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2012 Tax Amendment2012 tax amendment Publication 554 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders IntroductionVolunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. 2012 tax amendment Ordering forms and publications. 2012 tax amendment Tax questions. 2012 tax amendment What's New Alternative minimum tax exemption increased. 2012 tax amendment The AMT exemption amount has increased to $51,900 ($80,800 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er); $40,400 if married filing separately). 2012 tax amendment Earned income credit. 2012 tax amendment The maximum amount of income you can earn and still get the credit has increased. 2012 tax amendment You may be able to take the credit if you earn less than: $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly), do not have a qualifying child, and are at least 25 years old and under 65, $37,870 ($43,210 if married filing jointly), and you have one qualifying child, $43,038 ($48,378 if married filing jointly), and you have two qualifying children, or $46,227 ($51,567 if married filing jointly), and you have three or more qualifying children. 2012 tax amendment For more information, see Earned Income Credit , later. 2012 tax amendment Exemption phaseout. 2012 tax amendment You lose at least part of the benefit of your exemptions if your adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. 2012 tax amendment For 2013, the phaseout begins at $150,000 for married individuals filing separate returns; $250,000 for single individuals; $275,000 for heads of household; and $300,000 for married individuals filing joint returns or qualifying widow(er)s. 2012 tax amendment For more information, see Phaseout of Exemptions in Publication 501. 2012 tax amendment Limit on itemized deductions. 2012 tax amendment Beginning January 1, 2013, itemized deductions for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes above $150,000 may be reduced. 2012 tax amendment See Overall limitation , later. 2012 tax amendment Medical and dental expenses. 2012 tax amendment Beginning January 1, 2013, taxpayers 65 and older can deduct only the part of their medical and dental expenses that exceed 7. 2012 tax amendment 5% of their adjusted gross income (10% for taxpayers under 65). 2012 tax amendment Same-sex marriages. 2012 tax amendment If you have a same-sex spouse whom you legally married in a state (or foreign country) that recognizes same-sex marriage, you and your spouse generally must use the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status on your 2013 return, even if you and your spouse now live in a state (or foreign country) that does not recognize same-sex marriage. 2012 tax amendment For more information, see Publication 501. 2012 tax amendment Reminders Future developments. 2012 tax amendment For the latest information about developments related to Publication 554, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. 2012 tax amendment irs. 2012 tax amendment gov/pub554. 2012 tax amendment Tax return preparers. 2012 tax amendment Choose your preparer carefully. 2012 tax amendment If you pay someone to prepare your return, the preparer is required, under the law, to sign the return and fill in the other blanks in the Paid Preparer's area of your return. 2012 tax amendment Remember, however, that you are still responsible for the accuracy of every item entered on your return. 2012 tax amendment If there is any underpayment, you are responsible for paying it, plus any interest and penalty that may be due. 2012 tax amendment Sale of home by surviving spouse. 2012 tax amendment If you are an unmarried widow or widower, you may qualify to exclude up to $500,000 of any gain from the sale or exchange of your main home. 2012 tax amendment For more information, see Sale of Home , later. 2012 tax amendment Third party designee. 2012 tax amendment You can check the “Yes” box in the Third Party Designee area of your return to authorize the IRS to discuss your return with your preparer, a friend, family member, or any other person you choose. 2012 tax amendment This allows the IRS to call the person you identified as your designee to answer any questions that may arise during the processing of your return. 2012 tax amendment It also allows your designee to perform certain actions. 2012 tax amendment See your income tax return instructions for details. 2012 tax amendment Employment tax withholding. 2012 tax amendment Your wages are subject to withholding for income tax, social security tax, and Medicare tax even if you are receiving social security benefits. 2012 tax amendment Photographs of missing children. 2012 tax amendment The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 2012 tax amendment Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. 2012 tax amendment You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. 2012 tax amendment Introduction The purpose of this publication is to provide a general overview of selected topics that are of interest to older taxpayers. 2012 tax amendment The publication will help you determine if you need to file a return and, if so, what items to report on your return. 2012 tax amendment Each topic is discussed only briefly, so you will find references to other free IRS publications that provide more detail on these topics if you need it. 2012 tax amendment Table I has a list of questions you may have about filing your federal tax return. 2012 tax amendment To the right of each question is the location of the answer in this publication. 2012 tax amendment Also, at the back of this publication there is an index to help you search for the topic you need. 2012 tax amendment While most federal income tax laws apply equally to all taxpayers, regardless of age, there are some provisions that give special treatment to older taxpayers. 2012 tax amendment The following are some examples. 2012 tax amendment Higher gross income threshold for filing. 2012 tax amendment You must be age 65 or older at the end of the year to get this benefit. 2012 tax amendment You are considered age 65 on the day before your 65th birthday. 2012 tax amendment Therefore, you are considered age 65 at the end of the year if your 65th birthday is on or before January 1 of the following year. 2012 tax amendment Higher standard deduction. 2012 tax amendment If you do not itemize deductions, you are entitled to a higher standard deduction if you are age 65 or older at the end of the year. 2012 tax amendment You are considered age 65 at the end of the year if your 65th birthday is on or before January 1 of the following year. 2012 tax amendment Credit for the elderly or the disabled. 2012 tax amendment If you qualify, you may benefit from the credit for the elderly or the disabled. 