestic partnership). 2010 ez tax form Money earned while domiciled in a noncommunity property state. 2010 ez tax form Property that you or your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) received separately as a gift or inheritance during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership). 2010 ez tax form Property that you or your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) bought with separate funds, or acquired in exchange for separate property, during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership). 2010 ez tax form Property that you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) converted from community property to separate property through an agreement valid under state law. 2010 ez tax form The part of property bought with separate funds, if part was bought with community funds and part with separate funds. 2010 ez tax form Separate income. 2010 ez tax form    Generally, income from separate property is the separate income of the spouse (or the registered domestic partner) who owns the property. 2010 ez tax form    In Idaho, Louisiana, Texas, and Wisconsin, income from most separate property is community income. 2010 ez tax form Table 1. 2010 ez tax form General Rules — Property and Income: Community or Separate? Community property is property: That you, your spouse (or your registered domestic partner), or both acquire during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership) while you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) are domiciled in a community property state. 2010 ez tax form (Includes the part of property bought with community property funds if part was bought with community funds and part with separate funds. 2010 ez tax form ) That you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) agreed to convert from separate to community property. 2010 ez tax form That cannot be identified as separate property. 2010 ez tax form Separate property is: Property that you or your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) owned separately before your marriage (or registered domestic partnership). 2010 ez tax form Money earned while domiciled in a noncommunity property state. 2010 ez tax form Property either of you received as a gift or inherited separately during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership). 2010 ez tax form Property bought with separate funds, or exchanged for separate property, during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership). 2010 ez tax form Property that you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) agreed to convert from community to separate property through an agreement valid under state law. 2010 ez tax form The part of property bought with separate funds, if part was bought with community funds and part with separate funds. 2010 ez tax form Community income 1,2,3 is income from: Community property. 2010 ez tax form Salaries, wages, or pay for services of you, your spouse (or your registered domestic partner), or both during your marriage (or registered domestic partnership) while domiciled in a community property state. 2010 ez tax form Real estate that is treated as community property under the laws of the state where the property is located. 2010 ez tax form Separate income 1,2 is income from: Separate property which belongs to the spouse (or registered domestic partner) who owns the property. 2010 ez tax form 1In Idaho, Louisiana, Texas, and Wisconsin, income from most separate property is community income. 2010 ez tax form 2Check your state law if you are separated but do not meet the conditions discussed in Spouses living apart all year , later. 2010 ez tax form In some states, the income you earn after you are separated and before a divorce decree is issued continues to be community income. 2010 ez tax form In other states, it is separate income. 2010 ez tax form 3Under special rules, income that can otherwise be characterized as community income may not be treated as community income for federal income tax purposes in certain situations. 2010 ez tax form See Community Property Laws Disregarded , later. 2010 ez tax form Identifying Income, Deductions, and Credits If you file separate returns, you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) each must attach your Form 8958 to your Form 1040 to identify your community and separate income, deductions, credits, and other return amounts according to the laws of your state. 2010 ez tax form Under special rules, income that can otherwise be characterized as community income may not be treated as community income for federal income tax purposes in certain situations. 2010 ez tax form See Community Property Laws Disregarded, later. 2010 ez tax form Check your state law if you are separated but do not meet the conditions discussed in Spouses living apart all year, later. 2010 ez tax form In some states, the income you earn after you are separated and before a divorce decree is issued continues to be community income. 2010 ez tax form In other states, it is separate income. 2010 ez tax form Income The following is a discussion of the general effect of community property laws on the federal income tax treatment of certain items of income. 2010 ez tax form Wages, earnings, and profits. 2010 ez tax form    A spouse's (or your registered domestic partner's) wages, earnings, and net profits from a sole proprietorship are community income and must be evenly split. 2010 ez tax form Dividends, interest, and rents. 2010 ez tax form    Dividends, interest, and rents from community property are community income and must be evenly split. 2010 ez tax form Dividends, interest, and rents from separate property are characterized in accordance with the discussion under Income from separate property , later. 2010 ez tax form Example. 2010 ez tax form If you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) buy a bond that is considered community property under your state laws, half the bond interest belongs to you and half belongs to your spouse. 2010 ez tax form You each must show the bond interest and the split of that interest on your Form 8958, and report half the interest on your Form 1040. 2010 ez tax form Attach your Form 8958 to your Form 1040. 2010 ez tax form Alimony received. 2010 ez tax form    Alimony or separate maintenance payments made prior to divorce are taxable to the payee spouse only to the extent they exceed 50% (his or her share) of the reportable community income. 2010 ez tax form This is so because the payee spouse is already required to report half of the community income. 2010 ez tax form See also Alimony paid , later. 2010 ez tax form Gains and losses. 2010 ez tax form    Gains and losses are classified as separate or community depending on how the property is held. 2010 ez tax form For example, a loss on separate property, such as stock held separately, is a separate loss. 2010 ez tax form On the other hand, a loss on community property, such as a casualty loss to your home held as community property, is a community loss. 2010 ez tax form See Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets, for information on gains and losses. 2010 ez tax form See Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts, for information on losses due to a casualty or theft. 2010 ez tax form Withdrawals from individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs). 2010 ez tax form    There are several kinds of individual retirement arrangements (IRAs). 2010 ez tax form They are traditional IRAs (including SEP-IRAs), SIMPLE IRAs, and Roth IRAs. 2010 ez tax form IRAs and ESAs by law are deemed to be separate property. 2010 ez tax form Therefore, taxable IRA and ESA distributions are separate property, even if the funds in the account would otherwise be community property. 2010 ez tax form These distributions are wholly taxable to the spouse (or registered domestic partner) whose name is on the account. 2010 ez tax form That spouse (or registered domestic partner) is also liable for any penalties and additional taxes on the distributions. 2010 ez tax form Pensions. 2010 ez tax form    Generally, distributions from pensions will be characterized as community or separate income depending on the respective periods of participation in the pension while married (or during the registered domestic partnership) and domiciled in a community property state or in a noncommunity property state during the total period of participation in the pension. 2010 ez tax form See the example under Civil service retirement , later. 2010 ez tax form These rules may vary between states. 2010 ez tax form Check your state law. 2010 ez tax form Lump-sum distributions. 2010 ez tax form    If you were born before January 2, 1936, and receive a lump-sum distribution from a qualified retirement plan, you may be able to choose an optional method of figuring the tax on the distribution. 2010 ez tax form For the 10-year tax option, you must disregard community property laws. 2010 ez tax form For more information, see Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income, and Form 4972, Tax on Lump-Sum Distributions. 2010 ez tax form Civil service retirement. 2010 ez tax form    For income tax purposes, community property laws apply to annuities payable under the Civil Service Retirement Act (CSRS) or Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS). 2010 ez tax form   Whether a civil service annuity is separate or community income depends on your marital status (or your status as a registered domestic partner) and domicile of the employee when the services were performed for which the annuity is paid. 2010 ez tax form Even if you now live in a noncommunity property state and you receive a civil service annuity, it may be community income if it is based on services you performed while married (or during the registered domestic partnership) and domiciled in a community property state. 2010 ez tax form   If a civil service annuity is a mixture of community income and separate income, it must be divided between the two kinds of income. 2010 ez tax form The division is based on the employee's domicile and marital status (or registered domestic partnership) in community and noncommunity property states during his or her periods of service. 2010 ez tax form Example. 2010 ez tax form Henry Wright retired this year after 30 years of civil service. 2010 ez tax form He and his wife were domiciled in a community property state during the past 15 years. 2010 ez tax form Since half the service was performed while the Wrights were married and domiciled in a community property state, half the civil service retirement pay is considered to be community income. 2010 ez tax form If Mr. 2010 ez tax form Wright receives $1,000 a month in retirement pay, $500 is considered community income—half ($250) is his income and half ($250) is his wife's. 2010 ez tax form Military retirement pay. 2010 ez tax form    State community property laws apply to military retirement pay. 2010 ez tax form Generally, the pay is either separate or community income based on the marital status and domicile of the couple while the member of the Armed Forces was in active military service. 2010 ez tax form For example, military retirement pay for services performed during marriage and domicile in a community property state is community income. 2010 ez tax form   Active military pay earned while married and domiciled in a community property state is also community income. 2010 ez tax form This income is considered to be received half by the member of the Armed Forces and half by the spouse. 2010 ez tax form Partnership income. 2010 ez tax form    If an interest is held in a partnership, and income from the partnership is attributable to the efforts of either spouse (or registered domestic partner), the partnership income is community property. 2010 ez tax form If it is merely a passive investment in a separate property partnership, the partnership income will be characterized in accordance with the discussion under Income from separate property , later. 2010 ez tax form Tax-exempt income. 2010 ez tax form    For spouses, community income exempt from federal tax generally keeps its exempt status for both spouses. 2010 ez tax form For example, under certain circumstances, income earned outside the United States is tax exempt. 2010 ez tax form If you earned income and met the conditions that made it exempt, the income is also exempt for your spouse even though he or she may not have met the conditions. 2010 ez tax form Registered domestic partners should consult the particular exclusion provision to see if the exempt status applies to both. 2010 ez tax form Income from separate property. 2010 ez tax form    In some states, income from separate property is separate income. 2010 ez tax form These states include Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Washington. 2010 ez tax form Other states characterize income from separate property as community income. 2010 ez tax form These states include Idaho, Louisiana, Texas, and Wisconsin. 2010 ez tax form Exemptions When you file separate returns, you must claim your own exemption amount for that year. 2010 ez tax form (See your tax return instructions. 2010 ez tax form ) You cannot divide the amount allowed as an exemption for a dependent between you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner). 2010 ez tax form When community funds provide support for more than one person, each of whom otherwise qualifies as a dependent, you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner) may divide the number of dependency exemptions as explained in the following example. 2010 ez tax form Example. 2010 ez tax form Ron and Diane White have three dependent children and live in Nevada. 2010 ez tax form If Ron and Diane file separately, only Ron can claim his own exemption, and only Diane can claim her own exemption. 2010 ez tax form Ron and Diane can agree that one of them will claim the exemption for one, two, or all of their children and the other will claim any remaining exemptions. 2010 ez tax form They cannot each claim half of the total exemption amount for their three children. 2010 ez tax form Deductions If you file separate returns, your deductions generally depend on whether the expenses involve community or separate income. 2010 ez tax form Business and investment expenses. 2010 ez tax form    If you file separate returns, expenses incurred to earn or produce community business or investment income are generally divided equally between you and your spouse (or your registered domestic partner). 2010 ez tax form Each of you is entitled to deduct one-half of the expenses on your separate returns. 2010 ez tax form Expenses incurred by a spouse (or registered domestic partner) to produce separate business or investment income is deductible by the spouse (or the registered domestic partner) who earns the corresponding separate business or investment income. 2010 ez tax form    Other limits may also apply to business and investment expenses. 2010 ez tax form For more information, see Publication 535, Business Expenses, and Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. 