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Amended tax return 1. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Exceptions. Amended tax return Sick Pay Pensions and AnnuitiesPeriodic Payments Nonperiodic Payments Eligible Rollover Distributions Choosing Not To Have Income Tax Withheld Gambling WinningsException. Amended tax return Identical wagers. Amended tax return Unemployment Compensation Federal Payments Backup WithholdingTaxpayer identification number. Amended tax return Underreported interest or dividends. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return This chapter explains in detail the rules for withholding tax from each of these types of income. Amended tax return The discussion of salaries and wages includes an explanation of how to complete Form W-4. Amended tax return This chapter also covers backup withholding on interest, dividends, and other payments. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Salaries and Wages Income tax is withheld from the pay of most employees. Amended tax return Your pay includes your regular pay, bonuses, commissions, and vacation allowances. Amended tax return It also includes reimbursements and other expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan. Amended tax return See Supplemental Wages , later, for definitions of accountable and nonaccountable plans. Amended tax return If your income is low enough that you will not have to pay income tax for the year, you may be exempt from withholding. Amended tax return This is explained under Exemption From Withholding , later. Amended tax return You can ask your employer to withhold income tax from noncash wages and other wages not subject to withholding. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Military retirees. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Household workers. Amended tax return   If you are a household worker, you can ask your employer to withhold income tax from your pay. Amended tax return A household worker is an employee who performs household work in a private home, local college club, or local fraternity or sorority chapter. Amended tax return   Tax is withheld only if you want it withheld and your employer agrees to withhold it. Amended tax return If you do not have enough income tax withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax, as discussed in chapter 2. Amended tax return Farmworkers. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Differential wage payments. Amended tax return   When employees are on leave from employment for military duty, some employers make up the difference between the military pay and civilian pay. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return The wages and withholding will be reported on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return The amount you earn in each payroll period. Amended tax return The information you give your employer on Form W-4. Amended tax return Form W-4 includes four types of information that your employer will use to figure your withholding. Amended tax return Whether to withhold at the single rate or at the lower married rate. Amended tax return How many withholding allowances you claim (each allowance reduces the amount withheld). Amended tax return Whether you want an additional amount withheld. Amended tax return Whether you are claiming an exemption from withholding in 2014. Amended tax return See Exemption From Withholding , later. Amended tax return Note. Amended tax return You must specify a filing status and a number of withholding allowances on Form W-4. Amended tax return You cannot specify only a dollar amount of withholding. Amended tax return New Job When you start a new job, you must fill out a Form W-4 and give it to your employer. Amended tax return Your employer should have copies of the form. Amended tax return If you need to change the information later, you must fill out a new form. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return You may be able to avoid overwithholding if your employer agrees to use the part-year method. Amended tax return See Part-Year Method , later, for more information. Amended tax return Employee also receiving pension income. Amended tax return   If you receive pension or annuity income and begin a new job, you will need to file Form W-4 with your new employer. Amended tax return However, you can choose to split your withholding allowances between your pension and job in any manner. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return When this happens, you may need to give your employer a new Form W-4 to change your withholding status or number of allowances. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return See Marital Status (Line 3 of Form W-4) and Withholding Allowances (Line 5 of Form W-4) , later. Amended tax return Generally, you can submit a new Form W-4 whenever you wish to change your withholding allowances for any other reason. Amended tax return See Table 1-1 for examples of personal and financial changes you should consider. Amended tax return Table 1-1. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return If too much or too little tax is being withheld, you should give your employer a new Form W-4 to change your withholding. Amended tax return You can get a blank Form W-4 from your employer or print the form from IRS. Amended tax return gov. Amended tax return You should try to have your withholding match your actual tax liability. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return If too much tax is withheld, you will lose the use of that money until you get your refund. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return See Table 1-1 for examples. Amended tax return Note. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return You should check your withholding when any of the following situations occur. Amended tax return You receive a paycheck stub (statement) covering a full pay period in 2014, showing tax withheld based on 2014 tax rates. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return There are changes in your life or financial situation that affect your tax liability. Amended tax return See Table 1-1. Amended tax return There are changes in the tax law that affect your tax liability. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return You can also use the IRS Withholding calculator at www. Amended tax return irs. Amended tax return gov/individuals. Amended tax return If you use the worksheets and tables in this publication, follow these steps. Amended tax return Fill out Worksheet 1-5 to project your total federal income tax liability for 2014. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return How Do You Increase Your Withholding? There are two ways to increase your withholding. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Requesting an additional amount withheld. Amended tax return   You can request that an additional amount be withheld from each paycheck by following these steps. Amended tax return Complete Worksheets 1-5 and 1-7. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Enter on your new Form W-4, the same number of withholding allowances your employer now uses for your withholding. Amended tax return This is the number of allowances you entered on the last Form W-4 you gave your employer. Amended tax return Enter on your new Form W-4, the amount from Worksheet 1-7, line 6. Amended tax return Give your newly completed Form W-4 to your employer. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return 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). Amended tax return Steve's tax will be underwithheld by $800 ($4,316 − $3,516). Amended tax return His choices are to pay this amount when he files his 2014 tax return, make estimated tax payments, or increase his withholding now. Amended tax return Steve gets a new Form W-4 from his employer, who tells him that there are 50 paydays remaining in 2014. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return He gives the completed form to his employer. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return If this is the case, you can increase your withholding for one or more of the jobs. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return This will give you the additional amount to enter on the Form W-4 you will file for that job. Amended tax return You need to give your employer a new Form W-4 for each job for which you are changing your withholding. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return Meg Green works in a store and earns $46,000 a year. Amended tax return Her husband, John, works full-time in manufacturing and earns $68,000 a year. Amended tax return In 2014, they will also have $184 in taxable interest and $1,000 of other taxable income. Amended tax return They expect to file a joint income tax return. Amended tax return Meg and John complete Worksheets 1-5, 1-6, and 1-7. Amended tax return Line 5 of Worksheet 1-7 shows that they will owe an additional $4,459 after subtracting their withholding for the year. Amended tax return They can divide the $4,459 any way they want. Amended tax return They can enter an additional amount on either of their Forms W-4, or divide it between them. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Both claim the same number of allowances as before. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return There are two ways to do this. Amended tax return You can: Decrease any additional amount you are having withheld, or Increase the number of allowances you claim on Form W-4. Amended tax return You can claim only the number of allowances to which you are entitled. Amended tax return To see if you can decrease your withholding by increasing your allowances, see the Form W-4 instructions and the rest of this publication. Amended tax return Increasing the number of allowances. Amended tax return   Figure and increase the number of withholding allowances you can claim as follows. Amended tax return On a new Form W-4, complete the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Amended tax return If you plan to itemize deductions, claim adjustments to income, or claim tax credits, complete a new Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Amended tax return If you plan to claim tax credits, see Converting Credits to Withholding Allowances, later. Amended tax return If you meet the criteria on line H of the Form W-4 Personal Allowances Worksheet, complete a new Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return The Form W-4 Personal Allowances Worksheet provides only rough adjustments for the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit. Amended tax return Complete Worksheet 1-8 to figure these credits more accurately and also take other credits into account. Amended tax return Include the amount from line 12 of Worksheet 1-8 in the total on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Amended tax return Then complete the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet and the rest of Form W-4. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return If you take the child tax credit into account on Worksheet 1-8, enter -0- on line G of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return Brett and Alyssa Davis are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. Amended tax return Their expected taxable income from all sources is $68,000. Amended tax return They expect to have $15,900 of itemized deductions. Amended tax return Their projected tax credits include a child and dependent care credit of $960 and an adoption credit of $1,500. Amended tax return The Davis' complete Worksheet 1-8, as follows, to see whether they can convert their tax credits into additional withholding allowances. Amended tax return Line 1, expected child and dependent care credit—$960. Amended tax return Line 9, expected adoption credit—$1,500. Amended tax return Line 10, total estimated tax credits—$2,460. Amended tax return Line 11. Amended tax return 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). Amended tax return The number to the right of this range is 6. Amended tax return 7. Amended tax return Line 12, multiply line 10 by line 11—$16,482. Amended tax return Then the Davis' complete the Form W-4 worksheets. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return If the change is for next year, your new Form W-4 will not take effect until next year. Amended tax return 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). Amended tax return However, if your retirement pay is from the military or certain deferred compensation plans, you completed Form W-4 instead of Form W-4P. Amended tax return You completed either form based on your projected income at that time. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Start off with the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return The third worksheet is the most important for this situation. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return It is your decision how to divide up your withholding allowances between these sources of income. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return ” In that case, change your Form W-4P to zero allowances and claim all that you are entitled to on your Form W-4. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Use the withholding tables in Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. Amended tax return Contact your pension provider and your employer's payroll department. Amended tax return And remember, this is not a final decision. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return You should go through this same process each time your life situation changes, whether it be for personal or financial reasons. Amended tax return You may need more tax withheld, or you may need less. Amended tax return Table 1-2. Amended tax return Tax Credits for 2014 For more information about the . Amended tax return . Amended tax return . Amended tax return See . Amended tax return . Amended tax return . Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return S. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Marital Status There is a lower withholding rate for people who qualify to check the “Married” box on line 3 of Form W-4. Amended tax return Everyone else must have tax withheld at the higher single rate. Amended tax return Single. Amended tax return   You must check the “Single” box if any of the following applies. Amended tax return You are single. Amended tax return If you are divorced, or separated from your spouse under a court decree of separate maintenance, you are considered single. Amended tax return You are married, but neither you nor your spouse is a citizen or resident of the United States. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return For more information, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1 of Publication 519. Amended tax return Married. Amended tax return   You qualify to check the “Married” box if any of the following applies. Amended tax return You are married and neither you nor your spouse is a nonresident alien. Amended tax return You are considered married for the whole year even if your spouse died during the year. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return For more information, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1 of Publication 519. Amended tax return You expect to be able to file your return as a qualifying widow or widower. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Married, but withhold at higher single rate. Amended tax return   Some married people find that they do not have enough tax withheld at the married rate. Amended tax return This can happen, for example, when both spouses work. Amended tax return To avoid this, you can check the “Married, but withhold at higher Single rate” box (even if you qualify for the married rate). Amended tax return Also, you may find that more tax is withheld if you fill out the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, explained later. Amended tax return Withholding Allowances The more allowances you claim on Form W-4, the less income tax your employer will withhold. Amended tax return You will have the most tax withheld if you claim “0” allowances. Amended tax return The number of allowances you can claim depends on the following factors. Amended tax return How many exemptions you can take on your tax return. Amended tax return Whether you have income from more than one job. Amended tax return What deductions, adjustments to income, and credits you expect to have for the year. Amended tax return Whether you will file as head of household. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Or, if married filing separately, whether or not your spouse also works. Amended tax return Form W-4 worksheets. Amended tax return    Form W-4 has worksheets to help you figure how many withholding allowances you can claim. Amended tax return The worksheets are for your own records. Amended tax return Do not give them to your employer. Amended tax return   Complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets, no matter how many jobs you have. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Complete separate sets of worksheets only if you and your spouse will file separate returns. Amended tax return   If you are not exempt from withholding (see Exemption From Withholding , later), complete the Personal Allowances Worksheet on page 1 of the form. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return   Complete all worksheets that apply to your situation. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Multiple jobs. Amended tax return   If you have income from more than one job at the same time, complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets. Amended tax return Then split your allowances between the Forms W-4 for each job. Amended tax return You cannot claim the same allowances with more than one employer at the same time. Amended tax return You can claim all your allowances with one employer and none with the other(s), or divide them any other way. Amended tax return Married individuals. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Use only one set of worksheets. Amended tax return You can divide your total allowances any way, but you cannot claim an allowance that your spouse also claims. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Alternative method of figuring withholding allowances. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return   The method you use must be based on withholding schedules, the tax rate schedules, and the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet in chapter 2. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return   You can use the number of withholding allowances determined under an alternative method rather than the number determined using the Form W-4 worksheets. Amended tax return You still must give your employer a Form W-4 claiming your withholding allowances. Amended tax return Employees who are not citizens or residents. Amended tax return   If you are neither a citizen nor a resident of the United States, you usually can claim only one withholding allowance. Amended tax return However, this rule does not apply if you are a resident of Canada or Mexico, or if you are a U. Amended tax return S. Amended tax return national. Amended tax return It also does not apply if your spouse is a U. Amended tax return S. Amended tax return citizen or resident and you have chosen to be treated as a resident of the United States for tax purposes. Amended tax return Special rules apply to residents of South Korea and India. Amended tax return For more information, see Withholding From Compensation in chapter 8 of Publication 519. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Exemptions. Amended tax return Only one job. Amended tax return Head of household filing status. Amended tax return Child and dependent care credit. Amended tax return Child tax credit. Amended tax return Exemptions (worksheet lines A, C, and D). Amended tax return   You can claim one withholding allowance for each exemption you expect to claim on your tax return. Amended tax return Self. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Spouse. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Do not claim this allowance if you and your spouse expect to file separate returns. Amended tax return Dependents. Amended tax return   You can claim one allowance on line D for each exemption you will claim for a dependent on your tax return. Amended tax return Only one job (worksheet line B). Amended tax return    You can claim an additional withholding allowance if any of the following apply for 2014. Amended tax return You are single and you have only one job at a time. Amended tax return You are married, you have only one job at a time, and your spouse does not work. Amended tax return Your wages from a second job or your spouse's wages (or the total of both) are $1,500 or less. Amended tax return If you qualify for this allowance, enter “1” on line B of the worksheet. Amended tax return Head of household filing status (worksheet line E). Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return For more information, see Publication 501. Amended tax return   If you expect to file as head of household on your 2014 tax return, enter “1” on line E of the worksheet. Amended tax return Reduction of personal allowances. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Worksheet 1-1. Amended tax return Personal Allowances Worksheet (Form W-4) Reduction of Personal Allowances if AGI Above Phaseout Threshold 1. Amended tax return Enter the total amount of allowances on lines A, C, and D of the Personal Allowance Worksheet without regard to the phaseout rule 1. Amended tax return   2. Amended tax return Enter your expected AGI 2. Amended tax return       3. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return       4. Amended tax return Subtract line 3 from line 2 4. Amended tax return       5. Amended tax return Divide line 4 by $125,000 ($62,500 if married filing separately). Amended tax return Enter the result as a decimal 5. Amended tax return   6. Amended tax return Multiply line 1 by line 5. Amended tax return If the result is not a whole number, increase it to the next higher whole number 6. Amended tax return   7. Amended tax return Subtract line 6 from line 1. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return     Child and dependent care credit (worksheet line F). Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return For more information, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Child tax credit (worksheet line G). Amended tax return   If your total income will be less than $65,000 ($95,000 if married), enter “2” on line G for each eligible child. Amended tax return Subtract “1” from that amount if you have three to six eligible children. Amended tax return Subtract “2” from that amount if you have seven or more eligible children. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return S. Amended tax return citizen, U. Amended tax return S. Amended tax return national, or U. Amended tax return S. Amended tax return resident alien, and Who will be claimed as a dependent on your return. Amended tax return If you are a U. Amended tax return S. Amended tax return citizen or U. Amended tax return S. Amended tax return national and your adopted child lived with you all year as a member of your household, that child meets the citizenship test. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return   For more information about the child tax credit, see the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Total personal allowances (worksheet line H). Amended tax return    Add lines A through G and enter the total on line H. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Also, complete this worksheet when you have changes to those items to see if you need to change your withholding. Amended tax return Use the amount of each item you reasonably can expect to show on your return. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Do not include any amount shown on your last tax return that has been disallowed by the IRS. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return On June 30, 2013, you bought your first home. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return You can use $13,200 to figure the number of your withholding allowances for itemized deductions. Amended tax return Not itemizing deductions. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Itemized deductions (worksheet line 1). Amended tax return   Enter your estimated total itemized deductions on line 1 of the worksheet. Amended tax return   Listed below are some of the deductions you can take into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. Amended tax return You normally claim these deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040. Amended tax return Medical and dental expenses that are more than 10% (7. Amended tax return 5% if either you or your spouse was born before January 2, 1950) of your 2014 AGI (defined under AGI , later). Amended tax return State and local income or property taxes. Amended tax return Deductible home mortgage interest. Amended tax return Investment interest up to net investment income. Amended tax return Charitable contributions. Amended tax return Casualty and theft losses that are more than $100 and 10% of your AGI. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return AGI. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Phaseout of itemized deductions. Amended tax return   For 2014, your total itemized deductions may be phased out (reduced) if your AGI is more than the following thresholds. Amended tax return    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. Amended tax return Worksheet 1-2. Amended tax return Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 1 Phaseout of Itemized Deductions 1. Amended tax return Enter the estimated total of your itemized deductions 1. Amended tax return   2. Amended tax return Enter the amount included in line 1 for medical and dental expenses, investment interest, casualty or theft losses, and gambling losses 2. Amended tax return   3. Amended tax return Is the amount on line 2 less than the amount on line 1? ❑ No. Amended tax return Stop here. Amended tax return Your deduction is not limited. Amended tax return Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Amended tax return  ❑ Yes. Amended tax return Subtract line 2 from line 1. Amended tax return 3. Amended tax return       4. Amended tax return Multiply line 3 by 80% (. Amended tax return 80) 4. Amended tax return       5. Amended tax return Enter your expected AGI 5. Amended tax return       6. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return   7. Amended tax return Is the amount on line 6 less than the amount on line 5? ❑ No. Amended tax return Stop here. Amended tax return Your deduction is not limited. Amended tax return Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Amended tax return  ❑ Yes. Amended tax return Subtract line 6 from line 5. Amended tax return 7. Amended tax return       8. Amended tax return Multiply line 7 by 3% (. Amended tax return 03) 8. Amended tax return       9. Amended tax return Enter the smaller of line 4 or line 8 9. Amended tax return     10. Amended tax return Subtract line 9 from line 1. Amended tax return Enter the result here and on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet 10. Amended tax return     Adjustments to income (worksheet line 4). Amended tax return   Enter your estimated total adjustments to income on line 4 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Amended tax return   You can take the following adjustments to income into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. Amended tax return These adjustments appear on page 1 of your Form 1040 or 1040A. Amended tax return Net losses from Schedules C, D, E, and F of Form 1040 and from Part II of Form 4797, line 18b. Amended tax return Net operating loss carryovers. Amended tax return Certain business expenses of reservists, performing artists, and fee-based government officials. Amended tax return Health savings account or medical savings account deduction. Amended tax return Certain moving expenses. Amended tax return Deduction for self-employment tax. Amended tax return Deduction for contributions to self-employed SEP, and qualified SIMPLE plans. Amended tax return Self-employed health insurance deduction. Amended tax return Penalty on early withdrawal of savings. Amended tax return Alimony paid. Amended tax return IRA deduction. Amended tax return Student loan interest deduction. Amended tax return Jury duty pay given to your employer. Amended tax return Reforestation amortization and expenses. Amended tax return Deductible expenses related to income reported on line 21 from the rental of personal property engaged in for profit. Amended tax return Repayment of certain supplemental unemployment benefits. Amended tax return Contributions to IRC 501(c)(18)(D) pension plans. Amended tax return Contributions by certain chaplains to IRC 403(b) plans. Amended tax return Attorney fees and court costs for certain unlawful discrimination claims. Amended tax return Attorney fees and court costs for certain whistleblower awards. Amended tax return Estimated amount of decrease in tax attributable to income averaging using Schedule J (Form 1040). Amended tax return Tax credits (worksheet line 5). Amended tax return   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). Amended tax return But you can take these credits and others into account by adding an extra amount on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Amended tax return   If you take the child and dependent care credit into account on line 5, do not use line F. Amended tax return If you take the child tax credit into account on line 5, do not use line G. Amended tax return   In addition to the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit, you can generally take into account the following credits. Amended tax return See the individual tax form instructions for more details. Amended tax return Foreign tax credit, except any credit that applies to wages not subject to U. Amended tax return S. Amended tax return income tax withholding because they are subject to income tax withholding by a foreign country. Amended tax return See Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals. Amended tax return Credit for the elderly or the disabled. Amended tax return See Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Amended tax return Education credits. Amended tax return See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Amended tax return Retirement savings contributions credit (saver's credit). Amended tax return See Publication 590. Amended tax return Mortgage interest credit. Amended tax return See Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. Amended tax return Adoption credit. Amended tax return See the Instructions for Form 8839. Amended tax return Credit for nonrefundable portion of prior year minimum tax if you paid alternative minimum tax in an earlier year. Amended tax return See the Instructions for Form 8801. Amended tax return General business credit. Amended tax return See the Instructions for Form 3800. Amended tax return Earned income credit. Amended tax return See Publication 596. Amended tax return Figuring line 5 entry. Amended tax return   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 . Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return You are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. Amended tax return Your combined estimated wages are $68,000. Amended tax return 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). Amended tax return In Table 1-3, the number corresponding to your combined estimated wages ($42,001 – $98,000) is 6. Amended tax return 7. Amended tax return Multiply your total estimated tax credits of $2,660 by 6. Amended tax return 7. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Nonwage income (worksheet line 6). Amended tax return   Enter on line 6 your estimated total nonwage income (other than tax-exempt income). Amended tax return Nonwage income includes interest, dividends, net rental income, unemployment compensation, alimony, gambling winnings, prizes and awards, hobby income, capital gains, royalties, and partnership income. Amended tax return   If line 6 is more than line 5, you may not have enough income tax withheld from your wages. Amended tax return See Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld , later. Amended tax return Net deductions and adjustments (worksheet line 8). Amended tax return    If line 7 is less than $3,950, enter “0” on line 8. Amended tax return If line 7 is $3,950 or more, divide it by $3,950, drop any fraction, and enter the result on line 8. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return If line 7 is $5,200, $5,200 ÷ $3,950 = 1. Amended tax return 32. Amended tax return Drop the fraction (. Amended tax return 32) and enter “1” on line 8. Amended tax return 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). Amended tax return Reducing your allowances (worksheet lines 1-3). Amended tax return   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). Amended tax return 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). Amended tax return Enter that number on line 2. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return ”    Table 1-3. Amended tax return Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 5 a. Amended tax return  Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er) If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 42,000 10. Amended tax return 0 $42,001 – 98,000 6. Amended tax return 7 $98,001 – 180,000 4. Amended tax return 0 $180,001 – 270,000 3. Amended tax return 6 $270,001 – 440,000 3. Amended tax return 0 $440,001 – 490,000. Amended tax return . Amended tax return . Amended tax return . Amended tax return 2. Amended tax return 9 $490,001 and over 2. Amended tax return 5 b. Amended tax return  Single If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 19,000 10. Amended tax return 0 $19,001 – 47,000 6. Amended tax return 7 $47,001 – 104,000 4. Amended tax return 0 $104,001 – 205,000 3. Amended tax return 6 $205,001 – 430,000 3. Amended tax return 0 $430,001 and over 2. Amended tax return 5 c. Amended tax return  Head of Household If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 30,000 10. Amended tax return 0 $30,001 – 66,000 6. Amended tax return 7 $66,001 – 150,000 4. Amended tax return 0 $150,001 – 235,000 3. Amended tax return 6 $235,001 – 430,000 3. Amended tax return 0 $430,001 – 460,000 2. Amended tax return 9 $460,001 and over 2. Amended tax return 5 d. Amended tax return  Married Filing Separately   If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 21,000 10. Amended tax return 0 $21,001 – 49,000 6. Amended tax return 7 $49,001 – 90,000 4. Amended tax return 0 $90,001 – 135,000 3. Amended tax return 6 $135,001 – 220,000 3. Amended tax return 0 $220,001 – 245,000 2. Amended tax return 9 $245,001 and over 2. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return If line 1 is more than or equal to line 2, do not use the rest of the worksheet. Amended tax return   If line 1 is less than line 2, enter “0” on Form W-4, line 5. Amended tax return Then complete lines 4 through 9 of the worksheet to figure the additional withholding needed to avoid underwithholding. Amended tax return Other amounts owed. Amended tax return   If you expect to owe amounts other than income tax, such as self-employment tax, include them on line 8. Amended tax return The total is the additional withholding needed for the year. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return You accurately complete all the Form W-4 worksheets that apply to you. Amended tax return You give your employer a new Form W-4 when changes occur. Amended tax return But because the worksheets and withholding methods do not account for all possible situations, you may not be getting the right amount withheld. Amended tax return This is most likely to happen in the following situations. Amended tax return You are married and both you and your spouse work. Amended tax return You have more than one job at a time. Amended tax return You have nonwage income, such as interest, dividends, alimony, unemployment compensation, or self-employment income. Amended tax return You will owe additional amounts with your return, such as self-employment tax. Amended tax return Your withholding is based on obsolete Form W-4 information for a substantial part of the year. Amended tax return Your earnings are more than $130,000 if you are single or $180,000 if you are married. Amended tax return You work only part of the year. Amended tax return You change the number of your withholding allowances during the year. Amended tax return You are subject to Additional Medicare Tax or Net Investment Income Tax. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return To be eligible for the part-year method, you must meet both of the following requirements. Amended tax return You must use the calendar year (the 12 months from January 1 through December 31) as your tax year. Amended tax return You cannot use a fiscal year. Amended tax return You must not expect to be employed for more than 245 days during the year. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return If you are temporarily laid off for 30 days or less, count those days too. Amended tax return If you are laid off for more than 30 days, do not count those days. Amended tax return You will not meet this requirement if you begin working before May 1 and expect to work for the rest of the year. Amended tax return How to apply for the part-year method. Amended tax return   You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. Amended tax return The request must state all three of the following. Amended tax return The date of your last day of work for any prior employer during the current calendar year. Amended tax return That you do not expect to be employed more than 245 days during the current calendar year. Amended tax return That you use the calendar year as your tax year. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. Amended tax return To be eligible, you must have been paid for the same kind of payroll period (weekly, biweekly, etc. Amended tax return ) since the beginning of the year. Amended tax return Aids for Figuring Your Withholding IRS Withholding Calculator. Amended tax return   If you had too much or too little income tax withheld from your pay, the IRS provides a withholding calculator on its website. Amended tax return Go to www. Amended tax return irs. Amended tax return gov/Individuals/IRS-Withholding-Calculator. Amended tax return It can help you determine the correct amount to be withheld any time during the year. Amended tax return Rules Your Employer Must Follow It may be helpful for you to know some of the withholding rules your employer must follow. Amended tax return These rules can affect how to fill out your Form W-4 and how to handle problems that may arise. Amended tax return New Form W-4. Amended tax return   When you start a new job, your employer should give you a Form W-4 to fill out. Amended tax return Beginning with your first payday, your employer will use the information you give on the form to figure your withholding. Amended tax return   If you later fill out a new Form W-4, your employer can put it into effect as soon as possible. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return No Form W-4. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Repaying withheld tax. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Your employer cannot repay any of the tax previously withheld. Amended tax return Instead, claim the full amount withheld when you file your tax return. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Your employer can repay the amount that was withheld incorrectly. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return IRS review of your withholding. Amended tax return   Whether you are entitled to claim a certain number of allowances or a complete exemption from withholding is subject to review by the IRS. Amended tax return Your employer may be required to send a copy of the Form W-4 to the IRS. Amended tax return There is a penalty for supplying false information on Form W-4. Amended tax return See Penalties , later. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return   The IRS will provide a period of time during which you can dispute the determination before your employer adjusts your withholding. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Contact information (a toll-free number and an IRS office address) will be provided in the lock-in letter. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Your employer must then withhold tax based on this new Form W-4. Amended tax return   Additional information is available at IRS. Amended tax return gov. Amended tax return Enter “withholding compliance questions” in the search box. Amended tax return Exemption From Withholding If you claim exemption from withholding, your employer will not withhold federal income tax from your wages. Amended tax return The exemption applies only to income tax, not to social security or Medicare tax. Amended tax return You can claim exemption from withholding for 2014 only if both of the following situations apply. Amended tax return For 2013 you had a right to a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you had no tax liability. Amended tax return For 2014 you expect a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you expect to have no tax liability. Amended tax return Use Figure 1-A to help you decide whether you can claim exemption from withholding. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return These situations are discussed later. Amended tax return Students. Amended tax return   If you are a student, you are not automatically exempt. Amended tax return If you work only part time or during the summer, you may qualify for exemption from withholding. Amended tax return Example 1. Amended tax return You are a high school student and expect to earn $2,500 from a summer job. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return You worked last summer and had $375 federal income tax withheld from your pay. Amended tax return The entire $375 was refunded when you filed your 2013 return. Amended tax return Using Figure 1-A, you find that you can claim exemption from withholding. Amended tax return Please click here for the text description of the image. Amended tax return Figure 1-A: Exemption From Withholding on Form W-4 Example 2. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return    You may have to file a tax return, even if you are exempt from withholding. Amended tax return See Publication 501 to see whether you must file a return. Amended tax return    Age 65 or older or blind. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Do not use either worksheet if you will itemize deductions, claim exemptions for dependents, or claim tax credits on your 2014 return. Amended tax return Instead, see Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits, next. Amended tax return Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return You can claim exemption from withholding only if your total expected tax liability (line 13c of the worksheet) is zero. Amended tax return Claiming exemption from withholding. Amended tax return   To claim exemption, you must give your employer a Form W-4. Amended tax return Do not complete lines 5 and 6. Amended tax return Enter “Exempt” on line 7. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return   Your claim of exempt status may be reviewed by the IRS. Amended tax return See IRS review of your withholding , earlier. Amended tax return An exemption is good for only 1 year. Amended tax return   You must give your employer a new Form W-4 by February 15 each year to continue your exemption. Amended tax return Supplemental Wages Supplemental wages include bonuses, commissions, overtime pay, vacation allowances, certain sick pay, and expense allowances under certain plans. Amended tax return The payer can figure withholding on supplemental wages using the same method used for your regular wages. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Expense allowances. Amended tax return   Reimbursements or other expense allowances paid by your employer under a nonaccountable plan are treated as supplemental wages. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return Accountable plan. Amended tax return   To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement or allowance arrangement must include all three of the following rules. Amended tax return Your expenses must have a business connection. Amended tax return That is, you must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as an employee of your employer. Amended tax return You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. Amended tax return You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. Amended tax return    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. Amended tax return   The definition of reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances of your situation. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return You receive an advance within 30 days of the time you have an expense. Amended tax return You adequately account for your expenses within 60 days after they were paid or incurred. Amended tax return You return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expense was paid or incurred. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Nonaccountable plan. Amended tax return   Any plan that does not meet the definition of an accountable plan is considered a nonaccountable plan. Amended tax return For more information about accountable and nonaccountable plans, see chapter 6 of Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Amended tax return Penalties You may have to pay a penalty of $500 if both of the following apply. Amended tax return You make statements or claim withholding allowances on your Form W-4 that reduce the amount of tax withheld. Amended tax return You have no reasonable basis for those statements or allowances at the time you prepare your Form W-4. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return The penalty upon conviction can be either a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return A simple error or an honest mistake will not result in one of these penalties. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return However, see chapter 4 for information on the penalty for underpaying your tax. Amended tax return Tips The tips you receive while working on your job are considered part of your pay. Amended tax return You must include your tips on your tax return on the same line as your regular pay. Amended tax return However, tax is not withheld directly from tip income, as it is from your regular pay. Amended tax return Nevertheless, your employer will take into account the tips you report when figuring how much to withhold from your regular pay. Amended tax return Reporting tips to your employer. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return The report is due by the 10th day of the following month. Amended tax return   If you have more than one job, make a separate report to each employer. Amended tax return Report only the tips you received while working for that employer, and only if they total $20 or more for the month. Amended tax return How employer figures amount to withhold. Amended tax return   The tips you report to your employer are counted as part of your income for the month you report them. Amended tax return Your employer can figure your withholding in either of two ways. Amended tax return By withholding at the regular rate on the sum of your pay plus your reported tips. Amended tax return By withholding at the regular rate on your pay plus a percentage of your reported tips. Amended tax return Not enough pay to cover taxes. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return If not enough tax is withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax. Amended tax return 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. Amended tax return Tips not reported to your employer. Amended tax return   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). Amended tax return Make sure you are having enough tax withheld, or are paying enough estimated tax (see chapter 2), to cover all your tip income. Amended tax return Allocated tips. Amended tax return   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. Amended tax return   Your employer should not withhold income tax, Medicare tax, and social security or railroad retirement tax on the allocated amount. Amended tax return Withholding is based only on your pay plus your reported tips. Amended tax return Your employer should refund to you any incorrectly withheld tax. Amended tax return More information. Amended tax return   For more information on the reporting and withholding rules for tip income and on tip allocation, see Publi