2012 tax amendment To determine if you qualify and how to figure this credit, see Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled , later. 2012 tax amendment Return preparation assistance. 2012 tax amendment The IRS wants to make it easier for you to file your federal tax return. 2012 tax amendment You may find it helpful to visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), or American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax-Aide site near you. 2012 tax amendment Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. 2012 tax amendment These programs provide free help for low-income taxpayers and taxpayers age 60 or older to fill in and file their returns. 2012 tax amendment For the VITA/TCE site nearest you, contact your local IRS office. 2012 tax amendment For more information, see Free help with your tax return under How To Get Tax Help. 2012 tax amendment For the location of an AARP Tax-Aide site in your community, call 1-888-227-7669. 2012 tax amendment When asked, be ready to press in or speak your 5-digit ZIP code. 2012 tax amendment Or, you can visit their website on the Internet at www. 2012 tax amendment aarp. 2012 tax amendment org/money/taxaide. 2012 tax amendment Comments and suggestions. 2012 tax amendment We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 2012 tax amendment You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. 2012 tax amendment NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224 We respond to many letters by telephone. 2012 tax amendment Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 2012 tax amendment You can send your comments from www. 2012 tax amendment irs. 2012 tax amendment gov/formspubs/. 2012 tax amendment Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. 2012 tax amendment ” Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. 2012 tax amendment Ordering forms and publications. 2012 tax amendment Visit www. 2012 tax amendment irs. 2012 tax amendment gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. 2012 tax amendment Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 2012 tax amendment Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. 2012 tax amendment If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. 2012 tax amendment gov or call 1-800-829-1040. 2012 tax amendment We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. 2012 tax amendment Table I. 2012 tax amendment What You Should Know About Federal Taxes Note. 2012 tax amendment The following is a list of questions you may have about filling out your federal income tax return. 2012 tax amendment To the right of each question is the location of the answer in this publication. 2012 tax amendment What I Should Know Where To Find the Answer Do I need to file a return? See chapter 1. 2012 tax amendment Is my income taxable or nontaxable? If it is nontaxable, must I still report it? See chapter 2. 2012 tax amendment How do I report benefits I received from the Social Security Administration or the Railroad Retirement Board? Are these benefits taxable? See Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits in chapter 2. 2012 tax amendment Must I report the sale of my home? If I had a gain, is any part of it taxable? See Sale of Home in chapter 2. 2012 tax amendment What are some of the items that I can deduct to reduce my income? See chapters 3 and 4. 2012 tax amendment How do I report the amounts I set aside for my IRA? See Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) Contributions and Deductions in chapter 3. 2012 tax amendment Would it be better for me to claim the standard deduction or itemize my deductions? See chapter 4. 2012 tax amendment What are some of the credits I can claim to reduce my tax? See chapter 5 for discussions on the credit for the elderly or the disabled, the child and dependent care credit, and the earned income credit. 2012 tax amendment Must I make estimated tax payments? See chapter 6. 2012 tax amendment How do I contact the IRS or get more information? See chapter 7. 2012 tax amendment Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications
State and Local Consumer Agencies in North Carolina
Consumer Protection Offices
City, county, regional, and state consumer offices offer a variety of important services. They might mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, license and regulate professional service providers, provide educational materials and advocate for consumer rights. To save time, call before sending a written complaint. Ask if the office handles the type of complaint you have and if complaint forms are provided.
State Consumer Protection Offices
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
1001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1001
Phone Number: 919-707-3000
North Carolina Office of the Attorney General
North Carolina Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
Mail Service Center 9001
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
Phone Number: 919-716-6000 919-716-0058 (in Spanish)
Toll-free: 1-877-566-7226 (NC)
The officials listed in this section regulate and supervise state-chartered banks. Many of them handle or refer problems and complaints about other types of financial institutions as well. Some also answer general questions about banking and consumer credit. If you are dealing with a federally chartered bank, check Federal Agencies.
Commissioner of Banks
Website: Commissioner of Banks
Commissioner of Banks
4309 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4309
Each state has its own laws and regulations for each type of insurance. The officials listed in this section enforce these laws. Many of these offices can also provide you with information to help you make informed insurance buying decisions.
Department of Insurance
Website: Department of Insurance
Department of Insurance
Consumer Services Division
1201 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1201
Phone Number: 919-807-6750
Toll-free: 1-800-546-5664 (NC)
Each state has its own laws and regulations for securities brokers and securities - including stocks, mutual funds, commodities, real estate, etc. The officials and agencies listed in this section enforce these laws and regulations. Many of these offices can also provide information to help you make informed investment decisions.
State Utility Commissions regulate services and rates for gas, electricity and telephones within your state. In some states, the utility commissions regulate other services such as water, transportation, and the moving of household goods. Many utility commissions handle consumer complaints. Sometimes, if a number of complaints are received about the same utility matter, they will conduct investigations.