2010 ez tax form Alimony paid. 2010 ez tax form    Payments that may otherwise qualify as alimony are not deductible by the payer if they are the recipient spouse's part of community income. 2010 ez tax form They are deductible as alimony only to the extent they are more than that spouse's part of community income. 2010 ez tax form Example. 2010 ez tax form You live in a community property state. 2010 ez tax form You are separated but the special rules explained later under Spouses living apart all year do not apply. 2010 ez tax form Under a written agreement, you pay your spouse $12,000 of your $20,000 total yearly community income. 2010 ez tax form Your spouse receives no other community income. 2010 ez tax form Under your state law, earnings of a spouse living separately and apart from the other spouse continue as community property. 2010 ez tax form On your separate returns, each of you must report $10,000 of the total community income. 2010 ez tax form In addition, your spouse must report $2,000 as alimony received. 2010 ez tax form You can deduct $2,000 as alimony paid. 2010 ez tax form IRA deduction. 2010 ez tax form    Deductions for IRA contributions cannot be split between spouses (or registered domestic partners). 2010 ez tax form The deduction for each spouse (or each registered domestic partner) is figured separately and without regard to community property laws. 2010 ez tax form Personal expenses. 2010 ez tax form   Expenses that are paid out of separate funds, such as medical expenses, are deductible by the spouse who pays them. 2010 ez tax form If these expenses are paid from community funds, divide the deduction equally between you and your spouse. 2010 ez tax form Credits, Taxes, and Payments The following is a discussion of the general effect of community property laws on the treatment of certain credits, taxes, and payments on your separate return. 2010 ez tax form Child tax credit. 2010 ez tax form    You may be entitled to a child tax credit for each of your qualifying children. 2010 ez tax form You must provide the name and identification number (usually the social security number) of each qualifying child on your return. 2010 ez tax form See your tax return instructions for the maximum amount of the credit you can claim for each qualifying child. 2010 ez tax form Limit on credit. 2010 ez tax form    The credit is limited if your modified adjusted gross income (modified AGI) is above a certain amount. 2010 ez tax form The amount at which the limitation (phaseout) begins depends on your filing status. 2010 ez tax form Generally, your credit is limited to your tax liability unless you have three or more qualifying children. 2010 ez tax form See your tax return instructions for more information. 2010 ez tax form Self-employment tax. 2010 ez tax form    For the effect of community property laws on the income tax treatment of income from a sole proprietorship and partnerships, see Wages, earnings, and profits and Partnership income , earlier. 2010 ez tax form The following rules only apply to persons married for federal tax purposes. 2010 ez tax form Registered domestic partners report community income for self-employment tax purposes the same way they do for income tax purposes. 2010 ez tax form Sole proprietorship. 2010 ez tax form    With regard to net income from a trade or business (other than a partnership) that is community income, self-employment tax is imposed on the spouse carrying on the trade or business. 2010 ez tax form Partnerships. 2010 ez tax form    All of the distributive share of a married partner's income or loss from a partnership trade or business is attributable to the partner for computing any self-employment tax, even if a portion of the partner's distributive share of income or loss is community income or loss that is otherwise attributable to the partner's spouse for income tax purposes. 2010 ez tax form If both spouses are partners, any self-employment tax is allocated based on their distributive shares. 2010 ez tax form Federal income tax withheld. 2010 ez tax form    Report the credit for federal income tax withheld on community wages in the same manner as your wages. 2010 ez tax form If you and your spouse file separate returns on which each of you reports half the community wages, each of you is entitled to credit for half the income tax withheld on those wages. 2010 ez tax form Likewise, each registered domestic partner is entitled to credit for half the income tax withheld on those wages. 2010 ez tax form Estimated tax payments. 2010 ez tax form    In determining whether you must pay estimated tax, apply the estimated tax rules to your estimated income. 2010 ez tax form These rules are explained in Publication 505. 2010 ez tax form   If you think you may owe estimated tax and want to pay the tax separately (registered domestic partners must pay the tax separately), determine whether you must pay it by taking into account: Half the community income and deductions, All of your separate income and deductions, and Your own exemption and any exemptions for dependents that you may claim. 2010 ez tax form   Whether you and your spouse pay estimated tax jointly or separately will not affect your choice of filing joint or separate income tax returns. 2010 ez tax form   If you and your spouse paid estimated tax jointly but file separate income tax returns, either of you can claim all of the estimated tax paid, or you may divide it between you in any way that you agree upon. 2010 ez tax form   If you cannot agree on how to divide it, the estimated tax you can claim equals the total estimated tax paid times the tax shown on your separate return, divided by the total of the tax shown on your return and your spouse's return. 2010 ez tax form   If you paid your estimated taxes separately, you get credit for only the estimated taxes you paid. 2010 ez tax form Earned income credit. 2010 ez tax form    You may be entitled to an earned income credit (EIC). 2010 ez tax form You cannot claim this credit if your filing status is married filing separately. 2010 ez tax form   If you are married, but qualify to file as head of household under rules for married taxpayers living apart (see Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information), and live in a state that has community property laws, your earned income for the EIC does not include any amount earned by your spouse that is treated as belonging to you under community property laws. 2010 ez tax form That amount is not earned income for the EIC, even though you must include it in your gross income on your income tax return. 2010 ez tax form Your earned income includes the entire amount you earned, even if part of it is treated as belonging to your spouse under your state's community property laws. 2010 ez tax form The same rule applies to registered domestic partners. 2010 ez tax form    This rule does not apply when determining your adjusted gross income (AGI) for the EIC. 2010 ez tax form Your AGI includes that part of both your and your spouse's (or your registered domestic partner's) wages that you are required to include in gross income shown on your tax return. 2010 ez tax form   For more information about the EIC, see Publication 596, Earned Income Credit (EIC). 2010 ez tax form Overpayments. 2010 ez tax form    The amount of an overpayment on a joint return is allocated under the community property laws of the state in which you are domiciled. 2010 ez tax form If, under the laws of your state, community property is subject to premarital or other separate debts of either spouse, the full joint overpayment may be used to offset the obligation. 2010 ez tax form If, under the laws of your state, community property is not subject to premarital or other separate debts of either spouse, only the portion of the joint overpayment allocated to the spouse liable for the obligation can be used to offset that liability. 2010 ez tax form The portion allocated to the other spouse can be refunded. 2010 ez tax form Community Property Laws Disregarded The following discussions are situations where special rules apply to community property and community income for spouses. 2010 ez tax form These rules do not apply to registered domestic partners. 2010 ez tax form Certain community income not treated as community income by one spouse. 2010 ez tax form    Community property laws may not apply to an item of community income that you received but did not treat as community income. 2010 ez tax form You are responsible for reporting all of that income item if: You treat the item as if only you are entitled to the income, and You do not notify your spouse of the nature and amount of the income by the due date for filing the return (including extensions). 2010 ez tax form Relief from liability arising from community property law. 2010 ez tax form    You are not responsible for the tax relating to an item of community income if all the following conditions are met. 2010 ez tax form You did not file a joint return for the tax year. 2010 ez tax form You did not include an item of community income in gross income. 2010 ez tax form The item of community income you did not include is one of the following: Wages, salaries, and other compensation your spouse (or former spouse) received for services he or she performed as an employee. 2010 ez tax form Income your spouse (or former spouse) derived from a trade or business he or she operated as a sole proprietor. 2010 ez tax form Your spouse's (or former spouse's) distributive share of partnership income. 2010 ez tax form Income from your spouse's (or former spouse's) separate property (other than income described in (a), (b), or (c)). 2010 ez tax form Use the appropriate community property law to determine what is separate property. 2010 ez tax form Any other income that belongs to your spouse (or former spouse) under community property law. 2010 ez tax form You establish that you did not know of, and had no reason to know of, that community income. 2010 ez tax form Under all facts and circumstances, it would not be fair to include the item of community income in your gross income. 2010 ez tax form Requesting relief. 2010 ez tax form    For information on how and when to request relief from liabilities arising from community property laws, see Community Property Laws in Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief. 2010 ez tax form Equitable relief. 2010 ez tax form    If you do not qualify for the relief discussed earlier under Relief from liability arising from community property law and are now liable for an underpaid or understated tax you believe should be paid only by your spouse (or former spouse), you may request equitable relief. 2010 ez tax form To request equitable relief, you must file Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief. 2010 ez tax form Also see Publication 971. 2010 ez tax form Spousal agreements. 2010 ez tax form    In some states a married couple may enter into an agreement that affects the status of property or income as community or separate property. 2010 ez tax form Check your state law to determine how it affects you. 2010 ez tax form Nonresident alien spouse. 2010 ez tax form    If you are a U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form citizen or resident alien and you choose to treat your nonresident alien spouse as a U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form resident for tax purposes and you are domiciled in a community property state or country, use the community property rules. 2010 ez tax form You must file a joint return for the year you make the choice. 2010 ez tax form You can file separate returns in later years. 2010 ez tax form For details on making this choice, see Publication 519, U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form Tax Guide for Aliens. 2010 ez tax form   If you are a U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form citizen or resident alien and do not choose to treat your nonresident alien spouse as a U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form resident for tax purposes, treat your community income as explained next under Spouses living apart all year. 2010 ez tax form However, you do not have to meet the four conditions discussed there. 2010 ez tax form Spouses living apart all year. 2010 ez tax form    If you are married at any time during the calendar year, special rules apply for reporting certain community income. 2010 ez tax form You must meet all the following conditions for these special rules to apply. 2010 ez tax form You and your spouse lived apart all year. 2010 ez tax form You and your spouse did not file a joint return for a tax year beginning or ending in the calendar year. 2010 ez tax form You and/or your spouse had earned income for the calendar year that is community income. 2010 ez tax form You and your spouse have not transferred, directly or indirectly, any of the earned income in condition (3) above between yourselves before the end of the year. 2010 ez tax form Do not take into account transfers satisfying child support obligations or transfers of very small amounts or value. 2010 ez tax form If all these conditions are met, you and your spouse must report your community income as discussed next. 2010 ez tax form See also Certain community income not treated as community income by one spouse , earlier. 2010 ez tax form Earned income. 2010 ez tax form    Treat earned income that is not trade or business or partnership income as the income of the spouse who performed the services to earn the income. 2010 ez tax form Earned income is wages, salaries, professional fees, and other pay for personal services. 2010 ez tax form   Earned income does not include amounts paid by a corporation that are a distribution of earnings and profits rather than a reasonable allowance for personal services rendered. 2010 ez tax form Trade or business income. 2010 ez tax form    Treat income and related deductions from a trade or business that is not a partnership as those of the spouse carrying on the trade or business. 2010 ez tax form Partnership income or loss. 2010 ez tax form    Treat income or loss from a trade or business carried on by a partnership as the income or loss of the spouse who is the partner. 2010 ez tax form Separate property income. 2010 ez tax form    Treat income from the separate property of one spouse as the income of that spouse. 2010 ez tax form Social security benefits. 2010 ez tax form    Treat social security and equivalent railroad retirement benefits as the income of the spouse who receives the benefits. 2010 ez tax form Other income. 2010 ez tax form    Treat all other community income, such as dividends, interest, rents, royalties, or gains, as provided under your state's community property law. 2010 ez tax form Example. 2010 ez tax form George and Sharon were married throughout the year but did not live together at any time during the year. 2010 ez tax form Both domiciles were in a community property state. 2010 ez tax form They did not file a joint return or transfer any of their earned income between themselves. 