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The Amended Tax Return

Amended tax return 4. Amended tax return   Interest Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Allocation of InterestOrder of funds spent. Amended tax return Payments from checking accounts. Amended tax return Amounts paid within 30 days. Amended tax return Optional method for determining date of reallocation. Amended tax return Interest on a segregated account. Amended tax return How to report. Amended tax return Interest You Can DeductStatement. Amended tax return Expenses paid to obtain a mortgage. Amended tax return Prepayment penalty. Amended tax return De minimis OID. Amended tax return Constant-yield method. Amended tax return Loan or mortgage ends. Amended tax return Interest You Cannot DeductPenalties. Amended tax return Who is a key person? Exceptions for pre-June 1997 contracts. Amended tax return Interest allocated to unborrowed policy cash value. Amended tax return Capitalization of Interest When To Deduct InterestPrepaid interest. Amended tax return Discounted loan. Amended tax return Refunds of interest. Amended tax return Prepaid interest. Amended tax return Discounted loan. Amended tax return Tax deficiency. Amended tax return Related person. Amended tax return Below-Market LoansLimit on forgone interest for gift loans of $100,000 or less. Amended tax return Introduction This chapter discusses the tax treatment of business interest expense. Amended tax return Business interest expense is an amount charged for the use of money you borrowed for business activities. Amended tax return Topics - This chapter discusses: Allocation of interest Interest you can deduct Interest you cannot deduct Capitalization of interest When to deduct interest Below-market loans Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 537 Installment Sales 550 Investment Income and Expenses 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction Form (and Instructions) Sch A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Sch E (Form 1040) Supplemental Income and Loss Sch K-1 (Form 1065) Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. Amended tax return Sch K-1 (Form 1120S) Shareholder's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. Amended tax return 1098 Mortgage Interest Statement 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method 4952 Investment Interest Expense Deduction 8582 Passive Activity Loss Limitations See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Amended tax return Allocation of Interest The rules for deducting interest vary, depending on whether the loan proceeds are used for business, personal, or investment activities. Amended tax return If you use the proceeds of a loan for more than one type of expense, you must allocate the interest based on the use of the loan's proceeds. Amended tax return Allocate your interest expense to the following categories. Amended tax return Nonpassive trade or business activity interest Passive trade or business activity interest Investment interest Portfolio interest Personal interest In general, you allocate interest on a loan the same way you allocate the loan proceeds. Amended tax return You allocate loan proceeds by tracing disbursements to specific uses. Amended tax return The easiest way to trace disbursements to specific uses is to keep the proceeds of a particular loan separate from any other funds. Amended tax return Secured loan. Amended tax return   The allocation of loan proceeds and the related interest is not generally affected by the use of property that secures the loan. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return You secure a loan with property used in your business. Amended tax return You use the loan proceeds to buy an automobile for personal use. Amended tax return You must allocate interest expense on the loan to personal use (purchase of the automobile) even though the loan is secured by business property. Amended tax return    If the property that secures the loan is your home, you generally do not allocate the loan proceeds or the related interest. Amended tax return The interest is usually deductible as qualified home mortgage interest, regardless of how the loan proceeds are used. Amended tax return For more information, see Publication 936. Amended tax return Allocation period. Amended tax return   The period for which a loan is allocated to a particular use begins on the date the proceeds are used and ends on the earlier of the following dates. Amended tax return The date the loan is repaid. Amended tax return The date the loan is reallocated to another use. Amended tax return Proceeds not disbursed to borrower. Amended tax return   Even if the lender disburses the loan proceeds to a third party, the allocation of the loan is still based on your use of the funds. Amended tax return This applies whether you pay for property, services, or anything else by incurring a loan, or you take property subject to a debt. Amended tax return Proceeds deposited in borrower's account. Amended tax return   Treat loan proceeds deposited in an account as property held for investment. Amended tax return It does not matter whether the account pays interest. Amended tax return Any interest you pay on the loan is investment interest expense. Amended tax return If you withdraw the proceeds of the loan, you must reallocate the loan based on the use of the funds. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return Celina, a calendar-year taxpayer, borrows $100,000 on January 4 and immediately uses the proceeds to open a checking account. Amended tax return No other amounts are deposited in the account during the year and no part of the loan principal is repaid during the year. Amended tax return On April 2, Celina uses $20,000 from the checking account for a passive activity expenditure. Amended tax return On September 4, Celina uses an additional $40,000 from the account for personal purposes. Amended tax return Under the interest allocation rules, the entire $100,000 loan is treated as property held for investment for the period from January 4 through April 1. Amended tax return From April 2 through September 3, Celina must treat $20,000 of the loan as used in the passive activity and $80,000 of the loan as property held for investment. Amended tax return From September 4 through December 31, she must treat $40,000 of the loan as used for personal purposes, $20,000 as used in the passive activity, and $40,000 as property held for investment. Amended tax return Order of funds spent. Amended tax return   Generally, you treat loan proceeds deposited in an account as used (spent) before either of the following amounts. Amended tax return Any unborrowed amounts held in the same account. Amended tax return Any amounts deposited after these loan proceeds. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return On January 9, Olena opened a checking account, depositing $500 of the proceeds of Loan A and $1,000 of unborrowed funds. Amended tax return The following table shows the transactions in her account during the tax year. Amended tax return Date Transaction January 9 $500 proceeds of Loan A and $1,000 unborrowed funds deposited January 14 $500 proceeds of Loan B  deposited February 19 $800 used for personal purposes February 27 $700 used for passive activity June 19 $1,000 proceeds of Loan C  deposited November 20 $800 used for an investment December 18 $600 used for personal purposes Olena treats the $800 used for personal purposes as made from the $500 proceeds of Loan A and $300 of the proceeds of Loan B. Amended tax return She treats the $700 used for a passive activity as made from the remaining $200 proceeds of Loan B and $500 of unborrowed funds. Amended tax return She treats the $800 used for an investment as made entirely from the proceeds of Loan C. Amended tax return She treats the $600 used for personal purposes as made from the remaining $200 proceeds of Loan C and $400 of unborrowed funds. Amended tax return For the periods during which loan proceeds are held in the account, Olena treats them as property held for investment. Amended tax return Payments from checking accounts. Amended tax return   Generally, you treat a payment from a checking or similar account as made at the time the check is written if you mail or deliver it to the payee within a reasonable period after you write it. Amended tax return You can treat checks written on the same day as written in any order. Amended tax return Amounts paid within 30 days. Amended tax return   If you receive loan proceeds in cash or if the loan proceeds are deposited in an account, you can treat any payment (up to the amount of the proceeds) made from any account you own, or from cash, as made from those proceeds. Amended tax return This applies to any payment made within 30 days before or after the proceeds are received in cash or deposited in your account. Amended tax return   If the loan proceeds are deposited in an account, you can apply this rule even if the rules stated earlier under Order of funds spent would otherwise require you to treat the proceeds as used for other purposes. Amended tax return If you apply this rule to any payments, disregard those payments (and the proceeds from which they are made) when applying the rules stated under Order of funds spent. Amended tax return   If you received the loan proceeds in cash, you can treat the payment as made on the date you received the cash instead of the date you actually made the payment. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return Giovanni gets a loan of $1,000 on August 4 and receives the proceeds in cash. Amended tax return Giovanni deposits $1,500 in an account on August 18 and on August 28 writes a check on the account for a passive activity expense. Amended tax return Also, Giovanni deposits his paycheck, deposits other loan proceeds, and pays his bills during the same period. Amended tax return Regardless of these other transactions, Giovanni can treat $1,000 of the deposit he made on August 18 as being paid on August 4 from the loan proceeds. Amended tax return In addition, Giovanni can treat the passive activity expense he paid on August 28 as made from the $1,000 loan proceeds treated as deposited in the account. Amended tax return Optional method for determining date of reallocation. Amended tax return   You can use the following method to determine the date loan proceeds are reallocated to another use. Amended tax return You can treat all payments from loan proceeds in the account during any month as taking place on the later of the following dates. Amended tax return The first day of that month. Amended tax return The date the loan proceeds are deposited in the account. Amended tax return However, you can use this optional method only if you treat all payments from the account during the same calendar month in the same way. Amended tax return Interest on a segregated account. Amended tax return   If you have an account that contains only loan proceeds and interest earned on the account, you can treat any payment from that account as being made first from the interest. Amended tax return When the interest earned is used up, any remaining payments are from loan proceeds. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return You borrowed $20,000 and used the proceeds of this loan to open a new savings account. Amended tax return When the account had earned interest of $867, you withdrew $20,000 for personal purposes. Amended tax return You can treat the withdrawal as coming first from the interest earned on the account, $867, and then from the loan proceeds, $19,133 ($20,000 − $867). Amended tax return All the interest charged on the loan from the time it was deposited in the account until the time of the withdrawal is investment interest expense. Amended tax return The interest charged on the part of the proceeds used for personal purposes ($19,133) from the time you withdrew it until you either repay it or reallocate it to another use is personal interest expense. Amended tax return The interest charged on the loan proceeds you left in the account ($867) continues to be investment interest expense until you either repay it or reallocate it to another use. Amended tax return Loan repayment. Amended tax return   When you repay any part of a loan allocated to more than one use, treat it as being repaid in the following order. Amended tax return Personal use. Amended tax return Investments and passive activities (other than those included in (3)). Amended tax return Passive activities in connection with a rental real estate activity in which you actively participate. Amended tax return Former passive activities. Amended tax return Trade or business use and expenses for certain low-income housing projects. Amended tax return Line of credit (continuous borrowings). Amended tax return   The following rules apply if you have a line of credit or similar arrangement. Amended tax return Treat all borrowed funds on which interest accrues at the same fixed or variable rate as a single loan. Amended tax return Treat borrowed funds or parts of borrowed funds on which interest accrues at different fixed or variable rates as different loans. Amended tax return Treat these loans as repaid in the order shown on the loan agreement. Amended tax return Loan refinancing. Amended tax return   Allocate the replacement loan to the same uses to which the repaid loan was allocated. Amended tax return Make the allocation only to the extent you use the proceeds of the new loan to repay any part of the original loan. Amended tax return Debt-financed distribution. Amended tax return   A debt-financed distribution occurs when a partnership or S corporation borrows funds and allocates those funds to distributions made to partners or shareholders. Amended tax return The manner in which you report the interest expense associated with the distributed debt proceeds depends on your use of those proceeds. Amended tax return How to report. Amended tax return   If the proceeds were used in a nonpassive trade or business activity, report the interest on Schedule E (Form 1040), line 28; enter “interest expense” and the name of the partnership or S corporation in column (a) and the amount in column (h). Amended tax return If the proceeds were used in a passive activity, follow the Instructions for Form 8582, Passive Activity Loss Limitations, to determine the amount of interest expense that can be reported on Schedule E (Form 1040), line 28; enter “interest expense” and the name of the partnership in column (a) and the amount in column (f). Amended tax return If the proceeds were used in an investment activity, enter the interest on Form 4952. Amended tax return If the proceeds are used for personal purposes, the interest is generally not deductible. Amended tax return Interest You Can Deduct You can generally deduct as a business expense all interest you pay or accrue during the tax year on debts related to your trade or business. Amended tax return Interest relates to your trade or business if you use the proceeds of the loan for a trade or business expense. Amended tax return It does not matter what type of property secures the loan. Amended tax return You can deduct interest on a debt only if you meet all the following requirements. Amended tax return You are legally liable for that debt. Amended tax return Both you and the lender intend that the debt be repaid. Amended tax return You and the lender have a true debtor-creditor relationship. Amended tax return Partial liability. Amended tax return   If you are liable for part of a business debt, you can deduct only your share of the total interest paid or accrued. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return You and your brother borrow money. Amended tax return You are liable for 50% of the note. Amended tax return You use your half of the loan in your business, and you make one-half of the loan payments. Amended tax return You can deduct your half of the total interest payments as a business deduction. Amended tax return Mortgage. Amended tax return   Generally, mortgage interest paid or accrued on real estate you own legally or equitably is deductible. Amended tax return However, rather than deducting the interest currently, you may have to add it to the cost basis of the property as explained later under Capitalization of Interest. Amended tax return Statement. Amended tax return   If you paid $600 or more of mortgage interest (including certain points) during the year on any one mortgage, you generally will receive a Form 1098 or a similar statement. Amended tax return You will receive the statement if you pay interest to a person (including a financial institution or a cooperative housing corporation) in the course of that person's trade or business. Amended tax return A governmental unit is a person for purposes of furnishing the statement. Amended tax return   If you receive a refund of interest you overpaid in an earlier year, this amount will be reported in box 3 of Form 1098. Amended tax return You cannot deduct this amount. Amended tax return For information on how to report this refund, see Refunds of interest, later in this chapter. Amended tax return Expenses paid to obtain a mortgage. Amended tax return   Certain expenses you pay to obtain a mortgage cannot be deducted as interest. Amended tax return These expenses, which include mortgage commissions, abstract fees, and recording fees, are capital expenses. Amended tax return If the property mortgaged is business or income-producing property, you can amortize the costs over the life of the mortgage. Amended tax return Prepayment penalty. Amended tax return   If you pay off your mortgage early and pay the lender a penalty for doing this, you can deduct the penalty as interest. Amended tax return Interest on employment tax deficiency. Amended tax return   Interest charged on employment taxes assessed on your business is deductible. Amended tax return Original issue discount (OID). Amended tax return   OID is a form of interest. Amended tax return A loan (mortgage or other debt) generally has OID when its proceeds are less than its principal amount. Amended tax return The OID is the difference between the stated redemption price at maturity and the issue price of the loan. Amended tax return   A loan's stated redemption price at maturity is the sum of all amounts (principal and interest) payable on it other than qualified stated interest. Amended tax return Qualified stated interest is stated interest that is unconditionally payable in cash or property (other than another loan of the issuer) at least annually over the term of the loan at a single fixed rate. Amended tax return You generally deduct OID over the term of the loan. Amended tax return Figure the amount to deduct each year using the constant-yield method, unless the OID on the loan is de minimis. Amended tax return De minimis OID. Amended tax return   The OID is de minimis if it is less than one-fourth of 1% (. Amended tax return 0025) of the stated redemption price of the loan at maturity multiplied by the number of full years from the date of original issue to maturity (the term of the loan). Amended tax return   If the OID is de minimis, you can choose one of the following ways to figure the amount you can deduct each year. Amended tax return On a constant-yield basis over the term of the loan. Amended tax return On a straight-line basis over the term of the loan. Amended tax return In proportion to stated interest payments. Amended tax return In its entirety at maturity of the loan. Amended tax return You make this choice by deducting the OID in a manner consistent with the method chosen on your timely filed tax return for the tax year in which the loan is issued. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return On January 1, 2013, you took out a $100,000 discounted loan and received $98,500 in proceeds. Amended tax return The loan will mature on January 1, 2023 (a 10-year term), and the $100,000 principal is payable on that date. Amended tax return Interest of $10,000 is payable on January 1 of each year, beginning January 1, 2014. Amended tax return The $1,500 OID on the loan is de minimis because it is less than $2,500 ($100,000 × . Amended tax return 0025 × 10). Amended tax return You choose to deduct the OID on a straight-line basis over the term of the loan. Amended tax return Beginning in 2013, you can deduct $150 each year for 10 years. Amended tax return Constant-yield method. Amended tax return   If the OID is not de minimis, you must use the constant-yield method to figure how much you can deduct each year. Amended tax return You figure your deduction for the first year using the following steps. Amended tax return Determine the issue price of the loan. Amended tax return Generally, this equals the proceeds of the loan. Amended tax return If you paid points on the loan (as discussed later), the issue price generally is the difference between the proceeds and the points. Amended tax return Multiply the result in (1) by the yield to maturity. Amended tax return Subtract any qualified stated interest payments from the result in (2). Amended tax return This is the OID you can deduct in the first year. Amended tax return   To figure your deduction in any subsequent year, follow the above steps, except determine the adjusted issue price in step (1). Amended tax return To get the adjusted issue price, add to the issue price any OID previously deducted. Amended tax return Then follow steps (2) and (3) above. Amended tax return   The yield to maturity is generally shown in the literature you receive from your lender. Amended tax return If you do not have this information, consult your lender or tax advisor. Amended tax return In general, the yield to maturity is the discount rate that, when used in computing the present value of all principal and interest payments, produces an amount equal to the principal amount