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Can i file my 2010 taxes Publication 3 - Main Content Table of Contents Gross IncomeForeign Source Income Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) Community Property Form W-2 Codes Adjustments to IncomeArmed Forces Reservists Individual Retirement Arrangements Moving Expenses Combat Zone ExclusionCombat Zone Serving in a Combat Zone Amount of Exclusion Alien StatusResident Aliens Nonresident Aliens Dual-Status Aliens Sale of HomePeriod of suspension. Can i file my 2010 taxes Qualified official extended duty. Can i file my 2010 taxes ForeclosuresLump Sum Portion of Settlement Payment. Can i file my 2010 taxes Interest Payment on Lump Sum Portion of Settlement Payment. Can i file my 2010 taxes Lost Equity Portion of Settlement Payment. Can i file my 2010 taxes The rules that apply to a lost equity payment you received for the foreclosure of a property that was not your main home are different. Can i file my 2010 taxes Interest Payment on Lost Equity Portion of Settlement Payment. Can i file my 2010 taxes Itemized DeductionsEmployee Business Expenses Repayments CreditsFirst-Time Homebuyer Credit Child Tax Credit Earned Income Credit Credit for Excess Social Security Tax Withheld Forgiveness of Decedent's Tax LiabilityCombat Zone Related Forgiveness Terrorist or Military Action Related Forgiveness Claims for Tax Forgiveness Filing ReturnsSame-Sex Marriage Where To File When To File Signing Returns Extension of DeadlinesService That Qualifies for an Extension of Deadline Length of Extension Actions for Which Deadlines Are Extended Deferral of Payment Maximum Rate of Interest How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Gross Income Members of the Armed Forces receive many different types of pay and allowances. Can i file my 2010 taxes Some are included in gross income while others are excluded from gross income. Can i file my 2010 taxes Included items (Table 1) are subject to tax and must be reported on your tax return. Can i file my 2010 taxes Excluded items (Table 2) are not subject to tax, but may have to be shown on your tax return. Can i file my 2010 taxes For information on the exclusion of pay for service in a combat zone and other tax benefits for combat zone participants, see Combat Zone Exclusion and Extension of Deadlines , later. Can i file my 2010 taxes Table 1. Can i file my 2010 taxes Included Items These items are included in gross income, unless the pay is for service in a combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Basic pay • Active duty   Bonus pay • Career status   • Attendance at a designated service school     • Enlistment  • Officer   • Back wages     • Overseas extension   • CONUS COLA       • Reenlistment   • Drills         • Reserve training         • Training duty   Other pay  • Accrued leave          • High deployment per diem Special • Aviation career incentives      • Personal money allowances paid to pay • Career sea     high-ranking officers   • Diving duty      • Student loan repayment from programs   • Foreign duty (outside the 48 contiguous     such as the Department of Defense   states and the District of Columbia)     Educational Loan Repayment Program   • Foreign language proficiency     when year's service (requirement) is not   • Hardship duty     attributable to a combat zone   • Hostile fire or imminent danger         • Medical and dental officers   Incentive pay  • Submarine   • Nuclear-qualified officers      • Flight   • Optometry      • Hazardous duty   • Pharmacy      • High altitude/Low Opening (HALO)   • Special compensation for assistance with activities of daily living (SCAADL)         • Special duty assignment pay         • Veterinarian         • Voluntary Separation Incentive       Basic allowance for housing (BAH). Can i file my 2010 taxes   You can still deduct mortgage interest and real estate taxes on your home if you pay these expenses with your BAH. Can i file my 2010 taxes Table 2. Can i file my 2010 taxes Excluded Items The exclusion for certain items applies whether the item is furnished in kind or is a reimbursement or allowance. Can i file my 2010 taxes There is no exclusion for the personal use of a government-provided vehicle. Can i file my 2010 taxes Combat  zone pay • Compensation for active service while in a combat zone Note: Limited amount for officers     • Housing and cost-of-living allowances abroad paid by the U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Government or by a foreign government         • OHA (Overseas Housing Allowance)                     Other pay • Defense counseling         • Disability, including payments received for injuries incurred as a direct result of a terrorist or military action         • Group-term life insurance   Moving • Dislocation   • Professional education   allowances • Military base realignment and   • ROTC educational and subsistence     closure benefit    allowances     (the exclusion is limited as   • State bonus pay for service in a     described above)   combat zone     • Move-in housing   • Survivor and retirement protection     • Moving household and   plan premiums     personal items   • Uniform allowances     • Moving trailers or mobile homes   • Uniforms furnished to enlisted     • Storage   personnel     • Temporary lodging and         temporary lodging expenses                 Travel • Annual round trip for dependent Death • Burial services   allowances students allowances • Death gratuity payments to     • Leave between consecutive   eligible survivors     overseas tours   • Travel of dependents to burial site     • Reassignment in a dependent         restricted status Family • Certain educational expenses for     • Transportation for you or your allowances dependents     dependents during ship overhaul   • Emergencies     or inactivation   • Evacuation to a place of safety     • Per diem   • Separation             In-kind military • Dependent-care assistance program Living • BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing)   benefits • Legal assistance allowances • BAS (Basic Allowance for Subsistence)     • Medical/dental care         • Commissary/exchange discounts         • Space-available travel on government aircraft           Death gratuity. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Any death gratuity paid to a survivor of a member of the Armed Forces is excluded from gross income. Can i file my 2010 taxes Differential wage payments. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Differential wage payments are any payments made by an employer to an individual for a period during which the individual is performing service in the uniformed services while on active duty for a period of more than 30 days and that represent all or a portion of the wages the individual would have received from the employer if the individual was performing services for the employer. Can i file my 2010 taxes These amounts are taxable and cannot be excluded as combat pay. Can i file my 2010 taxes Military base realignment and closure benefit. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Payments made under the Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) generally are excluded from income. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, the excludable amount cannot be more than the maximum amount described in subsection (c) of 42 USC 3374 as in effect on November 6, 2009. Can i file my 2010 taxes Any part of the payment that is more than this limit is included in gross income. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information about the HAP, see http://hap. Can i file my 2010 taxes usace. Can i file my 2010 taxes army. Can i file my 2010 taxes mil/Overview. Can i file my 2010 taxes html. Can i file my 2010 taxes Qualified reservist distribution (QRD). Can i file my 2010 taxes   A QRD is a distribution to an individual of all or part of the individual's balance in a cafeteria plan or health flexible spending arrangement if: The individual was a reservist who was ordered or called to active duty for more than 179 days or for an indefinite period, and The distribution is made no sooner than the date the reservist was ordered or called to active duty and no later than the last day reimbursements could otherwise be made under the arrangement for the plan year which includes the date of the order or the call to duty. Can i file my 2010 taxes A QRD is included in gross income and is subject to employment taxes. Can i file my 2010 taxes The employer must include the QRD (reduced by after-tax contributions to the health flexible spending arrangement) as wages on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Can i file my 2010 taxes Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) distributions. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you participate in the Uniformed Services TSP and receive a distribution from your account, the distribution is generally included in your taxable income. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If your contributions included tax-exempt combat zone pay, the part of the distribution attributable to those contributions is tax exempt. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, the earnings on the tax-exempt portion of the distribution are taxable. Can i file my 2010 taxes The TSP will provide a statement showing the taxable and non-taxable portions of the distribution. Can i file my 2010 taxes Roth Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) balance. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You may be able to contribute to a designated Roth Account through the TSP known as the Roth TSP. Can i file my 2010 taxes Roth TSP contributions are after-tax contributions, subject to the same contribution limits as the traditional TSP. Can i file my 2010 taxes Qualified distributions from a Roth TSP are not included in your income. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more details, see Thrift Savings Accounts in Part II of Publication 721, Tax Guide to U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Civil Service Retirement Benefits. Can i file my 2010 taxes State bonus payments. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Bonus payments made by a state (or a political subdivision thereof) to a member or former member of the uniformed services of the United States or to a dependent of such member are considered combat pay (and therefore may not be taxable) if the payments are made only because of the member's service in a combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes See Combat Zone , later, for a list of designated combat zones. Can i file my 2010 taxes Foreign Source Income If you are a U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes citizen with income from sources outside the United States (foreign income), you must report all of that income (except for amounts that U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes law allows you to exclude) on your tax return. Can i file my 2010 taxes This is true whether you reside inside or outside the United States and whether or not you receive a Form W-2 or a Form 1099. Can i file my 2010 taxes This applies to earned income (such as wages and tips) as well as unearned income (such as interest, dividends, capital gains, pensions, rents, and royalties). Can i file my 2010 taxes Certain taxpayers can exclude income earned in foreign countries. Can i file my 2010 taxes For 2013, this exclusion amount can be as much as $97,600. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, the foreign earned income exclusion does not apply to the wages and salaries of military and civilian employees of the U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Government. Can i file my 2010 taxes Employees of the U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Government include those who work at United States Armed Forces exchanges, commissioned and noncommissioned officers' messes, Armed Forces motion picture services, and similar personnel. Can i file my 2010 taxes Other foreign income earned by military personnel or their spouses may be eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information on the exclusion, see Publication 54. Can i file my 2010 taxes Residents of American Samoa may be able to exclude income from American Samoa. Can i file my 2010 taxes This possession exclusion does not apply to wages and salaries of military and civilian employees of the U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Government. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you need information on the possession exclusion, see Publication 570, Tax Guide for Individuals With Income From U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Possessions. Can i file my 2010 taxes Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) If you are the civilian spouse of an active duty U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes military servicemember and your domicile is the same as the servicemember's, you can choose to keep your prior residence or domicile for tax purposes when you accompany the servicemember spouse, who is relocating under military orders to a new duty station in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or a U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes possession. Can i file my 2010 taxes See Publication 570 for more information. Can i file my 2010 taxes Domicile. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Your domicile is the permanent legal home you intend to use for an indefinite or unlimited period, and to which, when absent, you intend to return. Can i file my 2010 taxes It is not always where you presently live. Can i file my 2010 taxes Community Property The pay you earn as a member of the Armed Forces may be subject to community property laws depending on your marital status, your domicile, and the nature of the payment. Can i file my 2010 taxes The community property states are Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Can i file my 2010 taxes Marital status. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Community property rules apply to married persons whose domicile during the tax year was in a community property state. Can i file my 2010 taxes The rules may affect your tax liability if you file separate returns or are divorced during the year. Can i file my 2010 taxes Nevada, Washington, and California domestic partners. Can i file my 2010 taxes   A registered domestic partner in Nevada, Washington, or California generally must report half the combined income of the individual and his or her domestic partner. Can i file my 2010 taxes See Form 8958 and Publication 555, Community Property. Can i file my 2010 taxes Nature of the payment. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Active duty military pay is subject to community property laws. Can i file my 2010 taxes Armed Forces retired or retainer pay may be subject to community property laws. Can i file my 2010 taxes   For more information on community property laws, see Publication 555. Can i file my 2010 taxes Form W-2 Codes Form W-2 shows your total pay and other compensation and the income tax, social security tax, and Medicare tax that was withheld during the year. Can i file my 2010 taxes Form W-2 also shows other amounts that you may find important in box 12. Can i file my 2010 taxes The amounts shown in box 12 are generally preceded by a code. Can i file my 2010 taxes A list of codes used in box 12 is shown, next. Can i file my 2010 taxes Form W-2 Reference Guide for Box 12 Codes A Uncollected social security or RRTA J Nontaxable sick pay T Adoption benefits   tax on tips             K 20% excise tax on excess golden V Income from exercise of B Uncollected Medicare tax on tips   parachute payments   nonstatutory stock option(s)             C Taxable cost of group-term life L Substantiated employee business W Employer contributions (including   insurance over $50,000   expense reimbursements   employee contributions through a           cafeteria plan) to an employee's D Elective deferrals under a section M Uncollected social security or RRTA   health savings account (HSA)   401(k) cash or deferred arrangement   tax on taxable cost of group-term life       plan (including a SIMPLE 401(k)   insurance over $50,000 (former Y Deferrals under a section 409A   arrangement)   employees only)   nonqualified deferred           compensation plan E Elective deferrals under a section N Uncollected Medicare tax on taxable       403(b) salary reduction agreement   cost of group-term life insurance Z Income under section 409A on a       over $50,000 (former employees only)   nonqualified deferred F Elective deferrals under a section       compensation plan   408(k)(6) salary reduction SEP P Excludable moving expense           reimbursements paid directly to AA Designated Roth contributions G Elective deferrals and employer   employee   under a section 401(k) plan   contributions (including nonelective           deferrals) to a section 457(b) Q Nontaxable combat pay BB Designated Roth contributions   deferred compensation plan       under a section 403(b) plan     R Employer contributions to an Archer     H Elective deferrals to a section   MSA DD Cost of employer-sponsored   501(c)(18)(D) tax-exempt       health coverage   organization plan S Employee salary reduction contributions under a section 408(p) SIMPLE  EE  Designated Roth contributions under a governmental section 457(b) plan  Note. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information on these codes, see your Form(s) W-2. Can i file my 2010 taxes Adjustments to Income Adjusted gross income is your total income minus certain adjustments. Can i file my 2010 taxes The following adjustments are of particular interest to members of the Armed Forces. Can i file my 2010 taxes Armed Forces Reservists If you are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces and you travel more than 100 miles away from home in connection with your performance of services as a member of the reserves, you can deduct your unreimbursed travel expenses as an adjustment to income on line 24 of Form 1040, U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Individual Income Tax Return, rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Can i file my 2010 taxes Include all unreimbursed expenses from the time you leave home until the time you return home. Can i file my 2010 taxes The deduction is limited to the amount the federal government generally reimburses its employees for travel expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information about this limit, see Per Diem and Car Allowances in chapter 6 of Publication 463. Can i file my 2010 taxes Member of a reserve component. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces if you are in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard of the United States, the Air National Guard of the United States, or the Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service. Can i file my 2010 taxes How to report. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you have reserve-related travel that takes you more than 100 miles from home, you should first complete Form 2106, Employee Business Expenses, or Form 2106-EZ, Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes Then enter on Form 1040, line 24, the part of your expenses, up to the federal rate, included on Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, that is for reserve-related travel more than 100 miles from your home. Can i file my 2010 taxes Subtract this amount from the total on Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, and deduct the balance as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Can i file my 2010 taxes Example. Can i file my 2010 taxes Captain Harris, a member of the Army Reserve, traveled to a location 220 miles from his home to perform his work in the reserves in April 2013. Can i file my 2010 taxes He incurred $1,549 of unreimbursed expenses consisting of $249 for mileage (440 miles × 56. Can i file my 2010 taxes 5 cents per mile), $300 for meals, and $1,000 for lodging. Can i file my 2010 taxes He also had other deductible mileage expenses of $110 for several trips to a location 20 miles from his home. Can i file my 2010 taxes Only 50% of his meal expenses are deductible. Can i file my 2010 taxes He shows his total deductible travel expenses of $1,509 ($249 + $150 (50% of $300) + $1,000 + $110) on Form 2106, line 10. Can i file my 2010 taxes He enters the $1,399 ($249 + $150 + $1,000) for travel over 100 miles from home on Form 1040, line 24. Can i file my 2010 taxes He then subtracts that $1,399 from the amount on Form 2106, $1,509, and enters $110 on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Can i file my 2010 taxes Individual Retirement Arrangements Generally, you can deduct the lesser of the contributions to your traditional individual retirement arrangement (IRA) for the year or the general limit (or spousal IRA limit, if applicable). Can i file my 2010 taxes However, if you or your spouse was covered by an employer-maintained retirement plan at any time during the year for which contributions were made, you may not be able to deduct all of the contributions. Can i file my 2010 taxes The Form W-2 you or your spouse receives from an employer has a box used to indicate whether you were covered for the year. Can i file my 2010 taxes The “Retirement plan” box should have a mark in it if you were covered. Can i file my 2010 taxes For purposes of a deduction for contributions to a traditional IRA, Armed Forces members (including reservists on active duty for more than 90 days during the year) are considered covered by an employer-maintained retirement plan. Can i file my 2010 taxes Individuals serving in the U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Armed Forces or in support of the U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Armed Forces in designated combat zones have additional time to make a qualified retirement contribution to an IRA. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information on this extension of deadline provision, see Extension of Deadlines , later. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information on IRAs, see Publication 590. Can i file my 2010 taxes Combat Pay For IRA purposes, your compensation includes nontaxable combat pay. Can i file my 2010 taxes This means that even though you do not have to include the combat pay in your gross income, you do include it in your compensation when figuring the limits on contributions and deductions of contributions to IRAs. Can i file my 2010 taxes Qualified Reservist Distributions A qualified reservist distribution is defined below. Can i file my 2010 taxes It is not subject to the 10% additional tax on early distributions from certain retirement plans. Can i file my 2010 taxes Definition. Can i file my 2010 taxes   A distribution you receive is a qualified reservist distribution if the following requirements are met. Can i file my 2010 taxes You were ordered or called to active duty after September 11, 2001. Can i file my 2010 taxes You were ordered or called to active duty for a period of more than 179 days or for an indefinite period because you are a member of a reserve component (see Member of a reserve component , earlier, under Armed Forces Reservists. Can i file my 2010 taxes ) The distribution is from an IRA or from amounts attributable to elective deferrals under a section 401(k) or 403(b) plan or a similar arrangement. Can i file my 2010 taxes The distribution was made no earlier than the date of the order or call to active duty and no later than the close of the active duty period. Can i file my 2010 taxes Qualified Reservist Repayments You may be able to contribute (repay) to an IRA amounts equal to any qualified reservist distributions (defined earlier) you received. Can i file my 2010 taxes You can make these repayment contributions even if they would cause your total contributions to the IRA to be more than the general limit on contributions. Can i file my 2010 taxes You make these repayment contributions to an IRA, even if you received the qualified reservist distribution from a section 401(k) or 403(b) plan or a similar arrangement. Can i file my 2010 taxes Limit. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Your qualified reservist repayments cannot be more than your qualified reservist distributions. Can i file my 2010 taxes When repayment contributions can be made. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You cannot make these repayment contributions after the date that is 2 years after your active duty period ends. Can i file my 2010 taxes No deduction. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You cannot deduct qualified reservist repayments. Can i file my 2010 taxes Figuring your IRA deduction. Can i file my 2010 taxes   The repayment of qualified reservist distributions does not affect the amount you can deduct as an IRA contribution. Can i file my 2010 taxes Reporting the repayment. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you repay a qualified reservist distribution, include the amount of the repayment with nondeductible contributions on line 1 of Form 8606, Nondeductible IRAs. Can i file my 2010 taxes Moving Expenses To deduct moving expenses, you generally must meet certain time and distance tests. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, if you are a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and you move because of a permanent change of station, you do not have to meet these tests. Can i file my 2010 taxes You can deduct your unreimbursed moving expenses on Form 3903. Can i file my 2010 taxes Permanent change of station. Can i file my 2010 taxes   A permanent change of station includes: A move from your home to your first post of active duty, A move from one permanent post of duty to another, and A move from your last post of duty to your home or to a nearer point in the United States. Can i file my 2010 taxes The move must occur within 1 year of ending your active duty or within the period allowed under the Joint Federal Travel Regulations. Can i file my 2010 taxes Spouse and dependents. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you are the spouse or dependent of a member of the Armed Forces who deserts, is imprisoned, or dies, a permanent change of station for you includes a move to: The member's place of enlistment or induction, Your, or the member's, home of record, or A nearer point in the United States. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If the military moves you to or from a different location than the member, the moves are treated as a single move to your new main job location. Can i file my 2010 taxes Services or reimbursements provided by the government. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Do not include in your income the value of moving and storage services provided by the government because of a permanent change of station. Can i file my 2010 taxes Similarly, do not include in income amounts received as a dislocation allowance, temporary lodging expense, temporary lodging allowance, or move-in housing allowance. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Generally, if the total reimbursements or allowances that you receive from the government because of the move are more than your actual moving expenses, the excess is included in your wages on Form W-2. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, if any reimbursements or allowances (other than dislocation, temporary lodging, temporary lodging expense, or move-in housing allowances) exceed the cost of moving and the excess is not included in your wages on Form W-2, the excess still must be included in gross income on Form 1040, line 7. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Use Form 3903 to deduct qualified expenses that exceed your reimbursements and allowances (including dislocation, temporary lodging, temporary lodging expense, or move-in housing allowances that are excluded from gross income). Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you must relocate and your spouse and dependents move to or from a different location, do not include in income reimbursements, allowances, or the value of moving and storage services provided by the government to move you and your spouse and dependents to and from the separate locations. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Do not deduct any expenses for moving services that were provided by the government. Can i file my 2010 taxes Also, do not deduct any expenses that were reimbursed by an allowance you did not include in income. Can i file my 2010 taxes Deductible Moving Expenses If you move because of a permanent change of station, you can deduct the reasonable unreimbursed expenses of moving you and members of your household. Can i file my 2010 taxes You can deduct expenses (if not reimbursed or furnished in kind) for: Moving household goods and personal effects, and Travel. Can i file my 2010 taxes Moving household goods and personal effects. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You can deduct the expenses of moving your household goods and personal effects, including expenses for hauling a trailer, packing, crating, in-transit storage, and insurance. Can i file my 2010 taxes You cannot deduct expenses for moving furniture or other goods you bought on the way from your old home to your new home. Can i file my 2010 taxes Storing and insuring household goods and personal effects. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You can include only the cost of storing and insuring your household goods and personal effects within any period of 30 consecutive days after the day these goods and effects are moved from your former home and before they are delivered to your new home. Can i file my 2010 taxes Travel. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You can deduct the expenses of traveling (including lodging but not meals) from your old home to your new home, including car expenses and air fare. Can i file my 2010 taxes You can deduct as car expenses either: Your actual out-of-pocket expenses such as gas and oil, or The standard mileage rate of 24 cents a mile. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You can add parking fees and tolls to the amount claimed under either method. Can i file my 2010 taxes You cannot deduct any expenses for meals. Can i file my 2010 taxes You cannot deduct the cost of unnecessary side trips or lavish and extravagant lodging. Can i file my 2010 taxes Member of your household. Can i file my 2010 taxes   A member of your household is anyone who has both your former home and your new home as his or her main home. Can i file my 2010 taxes It does not include a tenant or employee unless you can claim that person as a dependent. Can i file my 2010 taxes Foreign Moves A foreign move is a move from the United States or its possessions to a foreign country or from one foreign country to another foreign country. Can i file my 2010 taxes A move from a foreign country to the United States or its possessions is not a foreign move. Can i file my 2010 taxes For a foreign move, the deductible moving expenses described earlier are expanded to include the reasonable expenses of: Moving your household goods and personal effects to and from storage, and Storing these items for part or all of the time the new job location remains your main job location. Can i file my 2010 taxes The new job location must be outside the United States. Can i file my 2010 taxes Reporting Moving Expenses Figure moving expense deductions on Form 3903. Can i file my 2010 taxes Carry the deduction from Form 3903 to Form 1040, line 26. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information, see Publication 521 and Form 3903. Can i file my 2010 taxes Combat Zone Exclusion If you are a member of the U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Armed Forces who serves in a combat zone (defined later), you can exclude certain pay from your income. Can i file my 2010 taxes This pay is generally referred to as “combat pay. Can i file my 2010 taxes ” You do not actually need to show the exclusion on your tax return because income that qualifies for the combat zone exclusion is not included in the wages reported on your Form W-2. Can i file my 2010 taxes (See Form W-2 , later. Can i file my 2010 taxes ) The month for which you receive the pay must be a month in which you either served in a combat zone or were hospitalized as a result of wounds, disease, or injury incurred while serving in the combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes You do not have to receive the excluded pay while you are in a combat zone, are hospitalized, or in the same year you served in a combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you are an enlisted member, warrant officer, or commissioned warrant officer, you can exclude the following amounts from your income. Can i file my 2010 taxes (Other officer personnel are discussed under Amount of Exclusion , later. Can i file my 2010 taxes ) Active duty pay earned in any month you served in a combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Imminent danger/hostile fire pay. Can i file my 2010 taxes A reenlistment bonus if the voluntary extension or reenlistment occurs in a month you served in a combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Pay for accrued leave earned in any month you served in a combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes The Department of Defense must determine that the unused leave was earned during that period. Can i file my 2010 taxes Pay received for duties as a member of the Armed Forces in clubs, messes, post and station theaters, and other nonappropriated fund activities. Can i file my 2010 taxes The pay must be earned in a month you served in a combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Awards for suggestions, inventions, or scientific achievements you are entitled to because of a submission you made in a month you served in a combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Student loan repayments. Can i file my 2010 taxes If the entire year of service required to earn the repayment was performed in a combat zone, the entire repayment made because of that year of service is excluded. Can i file my 2010 taxes If only part of that year of service was performed in a combat zone, only part of the repayment qualifies for exclusion. Can i file my 2010 taxes For example, if you served in a combat zone for 5 months, 5/12 of your repayment qualifies for exclusion. Can i file my 2010 taxes Retirement pay and pensions do not qualify for the combat zone exclusion. Can i file my 2010 taxes Partial (month) service. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you serve in a combat zone for any part of one or more days during a particular month, you are entitled to an exclusion for that entire month. Can i file my 2010 taxes Form W-2. Can i file my 2010 taxes   The wages shown in box 1 of your 2013 Form W-2 should not include military pay excluded from your income under the combat zone exclusion provisions. Can i file my 2010 taxes If it does, you will need to get a corrected Form W-2 from your finance office. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You cannot exclude as combat pay any wages shown in box 1 of Form W-2. Can i file my 2010 taxes Combat Zone A combat zone is any area the President of the United States designates by Executive Order as an area in which the U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Armed Forces are engaging or have engaged in combat. Can i file my 2010 taxes An area usually becomes a combat zone and ceases to be a combat zone on the dates the President designates by Executive Order. Can i file my 2010 taxes Afghanistan area. Can i file my 2010 taxes   By Executive Order No. Can i file my 2010 taxes 13239, Afghanistan (and airspace above) was designated as a combat zone beginning September 19, 2001. Can i file my 2010 taxes On December 14, 2001, the following countries were certified by the Department of Defense for combat zone tax benefits due to their direct support of military operations in the Afghanistan combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Djibouti. Can i file my 2010 taxes Jordan. Can i file my 2010 taxes Kyrgyzstan. Can i file my 2010 taxes Pakistan. Can i file my 2010 taxes Somalia. Can i file my 2010 taxes Syria. Can i file my 2010 taxes Tajikistan. Can i file my 2010 taxes Uzbekistan. Can i file my 2010 taxes Yemen. Can i file my 2010 taxes The Philippines. Can i file my 2010 taxes  Note. Can i file my 2010 taxes For the Philippines only, the personnel must be deployed in conjunction with Operation Enduring Freedom supporting military operations in the Afghanistan combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes The Kosovo area. Can i file my 2010 taxes   By Executive Order No. Can i file my 2010 taxes 13119, the following locations (including airspace above) were designated as a combat zone beginning March 24, 1999. Can i file my 2010 taxes Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia/Montenegro). Can i file my 2010 taxes Albania. Can i file my 2010 taxes Kosovo. Can i file my 2010 taxes The Adriatic Sea. Can i file my 2010 taxes The Ionian Sea—north of the 39th parallel. Can i file my 2010 taxes Note. Can i file my 2010 taxes The combat zone designation for Montenegro and Kosovo (previously a province within Serbia) under Executive Order 13119 remains in force even though Montenegro and Kosovo became independent nations since EO 13119 was signed. Can i file my 2010 taxes Arabian peninsula. Can i file my 2010 taxes   By Executive Order No. Can i file my 2010 taxes 12744, the following locations (and airspace above) were designated as a combat zone beginning January 17, 1991. Can i file my 2010 taxes The Persian Gulf. Can i file my 2010 taxes The Red Sea. Can i file my 2010 taxes The Gulf of Oman. Can i file my 2010 taxes The part of the Arabian Sea that is north of 10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude. Can i file my 2010 taxes The Gulf of Aden. Can i file my 2010 taxes The total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Can i file my 2010 taxes Jordan which is in direct support of the Arabian Peninsula. Can i file my 2010 taxes Serving in a Combat Zone You are considered to be serving in a combat zone if you are either assigned on official temporary duty to a combat zone or you qualify for hostile fire/imminent danger pay while in a combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Service in a combat zone includes any periods you are absent from duty because of sickness, wounds, or leave. Can i file my 2010 taxes If, as a result of serving in a combat zone, a person becomes a prisoner of war or is missing in action, that person is considered to be serving in the combat zone so long as he or she keeps that status for military pay purposes. Can i file my 2010 taxes Hospitalized While Serving in a Combat Zone If you are hospitalized while serving in a combat zone, the wound, disease, or injury causing the hospitalization will be presumed to have been incurred while serving in the combat zone unless there is clear evidence to the contrary. Can i file my 2010 taxes Example. Can i file my 2010 taxes You are hospitalized for a specific disease in a combat zone where you have been serving for 3 weeks, and the disease for which you are hospitalized has an incubation period of 2 to 4 weeks. Can i file my 2010 taxes The disease is presumed to have been incurred while you were serving in the combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes On the other hand, if the incubation period of the disease is 1 year, the disease would not have been incurred while you were serving in the combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Hospitalized After Leaving a Combat Zone In some cases, the wound, disease, or injury may have been incurred while you were serving in the combat zone, even though you were not hospitalized until after you left. Can i file my 2010 taxes In that case, you can exclude military pay earned while you are hospitalized as a result of the wound, disease, or injury. Can i file my 2010 taxes Example. Can i file my 2010 taxes You were hospitalized for a specific disease 3 weeks after you left the combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes The incubation period of the disease is from 2 to 4 weeks. Can i file my 2010 taxes The disease is presumed to have been incurred while serving in the combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Nonqualifying Presence in Combat Zone None of the following types of military service qualify as service in a combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Presence in a combat zone while on leave from a duty station located outside the combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Passage over or through a combat zone during a trip between two points that are outside a combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Presence in a combat zone solely for your personal convenience. Can i file my 2010 taxes Service Outside Combat Zone Considered Service in Combat Zone Military service outside a combat zone is considered to be performed in a combat zone if: The Department of Defense designates that the service is in direct support of military operations in the combat zone, and The service qualifies you for special military pay for duty subject to hostile fire or imminent danger. Can i file my 2010 taxes Military pay received for this service will qualify for the combat zone exclusion if all of the requirements (other than service in a combat zone) are met and the pay is verifiable by reference to military pay records. Can i file my 2010 taxes Amount of Exclusion If you are an enlisted member, warrant officer, or commissioned warrant officer and you serve in a combat zone during any part of a month, you can exclude all of your military pay for that month. Can i file my 2010 taxes It should not be included in the wages reported on your Form W-2. Can i file my 2010 taxes You also can exclude military pay earned while you are hospitalized as a result of wounds, disease, or injury incurred in the combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you are hospitalized, you cannot exclude any military pay received for any month of service that begins more than 2 years after the end of combat activities in the combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes Your hospitalization does not have to be in the combat zone. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you are a commissioned officer (other than a commissioned warrant officer), you can exclude your pay according to the rules just discussed. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, the amount of your exclusion is limited to the highest rate of enlisted pay (plus imminent danger/hostile fire pay you received) for each month during any part of which you served in a combat zone or were hospitalized as a result of your service there. Can i file my 2010 taxes Alien Status For tax purposes, an alien is an individual who is not a U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes citizen. Can i file my 2010 taxes An alien is in one of three categories: resident, nonresident, or dual-status. Can i file my 2010 taxes Placement in the correct category is crucial in determining what income to report and what forms to file. Can i file my 2010 taxes Under peacetime enlistment rules, you generally cannot enlist in the Armed Forces unless you are a citizen or have been legally admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you are an alien enlistee in the Armed Forces, you are probably a resident alien. Can i file my 2010 taxes If, under an income tax treaty, you are considered a resident of a foreign country, see your base legal officer. Can i file my 2010 taxes Other aliens who are in the United States only because of military assignments and who have a home outside the United States are nonresident aliens. Can i file my 2010 taxes Guam and Puerto Rico have special rules. Can i file my 2010 taxes Residents of those areas should contact their taxing authority with their questions. Can i file my 2010 taxes Most members of the Armed Forces are U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes citizens or resident aliens. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, if you have questions about your alien status or the alien status of your dependents or spouse, you should read the information in the following paragraphs and see Publication 519. Can i file my 2010 taxes Resident Aliens You are considered a resident alien of the United States for tax purposes if you meet either the “green card test” or the “substantial presence test” for the calendar year (January 1–December 31). Can i file my 2010 taxes If you meet the substantial presence test for 2014, you did not meet either the green card test or the substantial presence test for 2012 or 2013, and you did not choose to be treated as a resident for part of 2012, you may be able to choose to be treated as a U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes resident for part of 2013. Can i file my 2010 taxes See First-Year Choice in Publication 519. Can i file my 2010 taxes These tests are explained in Publication 519. Can i file my 2010 taxes Generally, resident aliens are taxed on their worldwide income and file the same tax forms as U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes citizens. Can i file my 2010 taxes Treating nonresident alien spouse as resident alien. Can i file my 2010 taxes   A nonresident alien spouse can be treated as a resident alien if all the following conditions are met. Can i file my 2010 taxes One spouse is a U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes citizen or resident alien at the end of the tax year. Can i file my 2010 taxes That spouse is married to the nonresident alien at the end of the tax year. Can i file my 2010 taxes You both choose to treat the nonresident alien spouse as a resident alien. Can i file my 2010 taxes Making the choice. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Both you and your spouse must sign a statement and attach it to your joint return for the first tax year for which the choice applies. Can i file my 2010 taxes Include in the statement: A declaration that one spouse was a nonresident alien and the other was a U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes citizen or resident alien on the last day of the year, A declaration that both spouses choose to be treated as U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes residents for the entire tax year, and The name, address, and taxpayer identification number (social security number or individual taxpayer identification number) of each spouse. Can i file my 2010 taxes If the nonresident alien spouse is not eligible to get a social security number, he or she should file Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. Can i file my 2010 taxes    Once you make this choice, the nonresident alien spouse's worldwide income is subject to U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes tax. Can i file my 2010 taxes If the nonresident alien spouse has substantial foreign income, there may be no advantage to making this choice. Can i file my 2010 taxes Ending the choice. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Once you make this choice, it applies to all later years unless one of the following situations occurs. Can i file my 2010 taxes You or your spouse revokes the choice. Can i file my 2010 taxes You or your spouse dies. Can i file my 2010 taxes You and your spouse become legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. Can i file my 2010 taxes The Internal Revenue Service ends the choice because you or your spouse kept inadequate records. Can i file my 2010 taxes For specific details on these situations, see Publication 519. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If the choice is ended for any of these reasons, neither spouse can make the choice for any later year. Can i file my 2010 taxes Choice not made. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you and your nonresident alien spouse do not make this choice: You cannot file a joint return. Can i file my 2010 taxes You can file as married filing separately, or head of household if you qualify. Can i file my 2010 taxes You can claim an exemption for your nonresident alien spouse if he or she has no gross income for U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes tax purposes and is not another taxpayer's dependent. Can i file my 2010 taxes The nonresident alien spouse generally does not have to file a federal income tax return if he or she had no income from sources in the United States. Can i file my 2010 taxes If a return has to be filed, see the next discussion. Can i file my 2010 taxes The nonresident alien spouse is not eligible for the earned income credit if he or she has to file a return. Can i file my 2010 taxes Nonresident Aliens If you are an alien who does not meet the requirements discussed earlier to be a resident alien, you are a nonresident alien. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you are required to file a federal tax return, you must file either Form 1040NR, U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return, or Form 1040NR-EZ, U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Income Tax Return for Certain Nonresident Aliens With No Dependents. Can i file my 2010 taxes See the form instructions for information on who must file and filing status. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you are a nonresident alien, you generally must pay tax on income from sources in the United States. Can i file my 2010 taxes Your income from conducting a trade or business in the United States is taxed at graduated U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes tax rates. Can i file my 2010 taxes Other income from U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes sources is taxed at a flat 30% (or lower treaty) rate. Can i file my 2010 taxes For example, dividends from a U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes corporation paid to a nonresident alien generally are subject to a 30% (or lower treaty) rate. Can i file my 2010 taxes Dual-Status Aliens You can be both a nonresident and resident alien during the same tax year. Can i file my 2010 taxes This usually occurs in the year you arrive in or depart from the United States. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you are a dual-status alien, you are taxed on income from all sources for the part of the year you are a resident alien. Can i file my 2010 taxes Generally, for the part of the year you are a nonresident alien, you are taxed only on income from sources in the United States. Can i file my 2010 taxes Sale of Home You may not have to pay tax on all or part of the gain from the sale of your main home. Can i file my 2010 taxes Usually, your main home is the one you live in most of the time. Can i file my 2010 taxes It can be a: House, Houseboat, Mobile home, Cooperative apartment, or Condominium. Can i file my 2010 taxes You generally can exclude up to $250,000 of gain ($500,000, in most cases, if married filing a joint return) realized on the sale or exchange of a main home in 2013. Can i file my 2010 taxes The exclusion is allowed each time you sell or exchange a main home, but generally not more than once every 2 years. Can i file my 2010 taxes To be eligible, during the 5-year period ending on the date of the sale, you must have owned the home for at least 2 years (the ownership test), and lived in the home as your main home for at least 2 years (the use test). Can i file my 2010 taxes Exception to ownership and use tests. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You can exclude gain, but the maximum amount of gain you can exclude will be reduced if you do not meet the ownership and use tests due to a move to a new permanent duty station. Can i file my 2010 taxes 5-year test period suspended. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You can choose to have the 5-year test period for ownership and use suspended during any period you or your spouse serve on qualified official extended duty as a member of the Armed Forces. Can i file my 2010 taxes This means that you may be able to meet the 2-year use test even if, because of your service, you did not actually live in your home for at least the required 2 years during the 5-year period ending on the date of sale. Can i file my 2010 taxes Example. Can i file my 2010 taxes David bought and moved into a home in 2005. Can i file my 2010 taxes He lived in it as his main home for 2½ years. Can i file my 2010 taxes For the next 6 years, he did not live in it because he was on qualified official extended duty with the Army. Can i file my 2010 taxes He then sold the home at a gain in 2013. Can i file my 2010 taxes To meet the use test, David chooses to suspend the 5-year test period for the 6 years he was on qualifying official extended duty. Can i file my 2010 taxes This means he can disregard those 6 years. Can i file my 2010 taxes Therefore, David's 5-year test period consists of the 5 years before he went on qualifying official extended duty. Can i file my 2010 taxes He meets the ownership and use tests because he owned and lived in the home for 2½ years during this test period. Can i file my 2010 taxes Period of suspension. Can i file my 2010 taxes   The period of suspension cannot last more than 10 years. Can i file my 2010 taxes You cannot suspend the 5-year period for more than one property at a time. Can i file my 2010 taxes You can revoke your choice to suspend the 5-year period at any time. Can i file my 2010 taxes Qualified official extended duty. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You are on qualified official extended duty if you serve on extended duty either: At a duty station at least 50 miles from your main home, or While you live in Government quarters under Government orders. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You are on extended duty when you are called or ordered to active duty for a period of more than 90 days or for an indefinite period. Can i file my 2010 taxes Property used for rental or business. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You may be able to exclude your gain from the sale of a home that you have used as a rental property or for business. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, you must meet the ownership and use tests discussed in Publication 523. Can i file my 2010 taxes Nonqualified use. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If the sale of your main home results in a gain that is allocated to one or more period(s) of nonqualified use, you cannot exclude that gain from your income. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Nonqualified use means any period after 2008 when neither you nor your spouse (or your former spouse) used the property as a main home, with certain exceptions. Can i file my 2010 taxes For example, a period of nonqualified use does not include any period (not to exceed a total of 10 years) during which you or your spouse is serving on qualified official extended duty. Can i file my 2010 taxes Loss. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You cannot deduct a loss from the sale of your main home. Can i file my 2010 taxes More information. Can i file my 2010 taxes   For more information, see Publication 523. Can i file my 2010 taxes Foreclosures There may be tax consequences as a result of compensation payments for foreclosures. Can i file my 2010 taxes Payments made for violations of the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Can i file my 2010 taxes   All service members who received a settlement payment reported on a Form 1099 may need to report the amount on their tax return. Can i file my 2010 taxes Generally, you must include settlement payments in income. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, the tax treatment of settlement payments will depend on the facts and circumstances. Can i file my 2010 taxes Lump Sum Portion of Settlement Payment. Can i file my 2010 taxes    Generally, you must include the lump sum payment in gross income. Can i file my 2010 taxes In limited circumstances you may be able to exclude part or all of the lump sum payment from gross income. Can i file my 2010 taxes For example, you may qualify to exclude part or all of the payment from gross income if you can show that the payment was made to reimburse specific nondeductible expenses (such as living expenses) you incurred because of the SCRA violation. Can i file my 2010 taxes Interest Payment on Lump Sum Portion of Settlement Payment. Can i file my 2010 taxes    You must include any interest on the lump sum portion of your settlement payment in your income. Can i file my 2010 taxes Lost Equity Portion of Settlement Payment. Can i file my 2010 taxes    If you lost your main home in foreclosure, you should treat the lost equity payment as an additional amount you received on the foreclosure of the home. Can i file my 2010 taxes You will have a gain on the foreclosure only if the sum of the lost equity payment and the value of the main home at foreclosure is more than what you paid for the home. Can i file my 2010 taxes In many cases, this gain may be excluded from income. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information on the rules for excluding all or part of any gain from the sale (including a foreclosure) of a main home, see Pub. Can i file my 2010 taxes 523, Selling Your Home. Can i file my 2010 taxes The rules that apply to a lost equity payment you received for the foreclosure of a property that was not your main home are different. Can i file my 2010 taxes    To find rules for reporting gain or loss on the foreclosure of property that was not your main home, see Pub. Can i file my 2010 taxes 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets. Can i file my 2010 taxes Interest Payment on Lost Equity Portion of Settlement Payment. Can i file my 2010 taxes    You must include any interest on the lost equity portion of your settlement payment in your income. Can i file my 2010 taxes Itemized Deductions To figure your taxable income, you must subtract either your standard deduction or your itemized deductions from adjusted gross income. Can i file my 2010 taxes For information on the standard deduction, see Publication 501. Can i file my 2010 taxes Itemized deductions are figured on Schedule A (Form 1040). Can i file my 2010 taxes This chapter discusses miscellaneous itemized deductions of particular interest to members of the Armed Forces. Can i file my 2010 taxes For information on other itemized deductions, see the publications listed below. Can i file my 2010 taxes Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. Can i file my 2010 taxes Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Can i file my 2010 taxes Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes You must reduce the total of most miscellaneous itemized deductions by 2% of your adjusted gross income. Can i file my 2010 taxes For information on deductions that are not subject to the 2% limit, see Publication 529. Can i file my 2010 taxes Employee Business Expenses Deductible employee business expenses generally are miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% limit. Can i file my 2010 taxes Certain employee business expenses are deductible as adjustments to income. Can i file my 2010 taxes For information on many employee business expenses, see Publication 463. Can i file my 2010 taxes Generally, you must file Form 2106, Employee Business Expenses, or Form 2106-EZ, Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses, to claim these expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes You do not have to file Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ if you are claiming only unreimbursed expenses for uniforms, professional society dues, and work-related educational expenses (all discussed later). Can i file my 2010 taxes You can deduct these expenses directly on Schedule A (Form 1040). Can i file my 2010 taxes Reimbursement. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Generally, to receive advances, reimbursements, or other allowances from the government, you must adequately account for your expenses and return any excess reimbursement. Can i file my 2010 taxes Your reimbursed expenses are not deductible. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If your expenses are more than your reimbursement, the excess expenses are deductible (subject to the 2% limit) if you can prove them. Can i file my 2010 taxes You must file Form 2106 to report these expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You can use the shorter Form 2106-EZ if you meet all three of the following conditions. Can i file my 2010 taxes You are an employee deducting expenses related to your job. Can i file my 2010 taxes You were not reimbursed by your employer for your expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes (Amounts included in box 1 of Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements. Can i file my 2010 taxes ) If you claim car expenses, you use the standard mileage rate. Can i file my 2010 taxes    For 2013, the standard mileage rate is 56. Can i file my 2010 taxes 5 cents a mile for all business miles driven. Can i file my 2010 taxes This rate is adjusted periodically. Can i file my 2010 taxes Travel Expenses You can deduct unreimbursed travel expenses only if they are incurred while you are traveling away from home. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you are a member of the U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Armed Forces on a permanent duty assignment overseas, you are not traveling away from home. Can i file my 2010 taxes You cannot deduct your expenses for meals and lodging while at your permanent duty station. Can i file my 2010 taxes You cannot deduct these expenses even if you have to maintain a home in the United States for your family members who are not allowed to accompany you overseas. Can i file my 2010 taxes A naval officer assigned to permanent duty aboard a ship that has regular eating and living facilities has a home aboard ship for travel expense purposes. Can i file my 2010 taxes To be deductible, your travel expenses must be work related. Can i file my 2010 taxes You cannot deduct any expenses for personal travel, such as visits to family while on furlough, leave, or liberty. Can i file my 2010 taxes Away from home. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Home is your permanent duty station (which can be a ship or base), regardless of where you or your family live. Can i file my 2010 taxes You are away from home if you are away from your permanent duty station substantially longer than an ordinary day's work and you need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Examples of deductible travel expenses include: Expenses for business-related meals (generally limited to 50% of your unreimbursed cost), lodging, taxicabs, business telephone calls, tips, laundry, and dry cleaning while you are away from home on temporary duty or temporary additional duty, and Expenses of carrying out official business while on “No Cost” orders. Can i file my 2010 taxes    You cannot deduct any expenses for travel away from home if the temporary assignment in a single location is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for more than 1 year. Can i file my 2010 taxes This rule may not apply if you are participating in a federal crime investigation or prosecution. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information, see Publication 463 and the Form 2106 instructions. Can i file my 2010 taxes Transportation Expenses These expenses include the ordinary and necessary costs of: Getting from one workplace to another when you are not away from home, Going to a business meeting away from your regular workplace, and Getting from your home to a temporary workplace when you have a regular place of work. Can i file my 2010 taxes These expenses include the costs of transportation by air, bus, rail, taxi, and driving and maintaining your car. Can i file my 2010 taxes Transportation expenses incurred while traveling away from home are included with your travel expenses, discussed earlier. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, if you use your car while traveling away from home overnight, see the rules in chapter 4 of Publication 463 to figure your car expense deduction. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you must go from one workplace to another while on duty (for example, as a courier or to attend meetings) without being away from home, your unreimbursed transportation expenses are deductible. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, the expenses of getting to and from your regular place of work (commuting) are not deductible. Can i file my 2010 taxes Temporary work location. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you have one or more regular places of business away from your home and you commute to a temporary work location in the same trade or business, you can deduct the expenses of the daily round-trip transportation between your home and the temporary location. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Generally, if your employment at a work location is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for 1 year or less, the employment is temporary. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If your employment at a work location is realistically expected to last for more than 1 year or if there is no realistic expectation that the employment will last for 1 year or less, the employment is not temporary, regardless of whether it actually lasts for more than 1 year. Can i file my 2010 taxes If employment at a work location initially is realistically expected to last for 1 year or less, but at some later date the employment is realistically expected to last more than 1 year, that employment will be treated as temporary (unless there are facts and circumstances that would indicate otherwise) until your expectation changes. Can i file my 2010 taxes    If you do not have a regular place of business, but you ordinarily work in the metropolitan area where you live, you can deduct daily transportation expenses between your home and a temporary work site outside your metropolitan area. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, you cannot deduct daily transportation costs between your home and temporary work sites within your metropolitan area. Can i file my 2010 taxes These are nondeductible commuting costs. Can i file my 2010 taxes Armed Forces reservists. Can i file my 2010 taxes   A meeting of an Armed Forces reserve unit is a second place of business if the meeting is held on a day on which you work at your regular job. Can i file my 2010 taxes You can deduct the expense of getting from one workplace to the other. Can i file my 2010 taxes You usually cannot deduct the expense if the reserve meeting is held on a day on which you do not work at your regular job. Can i file my 2010 taxes In this case, your transportation generally is a nondeductible commuting expense. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, you can deduct your transportation expenses if the location of the meeting is temporary and you have one or more regular places of work. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you ordinarily work in a particular metropolitan area but not at any specific location and the reserve meeting is held at a temporary location outside that metropolitan area, you can deduct your transportation expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you travel away from home overnight to attend a guard or reserve meeting, you can deduct your travel expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes See Armed Forces Reservists under Adjustments to Income, earlier. Can i file my 2010 taxes Uniforms You usually cannot deduct the expenses for uniform cost and upkeep. Can i file my 2010 taxes Generally, you must wear uniforms when on duty and you are allowed to wear them when off duty. Can i file my 2010 taxes If military regulations prohibit you from wearing certain uniforms when off duty, you can deduct the cost and upkeep of the uniforms, but you must reduce your expenses by any allowance or reimbursement you receive. Can i file my 2010 taxes Unreimbursed expenses for the cost and upkeep of the following articles are deductible. Can i file my 2010 taxes Military battle dress uniforms and utility uniforms that you cannot wear when off duty. Can i file my 2010 taxes Articles not replacing regular clothing, including insignia of rank, corps devices, epaulets, aiguillettes, and swords. Can i file my 2010 taxes Reservists' uniforms if you can wear the uniform only while performing duties as a reservist. Can i file my 2010 taxes Professional Dues You can deduct unreimbursed dues paid to professional societies directly related to your military position. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, you cannot deduct amounts paid to an officers' club or a noncommissioned officers' club. Can i file my 2010 taxes Example. Can i file my 2010 taxes Lieutenant Margaret Allen, an electrical engineer at Maxwell Air Force Base, can deduct professional dues paid to the American Society of Electrical Engineers. Can i file my 2010 taxes Educational Expenses You can deduct the unreimbursed costs of qualifying work-related education. Can i file my 2010 taxes This is education that meets at least one of the following two tests. Can i file my 2010 taxes The education is required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job. Can i file my 2010 taxes The required education must serve a bona fide business purpose of your employer. Can i file my 2010 taxes The education maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, even if the education meets one or both of the above tests, it is not qualifying education if it: Is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements of your present trade or business, or Is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Can i file my 2010 taxes You can deduct the expenses for qualifying work-related education even if the education could lead to a degree. Can i file my 2010 taxes Example 1. Can i file my 2010 taxes Lieutenant Colonel Mason has a degree in financial management and is in charge of base finances at her post of duty. Can i file my 2010 taxes She took an advanced finance course. Can i file my 2010 taxes She already meets the minimum qualifications for her job. Can i file my 2010 taxes By taking the course, she is improving skills in her current position. Can i file my 2010 taxes The course does not qualify her for a new trade or business. Can i file my 2010 taxes She can deduct educational expenses that are more than the educational allowance she received. Can i file my 2010 taxes Example 2. Can i file my 2010 taxes Major Williams worked in the military base legal office as a legal intern. Can i file my 2010 taxes He was placed in excess leave status by his employer to attend law school. Can i file my 2010 taxes He paid all his educational expenses and was not reimbursed. Can i file my 2010 taxes After obtaining his law degree, he passed the state bar exam and worked as a judge advocate. Can i file my 2010 taxes His educational expenses are not deductible because the law degree qualified him for a new trade or business, even though the education maintained and improved his skills in his work. Can i file my 2010 taxes Travel to obtain education. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If your work-related education qualifies, you can deduct the costs of travel, including meals (subject to the 50% limit), and lodging, if the main purpose of the trip is to obtain the education. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You cannot deduct the cost of travel that is itself a form of education, even if it is directly related to your duties in your work or business. Can i file my 2010 taxes Transportation for education. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If your work-related education qualifies for a deduction, you can deduct the costs of transportation to obtain that education. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, you cannot deduct the cost of services provided in kind, such as base-provided transportation to or from class. Can i file my 2010 taxes Transportation expenses include the actual costs of bus, subway, cab, or other fares, as well as the costs of using your car. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you need more information on educational expenses, see Publication 970. Can i file my 2010 taxes Repayments If you had to repay to your employer an amount that you included in your income in an earlier year, you may be able to deduct the repaid amount from your income for the year in which you repaid it. Can i file my 2010 taxes Repayment of $3,000 or less. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If the amount you repaid was $3,000 or less, deduct it from your income in the year you repaid it. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you reported it as wages, deduct it as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23. Can i file my 2010 taxes Repayment over $3,000. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If the amount you repaid was more than $3,000, see Repayments in Publication 525. Can i file my 2010 taxes Credits After you have figured your taxable income and tax liability, you can determine if you are entitled to any tax credits. Can i file my 2010 taxes This publication discusses the first-time homebuyer credit, child tax credit, earned income credit, and credit for excess social security tax withheld. Can i file my 2010 taxes For information on other credits, see your tax form instructions. Can i file my 2010 taxes First-Time Homebuyer Credit The first-time homebuyer credit is not available for homes purchased after 2011. Can i file my 2010 taxes In 2011, this credit had already expired for most taxpayers, however, certain members of the uniformed services and Foreign Service and certain employees of the intelligence community could claim the credit for homes purchased in 2011. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you bought the home (and claimed the credit) after 2008, you generally must repay the credit if you dispose of the home or the home stops being your main home within the 36-month period beginning on the purchase date. Can i file my 2010 taxes If the home continues to be your main home for at least 36 months beginning on the purchase date, you do not have to repay any of the credit. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you bought your home in 2008, you generally must repay the credit over a 15-year period in 15 equal installments. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information, see Form 5405, Repayment of the First-Time Homebuyer Credit, and its instructions. Can i file my 2010 taxes Child Tax Credit The child tax credit is a credit that may reduce your tax by as much as $1,000 for each of your qualifying children. Can i file my 2010 taxes The additional child tax credit is a credit you may be able to take if you are not able to claim the full amount of the child tax credit. Can i file my 2010 taxes The child tax credit is not the same as the credit for child and dependent care expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes See Publication 503 for information on the credit for child and dependent care expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes Qualifying Child A qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit is a 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), Was under age 17 at the end of 2013, Did not provide over half of his or her own support for 2013, Lived with you for more than half of 2013 (see Exceptions to time lived with you, later), Is claimed as a dependent on your return, Does not file a joint return for the year (or files it only as a claim for refund), and Was a U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes citizen, a U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes national, or a U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes resident alien. Can i file my 2010 taxes If the child was adopted, see Adopted child . Can i file my 2010 taxes For each qualifying child you must check the box on Form 1040 or Form 1040A, line 6c, column (4). Can i file my 2010 taxes Exceptions to time lived with you. Can i file my 2010 taxes   A child is considered to have lived with you for all of 2013 if the child was born or died in 2013 and your home was this child's home for the entire time he or she was alive. Can i file my 2010 taxes Temporary absences by you or the child for special circumstances, such as school, vacation, business, medical care, military service, or detention in a juvenile facility, count as time the child lived with you. Can i file my 2010 taxes   There are also exceptions for kidnapped children and children of divorced or separated parents. Can i file my 2010 taxes For details, see Publication 501. Can i file my 2010 taxes Qualifying child of more than one person. Can i file my 2010 taxes   A special rule applies if your qualifying child is the qualifying child of more than one person. Can i file my 2010 taxes For details, see Publication 501. Can i file my 2010 taxes Adopted child. Can i file my 2010 taxes   An adopted child is always treated as your own child. Can i file my 2010 taxes An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you are a U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes citizen or U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes national and your adopted child lived with you as a member of your household all year, that child meets condition (7) above to be a qualifying child for the child tax credit. Can i file my 2010 taxes Amount of Credit The maximum amount you can claim for the credit is $1,000 for each qualifying child. Can i file my 2010 taxes Limits on the credit. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You must reduce your child tax credit if either (1) or (2), below, applies. Can i file my 2010 taxes The amount on Form 1040, line 46, or Form 1040A, line 28, is less than the credit. Can i file my 2010 taxes If the amount is zero, you cannot take this credit because there is no tax to reduce. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, you may be able to take the additional child tax credit. Can i file my 2010 taxes See Additional Child Tax Credit , later. Can i file my 2010 taxes Your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than the amount shown below for your filing status. Can i file my 2010 taxes Married filing jointly — $110,000. Can i file my 2010 taxes Single, head of household,  or qualifying widow(er) — $75,000. Can i file my 2010 taxes Married filing separately — $55,000. Can i file my 2010 taxes Modified AGI. Can i file my 2010 taxes   For purposes of the child tax credit, your modified AGI is the amount on Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040A, line 22, plus the following amounts that may apply to you. Can i file my 2010 taxes Any amount excluded from income because of the exclusion of income from Puerto Rico. Can i file my 2010 taxes Any amount on line 45 or line 50 of Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income. Can i file my 2010 taxes Any amount on line 18 of Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Can i file my 2010 taxes Any amount on line 15 of Form 4563, Exclusion of Income for Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you do not have any of the above, your modified AGI is the same as your AGI. Can i file my 2010 taxes Claiming the Credit To claim the child tax credit, you must file Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information on the child tax credit, see the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Can i file my 2010 taxes Also attach Schedule 8812, Child Tax Credit, if required. Can i file my 2010 taxes Additional Child Tax Credit This credit is for certain individuals who get less than the full amount of the child tax credit. Can i file my 2010 taxes The additional child tax credit may give you a refund even if you do not owe any tax. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A, and Schedule 8812. Can i file my 2010 taxes Earned Income Credit The earned income credit (EIC) is a cr