2010 ez tax form During the year their incomes were as follows:   George Sharon Wages $20,000 $22,000 Consulting business 5,000   Partnership   10,000 Dividends from separate property 1,000 2,000 Interest from community property 500 500 Total $26,500 $34,500 Under the community property law of their state, all the income is considered community income. 2010 ez tax form (Some states treat income from separate property as separate income—check your state law. 2010 ez tax form ) Sharon did not take part in George's consulting business. 2010 ez tax form Ordinarily, on their separate returns they would each report $30,500, half the total community income of $61,000 ($26,500 + $34,500). 2010 ez tax form But because they meet the four conditions listed earlier under Spouses living apart all year , they must disregard community property law in reporting all their income (except the interest income) from community property. 2010 ez tax form They each report on their returns only their own earnings and other income, and their share of the interest income from community property. 2010 ez tax form George reports $26,500 and Sharon reports $34,500. 2010 ez tax form Other separated spouses. 2010 ez tax form    If you and your spouse are separated but do not meet the four conditions discussed earlier under Spouses living apart all year , you must treat your income according to the laws of your state. 2010 ez tax form In some states, income earned after separation but before a decree of divorce continues to be community income. 2010 ez tax form In other states, it is separate income. 2010 ez tax form End of the Community The marital community may end in several ways. 2010 ez tax form When the marital community ends, the community assets (money and property) are divided between the spouses. 2010 ez tax form Similarly, a registered domestic partnership may end in several ways and the community assets must be divided between the registered domestic partners. 2010 ez tax form Death of spouse. 2010 ez tax form    If you own community property and your spouse dies, the total fair market value (FMV) of the community property, including the part that belongs to you, generally becomes the basis of the entire property. 2010 ez tax form For this rule to apply, at least half the value of the community property interest must be includible in your spouse's gross estate, whether or not the estate must file a return (this rule does not apply to registered domestic partners). 2010 ez tax form Example. 2010 ez tax form Bob and Ann owned community property that had a basis of $80,000. 2010 ez tax form When Bob died, his and Ann's community property had an FMV of $100,000. 2010 ez tax form One-half of the FMV of their community interest was includible in Bob's estate. 2010 ez tax form The basis of Ann's half of the property is $50,000 after Bob died (half of the $100,000 FMV). 2010 ez tax form The basis of the other half to Bob's heirs is also $50,000. 2010 ez tax form   For more information about the basis of assets, see Publication 551, Basis of Assets. 2010 ez tax form    The above basis rule does not apply if your spouse died in 2010 and the spouse's executor elected out of the estate tax, in which case section 1022 will apply. 2010 ez tax form See Publication 4895, Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decedent Dying in 2010, for additional information. 2010 ez tax form Divorce or separation. 2010 ez tax form    If spouses divorce or separate, the (equal or unequal) division of community property in connection with the divorce or property settlement does not result in a gain or loss. 2010 ez tax form For registered domestic partners, an unequal division of community property in a property settlement may result in a gain or loss. 2010 ez tax form For information on the tax consequences of the division of property under a property settlement or divorce decree, see Publication 504. 2010 ez tax form   Each spouse (or each registered domestic partner) is taxed on half the community income for the part of the year before the community ends. 2010 ez tax form However, see Spouses living apart all year , earlier. 2010 ez tax form Any income received after the community ends is separate income. 2010 ez tax form This separate income is taxable only to the spouse (or the registered domestic partner) to whom it belongs. 2010 ez tax form   An absolute decree of divorce or annulment ends the marital community in all community property states. 2010 ez tax form A decree of annulment, even though it holds that no valid marriage ever existed, usually does not nullify community property rights arising during the “marriage. 2010 ez tax form ” However, you should check your state law for exceptions. 2010 ez tax form   A decree of legal separation or of separate maintenance may or may not end the marital community. 2010 ez tax form The court issuing the decree may terminate the marital community and divide the property between the spouses. 2010 ez tax form   A separation agreement may divide the community property between you and your spouse. 2010 ez tax form It may provide that this property, along with future earnings and property acquired, will be separate property. 2010 ez tax form This agreement may end the community. 2010 ez tax form   In some states, the marital community ends when the spouses permanently separate, even if there is no formal agreement. 2010 ez tax form Check your state law. 2010 ez tax form   If you are a registered domestic partner, you should check your state law to determine when the community ends. 2010 ez tax form Preparing a Federal Income Tax Return The following discussion does not apply to spouses who meet the conditions under Spouses living apart all year , discussed earlier. 2010 ez tax form Those spouses must report their community income as explained in that discussion. 2010 ez tax form Joint Return Versus Separate Returns Ordinarily, filing a joint return will give you a greater tax advantage than filing a separate return. 2010 ez tax form But in some cases, your combined income tax on separate returns may be less than it would be on a joint return. 2010 ez tax form This discussion concerning joint versus separate returns does not apply to registered domestic partners. 2010 ez tax form The following rules apply if your filing status is married filing separately. 2010 ez tax form You should itemize deductions if your spouse itemizes deductions, because you cannot claim the standard deduction. 2010 ez tax form You cannot take the credit for child and dependent care expenses in most instances. 2010 ez tax form You cannot take the earned income credit. 2010 ez tax form You cannot exclude any interest income from qualified U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form savings bonds that you used for higher education expenses. 2010 ez tax form You cannot take the credit for the elderly or the disabled unless you lived apart from your spouse all year. 2010 ez tax form You may have to include in income more of any social security benefits (including any equivalent railroad retirement benefits) you received during the year than you would on a joint return. 2010 ez tax form You cannot deduct interest paid on a qualified student loan. 2010 ez tax form You cannot take the education credits. 2010 ez tax form You may have a smaller child tax credit than you would on a joint return. 2010 ez tax form You cannot take the exclusion or credit for adoption expenses in most instances. 2010 ez tax form Figure your tax both on a joint return and on separate returns under the community property laws of your state. 2010 ez tax form You can then compare the tax figured under both methods and use the one that results in less tax. 2010 ez tax form Separate Return Preparation If you file separate returns, you and your spouse must each report half of your combined community income and deductions in addition to your separate income and deductions. 2010 ez tax form Each of you must complete and attach Form 8958 to your Form 1040 showing how you figured the amount you are reporting on your return. 2010 ez tax form On the appropriate lines of your separate Form 1040, list only your share of the income and deductions on the appropriate lines of your separate tax returns (wages, interest, dividends, etc. 2010 ez tax form ). 2010 ez tax form The same reporting rule applies to registered domestic partners. 2010 ez tax form For a discussion of the effect of community property laws on certain items of income, deductions, credits, and other return amounts, see Identifying Income, Deductions, and Credits , earlier. 2010 ez tax form Attach your Form 8958 to your separate return showing how you figured the income, deductions, and federal income tax withheld that each of you reported. 2010 ez tax form Form 8958 is used for married spouses in community property states who choose to file married filing separately. 2010 ez tax form Form 8958 is also used for registered domestic partners who are domiciled in Nevada, Washington, or California. 2010 ez tax form A registered domestic partner in Nevada, Washington, or California must follow state community property laws and report half the combined community income of the individual and his or her registered domestic partner. 2010 ez tax form Extension of time to file. 2010 ez tax form    An extension of time for filing your separate return does not extend the time for filing your spouse's (or your registered domestic partner's) separate return. 2010 ez tax form If you and your spouse file a joint return, you cannot file separate returns after the due date for filing either separate return has passed. 2010 ez tax form How To Get Tax Help Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. 2010 ez tax form Free help with your tax return. 2010 ez tax form    You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. 2010 ez tax form The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. 2010 ez tax form The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 2010 ez tax form 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. 2010 ez tax form In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. 2010 ez tax form To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. 2010 ez tax form   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. 2010 ez tax form To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. 2010 ez tax form aarp. 2010 ez tax form org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. 2010 ez tax form For more information on these programs, go to IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. 2010 ez tax form Internet. 2010 ez tax form    IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2010 ez tax form Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 2010 ez tax form 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. 2010 ez tax form Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. 2010 ez tax form The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 2010 ez tax form 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. 2010 ez tax form You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 2010 ez tax form The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 2010 ez tax form Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. 2010 ez tax form No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. 2010 ez tax form 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. 2010 ez tax form When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. 2010 ez tax form New subject areas are added on a regular basis. 2010 ez tax form  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. 2010 ez tax form You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. 2010 ez tax form The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. 2010 ez tax form 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. 2010 ez tax form 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. 2010 ez tax form You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. 2010 ez tax form Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. 2010 ez tax form Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. 2010 ez tax form Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. 2010 ez tax form Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. 2010 ez tax form If you 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Go to IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. 2010 ez tax form You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 2010 ez tax form It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 2010 ez tax form Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov. 2010 ez tax form Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov for more information. 2010 ez tax form Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. 2010 ez tax form Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov. 2010 ez tax form 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. 2010 ez tax form Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov. 2010 ez tax form Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. 2010 ez tax form Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. 2010 ez tax form Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. 2010 ez tax form An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 2010 ez tax form Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. 2010 ez tax form If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. 2010 ez tax form Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. 2010 ez tax form Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). 2010 ez tax form Go to IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. 2010 ez tax form Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. 2010 ez tax form Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. 2010 ez tax form Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. 2010 ez tax form Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov and choose from a variety of options. 2010 ez tax form    Phone. 2010 ez tax form You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. 2010 ez tax form Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 2010 ez tax form Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov, or download the IRS2Go app. 2010 ez tax form 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. 2010 ez tax form The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 2010 ez tax form Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. 2010 ez tax form Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. 2010 ez tax form Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. 2010 ez tax form Call the automated Where's My Refund? 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The 2010 Ez Tax Form