of the loan. Amended tax return Example. Amended tax return The facts are the same as in the previous example, except that you deduct the OID on a constant yield basis over the term of the loan. Amended tax return The yield to maturity on your loan is 10. Amended tax return 2467%, compounded annually. Amended tax return For 2013, you can deduct $93 [($98,500 × . Amended tax return 102467) − $10,000]. Amended tax return For 2014, you can deduct $103 [($98,593 × . Amended tax return 102467) − $10,000]. Amended tax return Loan or mortgage ends. Amended tax return   If your loan or mortgage ends, you may be able to deduct any remaining OID in the tax year in which the loan or mortgage ends. Amended tax return A loan or mortgage may end due to a refinancing, prepayment, foreclosure, or similar event. Amended tax return If you refinance with the original lender, you generally cannot deduct the remaining OID in the year in which the refinancing occurs, but you may be able to deduct it over the term of the new mortgage or loan. Amended tax return See Interest paid with funds borrowed from original lender under Interest You Cannot Deduct, later. Amended tax return Points. Amended tax return   The term “points” is used to describe certain charges paid, or treated as paid, by a borrower to obtain a loan or a mortgage. Amended tax return These charges are also called loan origination fees, maximum loan charges, discount points, or premium charges. Amended tax return If any of these charges (points) are solely for the use of money, they are interest. Amended tax return   Because points are prepaid interest, you generally cannot deduct the full amount in the year paid. Amended tax return However, you can choose to fully deduct points in the year paid if you meet certain tests. Amended tax return For exceptions to the general rule, see Publication 936. Amended tax return The points reduce the issue price of the loan and result in original issue discount (OID), deductible as explained in the preceding discussion. Amended tax return Partial payments on a nontax debt. Amended tax return   If you make partial payments on a debt (other than a debt owed the IRS), the payments are applied, in general, first to interest and any remainder to principal. Amended tax return You can deduct only the interest. Amended tax return This rule does not apply when it can be inferred that the borrower and lender understood that a different allocation of the payments would be made. Amended tax return Installment purchase. Amended tax return   If you make an installment purchase of business property, the contract between you and the seller generally provides for the payment of interest. Amended tax return If no interest or a low rate of interest is charged under the contract, a portion of the stated principal amount payable under the contract may be recharacterized as interest (unstated interest). Amended tax return The amount recharacterized as interest reduces your basis in the property and increases your interest expense. Amended tax return For more information on installment sales and unstated interest, see Publication 537. Amended tax return Interest You Cannot Deduct Certain interest payments cannot be deducted. Amended tax return In addition, certain other expenses that may seem to be interest but are not, cannot be deducted as interest. Amended tax return You cannot currently deduct interest that must be capitalized, and you generally cannot deduct personal interest. Amended tax return Interest paid with funds borrowed from original lender. Amended tax return   If you use the cash method of accounting, you cannot deduct interest you pay with funds borrowed from the original lender through a second loan, an advance, or any other arrangement similar to a loan. Amended tax return You can deduct the interest expense once you start making payments on the new loan. Amended tax return   When you make a payment on the new loan, you first apply the payment to interest and then to the principal. Amended tax return All amounts you apply to the interest on the first loan are deductible, along with any interest you pay on the second loan, subject to any limits that apply. Amended tax return Capitalized interest. Amended tax return   You cannot currently deduct interest you are required to capitalize under the uniform capitalization rules. Amended tax return See Capitalization of Interest, later. Amended tax return In addition, if you buy property and pay interest owed by the seller (for example, by assuming the debt and any interest accrued on the property), you cannot deduct the interest. Amended tax return Add this interest to the basis of the property. Amended tax return Commitment fees or standby charges. Amended tax return   Fees you incur to have business funds available on a standby basis, but not for the actual use of the funds, are not deductible as interest payments. Amended tax return You may be able to deduct them as business expenses. Amended tax return   If the funds are for inventory or certain property used in your business, the fees are indirect costs and you generally must capitalize them under the uniform capitalization rules. Amended tax return See Capitalization of Interest, later. Amended tax return Interest on income tax. Amended tax return   Interest charged on income tax assessed on your individual income tax return is not a business deduction even though the tax due is related to income from your trade or business. Amended tax return Treat this interest as a business deduction only in figuring a net operating loss deduction. Amended tax return Penalties. Amended tax return   Penalties on underpaid deficiencies and underpaid estimated tax are not interest. Amended tax return You cannot deduct them. Amended tax return Generally, you cannot deduct any fines or penalties. Amended tax return Interest on loans with respect to life insurance policies. Amended tax return   You generally cannot deduct interest on a debt incurred with respect to any life insurance, annuity, or endowment contract that covers any individual unless that individual is a key person. Amended tax return   If the policy or contract covers a key person, you can deduct the interest on up to $50,000 of debt for that person. Amended tax return However, the deduction for any month cannot be more than the interest figured using Moody's Composite Yield on Seasoned Corporate Bonds (formerly known as Moody's Corporate Bond Yield Average-Monthly Average Corporates) (Moody's rate) for that month. Amended tax return Who is a key person?   A key person is an officer or 20% owner. Amended tax return However, the number of individuals you can treat as key persons is limited to the greater of the following. Amended tax return Five individuals. Amended tax return The lesser of 5% of the total officers and employees of the company or 20 individuals. Amended tax return Exceptions for pre-June 1997 contracts. Amended tax return   You can generally deduct the interest if the contract was issued before June 9, 1997, and the covered individual is someone other than an employee, officer, or someone financially interested in your business. Amended tax return If the contract was purchased before June 21, 1986, you can generally deduct the interest no matter who is covered by the contract. Amended tax return Interest allocated to unborrowed policy cash value. Amended tax return   Corporations and partnerships generally cannot deduct any interest expense allocable to unborrowed cash values of life insurance, annuity, or endowment contracts. Amended tax return This rule applies to contracts issued after June 8, 1997, that cover someone other than an officer, director, employee, or 20% owner. Amended tax return For more information, see section 264(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. Amended tax return Capitalization of Interest Under the uniform capitalization rules, you generally must capitalize interest on debt equal to your expenditures to produce real property or certain tangible personal property. Amended tax return The property must be produced by you for use in your trade or business or for sale to customers. Amended tax return You cannot capitalize interest related to property that you acquire in any other manner. Amended tax return Interest you paid or incurred during the production period must be capitalized if the property produced is designated property. Amended tax return Designated property is any of the following. Amended tax return Real property. Amended tax return Tangible personal property with a class life of 20 years or more. Amended tax return Tangible personal property with an estimated production period of more than 2 years. Amended tax return Tangible personal property with an estimated production period of more than 1 year if the estimated cost of production is more than $1 million. Amended tax return Property you produce. Amended tax return   You produce property if you construct, build, install, manufacture, develop, improve, create, raise, or grow it. Amended tax return Treat property produced for you under a contract as produced by you up to the amount you pay or incur for the property. Amended tax return Carrying charges. Amended tax return   Carrying charges include taxes you pay to carry or develop real estate or to carry, transport, or install personal property. Amended tax return You can choose to capitalize carrying charges not subject to the uniform capitalization rules if they are otherwise deductible. Amended tax return For more information, see chapter 7. Amended tax return Capitalized interest. Amended tax return   Treat capitalized interest as a cost of the property produced. Amended tax return You recover your interest when you sell or use the property. Amended tax return If the property is inventory, recover capitalized interest through cost of goods sold. Amended tax return If the property is used in your trade or business, recover capitalized interest through an adjustment to basis, depreciation, amortization, or other method. Amended tax return Partnerships and S corporations. Amended tax return   The interest capitalization rules are applied first at the partnership or S corporation level. Amended tax return The rules are then applied at the partners' or shareholders' level to the extent the partnership or S corporation has insufficient debt to support the production or construction costs. Amended tax return   If you are a partner or a shareholder, you may have to capitalize interest you incur during the tax year for the production costs of the partnership or S corporation. Amended tax return You may also have to capitalize interest incurred by the partnership or S corporation for your own production costs. Amended tax return To properly capitalize interest under these rules, you must be given the required information in an attachment to the Schedule K-1 you receive from the partnership or S corporation. Amended tax return Additional information. Amended tax return   The procedures for applying the uniform capitalization rules are beyond the scope of this publication. Amended tax return For more information, see sections 1. Amended tax return 263A-8 through 1. Amended tax return 263A-15 of the regulations and Notice 88-99. Amended tax return Notice 88-99 is in Cumulative Bulletin 1988-2. Amended tax return When To Deduct Interest If the uniform capitalization rules, discussed under Capitalization of Interest, earlier, do not apply to you, deduct interest as follows. Amended tax return Cash method. Amended tax return   Under the cash method, you can generally deduct only the interest you actually paid during the tax year. Amended tax return You cannot deduct a promissory note you gave as payment because it is a promise to pay and not an actual payment. Amended tax return Prepaid interest. Amended tax return   You generally cannot deduct any interest