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Can i file my 2010 taxes 3. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Reporting Rental Income, Expenses, and Losses Table of Contents Which Forms To UseSchedule E (Form 1040) Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business Qualified Joint Venture Limits on Rental LossesAt-Risk Rules Passive Activity Limits Casualties and Thefts Example Figuring the net income or loss for a residential rental activity may involve more than just listing the income and deductions on Schedule E (Form 1040). Can i file my 2010 taxes There are activities which do not qualify to use Schedule E, such as when the activity is not engaged in to make a profit or when you provide substantial services in conjunction with the property. Can i file my 2010 taxes There are also the limitations which may need to be applied if you have a net loss on Schedule E. Can i file my 2010 taxes There are two: (1) the limitation based on the amount of investment you have at risk in your rental activity, and (2) the special limits imposed on passive activities. Can i file my 2010 taxes You may also have a gain or loss related to your rental property from a casualty or theft. Can i file my 2010 taxes This is considered separately from the income and expense information you report on Schedule E. Can i file my 2010 taxes Which Forms To Use The basic form for reporting residential rental income and expenses is Schedule E (Form 1040). Can i file my 2010 taxes However, do not use that schedule to report a not-for-profit activity. Can i file my 2010 taxes See Not Rented for Profit , in chapter 4. Can i file my 2010 taxes There are also other rental situations in which forms other than Schedule E would be used. Can i file my 2010 taxes Schedule E (Form 1040) If you rent buildings, rooms, or apartments, and provide basic services such as heat and light, trash collection, etc. Can i file my 2010 taxes , you normally report your rental income and expenses on Schedule E, Part I. Can i file my 2010 taxes List your total income, expenses, and depreciation for each rental property. Can i file my 2010 taxes Be sure to enter the number of fair rental and personal use days on line 2. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you have more than three rental or royalty properties, complete and attach as many Schedules E as are needed to list the properties. Can i file my 2010 taxes Complete lines 1 and 2 for each property. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, fill in lines 23a through 26 on only one Schedule E. Can i file my 2010 taxes On Schedule E, page 1, line 18, enter the depreciation you are claiming for each property. Can i file my 2010 taxes To find out if you need to attach Form 4562, see Form 4562 , later. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you have a loss from your rental real estate activity, you also may need to complete one or both of the following forms. Can i file my 2010 taxes Form 6198, At-Risk Limitations. Can i file my 2010 taxes See At-Risk Rules , later. Can i file my 2010 taxes Also see Publication 925. Can i file my 2010 taxes Form 8582, Passive Activity Loss Limitations. Can i file my 2010 taxes See Passive Activity Limits , later. Can i file my 2010 taxes Page 2 of Schedule E is used to report income or loss from partnerships, S corporations, estates, trusts, and real estate mortgage investment conduits. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you need to use page 2 of Schedule E, be sure to use page 2 of the same Schedule E you used to enter your rental activity on page 1. Can i file my 2010 taxes Also, include the amount from line 26 (Part I) in the “Total income or (loss)” on line 41 (Part V). Can i file my 2010 taxes Form 4562. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You must complete and attach Form 4562 for rental activities only if you are claiming: Depreciation, including the special depreciation allowance, on property placed in service during 2013; Depreciation on listed property (such as a car), regardless of when it was placed in service; or Any other car expenses, including the standard mileage rate or lease expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes Otherwise, figure your depreciation on your own worksheet. Can i file my 2010 taxes You do not have to attach these computations to your return, but you should keep them in your records for future reference. Can i file my 2010 taxes   See Publication 946 for information on preparing Form 4562. Can i file my 2010 taxes Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business Generally, Schedule C is used when you provide substantial services in conjunction with the property or the rental is part of a trade or business as a real estate dealer. Can i file my 2010 taxes Providing substantial services. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you provide substantial services that are primarily for your tenant's convenience, such as regular cleaning, changing linen, or maid service, you report your rental income and expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business. Can i file my 2010 taxes Use Form 1065, U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Return of Partnership Income, if your rental activity is a partnership (including a partnership with your spouse unless it is a qualified joint venture). Can i file my 2010 taxes Substantial services do not include the furnishing of heat and light, cleaning of public areas, trash collection, etc. Can i file my 2010 taxes For information, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. Can i file my 2010 taxes Also, you may have to pay self-employment tax on your rental income using Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax. Can i file my 2010 taxes For a discussion of “substantial services,” see Real Estate Rents in Publication 334, chapter 5. Can i file my 2010 taxes Qualified Joint Venture If you and your spouse each materially participate (see Material participation under Passive Activity Limits, later) as the only members of a jointly owned and operated real estate business, and you file a joint return for the tax year, you can make a joint election to be treated as a qualified joint venture instead of a partnership. Can i file my 2010 taxes This election, in most cases, will not increase the total tax owed on the joint return, but it does give each of you credit for social security earnings on which retirement benefits are based and for Medicare coverage if your rental income is subject to self-employment tax. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you make this election, you must report rental real estate income on Schedule E (or Schedule C if you provide substantial services). Can i file my 2010 taxes You will not be required to file Form 1065 for any year the election is in effect. Can i file my 2010 taxes Rental real estate income generally is not included in net earnings from self-employment subject to self-employment tax and generally is subject to the passive activity limits. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you and your spouse filed a Form 1065 for the year prior to the election, the partnership terminates at the end of the tax year immediately preceding the year the election takes effect. Can i file my 2010 taxes For more information on qualified joint ventures, go to IRS. Can i file my 2010 taxes gov and enter “qualified joint venture” in the search box. Can i file my 2010 taxes Limits on Rental Losses If you have a loss from your rental real estate activity, two sets of rules may limit the amount of loss you can deduct. Can i file my 2010 taxes You must consider these rules in the order shown below. Can i file my 2010 taxes Both are discussed in this section. Can i file my 2010 taxes At-risk rules. Can i file my 2010 taxes These rules are applied first if there is investment in your rental real estate activity for which you are not at risk. Can i file my 2010 taxes This applies only if the real property was placed in service after 1986. Can i file my 2010 taxes Passive activity limits. Can i file my 2010 taxes Generally, rental real estate activities are considered passive activities and losses are not deductible unless you have income from other passive activities to offset them. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, there are exceptions. Can i file my 2010 taxes At-Risk Rules You may be subject to the at-risk rules if you have: A loss from an activity carried on as a trade or business or for the production of income, and Amounts invested in the activity for which you are not fully at risk. Can i file my 2010 taxes Losses from holding real property (other than mineral property) placed in service before 1987 are not subject to the at-risk rules. Can i file my 2010 taxes In most cases, any loss from an activity subject to the at-risk rules is allowed only to the extent of the total amount you have at risk in the activity at the end of the tax year. Can i file my 2010 taxes You are considered at risk in an activity to the extent of cash and the adjusted basis of other property you contributed to the activity and certain amounts borrowed for use in the activity. Can i file my 2010 taxes Any loss that is disallowed because of the at-risk limits is treated as a deduction from the same activity in the next tax year. Can i file my 2010 taxes See Publication 925 for a discussion of the at-risk rules. Can i file my 2010 taxes Form 6198. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you are subject to the at-risk rules, file Form 6198, At-Risk Limitations, with your tax return. Can i file my 2010 taxes Passive Activity Limits In most cases, all rental real estate activities (except those of certain real estate professionals, discussed later) are passive activities. Can i file my 2010 taxes For this purpose, a rental activity is an activity from which you receive income mainly for the use of tangible property, rather than for services. Can i file my 2010 taxes For a discussion of activities that are not considered rental activities, see Rental Activities in Publication 925. Can i file my 2010 taxes Deductions or losses from passive activities are limited. Can i file my 2010 taxes You generally cannot offset income, other than passive income, with losses from passive activities. Can i file my 2010 taxes Nor can you offset taxes on income, other than passive income, with credits resulting from passive activities. Can i file my 2010 taxes Any excess loss or credit is carried forward to the next tax year. Can i file my 2010 taxes Exceptions to the rules for figuring passive activity limits for personal use of a dwelling unit and for rental real estate with active participation are discussed later. Can i file my 2010 taxes For a detailed discussion of these rules, see Publication 925. Can i file my 2010 taxes Real estate professionals. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you are a real estate professional, complete line 43 of Schedule E. Can i file my 2010 taxes      You qualify as a real estate professional for the tax year if you meet both of the following requirements. Can i file my 2010 taxes More than half of the personal services you perform in all trades or businesses during the tax year are performed in real property trades or businesses in which you materially participate. Can i file my 2010 taxes You perform more than 750 hours of services during the tax year in real property trades or businesses in which you materially participate. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you qualify as a real estate professional, rental real estate activities in which you materially participated are not passive activities. Can i file my 2010 taxes For purposes of determining whether you materially participated in your rental real estate activities, each interest in rental real estate is a separate activity unless you elect to treat all your interests in rental real estate as one activity. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Do not count personal services you perform as an employee in real property trades or businesses unless you are a 5% owner of your employer. Can i file my 2010 taxes You are a 5% owner if you own (or are considered to own) more than 5% of your employer's outstanding stock, or capital or profits interest. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Do not count your spouse's personal services to determine whether you met the requirements listed earlier to qualify as a real estate professional. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, you can count your spouse's participation in an activity in determining if you materially participated. Can i file my 2010 taxes Real property trades or businesses. Can i file my 2010 taxes   A real property trade or business is a trade or business that does any of the following with real property. Can i file my 2010 taxes Develops or redevelops it. Can i file my 2010 taxes Constructs or reconstructs it. Can i file my 2010 taxes Acquires it. Can i file my 2010 taxes Converts it. Can i file my 2010 taxes Rents or leases it. Can i file my 2010 taxes Operates or manages it. Can i file my 2010 taxes Brokers it. Can i file my 2010 taxes Choice to treat all interests as one activity. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you were a real estate professional and had more than one rental real estate interest during the year, you can choose to treat all the interests as one activity. Can i file my 2010 taxes You can make this choice for any year that you qualify as a real estate professional. Can i file my 2010 taxes If you forgo making the choice for one year, you can still make it for a later year. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you make the choice, it is binding for the tax year you make it and for any later year that you are a real estate professional. Can i file my 2010 taxes This is true even if you are not a real estate professional in any intervening year. Can i file my 2010 taxes (For that year, the exception for real estate professionals will not apply in determining whether your activity is subject to the passive activity rules. Can i file my 2010 taxes )   See the Instructions for Schedule E for information about making this choice. Can i file my 2010 taxes Material participation. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Generally, you materially participated in an activity for the tax year if you were involved in its operations on a regular, continuous, and substantial basis during the year. Can i file my 2010 taxes For details, see Publication 925 or the Instructions for Schedule C. Can i file my 2010 taxes Participating spouse. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you are married, determine whether you materially participated in an activity by also counting any participation in the activity by your spouse during the year. Can i file my 2010 taxes Do this even if your spouse owns no interest in the activity or files a separate return for the year. Can i file my 2010 taxes Form 8582. Can i file my 2010 taxes    You may have to complete Form 8582 to figure the amount of any passive activity loss for the current tax year for all activities and the amount of the passive activity loss allowed on your tax return. Can i file my 2010 taxes See Form 8582 not required , later in this chapter, to determine if you must complete Form 8582. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you are required to complete Form 8582 and are also subject to the at-risk rules, include the amount from Form 6198, line 21 (deductible loss) in column (b) of Form 8582, Worksheet 1 or 3, as required. Can i file my 2010 taxes Exception for Personal Use of Dwelling Unit If you used the rental property as a home during the year, any income, deductions, gain, or loss allocable to such use shall not be taken into account for purposes of the passive activity loss limitation. Can i file my 2010 taxes Instead, follow the rules explained in chapter 5, Personal Use of Dwelling Unit (Including Vacation Home). Can i file my 2010 taxes Exception for Rental Real Estate With Active Participation If you or your spouse actively participated in a passive rental real estate activity, you may be able to deduct up to $25,000 of loss from the activity from your nonpassive income. Can i file my 2010 taxes This special allowance is an exception to the general rule disallowing losses in excess of income from passive activities. Can i file my 2010 taxes Similarly, you may be able to offset credits from the activity against the tax on up to $25,000 of nonpassive income after taking into account any losses allowed under this exception. Can i file my 2010 taxes Example. Can i file my 2010 taxes Jane is single and has $40,000 in wages, $2,000 of passive income from a limited partnership, and $3,500 of passive loss from a rental real estate activity in which she actively participated. Can i file my 2010 taxes $2,000 of Jane's $3,500 loss offsets her passive income. Can i file my 2010 taxes The remaining $1,500 loss can be deducted from her $40,000 wages. Can i file my 2010 taxes The special allowance is not available if you were married, lived with your spouse at any time during the year, and are filing a separate return. Can i file my 2010 taxes Active participation. Can i file my 2010 taxes   You actively participated in a rental real estate activity if you (and your spouse) owned at least 10% of the rental property and you made management decisions or arranged for others to provide services (such as repairs) in a significant and bona fide sense. Can i file my 2010 taxes Management decisions that may count as active participation include approving new tenants, deciding on rental terms, approving expenditures, and other similar decisions. Can i file my 2010 taxes Example. Can i file my 2010 taxes Mike is single and had the following income and losses during the tax year:   Salary $42,300     Dividends 300     Interest 1,400     Rental loss (4,000)   The rental loss was from the rental of a house Mike owned. Can i file my 2010 taxes Mike had advertised and rented the house to the current tenant himself. Can i file my 2010 taxes He also collected the rents, which usually came by mail. Can i file my 2010 taxes All repairs were either made or contracted out by Mike. Can i file my 2010 taxes Although the rental loss is from a passive activity, because Mike actively participated in the rental property management he can use the entire $4,000 loss to offset his other income. Can i file my 2010 taxes Maximum special allowance. Can i file my 2010 taxes   The maximum special allowance is: $25,000 for single individuals and married individuals filing a joint return for the tax year, $12,500 for married individuals who file separate returns for the tax year and lived apart from their spouses at all times during the tax year, and $25,000 for a qualifying estate reduced by the special allowance for which the surviving spouse qualified. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is $100,000 or less ($50,000 or less if married filing separately), you can deduct your loss up to the amount specified above. Can i file my 2010 taxes If your MAGI is more than $100,000 (more than $50,000 if married filing separately), your special allowance is limited to 50% of the difference between $150,000 ($75,000 if married filing separately) and your MAGI. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Generally, if your MAGI is $150,000 or more ($75,000 or more if you are married filing separately), there is no special allowance. Can i file my 2010 taxes Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). Can i file my 2010 taxes   This is your adjusted gross income from Form 1040, U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Individual Income Tax Return, line 38, or Form 1040NR, U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return, line 37, figured without taking into account: The taxable amount of social security or equivalent tier 1 railroad retirement benefits, The deductible contributions to traditional individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and section 501(c)(18) pension plans, The exclusion from income of interest from Series EE and I U. Can i file my 2010 taxes S. Can i file my 2010 taxes savings bonds used to pay higher educational expenses, The exclusion of amounts received under an employer's adoption assistance program, Any passive activity income or loss included on Form 8582, Any rental real estate loss allowed to real estate professionals, Any overall loss from a publicly traded partnership (see Publicly Traded Partnerships (PTPs) in the Instructions for Form 8582), The deduction allowed for one-half of self-employment tax, The deduction allowed for interest paid on student loans, The deduction for qualified tuition and related fees, and The domestic production activities deduction (see the Instructions for Form 8903). Can i file my 2010 taxes Form 8582 not required. Can i file my 2010 taxes   Do not complete Form 8582 if you meet all of the following conditions. Can i file my 2010 taxes Your only passive activities were rental real estate activities in which you actively participated. Can i file my 2010 taxes Your overall net loss from these activities is $25,000 or less ($12,500 or less if married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse all year). Can i file my 2010 taxes If married filing separately, you lived apart from your spouse all year. Can i file my 2010 taxes You have no prior year unallowed losses from these (or any other passive) activities. Can i file my 2010 taxes You have no current or prior year unallowed credits from passive activities. Can i file my 2010 taxes Your MAGI is $100,000 or less ($50,000 or less if married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse all year). Can i file my 2010 taxes You do not hold any interest in a rental real estate activity as a limited partner or as a beneficiary of an estate or a trust. Can i file my 2010 taxes   If you meet all of the conditions listed above, your rental real estate activities are not limited by the passive activity rules and you do not have to complete Form 8582. Can i file my 2010 taxes On lines 23a through 23e of your Schedule E, enter the applicable amounts. Can i file my 2010 taxes Casualties and Thefts As a result of a casualty or theft, you may have a loss related to your rental property. Can i file my 2010 taxes You may be able to deduct the loss on your income tax return. Can i file my 2010 taxes Casualty. Can i file my 2010 taxes   This is the damage, destruction, or loss of property resulting from an identifiable event that is sudden, unexpected, or unusual. Can i file my 2010 taxes Such events include a storm, fire, or earthquake. Can i file my 2010 taxes Theft. Can i file my 2010 taxes   This is defined as the unlawful taking and removing of your money or property with the intent to deprive you of it. Can i file my 2010 taxes Gain from casualty or theft. Can i file my 2010 taxes   It is also possible to have a gain from a casualty or theft if you receive money, including insurance, that is more than your adjusted basis in the property. Can i file my 2010 taxes Generally, you must report this gain. Can i file my 2010 taxes However, under certain circumstances, you may defer paying tax by choosing to postpone reporting the gain. Can i file my 2010 taxes To do this, you generally must buy replacement property within 2 years after the close of the first tax year in which any part of your gain is realized. Can i file my 2010 taxes In certain circumstances, the replacement period can be greater than 2 years; see Replacement Period in Publication 547 for more information. Can i file my 2010 taxes The cost of the replacement property must be equal to or more than the net insurance or other payment you received. Can i file my 2010 taxes More information. Can i file my 2010 taxes   For information on business and nonbusiness casualty and theft losses, see Publication 547. Can i file my 2010 taxes How to report. Can i file my 2010 taxes    If you had a casualty or theft that involved property used in your rental activity, figure the net gain or loss in Section B of Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts. Can i file my 2010 taxes Follow the Instructions for Form 4684 for where to carry your net gain or loss. Can i file my 2010 taxes Example In February 2008, Marie Pfister bought a rental house for $135,000 (house $120,000 and land $15,000) and immediately began renting it out. Can i file my 2010 taxes In 2013, she rented it all 12 months for a monthly rental fee of $1,125. Can i file my 2010 taxes In addition to her rental income of $13,500 (12 x $1,125), Marie had the following expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes Mortgage interest $8,000 Fire insurance (1-year policy) 250 Miscellaneous repairs 400 Real estate taxes imposed and paid 500 Maintenance 200 Marie depreciates the residential rental property under MACRS GDS. Can i file my 2010 taxes This means using the straight line method over a recovery period of 27. Can i file my 2010 taxes 5 years. Can i file my 2010 taxes She uses Table 2-2d to find her depreciation percentage. Can i file my 2010 taxes Because she placed the property in service in February 2008, she continues to use that row of Table 2-2d. Can i file my 2010 taxes For year 6, the rate is 3. Can i file my 2010 taxes 636%. Can i file my 2010 taxes Marie figures her net rental income or loss for the house as follows: Total rental income received  ($1,125 × 12) $13,500 Minus: Expenses     Mortgage interest $8,000   Fire insurance 250   Miscellaneous repairs 400   Real estate taxes 500   Maintenance 200   Total expenses 9,350 Balance $4,150 Minus: Depreciation ($120,000 x 3. Can i file my 2010 taxes 636%) 4,363 Net rental (loss) for house ($213)       Marie had a net loss for the year. Can i file my 2010 taxes Because she actively participated in her passive rental real estate activity and her loss was less than $25,000, she can deduct the loss on her return. Can i file my 2010 taxes Marie also meets all of the requirements for not having to file Form 8582. Can i file my 2010 taxes She uses Schedule E, Part I, to report her rental income and expenses. Can i file my 2010 taxes She enters her income, expenses, and depreciation for the house in the column for Property A and enters her loss on line 22. 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