2010 ez tax form 1. 2010 ez tax form   Tax Withholding for 2014 Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Salaries and WagesDetermining Amount of Tax Withheld Using Form W-4 Completing Form W-4 and Worksheets Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld Rules Your Employer Must Follow Exemption From Withholding Supplemental Wages Penalties Tips Taxable Fringe BenefitsSpecial rule. 2010 ez tax form Exceptions. 2010 ez tax form Sick Pay Pensions and AnnuitiesPeriodic Payments Nonperiodic Payments Eligible Rollover Distributions Choosing Not To Have Income Tax Withheld Gambling WinningsException. 2010 ez tax form Identical wagers. 2010 ez tax form Unemployment Compensation Federal Payments Backup WithholdingTaxpayer identification number. 2010 ez tax form Underreported interest or dividends. 2010 ez tax form Introduction This chapter discusses income tax withholding on: Salaries and wages, Tips, Taxable fringe benefits, Sick pay, Pensions and annuities, Gambling winnings, Unemployment compensation, and Certain federal payments. 2010 ez tax form This chapter explains in detail the rules for withholding tax from each of these types of income. 2010 ez tax form The discussion of salaries and wages includes an explanation of how to complete Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form This chapter also covers backup withholding on interest, dividends, and other payments. 2010 ez tax form Useful Items - You may want to see: Form (and Instructions) W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate W-4P Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments W-4S Request for Federal Income Tax Withholding From Sick Pay W-4V Voluntary Withholding Request See chapter 5 of this publication for information about getting these publications and forms. 2010 ez tax form Salaries and Wages Income tax is withheld from the pay of most employees. 2010 ez tax form Your pay includes your regular pay, bonuses, commissions, and vacation allowances. 2010 ez tax form It also includes reimbursements and other expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan. 2010 ez tax form See Supplemental Wages , later, for definitions of accountable and nonaccountable plans. 2010 ez tax form If your income is low enough that you will not have to pay income tax for the year, you may be exempt from withholding. 2010 ez tax form This is explained under Exemption From Withholding , later. 2010 ez tax form You can ask your employer to withhold income tax from noncash wages and other wages not subject to withholding. 2010 ez tax form If your employer does not agree to withhold tax, or if not enough is withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax, as discussed in chapter 2. 2010 ez tax form Military retirees. 2010 ez tax form   Military retirement pay is treated in the same manner as regular pay for income tax withholding purposes, even though it is treated as a pension or annuity for other tax purposes. 2010 ez tax form Household workers. 2010 ez tax form   If you are a household worker, you can ask your employer to withhold income tax from your pay. 2010 ez tax form A household worker is an employee who performs household work in a private home, local college club, or local fraternity or sorority chapter. 2010 ez tax form   Tax is withheld only if you want it withheld and your employer agrees to withhold it. 2010 ez tax form If you do not have enough income tax withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax, as discussed in chapter 2. 2010 ez tax form Farmworkers. 2010 ez tax form   Generally, income tax is withheld from your cash wages for work on a farm unless your employer both: Pays you cash wages of less than $150 during the year, and Has expenditures for agricultural labor totaling less than $2,500 during the year. 2010 ez tax form Differential wage payments. 2010 ez tax form   When employees are on leave from employment for military duty, some employers make up the difference between the military pay and civilian pay. 2010 ez tax form Payments to an employee who is on active duty for a period of more than 30 days will be subject to income tax withholding, but not subject to social security or Medicare taxes. 2010 ez tax form The wages and withholding will be reported on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. 2010 ez tax form Determining Amount of Tax Withheld Using Form W-4 The amount of income tax your employer withholds from your regular pay depends on two things. 2010 ez tax form The amount you earn in each payroll period. 2010 ez tax form The information you give your employer on Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form Form W-4 includes four types of information that your employer will use to figure your withholding. 2010 ez tax form Whether to withhold at the single rate or at the lower married rate. 2010 ez tax form How many withholding allowances you claim (each allowance reduces the amount withheld). 2010 ez tax form Whether you want an additional amount withheld. 2010 ez tax form Whether you are claiming an exemption from withholding in 2014. 2010 ez tax form See Exemption From Withholding , later. 2010 ez tax form Note. 2010 ez tax form You must specify a filing status and a number of withholding allowances on Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form You cannot specify only a dollar amount of withholding. 2010 ez tax form New Job When you start a new job, you must fill out a Form W-4 and give it to your employer. 2010 ez tax form Your employer should have copies of the form. 2010 ez tax form If you need to change the information later, you must fill out a new form. 2010 ez tax form If you work only part of the year (for example, you start working after the beginning of the year), too much tax may be withheld. 2010 ez tax form You may be able to avoid overwithholding if your employer agrees to use the part-year method. 2010 ez tax form See Part-Year Method , later, for more information. 2010 ez tax form Employee also receiving pension income. 2010 ez tax form   If you receive pension or annuity income and begin a new job, you will need to file Form W-4 with your new employer. 2010 ez tax form However, you can choose to split your withholding allowances between your pension and job in any manner. 2010 ez tax form Changing Your Withholding During the year changes may occur to your marital status, exemptions, adjustments, deductions, or credits you expect to claim on your tax return. 2010 ez tax form When this happens, you may need to give your employer a new Form W-4 to change your withholding status or number of allowances. 2010 ez tax form If the changes reduce the number of allowances you are allowed to claim or changes your marital status from married to single, you must give your employer a new Form W-4 within 10 days. 2010 ez tax form See Marital Status (Line 3 of Form W-4) and Withholding Allowances (Line 5 of Form W-4) , later. 2010 ez tax form Generally, you can submit a new Form W-4 whenever you wish to change your withholding allowances for any other reason. 2010 ez tax form See Table 1-1 for examples of personal and financial changes you should consider. 2010 ez tax form Table 1-1. 2010 ez tax form Personal and Financial Changes Factor Examples Lifestyle change Marriage Divorce Birth or adoption of child Loss of an exemption Purchase of a new home Retirement Filing chapter 11 bankruptcy Wage income You or your spouse start or stop working, or start or stop a second job Change in the amount of taxable income not subject to withholding Interest income Dividends Capital gains Self-employment income IRA (including certain Roth  IRA) distributions Change in the amount of adjustments to income IRA deduction Student loan interest deduction Alimony expense Change in the amount of itemized deductions or tax credits Medical expenses Taxes Interest expense Gifts to charity Job expenses Dependent care expenses Education credit Child tax credit Earned income credit If you change the number of your withholding allowances, you can request that your employer withhold using the Cumulative Wage Method , explained later. 2010 ez tax form Checking Your Withholding After you have given your employer a Form W-4, you can check to see whether the amount of tax withheld from your pay is too much or too little. 2010 ez tax form If too much or too little tax is being withheld, you should give your employer a new Form W-4 to change your withholding. 2010 ez tax form You can get a blank Form W-4 from your employer or print the form from IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov. 2010 ez tax form You should try to have your withholding match your actual tax liability. 2010 ez tax form If not enough tax is withheld, you will owe tax at the end of the year and may have to pay interest and a penalty. 2010 ez tax form If too much tax is withheld, you will lose the use of that money until you get your refund. 2010 ez tax form Always check your withholding if there are personal or financial changes in your life or changes in the law that might change your tax liability. 2010 ez tax form See Table 1-1 for examples. 2010 ez tax form Note. 2010 ez tax form You cannot give your employer a payment to cover federal income tax withholding on salaries and wages for past pay periods or a payment for estimated tax. 2010 ez tax form When Should You Check Your Withholding? The earlier in the year you check your withholding, the easier it is to get the right amount of tax withheld. 2010 ez tax form You should check your withholding when any of the following situations occur. 2010 ez tax form You receive a paycheck stub (statement) covering a full pay period in 2014, showing tax withheld based on 2014 tax rates. 2010 ez tax form You prepare your 2013 tax return and get a: Big refund, or Balance due that is: More than you can comfortably pay, or Subject to a penalty. 2010 ez tax form There are changes in your life or financial situation that affect your tax liability. 2010 ez tax form See Table 1-1. 2010 ez tax form There are changes in the tax law that affect your tax liability. 2010 ez tax form How Do You Check Your Withholding? You can use the worksheets and tables in this publication to see if you are having the right amount of tax withheld. 2010 ez tax form You can also use the IRS Withholding calculator at www. 2010 ez tax form irs. 2010 ez tax form gov/individuals. 2010 ez tax form If you use the worksheets and tables in this publication, follow these steps. 2010 ez tax form Fill out Worksheet 1-5 to project your total federal income tax liability for 2014. 2010 ez tax form Fill out Worksheet 1-7 to project your total federal withholding for 2014 and compare that with your projected tax liability from Worksheet 1-5. 2010 ez tax form If you are not having enough tax withheld, line 6 of Worksheet 1-7 will show you how much more to have withheld each payday. 2010 ez tax form For ways to increase the amount of tax withheld, see How Do You Increase Your Withholding? If line 5 of Worksheet 1-7 shows that you are having more tax withheld than necessary, see How Do You Decrease Your Withholding, for ways to decrease the amount of tax you have withheld each payday. 2010 ez tax form How Do You Increase Your Withholding? There are two ways to increase your withholding. 2010 ez tax form You can: Decrease the number of allowances you claim on Form W-4, or Enter an additional amount that you want withheld from each paycheck on Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form Requesting an additional amount withheld. 2010 ez tax form   You can request that an additional amount be withheld from each paycheck by following these steps. 2010 ez tax form Complete Worksheets 1-5 and 1-7. 2010 ez tax form Complete a new Form W-4 if the amount on Worksheet 1-7, line 5: Is more than you want to pay with your tax return or in estimated tax payments throughout the year, or Would cause you to pay a penalty when you file your tax return for 2014. 2010 ez tax form Enter on your new Form W-4, the same number of withholding allowances your employer now uses for your withholding. 2010 ez tax form This is the number of allowances you entered on the last Form W-4 you gave your employer. 2010 ez tax form Enter on your new Form W-4, the amount from Worksheet 1-7, line 6. 2010 ez tax form Give your newly completed Form W-4 to your employer. 2010 ez tax form   If you have this additional amount withheld from your pay each payday, you should avoid owing a large amount at the end of the year. 2010 ez tax form Example. 2010 ez tax form Early in 2014, Steve Miller used Worksheets 1-5, 1-6, and 1-7 to project his 2014 tax liability ($4,316) and his withholding for the year ($3,516). 2010 ez tax form Steve's tax will be underwithheld by $800 ($4,316 − $3,516). 2010 ez tax form His choices are to pay this amount when he files his 2014 tax return, make estimated tax payments, or increase his withholding now. 2010 ez tax form Steve gets a new Form W-4 from his employer, who tells him that there are 50 paydays remaining in 2014. 2010 ez tax form Steve completes the new Form W-4 as before, entering the same number of withholding allowances as before, but, in addition, entering $16 ($800 ÷ 50) on the form as the additional amount to be withheld from his pay each payday. 2010 ez tax form He gives the completed form to his employer. 2010 ez tax form What if I have more than one job or my spouse also has a job?   You are more likely to need to increase your withholding if you have more than one job or if you are married filing jointly and your spouse also works. 2010 ez tax form If this is the case, you can increase your withholding for one or more of the jobs. 2010 ez tax form   You can apply the amount on Worksheet 1-7, line 5, to only one job or divide it between the jobs any way you wish. 2010 ez tax form For each job, determine the extra amount that you want to apply to that job and divide that amount by the number of paydays remaining in 2014 for that job. 2010 ez tax form This will give you the additional amount to enter on the Form W-4 you will file for that job. 2010 ez tax form You need to give your employer a new Form W-4 for each job for which you are changing your withholding. 2010 ez tax form Example. 2010 ez tax form Meg Green works in a store and earns $46,000 a year. 2010 ez tax form Her husband, John, works full-time in manufacturing and earns $68,000 a year. 2010 ez tax form In 2014, they will also have $184 in taxable interest and $1,000 of other taxable income. 2010 ez tax form They expect to file a joint income tax return. 2010 ez tax form Meg and John complete Worksheets 1-5, 1-6, and 1-7. 2010 ez tax form Line 5 of Worksheet 1-7 shows that they will owe an additional $4,459 after subtracting their withholding for the year. 2010 ez tax form They can divide the $4,459 any way they want. 2010 ez tax form They can enter an additional amount on either of their Forms W-4, or divide it between them. 2010 ez tax form They decide to have the additional amount withheld from John's wages, so they enter $91 ($4,459 ÷ 49 remaining paydays) on his Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form Both claim the same number of allowances as before. 2010 ez tax form How Do You Decrease Your Withholding? If your completed Worksheets 1-5 and 1-7 show that you may have more tax withheld than your projected tax liability for 2014, you may be able to decrease your withholding. 2010 ez tax form There are two ways to do this. 2010 ez tax form You can: Decrease any additional amount you are having withheld, or Increase the number of allowances you claim on Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form You can claim only the number of allowances to which you are entitled. 2010 ez tax form To see if you can decrease your withholding by increasing your allowances, see the Form W-4 instructions and the rest of this publication. 2010 ez tax form Increasing the number of allowances. 2010 ez tax form   Figure and increase the number of withholding allowances you can claim as follows. 2010 ez tax form On a new Form W-4, complete the Personal Allowances Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form If you plan to itemize deductions, claim adjustments to income, or claim tax credits, complete a new Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form If you plan to claim tax credits, see Converting Credits to Withholding Allowances, later. 2010 ez tax form If you meet the criteria on line H of the Form W-4 Personal Allowances Worksheet, complete a new Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form If the number of allowances you can claim on Form W-4, is different from the number you already are claiming, give the newly completed Form W-4 to your employer. 2010 ez tax form Converting Credits to Withholding Allowances Table 1-2 , later, shows many of the tax credits you may be able to use to decrease your withholding. 2010 ez tax form The Form W-4 Personal Allowances Worksheet provides only rough adjustments for the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit. 2010 ez tax form Complete Worksheet 1-8 to figure these credits more accurately and also take other credits into account. 2010 ez tax form Include the amount from line 12 of Worksheet 1-8 in the total on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form Then complete the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet and the rest of Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form If you take the child and dependent care credit into account on Worksheet 1-8, enter -0- on line F of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form If you take the child tax credit into account on Worksheet 1-8, enter -0- on line G of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form Example. 2010 ez tax form Brett and Alyssa Davis are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. 2010 ez tax form Their expected taxable income from all sources is $68,000. 2010 ez tax form They expect to have $15,900 of itemized deductions. 2010 ez tax form Their projected tax credits include a child and dependent care credit of $960 and an adoption credit of $1,500. 2010 ez tax form The Davis' complete Worksheet 1-8, as follows, to see whether they can convert their tax credits into additional withholding allowances. 2010 ez tax form Line 1, expected child and dependent care credit—$960. 2010 ez tax form Line 9, expected adoption credit—$1,500. 2010 ez tax form Line 10, total estimated tax credits—$2,460. 2010 ez tax form Line 11. 2010 ez tax form Their combined total income from all sources, $68,000, falls between $42,001 and $98,000 on the table for married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er). 2010 ez tax form The number to the right of this range is 6. 2010 ez tax form 7. 2010 ez tax form Line 12, multiply line 10 by line 11—$16,482. 2010 ez tax form Then the Davis' complete the Form W-4 worksheets. 2010 ez tax form Because they choose to account for their child and dependent care credit on the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, they enter -0- on line F of the Personal Allowances Worksheet and figure a new total for line H. 2010 ez tax form They take the result on line 12 of Worksheet 1-8, add it to their other adjustments on line 5 of the Form W-4 Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, and complete the Form W-4 worksheets. 2010 ez tax form When Will Your New Form W-4 Go Into Effect? If the change is for the current year, your employer must put your new Form W-4 into effect no later than the start of the first payroll period ending on or after the 30th day after the day on which you give your employer your revised Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form If the change is for next year, your new Form W-4 will not take effect until next year. 2010 ez tax form Retirees Returning to the Workforce When you first began receiving your pension, you told the payer how much tax to withhold, if any, by completing Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments (or similar form). 2010 ez tax form However, if your retirement pay is from the military or certain deferred compensation plans, you completed Form W-4 instead of Form W-4P. 2010 ez tax form You completed either form based on your projected income at that time. 2010 ez tax form Now that you are returning to the workforce, your new Form W-4 (given to your employer) and your Form W-4 or W-4P (on file with your pension plan) must work together to determine the correct amount of withholding for your new amount of income. 2010 ez tax form The worksheets that come with Forms W-4 and W-4P are basically the same, so you can use either set of worksheets to figure out how many withholding allowances you are entitled to claim. 2010 ez tax form Start off with the Personal Allowances Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form Then, if you will be itemizing your deductions, claiming adjustments to income, or claiming tax credits when you file your tax return, complete the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form The third worksheet is the most important for this situation. 2010 ez tax form Form W-4 calls it the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, Form W-4P calls it the Multiple Pensions/More-Than-One-Income Worksheet—both are the same. 2010 ez tax form If you have more than one source of income, in order to have enough withholding to cover the tax on your higher income, you may need to claim fewer withholding allowances or request your employer to withhold an additional amount from each paycheck. 2010 ez tax form Once you have figured out how many allowances you are entitled to claim, look at the income from both your pension and your new job, and how often you receive payments. 2010 ez tax form It is your decision how to divide up your withholding allowances between these sources of income. 2010 ez tax form For example, you may want to “take home” most of your weekly paycheck to use as spending money and use your monthly pension to “pay the bills. 2010 ez tax form ” In that case, change your Form W-4P to zero allowances and claim all that you are entitled to on your Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form There are a couple of ways you can get a better idea of how much tax will be withheld when claiming a certain number of allowances. 2010 ez tax form Use the withholding tables in Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. 2010 ez tax form Contact your pension provider and your employer's payroll department. 2010 ez tax form And remember, this is not a final decision. 2010 ez tax form If you do not get the correct amount of withholding with the first Forms W-4 and W-4P you submit, you should refigure your allowances (or divide them differently) using the information and worksheets in this publication, or the resources mentioned above. 2010 ez tax form You should go through this same process each time your life situation changes, whether it be for personal or financial reasons. 2010 ez tax form You may need more tax withheld, or you may need less. 2010 ez tax form Table 1-2. 2010 ez tax form Tax Credits for 2014 For more information about the . 2010 ez tax form . 2010 ez tax form . 2010 ez tax form See . 2010 ez tax form . 2010 ez tax form . 2010 ez tax form Adoption credit Form 8839 instructions Child and dependent care expenses, credit for Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses Child tax credit (including the additional child tax credit) Instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A Earned income credit Publication 596, Earned Income Credit Education credits Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education Elderly or the disabled, credit for the Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Foreign tax credit (except any credit that applies to wages not subject to U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form income tax withholding because they are subject to income tax withholding by a foreign country) Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals General business credit Form 3800, General Business Credit Mortgage interest credit Publication 530, Tax Information for First-Time Homeowners Qualified electric vehicle passive activity credit Form 8834 Prior year minimum tax, credit for (if you paid alternative minimum tax in an earlier year) Form 8801 instructions Retirement savings contributions credit (saver's credit) Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) Tax credit bonds, credit to holders of Form 8912 instructions Completing Form W-4 and Worksheets When reading the following discussion, you may find it helpful to refer to Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form Marital Status There is a lower withholding rate for people who qualify to check the “Married” box on line 3 of Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form Everyone else must have tax withheld at the higher single rate. 2010 ez tax form Single. 2010 ez tax form   You must check the “Single” box if any of the following applies. 2010 ez tax form You are single. 2010 ez tax form If you are divorced, or separated from your spouse under a court decree of separate maintenance, you are considered single. 2010 ez tax form You are married, but neither you nor your spouse is a citizen or resident of the United States. 2010 ez tax form You are married, either you or your spouse is a nonresident alien, and you have not chosen to have that person treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. 2010 ez tax form For more information, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1 of Publication 519. 2010 ez tax form Married. 2010 ez tax form   You qualify to check the “Married” box if any of the following applies. 2010 ez tax form You are married and neither you nor your spouse is a nonresident alien. 2010 ez tax form You are considered married for the whole year even if your spouse died during the year. 2010 ez tax form You are married and either you or your spouse is a nonresident alien who has chosen to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. 2010 ez tax form For more information, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1 of Publication 519. 2010 ez tax form You expect to be able to file your return as a qualifying widow or widower. 2010 ez tax form You usually can use this filing status if your spouse died within the previous 2 years and you provide more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the entire year that was the main home for you and your child whom you can claim as a dependent. 2010 ez tax form However, you must file a new Form W-4 showing your filing status as single by December 1 of the last year you are eligible to file as a qualifying widow or widower. 2010 ez tax form For more information on this filing status, see Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child under Filing Status in Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. 2010 ez tax form Married, but withhold at higher single rate. 2010 ez tax form   Some married people find that they do not have enough tax withheld at the married rate. 2010 ez tax form This can happen, for example, when both spouses work. 2010 ez tax form To avoid this, you can check the “Married, but withhold at higher Single rate” box (even if you qualify for the married rate). 2010 ez tax form Also, you may find that more tax is withheld if you fill out the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, explained later. 2010 ez tax form Withholding Allowances The more allowances you claim on Form W-4, the less income tax your employer will withhold. 2010 ez tax form You will have the most tax withheld if you claim “0” allowances. 2010 ez tax form The number of allowances you can claim depends on the following factors. 2010 ez tax form How many exemptions you can take on your tax return. 2010 ez tax form Whether you have income from more than one job. 2010 ez tax form What deductions, adjustments to income, and credits you expect to have for the year. 2010 ez tax form Whether you will file as head of household. 2010 ez tax form If you are married (filing jointly), it also depends on whether your spouse also works and claims any allowances on his or her own Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form Or, if married filing separately, whether or not your spouse also works. 2010 ez tax form Form W-4 worksheets. 2010 ez tax form    Form W-4 has worksheets to help you figure how many withholding allowances you can claim. 2010 ez tax form The worksheets are for your own records. 2010 ez tax form Do not give them to your employer. 2010 ez tax form   Complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets, no matter how many jobs you have. 2010 ez tax form If you are married and will file a joint return, complete only one set of worksheets for you and your spouse, even if you both earn wages and each must give Form W-4 to your employers. 2010 ez tax form Complete separate sets of worksheets only if you and your spouse will file separate returns. 2010 ez tax form   If you are not exempt from withholding (see Exemption From Withholding , later), complete the Personal Allowances Worksheet on page 1 of the form. 2010 ez tax form Also, use the worksheets on page 2 of the form to adjust the number of your withholding allowances for itemized deductions and adjustments to income, and for two-earner or multiple-job situations. 2010 ez tax form If you want to adjust the number of your withholding allowances for certain tax credits, use the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet on page 2 of Form W-4, even if you do not have any deductions or adjustments. 2010 ez tax form   Complete all worksheets that apply to your situation. 2010 ez tax form The worksheets will help you figure the maximum number of withholding allowances you are entitled to claim so that the amount of income tax withheld from your wages will match, as closely as possible, the amount of income tax you will owe at the end of the year. 2010 ez tax form Multiple jobs. 2010 ez tax form   If you have income from more than one job at the same time, complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets. 2010 ez tax form Then split your allowances between the Forms W-4 for each job. 2010 ez tax form You cannot claim the same allowances with more than one employer at the same time. 2010 ez tax form You can claim all your allowances with one employer and none with the other(s), or divide them any other way. 2010 ez tax form Married individuals. 2010 ez tax form   If both you and your spouse are employed and expect to file a joint return, figure your withholding allowances using your combined income, adjustments, deductions, exemptions, and credits. 2010 ez tax form Use only one set of worksheets. 2010 ez tax form You can divide your total allowances any way, but you cannot claim an allowance that your spouse also claims. 2010 ez tax form   If you and your spouse expect to file separate returns, figure your allowances using separate worksheets based on your own individual income, adjustments, deductions, exemptions, and credits. 2010 ez tax form Alternative method of figuring withholding allowances. 2010 ez tax form   You do not have to use the Form W-4 worksheets if you use a more accurate method of figuring the number of withholding allowances. 2010 ez tax form   The method you use must be based on withholding schedules, the tax rate schedules, and the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet in chapter 2. 2010 ez tax form It must take into account only the items of income, adjustments to income, deductions, and tax credits that are taken into account on Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form   You can use the number of withholding allowances determined under an alternative method rather than the number determined using the Form W-4 worksheets. 2010 ez tax form You still must give your employer a Form W-4 claiming your withholding allowances. 2010 ez tax form Employees who are not citizens or residents. 2010 ez tax form   If you are neither a citizen nor a resident of the United States, you usually can claim only one withholding allowance. 2010 ez tax form However, this rule does not apply if you are a resident of Canada or Mexico, or if you are a U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form national. 2010 ez tax form It also does not apply if your spouse is a U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form citizen or resident and you have chosen to be treated as a resident of the United States for tax purposes. 2010 ez tax form Special rules apply to residents of South Korea and India. 2010 ez tax form For more information, see Withholding From Compensation in chapter 8 of Publication 519. 2010 ez tax form Personal Allowances Worksheet Use the Personal Allowances Worksheet on page 1 of Form W-4 to figure your withholding allowances based on all of the following that apply. 2010 ez tax form Exemptions. 2010 ez tax form Only one job. 2010 ez tax form Head of household filing status. 2010 ez tax form Child and dependent care credit. 2010 ez tax form Child tax credit. 2010 ez tax form Exemptions (worksheet lines A, C, and D). 2010 ez tax form   You can claim one withholding allowance for each exemption you expect to claim on your tax return. 2010 ez tax form Self. 2010 ez tax form   You can claim an allowance for your exemption on line A unless another person can claim an exemption for you on his or her tax return. 2010 ez tax form If another person is entitled to claim an exemption for you, you cannot claim an allowance for your exemption even if the other person will not claim your exemption. 2010 ez tax form Spouse. 2010 ez tax form   You can claim an allowance for your spouse's exemption on line C unless your spouse is claiming his or her own exemption or another person can claim an exemption for your spouse. 2010 ez tax form Do not claim this allowance if you and your spouse expect to file separate returns. 2010 ez tax form Dependents. 2010 ez tax form   You can claim one allowance on line D for each exemption you will claim for a dependent on your tax return. 2010 ez tax form Only one job (worksheet line B). 2010 ez tax form    You can claim an additional withholding allowance if any of the following apply for 2014. 2010 ez tax form You are single and you have only one job at a time. 2010 ez tax form You are married, you have only one job at a time, and your spouse does not work. 2010 ez tax form Your wages from a second job or your spouse's wages (or the total of both) are $1,500 or less. 2010 ez tax form If you qualify for this allowance, enter “1” on line B of the worksheet. 2010 ez tax form Head of household filing status (worksheet line E). 2010 ez tax form   Generally, you can file as head of household if you are unmarried and pay more than half the cost of keeping up a home that: Was the main home for all of 2014 of your parent whom you can claim as a dependent, or You lived in for more than half the year with your qualifying child or any other person you can claim as a dependent. 2010 ez tax form For more information, see Publication 501. 2010 ez tax form   If you expect to file as head of household on your 2014 tax return, enter “1” on line E of the worksheet. 2010 ez tax form Reduction of personal allowances. 2010 ez tax form   For 2014, your deduction for personal exemptions on your tax return is reduced if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than the AGI shown next for your filing status. 2010 ez tax form Personal Allowance Phaseout Threshold Single $254,200 Married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $305,050 Married filing separately $152,525 Head of household $279,650   If you expect your AGI to be more than the amount listed, use Worksheet 1-1 to figure your reduced number of personal allowances on lines A, C, and D of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form Worksheet 1-1. 2010 ez tax form Personal Allowances Worksheet (Form W-4) Reduction of Personal Allowances if AGI Above Phaseout Threshold 1. 2010 ez tax form Enter the total amount of allowances on lines A, C, and D of the Personal Allowance Worksheet without regard to the phaseout rule 1. 2010 ez tax form   2. 2010 ez tax form Enter your expected AGI 2. 2010 ez tax form       3. 2010 ez tax form Enter $254,200 if single $305,050 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $152,525 if married filing separately $279,650 if head of household 3. 2010 ez tax form       4. 2010 ez tax form Subtract line 3 from line 2 4. 2010 ez tax form       5. 2010 ez tax form Divide line 4 by $125,000 ($62,500 if married filing separately). 2010 ez tax form Enter the result as a decimal 5. 2010 ez tax form   6. 2010 ez tax form Multiply line 1 by line 5. 2010 ez tax form If the result is not a whole number, increase it to the next higher whole number 6. 2010 ez tax form   7. 2010 ez tax form Subtract line 6 from line 1. 2010 ez tax form The total of the numbers you enter on A, C, and D of the Personal Allowances Worksheet can not be more than this amount 7. 2010 ez tax form     Child and dependent care credit (worksheet line F). 2010 ez tax form   Enter “1” on line F if you expect to claim a credit for at least $2,000 of qualifying child or dependent care expenses on your 2014 return. 2010 ez tax form Generally, qualifying expenses are those you pay for the care of your dependent who is your qualifying child under age 13 or for your spouse or dependent who is not able to care for himself or herself so that you can work or look for work. 2010 ez tax form For more information, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. 2010 ez tax form   Instead of using line F, you can choose to take the credit into account on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, as explained under Tax credits , later. 2010 ez tax form Child tax credit (worksheet line G). 2010 ez tax form   If your total income will be less than $65,000 ($95,000 if married), enter “2” on line G for each eligible child. 2010 ez tax form Subtract “1” from that amount if you have three to six eligible children. 2010 ez tax form Subtract “2” from that amount if you have seven or more eligible children. 2010 ez tax form   If your total income will be between $65,000 and $84,000 ($95,000 and $119,000 if married), enter “1” on line G for each eligible child. 2010 ez tax form   An eligible child is any child: Who is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew), Who will be under age 17 at the end of 2014, Who is younger than you (or your spouse if filing jointly) or permanently and totally disabled, Who will not provide over half of his or her own support for 2014, Who will not file a joint return, unless the return is filed only as a claim for refund, Who will live with you for more than half of 2014, Who is a U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form citizen, U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form national, or U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form resident alien, and Who will be claimed as a dependent on your return. 2010 ez tax form If you are a U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form citizen or U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form national and your adopted child lived with you all year as a member of your household, that child meets the citizenship test. 2010 ez tax form   Also, if any other person can claim the child as an eligible child, see Qualifying child of more than one person in the 2013 instructions for Form 1040 or 1040A, line 6c. 2010 ez tax form   For more information about the child tax credit, see the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A. 2010 ez tax form   Instead of using line G, you can choose to take the credit into account on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, as explained under Tax credits , later. 2010 ez tax form Total personal allowances (worksheet line H). 2010 ez tax form    Add lines A through G and enter the total on line H. 2010 ez tax form If you do not use either of the worksheets on the back of Form W-4, enter the number from line H on line 5 of Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet Use the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet on page 2 of Form W-4 if you plan to itemize your deductions, claim certain credits, or claim adjustments to the income on your 2014 tax return and you want to reduce your withholding. 2010 ez tax form Also, complete this worksheet when you have changes to those items to see if you need to change your withholding. 2010 ez tax form Use the amount of each item you reasonably can expect to show on your return. 2010 ez tax form However, do not use more than: The amount shown for that item on your 2013 return (or your 2012 return if you have not yet filed your 2013 return), plus Any additional amount related to a transaction or occurrence (such as payments already made, the signing of an agreement, or the sale of property) that you can prove has happened or will happen during 2013 or 2014. 2010 ez tax form Do not include any amount shown on your last tax return that has been disallowed by the IRS. 2010 ez tax form Example. 2010 ez tax form On June 30, 2013, you bought your first home. 2010 ez tax form On your 2013 tax return, you claimed itemized deductions of $6,600, the total mortgage interest and real estate tax you paid during the 6 months you owned your home. 2010 ez tax form Based on your mortgage payment schedule and your real estate tax assessment, you reasonably can expect to claim deductions of $13,200 for those items on your 2014 return. 2010 ez tax form You can use $13,200 to figure the number of your withholding allowances for itemized deductions. 2010 ez tax form Not itemizing deductions. 2010 ez tax form   If you expect to claim the standard deduction on your tax return, skip lines 1 and 2, and enter “0” on line 3 of the worksheet. 2010 ez tax form Itemized deductions (worksheet line 1). 2010 ez tax form   Enter your estimated total itemized deductions on line 1 of the worksheet. 2010 ez tax form   Listed below are some of the deductions you can take into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. 2010 ez tax form You normally claim these deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040. 2010 ez tax form Medical and dental expenses that are more than 10% (7. 2010 ez tax form 5% if either you or your spouse was born before January 2, 1950) of your 2014 AGI (defined under AGI , later). 2010 ez tax form State and local income or property taxes. 2010 ez tax form Deductible home mortgage interest. 2010 ez tax form Investment interest up to net investment income. 2010 ez tax form Charitable contributions. 2010 ez tax form Casualty and theft losses that are more than $100 and 10% of your AGI. 2010 ez tax form Fully deductible miscellaneous itemized deductions, including: Impairment-related work expenses of persons with disabilities, Federal estate tax on income in respect of a decedent, Repayment of more than $3,000 of income held under a claim of right that you included in income in an earlier year because at the time you thought you had an unrestricted right to it, Unrecovered investments in an annuity contract under which payments have ceased because of the annuitant's death, Gambling losses up to the amount of gambling winnings reported on your return, and Casualty and theft losses from  income-producing property. 2010 ez tax form Other miscellaneous itemized deductions that are more than 2% of your AGI, including: Unreimbursed employee business expenses, such as education expenses, work clothes and uniforms, union dues and fees, and the cost of work-related small tools and supplies, Safe deposit box rental, Tax counsel and assistance, and Certain fees paid to an IRA trustee or custodian. 2010 ez tax form AGI. 2010 ez tax form   For the purpose of estimating your itemized deductions, your AGI is your estimated total income for 2014 minus any estimated adjustments to income (discussed later) that you include on line 4 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form Phaseout of itemized deductions. 2010 ez tax form   For 2014, your total itemized deductions may be phased out (reduced) if your AGI is more than the following thresholds. 2010 ez tax form    Itemized Deduction Phaseout Threshold Single $254,200 Married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $305,050 Married filing separately $152,525 Head of household $279,650   If you expect your AGI to be more than the amount listed, use Worksheet 1–2 to figure your reduction in itemized deductions. 2010 ez tax form Worksheet 1-2. 2010 ez tax form Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 1 Phaseout of Itemized Deductions 1. 2010 ez tax form Enter the estimated total of your itemized deductions 1. 2010 ez tax form   2. 2010 ez tax form Enter the amount included in line 1 for medical and dental expenses, investment interest, casualty or theft losses, and gambling losses 2. 2010 ez tax form   3. 2010 ez tax form Is the amount on line 2 less than the amount on line 1? ❑ No. 2010 ez tax form Stop here. 2010 ez tax form Your deduction is not limited. 2010 ez tax form Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form  ❑ Yes. 2010 ez tax form Subtract line 2 from line 1. 2010 ez tax form 3. 2010 ez tax form       4. 2010 ez tax form Multiply line 3 by 80% (. 2010 ez tax form 80) 4. 2010 ez tax form       5. 2010 ez tax form Enter your expected AGI 5. 2010 ez tax form       6. 2010 ez tax form Enter $305,050 If married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), $279,650 if head of household, $254,200 if single, or $152,525 if married filing separately 6. 2010 ez tax form   7. 2010 ez tax form Is the amount on line 6 less than the amount on line 5? ❑ No. 2010 ez tax form Stop here. 2010 ez tax form Your deduction is not limited. 2010 ez tax form Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form  ❑ Yes. 2010 ez tax form Subtract line 6 from line 5. 2010 ez tax form 7. 2010 ez tax form       8. 2010 ez tax form Multiply line 7 by 3% (. 2010 ez tax form 03) 8. 2010 ez tax form       9. 2010 ez tax form Enter the smaller of line 4 or line 8 9. 2010 ez tax form     10. 2010 ez tax form Subtract line 9 from line 1. 2010 ez tax form Enter the result here and on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet 10. 2010 ez tax form     Adjustments to income (worksheet line 4). 2010 ez tax form   Enter your estimated total adjustments to income on line 4 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form   You can take the following adjustments to income into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. 2010 ez tax form These adjustments appear on page 1 of your Form 1040 or 1040A. 2010 ez tax form Net losses from Schedules C, D, E, and F of Form 1040 and from Part II of Form 4797, line 18b. 2010 ez tax form Net operating loss carryovers. 2010 ez tax form Certain business expenses of reservists, performing artists, and fee-based government officials. 2010 ez tax form Health savings account or medical savings account deduction. 2010 ez tax form Certain moving expenses. 2010 ez tax form Deduction for self-employment tax. 2010 ez tax form Deduction for contributions to self-employed SEP, and qualified SIMPLE plans. 2010 ez tax form Self-employed health insurance deduction. 2010 ez tax form Penalty on early withdrawal of savings. 2010 ez tax form Alimony paid. 2010 ez tax form IRA deduction. 2010 ez tax form Student loan interest deduction. 2010 ez tax form Jury duty pay given to your employer. 2010 ez tax form Reforestation amortization and expenses. 2010 ez tax form Deductible expenses related to income reported on line 21 from the rental of personal property engaged in for profit. 2010 ez tax form Repayment of certain supplemental unemployment benefits. 2010 ez tax form Contributions to IRC 501(c)(18)(D) pension plans. 2010 ez tax form Contributions by certain chaplains to IRC 403(b) plans. 2010 ez tax form Attorney fees and court costs for certain unlawful discrimination claims. 2010 ez tax form Attorney fees and court costs for certain whistleblower awards. 2010 ez tax form Estimated amount of decrease in tax attributable to income averaging using Schedule J (Form 1040). 2010 ez tax form Tax credits (worksheet line 5). 2010 ez tax form   Although you can take most tax credits into account when figuring withholding allowances, the Personal Allowances Worksheet uses only the child and dependent care credit (line F) and the child tax credit (line G). 2010 ez tax form But you can take these credits and others into account by adding an extra amount on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form   If you take the child and dependent care credit into account on line 5, do not use line F. 2010 ez tax form If you take the child tax credit into account on line 5, do not use line G. 2010 ez tax form   In addition to the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit, you can generally take into account the following credits. 2010 ez tax form See the individual tax form instructions for more details. 2010 ez tax form Foreign tax credit, except any credit that applies to wages not subject to U. 2010 ez tax form S. 2010 ez tax form income tax withholding because they are subject to income tax withholding by a foreign country. 2010 ez tax form See Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals. 2010 ez tax form Credit for the elderly or the disabled. 2010 ez tax form See Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. 2010 ez tax form Education credits. 2010 ez tax form See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. 2010 ez tax form Retirement savings contributions credit (saver's credit). 2010 ez tax form See Publication 590. 2010 ez tax form Mortgage interest credit. 2010 ez tax form See Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. 2010 ez tax form Adoption credit. 2010 ez tax form See the Instructions for Form 8839. 2010 ez tax form Credit for nonrefundable portion of prior year minimum tax if you paid alternative minimum tax in an earlier year. 2010 ez tax form See the Instructions for Form 8801. 2010 ez tax form General business credit. 2010 ez tax form See the Instructions for Form 3800. 2010 ez tax form Earned income credit. 2010 ez tax form See Publication 596. 2010 ez tax form Figuring line 5 entry. 2010 ez tax form   To figure the amount to add on line 5 for tax credits, multiply your estimated total credits by the appropriate number from Table 1-3 . 2010 ez tax form Example. 2010 ez tax form You are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. 2010 ez tax form Your combined estimated wages are $68,000. 2010 ez tax form Your estimated tax credits include a child and dependent care credit of $960 and a mortgage interest credit of $1,700 (total credits = $2,660). 2010 ez tax form In Table 1-3, the number corresponding to your combined estimated wages ($42,001 – $98,000) is 6. 2010 ez tax form 7. 2010 ez tax form Multiply your total estimated tax credits of $2,660 by 6. 2010 ez tax form 7. 2010 ez tax form Add the result, $17,822, to the amount you otherwise would show on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet and enter the total on line 5. 2010 ez tax form Because you choose to account for your child and dependent care credit this way, do not make an entry on line F of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. 2010 ez tax form Nonwage income (worksheet line 6). 2010 ez tax form   Enter on line 6 your estimated total nonwage income (other than tax-exempt income). 2010 ez tax form Nonwage income includes interest, dividends, net rental income, unemployment compensation, alimony, gambling winnings, prizes and awards, hobby income, capital gains, royalties, and partnership income. 2010 ez tax form   If line 6 is more than line 5, you may not have enough income tax withheld from your wages. 2010 ez tax form See Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld , later. 2010 ez tax form Net deductions and adjustments (worksheet line 8). 2010 ez tax form    If line 7 is less than $3,950, enter “0” on line 8. 2010 ez tax form If line 7 is $3,950 or more, divide it by $3,950, drop any fraction, and enter the result on line 8. 2010 ez tax form Example. 2010 ez tax form If line 7 is $5,200, $5,200 ÷ $3,950 = 1. 2010 ez tax form 32. 2010 ez tax form Drop the fraction (. 2010 ez tax form 32) and enter “1” on line 8. 2010 ez tax form Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet Complete the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet on page 2 of Form W-4 if you have more than one job or are married and you and your spouse both work and the combined earnings from all jobs are more than $50,000 ($20,000 if married). 2010 ez tax form Reducing your allowances (worksheet lines 1-3). 2010 ez tax form   On line 1 of the worksheet, enter the number from line H of the Personal Allowances Worksheet (or line 10 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, if used). 2010 ez tax form Using Table 1 in the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, find the number listed beside the amount of your estimated wages for the year from your lowest paying job (or if lower and you are filing jointly, your spouse's job). 2010 ez tax form Enter that number on line 2. 2010 ez tax form However, if you are married filing jointly and estimated wages from the highest paying job are $65,000 or less, do not enter more than “3. 2010 ez tax form ”    Table 1-3. 2010 ez tax form Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 5 a. 2010 ez tax form  Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er) If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 42,000 10. 2010 ez tax form 0 $42,001 – 98,000 6. 2010 ez tax form 7 $98,001 – 180,000 4. 2010 ez tax form 0 $180,001 – 270,000 3. 2010 ez tax form 6 $270,001 – 440,000 3. 2010 ez tax form 0 $440,001 – 490,000. 2010 ez tax form . 2010 ez tax form . 2010 ez tax form . 2010 ez tax form 2. 2010 ez tax form 9 $490,001 and over 2. 2010 ez tax form 5 b. 2010 ez tax form  Single If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 19,000 10. 2010 ez tax form 0 $19,001 – 47,000 6. 2010 ez tax form 7 $47,001 – 104,000 4. 2010 ez tax form 0 $104,001 – 205,000 3. 2010 ez tax form 6 $205,001 – 430,000 3. 2010 ez tax form 0 $430,001 and over 2. 2010 ez tax form 5 c. 2010 ez tax form  Head of Household If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 30,000 10. 2010 ez tax form 0 $30,001 – 66,000 6. 2010 ez tax form 7 $66,001 – 150,000 4. 2010 ez tax form 0 $150,001 – 235,000 3. 2010 ez tax form 6 $235,001 – 430,000 3. 2010 ez tax form 0 $430,001 – 460,000 2. 2010 ez tax form 9 $460,001 and over 2. 2010 ez tax form 5 d. 2010 ez tax form  Married Filing Separately   If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 21,000 10. 2010 ez tax form 0 $21,001 – 49,000 6. 2010 ez tax form 7 $49,001 – 90,000 4. 2010 ez tax form 0 $90,001 – 135,000 3. 2010 ez tax form 6 $135,001 – 220,000 3. 2010 ez tax form 0 $220,001 – 245,000 2. 2010 ez tax form 9 $245,001 and over 2. 2010 ez tax form 5   Subtract line 2 from line 1 and enter the result (but not less than zero) on line 3 and on Form W-4, line 5. 2010 ez tax form If line 1 is more than or equal to line 2, do not use the rest of the worksheet. 2010 ez tax form   If line 1 is less than line 2, enter “0” on Form W-4, line 5. 2010 ez tax form Then complete lines 4 through 9 of the worksheet to figure the additional withholding needed to avoid underwithholding. 2010 ez tax form Other amounts owed. 2010 ez tax form   If you expect to owe amounts other than income tax, such as self-employment tax, include them on line 8. 2010 ez tax form The total is the additional withholding needed for the year. 2010 ez tax form Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld In most situations, the tax withheld from your pay will be close to the tax you figure on your return if you follow these two rules. 2010 ez tax form You accurately complete all the Form W-4 worksheets that apply to you. 2010 ez tax form You give your employer a new Form W-4 when changes occur. 2010 ez tax form But because the worksheets and withholding methods do not account for all possible situations, you may not be getting the right amount withheld. 2010 ez tax form This is most likely to happen in the following situations. 2010 ez tax form You are married and both you and your spouse work. 2010 ez tax form You have more than one job at a time. 2010 ez tax form You have nonwage income, such as interest, dividends, alimony, unemployment compensation, or self-employment income. 2010 ez tax form You will owe additional amounts with your return, such as self-employment tax. 2010 ez tax form Your withholding is based on obsolete Form W-4 information for a substantial part of the year. 2010 ez tax form Your earnings are more than $130,000 if you are single or $180,000 if you are married. 2010 ez tax form You work only part of the year. 2010 ez tax form You change the number of your withholding allowances during the year. 2010 ez tax form You are subject to Additional Medicare Tax or Net Investment Income Tax. 2010 ez tax form If you anticipate liability for Additional Medicare Tax or Net Investment Income Tax, you may request that your employer withhold an additional amount of income tax withholding on Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form Part-Year Method If you work only part of the year and your employer agrees to use the part-year withholding method, less tax will be withheld from each wage payment than would be withheld if you worked all year. 2010 ez tax form To be eligible for the part-year method, you must meet both of the following requirements. 2010 ez tax form You must use the calendar year (the 12 months from January 1 through December 31) as your tax year. 2010 ez tax form You cannot use a fiscal year. 2010 ez tax form You must not expect to be employed for more than 245 days during the year. 2010 ez tax form To figure this limit, count all calendar days that you are employed (including weekends, vacations, and sick days) beginning with the first day you are on the job for pay and ending with your last day of work. 2010 ez tax form If you are temporarily laid off for 30 days or less, count those days too. 2010 ez tax form If you are laid off for more than 30 days, do not count those days. 2010 ez tax form You will not meet this requirement if you begin working before May 1 and expect to work for the rest of the year. 2010 ez tax form How to apply for the part-year method. 2010 ez tax form   You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. 2010 ez tax form The request must state all three of the following. 2010 ez tax form The date of your last day of work for any prior employer during the current calendar year. 2010 ez tax form That you do not expect to be employed more than 245 days during the current calendar year. 2010 ez tax form That you use the calendar year as your tax year. 2010 ez tax form Cumulative Wage Method If you change the number of your withholding allowances during the year, too much or too little tax may have been withheld for the period before you made the change. 2010 ez tax form You may be able to compensate for this if your employer agrees to use the cumulative wage withholding method for the rest of the year. 2010 ez tax form You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. 2010 ez tax form To be eligible, you must have been paid for the same kind of payroll period (weekly, biweekly, etc. 2010 ez tax form ) since the beginning of the year. 2010 ez tax form Aids for Figuring Your Withholding IRS Withholding Calculator. 2010 ez tax form   If you had too much or too little income tax withheld from your pay, the IRS provides a withholding calculator on its website. 2010 ez tax form Go to www. 2010 ez tax form irs. 2010 ez tax form gov/Individuals/IRS-Withholding-Calculator. 2010 ez tax form It can help you determine the correct amount to be withheld any time during the year. 2010 ez tax form Rules Your Employer Must Follow It may be helpful for you to know some of the withholding rules your employer must follow. 2010 ez tax form These rules can affect how to fill out your Form W-4 and how to handle problems that may arise. 2010 ez tax form New Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form   When you start a new job, your employer should give you a Form W-4 to fill out. 2010 ez tax form Beginning with your first payday, your employer will use the information you give on the form to figure your withholding. 2010 ez tax form   If you later fill out a new Form W-4, your employer can put it into effect as soon as possible. 2010 ez tax form The deadline for putting it into effect is the start of the first payroll period ending 30 or more days after you turn it in. 2010 ez tax form No Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form   If you do not give your employer a completed Form W-4, your employer must withhold at the highest rate, as if you were single and claimed no withholding allowances. 2010 ez tax form Repaying withheld tax. 2010 ez tax form   If you find you are having too much tax withheld because you did not claim all the withholding allowances you are entitled to, you should give your employer a new Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form Your employer cannot repay any of the tax previously withheld. 2010 ez tax form Instead, claim the full amount withheld when you file your tax return. 2010 ez tax form   However, if your employer has withheld more than the correct amount of tax for the Form W-4 you have in effect, you do not have to fill out a new Form W-4 to have your withholding lowered to the correct amount. 2010 ez tax form Your employer can repay the amount that was withheld incorrectly. 2010 ez tax form If you are not repaid, your Form W-2 will reflect the full amount actually withheld, which you would claim when you file your tax return. 2010 ez tax form IRS review of your withholding. 2010 ez tax form   Whether you are entitled to claim a certain number of allowances or a complete exemption from withholding is subject to review by the IRS. 2010 ez tax form Your employer may be required to send a copy of the Form W-4 to the IRS. 2010 ez tax form There is a penalty for supplying false information on Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form See Penalties , later. 2010 ez tax form   If the IRS determines that you cannot claim more than a specified number of withholding allowances or claim a complete exemption from withholding, the IRS will issue a notice of the maximum number of withholding allowances permitted (commonly referred to as a “lock-in letter”) to both you and your employer. 2010 ez tax form   The IRS will provide a period of time during which you can dispute the determination before your employer adjusts your withholding. 2010 ez tax form If you believe that you are entitled to claim complete exemption from withholding or claim more withholding allowances than the maximum number specified by the IRS in the lock-in letter, you must submit a new Form W-4 and a written statement to support your claims to the IRS. 2010 ez tax form Contact information (a toll-free number and an IRS office address) will be provided in the lock-in letter. 2010 ez tax form At the end of this period, if you have not responded or if your response is not adequate, your employer will be required to withhold based on the original lock-in letter. 2010 ez tax form   After the lock-in letter takes effect, your employer must withhold tax on the basis of the withholding rate (marital status) and maximum number of withholding allowances specified in that letter. 2010 ez tax form   If you later believe that you are entitled to claim exemption from withholding or more allowances than the IRS determined, you can complete a new Form W-4 and a written statement to support the claims made on the Form W-4 and send them directly to the IRS address shown on the lock-in letter. 2010 ez tax form Your employer must continue to figure your withholding on the basis of the number of allowances previously determined by the IRS until the IRS advises your employer otherwise. 2010 ez tax form   At any time, either before or after the lock-in letter becomes effective, you may give your employer a new Form W-4 that does not claim complete exemption from withholding and results in more income tax withheld than specified in the lock-in letter. 2010 ez tax form Your employer must then withhold tax based on this new Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form   Additional information is available at IRS. 2010 ez tax form gov. 2010 ez tax form Enter “withholding compliance questions” in the search box. 2010 ez tax form Exemption From Withholding If you claim exemption from withholding, your employer will not withhold federal income tax from your wages. 2010 ez tax form The exemption applies only to income tax, not to social security or Medicare tax. 2010 ez tax form You can claim exemption from withholding for 2014 only if both of the following situations apply. 2010 ez tax form For 2013 you had a right to a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you had no tax liability. 2010 ez tax form For 2014 you expect a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you expect to have no tax liability. 2010 ez tax form Use Figure 1-A to help you decide whether you can claim exemption from withholding. 2010 ez tax form Do not use Figure 1-A if you: Are 65 or older, Are blind, Will itemize deductions on your 2014 return, Will claim an exemption for a dependent on your 2014 return, or Will claim any tax credits on your 2014 return. 2010 ez tax form These situations are discussed later. 2010 ez tax form Students. 2010 ez tax form   If you are a student, you are not automatically exempt. 2010 ez tax form If you work only part time or during the summer, you may qualify for exemption from withholding. 2010 ez tax form Example 1. 2010 ez tax form You are a high school student and expect to earn $2,500 from a summer job. 2010 ez tax form You do not expect to have any other income during the year, and your parents will be able to claim an exemption for you on their tax return. 2010 ez tax form You worked last summer and had $375 federal income tax withheld from your pay. 2010 ez tax form The entire $375 was refunded when you filed your 2013 return. 2010 ez tax form Using Figure 1-A, you find that you can claim exemption from withholding. 2010 ez tax form Please click here for the text description of the image. 2010 ez tax form Figure 1-A: Exemption From Withholding on Form W-4 Example 2. 2010 ez tax form The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that you also have a savings account and expect to have $400 interest income during the year. 2010 ez tax form Using Figure 1-A, you find that you cannot claim exemption from withholding because your unearned income will be more than $350 and your total income will be more than $1,000. 2010 ez tax form    You may have to file a tax return, even if you are exempt from withholding. 2010 ez tax form See Publication 501 to see whether you must file a return. 2010 ez tax form    Age 65 or older or blind. 2010 ez tax form If you are 65 or older or blind, use Worksheet 1-3 or Worksheet 1-4, to help you decide whether you can claim exemption from withholding. 2010 ez tax form Do not use either worksheet if you will itemize deductions, claim exemptions for dependents, or claim tax credits on your 2014 return. 2010 ez tax form Instead, see Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits, next. 2010 ez tax form Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits. 2010 ez tax form   If you had no tax liability for 2013, and you will: Itemize deductions, Claim an exemption for a dependent, or Claim a tax credit, use the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet (also see chapter 2), to figure your 2014 expected tax liability. 2010 ez tax form You can claim exemption from withholding only if your total expected tax liability (line 13c of the worksheet) is zero. 2010 ez tax form Claiming exemption from withholding. 2010 ez tax form   To claim exemption, you must give your employer a Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form Do not complete lines 5 and 6. 2010 ez tax form Enter “Exempt” on line 7. 2010 ez tax form   If you claim exemption, but later your situation changes so that you will have to pay income tax after all, you must file a new Form W-4 within 10 days after the change. 2010 ez tax form If you claim exemption in 2014 but you expect to owe income tax for 2015, you must file a new Form W-4 by December 1, 2014. 2010 ez tax form   Your claim of exempt status may be reviewed by the IRS. 2010 ez tax form See IRS review of your withholding , earlier. 2010 ez tax form An exemption is good for only 1 year. 2010 ez tax form   You must give your employer a new Form W-4 by February 15 each year to continue your exemption. 2010 ez tax form Supplemental Wages Supplemental wages include bonuses, commissions, overtime pay, vacation allowances, certain sick pay, and expense allowances under certain plans. 2010 ez tax form The payer can figure withholding on supplemental wages using the same method used for your regular wages. 2010 ez tax form However, if these payments are identified separately from regular wages, your employer or other payer of supplemental wages can withhold income tax from these wages at a flat rate. 2010 ez tax form Expense allowances. 2010 ez tax form   Reimbursements or other expense allowances paid by your employer under a nonaccountable plan are treated as supplemental wages. 2010 ez tax form A nonaccountable plan is a reimbursement arrangement that does not require you to account for, or prove, your business expenses to your employer or does not require you to return your employer's payments that are more than your proven expenses. 2010 ez tax form   Reimbursements or other expense allowances paid under an accountable plan that are more than your proven expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan if you do not return the excess payments within a reasonable period of time. 2010 ez tax form Accountable plan. 2010 ez tax form   To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement or allowance arrangement must include all three of the following rules. 2010 ez tax form Your expenses must have a business connection. 2010 ez tax form That is, you must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as an employee of your employer. 2010 ez tax form You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. 2010 ez tax form You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. 2010 ez tax form    An excess reimbursement or allowance is any amount you are paid that is more than the business-related expenses that you adequately accounted for to your employer. 2010 ez tax form   The definition of reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances of your situation. 2010 ez tax form However, regardless of those facts and circumstances, actions that take place within the times specified in the following list will be treated as taking place within a reasonable period of time. 2010 ez tax form You receive an advance within 30 days of the time you have an expense. 2010 ez tax form You adequately account for your expenses within 60 days after they were paid or incurred. 2010 ez tax form You return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expense was paid or incurred. 2010 ez tax form You are given a periodic statement (at least quarterly) that asks you to either return or adequately account for outstanding advances and you comply within 120 days of the statement. 2010 ez tax form Nonaccountable plan. 2010 ez tax form   Any plan that does not meet the definition of an accountable plan is considered a nonaccountable plan. 2010 ez tax form For more information about accountable and nonaccountable plans, see chapter 6 of Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. 2010 ez tax form Penalties You may have to pay a penalty of $500 if both of the following apply. 2010 ez tax form You make statements or claim withholding allowances on your Form W-4 that reduce the amount of tax withheld. 2010 ez tax form You have no reasonable basis for those statements or allowances at the time you prepare your Form W-4. 2010 ez tax form There is also a criminal penalty for willfully supplying false or fraudulent information on your Form W-4 or for willfully failing to supply information that would increase the amount withheld. 2010 ez tax form The penalty upon conviction can be either a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both. 2010 ez tax form These penalties will apply if you deliberately and knowingly falsify your Form W-4 in an attempt to reduce or eliminate the proper withholding of taxes. 2010 ez tax form A simple error or an honest mistake will not result in one of these penalties. 2010 ez tax form For example, a person who has tried to figure the number of withholding allowances correctly, but claims seven when the proper number is six, will not be charged a Form W-4 penalty. 2010 ez tax form However, see chapter 4 for information on the penalty for underpaying your tax. 2010 ez tax form Tips The tips you receive while working on your job are considered part of your pay. 2010 ez tax form You must include your tips on your tax return on the same line as your regular pay. 2010 ez tax form However, tax is not withheld directly from tip income, as it is from your regular pay. 2010 ez tax form Nevertheless, your employer will take into account the tips you report when figuring how much to withhold from your regular pay. 2010 ez tax form Reporting tips to your employer. 2010 ez tax form   If you receive tips of $20 or more in a month while working for any one employer, you must report to your employer the total amount of tips you receive on the job during the month. 2010 ez tax form The report is due by the 10th day of the following month. 2010 ez tax form   If you have more than one job, make a separate report to each employer. 2010 ez tax form Report only the tips you received while working for that employer, and only if they total $20 or more for the month. 2010 ez tax form How employer figures amount to withhold. 2010 ez tax form   The tips you report to your employer are counted as part of your income for the month you report them. 2010 ez tax form Your employer can figure your withholding in either of two ways. 2010 ez tax form By withholding at the regular rate on the sum of your pay plus your reported tips. 2010 ez tax form By withholding at the regular rate on your pay plus a percentage of your reported tips. 2010 ez tax form Not enough pay to cover taxes. 2010 ez tax form   If your regular pay is not enough for your employer to withhold all the tax (including income tax and social security and Medicare taxes (or the equivalent railroad retirement tax)) due on your pay plus your tips, you can give your employer money to cover the shortage. 2010 ez tax form   If you do not give your employer money to cover the shortage, your employer first withholds as much Medicare tax and social security or railroad retirement tax as possible, up to the proper amount, and then withholds income tax up to the full amount of your pay. 2010 ez tax form If not enough tax is withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax. 2010 ez tax form When you file your return, you also may have to pay any Medicare and social security tax or railroad retirement tax your employer could not withhold. 2010 ez tax form Tips not reported to your employer. 2010 ez tax form   On your tax return, you must report all the tips you receive during the year, even tips you do not report to your employer (this includes the value of any noncash tips you received, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value). 2010 ez tax form Make sure you are having enough tax withheld, or are paying enough estimated tax (see chapter 2), to cover all your tip income. 2010 ez tax form Allocated tips. 2010 ez tax form   If you work in a large food or beverage establishment, your employer may have to report an allocated amount of tips on your Form W-2. 2010 ez tax form   Your employer should not withhold income tax, Medicare tax, and social security or railroad retirement tax on the allocated amount. 2010 ez tax form Withholding is based only on your pay plus your reported tips. 2010 ez tax form Your employer should refund to you any incorrectly withheld tax. 2010 ez tax form More information. 2010 ez tax form   For more information on the reporting and withholding rules for tip income and on tip allocation, see Publi