paid before the year it is due. Amended tax return Interest paid in advance can be deducted only in the tax year in which it is due. Amended tax return Discounted loan. Amended tax return   If interest or a discount is subtracted from your loan proceeds, it is not a payment of interest and you cannot deduct it when you get the loan. Amended tax return For more information, see Original issue discount (OID) under Interest You Can Deduct, earlier. Amended tax return Refunds of interest. Amended tax return   If you pay interest and then receive a refund in the same tax year of any part of the interest, reduce your interest deduction by the refund. Amended tax return If you receive the refund in a later tax year, include the refund in your income to the extent the deduction for the interest reduced your tax. Amended tax return Accrual method. Amended tax return   Under an accrual method, you can deduct only interest that has accrued during the tax year. Amended tax return Prepaid interest. Amended tax return   See Prepaid interest, earlier. Amended tax return Discounted loan. Amended tax return   See Discounted loan, earlier. Amended tax return Tax deficiency. Amended tax return   If you contest a federal income tax deficiency, interest does not accrue until the tax year the final determination of liability is made. Amended tax return If you do not contest the deficiency, then the interest accrues in the year the tax was asserted and agreed to by you. Amended tax return   However, if you contest but pay the proposed tax deficiency and interest, and you do not designate the payment as a cash bond, then the interest is deductible in the year paid. Amended tax return Related person. Amended tax return   If you use an accrual method, you cannot deduct interest owed to a related person who uses the cash method until payment is made and the interest is includible in the gross income of that person. Amended tax return The relationship is determined as of the end of the tax year for which the interest would otherwise be deductible. Amended tax return See section 267 of the Internal Revenue Code for more information. Amended tax return Below-Market Loans If you receive a below-market gift or demand loan and use the proceeds in your trade or business, you may be able to deduct the forgone interest. Amended tax return See Treatment of gift and demand loans, later, in this discussion. Amended tax return A below-market loan is a loan on which no interest is charged or on which interest is charged at a rate below the applicable federal rate. Amended tax return A gift or demand loan that is a below-market loan generally is considered an arm's-length transaction in which you, the borrower, are considered as having received both the following. Amended tax return A loan in exchange for a note that requires the payment of interest at the applicable federal rate. Amended tax return An additional payment in an amount equal to the forgone interest. Amended tax return The additional payment is treated as a gift, dividend, contribution to capital, payment of compensation, or other payment, depending on the substance of the transaction. Amended tax return Forgone interest. Amended tax return   For any period, forgone interest is The interest that would be payable for that period if interest accrued on the loan at the applicable federal rate and was payable annually on December 31, minus Any interest actually payable on the loan for the period. Amended tax return Applicable federal rates are published by the IRS each month in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. Amended tax return Internal Revenue Bulletins are available on the IRS web site at www. Amended tax return irs. Amended tax return gov/irb. Amended tax return You can also contact an IRS office to get these rates. Amended tax return Loans subject to the rules. Amended tax return   The rules for below-market loans apply to the following. Amended tax return Gift loans (below-market loans where the forgone interest is in the nature of a gift). Amended tax return Compensation-related loans (below-market loans between an employer and an employee or between an independent contractor and a person for whom the contractor provides services). Amended tax return Corporation-shareholder loans. Amended tax return Tax avoidance loans (below-market loans where the avoidance of federal tax is one of the main purposes of the interest arrangement). Amended tax return Loans to qualified continuing care facilities under a continuing care contract (made after October 11, 1985). Amended tax return   Except as noted in (5) above, these rules apply to demand loans (loans payable in full at any time upon the lender's demand) outstanding after June 6, 1984, and to term loans (loans that are not demand loans) made after that date. Amended tax return Treatment of gift and demand loans. Amended tax return   If you receive a below-market gift loan or demand loan, you are treated as receiving an additional payment (as a gift, dividend, etc. Amended tax return ) equal to the forgone interest on the loan. Amended tax return You are then treated as transferring this amount back to the lender as interest. Amended tax return These transfers are considered to occur annually, generally on December 31. Amended tax return If you use the loan proceeds in your trade or business, you can deduct the forgone interest each year as a business interest expense. Amended tax return The lender must report it as interest income. Amended tax return Limit on forgone interest for gift loans of $100,000 or less. Amended tax return   For gift loans between individuals, forgone interest treated as transferred back to the lender is limited to the borrower's net investment income for the year. Amended tax return This limit applies if the outstanding loans between the lender and borrower total $100,000 or less. Amended tax return If the borrower's net investment income is $1,000 or less, it is treated as zero. Amended tax return This limit does not apply to a loan if the avoidance of any federal tax is one of the main purposes of the interest arrangement. Amended tax return Treatment of term loans. Amended tax return   If you receive a below-market term loan other than a gift or demand loan, you are treated as receiving an additional cash payment (as a dividend, etc. Amended tax return ) on the date the loan is made. Amended tax return This payment is equal to the loan amount minus the present value, at the applicable federal rate, of all payments due under the loan. Amended tax return The same amount is treated as original issue discount on the loan. Amended tax return See Original issue discount (OID) under Interest You Can Deduct, earlier. Amended tax return Exceptions for loans of $10,000 or less. Amended tax return   The rules for below-market loans do not apply to any day on which the total outstanding loans between the borrower and lender is $10,000 or less. Amended tax return This exception applies only to the following. Amended tax return Gift loans between individuals if the loan is not directly used to buy or carry income-producing assets. Amended tax return Compensation-related loans or corporation-shareholder loans if the avoidance of any federal tax is not a principal purpose of the interest arrangement. Amended tax return This exception does not apply to a term loan described in (2) above that was previously subject to the below-market loan rules. Amended tax return Those rules will continue to apply even if the outstanding balance is reduced to $10,000 or less. Amended tax return Exceptions for loans without significant tax effect. Amended tax return   The following loans are specifically exempted from the rules for below-market loans because their interest arrangements do not have a significant effect on the federal tax liability of the borrower or the lender. Amended tax return Loans made available by lenders to the general public on the same terms and conditions that are consistent with the lender's customary business practices. Amended tax return Loans subsidized by a federal, state, or municipal government that are made available under a program of general application to the public. Amended tax return Certain employee-relocation loans. Amended tax return Certain loans to or from a foreign person, unless the interest income would be effectively connected with the conduct of a U. Amended tax return S. Amended tax return trade or business and not exempt from U. Amended tax return S. Amended tax return tax under an income tax treaty. Amended tax return Any other loan if the taxpayer can show that the interest arrangement has no significant effect on the federal tax liability of the lender or the borrower. Amended tax return Whether an interest arrangement has a significant effect on the federal tax liability of the lender or the borrower will be determined by all the facts and circumstances. Amended tax return Consider all the following factors. Amended tax return Whether items of income and deduction generated by the loan offset each other. Amended tax return The amount of the items. Amended tax return The cost of complying with the below-market loan provisions if they were to apply. Amended tax return Any reasons, other than taxes, for structuring the transaction as a below-market loan. Amended tax return Exception for loans to qualified continuing care facilities. Amended tax return   The below-market interest rules do not apply to a loan owed by a qualified continuing care facility under a continuing care contract if the lender or lender's spouse is age 62 or older by the end of the calendar year. Amended tax return A qualified continuing care facility is one or more facilities (excluding nursing homes) meeting the requirements listed below. Amended tax return Designed to provide services under continuing care contracts (defined below). Amended tax return Includes an independent living unit, and either an assisted living or nursing facility, or both. Amended tax return Substantially all of the independent living unit residents are covered by continuing care contracts. Amended tax return A continuing care contract is a written contract between an individual and a qualified continuing care facility that includes all of the following conditions. Amended tax return The individual or individual's spouse must be entitled to use the facility for the rest of their life or lives. Amended tax return The individual or individual's spouse will be provided with housing, as appropriate for the health of the individual or individual's spouse in an: independent living unit (which has additional available facilities outside the unit for the provision of meals and other personal care), and assisted living or nursing facility available in the continuing care facility. Amended tax return The individual or individual's spouse will be provided with assisted living or nursing care available in the continuing care facility, as required for the health of the individual or the individual's spouse. Amended tax return For more information, see section 7872(h) of the Internal Revenue Code. Amended tax return Sale or exchange of property. Amended tax return   Different rules generally apply to a loan connected with the sale or exchange of property. Amended tax return If the loan does not provide adequate stated interest, part of the principal payment may be considered interest. Amended tax return However, there are exceptions that may require you to apply the below-market interest rate rules to these loans. Amended tax return See Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537. Amended tax return More information. Amended tax return   For more information on below-market loans, see section 7872 of the Internal Revenue Code and section 1. Amended tax return 7872-5 of the regulations. Amended tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications